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When I was 23-years-old, I was diagnosed with dyslexia When I was 23-years-old, I was diagnosed with dyslexia
  • When I was 23-years-old, I was diagnosed with dyslexia

  • My name is Janielle McKoy. I’m 31-years-old. I’m a visual display artist, also motivational speaker and dyslexia advocate. When I was 23-years-old, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. It was something that I’d been living with the majority of all of my life but I was diagnosed at that age cause people felt that I was just l [...]
Everything Balances out! Everything Balances out!
  • Everything Balances out!

  • My name is Elvira. I’ve got two kids. I work full-time. I just recently started back at night school. So working full-time, having two kids and going to night school is really crazy but it’s interesting. Hopefully in January it will be worth it, I’ll start being a nurse’s aid and everything will be hopefully better [...]
He said: You don’t look too happy. And I said: I would like a divorce. He said: You don’t look too happy. And I said: I would like a divorce.
  • He said: You don’t look too happy. And I said: I would like a divorce.

  • Hi I’m Christopher and I guess I want to talk about my past marriage. It was one of those “love-at-first-sights” and it was actually at the workplace. He was outside smoking a cigarette and I walked up and I’m like “Hey, how are you doing?” That night I invited him out to a movie and he thought that it was just a casua [...]
It’s very different to China, I can meet different people. It’s very different to China, I can meet different people.
  • It’s very different to China, I can meet different people.

  • I come from China. My name is Yawen and I came here it’s almost a year and I graduated in university of Winnipeg, no, no high school of Winnipeg. And then I applied to go to OCAD University and I get an offer and everything is perfect, the only thing is my English is not good enough. I’m not enough so I started in the [...]
My mom had abandoned me in a plastic bag and threw me in the garbage and a nurse found me My mom had abandoned me in a plastic bag and threw me in the garbage and a nurse found me
  • My mom had abandoned me in a plastic bag and threw me in the garbage and a nurse found me

  • My name is Luu, or my first name is Claire but I also go by Luu and my story started in 1989. I was born in Scarborough General Hospital and my mom had abandoned me in a plastic bag and threw me in the garbage and a nurse found me. Her name was Nora so I was nicknamed “Baby Nora” and I was a huge news story all through [...]
We came down to movie wardrobe sale to get some fun ideas, inspiration and really awesome clothing. We came down to movie wardrobe sale to get some fun ideas, inspiration and really awesome clothing.
  • We came down to movie wardrobe sale to get some fun ideas, inspiration and really awesome clothing.

  • Hi I’m Marika & I’m Douglas, I run a company in Toronto called Kink Engineering, making latex clothing, we came down to movie wardrobe sale to get some fun ideas, inspiration and really awesome clothing. - I am a carpenter and I happen to love this crazy lady…  laughs… So I got some great clothing as well [...]
People should vote, the idea of the Harper government is terrifying to me People should vote, the idea of the Harper government is terrifying to me
  • People should vote, the idea of the Harper government is terrifying to me

  • My name is Marty. I’m a performer and a journalism student. I think one thing about me is I’m motivated for better or for worse by curiosity always. I want to see what’s around the corner; looking for things that people may miss. My Halloween outfit I bought at two different stores, it was cool how it matched up perfec [...]
It’s okay to feel a little scared... It’s okay to feel a little scared...
  • It’s okay to feel a little scared...

  • My name is Mike. I live in Toronto; I live in the Annex, Bathurst/College area. I’ve worked in kitchens for the past 10-15 years but I took this summer off. I’m still taking time off and I think everyone should try it and find other resourceful and creative ways to make income as opposed to just going with whatever f [...]
My mom kicked me out and I moved here when I was 20-years-old. My mom kicked me out and I moved here when I was 20-years-old.
  • My mom kicked me out and I moved here when I was 20-years-old.

  • My name is Faiza. I’m 24-years-old and I’m a singer/songwriter. My story is that I am a singer/songwriter from Toronto, originally from London, Ontario. How I got here was I was kicked out of my house for being a wild girl. My mom kicked me out and I moved here when I was 20-years-old. My first job that I h [...]
I was about to teach a lesson to a child and it’s been delayed and I’m here in the launderette I was about to teach a lesson to a child and it’s been delayed and I’m here in the launderette
  • I was about to teach a lesson to a child and it’s been delayed and I’m here in the launderette

  • My name’s Les. I’m originally born in London, UK. I’m a dual citizen: British and Canadian. I moved to Toronto at the end of October. I play violin professionally, I freelance and I teach. This evening I was about to teach a lesson to a child and it’s been delayed and I’m here in the launderette just doing [...]
I love dogs. I don’t know. I don’t know… That’s all. I love dogs. I don’t know. I don’t know… That’s all.
  • I love dogs. I don’t know. I don’t know… That’s all.

  • My name’s Jacqueline. It’s the long way so it’s J-A-C-Q-U-E-L-I-N-E, just in case. I’m a graphic designer. Um, what else? I love dogs. I don’t know. I don’t know… That’s all. You can just put graphic designer. -Is that all? -I don’t know what else to say. -Do you like Toronto? -I don’t love Toronto. I like it [...]
I met my future wife in Toronto I met my future wife in Toronto
  • I met my future wife in Toronto

  • Hi my name is Sharob and I am Torontonian. My parents both moved to Toronto as they were teenagers and they met in high school. My mom is from Iran and my dad is from Jamaica and no matter where I go or plan to go I always consider Toronto home. -Hi my name is Bashir. I was born in Iran. I was around 6-years-old as [...]
I’m always finding a way home to see friends and family. I’m always finding a way home to see friends and family.
  • I’m always finding a way home to see friends and family.

  • My name is Amir. I actually live in New York City but I grew up in Toronto, which still I consider to be home. It is truly one of the greatest cities in the world and one of the greatest gems for anybody to discover so it’s always nice to be home. In New York I do a lot of work in development all over the world and yet [...]
I’m essentially sandwiched between my two offices which is really cool but I never get a sense of privacy I’m essentially sandwiched between my two offices which is really cool but I never get a sense of privacy
  • I’m essentially sandwiched between my two offices which is really cool but I never get a sense of privacy

  • My name is Paulo. I live at 688 Richmond Street West. I moved into this really cool loft space 3½ years ago. I moved in, it was completely empty and I reached out to one of my friends who was an interior designer and it turns out she worked on this really cool show called Sarah Richardson and they came in and furnished [...]
I moved here to Toronto two years ago to pursue dance professionally I moved here to Toronto two years ago to pursue dance professionally
  • I moved here to Toronto two years ago to pursue dance professionally

  • Hi, my name is Joshua Cezar. I’m 20-years-old and I’m from London, Ontario. I moved here to Toronto two years ago to pursue dance professionally. On the side of dance I like to surround myself with other forms of art. I like to be a part of art galleries, exhibits, and so this weekend I’m helping out Just Go, dancing [...]
I was born and raised in Kensington Market. I started out as a flamenco dancer and branched into contemporary dance theatre. I was born and raised in Kensington Market. I started out as a flamenco dancer and branched into contemporary dance theatre.
I got my dog about two years ago. It completely changed my life I got my dog about two years ago. It completely changed my life
  • I got my dog about two years ago. It completely changed my life

  • My name’s Rich. I was born and raised in Toronto. I moved around a fair amount, I lived in Ottawa, and I currently work for Scotiabank. I got my dog about two years ago. It completely changed my life. He’s a rescue and seen some difficult times, stuff I couldn’t even imagine, and now pretty much all my time is spent [...]
We came here to celebrate Mother’s Day and to look at the cherry blossoms We came here to celebrate Mother’s Day and to look at the cherry blossoms
  • We came here to celebrate Mother’s Day and to look at the cherry blossoms

  • So my name is Charlene. I’ve been living in Toronto for over ten years. I moved here from Amsterdam to live with my mom because I just felt like we had a closer relationship than being with my dad in Amsterdam. I do kind of miss Amsterdam but that’s a different story. Right now what I’m doing is I’m a designe [...]
Can I get an Amen? Can I get an Amen?
  • Can I get an Amen?

  • My name is Julian Swift. I’m from Toronto, Ontario; born and raised downtown. I’ve been a musician and songwriter since I was 11-years-old. I produce music, I record music, I play shows, and I play in a band called the Cola Heads. I also help manage a bourbon bar in the west end of Toronto called The Redlig [...]
We’re trying to raise awareness of the persecution in China We’re trying to raise awareness of the persecution in China
  • We’re trying to raise awareness of the persecution in China

  • My name is Chen. I’m a Falun Gong practitioner from China and we’re doing a petition sign-up in Toronto on Bloor to raise awareness of the persecution in China. Falun Dafa is a Buddhist school on meditation first introduced in China in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi and it teaches people to follow the universal principle of [...]
I like Toronto from mid April to mid October! I like Toronto from mid April to mid October!
  • I like Toronto from mid April to mid October!

  • Hello, my name is Arash. I moved to Toronto back in 2006 from Tehran. It’s been a very interesting experience so far, meeting a lot of new friends, forming new family through them. I really like the city from mid April to mid October to be very precise. One reason I like it a lot is I can use my bike to bik [...]
I’m an usher at the Toronto Blue Jays and we’re here at the home opener. I’m an usher at the Toronto Blue Jays and we’re here at the home opener.
  • I’m an usher at the Toronto Blue Jays and we’re here at the home opener.

  • My name is Madison Chin. I’m an usher at the Toronto Blue Jays and we’re here at the home opener. I’m from Toronto, been here my entire life, 22 years now and I’ve worked for the Blue Jays for four years and it’s amazing. I absolutely love working here. Toronto is a great city. -Do you think you’re going to be happy [...]
I do think real estate is discussed more often than the weather in Toronto. I do think real estate is discussed more often than the weather in Toronto.
  • I do think real estate is discussed more often than the weather in Toronto.

