Check out Soulpepper’s fall lineup

 

In 1998, a new theatre company called Soulpepper appeared on the scene with a two-production summer season. The company was composed of a dozen founding artists who took on all aspects of the company’s operation — including raising the funds to produce the work. Today, Soulpepper operates year-round from its multi-venue home, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District, with an annual budget of $12 million. It is now an incredibly successful Canadian theatre. In fact, it is Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company and North America’s only year-round repertory company.

 

The company is still guided by artists and is committed to community and youth outreach. Soulpepper has positioned itself as a National Civic Theatre. A place for artists to train and grow. It provides a platform for our diverse national voice and shares its work with communities across the country through broadcast and digital media. We spoke with Katie Saunoris, Manager of Communications and Media Relations for Soulpepper Theatre Company, to find out more about the company’s mission and its latest season.

 

Baillie Theatre – Courtesy of Soulpepper

 

So Katie, what are the highlights of the 2017 and 2018 season?

 

As part of its 2017-2018 season, Soulpepper Theatre Company is presenting a variety of theatrical and musical presentations, year-round from its home in the Distillery District, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. This includes the upcoming Family Festival, with family-friendly programming like A Christmas Carol, and Peter Pan in association with Bad Hats Theatre. 2018 kicks off with Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus (a familiar story to many from the popular movie version), Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, a new adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, new concerts and more.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2014 Production) Joseph Ziegler, Kevin Gordon. Photo by Nathan Kelly – Courtesy of Soulpepper

 

Are this year’s performances appropriate for all ages? If not, which of your current performances are appropriate for children?

 

Although it’s not generally the focus of Soulpepper, a selected amount of programming per year is family-friendly – particularly the artistic work offered each December as part of Soulpepper’s Family Festival. Shows will be marked as family-friendly if appropriate, and the company’s Box Office (416-866- 8666) or Website (Soulpepper.ca) can provide additional information.

PETER PAN – Lena Maripu and Fiona Sauder. Photo by Nicholas Porteous – Courtesy of Soulpepper

 

We love that Soulpepper has a youth outreach initiative, please tell our readers a little bit about the work that you do in the community.

Community and Youth outreach has been a central part of Soulpepper since its inception 20 years ago. Soulpepper offers free interactive theatre programs for teenagers throughout the year, including artist-led workshops and opportunities to engage with performances on our stages. It also provides programming in local schools and with community groups as with its Culture-Link New Canadians Welcome Program, which provides free access to theatre as well as mentorship with Soulpepper artists to newcomers.

 

Young Centre for the Performing Arts – Courtesy of Soulpepper

 

Soulpepper is growing! We were excited to read a bit about your 5 year expansion plan. What do you hope to achieve by the end of that period?

 

Over the past few years, Soulpepper has positioned itself as a National Civic Theatre, dedicated to sharing its work widely on the stage, on the road as it tours nationally and internationally, and through broadcast initiatives like album recordings of original musicals, podcasts, and through co-producing Kim’s Convenience on CBC. It is dedicated to being a place of belonging to staff, artists, and visitors, and new work and new exciting programming is being developed all the time. Find out more at Soulpepper.ca.

CRASH – Pamela Mala Sinha. Photo by Michael Cooper. Courtesy of Soulpepper.

 

Soulpepper has certainly grown and evolved over the almost twenty years since its inception, but their commitment to cultivating creative energy, to providing a platform for our unique national voice, and to the community remains unchanged. If you love the theatre and want to support the Toronto arts community, be sure to check out Soulpepper this season.

 

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Experience A Beautiful Planet at The Science Centre!

 

A Beautiful Planet is an awe-inspiring IMAX Experience® that will keep you on the edge of your seat. See our world like you’ve never seen it before! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe planet Earth from the perspective of the astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS).

 

 

This remarkable film is the result of a cooperative effort between IMAX Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It features fantastic footage captured by astronauts compiled by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers. Myers has been producing, directing, writing and editing films for The IMAX Experience® since 1971. Her last IMAX feature film, Hubble 3D, was wildly successful. Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp and CEO of IMAX Entertainment says:

 

Toni has crafted a remarkable film that uniquely captures the raw beauty of our planet. In collaboration with our long-time friends at Disney, we’re so excited to bring the entertaining and creative A Beautiful Planet to IMAX audiences.

