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The return of the Barenaked Ladies Ed Robertson leads one of Toronto’s favourite bands of all-time back with their 16th album ‘Detour de Force’ out July 16. We ask the lead singer and one of the two remaining original Ladies about the new album, his idea of perfect happiness and pinball. by Ron Johnson

Your cottage was the focus of the action around the album. Tell me about how that worked out.

Well, again, this came from our intrepid drummer Tyler Stewart. My wife and I bought this place in the late ’90s, and we just completed a massive renovation, turning the cottage into the place we’d always dreamed it could be. And so we completely redid the cottage. My wife did all of the design and styling, and it was, like, just absolutely fresh when Tyler suggested the entire band and crew move to my cottage to make a record. But I'm grateful for that because it was a great experience. We all lived up here in the dead of winter, and, you know, went hiking and cross-country skiing on the lake, and it was a very cool way to just tune everything out and focus on the music. I’m going to ask you some Proust-style questions. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness is for me: it has always been out in the middle of a lake on a clear, warm starry night. Untethered. And, yeah, the milky way above. That's perfect happiness for me. What is your greatest fear?

Well, I don't have any of the typical fears, like, I love swimming with sharks and I love snakes and I'm fascinated by spiders. My greatest fear is disappointing people. And I wish that I could say that it was only the people I truly love and the people who depend on me, but it's way more exponentially terrifying than that. I do not like to disappoint anybody. So the casual interaction with

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Unkindness is the simple answer to that. Which living person do you most admire?

That's a very long list: Songwriter Donovan Woods, astronaut Chris Hadfield, painter Chuck Close. I could go on and on. I admire lots and lots of people. I like people. What is your greatest extravagance?

My pinball collection for sure. I have been collecting pinball machines since 1998. And I now have over 50 vintage and modern pinball machines.

$50,000 The current auction price and climbing, for a David Bowie painting found at an Ontario thrift store and later put up for auction.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I've always admired the ability to draw or to sculpt. The visual arts have eluded me my entire life. And I really wish that I had the ability to paint or to draw. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is probably the longevity of this band. You know, I think all of the awards, accolades, hits and sales figures pale in comparison to the fact that Barenaked Ladies is still making music and touring and has been since 1988. What is your most treasured possession?

That's a difficult one. Honestly, you know, I could tell you, it's some of the weird rare pinball machines I have. But I think it's a bracelet that my kids got me for Father's Day about 10 years ago.

3 The number of city wards — Davenport, Beaches–East York and Toronto-Danforth — allowing live music on patios this summer in a new pilot project.

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If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

It would be a lemon shark in the crystal blue waters of Bora Bora. That's one of my favourite times scuba diving was down there and getting so close to these beautiful seven and eight foot lemon sharks who just peacefully roam around the reef all day, and I was really taken by them and I thought that's not a bad gig they have.

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Well, we had to put it out now or our drummer would not survive the wait. Tyler has been losing his damn mind. He is so excited to get this music out, and, you know, worried that people were thinking we're not active or making new music. I don't know what it was. I loved the record. And I didn't care when it came out. But for my man Tyler we had to come to the table and put it out.

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Yorkville is a vibe, and it is growing. To counter densification, Toronto has plans for a “network” of parks that could spread Yorkville’s culture further east. Some of the green spaces will be significant, such as an extension of the Village of Yorkville Park, and a new park that will “mirror” it running between Bloor Street West and Cumberland Street, where Cumberland Terrace currently resides. “It is quite striking when you look at just how much new green space is going to be added,” local councillor Mike Layton said. “It's a whole network.” The new green spaces, including one between 33 and 11 Yorkville Ave., are being built in conjunction with new developments and have all been approved by the city. According to the city, the subject parkland is located along the western side of the site and will be nine metres wide and 51 metres deep. It is adjacent to

another future public space at 2737 Yorkville Avenue, and will create a combined park size of approximately 1,040 square metres. Layton said it is necessary to include public space in development plans, as once the land is gone, it is hard to come by again because it is “so bloody expensive.” The city requires developments to include public space, but Layton said some of the projects in Yorkville have gone above and beyond what is required. “I think we’ve done pretty well in recent developments to see more green space,” he said. “We’re never going to have enough green space, but it'll certainly help because there's a lot more people coming [to Yorkville].” The “mirror” of Yorkville Park will be around 1,500 square meters and will connect to the new green space north of Cumberland, which will then link to the existing Town Hall




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“It is quite striking when you look at just how much new green space is going to be added.” could be closed off to cars so the parks could “spill out into the street.” In all, Layton sees the new green spaces as a way to extend the culture of Yorkville further east, which currently is centred near the Village of Yorkville Park. “It’ll make it a destination,” he said. Meanwhile, the Village of Yorkville Park extension will increase its size by about a third and replace the building currently at 1240 Bay St., according to ABC Residents Association co-president John Caliendo.

The movement to create more public space in the area began about 10 years ago, Caliendo said, after the “floodgates” opened to tall towers with the 55-storey and 30-storey Four Seasons Hotel. With the help of urban designer Ken Greenberg, who has since worked on the Bentway revitalization, the city developed a plan for Yorkville to create pockets of public space that connect with each other, inspired by the design of Rome, Italy. “The seed for all of this was done 10 years ago, and now it's coming to fruition,” Caliendo said.

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The extension, which was originally thought to be a long shot, will likely include a water feature, programming for Yorkville’s jazz festival and the return of a skating rink to the neighbourhood, according to Caliendo. “It will be something for the next 100 years,” he said. “It’s going to be a very significant park.”



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A controversial development proposed for the Davisville neighbourhood is going before a planning tribunal, where residents, City of Toronto staff and the developer will argue their cases and aim for a settlement. The proposal for “the Millwood” from developer Times Group Corp. is for the intersection at Yonge Street and Millwood Road and calls for two towers standing at 30 and 45 storeys on a shared eight-storey podium. South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association president Andy Gort said residents are concerned that the towers are too high and there will be too much density for the area with too narrow sidewalks. Adding to the concerns are the soon-to-be-completed Davisville Public School and a new aquatic centre adjoining it, Gort said. He explained that this will add a number of children to the area and, with the towers as high as proposed, potentially have a shadow cast right on the playground. “How do you get to [the school]? How do you leave from those places when we only have a very narrow sidewalk?” Gort asked. He is hoping the developer will include a walking path between Millwood and Davisville Avenue as an alternate route to improve

walkability. The first mediation meeting at the province-run Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) was scheduled for June 15. Technically the development is within planning guidelines, after the province of Ontario unilaterally decided to allow greater density near transit stations in 2019. Local councillor Josh Matlow said that there are “very clear arguments” the city can make that such heights should be scaled back. “We want to make sure that we have a community that is walkable and accessible to all,” Matlow said. “Those arguments are irrefutably reasonable.” Matlow said the heights proposed are a direct response to the new density rules. The application originally asked for 25 and 24 storeys in 2017, but was resubmitted with heights boosted in 2019. Doug Ford’s government made the guideline change without consulting city planning staff, and now Matlow said the developer, too, appears to be “bulldozing their way through the process” and not addressing concerns. “It’s like decisions are being done at us rather than with us,” he said.



The Rehearsal Factory recording studio could be sold to church group

Church tries to buy studio on Geary facilities. Geary Avenue is known for its eclectic mix of local artisans and other small businesses as well as its unique industrial esthetic. Local business owner and one of the founders of the Geary Coalition, Michelle Los spoke with Post about the future of the neighbourhood. She stressed the need for an official Business Improvement Area (BIA) to keep the spirit of the neighbourhood active. Los said that, although the Geary Avenue area may be growing, “It needs to honour kind of that maker’s tradition, that

“It becomes almost like a multi-level marketing scheme.” artisan tradition,” she said. “It’s not just an office, it’s someone who’s really putting their bread and butter in.” The Toronto City Council’s planning and housing committee briefly discussed the rezoning necessary to accommodate C3 during a meeting on May 20 but deferred the public meeting. Los spoke at the meeting on May 20, arguing that, if C3 were to purchase the property, “the surrounding area would be at a disadvantage.” Residents of the area and former members have also taken issue with C3 Toronto’s alleged

conservative doctrine. Although C3’s language initially appears welcoming to all, with its website stating that it aspires for “vibrant, diverse and energetic” membership, it also states that marriage “is exclusively between a man and a woman” and that sex “is only appropriate within and designed for marriage.” Brooke Palsson, a member of the Toronto music community and a former member of C3, spoke with Post as a supporter of the Geary Coalition. She expressed concerns over the LGBTQ+ community in the neighbourhood if C3 were to purchase the Rehearsal Factory. Palsson also raised concerns about C3 requesting large donations from members regardless of their financial ability, even though tithing, or donating 10 per cent of one’s income for church community projects, is a common concept. “When you’re in a space like that where people are affirming it, and there are videos saying, ‘I tithe this much and then suddenly I had all this money,’ it becomes almost like a multi-level marketing scheme,” she said. C3, or C3 Church Global, was formerly known as Christian City Church International. Originally founded in Australia, the church has grown rapidly since its founding in the 1980s, with over 500 churches in 64 countries. C3 Toronto did not respond to a request for comment.

