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30 Things We Love About Toronto This September

Lush1 Catching a glimpse of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ newest additions as they compete in pre-season action.

2 Combining essential oils with Swedish massage for an aromatherapy experience at Elmwood Spa.

3 The classic suits, ties and more at the new Bay Street location of Brooks Brothers.

4 Taking in local culture and family fun, September 9 to 13, during the Junction Arts Festival.

Sassafraz5 Tucking in at eclectic new pub, The Queen and Beaver, for fish and chips and a cold pint.

6 Cirque du Soleil’s blend of the theatrical and circus arts in its latest production, Ovo.

7 Draping your frame in unique and glamorous gowns from Pam Chorley’s Fashion Crimes, one of the city’s most revered independent boutiques.

8 Colourful handmade soaps and bath bars from Lush.

9 The selection of innovative garments by Canadian labels at Queen West’s Pho Pa.

Secrets From Your Sister10 Viewing Oscar contenders and indie flicks before everyone else at the Toronto International Film Festival.

11 Spending an evening with Bono, The Edge and company, as U2 fills the Rogers Centre with invigorating anthems.

12 Getting acquainted with some fresh literary finds at Ben McNally Books.

13 The heady fragrances of incense, herbs, fresh fruit and fish throughout Chinatown.

14 Spying the latest fashion trends for a fabulous fall.

Reds Bistro & Wine Bar15 Eyeing the orders of celebrity diners at hot spots like Sassafraz.

16 The bountiful colours of Trinity Bellwoods Park as it becomes an open-air gallery for the Queen West Art Crawl.

17 Writing a letter home using a quill pen at Toronto’s First Post Office.

18 Customized bra fittings by professional staff at Secrets from Your Sister.

19 Choosing your tipple at Reds, where more than 90 wines are offered by the glass.

<em>Family Portrait</em> by Viola Frey (photo by Lee Stalsworth).20 The modern man’s one-stop fashion-and-leisure shop, GotStyle, with designer menswear and an in-house spa.

21 A round of billiards and dancing at cheekily named Andy Pool Hall.

22 Examining the ceramic artworks by American master Viola Frey—the Gardiner Museum displays many exemplary pieces in a special exhibition.

23 Savouring champagne and sipping chocolate at Yorkville’s MoRoCo Chocolat.

24 Waking up to a modern brunch at decidedly retro diner Swan.

Untitled 2009 Painting (detail) by Hugh Mackenzie (photo by Alissa Vanderbaaren).25 Purchasing Parisian perfumes by Chanel within the company’s world-class boutique.

26 Chef Pascale Poilbout’s authentic buckwheat galettes at La Brehandaise Creperie (942 Queen St. W., 647-351-0803).

27 The fiery flavours of the Hot and Spicy Food Festival at Harbourfront Centre.

28 Trendy, upscale burlesque house Jezebel.

29 Bau-Xi Gallery’s survey of vividly abstract paintings and etchings by revered Canadian artist Hugh Mackenzie.

30 The classic lobster pot pie from Far Niente.

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