Of cat cafés, cannabis and eclairs
How to have a Toronto-style Valentine’s Day without even breaking a sweat
When I think about Valentine’s Day, the music in the back of my head is the theme song for “The Love Boat.” I can picture Isaac whipping up a festive cocktail before dinner at Captain Stubing’s table. It’s a catchy tune, but the point is that I’m not overly enamoured with the whole Valentine’s Day vibe.
But then we start planning our February issue and talking about romance and how to celebrate such a holiday, and all the great events and activities on offer in the city come February, and I start to come around.
After all, we live in a city where one can partake in a vast array of Valentine’s activities that are as far removed from a Hallmark holiday as one could imagine, including a Leonard Cohen–inspired theatrical production and a burlesque queen.
Our February edition features a fair amount of coverage for romantically inclined Toronto residents, from fashion columnist Jeanne Beker’s looking at everything rose gold and gorgeous under the sun to a sampling of the city’s best French eclairs. We kick things off with a decidedly unromantic chat with former
Dragons’ Den star Kevin O’Leary, who has been in the news lately as he mulls over taking a run at the Conservative Party of Canada leadership. Also in the news, we look at the growing number of marijuana dispensaries popping up around town. Oh, and we pit the city’s first cat café against one of the first dog cafés, just because we can.
Our food section includes the aforementioned eclair affair, as well as Joanne Kates’ latest reviews, plus Rose Reisman checks out a popular dish from a new mac ’n’ cheese speciality restaurant and gives her nutritional take.
Our arts section features basically everything worth checking out in the city’s cultural scene this month, including an interview with comic Jeremy Hotz and a profile of Toronto musician Basia Bulat on her new album. Host of CBC’s new TV show Hello Goodbye, Dale Curd helps us with a new book column, called Five Books That Matter, and Mark Breslin gets in on the ganja act by penning a column on stoner humour.