2020 has been a wild year with lots of upheaval and uncertainty. However, as this unpredictable year draws to a close, one thing we feel certain about is that production in Ontario made a remarkable recovery thanks in large part to our Membership’s commitment to safety and adherence to COVID 19 protocols. With the GTA reaching max capacity by late summer, many productions began to truly embrace the range of stellar locations available in our province.
Did you know some of your favourite TV shows use cities all across the province as their backdrop?
Before the pandemic hit, Cambridge was coming off a record-breaking year for the film industry. The city had 25 days of filming in October 2019 alone, and more than 60 throughout the year — much more than in previous years.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Cambridge has played a huge role in creating the Emmy award-winning world of Republic of Gilead. Main Street Bridge, the river by Mill Street Park and even the city council chambers have all been heavily featured in the show.
Devon Hogue, the Business Information Officer for the City of Cambridge told CBC News in 2017: “We get approached because of our architecture, our natural and built-in landscapes, it’s so beautiful and historic and in good condition that they can come in and use it.”
Check out a map of all the Cambridge locations in The Handmaid’s Tale: https://arcg.is/1LL14K
Downtown Galt can be clearly seen in Episode 106, “A Murder of Gods” as Mr.Wednesday and Shadow visit Vulcan in Virginia. The Main Street Bridge and Central Presbyterian Church are heavily featured in the background of this episode.
Murdoch Mysteries, one of Canada’s most successful and longest running dramas has used the historic streets of downtown GALT as the backdrop to re-create Toronto in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.