Nature near Village Green

 

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

 

Riverdale Farm

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

 

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

 

Lower Don Trail

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

 

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

 

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

 

Corktown Common

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

 

Cherry Beach

 

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

 

Cherry Beach/Clarke Beach

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

 

Tommy Thompson Park

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

 

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

 

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

 

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The best car sharing services in Toronto

 

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

 

Car2Go

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

 

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

 

Zip Car

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

 

Enterprise Car Share

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

 

Turo

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help connect you to your city and community, and help you navigate your way through it all. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

 

How to reduce your plastic consumption

 

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

 

Carry a reusable water bottle/coffee cup

 

 

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

 

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

 

Choose cardboard over plastic bottles and bags

 

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

 

Carry a bag for shopping

 

 

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

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

 

Re-think Leftovers

 

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

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

Shop in bulk

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

 

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

 

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Last Chance to Get lost in Infinity Mirrors at the AGO

 

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

 

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

 

The Tour

 

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

 

About the Exhibit

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Rooms

 

Phalli’s Field

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

Love Forever, photo by Kathy Carver

 

Love Forever

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

 

Dots Obsession – Love Transformed into Dots

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

 

Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity

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

 

The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

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

 

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins

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

 

The Obliteration Room

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

 

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

 

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

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Plan your Canadian Music Week experience!

 

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

 

Plan your CMW Experience

 

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

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Wristbands and Tickets

 

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

 

Don’t Miss these Shows and Events

CMW Kickoff Party

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

 

SIRIUSXM HOUSE

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

 

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

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

 

2 Chainz

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Mentor’s Cafe

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Dig into Taiwanese fried chicken at Monga

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Credit: @MongaCanada

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Decorate your balcony with Hauser

 

Your balcony is your personal outdoor sanctuary. How you choose to decorate it can make a world of difference. If you’re on the hunt for quality, outdoor furniture that was made to last, you may want to look to the experts at Hauser (218 Merton Street) in Davisville Village.

 

Hauser is a family-owned Canadian company. They believe in living life to the fullest, outdoors. This philosophy first came from the company’s founder, John Hauser, more than 60  years ago. John was a fifth-generation Austrian blacksmith who moved his family to Canada in 1949 and opened the John Hauser Ironworks, specializing in wrought-iron ornamental fixtures.

 

John Hauser and his family spent much of the warmer months entertaining family and friends outdoors. Hauser’s passion for outdoor living, family and craftsmanship made him a leader in the outdoor furniture industry.

Credit: Hauser

 

The second generation of Hausers run the company today, and continue to create quality outdoor furniture with the same philosophy and passion that was passed on from John. Hauser continues to manufacture the majority of what they sell, themselves, locally. You can choose from a variety of materials and styles, including cast, tubular and wrought aluminum, rattan, teak, as well as all-weather rattan. Since Hauser is the manufacturer, customers can also mix and match styles and technologies and have Hauser’s state-of-the-art welding, paint and fabric production line produce the perfect piece.

 

Hauser takes pride in being a leader in outdoor furniture options. They are open year round to serve you and their dedicated staff are experts in their field.

Credit: Hauser

 

Your balcony is the perfect place for some serious lounging. Hauser offers a selection of quality outdoor chaise lounges and outdoor lounge seating, including sofas, chairs and ottomans. Choose from a variety of finishes and fabrics to suit your personal style.

 

Credit: Hauser

 

If wood is what you love for the outdoors, have a look at Hauser’s line of quality teak benches. It’s like having your own elegantly-styled park bench. Perfect for relaxing and looking out at Davisville Village.

 

Credit: Hauser

 

If you prefer to use your balcony as a place to sit and sip a cold drink, or perhaps enjoy a card game with a few friends, have a look at their line of outdoor tables and chairs. You’ll never have to fight the crowds to try and find a spot on a local patio this summer! It doesn’t get more local than this.

 

Credit: Hauser

 

Perhaps you prefer to grow something green in your outdoor space. Have a look at their line of outdoor planters, pots and topiaries and get growing with a little help from Hauser.

