Our City: Toronto
There's no place like home!
Canada's financial capital and its suburbs comprising the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are home to 1 out of every 7 people in all of Canada. The entire population of Sweden could fit into the Greater Toronto Area. So could all of Scotland.
Toronto's universities, art galleries and museums attract visitors throughout the year. You can enjoy big budget musicals along King Street, literary readings at Harbourfront, fringe theatre in the Annex, and Shakespeare outdoors in High Park.
The Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Auto Show, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and Canadian National Exposition (CNE) are major annual events. But in terms of single-day attendance, nothing tops the two Toronto parades that are the biggest in all of Canada: Caribana in August, and Gay and Lesbian Pride in June/July. They attract about a million people each, and each pumps $50 million into the local economy.
Downtown Toronto is home to musical and theatrical groups such as Tafelmusik, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir, Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet and the globally acclaimed Buddies In Bad Times Theatre.
Professional teams like hockey's Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), basketball's Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Argonauts (CFL), lacrosse champions Toronto Rock (NLL), soccer's Toronto FC (MLS) and two-time World Series baseball champions Toronto Blue Jays (AL) call downtown Toronto home.
Take in Toronto's overheated live band scene, where you can hear music from every genre and every continent every night of the week. Toronto is home to performers like Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, the rock group Rush, and Barenaked Ladies.