  • My name is Andrea. My husband, son and I moved from Saskatchewan to Toronto five years ago. I was pregnant with my second child, a daughter, at the time. Coming from a smaller city we weren’t exactly sure what we were getting into and we didn’t know if the move would be permanent. Since then we’ve fallen in love with t [...]
I got involved in activism & social justice... I got involved in activism & social justice...
  • I got involved in activism & social justice...

  • My name’s Haley. I’m 20-years-old. I’ve been living in Toronto for three years. I moved here when I was 17. I started working at 12. My first job was at a suit store and I pretended I was 18 so that people would buy stuff from me so that I could get commission, which was great. It worked really well for the most part a [...]
I find Canada very beautiful, stable and safe. I find Canada very beautiful, stable and safe.
  • I find Canada very beautiful, stable and safe.

  • My name is Abdel Majeed Firjani, and I am originally from Libya. I immigrated to Canada late 2013 and I've been living here for a year and four months. I am a photojournalist. In university I studied Fine Arts, and although I specialized in cinematography I wanted to pursue photo journalism. I worked for the multin [...]
 The university TAs are on strike and we’ve been picketing for a week now  The university TAs are on strike and we’ve been picketing for a week now
  • The university TAs are on strike and we’ve been picketing for a week now

  • My name is Erin and this is my second year in Toronto. I moved here from BC but also sort of like back and forth between BC and Japan. So I came here to start PhD studies at the university. I don’t know if you’ve noticed my badge but at the time that I’m talking right now, at the university the TAs are on strike and we [...]
I love Toronto more than pretty much anywhere that I've visited in the world I love Toronto more than pretty much anywhere that I've visited in the world
  • I love Toronto more than pretty much anywhere that I've visited in the world

  • Hey I’m Geoff and I’m a Torontonian. I moved here into this fine loft on Adelaide which is a centre of culture and art in Toronto about 5 years ago. I’ve been producing video out of this loft for that whole time and have been really lucky to have been surrounded by amazing, talented musicians, photographers, artists [...]
I’ve been trying to find my narrative within the streets of Toronto I’ve been trying to find my narrative within the streets of Toronto
  • I’ve been trying to find my narrative within the streets of Toronto

  • Hi my name is Joanna Prescod and I am a program facilitator and costumer here in Toronto. I really believe that clothes are social objects and I plan on working in a culture institution where I’m able to illuminate the stories that lay hidden within textiles. I love Toronto, it’s definitely part of my narrative and [...]
I’m trying to get into photography one shot at a time I’m trying to get into photography one shot at a time
  • I’m trying to get into photography one shot at a time

  • I’m Luke. I moved to Toronto a couple years ago from Hamilton because I wanted to experience something different and that’s it. -I see you have a camera! -I do have a camera, yeah. I’m trying to get into photography one shot at a time. -What do you like taking pictures of? -I like taking pictures of peopl [...]
we’re very lucky to establish ourselves in Toronto we’re very lucky to establish ourselves in Toronto
  • we’re very lucky to establish ourselves in Toronto

  • Hi, my name’s Phyllis. I guess basically my story is that we’re from a Chinese-Cambodian family. So in Cambodia, we’re a Chinese minority and my family came here during the Khmer Rouge. My dad came here alone into Canada. I guess we’re very lucky to establish ourselves in Toronto and he’s lucky to have found a job [...]
I have had many different careers in the arts I have had many different careers in the arts
  • I have had many different careers in the arts

  • Hi my name is Jesse Ship. I’m a journalist in Toronto. I was born here but I grew up in Paris, France and then I came back here later as a teen and have spent most of my life here. I have had many different careers in the arts. When I was 21 I was scouted as a model and I worked in that industry for about 4 years serio [...]
I lived in Waterloo for 18 years and I was ready for the big city I lived in Waterloo for 18 years and I was ready for the big city
  • I lived in Waterloo for 18 years and I was ready for the big city

  • Hi, I’m Steacy. I’ve lived in the Toronto area for 4 years, bordering on five, but I’ve lived in Toronto downtown core only since the end of November. I came from Waterloo, Ontario but I went to U of T because I lived in Waterloo for 18 years and I was ready for the big city and every time I was in Toronto [...]
Toronto has such a great techno community and music lovers Toronto has such a great techno community and music lovers
  • Toronto has such a great techno community and music lovers

  • Hi there! My name is Flim. I’m Thai originally. I was born in Thailand and then I moved to Canada about 12 years ago. I found this girl Joanna and then moved here. Now I’m living in the south of France, in England for a year, but I came back to Toronto. It’s very nice and cold here and I’m glad to be here; smoke so [...]
There’s always lots to do, always something going on There’s always lots to do, always something going on
  • There’s always lots to do, always something going on

