Don’t miss the Toronto Festival of Beer: Spring Sessions!

 

Attention Toronto beer lovers! The Toronto Festival of Beer is back for it’s Spring Sessions this Victoria Day weekend. Don’t leave town for cottage country because for two glorious days (May 20th and 21st) Fort York will transform into an epic cottage in the city and kick off summer in style!

 

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

 

What better way to welcome in summer than with a great selection of cold beer and great food from the finest food trucks in the city! As Les Murray, President of Beerlicious Inc says:

 

Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer is going to be an incredible time to stay in the city. We have Canadian rockers Elliott Brood and The Trews headlining our festival, along with a fantastic selection of brews to sample and a great roster of local restaurants and food trucks for people to enjoy. We’re also bringing back the cottage in the city theme this year, with fire pits, outdoor games and lawn chairs to tie the theme together – you don’t want to miss it!

 

Pair your favourite brew with a hot and juicy Mustache Burger or some great Canadian poutine from Smoke’s Poutinerie. This is no ordinary poutine! Fresh, hand-cut fries are covered in cheese curds and smothered in Smoke’s signature gravy with lots of delicious options to throw in for added flavour. Choose beef, pork, chicken or veggie varieties. Be sure to save room for dessert! Indulge in the big taste of Tiny Tom Donuts or dig into hand-rolled Chimney Stax, baked in custom made rotisserie ovens from Chimney Stax Baking Co.

 

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

 

It goes without saying that a big part of the Festival is the the beer. From cutting edge craft breweries (like Barrie’s Flying Monkeys), to Toronto favourites (like Mill Street Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery and Brickworks Ciderhouse), and tried and true classics (like Budweiser) — there is something for everyone at this year’s Festival of Beer. But the real source of the fun is the laid back, cottage vibe and the games like Giant Jenga, Giant Soccer Darts and Bocce! You can kick back and chill by the fire pit, roasting marshmallows, or take in some great live music. This is how long weekends were meant to be spent!

 

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

 

When you’re sitting around the campfire, you don’t want just anybody to pick up a guitar and muddle their way through a song or two. The Festival of Beer understands this and they’ve taken care of the music, too!  On Saturday, May 20th, Elliott Broodwill be playing an acoustic Campfire Session, and on Sunday, May 21st, The Trews stoke the party and the fire with the second Campfire Session acoustic set. Choose your ticket for either May 20th or 21st. In addition to admission to the event, and seeing some great live acoustic music, your ticket also gets you 5 sampling tokens and a commemorative sampling mug.

 

Greenrock Property Management hopes the Toronto Festival of Beer: Spring Sessions will help you have an amazing Victoria Day weekend in the city! Please enjoy yourself responsibly. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, please visit our website.

Check out Electric Island Music Festival!

 

If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate a long weekend this summer, you don’t have to head to a cottage or leave the city. Plan a visit to Hanlan’s Point on the Toronto Islands to catch the Electric Island Music Festival. The festival takes place, each and every long weekend from now until Labour Day. It’s only a short ferry ride away, but it feels like you’re entering a different world.

 

Photo: electricisland.to

Photo: electricisland.to

 

Now in it’s fifth year, the Electric Island Festival just seems to get bigger and better. This isn’t the typical Toronto Island experience you’re used to. The festival peacefully takes over and transforms the island with unique decor elements and art pieces. As Electric Island partner Joel Smye says, “every year we seem to grow and add new pieces and try and create a better experience. That’s ultimately the goal.”

 

Photo: electricisland.to

Photo: electricisland.to

 

It all kicks off this Victoria Day long weekend, on Monday, May 22nd. Expect an eclectic mix of electronic artists from around the globe. They’ll perform on two stages with two different sounds. On the first stage, catch Andrew Choe, Night Vision, Brooklyn-based DJs Bedouin, Eats Everythingfrom Bristol UK, Dutch artist Joris Voon and finally, Berlin’s Ben Klock who will close the weekend’s festivities. On the second stage you can see Mexico’s Rebolledo, Red Axes from Tel-Aviv, and headliner Leon Vynehall of Brighton, UK. Click on any of the highlighted performers to hear a sample of their sound.

 

Photo: electricisland.to

Photo: electricisland.to

 

This busy but laid-back music festival is filled with fun-loving people and strives to create a fun atmosphere. As Smye says:

 

If you haven’t been to a dance music party, this is a great place to start. It’s not overly wild, it’s not out of control, it’s just a nice day in a park. It would be tough to have a bad time here.

