Unleash your creativity, nearby

 

The winding down of summer and the arrival of autumn often sparks an urge in us to experience something new. You’ve got virtually limitless resources all around you. Explore and unleash your creativity nearby this fall!

 

Here are some great places to let it all out:

 

Cindy Tanas Actors Studio

 

Cindy Tanas Actors Studio Toronto

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Whether you want to learn to become a better actor, or a better human being, the holistic approach of Cindy Tanas Actors Studio (643 Yonge Street) can help move you toward your goal. To quote Chekhov, “If you want to work on your art, work on your life.”

 

The Actor’s Instrument course examines troubles that a student may be having in their life and how that extends to their creative work. It’s all about learning to listen to yourself and others, to be present in the moment, and to connect to your emotions and stay grounded. These are life skills as much as they are acting skills. This course provides a path for moving forward, growing, and living as an artist and as a person.

 

Personalized Scene Study classes of 6 to 8 students provide time and opportunity for each student to explore a character. Private Coaching and Performance Showcases are also available.

 

Gardiner Museum Pottery Classes

 

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The Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park) offers both drop-in pottery classes and pre registered courses. Learn the age-old art of the potter’s wheel as you create sculptural works of art, and functional art such as tableware and stoneware.

 

Drop-in classes give you a glimpse of what can be accomplished when working with clay, without a real commitment. Classes take place every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Registration for individual classes opens at 10 am the day of the class.

 

Insightful workshops are also available here, including Reclaiming Your Centre: Breath, Movement, Presence. This two hour workshop offers an introduction to mindfulness using clay as a medium for expanding the experience of the present moment. Learn how to focus and pay attention with curiosity, compassion and clay.

 

GTA Photography Classes

 

GTA Photography Classes

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Speaking of focus, GTA Photography Classes (25 Toronto St #200) offers range of camera and photo art classes and workshops for shutterbugs. Their instructors are professionals, with work published around the world. The class sizes are small, and the workshops are interactive. They really give you the attention, guidance and advice you will need to take your work to the next level.

 

Start with the basics in Photo 101. Incorporate and expand on what you’ve learned with Photo 201 and Photo 301. There is no limit to the learning opportunities. Explore the world of Digital Photo Editing, or take specialized courses in everything from pets, to food, to product photography.

 

Courses for adults, kids and teens are available. They even offer private lessons and Photo Tours that let you see your city through a new lens while you learn new skills.

 

Continuing Studies at OCAD

 

continuing studies ocad

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Fall course registration is now open for Continuing Studies at OCAD (285 Dundas St W). Increase your creative potential, as well as your marketable skills, with a wide range of courses, classes and workshops. Learn technical skills in state-of-the-art facilities, studios and computer labs.

 

There are over 100 creative courses to choose from, including:

 

  • Graphic Design

  • Web Design

  • Marketing

  • Interactive Media

  • Drawing, Painting and Print Media

  • Film, Video and Animation

  • Sculpture

  • Fashion

  • Architecture

  • And many more!

     

Creative workshops and programs for youth and seniors are also available. Take your creativity, and your career, to the next level this fall at OCAD.

 

Continuing Studies in Design at Ryerson

 

If you’re looking to launch or elevate your design career, or simply expand your design knowledge, Design at the Chang School can provide invaluable tools and training to help get you there. Choose from several online or on-campus courses. You’ll learn the skills required to compete and to stay relevant in an ever-evolving industry. Explore or discover your passion with courses across all aspects of design. Here a just few examples:

 

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg! You can use the school’s course search tool to explore all courses offered at The Chang School, or search for courses and programs by area of interest.

 

There is a whole world of creativity out there to explore. Take the first step towards tapping into your full potential and unleash your creativity this fall!

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you connect to all the creativity within you, and help you access the outstanding resources available within your community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Make art, nearby

 

Late summer and early fall is the time of year when most of us feel refreshed and ready for new challenges and projects. If you’re a creative type, it’s a great time to make some art. With tons of natural beauty all around you, it’s easy to be inspired. Check out these amazing places to make art this fall, near Davisville Village.

 

1. Artbarn School

 

Artbarn School Toronto

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Artbarn School (50 Eglinton Ave W) is a neighbourhood not-for-profit art school. Its mission is to inspire and encourage people of all ages to explore their creativity. Artbarn School offers classes and courses for people of all ages.

 

Adult Classes:

 

Artbarn’s course Watercolour for the Beginner allows beginner level artists to dive into the world of watercolour painting for a one day ‘playday’. The course will take place on Sunday, September 16th, from 10 am until 4 pm. The class will be led by Barbara Hotson, a working artist who has been teaching at Artbarn for over a decade. The workshop costs $175 and includes all required painting materials. Reserve your spot online while you still can!

 

Go with the flow at Artbarn’s Wet + Wild Abstract Acrylic Workshop on Sunday, Oct 21st, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Discover the magic of abstract painting with “High Flow” and “Fluid” acrylics. High Flow has an ink-like consistency, perfect for pouring, dripping, drawing and staining. Fluid acrylics will be used to explore and contrast transparent and opaque pigments. In this workshop you will learn about acrylics, practice different techniques, and produce a few small finished paintings!Book your spot in this great workshop online now. The course fee is $155 and  includes all materials.

 

Kids Classes:

 

Artbarn offers courses for children of all ages – from 1 to 16 years of age! Their Mini Mini Art courses, for 1-year-olds and 2-year-olds, give very young children the opportunity to learn through art. Kids can choose their own colours and have some agency over their art even before they can speak. Studies show that early art classes enhance perception, spatial-awareness, attention and cognitive skills, as well as fine motor skills. Parents and caregivers are invited to take part in the creative activities, too! Register now for 10 week courses for your 1 Year Old ($224) or 2 Year Old ($235). Classes begin on September 18th and 17th, respectively.

