August 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.


Editorial The party pooping Parkdale moratorium


The Moment Big trouble in Little Mogadishu

Q&A Crack reporter Robyn Doolittle on her newfound celebrity status

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

Camera The month’s best parties

Celebrity Watch Drake’s hometown obsession

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

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian


Politics Ford Nation is not who you think it is. The left doesn’t stand a chance By Philip Preville


Best of the City Booze slushies, retro deck chairs, custom bikes, sticky ribs, patios for people-watching, wardrobe consultants, ankle-strap sandals and lots more in our annual guide to the best of absolutely everything

High Times at Appleby College When the prestigious private school expelled a 12th grader named Gautam Setia for lighting a bong in his dorm on the night before finals, his parents launched a lawsuit. They believe he was cheated out of his diploma—and his future By Katherine Laidlaw

The King of Spooky Linwood Barclay’s bestselling thrillers have been translated into 40 languages and published in 30 countries, making him a multimillionaire. How an ordinary suburban dad became Canada’s biggest fiction export By Mark Medley


Great Spaces Garage conversions to swoon over

The List Ten things the influential architect Eb Zeidler can’t live without

Real Estate Two sisters, 20 properties and a winning Riverside rowhouse


Must-try The sangria sorbet at Ed’s Real Scoop

Flavour of the Month The best lowbrow lobster dishes

The Critic Toronto’s sudden infatuation with Spanish cuisine

Just Opened The hottest new restaurants reviewed

Prep School JaBistro sake slinger David Mulock on his favourite drinks

Wine Five bottles for lakeside sipping


Spotlight Dion Johnstone, Stratford’s badass Othello

The Argument The importance of being Ai Weiwei, the thorniest thorn in China’s side

See, Hear, Read The month’s buzziest releases

Quote-Unquote Five things you should know about Margaret Atwood


Restaurants, Theatre, Dance, Music, Art, Family, Etc. Our recommendations for making the most of the month


Memoir You’ve got to be desperate to work the graveyard shift at the Rogers Centre. But there are upsides to the world’s worst job By Ryan Kohls