10 Things You Should Know About Toronto

Canadians love to hate on Toronto for being the center of its own universe. Here are 10 interesting facts about that universe.

Toronto’s reputation for being self-centered is a self-perpetuating beast.

On the Toronto subway: “I hope your entire lower torso is comfortable, asshole.”

Bloor Danforth line, 8am weekday. Nuff said.

After all, in a recent Toronto Sun poll, Toronto was the top choice if a city had to be blown off the map, while 43% said they would trade Quebec for Hawaii.

There are roughly 3 million people living in Toronto…

…Some of which stalk celebrities.

But here are a few things that may (or may not) change that image.


Our first mayor, William Lyon MacKenzie, led a rebellion and came back from the dead on Twitter as @rebelmayor.


Until the advent of sand blasting in the 1960s, almost every building in Toronto was the color of coal soot.


Toronto’s beloved Honest Ed’s is the supermarket equivalent of a black hole.

Bargains get the best ruffles.

Honest Ed attracts squirrels. At these prices, they think he’s nuts!!


The land on which Toronto was built was purchased from the Mississauga First Nation band for a few hundred British pounds, 2000 gun flints, two dozen each of kettles and hats, all the hand mirrors they could carry and 100 gallons of excellent navy rum.

Dammit!…I’m gorgeous!


The city is renowned for its architecture.

Ontario College Of Art And Design.


We have a restaurant called Smoke’s dedicated to poutine (i.e. gravy, fries and cheese curds).

The aptly named Bacon Poutine.


Every fall, downtown is taken over by Nuit Blanche, an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art.

Kim Adams - Auto Lamp - Nuit Blanche, 2009.

The sound light installation Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator, Nuit Blanche, 2012.


Toronto’s PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world with four million square feet of retail space.


About a week before Halloween, the annual Toronto Zombie Walk attracts thousands.

Nice to see Phil Kessel getting in the spirit.


Toronto has the only city hall that ever appeared in Star Trek.

I suspect four letter words will one day be announced from these structures.

Beautiful Light: 4 LETTER WORD MACHINE, Toronto City Hall, Nuit Blanche, 2009.

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