History UsefulNotes / Toronto

4th Apr '18 5:35:36 PM danlansdowne
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* The ironically (though not inaccurately) named Church Street, one of the most famous {{gayborhood}}s in North America. The street name actually comes from three major church buildings all located on or just off the thoroughfare, all dating back to the 19th century and all beautiful examples of neo-Gothic style; in order going northwards, these are St. James' Anglican Cathedral, the Metropolitan United Church, and St. Michael's Catholic Cathedral. The section of Church Street most historically known as the "gayborhood" is actually several blocks further north, centered around the intersection of Church and Wellesley Street East. (Outside of Church Street, downtown Toronto has a good deal many churches, such that it used to be called a "City of Churches" or the "Methodist Rome".)

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* The ironically (though not inaccurately) named Church Street, one of the most famous {{gayborhood}}s in North America. The street name actually comes from three major church buildings all located on or just off the thoroughfare, all dating back to the 19th century and all beautiful examples of neo-Gothic style; in order going northwards, these are St. James' Anglican Cathedral, the Metropolitan United Church, and St. Michael's Catholic Cathedral. The section of Church Street most historically known as the "gayborhood" is actually several blocks further north, centered around the intersection of Church and Wellesley Street East. (Outside of Church Street, downtown Toronto has a good deal many churches, such that it used to be called a "City of Churches" or the "Methodist Rome".)) Appropriately, the United Church of Canada and Anglican Church of Canada are generally considered the most LGBT-friendly Christian denominations in the country.




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* Union Station on Front Street, opened in 1927. Often stands in for major railway stations in US cities, including Washington, DC (in ''Series/SueThomasFBEye'') and Chicago, Illinois (in ''Film/{{Chicago}}''). It pulled triple duty in ''Film/SilverStreak'', in which it played stations in Los Angeles and Kansas City in addition to the climactic train crash in Chicago.



* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'', set in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.

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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'', set in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. Ironically, most of the location filming takes place ''outside'' Toronto because too few areas still have their period appearance.
4th Apr '18 5:25:27 PM danlansdowne
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Has recently been known for its former [[DrugsAreBad crack-smoking]], buffoonish mayor: Rob Ford. After emphatically denying having ever used drugs, Ford [[ByNoIMeanYes admitted to trying it]] during one of his "[[AlcoholInducedIdiocy drunken stupors]]". [[ImplausibleDeniability He then continued to deny that he is an alcoholic, or a drug addict.]] Although he became an international embarrassment, [[OffOnATechnicality provincial laws do not allow city council to remove him from office unless sent to jail for at least 90 days]] [[note]]Obviously, the drafters of that law anticipated that any elected official doing half of Ford's idiocies would have had the social grace to resign in shame, but Ford practically built his power base on brazen, bullying shamelessness[[/note]]; they did however, manage to strip him of most of his powers. In spite of having been reduced to a mayor in name only, he planned on running for re-election, before a tumour in his abdomen sidelined him. He switched with his brother Doug, who was running as incumbent for Rob's former position as Councillor of Etobicoke. While his brother lost the mayoral race to the (comparatively) moderate candidate John Tory, Rob won back his seat handily; however, Rob's tumour had since developed into full-blown cancer, and he spent much of his term as Councillor in the hospital, dying on March 16, 2016. He was succeeded as Councillor by his nephew Michael.

