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Drake, Blue Jays and GO trains among Toronto’s top Google searches of 2015

The Canadian Press and News Staff | posted Wednesday, Dec 16th, 2015

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Where is my GO train? And how are my Toronto Blue Jays doing?

When it came to events in their city, Toronto residents turned to Google in droves this year, pushing the Jays to the top of the list of the most-googled subjects in Canada.

The Toronto Blue Jays were the No. 1 search term in Canada in 2015. GOOGLE.
The Toronto Blue Jays were the No. 1 search term in Canada in 2015. GOOGLE.

Drake was one of the most-googled subjects in Toronto. GOOGLE.
Drake was one of the most-googled subjects in Toronto. GOOGLE.

Searches for the subject 'Go Train' far outpaced that for the Gardiner. GOOGLE.
Searches for the subject ‘Go Train’ far outpaced that for the Gardiner. GOOGLE.

The Jays and the federal election that saw Justin Trudeau become prime minister were the top Canadian subjects of Google searches in 2015, the search engine company said Wednesday.

Aaron Brindle of Google Canada said there’s no doubt Canadians were passionate baseball fans in 2015, and the Blue Jays were “hands-down” the most-searched topic of the year.

Toronto surged into the American League playoffs after a series of trades that included the acquisitions of ace pitcher David Price and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning in Game 3 on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning in Game 3 on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Tony Gutierrez.

The Jays ended up falling in the AL championship series to the Kansas City Royals – the eventual world series champs.

But they won a different title: The Blue Jays were the highest-trending search term of 2015, and questions such as “What is the score of the Blue Jays game” and “How to watch Blue Jays online” also topped the charts, as Canadians celebrated the team’s first playoff berth since 1993.

The team didn’t just make Google’s list: A parody video featuring the Jays and the music of Taylor Swift was among the most-watched YouTube videos in Canada this year.

Brindle says the federal election that saw Trudeau lead the Liberals from third place to a majority government was a close second, and “how to vote” was a top-trending question.

The hashtag #elxn42 also dominated this year, and Canada’s new PM knocked Stephen Harper off the No. 1 spot of most-searched politicians.

Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau walks to a news conference from Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 20, 2015. Trudeau will be making trips to three international summits within his first month in office.The incoming prime minister is set to attend a G20 leaders' meeting in Turkey, an APEC summit in the Philippines, and climate talks in Paris starting later this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau walks to a news conference from Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 20, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld.

Here’s how the rest of the list broke down:

Canada’s top trending searches for 2015
1. Blue Jays
2. Justin Trudeau
3. Federal Election
4. Pan Am Games
5. Paris Shooting
6. Agario
7. Chris Hyndman
8. Charlie Hebdo
9. Lamar Odom
10. Caitlyn Jenner

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