April 2013 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 new tricked-out workplace


The Moment The inaug­uration of Premier Mom

Q&A Meet new chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat, enemy of gridlock

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian

Camera The month’s best parties

The Audit A penny-by-penny reckoning of Toronto’s spending sprees

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


Jesse Brown How to get a university education without paying tuition—or changing out of your PJs


Where to Eat Now The year’s best dishes, the hottest chefs, and our annual ranking of the top 10 new restaurants

Mayor in Waiting Olivia Chow’s public mourning after her husband’s death showed her as dignified, likeable and, well, mayoral. Toronto wants her to run, but does she want Toronto? By Michelle Dean

The Amazing Adventures of Michael Snow At 83, the artist has lived a life full of famous friends and bohemian bacchanals. He’s not remotely done. His latest piece, a dancing beam on the Trump tower, is his most flamboyant feat yet By Emily Landau

The Sweetened Life Tens of thousands of young Toronto women are having sex with rich older men in exchange for gifts, travel and cash. They’re comfortable with their choices—just don’t call them prostitutes. The rules of the new sugar daddy economy By Lauren McKeon


The Thing A three-foot-tall wireless speaker that puts your iPhone dock to shame

The List Ten things singer-songwriter Sarah Slean can’t live without

The Look Real men wear Crayola-coloured chinos

Great Spaces A roundup of the city’s slickest workplaces


Spotlight Jason Priestley sheds his cutie-pie persona for David Mamet’s theatrical scorcher Race

The Argument Bestselling novelist Claire Messud turns middle-aged angst into art

See, Hear, Read Our picks for the best movie, music and book releases of the month

Quote-Unquote Five things you should know about rapper-rocker K-os


Memoir I came to Canada for the opportunities. But after five hard years as a labourer, I discovered that promises made aren’t promises kept By Mariusz Klapacz