is a second year student at WLU majoring in history and minoring in classical studies and medieval studies. Hailing from Stratford, Ontario, he entered university purely for the joy of studying history.
Class: 2E3P (Two Estates - Three Papers)
is a librarian who works at Wilfrid Laurier University in the library and at the Bronfman business library at York University. Her primary research interest is in genealogy but over the years she has done a considerable amount of research in costuming specializing in the medieval period.
Class: Costuming Research (1000 - 1800 A.D)
is a recent graduate with an expertise in cultural and ideological perception. With professional story-telling and work-shop running experience under her belt, she enjoys challenging people to see things in new ways. Other workshops in development include writing for the web and inter-cultural problem solving. Check out her blog at http://diversitytree.blogspot.com
Class: Storytelling 101
is a fourth year undergrad in History and Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University. Hoping to pursue his studies in art and cultural history, as well as the philosophy of History, at a higher level, his interests lie in the cultural and intellectual world of Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy, focusing on the intersection of visual art, the artist, and the religious life of the laypeople, and in the metaphysics of what history as a discipline is. He's currently finishing his last year of undergrad, and is the President of the WLU History Students' Association.
Class: A second look at Art
is a commercial and residential construction worker and renovator. He has one daughter, Miriam, and lives in Kitchener. He enjoys participating heavily in almost all aspects of the SCA, he's a season ticket holder for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and cheers hard for the Ottawa Senators. In the SCA Brendan portrays Yoshikuri Nagayori, a samurai from the latter part of the Sengoku Jidai. (Age of warring states lasting 1467-1603) At this point, he would be a relatively high ranking officer, serving his Daimyo (literally "Great Name," they were roughly equivalent to Barons, or territorial princes)
Classes: Influential battles of the Middle Ages SCA heavy fighting demonstration Introduction to the SCA History of Japan from 1100 to 1573 History of Japan from 1573 to 1603
is an undergraduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University doing a double major in Archaeology and Medieval Studies.
Medieval Spain and the Medieval Mediterranean world are his chief areas
of interest and he hopes to continue studies at a graduate and
post-graduate level in Spain.
Class: 2E3P (Two Estates - Three Papers)
is in her last year of a Combined Honours in Classical Archaeology and Anthropology. She has excavated in Greece and North America and is interested in the study of marginalized populations in the ancient world. She collects sherds of modern pottery she finds on the ground and has over 75 antique cookbooks.
Class: Eating the Past: The food of Apicius comes to life
is a fifth year student of History and Classical Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has branched out into many different histories over her academic career, but her passion lies in Ancient Greek and Roman cultures, languages, art, and history. When she graduates this year she hopes further her education and eventually pursue a career in her respective field.
Classes: A second look at Art Turn Ons and Jack Offs: Pornography in Ancient Greece
Catherine Ollerhead DeSantis
has been associated with various 19th century living history groups for the past 12 years as a cannoneer and side saddle equestrian. Currently she is writing a Master's thesis in Rural History at the University of Guelph. She is working on a companion book documenting 19th century housework and women's social networking. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Dufferin County Museum and Archives
Classes: Polite Society I wrote some
is a second-year student double-majoring in History and Medieval Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. This is her first time presenting a paper.
Class: 2E3P (Two Estates - Three Papers)
is a student at the University of Guelph pursuing a history major and political science minor. Despite his political science minor, history is his primary focus and he hopes to continue his education after his undergraduate degree. He am particularly interested in Islamic and East Asian history; however, given the Chinese language courses offered at the University of Guelph and an opportunity to study in China next semester he will likely only pursue East Asian studies. Craig is not sure where his education will take him but his current goal is to continue his education as far as possible and become a professor.
Class: The Hispanic Papers
is a professional artisan blacksmith
with over 30 years experience, who specializes in objects from the Viking Age. He designed, created and implemented both the 'Norse Encampment' interpretive program for Parks Canada and the 'World of the Norse' exhibit for the Cranbrook Institute of Science. He consulted on the Smithsonian's 'Vikings - North Atlantic Saga', and the Newfoundland Museum's 'Full Circle - First Contact' exhibits, as well as assisting a number of the institutions hosting both exhibits. His interest in iron smelting goes back to 2001. To date he has participated in over 45 experimental firings, in Canada, the USA and in Denmark. He has documented this work in formal academic papers, a CD-ROM, and extensively on the internet.
