Treasures of the Lost Villages

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For local filmmakers John Earle and Frank Burelle, one trip back in time wasn’t enough. With Treasures of The Lost Villages, the duo return to the sites previously explored in their first documentary film, Submerged. “There was just too much material to put into one film,” says Earle. Burelle quickly adds, “There were so many more stories that needed to be told.” Some of the stories featured in Treasures of The Lost Villages are those of former Provincial Paper Ltd. employees who had to leave the village of Mille Roches to follow mill jobs to Thorold in southern Ontario.

Another aspect of the film explores the economic boom to the area that the massive projects brought to this quiet corner of Ontario. The stories range from humorous to heartbreaking. “We had an overwhelming response to Submerged when it was released last year,” says Burelle. The film ran three sold-out shows at Galaxy Cinemas in Cornwall, two follow-up shows at the Cornwall Public Library, and sold over a thousand DVDs. Both Burelle and Earle say tickets sales for the new film are racking up and it won’t be long before the two June shows are completely sold out.

The new film also features music by local musicians Liam (Bruce Ciccarelli), TheShiners, and the Trench Town Oddities.

The film coincides with the commemorative coin that the group released in cooperation with the Lost Villages Historical Society for the 50th anniversary of the inundation. Sales from the $5 golden coin will go toward helping fund future projects between the two groups.

Treasures of The Lost Villages will be premiering on June 14 at 10 a.m. at the Galaxy Cinemas, followed by a second Galaxy showing on June 21 at 10 a.m.

Tickets and coins are available at Cornwall Seaway Valley Tourism on Water Street, Auld Kirktown in Lancaster, The Lost Villages Museum at Ault Park, Pier 31 in Morrisburg, or online at For more information call 613-933-4027 or 613-534-2197.

Organizations: The Lost Villages Museum, Galaxy Cinemas, Provincial Paper Cornwall Public Library Lost Villages Historical Society Cornwall Seaway Valley Tourism

Geographic location: Mille Roches, Southern Ontario, Ontario Cornwall Water Street Lancaster Ault Park Morrisburg

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