  • So I moved to the city when I was 18. I’ve been living here ever since; I haven’t left. I do quite a few things for fun. I’m a record collector. This city is great for that. There are so many shops that carry tough-to-get records, rarities; all the new releases are available so that’s helpful. It’s a gr [...]
Right now I’m having a show at Ryerson Right now I’m having a show at Ryerson
  • Right now I’m having a show at Ryerson

  • My name is Leila Zahiri and I’m from Toronto. I graduated in Fine Arts majoring in Photography and minoring in Drawing and Painting. I actually came to Toronto in August 2008 and I started going to OCAD after two years. One day I remember I was showing one of my artworks to a friend of mine and she said I have to go to [...]
Oh boy! I came over here in 1974 from Portugal Oh boy! I came over here in 1974 from Portugal
  • Oh boy! I came over here in 1974 from Portugal

  • -How do you want me to start? What do you want me to say? -I just want you to share a story with me. Maybe your life story. -I have lots of stories. I’m married. I love my wife. I have three boys and a good life. You know, it’s okay! -How long have you been living in Toronto?-In Toronto? Oh boy! I came o [...]
My parents came here at a younger age for a better life My parents came here at a younger age for a better life
  • My parents came here at a younger age for a better life

  • Hi my name is Katherine and I was born and raised here in Toronto. I am Canadian born Chinese. Toronto is a really great city. I love the multiculturalism here and the differences and that’s what makes Toronto stand out. I currently go to OCAD; I study Material Arts and Design and I’m into arts and the film industry. [...]
I’ve lived in Toronto for ten years now I’ve lived in Toronto for ten years now
  • I’ve lived in Toronto for ten years now

  • My name is Shane and I’ve lived in Toronto for ten years now. It’s a pretty cool place and lots of stuff to do. I basically have come from a smaller city and went to university here, and then I started working here and I freelanced, and I opened a business with some friends and then I did other things, and now I ta [...]
Toronto is what you make of it Toronto is what you make of it
  • Toronto is what you make of it

  • My name is Kelly. I’m a native Montrealer. I moved to Toronto in March. I was living in Alberta for five years. I had decided to quit my job in advertising sales and travel Europe by myself. I sold all my things so when I moved to Toronto I had no furniture. I live in Liberty Village and I love living there [...]
Just getting used to the city... the cold! Just getting used to the city... the cold!
  • Just getting used to the city... the cold!

  • Hi my name is Cody. I just moved to Toronto a few weeks ago. I drove down here from Vancouver and spent about a week driving through the States just trying to get my thoughts together and my ideas together for a new business I’m trying to start in Toronto. I’ve been here for a few weeks. So far I like it. I like the [...]
Toronto’s truly a world-class city Toronto’s truly a world-class city
  • Toronto’s truly a world-class city

  • My name is Marny Spidla. I was born in Torrance, California in 1988 and I moved back to Toronto with my parents in 1992. My parents were expatriate workers meaning I was an anchor child: dual citizenship at birth. So when I was 25, kinda feeling bored, kinda having a quarter-life crisis, I decided to give myself 2 mont [...]
Everybody thinks of Canada as their own country Everybody thinks of Canada as their own country
  • Everybody thinks of Canada as their own country

  • My name is Maryam. I came to Canada in 1995. I was a teacher back home but when I came to Canada I had to start all over again so I started to work. First, I went to Goodwill where they sell secondhand dresses and lots of stuff. I went there and I asked for a job and they told me: “Do you have experience? Canadian expe [...]
Toronto is like walking through the world Toronto is like walking through the world
  • Toronto is like walking through the world

  • Hi my name is Verona and I was born and raised in Toronto. In 2007, I moved to England to go to theatre school and then at the end of 2010 I picked up my stuff in Toronto and moved to Los Angeles where I’ve been living for four years and it’s great. I do love LA very much. It’s December 23rd and I’m in a tank top sitti [...]
I definitely feel like Toronto’s a second home to me I definitely feel like Toronto’s a second home to me
  • I definitely feel like Toronto’s a second home to me

  • Hi my name is Adam Rippon. I’m an international figure skater from the US. I currently live in Los Angeles but I spent two years living in Toronto training. I used to live in North York and I trained with Brian Orser, the famous Olympic Canadian skater. I always loved living in Canada and it’s something I look back [...]
Looking for the right place to settle in Looking for the right place to settle in
  • Looking for the right place to settle in

  • Hi my name is Aurore Plavis. I’m from the south of France, Marseille. I lived in Vancouver; Queenstown, New Zealand; Australia; UK, Liverpool, London, here and Toronto and I’m looking for the right place to settle in. -What do you think about Toronto so far?It’s really nice but I cannot settle here. I’m lo [...]
Today I'm proud, I'm taking my citizenship test Today I'm proud, I'm taking my citizenship test
  • Today I'm proud, I'm taking my citizenship test

  • Hi I’m Paula and I’m 29-years-old. I come from Mashan, Iran. Back in 1998 my family and I lived in Quebec City for 6 months and then my sister got homesick and my father didn’t feel like he belonged here so we moved back to Iran. I remember crying on the plane and 6 years ago I got a call from my sister who had been li [...]
In memory of Leanne Freeman In memory of Leanne Freeman
  • In memory of Leanne Freeman