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One of Toronto’s beloved music rehearsal venues, the Geary Rehearsal Factory, could be sold to the controversial C3 church. Some residents of the area are not pleased with the possibility, and a coalition of local businesses, residents and former C3 members are campaigning to prevent the sale. Although C3 Toronto originally announced on its website that it had indeed purchased the property, the sale has not yet gone through. The website now reads that it is an ongoing process. C3 Toronto’s website stated, “The space would be able to function for specific purposes that we need including our offices, recording studios, rehearsal spaces, and as creative studios.” In a statement to Post, Rehearsal Factory president Chris Skinner said that the building has not yet been sold, and when it is sold, it will most likely do a lease back for tenants. The potential sale of the Rehearsal Factory to C3 is contested by a group called the Geary Coalition. The group’s petition, “Stop C3 Church Toronto’s plans to enter Geary neighbourhood,” has more than 2,800 signatures. The petition contests the sale on two counts: as a zoning issue and as an issue with C3’s method of operation. Large swaths of Geary are zoned by the City of Toronto as “employment industrial” lands, which prohibits residential development and entertainment

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Governments that have been bold during the pandemic to create public space have been rewarded for their creative solutions. Now that Raildeck Park is no longer, it is time to focus on new ways to make the city more liveable and one of those is by designating some streets as pedestrian only. It’s happened elsewhere, and it can happen here. It just takes vision. Recently, after many, many months of dining at Chez Moi, it was a delight to go out for dinner to a patio on Yonge. It wasn’t just the delicious food, but the experience of being out in the company of others and seeing people that I haven’t seen in over a year. The drawback, of course, was the cars, motorcycles and buses that continued to cruise down Yonge, in close proximity to the barriers that designated the patio area on the street. Last year, there was a ceasefire on “the war on the car,” and everyone accepted that streets were public spaces that needed to be reclaimed for pedestrians and cyclists. As stay at home orders are lifted and mobility resumes, the natural tension between the road users will likely resume. Toronto has an opportunity to follow the lead of several major metropolitan cities, such as London, New York and Paris, and reclaim some urban streets for pedestrian use only. This idea is not entirely unique in Toronto. Certain areas of the city have been experimenting with pedestrian-

only zones for years. Kensington Market has implemented Pedestrian Sundays since 2004, and the market has thrived. The street closures were a boom to the local businesses and widely embraced by the community. The Distillery District, located east of downtown, is defined by its historic buildings and cobblestone streets. It was designed as a pedestrian-only area for dining and shopping and now boasts some of the most popular patios in the city. Toronto City Council would also be wise to explore the closing of some streets in Yorkville, such as Cumberland Street and Yorkville Avenue, if not permanently, at least for the weekends during the summer. The narrow streets are barely drivable, and the primary use seems to be people showing off their luxury cars. The area has already invested in its public space and boasts beautiful public art. Closing the streets would create a public square in the centre of the city and add Toronto to the list of world cities that understand the important role of pedestrian areas in overall livability. Now is the time to think KAREN big and STINTZ create a city that Karen Stintz is a former city councillor, elected in 2003, and was a chair of the TTC. She lives in Ward 8.



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bylaw says cannot exceed five per cent of the lot, and in this case it was 13.5 per cent. Maybe a local appeal process would help resolve the issues, and it was in 2014 that city council finally decided to proceed with the 2007 legislation. Staff reported on the costs of the Toronto Local Appeal Board, as it would be called. Those costs were a bit of a surprise: some $2 million a year to pay the members of the board, the staff, the office space and so forth. If the board was to be operated on a cost recovery basis, the application cost would be a whopping $6,700 for each application — compared to the cost of an OMB appeal of a COA decision that was $125.00. As you can imagine, there were objections from the public. The Confederation of Resident and Ratepayers Associations (CORRA) said it was opposed, arguing that problems with the COA should be addressed instead. Council should make a clear definition of what “minor” means in terms of size of the change requested, importance in the local context and public interest. The COA should be required to be more timely in its hearings and provide written reasons for its decisions. The Ontario Association of Architects agreed to that approach. Council decided to pause, but in 2017 it went ahead, and the Toronto Local Appeal Board is now the body that hears COA appeals in Toronto. But nothing much has changed

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City council thought it was a good idea at the time. What could be better than getting a local alternative to the hated Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)? So when the city was offered in the City of Toronto Act in 2007, the chance to have appeals from committee of adjustment (COA) dealt with by a local board established by the city rather than the OMB, council quickly agreed. The COA is one of those institutions that gets on one’s nerves. If you want to build something that doesn’t quite fit the zoning rules, you apply to the COA that gives notice to those in the vicinity of the site, holds a hearing and makes a decision. In theory it seems like a reasonable way of resolving minor matters, but in practice it makes a lot of people angry and upset. The COA is authorized by the Planning Act to deal with “minor” changes, but what is minor? Often the COA seems to think that adding a few storeys to a building is minor or that five or six or 10 variances to the zoning bylaw is minor. Sometimes it takes a few months or even longer to get a hearing scheduled. Although decisions are published, the reason for those decisions are almost never provided. Many people in the vicinity of the site often find the decisions unreasonable and more major than minor. In my neighbourhood, the COA approved an application on one property asking for nine different variances to the zoning bylaw, including lot coverage, which the




A taste of Singapore comes to Little Italy Plus a gelato bar expands, and a plant-based fried chicken shop opens

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Little Italy has just welcomed an artisanal cheese boutique and café that first opened in Singapore. Now located at 567 College St., Kiss My Pans sells butter-roasted coffee, baked goods and even household items. Perfect to serve at summer parties, this corner shop also offers impressive cheese platters loaded with charcuterie, crackers, gourmet cheese, nuts, dark chocolates, fresh fruit and edible flowers. Just in time for gelato season, Kekou has opened a second location at 5359 Yonge St. With bases and Asian flavours made from scratch, Kekou makes quality gelato from simple ingredients and bubble tea crafted from select loose-leaf teas and fresh milk. Other refreshing summer treats on Kekou’s menu include sorbet, gelato floats and Popsicles.

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After several successful pop-ups, Churnt Up finally has its own location at 858 Eglinton Ave. E. Set beneath the neon sign that inspired the ice cream shop’s colourful logo, the storefront is shared with Conspiracy Pizza and Phamily Eats. The takeout joint serves premium handcrafted ice cream in scoops, pints and sandwiches. Alongside traditional ice cream flavours, Churnt Up offers specialty sweet flavours like the Honey Teddy graham and strawberry cheesecake.

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on June 12 after numerous vehicle break-ins going back to November 2020 had been reported. It is alleged that on Nov. 17, the suspect entered a building in the area of Spadina Road and Bernard Avenue. Once inside the building, he made his way to the lowest level of the parking garage and broke into 33 vehicles. This was followed by similar incidents on Jan. 18, when one vehicle was broken into in an underground parking garage near Bathurst Street and Wellington Avenue; March 28, when two vehicles were broken into in a building near King Street West and Stafford Street; and two incidents in April where a combined eight vehicles were broken into in buildings in the areas of Bathurst Street and Wellington Avenue and King Street West and Shaw Street. In two more incidents on June 1 and 2 the suspect allegedly broke into 10 more vehicles in underground parking garages. The spree culminated on June 7, when he allegedly broke into 42 vehicles in an underground parking garage in the area of Spadina Road and Bernard Avenue. The suspect was arrested on June 12 after police identified him after a lengthy investigation. A search warrant was executed and a large amount of evidence was seized from his home. In total, 115 vehicles were broken into and reported to police, which caused $88,848 in damage. He faces 115 counts of mischief to auto and six counts of theft from auto. Police would like to make the public aware of a crimi-

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Sheppard Avenue East and Yonge Street. On June 8, between 1 and 3:30 a.m., a female victim was walking along Sheppard when she was approached by a male suspect riding a bicycle. The suspect asked the victim for directions to a local store. The victim then entered her residence. Shortly after, the suspect entered the victim’s residence and fled the scene when the victim screamed. A 17-year-old male suspect has been arrested and faces several charges after a retail store robbery in the area of Oakwood Avenue and Eglinton Avenue West. It is alleged that on June 9 the suspect entered the store, pointed a handgun at the employee and made a demand for cash. The employee struggled with the suspect and was able to subdue him. Toronto Police Service officers arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect. He has been charged with robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent and failure to comply with a release order.

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LAKE HOUSE OF YOUR DREAMS Although the cottage real estate market from Muskoka to Minden and beyond has gotten as challenging as Toronto’s, there are some stunning getaway gems available, from modern masterpieces perched on a cliff to classic lake houses built for entertaining and kicking back. Here are three on the market right now if price is no object.


Surrounded by greenery and located along Lake Muskoka, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom waterfront getaway is located at 1019 Sunny Bay Ln. S. It’s currently listed at $4.995 million with Johnston & Daniel Rushbrooke Realty.

With seven acres of land and over 1,000 feet of water frontage, this three-storey home at 92 The Inn Rd. has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. This cottage is listed for $6 million with Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc.

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Brazil Bakery serves classic Portugues custard tarts and also does a hot table, along with a selection of other custom-made sandwiches to go. If it’s classic Portuguese chicken you’re after, go for dinner at the humble Bairrada Churrasqueira Grill. For a fine dining experience, don’t miss Chiado Restaurant, which pairs Portuguese wines with refined, Old World recipes and is run by one of North America’s leading chefs, Albino Silva.


SHOP: Dundas Street West is home to many art galleries, some established and some up-and-coming, where visitors can view a mix of everything from modern art to fine art. CELEBRATE: Prior to COVID-19, Dundas West Fest opened up the summer season, with hundreds of licensed vendors, live music and dancing from some of the neighbourhood’s best underground artists, art exhibits and street food all on offer. The Lula Lounge was the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night, where fruity cocktails could be sipped and savoured amongst friends while Latin and Brazilian music and dance captivated crowds. Lula continues to offer virtual dance workshops and music until the venue can reopen.

