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CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2021

PRIVATE EDUCATION GUIDE INSIDE Our 32nd annual primer to the city’s top private schools and programs

HOMES IN VOGUE Three houses that offer the latest in tech and trends

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BYE BYE YOGA PANTS Jeanne Beker's ultimate guide to this fall’s most unique denim

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MISSING THE OLYMPICS? The city’s best bento boxes for a taste of Tokyo at home

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A SHOW-STOPPING PROPOSAL T.O.’s event king Page Magen on moving from friends to marriage

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THE BEST NEW STUFF IN T.O. This issue we salute over 50 of the city’s best new shops, services and restaurants

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Toronto exhibition due to the pandemic, the CNE announced Friday that it’ll be offering virtual programming called CNE Connected that will operate as a membership with both free and paid content. By purchasing a $22 membership to the virtual experience, Torontonians will also get access to a 2022 general admission ticket to the CNE — assuming it opens next year, of course. According to the event’s website, paid content that would come with a paid subscription includes access to a virtual escape room experience, beer tasting with Big Rock Brewery, cooking guides hosted by a few local chefs and even a virtual concert from Hamilton-based Indigenous artist Iskwe.

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open in Toronto. Located at 65 Orfus Rd. (Dufferin Street and Lawrence Avenue), the Bubble features a 10,000-square-foot inflatable theme park with obstacle courses, giant slides, climbing walls and other air-filled attractions. The complex also includes a laser tag course and arcade with over 50 games. The Fuel Zone offers protein-powered snacks, fruit smoothies and granola bars to help guests boost their energy. A full-service restaurant and bar will launch in the fall.

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This historic Dominion Foundry Complex in the Canary District is

being spared from the wrecking ball after a last-minute agreement was announced. The provincially owned complex was set to be demolished, and it was even underway, before a community protest spearheaded by the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association stopped the process. The move was another of the Ford government’s many Ministerial Zoning Orders (MZOs) that allowed for the provincial government to skip out on local regulations and push forward an affordable housing development. Of course, the development will move ahead, but not before important heritage aspects of the site are preserved.


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A feature interview with one of Toronto’s most trusted experts during the pandemic, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital by Ron Johnson

30,000 The weight, in pounds, of a massive yellow Rubber Duckie, set to return to the city this fall.

25 The date, in September, when the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the home ice for the first game of the pre-season.

L-R: Dr. Isaac Bogoch, immunization is on track but more needs to be done

What should we expect in terms of increased cases with a return to school?

It’s concerning, right. So schools in particular, obviously, we’ve got to watch this like a hawk. It has been painfully obvious for a long time that kids can get this infection, and kids can transmit this infection. It’s also clear that kids just tend to not get as sick as adults, but they can still get sick and land in the hospital. It’s just much less likely. But of course, it can happen.

we haven't seen it yet. But the data that is available is not compelling. Obviously, we should be open-minded to emerging data that demonstrates that people need boosters. I just haven’t seen compelling data yet.

What’s the timeline for that vaccine?

Should we not be using cloth masks any longer? What’s the latest?

I think we're looking at, you know, winter 2021 to early 2022. Initially I was thinking Halloween to Christmas, maybe toward the Christmas end of the spectrum. Do you have kids? What advice do you have for talking to them about this?

I have two kids. We talk about COVID nonstop in my house, and I’m not the one initiating it. It’s my kids all the time. I tried. I don’t want to talk about COVID because I do that all day. And I try to escape it at night. But you know, obviously, if my kids bring it up, I listen. I love that old adage of “treat children like adults and treat adults like children.” Maybe I should rephrase that. I like the old adage to some extent: “treat children like adults and treat some adults like children.”

The Delta variant is that tough?

There’s not a lot of wiggle room for error with a very transmissible Delta variant. I think we will definitely be seeing outbreaks in schools. I think that’s a given. We saw that without the Delta variant, and we’re certainly going to see it with Delta, but, of course, we can mitigate the degree and breadth of these outbreaks with the mitigation efforts that we have. And if you look in the crystal ball, months and months ahead, we will have data

Are we all going to get boosters this fall?

For the population at large? Let me try to be careful with my words because we currently all don’t need boosters. But we should at least be open-minded that that might be a possibility. And that might be, you know, late fall, winter or even beyond. But when you hear about the United States saying boosters for everybody, I think there’s many of us that are a little bit skeptical. And if they have any data,

I still think, you know, high-quality masks are the way to go; a good fit, snug around the nose and mouth … (not neck masking). And the public health agency of Canada, I think, has very reasonable guidance on their website about three layers and covering the mouth and nose snugly. I think that’s fine. When will we return to work en masse?

I think if we take more of a mid- to longerterm view, people are going to get back in the office. You know, whether or not businesses change and say, “You know what, working from home is more cost effective,” for whatever the reason, there might be a lot of people working from home, but I firmly believe that COVID is going to end. And, you know, it's probably going to end with a whimper, not a bang. It’s going to be drawn out over a while, and it’s not going to go away for a long, long time. But eventually, we will return, and, you know, the office downtown will return, and sitting in giant stadiums cheering for your sports team or listening to music and spilling beer on each other's laps, because we’re sitting on top of each other, that’s going to return. I’m not entirely sure when, but it will.

50,000 The cubic feet of projections of the works of Gustav Klimt at a new immersive exhibition opening this fall.

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35,771 The approximate number of City of Toronto employees, all of whom must be vaccinated according to a new policy.

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I’ve thought about this a lot. I don’t know if it’s inevitable. But we should at least be prepared. And we should have the infrastructure set up now. So that, if there is a change of mind, we can implement it seamlessly. And it’s something that would take a little bit of time to set up properly, in terms of documentation, in terms of communication, in terms of organization between all the stakeholders, including the general public. And you should do the heavy lifting now.

on the safety and efficacy of vaccination in a younger cohort, including the five to 12-yearolds, and it would come as no surprise that there will be safe and effective vaccines for that age cohort.

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September is the right time for renewal The back-to-school vibes never really go away, do they

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near impossible for young people to purchase a home in which they can start a family. Instead, they have the option of buying a small condo or renting a less-small condo. Hmm. Not so tempting. How is it that the only answer to our affordability crisis is building more rental properties? We reconvened our real estate roundtable panel, including economist Benjamin Tal and Toronto’s former chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat, to discuss this very question. Also this month, there is a federal election. An ill-timed one by most people’s accounts, but nonetheless, it is happening. And with it, again, a chance to make change. Let’s hope people take the opportunity to engage with real issues, such as the climate crisis, which is set to wreak more havoc and devastation on the country than any pandemic. And it’s nothing we can mitigate with a vaccine. September is also a great time to try some new shops, restaurants and amenities around the city. In this month’s cover story, we feature our favourite new finds across town from new public spaces to the best patios and places for that perfect fall sweater. After all, autumn is coming.

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Even for those who finished schooling decades ago, September always carries with it a whiff of renewal and possibility. We watch August fly by in the blink of an eye and then ruminate over what could be when summer comes to a close. If spring is for intense bouts of house cleaning and decluttering, fall is about an internal cleaning and taking stock. Oh, and haircuts. Of course, the ongoing pandemic has made every day a mental challenge, but things seem different at this point. Like even a pandemic is something that is settling in. To that end, we are featuring a Q & A with one of the city’s most trusted voices on the pandemic, Dr. Isaac Bogoch. This month, change abounds. We must live with COVID-19 a while longer, and with that comes the opportunity or necessity to adapt and venture out of our comfort zones. That could be a new location from which to work virtually. It’s a path thousands have followed out of Toronto to some leafy green oasis in the distance. Most are waiting for the city to come back to life, like it has to some degree this summer. Then, we’ll make those newly minted country bumpkins learn a thing or two about giving the city up for dead. Of course, as we begin to realize things are not going to be back to normal for a long time yet, others might begin to explore options. It doesn’t hurt that our runaway real estate prices are making it

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Just when Toronto thought the nail had already been driven through the coffin of Rail Deck Park, local residents banded together to start a petition to try to bring the massive urban park back from the municipal mortuary. The petition is already picking up steam, with just under 3,000 signatures the first day. “This bold vision is a plan well worth fighting for! Rail Deck Park is an investment in

the future of our city and the vibrancy and livability of the downtown core,” the petition reads, in part. Rail Deck Park was to be a lasting legacy for Mayor John Tory. A huge new park smack dab in the middle of downtown. Of course, as we now know, the city was found to have no rights on the land, which was already slated for the development of, natch, condos! The petition is on Change.org.

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Toronto will soon install rubber bumpers at eight intersections across the city in an effort to make vehicle left turns safer, including a troublesome corner at Mt. Pleasant Road and Merton Street in the midtown area where a pedestrian was killed. The city announced its LeftTurn Calming Pilot that will include rubber speed bumps extending into intersections to “harden” the centre line and “encourage drivers to approach the crosswalk at a sharper angle instead of cutting across intersections diagonally,” the City of Toronto states in a news release. The result will hopefully be slower turning speeds and better visibility of pedestrians and cyclists crossing the street, according to the city. The bumpers will be installed at eight intersections, including Mount Pleasant Road and Merton Street (Don Valley West/Toronto–St. Paul’s), Lawrence Avenue East and Curlew Drive (Don Valley East) and Don Mills Road and Steeles Avenue East (Don Valley North). These locations were chosen based on collision history and severity, and bumps were already installed in July at the Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue locations. The rest are expected to be

installed by the end of August and evaluated over the year. “I’m confident [this pilot] will ultimately protect people walking and cycling by making them more visible to turning vehicles,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot so we can determine if this measure should be expanded to other locations across the city.” According to the city, left-turn collisions are among the most prevalent in Toronto and have resulted in fatalities or serious injuries in 18 per cent of pedestrians hit and eight per cent of cyclists. A pedestrian was killed by a driver at Mount Pleasant and Merton in December 2014 after a left-hand turn. Many drivers speed during the turn, especially in the suburbs due to wider lanes, and that combined with handling oncoming traffic, pressure from cars behind and a windshield blind spot have resulted in many accidents. Similar measures have been installed in New York City and Washington, D.C., and have proven effective at reducing turning speeds and the number of injuries, according to the city. The pilot is part of the city’s Vision Zero plan that aims to eliminate traffic-related fatalities in Toronto.


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New linear park for Avenue Road Local residents want wider and safer sidewalks A group of concerned citizens and an architecture firm are proposing to create a new linear park along Avenue Road to improve walkability and safety. The proposal calls for the stretch of Avenue between Bloor Avenue West and St. Clair Avenue West to be reduced from six lanes of traffic down to four, which would allow for sidewalks to be widened 240 per cent from their current width and accommodate 500 new trees. The vision comes from Brown + Storey Architects Inc. and is in collaboration with the Avenue Road Safety Coalition (ARSC), a group of residents advocating for Avenue Road to be safer. The idea would be to widen the sidewalks that are currently 2.5 metres to 3.5 metres on one side and 8.17 metres on the other to create an asymmetrical public space along the road. One side’s

extra-wide sidewalk would be double lined with trees and feature a “sloping garden” and, potentially, public art and performances. The whole corridor would be the equivalent of a new public park, said James Brown, cofounder of Brown + Storey, and would connect to existing public spaces such as Ramsden Park and University Park. “A lot of people walk and use that space that, if it were to be transformed, would be kind of a sea change for the city,” he said. Brown hopes to build momentum for the project by engaging with the city and community and eventually get city councillors on board. He aims to make it a reality in two to three years’ time. According to Albert Koehl, a co-ordinator with ARSC, Avenue Road is currently a “hostile”

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environment and quite dangerous. “Speeding is endemic in that area,” Koehl said. “There are lots of students and seniors on that street that avoid Avenue Road, because they don’t feel safe.” There have been 15 serious or fatal injuries on the road since 2016, according to Koehl, including a car crashing into a church and the fatality of a cyclist. Avenue Road was widened to allow more traffic in the 1950s, but that in turn made the street into a throughway, according to Koehl. He added that a reimagining of the road will help with safety, as narrower roads will provide a “visual cue” for drivers to slow down. “The problem right now is that it looks and feels and serves like a speedway because it's a straightaway,” he said. “Speeding is very common.”

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Police are requesting public assistance after a cyclist was killed by the driver of a dump truck in the area of Avenue Road and Bloor Street West. On Aug. 18, at approximately 6:10 p.m., Toronto Police Service received a report of a personal injury collision involving a dump truck and a cyclist. It is reported that an 18-year-old man on a bicycle was travelling northbound in the curb lane of Avenue Road north of Bloor Street West. A dump truck travelling northbound on Avenue Road, also in the curb lane, struck the cyclist. The cyclist succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Toronto Police Service, Traffic Services is conducting an investigation and asking witnesses or anyone who may have footage of the incident to contact police. The area of Avenue Road between Bloor Street

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Midtown Toronto will be home to a new rental housing development slated for 100 Broadway Ave. The project, which received funding through the Government of Canada's Rental Construction Financing initiative (RCFI), including a $179 million low-cost loan, will include 412 units of rental housing for middle-income families and individuals, close to schools, parks and TTC services. The tower will include two levels of underground parking containing a total of 116 spaces, along with 150 residential lockers, 412 bicycle stalls and amenities. In addition, the building will also be home to a games room, theatre, fitness centre, lounge, coworking space, private dining area and a kids’ club. Outside on the building grounds there will be multiple BBQ stations and an outdoor patio, lounge area with firepits, yoga area and a kids’ play area. Important to note for local residents — the development will also provide an 8,000-squarefoot park for the city. "Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing

Corporation Ahmed Hussen. “That's why through this investment in Toronto and others just like it, our government is taking action to not only increase the supply of new rental developments, but to also provide housing options that are closer to jobs, services and amenities that middle-class families and individuals in Toronto need. This is the National Housing Strategy at work,” he said. Rental housing is seen as one of the keys to affordability for middle-class Canadians. The project by the R. W. One Hundred Development Corporation is a joint venture between Reserve Properties and Westdale Construction. This is part of the same development site as the “untitled” condo, which included musician Pharrell Williams and was criticized for its lack of affordable housing, resulting in a revamping of plans. "By financing this new rental housing project that creates over 400 new rental units for families and individuals, our government is not only taking action to increase the supply of new rental developments here in Toronto and across Canada, but also providing housing options that are closer to jobs, services and amenities for middle-class families and individuals,” said Toronto MP Rob Oliphant.


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Tyndale Green's plan features 15 buildings, local councillor Shelley Carroll

Former chief planner’s housing plan Tyndale development on its way A development that could change the face of the Don Valley North area of North York and provide some much-needed rental housing is set to take the first step in the planning process with a trip to North York Community Council this month. Tyndale Green, the housing project from Markee Developments, was co-founded by Toronto’s former chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat. And it’s a big one. According to the project submission, dated June 13, the proposal would permit “15 buildings (with 19 building components) across the threephased development areas. Most of the buildings range in height from 5 to 8 storeys, with three buildings from 12 to 20 storeys. These buildings will accommodate 1,504 units, comprising 752

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affordable units (the remaining at market rates) that will remain affordable in perpetuity.” “Part of what we want to do here is thinking really carefully about how we can add some density in a very careful way while creating a community hub that respects the ravine landscape,” said Keesmaat. Although Keesmaat is a former city planner pitching some muchneeded affordable rental housing, local city councillor Shelley Carroll said the proposal will follow the same steps as for everyone else. “It's not a place where people envision an application to develop housing. And so the biggest thing we're facing is making sure that people are really clear that this is going to go through the full planning process,” said Carroll. “It doesn't matter if it includes affordable housing. It doesn't

matter if it includes, as one of the partners in the firm, a former city planner. This is going to be the kind of thorough and complex planning process you would expect for something this large.” Carroll said she expects to see the preliminary report on the application at community council with the first required public meeting on Tyndale Green in October. Until then, nothing has been confirmed. In referring to the process as just beginning, rather than that it is happening and moving ahead, Carroll said, “That's been the biggest challenge: making sure that people understand that.” “The biggest question people have is when is this being built? Well, we don't know when and what is being built because we haven’t even begun the planning process.”

