Published work

Born in Hong Kong, Jennifer Cheng is a Toronto-based editor and writer. Her work has appeared in The Globe and MailToronto Star, National Post, CBC News, Huffington Post, Global News and others.

Currently, Jenn is an editor at Metro News. She also freelances for Toronto Life.

Previously, she was a reporter-editor at The Canadian Press.

Jenn is a graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism program, where she was editor-in-chief of McClung’s, a women’s issues magazine.

She has a penchant for stories about modern life, the complexities of the human condition and mental health.

The written word has the power to elicit the full spectrum of human emotion. And it is precisely why Jenn decided to pursue journalism as a career. Stories illuminate what it means to be human.

*Updated February 2018

A selection of work:

Toronto Life

Condo of the Week: $2 million for a three-level penthouse above the SoHo Met Hotel, Nov. 24, 2017
Amenities include an exercise room with its own wet bar, a terrace with a four-person hot tub and room service

Inside the newly restored Cinesphere at Ontario Place, Nov. 3, 2017
With multi-million-dollar projectors and film reels that weigh 600 pounds

Real Weddings: Inside a joyful island party with a musical parade, July 4, 2017
Including a boisterous TTC trip to the ferry docks

Ten amazing historical photos that reveal things you may not have known about Toronto, April 24, 2017
Morgan Cameron Ross, creator of Old Toronto Minutes, shares some of his favourite old-timey photos of Toronto

Here’s what Toronto would look like after the apocalypse, March 22, 2017
Up close and personal with Mathew Borrett’s Hypnagogic City series

Thirteen fascinating artifacts about booze and gambling in turn-of-the-century Toronto, March 10, 2017
Inside the Toronto Reference Library’s Vice and Virtue exhibition

Ten wedding photos that will make you believe in true love, Feb. 14, 2017
You will cry. Don’t say we didn’t warn you

These Toronto couples send amazingly awkward holiday photos to all their friends every year, Dec. 16, 2016
11 hilarious holiday photos from the Gladstone’s holiday show, This Is Us

A look inside U of T’s massive archive of Leonard Cohen poems, letters and pictures, Nov. 22, 2016
Thirteen thrilling pieces of Cohen memorabilia, including handwritten poetry and a fan letter from Ron Sexsmith

A sneak peek at what’s going into the city’s historic Waterworks building on Richmond Street West, Nov. 17, 2016
Featuring a huge food hall, luxe condos and a sprawling green space

Rental of the Week: $6,500 per month for a designer apartment near High Park, Nov. 8, 2016
A well-designed space on the ground floor of a huge west-end home

This Toronto classical ensemble performs pop-up concerts in living rooms, office buildings and hair salons, Oct. 19, 2016
“The musicians are so close you can see them twitching”

“It would be nice to make substantial money in theatre”: A 24-year-old waits tables to subsidize her arts career, Oct. 18, 2016
How the co-artistic director of a theatre collective makes rent

Have a look inside the GTA’s coolest new library, Oct. 5, 2016
Inside a $15-million Dr. Seuss house-meets-Star Trek spaceship next to Vaughan’s City Hall, complete with electric car charging stations, a rooftop terrace, a jam space, a pet snake and more

Inside Penguin’s bright, beautiful bookstore, Aug. 24, 2016
Sliding book shelves, literary onesies and everything on offer at the new Front Street shop from Penguin Random House Canada

New dessert parlour coats ice-cream in 24 different flavours of chocolate, Aug. 9, 2016
But only serves vanilla soft serve

The Canadian Press

FEATURES

Invictus Games helps former medic live her life instead of just surviving it, The Globe and Mail, Sept. 26, 2017

Classroom battle lines being drawn on the stationery front, The Globe and Mail, Sept. 6, 2017

Twenty years after her death, Canadians remember the ‘People’s Princess,’ Metro News, Aug. 30, 2017
With the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death coming tomorrow, the late Princess of Wales is once again the subject of magazine covers, novels and documentaries

Canadians plan to attend various viewing events to catch a partial eclipse, Vancouver Sun, Aug. 20, 2017
Victoria will offer the best eclipse view in Canada, with 90 per cent of the sun blocked out

Beyond the storage locker: self-storage facilities expand, add new perks, CBC, Aug. 14, 2017
Ottawa’s Dymon Storage claims new Toronto self-storage facility will be world’s largest

Brides-to-be scramble after bridal retailer Alfred Angelo files for bankruptcy, Toronto Star, Aug. 10, 2017
Marcella Lico, manager at Best for Bride in Hamilton, said her store has 79 clients who were affected by Alfred Angelo’s bankruptcy. And that’s not even including the ones at the company’s three other locations in Ontario.

