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My ancestry predates confederation, and we’ve always had someone living in Toronto since then. I’ve lived in Toronto all of my life. I’ve watched Toronto grow from a few hundred thousand people to the more than 2.5 million that inhabit her boarders today. Finch was a dirt road when I grew up as a kid, and the subway only reached as far north as Eglinton.
That was then, and today we have many of the same small-city characteristics. Toronto is really the true City of Communities. I am very proud of most of the developments that Toronto has achieved, especially the way the people have pulled together to live in a relativity peaceful existence. All communities are made from what their people give and not that of which is taken from them. Toronto gives to its citizenry much, much more than she takes away.
It was Mel Lastman’s initiative to have one major street in Toronto shut down every weekend, somewhere in Toronto, during the summer for a festival. Unfortunately, this goal was never achieved. I’d still like to see that sort of event schedule become a priority.
I was born here. I love this city. It has changed so much over the years. It still beautiful and it’s still home. It has become a global city, recognized around the world. Let’s hope it stays that way.
I came to Toronto from the Niagara Area after working for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for some years, and have worked in the arts in Toronto since 2002. I love the many street festivals that we have, but why must so many of them be in the same neighbourhoods? When I was Executive Director of the Toronto Philharmonia in North York, I wondered out loud why North York was not a part of Nuit Blanche and other festivals. There are orchestras, choirs, ethnic arts groups, and a number of arts education facilities (like the Yamaha School of Music) up there in North York. I’m a downtowner myself, but still, it seems shortsighted to not develop cultural activities in all areas of the city.
I just led an intimate group on a Jane’s Walk of the Willowdale “core” on May 8th. I have to say that the walk participants represent Toronto: connected, inclusive, communicative, inquisitive. This city is alive and organic! The street-life and sidewalk life are extraordinary – it makes the BUZZ!