Air horns blast Olympic cheer across the en­tire city

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

VAN­COU­VER (CP) — Ev­ery time Canada wins an Olympic medal, 10 air horns atop Canada Place in down­town Van­cou­ver blast the open­ing notes to O Canada at an ear-shat­ter­ing 115 deci­bels.

The her­itage horns are typ­i­cally only played at noon to sig­nal lunch. But for the Olympics, of­fi­cials thought it would be a good way to alert res­i­dents and spec­ta­tors of an­other Cana­dian medal.

“We’re re­ally call­ing on the city to cel­e­brate with us ev­ery time we win a medal,” says Brett Calder, from Canada Place Cor­po­ra­tion, the iconic Van­cou­ver water­front con­ven­tion cen­tre and cruise ship ter­mi­nal.

The horns were built in 1967 as a Cana­dian Cen­ten­nial project for BC Hy­dro, the big pro­vin­cial power pro­ducer. They were later bought by Canada Place and have resided on its roof for the last 15 years.

In all, there are 10 alu­minum horns.

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