Fraggle Rock and Bear -  Grant's Fraggle pilgrimage (1857 views) Notify me whenever anyone posts in this discussion.Subscribe
 
From: Grant (GrantHarding)5/26/12 7:36 PM 
To: All  (1 of 10) 
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My girlfriend and I went on a trip to Toronto last weekend, and while we were there we visited a location that was very special to me.

With the help of Max Stein's Fraggle Geography map (https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=101505531078859380997.00048afd58be89a188e82), a behind-the-scenes photo (http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/File:5722460.jpg), and the magic of Google Street View, I had been able to locate the spot where they shot the Traveling Matt segment for the first episode of Fraggle Rock, "Beginnings".  So while we were in Toronto, we went there!



The address, for those who are interested, is 54A Scollard Street, right across from the former site of VTR Productions, the studio where they taped Fraggle Rock.  And here's the basement window where Uncle Matt hid from the baseball-playing kids:



It was really, really exciting to be there.  The set of Fraggle Rock physically doesn't exist anymore, so there's no way for me to visit it, but this was the next best thing.

As we were leaving, I realized that I wasn't just a fan visiting the set of his favourite show. Fraggle Rock is one of the major influences that set me on the road to filmmaking and puppetry, and I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now without it. This was a pilgrimage, back to the place where -- for me -- it all began.

We also saw bpNichol Lane, and had dinner at The Pilot Tavern where Jerry Nelson used to hang out.  For more photos, see this album:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.635581903253.2089472.164201349&type=3&l=6f85b71137
 
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From: Julia (Puckrox)5/26/12 8:08 PM 
To: Grant (GrantHarding)  (2 of 10) 
 14496.2 in reply to 14496.1 
Oh wow! That's awesome!
 

 
From: Anthony (AnthonyF3)5/26/12 8:37 PM 
To: Grant (GrantHarding)  (3 of 10) 
 14496.3 in reply to 14496.1 
What a terrific idea for a visit!
 

 
From: Robyn (ispeoples)5/26/12 10:11 PM 
To: Grant (GrantHarding)  (4 of 10) 
 14496.4 in reply to 14496.1 
Awesomeness! It never occurred to me that I could actually find where some of the Matt scenes were filmed, my husband likes to see those segments so he can try to figure out where in Toronto they are filmed (he thinks he's all cool because he works in Toronto). Next time I'm in the T.O I'm gonna have to take a little tour.

Also, did you go to the CBC museum? They have Fraggles there, and some Sesame Park characters.
 

 
From: Martha (MarthaMuppet)5/26/12 10:30 PM 
To: Justin (Justin_F)  (5 of 10) 
 14496.5 in reply to 14496.4 
Grant, that is so cool.

(I am sending this reply to Justin, to make sure we've got the Canadian contingent covered in this thread.)
 

 
From: Isha (IshaFraggle)5/27/12 8:05 PM 
To: Grant (GrantHarding)  (6 of 10) 
 14496.6 in reply to 14496.1 
Oh! I love this! My heart skipped a beat.
 

 
From: -Ryan R- (PrawnRR)5/28/12 12:00 PM 
To: Grant (GrantHarding)  (7 of 10) 
 14496.7 in reply to 14496.1 
Wow, that's such a great idea.  You're a very clever silly creature.
 

 
From: Grant (GrantHarding)5/28/12 1:37 PM 
To: Robyn (ispeoples)  (8 of 10) 
 14496.8 in reply to 14496.4 
We forgot about the CBC Museum until the last day, and then it was too late.  We'll just have to go back!

I also hope to go through the Dennis Lee and David Young archives at the University of Toronto rare book library next time.
 

 
From: Grant (GrantHarding)5/28/12 1:41 PM 
To: Isha (IshaFraggle)  (9 of 10) 
 14496.9 in reply to 14496.6 
Isha:  Yeah, me too.  For real.
 

 
From: Grant (GrantHarding)7/6/12 4:06 PM 
To: Grant (GrantHarding)  (10 of 10) 
 14496.10 in reply to 14496.1 
I just learned that the owner of these buildings intends to knock them down:
http://urbantoronto.ca/forum/showthread.php/17719
http://urbantoronto.ca/forum/showthread.php/18968

Terrible shame.  Go check them out while you still can!

 

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