I Introduce Myself – Crazy German Stuff

Hi, I’m Maria from Germany – far, far away. I want to tell you something about my past and the reasons for my decision to come to Canada, especially Toronto. So I, the girl from the East of Germany, was born in 1989. I had a normal childhood, crazy friends and hobbies, like graffiti and photo-editing, and a lovely family. I tried different kinds of sports, like dancing, swimming, soccer and badminton. And I finished my sports life with boxing – I loved to be a boxer, my parents did not! When I finished school, I began an education in the areas of media and communication. Some people can cut hair, I can cut videos in a professional way. But this is not the only thing I had learned. In this time I started to be interested in Social Media. You know what it is? Like Blogs, Facebook accounts, following, liking, sharing – just to be online to be on-line with my friends! When I began my studies in business administration in 2009 I was a little bit afraid about things like Controlling and Linear Algebra. But then I focused on Marketing, Human Resource Management and Securities Analysis. And then I liked to study! In my last two semesters I did an internship in an online marketing company and wrote my bachelor thesis in the fields of Social Media and E-Recruiting. At this time I got itchy feet. I wanted to see the world, other people, other cities – you know this feeling? I found out which German travel agency could help me to feel better. I looked up on the list, where I could choose to go and there I saw it: CANADA. My first thought: “Amazing, I want to be there!”. I talked to my parents and they … Read more

Ciao Italia! Do you know Little Italy?

Little Italy is a district in Toronto where mostly Italian Canadians but also Portuguese and Latin Americans live. You want to go to bars, restaurants and shops with an Italian flair? – It’s the right district for you to visit. You can search Little Italy on Google and then you can open sites where users talk about their experiences, what they’ve done and what they can recommend. Some people say that’s very nice to spend their vacation there because of the good hotels, friendly people and good meals. Everyone, it doesn’t matter how much money you want to spend, can have a amazing time there. Drinking an Italian espresso is one of the “must do’s” in Little Italy. College Street is the heart of this district. Cafes and shops with names like Cafe Diplomatico, Bitondos Pizza, Riviera Bakery and Sicilian Ice Cream maybe inspire your interest. When you’re hungry let me push this feeling with words like creamy lobster risotto, parma, delicious home-made ice cream and other Italian delicacies. Maybe you’re a nightlife person. Little Italy has many bars and clubs. Have a look at these locations and tell us about your experiences. We’ll be excited to know what you can recommend! The cafes and bars in Italian style invite everybody to sit down, relax and enjoy. The people who live there are spending their time and energy to making this district a better place every day. When you take a walk through the streets you’ll feel the friendly atmosphere. So the Italian heart beats also in Toronto. Try to go there, have fun and get to know another culture and history. Best regards, Your EC Team   source: http://deblewis.ca/debblog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Taste-of-Little-Italy.jpeg

Chinatown

Hi everybody, In order to let you know more about Toronto and its cultures, today we are going to talk about one of the most famous areas of the city, which is Chinatown. 4. Chinatown Chinatown is a neighbourhood centred on Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue and it is one of the largest Chinatowns in North America as well as one of several major Chinese-Canadian communities in the Greater Toronto Area. Chinese people first arrived in Toronto during the 1870s with the migration of American Chinese from California due to racial conflicts in United States. The first Chinatown was located near of Elizabeth and Hagerman Street, but by the 1950s they moved to their present location in Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue. Sam Ching was the first Chinese man documented in the City’s registry, but by 1910 Toronto’s Chinese population had grown to over a thousand and they started to establish restaurants, grocery stores, and hand laundries for their neighborhood. Nowadays, Chinatown is one of the most important neighbourhoods in Toronto, with the second largest population living in Toronto after the South Asian people. Visit Chinatown and learn more about Chinese culture in Toronto! For more information: http://www.toronto-chinatown.info/  

