Twitter can be a very dark place. The same can be said for Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and MSN Messenger (during its glory days), but it's fairly easy to lose yourself in a never-ending timeline, especially when you follow 500+ people and only know about 32 of them. Despite the wormholes that involve #NorthWest and dog barf selfies, it can be an insightful tool for navigating the daily chaos of living in Toronto. So to help, we've compiled a short list of the who's who to follow and spoiler alert: it doesn't feature Drake. It could and it should, but his Instagram's all we really need.
DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_Derozan)
DeRozan isn't exactly Drake, but does it really matter? #10 for the Toronto Raptors spilled the news about Drizzy's infamous mixtape before any of us knew what "woes" really meant, and outside of the usual autograph signings and media appearances, the NBA Playoffs are finally here. In short, expect Derozan to be an inspirational doula for Toronto sports fans everywhere.
George Stroumboulopoulos (@strombo)
The man/myth/legend behind "The Strombo Show" is still one of The Six's most influential figures and his tweets hold up to the praise. If Strombo's not dropping important local news bits and factoids, he's sharing hockey updates and unusual memes that will literally leave you on the floor.
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Just Shows: Toronto (@justshowsTO)
Need an impromptu date idea or an excuse to drink beer in public? Just Shows can help with that. Their official Twitter account is a watering hole for free concert tickets, festival news, and timely music recommendations that showcase local bands and must-see arena headliners.
Official TTC Tweets (@TTCnotices)
TTC Tweets is "the official Twitter page for service advisories of the Toronto Transit Commission", but in reality, they're more like "the official Twitter page for not having a heart attack on a Monday". The city's always under construction and disrupting daily commutes and the OTTCT makes it less of a chore to monitor, whether you're stuck in a 501 sweatbox or struggling to find tokens after midnight.
Sarah Nicole Prickett (@snpsnpsnp)
If you consider yourself a writer or a socialite, then you've likely seen Sarah's name before. The founding editor of ADULT has bylines for days as she's written for everyone from Style.com to The New Inquiry, and her avant-garde taste for fashion and controversy makes her a role model you want in your life. Seriously. There's Rihanna and there's Tavi Gevinson, but then there's SNP.
Toronto Arts Council (@TorontoArts)
Since the '70s, the Toronto Arts Council has been a major supporter of artistic activity through their Grants program. Exhibit A: They assist recipients and organizations with more than 400 spaces and 17,500 events on an annual basis, and their Twitter highlights every initiative - providing info on workshops, performances, volunteering, and local art initiatives (by neighbourhood).
Toronto Life (@torontolife)
Consider yourself a foodie, trendster, politics junkie, or a 20-something with a really bad addiction to real estate (not the band)? Then Toronto Life is likely your daily go-to when you're stuck watching randos try to clip their toenails on the subway. The culture hub picks up where The Grid TO left off (RIP) and they dish out short takes and long reads in doses that are 100% millennial-approved.