Get your tickets for Field Trip!

 

Get ready to have a field day of fun, food, frivolity, and lots and lots of live music. It’s time for Field Trip 2018. From Saturday, June 2nd, to Sunday, June 3rd, Historic Fort York and Garrison Common transform into much more than simply a summer concert venue. Field Trip is a cross-disciplinary exploration of creativity and collaboration. Come and discover the finest offerings in music, art, comedy, fashion, food and more.

 

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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PERFORMANCES

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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Get ready to feel the good vibes. Field Trip gathers some of the world’s best musical artists and performers together in the heart of our fair city. Headlining the stage on Saturday, June 2nd, are Hogtown-hometown-heroes, Metric. On Sunday, June 3rd, NYC indie darlings, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, will close out the festival.

 

In addition to the headline acts, catch Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Noname, Trombone Shorty, and Orleans Avenue – just to name a few! Check out the full lineup for some can’t-miss artists.

 

‘DAY CAMP’

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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Field Trip is a family-friendly festival. Each year, the organizers outdo themselves as they seek to expand and refine the Field Trip Day Camp space. This is a place where parents and kids can celebrate together. The area will boast its own fun performances, including identical twin acrobats Jam Side Up, and performers OozaKazoo and Turbo Street Funk. The Toronto Magic Company will also entertain the family crowd all weekend long.

 

There will be a ton of fun, kid-focused activities including an open mic for wannabe child comedians to tell a joke or two, a chalk graffiti wall, Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime, and lots more! Best of all, kids under 12 can attend Field Trip for free!

 

COMEDY

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Take a side-splitting break and laugh yourself silly as some of the city’s best comedians crack you up in the Barracks Building.

 

ANALOGUE GALLERY SOUND IMAGE EXHIBITION

 

Also housed within the Barracks is one of Field Trip’s longest standing traditions – the Analogue Gallery Sound Image Exhibition. This curated showcase of Canadian music photography includes some of the greatest moments from past Field Trips.

 

ART & DESIGN

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Each year, Field Trip brings a new collection of artists in residence together to help fans and families explore art installations, as well as Historic Fort York’s green spaces.

 

FIELD TRIP MARKETPLACE

 

The Field Trip Marketplace is a meeting place where artists and designers can connect with potential buyers and those who appreciate their art. Visit the market to browse one-of-a-kind creations, crafts, and rare wares from around the city and around the world.

 

FOOD TRIP

 

The art of eating is never overlooked at Field Trip. Sample a sumptuous selection from the finest food purveyors. Beginning last year, each vendor began to offer at least one plant based menu item – so there is sure to be something for everyone to dig their teeth into. See a full a list of vendors to start planning your personal Field Trip food trip.

 

TICKETS & PASSES

 

As we mentioned above, children under 12 are admitted free of charge, with an accompanying adult ticket, up to a maximum of 2 kids per adult. VIP passes are the best way to experience Field Trip. Enjoy priority gate entry, VIP washrooms and amenities, VIP seating, premium food and beverage offerings, a VIP cell phone charging station, and a VIP water refill station. Get your tickets for Field Trip, today!

 

Field Trip 2018 is the perfect way to kick off your season of summer fun, and create some life long memories.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you make the most of all 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.

Bike trails to explore near Davisville Village

 

One of the best parts about living in Davisville Village is that you can be in the heart of the city and still be close to nature. There are many kilometres of paved paths through wooded ravines, along rivers and through parks. With a fresh new spring just beginning in Toronto, it’s time to dust off the old bike and hit the trails. Here are some great bike trails to explore near Davisville Village

 

Beltline Trail

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The quickest and easiest way to get rolling from Davisville Village is along the Beltline Trail. This 9 km cycling trail can be broken down into three sections. The first is the York Beltline Trail. It begins west of Allen Road and connects to the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. If you pedal over to 378 Mount Pleasant Road you can connect to the Kay Gardner Trail. You can ride through Mount Pleasant Cemetery, follow the trail down to Moore Park Ravine, and connect to the Ravine Beltline Trail. This heavily treed ravine trail will lead you along the stream, under bridges and bring you down near The Evergreen Brickworks, where you can stop and relax, or explore the Brickworks Park.

 

Don Valley Brick Works Park

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The Don Valley Brick Works Park (550 Bayview Ave) is an oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s located behind the main buildings of the Evergreen Brickworks. There are trails meandering along the ponds and the Brickworks also has a great weekend farmers market and an ever-changing lineup of activities to enjoy.

 

Lower Don Valley Trail

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If you’ve still got some ride left in you, from the Brickworks you can connect to the Lower Don Valley Trail on the other side of Bayview Avenue, near Todmorden Mills. If you head south you can continue along to Cherry Beach and Tommy Thompson Park. For more information about these trails see our recent post. If you head north, you can follow along the Don River and choose to connect to E.T Seton Park, or Taylor Creek Park.

 

E.T. Seton Park

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If you headed to the left at the fork of the Lower Don Trail, you’re on your way to E.T. Seton Park. This path offers many opportunities to stop and rest, play a little Ultimate Frisbee, practice your archery at the range, or have a picnic. If you keep on pedaling past the bridges and along the stream, you’ll wind up at Sunnybrook Stables (1132 Leslie St, North York).

