The idea for In My Own Backyard originated from filming Uncharted in Rome. Uncharted host Christopher Rudder was speaking with a Roman Guard (well someone dressed up as one) outside of the Colosseum. When Chris mentioned where he was from (Toronto) the man started raving about Toronto’s CN Tower, sky scrapers, diversity etc…At the time, Chris being facinated with the sites of Rome failed to understand the guards infatuation with Toronto. Upon returning to Toronto, in a FaceBook post, a fan said “It would be cool if there was something like Uncharted for Canada” The Golden Compass decided to investigate that possibility and soon discovered that while filming the city through the eyes of a foreigner, Toronto is really unique. The moral of the story: Find the beauty in your own backyard; which is exactly what this series is about. Starting in Toronto and eventually branching out to the rest of Canada.
The Golden Compass has partnered with Soul Media Group’s Urban Television series in order to incorporate it’s unique urban blend of episodes with the broader Toronto based episodes for the series In My Own Backyard.