Saint John announces street closures for film shoot

Saint John says it will be drawing the velvet curtain over some city streets next week with a film production in town.

The city announced street closures on Prince William Street from Princess to St. James Street from noon Sunday to noon Monday, as well as the south end of Bayside Drive from Hewitt Road to Red Head Road, towards Mispec Beach, from noon to midnight Wednesday.

There was also a potential street closure announced for Peel Plaza from 2 p.m. to midnight May 8.

According to the traffic advisory, the closures apply to pedestrians and vehicles, although those who live in the areas will be able to get to and from home, and the city says access to Saint John High School will not be affected.

The film is called Unseen, written and directed by Halifax's Taylor Olson and co-produced by Halifax's Brass Door Productions, Fredericton-based Cazador, Inc. and Saint John's Hemmings House Pictures, according to Cazador's Sandy Hunter. Unseen is distributed by Vortex Media and set to release on Crave, Hunter confirmed.

In the advisory, the city said there will be barricades and signs to guide city residents around the closures, and asked residents to plan alternate routes during the film dates.

"We’re a small city with a big heart, and your understanding and patience embody just that," the city said in the advisory.

The Canada Games Aquatic Centre also announced some service restrictions related to the film shoot, saying that pool-based fitness classes, including Arthritics, Aquacise, Fit-Swim, Aqua-Tabata and Deep H2O, will be cancelled from April 29 to May 3 and the competition pool and family change huts will be closed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 30 and May 1.

On May 1, the facility will be open only to adult members and team rentals, with no drop-in visits, and the male general locker room will be closed from 2 to 8 p.m. On May 2, there will be no drop-in visits and the male general locker room will be closed from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

General manager Amy McClennan said that the fitness centre will remain open. For up-to-date information about the Aquatic Centre's services that week, check

Andrew Bates, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal