A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 24, 2019
Centre of the Universe (Toronto, Canada nickname)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Other Toronto nicknames include “Big Smoke,” “Broadway North,” “Hogtown,” “Hollywood North,” “Muddy York,” “New York of the North,” “New York Run by the Swiss,” “Queen City,” “T-Dot,” “T.O.,” “The Six” and “Toronto the Good.”


Wikipedia: Toronto
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada’s most populous CMA. Toronto is the anchor of an urban agglomeration, known as the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A global city, Toronto is a centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Wikipedia: Name of Toronto
“Centre of the Universe”, as mentioned in the documentary film Let’s All Hate Toronto, as the term is used derisively by residents of the rest of Canada in reference to the city. It is also infrequently used by the media. Outside Toronto, it is sometimes said to be used by residents of the city. The moniker “Center of the Universe” was originally a popular nickname for New York City, and more specifically Times Square in Midtown Manhattan. It has since been used to refer to other cities.

OCLC WorldCat record
The centre of the universe? : globalization and cultural policy in Toronto.
Author: Claire Dimond-Gibson
Publisher: Ottawa : Library and Archives Canada = Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, [2006]
Dissertation: M.A. Simon Fraser University 2004
Series: Canadian theses = Thèses canadiennes.
Edition/Format: Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Microfiche : Microfilm : Master microform : English

Urban Dictionary
centre of the universe
Toronto, ON, Canada.
Generally hated by the rest of Canada (especially the West!) “Centre of the universe” is a mocking reference to the attitude of self-importance Toronto is claimed to have.
“Those guys at the centre of the universe are talking about shootings like they actually have something to complain about.”—Guy from Vancouver
#toronto#self-importance#nickname#canada#attitude
by it111 February 27, 2008