Great Movies Under the Stars at City Cinema

 

The public square. It is a symbol of community connection. A gathering place, a place of celebration, and during City Cinema – a place to see free movies on warm summer nights, under the stars. Since school’s out for summer, why not rock down to Yonge Dundas Square?

 

Every Tuesday night, at 8pm, all summer long, YonDu is home to City Cinema. It’s the place to watch free outdoor movies on a big outdoor screen, in the heart of downtown Toronto. This year’s theme is “Rocumentaries”. Each screening will open with short film from the Live at Massey Hall series – it’s your chance to see the next generation of Canadian talent, as recorded at the one-of-a-kind concert hall.

 

Come together and to watch great music being made this summer. Here are the remaining films of the 2018 programme:

 

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2016)

 

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years is a 2016 documentary film directed by Ron Howard. The timeline of The Beatles’ career is difficult to believe. Their first hit, “Love Me Do,” entered the British charts during October of 1962. Their final concert took place in San Francisco on August 29th, 1966. They continued to record legendary albums for another three years, never playing live shows again. The final mix of ‘Abbey Road’ was completed on August 20th, 1969, and was the last time all four were in a studio together.

 

This film chronicles those first hectic years of their career, from the Cavern Club in 1962, to San Francisco in 1966. This film was produced with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Beatle widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. It plays on Tuesday, July 24th.

 

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

 

The life of a humble background singer is examined in this 2013 film from director Morgan Neville. 20 Feet From Stardom takes a look behind the scenes and gives you a view from the back of the stage. It features interviews from background singers, as well as the stars they backed up. Starring Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Jo Lawry and many others. These are the names you may have never heard, and the voices you never knew you knew.

 

The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards. See it for yourself on Tuesday, July 31st.

 

Amy (2015)

 

Amy documents the meteoric rise to fame, and the tragic death, of singer Amy Winehouse. It is directed by Asif Kapadia.

 

The film covers Winehouse’s life, and her struggle with substance abuse, both before and after her career blossomed. Kapadia conducted interviews with more than 100 of Amy’s friends and family, as well as compiled footage of Amy herself to build a story billed as “the singer in her own words.” The film begins with a 1998 home movie of Winehouse singing with a friend at a birthday party. It follows her through her early childhood, to her short-lived career, and ends with her early death. The film also features previously unreleased tracks by the artist who passed away in 2011. Winehouse released only two albums – her debut Frank in 2003,and her final album, Back to Black, in 2006. But her iconic voice left a lasting impression on both fans and the music industry.

 

See her story on the big screen on Tuesday, August 7th.

 

Movie: Shine A Light (2008)

 

Shine A Light is the 2008 Rolling Stones biographical concert film from legendary director Martin Scorsese. It takes its name from the song of the same name off of the classic 1972 album, Exile on Main St.  It features footage filmed during the Bigger Band Tour at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on November 1st, 2006, as well as archival footage from the band’s decades long career.

 

See it all come to light on Tuesday, August 14th.

 

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

 

What Happened, Miss Simone? documents the life of Nina Simone and is directed by Liz Garbus. It was the opening film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Combining interviews with Simone’s friends, family, and collaborators, as well as previously unreleased archival footage, the film brings the multi-faceted Nina Simone to life.

 

The film begins with a 1968  performance by the classically trained musician-turned-singer. She had dreamed of becoming a concert pianist until the Curtis Institute of Music barred her admittance because of her race. The film delves into her early career playing bars, to the Newport Jazz Festival, to Carnegie Hall, and into her self-imposed exile in Liberia and the activism it sparked in her. From the Civil Rights movement that gave her a feeling of purpose, to the profound emptiness she felt privately – catch a glimpse of it all on Tuesday, August 21st.

 

Long Time Running (2017)

 

Long Time Running is a Canadian documentary of the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip. It is named after a song off of the band’s 1991 album, ‘Road Apples’. The film is directed by filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, who are also long time friends of the band. Following the announcement of lead singer Gord Downie’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, the band and the filmmakers set out for one final goodbye tour – The Man Machine Poem Tour of 2016. This is your chance to say to goodbye to a Canadian legend who wanted to go out on his own terms. Gord Downie died on October 17, 2017.

 

See The Hip’s tragic and triumphant final run as Long Time Running closes the City Cinema program on Tuesday, August 28th.

 

Warm summer nights and free movies – what could be better?! Don’t miss City Cinema at Yonge Dundas Square this summer!

 

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Cheap summer eats in Toronto

 

Summer in the city is the perfect time to slow down and take it easy. Take a stroll through your neighbourhood and let someone else handle the cooking. Toronto has no shortage of great spots to dine in, but if you’re short on cash, we’ve got some great suggestions for the frugal foodie. Here are some of the best cheap summer eats in Toronto.

