You have to be resourceful to begin with when it comes to cranking out TV shows in the land of low licence fees and perennial under funding. Even in large urban centres like Toronto and Vancouver, cheap rent stealth studios can be found in suburban neighbourhoods, deep inside retro-fitted factories and warehouses.
The prize for the most Canadian TV studio has to go to the Eleanor Pew Morris Memorial Arena in picturesque Chester, Nova Scotia, home for a second season to Haven (returning July 18 on Showcase) There are two ice pads at the arena, but for the past few years no ice--just wooden sets, lights and cameras penned in by the boards and glass.
The supernatural procedural returns for a second season July 18 on Showcase and around the same time Stateside on SyFy. It also airs in dozens of other countries around the world as the cast discovered during promotional stops in Madrid and London during the past year.
A scene was rehearsed and Lucas improvises by saying the murder victim was none other than Toronto Star TV critic Rob Salem--who was sitting behind the director’s monitors about 30 feet away.
You can’t help but wonder if the fine people of Chester don’t miss their rink, although a few seasons of TV money can buy a lot of ice pad upgrades. The cast live right in town and have bonded with the locals, with Haven wild man Eric Balfour rocking the town by DJ-ing a rockin’ party a few weeks ago. He’s booked to do more, so if you’re in Chester, look him up.
|One of two Chester ice pads converted into a home for Haven|