Of proms, panini and pol­i­tics

Our city comes alive with the warm weather

Midtown Post - - Editor's note - by Ron John­son

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

Ron John­son

Colm Fe­ore in ‘The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man 2’

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