Check out Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre

 

Escape your everyday routine by booking a table at Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre! This interactive dinner theatre has offered outstanding live entertainment in the GTA  for 30 years. Best of all, it’s located really close to Davisville Village.

 

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The company launched in 1987 and spent more than 12 years performing from the Fairmont Royal York. In 1999 they moved to their dedicated theatre space at 2026 Yonge Street (just 2 blocks north of Davisville Subway Station). The large multi-tiered venue is perfectly suited to their unique brand of comedic, interactive murder mysteries. The decor is elegant, the acoustics are excellent, and so are the sightlines. There isn’t a bad seat in the house! The company also offers custom and private mysteries to suit your needs, either at their Theatre or at your off-site location.

 

All the shows feature detailed and solvable mysteries. Cluesheets and pencils are provided to help track the clues. You will be given enough information during the show to figure out “whodunit” by the time ballots are passed out at 2nd intermission. Correct ballots are entered into a draw and 5 lucky winners receive prizes.

 

Sounds like fun, right? We spoke with Iliki Mahairas, of Mysteriously Yours to help set the scene and give us more of a feel of what to expect.


The mystery itself begins around 8:00 pm. The actors enter “in character” and mingle with the guests.  (They schmooze with them.) You find out who the characters are, how they relate to each other, and the theme of the mystery. Then, someone you’ve just met dies, or a body is discovered and a detective is called in to investigate.  He leads the questioning of the suspects and you get to question them as well … because they’re spread throughout the room, they sit right at the tables with you. So, you get to participate and try to help solve the mystery and see if you can figure out whodunit!  It’s a lot of fun! The show runs to about 10:30 PM.


Our Mysteries are based on familiar themes with lots of comedy, intrigue and audience participation. Prizes are awarded to some of the guests who correctly solve the mystery.

Guests are welcome to participate as little or as much as they’re comfortable with, or they can simply sit back and be entertained. The theatre is designed to accommodate large groups, but you can also come as a single, couple or small group of friends. Smaller parties usually join other guests at larger tables, so it’s also a good way to meet and interact with new people. Children over the age of 6 are welcome, but be advised that the shows are written for adults. While there is no swearing or overt adult situations within the show, there are double entendres and material that could be considered risqué. It’s recommend for those 10 years of age and up. Guests only have to arrive between 7:30 and 7:45pm, at which time they are introduced to the cast and theme of the show.  Dinner is served beforehand so if you’re hungry, come early — this is dinner theatre after all! We asked Iliki to tell us about the food:


Arrival is from 6:30pm for a fabulous three course dinner that you order from our menu. You have a choice of salad or the soup-of-the-day.  There’s a choice of four main courses, including: chicken, fish, beef or a vegetarian dish. There are two incredible desserts to choose from, and coffee and tea.

Gluten free options are also available. Performances are held every Friday and Saturday evening. To avoid disappointment, it’s best to book your reservation as far in advance as possible. Some performances can be booked the same day and others are sold out weeks in advance. You can take a look at the price structure here.

The mystery performances that are performed change 2 or 3 times per year. We asked Iliki to tell us a little about the current show:


The mystery we are currently presenting is: “Mimico Vice”. Travel back 30 years to 1987!  Hard-nosed detective, Sonny Cracket has his hands full dealing with the notorious “Breakfast Club Gang”.  Life ain’t easy when you work for the toughest police force around… Mimico Vice!

The dress code at Mysteriously Yours is Casual Elegance. That means no baseball hats, sweatpants, ripped jeans, tank tops. Dress like you’re going out for a fun and elegant night of comedic theatre – because your are! You are also encouraged to dress to suit the theme or era of the mystery so in this case think 80s hair and shoulder pads, if you want to go all out.


If you’re looking for a fun way to spend some quality time with friends, family or coworkers this holiday, this could be just the ticket! Mysteriously Yours also offers gift certificates in any denomination you choose. The recipient can use the gift for tickets, in the dining room or toward the bar bill. They can be mailed or emailed directly and they never expire or depreciate. So why not give a gift of fun and mystery this season!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you with all the mysteries and wonders that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


Bar+ is not your average Karaoke Lounge!