 

 

Watching our home planet from space in such vivid detail is a remarkable experience. The vantage point naturally necessitates a shift in our perspective. To see the sunrise from space literally puts the planet in a new light. As parts of the planet are flooded with shimmering sunlight, other areas are cast into darkness and shadow. But even in darkness the light shines through, thanks to the creative imagination and innovation of humankind. Cities at night, as seen from space, are vibrant and electrifying. A Beautiful Planet provides stunning visuals of Earth and the mark humanity has made on it over time. Our planet is changing and we have the power and responsibility to protect it, but that means we may have to change as well. This IMAX Experience® has the ability to show you the big picture – literally and figuratively. Or as Alan Bergman, President of Walt Disney Studios says:

 

A Beautiful Planet provides a unique perspective on our relationship with Earth, offering audiences a vantage point that very few have ever been able to experience. IMAX is a perfect format for the film’s spectacular and immersive imagery.

 

 

A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking view of our world and the galaxy we live in. It is also a hopeful view into the future of humanity. It is playing now in Toronto at The Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road). The more we learn about our relatively small planet, the galaxy in which it resides, and the vastness of the universe, the stronger our connection becomes to the place we all call home.

 

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Get spooked at Legends of Horror at Casa Loma

 

If you’re serious about Halloween, you need to check out Legends of Horror at Casa Loma. This immersive theatrical experience features classic horror icons — like Dracula, werewolves, Frankenstein, mummies, The Invisible Man and more!

 

About Legends of Horror

 

Put simply, Legends of Horror is promenade theatre at its best. If you go you will walk through a 2 km trail, at your own pace, making your way from the lower gardens through the bowels of the castle — including its tunnels and darkest places which are open to the public for the first time. It’s a fascinating and frightening trip through one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions.

Courtesy Liberty Entertainment Group

 

This is the second year for Legends of Horror. Last year, the show wowed crowds of more than 3500 people per night! The creators of the show, Liberty Entertainment Group, have made it bigger and better this year. As Stacey Hawkins, Director of Marketing for Liberty Entertainment Group explains, “there are 75 actors throughout the experience, with a cast of over 100 in total participating.”

 

Courtesy Liberty Entertainment Group

 

Audience members will walk through a variety of designed sets. There is no traditional set change — instead the scene changes as you move from one location to the next. The production also includes a 3D projection on the castle’s exterior wall, bringing it to life! For everyone’s safety, Ms. Hawkins adds, “guests are asked to stay on the path, not to touch the actors, sets or props and if they come in costume, they will be asked to remove masks to confirm identity and will not be permitted to enter with props or fake weapons.”

 

Courtesy Liberty Entertainment Group

 

New for this year, an old Victorian House on the castle grounds has been transformed into a haunted house filled with 50 different animatronics, ghosts and massacre victims. This experience, as well as the show in and around the castle, is definitely not for the faint of heart! Stacey warns; “children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We strongly suggest Parental Discretion however.”

 

Courtesy Liberty Entertainment Group

 

Also new for this year, expect a special installation of Justice League. Visitors can celebrate the upcoming Warner Bros. theatrical release by venturing into an out-of-this-world setting. Here, guests can pose for photos with larger than life replicas of iconic DC super heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash. On October 24th, come in costume as your favourite character from the DC Universe for a chance to win tickets to advanced screenings, trips to the red-carpet premiere and more!

 

About the Venue

 

Casa Loma is an almost 200,000 square foot, 98 room castle, situated on 5 acres of land in Toronto. It was completed in 1914 at a cost of $3,500,000. It took 300 men almost 3 years to complete. It was once the largest private residence in Canada. It features secret passageways, elaborate decor and breathtaking views of the Toronto skyline from its towers. The setting of Casa Loma provides the ideal environment for Legends of Horror. It must be seen to be believed. Watch the trailer to catch a terrifying glimpse of what lies ahead.  Legends of Horror is on now, until Halloween night, October 31stTickets are available online for $40 or at the door for $45. Doors open at 6pm. Last Admission is at 11pm.

 

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The best brunch near Village Green

 

When you live in Toronto, brunch isn’t just a meal – it’s an event! Finding the perfect local brunch spot is one of those things that makes a neighbourhood feel like home. The brunch lifestyle is alive and well in The Village. There are so many options, in fact, that finding the right place can feel a little overwhelming. It’s not just about the food, the atmosphere is also important. To take some of the burden of finding the perfect brunch spot off your shoulders, here are some of the best brunch spots near Village Green.

