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: