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CBC Open House – Vancouver Lives Here!!!

Heyooooo!!!!!  Today was the 26th annual CBC British Columbia Open House + Food Bank Day!






Jeff LOOOOOOOVES his CBC news!!!!  He listens to it or reads it anytime that I’m not jabbering on about something or asking him to take out the trash or paint or build shelves – you get the picture.  He loves it so much, I think he needs this Cowichan sweater hand knit by Granted ClothingCBC-GrantedClothing.  So of course as a freshly scrubbed wannabe Canuck, he urged me to check out today’s CBC Open House.




CBC stands for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Just clarifying it for my homies down south.  It is Canada’s national public radio + television broadcasting network that was established in 1936, y’all.  Take that, Fox News!!!!  Whaaaat???!!!!





I hopped on the SkyTrain (Vancouver’s transit system) + got off at the Stadium-Chinatown exit.  WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VANCOUVER DAY!!!!  Everyone has been freaking me out about adapting to rainy Vancouver, but we’re still getting blue sky days!!!  No Seasonal Affective Disorder for this lady!!!BeautifulVancouverDay

Und here we are ladies + gentlemen!!!  CBC headquarters!!!CBC - 02

I really wanted to see what kind of place Canada likes to live in, because according to the CBC, “Canada Lives Here”.  That’s their slogan.  Har har!!!!CBC - 03

I didn’t know an entire city can fit inside a building.

There was a line up to get in + a tent that was accepting food donations.CBC - 04

And we’re in!!!  After I dropped off my canned donations, we were herded around like cattle – ushered through in-line with guarded, roped off areas.  Not like anyone would have gotten out of line – they’re all mild mannered, polite Canucks!!!CBC - 06

They had the cast of Heartland – a beloved CBC television show shot in Alberta about a family, horses, love, loss – I don’t really know, considering I’ve never watched it.  This series that has been on air for six seasons!!!  That’s an eternity in tv land. It’s funny because Jeff worked as a costumer on Heartland for two years, + wanted me to tell them hello, but I couldn’t really attack the cast because they were being interviewed + our cattle line was being moved along.  Moooo!!!!  Here’s my awesome, thrilling picture of the back of some of the cast’s heads.CBC - 07

Sorry, Heartland fans!  Moving on!!!!  The newsroom!!!CBC - 08

It was great because there were signs around the newsroom educating visitors about how the CBC operates. CBC - 09

I’ve already forgotten what “Ingest” refers to, so maybe they should have added the definition to their signs.  I’m going to write CBC a scathing letter of complaint.  Kidding!

Another picture to add to my “Back of a Celebrities’ Head” collection!!!  CBC’s Chief Correspondent, Peter Mansbridge everyone!!!CBC - 10

I know….I need to get my stalker mode on + actually try next time.  Here’s Peter Mansbridge from the front for those of you who have no idea who he is.Peter Mansbridge

He has a very nice, deep pleasing voice.  I think my mom would like him.

Over here they were teaching the visitors about the steadicam.CBC - 11

Having been in the film industry + having a father as a motion picture cameraman for 30 plus years, I was like, “Oh, how cute!”.  Moving on!

I’m such a snob!!!  These regional reporters taught us about live feed + teleprompters.CBC - 13

See me on the right hand corner of the monitor taking a picture?  Haha!!!CBC - 14

A control room.CBC - 15

A wide shot of the news floor.  The interior of the building was really gorgeous.CBC - 17

This jaded weatherman was teaching visitors how to deliver weather reports in front of a green screen.  By far, this was the most popular aspect of the tour.CBC - 18

In the next room I was SO STOKED to meet Yannick Bisson, star of CBC Television’s Murdoch Mysteries!!!Yannick Bisson

I look like an Japanese Patty Hearst in that picture.  Not my intention.Patty Hearst








Based on a series of novels by Maureen Jennings, the show is set in 1890s Toronto. Yannick Bisson plays Murdoch – hyper intelligent Victorian police detective, with an interest in using then-unorthodox/unknown forensic techniques for catching criminals..  The show is RIPE with Victorian inaccuracies + for that I LOVE to scream at the television (note: our “televsion” is a 7″ monitor that only picks up CBC).  Like, “A detective in a Victorian police unit would NEVER have his sleeves rolled!  He’s a gentleman, for god’s sake!!!!!”  It’s my vice.  AND I really do believe that Murdoch desperately needs a handlebar moustache!!!!  C’mon, CBC!!!!Victorian Handlebar Moustache



I told Yannick that I was from Los Angeles, new to Canada + that I was a huge fan of his show.  He was really happy about that!!!  Whatta guy.