 

DOWNTOWN:

 

Tacos 101

Tacos 101 Toronto tacos

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Tacos 101 (101 Dundas Street East) gets back to taco basics. Chef Julio Campos believes that tacos should be fast, fresh, inexpensive, and delicious. The street-style tacos at Tacos 101 are all under $5 each. Try the Al Pastor, with grilled pork, salsa, cilantro and pineapple. The Chicken Adobado features pico de gallo and salsa verde. The Baja pairs crispy battered cod with crisp cabbage, sweet mango salsa, pico de gallo and chipotle aioli. Their vegetarian option, the Nopal taco, is a combination of delicious Mexican cactus, refried beans, pico de gallo, cheese and salsa verde.


They also serve homemade chips, salsa and guacamole, as well as one of the best Horchatas in the city. Horchata is a sweet rice drink. It’s the perfect blend of creamy fresh rice milk and spicy-sweet cinnamon sugar. Seating is limited, with only a few spots along the window bar. They also offer fast takeout!


Tacos 101 is open Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 am until 9 pm, and Sundays, from 12 pm until 7 pm.


Salad King

Salad King @NOWtoronto @saladkingTO - Thai Islamic Noodle

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Since 1981, Salad King (340 Yonge Street) has been serving up fast, fresh, and affordable Thai cuisine in a comfortable, casual and friendly environment. Start your summer meal with a crisp and refreshing Green Mango Salad ($6.50). It’s a delicious mix of green mango, lettuce, carrots and shallots, garnished with basil, crushed peanuts and a delicious sweet and savoury dressing made from lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar. Try the Thai Islamic Noodle off of their “secret menu”. It looks like the secret is out — The Islamic Noodle was named NOW Toronto’s Best Summer Dish of 2018!


The service at Salad King is quick and friendly, and there is loads of seating at the restaurant’s communal tables. The restaurant is located on the second floor of 340 Yonge Street, with access via stairs or elevator. They are open Monday to Thursday, from 11 am to 10 pm, until 11 pm on Fridays, Saturday from 12 pm to 11 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm until 9 pm.


Ginger

Ginger Restaurant Toronto

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Looking for some late night Pho in The Village? Look no further than Ginger (546 Church Street). This quick-serve, family-run Vietnamese spot is a neighbourhood favourite, and has been since 1998. They offer great noodles, rich and tasty Pho broth, and they’re fully licensed, too! There’s also an excellent condiment rack, complete with complimentary water which is perfect on hot summer days.

 

The restaurant offers an array of meat dishes. The Chicken and Beef Terriyaki Skewers with Udon noodles ($10.95) is one of the restaurant’s most popular choices for meat eaters.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, don’t worry, there are delicious menu options for you to enjoy as well. It’s easy to spot the vegan options at Ginger — just look for the ‘V’ next to the menu item. Our favourite plantbased option is the Curry Tofu and Grilled Eggplant on Rice ($8.50).

 

Ginger is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am until 11 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 12 pm.

 

Fran’s Restaurant and Bar

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Fran’s Restaurant and Bar is a legendary family-run diner with several locations across Toronto. Stop by their 20 College Street location, just down the street from Village Green. Fran’s is open 24 hours, so they’re ready whenever you are. They specialize in traditional diner breakfasts, lunch time stacked sandwiches, and great burgers. Fran Deck actually invented the banquet burger at the original location at Yonge and St. Clair. It’s a half-pound patty served with melted Canadian cheddar and Bourbon maple bacon. Just remember to save some room for their fabulous desserts, like homemade apple pie or rice pudding!

 

The upper deck patio area is perfect for hot summer days, or warm summer nights. Whenever you’re in the mood to eat, Fran’s is there to serve you! Just look for the neon sign, anytime.

 

MIDTOWN

 

Pi Co.

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Pi Co. (2177 Yonge Street) specializes in traditional, stone-oven-baked Neapolitan style pizza pies. They bake them fresh to order in only a few minutes! Indulge in a personal-size margherita pizza for only $10, or opt for unlimited toppings for only $14! There is plenty of seating inside, you can sit on the patio, or take your pie to go.

 

Pizza and beer is the perfect summer combo. If you’re dining in, pair your pie with their own house blonde ale for a refreshing and satisfying summer meal. Don’t forget to save room for their sweet pies for dessert!

 

Pi Co. is open Sunday to Wednesday, from 11 am to 10 pm, and Thursday through Saturday, from 11 am until 11 pm.

 

Sushi Supreme

Sushi Supreme - Sushi Bronze

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When you’re craving sushi, for an affordable price, head to Sushi Supreme. This informal and vibrant establishment is located on the second floor at 1995 Yonge Street. Try one of their daily lunch specials, or a perfectly balanced bento box. This cosy and casual spot features fresh fish-focused food, at fair prices, served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. What more could you want?


