What would you like to do?
To find out what's going on in the city, or places you should check out: www.toronto.com as well as www.toronto.ca
I always check it out when I want to try a new restaurant or check out what's happening in the city. Toronto is an amazing fusion of cultures and that's what I always miss when I leave. I miss hearing three or four different languages when I sit on the TTC. I miss the safe/clean streets. I miss the fact that if I want to know anything I only have to ask someone, and they'll try to help. I miss over-hearing "I'm sorry" four or five times a day. The people are polite (but this depends on the time of day--I find Sundays to be prime-time for niceness)
I am a big fan of walking...
I am a big fan of walking around a city to get a feel for the places and people. Toronto is a city made up of ethnically aligned neighbourhoods, so you can do this in a number of different locations and get a different experience each time. Personally, I like: downtown (Yonge south of Bloor) during the daytime for the vibrancy and the people; Yorkville for sitting and watching the world walk by; the Danforth area for a very late evening (one of the few places where you can get a good meal at 4am); and Kensington on the weekend; and the Beaches almost any time; etc.... When I'm away, I tend to miss the sense of quiet safety.
There's so much to do. Ontario...
There's so much to do. Ontario Place, the Exhibition, Center Island, Harbourfront, Honest Ed's, downtown shopping, the Eaton Center, Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, Yorkville, the theaters, the variety of restaurants, Wonderland (which is out of the way a bit). I miss a lot. The sheer variety that you find is what I miss the most. It doesn't matter what it is, restaurants, theatres, whatever you are looking for, you find numerous ones here. It's great. There's a lot of culture and entertainment. If you get bored in Toronto, there's something wrong with you.
The guy who'se always dressed in black
I saw him on one of my first walks around town, he sold his art on the street (Queen st) for 2 years until I found him one day, living in Kensington Market where he had opened a studio. Some of his work is pretty cheap (pieces for $7) and very good. He put out a comic book in 2007, which was supported by donations or buyers and he also sells t-shirts with his designs.
I have many pictures of him from different years. You'll see him around a lot. :)
Most Residents Not From Canada!
If you're going to Toronto expecting to get a "Canadian" experience, you might have to work at it.
The majority of people living there are NOT from Canada at all.
While there is still a lot of Canada to experience in the city, the practical side of things tends to weigh on the "New Canadians" nowadays.
The real experience in Toronto these days is the enormous diversity of people - more of a global interaction than a traditional "Canadian" one!