 

Getting together with some friends for a night of karaoke can be a really fun way to spend an evening. You’re almost guaranteed to have a few laughs, have a few drinks, and sing a few songs. Karaoke is one of those things that most people either love or hate. People who hate it tend to be a little nervous when they’re the centre of attention performing in front of strangers. If that applies to you, don’t shy away from the spotlight. You can say to goodbye to stage fright when you and your friends choose Bar+ (2, 360 Yonge Street). Bar+ is not your average Karaoke Lounge! This bar and karaoke lounge features private karaoke rooms, so you and your party can belt out the tunes, and not be afraid of making a fool of yourself in front of strangers — just your friends!

 

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Whether you are celebrating with a large party, or just a few people, you’ll experience all the privacy you need. Of course, if you want to mix and mingle with others, there is a large bar area to relax and hang out. There are 3 different size rooms to choose from — a Small Lounge is good for up to 5 people, a Medium for up to 15 people, or a Large Lounge for parties of up to 30 people. Bar+ is perfect for birthday parties, office parties, or any other kind of party! The management tells us, “we don’t offer decorations but customers are welcome to put up their own on arrival”.

 

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No matter which room you choose, you can expect comfortable, leather seating and a stylish design, with just the right splash of neon! Each room features quality sound equipment with an “up to date, and massive song selection, great customer service, a song app for phones, and tablets in the room instead of binders/books.” This is a thoroughly modern Karaoke Lounge. There is no awkward fumbling with song binders and pages. Simply download the app to your phone or use their tablets. There are tons of new songs to choose from, as well as classics.

 

Private karaoke bars are nothing new, but until now, most have catered only to Asian languages. Bar+ opens it all up with an extensive library of tunes in English, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese and Thai.

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The bar is pretty great too. Bottle service is available for special occasions and they have a great selection of beer, wine, shots, cider, coolers and cocktails. When you get hungry, there is a good selection of shareable, tasty snacks, including French Fries ($5.31), Chicken Wings (10 pcs $12.61), Breaded Butterfly Shrimp (10 pcs $8.85), Chicken Nuggets (10 pcs $5.98) or just grab a small bag of chips ($0.88) — and “yes, outside food is welcome as well. No drinks though”.

 

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Bar+ seems to have thought of everything. They want you to be comfortable and enjoy your visit. Their private lounges hit all the right notes – so you don’t have to!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to make you feel comfortable and connected to your community and all that is has to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Snakes and Lattes Midtown is now open!

 

Do you like food and drinks? Do you like games? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, then chances are, you’ll like Snakes and Lattes. Snakes and Lattes is a board  game café. Actually, it’s the biggest and best board game café. They kind of started the growing trend in Toronto way back in late summer of 2010 when owners Ben Castanie and Aurelia Peynet opened the original location in the Annex.

 

They started off small, in a narrow storefront at 600 Bloor Street West. They offered a good selection of games and some light snacks and drinks, including a few craft beers. There was no free wifi at first, as the focus was on the games and socializing face to face. Free wifi was added to accommodate the growing demand from the early morning business and student clientele that crowded the little café. Fun and games and coffee, it turns out, is a great way to start your busy day and set a more stress-free tone.  Snakes and Lattes couldn’t keep up with the demand so they expanded their original location in 2011. They purchased the space next door and tore down the wall. This added 2000 square feet of space and increased the seating capacity from 45 to 150. In 2015, Ben and Aurelia opened a second location in Little Italy (489 College Street).

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The second location had a seating capacity of 240 guests and  a collection of more than 1000 games. The owners continued to try and supply the seemingly insatiable demand for fun, games, food and drinks, in a comfortable and casual space. What’s not to like?

 

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A third location has just opened in midtown, at 45 Eglinton Ave East, close to Davisville Village. The enormous, flagship store features over 10, 000 square feet of fun and games on three floors!

 

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The concept for each location remains the same. Guests pay a small cover charge in exchange for access to a wide variety of carefully curated games. Snakes and Lattes’ trained ‘game gurus’ are always on hand to teach and offer advice and assistance to the less experienced  players.

