Could it be that a movie named after ‘the Windy City’ was actually shot in Canada? Better believe it. Chicago, the 2002 Oscar-winning musical was shot mostly in Toronto, in some of the city’s period buildings. It makes sense. The two cities share similar architecture and follow a similar urban-sprawl pattern due to the lakes surrounding them.
Detroit Rock City
This rock ‘n’ roll cult favourite was filmed almost entirely in Ontario, despite being set in Detroit. Lucky KISS fans from Hamilton were cast as extras in the movie’s concert scene and got to watch KISS play live at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum.
Seven Years in Tibet
The glorious opening shots, supposedly of the Himalayas, were shot on Mount Waddington in British Columbia. To prepare themselves for the shoot, lead actors Brad Pitt and David Thewlis underwent intensive mountain-climbing training to conquer Western Canada’s most popular peak.
“The diversity of scenery in Canada, from the natural environment to the colourful cities, makes it a great backdrop for blockbuster films,” says Kate Brennan, senior communications manager for Redbox, a leading name in new release movie rentals. “It really shows the transformative power of movies, giving you a glimpse of a world that may be closer than you realize.”
Brennan points out that for a low cost, the Redbox service offers a wide range of new-release DVDs and Blu-ray discs, featuring the most popular celebrities and characters. It’s also the best option for Canadians to view new release movies, not available on Netflix or any other streaming services on the market. You can reserve them online at redbox.ca, or make a selection in the kiosk at your favourite retailer.
What movies do you know are impersonated by Canada?