The best coffee shops near Davisville Village

 

Your favourite neighbourhood cafe. It’s the place you stop by during your busy work-week for a morning pick-me-up. The place you hang out with friends on weekends while you enjoy a light breakfast or lunch. The place you go to grab a few minutes of precious “me-time”, and catch up on your people-watching. It’s a sanctuary, a stimulant source, and a social hub – all rolled into one. That special coffee shop is one of the things that makes your neighbourhood feel like your neighbourhood. To help you find your own steamy home away from home, here are some of the best coffee shops near Davisville Village.

 

Thobors Cafe Gourmand

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Thobors Cafe Gourmand (627 Mount Pleasant Rd) is an authentic French cafe. Husband and wife team Marc and Sylvie Thobor have built a special spot and the quality of their drinks and food cannot be beat. This is their original location but there are now two other locations – one in the Upper Village (at 1116 Eglinton Ave West) and one in Danforth Village (at 479b Danforth Ave.). They serve lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos and more. Their expertly crafted beverages perfectly compliment their extraordinary selection of fresh, handmade baked goods and quality chocolates. If you like to eat lunch at a cafe, you have to try Le Parisien sandwich. It’s loaded with butter, swiss cheese, ham, and gherkins. It’s pretty much perfection because it’s served on the best baguettes in the city. If you prefer something sweet when you visit a cafe, you can’t beat Thobors’ pastries. Their Pain au Chocolat is a piece of Parisian heaven. People watching hits new heights here. The open kitchen at the back lets you watch their busy staff as they bake. The only downside about this fabulous little spot is that it may be too popular with the locals. Seating is limited and it can be tough to find a spot to sit during peak hours. Learn more about what Thobors has to offer in our recent feature article.

 

Jules Cafè Patisserie

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Life in Davisville Village is pretty special. The neighbourhood boasts authentic French cafes that love to compete for your attention. If the lineup at Thobors (above) is more than you’re willing to endure, cross the street and enjoy the atmosphere, fine fare, and quality coffee of Jules Cafe Patisserie (617 Mount Pleasant Road). Marc Tournayre opened the warm and cozy cafe 11 years ago. Their baked goods are better than good – they’re great! Their team of professional bakers and pastry chefs make sure of that. Drop by for a fresh brewed cup of coffee, a latte, cappuccino or tea. Their Petit Fours are some of the best in town. If you’re hungry for a delicious savoury meal, their croque-monsieur sandwich, quiches, salads and other sandwich creations can’t be beat.

 

Rachel’s Coffeehouse

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Maria and Jack Chan ran a Second Cup franchise in the Eaton Centre for 13 years prior to striking out on their own. Their new spot, Rachel’s Coffeehouse (2011 Yonge Street), opened in 2012. It’s the place they always dreamed of opening. The idea was to serve the best cafe fare made with the finest quality ingredients. They didn’t want to sell anything that they wouldn’t serve to their daughter, Rachel – the cafe’s namesake. They serve exceptional, organic, locally roasted, fair trade coffee as well as organic, fair trade teas, and baked goods with little or no preservatives. Try their incredible Almond Latte or Macadamia Latte, with a fresh baked croissant. For something more substantial, the Smoked Salmon, Mango and Avocado Sandwich is amazing! The seating in this cafe is limited, but cozy and comfy. There is also a seasonal patio that’s now open.

 

Palate Cafe

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The Palate Cafe at 250 Merton Street is a warm and friendly spot to grab a cup of joe, a fresh pastry, or a sandwich. It’s a Mom and Pop cafe run by Uma and Ben, the proud owners. They making mouthwatering meals from scratch for their customers, and bake up freshness every hour in their open-hearth ovens. They offer a wide variety of lunch items – from jerk chicken to quiche.

 

Starbucks

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What more can you say about the ubiquitous coffee chain champion? Quite a bit, actually. Starbucks is huge because they are great at what they do. Whether you want a quality cup of fresh brewed coffee, or a crazy S’mores Frappuccino, they’ve got you covered. Your local Starbucks, at 1909 Yonge Street by Davisville Station, is busy, but convenient. They also seem to have the friendliest baristas in the city. This location is especially well suited to working or studying. There is a large seating area upstairs, overlooking Yonge Street.  It’s not well marked, but it’s behind the main counter. Curl up on the sofa and settle in. Seating on the main floor is sparse, so this upper oasis comes in handy. There is also outdoor seating. If you’re out for a short stroll and suddenly need your Starbucks fix, there are more nearby locations at 694 Mt Pleasant Road and 2193 Yonge Street. Starbucks has you surrounded. Why not surrender?

