Postmedia Place awarded 2016 Certificate of Building and Management Excellence

The Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA) hosted the 18th annual “Celebration of Excellence Awards” Gala on May 12th at the Westin Harbour Castle. Greenrock Property Management is proud to announce that Postmedia Place (365 Bloor Street East) was awarded the 2016 Certificate of Building and Management Excellence!

 

Over 500 real estate professionals attended the event, coming together to recognize their peers at the commercial real estate industry’s most prestigious event of the year. The award was presented by Maryanne McDonald – Chair of BOMA Toronto, Senior Vice President of Operations, First Capital Realty and Susan Allen – President of BOMA Toronto.

To be eligible for this award, Postmedia Place first had to qualify for BOMA Gold status. The building achieved Gold certification in October of 2015. This required two rigorous audits by industry peers to ensure that our Management team met the BOMA Toronto standard of building and management operations, tenant relations, and community impact (including energy and environment management and emergency preparedness and training of personnel).

This honour was achieved under the leadership of Greenrock Property Management Ltd and the outstanding management of General Manager of Postmedia Place, Alaric da Cunha.

Discover local architecture at Doors Open Toronto

Discover local architecture at Doors OpenHave you ever wanted to snoop around behind closed doors? The Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to let you know that the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto is on from Saturday, May 28th to Sunday May 29th. Its your chance to explore more than 130 buildings around the city and learn about their architectural, historical and cultural significance. Here a a few of the participating buildings to visit for free near Wingreen Court.

Toronto Botanical Gardens

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Toronto Botanical Gardens as well as the LEED certified, 755 square metre glass pavilion. The pavilion is home to the library, garden shop and offices, and also event and educational spaces. It features a sloped green roof with a wildflower garden. Guided tours will also highlight the garden’s other sustainable architectural features such as the rainwater collection and management system, and passive solar design. Doors open on Saturday and Sunday (May 28th to Sunday May 29th) from 10am- 5pm at 777 Lawrence Avenue East — a 20 minute walk or 9 minute TTC trip from Wingreen Court. Interior and exterior photography is permitted.

Ismaili Centre Toronto

The Ismaili Centre Toronto, is a distinctive and unique building and place of worship, located at 49 Wynford Dr. (just a 5 minute drive or 18 minute TTC ride from Wingreen Court). The high ceilings, and extensive use of glass, flood the space with natural light. While photos are not permitted in the prayer hall itself, it is encouraged in the social hall and out in the gardens. These beautiful spaces feature reflecting pools that create a peaceful atmosphere. The building itself is a blend of traditional Islamic architecture and modern design and materials. Open Saturday and Sunday (May 28th to Sunday May 29th) from 10am to 5pm.

Canadian Film Centre (CFC) – Historic Windfields Estates

Stroll around the grounds of the 8 hectare property that originally belonged to businessman and race horse breeder, Edward Taylor. The area was developed just after the 1929 extension of Bayview Avenue. The site remained in the Taylor family until 1987 when it was leased, through the city of Toronto, to the Canadian Film Centre. You can explore the Georgian Revival style main house, the greenhouse and the brand new Northern Dancer Pavilion on Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. Located at 2489 Bayview Avenue. That is only a 9 minute drive from Wingreen Court.
Don’t miss your opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful, unique and special buildings near Wingreen Court. For more information on Greenrock Property Management’s premier properties, click here.

3 easy Spring picnic ideas

3 Easy Spring Picnic IdeasThose perfect weather days, the ones we get so few of, are finally here. What better way to celebrate the season than with a picnic? The Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to help you make the most of sunshine. With your Eastbourne apartment right across from beautiful Eglinton Park, its easy to take advantage of the weather nearby. Here are a few simple and classic recipe ideas to make for your next picnic.

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

What’s a picnic without potato salad? If you have potato salad at a picnic, you’re pretty much covered, everything else is gravy — just don’t cover you potato salad IN gravy! This crowd-pleasing classic side dish is simple to prepare. If you like it a bit more on the creamy side, add a bit more mayo. If you’re watching your cholesterol, you could use egg whites only.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken

The key to a great picnic is fun comfort foods — the more you can eat with your hands, the happier you will be! This sweet and spicy chicken recipe fits the bill perfectly. It stores well in a cooler, and tastes great cold — just make sure it’s fully cooked before you leave!

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

No picnic is complete without dessert but its best to keep things simple, portable and preferably, hand-held. You can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies. They can be made the night before, they travel well and don’t need to be heated to be delicious.

The whole point of a picnic is simplicity. You can forget all your troubles — your biggest problem may be a few ants, but that’s a small price to pay to forget all your worries for a little while. Spending all day in the kitchen is no picnic, so you can always just buy a few things like lemonade, watermelon, and chips and salsa to complete the meal.

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Don’t miss these May 2-4 events!

The Victoria Day long weekend,otherwise known as the unofficial kick off to summer, is almost here (May21st -23rd). For many it means opening the cottage, packing up the car to go camping, and fighting traffic both ways. Why not stay in the city and enjoy some of the great May 2-4 events going on in Toronto? These events are easily accessible from your Greenrock Toronto apartment. The Greenrock Property Management blog team is here to help you make the most of the first long weekend of Summer.

