Charlotte's Castle

  • a woman in a floral dress in front of a building
  • a group of people sitting in a living room
  • an aerial shot of two cars at a crosswalk


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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jamie Kastner


When a foreign-owned developer seeks to destroy Spadina Gardens, a quirky cast of unlikely activists battle to safeguard a Toronto historical landmark they consider themselves the caretakers of.

Built in 1904, the half-block mid-rise apartment complex at Spadina and Lowther is the oldest Toronto building to maintain its original floor plans, not to mention many original architectural details. These rental units have drawn an equally eclectic mix of tenants: literary, industrial, operatic, from economizing aristocrats to ascending rock stars—embodying the unique creative spirit that drew developers to Toronto in the first place.

After their home is sold to Dutch developers ProWinko, the Spadina Gardens tenants form an association to petition for heritage status to protect the building amid dramatically rising property values. While easily among the most privileged of Toronto’s constituents, the fight to preserve Spadina Gardens nevertheless offers insights into the current housing crisis and about the solidarity required to preserve the rapidly disappearing soul of the city.

Join producer Laura Kastner and director Jamie Kastner for a Q&A after the September 24 screening. Moderated by award-winning filmmaker Atom Egoyan.

Tickets: $15 (Members from $10)

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