Sweet treats near Village Green

 

Life in Toronto can be pretty sweet. There is so much to see, do, and taste, that it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are a few neighbourhood highlights for when you’re looking for some sweet treats near Village Green.

 

Crepe it Up

 

Crepe It Up is the inspiration of owner and manager Chris Lee. It all began in the legendary St Lawrence Market (91 Front St. East). Their location at 507 Church Street means their sweet and savoury creations are even easier to get your hands on! Their most popular options are the Paris X, with chocolate hazelnut sauce, banana, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. The *Chiquita Mix Fruit is another bestseller, with banana, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, maple syrup or condensed milk, and a choice of ice cream or whipped cream.

 

Crepe It Up is all about you. Create your personal favourite by adding extra fillings or extra spreads. You can let them know if you want your crepe soft or crispy. However you choose to enjoy it, it’s made fresh, right before your eyes. No pre-made crepes or automated machines. This place is the real deal. Flat out.

 

Funnel Cake Express

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Funnel Cake Express (8 Wellesley St E Suite 105C) takes the best part of the amusement park experience, the food, and isolates it for an amazing taste experience. The food is the entertainment here. Once you smell that batter cooking, you know you’re in for something special. It was established in 2005 and folks have been funnelling in ever since. Choose your funnel cake in one of three signature flavours — Steam Engine, Locomotion, and Bullet. Each one begins with the classic funnel cake, deep fried to perfection with unlimited icing sugar. The Locomotion adds your choice of fresh fruit topping, and the Bullet is the deluxe model. It comes with your choice of 8 flavours of soft serve ice cream. Their special Pride Funnel Cake or Deep Fried Rainbow Cake is a super sweet way to celebrate Pride Month.

 

They also offer Funnel Fries, Deep Fried Mars Bars, Twinkies, and even Deep Fried Butter!

 

Sorelle and Co.

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Sorelle and Co. makes amazing desserts that everyone can enjoy. They are gluten-free, soy-free, sesame-free, vegan, nut-free, preservative-free, and flavour-full!

 

The concept was born by a mother whose 5 daughters all suffered from food allergies (“Sorelle” means sister in Italian). Their mother wanted to create a safe place where parents and families could celebrate special occasions, worry-free, with nothing off limits. Choose from their decadent selection of desserts without guilt or worry! They make cakes, cupcakes, brownies, macaroons and more, with a sophisticated take on healthier treats.

 

There are two locations to choose from, one at Saks Food Hall, at 176 Yonge Street (lower level), and their Yorkville boutique at 161 Yorkville Avenue. Note that no reservations are accepted at the Yorkville boutique, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Guschlbauer

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The super rich cream puffs and sensational cheese buns at Guschlbauer (690 Yonge St) are not for the faint of heart. These buns are big, substantial creations, stuffed full of sweet, creamy goodness. A soft, fluffy milk bun is stuffed with cream cheese and your choice of sweet fillings. Choose from original, chocolate, strawberry, mango, lychee and more!

 

Dessert Lady

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Dessert Lady (12 Cumberland Street) was created by a talented young pastry chef with a passion for making exceptional desserts. It has garnered a well-deserved reputation as one of Toronto’s ultimate sweet shops. Everything is made from scratch using quality ingredients.

 

With more than 350 options on the menu, they’re sure to keep you smiling. Choose from Gourmet Cakes, including gluten-free options made from rice flour and almond flour, cupcakes, mousse cakes, macarons and much more.

 

Life near Village Green just got even sweeter! We hope this post gives you plenty to sink your sweet tooth into!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help connect you with the sweet things in life, and the sweetest things in your community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Toronto bars with killer patios

 

Summer in Toronto is also known as Patio Season. It seems as soon as the snow melts, patios begin popping up all over town. But it takes more than roping off a section of sidewalk to make a good patio.

 

Patio season is all too short-lived in Toronto. You’ll want to make the most of your time in the sun. Whet your whistle at these great Toronto bars with killer patios.

