Source: SC Modiste and Toronto Railway Museum
Date: July 2022
Interviewer: Thomas Blampied
Interviewee: SC Modiste
Location: Virtual interview
SC Modiste explains what she would like audiences to know about Walter.
SC Modiste: “I think I’d like the one thing for them to know is when you’re coming from nothing, really zero, not even a mother or father, and you set your sights and you just keep going, you’re gonna get there. You’re just going to get there, wherever that is, that you’re going for it, you’re gonna get there. No matter what’s happened to you, you don’t maybe know what’s going to happen ahead of time, but I think just this drive, I’m not gonna say an extraordinary drive, just the drive, human drive, to survive. I think that’s what it is, it’s about this human drive, for survival and what is around you, what can make that now, everywhere you are. You know, you take the drive and you end up into a different now, and then another now, and another now and I think that’s what I like about him. You know for all the things, he still kept going, kept going and into that you know, oh eviction, oh the kids ate all the candy, oh you know I have my great idea, all women barbers on Queen Street in Toronto, oh I’m old, oh okay I’m getting evicted, I’m being put, you know, just the now and the now and the now, and my mother says, to me now she says: ‘I wonder what he would say now if he knew what you were doing and how important he is to you’ and it’s so true, like he, she said: ‘he’d be so amazed, he’d be so amazed’. So that’s, I’m just bringing him to life, right? He had a life, he’s alive, for me now, this person is alive, and I think that’s maybe what history is, when we do this research and looking and doing and then we can bring it alive.”