 

You can view all available adult and kids classes at Artbarn here.

 

2. Art Workshop

 

ArtWorkshop Toronto

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Art Workshop (2510 Yonge St #205) offers art lessons for everyone. Their programs have what they call “Perpetual Enrolment,” meaning year round. They realize that real life can get in the way of your art classes, so they offer flexible attendance as well. All you have to do is let your instructor know 24 hours in advance if you will be absent and you won’t be charged for the class. All materials are included and you can choose to explore an array of different techniques, or focus on one discipline for the entire program.

 

Art Workshop offers a relaxed and encouraging studio environment in small tutorial groups, customized for individual needs and interests. They offer programs for adults in Drawing, Oil and Acrylic Painting, Pastels, Watercolour, Collage and Mixed Media. You can also enroll your children in their courses and classes for childrenincluding Drawing, Painting, Pastels and Watercolour.

 

Group and family courses are also available.


3. Picasso’s Garage

 

Picasso's Garage Toronto

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Picasso’s Garage (525 Hillsdale Avenue East) is a Davisville art studio for creative kids, teens and adults. Run by artist, art therapist and studio owner Claire Nicholls, Picasso’s Garage has been catering to the creativity of the community since 2005. The programs here are tailored to suit any skill level, and expose people of all ages to a new world of techniques and materials including watercolour, pastel, printmaking, sculpture, sketching and more.

 

There are a number of programs and courses to explore, including:

After School Art programs for all age groups. These classes consist of customized art projects for each school year and are a favourite for both the students and the instructors.

 

Adult Art Clubs are monthly evening meetups held from 7:30 pm until 10 pm. Club groups of up to 8 people meet from September to June to explore, connect and create a body of work. They cover everything from impressionism to expressionism, abstract to realism, sculpture, mixed media and more. Learn it all for just $25 per class, including materials.

 

Picasso’s Garage also offers courses in art therapy for adults and children. Kids dealing with mild to moderate anxiety might benefit from Little People Big Worries and Children of Divorce. All art therapy programs are designed to:

 

Access emotions

Release through imagery

Transform through reflection and defining.

 

We hope you’ll check out these fabulous local art schools in your neighbourhood. They’ll help you explore the world of art and connect to the creative energy that is all around you in Davisville Village.

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to celebrate the creativity of our community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


Outdoor workouts that will kick your butt

 

The heat of summer may be dwindling, but you’ve still got plenty of time to get outside and work up a sweat! If you’re trying to stay active or get in shape, but don’t like being cooped up inside a gym while the weather is nice, we have some great workouts for you to try, outdoors. There are some gorgeous green spaces close toDavisville Village where you can get your sweat on. Here are a few killer outdoor workouts that will kick your butt.


HILL SPRINTS


Lacing up running shoe on park bench


If you’re up for a challenge, hit a local hill for an intense HIIT workout. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. It’s comprised of short-but-intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, rest periods. It’s a great way to burn more calories in less time. Due to the intensity of the workout, HIIT should only be performed two to three days a week with at least 24 hours of recovery time between sessions. Alternating HIIT with strength/resistance training can be a winning combination.


Running up hills is also a great functional strength exercise. Begin with a 5 to 20 minute light run. The distance between Davisville Village and Eglinton Park should be just about right. The park has a good hill that is not too steep. In the winter it’s a popular tobogganing spot. The 9-hectare park also features five multipurpose sports fields, four tennis courts and two baseball diamonds – so there are plenty of options for outdoor exercise here.


After you warm up, begin the workout with a run up the hill at 50% effort. The walk back down will serve as your active rest period. Complete a total of 4 sprints up the hill at 50%, then another 4 at 75% effort, and 4 more at 90% to 100% effort.


Cool down with a walk or light run home, to Davisville Village.


RUN, WALK or BIKE the BELTLINE


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The Beltline is a beautiful nature trail that winds alongside an old railway line. It runs through lush ravines and parks. There are three sections that make up the Beltline. The York Beltline begins at the western end of Bowie Road, near Eglinton West and Caledonia Road, and runs to Allen Road. The Kay Gardner Beltline section picks up east of Allen Road and continues to Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The final Beltline section runs south through Moore Park Ravine past the Evergreen Brickworks. The ravine is shady and relatively cool, even on hot and sunny days. The stream that runs alongside much of the ravine section makes for a much nicer run than dodging traffic or being stuck on a treadmill. The trail is about 9 kilometres in total.


If you like walking, hiking and biking, you can learn about some great local trails to explore in our feature article.


JUMP ROPE


jump rope, skipping rope


Jumping rope may sound like child’s play, but it’s actually a great warm-up exercise or intense whole workout. It’s excellent for cardio conditioning and coordination. Give this workout a try if you’re up for a challenge. There are three sections or ‘blocks’ of this workout. Don’t rest between jumps in a single block. Complete the entire block, then rest for two minutes and move on to the next block.


Do each of the following jumps for 60 seconds:


Block 1:


  1. Forward Jumps (jumping forward with both feet, swinging the rope forward)
  2. Side to Side Jumps (left and right, getting into a rhythm as you swing the rope forward)
  3. Backward Jumps (swinging the rope backwards and jumping with both feet)
  4. Single-Leg Jumps (a few jumps on your left leg, then on your right leg, swinging the rope forwards)
  5. Rest for two minutes

Block 2:


  1. Forward Jumps
  2. Alternating Jumps (one foot, then the other)
  3. Foot Cross Jumps (where you cross your feet over each other on each jump, alternating which foot lands in front)
  4. Single Leg Jumps (on your left leg for 60 seconds, and then 60 seconds on your right)
  5. Rest for two minutes

Block 3:


  1. Forward Jumps
  2. Double Jumps (this is an advanced move requiring you to jump high enough to pass the rope under your feet twice before you land)
  3. Backward Jumps and more Double Jumps
  4. Rest for two minutes


June Rowlands Park is a 2.6-hectare park on the corner of Davisville Village and Mount Pleasant Road. It’s just steps from Davisville Village and a great spot for some jump rope.


