Doty is Busy
A look at how our web master has been occupying himself
Release of new documentary on the London Knights hockey club and their
record-smashing season. The program airs on Rogers.
Premier of The
Donnelly Trial at the former London and Middlesex Courthouse, the
scene of the actual trial.
Produces video installation documentary on the history of Banting House
National Historic Site as part of the museum's upgrades.
Produces well-received video on the history of London for the mayor's
celebratory banquet for the city's 150th birthday. Interviewed by Global
Television for an upcoming documentary on Ambrose Small.
Reading of new play written and researched by Chris, The Donnelly Trial,
on the 125th anniversary of the brutal murders near Lucan, Ontario. The
play will be mounted in June at the former London Middlesex Courthouse.
Signs a book deal with Altitude Publishers for a retrospective look on
famous Ontario hangings.
Serves as freelance reviewer for the London Free Press during the London
Fringe Theatre Festival and posts his own work on a special webpage
on Doty Docs. Click here to read his reviews.
As a result of his webpage on London hangings, Chris is able to reunite
the family of George Walter Rowe,
the last man executed in the city. Rowe's two daughters had not seen or
spoken to each other for 53 years.
Appears on The New PL's New Day with London
Film Club members Matt Loop, Nick Scott and Laurence Simner to discuss
the summer's hot movies.
Launches a new section on his website that offers visitors the definite
listing of every person executed in London.
Offers the toast at the 201st
anniversary of the founding of the Talbot settlement.
Receives a grant from the London Arts Council to write a play based on
the trial of the Lucan-area vigilantes accused of the murder of the infamous
Donnelly family. The production will be staged in 2005, the 125th anniversary
of the incident. Click here for
New exhibit at Museum London
on the first 50 years of CFPL features short video installations designed
by Doty. Gives lectures
in Woodstock and London on the future of Wonderland Gardens and the part
it played in Guy Lombardo's career.
CFPL-TV premiers DVD versions of two classic Doty documentaries: Slippery
and Let's Go to the Grand!
Hosts a successful fundraiser
for the London Public Library - An Evening with Christopher Doty. Guest
speaker at Revenue Canada for Black History Month. Talks about the great
London actor Richard Berry Harrison.
Appears on New Day to
announce his Oscar pix with members of the London
DVD version of Rewind, complete with directory's commentary, goes on sale.
All copies are quickly snapped up by the public.
Rewind: Fifty Years of Local Televison premiers on The New PL. The two-hour
documentary recaptures the first 50 years of Canada's second private television
station and features interviews with Eric Sorensen and Douglas Bassett.
Creates two sets of historical minutes for The New PL and Rogers Television.
The Rogers series covers an ecclectic range of topics: The Big Cheese
of Ingersoll, The Tillsonburg Livingstons Basketball Team and the murder
of the Donnelly Family in Lucan.
Let's Go to the Grand is nominated
for a CAB award.
Participated in a
career panel discussion at the University of Western Ontario's journalism
Provides extensive archival film research for an upcoming DVD that will
celebrate the University of Western Ontario's 125th anniversary.
Revamped Storybook Gardens
opens in London. Doty is interviewed extensively by the local media on
the park's history. VHS copies of his refurbished documentary on Slippery
the Sea Lion go on sale.
Launch of We're From South, coffee table book celebrating the 75th anniversary
of Doty's old high school, South Secondary.
Speaks before the Canadian
Heritage Ontario conference in Sarnia, Ontario.
As the chair of Landmarks London, announces grants to local museums and
organizations at Banting House National Historic Sight. Media conference
also includes two historic film clips relating to Banting House that were
recently discovered by Doty.
Premiers his restoration of Talbot
of Canada, the nation's first feature-length colour movie, at Museum
London. The film will become part of a touring exhibit honouring the bicentennial
of the founding of the Talbot settlement in South Western Ontario.
Kicks off Black History Month by helping unveil a plaque dedicated to
London-born Broadway star Richard Berry Harrision. Doty was also instrumental
in the renaming of a local park in Harrison's honour.
Reworks his 1995 documentary on Slippery, the sea lion who escaped from
a London-area theme in 1958 and led hunters on a two-week chase through
the Great Lakes. The program will be aired by CHUM Television this spring
as part of the re-launch of Storybook Gardens in June.
Helps found The Brickenden Awards which will honour theatrical excellence
in the London area. Doty's selections receive extensive coverage in the
two local newspapers and within the theatre community.
Screens three rare television
broadcasts on the career of Canadian author James Reaney at Museum London
as part of a month-long celebration of his work.
Ontario Hydro founder Sir Adam Beck (illustrated) in a short skit for
Doors Open London. Chris' first acting attempt since high school was called
"vigorous" by the critics.
Appointed chair of newly formed
Black History Month and Sesquicentennial Celebration committees. Gave
a ghost tour for area public school students on Halloween. Destinations
including Eldon House and The Grand Theatre.
Supervised a 16-hour recording sessions for Talbot of Canada, Canada's
first feature length colour movie. The marathon effort nearly killed Chris
and his technicians.
Helped open the Wolf Performance
Hall at the new Central Library by hosting two screenings of Hume Cronyn
and Jessica Tandy films directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Announced the voice over cast for Talbot of Canada. Resulting media coverage
unfortunately focussed on Chris rather than the actors.
Reviewed 26 plays for the London
Fringe Theatre Festival - and received death threats from two acting companies
as a result. Was asked to portray a phone in one production.
Lectured at the Festival of
the Sound on the Golden Age of Hollywood Composers at the request of festival
Latest documentary, Let's Go
to the Grand, receives its Canadian specialty channel premier on Bravo!
Appeared on two specials produced by CBC and PBS Radio for the 100th birthday
of bandleader Guy Lombardo.
Produced a show reel for The
New PL's donation of its film holdings to the Ontario Archives. The video
was screened at a special event held at CHUM City in Toronto.
Speaks to the University of
Western Ontario's journalism class on London's failure to honour local
bandleader Guy Lombardo.
Awarded a London Arts Council grant to produced a documentary on experimental
film maker Jack Chambers.
Documentary on The Royal Tour of 1939 receives heavy air play after the
death of the Queen Mother. Chris is interviewed extensively by the London
Free Press and the National Post as a result.
Sits on a round table discussion on the use of audio visual resources
in the interpretation of history. The panel also includes broadcast historian
Mary Vipond and University of Western Ontario film professor Michael Zryd.
Talks about actor Richard Berry Harrison as part of Black History Month
at Beth Emmanuel Church. Despite a conflict with the U.S./Canada Olympic
hockey final, the event is well attended.
premiers: Let's Go to the Grand, debuts on The New PL and a restored version
of Guy Lombardo: A Royal Canadian, attracts a capacity crowd at Museum