Of mid-life, mu­sic and Amir

Plus, Post City loves a good res­cue dog

Richmond Hill Post - - Editor’s Notes - By Ron John­son

Well, we have a new mayor. The snow hasn’t started to fly, but we have hockey and bas­ket­ball un­der­way, and the arts scene has ex­ploded with all man­ner of in­cred­i­ble stage pro­duc­tions. Ba­si­cally, it’s time to ap­pre­ci­ate how great it is to live in Toronto.

To start things off, we chat with our favourite Toronto Rap­tor, Amir John­son. From Zom­bie Walk to pass­ing out Drake CDs on the street, this guy has em­braced the city, and it’s to­tally a mu­tual thing. Now, we just need to win the big one.

In our news sec­tion, we check out an amaz­ing new dog res­cue fa­cil­ity in York Re­gion, which had a gala open­ing com­plete with ap­pear­ances by Jewel and Sam Roberts. And we get the lat­est news on the con­tin­u­ing strug­gle of Thornhill’s Ci Tok­makjian, who has been im­pris­oned in Cuba since 2011.

In our life sec­tion, Re­becca Eckler writes about the new and im­proved mid-life cri­sis, and sex­ol­o­gist Jessica O’Reilly tells us the six con­ver­sa­tions that lead to a happy mar­riage. Also, we pro­file ev­ery­one’s favourite cap­i­tal­ist, Kevin O’Leary. And our res­i­dent fash­ion­ista, Jeanne Beker, tracks down the sweet­est leather pants in the city.

Our food sec­tion in­cludes reviews of two re­cent open­ings: Mid­town’s Lit­tle Sis­ter as well as Ja­panese restau­rant Yu­naghi. And we also pro­file tal­ented Chante­cler chef Jonathon Poon as he pre­pares to open Bar Fancy on Queen West. We also taste-test the city’s best fish and chips with res­i­dent chef, Grant van Gameren of Bar Is­abel, and his guest chef Leo Spralja of seafood restau­rant Joso’s.

In the arts, we pro­file two in­cred­i­ble Toronto mu­si­cians: Daniel Lanois and Doug Pais­ley. We also fea­ture Pais­ley in a new Post City in the Park video, shot in his old stomp­ing grounds of Sher­wood Park (de­tails on how to view it are on the right.) We also chat with Gina Ger­shon about the cool new show play­ing at Massey Hall this month, Ghost Brothers of Dark­land County, cre­ated by Stephen King, John Mel­lan­camp and T Bone Bur­nett.

No more de­bates. No more sideshows. So get out and en­joy this city.

Ron John­son

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