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How should Toronto celebrate its 180th birthday?

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 13, 2014

toronto flagMarch 6th is Toronto's birthday, and that should be cause for celebration say two city councillors. In a motion to be presented at city council next week, Paul Ainslie and Mike Layton will ask city staff to investigate ways to officially recognize the day the Town of York was incorporated.

Right now, the city doesn't do much to mark the day it officially became a legal entity, probably because when it's phrased like that it smacks of dull formality. In 2009, the year Toronto turned 175, there was a year-long series of events, including a day of festivities at City Hall on the March 6th.

Toronto will turn 180 this March, making it a good a time as any to start a recurring event, say Ainslie and Layton. But how best to celebrate the city? A stat holiday would be nice but, let's face it, it won't happen. If the motion clears city council, the city manager will investigate "appropriate" ways to mark the date.

How do you think Toronto should celebrate its birthday? The late winter date doesn't lend itself to picnics and barbecues but perhaps an event like Quebec's Winter Carnival would work, provided it had a local twist.

Write your ideas in the comment section or tweet us with the hashtag #TO180.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Alex Indigo/blogTO Flickr pool.



Larry / February 13, 2014 at 02:28 pm
quiet night in?
raccoonw/bread / February 13, 2014 at 02:35 pm
I can make Rob Ford pinatas.
Lat K / February 13, 2014 at 02:42 pm
With some crack at the Steak Queen?
Rob Ford / February 13, 2014 at 02:57 pm
Build some subways subways subways! And a ferris wheel!
alan / February 13, 2014 at 03:03 pm
ride the powerless mayor out of town on a crack pipe...GET RID OF HIM ONCE AND FER ALL !!!!
glenn storey / February 13, 2014 at 03:44 pm
by arresting a certain somebody.
Teri / February 13, 2014 at 04:41 pm
lets all get together and smoke crack, obviously!
lol / February 13, 2014 at 04:42 pm
Build a condo
barista / February 13, 2014 at 05:09 pm
make doug's words a reality and give rob ford the public lynching treatment?
David / February 13, 2014 at 05:21 pm
I enjoyed Sesquicentennial in 1984, but I think we should recognize only significant anniversaries (think bi-centennial in 2034). Otherwise, a minor acknowledment of another five years would be appropriate.
Jacob / February 13, 2014 at 06:42 pm
City-wide drunken stupor!
the real rob ford / February 13, 2014 at 08:42 pm
Have a Hazel McCallion wattles party!
Poot / February 13, 2014 at 09:06 pm
I vote we send shit through the mail. Yo, if everyone in the city sent one turd to City Hall, there'd be a lot of turds at City Hall. It's easy, just shit in a bag, put a stamp and an address on it and quietly drop it in your local post box. Fun for the whole family. Little babies can send their diapers, teenagers can be all moody and refuse to participate, and Grandmama can eat some Metamucil and send her little deer pellet poops in a bag with a politely worded protest letter at the complete lack of progress on anything being made by this spineless council and its hillbilly mayor.
john replying to a comment from Poot / February 13, 2014 at 09:23 pm
stupid comment, but funny...I laughed....
the real rob ford / February 13, 2014 at 10:10 pm
Crack party with Alanna...and...and...Sandro in a washroom cubicle FOR 90 MINUTES! Yee-hah! Ride me, Sandro, like you did in Coquitlam!
Steven / February 14, 2014 at 01:16 am
With the Toronto flag on the flag pole.
Happy Birthday Toronto / February 14, 2014 at 06:50 pm
We've got you covered, Toronto!

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*Love Letters Cabaret!
** A Breathtaking Tango Performance!
*** Art Exhibition featuring 22 Canadian artists!
** Thematic Models!
* Silent Auction!
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*** Caricature Artists!
** Sweet Treats!
* Swag!

And much MUCH more!!

*In support of Evergreen Brickworks*

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Dobra / February 15, 2014 at 12:27 am
Raise the Ukranian Flag!!! The travesty thats happening over there is effecting all genders, all sexual preferences. Raise the Ukranian Flag!
R-b f--d / February 15, 2014 at 03:06 am
Get Sandro to ream me! Yowzer!
Dr. Kukko / February 15, 2014 at 09:37 am
Get David Blaine to make R-b & D--g F--d disappear.
Dr. Kukko / February 15, 2014 at 06:11 pm
Put R-b F--d in stocks in front of City Hall with baskets of rotten fruit, dog shit, etc. & let everyone gets 3 throws. After an hour, D--g takes his, the asshats rotate thru 12 hours per day.
Viggo / February 16, 2014 at 07:17 pm
How about celebrating Toronto's 180th birthday with the world’s longest coffee table [1.8 km] down Yonge Street from Bloor to Dundas Square! Corporate sponsors for the coffee and donuts should be possible
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what gluten free cake meant to say / February 20, 2014 at 06:30 pm
Fly a pair of r-b f--d's frilly undies from a flag pole at city hall until he's voted out in October.
Jim Burnett / March 3, 2014 at 10:37 am
Rename the city Choronto, cuz it's obvious that it's overrun with all these damn Chinese people
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