 

As a company, Starbucks is committed to buying and serving responsibly-grown, ethically-traded coffee. They believe in serving the community in which the coffee is grown, as well as local community service.

 

There’s good stuff brewing all over your community. We hope this posts helps you enjoy it!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all that 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.

The best ice cream shops in Toronto

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Now that spring is in bloom in Toronto, it’s time to welcome the sweetness of ice cream season. In an ice-cream-loving city like Toronto, the only obstacle is choosing where to go and what to order. There’s no shortage of superb ice cream shops in town, and each one boasts a robust array of flavours and styles. To help you in your quest, we’ve rounded up some of the best ice cream shops in Toronto.

 

Punto Gelato

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Punto Gelato (2076 Yonge Street) is a European-style gelato shop that serves the finest authentic Italian gelato this side of Rome. There are over 160 flavours to choose from – and they’re always coming up with more. If you find an abundance of options overwhelming, their friendly staff are more than happy to help you navigate and choose great flavour combinations. They even offer fruit sorbets that contain up to 50% fruit pulp, gelato on a stick, and mini gelato sandwiches. They’ve been serving up sweet smiles to the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood since 1995. Come and enjoy your treat while you catch up on your people watching on Yonge Street.

 

Sweet Jesus

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If you’re offended by the name of Sweet Jesus, it’s founders would like you to know that the  name was created from the popular phrase that people use as an expression of enjoyment, surprise or disbelief. Their aim is not to offer commentary on anyone’s religion or belief systems, and their own organization is made up of amazing people that represent a wide range of cultural and religious beliefs. Now that that’s out of the way, you’ve got to visit them to get your hands on their amazing soft serve. They load it up with sweet and creative toppings. This Toronto based chain boasts several locations throughout the city, including 130 Eglinton Ave East, 416 Bloor Street West and 220 Yonge Street in the Eaton Centre.

Fans of intense sweetness, as well as The Simpsons, will appreciate the look and taste of Krusty The Cone – a delightful combination of vanilla soft serve, cotton candy, cotton candy sauce, and rainbow sprinkles. They also offer shakes, frappes and hot chocolate.

 

Dutch Dreams

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Beloved by residents of St. Clair West, Dutch Dreams is a neighbourhood landmark. Originally located at St. Clair and Vaughan Rd., the veteran parlour has moved to 36 Vaughan Road. If you saw Half Baked, you will remember the original Dutch Dreams location. They’ve been serving up scoops, sundaes and shakes since the Aben family first opened their doors in the 80’s. They offer a large selection of flavours, including kosher ice cream flavours like Gold Medal Ribbon, Moose Droppings and hard-to-find Grapenut. Top off your ice cream of choice with lots of little extras like whipped cream, cotton candy and fresh fruit pieces. The shop itself is quirky, eclectic, and fun, and there is a cute little seating area upstairs. It’s a childhood fantasy of an ice cream parlour.

 

Greg’s Ice Cream

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Greg’s Ice Cream (750 Spadina Ave) has been serving up scoops of handmade ice cream to happy customers since 1981! They are known as Toronto’s original premium natural ice cream parlour. They offer traditional flavours and fun specialty flavours. Some favourites include roasted marshmallow, cinnamon and the incredible coffee toffee!

 

Summer’s Ice Cream

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No summer would feel complete without a visit to Summer’s Ice Cream (101 Yorkville Ave). The tradition began back in 1984, when the Tokey family starting scooping up homemade ice cream from a small storefront on Cumberland Street. Summer’s has been serving some of the finest and best tasting homemade ice cream, made without compromise, ever since. Come taste the difference tradition can make. You’ve got to try the Sour Cherry!

 

Grinning Face Gelato

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While most of us scream for traditional ice cream, lactose intolerant people and vegans are screaming for options. Avoiding dairy doesn’t mean you have to avoid the joy of great gelato. Grinning Face Gelato (540 Parliament Street) makes amazing non-dairy gelato from scratch. They crack their own coconuts and churn and turn fresh coconut milk into rich, creamy gelato. And they do it one small batch at a time. Since they make it themselves, you can be assured it contains no dairy, no nuts, not gluten and no soy. They are constantly coming up with amazing new flavours, too! So you’ll never get bored! If diet restrictions have left you gelato-free lately, get ready to put a grin on your face.

