Everything for everybodyLaid-back cops, white squirrels and secret superstar DJs. What you didn’t know about Canada’s must-see metropolis
“ This is a multi-cultural city.“ says Jr. Flo, turntablist for Keys ’N Krates, a Toronto trio who are currently one of Canada’s most successful electronic bands. “I grew up in the suburbs and all my friends growing up came from different cultures, whether it was Chinese, Filipino, or West Indian. It’s something I kind of used to take for granted, but the more we travel I see how that’s not necessarily the norm. Being exposed to all these different cultures; what’s not to love about that?”
„Toronto is an interesting place because for such big city, we’ve only recently made a bang on the international music scene,” says David Matisse, “Acts like The Weeknd or Drake once made free mixtapes, put them online and got a huge international fanbase. I think this has really changed urban music’s business model, not just in Toronto, but internationally.“
Top Five - Best of Toronto
1 KENSINGTON MARKET
“This place is run-down but legendary. A multicultural area full of Indian shops, Rastafarian cafés and hippies having a smoke. Each week there’s the Pedestrian Sunday street festival.”
3 TRINITY BELLWOODS PARK
155 Crawford St.
“An oasis right in the heart of the downtown hubbub and a chilled place to drink wine with your friends outdoors. The cops never bother you. Everyone sits and watches the white squirrels, which live here peacefully and aren’t scared of people at all.”
4 COSMOS WEST RECORDS
652 Queen St. West
“An extremely overpriced record store. You pay double what an LP is worth. So why do people go? Because no other shop in the world has such an extraordinary selection of rare treasures.”
5 THE HOXTON
69 Bathurst St.
“An insider tip for anyone who wants to hear live house music. Acts that are just about to make it big play here. You should never miss the afterparty and their ‘surprise guests’ often turn out to be superstars.”
Winter sport action in and around Toronto
An hour out of the city is the solid Tiffany Falls. You learn the ropes, literally, then hack up the frozen blue ice using crampons and an ice pick. Breathtaking.
The forests around Toronto are paradise in winter for those who do skidoo. Newbies can learn quickly; seasoned vets will carve the snow at 100kph.
Take the reins of a team of four-six huskies and travel in style the old-fashioned Canadian way. Half-day and full-day adventures are available.