Start your summer feast with their Beef Short Ribs ($11) or Fried Calamari ($7). The Sushi Bronze combo ($13) –with five kinds of fish or seafood sushi, three salmon rolls, three cucumber rolls and a salmon hand roll– is an excellent value for the price, and it’s delicious! You can also try something a little out of the ordinary, like their Salmon Pizza (6pcs). It’s a crispy deep-fried rice cake loaded with salmon, flying fish eggs, onions and specialty sauce.

Sushi Supreme is open Monday to Saturday, from 12 pm to 10:30 pm, and Sunday, from 3 pm to 10:30 pm.


Banjara Eglinton

Banjara Eglinton

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Banjara Eglinton (164 Eglinton Ave East) offers some of the finest North and South Indian cuisine in the city. It may not look like much from the outside, but you will be impressed by the food. The interior is cosy, casual, and comfortable. Their biryanis and butter chicken are the best!


Vegetarians will love their affordable Veggie Lunch Combo ($10.95). It features rice, naan, daal curry, aloo gobi, pakora, rice pudding and your choice of veggie dish. For dinner, meat lovers will enjoy the Butter Chicken Combo ($15.95). Everything at Banjara is perfectly spiced and pretty spicy! It’s authentic Indian Cuisine at its best and most affordable.


They’re open Monday to Friday, from 11:30 am to 3 pm, and 5 pm until 10:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday visit them from 12 pm to 3 pm, or 5 pm until 10:30 pm.

We hope these neighbourhood hotspots help you dig into summer in Toronto — without emptying your wallet!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover all the wonderful places in your community . For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Our guide to Carnival

 

Get ready for an incredible summer event, Toronto! The 51st annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival is on now. Don’t miss a moment of the celebrations this month, especially Carnival weekend, August 2nd to August 6th, and the Grande Parade on Saturday, August 4th!

The fabulous four weeks of Carnival officially kicked off on July 10th, and things are heating up fast as we approach the best week of the festival.

 

Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Caribana

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ABOUT THE TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

 

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an annual celebration complete with live music, outstanding flare, and delicious tropical cuisine. The Carnival has become the largest cultural event of its kind in North America — and this year is bigger and better than ever before. Don’t miss the spectacle and all the memorable performances from singers, dancers, steelpan drummers and more. Move to the rhythm of the Caribbean, in the heart of Toronto. Enjoy Calypso, Salsa, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Zouk, Brass Bands and more!

 

Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana

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Get your tickets for the annual Carnival Ball. This evening of elegance, extravagance, and joy will take place on July 27th at the Riviera Events & Convention Centre in Vaughan — just North of Toronto at Highway 400 and 401. It will bring together artists, community leaders, influencers, and industries, in support and celebration of Caribbean culture. Enjoy dinner, dancing, cocktails and lots of live music. This year’s Ball is in support of the SickKids Foundation.

 

KING & QUEEN SHOWCASE and PARADE

Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana

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Tickets always go fast for the King and Queen Competition. This evening of creativity and competition will feature elaborately costumed competitors dancing to Carnival bands. They will compete firecely to see which royals will get to wear the crown. The event will take place at Allan Lamport Stadium (1155 King Street West), on August 2nd at 7 pm. A general admission ticket gets you into the stands, and a VIP ticket gets you up close to the stage, complete with dinner and refreshments.

 

OSA PANORAMA/PAN ALIVE

Pan Alive Competition, Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana

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The sound of steelpan bands is the sound of the Carnival. On August 3rd, at Lamport Stadium, feel the rhythm as the Ontario Steel Band Association brings you the Pan Alive Competition. Watch as some the finest Steel Pan orchestras in the world compete for the title of Best Steel Band.

 

GRAND PARADE

Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana Grande Parade

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This is the event that everyone is waiting for. The Grande Parade takes place on Saturday, August 4th, from 8:30 am until 8:30 pm, at Exhibition Place. This is the culmination of countless hours of creativity and craftsmanship. This is when all the masqueraders, floats and steel pans combine to wrap up the carnival in spectacular style.The vibrancy of the Parade must be experienced first hand to be fully appreciated. The parade launches from Exhibition Place, and winds its way east along a 3.5 km circuit of Lakeshore Boulevard back to Exhibition Place. The Parade is free to watch from Lakeshore Blvd, or you can purchase tickets and sit in the stands of Exhibition Place.

 

Don’t miss this extraordinary event!

 

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

 

Green up your balcony this summer

 

A balcony garden is a simple and beautiful way to add some colour and life to your balcony. There is nothing quite like the act of planting something, nurturing it properly, and watching it grow. If you weren’t born with a green thumb, Greenrock wants to help you green up your balcony this summer.

 

They’re are several options when it comes to balcony gardens. First, you should determine what your light conditions are. This will determine the type of plants that will thrive in that environment. There is no point in purchasing new plants, only to watch them struggle to survive.

