545 Lake Shore Boulevard West
The Art Deco building was designed by Toronto architects Chapman and Oxley, and was completed in 1927 as the Crosse and Blackwell Building for its namesake food products manufacturer. It has been listed as a heritage property by the City of Toronto's Heritage Preservation Services since 1973, and following restoration became the CFMT Building in 1979 to house Toronto multicultural television station CFMT-TV; it was joined by sister station CJMT-TV upon its launch in 2002. The two stations (now part of Omni Television under Rogers Media) moved to a new studio location at Yonge-Dundas Square (33 Dundas Street East) on October 19, 2009, although the Omni Television signage remains on the building.
The building currently houses the offices and production studios for various media outlets owned by Rogers Media, including The Biography Channel Canada, OLN and G4 Canada. In addition, Rogers continues to utilize the building for other purposes, such as administrative offices for companies Outrank, Vicinity and Zoocasa, and other technical operations such as master control. The building has never housed the main studios of Citytv Toronto, despite featuring Citytv signage on its exterior, but does house the master controls for the station.
Sportsnet is based at the Rogers Building located at Jarvis Street and Bloor Street, where most of the Rogers-owned operations such as its other Toronto radio stations are based. The Shopping Channel is also based at a separate studio in Mississauga.
- Crosse and Blackwell Building Historical Plaque. Accessed online January 27, 2010.
- City of Toronto's Heritage Property Search. Accessed online January 27, 2010.
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