If jumping rope doesn’t sound like something you’d like to do, but you’d still like to check out the park, gather some friends and take advantage of the volleyball court, the six tennis courts or the baseball diamond.


PARK BENCH WORKOUT


park bench


A park bench can be used as your workout equipment and a great place to rest between sets. Any park bench will do, provided someone isn’t already sitting there. Remember to be respectful of other people’s space.


If you’re up for a difficult bench workout, begin with bench hops to work your legs. Start by sitting on the bench in a squat position. Jump up as high as you can, throwing your arms in the air. Return to a squatting position and repeat as many times as possible in 60 seconds. To challenge yourself further, lift one leg off the ground, bend the other knee and do a one-legged sit. Repeat as many as you can for one minute, then switch legs.


Next comes bench climbers. This exercise will target your core. Face the bench and place your hands on the seat with your legs straight, as though you were about to do an incline push up. Draw your knee toward your chest, alternating legs for 30 seconds. Move to the grass, get into push up or plank position and repeat the climbing motion with your legs for another 30 seconds.


Move onto park bench step-ups. Keeping one foot on the bench, step up with the opposite leg, bringing it to your chest, then do the same exercise starting with your other leg. Repeat 20 times.


Rest for a minute between each of the three exercises. Repeat this circuit 5 to 10 times.


Make sure the bottom of your shoes are clean, and/or wipe down the bench when you’re done.

We hope these outdoor workouts have inspired you to get fit outside while the weather is warm! Remember to bring sunscreen and a water bottle. If you’re new to exercise, be sure to talk to a healthcare professional before beginning any exercise program.


Greenrock Property Management loves to help you live your best and healthiest life. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


The best barbershops in downtown Toronto

 

Summer may be a time to chill out and relax, but that doesn’t mean letting your hair care routine run wild. Good grooming never takes a vacation. Here are a few tips on where to get  groomed as a guy in downtown Toronto.

 

 

1. Terry’s Hair Studio

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Terry’s Hair Studio (384 Yonge Street  #62-63) is hidden away in the lower level of The Shops at Aura. The main entrance for the shops is on Yonge Street, just north of Gerrard, on the west side of the street. Terry’s can be tricky to find the first time. Going there feels almost like you’ve been let in on a secret. You half expect to have to give a password at the door when you arrive. Once you find it, you may never go anywhere else. The staff are friendly and talented, and Terry himself may be one of best barbers in the city.

 

First time visitors will love Terry’s. They care about what they do and go above and beyond to make you look your best. Even if you only have a rough idea (or no idea) of what you want, they will work with you to come up with something that really works for you.

 

When it comes time to pay, that’s when you’ll be glad Terry keeps his overhead expenses low. A men’s cut is only $17! They also offer shaving and trimming services, colourings, body waxing, and a glorious head and scalp massage. Terry’s clientele is loyal. The secret may be out on this secret little place, so make sure you call ahead and book an appointment. Remember to give yourself a few extra minutes to find it and arrive on time!

 

2. Manstop Barber Shop

Manstop Barbershop Toronto

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Manstop Barber Shop (71 Duncan Street) is another hidden barbershop that may not look like much from the outside, but the experience inside is perfection. It’s located on the second floor of a 3 story building. If you weren’t looking for it, you may not notice it was there. Once you find it, you may never forget it. The owner, Tin, is a top notch barber and stylist and she has assembled a razor sharp team of talent to back her up. From classic modern men’s cuts, to straight razor shaves, beard trimming and more. A shave and a haircut may cost you a bit more than two bits — it’s actually $65 — but it’s money well spent. A basic men’s cut is $33. If you want to save a few bucks, you can opt for an apprentice cut for $20.

 

If you’re one of those guys who doesn’t know what they want, or what would look good on you — this is the place for you. The team at Manstop will take a close look at you and create a custom cut that suits your style and the shape of your face.The best part is their refreshing hot towel service which is part and parcel of whatever you buy. It may seem simple — but it’s deeply satisfying.

 

Walk-ins are welcome at Manstop, but you would be wise to book online. It’s easy and will save you time. The online booking even gives you an estimate of how long your appointment will take. All prices include taxes (not tip). Only cash and debit are accepted. You’re in good hands — Manstop has thought of everything.

 

3. James Hair Salon

 

James Hair Salon (193 Church St) is your friendly neighbourhood barber. They offer great services for very reasonable prices. The place feels like it has a bit of small town charm paired with big city talent and convenience. The barbers are friendly and skilled at what they do. They wash your hair and give you a little scalp massage before the cut, who doesn’t love that? And they’ll give you some tips on how to maintain your look and style until you return for a touch up. For a basic wash and cut can be in and out in under thirty minutes. It may be the best $25 you ever spent.

 

4. Top 10 Tattoo  & Barber Shop

Top 10 Tattoo Barbershop Toronto

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Top 10 Tattoo & Barber Shop  at 716 Yonge Street is super convenient if you’re looking to trim your mop top and get inked all in one shop! Just a haircut today? No problem. The barbers in this unique space do a great job for a great price. After House of Lords closed its doors, their team of barbers and stylists crossed the street and came here. The House didn’t fall – it just moved house a few doors north.

