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Showing posts with label Ontario. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ontario. Show all posts

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Schitt's Creek

CBC Studios Toronto

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 250 Front St W.
Date: February 2020
Website:  www.cbc.ca

  Canadian television show Shitt's Creek won a total of nine Emmys at the 2020 Emmy Awards Show.   This set a record for any comedy series and the wins were especially shocking for a Canadian show.  The show stars Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy of SCTV fame and various movie and television roles. The main cast also includes Eugene's son Daniel and actress Annie Murphy. They all went home with awards hand delivered to them during the socially distanced broadcast.  

Congratulations to you all! 

  Schitt's Creek is the story of a wealthy family that loses everything and is forced to live in a small town motel.  We were able to visit a part of that motel at CBC studios in Toronto.

Camera Equipment on Display At CBC Studios Toronto

   We were at the studios to watch the taping of a show that will never win an Emmy.  We were there to see Family Feud Canada.  In this version of Family Feud, Steve Harvey has been replaced by Canadian host Gerry Dee.  In order to qualify for an Emmy your show must be on an American network.  Schitt's Creek qualified since it was on Pop TV and Netflix.

Mr. Dressup Treehouse CBC StudiosMr. Dressup Treehouse CBC Studios Interior

   We waited in a huge lineup in order to enter the studio for our Family Feud Canada taping.  At the front of the line they were storing cellphones and other items before taking people up to the studio by elevator.  They take away your electronics in order to keep anyone from leaking any behind the scenes footage of the show.  While waiting in line we took turns exploring and we were able to take some behind the scenes footage of Casey's treehouse from Mr. Dressup.  Canadians of a certain age may fondly recall this show and enjoy a glimpse from behind the little blue door (above).

CBC Sports ChairCBC Sports Chair

  CBC is also known for their Canadian sports coverage.  We particulary enjoyed their Olympic coverage with sportscaster Brian Williams.  In the foyer there were a couple of chairs made out of a wide variety of sporting equipment.

Rosebud Motel Sign At CBC Studios

  On the other side of the foyer was the Rosebud Motel from Schitt's Creek.  The final season had finished filming and the prop motel sign had been brought to the studio for fans to view.  The real motel used for filming is about one hour's drive north of the CBC Studios in Orangeville, Ontario.

Schitt's Creek Motel

    With the added exposure brought to the show by it's Emmy Award sweep, we are sure a new wave of Schitt's Creek  fans will want to connect with the down on their luck Rose family.  If the prop is still at the studio they can do just that.  Family Feud Canada is airing its second season in October 2020 if you want to connect with other Canadian families hoping to increase their fortune by $10,000 dollars.


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CBC Studios

Post # 291

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Immersive Van Gogh

Immersive Van Gogh Toronto

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address:  1 Yonge Street
Date:  August 2020
Website:  vangoghexhibit.ca

  Vincent van Gogh is one of the world's most famous painters.  His work is world renowned.  Now his paintings are part of an interesting exhibit where his work is dissected, animated and projected onto walls.  The artwork is accompanied by music which brings it all together.  We visited Immersive Van Gogh when it arrived in Toronto.  There is both a drive through and a walk through experience.  We took part in both experiences.

Immersive Van Gogh Toronto Drive Through

   For the drive through experience we waited on the street outside.  When it was our turn we were directed up to a receiving ramp.  We drove into a white walled room and followed the staff diections to park our car.  It wasn't long until the lights dimmed and the show began.

Immersive Van Gogh Toronto Drive Through

The music began and the works of Van Gogh started to come to life.  A bright yellow sun moved across the sky.

Immersive Van Gogh Toronto Drive Through

The sky changed colour in front of us as the day passed by. 

Immersive Van Gogh Toronto Drive Through

  Van Gogh painted many windmills that he saw in Monmartre, Paris.  During our immersive experience we could see the blades of the windmills turning in the wind.  This is very different from a regular art gallery where you interpret one frozen moment captured in the art.

