Art, Culture, and Rock & Roll on Queen Street West: Toronto's Coolest Street
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know
You're now standing on Queen Street West between University Avenue and York Avenue. Face towards University Avenue and towards the large modern building on the left hand side. You're looking down Queen Street West, where we'll be walking today. But before we set off, let me tell you a bit about the walk.
The reputation of Queen Street West precedes it. It's been named one of the coolest streets in the world, and it's the counter culture and fashion epicentre of Toronto. The street is notorious for famous rock houses like the Horseshoe Tavern, and the groovy underground markets alongside condom and cannabis culture shops.
I'm Karlee May, and I'm a local writer in the Greater Toronto Area. I live in the suburbs about a half hour away, but I'm in the city frequently. I'm like a bar-fly for Queen Street West. Something always draws me back, whether it's an all-night art festival, shopping, or people watching at a local patio bar.
Join me while we weave through the diverse, multi-cultural crowds down Toronto's coolest street.
If you're facing the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, you'll need to turn to the right to walk up Queen Street West. I'll meet you just a little way up the road. VoiceMap uses your location to play commentary automatically, so you can put your phone away now, and focus on the sights and sounds. There might be some silence now and again, but just keep on walking straight unless I tell you otherwise.