“What we’d really like to see is that Eglinton becomes a complete street that is supported with active transportation, that is space for people to comfortably cycle,” said Kevin Rupasinghe, campaigns manager of Cycle Toronto. According to local councillor Mike Colle, a report will be coming to the Toronto City Council’s infrastructure and environment committee in the fall to devise a consultation plan with residents about what they want to see in Eglinton Connects. “The main features are that you’re going to have streetscape improvements, public realm improvements. That means tree plantings, it means wider sidewalks where possible, it also means cycle tracks along Eglinton,” said Colle. “I think you’re going to see this all unfold over the next five years,” he added. — David Olsen

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With the Crosstown LRT now scheduled to open in 2022 and the city awash with development applications along the line, the time is coming to decide the specifics of that plan and decide what Eglinton Avenue will soon look like. Eglinton Connects is a planning study adopted by Toronto City Council in the summer of 2014 that examined the future land use, built form, public realm and road layout on Eglinton Avenue in anticipation of the LRT. A new petition makes it clear bike lanes are a priority for some. Cycling advocacy group Cycle Toronto has launched a petition calling for protected bike lanes along the length of Eglinton Avenue as Eglinton Connects is implemented along with the opening of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

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The El Mo is coming back — with a twist! One of Toronto’s most iconic live music venues, El Mocambo has been under construction for awhile now, with its reopening stalled by the pandemic. However, it looks like the team behind the brand has been keeping busy, as signs of a sister storefront popped up around Yorkville and online. This new location looks to be a retail shop for tickets, tours and other merchandise. Signage is up in the window of the space at 101 Yorkville Ave., along with the venue’s signature slogan, “Keep Live Alive.”

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Toronto creative agency the Local Collective has launched its own spinoff called the Local Gallery in the heart of Little Italy. The storefront is a combined art gallery, creative space and store, and the collective plans on showcasing local contemporary artwork among their own brand’s collection of cheeky merchandise. Check out the shop at 621 College St. for Local’s hyper-local focus and Instagrammable decor. Following the trend of cannabis shops that resemble third-wave coffee shops, the latest Cannoe Cannabis location in Summerhill is sleek, modern and brightly lit. The storefront sits on a corner of an intersection at 1238 Yonge St., with a polished white exterior on one side and a black brick wall on the other side emblazoned with a snapshot-worthy slogan. You’ll find more than just cannabis products inside: the brand offers a selection of accessories and Cannoe-branded apparel. Eglinton West’s latest accessory destination Kim Smiley, 1070 Eglinton Ave. W., faced many lockdown setbacks, but the shop is now open and here to stay. The flagship location is more than just a jewelry store. The interior has been meticulously designed by Marie-Noelle Swiderski at Galuchat Design, and the walls feature artwork from local artists. Founder Kim Smiley designs oneof-a-kind lace jewelry, handmade in Toronto by newcomers for a living wage.


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suspect is facing charges after a fatal collision at Dufferin Street and Ranee Avenue. On Aug. 5, at approximately 11 p.m., Toronto Police Service officers received a report of a personal injury collision involving a motor vehicle and a motorcycle. It is alleged that the suspect was driving a 2020 black Dodge Caravan east on Bentworth Avenue at Dufferin Street, while an 18year-old male victim was riding a 2016 Honda CB500 motorcycle north on Dufferin Street at Ranee Avenue. The two vehicles collided at the intersection. The victim succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The suspect attempted to flee but was later located. She has been arrested and charged with impaired operation causing death, exceed blood alcohol causing death and leaving the scene of an accident causing death. A 28-year-old female

is informing the public of a quantity of lost medication. On Thursday, Aug. 11m at 12 p.m., a bag was lost at York Mills subway station that contained Lorazapam and Taboxim pills. Police would like to make the public aware that the medication could be harmful or fatal if ingested, especially to children. The Toronto Police Service

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PANELLISTS BARRY COHEN Luxury Homes Specialist; Principal, Barry Cohen Homes Inc. ODEEN ECCLESTON Co-founder (Wiltshire Homes Canada) & Broker of Record (WE Realty Inc.) JENNIFER KEESMAAT CEO, The Keesmaat Group MICHELE ROMANOW Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den; Co-founder & President, Clearbanc WILLIAM STRANGE SmartCentres Professor of Real Estate and Director - Centre for Real Estate and Urban Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto BENJAMIN TAL Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.

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POST: With dropping prices, a fourth pandemic wave, and another potential lockdown, are we starting to see the beginning of a major correction in prices?

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JENNIFER KEESMAAT: When this discussion began (mid-August) it was beginning to feel like we were moving out of the pandemic and into a new normal. But just a few days later, there is consensus that we are entering a fourth wave. That reflects how volatile a situation we continue to be in, and this will be reflected in the real estate market. But we don’t really know how. Many families with children found schooling combined with working from home caused a profound space crunch. If the Delta variant forces us all to hunker down once again in the coming months, will the real estate frenzy reignite as people once again look for more space? Or

has that market of buyers already activated that choice? To me, the school question is a big piece of the puzzle here, since children are unvaccinated, and protecting them is going to be a critical priority moving forward. Approval of a vaccine for children could shift things once again. It really depends on whether there is an appetite for buying and selling during this round of staying at home, like there was in the first. But at the end of the day, if you pull back the lens beyond the time frame of a fourth wave and take a longer-term view, all signs point to continued price escalation because the fundamentals that drove us to this point — including a chronic undersupply of rental homes — are likely to remain in place. Put simply, we are not building enough housing across all ends of the affordability spectrum to meet a continually growing population. Canada has aggressive international immigration targets, and a large portion of immigrants will locate in the GTHA. Things will really heat up once immigration programs are reinstated. At the same time, internal migration will continue to be concentrated in large urban centres. The larger trends of consistently expanding demand for housing and consistent undersupply of it are likely to continue based on the modest government interventions in place today to drive forward more housing supply. BENJAMIN TAL: The slowdown

in resale activity is hardly a surprise. Two factors are at play here: low interest rates have created a sense of urgency to get into the market, so in many ways we have borrowed activity from the future, and it seems that the future has arrived. The second factor is price resistance in the low-rise segment of the market given the rapid increase in prices during the pandemic. The improvement in the highrise market reflects the impact of the

opening up as cities are back, and the realization that the condo market is the only affordable channel. In that space, higher price PSF is masked by continued decline in average unit size. The price gap between new construction and resale units has narrowed enough to make new construction competitive. Contraction costs and inclusionary zoning mean that we might see continued upward pressure on prices of new construction, which in turn will put upward pressure on prices in the resale market. Bottom line, despite the fourth wave, we might see more of the same in the coming months — with low-rise slowing (with potentially a modest decline in prices) and highrise outperforming.

be the lowest number in July since 2000. Single, detached homes under $1 million are unicorns in the 416 area code. Only six out of the 25 districts in the 905 offer an average priced home under $1 million. Values have skyrocketed across the GTA year-over-year. RE/MAX Canada recently released a report that found nearly half of TRREB districts in the GTA reported upward price appreciation of 25 per cent or more in the first half of 2021, compared with 2020. If inventory levels remain low in the coming months, we're likely to see even greater upward pressure on average pricing throughout the GTA, as we will see the re-emergence of foreign buyers. Bear in mind that this rapid price growth has occurred largely without the presence of foreign buyers, as WILLIAM STRANGE: A correction is usually borders and travel has been restricted. If defined as a return to fundamentals, as with more inventory comes on stream, average the burst of a bubble. In the current situation, prices will stabilize. Only time will tell… we have seen profound changes to fundamentals. Even as workers return to their ODEEN ECCLESTON: We have workplaces, it seems nearly certain that seen prices slightly decrease over working-from-home and other interactionthe past few months; however, at-distance practices will remain with us to this was to be expected as the some degree. And the nature of reopening is opening few months of 2021 rendered not yet known. So at this point, the main record-breaking, historical highs and were thing that we know is that there is a lot of on a trajectory that would have been unsusuncertainty. I would be more confident in tainably high if it continued. Sales and prices predicting that there will be volatility and have fallen since the peak for a number of surprises than that we are now on any par- reasons, one of which is the successful vacticular trajectory. cine rollout. While restricted to their homes in 2020 and first quarter 2021 (some people BARRY COHEN: Yes. Unit sales have been with more disposable income than usual), we dwindling downward since peaking in saw the desire to invest and relocate soar. As March. But, from January to July, more than stay-at-home order restrictions loosened and 79,000 sales had been reported by the lifted and vaccinations increased, we saw a Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. That's shift in peoples' focus from relocating and the best first seven months on record. Ever. investing to enjoying any semblance of a If anything is happening in the GTA, it's a normal life they could, while they can (before supply crunch.There is no available inven- a fourth wave potentially causes everyone to tory. Just 9,732 listings were available for sale have to stay at home yet again). Many are in July. That is the lowest number for July in travelling for the first time in almost two the past decade, and I’m pretty sure that may years and enjoying the summer with their


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POST: Have small town and suburban real estate prices peaked, or does this segment of the market still have room to grow as more consider leaving the city? ECCLESTON: Over the past few years and

particularly within the past 18 months, homeowners in the 905, 705, 289 and beyond have gotten a taste and in some cases have grown accustomed to experiencing some of the frenzied 416-like market conditions that Toronto homebuyers, homeowners and real estate professionals consider the norm — bidding wars, unprecedented sales, firm offers, even sight-unseen offers. These great suburban and rural communities, as well as the buyers who have migrated to them, realize that these towns and municipalities possess qualities that consumers are willing to pay for, willing to travel for and willing to relocate for: more space and (comparative) affordability. As a result of this awakening of sorts, the expectations and confidence of sellers in these areas are stronger than ever. New precedents have been set, and I do not anticipate them significantly falling. And with immigration to the GTA expected to resume in 2022, the city of Toronto can only accommodate so many bodies, so only a fraction of newcomers will be able to find and afford suitable housing for their families here. As such, people will continue to explore other opportunities and, when weighing their options, buyers will continue to decide that suburban and rural living, though very different from urban living, come with some beautiful benefits, including increased affordability and, in most cases, being prudent investments.

TAL: Every crisis is a trend accelerator, and COVID-19 is not different in this sense. People were moving away from Toronto before the crisis and continued to do so at an accelerated pace during the pandemic. But here we have to put things in perspective. Although there has been a lot of noise about that trend, the reality is that total sales in centres that are between 50 and 300 kilometres removed from the city account for no more than five per cent of total sales. Which means that Toronto is still the centre of the

everywhere. The affordability pressures in the GTHA are only going to increase, but they will likely increase in suburban and small town communities too. COHEN: With affordability a growing concern throughout the GTA, the 905 and beyond will continue to attract homebuyers at entry-level price points and beyond. While companies are still figuring out their new business models, it’s expected most will introduce some sort of hybrid work schedule — three days in, two days remote, switch it up the following week. That combination would likely contribute to on-going movement outside the 416, with the 905, particularly Durham, York and Peel, enjoying a continuation of strong homebuying activity, especially if prices remain on an upward trajectory. Economics will also play a role as job opportunities increase in markets outside the 416. Top of mind are the Amazon fulfillment centres that have cropped up throughout southwestern Ontario, creating thousands of local jobs. Expansion to existing transit routes have also helped, with routes now including GO Train service to Hamilton and Barrie. In recent months, it’s clear that there is a market for properties both within the 416 and outside the 416. If inventory levels remain tight and prices con-

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universe. And that was when the city was basically closed. A closed city is not very attractive. But when it opens up, the premium of living in it will rise. The point is that that trend made a lot of sense, but the pendulum might have now swung too far. The discount for moving away from cities has narrowed, some of it under false pretenses regarding expectations about the future of work. The vibrancy of cities will return and so will the demand for housing within them. Buyers will continue to drive until they qualify [for a mortgage] but not at the rate we have seen during the crisis. KEESMAAT: There is no doubt

that remote work and a pending hybrid return to the office is shifting housing choices for many. The big question is the extent to which this will continue to take place. Cities are — and always have been — a confluence of art, culture, sport, culinary options, access to rapid transit and parks. They also offer school choices for kids and post secondary options. All of this has been shut down. As all of this ramps up again, the appeal of our city will continue to grow — even if traditional work arrangements go through some radical change. Yes work matters, but cities are about so much more. What does this mean for small town and suburban real estate? Given that we have a broad shortage of housing supply across the province, even if a small percentage of people shift to live outside of the GTA, pressure will be felt

tinue to climb, affordability will drive buyers to areas/housing types that offer the greatest bang for the buck — likely condominiums in the core or detached/ semi-detached housing in the suburbs and smaller towns. ROMANOW: Toronto will continue to be unaffordable for first-time homebuyers, so demand for small towns and suburban houses will continue to grow, along with the prices. Everything people love about an urban core disappeared with COVID-19 lockdowns. However, restaurants and bars are busy again. Events and concerts have resumed. Life is getting back to normal. Some companies have even started to recall their staff back to the office on rotation. We have been conditioned throughout the pandemic to become efficient working from home, but the return to urban centres is inevitable for certain industries. Many people are yearning for a return to normalcy in an office setting, even in a hybrid form. People want a separation between work and home life — they need that human connection outside of Zoom. So while some companies are moving into the era of all employees being remote, there will be a return into city centres in some way, shape or form. POST: International students are back, rental prices are rising. How do you see the condominium market playing out this fall? STRANGE: The fundamentals are indeed

strong, at least in the near term. As for what could upset things, COVID-19 is not over, of course. Also, there is a large but not welldocumented stock of vacant condos. As condo prices and rental rates recover, some of these units will be brought on market. How many will contribute to the price trajectory? TAL: I think that the condo market will do well this fall and the upward trajectory will continue. Basically a reversal of what we have seen in the early stages of the pandemic. There are many factors supporting condo activity. The most important is that with low-rise units reaching a price-resistance level, condos are the only affordable channel. And with the city opening up, this factor is even more important. We will see the return of non-permanent residences and students, which will be a huge factor impacting demand. Add to it that the one-off factor related to increased supply of units, due to the conversion of Airbnb to longterm rental, is no longer a factor, and you have the necessary conditions for a tight market. Inclusionary zoning and rising construction cost will put added pressure on prices. COHEN: Toronto will continue

to be unaffordable for first-time homebuyers, so demand for small towns and suburban houses will continue to grow, along with the prices. Everything people love about an urban core disappeared with COVID-19 lockdowns. However, restaurants and bars are busy again. Events and concerts have resumed. Life is getting back to normal. Some companies have even started to recall their staff back to the office on rotation. We have been conditioned throughout the pandemic to become efficient working from home, but the return to urban centres is inevitable for certain industries. Many people are yearning for a return to normalcy in an office setting, even in a hybrid form. People want a separation between work and home life — they need that human connection outside of Zoom. So while some companies are moving into the era of all employees being remote, there will be a return into city centres in some way, shape or form. ROMANOW: The basic premise of the housing market revolves around supply and demand. Yes, international students are returning and some may purchase real estate. I don’t think they are the prime reason for prices going up fast. One of the biggest issues for the Canadian housing market has been foreign buyers who scoop up the real estate as an investment tool. Domestically, as long as interest rates remain low, we will see more and more people trying to enter the market. We are dealing with new metrics and data as a result of COVID-19. We will need to watch the market closely in the fall, to see if restrictions continue to impact the ability to buy, but we can assume that unless there are new housing market–related policies put in place to try to cool down the market, we will see an upward trajectory.

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MICHELE ROMANOW: The housing market right now is a bit deceiving. We saw a shift in people moving out of urban cores into more suburban communities due to COVID-19. Interest rates are the lowest they have been in a long time, which has also led there to be a bit of a rebound. Prices may be dropping marginally, but it won’t continue at this rate for long. The summer has given the market a bit of a lull with restrictions loosening and people travelling once again. With the summer coming to an end, real estate agents have already seen an increase in the number of buyers in the market this month. It is hard to predict what a potential fourth wave will mean for prices due to the uncertainty around variants, but we can assume restrictions will look different compared to previous lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. More and more Canadians are getting vaccinated and restrictions are being loosened. Major cities like Toronto will only continue to see a steady increase in prices. There won’t be a major correction as long as interest rates remain low.