L-R: Custard tarts from Brazil Bakery; Dundas West Fest in 2019; a vibrant mural

Koreatown North MAIN INTERSECTION: YONGE & FINCH EAT: Koreatown North is a treasure trove of riches. With much to choose from, including MeNami,

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Nomé Izakaya, and the Famous Owl of Minerva, your best bet is Daldongnae, which bills itself as the best Korean BBQ in the city, and it isn't wrong. To chase that BBQ down, you'll want something sweet, and for that, you'll want to visit Red Bean Waffle House, a Koreatown North staple that BTS is rumoured to have visited while on tour.


SHOP: A true hidden gem is M Brand Shop, which is a coup for fans of K-Beauty, carrying countless popular Korean and Japanese beauty brands and accessories, including, yes, Skinfood, innisfree, COSRX and so many more. Now, for those who are into ink, located right on the intersection is Memo Unique, a sleek tattoo studio with a group of incredible artists, who design everything from colourful portraits to delicate script to floral patterns.

It would be a sore mistake not to host a night of karaoke in Koreatown North, with several plum options to choose from, most especially Twister Karaoke, a longtime favourite for those in the know.


L-R: Accessories from M Brand Shop; Korean BBQ at Daldongnae

Little Jamaica MAIN INTERSECTION: EGLINTON & OAKWOOD EAT: One essential includes Rap’s, notorious for its juicy, flavourful jerk chicken — cooked in a homemade drum pan outside the restaurant. Then there’s Randy's Take-Out, which serves some of the best beef patties you’ll find in the city.

Greektown MAIN INTERSECTION: PAPE & DANFORTH EAT: A longtime classic and local favourite is Mezes, which maintains the neigh-

bourhood's throwback Mediterranean atmosphere inside and on the menu. Having dubbed itself "more than a restaurant — it is home," Mezes feels like an extension of Greece — with a familiar Toronto filter, of course.

SHOP: A sense of family can be found just about everywhere in Greektown, including Kops Records, Toronto’s oldest independent vinyl record store. Greektown has a few great bookstores lining its streets that are well worth your time, too, but a particularly special one is Circus Books and Music, which offers a massive selection of used books, CDs (yes, some of us still play these) and vinyl.

L-R: Taste of the Danforth celebrations; calamari from Mezes

CELEBRATE: There is no better time to visit Greektown, however, than during the annual Taste of Danforth, a massive food festival that spans three days in August, and offers up endless food stalls (that not only honour Greek origins, but those from around the world), games, pageants, parades, live music and dance.

SHOP: Visit TreaJah Isle, which carries a wide-

ranging collection of reggae records and also boasts a music studio, for independent artists to record, and a juice bar. Style, too, has a place in Little Jamaica, most especially at Monica's Beauty Salon and Just Incredible Hair. Both beauty shops are longtime community mainstays, offering hair care products and cosmetics. EXPLORE: A key spot to visit is Reggae Lane, a

city laneway named in honour of Little Jamaica’s role as a massive hub for reggae music. It sports a stunning 1,200-square-foot mural celebrating legendary Toronto reggae musicians and designed by local artist Adrian Hayles.

Little India MAIN INTERSECTION: COXWELL & GERRARD EAT: Of the many restaurants that make up the neighbourhood, a great deal of

them are known for their vegetarian and vegan options. Udupi Palace is one such place. This simple yet humble joint offers traditional Indian fare at a reasonable price.

CELEBRATE: Little India is home to two major street festivals. The TD Festival of

South Asia packs literary arts, visual arts, special performances, open-air Bollywood film screenings, live music and delicious food into one weekend. During Diwali festivities (Nov. 2–6), Little India comes ablaze in colours and lights.

EXPLORE Little India is affectionately known as the Gerrard India Bazaar, and for good reason. This eclectic neighbourhood is home to more than 125 small businesses, including boutiques, art shops and studios. Sonu Saree, located right on Gerrard Street, showcases hand-woven silk clothing and goods, like brightly-coloured embroidered saris and wedding attire.

Colourful options at Sonu Saree

j-town MAIN INTERSECTION: WOODBINE & STEELES EAT: Tanuki is an eatery that takes an elevated approach to modern Japanese

high-end Japanese tableware, accessories and gifts. The ceramics are one of its most sought-after items. Check out Blue Tree Books, which sells everything from manga comics to textbooks.

From top: Reggae Lane; Randy’s legendary beef patties

EXPLORE: Heisei Mart, J-Town’s grocery store specializes in Japanese products, in-

L-R: Chicken sando from Tanuki; J-Town’s outdoor market

cluding imported goods, as well as grab-and-go options, like bento boxes. Canada’s only Japanese butcher shop, Famu, is another treasure hidden inside J-Town.


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comfort food and is now offering a special rotating brunch menu on weekends. Toronto’s first-ever Japanese bakery, Bakery Nakamura, serves a variety of freshly baked loaves, buns, danishes and cakes, like the velvety tofu cheesecake. More sweet treats can also be found at Sasaki Fine Pastry. Don't miss the outdoor food stands set up on summer weekends, serving snacks takoyaki and shaved ice.


All in the Family Nicola Wealth’s Ron Haik and Ethan Astaneh discuss the basics of handing down wealth to your children Warren Buffett, who along with his investing prowess has a gift for a turn of phrase, once told an interviewer that he wanted to give his children enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing. That encapsulates the first challenge when giving money to one’s children: ensuring that it actually helps them to live their best lives. The second is one of real and perceived fairness among your various progeny. You don’t want gifts bestowed with the best of intentions to end up being a source of family discord now and after you’re gone. WHERE DO YOU START? Judicious planning, good communication and professional help can all help you meet both challenges, Nicola Wealth financial advisors Ron Haik and Ethan Astaneh assured clients in a recent instalment of the Wealth Exchange podcast. As with other forms of financial planning, transferring wealth between generations is governed by a hierarchy of needs and a life cycle as both you and your children age. It typically begins with registered education savings plans (RESPs), which have both government assistance – up to $7,200 per child – and tax efficiency to recommend them. But there are other vehicles that can be put to more uses, such as trusts, contributions to the child’s tax-free savings account (TFSA) and transferable life insurance policies. Many parents seek to impart financial habits and skills along with the money itself, by creating a series of incentives to, for example, finish school and strive for long-term goals. What’s equal is not fair and what’s fair is not equal If you have more than one child, though, very quickly the issue of fairness raises its head as their needs and opportunities diverge. One child may receive a post-secondary scholarship while another may enrol in a particularly costly program. That’s without even considering risks such as addiction or long-term health problems.

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“Every parent is likely to want to root their gifting in the principles of equality and fairness,” said Astoneh, host of the podcast series.


Communicating long before your passing your intentions for these so-called material non-financial assets can go a long way to avoiding conflict. So can having professional estate planners, whether to run interference or to take emotion out of the process and replace it with standard practice and experience.

“Often what’s equal is not fair and what’s fair is not equal,” added Haik, a senior financial planner and the Ontario Regional Manager in the Nicola Wealth’s Toronto office. It gets more complicated still when adult children enter their nest-building years. They might begin cohabiting with a partner before marriage or before you even know about it, which can give the partner a claim on some of their assets. You may welcome the addition to your family or you may distrust them and anticipate an eventual breakdown of the relationship. Depending on where they live, this may be your children’s time of greatest financial need, as they attempt to get a foothold in a rapidly inflated housing market; you can provide a down payment for a home purchase that they’d never raise on their own. If you’re wary of your son- or daughter-in-law’s motives, however, you may wish to call it a loan rather than a gift, Astaneh suggested. You can structure it as a promissory note that carries no interest payments and need not be reported on taxes, yet still have a claim on it should the relationship go south. Whether you dole out inheritances while you are still alive or from your estate after death, there is always the risk of resentment among survivors over their comparative treatment. “Being the recipient of a gift is inherently subjective,” Astaneh observed. “Subjectively, it almost always feels like you were treated unfairly.” Often, it’s not the money left over that causes the rift, Haik pointed out. “It’s that $50 painting that everyone grew up with. It’s the one piano that three kids learned to play on.”

Still, “sometimes the solution is not going to be a technical one,” Astaneh said. “This is not a scientific exercise.” Giving to your children (and possibly grandchildren too) involves not just good investment management and tax planning, then, but also soft skills such as empathy and good communication. Moreover, your family’s intergenerational wealth transfer plan has to be continually revisited, Haik said, as circumstances change. “You can’t just set it and forget it.”

PASS IT ON Are you thinking about giving money to a child or adult children? If so, ask yourself the following 5 questions to test your preparedness.

Have you identified the amount you can comfortably give to your children without impacting your own financial security?

Have you identified how to structure the gift and the best place to source it from to protect the gift?

Have you thought through how to communicate the gift to family such that adverse relationship outcomes are avoided?

When is the best time to provide a gift commensurate with your family’s values? Is there a more tax effective way to effect that gift? If you don’t have a firm grasp of these key elements, talk to an advisor who is experienced in intergenerational wealth transfers.

Little poland MAIN INTERSECTION: RONCESVALLES & QUEEN EAT: Eastern European fare is alive and well in

chinatown MAIN INTERSECTION: DUNDAS & SPADINA EAT: It's pretty much impossible to go wrong when you go food hunting, whether

you're hitting up Rol San for dim sum, Swatow for Cantonese cuisine or King's Noodle Restaurant for noodle soup. But an absolute must is the family-owned Mother's Dumplings, which literally serves the owner's mother's dumpling recipe.