 

Now that you know where to go, treat yourself to a scoop (or two) of the good stuff, today!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the sweet things in your 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.

Bike trails to explore near Davisville Village

 

One of the best parts about living in Davisville Village is that you can be in the heart of the city and still be close to nature. There are many kilometres of paved paths through wooded ravines, along rivers and through parks. With a fresh new spring just beginning in Toronto, it’s time to dust off the old bike and hit the trails. Here are some great bike trails to explore near Davisville Village

 

Beltline Trail

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The quickest and easiest way to get rolling from Davisville Village is along the Beltline Trail. This 9 km cycling trail can be broken down into three sections. The first is the York Beltline Trail. It begins west of Allen Road and connects to the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. If you pedal over to 378 Mount Pleasant Road you can connect to the Kay Gardner Trail. You can ride through Mount Pleasant Cemetery, follow the trail down to Moore Park Ravine, and connect to the Ravine Beltline Trail. This heavily treed ravine trail will lead you along the stream, under bridges and bring you down near The Evergreen Brickworks, where you can stop and relax, or explore the Brickworks Park.

 

Don Valley Brick Works Park

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The Don Valley Brick Works Park (550 Bayview Ave) is an oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s located behind the main buildings of the Evergreen Brickworks. There are trails meandering along the ponds and the Brickworks also has a great weekend farmers market and an ever-changing lineup of activities to enjoy.

 

Lower Don Valley Trail

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If you’ve still got some ride left in you, from the Brickworks you can connect to the Lower Don Valley Trail on the other side of Bayview Avenue, near Todmorden Mills. If you head south you can continue along to Cherry Beach and Tommy Thompson Park. For more information about these trails see our recent post. If you head north, you can follow along the Don River and choose to connect to E.T Seton Park, or Taylor Creek Park.

 

E.T. Seton Park

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If you headed to the left at the fork of the Lower Don Trail, you’re on your way to E.T. Seton Park. This path offers many opportunities to stop and rest, play a little Ultimate Frisbee, practice your archery at the range, or have a picnic. If you keep on pedaling past the bridges and along the stream, you’ll wind up at Sunnybrook Stables (1132 Leslie St, North York).

 

Taylor Creek Park

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If you stay to the right at the fork along the Lower Don Trail, you’ll ride east, along lovely Massey Creek. It feels like another world as you pass the rough hewn post fences and listen to the river roll along beside you. If you keep on going through Taylor Creek Park, you’ll come out at Victoria Park Avenue, between St. Clair and Danforth.

 

There is nothing like the simple freedom you feel when going for a bike ride in a beautiful setting. The hardest part about living at Davisville Village is deciding which trail to explore first!

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help connect you to all that your community has to offer, and help you find the right path to explore  For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Don’t miss Artfest Toronto!

 

It’s time to celebrate art, craft and creativity in Toronto at the Distillery Historic District. This month, Artfest Toronto, and the Spring Art & Craft Show, returns for its 12th year! There’s no better spot in the city to engage with art than along the Distillery’s picturesque cobblestone streets. The setting itself is simply beautiful.

 

Save the date

 

This Victoria Day Weekend, from May 19th to 21st, join Canada’s top artists to celebrate. Expect incredible paintings, photography, sculpture, fine crafts, live music and more. Admission is free!

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About Artfest

 

Artfest Toronto is held just twice a year. It includes the Spring Art & Craft Show and the Fall Fine Art & Craft Show over the Labour Day Weekend, from Aug 31st to Sept 3rd, 2018. The pieces featured at the event are one of kind and must be seen to be fully appreciated. Browse this list of exhibitors for the show, to get a sense of what you can expect.

 

The event will feature live music daily from 12pm until 6pm. The music will be low-key, not too loud, and is designed to elevate your experience without being too overwhelming – so you can take in all the art on display without distraction. Here are some of the musicians that will perform this year:

 

Tim Bovaconti

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Tim Bovaconti is best known as lead guitarist for Burton Cummings and Ron Sexsmith. Tim will be joined by some of his most talented musician friends to perform classic tunes, and provide the perfect soundtrack to your Artfest experience. Learn more and listen at timbovaconti.com.

 

Farrucas Latin Duo

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As you browse the paintings on Saturday, Latin duo Farracus will set a whimsical mood. The couple’s music fuses two styles together – Mediterranean and Ecuadorian. Their music also incorporates elements and influences from Rumba Flamenco, Salsa, Rock and beyond, to create a truly unique sound.


