Coming events

As part of our mission to spread the word about The Collection, the Friends present a number of entertaining and informative events relating to Conan Doyle and the Collection.

The Cameron Hollyer Memorial Lecture 2017

Distinguished Canadian Actor and President of The World Remembers – Le Monde Se Souvient

R.H. Thomson

War, Words & Writers

100 Years on at Vimy, Passchendaele and Hill 70

Mr Thomson's illustrated lecture will explore how writers like Arthur Conan Doyle can influence the way we view history, in the context of the key battles of 1917 that helped shape Canada's identity.

Thursday April 20, 2017 - 6:00pm
Beeton Hall
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto

Public welcome - No charge

The Cameron Hollyer Memorial Lecture is held annually in memory of the first Curator of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection.

Sherlock Holmes (1916)

The Canadian Restoration Premiere

From 1899 to 1923 the play Sherlock Holmes, written by and starring the great American actor-manager William Gillette, was the definitive portrayal of the great detective. As Orson Welles noted, “It is too little to say that William Gillette resembles Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes looks exactly like William Gillette.”

The film, adapted by Gillette from his play and directed by Arthur Berthelet, was produced by Essanay Studios in Chicago. It was the only time the legendary actor appeared on the screen.

Long considered lost until a complete dupe negative was identified in the vaults of La Cinémathèque française in 2014, this film is a vital missing link in the history of Sherlock Holmes on screen.

Don't miss this lovingly restored cinematic milestone.

Thursday April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto

Tickets at the The TSFF website.

Live Improvised Score by Bill O’Meara

Introduction by Mike Ranieri, President of the Bootmakers of Toronto

Presented by
The Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection
The Bootmakers of Toronto
The Toronto Silent Film Festival