Main Street Ontario

This short video series visits big cities and small towns across Ontario revealing what makes each place unique. Step inside iconic community landmarks and meet the people who breathe life into local culture. From Corsini's in Hamilton to the historic Regent Theatre in Picton, discover the stories that make our main streets and communities so special. The series blends playful animation with real voices and archival images to tell local tales.


Air Date: March 18, 2021 - 4:54
The St. Catharines Standard was at the forefront of breaking news in the golden age of newspapers. Run by four generations of the Burgoyne family, The Standard's intrepid reporters delivered hard-hitting news and exposed environmental injustices.
Air Date: June 28, 2019 - 4:40
Cobalt was once a booming town built on the silver mining industry. Just as the silver ran out, the town was ravaged by a fire in 1977. Now, Cobalt is poised for a renaissance thanks to its namesake, cobalt.
Air Date: June 27, 2019 - 4:45
The Empire Hotel was once an elegant landmark on Huntsville's thriving main street. Joni Mitchell was rumoured to have written "Raised on Robbery" there. When a kind landlord bought the hotel to create affordable apartments, a fire ended his dream.
Air Date: June 21, 2019 - 4:50
When the summer beach season ended, Port Dover became a sleepy little town. That changed in 1981 when a small group of motorcyclists came together on Friday the 13th. Now, over 100,000 bikers gather in this lakeside community every Friday the 13th.
Air Date: June 17, 2019 - 4:44
Downtown Windsor was once packed with shops and tourists, but what made it special was the famed Norwich Block on Ouellette Ave. It was home to South Shore Books, Louie Linguine's and the legendary Fast Eddy's Arcade before it was demolished in 1999.
Air Date: June 14, 2019 - 4:50
In 1970 Fort Williams and Port Arthur amalgamated into Thunder Bay. Isolated from surrounding cities, an underground queer community found refuge with their chosen family, launching the city's first Thunder Pride.
Air Date: June 12, 2019 - 4:50
In 1975, eight farmers came together to create a farmers' market outside the little town of St. Jacobs. Little did they know, it would grow to become Canada's largest year-round market, drawing over a million visitors annually from around the world.
Air Date: June 07, 2019 - 4:31
Many residents have fond memories of the original shops and gathering spots in downtown Mimico, like the popular Mimicombo roller rink. Most of these places are gone now, but the Mimico Centennial Library is a thriving community hub.
Air Date: June 06, 2019 - 4:50
When The Bookshelf first opened in 1973, downtown Guelph was vibrant and full of well-established shops. Businesses came and went, but The Bookshelf grew to include a café, cinema, and event space, becoming a home for local artists and authors.
Air Date: May 31, 2019 - 4:33
Nestled between major highways, Unionville's historic Main Street is a charming, small-town oasis. In 1969 local residents saved their main street from encroaching developers. Now every June, the Unionville Festival kicks off with a big parade.