 

No matter what you like to use your balcony for, the experts at Hauser can help you make it all that it can be, and more!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you make your home feel like home. 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.

Hot Docs is back!

 

With over 200 films from across Canada and around the world screened to adoring audiences of more than 200,000 people, Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary film festival. The festival is back for its 25th anniversary, from April 26th to May 6th.

 

There is so much to take in at Hot Docs this year, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the films and programs, so that you can better plan your experience. Find all the films and buy tickets here.

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Opening Night

 

Opening night of any film festival is an exciting experience. Because this year is the 25th anniversary, this opening night is anticipated to be even more special. Come out and celebrate at the Opening Night Screening and Party. It all kicks off with the screening of The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, at 7pm at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West). The film is an intimate and unflinching look at restaurant kitchens – specifically the hot tempers, high pressure, and tight quarters that can create a toxic work environment. As more restaurant kitchens begin to be run by women, this tense atmosphere may be dissipating, but not without a fight! Chefs share their experiences with inequality and intolerance while continuing the struggle to create delicious dishes and get the job done.

 

The screening will be followed by the Opening Night Party at The Royal Ontario Museum at 9pm. Enjoy cocktails and canapés, while rubbing elbows with interesting and exciting guests.

Tickets are on sale now. Proceeds help support the Docs for Schools program, providing curriculum and free screenings for teachers and students in Ontario. A tax receipt for $100 will be issued and sent after the festival for each ticket purchased.

 

Food & Film

 

If you can’t make the opening night screening, you may want to dig into the Food & Film program. These separately-ticketed events feature food and special guest filmmakers. You can enjoy TURNING UP THE HEAT WITH ANITA LO & MAYA GALLUS on

Saturday, April 28th. Following the 1:15pm screening of The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, there will be hors d’oeuvres, drinks and discussion at Ricarda’s (134 Peter Street).

 

FREE Daytime Screenings

 

Seniors and students with valid student IDs can enjoy free admission to films that begin before 5pm – courtesy of CBC Docs! Get tickets at the venue box office on the day of the screening (subject to availability).

 

Rush Only

 

When you see Rush Only, that means all advance tickets are sold out – but don’t let that discourage you! There may still be tickets available on the day in the rush line. The rush line begins roughly an hour before show time, outside of the venue. Festival staff will count the empty seats 15 minutes before the screening and a corresponding number of rush tickets will be made available. Over 80 percent of rush line hopefuls have been able to attend their chosen screenings in the past. Good luck!

 

Passes

 

If you just can’t get enough Docs in your day, the Premium Pass is for you. It allows you to attend screenings without having to get advance tickets or waiting in a rush line. You just show your pass and get a ticket (subject to availability). Other passes and packages are also available.

 

Festival Highlights

 

The Beksinskis. A Sound and Picture Album  (Marcin Borchardt. 80 minutes. Polish with English subtitles. Rated 14A)

Credit: Hot Docs Film Festival: The Beksinskis. A Sound and Picture Album (Marcin Borchardt)

 

Zdzislaw Beksinski, a famed Polish painter, photographer and sculptor fathered a style he called “dystopian surrealism”. The style seemed to have seeped into his personal life and his relationship with his wife and son. Bekinski documented the tragic downward spiral of their lives on audio and video recordings. Director Marcin Borchardt has put these pieces together to paint an unsettling picture of human consciousness. It is presented as part of the Artscapes program. Find tickets and screening schedule.

 

Primas (Laura Bari. 99 minutes. French Spanish with subtitles. Rated 14A)

Credit: Hot Docs Film Festival: Primas (Laura Bari)

 

Outwardly, Rocio and Aldana appear to be average Argentine teens. You would never know that they have both experienced unimaginable sexual violence and trauma. Rocio and Aldana share a unique bond and inner resilience that is expressed, in part, through theatre, performance art and acrobatics. Director Laura Bari presents an inspiring and insightful testament to the healing power of human imagination. This film will be screened as part of the Silence Breakers program, presented in partnership with OXFAM CANADA. Find tickets and see the screening schedule.

