A summer to remember near The Village

 

Summer is heating up in Toronto. There are tons of fun summer events happening in our fair city. To help you wrap your brain around all the glorious good times to come, we’ve prepared a quick guide to help you plan a summer to remember near The Village.

 

SUMMERLICIOUS

 Sambucas on Church

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There is still loads of summer flavour left to savour, but not too much time left to get a taste of Summerlicious. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to indulge in three course, prix-fixe menus from some of Toronto’s best chefs and restaurants.

 

Sambucas on Church (489 Church Street) is just around the corner from Village Green. They are offering a $23 lunch menu or a $33 dinner menu! Reserve your spot today, the clock is ticking!

 

There are over 200 establishments to choose from, offering both lunch and dinner menus at affordable prices. You can explore the menus that each of them is offering. Once you’ve decided where to go, reserve your spot with the restaurant. Don’t wait, it all comes to a close on July 22nd. But don’t be too disappointed, you’ve still got Winterlicious to look forward to!  Bon Appetit!

 

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

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The Toronto Summer Music Festival (TSMF) is an international classical music festival. The festival enters its twelfth season this year. This year’s theme is Reflections of Wartime. TSMF gathers the greatest performing artists from around the globe to create an unmatched collection of concerts, guest lectures, and Masterclasses, from July 12th to August 4th. Some performers of note include tenor Christoph Prégardien, The Canadian National Brass Project, pianist Angela Cheng, and many more. Get your tickets today.

 

TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

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Summer in Toronto just wouldn’t feel complete without the Toronto Caribbean Carnival — commonly known as Caribana. It’s an exciting summer celebration of music, food and fun. There are free and ticketed events to enjoy throughout the festival. Caribana Weekend runs from Thursday, August 2nd, to Monday, August 6th. The festival has been growing strong for 50 years now and has become the largest cultural event of its kind in North America!

 

It all culminates with the much anticipated Grande Parade on Saturday, August 4th, along Toronto’s lakeshore at Exhibition Place. It’s a bright and vibrant event that has to be experienced first hand to be fully appreciated. You can buy tickets and reserve a seat along the parade route, or just pack up a cooler and head down to the lake and find yourself a spot.

 

PEDESTRIAN SUNDAYS IN KENSINGTON MARKET

Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market

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Soak in the cool atmosphere of Kensington Market while giving yourself more room to wander during Pedestrian Sundays. The recurring event is in support of ecology, car-free streets, community and culture. It occurs on the last Sunday of every month until October, from 12 noon until 7 pm. There’s a lot going on down in the market. Check it out, but leave the car at home!

 

SMALL WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The Small World Music Festival is an annual event that celebrates our diversity and similarities. This four day festival captures the sound of the world, bringing the music of Spain, Estonia, Palestine, Korea, Mali and more to the Small World Music Centre at Artscape’s Youngplace facility (180 Shaw Street), and to stages across our city. See the full event lineup and get your tickets, today!

 

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL BUSKERFEST

 

Come and celebrate the magic of street performers. Expect nothing less than the weird, the wild, and the wonderful! Toronto International Buskerfest is on from August 31st to September 3rd, 2018. This incredible festival brings together the best and brightest buskers from across the city and across the world. Hundreds of the most astounding acts on earth will be on display for your viewing pleasure. Admission is free, but donations to the festival’s organizers, Epilepsy Toronto, is encouraged. Volunteers will be collecting donations by main entrances to the festival so be sure to bring some cash with you. The suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family. The money donated will support the festival itself, as well as the 40,000 people in the GTA living with epilepsy.

 

We hope these fun summer events around Toronto help you make some sensational summer memories this year.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and excitement that your community and your city have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best cafes near Village Green

 

There’s nothing quite like the neighbourhood cafe. It serves as a meeting place, an office, a sanctuary and more. It’s offers a micro-community and is an essential part of what makes your neighbourhood feel like home. Greenrock wants you to feel very much at home in your neighbourhood. Here are some of the best cafes near Village Green to discover. Let us know if we missed one that you love!

 

Black Bear Espresso

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Black Bear Espresso (5 Carlton Street) has a kind of country-modern vibe. It’s warm and inviting, with lots of light, knotty wood accents and soft colours. It’s cozy, peaceful and unpretentious. There isn’t a ton of seating, but their coffee (from local company Pilot Coffee Roasters) is exceptional. Pair it with their genuinely-friendly baristas and fresh pastries, including vegan and gluten-free options, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.

