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Do you know T.O.?

1. When was the first Royal Winter Agricultural Fair held in Toronto?

A. 1969 B. 1922 C. 1999 D. 1867

2. Riverdale Farm’s main barn was imported from what locale?

B. Kingston C. Stratford D. Markham

A. Gloucestershire

3. The St. Lawrence Market building once incorporated what other use?

B. City Hall C. Disco D. Conventions

A. Courthouse

4. Tycoon and horse magnate E. P. Taylor’s former home is now what?

A. Sunnybrook Park

B. A condo, natch C. Canadian Film Centre D. Branksome Hall

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T.O.’s WNBA star on the Raptors and her grand return

After a blown anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sidelined her for a year, Kia Nurse returned to the court at the World Cup, but that’s only a slice of what she’s got going on. We chat with her about her comeback, the Raps, a women’s pro team in T.O. & the Olympic Games.

The number of homes, in the millions, Ontario plans to build over the next 10 years.

The date, in October, when film legend Meryl Streep got up onstage to sing with Toronto band Broken Social Scene.

What teams are going to be in the NBA finals?

I think, from my perspective, the Ben Simmons [player with the Brooklyn Nets] experiment might just work out, mainly because he can be moved off the ball — he doesn't have to be a shooter, he can be a playmaker — and Kyrie Irving off the ball. Oh my God, I would never want to guard that. So, I like the Nets if they don't fall apart. In the west, I still very much like the Golden State Warriors.

How about the Raptors?

I think obviously, this Raptors team, they gravitate toward similar types of player, which is lanky, versatile, athletic. They can guard multiple positions, they play positionless basketball. That's tough to play against on a nightly basis. And they all play hard, nittygritty on the defensive end, which is where they hang their hat. And it gets them out in transition for easy points. So for me, I think this is another playoff team. I think they're still in the growth stages. But I do think this is a good team. I think they can get themselves an opportunity to play in the playoffs and make a run if they want.

Who will have a breakout season?

I want to see what Scotty Barnes can do outside of what we saw last season. Think about what the Raptors got out of Scottie Barnes last year. It's absolutely insane. That was way more than anyone projected. So I'm interested to see how his growth continues.

You came back at the recent World Cup after a year off due to injury. How did it feel?

Honestly, it was such an incredible feeling. It's hard to put into words, but it was a combination of 11 months of work and of rehab, good days and bad days, then I got the opportunity to finally play again. It was just a happy time.

There's just so much joy and excitement to be back out there, like a kid in a candy shop.

What was most challenging about the recovery?

It was more of the mental side of things that was probably the most challenging, and feeling like you're ready to go but knowing that you probably shouldn't be out there because you could reinjure yourself. It feels like a never-ending process.

Did you pick up any hobbies?

I was already a pretty big reader. I like reading murder mystery books, especially. But I had a lot more time to do reading. So I got into a little bit of fantasy, as well as the Sarah J. Mass novels. And honestly, I just learned how to actually sit down and relax and be OK with not doing something.

Are you looking ahead to the 2024 Olympic Games?

Absolutely. If you look at how the Olympic team works, as an athlete, you're looking at it in terms of a quad, so four years that it takes

to get to the Olympics and kind of what the process is to qualify. So, you know, world championships was basically step number two for us. And this is definitely, you know, what you work toward: is having the opportunity to represent your country at the highest level, which would be the games, and having gone to two of them has been incredible.

There’s a record number of Canadians in the NBA. Is that growth paralleled on the women’s side?

I think we are getting more young women picking up the ball and having more opportunities for them to play. Back in my childhood, I started playing for Hamilton Transway, an all-women’s program. I think it truly makes a difference when young women have their own space in a sport.

Are we going to get a WNBA team up here or what?

I think the WNBA is clearly looking toward Canada and looking toward expansion. I know we're bringing, I believe, one exhibition game here next year to Toronto, and so having the opportunity for young women to see the WNBA in Canada live, having the opportunity for the game of basketball to continue to grow on a different front than just simply the Raptors, will be really important and really exciting for our fans.

The percentage increase in the price of cereal, which tops the list of inflationary food products.

The number of active cranes in Toronto late in 2022, the most in North America, and many times more than L.A.

The fee Drake was paid to perform at the Kool Haus, opening for Ice Cube, in 2006 — early in his career.

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Say what you will about being back in the office, even a day or two a week, but being around other people exposes you to new ideas and challenges old assumptions. For instance, we were talking about homelessness and the terms used to accurately describe that particular condition: homeless, experiencing homelessness, unhoused, houseless.

Although in the big picture it doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t outweigh what an issue of vital importance it is or the fact that we just aren’t addressing it with enough political will, energy or money. But it might help to frame the issue for some.

If we consider that a home can be described as our own community, as our personal space, then many individuals without a permanent residence can and do still have a home.

Many make their homes in our neighbourhoods, and we get to know them as we make our way through the city on any given day. Saying that these people are homeless, in a way, takes away some of their identity and in so doing diminishes our own humanity.

Many of these people have had to endure untold hardships that nobody should have to endure, and many of whom are suffering from mental health and addiction issues, for example.

If we see them as having a home in our neighbourhoods, even if it’s a makeshift shelter, and if we see them as being part

of our community, then maybe the dialogue and the dynamic shifts.

They aren’t faceless. They aren’t numbers. They are people, some of them have children, and they need our help.

Some say that the only way to judge the success or the failure of any given society is by looking at the well-being of its most vulnerable people. How do you think we’re doing?

When the snow starts flying this month, there is no disputing who the most vulnerable members of our community are. The only question is whether or not we are doing enough. And it’s not really a question is it? We know we aren’t.

I do believe that many people are trying. And that means a lot. But we have a ways to go. Maybe if we start seeing these vulnerable members of our community as houseless or unhoused it will make a difference. We will make them feel more welcome and more a part of the community they call home.

It’s harder to not look away. It’s harder to lean into that idea. But that’s also where we’ll find our collective humanity.

And from there, who knows what we can do.

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Toronto wins the rat race

Toronto has been called a lot of things by a lot of people, and most of it isn’t true. But it’s hard to deny the latest moniker: Rat Capital of Canada. The title was bestowed upon our fair, and apparently somewhat grungy, city by the folks at Orkin Canada — pest people. Mississauga is the other GTA city in the top five nationwide, coming in fifth. Vancouver played second fiddle to Toronto yet again. A few months

back, a social media video of a mischief of rats (yes, that’s what a group of rats is called) careening down the sidewalk out of a hole went viral. It was not pretty. According to the report by Orkin Canada, rats ventured further from their nests during the pandemic as food sources were harder to come by. Now that the genie is out of the proverbial bottle, we are left with an even larger rodent problem. Oh rats!

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Former TTC chair on the never-ending Crosstown LRT

There is plenty of blame and criticism to go around and a tripling of the $5.5 billion budget

While I was chair of the TTC, the hot topic of the day was how badly the TTC managed construction projects. The examples included the new streetcar storage facility and the extension of the YongeUniversity Spadina line. The evidence was everywhere: cost overruns, delays, contractor issues, unforeseen problems during construction and political interference — just to name a few.

So the TTC got out of the capital construction business and gave the job of building new transit lines to the provincial agency called Metrolinx. The agency began construction of the largest transit project in Canada, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and, not surprisingly, there are cost overruns, delays, contractor issues, unforeseen problems during construction and political interference.

At present, there is no opening date for the 19-kilometre transit line. There is no schadenfreude in this observation. Transit projects

are notoriously difficult to build on time and on budget. Like any construction project, there are unforeseen challenges that are amplified when the bulk of the project must take place underground.

Andy Byford, former CEO of the TTC, recounted to me a time while he was working at the London Underground and

construction on the Liverpool Street underground rail and station came to a halt because ancient artifacts were found including 300-year-old coins.

At midtown, construction at the Eglinton Crosstown station came to a halt when tunnel boring revealed defective underground watertight compartments from the 1950s that would need to be

repaired before further tunnel construction could continue.

According to Anne Marie Aikins, spokesperson for Metrolinx, experts from around the world were brought in to figure out the best solution to the structural issues.

Then there were the political decisions to add Leaside and Chesswood as underground stations to the original plan, adding to costs and timelines.

The pandemic didn’t help either. The public-private consortium that is building the Eglinton Crosstown fell behind schedule and ended up suing Metrolinx for additional costs. The original cost of the project was $5.5 billion and the final project costs will likely be closer to three times that amount.

The escalating budget has meant scaling back some of the commitments in the original plan, which had four lanes of traffic and bike lanes from Yonge Street to Mt. Dennis. The current plan only

includes two lanes of traffic in and around Allen Road to accommodate bike lanes.

L ocal communities and businesses across Eglinton are begging for the end of construction. The disruption to the area has been going on for close to a decade. Of course, now it is city councillors and the mayor bemoaning the province for mismanagement of the transit project instead of the other way around.

The city leadership may want to be a bit more circumspect in their criticism, lest the province decide to hand back to the TTC the costs of new transit construction and the headaches that come with it.

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Wanted: city hall disruptors

The decline in local democracy in Toronto is something the provincial government must see as one of its great successes.

This was the quietest city election in many decades. At our house with less than a week to go before election day, we had yet to receive a single election pamphlet from anyone — not from mayoralty candidates or councillors or school trustees. Our street usually has lots of lawn signs, but this year not one, and as I walked the dog in the neighbourhood, I found one lonely sign on a street two blocks away.

I am not mistaken in thinking Toronto is facing more challenging issues now than it has in recent memory.

But many residents have learned it is not worth speaking up. Twenty-six years ago when the province introduced the idea of the megacity, all six local municipalities held referenda and with a record turnout, more than 76 per cent voted against the megacity. The province said a silent majority was in favour and went ahead with the legislation.

The province then cut the subsidy to public transit and its share of the cost of 40,000 rentgeared-to-income housing units, forcing the city to cover $400 to $500 million in new costs. It cut welfare rates by 22 per cent when city council was trying to get them increased. Clearly the province wanted to harm local democracy and local government, and since then, no provincial government has righted these wrongs.

The attack in 2018 went further when, without warning or consultation, the province slashed the number of councillors from 47 — a number agreed to after much public consultation by the Ontario Municipal Board and the Ontario courts — to 25, wards so large that no councillor is able to attend all of the community meetings that happen in that ward. That was followed by the provincial practice of Ministerial Zoning Orders that cut out citizen input into redevelopment decisions. And most recently, again with no

development applications since the city does not have the money to retain staff.

One can say the changes in 2018 and this year are simply the work of Premier Doug Ford, but he was merely the instigator: in each case, the legislation was unanimously supported by the Conservative Party members of the legislature. Some may have known better, but they are a necessary part of the attack on local democracy in Toronto.

What is going to stop this trend to diminish local democracy in Toronto? We need some young leaders willing to step forward and cause good trouble at city hall and Queen’s Park, forcing the hand of all those currently elected.

warning or consultation, the province has passed the Strong Mayors Act.

The province also passed legislation this year setting firm timelines for council decisions on development applications, timelines so tight that they do not permit reasonable community consultation. If those deadlines are not met, the city will lose the fees attached to those applications, about $25 million a year.

Given the city’s precarious financial position (it is short some $800 million for the budget year 2023), there’s a vacancy rate of about 15 per cent in the department that handles

The province needs serious reform. The city needs more powers and more access to the enormous tax revenues produced here from HST, income and corporate taxes — revenues swallowed whole by the provincial and federal governments.

We need leaders who will focus on these changes and hammer away at them to restore confidence among Toronto residents that it is worth participating in the governance of the city.

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The percentage by which business openings have dropped, according to credit agency Equifax, citing rising economic pressure.

Our neighbourhoods’ main thoroughfares are facing new challenges and threats after COVID

The percentage of main street customers who live within a 10-minute walk.

Toronto continues to be a city of neighbourhoods, and one of the places that this expression is best illustrated is the main street shopping strips that run through so many of these areas, from Leaside’s south Bayview strip to Little Jamaica on Eglinton and Thornhill village.

These areas not only characterize and give life to neighbourhoods, they create their own little economies. The shops and services employ local residents. They sponsor our sports teams and donate products for school raffles. These small local businesses are invaluable to communities, yet they continue to face immense challenges.

First, a pandemic, which still rages, although the health and safety measures have all but disappeared, and that was bad enough for local business. Combine that with a potential recession, inflation and general economic bad news, and you’ve got a potent mix that continues to challenge main street businesses ahead of the most important shopping time of the year.

Foxies Bakeshop opened up recently on the Mount Pleasant Road strip south of Eglinton Avenue East. Jessica and her sister Sarah (who asked that only their first names be used) started the business online, which “took off” during COVID, and they decided to open a brick-and-mortar shop.

They chose Mount Pleasant because of the community vibe.

“It's like a very tight-knit community,” Jessica said. “We like that kind of vibe, which I think is really helpful for small businesses.”

But they are now facing some serious cost increases thanks to inflation. “It’s pretty tough in the sense of our ingredients and costs: like butter alone has gone up crazy,” Jessica said. “But we are adapting. In this environment with baked goods, inflation has definitely been tough.”

Maureen Sirois is the chair of the Eglinton Way BIA and president of Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA). According to Sirois, the situation is precarious.

“Businesses opened during the pandemic, but there are still

vacancies, although a lot of the businesses in our BIA on Eglinton are older businesses, so they’ve sustained themselves,” she explained. “But I’ve spoken to some of my colleagues in other BIAs, and some of them are hanging on by their fingernails.”

After a brief surge following the easing of pandemic restrictions, retail sales began to fall over the summer. Now, with inflation and recession news every day, consumers are rightly concerned.

The federal government continues to offer grants to small storefront businesses, which it began during the pandemic. The money flows through the City of Toronto, which donates staff time, through the Main Street Recovery and Rebuild initiatives.

The best-known initiative launched by the city is the popular CaféTO program. But there are others including the Retail Accelerator Program and the Vacant Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant program.

It continues a long history of the city promoting local businesses dating back to the establishment of

Business Improvement Areas back in 1970.

“We partnered with the federal government to put together a suite of programs and supports to really dial in on the specifics of how small businesses are being challenged,” said Lesley Vaage, manager, Main Street Initiatives, Economic Development & Culture – City of Toronto. “In total, it's $18 million of funding from the federal government plus the City of Toronto's contribution.”

Vaage added that the city hopes businesses take advantage of the funding. The owners of Foxies Bakeshop had no idea these initiatives even existed.

Sirois says it's up to local residents to place a value on these main street businesses and the good they do in the community and act accordingly.

“It's up to the customers to decide if they need to vote with their feet and their wallets,” she said. “The money that they spend on main street businesses stays in the community. It employs local people. So it's vital that people continue to support us.”

The percentage of independent business owners in Toronto who are motivated by a desire to contribute to community.

The minimum percentage of Toronto residents who prefer to shop in independent businesses for food, personal services, restaurants and bars.

The percentage of Torontonians doing less shopping at Toronto malls.

The percentage of Toronto residents who think it’s important to be able to walk or bike to a shopping district.

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Clockwise from left: CaféTO patios brought life to city streets and helped small business, Maureen Sirois and Eglinton Way board member Ron Beben at a BIA event, Foxies Bakeshop on Mount Pleasant Road
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Canadian Tire could be selling condos?

Yonge and Davenport site seen as a key development for the area

A development proposal has been submitted for the flagship and historic Canadian Tire site at Yonge Street and Davenport Road that could mean demolishing the store.

Two towers, sitting at 41 and 49 storeys, have been proposed for 835–839 Yonge St. where the Canadian Tire, a Service Ontario office and a parking lot currently reside. Canadian Tire itself is actually proposing to build the condominiums and hopes to reopen the store in the same location at the base of the towers.

A total of 950 residential units, ranging from one to three bedrooms, are planned.

Local city councillor Mike Layton said that the site could probably use some density, given its proximity to two subway stations, but he strongly insisted that there is an opportunity to create a connection between Yonge and the Rosedale Valley ravine over existing subway tracks as part of the construction. The Studio Building, once home to members of the Group of Seven and a national historic site, is right behind the Canadian Tire and could possibly be a location a walkway could connect to.

Paul Bedford, former chief city planner for Toronto and the director of community planning with the Greater Yorkville Residents’ Association, also iterated support for a pedestrian

bridge to the ravine and said the community has long desired such a connection. Bedford, who previously took part in a Zoom meeting with the developers to go over the plans, said that their initial reaction was that it would be a big undertaking, but they ultimately didn’t say no to the idea. He pointed out the John Street pedestrian bridge over tracks in the Weston neighbourhood as an example of one that was done right. “It’s not a big deal,” Bedford said. “It’s done all the time.”

Bedford said the developer plans to demolish the Canadian Tire site and rebuild a new one while keeping the store’s historic facade that was built in 1929. The property was added to the city’s heritage register in 1986.

Bedford said the developers were open to having an interim location for the store during the expected four to five years of construction.

The gas station at Yonge and Davenport is also included in the plans with a vision for it to be 672 square metres of publicly accessible green space.

Layton did note that the development could create shadows onto Rosedale Valley, which would be unavoidable if anything were to be built on the site. Bedford, for one, is skeptical of the height chosen by the developers.

“How did they arrive at 49 and 41 storeys?” He asked. “What’s magic about that?”

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Avenue Road getting worse?

Residents want change, but people keep getting hurt by Ron Johnson

Recently, a cyclist was hit by a school bus while trying to cross Avenue Road in midtown Toronto. It’s not the first time someone has been hit along Avenue Road and it won’t be the last, which is why local residents and residents’ associations have been calling for the six-lane stretch of the thoroughfare south of St. Clair to be reimagined as a complete street that makes vulnerable road users the priority instead of automobiles.

