Video History of Toronto

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This short video created for TEDx Toronto Conference last fall is a brief history of the culmination of our city Toronto.

The video starts from its early days going to today. As a proud citizen, not just a taxpayer, of Toronto it is great to see our diversity celebrated even if it is just for 150 seconds. If you don’t know where you came from, you will not know where you are going.

Enjoy,

Waynie

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6 Music Videos Filmed in #Toronto That I Love

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It’s no secret that when it comes to music, Toronto knows! Or maybe it is? Toronto has a rich history with music videos by local and international artists. Artists know when they come here to Toronto they will get an energetic and real reaction from the crowd. Truth be told I am a bit of a concert fiend especially in the summer months myself.

With that in mind, I decided to compile a list of music videos filmed on the streets of Toronto. I am not saying these are the best music videos ever, but in my opinion these are simply music videos filmed in Toronto that I personally appreciate.

And in no particular order:

6. Drake – Headlines

From Drake’s second full length album ‘ Take Care’ in 2011, this was a video that used different parts of the city including the SkyDome (no never the Rogers Centre), the CN Tower and even the old Guild Inn in Scarborough. I remember when on the Gardiner Drake had a billboard for Take Care up. Getting to see the time-lapsed opening of the Dome is pretty cool on its own!

5. Stereo Love – Edward Maya & Mia Martina

When this version of the Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina smash-hit was covered by New Brunswick’s Mia Martina it was EVERYWHERE! It haunted your dreams and followed you to every club, restaurant and sometimes even Dollarama! When I watched this video for the first time back in 2010 it gave me a new appreciation for the song and Toronto. I can’t recall ever seeing Toronto being shot in that kind of way and it was impressive. Toronto looked European to me in this video.

4. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

The first time I ever heard this song was after the 2010 Grammy Awards one of my college classes. The professor was showing us some of the effects they used in their performance to create a ghost projector kind of effect. I liked the song so I got home looked for the music video and to my surprise it was filmed in Toronto! If I’m not mistaken this single, ‘Need You Now’ really made Lady Antebellum blow up! You can see King St East, The Patrician Grill, a Beck Taxi and The King Edward Hotel. Great song, great concept and great video.

3. Let Your Backbone Slide – Maestro Fresh Wes

The year was 1989, a young rapper by the name of Wesley Williams had the audacity to make a landmark song and video which finally put Canadian Hip-Hop on the map! You can see a TTC streetcar in the background which 25 years later is still what we use. Undeniably, ‘Let Your Backbone Slide’ breathed life into young Canadians who had dreams of being hip-hop artists. This video was played on MTV in the US and if I’m not mistaken is the Best Selling Canadian Hip-Hop Single of All-Time. Yes kids, there was someone before Drake.

2. The Anthem – Kardinal Offishall

If you are from Toronto and you don’t know Kardi you need to move right now! This video was released in 2011 and it literally should be a tourism video as it shows all the best-known and lesser known landmarks in Toronto. Scarborough, Etobicoke and North York also get some love too! What makes this video even better is that the actual lyrics are a love letter to Toronto. Kardi loves Toronto and Toronto loves you back.

1. Rise Up – The Parachute Club

While this song is a bit before my time you cannot deny the power of this song. ‘Rise Up’ to me is a song demanding equality for all. Toronto has always been in the forefront for equal rights for women, minorities and the LGBT community. The late great politician Jack Layton used this song in his last political campaign. This song was a call to action and people still to this day respond to ‘Rise Up’ all over the place, not just in Canada.

Hope you enjoyed my little list, might you have any favourites?

Waynie

Being ‘Happy’ in Toronto on a Cold Winter Day!

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A friend of mine sent me a link to this video a few days ago and I gotta admit it is pretty infectious! The video was done by Flip TFO

They made -17C look somewhat enjoyable, once you keep an open mind. Dancing throughout the streets of Toronto to Pharrell Williams’ smash hit ‘ Happy’. Sadly, no one was wearing his infamous ‘Arby’s’ style hat in the video.

Really cool to see this group get everyday citizens of Toronto in on the fun too.

Sidenote, don’t forget to check out ‘This Is Not A Toy’ exhibit at the Design Exchange guest curated by the one and only Pharrell Williams going on until May 19th.
http://www.dx.org/index.cfm?pagepath=exhibitions/current_exhibitions&id=47464

Enjoy,

Waynie