Canada, it’s Like New York City

Taxi! I know you thought june was meant to be an expose about Vancouver and Canadians and not New York City, but this is a sneak preview of the upcoming fall content here at Paws on the Road. The great irony of Canadian film locations is that they are affordable, practical and reliable but not exciting enough to be the subject of their film. They are forever impersonating American cities. The most common impersonated city has to be the big apple.

Shooting of a film called “Rags” in downtown, sadly no famous people here. Just an interesting stop at a movie set on my way to the ocean side. They even brought the free newspaper boxes, such as the Daily New Yorker, to line the sidewalk with. Give it that small extra touch. For really the only thing you really need to turn any city into New York are yellow cabs. But in case movie goers should not be convinced about the authenticity of the set they brought one more Crown Victoria.

Hockey fever is still very much on. (For those of you not following at home, i.e. those of you who are not Canadian or from Boston, the score is now 3-2 in favour of Vancouver. The next game is Monday night in Boston and should prove to be an exciting one. Tensions are running high, and this game should refute any claims that hockey has lost it’s traditional blood sport rating. Both teams have won all games played with home court advantage, I hope the trend continues. Tying the final at 3 for best of 7 and bringing the last game back to Vancouver for a very exciting evening in downtown.) To keep Canuck shirts from the New York streets they closed the entire block and hired extras. So every person you can count on in the following picture is being paid to stand around and walk purposely when they hear the call, “action”.

An interesting tidbit is that the cab logos are an impersonation of what the new New York City Taxi logo is supposed to be.

I was under the impression that the new logo had the letters “NYC” at the beginning in a smaller font and the T, without serifs, was in a circle instead of a rounded corner square. Could be the official logo is trademarked and they can’t use it outside New York. Either way we will have to wait until the fall to find out what the real NYC logo looks like.

Also two blocks down the annual LEO award, apparently the biggest red carpet in western Canada. Western Canada being a lot of tall trees and very few humans this is not saying much, unless it’s a red carpet for Ents. The nominee list seems to be for only about 7 films, in fact they where feeling so short they added the “Opening Ceremonies of the Paralympics” as an option for the category Music, Comedy or Variety Program.

And apparently Smallville, the teenage superman series, is filmed here in Vancouver or a lot of Canadians snuck into the crew for it’s nominated for several categories.

5 Responses to “Canada, it’s Like New York City”

  1. Nora says:

    I’m jealous!! They better still be filming on Monday… 🙂

  2. Vicky says:

    @Nora – this is what you get for going to Chicago and leaving him alone to wander the streets of Vancouver… 🙂

  3. Mo says:

    When r u making ure way down to the real ny

  4. Nora says:

    We’re there in September! 🙂

  5. Alex says:

    I like the part about a logo impersonating another logo. Those logos are crafty bastards, gotta watch out for them, next thing you know one will be impersonating you in the next blog!

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