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30 Things We Love About Toronto in March 2012

1. Bannock (photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers)

1 Connecting with Canada’s culinary heritage with comfort food served up at Bannock.

2 The mix of abstract painting, graffiti and cartoon animation in Pascal Paquette’s mural outside of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.

3 Gussying ourselves up with fashionable finds from Lavish & Squalor.

4 Learning how April showers can make for superior May flowers at Canada Blooms.

5 Listening to the new versions of pop classics performed by Jann Arden at Massey Hall on March 9 and 10.

4. Canada Blooms

6 A customized deep-cleansing facial and waterless manicure from The 10 Spot Beauty Bar.

7 Marvelling at the graceful choreography in National Ballet of Canada’s staging of The Sleeping Beauty.

8 Examining the ROM’s collection of fine decorative arts from the Renaissance to the postmodern eras.

9 Drooling over chunks of chiseled chocolate from Loblaws’ patisserie inside the revamped Maple Leaf Gardens (60 Carlton St.).

10 Enjoying carnival rides and entertainment at the Rogers Centre’s Spring Fling.

7. The National Ballet's Sleeping Beauty (photo by Bruce Zinger)

11 Freshening a space with a Jackie O everyday floral arrangement.

12 Chomping on a chicken parmigiana sandwich—instead of the usual back bacon—on a bun from
St. Lawrence Market’s Carousel Bakery.

13 Laughing at the punchlines from a whiskey-guzzling grandmother in My Granny the Goldfish, on stage at Factory Theatre.

14 Refueling after a hard day of shopping at the Toronto Eaton Centre’s Urban Eatery.

15 Cheering on the Toronto Raptors—even if their season was shortened by a lockout.

18. Stephen Burks's Triple Basket Lamp and other designs

16 Seeing how Francisco Goya and James Gillray used wit to combat evil in the AGO’s Humour That Bites exhibition.

17 Ogling The Accessory Bar’s eclectic wares.

18 Exploring the global economy of artisan crafts in Stephen Burks’ Man Made show at the Design Exchange.

19 Tucking into Union’s menu of farm-fresh fare.

20 Talking to artists about their inspiration at The Artist Project Toronto (page 38).

24. Elmwood Spa

21 Perusing the designer toys at Atomic Toybot.

22 Warm from the wood-burning oven take-away baguettes from Woodlot.

23 Dreaming about excessive wealth while lighting a money to burn candle from Up to You.

24 Relaxing poolside before a Siam herbal tension release treatment at Elmwood Spa.

25 A slice of dulce de lèche cheesecake, anytime we want, at 7 West Café.

30. The Toronto Skyline

26 Rockin’ with The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys, March 14 at the Air Canada Centre.

27 Popping into one or many of Leslieville’s lovely local fashion, design and vintage furniture stores.

28 The embossed interlocking Gs on the side of Gucci’s Soho medium Boston bag.

29 Dining on a posh power lunch at one of the Financial District’s many top restaurants.

30 Viewing the skyline on a stroll of the city’s western waterfront.

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