Toronto, Ontario – Here in Hollywood North, where on any given day there are 18 to 40 feature films, movies-for-tv and television shows in production. One could be in in production right under your feet without you knowing about it.
Toronto’s subway system has a ‘Lower Bay Station’ (under Bloor St at Bay), which most people in Toronto don’t even know exists. The station is mostly used for training, but is also rented out for commercials and feature films, for several thousand dollars per day.
The public very seldom has access to this area, but it is sometimes opened during the annual ‘Doors Open’ event in Toronto. Film crews that have used the station for a location for Extreme Measures starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman, New York Minute with Eugene Levy and the Olsen twins, Take the Lead starring Antiono Banderas, and Johnny Mnemonic with Keanu Reeves (who grew up in this neighbourhood).
The station is located below the regular Bay subway station, between Bloor St and Yorkville Ave.
Quick Tip: The upscale restaurants and hotels of the Yorkville neighbourhood are ripe for celebrity sightings during Toronto’s annual International Film Festival, held in early September.
Who have you sighted in the neighbourhood? Please share…
BAY STATION, Toronto, Ontario, Canada