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5 videos worth re-watching from 2011

Posted by Derek Flack / December 21, 2011

Viral Videos TorontoThe term "viral" is thrown around a bit too loosely nowadays, especially when it comes to videos related to a specific city. So I'm going to avoid using that tag for the offerings below, even if in some cases you could make the argument that they deserve it. Most of these would be more like local viruses that spread within a given community, in this case Toronto.

For folks from Toronto, then, these are all worth re-watching as we begin to wrap up 2011. Sure, there are others that could have made it — most notably the recent phenomenon that is Shit Girls Say, but despite being set in Toronto, the super-popular original episode just doesn't seem to fit with the rest of this little list. And besides, it kind of already made it in that I'm mentioning and linking to it.

Here's five of my favourites from 2011. If you've got others, I'll embed the good ones that I've missed (there's got to be a few).

Lightning TO

Not to take away from any of the superb lightning storm videos of year's past — here's looking at you Sam Javanrouh — but Jon Simonassi's coverage of the wild electrical storm we got in late August went about as berserk as local videos go, racking up almost 740,000 views since it was posted the morning after the storm. Despite all the fantastic still photography devoted to the event, Simo's video did the best job of capturing just how bizarre and awesome the storm was.

401 Truck Crash

This one stretches the local tag a bit far, but this video of a driver almost getting fed a tractor trailer on the 401 near Guelph is just too good to pass up. Originally posted on CP24, the story was eventually picked up by CNN, which gave it some international traction. How did the driver get the video? Apparently, he once had problems with his insurance company and thus decided to record all of his car trips. Serendipity! Oh, and his verbal reaction is priceless.

Toronto Tempo

Of the timelapse sequences we've posted on the site — and there's been a few — none have been quite so well received as Ryan Emond's Toronto Tempo, which features that perfect mix of stunning visuals and a slick soundtrack. When we first posted it, I called it a love letter to Toronto, and I still like to think of it that way. Who could forget that SkyDome sequence?

Time Travel

The second most popular timelapse to capture Toronto in 2011, Ben Lean's Time Travel ain't no slouch. In fact, even though it didn't generate quite the traffic that the above video did, it wouldn't be hard to make the argument that it's every bit as good. Some people think these sequences are pointless and cheesy, but that's to miss the point. As far as pure eye-candy goes, this is great stuff.

Sex on the TTC!!!!
Sex on TTCAnd the last video is also the most recent. Just over a week ago a couple were filmed getting their hump on at Spadina Station. The video itself actually isn't altogether, hmmm, stimulating — but the mere idea that one could get so wrecked and horny on a Sunday afternoon is remarkable in and of itself. Watch the NSFW video here.

Photos by picturenarrative and Alex Luyckx, respectively.



TTC HOTTT / December 21, 2011 at 02:35 pm
Glenn H / December 21, 2011 at 02:40 pm
Great choices.. had the pleasure to meet Ben Lean one night at Cherry Beach in May 2011.. and yes, he had his camera... Nice to see one of his videos in your top 5!!
xRTGx / December 21, 2011 at 03:49 pm
I tried taking some photos out the front of the subway, similar to the imagery in the "Toronto Tempo" video. The driver stopped the train to come out of his booth and yell at us that we're not allowed to be at the front of the train. He was a pleasant man.
BobChord / December 21, 2011 at 05:40 pm
How about a late write in candidate via The Grid?
Laura / December 22, 2011 at 09:37 am
Anyone know what the hot track from the Tronto Tempo video is?
Matt K / December 22, 2011 at 01:39 pm
LOL- funny to see my video posted up here again! (I'm the lucky driver!)
ZXCV replying to a comment from xRTGx / December 22, 2011 at 09:55 pm
It looks more like he shot at the back of the train rather than the front and reversed the order of the photos in the timelapse to make it appear as if it was moving forward. I always feel hesitant shooting in places like the subway or malls cause of security guards and such. But I guess if you ask for permission that might work too.
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Pedro replying to a comment from ZXCV / February 1, 2014 at 01:06 pm
The TTC will never give you permission to film because they charge an arm and a leg for the privilege to bigger productions. Best to just be sneaky, and often the clueless employees will believe you have a permit if you are clever enough.
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