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Has recently been known for its former [[DrugsAreBad crack-smoking]], buffoonish mayor: Rob Ford. After emphatically denying having ever used drugs, Ford [[ByNoIMeanYes admitted to trying it]] during one of his "[[AlcoholInducedIdiocy drunken stupors]]". [[ImplausibleDeniability He then continued to deny that he is an alcoholic, or a drug addict.]] Although he became an international embarrassment, [[OffOnATechnicality provincial laws do not allow city council to remove him from office unless sent to jail for at least 90 days]] [[note]]Obviously, the drafters of that law anticipated that any elected official doing half of Ford's idiocies would have had the social grace to resign in shame, but Ford practically built his power base on brazen, bullying shamelessness[[/note]]; they did however, manage to strip him of most of his powers. In spite of having been reduced to a mayor in name only, he planned on running for re-election, before a tumour in his abdomen sidelined him. He switched with his brother Doug, who was running as incumbent for Rob's former position as Councillor of Etobicoke. While his brother lost the mayoral race to the (comparatively) moderate candidate John Tory, Rob won back his seat handily; however, Rob's tumour had since developed into full-blown cancer, and he spent much of his term as Councillor in the hospital, dying on March 16, 2016. He was succeeded as Councillor by his nephew Michael.
Michael. (Doug was elected head of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party in 2018.)
1st Apr '18 1:18:59 PM KYCubbie
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* Honest Ed's: Closed as of January 2017, the most famous discount store in the city, founded by the late Ed Mirvish, was marked by a massive, garish flashing light sign display, and a bunch of amazingly IncrediblyLamePun signs. In spite of this, Ed was renowned as a patron of the arts such as helping established artist facilities in the neighbourhood of his store, and for his well-known turkey giveaways to the poor of the city before Thanksgiving [[note]]which, in Canada, falls in October (on the same date as the US holiday of Columbus Day) instead of November as in the States[[/note]] and Christmas. Furthermore, he was most famous across the country for being a theatre impresario, and is credited with revitalizing Toronto's theatre scene, starting in the '60s when he bought the Royal Alexandria Theatre and opened restaurants in the area to create a theatre district. He then built the Princess of Wales Theatre in 1993. He and his son operated Mirvish Productions, which put on the biggest stage productions in the country such as ''Theatre/MammaMia'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Following the sale of the land to a condo developer by Ed Mirvish's son, it ended the store's run after 68 years.

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* Honest Ed's: Closed as of January 2017, the most famous discount store in the city, founded by the late Ed Mirvish, was marked by a massive, garish flashing light sign display, and a bunch of amazingly IncrediblyLamePun signs. In spite of this, Ed was renowned as a patron of the arts such as helping established artist facilities in the neighbourhood of his store, and for his well-known turkey giveaways to the poor of the city before Thanksgiving [[note]]which, Thanksgiving[[note]]which, in Canada, falls in October (on the same date as the US holiday of Columbus Day) instead of November as in the States[[/note]] and Christmas. Furthermore, he was most famous across the country for being a theatre impresario, and is credited with revitalizing Toronto's theatre scene, starting in the '60s when he bought the Royal Alexandria Theatre and opened restaurants in the area to create a theatre district. He then built the Princess of Wales Theatre in 1993. He and his son operated Mirvish Productions, which put on the biggest stage productions in the country such as ''Theatre/MammaMia'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Following the sale of the land to a condo developer by Ed Mirvish's son, it ended the store's run after 68 years.
1st Apr '18 1:18:17 PM KYCubbie
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[SceneryPorn Downtown Toronto]] (with CN tower and [[strike:Sky Dome]] Sky Dome.. er, ''[[InsistentTerminology Rogers Centre]]'')]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[SceneryPorn Downtown Toronto]] (with CN tower and [[strike:Sky Dome]] Sky Dome..[=SkyDome=].. er, ''[[InsistentTerminology Rogers Centre]]'')]]



