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.

Village Green’s New Off-Leash Dog Park

 

The Village Green community is currently under construction and we want to thank our residents for their support and positive feedback while we improve your property. We have some exciting new developments to share in case you are out of the loop, Greenrock is undertaking several exciting construction projects to improve our Toronto properties.

We currently have several construction projects on the go at Village Green, all to provide an improved living experience, to improve the accessibility and to renew structural elements of the property.

 

 

Village Green is a community of three iconic buildings constructed in the 1960s. Because the buildings are over half a century old, they require maintenance and refurbishment, from time to time, to ensure they remain functional and accessible. This week we’re looking at a recent Village Green construction project that is now complete — the new Village Green off-leash dog park.

 

 

Many residents at Village Green love their pets, so to show how much we appreciate them, we constructed a private off-leash dog park area for them to enjoy exclusively. The area is covered in specialized dog grass that stays green year round with an underground drainage system. The Dog Park  is fenced off on all sides to ensure the safety of our residents’ pets and allow them to roam free. We have made special efforts to ensure the artificial grass is properly sanitized on a regular basis. We also included some seating in the area so owners can take a break and enjoy a conversation while their pets continue to play.

 

 

We are so pleased that this project is now complete and thrilled to watch our residents at Village Green make use of the new dog park. Having a special place for dogs, allows the balance of the grounds to be used by all residents who may not enjoy the company of Fido as much as others.

 

 

Love the Yonge and Wellesley area in downtown Toronto? Check out our website to learn more about Village Green, a vibrant rental community. www.greenrockpm.ca

Hit the ice at DJ Skate Nights this winter!

Hit the ice at DJ Skate Nights this winter!

It’s a block party…on ice! Ward away the winter blues at DJ Skate Nights, happening Saturday nights near Toronto apartments. Learn more about this limited-time winter celebration in today’s post from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management.

 

Dance the night away

 

Come one, come all! DJ Skate Nights at the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) welcome skating newbies and showstoppers alike for a free evening of high-energy fun. Every Saturday evening, 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., Natrel Rink at the Centre transforms into a winter dance floor, featuring hot new beats certain to keep away the cold. To get to the Harbourfront Centre, expect less than a 15-minute drive from Benlamond Apartments (5 Benlamond Avenue) or a 20 minute public transportation ride from centrally-located Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Avenue).

 

Next up

 

Since December, DJ Skate Nights has brought some of the nation’s best DJ artists to Natrel Rink. Mark your calendar today to catch the last two months of sensational performances. Don’t miss Globetrotter, a mash-up of world music with DJ culture. Headlining the evening is global fusion standout, Richard ‘medicineman’ Martin. He’ll bring the beats all evening long, January 21st. On January 28th, DJ Lissa Monet will spin Beyonce’s best as a part of the one-night-only Bey Skate. In February, don’t miss Soca on Ice, presented by Toronto’s very own Dr. Jay and last, but not least, Gumbo is set for February 11th, providing the best Afrobeat party in town.

 
Bundle up, grab your skates and hit the ice at DJ Skate Nights, happening this month at the Harbourfront Centre and featured today by the winter enthusiasts at Greenrock Property Management. For more information about our nearby Toronto apartments, visit our website.

5 New Year’s resolutions to make in 2017

5 New Year’s resolutions to make in 2017

Still deciding on your 2017 New Year’s resolutions? Consider one that does double duty, improving both body and mind. Find five resolution ideas that will start your year off right in today’s post from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management.

 

Laugh more

 

Make 2017 more fun, resolve to laugh more! Laughter has many benefits for your body and mind including reducing stress,  relaxing muscles, improving circulation and stimulating your organs. Try a class or see a show at Second City (51 Mercer Street), less than a 20-minute ride on public transportation from Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street). If you’re looking for something truly out of the box, sign up with coworkers or friends for Laughter Yoga Toronto, a program that specializes in incorporating genuine laughter into a refreshing yoga workout routine.

 

Exercise body and mind

 

Now that you’re not taking life quite so seriously, throw in a new workout routine. Start with an invigorating class at Ferris360 (1910 Yonge Street), a convenient three-minute walk down the block from Davisville Village Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue). Short on time? This Scientific 7-Minute Workout is sure to get your blood pumping, and this five-minute yoga workout app provides quick workouts specifically designed to improve flexibility.

 

Get outside more

 

Outdoor activities are amazing for your body and many people find them mentally rejuvenating. Get outside more in 2017 by joining theToronto Outdoor Club. The club is free to join, open to all, and offers low-cost events in various locations throughout the city and beyond.

 

Limit social media

 

Too much time on social media can leave you feeling lethargic and depressed. Limit when you log on, starting by watching your usage in the mornings and the evenings. Instead of checking Facebook, create your own gratitude practice.

 

Sleep!

 

It is no secret that getting enough sleep is essential for both your brain and your body. A prolonged lack of sleep can impact your mindset and weight. All of today’s recommended resolutions may help improve sleep. Step up your sleeping game with a personalized sleep routine, or treat yourself to some new, comfortable bedding, and you’ll be sound asleep in no time.


Take care of your body and mind with these five resolutions for 2017, compiled by Greenrock Property Management  just in time for the New Year. For more information about our Toronto apartments, please visit our website.

The perks of living in the Toronto Beaches

The perks of living in the Toronto Beaches

Life isn’t alway a day at the beach, but when you live your life in the beaches area of Toronto, it’s easy to forget that. There are many perks to living in the Toronto Beaches area, where the Greenrock Community of Benlamond is located. Here are a few standouts, courtesy of the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

 

The scene

 

The Beaches area offers it’s residents a more laid back lifestyle, a community feeling while still providing easy access to all the amenities you need. A stroll along Queen Street East is all you need to do to confirm this. There is a vibrant and thriving cafe culture, plenty of restaurants and bars, markets and shops. In the summertime, there is the Beaches International Jazz Festival — a neighbourhood tradition for almost 30 years.