To ensure that everyone has a good time, there are a number of prohibited items. They include alcohol (will be available for sale), drugs (including prescription containers), glass, tents, lawn chairs, laser pointers and outside food. Don’t worry about going hungry — there will be a variety of great food trucks to grab a bite from. This is a rain or shine event, so remember to bring sunscreen, a rain poncho and an empty, refillable water bottle to fill up once you’re inside.

 

Photo: electricisland.to

Photo: electricisland.to

 

You can purchase tickets for single festival events or purchase a season pass which gives you access to all 5 days of shows. The Festival takes place every long weekend, all summer long, beginning Monday, May 22nd. If you can’t make it this weekend, mark your calendar for Saturday, July 1st; Monday, August 7th; and the event’s farewell to summer on Labour Day weekend on Sunday, September 3rd and Monday, September 4th.

 

The Electric Island Music Festival is an amazing celebration of summer, electronic music and community. To learn more about Greenrock Property Management and our Rental Communities in Toronto, please visit our website.

 

 

Greenrock Family Easter Traditions

Greenrock Family Easter Traditions
Greenrock Family Easter Traditions

 

Easter is almost here! While spring is a time for fresh new beginnings, Easter can be a time for observing old traditions. To help you get to know yourGreenrock family a little better, we are beginning something new. It’s an ongoing series about the community of people behind Greenrock. We spoke with members of the Greenrock family to get some insight into their personal Easter traditions. We learned about what Easter means to them, how they celebrate, and their favourite Easter foods. We wanted to learn about what they love most this time of year.

 

We spoke with Gloria Mogavero, CEO of Greenrock Real Estate Advisors. Gloria is Ukrainian Catholic. For Gloria and her family, Easter is an important religious time. Gloria observes Ukrainian Easter, which she noted, “does not usually fall on the same day as the ‘Canadian’ Easter, as the Ukrainians follow the Gregorian calendar and not the Julian”.

 

 

Ukrainian Catholic Easter is a solemn time of sacrifice that begins with Lent and ends with Good Friday and the celebration on Easter Sunday. The traditional Easter Sunday celebration includes preparing an Easter basket with food items that each have a symbolic religious significance. In Gloria’s words:

 

Each Easter basket is blessed and must contain Paska (braided Easter bread), baked ham, Kobasa (sausage), beets and horseradish, salt, butter, cheese and hard boiled eggs. The basket is usually covered with a cloth embroidered by a family member. The blessed food must be shared with each family member on Easter Sunday. Eggs are also decorated and placed in the basket and on the table. We do not always prepare a basket but we still partake of all the traditional food including a staple, perogies.  It has been written that as generations pass, cultural traditions are lost but it is the food that carries on. This is a time when I treasure the memories of my heritage.

 

 

Traditions evolve as time and generations pass. What remains constant is getting together with loved ones and sharing traditional food. Food has a wonderful way of connecting us to our past and to each other.

 

For Fred Roper, Building Operator at Greenrock’s Post Media Place, religious traditions play no part in his family’s Easter celebration. Fred’s family has gotten a little smaller over the years, with the loss of loved ones, but that only makes them closer. Fred tell us; “our family takes the time to appreciate having one another. We all take the time to discuss the great times with relatives [and] even our pets.” Dogs are very special in the Roper family. They are considered full family members. As Fred puts it;  “they are very important to us, they are a very special link. They bring family and friends together.”  Fred’s family typically gathers over Easter and shares some traditional Easter food. For Fred, his “favorite dishes at Easter are turkey with turkey gravy and mashed potatoes” which are made by his brother in-law. He’s also a big fan of the desserts his sister makes, like her brownie cheesecake swirl loaf.

 

Photo courtesy of Fred Roper
Photo courtesy of Fred Roper

 

Sometimes Fred will bring over the antique radios that he likes to restore. His favourite is an RCA from 1949 that plays old 45 records. We think that says it all. Traditions are all about taking the old and making it new again, using yesterday to connect us to each other, today.

Easter is a special time of year, even for those who don’t have any secular or religious traditions. It can simply be a celebration of Spring and a chance to enjoy quality time at home. For Crystal Rawding, Property Manager at Greenrock’s Village Green, Easter is:

 

A new beginning filled with warmer weather, bright colours and renewed energy. Having a reason to spend quality time with family and friends is also always welcome.

Crystal’s family is not religious, and her family doesn’t have any traditional Easter routine, but she cherishes her Easter memories:

 

One of my most special memories is my Mom dressing us (kids) all up in our Easter attire, including the bonnet.  I’m sure it was not as special for my brother, who also begrudgingly wore a new hat and had to put his favourite baseball cap away for the entire day.