The Sunny Side

If your balcony gets a lot of sunshine, you will want to choose sun-loving plants, such as Geraniums. If you hang plants in baskets, they will dry out faster. Make sure to water them regularly and check on them daily. Lots of full sun plants are also naturally drought resistant, making them perfect for potted environments and busy lifestyles. Rosemary is a good choice for a fragrant, low maintenance herb that can also enhance the flavour of your cooking. With any balcony garden, you will have to ensure proper drainage to avoid damaging the plants, or your rental property.

The Shady Side

If your balcony is on the shadier side, without much direct sunlight, you still have many beautiful options for a balcony garden. Fuchsia flowers are lovely, colourful, and exotic flowers that don’t like too much sun. They will do best in hanging baskets or balcony boxes. Look for hanging basket brackets that do not require any drilling or permanent fixtures. Some other great options are Begonias, Violets and Double Impatiens. If those aren’t to your taste, there are many more!

Once you’ve determined your light conditions (or if you need some help determining that) it’s time to head to a local garden centre to purchase your plants, soil, and supplies. And get some advice on how to proceed. You’ve got a few great neighbourhood resources nearby.

Bob’s Garden Centre

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Bob’s Garden Centre (959 Mt Pleasant Road) is a family run business that has been serving the community since 1976. This small, corner-store-style shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 9:30am to 7pm, and Sundays from 9:30am until 6pm. You can count on the folks at Bob’s for fast, friendly service, and helpful advice. From plant selection, care advice and optimal arrangement for your light conditions, let Bob’s help make your living balcony come to life for a reasonable price.

 

Sheridan Nurseries

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Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge Street) is your source for the largest selection of plants in the area. There prices may be on the higher end, but so is their service and selection. Plant warranties are honoured. Many plants can be returned within 90 days of purchase, and they offer a complimentary Personal Shopping Service. That means their knowledgeable personal shoppers will help you create your personal horticultural masterpiece, offering the best options to suit your light conditions and lifestyle. You can rely on their custom design services to help you select the best plants, planters, containers and hanging baskets.

 

They’re open year round, 7 days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Family Day). Their summer/fall hours are Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 6pm, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 8pm, Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, and Sundays 9am to 5pm.

 

Davenport Garden Centre

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Davenport Garden Centre (1466 Bayview Avenue), at the corner of Davisville and Bayview, is only steps away from home, at Davisville Village. This independently owned, seasonal garden centre is open from April until December 24th. There are 3 locations in Toronto. Their Bayview location is open daily from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 7pm, and weekends from 9am until 6pm. Davenport Garden Centres specializes in providing plants that thrive in Toronto gardens, including condominium and apartment containers. They are advocates of organic and sustainable gardening. They purchase from growers and suppliers that apply these principles whenever possible.

 

Whether you’re looking for hanging baskets, balcony boxes, or potted plants suitable for sun or shade, they’ve got what you need. Their location at 368 Davenport Road offers in-store design services from Monday to Friday. An appointment is recommended for this service.

 

Ready to get growing?

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the vibrant life your community has to offer, and to help you grow.  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.

Dive into summer near Davisville Village

 

There is nothing quite like summer in Toronto. It’s hot, sunny, and there is a seemingly endless supply of fun stuff to do. To help you dive into summer near Davisville Village, we’ve rounded up some fun summer events you may want to check out.


SUMMERLICIOUS

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There may be a lot of summer left to savour, but you don’t have much time left to get a taste of Summerlicious. This is your last chance to take advantage of this amazing city-wide food festival where some of the city’s best restaurants offer special three-course prix-fixe menus for reasonable prices.


Five Doors North (2088 Yonge St) is offering a $43 dinner menu. It’s only a few doors north of Davisville Village and is a fantastic neighbourhood mainstay! We’ve praised them before — check out our full article on Five Doors North, including an interview with the owners, then make your reservation!


There are over 200 participating restaurants to choose from, offering both lunch and dinner menus at unbeatable prices. Check out their selections and make your reservations directly with the establishment of your choice. Hurry, it all wraps up on July 22nd. After that, you’ll have to wait for Winterlicious.  Bon Appetit!


BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Beaches Jazz Festival

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Summer heat and jazz go hand in hand, especially when it all happens down by the beach! The Beaches International Jazz Festival is in full swing. This year marks the festival’s 30th anniversary! There are tons of artists to check out, including free shows on multiple stages, many of them open air. Hop around from stage to stage, stay awhile, and take it all in. When you need to refuel, visit one of several gourmet food trucks. Get your summer groove on and feel the heat of the rhythm of the night — until July 29th, 2018.

 

TORONTO’S FESTIVAL OF BEER

Toronto Festival of Beer

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Celebrate your favourite frothy beverage at the Toronto Festival of Beer. The event features incredible Ontario Craft Brewers, as well as brands from around the world to discover, one sip at a time. Due to overwhelming demand, an extra day has been added to the festival, giving you more time to enjoy great beer and live music! The festival runs from July 26th to the 29th. It’s a great opportunity to catch amazing performances from Broken Social Scene, Ludacris, Dwayne Gretsky, Finger Eleven and more!


