Chris Doty

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Chris Bourke Doty (September 8, 1966 – February 2, 2006) was a Canadian journalist, historian, award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and playwright, noted for his many contributions to the cultural life of his hometown of London, Ontario.

A graduate of Tecumseh Public School, London South Collegiate Institute and the journalism school at the University of Western Ontario in 1991, Doty grew up on tree-lined Lyndhurst Place in old south London, where he was a paper boy for The London Free Press during his formative years.

Historical documentary films and plays

His writing included numerous articles in local and area publications such as The London Free Press, the Simcoe Reformer, the Strathroy Age-Dispatch and the UWO Gazette, as well as a book on hangings in London and Ontario.

His documentary films have covered such subjects as:

  • Old Theatres: The Return, 1991 (while still a student at UWO)
  • Marc Emery: Messing Up the System, 1992
  • Slippery the Seal and Storybook Gardens in London (Slippery, 1995)
  • London's great flood of 1937 (Lost April: The Flood of '37, 1997)
  • the history of London (Vagabonds and Visionaries: The London Story, 1998)
  • CBC-TV's Guy Lombardo: When We Danced, 1998
  • a Guelph, Ontario, promotional video (Guelph: City of Opportunity, 2000)
  • the British Royal visit of 1939 (A Great Day for London: The Royal Visit of 1939, 2000)
  • the history of the Grand Theatre, (Let's Go to the Grand!, 2001)
  • the history of the local TV station (Rewind: Fifty...... ...
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