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Visit Toronto's Movie-Set Sights

Michael Cera thinks you should visit Toronto. The Canadian actor spent six months in the Canada’s biggest city filming “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and though Cera grew up in nearby Burlington, Ontario, it was only during filming of the movie that he fell in love with the city, he says. And visitors can visit the same sights and sets that have put this city on the pop culture map.

“Toronto has its own unique feeling,” says the 22-year-old actor, best known for his roles in “Arrested Development,” “Superbad” and “Juno.” “You have to come and experience it at least once,” says Cera in a video posted on Toronto Tourism’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” website.

Toronto is a popular place for producers to shoot movies because of what the Torontoist blog calls the city’s “chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow.” But in “Scott Pilgrim,” which opens Friday, the city proudly plays itself. “The movie is set in Toronto,” says Cera’s co-star Jason Schwartzman in the same video. “Toronto really is a character in the movie -- it couldn’t have been filmed anywhere else.”

Visitors and locals looking to visit the landmarks seen in the movie should check out:

  • Casa Loma: The former home of Canadian financier Henry Pellatt, the castle is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables and beautiful five-acre estate gardens. It’s open to the public daily, and self-guided multi-media tours are available in eight languages.
  • Honest Ed's: A landmark for tourists and an entertaining shopping experience for all, Honest Ed's is a one-of-a-kind bargain centre that sells everything from wine to twine.
  • Pizza Pizza: Canada’s largest chain of pizzerias opened its first location in 1967, and is best known to Torontonians for its phone number, (416) 967-1111 (the last four digits pronounced eleven-eleven to rhyme with seven).
  • Lee’s Palace: This downtown music venue, which opened in 1985, is known for its intimacy and excellent acoustics. Lee’s Palace hosts live music almost every night of the week.
  • Sonic Boom: The new and used music store is popular with young hipsters and older music lovers alike. It frequently hosts in-store live performances, and is open until midnight 365 days a year.

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Kim

Deal Expert, Toronto
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
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