Today is my last day as a resident of Toronto and leaving feels very bittersweet indeed. I've been thinking a lot about who I was when I arrived here from Mexico, two and a half years ago, and who I am today on my way home to Vancouver. I am leaving with a bit more confidence, a lot more focus and a feeling of being connected to both sides of this huge country.
Toronto gets a lot of heat from the rest of Canada for being large and impersonal - too self centered and overly materialistic to be a nurturing city. But what everyone seems to leave unsaid is how vibrant the creative community is, how fiercely entrepreneurial and motivated it's residents are, and how welcoming everyone is to new people. When I arrived Scout & Catalogue was a fledgling art project that Toronto helped blossom into a full time job. I met new friends, created a home and learned how to survive sub-zero winters and revel in the heat of long summers. I will be forever grateful for my time here and the people I have encountered along the way.
Thank you Toronto and all the people that I have met over the last few years - you have truly changed me and my life.