Where to eat vegan in Toronto

 

More and more people today are turning to plant-based diets. You don’t need to be an animal rights activist for it to be appealing – there are many health benefits associated with a plant-based diet. Going vegan can help you lose excess weight, protect against certain cancers, and has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Plant-based diets are also awesome for the health of the planet. It has been reported that reducing or eliminating meat consumption is the single most impactful choice an individual can make to help the environment.

 

Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable. A shift away from meat consumption could increase the global food supply without increasing land usage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce waste products that contaminate water tables and oceans. In one year, the animal husbandry industry generates carbon emissions equal to the entire transportation sector. Going plant-based could reduce global water usage by as much a 50% – that’s how much fresh water the industry currently consumes.

 

Now that you know why plant-based is good. Where do you go to get good-tasting, plant-based food in Toronto? We’re glad you asked! Here’s where to eat vegan in Toronto.

 

Fresh

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Fresh was one of the early plant-based trail blazers in Toronto. They first opened their doors in 1999. Today there are four great locations to choose from – Fresh on Eglinton (90 Eglinton Avenue East), Fresh on Bloor (326 Bloor Street West), Fresh on Crawford (894 Queen Street West) and Fresh on Spadina (147 Spadina Avenue). No matter where you are in the city, Fresh is never far away. Stop by to peruse their full menu of fine vegan and vegetarian fare – from rice bowls and burgers, to kale and quinoa salads, and cold pressed juices that are made fresh daily. Take out is also available.

 

TABÜLÈ

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TABÜLÈ Midtown (2009 Yonge Street) is the original location that started it all. They specialize in fine Middle Eastern food, much of it vegetarian and vegan friendly. It’s a great place to sit and have a good meal, knowing there is something to suit everyone’s palate. Start with their signature TABÜLÈ Salad – with chopped parsley, whole wheat bulgur (or gluten-free quinoa), tomato, onion and mint, with a lemon and olive oil dressing. Their Homemade Lentil Soup is made without cream or butter. Their roasted Eggplant dish is drizzled with tahini on a bed of müjaddara with pomegranate seeds. It makes an excellent main course. When you are not so close to home, TABÜLÈ has locations all over town – each with their own unique feel and flavour. Their additional locations include TABULE RIVERSIDE (810 Queen Street East), TABULE BAYVIEW (2901 Bayview Avenue) and SOUK TABULE (494 Front Street East).

 

Planta and Planta Burger

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Planta, at 1221 Bay Street in Yorkville, is an elegant, high-ceilinged eatery dedicated to serving exceptional food that happens to be plant-based and environmentally sustainable. It is upscale in every way, so it’s great for those special occasions when you want to splurge a little. For more laid back, everyday plant-based fare, head to Planta Burger, at 4 Temperance Street. Planta makes a great vegan burger. Try the Classic, with mushroom bacon, pickles, tomato and plant-based queso ($10.50). Wash it down with a coconut ice cream milkshake in chocolate or salted caramel vanilla ($7.50).

 

You can learn more about Planta in our post about the best healthy restaurants in Toronto.

 

Grasshopper Restaurant

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Grasshopper Restaurant has two great locations – one at 310 College Street, and the other in the Junction, at 3080 Dundas St West. The food, as well as the decor at Grasshopper, feels fresh and crisp. There is lots of white exposed brick, and healthy green plants growing. Grasshopper specializes in Japanese-American fusion comfort food, with a plant-based twist. You can’t go wrong with their quinoa mac ‘n’ cheese, salads, burgers and substantial rice bowls. Start your meal with their Chick-Un Nuggets ($8), a delicious dish served with creamy BBQ or peanut sauce. Then go for The Mushroom Bowl ($13), loaded with sautéed cremini and portobello mushrooms, onions and bean sprouts, served over steamed brown rice, and topped with a spicy house tahini sauce. If you still have room for dessert, the Chocolate Fudge Brownie ($4.50), or the Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake $8, will put you over the top.

 

The Hogtown Vegan

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The Hogtown Vegan  (1056 Bloor Street West) is your source for Southern-style vegan comfort food, local beer on tap, and a great weekend brunch. If you’re new to plant-based eating, their meat-like tofu and seitan meals will make the transition a cinch. The friendly servers are always happy to suggest something you may like if you’re unsure of what to order. You really can’t go wrong. From crispy fried soy wings with buffalo or BBQ sauce, to Phish ‘n Chips with beer battered tempeh, to fried tofu scrambles for brunch. There’s always something good cooking at the Hogtown Vegan – but absolutely no hogs are harmed!

 

Are you ready to dig into some fine vegan fare in Toronto? Let us know if we missed your favourite restaurant on this list. With so many great options for plant-based cuisine in the city, there has never been a better, tastier or easier time to go meatless.

 

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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.