ROGERS CUP PRESENTED BY NATIONAL BANK

Rogers Cup tennis

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Tennis, anyone? The world’s best tennis players will descend on Toronto to compete for the coveted Rogers Cup, as well as more than $3 million in prize money. The biggest names in the ATP Tour are expected, including former champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, as well as Canadian favourites Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic. Get your tickets now for this tournament that serves up the action from August 4th to the 12th.


TASTE OF THE DANFORTH

Taste of the Danforth

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Don’t miss the annual Taste of the Danforth festival in Greektown. Take a trip to the East End, from August 10th to the 12th, as Taste of the Danforth celebrates its 25th anniversary! The Danforth’s restaurant row packs more eats per square metre than practically anywhere else on the planet! This Greektown neighbourhood is the place to be for not only souvlaki and spanakopita, but cuisine from cultures the world over. The street will be shut down, the sun will be shining, and great bands will be playing — why would you go anywhere else?


CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION (CNE)

CNE Canadian National Exhibition

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Don’t let the end of summer get you down! Plan a visit to the CNE, from August 17th to September 3rd. The Canadian National Exhibition is a long standing late summer tradition in Toronto. Catch concerts from Blood Sweat and Tears, Men Without Hats, and Stars, just to name a few of the great performers on the bill! This enormous annual fair brings features a midway, great live music, enticing exhibits, and, of course, unforgettably weird and wonderful food! Dig into deep fried delights as you raise a glass to late summer. And don’t forget about the 69th AnnualAir Show over the Labour Day Weekend. Let’s go to the EX!

 

Summer won’t last forever. We hope that these suggestions for fun summer events around Toronto inspire you to make the most of it!

 

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

 

The best spots to hit the beach in Toronto

 

There is nothing quite as quintessential in summer as a trip to the beach. A lazy, hazy day spent splashing on the shores of Lake Ontario is a day well spent. Fortunately, there are many beaches to choose from, right here in the city. To help you choose where you’d like to plant a flag in a sandcastle, here are the best spots to hit the beach in Toronto.

 

You may not think about beaches when you think about the largest city in Canada, but the fact is, some of the best beaches in world are only minutes away. That is not just a matter of opinion. Many, if not most of our local beaches regularly achieve highly sought after Blue Flag status. The Blue Flag is flown at beaches that meet high standards for water quality, as well as environmental management, safety and environmental education.

 

Currently, all of the beaches listed below are Blue Flag beaches. They are tested on an ongoing basis, so you can check the status and water quality before you head out.

 

Bluffer’s Park Beach

Bluffer's Park Beach toronto

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Located at the base of the beautiful and iconic Scarborough Bluffs you’ll find Bluffer’s Park Beach (1 Brimley Road South). This is one of the nicest beaches in Toronto, and the word is out. If you’re hoping to find a parking spot and a prime beach space on a summer weekend, you’ll want to get there early. Luckily, there is a lot to do. If you want to take a break from swimming and lounging on the sand, there are hiking trails nearby where you can explore and enjoy the unique scenery. Pack a picnic, or hit up the snack bar. There are washrooms, a marina, and volleyball areas, too. If you’ve never been here, put it on your local beach bucket list.

 

Balmy / Kew / Woodbine Beaches

Balmy / Kew / Woodbine beaches Toronto

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Yes, technically Balmy, Kew and Woodbine beaches are separate beaches, but they represent several kilometres of unbroken sand and shoreline, so we’re combining them into one. This way we can list more beaches in our Top 5!

 

Beginning in the east and working west, Balmy Beach (1 Beech Avenue) is the quietest, and most secluded of the three. If you want to enjoy your beach reading and swimming with as few other people as possible, this is the one for you.

 

Kew Beach is a little busier, as it takes some of the overflow from Woodbine, but it is still a serene and scenic spot for a summer swim. There is a snack bar, washrooms, and even those low taps for rinsing the sand off your feet before you put your shoes back on, which is nice. It’s also close enough to the shops and restaurants of Queen Street East, so you can grab whatever you need.

 

Home to multiple beach volleyball courts, an Olympic swimming pool and skate park, as well as a pristine sandy beach, Woodbine Beach (1675 Lake Shore Blvd East) is probably the most popular beach in town. If you’re looking for the whole ‘beach scene’, and to see and be seen, this is where you want to be.

 

Note: A beach wheelchair can be borrowed, free of charge, by calling 311. They are picked up and returned at Donald D. Summerville Outdoor Pool.