 

5. Axe & Hatchet Grooming Club

 

Don’t call Axe & Hatchet Grooming Club (12B, 101 Yorkville Ave) a barbershop. It’s a full service grooming club. Owner Dante Perrone describes it as a hybrid. It’s like an old school barbershop blended with a twist of modern salon, and a bit of a chill cafe vibe thrown in for good measure. It’s not what you might expect from a fancy Yorkville Salon. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. Chill out, relax, have a coffee and get a great cut.

 

As with many things in life – you get what you pay for. A men’s cut will run you $50, a beard grooming is $20, and ‘The Works’ will set you back $75 (plus tip). For those who believe in treating themselves to the best, the talent of the staff and the luxurious, yet unpretentious experience is worth every penny.

 

All services are by appointment only. If you book online your appointment will be confirmed online, and you’ll get a text the day before your appointment to remind you to go.

Get ready to look your best! These local barbershops will treat you right.

 

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

Where to get a good beer in Midtown

 

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly poured pint on a hot summer day. In Midtown Toronto you’ve got no shortage of places to get one, but if you aren’t sure where to go, here’s a list of our favourite places to enjoy a good beer in the area. Cheers to summer!

 

1. Granite Brewery

Granite Brewery Toronto

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Granite Brewery and Tied House (245 Eglinton Ave E) isn’t just another hotspot trying to ride the wave of the craft beer trend. They’ve been busy brewing in their own on-site microbrewery since they opened their doors in Toronto back in 1991. Today, the brewery is regarded as an industry leader. It began as a family business in Halifax in 1985, and remains a family-run enterprise today. It’s a brewery, beer store and bar and grill, all rolled into one.

 

At Granite, they brew small batch, handcrafted, all natural, open fermented ales with no preservatives and no pretension. They’ve won awards, earned their regulars, and have been written about in many reputable beer publications.

 

Grab a seat on the front or back patio, and enjoy a beer that has only had to travel a few feet to reach you. Choose from one of their Cask Beers, or their extensive selection of Draught which includes seasonal favourites like their Summer Ale. It’s only brewed from May to October, so don’t miss out! It’s a crisp, golden wheat malt ale that tastes like pure summer refreshment.

 

Their on-site beer store is open daily, Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Sunday, from 11 am to 11 pm. Grab a growler or two to take back home to Davisville Village. Learn more about Granite Brewery in our exclusive interview with the owner.

 

2. Prohibition Gastrohouse

Prohibition Gastrohouse Toronto

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In many ways, the days of Prohibition were a simpler time. If you knew the password for your local Speakeasy, you came in and drank whatever they had on offer. Prohibition Gastrohouse (40 Eglinton Ave E) believes in keeping it simple. Why overwhelm yourself with a hundred choices of beer? Prohibition curates a selection of about 20 high quality beers on tap. Each one is a winner, so can’t go wrong. A few currently available options worth mentioning include O’Hara’s Irish Stout (Ireland), Lagunitas IPA (California), Golden Beach Pale Ale (Gravenhurst, ON), Houblon Chouffe (Belgium), and Thornbury Cider (The Blue Mountains, ON).

 

Visit them during Hooch Hour, from 4 pm to 7 pm, and again from 10 pm to midnight. During this special time, all taps are priced between $5.09 and $8.85. They’re open Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 2 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am until 2 am. Expect a cover charge and a dress code on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Learn more about some great Happy Hour specials near you in our recent article.

 

3. The Belsize Public House

Belsize Pub Toronto

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The Belsize Public House (535 Mt Pleasant Rd) is an outstanding neighbourhood pub. They specialize in Canadian craft beer. They have a great selection and each month guests can also enjoy a special ‘guest brew’. Check out their chalkboards when you walk in to see what they currently have in store for you. They are currently pouring Amsterdam “3 Speed” Lager (Toronto, Ontario), Boshkung’s “North Country” Kellerbier (Carnarvon, Ontario), Durham Blak Katt Stout (Durham, Ontario), Great Lakes Golden Horseshoe Blonde (Toronto, Ontario), Great Lakes Pompous Ass Ale (Toronto, Ontario), Hendersons Best Bitter (Toronto, Ontario), Muskoka Detour IPA, (Bracebridge, Ontario), Steamwhistle Pilsner (Toronto, Ontario) and Waupoos Cider (Waupoos, Ontario).

 

They also offer a rotating cask ale. Pay them a visit for a perfect Canadian pint. They’re open Sunday and Monday, from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 1 am. See you there!

 

4. The Wallace Gastropub

The Wallace Gastropub Toronto

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The Wallace Gastropub (1954 Yonge Street) specializes in unique and highly coveted beer selections. From annual releases to hard to find brews and brewery collaborations — only the best beer makes the cut.

 

A few special brews that are currently available include: Hofbrauhaus Original Munich Helles, Black Oak Pale Ale, Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Ale, and Shiny Apple Cider from Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

The Wallace also serves delicious and high quality food. Their dishes feature produce from local organic farms, sustainable seafood, and hormone and antibiotic free meat and poultry. Ask your server about pairing the perfect beer with your meal.

 

They’re open to serve you on Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 2 am, and on weekends, from 10 am until 2 am.

 

5.  Five 2 Five

Five 2 Five Grillhouse Toronto

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Step inside Five 2 Five (525 Mount Pleasant) and you’ll find a delightfully laid back atmosphere, unique draught beers, fast service and amazing food. Pride of ownership is apparent in everything they do. Everything is fresh, the place is super clean, and the staff are friendly and attentive. It’s the perfect neighborhood bar, without any pretension. They try hard to please you, without trying too hard. Choose your favourite draught, or discover a new favourite, and pair it with one of their incredible burgers, exceptional hand cut fries, and amazing chicken wings.

