Anyone who grew up in the 60's and 70's will remember many of the places in this weeks blog. We're going to start off with two biggies! Chum Radio and Maple Leaf Gardens.
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Crightonism: The first time I walked into the Gardens I was there to see Jethro Tull and they were great. The last time I saw a rock show there it was the Farewell Tour of the Who and each member of the band had been presented one of my Maple Leaf Gardens prints with "The Who" on the marquee. My tickets were free :) Over the years various concert promoters have purchased these prints as gifts to their artists. The only one that ever contacted me personally with a nice hand-written note was Neil Diamond and I hadn't seen his performance. Of course lots of former Leafs hockey players have these on their walls too. Daryl Sittler was particularly happy to receive one and I was the person who gave it to him at the Gardens after a game !
The Facts: The Maple Leaf Gardens Opened on November 12, 1931, and was the home of the Toronto Maple leafs for 68 years from 1931-1999. The Maple Leafs won 11 Stanley cups at Maple leaf Gardens, and for this it has been nicknamed "The Cathedral" of Canadian Hockey.
In addition to being the home of "The Leafs", it has also been the site of many famous rock concerts. Most famously, Elvis Presley in 1952 , The beetles in 1964,1965,1966, and many others such as, Jimi Hendrix 1969, Bob Dylan and ABBA in 1979.
Pam's Memories: Maple Leaf Gardens was not only the home of our beloved Toronto hockey team it was also the venue of any major act of the time. We all know The Beatles play on (DATE). I was so miserably because my sister and brother, who didn't even love them like I did, got to go. But I did see Jimi Hendrix there. What's your favourite memory of The Gardens?The Facts: After the Maple Leafs, Left the building in 1999 many other local sorts teams used the arena for sporting events; however, the condition of the building was continuously deteriorating. In 2007 the building was named a historic structure.In 2004, Maple Leaf Gardens was bought by Loblaws Companies under the condition that it would not be used as an arena that would rival to the Air Canada Centre. Through much debate of the undecided future of the historic building, Loblaws and Ryerson embarked on a joint venture, where Loblwas would house a store in part of the building and Ryerson would use the remains as an athletic facility for the university. The building reopened in 2009, and true to its history does possess an NHL size hockey rink for the use of small leagues and the students of the university.
Chum Radio received its License in November 1944 as a "dawn to dusk" radio station. 10 years later in 1954 it finally turned into a 24 hour radio station. 1050 chum has been hailed for pioneering Rock and Roll in Toronto, And was famously known for hosting Rock Concerts such as the previously mentioned Beetles and Elvis Presley at the Maple Leaf Gardens.
Crightonism: The one time I was inside CHUM was in 1977 when I won a ticket to see the Rolling Stones at the El Mocambo. They loaded us onto a bus and drove us to the club for a wild night indeed. The Prime Ministers wife was there but I never saw her… the place was "Rockin' and Rollin'" and the only people anyone wanted to see were in the band. I remember fondly referring to my "CHUM Chart" for the latest hits back in the day.
The Facts: Known for its Top 40 charts from the 1950's-1980's. The Chum Charts were the most influential weekly Top 40 chart in Canada. Chum has gone through many changes throughout the years. From a once thriving Top 40 radio station, to a loveable oldies station, to a sports radio station. In 2008 CTV globe media purchased the Chum Limited station. On March 25th the Radio station was changed to CP24 Radio 1050 therefore losing its CHUM name, and in 2008 CTV globe media announced they had sold 1331 Yonge street the home of chum for 50 years to a condominium developer. On August 18, 2009, CHUM officially moved from 1331 Yonge street. CHUM is now currently TSN 1050, a sports broadcast.
Pam's Memories: 1050 Chum - I moved to Toronto when I was 10 from Calgary, and Chum was my anchor. I listened to it all the time on my transitor radio. How many of you secretly listened to Larry Solways' late night talk show with me?
The Facts: Known for its Top 40 charts from the 1950's-1980's. The Chum Charts were the most influential weekly top 40 chart in Canada. Chum has gone through many change through he years from a once thriving Top 40 radio station, to a loveable oldies station, to a sports radio station. In 2008 CTV globe media purchased the Chum Limited station everything, except for City TV . On March 25th the Radio station was changed to CP24 Radio 1050 therefore losing its CHUM name, and in 2008 CTV globe media announced they had sold 1331 Yonge street the home of chum for 50 years to a condominium developer. On August 18, 2009 CHUM officially moved from 1331 Yonge street, its historic home. CHUM is now currently TSN 1050 and is s sports broadcast.
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