Published Jan 26th, 2012

Steven Sandor

SCTV Monument Petition

What would it take to honour Edmonton's pop culture history?

St. Paul, Minnesota, has statues of Lucy throughout the town to celebrate the fact that it’s the home of Charles M. Schulz, creator of Peanuts. In the downtown of its twin city, Minneapolis, you’ll find a statue of Mary Tyler Moore to honour Mary Richards, the Minneapolitan character she portrayed.

In Toronto’s Kensington Market, you can sit next to a statue of actor Al Waxman, CBC’s famous King of Kensington. And, more recently, Rouleau, Sask., has left “Dog River” on a grain elevator to let visitors know they are entering the mythical town where Corner Gas was filmed.

Small towns do it. Big cities do it. But, in Edmonton, we don’t mark our pop culture.

If you are an Oilers legend, you get roads named after you. But, why don’t we celebrate SCTV? The characters remain pop-culture icons 30 years later. Though it was filmed here, the only relics you’ll find are at the Global Television studios on Allard Way, where the halls have framed pictures of the SCTV cast in action and some old props.

We are Melonville, but you wouldn’t know that walking through the city. So, we’d like to change that.

Do you think that there should be an SCTV monument, street name or something else to commemorate Edmonton’s unique place in pop culture history? How about a prominently placed sign welcoming people to Melonville? A bronzed Bob and Doug, sitting on a park bench in Churchill Square? A simple plaque? Or maybe a ceremony, festival or annual party?

What would you like to see? Sign our petition below. In February we'll present these to the City, along with some of your ideas. And you can make your comments known by adding them in the comments section at the bottom.

 

  • Visitor

    remembering mr john Canday From SCTV.

    Submitted 1 year 33 weeks ago

    I sure must say sctv was great in it's day and still is and i remember the one stit that Mr. John Candy did by the Red Ox inn on Connor's Hill in Edmonton Alberta back in the and how he forgot his keys to go into the Red Ox inn and how that made me laugh, as i grew up not to far from the Red Ox Inn in the 1970's at 8603 Strathearn Drive. Well thanks to the lat Mr. john Canday and the rest of the SCTV team for bringing such a great show and for putting Edmonton Alberta canada on the map.

  • Visitor

    Remembering MR

    Submitted 1 year 33 weeks ago

    SCTV was my show and loved when Mr. John Candy did a stit otside of the Red OX Inn were i grew up at 8603 Strathearn Drive and seeing Mr. John Candy's stit from the Red Ox Inn today, brings back warm memories.

  • Visitor

    SCTV

    Submitted 2 years 6 weeks ago

    SCTV was a great show that was made right here in Edmonton...at least when it was at it's height of popularity. Unlike when it was in Toronto,it got out of the studio and used Edmonton very well by showing off many areas of our city. My favourite cahracters were THE SCHMENGE BROTHERS,Stan and Yosh,who were inspired by Edmonton's polka meister,Gaby Haas. But there were many,many great characters on that show. A truly Canadian landmark show. It would be great if they were honored for this fine show.

  • Visitor

    You must do this thing

    Submitted 2 years 11 weeks ago

    I'll make a pilgrimage each year to honor Edith Prickley and Lola Heatherton. A 3D House of Pancakes shall provide me with sustenance.

    --An identical cheese hostess from Philadelphia

  • Visitor

    Great Idea

    Submitted 2 years 12 weeks ago

    We should be proud of how many good comedians come out of Canada and what a wonderful way to show we are not just a concrete jungle.

  • Visitor

    Yes we should have a momument

    Submitted 2 years 14 weeks ago

    Yes we need to do this, it is a part of Edmontons history . All the cast in bronze as thier caracters. A sign Welcome to Melonville...or the Great White North . Or a monument done some how like the opening shot of all the tv's being thrown out the windows....LOL....SCTV ws funning and you could see how much fun they had doing it. Just think we had all that talent here in this city and they didn't play hockey. We reconize our great hockey players, we need to reconize these great actors that made us laugh. Put ot outside Itv/Global....or near one of the many Edmonton locations you saw in the show that was regular / Red Ox would be great. Whtye ave just because soooo many people travel around there, it would be seen by many.

  • Visitor

    Hosers Unite!

    Submitted 2 years 14 weeks ago

    No plaque could be enough to honor the cast of SCTV who put Melonville on the map - a monument it shall be! Molson's should be able to get behind this and be a major sponsor, afterall what brand of beer was always there for Bob & Doug?

    Koo roo koo koo Koo roo koo koo!

  • Visitor

    May The Good Lord Take a Lik'n To Ya

    Submitted 2 years 14 weeks ago

    There has never been a better comedy show created, and produced within Canada, or anywhere else than SCTV. With out a doubt the character development and comical delivery created by the cast and crew is second to none. (Excuse The Pun)
    While America had/has the big budget Saturday Night Live , SCTV was less political, way less ego-centric, and non insulting,
    SCTV was simply belly laughing fun, that left you wanting for more, with the most hilarious characters to ever come out of Melonville.
    We are long overdue in recognizing the pure genius that was SCTV

  • Visitor

    OF COURSE!!

