The best places to grab lunch near Village Green

 

For many of us, the word ‘lunchtime’ is like music to our ears. We’ve been watching the clock tick and listening to our stomach rumble, and when lunchtime finally rolls around we are starving. You may be short on time, but you’re never short on options when you live in The Village. Here are some of the best places to grab lunch near Village Green.

 

Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen Toronto Church and Wellesley

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Lola’s Kitchen has been serving up fresh and healthy cuisine in the heart of The Village since 2009. Pay a visit to this elegant and inviting establishment, housed in a classic Victorian Mansion, at 634 Church Street.

 

Their vegan and gluten-free Sante Fe Bowl ($17) is loaded with brown rice, organic black beans, guacamole, corn, romaine, pico de gallo, diced sweet potato, green onion, and crisp tortillas from La Tortilleria. It’s topped with a delicious yogurt lime drizzle.

 

If a sandwich is your go-to lunch, the Portobello and Brie Sandwich (with caramelized onions, arugula and maple Dijon on multigrain) is a good choice. If vegetarian isn’t your vibe, how about a Lamb Burger ($19)? Doesn’t fresh Ontario lamb from Forsyth Farms, with roasted red peppers, arugula, feta and minted yogurt on a butter bun sound amazing?

 

All sandwiches are served with their house salad or homemade frites. You can upgrade to a specialty salad for $3.50, or poutine for $4. Add bacon ($2.50), cheese ($3) or guacamole ($3), and even make it gluten-free for $1.75.

 

Upgrade your lunch experience with a visit to Lola’s Kitchen. They are open and ready to welcome you, Mondays from 11 am until 3 pm, Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, and again from 4 pm until 10 pm. Sunday is Brunch Day from 10 am until 3 pm.

 

Freshii

 

Freshii Church and Wellesley Toronto

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Freshii (77 Wellesley St E) is a health-conscious chain that gets it right. They offer fast, fresh, healthy food, at fair prices.

 

Looking for a light but well balanced lunch? The Fiesta Salad (with field greens, avocado, aged cheddar, black beans, corn, salsa fresca and dressed with a cilantro lime vinaigrette) is a great choice.

 

Add comfort to your meal with a bowl of Superfood Soup. It’s full of quinoa, kale, cabbage, carrots, celery and red onions.

 

Make your meal super substantial by adding a Smokehouse Burrito to your soup and salad combo. It’s packed with brown rice, aged cheddar, black beans, red onions, tomatoes, corn, and spicy yogurt sauce.

 

Add a protein punch to any meal by adding tofu, falafel, chicken or steak.

 

The new Freshii app lets you order online, so you can skip the lunch line. Stroll in like a VIP and pick up your fresh and ready-to-eat lunch. You’ll also earn points towards free meals for every dollar you spend. Their location in The Village is open weekdays from 11 am until 10 pm, and Sundays from 11 am until 7:30 pm.

 

Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar

 

Sabai Sabai Toronto

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If you want to try something different, Sabai Sabai (81 Bloor Street East) is a hip Northern Thai and Laotian restaurant with a fresh and funky vibe.

 

Some lunch favourites are the Street-Style Rice Noodles (with ground chicken, peanut, and tamarind sauce, $14), or the amazing Massaman Curry (with braised beef, star anise, cinnamon cloves, peanut, potato, and coconut milk that’s served with rice, $15).

 

They also offer a separate vegan menu for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu includes a delicious version of Massaman Curry (with tofu instead of beef, $15) as well as a rotating chef’s special dessert of the week ($6).

 

The food here is fantastic, and the word has spread. That means if you’re going for lunch, make sure you have a reservation for any size table. Online reservations make it simple. Last-minute seating is often available at the bar. Or, you can order online and pick it up.

 

They’re open Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 11 pm, and Sundays from 4 pm until 10 pm.

 

Katsuya

 

Katsuya Toronto

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Katsuya is an authentic Japanese Cutlet House (Katsu means ‘cutlet’, and Ya means ‘house’). Your favourite meats are well seasoned, then dredged in flour and egg, and finally coated in panko bread crumbs that are freshly toasted daily. The Katsu is then covered in your choice of signature sauces.

