A Place to Stand, a Place to Grow, Ontar-i-ar-i-ar-i-o

Back in the 1960's, the province of Ontario commissioned a short film and song to promote tourism at Expo 1967 in Montreal. Written by Dolores Claman (also of Hockey Night in Canada theme song fame), the catchy tune still lives as memories held within the deeper folds in our brains. I remember learning and singing the song in school as a kid in the 1980's.

The song was revived by Rick Mercer on the Mercer Report in 2004 when they created this parody, which emphasized the "grow" concept in Toronto (and I only saw this for the first time today).

Check out the original video, and links to the province's current tourism promotional efforts after the jump...

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The original:

Check out more nostalgic Ontario tourism promotions from the Ontario tourism archives, and to see what the government is doing to promote tourism in 2008, check out the Ministry of Tourism and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership.

A tip of the hat to squeakyrat for seeding this one :)


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