Style in the City: Queen West, Toronto

The urban culture of the Queen West man

By Danielle Goreski

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Queen West has to be one of the hippest and most diverse areas for urban culture in Toronto and indeed in all of Canada. Known for its mixture of fashion boutiques, galleries, and indie music bars, the eastern half is the major shopping area, whereas the western half stays true to the underground art scene. One of the most impressive places to take in a bit of the Queen West edge is “Graffiti Alley,” running west from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street (enter from the back alley between Queen Street and Richmond Street). Here, you will see an incredible display of street art over the years has become a tourist attraction in its own right.

The Queen West male lives for what’s fresh and new, but also pays homage to the area’s history as an indie music haven. Equally at home in a hipster bar or an old-time dive, he mixes vintage and modern pieces with ease, and is always quick to add a dash of Canadiana – a hint of plaid, a favorite toque – to make every outfit his own. On the weekends, he can be found hanging out in Trinity Bellwoods Park, tossing back a PBR on the sly.