Tracy Moore candidly shares her insights on the work-life balancing act, her self-awareness and if one can really have it all. 

As we are endlessly surrounded by filtered social media representations of the world, Cityline host Tracy Moore breaks through the barrier with some serious realness. Helming the nationally broadcast lifestyle show since 2008, which boasts the largest viewership among the coveted millennial market in Toronto, the country’s largest market, Moore fully understands the power that comes with holding such a unique position in the world of broadcasting.

As does much of her audience, Moore wears many hats and switches them with ease as each day progresses, knowing too well that sometimes there are days where not all hats get their turn. She’s a wife, a mom to two young kids and a dog, and a business woman. All that while being the consummate ringleader of the lifestyle broadcasting space that is Cityline, which starting last September, made it’s U.S. debut adding an additional 10 million households across key American target cities, including Chicago, Kansas City, Jacksonville and Birmingham.

Having honed her skills in various capacities across the media landscape for eight years, it was after Moore’s return to the workforce following the birth of her first child, Sidney Nicolas, that the stars aligned for her Cityline debut. Knowing it was going to take time to put her unique stamp on the 34-year-old legacy program, she says she walked into an amazing space and was fully aware that it would take time before she was 100 per cent comfortable. “The feeling I remember overwhelmingly, was a feeling being very lucky and fortunate and blessed to be given the opportunity,” she says.

“That’s not to say I didn’t work for it,” Moore adds, referring to the intense competition presented when Cityline was looking for a new host. “There was a three-month audition period where they rotated different female hosts week after week. It was tough but I still feel like I’m in a honeymoon phase and it’s been nine years.”

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Breaking Boundaries

As the first woman of colour to host a national lifestyle program in Canada, Moore knows full well the power that her position wields—especially when it comes to not only being the face of Cityline, but in being a role model, as well. She doesn’t subscribe to blissful ignorance and self-hype, which can easily be emotions of choice when one gets comfortable in the media bubble. Moore burst that bubble by recogniz- ing the importance of being a black female role model in such a high-pro le role. “My identity is [being] black and a woman. It can’t be dissected. They are both very important parts of who I am,” Moore says. “I see it as my responsibility to make sure that there are di erent voices speaking both behind the scenes and on camera. We all have a responsibility to inform the content on the show, and I may be coming from a di erent place because of my race and I’ve always made that very clear.” 

This mantra is clear when it comes to the way the show delivers content. Moore’s approach to always ensuring that a person’s unique perspective, formed by where they come from, isn’t dismissed but shines through. It’s this open-mindedness that creates the culture of acceptance and honesty, Cityline has become known and greatly revered for.

 

Pushing Through

Moore fully appreciates the familial team e ort that is required to get through the daily grind of balancing life with her 9-year- old son, Sidney and 7-year-old daughter, Eva, while hosting a weekday talk show. She credits having an expert ball catcher by her side. “That’s my husband, [Lionel]. He’s my co-parent in the truest sense of the word. We are both parents, 100 per cent. He cooks meals, works from home, he’s the one that is constantly catching—constantly.”

Moore’s day starts the night before, when she organizes the kids’ meals, sets their backpacks by the door, and takes care of homework and storytelling time. Then at 5am the next morning, if she’s not out running with the dog, she’s at the gym, which
(just like us!) can be a challenge. “That was today! You know when you’re sitting on the toilet for 20 minutes because you just don’t want to start your life? I say to myself, ‘Just go, Tracy. Even if [you give] 50 per cent, it’s better than nothing’.” 

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Let The Balls Fall

Back to the hats. Juggling a career and family is no easy feat—just ask any working mom. And Moore appreciates that there will be times when as much as she plans, all may not fall into place. That epiphany happened after having her second child.

“I realized quickly that I had to take my ‘have it all’ expectation o the table.” In a multi-everything society, Moore made peace with the fact that if balls do drop, it’s not the end of the world. “I’m okay that my life will not be balanced. There are days where I won’t be able to do my kids’ homework, there will be days when I can’t make it to a meeting because I must see my kids in the middle of the afternoon. Balls are going to drop and I’m okay with that.” Her mantra as a working mom? Celebrate the hustle and ditch the guilt.

Back in the studio, Moore feeds o the audience’s energy. “I always take pictures with the entire audience,” she says. “I want them to have the best experience. It’s a beautiful environment to come down and watch a show.” It’s an energy she doesn’t take for granted because she knows that every show should be treated as a fresh, new experience. With the recent historic expansion state-side, it will be an exciting time for American audiences to discover the Moore Magic— something Canadians have been privy to for years.