I feel like I’m always ranting about Toronto; maybe I’m just trying to figure out what drives the city, what disparate forces are at play. I grew up there but moved away when I was 18, before I’d had a chance to really get into it. Now when I go back to visit family or play a show, I have a completely different experience. So when I read ridiculous things about the city, I am personally affected…from a distance, of course.
Last night I read this: Iconic Matador Club saved from Expropriation. Now every great city has to have a deep cultural aspect to it. It seems like Toronto has always been suffering from architechtural impotence, and is constantly trying to make itself remarkable again (see: Art Gallery, Opera Centre, Rogers Centre). Toronto has like two really beautiful, historical buildings. Everyhting else either burned down in the Great Fire of 1904 or was built after the 60’s; and with all post-war architechture, it gets really ugly and out of style within half a decade. An example of Toronto’s inferiority complex: you would not belive the hooplah surrounding the fact that the CN Tower was recently dethroned as the “world’s tallest tower” to the as yet uncompleted Burj Dubai. It was like front page news. If you ask me, it’s all an ugly pissing contest, anyway.
SO….The Matador. Did you read the article? This building dates to WWI, and citizens want to tear it down to make more PARKING. See, this is the kind of short-sighted Toronto mindset that I can’t understand. On one hand, the city has made exceptional efforts to reduce waste (most Montrealers really hate recycling…I think two people on my street recycle), and is socially responsible almost to a fault. But really, what good is morality when history and identity have no value? It just becomes pretense. So will somebody please pull in the reins on this wild beast of a city?