With a population of more than half a million people, you’d reckon Town of Scarborough Ontario has tons of famous people. You wouldn’t be wrong in making that assumption. There are tons of cool, famous people who call the bustling metropolitan home. Here are some of the best talents to come out of Toronto’s east-end.
While you might not know who Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, you’ve probably heard of an artist going by the name ‘The Weeknd.’ The Canadian songwriter, singer, and record producer came to the scene with his 2016 single, ‘Starboy.’ Tesfaye is a native Scarborough resident born on the 16th of February in 1990 to Ethiopian immigrants. He attended Ethiopian Orthodox church services in Toronto and attended the West Hill Collegiate Institute and the Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute in Scarborough but never graduated. The singer had troubled teenage years. He abused marijuana and other hard drugs. Things started looking up for the young musician in 2010 when he uploaded several music videos on YouTube. The songs were an immediate hit. They were featured on Drake’s blog, and just like that, The Weeknd’s rise to stardom began.
Lilly Singh (Superwoman)
Singh is one of Canada’s most successful Vloggers on YouTube. On her YouTube channel, the multi-talented actress talks about life in South Asian households. She featured in Forbes ’30 under 30 list in 2016 after earning $10.5 million through her YouTube channel. She has managed to feature on YouTube Rewind since 2014. Sing, born on the 26th of September in 1988, also received the MTV Fandom Award, two Teen Choice Awards, four Streamy Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. She also released a film, ‘A Trip to Unicorn Island’ in 2016. She also became a New York best-seller with her book, ‘How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life.’ He parents immigrated to Scarborough from Punjab, India. Singh attended Mary Shadd Public School and later graduated from the Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute in Toronto. She went on to graduate from Toronto’s York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
The 53-year-old actor is one of Scarborough’s favorite sons. Myers British-born parents moved into Scarborough when it was still a township. Apart from featuring in the Austin Powers series, Myers also performed on Saturday Night Live television show from 1989 to 1995. He also played the leading role in Wayne’s World and Shrek films. He attended Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute and the Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute in Scarborough and North York.