The Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo of 1967 was undoubtedly the greatest and biggest road show in Canadian history. It took six years to plan and two years to produce and cost in excess of $3,000,000 equivalent to over $21 million today. While the theme of the show was historical, the result was pure entertainment, and received rave reviews from newspapers from St. John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, BC. Music, pageantry, colour, sweeping spotlights, action, fantasy, and comedy were combined to portray Canada's growth since the early days of the first French fur traders. The show only vaguely resembled a traditional military tattoo; rather it took the best of show business and combined it with toe-tapping martial music to the delight of the hipster and the traditional alike. The Tattoo comprised 1700 performers from the three branches of the military and produced 140 shows across this country. Music was supplied by hundreds of professional military musicians ranging from military bands, massed pipes and drums to the lonely sound of a single fyfe. The "show" was so well received there were proposals to have it tour the US and Europe and cries to "Save the Tattoo". Unfortunately once the Tattoo finished its last performance on October 11, 1967 it was shelved and the "show" that thrilled and amazed thousands of Canadians all those years ago was relegated to our memory. This web page rekindles those memories from 1967.
Thanks to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and National Film Board (NFB) for filming the Tattoo for without them, we would only have our pictures and memories to relive that wonderful show.