If you grew up in Toronto in the 90’s and 00’s you probably remember Speakers Corner. It was an automated video booth in the corner of the CHUM City building at Queen and John where all you had to do was spend a buck, and you’d have two minutes to record yourself. Every week the editors and producers would turn hours and hours worth of clips into a half-hour episodic show. For a long time Speakers Corner was a major tourist destination in the city and drew attention media moguls, celebs, and other assorted superstars from all over the world. It was the original YouTube offering many nights of solid entertainment.
I remember it fondly, and so I was happy to take the time to write this oral history of the show for The Grid. I think it may be the best work I’ve done for them yet, so give it a read!