Get pampered at Alma Natural Spa

 

Life can be stressful. We can all feel a little overwhelmed from time to time, and we could all use more time to ourselves. Treating yourself to a spa day is a sure fire way to melt away that tension. The trouble is, who has the time to spend hours in a spa? And, many modern spas use products that can contain harsh chemicals which you may not want on your skin. When you choose Alma Natural Spa (2105 Yonge Street) you can rest assured that you’re going to enjoy a non-toxic and eco-friendly experience. Their handmade, all-natural lotions, oils and scrubs will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, without any unpleasant artificial aromas, strong fumes or unnecessary chemicals.

 

Alma opened in 2011. Katie, the founder, wanted to create a spa space where people didn’t have to worry about what products were being used and what fumes they may be breathing. She wanted to create a place where busy people could get the services they wanted, in less time, in an unpretentious, non-toxic atmosphere. In the founder’s own words:

 

One day it hit me that there had to be a better way to provide everyone their own 45 minute oasis in a way that was safe, non-toxic, relaxing, unpretentious, fun, with great customer service.

 

Katie sold the spa in 2016 to a dedicated member of the Alma team. Paresha, is the current owner, an esthetician who began working at Alma back in 2011 after feeling the negative effects of working in a traditional spa.

 

Alma is also committed to social responsibility. They don’t use products that are tested on animals. The products used and sold are produced in a way that treats workers fairly, are non-toxic, free from non-renewable ingredients, eco-friendly and organic whenever possible.

 

The Services

A warm, friendly and knowledgeable staff await you and the service options at Alma are many.

 

For Face


Let’s start with the face. They offer a range of facial services, including the Power Facial ($74 for 45 minutes). It is designed to nourish and hydrate, improve skin tone and texture and is customized for your skin type. Great for those new to facials. For guys, there is a Men’s Facial ($79.00 for 45 minutes). This deep cleansing facial includes a toning mask, extractions, face and scalp massage, and hydration. If you want to go deeper, the Inner and Outer Glow ($145 for 90 minutes) option is for you. It includes a guided meditation, Reiki energy healing, anti-aging facial massage, reflexology and more.

 

Massage


When you feel like you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders, treating yourself to a massage can do you a world of good. Even if you only have a few minutes, you can get a condensed Shoulder and Neck, Head and Scalp, Facial Massage, Chair Massage or Hand and Foot Massage for only $15 per 10 minutes (20 minute maximum).



If you have a little more time on your hands, you can get an Aromatic Massage with restorative, organic, botanical oils. Choose Full Body ($75 for 45 min, $94 for an hour) or Back massage only ($50 for 30 minutes). They also offer a Hot Stone Back Massage, using warm basalt stones to soothe sore muscles ($50 for 30 minutes, $90 for an hour). A Reiki with Reflexology foot massage can relieve tension and help restore balance by stimulating the reflexes that correspond to each organ and gland of the body ($50 for 30 minutes, $95 for an hour). A reflexology insurance receipt can be provided for this service. For all other massages, insurance receipts cannot be provided due to the fact that Alma does not employ RMTs (Registered Massage Therapists). Alma massages are performed by qualified estheticians with advanced massage training.


Nail Treatments


Upstairs at Alma, is the nail salon. Men and women can treat themselves to a little slice of heaven for hands and feet! The Lavender Luxury treatment uses Alma’s exclusive lavender creams, moisturizers and scrubs. It is available as a manicure or pedicure. Men will love the Sport Treatment manicure or pedicure.



Spa Packages


To really treat yourself right, and save a little money, you can opt for one of Alma’s Spa Packages. The men’s package combines a full-body massage with a facial, plus the sport hand and foot treatment, all for $198 ($233 value). The Girls Night Out package is a great way to spend some quality time with your BFF. It includes a peppermint refresh pedicure, plus a glass of wine, for two ($95).


Community Outreach


Alma is committed to their community. Every year, they sponsor at least one woman in need to become an esthetician. This is part of their vision to empower women to support themselves and their families, while enjoying a rewarding career.


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect  you with all that your neighbourhood and 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.


Get the best boots at Bootmaster!

 

They say that you can tell a lot about a person by their choice of footwear. Bootmaster (609 Yonge Street) is a big believer in that. They have been serving the city since 1988 with a selection of high quality leather boots and much more. They have their own Bootmaster Signature Series brand that boasts world-class style, quality and workmanship for boots and leatherwear. Best of all, they’re right around the corner from Village Green!

