Since Christmas and nostalgia go together like rum and egg nog, lets crack open a 160-proof bottle of classic Toronto Christmas TV commercials. Here is a fine selection of vintage Yuletide classics to quench your festive thirst, whither marvelling at the antiquated prices, cheesy sentimentality, low production values or perhaps just lamenting the passing of a more innocent time.
Happy Holidays, and bottoms up!
Sure, they might be an evil empire now but back in the '80s Bell was all about ill communication and this stylish spot said it all.
A favourite destination for families and school trips in the '80s, the sadly disassembled miniature village at Cullen Gardens always put on a spectacular Christmas show.
SHOPPERS DRUG MART
During the halcyon run of TV's The Golden Girls, star Bea Arthur always made time to fly to Toronto and star in Shoppers Drug Mart commercials. Not quite starting at the bottom, but she was indeed there.
The original tech geek store, small box-style and always full of soul.
Rocking one of the most memorable jingles of the '80s, of course Blacks Christmas commercials got welded into our psyche.
Long before it showed up on basic cable, MuchMusic was Pay-TV, and therefore a great last-minute gift.
The Multi-Tech guy was a mainstay of late-night Citytv, never more so than at Christmas time.
A big part of any local TV channel's identity was based on their seasonal greetings message. Here are few local classics
When the Business and Legal Affairs department wishes you a Happy Holiday, you know they mean it!
Merry Retro Christmas!
Ed Conroy's Retrontario plumbs the seedy depths of Toronto flea markets, flooded basements, thrift shops and garage sales, mining old VHS and Betamax tapes that less than often contain incredible moments of history that were accidentally recorded but somehow survived the ravages of time. You can find more amazing stories and discoveries at www.retrontario.com.
by Ed Conroy via blogTO