September in the city feels like fall already, and no matter what side of the PSL debate you reside on, we can all get in one collective nod to our favourite star parade, TIFF. From beauty to food, to contests, Auburn Lane is your TIFF depot, so stay tuned all month for all the juice!

Book tickets now to the upcoming Culture Pack, a curated evening of art meets socializing- up close and personal with playwrights, actors, directors and more. Ticket packages for the three curated events include admission to the theatre, for plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, dinner, drinks and intimate after-show discussions with the cast.
Yorkville Murals is on, with installations and interactive events dotting the toniest part of town. Double down with a reservation at swanky Sofia, and soak up all that Yorkville has to offer. Yorkville Murals runs from September 12-14th.
Our fave indie brewery and the smallest in the city, Laylow /is celebrating their 3rd anniversary. Stop by and support this local brewery, who also serves up some serious Trinidadian eats, all under a very Tribe Called Quest vibe.

MattyFest is going on down at Echo Beach on Saturday, September 7th. Tickets are still up for grabs, so if you wanna see Wu-Tang and their 36 chambers, now is your time. Oh, and there will be killer BBQ from pretty much all over the US and Canada too.
Museum of the Moon is on at The Bentway. A giant, glowing scale model of the moon which will turn The Bentway into an open-air planetarium! Nightly moon-related activities include moon gazing, moonlight meditation and much more. Free and all ages from dusk til 11pm. The moon will be here from September 10-15th.

Tickets are on sale for the upcoming FoodBall, a culinary event that will see chefs from around the world creating unique and other-worldly dishes in support of Sinai Health Foundation. The event takes place on October 4th at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Centre.
Goa Indian Farm Kitchen in Bayview Village is hosting their first Goa Spice Month on all September with a special three course offering for lunch ($25) or dinner ($35). Expect classic dishes cooked modernly, like the Goan Fish Curry or Butter Chicken Hot Pot.

Goa- Goan Fish Curry + Butter Chicken


Now Open
Realsports is reopening after a recent renovation. I guess the Raptors in the playoffs left us all a little tired and haggard looking. No word on how many more pixels are plastered on the walls, but we expect great things for this upcoming Leafs/Raptors run.
The most adorable coffee shop to hit North York just swung it’s might doors open, just south of Sheppard right on Yonge Street. Second floor Another Land Coffee is making coffee lovers swoon with their tidy space, using Blackbird Bread for their on trend avo-toasts.


Chick-Fil-A is open. They are also being widely protested, uniting vegans and LGBTQ+ Torontonians in a plight to evict the well-documented supporter of conversion camps and other ridiculous and hate filled campaigns to go backwards. And that’s all we’ll say about that.
Dough McNish’s Mythology has just reopened. The plant based eatery got a revamp and reno, with a gussied up menu to supply Parkdale with a destination worthy vegan diner.
Sugar Kane is bringing the heat, adding a spicy note to all that souvlaki-ness that is known formally as Greek Town. Fusing Caribbean and Cajun cuisine, Sugar Kane has just opened to the Danforth and Pape ‘hood.
Bumping up next to Buca Portland, Shook Kitchen offers a fully vegetarian experience, with Israeli influences.
Lanna is now open in Markham. Featuring foods from Northern Thailand, the spacious dining room is decked out and bedazzled in gold, with renowned Sang Kim involved in some capacity…we approve.
Est is Sean MacDonald’s latest effort since leaving Oakville. His tasting menus have found a new home in Leslieville, on Queen East.
September Openings
Yonge and Eglinton will welcome Cass Avenue opening soon. The self-proclaimed snack bar will be bringing small bites and cocktails to this bustling corridor. Chef Vittorio Colacitti says the concept is a borrowed a little from D-Town.
Nodo, the Junction darling, has it’s eyes on the east side. Leslieville will welcome Nodo soon in the former location of Lambretta. Nodo is notable for its classic Italian eats made from scratch, a safe bet for Queen East.
Leslieville darling Ascari’s has now opened their second restaurant, this time on King West, with a 120-seat concept set to steal hearts and sway King Street eaters away from the Kit Kat, I mean, obviously.
Coming Soon
by CHLOE.‘s 16th location is opening in Yorkdale Shopping Centre next month. The plant based eatery is massive in the US, with an almost cult-like following for the chain that only began in 2015. A second location is already in the works for the Financial District right downtown.
Dasha, a new concept by Chef Akira Back is launching soon on King West. If it’s anything like his self-titled affair at The Bisha Hotel, we’re already lining up for this one, mentally.

Akira Back

Akira Back


Madame Levant is the latest eatery planning to pop up on Gerrard offering coffee and bites in the east end.
The Butcher Chef is a beefy new restaurant ready to launch on Harbour Street. Not much is out on this beast of a restaurant, but we’ll keep this one on the radar.
Queue De Cheval is setting up shop in theatre district, look for this beast to open in the coming months right in the base of a glitzy condo building. The Quebecois steakhouse will put STK and The Keg on high alert, but Jacob’s could care less, since, well, it’s Jacob’s.
Iconic Italian eatery, La Vecchia Ristorante has been open for a staggering 24 years at Yonge and Eglinton. They’ve just announced a second location for my friends in the west end, in Etobicoke.
We’re mere weeks away from the launch of Claudio Aprile’s latest, in conjunction with Liberty Entertainment Group, Xango is coming very soon to King West. Claudio is telling us it’ll be a more ‘accessible’ menu, with a vibrant backdrop to showcase his culinary prowess. We’re teeming for this one MasterChef!

Claudio Aprile


Jen Agg’s Bar Vendetta has been documented on it’s opening by Toronto Star, so if you’re looking to know what it takes to open a restaurant in the city, bust beyond that paywall and read up. We’ll wait for the pasta and drink menus, which will no doubt be a summer highlight for anyone with a palate and a pulse. We’re already lining up for this one.
Terroni and Sud Forno are wrapping up the massive project set in a heritage house/condo concept at Yonge and Eglinton. This bustling neighbourhood is ready to devour this dream team, with morning to night eats and treats from this Italian heavyweight.
Babel at Yonge and York Mills is the latest Toronto project for O&B, who are expanding into Saskatchewan in a Risk-style invasion/domination across Canada. Babel is now occupying the space that was once a Movenpick, this time, no passport will be required for the Middle Eastern eatery, no word on if they removed the swing bench in the back.

Adamson BBQ


After some speculation and rumors from Aurora, it was confirmed that Adamson BBQ, will open this summer in 905-land. Smack dab on Yonge street.
Manulife Centre is still getting glammed, and anchor tenant Eataly attached to the project. If you haven’t been to one of the other locations, in Chicago, Italy or NYC, it’s a sprawling space of pasta, pizzas and grab and go Italian style, now Batali free.
Scratch Kitchen is taking over the ol’ Jack Astor’s down by St Lawrence Market.
Closing
Fred’s Not Here is closing on King West. Cause duh, King Street Pilot!
Got a food tip? Want a shout out for your new spot? Drop me a note- Libby@auburnlane.com