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The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city?

The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto 2013 You know you live in interesting times when the chief of police is the most powerful person in town. What propelled Chief Blair to the top of our Influentials list was Rob Ford’s Crackgate—a story that consumed the city for much of the last year and whose bewildering narrative is still being written. Of course, Ford wasn’t the only politician who behaved badly in 2013. Chronic dysfunction is evident at all levels of government, from the petty infighting at city hall to the crippling gamesmanship at Queen’s Park and the expense scandals on Parliament Hill. And yet, it’s not all doom and gloom. Some of the city’s most formidable leaders are outside the traditional halls of power: global hip-hop stars, tech titans, gossip bloggers and guitar-strumming astronauts, among others. The people ranked here all did something in 2013 that made an impact on our lives, for better or for worse. Our list demonstrates that sometimes influence is enduring, sometimes it’s fickle and sometimes it rests on a single cellphone video that could forever change the complexion of the city.

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Wedding Guide: 34 of Toronto’s best wedding venues

Wedding Guide: Venues

(Image: Fairmont Royal York Hotel)


Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. W. (at McCaul St.), 416-979-6634
For a truly magnificent celebration, Frank Gehry’s transformed AGO offers an awe-inspiring event space. On the third floor of the south tower, the 7,200-square-foot Baillie Court affords panoramic city views on one end and overlooks the gallery’s iconic spiral staircase on the other. Designed in modern glass and Douglas fir, the room can be divided as needed and seats up to 300. Executive chef Anne Yarymowich works with couples on customized menus, and a small army of professional event staff ensures the experience is as effortless as it is unique. Baillie Court rental includes a one-year membership to the AGO for the newlyweds. The Walker Court is available to rent outside of gallery hours in conjunction with a reception in Baillie Court.


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Real Weddings 2013: a DIY vintage wedding at Evergreen Brick Works

The Wedding Album | Janet & Adam

Date: August 11, 2012 | Location: Evergreen Brick Works | Guests: 190


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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for October 8 to 14

Magnus Nilsson, whose Fäviken has been called “the most daring restaurant in the world,” is at the Cookbook Store on Thursday (Image: Bruno Cordioli)

Monday October 8

  • Monday Night Dinners at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar: Every Monday night, Local Kitchen serves up a $40 prix fixe menu of Italian fare with half-price wine bottles and no corkage fee. 1710 Queen St. W., 416-534-6700.  Find out more »
  • Brewer’s Backyard—Torontoberfest: Brewer’s Backyard celebrates Oktoberfest for their final event of the year. Wvrst will be serving up their tasting sausages alongside beer from Beau’s. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly aperitivo Italiano, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »
  • Burger Mondays: Enjoy $5 burgers and $5 pints on Mondays, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gladstone Melody Bar. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 2 to July 8

Farmer’s market season has arrived (Image: Kevin Ho)

Monday, July 2

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Check out a double bill at the at the Drake Lounge. First, a throw-down for the ultimate hangover cure: the Bloody Mary versus the Caesar. Second, a watermelon-eating contest. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: A weekly aperitivo italiano with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »

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GALLERY: See which Toronto buildings took home Pug Awards this year

This year’s Pug Awards, a kind of people’s choice awards for Toronto architecture, were handed out last night. After a month of online voting, the Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works and 83 Redpath ended up with the prizes for the best new commercial and residential building, respectively. You may have missed your chance to pick the winners—and losers, since Pug identifies the bottom-ranked buildings in each category as well—but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a look at all the prize-winning designs and let us know if you agree. 

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for May 28 to June 3

El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is hosting a viewing party for their appearance on Eat. St. on Wednesday

Monday, May 28

  • Jamie Kennedy’s Spring Feast: A Local Food Movement dinner featuring hors d’oevres and a four-course meal of seasonal goodness. Gilead Cafe, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • 86’D with Ivy Knight: Launch of the Ontario Culinary Adventure Guide with special guest Rebecca LeHeup. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Raw Essentials Workshop: Learn the basics of raw food preparation with Marni Wasserman.  Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly aperitivo italiano, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for May 7 to 13

Learn about smoking and grilling fish at Hooked on Wednesday (Image: Gabriel Li)

Monday, May 7

  • 86’D with Ivy Knight: Attend the Chef’s Congress Gala, and learn about the upcoming Chef’s Congress in Nova Scotia. Complimentary lamb from Michael Stadtländer’s farm and fresh oysters from Oyster Boy. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly aperitivo italiano, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »
  • Fit and Fabulous: Marni Wasserman teaches the positive impact of a whole foods, plant-based diet on health and fitness goals. Marni’s Kitchen, 26 Lauderdale Dr., 647-477-8131. Find out more »
  • YMC: Tweetup With Your Tea Cup: Join YummyMummyClub.ca and Metropolitan Tea at an exclusive event hosted by the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, as they walk you through everything you ever wanted to know about tea. Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St. W., 416-368-2511. Find out more»
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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Reason to Love Toronto: because we’re serious about our bake sales

Reason to Love Toronto

(Image: Eamon Mac Mahon)