 

Being able to enjoy a perfect pint close to home in a nice atmosphere is one of those little things that makes your neighbourhood feel like home. We hope this guide helps you find your new favourite place. Cheers!

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you discover all that your neighbourhood and community have to offer.  For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

 

Rediscover Ontario Place this summer

 

Have you been to Ontario Place lately? You may not have had this waterfront park on your mind, but you should. Ontario Place has undergone some big changes, and it is once again a premiere destination for fun for the whole family, in all four seasons. If you haven’t been to Ontario Place lately, you don’t know what you’re missing. Let us update you!

Here are the top 10 things to do at Ontario Place this summer.

 

1.Take to the Lake!

Ontario Place Lakeshore Boat Rentals Toronto

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There’s no need to head to an Ontario cottage when you’ve got Ontario Place at your doorstep! Take to the lake in a canoe, kayak, paddle boat or row boat. Lakeshore Boat Rentals is open daily, from 12 pm until 8 pm. It’s a great activity for group events and birthday parties, too.

 

2. Spike your summer with fun!

Ontario Place beach volleyball

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Have a ball at the beach this summer. Catch a few rays while you work on your serve. Ontario Place has four full-sized beach volleyball courts! The courts are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Bring your ball, or rent one from the General Store — the white shipping container by the courts. Rental hours are Sunday to Wednesday10 am to 8 pm, and Thursday through Saturday10 am until 11 pm. Balls can be rented for $5 for 2 hours.

 

3. Music in Trillium Park

Ontario Place Music in Trillium Park

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Trillium Park at Ontario Place is an ideal venue to take in live performances from Toronto’s multicultural music scene. On Thursday nights, catch everything from Indie Rock to Afro-Cuban Jazz, Hip Hop to Alternative Folk — there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Dance your Sunday afternoon away with family-friendly performances from Indigenous DJ’s, Japanese drummers and more amazing performers. See a full schedule and plan your perfect park performance experience.

 

4. See a Cinesphere screening

Ontario Place Cinesphere

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The iconic Cinesphere at Ontario Place is the perfect spot to take in a summer movie on the massive IMAX screen. Take a break from the heat and escape to the cool, dark theatre with IMAX features playing all summer long. Some screenings to look forward to before summer ends are Dark Knight: The Imax Experience, playing daily at 6:30 pm, from August 24th to 30th, and Under The Sea 3D, showing daily at 1:30 pm.

 

5. Skate outdoors

Ontario Place Synthetic Skating rink

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If you love summer, but miss the winter fun of ice skating, come to Ontario Place. It’s home to Toronto’s only outdoor public summer skating rink. This isn’t roller skating, this is a synthetic skating rink made from a solid polymer material. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario as you work up a sweat, and keep your skills sharp. Speaking of sharp — there are $5 skate sharpening services on site, and skate rentals. The rink is open during park hours, 5 am until 12 am. Rental hours are 10 am to 11 pm. Rentals are $5 for kids under 12, and $10 for adults. Admission is free!

 

6. Segway Tours

 

Want to cover more ground without all the walking? From now until the end of September, take a fun and informative Segway tour across the West Island through Trillium Park. Tours are $69 per participant and depart at 10:30 am12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm – Thursday to Sunday. All riders must be at least 12 years of age, and between 100 and 280 pounds.

 

Visit Go Tours for more details and to book your tour!

 

7. Yoga

Ontario Place free yoga

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Take your yoga practice to the next level with free classes every Saturday, from 10 am until 11 am, and Sundays, from 11am until 12pm, until August 26th. No registration is required, but be sure to bring your own mat.

 

8. Happy trails!

 

Stay in shape with a scenic jog, or a slow summer stroll along the William G. Davis Trail. This 1.3 kilometre trail along the beautiful waterfront links the Martin Goodman Trail and the Pan Am/Parapan Am Trails. This creates a 2,000 kilometre continuous route along the Trans Canada Trail!

 

9. Get in the game

Ontario Place games

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Make your move. Work on your strategy skills with a game of Lifesize Chess, Ping Pong or many other games at Ontario Place.

 

10. Celebrate Patio Season with stunning views

Vista Eatery Ontario Place

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You’ve earned yourself a little downtime. Why not celebrate the tail end of patio season by taking in the stunning views at the Vista Eatery. The restaurant features a new menu that includes charcuterie and cheese boards, grain and noodle bowls, cold pressed juices and more. There is also a selection of beer, wine and cider. Refresh yourself and catch your breath as your take in some of the most breathtaking view in Toronto. The Vista Eatery is open daily, from 10 am until 11 pm.

 

It’s time to rediscover Ontario Place this summer. You’ve still got time, don’t wait!

 

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The best pools in Toronto to chillax in this summer

 

Swimming is the perfect summer activity. Whether you’re looking to get in some exercise, or just want to splash around and beat the heat, it’s a great way to spend some time this season. Here are some of the best pools in Toronto to chillax in this summer.

 

Mooredale Pool Club

Mooredale Pool Club Toronto

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Mooredale Pool Club offers an enjoyable escape from the hot and hectic pace of city life in the summer. Relax by pool at this Rosedale oasis. The heated outdoor pool is open from 6:30 am to 9 pm on weekdays, and 9:30 am to 9 pm on weekends. Members are multi-generational, so there is special programming to appeal to different groups throughout the day. Members and their guests can enjoy Recreational General Swim (where adults and children occupy the pool simultaneously and there are no marked lanes), Adult Lane Swim (for serious swimmers hoping to get a few laps in), Adult Aquafit classes (generally for seniors and older adults), and swimming lessons (for kids) at different times throughout each day.

