|CBC launches its large-scale, open house event featuring “The Canada Lives Here Experience “ open to the public . Register for tours at canadaliveshere.ca|
Looking for something to do in Toronto this long weekend? Did you know that that CBC is hosting an open house, along with an amazing interactive exhibit "Canada Lives Here"? The event runs May 16-19, and includes displays and engaging content for everyone, from the newshound to the music fan to the sports fanatic. I had the chance to take a media tour of the exhibit on Wednesday, and was impressed. From the opening "immersive film experience" that left me feeling more patriotic than I think I ever have, through the intriguing look at how a major news story comes together (complicated!), with stops at the Hall of Music and Hall of Stars, ending with the Hall of Sports (complete with tacky Don Cherry jacket) and an uplifting countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics, I ended the tour with a new appreciation for the CBC and the role it plays in Canadian life.
Tours of the exhibit will run hourly throughout the weekend. You do need to book your tour in advance, though there is no cost. There will be photo opportunities and panel discussions with a variety of CBC personalities. For instance, fellow Newfoundlander, and star of CBC's Republic of Doyle, Allan Hawco will be participating in the "Ask Me Anything" panel on Saturday, at 11:15am, "How I Got My Start" on Sunday, at 1:30pm, and in a couple of "Meet the Stars" sessions. You can see the full schedule of events online, to help you plan your visit. There will also be opportunities to hoist a replica Stanley Cup, pose for photos in a Don Cherry-style blazer, and to try your hand as a news anchor. Kids will enjoy the Kids' CBC Artzooka! Craft Zone, where they can let their imagination run wild.
For all the details on this family-friendly event, head on over to http://cbcliveshere.ca/