Excerpt: Toronto in World Film Locations

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  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • 6 p.m.

For years, Toronto has been both a disguised supporting character in hit Hollywood films and a cinematic muse in its own right. A new anthology from the University of Chicago Press—World Film Locations: Toronto, edited by Tom Ue—explores the city’s role as shooting location, inspiration, and international film destination through articles on everything from David Cronenberg to local architecture. To mark the book’s publication, TIFF will be welcoming a number of its contributors this coming Sunday and putting on a free screening of Drying Up the Streets and The Strip, both works that explore the grittiness and seediness of ’70s Yonge Street.

Torontoist‘s own Reel Toronto writer David Fleischer contributed to the volume—his essay “Distilling Toronto History: How a Victorian Industrial Site Became a Hollywood Backlot” is reproduced below in its entirety:

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Video Vengeance #8: Robo Vampire

Ever wondered what a vampire-infused RoboCop ripoff would look like? Then come out to Video Vengeance #8! Image courtesy of Modern Superior/Edde Video.

Ever wondered what a vampire-infused RoboCop ripoff would look like? Then come out to Video Vengeance #8! Image courtesy of Modern Superior/Edde Video.

  • KITCH (229 Geary Avenue)
  • 8 p.m.

Most of us have that friend who somehow knows about every hilarious and terrible Youtube video in existence. The guys behind Modern Superior‘s Video Vengeance are kind of like that friend—only they gather groups of people at a bar to watch weird and mind-boggling VHS movies. The eighth instalment of this screening series sees vampires and robots blended together in a neat RoboCop ripoff called Robo Vampire. Don’t question it—just come, grab a drink, and prepare to be wowed.

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A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
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