 

The Pilot

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The Pilot is a storied haunt with an impressive history, and weekly live jazz on Saturday afternoons. The Pilot is also home to The Flight Deck, rooftop patio. It’s an enormous hang out with heaters, retractable awnings, and a capacity of 185 people. It makes for quite a party. Climb the many stairs to the land of cold drinks and sunshine above the Yorkville streets. It’s worth the climb. In fact, it was named Canada’s Favourite Patio by the Globe and Mail. Come and see why. If you’re afraid to fly, there is also a modest street level patio to enjoy.

 

Trattoria Nervosa

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The Pilot is not the only exceptional patio in Yorkville. If you’re looking for a bit more of a laid back, elegant vibe, head to Trattoria Nervosa (75 Yorkville Avenue). This little yellow house has served as a local meeting place for more than 20 years. There is a sunny street level patio that is perfect for people watching, but the main attraction is upstairs. The chic and stylish upper patio offers a shaded retreat, or sofa-style seating in the sun. It does get busy on the weekends, and reservations are not accepted, but they have a text system that sends you a message when your table is ready.

 

Kramer’s Bar & Grill

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Kramer’s Bar & Grill (1915 Yonge Street) is a cool community hangout in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood. There is karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays inside, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday trivia nights. It has been extensively renovated recently, and offers locals and visitors alike a choice of street level sunshine, or rooftop lounging on the upper patio. This Davisville Village gem offers a great selection of craft beers, as well as an extensive wine and cocktail selection.

 

Scallywags Restaurant

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Attention sports fans, if you’re looking for the perfect spot to watch the game, look no further than Scallywags Restaurant (11 St Clair Ave West). “Scally’s” has been around for over 20 years, and has earned its reputation as THE spot to watch International Sports in midtown. This place is paradise if you’re into Champions League Football, and are a Liverpool fan. The atmosphere is amazing when they’re on. It’s also the spot for Toronto FC, Leafs, Raptors and Jays. They’ve recently expanded the rooftop, year-round patio, so there is plenty of space, no matter what sports season it is.

 

Cabana Pool Bar

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If you’ve always wanted your life to feel more like a music video, Cabana Pool Bar (11 Polson Street) can make that happen. Downstairs it’s a nightclub and concert venue that features some of the world’s biggest names in electronic dance music. Upstairs is home to the unbelievably luxurious lounge, and very large swimming pool — complete with 100 foot poolside bar. There is also free Wi-Fi, phone charging stations, and an enormous 21 foot LED Outdoor Screen. If you’re friends with a high-roller willing to drop some serious cash, you can live the VIP life and rent your own Cabana/Booth/Table with bottle service. Lights, camera, action!

 

Soak up the sun and quench your thirst for summertime fun on the patio at any one of these exceptional Toronto hot spots.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best that your city 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) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Our guide to the Toronto Jazz Festival

 

Are you ready to get into the groove of the Toronto Jazz Festival? The Toronto Jazz Festival returns from June 22nd to July 1st, 2018. Summertime in Toronto seems tailor made for jazz. The heat of the season, coupled with the multicultural roots of the city, are the perfect backdrop for a world-class jazz festival. Make your plans early so that you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the music.

 

About the Toronto Jazz Festival

 

Since its debut back in 1987, it has become well known as one of the premier jazz festivals in North America. It is produced each year by Toronto Downtown Jazz, a registered Canadian charity (No. 12969 0269 RR0001). The festival attracts over 500,000 loyal visitors, and more than 1,500 musicians every year over it’s 10 day run at free and ticketed shows all across the city. There is far too much music to cover here, but hopefully these festival highlights will put you in the mood.

 

TICKETED SHOWS

 

Herbie Hancock

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See the legendary Herbie Hancock, live at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 29th at 8pm. Herbie Hancock continues to be at the forefront of the music scene, as he has been for six decades and counting. The pianist and composer began as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960’s. He later pioneered the electronic dance sound with the hits “Rockit” and “Future Shock”. Mr. Hancock received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. He is currently recording a new album. Get your tickets, today!

 

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones

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Bela Fleck & The Flecktones return to Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on Wednesday, June 27th, at 7pm. These are The Original Flecktones (Victor Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy). Bela has received 11 Grammy Awards and 27 nominations since his first win back in 1998. He has been nominated in more categories than anyone else in Grammy history! Come hear a piece of the magic. Get your tickets, now.

 

Seal

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London-born, Los Angeles based legend Seal takes the stage at the Sony Centre on Saturday, June 23rd. He will be performing classic standards from his new 14 track album titled ‘Standards’, as well as some of his greatest hits. The soulful, signature sound of Seal is unmistakable. Don’t miss the four-time Grammy Award-winner. Rennie Adams will perform an opening set. Tickets are available now.

 

FREE SHOWS

 

What could be better than a warm summer day in Toronto, filled with free jazz? How about 10 days of it?! The Bloor-Yorkville area becomes the hub of the free show scene for the run of the Toronto Jazz Festival (June 22nd – July 1st). With over 150 free concerts to choose from, there is something for everyone to love. Here are just a few highlights to get you hooked;

 

Shirantha Beddage Quartet

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Catch the sound of the Shirantha Beddage Quartet on Saturday, June 30th, as they take to the OLG Stage on Cumberland St. for a 12:30pm show. Shirantha Beddage is a two-time JUNO nominated musician, composer, educator and baritone saxophonist from right here, in Toronto. Hear the sophisticated yet accessible sound, a synthesis of modern jazz and hard bop, live and free of charge!

 

John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra

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Hear and feel the “The Toronto Sound” of John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra at the

Isabel Bader Theatre on Monday, June 25th, at 7:00pm. Their original music has been performed monthly at the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar since their formation. They have been nominated twice for JUNO Awards, winning for their debut album, OUR FIRST SET, in 2011.

 

Escola de Samba

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Celebrate Canada Day with a free show from Escola de Samba at the Village of Yorkville Park on Sunday, July 1st, at 7:15 pm. Lead by percussionist Alan “Canadense” Hetherington. Hetherington has been dedicated to the Samba Enredo tradition of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for almost 15 years. Come and celebrate the sound, the tradition and the nation’s birthday!

 

There is so much music to take in during the 10 days of the 31st annual Toronto Jazz Festival. We hope this post helps you make the most of it!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the culture 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 cafes near Village Green

 

There’s nothing quite like the neighbourhood cafe. It serves as a meeting place, an office, a sanctuary and more. It’s offers a micro-community and is an essential part of what makes your neighbourhood feel like home. Greenrock wants you to feel very much at home in your neighbourhood. Here are some of the best cafes near Village Green to discover. Let us know if we missed one that you love!

 

Black Bear Espresso

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Black Bear Espresso (5 Carlton Street) has a kind of country-modern vibe. It’s warm and inviting, with lots of light, knotty wood accents and soft colours. It’s cozy, peaceful and unpretentious. There isn’t a ton of seating, but their coffee (from local company Pilot Coffee Roasters) is exceptional. Pair it with their genuinely-friendly baristas and fresh pastries, including vegan and gluten-free options, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.

 

Church Street Espresso

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What’s not to love about Church Street Espresso (585 Church Street)? It’s perfectly located, at Church and Isabella. It’s close enough to be super convenient, and just far enough from the intensity of the Village to provide a quiet oasis. Inside it’s cozy, clean and tastefully decorated – thanks to a relatively recent reno. Outside, the patio offers the perfect place to do some people watching, catch up with a pal, or just enjoy the weather and some alone time. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, their smoothies and pastries are fresh, and made on site.

 

Fabarnak

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Fabarnak, at 519 Church Street, is part of the 519 Community Centre. It’s bright and beautiful inside. They focus on fresh and healthy local food, as well as fine coffee and pastries. The daily menu offers quality food at fair prices, and it is a vegetarian friendly establishment. They offer great bento box deals, as well as daily pancake and omelette specials. Fabarnak is fully accessible for the mobility impaired.

 

Piedmont Coffee Bar

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Piedmont Coffee Bar (66 Isabella Street, Unit #4) is classic coffee shop. They even offer complimentary copies of the Toronto Star for a nice old-school touch. Grab a seat by the window and watch the world go by, while you take a well-deserved break. When you need to get some work done, their free Wi-Fi works well on both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies. It’s a great place to connect and chat with a friend over a cup of quality coffee, served by a friendly staff. Want more could you want?

 

Rooster Coffee House

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Wake up to Rooster Coffee House (568 Jarvis Street). This cozy coffee shop with soaring ceilings is the perfect spot for your morning pick-me-up, or an intimate afternoon coffee date. They have excellent muffins and cookies from local bakers, too! You’ve got to try their golden milk (turmeric) latte. Grab a perch by the widow for people watching, or curl up in the comfy chairs along the wall, with the coffee bar in the centre. Upstairs you’ll find even more comfy chairs and a couch. So kick back and relax while you get your caffeine fix.

 

With so many great options nearby, it’s clear that there’s plenty of good stuff brewing in your neighbourhood.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you explore your neighbourhood, and 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.

Midtown bike shops we love

 

There’s almost nothing more fun than taking your bike out for the first ride of the season. It brings back happy childhood memories, and on a hot day there’s nothing like a cool breeze as you ride. If don’t have a bike, or if it’s gathering dust and in need of some TLC, don’t let the season pass you by. If you want to exert a little pedal power, here a a few midtown bike shops we love that will help you get back up and riding in no time.

 

Cyclepath Norco

 

The Yonge and Eglinton Cyclepath location, at 2106 Yonge Street, first opened its doors in 1991. In a later partnership with Live to Play Sports, it became the city’s premier Norco dealer, rebranding as Cyclepath Norco. In addition to new bikes, they carry a wide variety of parts, accessories and apparel. From flat tire repair, to complete rebuilds, their team of master bike mechanics have the skills and dedication to keep you rolling. They’ve even got you covered when the weather forces you indoors. They stock a variety of indoor equipment, including bicycle trainers and stationary bikes from Louis Garneau. Best of all, they’re open 7 days a week.

 

Sporting Life Bikes & Boards

 

Sporting Life Bikes & Boards, at 2454 Yonge Street, is part of the larger Sporting Life family. This boutique bike and board shop stocks a variety of bikes, clothing, and gear in a small, non-intimidating environment. They also offer great services such as Specialized Body Geometry bike fitting, done by four expert fitters.

 

If you’re in the market for a kid’s bike, take a look at their Jr. Bike Half Back program. Kids grow so fast. So, buy a new kid’s bike that your child can ride for a year, then bring it back and get in-store credit for half the purchase price!

 

Revelo

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When you step into Revelo (42 Industrial Street #108, East York) you’ll feel like you’re taking a step into the future. Revelo offers a state of the art folding bike that run on pedal power or electricity. The Lift uses their patented Z-fold, THINstem technology for lightweight and narrow folding width. It’s easy to carry or toss in the trunk of a car.  It folds up in 5 seconds flat! It’s the easiest, most portable folding bike on the market.The Revelo FLEX is the foldable, electric model. It folds in 10 seconds and travels up to 32 km on a single charge of its premium lithium battery. It has a top speed of 28 km/h. No drivers license or insurance is required. These bikes are ingeniously well designed, and are sure to turn a few heads.

 

Gears Bike Shop

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You can tell that the folks at Gears Bike Shop Leaside (109 Vanderhoof Avenue) love bikes. This is definitely a live-to-ride kind of crew. Despite the passion of the staff, and the size of the shop, Gears doesn’t feel intimidating or pretentious. They are experts in their field, but they don’t expect you to be. No matter what your experience level is, Gears can get you on the right bike for you, or get your old bike running like new. They also offer a line of Electric bikes, if you want to save your energy.

 

When you purchase new from Gears, you get Lifetime Warranty Adjustments. That means, unlimited gear adjustments, brake adjustments and minor wheel truing (for wonky, slightly warped wheels), on the spot, in their full service repair shop. When the weather outside is frightful, Gears Leaside helps you pedal through. They’ve partnered with WattsUp Cycling, an indoor power-based cycling program, to cater to both competitive training riders and pleasure riders.