The complaint is so well-worn it’s become rote: Toronto, despite its lively, cosmopolitan dining scene, has an embarrassing dearth of good street food. The villains in this story are antiquated regulations and bureaucratic bungling of the kind that accompanied the Toronto a la Cart fiasco (the name alone elicits a shudder). Last April, a revolution was set in motion when Hassel Aviles, a 31-year-old mother of two, put out a call for ambitious, like-minded cooks to join her for the inaugural Toronto Underground Market, a culinary bacchanal where budding entrepreneurs and home cooks can sell their creations to hundreds of ravenous foodies. The scene at the Brick Works, where the gatherings happen roughly seven times a year, is electric, with hundreds of gourmands comparing notes on their butter chicken and waffles, wild mushroom arancini or huitlacoche taquitos. All the food is prepared in municipally inspected kitchens with a certified food handler present—this is, after all, still Toronto the Regulated. But Aviles’ market is just the kind of grassroots, entrepreneurial operation that was needed to launch Toronto’s street food into the post–hot dog era. And it’s about to get bigger: on May 5, Aviles teams up with Food Truck Eats, a wildly popular gathering of the city’s mobile eateries, to throw an epic block party (capacity is 3,000) at the Brick Works. The event kicks off the Toronto Street Food Project, a broad campaign to get city hall to ease off on some of its more draconian bylaws. Let the foodie revolution begin.

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 23 to 29

The sixth annual Terroir symposium takes place on Monday (Image: Renée Suen)

Monday, April 23

  • The Next Food Truck: Art and street food collide at this food truck and art gallery event at Steam Whistle Brewery. 255 Bremner Blvd., 416-362-2337. Find out more »
  • Terroir Hospitality Industry Symposium: Join chefs, food writers, wine and food experts and business leaders for this hospitality industry meet-up. Arcadian Court, 801 Bay St. Find out more »
  • 86’D: Ivy Knight hosts the after party for the Terroir Hospitality Industry Symposium. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oevres from The Drake’s new head chef Darren Glew. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 2 to April 8

Napa Valley comes to Toronto this week at the California Wine Fair on Monday (Image: Bala Sivakumar)

Monday, April 2

  • California Wine Fair: A showcase of California wines, including tastings of a wide selection of styles and varietals. Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W., 1-800-558-2675. Find out more »
  • 86’D: Join Ivy Knight for some delicious lobster rolls from pop-up street vendors Rock Lobster Food Co. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for March 26 to April 1

Catch A Matter of Taste, which follows 10 years in the life of Paul Liebrandt, at the Revue Cinema on Thursday

Monday, March 26

  • 86’D with Ivy Knight: Join Bob Blumer on his search for the weirdest cocktail. Chef Nick Liu serves Chinese takeout to represent his upcoming restaurant, GwaiLo. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • The World’s Weirdest Pop-Up Dinner: Meanwhile, in the dining room, Bob Blumer hosts a wacky meal celebrating the launch of his newest TV show, World’s Weirdest Restaurants. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Made With Love: Thirteen of the city’s best bartenders showcase their cocktails—sample and vote for your favourite. Drinks, food and music in the fermenting cellar in the Distillery District. 55 Mill St., 416-203-2363. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for March 19 to 25

Want to learn how to make mustard like this? Head to the Brick Works on Thursday (Image: Danielle Scott)

Monday, March 19

  • 86’D: Join Ivy Knight for the bread-and-butter battle. Watch contestants from Brockton General, The Gabardine, Bread Bar and more show off their kneading and churning skills. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Order of Good Cheer Dinner at Gilead Bistro: A four-course menu prepared by Jamie Kennedy paired with wines from Prince Edward County’s By Chadsey’s Cairns winery. Gilead Bistro, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Tastes of Tomorrow: George Brown Chef School hosts a molecular gastronomy demonstration with Chef John Placko. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for March 12 to 18

Martin Picard will be cooking a five-course tasting menu at Canoe on Sunday to promote his new cookbook, Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack (Image: Marie-Claude St-Pierre)

Monday, March 12

  • Society for American Wines: Cabernet blends formal tasting. University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St., 416-978-6325. Find out more »
  • 86’D: Join Ivy Knight for the premiere of Top Chef Canada 2012. With special guest chef Todd Perrin from season one. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • March Break: Kids Cooking Camp: A week of globally inspired cooking classes for little foodies. St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. E., 416-392-7120. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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The Wedding Album: Gwendolyn & Joshua transformed the Evergreen Brick Works into a homespun country fairground

Gwendolyn & Joshua | July 3, 2011 | Evergreen Brick Works

The Wedding Album | Gwendolyn & Joshua

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“You choose a place in the same way that it chooses you,” says Joshua Kauffman about the Brick Works, where the Toronto native married Houston-born Gwendolyn Floyd. The couple, both 32 and co-founders of a design firm, were drawn by the venue’s sustainable mission and post-industrial aesthetic. To commemorate both Canada Day and the Fourth of July, they transformed the place into a homespun country fairground. The wedding incorporated elements from both Joshua’s cultural Judaism and Gwendolyn’s southern comfort. After they were married by a humanist rabbi, under a chuppah built by Joshua’s father, a klezmer band played the mezinka. Guests sipped whisky sours, ate caramel corn and, instead of a wedding cake, wailed on piñatas packed with candy, fake moustaches and toys.

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