August 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

Digging up the dirt

This City

Reason to Love Toronto Because the new TFC Academy at Downsview Park proves MLSE can do something right

Q&A Anthony Lacavera, CEO of Wind Mobile, has some good news about your extortionate cellphone bill

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera Karl Rove and James Carville duke it out for a good cause

Social Networks Summer camps of the ridiculously rich

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


Jan Wong The simmering class war over basement apartments in Brampton

Jesse Brown Why our tech wizards are taking their big brains and bright ideas elsewhere


Best of the City
Toronto’s top-rated food, drink, fun and fashion—your indispensable guide to all things excellent

Glitter Boy
Diamond Rings, the androgynous electro-pop singer with the indie rock past, has a supernatural talent for catchy songs. He’s also the most revolutionary musician to come out of Toronto in a decade By Alexandra Molotkow

The Farmers Revolt
An unexpected casualty of Toronto’s building boom is the sleepy southern Ontario township of Melancthon, where an American hedge fund plans to excavate $6 billion worth of limestone. How a small group of farmers, with the help of powerful and wealthy weekenders, made the mega-quarry protest a cause célèbre By Sasha Chapman


The Thing: Special Summer Edition Luxury camping—for indoorsy types

The List Ten things Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden can’t live without

Great Spaces A spectacular loft of airplane hangar proportions

Real Estate A tennis pro’s quest to break into the condo market

Food & Drink

Must-try The Grove’s bloody good black pudding

Modern Tippling Thirsty scofflaws and the world of contraband booze

Just Opened The city’s hottest new restaurants revealed

Tastemakers Toronto’s next generation of super-chefs—and the restaurant that spawned them

Wine Rosé with every course? Shut up and try it


Spotlight Patrick J. Adams, the criminally cute con artist of the hit show Suits

The Argument How bestselling novelist C. S. Richardson became the new king of the highbrow Harlequin

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

Current Obsession Cirque du Soleil CEO Guy Laliberté’s $35-million vacation shots from space

Going Out

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


Art and autism: lessons from my sister By Natasha Fatah