Growing Up Canadian: Play

Growing Up Canadian: Play

| 46 min

Canada's biggest playground, winter, leads the way as we look at a century of play for Canadian kids. In the beginning you made your own gear and toys, but some store-bought things were irresistible. What Canadian girl, in her time, wouldn't want an Eaton's Beauty doll or a Barbara Ann Scott doll? And what boy, swept up in a cowboy craze, wouldn't die to have a Gene Autry gun or a Lash LaRue whip?

Throughout the century, adults helped to organize clubs, camps and playgrounds--often with the intent of steering children away from trouble. In the end, getting away from adults and crossing forbidden borders have always been a part of the fun.

Play is one of a 6-part series entitled Growing Up Canadian. These documentaries explore the myths and realities of Canadian childhood through family life, schooling, work, play, health and the media. The series marks the contribution of childhood and youth experience in defining Canada as it grew into full nationhood in the 20th century.

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  • executive producer
    Sheila Petzold
    Ken Stewart
    Marcel Clément
  • producer
    Hoda Elatawi
  • director
    Susan Terrill
  • writer
    Susan Terrill
  • participant
    Tiffany Beaudin
    Henry Bishop
    Anna Bonokoski
    Carl Brewer
    Marilyn Buffalo
    Kathryn Burke
    Hinson Calabrese
    Wayson Choy
    Pat Cooney
    John C. Crosbie
    Eric Davidson
    Melanie Doane
    Ken Dryden
    Denise Fung
    Jack Gilmour
    Barbara Gowdy
    Fred Greaves
    Louise Guertin
    Jack Harrison
    Elizabeth Hillman
    George Jordan
    Clare Laking
    Christina Lamey
    Kay Lorente
    Natalie MacMaster
    Greg Malone
    Denis F. Mildon
    Bob Mellor
    Aiko Murakami
    Mary Sexton
    Karen Shopsowitz
    Everett Tanner
    Cameron Terrill
    Ina Trudgeon
    Hellie Wilson
  • narrator
    Becky Rynor
  • director of photography
    Karl Roeder
  • music composer
    Andrew Huggett
  • archival research
    Vivian Hanwell
    Kate Keating
    Kate Yule
    Erin Brophy
  • research
    Helen Dundass
    Jody Nassr
    Isobel Ripley
    Sheila Petzold
  • sound recordist
    Eldy Gouthro
    Peter Kettlewell
    Kate Kechnie
    Larry MacDonald
    Jane Porter
    Vaughn Rowsell
    Don Stewart
    Douglas von Rosen
  • sound engineer
    Robin Dumas