Brock Howes was cycling along Cottingham Avenue in the summer when the incident occurred. Cottingham is a small two-lane residential street that runs east-west and ends at Avenue Road. A trailer was attached to the rear of his bicycle, although his kids were not in the trailer at the time.

“I was seated with one foot on the ground, one foot on a pedal. Usually I’d … pull out and use the road on the other side, but I saw the bus coming and was able to fully dismount and jump away from the bike as he hit me,” said Howes.

Howes ferries his kids across the city in the trailer and was on his way to Branksome Hall on July 19 for summer camp pickup. He said the bus driver stopped after hitting him.

“I think he was in shock too,” said Howes.

The issue with Avenue Road, one that has been ongoing since the stretch was widened by the city to six lanes some 60 years ago, is that once drivers hit St. Clair and head downhill, speeds

increase and the risks to vulnerable road users skyrocket dramatically. People have died, including Miguel Escanan, a teenage cyclist, in 2021.

Howes said he would like to see Avenue Road returned to four lanes with wider sidewalks and protected bike lanes with some separation from vehicles.

“If we could make the lanes a bit more narrow and less direct that would be even better,” said Howes.

He’s not the first to advocate for improved safety on Avenue Road. The Avenue Road Safety

highest rate of collisions within 53 Division.”

There is no question that Avenue Road is not as safe as it could be. But as it is one of the main ways commuters and residents get downtown, change has been glacial.

“I think in 2017 there was a community meeting at Timothy Eaton Church, where the city presented its work,” said Henry Wiercinski, of the Annex Residents’ Association. “And when the residents looked at it, it was basically a traffic survey for cars. I don't think they ever mentioned the word ‘pedestrian.’ ”

The City of Toronto, according to Wiercinski, would consider looking at significant street improvements for Avenue Road when it was up for renewal — in 2040. Needless to say, local residents were not impressed and pressured the city and elected officials.

Coalition has been trying to convince the city to make changes for at least six years. Although it was a slow start, the city is finally studying the situation.

“One of the major things that we found out is that 85 per cent of the vehicles travelling on Avenue Road are either travelling at or above the posted speed limit,” said Arlene Desjardins of ARSC. “And one of the shocking things that I had heard (at a community police liaison committee meeting) is that the Avenue and Davenport intersection has the second

The city is now studying Avenue Road, between Bloor Street and St. Clair Avenue “to find opportunities to improve the street with emphasis on safety, mobility choices, and enhancing streetscape. Streets are places where everyone should feel safe, comfortable and connected,” reads the city’s webpage.

But, it’s not moving fast.

“We're not going to wait until 2040,” said Wiercinski. “What we're looking for are action items that can be implemented now, short of rebuilding the road to try to make it a more pedestrianfriendly, people-friendly environment.”

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Trudeau talks hockey at neighbourhood rink

Prime Minister makes appearance amidst Hockey Canada scandal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with young hockey players of the Toronto Leaside Wildcats in October at Leaside Memorial Gardens.

At the arena, Trudeau held talks with former Mississauga mayor/pro hockey player Hazel McCallion, members of Parliament Rob Oliphant and Adam van Koeverden, and Fran Rider, president of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association, to discuss the changes needed for hockey in Canada.

“Women’s hockey has had, and continues to have, an incredible impact on our country. Today, we spoke about that with Hazel McCallion and … Fran Rider, and we discussed the importance of making sure hockey is safe for everyone. Our players deserve nothing less,” Trudeau tweeted after the event.

“To the Leaside Wildcats: On and off the ice, your teamwork and your commitment are making a difference,” he added.

Trudeau’s visit is timely and comes amidst Hockey Canada being embroiled in a scandal.

In May 2022, it was reported that Hockey Canada, the national governing body for ice hockey in Canada, paid a settlement to a woman who said she was the victim of a sexual assault that took place in 2018 by members of Canada’s men’s national junior team. In June, the

federal government froze funding for Hockey Canada (they provided $14 million in subsidies to the federation in the past two years).

A federal inquiry into Hockey Canada’s handling of the allegations revealed a history of sexual misconduct cases against the organization, and that the organization had spent $7.6 million out of a fund that was partially funded by player registration fees to help pay out settlements in 21 sexual misconduct cases since 1989.

Since the scandal blew up, most of Hockey Canada’s corporate sponsors have suspended their relationship with the organization; Hockey Canada CEO Scott Smith has departed, and the entire board of directors has stepped down.

The organization announced plans to address systemic issues in the culture of hockey.

The Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association (TLGHA) has more than 1,600 participants every year, making it one of Ontario’s largest hockey associations.

“We’ll continue to offer our voice to our governing bodies to encourage positive change and demonstrate how women’s hockey can be the role model for such change,” the association stated in a recent Instagram post.

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More development at Yorkdale

Massive plan proposed across the street from mall by Josh Sherman

More condos may soon overlook Yorkdale Shopping Centre as a highrise developer is partnering with a landowner on a new proposal for three residential buildings directly across the street from Canada’s mostprofitable mall.

Recently, Collecdev submitted a development application to the City of Toronto to build two 29storey towers and a nine-storey mid-rise at 3400 Dufferin St. and 8 Jane Osler Blvd., opposite Yorkdale mall to the east and just south of Highway 401 in an area that has become a hotbed of development activity.

For the site, currently occupied by the Midtown Honda dealership and a single-family home, the developer envisions a total of 834 condo units across the three buildings. A couple of the structures — one of the towers as well as the mid-rise building — would feature retail space for a combined 1,365 square metres of floor area.

The project is a joint venture between Collecdev and the landowners (listed as Dufferin401 Properties Limited in planning documents), who would share in the profits from the eventual condo sales. The two parties began discussions in March about the possibility of joining forces, said Neil Rodgers, president of Collecdev.

Collecdev’s application is part of an onrush of under-review and already-approved proposals for the area. “The Dufferin, 401 and Yorkdale area will look very, very different in the future,” Rodgers

said. “That whole Dufferin corridor is emerging as a highdensity urban neighbourhood.”

The developer isn’t a stranger to the neighbourhood. Collecdev has two projects under construction nearby, including Nordic Condos, a 12-storey Scandinavian-inspired condo building at 530 Wilson Rd., and the 13-storey Tretti Condos at 30 Tippett Rd.

From smaller-scale luxury developments, such as the application Dash Developments tabled last month for a 10-storey condo at 3309–3317 Dufferin St.

components, so, like several others in Collecdev’s portfolio, the development would rely on a geothermal system for heating and cooling units. The condo complex would also feature green roofs and 632 bicycle parking spaces compared to 375 spots for cars.

Architecturally, Collecdev hopes the project stands out by avoiding a boxy, glass look in favour of an airy, white-panelled exterior design by project architects gh3*.

“Simple-yet-cool architecture, I think, will make this building different than some of our competitors,” Rodgers added. “It’s simple, from my perspective, and elegant.”

The development’s 3,276 square metres of amenities are still on the drawing board.

to Oxford Property’s plans to build a humongous, 19-tower community right on Yorkdale mall’s surface parking lot, proposals of all sizes are taking shape in the neighbourhood.

Earlier this year, the Ontario Land Tribunal, the provincial body that adjudicates planning disputes, also approved a tritower rental complex with building heights ranging from 23 to 29 storeys at 3400 Dufferin St., the land immediately to the north of the site that Collecdev has plans for.

Rodgers said sustainability is one of his project’s key

“It’s early days. We have not programmed specifics,” said Rodgers. However, he said, the project is likely to include space to work out, theatre and party rooms and pet-washing stations. It may provide outdoor barbecue and patio areas, too.

“The sky is the limit in terms of what we can animate and curate the space to be,” Rodgers said. “It’s something we will refine as we get to the sales and launch.”

As for when that might be, the project launch could be 24 to 30 months away. If Collecdev can get zoning approvals in place by then, Rodgers suggested, “That would be fantastic.”

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Pop-ups, fashion shows & more!

14 new openings, anniversaries, events, a few closings and neighbourhood happenings

Get in the holiday spirit with a tree lighting party and outdoor concert held by the Bloor-Yorkville BIA on Nov. 26. Located at the Village of Yorkville Park, Canadian singersongwriter Chantal Kreviazuk will take the stage to play her hits (including some holiday music!) while Etalk’s Traci Melchor hosts the Holiday Magic evening. The Flick the Switch lighting ceremony will support the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR) and light up 138 trees along Bloor Street until the end of December.

Find all the prettiest things at the Latest Scoop’s new Summerhill outpost. A lifestyle concept store, the Latest Scoop began as a series of pop-ups before becoming a well-known permanent retailer across the country. The new store features the trendiest collections of casual and professional fashion, home decor, accessories, furniture and stationery. Get in on the scoop at 1110 Yonge St.

This month, Rosedale is welcoming a new veterinarian clinic to the neighbourhood. Juno Vet promises to make pet care comfortable by offering a cosy and welcoming space. Opening at 1073 Yonge St., Juno Vet will offer services that include urgent care, surgery, preventative care and dental health. Although the Summerhill vet has no opening

date set, the clinic is already taking appointment bookings.

Started during the pandemic by local childhood friends Avi Weisman and Larry Davidson, the Fruit Cart, thefruitcart.ca, is delivering fresh, healthy food straight to your door. This subscription box ensures you’re paying for quality by rotating the variety of goods depending on what’s in season. Veggie boxes, cheese boxes and flower arrangements are also available to order directly to your doorstep. Like the fruit boxes, these are expertly curated with global suppliers. Each box can be set to order every week, every other week or on a one-time basis.

Christmas is coming early for burger lovers! As it celebrates its 11-year anniversary, Holy Chuck is opening a new location in the Yorkdale mall food court on Dec. 1. The new location is promising some new menu items alongside the award-winning handmade patties and famous milkshakes.

A hair studio that’s known for bringing the styles and innovation of a downtown studio to the suburbs has just celebrated its 20year anniversary. Italian-born Andrea Ferro and wife Angela own the clean, sleek studio and are masters of the trade. Showcasing just how much neighbourhood

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love this studio gets, Thornhill’s member of Parliament, Melissa Lantsman, joined Ferro Hair Art, located at 7355 Bayview Avenue, Unit 3, in celebrating the anniversary.

Community art school Artbarn is approaching its 17th anniversary this fall, and they plan on celebrating in a big way. Artbarn School, 250 Eglinton Ave. W., Unit 101, offers classes and workshops ranging from pottery and visual arts to printmaking and media. To mark the milestone, the not-for-profit is promising to host a party and fundraising auction later this fall. Tickets will be available through the website.

This September, more than 4,000 guests attended the North York General Foundation’s signature Heart of Fashion gala after a fouryear hiatus. The exclusive fashion show featured Canada’s best in the fashion industry, with collections from Pink Tartan, TNT, SHAN and more. Altogether, the foundation raised $1.1 million to support the General Hospital with equipment replacement, capital improvements and upgrades.

Heaps Estrin real estate team has just opened their second location at 1120 Yonge St. — only this one’s not a regular real estate office. The Lobby is an experiential concept store. A first-of-its-kind storefront

location for residential real estate in Canada, the Lobby offers fulltime concierge services to help homeowners connect with services of everyday needs, such as contractors, designers and architects.

From Nov. 2 to Dec. 27, curated fashion marketplace Inland is partnering with Bayview Village to host a first-time concept shop with a rotating selection of Canadian fashion brands. With 2,300 square feet of retail space, shoppers will be able to browse, try on and buy from 50 emerging Canadian fashion, jewelry and accessory brands, including Ahiri, Azure Lazuli, Biddel, Hoyden Shoes and Nuama.

Toronto-based animal-free outerwear brand Wuxly has launched its first capsule collection in collaboration with music legend Bryan Adams. Inspired by his song “Kick Ass,” The Bad collection features three outerwear pieces — a parka, hoodie and jacket. Shop the collection at wuxly.com, or stop by the brand’s new pop-up store located at 825 Queen St. W. to try on the new gear.

Luxury goods brand Van Cleef & Arpels will join Bloor West’s lineup of luxury retailers with a new stand-alone storefront opening next year. The French jewelry brand is taking over the

roughly 2,000-square-foot storefront at 100 Bloor St. W., next to Hermes, where Zegma once operated. The store will be the jeweler’s third stand-alone location in Canada, displaying a collection of necklaces, bracelets and rings.

Spend an evening watching the Eglinton neighbourhood strut the best they’ve got. On Nov. 17 at the Eglinton Grand, the neighbourhood’s BIA is hosting a fashion show of the latest fashions from community retailers, including Di Moda European Lingerie, Victory Menswear, Lumus Vision Care and more. Tickets to the Eglinton Way Fashion Show cost $20 and include two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds go to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

One of Toronto’s best and most popular barbecue joints is closing its doors permanently at the end of the month.

Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder at 699 St. Clair Ave. W. has been serving up incredible ribs, fried chicken, grilled cheese and more for years, but after the tragic passing of founder Thomas Evan Davis last year, his wife Monique Nanton has decided to close for good. An official closing date hasn’t been announced, so you can come out and support the family for another few weeks and get in one last brisket sandwich.

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There’s nothing quite like the house at 8 Cavalier Cres. Although the indoor-outdoor

complete with a Jacuzzi might be the main event of the property, there’s plenty more to enjoy — including a four-level elevator, two-storey foyer, marble flooring and a movie theatre room. Although the home is now listed with Forest Hill Real Estate Inc. for $6.99 million, in February, it was listed for $7.95 million, marking a $960,000 price drop.

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Although 750 Crawford St. was originally listed at $3.989 million in October, it has since been reduced by $400,000 to $3.589 million. Listed with Sutton Group – Associates Realty, this architectural beauty won’t be available for long.

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T.O. price drops vs. higher rates

Detached homes are still out of reach for many residents despite the city’s 16.5 per cent price decline over a five-month slump

When Laure Leckwold and her par tner, Brian Forwell, began house hunting in Toronto this September, the city’s benchmark home price had already fallen by 16.5 per cent, or more than $200,000, over a five-month slump through the month of August. Yet despite some seriously discounted listings, the couple knew that, when it came to the type of property they wanted, they were still “completely priced out” of the market, said Leckwold, an empty nester who works in finance.

“You have to be super successful to buy a [detached] house in Toronto … or win the lottery.”

With a budget between $500,000 and $800,000, the couple certainly weren’t going to find their dream detached home in Toronto proper, where prices for this property type averaged $1,585,589 last month, according to the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. Determined to finally get out of the twobedroom Yorkville condo they’ve been renting since 2015, they’ve since set their sights outside of the GTA. They’re looking to Kitchener-Waterloo, where Forwell grew up and has family, some of Leckwold’s co-workers live and, of course, where real estate is much cheaper.

“A nice three-bedroom is not impossible for someone whose income is [the Canadian median

of] $66,800,” said Leckwold of the homes she and Forwell can afford in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Despite massive drops in prices and sales volume in Toronto over much of the year, Leckwold and Forwell are far from alone in finding that home ownership remains out of reach in the city. In fact, with interest rates skyrocketing after a recordsmashing price run up amid the pandemic, experts suggest that the correction hasn’t done much — if anything — to improve affordability in the country’s biggest housing market. Six months later, everything and nothing has changed — Torontonians priced out of the city are being forced to look elsewhere.

“The bottom line here is that prices are dropping, but housing hasn’t necessarily become more affordable,” Marc Desormeaux, principal economist for Desjardins, said, citing higher mortgage rates as the main culprit. “In the next few quarters, rising interest rates are really going to be the main driver of the story and will have an impact on the affordability of housing in a negative fashion, unfortunately.”

The economist runs some numbers to demonstrate how the Bank of Canada’s rate hikes this year are countering plunging prices. Based on the benchmark price of a Toronto region home,

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the average available five-year conventional mortgage rate and a 25-year amortization period, he estimates that the mean mortgage payment in September was up about 10 per cent from the home price peak in March.

Higher rates are especially bad news for Toronto, suggested Desormeaux: “It’s also the jurisdiction with the highest average home prices in Canada, and so when interest rates go up, it’s disproportionately hit in terms of affordability.”

Although Adam Feldman, a sales representative for Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., has seen some clients take advantage of better pricing and less competitive bids in Toronto, he agreed that elevated borrowing costs eat away at savings from lower home values. “Even though the prices are coming down, the affordability is still challenging because of interest rates,” he said.

If would-be GTA homebuyers aren’t eyeing other towns or cities like Leckwold and Forwell, some are putting off their next purchase. That’s the case for Adam Staviss, 42, a project manager for a tech firm. Staviss wants to buy a second condo in Vaughan or perhaps midtown Toronto — but he’s waiting until the spring.

“I’m saving up some money,” he explained. Is he afraid of missing the market’s bottom for

pricing? “I’m pretty confident they’re going to go much lower,” Staviss said, who is currently living with family and renting out the Vaughan condo that he purchased for $239,000 in 2010.

Real estate lawyer Jonathan A. Hacohen, a partner at Kormans LLP, a Toronto-based firm, has been about 20 per cent quieter during the correction, he said, but many buyers, including firsttimers, are still pulling the trigger on deals in the city.

“The ones that are doing the math, they’re very, very happy — even at the higher interest rates,” he said. "They’re saying, ‘The prices have gone down, I can afford the mortgage payments, I’m jumping in,’” Hacohen explained.

Although Leckwold could make the arithmetic work on a Toronto condo — units had an average sale price of $769,058 last month — she emphasized how much further her money can go in Kitchener-Waterloo.

