Pop Goes The News – Toronto is second only to Vancouver for film and TV production in Canada. While it hosts Canadian projects like Murdoch Mysteries, Private Eyes and the new series Coroner, it is dominated by U.S. and foreign ones.
Toronto has been home to Best Picture Oscar winners like Chicago, Spotlight and The Shape of Water as well as one of the 100 biggest-grossing movies ever, Suicide Squad.
What follows is a list of productions in the Toronto area from now until the end of the year. Keep in mind that schedules and shooting locations change frequently. It’s also not a complete list – many TV movies and independent films are shot in Toronto, too.
Who knows, you may spot stars like Chris Evans, Michael C. Hall and Sharon Stone in the city.
The Rest of Us – Shoots until July 13
Heather Graham stars in this independent drama film about four women who come together following the unexpected death of the man who connects them.
The Umbrella Academy – Shoots until July 18
This Netflix series is based on the comic book series of the same name by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way about a dysfunctional superhero family. It stars Canada’s Ellen Page and Colm Feore along with Tom Hopper (Game of Thrones) and singer Mary J. Blige.
No Sleep ’Til Christmas – Shoots until July 30
Real-life couple Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) and Odette Annable (Supergirl) star in this holiday TV movie for Freeform about two insomniacs as a bartender and event planner respectively who discover they can only fall asleep next to each other.
The Instar Emergence – Shoots until Aug. 3
Actor Alan Ritchson is directing this film, which has also been known as Cicada 3301, starring Jack Kesy (Deadpool 2, The Strain) and Conor Leslie (The Man in the High Castle). It’s about a brilliant man who goes missing after taking on some intense online challenges.
Shawdowhunters – Shoots until Aug. 7
It’s the the third and final season of this supernatural Freeform series, which is based on the Cassandra Clare books.
Wayne – Shoots until Aug. 16
This action-comedy series for YouTube Red follows a teenager (Mark McKenna) who sets out to retrieve a ’78 Pontiac Trans Am that was stolen from his deceased father. The cast includes Dean Winters and Glee alums Mike O’Malley and Patrick Gallagher.
Private Eyes – Shoots until Aug. 22
Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson are back for a third season of this homegrown series.
Greenfields – Shoots until Aug. 22
Universal Kids’ first original comedy series stars Ricardo Ortiz as a kid who leads his friends in running a start-up out of his parents’ garage.
In The Shadow of the Moon – Shoots until Aug. 29
This Netflix thriller directed by Jim Mickle stars Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) as a detective obsessed with solving inexplicable murders and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as his brother-in-law and fellow detective.
American Gods – Shoots until Aug. 31
The Starz series with Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Crispin Glover and Emily Browning is back for a second season.
The Boys – Shoots until Sept. 25
This series for Amazon was co-developed by Canada’s own Seth Rogen and stars Karl Urban (Star Trek Beyond), Elisabeth Shue (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones) and Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl). It’s about a group of vigilantes dubbed “the boys” who take down corrupt superheroes. The ensemble cast also includes Jack Quaid, the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, who starred in The Hunger Games franchise.
Killjoys – Shoots until Sept. 25
Seasons 4 and 5 of this SyFy and Space series are being filmed at the same time, with the fifth being the last. It stars Canadian actors Aaron Ashmore and Luke Macfarlane.
Random Acts of Violence – Shoots in August
Directed by Chris R. Notarile, this is a dark action thriller about a family targeted by a group of dangerous masked men. The cast includes Roberto Lombardi, Andrew Roth and Andrea-Nichole Olivas.
Sunny – Shoots in August
Sharon Stone stars as a mob mistress in the English feature debut of director Eva Sørhaug. The dark comedy-thriller is about a woman who has 24 hours to get out of town before a mob boss discovers her family secret.
V-Wars – Shoots in September
This Netflix based upon Jonathan Maberry’s book of the same name is actually shooting in Sudbury, Ont. until Oct. 18, so why is it on this list? Because several days of production are scheduled for Toronto in September. It stars Ian Somerhalder as a scientist and Adrian Holmes as a powerful vampire.
It: Chapter Two – Shoots until Oct. 23
The sequel to last year’s made-in-Ontario It flick (which has grossed $916 million worldwide) is set nearly three decades later as “The Losers Club” reunite. Bill Skarsgård is back as Pennywise and new cast members include Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader. Port Hope, Ont. stands in for Derry, but filming also takes place in Toronto.
Murdoch Mysteries – Shoots until Nov. 6
Yannick Bisson and the gang are back for the 12th season of this Canadian hit.
Star Trek Discovery – Shoots until Nov. 8
The sophomore season of this CBS All Access series (airing on Space in Canada) will see the return of stars like Anthony Rapp, Jason Isaacs and Doug Jones.
Jett – Shoots until Nov. 16
Carla Gugino (Wayward Pines) stars in this Cinemax series that was formerly titled Queen of Thieves. It centres on a master thief named Daisy “Jett” Kowalski who is pressured to work with a powerful Russian criminal.
Suits – Shoots until Nov. 16
Meghan Markle and hometown actor Patrick J. Adams are gone but this USA Network series is back for Season 8 with Dulé Hill, Katherine Heigl and Gabriel Macht.
In The Tall Grass – Shoots July 24 to Sept. 12
Toronto-based director Vincenzo Natali (Splice) will helm this Netflix movie based on the 2012 novella by Stephen King and his son Joe King. It’s about siblings who go on a cross-country trip and stars James Marsden.
In The Dark – Shoots Aug. 6 to Dec. 21
This series, set to debut on The CW, stars Perry Mattfeld (Shameless) as a blind woman running a guide dog school who “witnesses” the murder of a drug-dealing friend and sets out with her dog to find the killer. Brooke Markham plays her roommate and Keston John (from the upcoming Avatar 2 and 3) is the drug dealer whose cousin Mattfeld’s character knows is dead. Ben Stiller is among the show’s executive producers.
Dare Me – Shoots Aug. 13 to 30
This USA Network pilot is based on Megan Abbott’s 2012 novel of the same name and explores the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading in a U.S. midwestern town.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Shoots Aug. 27 to Oct. 26
André Øvredal directs this film, which was co-written and co-produced by part-time Toronto resident Guillermo del Toro. Based on the Alvin Schwartz books, it’s about a group of young teens who try to solve a series of macabre deaths in their small town.
The Expanse – Shoots Sept. 5 to Dec. 20
This acclaimed sci-fi series was cancelled by U.S. cable network SyFy but rescued by Amazon for a fourth season. Its cast includes Shohreh Aghdashloo (Star Trek Beyond).
Hot Zone – Shoots mid-September to mid-November
This project, based on Richard Preston’s 1995 book of the same name, has been in development for a long time. The mini-series, which will air on the National Geographic channel, is about the discovery of the Ebola virus in Africa in the ‘70s and an outbreak in Virginia in 1990.
Greenland – Shoots Oct. 1 to Nov. 23
This feature film stars Chris Evans (Captain America) and is being directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium). Plot details are being kept under wraps but we know the movie focuses on a family fighting to survive a massive natural disaster.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Shoots Oct. 1 to April 1, 2019
Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel and Joseph Fiennes are back for a third season of this Hulu / Bravo series based on hometown author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel.