#peopleofcanary: Marissa - Canary District

#peopleofcanary: Marissa

How long have you lived in Canary?
I’ve been here since 2019. I previously lived in the burbs at Warden and St. Clair and there was nothing there, I knew when I moved I wanted to be part of a community. I was looking a lot in the West End of Toronto and it was too disjointed, and then my realtor showed me a unit in the area and although that’s not the unit I ended up in, I was like I want to live in this area, this is it. I love the neighbourhood so much, I’m super happy and honestly, I don’t know if I ever want to leave this neighbourhood.

Young girl sitting on a bench in a park
close up of dog's face, dog at the park

What’s your favourite part about living in Canary?
It’s the community, I’ve met some wonderful people here. Some of my closest friends are people that I met in the community just last summer and now we’re really close. We also take care of each other’s dogs. The dog community here is wonderful. I can walk to the park in the morning with Primrose on any day and pass by somebody and say good morning, and they’ll say good morning back. And I love that there are people to say good morning to, people live in these units and interact with their community. A lot of communities in the city, the apartments are empty and the people don’t go out. Maybe because it’s such a great place people choose to live here instead of choosing to use the property as an investment. I love that there’s a lot of people here and they’re engaged.

woman and dog sitting on patio at restaurant

What’s your favourite retailer in Canary?
That’s tough, because I love something about so many of them!

How about top three?
Top three, ok. Aviary, first off it’s the go-to watering hole. It’s a great place to connect with friends and even just to bring people who don’t live here. It’s a local brewery, it’s wonderful. Then I would say I really like the addition of Vivo. Firstly because I love Italian food and secondly in the summer sitting on their patio and drinking a bottle of wine and eating a pizza is so perfect. And if I had to pick one last one…I love them all, but I would say I probably frequent Dark Horse most often. However, Souk Tabule is so good, Sukhothai is so good, there are just so many options it’s amazing. The food here is delicious. I do like Copper Branch also, it’s kind of my go-to after I do some crazy strenuous activity because they have really well-balanced meals.

Thanks so much Marissa and Primrose for sitting down with us and stay tuned for more #peopleofcanary!