The place: A two-storey Cape Cod–inspired house a few minutes’ walk away from the Balmy Beach waterfront.
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Of the three major Muskoka lakes, Joseph is cottage country’s most star-studded. Its lots—generally bigger than those on nearby Rosseau and Muskoka—attract celebrities and business titans who require adequate room for their toys, boats and egos, and prefer not to rub elbows with nosy neighbours. The maximal-living trend is most obvious on the lake’s northern tip, dubbed Billionaires’ Row, where one lakeside cottage compound recently went on the market for a record-setting $25 million. Here’s a look at who calls Lake Joe their home away from home.
Attend an indie-rock campout on the Islands
For five years, Toronto’s friendliest music fest, ALL CAPS!, offered listeners of all ages an idyllic island retreat and intimate shoreside sets from the country’s finest indie bands. Now, ALL CAPS! organizers Wavelength are resurrecting that festival’s rustic-getaway vibe—overnight camping included—with Camp Wavelength, a Canada-centric lineup featuring Toronto roots rockers the Wooden Sky, singer-songwriter the Weather Station and dubby psych-pop trio Doomsquad. Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30. $75; $150 with camping access. Artscape Gibraltar Point, 433 Lakeshore Ave., Toronto Islands, 416-546-2745, wavelengthtoronto.com.
What it is: A proposed Toronto location for Ace Hotel, a chain that prides itself on art-friendly boutique hospitality. (Imagine the Drake Hotel, but a multinational corporation.) The new building would be located just southwest of Queen and Spadina, at the corner of Brant and Camden streets. It would be 13 storeys tall, with 130 hotel rooms on the upper floors, a lobby on the ground floor and a restaurant on a lower level.
The place: A two-lot property on an island in Bob’s Lake in Frontenac. It consists of a guest house, a tree house and a main building.
Sale of the Week: the $1.8-million Long Branch home that shows what 30 feet of Toronto lakefront is worth
The property: This Long Branch home’s back deck is located just steps away from Lake Ontario, and the open-concept main level has a floor-to-ceiling view of the water. The master suite has a door that leads directly to the beach.
Months after deciding not to run for leadership of the Ontario Tories, Doug Ford is once again openly musing about assuming control of a Conservative caucus—but this time (movie trailer narrator voice) it’s federal. During an interview with Bloomberg, Ford expressed interest in running for Stephen Harper’s job as head of the Conservative Party of Canada, should Harper resign after the election. The classic Doug Ford trial balloon came with a classic Doug Ford exaggerated feint at reluctance: “I don’t think I’ll have to because hopefully he’ll be prime minister for the next 20 years,” he said. “I never say never in politics.”
My mother used to compare Buddhism to a boulder in a rushing river: something you could grab onto whenever you needed it, an anchor in moments of chaos. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, we left our Vietnamese village on a fishing boat. When we settled in Regent Park, my father toiled as a mechanic, my mother as a seamstress—they were always working to make a better life for my two siblings and me. Throughout my childhood, my mother would pray to the ancestors for guidance or good fortune. She’d set up an altar, place food on a wooden table by the window, and burn candles and incense to create an auspicious crosswind. My father was skeptical of her practice; he thought religion was a hobby for the ignorant. I tended to agree with him.
The place: A two-bedroom condo spread over three levels of a converted Victorian mansion. There’s a kitchen and living area on the main floor, a light-filled family room and guest bedroom on the lower level, and a large master suite upstairs.
In the summer of 2014, Wilf Dinnick, a former news correspondent, accepted a job running Al Jazeera’s website in Doha, Qatar. He and his wife, Sonia Verma, a newspaper reporter, had settled in Toronto in 2009. They bought a beautiful four-bedroom brick semi at 47 Lakeview Avenue, near Dundas and Ossington, for $719,000. They loved the area—minutes from Trinity Bellwoods Park, steps from their favourite restaurants and cafés, and surrounded by neighbours who quickly became close friends. Rather than sell the house before the move, they decided to rent it out. They knew that if they were ever going to return to Toronto, they would want to build their life in the same area. Plus, in a neighbourhood that continued to gentrify, selling didn’t make sense. They hired Chestnut Park, which deals with some of the most expensive real estate in the city, to manage the rental. For $4,000, Sarah Giacomelli, a realtor with over 20 years of experience, agreed to take care of everything: placing an ad, vetting the candidates, choosing the tenant and handling the paperwork. A few weeks after the family had arrived in Doha, Giacomelli reported that she’d found terrific tenants. The Gubbs were a family of four: Jesse, his girlfriend, Haruka, his brother, Troy, and his father, John. Jesse, who appeared to handle the rental negotiations for the family, worked in sales at a technology company called Web Factory Studios Canada. He drove a Range Rover, had more than $44,000 in savings and would have no trouble covering the $3,600 monthly rent. Another potential tenant showed interest in the property, but Gubb won them over with a sob story: he was trying to get his family, once estranged but newly reunited, under one roof. He upped his rent offer to $4,000 to seal the deal, and it worked.
The Blue Jays have had plenty to celebrate lately—and, if you’ve just started paying attention, you’ve probably noticed they have some strange ways of doing that. Here, a selection of the most elaborate high-fives, handshakes, backslaps and other on-field victory gestures from a few of the team’s recent games.
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Jose Bautista and Ryan Goins appear to mime making it rain, shuffling bills from their hands into the sky.
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Dear Urban Diplomat,
Every time I take a cab with my boyfriend, he guides our driver using the Waze app, which plots out the fastest route based on real-time traffic updates. He shouts, “Left here! Now right!” and so on, not unlike an English lord addressing his valet, and it makes me extremely uncomfortable. Do passengers have the right to undermine a cabbie with an app?
—Not-So-Set in My Waze, King West
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The place: A sprawling four-bedroom, five-bathroom bungalow with a Californian feel, complete with its own waterfall in the backyard.
The place: An upper-crust take on a classic log cabin, located on Lake Onawa near Hunstville.