Immersive Van Gogh Toronto Drive Through

  During the drive through experience our car was surrounded by the art.  There was Van Gogh on the passenger side.

Immersive Van Gogh Toronto Drive Through

    There was Van Gogh to be viewed through the front windshield.

Immersive Van Gogh Toronto Drive Through

    There was Van Gogh out the driver side window too.  We could see it between the parked cars.

Immersive Van Gogh Toronto Drive Through

    The exhibit features some of Van Gogh's most famous paintings.  Vincent Van Gogh only painted for a period of about 10 years before committing suicide at the age of 37.  In that time he painted over 850 oil paintings.  Some of the best known are The Bedroom (above) and The Sunflowers (top of blog).

Immersive Van Gogh Toronto Drive Through

    Van Gogh's most famous painting of all is The Starry Night.

 The Starry Night Vincent Van Gogh At MOMA New York

    We were lucky to see the priceless original hanging in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

 Immersive Van Gogh Toronto Drive Through

    Eventually the music and animation stopped and credits rolled up the walls.  The lights turned on and we were guided out into the streets.  We really enjoyed seeing the works of Van Gogh come to life around us.  We would be back again soon as our tickets also included a walk through experience. 


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Immersive Van Gogh
Museum of Modern Art

Post # 290

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Scenic Safari

Scenic Safari At The Toronto Zoo

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address:  2000 Meadowvale Road
Date:  May 2020
Website:  www.torontozoo.com

  Since the Toronto Zoo was closed due to COVID-19 we have missed our visits.  The zoo finally reopened. Due to social distancing you can not walk around the zoo but must drive your car through instead.  We were one of the first to sign up for this unique opportunity.  We followed a long line of cars as we slowly made our way towards the front gate and then drove right inside.

Indian Rhino Toronto Zoo Scenic Safari.

  The zoo normally has a zoomobile that circles the grounds.  We mostly followed the same path that it takes with a few added diversions due to there being no pedestrians to worry about.  The first animal we drove towards was the Indian Rhino.  They were outside ready to greet us as we slowly rolled past.  An Indian Rhino can weigh over 1600 kg which is the same as our car.

Long Bridge At Toronto Zoo Over Rouge Valley.

  The next step was a highlight.  We got to drive on the long bridge that crosses over the Rouge Valley.  We kept the car straight and steady as we rumbled across.

White Rhino Scenic Safari Toronto Zoo

The next animal we encountered was the Southern White Rhino.  We had now entered Africa.  We were glad that the rhino was behind a fence as we forgot to check if our insurance would cover us for collisions with a giant mammal while driving on zoo property.

Zebra At Toronto Zoo.

  Usually if you come across something black and white on the road it means to slow down and watch for pedestrians.  One type of pedestrian crossing is called a zebra crossing.  On our Scenic Safari we didn't have to worry about people on the road, but there were a few black and white Grevy's Zebras nearby.

Kopje At Toronto Zoo.

  A kopje is a small, rocky hill that sticks up from the African grasslands.  The Toronto Zoo has one that you can walk through.  Since this is the Scenic Safari that means this time we drove through.

Lion's Den Toronto Zoo.

  It was a bit of a tight fit, but we made it through the lion's den.  We didn't see any lions.   That doesn't mean the lions didn't see us.

Common Eland At Toronto Zoo.
Ankole-Watusi At Toronto Zoo.

  After we emerged from the kopje we passed a group of large antelope called Elands.  We also passed Ankole-Watusi Cattle which have some of the biggest horns of any animal.

Scenic Safari At The Toronto Zoo.

  We still couldn't get over the weird feeling of being in a traffic jam where we usually walked amongst crowds of people.

Toronto Zoo Scenic Safari Traffic Sign.

  There were traffic signs and arrows directing us where to go as we crept around the zoo grounds.  5 km per hour was the maximum speed and no passing allowed.