“Within our budget, there are houses that are anywhere between 1,100 square feet to 2,000 square feet,” she said

The benchmark prices in September for one- and twostorey detached homes in Kitchener-Waterloo were about $725,000 and $821,000, respectively, according to the Waterloo Region Association of Realtors (WRAR). The

association’s president, Megan Bell, confirmed it’s “absolutely” possible to find the sort of home Leckwold and Forwell are looking for within their budget. Torontonians still looking to buy in Kitchener-Waterloo are driven by affordability due to higher interest rates, Bell said.

Of course, even searching for property outside Toronto these days comes with difficulties. “Buying a house is scary,” Leckwold said. “Especially with everything that’s been going on with the interest rates and the market and all of that.”

Because so few homes are changing hands right now, she said, it’s hard to find comparable recent transactions to gauge a fair market price on a given street, for example. Just 518 homes changed hands in the Waterloo region in September, tracking 30 per cent under the month’s fiveyear average, according to WRAR.

“We’re living through uncertain times,” Desormeaux said. The Desjardins economist suspects concerns over the economy may be another factor keeping some potential Toronto buyers out of the action. “That’s something that could be contributing to the weakness we’ve seen in sales and prices alongside just deterioration in the economic outlook and the higher interest rates.”

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BREAK-IN

SAFE IS YOUR HOME?

In September, Toronto Police Service released images of a suspect in a series of break and enters in the city. The suspect, according to Toronto police, allegedly was breaking into mailboxes. Earlier this year, a man was arrested after a series of break-ins in York Region during the month of May.

clothing and accessories were stolen, police said in a news release. The jewelry included watches and rings.

According to a media report on CBC, Police identified the man after reviewing video surveillance footage.

The trend illustrated by these incidents is not a good one.

According to York Regional Police statistics, residential break-ins are up 21.8 per cent from last year. Since the beginning of 2022, the city of Toronto has experienced a five per cent increase in break and enters across all divisions.

A total of 1,673 B and Es have been committed in York Region since the beginning of 2022, whereas 4,793 have occurred since the beginning of 2022 in Toronto — a number that already exceeds the total from 2021. Over the last few years, the trend has been downward since a peak in 2019 of 6,755 break-ins in Toronto.

York Regional Police encourages owners to take

homes safe.

Common points of entry for home robberies are windows and doors. But can we make them more secure to help reduce the crime risk? Of course. For the doors, be sure to install a deadbolt, add a strike plate or even upgrade to smart locks. There is also a film that can be placed over windows to reduce thieves ability to break and enter. Adding a video doorbell also helps to reduce crime, some suggest by up to 50 per cent. Older homes could have mail slots, so be sure to secure those, as well.

Statistics suggest more than 90 per cent of cars stolen are keyless entry models. But there are some things that can prevent such crimes. For instance, disable the keyless entry on your fob, or have a blocking pouch handy where you keep the car keys. In addition, one could always go old school and use a steering wheel lock.

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that in a recent study 60 per cent of burglars “casing a potential target would indeed be deterred by an alarm system.” That is significant. Even having a security system sign at the front of the house can help. Insurance companies recognize this and offer a premium reduction to homeowners who have installed security systems.

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GTA break and enters on rise 5% increase in break AND enters citywide* LAWRENCE PARK NORTH & SOUTH (53 DIVISION) -20%20 +65%53 +16.7%28 +9.6%57 -20.2%83 -17.2%24 -5.7%33LEASIDE-BENNINGTON (53 Division) +7521 +37.5%1 10 +56.3%25 +30.4%73 +14.3%56 -2.3%86 -21.8%61 -100%0 -100%0 -100%1 -100%0 -100%0 -100%0 -100%0 +40%7 -20%12 0%3 -5.6%17 +4.8%22 +75%7 0%3 -33.3%8 +25%10 +37.5%11 +27.3%14 +32.4%45 +180%14 +100%4 BREAK AND ENTERS TOTALBREAKANDENTERS HOW
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car thieves continue to target vehicles with keyless ignition

Despite ongoing car theft busts in Toronto, vehicles continue to increasingly be stolen in the city due to international organized crime that knows it can get away with it, according to officials.

“We can’t control the situation,” city councillor Mike Colle said.

According to Toronto police data, there were 6,572 auto thefts in 2021, up nearly 14 per cent from the year before. Colle said that car thefts are still rising this year in the city and a car is stolen every hour.

That is in spite of a number of large-scale busts. In July 2022, more than 200 cars were reported recovered as police made 28 arrests and dismantled three auto theft-based criminal organizations that operated out of Ontario and Saskatchewan. The bust was a result of a 22-month investigation called Project MYRA, which found Service Ontario employees were aiding in the illegitimate registration of stolen vehicles, according to police.

In January 2022, 217 vehicles were recovered in connection to a “prolific auto theft ring,” police said at the time, according to Global News, which resulted in more than 300 charges. And in February 2022, 28 cars were seized and seven suspects were arrested after an eight-month investigation, with two of the cars found off the coast of Italy and Malta and four others at ports in Montreal and Halifax, destined for the United Arab Emirates, CBC reported. The group allegedly responsible for the high-end car thefts had no distinct ties to local gang activity but was a part of a complex organization, Toronto Police Service’s Supt. Lauren Pogue said in the media report.

Exporting cars nets criminals the biggest profit, TPS said in a statement.

response to the increase in car thefts, Colle helped create the auto theft task force last year to dedicate resources to the issue, and Toronto police also created the Organized Crime Investigative Support Team in 2022 with a budget of $2.3 million to help with larger scope probes.

Still no arrests in Forest Hill murder case

and family are holding out hope for justice for Ikechidiadi ‘Ike’ Kaja, who became Toronto’s 10th homicide victim after he was gunned down outside his Forest Hill home (Yonge & Eglinton district of 53 Division) in January. “I will not give up hope,” Katia Millar, a friend of Kaja’s, said. “We are very eagerly awaiting answers.”

Just after 10 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2022, Toronto police responded to a call at 916 Avenue Rd. and discovered Kaja had sustained lifethreatening injuries. He was rushed to hospital, where he died on Jan. 26. Investigators are looking for witnesses who were in the area between 8 and 11 p.m. on Jan. 23 or anyone who might have footage of the scene.

Millar, of North York, remembers Kaja, a financial analyst who would have turned 50 this October, as a “great friend,” noting his ambition and drive, among many other standout qualities. “Ike was incredibly bright, highly articulate. He had wonderful energy about him that everybody could sense; a mile away he would light up the room.”

There have been 56 murders in Toronto this year, of which 35 have been shootings. In 2021, the city saw 85 homicides, including 46 shootings, according to the Toronto Police Service (TPS) data portal. Overall, in Toronto in 2021 and 2022 there have been 324 shootings to date, and 162 related deaths or injuries. Last year, shootings totalled 409, with 209 deaths or injuries.

Ahead of the election, a Forum Research survey conducted for the Toronto Star suggested that 11 per cent of Torontonians considered gun violence the most important election issue.

Edwin Farley Alvarado Quintero, 49, is the city’s latest homicide victim. On Oct. 9, police say they responded to a shooting call at an indoor soccer field around Dufferin Street and Finch Avenue West. There they discovered three men, including Alvarado, had been shot. All three were transported to hospital, including one with life-threatening injuries. Alvarado was later pronounced dead.

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sexual violation TOTALSEXUALVIOLATIONS%CHANGEFROM2021 ROBBERY TOTALROBBERIES%CHANGEFROM2021 HOMICIDE TOTALHOMICIDES%CHANGEFROM2021 AUTO THEFT TOTALAUTOTHEFTS%CHANGEFROM2021 LANSING-WESTGATE (32 Division) BREAK AND ENTER CLANTON PARK (32 Division) bridle path-sunnybrook-york mills (32, 33 & 53) ST. ANDREW-WINDFIELDS (32 & 33 Division) WILLOWDALE EAST & WEST (32 Division) *Year-over-year variance stats from the TPS Open Data Portal Jan–Dec 2021 %CHANGEFROM2021 Stats from the TPS Open Data Portal, as of Oct. 16, 2022 BATHURST MANOR (32 DIVISION) +6.2%69 -6.7%14 +95%39 +78.6%25 +23.1%32 +82.4%31 +120%44BEDFORD PARK-NORTOWN (32 & 53 DIVISION) -9.2%99 +66.7%55 +40.9%62 0%47 +49.2%97 +8.6%38 +19.3%99 -100%1 -100%0 -100%0 -100%1 -100%0 -100%0 -100%0 -45.2%23 +100%12 +600%7 0%11 +62.5%13 +200%3 +71.4%12 +29.6%35 +150%5 -50%5 +66.7%5 -22.2%7 +500%6 +6016 TOTALBREAKANDENTERS
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Carjackings still a big problem in the city as numbers spike

With two months remaining in the year, carjackings across Toronto have almost doubled from last year’s tally. As of Oct. 14, Toronto police said 190 carjackings have taken place since the beginning of January, compared to 102 for the entirety of 2021.

“Every investigative avenue is being taken in our efforts to identify and arrest the perpetrators of these crimes and put them before the courts,” reads an email statement to Post City attributed to Toronto Police Service inspector Rich Harris.

On Oct. 6, Toronto and York Regional Police arrested three 14-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy, according to a news release. The arrests were in relation to three carjackings and eight pharmacy robberies that allegedly occurred between Sept. 19 and Oct. 4. A slew of charges were laid, including multiple counts of robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

At a news conference two days prior, on Oct. 4, Harris, of the TPS Hold Up Squad, called the carjacking increase “concerning,” noting the issue extends outside the city’s borders. “These robberies are not only happening in our city but are also taking place across the GTA,” he said. He added that many investigations were ongoing, noting 56 vehicles had been found.

In response to this year’s sharp increase in carjackings, the TPS launched a special carjacking investigative team in June. “Uniformed and plain clothes officers are patrolling hot spot areas citywide and continue to make arrests,” the statement reads. These hot spots include the Yonge Street corridor, the city’s west end, as well as in York Region in areas of Markham and Vaughan. Carjacking-prevention tips include keeping your cell phone within reach and steering clear of dark, secluded places. “If someone attempts to steal your vehicle, please give the vehicle up. Do not argue or fight. Your safety is worth more than a car,” TPS advises.

Sexual assault in Annex example of citywide issue

An investigation into a sexual assault that took place around Bloor and Dufferin this summer is “active and ongoing,” according to Toronto Police Service.

At 9:30 p.m. on July 29, a woman was walking near the west end intersection when, investigators allege, a man approached her from behind and sexually assaulted her before fleeing the scene.

In October, police released eight seconds of footage of a similar man captured on security video. “Anyone with information is asked to contact police,” said a TPS spokesperson in an email to Post City.

The Toronto Police Service defines sexual assault as any unwanted sexual contact: “It includes, but is not limited to, unwanted kissing, touching, oral sex and penetration.”

According to the TPS’s data portal, there have been 1,974 sexual assaults reported for the year ending Oct. 16, up 20 per cent from 1,645 in 2021. “It’s important to consider the effects of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 when looking at the increase,” explained the TPS spokesperson of the data.

Sexual assaults plunged by 17.7 per cent in 2020 but had been steadily increasing in the years before. “In many ways, 2022 could be considered the year where things got back to ‘normal’, and that applies to these stats as well,” the spokesperson said. Putting the sharp fluctuations in a broader context, the spokesperson noted that the sexual assault crime rate has risen seven per cent between 2018 and 2022.

Police are reminding the public that there are resources available for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. “If someone has been sexually assaulted, we would recommend they contact police or visit the website YourChoice.TO,” said a TPS spokesperson in an email.

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ROBBERY 2020 2021 2022 NUMBER OF ROBBERIES CITYWIDE* 2019 3,000 2,000 1,000 0 2,878 2,384 1,702 2,309 SEXUAL VIOLATIONS 16% increase in sexual violations citywide* 203% increase in carjackings citywide* SEXUAL VIOLATION TOTALSEXUALVIOLATIONS%CHANGEFROM2021 ROBBERY TOTALROBBERIES%CHANGEFROM2021 HOMICIDE TOTALHOMICIDES%CHANGEFROM2021 AUTO THEFT TOTALAUTOTHEFTS%CHANGEFROM2021 HUMEWOOD CEDARVALE (13 Division) BREAK AND ENTER DUFFERIN GROVE (14 & 11 DIVISION) dovercourt-wallace emerson-junction (14 & 11) PALMERSTON-LITTLE ITALY 14 Division) WYCHWOOD (13 Division) *Year-over-year variance stats from the TPS Open Data Portal Jan–Dec 2021 %CHANGEFROM2021 Stats from the TPS Open Data Portal, as of Oct. 16, 2022 ANNEX (INCLUDES YORKVILLE) (14 & 53 DIVISION) -3.8%25 0%1 24 +34.6%35 +41.2%24 +4.8%22 0%75 -56.7%13CASA LOMA (13 & 53 Division) +144.4%22 +103.8%53 +187.5%23 +73.9%40 -50%7 +38.9%50 -6.7%14 -100%0 -100%0 0%0 -100%0 -100%0 -100%0 -100%0 0%5 -22.7%34 -28.6%5 +66.7%5 +500%12 0%23 +500%6 +25%10 +37.5%33 -42.9%8 +700%8 +20%12 -8.3%22 +266%11 TOTALBREAKANDENTERS York Region Police released footage of a carjacking Bloor & Dufferin was the site of a sexual assault in July yorkville & annex crime statistics by neighbourhood
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Canadian drag vs. the world

Canada’s Drag Race is bringing in some international competition this month! In the second iteration of vs. the World (a RuPaul series), we'll see Canada as the host country as drag performers from all over the world compete for the crown. Three Toronto icons will be the discerning judges on Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs. the World Etalk host Traci Melchor alongside TV personality and stylist Brad

Goreski, who will bring their expertise as regular Canada’s Drag Race judges to the show. They’ll be joined by fellow judge Brooke Lynn Hytes, who was the first Canadian to compete in RuPaul’s Drag Race when she finished in second place on season 11. Look out for stars from New Zealand to Texas to Alberta during the six-episode smackdown when it premieres on Crave on Nov. 18!

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Over the Rainbow, $298, 55 Bloor St. W. "These are classic, faded jeans that look like you've had them in your wardrobe forever. They're ’70s style and would look good any time of year."

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Yorkdale reinvigorated

Local fashion power couple ventures into art

Joe Mimran and Kim Newport-Mimran are opening a new gallery by Marcus Mitropoulos

Legendary Toronto fashion power couple

Joe Mimran and Kim Newport-Mimran are opening the Cultural Goods Gallery on the west side. The first exhibition was set to open on Oct. 29, featuring art from Al Diaz, a key figure in the ’70s New York graffiti movement.

Casablanca-born Joe Mimran has had his foot in Canadian fashion since 1985, when he founded Club Monaco. His love for casual, luxury wear was later parlayed into the affordable fashion brand Joe Fresh, which he created in 2006.

His partner, designer Kim NewportMimran, founded the clothing label Pink Tartan in 2002 and the Kim Newport Collection in 2019.

The duo is expanding their extensive list of creative ventures by giving Torontonians the chance to experience hand-curated art. The first exhibition, From Samo©… to Samo©… Evolution of Street: Art & Type, is curated by Grace Zeppilli and Jason Hal-

ter. Inside the gallery is a collection spanning Diaz's 40-year career, from his early teen graffiti collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat to his later prolific text-based collage works.

“Cultural Goods Gallery is a reflection of our decades of learning, collecting and collaborating with artists from around the world,” Newport-Mimran says. “We are thrilled to begin this journey with Al Diaz, a talented artist who is part of the fabric of contemporary pop culture.”

This exhibition also includes new works by Toronto-based artists Javid Jah, Danilo Deluxo McCallum, Nicolas “Alfalfa” Sanchez and Kismet, who all express unique and distinct styles demonstrating the evolution of street art that is flourishing in cities across the globe, including Toronto.

“Al and I discussed the evolution and history of street art at length when we started the process for this exhibition. With the traditionally collaborative nature of street

art, we saw this show also as an opportunity to blend Brooklyn and Toronto,” says Jason Halter, co-curator of the exhibition. “The collaboration between artists is a visual conversation that allows visitors to see the evolution of the art form from its early roots to now.”

Located on Toronto’s west side, the 2,500-square-foot stomping ground is equipped for experimental and immersive art. The space allows for interactive and hands-on galleries, as well, giving Torontonians the chance to get up-close-and-personal with future galleries. Mimran and Newport-Mimran’s hope is that the rotating exhibition schedule will nurture relationships with the local arts community, as well as present work that has contributed to the growth of the North American cultural scene.

Cultural Goods Gallery is located at 1444 Dupont St., #15.

Is Summerhill T.O.’s new boutique district?

This city is home to a burgeoning fashion scene of its own by Raquel Farrington

Summerhill’s Yonge Street might be Toronto's new fashion district, joining London's Bond Street and New York City’s Fifth Avenue. Here’s your guide to the neighbourhood’s best boutiques.

Start on the northern stretch of the street at Lemonwood, a brand offering a gorgeous collection of cashmere clothing and accessories. Pick up anything from an easy-breezy tunic for your next beach vacation to a cosy throw blanket at the 1224A Yonge St. location.

Just down the road at 1130 Yonge St., you’ll find Thursdays — a boutique curated by mother-daughter duo Rita Benzacar and Gillian Piltz. The pair brings in new inventory weekly to keep customers’ wardrobes fresh and on trend. Next door is lifestyle boutique Wolf & Moon, at 103-1128 Yonge St., which features a hand-selected range of often local goods. Shop here for too-pretty-to-use artisanal

candles or statement jewelry f rom designer Jacquie Aiche.