 

Credit: Lola’s Kitchen

Credit: Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen has been serving up an ever-evolving menu of classic comfort food since they first opened their doors in a repurposed Victorian Mansion at 634 Church Street in 2009. They offer satisfying portion sizes and a variety of great brunch items on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm. They also specialize in vegan and gluten-free options. Try Lola’s Two Egg Breakfast ($11) or their Curried Tofu Scramble ($13). It’s vegan and comes with gluten free flax toast and a choice of salad, frites or Lola’s home fries. Make sure you pair it with one of their famous fresh juices or a mimosa ($6) to make any brunch feel like a special occasion. Find out more about Lola’s Kitchen in our feature article from earlier this year.

 

Credit: Hair of the Dog

Credit: Hair of the Dog

 

Hair of the Dog

 

Hair of the Dog at 425 Church Street is an unbeatable choice for a boozy weekend recovery brunch (Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am to 2:30pm). Kick things off with a Hair of the Dog Caesar ($8.75), or a Cranberry or Classic Mimosa ($9 each or $39 for a pitcher). Their Huevos Rancheros ($12) or Classic Eggs Benedict ($11) is sure to hit the spot and their complimentary carrot mini-muffins are a nice touch, too!

 

 

Crêpe It Up

 

Whether you are in a sweet or savoury kind of mood, you can’t go wrong when you chooseCrêpe It Up at507 Church Street. It’s comfortable and casual. Walk up to the counter, choose your crêpe and enjoy! The exposed brick walls and solid wood furniture will make you feel cozy and relaxed. Give the Paris Crêpe a try ($6.95). It’s loaded with banana and chocolate hazelnut sauce. You can add ice cream or whipped cream to any crêpe for $2 and add fruit for $3. There is also an assortment of waffles and smoothies to choose from.

 

Credit: @smith_to

 

Smith

 

Smith at 553 Church Street is quirky, cozy and cool. There are three floors to choose from, each with a their own vibe. The third floor appears to be an old dance studio. The sunroom on the main floor is one of the prettiest and most pleasant places to eat a fine meal. The menus are printed like newspapers and no matter what you order, the portions are generous. The menu is seasonal and changes frequently, but there is always a lot to love. You can’t go wrong with the Huevos Rancheros ($17). Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 4pm.

 

Credit: @wishintoronto

 

Wish

 

When you walk into Wish at 3 Charles Street East you will immediately feel at home. The warm, intimate vibe is infectious. There are comfy couches and cushy seats. It feels rustic and romantic. They have obviously put some time and effort into creating a nice ambiance. The food is a thing of beauty. The dishes are presented beautifully, the menu changes with the seasons and the portions are always plentiful. It’s an ‘instagram-worthy’ brunch. Try the Florentine ($16) – poached eggs over wilted spinach with leek and Parmesan fondue. Their crispy home fries are sure to hit the spot, too.

 

Credit: www.ogradyschurch.com

Credit: www.ogradyschurch.com

 

O’Grady’s
 
We love O’Grady’s on Church (518 Church S.) for weekday breakfast and weekend brunch. In fact, we love this pub pretty much any time of day — lucky for us they’re open daily from 9am to late! They’ve got a great patio for people watching in the warmer months and their menu is epic. Weekend brunch is served from 9am to 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Expect classic options like the O’Gradylicious — two eggs with your choice of peameal bacon, ham or sausage with home fries and toast ($9). They also have great omelettes and bennies and even offer an omelette of the day option ($12) and a benny of the option ($14) where you can enjoy out of the box creations like a pulled pork Benny! Drinks are a must here — they start serving sangria ($6), fresh mojitos ($12), caesars ($7) and $5 mimosas at 11am! They also have a delicious array of mocktails for people who prefer to keep brunch dry ($4.50). Visit them!

 

The next time you’re in the mood for brunch you’ll know where to go! We hope this article helps you find your new favourite neighbourhood brunch spot.