 

Church Street Espresso

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What’s not to love about Church Street Espresso (585 Church Street)? It’s perfectly located, at Church and Isabella. It’s close enough to be super convenient, and just far enough from the intensity of the Village to provide a quiet oasis. Inside it’s cozy, clean and tastefully decorated – thanks to a relatively recent reno. Outside, the patio offers the perfect place to do some people watching, catch up with a pal, or just enjoy the weather and some alone time. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, their smoothies and pastries are fresh, and made on site.

 

Fabarnak

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Fabarnak, at 519 Church Street, is part of the 519 Community Centre. It’s bright and beautiful inside. They focus on fresh and healthy local food, as well as fine coffee and pastries. The daily menu offers quality food at fair prices, and it is a vegetarian friendly establishment. They offer great bento box deals, as well as daily pancake and omelette specials. Fabarnak is fully accessible for the mobility impaired.

 

Piedmont Coffee Bar

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Piedmont Coffee Bar (66 Isabella Street, Unit #4) is classic coffee shop. They even offer complimentary copies of the Toronto Star for a nice old-school touch. Grab a seat by the window and watch the world go by, while you take a well-deserved break. When you need to get some work done, their free Wi-Fi works well on both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies. It’s a great place to connect and chat with a friend over a cup of quality coffee, served by a friendly staff. Want more could you want?

 

Rooster Coffee House

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Wake up to Rooster Coffee House (568 Jarvis Street). This cozy coffee shop with soaring ceilings is the perfect spot for your morning pick-me-up, or an intimate afternoon coffee date. They have excellent muffins and cookies from local bakers, too! You’ve got to try their golden milk (turmeric) latte. Grab a perch by the widow for people watching, or curl up in the comfy chairs along the wall, with the coffee bar in the centre. Upstairs you’ll find even more comfy chairs and a couch. So kick back and relax while you get your caffeine fix.

 

With so many great options nearby, it’s clear that there’s plenty of good stuff brewing in your neighbourhood.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you explore your neighbourhood, and connect you to all that your city 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.

Great bike shops near Village Green

 

There may be no better feeling than getting on your bike on a beautiful day and going for a nice long ride. The feeling of freedom, the breeze on your face, exploring your city – what’s not to love? If your bike isn’t in the best condition, or you don’t currently have a bike, you’ll want to visit one of these great bike shops near Village Green before you hit the trail.

 

Cycle Solutions

Cycle Solutions Toronto

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Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament Street) sells new bikes, repairs existing bikes, and offers a great selection of parts, accessories, apparel and more. The Parliament location has been serving the community since 2003. Kale Powell opened the shop after years of being a consistent customer of the Beaches location. The staff are friendly and informative. They seem genuinely interested in helping you fix or find the right bike for you.

 

Ya Bikes!

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Cruise over to Ya Bikes! (242 Queen St East) for quality, non-judgemental, bike repair. They are bike experts – but they don’t expect you to be. They offer great service and advice and their prices are very reasonable. Whether you need to fix a flat, or do a complete overhaul, they can help you out – without any high-pressure upselling or sales tactics. They just want you to have a safe and well maintained ride.

 

Ya Bikes provides a home for a not-for-profit program called Charlie’s FreeWheels. It teaches free bicycle mechanics to youth. At the end of program, the kids get to keep the refurbished bike they have built, and get the skills to safely maintain it.

 

Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Cyclery

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Switchback Cyclery (651 Queen Street East) is a retail and service-focused bike shop. They first opened their doors in 2013. They focus on bike repair over replacement, whenever possible. They can often do minor repairs on the spot, and get you going in minutes. More extensive service and repairs require that you drop the bike off, or book an appointment.

 

Switchback supports a nonprofit social enterprise with Sanctuary Toronto. They call it “propelling community”. It offers those who have experienced abuse and adversity a path to dignity and joy, through a meaningful occupation.

