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  • Remember Those Baby Blue Movies at City TV, Toronto?
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    Pam Johnston

Remember Those Baby Blue Movies at City TV, Toronto?

City TV Speakers Corner

City TV 99 Queen St E.

 City TV Truckside



"I used to work at CityTV, back in the day, and one of my colleagues, a cameraman ..., was talking about these prints -- how they used to give them out for 10 years service.  I didn't make 10 years -- was only there for 8, and now with Moses gone and a couple of corporate takeovers the place is very different. So I was moved to try to buy that print. And then on the site of course I fell in love with my mis-spent youth on the Kingsway, and the late lamented Sam's (the Record Man) sign - so that's the story.  I imagine you've heard many like it. 
Denis McGrath, Cameraman"


Anyone 45 and over can't think of City TV Toronto with out remembering how Moses Znaimer got City TV launched.  "Baby Blue Movies".   


Talking to cameraman, John Sandeman, he reminded me that City TV was on a random "unknown" channel and Moses needed a clever way to get people not only to find the channel but to remember the "Baby Blue Movies" were born.   He went on to say that the Nielsen ratings never reflected the true popularity of the Baby Blue Movie.  In those days, polling was done by phone and people did not want to say they watched it.  


Former City TV cameraman John Sandeman and Mark Dailey

I know my father did.  He was so excited when City TV came along - well really it was the movies! You were sure to find him in front of the TV every Friday night for the "soft porn" Baby Blue (and by today's standards we're talking really, really soft).


City TV's original location at 99 Queen St. E. was commissioned by Moses Znaimer as the 10 year service award.  It was natural with David's history of capturing historic and landmark streetscapes and iconic buildings, that 299 Queen St. W. would follow.


All of the works above can be personalized and become uniquely one of a kind with the inscription that brings more meaning to the art work for you! Personalization and customization of David Crighton's historical landmark cityscapes is a hallmark of original art work.


Check out our "Missing Toronto" Collection for other iconic Queen Street West art works (The Bamboo, Peter Pan, The Rivoli) by Canadian illustrator and artist David Crighton.





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    Pam Johnston

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