 

Each pool club member must have a Mooredale community centre membership. Memberships are available to everyone, not only to those within the Rosedale-Moore Park area. After joining, members must pay an additional fee in order to access the pool. Because the season is already underway, pool costs are currently half price. Mooredale is less than a 10-minute drive, or less than 20 minutes by TTC, from both Davisville Village and Village Green. Their swim season begins each year on the May 2-4 long weekend, and extends until Labour DayMonday.

 

Leaside Memorial Gardens Pool

 

Into every summer, a little rain must fall. When it does, visit Leaside Memorial Gardens Pool (1073 Millwood Rd). It’s a newly renovated, indoor public pool. They offer swim lessons for all ages and recreational swim times.

 

Aquatics Academy

Aquatics Academy Toronto

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Before you enjoy a day at the pool, you need to know how to swim. Aquatics Academy (391 St Clements Avenue) is Toronto’s Premier Swim School. They offer personal attention in every class thanks to their low instructor to student ratio. They have swim programs for childrenparents and tots, and adults. It’s a great place to learn how to swim at any age. Whether you are looking to improve your existing skills, or you’re a first-time swimmer hoping to learn the basics and get comfortable around water, Aquatics Academy has a program for you.

 

Sheraton Centre

Sheraton Centre Toronto Pool

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Sheraton Centre Toronto is a wonderful place where you can kickback and relax in the largest indoor-outdoor heated pool in downtown Toronto. Whether the weather is cooperating or not, the water is always perfect. Swim under the sun or under the protective glass wall. Chill out poolside under an umbrella, on one of the many lounge chairs or sofas that line the deck. Because it’s the Sheraton Centre, service is exceptional. For the full experience, sip on a cool cocktail, bring a book and spend a luxurious summer day in lounge mode.

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Memberships are available to the general public. An annual membership gives you access to their fitness facility, the pool, their changeroom facilities, their sauna, and towel service. Prices start at $95 a month plus HST for an annual membership. Day passes can be purchased using any major credit card, at a cost of $30 plus tax per visit. Guest passes sometimes sell out, and may not always be available during peak periods on weekends and holidays. Their pool hours are 6 am to 10 pm from Monday to Friday, and 7 am until 10 pm on weekends.

 

Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool

 

Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool (275 Bathurst St) is a 50-metre outdoor public pool just south of Kensington Market. Spend the day making a splash, then grab a drink in The Market. The water is clean, cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

 

Leisure swim hours are 12 noon to 8 pm daily, all summer long.

 

Sunnyside – Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool

Gus Ryder Public Pool City of Toronto

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If you want to hit the beach and have a swim, but find Lake Ontario a little too chilly, head over to Sunnyside – Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool (1755 Lake Shore Blvd W). Admission to this large, lakeside, city-run pool is free. Remember to bring some quarters for the lockers. They are one-time use, so as soon as you open them, you’ll need another quarter to lock up again. Bags and food aren’t allowed on deck and must be kept in the lockers.

 

You’ll want to get there before noon, or in the evening during extended hours, in order to avoid the crowd of kids that takes over the pool in the summer.

 

This summer, do more than just dip your toes in. Dive into one of these amazing Toronto pools!

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The EX is back!

 

Another Toronto summer is flying by, but you still have lots to look forward to! The Canadian National Exhibition (AKA the CNE, AKA The EX) is a late summer tradition in Toronto. From August 17th to September 3rd, The EX is back!

 

How do you sum up something as fabulous as The EX? It’s a carnival, county fair, concert venue, world food pavilion and exhibition all rolled into one great big end-of-summer EXtravaganza that is not to be missed. Here are just a few examples of what you can extend this year.

 

FOOD

CNE The EX Food Building

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Every year, more than one million people visit the CNE Food Building to sample fare from local restaurants and cuisine from around the world. No matter what you like to eat, they’ve got it. You’ll find options for vegans, the gluten-intolerant, those who eat halal, and even raw foodies. Best of all, there are plenty of under $5 options! The Food Building is open from 10am to 10pm daily. All buildings close at 7pm on Labour Day Monday.

 

There’s plenty more food to taste outside of the Food Building. Ribfest is back by popular demand. It will take over Bandshell Park every day from 11am to 10pm. You won’t want to miss Food Truck Frenzy, just inside the Princes’ Gates, featuring the finest food trucks in town. Wash it all down at Craft Beer Fest, which conveniently coincides in time and location with Food Truck Frenzy. The Asian Market is the CNE’s version of a popular tradition that dates back to the Chinese Tang dynasty. This Night (and day) Market will delight your senses and your sensibilities with its food, artisans and entertainment. It’s open from August 30th to September 3rd.

 

AIR SHOW

The EX CNE Air Show Labour day

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Over the Labour Day weekend, the final days of the CNE are filled with the thrilling sights and sounds of the Canadian National Air Show as it soars over Lake Ontario. This year is the 69th annual edition. It will feature performances by two of the best aerial acrobatic jet teams anywhere. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds open the show, and our very own Canadian Forces Snowbirds will close it out with an incredible and dramatic crescendo. See it all, September 1st to September 3rd, from 12 pm until 3 pm.

 

VIP tickets are available if you want to watch the show in superb style. Ticket packages include things like: tented tables and chair seating, Air Show swag bags, access to an open beer/wine bar, a catered lunch, performer autograph sessions and same day admission to the CNE.

The rest of us will just look up.

