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faced considerable public backlash for terminating a popular program that so . best known as Polka Roo on The Polka Dot Door, who voiced the puppet for children's intelligence to their relationships with the puppets. The Polka Dot Door was a Canadian children's television series which was produced by the . The final camera shot seen before the final credits would be the hosts exiting through the large polka dot door. Another regular event on Polka Dot. Polkaroo costume at promotional appearances, but his relationship Scott maintains that any similarities between Polkaroo and Tokaroo While other performers played Polkaroo on "Polka Dot Door" and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a year end interview with The Canadian Press on.
Costumes ranged from conventional uniforms, like a doctor or police officer, to eccentric outfits like a six-armed spider. Dressup sometimes surprised his viewers by struggling to open the Tickle Trunk. Whenever it was being fussy, he would perform a song and tickle it to coax open the lid. Action featured songs, easygoing interactions between Mr. Dressup, Casey, Finnegan and the occasional guest, drawing lessons, and arts and crafts.
Dressup generally aired four new episodes per week and a rerun on Fridays to allow for a break in the fast-paced production. Dressup faced a mild scare in when Sesame Street debuted. Dressup remained strong and often surpassed Sesame Street in the ratings in Canada.
Each puppet had its own puppeteer, including Jim Parker, best known as Polka Roo on The Polka Dot Door, who voiced the puppet Alex after spending years as a musician on the show. Dressup remained popular throughout the duration of its run and filmed its final episode on 14 February The show taught children to enjoy simple pleasures and be resourceful. Coombs showed parents and young viewers how they could expand their imaginations and find adventure in everyday life.
While the show was often safe in its content and delivery, its wholesomeness was part of its appeal. When a camera operator once asked Coombs if he felt foolish playing dress-up on TV, he simply replied that he was doing what any father would do for his own children.
Coombs, drawing upon his experience with Fred Rogers, addressed viewers directly to convey the sense that Mr. Casey, for example, was gender-neutral. Puppeteer Judith Lawrence avoided assigning Casey a gender in order to be more inclusive.
In Kathakali, stories from Indian epics are told with facial expressions, hand signals, performances are accompanied by songs narrating the story while the actors act out the scene, followed by actor detailing without background support of narrative song. Butoh, though referred to as a dance form, has been adopted by various theatre practitioners as well 8. Ontario Place theme park — Ontario Place was an entertainment and exhibition complex located in Toronto, Ontario that operated annually during the summer months from until Owned by the Government of Ontario, it is located on the shore of Lake Ontario, just south of Exhibition Place, one of the islands was dedicated to an open-air concert space, while the other two were used for amusements, restaurants, parkland and exhibits.
Three old lake freighters were sunk to provide a breakwater for a marina between the main islands. Exhibits in the pods were discontinued and the became a venue for private events. The concert stage was turned over to a private concert operator, after a long period of declining attendance, the Government of Ontario closed the facility except for its music venue and marina.
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It plans to re-open the facility after redevelopment into a year-round multiple-use facility, built in the CNE Ontario Government Building displayed exhibits about Ontario at the annual Canadian National Exhibition. After the success of Expo 67 in Montreal, the Government of Ontario decided to replace the facility with a new state-of-the-art showcase, a new focal point for our province. A new attitude to our lakefronts, a new showcase for our province and people.
The park itself was conceived as an onshore exhibit, but this idea was discarded in favour of five large, architecturally unique. Each Pod would be approximately 8, square feet in area and these Pods would initially house various Ontario-themed exhibits in an aquatic setting somewhat similar in concept to Montreals Expo 67 grounds. During the design phase, a design problem developed. The cost of the open-water Pod foundations alone would consume almost the entire budget for the Pods construction, architect Eb Zeidler was faced with a dilemma, how to construct the Pods without the necessary budget.
After some quarrels with the Toronto Harbour Commission, the plan was modified to incorporate three artificial barrier islands made from city landfill. Ironically, the islands were to be so well crafted.
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The five steel and aluminum pavilion pods are square with foot sides, the pods are supported on four pipe columns, rising feet above the lake. Tension cables support the short-span trusses and they sit on concrete filled caissons, driven 30 feet into the lakes bedrock. Each of the pavilions is connected to one another and the land by glazed steel bridges, Ontario Place was designed to have a modular use and appearance.
Zeidler says that the structures were designed to give an illusion of dimensionless space, the Forum, an outdoor concert venue, was featured on a central hub-island, while a childrens village would occupy an eastern island 9. Eaton's — Eaton Company Ltd. Eatons grew to become a retail and social institution in Canada, with stores across the country, buying offices around the globe, a changing economic and retail environment in the late 20th century and mismanagement culminated in the chains bankruptcy in In Timothy Eaton sold his interest in a small store in the market town of St.
Marys, Ontario and bought a dry-goods. The first store was only 24 by 60 feet, with two windows, and was located a fair distance from Torontos then fashionable shopping district of King Street West. Inthe first elevator in an establishment in Toronto was installed in the Eaton store.
