At the moment, Expo 67 is the topic du jour. Metro has one of the more interesting pieces with an interview with Moshe Safdie, who designed Habitat at age 25.
TVA credits Expo 67 for the coming of terrasses, which a historian says were never part of Montreal life before that time. (Article also reminds us that in 1967, women couldn’t drink in taverns, a law that only changed in the 1980s.)
A new documentary called Expo 67 Mission Impossible tells about the pressure cooker 3½ years between landing the fair and its opening. QMI went to the launch of the movie; I’m not sure why those Expo hostesses with Denis Coderre look so wrong. Might be the hairstyles.
CTV says “the theme – Man and his World – was to build bridges between people.” Possibly, but it was also a more radical statement of a human world that wasn’t dominated by religion: Terre des hommes. Of course Montreal was still a little ambivalent here, naming the new man-made island “Ile Notre-Dame”…