 

Urbane Cyclist

Urbane Cyclist Toronto

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Urbane Cyclist (280 College St) is a super hip co-op and worker-owned bike shop. They have been offering full service repairs and sales since 1997. Stop by if you’re in the market for a road bike, mountain bike, hybrid, folding bike, commuter, cruiser – or even one of those laidback recumbent bikes! They also offer a huge selection of accessories, parts and apparel.

 

Gears Bike Shop

Gears bike shop toronto

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Gears Bike Shop was founded in 1988 by 18-year-old Kevin Wallace. Their story of personal tragedy, perseverance and triumph is inspiring and fascinating. Cycling is simply in his soul. That passion and dedication is on display in every Gears location. What began in a 400 square foot shack has grown to cover four locations, including one in Mississauga, and one in Oakville. The Toronto chapters can be found at Gears Canary District (500 Front Street East) and Gears Leaside (109 Vanderhoof Avenue).

 

If you’re in the market for a new bike, they offer outdoor test rides, unlimited lifetime gear adjustments, brake adjustments and minor wheel truing, plus complimentary bike sizing, price matching and more! Bring your existing bike by for a free safety check, as well as unparalleled mechanic and repair service.

 

Don’t waste a moment of the warm weather. Get your bike tuned up, repaired and ready to ride. It’s a great way to explore your community. Check out our feature article for some great places to ride near Village Green.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover all that your city 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.

Our guide to Pride

 

Get ready to show your Pride! Toronto’s 3rd annual Pride Month will kick off today, June 1st, with a Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall. This is the 38th year for the Pride Festival, happening from June 22nd to 24th, 2018. It’s going to be a busy month, so we present our guide to pride, to help you make the most of it!

 

ABOUT PRIDE TORONTO:

 

A not-for-profit organization, Pride Toronto is on a mission to unite and empower people, and to celebrate the history, courage and diversity of the community. Pride Toronto has become one of the major cultural events in the country, and the largest Pride celebration in North America. That is certainly something to be proud of! Come celebrate and commemorate with 24 days of outstanding programming.

 

Pride Month Official Events:

 

There is so much happening everyday during Pride Month, we couldn’t hope to cover it all. Visit pridetoronto.com to stay up to date on all the action. Here are a few standout highlights.

 

FLAG RAISING CEREMONY

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Come to City Hall (100 Queen Street West) at 12:30 pm for the raising of the Rainbow Flag and Trans Flag as the City of Toronto officially proclaims the commencement of Pride Month.

 

AIDS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

 

Come out to commemorate and connect with others. The event honours, remembers and reflects on those who have been loved and lost. The theme of this year’s Vigil is Strength in Communities. Take some time to raise the torch on June 19th, at 9pm, at Barbara Hall Park (519 Church Street).

 

NUIT ROSE

 

Unbound is the theme for the 5th Anniversary Edition of Nuit Rose. There will be over 60 events and projects to enjoy every night from June 13th to 17th. The programming will include art installations, parties, performances and more.

 

Pride Festival Weekend:

 

Pride Month begins on June 1st with loads of programming leading up to Pride Festival Weekend. Here are a few highlights to look forward to!

 

OPENING NIGHT

 

Gather at Yonge Dundas Square on June 22nd, from 5 pm until 11 pm for Opening Night celebrations! This gigantic free show features performers, DJs and a headline show form Diva Goddess Brandy!

 

STREET FAIR

 

There will be a fabulous Street Fair running daily throughout the Pride Festival Weekend. It’s open on Friday, June 22nd (7 pm to 2 am), Saturday, June 23rd (12 pm to 2 am), and Sunday. June 24th (12 pm to 11 pm). Grab your friends and check out the marketplace to find anything and everything you’ve been looking for – and all kinds of stuff you didn’t even know you needed!

 

DRINKS ON THE GO

 

For the first time ever, Pride Toronto is introducing an Alcohol Open Carry program. Attendees 19+ can purchase an alcoholic beverage from participating partners and feel free to walk around with it in designated areas across the festival. Wristbands are mandatory to prove age of majority.

 

CLEAN, SOBER and PROUD

 

Find your Clean, Sober and Proud oasis in the dedicated drug and alcohol-free zone. There will be entertainment for everyone to enjoy in a chilled-out laid-back atmosphere. The zone will be accessible all Festival long, and features games, live performances and confidential meetings. Check it out at Paul Kane Parkette (on the north side of Wellesley Street, west of Church).

