TTC Santa Visits Bloor Station
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TTC Santa Visits Bloor Station

TTC Communications Director Brad Ross enthusiastically suits up as the man in red for Tuesday's riders.

“Ho-ho-ho! Only a few more sleeps ’til Christmas!”

Thus spoke Santa Claus—performed by TTC Corporate Communications Director Brad Ross—on the southbound platform of Bloor subway station. It was a charming touch on a deceptively springlike Tuesday morning. Helping to distribute candy canes to subway riders was TTC Communications Advisor Jessica Martin, who is best known for giving the weekday morning traffic updates on Citytv’s Breakfast Television program.

When asked how it feels to be decked out in Santa gear for Toronto transit riders, a chuckling Ross—who does not, for an instant, break character—replies, “It’s wonderful! What a wonderful way to spend a morning!”

We follow Mr. and Mrs. Claus to Dundas and Union stations, then to St. Patrick, back to Union, and back to Bloor once more—where a group of older kids takes the opportunity to ogle Mrs. Claus. Carols are sung on the train with backup from riders; at Union, jokes are made about the Christmas gift of a new subway platform.

This holiday cheer tour has become an annual tradition, says Ross/Claus. “I come and say hello to all the lovely people who ride the TTC [every year],” he explains while patting his rotund velveteen belly, “to all the lovely boys and girls who ride our trains! It’s very fun.”

The candy canes are great, but it must be asked: is TTC Santa ever tempted to shell out coal?

“No!” he chuckles, insistently. “That’s a myth. Santa would never do that! Oh, never. Ho-ho-ho!”