Skip to Content (Press Enter)

English / Français

Grills, Next-level Kicks and Brew Pubs: 17 Things to Do in Canada This September

From museum musts in Toronto to Iberian eats in Vancouver, here's what's new and noteworthy across the country this month.

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ


Awol Erizku, Their Eyes Were Watching God, 2017

Photo: Awol Erizku, Their Eyes Were Watching God, 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art

Believe, the first exhibition in MOCA’s new home, explores diversity through work by L.A.-based multimedia artist Awol Erizku, among others.

September 22–January 6


Museum of Illusions

Photo: Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

This quirky Croatian import boasts brain-bending experiences – tilted rooms, holograms, optical tricks – that will have you doing a double take.


Gardiner Museum

Photo: Futamura Yoshimi, 2016, on loan from Joan B Mirviss LTD

Gardiner Museum

Japan Now: Female Masters, the last in a series of intimate displays, celebrates boundary-smashing contemporary sculptors.

September 7–January 13


Rocky Mountain Soap Company

Lather Up

A trio of pop-ups brings the Rocky Mountain Soap Company and their beautifully mottled bars to the Eaton Centre (until early January), Yorkdale and the PATH (both until February).

Food & Drink


Kōjin (Photo: Andrew Bezek)

Hey, Grill

Three new downtown restaurants have us all fired up. The smoky offerings at Constantine, like Cornish hen goosed with lemon, are seared on an Argentinian parilla grill, while the campfire-scented charred ribeye is a highlight at Momofuku’s Kōjin. And at Quetzal, lamb-neck barbacoa wrapped in banana and avocado leaves is one of many Mexican delicacies prepared in an eight-metre clay oven.,,

Vancouver - YVR



Photo: Charles Zuckermann

Future Shop

Designed to resemble a sleek gallery, with LED accents and surround sound, Grail offers next-level kicks – Nike, New Balance and unconventional options like the Finnish brand Karhu – to send you back to school on the right foot.

Food & Drink

Como Tapería

Como Tapería

This Mount Pleasant spot opening next month specializes in tapas like paprika-freckled pulpo gallego and zippy padróns, as well as a bounty of cava, sherry and heady house sangria.


Lola & Miguel

Photo: Kelly Pisio @lolaandmiguelpender

Lola & Miguel

A gourmet emporium with no fewer than 19 kinds of jamón, Lola & Miguel also stocks conservas, Marcona almonds and other Spanish pantry staples.


In My Kitchen

In My Kitchen

Make perfect paella and crema Catalana during an in-home Spanish cooking session with Luise Wagner, who splits her time between Vancouver and rural Andalusia.


Vancouver Fringe Festival

Photo: Clayton Wong

Fringe Benefits

With a lineup that includes comedy, poetry, mentalist feats and new dramatic works by a diverse group of women, the Vancouver Fringe Festival covers all bases and then some. Those stymied by the wide range on offer should check out the Fringe-for-All (September 5), where each of the 40 artists has 120 seconds to sell their shows.

September 6–16

Montréal - YUL

Food & Drink


Photo: Philippe Nadeau


Sour, earthy and offbeat notes abound at this boho-chic joint in the Quartier Latin with 20 craft brews on tap. Order: Pepper Cut, a witbier from Montreal’s Brewskey with a pink peppercorn kick.


Microbrasserie 4 Origines

Photo: Voltaic Photographie

Microbrasserie 4 Origines

Head to this charming Pointe-Saint-Charles taproom to sip hyperlocal suds produced by the on-site brewery. Order: Caffiend, a rich, chocolatey cappuccino stout.


Microbrasserie À la Fût

Photo: Yoline

Microbrasserie À la Fût

This cowboy-themed pub lets artisanal-beer aficionados experience a soupçon of the Wild West in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie. Order: Cowsure, a mouth-puckering saison with a citrus punch.



Photo: Aesop

Product Placement

Inspired by the city’s seasonal extremes, Aesop’s Montréal kit features grooming minis that work in a range of weather conditions. The cleanser, toner, shampoo and conditioner protect skin, hair and fragile egos from the elements.



Mile Ex End - Kid Koala

Kid Koala (Photo: Mile Ex End Montréal/La Tribu)

Rock Formation

Running over two consecutive weekends, Mile Ex End showcases a bilingual roster of A-list indie acts, including Broken Social Scene, Hubert Lenoir and local marsupial music maker Kid Koala, on an unconventional stage: under the Rosemont–Van Horne overpass.

September 1–3