 

Enduro Sport

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Enduro Sport, 812 Eglinton Ave East, is a road bike and racing cyclist’s dream come true. You won’t find any mountain bikes or cruisers here. They offer high end bikes, full service and repairs, and expert Bike fitting. Let the pros help you find the most comfortable, aerodynamic, and biomechanically efficient ride for you. Their service and repair department stands by their work with guaranteed repairs. They get you back on the road ASAP, but during spring and summer they book up fast, so be sure to make an appointment.

 

Whether you’re a dedicated road warrior, or just like to go out for relaxing weekend rides, these midtown bike shops will make sure you keep rolling. If you’re looking for some great places to ride near Davisville Village, have a look at our recent post about great bike trails nearby.

 

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.

 

Where to eat vegan in Toronto

 

More and more people today are turning to plant-based diets. You don’t need to be an animal rights activist for it to be appealing – there are many health benefits associated with a plant-based diet. Going vegan can help you lose excess weight, protect against certain cancers, and has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Plant-based diets are also awesome for the health of the planet. It has been reported that reducing or eliminating meat consumption is the single most impactful choice an individual can make to help the environment.

 

Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable. A shift away from meat consumption could increase the global food supply without increasing land usage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce waste products that contaminate water tables and oceans. In one year, the animal husbandry industry generates carbon emissions equal to the entire transportation sector. Going plant-based could reduce global water usage by as much a 50% – that’s how much fresh water the industry currently consumes.

 

Now that you know why plant-based is good. Where do you go to get good-tasting, plant-based food in Toronto? We’re glad you asked! Here’s where to eat vegan in Toronto.

 

Fresh

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Fresh was one of the early plant-based trail blazers in Toronto. They first opened their doors in 1999. Today there are four great locations to choose from – Fresh on Eglinton (90 Eglinton Avenue East), Fresh on Bloor (326 Bloor Street West), Fresh on Crawford (894 Queen Street West) and Fresh on Spadina (147 Spadina Avenue). No matter where you are in the city, Fresh is never far away. Stop by to peruse their full menu of fine vegan and vegetarian fare – from rice bowls and burgers, to kale and quinoa salads, and cold pressed juices that are made fresh daily. Take out is also available.

 

TABÜLÈ

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TABÜLÈ Midtown (2009 Yonge Street) is the original location that started it all. They specialize in fine Middle Eastern food, much of it vegetarian and vegan friendly. It’s a great place to sit and have a good meal, knowing there is something to suit everyone’s palate. Start with their signature TABÜLÈ Salad – with chopped parsley, whole wheat bulgur (or gluten-free quinoa), tomato, onion and mint, with a lemon and olive oil dressing. Their Homemade Lentil Soup is made without cream or butter. Their roasted Eggplant dish is drizzled with tahini on a bed of müjaddara with pomegranate seeds. It makes an excellent main course. When you are not so close to home, TABÜLÈ has locations all over town – each with their own unique feel and flavour. Their additional locations include TABULE RIVERSIDE (810 Queen Street East), TABULE BAYVIEW (2901 Bayview Avenue) and SOUK TABULE (494 Front Street East).

 

Planta and Planta Burger

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Planta, at 1221 Bay Street in Yorkville, is an elegant, high-ceilinged eatery dedicated to serving exceptional food that happens to be plant-based and environmentally sustainable. It is upscale in every way, so it’s great for those special occasions when you want to splurge a little. For more laid back, everyday plant-based fare, head to Planta Burger, at 4 Temperance Street. Planta makes a great vegan burger. Try the Classic, with mushroom bacon, pickles, tomato and plant-based queso ($10.50). Wash it down with a coconut ice cream milkshake in chocolate or salted caramel vanilla ($7.50).

 

You can learn more about Planta in our post about the best healthy restaurants in Toronto.