 

Since anytime is a good time for playing games and eating and drinking — Snakes and Lattes is open almost all the time! From 8am until ‘whenever’ on weekdays and 11am until ‘whenever’ on weekends. If people are still playing, they stay open. There is nothing worse than having to cut a good game short because the place is closing. Visiting Snakes and Lattes is kind of like going to friend’s house. A friend who has a ton of games and never wants you to leave!

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Love the game you’re playing and want to continue it at home, or give it as a gift? No problem! The cafés sell a wide variety of games on site, and through their online shop. They also feature a monthly Game Designers Night, where designers offer their prototypes for public play and field testing. There are also regular tutorials and tournaments and even a weekly board game podcast called the Snakecast.

 

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If you’re into fun and games, pay a visit to Snakes and Lattes’ brand new flagship location in midtown. Their friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere is a welcome addition to the community. It’s your friendly neighbourhood board game café!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your neighbourhood and all the fun stuff your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village

 

The holiday season can be a magical time or a stressful time. It all depends on the choices we make. Why head downtown to battle the biggest crowds in the city when you can find everything you need in your neighbourhood?! Avoid the hustle and bustle and choose simple and smooth. To help you get your shopping done close to home, here is a list of where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village.

 

Yonge and Eglinton Centre

 

The Yonge and Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) is your local mall. It’s not too big, overwhelming, or overfilled, but it’s big enough to house everything you need for the holidays. There is even a Metro grocery store — so can get your gifts and groceries all at once! If you’re looking for quality beauty products, you’ll find the largest Sephora in North America, right here. Step into Walking on a Cloud and give the gift of comfortable and stylish footwear for men and women. Indigo wrote the book on great gift giving. They offer not only books, but a wide variety of gift ideas, specialty toys and life-enhancing products. There’s also a great food court for when you get hungry, and a movie theatre for when you want to escape it all for a little while.

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Best Buy

 

Get quality brand-name electronics, computers, appliances and more from a retailer you can trust. The Best Buy at 2400 Yonge Street has everything you need to put a smile on their faces this holiday. They also feature a lowest price guarantee and easy returns, so you can shop with confidence this season.

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Lululemon

 

For the active folks on your list, Lululemon offers everything they could need or want to stay warm and stylish during winter workouts. The brand has moved beyond yoga pants. Find great gifts for men, women and girls. From great stocking stuffers to full outfits, outerwear and activewear. Step into your local Lululemon (2558 Yonge Street) and breathe a little easier this holiday season.

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Spoiled Baby

 

Taking care of a new baby can be tough, but finding great gifts for babies couldn’t be easier! Spoiled Baby offers a quality selection of fun and practical baby gifts. From clothing and shoes to toys and educational products. They carry a wide array of ‘Smart Baby Products’ to help babies develop, grow and have fun. If you can’t decide on what to get, their Gift Cards are the perfect solution, or let them help you put together a custom baby gift basket. Make caring for a new baby just a little easier with a visit to Spoiled Baby. They’re just down the street at 2a Davisville Avenue.

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Sporting Life

 

No matter who you have left on your shopping list, you’ll find something they’ll love at Sporting Life. Whether you’re looking for ski or snowboard equipment for die hard enthusiasts, or quality winter gear to keep warm comfy in the city, they’ve got you covered. Sporting life features the best apparel from Canada Goose, The North Face, Burton, Sorel, Spyder and more! If you find yourself lost and out of your element, their friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than willing to help. You have a couple of options for Sporting Life locations near Davisville Village. There is the smaller outpost, Sporting Life Boards and Bikes (2454 Yonge Street) or the massive, flagship store just up the street at 2665 Yonge Street.

 

Hopefully, this list will help you shop more efficiently and make the most of your precious spare time this holiday season. Your neighbourhood offers everything you need and more to make this a great season. Happy Holidays!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your neighbourhood and all that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

How to give back this holiday season

 

The holiday season can be a hectic time and it can be easy to lose focus of what it’s really all about — joy and giving. If you want to support your community and those in need this year, here are a few ways to give back this holiday season.

