TORONTO, capital of Ontario, is multi-layered, multi-cultured, constantly in flux, noisy, quirky, fun and forever insecure. It’s a sprawling city, but with a walkable, thriving centre, and a dependable public transit system. What I especially like about T.O. is its unpredictability. Parts of it are extraordinarily beautiful; other parts raw and ugly. Architecture ranges from the sublime to the bizarre.
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to over 6 million souls; the city proper – 2,790,000, making it North America’s 4th largest after Mexico City, New York City and Los Angeles. Pearson International Airport is Canada’s busiest; the Toronto Stock Exchange is 8th in terms of market value worldwide; we have a vibrant arts community and a low crime rate; 50% of us came from outside the country; it’s North America’s new condominium capital, a media, theatre, movie-making, and university town.
My focus is on downtown – the inner city – and what I’ve learned as a tour guide, with an emphasis on arts, architecture, neighbourhoods and navigation. I’ve also thrown in some of our bizarre local politics, and side trips to other worthy cities and towns.
The Big Smoke awaits! Have fun.
LIGHTSHOW - ‘A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer & City’/Peter Torpey for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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