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RETRONTARIO: Yours To Rediscover. "RETRONTARIO was created to celebrate the neglected corners of Ontario’s rich televisual history; to put back into circulation material which rightly or wrongly had fallen into a black hole and was for all intents and purposes, lost."
posted by chunking express (23 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 


Oh man, that robot.

Sadly, there are no Short Circuitz posted. They're like earworms except they come with visuals.
posted by AmandaA at 9:01 AM on February 13, 2012


Oh... Ontario Place promo film, 1971.

For a moment I was I was hoping for some hot retro action on the pedal boats.
posted by Kabanos at 9:01 AM on February 13, 2012


Needs more "Rainbow Country."
posted by No Robots at 9:01 AM on February 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


You don't lose your "centre of the universe" rep when you include content that was shown all over Canada. At least I suspect a lot of it was (I immigrated in '97, first visited in '84).
posted by ethnomethodologist at 9:08 AM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


My favourite retro Ontario footage has got to be Nobody Waved Good-bye.
posted by Beardman at 9:10 AM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Needs more Definition.
posted by Kabanos at 9:14 AM on February 13, 2012


Hmm... didn't find the two episodes of You Can't Do That On Television I was looking for: Adoption and Divorce.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 9:14 AM on February 13, 2012


Anyone in and around Toronto who spent time bar hopping in the early 80's, undoubtedly spent some wind-down time with Chuck. The All Night Show had a brief, but very fondly remembered run.
posted by davebush at 9:39 AM on February 13, 2012




I grew up in Ontario, but I'm slightly too young to recognize anything here (except Astar, which seemingly ran for decades). Needs more 90s. I suppose I feel more like a child of the 80s than I really am, because so many of the children's shows I watched in the 90s were 80s television re-runs?

Shows like The Smoggies, The Littlest Hobo, Fred Penner's Place, Mr. Dressup, and the Polka Dot Door.

And maybe the real message here is that I shouldn't be trying to feel nostalgic about my childhood television experiences when I'm only 25?




BONUS PSA: Don't You Put It In Your Mouth
posted by Nutri-Matic Drinks Synthesizer at 9:51 AM on February 13, 2012


Love the rare clip from the classic All-Nite show but sad to find out that
Elwy Yost died, host of Magic Shadows--that show came on after Dr. Who on Channel 19, he taught me more about movies than just about anyone, and I learned that he son the son of a pickle magnet and that his son, Graham Yost, wrote "Speed".
Now if only I can scratch the nostalgia itch with more Commander Tom, Rocketship 7 (both from Buffalo) and CFTO's Uncle Bobby Show. sigh.
posted by Duck_Lips at 10:19 AM on February 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


BONUS PSA: Don't You Put It In Your Mouth

Also, don't forget the PSA about salt and your eyes
posted by phirleh at 10:29 AM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Looks like the site went down. Shame. Did anyone notice if they mentioned Read All About It? I once found a site that had every episode available from both seasons for download. I got them all, but since lost them in a hard drive crash. It's really a show that deserves more than the obscurity in which it languishes.
posted by JHarris at 10:40 AM on February 13, 2012


Oh, great. Now I have Read All About It stuck in my head. I think I started watching that because there was a computer in it and it was on before or after Bits & Bytes.
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 10:43 AM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Now if only I can scratch the nostalgia itch with more Commander Tom, Rocketship 7

In the early '70s ('73-74, maybe), a classmate and I won a guest appearance on Rocketship 7 for raising money for charity (MS, I think, but maybe UNICEF). I doubt that any of the shows from that period have survived and I don't know how I would find it even if they were lying around somewhere, but that's my own holy grail of tv clips. I'd give a lot to watch that little 7 or 8 year-old chat with Dave Thomas.
posted by octobersurprise at 11:41 AM on February 13, 2012


BURNT
TOAST
posted by saturday_morning at 11:59 AM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ah, I miss Night Ride and Night Walk. Late nights on Global these programs would run for hours, just a camera cruising around nighttime Toronto, backed with some smooth jazz.
Now it's just CSI reruns and infomercials.
posted by Flashman at 2:14 PM on February 13, 2012


How about some YouTube channels representing the rest of Canada?

retrosask

retroquebec

retronewfoundland
posted by evilcolonel at 6:28 PM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


RETROSASK!!!!!

RETROFUCKINGSASK!
posted by PinkMoose at 6:36 PM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Having had that bloody "Yours to Discover" song stuck in my head for about 30 years, it's awesome to actually hear it again!
posted by kuppajava at 8:16 AM on February 14, 2012


octobersurprise: That wiki link tells me that Commander Tom's son is the guy who played Angel on Buffy. My mind may be permanently blown.
posted by rocket88 at 10:14 AM on February 14, 2012


)I got my WKBW shows mixed up...he's not Commander Tom but he is the guy from Rocketship 7. Mind still blown)
posted by rocket88 at 10:18 AM on February 14, 2012


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