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1958 : A year to remember

Item is a film containing highlights of British Columbia's centennial year in Vancouver. Includes shots of an antique car parade, a tall ship at dock, naval vessels, street decorations in Vancouver, Chinese Freemasons parade (with drill team, dragon dance, etc.), a powwow, horse racing at Exhibition Park, PNE parade, and the last of the region's interurban streetcars. Film also includes footage showing the aftermath of the Second Narrows Bridge collapse.

CBC News - Vancouver Centennial

Item is a videocassette containing five clips from CBC news on the subject of the Vancouver Centennial celebrations.

The first clip depicts a ribbon cutting ceremony for Castle Vancouver, a replica of Coevorden Castle, Captain George Vancouver’s ancestral home. This was a donation from the Netherlands and was attended by Dutch dignitaries; a discussion of the massive birthday cake prepared for the centennial celebrations, including footage of the cake and it’s preparation, and an interview with the baker; and revealing the new welcome sign for the city.

The second clip is a montage of still photographs and motion picture footage illustrating major events in the history of the city of Vancouver. The third clip is about the arrival of Governor General Jeanne Sauvé for the centennial celebrations. She is introduced by Mayor Michael Harcourt, and gives a short speech.

The fourth clip is about the centennial celebrations themselves, and includes footage of bands, parades, the concert at Brockton Point, and families enjoying the day. The clip presents a variety of people from the celebrations wishing Vancouver ‘Happy Birthday’ for the camera. The clip finishes with scenes from the cake cutting ceremony with Governor General Sauvé and Mayor Harcourt, as well as Sauvé turning on the water for the restored Jubilee Fountain.

The fifth clip is the visit of Mayor Harcourt, his family, and [Leora Apsoruis] (the Vancouver Jubilee baby, born on April 6, 1936) to the hospital room of the centennial baby.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

City shapes

Item is a recording of three different advertisements for City Shapes, the Vancouver Centennial Sculpture Symposium, 1986. The first two shorter advertisements include images of smaller sculptures while a voice over narrator talks about the sculpture symposium. The final longer advertisement includes aerial footage and an expanded discussion of Vancouver history and sculpture in addition to the same images of smaller sculptures and exposition about the sculpture symposium.

History of Vancouver — 100th birthday

Item is a videocassette, containing a documentary slide show of Vancouver photographs with an historic, cultural, and celebratory focus.

A voiceover (Ursula Hubel) discusses the early history of Vancouver, the centennial celebration, the Vancouver Centennial Commission, and some of the various activities that will take place in late 1985 and throughout the centennial year of 1986. The voiceover discusses the benefits of becoming a sponsor or supplier of the celebration, which includes the right to use the centennial mascot, Tillicum, to promote products and services, access to the corporate sponsorship program, tax deductible receipts, and inclusion of approved projects in the official centennial events program. It concludes with a general encouragement to participate in the centennial celebration.

Ursus Production

Make Vancouver Sparkle Campaign

Item is a videocassette containing a short news piece from 1st News Vancouver (broadcast on CKVU-TV) on the Vancouver Centennial Commission’s Make Vancouver Sparkle campaign and associated contests.

The program was aired two weeks before the contest was scheduled to end. Presenter George Duthie discusses the low response rate to the program, the prizes being offered, and interviews some of the few people (Eileen Mosca and Bob Walberg) who had participated to date. He also discusses the contest requirements with a publicist for the program, Doreen Maruska.

CKVU-DT

Vancouver : a year in motion

Item is a videocassette containing interviews of photographers involved in a Vancouver Centennial comemmoration project.

In anticipation of the centennial year, Tom Sutherland and Cindy Bellamy worked with over fifty photographers to put together a photographic portrait book of Vancouver called “Vancouver: A Year in Motion”, intended to capture the face of the city at teh Centennial. Producer/director Craig Sawchuk followed and interviewed eight of the photographers for a documentary about the project.

The documentary follows Heather Dean, an aerial photographer, in a helicopter over Vancouver showing aerial views of the city including popular landmarks such as Canada Place, the Science Centre, BC Place, and the harbor. Sterling Ward spends some time photographing the development of the Expo 86 sites, a roller coaster, and some of the sculpture installations. Al Harvey takes candid shots at the beach during the polar bear swim and celebration on the first day on 1986. Colin Savage discusses remote control photography and swims with a dolphin and beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium with trainer Doug Pemberton. Albert Chin photographs a traditional Chinese lion ceremony for the opening of a new restaurant in Chinatown. Derik Murray was the official photographer of the Vancouver Canucks and the documentary follows him to a hockey game (Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins). Greg Athens does a photo shoot on Grouse Mountain with professional freestyle skier [Darryl Bowie]. Lloyd Sutton spends time on Granville Island photographing the local scenery, shops, and a glass blowing lesson/studio.

