Our Toronto Walker:
“I’m a native Nova Scotian who landed in TORONTO in 1961 to attend university, and has – two years excepted – made it my home. This city has been very good to me. I was educated in more ways than one here, landed a job in television which led to a long lasting producer/director position, met my partner, and bought a house downtown. Over 55 years I’ve come to appreciate ‘Big TO’ more and more. When I’ve been traveling, I always love coming back. And that’s a good sign.
TORONTO is a dynamic city in rapid transition mode at the moment. It’s changing from low-rise to high-rise almost overnight. The stats amaze even me: 4th largest city in North America; 180 languages spoken; 184 high-rise buildings under construction; 7,000 restaurants; 70 film festivals annually; 75 Business Improvement Areas; ranked as the most sustainable large city in Canada; home to 4 major universities; and it’s one of 5 must-see destinations according to Conde Nast in 2013.
As a guide for the Toronto Ambassadors Program (TAPto), I look at the TORONTO SAVVY blog as a research tool. It requires a fair amount of fact finding, which comes in handy when I’m out conducting tours. (Toronto is the only Canadian city with a TAP program. It’s free and is aimed at visitors who want to do walking tours with a knowledgeable local.)
The TORONTO SAVVY blog is user friendly. The ‘What’s On’ page lists theatres, concerts, LGBT, galleries, museums, dance, festivals and film events with corresponding websites. It’s non-commercial. No pop-ups, no advertising. This is my contribution to a great city that’s given me a lot of pleasure, and continues to do so.”
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WalkedThru Toronto – Talking Toronto news, lifestyle and culture with David from Toronto Savvy