Ontario is now third in North America as a filming location, just behind New York and LA. The industry earned $1.5B and employed over 32,000 people. Since 2015 was a record setting year in Ontario’s Film and Television Industry, let’s look at what movies and shows were filmed here.
The big winner at the Oscars was Best Picture Winner Spotlight, a film about the journalists who broke the story of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. It was filmed at various locations in Toronto and Hamilton. Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Mark Ruffalo, and more stars attracted attention.
Interiors were filmed at The Globe and Mail offices at 444 Front St. West, a children’s choir was filmed at St. Basil’s Church, scenes were filmed at Pinewood Studios in the Portlands, at Bay-Adelaide Centre, and U of T.
The Oscar winning film (Brie Larson- Best Actress) about a mother and son rebuilding their lives after tragedy was filmed in Toronto.
The burger shop they ate in is Apache Burgers in Etobicoke, the hospital in the film was Bridgepoint Health Hospital, and the ice skating scene was shot at Nathan Phillips Square. Interiors were shot in the Portlands studios like Spotlight. Glimpses of various landmarks can also be seen throughout.
3. Suicide Squad
The filming of this star studded superhero movie (Will Smith, Ben Affleck, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto…to name a few) garnered a lot of attention in downtown Toronto and Hamilton. The Batmobile, and various cool stuff was spotted around the city, including a helicopter crash on Bay St. and a plane crash on Yonge St. It will be fun watching it when it comes out!
4. Vikings – TV
The gory and extreme hit show about a viking clan filmed some of season 4 in Sault Ste Marie Ontario. Actor Alexander Ludwig is also a Vancouver native.
5. Hannibal – TV
The series, based on the early days of Hannibal Lector was filmed in Hamilton and Toronto. It is currently entering it’s 3rd season of filming. Casa Loma is used a lot for the show, and it has also shot scenes at the AGO. Hannibal’s office is on Simcoe Street, right across from Roy Thompson Hall which is also filmed in.
And many many more shows added to the revenue and employment of citizens. Including:
Orphan Black (Space: Season 4)
Between (City/Netflix: Season 2)
Bitten (Space/Syfy: Season 3)
12 Monkeys (Syfy: Season 1)
Dark Matter (Space: Season 1)
Defiance (Syfy: Season 3)
Rogue (DirecTV: Season 3)
The Strain (F/X: Season 3)
Suits (Bravo: Season 5)
Degrassi Next Class (Netflix: Season 1)
Reign (The CW: Season 3)
Hemlock Grove (Netflix: Season 3)
Schitts Creek (CBC: Season 2)
Minority Report (FOX: Season 1)
Heroes Reborn (NBC: Season 1)