Distinctly Canadian

As the Canadian Editor of U.S.-owned Liberty magazine in the 1940s, Charles James (C.J.) Harris introduced the concept of Canadian content by insisting he be permitted to publish Canadian stories written by Canadians. He subsequently helped develop many of Canada's most influential writers.

As "The Swift Canadian Money Man" on CFRB radio in Toronto, if he couldn't correctly answer a question about Canadian culture, geography, politics, economics, etc., the caller would win a prize. The sponsor eventually had to request that he let people win!


For 30 years, he tenaciously wrote and published an annual book called "Quick Canadian Facts". He believed, "when Canadians know more about Canada, they will realize how fortunate we are". The fact the book rarely made a profit did not discourage him.

His credo "do well by doing good" was exemplified through involvement with the Olympiad for the Physically Disabled, Care of Canada and Miles for Millions, among other worthy causes. A proud Canadian with an enormous generosity of spirit, he continues to have a profound influence on those who knew him.

METRONOME MUSIC MUSEUM is dedicated to the "distinctly Canadian" Marshall McLuhan, Pierre Trudeau, The Group of Seven and C.J. Harris, a man who refused to take Canada for granted.

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