Everyone in Toronto knows that Toronto is the greatest city in the world, and if The Economist says that, then it must be true. And now we know that it really is true: Toronto has its very own November Project, which obviously propels it off any scale that The Economist could apply to measuring the greatness of cities. Someone from Montreal shared our Facebook group and rightly admitted that Toronto is better than Montreal – that’s a big fucking deal here in Canada. Now we just need a sports team that can actually win something.
“But this is old news” I hear you say, “we saw it on Instagram yesterday”. And so you did (as an aside, if ever you want to gain over a hundred followers within 24 hours, I can attest to the effectiveness of becoming an official November Project tribe). But there was no photo of Claire and I unless you stalked us on social media. You may have heard my dulcet tones discussing Tinder and Claire’s questionable decision to attend a wedding rather than ECSON with Bojan on the November Project podcast, but you had no faces to put to the names. Now you do. Now you can see us in all our shit-eating-grin glory, proudly brandishing the Toronto #PositivityAward.
[Note to self: buy a proper camera]
I could tell you that this is the climax of a five month old dream that we both separately held. Or that it’s the culmination of a course of action developed following a surprisingly-not-very-awkward November Project co-leader interview/blind date thing in May, during which I spent as much time enviously watching people run past whilst rueing the stress fracture that had bulldozed my spring race season as I did actually interacting with Claire. I could posit that it’s the end of an eleven week pledge that began with Claire and I running up and down the stairs at Casa Loma with the four poor souls that we’d roped into joining us.
None of that however would do this justice. This is not the end of anything; this is just the beginning. We may be small now, but that won’t last for long. We have a core group of tribe members who believe wholeheartedly in what we’re doing, some of whom even seem to enjoy burpees, all of whom are stoked at the prospect of grassroots gear. We have big plans for Toronto, and things are going to get really fucking rowdy. To quote a Spice Girl whose solo career never quite took off, “it’s just the beginning, it’s not the end. Things will never be the same again.”
In short, we’re super excited to be a part of this family, to be another city in this #WorldTakeover, and to bring even more people into this incredible community. We look forward to sharing sweaty hugs and overly aggressive high fives with you if you’re ever in town. Just remember to drop a #traverbal in advance!
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