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The Missing Millionaire: The True Story of Ambrose Small and the City Obsessed With Finding Him

Start Date and Time:

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:30PM

End Date and Time:

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9:00PM


Katie Daubs, David A. Wilson

Charismatic, charming, unscrupulous and vindictive, Ambrose Small was one of the most successful impresarios in Canada's history.  As the owner of the Grand Opera House in Toronto, he brought an array of English and American stars to Canadian audiences.  In December 1919, he sold his network of Ontario theatres, deposited a cheque for $1 million – and was never seen again.

In the first event of the joint Dictionary of Canadian Biography and Massey College Speaker Series, Katie Daubs, author of The Missing Millionaire: The True Story of Ambrose Small and the City Obsessed with Finding Him, will discuss the mercurial life of Ambrose Small, the mystery of his disappearance, and the character of the city in which he operated.

Katie Daubs (2016–2017 Massey Southam Fellow) will discuss her work with David A. Wilson, General Editor, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, followed by a Q&A.


  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography
  • Massey College

Contact Information

Loretta James

Dictionary of Canadian Biography


Upper Library, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 2E1 view full map


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