National Geographic recently released its Best Trips 2019 list, and guess which city is on the list. That’s right, Toronto is one of 28 places that National Geographic says you should visit next year.
Why visit Toronto? Mainly because of the diversity and multiculturalism.
National Geographic draws attention to the fact that almost 50% of Toronto residents are immigrants and more than 200 languages are spoken here. The array of cultures leads to a wide selection of cuisines, like the Colombian-inspired Kojin at Momofuku, which gets a shoutout.
Drake and The Weeknd also get a shoutout. National Geographic mentions Drake just for being Drake - some people credit him for putting Toronto on the map. There’s even a free walking tour in Toronto, Tours of the 6, inspired by Drake’s lifestyle and involvement in downtown Toronto.
The Weeknd’s HXOUSE, which he co-founded with La Mar Taylor, is also featured; it’s an emerging artists’ incubator, “fostering innovation and opportunity for creative entrepreneurs.” The HXOUSE website goes on to say, “We facilitate connections between talent and industry to build mutually beneficial relationships between future talent and current industry titans.”
An event that residents and tourists have to look forward to in 2019 is the debut of the Toronto Biennial of Art. Starting on September 21, 2019, the Biennial features 90 days of contemporary art, exhibitions, educational events, and performances on the waterfront.
“This Biennial will also be deeply collaborative, developed in partnership with other organizations,” reads the Toronto Biennial of Art website. “Our shared aim is to galvanize this city and connect its communities around art and culture. In an effort to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, admission to curated venues and outdoor installations will be free and open to the public.”
The National Geographic Best Trips list also says that you need to visit Kensington Market and Chinatown in Toronto, and there are 140 distinct neighbourhoods for you to explore.
While these are all reasons you should visit Toronto, they are also reasons why you should live in Toronto (and buy a new home in Toronto). If diversity and engaging a healthy and robust arts community is important to you, then Toronto is the place to be!