 

Hanlan’s Point


Hanlan’s Point is the famous (or infamous) clothing optional beach on Toronto Island. It’s only one of two nude-friendly beaches in Canada (Vancouver’s Wreck Beach being the other one). For the more modest among us, there is the far less popular, covered-up side of Hanlan’s Point, as well. Everything about Hanlan’s Point is fun, including the ferry ride over (9 Queens Quay W). Some of the best fine-grain sand, and some of the best sunsets in the city, can be enjoyed at Hanlan’s Point.


Clarke / Cherry Beach

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Clarke / Cherry Beach (1 Cherry Street) is a popular beach for swimming, kite-boarding, and even surfing! There is a cool, laid back atmosphere here. Hang out on the sand, fire up one of the charcoal BBQ pits, and create the perfect day. There is also a snack bar and washroom facilities. The parking lot fills up quickly, but if you ride down on your bike, you can also explore the paved path that meanders along the water and through the trees. Find out more about great nature trails near you in our feature article.

 

Sunnyside

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Sunnyside (1755 Lake Shore Blvd West) is a beautiful beach in Toronto’s west end. It’s not as busy as the east end beaches, making it a prime spot for a summer chill out. If the water is too cold to take a dip, Gus Ryder Pool is right there. Enjoy the concession stands, cafe, boardwalk, bike path, change rooms and lots of parking.

 

Enjoy your beach escape close to home this summer!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best that your city and community have to offer. Make a splash this summer! 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.

A summer to remember near The Village

 

Summer is heating up in Toronto. There are tons of fun summer events happening in our fair city. To help you wrap your brain around all the glorious good times to come, we’ve prepared a quick guide to help you plan a summer to remember near The Village.

 

SUMMERLICIOUS

 Sambucas on Church

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There is still loads of summer flavour left to savour, but not too much time left to get a taste of Summerlicious. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to indulge in three course, prix-fixe menus from some of Toronto’s best chefs and restaurants.

 

Sambucas on Church (489 Church Street) is just around the corner from Village Green. They are offering a $23 lunch menu or a $33 dinner menu! Reserve your spot today, the clock is ticking!

 

There are over 200 establishments to choose from, offering both lunch and dinner menus at affordable prices. You can explore the menus that each of them is offering. Once you’ve decided where to go, reserve your spot with the restaurant. Don’t wait, it all comes to a close on July 22nd. But don’t be too disappointed, you’ve still got Winterlicious to look forward to!  Bon Appetit!

 

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

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The Toronto Summer Music Festival (TSMF) is an international classical music festival. The festival enters its twelfth season this year. This year’s theme is Reflections of Wartime. TSMF gathers the greatest performing artists from around the globe to create an unmatched collection of concerts, guest lectures, and Masterclasses, from July 12th to August 4th. Some performers of note include tenor Christoph Prégardien, The Canadian National Brass Project, pianist Angela Cheng, and many more. Get your tickets today.

 

TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

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Summer in Toronto just wouldn’t feel complete without the Toronto Caribbean Carnival — commonly known as Caribana. It’s an exciting summer celebration of music, food and fun. There are free and ticketed events to enjoy throughout the festival. Caribana Weekend runs from Thursday, August 2nd, to Monday, August 6th. The festival has been growing strong for 50 years now and has become the largest cultural event of its kind in North America!

 

It all culminates with the much anticipated Grande Parade on Saturday, August 4th, along Toronto’s lakeshore at Exhibition Place. It’s a bright and vibrant event that has to be experienced first hand to be fully appreciated. You can buy tickets and reserve a seat along the parade route, or just pack up a cooler and head down to the lake and find yourself a spot.

 

PEDESTRIAN SUNDAYS IN KENSINGTON MARKET

Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market

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Soak in the cool atmosphere of Kensington Market while giving yourself more room to wander during Pedestrian Sundays. The recurring event is in support of ecology, car-free streets, community and culture. It occurs on the last Sunday of every month until October, from 12 noon until 7 pm. There’s a lot going on down in the market. Check it out, but leave the car at home!

 

SMALL WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The Small World Music Festival is an annual event that celebrates our diversity and similarities. This four day festival captures the sound of the world, bringing the music of Spain, Estonia, Palestine, Korea, Mali and more to the Small World Music Centre at Artscape’s Youngplace facility (180 Shaw Street), and to stages across our city. See the full event lineup and get your tickets, today!

 

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL BUSKERFEST

 

Come and celebrate the magic of street performers. Expect nothing less than the weird, the wild, and the wonderful! Toronto International Buskerfest is on from August 31st to September 3rd, 2018. This incredible festival brings together the best and brightest buskers from across the city and across the world. Hundreds of the most astounding acts on earth will be on display for your viewing pleasure. Admission is free, but donations to the festival’s organizers, Epilepsy Toronto, is encouraged. Volunteers will be collecting donations by main entrances to the festival so be sure to bring some cash with you. The suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. The money donated will support the festival itself, as well as the 40,000 people in the GTA living with epilepsy.

 

We hope these fun summer events around Toronto help you make some sensational summer memories this year.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and excitement that your community and your city 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 Toronto Festival of Beer is Back!