Not all of Toronto's suburbs are part of the mega-city; cities like Vaughan (pronounced ''Vaun''), Richmond Hill, Markham, Mississauga, and Brampton are sizable cities in their own right. The whole giant monster is known as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA for short [[note]]Recently (2013), the term GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) is becoming more common, a larger and more populous area that also includes the nearby city of Hamilton. The fact that "GTHA" doesn't share its name with [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto a video game series about urban crime]] likely also had something to do with the shift.[[/note]]). In general the core is known as the 416 area and the surrounding GTA as the 905 (these being the original phone area codes in the two segments - more have been added as both regions ran out of phone numbers). The term "Golden Horseshoe" is also used for a larger area surrounding Toronto, containing the GTA and nearby towns and cities wrapped around the north-western shore of Lake Ontario. Particularly expansive definitions of the Golden Horseshoe include most of Southern Ontario as well as [[PerpetualPoverty Buffalo]], New York. The question about which cities or suburbs are part of Toronto or not has led to some confusion and general mockery among Canadians. The consensus has become the farther away one is from Toronto, the larger the city becomes. For example, while in southern Ontario, a citizen of Mississauga is ''not'' from Toronto and will be insulted if you declare them as such. However that same Mississaugan will claim to be from Toronto while traveling overseas (or more than two provinces away) just to avoid the insane annoyance of having to explain in detail that they don't actually live in the city, but rather in another contiguous city.[[note]]A similar thing is done by Michiganders residing in the southeastern portion of the Lower Peninsula, only substituting "Detroit" for "Toronto".[[/note]] And, as mentioned, if you happen to live ''in'' the amalgamated megacity, some of your neighbors may well be [[SeriousBusiness willing to fight you to the death]] over whether you're both residents of Toronto or not.

In TheSeventies, just as the rest of the Great Lakes region was beginning its long, slow decline, the city received a huge boost from the provincial government... of [[{{UsefulNotes/Quebec}} Québec]], whose newly passed language laws and talk of separatism led to a flood of formerly [[{{UsefulNotes/Montreal}} Montréal]]-based Anglophones and businesses leaving for Toronto. This was further increased in the latter half of the decade by changes to the Immigration Act, which led to a rise in immigration that continued well into TheEighties and TheNineties. It was during this period that Toronto overtook Montréal as both Canada's most populous city and its financial capital. Much of the architecture that defines the city to this day, notably the CN Tower and the [=SkyDome=], was constructed around this time.

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Not all of Toronto's suburbs are part of the mega-city; cities like Vaughan (pronounced ''Vaun''), Richmond Hill, Markham, Mississauga, and Brampton are sizable cities in their own right. The whole giant monster is known as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA for short [[note]]Recently (2013), the term GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) is becoming more common, a larger and more populous area that also includes the nearby city of Hamilton. The fact that "GTHA" doesn't share its name with [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto a video game series about urban crime]] likely also had something to do with the shift.[[/note]]). In general the core is known as the 416 area and the surrounding GTA as the 905 (these being the original phone area codes in the two segments - more have been added as both regions ran out of phone numbers). The term "Golden Horseshoe" is also used for a larger area surrounding Toronto, containing the GTA and nearby towns and cities wrapped around the north-western shore of Lake Ontario. Particularly expansive definitions of the Golden Horseshoe include most of Southern Ontario as well as [[PerpetualPoverty Buffalo]], New York. The question about which cities or suburbs are part of Toronto or not has led to some confusion and general mockery among Canadians. The consensus has become the farther away one is from Toronto, the larger the city becomes. For example, while in southern Ontario, a citizen of Mississauga is ''not'' from Toronto and will be insulted if you declare them as such. However that same Mississaugan will claim to be from Toronto while traveling overseas (or more than two provinces away) just to avoid the insane annoyance of having to explain in detail that they don't actually live in the city, but rather in another contiguous city.[[note]]A similar thing is done by Michiganders residing in the southeastern portion of the Lower Peninsula, only substituting "Detroit" for "Toronto".[[/note]] And, as mentioned, if you happen to live ''in'' the amalgamated megacity, some of your neighbors neighbours may well be [[SeriousBusiness willing to fight you to the death]] over whether you're both residents of Toronto or not.

In TheSeventies, just as the rest of the Great Lakes region was beginning its long, slow decline, the city received a huge boost from the provincial government... of [[{{UsefulNotes/Quebec}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Quebec}} Québec]], whose newly passed language laws and talk of separatism led to a flood of formerly [[{{UsefulNotes/Montreal}} Montréal]]-based Anglophones and businesses leaving for Toronto. This was further increased in the latter half of the decade by changes to the Immigration Act, which led to a rise in immigration that continued well into TheEighties and TheNineties. It was during this period that Toronto overtook Montréal as both Canada's most populous city and its financial capital. Much of the architecture that defines the city to this day, notably the CN Tower and the [=SkyDome=], was constructed around this time.