 

Bootmaster believes in providing clients with the best, and building relationships and products that last. If you are looking for something special, they are happy to special order it for you – or they can custom make you a one-of-kind pair of boots using top quality leather and exotic skins. Some of the finest boots in the world are made right here in Canada, by Bootmaster and others. Here are a few of the world-class brands offered at Bootmaster:

 

Dayton Boots

Credit: Dayton Boots

 

Dayton Boots has been supplying Canada and the world with quality, handcrafted leather boots since 1946. They’ve been following the same painstaking 230-step process, in the same Vancouver factory store, for all of that time.

 

Canada West Boots

Credit: Canada West Boots

 

Canada West Boots is celebrating 40 years as a family-owned Canadian company. They are passionate about making top quality footwear, proudly made in Winnipeg. Bootmaster carries their western styles as well as motorcycle boots, ankle and zipper boots, and ropers.

 

Boulet

Credit: Boulet Boots

 

Boulet is Canada’s most popular bootmaker. They first opened their doors in 1933, as the St-Tite Shoe Co.Ltd. in Saint-Tite Québec. During WWII, they became the leading provider of footwear for the Canadian Armed Forces. In the 1960’s they began manufacturing the Western-style boots they are famous for today and were the first Canadian company to specialize in this type of boot.

 

Tony Lama

Credit: Tony Lama Boots

 

Bootmaster carries a selection of Tony Lama footwear in basic leather, as well as exotic skins including lizard, ostrich and alligator.

 

Frye Boots

Credit: The Frye Company

 

Bootmaster stocks classic styles of Frye Boots, including the Campus and Harness, in brown and black leather.

 

Chippewa

Credit: Chippewa Boots

 

Chippewa Boots has been manufacturing quality footwear since 1901, originally as the Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Company. Bootmaster offers a selection of their finest quality motorcycle boots in 7″, 11″ or 18″ heights with steel toes and vibram soles

 

Old Gringo

Credit: Old Gringo

 

Old Gringo maks quality handmade boots with a contemporary flair for fashion. Founded in 2000 by Yan Ferry, a fourth generation French cobbler and Ernie Tarut. Bootmaster carries a variety of styles from Old Gringo, for men and women

 

Bootmaster Signature Series

Credit: Bootmaster

 

Bootmaster makes their own store brand – The Bootmaster Signature Series. Any style they they offer can be custom ordered in your choice of colour!

 

Bootmaster knows how important the right pair of boots can be, but they don’t stop there! Boots are just the beginning! They also carry a selection of exceptional quality, handmade exotic leather jackets that really must be seen to be truly appreciated. You can complete the look with the perfect hat, belt and accessories. Bootmaster’s quality products are a hit with everyone who tries them. You may find yourself giving your old footwear the boot, once you slip into a pair at Bootmaster.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you to feel great and look great. We love to connect you to all your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Dinner and a show at CAA Theatre

 

One of the major upsides of living at Village Green is being surrounded by fun, food and culture. The 2018/2019 season of Mirvish productions is heating up at Mirvish Theatres throughout Toronto and new subscription packages and lineup of shows will be announced very soon!

 

Dinner and a show, especially a world-class show like those performed at Mirvish Theatres,  is perhaps the perfect way to spend an evening with friends, family or that special someone. Several neighbourhood restaurants have teamed up with Mirvish to offer special discounts to subscribers, as well as prix fixe menus for those of us without season tickets.

 

Brownstone Bistro

Credit: Brownstone Bistro

 

Brownstone Bistro (603 Yonge Street) is a 2 minute, 2 block walk from CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly known as Panasonic Theatre). The restaurant offers great food in a great atmosphere. Housed in a heritage building that dates back to 1888, Brownstone has been serving the neighbourhood fine Italian-inspired casual fare for over 20 years.

 

Brownstone Bistro offers 15% off for Mirvish subscribers. If you’re out for a special evening of dinner and a show, their 3 Course Prix Fixe ($32) dinner is the way to go. Start with your choice of Caprese Salad or Caesar Salad. There is an entree to suit your palate, no matter what mood you’re in. Their take on Chicken Marsala is a pan-seared chicken breast with wild mushrooms and Marsala wine, served with roasted potato and sautéed vegetables. It’s a great choice, as is the Steak & Frites — a classic New York striploin served with Yukon Gold fries and chipotle mayo. It’s classic meat and potatoes, simple and perfect. The Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with sautéed vegetables, quinoa and kale salad, drizzled with balsamic reduction, is a delicious and healthy option. The homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with a light rosé sauce topped with lemon-dressed arugula, is a tasty and satisfying vegetarian option. Be sure to save room for dessert! Learn more about Brownstone Bistro in our feature article.