 

Parades and Marches:

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TRANS MARCH

 

The Trans March, on June 22nd, begins with a rally at 7PM at the corner of Church and Hayden. The March will commence at 8PM, heading toward Bloor Street, then south on Yonge Street, and east on Carlton over to Allan Gardens. Stick around for the Post March Showcase which will feature a fantastic lineup of trans performers and run until 10 pm.

 

DYKE MARCH

 

The Dyke March is not a parade. It’s political demonstration. The community takes over the streets of downtown as a celebration of strength and a demonstration of diversity. It begins at with a March Rally at 1 pm at Church and Hayden. The March begins at 2 pm, and will be followed by a post-march rally in Allan Gardens, with performances and community building activities.

 

PRIDE PARADE

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The Pride Festival celebration culminates with the Pride Parade, on Sunday, June 24th, at 2 pm. It begins on the corner of Bloor and Church Street. Stand proud with over 120 groups and organizations who will come together to celebrate diversity and embrace the LGBTQ community. This is one of the largest Pride Parades in North America, and the parade is guaranteed to be a gloriously glittery event that should not be missed. The parade will move from the corner of Bloor and Church toward Yonge Street, south to Dundas Square stage for a massive celebration!

 

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Join Pride Toronto, and your community, in celebration and solidarity during Pride Month and the Pride Festival Weekend.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to inspire you to explore and celebrate your amazing community. For more 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.

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.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you explore, and to connect you to all that your city 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

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.

Save on groceries near Village Green

 

Whether you love to roam up and down every aisle, or you’re more of a surgical strike, get-in get-out kind of shopper, everyone needs groceries. Prices and selection can vary wildly from one store to the next, and these days, every dollar counts. To help you save a little money and time, check out these ideas on where to save on groceries near Village Green.

 

Rob’s No Frills

 

Rob’s No Frills (345 Bloor Street East) is a big and bright grocery store with very affordable prices. No Frills are all about delivering the goods for less, without all the, well…frills. This store is the polar opposite The Loblaws at 60 Carlton. This store isn’t meant to wow you, it’s meant to save you money. That said, the food is fresh and well displayed. There is a good selection of canned and frozen food. You may even be surprised by the selection and discover some Indian sweets or Asian veggies that you weren’t expecting to see. The selection on weekends can begin to run low by afternoon, and the hours are shorter too. Rob’s No Frills is open from 8am to 8pm on weekends, and until 9:30 pm on weekdays. It’s a great affordable option for your midweek shop.

 

Sobeys

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Sobeys (777 Bay Street) is a great choice for prepared foods like soups, fresh salads, and ready to eat options like sushi rolls. It’s also great for fresh produce. They’re open until 11pm during the week, and 10pm on weekends. This location is their upscale ‘Urban Fresh’ brand, so be prepared for a bit more of a markup. You can save a few bucks by taking the escalator down to the Metro, in the same plaza.

 

Metro

 

Metro (444 Yonge Street) at Yonge and College is in the same plaza as the Sobey’s Urban Fresh. Metro may not have the same selection and specialty products, but they are sure to have almost everything you could want, for slightly more affordable prices. The big plus is that they are open 24 hours, so they’re ready whenever you are.

 

Loblaws

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As long as you have to do a weekly grocery shop, why not do it in a space that’s unique and has extraordinary style? The Loblaws at 60 Carlton street is housed at the awe-inspiring, historic, original site of Maple Leaf Gardens. The moment you step inside, you realize that it’s much more than just a grocery store. There is an in-store Ace Bakery pumping out quality baked goods along with extraordinary aromas.  There is a giant wall-of-cheese, a huge deli, and a great prepared food section. Don’t forget to grab coffee at Loblaws Café, complete with a Nutella Bar! There is even an LCBO and a Joe Fresh.

 

It may not be the cheapest store in the neighbourhood, but for a flagship store with so many premium features, the prices are very reasonable. Maybe not No Frills reasonable, but definitely Sobey’s reasonable. It’s also the store to find those hard-to-find items that you can’t find at regular stores. It’s open daily from 7am to 11pm.