 

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The best family-friendly restaurants near Davisville Village

 

We love sitting down to a family meal at a great restaurant. It gives us time to catch up, tell stories and share some delicious food! There are a lot of amazing family-friendly restaurant options in and around the Davisville Village neighbourhood. You can enjoy food from all over the world here. To help you plan your next night out with the family, here are some of the best family-friendly restaurants near Davisville Village

 

Credit: Grazie Ristorante

 

Grazie Ristorante

 

A beautiful interior, comfortable seats and exceptional Italian fare make Grazie Ristorante (2373 Yonge Street) a great choice for your next family meal on the town. There are plenty of vegetarian options at this restaurant too – our favourite is the Tasca ($18.50). It’s a dish of fresh pasta filled with ricotta, spinach, mushrooms and brie, then baked in creamy tomato porcini sauce. Don’t forget to ask for a chili oil drizzle for a bit of extra flavour! The Bruschetta appetizer ($7) is a great way to start a meal, while the Tiramisu ($8) (with mascarpone cheese, fresh cream and ladyfingers dipped in espresso and liqueurs) is the perfect way to finish a memorable meal. Kids will love the Chocolate Chip Banana Cake ($8).

 

Credit: Mariachi’s Mexican Cuisine

 

Mariachi’s

 

When your family is in the mood for authentic Mexican food at very fair prices, make sure you payMariachi’s  Restaurant (2084 Yonge Street) a visit. This cozy, family run establishment has been a staple in the neighbourhood for years. The food is simple and incredible. Start with an order of warm tortilla chips and guacamole ($8.95), then move on to the Mole Chicken ($15.95). It has a complex, rich flavour, but it’s not spicy. The Mole (pronounced Mole-eh) contains over 40 ingredients – including chocolate!

 

Credit: Granite Brewery and Tide House

 

Granite Brewery

 

Granite Brewery & Restaurant (245 Eglinton Avenue East) was a pioneer in the craft brewing scene when they opened their doors in 1991. They brew a wide array of their own beers on-site. During the warmer weather, their front and rear patios are the place to be — whether it’s for a quick drink or a full meal. The menu is classic pub fare. To start, you can’t go wrong with the Butter Chicken Pizza ($10). The Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon Fillet ($18) is a great main course, and their burgers and sandwiches will please everyone. If you haven’t already, read our feature article on Granite Brewery from earlier this year.

 

Credit: @pi_co_pizza

 

Pi Co

 

Attention all pizza lovers, Pi Co (2177 Yonge Street) has some of the best pizzas in town! Forget about trying to get the entire family to agree to the same toppings, at Pi Co you can get personal sized pizzas with unlimited toppings for just $13 each. Margherita pizzas are just $9. They bake their pies in an 800 degree oven for just 90 seconds! They know how much you love pizza, so they have them for dessert, too! Try a Sweet Pi with unlimited toppings for only $6.

 

Credit: @copacabana_eglinton

Copacabana Brazilian Steak House

 

When you visit the Copacabana Brazilian Steak House  (150 Eglinton Avenue East) be sure to come hungry. This all-you-can-eat Brazilian Steak House offers a fun family experience and great food — especially if you like grilled meat. There is also a buffet full of salads and cheese, but the real focus is the meat. Your server will give you a pair of tongs and a paper button. Flip the button to one side and the meat carvers will come with more fine cuts of meat. There is a lot of meat to sample — from top sirloin, to Parmesan filet mignon and picanha (a Brazilian specialty). There are over 16 cuts to choose from. Save some room for dessert – they specialize in cinnamon roasted pineapples that are out of this world!

 

We hope that you and your family dine at one of these local restaurants. We know that having a few favourite spots for family meals in your neighbourhood makes it feel like home.

 

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Don’t miss the Pancakes & Booze Art Show!

 

If you were to make a list of some of your favourite things, would pancakes, booze and art make it onto that list? We thought so. Prepare to have your hunger sated, your thirst quenched, and your appetite for art satisfied – all at the same time! It’s not magic, it’s the Pancakes and Booze Art Show! The show is making a stop in Toronto during its North American tour. It all happens on October 14th at the Opera House (735 Queen Street East).

 

What is it?

 

The name says it all, kind of. It’s an art show, but it’s not your typical gallery experience. Some art galleries serve wine, but we don’t know of any that serve free pancakes! Since 2009 the show has filled venues in cities across North America. Every show features between 50 and 150 local artisans and live performances from bands, DJs, live painting, body painting and more. It’s a celebration and showcase of local artists of all kinds – as well as a great excuse to eat pancakes! We spoke to Tom from thePancakes & Booze Art Show to get a clearer picture.

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

So Tom, what are some highlights of the Toronto edition of this event?

