• Gary's Expo '86 Collection, Alexis Lee

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    The 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, or simply Expo '86, was a World's Fair held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Friday, May 2 until Monday, October 13, 1986. The unexpected hit at Expo '86 ended up being the Street Theatre program which could be sited as the beginning of the Street Theatre Revolution in Canada.

    Gary, a Vancouver resident and amateur videographer captured hours of footage on his Sony Video 8 camera and gave artists his word that the footage would remain in his private collection unless he received their express written permission to share it with the world. Nearly 30 years later, Gary ran into Mike Bonnici (Dyna-Mike) at an event in Vancouver and mentioned the collection to him. Mike passed Gary's information along to David Aiken, editor in chief for the Busker Hall of Fame, and a collaboration was formed to bring Gary's footage to the web via the Busker Hall of Fame's YouTube channel.

    This footage has been cleaned up by Reuben Kuan (Reuben Dot Dot Dot) and is being presented here to provide some historical perspective on the history of street theatre and who was doing what at Expo '86. These are not promo videos, they're straight from the camera documents of what was happening at the time.

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