Toronto Life

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Toronto Life
EditorSarah Fulford (Since 2008)
Former editorsJohn Edward Macfarlane (1992-2007)
PublisherKen Hunt
Total circulation
(June 2015)
87,929[1]
First issue 1966 (1966-month)
CompanySt. Joseph Media
CountryCanada
Based inToronto
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.torontolife.com
ISSN0049-4194

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 has been owned by St. Joseph Media since 2002. Toronto Life has a circulation of 87,929[2] and readership of 890,000.[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] It is also known for publishing an annual 50 most influential people in Toronto list.[5]

History[edit]

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.[6] 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, succeeded long-time editor John Macfarlane (1992-2007) in January 2008.[7]

In 2015, Jennifer Pan’s Revenge: The inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead,[8] by Karen K. Ho brought the previously relatively obscure Jennifer Pan murder case to international attention.[9][10]

In October 2018, it was announced that Toronto Life will launch a membership program with access to Toronto Life’s events, as well as special offers from local venues.[11]

Controversies[edit]

In March 2014, Toronto Life was required to shut down its unpaid internship program implemented in 2009, after the Ontario Ministry of Labour declared that its longstanding practice of not paying interns was in contravention of the Employment Standards Act.[12] 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."[13] 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.[14]

In December 2014, Toronto Star published an investigation stating that in 2013 the magazine dismissed a feature about 15 women Jian Ghomeshi was dating after the protest of his PR team.[15]

In April 2015, Canadian entrepreneur Michael Elder, the son of Jim Elder, attempted to sue the magazine to prevent publication of a feature about him.[16] Superior Court dismissed the motion for an injunction and awarded the magazine $17,000 in costs.[17]

In January 2018, the magazine was accused of hiding a published negative review of steakhouse BlueBlood from its website.[18]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Alliance for Audited Media. October 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2015.
  3. ^ October 14, Bree Rody-Mantha; 2016. "Steady as she goes: Toronto Life turns 50". Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  4. ^ "National Magazine Awards searchable archive". Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  5. ^ November 15, Toronto Life |; 2018 (2018-11-15). "The 50 most influential Torontonians of 2018". Toronto Life. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Sarah Fulford named editor of Toronto Life | The Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Wang, Yanan (27 July 2015). "Tragedy of 'golden' daughter's fall resonates with Asian immigrant children". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  10. ^ Editorial (15 August 2015). "Is it possible to love and hate?". Northwest Asian Weekly. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  11. ^ October 29, Catherine Phillips; 2018. "Toronto Life sets sights on membership program". Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  12. ^ "Ontario labour ministry cracks down on unpaid internships at Toronto Life, The Walrus", The Canadian Journalism Project, March 27, 2014
  13. ^ "Unpaid Internship Crackdown At Toronto Life, The Walrus Magazines", Huffington Post Canada, March 27, 2014
  14. ^ "The Unpaid Internship Conspiracy", TheStoryboard.ca, March 31, 2014
  15. ^ "How Ghomeshi's publicist worked to shut down Toronto Life story | The Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  16. ^ "Toronto Life Stands Ground In Face Of $100-Million Lawsuit From Businessman". HuffPost Canada. 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  17. ^ "Court bid against Toronto Life fails to stop publication | The Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  18. ^ Burton, Monica (2018-01-12). "Why Did This Magazine Take Down a Negative Restaurant Review?". Eater. Retrieved 2019-01-20.

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