 

Grasshopper Restaurant

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Grasshopper Restaurant has two great locations – one at 310 College Street, and the other in the Junction, at 3080 Dundas St West. The food, as well as the decor at Grasshopper, feels fresh and crisp. There is lots of white exposed brick, and healthy green plants growing. Grasshopper specializes in Japanese-American fusion comfort food, with a plant-based twist. You can’t go wrong with their quinoa mac ‘n’ cheese, salads, burgers and substantial rice bowls. Start your meal with their Chick-Un Nuggets ($8), a delicious dish served with creamy BBQ or peanut sauce. Then go for The Mushroom Bowl ($13), loaded with sautéed cremini and portobello mushrooms, onions and bean sprouts, served over steamed brown rice, and topped with a spicy house tahini sauce. If you still have room for dessert, the Chocolate Fudge Brownie ($4.50), or the Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake $8, will put you over the top.

 

The Hogtown Vegan

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The Hogtown Vegan  (1056 Bloor Street West) is your source for Southern-style vegan comfort food, local beer on tap, and a great weekend brunch. If you’re new to plant-based eating, their meat-like tofu and seitan meals will make the transition a cinch. The friendly servers are always happy to suggest something you may like if you’re unsure of what to order. You really can’t go wrong. From crispy fried soy wings with buffalo or BBQ sauce, to Phish ‘n Chips with beer battered tempeh, to fried tofu scrambles for brunch. There’s always something good cooking at the Hogtown Vegan – but absolutely no hogs are harmed!

 

Are you ready to dig into some fine vegan fare in Toronto? Let us know if we missed your favourite restaurant on this list. With so many great options for plant-based cuisine in the city, there has never been a better, tastier or easier time to go meatless.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best that your city 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) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Great bike shops near Village Green

 

There may be no better feeling than getting on your bike on a beautiful day and going for a nice long ride. The feeling of freedom, the breeze on your face, exploring your city – what’s not to love? If your bike isn’t in the best condition, or you don’t currently have a bike, you’ll want to visit one of these great bike shops near Village Green before you hit the trail.

 

Cycle Solutions

Cycle Solutions Toronto

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Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament Street) sells new bikes, repairs existing bikes, and offers a great selection of parts, accessories, apparel and more. The Parliament location has been serving the community since 2003. Kale Powell opened the shop after years of being a consistent customer of the Beaches location. The staff are friendly and informative. They seem genuinely interested in helping you fix or find the right bike for you.

 

Ya Bikes!

Ya Bikes! Toronto

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Cruise over to Ya Bikes! (242 Queen St East) for quality, non-judgemental, bike repair. They are bike experts – but they don’t expect you to be. They offer great service and advice and their prices are very reasonable. Whether you need to fix a flat, or do a complete overhaul, they can help you out – without any high-pressure upselling or sales tactics. They just want you to have a safe and well maintained ride.

 

Ya Bikes provides a home for a not-for-profit program called Charlie’s FreeWheels. It teaches free bicycle mechanics to youth. At the end of program, the kids get to keep the refurbished bike they have built, and get the skills to safely maintain it.

 

Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Cyclery

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Switchback Cyclery (651 Queen Street East) is a retail and service-focused bike shop. They first opened their doors in 2013. They focus on bike repair over replacement, whenever possible. They can often do minor repairs on the spot, and get you going in minutes. More extensive service and repairs require that you drop the bike off, or book an appointment.

 

Switchback supports a nonprofit social enterprise with Sanctuary Toronto. They call it “propelling community”. It offers those who have experienced abuse and adversity a path to dignity and joy, through a meaningful occupation.

 

Urbane Cyclist

Urbane Cyclist Toronto

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Urbane Cyclist (280 College St) is a super hip co-op and worker-owned bike shop. They have been offering full service repairs and sales since 1997. Stop by if you’re in the market for a road bike, mountain bike, hybrid, folding bike, commuter, cruiser – or even one of those laidback recumbent bikes! They also offer a huge selection of accessories, parts and apparel.

 

Gears Bike Shop

Gears bike shop toronto

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Gears Bike Shop was founded in 1988 by 18-year-old Kevin Wallace. Their story of personal tragedy, perseverance and triumph is inspiring and fascinating. Cycling is simply in his soul. That passion and dedication is on display in every Gears location. What began in a 400 square foot shack has grown to cover four locations, including one in Mississauga, and one in Oakville. The Toronto chapters can be found at Gears Canary District (500 Front Street East) and Gears Leaside (109 Vanderhoof Avenue).

