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Saturday, May 01, 2010

"Toronto," said Steve Martin on 30 Rock, "is just like New York, but without all the stuff." He was only partly right. Thanks to its Victorian roots, the city has, for a long time, actually had stuff—it just wasn't very exciting. In the past decade, however, the capital of Ontario has shed its provincial sensibilities. It's now teeming with modern-art galleries, high-concept restaurants, and fashion-forward boutiques, making for a cosmopolitan weekend of northern exposure.

Klaxon Howl
At Klaxon Howl, owner Matt Robinson sells vintage military gear that comes with backstories: When you buy a pair of double-buckle boots, you'll learn they were made in the 1960s for the French Foreign Legion. That shawl-collar denim utility coat? There's a photo of it draped on its original owner at an alpine base camp in 1944. The store's new products, which include Belstaff jackets and an in-house line of chambray shirts (designed with tobacco pockets) and Japanese selvage denim, feel equally authentic. 694R Queen St. W., 647-436-6628; klaxonhowl.com

Photograph courtesy of Klaxon Howl
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