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Torontoist‘s Heroes of 2011

We've nominated those we've found most worthy, and now it's up to you to vote for Superhero of 2011.

For two weeks every December, Torontoist recaps the year that’s winding down by nominating the best and worst people, places, things, and ideas which had an influence on the city in the preceeding 12 months. And then, it’s up to you. Here is our full slate of nominees for Hero. Click on any one to see why we think each nominee is heroic. Voting for Heroes closes at midnight on Tuesday, December 27 2 p.m. on December 28—deadline extended! Voting for Villains will take place December 28–30, and on December 31, we’ll announce the Superhero and Supervillain of 2011, as selected by you.


City Hall Deputants
Determination in the face of sleep deprivation and disrespect
Simply the best fundraiser we’ve ever been to
Heart and savvy in equal measure

Occupy Toronto
Resistance in an age of austerity and indifference
Slutwalk Toronto
Getting feminists the world over to walk the walk
GSA Campaigners
Inspirational advocacy in the face of institutional prejudice

Buddy and Pedro
Tickling our funny bones and our hearts
Making it easier to be a cyclist in the city
New Subway Trains
The silver lining in our often grey commutes

Indie Food Culture
Giving us street food worthy of our food-loving city
Matt Galloway
Loving Toronto, and telling us all the reasons why we should, too
Taking on communications bullies

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Growing not just in size but in depth
Underground Cinema
Bringing new life to independent film in Toronto
Margaret Atwood
Defending our libraries from the Brothers Ford

Jack Layton
For giving us such great reasons to miss him
Kristyn Wong-Tam
Unofficial opposition and outspoken councillor
Your Candidate
Someone we missed? Send us your write-in option.

Voting has now closed. We’ll unveil the results—your pick for Superhero of 2011—on December 31.