 

Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge

Credit: Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge

 

Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge (21 Gloucester Street) is an elegant, yet easy-going eatery. The food and the building itself is beautiful. The rich purple accents on the white table cloths is a nice touch that compliments the building’s almost ornate exterior. Mirvish subscribers always get 15% off here, but even if you’re not a subscriber and are just enjoying a one-off theatrical experience you can get a voucher with your ticket for their 3-course Mirvish Dinner Menu. Start with the soup du jour and your choice of house or caesar salad. Move on to the main course with your choice of Filet of Sole baked in lemon juice, butter and paprika, Chicken Parmesan with Chef’s Béchamel sauce, tomato sauce and cheese, or Penne Pasta with mixed fresh vegetables or diced chicken and your choice of Rosé, cream or tomato sauce. For dessert, a Créme Caramel Custard or Tartufo Ice Cream awaits you! Book your table today!

 

Focaccia

Credit: Focaccia Restaurant

 

 

In addition to the 15% discount offered to Mirvish subscribers, Focaccia (17 Hayden Street) also offers a 2-course ($18) prix fixe menu. Start with a house salad, Caesar salad or soup of the day, then choose an entree. Entree options include Spaghetti Marinara (with clams, shrimp and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce), Chicken Pizzaiola (a chicken breast topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce, served with pasta and vegetables), Veal Parmigiana (a breaded veal cutlet with mozzarella, served with penne rose and vegetables), or the Basa Fillet (served with quinoa and vegetables). You’re sweet enough, who needs dessert.

 

Artful Dodger Pub

Credit: The Artful Dodger Pub

 

If your Mirvish subscription has you feeling fancy enough and you’d like to keep dinner laid back and super casual, you can head to the The Artful Dodger Pub (10 Isabella Street). They offer a 15% discount for subscribers. This old fashioned and authentic British pub is the place to go if you want to enjoy a properly poured pint before the curtain goes up. There are also pool tables, dart boards and jukeboxes. Dig into classic pub fare like a Scotch Egg (a hard-boiled egg wrapped in hot Italian sausage, deep fried and served with mustard mayo), or a plate of Bangers and Mash, an order of Fish and Chips, or a 10 oz New York steak (served with peppercorn sauce, roasted red-skin spuds and Caesar salad). Whatever you choose it’s sure to stick to your ribs and keep you satisfied until curtain call and final bows at CAA Theatre. Learn more about the Artful Dodger in our article about the best pubs near Church and Wellesley and our other article about the best late night eats near Church and Wellesley — we’re big fans of the place!

 

Having so many choices for cuisine and culture right in your neighbourhood is something to celebrate. Enjoy a fabulous evening of dinner and a show. Bon appetit and bravo!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with all that your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

Celebrate Family Day, nearby

 

Is there anything better than a long weekend? How about the Family Day long weekend?! Family Day is a statutory holiday in Ontario, designed to give families, big or small, the opportunity to spend some quality time together. There is a lot to see and do in Toronto. Family Day is for everyone to enjoy, so whether you’re a parent or not, it’s time to make the most of the Family Day long weekend, nearby.

 

Evergreen Brickworks

 

There is a lot going on during the Family Day long weekend at Evergreen Brick Works

(550 Bayview Avenue). The long weekend begins for many families on Friday, February 16th due to the PA Day at many Toronto schools. Evergreen Adventure PA Day Camp will allow campers from 6 to 12 years of age to take on an adventure of discovery of the city’s urban wilderness. There will be animal tracking, fort building and storytelling sessions! Registration is required.

 

Celebrate Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works (Monday, February 19th). The Children’s Garden provides fun outdoor and indoor activities for kids, including free play in the Garden, and the opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. Kids can construct themed shelters, learn about worker bee stewardship, and get their hands dirty with land-based handwork from 1 to 2 pm. Indoor activities include access to the clay table, greenhouse, urban agriculture activities, and more! Bring your own vegetables and contribute to the Stone Soup Prep and storytelling, from 11am until 12pm.

 

The Brewer’s Backyard is back on Family Day with the kickoff Winter Warmers event. Local craft Breweries will be represented and you can pair your beverage with a bite from great local food vendors. Admission is free for all ages and no tickets are required.


