Thursday, August 26, 2010

Scott Pilgrim VS. The World: Toronto Locations


The film has become my new favourite movie. Not only does it contain plenty of videogame, pop culture, and nerdy/geeky references, the film also prominently shows many familiar Toronto locations.

I decided to spend an afternoon going to several of these featured locales and take photos for the blog. If you've seen the film already I highly recommend you go watch it again. After reading this article and learning a thing or two about the several locations in the movie, you'll love the film even more.

HONEST ED'S

Toronto's landmark discount store. It is named for its proprietor, Ed Mirvish, who opened the store in 1948 and oversaw its operations for almost sixty years, until his death in 2007.

The exterior is covered with huge red and yellow signs advertising the name of the store, lit up like a theatre marquee, using about 23,000 light bulbs. The interior is much more modest, with simple displays of low-priced merchandise, ranging from vacuum cleaners and winter coats to kitchenware, toys and grocery items.

Much of the store's decor consists of posters and photos from old films and stage productions from Mirvish's theatres in Toronto and London, England, as well as of actors and musicians who performed in them (many of these inscribed to Ed Mirvish himself). Every piece of store signage is hand-painted.

The outside facade is covered with humorous puns and slogans such as "Come in and get lost!" and "Only the floors are crooked!"

FUN FACT:
Part of the story in the third volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim comic book series takes place at Honest Ed's





BALDWIN STEPS
The Baldwin Steps are a public outdoor staircase dating from the 1800s. The Steps, which are constructed of stone and concrete, transcend a steep escarpment marking an ancient shoreline. The Steps are named after Robert Baldwin, a former premier of Ontario.


(above)
The small parkette between THE BALDWIN STAIRS and CASA LOMA...

CASA LOMA
Due to its unique architectural character in Toronto, Casa Loma has been a popular location for movies and TV. It has served as a location for movies such as X-Men, Strange Brew, Chicago, The Tuxedo, and The Pacifier. It was also temporarily transformed into "Hogwarts" for the release of the 7th Harry Potter book.


SNEAKY DEE'S

'Sneaks' is a well-known local venue for alternative culture and indie rock, attracting a diverse crowd of writers, artists, serious music fans, and contemporary hipsters. The restaurant's menu has a Tex-Mex theme.

FUN FACT:

The restaurant was also featured in the fourth Scott Pilgrim graphic novel. In "Scott Pilgrim: The Videogame" for the Playstation 3, the restaurant is referenced as "DEE'S TEX-MEX."

INSOMNIA RESTAURANT BAR LOUNGE

A Toronto favourite for over eleven years, Insomia restaurant and Lounge consistently delivers great food, music and an extensive martini and cocktail selection.The menu is a mixture of Mediterranean, French and International flavour and has received acclaim form Toronto Life and Eye Magazine.The extensive bar selection features over 50 martinis (Martini Madness happens every Thursday night), varied wine list and over 150 liquor and liqueurs to choose from.




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