June 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

What’s not to love?

This City

The Moment Trump takes Toronto

Q&A Paul Godfrey makes the case for a casino

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Jerry Seinfeld yuks it up for a good cause

Social Networks Who sits where at La Société

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


Jesse Brown Every trip to the mall, every phone call, every email can be stored and potentially used against us in the future. Why aren’t we afraid?

Rob Granatstein We have a dearth of power plants and an aging grid. By this time next year, we’ll be paying one of the highest hydro rates on the continent


Reasons to Love Toronto Now
That giddy feeling is back in the air—the euphoria of great expectations—and here are some reasons why: we’ve got a wildly resilient housing market; we started a 21st-century suffragette movement; our philistine mayor is inspiring art; white-linen restaurants are back in vogue; the murder rate is at a 25-year low; and, well, we could go on. In fact, we do, in our fourth annual mash note to the city


The Thing Your wildest two-wheeled fantasy

The List What the Power Plant’s new director, Gaëtane Verna, can’t live without

Great Spaces A rare mid-century modern box in Little Italy

Real Estate One family’s adventures in house flipping

Food & Drink

Must-try Chantecler’s sensational sweet-tart parfait

Flavour of the Month Toronto’s top 25 burgers

The Way We Eat Now The best of the wurst, and other Eastern European finds

Just Opened The hottest new restaurants reviewed

Wine Rieslings for summer sipping


Spotlight Angsty synthpop band Metric has one foot on Ossington and one in Holly­wood

The Argument Why Richard Ford, the quintessential American novelist, is writing about Canada

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

Current Obsession Larry Towell’s unforgettable shots of war-torn Afghanistan

Celebrity Watch Neil Young, the cranky king of self-sabotage

Going Out

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


My near-death experience with the neighbours By Katrina Onstad