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Toronto: Land of a Thousand Creators

Last updated on February 7th, 2024 at 11:03 pm

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Since I was born, Toronto has been my home, growing up just west of it in the suburb of Mississauga. I was 12 when I started going into the city on my own for school, sowing the seeds for leaving my suburban life behind me and eventually becoming a proper Torontonian down the way.

Toronto, Ontario—What Are You All About?

Toronto’s not an especially massive city, with a few million in its borders and surrounded by a few million more and a lake, but in all of that is some of the richest diversity that you’ll find anywhere on the planet. More than half the city’s made up of racialized peoples and we have people from virtually every country in the world—it’s a city filled with stories, each of them more individual than the next.

But I’d say Toronto has a bit of an identity crisis, with its oodles of diversity making it difficult to determine what this city is about. If you think about Paris, you think about fashion, wine and baguettes. You think about China and its dim sum, dragons and dynasties. But despite having a couple of centuries under its belt, Toronto’s still relatively young. In a city that’s often liberal enough to let people do what they want to do and be who they want to be, how do you find its one true story amongst the millions happening simultaneously?

The answer’s deceptively simple—one by Torontonian one.

Let’s Teach You a Little About Toronto.

Toronto might not be as stylish as Montreal or outdoorsy as Ottawa or Vancouver. Still, with eight per cent of Canada’s population in 0.03% of its inhabitable land, it stands out as something different in the Canadian landscape.

But what that difference is will depend on who you talk to.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, a single twenty-something could tell you about Toronto’s nightlife, its sprawling downtown with all manner of food and drink. A parent might tell you about its green space, speckled by parks across 630.2 square kilometres with countless rivers, beaches and ravines. Film festivals. Botanical gardens. Arenas, museums and more. There’s something for just about everyone in this city—you need to know where to look.

But Ain’t Everything Pretty in the City…

But, as much as I love Toronto, I know that my city’s not perfect—plenty is lurking beneath everything that makes it amazing. Like a housing market with great amenities for the people who can afford it, but is rapidly pricing more and more people out of the city and holding many financially hostage. Or Toronto’s sheer verticality, with its centre stretching ever upward while racial and income inequality keep too many people out in the city’s fringes. We come packing cold dispositions and carry 15% of the nation’s homicides each year—the city has plenty of bad to go with all its good.

That said, you won’t learn everything about Toronto from my words alone—my perspective’s just one of many, and everyone brings something different. We’ve got food bloggers, tech bloggers, and all sorts of people just looking to share their slice of the story—let me introduce you to the many sides of Toronto and all the things we have to say!

Toronto: Land of a Thousand Creators, City of a Million Stories.

Now, Toronto has thousands of creators spread across the 140 neighbourhoods we call home. No two neighbourhoods are alike, each having a character uniquely and utterly its own, and our stories don’t stop there. Urban sprawl filled our suburbs in the millions, with so many people moving in and out of the city daily. It’s a story of its east and west sides, of those who live in Toronto and those in “Toronto”… we’ve got many layers that come with this turf. The rest of Canada thinks we see ourselves as the Centre of the Universe. We disagree on what our downtown is depending on where we live in the city. But it’s challenging to find all those stories in one place, and that’s something I’m looking to change.

I’ve been all about the lists lately, looking to give some shine to the communities that help me do what I do. I’ve done one for all the dad creators across Canada and started one for my fellow Dad 2.0 alumni. And now, I’m putting one together for all my fellow creators in the Toronto area and looking for some help!

I hope this list brings you value whenever you’re looking for Toronto creators—I expect it’ll keep growing over time!

Toronto bloggers. Toronto YouTubers. Some of the top Toronto influencers in the GAME—we’ve got ’em all!

