The Passion Project: an extreme Rosedale reno inspired by an out-of-control art ... The Passion Project: an extreme Rosedale reno inspired by an out-of-control art collection

By Bert Archer | Photographs by Derek Shapton | Illustration by Aleksandar Janicijevic Cheryl Atkinson and Don Schmitt were running out of wall space; they’d been collecting artwork for years, and their Trinity Bellwoods semi was starting to look more like a storeroom than a sanctuary. Both practising architects, they were also itching to design… Read more »

Best of the City 2015: this year’s guide to all things excellent Best of the City 2015: this year’s guide to all things excellent

Toronto’s appetite for material delights has never been so voracious. Suddenly, we’re snacking on $35 tins of Spanish cockles, checking our pets into four-star resorts and hiring TSO superstars to serenade us in our sitting rooms. We’ve got a million ways to spend our time and cash—which is great, but also stressful for those of… Read more »

Weird Science: Hollywood-tested wellness treatments—and where to get them in T... Weird Science: Hollywood-tested wellness treatments—and where to get them in Toronto

By Jean Grant and Caroline Youdan | Illustrations by Lauren Tamaki MAGNETIC THERAPY Electromagnetic frequencies are pulsed through the body to treat pain, anxiety and even bad moods. The Science Says: It’s a legit treatment for depression, injury and post-operative pain and swelling. Who Does It: Suzanne Somers, NASA astronauts. Who To Call: Bob Berman,… Read more »

Find colourful clothing and artwork at Nuvango’s new Queen West concept shop Find colourful clothing and artwork at Nuvango’s new Queen West concept shop

Nuvango got its start selling art-covered iPod cases (a.k.a. gelaskins) 10 years ago, and since then it’s evolved into an urban hub, supporting artists by turning their work into funky, wearable products (so far, it’s paid out over $2.5 million in royalties). Earlier this month, the organization opened a gallery-like flagship on Queen West. Upstairs is an … Read more »

The Find: twelve flattering sun hats for staying fashionably cool this summer The Find: twelve flattering sun hats for staying fashionably cool this summer

Toronto’s winters may be ruled by the toque, but summer’s headwear options are far more exciting.  (That said, they don’t have to be this extravagant.) This season, it’s all about the bowler, bucket and wide-brimmed varieties. Whether you want to channel a glam St. Tropez vibe or a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas look, here… Read more »

Pop-Up Pick: get crazy-soft cashmere at Kit and Ace’s Muskoka shop (and th... Pop-Up Pick: get crazy-soft cashmere at Kit and Ace’s Muskoka shop (and then celebrate with tacos)

Lucky Torontonians who get to spend their summers in Muskoka have something else to be thankful for: the shopping scene up north is seriously improving, and options are no longer limited to Tommy Bahama. For summer, Vancouver-based cashmere maker Kit and Ace has set up a season-long pop-up in Port Carling in a re-vamped boathouse… Read more »

Anice Jewellery has opened an Ossington outpost Anice Jewellery has opened an Ossington outpost

Anice, Kensington Market’s bijou jewellery shop, has opened a second (much larger) location on Ossington. Like the original store, the new Anice is an Etsy addict’s paradise: semi-precious stones, antique beads and sundry baubles wait to be transformed into custom necklaces, bracelets and festival-ready headbands. For those who aren’t so creatively inclined, the shop’s brick walls are adorned… Read more »

Street Style: city cyclists pause to pose with their two-wheeled steeds Street Style: city cyclists pause to pose with their two-wheeled steeds

Come summer, the city’s streets are slammed with cyclists. Whether it’s for exercise or an attempt to avoid the TTC for a whole season, most locals love to ride—especially in the west end, where a bike is practically a requirement of residency. On a Sunday morning, we spotted owners astride well-loved clunkers, shiny new pride-and-joys and quirky… Read more »

Store Guide: Convey, a Queen West spot packed with seriously stylish Australian ... Store Guide: Convey, a Queen West spot packed with seriously stylish Australian brands

Name: Convey Sells: International designer labels Contact info: 754 Queen St. W., 416-363-7676, shopconvey.com Hours: Sunday–Monday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday–Wednesday, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Convey is Queen West’s latest cool-girl shopping destination. Despite being born in the ’90s, owners Jennifer Shotbolt and Daniela Figliomeni have a ton… Read more »

Three food-free cleanses you may or may not be ready for Three food-free cleanses you may or may not be ready for

By Jean Grant and Caroline Youdan | Photography by Thomas van der Zaag In the neverending quest for wellness, guzzling murky green concoctions—and nothing else—for days on end is standard practice. Luckily, the city is bursting with juice shops that’ll cater to your cleansing needs, whether it’s a quick detox or full-body reset. For first-timers,… Read more »

Pop-Up Pick: shop 60 local brands under one roof at Toronto Urban CollectiveR... Pop-Up Pick: shop 60 local brands under one roof at Toronto Urban Collective’s summer market

Appreciating the city’s shopping scene is easy when you’re strolling along Queen West—but it’s even easier when all of the best local vendors are packed under one roof. This weekend, over 60 Toronto-based artisans, artists, designers and crafters are coming together for Toronto Urban Collective’s summer market. Of course, there’s the requisite roster of twee… Read more »

The Detox Market has opened an outlet in Yorkville The Detox Market has opened an outlet in Yorkville

After three years of being King West’s all-natural beauty mecca, The Detox Market has opened a second Toronto location in Yorkville. Like its downtown counterpart, the Scollard Street store is chock full of the best clean skincare and makeup brands. (The company’s co-founder is a breast cancer survivor, so the store takes toxic ingredients seriously—you… Read more »

Swallow Your Bliss: five fortifying teas, soups and sippable supplements Swallow Your Bliss: five fortifying teas, soups and sippable supplements

By Jean Grant and Caroline Youdan | Photography by Thomas van der Zaag In a city suddenly obsessed with wellness, age-old pick-me-ups are making a stylish comeback. Ancient remedies in pretty new packaging—bone broth from The Healthy Butcher or Pekoe’s home-brewed kombucha, for instance—are being hailed for their innate healing properties, while vitamin-enriched elixirs are… Read more »

Aussie skin care brand Aēsop arrives on Queen West Aussie skin care brand Aēsop arrives on Queen West

Queen West has a new sweet-smelling addition: Aēsop, a 28-year-old Australian skin care brand, has opened its first Canadian flagship just west of Trinity Bellwoods. The store resembles Aēsop locations around the world, so it’s slickly minimalist but still in keeping with the character of the building and neighbourhood. Here, this translates to exposed brick, and blackened… Read more »

Ten things Anthony Rose can’t live without Ten things Anthony Rose can’t live without

The unstoppable Toronto chef (of Rose and Sons, Big Crow and Fat Pasha fame) has a new restaurant opening this month on Queen West. Here, the 10 things he can’t live without By Caroline Youdan 1 My sugar fix I try to follow a paleo diet—that means very little dairy, gluten or sugar. But I… Read more »