Once you’ve got your fill of home goods and jewelry, try Smythe at 1116 Yonge St. A newer addition to the Summerhill group, the brand from friends Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe has been around since 2004 and earned a cult following for their tailored blazers. It’s worth a visit to the store for the sleek interior alone.

For the vintage lover, you can’t miss Ellie Mae. The luxury lifestyle brand at 1096 Yonge St. houses a (pretty pricey) vintage collection, and founder Ellie Mae is a big fan of vintage styles and fabrics.

Finish your trip at Clementine’s, a luxury concept shop curated by luxury industry veteran and owner Christina McDowell. Shop everything from artisanal letterpress greeting cards to Uma Wang shoes to beautiful home decor pieces at 1054 Yonge St.

Are malls having a bit of a comeback?

With Torontonians making up for lost shopping time over the past two years and holiday shopping just around the corner, Yorkdale is ramping up for it all with the launch of all kinds of new shops — from luxury to sustainable brands.

A news release from the shopping centre announced over a dozen new or recent openings for the fall season, so if you're planning on returning to the mall for the first time this year to update your wardrobe, you're in for a surprise.

High-end brands, including ACNE Studios, Emporio Armani, Ganni, Fendi and MCM, have made their arrival onto the Yorkdale luxury scene recently.

Sustainable sneaker company Allbirds and luxury fragrance and candle brand Diptyque have also set up shop, and local brand Mejuri just opened the company's first-ever boutique inside Yorkdale.

For all your athleisure needs, Offline by Aerie has opened, and Alo Yoga is also moving in this season. This will be the brand’s second Toronto location after opening earlier this year in Yorkville.

For more casual apparel, edgy men's fashion brand Psycho Bunny and European chain Mango will both be opening over the next few months.

Aritzia, Bath & Body Works, Bvlgari, Cartier and Browns will all be expanding and reopening with even more square footage.

With all these new openings, it's possible in-person shopping might become even more tempting than the convenience of adding to cart from the comfort of your own home.

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1. Go to Bono

Legendary lead singer of the iconic rock band U2 hits the stage at Meridian Hall on Nov. 6 for a speaking engagement in support of his memoir Stories of Surrender.

The night is billed as “an evening of words, music and some mischief,” so expect the unexpected when one of the world’s great rock stars takes the stage to talk up his new book.

"When I started to write this book, I was hoping to draw in detail what I’d previously only sketched in songs. The people, places and possibilities in my life. ‘Surrender’ is a word freighted with meaning for me,” said Bono, in a statement. “Growing up in Ireland in the ’70s with my fists up (musically speaking), it was not a natural concept. A word I only circled until I gathered my thoughts for the book. I am still grappling with this most humbling of commands. In the band, in my marriage, in my faith, in my life as an activist. Surrender

is the story of one pilgrim’s lack of progress. With a fair amount of fun along the way.”

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2. Visit the Royal Winter Fair

One of the great fall events in Toronto, the Royal Winter Fair and the Royal Horse Show gallop into Exhibition Place Nov. 4–13 for 10 days of family fun.

The Royal will kick off its centennial celebration in style with an Opening Ceremony Showcase, hosted by Canadian comedian Rick Mercer and featuring Toronto band Blue Rodeo.

In addition, the Royal will include the return of the Royal Dog Show in a partnership with the Canadian Kennel Club. The show is set to reimagine and reanimate the tradition of dog shows as part of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

The Royal will also include the classic agricultural show and the Royal Horse Show, ranked as the

number one indoor horse show in North America, as well as culinary offerings, food competitions, the RCMP Musical Ride and much more, including the legendary butter sculptures. Royalfair.org

with roots in Trinidad and an upbringing in suburban Mississauga. She worked as a portrait artist at Canada’s Wonderland and Ontario Place. She studied art at the University of Toronto Mississauga. And like so many of our great ones, she achieved significant acclaim outside Canada.

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DANCE

4. See MaddAddam

3. Go to Denyse Thomasos

To say the new exhibition on the work of Denyse Thomasos is impressive or stunning is not saying enough. Denyse Thomasos: just beyond is showing until Feb. 20, 2023, and it is absolutely a must-see for art lovers in the city or anyone who wants to experience something extraordinary from an artist who passed too soon on the cusp of greatness.

One of the wonderful things about the exhibition is the progression shown, not just that she evolved into a startlingly good artist, but that she delved fearlessly into so many different areas.

This was a true Toronto artist,

Thomasos is described as “one of the finest painters to emerge in the 1990s,” and she certainly was an artist ahead of her time.

One glimpse at her sprawling, incredible murals that occupy entire walls of the fifth floor AGO gallery reveals this artist as something special. The size and scale draw you in, and from there it only gets more interesting.

This special exhibition spans four decades of artmaking. The exhibition features more than 70 large-scale paintings and works on paper from several series, alongside archival photographs, sketches, interviews and documentary footage of the artist at work.

The National Ballet of Canada is set for the world premiere of its latest ballet MaddAddam by award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor. The work is based on the MaddAddam trilogy by renowned Toronto author Margaret Atwood.

“What an adventure, finally starting with the National Ballet in the rehearsal studio. It’s been a long wait!” says McGregor.

“Margaret Atwood’s vivid and visceral MaddAddam trilogy is a breathtaking challenge for us to dialogue with in dance.”

MaddAddam makes its world premiere in Toronto at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Nov. 23–30. National.ballet.ca

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MUSIC EVENT
ART ARTSCURRENTS Here are 12 of the best events to check out in Toronto this month
L-R: Margaret Atwood with choreographer Wayne McGregor, a look at AGO’s Denyse Thomasos exhibition
From a Margaret Atwood & National Ballet collab to the return of an iconic Irish rocker THE BIG TICKETS STORY CONTINUED AFTER SPECIAL PULL-OUT SECTION THE BEST EVENTS IN TORONTO THIS MONTH

TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS

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The most respected counsel in the city as selected by their peers

Who are some of the top lawyers in Toronto? We asked the people who know them best — fellow counsel. This year, we sent a survey to more than 2,300 attorneys who practice in Toronto and the GTA, asking them to name the lawyers they would recommend in 41 areas. We selected our 2022 cohort from their contributions. This is the magazine’s second year recognizing the city’s lawyers who

are considered some of the best in their field. The 293 attorneys on our list practice all over the GTA, including North York, Scarborough, the financial district and Mississauga. Covering legal practice areas such as family, general practice, immigration, environmental, personal injury, employment, real estate and tax, bankruptcy and more, we’re proud to share with you the top lawyers list of 2022!

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Cheryl Appell

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Kelly Jordan

Kelly D Jordan Professional Corporation 416-849-5501 kellyjordanfamilylaw.com

Margarida Pacheco Pacheco Family Law & Mediation 416-944-9194 pachecofamilylaw.com

APPELLATE LAW

John Adair

Adair Goldblatt Bieber LLP 416-941-5858 agbllp.com

Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander Barrister 416-960-3000 paulalexander.ca

Peter Copeland

Peter Copeland Barrister 416-868-1825 petercopeland.com

LAWYERS

Delmar Doucette Dfr Litigation 416-597-6907 dfrlitigation.com

Mark Halfyard Daniel Brown Law 416-297-7200 danielbrownlaw.ca

Carter Martell Martell Defence 647-748-7487 martelldefence.com

Melanie Webb Melanie J Webb Barrister 416-323-3242 mjwlaw.ca

ARBITRATION & MEDIATION

Igor Ellyn Ellyn Law 416-365-3750 ellynlaw.com

Deborah Graham Deborah Graham 416--597-9796 deborahgraham.ca

Peter Israel Israel Foulon LLP 416-640-1550 israelfoulon.com

Roslyn Tsao Epstein Cole LLP 416-862-6270 epsteincole.com

AVIATION

Auriol Marasco

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP 416-863-2788 blakes.com

Kathryn Mcculloch Dentons Canada LLP 416-863-4385 dentons.com

BANKING & FINANCIAL

Victoria Allsopp

Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP 416-863-3337 blakes.com

Bruce Batist Fogler Rubinoff LLP 416-864-9700 foglers.com

David Forgione Owens Wright LLP 416-848-4708 owenswright.com

Randy Lebow Owens Wright LLP 416-848-4707 owenswright.co

Yasir Samad

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP 416-862-6461 osler.com

Gary Siskind Owens Wright LLP 416-848-4716 owenswright.com

BANKRUPTCY & INSOLVENCY

Kyla Mahar Miller Thomson LLP 416-597-4303 millerthomson.com

BUSINESS LAW

Brody Appotive Torys LLP 416-865-7820 torys.com

Nicanor Catre

Walman Catre Wise & Stone In Association 416-961-0002 canadianlawlist.com

Paolo De Luca Owens Wright LLP 416-848-4739 owenswright.com

Raquel Levine

Wolfson Law Professional Corporation 416-730-1640 wolfson.ca

Myron Mallia-Dare Miller Thomson LLP 416-595-7948 millerthomson.com

Megan Mossip Owens Wright LLP 416-848-4748 owenswright.com

Sam Presvelos Presvelos Law LLP 416-844-3457 presveloslaw.com

Mohsen Seddigh Sotos Class Actions

39 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022
Carina Chan Kristine Anderson George Waggott Farrah HudaniAshlee Froese Ryan Handlarski
TORONTO’S BEST
2022 OUR CITY’S MOST RESPECTED COUNSEL AS CHOSEN BY THEIR PEERS Post City and Streets of Toronto are grateful to those who graciously nominated their fellow lawyers.
40 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022 TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022

416-572-7320 sotosclassactions.com

Noah Singer

Singer Business Law 647-968-4713 singerlaw.ca

James Stranges Owens Wright LLP 416-848-4738 owenswright.com

Kenneth Wolfson Wolfson Law Professional Corporation 416-730-1640 wolfson.ca

CIVIL LITIGATION

Tamar Friedman

Tamar K Friedman Professional Corporation lawcoaching.ca

Brian Greenspan Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein 416-868-1755 15bedford.com

Michael Kestenberg

Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP 416-342-1111 ksllaw.com

Balpreet Lailna Lailna & Dhaliwal 416-994-8489 ldllp.ca

Jean-Marc Leclerc Sotos LLP 416-977-0007 sotosllp.com

Justin Nasseri Ross Nasseri LLP 416-572-4910 rossnasseri.com

David Share Share Lawyers 416-488-9000 sharelawyers.com

Jillian Siskind Jillian M Siskind & Associates 416-953-3334 jilliansiskind.ca

Bryan Skolnik Gardiner Roberts LLP 416-865-6667 grllp.com

Gavin Tighe Gardiner Roberts LLP 416-865-6664 grllp.com

Ma'anit Zemel Zemel Van Kampen LLP 416-646-1946 canadatechlaw.com

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

Julian Binavince Levy Zavet 416-777-2244 levyzavet.com

Hilary Book Book Law 416-613-9161 booklaw.ca

Madeleine Brown McCarthy Tétrault LLP 416-601-8132 mccarthy.ca

Garth Dingwall Abrahams LLP 416-966-0304 abrahamsllp.com

Jeffrey Feiner Corman Feiner LLP

416-725-2882 cormanfeiner.com

Kevin Fisher Gardiner Roberts LLP 416-865-6641 grllp.com

Matthew Gottlieb Lax O'sullivan Lisus Gottlieb 416-644-5353 lolg.ca

Peter Griffin Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP 416-865-9500 litigate.com

Lloyd Hoffer Hoffer Adler LLP 416-977-2555 hofferadler.com

Marc Kestenberg Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP 416-342-1127 ksllaw.com

Leona Kung Koskie Minsky LLP 416-595-2268 kmllaw.ca

Kathryn Manning Dmg Advocates LLP 416-238-7461 dmgadvocates.com

Jonathan Mesiano-Crookston Goldman Hine LLP 416-867-1628 goldmanhine.com

Daniel Naymark Naymark Law 416-640-6078 naymarklaw.com

CONSTRUCTION

Andrew Heal Heal & Co LLP 416-583-5900 lso.ca

Rob Kennaley

Kennaley Construction Law 416-700-4142 kennaley.ca

Andrew Lee Bell Temple LLP 416-581-8208 belltemple.com

Jeremy Schwartz Stringer LLP 416-862-1616 stringerllp.com

COPYRIGHT LAW

Jodi English Gowling WLG 416-862-4493 gowlingwlg.com

Elliot Gold Ridout & Maybee LLP 416-865-3528 ridoutmaybee.com

CORPORATE FINANCE MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Stan Freedman

Aird & Berlis LLP 416-865-7762 airdberlis.com

Arlene O'Neill

Gardiner Roberts LLP 416-865-6640 grllp.com

Brett Roane Abrahams LLP 416-966-0304 abrahamsllp.com

CRIMINAL DEFENCE

Frank Addario Addario Law Group LLP 416-979-6446 addario.ca

Scott Bergman

Cooper Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP 416-585-9191 criminal-lawyers.ca

Stephen Bernstein Bernstein Newman Barristers & Solicitors 416-944-8900 bernsteinnewman.com

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown Law

41 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022
Mitchell Rattner Melanie Webb Melissa Miller Christopher Mamo Julia Tremain Daniel Brown
BUSINESS LAW CONT.
TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022 “JUSTICE IS AN ONGOING PROCESS. IT IS NEVER DONE, NEVER FULLY ACHIEVED. EACH DECADE, EACH YEAR, EACH MONTH, INDEED EACH DAY BRINGS NEW CHALLENGES.” – CHIEF JUSTICE BEVERLEY MCLACHLIN

Schnurr Kirsh Oelbaum Tator LLP has specialized in Estate Litigation Law since 1974, with a practical, results-oriented approach to estate disputes. We have acted for estate trustees, beneficiaries and claimants in the widest range of estate dispute areas. Our expertise extends to Guardianship Applications and Powers of Attorney Disputes for clients and their families facing capacity issues. Our firm also offers mediation services in an effort to resolve disputes at an early stage.

Schnurr Kirsh Oelbaum Tator LLP is a leader in Estate Litigation Law with offices in Toronto and in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

MITCHELL J. RATTNER 416.860.1711 | m.rattner@estatelitigation.net

42 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022 Gardiner Roberts LLP Bay Adelaide Centre – East Tower 22 Adelaide St W, Suite 3600, Toronto, ON M5H 4E3 T 416.865.6600 | F 416.865.6636 | www.grllp.com46.865.660041 Suite 3600,,WAdelaide St22 Adelaide Centre – EastBay LLPs Robert .grllp.com6.865.6636 | www ON M5H 4E3To werTo TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022
Schnurr Kirsh Oelbaum Tator LLP congratulates Mitchell Rattner on being voted as one of the top lawyers in the specialty area of Estates and Trusts in the Post City Magazines’ 2022 survey.

416-297-7200 danielbrownlaw.ca

I. Loui Dallas

Dallas Criminal Defence 647-377-5442 irepresent.ca

Dirk Derstine

Derstine Penman Criminal Lawyers 416-419-3307 derstinepenman.com

Stephanie Digiuseppe Ruby Shiller Enenajor Digiuseppe Barristers 416-964-9664 rubyshiller.com

Scott Fenton

Fenton Law Barristers 416-955-1611 fentonlaw.ca

Daniel Freudman

Freudman Law Professional Corporation 647-771-2416 freudmanlaw.com

Shaleem Gill

Shaleem John Gill Professional Corporation 416-721-8532 gtadefencelawyer.com

Jessyca Greenwood Springlaw 416-238-8186 springlaw.ca

Gary Grill Grill Barristers 416-657-3332 grillbarristers.com

Ryan Handlarski Ryan Handlarski

416-837-4500 rhcriminaldefence.com

Brian Heller

Heller, Rubel 416-863-9311 hellerrubel.com

Marie Henein Henein Hutchison LLP 416-368-5000 hhllp.ca

Christopher Hicks Hicks Adams LLP 416-975-1700 hicksadams.ca

Peter Kott

Peter Kott Barrister & Solicitor 647-351-5721 secure.justicenet.ca

Stephen Labow Law Chambers 416-947-1172 lawchambers.com

Christine Mainville Henein Hutchison LLP 416-368-5000 hhllp.ca

Jill Makepeace Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein 416-868-1755 15bedford.com

Daniel Michael Law Offices Of Daniel Michael 416-901-2412 mycriminaldefence.ca

Joanne Prince Joanne M Prince Barrister & Solicitor 416-469-3443 princecriminallaw.com

Danielle Robitaille

Henein Hutchison LLP 416-368-5000 hhllp.ca

John Rosen Rosen & Company Barristers 416-205-9700 rosenlaw.ca

Jonathan Rosenthal

Osgoode Hall Law School 416 360 7768 osgoode.yorku.ca

Kim Schofield

Kim Schofield & Associates 416-821-9721 kimschofield.com

Samara Secter

Addario Law Group LLP 416-979-6446 addario.ca

William Thompson

Addario Law Group LLP 416-979-6446 addario.ca

Seth Weinstein

Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein 416-868-1755 15bedford.com

Stephen Whitzman

Daley Byers Barristers

Criminal Lawyers 855-529-3501 daleybyers.com

DIGITAL MEDIA LAW

Julian Porter

Julian Porter Q.C. 416-862-4297 julianporterqc.com

Melissa Miller

Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP 416-847-1063 hshlawyers.com

ENTERTAINMENT LAW

Emmanuel Evdemon Emmanuel Evdemon Entertainment Counsel 416-676-9912 mediaslaw.com

ESTATES, TRUSTS & WILLS

Tammy Anklewicz Fogler, Rubinoff LLP 416-365-3710 foglers.com

Howard Black Miller Thomson LLP 416-595-7904 millerthomson.com

Jessica Chittley

Bales Beall LLP 416-203-8591 balesbeall.com

Barry Corbin

Corbin Estates Law 416-593-4200 corbinestateslaw.com

Ed Esposto

Aird & Berlis LLP 416-865-7786 airdberlis.com

Christina Masouras

John Poletes Professional Corporation 416-482-1902 homeclosings.ca

Daniel Paperny

WEL Partners Practicing As WEL Professional Corporation 416-925-7400 welpartners.com

Mitchell J. Rattner

Schnurr Kirsh Oelbaum Tator LLP 416-367-2502 estatelitigation.net

Genevieve Warren

Giroday Law Professional Corporation 416-259-6010 girodaylaw.ca

Anne Werker

Smith & Werker Barristers & Solicitors 416-572-7667 smithwerker.com

FAMILY LAW

William Abbott Macdonald & Partners LLP 416-507-2631 mpllp.com

Valois Ambrosino Ambrosino Law Group 416-929-0233 ambrosinolaw.com

Steve Benmor

Benmor Family Law Group LLP 416-489-8890 benmor.com

Sarah Boulby

Boulby Weinberg LLP 647-494-0113 boulbyweinberg.com

Elissa Boyle

Farrell & Boyle LLP 416-597-1010 farrellboyle.com

Scott Byers

Progressive Barristers Professional Corp. 416-323-3252 progressive.law

43 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022
Nadine Waldman Kaitlyn MacDonell Yemi Asalu Renée Vinett Kathryn Marshall Yunjae Kim
CRIMINAL DEFENCE CONT.
ELDER LAW TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022

Ambrosino Law Group is a boutique law firm with over 25 years’ experience practicing exclusively in the area of family law.

