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.
This year’s Luminato Festival, the first under the complete oversight of artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt, seems to have benefited from Weisbrodt’s Rolodex of celeb contacts: cultural icons Joni Mitchell, Atom Egoyan, Marina Abramovic and Weisbrodt’s hubby Rufus Wainwright all taking part. The 10 days of music, theatre, dance, and art start tomorrow. Below, our picks for the most buzzy free concerts, engaging art installations and memorable theatre.
In the 1960s, Yorkville was referred to as a “festering sore in the middle of the city” by MPP Syl Apps, due to its population of beatniks, burnouts, barefoot hippies and folksy singers (Joni Mitchell and Neil Young were known to hang out there during the neighbourhood’s bohemian era). But Yorkville now is far removed from its gritty days, with choice shopping at every turn, high-end restaurants, five-star hotels and Toronto’s only Whole Foods. For this week’s Street Style, we sought out Yorkville’s ladies who lunch—we imagined we’d encounter the kind of women who carries a status bag, sips chilled pinot grigio on a patio and, um, doesn’t work. But we found Yorkville isn’t solely a mecca of Real Housewives types who pile on labels: we met some quirky gals with even quirkier style, and some impossibly smart-looking ladies (obviously, those were the ones in their 60s and 70s). Read the rest of this entry »
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