January 2013 Contents

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Editor’s Letter

Sporting chance

This City

The Moment Coach Ford (clear eyes, full heart, yada yada) brings home the championship

Q&A Post-confession confessions from doping cyclist Michael Barry

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera A love-in at the Ritz-Carlton, starring Christine Lagarde, Mark Carney and other masters of the financial universe

Reason to Love Toronto The superhuman feats of Andrew Wiggins, the world’s best high school basketball player

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


Philip Preville How the crumbling Gardiner became a symbol for all that ails Toronto


Where to Get Good Stuff Cheap
Be smart about money, then reward yourself for your bargain-finding brilliance. The frugalist’s guide to designer clothes, gourmet groceries, top-of-the-line tech toys, and other stuff we want right now

Send in the Clowns
Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, the wise-cracking hosts of TSN’s SportsCentre, can’t stop laughing—at fumbling athletes, at ranting coaches and especially at their own jokes By Malcolm Johnston

Fetal Position
Lia Mills is the 16-year-old leader of a new generation of student crusaders. Her goal: a total ban on abortion By Lauren McKeon


The Thing It’s hard to get excited about thermostats, until you meet the Nest

The List Ten things Colm Wilkinson can’t live without

The Look Velvet crush

Travel Awesome ski destinations, near and far

Great Spaces Itinerant architects stash their finds in a 3,300-square-foot Edwardian near Avenue and St. Clair

Real Estate A first-time condo buyer does her home­work, reaps big rewards

Food & Drink

Must-try Splendido’s dazzling smoked Rocky Point oyster

The Way We Eat Now Momofuku fever: everything you need to know about Toronto’s new mega-restaurant

Just Opened The city’s hottest new restaurants reviewed

Wine Ontario bubblies for New Year’s: twice as good at half the price


Spotlight Kristen Thomson faces down middle-age malaise in her unsettling new play, Someone Else

The Profile Calum de Hartog, the frontline cop behind CBC’s new police drama, Cracked

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

The Interview The Factory Theatre’s new artistic directors on how to ride out a small-stage scandal

Going Out

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


My year of boozing dangerously By Scaachi Koul