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.
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!"
'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.
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."
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.