Classes: Experimental Vikings: Glass and Iron Presenting the Past - developing Living History programming
is a chemical engineer who somehow found his way into dancing in the SCA. Thus, Darius the Dancer was born. I have continued to study and to teach dance in the SCA for approximately 13 years, and consider myself at an intermediate level in my research. My main goal has always been to bring dance knowledge to the masses, and to introduce it in such a way as to be fun and easy to follow for all who are willing to give it a try.
Classes: European Dance - English Country Dances European Dance - Mimed Bransles of France
Dr. David Porreca
was born in Montréal and attended the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf through the end of CÉGEP in pure & applied sciences. Discovering in the process that his talents lay in languages and philosophy instead of physics and mathematics, he gave up on the idea of planetary astronomy and instead came to the University of Waterloo for an Honours BA in Medieval Studies. He did his MA at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto before moving on to the Warburg Institute (University of London) for a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Charles Burnett and Dr. Jill Kraye, completed in 2001. After holding a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Religion & Culture Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, he came to be the medievalist in the Classical Studies Department at the University of Waterloo. He is currently Co-Director of the Undergraduate program in Medieval Studies, as well as the Graduate Officer for the MA in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures which is run jointly with our colleagues at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Class: What Motivates Magic, and How Far Would a Magus Go? - A Case Study of the Latin Picatrix
is a stay at home dad with interests in medieval and Renaissance warfare, arms and armour. He is actively involved in historical recreation through the Society for Creative Anachronism
(SCA) and is the Chief Researcher for Blackthorn Productions
, a company that puts on demos of Crusade era combat and culture for Grade 4 classes across Ontario. He is also an avid player of tabletop miniatures wargames as well as a practitioner of Medieval and Renaissance Western Martial Arts (WMA). Someday he will figure out he has too many hobbies.
Classes: To Singe the King of Spain's Beard Part 1: Events Leading up to the Armada Fight of 1588 To Singe the King of Spain's Beard Part 2: Naval Warfare and Technology during the Age of Elizabeth I Introduction to Italian Rapier
is the proud owner of Ruach Crafts
which has the largest selection of Celtic and Judaic needlework in Canada. She has been a stitcher for more years than she cares to admit to because it is so relaxing. She often comments that the only reason her four children are alive today is that she stitched when they were young. Ellen lives in Toronto where she is a primary school teacher but spends the summers and early fall at Highland Games, Irish Feis' and Medieval Faires.
Class: Counted Cross Stitch - Learn to Make Your Own Heirlooms
has lived and worked as a goldsmith in several European countries, extensively studying mediaeval artifacts in museum collections, the most recent being the Mary Rose museum where he handled Tudor bows. He has written a comprehensive book on mediaeval archery to be published and released in England in April.
Class: Medieval archery
is a fifth year Medieval Studies and Religion and Culture major. She is the current President of the Medieval Students' Society combining activities that are both educational and fun for students.
Class: Bookbinding 101
is of the Oneida Nation, Turtle clan is currently a student in the Master of Arts in History program at Wilfrid Laurier University. George is currently examining Indigenous diplomacy as it relates to the "Dish with One Spoon" treaty, which derives from the earliest times of the "Great Peace" amongst the Haudenosaunee. George intends to obtain a PhD in History following his Masters. Previously, George worked for Wilfrid Laurier University as Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services and Aboriginal Education Projects. George has volunteered with many local committees, national associations, boards of directors, and has served as President of the National Aboriginal Student Services Association. George continues to volunteer for the Oneida Nation and is a long standing board member of the Aboriginal Voices National Radio Network.
