Toronto Plays Itself

See how our city has been cast over the decades—and how the skyline has dramatically changed—with this diverse survey of Toronto-set films. From older classics (Nobody Waved Goodbye, Goin’ Down the Road) and early works by celebrated Toronto filmmakers (Patricia Rozema, Don McKellar), to sleeper hit cult favourites (Outrageous!, The Silent Partner) and contemporary docs and features (The Last Pogo Jumps Again,The Stairs, Unarmed Verses, Dim the Fluorescents) Paradise presents an eclectic series of 17 Toronto stories spanning 70 years of filmmaking.

In This Series

Tuesday, Jan 7
Saturday, Jan 11
Tuesday, Jan 14
Wednesday, Jan 15
Thursday, Jan 16
Tuesday, Jan 21
Wednesday, Jan 22
Saturday, Jan 25
Tuesday, Jan 28
Wednesday, Jan 29

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A Cool Sound from Hell + Live Jazz Performance

A disillusioned youngster gets sucked into the seedy underworld of 1950s Toronto.
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Dim The Fluorescents

A struggling creative duo try to make it in Toronto in this darkly comedic gem.
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim just met his dream girl…and her seven evil exes.
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Take This Waltz

A profound examination of love and marriage set during a sweltering summer in Little Portugal.
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Craig Russell is a drag performer on the up in this dramedy and cult classic.
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Last Night

Apocalyptic Toronto is the star in Don McKellar’s darkly funny directorial debut.
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I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

Patricia Rozema’s first feature about a lust-struck dreamer in this Cannes award winner.
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Nobody Waved Goodbye

A troubled teen searches for authenticity on the mean streets of Toronto.
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Monkey Warfare

There’s a perfect Toronto storm of marijuana, gentrification and bikes in this Parkdale-set satire.
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A Married Couple

A real-life couple play emotional and psychological tug-of-war in this groundbreaking documentary.
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The Stairs

Meet three Regent Park harm reduction health workers on their own complicated paths to recovery.
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The Dirties

A pair of bullied high schoolers conflate fantasy with reality in this clever and referential mockumentary.
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The Silent Partner

A sleek, brilliantly plotted and darkly drenched thriller starring Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer.
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Tales from the Big Smoke

The city’s best short films on the big screen.
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Goin' Down the Road

A classic from 1970, following two scrappy Nova Scotians trying to make it in The Big Smoke.
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The Last Pogo Jumps Again

A rollicking documentary detailing the rise, demise and legacy of Toronto’s punk scene.
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Unarmed Verses x RISE

A free screening of Charles Officer’s lyrical documentary followed by a RISE spoken word performance.
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Romance and revelations around identity blossom between an Anishinaabe painter and half-Métis TV writer.
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