City Guide - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CITY GUIDE
CITY GUIDE

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dot_clear.gif (54 bytes) Toronto is a global city state with nearly 100 spoken languages, the third largest theatre center in the world after London and New York, and the fourth largest financial center in North America. The 3 million residents who make up the capital city of the province of Ontario are friendly, proud and on the move. Their City is arguably one of the cleanest and safest cities in the Americas, with a wonderful network of recreational, cultural and transportation facilities.
dot_clear.gif (54 bytes)This most livable of cities can also claim world class status for its Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada, and the Toronto International Film Festival.  Toronto is on the move in the millennium .
The City



No.3 Vol. 1

City Web Guides

dot_clear.gif (54 bytes)Toronto wears many Canadian crowns, including new media capital, so we like finding so many web publications in the mold of Carnaval.com's valued added web guide. The long standing paper of record is the Toronto Star, while CitySearch/ticketmaster's toronto.com now dominates the Toronto cyberworld as it does in a growing number of other global Cities.

toronto.com (formerly starcitysearch.com) 
The expanding database now has portal pages for  Durhamregion.com || Mississauga.com || Yorkregion.com and even hosts the Visitor Authority pages 
  

Enter keyword(s): Select a Star index to search:

City Guides with Lots of Links

Welcome to Toronto by math.toronto.edu
This carefully edited list is Toronto's oldest and most authoritative
torinfo.comTorinfo.com by Steve C. Young
Maintaining links is a lot of work, when particularly displayed this way. Many categories to choose from.
www.toronto.hm/
Toronto with Love
The "NonDotCom" Toronto Site. Uncommonly informative.
Show Me Toronto
Click the city map for options.

Community Resources

www.city.toronto.on.ca 
LINKS
to guides, news, shopping and communities.

Community Resource Connections of Toronto

Where To Stay in Town 

dot_clear.gif (54 bytes) Among Toronto's 32,000 rooms is the one that is right for you. Visit our  Toronto Marketplace to connect with dozens of options, including other discount services, personalized mom and pop booking services, and more featured options. 
BOOKING SERVICES || BUDGET TRAVEL || HOTEL GUIDES
DOWNTOWN HOTELS || PEARSON AIRPORT HOTELS ||
ONTARIO & CANADA

HOTELS DOWNTOWN HOTELS
BED & BREAKFAST / APARTMENTS
HOME RENTAL LISTINGS

Find nearly 100 Toronto options alone (reverse alpha sorted) 
EXTENDED STAY
Going to be in Toronto for a while? This extended stay Toronto hotel is for you.

BUDGET / YOUTH Globalbackpackers.com
The original "village", Global Village Toronto opened in 1997 in the former Spadina Hotel, famous for the many celebrities who stayed and played here over the years.
Full hotel/hostel description, a selection of photographs as well as a map and directions.
The Hostel HandbookLinks || Toronto Listings.|| Ottawa || Niagara Falls for Canada & North America

Where To Eat

dot_clear.gif (54 bytes)With over 9000 to choose from, it's good to have a plan.
All meals subject to: 8% Provincial Tax; 7% GST; 10% Liquor Tax. Average tipping is 15% before taxes.
Last Call for alcohol is at 2:00 am

1 to 5-star ratings  searchable by name and cuisine.
Toronto.Com Restaurant Listings
Featuring their database and most client restaurant participants.  
Dine-Net
Over 8000 listings for Ontario. Powerful search includes neighborhood, landmark, cuisine, style, special diet, price, catering, banquet and name. 
Menupalace.com

"Toronto's Ultimate Restaurant & Hospitality Guide" sorts by cuisine, type of establishment and district.
Dine.to
Wine, dine & unwind! Includes reviews and articles.
Veg.ca
Toronto Vegetarian Association
Reveals many options for vegetarians seeking a meal in Toronto.

 

Toronto is undergoing a cultural renaissance with the unprecedented building and architectural transformation of close to a dozen major arts and cultural institutions.

 

Maps

Mapquest/Toronto and Yahoo! Maps
Toronto zoom street maps with interactive features.Maps.google.com features a very cool zoom map that lets you zoom in on any spot in the world, viewing either street maps or satellite images.

Downtown Toronto by utexas
Better street detail with simple black & white.

 

Tor-transit-R.gif (664 bytes)Getting Around There

dot_clear.gif (54 bytes)Yonge Street divides the city into West and East, which is a part of the address you'll need unless you get a cross street. Blue street signs indicate a street running North and South while Yellow means an East and West orientation for the uncomplicated grid.


Enjoy the best PUBLIC TRANSIT system in the Americas
dot_clear.gif (54 bytes)Once within the metro area you will be impressed by the efficient combination of subway, bus, and streetcar to get you where you want to go. For further information on TTC routes, schedules and fares, telephone 416-393-4636 (07:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week). A TTC Customer's Guide is available in 15 languages for free at the TTC Customer Centre at 1900 Yonge St., Metro Hall, all other city halls in Metro, public libraries and most cultural centres. There are late-night buses and streetcars, running specific routes every morning from 1 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Ask for your free transfer.