Our clients trust us with difficult and complex legal problems because we provide practical, effective and smart solutions.

We are passionate about the work we do and our focus is always on you, the client.

1200-45 St. Clair Avenue West 416-929-0233 | ambrosinolaw.com

44 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022 20 QUEEN ST. WEST, SUITE 900 TORONTO, ON M5H 3R3 KMLAW.CA | KOSKIE MINSKY LLP CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PARTNER AND COLLEAGUE NANCY SHAPIRO ON BEING SELECTED AS ONE OF POST CITY MAGAZINE’S TOP LAWYERS IN THE GTA PERSONALIZED SERVICE FOR YOUR EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT LAW NEEDS
Ashley Boggild
, Associate |
Valois P. Ambrosino
|
Amy Voss
, Associate TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022

Hayley Cairns

Niman Mamo LLP

416-324-5529 nimanmamo.com

Alexandra Carr

Lenkinski, Hooper & Carr LLP 416-924-6903 lhcfamilylaw.com

Erin Chaiton-Murray

Murray Lawson LLP 416-596-1708 murraylawsonllp.com

Carina Chan

Burison Hudani Doris LLP 416-956-5623 bhdllp.com

Andrew Chris

Normandin Chris LLP 416-840-4788 normandinchris.com

Sarah Clarke

Clarke Child & Family Law 416-260-3030 childandfamilylaw.ca

Lester Cuellar

Cuellar Family Law 416-527-3014 cuellarfamlaw.com

Bailey Duller

Birenbaum Steinberg Landau Savin & Colraine LLP 416-642-8815 bslsc.com

Kelly Eckert Rosen Sack LLP 416-214-1200 rosensack.com

Kenneth Fishman Boulby Weinberg LLP

647-494-0113 boulbyweinberg.com

Herschel Fogelman Fogelman Law 416-944-0038 fogelmanlaw.ca

Daryl Gelgoot Gelgoot Partners 416-921-1700 gelgootlaw.ca0

Cheryl Goldhart Goldhart & Associates 416-967-6111 goldhartlaw.com

Reesa Heft Heftlaw 905-237-0077 heftlaw.ca

Allison Hines Hines Legal Professional Corporation 647-256-3611 hineslegalservices.com

Chelsea Hooper Lenkinski, Hooper & Carr LLP 416-924-6903 lhcfamilylaw.com

Farrah Hudani Burison Hudani Doris LLP 416-956-5623 bhdllp.com

Jane Huh 416-425-6554 janehuh.com

Joanna Hunt-Jones Normandin Chris LLP 416-840-4788 normandinchris.com

Gary Joseph MacDonald & Partners LLP

416-971-4802 mpllp.com

Yunjae Kim

Birenbaum Steinberg Landau Savin & Colraine LLP 416-961-4100 bslsc.com

Annie Kenet

Kenet Family Law Professional Corporation 416-551-6500 kenetfamilylaw.com

Jen-Yii Liew Gelgoot & Partners LLP 416-921-1700 gelgootlaw.ca

Meysa Maleki Maleki Barristers 647-660-0559 malekibarristers.com

Christopher Mamo Niman Mamo LLP 416-254-5525 nimanmamo.com

Valarie Matthews

McCarthy Hansen & Company LLP 416-862-6226 mccarthyco.ca

Alin Mayer

Dickson Appell LLP 416-927-0891 dicksonappell.com

Jaret Moldaver

Teplitsky Colson LLP Barristers 416-865-5346 teplitskycolson.com

Harold Niman

Niman Mamo LLP 416-324-5503 nimanmamo.com

Richard Niman

Niman Mamo LLP 416-324-5505 nimanmamo.com Kristen Normandin Normandin Chris LLP 416-840-4788 normandinchris.com

Adam Prewer Epstein Cole LLP 416-862-2919 epsteincole.com

Joanna Radbord McCarthy Hansen & Company LLP 416-862-6226 mccarthyco.ca

Jesse Rosenberg Teplitsky Colson LLP 416-365-9320 teplitskycolson.com

Charu Ruparelia

J K Hannaford Barristers 416-203-5567 jkhannaford.com

Katelynn Schoop

Dickson Appell LLP 416-927-0891 dicksonlawyers.com

Michael Stangarone

Macdonald & Partners LLP 416-507-2645 mpllp.com

Jared Teitel

Normandin Chris LLP 416-840-4788 normandinchris.com

A. Julia Tremain Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation 416-745-4974 waddellphillips.ca

Chloe Van Wirdum

Niman Mamo LLP 416-524-5502 nimanmamo.com

Daniella Wald Fairway Divorce Solutions 647-466-7122 fairwaydivorce.com

Nadine Waldman Ballantyne Family Law 416-479-4119 ballantynefamilylaw.ca

Oren Weinberg

Boulby Weinberg LLP 647-494-0113 boulbyweinberg.com

Stephanie Yuen

Teplitsky Colson LLP Barristers 416-365-9320 teplitskycolson.com

Ilana Zylberman-Dembo Epstein Cole LLP 416-862-6221 epsteincole.com

HEALTH CARE LAW

Mary Dykeman

Dykeman & O'Brien LLP 416-967-7100 inq.law

Karima Kanani Miller Thomson LLP 416-595-7908 millerthomson.com

Lad Kucis

Gardiner Roberts LLP 416-864-3114 grllp.com

Lonny Rosen Rosen Sunshine LLP

45 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022
Jane Ja-Eun Huh Gavin Tighe Erin Chaiton-Murray Lonny Rosen Sam Presvelos Soma Ray-Ellis
FAMILY LAW CONT.
TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022

Erin Chaiton-Murray, Partner

Murray Lawson LLP is a boutique family law firm that provides client-centered and efficient resolutions to complex family law issues.

Murray Lawson LLP represents clients in all areas of divorce and family law including parenting issues, child and spousal support, division of property, and drafting and negotiating domestic contracts.

Our team resolves family law disputes in various forums including litigation, negotiation, mediation and arbitration. We have significant experience with multifaceted matters that intersect with other areas of law.

Yunjae and Bailey provide a full complement of family law services, from the preparation of cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts to resolving the financial and parenting issues that flow from a separation either via negotiation or alternative dispute resolution and in court, where necessary.

Bailey and Yunjae pride themselves on providing responsive, empathetic service tailored toward your individual legal needs and goals. Yunjae is also a distinguished member of the Korean legal community and is able to offer service in English and Korean.

If you are seeking strategic and responsive counsel and wish to set up a consultation, Bailey can be contacted at duller@bslsc.com or 416-642-8815 Yunjae can be contacted at kim@bslsc.com or 416-642-8852

46 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022 TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022
BSLSC LLP congratulates our partner, Yunjae Kim, and associate, Bailey Duller, for being recognized as Top Lawyers in the area of Family Law. Yunjae Kim Bailey Duller
murraylawsonllp.com 12 Lawton Blvd 2nd Floor 416-596-1708

416-572-4901 rosensunshine.com

Elyse Sunshine

Rosen Sunshine LLP 416-572-4902 rosensunshine.com

IMMIGRATION LAW

Michael Battista

Battista Smith Migration Law Group 416-203-2899 migrationlawgroup.com

Reni Chang

Jared Will & Associates 416-657-1472 jwlaw.ca

Chantal Desloges

Desloges Law Group Professional Corporation 647-776-7500 desloges.ca

Evan Green

Green And Spiegel LLP 416-862-7880 gands.com

Stephen Green

Green And Spiegel LLP 416-862-7880 gands.com

Esther Lexchin

Progress Toronto 416-583-5265 progresstoronto.ca

Marvin Moses

Moses Law Office 416-599-3888 immlawbymoses.com

Peter Rekai Rekai LLP

416-960-8876 mobilitylaw.com

David Rosenblatt Rosenblatt Immigration Law 416-644-4000 immigrate.net

Joel Sandaluk Mamann Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP 416-862-9820 migrationlaw.com

Cathryn Sawicki Serotte Law 888-875-8110 serottelaw.com

Robin Seligman Seligman Law 416-967-7878 seligmanlaw.com

Alina Sklar

Alina Sklar Lawyer Jd & LII 416-873-0868 alinasklar.com

Jennifer Stone

Neighbourhood Legal Services 416-861-0677 nlstoronto.org

INSURANCE

Jennifer Griffiths

Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP 416-777-5245 ztgh.com

Eric Grossman

Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP 416-777-2811 ztgh.com

Michelle Kudlats Neinstein Personal Injury

Lawyers 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

Michael Taylor Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP 416-777-2811 ztgh.com

David Zarek

Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP 416-777-5200 ztgh.com

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Lorraine Fleck Fleck Innovation Law 416-689-2720 fleckip.com

Ashlee Froese Froese Law 647-242-0215 froeselaw.com

James Green Gowling Wlg 416-369-7102 gowlingwlg.com

Edward Kang Rowand LLP 416-479-8741 rowandlaw.com

Lorne Lipkus Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP 416-342-1112 ksllaw.com

Paul Lomic Lomic Law 647-464-6710 lomic-law.ca

LABOUR

Justin Anisman Anisman Law 416-833-8443 torontoemployment.law

Richard Baldwin

Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP 416-862-8280 mathewsdinsdale.com

Oren Barbalat Hyde Law 416-841-0001 hydehrlaw.com

Jeff Dutton

Dutton Employment Law 416-551-1153 duttonlaw.ca

Richard A. Fink

Fink & Bornstein Barristers & Solicitors 416-537-0108 workerscomplawyers.ca

Chris Foulon Israel Foulon LLP 416-640-1550 israelfoulon.com

Andrew Goldberg Samfiru Tumarkin LLP 416-861-9065 stlawyers.ca

Paulette Haynes Law Chambers

416-593-2731 lawchambers.com

Elizabeth Keenan

Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP 416-869-8549 mathewsdinsdale.com

Herbert Law Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP 416-862-8280 mathewsdinsdale.com

Natalie Macdonald Macdonald & Associates 416-601-2300 macdonaldassociates.ca

Athanasios Makrinos Whitten & Lublin Pc 647-946-1278 toronto-employmentlawyer.com

Kathryn Marshall Levitt Sheikh Employment and Labour Law 416.594.3900 levittllp.com

Andrew Monkhouse Monkhouse Law 416-907-9249 monkhouselaw.com

Hendrik Nieuwland Shields O'donnell Mackillop LLP 416-304-6427 somlaw.ca

47 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022
Lisa Stam David Levy Matthew GottliebBailey DullerEric GrossmanReesa Heft
HEALTH CARE LAW CONT.
& EMPLOYMENT TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022 “CANADA IS THE HOMELAND OF QUALITY, JUSTICE AND TOLERANCE.” – FORMER PRIME MINISTER KIM CAMPBELL

Will is a highly experienced Family Law lawyer who has practiced since 1995. Will has practiced exclusively in the area of Family Law since 2002 and has appeared at all levels of Court in Ontario. He regularly speaks and chairs various continuing legal education programs to assist other lawyers to learn the complex issues of Family Law. In 2021 he was voted by his peers, the Law Society of Ontario, to the 15th Edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada.

Gary leads the Firm as Managing Partner and Chair and is a Certified Specialist in Family Law. He has been reported in over 350 Family Law decisions at all Court levels in Ontario and Alberta. Also, he has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada. He’s authored several books and articles. He has been consistently recognized as a leading Family Law practitioner and was the recipient of the 2021 Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Family Law.

Michael regularly appears at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, and has developed an expertise in cases involving international child abduction. His practice includes all areas of Family Law including complex property and support matters, inter-jurisdictional support and custody/access issues, international abduction (Hague / Non Hague Convention) cases, mobility issues, appeals, custody and access disputes.

48 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022 TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022
to their partners on once again being selected by their peers as Top Lawyers by Post City Magazines.
B.A.(HONS),LL.B Kristy Maurina and Geoffrey Wells extend their
For a consultation please visit our website www.mpllp.com

Ryan Plener

McCarthy Tetrault 416-601-4315 mccarthy.ca

Jon Pinkus Samfiru Tumarkin LLP 844-661-9065 stlawyers.ca

Andy Pushalik Dentons Canada LLP 416-862-3468 dentons.com

Soma Ray-Ellis Gardiner Roberts LLP 416-865-6709 grllp.com

Lior Samfiru Samfiru Tumarkin LLP 844-661-9065 stlawyers.ca

Nancy Shapiro Koskie Minsky LLP 416-595-2108 kmlaw.ca

Shibil Siddiqi

Neighbourhood Legal Services 416-861-0677 nlstoronto.org

Niiti Simmonds

Cavalluzzo LLP 416-964-1115 cavalluzzo.com

Lisa Stam Springlaw 416-238-8181 springlaw.ca

Carissa Tanzola

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP 416-408-5523 filion.on.ca

Adrienne Telford Cavalluzzo LLP 416-964-5548 cavalluzzo.com

George Waggott

George Waggott Professional Corporation 416-477-6894 canadianlawlist.com

Ryan White Cavalluzzo LLP 416-964-1115 cavalluzzo.com

Natasha Zervoudakis Sherrard Kuzz LLP 416-705-8227 sherrardkuzz.com

MEDIA & DEFAMATION LAW

Ryder Gilliland Dmg Advocates LLP 416-238-7537 dmgadvocates.com

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DEFENCE

Sarit Batner McCarthy Tétrault LLP 416-601-7756 mccarthy.ca

Josh Koziebrocki Koziebrocki Law 416-925-5445 koziebrockilaw.com

Nicholas Sampson Neinstein LLP 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE PLAINTIFF

Duncan Embury Neinstein Personal Injury

Lawyers 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

Jillian Evans Morris + Stoltz + Evans LLP 416-862-8171 mselaw.ca

Pinta Maguire Tyr LLP 647-588-4498 tyrllp.com

Ken Morris Morris + Stoltz + Evans LLP 416-862-8320 mselaw.ca

Sonia Nijjar Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

Daniela Pacheco Neinstein LLP 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

Stephanie Romano Epstein Cole LLP 416-862-6246 epsteincole.com

Neil Sacks Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP 416-361-5811 hshlawyers.com

Toby Samson Bogoroch & Associates LLP 416-599-1700 bogoroch.com

NOT FOR PROFIT & CHARITIES

Cliff Goldfarb Gardiner Roberts LLP

416-865-6616 grllp.com

Ryan Peck

Hiv & Aids Legal Clinic Ontario 416-340-7790 halco.org

PERSONAL INJURY

Kurt Bergmanis Bergmanis Preyra LLP 416-256-1700 bplawyers.ca

Raj Bhogal Preszler Law 416-364-2000 preszlerlaw.com

Jonathan Burton Gluckstein Lawyers 416-408-4252 gluckstein.com

Jasmine Daya Jasmine Daya & CO 416-967-9100 jdlawyers.ca

James Howie

Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP 416-361-3551 hshlawyers.com

Sonia Leith

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

Rosa Leto Neinstein LLP 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

David Levy

Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP 416-361-0117 hshlawyers.com

Kaitlyn MacDonell

Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP 647-260-4498 hshlawyers.com

Veronica Marson Wynford Legal 647-417-7226 wynfordlegal.com

Kate Mazzucco

Beyond Law LLP 416-613-1225 beyond.law

Greg Neinstein Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

Jeffrey Neinstein Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

Josh Nisker Beyond Law LLP 416-613-1225 beyond.law

Jennifer Shupak Goldhar Capp Shupak 416-944-2313 cappshupak.com

Renée Vinett

Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP 416-361-7560 hshlawyers.com

Adam Wagman Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP 416-361-0988 hshlawyers.com