 

Personally, I’m excited to have Ryan Mcgee (IG @ryan.mcgee.design). I really love what he’s doing right now. Sara McIntyre (@sarassoapsandcandles) is coming out with some great candles for the Halloween season.  Also a HUGE fan of Braeden Arnold’s prints and patches (braedenarnold.com). We’ve also got some great DJs lined up which we’ll be announcing as the week progresses.  

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

What makes your event unique?

 

Where else can you get art, libations and free pancakes?! Pancakes are a fantastic gateway to get people interested in supporting local artists. Who knew?

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

What keeps the event going strong year after year?

 

It’s an experience most people have never thought about combining so the name always gets a reaction of “wait…what?” Once someone’s inside they’re usually hooked. The art is all local to Toronto area artists and most of it is financially attainable for the average Joe.

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

Don’t miss this unique art show, cocktail party and pancake dinner on October 14th. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show seeks to connect the art community with the community at large. It’s an environment where artists, patrons and pancakes come together to create something beautiful. Dig in!

 

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Do brunch right at Church Bistro 555

 

Brunch is a way of life in Toronto. For many people, that perfect local spot for brunch is a big part of what makes their neighbourhood feel like their neighbourhood. There is no shortage of great restaurant options doing great brunches in or around The Village. If you are looking for something special, unique and out of the ordinary, your options get a little more limited. This is where Church Bistro 555 (555 Church Street) comes in. Since opening their doors in 2012, Church Bistro has earned a loyal following of locals and visitors seeking their unique organic, Halal gourmet fusion of East meets West. We caught up with Marcus, Owner and Manager of Church Bistro to get the inside story!

 

Courtesy @ChurchBistro555

 

Marcus, what would you say is your most popular brunch item?

 

We have a few things! The Sweet Patootie is basically a sweet brunch, either you have Malpua (Indian egg pancake with creamy sauce $16) or Spicy French Toast ($16) you can also get Milk Bread French Toast – ($14 and Fruit or Cheese Stuffed French Toast for $18). We have pancakes or waffles with saffron chicken ($20). We make great Benedicts, including one of our signature dishes, The Tandoori Chicken Benedict ($18), then we have a Royal Bengal Benny(ground beef Benedict ($18). We even have a Venison Benny ($22)! We a have a lot of vegetarian options and it’s all organic and Halal.

 

Courtesy @ChurchBistro555

 

We couldn’t help notice all those Bennys! What’s the most popular of those? Is it the Tandoori one you mentioned?

 

Pretty much all them! But the Tandoori Chicken is one of the signatures, that and the Royal Bengal. That is a signature dish too.

 

Courtesy @ChurchBistro555

 

Do you have a personal favourite?

 

My favourite is the Venison Benedict. I love it. I love deer meat. The Tandoori Chicken is very good too, you can spice it up, also!

 

Spice it up with curries? A chili sauce?

 

We actually don’t use any curries. We let you add organic green chilis brought from India.

 

Courtesy @ChurchBistro555

 

We love the East meets West approach to your menu. What inspired the Indian component of your menu?

 

Basically we try to create unique food that is Halal and organic, with Western and South Asian flare. [We draw from] French, Italian, Canadian, Jamaican – mixed cuisine, basically. Also, for dinner we have Lamb Shanks, Butter Chicken and we have the best fish and chips you can have in town!

 

Is there something unique about your Fish and Chips?

 

Yes, we can make them gluten-free, we can make them spicy. It’s totally unique.

 

Totally unique. That’s a good way to sum up Church Bistro 555. It’s a good way to describe the whole neighbourhood. That’s why Church Bistro is such a perfect fit for The Village. Fit them into your brunch or dinner plans and you’ll see what we mean.

 

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You gotta eat at Five Doors North

 

You gotta eat at Five Doors North! Not that we’re telling you what to do – but you really have to! This restaurant was a neighbourhood mainstay long before being featured on The Food Network’s, You Gotta Eat Here! In fact, many of the regulars view Five Doors North as the heart of the neighbourhood!  We spoke with Manager; Kara Anderson to find out what makes this place so special.

 

Credit: Five Doors North

 

Kara, what is your most popular menu item and what makes it special?

 

Our Gnocchi is definitely one of our most popular menu items. It’s a house made Gnocchi. And Gnocchi is very simple – but hard to do right. So, we have kind of mastered the technique of Gnocchi here. It’s always consistent. It’s always the same. And it’s always really tasty. We smother it in a Gorgonzola cream sauce, so it’s something that’s pretty strong in flavour, but a lotof people like it. Even kids are surprised to enjoy it!

