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Vintage Videos: Highlights from the CKCO archive


Broadcasting from Kitchener, Ont. since 1954, CTV Kitchener’s cameras (formerly known as CKCO-TV) have been at some of southwestern Ontario’s biggest moments.

For this Vintage Videos series, we’re taking a look at a the lighter side.

Check back each Thursday for a new video from our vault and some feel good nostalgia.

Here's some of what we've dug up:

  • Double feature from the Stratford Festival! Revisit the theatre's 50th anniversary and look back at its origins
  • How people were preparing to celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend in 2003
  • Tom Knowlton searches out freebies around Waterloo Region
  • Local tech wows Star Wars fans in 2002
  • The launch of Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ont. in 1996
  • Reporter Frank Lynn covers the 2000 closure of Lulu's Roadhouse -- an iconic Kitchener venue that held the Guinness record for the world's longest bar.
  • Students get a science lesson during the 1994 solar eclipse.
  • How sweet the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is! Check out the long lines in 1992, 1996 and 2000.
  • A 1996 special series answering the question: "What's the internet all about?"
  • How the City of Kitchener prepared for a 1992 computer virus.
  • What were local high schools serving up for lunch in 1997? Daiene Vernile takes a look.
  • A look back at the battle for handheld dominance in 2002 with the introduction of the Blackberry pager.
  • CTV Kitchener turns 70! A look back at some of our shows, talent and maybe some bloopers too
  • The 1994 Scotties Tournament of Hearts takes over the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
  • Stratford's 2001 winter festival was a hit with residents.
  • We tag along with some ice fishers at Port Bolster on Feb. 19, 1994.
  • Take a trip back to 2001 for Wiarton Willie's prediction on Groundhog's Day
  • Some former Romper Room participants return to watch - and reminisce - during a 1992 show.
  • A chilly winter baseball tournament played in -22 degree weather.
  • Fans react to the 1991 release of Nintendo's Super Famicom and its "incredible" 16-bit graphics.
  • Coverage of an early winter thaw during January, 1998
  • Reporter Frank Lynn meets the people behind the 1994 Salvation Army Toy Drive
  • Big trucks with bright lights at the 2005 Rockwood holiday parade
  • Visit the 2004 Christkindl Market
  • Take a trip back to 1994 to see Elmira's last minute scramble to find Santa Claus a float for the community parade.
  • Raise a glass to the 1992 Oktoberfest opening ceremonies.
  • The OHL season is in full swing, so we travelled back to 2002 to see how then head coach Peter DeBoer felt about the upcoming season.
  • Runners lace up for the 1997 Terry Fox Run in Waterloo.
  • 1,600 competitors took part in the 1997 dragon boat races in Stratford.
  • Honk for the 2002 Shinerama fundraiser by students at Wilfrid Laurier University. Drivers got their cars cleaned for a good cause while raising money for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Revisit the 1999 Waterloo Busker Carnival. You’ll see a broadcaster turned straight-jacket escape artist, a caricaturist and plenty of cute kids enjoying the festivities.
  • We're going way back to the 1989 International Plowing Match and Farming Show in Essex County, hosted by CTV's very own David Imrie.

All the videos can be watched in the player at the top of this page.

David Imrie and Julie-Marie Innes broadcasting from the 1989 International Plowing Match in Essex County. Top Stories

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