‘Hairspray’: A Toronto remake

You’ve got to love all the films that descend upon Toronto and end up transforming the scenes into whole other cities. Take Chicago for example – the film which was shot here to resemble, well, Chicago.

Well, speaking of musicals, the film Hairspray (by director Adam Shankman) is currently on the loose in Toronto and one of the big outdoor sets is basically up the street from me. Quite amusing to see them working on the area and transforming it into a 1960s American street corner. (Apparently us locals can also expect to see John Travolta wandering around soon for his scenes.)

Here’s a couple of shots to show off the work they’ve done…

Hairspray – Trashcan
Hairspray – Stores
Hairspray – Hefty Hideaway

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W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls.In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.


  1. where in Toronto exactly are these pictures from? It’s very interesting to see our city so transformed!