 

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Volunteer at a Shelter or Food Bank

 

Toronto soup kitchens and food banks are dedicated to serving the community, but they need your help, especially during the holidays. If you can spare some time, you have neighbours who could use some assistance. The Yonge Street Mission has several locations to serve the community. You can also contact North York Harvest Food Bank,The StopFort York Food BankSecond HarvestDaily Bread Food Bank, just to name a few.


Donate to a Food Bank


If you don’t have spare time to donate, there are many ways you can help support food banks in your community. You can donate food, or funds or even host a fundraiser.Donating on someone’s behalf is a great holiday gift for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list.


Random Act of Kindness


You can give back to your community this holiday season in small ways, everyday. Buy a homeless person a meal or bring them a blanket, smile at the people you pass on the street, bake cookies and share them with your neighbours and coworkers, or collect canned food while you drop off the cookies and donate the food to a food bank.


Give to UNICEF


UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to ensure the wellbeing of children all around the world. You can donate to UNICEF or purchase a Survival Gift of your choice.


Support MADD


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a volunteer-led organization committed to ending impaired driving through litigation and education, and to supporting victims and survivors of impaired driving. With chapters all over Canada, it’s easy to get involved. The best way to volunteer with MADD is to contact your local chapter.  You can also make a donation. Greenrock is currently supporting MADD with our Make It Home campaign. We will donate $250 of the first month’s rent for new residents who begin renting with us this December. Eligible properties include Greenrock at Village Green and Greenrock at Davisville Village.


Support the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive


The Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive is a non profit registered charity that helps pre-screened families in need. You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at a fire hall near you to make someone’s holiday special.


Donate Blood


Even if you can’t spare a cent this holiday season, you can still give generously to someone in need. Giving blood through Canadian Blood Services can give the gift of life to someone in need. It only takes a few minutes.



Adopt a Pet


There are many animals in need of good homes this holiday season. Before you adopt a pet, remember that the responsibility of loving and caring for it will continue long after the holidays have passed. Adopting a pet means committing to the well-being of the animal for the rest of its life. Older pets need love too and require less of a long-term commitment.  Pet adoption should be discussed and planned beforehand with your family members or roommates or partners. Giving a pet as a holiday surprise may sound like a fun idea, but may not be in the animal’s or the owner’s best interests.  Once you’ve made the decision, pets in need of a home are available at city shelters, or through the Toronto Humane Society.


Donate to an Animal Shelter


If adopting a pet isn’t the right choice for you and your family right now, you can still make a difference in an animal’s life. You can donate money, time, toys or anything else your local shelter may need.


Support the Canadian Cancer Society


Cancer touches all of our lives. You can help make a difference this holiday season by donating or volunteering your time. Volunteers are an essential part of The Canadian Cancer Society. You can structure your volunteer time to have the greatest effect, based on your time, skills and scope of focus.


This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you’re looking for ways to give back to your community this holiday season, the only limit is your imagination.


Greenrock Property Management Limitedwants to help you support your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) and Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


The best places to go holiday shopping near Village Green

 

Have you started shopping for the holidays? There is no shortage of store options in a city like Toronto. In fact, there may be too many options! With so many great shops, boutiques and specialty stores in the city to choose from, deciding where to shop can feel a bit overwhelming. To help make the most of your time this season, here are the best places to go holiday shopping near Village Green.

 

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Toronto Eaton Centre

 

Back in the 19th century, Timothy Eaton opened a dry goods store that revolutionized the Canadian retail market and became the largest department store in the country. The Eaton’s department store closed it’s doors in 1999, but the Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street) retains the name as an ongoing tribute to the man and the original store.

 

Today, the Toronto Eaton Centre is one of the busiest malls in North America and Toronto’s top tourist attraction. The iconic “Flight Stop” geese sculpture by artist Michael Snow is instantly recognizable. You can find everything you’re looking for under one, soaring glass roof. The mall is home to over 250 retailers, restaurants and services. Once you’ve found all the great gifts you need, let someone else worry about wrapping them with their Gift Wrap Valet service. Let their Concierge assist you in choosing from range of decorative styles, then enjoy a complimentary snack and drink in the lounge as your parcels are elegantly wrapped. Take advantage of The Eaton Centre’s extended holiday hours, Monday to Saturday 9am to 9:30pm, and Sundays (including Christmas Eve) from 10am to 8pm.

