I was born almost seventeen years ago in a small village in Switzerland. When I arrived in Toronto in 2006, I remember seeing the buildings and people and thinking; Im never going to survive. But here I am. Now, I love life in this city... The language I didn't speak when I arrived, the shopping centres, the diversity and the atmosphere.
I love making people happy and making people laugh. To me, nothing is more beautiful than a smile.
Music is my biggest passion; everything from Lily Allen to Iron Maiden. I play guitar and love to sing. I write a lot, read a lot, talk a lot and laugh a lot. I need simple things to be happy and so far I'd say that approach is working pretty well for me.
Tucked between Little Italy and Downtown Chinatown, Kensington Market is a unique and distinct pocket of Toronto. It is one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods, which was founded largely by Jewish business owners in the early 1900s. Since that time, the small community has evolved into a vibrant and multicultural enclave.
Today, Kensington Market is known for its vintage clothing shops, fruit and veggie stands, butchers and independent stores and restaurants, including Tom's Place and La Tortilleria. Recently, the Kensington community has resisted the arrival of chain grocery stores and cafes. Residents say they want to maintain the market's eclectic spirit.
In 2004, residents and business owners started the tradition of Pedestrian Sundays, when parts of Augusta Street, Baldwin Street and Kensington Avenue are closed to cars and the roads turn into a pedestrian mall.
- en françaisToronto, la mosaïque
- Pour voir les récits des participants francophones.
- in depthToronto's Mosaic: A Reality Check
- In March 2008 we brought you our first series on Toronto's cultural mosaic.
- special thanksSony Canada
- Cameras for Toronto's Mosaic were provided by Sony Canada.
Meet the Participants
- Christine Diep
- Christine Diep is a Grade 9 student who lives in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood.
- Danusha Jebanesan
- Danusha was drawn to the story of a classmate who won't allow challenges to get him down.
- Chayanika Sonnadara
- Chayanika joined this project because she has always wanted to be a journalist.
- Drexler Reuben Ogbeifun
- Drexler Ogbeifun brings us the story of Zya Browne, who has lost friends to gang violence.
- Atsede Tadesse
- Atsede is an ambitious and outgoing Grade 12 student at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute.
- Deshawna Kitson
- Deshawna is happy in Rexdale because people are working hard to make it a safer place.
Three of our French-speaking students also prepared English versions of their reports. More reports in French are available at http://www.radio-canada.ca
- Nadine Tkatchevskia
- Nadine is a quadrilingual vegetarian who wants to do some good in the world.
- Alison Vicrobeck
- Alison has a passion for journalism. She is the editor-in-chief of a student newspaper.
- Charlotte Débois
- Charlotte was born in Switzerland. She loves music and making people happy.