Vikings

Credit: Royal Ontario Museum – Vikings – Presented by Raymond James Ltd.

 

Set sail for a new adventure at the ROM (100 Queen’s Park) this Family Day long weekend. Vikings is a thrilling and informative exhibition that sifts through the myths and stereotypes of this ancient, artistic, seafaring culture. This unique window into their world explores the lifestyle and daily life as a Viking. Take a trip over 1000 years back in time, to when Vikings set foot on the east coast of Canada. Track their journey across the Atlantic, see rare Viking artifacts and enjoy interactive and immersive experiences that provide a greater understanding of these legendary and mysterious people. Tickets are available now.

 

Winter at Ontario Place

Credit: Ontario Place

 

If you haven’t been to Ontario Place this winter, you’re missing out! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, and when the sun goes down, it’s time to warm up by the bonfire and check out the Winter Light Exhibition. The twinkling fairy lights light the way to even more lights! A dozen exhibitions using light as art are on display and admission is free!

 

If things get too chilly, you can step inside the newly re-opened Cinesphere theatre and catch the Best of Hollywood 2017 – catch all the great movies you may have missed this year!

 

Learn more about the Winter Light Exhibition in our recent feature article.


Toronto Light Fest

Credit: Toronto Light Fest

 

Come out and bask in the warm glow of the Toronto Light Festival during the chilly Family Day long weekend. It’s on now, from sundown until 11pm (Thursday to Saturday) until March 4th at the Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street). Experience the art of light as well as IT Laser Shows, the Magic Dance Mirror show, Fire show and more. Admission is free, but bring some money to enjoy the fabulous food and drink vendors that line the cobblestone streets.

 

Listening to Art, Seeing Music

Credit: Aga Khan Museum – Listening to Art, Seeing Music

 

The Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Drive) transforms into a world of immersive musical soundscapes and video installations that mesmerizes and celebrates the traditions of the Muslim during Listening to Art, Seeing Music. It’s on now until April 22nd. This multi-sensory experience takes visitors on a journey that explores the interconnectedness of the arts and the world itself. Visitors will have the opportunity to translate musical patterns and rhythms into visual art, as well as take in live music, storytelling and share a cup of tea in the Mongolian yurt in the courtyard and much more! Get your tickets today!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help improve the quality of your quality time this Family Day long weekend and connect you to all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Check out TIFF Next Wave

 

The creative energy of youth is worth celebrating. The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is a collection of some of the most creative minds and emerging artists in the world of filmmaking and beyond. It’s an opportunity to see what is coming next, and to mix and mingle with industry professionals and the most promising emerging artists. There are panels, parties, and workshops to attend, and of course, lots of great movies to watch. The big bonus of this youth-based film festival is that all the films are free to watch for anyone under 25! How many will you see?

 

There is too much happening at this year’s Next Wave Film Festival to cover it all, but here a few highlights to get excited about.

 

In Conversation With… Amandla Stenberg

 

Kick off your festival experience on February 15th at 7pm, at TIFF Bell Lightbox for In Conversation With… Amandla Stenberg. Amadla is a boundary-pushing voice in the film industry and beyond, having starred in the Hunger Games franchises and the much-anticipated Hate U Give. Hear the young creator and activist in person on her work in film as well as the Art Hoe Collective.

 

Tickets are $11.50 for anyone under 25 or with a valid student ID, and $23.75 for adults/seniors.

 

Battle of the Scores + Opening Night Party

 

Rock out with some of the city’s finest high-school bands on Friday, February 16th at 7pm – as they perform original soundtracks for a scene from the short film Master Controlled by Ryan Bobkin and Ethan Godel. There will be prizes awarded by the audience as well as a panel of industry judges. Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol from Nirvanna the Band the Show, are your hosts for the evening. Your ticket to Battle of the Scores also gets you into the Opening Night Party.

 

Young Creators Co-Lab

 

The Young Creators Co-Lab is an all-day gathering and collaborative space for young and emerging filmmakers that offers a chance to connect with industry professionals. It’s happening on Friday, February 16th, at 9am, register now! If you (or your child) can’t commit to the full day, there are drop-in sessions for sale for $5. Tickets are available 10 minutes prior to each session’s start time on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

The Films

 

Every film on the Next Wave Schedule is worth checking out. Best of all, the films are free for all people under 25! Here are a just a few selected highlights to look forward to:

 

A Kid From Somewhere

A Kid From Somewhere: courtesy of TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

 

A Kid From Somewhere provides a glimpse into the world of three young and talented creators; photographers Olivia Bee and Patrick O’Rourke, and Nigerian-born musician La Timpa. There will be a post-screening panel with Bee and O’Rourke, as well as filmmakers Paul Johnston and Adam Beck. Tickets for the February 17th screening are available now.

