Min­utes to win it

Her­itage Min­utes Live! waxes nos­tal­gic about ev­ery Cana­dian’s favourite TV mo­ments.

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Her­itage Min­utes Live! Thu Sep 7, 10:15pm & 11:45pm; Fri Sep 8 7:10pm; Sat Sep 9, 6pm The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Got­tin­gen Street, $10/$7

This may be a par­tic­u­larly pa­tri­otic year, but Conor Purdy’s been think­ing about Her­itage Min­utes Live for years—and any­way, nos­tal­gia is hot. Peo­ple have been lin­ing up at the Bus Stop since the first show Septem­ber 1, ea­ger to see their favourite decades-old TV his­tory lessons re-en­acted.

The pro­duc­tion opens with a three-minute com­pi­la­tion of Very Cana­dian TV clips— The Lit­tlest Hobo, The Zits’ video, Ready or Not— that sets up the fol­low­ing hour, which sees a cast of five recre­ate more than 70 Min­utes. “I feel like I learned more from Her­itage Min­utes than I did ac­tual school,” says Purdy in the Bus Stop’s lobby af­ter a show. “And that’s not a knock against school. I love the fact that it’s this com­mon lan­guage we have.”

Purdy wrote, di­rects and acts in the show, and en­cour­ages the au­di­ence to yell out its favourite lines, Rocky Hor­ror- style. Purdy likens build­ing the show to “plan­ning the Fri­day night lineup,” rat­ing each minute from A (“I smell burnt toast”) to D (Emily Mur­phy) and slotting them in. He doesn’t know why these old, dorky tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials con­tinue to res­onate.

“I think it’s be­cause they’re so di­verse, to a cer­tain de­gree—both in what they present and the way they present them,” he says, adding he’d make a new one about Stompin’ Tom Con­nors. “Some of them are in­tense and dark and scary and other ones are just goofy and light. It runs this emo­tional gamut—ev­ery­one has one they can con­nect with.”

See your favourite Min­utes live on stage this week­end.

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