Melody Fair

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Melody Fair, also known as Hazel Wipper and David Wipper – another on and offstage couple – will share their beautiful guitar rhythms and mellifluous melodies, as they perform a range of rock and folk classics on Sunday, May 20th. The pair pack a powerful musical one-two punch, thanks to David’s wizardry on guitar and Hazel’s unforgettable voice.


Andy Griffiths

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Don’t miss the energetic passion of Andy Griffiths on Monday, May 21st. He will perform his classic rootsy folk-rock tunes.

 

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The Venue

If you’ve never visited the Distillery Historic District before, the location itself is worth a look. Around the turn of the millenium, a group of developers with a vision took a collection of derelict Victorian Industrial buildings and created something for the 21st century. It’s now a great destination and location that excites and inspires the senses. This is no dull and drab ‘historic district’, it’s a place where inspiring ideas and design blend seamlessly with old world charm. Today the Distillery Historic District is an internationally acclaimed village of unique shops, galleries, theatres and events. It’s a setting that feels tailor-made for Artfest Toronto.


Greenrock Property Management Limited hopes you will connect with the art and artisans of your community at this great local event. 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.



 

 

Nature near Village Green

 

Living at Village Green means that you’re right in the heart of the city, in the center of the action. Whatever you need is usually within easy reach. But sometimes what you need is a breather — an escape from the hustle and bustle in the concrete jungle. Fortunately, even beautiful natural escapes are conveniently located within easy reach. Here’s where to find nature near Village Green.

 

Riverdale Farm

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Head east from Village Green, along Carlton Street, until it ends at Riverdale Park West. Follow the path through the park and arrive at Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester St). It’s less than 10 minutes away by bike. At the historic farm, you can visit the farm animals, and the farmers as they tend to their chores. Tour the buildings, including the pig and poultry barn, and stroll the 7.5 acres of woods, paths, ponds and fields.

 

If you’d like to continue your journey and take in some more lovely and natural spots nearby, continue heading east through Riverdale Park West to the Broadview footbridge. The gate to access Riverdale Park and the footbridge is open from May 1st to November 1st, from 9:15 am to 4 pm daily.

 

Lower Don Trail

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You can cross the footbridge into Riverdale Park East. The crest of the hill on the east side of the park is the perfect place to watch the sun set. But if you’ve still got some daylight left, and the desire to enjoy the great outdoors a little more, you’ll want to stop halfway across the bridge. The staircase at the mid point of the bridge has a side rail — which makes getting bicycles up and down a little easier. The stairs will lead you to The Lower Don Trail.

 

If you choose to head north on the multi-use trail, you can enjoy many kilometres of paved paths along river and through the woods. Learn more in our recent article, Bike trails to explore near Davisville Village.

 

If you head south along the river trail, you can connect to other paths and bike lanes, and stop for a visit in the the city’s new park, The Corktown Common.

 

Corktown Common

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Corktown Common is a new 7 hectare (18 acre) park at the foot of Lower River Street and Bayview. The Don Trail south will lead you there. What was once underused industrial land and an undeveloped brownfield has been transformed into an amazing park and community meeting place. The landscape is lush, with sprawling lawns, a marsh, an outdoor fireplace, a permanent BBQ area, picnic tables and washrooms. There is also a playground and splash pad for kids.

 

Cherry Beach

 

Once you’ve rested a bit at Corktown Common, it’s time to get back on the trail. The Lower Don Trail continues, branching off to take you in whatever direction you’d like. To the west it joins with the Martin Goodman Waterfront Trail. That route will take you across town, through the Harbour district. If you head east along the path, you’ll head along Lakeshore Road toward The Beaches. If you want to explore a little more, head south along the paved path on Cherry Street, all the way to the bottom.

 

Cherry Beach/Clarke Beach

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At the bottom of Cherry Street, the path becomes a nature trail again, at Cherry Beach. This clean and relatively uncrowded beach regularly achieves Blue Flag certification in the summer. This means it meets strict water quality and safety standards — so bring your swimsuit!  At the beach area, you’ll also find food trucks, restrooms, picnic areas and more. Are you craving even more nature? No problem, just continue along the trail. You’ll wind your way along the beach and past the tall grasses and trees. Eventually you’ll arrive at the base of Leslie Street. From there you can access the Leslie Spit and incredible Tommy Thompson Park.

