It wasn’t too long ago that hockey and cold weather were the only things that came to mind when you told someone you were from Canada. Boy, has that changed. From Rob Ford’s infamous crack video to Drake’s rise to becoming one of the world’s premiere entertainers (with much credit to Toronto along the way), our city is no longer a secret.
From music to entertainment to fashion, Toronto is not only part of the conversation but is influencing pop culture worldwide. That’s why I’ve decided to narrow down the most valuable Torontonians (aka those born or based in Toronto and maximize our city’s pride).
So without further ado, these are the top 10 most valuable Torontonians:
Patrick J. Adams
Better known as Mike Ross on the can’t miss drama Suits, Patrick J Adams has quickly become one of the top Canadian actors. Known for portraying the college dropout turned brilliant lawyer Mike Ross, Adams has kept thousands on the edge of their seats waiting to see what he’ll do next. Also an avid photographer and proud Toronto resident, we’re happy he calls our city home.
The second star on this list to get their start on Degrassi is Nina Dobrev. After three years on the Canadian teen drama, she got her breakout role playing the girl next door (Elena Gibert) on The Vampire Diaries, winning a string of awards and attracting a legion of fans while at it. With a role in the third installment of XXX opposite Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson in the works for next year, it’s safe to say she’s doing the city proud.
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Move over Justin Bieber, there’s a new kid in town. Making a name by singing covers (sound familiar?), the 18-year-old has since gone on to release a number one album and a handful of top 10 hits. While pop music may not be your forte, there’s no denying that Mendes’ success and has put a spotlight on our music industry as a whole.
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One of the underground pioneers of the EDM explosion is none other than Toronto’s own Zeds Dead. The duo has records on labels like Mad Decent and Ultra Music while gaining the support of industry heavyweights like Diplo & Skrillex. With a new record label recently launched and a major North American tour underway, expect to hear more dope music coming your way.
Toronto Raptors ambassador, OVO founder and record-breaking recording artist, Aubrey Graham needs no introduction. If Drake’s worth to the city is anywhere close to this number, there’s nothing left to say.
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Ever since his first mixtape House of Balloons, The Weeknd has created a name for himself through his dark, sultry twist on R&B. With a band of loyal fans that have been with him from the start, the past few years has seen the Weeknd shoot into superstar status with singles such as I Can’t Feel My Face & The Hills. With only two full-length albums under his belt, it looks like Drake might have some competition.
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Peter Tsebelis & Gus Giazitzidis
The duo behind Jamie’s Italian, Buca (all three) and Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse – arguably some of Toronto’s best restaurants – is none other than Peter Tsebelis & Gus Giazitzidis. Since 2009, the duo has steadily expanded their King Street Food Company empire with multiple locations of their Buca concept, a second outpost of Jamie’s Italian, and a French restaurant dubbed La Banane set to open on Ossington. With such a wide breadth of restaurants, we’re eager to see what they dip into next.
Mel Ashcroft, Brian Richards & Dwayne Kennedy
While not a household name outside of the fashion world, The Collections is responsible for nurturing your favorite designer’s favorite up & comer. Run by co-founders Mel Ashcroft, Brian Richards & Dwayne Kennedy, the Collections is a full-service creative Agency responsible for helping launch the likes of Sid Neigum & Beaufille. Now that Toronto Fashion Week is a thing of the past, expect The Collections to play an even bigger role in Canada’s fashion landscape.
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Shane Vitaly Foran
While traditional retailers and luxury brands are struggling to stay afloat, Shane Vitaly Foran has managed to accomplish what most creative dream off, establish a legitimate fashion business. What started as just an accessory line has now grown into clothing and accessory offerings that are sold in over 200 retailers worldwide, plus a flagship location opening in the heart of downtown Toronto soon. All this in about 4 years has us giddy for the future of Vitaly.