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Ron Samworth performs on guitar as Sniffy the Rat [Photograph 1]
The Sniffy the Rat 10th Anniversary Bus Tour
Laurenson, AndrewMcDonald, Ian RossSamworth, RonAlteen, GlennAddison, Merle
The Sniffy the Rat 10th Anniversary Bus Tour took participants on a luxury bus tour for an in-depth examination of the story behind Vancouver's most famous rodent. n 1990, Rich Gibson threatened to squash a feeder rat he named Sniffy between two canvas-lined concrete blocks as a performance event, which provoked a public debate in Vancouver and internationally. The 10th Anniversary Bus Tour visited the sites that made the Sniffy story happen. Ian Ross MacDonald served as tour guide, while Ron Samworth on guitar stood in as Sniffy. Participants wore bright yellow garbage bags, took a bus to the various locations related to Sniffy around Vancouver while watching a prepared video on the bus television sets. Participants stopped and took photos with Sniffy at the various locations. The tour ended at the Railway Club, where, in 1990, Gibson's supporters fled a media horde led by Pamela Wallin.
Event Host: Radix Theatre and I Smell a Rat Productions; Analog Object Catalog Number: 2001.1021 SNI
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