SEE: There's an incredible amount of art to take in, including the obvious — the Art

Gallery of Ontario — and the stunning Bau-Xi Gallery, which presents contemporary artists from across China. Murals, too, decorate Chinatown, including Blinc Studios' Journey to the West and artists Alexa Hatanaka and Aaron Li-Hill’s sprawling piece by Dundas and Spadina, which features members of the community going about their days.

L-R: Shops along Spadina; Mother’s Dumplings

CELEBRATE: There is no better time to visit Chinatown than during one of its two big celebrations: Chinese Lunar New Year or the Toronto Chinatown Festival. The former features an elaborate opening ceremony, and the latter includes countless performances and interactive activities.

Little Poland, with hundreds of small cafés and shops to choose from. Café Polonez has been catering to the community for more than 30 years, serving up home-cooked Polish foods. Grab a coffee and a treat to go from Cherry Bomb, which is known for its delicious baked goods and freshly brewed coffee.

EXPLORE: One of the most enchanting things

you’ll experience in Little Poland is just how well it honours the eastern European way of life. It’s not uncommon to see older gentlemen sipping czarna (strong, black coffee) in the mornings, chatting and watching life go by on the crowded sidewalks.

CELEBRATE: EEvery September, the largest Polish street festival in North America takes place here. The Polish Festival puts Polish traditions and culture front and centre, with performances of Polish folklore, local and international music, polka and eurodance bands and Polish cuisine.

Little ethiopia MAIN INTERSECTION: DANFORTH & MONARCH PARK EAT: A handful of Ethiopian restaurants have made their homes here, including

the Rendez-Vous, which was one of Toronto’s very first Ethiopian restaurants back when it opened in 2001.

DRINK: Ethiopia is a country that’s known for its world-famous coffee beans, and no visit to Little Ethiopia would be complete without a steaming cup of java. Mofer Coffee on the Danforth uses premium single origin Ethiopian coffee beans that are air roasted in small batches.

Walking along this strip in pre-COVID-19 days, it wouldn’t be uncommon to hear a roaring crowd coming from inside a flag-draped sports bar, where the latest game has gathered a crowd of fans. Little Ethiopia is home to many lounges and restaurants that double as lounges, like the Wazema and the Merhaba Bar and Cafe, which runs as a restaurant and a bar and operates out of a former hookah lounge.


Traditional coffee service at Rendez-Vous

corso italia MAIN INTERSECTION: ST. CLAIR WEST & DUFFERIN EAT: Tre Mari Bakery, which is part bakery and part hot table, has been a member

EXPLORE: Just to add one more touch of romance, the area's BIA has been known

L-R: Tre Mari’s patio and tiramisù gelato

to attach speakers to the street's lampposts and play smooth jazz and dance music to set a score to your day in the neighbourhood.

From top: The annual Polish Festival; fare from Café Polonez

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SHOP: Swing by Christian Boutique for a bougie shop sesh. This fashion hot spot is run by Nello and Rita Bianco and their daughters, with Nello having studied fashion and tailoring in Italy. The boutique also offers tons of designer labels, from its handbags to shoes.

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of the community since 1960. Now into its third generation, it's a Corso Italia institution, with a loyal customer base that's always keen for the best biscotti, fresh bread and hot eggplant Parmigiana in the city. Family-run local market Diana Grocery is another necessary stop, offering everything from fresh produce to an incomparable meat selection.



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“This Balmain one is so graphic and so strong and just wow. It's such an unusual juxtaposition because it’s a formal styling for a bathing suit.”

Holt Renfrew: "This Balmain suit is so fun. I don't know about spending this much for a bathing suit — but this is like a black tie formal bathing suit. It’s got a great nautical feel to it, the big gold buttons. It's fun and whimsical. It makes me want to float around on a yacht or hang out on the dock and wave to people. It’s a knockout, very cool, very strong suit but with classic styling. It’s got a great look to it."



"It's got this high-cut leg, which I think is very flattering, and the placement of the white bands just below the waist and above the hip would be very figure flattering as well," says Jeanne.






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"It looks very graphic with this lettering, and I love the pale blue. This reversible suit is edgy and modern."

"It's got a retro vibe and gives you the feel of a two-piece. And the rushing is very figure flattering."

"The texture from the embroidery is really interesting. It has a ’60s retro vibe, like old Palm Beach."

“I love a black bathing suit, and this one is very sexy, and the collar at the top is very high fashion."

"The fact that it’s reversible is genius, and I really love the colours. It's unusual and sophisticated."

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T.O. brand Encircled preaches slow fashion Sustainability and versatility are top priorities for founder Kristi Soomer by Mackenzie Patterson You’ve heard of fast fashion, but what about slow fashion — its more sustainable, thoughtful and trustworthy cousin? Canadian brands like Encircled are leaning into the idea by using sustainable materials, prioritizing quality over quantity and considering every aspect of the environment (including people) with every design. Engaging with the slow fashion movement has paid off for Encircled as it became one of

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just four female-founded apparel brands in Canada to receive the prestigious Certified B. Corp designation, which means that, after a thorough assessment, the brand met some of the most stringent business guidelines surrounding environment and human rights. The founder of Encircled, Kristi Soomer, says she was thrilled to be certified back in 2018 after undergoing the incredibly in-depth process. For Soomer and her team, the certification means she’s among

other businesses looking to give back to the world and their community rather than create further destruction. The idea for Encircled came to Soomer as she was getting ready to leave for a yoga retreat in Costa Rica and her suitcase broke, forcing her to use a smaller bag. She realized she had a strong desire for clothes that could be used for multiple situations and purposes, and her first product idea was born. “I longed for a piece that would transition from a cardigan at the airport to a dress during the trip,” she says. “So, I designed it, and that became our innovative 8-in-1 Chrysalis Cardi. From that product idea, I launched Encircled.” Today, versatility is still one of the brand’s main design pillars. Encircled has come out with dozens of convertible dresses, tops, pants, jackets and more since Soomer’s revelation. Over the next month, the brand will be launching a comfy paperbag short and culotte, both of which have a chic look but are made of micromodal, a soft, high-quality and locally knit material. Soomer says she hopes sustainable apparel becomes the new norm: “Sustainability is important to me because we only have one world and we need to protect it.”



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Second-hand clothing is having a big moment A new report suggests that 13 per cent of clothing in women’s closets will be second-hand by 2028. In Toronto, there are vintage stores opening up right across the city. Here are three of our favourites. 96 Tears

Chris Koyionis and Colette Todoroff were just two friends working in the fashion industry before they started their own shop, 96 Tears Vintage. Chris was sewing for a designer after attending fashion school, whereas Colette had been doing vintage shop pop-ups across the city. “She wanted something more permanent, and I wanted to do my own thing, so we decided to just go for it and open our own shop,” Koyionis says. “It was terrifying — we had never done anything like that before, but it transpired naturally.” Koyionis describes the shop’s style as fun and fanciful, a little risky and never minimalist. “Vintage shopping is fun because you can get nice designer pieces for affordable prices and expand your wardrobe within a reasonable budget,” he says. “We like to have fun and play with clothes, and we like people to have fun and be silly, too.” 96 Tears is located at 1267 Bloor St. W. Mama Loves You Vintage

True to its namesake, Mama Loves You Vintage is owned by a passionate mother-daughter duo

with a shared love for rare vintage pieces. Melo and Mahro Anfield first launched the shop in 2012 with a somewhat minimalist, conservative approach but have since evolved to display the bright and fanciful esthetic they both gravitate toward naturally. “We’re both maximalists,” Mahro says. “We have the same taste — more is more. I think when we first opened, we weren’t sure if that was what people wanted, so we took a more minimalist approach. Then as the years went by, we started making the shop more of a reflection of our styles, so it’s fun and pink and there’s more of a sense of humour to it.” With Melo living in Vancouver and Mahro running the shop in Toronto at 541 Queen St. W., their shared vision ties them together while on opposite sides of the country. Mahro says they don’t typically source pieces with brand names as a top concern, instead prioritizing cut and quality, as well as the story behind an item. Each piece Melo and Mahro select for the shop is unique, oneof-a-kind and speaks volumes about the era from which it originates. Mama Loves You Vintage is located at 541 Queen St. W. The Cat’s Meow

Before launching her vintage boutique on Avenue Road, the Cat’s Meow, Louise Cooper fell in love with the history of fashion. Whether it was the

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miniskirts of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1960s or the flourishing post-war fashion of the 1940s and ’50s, she’s always been captivated by the way societal events shape the trends of the moment. “I went to school to study fashion management and merchandising, and I fell in love with the historical and societal reasons behind people’s apparel,” Cooper says. “I was fascinated by what people wore during hard times.” After working in the retail trenches for a few years while searching high and low for unique vintage items as a side hustle, she finally saved enough money and accrued enough stock to start a retail business of her own. Ahead of her time and with a strong vision in mind for the brand she wanted to create, Cooper launched the Cat’s Meow website in 2004 and opened the brick-and-mortar store on Avenue Road. “I had a clear direction — modern luxury and vintage couture,” she says. “So there’s a big focus on dresses, formalwear and luxury accessories and all high-end designers like Dior and Chanel.” Although dresses and formalwear still make up a large chunk of her stock, Cooper says that, since lockdown, her clients are more interested in accessories like handbags and scarves, especially those with logos. The Cat’s Meow is located at 180 Avenue Rd.