 

The Katsuya Original house sauce is made with seasonal fruits and vegetables (the flavour can change with the seasons) and organic herbs. It starts at $14.25 for Pork Loin, or $15.75 for chicken or fish. Or you can go all out and get a Double Cheese verison of the Pork Loin with Mozzarella and Cream Cheese ($16.95).

 

The restaurant concept is simple. Basically you choose your meat and a signature sauce. Sauces include Carbonara Katsu, Sweet Chili Katsu and Garlic Spicy Katsu (they come out with new sauces regularly). The result is an almost endless variety of meal options.

 

At their downtown location only (66 Gerrard Street East) you can try the amazing Katsu Burger. This is the first of its kind in Canada! Available in Pork ($10.75) or Chicken ($11.25), it’s topped with teriyaki and/or tartar sauce and cheese. Make it a combo (addinh fries and a pop) for $4.50.

 

The Chicken Katsu Salad ($14.75) is another great lunch option. It’s topped with Chicken Katsu strips, sliced egg, roasted almonds and homemade thousand island sauce made with apple, pineapple and vegetables.

 

Katsuya is open to serve you, Monday to Thursday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 11:30 am to 10 pm. Call 416-591-7756 for reservations.

 

Fresh Burger

 

Fresh Burger Toronto

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The folks at Fresh Burger know what a real burger should taste like, and so should you! The ingredients for a great burger are simple. It should consist of fresh meat of the highest quality available on the market, fresh veggies and be served on a fresh bun. One thing you won’t find at any Fresh Burger location, including the one at 542 Church Street, is a freezer.

 

Fresh Burger’s goal is to make the best burger for the lowest possible price. Their original 4 oz Fresh Burger is only $5.89, and only $9.75 with fries and a drink. Make it a Double Fresh Burger (two 4 oz patties) for $8.89, or $12.39 for a combo. Get a 6 oz Prime Fresh Burger for $7.85 or $11.65 for a combo, or try to tackle the big one, the whopping 12 oz Double Prime Fresh Burger for $11.85, or $15.55 for a combo.

 

They’ve also got some of the best poutine this side of Montréal.

 

Order online to skip the line. They are open daily, Monday to Thursday, from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 3 am, and Sunday from noon until 10 pm.

 

We hope these tasty lunch spot suggestions help you dig in and let loose when lunchtime rolls around!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants you to taste the full flavour of your neighbourhood. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best BBQ in Toronto

 

Most people argue that summer is BBQ season. But why should something as delicious as BBQ have a season? We think any time of year is a good time to dig in. Toronto is a great town for this sweet and smokey delicacy. If you’re into it, visit these local restaurants for the best BBQ in the city.

 

Barque

 

Barque Smokehouse Toronto

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Barque (287 Roncesvalles Avenue) makes some of the best low n’ slow smoked BBQ in the city and serves it to hungry patrons in a relaxed and comfy atmosphere. Note that the low temperature of their smoker (between 150°F and 325°F) means that the meat is served warm, not piping hot. Also, their slow cooking method means that once they’re out of meat for the day, they’re out!

 

The Meet Meat Platter ($99) is perfect for a group of four. It offers a good selection of their best meats. The platter consists of 12-hour beef brisket, Pommery pulled pork, smoked lamb shoulder, southern fried chicken, BBQ chicken and baby back ribs.

 

The Sampler for Two is $59 and includes your choice of appetizer or salad, three choices of meats, and two sides. You can add dessert for $5 per person.

 

If you want to enjoy the ultimate Barque BBQ experience, you’ll want to order The Smoker’s Choice. It’s a large, shareable platter big enough for the whole table. It includes Caesar salad, smoked chicken wings, cajun mac n’ cheese, hush puppies and all their BBQ meats. Dig into beef brisket, BBQ chicken, and baby back ribs. If also includes Tableside S’mores for dessert. This incredible meal goes for just $39 per adult or $21 per teen.

 

They also serve diners free popcorn which is a nice touch!


Carbon Bar


Carbon Bar Toronto

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Carbon Bar, at 99 Queen St East in the Old City TV building, is a world-class BBQ joint with a full-service bar that serves excellent cocktails. Even if someone in your party isn’t into BBQ, there is a lot to love about this place. Their Hot Smoked Trout and Seafood Boil dishes are amazing. There are great sides including Jalapeno Cornbread ($8) or Mac & Cheese ($13) made with vintage cheddar, gruyere and chipotle. It’s perfectly crisp on the outside and creamy inside. But the real star is, of course, the BBQ.

