History UsefulNotes / Toronto

18th Sep '17 2:17:43 PM PiquantCrab
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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'ronno" (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'ronno" "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.
26th Jul '17 4:49:04 PM karstovich2
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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. 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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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.
25th Jul '17 6:58:03 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/IllFindAWay''
19th Jun '17 2:35:03 PM shooterboss
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* 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 Robarts Library, a sinister looking [[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 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, a sinister looking Library. [[note]] well, 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.
11th Jun '17 6:01:55 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Blown up in episode 19 of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. [[note]]The corresponding episode of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' doesn't specify which city in the "Ontario Autonomous Region" was destroyed.[[/note]]

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* Blown up in episode 19 of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. [[note]]The [[labelnote:*]]The corresponding episode of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' doesn't specify which city in the "Ontario Autonomous Region" was destroyed.[[/note]][[/labelnote]]



* [[ThrowawayCountry Nuked in the intro]] of ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''[[note]]It's never said directly, but the silhouettes of the CN Tower and Rogers Centre in the skyline of the city being nuked make it clear which city it is.[[/note]].

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* [[ThrowawayCountry Nuked in the intro]] of ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''[[note]]It's ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''[[labelnote:*]][[RunningGag Again]], it's never said stated directly, but the silhouettes of the CN Tower and Rogers Centre in the skyline of the city being nuked make it clear which city it is.[[/note]].[[/labelnote]].
11th Jun '17 6:00:06 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Yonge Street[[note]]Pronounced "Young"[[/note]]: 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 Street[[note]]Pronounced "Young"[[/note]]: 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.
11th Jun '17 5:57:54 PM Odacon_Spy
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* [[ThrowawayCountry Nuked in the intro]] of ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''[[note]]It's never said directly, but the silhouettes of CN Tower and Rogers Centre in the skyline being nuked make it clear which city it is.[[/note]].

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* [[ThrowawayCountry Nuked in the intro]] of ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''[[note]]It's never said directly, but the silhouettes of the CN Tower and Rogers Centre in the skyline of the city being nuked make it clear which city it is.[[/note]].
11th Jun '17 5:56:03 PM Odacon_Spy
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* [[ThrowawayCountry Nuked in the intro]] of ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''[[note]]It's never said directly, but the silhouettes of CN Tower and [=SkyDome=] in the skyline being nuked make it clear which city it is.[[/note]].

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* [[ThrowawayCountry Nuked in the intro]] of ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''[[note]]It's never said directly, but the silhouettes of CN Tower and [=SkyDome=] Rogers Centre in the skyline being nuked make it clear which city it is.[[/note]].
11th Jun '17 5:46:38 PM Madrugada
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*** And, before that, appeared as a "futuristic" building on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', just a few years after its construction.

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*** And, before that, appeared ** Appeared as a "futuristic" building on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', just a few years after its construction.



*** As a Torontonian, one of the joys of watching that movie is [[spoiler: seeing City Hall blow up.]]



* 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.
* Rogers Centre (originally called [=SkyDome=]; most locals still refer to it as such) - home to UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball's Toronto Blue Jays, and before 2016 home to the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague's Toronto Argonauts. Also the first stadium to have a fully functional retractable roof.[[note]]The first modern sports venue with a retractable roof was Pittsburgh's Civic Arena, which opened in 1961óbut it was originally built as a ''music'' venue for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; although the NHL's Penguins eventually moved in, they never fully opened the roof. Montreal's Olympic Stadium had a retractable roof before [=SkyDome/=]Rogers Centre was built, but it was plagued with problems, and was replaced with a fixed roof.[[/note]] Also has a hotel built right into it--[[{{NakedFirstImpression}} remember to close your blinds if you stay there.]]
** If you want a room facing the stadium, you have to sign a form stating that you won't do anything lewd in front of the cameras.
* Exhibition Place, a large combination fairground and parkland. Site of many trade shows, conferences, and fairs - most famously the Canadian National Exhibition ("The Ex").
** Also the location of BMO Field, home of the UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer team Toronto FC and since 2016 also home to the aforementioned Argonauts.
* Casa Loma, a late-medieval style castle built by an eccentric millionaire more or less in the middle of the city[[note]]The story is that his wife said she wanted to live in a castle, and he really liked living in Toronto[[/note]]. While it was originally an actual place of residence, the castle is now (by order of the owner's will) a public museum, complete with tours of the ''many'' rooms. And yes, it has secret passages. It was used for the interior of the Xavier School in the first Film/XMen1 movie.[[note]]Exterior shots of the school were done at Parkwood Estate, a mansion in the nearby city of Oshawa.[[/note]]