Today was a nice reminder of all the time I spent here Today was a nice reminder of all the time I spent here
  • Today was a nice reminder of all the time I spent here

  • My name is Natasha Short. I’m here today to meet up with a friend to talk about career transition. I went to school in Toronto so today was a nice reminder of all the time I spent here when I went to Ryerson. I’m in school for holistic nutrition and I’m hoping to transfer into that. I live in Guelph right now. I really [...]
Jessie Jessie
  • Jessie

  • My name is Jessie. I’m from Toronto and my dream goal is to become an illustrator and I want to learn how to do advertisement, illustrations and stuff like that.
Christmas tree Christmas tree
  • Christmas tree

  • Hi I’m Peter. I’m from Toronto. I came here to buy a Christmas tree today with my son. I thought I was going to be here for about a half an hour picking out the best tree but about after about 3 minutes I lost patience with this. So I picked the only one I think would fit inside my living room, and a piece of advice wo [...]
I’ve met so many people that for sure it’s gonna be one of my best memories of my life. I’ve met so many people that for sure it’s gonna be one of my best memories of my life.
  • I’ve met so many people that for sure it’s gonna be one of my best memories of my life.

  • My name is Marion. I’m from a small town in France and I’ve been living in Toronto for 6 months now. I have only a 1-year visa so my main goal this year is to travel as much as I can. Because of that, this summer I wanted to do something very special and challenging, so with friends, we decided to go from T [...]
I came to Canada in 1962, with another woman, another girlfriend I came to Canada in 1962, with another woman, another girlfriend
  • I came to Canada in 1962, with another woman, another girlfriend

  • What do you want me to say? All the story? I come to Canada in 1962 and I worked here at Landsdowne and Dupont. After three years I made my own business at Eglinton. And after that I’m back again to High Park and Dundas - another restaurant with another woman, another girlfriend. That’s it. It’s enough. I [...]
Protokult celebrating females in metal music Protokult celebrating females in metal music
  • Protokult celebrating females in metal music

  • My name is Martin Drozd. I’m the vocalist and composer-guitarist for Protokult. My story is we’re celebrating females in metal music. This is the first annual Maple Metal Divas Fest and we have lots of talent – we have ourselves, we have a band from Toronto and Quebec, and it’s to celebrate the female prese [...]
A bachelor of arts seems to equate to A bachelor of arts seems to equate to
  • A bachelor of arts seems to equate to "Hey, would you like fries with that?"

  • Hi I’m Natalie. I take incredibly bad pictures - I want to start with that first and foremost. I went to York University. I got a Bachelor of Arts and I didn’t really quite know what to do with myself after that because that pretty much equates to like “Hey, would you like fries with that?” After that I went [...]
I failed over and over in my life and that is why I succeed I failed over and over in my life and that is why I succeed
  • I failed over and over in my life and that is why I succeed

  • Hello my name is Chris Hughes, 35, born and raised in downtown Toronto. High school graduate, college dropout, homeless, a little bit helpless. I have a tattoo on my left arm that reads: “I failed over, over, and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” I’m proud to announce I went from homeless, l [...]
All you need to be a good writer is a good bullshit detector All you need to be a good writer is a good bullshit detector
  • All you need to be a good writer is a good bullshit detector

  • My name’s Clinton Debogorski. I’m a writer and in grade three my favourite professor Mr. McQuinney called me out of the front of the class during USSR on uninterrupted silent reading time and Mr. McQuinney was known for his corny jokes and his really clean language and never ever were we ever allowed to spe [...]
Behnoud, an old friend Behnoud, an old friend
  • Behnoud, an old friend

  • My name is Behnoud. I’m a Torontonian these days but I used to be a Tehrani boy. Me and Semco used to go to all the coffee shops in downtown Tehran when we were students. We were students at the Art School of Tehran, and our idea of going to school was hanging out in the coffee shops, so no wonder I ended up [...]
My grandfather fought in World War II and my great-grandfather fought in World War I My grandfather fought in World War II and my great-grandfather fought in World War I
  • My grandfather fought in World War II and my great-grandfather fought in World War I

  • My name is Jon Bliss. I’m wearing this poppy because I have a lot of respect for the veterans. My grandfather fought in World War II and my great-grandfather fought in World War I and II. I’m a proud Canadian. I go to school in Toronto. I work at the Ryerson campus bar and that’s pretty much it.
 If you don’t have a mom, you don’t have a destiny  If you don’t have a mom, you don’t have a destiny
  • If you don’t have a mom, you don’t have a destiny

  • Hi, my story’s basically about a kid that was born in the streets. This kid’s name was Nobody. So every day when he used to wake up bad things used to happen to him. And then every time he asked himself “Why do things happen to me?” People used to say: “Because you’re nobody. Whatever you do, you’re always going to [...]
Betsy’s a Husky-Shepherd mix Betsy’s a Husky-Shepherd mix
  • Betsy’s a Husky-Shepherd mix