Michael Wolkowicz Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers

49 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022
Andrew Chris Jill Evans Adam Richardson Nancy Shapiro Marc Kestenberg Elyse Sunshine
L ABOUR & EMPLOYMENT CONT. TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022
50 | POST | NOVEMBER 2022 Beyond Law is honoured that its founding partners, Kate Mazzucco and Josh Nisker, have been selected to Post City Magazines’ Top Lawyers list for the second consecutive year. Services include personal injury, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, disability and life insurance disputes, insurance broker negligence, school injuries, long-term care home negligence, and daycare negligence. Litigation is personal. The service you receive should be no different. At Beyond Law we aim to deliver exceptional client service by honouring our core values of respect, trust, accessibility, transparency, and empowerment 67 Yonge Street, Suite 200 (416) 613-1225 / www.beyond.law / info@beyond.law TORONTO’S BEST LAWYERS 2022 NoFee Consultation * *conditionsapply Divorce / Separation Mediation Services Collaborative Family Law FAMILY. IT’S COMPLICATED. EXPERIENCED RELIABLE EFFICIENT 905-237-0077 www.heftlaw.ca

416-920-4242 neinstein.com

Sandra Zisckind

Diamond & Diamond 1-844-805-4878 sandrazisckindlaw.com

PRODUCT LIABILITY

Eric Joffe

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

Daniel Michaelson

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers 416-920-4242 neinstein.com

Paul Miller

Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP 416-646-3901 hshlawyers.com

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NON-MEDICAL DEFENCE

Nadia Liva

Nadia Liva Barrister & Solicitor 416-598-0106 nadialiva.com

Alexander Melfi Gardiner Roberts LLP 416-865-6712 grllp.com

REAL ESTATE & MUNICIPAL

Yemi Asalu Korman & Company 416-465-4232 kormancompany.com

Michael Clark Korman & Company 416-465-4232 kormancompany.com

Ali Daneshvar Owens Wright LLP 416-484-8674 owenswright.com

Matthew Dobbie Law Office Of Matthew Dobbie 647-341-5249 matthewdobbie.ca

Bryan Friedman Friedman Law Professional Corporation 416-496-3340 friedmans.ca

William Friedman Friedman Law Professional Corporation 416-496-3340 friedmans.ca

Jacqueline Gasbarre Owens Wright LLP 416-848-4717 owenswright.com

Katherine Grossi Korman & Company

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Daniel Horwitz Horwitz Daniel D 416-413-7919 canadianlawlist.com

Michael Horowitz Minden Gross 416-369-4121 mindengross.com

Max Koenekoop Korman & Company 416-465-4232 kormancompany.com

Mitchell Korman Korman & Company 416-465-4232 kormancompany.com

Ben Leith

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP 416-860-6579 cassels.com

Jeff Levy Levy Zavet 416-777-2244 levyzavet.com

Jane Pepino Aird & Berlis LLP airdberlis.com

Adam Richardson Korman & Company

416-465-4232 kormancompany.com

Arthur Shapero Owens Wright LLP 416-848-4743 owenswright.com

Geary Shorser Law Chambers 416-977-7749 lawchambers.com

Nicholas Tyacke Nicholas T Tyacke LlB LlM 647-344-3174 tyackelaw.ca

Tannis Waugh Waugh & Co Barristers & Solicitors 416-533-2996 waughfirm.com

Rikki Yunger Dentons Canada LLP 416-863-4729 dentons.com

Zev Zlotnick Gardiner Roberts LLP 416-865-6601 grllp.com

SECURITES LAW

Mujir Muneeruddin Abrahams LLP 416-966-0304 abrahamsllp.com

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Jason Saltzman

Gowling Wlg 416-862-4479 gowlingwlg.com

Walied Soliman

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP 416-216-4820 nortonrosefulbright.com

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Jennifer Kelly Mccague Borlack LLP 416-864-6584 mccagueborlack.com

TAX LAW

Neil Bass Aird & Berlis LLP 416-865-3071 airdberlis.com

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5. Go to Ani Difranco

One of the most beloved folk artists in North America, Ani Difranco started performing at the age of nine, writing songs at 14 and moved out to become a musician when she was 15.

Now, 20 albums later and her own record label in Righteous Babe Records, Difranco continues to tread her own path buoyed by incredible songwriting and fierce musicianship on the guitar to rival the greats of folk music.

Difranco hasn’t performed in Toronto for many years, and her return will draw her legion of fans to the Danforth Music Hall on Nov. 7.

Be sure to catch this passionate performer touring in support of her latest album, Revolutionary Love, and the 25th anniversary reissue of Living in Clip, a landmark double album with her band at the time that included drummer and Toronto native Andy Stochansky. TheDanforth.com

Nov. 10.

Mumford released his debut solo album, Self Titled, this summer, which featured guests such as Brandi Carlile and Phoebe Bridgers. The album includes the song “Cannibal,” with a music video directed by Steven Spielberg. Masseyhall.mhrth.com

No, he’s not playing at Scotiabank Arena, not even Massey Hall. This month, Cross checks into Toronto’s favourite dive bar, the Horseshoe Tavern, for a pair of shows on Nov. 13 and 14 as part of his Shootin' The Shit, Seein' What Sticks.2 tour. Officialdavidcross.com

Tarragon stage. Tarragontheatre.com

BIG TICKETS

6. See Marcus Mumford

Leader of the hugely popular band

Mumford and Sons, Marcus Mumford will hit the stage at the venerable Massey Hall on

7. Check out Xmas Market Art Crawl

Looking for that cool and creative gift this holiday season, there might not be a better place than the Bentway during the seventh annual Christmas Market on Nov. 5.

At this unique event, the works of more than 120 artists will be up for grabs, including everything from photography and sculpture to skin care and home decor.

This is a free event. Torontoartcrawl.com

8. Go to David Cross

Yes, David Cross has won Emmy Awards and has been nominated for a Grammy. He’s an instantly recognizable and popular standup comic, and he’s in town this month.

Cross might be best known to a certain generation for his portrayal of Tobias Fünke in the cult-classic TV show Arrested Development

9. See Post Democracy

One of Canada’s most acclaimed young playwrights is Toronto’s Hannah Moscovitch. Her works, often political and hard-hitting, have been produced across the country. She’s won a slew of awards. And she’s also written for television, including X-Company for the CBC.

Tarragon Theatre is set to bring Moscovitch’s latest work, PostDemocracy, to life when it premieres on Nov. 8.

A review of the play in the Slotkin Letter describes PostDemocracy as “a devastating play in which she puts her laser perception and focus on the toxic culture in big business; where money is more important than morality; conscience, integrity and ethics are laughed at in favour of making a deal at all cost.”

Post-Democracy runs until Dec. 4. Expect fireworks on the

10. See Hiromi Jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara is one of the most exciting and entertaining artists on the scene. The Grammy Award–winning musician brings her high-octane performance and incredible musicianship to the George Weston Recital Hall on Nov. 10.

This concert might take on additional significance for the incredible talent. According to her bio, Hiromi's first piano teacher exposed her to jazz and she was inspired by the greats including our own Oscar Peterson.

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11. Go to Distillery Winter Village

It ’s back.

Step into this twinkling holiday wonderland with giant gingerbread houses, strings of fairy lights, a giant Christmas tree and an array of daily performances.

This year, the festivities kick off on Nov. 17 with the lighting of a 50-foot white spruce tree designed by Dior. It will be decorated with 400 custom

midnight blue ornaments, 1,700 shiny and matte gold balls and 70,000 twinkling lights.

The outdoor village includes vendor cabins, offering specially curated seasonal items and gifts, as well as delish food cabins.

Friday to Sunday, $11, tickets are required after 4 p.m. as well as Dec. 27 to 31 after 4 p.m., all other days are free.

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12. See Lennie Gallant

Acclaimed East Coast singer and songwriter Lennie Gallant is bringing his Innkeeper’s Christmas concert to Toronto.

“I’m very excited about taking the show on the road! I have a fabulous and energetic band with me ready to play a Christmas show with a difference!,” he says.

The Prince Edward Island artist has won a host of awards and nominations, including Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards and 19 East Coast Music Awards. He is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The concert is scheduled for Nov. 27 at the Paradise Theatre.

LennieGallant.com

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L-R: Distillery’s Winter Village is back, Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi
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We can’t lose our moose

Ontario’s gentle giants are at risk

Because moose are widely hunted, provinces and territories are charged with managing their habitat, ensuring healthy populations and granting tags to hunters.

Although Canada hasn’t assessed moose as at risk nationally, reports are increasing of their worrisome decline in many provinces. Governments cite myriad factors, including disease, climate change, parasites and habitat alteration.

“The population is, in my opinion, heading toward a crisis, and if the decline isn’t stopped it could create a situation from which it may take decades to recover,” retired Ontario moose biologist Alan Bisset writes of his province.

“If it gets low enough, predation and unregulated hunting could keep it from growing at all or worse result in local extinction.”

Since governments control the hunt, decreasing the number of seasonal hunting tags seems like a straightforward way to reduce at least one pressure moose populations face. Yet Bisset’s proposal to reduce moose tags also reveals a social dynamic that complicates management, as he recognizes this will likely incur backlash from hunters.

Of course, many responsible hunters support strong management and protection measures. The conservation movement was initiated by hunters to ensure sufficient habitat for preferred game species. But some are also deeply invested in their right to hunt and view hunting limitations as an inherent threat.

In fact, the right to hunt belongs to Indigenous Peoples, and they’ve been among the loudest voices calling for change recently. Many consider moose a cultural keystone species. This summer, the Tsilhqot’in Nation in B.C. issued a news release: “condemning the B.C. government’s destructive moose harvest allocation for the Chilcotin Region in recent days and expressing its opposition to B.C.’s drastic escalation of Limited Entry Hunts (LEH) for moose in Tsilhqot’in territory.”

Research reveals that moose rely on forests for parts of their life cycle and that clearings and roads increase hunter access, sightlines and success rates. As Bisset observes regarding Ontario: “In essence, the numbers of tags have never regulated the kill over most of the province. The kill depended on how many moose were vulnerable and exposed to gunfire or arrows.”

It’s time for governments to provide better protection for moose populations, including stricter hunting restrictions. This won’t make everyone happy, but it will provide food security for Indigenous Peoples, benefit other wildlife and ensure healthy moose populations.

DAVID SUZUKI

David Suzuki is the host of the CBC’s The Nature of Things and author of more than 30 books on ecology (with files from Boreal Project Manager Rachel Plotkin).

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Experts say the province’s moose population is heading toward a crisis
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A Raptors, Leafs and Bills getaway guide

As Torontonians, we’re lucky to have five major sports franchises in the palm of our hands. But sometimes you want to travel to watch your favourite teams play (and maybe save a few bucks on those Leafs tickets). Here are three trips you can take to watch our home team play away.

Catch Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews up close in Detroit Flights to Detroit start at $540 — you might be better off taking the four-hour road trip!

Schedule the trip for either Nov. 28 or Jan. 12 to catch the Leafs. Tickets in the 200 section will run you between US$60 and US$85. But we hear that you’re better off spending less on the seats — Little Caesars Arena is one of the few in the NHL franchise where every seat is pretty amazing. Also, the ushers will let you down to ice level during warm up 30 minutes before the game if you want to get a glimpse of the action up close.

Also, if you’re free two hours

before puck drop, you can catch our Leafs arriving by hanging out near the parking structure off Clifford north of the I-75 service drive, according to one local Redditor.

If you can’t get tickets for the game, then don’t stress. The arena has four in-venue restaurants, including Mike’s Pizza Bar. Or check out the nearby Hockeytown

Cafe for a three-level restaurant decked out with 30 flat screen TVs so you don’t miss any of the action.

In-arena brewhouse with a view in Cleveland For all of you basketball fans, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just under five hours away by car from the ACC.

The Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

was recently renovated, and it’s home to the Budweiser Brewhouse, a standing-room-only destination for fans that will give you a full view of the court. Insider tip: buy the nosebleed tickets, then head down to the bar to experience the game close up!

The Raptors take on the Cavs on Dec. 23 and Feb. 26 this season.

Tickets at the 200 level are as low as US$37, and the 100s range between US$260 to just over a grand depending on how close you want to be to centre court.

In the arena, treat yourself to smash patty burgers at Symon’s before snagging a slice at Flour Pizza and a Brewdog pint. If you can’t get in, head over to Flannery’s Pub or City Tap Cleveland. You can rub it in local fans’ faces after Scottie Barnes dunks all over Evan Mobley.

Stay toasty cheering on the home team in Buffalo Toronto doesn’t have its own NFL franchise, although we claim the

Buffalo Bills as they’re the closest we can get. The drive to Highmark Stadium is just under two hours, which is a light and breezy road trip for most.

You can catch Week 8 action against the Packers on Oct. 30, or watch them take on the Vikings on Nov. 13, the Browns on Nov. 20 and the Jets on Jan. 11.

Our insider tip: if you grab seats in the 200 level from sections 206 through 216 and 229 through 238, you’ll stay toasty the whole game — there are outdoor overhead heaters throughout these special sections (and they’re covered too!). If you can’t snag those seats, blankets and extra cushions and clothing are allowed (and encouraged).

Bills fans love a good tailgate outside of the arena before kickoff. However, if you don’t want to get tickets, you can always head over to Buffalo Sports Garden or Big Tree Inn to catch the action with other Bills fans!

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Ready for the World Cup

REPORT

STUDENT: Mark-Anthony Kaye

GRADUATED: Lawrence Park Collegiate

BEST SUBJECT: Gym and Law

WORST SUBJECT: Math

CURRENT JOB: Professional soccer player

Congratulations are due. It’s been nearly 40 years since Canada competed in the FIFA Men’s World Cup, and the fans can’t stop raving about it. Mark-Anthony Kaye, the Canadian men’s national team midfielder and recent Toronto FC addition, accepts the enthusiastic “Congrats!” gratefully.

A team player, he immediately recognizes the collective effort it took to get the team to this point: “There's been a lot of us who have been on this journey, sacrificing and working hard to get this far.”

The road to the World Cup is never easy, and the COVID-19 pandemic was an added obstacle to an already difficult feat.

“Mentally, it was definitely exhausting because of the amount of time we’re travelling, being away from family in an isolated location,” he says.

Despite these difficulties, Kaye and his teammates have been able to rise above them. “The pandemic definitely made athletes more resilient. We’re very fortunate [to be] in the situations we’re in, with people making sure we have everything we need,” he says.

A graduate of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, Kaye played for a number of clubs in the GTA, starting at Wexford, when he was nine, then moving to Ajax Soccer Club and later Glen Shields. After spending a year on York University’s varsity soccer team, Kaye was invited to play at TFC Academy. After spending a couple of years balancing both his commitments to York and TFC, Kaye decided to go pro, feeling as though it was “the right move to focus on that.”

Over the span of his career, Kaye

has played for the Louisville City and Los Angeles football clubs. After a short stint in Denver, Kaye has returned home to play for Toronto FC.

“I feel like I got a little bit from each place that I’ve lived in and it’s allowed me to be comfortable wherever I go,” he says.

For many sports, not coming from a wealthy and/or white background presents systemic challenges for those hoping to go pro. Kaye says he’s seen that difference as well.

“Privilege gives you more opportunities at a younger age, which sometimes can be the deciding factor for whether or not you’ve got a certain amount of professional training hours from the best team or coaches,” He says. He notes that, since he’s gone pro, “The soccer system in Canada, especially in Toronto, has done a much better job to bridge that gap that so many people see, such as financial hardship, that stops young players from getting opportunities.”

Although Kaye’s career has only just begun, having a World Cup qualification under his belt is something few Canadian players can claim.

“It hasn’t been done in so long, and [head coach] John [Herdman] got a great group of guys together for this mission,” he says.

The excitement is high and still mounting leading up to the Nov. 20 World Cup kick off. (Canada’s team plays its first game on Nov. 23 against Belgium.)

“I’m glad we’ve made people happy, especially considering everything that’s gone on the last couple of years,” he says.

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From first date disaster to a secret wedding

look up and there’s this vision of a movie star–gorgeous, blond woman standing there with a cigarette and a glass of wine. And then the horror sets in because I’m wearing cut-off khaki pants and a torn T-shirt. So we went, and I spilled the soy sauce — Jane: And I popped him in the face with an edamame!

David: So it was a disaster, and we agreed to do it again.

The proposal

David: It was Christmas Eve at my dad’s place, and at the bottom of Jane’s stocking, there were the usual nuts and the mandarin, but there was also a wedding ring.

Jane: David had actually asked for my dad’s blessing in the summer, but then we had a miscarriage, and I guess it didn’t feel like the right time. And I think my dad was worried that he wasn’t going to [propose]! We were actually going to go away for my birthday, but that didn’t work out, and he had this grand plan to propose to me somewhere exotic on the beach. But that’s how we ended up in his childhood bedroom in Forest Hill on Christmas Eve!

The wedding

As a producer-actor duo, Jane Loughman and Toronto’s David Hewlett have worked together on films in the past, but this year’s The Swearing Jar marks not only Loughman’s TIFF debut but the pair’s own TIFF debut working on the same movie together. Loughman produced the film and Stargate star Hewlett played the role of Bill. Ahead of the Canadian Nov. 4 theatrical release of the film, the couple shared the details of their disastrous first date, unexpected Forest Hill proposal and what it was like working on a movie together.

How they met Jane: We met at a party in L.A. because we were both hiding and trying to avoid all the schmoozers.

David: And here’s the twist: we were both married to other people. Jane: But it really was a very innocent meeting at the time. Years later, I hosted a party, an Independence Day party, but it wasn’t in July — it was in April, to celebrate both my divorce and my new U.S. citizenship. I invited David and his wife, and he sent me an email saying, “Please take my

wife’s name off the list, it’s just me now, we’re no longer together.”

The first date

Jane: I told him, “I’ve got practice in that. I’m learning how to put my life back together after divorce as well. Come on out, I can take you out for drinks and you can tell me all about it.”

