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Arts & Crafts co-founder and president Jeffrey Remedios is the reason Brooklyn hipsters can find Toronto on a map. The label started with Broken Social Scene – only – but now boasts Feist, Moby, Bloc Party and more.

Jeffrey RemediosPhoto: Lucia Graca

1. BMO Field
I had season tickets for the first five years of Toronto FC’s life. They need to do some work to get competitive in Major League Soccer, but seeing a game live in this stadium while soaking up the atmosphere remains a heartwarming experience.

170 Princes’ Blvd., 416-263-5700
 

2. Analogue Gallery
This gallery specializes in iconic rock ’n’ roll photography. There’s a triptych of Debbie Harry by Edie Steiner that I need to buy before the edition runs out.

673 Queen St. W., 416-901-8001
 

3. Lee’s Palace
This club is gritty and puts on consistently legendary concerts. Once when Broken Social Scene played here, Kevin Drew bought the entire audience tequila shots.

529 Bloor St. W., 416-532-1598


4. Xam Yu

Late-night Chinese food on Spadina is a special ritual reserved for rare occasions these days. It’s not the healthiest food! The choice of establishment is hotly debated, but for me the best is Xam Yu. They’re super friendly and the food is delicious.

339 Spadina Ave., 416-340-8603


5. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
It is a true pleasure of the senses to experience an opera or ballet in this state-of-the-art venue. The acoustics are so spectacular that you get totally immersed in sound.

145 Queen St. W., 416-363-8231
 

6. Jimmy’s Coffee
I’m not a coffee snob by any means and can often be found sipping a good cup of Tim Hortons. I am, however, partial to a fancy Americano from Jimmy’s Coffee near my office. Plus, they have an awesome policy (not strictly enforced) of not serving anyone who talks on their cellphones while ordering.

107 Portland St., 416-901-2289
 

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