For the second day of Doors Open Toronto, Emily and I hit up the Citytv building. Sitting on the edge of Yonge-Dundas Square, I often noticed the Citytv building not because of the fact that it was where City films its shows, but because of the strange intersection below it. As you might be able to see in the header image, a section of road goes under the building. A pillar which I’m guessing houses the antennas and other broadcasting equipment is situated on a little island surrounded by roads. Perhaps the strangest part is that the section of road under the City building is for streetcars; normal traffic isn’t supposed to drive through there. The only thing is, I’ve never once seen a streetcar drive there.
Place #22: Citytv, 33 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 1B8
The ‘tour’ of the building started on the fifth floor and worked downwards. The top floor is where they record the weather and they gave you the opportunity to stand in front of the green screen and give being a weather-woman a go.
I wish I had taken a picture of the set up; there are at least 10 monitors in front and to the side of where you stand that allow you to reference what you’re standing in front of and what you’re pointing at. As an amateur, I think I did a pretty good job.
The fourth and third floors had lots of desks and the sets of more shows. Something I’ve always wondered and didn’t get answered was why you can see staff working in the background of a lot of news broadcasts. My speculation based on what I saw was because it’s a spacing issue. There’s not really a lot of space on the sets and walls would just take up more space (and probably obstruct the movement of cameras too). We weren’t allowed on the second floor; apparently it’s a staff break room/floor.
The main floor, which you can see into when you walk along the strange stretch of road under the building, is where Cityline show hosted by Tracy Moore is filmed. (Tracy wasn’t around, much to my crushing disappointment). She has the largest set, with a live studio audience (of about 20 people) watching every morning.
- Massey Hall, where we got to see a dressing room, stand on stage, and explore the gallery seats