Fireworks

Nothing makes it feel more like Summer has started than the Ashbridge’s Bay Park fireworks. Check out this dazzling display of pyrotechnics on the beach (Woodbine) that will have you sighing ‘oohhs and aahhs’ on Monday, May 23rd at 10pm. This event is easily accessible by TTC from 5 Benlamond Avenue and is only an 18 minute trip on the #22 bus from Main Station. Free admission.

HarbourKids: Circus

The magic of the circus comes to life this Victoria Day weekend at HarbourKIDS: Circus. From clowns and comedians to jugglers and acrobats — you can even try tumbling for yourself! Fun for the whole family at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W.) about 20 minutes by TTC from Village Green Apartments. Free admission.

Rib Fest & BBQ Bash

The best rib teams in the country will gather at Yonge and Dundas Square. Rib Fest & BBQ Bash (May 21st – 22nd) is like a giant backyard BBQ in the heart of the city and just 15 minutes from your door at Davisville Village by TTC. This event features live music, line dancing lessons, cooking lessons, face painting and much more. Come get your rib on! Admission is free!

Fort York Victoria Day

Celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday at the birthplace of Toronto. Enjoy tours of the Fort, English country dancing, soldier’s drill and even cooking demonstrations of the techniques of the period. Step back in time this Victoria Day Weekend. This event is on Monday May 23rd from 10am – 5pm at Fort York.

 

Event Cost:
Adults: $7.96, Seniors /Youth: $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax), Children (<5): free.

 

The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes these ideas help you to make the most of the first long weekend of Summer. The weekend may be long, but the Summer is not. Don’t let it pass you by! To find out more about our Toronto apartments, please click here.

Our favourite Spring ingredients and how to use them

Spring is in full swing. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and food is sprouting up from the earth. Your friends at The Greenrock Property Management blog want to help you make the most of the seasonal ingredients available right now. Here are some recipes that highlight the best of the season’s bounty and are easy to prepare at home at Village Green.

Strawberries

Strawberries just make everything better. The colour, the aroma, the juicy sweetness. They’re great on their own or in a pie, but here’s a couple of ideas you may not have tried.

Fragola Pazzo (Crazy Strawberry)

As the name suggests, Fragola Pazzo is an Italian dessert may seem like a crazy combination — until you taste it. The balsamic vinegar, the chocolate and a the pepper come together in perfect harmony and bring out a flavour that is crazy delicious.

Strawberry Champagne Soup

This Strawberry Champagne Soup recipe is really more of a deliciously refreshing beverage. You can substitute the champagne with sparkling apple juice if you prefer. Try adding a sprig of fresh mint and lime juice if you want a bit of a flavour kick.

Spinach

Known as a “superfood” because it packs such a nutritional punch. Spinach is chock full of vitamins K, A, B6 and C, as well as minerals like magnesium and folate. This dark, leafy green is a must have in spring time recipes. It’s available year round, but Springtime brings the brightest and most tender leaves.

Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Feta Dressing

This Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Feta Dressing recipe is easy to prepare and simply delicious, this warm, creamy feta dressing will make you forget you’re eating healthy.

Spinach Quiche

The weather is beautiful and warm, but sometimes you still need some comfort food. After a long day this easy-to-make Spinach Quiche really hits the spot. Try substituting ricotta or feta instead of cottage cheese, for a creamy and satisfying meal.

Asparagus

The celebrated asparagus stalk signals the arrival of Spring. It can be enjoyed grilled, roasted, stir-fried, in salads, and in primavera (which means “Spring”) pasta. You really can’t go wrong with asparagus. Here a few ways to use it that are sure to please.

Asparagus Tempura

Tempura is the classic Japanese appetizer — lightly breaded, fun to prepare. Serve this Asparagus Tempura with a spiced dipping sauce or teriyaki.

Asparagus Ravioli Pie

Making a meal to impress friends or family? Or maybe you just want to impress yourself? Try this Asparagus Ravioli Pie — what more do you need? The recipe calls for chicken stuffed ravioli, but pumpkin would be a sublime vegetarian substitute.

The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes that these recipes add to the spring in your step this season. All the springtime ingredients you require are available just steps from your Village Green Apartment. The Loblaws flagship store at Maple Leaf Gardens (60 Carlton St.) is just a 5 minute walk away. It offers everything you could ever need, and more. Bon appetite!

Our guide to the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival

The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival is on now and runs through the month of May. With more than 200 exhibitions and over 1,500 photographers and artists, this 20th Anniversary of the festival is bigger and better than ever. The city will be dripping with art and photographs – on the street, on the subway, public installations suspended from building façades and building interiors. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to help you navigate this beautiful and unique festival that is easily accessible from Greenrock at Davisville Village. Here are just a few suggestions to help dip your toe into the waters of the festival.

