Expo 67 Live was entirely composed of colourful archival material projected onto giant screens. A unique and innovative installation by artist Karine Lanoie-Brien, this ambitious journey back in time thrilled visitors with its remarkable attention to detail from the “show of the century.”
Relive the spirit of the Expo era through this exclusive selection of NFB films.
A National Film Board of Canada production
In collaboration with Radio-Canada and Place des Arts
With the financial contribution of the Government of Quebec as part of the official programming for the 375th Anniversary of Montreal
In 1967, on the eve of one of the biggest universal expositions in history, Montreal was in full cultural, economic, political and social swing. Under the leadership of Mayor Jean Drapeau, the city had undergone massive development, notably the transformation of Île-Notre-Dame and Île-Sainte-Hélène and the opening of the Metro. This redefining of the urban landscape was set against the Quiet Revolution, as Quebec leapt into modernity and opened itself to the Swinging Sixties. Quebeckers embraced the world, women gained emancipation, and we witnessed an incredible creative, scientific and technical boom. If society was rocked by major events—the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the race for space, the Civil Rights movement—Expo 67 embodied a vision of hope, a humanist future, a world of possibilities. In 1967, Montreal set out to meet the world, and the world came to Montreal.
Following the withdrawal of Moscow’s candidacy in April, the 1967 universal exhibition was granted to the city of Montreal.
Official ceremony to launch the construction of the Saint-Helen and Notre-Dame islands. There were only four years left to complete the site before Expo was to open.
The chosen site was questioned, because a computer simulation predicted that the site would not be ready before … 1969.
The Night of the Islands: after being built by the City of Montreal, the Expo islands were transferred to the Expo Corporation.
Expo’s official opening ceremony. With more than one million visitors over the weekend, the métro system was swamped.
Predictions of 35 million visitors no longer held: 50 million were expected by the end of October. Organizers rushed to build additional restaurants, install more restrooms overnight, and place hundreds more dustbins and benches throughout the site.
The amusement park, La Ronde, was so successful that the evening entrance fee was reduced to $1. The Youth Pavilion became a great success, offering a space for creativity, shows and socialization that has remained unmatched.
The 50th million visitor walked through Expo’s turnstiles.
Closure of the most popular universal exhibition of the 20th century