STRANGE: There are at least two important forces to consider here. The first is that Toronto remains unaffordable, with high prices relative to income. The second is that technology and the practices of employers have made it possible to work at a distance. Both of these would tend to support rising prices outside of the core. And this is the pattern seen in recent empirical work across a range of cities. This seems to suggest that there is potential for further increases in markets outside the core. Of course, there is great uncertainty right now in both economics and epidemiology. Negative developments in either of these would presumably affect all of Greater Toronto's markets.

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Trials of a four-day workweek in Iceland have proved successful

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During COVID-19 lockdown, people started working and viewing work differently. Many worked from home, and some employers offered flexible schedules to accommodate child care and other responsibilities. This pandemic also exposed inequities that continue to grow in a work regime that’s been around for generations. The 40-hour, five-day workweek was established in Canada in the 1960s. Once the 40-hour workweek was achieved, pushes to shorten it even more began but stalled. During much of the standard workweek’s history, the norm was for one person (usually a woman) to look after the household while another (usually a man) worked outside the home. Much work had to be done manually, but as automation and computerization increased, displacing or marginalizing numerous workers, work hours didn’t drop to reflect the changes. The reality of work during COVID-19 got many people reconsidering hours again. Studies continue to show that reduced hours benefit not just workers, but also employers and society as a whole. Large-scale trials conducted in Iceland between 2015 and 2019 found a four-day workweek increased employees’ well-being, improved health and work-life balance and reduced stress and burnout. In many cases, productivity also improved. I could have told them that.

The David Suzuki Foundation has had a four-day, 34-hour workweek almost since its inception, and it’s been incredibly successful. Changes to work regimes and hours must be designed to reduce growing inequalities in the current system. After all, when people risk their lives for starvation wages while billionaires turn cartwheels in space, something’s wrong. Reducing job hours is a good start, but we must also bring our economic and work systems into the 21st century in other ways, with increased minimum wages, vacation time, parental leave, benefits and work-life flexibility. Doing so will create jobs, reduce commuting and pollution, increase well-being, productivity and time with family and friends and — if done right — curtail the rampant consumerism fuelling destruction of the planet’s lifesupport systems. Most of us have lived with the 40-hour workweek our entire lives, making it difficult to even imagine a better way. But the system is outdated and destructive. It’s time for change. Let’s work on that!

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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 Ian Hanington).


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Christmas movies along the water so keep your eyes peeled for couples looking way too in love. After a skate along the river, visit one of Ottawa’s many national museums, stop by Westboro Village for one-of-a-kind boutiques and plan a bar crawl through ByWard market.

Where to travel for a taste of movie magic You’ll find famous film locations all over Ontario When walking downtown in Cambridge, Ontario, you might catch a succession of red capes as Elizabeth Moss and her fellow Handmaid’s Tale cast members haunt the Grand River. This past summer, Jason Momoa was spotted in Bloor West Village between takes of his latest flick, and the cast of Suicide Squad were often spotted dining on Queen West during filming in Toronto. Ontario has always played a lead role in some of the biggest blockbusters. With beautiful landscapes, historic towns, and bustling city centres, it is clear why this province makes the perfect filming location. Here are some Ontario locations to travel to that have been the backdrop for some of our favourite films and television shows. You might even catch a glimpse of a few movie stars on set! Find remnants of your favourite battle scene in Kingston

With historical buildings and a long, prolific past, Kingston is an ideal filming location. In 2019, Kingston Penitentiary hosted over 80 different shoots and has confirmed production of a new series and feature film this year, although their titles have not yet been announced. We do know that Titans, Alias Grace, Murdoch Mysteries and Star Trek: Discovery were all filmed on location at Kingston Penitentiary with great

success. Book a trip to Kingston to feel a bit like a movie star yourself while going on a boat cruise, shopping on Princess Street and grabbing a slice of pizza at Wooden Heads! Recreate that Hallmark movie romance on the Rideau Canal

Ottawa is a popular Christmas movie shoot location with its picturesque views, and you guessed it: snow. ByWard Market has unique shops, trendy restaurants, and romantic cobbled courtyards; Confederation Park feels like New York City Central Park; and Cumberland Heritage Village Museum boasts an early 20th Century church, picturesque gazebos and a rural town square, all ideal for playing a variety of locations – and for a vacation! Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a huge tourist attraction all year round, creating the ideal backdrop for boating and running in the warmer months and flying along The Skateway in the winter. With historic and cinematic architecture lining the river, the Rideau Canal creates an emblematic landscape for many productions. Famously, The Boy in Blue (starring Nicholas Cage, Christopher Plummer and Cynthia Dale) was filmed on the Canal, as was award winning Michael: Every Day. Every year Hallmark films many of their

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Ottawa’s Rideau Canal has been the backdrop for many film shoots

For years, historic Hamilton has been the main filming location for many major motion pictures. Robocop, Repo Men, Detroit Rock City, Cinderella Man, Four Brothers and the Resident Evil film franchise are just a few of the famous flicks that have been shot here over the years. With century old factories, a sparkling waterfront, a University and a vibrant city centre, Hamilton meets location requirements for many movie studios. Gage Park and its beautiful greenhouses, waterfalls, palm trees and unique subtropical plants is always a stunning backdrop. Westfield Heritage Park attracts filmmakers with its 204 hectares of woodland and meadows and 35 carefully restored historical buildings, as does Ferguson Station, a historic CN railway station that takes train passengers through the vibrant International Village down to Hamilton’s waterfront. All the elements that make Hamilton a beautiful place to visit also make for the ideal movie set! Award winning director Guillermo del Toro has shot three films in Hamilton, his most famous being the Academy Awards’ Best Picture, The Shape of Water. His latest, Nightmare Alley, was filmed at The Cotton Factory and will star Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett. Next on the production schedule is The Man From Toronto, a film starring Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson and Kaley Cuoco. Complete your visit to this movie set hub with a trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens, a tour through the city’s best waterfalls and experience the New York Times–approved culinary scene at the Heather, Quatrefoil or Saint James Espresso Bar.

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Lauren Margison was just eight when she appeared in a Canadian Opera Company production of La Boheme, resulting in an invitation to make an appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno. But the soprano says it took her a while to realize that opera could be her true calling. Even before Margison began performing extensively to audiences across Canada and internationally, she had opera running through her blood. Born to tenor Richard Margison and violinist and opera director Valerie Kuinka, it’s no surprise that she followed in their footsteps and similarly found love for the art.

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“It felt more like joining a family business than anything else,” Margison says, although she points out her parents never pushed her toward a career in music. Although Margison was always passionate about music, she didn’t begin her professional musical journey in opera. While attending Yonge and St. Clair’s Linden High School, she was focused mainly on pop music and jazz and was even part of a Toronto jazz group called the Real Divas. “I had this itch toward classical music that I had yet to allow myself to scratch because there’s also that feeling that I didn’t want to be constantly trying to make a career in the shadow of my father.”

Margison wanted to know she was good enough to stand on her own feet and felt that to do so she had to find a genre separate from her father. “But I finally bit the bullet and realized that opera is just so much fun.” Although she realized that opera was her calling as a teenager, Margison didn’t pursue it professionally until her mid-20s. “The thing about opera is you need to let your voice mature.” Since then, Margison was one of four singers chosen to perform the music of Gordon Lightfoot for Gordon Lightfoot at the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Heart and Vision Awards ceremony and concert and was a featured soloist on the Citytv Christmas Carol Sing, among other major accomplishments. For Margison, it’s the stories of opera that drew her in so much. “I like that connection that you feel with the singer when there’s no microphone and you hear their voice, and it fills the hall, and you think, ‘How on Earth can they do that?’ It’s just incredible. And I just always wanted to be able to do that and experience that.” Margison has completed young artists’ programs with both the Montreal Opera and Canadian Opera Company. The soprano says her career highlight is performing the lead role in the Canadian Opera Company’s 2019 production of La bohème. “The story is so romantic and the music itself is unbelievably beautiful. The cast all got along well, and we became like a little family, and I have nothing but happy memories of that time.” —Megan Gallant


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A show-stopping proposal from Toronto’s events king Page Magen of Magen Boys on moving from friends to marriage and the couple’s Springsteen honeymoon Chances are you’d recognize Page Magen if you’ve been to any kind of big event over the past 20 years. From weddings to bar mitzvahs to formals, Magen Boys — the entertainment brand Magen started with his twin brother Jian — does it all. As Canada’s number one event production company, Magen has worked with Torontonians at some of the city’s biggest events. We asked the entertainment mogul about how he met his wife, Sasha Magen.

from her job! She ran over, and I had it set up so that, when she was asking to try on a pair that she liked, the ring was going to be in there. When the staff came toward her, the lights in the store dimmed, and our wedding song, “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” by the Supremes and the Temptations, came on over the speakers. I got down on one knee while the store was full of people! After the proposal, an older woman walked up to us and said, "So does she still get to keep the shoes?”

How they met

The kids

We have four kids, Taylor, who is 11; Preston, who is nine; Caleb, who is six; and Elle, who is three. We love them so, so much!

The wedding Page and Sasha are loving parents to Taylor, Elle, Preston and Caleb

friends, but this time it was official, and we had a lot of fun. We went out with another couple, and they both got really drunk! We had to take care of them at the end of the night; it was quite hilarious!

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It was THE BEST! She’s obsessed with shoes and has a great sense of fashion, so I told her that my friend’s shoe store, David's, was having an 80 per cent off friends and family sale. It was the only way I could get her away

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We got married on New Year’s Eve, 2007. We chose Beth Tikvah synagogue, as it was where I grew up going to during the High Holidays. We created a winter wonderland that was all white. We loved knowing that we could party with our friends and celebrate the new year at the same time. Now that it has been 13 years, we realized that doing it on this night

Balancing careers and marriage

Pre-pandemic, it was pretty hectic as I was working on the weekends and she has a successful real estate career at Harvey Kalles. But since the stoppage of all events, we have spent some meaningful time together. We try to have time just for us, but we also love being with our kids. It is an adventure every day!.

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We went to Europe and planned it around seeing Bruce Springsteen in Paris because we both love him! It was epic. We also went to St. Tropez, Capri and Mykonos, the best of all countries!

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Illusionarium There was a lot of hype when Jamie Allan’s Illusionarium, at 1 Yonge St., was scheduled to open oh so long ago. Then the pandemic hit and we waited. Now, the ode to all things magical is rolling and entertaining crowds with an immersive look into the history of magic with plenty of live performances from magicians, including the famous Penn & Teller, to entertain all, as well as 3D projections and life-size holograms.

L-R: Jordan Tannahill’s latest work ‘Is My Microphone On?’ opens at Dream in High Park, Fall for Dance North runs Sept. 11 to Oct. 9

Exploring incredible arts happenings this fall The best theatre, dance, concerts and visual arts to check out

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Although concerts will move slowly indoors, now that many venues are being up front about requesting all patrons be fully vaccinated, it should make concert goers and the venues more comfortable about reopening. But what do we have to look forward to so far? The most intriguing concert on the fall schedule is Leslie Feist’s Multitudes, running Oct. 20 to 30 backstage at Meridian Hall, which is described as an “intimate, radically communal albeit topsyturvy concert that will muddle the roles between audience and performer.” The crowd for the shows are capped at just 200. She is one of the city’s, indeed the country’s, best songwriters and performers, and this event should be something special. The ticket price is steep, but this kind of opportunity doesn’t come around often. And later this fall, the rise of the legendary and substantially renovated and revitalized

Massey Hall will be the talk of the town. The season begins with Gordon Lightfoot, but the real gems to circle on the calendar are Buffy Saint-Marie on Nov. 30 and the five-night run with City and Colour, Dec. 9 to 12 and 14. In October, the new Drake/Live Nation venue History will open its doors for the first time. So far, the first concert is slated as rock band All Time Low on Oct. 22, but we are happy to state right now that the venue will not open for the first time with this decidedly average southern rock band. After all, Drake has a new album set to drop any day now. Rest assured there will be something special in the works. The venue is also scheduled to host some great fall shows including the Flaming Lips on Nov. 19.

Klimt Who didn’t have a print of Klimt in their high school locker or university dorm room? He is so damn romantic. Now, the Austrian renegade artist is getting his own immersive exhibition in town, because why not? This one is by Lighthouse Immersvie, the same team behind the OG of the genre, Immersive Van Gogh, and will open at the same 1 Yonge St. location this fall.

VISUAL ART

The big Art Gallery of Ontario Andy Warhol show runs until Oct. 24. The Luminato Festival, which runs throughout October mostly as a virtual arts happening, is set to premiere a new work from acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky. The new work, In the Wake of Progress, was commissioned by the festival. The digital experience is designed for the screens surrounding Yonge-Dundas Square and filmed by Bokeh Collective for the 2021 online audience. In keeping with Burtynsky’s recent work, In the Wake of Progress tells the epic tale of humanity’s impact on the planet.

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DANCE

The big dance event of the early fall season is Fall for Dance North, which is set to hold its largest festival to date with seven weeks of programming from Sept. 11 to Oct. 29. Festival highlights include a new outdoor performance series as well as filmed and live stream virtual presentations featuring both Toronto-based and international artists from

India, Cuba, London and New York City. There are also two immersive dance exhibitions slated for the fall at 1 Yonge St. One, Looking for the Dance, opening Sept. 18, is an exhibit featuring the photographs of ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov. The other, Touch, is an immersive dance experience created by the National Ballet of Canada’s Guillaume Côté. Touch, which features both live performance and projection, runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 17.

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THEATRE

Most theatres are looking at January 2022 to open new shows. Outdoors is still the venue of choice for live performances, and there are a few. For instance, Soulpepper is teaming up with Native Earth Performing Arts in bringing The Home Project to its outdoor stage in the Soulpepper Courtyard Sept. 21 to Oct. 3. This intimate theatrical experience combines live performance, sound and digital media to examine the idea of home. The Dream in High Park series continues into September, including the Canadian premiere of Is My Microphone On?, the latest from playwright Jordan Tannahill. And Blindness continues its run indoors and on the stage at the Princess of Wales Theatre. This intimate Mirvish production only allows 50 patrons per show, increasing to 80 this fall, sitting on the stage to experience this auditory delight. The work is an adaptation of the Nobel Prize–winning novel Blindness by José Saramago, reinterpreted as a sound installation.

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Monet Claude Monet painted some large canvases. There’s a gallery in Paris built especially to house them. Still, someone thought it was a good idea to blow them up even further and project them onto a wall of the Metro Convention Centre, to the tune of 50,000 square feet of space and 400 paintings. The work is breathtaking and wonderful on any level, and if this attracts more to the world of art, so be it. Check out this incredible work, then head to Paris and check out the brushstrokes up close.

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YOU HAVE TO BE PRETTY BRAVE OR PRETTY CONFIDENT TO OPEN A BUSINESS DURING A PANDEMIC. THIS ISSUE WE SALUTE OVER 50 OF THE CITY’S BEST NEW SHOPS, SERVICES AND RESTAURANTS.

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FONDA BALAM Former Quetzal chefs Julio Guajardo and Kate Chomyshyn have partnered with celebrity chef Matty Matheson to open FondaBalam. Fonda Balam replaces pop-up Birria Balam on Spadina Ave. The Mexican eatery is inspired by the cooking techniques and style of Mexico. The tacos here are birria-style, which is a dish originating from the Mexican state of Jalisco. They can be ordered crispy or soft and are served with red and green salsas. 802 Dundas St. W. GUS TACOS Top taqueria Gus Tacos has landed in Parkdale, with the opening of a third Toronto outpost. The best part about this Mexican spot? All of the tacos on the menu are just $5! Served in a handmade corn tortilla with onions and cilantro, protein options include grilled steak, braised lamb, chicken, grilled pork, braised pork and fish. A mushroom taco and a cheese taco with avocado are the two available vegetarian options. 1533 Queen St. W.