 

RIDES

The EX CNE rides

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One of the main attractions of The EX is the rides. There will be dozens of thrilling, twirling contraptions for the young and the young at heart. Kids will love taking a spin on the Berry Go Round, Bumper Cars, Dragon Coaster, Lollipop Swing and many more! There are 30 rides in all at the Kiddie Midway, located at the west end of the CNE grounds, just east of Kid’s World. Height restrictions apply for some rides.

 

Grown ups can get their thrills on some CNE classics like The Zipper, The Twister and the Polar Express. Of course no trip to The EX would be complete without taking a turn on the Sky Ride for an elevated, scenic view of the CNE. The Sky Ride made its debut at the 2012 CNE and has become a crowd favourite. Transport yourself across the CNE grounds east toward the historic Princes’ Gates or west towards BMO Field, while being lifted up to 40 feet in the air!

 

PRICES/PASSES

 

You’ve heard the expression “good things come to those who wait”. That does NOT apply at The EX. This is definitely more of an “early bird gets the worm” kind of situation. You can save big (up to 38%) on advanced tickets if you buy before August 16th! Here’s the breakdown for ticket prices:

 

Regular Admission includes all shows and attractions, but not the rides. Advanced Tickets are $15, or $19.99 after August 16th.You’ll save big if you buy the Ride All Day Pass. This pass includes admission, attractions, exhibits and unlimited midway rides. Act before August 16th and get it for $41. Regular price is $65.99. All tickets include 13% HST. No refunds are available.

 

Tickets are available for purchase at participating GO Transit Stations, or you can purchase tickets online. Online tickets get you Express Entry at the CNE gate. So, unless you like waiting in line to get in, online is your best option. Express Entry is not available at vehicle gates. Take the TTC and avoid the hassle.

 

The Canadian National Exhibition is the perfect cure for the end-of-summer blues. Let’s go to the EX!

 

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Explore Manifesto Festival

 

Manifesto Festival is a celebration of community, culture and creativity. It returns from August 9th to 19th for it’s 12th Volume. The festival draws hundreds of artists together to connect with thousands of attendees in order to unite, support, and cultivate Toronto’s diverse and vibrant arts community. Let’s explore the Manifesto Festival.

 

Manifesto Festival Toronto

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MANIFESTO 101

 

Manifesto was founded back in 2007. This non-profit organization focuses on the artistic and professional development of young local creatives, inspiring and empowering them to take their careers and craft to the next level. The goal is to foster community connections, fuel civic pride, and have a positive social and economic impact. The Festival includes a Summit where young artists, entrepreneurs and innovators can connect with industry experts for a meeting of minds, plus enjoy workshops, panel discussions and lectures.

 

There will be art exhibitions, dance showcases, comedy shows, live music and more. It all culminates with a massive free outdoor concert at City Hall’s Nathan Phillip Square.

 

Manifesto Festival Toronto

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ART SHOW – August 15th – 19th

Manifesto Festival Toronto Art Show

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The Festival kicks off with its annual Art Show on August 15th at Ossington Tire (146 Ossington Avenue). Come out for the pre-show Artist Talk entitled ‘Art is Evolution’. It starts at 6 pmand features three of the most innovative visual artists in the city: Hatecopy, Tessar Lo and Yung Yemi.

 

Stick around for the Opening Night 19+ celebrations inside Ossington Tire that begin at 7:00 pm. The opening party is a highly anticipated group show of top Canadian artists and international guest artists. It features works in photography, painting, illustration, new media and more.

 

The Art Show will remain on display daily from 12 pm until 6 pm, until the show closes on August 22nd.

 

DISCOVERY SERIES

 

From August 9th to14th, the festival presents the first ever Manifesto Discovery Series.

Hosted in various venues across the city, this series will showcase artists creating community through culture across multiple disciplines. Here are some events to check out:

 

Thursday, August 9th:

 

Get your tickets now for the Blue Crane Agency x Pirates Blend x Bandbox Showcase at the Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West). Hosted by DJ Loqenz from 9pm to 1am, the showcase features LIZA, Haleek Maul, Junia-T the Studio Monk, Terrell Morris, and a surprise 2018 Polaris-nominated special guest.

 

Friday, August 10th:

 

Come out to the Super Wonder Gallery (584 College Street), from 8pm until 2 am, for SUNSHINE. It’s an all female showcase of African and Caribbean artists. Tickets are available now.

 

Manifesto Festival Comedy MrSoe

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In the mood for some laughs? Head to Comedy Bar, from 10:30 pm until 2 am, for the MRSOE! Comedy Show. Comedians include Dom Pare, Big Norm, Nick Reynoldson, Marito Antonio Lopez, Patrick Haye and Cassie Cao. Get your tickets today.

 

Saturday, August 11th:

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Check out the RPM 2-Year Anniversary at the Root Down Studio (225 Geary Avenue) from 9 pm until 3 am. See The Rootdown Artists DJ NDN, Drezus, Ziibiwan, Obuxum, DATU, with DJ sets by Wolf Saga and some special surprise guests. Get your tickets while you can.

 

Sunday, August 12th:

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The SoSo Food Club (1166 Dundas St. West) will host sndtrk6. Your ticket includes the Beat Academy Producer Tribute, from 5 pm to 7 pm, and the Evening Showcase featuring Subtle Blend, The Build and more, from 7pm until midnight.

 

MASSIVE CONCERT

Manifesto Festival Toronto

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The Manifesto Festival culminates in a massive, free outdoor concert on Friday, August 17th,

at Nathan Phillips Square. The set will include DJ NDN from A Tribe Called Red, Junia-T and UK poet, rapper and activist Akala. The show will be Co-headlined by Charlotte Day Wilson and Chronixx with his six-piece backing band called Zinc Fence Redemption.

