Midtown bike shops we love

 

There’s almost nothing more fun than taking your bike out for the first ride of the season. It brings back happy childhood memories, and on a hot day there’s nothing like a cool breeze as you ride. If don’t have a bike, or if it’s gathering dust and in need of some TLC, don’t let the season pass you by. If you want to exert a little pedal power, here a a few midtown bike shops we love that will help you get back up and riding in no time.

 

Cyclepath Norco

 

The Yonge and Eglinton Cyclepath location, at 2106 Yonge Street, first opened its doors in 1991. In a later partnership with Live to Play Sports, it became the city’s premier Norco dealer, rebranding as Cyclepath Norco. In addition to new bikes, they carry a wide variety of parts, accessories and apparel. From flat tire repair, to complete rebuilds, their team of master bike mechanics have the skills and dedication to keep you rolling. They’ve even got you covered when the weather forces you indoors. They stock a variety of indoor equipment, including bicycle trainers and stationary bikes from Louis Garneau. Best of all, they’re open 7 days a week.

 

Sporting Life Bikes & Boards

 

Sporting Life Bikes & Boards, at 2454 Yonge Street, is part of the larger Sporting Life family. This boutique bike and board shop stocks a variety of bikes, clothing, and gear in a small, non-intimidating environment. They also offer great services such as Specialized Body Geometry bike fitting, done by four expert fitters.

 

If you’re in the market for a kid’s bike, take a look at their Jr. Bike Half Back program. Kids grow so fast. So, buy a new kid’s bike that your child can ride for a year, then bring it back and get in-store credit for half the purchase price!

 

Revelo

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When you step into Revelo (42 Industrial Street #108, East York) you’ll feel like you’re taking a step into the future. Revelo offers a state of the art folding bike that run on pedal power or electricity. The Lift uses their patented Z-fold, THINstem technology for lightweight and narrow folding width. It’s easy to carry or toss in the trunk of a car.  It folds up in 5 seconds flat! It’s the easiest, most portable folding bike on the market.The Revelo FLEX is the foldable, electric model. It folds in 10 seconds and travels up to 32 km on a single charge of its premium lithium battery. It has a top speed of 28 km/h. No drivers license or insurance is required. These bikes are ingeniously well designed, and are sure to turn a few heads.

 

Gears Bike Shop

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You can tell that the folks at Gears Bike Shop Leaside (109 Vanderhoof Avenue) love bikes. This is definitely a live-to-ride kind of crew. Despite the passion of the staff, and the size of the shop, Gears doesn’t feel intimidating or pretentious. They are experts in their field, but they don’t expect you to be. No matter what your experience level is, Gears can get you on the right bike for you, or get your old bike running like new. They also offer a line of Electric bikes, if you want to save your energy.

 

When you purchase new from Gears, you get Lifetime Warranty Adjustments. That means, unlimited gear adjustments, brake adjustments and minor wheel truing (for wonky, slightly warped wheels), on the spot, in their full service repair shop. When the weather outside is frightful, Gears Leaside helps you pedal through. They’ve partnered with WattsUp Cycling, an indoor power-based cycling program, to cater to both competitive training riders and pleasure riders.

 

Enduro Sport

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Enduro Sport, 812 Eglinton Ave East, is a road bike and racing cyclist’s dream come true. You won’t find any mountain bikes or cruisers here. They offer high end bikes, full service and repairs, and expert Bike fitting. Let the pros help you find the most comfortable, aerodynamic, and biomechanically efficient ride for you. Their service and repair department stands by their work with guaranteed repairs. They get you back on the road ASAP, but during spring and summer they book up fast, so be sure to make an appointment.

 

Whether you’re a dedicated road warrior, or just like to go out for relaxing weekend rides, these midtown bike shops will make sure you keep rolling. If you’re looking for some great places to ride near Davisville Village, have a look at our recent post about great bike trails nearby.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all that your community 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), 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!

Ya Bikes! Toronto

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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.

Get your tickets for Field Trip!

 

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

 

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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PERFORMANCES

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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

 

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

 

‘DAY CAMP’

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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

 

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

 

COMEDY

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

 

ANALOGUE GALLERY SOUND IMAGE EXHIBITION

 

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

 

ART & DESIGN

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

 

FIELD TRIP MARKETPLACE

 

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

 

FOOD TRIP

 

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

 

TICKETS & PASSES

 

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

 

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

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you make the most of all that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Bike trails to explore near Davisville Village

 

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

 

Beltline Trail

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

 

Don Valley Brick Works Park

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

 

Lower Don Valley Trail

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

 

E.T. Seton Park

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

 

Taylor Creek Park

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

 

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

 

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

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

Decorate your balcony with Hauser

 

Your balcony is your personal outdoor sanctuary. How you choose to decorate it can make a world of difference. If you’re on the hunt for quality, outdoor furniture that was made to last, you may want to look to the experts at Hauser (218 Merton Street) in Davisville Village.

