Disclaimer: I am in no way heavily involved in nor greatly interested in politics.
In light of the worldwide attention my city has received of late, largely due to our crack smoking, public intoxication displaying, sexist/racist/pig-headed mayor, Rob Ford, I thought I would base my photo challenge entry this week around my perspective on Toronto.
Toronto is a beautiful, vibrant, and culturally rich city. Nestled on the shore of Lake Ontario, our waterfront is an ever-changing spectacle. The scene along the water’s edge has everything from old shipping ports, to glass-lined condos, to beautiful boardwalks and beaches.
A few blocks north of the water you’ll find our booming entertainment district. Here you can see Canada’s only Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, a pro soccer game, football game, basketball game, or spend your life savings for a nosebleed seat at a hockey game to see the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hockey is everything in this town, it’s our identity, our way of life here. You can also see some tremendous theatre or relax at the symphony.
Dining and shopping are two of the most popular activities around here. Restaurants range in price and location, such as the uber posh Canoe which sits atop the TD bank building and boasts an amazing view of the city, or tiny ethnic gems tucked in back alleys of the neighbourhoods mentioned above. Shopping can be found anywhere in the city. If crowds and massive malls are your thing then you head to the Eaton Centre which is located smack dab in the middle of town. If you’d like to get your Hipster on, then stroll along Queen St to pick out your one-of-a-kind vintage finds. Want to pass Madonna, Shania Twain, or Sting in the change room? Then make sure you try on clothes that only they can afford in one of the Yorkville boutiques.
Toronto is one of the few cities where you can be born and raised, yet be a minority. We have such a culturally rich culture here that it’s almost pointless to spend money to travel the world. The neighbourhoods are distinctly cultural, yet friendly and welcoming. Where else can you get authentic Asian pork dumpling soup, Italian Pizza, Ukrainian pierogies, and Greek baklava in one day?
No matter what your tastes and interest are, Toronto surely has something for you. It’s where I call home, and where I’m comfortable being. If you’ve never been, you should come, I know you’ll have a great time. We’re much more than what our mayor has shown the world, although he has definitely done a good job of putting our city back on the map.