Toronto has disguised itself as 1962 Baltimore at least twice now, most famously in the recent Oscar Best Picture Winner, the Shape of Water. However, the first Toronto-filmed movie set in Baltimore was the 2007 musical, Hairspray. This big budget movie starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Christopher Walken used the Toronto streetcars to great effect in the Hairspray filming locations. Something about Toronto just seems perfect for musicals.
Most of the Toronto set can be seen in the opening sequence which, ironically, is a song about how great Baltimore is:
Most of the song was filmed in the Dundas and Roncesvalles area of Toronto.
While most shops were cleverly disguised as era-specific businesses, a few were barely disguised at all, including this travel agency, although the window display has changed a bit!
Moving away from the Dundas area, Tracy’s high school is also filmed in Toronto, at the Lord Landsdowne Junior Public School. ‘Good Morning Baltimore’ ends in front of these distinctive columns.
We hope to find a few more ‘Baltimore’ spots when we take a few ‘Shape of Water’ locations, but we enjoyed searching for the locations of one of Toronto’s big budget films.