 

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Yorkville Village

 

Original known as Hazelton Lanes, the luxe shopping centre was rebranded as Yorkville Village (55 Avenue Road) following a one hundred and twenty-five million dollar renovation last year. Here you will find some of the most high-end and quality shopping options in the city.

 

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Shop fine footwear at Jean-Paul Fortin, or treat someone special on your list to luxury eyewear from Dior, Armani, Gucci and more at DuMonde Optical. Make someone’s day with a piece of jewellery from Serli & Siroan Fine Jewellers. And stop in to the BRIKA Pop Up for the best in modern craft. They sell heirloom quality products that make extraordinary gifts. The centre’s complimentary gift wrapping station provides gift wrapping for purchases of $50 or more (2 parcels per visit). Yorkville Village is open Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm.

 

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Manulife Centre

 

Built in 1972, the Manulife Centre (55 Bloor West) helped to make the corner of Bay and Bloor a landmark shopping destination. The three floor concourse is filled with quality retailers to make your holiday shopping a breeze. In addition to the boutiques and shops, there is also a specialty grocery store, drugstore, Indigo book store, LCBO and a VIP movie theatre where you can take a load off once you’ve crossed all the names off of your list.

 

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Urban Outfitters

 

Urban Outfitters (235 Yonge Street) is cool-central. The brand has come a long way since it began selling T-shirts, jeans and lifestyle products in Pennsylvania back in 1970. Today, the store is more like a super-hip mini-mall for cool stuff. The Yonge Street store features a Vinyl Shop featuring records, turntables and more for the analog amigos on your list. There is also an Apartment section where you can browse bedding, lighting and more. UO is the best place around to buy cool clothing and shoes for the hipster in your life. They’re open from 10am to 10pm.

 

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Hudson’s Bay

 

The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company, AKA “The Bay”, is a long one. The company was incorporated by English royal charter in 1670. The fur trading company even functioned as the de facto government in parts of North America for a time. Today, the flagship store at 176 Yonge is a one-stop treasure trove for all your holiday shopping needs. The store is connected to the Eaton Centre by a pedestrian sky bridge walkway — perfect for big shopping expeditions on cold Toronto days. You can find everything from designer apparel to premium candy and chocolate, houseware and even appliances. Of course, anything adorned with the company’s iconic stripes, makes a great gift.


With so many options in the neighbourhood, it can be easy to get lost in the sea of shops. We hope you visit one of these great places for holiday shopping this season!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all that your community has to offer. For information of Greenrock Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.



 

 

Discover the Toronto Christmas Market

 

It’s time to embrace the holiday season. The Toronto Christmas Market is the place to be if you want to make some magical, romantic Christmas memories this year. Come and experience the lights, the food, the wonder of it all — and get some Christmas shopping done at the same time.

 

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The Toronto Christmas Market is on now, until December 23rd at the Historic Distillery District (55 Mill Street). The moment you step onto the cobblestone streets, you’ll be transported to another world. It’s a world of twinkling lights, delicious food, hot beverages to warm your body and soul, and performances that will warm your heart.

 

The performances change from day to day. Each day features a different theme, so there is something to suit everyone and every taste. Take in Traditional Tuesdays, with bluegrass, folk, roots and traditional music. World Wednesdays bring world music, dance and cultural performances to the Market. Come for Classical Thursdays to experience seasonal opera and crossover Classical performances. Feel the groove of Friday Night Jazz, featuring holiday swing and jazz. Pop/Variety Saturdays are always popular. Catch emerging artists and featured artists performing pop, rock, blues and more. Ensemble Sundays bring instrumental ensembles in the afternoon and vocal ensembles and choirs in the evening. There are also daily Santa’s Elves Sing-Alongs for the kids and daily carolling performances. The Market is closed on Mondays.

