Canadian Entertainment in the 1920’s Powerpoint by Luke Poley, Adam Joss And Skyler Hainer
Music! • The start of music in the twenties was the end of the war: the twenties were a time of prosperity, happiness, and over all joy, which lead to the creation of jazz, ragtime, and eventually morphed into blues during the depression, which paved the way for much of today’s popular music. • The Sounds of the twenties, which evolved from big bands and became smaller groups, were upbeat, with songs like “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith, “Pine top’s boogie woogie” by pine top smith, and “Toot Toot Tootsie” by Al Jolson
Publication • Before the gramophone, live music reigned in Canada, and the most reliable form of musical publication was as sheet music • Some Canadian newspapers even published periodicals of sheet music, so that other people could play it. • In 1918, however, in Lachine Quebec, “Compo Company” (Canada’s first recording company) built Canada’s first Pressing plant (which was the largest of it’s day)
Distribution • Compo’s pressing plant was originally intended to service American talent, printing records for several independent American record sellers, such as Okeh records, who wanted to expand into Canada. • During the expansion, with distributers selling American music to Canadians, Canadian musicians finaly found a way to shine: Radio • During the 1920’s, Canada’s first radio stations were beginning to open, and even though they played less Canadian music then American music, it still gave Canadian artists more of a chance to be heard.
Radio • By 1922, Canada’s first French radio station existed! • By 1923, Canada had a grand total of 34 Radio stations, and they spread hugely after that. • With the spread of radio, the newly created jazz spread, • Jazz was associated primarily with sophistication, as well as modern times, and decadency
An early radio station
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Books • Some of the best selling books of the 1920s were: The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne. • After the Great War people had a lot of money to spend on stuff like books and Comics.
Comics • Comics started out in the later 1920s around 1928. • Some of the more popular names were Tintin, and Le Semaine de Suzette. • Some of the more popular authors of the 1920s Herge, Alain Saint-Organ and Pinchon
Newspapers • Newspapers had two issues one in the morning and evening. • Most cities had papers with different ownerships and editorial policies-usually Republican and Democrat.
Food • Food was plentiful and cheap thanks to the large quantities produced by American farms. • 44 hours a week were spent on preparing meals and cleaning each week • Gas stoves, electric refridgerators, and other labor saving devices made food preparation much easier.
Brothels • Beginning in the 1920s vice syndicates moved brothels to the suberbs where law enforcement was easier to control. • In the 1920s brothels were frowned upon but were legal. • Today brothels have been legalized so that prostitutes have a safe working environment
Citations http://library.thinkquest.org/J0111064/20ente rtain.htm http://www.angelfire.com/anime4/sephirothb adazz/Reports/entertainment.html http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/39.Best _Books_of_the_Decade_1920_s
Movies • Until 1923, Silent movies would often be accompanied by a piano or organ track. • In 1923 the first commercial film with a recorded audio soundtrack was produced. • It took about 7 years for the talking movies to completely replace the silent ones.
• Production of ‘The Jazz Singer’ in 1927 changed the talking movie industry with improved recording technology.
Movies 2 • Famous characters like Mickey Mouse and actors like Charlie Chaplain debuted in the 1920’s. • The three Canadian films produced in the 20’s were Big Timber, Blue Water and The Great Shadow.
Radios Radios were the one of the first forms of electronic entertainment and communication. People used to rely on radios just like people rely on their phones and computers now, In 1920 CFCF is Canada's only radio station with regular broadcasts. In 2 years, over 800 American stations are created. In 1925 a Canadian inventor, Edward Rogers had created battery-less radios that could be plugged in. This helped bring radios mainstream.
Radios 2 • Radios could provide many different forms of entertainment and information such as news, weather, sports, radio shows and much more. • In 1929 the AIRD commission recommends creation of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC) was created so all radio broadcasts could be looked after by one national company. It was then created in 1932. • This helped bring in a standard for radio stations and ensured high quality broadcasts.
Influenced Society • Entertainment was influenced by society as equally as it influenced society. The idea of being rebellious was becoming popular. Girls known as "Flappers" were quite common. These young (15-30) girls typically smoked, drank, partied. This shows how the rebellious ideology of the 1920s was reflected in it's entertainment and it's people.
Citations • http://www.mediaawareness.ca/english/resources/issues_resources/cultural_policies/ chronology/cult_policies_chronology.cfm • http://cbc.radio-canada.ca/history/1920-1939_details.shtml • http://www.google.ca/imgres?start=12&num=10&um=1&hl=en&rlz= 1C1CHFX_enCA456CA456&biw=1024&bih=707&tbm=isch&tbnid= GDskIE3bW64rbM:&imgrefurl=http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/engramja/ The1920s_files/frame.htm&docid=fgB3ID13Y2lWPM&imgurl=http://h rsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/engramja/The1920s_files/master03_backgroun d.gif&w=534&h=400&ei=EkOET7wnxKODB_6a3O0H&zoom=1&iact =rc&dur=489&sig=111431848436419473224&page=2&tbnh=157&tb nw=258&ndsp=17&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:12,i:11&tx=200&ty=82
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