The Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces invites you to Fortissimo on Parliament Hill


Fortissimo is a military and musical spectacular created for the lawns of Parliament Hill featuring massed military bands, pipes and drums, guest performers and the soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard. It is a showcase event in the Nation's Capital that has drawn thousands of spectators since it began in 199.

The Origins of Fortissimo: Retreat and Tattoo

Fortissimo is based on two evening routines once carried out by soldiers every day.

The first occurred at sunset, when soldiers fired evening guns, withdrew into fortified camps and cities, locked the gates, and as the sun set and darkness approached, lowered the flag for the night. This was called Retreat. Originally, the calls that ordered this routine were beaten on drums, and the routine is still commonly called "Beating Retreat."

The second routine followed at or near dusk when the night watch was set. Rounds were made to check the sentries (with drum or bugle calls to indicate when the "First Post" and the "Last Post" were reached). During this period, the drums beat a warning for all to return to barracks. Often the band played popular tunes, an evening hymn and finally the national anthem. This became known as Tattoo.

The word “Tattoo” is said to have derived from the Dutch “die den tap toe,” which is translated as “turn off the taps.” It probably originated from campaigns in the Low Countries in Europe in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is associated with the practice of a drummer being detailed to beat an order to the tavern and innkeepers to stop serving ale, and for the soldiers to stop drinking and parade for a final muster before returning to quarters.

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The Canada Club of Victoria is a not-for-profit social club for Canadians or non-Canadians who have strong ties to Canada. We are based in Melbourne, Australia but do serve the state of Victoria. We try to provide a bit of 'Canadiana' to our members, whether they are permanent residents or here on a short visit.

Contact Name: Wes Radulski - President Canada Club of Victoria
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What We Do
We host several major social events such as Thanksgiving Dinner, Canada Day Celebrations, Christmas party, and a mixture of other events - generally on a monthly basis. We try to provide a mix of adult and family-oriented activities. Most events are conducted on a break-even basis.   

We provide our members a Canada Club newsletter, which includes notices of upcoming club activities, as well as a membership directory which helps members keep in touch with other members.

We provide club information via email to our members. Members can also be put on a second email list so that they will get any other Canadian information passed our way.   

Through our members and connections in the Victoria community, we try to pass on discounts or special offers to our club members.

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