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Hogtown (Toronto, Canada nickname)

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Other Toronto nicknames include “Big Smoke,” “Broadway North,” “Centre of the Universe,” “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.
Nickname(s):  “Hogtown”, “The Queen City”, “The Big Smoke”, “Toronto the Good”

Wikipedia: Name of Toronto
“Hogtown”, said to be related to the livestock that was processed in Toronto, largely by the city’s largest pork processor and packer, the William Davies Company.
. Possibly derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for York, Eoforwic, which literally translates to “wild boar village”.
. A by-law which imposed a 10-cent-per-pig fine on anyone allowing pigs to run in the street.

6 November 1878, The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), “Chicago Correspondence,” pg. 4, col. 5:
Mr. B. P. Hutchinson, the great porkpacker, invited the GAZETTE correspondent to visit “Hog-town” the other day, and a seat in his buggy behind his pair of 240 beauties, soon placed me within the territory owned and controlled by the famous Union Stock Yards Company, lying to the south-west of the city limits.

28 October 1885, The News (Yates Center, Woodson County, KS), pg. 2, col. 3:
ATCHISON has been supplanted and Iola is now the “Hog-Town” of Kansas.

17 July 1890, The Weekly Capital (Topeka, KS), pg. 8, col. 1:
(Kansas City, MO.—ed.)

23 September 1892, The Globe (Toronto, ON), pg. 4, col. 5:
The Woodstock Sentinel-Review has an appreciative article on the Toronto Industrial Exposition. Our generous and level headed contemporary says:—
This seems more rational than gibing at Toronto as Hog Town, ...

1 November 1892, The Globe (Toronto, ON), “Football: Hamilton Opinions of the Match Free Kicks,” pg. 6, col. 1:
The Spectator: (...) But should that team happen to beat Hamilton’s striped aggregation, Hogtown will claim the entire outfit.

30 March 1893, The Globe (Toronto, ON), “The Convention at Ottawa,” pg. 4, col. 1:
(From the Ottawa Free Press.—ed.)
“Hogtown, sometimes called Toronto, is certainly no place for Reformers to meet in.”

21 June 1893, The Globe (Toronto, ON), pg. 10, col. 2:
Hamilton Herald:—(...)
... Toronto, and now that he is in the game he feels badly to see all the honors going to Hogtown.

OCLC WorldCat record
Hogtown, working class Toronto at the turn of the century
Author: Gregory S Kealey
Publisher: Toronto : New Hogtown Press, 1972, t.p. 1974.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Toronto the good : an album of colonial Hogtown
Author: Gerald Utting
Publisher: Vancouver : Bodima Books ; Toronto : Distributed by Macmillan Co. of Canada, ©1978.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Ville-Reine / Hog Town
Author: Mariel O’Neill-Karch
Publisher: [Toronto] : Départment de français, Université de Toronto, 1985.
Series: In: Vecrire, revue des éstudiants du Départment de franca̧is de l’Universite de Toronto.
Edition/Format: Print book : French

How Toronto got the nickname Hogtown
Chris Bateman
Posted on October 05, 2013
The story generally goes that Toronto was nicknamed Hogtown after the sprawling stock yards of the William Davies Company, one of Canada’s earliest and largest meat packers.
Toronto’s most popular nickname, however, might not be a product of Davies’ company after all. It turns out Ontario towns had been using the name to insult Toronto long before the city decided to claim the title for itself.

“Our friend the hog,” the Globe editorial headline from June 23, 1898 read. “In the smaller cities of the Province when a man wants to say nasty things about Toronto he calls it Hogtown.”

“The remark originally had no relation at all to our friend the hog, but was merely intended to convey an impression that the citizens of Toronto were porcine in their tendencies and had their forefeet in anything worth having,” it said.


Chris Bateman
Posted on November 15, 2014
There are two main theories regarding the origin of this popular porcine nickname. The most plausible (to my mind) concerns the stockyards William Davies Company, which was once one of Canada’s largest meat packers. Davies, whose company popularized peameal bacon, processed half a million animals at his Don River plant in 1900. Davies died, ironically, after being kicked by a goat aged 90.

An alternative is that “Hogtown” was an insult levied at Toronto because of its tendency to dominate affairs at Queens Park. “In the smaller cities of the Province when a man wants to say nasty things about Toronto he calls it Hogtown,” read a Globe editorial in 1898.

Posted by Barry Popik
Nicknames of Other PlacesBroadway North, Hollywood North (Toronto, Canada nicknames) • Wednesday, May 29, 2019 • Permalink