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* 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.
**
long. Also home to the UserfulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation's Toronto Raptors, which have become more popular due to recent successes.
* Rogers Centre (originally called [=SkyDome=]; most locals still refer to it as such) - home to UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball's Toronto Blue Jays, and before 2016 home to the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague's Toronto Argonauts. Also the first stadium to have a fully functional ''fully functional'' retractable roof.[[note]]The first modern sports venue with a retractable roof was Pittsburgh's Civic Arena, which opened in 1961óbut it was originally built as a ''music'' venue for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; although the NHL's Penguins eventually moved in, they never fully opened the roof. Montreal's Olympic Stadium had a retractable roof before [=SkyDome/=]Rogers Centre was built, but it was plagued with problems, and was replaced with a fixed roof.[[/note]] Also has a hotel built right into it--[[{{NakedFirstImpression}} remember to close your blinds if you stay there. If you want a room facing the stadium, you have to sign a form stating that you won't do anything lewd in front of the cameras.]]
** If you want a room facing the stadium, you have to sign a form stating that you won't do anything lewd in front of the cameras.
* Exhibition Place, a large combination fairground and parkland. Site of many trade shows, conferences, and fairs - most famously the Canadian National Exhibition ("The Ex").
**
Ex"). Also the location of BMO Field, home of the UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer team Toronto FC and since 2016 also home to the aforementioned Argonauts.
* Casa Loma, a late-medieval style castle built by an eccentric millionaire more or less in the middle of the city[[note]]The story is that his wife said she wanted to live in a castle, and he really liked living in Toronto[[/note]]. While it was originally an actual place of residence, the castle is now (by order of the owner's will) a public museum, complete with tours of the ''many'' rooms. And yes, it has secret passages.
**
It was used for the interior of the Xavier School in the first Film/XMen1 movie.[[note]]Exterior shots of the school were done at Parkwood Estate, a mansion in the nearby city of Oshawa.[[/note]]



* The Royal Ontario Museum ("The ROM"), a more traditional museum which recently was given an overhaul with the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, an [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} architectural monstrosity]] which sticks out over the sidewalk and is decried by a large population of museumgoers and city residents.
** It was designed by Daniel Libeskind, [[SignatureStyle which should say something]].

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* The Royal Ontario Museum ("The ROM"), a more traditional museum which recently was given an overhaul with the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, an [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} architectural monstrosity]] which sticks out over the sidewalk and is decried by a large population of museumgoers museum-goers and city residents.
** It was designed by Daniel Libeskind, [[SignatureStyle which should say something]].
residents.



* 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 Robarts Library, a sinister looking [[note]] well, sinister until you realize it looks like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Robartslibrary.jpg a giant concrete turkey from the front]] [[/note]] structure that looks like it was made by the level designers from ''{{VideoGame/Doom}}''. 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 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 Robarts Library, a sinister looking [[note]] well, sinister until you realize it looks like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Robartslibrary.jpg a giant concrete turkey from the front]] [[/note]] structure that looks like it was made by the level designers from ''{{VideoGame/Doom}}''.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.



* Yonge Street[[note]]Pronounced "Young"[[/note]]: 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), and the surprisingly-visible-in-the-Film/{{Hulk}}-Movie Zanzibar strip club, one of the biggest and brightest strip club signs you'll ever see. 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 Street[[note]]Pronounced "Young"[[/note]]: 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), and the surprisingly-visible-in-the-Film/{{Hulk}}-Movie Zanzibar strip club, one of the biggest and brightest strip club signs you'll ever see. centre). It runs North-South, and all thoroughfares crossing it are bisected into "West" and "East".
**
"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 11.11.
** Yonge Street is the location of the surprisingly-visible-in-the-Film/{{Hulk}}-Movie Zanzibar strip club, one of the biggest and brightest strip club signs you'll ever see.



* 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".
** It's slightly less ironic when you consider that the United and Anglican churches are the most LGBT-affirming denominations in Canada; indeed, the United Church has welcomed gay clergy since the early 1990s.

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* The ironically (though not inaccurately) named Church Street, one of the most famous {{gayborhood}}s in North America.
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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
East. (Outside of Church Street, downtown Toronto has a good deal many churches, such that it used to be called a "City of Churches".
** It's slightly less ironic when you consider that the United and Anglican churches are the most LGBT-affirming denominations in Canada; indeed, the United Church has welcomed gay clergy since the early 1990s.
Churches".)
3rd Apr '17 10:27:07 PM danlansdowne
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* The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), which has just completed an overhaul of its own with a new design by Frank Gehry, and is one of the largest art museums in North America

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* The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), which has just completed an overhaul of its own with a new design by Frank Gehry, Gehry (which was much better received than the ROM's), and is one of the largest art museums in North America


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** It's slightly less ironic when you consider that the United and Anglican churches are the most LGBT-affirming denominations in Canada; indeed, the United Church has welcomed gay clergy since the early 1990s.
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