 

Tommy Thompson Park

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Tommy Thompson Park is a beautiful and accidental wilderness. The park is located on completely man-made land that was created for “port-related facilities” decades ago. In the 1970’s, it was clear that “port-related facilities” were no longer required. But by that time nature had already begun to take the man-made land over. It is now an amazing wilderness and nature reserve. The flocks of birds, including big, black cormorants, is truly a sight to see. The park is over 250 hectares (618 acres) and extends about 5 kilometers into Lake Ontario. Follow the path that loops around the lighthouse before heading back. There are breathtaking views, wildlife, and lots more to enjoy in this “accidental wilderness”.

 

Public access to Tommy Thompson Park is restricted to weekends, holidays and weekdays from 4 pm to 9 pm.

 

Living in the heart of Toronto means it can be easy to forget that the beauty of nature is all around you. Pack some water or a picnic, apply some sunscreen, and explore the green areas of your city.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you explore, and to connect you to all that your city 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 best car sharing services in Toronto

 

The sharing economy is changing the way we live. It’s transforming the way we think about transportation and car ownership. No one would argue that having a car when you need one is convenient, and even necessary, at times. What may not be necessary is owning and maintaining a very expensive machine, around the clock — especially if you live in a city like Toronto. A walkable city with good public transportation means that you can get around without owning a vehicle. For those times when you need or want a car to carry home groceries, move a dresser, get to a meeting in the burbs, go on a date, or anything else — car sharing may make much more sense. Here are some of the best car sharing services in Toronto.

 

Car2Go

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Car2Go is perhaps the most simple way to access a car when you need it. You literally take one of their cars from anywhere and everywhere they are available, including designated parking lots and street parking spots, then drop it off anywhere within the operating area when you’re done. You don’t have to return the vehicle to the same spot you picked it up from, or worry about finding a parking space. If you missed your bus, just jump in a car and go!

 

Choose from Smart For Two vehicles,  Mercedes-Benz GLA SUVs (when you need more room and/or all-wheel-drive), and Mercedes-Benz CLA sedans (when you’re looking for a little luxury and style). No reservation is required, no refueling, no hassles. You can use cars by the minute, hour or day. Their Trip Packages make longer rentals affordable, too. Perfect for spontaneous trips and people who aren’t into making plans. To make it even more attractive to spontaneous commitment-phobes, you can try Car2Go with no commitment, and no monthly fees or membership costs. Become a member and you’re a member for life. Get the app, and get on your way.

 

Zip Car

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Zipcar can save you hundreds of dollars when compared to car ownership. Zipcar members can drive cars by the hour or by the day, with gas and insurance included. You are covered for up to 200 km per day. When you need fuel, fill up using gas card they provide and get on you way. You can choose from different plans that suit you the best. Choose from a wide selection of vehicles including sedans, hybrids, vans and more. Memberships start at just $7 per month. You can join zipcar online or just download the app. Book a car for a minimum of 1 hour, up to a maximum of 7 days. Reserve a car online and use your Zipcard to unlock the vehicle when you pick it up. When you’re done, simply return it to a reserved space and lock it up with your Zipcard.

 

Enterprise Car Share

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Enterprise CarShare has expanded its services to include carsharing. It’s an automated way to rent a car by the hour, day, or overnight. Their rates start at under $7 an hour, with daily rates from $65, and overnight from $29. Vehicles are available 24/7. Choose the car that’s right for you, right now. The fleet includes pickup trucks, hybrids, sedans and electric vehicles. Fuel is included in the price, but you are expected to fill up the car when it hits ¼ of a tank, using the prepaid fuel card located in vehicle. Insurance coverage for damages and liability, as well as roadside assistance, are included. Additional coverage is available. To become a member, you must be 21 or over, and have a valid driver’s license and major credit card in your name.

 

Turo

 

Turo is a peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace that pairs car owners with people looking to rent a car for the day, week, month or more. It’s like Airbnb for cars. You bypass the rental company and rent cars online from locals in your city or the city you are visiting. Choose from affordable standard options, to rare and exotic specialty cars. You can pick up the vehicle, or have it delivered wherever you need it, at rates up to 35% less than the traditional rental agencies.

 

On the flip side, if you own a car that you don’t require every day, you can use Turo to help out with your ownership costs. On average Turo hosts can cover their car payments in less than 10 rental days per month. Owners are covered by Turo’s $2 million insurance policy.