However you choose to spend your time this Easter, your Greenrock family wishes you and your family a happy holiday, full of old traditions and new beginnings. For information on Greenrock Communities, please visit our website.

How to roast a turkey with all the trimmings

How to roast a turkey with all the trimmings

The holiday meal of turkey and all the trimmings is a tradition that is tough to beat, it can also be a tradition that is tough to make — but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation and the right attitude, anyone can tackle this sometimes-intimidating task. If you are hosting the holiday at your Wingreen Court apartment, or helping out at someone else’s, the Greenrock blog team is here to help relieve your stress with our guide for how to roast a turkey with all the trimmings!

 

Planning

 

As with most things in life, putting a plan into place will help you to complete the task with as little stress as possible. Do not try to do everything all at once, break the task down into bite-sized pieces. You can prepare the stuffing several days ahead of the big day and keep it in the freezer. Move it to the fridge the day before to let it thaw. Making the stuffing outside of the bird, in advance, will save you time on the day and the turkey will cook faster without stuffing. Remember to begin thawing the bird in the fridge the day before as well.

 

Classic Roast Turkey with Gravy

 

Cooking a turkey is actually pretty straightforward as long as you give yourself enough time to thaw and cook it. It’s going to take at least 3 to 4 hours to roast, so remember to baste it every 30 minutes or so. It’s all done when your meat thermometer reads 170F or the juices run clear when the turkey is pierced. Remove the turkey from the oven and tent it with aluminum foil for 30 minutes before carving.

 

Saucy Brussel Sprouts

 

Save even more time on the big day by preparing these Saucy Brussel Sprouts in advance and keep them in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

 

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

 

These classic Mashed Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold potatoes, cream cheese, garlic and butter and topped with Parmesan. Best of all, they only take about 20 minutes to prepare, so you can make them when the turkey comes out of the oven. They are a classic holiday side dish that are sure to please. They go exceptionally well with the gravy you’ve prepared with the turkey recipe.

 

Old Fashioned Apple Pie

 

You can’t go wrong when you serve this Old Fashioned Apple Pie for the holidays. Tart Granny Smith apples, tucked into a flaky, buttery crust. Perhaps best of all, is the aroma that will fill your Wingreen Court kitchen with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. It’s hard to top this dessert, except with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 
The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes this guide for how to roast a turkey with all the trimmings helps to make your holiday a delicious day to be remembered. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfortable, quiet cul-de-sac location of Wingreen Court (2,4,6,8,9,10 & 11 Wingreen Court, North York) – please visit our website.

DIY Christmas ornaments kids can make

DIY Christmas ornaments kids can make

Christmas is coming! This may be the most fun and exciting time of year for your kids. If your children just can’t get enough Christmas, they will absolutely love making their very own Christmas tree decorations. It’s a great indoor project for cold, pre-Christmas days to make in the comfort of home, at your Davisville Village apartment. TheGreenrock Property Management blog team is here to offer a few ideas for DIY Christmas ornaments kids can make!

 

Melted Crayon Glass Ball Ornaments

 

It’s time to make something with all those broken crayons! Using clear glass ornaments, crayons and a hairdryer you and your kids can create colourful, swirled, Melted Crayon Ornaments. You’ll want to put down a drop cloth of some kind before you begin — to avoid dripping melted crayon on your floor or furniture. Select a few colours of crayon, break or cut them into pieces and place inside the glass ball. Your kids can blast the hair dryer on it as you slowly twirl and spin the ball to create unique abstract designs. There is no ‘wrong way’ to go.

 

Popsicle Stick Ornaments

 

A great way to spend a cold day before Christmas is to set up a craft table for your kids and create some Popsicle Stick Ornaments. This tutorial will show you exactly what you will need, what you can prepare in advance and exactly how to create popsicle stick reindeer, Xmas trees and stars. You’ll be able to cover your tree in no time and the kids will really feel like they contributed — because they did!

 

Salt Dough Ornaments

 

Your kids will love making these Salt Dough Ornaments. Everything about this project is fun, from mixing and kneading the dough, cutting out shapes, making hand prints, baking the ornaments, and painting them once they cool. It’s a great project to make with the kids this year and to put up every year after, to look back with joy on how tiny their little hands used to be.

 

Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes

 

These Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes are so simple to make, even very young children can try and tackle this one. All you need are some pipe cleaners, some red beads and some white beads. That’s it! Slide the beads on, alternating red and white. Bend ends of the pipe cleaner to keep the beads in place and shape it into a candy cane hook to place on the tree.

 
Happy holidays from the Greenrock blog team! For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the convenient, comfortable and centrally located Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Ave, 225 Davisville Ave and 45 Balliol Street)- please visit our website.

