Bob Boyter has been playing St. Nick for over 18 years, and is one of three Santas on duty at the Eaton Centre this year.
We got the skinny on what it takes to portray the jolly fellow.
Photographs by Hudson Hayden
Sure, property taxes are probably going up next year, but the average increase is only $64—or just a little more than the cost of three Rob Ford bobbleheads. And if the proposed 2014 budget gets passed, that money is going to be spread fairly evenly around the city, judging by the many projects and initiatives popping up all over town. Here’s a look at some of the new bang we’ll be getting for our bucks.
By: David Hains
Known primarily for outfitting Bay Street power brokers and dressing the cast of Suits, local custom-tailoring house Garrison Bespoke recently designed the world’s first bulletproof three-piece suit. We took a closer look at the $20,000 danger-defying ensemble.
Written by Cosette Schulz
Photograph by Jamie Hogge
It’ll end in tiers
Teppan Kenta tones down the theatrics of many teppanyakis, focusing instead on ex pert griddle-fried bar food—like this okonomiyaki. Chef and owner Kenta Taniguchi tells us what goes into his signature layered pancake.
photograph by Liam Mogan
Despite all his shenanigans, Rob Ford insists on sticking around to continue saving taxpayers money—or so he says. He argues that he’s the only person who can keep Toronto from the true scourge that besieges our fair city: gravy. But the gravy train seems to be running better than ever these days, at least when it comes to the many allegations and proceedings involving the mayor. We added up some of the estimates to see what a worst-case spending scenario looks like.
Yes, it’s hard to accept that the sun now sets at 4 p.m., there’s frost on your windows, and Shoppers is playing “Here Comes Santa Claus” on a near-endless loop. You need something stiff and festive to make peace with this turn of events, so we surveyed the city’s top bars for 25 spirited winter cocktails. It’s the least we can do to bring you tidings of comfort and gin.
photographs by Michael Crichton Photography
Illustration by LeeAndra Cianci.
No vacancy: Tough luck, apartment hunters: The city’s insatiable demand for rental units has outstripped supply, putting landlords on top and sending rent prices skyrocketing. How did Toronto’s rental market get so nuts?
Minor details: Who says the 12-and-under crowd should be confined to chicken nuggets and grilled cheese? We found five restaurants where the kids’ meals are all grown up.
Photo by Raina + Wilson.
Bottle service: Most people would rather crack a beer than swap it, but the folks at Toronto Bottle Share recommend spread the brew-love.
Photo by Daniel Ehrenworth.