Comparing Toronto to New York ... is just plain silly; no city comes out of that match-up well ... But take it down a notch to, say, Vancouver and Montreal, and you’ve got a real complaint.
Why? Well, for starters, both cities are smaller, less wealthy, less endowed with “world renowned” art venues — love them or hate them, no building in Canada touches the ROM or the AGO’s shiny renos for sheer architectural chutzpah — but are nonetheless much more established on the international art map.
It doesn’t take a genius to understand why this would be. Buildings are just bricks and glass (and titanium). But it’s what happens inside them divines a local culture’s path.