 

Hauser is a family-owned Canadian company. They believe in living life to the fullest, outdoors. This philosophy first came from the company’s founder, John Hauser, more than 60  years ago. John was a fifth-generation Austrian blacksmith who moved his family to Canada in 1949 and opened the John Hauser Ironworks, specializing in wrought-iron ornamental fixtures.

 

John Hauser and his family spent much of the warmer months entertaining family and friends outdoors. Hauser’s passion for outdoor living, family and craftsmanship made him a leader in the outdoor furniture industry.

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The second generation of Hausers run the company today, and continue to create quality outdoor furniture with the same philosophy and passion that was passed on from John. Hauser continues to manufacture the majority of what they sell, themselves, locally. You can choose from a variety of materials and styles, including cast, tubular and wrought aluminum, rattan, teak, as well as all-weather rattan. Since Hauser is the manufacturer, customers can also mix and match styles and technologies and have Hauser’s state-of-the-art welding, paint and fabric production line produce the perfect piece.

 

Hauser takes pride in being a leader in outdoor furniture options. They are open year round to serve you and their dedicated staff are experts in their field.

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Your balcony is the perfect place for some serious lounging. Hauser offers a selection of quality outdoor chaise lounges and outdoor lounge seating, including sofas, chairs and ottomans. Choose from a variety of finishes and fabrics to suit your personal style.

 

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If wood is what you love for the outdoors, have a look at Hauser’s line of quality teak benches. It’s like having your own elegantly-styled park bench. Perfect for relaxing and looking out at Davisville Village.

 

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If you prefer to use your balcony as a place to sit and sip a cold drink, or perhaps enjoy a card game with a few friends, have a look at their line of outdoor tables and chairs. You’ll never have to fight the crowds to try and find a spot on a local patio this summer! It doesn’t get more local than this.

 

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Perhaps you prefer to grow something green in your outdoor space. Have a look at their line of outdoor planters, pots and topiaries and get growing with a little help from Hauser.

 

No matter what you like to use your balcony for, the experts at Hauser can help you make it all that it can be, and more!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you make your home feel like home. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Winter at Ontario Place

 

When was the last time you took a little trip down to Ontario Place? You may be surprised by what you see at Toronto’s western waterfront attraction. You may have heard that the iconic Cinesphere IMAX theatre reopened after an extensive renovation, but the real attraction at Ontario Place is outside. It’s Winter at Ontario Place and it is truly a winter wonderland.

 

The park is open daily from 5am until midnight and admission is free! That gives you plenty of time to explore and play. You’ll want to bundle up, it gets even chillier by the lake, but even on warmer days you won’t have to worry about ice conditions at the skating rink. The outdoor rink is made from a synthetic polymer! If it’s been a while since you laced up the blades, don’t worry — skate sharpening and skate rentals are available. As the sun begins to set you can warm up with a hot chocolate as you sit and sip by the bonfires and enjoy the crackle of the wood and smell of the smoke. You don’t have to worry about getting lost in the dark — on the contrary! From now until March 18th you can take in the magic of The Winter Light Exhibition.

 

Winter Light Exhibition

 

The Winter Light Exhibition is a great way to lighten up the dark days of winter. There are a dozen illuminated art exhibits from twenty local artists. Stroll around at your own pace and take them all in. Let the fairy lights on the trees show you the way. Here’s what you can expect to see:

 

Expanded Horizon

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The reflective exterior of the Expanded Horizon exhibit by Polymetis, is best appreciated at sunset, allowing light and shadow to work their magic. Inside the exhibit you’ll discover a infinity room of light and mirrors.


Bridge of Imagination

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Bridge of Imagination by Phil Sutherland and Reanna Niceforo, transforms architecture into an art piece. The bridge acts as a canvas for light as flowing, large-scale images are projected onto it that are visible from afar.

 

Elevated Wavelengths

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You literally can’t miss Elevated Wavelengths by Jeff Howard and Codrin Talaba. The colourful lasers connecting the illuminated trees can be seen from almost any vantage point.

 

Reactor

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Reactor by Ryan Longo makes it way to Ontario by way of Burning Man — one of many stops on the North American tour for the artist. The gnarled metal tree twists and turns and reflects in a way that feels oddly human.

 

Future Light Mural

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Kizmet’s Future Light Mural by Kizmet Gabriel can be seen clearly from Lakeshore Boulevard. It can be appreciated anytime, but only fully realized at night, as the reactive paint changes colour and transforms the images you see by day.