 

Person To Person

Person to Person: courtesy of TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

 

Director Dustin Guy Defa’s Person To Person screens on Sunday February 18th at 5pm.

Tickets are on sale now. Fashion Idol and internet publishing sensation, Tavi Gevinson plays a queer teen struggling with the idea that she may be attracted to a boy. The film features spectacular performances from a stellar cast, including Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, and Philip Baker Hall, that make this tonally brilliant piece really shine.

 

High Fantasy

 

High Fantasy is the second feature film from South African director Jenna Bass. As four friends awaken on a camping trip, they find themselves inhabiting one another’s bodies. It has a raw, reality-TV style that is grounded by the realistic performances form Qondiswa James, Liza Scholz, Nalo Khumalo and Francesca Michel, all of whom are co-writers of the script. Get your tickets now for the screening on Sunday, February 18th, at 7:45pm.

 

Come on out and get a glimpse of what is coming next in the world of film at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival – February 16th to 18th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you get creative and connect with your city and community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Rhubarb theatre festival is back!

 

The longest-running new works theatre festival in Canada is back for its 39th year! The Rhubarb Theatre Festival runs from February 14th to 25th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). This festival is all about exploration and experimentation. Don’t expect to see any run-of-the-mill theatre at Rhubarb. These folks break boundaries, push envelopes and discover what is possible today in theatre.

 

Credit: Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times

 

As a result of this pioneering spirit, no two shows at Rhubarb are ever the same. It’s a space for artists and audiences alike to experiment together and try new things. One of the greatest things about the festival is that you always get to see more than one show — more like 3 or 4 in a single evening/day. Your evening/day pass gets you into all shows and events happening that day. Shows are not individually ticketed. Starting at 6pm or 8pm, and 2:30pm on Sundays, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber).

 

When you arrive at the theatre, choose which show you want to see first. When the show is over, 30 minutes later, it’s time for another show to begin. If one of the experiments didn’t work for you, hold on to your seat (or move to the next space) because something else is about to come your way. If you want to explore some uncharted territory, get your tickets for Rhubarb today.

 

There is simply too much going on at the 39th Rhubarb Festival to explore it all here. Words could never do it justice anyway. It is something that must be seen, felt and experienced live to be fully appreciated and understood. Here are a few highlights to look forward to:

 

MIDNIGHT, TORONTO

 

MIDNIGHT, TORONTO is a Concert Play from writer and co-director, Curtis te Brinke. As three 20-something bandmates are coping with existential ennui, a mysterious plague descends upon the city. It’s a quarter-life crisis set to live Canadian indie music from Daniel Bragg.

 

It runs from February 14th to 18th, at 8pm (2:30pm Sunday) in the Cabaret space.

 

EMERGING CREATORS UNIT: WEEK 1

 

EMERGING CREATORS UNIT: WEEK 1 is on from February 16th to 17th at 6pm in the Chamber.

 

Becoming, is the story of a woman trapped in purgatory. She is forced to navigate a space with no power to escape it. As she awaits final judgement, she wrestles with the fractured memories of her life. The play was created by and is performed by Erum Khan and directed by Liz Peterson.

 

Come on a journey that spans space, time and a killer closet that mother left behind. Maame: A Queer Black Fairy’s Tale, tracks the tale of a Ghanaian boy dealing with the death of his mother and the discovery of himself. Created and performed by Kwaku Okyere and directed by Audrey Dwyer.

 

EMERGING CREATORS UNIT: WEEK 2

 

Emerging Creators Unit: Week 2 runs February 23rd and 24th, beginning at 6pm, in the Chamber.

 

Virgen is a boundary-pushing production that restructures scripture in a way you have never seen before. From creator and performer Heath V Salazaar and director Evalyn Parry.

 

There Are No Rats In Alberta, from creator and performer, Rhiannon Collett and director, Moe Angelos – this performance shows how brutality can be oh so delicate.

