The Grid, Toronto's new weekly city magazine, launches today

The Grid offers a fresh voice to Toronto's young urban crowd

TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - Launching today, The Grid ( will be Toronto's first free weekly city magazine for people in their 20s and 30s, capturing the vibe and energy of the city at a street level.

"The Grid is a mash-up—visually and editorially—of a newspaper, a magazine and a coffee-table book," said Laas Turnbull, publisher and editor-in-chief. "I think people will be surprised by the quality of the packaging and attention to detail. You just don't see that in an urban weekly. Anywhere."

On newsstands today, the cover story is all about food. The 16-page package called "I'll Have What They're Having: A Chef's Guide to Toronto" is written in part by James Beard Award-winner David Sax. Featured content includes an exclusive profile of the Black Hoof's Jen Agg and Grant van Gameren, along with the look at Toronto's recent food renaissance. It is based on in-depth interviews with 97 of the city's top chefs.

From beer to politics to real estate, The Grid's roster of contributors will include the city's most current writers taking the pulse on the news and views of Toronto's young, urban crowd. Regular writers will include:

  • Edward Keenan, politics and social issues
  • Crystal Luxmore, beer
  • Christine Sismondo, cocktails and bar culture
  • Eric Velland, wine
  • Karon Liu, food and restaurants
  • David Sax (James Beard award-winner), food and restaurants
  • David Fleming, real estate
  • Briony Smith, style and fashion
  • Chris Shulgan, parenting
  • Jason Anderson and Katrina Onstad, film
  • Sarah Liss, music
  • Sarah Angel, visual arts
  • Kate Carraway, youth issues and personal advice will take a hyper-local focus on neighbourhoods in Toronto, allowing visitors to find out what's going on where they are, in real time.

The Grid launch party took place last night at the Burroughes Building on Queen West. Featuring DJ performances by K-OS and Brendan Canning from Broken Social Scene, the event hosted hundreds of Toronto tastemakers celebrating the launch.

About The Grid

The Grid is Toronto's newest free weekly city magazine. It will serve Toronto's young urban crowd by covering politics, food, drink, culture, arts, real estate and more. The Grid's print issue is available every Thursday, or anytime at You can also follow us at @thegridto on Twitter. The Grid is owned by Star Media Group.


For further information:

Sarah Hall,, 416 929 7740.

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