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CITY SPOTLIGHT Toronto: Deliciously diverse BY BOB ROUSE To get additional details about Toronto, contact Tourism Toronto’s Maxine Morrell-West at mmorrellwest@torcvb.com or visit seetorontonow.com. 30 January 2018 PHOTOS: As part of Team NTA attending Tourism Cares for Toronto (with Mary Catherine Dorsett [center] and Catherine Prather), I explor ed the city at street level with a graffiti tour showcasing Toronto’s prolific street artists, and I enjoyed a bird’s eye view—and dinner— atop the CN Tower. NTA members are in bold type. Last May, when Tourism Cares announced Toronto as one of its “cares-for” cities, I elbowed out my NTA col- leagues to claim a spot. It was scheduled for late October, see, and that’s World Series time. I’m a big fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, and I was certain they’d be playing in the Series. The fact that the Blue Jays finished well shy of the playoffs nearly dampened my enthusiasm for my visit (from, like, 100 percent to about 98). But after spending a few days exploring the city, I didn’t give the World Series a second thought. I would venture to guess that a visit to Toronto is what every traveler needs. There is so much variety, in so many ways: attractions, activities, cultures, neighborhoods, sports, food, people, hangouts … and on and on. I had visited the city several years before, but it just feels different now. “The city is constantly changing, which makes our job easier. We can always tell new stories,” Vanessa Somarriba told me during lunch at a downtown pizzeria (where even the pizza seemed new and different—see page 32 for evidence). Somarriba is the media relations manager for Tourism Toronto, and she said that in a city of neighbor- hoods, even the streets change. “As you walk down Queen Street, for example, it can go from grainy to Saks.” DORSETT I FORGOT ALL ABOUT BASEBALL.