 

MOTHERLOAD

 

Catch MOTHERLOAD from February 21st to 25th at 8pm (2:30pm Sunday) in the Cabaret space. Two older gay men, who came out later in life, inhabit their mothers’ psyches and get a better understanding of their experience. Created and performed by Brian Cope and Charles Hayter, directed by Sadie Epstein-Fine.

 

JIISAKAN

 

Witness as JL Whitecrow reclaims the lost Anishinaabe tradition of JIISAKAN and calls on you to consider your own presence in the sacred space created. Come to the Antechamber from 7pm to 10pm, February 21st to 23rd.

 

FIRE

 

Feel the heat of FIRE, from Femmes du Feu’s Holly Tredennick, in the Chamber from February 14th to 18th at 9pm (3:30pm Sunday). This thrilling aerial circus performance is also an intimate look at trauma, and Holly’s memories of her firefighter father. Directed by Monica Dottor.

 

The Rhubarb Festival is a unique theatrical experience you simply can’t have anywhere else. It changes day-to-day and week-to-week, so keep coming back to take in more!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with all that your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

The most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. If you’re looking to share a nice dinner with the one you love, there’s no shortage of establishments in and around the Yonge and Davisville neighbourhood. If you want to make it a night to remember, here are some of the most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village.

 

Coquine Restaurant

Credit: Coquine Restaurant

 

Coquine Restaurant (2075 Yonge St) is a charming bistro that serves modern takes on traditional French fare. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, without being overwhelming or pretentious. Their Soupe Gratinée å l’Oignon (French Onion Soup $14) is the perfect way to start your romantic meal. It is made with organic beef stock that is reduced slowly (without flour), and artisanal French baguettes made by Mark Thuet of Petite Thuet. You can make this soup part of Coquine’s prix fixe menu. For $50 per person plus taxes and gratuities you can dig into an appetizer, main course and their dessert du jour. The Beef Bourguignon is a great choice — red wine braised beef, pork lardons, mushrooms and root vegetables, served with potato puree. Contact them for reservations and learn more about Coquine in our feature article.

 

Cibo Wine Bar

Credit: Cibo Wine Bar

 

Cibo Wine Bar (2472 Yonge Street) is a big and bold Italian eatery with 10,000 square feet of modern, rustic space. The wine bar is equipped with a 2500 bottle, two-storey wine room and original artwork from street artist Mr. Brainwash.

 

The Black Tiger Shrimp with spicy wine garlic tomato sauce ($19) appetizer is a great way to begin. For your main, we recommend the Chianti Braised Short Ribs – 10 oz porcini crusted beef short ribs with gorgonzola polenta and crispy onions ($38). Make your reservations today!

 

Sake Bar Kushi

Credit: Sake Bar Kushi

 

Sake Bar Kushi (257 Eglinton Avenue W) is cozy, but not cramped. They specialize in sharable Japanese cuisine, or Izakaya. From the moment you are greeted (in Japanese) to the moment you leave, you know that you have chosen somewhere special. The space is dimly lit with a relaxed mood, and the music isn’t too loud for chatting. You’ll want to make reservations for Valentine’s Day, so you can be more comfortable in a cozy and romantic booth rather than sitting along the bar. Try their Yam Tempura ($3.95) appetizer to start, and then order several delicious dishes to devour together.

 

NORTH 44 Restaurant

Credit: North 44 Restaurant

 

North 44 Restaurant (2537 Yonge Street) is an upscale, uncompromising restaurant opened by renowned Chef Mark McEwan. It has been a destination for celebrity visitors and locals alike for over 20 years. The atmosphere is elegant, warm and romantic. It’s a restaurant that was designed to impress on all levels – and it does not disappoint.

 

If you’re looking to go all out, start with the Pan Seared Quebec Foie Gras ($29) – with brioche, fig, endive relish, foie foam and praline. The Five Spice Bison Tenderloin ($46) is a little exotic and perfect for a romantic evening. It’s served with potato terrine, grilled sweet pepper puree, roasted brussel sprouts, sage and organic heirloom carrots. Be sure to save room to share the exquisite Red Velvet Cake ($16) for dessert – with sour cream panna cotta, cream cheese mousse, beet tuile and cream cheese ice cream. Be sure to book a table in advance.

 

There is no better time to celebrate with the one you love than Valentine’s Day. When you book your spot at one of the most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village, you’ll be setting the table for a night to remember.

Greenrock Property Management loves to connect you to all that your neighbourhood and community have 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.

