Toronto: Industry News 6/21/17

Dan Krech

♦ With Toronto’s production facilities and film crews booked out for most of the season, Hamilton is gearing up to take on the role of Sister City — not only to catch some of the overflow of work, but also to reposition themselves as a viable home for more permanent creative work spaces in the industry.   READ MORE

♦ The superhero genre is still alive and well! 2017 has already seen plenty of box office success with LoganGuardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2and Wonder Woman, and audiences can expect an even-more-action-packed summer still to come. Here are some notable superhero flicks — both hits and misses — that filmed in Toronto. READ MORE

♦ The MMVAs were a hit once again this year, with adoring fans showing up in droves at the iconic Queen West stage last Sunday despite the humidity. But the air was also thick with tension for many of the Canadian artists and directors in attendance, who fear for the future of Bell Media’s MuchFact (a funding program that has helped Canadian music videos compete with their high-profile American counterparts).  READ MORE

Mary Pickford

♦ Bet you didn’t know this: Mary Pickford, a legendary silent film star who has been credited with being “the woman who made Hollywood”, was born in Toronto! Her childhood home once stood at the site of the Sick Kids Hospital on University Avenue, where a commemorative plaque and statue of Pickford can be found today. READ MORE

♦ Don’t miss the 15th annual Female Eye Film Festival, celebrating outstanding female directors in Canada and around the world. The festival kicked off in the Toronto Beaches on Tuesday, June 20th and will continue through the end of the weekend. This year’s most buzzed-about event: the annual Live Pitch on June 23rd, for which the winner will take home a $2500 cash prize! READ MORE

Jon Kaplan

♦ Toronto is in the midst of theatre awards season, and this year’s festivities are bittersweet as the community mourns the final curtain call of Jon Kaplan, NOW’s senior theatre writer. Since his passing in late April, countless theatrical organizations and awards panels across Canada have paid tribute in loving memory of Kaplan, who never missed an opportunity to support indie theatre. May he rest in peace.  READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Miranda Cross


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