November 2012 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

Toronto’s glossy new global appeal

This City

The Moment Rob Ford’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month

Q&A Milos Raonic’s plan for world domination

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Rock stars trump movie stars at Paul Haggis’s annual fundraiser

Society Watch Party circuit debutante Jenna Bitove’s fashion statements

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


Philip Preville Cyclists who don’t wear helmets are stupid. We need to save them from themselves


Becoming Torontonian
Affluent, hyper-educated professionals are flocking to Toronto from all over the world. A portrait of the new economic refugees By Carolyn Morris

Penthouse International
The rumours are true: buyers from Russia, China and the Middle East are fuelling the condo explosion By Denise Balkissoon

No Suits Allowed
The inside dish on Soho House, the private club of the jet set, and its new multi-million-dollar Simcoe Street outpost By Courtney Shea

The Celtic Invasion
The building boom is benefitting from the sudden arrival of hundreds of Irish workers. They’re young, skilled and hungry for jobs By Robert Hough

What Toronto Needs Now
The city’s global stature is at risk. A manifesto for a new model of leadership By Richard Florida


The Thing A throw cushion that kicks lounging up a notch

The List Ten things Rick Mercer can’t live without

The Look Brogues gallery: the sexiest footwear of the fall

Great Spaces How to live large in 500 square feet

Real Estate An aspiring baker seeks a condo with a perfect kitchen

Food & Drink

Must-try Buca gives panna cotta a luscious mozzarella makeover

Flavour of the Month Toronto’s suddenly mad about meatballs. We pick the top 10

Just Opened The city’s hottest new restaurants reviewed

Wine David Lawrason’s best cellar list


Spotlight Toronto’s techno-punk duo Crystal Castles comes home to trash the place

The Argument How Frida Khalo became the patron saint of millennial narcissists

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

Behind the Scenes The Art of Time Ensemble’s adaptation of The War of the Worlds

Going Out

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


How my 15-year-old daughter became the unwitting subject of a school sexting scandal By Patricia Pearson