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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Credit: @liciousto

 

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

@tsmfestival

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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

caribana toronto

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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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Credit: @smallworldnotes @raahpatel @cjpystudio

 

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.

Suite 114 toronto

Credit: Suite 114

 

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.

Suite 114 Toronto

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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

Credit: Suite 114

 

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.

 

Suite 114 toronto

Credit: Suite 114

 

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.

 

Suite 114 toronto

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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.

 

Suite 114 toronto

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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.

 

 

 

 

The best Mexican food near Davisville Village

 

One of the best things about living in Davisville Village is that it’s a global village. Talk a walk around the block and you can experience culture and cuisine for all over the world. The only downside is that it can be hard to know where to start. To help you enjoy new tastes, we want to share some of the best Mexican food near Davisville Village.

 

 1. Chacho’s

 Chacho’s Mexican Restaurant

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Check out Chacho’s at 234 Merton Street for authentic Mexican cuisine, quality margaritas, and ice cold imported beer, in a fun and festive environment. It may be one of the best kept secrets in Toronto. The music is fun, but not too loud. You can actually hang out and have a conversation. You should be in the mood to hang out when you come because this isn’t fast food. They take the necessary time to prepare the food properly. All of it is made on site.

 

Their space has been recently renovated, but they aren’t trying to be fancy. They don’t seem interested in wowing you with opulent or romantic surroundings. They just want to impress you with the food, and they will.

 

2. Asada Mexican Grill

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Asada Mexican Grill  (809 St Clair Ave W) believes in creating an inviting environment, bringing authentic flavour, and doing it while supporting the community and a sustainable supply chain. They use hormone-free meats, and keep the produce as local as possible. At Asada, you get quality and you can customize it to create your personal favourite dish. Here’s how it works — pick your shell, pick your meat (choose from grilled steak, chicken, marinated pork, chorizo, pulled pork, Baja shrimp or vegetarian), then top it anyway you like. They offer a large selection of fresh toppings. Do it up your way.

 

3. Tio’s Urban Mexican

Tio’s Urban Mexican

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Coming to Tio’s Urban Mexican (2584 Yonge St) is like going to see family. In fact, ‘tio’ means ‘uncle’. Let the avuncular urban flavour make your meal special. The urban-style is based on traditional Mexican street food that you would find in the cities. The atmosphere at Tio’s is relaxed, homey, and inviting, and the food is delicious. They want to make you happy. If sangria margaritas and tequila make you happy, they’ve got you covered. You can choose from their authentic Mexicano or Gringo (Tex Mex). Kick back, relax with friends or a date, and enjoy the good vibes.

 

4. La Carnita

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La Carnita  (130 Eglinton Ave E) has an undeniably cool atmosphere. It’s impressive, it’s unique. Some of the best street artists in Toronto came together to help design it, and it shows. The mission of La Carnita is to create a cool community vibe, and share the love of food, art and music. Chill out with some tacos, cold beer or cocktails, a churro or two, and groove to the mixtape soundtrack. Try the Tostada de Ceviche (tuna, guacamole, coconut milk, habanero, tomato, cucumber), or the In Cod We Trust fish tacos (cod, Voltron sauce, lime crema, pickled red cabbage, green apple & cilantro).

 

5. Mariachi’s Restaurant

Mariachi’s Restaurant

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Mariachi’s (2084 Yonge St) is a neighbourhood mainstay. Proprietor Alejandra Hernandez opened up her first restaurant in 1998. Come to enjoy the festive atmosphere, inside or out on the patio. They have all your standard favourites — from sizzling fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas, to more specialized dishes like the Steak Pepino, or Seafood Platter for two, with giant shrimp, scallops, and mussels.

 

You will leave satisfied. The portions are not huge, but they are incredibly filling. All main dishes come with rice, salad, and refried beans. It’s like getting a home cooked meal from someone who cares about you — and really knows how to cook!

 

Take time to experience the flavour of your neighbourhood. There is so much to discover!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the culture and flavour that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

Sweet treats near Village Green

 

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

 

Crepe it Up

 

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

 

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

 

Funnel Cake Express

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

 

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

 

Sorelle and Co.

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

 

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

 

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

 

Guschlbauer

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

 

Dessert Lady

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Toronto bars with killer patios

 

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

 

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

 

The Pilot

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

 

Trattoria Nervosa

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

 

Kramer’s Bar & Grill

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

 

Scallywags Restaurant

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

 

Cabana Pool Bar

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

 

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

 

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