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There is so much to see and do at the Toronto Christmas Market. Take in the majesty of the massive Christmas tree, bask in the magical glow of the lights and colours as the cobblestone streets transform into a glittering winter wonderland. Kids will love to visit Santa at his house and get a photo. You can also pose for a picture at The Heart of Christmas —  a 14 foot tall, 12 foot wide heart sculpture made of steel. You can give back this season by bringing a canned food donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank — just drop it off at The Giving Pantry. For even more fun and excitement, visit the Family Entertainment Zone. It features a ferris wheel, carousel and life-sized gingerbread house to enjoy — additional Fun Zone tickets are required.

 

In addition to all the fun and excitement, this is first and foremost a market. It may well be the best way imaginable to cross everything off your Christmas list. World-class crafts and craftspeople, art and artisans, have come together to offer a selection of gifts that simply isn’t available anywhere else.

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What are the holidays without food! It’s best to show up to the Toronto Christmas Market hungry. Treat yourself to all kinds of tasty snacks or full meals. Raclette serves up a Swiss-German delicacy of Roasted Cheese served over Rosemary Roasted Baby Potatoes. Santa’s BBQ serves up great brats, sausages and other grilled favourites. There’s a Waffle Bar, as well as fresh baked goods from Uncle Betty’s, Tartistry and Stickling’s Bakery. The amazing aroma of fresh roasted cinnamon glazed nuts (pecans, almonds, cashews and peanuts) from The Nutty Bavarian fills the air as well.

 

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The Market is free to attend on weekdays, until Friday at 5pm. Weekend admission is $6 for adults, children under two are always free. Tickets can be purchased in advance, online and same-day tickets are available onsite. Keep in mind that weekends at the Market are crowded. Even with advanced tickets, you can expect to line up. If you’re looking to avoid the lines at all cost, Express Pass tickets can be purchase for $20 – or visit during the week.

 

The Toronto Christmas Market is fast becoming a Toronto tradition. Make your way to the Market and make the most of your holidays!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your community and all that it has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Make It Home This Holiday Season With MADD Toronto and Greenrock

Close up view of drunk man giving car key to woman, on blurred background. Don't drink and drive concept

 

For most of us, the holidays are a time of indulgence. We let loose, forget the scale, and eat lots of cookies, cakes, and hearty family meals. While eating too many cookies usually only harms you, many of us also drink more alcohol than usual during the holiday season, which has the potential to harm others if we find ourselves without a way home.

 

THE ISSUE

 

You might not realize that drunk driving results in 4 deaths every day in Canada and that there are 34% more fatalities involving alcohol impaired driving during the holidays. That sobering reality is what encouraged Greenrock to launch our Make It Home campaign this year.

 

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

 

The Make It Home campaign has Greenrock partnering with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Toronto Chapter to support programs that combat impaired driving. MADD is a volunteer-led organization on a mission to end impaired driving. It supports the survivors and victims of drunk driving, litigates, raises awareness for the issue, and educates the public.

 

The idea for the program is simple: for every new resident that makes their home in a Greenrock property over the holiday season, we will donate $250 of that resident’s first month’s rent to MADD Toronto so that more people can Make It Home over the holidays.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you’re not in the market for a new home, or are already a Greenrock resident, you can make a difference in your community through your actions alone. If you plan to overindulge during the holiday season, don’t drive.

Make sure you have cab fare or access to public transit, or download a rideshare app like Uber (who have also partnered with MADD Canada – you can see more information about Uber’s partnership and their contribution to MADD’s latest public service announcement by clicking here) . If you are going out with friends, make sure they don’t drive drunk by offering them a ride home or letting them crash at your place if you’re the closer option. You can also support MADD directly – you can volunteer at your local chapter, or make a donation to the organization, all in support of raising awareness, conducting research and supporting programs in your community. There are many ways to give back to the community all year round, but we can all do our part so that more people Make It Home this holiday season.


Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to the Toronto community. To make one of Greenrock’s Toronto Residential Communities your home this December, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) and Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


Do the holidays right in Toronto!

 

The holidays can be a busy time of year as there is so much to see and do in Toronto. If you’re short on time, but still want to do the holidays right in Toronto, you’ll love our shortlist of fun things to experience this holiday season!

