A Place to Stand, a Place to Grow

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A Place to Stand, a Place to Grow (Ontari-ari-ari-o!) is an unofficial anthem of the Canadian province of Ontario. It was written as the signature tune for a movie of the same name that was featured at the Expo 67 Ontario pavilion.

The song was written by Dolores Claman, who also wrote "The Hockey Theme", with lyrics by Richard Morris and orchestrations by Jerry Toth. Lyrics for a French version were written by Larry Trudel.[1]

It was commissioned by the Progressive Conservative government of John Robarts for the Ontario pavilion at Expo 67, the World's Fair held in Montreal, Quebec in Canada's centennial year of 1967, and was used again in the following decades.

The song was featured at the Province of Ontario's exhibit in the short film A Place to Stand, which won the 1967 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. The Government of Ontario maintains three versions of the song, an English, French, and a bilingual version that incorporates both English and French.[2]

Cultural resonance[edit]

  • In their early busking days, Barenaked Ladies would often perform this song, with their hometown of Scarborough, Ontario replacing Ontario.[3]
  • In 2004, Jim Carrey sang the song on Late Night with Conan O'Brien when the show travelled to Toronto to tape four episodes.[3]
  • An episode of Rick Mercer's Monday Report uses this song during a report on the massive grow-ops in Ontario.
  • In 2017 the Government of Ontario commissioned a number of new versions of the song to celebrate Ontario's 150th anniversary. New ballad version released in conjunction with the Ontario 150 TV advertising campaign created by John St. Advertising Toronto, music by Keen Music (Andrea Koziol/Thomas Neuspiel arrangers). New pop and choral versions created by Keen Music (Ginger Ale and the Monowhales/Aaron Jensen arrangers).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Konder, G. C., (2004) A Place to Grow (caption) Accessed January 28, 2007.
  2. ^ "Resources for A Place to Stand (Ontario Song)". Queen's Printer for Ontario. 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
    "Ressources pour Où l'on se tient (Chanson de l'Ontario)" (in French). Queen's Printer for Ontario. 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Leslie Scrivener, "Forty years on, a song retains its standing", Toronto Star Section D, page 4. April 22, 2007.
  4. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-150-tv-ad-syrian-refugee-girl-1.3972161 CBC, February 9, 2017.

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