Expo 67’s Lack of Corporate Branding

As we mark the 150th birthday of Canada – rare are references to it as our sesquicentennial, thank God – we are also celebrating the city of Montreal’s 375th anniversary. But for me the most enjoyable reminiscences have been those documenting the 50th anniversary of EXPO 67. One of the things that has struck meContinue reading “Expo 67’s Lack of Corporate Branding”

Seeking Expo 67 Artist

During the many trips to EXPO 67 fifty years ago as a seven year old child I had the opportunity to stock-up a lifetime of interesting experiences. On one such occasion my aunt, with whom I made most of my visits, had me sit for a portrait sketch. She would subsequently have the sketch framedContinue reading “Seeking Expo 67 Artist”

Montreal Fifty Years After EXPO 67; Sorry Mayor Drapeau

Fifty years ago this week , Thursday, April 27, 1967 to be precise, was the opening day of Montreal’s EXPO 67 World’s Fair. It was a General Exposition of the first category as decreed by the  Bureau International des Expositions (the first fair of this magnitude ever to be held in North America). The themeContinue reading “Montreal Fifty Years After EXPO 67; Sorry Mayor Drapeau”

The (Possible) Future of Baseball in Montreal

The following appeared in the Montreal Gazette today. Another very successful baseball weekend has taken place in Montreal. One that, upon reflection, speaks volumes about how the city has evolved. Over one hundred thousand fans ponied up to watch two games between the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox. The nostalgia was thicker thanContinue reading “The (Possible) Future of Baseball in Montreal”

A Short History of Montreal’s Anglo/Irish Pubs

Here’s a re-post of a popular piece on Montreal’s Anglo/Irish pubs. Just in time for St. Patrick’s day! To see the original post, including many comments from former employees and patrons click here. Back when I was young, during the mid-seventies,  it seemed Montreal was awash with Anglo/Irish Pubs. There’s still a good number ofContinue reading “A Short History of Montreal’s Anglo/Irish Pubs”

Rerun: Montreal’s History of Anglo/Irish Pubs

They say that one of the signs you’re getting old is that you find yourself, more and more often, using phrases such as: When I was a boy/girl, Back when I was young, In my day, When I was a kid. Well, you get the idea. Rather than fight this tendency I’ve decided to embraceContinue reading “Rerun: Montreal’s History of Anglo/Irish Pubs”

Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember

  This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember calls upon bloggers to think back. Here’s a freestyle memory piece. I remember… … during the mid-seventies,  it seemed Montreal was awash with Anglo/Irish Pubs. There’s still a good number of them today including Hurley’s, McKibbin’s , The Irish Embassy and the Old Dublin to name but aContinue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: I Remember”

Back when I was young: Montreal’s Anglo/Irish Pubs

They say that one of the signs you’re getting old is that you find yourself, more and more often, using phrases such as: When I was a boy/girl, Back when I was young, In my day, When I was a kid. Well, you get the idea. Rather than fight this tendency I’ve decided to embraceContinue reading “Back when I was young: Montreal’s Anglo/Irish Pubs”

Forty-five years ago today was Westmount Day at EXPO 67

Forty-five years ago today, October 17, 1967, was Westmount Day at EXPO 67. The City had spent the princely sum of $135,000 to sponsor the Plaza of the Universe at EXPO 67. The celebrations began at the Fair site and  continued in Westmount Park later in the day and into the evening. Although it wasContinue reading “Forty-five years ago today was Westmount Day at EXPO 67”

Montreal, EXPO 67 and the van Ginkels

There is a great piece in today’s The Gazette on the van Ginkels who created much of what Montreal is today. Not only the development of the old Port, but a major role in the biggest urban project the city has seen – EXPO 67. The combination of creativity and a Mayor – Jean DrapeauContinue reading “Montreal, EXPO 67 and the van Ginkels”