Corus Quay is one of those workplaces you think only exist in the United States, especially Silicon Valley or Disney, but don't think you'll see in Canada. Animators had dolls and figurines of famous characters like Goofy and Caillou all over their desks as they worked. The staff lounge was a lot of fun with a foosball table and edgy and creative furniture. Every floor was uniquely designed and painted, each floor with bright colours on the wall. All of the offices are open concept even those of the executives.
Every major Corus brand- Cosmo TV, Oprah Winfrey Network, Women's Network, Nickelodeon, Q107- has its own uniquely designed board room inspired by the brand.
Also adding to the beauty of the building, as a part of their occupancy agreement with the City of Toronto Corus Entertainment agreed to invest $25 million in art for the facility.
When we walked over to the merchandise wall the merchandise guy ended up giving my son a Backyardigan toy. He also took us over to the merchandise closest and gave me son two bags of toys and clothes.
We then headed over to the production area where a guy named Dan showed us the work he was doing on the YTV cartoon Sidekick. One of our last stops was Master Control where all the magic happens.
I left the tour inspired as an aspiring media professional with an entrepreneurial streak. People deserve to have a great place to work and Corus definately provides that. I hope to see this calibre of media in our city in the future.
Below you will find the pictures I took on our tour. Don't get too excited.
Every one of these ceiling pieces rotates electronically creating a wave effect
Slide from the staff lounge to the lobby
This wall was made from reclaimed wood from a 1910 ferry terminal wharf in the Toronto harbour
Five-storey living wall
Behind this wall is a multi-use studio for Country Music Televison (CMT), YTV, etc.
Another lounge overlooking Lake Ontario
Corus' many Emmys and Geminis
Training Room looking out onto downtown
Training Room terrace looking out onto downtown
The Bourne Clan
Sugar Beach from the Training Room terrace
Main Board Room
Another terrace facing the land and Toronto Islands
Corus' many media brands
Cosmo TV Board Room
Main staff lounge
The most beautiful woman in the world
The Chorus-themed Board Room
The W Network Board Room
Merchandise storage room with the merchandise guy (left with two bags of stuff)
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) Board Room
KJ and Auntie Claudia standing on the glass floor
Dan showing us his work in progress on the YTV cartoon Sidekick
Heading up to the radio stations
Q107 Board Room
102.1 The Edge Board Room
Master Control, where the magic happens
Back to the front lobby