 

Winter Fields

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It may be counterintuitive, but the sun is actually closer to earth in winter. It’s just that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, which is why we have winter. The curved acrylic threads of Winter Fields, by Tonya Hart, represent the magnetic field of the sun.

 

Shine and Shimmer

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Shine and Shimmer by LeuWebb Projects is a waterfall of light flowing from the park’s fake mountain. The shimmering light reflected by the skating rink is like a beautiful ghost of the long-gone log ride that once occupied the park.


Shard

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Shard by Nuff & Nupanap is a solitary, individual, illuminated crystal shard. Won’t you come and keep it company? Maybe you’ll make a connection and create a unique moment that will never be repeated.

 

The Crunch of Snow Underfoot

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The refracted light fluctuating in the sky off recycled plastic bottles suspended between birch trees provides the perfect spot for a moment of personal reflection on the traces we leave behind us on this path. Crunch of Snow Underfoot by Andrew Maize and Joshua Collins is not to be missed.

 

LUMOS

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The shape of Lumos by Matt DesLauriers, Steven Mengin, Jean-Michel Gariepy is inspired by traditional warming huts. How will you feel when this triangular light sculpture reacts to your approach by changing colour and glowing red?

 

Icicle Silo

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The signature silos on site at Ontario Place get their own miniaturized mimic with Icicle Silo by Chris Foster. A silo’s reason for being was to store grain for the winter. This hollow silo houses crystalline icicles of light instead, and seems to store winter, itself.

 

Winter Lights

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Winter Lights by Catherine Curran is an exhibit inspired by the winter light reflecting within the ancient rock caves of Ontario. In this beautiful piece, beams of light filter down into the depths, reflecting and refracting. A weathered tree stump within seems to yearn for the light above.

 

Make your way to Ontario Place this winter and step into the light. You won’t regret going but you might regret missing it!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help shed some light on all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Check Out the Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair

 

We love the neighbourhoods we operate in. They are vibrant and truly feel like communities. It’s almost time for the annual Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair. Mark your calendar for this great community event on Saturday, September 23rd. It’s a perfect weekend activity for residents in our Davisville Village community.

 

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Traditionally, harvest fairs celebrate community and the abundance of food available in early fall. The Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair is no exception. It’s a giant annual neighbourhood celebration that attracts between three thousand and five thousand people each year. The event is presented by Meridian and hosted by the Mount Pleasant BIA. We spoke with Keven Menager, Administrator of the Mount Pleasant BIA, about the local event.

 

We asked Keven about who typically attends the event each year and what attracts them to it:

 

Primarily attendees are area residents.This is their neighbourhood! It’s our biggest event of the year, the one most people come out for. They come for the variety of activities, to get in touch with the [local] businesses, and to see what’s going on!

So what can residents expect at this year’s Fair? Quite a bit, actually! The day is packed with family-friendly fun! For the kids, there will be face painting, balloon sculpting, a caricaturist, a pumpkin carving contest, as well as arts and crafts tables! Stroll and shop at sidewalk sales featuring various local vendors and, of course, there will be special food offerings! You can even register to attend a flower workshop presented by local personality Frankie Flowers. It’s sponsored by Birch Bistro and Apricot Flowers, and it’s sure to help you celebrate the season!

 

Music lovers will appreciate the three live bands at the event. Expect performances from the three piece powerhouse; Pepper Shakers, as well as Gareth Berges, and Bruce Griffin.

 

Join your community at the 8th annual Harvest Fair, brought to you by the merchants of Mount Pleasant Village! Swing by Mount Pleasant Road, between Eglinton and Davisville, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, September 23rd.  Celebrate your neighbourhood and connect with your local community.

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to show you what your neighbourhood has to offer! For information onGreenrock Rental Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Take in the magic of The Lights Fest

 

Toronto is a great place to live. There is always something new to see and do, and places to explore. If you’re looking to step outside of the everyday experience, The Lights Fest is making a stop in the GTA on its tour of North America, on Saturday, September 30th. What is The Lights Fest? It’s a unique “experience where thousands of friends and families gather to listen to live music, fill up on food trucks and light up life by sharing personal wishes, dreams and goals.” What that means is, at just the right moment, thousands of people light personalized lanterns and let them take flight into the night sky. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle that must be experienced to be fully appreciated. Still not sure what to expect? We spoke with Kate Racker, spokesperson for The Lights Fest, to find out more.

 

Photo courtesy of The Lights Fest

 

Where was the first event and how did the event series grow into what it is today?

 

Our first Canadian event was in Regina, and our first event in the U.S was located in San Antonio, Texas. After our first 2 events we received a lot of positive feedback from our guests who attended the event. The emotional and heartwarming stories that were associated with our lantern launches inspired us to try and share those experiences with other people across the states and Canada.

 

Sounds quite uplifting! What is the event’s mission or focus?