Murdoch Mysteries makes me feel really Canadian when I watch it – for example, one of the episodes is called “Murdoch Night in Canada” + is about the investigation of the murder of a Toronto hockey team captain.  Can’t get more Canadian that that, eh?! Murdoch Mysteries

Vancouver news anchor Miyoung Lee was also in in house.  She was very tall, beautiful, patient + gracious to the large amounts of attendees.Miyoung Lee

Check out the message on this teleprompter.  Awwww!!!CBC - 21

After a while I had to get out of there.  There were throngs of people + they kept coming!  When Jeff suggested I attend the CBC Open House, at first I felt like it was a homework assignment.  But I’m really glad that I got on the train + visited!  It showed me how generous + community based the CBC is as a broadcasting network!!!  Today they raised more than $534,000 for food banks!  I am now more of a fan of CBC than I was previously + proud to one day become an official Canuck!!!  Goooooo Canada!!!!

17 Comments Post a comment
  1. My eyes are sparkling after reading this post!! *_*

    It’s all so beautiful!!

    I really like reading about Vancouver through your perspective. It’s interesting to get the ‘new girl in town’s’ POV. ^_^

    I’ve wanted to get inside the CBC building downtown for a while but haven’t yet (partially do to geographical issues). But I did meet Rick Mercer once! Ask your guy about him!! 😀

    December 8, 2012
    • Thanks!!! That’s such a great compliment! I love playing tourist in Vancouver! It’s sooooo different from Los Angeles!

      December 9, 2012
  2. Squeee! I love Murdoch! Lucky girl you… 🙂

    In the steadicam picture…that’s Ian Hanamansing. I’m SICK of seeing him…we watch the Lang and O’Leary Exchange while we eat dinner, and Ian is on after them. They’ve been FLOODING that hour with commercials for Ian’s show right after. It’s gotten to the point where we mute that commercial…so when I saw the picture I wigged out a little bit. 🙂

    Also, you taking a picture of you being filmed taking a picture of you being filmed…. WOAH!

    December 8, 2012
    • Hahaha!!!! Of course you love Murdoch Mysteries!!!! I know, I should have done more research before I went because I barely knew who anyone was! I’m a lazy future Canuck!

      December 9, 2012
  3. Lizzzzz #

    OMG – Such an awesome post! We’re missing CBC down here in Leucadia so this was so soothing to read. There are so many familiar faces. In the picture after the Heartland crew is our friend Mandula. She’s the lady in the orange sweater who is texting. She is married to Jacques Dufresne who is an anchor for Radio Canada (French CBC!) They are the ones who live in View House – Steve built it for them!
    Also, I can’t wait until Debbie sees that you saw Peter Mansbridge. She has a crush on him as he is, like, the ultimate Canadian! In their old house she had a pic of Pete in the kitchen that she could look at everyday 🙂 Isn’t that sweet!
    The pic of you taking a pic of yourself on the monitor is Epic!
    Miss you all, xoxoL

    December 8, 2012
    • Wow!!!! What a small world! That’s crazy!!! Out of all the people in the building that’s insane that I got a picture of one of your friends!!! We miss you up here too!!! Deb + I are always lamenting about it!!!

      December 9, 2012
  4. Zhu #

    I had the chance to visit CBC’s Ottawa office during Open Doors Ottawa a couple of years ago and it was really interesting. I remember that green wall for the weather forecast, harder than it seems!

    December 8, 2012
    • Ottawa CBC is the original building, isn’t it??? I think it should be required to all newbies of Canada to go visit CBC! 🙂

      December 9, 2012
      • Zhu #

        Yep, I think so! And I agree with your suggestion, it’s such a Canadian institution! Especially the weather forecast 😆

        December 15, 2012
  5. Deb Fayle #

    OMG Shelli, what a great post!! Well done for brownie points on becoming Canadian …you rocked this one!!! And so close to my heart as I bet you never knew how much I love Peter Mansbridge!!!! Way to go sister:))

    December 9, 2012
    • Jeff told me that night about your love for Peter Mansbridge! I should’ve tried harder to get a photo of him!!!! He definitely has a dreamy voice! I should make a Canuck brownie sash!!! That’d be funny!!!

      December 9, 2012
  6. My brother, Rob, met Peter Mansbridge at a Stratford Food Festival this past summer. The first and only thing out of Rob’s mouth was “Oh, I thought you were taller.” Not exactly a defining Fayle moment. 🙂

    December 9, 2012
    • HAHAHAHAAA!!!! That is hilarious!!!! You’re poor brother….Jeff is known for many foot-in-mouth-situations as well!!!! Does it run in the family?????

      December 9, 2012
      • silvergrace #

        Well, Benj and I as the eldest of our generation (we are 4 months apart) are extremely suave and sophisticated. I can’t speak for the rest of them *grin*

        December 9, 2012
  7. Hahah!!!! Are very suave response!!!! Well played!

    December 9, 2012

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