Wanting to forge a connection with a new place that would give her that “next stop: somewhere you’ve never been” feeling, Leslie Feist recorded her fourth studio album in Big Sur, California. Metals, released this fall, was written by the globe-trotting artist over a period of three months in a tiny garage behind her house in Toronto, proving that sometimes there’s no place like home.
1 Sunday Antique Market at St. Lawrence
This is the city all split open and laid out on tables. I’ve been to flea markets all over the place, and they always feel like you’re trying to peek behind closed doors. I can find anything here every and anytime.
92–95 Front St. E. (North market)
2 High Park
Cities make no sense without escape routes, and High Park is just that for me. A few blocks from coffee and ice cream and a library on Roncesvalles Avenue, it’s a labyrinth of inter-braiding trails and paths.
Bloor St. W. to Parkside Dr.
This classic late-night snack spot is under the Bloor Cinema. It’s a little deli counter corridor, but it’s the best nocturnal vegetarian food in the city. Next door is another cube of white light serving smoothies and desserts. And all this underneath a repertory cinema.
504 Bloor St. W., 416-537-4417
4 Royal Ontario Museum
If you’re looking for the kind of afternoon spent in your own thoughts – prompted by all sorts of unlikely beauty – visit the gallery of minerals. The minerals came from deep inside the earth and can help you forget about time in the face of their age.
100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000
Photos: Frank Yang / flickr.com (1); David Miller / flickr.com (2); Royal Ontario Museum (4)
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