Peppermint: Our favourite holiday flavour!

Peppermint: Our favourite holiday flavour!

The busy holiday season is upon us. It’s a time to gather with family and friends and eat great food. The cool, wintery taste of peppermint fits perfectly with the holidays. It may be our favourite holiday flavour. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to share some of our favourite peppermint recipes for you to enjoy this holiday at yourVillage Green apartment.

 

Lemon Braised Chicken with Beans and Peppermint Pesto

 

This Lemon Braised Chicken with Beans and Mint Pesto is a great, savoury way to use peppermint this winter. This easy to make, one pot wonder is perfect for winter or summer when the extreme temperatures may lead you toward more hands off cooking that makes a lot of food, so you don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner tomorrow night. This dish is great during the busy holidays for easy and informal meals.

 

Peppermint Red Velvet Cake

 

Add an extra layer of flavour to regular red velvet cake with this Peppermint Red Velvet Cake. The red and white colour of the cake, combined with the cool, wintery flavour of peppermint and the rich, smooth, luxurious chocolate taste of red velvet make this perhaps the perfect winter dessert. This time of year can be busy and stressful, the good news is that this impressive cake requires only 20 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of baking. You can also prepare the cake layers in advance, when you have a moment, and keep them in the freezer for up to a month.

 

Peppermint Brownie Tarts

 

The cool, wintery taste of peppermint perfectly enhances the rich, fudgy flavour of these Peppermint Brownie Tarts. To top it off, this tart is garnished with red and white striped candy canes for a festive dessert that you’ll want to share with those you love – and keep all to yourself. Don’t worry, this recipe makes two tarts, so you can have your tart (to share or give) and eat one too.

 

Candy Cane Marshmallows

 

These cool and colourful Candy Cane Marshmallows, with their pretty white and red marble swirl, make a perfect gift. They are amazing in hot chocolate, or all on their own and they are very easy to make with only a few ingredients: sugar, light corn syrup, eggs, gelatin, peppermint extract and some red colouring to make the marble swirl.

 

Happy holidays from the Greenrock blog team! We hope these recipes make this season a little cooler and a little sweeter. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfort and convenience in the downtown core of Village Green (40 & 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street)- please visit our website.

Holiday party hosting tips

 Holiday party hosting tips/

The holidays should be a time of joy. Hosting a holiday party at your Greenrock at Davisville Village apartment shouldn’t send your stress levels through the roof, you should be able to enjoy your own party. The blog team at Greenrock Property Management is here to help take away your troubles with some holiday party hosting tips that will let you enjoy the evening as much as your friends and family.

 

Make A List

 

You’ve got enough to worry about, make a list and check it twice to avoid the inevitable ‘did I remember to…?’ feeling. During the planning stage of your holiday party, make a list of everything that has to be taken care of. Plan out what you are capable and comfortable doing alone, and ask for help with the rest. People like to be helpful, especially at this time of year. Let them chip in, you’ll be glad you did. Once everything is crossed off your list, then you are ready to simply enjoy yourself.

 

Prepare Food in Advance

 

Hosting a holiday party should be fun, but if you are stuck in the kitchen instead of mingling with your guests, you may not enjoy it yourself. You can avoid relegating yourself to the confinement of the kitchen by preparing some food in advance. Check out a sample menu here.

 

Create a Holiday Playlist

 

You may not have time to play DJ at your holiday party, and constantly looking for the next perfect song can eat up valuable time. You may want to create (or have a friend create) a holiday playlist. Think about the atmosphere you want to have at your holiday party and choose some songs that fit. If you are sitting down to a formal dinner, instrumental songs may work better during the meal so that the voices of your guests don’t have to compete with the music.

 

Open Up

 

You can take some stress off your plate by hosting a more casual open house. Guests can drop by for as long as they like, which can make things less stressful for their holiday schedules as well. Small dishes are great  for this type of party, served over the course of the evening, rather than a sit down dinner.

 

Happy (stress-free) Holidays from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management! For more information ofGreenrock’s rental communities, including the comfort and convenience of the centrally located Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 & 225 Davisville Ave, 45 Balliol Street) please visit our website.

Hanukkah recipes to fry this year

Hanukkah recipes to fry this year

Hanukkah is almost here! This year, the eight days of Hanukkah commence on December 24th and end on January 1st. It’s a time to gather with friends and family, and eat! It is traditional to eat fried foods during the holiday, to recognize and celebrate the miracle of the oil lamp that burned for eight days and nights, despite only having enough oil for a single night. If you are hosting a gathering at your Village Green apartment, the Greenrock blog team has some great Hanukkah recipes for you to fry this year.