The snow thing is a bit of a sore point. Back in 1999, a particularly huge snowfall had Mayor Mel Lastman so worried, he called in the [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks army]] to help to clear it away. [[NeverLiveItDown This became a goldmine of mirth]] for other places in Canada like Montreal, which gets an average of almost twice as much snow as Toronto does and gets ice storms as well[[note]]The concern was at least partially justified as, while Toronto is used to snowfall in general, there's really nowhere to ''put'' all that snow: snowplows would cover the sidewalks, and sidewalk cleaners would push it back onto the roads. The eventual solution was to just dump it all in Lake Ontario[[/note]].

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The snow thing is a bit of a sore point. Back in 1999, a particularly huge snowfall had Mayor Mel Lastman so worried, he called in the [[UsefulNotes/CanucksWithChinooks army]] to help to clear it away. [[NeverLiveItDown This became a goldmine of mirth]] for other places in Canada like Montreal, which gets an average of almost twice as much snow as Toronto does and gets ice storms as well[[note]]The well.[[note]]The concern was at least partially justified as, while Toronto is used to snowfall in general, there's really nowhere to ''put'' all that snow: snowplows would cover the sidewalks, and sidewalk cleaners would push it back onto the roads. The eventual solution was to just dump it all in Lake Ontario[[/note]].
Ontario.[[/note]]
20th Mar '18 10:18:53 PM KYCubbie
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One feature little-known by outsiders but central to Toronto's identity is its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_ravine_system ravine system]]. The city is transected by several major groups of deep ravines running from hills to the city's north down to Lake Ontario. In fact, one prominent architect has described Toronto as being "UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco turned upside down," seeing the ravines as an inverted version of San Francisco's famous hills. The ravines also figure heavily in the works of Toronto's most prominent authors. While the largest of the ravines, the Don Valley, was heavily industrialized, most of the rest remain in something close to their natural state, making them extremely popular among hikers and cyclists, despite some crime concerns. With most of the industries now gone, efforts are being made to restore the Don to a more natural state.



* Air Canada Centre - The hockey arena for the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team so lucrative they haven't won UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup since 1967 and they still always earn the most ''by far'' of any team in the UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague. The franchise is worth nearly double the next most valuable...every game is a sell-out and the waiting list for season tickets is tens of thousands long. Also home to the UserfulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation's Toronto Raptors, which have become more popular due to recent successes.

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* Air Canada Centre (to be renamed Scotiabank Arena on July 1, 2018) - The hockey arena for the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team so lucrative that even though they haven't won UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup since 1967 and 1967, they still always earn the most ''by far'' of any team in the UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague. The franchise is worth nearly double the next most valuable... every game is a sell-out sellout and the waiting list for season tickets is tens of thousands long. Also home to the UserfulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation's Toronto Raptors, which have become more popular due to recent successes.



* The University of Toronto - tends to get used as a stand-in for {{Oxbridge}} or Ivy League colleges in movies (especially the St-George campus downtown, which combines modern architecture (or occasionally [[{{Zeerust}} futuristic]]) with old, ivy-covered buildings). Of particular note is the sinister-looking Robarts Library. [[note]] Well, sinister until you realize it looks like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Robartslibrary.jpg a giant concrete turkey from the front]]. The neo-gothic Knox College building is probably the building that gets the most screen time, featured in countless movies and TV shows, since it can stand in as anything from a regular building to a castle.