Bottom of the Lake

Bottom of the Lake is New York artist Christian Patterson’s exploration of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin — his hometown. Not simply a nostalgic look back at a place and time, Patterson’s work is an exploration of the idea of memory and the role that it plays in forming our identity.  The phonebook, in this day and age, has become an artifact representing a different time —  a time not that long ago, but a world away. For part of the piece Patterson uses his family’s’ 1973 Fond du Lac telephone directory as a kind of portal – inserting photographs, sketches and notes that connote a certain place at a certain time. The exhibition is on now through June 30th, Tuesday to Friday 11am – 5pm at the Contact Gallery (80 Spadina Ave) about a 20 min TTC trip from Davisville.

Mother of This Domain

The Internet is the basis of Aleksandra Domanović’s work. The rise of the cyber-world corresponds with the fall of her world in the former Yugloslavia. Mother of This Domain is not a dystopian warning, rather a meditation on the ways and means by which technology has become a part of us — has embodied us. It raises the question of what it means to be be an evolving human being in this age. This work is showing now through May 29th at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square.

Art For Lounges, Lobbies and Living Rooms

Writer and artist Donna Lypchuk explores the “joy of immediacy” of creating art with a cell phone. Art For Lounges, Lobbies and Living Rooms features pieces such as “Cell Phone Turners” in which she explores photographing landscapes and cloudscapes but in a way that hasn’t been possible until we started carrying computers in our pockets. “Cherry Blossom Madness” in High Park captures the ephemeral floral explosion. Beautiful images, taken with common, modern technology with a simple retro aesthetic. You can catch it now until May 23rd at Mrs. Huizenga (28 Roncesvalles Ave) about a 25 minute drive from Davisville Village. While you’re in the neighbourhood take a trip to High Park to catch the cherries blossoming first hand (which you just saw in the photos).

The Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival is a great way to explore your city. The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes these exhibits will inspire you to discover and enjoy all that Toronto has to offer. Starting from your Davisville Village apartment and the Davisville subway, you’re connected to it all.

Get fit without a gym this Spring

Get fit without a gym this SpringYou’re busy. You have a lot to take care of. You want one of those things that you take care of to be yourself, but you may not have the time to get the gym. The Greenrock Property Management blog team understands where you;re coming from and we are here to help. This week’s post is all about how to get fit, without spending all your time and hard earned money on a gym membership. Here are some great workouts you can do from the comfort and privacy of your Wingreen Court apartment. Of course, before you begin any exercise routine, talk to your doctor to make sure you’re ready. When you know that you’re ready, jump in with one of these.

The 5 minute Workout

 

This total body workout leaves no room for excuses. It works with whatever time you have. Even If you only have 5 minutes, the key to this workout is intensity. It’s a 5-exercise circuit. Complete each circuit, going as hard and as fast as you can for 50 seconds, then take a 10 second rest before going full intensity again into the next exercise. If you have a bit more time and a bit more energy, repeat the entire circuit 1 to 2 more times.

Build Muscle in Under 20 Minutes

Want the ultimate beach body? This high intensity muscle building workout will help you gain lean muscle and lose weight fast without a gym membership. Again, it’s all about the intensity that you put in, not the time. This one is a circuit too. Complete all the “A” exercises, then all the “B” exercises and go right into the “C” exercises. Maximum gains in minimum time — isn’t that what we’re all looking for?

Anytime, Anywhere

This is a whole body, high-intensity (there’s that word again!) bodyweight workout. No equipment or machinery required, just you and your goal, that’s all you need. This one is perfect to perform in you Greenrock apartment, take it to the park, the beach or anywhere you feel like moving freely. If you are unfamiliar with any of the moves in this workout, you can find explanations and photos here. This workout is a great way to boost your metabolism and build strength with body resistance.

So there you have it. You don’t need to sign up to a pricey or pretentious gym. You don’t need to spend your disposable income on equipment. If you want to get into shape, you don’t have to leave your Wingreen Court apartment. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wishes you the best, and that includes feeling your best. Here’s to your best! Cheers!

Make Mother’s Day extra special with these brunch recipes

Mother's Day brunch recipes

Mother’s Day brunch recipes

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8th. Don’t forget! Restaurant reservations may be hard to come by but you can make Mom’s day special right from your Eastbourne apartment with these simple, delicious and nutritious home made brunch recipes from the Greenrock Property Management blog team. Choose one, or combine them all for a complete Mother’s Day brunch feast.

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Don’t miss these Canadian Music Week shows

Canadian Music Week Shows

Don’t miss these Canadian Music Week shows

Canadian Music Week takes over Toronto this week, from May 2nd to May 8th. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to help you make the most of it with some not-to-be-missed concerts easily accessible from your Toronto apartment.

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Catch these great Hot Docs films while you can

Hot Docs

These great Hot Docs films are worth lining up for

The Hot Docs Festival is back so be sure to check out the largest documentary festival in North America! The sheer size of the festival can be a little overwhelming, so this week’s blog post from Greenrock Property Management features an assortment of films that should not be missed, and how to get to them from your Village Green apartment.

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