 

 Latkes

 

 Perhaps the most popular and famous Hanukkah dish is Latkes. These fried potato pancakes are super crispy and get raised to an even higher level of deliciousness when served with the traditional sour cream and applesauce. For the crispiest latkes possible, use the starchiest potatoes – Yukon Gold.

 

Sufganiyot

 

There is an old Israeli folk tale that says after Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, God tried to cheer them up with Sufganiyot, or jelly donuts. That’s how good they are. No matter what kind of day you’re having, it can be made a little better with a few jelly donuts.

 

Lemony Fried Chicken

 

 Fried chicken is always delicious, but Lemony Fried Chicken is almost unfair. This traditional Tuscan Jewish dish is marinated in lemon juice and olive oil for a flavour that is almost divine. Best of all, it only takes about 30 minutes to make.

 

Poached Pear Fritters

 

These Poached Pear Fritters aren’t strictly traditional, but you can create a new tradition with these fried delights. The pears are poached in orange and lemon juice with sugar and water. The poaching liquid is then simmered and reduced, after the pears are removed, to create a delicious syrup to drizzle over the breaded, fried, poached pears. Dust with a little confectioners sugar to push them over the top!

Happy Hanukkah from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the quiet oasis in the heart of the city that is Village Green (40 & 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) -please visit our website.

Enjoy Christmas Time at the Lodge

Enjoy Christmas Time at the Lodge

Colborne Lodge dates back to 1837 and was designed by one of Toronto’s very first architects, John Howard. Today, the Lodge is a picturesque spot to step back into the past and experience Toronto as you never have before. There’s no better time to discover the magic of this historic site than during the holidays. Learn more in today’s post, compiled by Greenrock Property Management for residents at Toronto apartments.

 

Special Holiday Fanfare

 

This time of year, Colborne Lodge (11 Colborne Lodge Drive) transforms into a quaint and welcoming Victorian Christmas destination. Head to High Park, a 15-minute drive from Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) or around a 20-minute drive from Davisville Village Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue) or Eastbourne Avenue Apartments (166 Eastbourne Avenue). to sip a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and share tasty holiday treats with your family and friends. The Lodge is located on the southern end of High Park, and festivities run Tuesday through Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m.

 

Holiday Classes

 

Cider and treats aside, the holiday season at Colborne Lodge includes festive workshops and classes for adults and children alike. Sunday, December 17th, there will be activities specifically for youth ages 8 to 12, and the following day, December 18th, for ages 5 to 7. Expect interactive games, cookie decorating and more. Adults, meanwhile, will want to check out a centrepiece workshop, ideal for ages 16 and older. Sign up today, as only a few slots remain available for this hands-on holiday course.

 

Happy holidays from the living experts at Greenrock Property Management! We hope you find time during the busy holiday season to experience Toronto’s many seasonal events and activities, including the magical Colborne Lodge at High Park. For more information about Toronto apartments, simply visit our website.

Host a fun Halloween party (for adults) with these tips

 Host a fun Halloween party (for adults) with these tips

Show off your pad this Halloween with an adults-only party fit for the holiday. Ideally located and with plenty of space for your friends, Wingreen Court Apartments (2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Wingreen Court) is the perfect place for an adult-only Halloween get-together. Start planning the details with today’s helpful blog post from Greenrock Property Management.

 

October tends to be a busy month, and Halloween is no exception. Decide which of your friends you want to invite to your Halloween party, and pick your date based on what works for them. For better luck navigating busy schedules, consider throwing your party November 1st.

 

Start with the snacks

 

Halloween is almost as much about food as it is about spectacle. This Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball will be a hit and feed a crowd. Use store-bought crescent dough to make these magical Witch Hat Appetizers, which are stuffed with a savoury pesto chicken salad. For a sweet finish, try these mouthwatering Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts. All of these snacks will pair well withHalloween Pumpkin Punch, an adult-only beverage that makes the most of the pumpkin flavour we can’t get enough of.

 

Don’t forget the décor

 

Skip a trip to the store and use everyday household items to decorate Wingreen Court Apartments for your upcoming Halloween party. Trash bags can be used to create creepy crawly spider webswhile mason jars are all you need to craft mood-setting Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries. Finally, print the template and start cutting to make flying bats for any blank wall.

 

A party game for adults

 

It might be enough simply to get your friends into one room. If the conversation is flowing, you may not need to plan anything else for your Halloween shindig. However, if you feel the need for a backup plan, Murder Mystery games are a blast with small groups. There are lots of ideas online to help you get started.

Happy Halloween from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management! For more information about Wingreen Court Apartments, please visit our website today.