Photo by Miles Storey/Torontoist.
Today, December 31, is my final day as Torontoist’s editor-in-chief: I start at OpenFile as their inaugural Toronto editor next week, and Hamutal Dotan, who’s long been a big part of what makes Torontoist great, starts as editor-in-chief here tomorrow.
I’ll miss Torontoist, but I’m excited for it.
Torontoist has grown dramatically in the four and a half years that I’ve been its editor; ten times as many people read it now as did then. Now, we run original reporting, photography, and illustration, alongside a feature-length history column, alongside a thing about movies that were shot in Toronto but usually pretend not to be, alongside a comic about an alien trying to figure Toronto out. Whatever we do, we try to do it either quicker, or better, or at the very least differently than anyone else in the city. We take stuff like ethics seriously, and when we make mistakes, we take those seriously, too. We try to show Toronto as it really is, and not shy away from arguing for how we think it ought to be.
As our readership has grown, our reputation has alongside it—even faster after we got saved, and became partners with the Globe and Mail. Now, we’re stronger than ever, with a big year behind us, and what I’m sure will be plenty more ahead.
More than anything else, I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve all built together—contributors, editors, publishers, and readers, too, past and present—and very honoured to have been a part of it. I love what Torontoist has been, I love what it is now, and I love what it’s still becoming. I can’t wait to see what it’ll be next.