 

Our Mission at The Lights Fest is to create a transformative experience for families and friends, enabling them to share their light with others.

Photo courtesy of The Lights Fest

 

That’s beautiful! How many lanterns get released at a single event?

 

Release of Lanterns varies depending on how many adult tickets were purchased, we have had 3000-8000 depending on the city and number of tickets purchased. We have a dedicated cleanup crew, waiting in the landing zone, whose focus is collecting lanterns after the event. All events are strategically located outside of populated areas where there is open space. We’ve engineered our lanterns for low flight and landing-site predictability. After the event, we have a large cleaning crew, picking up the lanterns. Our lanterns are 100% biodegradable, so in the rare chance that we miss one, they are designed to quickly disintegrate. Our “Leave No Trace Policy” allows us to make sure that our venues look the same after we leave as they did before we arrived.

 

That’s very responsible of you! Has this event happened in Toronto before? Where will this year’s event be held?

 

We have never had an event in Toronto but we are super excited to be coming there! Due to safety regulations, The Lights Festival is unable to hold events within city limits. To ensure we produce a safe and magical evening, Fire Marshals require our events to be held at venues with sufficient acreage and away from homes and businesses. That is why our venue is the Ohsweken Speedway 1987 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0, Canada.

Photo courtesy of The Lights Fest

 

We noticed the event is family friendly — is it mostly families that attend or do solo adults and couples attend as well?

 

Our event is targeted for all age groups but we typically get families and young couples. At the perfect moment, everyone ignites their personalized sky lanterns with Tiki torches and lets them take flight. It creates a magical ambiance, where time slows down as your single flame rises with thousands of others.

 

If you’re looking to step outside of your everyday routine and step a little outside of the official boundaries of the city – Lights Fest may be one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you never forget. It’s less than a two hour trip from Toronto, but it may make for a fascinating journey! You can register online now.

 

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Don’t Miss Buskerfest!

 

BuskerFest is back for it’s 18th incredible year! Over the years, BuskerFest has delighted millions of spectators with unbelievable spectacles, and helped to raise valuable funds for Epilepsy Toronto through generous donations from visitors. Every year, the best street performers from around the world gather in The Beach at Woodbine Park over the Labour Day Weekend (this year they’ll meet from Friday, September 1st to Monday September 4th).

 

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

It’s the perfect way to say goodbye to summer in style, and support a great cause. BuskerFest Toronto is the largest epilepsy event anywhere! In the words of Geoff Bobb,  Executive Director of Epilepsy Toronto:

 

This is one of the most amazing festivals in the world. We are incredibly excited about all of the international and Canadian  performers who make this festival come alive and who share their talents in support of epilepsy. With the funds raised at this festival through gate donations, we are able to provide much needed support to the 1-in-100 people in Toronto living with epilepsy.

 

About Epilepsy Toronto

 

For 50 years, Epilepsy Toronto has been the place where Torontonians living with epilepsy can learn about their condition, get the assistance they require, and be a part of network of caring and supportive people. They are dedicated to building a strong community through

advocacy and community education — creating better public awareness, understanding and support for those living with epilepsy.

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

Fun For All

 

Get in the zone at this year’s BuskerFest! The Family Fun Zone will feature face-painting, balloon twisting, bouncy castles and more. Hit the midway for rides and games for grown-ups and kids! Is your child busker at heart? Check out the Be A Busker Zone – an interactive area where kids can get some hands-on experience in the art of busking. From hoola-hooping with Dispatch Talent, aerial arts with The Circus Academy, high-flying fun with SpringFree Trampoline and more!

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

Photo Contest – What Blew You Away?

 

Submit your best picture to the BuskerFest Photo Contest (contest@torontobuskfest.com) by September 15th 2107, for your chance to win a great prize! Check out @BuskerFestToronto on Facebook after the festival to see the top submissions!

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

There is so much to see at BuskerFest this year. When you catch something that really amazes you, let your voice be heard by casting your vote in the BuskerFest People’s Choice Award. Vote for your favourite busker for a chance to win great prizes and make sure your favourite busker earns a spot at next year’s fest!

 

BuskerFest is one of Toronto’s most exciting festivals, bringing together one-of-a-kind entertainers to our city, all in support of epilepsy awareness. I encourage residents and visitors to our city to check out BuskerFest over Labour Day weekend. – Mayor John Tory

 

Come and join the crowd, support a good cause, and be amazed by unforgettable performances from over 100 performers including escape-artists, aerial artists, acrobats, sword-swallowers, magicians, musicians, fire jugglers, comedians, clowns, daredevils and more. There is no entry cost for the event but don’t forget to make a PWYC (pay what you can) donation to Epilepsy Toronto at the gate!

 

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