 

The Pit Master Platter ($34 per person, minimum 2 people) from their Bar Menu is a must. It includes St. Louis cut pork ribs, beef brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, fries with chipotle mayo and dill pickles.

 

Eat at the bar, or get comfy in one of their plush leather booths, and get ready to enjoy some upscale, yet unpretentious eats!

 

Reservations are recommended.


The Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder


The Stockyards, at 699 St Clair Ave West at Christie Street, serves up wood-smoked BBQ at their small diner counter. They may be a small place, but their food is outstanding and they offer a full take-out menu. Take your meal home or have a picnic two blocks down Christie Street on the Wychwood Barns grounds (76 Wychwood Ave). Remember to grab plenty of napkins – it gets pretty sticky!


Their wood-smoked BBQ is amazing, but their Buttermilk Fried Chicken is out of this world. Most meals come with fries which are perfectly crisp and well seasoned.


Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ


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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (81 Church Street) offers authentic Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbecue). Japanese BBQ is all about large plates of shared food. There is a personal charcoal grill installed at every table, so you can cook your meats just the way you like them. This is not an All-You-Can-Eat establishment. This restaurant is all about quality, not quantity. There are set prices for set meals, and the portions are more than filling. The atmosphere is warm and the staff are very friendly. If you’re new to Japanese BBQ, the staff are happy to offer meal suggestions and guide you through the menu. You can’t go wrong with their 21-Day Aged Harami Skirt Steak in Miso Marinade, or their Certified Angus Kalbi Short Rib with a Tare Sweet Soy Marinade.

 

With over 700 Gyu-Kaku restaurants worldwide, we’d say they’re doing something right! The Church Street location is not an overly large space, so it’s usually pretty busy. Make reservations to avoid long wait times.


Cherry Street Bar-B-Que


Cherry Street Bar-B-Que Toronto

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Cherry Street Bar-B-Que has two locations to choose from in Toronto. Their flagship, namesake location is located in the Port Lands, at 275 Cherry Street. They also have a stand at Assembly Chefs Hall, at 111 Richmond Street West. The Cherry Street location may be a little out of the way, but it’s housed in a historic former bank building with a great atmosphere and an enormous patio that offers exceptional views of the city. It’s worth heading down for some of their classic Southern pit-smoked meats, including brisket, baby back ribs, turkey and pulled pork. They’ve got some great sides like BBQ beans, mac n’ cheese, and even quinoa salad. They also offer a good selection of craft cocktails, local beers and a carefully curated selection of bourbon. Everything on their menu is market priced.

 

This is a casual, laid back restaurant. After you’ve been shown to your table, you order what you want at the counter, get a drink from the bar and enjoy. Go ahead, get saucy – nobody will care!

 

We hope this post inspires you to take a fabulous BBQ tour of Toronto!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to share the amazing flavours and experiences 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.


Cheap date ideas near Village Green

 

Living in Toronto means there is always an endless amount of things to see and do. Since most of us do not have unlimited funds to spend, it helps when you can find fun, fascinating and affordable activities around the city. It’s even better when they’re near where you live! Check out these cheap date ideas near Village Green.

 

Allan Gardens

 

 Allan Gardens Conservatory Toronto

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Why pay top dollar for a romantic date when you’ve got beautiful Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Avenue) right in your neighbourhood? Admission is free, from 10 am to 5 pm, 365 days a year. If you haven’t been to this hidden gem in Toronto, you’ve been missing out!

 

Why save date night for the night? Plan a cheap and romantic day date! Visit Allan Gardens in the late morning, around 10:30 am, after the plants have had their morning watering. You will love the smell of freshly watered plants in the morning and there are few things more beautiful than the way the sunlight shines into the greenhouse and reflects off the fresh water droplets. It kind of looks like the brightly coloured plants are dripping with diamonds.

 

There are six greenhouses in total that take up over 16,000 square feet. The well-maintained gardens are a mixture of permanent displays and seasonal features. The tropical oasis (including banana trees) is especially warm, welcoming, and romantic on a chilly fall or winter day. Enjoy the array of flowers, plants and trees that change with the seasons. There is always something new to see, so you can keep coming back for more!


