A Place to Stand, a Place to Grow
"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.
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.
- In season 8 episode 6 of Mystery Science Theater 3000 titled The Undead from March 8th 1997 the character of Tom Servo portrayed by Kevin Murphy sings this song.
- In their early busking days, Barenaked Ladies would often perform this song, with their hometown of Scarborough, Ontario replacing Ontario.
- In 2004, Jim Carrey sang the song on Late Night with Conan O'Brien when the show travelled to Toronto to tape four episodes.
- An episode of Rick Mercer's Monday Report uses this song during a report on the massive grow-ops in Ontario.
- In 2017, the song was revived for a television commercial promoting provincial commemorations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. With the tagline "A place for all of us", the ad was designed to reflect multiculturalism and diversity based on real-life experiences, including scenes of a Syrian refugee, an Ojibway father and his son, African-Canadian parents, and a gay couple.
- In February 2020, the Ontario government unveiled new Ontario passenger license plates, which contain the slogan "A Place to Grow" (replacing the existing "Yours to Discover").
- Konder, G. C., (2004) A Place to Grow (caption) Accessed January 28, 2007.
- "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.
- Leslie Scrivener, "Forty years on, a song retains its standing", Toronto Star Section D, page 4. April 22, 2007.
- "New 'Ontario 150' ad touts province's diversity". CBC News. February 8, 2017. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
- "'A Place to Grow': Ontario to scrap 'Yours to Discover' slogan on licence plates". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
- "Ontario's new licence plates hit the road: Here's what you need to know". CTV News Toronto. Bell Media. February 3, 2020.
- A Place to Stand, 1967, Archives of Ontario YouTube Channel
- Whelan, J., Expo 67 in Montreal Real Audio link to the song. Accessed January 28, 2007.
- Lyrics on Ontario.ca. Accessed September 2, 2018.