Jane: So of course, as soon as he proposed to me, I got accidentally knocked up. And I decided I wasn’t waddling up any aisles, and I wasn’t having a big celebration where I couldn’t drink and join in, so we pushed the wedding to the following summer. We had it at Warwick Castle, which sounds so pompous and princessy, but I had visited there as a child and had this dream of growing up and getting married there.

David: And we had our secret wedding in Hawaii before all that.… We just wanted to have a wedding to ourselves.

Working on a movie together

David: But then I cancelled like three times!

Jane: I started calling it my “nondate with the actor guy” because I thought it was never going to happen. But then it finally did, on a Sunday afternoon.

David: It was a disaster. I pulled up to her hotel, and I couldn’t figure out the buzzer to open the gates, and I couldn’t work out the door. I’m sitting there thinking, “Maybe I should just go home,” and then I

David: With The Swearing Jar, I tried to talk her out of it the entire time. I was telling her that you shouldn’t work with family, it’ll be a disaster, and it was my sister’s script as well. And then I adored it when I saw it.

Jane: He was my mascot. He was there on the first day and he was there for one of the last days.

David: I’m always so grumpy when I’m asked to do stuff like this, but I love it when I’m there.

The secret to success

David: A sense of humour.

Jane: I think also a sense of feeling completely and utterly supported in decisions is essential too.

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Sci-fi star David Hewlett and producer Jane Loughman on mixing business with pleasure
David Hewlett and Jane Loughman had their family wedding at a castle
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Grandparenting in ’22: harder than it looks

It’s possible that, when our children were young, my partner and I might have been (just a tad) precious. No sugar, no TV and no guns.

So far, so good.

Enter a grandmother.

My beloved mother-in-law did a lot of child care. For working parents struggling to keep all the balls in the air, she was a godsend. The kids adored her.

But there was a lot of sugar on the menu, she let my little boy watch Power Rangers (aargh! not only TV, but violent TV), and she had toy guns.

One day I worked up courage and tactfully stated my displeasure. Nana, one of the kindest people I ever knew, said her ultra-polite version of screw off, if you want me to do child care, bugger off. And so I did.

Now that the shoe is on the other foot, and I have more time for reflection, I am often amazed at humans’ capacity to battle for control. We joke about some people being control freaks, but grandparenting ’22 is showing all of us to be in that boat.

Just for fun (not really), I asked my daughter to name the most irritating thing I do as a grandmother. The answer was: “Unsolicited advice.” Big surprise. Both my kids, when given such by me, have informed

me that baby care has changed since I did it. Sure, huh? Babies no longer pee, poo, sleep and cry?

My offsprings’ allergies to my parenting input are many and severe, and I understand from friends who also grandparent that they’re in the same boat. Remember how we as teens used to enjoy group bitch sessions about our stupid parents? That was over Kraft Dinner or fries with gravy.

These days at our rather more tasteful soirées, we kvetch about our ungrateful kids — how they demand hours of child care weekly and rarely say thank you. Or, like my son, they complain that we grandparents only do child care on our terms. Fancy that: How shocking and barely forgivable that in our dotage we’ve deposed our offspring from their powerful perch at the epicentre of our Iives.

Chapter Two of the grandparent kvetchfest is always the same: We share examples of the strange parenting decisions our kids make, and then remind each other and ourselves to zip it. Never to offer a word of counsel, because we’re smart enough to know it will be poorly received, no matter how smart the advice.

And then we — all of us — fall off the wagon. Every time I open my big mouth about

parenting and I see that lemonsucking look on my kids’ faces, I regret it. I give myself a good talking-to about keeping quiet in the interest of relationship harmony. That works for a while. I am a slow learner. But in my rational moments I give myself great advice: Don’t ever tell them what to do unless they ask, which is rare.

Once in a while — not often enough — I look in the rear-view mirror: Did I thank my motherin-law and mother for child care? Did I for one second let them give me a word of parenting advice? Fat chance! I was certain that I knew better than them, and rarely gave them the time of day on the subject of parenting.

Isn’t it ironic that we are now being treated precisely as we treated our own parents? I wish my mother and mother-in-law were alive so I could apologize for being unkind. As usual hindsight is 20/20.

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Good for baby and good for the planet

Although thrifting is usually a goto fall activity, it’s not as fun when you’re a new parent on the search for used kids’ clothes. That’s why resale and consignment kids’ boutiques have been popping up across the city and all over the Internet, making it easier and faster to get second- hand clothes to your kids — before they outgrow them.

These shops purchase used clothing, shoes, accessories and even toys from families who no longer need them and resell to a new market at a fraction of the cost. As both an economically and environmentally conscious way to shop, new parents are loving them!

“Once I knew I was becoming a parent and bringing a new being to Earth, I became more conscious of the state of our planet,” says Christine Trinh, who owns Beeja May with her partner Simon Tan. “I wanted to buy used, but it’s so much easier to go to a fast fashion retailer’s website and just add to cart.”

They founded Beeja May with the goal of making second-hand shopping just as easy, convenient and fun as buying new. Trinh wasn’t the only consumer looking to buy used to dress her

newborn. Lana Abelson cofounded Wildlings after seeing an increased interest for second-hand shopping during the pandemic.

“People are more inclined to not buy everything new,” she says. “There’s been a shift mentally that people want to move away from fast fashion a little bit more.”

Although some shops, like Twice as Nice and Little White Sneakers, have brick-and-mortar

Wildlings has delivered as far as Northwest Territories and even overseas to Japan.

Claudia Tse says her business Lil Cubs stands out by providing a lock box set in the Riverside area, giving customers the freedom to have contactless pickup whenever it suits their schedule.

Furthering the convenience, Lil Cubs picks up the products from sellers and, unlike consignment shops, will give out the money immediately. Tse admits she is quite choosey about the brands she accepts. She looks for high quality from small shops and sustainable, locally made brands, naming Mini Mioche and Jax & Lennon as some of the most popular. Other consumers go straight to the high-end brands at Lil Cubs, like Calvin Klein.

“They’re saving a ton of money,” says Tse, commenting on those who reach out looking for the high-end pieces. “And there’s barely any wear in these clothes because babies grow so fast. They’re looking for the name brands but at a fraction of the price — while knowing that they’re doing something good for the earth.”

Abelson and Kaiser state that Wildlings has a “price point for everyone” but find consumers are mostly drawn to pieces that offer natural fibres and are well made and well designed, like French brands Jacadi and Petit Bateau. They also source out designer brands as much as they can, currently holding some Stella McCartney, Bon Point and Ralph Lauren pieces.

For those who want to be more sustainable but feel uncomfortable with previously worn pieces, Beeja May offers the Rescues

locations, most sell online and advertise on social media. Abelson and co-owner Nikki Kaiser have hosted a few pop-ups in the past, although home deliveries are at the essence of Wildlings.

“The convenience of being able to find things online and have them brought to your house doesn’t go away after the pandemic,” says Kaiser. The owners also note that it has helped them reach a larger audience.

Toronto parents aren’t the only ones searching for convenient ways to shop second-hand, as

Collection. Rescues are made up from fast fashion warehouse returns and pieces with minor imperfections; they’re brand new but cannot be sold through retailers.

Trinh says she’s eager to see people drawn toward buying second-hand and moving away from the idea that buying used means being unable to afford brand new.

“People are doing it because they want to, not because they have to.”

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From top: Beeja May’s Christine Trinh and Simon Tan, shirts from Lil Cubs
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Yorkville dining domes come early this year

Just because the temperature has plummeted doesn't mean you have to go into fullon hibernation mode. A number of spots in Ontario are offering accommodations, like heated domes, that will allow you to dine outdoors all season long. At the Yorkville Royal Sinestra Hotel, picturesque snow globes await. For $66 plus HST, your seating includes a choice of beverage, one appetizer and a mini dessert. In north-

ern Ontario,Trestle Brewing Company in Parry Sound offers a heated bubble for the colder months. Dine on a small menu of gastropub-style comfort foods and an array of craft brews while taking in views of Georgian Bay. Starting Dec. 1, luxury boutique resort Hockley Valley invites you to embrace winter in one of its “snow globes.” Enjoy a five-course meal complete with wine pairings for $155 per person.

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ENDLESS PASTA-BILITIES

Lusciously cheesy and beautifully layered, lasagna is the ultimate comfort food. Celebrity chef and restaurateur Massimo Capra puts everyone’s favourite pasta dish to the test and gives us the skinny on which lasagna reigns supreme.

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“This is a beautiful interpretation of lasagna Bolognese. The pasta tastes great and it has just the right amount of thickness. While there’s not enough sauce to keep it together and keep it moist, the flavours are all there. The basil is not necessary but it’s a beautiful garnish.”

849 Dundas St. W., $26

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“The flavour is really nice. There’s very little cheese in here but the meat has a really good taste and it’s very pleasant to the palette. You can eat quite a lot of this lasagna because it’s not heavy at all. It makes you salivate.”

307 Danforth Ave., $18.75

Unpretentious + delicious

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“If you like a strong taste of tomato, then this is it. It’s a very good, tomatoey lasagna. At first glance there’s way too much sauce and not enough cheese. But overall, it’s a very interesting rich, meaty lasagna.”

133 Yorkville Ave., $30

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“This is not put together very well and I think the pasta is store-bought. The lasagna is really dried up because there’s not enough sauce. The meat tastes nice and tender.

There’s not enough cheese between the layers, something is amiss with the construction.”

8133 Yonge St., $27

EATALY

“This is a great slab that stays together nicely. The pasta is very thick which makes it a little too chewy. It has a nice shiny look and multiple layers. It’s made with meatballs so I know this is definitely a Napoletana-style of lasagna.”

55 Bloor St. W., $24

MASSIMO CAPRA

The renowned chef is also a television personality and the owner of three restaurants, including Capra’s Kitchen in Mississauga.

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“This is a traditional Canadian-style lasagna. It’s a decent lasagna, but a lasagna should give you a bit of sweetness and the tomato sauce is overcooked. It’s a good-sized portion and the flavour is nice, but basil does not belong in a pasta with meat sauce.”

2901 Bayview Ave., $20.95

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“This lasagna is very pretty to look at because of the tomato and basil leaves. I can taste onions and it also has red and green peppers in it. It’s a beautiful portion and the presentation is nice and clean; it has multiple layers and stays together nicely.”

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“Now this is a beautiful lasagna. If something like this came to my table, it would be amazing. Ahh, it’s a seafood lasagna! It’s made with shrimp and scallops! The flavour is not fishy at all and the pasta is delicious. The composition is a fail in a sense because it’s too liquidy, but it’s a great idea.” 585 College St., $34

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BATTLE OF THE CELEBRITY CHEF’S BURGERS

by Raquel

This Trinity Bellwoods haunt for takeout-style burgers, fries and classic chocolate shakes is a citywide phenomenon thanks to its gregarious namesake and co-founder, Matty Matheson, of Maker and Seafood Palace acclaim. The simple counter-service hub features made-to-order beef burgers plus plant-based options and sides to complement every mouth-watering order. What many locals don’t know is Matty’s Patty’s Burger Club originates from RVCAloha in Hawaii and was created by Matty Matheson and Pat Tenore, founder of RVCA, a California-based clothing retailer. Located directly across the street from Trinity Bellwoods Park, Matty’s Patty’s Burger Club serves Matty’s signature smash burgers made from AAA beef brisket and chuck.

The short and sweet menu has three burger options (the seven-ounce Matty’s cheeseburger, the Patty’s or the plantbased Impossible patty option) all ranging from $9 to $28, depending on whether you opt for a single, double or triple and if you make it a combo.

Sauce options are also succinct, with your choice of Matty’s Patty’s sauce, a pickled jalapeno mayo or a spicy ketchup and sides. For the more health-conscious consumer, you can forego the bun and opt for a lettuce wrapped patty for no additional cost. 923a Queen St. W.

Aloette is a neighbourhood bistro from none other than celeb chef Patrick Kriss, serving up haute cuisine meets comfort food and now proudly boasting an iconic Michelin Star. The upscale diner’s burger drew a cultlike following since the spot opened its doors in 2017.

“We've definitely done a few lettuce wrap burgers or burgers with only our garnish,” says Solomon Mason, the executive chef at Aloette. “I think we’re lucky that our burger is so steak-like since it is coarsely ground fresh every day. Because of this, it doesn't feel weird to eat it with a knife and fork.”

If you’re a true Torontonian, you might remember Harry’s Charbroiled when it was nestled deep in the Parkdale neighbourhood, off Jameson Street behind the No Frills, in an unassuming divey spot with multi-coloured Christmas lights.

Back in 2019, the restaurant took its short and sweet burger menu over to College and Palmerston, moving into the space where Woodlot used to be. Since then, the spot has evolved, with a food truck and merch, but the menu has remained tried-and-true.

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The burger, which has been on the menu since day one, rings in at $24 with hand-cut fries and rubs shoulders with other diner-chic menu items and French-inspired cuisine, including lemon meringue pie, oysters, tartare and brie on toast.

Topped with fried Beaufort cheese, which gives it a crispy edge, along with shredded lettuce, sautéed onion and Aloette aïoli on a house-made bun, this burger is a mix of brisket and chuck that will make it feel like you’re digging into a steak.

163 Spadina Ave.

Grant van Gameren’s diner features seven burgers on the menu, including the classic beef patty, dubbed the Jane, available in five versions including the Plain Jane, Big Jane, Double Jane, Vegan Jane and Classic Jane. From single to double, dressed with cheese and all the fixings to hot peppers and spicy ketchup, the spot also has pork-based and plantbased options too.

Opt for the red burger — a chorizo-based patty topped with havarti cheese, pineapple and jalapeno mayo — or the diner’s green burger — the Vegan Jane, an Impossible vegan patty with Harry's sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion.

The burgers range from $10.29 to $14.29 and come with delicious thick-cut french fries. 293 Palmerston Ave.

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Pick your fighter: Matty’s Patty’s, Aloette or Harry’s Charbroiled? Three of the city's best chefs known for their high-end eateries (and in some cases, Michelin stars) have all thrown their toques into Toronto’s more affordably priced burger scene. But which celeb cook takes top prize? We did a deep dive into the trio’s offerings so you don’t have to.
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MATTY MATHESON’S MATTY’S PATTY’S Signature smash burgers topped with gooey American cheese and Matty’s namesake sauce Topped with fried Beaufort cheese giving it a crispy edge A no-nonsense beef patty topped with cheese, pickles, onion and ketchup

Rossi brings a star to Yorkville

Chef Rob Rossi on Canada’s underrated food scene, a third restaurant and what it’s like to win his first Michelin star

Writing about food for Post City has brought me inside Toronto’s best restaurants and arm’s length from the city’s greatest, most acclaimed chefs: Patrick Kriss at Alo, Keith Froggett at Scaramouche and Susur Lee at Lee, just for starters. So when Rob Rossi insisted on my having a meal at Giulietta, his buzzy College Street Italian food joint that’s a sister spot of Giulia, which last month won a Michelin star, I was hopeful but caught completely unaware of just how good it really is. Rossi says that he loves watching from the wings when his customers take their first nibbles, that eating is like listening to music, and our response is visceral — you immediately know if you like what you’re eating.

Rossi wasn’t working the pass when I dined, although he’s almost always at his restaurants. However, his food — the sweet and tangy tortelli di zucca; the charred, tender polpo e fagioli, augmented by dense cannellini beans; and brodetto di pesce, a stew rich with prawns and clams — created audible gasps: his regional, classic Italian dishes were out of this world.

“I didn’t anticipate us getting a Michelin, but we always try ridiculously hard to ensure we have the best ingredients for our guests,” says Rossi, 39, introduced to Canadian diners from his multiple appearances on Top Chef Canada but increasingly

becoming an A-list restaurateur.

“I’m not cooking on the line every night, but I call the line and design the food and believe in Italian cooking — especially taking old ideas and making them new again.”

The ideas are paying dividends both at Giulietta and Giulia, which is upscale and on Avenue Road and will host a special seven-course tasting menu for the holidays.

Rossi, who has bicep tattoos, a three-year-old daughter and a friendly, engaging manner — his enthusiasm flows like the cocktails at Giulietta, which makes a fall Friday evening feel like a bustling trattoria at midnight in Rome — seems to be hitting his stride. He says he has an idea for a third restaurant, alongside his partner David Minicucci, and that dining in Toronto and the sophistication of his customers has made his work more engaging and fun.

“Ten years ago in Toronto, I could’ve been an amazing chef and I’d never have gotten a Michelin star because the city wasn’t as evolved,” says Rossi, who went from washing dishes at his local Pizza Hut in Barrie to working for his uncle on the Danforth to stints in Calgary and Vancouver kitchens before opening Bestellen on College Street, where Guilietta now sits.

“The energy in Toronto feels incredible, and the Michelin Guide just gives Canada more

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clout, but frankly all of Canada has great food, and the way we’re underrated is, truthfully, pathetic.”

Certainly no longer underrated, Rossi realises that with the Michelin star comes pressure. Will his team relax and rest on their laurels? Rossi, for his part, insists, much like how he wanted a reporter to sample his dishes, that simple plates made from the best ingredients will always drive his business.

from all over the world, from his grandmother’s vegetable farm in Germany to the coolest of-themoment restaurants in Milan.

“My approach to cooking is first and foremost not to knock the soul out of stuff. If I’m in Yorkville or College Street or anywhere in the world, the job is the same: source the best ingredients, treat your staff well and then work very hard not to mess everything up.”

MICHELIN-APPROVED ITALIAN IN T.O.

The restaurant in Yorkville was a leap, he says, and the neighbourhood carries preconceived notions: can you do daring Italian north of Bloor Street? Rossi believes that you can, and the way he opened an Italian restaurant six blocks from Café Diplomatico in Little Italy that barely uses tomatoes, he also introduced interesting Italian concepts uptown.