BEST NEW CHINESE When the pandemic brought their brick-and-mortar restaurant plans to a halt, chefs David Schwartz, Braden Chong and Keith Siu channelled their creativity into the pop-up concept SUNNY’S CHINESE. The menu is only available by signing up for their weekly newsletter, as dishes rotate that frequently. All of the dishes are elevated approaches to Chinese regional specialties. No fixed address

BEST NEW BAKED GOODIES EMMER is selling baked goods out of its new Harbord Street location. Previously operating out of Donna’s, Emmer offers ham and cheese baguettes, bacon butties, breakfast sandwiches, canelé and several different varieties of croissant. If you’re hoping to snag some of Emmer’s delicious baked goods, arrive early and be prepared to line up. 161 Harbord St.

BEST NEW ITALIAN Celebrity chef David Rocco is unveiling his latest project in the Yorkville neighbourhood. Although a full menu has not yet been released, BAR APERITIVO will focus on its namesake Italian tradition. Derived from the Latin “aperire” (to open), an aperitivo is a drink designed to open the stomach, or stimulate the appetite, before a meal. 95 Cumberland St.

BEST NEW CARIBBEAN Chef Kareema Beckles opened

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Dundas Street East. Chef Kareema’s is a Caribbean-fusion restaurant that puts a spin on classic dishes with a menu that rotates on a weekly basis. Menu highlights include the Caribbean gourmet spring rolls as well as Chef Kareema’s famously delicious jerk chicken lasagna. 203 Dundas St. E.

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BEST NEW MICHELINSTAR CONTENDER Chris White and Jonathan Nicolaou (Brothers Food & Wine) have opened RESTAURANT 20 VICTORIA, one of the finest restaurants in the country. Expect the menu to build upon the style of cooking that Brothers was known for, which means a focus on seasonal ingredients and simple yet nuanced flavours (plus plenty of top-notch wine). 20 Victoria St.

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BEST NEW SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN JOYBIRD FRIED CHICKEN is back at STAKT MRKT. Run by Trevor Liu, JoyBird is located inside Belgian Moon Brewery and features an impressive 200-seat licensed patio. Along with their OG Taiwanese fried chicken sandwiches, this spot’s got a menu that includes street-style eats like fully-loaded smash burgers, as well as an assortment of fried snacks. 3633 Dundas St. W.

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BARONESS BUBBLE TEA The grand opening of Baroness Bubble Tea marks the second Canadian location for the brand. The popular chain has locations across Asia and stands out in a saturated market by using oat milk as opposed to whole milk, making the drinks thicker and sweeter. Baroness is known for its brown sugar pearls but also serves smoothies and iced teas. 421 Yonge St.

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PALGONG TEA Palgong Tea has a new location in the city. The popular Korean bubble tea chain has partnered with Jakeman’s Maple Products, so you can rest assured that you’re getting a drizzle of genuine Canadian maple syrup in your next iced maple milk tea. Palgong Tea also has a dessert menu that features sweet treats like macarons, cheesecakes, raw cookie doughs and ice creams. 53 Bloor St. E.

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ICE CREAM

WHERE TO FIND THE CITY’S LATEST AND GREATEST FROZEN TREATS TO SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH

BEST NEW MIDDLE EASTERN AZHAR, the latest addition to Janet Zuccarini’s ever-expanding restaurant empire, is turning heads on the Ossington strip. Azhar marries Middle Eastern influences with local ingredients, all prepared in a state-of-the-art wood-fired oven. Azhar has also partnered with Middle Eastern artisans and local brands to sell a bounty of meats, cheeses, wines alongside its in-house menu. 96 Ossington Ave.

BEST NEW DOUGHNUT SHOP COPS DOUGHNUTS sells their mini doughnuts in three flavours: classic cinnamon sugar, the OG sour cream, and a weekly special (check their Instagram for the latest flavours). Past creations have included the ube glazed and lemon poppy seed glazed. All of their doughnuts are made fresh from scratch and are available as a 12-pack ($9), an 18-pack ($13.50), or in variety packs. 4 Matilda St.

BEST NEW LIVE MUSIC & COCKTAILS Named after the British term for the bridge of a song, MIDDLE8 is the latest restaurant and soon-to-be live music venue to hit Yorkville. Chef Andrew Carter quietly opened the restaurant in the former Amber nightclub on Yorkville Avenue in June of this year, after pandemic-related delays. The menu focuses on oysters and charcuterie as well as seasonal meals and small plates. 119 Yorkville Ave. BEST NEW INDONESIAN LITTLE SISTER, a popular midtown restaurant known for its distinctive Dutch-Indonesian fare, has opened a second location. Little Sister's menu is divided into skewers, snacks, sides and traditional dishes, many that feature the restaurant’s homemade spice blends. The menu consists of smallto medium-sized dishes perfect for sharing. 2031 Yonge St.

GOLD MEDALLIST After running countless pop-ups, collaborations and an online shop, Churnt Up finally has a home. Handcrafted ice cream flavours include mango and chocolate chip cookie dough. Churnt Up’s flavour selection rotates weekly. 858 Eglinton Ave. E.

BEST NEW SOUTH ASIAN EATERY Opening a restaurant mid-pandemic presented a perfect opportunity, says Thanawat “T” Khamchum, co-owner of

YAKSHA SOUTH EAST ASIAN EATERY. Securing the new loca-

tion was a steal for T and his wife, as many landlords reduced prices to try and attract new tenants. The takeout-inspired menu features various southeast Asian dishes broken down into rice bowl variations. You can build your own bowl too. 2109 1/2 Yonge St.

COPS Doughnuts specializes in mini doughnuts

BEST NEW DONAIR FRIGGITELLO, named after the sweet Italian chili pepper, is a new Mediterranean spot in Kensington Market. Specializing in grilled chicken, the small but flavourful menu includes wraps, kebabs, donair and poutine. There are also plenty of veggie options to choose from, all packed with flavour and fresh ingredients. 181 Baldwin St.

SILVER MEDALLIST On Third Thought is an allergyfriendly, vegan gelato and wine bar with a fun twist. For an extra $1 you can infuse any scoop of gelato with wine. On Third Thought also offers wine and gelato pairing combos and tasting flights of wine and gelato, too. 6 Markham St.

BEST CHEF’S COMEBACK DOMAINE MAMO is inspired by French-Italian regional cuisine and offers dishes influenced by the Maritime Alps and the Mediterranean coastline. Owner Robert Prete has been serving guests in midtown for 30 years, and master chef Didier Leroy was born and raised in France. Domaine Mamo has a patio out front and offers private dining and catering. 581 Mount Pleasant Rd.

BRONZE MEDALLIST Creamery X in Toronto turns classic recipes into new custard frozen ice cream. Run by creative entrepreneurs Bonnie Gallant and Melissa Baird, this small-batch spot has a handful of creamy flavours, which can be packed into pints to take home too. 124 Jarvis St.


BEST NEW PUERTO RICAN Opening Harlem Bodega, Little Portugal’s new Puerto Rican vegan takeout spot, has been a longtime dream for owner Juss (who prefers not to share his last name). HARLEM BODEGA has a menu that features classic bodega sandwiches but with a twist — the beef* and chicken* found in every sandwich or burrito is actually plant based! Many items are also gluten-free. Sides include seasoned fries, pastelillos, tostones and fried rice and beans. 1993 Yonge St.

BEST NEW 905 RESTAURANT Chinese franchise BINGZ has opened its first Toronto location in Richmond Hill. Bingz specializes in crispy pork burgers, known as rou jia mo. The menu also features a spicy cumin pork and black pepper beef burger, plus wonton soup, hot and sour glass noodle soup and liangpi served with a side of sesame sauce. 3229 Hwy. 7 E.

BEST NEW ETHIOPIAN Midtown is now home to the first Toronto outpost of ABYSSINIA YYZ. Specializing in Ethiopian and Eritrean food, the former of which is known for its plentiful vegan options, the restaurant’s menu includes an abundance of stews and stir-fries served with injera, a sourdough flatbread used to scoop up delicious bites. 2038 Yonge St.

GOLD MEDALLIST Matty’s Patty’s opened its doors in October 2020 and has been satisfying cheeseburger cravings ever since. Offering seven mouth-watering combos, like the double patty cheeseburger, topped with American cheese, lettuce, and a double patty on a sesame bun. 923a Queen St. W.

SILVER MEDALLIST Calgary’s much-loved Pigot’s Burger Club now has a Toronto location. There are seven options available, many of which are seasoned with chef Pigot’s secret spice blend. Tater tots, fries, and salad are some of the available sides. 1 Adelaide St. E.

WIN & PLACE THE BACKYARD SMOKEHOUSE The Backyard Smokehouse is a welcome addition to the Annex, especially if you’re looking to get your hands on some smoked chicken. Its extensive menu includes many juicy burger combinations and all your BBQ favourites: brisket, pulled pork, ribs, smoked chicken and smoked shrimp, all ranging from $9 to $35. There’s also an array of sides including cornbread, fried pickles, and more. 264 Dupont St. MATT’S SMOKEHOUSE If it’s mouth-watering brisket you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Night Owl is now hosting BBQ joint Matt’s Smokehouse. After popping up at several locations across the city, Matt and his team are now settled in Little Italy. Don’t miss out on the rib and wing combos or the towering 10-hour pulled brisket sandwiches. Mama’s cornbread, with bites of candied jalapeno and cheddar, is an absolute must. 647 College St.

BRONZE MEDALLIST It’s good vibes only at GG’s Burgers, a new spot in the Beaches. Along with a series of smash burgers, GG’s also does crispy fish and chicken sandwiches and hot dogs. Sides include fries, onion rings, milkshakes, and funnel cakes. 681 Lake Shore Blvd. E.

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BEST NEW TAIWANESE BAKERY Taiwanese bakery chain HAZUKIDO opened in Toronto, marking the brand’s first North American location. Launched in 2014, Hazukido now has a whopping 200 locations around the world. The chain is known for its carefully crafted croissants, which are available in dozens of sweet and savoury flavours, such as the molten salted egg yolk tart. 595 Bay St., Unit E-01

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BEST NEW PATTIES New Leaside patty and pot pie purveyor PHAMILYEATS has been a labour of love for owner Peter Pham. Phamilyeats makes every single patty by hand, right here in Toronto. Patty flavours include beef (mild to extra spicy) and veggie. The dairy-free pies include the braised short rib pie and the chicken pot pie, both loaded with tender chunks of meat and topped with a light, flaky puff pastry. 858 Eglinton Ave. E.

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BEST NEW PIZZA has found a new home next door to Churnt Up. Dan Rios and his team are known for their selfproclaimed “weird” pizzas, like the Bay of Pigs (white sauce, mozza, pulled pork, bacon, red onion, pickles and mustard sauce). Alongside the weird pizzas, the joint serves up classic and vegetarian pies, but also other light bites, like chicken wings and salads. 856 Eglinton Ave. E. CONSPIRACY PIZZA

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MAISON BUSATTI Luxury Italian linens might sound like just that — a luxury — but you won’t be able to resist the selection at Yorkville’s Maison Busatti. Offering bedding, tableware, towels and more to brighten up your home, this brand has graced the houses of A-list celebrities, including Steven Spielberg and Ralph Fiennes. 136 Avenue Rd., maisonbusatti.com

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JAMES PERSE Rosedale will be welcoming a new furniture and home decor boutique. James Perse, a Los Angeles fashion brand, already has an apparel-focused storefront in the Yorkville area, but the new location opening soon will focus on the company’s home collection. That includes bedding, rugs, decorative storage and more at luxury-level prices. jamesperse.com

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BEST NEW EXCLUSIVE RETAILER High-fashion multi-brand purveyor The Webster is bringing its unique approach to Toronto with its first location outside of the U.S. The company plans on bringing in a selection of luxury goods to the city that will be tough to find anywhere else. thewebster.us

BEST NEW COMIC BOOK STORE SILVER SNAIL may not exactly be new, but the recent move from its Yonge & Dundas location to the Queen West area has revitalized it. Comic book lovers will no longer have to climb a flight of stairs to peruse some of the coolest finds in Toronto’s oldest comic book store, and you’ll be greeted by a mural along the storefront. 809 Queen St. W.

BEST NEW WELLNESS SHOP Wellness and health solutions of all kinds have really taken off this year, and GOOD GODDESS: THE NEST is offering a whole host of products, services and more as answers. This multi-brand concept shop combines natural spray tanning, acupuncture, chiropractic services, apparel, skin care and even a broth bar. 101 Yorkville Ave.

BEST NEW LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUE Founder Leah Miller handselected the variety of ceramics, accessories, clothing, candles, home goods and more that you’ll find at Rosedale’s newest boutique, WOLF AND MOON. The store’s space may be small, but its interior is airy and filled with items that you may not find anywhere else in the city. 1128 Yonge St.

BEST NEW PLANT PARLOUR This new Toronto store will be there for all your plant care needs. CHIVE has made the new Queen West storefront its Canadian headquarters. You won’t be able to resist stepping into the shop after passing by the floor-to-ceiling windows displaying some of the store’s coolest greenery, including tiny succulents and massive monsteras. 837 Queen St. W.

BEST NEW PET PLACE IF PRICE IS NO OBJECT WAG SWAG is Toronto’s answer to the booming luxury pet care trend. The boutique offers sweaters, scarves, leashes, harnesses and more, including an entire vegan leather line. If you’re the type to spoil your pets, you and your dog might just have to stop by this spacious and elegant storefront. 131 Bloor St.

BEST NEW FITNESS STUDIO This fitness studio is quite new to Toronto, and it’s bringing a unique approach to working out. BURNOUT FITNESS features the VersaClimber, the machine equivalent of climbing up a mountain. If you’re looking for a more interesting alternative to more basic workouts at your gym, this is the place! 2581 Yonge St.

BEST NEW SNEAKERS The year 2021 saw the arrival of luxury Italian fashion brand Golden Goose to Canada for the first ever in a stand-alone store operating out of Yorkdale. The brand offers its own line of sneakers of in their signature “aged” style— at a steep price! 3401 Dufferin St.

BEST NEW MENSWEAR Keep an eye out for a new menswear shop that’s set to open up any day now in Yorkville. Isaia, a luxury Italian menswear brand, will be opening its very first Canadian location here in Toronto. The Toronto location will also include a Vesuvius Lounge and tailor shops. 77 Yorkville Ave.


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BEST PANDEMIC-INSPIRED ARTS VENUE In the middle of the pandemic’s icy grip, Charles Khabouth and Ink Entertainment converted an unused parking lot into a new drive-in venue complete with a top-quality stage and sound system where the CITYVIEW DRIVE-IN hosted top musical acts and screened movies for TIFF and the general public when we needed it most. Thank you, Charles. 20 Polson St.

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pop-up. From Thursday to Sunday, the quirky strip of parkland under the Gardiner Expressway transforms into a groovy roller palace with rental skates and lessons available for those ready to give it a try. Retrorolla.com.

BEST HERITAGE PRESERVATION Although the city of Toronto doesn’t make a habit of preserving and celebrating built heritage, there are times when we prioritize. First, MASSEY HALL. This is one of the prized buildings in the city, and it is set for the grand reveal this fall of an exhaustive two-year project to preserve and revitalize this gem. In midtown, the CAPITOL THEATRE condo project shows that it’s possible to retain key heritage attributes while providing new housing.

BEST NEW MARKET Little Jamaica is a special neighbourhood, and the community are doing their best to keep it that way. One new initiative is the Afro Caribbean Farmers Market, Tuesdays, focusing on culturally appropriate fruits and vegetables from the Caribbean. 1531 Eglinton Ave. W.

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BEST NEW FEELGOOD ART PROJECT Although the Beach Rock Snake started as an innocent bit of fun for a local seven-year-old kid, it has turned into a massive show of community solidarity. Earlier this year, a painted rock was placed on the sand beside the boardwalk of Kew Beach along with a sign asking for others to do the same. The rocks now number in the hundreds or perhaps thousands and the snake stretches as far as the eye can see. Epic. BEST NEW ANIMAL SIGHTING We love our animal sightings in the city, and no little critters are more beloved than foxes. But the prize of the year has to be the video showing a rare silver fox prancing through the University of Toronto campus earlier this year. Peak cute.

BEST HOMELESS INITIATIVE Trying to do right for those experiencing homeless in our city is challenging. Although the city did poorly in clearing out homeless encampments with legions of riot police, earlier in the pandemic things were trending in the right direction when the administration aggressively pursued long-term housing by purchasing or leasing space in hotels such as the ROEHAMPTON HOTEL in midtown.