 

To a rent a vehicle, or list your vehicle to rent, click here.

 

Car sharing is a great way to have a car when you want one — without worrying about hidden fees or responsibilities.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help connect you to your city and community, and help you navigate your way through it all. 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.

 

How to reduce your plastic consumption

 

The world is waking up to the realization that plastic is not so fantastic. It’s definitely versatile and convenient, but plastics are accumulating in the environment and in our bodies. We are generating more plastic than ever before, and most of it does not get recycled. This means that plastic, and its byproducts, end up in our city streets, landfills, as well as the oceans and waterways of our world. Huge environmental issues have a way of making us feel helpless and hopeless. When you feel this way, it’s important to remember that you’re never helpless — as long as you fight back. And you’re never hopeless — as long as you don’t give up. Here are a few ideas for how to reduce your plastic consumption.

 

Carry a reusable water bottle/coffee cup

 

 

Out of three ‘Rs’ of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, reducing what we consume and purchase, and reusing it several times, tends to have more of an impact than recycling. Every minute, more than a million single-use plastic water bottles are purchased around the globe, and less than half of them are ever recycled. Choosing a reusable, and stylish, water bottle is a much better solution.

 

While we’re on the subject of reusing, remember to bring a thermos or reusable coffee cup for your morning cup of joe. Disposable coffee cups may be made of paper, but they are often lined with polyethylene plastic resin, making them difficult to recycle.

 

Choose cardboard over plastic bottles and bags

 

In general, recycling cardboard is easier and more efficient than plastic. Paper products also biodegrade much faster than plastic, so any cardboard that isn’t recycled and winds up in landfill won’t wait around as long as its plastic counterparts. Opt for products packaged in paper or cardboard over plastic. At stores that still ask the “paper or plastic” question at checkout, choose paper — or better yet…

 

Carry a bag for shopping

 

 

An estimated five billion to one trillion plastic shopping bags are used each year, globally.

These cheap, often one-time use bags may be free or low cost for shoppers, but the environmental cost is sky high. Reusable bags are a good idea, if they are actually reused often enough. Another idea is to reuse the plastic bags you have already acquired and are doubtlessly accumulating under the sink or in a drawer somewhere.

 

Re-think Leftovers

 

Wrapping up leftover food in plastic wrap or storing it in plastic containers is worth a re-think.

Why not opt for sturdy, re-sealable glass containers, or repurpose the glass jar your spaghetti sauce came in. These can also serve as reusable take-out containers when you’re picking up dinner. You may get a few looks, or have to explain it to your local restaurant, but who cares? Carry your virtuous reusable vessel with pride!

Shop in bulk

Now that you are used to bringing  reusable containers with you, carry these glass jars, containers, and bags with you, and shop for anything you can in bulk. This will help keep the plastic packaging problem to a minimum. Bulk stores are perfect for dry goods like grains, flour, cereal, nuts, as well as candy and even laundry detergents and soap.

 

Environmental issues can feel so overwhelming that some people simply tune it all out. Try to do your part everyday for the health of the planet, and your own personal health. You may even want to treat it like a game and figure out how many ways you can avoid plastics throughout your week. With a game like that, everyone wins.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you help your community, city and planet stay cleaner and greener. 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

Last Chance to Get lost in Infinity Mirrors at the AGO

 

Sometimes, even infinity can’t last forever. The Art Gallery of Ontario is currently hosting a critically acclaimed exhibit called Infinity Mirrors. It’s the first North American tour in 20 years for celebrated artist Yayoi Kusama, and the AGO is the only Canadian venue to host it. The exhibit will officially close its doors on Sunday, May 27th, making this month your last chance to get lost in Infinity Mirrors at the the AGO.

 

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away Credit: David Zwirner, N.Y. © Yayoi Kusama

 

The Tour

 

The exhibit debuted at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on February 23rd, 2017. It moved on to major US museums, including the Seattle Art Museum (June 30 to Sept. 10, 2017), The Broad in Los Angeles (October 2017 to January 2018), and is now at the Art Gallery of Ontario (March 3 to May 27 2018). It’s last stop will be the Cleveland Museum of Art (July to October 2018).

 

About the Exhibit

Courtesy of the artist © Yayoi Kusama, Photo by Tomoaki Makino

 

Don’t miss the final days of this unique exhibit. It’s your last chance to experience six of Kusama’s iconic, kaleidoscopic and sensory-bending installations. Also included in the show are over 60 sculptures, paintings and works on paper from the artist, dating from the early 1950’s to today. The exhibit includes many new works from the octogenarian artist, who continues to create from her Tokyo studio.

