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5 lasting memories in Toronto from 2015

What will you remember as the defining moment of 2015? Were you swept up in the Pan Am Pandamonium? Did you catch Blue Jays fever? Are you mourning the loss of a notable restaurant or bar?

Here are my lasting Toronto memories from 2015.

Panamania enchants the city
With the incessant complaining and an apparent lack of ticket sales, it came as a surprise that many of us actually embraced the summer-long Panamania arts and cultural programming that brought free (and top-notch) concerts to public spaces such as Nathan Phillips Square. Let's hope these types of events become the norm and not the exception.

Toronto swells with Blue Jays pride
We made the playoffs for the first time in 22 years and it felt like the entire city jumped on the Jays bandwagon. From watching games in the Bird's Nest to sharing memes of Jose Bautista's bat flip, Toronto truly came together to rally behind our boys in blue.

Toronto artists top popular music charts
Some are calling 2015 the year of Drake, but many other local musicians made waves both in Toronto and around the world. From Alessia Cara's breakout hit "Here" to the Weeknd's stunning Beauty Behind the Madness Album, artists from the GTA reigned supreme on the charts and also racked up numerous Grammy nominations.

Another member of city council makes international headlines
If 2015 wasn't Drake's year, it was definitely Norm Kelly's. The Ward 40 city councillor became famous locally for his dad-joke-style tweets and gained worldwide attention after involving himself in the Drake versus Meek Mill feud.

New international-calibre music fest makes its debut
WayHome, though located outside of Toronto, was filled with urbanites who escaped the city for a magical weekend away. The inaugural festival went off seemingly without a hitch and included a three hour set from Neil Young and a Broken Social Scene reunion.

What are your lasting memories? Add them to the comments.

Photo of WayHome by Jesse Milns.


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