BEST NEW INITIATIVE Affordable housing is the bane of Toronto’s urban existence, and it seems like nothing ever happens. And that’s why when the Kensington Lane Trust decided to do something on their own and buy a building for its residents, it was so impressive. Hopefully the move will inspire others.

BEST PROGRESSIVE CITY MOVE It is one thing to make overtones and say the right things in the fight to end anti-Black racism and right historical wrongs. It is entirely another to act. That is exactly what the city of Toronto did voting to change the name of Dundas Street, one of its busiest, and best-known thoroughfares.

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BEST NEW OUTDOOR ACTIVITY Old school roller skating is the hottest summer trend in Toronto, and it started at the

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BEST NEW ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE Toronto is doing a lot of things to help with our environment, from green development standards to smaller projects along the waterfront, such as the SEABINS ON HARBOURFRONT, which suck in and collect all kinds of waste on the shores of Lake Ontario at the harbourfront, which makes it that much easier to enjoy our watery playground.

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BEST NEW PUBLIC PROJECT If someone had mentioned 10 years ago that one day there would be separate and safe cycling lanes along Yonge Street in the city, the eye rolls and snickers would have been merciless. Now it’s a reality. Public space and active transportation are valued for climate crisis– fighting benefits, their economic benefits and so much more. Long may we pedal the YONGE STREET BIKE LANES.

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TRADITIONAL GREEK DELICACIES Appetizers: Pork, Chicken, Lamb or Beef Souvlaki Stick Spanokopita, Shrimp, Pita Bread Fried Calamari, Dolmades, Greek Salad Tzatziki, Hummus, Taramosalata Entrees: Pork, Chicken, Lamb or Beef Souvlaki Dinnerserved with rice, roast potatoes and tzatziki

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House Pan Fried Dumplings

A royal banquet spread includes: Soup of the day, tandoori chicken, seekh kebob, chicken tikka, king tandoori prawns, choice of meat curry, choice of vegetable curry Rice, Naan and Dessert

BBQ Pork Spare Ribs Crispy Ginger Beef Spicy Peanut Chicken General Tsao's Chicken Basil Chicken House Mix Vegetable House Chili Prawn Special Fried Rice

Gyros on a Pita topped with marinated tomatoes, onions and tzatziki

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Check out our full menu on-line!

Also Wide Selection of Vegetarian and Tofu Dishes

There is no need to travel to Greece for the authentic cuisine, simply go online to www.karbouzi.com. A Toronto restaurant tradition for over 50 years, Karbouzi Greek Taverna has become a staple on Avenue Road known for the warm atmosphere, the friendly service, and of course, the delicious home cooking! Karbouzi boasts a menu filled with traditional Greek delicacies from Souvlaki to Moussaka to flaming Saganaki. And don’t forget to try our much loved Tzaziki! Call direct or order online at www.karbouzi.com

C’est Bon would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support during this period. All our staff are taking additional safety measures to ensure the safety of both staff and all of our customers.

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OTHER SAMPLE MENU ITEMS INCLUDE: Starters: Chicken/Vegetable Momos - Nepali style chicken/veg dumplings Shrimp Butterfly - Large king prawns are deliciously spiced and deep-fried

NEW SPECIALTY BURGERS All our burgers/fries & desserts are 100% gluten free. All our meats are 100% certified halal. All burgers served on a warm potato bun The Holy Chuck (Our signature): Aged beef, maple smoked bacon, cheese, caramelized onions The Big Yianni NEW Aged beef, maple smoked bacon, cheese, panko crusted onion rings, chipotle mayo The Holy Cluck NEW House-breaded crispy chicken thigh, lettuce, tomato, pickle, mayo

Lamb & Goat: Lamb/Goat/Nilgiri - Authentic lamb dish from the mountains of Nilgiri Lamb/Goat/Kadai - Cooked with ginger, green pepper, tomatoes and hot spice in a deep iron wok

The Holy Vegan NEW Ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, vegan cheese, served on a gluten free vegan/keto bun

Seafood: Shrimp Vindaloo - Cooked in a fiery red-hot curry sauce. A specialty of Goa, south of Bombay Seafood Vindaloo - A famous fiery red-hot assorted seafood curry sauce

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Located in the heart of Yorkville our restaurant brings you our signature dishes that we’ve perfected over the last 20 years! From our famous Everest Feast that features mouthwatering Tandoori dishes to our popular Curry options, our staff is committed to providing the best that Nepalese and Indian cuisine has to offer. We have aspired to assemble a menu to reflects its unique Nepalese culture and culinary specialties. Enjoy a 10% discount for all pick-up orders so that you can bring the flavours of the Himalayas to your home! Order online at: www.kathmandurestaurant.ca

The Wagyu Weiner NEW 7” of gluten free wagyu beef, warm bun, your choice of toppings

Waffle Fries NEW Traditional Poutine & Hand-Cut Fries

Our location at 1450 Yonge St. is open for Pick-Up, Take-Out & Online Delivery. Additional safety measures are still in effect to ensure the ongoing safety of our customers & employees. Thanks to all of our loyal customers for their support. Rated best burgers & milkshakes in Toronto year after year.

Visit our website to see our full menu at holychuck.com Call us directly for pick up and take-out.


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It’s been two years since the last time the Ex came to Toronto, and although we miss the fairgrounds, you don’t have to miss the treats, thanks to these four spots in the city. A nest of deep-fried, doughy cake layered with vanilla soft serve and piled high with fresh fruit or candy topping is available from Funnel Cake Express. Nom Nom Nom Poutine has you covered for poutine, with six different

options that put a spin on the classic cheese curd and gravy combo. Fancy Franks is a must if you’re after a deep-fried corn dog, and although it’s not the infamous cronut burger of 2013, the Samwich Hogg banquet burger by Home Appliances Food Co. features an adorable beef slider topped with a slice of cheddar and served on a honey glazed doughnut bun decked out in rainbow sprinkles.

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MAJOR LEAGUE CLUBS Chef Mark McEwan takes on a series of towering club sandwiches to find out which of these classics is a home run

“We use free-run chicken and organic sourdough bread. Then we use a chipotle mayo that we make in-house. It has a slight kick and adds a unique flavour,” says Lady Marmalade’s owner, Natalia Simachkevitch.

WINNER This club sandwich is served with a simple green salad, home fries or the soup of the day. “This one is quite flavorful, and there was an even amount of bacon to chicken ratio,” says Mark. “The chipotle mayo that was used complemented the sandwich! The addition of the avocado was a nice touch. Super tasty!” As for the secret to Lady Marmalade’s winning club sandwich? “A club is comfort food,” says owner Natalia Simachkevitch. “Twists are great if they make sense. Never do a twist for the sake of being different if it doesn't add to the flavour.” Ladymarmalade.ca, $16

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“The meat was well seasoned and tasty. Overall, I enjoyed this sandwich a lot.”

“This was a good sandwich! However, the ratio of bacon and turkey was uneven.”

“This looks more like your traditional club sandwich. The avocado added creaminess to the sandwich.” *Only available through membership.

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MISS THE OLYMPICS? BRING THE TASTES OF TOKYO HOME WITH YOU The 2020 Olympic Games might be over, but the flavours of Japan are alive and well in Toronto. Take a seat, sharpen your chopsticks and enjoy a gold medal-worthy bento box from one of these four sushi restaurants. by Christine Hogg 3

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Known for its flame-seared aburi-style sushi, Torch offers seven unique bento boxes, all of which are served with green and red seaweed salad and steamed edamame beans. Two of the bestsellers include the Mix8 (eight pieces, one of each different kind of Torch sushi) and the Tasting Box (eight pieces of each type of Torch sushi, a lobster hand roll and a toro hand roll). Other bentos include the Salmon Lover, the MVP, the Ebi and Lobster, the Kabayaki and the Salmon Tuna Duo. Torch’s bento boxes range in price from $16.99 to $24.99. www.torchpressedsushi.com

Purple rice replaces plain steamed white rice in the bento boxes found at Hawk & Chick, thanks to the addition of cabbage kimchi. Located on Dundas Street West, Hawk & Chick offers five bento boxes, which include the Karaage Fried Chicken (KFC aïoli, crab stick slaw, sweet soy lotus root), Spicy Pork Bulgogi (bacon and onion korokke, pickled yellow radish), Whitefish Katsu (tartar sauce, crab stick slaw, sesame spinach) and Spicy Tofu Jorim (rolled egg, sweet soy lotus root, sesame spinach. Prices start at $14. www.hawkandchick.com

Yorkville’s not-so-secret sushi bar, Kibo Secret Garden, specializes in omakase sushi and sashimi sets. “Omakase” is a Japanese phrase that essentially translates to “I’ll leave it up to you,” meaning diners entrust the chef’s expertise and creativity to create a custom meal and a memorable dining experience. Kibo Secret Garden offers four bento boxes, which include the Chicken Kaiseki ($28), Salmon Kaiseki ($30), Marinated Beef Short Ribs Kaiseki ($35) and the Black Cod ($35). All bento boxes are served with miso soup. www.kibosecretgarden.com

Minami’s Gozen Lunch Set, available from 12 to 4 p.m., features classic Japanese set meals with a Minami twist. There are three options from which to choose, ranging in price from $27 to $38, all served with miso soup, goma-ae (dressed vegetable salad), tsukemono (Japanese preserved vegetables), daigaku-imo (caramelized sweet potato) and a daily feature sushi roll. A feature Gozen is also available for market price and features items selected by the chef. A chef’s selection of sashimi is also available as a lunch set. www.minamitoronto.com

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Michelinstarred chef returns to T.O. From Club Gascon in London to Drifter’s Solace in Toronto

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Travelling truly does broaden your horizons — both in and out of the kitchen — and pushes you to think beyond the idea that seasoning, and life, is more than just salt and pepper,” says David Salt. “I have been extremely fortunate to have been born to a family who enjoyed travelling to and living in other countries. The biggest influence is being exposed to so many flavours, food cultures and people, which has shaped my own style and flavours.” Born in Toronto, Salt grew up in exotic locations around the world, spending time in Canada, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates. He returned to Toronto for culinary school, only to leave again, this time to England, where he spent 14 years in kitchens of some stellar restaurants in the United Kingdom. That included Pascal Aussignac’s one Michelin–starred Club Gascon in London where he was awarded the role of head chef. He returned to Toronto in the summer of 2018 and began to host various culinary pop-ups around the city. Fast-forward to the beginning of the pandemic when Salt found himself inspired. Having spent his

whole culinary career working for someone else, the chef decided he wanted a change. So he tapped master sommelier Bruce Wallner, and an idea was formed — Drifter’s Solace. “Drifter's Solace did not exist before the pandemic, so I guess the influence the pandemic had was to push me to do something for myself,” Salt says. And thus, Drifter’s Solace was born. “I started with meal kits but always had the intention to have people sitting in at some point. The experience of cooking for people is impossible to replicate in a kit.” Now, Drifter’s Solace is a unique, multi-course chef ’s table experience serving a small collection of people at a time. “I have always wanted to have a small place,” Salt says. “The space we have fits eight people comfortably, though we can take more if we move into the room next door, and once you get into those lower numbers, a chef 's table is a natural choice. The experience is more personal in a smaller place. It’s just fun.” Located on Richmond Street, the chef ’s table eatery shares a


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L-R: Chef David Salt with Bruce Wallner opened Drifter’s Solace in Toronto after a stint in the United Kingdom

“We are all drifters in some small way.” themselves, rather than an extravagant, over-the-top showing. There’s also a level of privacy and seclusion to the space, as there’s no sign and it’s on the second floor of the house. It’s intended this way, creating more of a homey feel. “I want people to feel relaxed and enjoy themselves, like they are in the dining room of a friend's house. I think there is often a lot of pressure on guests and restaurant staff to act a certain

way, which ends up seeming unnatural, which is not what I want,” Salt explains. “A big part of the experience we are trying to create is a little bit of an antithesis to the typical North American or Toronto restaurant experience. That is, most places are huge spaces with intentions of getting as many people in and out of the doors as possible.” The menu itself changes to accommodate locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and is $125 per person. The day’s menu can be found on Tock, and the current offering includes, amongst other things, foie gras, rice pudding and eggplant peperonata available until October. Salt’s favourite dish, though, is an entree. He favours the lobster and glazed pork belly with corn veloute, he says, for a few reasons. “It is the season for corn,” he explains. “There are a lot of opposing flavours, which come together well on the dish, and I have fun putting it together.” Drifter’s Solace is located on the second floor of Grand Cru Deli, at 304 Richmond St. W. The restaurant accepts reservations on its website and through Tock.

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of shelter and a good meal. So Drifter’s Solace is just based on this simple idea that you can come in from the outside world to find food and drink and shelter.” As for the decor, guests and diners can expect it to be simple and tasteful, without distracting from the taste of the food. The chef ’s table is all about the experience of the cuisine, the enjoyment of the dishes

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Inspired by the Italian word for “artistic effortless- party and found out the legendary Italo Disco proness,” Sprezzatura is the latest Italian restaurant on ducer, Giorgio Moroder, was playing an arena show the GTA food scene. Sprezzatura is decorated with to thousands of people. It was an amazing show, and disco balls and mirrored ceilings and serves classic we wanted to bring a taste of those experiences to Italian dishes without the white table cloths and Toronto,” he says. crooner soundtrack. This is the second foray into the GTA restaurant “We came up with the concept during our honey- scene for Kavanagh and his partner, Lara Roberts. moon in Italy,” says co-owner Brook Kavanagh. The duo is the force behind Season Six (an eatery Noting the nonchalance of ordering fresh Italian focused on fast and fresh food) on Ossington Avfood in Italy, Kavanagh wanted to create enue. Sprezzatura’s decor was created with something that reflects modern Italian cocktail parties in mind and is a popular food. spot for private parties. “While in Florence, we visited a “We designed the space and the EFFORTLESS FUN fresh pasta counter in the Mercato menu to really come to life for private Sprezzatura is the goCentrale, wherein one takes a number, bookings. Birthday parties have been to spot for Italian eats like at the butchers, and when your extremely popular, with groups of up with a side of music, number comes up, you place your to 25 coming in to celebrate with a dance and fun. order. Within minutes, you’re chowing “spaghetti disco,” Kavanagh says. down on a paper plate of perfectly simple Opened in August, this “Italian disco” noodles.… The experience was so informal, spot is already popular on the party scene. so convivial, we loved it,” he says. The venue can create custom cocktail programs Sprezzatura’s meat and produce come from local that include sourced ingredients from Italy along Ontario farms, with dry ingredients sourced from with a fully catered evening and entertainment. The Italy. restaurant can accommodate 45 people inside and The party atmosphere of Sprezzatura came from has a private patio that can also hold 45 guests. Call the same trip to Florence and takes inspiration from ahead for private party bookings and reservations, Italian nightlife. Tuesday to Saturday, or visit the restaurant’s website “That same evening we were looking for a dance for more details.

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With the nice weather upon us and COVID cases low, now is a great time for sports leagues to restart. After a year or more of limited contact and restrictions, many people seem more enthusiastic than ever about their favorite intramural league starting again. Leading personal injury law firm, Diamond & Diamond, are sports fans. Their leadership team, Sandra Zisckind, Jeremy Diamond, and Isaac Zisckind share advice on how to restart sports leagues safely. Provide your own equipment Whenever possible, bring and use your own equipment to practices, to avoid excess contact. “I like having my own sports equipment, items I know fit me correctly, plus I can practice at home! There’s more of a benefit than just reducing exposure to covid through shared items.” shares Sandra Zisckind.

