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Toronto to get lots more rich people (but not as many as London)

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Global real-estate consultancy Knight Frank doesn’t use the phrase “rich people” in its annual report on worldwide wealth distribution; it prefers the politically correct term “ultra-high-net-worth individuals,” or UHNWIs, an acronym as big and unwieldy as the bank accounts of the people it describes. According to the report, Toronto can expect a 23 per cent increase in its supply of these super-wealthy types over the next decade.

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Toronto Fashion Week: Jean-Pierre Braganza’s inner sci-fi nerd emerges in his fall 2013 collection

Toronto Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013: Jean Pierre BraganzaEach season, The Shows invite a handful of high-profile Canadian designers (many of whom now show in New York, London and Paris) to preview their collections in the days leading to Toronto Fashion Week. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. Here’s what trendsetters will be wearing in fall 2013. 

DESIGNER
Jean-Pierre Braganza 

IN A SENTENCE
Braganza, a London Fashion Week regular known for his asymmetric, dystopian-tinged collections, returned to Toronto for another appearance at The Shows.

THE SCENE
Before taking their seats, a couple of guests joked about ludicrous ways to get a beach-ready body. “Just eat cotton balls,” suggested Frank Griggs, designer Jeremy Laing’s communications director and husband. Evan Biddells mock advice was even more extreme: “Just don’t eat anything.” Many attendees made a run for the door after the show, but those who stayed for a post-show Q&A heard Braganaza joke about unzipping model’s dresses and admit he’s a “a glutton for punishment” for designing his own textiles.

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Toronto area code stereotypes: a guide to the city’s shifting phone-based social hierarchy

Each area code in Toronto comes with its own set of stereotypes that—rightly or wrongly—circulate with remarkable persistence. When Toronto and the rest of the GTA each get a new area code in March (437 and 365, respectively), the trash-talk hierarchy will only get more baroque. As Maestro has revealed no plans for a “416/647/437/905/289/365 (T.O. Party Anthem),” we offer this handy primer on phone-based bigotry.

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Introducing: British clothier Ted Baker London opens its first store in Canada at Yorkdale mall in Toronto

Ted Baker London is one of five reputed international brands to open its first Canadian store at the newly renovated Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto (the others are Loft, Kate Spade New York, Microsoft and Tesla Motors). The label started as a men’s shirt specialist in Glasgow in the late 80s, but has since expanded into accessories, shoes and women’s apparel. The collections for both genders—as well as the store’s Canadian-wilderness-meets-British-countryside decor—show a fondness for colour and pattern, subtle British-inspired details and a sharp sense of humour.

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What Toronto Needs Now: Richard Florida offers a manifesto for a new model of leadership

The city’s great period of growth won’t continue if we don’t enlist the best and brightest minds from Bay Street, the universities and the public sector

Richard Florida: What Toronto Needs Now

Richard Florida believes Toronto should take a cue from innovative city-building strategies in Silicon Valley and Chicago

In 2007, when my wife and I moved here from Washington, D.C., Toronto was ascendant. I’d been offered a job at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank investigating the competitiveness of cities. Toronto, it seemed to us, was an open, tolerant place offering a superb quality of life for its wide range of citizens. It was a destination of choice because of its thriving, stable economy, world-class banks, medical centres and cultural institutions, safety and livability, and diverse neighborhoods. It appeared a model of social cohesion, where people from across the globe were attracted to the prospect of a better future. Toronto’s best days were ahead.

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Jean-Pierre Braganza returns from London with tuxedos in tow for spring/summer 2013

Jean-Pierre Braganza returns from London with tuxedos in tow for spring/summer 2013Every year during Rogue Fashion Week, emerging talents and established designers alike opt out of the Toronto Fashion Week melee to show their collections in the days leading up to the official event instead. We’re posting full galleries from the buzziest runways. It’s time to forget about the chilly weather and imagine what life (or at least fashion) will be like in spring/summer 2013.

DESIGNER
Jean-Pierre Braganza

IN A SENTENCE
Braganza’s sharp-angled, tailored garments are a mainstay at London Fashion Week; he’s back in Toronto for his hattrick performance at the ShOws (a showcase for Canadian talent that usually previews their collections in London, New York and Paris).

THE SCENE
When chatting with PR gal-about-town Suzanne Cohon about tropical vacations, she bragged, “I’m an extreme tuber. I’d throw you off of that tube in seconds.” Meanwhile, the other Suzanne, Ms. Rogers, gabbed with Glen Dixon, and designer Jeremy Laing (who will show his spring/summer 2013 collection tonight) talked about being a new uncle and joked about designing baby clothes.

