At 10 pm on Sunday, October 4, 1964, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation introduced its innovative public affairs program, This Hour Has Seven Days. By year's end, the show was attracting 2 million watchers. Fifty shows later, when the CBC killed Seven Days, it had an audience of 3.
The Vancouver Playhouse adopted the standard program pattern for regional theatres in Canada - a September to May season of about 6 plays that were mainly recent London and Broadway successes with a few classics included. From as early as 1966, every season featured at least one Canadian play.
The Snowbird legacy is part of a rich air show tradition in Canada that began nearly a century ago. Ever since J.A.D. McCURDY coaxed the SILVER DART into the air in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on 23 February 1909, Canadians have been fascinated with airplanes and their role in shaping the nation.
Foon wrote Heracles, about Greek heroes; Raft Baby, a l9th-century tale from the BC interior; and The Windigo, from an Ojibwa myth. Shadowdance, written by Sheldon Rosen and directed by Yurek Bogajewicz, was an innovation in children's theatre and provided a frightening glimpse of a medieval world.
The attribution of the music to a native-born priest, Charles-Amador Martin (1648-1711), is an attractive possibility, though not fully proven. This piece, though not nearly as early as the earliest compositions from New Spain, does antedate the earliest known by composers of New England.
In 1964, actors Françoise Graton, Gilles Pelletier and director Georges Groulx convinced the Jesuit school responsible for Le Théâtre du Gesù (a congenial amphitheatre) to finance their production of Racine's Iphigénie. Their idea was to produce a play that was part of the school curriculum.
The Canadian musical, like Canadian film, has always suffered in the public eye by comparison with its larger, more affluent American counterpart. The American musical, with its emphasis on extravagant production, has been the most successful commercial theatrical form of the 20th century.