File 2010.003.03.064 - Prelude to Expo '67 Photographs 2

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Prelude to Expo '67 Photographs 2

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  • about 1967 (Creation)
    Sampson, Paddy

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2.7cm of photographic records. --21 photographs.

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Robert J. (Paddy) Sampson (known as "Jim" to his family) was born in Belfast, Ulster, June 18 1926. Sampson joined the Royal Navy at only 15 by lying about his age and was stationed in the Pacific during the Second World War. It was during this time that he got his nickname, "Paddy". After the war, Sampson began working in London theatres as a lighting director but soon moved to Canada and began working at the CBC in 1952. Though he began as a stage hand, he began producing and directing in short time, and worked with the public broadcaster for over 30 years. Some of the notable programs he worked on include "Program X" and the renowned hour long 1966 music special, "The Blues". Sampson married Bette Laderoute in 1969. He retired from the CBC in 1985, but returned to produce the opening and closing Olympic ceremonies for the 1988 Calgary Olympics. He also worked as an actor, appearing in a small role in the iconic Canadian film "Strange Brew", credited as "pensioner". Paddy Sampson moved to Port Hope in 1999, where he lived until his passing in 2005.

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File contain nine sheets of photograph proofs from Henry Koro Commercial Photographers taken of musician and performers amongst the construction site of Expo '67 (Montreal, Quebec). The photo-shoot was documented the performers from Prelude to Expo which was part of an Oct. 19, 1966 broadcast on Music Canada. The Montreal concert featured the Oscar Peterson Trio, Marcel Carignan, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Pauline Julien, Gordon Lightfoot, Aldor Morin and Miriam Makeba. Jimmy Dale conducted the orchestra. The broadcast also included Vincent Warren of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens with choreography by Suzanne Verdal. The Expo 67 site was seen in the background which was still under construction at that time.Music Canada was a Canadian music television mini-series which eight episodes on CBC Television from 1966-67. The series featured various special productions of music and dance, from classical to modern styles. Expo 67 was the most spectacular of Canada's 100th anniversary celebrations. When the Montreal Universal and International Exposition of 1967 opened on April 27, it was a gleaming futuristic spectacle and a dazzling international success. On two giant islands in the St. Lawrence River more than 50 million visitors were presented with a vision of the future.

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Original housing is an official Henry Koro Photographers 1610 Sherbrooke St. West Montreal 25, Quebec Telephone: 932-5059. There is a handwritten label "Prelude to Expo" Montreal 19--. There is also a label Don Not Bend. There were two pieces of hard cardboard inside the envelope to keep the photographs flat.

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