British-born, F. Guy Bradford arrived in Canada in 1902 accompanied by Joseph Rosenthal, with whom Bradford worked until the end of 1903 shooting views for the series Living Canada (commissioned by Canadian Pacific Railway). After concluding his work on this series, Bradford stayed in Canada and started a “travelling” company, the London Bioscope. With a show consisting of Living Canada views, imported views and local films, Bradford’s company crossed the country between 1903 and 1905. In December 1905, Bradford opened what may have been the first nickelodeon in Montreal, the Bijou theatre. However, the theatre closed within a few months. Bradford then settled in Saint John, New Brunswick, where he managed various theatres for Nickel’s, an American chain.