It’s been 200 years since Canada and the United States we at war. The War of 1812 isn’t the best name of the war since it last from 1812 to 1815. The federal government has a really good War of 1812 website.
The Americans don’t seem to be making much of the bicentenary. I did see one 3–minute special for Buffalo’s PBS channel on it but when I was in Baltimore (one of the most important War of 1812 sites) there was nothing about it (although Fort McHenry does mention it on their website). Regardless, in Toronto (where we were invaded by the Yankees, sacked, and burned) and Ontario overall they are doing a lot to commemorate the War and the lengthy resulting peace.
One such event is this:
I’ve seen other plays by Michael Hollingsworth in his series of plays about Canadian history and they are great – unique, interesting, and funny. Find out more on the theatre company’s website. This is one of the most visually interesting promo mailers I’ve received. Even the reverse side is good:
Aside from a costumed recreation of the battle on the street of Yonge Street this is the next best thing!