BrandCreator NameBrand NicheInstagramFacebookTwitterYouTubePinterestPinterest URLTiktokTiktok URL
Casey Palmer, Canadian DadCasey PalmerDad, Family, Lifestyle
Parenting to GoYashy MurphyParenting and Family Lifestyle
KathrynAnywhereKathryn DicksonTravel, Adventure, Family
Parent ClubCaroline FernandezFamily and lifestyle
My Bits and BleepsJeannine MirandaLifestyle
SeeYouSoon TravelArienne ParzeiTravel
Maple and MarigoldPuneeta Chhitwal-VarmaEnjoyable, Delicious, Sustainable Lifestyle
Travelling FoodieRaymond CuaTravel & Food
Bacon is Magic Ayngelina BroganFood and travel
thejeromydiariesPrincy MascarenhasBeauty, Lifestyle and Travel
Elleverity Zainab WilliamsWealth management /financial planning
Deelish DeevineRulaniCatering, Events, Meal Plans, Vegan Catering
A Dash of DeeDee ThomsonTravel, Beauty, Lifestyle
CharisMaggie TvMargarette LeandreCulture awareness and appreciation
its24kgoldZAHRA ALIBeauty, Fashion, Lifestyle
The GATEAndrew PowellEntertainment, travel, music & tech
Calculated TravellerMary ChongTravel and Food
Teacups & ThingsKaitLifestyle, Fashion & Beauty, Food (Gluten-free)
My NdeavourNicoleRunning, Food, Motivation
The MOM Rant Sandra ZichermannParenting + Lifestyle
The Soundtrack Gemma MastroianniMusic and lifestyle
Kate & CompanyKate & ErinParenting, Lifestyle, Travel, Food
Justin Plus LaurenLauren YakiwchukTravel, Eco-friendly, Vegan Lifestyle
Ontario HikingLauren YakiwchukHiking
Daily Dream 360Sharon MendelaouiTravel & Lifestyle
TorontonicityLori BosworthToronto lifestyle
Trend FamilyAbby, Vith & ZayParenthood | Love | Lifestyle
Simply SuppaJulia SuppaLifestyle
Diana and Co LivingDiana PenachoMom, fashion, lifestyle
Happy Simple JoyToshni BalrajPetite Fashion, Wellness, Lifestyle
A Little Love & MamaPaola AmorsLifestyle
ImageliciousJulia KFood photography and food blogging
Goat Roti ChroniclesDavindra RamnarineFood, travel, lifestyle
Active ParentsAmber RohalFamily Activities and Local Travel
tania2ateeTania MonacoLifestyle, Beauty, Body Positivity
Extreme Couponing MomAimee GerouxLifestyle, Parenting, Food
Bauble StoriesMariam JangdaFashion and Beauty only Canadian brands
DobbernationlovesAndrew DobsonCulinary Tourism
Vacation CoupleKristin Charlton and Shadi DidiTravel & Lifestyle
MapleMouseMama Suzanne RudgeParenting and Lifestyle
Bon Appet’EatMelanie RobinotCooking and baking
Words With MichelleMichelle Josephinterviews, podcasting, social commentary, personal essays
Diana’s Healthy LivingDiana BecevelloTravel, Food & Drink, Lifestyle
Girls Drink Wine TooDiana BecevelloWine and Beverages
amotherworldMaria Lianos-CarboneLifestyle – Family – Food – Travel
After the Suit Colin HMen’s style, fashion, tailoring
A shot of MelaninA shot of melaninBlack males and females ages 25- 38
TheCanadianTechieSachin Bahaltech, transportation, entertainment, gaming, podcasting
The Little Things BlogAlexandraLifestyle
The ChoNilla NetworkSherley JosephPodcast Collective | Podcast Production
Exploring with the YapsDonald YapFamily Travel – Off the beaten path
Roses and RibbonsSarah MarcucciLifestyle, Fashion, Travel
n.b.lifeNiya BajajYoga, Therapy, Habit Change, Health, Wellness
Viva la DolceDanila Di CroceCulture (Italian) and lifestyle
Wandering WagarsKevin WagarFamily Travel
Ultimate OntarioKevin WagarLocal Experiences
Alternative Food NetworkEsther GarfinContent creator (podcasts, videos, articles) related to food and health/food as medicine
Three Interesting ThingsDon GrantPodcast
The FreezeBrian CapitaoHip Hop Music and Culture
The Longest Stride PodcastAndré and JonathanRunning
Versatile VigilanteUncle VinnyPodcasting/ DIY content
NinjaRadioNinja NotionQueer Lifestyle, Interviews, Reviews
RebelnotionNinja NotionSoundscapes, Sound Art
travelingmitchChristopher MitchellTravel
This Week in BloggingChristopher MitchellBlogging
Backyard BantsThe TalkativexPodcast
Sparkling Whine With Dottie ChampagneDottie Champagne (Alaina Walker)Podcast
Mindsilike AlethiaBIPOC health& wellness podcast for Professionals who incorporate CBT/DBT into their practice. Cognitive restructuring to activate mind to prepare for Learning & change negative outcomes
Welcome To The MusicKarim KanjiMusic
Alicia Wynter PhotographyAlicia WynterPortrait + Fitness Photographer
TravelingjudiJudi CohenSmall-ship and off-the-beaten-path travel
LilsugarmagMeri TemudoParenting/lifestyle
Make Peas Not BeefLilly TongPodcast that tackles climate change with a touch of humour and wisdom
Mr. Steven BrancoSteven BrancoMen’s Lifestyle, Travel and Food
Mommy GearestAndrea TraynorTravel & lifestyle
Intentional ParentingJulie BinmoreParent Coaching
SHIFTERKB The BossBlack entertainment and lifestyle
Reviews by MikeMike Dancytech reviews / unboxings
Raymi the Minx