Downtown core once again sets the scene for popular TV series
The Town of Newmarket is once again hosting a large production company, cast and crew from June 12 to 16 to shoot new scenes for a popular television series in the downtown core. This is the same production that recently filmed in downtown Newmarket in March and brought much buzz and excitement to the community. The production is back to wrap up some of the previous filming that was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances in addition to some new scenes.
The Town continues to work closely with the production company to balance the community impact by using multiple locations, including private parking lots, to accommodate production needs and spread it out in an effort to reduce potential congestion.
The filming permits and fees will bring in almost $50,000 for the Town, which does not include the additional positive economic impacts that will come from hotel bookings and the hundreds of cast and crew shopping and dining in Newmarket. The last filming in March was estimated to have an overall $200,000 economic impact for the Town.
About the shoot:
From Sunday, June 12 to Thursday, June 16 filming and production will take place in the downtown core. This will involve the temporary removal of signs and on-street parking disruptions, which will be similar to the previous filming.
- Production set-up days: Sunday, June 12 (morning)
- Filming days: Sunday, June 12 to Thursday, June 15
Wednesday, June 15 filming to end at 1 a.m.
- Locations: Old Town Hall (interior and exterior), Market Square and surrounding areas.
Parking closures and disruptions
On Tuesday, June 14 from 8 to 10 a.m.
- Intermittent road closure on Main Street, at the corner of Botsford. A small portion of Main Street will be closed for three minute intervals to film a scene. It will re-open between shots to allow traffic through.
From June 12 to June 16 (entire production & filming period)
- Intermittent road closures for vehicular traffic along Timothy and Botsford Street and Market Square Lane during filming days (from Main Street to the Old Town Hall facility). Detour routes are available along Park Avenue, Queen Street and Millard Avenue.
- Limited public parking on-street along Timothy and Botsford Streets (from Main Street to Old Town Hall). Note: This impacts a minimal number of spots which are for timed-parking.
- No parking at Old Town Hall
- No parking and use of a portion of the Market Square parking lot (will reopen on June 16)
- Lions Park (Outdoor Gorman Pool) Parking Lot will be used for overflow parking for the production crew. Spaces will be available for use by residents.
- St. Paul's Church private parking lot will be in use by the film crew
- Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (RTRC) South Parking Lot (until June 16)
The Town's Municipal Enforcement Officers will place notices on vehicles parked in the spaces the day prior to parking spot closures (June 11/12 for Timothy and Botsford Street and Market Square). Vehicles will need to be relocated by 7 a.m. the morning of the closure. If vehicles remain in the lots at the time of closure, they will be towed by the Town's contractor to the nearby P3 Parking lot by Riverwalk Commons. Towing is at the production company's expense.
Alternate places to park
- All parking lots east of Main Street (P1, P3 and P7) surrounding Riverwalk Commons
- Fairy Lake
- Street Parking on Main Street (following 30-minute parking limits)
The Town would like to thank the community, particularly its downtown residents and businesses for their patience during this time. While there will be some short-term inconveniences, the production brings a positive economic return to the Town, the community and local businesses. The revenue generated will provide a long-term investment in the downtown core and reinfuse vitality and energy to the community as it recovers from the pandemic.
Questions and concerns
The Town welcomes questions and feedback and has set up a filming hub for all information about the shoot. For questions, concerns and feedback, residents can contact:
- Town's Film Help Line at 905-716-9800
- For general and non-urgent inquiries, contact the Town's Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-895-5193 and press 3 if after hours.
For a complete map of the areas impacted by the film permit, please visit heynewmarket.ca/filming