GO Transit guide
dot_clear.gif (54 bytes) Toronto info: 416-869-3200 (7 daysa week). This service is known as Government of Ontario Transit. GO Transit operates trains over six routes within a 100 kilometer radius of the downtown. The Lakeshore line has all-day service, seven days a week, between Pickering and Oakville. The hub of the 49 station network is the Lakeshore Station at 65 Front Street West (near Bay & York), known as the Toronto Union Statio. It also integrates the web of transit from Toronto Transit Commission.
Transit Schedules || Cirty Maps ||
Toronto PATH
dot_clear.gif (54 bytes)During the winter and adverse weather, you will appreciate this 10 km PATH. This convenient set of underground and indoor routes links 5 subway stations in the downtown area, including Union Station, Eaton Centre and the inter-city bus terminal.
CAR 
COMPASS || Françias
Snapshots of traffic throughout Toronto by your mto.gov.on.ca
Justin's Toronto Traffic Page
50 MTO traffic cameras updated every 3-5 minutes.
TAXI
dot_clear.gif (54 bytes)Toronto's major taxi companies include Beck Taxi (416-449-6911) or Diamond Taxi  (416-366-6868). All are metered, but visitors are well advised to ask the price in advance.

 Magellan's
 

 

TALK ABOUT IT

 urbantoronto.ca  -Good government in action
"The Ontario government is enticing voters with a 12-year, $17.5-billion plan to extend Toronto’s subway, expand GO Transit service and build two rapid transit lines across Hamilton."

Experience the half-life of your favorites

Where To Go/Things To Do

The legal age for alcohol in Ontario is 19. Bars must close at 2am.

CALENDAR: Arts,   Entertainment Nightlife

livewithculture.ca Launched in 2005 this City of TOronto site called "TO live with culture" continues to do an excellent job getting the wor
Eye! Magazine
Toronto Life Events Calendar.
Less is more, with good write-ups on many highlights.
dancers
 
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ShowMeToronto.com/clubs & bars
Worldsbestbars.com features "Bar of the Moment" and customer reviews.

 
Toronto Neighborhoods
The Annex
Cabbagetown
(The) Distillery Historic District

Guildwood Village
Lakeshore Community Partnership
Markland Wood
St. Clair West
St. Lawrence Neighbourhood
The Beaches.com: the east beach
Swansea
The Toronto Beaches: the east beach
The Toronto Island
The West Rouge
Toronto Entertainment District
Toronto's Greektown
West Hill


The Molson Amphitheatre at Ontario Place hosts the big shows. "Canada's preeminent concert promoter" does the big shows.
Much Music
Canada's premiere music television channel.
Eye The Beat Listings
What's happening weekly. 
House of Styles at geocities
Info on Toronto's nightclubs and house music in the city.
T Dot Jungle

Toronto party listings, photos, articles, and a web forum.
Molten Core's "impeccable taste" displayed as he describes 3 dozen Toronto night spots.
Toronto Hip Hop

 
Music

Toronto Radio Waves
Industry web-guide hosted by webmaster Ian Grant.

Toronto Area Music Shops by Clever Joe
Canadian Music Rights & socan.ca: Society of Composers

Reggae Routes International
Streaming out of Toronto
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Tosalsa.com Your guide to salsa dancing and Latin Music in Toronto & Beyond.

 

Romance & Sex

No surprise that "sex" is the most popular search term on the web. Toronto's thriving club scene may represent this instinctual dance which never goes out of style better than anywhere else. Carnaval.com, in association with Alternative Connections, brings you the web's largest collection of personal ads sorted by City. Featuring photos and FREE listings

Tips from voices of experience (Special award for high & plentiful search engine site placement)
"Improves our health and may even contribute to our longevity."
SWAT: Sex workers Alliance of Toronto
News links & safe sex tips

 

Arts & Culture

Exclaim
the alternative music magazine
Tribe Magazine
"We dance, talk to people, take photographs, and hang out. This is our life. We are the TRIBE crew. We bring you greetings from Canada."
City of Toronto Culture Division
Committed to the development of arts and culture in the City of Toronto.
Toronto Arts Coalition
An internet-based group of arts supporters, dedicated to raising arts awareness and increasing the resources available to Toronto artists and arts organizations.

A list of exhibit venues, theatres and organizations.
THEATRE

Only New York and London boast greater Theatre offerings.

