Audio TTC Map Tunes Into Toronto
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Audio TTC Map Tunes Into Toronto

Map of what people listen to across the TTC shows how Toronto gets its groove on.

Have you ever looked at someone on the TTC with headphones and wondered what they were listening to? So did Meagan Perry, who is the executive director of podcasts at rabble.ca. She created the Stationary Groove, a map of the TTC that lists what people are listening to in each station.

The central portion of the Stationary Groove map. (Grey stations haven't had playlists added yet.)

Perry was intrigued by how people tuned out of the communal experience of riding the subway and plugged in earphones to individualize the commute. As she notes on her website, Toronto is a symphony of sounds and cultures, and learning how people score their lives is a fun study.

With a quick swipe of the mouse on the map, a playlist pops up for each station. In North York Perry uncovered some K-Pop, and all across the map people are big fans of Drake. Over at Coxwell station someone was grooving to the Tragically Hip and down at Osgoode someone was toe-tapping to country music.

Getting good vibes from Keele station’s collaboration? Simply click on the subway station you like and you can download the current playlist.

Perry acknowledges that often people are listening to tracks that are challenging to hunt down on the Internet (Tamil pop songs seem to be a toughie), but her map is an exciting tool for contemplating movement and demographics in Toronto (although it’s not the first time someone has asked Toronto what it’s listening to.)

Stationary Groove also invites people to help Toronto get its groove on—anyone is welcome to submit songs and Perry plans to continually add new playlists over time.

Rock on, Toronto!

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