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L-R: The interior of Mama Loves You Vintage; dresses at The Cat’s Meow




Beyond camping and canoe trips Ontario’s Quetico Park was established only after First Nations were forcibly removed Protection and restoration are two sides of the conservation coin — protection for spaces that haven’t yet been damaged or destroyed by large-scale human impacts and restoration for ecologically critical places that have. Although both might seem like relatively straightforward scientific tasks, they have been and continue to be significantly shaped by colonialism. Protected areas were established in Canada decades before Newfoundland and Labrador joined other provinces and territories to form the country we know today. Most are rooted in a colonial approach that defied Indigenous rights and fractured Indigenous peoples’ relations with land. Jasper National Park’s website states: “When Jasper Park Forest Reserve was created in 1907… Indigenous peoples were seen as obstacles to the enjoyment of nature. According to wilderness conservation policies at the time, Indigenous peoples were

Jasper National Park is located on the traditional lands of the Beaver, Cree, Ojibway, Secwépemc, Stoney and Métis

considered incompatible with nature and so couldn’t live in, hunt, or harvest within park boundaries. First Nation and Métis peoples were removed from the landscape, blocked from accessing it and banned from harvesting plants and animals, holding gatherings and accessing cultural sites.” Indigenous people were also forcibly removed to

create Vancouver’s Stanley Park and Quetico Park in Ontario, for example. As Indigenous writer Robert Jago remarks in National Parks Are Colonial Crime Scenes, “Canada’s Parks Departments have treated Indigenous peoples like an infestation ever since the founding, in 1885, of what is now Banff National Park.”

How can we, who find solace and communion in parks, help overcome these past injustices? Indigenous peoples are already leading on many fronts, including championing land repatriation and Indigenous land governance, and by asserting rights and responsibilities that provincial and federal governments have long denied. These initiatives deserve broad public support. As one example, in Jasper, Simpcw First Nation chief Nathan Matthew announced in 2017 that his tribe was going to resume hunting deer, sheep and elk within the park, after being banned from doing so. Canada must explore new means of land governance. Indigenous peoples have long histories of responsibly stewarding ecosystems, of living within them without causing their demise. Many national and provincial parks are not succeeding in their primary objective to maintain biodiversity. Jasper recently announced

extirpation of a resident caribou herd, and conflict continues over management decisions that could affect the two remaining, highly imperilled herds. It’s our collective responsibility to engage in conversations about how new systems of land governance could look. Everything should be on the table, including ownership and governance of current protected areas. As Jago notes, “The places Canada has made into parks are filled with our stories — every mountain, every valley has a name and a history for Indigenous peoples.”


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1. Dandelions in your own backyard

Although dandelions are commonly known as annoying weeds, their leaves are great tossed in salads and taste delicious. Their flowered heads are also edible and packed with vitamin A and vitamin D.

“Foraging has been found to be one of the top ways to reconnect with nature.” 2. Wild leek in the Rogue Valley

Wild leeks, also known as wild onions, are quite tasty and can be found in deciduous forests like the Rogue Valley. 3. Wild grapes in the Humber Valley

Arama says wild grapes are quite common in Toronto and can be found in almost every river valley. Their grape leaves can also be used

in teas and salads. However, some vines are toxic, so it’s good to get an expert’s opinion before drinking a pint of your own homemade tea. 4. Black cherries in the Humber Valley

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Cattails are very common, and, according to Arama, they’re known as the “supermarket of carbohydrates and starch.” He says his favourite part of the cattail is the lower inside stem, which is “almost as tasty as asparagus.” The yellow pollen of the cattail can also be used to make bread and muffins if you’re looking for a starch substitute. The GTA is home to many wild foods, and foraging is a great way to get in touch with nature if you take the proper safety precautions. Arama says on average he will point out more than 100 edible species during a foraging tour, although he does admit there is a difference between edible and palatable.

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Toronto may seem like a concrete jungle, but edible plants, vegetables and fruits to forage are found all around the GTA, hidden in parks, valleys and even your own backyard. David Arama, from the Wilderness Survival School, also known as Survivor Guy, has spent more than 30 years teaching and leading outdoor programs across Ontario, educating people on sustainable foraging. Arama says that during COVID-19 foraging is a great way to reconnect with nature while remaining socially distant and safe. “During this pandemic, people’s mental health has been affected, and foraging has been found to be one of the top ways to reconnect with nature,” he says. Arama supports outdoor foraging wholeheartedly. However, he feels it is his duty to educate novice foragers about the legality and morality of foraging. His first rule is, if you don’t know 100 per cent what you’re looking at, don’t touch it. “That’s the 100 per cent rule,” Arama says. “And there’s no veering off of that rule. Although a lot of people have. Some of them have died or been seriously ill.” Arama advises all novice foragers to take their first trip with an expert or educator in the field so they can be sure of what they’re eating, how much of it to eat and if



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Athlete Cai will be competing in Men’s Foil at the Tokyo Summer Olympics

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For the first time since 1988, Canada has qualified a team for the Men’s Foil fencing event for the Summer Olympics — and 20-year-old Alex Cai will be joining them. “I'm really excited to go. I know that there's a lot of uncertainty about these Games, but I'm sure they're still going to be really special for all the athletes,” Cai says. “And I’m really excited to represent Canada on the biggest stage.” Cai wouldn’t have even been going to the Olympics had the COVID-19 pandemic not happened; for the team

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to represent Canada on the biggest stage.” qualifications, the country takes the top four fencers, and in March of 2020, Cai was fifth. But the pandemic delayed the Olympic qualifiers at first, and then the 2020 Olympics were postponed to 2021, giving Cai an extra year to prepare. But he says that he actually slowed down a bit over the past year after realizing that he was burning out from all the stress of Olympic qualifying training and balancing school as well. “I think having that time and space really helped me refocus and be a more mature athlete,” he says. “I didn't take much time for myself to just see my friends and

relax a little bit before, so that was something I started doing through the year.” By the time March 2021 rolled around, Cai came back strong, placing in the top three for the Olympic qualifiers and making the team that would be representing Canada in the Olympics. Cai says his interest in fencing originated from a family friend of his who was on the under-17 national team. He tried it out, going to practices and fencing recreationally until his coach at the time invited him to a highperformance training camp when he was 13. His family ended up moving near a training centre in Toronto, making it easy for him to walk to Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute to and from his home and his training centre. Cai made the under-17 and under-20 national teams while in high school, then moved to Montreal to train, live and study at McGill University. Cai says he hopes he can return home from the Games with at least one medal, but ideally two — one for the team sport, one as an individual. “I also want to help establish or reinforce all the good work and preparation we’ve done and support the development of fencing in Canada,” he says. “I think a big result of the Games is it helps to build the sport in Canada where it’s not as popular right now.” The 2021 Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 23 to Aug. 8.



How world’s biggest smiley face led to marital bliss for athlete Perdita Felicien is gearing up to join the CBC broadcast team at this month’s Summer Olympics

I met Morgan at York University on March 7, 2007, when I reluctantly went to work out in the morning. I hated early training sessions. Toward the end of my workout, Morgan walked up to me and told me we had met before, on a plane in Chicago,

Morgan’s family is from.

The proposal

One daughter, Nova Campbell, is now two years old. She has two middle names: Carol, Morgan’s mom’s middle name, and Felicien, my surname. She has a few nicknames, too, including: Chubbo, Munch, (short for Munchkin,) Duba and Minda. The last two are based on names she called herself when she couldn’t pronounce her name.

The offspring

Morgan Campbell and Perdita Felicien on their wedding day

three years earlier. It didn’t ring a bell, but I decided to go with the flow and acted like I remembered. I was running late, but I didn't want to stop talking to him, and so, when he asked if I had email, I did him one better. I wrote my hotmail address, phone number AND the world's BIGGEST happy face under it. I

went back to my house and found his business card filed away with some others from 2004. Go figure! The first date

Our first date was at Shoeless Joe’s in Mississauga not long after. The restaurant is no longer there, but anytime I drive past the store

We were in the middle of the Caribbean Sea on a cruise, sailing from Key West, Florida, to Honduras, Christmas 2016. On the top deck of the ship all alone, with the water calm and the stars out, Morgan took the ring box out of his pocket to pop the question. Before he could get out the words “Will you marry me?” I already had my ring finger dangling hungrily in front of his face, with the giddiest grin on mine and screamed, yes! The wedding

We got married in Toronto on June 9, 2017. It was an intimate ceremony with 99 of our closest family and friends. Afterwards we honeymooned for two weeks. We started in St. Lucia, then headed to St. Maarten, spent a day in Anguilla, then flew to Chicago (one of our favourite cities), where

Secret of success

We don’t stand in the way of each other’s success. If one of us gets a great opportunity, we will adjust our schedules and life to make it work. We don’t compete and tend to keep work separate from our marriage. We are both dedicated to keeping our family strong. I grew up with a single mother, and Morgan’s parents divorced when he was young. I know that informs us as a family who want to be successful and connected.

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How they met

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Toronto’s Perdita Felicien met her husband Morgan Campbell while training at York University back in 2007. Now happily married, Felicien is best known as a hurdler, a former World Champion and an Olympic athlete of the highest calibre. Felicien also published her first book earlier this year. Now, with the Summer Olympics around the corner, Felicien returns to the CBC broadcast team to cover the Games. Campbell, a senior contributor with CBC Sports, is also hard at work on a book of his own. Here, Felicien tells the story of how they met, fell in love and what’s next.