 

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The best ice cream shops in Toronto

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Now that spring is in bloom in Toronto, it’s time to welcome the sweetness of ice cream season. In an ice-cream-loving city like Toronto, the only obstacle is choosing where to go and what to order. There’s no shortage of superb ice cream shops in town, and each one boasts a robust array of flavours and styles. To help you in your quest, we’ve rounded up some of the best ice cream shops in Toronto.

 

Punto Gelato

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Punto Gelato (2076 Yonge Street) is a European-style gelato shop that serves the finest authentic Italian gelato this side of Rome. There are over 160 flavours to choose from – and they’re always coming up with more. If you find an abundance of options overwhelming, their friendly staff are more than happy to help you navigate and choose great flavour combinations. They even offer fruit sorbets that contain up to 50% fruit pulp, gelato on a stick, and mini gelato sandwiches. They’ve been serving up sweet smiles to the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood since 1995. Come and enjoy your treat while you catch up on your people watching on Yonge Street.

 

Sweet Jesus

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If you’re offended by the name of Sweet Jesus, it’s founders would like you to know that the  name was created from the popular phrase that people use as an expression of enjoyment, surprise or disbelief. Their aim is not to offer commentary on anyone’s religion or belief systems, and their own organization is made up of amazing people that represent a wide range of cultural and religious beliefs. Now that that’s out of the way, you’ve got to visit them to get your hands on their amazing soft serve. They load it up with sweet and creative toppings. This Toronto based chain boasts several locations throughout the city, including 130 Eglinton Ave East, 416 Bloor Street West and 220 Yonge Street in the Eaton Centre.

Fans of intense sweetness, as well as The Simpsons, will appreciate the look and taste of Krusty The Cone – a delightful combination of vanilla soft serve, cotton candy, cotton candy sauce, and rainbow sprinkles. They also offer shakes, frappes and hot chocolate.

 

Dutch Dreams

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Beloved by residents of St. Clair West, Dutch Dreams is a neighbourhood landmark. Originally located at St. Clair and Vaughan Rd., the veteran parlour has moved to 36 Vaughan Road. If you saw Half Baked, you will remember the original Dutch Dreams location. They’ve been serving up scoops, sundaes and shakes since the Aben family first opened their doors in the 80’s. They offer a large selection of flavours, including kosher ice cream flavours like Gold Medal Ribbon, Moose Droppings and hard-to-find Grapenut. Top off your ice cream of choice with lots of little extras like whipped cream, cotton candy and fresh fruit pieces. The shop itself is quirky, eclectic, and fun, and there is a cute little seating area upstairs. It’s a childhood fantasy of an ice cream parlour.

 

Greg’s Ice Cream

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Greg’s Ice Cream (750 Spadina Ave) has been serving up scoops of handmade ice cream to happy customers since 1981! They are known as Toronto’s original premium natural ice cream parlour. They offer traditional flavours and fun specialty flavours. Some favourites include roasted marshmallow, cinnamon and the incredible coffee toffee!

 

Summer’s Ice Cream

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No summer would feel complete without a visit to Summer’s Ice Cream (101 Yorkville Ave). The tradition began back in 1984, when the Tokey family starting scooping up homemade ice cream from a small storefront on Cumberland Street. Summer’s has been serving some of the finest and best tasting homemade ice cream, made without compromise, ever since. Come taste the difference tradition can make. You’ve got to try the Sour Cherry!

 

Grinning Face Gelato

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While most of us scream for traditional ice cream, lactose intolerant people and vegans are screaming for options. Avoiding dairy doesn’t mean you have to avoid the joy of great gelato. Grinning Face Gelato (540 Parliament Street) makes amazing non-dairy gelato from scratch. They crack their own coconuts and churn and turn fresh coconut milk into rich, creamy gelato. And they do it one small batch at a time. Since they make it themselves, you can be assured it contains no dairy, no nuts, not gluten and no soy. They are constantly coming up with amazing new flavours, too! So you’ll never get bored! If diet restrictions have left you gelato-free lately, get ready to put a grin on your face.

 

Now that you know where to go, treat yourself to a scoop (or two) of the good stuff, today!

 

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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.

The best car sharing services in Toronto

 

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

 

Car2Go

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

 

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

 

Zip Car

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

 

Enterprise Car Share

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

 

Turo

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

How to reduce your plastic consumption

 

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

 

Carry a reusable water bottle/coffee cup

 

 

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

 

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

 

Choose cardboard over plastic bottles and bags

 

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

 

Carry a bag for shopping

 

 

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

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

 

Re-think Leftovers

 

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

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

Shop in bulk

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

 

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

 

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Last Chance to Get lost in Infinity Mirrors at the AGO

 

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

 

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

 

The Tour

 

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

 

About the Exhibit

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Rooms

 

Phalli’s Field

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

Love Forever, photo by Kathy Carver

 

Love Forever

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

 

Dots Obsession – Love Transformed into Dots

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

 

Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity

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

 

The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

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

 

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins

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

 

The Obliteration Room

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

 

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

 

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

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Dig into Taiwanese fried chicken at Monga

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants you to experience the true flavour of your neighbourhood, and 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.

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.