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The Collector: a multicoloured midtown rental bursting with over-the-top opulenc... The Collector: a multicoloured midtown rental bursting with over-the-top opulence

By Bronwen Jervis | Photographs by Derek Shapton Alex Donovan hoards beautiful things. The 53-year-old decorator bought his first piece of art—a vivid screen print by Ann-Marie LeQuesne—in 1982, after moving from Woodstock to Toronto to study art and design. He’s since lent his flamboyant sense of style to homes all over the city, both… Read more »

Dear Urban Diplomat: how do I stop my neighbours from covering my street with po... Dear Urban Diplomat: how do I stop my neighbours from covering my street with posters?

Dear Urban Diplomat, I live in a neighbourhood with an active homeowners’ association that posts notices for every imaginable picnic/lost kitten/Earth Day event on every light pole within a five-block radius. This perky brigade of community boosters makes me want to scream—I’m this close to telling them that, if they really want to save the… Read more »

Q&A: Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran on the worst part of joining Dragons&... Q&A: Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran on the worst part of joining Dragons’ Den: the clothes

By Malcolm Johnston You left your baby, Joe Fresh, in March, and you’ll become a Dragon this fall. Why the switch? CBC asked me several times over the years, but I never had the time until now. And when you’ve been in the spotlight for as long as I have, there’s a shock effect when…

Memoir: it seemed crazy to buy a house with my in-laws, but I did it anyway Memoir: it seemed crazy to buy a house with my in-laws, but I did it anyway

By Lorretta Neebar When our daughter, Sharon, was a year old, my husband, Neil, and I faced a major domestic challenge. My maternity leave had just ended, and the babysitter we’d lined up was no longer available to work for us. Both of us held stable administrative jobs at U of T, but between our… Read more »

Sweet Scoops: 22 of the city’s top ice cream cones Sweet Scoops: 22 of the city’s top ice cream cones

It’s official: the only way to beat the heat is to go on a strict ice cream diet. And luckily, the city’s parlours and pop-ups are hitting peak creativity, rolling out fresh and wacky flavours. Here, your bucket list for the summer of 2015 By Meaghan Binstock | Photography by Raina and Wilson

The Chase: a couple blows past their budget to land a Leslieville fixer-upper The Chase: a couple blows past their budget to land a Leslieville fixer-upper

By Steve Kupferman | Portrait by Erin Leydon The buyers: Timothy Bramble, a 31-year-old project manager for the digital ad agency Art and Science, and Megan Cairns, a 30-year-old RN at St. Michael’s Hospital. The story: After renting a condo in the West Don Lands for six months, Timothy and Megan decided they were ready… Read more »

Kiwi Coolers: six bottles from New Zealand best sipped on summer nights Kiwi Coolers: six bottles from New Zealand best sipped on summer nights

New Zealand’s moderate maritime climate produces refreshing wines made for summer sipping By David Lawrason New Zealand has more than 700 wineries growing diverse grape varieties, and it’s delivering an impressive output: excellent rieslings, pinots grises, gewürztraminers, pinots noirs, merlots, cabs and syrahs. The renowned sauvignons blancs from the Marlborough region still dominate the LCBO… Read more »

The Chase: how four city-dwelling families found fuss-free condos in cottage cou... The Chase: how four city-dwelling families found fuss-free condos in cottage country

Toronto’s building boom is creeping into cottage country, turning prime lakefront properties into condo compounds with distinctly urban amenities, like heated pools, spas and helpful staff to handle the headaches By Caroline Aksich | Portraits by Erin Leydon

The Gilded Stage: David Leventi’s photos of the world’s most opulent ope... The Gilded Stage: David Leventi’s photos of the world’s most opulent opera houses

By Emily Landau When David Leventi was a kid, his grandfather, a Romanian cantor named Anton Gutman, would sing arias in the family’s Westchester house, swanning around the living room like it was the stage at La Scala. Gutman’s aspirations for operatic glory had been stymied in World War II, when he landed in a… Read more »

Ten things Geddy Lee can’t live without Ten things Geddy Lee can’t live without

Rosedale’s resident rock god played two sold-out Toronto shows earlier this month as part of Rush’s 40th anniversary tour. Here, the 10 things he can’t live without By Caroline Youdan   1 My Leica binoculars I’m a birder, believe it or not. My wife, Nancy, and I love taking exotic hiking trips, and I always… Read more »

The Sound and the Furor: R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis gets an ... The Sound and the Furor: R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis gets an epic production at Luminato

By Simon Lewsen This month, Luminato will mount Apocalypsis, an oratorio by the 81-year-old composer R. Murray Schafer. The production features 24 dancers, 12 string quartets, 142 brass musicians, 750 singers and a battalion of technicians. There will be at least 1,000 performers, which means that there are 1,000 ways everything could go wrong. And…

Dear Urban Diplomat: do I still have to donate to my ex-fiancée’s charity... Dear Urban Diplomat: do I still have to donate to my ex-fiancée’s charity challenge?

Dear Urban Diplomat, My fiancée’s brother hit me up for his half-marathon charity challenge, and I agreed to donate a couple of hundred bucks. Then, just before the race, she dumped me. The last thing I want to do now is help her brother out. He did the run, and, yes, I signed the donation… Read more »

Road Shows: a wanderluster’s guide to bucolic cultural day trips Road Shows: a wanderluster’s guide to bucolic cultural day trips

  The Elora Festival features a lineup of jazz and classical concerts in an open-air barn near Guelph. July 10 to 26, 136 Metcalfe St., Elora.  1.5-hr drive Pit stop: The carrot-hued Cheltenham Badlands off the Bruce Trail, now sadly only viewable from a distance.

Street Wise: how spots like Hanmoto and Lucky Red are bringing the pleasures of ... Street Wise: how spots like Hanmoto and Lucky Red are bringing the pleasures of Asian street food indoors

By Mark Pupo | Photography by Dave Gillespie LUCKY RED ★★ 318 Spadina Ave., 416-792-8628 HANMOTO ★★★ 2 Lakeview Ave., No phone How our star system works » There are two types of cities in the world: those with terrific street food and those without. For most of its life, Toronto, land of the boiled… Read more »

The Cult of Jian: his life as an outcast, who’s standing by him, and why h... The Cult of Jian: his life as an outcast, who’s standing by him, and why he’s sure he’ll walk

I knew him to be a charming, if temperamental, narcissist who desperately wanted to be adored—and he was, until it all came crashing down. Now he’s surrounded by a small circle of admirers who either believe he’s innocent or have forgiven his sins By Leah McLaren Jian Ghomeshi and I first met in February of… Read more »