 

H Mart

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When you’re in the mood for food, but not in the mood to deal with crowds, H Mart (703 Yonge Street) is a great go-to. This Asian grocery chain is open daily from 8am to 12am and features a variety of Asian specialty drinks and pastries that you usually have to head to Chinatown for. Prices are a bit higher than they are in Chinatown, but it saves you a trip! There is also a small-but-good-quality produce section, prepared meals, and a surprisingly good selection of fresh meats that are on par with what you may find at Sobeys and Loblaws.

 

Bulk Barn

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Bulk Barn (2 Carlton Street) isn’t going to replace your weekly grocery shop, but it is a great stop for the dry goods you want to stock up on, or store away. From grains and pasta, to nuts, beans, baking ingredients, even coffee and tea. They also carry a good selection of snacks, spices, spreads and pet food. Buy as much as you can carry home and save!

 

Hopefully, shopping at these stores helps you shave a few bucks off the bottom line of your grocery bill.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you save money while stocking up on the abundance that is all around you. For information on Greenrock Communities, including 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

Check out New Ideas Festival

 

It’s been a long winter. Many of us are slowly coming out of hibernation, but cozy evenings spent on the couch, catching up on our favourite TV shows, is still status quo. If you’re looking for some new ideas for how to spend some time now that winter is drawing to an end, let New Ideas Festival draw you out of your den.

 

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of New Ideas Festival at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street) — which marks its Centennial season this year. Come and experience this time tested tradition of bringing new and experimental theatre to Toronto.

 

New Ideas Festival

 

The New Ideas Festival is a juried, three-week theatre festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Each week, from March 7th to 25th, a new group of four plays will be presented, plus a Reading Series of new work. The shows run Wednesday to Saturday nights at 8pm, with weekend matinee performances at 2:30pm. The Reading Series takes place each Saturday of the festival, at 1pm. Come and experience all of the New Ideas, with three evenings (or matinees) of original plays, plus Saturday readings. You can even give the playwrights your feedback. Tickets are available now.

 

Week 1 (March 7th – 11th)

 

Week 1 of the The 30th Annual New Idea Theatre Festival opens on Wednesday, March 7th, and runs until the Sunday, March 11th.

 

See F*CK L*VE by Rosemary Doyle. This piece examines the importance of timing in a relationship. What happens when soulmates meet each other twenty-four hours too early? The show is directed by Brittany Miranda.

 

Next up is THE DANCING MAN OF MACKLIN STREET, by Andrew Lee. A woman tells the story of her childhood, her family and the impact that the mysterious Dancing Man made on them. It is directed by Cassidy Sadler.

 

GOVERNING OURSELVES by Stephen Near is a discussion between a student teacher and her advisor that takes an unexpected turn. It is directed by Lori Delorme.

 

The final play of the evening is ORACLE JANE by Vicki Zhang. It tells the story of Canadian data scientist who returns home to Beijing, witnessing the disturbing and destructive power of the machine learning tool she created – Oracle Jane. The secrets the tool digs up unleash calamity on her and her family (directed by Donald Molnar).

 

The Saturday Reading Series selection will be WATCH ME DROWN by Liam Salmon.

 

Week 2 (March 14th – 18th)

 

Return to the Alumnae Theatre’s Studio Theatre for Week 2 from March 14th to 18th, for four new plays and new ideas.

 

Week 2 begins with SWEET MAMA AND THE SALTY MUFFINS by Ciarán Myers. It’s the story of Mamma, recounting the loss of her child, a tragedy which occurred years earlier. Mamma says she knows where the child wound up – if only someone would believe her (directed by Kendra Jones).

Donna Langevin makes you contemplate what you would risk to make your dreams come true in her play IF SOCRATES WERE IN MY SHOES. It’s the story of a daredevil, persuading a writer to go over Horseshoe Falls in a barrel, in order to earn money to self-publish a manuscript. It is directed by Carl Jackson.

 

STARS by D.J. Sylvis, is the tale of two lovers who have never met. It’s directed by Gillian Armstrong.

 

The fourth play of the evening is MOVING ON, written by Elmar Maripuu and directed by Helly Chester. A visionary software designer finally finds an investor that can turn their idea into a reality — but at what cost? And where did the money come from?

 

The Saturday Reading Series for week 2 is MIRAGE: THE ARABIAN ADVENTURES OF GERTRUDE BELL by Laurie Fyffe.

