Yesterday, at 5pm, my wife and I drove up to Toronto to catch Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket. Now normally I don’t cover concerts that take place in Toronto, but there is an ulterior motive that I would like to share. Every so often I meet with people who are considering moving to Buffalo. Out of the blue I will get an email from someone asking if I can grab a cup of coffee, to discuss the city and the opportunities to be had. Sometimes it’s the husband or wife of someone who has recently landed a job in Buffalo, and other times it’s someone who has moved away a long, long time ago and is ready to return and buy a home.
Depending on who it is that I am talking to, the information that I provide is always different. Yet there is one point that I always mention that I feel is of our greatest assets – our proximity to Toronto. While we may not live in one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in North America, we are only an hour and half from one. That is an asset that must be capitalized on. We can leave our house on any given weekend and be at the Saint Lawrence Market for breakfast – that’s a commute in many cities.
When we learned that Band of Horses was playing at Echo Beach at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, we jumped on the opportunity to catch one of our favorite bands. We didn’t hesitate for a second. Then, after work yesterday, we hopped in the car and headed up to catch the show. Leaving Buffalo at 5pm, we were there well before 7pm and had plenty of time to settle in before the opener (Band of Horses) went on. After we left the concert, we stopped to get a quick bite to eat and then made it home around midnight.
As Buffalo continues to grow, and areas such as our waterfront, Silo City and Larkinville continue to evolve, offering us many of the things that we expect from living in or around a city, we must remember to include Toronto when promoting our amenities. The city is right on our doorstep, and sometimes, in certain instances, Toronto is able to provide goods and services that we crave. As much as I might not make it up there as much as I would like, it’s comforting to know that I can find just about anything I need between the two cities on a whim.