 

If you’re in the market for a new bike, they offer outdoor test rides, unlimited lifetime gear adjustments, brake adjustments and minor wheel truing, plus complimentary bike sizing, price matching and more! Bring your existing bike by for a free safety check, as well as unparalleled mechanic and repair service.

 

Don’t waste a moment of the warm weather. Get your bike tuned up, repaired and ready to ride. It’s a great way to explore your community. Check out our feature article for some great places to ride near Village Green.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover 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.

Our guide to Pride

 

Get ready to show your Pride! Toronto’s 3rd annual Pride Month will kick off today, June 1st, with a Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall. This is the 38th year for the Pride Festival, happening from June 22nd to 24th, 2018. It’s going to be a busy month, so we present our guide to pride, to help you make the most of it!

 

ABOUT PRIDE TORONTO:

 

A not-for-profit organization, Pride Toronto is on a mission to unite and empower people, and to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of the community. Pride Toronto has become one of the major cultural events in the country, and the largest Pride celebration in North America. That is certainly something to be proud of! Come celebrate and commemorate with 24 days of outstanding programming.

 

Pride Month Official Events:

 

There is so much happening everyday during Pride Month, we couldn’t hope to cover it all. Visit pridetoronto.com to stay up to date on all the action. Here are a few standout highlights.

 

FLAG RAISING CEREMONY

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Come to City Hall (100 Queen Street West) at 12:30 pm for the raising of the Rainbow Flag and Trans Flag as the City of Toronto officially proclaims the commencement of Pride Month.

 

AIDS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

 

Come out to commemorate and connect with others. The event honours, remembers and reflects on those who have been loved and lost. The theme of this year’s Vigil is Strength in Communities. Take some time to raise the torch on June 19th, at 9pm, at Barbara Hall Park (519 Church Street).

 

NUIT ROSE

 

Unbound is the theme for the 5th Anniversary Edition of Nuit Rose. There will be over 60 events and projects to enjoy every night from June 13th to 17th. The programming will include art installations, parties, performances and more.

 

Pride Festival Weekend:

 

Pride Month begins on June 1st with loads of programming leading up to Pride Festival Weekend. Here are a few highlights to look forward to!

 

OPENING NIGHT

 

Gather at Yonge Dundas Square on June 22nd, from 5 pm until 11 pm for Opening Night celebrations! This gigantic free show features performers, DJs and a headline show form Diva Goddess Brandy!

 

STREET FAIR

 

There will be a fabulous Street Fair running daily throughout the Pride Festival Weekend. It’s open on Friday, June 22nd (7 pm to 2 am), Saturday, June 23rd (12 pm to 2 am), and Sunday. June 24th (12 pm to 11 pm). Grab your friends and check out the marketplace to find anything and everything you’ve been looking for – and all kinds of stuff you didn’t even know you needed!

 

DRINKS ON THE GO

 

For the first time ever, Pride Toronto is introducing an Alcohol Open Carry program. Attendees 19+ can purchase an alcoholic beverage from participating partners and feel free to walk around with it in designated areas across the festival. Wristbands are mandatory to prove age of majority.

 

CLEAN, SOBER and PROUD

 

Find your Clean, Sober and Proud oasis in the dedicated drug and alcohol-free zone. There will be entertainment for everyone to enjoy in a chilled-out laid-back atmosphere. The zone will be accessible all Festival long, and features games, live performances and confidential meetings. Check it out at Paul Kane Parkette (on the north side of Wellesley Street, west of Church).

 

Parades and Marches:

Photo Credit: @PrideToronto

 

TRANS MARCH

 

The Trans March, on June 22nd, begins with a rally at 7PM at the corner of Church and Hayden. The March will commence at 8PM, heading toward Bloor Street, then south on Yonge Street, and east on Carlton over to Allan Gardens. Stick around for the Post March Showcase which will feature a fantastic lineup of trans performers and run until 10 pm.

