‘A Place To Stand’ anthem to be updated for Ontario150

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An  updated version of Ontario’s unofficial anthem, A Place to Stand, which was written for a short film of the same name screened at the Ontario Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal is part of the huge Ontario150 celebrations to mark the anniversary of the Confederation.

A Place to Stand, a Place to Grow (Ontari-ari-ari-o!) is the unofficial anthem of the Canadian province of Ontario. The song was written as the signature tune for a movie of the same name that was featured at the Expo 67 Ontario pavilion.

The song was written by Dolores Claman, who also wrote the “The Hockey Theme”, with lyrics by Richard Morris and orchestrations by Jerry Toth. Lyrics for a French version were written by Larry Trudel.

It was commissioned by the Progressive Conservative government of John Robarts for the Ontario pavilion at Expo 67, the World’s Fair held in Montreal, Quebec in Canada’s Centennial year of 1967, and was used again in the following decades.

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The song was featured at the Province of Ontario’s exhibit in the short film A Place to Stand, which won the 1967 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film. -Wiki.


  • Give us a place to stand
    And a place to grow
    And call this land Ontario.
    A place to live
    For you and me
    With hopes as high
    As the tallest tree.
    Give us a land of lakes
    and a land of snow
    And we will build Ontario
    A place to stand, a place to grow
    Ontari-ari-ari-o !
  • From western hills,
    To northern shores.
    To Niagara Falls,
    Where the waters roar.
    Give us a land of peace,
    Where the free winds blow.
    And we will build Ontario
    A place to stand, a place to grow
    Ontari-ari-ari-o !


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