Did you happen to watch Thursday nights episode of Flashpoint? If you haven’t seen it you should as it’s a great show. It’s a combination Canadian and US production, I believe, and it’s filmed right here in Toronto.
FLASHPOINT is a drama that depicts the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in the SRU (inspired by Toronto’s Emergency Task Force). It’s a unique unit that rescues hostages, busts gangs, defuses bombs, climbs the sides of buildings and talks down suicidal teens. Members of a highly-skilled tactical team, they’re also trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the suspect’s head to diffuse the situation to try and save lives.
If you happened to have seen Thursdays show you’ll remember it was about a teenage girl who was being attacked by a girl gang. Near the end of the show the girl was filled with despair and had decided to commit suicide so she ran to the top of the large mall that she’d been in (the Eaton’s Center, but they called it the Paradise Mall on the show). The only thing is that she really wasn’t at the mall anymore. She was on the building across the street.
See the open scaffolding under the LG sign, on the right of the sign or maybe it was on the far left? That’s where the girl was when she was thinking of jumping. That building is the Gap store across from the Eaton Center at Yonge and Dundas.
Chris and I used to work right in that area. If you know Toronto at all, we worked in the tall building on Dundas Square – a tiny little street between Yonge and Victoria that’s opposite the Eatons Center. We worked and well first met there when we were both jewelers. That’s my husband in the forefront of the picture in the grey shirt with his back to the camera. He’s probably just on the corner of Dundas Square in this picture.
There’s always been lots of television shows and movies filmed in Toronto (I’ve even been in a few! When I first started my jewelery business I supported it by being an extra in commercials, movies and TV shows quite frequently), but seeing scenes shot in areas that I’m very familiar with is kind of cool.
It’s also kind of neat to spot their work around, like when they are driving down a highway or street and in the next scene their still driving, but it’s in the opposite direction on the highway or a different street, but the viewers are supposed to think it’s the same direction or same street. If you have movies or shows filmed in your city you might have noticed little things like that too.
Have you had a chance to see Flashpoint yet? I think it’s one of the hot new shows of the summer and I hope that I don’t have to wait until next summer for it to return once this season ends.