8 Popular TV Shows You Probably Didn't Know Were Filmed In Toronto
Local productions to binge-watch!
Indulge your Canadian pride! You probably binge-watch some of these popular series on a daily basis but it might be surprising to learn that they're all. Keep your eyes peeled for hotspots in the background during your next Netflix and chill night.
Enticing and thrilling dramas, sci-fi, and superhero series all bring the action to areas across the city.
Popular locations used for production include the University of Toronto, Roy Thomson Hall, and Union Station. If you live just outside of the city, it may also excite you to learn that areas including Mississauga and Hamilton are also key spots that filming takes place in.
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The Amazon Original superhero series is fully Canadian with filming locations at Roy Thomson Hall which stands in for the Voight Headquarters, and the University of Toronto that acts as the Hugh and Annie conversation. IMDb also claims that Hamilton is used for production as well.
The creepy crime series takes place all over Toronto and Mississauga. Movie Maps writes that the science and humanities wings at U of T Scarborough are used as the F.B.I. Academy, and Casa Loma stands in as the Verger Mansion.
Some of the other two dozen locations used include the Art Gallery of Ontario, David Dunlap Observatory, Royal Ontario Museum, Roy Thomson Hall, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and Bluffer's Park Beach.
The sci-fi drama series is filmed entirely in The Six with dozens of locations around the city. According to Toronto Life, season one featured Union Station, Cameron House bar and music venue, a CityPlace townhouse, Graffiti Alley, Hearn Generating Station, Thompson Diner, and U of T among tons more hotspots throughout the rest of the seasons.
The fantasy TV show takes place in Toronto, Mississauga, and Oshawa, per Movie Maps. That includes locations such as Metropolitan United Church, Union Nightclub, Berkeley Church, Hillside Gardens at High Park, and The Auction House & Anthemion Gallery.
The Umbrella Academy
Your favourite child heroes can be seen filming around the city in areas such as the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre that stands in for the Icarus Theater, Wallace-Emerson Community Centre that acts as the Russian Swimming Pool, and Thompson Hotel that's used as the interior of Meritech Prosthetics. Movie Maps claims that the over three dozen filming locations are in Toronto, Mississauga, and Hamilton.
What We Do in the Shadows
Though the vampires series is set in Staten Island, New York, it's actually filmed primarily in Toronto. The Cinemaholic writes that fans have snapped photos with the cast and have even gotten filming notices of production taking place in their area.
The sci-fi series set in the future is produced in areas including an active quarry near Toronto, Roy Thomson Hall and Toronto City Hall, The Fairmont Royal York, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and Pinewood Studios, per The Cinemaholic.
Time for a throwback! The sweet Mr. Dressup and his puppet friends were actually Canadians filmed in the heart of downtown. IMDb claims that Studio 65 in The Canadian Broadcasting Centre was the main production location used for the childhood series.