Sanitize shared equipment frequently Some sports require shared balls or other game equipment. However, sanitizing shared equipment frequently will reduce the chances that players will get sick. Jeremy Diamond suggests, “speak with the other team and consider having breaks every 5 to 10 minutes to sanitize as needed, depending on the sport you play. During halftime, or in between periods, make sure everyone washes their hands, too.” Having the sanitary supplies you need, including ones that are safe for sporting equipment, will make this a lot easier. Reduce contact and practice social distancing when possible Some sports, like soccer or football, can have plenty of players up close and personal a lot of the time, fighting over the ball,

while others, like volleyball, tennis, and racquetball, involve less contact. Whenever possible, try to limit the physical contact that you have with other players, both on the pitch and at practice. Communicate with the other team, and even consider talking to your league director about different accommodations that the league can make to help encourage social distancing. When you aren't playing, limit contact with the other team and spectators. Elbow or foot bump instead of high-five Everyone loves a good high-five after a great play, but this can easily lead to the spread of germs and viruses. Isaac mentions, “We’ve started doing elbow-bumps, instead of handto-hand contact, to reduce the chances of getting each other sick. It’s silly, but it’s fun and we

all enjoy a good laugh.” Temp check everyone before practices and games Before starting play, make sure that everyone participating gets a temperature check, both before practices and games. It's a simple investment to purchase a contact-free thermometer, and your sports league might even pitch in for the investment. If not, then the players may choose to split the cost of a team thermometer, or someone who owns one can donate the use of theirs.

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Popular wine bar moves to Ossington New Paris Paris location features outdoor seating Paris Paris has reopened at 146 Ossington Ave., after marking its last night of service on Dundas mid-August. Helmed by Jonathan Poon, Paris Paris is an unpretentious wine bar founded on good times and community. There are many bottles available by the glass plus an internationally inspired snack menu. Alongside a menu filled with familiar favourites, the new location on Ossington also features a spacious outdoor seating area. Paris Paris offers both lunch and dinner service, and the cuisine is fused with a curated selection of

amazing wines and spirits from around the world. Some recent dishes included freshly shucked oysters served with lemon and chili; a selection of meats, cheeses and olives; and, of course, comfort food like french fries. Walking into the restaurant, diners can expect “a vibe that is casual, energetic, colourful, refined but unpretentious,” according to a recent post on Instagram. The menu at Paris Paris is a mix of casual, delicious and comforting food, drawing inspiration from classic wine bar and bistro fare. Just like its previous location, the atmosphere is airy and

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Lobby. Toronto’s Moscow Tea Room will be filling a hole in the market left behind by the location’s previous occupants, Sorelle and Co., which has been vacant since Sorelle closed in 2018. The Russian-style tea room in Ottawa offers an elevated menu of appetizers, seafood, champagne and more, including fresh oysters, braised short ribs and the Moscow special: a seafood platter for $90, including Atlantic lobster, shrimp cocktail, mixed sashimi and salmon tartare. Ilon Tyan, director of marketing with Dreammind Group, the team behind the new launch, says the Toronto location will offer high tea, dinner and late night menu options to choose from. —Julia Mastroianni

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Moscow Tea Room is moving in at 161 Yorkville Ave. The location is the second of its kind in Canada, with the original Moscow Tea Room located in Byward Market in Ottawa. Toronto’s tea room is projected to open by mid-August, although a representative from the company couldn’t confirm an exact date. The original tea room has a long history of hosting all kinds of high-profile guests, including federal ministers, mayors and entertainment industry moguls. The new location in Yorkville is likely to attract a similar clientele. Abbis Mahmoud, the mastermind behind Moscow Tea Room, previously launched other well-known venues in Toronto, including Orchid Nightclub, Tequila Jacks, the Brunswick House and

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Boasting a French tasting menu and modern decor nestled within a gorgeous Victorian building, Alo has been deemed one of the best restaurants in the country. So, when the pandemic hit, Alo Group (which also owns Aloette and Yorkville’s Alobar) had to rethink its strategy. Executive chef Solomon Mason describes the menu at Aloette as serving the same concepts as the menu at Alo but with a more approachable, casual vibe. There’s less of a focus on fine dining and more so on a bistro business model. The ingredients and suppliers are still locally sourced and seasonal, but craving-worthy options like cheeseburgers and french fries populate the offerings. “This is a little more casual than we’re used to, but we found that people were very, very receptive to it,” Mason says. Alo, he says, was never intended to be a takeout space. “So, when we built this space, we really wanted to elevate what we were already doing, as far as the kitchen, the layout and how we were going to make the menu,” Mason says. Now, Alo Group has reimagined the Aloette concept yet again, opening a location in Liberty Village that is dedicated almost exclusively to takeout and delivery. It will be the first of a series of locations slated to open across the

city in 2022. The latest location is located in a strip of mostly local boutiques at 171 East Liberty St. Complete with a takeout window that opens to the exterior strip and prepackaged desserts, the menu offers up soft serve sundaes — exclusive to the Liberty Village location — as well as fries, cakes, salads and sides like roasted broccoli and crispy oyster mushrooms. “For the menu, we wanted to make things that were going to be able to travel well but were also just very delicious,” Mason says. “We wanted to use a lot of local suppliers and promote the community.” Although Mason acknowledges that the prices may be higher than traditional takeout and delivery locations, he believes that, in Aloette, you’re getting what you pay for. “We wanted to deliver 50 per cent more in terms of the quality of our food, the ability to execute it and just the hospitality that we wanted to bring,” he says. The Alo Food Group also partners up with wineries in Niagara to offer their own wine selections, and cans of ready-to-go cocktails are on the horizon. “The whole menu has been reminiscent of what we did in the past and where we’re going in the future, with our takeout endeavours and things of that nature.”


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The latest season of a top-rated HGTV Canada home reno show is bringing a new power duo to screens across the country. Realtor icon Kortney Wilson will be joined by Big Brother Canada alumnus Kenny Brain to co-host a new season with a new name – Making it Home with Kortney & Kenny. The show’s first season saw Wilson reunite with ex-husband and Masters of Flip partner Dave Wilson to reignite their

renovation chemistry, remaking Nashville homes on a budget. The new hosting pair will bring a fresh perspective to help GTA homeowners make the homes of their dreams come true (HGTV put out a casting call for fixer-upper homes in Toronto earlier in the year). Catch new episodes of Making it Home with Kortney & Kenny every Wednesday at 9p.m. on HGTV Canada starting Sept. 1.

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TORONTO’S TOP EDUCATORS TORAH HIGH How does your school support the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff? Torah High puts the mental health and well-being of their students and staff as a top priority. Teachers are trained during professional development sessions to recognize the signs of anxiety, depression, perfectionism and other factors that can affect a student's mental health.

Yehudis Cagen

Looking back at the last year of school during the pandemic, what were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them? Torah High staff worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition to online learning. Although students were apart, they were still able to engage in meaningful learning with their peers online. Our students not only persevered during this pandemic, but were successful in their studies.

“I have always believed in the power of youth, and throughout the years, my own students have inspired me to work hard and keep evolving.”

What have been some positive projects/initiatives that have come out of this past year? A beautiful initiative that began this year was our “Holidays at Home” boxes. Teachers and students were able to unbox the holiday together online. Whether it was decorating Passover seder plates, planting a sapling for Tu B'shvat or sampling some traditional treats for Purim, our Torah High students were united in their celebrations.

What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies? The Harry Potter book series.

BANNOCKBURN SCHOOL What motivated you to become a Head of School? Throughout my teaching and administrative career, I observed how important it was that children were always put at the forefront of all key school decisions. As Head of School, I believed that I could make a difference in the quality of education and care provided for the students and their families.

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Looking back at the last year of school during the pandemic, what were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them? I think the biggest concern for me was how the pandemic would impact our students’ emotional well-being. While the health and safety of everyone was our first priority, second was ensuring we were understanding and supporting the impact all the changes due to the pandemic would have on our students.

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“My greatest feelings of pride occur when I see children thriving and loving coming to school.”

How does your school support the mental health and well-being of students and staff? We worked very hard as a community to be aware of the challenges and engage in meaningful discussions and activities so everyone felt supported during a very difficult year. If you could describe your school in 5 words, what would they be? Welcoming, individualised, caring, excellence, community.

THE PRESTIGE SCHOOL How would you describe your leadership style? I would describe my style of leadership as both democratic and facilitative. Although I have a clear direction in how the school should be run and organized, I share information with staff about anything that affects their work responsibilities and also seek their opinions.

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What is your role in the development and implementation of curriculum in the school? One of my key roles as a viceprincipal is to ensure the delivery of quality instruction that engages students, fosters their achievement and gives them the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. I make certain that strategies are in place that support our students' learning and facilitate superior instructional practices.

“Acts of kindness not only boost personal confidence, optimism and happiness but also incite others to repeat the good deeds, facilitating community spirit!”

What has been your proudest moment so far as Head of School? My proudest moment as Head of School has been watching as our parents, students and staff have pulled together and persevered during the pandemic. When we moved to remote learning, our parents took on a much larger role in the education of their children and were essential to our continued success. Similarly, our teachers’ thoughtful planning, resilience and never-ending patience and devotion to our students have been invaluable.

NORTHWOOD MONTESSORI PLUS! What do you think is the role of the Head of School? For me, the Head of School sets the ‘tone’ for the school - what is the image, and how do you ensure that actions follow that vision.

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In your opinion, what is the most powerful indicator of student success? The most powerful indicator is not just one thing, but it is a combination of confidence, independence and an interest in the world around them.

Describe an initiative that you’ve implemented at your school: We are trying to keep our parents better informed about what is happening and to keep them involved by using a special parent communication system to send photos, weekly lesson plans, etc.

"I find that I no longer make any predictions about the future. We adapt as we go along and our children seem to have adapted well!"

Describe any original, resourceful or creative projects that were started during COVID-19 by the students and/or the school. At the beginning, we talked a lot with our preschoolers about COVID-19, but our latest initiative was to involve them in a special project to gather and send medical supplies to a small village in Cuba devastated by COVID-19. How do you ensure that you meet your goals and student goals each year? We are constantly monitoring how our children are doing, and we work closely with parents and professionals constantly.


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Prestige School Prestige School offers students an accelerated curriculum, close home-school contact and small class sizes. Younger students benefit from advanced math and science programs, French lessons from JK, nutritious hot lunches and extensive before and after school care. Additionally, students can look forward to intricate arts and crafts lessons, music and dance classes, and computer studies sessions that will encourage students to be creative through computer animation and document publishing. Older students experience

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Beit Rayim Hebrew School Founded in 1977, Beit Rayim Hebrew School has a strong history of providing high quality Jewish education for the GTA. Our community has thrived and grown exponentially over 40 years. We are committed to creating a safe space for all our students, allowing them the freedom to discover their Jewish expression on their own terms, while still providing a grounding in Jewish fundamentals. Beit Rayim Hebrew School is devoted to guiding children to help them become strong, independent people. Combining a love of Jewish

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The Country Day School Situated on a 100-acre campus north of Toronto among the rolling hills of King Township, The Country Day School is a leading JK-12 co-ed, non-denominational independent school. Since 1972, the dynamic and friendly CDS community has been nurturing student talent and fulfilling promise. Our innovative approach to learning integrates leading-edge technology, sophisticated facilities and exceptional teaching. We offer a superior educational experience that is sensitive to individual needs, enables learning

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The Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. is devoted entirely to meeting the needs of identified intellectually gifted students in SK through grade 12. Through a differentiated curriculum built on greater depth and breadth of instruction, our mission is to enhance the abilities of our students, while simultaneously addressing their social and emotional needs. P.A.C.E. is based on the premise that gifted children need high-powered learning experiences to challenge their minds and ensure intellectual growth and achievement. In addition to the academic disciplines, P.A.C.E. students excel through their experiences with dynamic field studies, a competitive fine arts program, a comprehensive athletic program and a plethora of national and international competitions. P.A.C.E. has ranked nationally in math, science, and Robotics, and in both creative and expository writing competitions. These wonderful opportunities serve as catalysts to the pursuit and achievement of our students’ future goals and successes.

ENROLMENT: ### AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: ## TUITION: $##### SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1993 GRADES: SK-12 ENROLMENT: 340 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 15:1 TUITION: $15,500

The Sterling Hall School

WHERE BOYS BELONG The Sterling Hall School is a small-by-design school for boys where individuality and character building are celebrated and supported. Our teachers provide innovative foundational learning geared specifically for boys. We offer a warm and inclusive community where parents are welcomed and encouraged to actively participate. And, we continue to prioritize the well-being of our community with our health and safety protocols.

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CONTACT US TODAY TO LEARN WHY YOUR SON BELONGS AT STERLING HALL.

99 Cartwright Avenue, Toronto, ON M6A 1V4 Canada | 416-785-3410 | sterlinghall.com

At SHS, we understand that each young boy will experience tremendous growth and change from JK to Grade 8. As elementary school specialists, we support boys in developing their interests, character strengths and leadership skills during these formative years. We celebrate boy energy! Your son will enjoy active and foundational learning, inspired to develop his compassionate heart and capable mind through our health & community program and character education. We ensure that boys are engaged in learning, grounded in a strong foundation of literacy and numeracy, taught by dynamic teachers using proven learning strategies designed specifically for boys. Our oncampus and online learning program along with our safety first measures provide you the confidence that your son is welcomed, challenged and cared for. The Sterling Hall School is where boys belong.

ENROLMENT: ### AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: ## TUITION: $##### SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1987 GRADES: JK-8 ENROLMENT: 320 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 7:1 TUITION: $31,200

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela


TanenbaumCHAT TanenbaumCHAT, the GTHA’s premier Jewish community high school, offers enriched academic programming, an array of extra-curriculars, excellent educators, renowned ruach (spirit), and friendships that last a lifetime. An emphasis on Jewish values and community service strengthens our students’ Jewish identities. Our extremely successful New Stream program, which accounts for 25% of our 2021 intake, welcomes students who are new to Jewish education and provides an

opportunity for every Jewish child to experience TanenbaumCHAT. Come and find out what makes our school special! Find yourself at TanenbaumCHAT!

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1961 GRADES: 9-12

ENROLMENT: 1250 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Call for Details TUITION: $18,999

Register for New Stream student tours: Tanenbaumchat.org/new-stream Apply now: tanenbaumchat.org/apply Application deadline: December 1, 2021

Music to Model United Nations, Athletics to Advanced Placement. We value collaboration, problem solving and academic risktaking to foster the entrepreneurial mindset and respect for diverse viewpoints that are essential for success in the 21st century. Bayview Glen students graduate as compassionate cosmopolitans, fully prepared for top ranked universities at home and abroad. Equally important, they step forth with the skills and attitudes needed to embrace and influence a world of accelerating change.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1962 GRADES: Age 2 - Grade 12

ENROLMENT: 1,000+ STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Call for details TUITION: $19,050 - $28,300

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Bayview Glen is an academically invigorating, co-educational independent school for students from age 2 to Grade 12. Situated on two closely connected campuses in North York, our vibrantly diverse community is inspired by expert teachers and fuelled by a forward thinking curriculum. Bayview Glen welcomes all students into a nurturing community that allows inquisitive minds to flourish. Our broad offering of curricular and co-curricular activities ranges from Drama to Design Thinking, Robotics to Round Square,

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The Giles School Why Giles? The Giles School has over 30,000 square feet for 120 students. Our school is a deliberately small, French Immersion school that fosters an inclusive, innovative and international education. We are primed to open with plenty of space to implement rigorous safeguards at the same time as offering a strong academic program. At Giles, your child has access to a force of talented and dedicated teachers; small classes (10-15 students maximum in each

class); a solid bilingual education in French and English; deep exposure to Mandarin and an introduction to Spanish, Arabic and Russian languages. Coding, robotics, chess, music, Model UN, all part of the curriculum. Our students gain a global understanding of languages and culture, becoming “World Ready”.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1989 GRADES: Pre-K to Gr. 8

ENROLMENT: 110-120 students STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 6:1 TUITION: $19,900 - $23,705

Imagine a Child…

Learning to be WORLD READY: International, Innovative, & Inclusive

• Immersed in French beginning at age 2 (become bilingual in French and English) • Deep exposure to Mandarin beginning at age 6; exposure to Spanish, Arabic & Russian • Loving learning in a small class with 30,000 square feet of space

Now imagine this is your child

Join us at the Giles School for your private tour. Call us at 416-446-0825 • www.gilesschool.ca 80 Scarsdale Rd. (near York Mills & Leslie)

Theatre Programs for Performers with Disabilities

Thatz Showbiz Theatre Project Thatz Showbiz Theatre Project specializes in theatre education for youth & adults who are neurodivergent and/or have intellectual disabilities. Through running our programs for many years we’ve learned how theatre rehearsal and performance can translate into many aspects of daily life such as; strengthening opinion forming and advocacy skills, communication, community building, empathy, work ethic, creative expression, fulfilment & more. We assess and bring out the talents of each individual and create a high quality, enjoyable

production that showcases performers of all abilities. Everyone is welcome; regardless of literacy levels & we support verbal and non-verbal communicators. We have created a unique curriculum that allows participants to take part in the many aspects of theatre & make creative decisions. Through our devised theatre process participants don’t just perform theatre but also get to create it. We run a variety of multimedia programs and have virtual & in person options available. Visit: www.thatzshowbiz.com for more info.

