Welcome to the new Toronto
As Toronto's food scene rapidly evolves, it naturally follows that other attractions are upping their ante. Along with the Toronto International Film Festival, this city of festivals is becoming ever more known for its annual Nuit Blanche – or all night – arts fete in October, another autumn happening that transforms Toronto's downtown into a giant multimedia art venue, complete with retro dance parties and immersive light installations. And as host of the 2015 Pan American Games, a major athletic competition that will be completely carbon neutral as well as Canada's largest ever multi-sport event (with 8,000 athletes from 41 nations in 36 sports – twice the size of Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics), refurbishments are in the works citywide. Union Station, Toronto's metro hub, is in the middle of a complete overhaul, and a new slew of subway trains – put into service in 2011 – have replaced those that have been rocking the tracks since the 1950s and ‘60s.
Looking for a bit of culture? The National Ballet of Canada recently premiered a new rendition of Romeo and Juliet by acclaimed Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, and upcoming works include Swan Lake and Cinderella. For a secondary treat that is just as indulgent, swing by SOMA, a chocolate shop in Toronto's Distillery District and enjoy fiery Mayan liquid chocolate spiced with Madagascar vanilla and chilli. It is a bona fide game-changer, much like the city itself.
Correction: A previous version of this article misnamed the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. This has been fixed.