In Hidden Toronto, acclaimed author and amateur historian Nicholas Tristan seeks to discover not the Toronto of Drake, that weird sports bar Wayne Gretzky owns, and $16 cocktails; but rather the hidden Toronto, the Toronto that has been forgotten by the so-called “historians” with their “professional degrees”.
First up: we all know John Tory, Rob Ford, Mel Lastman, and Mr. Gravy Train himself, David Miller. But did you know Toronto has had many other mayors? Let’s find out about them -- together.
Not the city’s namesake as many have erroneously thought, but rather the namesake of the famous “Reginald” we all love and enjoy today.
A soft, gentle spoken woman, Mayor Fletcher’s tenure as mayor is often forgotten except in discussions about how the dulcet tones of Mayor Fletcher were the only thing that calmed the bees. God, the bees. That’s for another article.
Yes, it seems hard to believe now, but for a brief period in the 1920s Toronto’s mayor was officially a ghost. One of those bedsheet ones with the eyes cut out, really classic ghost stuff. Having completed its unfinished business of being the mayor, the ghost disappeared into the spirit realm, never to be heard from again.
One of the lesser Fords was mayor for a time, maybe before Rob? Maybe after? During -- is that even possible? Anyway, another Ford was mayor and he’s best remembered for tripping over a hot dog bun.
Leprechaun (name unknown)
A mysterious leprechaun was briefly the mayor of Toronto last May after tricking John Tory with riddles three. Some say he’s still the mayor, controlling the machinations of council with the promise of gold -- gold beyond their wildest dreams! Of course, those “in the know” have known this to be false -- the hated leprechaun is dead, beaten to an unrecognizable pulp by a frightened and dehydrated Tory in an attempt to end the madness.
The Roman Emperor Caligula, famed for his cruelty, was once the mayor of Toronto. Seem impossible to you? Buddy, you haven’t been reading this list if you still think that! It’s anything goes on this list!
Alastair D. Tremblay
Mayor Tremblay thought to differentiate 1960s Toronto from other Canadian cities by ditching Toronto’s outdated, moralist “Toronto The Good” image and embracing pure and utter depravity. All manner of sadistic and sensual acts could be found in Tremblay’s Toronto, some under lock and key but some practiced in daylight under the eyes of a deeply ashamed Creator. Tremblay’s new Sodom was toppled, though, by an expenses scandal midway through his administration. Mayor Tremblay resigned, and all the horrible and hideous and wonderful heresies and fantasies laid out in the city were quickly replaced by rapidly expanding Pizza Pizza locations and a return to sensible haircuts.
Both Kenny and Spenny
That show probably hasn’t held up, has it? Anyway, I use to love it, and they were the mayor at the same time, serving two non-consecutive terms.
You, The Reader
Has this list gotten too conceptual for you? Well, you can put a stop to it. You are the mayor, after all.
Justin Trudeau But His Words Are All Backmasked Like The Dwarf In Twin Peaks:
In retrospect, a good mayor, though some have speculated that his long and unwieldy name is what prevented him from a move into provincial politics.
Ozymandias, King of Kings
Not a lot left of his legacy, kind of a shame.
We tried making a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie the mayor, and it didn’t work. Toronto’s not perfect, okay?
Had to double check she was actually mayor. Neat, right? I once vigorously made out with a guy at a park named after her, so I was like, “maybe she was the mayor?” and sure enough, she was! Anyway, Marco, you were fun and please feel free to reach out if you’d like to, you know, grab a coffee or something.
Reese was an adequate mayor. That’s all we can say about Reese!
That’s it for this edition of Hidden Toronto. Next time: why does Toronto have so many mysterious wells that its citizens are intrisically drawn to fall into? We’ll find out!