Visiting Filmmakers Map of Toronto

A Toronto map for filmmakers and movie lovers

This map Toronto for visiting filmmakers and movie lovers by local super 8 filmmaker John Porter has been around for quite some time - according to Porter's Facebook, he's been "updating and photocopying this map for 14 years," a.k.a. the entire millennium - but now you don't have to approach him for a Xerox to find out where visiting artists should be hanging out in TO (though you still should - he's super nice).

Porter's 2014 version of the quirky Visiting Filmmakers' Map, now online with an accompanying Directory, is similar to sketchy, individualized maps I've drawn of the city myself over the years for artists and bands highlighting must-hit spots (The Skyline, Trinity's dog bowl, under-picked Goodwills - yeah, be my friend) but is much more thorough: Porter knows his stuff. While the map will tend to keep tourists away from east end jewels like Leslieville, The Beaches, Little India, and most of the Danforth, (plus Scarborough, Etobicoke, North York, etc) everyone has to start somewhere, right?

Essentials like thrift spots, "trendy strips," "Beer" and "Liquor TO" are paired with art supply stores and film hotspots like LIFT, TIFF, Film Buff, and the Metro (RIP). If all this stuff seems way obvious, imagine making a cold call to Toronto and trying to decipher a Google map unaided.

Visiting Filmmakers Map of Toronto

Get the hi-res versions here:

John Porter's Visiting Filmmakers' Map of Toronto
John Porter's Visiting Filmmakers' Map of Toronto Directory

Porter encourages you to "add your own places, copy and colour for friends" - what would you add?


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Film

The best and worst Cineplex movie theatre locations in Toronto

Toronto high school student just won a major film award

You can watch free movies under the stars at Union Station this summer

These are all the free outdoor movies screening at Christie Pits this summer

Watch free outdoor movies in Toronto parks this summer

TIFF is pulling the plug on their ambitious new exhibition

Toronto's free movie festival by the lake was just cancelled after almost a decade

Elton John biopic Rocketman is screening in Toronto this month