Transcript: Main Street Ontario: Unionville | May 31, 2019

The TVO logo appears on a black screen.

(music plays)

Old pictures of different parts of a city overlap on a map.

A male voice says ALL THE ACTION WAS DOWNTOWN.

A female voice says THE DOWNTOWN WAS SO ALIVE,
THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE.

Another male voice says EVERYBODY ON THE MAIN STREET
KNEW ONE ANOTHER.

Another female voice says I REMEMBER THE MERCHANTS
HOSING DOWN THEIR SIDEWALKS,
CRANKING UP THEIR AWNINGS.

A third male voice says IT WAS BUSTLING.
THE STREET HAD LIFE TO IT.

The name of the show appears on a road sign. It reads "Main Street Ontario. Unionville."

Photo cut outs pop up as each person speaks.

In off, Jeanne Ker-Hornell says GOING UP THE MAIN STREET
USED TO BE THE QUEEN'S HOTEL,
AND MILT FINLAY
HAD THE POOL HALL,
AND IN BETWEEN WAS
HIS BROTHER HOWARD, DID HAIR.
I USED TO SKATE AT
THE ARENA EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT.
MY DAD WOULD
DROP ME OFF AT THE RINK
AND HE'D GO AND PLAY POOL
TILL TEN O'CLOCK.
SO, I'D FINISH SKATING
AND WE'D GO HOME.

An animation shows the cut out faces of the people talking on figures recreating the stories mentioned.

Charlene Borseto, a woman in her late sixties with curly red hair says WE ALL HAD TO GO TO ONE BUILDING
TO GET OUR MAIL
TO THE POST OFFICE.
AND, THEN THEY TOLD US
THAT WE WERE GOING
TO HAVE DELIVERY TO OUR HOMES.
AND WE SAID,
"NO, WE DON'T WANT TO,
WE LIKE GOING TO THERE
'CAUSE YOU MEET EVERYBODY."

Jeanne says RIGHT ACROSS
THE ROAD FROM THE POST OFFICE
WAS KATHLYN MCKAY
AND DR. FARBY.

Judi Macintyre, a woman in her fifties with short blond hair says UH, THIS BUILDING
IS THE MCKAY ART CENTRE,
AND IT WAS ORIGINALLY
INHABITED BY THE MCKAYS.
AND THEY RENTED OUT SPACE
TO FRED VARLEY,
AND HE SET UP
THE BASEMENT AS HIS STUDIO.

Jeanne says AS THE YEARS WENT BY,
THIS BECAME
THE ANTIQUE CENTRE OF ONTARIO.
WE HAD NEARLY 20 ANTIQUE SHOPS
IN THE MAIN STREET.

Cathy Molloy, a woman in her late sixties with curly white hair says IT WAS KIND OF
LIKE, UH, IT FELT A LITTLE BIT
LIKE YOU WERE DISCOVERING
SOME SORT OF HIDDEN PLACE.
AND THE ANTIQUE STORE
WERE FILLED WITH SHELVES,
AND EVERYTHING SEEMED
KIND OF DUSTY AND OLD,
AND INTERESTING,
AND QUIRKY AND...

In off, Joanna Meharg says THIS WHOLE STREET
WAS SO RUSTIC
AND RURAL LOOKING.

Jeanne says PEOPLE CAME UP IN DROVES.

Charlene says OH YEAH.

Jeanne says YES. AND THIS WAS WHEN
THE SUBDIVISIONS STARTED.
THE DEVELOPERS LOOKED
AT OUR LITTLE VILLAGE,
SAW THAT WE WERE A QUAINT,
CROOKED MAIN STREET,
LOTS OF ANTIQUE STORES,
AND, BOY, DID THEY COME IN
AND DEVELOP AROUND US.

A map reads "Markham and Unionville. 1969."

She continues THE BIG THING HAPPENED
IN THE LATE '60S.
WHEN THE SUBDIVISIONS STARTED,
AS I TOLD YOU, THEY DECIDED,
AND I DON'T QUITE KNOW
WHO "THEY" WERE,
BUT I THINK IT WAS
THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT,
THEY DECIDED THAT THEY WERE
GOING TO WIDEN THE KENNEDY RD.
RIGHT THROUGH OUR VILLAGE
AND IT WAS GOING
TO KILL OUR MAIN STREET.

Judi says SO, THE POLITICIANS
AND LOCAL PEOPLE GOT TOGETHER
AND THEY SAID,
NO, LET'S NOT LET THIS HAPPEN,
AND THEY CREATED A FESTIVAL
TO BRING AWARENESS TO THIS.

In, off Sylvia Morris says THE FIRST
SATURDAY OF JUNE EVERY YEAR,
WE HAVE WHAT WE CALL
THE UNIONVILLE FESTIVAL,
AND PEOPLE COME FROM ALL OVER.
WE START OFF WITH A PARADE.
WE WOULD HAVE ABOUT
50 FLOATS IN THE PARADE.
THE PLACE IS PACKED
ALL DAY SATURDAY
AND THERE'S THOUSANDS
AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS
OF PEOPLE WALKING UP AND DOWN
THE STREET UNTIL ABOUT 5:30.

Jeanne says WE WON. WE STOPPED THEM
FROM WIDENING OUR MAIN STREET,
AND KILLING IT AS IT WERE.
MIND YOU,
A LOT OF THE TREES DISAPPEARED.

Charlene says YEAH.

Jeanne says UH, SO THE BIG TREES WERE GONE,
WHICH WAS A SHAME,
WE MISSED OUR BIG TREES.

Judi says AND NOW,
WE'VE ENDED UP WITH KENNEDY RD.
WHICH IS LIKE A BIG BYPASS.
SO, IF YOU EVER
DRIVE UP NORTH OF SEVEN,
IT WINDS WAY AROUND
TO THE RIGHT,
AND THEN WHAT THAT DOES
IS IT'S LEFT UNIONVILLE
AS ITS OWN SEPARATE ENTITY.

Cathy says ALL I REMEMBER
FROM MY TEENS IS THAT IT FELT
LIKE YOU WERE GOING
THROUGH FARMLAND TO GET HERE.
AND YOU DON'T
FEEL THAT ANYMORE.
IT DOES, IT FEELS LIKE,
IN A WAY, IT DOESN'T TAKE AWAY
FROM DISCOVERING IT
AND IT FEELING SPECIAL,
BECAUSE NOW, INSTEAD OF
GOING THROUGH FARMLAND,
YOU'RE GOING THROUGH
THE GROCERY STORE,
PLAZAS AND THE HIGHWAYS,
AND THE TRAFFIC
AND THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS
AND ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF
AND SUDDENLY, OH,
YOU'RE IN THIS PEACEFUL,
LITTLE, KIND OF
NEVER, NEVER LAND.

Eric Lariviera, a man in his late forties with glasses says YOU COME TO MARKHAM,
IT'S CLEARLY SUBURBIA.
AND THEN YOU ENTER UNIONVILLE
AND THEN IT'S HISTORY.
IT'S REALLY
LIKE YOU'RE ENTERING,
ULTIMATELY ANOTHER WORLD.

Sylvia says OH, EVERYBODY
LOVES MAIN STREET UNIONVILLE.

An animated postcard reads "Dear Unionville Festival, thanks for keeping our community alive, because of you, downtown still thrives! Sincerely, Main Street, Unionville."

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Produced in association with TVO. Never stop learning.

With the participation of The Canada Film or Video Production Tax Credit.

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