1930s CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT Deflation Occurs when people’s wages and the prices of goods are both low. There was less money in the economy, but a dollar could buy more because prices were so low. Families earning over $20 per week were doing well. The Dionne Quintuplets Born in 1934 in Callander, Ontario. The first quintuplets to survive childbirth. Ontario government used their birth as an opportunity to increase tourism and created a theme park called “Quintland”. The girls were exploited in advertisements and films. The Ontario government set up a $15 million trust fund for the girls but most of the money was spent on the theme park. Swing music Evolved from the jazz music of the 20s and was created by black musicians in New Orleans, USA. Improvised solos and high tempos which made it danceable. 1930s Music Many songs dealt with the economic situations of people suffering from the Depression. African-American singers like Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald became popular singing religious music and blues. CBC Radio Established in 1936 by Prime Minister Bennett with the goal of providing Canadian programming. News broadcasts brought Canadians together by making them aware of what was happening in every region of Canada Canadians listened to hockey games on Hockey Night in Canada, which was hosted by Foster Hewitt for 40 years. American Movies Hugely popular in Canada. (Frankenstein, King Kong, Snow White, Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind) American Comedy radio American comedic radio shows helped people forget about the Depression. Amos ‘n’ Andy was the most popular comedy program of the 30s. The Happy Gang, Jack Benny, George Burns, and Gracie Allen were also popular.