 

Taylor Creek Park

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If you stay to the right at the fork along the Lower Don Trail, you’ll ride east, along lovely Massey Creek. It feels like another world as you pass the rough hewn post fences and listen to the river roll along beside you. If you keep on going through Taylor Creek Park, you’ll come out at Victoria Park Avenue, between St. Clair and Danforth.

 

There is nothing like the simple freedom you feel when going for a bike ride in a beautiful setting. The hardest part about living at Davisville Village is deciding which trail to explore first!

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help connect you to all that your community has to offer, and help you find the right path to explore  For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Don’t miss Artfest Toronto!

 

It’s time to celebrate art, craft and creativity in Toronto at the Distillery Historic District. This month, Artfest Toronto, and the Spring Art & Craft Show, returns for its 12th year! There’s no better spot in the city to engage with art than along the Distillery’s picturesque cobblestone streets. The setting itself is simply beautiful.

 

Save the date

 

This Victoria Day Weekend, from May 19th to 21st, join Canada’s top artists to celebrate. Expect incredible paintings, photography, sculpture, fine crafts, live music and more. Admission is free!

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About Artfest

 

Artfest Toronto is held just twice a year. It includes the Spring Art & Craft Show and the Fall Fine Art & Craft Show over the Labour Day Weekend, from Aug 31st to Sept 3rd, 2018. The pieces featured at the event are one of kind and must be seen to be fully appreciated. Browse this list of exhibitors for the show, to get a sense of what you can expect.

 

The event will feature live music daily from 12pm until 6pm. The music will be low-key, not too loud, and is designed to elevate your experience without being too overwhelming – so you can take in all the art on display without distraction. Here are some of the musicians that will perform this year:

 

Tim Bovaconti

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Tim Bovaconti is best known as lead guitarist for Burton Cummings and Ron Sexsmith. Tim will be joined by some of his most talented musician friends to perform classic tunes, and provide the perfect soundtrack to your Artfest experience. Learn more and listen at timbovaconti.com.

 

Farrucas Latin Duo

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As you browse the paintings on Saturday, Latin duo Farracus will set a whimsical mood. The couple’s music fuses two styles together – Mediterranean and Ecuadorian. Their music also incorporates elements and influences from Rumba Flamenco, Salsa, Rock and beyond, to create a truly unique sound.


Melody Fair

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Melody Fair, also known as Hazel Wipper and David Wipper – another on and offstage couple – will share their beautiful guitar rhythms and mellifluous melodies, as they perform a range of rock and folk classics on Sunday, May 20th. The pair pack a powerful musical one-two punch, thanks to David’s wizardry on guitar and Hazel’s unforgettable voice.


Andy Griffiths

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Don’t miss the energetic passion of Andy Griffiths on Monday, May 21st. He will perform his classic rootsy folk-rock tunes.

 

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The Venue

If you’ve never visited the Distillery Historic District before, the location itself is worth a look. Around the turn of the millenium, a group of developers with a vision took a collection of derelict Victorian Industrial buildings and created something for the 21st century. It’s now a great destination and location that excites and inspires the senses. This is no dull and drab ‘historic district’, it’s a place where inspiring ideas and design blend seamlessly with old world charm. Today the Distillery Historic District is an internationally acclaimed village of unique shops, galleries, theatres and events. It’s a setting that feels tailor-made for Artfest Toronto.


Greenrock Property Management Limited hopes you will connect with the art and artisans of your community at this great local event. 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.



 

 

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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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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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.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with all the creativity and culture your city has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Check out the Green Living Show

 

From food and fitness classes, to fashion and travel ideas, many of us are looking for healthier, cleaner and greener options for all aspects of our lives. The 12th annual Green Living Show returns to the Metro Convention Centre April 6th, 7th and 8th. It’s the largest eco and healthy living show in Canada! It features a huge array of products, speakers, food and more to help us all live more optimally, efficiently and sustainably.

 

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Health and well being is what the Green Living show is all about. Both our own personal health, and the health of the planet we all share. Over the three days of the show, visitors will have the opportunity to learn from speakers and their talks, get advice on food, nutrition and fitness, or shop for the latest products in order to lead a more balanced lifestyle. Come and get a taste of all there is to discover at this year’s event.

 

Delicious Delicacies

 

The Delicious Local Food & Drink Pavilion celebrates the wealth of diversity and health-conscious cultural traditions that make the Canadian food landscape so unique. Using local and sustainably sourced ingredients, over 20 chefs, breweries, and wineries from Canada and around the world will showcase recipes, dishes and drinks that reflect their heritage. Choosing what to enjoy is the hardest part, so sniff out the finest fare from the aromas that surround you. Food tickets are available at the Green Living Show Box Office or upstairs at the Delicious Local Food & Drink Pavillion.

 

Fitness

 

The Sweat Equity and Fitness Pavilion will show how to take action toward a healthier lifestyle. Whether you wish to take part in a free yoga class, or just chat and connect with a guest lecturer, this is the place to stretch your body and expand your healthy horizons.

