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Introducing: Andrew Coimbra, Toronto Life’s most stylish reader

Last month, in honour of our 2012 Stylebook (now available for purchase on newsstands and online), we embarked on a hunt for Toronto Life’s Most Stylish Reader. Our readers submitted a snapshot of themselves at their sartorial best and told us why they are among the city’s most stylish; our editors narrowed the choice down to 10 finalists; and then we left it to the readers to vote for the winner. The voting frenzy is over, and we’re pleased to announce that the title belongs to Andrew Coimbra, 25, who was born and raised in Toronto, works for Philip Sparks and is entering his final year in the fashion design program at George Brown (he also has a pair of stylishly curated Tumblrs). “If I am unique—or if my style is unique—it’s because of my personality, I think. And I would say the same for everyone,” he said. Coimbra wins $2,000 worth of prizes, and an invite to our Most Stylish party at the Shangri-La this Thursday to celebrate our second annual list of the city’s most stylish people. We expect he’ll fit in well.

The Goods

Best Dressed

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VOTE: Choose Toronto Life’s most stylish reader

Our 2012 Stylebook hits newsstands this Thursday, and in its pages we’ll reveal who made our second annual list of Toronto’s “Most Stylish.” We’re also giving one chic reader the chance to be an honorary inductee, and we want you to make the final selection. We asked readers to submit a photo of themselves at their most stylish and tell us why they should be included among the city’s best-dressed. Then, our expert editors pored over the submissions, carefully selecting 10 finalists. Now it’s up to you to choose the winner. Vote on who you think should get $2,000 worth of gifts from our sponsors and an invite to our exclusive Stylebook launch party at the Shangri-La on September 6. (And, of course, bragging rights.) Click here to see the 10 finalists and vote now »

The Goods

Best Dressed

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CONTEST: we’re looking for Toronto Life’s most stylish reader

Just under a year ago, we debuted our Stylebook complete with our inaugural list of the city’s “Most Stylish,” which declared Toronto’s 12 most fashionable people. The time to unveil our 2012 entries is getting close (Stylebook hits newsstands on August 23), and we’re going to have a party for the occasion. We’re giving one stylish reader the opportunity to become an honorary inductee in this year’s list, which means he or she will get to attend the launch party on September 6 at the Shangri-La and receive a grand prize of $2,000 worth of gifts from our sponsors. All we ask is for you to upload a photo to our contest page, and tell us why you believe you’re Toronto Life’s most stylish reader. It’s that simple. Click here to enter the contest »

The Informer

Politics

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Libraries win out over lower taxes—at least, according to the relative popularity of Toronto’s duelling essay contests

If the city’s competing essay competitions are any indication, there may just be a new kind of barometer for public opinion on city services and taxes. It turns out the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition’s “Lower taxes are good for Toronto because…” contest attracted only about half as many submissions as the Toronto Public Library Workers Union’s “My Library Matters to Me” contest. While the taxpayers coalition offered lunch with Doug Ford as the grand prize, the library workers union enticed entrants with a date with Margaret Atwood. Of course, we’re sure that didn’t skew the results at all (but not really). Read the entire story [Toronto Star] »

The Informer

Politics

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Duelling Toronto essay contests pit lunch with Doug Ford against a date with Margaret Atwood

Not to be outdone by the library-loving elite and the Toronto Public Library Workers Union’s “My Library Matters to Me” contest—in which entrants vie to win a “literary-themed outing” with Margaret Atwood (amongst other notable Canadian authors)—the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is offering lunch with Doug Ford (or Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy) as the grand prize in a contest of its own. In the right-wing advocacy group’s challenge, entrants must respond to the statement “Lower taxes are good for Toronto because…” while in the library workers union’s version contestants express their love of the city’s public libraries. Of course, despite the two contests having a near-identical format, similar prizes, and deadlines just a day apart, the coalition insists its competition isn’t a response to the library union’s (uh, right). Read the entire story [Toronto Star] »

The Informer

Random Stuff

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The five best Web pranks pulled by Moot and the 4chan crew

Moot point: Christopher Poole's moniker has been taken out of the running in condo-naming contest (Image: Andrew Dupont)

When Toronto development company Cityzen decided to set up an on-line poll to name a new condo going up at Yonge and Esplanade, it failed to take into account the power of Moot and his Web disciples. As of yesterday, the Toronto condo development was on a fast track to being dubbed “Moot,” the pseudonym of Christopher Poole—on-line prankster and the founder of 4chan.org, an anonymous image-sharing forum. The community of Web-savvy individuals is powerfully coordinated and has a tendency to hijack the results of on-line polls. Moot has been officially disqualified from the condo-naming contest, but the fact that he had about three times as many votes as the second place competitor—the decidedly less interesting “Euphoria Towers” (will there be atomized MDMA in the heating ducts?)—is a testament to 4chan’s influence. Yet this is small peanuts compared to his other exploits. To celebrate the group’s almost-victory on the Esplanade, we’ve rounded up five of 4chan’s most notable on-line pranks.

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The Dish

Restaurants

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Spice Route, Mildred’s vie for title of Canada’s Best Restroom

Yes, such a title exists. The contest to find the best washroom in the country announced its five finalists today, with three restrooms from Toronto and two from Vancouver. (Did anyone even visit the Maritimes and Prairies?)

And the nominees are:

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Random Stuff

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Poutine-eating contest at TFC game means Toronto might win something at TFC game

Go for the gold, Toronto (Image: Christoph Borer)

We remember how good we felt when Joe Carter knocked that winning home run out of the SkyDome and won us a back-to-back World Series championship on home soil. Since then, Toronto championship chances have decreased considerably. That is, until now. A poutine-eating contest is coming to town, and along with some of the world’s top professional eaters, Torontonians will have a chance to pump some winning pride back into the city.

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