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December 13th, 2017
Letter to Director

letter from the director

Although it has not been much of a spring, before we know it, summer will be heating up. This heat will be felt not just through the air we breathe but also in the colours of nature, the chatter from street-side patios, music from park festivals and the laughter of children once again playing in the playgrounds.

Our senses will go into overdrive from all the delicious aromas emanating from restaurants and neighbourhood barbecues.

We just finished a marathon of planning, research, edits and design for this edition of the Beaches Living Guide in your hand. Finally, the last page is proofed, the formatting and colour correction is perfect! Save the file and upload it to the printers. we can now allow ourselves to think about summer.

Does this sound like a story? In fact, it’s the regular routine we go through so you can read each edition of the Guide and Beaches|life magazine. It is just us telling you a story. We believe that everyone, everyday, is writing a story.

We have been telling you stories for 11 years now and we are fascinated with what we found for this and every previous issue. Once you go through the pages, like us, you will have learned so much more about this city we all live. The stories from the past to present to the future, you are not only reading the stories, you are also part of them.

We are very excited and cannot wait to turn the page, and start another fresh and meaningful chapter in the new year!

What you are about to read involves real people. Like all of us today, each of them were just doing what they needed to do, back then, to create their stories. It might have been funding a new business, riding the underground railroad to become Toronto’s first taxi company, or selling meat to support his young immigrant family (it’s certain he didn’t realize that his peameal bacon would influence Toronto’s nickname ‘Hogtown’).

Today, you cannot find a major event or structure that doesn’t have a corporation’s name attached it. Naming rights are big business, but it’s not new. Almost two hundred years ago, Sunlight dish soap was attached to Toronto’s first professional baseball stadium and the street named Sunlight Park still stands a few blocks away from us.

Keep reading and you too will discover much more of the fascinated stories we dug up for you.

Stories of today and tomorrow will unfold in front of your eyes. Toronto is heating up for the new transformation, and most of it is close to us by the riverside.

Every day of our lives is a day a story making and story telling. What’s your summer story going to be?

From all of us at Beaches Living, we wish you a hot, fun summer!

Cheers to 2014!

Hong Zhao


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