Brits in Toronto got an anonymous news tip the other day (thanks Brian, see you at Scallywags next Saturday?) and not being ones to burn our sources, decided to follow up on the scoop.
Five minutes of hard Googling later we discovered Miranda Anthistle, a Successful Brit in Toronto, who is a reporter at CTV Toronto.
Sometimes those people reporting the news become the news. So much so, in fact, that we requested an exclusive e-mail interview that Miranda happily agreed to … and here’s the result. (Didn’t have time to fact check it because Dufferin Mall was closing and we still had some Crimbo stuff to get, but it looks pretty honest.)
What made you decide to choose Toronto as a city of choice? Did you plan a permanent move, or wanted to “try it for a while and see how it goes” and it turned out to be longer than planned?
I didn’t have a choice! It was already a done deal before I was born. My mum grew up in Toronto, while my dad grew up in London which is where they ended up meeting one another through a mutual friend.
When my dad proposed, my mum said she would marry him … but only if he promised they would eventually move to Toronto where most of her family still lived.
I was born in London and grew up there until I started primary school.
What steps did you take to land your first Toronto job? Did the infamous “Canadian experience” hinder you in any way?
I had to leave the city in order to land my first on-air gig in Toronto!
I started in Medicine Hat, Alberta (which actually has a huge British population due to the nearby army base that houses BATUS: British Army Training Unit Suffield).
From there I worked in Hamilton before moving back to Toronto to work at Bell Media as a reporter.
What’s the best/worst aspects of living in Toronto?
The best part of living in Toronto is that the whole world is right at your doorstep. I grew up with friends from a variety of different cultures which exposed me to so many incredible experiences.
I have the most eclectic taste in music and love all types of food.
And in Toronto it doesn’t matter what mood you’re in — there’s always a dance floor or restaurant nearby to scratch that itch!
The worst part about living in Toronto? Trying to buy property downtown that’s larger than a shoebox without breaking the bank.
And of course, the winter weather. I can’t stand the cold!
Do you make an effort to connect with other Brits in the city, or just meet them when chance allows it?
I’m always excited to run into British people and usually ask off the top who they support. If it’s Arsenal, I’m terribly disappointed, but I try not to judge! [Editor’s note: feel free to judge away, Miranda, we all do :-)]
My great uncle played for Tottenham and my family have always been Spurs supporters through and through. COME ON YOU SPURS!