Listening to the Fur Trade: A New History of its Sounds, Songs, and Ceremonies

Although remembered for its material exchanges, this talk will explore how the fur trade was also predicated on musical exchanges and soundways among its diverse participants. Extensive archival and museum-based research reveals the confluence of musical cultures that intersected and developed in and around the trading posts, in the canoes, and on the portages, including Indigenous music, voyageur songs, and instrumental dance-music from the fiddle.

  • $3/person
  • No pre-registration required
  • Doors open at 6:30PM with the presentation to begin at 7:00PM

Speaker bio:

Daniel Laxer earned his PhD in history from the University of Toronto and works as a researcher in the Negotiations and Reconciliation Division of Ontario’s Ministry of Indigenous Affairs.




Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm

*closed on holiday weekend Saturdays and Mondays

Macpherson House & Park hours

Closed for the season – stay tuned for 2023 updates

Archives Hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm*, 1pm –4pm

*closed from 12pm –  1pm 

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults (ages 13+): $3
Children (ages 12 and under): free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5

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