What’s the best way to celebrate the 19th Century birth of steam engine-powered public works in Hamilton and the beginning of Canada’s Industrial Revolution? -- A YouTube video dance off, clearly.
But, Hamilton’s Museum of Steam and Technology needs your help! It is one of three museums in the finals of a worldwide dance video competition, and with only one day left to vote, it’s falling behind its competitors.
“We need all the votes we can get!” said acting curator Nancy Prochuck, lightheartedly.
You can vote here until 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The staff at Hamilton’s Museum of Steam and Technology put together their video, What Does the Pump Say?, a spoof of Ylvis’s electronic dance song and viral video, What Does the Fox Say? for the Museum Dance Off contest hosted by Whenyouworkatamuseum.com.
“Bottom line is it comes down to bragging rights,” Prochuck said. “This competition is all in good fun, but we are taking our voting very seriously.”
As of Monday afternoon the Museum of Steam was only pulling in 13 per cent of the votes, trailing Spain’s National Museum of Sculpture, with 48 per cent, and Indiana State Museum in the U.S. with 39 per cent.
The competition’s host aims to create camaraderie between museums, and all geekdom aside, the steam museum’s video is really impressive.
“Museum’s have some of the happiest people in the working world,” Prochuck said.
“The side effect for us was getting the word out. Originally we made it for educational purposes,” she said of the video, which explains how steam power works. “It’s a great marketing tool. It’s a great little teaser to get people into the museum.”
The video was shot in a day and all of the production and editing was done in-house by museum staff. It shows them dancing and singing in full steam punk regalia.
The Museum of Steam and Technology lets visitors peer into life at the beginning of Canada's industrial revolution, and preserves two 45-feet high, 70-ton steam engines that pumped the first clean water to Hamilton over 140 years ago.
The museum is a national historic site and a civil and power engineering landmark.