Thirty years ago on May 2, 1986, Vancouver’s World’s Fair, Expo 86, was officially opened by TRH Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. Originally known as Transpo, Expo 86’s theme was “Transportation and Communication: World in Motion – World in Touch”. The 173-acre exposition site featured 65 pavilions representing countries, provinces and territories, and corporations.
Expo Centre, August 1986, Ernie Reksten. Reference code: AM1551-S1-: 2010-006.440
Expo 86 Information Board, Ernie Reksten. Reference code: AM1551-S1-: 2010-006.396
While the official records of the Expo Corporation are part of the holdings of the BC Archives, we do have some related materials in our holdings. Here’s an overview of what we have. Continue reading →
Since the late 1970s “Hollywood North” has been used to describe the film industry in Canada, specifically Vancouver. Until recently, we had very little in our holdings that reflected this important aspect of Vancouver’s past. A step toward changing that was taken with the recent acquisition of the records of Yaletown Productions Inc.In 2010, Michael Collier donated a large volume of moving image, audio, textual and digital records to the Archives. The fonds spans the more than forty years that Collier spent as a producer and director in the Vancouver film industry. Beginning with his first experimental films created while completing a degree in physics at SFU, as a member of Stan Fox’s Student Film Workshop in the late 1960s, the collection encompasses Collier’s film career up to early this century.
To give you an idea of some of the moving image materials now in the Archives, we have put a few short clips on YouTube. Here you can find excerpts from our November 6th screening.
Yaletown Productions Inc. won the contract to produce the internationally distributed commercials promoting Expo 86. Not only can you now find these commercials at the Archives, Continue reading →
Stirrup pants, shoulder pads and crimped hair were all the rage. Madonna and Culture Club topped the music charts, and Top Gun was number one at the box office. It was 1986 and it seems that Eddie Murphy’s girl wasn’t the only one that wanted to “Party all the time.” Vancouver welcomed the world in May with the World Exposition on Transportation and Communication (Expo ’86), but Vancouverites had an additional reason to celebrate: the City’s 100th birthday on April 6th.