Spring is in the air – even underground!

The Diefenbunker started off strong in 2014 with a new website, new initiatives and a new vision for the year. Winter escaped us underground, and now – Spring has sprung and we’re sprouting new events like the grass above. April will close with a clever Easter Egg Hunt in our 100,000 sq/ft venue (talk about rewarding when you find the golden [chocolate] eggs!) on Saturday … Continue reading Spring is in the air – even underground!

Are you ready for the End of the World? We can help!

Diefenbunker Team is hard at work preparing for the End of the World. December 21, 2012 is the last day of the Mayan calendar. What safer place to be at the End of the World than an underground nuclear bunker?! December is all about preparing for the End here at the Bunker. On December 20, two hundred lucky listeners of 106.9 The Bear will be … Continue reading Are you ready for the End of the World? We can help!

Good Night, and Good Luck

George Clooney smartly directs this 2005 film, that chronicles the real-life conflict between television news pioneer Edward R. Murrow and the “witch hunting” Senator Joseph McCarthy. Backed by an all-star cast as his studio production team, David Strathairn brilliantly portrays earnest and determined Murrow who delivers sobering facts to American audiences as he “tries McCarthy in the press”, on the documentary show See It Now. … Continue reading Good Night, and Good Luck

A Safe Haven in the Outback

Ever wanted to go to Australia? Well, the survivors in this movie sure are happy to be there! In this 1959 Stanley Kramer film, although doom seems  inevitable, a positive light is shed on the tenacity of human nature as friendships develop between nuclear holocaust survivors who are sure to meet their end soon enough. Human life on earth as we know it is threatened … Continue reading A Safe Haven in the Outback

There’s nothing Cold about this film: The Ugly American

Come and enjoy our 4th Cold War Cinema film this evening at 7pm. Filmed in Thailand this 1963 political thriller is filled with bombings and murders – There is nothing cold about this film! Experience Marlon Brando, pre-Godfather, as he attempts to negotiate the construction of Freedom Road, a lifeline for the people of the fictional South East Asian country of Sarkhan Brando plays know-it-all … Continue reading There’s nothing Cold about this film: The Ugly American

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

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 … Continue reading An Evening of Cold War Music, Film, Food and Paranoia

The Iron Curtain

Did you know that the Cold War began in Ottawa? Shot in Ottawa and released in May 1948, The Iron Curtain movie depicts the true story of one of the greatest events in Canadian history, the defection of Igor Gouzenko on September 5, 1945.  As an encoding clerk working in a secret department within the Soviet Embassy on Charlotte street Gouzenko was aware of much of … Continue reading The Iron Curtain