Ways to Enjoy Toronto

This was written by students in Zia’s High Intermediate class. Our students produce many interesting pieces of writing. Ways to Enjoy Toronto By Ana Carolina Guerrero, Flávio Fonseca, and Jun-Su Kim (Danny) If you want to drink… If you want to drink, we recommend you bars, pubs and cheap drinks. Bars – Unlovable is cool. That is just a fact. There is no way to explain this hot bar. It was selected as one of the best new bars in Toronto. Part of what makes any bar great is location. The Piston couldn’t have gotten either of these any better. It offers a surprisingly great kitchen and an equally fine live room in the back. Everything is great even the interior, staff and cocktails. Pubs – Toronto has dozens of great pubs that surpass your expectations. You can have different types of food from fish and chips to burgers. If you want to experience a traditional Canadian atmosphere, go to C´est what. It’s located in the cellar of a historic century old building in the St. Lawrence market area. Cheap drinks – We know that we are students. We don’t have enough money to drink bottles of beer. However, you can pay half the price for the same drink you can get somewhere. Not every place is cheap all the time but if you pick the right night of the week, you can get a deal. For example you can pick up chicken wings for half price at St. Louis Bar and Grill.   If you want to dance… If you are a lover of nightclubs, Toronto is one of the best places in the world that you can go.  There are hundreds of nightclubs in the city and most of them are located downtown. The main nightclub in Toronto … Read more

Latin American culture in Toronto

Hi everybody, In this post, we are going to talk about the Latin American culture, but specifically, we want to invite you to the Mexican Independence Day celebration, which will take place this Saturday, September 15 at Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall, Toronto). Did you know that in 2006, Latin American people in Toronto made up 2.6 % of our population? Well, as you already know, Toronto is a city full of culture and it is really easy to find people from different Spanish-speaking countries, so LSC/EC Toronto is happy to give you more information on this topic.  3. Latin American people in Toronto The Latin American area of Toronto is located around Bloor and Bathurst Sts .  Most of this area is comprised of people from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua. The Latin American people arrived in Canada in the late 20th century trying to find better economic opportunities and avoid the political repression that they were living under in their native countries. This weekend, people from Mexico are celebrating their Independence Day.  We want to invite you to this amazing celebration which will take place this Saturday, September 15 in Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall, Toronto) from 12 noon til 8 PM.          Come and join the Mexicans in their traditional Mexican fiesta and have fun, while you listen to mariachis, eat some Mexican food and shout…. ¡VIVA MEXICO!

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

Hi Everybody, Did you know Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world? Well, in order to give you more details about our multicultural city and as LSC/EC Toronto promised before, we are going to continue talking about our neighbourhoods and their cultures. Our next neighbourhood is Roncesvalles and its Polish festival, which will take place this weekend. 2. Roncesvalles Roncesvalles is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, located around Roncesvalles Avenue, south of Bloor St and east of High Park, the largest park in Toronto. Roncesvalles was a farm owned by John Howard, but in 1873 he decided to donate a large parcel of land to the city of Toronto. In the first half of the 20th century, the place was mostly populated by people from England, but in the post-World War II era a large number of Polish immigrants settled in the area. Nowadays, the area is known as the cultural centre of Toronto’s Polish community and every year holds the Polish festival, which will take place this year on September 15 and September 16 in Roncesvalles town. Come to this great festival and don’t lose the opportunity to learn more about Polish culture, its music, its people and its delicious food. For more information about the Roncesvalles area, go to its web page: http://polishfestival.ca/

Cabbagetown Festival

Hi everybody, as you know here in Toronto we have people from different parts of the world, living in different neighbourhoods. So in order to let you know more about them, LSC/EC Toronto has decided to post some information about these neighbourhoods every week. Our first neighbourhood will be Cabbagetown and its festival. Here we go! Cabbagetown – Festival of the arts   Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood located on the east side of downtown Toronto, on Parliament St., near St. James Town and Regent Park, where you can find the best preserved Victorian houses in all of North America. Cabbagetown’s name derives from the poor Irish immigrants who used to say that they were so poor that grew cabbage in their front yards. The Cabbagetown festival is considered one of Toronto’s best festivals, which takes place every year in September and this year there is no exception for this cultural event, starting this weekend September 8 – 9, 2012, from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm on Parliament St. North of Gerrard, in Cabbagetown. The event will bring performers, artists, artisans, dancers, music and food from different parts of the world and more. Come to have fun while you are learning about other cultures, don’t miss it! For more information, visit the website: http://www.oldcabbagetown.com/