Every now and again, I take a long walk through Toronto that reminds me why I love this city. You should move here. Here are a few reasons why.
You don’t need to walk very far to find someone on a street corner, playing some music. Stand and watch for a few minutes, and you’ll observe scores of people dropping spare change into their cases as they pass. It’s just a shame that more people don’t actually stop for 15 minutes and really enjoy the music. There is so much talent in this city, it’s unreal.
Look at these two gentlemen at Bloor and Robert Street, in front of a Shopper’s Drug Mart. Edit: Swan Lake, right? Thanks for identifying that for me, Sophia. It’s been bugging me since I posted this, now six months ago.
I sat and watched them play for about an hour. One is self-taught on the harp with five or six years’ experience; The other has been playing the violin for over 50 years. Both are rad dudes, and it was a pleasure to meet them.
Walk a little further to Avenue Road to find this dance troop. Just look at that man. He’s having so much fun. Good on you, merry green-vested man.
At Bay and Bloor, a man plays the bag pipes. Relish that joy you feel within when you suddenly realize what you’re hearing: “We Will Rock You” by Queen. On the bag pipes. Best thing ever, in the history of things.
Sidewalk Book Sales
Countless tables with old books that nobody cares about anymore. But they should. You never know what you’re going to find.
Snakes and Lattes
We have Snakes and Lattes, an awesome cafe where you can go to play board games over coffee. Pay a $5 cover, and you get to stay as long as you like, playing as many games as you like. Food and drink are extra, but the place isn’t expensive.
There’s always something on a chalk board or pole with something interesting to read.
Other Cool Things
We have other cool things in Toronto.
- The CN Tower
- Excellent street meat
- An incredibly diverse array of restaurants
- Really, really smart raccoons
- A zoo
- Ann de Sequeira is here right now, and everybody loves her for ruining “Brown Eyed Girl”
Thanks to The UTSC Messenger for the picture of Snakes and Lattes. The one I took was total crap, so I just used my Google Fu, instead.9 people have commented. What do you think?