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CBC open house this weekend

As part of its 75th anniversary, and on the weekend of Culture Days/Journées de la culture, CBC and Radio-Canada stations across the country are opening their doors to the public and showing them around.

Among locations in Quebec are:

Pretty well everywhere that creates programming.

Specific crowd-pleasers are planned in various large cities, though on the English side it’s mostly in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.

At Maison Radio-Canada, where understandably most of the interesting stuff will be in French, there’s still plenty of interest for anglos. Besides the tours and personalities, a Hockey Night in Canada display is promised, as well as opportunities for kids who are fans of CBC Television’s children’s programming.

The Montreal building on René-Lévesque Blvd. will offer guided tours, one a short one of about an hour and another a longer one of an hour and 45 minutes. The CBC Montreal and Radio Canada International portions are included only in the longer tour. (See a full list of attractions in this PDF flyer)

Doors are open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. On-air TV stars like Debra Arbec, Andrew Chang and Amanda Margison have said they’ll be around for about lunch time on Saturday.

You might recall that CTV Montreal held open houses in 2009 and 2010. In both cases the studio considered the events a huge success, and though there is definitely a desire to repeat the process in the future, there aren’t any specific plans yet for another one.

STM open house this Sunday

A tour of the St. Laurent garage, following a bus driver on his daily between-routes.

I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now, but a reminder that the STM is holding a rare open house at its Legendre garage next to Henri-Julien Park near Crémazie metro on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 8am to 5pm.

The FAQ is here. The open house includes a 75-minute guided tour, for which they require registration at a specific hour.

The Legendre garage got a $102 million makeover, particularly to handle the new articulated buses that the STM is putting into service this fall. Those will be on display, along with a bunch of other stuff that’s a mix of cool behind-the-scenes information and PR BS.