Transcript: Main Street Ontario: Thunder Bay | Jun 14, 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. Thunder Bay."

An animated map appears.

In off, Les Paras says YOU KNOW
HOW THUNDER BAY GOT ITS NAME...
YOU DON'T KNOW?
THERE WAS FORT WILLIAM,
AND THERE WAS PORT ARTHUR.

Lois Olesky, a woman in her fifties with glasses says THEY WERE REALLY SEPARATE.
IF YOU LIVED IN FORT WILLIAM,
YOU WORKED IN FORT WILLIAM.
IF YOU LIVED IN PORT ARTHUR,
YOU WORKED IN PORT ARTHUR.

Photo cut outs pop up as each person speaks.

Charmaine Flank, a woman in her late forties with black hair says I DON'T REMEMBER EVER TENSIONS,
BUT THERE WAS
DEFINITELY THE LINE.

In off, David Belrose says IT WAS 1970 THAT PORT ARTHUR
AND FORT WILLIAM WERE FORCIBLY
MARRIED BY THE PROVINCE.

Les says OBVIOUSLY,
THEY'RE NOT JUST GOING TO SAY,
OKAY, WE'RE ALL
FORT WILLIAM NOW
OR WE'RE ALL PORT ARTHUR.
THAT WOULD NEVER WORK.
YOU HAVE TO COME UP
WITH A NEW NAME.

In off, Kim Nadin says AND I CAN REMEMBER
WE HAD A BIG REFERENDUM.

In off, Saul Laskin says I SAW
AT LEAST 40 DIFFERENT NAMES.
THERE WAS MCUEVILLE.
FORT PORT,
PORT FORT, YOU NAME IT,
BUT, UM,
OUT OF THE MANY NAMES,
THEY CHOSE THREE
THAT HAD THE HIGHEST VOTE.

A clip shows fragments of a document.

Kim says LAKEHEAD,
THE LAKEHEAD, AND THUNDER BAY.

Les says SO TWO OF THEM, YOU KNOW,
LAKEHEAD AND THE LAKEHEAD
TOGETHER WOULD EASILY
HAVE WIPED OUT THE OTHER,
BUT THEY SPLIT THE VOTE,
AND THUNDER BAY CAME THROUGH
AND THE CITY FATHERS
GOT THEIR WAY.

Patricia Bain, a woman in her mid-fifties with short blond hair says I THINK
TO THIS DAY THERE ARE STILL
FOLKS WHO LIVE FORT WILLIAM
AND PORT ARTHUR IN THEIR MINDS.

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

In off, Jen Metcalfe says THE SLEEPING GIANT
IS A LANDFORM
ON LAKE SUPERIOR.
THERE'S SOMETHING
WE ALL HAVE IN COMMON.

In off, Jayal Chung says IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN SEE
FROM ALMOST EVERYWHERE.

In off, Michel Dumont says TO US,
THE LAND FORMATION LOOKS
LIKE THIS GIANT WITH HIS ARMS
FOLDED OVER ACROSS HIS CHEST.

In off, Ma-Nee Chacaby says AND IF YOU
LOOK AT THE SLEEPING GIANT
FROM THE FORT WILLIAM SIDE,
YOU WILL KNOW SHE'S A FEMALE.
AND ON PORT ARTHUR SIDE,
SHE LOOKS LIKE A MALE.
BUT THEN IF YOU REALLY STOP
AND GAZE AT THAT SLEEPING GIANT,
SHE CAN BE BOTH,
SHE CAN BE A MAN,
SHE CAN BE A WOMAN.

Michel, a man in his late thirties with a beard says WE'RE IN
THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
EIGHT HOURS
THAT WAY THERE'S NOTHING,
EIGHT HOURS
THAT WAY THERE'S NOTHING.
IN THE LATE '80S
AND EARLY '90S,
WE HAD A LARGER GAY COMMUNITY
BECAUSE OF THAT.

In off, Michael Sobota says THERE WAS
AN UNDERGROUND COMMUNITY.
THERE WERE NOT PUBLIC
IDENTIFIABLE WATERING HOLES,
E.G., BARS.

David says THE UKRAINIAN LABOUR TEMPLE.

Michel says IT WAS A STALWART
IN THE GAY COMMUNITY
FOR ALMOST A DECADE I GUESS.

Ma-Nee says THAT'S WHERE
WE HAD OUR GAY HAPPINESS.

Michel says THERE WAS KARL MARX
AND I THINK STALIN PAINTINGS
OF THEM ON THE WALLS.
SO THE MANAGER,
I PRESUMED HE WAS COMMUNIST.
THAT'S WHY THEY
HAD LESS OF A PROBLEM
WITH GAYS AND LESBIANS.
THERE WAS
A HUGE COMMUNITY FEEL.
THE TABLES WERE SET UP LIKE
YOU WOULD AT A WEDDING, I GUESS.

Michael, a bald man in his late fifties with a white beard says WE HAD A YOUNG MAN
IN THE COMMUNITY WHO WAS A CHEF,
AND THEY WOULD HOST
A THANKSGIVING DINNER,
TURKEY DINNER, WHOLE SPREAD.
ALMOST ALWAYS THOSE SOLD OUT
BECAUSE THERE WERE ALREADY
SOMETIMES SOME QUEER INDIVIDUALS
WHO DIDN'T HAVE
HOME TO BE PART OF.

Michel says BEFORE PRIDE,
THERE WAS A FELLOW
WHO HAD BEEN HURT, UM, HE HAD
BEEN BEATEN OUTSIDE OF A BAR.
THAT HORRIBLE
INCIDENT OF GAY BASHING
TURNED INTO THIS
POSITIVE, BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE.

David says HUNDREDS
AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS
OF PEOPLE
GATHERED IN WAVERLY PARK.

Michel says TO SAY
THIS IS WRONG AND THAT,
UM, WE STRIVE FOR INCLUSIVITY.

Jen says AND IT WASN'T
THE GAY COMMUNITY
WHO STARTED IT,
IT WAS THE WHOLE COMMUNITY.
Michel says THAT WAS
THE START OF OUR PRIDE.

Ma-Nee says THEY HAD
A GAY MARCH THE NEXT YEAR.

Michael says THE FIRST PARADE
HAPPENED WITH GREAT ANXIETY.

Ma-Nee, a woman in her sixties with glasses says I WAS IN
THE FRONT LINE WITH THE FLAG.
IF SOMEBODY WAS GOING
TO GET KILLED, IT WOULD BE ME.
I WAS SCARED,
BUT, STILL YOU KNOW,
YOU WANTED TO DO SOMETHING.

Michael says EACH YEAR
IT HAS GOTTEN BIGGER.

In off, Ken Miller says THE PARADE IS AWESOME.

In off, Kodi Fortier says FULL OF SMILES,
FULL OF COLOUR, FULL OF GLITTER.

In off, Jayal says FAMILIES, AND KIDS,
AND JUST RAINBOWS,
LIKE, EVERYWHERE.

Ken says PRIDE MEAN LOVE, RIGHT?
AND PRIDE IS COURAGE,
AND PRIDE IS BEING ABLE
TO BE WHO YOU ARE
WITH THE PEOPLE THAT YOU LOVE.

David says I CAN STILL RECALL
THE FIRST PRIDE FLAG
BEING RAISED
AT CITY HALL IN 2011.
IT WAS AN INCREDIBLY
EMOTIONAL EVENT.

An animated postcard reads "Dear Thunder Pride, your strength and beauty inspire, there's so much about you to admire! Sincerely, Thunder Bay."

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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