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The top 10 Toronto viral videos of all time

Posted by Derek Flack / November 5, 2010

Top ten Toronto Viral VideosThe top 10 Toronto viral videos are a tough lot to choose. It might seem to make sense to make one's selection based solely on view counts, but having tried such a strategy, I can attest to the fact that it doesn't always produce the most interesting or funny content. That's not to say, however, that view count isn't the main factor -- the subject is viral videos, after all -- but that in certain cases there's worthy stuff out there that only went viral in local capacity.

That local limitation also disqualifies lots of stuff that's only loosely related to Toronto, but still tagged with the city's name. I've left those out for the sake of consistency and because there's plenty of other lists out there upon which they're featured. Speaking of which, my motivation for pulling these together today is to offer something of a local counterpart to UGO's recently released The 50 Awesomest Viral Videos Under 30 Seconds Long, which, despite the length of the videos is a supreme time-waster if there ever was one.

Oh, and on the "all time" of the title: while YouTube hasn't been around that long, I use it to distinguish from the yearly roundups that we've done and will likely continue to do.

The million plus club

Cheerleader devoured by Raptor
At over 3 million views, this little stunt at a Toronto Raptors game impressed more than just the announcers.

Oasis Attack
While the incident itself isn't really funny, I love that Laim Gallagher starts to play tough guy right at the moment the attacker -- who was later arrested and charged -- is apprehended by security staff.

Mermaids debate the existence of Dinosaurs
A Toronto Zoo ad that brought the viewers out in droves -- I wonder why?

CN Tower lightning strikes
This video takes the view count crown as far as Toronto thunderstorm videos go, but one shouldn't forget Sam Javanrouh's high quality time-lapse video on the same subject.

G20 Looter
There's quite a few G20 videos that went viral -- including the now infamous Officer Bubbles clip -- but this one remains my favourite.

HPO flight
Over a million people have watched the 19.3 second flight of the Human-Powered Ornithopter.

Under a million, but still worthy

The worst parking job ever
This isn't the original version, which was pulled at some point, but it still has over 200,00 views. The title pretty much says it all as far as descriptions go...

Fire on TTC Bus
Relatively low pageviews aren't enough to keep this one off the list. I always wonder what it is that the arsonist has forgotten when he pauses and checks his coat before leaving the scene.

Sunrise Propane Explosion
This is what a massive explosion looks like at night.

Pedal car pulled over by police
I guess it seemed like a good idea at the time...


Workplace safety
More Ontario-based than Toronto, this series of commercials made their point rather, er, dramatically. Warning: somewhat NSFW.

For more locally based viral videos, check out the The Top 10 Toronto Viral Videos of 2009. And if I've missed a clip that you thinks demands inclusion, I'd be happy to put together a reader's choice section at the bottom.



agentsmith / November 5, 2010 at 02:49 pm
That kid was innocently expressing his legal right to protest, you guys.
Mike / November 5, 2010 at 02:58 pm
What about this one?
agentpaws / November 5, 2010 at 03:00 pm
Another AMAZING Toronto video with the best Toronto peeps:
Alison replying to a comment from Mike / November 5, 2010 at 03:01 pm
Seconded.. I thought for sure that would be at the top of the list!
Dave / November 5, 2010 at 03:02 pm
AgentSmith: That's sarcasm right? You are allowed the right to peaceful protest ... not to loot a store for not good reason. The guy wasn't even protesting, he was just a straight up vandal.
Stephen / November 5, 2010 at 03:05 pm

The fellow behind this one is a Torontonian!
picard102 / November 5, 2010 at 03:07 pm
Love those WSIB ads
marlon replying to a comment from agentsmith / November 5, 2010 at 03:10 pm
agentsmith, you can't tell the difference between people expressing their right to legal protest and a thieving opportunist. I think that says more about you than anything else.
blazo / November 5, 2010 at 03:14 pm
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Daniel replying to a comment from Mike / November 5, 2010 at 03:14 pm
Ya, this video made it on to Tosh.O, it should definitely be on this list.
Michael replying to a comment from marlon / November 5, 2010 at 03:17 pm
I don't usually defend people I don't know but I'm pretty sure the "you guys" part indicates that this is indeed sarcasm.

Get with the lexicon of the guys.

notamouse / November 5, 2010 at 03:37 pm

ok so it's wonderland but a toronto radio station....
jd8921 / November 5, 2010 at 03:38 pm
Don't forget this one. Which made the news around the world I believe.
marlon replying to a comment from Michael / November 5, 2010 at 03:45 pm
lol thanks for your attempt to translate a strangers words michael. I'm pretty sure he was painting peaceful protesters with the same brush as the opportunist in the video: suggesting that this is the 'peaceful protesters' people speak of. I could be wrong, I think we should wait for the horses mouth to speak.
Displays / November 5, 2010 at 03:47 pm
The one below has a real Toronto feel.
Recorded @ No frills / Dufferin mall
agentsmith replying to a comment from marlon / November 5, 2010 at 04:02 pm
He's right, you guys.
Ming replying to a comment from agentsmith / November 5, 2010 at 04:51 pm
You sir are a terrorist.
joey / November 5, 2010 at 05:02 pm
Joe / November 5, 2010 at 05:02 pm
I thought the Yonge St vid rocked..
Justin / November 5, 2010 at 06:19 pm
re: Sunrise Propane video

I'm a little uneasy that one of the clips in this whimsical list of viral videos resulted in a person's death.
bonkers / November 5, 2010 at 07:34 pm

this one's been uploaded a few times, this version doesn't have too many hits though.

the police use their car to pin a guy to a pole
Nat / November 5, 2010 at 08:21 pm
If you think the WSIB ads are gruesome, you haven't seen the German forklift safety video. It contains some dark humor.
Amadahy replying to a comment from Displays / November 6, 2010 at 12:59 am
HAAAAAAAAHAHA I just died a little inside.
cancsis replying to a comment from Mike / November 6, 2010 at 01:44 am
I agree. This is what viral is all about.
TokyoTuds / November 6, 2010 at 10:50 am
Toboggan race on TV news! This ranks in the top 3 with the G20 Looter.
hellebelle / November 6, 2010 at 09:04 pm
re: pedal car gets pulled over by toronto cops

"the safety factor is...unsafe." LOL
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