 

Credit: Five Doors North

 

Sounds delicious! What has been the outcome for your restaurant since being featured on You Gotta Eat Here?

 

We definitely saw a few new faces! But we’ve always been a pretty ‘regular’ place. We have a lot of people in the area that have been regulars since way before that show. But it was nice to have [You Gotta Eat Here] come in and showcase some of our best stuff!

 

Credit: Five Doors North

 

What is the atmosphere of your restaurant like and what kind of demographic do you usually serve?

 

We are across the board. We’re a local shop. So, basically we serve a lot of people who live in the area. For families, it’s definitely a very good ‘safe spot’. We get a lot of dinner parties in as well for birthday parties, or family dinners, things like that. The vibe is casual fine dining. The food is top notch, while the service is more casual and laid back.

 

Would you describe the food as ‘traditional Italian’? Or do you take some artistic license with it?

 

We take a little liberty. We have a lot of traditional Italian items, but then we also do some more contemporary Canadian stuff. Take our ribs, for example. While not traditionally Italian, they are one of the most popular items. That’s because we co-own the butcher shop across the street. It’s called The Butcher’s Son. All of our meats are ethically sourced, including the ribs which are braised in an incredible house made BBQ sauce. That’s not traditional Italian, but it is very popular.

 

Take a stroll over to Five Doors North and experience the magic that makes them so popular. Find them at 2088 Yonge Street, just north of Davisville. Five Doors North is a great example of a local neighbourhood shop that is doing something special. Their relationship with the butcher across the street adds to this real feeling of community. It’s like a slice of small town life in the heart of the biggest city in the country. It’s just the sort of thing that makes life in Davisville Village unique.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your Davisville Village community and showing you what makes this great Toronto neighbourhood unique. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

 

 

Listen and learn at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival!

 

The first Hot Docs Podcast Festival tested the waters in Toronto last year, starting out as a small project hoping to garner some attention. The festival attracted enormous audiences and generated some fabulous feedback, paving the way for this year’s bigger and better experience. Don’t miss out on the new and improved Hot Docs Podcast Festival from October 12th to 15th at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The festival’s four-day lineup features ten acclaimed and adored podcasts, five insider panels, plus networking meet-and-greet style events.

 

In its first year, the Podcast Festival was a small pilot project to showcase some great storytellers and create unique experiences for our audience. We weren’t sure what to expect, but the audiences were huge and the feedback was tremendous. 
-Alan Black, Managing Director of Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and Co-curator of Hot Docs Podcast Festival

 

It’s no surprise to us that the event was so popular — people love the intimacy of podcasts. Podcasts are most often enjoyed through earphones, which can make it feel as though the host or guest is speaking directly to you.

 

Credit: Hot Docs Podcast Festival

 

The Panels:

 

Have you ever wanted to start a podcast? You’re in luck! There are several panels at the festival designed to help you launch your own podcast project.

 

Finding Your Voice

 

Finding Your Voice: The Art and Craft of Hosting a Podcast offers the opportunity for candid chat with popular podcast hosts about how to cultivate your talents as a storyteller and develop a relationship with an audience. Join moderator, Hanna Sung, co host of the Globe and Mail podcast Colour Code as she picks the brains of Sook Yin Lee; host of CBC’s Sleepover, Ryan McMahon; host of Red Man Laughing andCanadaland Commons and Dan Misener; host of Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids.

 

Informative Panels

 

Potential podcasters may also want to check out informative panels including Podcasting Essentials: The Tools You Need to Make Your Show, and Ready for Takeoff: What it Takes to Launch a Successful New Podcast.

 

The Decision Makers

 

Podcasts are a new media format to be reckoned with. They can democratize the media and eliminate the gatekeepers. Podcasting networks can put their combined media muscle behind a show to help take it to the next level. Learn more about what networks are looking for with The Decision Makers: Podcast Executives in Conversation. Join executives from Radiotopia, Gimlet Media and CBC as they talk about building a roster and what shapes their decisions.

 

Meet and Greet

 

For those looking for an even more intimate experience, you can join Radiotopia executive producer Julie Shapiro, Nigel Poor of the Ear Hustle podcast, Nate Dimeo from The Memory Palace and as well as other audio producers for a free and informal meet and greet at Black Rock Coffee (677 Bloor Street West).

