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Ballet star Evan ­McKie honed his craft as far away as Japan and ­Russia. He’s making his National Ballet of Canada debut as principal dancer this month, playing Hans-Peter in The Nutcracker. The danseur shares his top Toronto spots.

Evan McKie

Photo: Aleksandar Antonijevic

01 CN Tower
I used to go here a lot as a kid. I love heights, and the feeling of extreme ones reminds me of first stepping onstage. I’m trying to convince my friends to do the EdgeWalk around the top with me.
301 Front St. W., 416-868-6937,

02 Art Gallery of Ontario
This is the first place I went to when I arrived back in Toronto, and I go every month. I always pass by Augustus John’s famous Marchesa Casati – ­apparently, if you ask her a question she’ll answer you.
317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648,

03 Scaramouche
This is my favourite restaurant for big, laughter-filled dinner extravaganzas. Usually, I end up meeting fun friends from all over who happen to be in town, so the table size just keeps expanding ’til we shut the place down.
1 Benvenuto Place, 416-961-8011,

04 CNTRBND and The Serpentine
CNTRBND and the Serpentine are two of my favourite modern menswear shops in the city for interesting clothes. When I fall in love with something, I don’t take it off for a while! My favourite jacket is from CNTRBND, and my favourite shoes, by Rick Owens, are from the Serpentine.
a) 104 Yorkville Ave., 416-928-1414,
b) 132 Cumberland St., 416-513-1818,

05 The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
It amazes me, when I go in to work on my days off, that a theatre can be so quiet and lonely when it’s dark, yet the next day it will be overflowing with people, energy, music and life.
145 Queen St. W., 416-345-9595,

06 Toronto Dominion Centre
Mies van der Rohe’s tower is so beautiful – in such a polarizing way. I just can’t help myself from taking ­pictures there. Some of them are on my Instagram, which I use as a diary of places and moments I don’t want to forget.
77 King St. W., 416-869-1144,



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