Retrontario

Ed Conroy
The new weekly newsletter that explores pop culture of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s (via Toronto, Canada)
Created 10 May 2019
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  • Dracula: prince of drabness
    27 Feb 2020 • 1 min read
    March 25, 1973 was when the CBC aired their version of vampire classic Dracula as part of the umbrella series of television plays, Purple Playhouse. Adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel by Rod Coneybeare ...
  • The wistfully wonky world of Uncle Bobby
    20 Feb 2020 • 3 min read • 2 0
    This is the 28th edition of the weekly Retrontario newsletter. Subscribe now to start getting it sent directly to your inbox: Sign up now Uncle Bobby was a legitimate local institution: a real-life Kr...
  • Memories of McGlasnost
    03 Feb 2020 • 2 min read • 1 0
    This is the 27th edition of the weekly Retrontario newsletter. Subscribe now to start getting it sent directly to your inbox: Sign up now January 31, 1990 was when McDonald’s opened its first restaura...
  • Fear of a banned planet
    28 Jan 2020 • 2 min read
    February 1, 1990 was when Canada’s 24-hour music channel MuchMusic confirmed it had permanently banned controversial New York rap outfit Public Enemy from the airwaves, due to their alleged anti-Semit...
  • BiWay by the highway
    20 Jan 2020 • 2 min read • 3 0
    The revival of the BiWay discount store was announced over a year ago. A location was even rented. But it didn’t open as hoped. Now, the BiWay $10 Store has secured a new 15,000-square-foot retail spa...
  • The real Canadian razzle dazzle
    13 Jan 2020 • 3 min read • 3 0
    #RazzleDazzle lit up Twitter thanks to an ill-inscribed tweet from the New York Times: “Many Canadians are giddy at the prospect that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be moving to Canada, injectin...
  • Our seasonal CBC trash panda classic
    16 Dec 2019 • 3 min read • 4 0
    December 17, 1980 was when The Christmas Raccoons first aired on CBC Television. It was a prelude to the eco-friendly series, which ran from 1985 to 1992 and addressed deforestation, land rights and c...
  • Elmer’s safety flag flies again
    09 Dec 2019 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Safety mascot Elmer the Elephant was created in 1947 by Bas Mason of the Toronto Telegram and police inspector Vernon Page. Toronto mayor Robert Hood Saunders invited them to create a character who co...
  • Retrontario’s 2019 holiday gift guide
    04 Dec 2019 • 4 min read • 2 0
    This is the 21st edition of the weekly Retrontario newsletter. Subscribe now to start getting it sent directly to your inbox: Sign up now Presented for your nostalgic holiday gifting inspiration, here...
  • Down the rabbit hole of Yonge and Dundas
    25 Nov 2019 • 2 min read • 8 0
    It’s been over 20 years since the expropriations that gradually transformed the Yonge and Dundas intersection into Toronto’s current micro-simulacrum of Times Square. But memories of its late-20th cen...
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