 

Small groups of two to three visitors at a time are given access to each Infinity Room of the exhibit. Due to high demand, each group will be limited to 20 to 30 seconds within each room. Expect wait times of approximately 20 minutes per room.

 

The Rooms

 

Phalli’s Field

Enter a dizzying and dense field of red-spotted phallic tubers in a mirror-lined room. Prepare for a transcendent hallucinatory experience.

Love Forever, photo by Kathy Carver

 

Love Forever

Peer into the hexagonal chamber and see yourself and flashing coloured lights reflected into infinity.

 

Dots Obsession – Love Transformed into Dots

Surround yourself with polka dot balloons, hanging from a domed ceiling in a mirrored room. Squint through a peephole to catch a glimpse of infinity.

 

Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity

Reflect on the experience of death, and the possibility of an afterlife, as flickering golden lanterns reflect a shimmering pattern of light, contrasted by the infinite void of mirrored black space.

 

The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

LED lights hang and flicker like galaxies, in a rhythmic pattern that makes viewers feel as though time and space are suspended and you are vanishing into infinity.

 

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a repeated motif in Kusama’s work. This pumpkin filled room feels like a fairytale fantasy that transports participants to an infinite realm.

 

The Obliteration Room

In the last of the Infinity Rooms you will find Kusama’s iconic participatory installation. Enter a stark white room full of everyday, domestic objects and furniture. Participants are invited to place polka dot stickers on any and all surfaces to gradually transform the room from pure white to an explosion of colour.

 

All advance tickets for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors are booked, but you can still catch this once-in-a-lifetime installation. A limited number of same-day, timed tickets will be released each day at 10 am at the AGO. Visitors can purchase up to two tickets, and AGO Members can receive up to two free tickets – subject to availability. The line for same day tickets forms outside the AGO, so dress for the weather. Tickets include access to the AGO collection galleries.

 

Don’t wait! Now’s your chance to experience infinity and time is running out!

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Plan your Canadian Music Week experience!

 

Canadian Music Week will return to Toronto for it’s 37th incredible year from May 7th to 13th, 2018. Over the last several decades, CMW has built a well-deserved reputation as one of the premier entertainment festivals with a focus on the business of music. During the festival, over 800 bands will perform at more than 40 venues in Toronto’s downtown core.

 

Plan your CMW Experience

 

Browse all the artists and check out the full schedule here. There will also be panel discussions, networking events, and conferences taking place at CMW central – The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West). With so much going on, you’ll need to carefully plan your Canadian Music Week experience to make the most of every minute.

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Wristbands and Tickets

 

There is a whole lot going on during CMW, so there are three different ways to choose your own musical adventure. The Explorer Wristband ($75) gives you access to all CMW Club Series Shows for the whole week! The Explorer Plus Wristband ($150) gets you line-skipping, priority access to all the Club Series Shows, plus entry to CMW Concert Series Shows so you can see the big headliners in the big venues. These wristbands are subject to event capacities. The only way to guarantee your spot at a certain show is with Individual Show Tickets. You can purchase an individual show ticket and then upgrade to an Explorer Plus Wristband for the ultimate club hopping experience all week long.

 

Don’t Miss these Shows and Events

CMW Kickoff Party

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Kick off Canadian Music Week on Monday, May 7th at the CMW Kick Off Party with Matt and Kim at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street). This event is part of the Club Series of shows. Catch live performances from Toronto-based indie-pop-with-a-dance-beat rockers Goodnight, Sunrise at 8:30 pm, followed by the boundless, frenetic energy of Toronto’s MONOWHALES at 9:15 pm. This is a 19+ event.

 

SIRIUSXM HOUSE

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Also at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, catch SIRIUSXM HOUSE  on Thursday, May 10th. The show features Blackie Jackett Jr., Lindsay Ell and Kiefer Sutherland (yep, that Kiefer Sutherland). Doors open at 7 pm for this 19+ show.

 

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Rock out with the The Brian Jonestown Massacre on Wednesday, May 9th at the Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue). This is part of the Concert Series of shows. Doors are at 7 pm and it’s a 19+ show.

 

2 Chainz

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Mentor’s Cafe

 

The amazing shows are obviously a big draw of Canadian Music Week, but the networking opportunities with industry bigwigs can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for industry hopefuls.