“I’ve heard juvenile stuff over the years, that people in a certain area only eat certain things, but that doesn’t make sense to me — people like good things no matter where they are,” he says, adding that he picks up his influences

As the Toronto restaurant scene continues heating up in the wake of the Michelin stars and the attendant attention, chefs like Rob Rossi are pushing taste boundaries as they expand their footprint across the city, from Forest Hill to downtown. While the world takes notice of their work — like this reporter did the other night at Giulietta, smiling from ear to ear with each astonished bite — Rossi says he’s going to keep his priorities in check, sourcing ingredients, not chasing acclaim and trying to please his growing phalanx of curious diners.

“When I was younger and working in restaurants, even from the youngest age, I always wanted to be the boss,” Rossi says. “There’s so much going on — so much precision and commotion — but I could see the end goal, even as a kid, so clearly: you have to source quality ingredients and make people happy. Do that, I think, everything else falls into place.”

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Once named the best Italian restaurant in the world outside of Italy, Don Alfonso showcases a cuisine highlighting the fresh flavours of the Amalfi coast.

Enoteca Sociale

Little Portugal stalwart Enoteca Sociale has been a west end go-to for housemade pastas, quality wines and cosy vibes for more than a decade.

Wynona

This romantic date-night spot in Leslieville specializes in small plates of delicately cooked fish and buttery handmade pasta.

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Glam Chinese eatery to replace Momofuku

Following its success in Vancouver, Mott 32 has found a T.O. home by Raquel Farrington

When word got around that David Chang’s Momofuku Nood le Bar was officially checking out of the Shangri-La hotel later this year, fans and past patrons wondered what would move into the space in its place. If you loved the Asian-inspired eats of Momofuku, you’ll be in good company with Mott 32, the award-winning Chinese restaurant chain that’s slated to move into the 190 Universit y Ave. space in spring 2023.

In a recent interview with Prestige Magazine, Xuan Mu co-founder of Maximal Concepts, the group behind Mott 32, gave the scoop on the upcoming Toronto loca tion.

When asked how many Mott 32 locations there were worldwide, Mu responded: “The branch in Cebu opens in September, Dubai is coming soon, and we’ll have a new one opening in Toronto as well, in the Shangri-la hotel. We’re designing it right now.”

The fine dining spot already has locations in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Las Vegas and Vancouver, with Cebu and Dubai listed as “coming soon” online.

The restaurant has an elegant, fine dining feel with the interior exuding an industrialmeets-luxe look, reflecting both its Chinese roots and global reach. The Vancouver spot has even earned accolades for its food as well as the design of its physical space, so expectations are high for the ne w restaurant.

It takes its name from the famed convenience store at 32 Mott St., which opened in New York City in 1891 It was Chinatown’s longest r unning store before closing in 2003. The restaurant has become known to embody the Chinese culture and philosophy that has been passed down through the generations.

Mott 32’s Vancouver menu features a variety of sophisticated yet authentic Chinese dishes that draw heavily from Cantonese

and Sichuan influences. Signature dishes include the 42 days applewood smoked Peking duck, which the chefs prepare using a custom duck oven and special air-drying duck fridge. You can also opt for a selection of dim sum made fresh by hand daily, like the soft-boiled quail egg, cleverly placed inside a kurobuta pork siu mai with black truffle. Try this small but powerful bite, which, according to the website, “perfectly encapsulates Mott 32’s commitment to reconceptualizing classic Chinese recipes.”

A selection of fine wines are also available to complement your meal, with sips f rom around the world. If wine isn’t your thing, you can order f rom a menu of signature cocktails using unique ingredients commonly found in the wider Asia-Pacific region, like osmanthus honey, ginseng roots, goji berries, pomelo, air-dried tanger ine peel, shiso leaves, star anise and cardamom.

Keep an eye on the Shangri-La space in the new year.

T.O.’s favourite wing joint just sold for $50M

Food and beverage retailer Aegis just purchased popular wing restaurant chain St. Louis Bar & Grill for a cool $50 million. The company says that its intent is to continue to grow the brand across Canada and beyond.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome the brand, the employees and the franchisees of St. Louis into Aegis,” Steven Pelton, president and CEO of Aegis, states in a press release. “I admire the cul ture and vision of the brand and we intend to build off what has been created.”

For the last 30 years, St. Louis Bar & Grill has been a well-known dining destination for BBQ lovers, recognized for its “devilishly good” food, including signature wings, ribs and garlic dill sauce. After years spent working at one of Toronto’s most established

wing and rib restaurants, Bistro on Avenue, Brent Pouton opened St. Louis Bar & Grill in 1992 at 2050 Yonge St. The company now operates 72 locations across four provinces and serves more than 2.2 million pounds of wings each year.

“St. Louis was born in Toronto but made in Canada. We have our roots here in Ontario. W hat makes us incredibly unique com pared to anyone else in North America is our proprietary products. That’s our wings. They’re the best wings in Canada,” says Royal Nasager, St. Louis Bar & Grill’s VP of marketing in a recent interview with Retail Insider magazine.

And if you want to know just how well the company has fared over the last 30 years, its projected earnings for 2023 is a whopping $7.6 million.

Cake Boss just brought a slice of Jersey to Yorkville

Carlo’s Bakery, the esteemed, Hoboken-based dessert empire, has opened an express location in Yorkville. The bakery earned widespread attention when it was the subject of a popular TLC reality show, which went on to run for nine seasons and amassed a legion of sweet toothed fans.

In 1910, Carlo’s bakery was founded by Italian pastry chef Carlo Guastaferro who ran the pastry shop until 1964. Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro Sr. shook flour-covered hands with Guastaferro, subsequently taking over the bakery. Today, the shop is run by Buddy Valastro, who has taken on the role of spokesperson for the bakery alongside his four older sisters, three brothers-inlaw and an assortment of close friends and family.

Carlo’s Bakery can be found across the city at various vending machines as well as a brick-and-mortar location in Mississauga, which opened earlier this year. The bakery’s latest venture is located at 24 Bellair St.

Upon entering, customers will be greeted by a life-sized cut-out of Buddy himself along with modern decor that includes pink wallpaper and botanicals. Staple Buddy Valastro desserts, including classic cannoli, monstrous cakes, cupcakes, lobster tails and much more, are available for discerning dessert lovers.

The bakeshop is expected to bring a Yorkville-specific menu to this newest location, although no information has been confirmed as of yet.

Carlo’s Bakery’s Yorkville location is open Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. —Marcus Mitropoulos

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L-R An array of dishes from Mott 32, Maximal Concepts co-founder Xuan Mu
First location opened on Yonge
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Rainbow cake from Carlo’s Bakery
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are the latest food trend taking over Toronto

Hybrid grocers, or “grocerants,” are the latest trend sweeping the city, acting as a one-stop shop for all your dining out and grocery item needs. It’s a mashup of the words “grocery” and “restaurants” — think of delicious, locally owned spots that feature inrestaurant markets selling artisanal pantry items, fresh pasta and more.

sourced four of the most delicious grocerants where you can snag a delicious lunch or dinner and then grab some homemade wares to replicate the same meals at home.

Pepper’s Food and Drink

Pepper’s is a hidden gem in T.O.’s Junction neighbourhood that offers a ton of unique Korean snack food items, like Pocky, hot and spicy noodles and shrimp crackers, in addition to delicious grab-and-go junk food like hot dogs and crispy Korean steamed buns. You can also take a trip back to the 1980s and order the Spam lunch plate, featuring crisped Spam, steamed rice, soft scrambled eggs and a macaroni salad. 189 Wallace Ave.

Lola & Miguel

This specialty shop features authentic foods from Spain. Here, you’ll find an enormous selection of cured meats, including Serrano, Ibérico and chorizo,

f rom artisan producers, along with gourmet tinned seafood (known as conservas) and the finest pantry products, like rice, smoked paprika and piquillo peppers, so you can make the ultimate tapas dishes at home. 128 Industrial St., Unit 102

Speducci Mercato

O wned and run by award-winning chef Gabriele Paganelli, Speducci Mercato offers an array of local and imported Italian products, exclusive prepared gastronomy, award-winning cured meats and fresh locally sourced cuts from a butcher. Chef Paganelli is renowned for his salumi — naturally cured meats, like prosciutto, pancetta and salami, made the Italian way. Speducci offers a true farm-to-table approach, sourcing some items from an Ontario-based Mennonite farm. 46 Milford Ave.

Maeli Market

Maeli Market is the only supermarket that offers exclusive Taiwanese products in the city, selling snacks, cookware, drinks and gift items as well as hot bento meals and a wide array of tea. Try the fried veggie squid ring bento or the braised pork belly gua bao while you shop among an assortment of sauces, teas and snack and gift items straight from Taiwan. 18 William Sylvester Dr.

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Midtown gets a delicious new Neapolitan pizzeria

Wood-fire pizzas are made with 72-hour fermented dough

Formerly the home of Green Canoe, 900 Millwood Rd. has recently welcomed La Casetta to the space. The sister restaurant of Cafe Oro di Napoli, they both offer Neapolitan-style pizzas, homemade pastas, antipasti and traditional Italian desserts like cannolis, tiramisu, panna cotta and gelato.

The star of the show: the ultracrispy, wood-fired pizzas are handmade using a 72-hour fermented dough for that classic, fresh-out-of-the-Italian-oven taste. Cheese lovers rejoice for the red sauce layered with fior di latte, gorgonzola, pecorino and Grana Padano. Want something meatier? The carne e miele piccante is a savoury-sweet mix of spicy soppressata, house-made sausage, double smoked bacon,

fresh oregano, fior di latte and chili-infused honey.

Dining at La Casetta is like heading to a close friend’s homey apartment for dinner. The vibe is cosy and relaxed, perfect for everything from a casual date night out to a family dinner, birthday celebration and everything in between.

If you’re looking for a quick bite, the antipasti menu is varied but succinct, with a ton of snacky options like chef’s choice charcuterie boards, traditional Italian risotto balls stuffed with asparagus, smoked fior di latte and Grana Padano or grilled calamari in white wine and charred lemon.

All the food, whether you’re opting for an appetizer or one of La Casetta’s deliciously rich

mains, like the tried-and-true spaghetti carbonara or a hearty truffle risotto, pair perfectly with anything on the drink menu.

Just ask your server for a recommendation, from Prosecco to Barolo, Moretti to an Aperol Spritz — they’ve got what you need to wash down your meal.

And please, do yourself a favour and leave room for dessert, like the perfect meal finisher: tiramisu, a traditional Italian layered dessert with ladyfingers, espresso, mascarpone and light cacao dusting, or the panna cotta custard with seasonal fruit preserves and candied pistachios — need we say more?

Swing by the 900 Millwood Rd. spot for lunch or dinner or call 416-421-5005 for reservations. —Raquel Farrington

Elevated comfort food comes to Yonge and Eglinton

There’s a new midtown bistro serving up fresh, homemade comfort food — well not quite new. Although it may still be in the same brick-andmortar location, all-day breakfast hot spot Uncle Betty’s Diner has opened a new concept come nighttime.

When the diner closes at 3 p.m. and reopens one hour later, it’s morphed into Jane & Dick’s Bistro. Bidding adieu to the all-day breakfast food it has become known for like, eggs Benedict and towering stacks of pancakes with whipped blueberry mascarpone, it’s now introduced swanky, elevated comfort food that reflects the multicultural richness of the city.

Located at 2590 Yonge St., expect a highly seasonal menu at this bright and cheery bistro, featuring locally sourced ingredients and menu

items that are perfect for sharing: like the fondue (available in Emmenthal and Gruyère or brie and blue cheese), tapas (like fried chicken and cauliflower bites) and the pork belly served on coleslaw and Boston lettuce.

Big-hitting mains include classic steak frites, salmon puttanesca served with asparagus and tapenade and fish and chips made from beerbattered cod and served with mushy peas and crispy pomme frites. Remnants of Uncle Betty’s famous grilled cheese have also snuck back into the menu at Jane & Dick’s: found under the tapas section, this version includes Gruyère, cheddar and caramelized onions.

Enjoy a freshly squeezed, curated cocktail menu and, on Friday evenings, the sounds of live jazz from local acts.

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Patisserie brings taste of France to the GTA

Lumière Pâtisserie is a new French bakery and dessert shop that has arrived on the scene in Thornhill. Husband-and-wife duo Nadav Gilad, chef boulanger, and Or Gabi Dehter, chef patissier, run the shop alongside Eliran Kaznelson and his mother Vita Kaznelson.

“We wanted to bring Europe to Vaughan and in the future take over Ontario and other provinces,” says Eliran Kaznelson.

“We’d love for our guests to take part in a journey to southern Ontario’s culinary future: a multi-sensual experience with novel and bold flavours, surprising textures, wild aromas and exciting colours that make you feel something special.”

Aviv, Berlin and Toronto.

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Some of the outstanding petits fours currently include velvety cheesecake squares topped with seasonal berries; refreshing malabi (Middle Eastern milk pudding) — with raspberry, lychee and rose coulis topped with shredded coconut and pistachio — dainty fruit or chocolate tarts, decadent cakes, macarons, traditional mille feuille with layers of fresh cream and strawberries and much more.

The patisserie is run by a husband-and-wife duo and a motherand-son

Chef patissier Or Dehter graduated with honours from the prestigious Bishulim — the Israeli Institute of Culinary Arts and furthered her studies at the Ecole Bellouet Conseil in Paris, France.

Her husband, Nadav Gilad has spent more than a decade working in and managing cafés in Tel Aviv, Israel, mastering the art of making the perfect cappuccino and creating the best café experience. Gilad has also worked in some of the top kitchens in Tel

The shop located in Thornhill at 1102 Centre St., also sells plenty of traditional breads and artisanal sourdoughs, including a German baguette, which is a denser bread with an earthy flavour that’s quite distinct from a typical French baguette. Other breads include gougasse, a traditional Mediterranean flatbread that’s typically seasoned with herbs, olives or sun-dried tomatoes, braided challah breads and sesame Jerusalem bagels.

A variety of hot, iced or blended beverages are available from Lumière’s Tel Aviv–style espresso bar — a nod to Gilad’s previous barista experience in Israel.

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Lumière offers a variety of French pastries
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The trendiest new ways to give your home a fall facelift

Former Gluckstein design director Michael London on warm colour palettes, custom workstations and more

Colder weather is here, and with it comes a whole bunch of new design trends for the season and the year ahead.

What are the top five new trends you predict will be popular into 2023?

Trends come and go, but I believe these top five trends are here to stay:

• Multi-use/flex rooms

• Interior gardening

• Calm and warm colour palettes and non-grey palettes

• Customized workstations we use every day, such as baking stations or board game stations for use with family and friends

• Murphy beds in a spare bedroom to maximize available floor space

What are some home design trends you think might be on the way out for fall?

With the use of bold colours coming out of a pandemic, we want colours that are more subdued in our space — using

warmer colour palettes and stepping away from the greys to embrace earth tones.

What trends are here to stay?

The pandemic brought on

several challenges to which we have had to adjust in our everyday lives. Previously considered “Zoom rooms,” these spaces that prioritize the ability to work from home are here to

stay, creating what I like to call a multi-use/flex space. Now turning those flex spaces into luxury environments is becoming a priority that the entire family can enjoy.

We are also finding that plants and other tropical arrangements that used to provide comfort during the pandemic are now b ecoming a sculptural and decorative presence in the home.

How do you keep your home up to date but timeless?

As a designer, I always propose a neutral palette to start, then add accent colours and details to enhance the neutral palette. The same holds true when looking for ways to keep your home up to date, classic and timeless. Larger scaled items within a room can remain neutral, such as the walls, sofas and an area carpet, to name a few. Then adding accent colours in pillows and small accessories will give the homeowner the opportunity to keep with the latest trends and

c olours without breaking the bank, while the neutral pallet remains timeless.

What are some affordable changes to implement to keep up with design trends?

Design trends can become very costly at times, and just as trends come, they go just as quickly. So keep it simple, as it's very easy to fall into that constant trend trap. Ask yourself this question: what aspect of that particular trend would enhance my current design or palette in my home? It doesn't hurt to use only certain aspects of a trend, and if anything, it shows one is thinking outside the box.

Michael London is the founder of Michael London Design and has worked on high-profile, multi-unit properties across the world.

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Warmer colours and earth tones are becoming more popular
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LOOKING BACK

Before

On Nov. 11, 1925, the cenotaph outside of Old City Hall was unveiled during a Remembrance Day ceremony, becoming the official memorial site in the city. Cenotaph in Greek means ‘empty tomb,’ symbolizing those who are buried elsewhere.

The Toronto Santa Claus Parade, held on the third Sunday in November is one of the oldest annual parades in the world. It began in 1905 with a single float, and Santa arrived that year by train at Union Station.

2022

Daylight savings ends on the first Sunday of November each year. It’s unknown if and when the practice will end for good, but we can be thankful we’re not in charge of adjusting the city’s oldest clocks, like the one outside Union Station.

The Hockey Hall of Fame’s induction weekend occurs in November each year. Max Bently, pictured, is one of the honoured Leafs players in the HHOF who assisted in bringing the Stanley Cup home to the city three times.

The first Royal Agricultural Winter Fair took place on Nov. 22, 1922, and celebrates its 100th anniversary on Nov. 4 this year.

is the largest combined indoor agriculture fair and international equestrian competition in the world.

Cavalcade of Lights is an annual event highlighting the lighting of the City of Toronto government's official Christmas tree at Nathan Phillips Square. The event has been held every November since 1967.

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