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DRIVE-INS ARE REALLY IN THIS SUMMER Ontario Place Just like last summer, the city’s venerable waterfront park Ontario Place will feature a slew of films and events, including the Lavazza Drive-in Film Festival, which is ongoing. Ontario Place has also added a couple of films from the Hot Docs festival to its summer lineup. Downsview Park Drive-in movie nights will also return to North York’s Downsview Park in July. The massive park space will feature a full schedule of fun family films such as The Croods: A New Age, and Back to the Future, as well as a special event on July 25 presented by the City of Toronto and the Reelworld Film Festival. L-R: Paddlers enjoy a Comedy on the River performance; an artist at work at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

1. Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

This year Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) is celebrating its 60th year. TOAF is Canada’s largest and longest-running contemporary outdoor art fair showcasing over 400 emerging and seasoned artists across the country. The fair will run mostly digitally for the second consecutive year but will offer audiences a chance to browse artwork in person and purchase from a rotating lineup of artists at the stackt market. Digital programming includes TOAF’s 60 Over Sixty exhibit, a virtual reality selection of artwork, artistled studio tours, Instagram Live artists chats and virtual panel discussions. TOAF60 will be running from July 2 to 11. 2. The Beaches Jazz Festival

For its 33rd year, the Beaches Jazz Festival is back with live shows to enjoy from the relaxing comfort of your own vehicle. The drive-in festival will be held at Guildwood GO Station parking lot all month. Performance highlights include Chicago tribute band Brass Transit, which will be headlining the drive-in block party, and Legends of Motown, which will

be closing the festival. Additional acts include the Drive N’ Drag: Tea Party in Wonderland drag performance featuring BOA from Canada’s Drag Race.The Beaches Jazz Festival will once again feature the virtual concert series available to stream online with digital performances and workshops from Toronto-based musicians. The Festival is running from July 2 to 24. 3. AfroFest

North America’s largest free African music festival is running online this year. AfroFest is promoted by not-for-profit organization Music Africa and is a celebration of rich and diverse cultures through musical expression. The 2021 program will include webinars, training sessions, table discussions and art workshops that will focus on antiBlack racism and will help build a broader appreciation of cultures around the world. AfroFest is working with other event organizers, including the Beaches Jazz Festival and MonstrARTity, to expand the participation of non-African audiences and further promote acceptance. AfroFest will be streaming online

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from July 16 to 25. 4. Comedy on the River

This summer, Toronto Adventures is combining outdoor adventure with standup comedy. The Comedy on the River event offers visitors a chance to embark on a scenic evening canoe or kayak paddle along the Humber River before pulling up to the dock for a comedy show right from the boat. Viewers are invited to bring their own boats or be set up with all the equipment needed. Host Dan Galea will welcome some of Toronto’s best comedians, including Seán Cullen, Salma Hindy, Elisabeth Bailey, Cassie Cao and many more, to take the waterfront stage. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy the show! Comedy on the River runs on select Fridays until October and can be booked online. 5. Blackout, the Musical Stage Co.

After postponing the 2020 performance, the Musical Stage Company is finally putting on its production of Blackout as part of the Dream in High Park series from Canadian Stage. Blackout is inspired by real events during

Canada’s largest blackout in August 2003. With book by Steven Gallagher and music and lyrics by Anton Lipovetsky, Blackout depicts three stories of connections that formed while Toronto was in darkness. Visitors will enjoy the show at High Park Amphitheatre in seating pods with groups of up to four. Blackout will run from July 23 to Aug. 15. 6. Stupidhead!

This summer, Outside the March redefines the immersive theatre experience with a multi-platform production of an irreverently funny musical called Stupidhead! Listeners can access a live stream audio version of the production before getting an opportunity to view the musical live from their own backyards and front porches. Stupidhead! is a hilarious and heartfelt first-person account of star and creator Katherine Cullen’s personal journey with dyslexia. The musical is brought to life with Cullen’s production partner, award-winning emerging artist Britta Johnson. Stupidhead!’s live audio broadcast will run from July 7 to 16 with live “at your place” performances available from July 20 to Aug. 1.

Fort York The Toronto Outdoor Picture show is presenting the TOP & Friends Festival at Fort York this summer. The free outdoor cinema will run until Labour Day with physically-distant, limited-capacity screenings highlighting the local film festival community. Program details will be released early this month.

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A half-dozen socially distanced cultural events that will knock your masks off this summer (not literally)

Cityview Drive-in The waterfront events venue will once again offer a summer filled with live music to drive-in concert goers. On July 3, Canadian rock band Big Wreck will be featured, and on July 22 the silky smooth Matt Dusk will perform. There is also a Classic Albums Live performance of “Dark Side of the Moon,” scheduled for July 9.

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On June 4, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on the Colucci v. Colucci case, which case addresses the basic and fundamental right of all children in this country to receive child support. In 2016 Mr. Colucci asked the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to reduce the more than $170,000 of child support arrears that had accumulated over the previous eighteen years, during which time Mr. Colucci left the jurisdiction and made no voluntary child support payments. When Mr. Colucci resurfaced, he moved quickly to be relieved of his obligation to pay those arrears on the basis that his income had changed and he was unable to pay. The Superior Court of Justice granted Mr. Colucci's request and reduced his arrears to approximately $40,000. Ms. Colucci successfully appealed. In addition to reinstating the full amount of the arrears, the Ontario Court of Appeal took the opportunity to admonish child support payors who avoid and/or evade the financial obligations owed to their children. In its unanimous decision, penned by Justice Sheilah Martin, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the Ontario Court of Appeal decision order-

ing Mr. Colucci to pay approximately $170,000 in retroactive child support payments. Justice Martin wrote that “disclosure is the linchpin on which fair child support depends and the relevant legal tests must encourage the timely provision of necessary information.” The decision further confirms that the party seeking a retroactive decrease in the amount of child support owed bears the burden of establishing a “material change in income”, and that in order to qualify, the decrease must be “significant and have some degree of continuity, and it must be real and not one of choice.” This decision provides family law litigants, lawyers, and judges across the country with a framework to be followed when addressing a request for a retroactive reduction in child support. This framework provides certainty, which in turn will make it easier for parties to resolve such disputes on consent, eliminating the need for expensive litigation.

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Organizing 24-hour senior care can be challenging. Caregivers must be experienced and well trained especially if dementia is involved. They must be managed by professionals who understand what aging seniors need, how those needs change - and importantly, is the caregiver a good fit for your family’s unique needs. With COVID-19, finding and managing caregivers is even more challenging. Although vaccines will have a big impact, serious risks and complexities will remain for a while. There are too many unknowns related to variants, the impact of opening up travel and the economy, and the extent to which the population gets vaccinated. From a caregiving point of view, the goals remain the same: ensure a safe home and facilitate the highest quality of life possible. Making that happen in the era of COVID-19, however, is very different. There is more uncertainty and complexity now, so when hiring a caregiver, make sure you ask the relevant questions recognizing these unique times: 1. Are staff vaccinated and will they get all the boosters? If they have strong side-effects, can they be replaced for a short period? 2. Do you have the necessary PPE, including droplet protection measures, if your loved one is

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RACK ’EM UP Chef Mark McEwan gets you ready for summer by putting ribs from some of the city’s top newly minted barbecue joints to the taste test

“These dry ribs are spot-on, spectacular even. The spice rub has a perfectly amalgamated blend of earthy notes, savoury and finishes on the palate as sweet.”

“Rib fans argue if they're better 'wet' or better 'dry' — I like both, as long as it’s done right. The blackened bark wonderfully encased the pork. It was tender yet still had structure. I didn’t even need a side or accompaniment.”

Mark McEwan is the veteran chef behind Bymark, Fabbrica and McEwan Fine Foods. He’s also the author of bestselling cookbooks and serves as head judge on Food Network’s hit series Top Chef.






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“The ribs are meaty and the seasoning is pleasant — I would just like to see even more of it.”

“This is a very good rib. The sauce is bright and tangy… The pork is very juicy and well seasoned.”

“The ribs are thick and meaty; good quality meat is apparent. The sauce is thinner than I'd prefer.”

“This rib is dripping, smothered in a really very smoky sauce. It’s visually appealing.”

“I love a mean beef rib. This slab is easy to eat. This BBQ sauce is rich and mellow.”

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Earlscourt BBQ owner Jason Rees says the secret to the restaurant’s Taste Test-winning ribs is an unusual approach that involves freezing the meat prior to smoking. “Cold meat tends to absorb more nitrogen from smoke, so it gives us a really clean smoke flavour and a nice pink hue,” says Rees. The ribs are seasoned Memphis style with a dry rub (the recipe for which is closely guarded), cold smoked for an hour and then cooked for seven hours, before being finished with a second coat of dry rub.