Free Astro Tours at U of T



Looking for an out-of-this-world experience that is super affordable? Take an AstroTour!


These free Astronomy Public Tours, from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, take place on the first Thursday of the month. They are hosted at 9:10 pm (from May to September) and 8:10 pm (from October to April) at the Astronomy Building (50 St. George Street).


The experience lasts for about two hours, and is broken into three parts. It begins with an hour-long talk by a doctoral, postdoctoral, fellow, or faculty member. These talks are meant to be accessible and understandable to the layperson. Occasionally there will be special AstroTours with world-famous speakers or special engagements marking amazing astronomical events. Seats for the lectures are on a first-come, first-served basis.


The other two parts of the tour consist of free planetarium shows and telescope observation. Telescope observation is walk-in. Tickets for the planetarium shows are handed out before the lecture. Set a heavenly tone for your next date, for free!


Bike through the Don Valley Trail



What’s more fun, or more affordable, than strapping on your helmet and hitting the trail for a beautiful bike ride together? Dodging traffic may not be on your list of romantic activities, so head to a paved bike path, preferably with some natural beauty surrounding you. The Don River Trail is perfect! You can head north towards the Taylor Creek Trail, or south towards the Corktown Common.


If you’d like to learn more about all the amazing bicycle and walking trails near your, check out our recent article.


Coffee in Yorkville



The coffee date. It might just be the perfect first date. It’s casual, it’s cheap, and if there’s no connection you can both blow it off before your coffee has cooled. It you hit it off, there is nothing better than whiling away a few hours with interesting company over a cup (or several) of your favourite fresh brew. You’ve got lots of options nearby. Yorkville is a nice place to stroll around, peek inside a few coffee shop windows, and find a vibe that fits. Here are a few places you may want to grab a cup:


Cafe Moi ( 1200 Bay St). This colourful, cozy and casual cafe is a great place to hang out and bond over great coffee. The smooth creme and mild espresso make for a world class Cappuccino.


Coco Espresso Bar (29 Bellair Street), in the heart of Yorkville, serves up strong coffee in a cozy, yet vibrant atmosphere. Warm wood-panelled walls and bare Edison bulbs set a relaxed mood. There are tasty sandwiches, delicious desserts, and exceptional gelato flavours to enjoy, if you’re in the mood to settle in.


Strike gold on your next coffee date at Goldstruck Coffee (130 Cumberland Street). This industrial-chic hangout is home to great organic coffee, sandwiches, and delicate pastries. They’ve got good smoothies, too — if that’s more your speed. The atmosphere is a bit jazzy. It’s not too loud to talk, but loud enough to groove through otherwise awkward silences in the conversation.


Okonomi House


Don’t let the date fall flat just because you’re looking to save a few bucks. Okonomi House (23 Charles Street West) takes affordable date night to the next level with their fine Japanese cuisine and famous savoury pancakes. If you’ve never had savoury pancakes before, welcome to the rest of your life! If you’ve both never had savoury pancakes before, experiencing new things together is a great way to make sweet memories that you’ll both be able to savour!


Everyone loves fun dates, and everyone loves saving money. These cheap date ideas near Village Green can help you do both at once. Have a great time!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you experience all that your community has 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 eat Thai food near Davisville Village

 

There are a ton of great restaurants in the Davisville Village neighbourhood. Because of the area’s diversity you can dig into authentic dishes from across the globe, just around the corner from home, at Davisville Village. If you’re hungry for something exotic, there are some excellent Thai restaurants to try nearby. Here are our favourite places to eat Thai food in the area:


Bolan Thai Cuisine


Bolan Thai Toronto

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Bolan Thai Cuisine (709 Mt Pleasant Road) is not your average ‘hole in the wall’ restaurant. It’s small, but it feels cute, cozy and contemporary. The atmosphere and the attention to detail in the presentation of the food here is a cut above other places in the same price range.

