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This month, Sarah Milroy switches gears from critic to curator with the opening of her and Ian Dejardin's groundbreaking exhibit on Emily Carr at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Here Milroy shares her favourite spots to paint the town.

Sarah Milloy


01 Jessica Bradley Gallery

If you want to know what's new and important in Canadian art, this gallery is an essential place to start. Jessica Bradley represents some of my favourite artists, such as Rebecca Belmore, Kristan Horton, Jessica Eaton and Julia Dault.
74 Miller St., 416-537-3125, jessicabradleyinc.com

02 Sir Winston Churchill Park

I've lived near this park every time I've returned to Toronto after forays to New York and Vancouver. The upper field has an incredible sweeping view of the sky, while the ravine, with its path through the trees, has its own microclimate.
St. Clair Ave. W. at Spadina Rd.

03 Moksha Yoga

I've become a devotee of hot yoga; if I didn't go to Moksha Yoga, my head would explode. It's a really clean, bright studio with great amenities, which is important when everyone's been sweating it out in a room heated to 40°C.
1498 Yonge St., 416-868-9642, uptown.mokshayoga.ca

04 Monkey's Paw

My daughter, Elizabeth, turned me on to this second-hand bookstore, where I found some books on pop anthropology dating back to the 1930s that were helpful in my research on Emily Carr. One of them, called Potlatch, is illustrated by George Clutesi, who inherited Carr's paintbrushes.
1229 Dundas St. W., 416-531-2123, monkeyspaw.com

05 The Thomson Collection of European Art

Take a sharp left from the AGO's entrance and you ­arrive at this treasure trove. Ken Thomson's medieval and Renaissance ivory and boxwood carvings are among the most historically significant things that he ever collected.
317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648, ago.net

06 The Senator Restaurant

I often have an extraordinarily enormous breakfast so that I don't have to think about food again until it's dark. I come here for the all-day service with home fries and beans and challah bread that seems soaked in butter.
249 Victoria St., 416-364-7517, thesenator.com

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