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Toronto flexes its muscles every September
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.
Grant van Gameren