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Toronto Reference Library Stars In The Weeknd’s New Video

Architect Raymond Moriyama’s Toronto Reference Library has a starring role in Toronto singer The Weeknd’s new Secrets video, a track from his hit 2016 album Starboy. The video has close to 20 million views and is the second Toronto-based video he’s dropped this month.

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The red carpeting was one of its signature features when the library first opened in 1977. When the building underwent a major $34-million renovation in 2012, the carpet was replaced with the same crimson shade which contrasts the starkness of the creamy white walls.

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The library’s grid of ceiling lights make the space look almost futuristic.

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The brutalist Andrews Building at the University of Toronto at Scarborough also makes a cameo.

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Author:
Wendy Jacob
Photographer:
1. Portrait @theweeknd. 2. Secrets video Youtube
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