 

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Toronto Christmas Market

 

Get into the seasonal spirit while you get your Christmas shopping done at the Toronto Christmas Market, on now until December 23rd. Wander the beautiful Distillery District and take in the warm, festive glow of the lights as you browse for one-of-a-kind, artisan-crafted goods and gifts from a variety of vendors. Warm up with a hot beverage or fuel up with a BBQ Turkey leg. With over 450 live performances, boredom is not an option. Admission is free of charge on weekdays untilFriday at 5pm. Weekends are very busy and require $6 admission tickets.


DJ Skate Nights


DJ Skate Nights is the hottest party in the city. Located at the Natrel Rink at Habourfront Centre, DJ Skate Nights features a world-class line up of DJs to help you chill out and skate away the winter blues. This event repeats on Saturdays from 8pm until 11pm , from December until February.

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Casa Loma Christmas

 

Come and celebrate 150 Years of Canadian Christmas at Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace). There will be tons of family-friendly performances and activities, including famed illusionist Professor Wick, as well as ice skating performances from Glisse on Ice. Visit with Santa in his castle workshop, make arts and crafts, and take in the magic of the castle decked out with holiday décor. It’s on now from 9:30am to 5pm until January 7th (closed Christmas Day). See the full schedule or buy yourtickets today!

 

Allan Gardens Conservatory

 

The Christmas Flower Show at Allan Gardens Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Avenue) is the highlight of the year. The entire conservatory is filled with thousands of flowering plants, more than 30 varieties of poinsettia, and fully decorated for Christmas. On weekends, the displays can often be viewed by candlelight. On now until mid January.

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

 

Enjoy Christmas by Lamplight at Black Creek Pioneer Village (1000 Murray Ross Pkwy). Stroll the Village at your own pace from 6pm to 9:30pm on December 9th, 16th and 23rd. Explore old fashioned homes and workshops decorated for the holidays.Take in the warm glow of the lamplight, flickering candles and cozy fireplaces. Enjoy traditional folk music of the day, carolers, choirs, even make your own ornaments. Tickets are available now. You can upgrade your ticket to include a traditional Christmas dinner! Check out the full program of Christmas fun available.

 

Check Out Shop Window Displays

 

As the carol goes, ‘city sidewalk, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style’! There’s a holiday feeling in the air in Toronto right now. You don’t have to spend a dime to do a little window shopping this season. Take a walk in the winter wonderland right outside your door. The first snowfall is the perfect time. The Bay at the Eaton Centre and Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor West) are just a couple of local stores known for creating sensational holiday window displays in Toronto.

 

Handel’s Messiah played by the TSO

 

Come and experience the magic of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as they perform the holiday classic Handel’s Messiah at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St). The TSO will be joined by British conductor Matthew Halls. There will also be an incredible line-up of vocalists and choirs. The running time is approximately 2.5 hours with a 20 minute intermission. Don’t wait! This special performance regularly sells out!

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High Tea at the Windsor Arms

 

Treat yourself to a regal experience this holiday season. If you haven’t been, you need to visit The Windsor Arms Hotel for their High Tea (18 St. Thomas Street). Sip on sparkling wine or sherry as you sink into plush seats in their opulent, yet tasteful tea room. Choose from a selection of loose-leaf teas and indulge in an exquisite menu of scones, salads, sweets and more.

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The Nutcracker

 

The stunning choreography and design of this perennial holiday classic are something to behold. This performance is the perfect gift for all who attend. Experience the wonder and fantasy, the virtuosic dance and visual extravagance that only The Nutcracker can create. The Nutcracker is performed from December 9th to 30that the National Ballet of Canada.

 

Evergreen Winter Village

 

Get outside and experience the holiday season with fun activities like fat-bike riding, ski biking, ball hockey, street curling and more. Take the family on a winter-themed scavenger hunt around the Brick Works or warm up by the fire. On Sundays you can also find the perfect local gift at the Etsy Market. Evergreen Winter Village is open every weekend in December from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., even on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st)! It’s also open weekdays from December 26th to the 29th.

