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Toronto’s Superhero of 2012: The Finalists

We began with 18 nominees; you whittled the list down to just four. Now, here are the finalists for Superhero of 2012, as chosen by you.

For the past two weeks, Torontoist readers have been voting on our nominees for 2012′s Heroes and Villains: the very best and very worst people, places, things, and ideas that have had an influence on the city over the past 12 months. And now, here are the finalists!

Astral Info Pillar Hackers

Nominated for: taking Toronto’s sidewalks back.

Voting results: Neck-and-neck with the heritage adaptation of Maple Leaf Gardens over several rounds, the hackers won with 52 per cent of the vote on the fourth ballot.
  Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Nominated for: making the transition to a rare, first-rate home for documentaries.

Voting results: It took five ballots, but the Bloor finally bested its strongest competition, Academy of the Impossible, with 61 per cent of the vote.

Fiona Crean

Nominated for: grace under fire.

Voting results: No contest. Toronto’s ombudsman won on the first ballot against four other contenders.
  Stephanie Guthrie

Nominated for: making public space—on and offline—safer for everyone.

Voting results: Guthrie’s toughest competition was the duo of Jude MacDonald and Paul Magder, two residents who lodged formal complaints about Rob Ford this year. She took it on the fourth ballot with 52 per cent.

Thanks for reading! Voting has now closed.


  • Roy Schulze

    I’m getting a message that the voting has closed! :-(

    • Anonymous

      I just voted without a problem.

    • Lesley

      Getting the same message, but the post says voting closes tomorrow!

      • Anonymous

        Lesley and Roy: have you voted once already? It’s set to only allow one vote per computer.

        • Lesley

          Ahhh – sorry, my mistake. My partner voted on this computer last night, but I thought it was still a one vote per day system like the previous rounds. The message comes up as the voting has closed, so it was a bit confusing…

  • Drake Smith


    Seems I knew more about the Villains than Heroes this
    year. My New Years Resolution – focus more
    on the Heroes!