The documentary concludes with a scene of the photographers together going through the photos around a large table. The documentary is dedicated to Rick Hansen and concludes with footage of Hansen.

Sawchuk, Craig

Vancouver centennial song

Item is a videocassette containing a feature from Vancouver television station BCTV’s News Hour (April 4, 1985) about the winning song in the Vancouver Centennial theme song contest: ‘The Vancouver Song’ or ‘Vancouver (you'll always look like home to me)’.

Presenter Clive Jackson discusses the song, contest, and recording over studio production footage of the recording of the song. The piece also includes an interview with Megan Metcalfe, the song’s composer, about how she came up with the song and an interview with Brian Tate (the producer) about what kind of song the contest committee was looking for. A large chunk of the finished song is then played over shots of Vancouver life and landmarks. The presenter then plays the track for a variety of people on the street in downtown Vancouver for their reactions.

BCTV

Vancouver on the move

Item is a videocassette containing a documentary about the city of Vancouver.

The main focus of the documentary as a whole is the social and cultural life in the city and the relationship between the people and their surroundings in 1986, the centenary year. The visual elements are a combination of historical photographs, hand drawn illustrations, historical moving image footage, and moving image footage shot by the filmmakers between 1985 and 1986. Music with a narrator speaking in the foreground accompanies the visuals.

The early history of Vancouver is told through stories about George Vancouver naming point Grey and Burrard channel and meeting First Nations people, John Deighton (“Gassy Jack”) opening his saloon, the first city council meeting, and the arrival of the first CPR train from Montreal and ship from Yokohama.

The discussion of modern life in Vancouver that makes up the bulk of the documentary is roughly divided into sections. The first section discusses modern commerce, including shipping, transportation, forestry, fishing, and tourism. The second section discusses cultural life, including the natural beauty of Stanley Park, street scenes in Chinatown, the expo grounds and the SkyTrain, street musicians, children playing at a water park, and a football game at BC Place.

The third section focuses on the immigrant experience and how a diversity of cultures enriches life in the city. This point is illustrated with scenes of new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony, Tai Chi in Queen Elizabeth Park and Chinese dragons in Chinatown, the Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Powell Street Festival, a Sikh Wedding and street scenes of Main Street in South Vancouver. It also explores the dark side of the immigrant experience, discussing the 1907 race riots, the Japanese internment camps, the Komagata Maru incident, and the struggle of First Nations peoples to recover and retain their cultural heritage.

The fourth section deals with Vancouverites' love of being outside, with footage of outdoor aerobics and other fitness activities, relaxing on the beach and ‘being seen’, outdoor cocktail parties and dining, a family picnic in the park, outdoor theatre, and sailing.

Okexnon Films Inc.

Vancouver's birthday party

The feature is a presentation from BCTV’s News Hour (April 6, 1986) about the centennial birthday celebrations at Stanley Park. Presenter Irene Daniels discusses the celebration over footage of a variety of activities and events throughout the day. The feature begins with a one hundred gun salute, fireboats on the harbor, and a long section of the birthday fireworks. Next is footage of Mayor Michael Harcourt visiting the first baby born on April 6th, followed by footage of the parade, the concert at Brockton Point, and various celebratory park activities. The feature concludes with a speech by Governor General Jeanne Sauvé and the cutting of the Centennial cake by Sauvé and the mayor.

Yokohama festival, joint concert in Stanley Park

Item is a videocassette containing a news presentation from Japanese television about a joint concert [in Stanley Park] with Japanese and Canadian youths leading up to the Yokohama Day celebration at Expo 86.

The broadcast begins with a newscaster introducing the piece, and cuts to performances of Japanese and Canadian musicians playing jazz and band music, followed by short interviews with English speakers reacting to the music and the cultural exchange. Next up is a fashion show with ‘Miss Yokohama’ and a mixture of Japanese and Western women in traditional Japanese clothing, followed by a group of Japanese women playing traditional music on Koto. Street scenes of the grounds are followed by a brief interview with [an unknown politician or organizer] (in English) and then interviews with Japanese youth on the grounds. The band from earlier then plays an evening show, followed by interviews with the young Japanese musicians and some of the audience members (in English). The spot concludes with night footage of the grounds.