August 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 Echo Beach delivers music under the stars

Q&A Can Heather Reisman do for online news what she did for books?

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Henry Kissinger, Cold War icon and party animal, wows the crowd at the 2011 Munk Debates

Primer Felonious impresario Garth Drabinsky strikes again

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


Jan Wong Bad bedside manner is the scourge of modern medicine. The good news? It’s treatable

Jesse Brown How Metro, that disposable pamphlet of infotainment, became Canada’s best-read newspaper


Best of the City
It isn’t easy, discernment. This risky job of eating and drinking and shopping and sitting for manicures invites diabetes, liver damage and new enemies galore (since many candidates don’t make the cut). But our crew of experts did it for you. Here, the indispensable list of all that’s excellent in Toronto in 2011

The Running Cult
It’s a multi-million-dollar apparel and tech industry, a fundraising juggernaut and a playground for social networking and status brokering. How running became the city’s collective obsession By Rachel Heinrichs

Bill Blair was as popular as a police chief could be. Then came the G20 weekend of burning cars, broken storefronts, violent beatings and mass arrests. One year later, he finally admitted mistakes were made. Too little, too late? By Nicholas Hune-Brown


The Thing The cruiser bike’s timely comeback

The List Ten things Dave Salmoni, zoologist, lion tamer and host of Expedition Impossible, can’t live without

Great Spaces A 19th-century Creemore farmhouse gets a mod and minimalist facelift

Real Estate One couple resists the lure of suburbia for a few more precious years downtown

Food & Drink

Introducing Little Dog’s nostalgic Montreal-style steamies

The Critic Chris Nuttall-Smith on the palate-pleasing rise of beer geekery

Wine Greek chic


Spotlight Cara Ricketts gets her close-up in Stratford’s The Homecoming

The Argument Toronto rappers and the war on bling

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

The Conversation Colm Wilkinson and Deborah Hay on our ardent affection for the mega-musical

Going Out

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


Confessions of a basement-dwelling divorced dad