In order to claim you’re from Toronto, you actually have to be from there. Such is an unspoken rule that Torontonians often pressure everyone else in the GTA to follow. Quoting Drake lyrics and using “ahlie” or “wallahi” in your everyday speech is not enough to be considered a true Torontonian. Call it petty, but for many people in the city, the only valid indicators of true Toronto status is one’s address and postal code.
As the following map shows, Toronto is officially the region that includes East York, North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough:
Residents from suburban areas like Brampton, Mississauga and Durham are often criticized for putting “Toronto” in their bios when they technically aren’t from there. Some argue that they should able to do so because they work or go to school in the city, but many people who actually live in Toronto aren’t having it:
If ur not from the CITY OF TORONTO (yellow) then ur not part of the City of Toronto. How hard is this to understand? pic.twitter.com/1aBtggvNx8— The Toronto Thug (@TheTorontoThug) July 9, 2016
Why do all r-hill kids put “toronto” in their bio 🙃— ♛Aatif Azeem♛ (@aatifazeem) October 22, 2017
mans who live 2 area codes out of toronto have "the 6ix" in their Twitter bio— N (@pazoool) August 24, 2016
Hate when Brampton boys have Toronto in their bio— 23 (@emanhasnolife) October 19, 2017
when sauga mans have toronto in their profile bio— big choppa (@mike__kila) January 6, 2017
The people who have 'Toronto' or 'the 6' in their bio when they haven't even lived there ???— Marsbar (@marsgrace_) February 9, 2017
When girls put "London/Toronto" in their bio... Going to Toronto once a month to escort doesn't make it qualify as your location— EMMA (@em_hardy) April 18, 2017
Someone riddle me as to why people from Burlington put "Toronto📍" in their insta bio. That is false, that is soooo false— Consuela (@pwielhouwer) November 21, 2016
People who put Toronto in their ig bio when they're in like markham or rhill really cheese my soul— Brandon D'Amico (@brandon_damico5) March 2, 2017
Why do people have Toronto or T.O or 6 in their bio if they live in oshawa??— Big Barrel Benny (@Ben8720) July 15, 2016
Also anyone who has access to the 404 has Toronto in their bio— RICH HOMIE QUAD (@TRUSSSMEMADY) November 3, 2017
why do ppl from MD have Toronto in their bio?? like milton isnt even in the fucking GTA— Zainab Raza (@zainxbb) October 6, 2016
when people have Toronto in their bio but they live in Vaughan 🤔— laurs🌻 (@LGeorgousakiss) December 9, 2017
Lol i hate when people have "Toronto" in their bio but live in niagara LMAO yall liars for that ahaha— jenjen🍬💋 (@JenMartin98) November 14, 2017
Nothing bothers me more than people who live in Hamilton and tell people/have their insta bio that they're from Toronto— Sabrina Marie (@SomeKindofSubby) September 12, 2017
People are triggered, and rightly so. Call it a pride thing or an overreaction, but it makes sense that people would get annoyed by others claiming to be from somewhere they’re not. After all, isn’t it like... Geographical appropriation… Or something...
On the other hand, it could be flattering that people want to be part of Toronto so much they’re willing to lie about where they’re from. It all depends on how you look at it, I guess...
Which side are you on?