 

Toronto is a town that loves music, beer, and summertime. If you do too, combine a few of your favourite things during the Toronto Festival of Beer 2018. This year’s celebration is scheduled for July 26th to 29th, and it’s going to be epic.

 

Toronto Festival of Beer

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TFOB 101

 

Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a tradition 22 years in the making. If you’ve never experienced it, it’s time to make it your new summer tradition. Over 100 brewers, featuring over 400 beers from around the country and around the world, gather at the CNE grounds each July. Explore a whole new world of suds this summer. Every evening, different bands and artists take the stage to entertain, come rain or come shine. The main entrance is at the Better Living Centre. Get your tickets today.

 

THE BANDS

 

Thursday, July 26th

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The bands are as big a part of the celebration at TFOB as the beer. Please note that all shows are 19+ events. This year, a special Thursday show has been added! Get an early start on the TFOB weekend on Thursday, July 26th, with some world-class hometown talent! Broken Social Scene and The Rural Alberta Advantage will take over the OLG Bandshell Stage. The gates open at 5pm, and this kick-off show will be presented at a special $50 price point!

 

Friday July 27th

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Doors open at 4:30pm for TFOB FRIDAY with the legendary Ludacris performing a live set! You do not want to miss that, do you?

 

Saturday, July 28th,

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Saturday night is going to be a blast at TFOB. Dwayne Gretzky takes the stage to light up your life. If you’ve never seen a Dwayne Gretzky live show, you are in for something special. There is no mistaking the electric, eclectic energy of this pumped up performance. It’s a celebration of the best songs of all time — from Beyoncé to Bowie, and everything in between. Bruce Springsteen to Britney Spears. The Strokes to the Supremes. You get the idea. You may want to take a nap before you come, because you’re going to get moving.

 

Sunday July 29th

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TFOB has a powerful end to a powerful weekend in store for TFOB Sunday. Hard rockin’ Canadian heroes  I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven own the stage on Sunday. They both have their separate shows, but have been known to team up and come out in full force for a final encore. Are your ready to wrap things up with bang?!

 

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TICKET TIERS

 

There are several ticket tier options for attending TFOB. Here’s the breakdown;

 

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET

 

This ticket is available for each day of TFOB. General Admission Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday include 5 sampling tokens, which can be exchanged for beer, food and souvenirs.

 

HOPTIMIZED ADMISSION TICKET

 

This is always the most popular option. It includes early festival access, granting you an extra hour and a half of time, and a total of 10 sampling tokens!

 

VIP ADMISSION TICKET

 

For those who enjoy getting a little extra, and don’t mind paying a little extra to do it. VIP means you get express entrance and early entrance. You also get 10 tokens, a catered meal, and 2 drinks in the VIP lounge. You also get access to air conditioned washrooms, because you are clearly a very important person.

 

CLUB TFOB ADMISSION TICKET

 

The gold standard of the golden beverage festival, Club TFOB gets you express entrance, early entrance, 15 tokens, chef-crafted cuisine, as well as access to a complimentary oyster bar inside Club TFOB lounge! Congratulations Mr. or Ms. Fancypants – you’ve arrived.

In addition to all the live music and great beer, there will be lots and lots of great food from amazing vendors. The vendors list for this year is being kept under wraps — to ensure freshness. But last year’s food vendors brought the flavour, with everything from world-class cuisine to tasty comfort food. TFOB 2018 promises to be even bigger and better.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and festivities of your community and your city. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best swimwear in Toronto

 

It’s summertime in Toronto and the weather is hot. We wait all year long for these few, short months. Celebrate another season in the sun with a new bathing suit! Shopping for swimwear can be stressful for some. Finding the right style at the right price isn’t always an easy task. To help take some of the stress and guesswork out of your shopping experience, we wanted to share some hotspots where you can shop for the best swimwear in Toronto. Take a look before you take a dip.

 

Sandpipers

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Sandpipers Sports & Funwear have locations at 2580 Yonge Street and 87 Yorkville Avenue. They have been a go-to source for swimwear since 1985. They bring the best of the beach lifestyle home to Toronto, from across the country and overseas.

 

La Vie en Rose

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You can count on the undergarment experts at  La Vie en Rose  (2300 Yonge Street unit #c25), in the Yonge Eglinton Centre, to offer a great selection of products that properly fit any woman. Let their experience help make your choice easier. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you look your best, and help you find the perfect style for you. Check out their latest collection of Mix & Match, One Piece, Beachwear, and Beach Accessories. They have everything you need for a hot summer look.

