We asked the Canadian Screen Awards–nominated actor (for Empire of Dirt) to give us her thoughts on the city.
What are your first memories of Toronto?
I grew up in Nogies Creek, just outside of Bobcaygeon, Ont., where we didn’t have access to cable TV. When my family would visit my aunt in the “big city,” my favourite thing to do was watch MuchMusic. After I saw the music video for Janet Jackson’s “You Want This,” we went to the Eaton Centre and I spent all of my allowance on a black crop top and white baggy overalls, Janet-style. I was too shy to ever wear that outfit to school.
Describe Toronto in one word.
What would you change about Toronto?
Ugh, Rob Ford. What an embarrassment.
What food does Toronto do best?
The best thing about Toronto is the variety! You can find whatever you’re craving.
The Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times. Actually, anything at Buddies, all year long. It’s the greatest theatre in the city.
What’s the most underrated tourist attraction?
I don’t know if it’s underrated, but my favourite tourist attraction is Toronto Island. I would spend the whole summer there if I could.
Favourite musical act that’s come out of the city?
The Greg Cockerill Band! They’re playing Apr. 3 at The Dakota, and I can’t wait! I also really love The Weeknd. I listen to him on the way to auditions to feel like I can take over the world.
You’re faced with designing a new flag for Toronto. What’s on it?
Definitely a rainbow.
The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast on CBC, Mar. 9 at 8 p.m.