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Two GTAers’ Olympic hopes are revived thanks to some shady badminton shenanigans 

An Olympic scandal has worked out in Canada’s favour: badminton players Alex Bruce of Toronto and Michele Li of Markham are back from the brink of elimination after a Chinese team, an Indonesian team and two South Korean teams were disqualified for match-throwing. The teams were trying to lose to ensure they’d have easier match-ups in subsequent rounds (an official told the Toronto Star the dishonourable practice isn’t unheard of in lower profile events). Needless to say, the audience who expected (and paid) to see Olympic-level badminton were not impressed with the beginner-style skills displayed. As the players served into the net, missed some shots and over hit others, the crowd started booing and chanting “off, off, off.’’ And the Badminton World Federation complied, disqualifying those players and ushering Bruce and Li into the quarter finals. Chalk one point down for sportsmanlike conduct. [Globe and Mail]

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CBC wins the domestic rights for 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games, saving Canadians from having to watch NBC

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After much uncertainty and several failed bids, CBC has wrangled the TV, radio and Internet rights for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. That’s a relief, considering there was a chance Canadians would be stuck watching the (very unpopular) NBC broadcasts after the International Olympic Committee shut down a pair of joint bids between CBC and Bell Media, and Rogers Communications withdrew from the race in September 2011. The details of how much CBC paid have not yet been released, but the rights for the Vancouver and London games cost a Bell-CTV-Rogers consortium $153 million. Not chump change. [CBC]

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“Synchronized regional self-absorption” and other events at the #Torontolympics

“One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war” (Christopher Drost)

The Olympics may be taking place in London, but Torontonians have found plenty of grueling, high-stakes events here at home. The hashtag #Torontolympics was started up by Astrid Idlewild who told the Toronto Star that “it just came up in conversation—somebody made a joke about impossible feats in Toronto.” Ever since she suggested the Olympic should include “uphill races on Avenue Road from Bloor to St. Clair, during rush hour, riding a fixie” on Monday night, other Twitter users have been chiming in with their own Toronto-tinged suggestions. Here are some of our favourites:

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Kate Middleton wears Canadian designer Smythe to the Olympics

Kate Middleton wears Smythe (Image: Pascal Le Segretain)

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was watching a cross country equestrian event on day three of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and wearing the same Smythe jacket she wore when she toured Canada last year. Although Kate is known for recycling her wardrobe pieces, a second wear is still a win for Canadian design, since we imagine there isn’t a shortage of navy equestrian-style blazers in the U.K.

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QUOTED: a pair of Toronto Olympians describe what it’s like at the 2012 Summer Games opening ceremony

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Pretty spectacular and unfathomable!

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The Bay’s Team Canada Olympics collection includes a teddy bear, a flag and an adorable onesie

2012 Team Canada Olympics gear (Image: B Insider)

The 2012 Olympic Games begin tomorrow, which means that in addition to being bombarded with a lot of McDonald’s advertising, there will be a lot of barbecues and parties requiring guests to wear patriotic swag. While maple leaf-emblazoned shirts and jogging shorts may not make it into the permanent rotation, for the next 17 days, The Bay’s Team Canada garb will likely become a de facto uniform for some. And, though wearing so much red and white may seem daunting, The Bay’s Olympic team collection includes several pieces that will actually look good after the Olympics. (So, the opposite of this.)

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VIDEO: see how much hard work—and how much food—it takes to be an Olympian

We were already pleased at how well represented Toronto will be at the London Olympics next month, and now we have another homegrown athlete to cheer on. Beach volleyballer and Toronto native Josh Binstock and his B.C.-born teammate Martin Reader earned their Olympic berths last weekend, just 20 days before the Olympics are set to begin. And, based on this YouTube video oatless oatmeal looks pretty gross but the “Olympic-sized” burrito from Chipotle near the end of the video is truly something to behold). [York Region]

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Will Canadians be stuck watching NBC during future Olympics?

Er, not so fast (Image: Geoff Murie)

Canadian broadcasters have teamed up to try and buy domestic media rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics, but apparently they still can’t afford them. The International Olympic Committee has shut down two joint bids by CBC and Bell Media (which owns CTV and TSN), and Bell says it’s giving up. Meanwhile, Rogers Communications never even bothered vying for the rights—mostly because they are pretty darn expensive and the Games tend to be money-losers. (Rogers and Bell paid $153 million for the 2010 and 2012 Games; they lost money in Vancouver and are expected to lose more in London.) That leaves the financially strapped CBC to try and go it alone or attempt a long-shot joint bid with Shaw Communications. Or (please, no!) it could just leave Canadians to watch NBC during the Sochi and Rio de Janeiro Games‚ which would mean no feel-good features on Canadian athletes, no French-language feed and broadcasts helmed by the wrong Brian Williams. [Toronto Star]

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Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 2, because we’re pumped for gold

The posse of Torontonians who’ll invade this summer’s London Olympics is determined to return with more medals than ever. Here, five of our top-calibre athletes assess the sacrifices they’ve made on the climb to the podium.

Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 2, Because we’re pumped for gold

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