Steemians – Come One, Come All to Toronto

It’s a hot, hazy day here in Toronto and it’s about to get hotter. Just over two weeks to the SteemCreators Conference & SMT Summit put on by @steemcreators. Let me tell you, I’m pretty excited. Not only will it be a great opportunity to meet and greet but it’s in my home town.  

Welcome to Toronto!

If you are a film fan then you might know Toronto as we also host the annual international film festival (T.I.F.F.)  It’s an interesting time for residents as there are many celebrity sightings and celebrations that occur during the festival. And that’s just one of the festivals that Toronto hosts over the year.

Right now, the Canadian National Exhibition is opening up. It’s usually a sign that the summer is coming to an end. If you follow my blog you may have seen a few shots of my family enjoying the mid-way. We make the pilgrimage every year. The C.N.E ends on Sept 3 (which happens to be a long weekend.)  You’ll have to come a bit early to catch it.

Annual visit to the C.N.E.(Canadian National Exhibition) – Traditions

What can you do while you are here in Toronto? 

Great question! Aside from the fantastic speaker line up that has been put together for the conference there is also the After Hours concert to take in. 

I mentioned TIFF for a reason. It spins up on Sept. 6th so you will want to keep your eyes out for celebs. If you are extending your stay and want to learn more about what’s going on at TIFF, visit their site – Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). They have 115 films in the lineup for this year. 

While you are here some of the sights to see include the C.N.Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Toronto Island Park, Hockey Hall of Fame (get a taste of our love of the sport and culture.) If you go up town a bit you can hit the Royal Ontario Museum (we call it the ROM.)  

Just North of the venue is Queen’s Park (where the Government of Ontario resides) and the gorgeous U of T,  St. George’s campus.  

Toronto has a pretty good subway system to get around. If you intend to get out and about you should consider buying a day pass. It’s $12 and let’s you get on and off  the buses, streetcars and subway for the day (otherwise it’s $3 a ride.) More info at the Toronto Transit Commission (or T.T.C. as we call it) website.

If you are up for hoping on the TTC you should probably head to the distillery district. 

The Distillery District, is an historic location in Toronto that is a cobble-stoned industrial area with some great boutiques, restaurants and cafés. It’s a hot spot for locals and tourists and has a rich history that dates back to the beginning of Toronto’s industrial time.  

By Mathew Ingram (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Closer to the venue, but a little bit of a hike still, is the St. Lawrence Market.  It’s a Victorian building that was built in the 1800’s as the main public market.  Now it’s a historic show case for Toronto’s multiculturalism, foods and socialization. A sight to see and experience.

By Jeff Smith smitty1966 (https://unsplash.com/photos/BXhN9g58-Q0) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Today, the St. Lawrence Market remains a huge draw for Torontonians, as well as tourists, a piece of history that remains vibrant and at the heart of the city.

The Toronto Star –  Read some of the history of the Market https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/12/17/once-upon-a-city-st-lawrence-market-at-centre-of-torontos-history-since-1831.html

I could go on and on about our city.  It’s a great little big city.  Expect home town with a big side of Metropolis. Hopefully I’ve given you a little bit of a a look at our city. Maybe some things to do or see on your visit. Be sure to look for me and say “hi” when you are in town. 

If I can provide any additional concierge services please feel free to ask in the comments. Enjoy your time here and….

Welcome to Toronto!


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I'm a wannabe extrovert and an Interweb nerd who has spent the past 25+ years in the software industry. My first 10 years at Microsoft. I've served in the Canadian Military; I'm a humanist; I love coffee; love all things science and love spending time with my family.