Film Festivals in Toronto
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
can tell you just what shows will be playing during your visit, and you can even book your tickets in advance here.
Ticketmaster.ca || (416) 870-8000

Canadian Opera Company
"One Extraordinary Moment After Another"
Curtain Call Players
A nonprofit musical theatre troupe with an on and off-stage membership of over 100 people.
Factory Theater
The first company in the nation to devote itself exclusively to producing Canadian plays.
Mystery Theater
Hilarious interactive murder mysteries.
Ed and David Mirvish Productions
On Stage Toronto
Covering Theatre News in Toronto
Shaw Festival
Niagara-on-the-Lake
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
Presenting the best in drama, dance, classical and contemporary music, opera, operetta and musicals.
Stage Door
Stage Door is dedicated primarily to serving all the theatres of Southwestern Ontario, including Toronto.
Stratford Festival
Stratford, Ontario. The best works of theatre in the classical and contemporary repertoire, with special emphasis on the works of William Shakespeare.
The Second City
Satire on stage.
The Solar Stage
Producing Children's Theatre.
Theatre Passe Muraille
Not-for-profit theatre housed in a designated historical building.
Tafelmusik
Baroque orchestra
Internationally recognized for its passionate, intelligent contemporary dance.
Toronto Theatre For The Puppetry Arts
Founded in 1998 to produce and help promote new, exciting and engaging puppetry works to audiences in the Greater Toronto Area.
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People
Dedicated to professional productions of the highest quality - classic or contemporary - from Canada and around the world, written just for children and their families.
Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club
Canada's national stand-up comedy chain.
MOVIES

Moviefone.com
by AOL for trailers, info about the movie, ticket purchase and where it's playing throughout Toronto metro areaeye logo

Eye.net/film/
Add or review other movie fan comments beneath the short review from Toronto's leading entertainment magazine 
UToronto.ca/fff/
Free Friday Films

National Film Board of Canada
Your guide to North America's third busiest production center for film
SHOPPING

TorontoMalls.com
All you need to know about the top spots to shop plus a lot more.
CN Tower, City Hall, Eaton Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario
The Group of Seven, Parliament and University, ROM, Casa Loma and Spadina, Harbourfront and West of Fort York and Exhibition Park. Shopping on Toronto.com
Hilights, reccomended shops & guides.
List of stores by category.

ATTRACTIONS

Search for Top Attractions on About.com || Landmarks

Attractions on Toronto.com
Attractions, exhibitions, festivals and tours in Toronto.

Attraction Highlights on the City of Toronto Website
SPORTS

Toronto is home to four major sports teams: the NBA's Raptors, the NHL's Maple Leafs, MLB's Blue Jays, and the CFL's Argonauts. links on Toronto.com's Sports Page.

For basketball fans, torontoraptorsnews.com is the most comprehensive Toronto Raptors fan website on the internet— Toronto Raptors news, scores, schedule, NBA standings, player roster, tickets, player stats and Raptors paraphernalia collected from around the internet and updated hourly. Part of nbabasketballonline.com
Raptors headlines by TorontoRaptorsNews.com

TOURS

Find a larger list of (10+) options at our Toronto Marketplace
Safety 

Violent crime is not a major problem in Toronto, although property crime (vandalism, theft) is a problem. Just like in the USA, dial 911 for emergenices (no coin required at pay phones).

 

Media

The Scene for what's cool or hot is best tracked by the one word free alternative magazines and papers like
Eye
Toronto's big weekly.
Share

Canada's largest ehtnic newspaper.
Word
The Soul of Urban Culture.

Toronto Star
Toronto's leading daily now offers access to its search engine.
The Globe & Mail
A national paper based in Toronto.
Toronto Sun or Canoe.ca
"Toronto's Other Voice" of 30 years.

Check out our guide to Caribana from '98 on
 

Founded by revolutionary television producer Moses Znaimer. Now in Vancouver as well.
Toronto Television Channels and Links

BLACK/CARIBBEAN CULTURE GUIDES

Our culture directory in our image server has more links for Caribbean News, Caribbean, and African but many people never get past the obsessively comprenensive Caribbean entertainment guide known as toronto-lime.com
Word is a reliable guide to urban culture as a popular weekly paper it is filled with fresh content
Sharenews.com, is Canada's largest Ethnic Newspaper.

GAY & LESBIAN CULTURE GUIDES

GayCanada Regional - Exploring Toronto The heart of the gay community of Toronto lives at Church and Wellesley and never seems to stop beating. Drop in at the  519 Church Street Community Centre to get started

GayToronto.com
A Gay Business directory

Pride Week in the Parade section of Annual Event Toronto in our image server
Gay Pride Week

Held since 1969 with a claim of the world's largest with over 1,000,000 participating in the many events 
GayCanada.com's guide to Pride Celebrations
Free listings for all organizations and businesses which  serve the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities of Canada.

BRAZILIAN GUIDES

brazil-flg.gif (21572 bytes)Brazilian in Toronto ||
 
There are many business ties between Toronto and Sao Paulo, Brazil (the world's third largest City), and both are top manufacturing cities.

A quarterly publication published in Toronto.

 
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