Of spring, sammies and snazzy outfits
March Madness in more ways than one by Ron Johnson
Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, this is where the party is.
We like this month. It’s a good one. There are parties, events, happenings and the first glimmers of an end to the chilly season that has kept us under wraps for a couple months. We peek outside our doors, say hello to neighbours we haven’t really seen for a while, and, if lucky, we pull the cover off the BBQ. We start to get excited about sports again, with playoffs around the corner and a two-week chunk of the month dedicated to college basketball’s March Madness. Neighbourhood life begins anew. All is well.
And one other thing that is beginning again is election season. It seems like only yesterday that Canadians voted in that good lookin’ fella down in Ottawa. Now, we have a Conservative party leadership race underway, an NDP leadership race to begin soon, and Ontario seems like it is in election mode already.
One of the most exciting people on the Canadian political landscape is Jagmeet Singh, MPP. The stylish young Brampton politician was recently featured in a GQ article, and speculation is rampant that he will take a run at the federal leadership of the New Democratic Party. We tracked him down to find out more.
Also in news this month, the illegal marijuana dispensaries saga continues to percolate in our neighbourhoods. Recently, there was an armed robbery at an Eglinton Avenue West shop, which of course means a monumental risk to local residents. We decided to see what was happening and which dispensaries are still open and where, as criminals continue to target these operations for an easy robbery with a large reward.
In food, we put the Adamson Barbecue team to good use by having them sample the city’s best breakfast sandwiches. Also, our food critic Joanne Kates checks out the city’s hottest new restaurant: La Banane. And we profile the talented Toronto restaurateur Janet Zuccarini.
Our lifestyle coverage kicks off with our fashion expert Jeanne Beker, who looks at four snazzy outfits ideally matched to the best March break travel destinations. Also, fitness columnist Monika Schnarre gets all bent out of shape during her first inversion yoga class, and she gives us all the details. And the amazing Dr. Jess asks the big relationship question: Are you really getting enough?
In arts, we chat with acclaimed playwright Erin Shields on her latest work having its world premiere at the Tarragon Theatre this month —
And, columnist Mark Breslin looks at breakout comedy hit offering us much-needed satire in the time of Trump.
A scene from made-in-Toronto comedy hit ‘The Beaverton’