Speed-dating event helps people find their match in Toronto real estate heaven, CTV News, July 5, 2017
A social worker-turned-Royal LePage realtor launched a company called GoCo Solutions to help people get into the red-hot market through co-ownership.

Renaming famous Toronto landmarks no easy feat, Global News, Feb. 11, 2014
A look at sponsorship for commercial benefit vs. honourific naming

Coworking a ‘happy medium’ between traditional office and home, CityNews, Jan. 26, 2014
On a shared working environment that meets the needs of freelancers, start-ups, work-at-home professionals, independent contractors or mobile workers

NEWS

School dress codes a contentious issue for some parents as academic year begins, CTV News, Aug. 25, 2017

Toronto anti-racism protesters denounce Charlottesville violence, CityNews, Aug. 14, 2017
Demonstrators gathered near the U.S. consulate in Toronto on Monday to stand against racism after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. A car plowed through counter-protesters at the Saturday rally, killing one woman.

Submarine scours Lake Ontario as search for lost Avro Arrow prototypes starts, National Post, July 28, 2017
The submarine is equipped with a military-grade sonar, which records acoustic data at a range of 300 metres and turns it into a high-resolution acoustic image.

City removes signs banning kids over 3 from opposite sex change rooms, Metro News, July 24, 2017
A post on the department’s Facebook page says the policy is based on feedback from users and their comfort levels with such situations.

U.S. Metallica fan who lost car in Toronto after concert says it has been found, CityNews, July 20, 2017
‘My car was found! And the story is so crazy it’s on the news all over Canada. I’ve become famous over a lost car,’ tweeted the owner.

Report casts doubt on two curriculum streams for Ontario’s Grade 9 students, The Globe and Mail, Feb. 24, 2014
People for Education, an education lobby group, urges the province to defer making students choose between academic and applied courses until the late high school years.

 

Published work

Born in Hong Kong, Jennifer Cheng, 28, is a Toronto-based editor and writer. Her work has appeared in The Globe and MailToronto Star, National Post, CBC News, Huffington Post and others.

Currently, Jenn is an editor at StarMetro. She also freelances for Toronto Life, where she writes about real estate, art and culture.

Previously, she was a reporter-editor at The Canadian Press, a news editor at Post City Magazines and a contributing writer at Dolce Media Group.

Jenn is a graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism program, where she was editor-in-chief of McClung’s, a women’s issues magazine.

A selection of work:

Toronto Life

Condo of the Week: $2 million for a three-level penthouse above the SoHo Met Hotel, Nov. 24, 2017
Amenities include an exercise room with its own wet bar, a terrace with a four-person hot tub and room service

Inside the newly restored Cinesphere at Ontario Place, Nov. 3, 2017
With multi-million-dollar projectors and film reels that weigh 600 pounds

Real Weddings: Inside a joyful island party with a musical parade, July 4, 2017
Including a boisterous TTC trip to the ferry docks

Ten amazing historical photos that reveal things you may not have known about Toronto, April 24, 2017
Morgan Cameron Ross, creator of Old Toronto Minutes, shares some of his favourite old-timey photos of Toronto

Here’s what Toronto would look like after the apocalypse, March 22, 2017
Up close and personal with Mathew Borrett’s Hypnagogic City series

Thirteen fascinating artifacts about booze and gambling in turn-of-the-century Toronto, March 10, 2017
Inside the Toronto Reference Library’s Vice and Virtue exhibition

Ten wedding photos that will make you believe in true love, Feb. 14, 2017
You will cry. Don’t say we didn’t warn you

These Toronto couples send amazingly awkward holiday photos to all their friends every year, Dec. 16, 2016
11 hilarious holiday photos from the Gladstone’s holiday show, This Is Us

