I Watched the Speakers Corner Outtakes Video Tape

In September, I sat down with former-Citytv anchor Anne Mroczkowski for an episode of my podcast. She mentioned a video cassette of Speakers Corner outtakes the staff would watch at parties. I took a mental note that I had to see these outtakes.

Brother Bill, a popular deejay at 102.1 the Edge throughout the 90s and into the 2000s, heard that episode, and mailed me his tape of Speakers Corner outtakes.

For those of you from out of town or too young to remember, Speakers Corner was a television show on Citytv comprised of user-generated videos taken in a booth outside the Citytv studios at 299 Queen Street West. In the days before YouTube, it was really something.

A podcast listener named Grant lent me his VCR so I could finally watch this video tape. Here's what a saw.

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It begins with 45 minutes of... well... how should I describe this... It's good ol' consensual adult debauchery on stage while a hard rock band plays on. Since I don't want to host nudity or pornography on this site, this is only screen I could capture.

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On today's internet, we're all only two clicks away from better quality, more graphic content. These 45 minutes were a true throwback to the pre-web days.

Next up were some highly anticipated Speakers Corner outtakes. In a nutshell, it was lots and lots of nudity! Flashing aplenty. The star stickers were added by me to protect the identity of those on this well-circulated cassette.

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Then there's a lengthy clip of a couple having sex on a public street. This footage was taken in 1995 by a Citytv cameraman and contains real-time commentary from a group of guys.

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Back to more Speakers Corner outtakes! But this time, it's not just flashing. There's fellatio, cunnilingus and more!

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Then we have a few recordings from an American radio show. The first clip includes a well endowed guest and a pie.

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But wait, there's more! A trio of nude wrestlers engage in further debauchery and a woman distracts a newsreader by removing her top. Essentially, a Howard Stern influenced deejay convinces female guests to strip down for a radio show.

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If you enjoy flatulence humour, this next bit is for you. It's a religious show called Only Heaven Knows with farts inserted into the audio with hilarious results.

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And finally, if you've made it through all of that, there's a cartoon entitled "Lupo's Meat" "Lupo the Butcher" with plenty of swears and a decapitation to boot.

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Now I've finally seen the Speakers Corner outtake video and bonus material copied to VHS in the mid-90s, so you don't have to!


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Anthony

As a child of that era, I actually wouldn't mind seeing that lol

January 13, 2017 @ 2:19 PM

Anonnyman

No tit pics? C'mon!

January 13, 2017 @ 2:37 PM

Phil

I believe there us also a CBC News at Six (?) reel out there which includes a streeter being interrupted by a large lady who takes off all her clothes and chases the reporter.

January 13, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

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@Phil

I've seen that one... on Yonge Street, right?

January 13, 2017 @ 3:19 PM

Hamish Grant

That would be Lupo the Butcher btw.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZealBCnvws

I've seen the blooper reel too - back in the 1990's a roommate of mine was dating the "night board" guy at MuchMusic/CityTV who would sit there monitoring whatever was playing CityTV late night. Anyway he brought the tape over the play at a birthday party of mine.

The version we saw had a section called Cameramen Behaving Badly - basically clips of bored cameramen capturing stuff that would never make it to air - such as footage of people having sex in the SkyDome Hotel in front of their room's windows, in full view of the stadium. There were a couple of clips of guys getting blowies from their girlfriends in the 500 level seats. That clip of the couple doing it in an alley while the liveye cameramen (who were meeting at a nearby donut shop before they saw what was going on outside)... and of course the Speaker's Corner stuff. Some of the more memorable bits involved street people. I was given to understand that the way the Speaker's Corner system worked was that it was actually recording all the time - partly as a security concern - but that meant that they would capture all kinds of things going on in there that people didn't even think was being recorded.

January 13, 2017 @ 3:52 PM

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@Hamish Grant

Lupo the Butcher!

This video starts with the "Lupo's Meat" sign, so I figured that was the title.

January 13, 2017 @ 3:53 PM

Phil

@TorontoMike Yes - outside World's Biggest Bookstore? By the way, former CITY TV coworkers of mine in in Vancouver have never seen that outtake reel so you are in an elite group. But not an "elites."

January 13, 2017 @ 6:54 PM

JJ

What is that guy doing in Photo #6?

Moses Znaimer was way ahead of his time. Real TV.

January 14, 2017 @ 3:48 PM

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@JJ

In photo 6 that guy is doing exactly what you think he's doing.

January 14, 2017 @ 3:53 PM

collingwood dave

Are these supposed to be videos or screen grabs, I clicked in the fart guy and all I got was a pic. Because who doesn't like farts..Religious farts....even better.......

January 15, 2017 @ 1:57 PM

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@collingwood dave

They're not videos, they're screen caps.

January 15, 2017 @ 2:32 PM

Daniel

Any way you can make that available for download? Would love to have a nice little smoke and laugh my ass off at those videos

January 17, 2017 @ 8:54 AM

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