Here is the show that is great
For those of you who are small
So watch right now and you will see
A show we know will please you all
All the cameras lights and microphones
Are set for tiny talent to shine
So Bill Lawrence won't you introduce us please
To the guests on Tiny Talent Time.
In the late 70s and early 80s, I worshiped at the altar of Tiny Talent Time. At exactly 3:59, every Sunday afternoon, I could be found racing to the television set, channel 11 (CHCH) on my mind. It didn't matter what I was doing before, it had to stop and give way to the powers that be. It just had to be.
In case you didn't grow up in Ontario (or thereabouts), Tiny Talent Time (1957-1992) was a live-action talent show for children, hosted by beloved weatherman, Bill Lawrence. Youngsters would sing, dance, play piano or showcase any other discernible talent for the viewing and studio audience. Lawrence without fail would ask his young charges: "what do you want to be when you grow up?" and "if I could snap my fingers what would you wish for?” I always loved how that snap, echoed through the microphone.
The theme song for the show is haunting for me. It takes me back to moments I've forgotten. I wanted so badly to perform on the show. I'm not sure for what exactly (I had no discernible talent), but I wanted to dance, sing, play the piano (even though I couldn't), wear bright lipstick with feathers in my hair etc. It just seemed like good fun.
Thankfully, someone uploaded a brief clip on YouTube. The Tiny Talent Time portion of this video (which is a short documentary on the Canadian Idol phenomenon) begins at 3:51 and continues for a minute. Short but sweet.
Barry Shainbaum has kindly alerted us to a clip of the Tiny Talent Time Reunion he organized in 1997.
Closing Lyrics (Update)
Visit our reader-assisted post entitled Tiny Talent Time Closing Lyrics.