September 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.

Editor’s Letter

The Real Spadina Expressway Legacy

This City

Reason to Love Toronto Because the TDSB lets its rainbow flag fly

Q&A Dalton McGuinty goes on the defensive

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Neighbourhood Watch David Thomson’s monster Rosedale reno

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


Jan Wong Four of the six student deaths at Queen’s University last year were suicides. Is there a link between academic pressure and mental illness?


The New Suburbanites
The reasons to abandon the overcrowded, overpriced, not-so-livable city are beginning to outnumber the reasons to stay. More and more of us are tempted by the 905 and beyond. Screw Jane Jacobs. We’re outta here By Philip Preville

I Hate the Night
The sleeping pills will inevitably cease to work and, like me, you’ll become a raving, belligerent Frankenstein. A story about the mysteries of sleep and a radically simple cure for insomnia By Denise Balkissoon

The Pink Indian
Kent Monkman’s paintings of a mischievous drag diva in a feather headdress and heels sell for six figures—to the likes of Elton John and Belinda Stronach. How a half-Cree illustrator from Winnipeg sexed up the exploitation of First Nations people and conquered Toronto’s art world By Gerald Hannon


The Thing Fall Fashion Edition The season’s best shoes, bags and jackets

The List What celeb chef Laura Calder can’t live without

Great Spaces The infamous Riverdale raccoon house, ready for its close-up

Real Estate An expat Venezuelan couple searches for street life in Toronto

Food & Drink

Introducing Churros and chorizo at the new Mexi-Can Market on College Street

The Critic The food is good at La Société, Charles Khabouth’s latest clubby, sexy bistro-lounge. But that’s beside the point

Flavour of the Month How the city’s gourmet ice cream sandwiches stack up

Wine Best bets for indie-loving locavores

The Dish Splendido’s summer soup


Spotlight Soprano Simone Osborne gives Rigoletto’s heroine a backbone

The Argument Matthew Jocelyn’s killer cure for CanStage

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

The Insider The ultimate user’s guide to celeb-spotting at the Lightbox

Going Out

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


The rat infestation that took over my life