Today marks a significant anniversary. Fifty years ago today, the 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, as it was commonly known, opened officially to the public. The Category One World’s Fair was held in Montreal, from April 27th to October 29th, 1967. It is considered to be the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century with the most attendees to that date and 62 nations participating. It also set the single-day attendance record for a world’s fair, with 569,500 visitors on its third day. Expo 67 was Canada’s main celebration during our centennial year. The fair had been intended to be held in Moscow, to help the Soviet Union celebrate the Russian Revolution’s 50th anniversary; however, for various reasons, the Soviets decided to cancel, and it was awarded to Canada in late 1962.
The project was not well supported in Canada at first. It took the determination of Montreal’s mayor, Jean Drapeau, and a new team of managers to guide it past political, physical hurdles and timing constraints. Defying many naysayers that said it could not be done, the fair opened on time. After Expo 67 ended in October 1967, the site and most of the pavilions continued on as an exhibition called ‘Man and His World’, open during the summer months from 1968 until 1984. But by the mid 80s, most of the buildings — which had not been designed to last beyond the original exhibition — had deteriorated and were dismantled. Today, the islands that hosted the world exhibition are mainly used as parkland and for recreational use, with only a few remaining structures from Expo 67 to show that the event was held there.
Fifty years after it opened, a new documentary celebrates the people who made Expo 67 possible. The story the filmmakers tell in ‘Expo 67: Mission Impossible’ reveals what went on behind the scenes at the international exhibition. It will open in select theatres on April 28th.
Who remembers this? “Canada” (also known as “Ca-na-da” or “The Centennial Song”, French version “Une chanson du centenaire”) was written by Bobby Gimby in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s centennial and Expo 67. The song was written in both of Canada’s official languages, English and French. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18-oRTLIe3I
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