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

If you want to be among the first to know about what’s happening with Manifesto during the Festival, and all year round, you can sign up to become a member of the Manifesto Family. Membership is free (for now), and includes information on advanced tickets, VIP passes, meet and greets, and much more.

 

Don’t miss a beat of Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture.

 

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Happy Hour in Toronto

 

Summer in Toronto should be about relaxing and spending time with friends, enjoying each other’s company and the amazing weather we wait all year for. You’ll probably have to get some work done, too, but when the work day is done, grab a friend and check out one of these great spots for Happy Hour in Toronto.

 

Prohibition Gastrohouse

Prohibition Gastrohouse Midtown Toronto

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If you’re in Midtown, head to Prohibition Gastrohouse (40 Eglinton Avenue East) for Hooch Hour! Expect great drink deals everyday, from 4 pm to 7 pm and 10 pm until midnight, all summer long! All Bar Rail spirits, beer and Hooch Hour Wines are only $5.09! This awesome local spot features great service and a huge back patio that’s perfect until the end of September. Hooch Hour is also a daily ritual at their second location in the Riverdale/Leslieville area (696 Queen Street East).

 

Cibo Wine Bar

Cibo Wine Bar Toronto

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Raise a glass to summer at one of Cibo Wine Bar’s three locations this summer (2472 Yonge Street, 133 Yorkville Ave and 522 King West). They offer Thirsty Thursday specials with half priced wine, and drink specials on beer, cocktails and spuntini from 4 pm until 7 pm.

 

Duke of Kent

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The Duke of Kent  (2315 Yonge Street) is a traditional English-style pub in the heart of Midtown Toronto. They’ve been pulling pints, popping corks, and serving classic pub fare here for more than 30 years. The pub itself is classic looking inside, and features a cozy little patio to chill out on. Enjoy half-priced bottles of wine, from 11 am until 4 pm, everyday. You can enjoy the same deal at other Duke pubs around town, including the Duke of Somerset (655 Bay St) and the Duke of York (39 Prince Arthur Avenue).

 

The Wallace Gastropub

Wallace Gastropub Toronto

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Wander over to The Wallace Gastropub (1954 Yonge Street) for Happy Hour from 3 pm until 7 pm, Sunday through Thursday. Enjoy great $5 deals on Ontario Craft Beer, House Wine, Premium High Balls and appetizers.

 

FARMHOUSE Tavern

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Have you been to the FARMHOUSE Tavern (1627 Dupont Street)? This gem in the Junction offers a series of hourly drink specials every Sunday, from 3 pm until 9 pm. Enjoy $3 Mimosas from 3 pm until 4 pm, $4 Caesars from 4pm until 5pm, $6 Craft Beer from 6 pm to 7 pm, $7 Cocktails 7 pm until 8 pm and $8 glasses of wine from 8 pm until 9 pm. You should never drink on an empty stomach. Dig into delicious 50% off food specials from 9 pm until 10 pm, and $1 Oysters from 5 pm to 6 pm.

 

Crown & Dragon

Crown and Dragon Toronto

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Crown & Dragon (890 Yonge Street) is another awesome traditional style pub with amazing deals. They offer “appy hour” specials, from 3 pm to 5:30 pm on Monday through Saturday. You can enjoy domestic pints for just $4.50, house wines for $5, and half price apps (not including Korean BBQ). You can even dig into half priced wings, and it’s worth mentioning that  theirs were voted the best wings in Toronto! Check it out every Tuesday and Thursday, from 5:30 pm until close, and all day Sunday!

 

Bar Reyna

Bar Reyna Toronto

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Experience the beauty of Bar Reyna (158 Cumberland Street). This Mediterranean cocktail and snack bar in Yorkville features a warm and inviting interior, as well as an open air back patio. The patio features a uniquely lovely arrangement of inverted white umbrellas that provide a touch of shade, greenery and elegance.

 

Visit them for Buck-A-Shuck Tuesdays to enjoy $1 Oysters, from 4 pm to 6 pm. Indulge in their $7 menu, every weekday from 4 pm until 7 pm. Order red or white wine (Thalia Sauvignon Blanc Vilana or Cosecheros y Criadores Tempranillo), Lime Margaritas or Krombacher Pilsner, all for only $7 each. The $7 menu also features delicious food items including their Mezze Bowl (with chorizo, olives and manchego), Zucchini Fritters (with roasted tomato aioli), and Arabic Fries (with za’atar spiced date ketchup).

 

STK Toronto

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STK Toronto keeps it classy. In fact, their Happy Hour is known as Social Hour. Enjoy half priced drinks and food specials from 3:30 pm to 7 pm daily.  Indulge in $3 Oysters, $6 Smoked Bacon Skewers, Tater Tots or Caesar Salad, $8 Hummus, Ceviche Tostada or Lil’ Brg and Truffle Fries, and $9 Jalapeno Cheddar Grit Croquettes, Tuna Tartare Tacos or Shrimp Cocktail.

 

Pravda Vodka Bar

Pravda Vodka Bar Toronto

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Pravda Vodka Bar (44 Wellington St. East) offers a rotating weekday happy hour every weekday, from 4 pm until 7 pm. Monday and Tuesday stop by to enjoy a complimentary appetizer and lounge music. Wednesday and Thursday dig into a complimentary appetizer while you groove to their DJ’s beats, and listen to live music all night. Friday enjoy a complimentary appetizer, the DJ, live music AND a live Aerialist Show! Where else can you see that?

 

These bars and restaurants are just a few examples of places that host incredible Happy Hours across Toronto. We’re so lucky to call this incredible city home.

 

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