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Barton-Tiffany lands

New partner in Hamilton west harbour film hub project

TAS joins Aeon and Forge and Foster in plan to redevelop barren Barton-Tiffany lands

A plan to create a film studio hub on city-owned lands at Hamilton’s west harbour has added a cast member.

TAS — a Toronto-based firm that focuses on mixed-use projects and commercial community hubs — is to lead the proposed redevelopment of the roughly 14 acres of barren land between the CN rail yard, Queen, Tiffany and Barton streets.

Meanwhile, Aeon Studio Group, which already has a production studio on Queen near the city-owned parcels, is “thrilled” to have TAS aboard, partner Jeff Anders said.

The consortium, which aims to turn the properties into a mixed-use creative arts and residential district anchored by film and television production studios, also includes Forge and Foster, a local real estate investment firm.

In February, Aeon opened its Bayfront Studios in an 80,000-square-foot former manufacturing building at 243 Queen St. N., across from the city-owned lands eyed for the mixed-used development.

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Number of film projects slated for Hamilton point to a banner 2022

By Daniel Nolan, Thu., April 21, 2022

It looks like it will be another banner year for filming in Hamilton.

The city’s film office says 44 productions registered to film in Hamilton during the first three months of this year.

It issued 150 permits, a slight increase versus the start of 2021.

“(We have) seen more scouting activity than usual in the first quarter, combined with the high volume of permits, indications are that we are on track for another busy year,” the film office said in a statement to The Spectator. READ MORE >>

Toronto’s Hollywood North expanding in all directions

It’s lights, cameras and action – everywhere. While just a few months ago, it appeared COVID-19 was forcing a wrap for the film industry, there’s now so much demand for production space that studios are expanding, and new ones are being built in all corners of the Greater Toronto Area.

“What the pandemic did was force a pause in production, but we have not altered course on our expansion plans,” says Geoff Grant, general manager of Pinewood Toronto Studios, which is majority owned by Bell Media. Studio clients aren’t changing their plans either; “We’re bursting at the seams and turning away viable productions because of the lack of space available.”

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