The Weeknd made a stylish new video using the reference library and UTSC as backdrops
Toronto-born singer shot 'Secrets' video at two hometown architectural landmarks
The Weeknd's latest video pays tribute to two Toronto architectural gems — the Toronto Reference Library and the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus.
The video, for the song Secrets off of the Starboy album, begins at the reference library, playing up the soaring atrium, curved staircases, and high contrast between the white walls and red carpeting.
The Toronto Reference library opened in 1977 and was designed by Raymond Moriyama.
The Grammy award-winning musician, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, is originally from Scarborough, making his next location choice a no brainer: the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus.
The scenes at the campus highlight the extreme concrete brutality of the hallways, stairwells and exterior.
The video, which dropped Monday, isn't a complete surprise — The Weeknd prompted a mass freakout in February when he was spotted shooting at the campus.
Ana-Maria Critchley, manager of stakeholder relations for Toronto Public Library, said reference library staff were equally excited to see their workplace featured.
"It's a lot of fun for us," she said, adding that if anyone wants to know more about the iconic space, there are public tours of the building every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
You can watch the video below: