Of con­certs, fit­ness cou­ture and capoeira

Now is the time to cel­e­brate the new year, and try some­thing new

North York Post - - News - by Ron John­son

Jan­uary might be a lit­tle on the chilly side, but there is a lot of pos­i­tive think­ing tak­ing place.

We re­solve to ex­er­cise more, per­haps drink less. We think about what ex­cit­ing events the year might bring. We dream of va­ca­tions and life-al­ter­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. And we look for af­ford­able din­ing op­tions.

In Jan­uary, we like new things, new ex­pe­ri­ences and, as is of­ten the case in Toronto, that means new food and new restau­rants. To that end, our res­tau­rant critic Joanne Kates has of­fered up the best new restau­rants in the city. Here, she gives us a slew of new din­ing es­tab­lish­ments of all va­ri­eties to try on for size in the com­ing months.

Our news cov­er­age in­cludes a look at the com­ing of toll roads south of the bor­der in Toronto, some chic ski chalets that have come on the mar­ket north of the 905 and lo­cal de­vel­op­ment is­sues.

Also in food this month, we en­list the ex­pert palate of Shoushin’s Jackie Lin, one of the city’s finest sushi chefs. He taste-tests the best poke in Toronto to find out where to seek out this Hawai­ian favourite that is sweep­ing the city. In ad­di­tion, we have a look at a new bar, No­or­den, the place to go for gin in Toronto. And we swoon over a South African brunch at Jack and Lil’s.

Fash­ion colum­nist Jeanne Beker kicks off our life sec­tion with a look at the fresh­est styles to sport while par­tak­ing in a new ac­tiv­ity this win­ter, from old stand­bys, such as run­ning and ten­nis, to groovy new pur­suits such as Muay Thai.

Also this month, fit­ness colum­nist Monika Sch­narre has a great time at her first capoeira class, as the pop­u­lar­ity of this Brazil­ian dance con­tin­ues to grow in the city.

Our mar­i­juana colum­nist takes a look at the grow­ing trend that sees cannabis used as an in­for­mal type of pain re­lief and sports re­cov­ery by am­a­teur ath­letes.

Dr. Jess in­ter­prets a new Univer­sity of Toronto re­port an­a­lyz­ing how sex­ual ex­pec­ta­tions im­pact re­la­tion­ship qual­ity. And our How They Met col­umn fea­tures the two hap­pily mar­ried cre­ators of the hi­lar­i­ous new CBC se­ries Workin’ Moms.

Our arts and en­ter­tain­ment cov­er­age in­cludes a win­ter mu­sic pre­view with five hot new al­bums and con­certs.

We also fea­ture Jes­sica Mat­ten, the young Toronto ac­tress in Dis­cov­ery’s much­bal­ly­hooed new his­tor­i­cal epic Fron­tier.

Steve Fisher takes a look at the up­com­ing Next Stage The­atre Fes­ti­val, and com­edy colum­nist Mark Bres­lin in­ter­views Jared Keeso, the creator of the bold com­edy hit Let­terkenny.

All the Hon­est Ed’s glitz will be gone, only to be re­placed by a res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment

RON JOHN­SON

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