Class: The New World Papers
is a PhD student at the University of Western Ontario. Under the supervision of Professor Frank Schumacher, Mr. French studies the creation of the American Empire during the Antebellum period in American history. He received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2010 where under the supervision of Professor Luz Maria Hernández-Sáenz, Mr. French specialized in Colonial Latin American history. Mr. French is the Chief Copy Editor for the NeoAmericanist and is currently working on a historiographical analysis which focuses on the intrinsic value of consumer goods in Colonial America.
Class: The Hispanic Papers
is a professional recording artist who tours full-time across North America and Europe. Her music is inspired by history, fantasy and folklore -- visit www.HeatherDale.com
for mp3 downloads, free podcasts, and a photo blog of her various adventures. Heather has been a medieval re-enactor for nearly 20 years (SCA: Marian of Heatherdale), and her interests include bardic performance, heraldry, and the King Arthur legends.
Classes: Development of the King Arthur Legends Vocal Technique for Speakers/Singers Silk-Painting a Medieval Banner
is a Prospect Researcher at the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Her interests range widely, although she tends to concentrate on such topics as embroidery, sugarpaste/subtleties, Irish clothing, beading, and the compulsive researching of any topic that's mentioned to her. In the SCA, Medb ingen Dungaile was originally an 11th century merchant's daughter living in Dublin, however she discovered the 16th century a few years ago and hasn't looked back since.
Class: Basic Calligraphy
is a RN currently away from her work. She was a graphic artist in a previous career. She is interested in many things Medieval especially those of the Norse. She does so many things within the SCA that it is hard to pin down, but lately she is most interested in Beads and Spinning. But mostly beads. She is known in the SCA as THL Aislinne of Alainmor and has played since 1977. She lives with her very tolerant husband, Martin and their very beautiful Lab-mixed dog named Bella.
Classes: Introduction to Glass Bead Making Beads - Open Torch Time Large Menu Planning
is known as Cú Allaidh in the SCA and has a variety of interests in medieval history. Mead, gambling, and sports being amongst his primary vices (AKA interests). His research is available on his wiki
. In the mundane world, he is an IT professional with an interest in anything that catches his fancy at any particular moment.
Classes: Get in the Game Part I - The Game is Banned Get in the Game Part II - So... Let's Play
is The Chain Mail Guy; he has been selling finished chain mail, knitting rings, and offering chain mail workshops since 1996. He published Chain Mail Basics in 1996 when he realized there was no formal lanuguage to describe knitting patterns to other people, similar to crochet or yarn knitting. His work can be found at various fairs in Southwestern Ontario including the Fergus Highland Games and the Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo, and on his website at www.chainmailguy.com
Classes: Chainmail - Beyond the Basics Chainmail for Beginners
started medieval recreation about 20 years ago, and unleashed a passion for creating historical garments, dyeing using natural and traditional dyes and all kinds of weaving. Known variously as Jorunn, Jhone of Wodecott, or Joan Woodcote, a weaver or tailleur, tradeswoman, goodwife and mother, she loves to relax with a beer and a game of chance and strategy.
Class: Sprang: A Basic Introduction
is a fourth year undergraduate student with a combined major in Honors History and Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier
University. His areas of interest relate to public policy, electoral
systems, post-colonialism, and democratization in Africa. He is hoping to
pursue further graduate studies in public policy, public administration, or
a master of arts in history.
Class: The New World Papers
is a senior undergraduate at Laurier, studying History with a minor in Latin. Although his primary focus is in 19th and 20th century Russian history, he enjoys studying all areas of history,
particularly the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages and the Social history
of the Modern era. When he's not busy working at the Laurier Writing
Centre or acting as a VP for the History Students' Association, he
likes to study language, listen to music or pursue independent
research projects. He intends to pursue graduate work in History after
he finishes his undergraduate.
Classes: The Russian Civil War The military development of Late-Medieval and Early-Modern Russia
first discovered medieval recreation when he joined the SCA over 33 years ago. When his interest turned to horses, Jordan branched out from the SCA, helping to found the Canadian arm of the IJA
(International Jousting Association), and was one of the first Canadians involved in the EJL (Euro Jousting League, since renamed the International Jousting League). Over the last decade, Jordan has jousted in seven countries on three continents, and brings a unique perspective to the field of the sport joust.