A look inside U of T’s massive archive of Leonard Cohen poems, letters and pictures, Nov. 22, 2016
Thirteen thrilling pieces of Cohen memorabilia, including handwritten poetry and a fan letter from Ron Sexsmith

A sneak peek at what’s going into the city’s historic Waterworks building on Richmond Street West, Nov. 17, 2016
Featuring a huge food hall, luxe condos and a sprawling green space

Rental of the Week: $6,500 per month for a designer apartment near High Park, Nov. 8, 2016
A well-designed space on the ground floor of a huge west-end home

This Toronto classical ensemble performs pop-up concerts in living rooms, office buildings and hair salons, Oct. 19, 2016
“The musicians are so close you can see them twitching”

“It would be nice to make substantial money in theatre”: A 24-year-old waits tables to subsidize her arts career, Oct. 18, 2016
How the co-artistic director of a theatre collective makes rent

Have a look inside the GTA’s coolest new library, Oct. 5, 2016
Inside a $15-million Dr. Seuss house-meets-Star Trek spaceship next to Vaughan’s City Hall, complete with electric car charging stations, a rooftop terrace, a jam space, a pet snake and more

Inside Penguin’s bright, beautiful bookstore, Aug. 24, 2016
Sliding book shelves, literary onesies and everything on offer at the new Front Street shop from Penguin Random House Canada

New dessert parlour coats ice-cream in 24 different flavours of chocolate, Aug. 9, 2016
But only serves vanilla soft serve

The Canadian Press

Invictus Games helps former medic live her life instead of just surviving it, The Globe and Mail, Sept. 26, 2017

Classroom battle lines being drawn on the stationery front, The Globe and Mail, Sept. 6, 2017

Canadians reflect on Princess Diana with 20th anniversary of her death nearing, CityNews, Aug. 30, 2017

School dress codes a contentious issue for some parents as academic year begins, CTV News, Aug. 25, 2017

Canadians plan to attend various viewing events to catch a partial eclipse, CTV News, Aug. 20, 2017

Beyond the storage locker: self-storage facilities expand, add new perks, CBC, Aug. 14, 2017

Brides-to-be scramble after bridal retailer Alfred Angelo files for bankruptcy, Toronto Star, Aug. 10, 2017

U.S. Metallica fan who lost car in Toronto after concert says it has been found, CityNews, July 20, 2017

Speed-dating event helps people find their match in Toronto real estate heaven, CTV News, July 5, 2017

Coworking a ‘happy medium’ between traditional office and home, CityNews, Jan. 26, 2014
On a shared working environment that meets the needs of freelancers, start-ups, work-at-home professionals, independent contractors or mobile workers

Post City Magazines

Design Insight: A $325,000 renovation transforms a fixer-upper into an energy-efficient, sustainable homepostcity.com, February 2016

Design Insight: How low-rise condos are shaking up our housing marketpostcity.com, May 2015

Midtown without Rosedale pricesVillage Post, June 2015

The art of satisfying both sexes: 5 Toronto sources for gender-neutral fashion, postcity.com, March 2015

Mapping out five exhibits from the Contact Photography Festival, postcity.com, May 2015

Dolce Vita and City Life magazine

Travel

Winter Wonderland, City Life (December 2014)
Whether it’s coasting on champagne powder or sipping on chilled champagne, here are five Ontario destinations that make for a dreamy winter escape

Fashion

Beauty Bag, City Life (December 2014)
From a subtle smoky eye to a super saturated lip, bliss out with these beauties this winter

Suit up for Fall, City Life (October 2014)
Rundown of men’s accessories to complement Bonobos’ new fall collection of tailored wool suits, tweed blazers and tuxedos – available at select Nordstrom locations

Beauty Bliss, Dolce Vita (September 2014)
Transport yourself to a state of skin-care euphoria this season

Events

Rise Up, Dress Down at DX Intersection, Dolce Vita (December 2014)
The Design Exchange’s annual fundraising bash

Concours d’Elegance returns to Cottage Country, Dolce Vita (December 2014)
The world’s best car show returns to Cobble Beach for its second run