 

Intercepted

 

The Hotdocs Podcast Festival is all about seeing the show(s) you love to listen to come to life on stage. Join host, Jeremy Scahill as he’s joined by Naomi Klein, Desmond Cole and artist Yassin Alsalman (Narcy), for a fearless discussion on Intercepted.

 

Another Round

 

Enjoy the funny and informative cultural commentary of Another Round. It’s best described by hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton as “happy hour with friends you haven’t met yet”.

 

Canadaland

 

The CANADALAND podcast comes to life with host Jesse Brown as he’s joined by Toronto Star Washington correspondent Daniel Dale. Listen in as they discuss the role facts play (or don’t play) in today’s political climate.

 

There are many great shows and panels to experience at this year’s festival. That’s the beauty and power of podcasting. Whatever you’re interested in, there is a program that seems like it was made just for you. As Alan Black puts it:

 

This year, I believe we’ve curated the greatest assemblage of podcasts and panels to ever hit this country, and we’re so excited for the opportunity to not only build on our own success, but to help facilitate opportunities for a community of audio creators that we had a small part in helping to create.

 

Watch ideas come to life before your eyes and ears at the second annual Hot Docs Podcast Festival. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the creators of your favourite shows and meet members of the community.

 

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Shop St. Lawrence Market this fall

 

The St. Lawrence Market is quite simply one of the World’s Greatest (and oldest) markets. It was named The World’s Best Food Market by National Geographic in 2012.

 

The Market is comprised of a three building complex. Each building serves a different purpose. The North Market is known for it’s Saturday Farmers’ Market, and for good reason — it’s been on since 1803! On Sundays, the North Market and surrounding plaza is home to over 80 antique dealers peddling their wares. The South Market accommodates over 120 specialty vendors who have made the Market their life’s work. Finally, St. Lawrence Hall, built in 1850, houses retail business on the ground floor, city offices on the second and the third floor can be rented out for special events. We talked to Amanda Diep, Program Development Officer for the St. Lawrence Market Complex, to see how they keep things fresh after so many years!

 

Courtesy St. Lawrence Market Complex

 

Amanda, what produce and products are in season this Fall at the Market?

 

Fall harvest in Ontario allows for delicious produce such as flavourful Brussels sprouts, beets and a wide variety of squashes, perfect for homemade soups (one of Fall’s best comfort foods).

 

When does the outdoor market close its doors for the season?

 

Farmers with outdoor stalls generally come inside at the end of October. However, one of the great things about our Farmers Market is that the indoor farmers are open all year round so that our customers always have access to in-season, fresh and locally grown products.

 

Courtesy St. Lawrence Market Complex

 

Are there any fall events at the Market that our readers will want to know about?

 

Readers will be excited to know that “Evening at the Market” is happening again next month onThursday, November 9th. The entire South Market will come alive after hours with cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and chef-inspired dishes from each of our 64 vendors. Proceeds will go to our charity partner Second Harvest. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stlawrencemarket.com.

 

Which vendors in the South Market are the most popular?

 

I think what makes the Market so special is that each vendor is popular for its own special set of products, and locals know it. From Cotton Candy grapes to crocodile steaks and raw vegan to peameal bacon, our customers know that they can always find what they’re looking for at the Market.

 

Courtesy St. Lawrence Market Complex

 

When’s the best time to visit the Market (in your opinion)?

 

Not a lot of people know that we open at 5 a.m. every Saturday morning. That’s when a lot of dedicated customers come to purchase products that sell out quick, such as fiddleheads during springtime. At 5 a.m., the Market is still calm, almost magical, and you can notice a lot of details that you might miss during a busy Saturday afternoon such as the original archways at the Front St. entrance when the space once served as Toronto’s City Hall.

 

That’s so early we might have to take your word for it! St. Lawrence Market has been around for a very long time. Is there anything different about the Market in recent years? What keeps the Market fresh?

 

Our Market Kitchen, which has remained somewhat of a hidden gem over the years, is gaining a large following with the rising popularity of home cooking and baking. The Market Kitchen has a wide variety of classes from Knife Skills to Taste of Tuscany. More details about these courses can be found at http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/events.

Courtesy St Lawrence Market Complex/ Toronto Archives

 

There really is nothing else quite like the St. Lawrence Market. It has stood the test of time and remains a major Toronto landmark and community hub to this day. It connects us to our food and those who provide it, to our community and to our past. It’s life as it was centuries ago, evolved and adapted to suit our needs and wants today. It is an icon of our city.

 

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