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Casa Loma – part of the Hollywood dream

1/1/2005


Toronto has gained a reputation as “Hollywood North” because of the number of feature films, television series and commercials that are filmed here. One of Toronto’s most popular film locations for Hollywood directors has been what is known as the “house on the hill” – Casa Loma. This majestic Castle has beauty, history, mystery and lots of style that makes it a director’s dream.

Casa Loma has also been the setting for a variety of commercials and television programs such as;

Commercials:
Honey Nut Cheerios
Toblerone
Royal Bank
London Life
Ontario Jockey Club
Ontario Lottery
Doc Otis
Advil
Cool Whip
Wunderbar
Jenny Craig
Leons
Ontario Government
Harlequin Romance
The History Channel
Blue Cross

Television Shows:
Goosebumps
YTV Breakfast Zone
Road to Avonlea
Forever Knight
Kung Fu
Due South
La Femme Nikita
Relic Hunter II
Traders
Nero Mysteries
Queer As Folk

Made for Television Movies:
Tekwar
The James Mink Story
Scales of Justice
Blood on Her Hands
2nd Day of Xmas
When Husbands Cheat
Hidden Agenda
Santa Who
Prince Charming
The Pretender
Breakfast With Dick and Dorothy
Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire
Passion of Ayn Rand
Last Man on the List
Dash & Dilly
Forever Mine
Strange Justice
Ultraviolet
The Judge
Cinderella and Me (I Was a Rat)
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’
JFK, Reckless Youth
Counterfeit Contessa
The Human Touch
Deadly Love
Midnight Hour
Trilogy of Terror
The Real Blonde
While My Pretty One Sleeps
The Defenders
The Raven
Witchblade
Global Heresy
Great Defenders
Down Came a Black Bird
Cry of the City
Degree of Guilt

Feature Films have used several of the rooms, secret passageways and the gardens to help add to the suspense and action of the scenes. Such feature films are;

X-Men
Extreme Measures
Darkman
Johnny Mnemonic
RoboCop
National Lampoon
Skulls
Possessed
Witchblade
Caveman’s Valentine
Skulls II
Global Heresy
Maximum Risk
54
Tuxedo
Chicago
Blizzard
Coast to Coast

Casa Loma was featured on A&E;’s Americas Castles “The Canadians”, raising its profile as a premier tourist attraction in North America.

In October of 2001 Casa Loma was selected as one of only two locations for the BBC Antiques Roadshow’s first ever remote in North America.

Casa Loma, originally built between 1911 and 1914 by Sir Henry Pellatt, a prominent Toronto financier, industrialist and military officer, took more than 300 men and approximately $3.5 million to complete. However, Sir Henry experienced financial hardship and was forced to auction off the contents of his home and abandon Casa Loma after only ten years. Following years of neglect, the Castle was leased from the City and restored by the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma. Their hard work and tireless efforts led to the Castles’ official opening as a tourist attraction in 1937 and they have managed the site since that date. Annual net proceeds from the Castle are used by the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma for a wide range of charitable and community projects.

Contact:
Lou Seiler, Director of Marketing
Casa Loma
(416) 923-1171 ext.212

casaloma.org