An Evening of Cold War Music, Film, Food and Paranoia

Posted: July 10, 2012 in Cold War, Cold War Movies, Events, Local Community

It’s the eve of our summer highlight event, and excitement is building at the Diefenbunker. Tomorrow, as part of the Music & Beyond festival, we are hosting Beyond the Bomb: Music of the Cold War.

Guests are invited to explore all levels of the former CFS Carp to hear dozens of performances. Visitors will be greeted by a rousing performance by the Maple Leaf Brass Band in our very own parking lot (really, I’ll never be able to park again without thinking of 30+ musicians playing music on our helipad.) From Victor Herbiet bringing “paranoia” back on solo saxophone in the Blast Tunnel, to Julian Armour on cello in the Morgue (which also would have doubled as meat storage!), there will be many exceptional performances in extraordinary spaces. The critically acclaimed Moscow String Quartet will be playing Soviet-era music in the Cafeteria. Prepare to be haunted by traditional Japanese flute music in Requiem, a memorial space dedicated to the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And for those of us who have never heard the unique and marvelous theramin, now’s your chance to hear Thorwald Jørgensen in the Allard Gallery play an instrument closely related to a former KGB spying instrument.

Guests will also have the opportunity to watch Cold War films. Stanley Kubrick’s cult classic, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb will be playing in the War Cabinet Room (remember, gentlemen, no fighting in the War Room!) The Iron Curtain will be playing in the Rex Zero Workshop, and The Nuclear Roof, a documentary about the construction of CFS Carp, will be playing in the Model Room. Visitors can also participate in some fun activities like putting on disguises and getting “Spy Photos” of themselves, and collecting stamps at various stations within the Museum in order to enter a draw for some door prizes.

Naturally, with all this exciting music and film, we will have a bounty of Cold War and retro food and drink throughout the Bunker to refresh our guests. Thanks to our wonderful food and drink sponsors, guests can sample local beers, wine, “Cold War” food, retro candy, and locally-produced fudge. We are so grateful to all of our partners for supporting this event and our Museum. We are sure that this multi-sensory, multi-level smorgasbord of music, film and food will be an unforgettable evening.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors:

  1. Victor says:

    Very exciting! What time does it start?

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