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Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City This June

Each and every month we scour the city to bring you all the very best that Toronto has to offer! Check out our latest favourites below.

Best of Toronto #1: Jose Bautista at the hot-hitting Blue Jays (photo: Toronto Blue Jays)

Best of Toronto #1: Jose Bautista at the hot-hitting Blue Jays (photo: Toronto Blue Jays)

1  Watching Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Cabrera slug it out of the park as the (division leading!) Toronto Blue Jays take on all comers at Rogers Centre.

2  The opportunity to see fantastic new works by independent Canadian filmmakers—such as Ingrid Veninger’s quirky The Animal Project—at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

3  Sharing a huge “social” platter of pasta at homestyle Italian restaurant Scaddabush.

4  Examining all the cool cartography at Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps and Books.

5  A month of major music events, including free concerts during Luminato, hundreds of indie acts at NXNE, the best in jazz, funk and R&B courtesy of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and a weekend of local bands who’ve made it big at Field Trip.

6  Sampling new Ontario craft beers produced in collaboration with artists and celebrities—including a summer gruit from Beau’s All-Natural Brewing and Margaret Atwood—at this year’s Session Toronto event.

7  Arriving at our own unique understanding of the message in Kelly Mark’s latest conceptual artworks at Diaz Contemporary.

8  Hitching a free ride to Vaughan Mills on the shopping centre’s daily shuttle bus.

9  Choosing which of more than a half-dozen new eateries—from Balzac’s Coffee Roasters to tapas restaurant Barsa Taberna—to enjoy along redeveloped Market Street.

10  Partaking in a quiet stroll down the tree-lined streets of Cabbagetown.

Best of Toronto #11: Vintage sets at the MZTV Museum of Television (photo: Craig Moy)

Best of Toronto #11: Vintage sets at the MZTV Museum of Television (photo: Craig Moy)

11  Discovering the history of the small screen at the recently relaunched MZTV Museum of Television.

12  Learning about the role technology plays in bringing music to our ears at the Ontario Science Centre‘s new exhibition, The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

13  Quenching our thirst with a bottle of flavoured milk—strawberry, gingerbread, chocolate-mint and more—from Moo Milk Bar.

14  Trying to discern the slightly off-kilter elements of Scott McFarland’s large-scale composite photos on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

15  Ogling the world’s most distinctive vehicles, on display in Toronto’s ritziest neighbourhood, at the Yorkville Exotic Car Show.

16  Lounging on the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre lawn while listening to top touring acts like the Dave Matthews Band and Journey.

17  Chef Justin Cournoyer’s exciting interpretation of Canadian cuisine, served up in two nightly tasting menus at Actinolite.

18  Pedaling from point A to point B on wheels from Bike Share Toronto.

19  Witnessing the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet performed by the National Ballet of Canada’s talented dancers.

20  Taking in the sights, sounds and sun (and then going for a quick dip) at Miami Beach–styled Cabana Pool Bar.

Best of Toronto #21: This year's sure-to-be-massive WorldPride parade

Best of Toronto #21: This year’s sure-to-be-massive WorldPride festivities and parade

21  The city’s biggest ever Pride parade, with potentially millions of celebrants in town as part of the WorldPride festival.

22  The opulent chalet-style ambience of La Castile Steakhouse & Seafood.

23  Ordering an exotic cocktail for the whole table at Byblos—the daily punch bowl serves three to six indulgent imbibers.

24  Richmond Station pastry chef Farzam Fallah’s innovative, never-too-sweet desserts.

25  Fashion finds for “rebel girls with good manners” at Ossington Avenue boutique Victoire.

26  Walking through Penelope Stewart’s room-sized, artistically realized beehive at the Koffler Gallery.

27  Want Apothecary‘s house line of super-chic leather goods, including weekender bags, passport covers and iPad sleeves.

28  Selecting for dessert one of the many signature specialties made by Stock restaurant’s state-of-the-art chocolate lab.

29  Filling up on a huge meatball, veal parmesan or knuckle sandwich from Red Sauce.

30  Kicking back beneath one of Sugar Beach‘s a hot-pink umbrellas.

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