Since leaving Toronto for Vancouver close to 15 years ago, I’ve had the benefit of feeling the West vs East hatred first hand! Or, is it East vs West?
Regardless let’s make the list and you decide:
- Up until 10 years ago the rest of the country didn’t need BC to decide who the next Prime Minister would be. Win Young Street, Win the election! East 1 West 0
- Up until the new TV deal for the NHL you could only get Toronto Maple Leaf games once a week. West 1 East 1 (Unless you are a Leaf fan in which case it sucked all the balls).
- The Toronto Raptors won a Championship, The Vancouver Grizzlies..well we all know what happened there. East 2 West 1
- The Toronto Blue Jays Won 2 Championships and the Seattle Mariners (The closest we get)..well we all know what goes on down there. East 3 West 1
- If Alberta and BC separated it would be one of the richest countries In the world. If Quebec separated it would be one of the least visited in the world. I can’t tell who would be happier about the separation as far as the rest of the country goes, but money wins and I’m sure we would have the better leader in the West. East 3 West 2
- Toronto is responsible for Justin Bieber and Drake. West 3 East 3
- “We The North” is a Toronto thing only and the stupidest thing ever created West 4 East 3.
- The West has Banff and Whistler. The East has Blue Mountain and Mt.Tremblant. Blue Mountain is a hill. Advantage West. West 5 East 3
- Gambling was invented in the Western part of Canada, has the most Casino’s per capita and the dumbest gamblers to go with it. Casino Rama, Casino Niagara and the few charity Casino’s strategically placed within 90-120 min of each other has created a sustainable gaming industry in Ontario with a strong employment base. So much so that the West bought in. Advantage East. West 5 East 4
- Ice Fishing and the “Cottage Country” culture is relatively foreign to Alberta and BC but thrives East of Alberta. Something I greatly miss (not the fishing as much but the getaway). Advantage East. East 5 West 5
So you see we are kinda even in the end. Ontario and beyond need the Western money to balance their books and Alberta and BC need the Eastern Tourism to make the money to give back to the East.
One thing that the East and West DO have in common is a rich history of Live Music Venues that have helped contribute to our thriving music scenes of the past, present and future.
I touch on that in this week’s episode of the “Music Cast”.
I’m joined by Author and Historian, Aaron Chapman to discuss his new book; “Vancouver After Dark”. It’s a walk down memory lane of some of the most historic venues from Vancouver and we also take time to chat about you Toronto! So dig in, pour a cup of Joe and learn something, would you?
In the end, we all hate Tim Horton’s don’t we? East 6 West 6
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