 

Eco Travel

 

Take an eco-tour of the world, without adding to your carbon footprint. The Eco Traveller Pavilion features booths representing over 60 exciting countries. Get a taste of the culture as well as the cuisine. Access special travel packages and information on some of the best eco-friendly beach trips, eco-lodges, historical cities, and more.

 

Fashion and Beauty

 

These days, being fashion conscious is a whole lot deeper than simply keeping up with the latest trends. The impact of our fashion choices on the environment and the workers who make our clothes are at the forefront of eco-fashion and cosmetics. Lean how to naturally look and feel your best.

 

Urban Forests

 

There are forests hidden all around us. Modern Canadian cities are home to around 7 billion trees, and growing! The interactive Urban Forests exhibit explores the importance of our forests, how trees fight climate change, and how to use urban fallen wood and portable sawmills to create quality wood products.

 

Wood Artisans

 

Discover the quality and variety of local Ontario wood, with a 2,000 square foot exhibit featuring 14 Ontario wood artisans and the glorious gallery of locally hand-carved creations.

 

Eco Kids

 

Kids 12 and under get into the Green Living Show for free! Once inside there are interactive exhibits to enjoy while getting a bit of an education on the natural world that connects us all. Kids will give a green thumbs up when they get their hands dirty and learn about gardening with the Midgard Insect Farm booth. Children of all ages can choose to transplant the seedling of their choice, and take it home to see it grow!

 

The 12th annual Green Living Show offers the opportunity to take meaningful steps toward a more sustainable world, while reducing our carbon footprint. Learn how to embrace a healthier, more vibrant way of being in both the local and global community. Show tickets are available now.

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you explore a healthy and green lifestyle within your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

A week in the life near Church and Wellesley

 

There is no place quite like Church and Wellesley Village. Home to the hip, the happening and the “what the heck?!”. From great food and bars, to world class theatre, games rooms and much more. You could say there is an almost overwhelming list of options for a night or day out in the neighbourhood. To help you make the most of your good times in the village, we have some fun ideas for a week in the life near Church and Wellesley. Enjoy!



Monday


Mondays can be a little dreary. When you need a beginning of the week escape plan, head to Riddle Room (579 Yonge Street). Riddle Room is a live escape room and board games cafe, all in one. An escape room is a live action game you play with your friends. Participants are ‘locked’ in a room and must solve puzzles, find clues and use their wits to escape before the clock runs out!



Riddle Room is also a no-cover board games cafe. They only ask that you buy a drink, then you can hang out and play a selection of over 200 board games and video games with your friends for as long as you like. They’re open daily from 2pm until midnight (10pm on Sundays). Find out more about Riddle Room in our feature article and interview.


Tuesday

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Let the good times roll at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). This black box theatre is a great choice thanks to its ever-changing program of experimental and envelope-pushing theatre in the heart of the Village. Buddies believes that “theatre plays a vital role in the educational, social, and economic health of a community.” It’s hard to disagree with that! Rush tickets are available during the week, as well as Pay-What-You-Can shows every Sunday.

 

Wednesday

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Even with all the fun you’re having this week, it’s possible that by Wednesday, you’ve got some stress knots to work out. Ease the tension with a midweek trip to Elmspa (557 Church Street). Treat yourself to a selection of massages including Bamboo, Deep Tissue and Siam Herbal Massage. They also offer a variety of facials, as well as manly mani and pedi options in a serene and welcoming atmosphere. Learn more about Elmspa in our feature article.

 

Thursday

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Living at Village Green means you’re always only a hop, skip and jump from world class theatre and musicals at CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly the Panasonic). With a new season of shows just announced, it’s the perfect time to plan a grand night out. Learn more about special dinner and show packages, to save money while you celebrate.


Friday


In a landscape of constantly changing clubs and bars, Woody’s (465-467 Church Street) has managed to remain a favourite since 1989. A lot has changed in the world since they first opened their doors, but Woody’s keeps on top of things with a great roster of special events. There is something for everyone at Woody’s. They feature 5 different bars, each with a different vibe, so there really is something for everyone. No special occasion is required, stop by and see what all the fuss is about.


Saturday

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Burn off some steam, and set your sights on pure fun this Saturday at Stryke Target Range (738 Dundas Street East). It’s more fun than you can throw an axe at! Your group can choose from a list of super fun and surprisingly stress-relieving activities, including archery, axe throwing, knife throwing and air guns.

 

Sunday


It’s been a super fun week, and you’ve earned some serious down time! Sundays are designed for getting cozy at home with your favourite Netflix shows. You’ll need to keep your strength up for all this lounging around, so why not take a walk around the corner and enjoy a great brunch at Lola’s Kitchen (634 Church) before you commit to some couch time. Learn more about Lola’s in our feature post about them. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you won’t go hungry in this joint.


There is so much to do in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood that trying to fit it all in can be the hardest part. We hope these fun activity ideas get you excited about a week in this awesome neighbourhood you call home.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you connect with the fun and excitement that is all around you. We hope this post inspires you to explore your neighbourhood and discover what 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