Toronto Life

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Toronto Life
EditorSarah Fulford
Total circulation
(June 2015)
First issue 1966 (1966-month)
CompanySt. Joseph Media
Based inToronto

Toronto Life is a monthly magazine about entertainment, politics and life in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Toronto Life also publishes a number of annual special interest guides about the city, including Real Estate, Stylebook, Eating & Drinking, City Home and Neighbourhoods. Established in 1966, it is now owned by St. Joseph Media. It has a circulation of 81,816[2] and readership of 856,000.[3] The magazine is a major winner of the Canadian National Magazine Awards, leading current publications with 110 gold awards including 3 awards for Magazine of the Year in 1985, 1989, and 2007.[4]


Established in 1966, Toronto Life was purchased by Michael de Pencier in 1972 and held until 2002, when it was sold to St. Joseph Media.[5] The publisher also owns the tourism magazine Where Canada (published in several large cities), Fashion, Wish, Wedding Bells, and several smaller magazines. The current editor-in-chief is Sarah Fulford, who succeeded long-time editor John Macfarlane in 2008.

In March 2014, Toronto Life was required to shut down its unpaid internship programme after the Ontario Ministry of Labour declared that its longstanding practice of not paying interns was in contravention of the Employment Standards Act.[6] The magazine responded, saying "The idea that we can start paying everybody completely misunderstands the nature of the economics of the magazine industry at the moment."[7] Toronto Life's first (unpaid) intern, Derek Finkle, started with the magazine in 1993. During his internship he wrote a cover story for the magazine for free. He weighed in on the controversy saying that he backs the decision of the Ontario Ministry of Labour.[8]

In 2015, Jennifer Pan’s Revenge: The inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead,[9] by Karen K. Ho brought the previously relatively obscure Jennifer Pan murder case to international attention.[10][11]


  1. ^ Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Vividata. 2015.
  4. ^ "National Magazine Awards searchable archive". Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  5. ^ "Home Depot enters shelter category". Masthead Publishing Ltd. 28 September 2006. Retrieved 2010-10-22. Michael de Pencier, remember, was the long-time proprietor of Key Media, which was sold to St. Joseph Media in February 2002 for an estimated $36 million. Titles included Toronto Life, Fashion, Where Toronto and a stake in Gardening Life.
  6. ^ "Ontario labour ministry cracks down on unpaid internships at Toronto Life, The Walrus", The Canadian Journalism Project, March 27, 2014
  7. ^ "Unpaid Internship Crackdown At Toronto Life, The Walrus Magazines", Huffington Post Canada, March 27, 2014
  8. ^ "The Unpaid Internship Conspiracy",, March 31, 2014
  9. ^ Ho, Karen K. (22 July 2015). "Jennifer Pan's Revenge: The inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead". Toronto Life. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  10. ^ Wang, Yanan (27 July 2015). "Tragedy of 'golden' daughter's fall resonates with Asian immigrant children". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  11. ^ Editorial (15 August 2015). "Is it possible to love and hate?". Northwest Asian Weekly. Retrieved 9 January 2017.

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