New takeout spot serves sammies inspired by the French dip

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Semi-secret Cold Tea Bar has a fresh spin with its sandwiches by Megan Gallant

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Hot Dip’s namesake sandwich


One of Toronto’s best not-so-secret bars has been left empty the past few months, disappointing the many who once enjoyed live DJs and sports games on Cold Tea Bar’s patio. But now, things are heating up again at Cold Tea with the opening of its new sandwich shop. Hot Dip is built around the concept of the classic French dip sandwich, which features roast beef on a white French roll with au jus and horseradish. “I’ve always loved that sandwich,” says owner Jon Lucas. His love for this 1970s diner-style sandwich inspired him to create a menu full of sandwiches that each come with their own dip. After working for years as a chef in restaurants across the city and spending the last three as a private chef, Lucas was ready to open his own shop. And it just so happened that his wife, Stacey Welton, who owns Cold Tea Bar, had the available space. “I’ve always wanted to open a sandwich shop,” says Lucas. “With the space available for a perfect takeout location, after a bit of brainstorming, I decided it was time to do it and pulled the trigger.” The timing for Hot Dip was great, too, says Lucas, with so many people currently eating takeout. “I saw it as an opportune time to try a new concept.” Along with the French Dip, the menu also features the restaurant’s namesake, the Hot Dip, which is a vari-

ation on the classic sandwich but with a pretzel bun and a sharp, mustardy cheddar dip. Other sandwiches include a chicken parm with alfredo dip and, as a vegetarian option, a pastrami-spiced portobello with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and a Russian dressing dip. Although Hot Dip’s menu currently features only four sandwiches, Lucas feels this allows him to ensure each item is perfect before sending it out. “I’ve always been of the mind that it’s better to have a smaller menu with things that are fresh and the best they can be,” he says.


loves dipping.”

Lucas is hoping to add some sandwich specials to the menu that will change every day or two. This week, Hot Dip is getting a soft serve machine that will bring the fun of dipping to desserts with hot fudge or brown butter caramel dip on a flaky cookie sandwich. “Everyone loves dipping,” he says. Hot Dip is located in Cold Tea Bar at 1186 Queen St. W. and is available for pickup from 12 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.



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Find the finest cuts of meat, without being overwhelming. top-notch and aim to please. luxurious burgers, lobster rolls Old and new are mixed together With Aperol, St. Germain, and Terroni’s iconic pizza and in every section, with new pastas cucumber, lime juice and pasta all under the umbrellas of and pizzas, along with innovative garnished with a cucumber twill Stock T. C.’s Stock Bar. At the appetizers and steak house–style and lemon zest, the Palm Springs corner of Yonge and sides. Stock’s menu is perfect for cocktail is the ultimate Montgomery, Cosimo Mamolitti anything from a casual bite to a accompaniment to a hot day. (Terroni) and Stephen Alexander celebratory meal. Also, look out (Cumbrae’s) have created a for Stock’s Sunday brunch menu The Space European-style street-level coming soon. With three levels, two patios and patio and an outdoor multiple private dining spaces, rooftop dining area The Drinks Stock Bar is setting itself up to be into one bustling Stock Bar’s cocktails the go-to spot for midtown ON THE MENU community space. are some of the more dining. The rooftop garden patio Ravioloni all’Uovo With artisan coffee, creative libations has sweeping views of the city stuffed with ricotta, creative cocktails, an we’ve seen from the while feeling secluded enough spinach and an international wine list Terroni group. The from the highrises. The terrace is egg yolk and a menu with all cocktail list has been inviting and spacious enough for the hits, plus some new created to match the “on guests to relax and enjoy the view. and welcome additions, Stock holiday” vibe that the patio Just inside from the rooftop bar, Bar is a destination for any and all exudes. With refreshing, light and sits the Montgomery room. An occasions. tart cocktails that are perfect to sip ode to the historic building at on a hot summer's day, this Yonge and Montgomery, this The Food cocktail menu is innovative space will function as a private Mamolitti and Alexander's without straying too far dining room that can also collaborative effort is present in from the city’s most be used during regular the dishes they are serving up at beloved bevvies. service. The ON THE MENU Stock. You can find Terroni The wine list at whimsical lighting, Seared steak tartare classics such as funghi assoluti Stock Bar is also statement bar, with gherkins, mustard paired with a Stock burger or a 14 killer. Working with wicker and soft blue and pumpernickel oz. dry-aged rib eye. You can also Cavinona, Terroni’s hues make this a crostini get fried calamari with, you wine agency and homey yet chic space guessed it, a side of Stock’s house- other agents in that carries through made pepperoncini mayo. Toronto, Drew Innis, the vacation vibe of the “We wanted to do a mix of Stock’s in-house sommelier and entire upper level Terroni [& Cumbrae’s] but not a wine director, has cultivated a The ground floor terrace complete Terroni menu. Steak rotating wine list that elevates enclosed with lush greenery is frites, the lobster roll, we want to Stock Bar’s food to new heights. reminiscent of an Italian piazza. have a little of everything to make As this is the first Terroni- This street-level patio is equipped everybody happy,” says affiliated restaurant to offer wine with its own bar and will seat 100 Mamolitti. from France, Austria, Greece and for lunch and dinner service. The menu has a ton of options beyond, the options available are

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Stock T. C.’s new midtown resto



New Stock-inTrade butcher opens inside 7 Numbers

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L-R: Waska’s causa limeña; chef Elias Salazar

Peruvian resto opens at Dovercourt House Chef Elias Salazar is at the helm of Waska Peruvian-born chef Elias Salazar’s culinary journey in Toronto began with Kay Pacha, which opened in 2017. The restaurant was followed by a Kensington Market pop-up in the summer of 2019 and a few other teasers and small ventures. Now, Salazar is opening Waska Peruvian Chicken, which will offer traditional Peruvian fare, including tamales, empanadas, rotisserie chicken and Lomo Saltado. “I always wanted to bring this concept to life. I have opened and launched other concepts, but this one is special,” he says. “The chicken recipe is a family recipe, so people can expect Waska to showcase the amazing flavours of Peruvian pollo a la brasa.” The rotisserie chicken (halal) comes in a whole or half chicken serving and comes with a side and a choice of five sauces, including huancaina, yuzu mayo and Peruvian-style chimichurri. But that isn’t the only family recipe that will be showcased in the new restaurant.

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“Another goal of mine is to be able to offer many traditional dishes that you wouldn’t see on a Peruvian restaurant menu,” Salazar says. “I have a book with over 100 recipes that my grandmother passed on to me, dating back to my great grandmother. I want to be able to give everyone the opportunity to see the diversity in authentic Peruvian cuisine.” Paying homage to his grandmother’s recipes is especially important to Salazar, as she was one of his early culinary mentors. “One day when I was nine years old, she said, ‘Do you want to stay and cook with me instead of going to play soccer outside?’ And that was it. We started to cook together after that,” he says. Salazar is also classically trained and has worked in restaurants in Lima, Miami and Montreal. Today, Salazar knows how to make more than 100 types of Peruvian ceviche. So, of course, Waska Peruvian Chicken will offer

numerous ceviche options. The classic ceviche uses snapper as the main ingredient, and the Leche de Tigre has a combination of shrimp and octopus. Of course, opening Waska came at a difficult time. “I had plans to open a restaurant in March of 2020, and the pandemic really took all of that away. ” he says. “I had to regroup and launch a different concept that would be pandemic proof — 2020 was the most difficult and challenging year in my 26-year career.” Luckily, Salazar got by with a little help from his friends. “This was all possible through a close group of friends — they are like family,” he says. “Knowing the situation that most chefs and restaurant workers were going through, they decided to give me the opportunity to revive Waska through this beautiful space at the Dovercourt House,” he says.

Running out of dinner ideas? Have no fear — the Danforth has just welcomed a new butcher to the area, marking the city’s second location of Stock-in-Trade. The new shop is located inside the popular southern Italian restaurant 7 Numbers at 307 Danforth Ave., accessible through a side entrance. Founded by chef and butcher Jason Becker in 2014, Stock-in-Trade prides itself on its selection of healthy, affordable and sustainable meats. The butcher is known for providing ethically and locally sourced meats to the community. Tony Marinuzzi, son of the head chef and matriarch of 7 Numbers restaurant, Rosa Marinuzzi, is heading up the new butcher shop. He says the community has already been overwhelmingly supportive of the new venture. “We’re going to be doing cooked foods and sandwiches every day, so that’s a big draw. People in the area have been stopping in even just to say hello,” he says. The new location of Stock-in-Trade is offering up all kinds of Ontario hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, including sausages, salamis and dry-aged beef. The butcher is also selling premade meals like pot pies, sandwiches and more. “One of the highlights will be the smoked … pastrami sandwiches. It’s a classic deli sandwich but we’re actually doing a halal version,” Marinuzzi says. “And then of course we have steaks, bacon and everything.” Naturally, the opening of the new butcher shop has been a family affair, with his mother Rosa and brother Vito all pitching in to help out. “We’re looking forward to adding our spice to the area,” he says. — Mackenzie Patterson

Gelato series hits Yorkville


Is there any more refreshing summertime treat than a fresh scoop of gelato? This summer, Eataly is helping Toronto cool down with some sweet new gelato flavours as part of its Summer Scoop Series. This program will see the Italian eatery working with a new Toronto gelato maker every month from June through September. The collaborations will result in one-of-a-kind flavours, made using signature ingredients from each of the shops combined with products sourced from Eataly’s marketplace. The Summer Scoop Series was inspired by Toronto’s love for the tasty treat. After the pandemic-related challenges faced by the food service industry over the past year, the program aims to celebrate the food community and the wonderful gelato already found across the city.

Throughout the month of June, Eataly partnered with Dundas West’s Death in Venice. The first flavour was the cassata, which features Death in Venice’s signature ricotta base layered with Marsalasoaked sponge cake, Fagola Fabbri preserved strawberries and candied oranges. The flavour is named for the traditional Sicilian dessert that inspired Death in Venice’s owner on his travels around the idyllic Italian island. Later this month, Eataly will collaborate with Nani’s Gelato, which specializes in Asian- and Indian-inspired flavours made daily from scratch. August will feature a partnership with Cheese Boutique’s new café and gelateria, CB Bottega. The innovative flavours are available by the scoop from Eatery’s gelato cart at 55 Bloor St. W.