    Submitted 2 years 14 weeks ago

    Yes, either a monument at the Global Studios or one near Red Ox Inn would be terrific.

  • Visitor

    SCTV MONUMENT

    Submitted 2 years 14 weeks ago

    What a great idea for Edmonton. It would be enthralling for the rest of Canada & the world to hear where SCTV (the best comedy show ever produced bar none)actually took off, eh (no pun intended).

  • Visitor

    I agree with this

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    Morinville has theToque

  • Visitor

    SCTV

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    That would be Beauty, EH!!!

  • Visitor

    Gotta Luv It

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    It's pure Canadiana - brilliant, great opportunity for the arts community! Did I just hear a lot of light bulbs turning on?

  • Visitor

    SCTV monument

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    As a life-long Edmontonian I say YESSS great idea!

  • Visitor

    sctv monument

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    I have signed the petition and offered this idea. A larger than life dude sitting in a big eazy chair wearing the colourfull clothes of the day and sporting a big grin.He is watching a big screen T.V. made to look like a 1970s floor model(screen likley protected by heavy plexiglass) The T.V. is on all the time with clips from the show highlighting all the characters. You might get some financing by selling say 10 sec commercials on the T.V. or have the guy holding a local brew. Good luck Edmonton.

  • Visitor

    Perfect Monument for Edmonton

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    Grew up watching SCTV, loved the show, we only had 3 channels and I never felt that I was watching nothing but pure gold comedy!! Jennifer Brimmage

  • Visitor

    Tony

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    Sure, why not? :)

  • Visitor

    Yes bob and doug

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    I am all for SCTV. Let's go ppl vote yes

  • Visitor

    What a great idea!

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    A tribute to SCTV is the kind of thing this city needs to come out of its shell. about time that we started acknowledging some of our history and the things that make this town great. A lot is ignored and that is just wrong.

  • Visitor

    A monument to The Schmenges

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    A monument to The Schmenges would be great as well .

  • Visitor

    Oh Hell Yeah!

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    It really brings me back to my childhood, seeing all the non-descript Edmonton locations and even seeing 'Hank Bains' in a restaurant once lol

  • Visitor

    Yes

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    Absolutely!

  • Visitor

    Schmenge Bros. cover band at unveiling?????

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    Great idea, now give me a real petition to sign! Free online petitions are very easy to create. Make it so!

    Also, I think it would need to be in front of ITV/Global studios, which is where the show was produced.

  • Visitor

    I'm all for it! I still get a

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    I'm all for it! I still get a kick out of picking out Edmonton landmarks in classic eps and it'd be nice to see the city get some ink for something other than hockey and murder rates.

  • Visitor

    Sign the Petition by Posting in the Comments?

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    Why not put something more official together than asking people to leave a comment?

  • Visitor

    No w'Eh!

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    Take off Eh! Why don't we have a monument, we already tore down Ft. Molson, lets build a monument

  • Visitor

    Yes to SCTV monument

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    Great idea.

  • Visitor

    Celebrate SCTV''s Edmonton Roots

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    I credit Johnny LaRue as my lifestyle model. Thank you SCTV for giving him a voice. Now the least Edmonton can do is reciprocate with an SCTV Monument.

  • Visitor

    Yes

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    Yes we need a monument to SCTV. Tear down the baseball bat on 97 and 118 or the shoe at Southgate mall bus stop and put up a Great White North monument!!

  • Visitor

    Where I'd put it

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    I'd put it right in front of the Red Ox Inn off 95th Ave. That was the place where they filmed Johnny LaRue's Christmas story - or as it was known on the show, the "Beef & Booze", formely the Red Ox Inn. That's where Johnny got his crane shot!

  • Andrew C. Paul

    Double yes to SCTV monument

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    This is a brilliant idea! It's high time we erected monuments in honour of Bob and Doug McKenzie. The 400-foot tall bronze statues should straddle either end of the High Level Bridge and shoot fireworks from their eyes on all civic holidays. We'd be a bunch of hosers if we put this off any longer. The time is NOW!

  • Visitor

    Yes to SCTV monument

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    I support this

  • Visitor

    Absolutely suuport this!

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    Absolutely suuport this! Consider setting up a formal petition! -Liz Ludwig

  • Visitor

    Yes to SCTV monument

    Submitted 2 years 15 weeks ago

    I still remember how PROUD I was when I saw that an episode of Mrs. Falbo's Tiny Town had a very brief segment filmed on my street. As an SCTV-obsessed kid, that was MAJOR. Still is, actually.An SCTV monument in Edmonton is long overdue. Don't make me dress like Edith Prickly every day until it happens, OK?!

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