Toronto is no stranger to the spotlight. From the Toronto International Film Festival, to our very own Aubrey Graham (aka Drake), our city manages to make international headlines regularly. And this month is no different, with Toronto being the topic of discussion through several international publications, and one animated film.

Again, this spotlight isn’t new. But it has been a while since it’s truly shined. Prior to 2020, Toronto made so many international “best of” lists, including CNN’s Best Christmas Markets in the world in 2019, and one of the world’s most exciting destinations that same year.

And in 2020, Toronto was named the 2nd safest city to live in, as well as a “top global destination to visit, meet, invest, work, and live” in a ranking of the world’s 100 best cities.

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So as we said, this month is no different.

Here are the big shout outs to Toronto in March:

National Geographic

Toronto’s ancient system of ravines was the focus of a National Geographic story earlier this month. “Toronto is home to one of the world’s largest ravine systems, which is 30 times the size of New York’s Central Park,” reads a line from Josie Kao’s article, which highlights several different trails in the city.

Condé Nast Traveler

One of the best parts about living in Toronto is its food scene. And that’s what Danny Sinopoli writes about in his Condé Nast Traveler story titled “Why This Toronto Street Is the Most Delicious Stretch in the City.” The street? It’s King Street East, highlighting local faves like Gusto 501, Reyna on King, and Roselle Desserts.

The New York Times

And this brings us to this week’s story by the New York Times about Toronto’s booming tech scene. While Cade Metz’s headline is “Toronto, the Quietly Booming Tech Town,” this city is certainly no “town”.

“Thanks to years of investment from local universities, government agencies and business leaders and Canada’s liberal immigration policies, Toronto is now the third-largest tech hub in North America,” wrote Metz. And with jobs in tech constantly popping up, clearly Toronto’s tech boom is anything but quiet.

turning red
Image via Disney/Pixar

Last but not least…

Pixar x Disney

Turning Red debuted on March 11 and represents some huge firsts for a company as storied as Pixar: it’s the first feature film to be set in Canada, and the first to feature a female director. The film made waves internationally, and it is set in Toronto in the early 2000s. Turning Red doubles as both a love letter to the city and director Domee Shi’s childhood.

“You don’t see Toronto featured in a lot of movies in America, and it’s really an amazing opportunity to showcase the city that I grew up in and all of its diversity and colour,” Shi told us earlier this month.

And we absolutely love it!

There you have it, all the ways Toronto has been talked about this month. And we’re sure there will be more to come.