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Kon Tiki,, Montreal, QC., Canada (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-09-14 8:57 pm   Permalink

Picked up this nice little coaster form the Kon Tiki in Montreal featuring the Three Cannibals logo.




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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-12 07:23 am   Permalink

I found a couple of articles that bookend the life and times of the Kon Tiki at the Sheraton Mount Royal.

The grand opening in 1959 with a young looking Stephen Crane.



Description of the new restaurant





And the sell-off in 1986 - the entire contents for a mere $78,000.


I wonder who bought the restaurant? The article mentions 6 outrigger canoes as part of the sale but not one nod to the numerous and huge Tikis that were part of the deal.

It seems as though the restaurant did not close, rather the hotel closed. Goes to show again that Tiki lived well into the 1980's in Canada.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2012-01-12 11:11 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-07-08 02:48, bigbrotiki wrote:
Wow, what splendor of Tiki detail! I am amazed that it took this long for it to appear on TC, so far I had only seen glimpses of it, I had no idea of the extent of it. Thank you for the thorough documentation and uploading of it, J.D.!

It gives one an idea what a treasure trove of Tiki art the original Montreal Kon-Tiki must have been! But that the Jardin owners kept it all here until now is just as amazing. I mean nobody (except for maybe the Alibi and the Munich Trader Vic's) has kept all those lamps! And the quality Tikis they have! Those original Cannibal carving posts - what relics! I can only compare this place to my discovery of the then intact Islands Restaurant and Hanalei Hotel artifacts from the Luau: A royal tomb of historic Tiki artifacts



DC, you must have missed this thread I am referring to above. It's all still in Montreal, even the Luau Tiki door handles:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=4849&forum=2

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-12 5:43 pm   Permalink

Bigbro,

Argh, don't know how I missed that one!


At least we now have the link so folks can see where all of the great Kon Tiki stuff ended up.

On that note, did we ever determine where that Tiki from Link Paola's Outrigger ended up in Canada??





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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-23 11:20 am   Permalink

Found this nice large ad with a rendering of the entrance.









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Posted: 2012-01-23 12:57 pm   Permalink

...which was, as we know, directly copied from the famous (one-of-the-ten-best-ever) color rendering of the place:





 
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Posted: 2012-01-23 1:04 pm   Permalink

Begging forgiveness, I am not trying to be a wise-ass or a stickler with these supplemental posts, I am just indulging in my passion to visually retrace the origins and "transmission" of all Tiki pop imagery- like I just did with the Oceanic Art book. If I could, I would do that all the way to the original native artist sitting in his jungle hut!

And of course, I reserve the right to point out when an image is directly copied from the Book of Tiki - (which is NOT the case here)


 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-01-23 6:07 pm   Permalink

Bigbro,

No worries on the post, always good to see more visuals to go with the story.

Now, about that image you posted. It is not the same as the postcard I have and Uncle Trav posted.





Your image has more to see. Where did you get that??

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Posted: 2012-01-23 8:15 pm   Permalink

From Florian Gabriel. He had the ORIGINAL! I wonder who has it now.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-06-10 8:06 pm   Permalink

Here is an old news photo of the actor Clint Walker at the Kon Tiki in Montreal.




And an ad for the luncheon.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-09-12 7:13 pm   Permalink

Found another action photo from 1961 taken at the Kon Tiki Montreal.



And, a great album cover from Michael Louvain that was shot at the Kon Tiki (posted by Tiki Quebec).






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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-09-13 4:27 pm   Permalink

Another photo from the Montreal Kon tiki circa 1964 with some nice Tikis in view.



Why is the woman on the right wearing a clam shell on her head?!

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Posted: 2014-09-14 1:25 pm   Permalink

Unusual line up of the 3 Tikis in the back:

A stylized Janus Tiki post, an authentic Kava Kava statue, and a stencil Tiki, somewhat in the graphic style of the A-frame border outside:



…and who was the missing person that ordered the "Gold Cup Gardenia" cocktail? No doubt the photographer.



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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-09-14 3:04 pm   Permalink

Nice B & W photo Big Bro. You can see another one of those stencil Tikis and the clam shell in the back of the other photo I posted. Must have been the same booth as the one with the ladies.



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