NOW Readers’ Choice 2020: The nominations are open

Support your favourite local people and places in our annual readers' poll


It hasn’t been an easy year to be a small business owner or culture worker in Toronto. The coronavirus pandemic has plunged Canada into a financial crisis and drastically changed the way Torontonians experience their city.

Every year, NOW Magazine runs our Readers’ Choice poll where we ask you to nominate and vote for the best restaurants, movie theatres, retailers, museums, hair salons, drag performers and so much more.

We can’t say for certain what the landscape will be like for local businesses and artists when our Readers’ Choice issue is published in mid-November. But the poll remains one small way to support hard-working Torontonians and give them a signal boost during an especially precarious time.

To that end, we’ve adjusted this year’s categories to reflect the ingenious ways businesses have shifted online or pivoted in response to the crisis. This year you can vote for the best virtual cinema platform, the best local face mask designer and the best online party, among other new categories.

The nominations are open until September 17. Voting will take place from September 24-October 29.

Go here to nominate your favourite people, groups and businesses.

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