Everything for everybodyLaid-back cops, white squirrels and secret superstar djs. what you didn’t know about canada’s must-see metropolis.
“The best thing about our city is its variety,” says Jr. Flo, turntablist for Keys ’N Krates, a Toronto trio who are currently one of Canada’s most successful electronic bands. “There are so many people from so many different backgrounds living here. Any one of them will praise Toronto, without being prompted, as the best, safest, most tolerant and most livable city in the world.”
“The music scene here is vibrant,” says David Matisse, “Acts like The Weeknd or Drake once made free mixtapes, put them online and got a huge international fanbase. Now fresh Toronto-based acts are making noise online before they even play a show in Toronto. Check them out!” Next time you’re in Canada’s biggest city—a 90-minute flight from New York City—go with these suggestions and have a fine time.
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 chill 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 after - party, 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 Ski-Doo. Newbies can learn quickly; seasoned vets will carve the snow at 60 mph.
Take the reins of a team of 4 to 6 huskies and travel in style the old-fashioned Canadian way. Half-day and full-day adventures are available.