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* The University of Toronto - tends to get used as a stand-in for {{Oxbridge}} or Ivy League UsefulNotes/IvyLeague colleges in movies (especially the St-George campus downtown, which combines modern architecture (or occasionally [[{{Zeerust}} futuristic]]) with old, ivy-covered buildings). Of particular note is the sinister-looking Robarts Library. [[note]] Well, sinister until you realize it looks like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Robartslibrary.jpg a giant concrete turkey from the front]]. The neo-gothic Knox College building is probably the building that gets the most screen time, featured in countless movies and TV shows, since it can stand in as anything from a regular building to a castle.
20th Mar '18 7:12:59 PM danlansdowne
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* Yonge[[labelnote:*]]Pronounced "Young"[[/labelnote]] Street: The major street in downtown Toronto, formerly host to the historic Sam the Record Man store (which closed recently, the trademark neon record signs have been removed for refurbishing and will return attached to a Ryerson university student centre). It runs North-South, and all thoroughfares crossing it are bisected into "West" and "East". It was formerly recognised by Guinness as the longest street in the world, but it was an error due to conflation with the rest of Ontario Highway 11.

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* Yonge[[labelnote:*]]Pronounced "Young"[[/labelnote]] Street: The major street in downtown Toronto, formerly host to the historic Sam the Record Man store (which closed recently, recently; the trademark neon record signs have been removed for refurbishing were refurbished and will return attached to a Ryerson university student centre).installed at the top of an office building overlooking Yonge-Dundas Square). It runs North-South, and all thoroughfares crossing it are bisected into "West" and "East". It was formerly recognised by Guinness as the longest street in the world, but it was an error due to conflation with the rest of Ontario Highway 11.



* Honest Ed's: Closed as of January 2017, the most famous discount store in the city, founded by the late Ed Mirvish, was marked by a massive, garish flashing light sign display, and a bunch of amazingly IncrediblyLamePun signs. In spite of this, Ed was renowned as a patron of the arts such as helping established artist facilities in the neighbourhood of his store, and for his well-known turkey giveaways to the poor of the city before Thanksgiving [[note]]which, in Canada, falls in October (on the same date as the US holiday of Columbus Day) instead of November as in the States[[/note]] and Christmas. Furthermore, he was most famous across the country for being a theatre impresario, and is credited with revitalizing Toronto's theatre scene, starting in the '60s when he bought the Royal Alexandria Theatre and opened restaurants in the area to create a theatre district, and then building the Princess of Wales Theatre in 1993. He and his son operated Mirvish Productions, which put on the biggest stage productions in the country such as ''Theatre/MammaMia'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Following the sale of the land to a condo developer by Ed Mirvish's son, it ended the store's run after 68 years.
* The ironically (though not inaccurately) named Church Street, one of the most famous {{gayborhood}}s in North America. The street name actually comes from three major church buildings all located on or just off the thoroughfare, all dating back to the 19th century and all beautiful examples of neo-Gothic style; in order going northwards, these are St. James' Anglican Cathedral, the Metropolitan United Church, and St. Michael's Catholic Cathedral. The section of Church Street most historically known as the "gayborhood" is actually several blocks further north, centered around the intersection of Church and Wellesley Street East. (Outside of Church Street, downtown Toronto has a good deal many churches, such that it used to be called a "City of Churches".)

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* Honest Ed's: Closed as of January 2017, the most famous discount store in the city, founded by the late Ed Mirvish, was marked by a massive, garish flashing light sign display, and a bunch of amazingly IncrediblyLamePun signs. In spite of this, Ed was renowned as a patron of the arts such as helping established artist facilities in the neighbourhood of his store, and for his well-known turkey giveaways to the poor of the city before Thanksgiving [[note]]which, in Canada, falls in October (on the same date as the US holiday of Columbus Day) instead of November as in the States[[/note]] and Christmas. Furthermore, he was most famous across the country for being a theatre impresario, and is credited with revitalizing Toronto's theatre scene, starting in the '60s when he bought the Royal Alexandria Theatre and opened restaurants in the area to create a theatre district, and district. He then building built the Princess of Wales Theatre in 1993. He and his son operated Mirvish Productions, which put on the biggest stage productions in the country such as ''Theatre/MammaMia'' and ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Following the sale of the land to a condo developer by Ed Mirvish's son, it ended the store's run after 68 years.
* The ironically (though not inaccurately) named Church Street, one of the most famous {{gayborhood}}s in North America. The street name actually comes from three major church buildings all located on or just off the thoroughfare, all dating back to the 19th century and all beautiful examples of neo-Gothic style; in order going northwards, these are St. James' Anglican Cathedral, the Metropolitan United Church, and St. Michael's Catholic Cathedral. The section of Church Street most historically known as the "gayborhood" is actually several blocks further north, centered around the intersection of Church and Wellesley Street East. (Outside of Church Street, downtown Toronto has a good deal many churches, such that it used to be called a "City of Churches".Churches" or the "Methodist Rome".)



* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'', set in 1890 Toronto.

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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'', set in 1890 Toronto.the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.
20th Mar '18 7:06:42 PM danlansdowne
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** Appeared as a "futuristic" building on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', just a few years after its construction.

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** Appeared Commonly but erroneously believed to have appeared as a "futuristic" building on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', just a few years after its construction.construction. It did, however, appear in a ''TOS'' comic published in 1969, which likely led to the confusion.
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One can easily detect outsiders in Toronto by hearing them pronounce it "Tow-Rawn-Tow". City natives, or those from closely neighbouring regions who talk with city natives constantly, typically drop the last T, and sometimes the first O, so it's "Toronno", "T'ronno", or even "Ch'ronna" (with the first consonant being the "ch" in "chair") [[note]]This fact trips up quite a few actors portraying Canadians, e.g. in ''Film/TheProposal'', where Creator/SandraBullock's character is supposed to be a native Torontonian but immediately spoils the fact by pronouncing the city name as it is spelled[[/note]]. Nicknames include T.O. (an acronym of '''''T'''oronto, '''O'''ntario''), the T-dot (a shortening of the former), Hogtown (for its large meatpacking industry in the 19th century, which was based on pork products) or The Big Smoke (from its history as Canada's industrial powerhouse), and "Toronto the Good" (a not-entirely-complimentary nickname referring to the goody-two-shoes Methodists and other Protestants who made the city a center for uptight Victorian morality). "The 6" has also become a popular nickname for the city, largely popularized (although not created) by Toronto hip hop artist Music/{{Drake}}. It's a reference to either the city's two area codes (647 and 416) or to the 6 cities that were amalgamated into the present day Toronto (see below), although there is no consensus on which one is accurate. Peter Ustinov famously described it as "New York run by the Swiss", though the appellation isn't quite as accurate as it once was.