Scenic Safari Toronto Zoo Flamingos.

  We curved around through the Americas section of the zoo.  We passed a flock of flamingos enjoying the sun.

Fake Coyote At Toronto Zoo.

  We drove around in behind the Australasia Pavilion.  A fake coyote was stationed near where the kangaroo indoor home is located.  This possibly helps keep away other curious creatures.

Red Panda House Toronto Zoo.

  Our safari wound its way into Eurasia where we saw this red panda relaxing in the shade.

Thank You Frontline Workers.  Thank You Toronto Zoo.

  It wasn't much longer until we reached the end of our tour and exited near the zoo's administrative offices.  The whole tour took about one hour and gave us a new view of the zoo.  The only view these days.  Thank you Toronto Zoo and thank you to all the frontline workers.  Here's hoping we will be able to walk through the zoo next time.


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Toronto Zoo

Post # 287

Friday, 15 May 2020

Orchid Oasis

Orchid Wall At Toronto Zoo Greenhouse.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address:  2000 Meadowvale Road
Date:  Feb 2020
Website:  www.torontozoo.com

  Once a year the Toronto Zoo hosts Orchid Oasis in their greenhouse.  It usually happens during the coldest part of the winter and is a nice change of warmth and colour.

Orange & Yellow Orchid Toronto Zoo Greenhouse.

  Once our camera adjusted and defogged from the warmth of the greenhouse we took a closer look at what was in bloom.

Orchids At The Toronro Zoo Greenhouse.
Orchids At The Toronro Zoo Greenhouse.
 Orchids At The Toronro Zoo Greenhouse.

  There was an endless variety of patterns and colours.

Lady Slipper Orchids At Toronto Zoo.

  One of our favourite flowers is known as the lady slipper orchid.  They usually have petals that stick way out of each side and a pouch (or lady slipper) in front.

An Orchid Mantis At Toronto Zoo.

  While orchids are beautiful they can also be deadly.  Look closely as the orchid mantis hunts its prey by disguising itelf as an orchid.  When unsuspecting insects come too close they get snatched in its outstretched arms and quickly devoured. 

A Green Frog In Toronto Zoo Greenhouse.

Another greenhouse resident was this green frog who had found a better way to spend the winter.  Instead of hibernating in the pond nearby it had snuck into the greenhouse to spend the winter.

Toronto Zoo Orchids.

  In the cold of February it is always enjoyable to go into a greenhouse or pavilion to warm up while visiting the zoo.  It's even better to do it while the orchids are in bloom.

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Toronto Zoo Greenhouse

Post # 286

Thursday, 20 February 2020

The Spirit Catcher

Spirit Catcher At Barrie's Waterfront.

Location: Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Address: 15 Lakeshore Drive
Date: Feb 2015
Website: maclarenart.com

  As you enter Barrie's waterfront you can't help but notice a large winged sculpture standing between you and Lake Simcoe.  This is Spirit Catcher.  It was originally created for EXPO 86 in Vancouver but has stood beside the lake in Barrie since 1987.

Barrie Ontario's Marina In Winter.

  The rest of the marina area gets packed up for the winter season but Spirit Catcher stands tall year round.  Spirit Catcher is made from over 20 tonnes of steel and stands over 20 metres high.  The sculpture is made of cor-ten steel which is designed to not flake when it rusts.

Spirit Catcher Barrie Ontario By Ron Baird.

  The Spirit Catcher was created by Ron Baird and was the first piece to become part of the permanent collection at the Maclaren Art Centre.  For over 30 years people have marvelled at the sharp wings and horns of Spirit Catcher.

Someone Flys A Kite At Barrie's Marina In The Winter.

  When we were on the waterfront admiring the sculpture, we noticed someone flying a colourful kite over the beach.  A splash of colour that stood out against the grey sky.  Even though Spirit Catcher looks like a black silhouette it also stands out and commands your attention.

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Spirit Catcher

Post # 278