  • Betsy’s a Husky-Shepherd mix. She’s from the Northwest Territories. My husband rescued her when he was living up there. As you can see she’s still very much a little puppy even though she’s two.    
Frida in Toronto Frida in Toronto
  • Frida in Toronto

  • Hi my name is Kyla. I went to university; I did exactly what I supposed to do. I got a degree and I got a job right away. I decided that the corporate lifestyle wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the way that the corporate lifestyle treated people, so I decided to go and get a massage therapy degree and also on top of that I [...]
Coming to Canada was the right decision Coming to Canada was the right decision
  • Coming to Canada was the right decision

  • One day I was sitting in a park on Queen and the wind was blowing in my hair and I thought that’s why I’m here in Toronto because I don’t know… it gave me the feeling that I made the right decision to come to Canada. It was summer 2003. I came in 2002 but the wind-blowing story was in summer 2003. Semco: May I a [...]
Zack and I sold a lot of apples. Zack and I sold a lot of apples.
  • Zack and I sold a lot of apples.

  • So my name is Chris and this is my son Zackary (hi!) and we’re actually helping to support our Cubs and Scouts group that’s right here on Queen Street in the Beach area. Zack: And I sold a lot of apples. A lot! Chris: It’s great! It’s just a lot of fun for these kids to be able to actually get together and do all [...]
Lisa & Tom & story of their life Lisa & Tom & story of their life
  • Lisa & Tom & story of their life

  • My name’s Lisa and I’m Tom. Lisa: I moved to Toronto fives years ago from New Brunswick. Tom: I’ve lived here all my life, Beaches mostly, but not always. Lisa: We lived in the west end for a little while and decided to come back to where Tom’s from. We like it here and it’s a little more laidback than on the wes [...]
Renee; an artist struggling to make ends meet Renee; an artist struggling to make ends meet
  • Renee; an artist struggling to make ends meet

  • My name is Renee. I’m not from Toronto, I’m from Hamilton area. I’m a recent graduate of OCAD U, the Ontario College of Art and Design. I just graduated so I’m working 4 jobs and most of them aren’t in my field and I’m sort of just struggling to do what I want to do and make ends meet right now. I’m an artist. I used t [...]
Zoe wants to study art or medicine Zoe wants to study art or medicine
  • Zoe wants to study art or medicine

  • My name is Zoe Braga. I go to Central Secondary School. I’m in grade 13. I was born in Toronto. I kind of want to do something in either the medical field or something to do with art. I don’t know yet so either one.
Madhuri; Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Madhuri; Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
  • Madhuri; Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

  • Hi my name is Madhuri. I came here when I was three. I’m from India. I currently work at Ryerson University Bookstore. I am looking for a job and the quote that I live by is: “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
The cute Ossareh sisters The cute Ossareh sisters
  • The cute Ossareh sisters

  • -Hi my name is Azade. -Hi I’m Arezoo. We’re sisters and we’ve been calling Toronto home for the past 7 years. We knew about I Am Torontonian but we just found out today that it’s Semco’s project. -You better take a good picture of us. -Try your best!
Happy familly from the queen west area Happy familly from the queen west area
  • Happy familly from the queen west area

  • Hey my name is Mark and my name is Sandra – we’re actually from the Queen West area. We have a son-dog named Hero. We recently moved down from the suburbs from Vaughan and we’ve been living downtown for a couple years. We’ve been married for eight years and I’m a better cook (Sandra).
Charlie's planing to buy a house off his lemonade stand Charlie's planing to buy a house off his lemonade stand
  • Charlie's planing to buy a house off his lemonade stand

  • I’m making money from my lemonade stand because I want to buy a new house and I just decided that - I just thought it would be good to have a lemonade stand.
From tobacco farm to acting From tobacco farm to acting
  • From tobacco farm to acting

  • My name is Robert Blake. I’ve lived in Toronto 29 years. I moved here from London, Ontario. I worked in a tobacco farm hanging tobacco for the summer to make money to move here. I’ve done everything from security to work in the sewers; I was a garbage man, cut grass, I was an artist but now I’m an aspiring actor. I’ve [...]
Rebbecca Garrett / G20 / Nuit Blanche Rebbecca Garrett / G20 / Nuit Blanche
  • Rebbecca Garrett / G20 / Nuit Blanche

  • My name is Rebecca Garrett. I’m part of a collective that has produced this work for a group of about 4 or 5 media artists, and then we work with a larger community of people who were arrested and put in cages during the G20. This is part of a larger project that I’ve done - a film - and it’s about police violence [...]
Atakan & Alejandra Atakan & Alejandra
  • Atakan & Alejandra

  • Atakan: Hi my name’s Atakan. I came to Toronto five years ago to study at UofT and during my studies I became interested in improv and I started taking improv lessons. After doing improv for a year I happened to meet Alejandra. Alejandra: So my story is I’ve been here for a year and a half. My sister lives here [...]
The last Pedestrian Sunday The last Pedestrian Sunday
  • The last Pedestrian Sunday