 

With so many unique, magical and memorable events happening all over the city, it’s easy to make the most of the holiday season. Happy Holidays!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you explore, experience and connect with your city and community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) andVillage Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village

 

Do you ever long for a simpler time? With all the pressure of a fast-paced, commercialized Christmas season, it may be nice to see how Christmas was celebrated back in the day. In a time before cellphones, apps and advertisements. Modern conveniences can be great, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pace of a modern Christmas, experiencing Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village may be exactly what you’re looking for.

 

Family Christmas Weekends

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The modern holiday season can be a hectic, fast-paced, whirlwind of an experience. With Family Christmas Weekends, you and your family have the opportunity to slow things down as you take a step back in time! Come and discover the wonder of an old-fashioned Christmas wonderland. Every weekend until December 23rd, from 11am until 4:30pm. Check out the full program schedule here.

 

A true Victorian Christmas experience awaits you! Explore Christmas traditions from the past. You can help trim a Christmas tree as you learn about the history of the Christmas tree, discover the decorations of the time period, and share some of your own family traditions. Explore the Village and get a real feel for what the holiday was like, way back when. There will be monologues and pantomimes performed by actors playing characters based on actual people and events from the past. There will be carollers and music of the day. You can learn to do an Irish jig, then put your new skills to work at and old-fashioned Christmas ball, complete with live fiddle music! Later on, you can even pick up an instrument and learn some songs of the day from their resident musician!

 

Family Christmas Weekends are an authentic feast for the senses. To get a better taste for the time period you can get your hands on hot chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Jack Frost may be nipping at your nose, but this warm treat is sure to keep him at bay. You can also experience the delicious beauty of a Flaming Plum Pudding – and taste it too! There will also be mincemeat tarts and hot apple cider, warmed over the fire. Create some authentic Christmas memories with a horse drawn wagon ride for only $2.

 

These unique Christmas activities are sure to be memorable for you and your family. Discover some traditions from the past — they may make their way into the future traditions of your family.

 

Christmas by Lamplight

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As the sun sets on the Village, Black Creek comes alive. There will be music. There will be activities. There will be food. At Christmas by Lamplight you can bathe in the warm, flickering glow of a Christmas gone by.

 

Stroll through the Village at your own pace, from 6pm until 9:30pm, on December 9th, 16th and 23rd. Tickets are available now. As you explore the sights, sounds and smells of the celebrations in the Village, you can stop in to visit the old fashioned houses and workshops. They are all decked out in decorations of the day. You can even create some of your own seasonal ornaments and take them home with you, to add to your family traditions. Make several stops along your stroll to savour the samples of festive foods of the time, enjoy some Christmas caroling and choirs and traditional, live, folk music.

 

Traditional Christmas Dinner

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If you really want to get a taste of the time period, consider upgrading your Christmas by Lamplight experience to include a Traditional Christmas Dinner. Choose Butternut Squash Soup with Maple crème fraîche or Arugula Salad with feta cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds

and pomegranate balsamic dressing to start. The main course is a choice of Fall Vegetable Cassoulet with toasted hazelnut bread crumbs or Traditional Roasted Turkey with apple, celery, raisin stuffing, seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy and cinnamon

orange cranberry sauce. Finish off your meal with a Warm Apple Blossom with whipped cream or Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream and coffee or tea.

 

Dinner bookings are available for 5:30pm in the Canada West Room and at 5:30pm or 8:30pm in the Half Way House Inn Restaurant.

 

Holiday Gift Guide

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You can leave Black Creek Pioneer Village with more than just memories. The gift shop offers one-of-a-kind items handmade in the Village. If you have some hard-to-shop-for folks on your list, consider the Black Creek Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll find not only unique hand-crafted items and treats, but also unique experiences you simply can’t find anywhere else. How about spending the day as an Artisan Apprentice? Work in the Village with a Baker, Blacksmith, Tinsmith, Spinner, Printer or Weaver. Learn about the tools of the trade and take home your finished product! Or choose to Brew with the Brewmaster. Learn to brew just as they did in the 1800’s and take home a two litre growler of beer.

 

Come and explore The Village and see how it was done back then. Get a sense of how a community functioned, how much has changed, and how much remains the same. Spend some unique quality time together this holiday season by making some new memories of the past.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you explore, experience and connect with your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green(50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.