Sip and Stroll this Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine’s Day packs a mixture of feelings — one of those feelings is stress! The pressure of finding something new and fun to do can be overwhelming. It can drain the joy of the day away. You can always go down the traditional, tried and true path of roses, chocolates, dinner and wine, but if you’re in the market for something a little different this year, there’s a fun way to sip and stroll your way through Valentine’s Day!

 

The West End Wine Discovery walking tour from Drink Toronto is a fun and active way to celebrate V-Day! As Erin Henderson, Co Founder of Drink Toronto puts it;

 

There’s nothing wrong with taking your partner out for dinner and staying in one spot and doing the traditional thing — but I think this gives it a certain energy and excitement… it’s not the same old same old. – Erin Henderson

Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery

 

If you and your sweetheart love wine, food and romantic walks, this tour was made for you! You don’t have to worry about looking like a tourist on this tour, either. The group is kept small, 10 people or less, so it just looks like a group of friends hanging out. You may not have met these friends yet, but we bet that’s what you’ll be by the end of the evening.

 

Some of the most fun and funky bars and restaurants in the West End are doing some very cool and creative wine and food pairings — why would you want to miss out? The tour kicks off at a great little wine bar (the exact meeting point will be sent to you along with your booking confirmation) where you’ll sip and nibble to get things started. Then it’s time to stroll along Queen West and Trinity Bellwoods, to the outskirts of Parkdale. The two and half hour tour finishes off in an area that’s chock full of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants – should you still be in the mood for more fun. The total distance strolled is about 3 km.

 

Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery

 

Let your fun and fully-informed guide deal with the details as you relax and enjoy the experience. You’ll get to meet sommeliers, chefs and business owners along the way, and hear them tell their tales as you indulge in generous samplings and food pairings.

 

It makes things fun! We make 5 stops at the coolest bars and restaurants in the West End. There’s something to eat and drink at every stop, and you get a really nice sample. So, it’s fresh and different and fun and new! – Erin Henderson

 

 

At each of the 5 stops along the tour, you’ll be treated to inventive and interesting food and a 2 to 4 ounce wine sample. The wines come from Ontario and around the world. You’ll learn about the wine, how it’s best enjoyed, and get more information about the neighbourhood hotspots as well.

 

You can dress however you like — the tour is pretty casual. Comfortable footwear is a very good idea. The tour organizers will do their best to accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have, pbut lease make these requests at the time of booking. Vegan options may not be available at every stop. In the case of severe allergies, note that no guarantees can be made concerning cross contamination. And of course, this being a wine tour, it is open only to those 19 years of age and older.

 

If you want to mix it up and move around and drink it all in this Valentine’s Day, be sure to book your West End Wine Discovery Tour, today!

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to help you explore and connect with all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


The best chocolate shops in Toronto

 

There are many ways to let the one you love know how much you care this Valentine’s Day. If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, there’s no better way to say “I love you” than with chocolate. Rather than stopping on the way home to grab a box of mass-produced treats from the drugstore, why not treat them to something truly special this Valentine’s Day? To help you impress the one you adore, we’ve rounded the best chocolate shops in Toronto.

 

SOMA chocolatemaker

Credit: Soma chocolatemaker

 

Since its inception in 2003, SOMA chocolatemaker has grown from its original spot in the corner of a whiskey distillery. They now have their own small chocolate factory and 2 stores to serve you at 32 Tank House Lane and 443 King Street West. They specialize in artisanal, hand-crafted chocolate made with the finest ingredients. SOMA was a mythical substance mentioned in Vedic rituals and was referred to as the food of the gods. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering several special products. The Cosmic Heart ($20) consists of a dark chocolate shell filled with roasted, house churned peanut butter and chocolate ganache, and layers of praline, peanut and gianduja (hazelnut milk chocolate). The Valentine’s Day Truffle Collection ($22.50) is a deluxe box of 9 handmade truffles. If you want to go wild, the Crazy Love Box ($100) is a wooden box, loaded with limited edition Valentine’s Day chocolate and more!

 

ChocoSol Traders

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ChocoSol Traders (1131 St Clair Ave W, Toronto) is more than a chocolate shop. They describe themselves as a ‘learning community social enterprise’. They work in partnership and cooperation with cacao growers to make the finest, stone ground, artisanal, fair trade product possible. The company was founded in 2004 in Oaxaca, Mexico, but has been based in Toronto since 2006.

