Vancouver: A Pacific Celebration
Source: BC History Channel
probably the key
to appreciating Vancouver
that intangible element of change
in style of architecture
in people and
their pursuits and
work and seeking
Life is very full
in this city a unique
of outdoor freedom and
and crossroads of the Pacific Rim
a city with its own
distinct identify and its own
sense of being Vancouver
where you will enjoy
a Pacific Celebration
“The World Soundscape Project (WSP) was established as an educational and research group by R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University during the late 1960s and early 1970s. It grew out of Schafer’s initial attempt to draw attention to the sonic environment through a course in noise pollution, as well as from his personal distaste for the more raucous aspects of Vancouver’s rapidly changing soundscape.
“The project initiated the modern study of Acoustic Ecology. Its ultimate goal is ‘to find solutions for an ecologically balanced soundscape where the relationship between the human community and its sonic environment is in harmony.'”
Excerpt from “harsh noise” performer The Rita’s response to Pietro Sammarco’s Vancouver Noise & the Harmoniously Productive City, December 9th, 2015:
In MacLeod’s I came across a “Visitor’s Guide to Metropolitan Vancouver, B.C.” There’s no publication date, but I figure the early 1960s, given a photo of the B.C. Hydro Building and -sandwiched between aderts for the Hawaiian lanai style accommodation of the Delport Inn and Yeoman’s, “The Oriental Store”- a business directory employing the “2L-5N” telephone exchange regime. Need a taxi? Call B.C. Radio Cabs Ltd. at MUtual3-6666.
This brought back memories of playing with my father’s telephone index, with its endlessly fascinating Star Trek-like movable tab, spring loaded cover, and curious contents: CY9-9030, TR2-9600 etc. Misdialing the code linked to my uncle, a recorded baritone highlighted my error on behalf of the “Alpine” exchange.
Each exchange took its name from the first two letters corresponding to a number on a telephone dial. Each exchange served a specific geographic area. I grew up in HEmlock, a wilderness compared to the action over in ALpine. REgent was another world altogether.
CYpress, LAkeview, and WOodland suggest something of the local ecology, but who were WEstmore, WAverly and WEbster? Local personages lost in the sands of time? CPR or BC Tel mandarins. Heroes? Villains?
Neither: in the mid-1950s AT&T produced a recommended list of exchange names for both U.S. and Canadian systems, carefully designed to avoid misunderstandings when voiced. All of Vancouver’s old exchanges, replaced by a seven digit system by the mid-1960s, adhere to the AT&T list. Nothing unique here.
Beneath the colonial motion picture economy, there’s another narrative, sub rosa, virtually invisible, revealing itself only in glimpses. What characters and conflicts populate that world, I wonder?
“Vancouver Sometimes Plays Itself: Vancouver as Vancouver on screen,” Craig Tekuchi, Georgia Straight, April 8th, 2011