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19 Reasons Why Toronto Should Actually Be Called "Cold Jamaica"

Patties are readily available almost anywhere.

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2. Literally, though. Almost 75% of Jamaican-born Canadian immigrants live in Toronto and surrounding areas.

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While 71% of of all people in Canada who reported they had Jamaican ethnic origins live in Toronto, according to a 2001 Stats Canada study.

3. And they're doing some pretty amazing things, might we add.

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4. Toronto even has its own "Little Jamaica."

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Right by Eglinton West and Oakwood Avenue.

5. So, it's a no-brainer that Jamaicans have had a huge influence not only on Toronto's culture, but on pop culture in general.

Even though Drake doesn't actually have any Jamaican roots.

7. Patties can be purchased for a quick snack almost anywhere.

Randy's Take Out - Home of Randy's Patties / Via Facebook: randystakeout

And when you go into an actual patty shop, you can expect reggae and dancehall music to be blasting through the speakers, just like how it would in Jamaica.

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10. A lot of Toronto slang is partially derived from Jamaican Patois.

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Words and phrases like "man dem," "wa gwan," "my youte," "tings," for example.

Even former mayor Rob Ford was quite familiar with it.

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Which garnered some mixed reviews and an expert panel discussion.

11. Anyone who grew up on the east end of Toronto — or any other predominately Jamaican neighbourhood — was pretty much raised as a Jamaican by force.

12. And this line was all too familiar when they left their friends' houses...

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13. There are countless Jamaican food and cultural festivals that take place during the summer.

Here we are setting up for last years #JerkFest #TBT

From Jerk Fest to Ackee Fest, Jambana and more.

14. And of course, there is CARIBANA!

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Toronto's largest street festival where all Caribbean cultures are celebrated.

15. Major dancehall artists love when they visit, and will even give the city a shout out in their music.

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Like Ding Dong in "Bad Man Forward, Bad Man Pull Up."

16. Sean Paul even filmed "Get Busy" in Toronto back in 2003.

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Well, Woodbridge. But it still counts, right?

17. Some of Toronto's most recognized talent are Jamaican or of Jamaican decent.

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Like Boi-1da, Jully Black, Donovan Bailey and Kardinal Offishall, to name a few.

18. And Toronto has radio shows dedicated to bringing the city the latest in reggae and dancehall music.

Lock it into Canada's #1 reggae show! #RIDDIMTRACK with @SPEXDABOSS 8-11pm. Tweet your request and use the hashtag #RIDDIMTRACK

Because everyone in the city loves those genres.

19. Last, but definitely not least, believe it or not, Jamaica is pretty multi-cultural — just like Toronto.

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Welcome to Cold Jamaica.

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