  • Hi my name is Bahar. I’m here at Kensington Market, the last Pedestrian Sunday of the year. It’s actually such a beautiful and sad day at the same time. It’s beautiful because the weather is amazing and I’m watching all these beautiful people, but at the same time I’m so sad and depressed because the summer has dec [...]
Wendy: Toronto is one of the best places to live in the world Wendy: Toronto is one of the best places to live in the world
  • Wendy: Toronto is one of the best places to live in the world

  • Hi my name is Wendy. I’m an ESL teacher. I actually live just north of Toronto but I still consider Toronto my home. I teach down here and I have a few offices in Toronto where I teach English communication skills. I have to tell you Toronto is one of the best places to live in the world. It’s very green, clean, sa [...]
Don't really know what the future's gonna bring... Don't really know what the future's gonna bring...
  • Don't really know what the future's gonna bring...

  • Hi I’m Brida. I work for Pup in the City, a Toronto dog-walking service. Right now I’m walking Mishka, Bronson and their friends Tucker and Brady. It’s a lovely afternoon in September here in Toronto. I’m from Guelph, Ontario and just living in the city, walking a lot of dogs. I don’t really know what the future’s go [...]
Toronto and the sunshine is lovely Toronto and the sunshine is lovely
  • Toronto and the sunshine is lovely

  • About our holiday, we just arrived in Toronto on Tuesday. We arrived in from Dublin, Ireland and we’re staying here for a couple of days and then we plan to go by train up to Quebec and on to Nova Scotia. We’re hiring a car and seeing the countryside. We have been here about 4 or 5 times and we’ve done various part [...]
I came to Toronto following a boyfriend I came to Toronto following a boyfriend
  • I came to Toronto following a boyfriend

  • Hi my name is Nadine. I came to Toronto over 20 years ago following a boyfriend who lived here and I have been here ever since. I love this city and I’ve been living in Parkdale for 5 years and the neighbourhood is fantastic. It’s really eclectic and full of a whole mix of people and I think it’s all of what Toront [...]
Toronto, I'd recommend it to anyone Toronto, I'd recommend it to anyone
  • Toronto, I'd recommend it to anyone

  • Hi, I’m from Toronto, actually from Belfast. I moved to Toronto 25 years ago, and I’m moving back to Belfast soon, not because I dislike Toronto (although maybe a little bit sometimes). It’s a great city though, so much to do at all times – you can go out on a Monday, then go out on a Sunday, a Tuesday afternoon, a [...]
I don't know who I am I don't know who I am
  • I don't know who I am

  • I’m Chelsea and I don’t know who I am.
We spent the day at the cemetery We spent the day at the cemetery
  • We spent the day at the cemetery

  • My name’s Laura. My name’s Marshall. We just spent the day at a cemetery and then we walked around trying to find food and that took a while. We’ve known each other for not even a month. I’m from Calgary; she’s from Utah. We’ve been in Toronto for about the same amount of time, like two years. I’m American but I’m [...]
I'm just kicking it on a Sunday I'm just kicking it on a Sunday
  • I'm just kicking it on a Sunday

  • My name’s Kritty and I’m a musician and actor here in Toronto. I sing, my band is called Patti Cake and we are like a 60’s rock n’ roll group meets a 90’s rock group so it’s kind of like The Supremes meets Hole if you will. We’ve been around for a few years. I also work at Girls Rock Camp Toronto, which is a non-fo [...]
Toronto and I are dating Toronto and I are dating
  • Toronto and I are dating

  • Hey I’m Sina. I’ve been trying to call Toronto my home for the past ten years. I’ve lived also in Montreal, which I also really like. Toronto, I know Toronto. I lived all over Toronto; east, west, north, south, all of it. If I really look, I think I actually do love it. I know it. It’s my city. It’s a very absurd c [...]
Live music & food is why I stick around Live music & food is why I stick around
  • Live music & food is why I stick around

  • I’m Steve and I’ve lived in Toronto for the past six years. I love Toronto. It’s a great city. I love to eat and catch music so it’s a good city to see all those things. Live music and food is sort of why I stick around.
Christopher has a taste for Toronto food Christopher has a taste for Toronto food
  • Christopher has a taste for Toronto food

  • My name is Christopher and I’m visiting my girlfriend here in Toronto. The things I like most about the city I suppose are the fantastic places to eat. Just around the corner from me there is Electric Mud and Grand Electric - just those two places on their own are worth spending a lot of time and that’s within 300 [...]
I love ice cream I love ice cream
  • I love ice cream

  • -Cameron, do you like your ice cream? -Yeah. -Yeah? Is it delicious? -Yeah. -Say, “I love ice cream.” What kind of ice cream do you have, Cameron? Chocolate? -Yeah. -Yeah, it’s so good. Is it delicious? -Yeah.
Julien found so many cool people in Toronto Julien found so many cool people in Toronto
  • Julien found so many cool people in Toronto