Eaton maintained the lease on the empty store at Yonge Street until its expiry in in order to delay the plans of one of his competitors. The store continued to expand in size, and new buildings were constructed to house the mail order division, the number of people employed in Eatons operations numbered 17, in Inthe Eatons buildings in Toronto contained a space of over 60 acres. At the beginning of the 20th century, Eatons conducted a business in Western Canada through its catalogue.
Eatons considered Winnipeg, Manitoba as the most logical location for a new mail order warehouse to serve its western customers. A store was not originally part of the plans, John Craig Eaton, the son of Timothy Eaton, became an early proponent of building a combined store and mail order operation in Winnipeg. Although Timothy Eaton initially had misgivings over the difficulties involved in managing a store 2, kilometres from Toronto, Eatons acquired a city block on Portage Avenue at Donald Street, and the five-storey Eatons store opened to much fanfare on July 15, The landmark red brick store, known as the Big Store to Winnipeggers, was a success, the initial staff of grew to within a few weeks of the opening.
Bythree storeys were added to the store and other buildings were constructed TV series — Big Brother is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in The series follows a group of contestants, known as HouseGuests, the HouseGuests are completely isolated from the outside world, and can have no communication with those not in the house.
The series launched on July 5, to a start, though ratings. This led to the season being a revamp of the show. The series has continued to be a hit for CBS. The program is the first reality show to air exclusively on a streaming platform with a season airing in the fall of on CBSs streaming service.
CBS also renewed the series for a 19th and 20th season, the 19th series is scheduled to premiere on June 28thwhile the 20th series is expected to air in the summer of The success of the series has spawned several spin-offs, the series airs once a year, during the Summer, with the exception of the ninth season which aired in Spring of and the Over the Top spinoff series broadcasting since Fall Currently,18 seasons of the show have aired, with the 1st digital season currently under way, the show has aired a total of episodes since it premiered, with the September 5, airing marking the th episode.
To date, there have been a total of HouseGuests compete in the series, upon entering the house, the HouseGuests who leave the house without permission are not allowed to return. Should a HouseGuest break the set in the house, they can be expelled from the house. There have only been two HouseGuests who have left the game for reasons relating to personal matters.
Since its premiere, there have been numerous spin-offs to the show, inthe spin-off web series House Calls, The Big Brother Talk Show began airing. The series, which lasted for thirty minutes and aired on weeknights, allowed fans to call in and this made House Calls the first live Internet talk show produced exclusively for a television network The western boundary of the park is Crawford Street, several hundred feet before Crawford intersects with Dundas St. Most of the area lies in the original Garrison Creek ravine.
The old Garrison Creek emptied into Lake Ontario at the site of Fort York, as the town of York grew around the fort, the military reserve was gradually sold off in lots to retiring British officers and friends of the military command. Much of the current park land was purchased from a Mrs.1982 - Polka Dot Door - Carolann Reynolds & Michael James (partial episode)
Buildings were soon constructed. After federation with the University of Toronto in and completion of the downtown Trinity campus inthe original buildings were then sold to the City of Toronto and most were demolished in the early s.
The destruction of the Trinity buildings marked the beginning of two decades of heritage destruction in Toronto. It is now a residence, John Gibson House. The steep drop from this level to the lower part of the park has become a popular local toboggan run in winter. Picnic tables and small barbecues are also provided here for summertime use, inthe Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park was formed to co-ordinate volunteer activities and provide input to the city on park management.
Many of the songs in the early years of the program were composed by the script writers themselves. When MacKay, an accomplished composer, took over as producer from tohe composed many of the songs used in the series during that time.
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Characters and toys[ edit ] The hosts would lead young children in songs and stories, and interact with stuffed animal characters Humpty, Dumpty, Marigold, and Bear. These characters never spoke or moved; the hosts would let the audience know what they were saying, for example, one of the hosts would say "What's that Marigold? On certain theme days the hosts would invite the audience to peer through the Polka Dot Door to witness an educational video of some sort, showing, for instance, how crayons are made.
Legacy and awards[ edit ] Inthe Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television gave Polka Dot Door a Masterworks award, calling it a "groundbreaking children's educational series" that "changed the nature of children's television programming" and "impacted countless young Canadians and raised the international profile of the Canadian television industry. This was used to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Polka Dot Door, as well as cameos from other hosts in the past.
Polkaroo Goes To Camp: This was used to commemorate the finale of the series; this is also the only show in the history of Polka Dot Door not to have storytime.
Polkaroo[ edit ] Each day's episode had a particular theme. On "Imagination Day", the character Polkaroo sometimes referred to as "the Polkaroo" appeared. The actor playing Polkaroo donned a tall, green plush costume that resembled a kangaroo. In its mended, yellow and multi-coloured polka-dot muumuuthe creature spoke using various repeated exclamations of its own name accompanied by elaborate gestures.
The meaning of this pantomime was to be guessed by the audience. This was usually followed by a song whose lyrics began "Imagine, imagine, you can imagine Polkaroo In the first two seasons, Polkaroo would appear to one of the hosts while the other host was absent for some reason.
The co-host would return upon Polkaroo's departure, habitually exclaiming, "The Polkaroo was here?!?