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Roots

You Are Here: Bloor Street West

Named for entrepreneur Joseph Bloor, this tony thoroughfare is the city’s chicest spot for shopping. Dubbed the “Mink Mile” for the many designer retailers who call this stretch between Yonge Street and Avenue Road home, the fashionable district is where you’ll find both visiting celebrities and Toronto’s upper echelon.

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Canadian Roots

Roots is an internationally recognized brand with an iconic Canadian history. Their logo incorporates the beaver, the furry creature that appears on our 5-centroots-tee09 coin and Parks Canada emblems. The first Roots store was established in 1973 by Michael Budman and Don Green who were inspired by Ontario’s Algonquin Park. Their company transformed a love for the Canadian wilderness into the distinctive leather goods and athletic wear you see today.—RM

Roots of Music

Gadji-Gadjo perform gypsy folk at this year's Canmore Folk Festival

Gadji-Gadjo perform gypsy folk at this year's Canmore Folk Festival

Each year, the quaint Canmore Folk Music Festival (August 1-3) charms me. As the longest running event of its kind in Alberta (going strong since 1978; originally from a flatbed truck stage), their family focus has never strayed. Grannies and toddlers grooving together is magic to behold. While I enjoy the main stage shows, I love watching the birth of new music during daytime impromptu concerts where musicians from different bands play together. Although I may not know all of the performers going in the festival, I always leave with new favourites.—LS

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