  • My name is Julien. I’m a musician. I’ve lived in Toronto for three years and I really like this city. I think it’s cool – a lot of cool people – one of them that I just met today (the guy that’s holding the phone in front of me) and I’m just enjoying life and discovering Toronto and Canada. I’m originally French and I [...]
Toronto is the fifth member of my family Toronto is the fifth member of my family
  • Toronto is the fifth member of my family

  • My name is Mahsa and Toronto is my home. I’ve spent just about all of my life here and every time I walk through the streets of Toronto I feel very grateful that of all the places my parents chose Toronto to immigrate to. Growing up here in the city I felt like Toronto was the fifth member of my family. It was a wi [...]
Nino from Yes Yes Y'all Nino from Yes Yes Y'all
  • Nino from Yes Yes Y'all

  • I'm Nino Brown from Yes Yes Y'all. That's pretty much me in a nutshell.  
I came to Toronto to raise my children I came to Toronto to raise my children
  • I came to Toronto to raise my children

  • My name is Frederic. I came from France, Paris. I’ve been living in Toronto for 4 months. I like this city. I came to Toronto to raise my children because I think this city is better for my children than Paris because Paris is a small city and Toronto is a big city with a lot of frogs. So, I think this place is per [...]
Toronto is a surreal city Toronto is a surreal city
  • Toronto is a surreal city

  • My name’s Albert. I love Toronto. I was born here. I think Toronto is the best city in the world to live in. I’m Keona. I was born and raised all around Toronto. I think Toronto is a very surreal place. I love that there are so many different cultures and it’s so diverse. It makes it a very unique city. We love how [...]
Toronto is getting better fashion Toronto is getting better fashion
  • Toronto is getting better fashion

  • Hi, I'm Tanner. I'm from Toronto, born and raised, and I love Toronto because it's where my family is. I think we're getting better fashion, lots of events and I love the people of Toronto. I think everybody's pretty nice.
Hannah; Everyone's been nice & friendly in Toronto Hannah; Everyone's been nice & friendly in Toronto
  • Hannah; Everyone's been nice & friendly in Toronto

  • My name's Hannah and I'm currently spending three months travelling around the US and Canada so I'm just passing through Toronto for a week. It's been really cool. Everyone's been really nice and friendly and I really like the vibe of the city so I'm kind of sad to go back to the US tonight and not be surrounded by [...]
Michael, Web Developer by day and some sort of artist by night Michael, Web Developer by day and some sort of artist by night
  • Michael, Web Developer by day and some sort of artist by night

  • My name’s Michael. I’m a web developer by day and some sort of artist by night. I moved to Toronto almost six years ago fresh faced out of high school. I had an amazing time. I did my degree and a brief stint in Germany as an exchange student. That was a pretty awesome and now I’m living and working downtown. It’s had [...]
Angela and her love and hate relationship with Toronto Angela and her love and hate relationship with Toronto
  • Angela and her love and hate relationship with Toronto

  • My name’s Angela and it’s kind of funny that this site is called I Am Torontonian because I don’t identify as a Torontonian. I have strong roots on the east coast in Nova Scotia. I think I will always no matter how long I live in other places consider myself a Nova Scotian first and foremost. But I’m here studying geog [...]
Ali on the human condition Ali on the human condition
  • Ali on the human condition

  • My name’s Ali. I’m 27-years-old. I live in Toronto. I’m an artist and an improvement consultant. Basically my purpose is to share different creative mediums and bring people together in an attempt to make everyone improve and become better human beings. In my personal time, I do improvement consulting for businesses an [...]
Victoria is curious by nature Victoria is curious by nature
  • Victoria is curious by nature

  • My name’s Victoria and I was having frozen yogurt with friends. For some reason I always wander into things like this. I’m curious by nature so curiousity gets the best of me. I heard the music, I followed the music, and I asked the guy what was going on and then I kind of just got a sign in hand. I went along with it [...]
Jakob & the Wowza bus Jakob & the Wowza bus
  • Jakob & the Wowza bus

  • My name is Jakob Wowza and this is the Wowza Bus. Its mission is to spread love and joy and freedom and bring people deeper into the wow [like when you see a rainbow and you go WOW, that’s what we want people feeling all the time]. We are promoting something called Love and Kindness Week which is June 1st to June 7th. [...]
Argentina is gonna win it... Argentina is gonna win it...
  • Argentina is gonna win it...

  • My name is Dan and I just watched the Argentina versus Netherlands game at Puck & Wings with my brother, my girlfriend and my friend and I’m totally excited cause Argentina moved on to the final round and I think they’re gonna win it. Messi’s got the moves so it’s gonna happen.
She is shy! She is shy!
  • She is shy!

  • I’m shy…My name’s Catharine. I’m just hanging out at the park, it’s a beautiful day. It’s summer. I’m reading my book and my friends are coming to join me so I’m excited.