Burano Condo life can be fun and lively indeed! When you’re so close to the very centre of the city, and you mix people with all different ideas, ages and stages, you get quite a result. The best example of this is what you can find if you take a short 10-minute walk down to Yonge and Dundas Square on just about any day.
Yonge and Dundas Square was a flat open space devoid of much activity and life when it was first finished a few years ago. Without the “Times Square” look with the lights and advertisements that now surround it, it originally had a cold and sterile look to it. And people didn’t quite know how to use the space well. As a blank canvas, it took time for Torontonians to learn how to have fun with the space and bring out its intended use.
Nowadays, you can head down to the intersection and find some wonderful things going on there. Of course, there may be the formalized shows running on the stage, but often what is more interesting is the busking that happens on the corners. You will now routinely find individuals preaching the gospel, the koran and black history, singing Elvis’, clowns, break dancers, musicians and much more. It’s a mixture of anything and everything anyone wants to do, and it’s totally open to all who wish to share something. And the tourists also seem to have caught on to this, as it’s packed with not only citizens and residents, but tourists taking lots of photos too. It’s a happening place now!
Here’s a little sampling of what I heard the other day when passing through the area. It’s a pretty hip version of a Eurythmics tune that brightened up Yonge and Dundas Square with some unusual orchestration: