Of proms, panini and politics
Our city comes alive with the warm weather
June is a good month for music and for the arts in the city. A number of worldclass festivals — North by Northeast and the Toronto Jazz Festival, to name just two — offer up hundreds of concerts to feast upon. In addition, Luminato is back for another festival of inspired arts programming.
In this edition, we profile Luminato’s highly capable head honcho Jorn Weisbrodt.
Highlights of this year’s festival include a theatrical production dubbed
Green Porno, performed by acclaimed actress Isabella Rossellini, as well as musical artists such as Ziggy Marley. Since Weisbrodt’s arrival two years ago, the festival has taken on new meaning and direction.
Up front, our news section includes a feature story on the controversial move by the principal of Northern Secondary School to force students to take a breathalyzer test before entering the school prom. City hall columnist John Sewell writes about how some community-minded councillors are making significant change in their local neighbourhoods.
We also take a look at the leaders of the four provincial political parties duking it out ahead of this month’s election. Instead of the run-of-the-mill analy- sis, we decided to consult three experts who gave us their take on the leaders facial characteristics, hand writing and body language.
In our food section, we check in with Hollywood heavyweight director Ivan Reitman, who reveals plans for his new restaurant, Montecito.
In addition, our resident chef Grant van Gameren teams up with celebrity chef and well-mustachioed gentleman Massimo Capra to taste-test the city’s best paninis. And, food critic Joanne Kates reviews Susur Lee’s Luckee as well as new Ossington restaurant Soos.
Jeanne Beker kicks off our life section with a look at some cool denim duds for dad. Meanwhile, columnist Rebecca Eckler offers up another instalment in her new series, The New Mid-Life, by speaking to a life coach about all those heavy decisions people seem to make in their 40s.
In the arts, we catch up with Sean Lennon and chat about his latest musical project, the GOASTT. We also profile Colm Feore, who, following his work on The Amazing
Spider-Man 2, stars in two major productions at the Stratford Festival, including the daunting King Lear.
This is the best time of year to live in Toronto, so get out and enjoy it.
Grant van Gameren and Massimo
Capra taste Italian sandwiches
Colm Feore in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’