The Big Picture at Izzy Gallery, Dolce Vita (December 2014)
Famed Vogue photographer Arthur Elgort’s first Canadian exhibit

Two x Two for AIDS and art returns, Dolce Vita (December 2014)
The 16th annual benefit dinner and auction at Cindy and Howard Rachofsky’s Dallas home

 

Toronto Life | Condo of the Week: $2 million for a three-level penthouse above the SoHo Met Hotel

Address: 36 Blue Jays Way, Unit 1514
Neighbourhood: King West
Agent: Fernando Ferreira, Re/Max Ultimate Realty Inc., Brokerage
Price: $1,999,800

The place

A three-level penthouse in the SoHo Metropolitan Residences on King West.

The history

The owner, a Toronto businessman, bought the unit five years after the condo-hotel was completed in 2003. Since then, he’s run into Will Smith, Rihanna, Adele and Ricky Gervais in the building (one of the penthouses is reserved for celebrities). Now he’s looking to downsize, even if it means giving up star sightings. Read more.

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Born in Hong Kong, Jennifer Cheng, 28, is a Toronto-based editor and writer. Her work has appeared in The Globe and MailToronto Star, National Post, CBC News, Huffington Post and others.

Currently, Jenn is an editor at StarMetro. She also freelances for Toronto Life, where she writes the Condo of the Week feature.

Previously, she was a reporter-editor at The Canadian Press, a news editor at Post City Magazines and a contributing writer at Dolce Media Group.

Jenn is a graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism program, where she was editor-in-chief of McClung’s, a women’s issues magazine.

The written word has the power to elicit the full spectrum of human emotion. And it is precisely why Jenn decided to pursue writing as a career. Stories illuminate what it means to be human.

A selection of work:

Toronto Life

Condo of the Week: $2 million for a three-level penthouse above the SoHo Met Hotel, Nov. 24, 2017
Amenities include an exercise room with its own wet bar, a terrace with a four-person hot tub and room service

Inside the newly restored Cinesphere at Ontario Place, Nov. 3, 2017
With multi-million-dollar projectors and film reels that weigh 600 pounds

Real Weddings: Inside a joyful island party with a musical parade, July 4, 2017
Including a boisterous TTC trip to the ferry docks

Ten amazing historical photos that reveal things you may not have known about Toronto, April 24, 2017
Morgan Cameron Ross, creator of Old Toronto Minutes, shares some of his favourite old-timey photos of Toronto

Here’s what Toronto would look like after the apocalypse, March 22, 2017
Up close and personal with Mathew Borrett’s Hypnagogic City series

Thirteen fascinating artifacts about booze and gambling in turn-of-the-century Toronto, March 10, 2017
Inside the Toronto Reference Library’s Vice and Virtue exhibition

Ten wedding photos that will make you believe in true love, Feb. 14, 2017
You will cry. Don’t say we didn’t warn you

These Toronto couples send amazingly awkward holiday photos to all their friends every year, Dec. 16, 2016
11 hilarious holiday photos from the Gladstone’s holiday show, This Is Us

A look inside U of T’s massive archive of Leonard Cohen poems, letters and pictures, Nov. 22, 2016
Thirteen thrilling pieces of Cohen memorabilia, including handwritten poetry and a fan letter from Ron Sexsmith

A sneak peek at what’s going into the city’s historic Waterworks building on Richmond Street West, Nov. 17, 2016
Featuring a huge food hall, luxe condos and a sprawling green space

Rental of the Week: $6,500 per month for a designer apartment near High Park, Nov. 8, 2016
A well-designed space on the ground floor of a huge west-end home

This Toronto classical ensemble performs pop-up concerts in living rooms, office buildings and hair salons, Oct. 19, 2016
“The musicians are so close you can see them twitching”

“It would be nice to make substantial money in theatre”: A 24-year-old waits tables to subsidize her arts career, Oct. 18, 2016
How the co-artistic director of a theatre collective makes rent

Have a look inside the GTA’s coolest new library, Oct. 5, 2016
Inside a $15-million Dr. Seuss house-meets-Star Trek spaceship next to Vaughan’s City Hall, complete with electric car charging stations, a rooftop terrace, a jam space, a pet snake and more

