At McGill, almost every torontonian kid fits that description. All nice kids, just all very stereotypical, and yea, I found them mostly quite immature but harmless. Sorry dude, but Toronto isn't my thing.
Thank god life in the city doesn't boil down to the kids you may have run into at school. And I have news for ya...you're pretty much all
immature and annoying.
Montreal is far better than Toronto in night life, festivals, music, food, and sports. Those are things that matter to me most. You cannot argue with me on any of these grounds.
I'm sure arguing with you would
be pointless. But the fact remains, in breadth, depth, quality, quantity and diversity, Montreal does not come close to Toronto in anything...not cuisine, art, music, theatre, photography, film, dance, festivals
, literature, fashion, architecture, animation, sports, etc, etc. Toronto is where the the vast majority of the brightest and the best are attracted...from Canada and abroad. Not Montreal or Vancouver. It doesn't matter if it's homegrown talent or visiting talent...Toronto is the place to be. Sorry pal. I know you could drop a thermonuclear bomb on Montreal, and the last survivor would climb on top of the rubble and still proclaim Montreal better than Toronto. I am well aware that is the nature of the beast. Still won't make it true though. You can think I'm just spewing hometown pride, but I'm probably a lot older than you, and have exposed myself to a wide variety of cultural experiences...so i already know. You don't have to take my word for it...there's plenty of various unbiased sources to back it up....Washington, D.C.-based Foreign Policy magazine's Global Cities Index, in the November/December issue, ranked Toronto as the world's fourth best city to experience culture, behind only London, Paris and New York.
I hate the new opera house
Why? Not a fan of Jack Diamond? Don't like the acoustics? (ranked one of the best in the world) Think the performances of either the opera or ballet are "trash" to use a phrase from such a cultured fella like yourself ? Or could it have something to do with the fact that Montreal doesn't even have a purpose-built opera house, or isn't the home of the Canadian
Opera Company or the National
the TSO is trash (Oundjian will hopefully get fired any day)
I'm sure you will be getting a phone call real soon, begging for your opinion who should replace him (someone from Montreal no doubt).
the ROM could have been beautiful if they went for all glass, now it looks like a scrap pile
You should have also gotten a call from Libeskind too. Can't believe that didn't happen, as I'm sure he's interested in your opinnion of his style. Wasn't going to be all glass for two reasons...Libeskind doesn't design "greenhouses"...and from a practical standpoint, it doesn't make for a very good space to house museum exhibits. Again, sounds like sour grapes...Montreal doesn't have anything to match ROM. Your little preemptive strike on Toronto's new cultural venues is a little transparent don't you think? Please continue...let's hear your opinion of all the other new cultural additions...can't wait to hear your expert trashing.... Alsop's OCAD building, the new National Ballet School, The Young Centre for the Performing Arts (home of Soulpepper), Agents of Change at the Ontario Science Centre, The Gardiner Museum expansion, Royal Conservatory of Music: TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Gehry's AGO expansion, TIFF Group's Bell Lightbox, Filmport..a 1.5 million sqft film complex with the world's largest soundstage (and another Alsop building). Montreal can't compete. But those are just the big institutions. Toronto is more of a grass-roots, indy city. I like the big institutions too, but the real mojo is all the little things, where Toronto trounces Montreal as well.
Their big claim to fame are things like Carabana
Oh yea, that's pretty much all there is eh?? ha ha I can't stand carabana...just a rowdy party with generally bad music, bad behavior, and the streets full of Americans and their pimped out SUV's. In fact, a lot of the big festivals are just too big to enjoy (Beaches Jazz, Taste of the Danny, Pride, CHIN Picnic, Buskerfest, Wakestock, any of the "BIA" festivals, etc). I prefer the smaller, or more focused festivals...Nuit Blanche, Word on the Street, any of the Harbourfront Centre festivals, Contact, Distillery District festivals, the outdoor art fair, Luminato, International Dragon Boat Race, Fringe, Masala! Mendhi! Masti!, Summerworks, basically anything going on in Kensington, to name a few.
TIFF is probably my favourite film festival, but I haven't been able to attend South by Southwest yet so until I have, I cannot say it is the best major international festival.
The film world is waiting with baited breath for your assessment, I'm sure. SXSW is an important industry music festival for bands, but the tack-on independent film festival isn't as big or important as Sundance, let alone TIFF. TIFF is more than just the Sept festival...it's a year round thing....plus they have their new headquarters under construction as we speak. TIFF is definitely important, but Toronto has about a 100 film festivals, some of which are just as good/ important as TIFF in their respective categories...Sprockets, Hot Docs, Inside Out, World Wide Shorts, Reel Asian, \tRendezvous with Madness, After Dark.