As if being administrative capital of a province of ten million was not sufficiently honourable, Toronto was today named a Cultural Capital of Canada. The designation is bound, if we’re not mistaken, to solidify the city’s place as the centre of the Canadian cultural universe. Rightly or wrongly. Probably rightly.
But wait! That’s a Cultural Capital of Canada. Not the… Instead of sticking with the tried-and-true domestic tradition of one capital per administrative unit, Heritage Canada has decided to go all South African/Bolivian on us and name a whole armload of different capitals. While the Sucres to our La Paz have yet to be announced, it can be noted that last year’s big city winner, Regina (stop laughing) shared the honour with Kelowna (stop laughing), Owen Sound, Powell River and a host of tiny Albertan towns.
Our money this year’s on Rouyn-Noranda: “Cité Étudiante.”