 

Week 3 (March 21st to 25th)

 

The final week of New Ideas runs from Wednesday March 21st to Sunday March 25th.

 

Week 3 opens with THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Natalie Frijia and is directed by Kay Brattan. Set in 1882, a monster lurks in Lake Ontario. Thirty-nine people have drowned and a reporter bent on getting to the bottom of it gets more than she bargained for.

 

Next up, is MARTY AND JOEL AND THE EDGE OF CHAOS by Camille Intson. Estranged lovers learn to navigate love and fate in this tale of broken time and space. Directed by Lorna Craig.

 

THE OFFICIANT by Francesca Brugnano and directed by Paige Foskett takes two young lovers prepare to wed on a moonlit night in 1938, but they are not prepared for the revelation of what their vows really mean.

 

MOURNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE by Chloë Whitehorn and directed by Heather Keith will close out the series. Lucy doesn’t know who she is anymore. Everett is falling in love. Drew has lost so much already. Fenwick is just trying to keep her family afloat. And Pippa, well Pippa is drowning.

 

The final entry in the Reading Series will be ANIMAL by Romeo Ciolfi.

 

As we make our way into a new season, why not make some time for New Ideas?! Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with all the incredible culture and new ideas 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.

Get the best boots at Bootmaster!

 

They say that you can tell a lot about a person by their choice of footwear. Bootmaster (609 Yonge Street) is a big believer in that. They have been serving the city since 1988 with a selection of high quality leather boots and much more. They have their own Bootmaster Signature Series brand that boasts world-class style, quality and workmanship for boots and leatherwear. Best of all, they’re right around the corner from Village Green!

 

Bootmaster believes in providing clients with the best, and building relationships and products that last. If you are looking for something special, they are happy to special order it for you – or they can custom make you a one-of-kind pair of boots using top quality leather and exotic skins. Some of the finest boots in the world are made right here in Canada, by Bootmaster and others. Here are a few of the world-class brands offered at Bootmaster:

 

Dayton Boots

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Dayton Boots has been supplying Canada and the world with quality, handcrafted leather boots since 1946. They’ve been following the same painstaking 230-step process, in the same Vancouver factory store, for all of that time.

 

Canada West Boots

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Canada West Boots is celebrating 40 years as a family-owned Canadian company. They are passionate about making top quality footwear, proudly made in Winnipeg. Bootmaster carries their western styles as well as motorcycle boots, ankle and zipper boots, and ropers.

 

Boulet

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Boulet is Canada’s most popular bootmaker. They first opened their doors in 1933, as the St-Tite Shoe Co.Ltd. in Saint-Tite Québec. During WWII, they became the leading provider of footwear for the Canadian Armed Forces. In the 1960’s they began manufacturing the Western-style boots they are famous for today and were the first Canadian company to specialize in this type of boot.

 

Tony Lama

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Bootmaster carries a selection of Tony Lama footwear in basic leather, as well as exotic skins including lizard, ostrich and alligator.

 

Frye Boots

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Bootmaster stocks classic styles of Frye Boots, including the Campus and Harness, in brown and black leather.

 

Chippewa

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Chippewa Boots has been manufacturing quality footwear since 1901, originally as the Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Company. Bootmaster offers a selection of their finest quality motorcycle boots in 7″, 11″ or 18″ heights with steel toes and vibram soles

 

Old Gringo

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Old Gringo maks quality handmade boots with a contemporary flair for fashion. Founded in 2000 by Yan Ferry, a fourth generation French cobbler and Ernie Tarut. Bootmaster carries a variety of styles from Old Gringo, for men and women

 

Bootmaster Signature Series

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Bootmaster makes their own store brand – The Bootmaster Signature Series. Any style they they offer can be custom ordered in your choice of colour!

 

Bootmaster knows how important the right pair of boots can be, but they don’t stop there! Boots are just the beginning! They also carry a selection of exceptional quality, handmade exotic leather jackets that really must be seen to be truly appreciated. You can complete the look with the perfect hat, belt and accessories. Bootmaster’s quality products are a hit with everyone who tries them. You may find yourself giving your old footwear the boot, once you slip into a pair at Bootmaster.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you to feel great and look great. We love to connect you to all your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.