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 regional 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]

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  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. ^ "New 'Ontario 150' ad touts province's diversity". CBC News. February 8, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "'A Place to Grow': Ontario to scrap 'Yours to Discover' slogan on licence plates". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  6. ^ "Ontario's new licence plates hit the road: Here's what you need to know". CTV News Toronto. Bell Media. February 3, 2020.

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