The world is watch­ing

Toronto flexes its mus­cles ev­ery Septem­ber

Richmond Hill Post - - Editor’s Notes - By Ron John­son

Septem­ber, whether in school or not, is a time to start fresh. We get our fall hair­cuts, up­date the old wardrobe and search through a va­ri­ety of di­rec­to­ries and web­sites in hopes of find­ing a new course, hobby or in­ter­est that will bring with it a re­newed sense of pur­pose — or, at the very least, some­thing to oc­cupy the mind and make us feel as if we’re still grow­ing and learn­ing and ex­pand­ing our hori­zons. Spend­ing the first two decades of life on a learn­ing curve with an up­ward tra­jec­tory does that to you.

Septem­ber is a fine time to live in Toronto. Known for its in­cred­i­ble arts com­mu­nity, the Big Smoke re­ally flexes its cre­ative mus­cles this month. New sea­sons get un­der­way for most of the city’s the­atres, dance com­pa­nies, opera com­pa­nies and or­ches­tras. The now-awe­some JFL42 com­edy fes­ti­val rolls into town big­ger and bet­ter than ever, with head­lin­ers such as Sarah Sil­ver­man, Aziz An­sari and John Cleese. Yes, the John Cleese.

In ad­di­tion, the big show that is the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val draws at­ten­tion and A-list celebri­ties from around the world. This month, we high­light a num­ber of the ex­cit­ing lo­cal con­tri­bu­tions to TIFF.

Up front, we fea­ture an in­ter­view with the one-an­donly Don McKel­lar.

He’s back at the fes­ti­val af­ter a long ab­sence, and he’s bring­ing a fan­tas­tic-look­ing film called The Grand Se­duc­tion.

We also took the time to sit down with two of the “ris- ing stars” be­ing show­cased this year, Toronto ac­tors Cara Gee and Jonathan Sousa. In ad­di­tion, we pro­file the in­cred­i­ble Ed Bur­tyn­sky, who is mak­ing his di­rec­to­rial de­but this month in the film Water­mark, and we high­light 10 must­see films and a few par­ties worth the ef­fort to sneak into.

We also of­fer up our an­nual Best Of awards high­light­ing the finest restau­rants, shops and ser­vices in our neigh­bour­hoods.

Septem­ber marks the be­gin­ning of the fall real es­tate mar­ket, too. We’ve as­sem­bled our crack team of ex­perts to weigh in on what to ex­pect. Is the mar­ket still on a slow-and-steady de­cline or is a re­bound in or­der? What is go­ing on with the lux­ury condo mar­ket and what does that mean for lo­cal res­i­dents look­ing to sell their mam­moth man­sions and move into one of a grow­ing num­ber of five-star ac­com­mo­da­tions?

In our life sec­tion, Jeanne Beker checks out the city’s coolest new se­lec­tion of jeans, Re­becca Eck­ler checks into two hot new ho­tel spas and much more.

Chef Grant van Gameren kicks off our food cov­er­age with his taste test of the GTA’s best de­liv­ery pizza. Also in food, Joanne Kates re­views a new restau­rant from the folks at Harbord Room and Ben Ka­plan pro­files in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed chef David Chang.

Ron John­son

Grant van Gameren

John Cleese

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