 

Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry

Credit: Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry

 

Chef Daniel Stubbe has over 20 years of experience as a chocolatier, making him a veteran in the gourmet chocolate industry. Taste the difference experience makes at Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry (653 Dupont Street). For Valentine’s Day, they are offering several custom made masterpieces. The small Heart Box ($13.75) is a chocolate heart, decorated with white chocolate and filled with 3 or 6 handmade truffles. The Champagne Bottle of Love ($38.75) is a hollow chocolate bottle filled with ten assorted truffles. The message on the bottle can be customized to say anything your heart desires! The Chocolate Stiletto ($45.25) is a shoe-shaped chocolate base filled with 11 truffles and decorated with a bow. All their Valentine’s Day options can be made with dark or milk chocolate, and you can choose the type of truffles your box contains.

 

AMBIANCE CHOCOLAT

Credit: AMBIANCE CHOCOLAT

 

AMBIANCE CHOCOLAT (683 Mt Pleasant Rd) has a passion for top quality chocolate and creating unforgettable taste experiences. They use fair trade and local ingredients whenever possible to contribute to a sustainable chocolate community. Their Valentine’s Day treats include an 8-piece Pink Heart ($15.75), an impressive Valentine Tower ($52.75) – 27 chocolates on three layers, with swing-out trays, and the ultimate 36 piece Red Heart ($58.00).

 

Treat the one you love (or yourself) to something truly special this Valentine’s Day with some help from the best chocolate shops in Toronto.


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help spread the love and connect you to all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Where to celebrate Valentine’s day near Village Green

 

Another Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Valentine’s Day can stir up not only feelings of love, but also feelings of stress and pressure as you struggle to come up with a fun and romantic plan for the evening. Every couple is different, so whatever the two of you want to do is up to you. If you’re looking for some ideas, here a few suggestions for where to celebrate Valentine’s Day near Village Green this year.

 

ElmSpa: Couples Massage

Credit: elmspa

 

Tension is no fun, especially on a romantic V-Day date night! Let the talented massage therapists at elmspa (557 Church Street, 3rd Floor) melt away your stress with a relaxing Couples Massage — so you and your sweetheart can start the night on a mellow note. Consider a side-by-side Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Bamboo Massage, Hot Stone Massage or Deep Tissue Massage in a room designed for two!

 

Learn more about your friendly, neighbourhood boutique oasis at elmspa and the deluxe Elmwood Spa (18 Elm Street) in our feature article.

 

AGO Bistro

Credit: AGO Bistro

 

Practice the art of love at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West and the AGO Bistro. They are offering a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner at AGO Bistro. For $70 per person (plus taxes and gratuities) you get a sumptuous 4-course meal from this top rated restaurant.

 

Start with Oysters Rockefeller with spinach, béchamel, Gruyère cheese and Pernod. Next, choose between Goat Cheese Brûlée with plum, ginger, heirloom carrot, beet, passion fruit and tapioca OR Romaine and Treviso, with pickled fennel, oven-dried cherry tomato, sourdough, basil-pine nut pesto. Your entrée is a choice of Duck Breast with leek, roasted carrot, sautéed escarole and cherry jus OR Black Cod with bay scallop, potato, green onion, soy, balsamic and yuzu. It’s followed by dessert for two. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Book your table, today!

 

Scavenger Hunt

 

If you’re an adventurous and fun-loving couple, try this Scavenger Hunt from Narcity. The two of you will have to work as a team to see how many of the items you can find, or have a Valentine’s Day double date where you pair off against another couple to see who wins!

 

Rhubarb Festival

 

The 39th annual Rhubarb Festival runs from February 14th to 25th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kick off of Canada’s longest running new works festival? Watch as boundaries bust and envelopes get pushed. It’s an exciting and unique evening of dance, music, performance art and more! Your ticket always gets you more than one show in a night – often 3 or 4! Get your tickets today to avoiding being disappointed on V-Day.

 

Ontario Place

Credit: Ontario Place Corporation

 

You may not think of Ontario Place as a Valentine’s Day destination, but you should! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, sip hot chocolate by a bonfire, and explore the magic of the Winter Lights Exhibition. Bask in the glow of 12 illuminated exhibits from local artists as you wind your way along the path of twinkling fairy lights. Best of all, it’s all free! If it gets too chilly, remember that the IMAX Cinesphere is open again!

 

You can learn more about the Winter Lights Exhibition in our recent feature article.

 

No matter what you and your sweetheart are into, there is something that you will love happening this Valentine’s Day near Village Green.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to spread the love and connect you with all that your neighbourhood has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.