Toronto is definitely one of the most popular cities in Canada to shoot movies and film, and it’s no wonder why! The beauty and aesthetics of Toronto are nothing new to us in the city, but it seems to be catching the eye of more and more American film directors. Part of the appeal of Toronto is the city’s ability to be disguised as other places in the world. While locals may recognize their neighbourhood or favourite cafe, most audience members haven’t the slightest idea that their favourite film set in New York City was actually shot in The 6ix! While we are seeing a rise of movies both set and based in Toronto, there are still quite a few that you may be surprised to learn were filmed right around the corner from your home.
Check out these 8 movies shot in Toronto:
The Shape Of Water (2017)
The majority of scenes in this multi Academy Award-winning sci-fi romance film were shot in Toronto, with a few taken in Hamilton, ON. See if you can spot the Elgin Theatre or the University of Toronto’s Humanities Wing on the Scarborough Campus in the Best Picture of 2017, The Shape of Water.
Mean Girls (2004)
A prime example of Toronto’s sneaky way of featuring in films is this ultra-popular cult classic. The University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall and Sherway Gardens Mall are among locations you might be able to spot, if you look extra close, in Mean Girls.
This remake of the John Waters’ 1988 musical comedy had us convinced that the intersection of Dundas West and Roncesvalles Avenue was downtown Baltimore in the ’60s. Other locations used in the city include Lord Lansdowne Public School and Gale’s Snack Bar at Carlaw and Eastern Avenues.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
While The Incredible Hulk may look like it was shot in New York City, the master of disguise that is Toronto actually made for the backdrop of this film. Busy downtown areas like Yonge Street and the Financial District were blocked off for filming, as well as U of T’s King’s College, Knox College and Convocation Hall.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
This film about a working-class math genius used the University of Toronto for the majority of scenes that were meant to be schools like Harvard and MIT. If you’re a fan of the film you will be pleased to learn that the famous “How do you like them apples?” scene was shot in the now non-existent Upfront Bar and Grill on Front St.
American Psycho (2000)
This dark slasher film, based on Bret Easton Ellis’ novel of the same name, is made to look like it was shot in New York City but in reality, was filmed in our beloved city of Toronto. The Phoenix Concert Theatre and areas around Cabbagetown were used to create American Psycho, as well as the TD Tower where the main character, Patrick Bateman’s office was located.
While they may have been met with some upset when Americans learned that Chicago was not actually filmed in Chicago, the makers of this musical made a sound choice when they chose to shoot in Toronto. Scenes were filmed in the Danforth Music Hall, Casa Loma, the Ontario legislature building at Queen’s Park, Osgoode Hall and many more locations around the city.
Suicide Squad (2016)
Despite less than great reviews from critics, this Marvel-villain-filled movie holds the distinction of being the highest-earning movie ever shot in the city. Scenes were shot on Toronto’s Lakeshore Blvd., Adelaide St. E, Union Station and more!