Class: Presenting the Medieval Joust as a Modern Sport
works in Resource Sharing at the University of Waterloo library where she enjoys the opportunities the job provides to further her own research efforts and those of others. Over the last decade Karen has demonstrated or lectured on various parts of the Viking Era textile process at multiple museums in North America. Karen's primary interests lie in spinning, weaving, dyeing, and naalbinding. Karen is a member of the Dark Ages Recreation Company, and travelled to L'Anse aux Meadows in 2010 to demonstrate many parts of the Viking Era textile process.
Classes: Digging in the dirt - attending an archaeological fieldschool Introduction to Drop Spinning
is an independent researcher, a member of The Gypsy Lore Society, The Medieval Pottery Research Group, The Peterborough Potters Guild, The Society for Creative Anachronism and the Dark Ages Re-enactment Company. Karina has spent the better part of twenty years researching and lecturing about the early and medieval history of the Romany people. In the past five years, she has developed a renewed interest in pottery and has begun an equally long journey researching and attempting to replicate historical finds. Karina is also interested in the textile field and is currently looking into historical knitting practices. She has lectured at the University of Michigan at Kalamazoo, the Peterborough Potters Guild and at numerous events for the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Classes: Fingerloop Braiding - beginner Fingerloop Braiding - Intermediate
is a Nuclear operator at Pickering with a penchant for smelting iron, forging iron, working iron and ...well, you get the idea. Cynred Broccan is an 11th century Anglo-Saxon thegn who likes to get his hands dirty at the forge, working wood and timber and smelting iron. His contemporaries thinks he's a little nuts, but Cynred doesn't care.
Class: A Working Day on a Victorian Farm and Estate
is completing a degree in North American Archaeology, has excavated in Jordan, Bermuda and Canada and has research interests in Islamic Archaeology; specifically glassmaking and the transition from Byzantine to Islamic technology in the East. She is very passionate about cooking and loves to combine her love of history with her passion for cooking.
Class: Eating the Past: The food of Apicius comes to life
has always had a love of history and followed this path through academics (Hons. BA in History), a career in archival work and information management and through participation in the SCA. As Lady Eluned verch Angor, she plays with string, fibres, bones and weeds well enough to be honoured as the current A&S Champion for Ealdormere.
Class: Stinging Nettles
, BA. Specialized in Mediaeval Philosophy and studied Renaissance Dance as part of a Drama minor at the University of Toronto. He works in IT for an international insurance company. http://guillaume.ealdormere.tel
. Marc is a long time member of the SCA where he is knwon as Fra. Guillaume di San Marino a Franciscan of the 3rd Order who holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Florance and earns a living doing diplomatic work for various city states.
Class: English 16th & 17th Century dances from the Inns of Courts
is an analytical chemist for the Ontario provincial government, specializing in the analysis of trace elements in geological samples. Prior to moving to Canada 15 years ago, he participated in 14th, 15th, and 16th century recreations in the UK, but over the last 10 years has developed a second interest in the culture and artefacts of the Viking Era. He has been tinkering with leather for a few years after discovering its versatility and ability to survive the rigours of life.
Class: Oh happy dagger! This is thy sheath
Margaret Trainor Cook
is currently an Executive chef, providing meals for Senior's in the London area. A retired Nurse, with a specialization in Gerontology and a Bsc from U of Guelph. With 3 Children and 4 Grandchildren her life is busy. She and her Husband Ken live just outside of London Ontario . Margaret is a member of the SCA, but also enjoys the study of the Victorian era.
Class: A Working Day on a Victorian Farm and Estate
is studying in the IT field. He has participated in the SCA as Lord William MacDonald of Balnagown for over 20 years were he enjoys woodworking. He is the tolerant husband of Jean Ross and has a beautiful lab mix dog named Bella.
