NOW Magazine, a TORONTO success story, celebrates 32 years of speaking its mind

On September 10, 1981, a brave, new voice appeared in TORONTO’s publishing world.  In a city, then with 3 major dailies, NOW Magazine edged its way into the marketplace, found an audience, and has never looked back.  This paper is not part of a chain.  It speaks its mind and always puts TORONTO first.


From the publishers . . .  “NOW Magazine has emerged as the largest, most successful alt newsweekly in North America, and maybe the world, with a circulation of 110,000 copies and 409,000 readers weekly, and over 1.5 million monthly total views online at  Beyond that, NOW remains steadfastly independent, a handmade media company still owned and operated by Alice Klein and Michael Hollett.   “Sure, we’d like to take some credit, but a part of our great good fortune has been to operate in one of the most dynamic and exciting cities on the planet. Even as we find ourselves enduring the folly of a disastrous mayor, this city’s engaged citizens refuse to give up, continuing to fight to preserve and develop the remarkable experiment in urbanism that is TORONTO —  the envy of the world.“With over 150 cranes in the sky, TORONTO is a city that loves living downtown – or coming here to play. Our retail isn’t buried in chains but features a dynamic mix of independent outlets, stand-alone businesses like NOW Magazine itself.   “Thank you, Toronto. It continues to be our pleasure to serve you all.”
Alice Klein – Editor/CEO – @aliceklein
Michael Hollett – Editor/Publisher – @m_hollett

Andrew Owen (A01) depicts a multiplicity of persona and a range of moods

As a professional artist, and a pioneer public art producer, ANDREW OWEN (A01) was one of the first to recognize the value of street art in 1980’s TORONTO.  His projects – paintings, photo-based works and pieces made from repurposed materials – have been shown in Vancouver, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Republic of China.  He lives and works in TORONTO and VANCOUVER.  You’ll find some of Andrew’s public photo-based works in the Spadina Avenue/Kensington Market area.



Nellie, 4 weeks old and 309 pounds, brings African Lion Safari’s elephant herd up to 12

After a 21-month pregnancy, little NELLIE, daughter of Natasha and Johnson, arrived in Canada on August 2, 2013.  She is the first naturally-born Canadian elephant, and joins the rest of the herd on 81 hectares of grassland and forest at African Lion Safari, roughly an hour west of TORONTO via Highway 401.  The Safari elephants go swimming twice daily, in between 18 hours of eating.  For directions, check the website:



TIFF1For two weeks in September/2013, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) screened over 300 films, and 150 world premiere features; hosted thousands of the world’s most prominent filmmakers, actors, producers and business people.  The Festival has grown to rival all other film festivals worldwide – with the exception of Cannes.  For Torontonians and visitors alike, TIFF plays a leading role in their Fall Season.CAMERON BAILEY, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival:Are we too big?  No, because big works in TORONTO.  As Torontonians, we’re used to being Canada’s biggest target for mockery.  We’d miss that if it ever stopped.  More seriously, in TORONTO size affords diversity.  By global standards we’re not a huge city but we’re big enough to accommodate some of the world’s largest immigrant communities from China, India, Italy, Jamaica, Tibet and many other locales.  There are 140 languages and dialects spoken daily in TORONTO.  There is one of the world’s largest Pride parades.  That’s what big gets you.  The city is big enough to host over eighty (80) film festivals each year.  As the biggest of those festivals, we’ve chosen to use our size to bring what we consider the world’s best films and most exciting guests to town.  For eleven days, we want a vibrant, limitless swirl of cinema, a plunge into an intoxicating ocean.  We want it big, because size matters.”  <PHOTO BELOW – Reuters>