Inside Penguin’s bright, beautiful bookstore, Aug. 24, 2016
Sliding book shelves, literary onesies and everything on offer at the new Front Street shop from Penguin Random House Canada

New dessert parlour coats ice-cream in 24 different flavours of chocolate, Aug. 9, 2016
But only serves vanilla soft serve

The Canadian Press

Invictus Games helps former medic live her life instead of just surviving it, The Globe and Mail, Sept. 26, 2017

Classroom battle lines being drawn on the stationery front, The Globe and Mail, Sept. 6, 2017

Twenty years after her death, Canadians remember the ‘People’s Princess,’ Metro News, Aug. 30, 2017
With the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death coming tomorrow, the late Princess of Wales is once again the subject of magazine covers, novels and documentaries

Canadians plan to attend various viewing events to catch a partial eclipse, Vancouver Sun, Aug. 20, 2017
Victoria will offer the best eclipse view in Canada, with 90 per cent of the sun blocked out

Beyond the storage locker: self-storage facilities expand, add new perks, CBC, Aug. 14, 2017
Ottawa’s Dymon Storage claims new Toronto self-storage facility will be world’s largest

Brides-to-be scramble after bridal retailer Alfred Angelo files for bankruptcy, Toronto Star, Aug. 10, 2017
Marcella Lico, manager at Best for Bride in Hamilton, said her store has 79 clients who were affected by Alfred Angelo’s bankruptcy. And that’s not even including the ones at the company’s three other locations in Ontario.

Speed-dating event helps people find their match in Toronto real estate heaven, CTV News, July 5, 2017
A social worker-turned-Royal LePage realtor launched a company called GoCo Solutions to help people get into the red-hot market through co-ownership.

Renaming famous Toronto landmarks no easy feat, Global News, Feb. 11, 2014
A look at sponsorship for commercial benefit vs. honourific naming

Coworking a ‘happy medium’ between traditional office and home, CityNews, Jan. 26, 2014
On a shared working environment that meets the needs of freelancers, start-ups, work-at-home professionals, independent contractors or mobile workers

NEWS

School dress codes a contentious issue for some parents as academic year begins, CTV News, Aug. 25, 2017

Toronto anti-racism protesters denounce Charlottesville violence, CityNews, Aug. 14, 2017
Demonstrators gathered near the U.S. consulate in Toronto on Monday to stand against racism after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. A car plowed through counter-protesters at the Saturday rally, killing one woman.

Submarine scours Lake Ontario as search for lost Avro Arrow prototypes starts, National Post, July 28, 2017
The submarine is equipped with a military-grade sonar, which records acoustic data at a range of 300 metres and turns it into a high-resolution acoustic image.

City removes signs banning kids over 3 from opposite sex change rooms, Metro News, July 24, 2017
A post on the department’s Facebook page says the policy is based on feedback from users and their comfort levels with such situations.

U.S. Metallica fan who lost car in Toronto after concert says it has been found, CityNews, July 20, 2017
‘My car was found! And the story is so crazy it’s on the news all over Canada. I’ve become famous over a lost car,’ tweeted the owner.

Report casts doubt on two curriculum streams for Ontario’s Grade 9 students, The Globe and Mail, Feb. 24, 2014
People for Education, an education lobby group, urges the province to defer making students choose between academic and applied courses until the late high school years.

 

The Canadian Press | Brides-to-be scramble after bridal retailer Alfred Angelo files for bankruptcy

Margaret Perdue started bawling when she heard on the radio that the bridal retailer responsible for her wedding gown had abruptly closed its doors.

“This is how bridezillas are hatched,” said the 33-year-old Toronto resident.

“I was distraught. When you try to plan for your wedding in advance and things come crashing down, it’s a hit in the heart.”

With her wedding in October, she had already put down a $1,056 deposit on an ivory floor-length number — named after Princess Elsa from Frozen — back in May. Suddenly, Perdue found herself scrambling to find something else.

But she’s not the only bride-to-be panicking.

Florida-based bridal retailer Alfred Angelo shuttered its 60 U.S. stores and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in July, leaving brides-to-be around the world without the gowns they had already ordered. Read more.

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