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Best of the City 2014: The ultimate insider’s guide to food, drink, fashio... Best of the City 2014: The ultimate insider’s guide to food, drink, fashion and fun

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photography by Dave Gillespie | Illustrations by Lauren Tamaki Torontonians are spoiled by luxury—an inevitable side effect of living in a city where you can book… Read more »

Best of the City 2014: Fun Best of the City 2014: Fun

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photograph by Dave Gillespie | Illustration by Lauren Tamaki wild ride Wild Ride Rock ’n’ Horse Saloon 250 Adelaide St. W., 647-344-1234 A night at Rock… Read more »

Best of the City 2014: Home Best of the City 2014: Home

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photograph by Dave Gillespie | Illustration by Lauren Tamaki Showstopping led lights Lightform 267 Niagara St., 416-745-5656 Homeowners like LEDs because they reduce energy bills; designers… Read more »

Best of the City 2014: Style Best of the City 2014: Style

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photograph by Dave Gillespie | Illustration by Lauren Tamaki Everything Bag Want Apothecary 1070 Yonge St., 416-924-8080 True to its name, the new storefront from the… Read more »

Best of the City 2014: Food Best of the City 2014: Food

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photograph by Dave Gillespie | Illustration by Lauren Tamaki Modern raw bar Yasu 81 Harbord St., 416-477-2361 In a narrow white room, chef-owner Yasu Ouchi delivers… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: our sixth annual reminder of why we love it here Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: our sixth annual reminder of why we love it here

Election years have a way of reminding us what we love about our city. Whatever you think of our punchline of a mayor, there’s no denying the energy of the booming downtown, the world-renowned food and the renewed swagger of the Raptors…. Some of us are so proud of our hometown, we permanently tattoo our… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #6. Because Ian Nordheimer Believes We Can Handle ... Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #6. Because Ian Nordheimer Believes We Can Handle the Truth

In the nervous run-up to a big criminal trial, the courts now almost reflexively order publication bans. The knee-jerk worry: media coverage will poison the jury pool. Which is why we were so impressed when Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer unsealed warrants in the police case against accused extortionist and Rob Ford sidekick ­Sandro Lisi…. Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #8. Because Claire Danes Is Just Another Toronto S... Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #8. Because Claire Danes Is Just Another Toronto Stroller Pusher

We thought it was a mirage last fall when we saw Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy having dinner at Woodlot, basking in a beatific glow. Then we spotted them again, walking with their baby down Queen West, and caught Danes head-bobbing to Arcade Fire at the ACC. Danes and Dancy are new Torontonians, living several… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #20. Because a Living Room Charity is Changing the... Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #20. Because a Living Room Charity is Changing the Way We Raise Our Kids

Gwen Broda, a North York nurse who had three kids close together, and a few of her friends hatched a plan this year to help new parents. The New Mom Project is based on ­Finland’s famous baby box program, in which the government gives every expectant mom a starter kit of ­onesies, bedding and diapers…. Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #16. Because the Walleye, Pike and Bass Are Back Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #16. Because the Walleye, Pike and Bass Are Back

If you go down to the boardwalk at the foot of Spadina on a sunny day and peer over the edge, you’ll see something that seemed unimaginable even a decade ago: the shadows of darting fish. Both the number and diversity have soared in the past few years because of an underwater structure of boulders,… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #3. Because the City Puts On A Nightly Light Show Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #3. Because the City Puts On A Nightly Light Show

Over the past few years, as a forest of condos and commercial towers grew in the core, the nighttime skyline began to shimmer and twinkle. ­Torontonians are the happy beneficiaries of a kind of artistic one-upmanship among developers, who are commissioning light installations to lend other­wise inter­changeable glass towers some ­personality. The biggest concentration is… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #26. Because Brian Orser Finally Won Gold Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #26. Because Brian Orser Finally Won Gold

Brian Orser didn’t win gold when he was a skater—he’s a two-time Olympic silver medallist—but as a coach, he’s unstoppable. Orser has transformed North Toronto’s sleepy Cricket ­Skating and Curling Club into a breeding ground for the world’s best figure skaters. At the Vancouver Games, he proved his coaching prowess when his student, South Korea’s… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #4. Because We’re Mad for Ping-Pong Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #4. Because We’re Mad for Ping-Pong

Like the humble ukulele, Ping-Pong was once seen as kitschy and slightly embarrassing to play but has since been embraced by young downtowners celebrating their escape from the burbs by appropriating suburban cultural bric-a-brac. (See also: grilled cheese sandwiches, board game bars, picnicking, etc.) First came Spin Toronto, a King West club dedicated to the… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #9. Because a Three-Block Stretch of Dundas West i... Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #9. Because a Three-Block Stretch of Dundas West is Jammed with New Businesses

Restaurants | Food Shops | Bars | Boutiques | Galleries | Yoga Studios Four years ago, Dundas west of Gladstone to Brock was still described as “up and coming.” Now, it’s a full-fledged hipster village. Flannel-clad couples eat artisanal fare under bare Edison bulbs, shoppers flock to vintage boutiques to buy pieces they earmarked on… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #24. Because He’s Good For One Thing: A Laugh Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #24. Because He’s Good For One Thing: A Laugh