Toronto is considered one of the hippest cities on the planet at the moment. This is particularly interesting to those of us old enough to remember when Montreal was considered the coolest Canada had to offer, and Toronto was nothing more than a boring burg where all anyone did was work. Yet, today, from music and the arts to fashion … and of course, eyewear, Toronto can step toe-to-toe with any city in the world when it comes to forward-thinking, including frames. This is in no small way demonstrated by the many celebrities of Toronto who are caught very commonly by camera in stylish eyeglasses or sunglasses. Below is a list of 10 such folks we think are noteworthy for representing the chic side of Toronto eyewear fashion.
This local-gone-global hip hop extraordinaire that needs no introduction was all over the recent Raptors v.s. Knicks “Northern Uprising” matches, and is also regularly seen in pretty dope retro-styled sunglasses. Oh, you fancy, huh, Drake?
9. Margaret Atwood
Ms. Atwood is probably the most important living author in Canada, a true literary institution and a Toronto legend. Though rare, when performing public readings, she is often seen wearing half-glass reading frames … often pretty stylish, too!
8. Frank Gehry
One of the most famous architects in history, Gehry is originally from Toronto, and has left his groundbreaking mark all over the world, not to mention in his own backyard through his stunning re-work of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Not a surprise his choice in eyewear is also unique.
7. Mia Kirshner
The highly regarded homegrown girl who has been making waves since the 1990s straddles the mainstream and art house film scenes alike. Her attractiveness does not waver, however, between her looks with and without eyeglasses …
6. Atom Egoyan
Canada’s most famous art house film director, known the world over for his exploration of isolation and deprivation through his work, is never seen without a pair of smart eyeglasses.
5. Nina Dobrev
Born and raised in Toronto, and a self-described nerd, this young beauty is already taking the world by storm through her roles in TV and film. If given the chance, she could take over the world of eyeglasses and sunglasses, too.
4. David Cronenberg
One of the most internationally known Canadians there is, Cronenberg is a legendary director who has been making incredible cinema since the 1980s, and doesn’t intend to cease anytime soon. His wearing of great eyeglass frames also seems never-ending.
3. Don McKellar
McKellar is the kind of Canadian movie star celebrity who brushes up with the likes of A-Listers and Atom Egoyan alike, the perfect Torontonian mascot. He is also the kind of celebrity whose demeanour and candor really lends itself exceptionally well to wearing eyeglasses.
2. Rachel McAdams
Though one of the high queen’s of millenial Hollywood and sought-after all over the world, this amazing actress purportedly owns a modest home in the Annex and is seen biking across town when not using the TTC. Her modesty is even more endearing when considering how she looks wearing sunglasses.
1. Jeanne Beker
Beker’s “Fashion Television” is most likely a very big reason why Toronto went from Montreal-underdog to so-hip-it-hurts when it comes to style. Her pulse on the world of fashion and her superb coverage of it from around the globe has influenced generations of Torontonians, and it is why she is #1 on this list, as that also includes her great exposes of stylish eyeglasses and sunglasses.