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Top Toronto gelaterias will be popping up all summer by Megan Gallant

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LET THE ABURI GAMES BEGIN In honour of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo and its famed torch lighting, we’re rounding up our favourite spots in the city for flame-seared sushi by Megan Gallant

PROJECT: FISH Project: Fish offers a range of platters perfect for feeding groups of all sizes. This Japanese restaurant uses the contemporary concept of the flame-seared style to put a twist on authentic Japanese sushi. Each piece is delicately made and uniquely garnished. Beautifully crafted, the aburi oshi chirashi tart, for example, is made with avocado nestled between layers of rice and spicy sashimi and topped with crabmeat and shrimp. Other aburi oshi menu items include a basil pesto sauce on black tiger shrimp and unagi on salmon and plum. Projectfish.ca



This modern Japanese bistro sources fresh fish from coasts around the world, with a focus on reflecting the natural flavours of the traditional cuisine. JaBistro’s aburi oshi sushi includes a hotate (pressed scallop) and wagyu (pressed wagyu beef) alongside popular salmon, mackerel and shrimp options. The specialty namesake, the Jabistroll, is filled with salmon, snow crab, scallop, cucumber and tobiko. Diners who want to try a little of everything can order the Aburicious platter, which features a variety of JaBistro’s best flame-seared rolls. Jabistro.com



Once you start eating sushi, it’s hard to stop, which is why there’s no better way to enjoy it than in all-you-can-eat style. Located downtown, Kaka offers menus of all you can eat or à la carte fare. Both menus feature an extensive list of aburi nigiri, including salmon, butterfish, beef and duck. Kaka’s signature oshi sushi features a filling of avocado and smoked salmon topped with salmon and scallop. Kaka also features plenty of options for vegetarian diners, including rolls filled with sweet potato, avocado, cucumber and mushroom. Kakaallyoucaneat.ca

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Starting off where it all began, a single bite of Miku’s sushi will prove why it is the proud pioneer of aburi sushi here in Canada. Miku’s fresh sushi is torched to a precise degree of caramelization and topped with a thin slice of jalapeno, creating a careful balance of texture and flavour. Miku’s menu offers an aburi oshi sampler consisting of two pieces each of salmon, ebi and saba oshi, along with the option to turn any nigiri or sashimi sushi into aburi. At Miku, aburi is more than flame searing; it’s an art form. Mikutoronto.com


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All our burgers/fries & desserts are 100% gluten free. All our meats are 100% certified halal. All burgers served on a warm potato bun

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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.


Order Direct Online

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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.

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 Moussaka - potato, eggplant, zucchini, ground beef topped with béchamel sauce and served with rice and vegetables Gyros on a Pita topped with marinated tomatoes, onions and tzatziki Check out our full menu on-line!

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

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FEATURING THE EVEREST FEAST FOR TWO $46.99 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 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 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 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

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



Former Yorkville foodie fave opens near King

Clockwise from the left: Toronto Beach Club will feature Mediterranean fare; chef Ted Corrado; and one of the many cocktails offered on the drink menu

Lakefront Toronto Beach Club launches Ted Corrado helms kitchen at new restaurant opening soon by Ron Johnson A top Toronto restaurateur is set to tackle one of the most promising but also problematic locations in the city with a new beach club. Scale Hospitality, led by talented restaurateur Hanif Harji (Shook, Lapinou, the Wheatsheaf Tavern, Patria, Byblos, Figo) opened Toronto Beach Club at the end of June. The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is located at Ashbridges Bay with a massive beach and Lake Ontario as its backdrop. Toronto Beach Club is part of a trio of new operations at the location adding to the newly opened casual restaurant GG’s Burgers and the Marketplace Café, which is coming soon. “After the crazy year that it’s been, I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than enjoy a great meal and relax at the beach,” says Hanif Harji. “These three venues each have a different spirit, but together embody the coastal lifestyle that we all love. We’re really thrilled

that Ted Corrado is on board to make our boardwalk sisters really special destinations.” The restaurant is helmed by one of the city’s top chefs in Corrado, who most recently headed the Drake’s culinary operations as corporate executive chef. Prior to the Toronto Beach Club, the space was home to an Argentinian steakhouse, a Carter’s Landing outpost and a high-end seafood restaurant. None succeeded for one reason or another, including reported disputes with the property leaseholder and the seasonality. In addition to a Mediterranean restaurant, the new spot will also offer something new to the mix for this location: live entertainment. According to press information, Toronto Beach Club will offer musicians, dancers, performers and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. Like Scale’s other restaurants, the focus at Toronto Beach Club is on Mediterran-in-

spired cuisine, served as share-style plates. Menu highlights include mezze such as avocado labneh with mint, Aleppo chili and grilled pita, and clams with merguez, saffron, sherry, bay leaf and grilled bread. Main dishes on offer include a daily catch (priced per pound) grilled simply with sea salt, tximitxurri and lemon; cavatelli with merguez ragu, harissa, red onion, feta and preserved lemon; bone in smoked beef short rib with coriander seed dukkah crusted and served with green chili zhug yogurt; and jumbo prawns a la plancha with mojo verde and lemon. According to a press release, the space has undergone a massive renovation to create a more open floor plan, and it focuses on an indoor-outdoor vibe and functionality, featuring a wraparound patio with firepits, floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of space for lounging.

When Chris White and Jonathan Nicolaou closed up their Yorkville restaurant, Brothers Food & Wine, the city lost one of its finest bistros. Now, the team behind one of the top-ranked restaurants in the country is set for a grand return with their new restaurant Restaurant 20 Victoria. “It feels really great to be back,” says Chris White. The restaurant will be even smaller than the 30-seat Brothers, down to 20 seats even though the square footage of the space is larger. But much of that will be taken up by the open kitchen: although open, there will be no chef table seating. In addition, the philosophy seems to be to concentrate on the experience and allow patrons to linger as long as they like in the stylish and minimalist space. “Honestly, we haven’t done it [opening a restaurant] in a while,” White says. “Certainly we are trying to slow things down and do our best. So we are tactically kind of starting small.” The menu, says White, will change spontaneously, sometimes daily, sometimes weekly, and will be a collaboration between himself and Nicolau along with new addition Julie Hyde. Hyde has spent time in the kitchens at Alain Ducasse’s the Dorchester and Maison Lameloise in Burgundy, both restaurants have three Michelin stars. “It’s a total collaboration. We aren’t even using the chef term,” White says. The restaurant will have a small patio out front that will seat 14 guests. “We have maintained a strong relationship with our guests, so the first couple weeks are booked up already, and in the next few days, we will start booking for July,” White says. This is easily one of the most exciting new openings in the city so far this year. — RJ

The 905 gets a new Turkish restaurant Istanbul pide. This dish offers slices of five different pides, allowing you to experiment with toppings and flavours. If you’re sticking with a more familiar kebab or shish, opt for bulgur as your side instead of rice or salad. Often confused with rice or cracked wheat, bulgur is a grain used as a side dish similar to pasta. Bulgur is soaked rather than cooked and produces a light, chewy texture that pairs perfectly with slow-cooked meats. Don’t miss Plus Istanbul’s house-made baklava or kunefe for dessert. Kunefe is a cheese-filled dessert with a crispy topping, served hot, to preserve the cheese’s soft texture, and sprinkled with ground pistachio to finish. Plus Istanbul has a small indoor space, ready for post lockdown, and a small patio for outdoor dining.

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Vaughan is now home to a new Turkish-Mediterranean restaurant, Plus Istanbul Kebab House. Nestled in the corner of a plaza on Highway 7, Plus Istanbul serves a variety of house-made Middle Eastern specialties, including kebabs, shish and shawarma. With meat cooked on a charcoal grill or vertical spit, they promise “delicious foods by the most experienced chefs from Turkey.” Plus Istanbul’s hidden gem is its pide, a kind of Turkish pizza. Made on a boat-shaped dough, the crust is softer and less chewy than a typical pizza. Although Plus Istanbul offers a number of varieties, including kiymah (ground beef ), kusbasth (minced lamb), sujuk (mozzarella, Turkish sausage) and veggie (spinach, tomato, green pepper, mushrooms), if you’re new to Turkish food, your best bet is to try the mixed

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Plus Istanbul Kebab House specializes in pide by Samantha Dawdy

Pide from Plus Istanbul Kebab House


LOOKING BACK Before you go...take a gander at these five historic events from Julys of years past JULY 2021 EDITION

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On July 19, 1994, the Rolling Stones played a surprise date at the long-gone RPM club on Queens Quay East ahead of the band’s tour in support of the album ‘Voodoo Lounge.’ The band rehearsed in T.O. at Crescent School while tuning up for the show and tour.


Dr. Emily Stowe became the first woman licensed to practise medicine in Canada on July 16, 1880. She was also a founder of the Canadian Women’s Suffrage Association.

Nicknamed the ‘Tank,’ Sunnyside Pool is big enough to fit 2,000 bathers at a remarkable 91 metres long and 23 metres wide. On its opening day on July 29, 1925, pool-goers were so excited to finally have a place to cool off that 28,000 people showed up.

On July 21, 1989, Toronto-based ‘The Kids In The Hall’ show, which had become the CBC’s answer to Monty Python, debuted in the United States on HBO.

Legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson was part of the first Canadian jazz festival at the CNE Grandstand on July 22, 1959, alongside special guest Louis Armstrong.

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