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Date Range
1967; 2007
Collection
Smithers Harmonettes fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Series includes historical writings about the Smithers Harmonettes. These include “One Little Candle: Story of the Smithers Harmonettes 1959-1967,” “Smithers Glee Club & Harmonette History”, and “The Harmonettes go to Montreal ‘Expo 67’” (a modern transcription of a diary kept by Ben Biro in 1967).
Collection
Smithers Harmonettes fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
PF21
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
2009.10
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records
Date Range
1967; 2007
Scope and Content
Series includes historical writings about the Smithers Harmonettes. These include “One Little Candle: Story of the Smithers Harmonettes 1959-1967,” “Smithers Glee Club & Harmonette History”, and “The Harmonettes go to Montreal ‘Expo 67’” (a modern transcription of a diary kept by Ben Biro in 1967).
Subject Access
Smithers Harmonettes
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
1967
Collection
Smithers Harmonettes fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
File consists of a scrapbook of the Harmonettes trip to the Montreal Expo in 1967. Scrapbook includes newspaper clippings, C.N. train pamphlets and tickets, and Expo ephemera.
Collection
Smithers Harmonettes fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
PF21
File No.
7
Accession No.
2009.10
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records
Date Range
1967
Custodial History
Scrapbook was put together by Carol Spicer and donated on April 15, 2009 after the 2007 Harmonettes reunion.
Scope and Content
File consists of a scrapbook of the Harmonettes trip to the Montreal Expo in 1967. Scrapbook includes newspaper clippings, C.N. train pamphlets and tickets, and Expo ephemera.
Subject Access
Smithers Harmonettes
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1964-1967; 2007]
Collection
Smithers Harmonettes fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
sound recording
textual record
Scope and Content
Series includes sheet music used by the Smithers Harmonettes, as well as CD and vinyl LP albums. Albums include: “Smithers Harmonettes Remembered ‘2007’ 40 year Reunion: Live at Montreal Expo 1967,” “Introducing the Harmonettes of Smithers, B.C.,” “Smithers Harmonettes Live in Montreal in 1967, sou…
Collection
Smithers Harmonettes fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
sound recording
textual record
Creator
Smithers Harmonettes
Name Access
Smithers Harmonettes
Fonds No.
PF21
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
2004.48
2009.10
Physical Description
0.5 cm of textual records
1 CD-Rom
4 audio discs: vinyl
Date Range
[1964-1967; 2007]
Scope and Content
Series includes sheet music used by the Smithers Harmonettes, as well as CD and vinyl LP albums. Albums include: “Smithers Harmonettes Remembered ‘2007’ 40 year Reunion: Live at Montreal Expo 1967,” “Introducing the Harmonettes of Smithers, B.C.,” “Smithers Harmonettes Live in Montreal in 1967, souvenir album,” and “Good News.”
Subject Access
Smithers Harmonettes
Geographic Access
Montreal, QC
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1964-1967; 2007]
Collection
Smithers Harmonettes fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
moving image
sound recording
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds reflects items created and used by members of the Smithers Harmonettes. The fonds is arranged into two series: sheet music and records and historical accounts.
Collection
Smithers Harmonettes fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
moving image
sound recording
textual record
Creator
Smithers Harmonettes
Name Access
Smithers Harmonettes
Fonds No.
PF21
Accession No.
2004.48
2009.10
2018.2
Physical Description
1 CD-ROM
1 DVD
2.5 cm of textual records
4 sound recordings: vinyl
Date Range
[1964-1967; 2007]
History / Biographical
Eventually, the Smithers Glee Club solely focused on singing, developing into a Choral Group. The Choral Group included both girls from St. Joseph’s School and Smithers Secondary School. The girls suggested a new name for this collective and soon they were known as the Smithers Harmonettes. In 1963, Eric Ekman joined as guitarist and a singer. Jack and Ed Rea joined as singers in 1964.
