Love is in the air for romantic movie shoots


Hamilton is the backdrop for four romantic films that are set to run on the W Network in the winter of 2023.

Called “The Love Club,” the movies have been shooting across the city during the last three months and were set to wrap up at the end of July.

They will be distributed internationally by Corus Studios, which means they will likely end up on the Hallmark Channel or Lifetime in the US

The movies involve four women who meet at a New Year’s Eve party while dealing with their own dating debacles. They make a vow as the clock counts down to call on one another if they are ever in romantic trouble again.

It’s a vow that has them resurrecting their ‘Love Club’ a decade later as each of them search for their own happily-ever-after story.

Each movie will focus on a different character; Nicole (Brittany Bristow, “Holiday Date”), Sydney (Lily Gao, “Resident Evil; Welcome to Raccoon City” which filmed in Hamilton), Lauren (Chantal Riley (“Franke Drake Mysteries,” which also filmed in Hamilton), and Tara (Camille Stopps “Running with Violet”).

They have friends who help them find true love, such as Marcus Rosner (“Arrow”), Jesse Hutch (“Batwoman”), Brett Donahue (“Private Eyes”) and Andrew Bushell (“Jump”).

The four movies have filmed scenes at more than a dozen locations. This includes Gage Park, The Spa at Ancaster on Wilson Street, The Spice Factory on Hughson Street North, the Aberdeen Tavern and at homes and businesses on such streets as James Street South, Rebecca Street, King William Street, Ottawa Street North, Burris Street and George Street.

The production also involves the W Network, Nikki Ray Media Agency and the Canadian Media Fund. The movies have been written by Canadian Screen Award winner Barbara Kymlicka (“Glass Houses,” 2021) and are directed by Jill Carter (“The Bold Type” TV show, 2017-2021).

“With The Love Club, this is the first time we’ve commissioned four made-for-TV movies at the same time and it is an exciting direction for us as we look to develop more scripted content and diversify our catalog of programming for audiences in Canada and globally,” Lisa Godfrey, senior vice president of original content at Corus Studios, said in a release. “We are thrilled to be working with the talented team at Nikki Ray Media Agency to bring these unique, modern love stories to life.”

Tanya Linton, executive producer at Nikki Ray, said, “The Love Club” is an incredible project being made by an incredible team. We are so excited to be once again working with Corus on this original project of interconnecting made-for-TV movies.”

There were other romance-linked films shooting in the region. They were from Champlain Media, which is known for making quickly made romance and thrillers. Many are shot in Hamilton.

“Royally in Love” is about a prince who falls in love with a commoner. It filmed the last two weeks of July at Gage Park, Fifty Point Conservation Area, King W Books in Westdale, Radius restaurant on James Street South, Ravenscliffe Castle on Ravenscliffe Avenue and at a home on Witherspoon Street in Dundas. It is directed by Marni Banack, who has worked on such shows as “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”

“The Marriage Pact” also shot in the last two weeks of July. It does not appear to have anything to do with the 2017 novel or the Haylie Duff romance movie series (“The Wedding Pact,” “The Baby Pact”) as they are with different production companies.

“The Marriage Pact” filmed at the Scottish Rite, West Avenue Cider house near Carlisle, Fairweather Brewing Company near Greensville, Quatrefoil Restaurant in Dundas, two homes on 4th Concession Road West in Flamborough and along King Street in downtown Dundas.

“Murdoch Mysteries” was filming at Vinemount Quarries in Stoney Creek at the end of July. The CBC show premieres its 16th season on Sept. 12 at 8 pm

Daniel Nolan is a freelance writer who writes about film for The Hamilton Spectator. He can be reached at dannolanwrites@gmail.com

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