SCHOOL TYPE: Special & Arts Education ENROLMENT: 10 per class YEAR FOUNDED: 2012 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 5:1 AGE RANGE: 13+ TUITION: Varies

647-216-4384 sarah@thatzshowbiz.com www.thatzshowbiz.com 4300 Steeles Ave W. Unit 22 in Vaughan

CGS (Children’s Garden School) Children’s Garden School, on Eglinton east of Bayview, has been a special place for children and their families since 1986. They are well known for their highly effective handling of the pandemic. Whether students are in school or learning online, CGS is a place where students thrive. Committed to small class sizes, a nurturing approach and student health and well-being. Strong academic curriculum and early literacy, high participation in the arts, athletics, public speaking and outdoor

education. The CGS experience prepares students exceptionally well to move on to larger private schools. Preschool-Grade 4. Full and half-day Preschool options. Extended care. Real Food for Real Kids hot lunch. Visit their blog at cgsschool.com to find out what makes CGS special. Want to learn more? Contact the school at info@cgsschool.com / 416-423-5017.

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1986 GRADES: Preschool to Grade 4

ENROLMENT: 100 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 to 15:1 TUITION: $11,000-$23,700

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1965 GRADES: JK-12

ENROLMENT: 730 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $33,750

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educational programme, we pay equal attention to the social, emotional, and physical development of our students. Through our innovative curricular and extra-curricular offerings, we develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people. As engaged citizens of the world, our students go on to pursue their passions with confidence. With such an engaged and diverse community, an education at The York School cultivates supportive friendships that last a lifetime.

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The York School The York School is a coeducational, independent day school located in the heart of midtown Toronto. We offer a challenging and progressive learning experience in an inspiring environment with dynamic and flexible learning spaces. We were the first school in Canada to offer the International Baccalaureate programme for students from JK- 12. The IB Diploma is the ultimate passport for globally-minded students who will travel, work and live all over the world. While we offer an internationally-recognized

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Metropolitan Preparatory Academy Metro Prep Academy is a semestered, co-ed, university prep school for students in Grade 7 to 12. The academics are structured and challenging yet the environment is supportive and nurturing. Faculty and administration doors are open, encouraging strong relationships with students and their families. No uniform means young men and women can express their individuality. In this setting, Metro Prep’s students are taught to trust their instincts, think both critically and creatively, ask questions and seek the help they need to succeed. Extensive athletic and extracurricular opportunities foster the physical and social potential of each child. For over 35 years, Metro Prep has been preparing children for the academic demands of university as well as teaching them the skills needed for lifelong success. In 2018, Metro Prep introduced a new specialized arts initiative, SMITH, which offers students the opportunity to explore their creative talents. For more information, visit www.metroprep.com.

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St. Michael’s College School Since 1852, St. Michael's College School has been educating and forming young men in goodness, discipline, and knowledge for lives of leadership and service. We are Canada's only Catholic, Basilian, faith-based independent school, educating young men from Grades 7 to 12 in a university-preparatory programme. Under the direction of the Basilian Fathers, our students discover the courage and develop the faith to be a modern man of St. Michael's: free in mind, body, and soul to pursue truth, choose goodness, create beauty, and build a civilization of love and care in service to our community and the world. Our students unleash their passion for meaning and curiosity by embracing Deep Learning, an inquiry-based learning pedagogy. In graduating young men who change the world through lives of faith, character, and service, St. Michael's College School brings integrity, unity, and healing to a fractured and uncertain world.

ENROLMENT: ### AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: ## TUITION: $##### SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1852 GRADES: 7-12 ENROLMENT: 1,000 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 14:1 TUITION: $21,500

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“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” — Albert Einstein

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Montcrest School Montcrest School is a welcoming community that specializes in cultivating incredible young people. We believe in small class sizes and unparalleled student-teacher relationships. We believe individuality is something to protect, not suppress. And we believe in meeting our students with the ideal supports — and perfect challenges — for each age and stage, so they emerge as secure, self-directed young people who excel in academics and in life. Simply put, Montcrest helps children become who they’re meant to be.

Our broad aspiration is to be recognized as the leading elementary school community in Canada in realizing the unique potential of each child. Please visit our website or contact our admissions team to learn more about the Montcrest experience for your child and family.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1961 GRADES: JK-8

ENROLMENT: 338 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $27,150 - $44,160

www.montcrest.ca admissions@montcrest.ca Montcrest School - You’ve got this.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1867 GRADES: JK to Grade 12

ENROLMENT: 925 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 10:1 TUITION: $34,760 (Day School)

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opportunities to engage with the world and find their place in it. We have more than $1.7 million in financial assistance available, and seek to provide opportunities to as many qualified applicants as possible. With expert faculty supporting students’ emotional, social and creative development, BSS provides an inclusive and caring environment. Learn more at bss.on.ca.

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The Bishop Strachan School For over 150 years The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) has been inspiring young women to be fearless and educating them to be leaders. Renowned for its powerful learning approach, the school’s new wing boasts state-of-the-art learning spaces designed to foster collaboration, investigation and inquiry. BSS offers innovative STEAM-focused academics, a robust athletics program and an expansive collection of co-curriculars. Students are provided with numerous

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Northmount School Northmount School is Toronto’s only independent, JK to Grade 8 Catholic boys’ elementary school. Catholic principles provide the foundation and purpose to our school’s everyday life that lead us to a conscious belief that we have a responsibility to prepare our students to build a better world. Thus, our students learn and grow in a community that places great value on the God-given dignity of each person, individuality, self-discovery and kindness, while immersed in a strong academic program.

Philosophically, we understand that education alone is not enough. It is education with values that matter. Our creative and stimulating curriculum goes well beyond the standard requirements and is designed to ensure that students move onto high school with a breadth of knowledge. Our small class sizes and specialist teachers mean particular strengths are identified and nurtured. This is Northmount School.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1990 GRADES: JK-8

ENROLMENT: 135 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $19,000 – $23,200

Snider School of Music Learn what you always wanted to learn in a relaxed, music-minded atmosphere in the heart of North Toronto. All of our music lessons are private (1 on 1) and are held in our newly renovated, spacious studios. There’s no registration fee for new students, and all levels and ages are welcome. Snider School of Music has evolved from its inception in 1949 when Dave Snider opened his first music studio near Bathurst & Bloor. Now, we are proud to teach over 750 students a week and take

pride in our dynamic and diverse teaching staff. Browse through our teacher list at www.sniderschoolofmusic.com and find one who’s right for you!! Our lessons are: packaged in sets of 5, 1⁄2 hour or 1 hour in duration, private (1 on 1), same teacher every week, customized lessons for every level, late night classes available (suitable for working adults), ages 5 & up.

SCHOOL TYPE: Extracurricular YEAR FOUNDED: 1949 GRADES: 5 & up

ENROLMENT: 700 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 1:1 TUITION: $30–$32 per 1⁄2 hour

Torah High Torah High is Where — Teens Earn High School Credits and Build a Foundation for Success. Teens connect proudly to their Jewish roots. Teens Become Leaders in Their Community. Torah High is a fun and enjoyable way for teens in public school to earn a high school credit and connect to their Jewish identity. It is where Teens Choose Their Jewish Adventure! Our Amazing Features: 4 locations across the GTA, Ontario Ministry accredited, 15 subjects in Jewish and general studies—

English Literature, Hebrew Language, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Business, B’nai Mitzvah program for teens in Grades 6–8, Subsidized trip to Israel, Social and Holiday Programs, Small class sizes, Caring Teachers, Affordable Jewish Education. Torah High was built to allow our students to explore their Jewish identity with experiences that begin in the classroom and extend beyond. Finally, an option for families to access affordable Jewish education is here.

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 2002 GRADES: 6-12

ENROLMENT: 500-600 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8-10:1 TUITION: $649-$1,800

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Rhythmic gymnastics is a beautiful Olympic sport combining elements of ballet, gymnastics, acrobatics, balance, flexibility, and apparatus. With individuals and groups competing and performing utilizing grace, skill, strength, agility, and fluidity, Rhythmic Gymnastics is the epitome of poetry in motion. There are four main apparatus that are used: the ball, hoop, ribbon and clubs. Each movement involves a high degree of athletic skill so rhythmic gymnasts enjoy a high level of physical fitness. Gymnasts SCHOOL TYPE: Extracurricular YEAR FOUNDED: 70 years ago AGE RANGE: 4 years to adult

may compete individually at the Provincial, National, World and Olympic levels as well as AGG group competitions. This sport encourages healthy recreational development with long-term opportunities to tour the world. Beginners are welcome. We train levels from recreational up to and including Olympians. We have a special program for little kids, from 4 to 7 years old, called Butterflies. This program is focused in the development of early - age girls in rhythmic gymnastics.

ENROLMENT: Varies STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Varies TUITION: Email for details or consult website


Robbins Hebrew Academy RHA students learn to apply creative, critical, and global thinking within a close-knit community that promotes positive social development and lifelong character. From Nursery to Grade 8, we offer a world-class curriculum and personalized approach informed by cutting-edge research and data. As the first Jewish day school to be accredited by CAIS, we uphold the highest standards shared by Canada’s finest independent schools. RHA’s Early Years Program is modeled on a leading approach to early childhood education that

has been developed and evaluated extensively. Inspired by Reggio Emilia, we encourage curiosity, communication, and problem solving. Our students develop the competencies required for 21st century success and a lifelong love of learning. We provide our graduates with an academic and practical foundation and aim for excellence in everything we do. For more information, please contact Michael Ferman at 416-224-8737 ext. 137 or mferman@rhacademy.ca. Visit www.rhacademy.ca.

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1961 GRADES: Nursery - Grade 8

ENROLMENT: 400 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 14:1 TUITION: $14,300-$18,440

Yamaha Music School Yamaha Music School Markham is the flagship Yamaha Music School location in Canada. The globally proven Yamaha Music Education System Curriculum is delivered in our new, state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest Yamaha musical instruments. Our hallmark is the program for young children, which emphasizes ear training and the development of good rhythm. The curriculum includes a variety of activities, including singing words and “solfege” syllables (Do-Re-Mi), keyboard playing, sight singing

and playing, ensemble work, and musical creativity. The Yamaha Music Foundation has completed extensive research illustrating that a child’s ear develops most rapidly between the ages of four and six. Since hearing development is so closely related to learning music, this is the ideal time to start developing music skills. While programs for young children are our foundation, we also offer group and private lessons for anyone from ages 2 to 102, on Keyboard and Piano, Guitar, Drums, and Wind Instruments.

SCHOOL TYPE: Music School YEAR FOUNDED: 1969 AGE RANGE: 2-102

ENROLMENT: 800 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 1:1-7:1 TUITION: $1,000-$1,500

WITH MUSIC

Yamaha Music School provides group classes for students of all ages to inspire a love of music and a lifetime of active music participation. Our state-of-the-art facility in Markham delivers the globally-proven Yamaha Music Education System using the latest Yamaha musical instruments. Book a consultation and start your musical journey today! yamahamusicschool.ca

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 2002 GRADES: 7-12

ENROLMENT: 500 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 7:1 TUITION: $38,800

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

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support from the Student Success Centre. Outside of the classroom, Greenwood offers an array of high-calibre athletics, arts and extracurricular programs. Experiential learning opportunities, including outdoor education and service learning, encourage students to find new depths of perseverance and to build connections with the broader Toronto community. When our alumni leave Greenwood, they’re ready to thrive in highly selective postsecondary programs, and to explore what excites them.

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Greenwood College School At Greenwood, we believe every student can venture further. Our small, co-ed community allows students to feel positive and engaged each day, while our trailblazing approach to personalized education helps every student to realize their full potential. Greenwood’s teachers get to know their students not only as learners, but as people. With this foundation in place, our progressive approach to learning challenges students based on what they need to stretch themselves, whether that’s a personalized extension project or

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Central Montessori School (CMS)

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At CMS, we believe in the importance of building strong educational foundations during children’s most formative years. This has been our sole focus for over 25 years. Operating at 4 convenient locations in central North York and Thornhill, CMS is committed to providing outstanding, accredited Montessori education that is accessible and affordable. CMS recognizes each child’s unique learning style and supports them towards reaching their full potential. Our renowned Casa program helps children build a solid foundation and equips young minds with skills needed for future success. Our Elementary program features an enriched curriculum that develops higher level thinking skills while nurturing individual strengths, encouraging innovative thinking and fostering a uniquely global perspective. Our students achieve superior results in math contests, spelling bees, sporting events and the Canadian Achievement Test, which go well beyond the average of students nationwide. French Immersion is also available.

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Crescent School

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Crescent School has been a leader in boys' education since 1913. Our mission, Men of Character from Boys of Promise, enables each boy to reach the full potential of his unique abilities. Character development drives everything we do. Crescent School has three divisions: Lower School (Grades 3-6), Middle School (Grades 7-8) and Upper School (Grades 9-12). In each division, we are committed to mentoring, role modelling, relational learning – which bring out the best in boys – and instilling core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and compassion. We nurture wellbeing while cultivating excellence in academics, arts, athletics, business, outreach and robotics. Our expertise is supported by exceptional resources, including high-tech learning spaces, modern libraries, a professionally equipped theatre and superb athletic facilities. A Crescent School graduate knows who he is, is ready and able to lead, and understands what is required to create his own legacy.

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ENROLMENT: ### AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: ## TUITION: $##### SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1913 GRADES: 3-12 ENROLMENT: 790 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 9:1 TUITION: $36,090

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Dorothy Parker


The Toronto Heschel School Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Toronto Heschel School is a hidden gem, offering a progressive Jewish education within a tightknit, caring community. Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “Wonder is the root of all knowledge.” We aim to inspire a sense of awe and wonder in your children, and a lifelong love of learning. The school is inclusive and egalitarian, promoting mutual respect. Small acts of kindness and concern for others are the basis of interactions at our school. Heschel offers an award-winning,

integrated curriculum built upon arts-based learning and Jewish culture and literacy. We teach for understanding, whereby students internalize concepts and learn to think creatively and critically. Bilingual kindergarten classes foster a high level of Hebrew competency. As the first Jewish Day School in Ontario to reach Platinum EcoSchool status, environmental stewardship is emphasized. Contact us to discover what a Heschel education could mean for your child!

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1996 GRADES: JK-8

ENROLMENT: 300 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 7:1 TUITION: $16,295-$19,355

Bannockburn School A leading independent Montessori school for over 25 years, Bannockburn is recognized throughout and beyond North Toronto for outstanding academic standards, steadfast commitment to Montessori education, and deep respect for the potential in every child. Bannockburn’s Toddler, Primary and Elementary Montessori programs offer an enriched curriculum that exceeds provincial standards and nurtures a love of learning. Children ages 18 months to 12 years flourish in a child-centered community that cultivates

independence, imagination and intellect. Located in a beautiful facility, Bannockburn provides an ideal setting for inspired learning, with brilliant Montessori classrooms, ample outdoor space, a full-size gymnasium, and Music, Art and French specialty teachers. Every family at Bannockburn is proud to call it home: a warm, welcoming place where children love to learn, and where they thrive as creative, confident and compassionate individuals. Please visit www.bannockburn.ca to learn more.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1993 GRADES: Toddler to Gr. 6

ENROLMENT: 200 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Varies by Age TUITION: $16,700 - $26,250

Time for Preschool?

Northwood Montessori Plus!

