Of sunglasses, Schumer and surf guitar
Make the most of the rest of your summer
Around this time of year a slight but very present panic starts to set in, when we realize half of the summer is already gone and we have so much still to do — or so little, depending on your perspective.
This summer has already provided much to Toronto residents by way of the ridiculous number of incredible events. So, maybe you’ve already gotten all that out of your system and it’s off to the cottage with you for the very best month Muskoka has to offer. But, for those remaining in the city, don’t fret. We’ve got you covered.
After all, one of the GTA’s most iconic summer events rolls around in August: the Canadian National Exhibition, celebrating 137 years of carnies, candied apples, concerts and crazy midway rides. It all gets started on Aug. 21. This month, we pit two of the Ex’s waffle purveyors — the oldest one and the latest one— against each other to see whose batter is better.
Our arts coverage includes an interview with Blue Rodeo guitarist Colin Cripps, who has a surf guitar side project, dubbed C&C Surf Factory, offering up some pitch perfect summer music. In addition, we chat with author Camilla Gibb about her new memoir. And columnist Mark Breslin gives his unique take on the Amy Schumer scandal.
Fashion columnist Jeanne Beker checks out the city’s hottest tote bags and sunglasses, for that last-minute summer getaway, to kick off our life section. Monika Schnarre tackles the O Course, a new workout designed by a former U.S. Marine Corps drill sergeant. And yes, she got dirty. And sex columnist Dr. Jess tells us why being separate, in doses, might actually be a boon for marriages.
We begin our food coverage with the finest of summer cuisine: the humble hot dog. Only in this city, the hot dogs have gone all gourmet. Meet the new dogs of summer in this taste test spectacular.
This month, we kick things off with new Toronto Raptors player Demarre Carroll. A defensive specialist, Carroll is calling himself the new Junkyard Dog, JYD 2.0, and we asked him why.