Class: Large Menu Planning
Michael McAllister is the Coordinator of the Hamilton Military Museum
and the Hamilton & Scourge National Historic Site of Canada
. He has a B.A. (Archaeology Specialist) Degree from the University of Toronto and an M.A. (History) Degree from McMaster University. He has worked in museums and archaeology for the past 25 years. His research interests include: the social history of the military, environmental history and military history.
Class: The Hamilton & Scourge
is an engineer employed in the federal public service. She has been involved in living history for 20 years with a particular interest in Anglo-Saxon England.
Class: Early Medieval Weights and Measures
graduated from Laurier in 2011 proudly clutching a degree in North American Historical-Industrial Archaeology and is now back at school getting a post-graduate degree in cartography from Fleming College. When not digging or making maps (complete with sea monsters of course) he can be found either scribbling away in his notebook writing and smoking a clay pipe or off searching for the holy grail in antique stores.
Class: A Mere Matter of Marching: Causes and Impact of the War of 1812
is a technical director at BlueCoat Systems and a student of Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University
. In his spare time he works with museums, libraries, schools, and various groups to promote an appreciation of Viking Era Scandinavia, and the application of project management to museums and historical projects such as this conference. His primary research interest over the last 20 years has been applications of experimental archaeology to the anthropological and technological processes of the Viking Era, specifically including iron smelting and bead making. He is a charter member of the local PMI chapter, a member of the Ontario Museum Association, and a member of multiple re-enactment groups including the Dark Ages Recreation Company
Classes: Experimental Vikings: Glass and Iron Digging in the dirt - attending an archaeological fieldschool
BFA(Bachelor of Fine Arts); BA(History); HBSc(Psychology) works as a Clinical Psychometrist at The Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. On the weeknights and weekends he spends his time in his shop, putting together whatever project his Lady's heart desires. Embroiled in that is his active participation in the SCA where he is known as Augustyn von Brixen.
Classes: Small Kit Box Construction Workshop Trade Guilds and Furniture Construction Styles in Medieval England
is a recent graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA Honours in Near Eastern Archaeology and Medieval Studies. She completed her field school in Jordan at the Wadi ath-Thamad project under Dr. P.M Michele Daviau. She worked for Archaeological Research Associates Ltd. this past season and will be attending The University of Sheffield to pursue her Master of Arts degree in the Archaeology, Bible and Ancient Cultures program. Her research interests include Southern Levantine burials, Iron Age rituals and the Early to Medieval Church.
Class: What Middle Bronze Age grave goods say - Southern Levantine tombs
is an IT systems developer in Toronto, and is grateful to work in an industry that forgives long hair and strange hobbies. In the SCA, Piero di Paxiti da Vincenza is a man well-known to the authorities in Venice, who travels with caution, drinks in moderation, and very rarely speaks of his work.
R. M. Kerr
studied Ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures largely in Tübingen and Leyden.
Class: The life and times of the unicorn
is a private school teacher from Orangeville, ON. A graduate from the University of Waterloo in history, art and music, he has been involved in living history and museum work since working in the 1980s at the 1914 living museum Doon Heritage Crossroads in Kitchener. Through DARC, Richard has presented Norse culture at several museums including Woodstock Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Cranbrook Museum (MI), Haffenreffer Museum (RI), Peterborough Centennial Museum and most recently L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. Currently, Richard is busy reconstructing dances and music from the Gresley manuscript, and recreating tools and other artifacts from the norse period.
Classes: Meaningful Scratches Bawdy Songs & Love Ballads Pewter Casting for Beginners
is a high school chemistry teacher with fifteen years of weaving experience. He was a guest instructor at WASOON 2008, a weavers and spinners conference, and has taught numerous classes across the province including many previous FITP sessions. In the fall of 2008, several of his pieces were part of the 'Grave Goods' exhibition at the Woodstock museum. He is currently working on recreating a 16th century Ethiopian tablet-woven curtain that was discovered by Prof. Michael Gervers of the University of Toronto in a cave church in Abba Yohanni.