In 1959, Sister Mary Andrew, of the Order of the Holy Cross, began a glee club for the female students at St. Joseph’s School, which included singing, folk dancing and acting. The original members of the St. Joseph’s School Glee Club (aka Smithers Glee Club) included Charlotte Adomeit, Mary Anne Adomeit, Trudy Adomeit, Corrie Bazil, Mary Brinkac, Jean Calderwood, Judy Calderwood, Lorraine Calderwood, Elizabeth Duff, Rosemarie Duff, Sandra Haubrick, Judy Hidber, Tina Konst, Rita Maillot, Carol Miller, Joan Miller, Sharon Morris, Diane O’Neill, Dora Sikkes, Jane Sikkes, Gerry Silver, Glenda Spicer, and Lorraine Spicer. Many of these girls originally sang in the Children’s Choir at the Catholic Church with direction from Carl Spicer.
In 1961, the Smithers Glee Club traveled to Kitimat, B.C., to enter a drama competition and won an award for their performance of “Flapper Girls”. The Smithers Glee Club performed in a number of locations outside of Smithers, including Burns Lake and Prince Rupert. Dick Heggie drove the Smithers Glee Club to their out of town performances, while Sister Gregory and Sister Francis Ann (also of the Order of the Holy Cross) chaperoned.
In 1966, Sister Mary Andrew was relocated to Iona Academy, a girls’ boarding school, in St. Raphael’s Ontario. The Smithers Harmonettes continued to sing under the direction of Ed Rea, Vern Barge, Dave Forsythe and Carol Barter.
The Harmonettes recorded their first album “Introducing the Harmonettes of Smithers, B.C.” in November of 1964, which was followed by their second album “Good News.”
The last performance of the Smithers Harmonettes was at St. Joseph’s Auditorium, which Sister Mary Andrew directed before returning to Ontario.
The Smithers Harmonettes most significant performance was at Expo ’67 in Montreal, Q.C. Thirty-three girls and 10 chaperones left Smithers on April 20, 1967. Chaperones included Marisa Rae, RN, Carol Barter, RN, Dora Sikkes, PN, Marge (Barge) Henderson, Mrs. Forsythe and Mrs. Biro. The Harmonettes met Sister Mary Andrew in Alexandria, Ontario on April 26, who in turn took over directing the girls. The group performed a concert at Alexandria Hall. On April 28, 1967, the Smithers Harmonettes arrived in Montreal. They performed two shows per day (one at 12:30 PM and another at 5:30 PM) for four days. They returned for Smithers on May 4, 1967, arriving on May 8, 1967. The girls were interviewed by Ron Eastman of CFBV upon their arrival in Smithers. This tour also resulted in the Harmonettes’ final album: “Smithers Harmonettes Live at Montreal in 1967.”
The Smithers Harmonettes performed at a number of events, including the inauguration of the Queen of Prince Rupert ferry (May 21, 1961) and the Seattle World’s Fair (July 12 to July 17, 1962). The group performed live on a night-time program in Terrace, B.C. (February 14, 1964), as well as on CFTK for Alcan’s 5th annual Christmas TV program in Kitimat, B.C., (1965).
Custodial History
Records were collected by Carol Morris, a former member of the Smithers Harmonettes.
Scope and Content
Fonds reflects items created and used by members of the Smithers Harmonettes. The fonds is arranged into two series: sheet music and records and historical accounts.
Arrangement
Records are artificially arranged.
Subject Access
Smithers Harmonettes
Geographic Access
Montreal, QC
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description

Smithers Harmonettes Memories 1967-2007

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Date Range
1967-2007 [compiled 2008]
Collection
Smithers Harmonettes fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is a homemade DVD, which includes a 1967 film, the 2007 reunion concert at the Smithers Fairgrounds, and a photo slideshow with overlayed audio.
Collection
Smithers Harmonettes fonds
Description Level
File
GMD
textual record
Fonds No.
PF21
File No.
8
Item No.
2018.2.20
Accession No.
2018.2
Physical Description
1 DVD (1 hr., 51 min., 3 sec.)
Date Range
1967-2007 [compiled 2008]
Scope and Content
Item is a homemade DVD, which includes a 1967 film, the 2007 reunion concert at the Smithers Fairgrounds, and a photo slideshow with overlayed audio.
Subject Access
Smithers Harmonettes
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description