 

DYKE MARCH

 

The Dyke March is not a parade. It’s political demonstration. The community takes over the streets of downtown as a celebration of strength and a demonstration of diversity. It begins at with a March Rally at 1 pm at Church and Hayden. The March begins at 2 pm, and will be followed by a post-march rally in Allan Gardens, with performances and community building activities.

 

PRIDE PARADE

Photo Credit: @PrideToronto

 

The Pride Festival celebration culminates with the Pride Parade, on Sunday, June 24th, at 2 pm. It begins on the corner of Bloor and Church Street. Stand proud with over 120 groups and organizations who will come together to celebrate diversity and embrace the LGBTQ community. This is one of the largest Pride Parades in North America, and the parade is guaranteed to be a gloriously glittery event that should not be missed. The parade will move from the corner of Bloor and Church toward Yonge Street, south to Dundas Square stage for a massive celebration!

 

Photo Credit: @PrideToronto

 

Join Pride Toronto, and your community, in celebration and solidarity during Pride Month and the Pride Festival Weekend.

 

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Get your tickets for Field Trip!

 

Get ready to have a field day of fun, food, frivolity, and lots and lots of live music. It’s time for Field Trip 2018. From Saturday, June 2nd, to Sunday, June 3rd, Historic Fort York and Garrison Common transform into much more than simply a summer concert venue. Field Trip is a cross-disciplinary exploration of creativity and collaboration. Come and discover the finest offerings in music, art, comedy, fashion, food and more.

 

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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PERFORMANCES

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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Get ready to feel the good vibes. Field Trip gathers some of the world’s best musical artists and performers together in the heart of our fair city. Headlining the stage on Saturday, June 2nd, are Hogtown-hometown-heroes, Metric. On Sunday, June 3rd, NYC indie darlings, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, will close out the festival.

 

In addition to the headline acts, catch Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Noname, Trombone Shorty, and Orleans Avenue – just to name a few! Check out the full lineup for some can’t-miss artists.

 

‘DAY CAMP’

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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Field Trip is a family-friendly festival. Each year, the organizers outdo themselves as they seek to expand and refine the Field Trip Day Camp space. This is a place where parents and kids can celebrate together. The area will boast its own fun performances, including identical twin acrobats Jam Side Up, and performers OozaKazoo and Turbo Street Funk. The Toronto Magic Company will also entertain the family crowd all weekend long.

 

There will be a ton of fun, kid-focused activities including an open mic for wannabe child comedians to tell a joke or two, a chalk graffiti wall, Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime, and lots more! Best of all, kids under 12 can attend Field Trip for free!

 

COMEDY

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Take a side-splitting break and laugh yourself silly as some of the city’s best comedians crack you up in the Barracks Building.

 

ANALOGUE GALLERY SOUND IMAGE EXHIBITION

 

Also housed within the Barracks is one of Field Trip’s longest standing traditions – the Analogue Gallery Sound Image Exhibition. This curated showcase of Canadian music photography includes some of the greatest moments from past Field Trips.

 

ART & DESIGN

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Each year, Field Trip brings a new collection of artists in residence together to help fans and families explore art installations, as well as Historic Fort York’s green spaces.

 

FIELD TRIP MARKETPLACE

 

The Field Trip Marketplace is a meeting place where artists and designers can connect with potential buyers and those who appreciate their art. Visit the market to browse one-of-a-kind creations, crafts, and rare wares from around the city and around the world.

 

FOOD TRIP

 

The art of eating is never overlooked at Field Trip. Sample a sumptuous selection from the finest food purveyors. Beginning last year, each vendor began to offer at least one plant based menu item – so there is sure to be something for everyone to dig their teeth into. See a full a list of vendors to start planning your personal Field Trip food trip.

 

TICKETS & PASSES

 

As we mentioned above, children under 12 are admitted free of charge, with an accompanying adult ticket, up to a maximum of 2 kids per adult. VIP passes are the best way to experience Field Trip. Enjoy priority gate entry, VIP washrooms and amenities, VIP seating, premium food and beverage offerings, a VIP cell phone charging station, and a VIP water refill station. Get your tickets for Field Trip, today!

 

Field Trip 2018 is the perfect way to kick off your season of summer fun, and create some life long memories.

 

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