April 2014 Contents

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On the cover: Photograph by Dave Gillespie; Styling by Linsey Bell

Editor's Letter Toronto’s chefs-d’oeuvre By Sarah Fulford


The Moment You paid how much for that house?

Q&A Real-life Sherlock Holmes Michael Arntfield on how to catch a serial killer

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

Camera The month’s best parties

The Map Rise of the mega-mansions in Vaughan

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

Urban Diplomat Advice on how to be a civilized Torontonian


Politics Privatizing half the city’s garbage pickup was Ford’s one great success. Outsourcing the rest would be a disaster By Philip Preville


Where to Eat Now The city’s biggest dining trends (good and bad), the year’s best dishes, plus our annual ranking of the top new restaurants By Mark Pupo

With Friends Like Harper The corporate insider Nigel Wright hand-picked Stephen  Harper and helped engineer his rise. As chief of staff, he acted as a conduit between Bay Street and the PMO—until Harper decided he could make the Senate scandal go away by cutting Wright loose By Kelly Pullen

In Lurv With Lainey Elaine Lui became one of the world’s most influential celebrity gossips by exhibiting a bratty disregard for the pieties of showbiz. What happens now that she’s nearly as famous as the stars she skewers? By Emily Landau


Great Spaces The new indulgence of busy Torontonians? Master bedrooms that look and feel like five-star resorts

The List Megan Follows, the diabolical Catherine de Medici of Reign, on the 10 things she can’t live without

Real Estate Upsizing newlyweds lose a string of bidding wars before finally finding The One


Spotlight Molly Parker’s arch-browed ice queen is the perfect foil for Kevin Spacey in House of Cards

The Argument Enemy, Denis Villeneuve’s latest (and best) movie, portrays Toronto as it’s never been seen before. Bonus: twin Jake Gyllenhaals

See, Hear, Read The month in red-hot releases

Current Obsessions Superstar soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s cultural inspirations

Backstory Justice League United brings a troupe of DC superheroes north of the border


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


Memoir The search for fast-swimming sperm By Maya Saibil