 

How Do You Feel About Dying (Cameron Mullenneaux. 75 minutes. English. Rated PG)

Credit: Hot Docs Film Festival; How Do You Feel About Dying (Cameron Mullenneaux)

 

Ethan Rice has been preparing to die all his life. Born with cystic fibrosis, 28 year old Ethan allows director Cameron Mulleneaux to document his final months. Ethan faces death with a dark sense of humour and concern for those he will leave behind. Ethan’s father, a Vietnam veteran with PTSD is with Ethan night and day. Through home movies, Ethan’s original music and stop-motion animation, the film focuses on what lies beyond the fear of death and what can be found there. This film is part of the International Spectrum program.

Find tickets and screenings.

 

Experience the insight, entertainment and connection of the world’s finest documentaries at the 25th anniversary of the Hot Docs Film Festival.

 

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Fine pastry and sweet lessons at Thobor’s Cafe Gourmand

 

One of the best things about of living in Davisville Village is that you’re surrounded by many gourmet guilty pleasures. Thobor’s Café Gourmand, at 627 Mount Pleasant Road, is an authentic Parisian-style boulangerie and pâtisserie. If your French is a little rusty, that means this café specializes in both traditional French bread and pastry. The café also features a great selection of artisanal handmade chocolates and homemade jams. It’s also a perfectly cozy spot to sip a cappuccino and enjoy a great lunch.

 

Thobor’s Café Gourmand is the real deal. Everything is made fresh, in house, from scratch. It’s run with passion and love by a dream team; Marc and Sylvie Thobor.

Credit: Thobor’s Cafe Gourmand (thobors.ca)

 

Marc has been baking bread since he was 16. He honed his craft at several Parisian boulangeries after graduating from an accredited three-year bread-baking training and apprenticeship institute. He has a deep understanding of bread chemistry, technique and the essential importance of using fresh, quality ingredients.

 

Sylvie Thobor is an award-winning pastry maker and chocolatier. She trained at Cacao-Barry Chocolate Academy in Paris, and also earned her pastry chef’s diploma in Paris.

Credit: Thobor’s Cafe Gourmand (thobors.ca)

 

The Thobor’s location on Mount Pleasant is the original, but the demand for quality baked goods and chocolates led to them opening a second location at 1116 Eglinton Avenue West, and then a third in the city’s east end at 479b Danforth Ave.

 

Credit: Thobor’s Cafe Gourmand (thobors.ca)

 

Meeting the high demand for their acclaimed traditional baguettes ($2.85 / $5.70), specialty breads, pastries, and chocolates, requires a tireless and passionate effort from Marc, Sylvie and their team. Simply stepping inside Thobor’s is a feast for the senses, even before you’ve tasted a single morsel. The aroma and the enticing treats on display are incredible. Try a simple and perfect Chocolat Bonbon ($2.20), a traditional Éclair ($5.00), or one their Cake Maison, including Vanilla Almond ($9.00).

 

Thobor’s is a traditional Parisian Café that uses dairy and eggs, so you won’t find any vegan items on the menu, but there are several gluten-free options including all macarons ($2.60 each or a box of 8 for $20.80), and the Casse Noisette which is a delightful treat of Hazelnut dacquoise, dark chocolate ganache, praline mousse, covered with a 41% milk chocolate and hazelnut glaze (starting at $7.40).

Credit: Thobor’s Cafe Gourmand (thobors.ca)

 

If you’ve come to Thobor’s with a big appetite, you will not be disappointed. Choose from their signature sandwiches served on their famous and fresh baguettes, salads, the soup du jour ($5.50), quiches ($5.50), omelettes, or even a fabulous French Burger made with seasoned beef, swiss cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, and ketchup on a soft sesame seed bun ($8.10).

 

It is entirely possible that after enjoying the exceptional pâtisseries at Thobor’s, that you will want to learn how to make them yourself. That is why Sylvie created L’Atelier Gourmand – a series of hands-on pastry workshops, instructed by the master, herself. The workshops take place twice per month, on Sundays from 1pm until 4pm, at their 1116 Eglinton Avenue West location. Free parking is available on Glenarden Road and Wembley Road. To ensure a true hands-on experience, each class is limited to only 6 participants, at a cost of $140 + HST.

