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article imageOp-Ed: Toronto's Version of Times Square - Yonge-Dundas Square Special

By Andrew Moran
Sep 18, 2009 in Travel
Every major metropolitan city across the globe has their own major street intersection, whether it's New York's Times Square, Lombard Street in San Francisco and the darling streets in France and Italy. Now Toronto can be held in the same regards.
The city of Toronto has many sites, sounds and attractions but the biggest hotspot in the downtown core is Yonge- Dundas Square. The best way to describe this corner of Toronto is Times Square in New York.
There are a variety of activities consistently happening at this corner; protests, festivals, stores, restaurants, movie theaters and thousands of people crossing the street on a daily basis.
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On Friday, a Toronto International Film Festival attraction took place that gave viewers free showings of motion pictures from the 1920s to the present day. On their opening day, last Friday, they played the silent film ‘Treasure Island’. Across the street from a TIFF presentation is an AMC movie theater.
This complex, which opened a short time ago, has a variety of retail outlets: restaurants and buffets, Future Shop, HMV and others.
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Another activity that happened on Friday was a mini-concert of amateur musicians playing the drums and guitars. These musicians, especially the lead drummer, have been playing at Yonge and Dundas for several years and are given applause on an hourly basis.
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If music and films do not interest you then how about magic shows? Two acts, simultaneously, were showing the tricks of the trade, literally, with the old famous card tricks and disappearing acts of objects.
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Of course, you can always hold a protest like the famous Sri Lankan protest of the Tamil Tigers that was held in spring of this year that blocked the roads of the entire Yonge and Dundas intersection. Or, as Digital Journal reported, a protest to release Libyan imprisoned Consul General Doctor Malachi K. York.
Every day, Yonge and Dundas has many shows for the average person and all you have to do, no matter where you are in the Greater Toronto Area, is take the Yonge Subway to Dundas and you’re there in a matter of minutes. The Ryerson University campus is just one block away from the intersection, so students can enjoy spectacles that occur everyday.
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All this entertainment is absolutely free. You do not have to go very far if you’re in the mood for shopping, entertainment, food and most important of all: enjoyment.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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