SCHOOL TYPE: Preschool/Extracurricular YEAR FOUNDED: 1989 AGE RANGE: 18mths-5yrs

ENROLMENT: Varies STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Varies by age TUITION: Please call for details

Ages 18 months - 5 years

• TODDLERS • PRESCHOOL • KINDERGARTEN

The Academic Advantages of Montessori the Fun of Bilingual E.C.E Enrichment the Conveniences of Licensed Childcare Year Round Programs

North York: 416-492-9495 Thornhill: 905-709-7600 & 905-889-9297 EST 1989

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” – Sydney J. Harris

“Helping Young Minds Grow” www.northwoodmontessori.ca

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build a strong foundation for future academic success. Busy parents appreciate the support of Licensed Child Care for extended hours, flexible scheduling, and nutritious meals. Camp Northwood provides optional, flexible summer fun when parents need coverage for July and August. Northwood offers Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten. Northwood is licensed with the Ministry of Education and regularly inspected by the Ministry of Health.

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For over 30 years, parents have been choosing Northwood Montessori as an alternative to traditional preschool and public kindergarten programs. A small pupil/teacher ratio plus our innovative approach to the teaching of young children have resulted in happy, confident graduates well-prepared in every way for ‘big school’. Our rich curriculum, a blend of Montessori and E.C.E methods, caring, talented teachers and a nurturing, stimulating environment help preschoolers develop a positive attitude to school and learning. We

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St. Clement’s Early Learning School

COLLABORATE EDUCATE GRADUATE St. Clement’s Early Learning School

70 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto M4R 1H2

416-489-0822 or www.scels.ca

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As the leading benchmark for Early Childhood Education since 1955, SCELS has stuck to its promise. Our promise is to provide an exceptional, individualized program that works best for your child. With an intimate staff of twenty, and small class sizes in one of Toronto’s historic landmark churches, we’ve developed a reputable program that encompasses a balanced academic and social/emotional curriculum. As you walk into our school, you feel instantly welcomed by our devoted team and outstanding students all flourishing together in a structured, academic, and play-based environment. At SCELS, each child has their own Individual Program Plan that we put in place to support positive growth every term – from Nursery through to Grade 2. Come and see for yourself! Join us for our virtual Open House on Tuesday, October 19th, 9:15 am - 11am. Contact us for your link at admissions@scels.ca or visit www.scels.ca to learn more about us.

TFS’ mission is to develop multilingual critical thinkers who celebrate difference, transcend borders and strive for the betterment of humankind. The pioneer of French immersion in Canada, TFS offers an education that is unparalleled in its excellence, preparing students for today’s global world. Bilingual and coed since 1962, TFS teaches the curricula of France and Ontario through the framework established by the IB programs. We want our students to exude academic ambition, benefit from an all-round development as individuals and citizens, and view the world from an international perspective. TFS students balance rigorous science, arts and humanities programs, in a caring and nurturing environment. Students benefit from exceptional facilities, a 26-acre ravine, and a diverse, non-denominational environment. Campuses in Toronto and Mississauga. Ask about our full entrance scholarships for Grade 7 and above.

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SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1955 GRADES: N to 2 ENROLMENT: 150 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: Low TUITION: $10,000-$21,000

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“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X

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Play, Learn and grow. . . Together

Temple Sinai Community Through play and inquiry-based learning, Temple Sinai Community Preschool strives to provide an engaging, happy and supportive environment for children, ages ten months to four years, to learn and gain an understanding of the world around them. We are dedicated to fostering each child’s love of learning and endeavour to help them reach their fullest potential. We have a low teacher-student ratio that creates a supportive and engaging environment. Parent involvement is a vital part of our philosophy,

and we provide unique opportunities for active parent participation. Fundamental to our program is our Jewish philosophy, where the introduction to and celebration of the Jewish festivals is central. Our beautifully renovated school boasts spacious classrooms, a fully equipped gym, a stimulating discovery room, an engaging library and an exciting new playground! For more information, please call Shoshi Lugassy, Director of Early Childhood Programs, at 416.487.3281 or email shoshi@templesinai.net

SCHOOL TYPE: Preschool YEAR FOUNDED: 1969 GRADES: 12 mths to 6 years

ENROLMENT: 150 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 5-8:1 TUITION: Please call for details

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Gradale Academy

JK to Grade 8

Outdoor education is the new and safe way to learn. At Gradale Academy we focus on situational-based learning to help students make daily connections with nature. Gradale Academy's combination of strong academics with a unique learning environment makes an ideal private school for your child to learn and prosper. Gradale Academy's techniques develop confidence and self esteem which is the basis of a successful learner. Offering JK to Grade 8 and following the Ontario Curriculum, we

are located at the Evergreen Brick Works ...a learning environment unlike any in the GTA. Our approach is unique, our results are shown in the many happy families and students, past and present. To book a tour now email: gradale@bell.net 416 917-9409 or visit gradaleacademy.com and see why many students have flourished and succeeded at our school!

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 2000 GRADES: JK to Gr 8

ENROLMENT: 65 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 10:1 TUITION: $10,000-$16,500

At Evergreen Brickworks EMPHASIS ON EARLY OUTDOOR EDUCATION We follow the Ontario Curriculum... with a focus on positive academic achievements and mental well being through outdoor classes.

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Crestwood School

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1980 GRADES: JK-6

ENROLMENT: 350 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $19,000-$29,500

Due to Covid we are presently not holding open houses. We welcome you to book a private tour. Please call the school

Celebrating 42 years

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — Plutarch

SEPTEMBER 2021

— striving to maintain the balance of a child’s physical, social and emotional development. Each teacher is the key. With a well-planned program, a positive rapport with each and every student and a sense of commitment and dedication, Crestwood School’s goals are met! Crestwood is located in the beautiful wooded valley at Bayview Avenue and Lawrence Avenue.

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Crestwood School practises the traditional art of teaching by challenging young minds to learn and by structuring experiences that make learning possible. The school’s philosophy is based on tried-and-true methods of teaching the basics, thus providing students with a solid foundation in the three Rs. Homework and development of students’ organizational skills and good work/study habits are an integral part of the program. At the same time, Crestwood School is concerned with the “whole child”

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The Toronto Prep School is an independent, co-educational, university preparatory school for discerning students and parents.

Visit our website www.torontoprepschool.com for more information and be sure to click on the links to our FaceBook and Instagram pages. Contact: Fouli Tsimikalis, Director of Admissions at ftsimikalis@torontoprepschool.com

LITERATURE, POLITICS, CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR FIRST NATIONS, CONSERVATION IN PERU, BETTER HOMES FOR BEES. AND WHATEVER ELSE I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT. KINESIOLOGY, ROBOTICS, CLIMATE CHANGE, EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES, FOOD SECURITY. AND WHEREVER ELSE I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. SOCCER, YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS, CHOIR, DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP, DRAMA, THE KASIISI PROJECT IN UGANDA. AND WHATEVER ELSE I WANT TO JOIN. Discover a school as unique as you are. scs.on.ca

Toronto Prep School A combined 60 years of teaching experience has prompted Steve and Fouli Tsimikalis to create an environment that promotes learning, develops leadership and awakens social consciousness through the employment of energetic and hand-picked experienced faculty and staff. Toronto Prep offers a rigorous academic curriculum with the opportunity for students to participate in a variety of school clubs and athletics. Each student will receive a MacBook 13" with an extended warranty. Steve and Fouli have determined that it truly takes a village to raise a child. “A faculty working closely with parents/ guardians, smaller classes, supervised extra help before and after school and on Saturdays help students reach their personal potential for success,” notes Fouli. Their passion for teaching is evident: “The opportunity to contribute to the development of young men and women is a privilege,” says Steve.

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St. Clement’s School St. Clement’s School is an independent girls’ day school in midtown Toronto. At SCS, we are evolving and redefining what it means to really learn and thrive in a world where the only certainty is change. We don't just want our students to thrive, we want them to boldly thrive - to see disruption as opportunity and possibility, to seize change with agility and imagination, to tackle the complex world of tomorrow with confidence and character. We're taking a leadership role in learning so our learners will lead an ever-changing world. How? Their educational journeys will be marked by academic rigour and a renewed curriculum that continually challenges and assesses the act of learning in an inclusive and safe environment. Students will value learning as an outcome in itself, understanding it's about the success of the journey, not just the destination.

ENROLMENT: ### AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: ## TUITION: $##### SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1901 GRADES: 1-12 ENROLMENT: 460 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 8:1 TUITION: $32,850

The Beez Kneez Nursery School

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OFFERING MORNING, FULL DAY, & EXTENDED PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN 18 MONTHS - 4 YEARS

The value and desirability of nursery school is widely recognized not only on educational grounds but also for developing social skills and self-confidence. Established in 2000, the Beez Kneez Nursery School provides a warm and creative atmosphere to foster young children’s imagination, curiosity and intellect. Our programs facilitate children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth through an enriched curriculum, which includes French and dance classes taught by our own specialty teachers. Most importantly, the children benefit from a high degree of individual attention from dedicated, professionally qualified teachers. All of our teachers hold Ontario teaching certificates and/or early childhood education diplomas, and the majority of our teachers also hold university degrees. Morning, full day, and extended programs available. Lytton Park * Davisville Village

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Branksome Hall Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-girls, all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Our IB Advantage for Girls sparks students’ curiosity and passion for new challenges through our unique combination of outstanding academics, wellbeing, international-mindedness and a strong focus on innovation. Our inquirybased Liberal Arts curriculum is enriched by our four core values: a sense of community, inclusiveness, creativity and making a difference. We offer an immersive Study

Abroad Program with our South Korean sister school, Branksome Hall Asia, as well as Noodle — our pioneering accelerator program for student entrepreneurs. Our graduates are welcomed by leading universities in Canada and around the world, most with scholarships. We provide more than $1 million in student financial assistance each year. Branksome continues to set the pace for innovation in girls’ education, ensuring today’s students are well-prepared to solve tomorrow’s complex problems.

SCHOOL TYPE: Independent School YEAR FOUNDED: 1903 GRADES: JK-12

ENROLMENT: 910 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 7:1 TUITION: $35,700-$39,200

The world is facing some difficult challenges. This is what the challenges are facing.

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SCHOOL TYPE: Private/Boarding/Day YEAR FOUNDED: 2002 GRADES: Pre-school – 12

ENROLMENT: 300 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 15:1 TUITION: $15,000 + Day & Boarding Sch.

WillowWood School A co-ed independent school for diverse learners, WillowWood was founded in 1980 based on the core value that all students have a right to learn with dignity, that a warm and nurturing school can serve as a foundation for remarkable lives and that it is the whole person who matters. We have a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weak-

nesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic. Our effective teaching strategies, enthusiastic staff members and innovative programs bring out the best in students, build self-confidence and inspire a love of learning. If your family is seeking a new style of school with a strong history of inspiring students, we’d love to meet you. Visit www.WillowWoodSchool.ca for more information and to set up your in-person or online interview and tour.

SCHOOL TYPE: Private School YEAR FOUNDED: 1980 GRADES: Foundation 1-2, 3-12

ENROLMENT: 250 STUDENT/STAFF RATIO: 10:1 TUITION: Approx. $23,000

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Addison, we are a community of learners, working together to prepare young people for tomorrow’s world through a broad and stimulating curriculum, challenging our students with high expectations, and providing them with exciting and engaging learning experiences. These learning experiences take place in the classroom, on the stage, in the gymnasium, on our field trips, in our dormitory, and in our dance studio. Take the time to visit and feel the enthusiasm.

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Our Mission is to inspire, support, and nurture our multi-cultural students to be well-educated and empathetic global citizens. Located in Markham, our Montessori, Elementary, and High School mission is to: Inspire students to take a leading, active, and caring role in our changing world; Support students in achieving their academic potential, and developing their individuality and Nourish the minds and spirits of our students in a safe, friendly, and caring environment. At J.

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APPLIANCE REPAIRS Professional repairs of all brands of refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, dryers, washers, heating & air conditioning. Warranty. Credit cards accepted. Seniors’ discount. Call Fred 416-266-6122.


WANTED WANTED IMPROVE YOUR

Private Clarinet Lessons

A Collector Trying To Recreate An Old Time General Store

All Levels Welcome Qualified, Professional & Experienced Teacher

& Asian wares

Bronze Paintings Old jewellery, watches,

coins & medals Military items Teak Furniture Fancy cups & saucers Professional & Courteous 30 Years Experience Call David

416-231-9948

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13. For Sale/Wanted

CASH PAID

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14. Tutoring 15. Music Lessons

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M A R C D AV I S

416 781 8800 www.marcdavis.ca

FOR SALE/WANTED 13

Professional Care For Seniors Companions/Homemakers Personal Support Workers Caregivers Full Time Long Term Your Employee Highly Personalized Service

WANTED A collector recreating an old time General Store is looking for items found in a store before 1960. Tea tins, tobacco tins, postcards, bottles, magazines, old paper items, comic books, signs, toys, advertising. CASH PAID. 416-745-4981 or 416-953-6219

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS FOR 44 YEARS

WANTED! FINE ART & ANTIQUES

Chinese Japanese Asian Porcelain Jade Bronze etc. Canadian art & fine paintings Inuit sculpture Sterling & jewellery TOP CASH PAID China & porcelain Moorcroft Doulton Art glass

Tibor: 647-866-5040

call Andrew Plum

416-669-1716

English Gentleman Buyer

plumsfineart.com

Qualified Experienced Teacher

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& ASSOCIATES

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Join our lively and congenial daytime conversational French classes for adults. All Levels.

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MATHEMATICAL TUTORIALS Private tutoring in mathematical subjects from refresher courses to advanced levels for all ages. Call George Giordano, B.Sc., M.A. bbgeorgebb@gmail.com or 416-545-1937.

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SEPTEMBER 2021

Quality antiques Sterling, Silver Plate Chinese, Japanese,

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LOOKING BACK Before you go ...Here’s a back-to-school tribute to the city’s barbershops from a bygone era

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Forest Hill Barber Shop’s owner Nick enjoys a shoe shine, circa 1965.

Leaside’s Leman’s Barbershop in the Sunnybrook Plaza shows off their slick ’50s-style dos.

A street front shearing was the only way at Wakefield’s back in 1931.

Conrad’s Barber Shop opened in 1975 as the first urban barbershop serving the GTA.

© Conrads Barber Shop/Facebook

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COVID -19 NOTICE Rest assured, all aspects of my business are conducted with strict safety precautions in place. COVID-19 related restrictions are done in accordance with the Ontario government’s framework to protect the health and safety of our clients and colleagues.

36 HAZELTON AVE. #6A

$8,295,000. 2 BEDS AND 3 BATHS, APPROX. 3,150 SQ. FT. + 420 SQ. FT. TERRACE.

SOLD

321 DAVENPORT RD. #PH01

321 DAVENPORT RD. #201

$6,349,990. 2+1 BEDS AND 3 BATHS, APPROX. 2,670 SQ. FT. + 575 SQ. FT. TERRACE.

$2,450,990. 2 BEDS AND 2 BATHS, APPROX. 1,298 SQ. FT. + OUTDOOR SPACE.

SOLD

58 PARKLEA DR.

401 BROOKE AVE.

RECEIVED 14 OFFERS AND SOLD FOR 127% OF ASKING!

SOLD FOR 99% OF ASKING!

SOLD

SOLD

546 MELROSE AVE.

130 MONA DR.

SOLD FOR 100% OF ASKING IN ONLY 2 DAYS!

RECEIVED 6 OFFERS AND SOLD FOR 116% OF ASKING!

SOLD

SOLD

345 BROOKE AVE.

190 STRATHALLAN BLVD.

REPRESENTED THE BUYER.

R E A L

E S T A T E

REPRESENTED THE BUYER.

B R O K E R

SOLD 197 RANDOLPH RD.

RECEIVED 2 OFFERS AND SOLD FOR 103% OF ASKING!

SOLD 312 GLENAYR RD.

RECEIVED 8 OFFERS AND SOLD FOR 127% OF ASKING!

SOLD 228 HADDINGTON AVE.

SOLD FOR 100% OF ASKING IN ONLY 3 DAYS!


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