CBC Toronto - Photo By Timothy Neesam
Alison VicrobeckAlison Vicrobeck

Alison Vicrobeck


I am 15 years old and am in Grade 10 at Toronto's Collège Français.
I represent the Fédération de la Jeunesse Franco-Ontarienne at my school.

I enjoy working with people and my positive attitude makes me a valuable member of several committees, including my school's student council. I am passionate about journalism and am the editor-in-chief of my student newspaper.

I also love to travel and explore other cultures, which is how I learned to enjoy a good book on the beach and appreciate all kinds of music. I listen to everything from Argentinian tango to Zouk from Martinique, African music to French singers, and of course American Hip-hop.

In my free time, I love to help others whether it's tutoring fellow students or volunteering at charities.

Little Italy

Toronto's Little Italy is bordered by Bloor Street to the north, Dundas to the south, Bathurst to the east, and Dovercourt Road to the west. The community was established in the 1920s by Italian immigrants who primarily worked in the railways and in the construction industry.

By the 1960s, many of the Italian families moved north into what's now known as Corso Italia, in the St. Clair West and Dufferin Street area. Today, Little Italy is an ethnically diverse community, but College Street is still lined with Italian restaurants, stores and cafes. Little Italy has evolved into a destination for students and young professionals because of its many popular bars and restaurants.

Every summer, the community's Italian roots are celebrated with The Taste of Little Italy. The festival closes down College Street, and cars are replaced by food stalls, clothing vendors and stages where musicians perform free concerts.

Related Websites

En Francais
en françaisToronto, la mosaïque
Pour voir les récits des participants francophones.
The grade eight basketball team at Cardinal Newman Elementary School
in depthToronto's Mosaic: A Reality Check
In March 2008 we brought you our first series on Toronto's cultural mosaic.
Sony Canada
special thanksSony Canada
Cameras for Toronto's Mosaic were provided by Sony Canada.