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    2011 American Bar Association AGM: Where to Go, What to Eat
    Posted: 2011-08-03 11:18:11

    Toronto, by Bobby Mikul

    If you’re in Toronto for the American Bar Association’s 2011 Annual General Meeting, you’re on the right page – we’ve got a whole host of sightseeing and restaurant recommendations. Let us be your guide to the city. If you’re having trouble deciding what to do, or if you have a special request, you can always tweet us (@MySmallClaims) your question.

    Here are some of Monica’s favourite downtown eating spots:

    Canoe – On the 54th floor of the TD Tower, has a great view and excellent wine list. Run by Oliver & Bonacini, renowned in Toronto’s upscale restaurant sector. Directions from the Fairmont Royal York

    South of Temperance – Great patio in the Financial District. Relaxed and classy bar atmosphere. Directions from the Fairmont Royal York

    Osgoode Hall – Owned by the Law Society of Upper Canada, this is where you can dine among Canada’s greatest legal minds in one of Ontario’s most historic legal libraries. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Directions from the Fairmont Royal York

    Bier Markt (Esplanade location) – Belgian beer garden along Toronto’s historic waterfront promenade. Has more beer than you ever thought could ever be in one place. Refined dining. Directions from the Fairmont Royal York

    Pravda Vodka Bar – Kitschy throwback to the days of the Soviet Union. Chock-full of Communist paraphernalia – we guarantee that you won’t see anything like this in the United States. Directions from the Fairmont Royal York

    The Distillery District – Former site of George Gooderham’s distillery, dating from the 1830s (don’t worry, restoration work has been done since then). Great for wandering, walking tours and even Segway tours. Lots of great restaurants (and patios) and art stores, as well as artists-in-residence. Many films, including Cinderella Man, X-Men and Chicago were filmed at least in part in the Distillery District. Beer is still made here, at the Mill Street Brew Pub. Don’t forget to stop by SOMA, a chocolate shop that deserves all of the praise that it gets. Directions from the Fairmont Royal York

    In Toronto, we do more than just eat. We love our festivals, and they are not in short supply this weekend. Here are a few of the must-dos:

    Taste of the Danforth – Annual street festival in Toronto’s Greektown. Some of the best Greek, Asian and Middle Eastern food can be found at this festival. All Torontonians swear by this festival. Very, very busy – sometimes it feels like all 2,503,281 of us are at this festival! August 5-7 Directions

    Rogers Cup – If you like tennis, we recommend checking out the Rogers Cup at the Rexall Centre. Tickets go fast, so be sure to order them online. Directions

    Toronto’s Festival of Beer – This one needs no explanation. At Bandshell Park (map). The organisers have provided directions for getting to and from the festival on public transit here.

    Summerworks – Annual theatre festival featuring productions that are cutting-edge yet accessible and professional. Showcases the best of Toronto’s independent theatre scene. In venues all over the city – it’s a great excuse to explore Toronto!

    Abstract Expressionist: Masterpieces from MOMA – In case you get homesick during your stay in Toronto, you can find a piece of home at the Art Gallery of Ontario. With pieces from such household names as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning.

    Wakestock – Wakeboarding festival in Collingwood, a few hours outside of Toronto. Also a music festival of some renown, having featured the Deftones, Goldfinger and Metric in years past. Check it out if you want to see some small-town Ontario.

    Sloan, one of Canada’s treasured rock bands, will be playing a free concert at Ontario Place at 8:00 PM on Friday, August 5. All of us at My Legal Briefcase urge you to check out their music. Sloan is the way to any Canadian’s heart.

    Don’t forget to tweet us (@MySmallClaims) your questions about Toronto! See you soon!

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