 

Bolan Thai Toronto

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Bolan does amazing things with sticky rice. Their Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce ($5.95) is an out-of-this-world appetizer, and their Mango Sticky Rice ($7.95) dessert is almost too beautiful to eat. For a main course, you can’t go wrong with their Golden Curry Chicken ($13.95). If you’re trying to make healthy choices when you eat out, you can upgrade from jasmine to brown rice for an additional $2.50. Their Pad-Kee-Mao is simple, yet tasty. It is a filling dish of stir fried flat rice noodles, basil sauce, basil leaves, bell peppers, onions and garlic. The vegetarian version is only $11.95, and you can add chicken, beef or shrimp for an extra $1, $2 or $3.


Pay them a visit to eat-in, or pick up some take-out. You can also skip the queue and order online for home delivery.


Thai Spicy House


Thai Spicy House is an unassuming little shop at 517 Mt Pleasant Road. Their food is full of authentic Thai flavour, is well spiced, and prepared with good quality ingredients. Everything comes in large portions, which is a bonus. Start with their Deep Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce ($6.99) or their Green Mango Salad ($8.99). Their aptly named Authentic Pad Thai is a delicious main course to try. It’s just $10.99 for the vegetarian version, $11.99 for the chicken version, $12.99 for the shrimp version, and $12.49 for a chicken and shrimp version. If you’re in the mood for beef, their Beef Malaysian Curry with rice is a house specialty that will set you back just $13.99.


Dine in or order online for pickup or delivery.


Siam Square Hut

 

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Siam Square Hut is a hidden gem tucked away in Sunnybrook Plaza (660 Eglinton Ave E #120). This modest establishment is cozy and inviting. They don’t try too hard to impress you with their decor, they just let the food speak for itself.

 

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Begin with a fragrant Tom Ka Soup (Coconut Lemongrass) for just $5. Their decadent Cream Cheese Crab Rangoon ($8) is a great starter to share. It’s 5 pieces of Thai pastry stuffed with imitation crab meat, cream cheese and sweet chili sauce.


For your main course, try the Green Curry. It comes with bamboo shoots, squash, bell peppers, carrot, basil and lime leaves, starting at $13. It’s available with chicken, beef, shrimp, seafood or fish (deep fried or steamed fillet). Wash it all down with a refreshing Thai Ice Tea ($3).


They’re open daily from 11:30 am (noon on Sunday) until 12 am. You can eat in, or order food online for delivery or pickup.


Thai Mango


Thai Mango Toronto

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Thai Mango (641 Dupont Street) is a comfy and contemporary spot for great Thai cuisine. If you like shellfish, start your meal the Shrimp Satay ($6.99) and a bowl of Hot & Sour Soup with tofu, bamboo shoots, black mushroom and egg ($7.99).


Their Gai Phad Med Ma Muang (Cashew Chicken) is a must-try. It’s a robust dish of sauteed chicken with roasted cashew nuts, sweet peppers and chilis ($15.49).


If you’re feeding a few folks, make sure to opt in for the free food you’re entitled to at this restaurant. You’ll get free Spring Rolls if your order exceeds $40 before tax, and Mango Chicken or Chicken Pad Thai for orders over $60! To claim your freebies when you order online for pickup or delivery, simply write your free item of choice in the comment section on the checkout page.


They’re open daily from 11 am until 11 pm.


Riz on Bayview

 

Riz on Bayview Toronto

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Riz on Bayview (1677 Bayview Ave) serves up amazing Thai cuisine. They offer a standard menu and a separate certified gluten-free menu. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, with elegant and understated modern decor, as well as comfy booths and chairs. There is also a patio for warm weather dining.


Can’t decide on what to order? No problem. Go for the All-You-Can-Taste Menu, available from 4 pm until 10 pm from the regular menu ($32.99 per person) or thegluten-free menu ($34.99 per person)! If you order from the gluten free menu, you’ll get BBQ Korean Beef Ribs, Drunken Garlic Tiger Shrimp, Ginger & Green Onion Lobster, Drunken Garlic Lobster, and Thai Black Bean Lobster. These dishes would cost around $60 if ordered separately, so it’s a great deal!


Reservations are recommended. The restaurant is open daily from 11 am until 10 pm.


We hope this post inspires you to take a Thai inspired tour of your neighbourhood!


Greenrock Property Management loves to share the best that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, includingGreenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

Credit: Terry’s Hair Studio

 

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!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and exciting things your city and community have 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.