Of romance, roots music and roti
This month, think creativity not carnations by Ron Johnson
February is a lot of things. It’s the month that seems to contain the biggest wintery blast, but it’s also the shortest month, and by the end of it, we can usually start to see the first glimmers of spring in the not too distant future. Then, there’s Valentine’s Day and all the love.
This particular “holiday” isn’t always the one people eagerly anticipate. For some, ahem, it is even a cause for mild heart palpitations as one feverishly overpays for roses and chocolates and hopes for the best.
To that end, we’ve put together numerous suggestions for the romantically challenged to make the most of not just Feb. 14, but throughout the year.
In this month’s issue, we also chat with beloved comedian Colin Mochrie, who took to social media recently to talk about his daughter Kinley, who is transgender.
Our news coverage includes a look at a number of off-the-beaten-path developments that are really stretching the imagination of planners. And, we pit the city’s top singing telegrams companies against each other in our Too Close To Call report.
In our life section, our fashion columnist Jeanne Beker searches the city for a few of the sleekest new date-night outfits tailormade for romance.
Monika Schnarre and her partner see what the partner yoga trend is all about, and Ljubica Kostovic sees what a legal marijuana market could mean to couples who like to experiment. And our sex and relationship columnist, Dr. Jess, gives us her recipe for a perfect anti–Valentine’s Day.
Our food section includes a taste test featuring chef Craig Wong of Patois and Jackpot Chicken Rice acclaim. Wong was on hand to sample the city’s best roti.
In addition, we profile chef Brandon Olsen, who just happens to be the man behind the city’s hottest restaurant, La Banane.
Ace food critic Joanne Kates gives us her report on überpopular restaurant Baro. And we have a look at the burgeoning Gerrard Street East restaurant scene, home to some of the city’s best new establishments including Double D’s pizza, Maple Leaf Tavern, Lake Inez and Pinkerton’s Snack Bar.
In arts, we take a look at the city’s roots music scene including a profile of one of the best bands in the country: the Sadies.
We also preview Garth Drabinsky’s much-ballyhooed new theatrical production
Sousatzka, and Mark Breslin writes about couples who comedy together. As well, we profile actress Grace Lynn Kung of the powerful new TV series Mary Kills People.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in Toronto Feb. 10 and 11