 

The upcoming workshops will be:

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND – ROULÉ FRAISE PISTACHE /SPONGE ROLL

SUNDAY, MAY 6TH – LEMON MERINGUE TART

SUNDAY, MAY 27TH – MILLE FEUILLE

SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH – OPÉRA CAKE

SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH – ÉCLAIRS AND CHOUX

 

To register for a workshop, email info@thobors.ca.

 

Thobor’s Café Gourmand offers those in the Davisville community the true flavour of Paris, without having to leave the neighbourhood!

 

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Celebrate digital creativity at Digifest

 

Are you ready to get digital? It’s time to take a step into the near future with Digifest 2018. This annual technology and startup celebration is organized every year by the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator at George Brown College. It’s a fascinating roundup of the most exciting and thought-provoking emerging technology, and ideas from around the globe. It’s all right here for you to explore, from April 26th to 28th.

 

Credit: @DigifestTO

 

This Year’s Digifest

 

The current global population is 7.5 billion people. Over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. In North America, over 80 percent of us live in cities. If you think cities are crowded now — just wait. By 2050 the world’s population in on track to top 10 billion people! As the number of people on earth continues to skyrocket, so do the challenges around food priorities, health, education, mobility, work and urban space. This year’s theme for Digifest looks to the future. It’s called HelloTomorrow: Our Creative Cities. If we are going to solve the challenges that face us as a global population, we will need creative ideas and new technologies. We will rely even more heavily on innovation and design in order to maintain or exceed our collective quality of life. Digifest 2018 is focused on how creative thinking today will shape our world tomorrow.

 

Credit: @DigifestTO

 

Speakers

 

Digifest 2018 is a gathering place for creative minds from across Canada and around the world. There is an extensive list of speakers who will cover a variety of subjects around the challenges that face us today and into tomorrow. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss, listen and learn from the experts about the wonders we can expect and the issues that need to be tackled. Here are a few highlights of the event schedule;

 

Festival Kick Off on April 25th, 2018

 

Digifest 2018 kicks off, on April 25th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with Meet the Media Guru. This event features award-winning information designer, Giorgia Lupi. She will discuss her work exploring Data Humanism. Lupi is the co-founder and Creative Director of Accurat, a data-driven design firm based in Milan and New York.

 

Day 1, April 26th, 2018

 

Linda Vlassenrood, Program Director at the International New Town Institute (Netherlands) will give a talk called Towards a Smart SocietyThe idea of going beyond ‘smart cities’ to create smart societies will be explored. To build a smart society we must identify and understand the needs relevant to that society.

 

Day 2, April 27th, 2018

 

Join media industry experts to explore how technology will continue to impact and shape how we share information. Don’t miss the Media & Storytelling Panel,from 1:45 pm until 2:45 pm.

 

Day 3, April 28th, 2018

 

Join the fascinating demonstration Let’s Talk Science on the final day of Digifest 2018, from 12pm until 1pm, with Sujeevan Ratnasingham. Using a LifeScanner, DNA barcoding technology, any animal tissue can be identified. Explore what you’re eating, as well as what’s in your garden and home in this extraordinarily interactive demo!

 

The Interactive Zone

 

The Interactive Zone is your opportunity to take an experimental journey into the future! You’ll be able to see and touch the latest technology from the fields of development, training, and entertainment.

 

Student Showcase

 

See the most promising ideas from the most promising minds at the sixth annual Student Showcase. Winning graduate student submissions from across the country will be exhibited for the public and potential industry partners.

 

Digifest Family Day

 

Gather the family and save some money as Digifest 2018 opens to the public for a free Family Day on Saturday, April 28th, form 10am until 4pm. Experience and enjoy family-friendly fun for all ages, panel discussions, and the latest addition to Digifest — The Food Tech Pop Up. This pop up looks at possible future foods, as well as the people behind them. There may even be some free samples to try!

 

Get a glimpse of the future with Digifest 2018 and Hello Tomorrow: Our Creative Cities. Tickets are available now!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you explore and connect with all the creativity and culture your present and future city has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.