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One can easily detect outsiders in Toronto by hearing them pronounce it "Tow-Rawn-Tow". City natives, or those from closely neighbouring regions who talk with city natives constantly, typically drop the last T, and sometimes the first O, so it's "Toronno", "T'ronno", or even "Ch'ronna" (with the first consonant being the "ch" in "chair") [[note]]This fact trips up quite a few actors portraying Canadians, e.g. in ''Film/TheProposal'', where Creator/SandraBullock's character is supposed to be a native Torontonian but immediately spoils the fact by pronouncing the city name as it is spelled[[/note]]. Nicknames include T.O. (an acronym of '''''T'''oronto, '''O'''ntario''), the T-dot (a shortening of the former), Hogtown (for its large meatpacking industry in the 19th century, which was based on pork products) or The Big Smoke (from its history as Canada's industrial powerhouse), and "Toronto the Good" (a not-entirely-complimentary nickname referring to the goody-two-shoes Methodists and other Protestants who made the city a center for uptight Victorian morality). "The 6" has also become a popular nickname for the city, largely popularized (although not created) by Toronto hip hop artist Music/{{Drake}}. It's a reference to either the city's two area codes (647 and 416) or to the 6 cities that were amalgamated into the present day Toronto (see below), although there is no consensus on which one is accurate. Peter Ustinov famously described it as "New York run by the Swiss", though the appellation isn't quite as accurate as it once was.
was. "The 6" (sometimes spelled as "The Six" or "The 6ix") has also become a popular nickname for the city, largely popularized (although not created) by Toronto hip hop artist Music/{{Drake}}. After some confusion of the exact meaning of the nickname, [[http://torontosun.com/2016/05/13/drake-finally-explains-the-six/wcm/14bd7267-22e9-40b8-91db-54372acb32fa clarified the nickname's meaning]] in an interview Series/TheTonightShow: it's a reference to both the city's original telephone area code (416) and to the 6 cities that were amalgamated into the present day City of Toronto (see below).
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Toronto is an exceptionally multicultural city: 47% of its population consists of "visible minorities"; soon, "white" will be a "visible minority" by census, and already is within North York, the largest, second most populous, and most multicultural zone in the megacity. Furthermore, Toronto's multiculturalism is exceptionally non-nominal, as the city has the highest proportion of recent immigrants of any of the world's major cities; Toronto is thus thought of as quite immigrant friendly and harbours many distinct cultural communities from diverse regions of the globe[[note]]and to any Americans or Europeans who may wonder why "multicultural" comes up so much in discussions of Toronto, remember that in Canada this is ''always'' considered a selling point[[/note]]. As such, the city is known for all sorts of cultural festivals such as the Caribbean Carnival (Caribbean music and cultural festival; formerly called Caribana) and A Taste of the Danforth (Greek food street festival). Toronto hosts the world's largest Gay Pride Parade (the last of three parades, after the Trans March and Dyke March) which closes off a week-long annual celebration known as Toronto Pride Week that is widely attended by both locals and tourists. The city hosted World Pride 2014, the first non-European city to do so, which included human rights conferences with delegates from countries around the world. The annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a high profile event, considered second only to Cannes, that has become a site for major film premieres (including ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'', ''Film/{{Argo}}'', and ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'').

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Toronto is an exceptionally multicultural city: 47% of its population consists of "visible minorities"; soon, "white" will be a "visible minority" by census, and already is within North York, the largest, second most populous, and most multicultural zone in the megacity. Furthermore, Toronto's multiculturalism is exceptionally non-nominal, as the city has the highest proportion of recent immigrants of any of the world's major cities; Toronto is thus thought of as quite immigrant friendly and harbours many distinct cultural communities from diverse regions of the globe[[note]]and to any Americans or Europeans who may wonder why "multicultural" comes up so much in discussions of Toronto, remember that in Canada this is ''always'' considered a selling point[[/note]]. As such, the city is known for all sorts of cultural festivals such as the Caribbean Carnival (Caribbean music and cultural festival; formerly called Caribana) and A Taste of the Danforth (Greek food street festival). Toronto hosts the world's largest Gay Pride Parade (the last of three parades, after the Trans March and Dyke March) which closes off a week-long month-long (formerly only a week long) annual celebration known as Toronto Pride Week Month that is widely attended by both locals and tourists. The city hosted World Pride 2014, the first non-European city to do so, which included human rights conferences with delegates from countries around the world. The annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a high profile event, considered second only to Cannes, that has become a site for major film premieres (including ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'', ''Film/{{Argo}}'', and ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'').
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** Used as a broadcast tower for the Toronto affiliates of all major Canadian networks (including Creator/{{CBC}}, Creator/{{CTV}}, {{Creator/Global}}, [[Creator/Citytv City]]) and the provincial public television service [=TVOntario=]. You have its regionally-unrivaled height to thank if your antenna in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Rochester]], Buffalo, or UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} picks up these channels.

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** Used as a broadcast tower for the Toronto affiliates of all major Canadian networks (including Creator/{{CBC}}, Creator/{{CTV}}, {{Creator/Global}}, [[Creator/Citytv and [[Creator/{{Citytv}} City]]) and the main station in the provincial public television service [=TVOntario=]. You have its regionally-unrivaled height to thank if your antenna in [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState Rochester]], Buffalo, or UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} picks up these channels.
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