 

Hudson’s Bay

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Have you been to The Bay, lately? It’s a great home base for all your summer swim and beachwear needs and wants, for both men and women. Whatever your style, whatever your shape, The Bay has you covered – or as uncovered – as you’d like.  From lounging by the pool, to looking cool with the latest and greatest accessories. The Bay is a one-stop-shop for all your summer fun supplies. Find Hudson’s Bay locations at 44 Bloor Street East, and its flagship store at 176 Yonge Street in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

 

Bikini Village

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Sometimes it takes a village to help you find the swimsuit you’re most comfortable in. If The Bay isn’t you brand of choice, take a short trip to Bikini Village. They are also conveniently located in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. They feature top brands, including Bauhaus, Billabong, Body Glove, Boto and Diesel for men. And all the latest styles for women from brands like Ellen Tracy, Red Carter, Christina, and more. From bold to bashful, and everything in between — you’re bound to find your next bathing suit here.

 

Boathouse

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If you’re looking for stylish swimwear that is also comfortable and affordable, you need to visit Boathouse. They offer very reasonably priced swimwear in the latest styles, so you can take a dip, without getting soaked. Find them at 316 Yonge Street (Yonge and Dundas).

 

Whatever you’re style, shape or budget — everyone needs and deserves a swimsuit they feel great in. It’s required attire for summer fun. So before you hit the beach, or chill out by the pool, treat yourself to the best bathing suit you’ve ever owned. It’s a great start to a great summer. We hope these convenient shopping options in your community help make your choice easy and enjoyable.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best that your city and community have to offer. We hope these local swimsuit shop recommendations help you feel comfortable and look your best. 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.

Discover Suite 114

 

There is no shortage of bars in Toronto. That’s no secret. But when was the last time you went to a ‘secret bar’? If you want to treat yourself to a special evening of mystery, puzzles, and top notch cocktails, you’ll want to discover Suite 114.

 

When we say “discover”, we mean that literally. The fun and mysterious secret society vibe of Suite 114 begins even before you step inside. You have to find it, first!

 

Imagine taking a step back in time, to the roaring 20’s — prohibition is in full swing and sipping cocktails is a criminal offense that could ‘land you in the can, see’. Don’t expect to see a sign on the front door that says: “Speakeasy”.  You need to be in the know. You need to know where to go. And you need the password.

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That’s the deal at Suite 114. It’s located at 116 Dundas West. There, now you know where to go! But it’s still not so easy to find. There is no sign. You’ll have to find the Martini Glass symbol to find the entrance. The first symbol is on the street level door, marked 116. Follow the Martini glass all the way up the stairs to the 3rd floor.

 

Suite 114 is the creation of Duncan Chan. Duncan is the owner of popular escape room Trapped, located In the same building, one floor below. There’s a hint! Trapped does have a sign out front, so you’ll know you’re on the right track when you see it.

 

The escape room vibe spills over to this speakeasy. To enter through the imposing steel door on the 3rd floor, you’ll have to solve a simple puzzle. This serves as the password. Congratulations! You’ve made it inside.

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The interior of Suite 114 is dark, cozy and intimate. The soft, red glowing neon light above the well-stocked bar spreads throughout the dimly lit space. The friendly staff greet you. The glow welcomes you in. It glows above the mysterious curtains at the back of the room. Take a seat at the small tables along the wall, or settle into one of the soft, white sofas. The music is jivin’, but not too loud.

 

Suite 114 Toronto

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You can just make out the writing on the menu in the candlelight. Start off with one of their signature cocktails, carefully hand-crafted by their expert mixologists. The cocktails at Suite 114 can be strong. The Patio Reviver #1 is a good place to begin for the lightweight drinker. This light and sweet concoction of Aperol, Lillet, Orange Sorbet Syrup, Brickworks Craft Cider, and Grapefruit Twist, is light and easy to drink. They will also make you a mocktail with as much flair and creativity as anything on the menu. The Grapefruit Basil Vojito is a refreshing variation on a Mojito: Beattie’s Potato Vodka, Fresh grapefruit, Simple syrup, Basil leaves, Clingstone peach bitters, and Qcumber Soda. A good selection of craft beer is also available.

 

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Once you’ve settled in, try unlocking their “secret menu”. You’ll have to solve another word puzzle to gain access to these secret, seasonal concoctions. Drinks range from $12 to $17 — not bad for a downtown premium cocktail bar.

 

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There is some tasty, shareable food to nibble on — but it’s not a meal. Suite 114 is the secret spot you either begin your evening at, or end up at. The cheese platter and charcuterie are probably the most substantial offerings. The cheese platter is selection of local Ontario and European cheeses, served with a specialty jam. The charcuterie plate is a selection of cured and smoked meats, served with toasted baguettes and gherkin pickles.

 

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Everything about Suite 114 is well thought out and fun. It all feels innovative, intimate and simultaneously very adult and playful. This is the perfect place for an unforgettable date night, fun gathering of friends, or to mark a milestone or other special occasion. It’s not your typical night out. It’s nice to know someone has spent so much time and effort creating something special. The secret is out. Just don’t tip off the fuzz, see!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and creative features of your community and your city. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.