Toronto’s TV Audience Member Tour 2014 (Part 2)

Day Two of my TV Audience Member Tour took me to the CTV studio in downtown Toronto.  As mentioned, the Renaissance Hotel that we stayed at was the perfect location.  Both the CTV and CBC studios were within walking distance from the hotel.

Waiting at Starbucks across the street from CTV Studio for the doors to open at 9am.

Waiting at Starbucks across the street from CTV Studio for the doors to open at 9am.

Once checking in, they give you a ticket for your audience member gift that you collect at the end of the taping and direct you to the coat check and waiting area.

Once checking in, they give you a ticket for your audience member gift that you collect at the end of the taping and direct you to the coat check and waiting area.

Selfie at the Marilyn Denis Show.

Selfie at the Marilyn Denis Show.

With music pumping, the audience coordinator gets us hyped up as he goes through what to expect and what is required of us. After all, the Marilyn Denis Show is a live show and there is no room for errors or delays.

I still found time before we went live to "play host".

I still found time before we went live to “play host”.  I match the decor!

A screen shot of the show.  See me in front row!  They tell audience to wear bright, jewel-coloured clothing.  I think my bright yellow sweater helped me get this top spot because the coordinator hand-selects where everyone will sit.

A screen shot of the show. See me in the front row! They tell audience members to wear bright, jewel-coloured clothing. I think my bright yellow sweater helped me get this top spot because the coordinator hand-selects where everyone will sit.

Show was amazingly fun! You can watch the show by clicking here and selecting the February 4, 2014 episode  In comparing it with George Stoumboulopoulos’s show, a live show has this energy that a pre-taped show doesn’t.  And the show had interesting segments, including chef and judge from “MasterChef Canada”, Michael Bonacini.  But even more exciting was that the audience coordinator told us prior to the show that we were going to be attending a good one, with gifts during every segment.  Woohoo!  I love freebies!

And I was blown away with what I got…a digital slower cooker, remote-controlled heated insoles, ice wine, tickets for two for a tour at a local ice winery and a cute, locally made hockey stick toque!

They had a photo-op at the end of the show.  Doesn't it look like it's Marilyn's favourite part of her day :)

They had a photo-op at the end of the show. Doesn’t it look like it’s Marilyn’s favourite part of her day 🙂

I had a blast!  And when they announced that The Social (a CTV show similar to the American show The View) was needing a few audience members for their taping today as some people had cancelled, I jumped at the chance.  At the end of Marilyn’s taping, I grabbed by gifts and hailed a cab as my arms were too full to carry my loot back to the hotel.  Dropped everything off in my room and hurried back in my heeled boots through the snow that was continuing to fall.  I made a quick stop at a coffee shop and grabbed an energy bar seeing as my lunch was going to be delayed with this added show to my agenda.

The Social is also taped live but the cool thing about it is that they allow you take pictures and partake in social media DURING the show!  All other shows, phones, camera, etc had to be turned off.  So it was fun to tweet and photo-take throughout the show.

The Social's Audience Coordinator giving us the low down.

The Social’s Audience Coordinator giving us the low down.

Last minute opportunity to throw our gum in the garbage because no matter how good you think you can make chewing gum look good, you can't.

Last minute opportunity to throw our gum in the garbage because no matter how good you think you can make chewing gum look good, you can’t.

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Armando thinks that I look like the host and they are my guests...must be the whole height thing!  Why is everyone so short on TV?  I seem to hover over everyone.

Armando thinks that I look like the host and they are my fans..must be the whole height thing! Why is everyone so short on TV? I seem to hover over everyone.

This is my loot for the day from the Marilyn Show and I also got a drink tumbler, an ebook and a skinny cow chocolate bar from The Social.  Not bad!

This is my loot for the day from the Marilyn Show and I also got a drink tumbler, an ebook and a skinny cow chocolate bar from The Social. Not bad!

Starving, I finally got out of the studio around 2:30pm and heading for an amazing vegetarian restaurant that I would highly recommend called Fresh.  Well worth the wait!

Tangled Thai with Crispy Tofu Cubes at Fresh on Spadina in Toronto.

Tangled Thai with Crispy Tofu Cubes at Fresh on Spadina in Toronto.

Stay tuned for the last day of the my TV Audience Member Tour 2014…

Related Articles:
– Toronto TV Audience Member Tour 2014 (Part 1) (westcoastprairiegirl.com)

 

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