A romantic comedy you’ve probably never heard of, Touch of Pink, hit the big screens in 2004. Kyle MacLachlan, one of the only well-known actors in the cast, played the advice-giving spirit of Cary Grant.
Probably why the movie didn’t do all that well in theaters.
Lately, thinking about the possibility of maybe traveling again, a line from the movie came back to me. One that still makes me smile.
Forced to travel to Toronto for a family wedding, Kyle’s Cary Grant complains, “Toronto is not a destination city.”
Funny because true.
Toronto’s a great city, excellent restaurants, theatre, a thriving multi-cultural community, and it’s relatively safe, but it’s on no one’s bucket list. No one saves their pennies for years to finance a trip to hogtown. (Don’t ask. I’m a transplant from Montreal. I have no idea why Toronto has such a charming nickname.)
On a recent list of the Top Cities in the World to Visit, Toronto is conspicuous by its absence. London, Paris, Rome, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Dubai…
Whatever it is that makes a city a Destination City, Toronto doesn’t have it.
I get it. We don’t have tropical beaches, or Roman ruins, or buildings so steeped in history that you stand before them in silent awe.
What we do have is six million people, speaking 180 different languages, living and working together—and crying into their beer when the Toronto Maple Leafs lose, yet again.