Classes: Introduction to Tablet Weaving Brocaded Tablet Weaving
has been a research and contract archaeologist since 1988, working on sites in Britain, Italy, and Canada. He has worked on sites of most periods, except the Paleolithic, PaleoIndian, and Neolithic. Currently, his main interest is in the industrial landscape of Coalbrookdale (England), and the early days of the 'long industrial revolution' (1250-1950). His most recent project is the Upper Forge, conducted in conjunction with Paul Belford of Nexus Archaeology. This projected excavated the earliest cementation steel furnace in Britain. His field experience has included most types of excavation and survey, including geophysical survey, topographic survey, and aerial photography analysis. He has a strong interest in the development of archaeological methods and their effectiveness and applicability. He currently works for the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, and the Medieval Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Class: Archaeology and the Single Re-enactor
is a teacher and computer consultant/technician. He has been involved with archery in some capacity for over 35 years. He's been doing research for museums and his own personal gratification for over 20 years as a hobby. Though he loves to study all cultures use of bows, his favourite is that of the English Longbow.
Class: The Logistics of Supplying English Archers during a battle
is an elementary teacher and practices various crafts including blacksmithing, silver smithing, woodwork, wood carving, marquetry and stained glass - and occasionally makes sausages and likes to cook.
Class: Get Stuffed!!! - Sausage-Making and You
is currently finishing up her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Classical and Medieval Studies with a minor in Archaeology. She had been interested in the medieval period since she was a child and continues to be fascinated. Samantha took up knitting as a way to procrastinate and found it soothing as well as hugely creative!
Classes: A second look at Art Working Up the Past - A History of Knitting
is an Archaeology and Medieval Studies student at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is currently completing his third year and hopes to pursue graduate studies in Medieval Archaeology with a specific focus on violence during the Middle Ages.
Class: Torture 101
is a certified project manager (PMP) with a financial services company in downtown Toronto, and also holds a PhD in medieval history. She lives in Ajax with her husband and small herd of cats, and is also involved in Toastmasters. She is a calligrapher, illuminator, clothier, researcher, archer, and dyed in the wool project manager, even outside her job. She is a former editor of the SCA's international magazine and is currently about to become Trillium Herald for Ealdormere. In the SCA she is known as Nicolaa de Bracton, a 13th century minor noblewoman born in Leicester and now living in London.
Classes: Norse wire weaving Sex and the Church
(Helmut) is an artisan and blacksmith who specializes in recreating historical items from wide range of materials. He learned whip making in his teens (40 years ago) from a harness maker who started his apprenticeship in 1908 with the last company to supply the British Navy with punishment whips. The British Navy allowed flogging as punishment up until the early 30's. Tim learned to make styles of whips rarely seen since WW2 and he presently makes about 50 to 60 whips a year.
Class: Whips and whip making, a misunderstood tool
is a Garden Demonstrator at Dundurn National Historic Site
. She started as a summer student for the two-acre historic Kitchen Garden in 2008, and fell in love with the place. After completing her History and English degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2010, she returned to Dundurn. She has continued on as a Historic Interpreter and Garden Demonstrator, and works interpreting and exhibiting all areas of the estate. When not busy with historic gardening, she manages her own asparagus and garlic patch, does some public speaking and landscaping, and generally tries to make the world a better place through gardens and food.
Class: Dundurn Castle and the 1855 Kitchen Garden
- known in the SCA as Eleanor of Huntingdon - is interested in many facets of history, including spinning, bead-making and costuming. She is particularly fascinated by cooking, from Roman times up to the mid seventeenth century. She lives in Mississauga and has a BSc.
Class: 14th Century French Feasts
retired from administrative work 2 ½ years ago and enjoys spending time with her family, her beloved cat, knitting, crocheting, sewing, spinning, weaving and gardening/flax farming. Her quest to learn how to get the fibre from the flax she has been growing in a local biblical garden since 2000 led her to the SCA in the fall of 2003, where she is known as Anne of Saffron Walden. Anne enjoys learning as many new A&S skills as possible especially, but not exclusively, in fibre arts.
Class: Linen: flax seed to fibreContact us
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