Ontariana

Nov. 16th, 2009 12:28 pm
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A Place To StandSome time ago a friend found a box of 45s by the side of the road and gave them to me. Amongst well used singles by The Toys, Gene Chandler, Paul Anka and the Beatles was a near pristine copy of the Ontario song from the Ontario pavilion at Expo '67 in Montréal.

Maybe I've worked at Local History too long and have become to sentimental. But I can't help but consider the provenance. Did this young girl travel to Montréal and visit the Expo bringing this record back home to Hamilton? Or maybe they were given out at school? Nobody can know for sure.

What I do know is that these songs can transport me back to a time in Canadian history of unfettered idealism that I missed out on.

A Place to Stand (Theme I) by nfotxn

A Place to Stand (Theme II) by nfotxn

Date: 2009-11-16 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anti-tao-monger.livejournal.com
Man, what a lush sensation.

No, sentimentality is awesome. Listening to that sweeps me back to a time of climbing the white rock of Kilarney with my parents, moving between the spruce and jackpines, picking at the abundant outcropping of thick moss, and slipping into the unimaginable, clear water.

That's some good stuff.

Date: 2009-11-17 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pensivegargoyle.livejournal.com
All it needs now is a dance remix.

Date: 2009-11-17 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] urso.livejournal.com
I'm so tickled you posted this.

This song and the film that goes with it is still famous in world's fair lore. Expo 67 brought about so many innovations to world's fair pavilion presentations.

Here's the video of the film:



I'm a USA'er who was born the year this was shown, and I lived in Ontario and couldn't deal with the weather, and *I'm* sentimental about it.

Date: 2009-11-17 08:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] urso.livejournal.com
OK... One more comment before I get carried away talking about Canadian patriotic music at world's fairs.

I *did* get to go to Expo 86 in Vancouver and loved the song from the Canada Pavilion:
http://www.bobbuckley.com/audio/QD2_44_48/4838ThisIsMyHome.mov

I remember thinking for a split second how proud I was to be Canadian... before remember that I wasn't.

Date: 2009-11-21 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tkn1114.livejournal.com
bookmarking to learn more. Thanks.

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