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A sweet trip to the candy shop

The Story

Naomi Harris is like a kid in a candy store. Scratch that, she IS a kid in a candy store - one of the best stores in the world, she says. As she tours The Wiz in Toronto, she finds not just 730 kinds of candy but also stickers, magnets, noisemakers, scented pens and stationery, cute Hello Kitty stuff and a music box with a dancing clown. In this 1981 segment from Anybody Home?, CBC Radio's program for kids, the shop owner says he loves his job: "Where else can you find a store that sells smurfs, ding-bums, whatchamacallits, pipsquirts, daggers, space-pullers, razzles, whizzles, zots and dibdabs?"

Medium: Radio
Program: Anybody Home?
Broadcast Date: Nov. 28, 1981
Guest(s): Syd Charendoff
Host: Lorna Jackson, Darren Sawchuk
Reporter: Naomi Harris
Duration: 4:22
Photo: Amy Sancetta/Associated Press

Did You know?

• The Wiz was located near the intersection of Bathurst and Eglinton streets in Toronto, but by 2011 it was long gone.

• Naomi Harris went on to become a successful photographer based in New York City. Twenty-seven years after her first appearance on CBC Radio, she returned as a guest on the arts program Q in December 2008 to discuss her new book of photographs.  






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