TORONTO, ONTARIO – There’s a reason why ‘Tah-rahno’ (don’t pronounce the second T!) is often called Hollywood North. Tons of classics like Billy Madison, Mean Girls, and Kick-Ass along with Oscar-worthy films like Chicago, Good Will Hunting, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding have rolled tape in T.O. (That’s what the locals call it.) Here’s just a few stops film fanatics will love:
Casa Lomais an old millionaire’s restored mansion that’s Gothic architecture is featured in X-Men and Chicago. Find other notable commercials, television shows, and movies filmed at Casa Loma here. Although the admission is pricey at about $20, it’s worth it just to feel like a student at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
Upfront Bar & Grill
You know the scene in Good Will Hunting where Will puts that douchebag student to shame in front of Skylar and then gets her number? That ‘Harvard bar’ is called The Upfront Bar & Grill and it’s kinda dumpy. There’s nothing really special about it except the fact that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been there.
The Distillery District
The most famous film location in Toronto is the pedestrian-only (and well preserved) Distillery District. It’s supposedly the number one film location outside of Hollywood. Movies like Cinderella Man, Hurricane, X-Men, and Chicago take advantage of the historic buildings and cobblestone streets. While it’s not as large as you’d expect, it’s worth a stop for coffee, dessert, or a beer at one of the district’s charming establishments.
When you walk through this perfectly quaint Canadian neighborhood, you’ll understand why it’s been featured in movies such as Serendipity and American Psycho. The near-perfect neighborhoods filled with Victorian homes look like they are either straight from a storybook garden or a wealthy New York City street.
The Second City
If you caught any of the opening or closing ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympics, you probably witnessed one of their proud tributes to many of the hilarious actors that have fled Canada for the Hollywood Hills. Mike Myers, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Akroyd, Eugene Levy, Michael J. Fox, Phil Hartman, and Rick Moranis are just a few. Some got their start at The Second City in Toronto. If an improv show doesn’t fit into your schedule, check out all of Canada’s most-loved actors at the (free) Walk of Fame.
Other notable movie locations include the University of Toronto, Younge Street, and The St. Lawrence Market.