 

The CMW/Songtrust Mentor’s Cafe Series is part of the overall initiative of Canadian Music Week to bring attendees together with the majority of CMW industry speakers. The goal for this event is to share experiences and knowledge in an intimate cafe environment. From Wednesday, May 9th to Saturday, May 12th, come out to Mentor’s Cafe, located at the VIDE Lobby on the Lower Concourse Level of Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. No appointment is required. Just drop by and register at the Mentor’s Cafe Table, then mix and mingle with the mentors.

 

PANEL DISCUSSION -Gamer Soundtrack Guru meet Rock and Roll Hall of Famer

 

Join the Fireside Chat with Jesper Kyd and Nile Rodgers. BAFTA award-winning Danish composer Jesper Kyd has created soundtracks for blockbuster video games including Assassin’s Creed, Borderlands, Hitman and more. Kyd joins one of the greatest musical innovators of all time, Nile Rodgers, for a fireside chat with Variety Magazine’s Shirley Halperin on Saturday, May 12th, at the Osgoode Ballroom East, from 1:40 pm to 2:20 pm.

 

There is truly something for every music fan and hopeful musician at this year’s Canadian Music Week. Plan your CMW experience well, so you don’t miss a moment of the music.

 

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Dig into Taiwanese fried chicken at Monga

 

Fried chicken is delicious. There are few statements in life that can be made with absolute certainty, but that is one of them. Fried chicken is enjoyed the world over, with each culture putting their own spin on things. If you’re ready to expand your fried chicken horizon, you need to pay a visit to Monga Fried Chicken at 692 Yonge Street.

 

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This is the first location in Canada for the Taiwanese chicken chain – making those who live in the neighbourhood some of the luckiest and most well located people in the country! Fried chicken is an extremely popular street snack in Taiwan. The chain gets its name from the Monga District in Taiwan, also known as Wanhua District, the birthplace of Taiwanese culture. Monga is also the name of a famous temple in Taipei.

 

The chicken served at Monga comes from local Ontario farms. They use only premium fresh chicken – never frozen. Monga’s fried chicken is made in-house, marinated with honey and over 30 other authentic ingredients for 8 hours. This creates tender and juicy fried chicken perfection.

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Choose from different styles of their signature fried chicken. The King is their original black pepper and salt recipe. It’s more mild and made for the fried chicken purest. The Hot Chick is seasoned with hot pepper powder and really packs some power. It’s a mixture of over 20 kinds of peppers, including Anaheim. It’s got real heat, without being overwhelming. The Taiker is the third signature option. It’s seasoned with seaweed imported from Okinawa.The umami flavour adds an impressive and bold layer to the crisp, juicy meat.

 

Premium chicken and other good quality ingredients don’t come cheap. A combo meal will set you back about $18, but the chicken pieces are huge, thick and incredibly tasty. Each breast is butterflied, so one side is thick, tender boneless breast meat and the other side is delicious dark meat. Just watch out for little bones when digging into the dark side.

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In addition to their signature fried chicken, Monga offers exceptional chicken wings, chicken nuggets and authentic, velvety soft bao (steamed buns) imported from Taiwan. The classic bao is stuffed with braised pork, pickled cabbage, cucumber, crushed peanuts and a hint of cilantro. If you want to stuff even more chicken into your experience, the fried chicken bao is for you. It’s stuffed with the original black pepper recipe chicken, crisp pickled radish, pickled cabbage, crushed peanuts and cilantro.

 

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At Monga, they don’t start frying your chicken or steaming your bao until you order. This makes for fresh and delicious food, but be prepared for a bit of a wait. The open kitchen allows you to observe the process of making each individual order and seeing the fresh ingredients being used.

 

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Another edge that Monga has over other fried chicken joints is their beverage selection. Spicy fried chicken and wings go great with beer. At Monga, they’re happy to serve you a Sapporo to wash it all down, (assuming you’re of age and aren’t ordering to-go). The ambience at Monga is pleasant, and sort of industrial-elegant. The restaurant is a bit narrow and the limited seating fills up quickly, so don’t go if you’re not prepared to wait. Monga also offers unique and tasty alcohol-free Asian juices and drinks. Choose from Coconut Orange, Kiwi Yogurt, Milk Papaya, or the most refreshing and picnic-like of the bunch – Fresh Watermelon!

 

Elevate your fried chicken experience at Monga, you won’t regret it. Best of all, it’s located very close to Village Green!

 

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