Studio 43


You know how Studio 54 was the place to be in New York in the late 70’s and early 80’s? Now Studio 43, George’s studio at the CBC, is the place to be in Toronto. The only difference is, instead of a drunken drug and sex orgy with famous people there, Studio 43 is more of a cross between a university lecture, a concert, and church**, with famous people there. And instead of people spending all their money at Studio 54 on weekend nights, and coming home at 7am the next morning; in Studio 43, we congregate at 3:30 in the afternoon and shoot from 4pm to 6pm Monday to Thursday, and it’s FREE!

Staff writer Dave Pearce just blew McKinney’s mind!

Is it just me, or does it look like Megan Follows is in love with George? During her interview, she mentioned more than once that she’s single.

I’ve put together a totally confusing presentation to share with you, a mere glimpse of what I think about everyday.


I used my wide angle lens to take the 2 pictures above, and the picture below of Sections C and A. Then I used my 50mm lens to take a picture of the view from positions 1, 2 and 3.

Below 1. View from Front Row, Section C

2. View from Front Row, Section A

3. View from Back Row, Section A

As you can see, from the 3 pictures above; there’s not a bad seat in the house. There are 12 speaker wedges, spread all around the room so the audio is clear and audible from every seat, and there are large flat-screen tv’s on both sides of the studio, so you can see what the show looks like on camera as it’s rolling.

If you like this video of Tom Snyder interviewing the Clash as much as I do, then you will like being in the audience in Studio 43 for George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. That’s NOT to say “George is like Tom Snyder”. I just really like Tom Snyder, and I like watching George’s interviews with interesting, engaging guests, because he’s a fuckin’ pro! It’s different to see it in the studio, compared to seeing it edited on TV later that night. PLUS, George always presents his daily Debrief, a 5 minute comedy ice-breaker about the news of the day. And we give away PRIZES!!! AND George usually sticks around and talks to all the guests after the show, which is the specific part that reminds me of church**. My dad was a pastor, and he always stayed around after the morning and evening services on Sunday to say hello and speak to everyone as they left. I think it’s a really nice gesture of George to stay around so long, so often, after each show rather than just taking off as soon as we finish taping. I can tell it means a lot to the fans/audience. It’s free to attend, but we only tape until the end of May (and the studio will be dark for 3 weeks in April), so don’t take this offer for granted! Book tickets now! Come visit me at work, it’s fun!

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