Single All The Way is Netflix's first gay rom-com and IMDb describes it as a movie about a guy, Peter, who — "desperate to avoid his family's judgment about his perpetual single status" — convinces his best friend, Nick, to come home with him for the holidays and pretend they're now dating.
It stars Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's mom from American Pie) and Jennifer Robertson (Jocelyn from Schitt's Creek), both of whom spent time in Montreal while shooting the film.
If you watched the movie, did you recognize any of the locations as being in Montreal? The movie was also shot in a couple of other parts of Quebec: Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and Bromont. You can check out Netflix's interactive map of all the locations for more details. Or check out the Montreal spots in person, using the list below.
About The Scene: "McKibbin’s, a cozy Irish pub in the heart of Montreal, stands in for Lisa’s pub, where Peter and James go for a drink after the Nativity play," Netflix in Your Neighbourhood explains. The production used the rue Bishop location near Concordia University but there are four McKibbin’s locations in the Montreal area.
Scene: "Peter hints to his sister on the phone that he might be bringing a 'surprise' home for Christmas from a trendy L.A. bakery. The location used for this scene is actually the interior of Maman, a charming patisserie and restaurant," Netflix in Your Neighbourhood says. Maman, a famous bakery that's originally from New York City, opened its Montreal location in Griffintown in 2019.
Address: Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame Montréal, QC
Scene: "Parc Jean-Drapeau is a stunning park made up of two islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, and is used as the New Hampshire forest where Peter takes photos of Nicholas for his client’s marketing campaign," says Netflix in Your Neighbourhood. Of course, if you're a Montrealer, you probably already knew how gorgeous and versatile this site — home to Jean-Doré Beach, Osheaga and, now, Peter and Nicholas' photoshoot — truly is!
Scene: The West Island also makes an appearance in this holiday rom-com. "In Single All the Way, Peter shows up at Bridgewater Spin & Fit for a blind date, where he meets James for the first time. Filming for this scene took place at Custom Conditioning, a full service health & fitness studio located just outside of Montreal in Pointe-Claire, Quebec," according to Netflix in Your Neighbourhood.
Watching Christmas/holiday-themed movies is a seasonal tradition, and it's really the only time of the year you can get away with watching Arnie Schwarzenegger's "Jingle All The Way" without looking like a weirdo. Don't watch alone this Xmas season, as Merry Montreal is giving you the chance to watch a few iconic Xmas films (no Arnie unfortunately) with friends for free during "The Holiday Flicks" outdoor film screening series.
Going down at Place D'Youville (map) in Old Montreal, The Holiday Flicks screenings will be an outdoor event on the weekend, with plenty of blankets and hot chocolate offered to help keep you warm while you watch.
Admission is entirely free, and the screenings will begin on December 20th, then take a brief pause to resume on January 2nd to 4th. All the movies will be played in French, which isn't the greatest for the strict Anglos reading, though it does offer a chance to bone up on your French with some familiar Xmas classics, or just giggle at the odd translations.