May 2011 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 Because the Jays have their swagger back

Q&A Professional loudmouth Ezra Levant is about to get even louder

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Al Gore and other international do-gooders get down at the We Day after-party

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


Brian Topp Rob Ford is trying to use the Housing scandal to get city hall out of the landlord business. Bad idea

Jan Wong Torontonians used to be so nice. Now we’re nasty. What’s behind the sudden rise in rudeness that’s sweeping the city?


The Anarchist of Forest Hill
Byron Sonne’s obsession with the security of the G20 summit cost him his wife, his million-dollar home and his freedom By Denise Balkissoon

Too Arty
Gregory Burke pulled the Power Plant out of debt and enhanced its reputation with shows of international art celebrities. But the wealthy socialites who support the gallery thought he was a diva and an embarrassment. He responded with the ultimate snub: he quit By Daniel Baird

The Sipper Club
Will Predhomme belongs to a competitive cabal of the city’s top sommeliers, who sniff, sip and spit their way through hundreds of bottles a week. They do this to help you decide what to drink with your dinner, while making you think it was your idea all along By Jason McBride


The Thing Spring Fashion Edition: Feather fascinators, chunky chokers, statement watches, and other lessons in the art of acces­sorizing boldly

The List Ten things the globe-trotting photographer Edward Burtynsky can’t live without

Great Spaces A midtown rebuild that’s custom-made to be kid-proof

Real Estate The search for a subletter’s dream home

Food & Drink

Introducing Leslieville’s new guilt-free fishmonger

The Critic Susur Lee’s over-hyped homecoming

Flavour of the Month The city’s best sports bars

Wine Aussie gems

The Dish DIY chèvre


Spotlight Colm Feore juggles Renaissance zealotry and comic book villainy

The Argument Why the abstract expressionists are the art world’s it boys once more

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

Current Obsession Cartoonist Chester Brown’s love affair with hookers

Scrapbook Woody Harrelson’s Toronto: a wacky infatuation in photos

Going Out

Restaurants, Theatre, Music, Art, Dance, Family, Etc.


And Nanny Makes Three