Posts Tagged ‘2010 Olympics’

Slow

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Thomas Anselmi of Slow singing Have Not Been The Same, circa 1985

Slow at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium, dressed in bloody nurse’s outfits, circa 1986

Slow was a legendary 80s Vancouver band sometimes credited with spawning grunge. That is pretty impossible to prove (or disprove), but no one seems to dispute that they had an influence on Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the whole Pacific NW thing.

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This is my Olympics post – but it’s not about sports. It’s about the arts.

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Cariboo region farmers Janet Allen and Murray Boal want the BC government to restore arts funding to pre-election levels. Both farmers are angry that the BC government claimed that culture was the “second pillar” of its bid for the 2010 Olympics, and now has slashed arts funding by up to 90% over the next two years.

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Montreal vs. Vancouver Olympics graphics – a little comparative photo essay

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Ignoring the problems of hosting the Olympics, which are serious and many (and as a Vancouverite I’m speaking from experience), let’s just compare the graphic design from two different Canadian Olympics. It’s safe to say the Montreal Olympic graphics were uniformly brilliant. It’s considered bad form to criticize the Vancouver 2010 graphics because of the tragic death of the head designer at a young age, but this is not a 2010 Olympics-boosting blog.

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Official Montreal ’76 Olympics poster that would never pass a committee now

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008


Poster by Raymond Bellemare for the Canadian Graphics and Design Directorate (Graphisme et Dessin) of the Organizing Committee of the 1976 Olympic Games, Montreal

Only 32 years have passed since this fantastic official poster for the 1976 Montreal Olympics was produced, but from a 2008 vantage point it’s hard to imagine how a committee ever okayed it.

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