August 2010 Contents

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Toronto Life helps Torontonians enjoy their city—through a unique blend of authoritative service writing and award-winning journalism. It's your monthly guide to the best of Toronto.

This City

Reason to Love Toronto The best thing to hit city hall since Viljo Revell

Q&A with Babak Eslahjou, the architect who would be mayor

Urban Diplomat The family cottage turf war, is it OK to jog on people’s graves, and a word on stroller etiquette

Camera Art royalty, Bay Street bankers and bare bums at the Power Ball

The Map The metrics of a successful civic square

Ego Meter What’s making and shaking the city’s self-image this month


Jan Wong Toronto, the mixed-marriage capital of Canada, is proof that if a post-racial society is possible, it will begin in the bedroom

Philip Preville We keep hearing about the amazing Canadian economic rebound—some 300,000 new jobs created in the past year. Is Bay Street paving the way for a new economic world order?


Best of the City
Our crew of expert consumers dug deep, bravely road-testing fixed-gear bikes, comparing the gleam of cufflinks, and sampling an entire summer’s worth of steak, ice cream, fresh-squeezed lemonade and more. Our guide to everything exemplary in Toronto in 2010

His Majesty
Christopher Plummer is playing Prospero at the Stratford festival, and although he’s 80 years old, he wants you to know this isn’t his swan song. The last great leading man By Alec Scott

Priority One
In the first five months of this year, 17 people jumped into the path of oncoming subway trains. A scheme to outfit stations with safety barriers is low on the TTC’s to-do list, leaving us with the problem of how to stop suicides now By Rachel Giese


The Thing The ultimate retro lawn mower

Super Shopper The city’s best stuff

The List Ten things Alex Anthopoulos, the Blue Jays’ boy wonder GM, can’t live without

Great Spaces A monument to minimalism

Real Estate One Upper Beach family’s quest for an under-asking miracle

Food & Drink

Introducing A new gourmet takeout for the locavores of Little Italy

The Critic Chris Nuttall-Smith goes fishing

Flavour of the Month Thirteen haute doughnuts

Wine David Lawrason on Prince Edward County’s incredible new bubblies

The Dish A chef’s 20-year quest for perfect ribs


Spotlight Alison Pill lets loose in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The Argument Carl Wilson on Justin Bieber’s meteoric rise (and inevitable fall)

See, Hear, Read Know-it-alls pick the movie, music and book release of the month

The Conversation Alissa York and Sarah Harmer talk about wild things

Going Out

Restaurants, Theatre, Music, Art, Dance, Family, Etc. Our recommendations for making the most of the month


An emergency room doctor on workplace politics after her sex change