Scarborough, Ontario is the hometown of Barenaked Ladies members Steven Page, Ed Robertson, and Jim & Andy Creeggan. Steve and Ed attended high school at Woburn Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, while the Creeggan brothers attended Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute.
In BNL's early days, they would sometimes perform a parody of "A Place To Stand, A Place To Grow" (the popular theme song for the Ontario pavillion at the 1967 World's Fair in Montreal) in which the words "Ontario" and "Ontari-ari-ario" were replaced with "Scarborough" and "Scarbor-arbor-arborough". The band's first music video, for "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" was also filmed in and around Scarborough.
From 1967 to 1983, Scarborough was officially a "borough" with its own mayor and council; it then became its own city until January 1st, 1998, when it was amalgamated into the "megacity" of Toronto along with the cities of York, North York, Etobicoke, Toronto proper, and the borough of East York.
Scarborough is generally regarded as a working-class suburb and a popular destination for immigrants; as such, it is one of the most demographically diverse parts of Toronto.
- Scarborough has acquired several nicknames; "Scarberia" is a play on "Siberia" and refers to its perceived remoteness and lack of notable goings-on, while "Scarlem" and "Scompton" (from "Harlem" and "Compton") refer to its reputation as something of a ghetto.
- Other notable Scarberians include actors Mike Myers, Eric McCormack, John Candy, and rapper The Weeknd.