For me Toronto is sort of mapped out via relative connected spaces. Those who have read the Scott Pilgrim series know that its based out of Toronto, and includes a many number of well known Toronto locations. Many of which are in my neighbourhood, St Clair West.
Casa Loma, Hillcrest Park, The Goodwill, Knives’ School, Second Cup, The Baldwin Steps, The Wychwood Library, etc.
When I first moved to Toronto, having been a long time fan of the series, this is actually how I began to navigate the city and quite a few of the locations are still favourite spots. There’s this kind of shared history tied to them thats part pop culture and part personal experience.
If you’re interested in finding your way about the city in the same way here is a bit of a guide to help you along the way…
You will also find some location street views as well as a Foursquare map below!
Scott & Wallace’s
27 Alberta Ave – This is where Scott and Wallace shared an apartment based on the Amazon.ca mailing address.
65 Alberta Ave – This is the building that inspired their place in the books. In the 2007 google maps photo below you can actually still see the regular entry door that has sine been replaced by a garage door.
Goodwill – 588 St. Clair West | Where Scott & Knives shopped together.
Toronto Public Library – Wychwood Branch | Where Scott first saw Ramona.
View Larger MapSonic Boom | “Do you have any Clash at Demonhead?”
View Larger MapThe Toronto Public Reference Library | Coincidently where TCAF is held annually. Also where I met Bryan Lee O’malley for the first time!
View Larger MapLee’s Palace
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Dufferin Mall | Where Scott runs into Lisa Miller
Sneaky Dee’s | “They have shows at sneaky dees?”
Second Cup (St. Clair location)
Suspect Video aka No-Account Video (Annex location) | Kim Pine works here
Chum Building at Queen & John
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See also below my Four Square based Scott Pilgrimage…