 

The scenery

 

What draws people to this area of the city is, of course, the beaches. From Kew/Balmy Beach all the way over to Woodbine Beach, you have 3 km of clean sandy beach overlooking sparkling Lake Ontario. There are picnic areas to enjoy in the milder weather, and a stroll along the boardwalk is a great way to clear your head, no matter what the season.

 

Easy access to downtown

 

Being tucked away in the eastern part of city can make for a quieter, less stressful lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you are cut off from the downtown core. Getting into the heart of the city is an easy TTC trip away. Your location at 5 Benlamond Avenue gives you options on how to get there, you head south and hop on the 24 hour Queen Streetcar or north to the Main Street subway station. Both options will take about 30 to 40 minutes.

 

Active lifestyle

 

The Beaches area of Toronto is not only great for a more laid back lifestyle, it is also perfectly suited to an active lifestyle. Whether you are into running or cycling along the waterfront, beach volleyball, paddle boarding, kite boarding, wind surfing or swimming, Kew/Balmy Beach typically achieves annual blue flag certification — an international eco-label awarded to beaches meeting high water quality and environmental safety standards.

 

The Beaches area of Toronto is the ideal location to live, work and play. For more information on the Greenrock Rental Community of 5 Benlamond Avenue in the Upper Beaches, please visit our website.

How to stay dry in fall rain

 How to stay dry in fall rain

Rainy season is here, and as much as you may want to hibernate until spring, you’re going to have to step outside your Davisville Village Apartment (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue) sometime. Today’s post features a few handy life hacks to help you stay dry in the fall rain, compliments of the blog team at Greenrock Property Management.

 

Invest in the right clothing

 

Some fabrics simply do better than others when it comes to resisting moisture. If you want the very best, check out Threadsmith, a clothing company that specializes in creating hydrophobic apparel. Threadsmith’s t-shirts and caps are truly water and stain-resistant, meaning bring on the fall rain! If you’re looking for a more everyday option, many types of activewear are built to resist moisture. Start shopping at MEC Toronto (400 King Street West), just a 15-minute drive from Davisville Village Apartments.

 

Get a great umbrella
Don’t settle for a good umbrella. When it comes to staying dry during the fall and winter, you’re going to want an umbrella that’s downright great. Luckily, the hard work has been done for you. 12 umbrellas were tested to see which was able to flip inside out 20 times in 30 mile-per-hour winds. Find out which one handled the test best.

 

Prepare to run

 

The timeless debate of whether it’s better to run through rain or walk through rain if you want to stay dry has been resolved. Here’s a hint — you may want to invest in some good running shoes this season.

 

There’s an app for that

 

A reliable weather app is a must-have, especially at this time of year. Know when to grab your umbrella by checking one of these recommended free weather apps for your iPhone.

 

Use today’s post from Greenrock Property Management to stay dry, all season long. For more information about cozy and comfortable Davisville Village Apartments, the ideal place to come home to after a rainy fall day, simply visit our website.

Check out Pumpkinfest Toronto!

Check out Pumpkinfest Toronto!

Pumpkinfest Toronto is back! Following its successful debut last fall, the Thanksgiving weekend extravaganza is returning once again near Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street). Find out more about the festival in today’s post from the blog team atGreenrock Property Management.

 

Fall fun at Downsview Park

 

Pumpkinfest Toronto comes to Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall Road) on Thanksgiving weekend, October 8th, 9th and 10th. Expect family-friendly festivities for all ages, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Parking and admission is free; rides and food cost extra. Village Green Apartments is around a 30-minute drive from the park, or around an hour if you are using public transportation.

 

Highlights of this year’s event

 

Start your day at the park with the Giant Inflatable Corn Maze or the Kids Midway, best suited for ages two through 12. Make your own souvenir at the Arts and Crafts station, ride the Pumpkin Express Train and challenge the family to a game of Pumpkin Bowling. After all the fun, satisfy your appetite at Food Truck Frenzy Lane, featuring Toronto’s very best vendors on wheels.

 

Contests for all

 

Participate in a contest at Pumpkinfest Toronto. Registration for the Costume Contest is free and open to all ages. Each afternoon, a winner will be crowned at the Entertainment Stage. Other fun contests this year include the Miss Pumpkinfest Contest, the Pumpkin Carving Contest and the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest.

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management encourages you to mark your calendar today for Pumpkinfest Toronto, the perfect opportunity to celebrate the season with your family. For more information about nearby Village Green Apartments, please feel welcome to visit our website today.

There’s still time to visit the Waterfront Artisan Market

There’s still time to visit the Waterfront Artisan Market

 

The Thanksgiving long weekend is a perfect time to gather with friends and family and focus on everything you are thankful for. This year, add The Waterfront Artisan Market to your list of things that bring you gratitude. If you haven’t discovered this unique and beautiful outdoor market, the Thanksgiving weekend is your last chance of the year! The blog team at Greenrock Property Management has all the information you need to make the most of this gorgeous outdoor market.

 

Market Value

 

The Waterfront Artisan Market is a mix of over 50 artisans, chefs, bakers and craftspeople. The market has been carefully curated to showcase an eclectic mix of vendors and their wares in a unique open-air market in one of Toronto’s most beautiful locations at HTO Park.

 

HTO Park

 

Situated between a sandy beach and the Martin Goodman Trail, HTO Park overlooks Toronto’s Harbour, offering a beautiful view of the waterfront and Toronto Islands to the south and the skyline to the north. It’s located at 339 Queens Quay West (between Rees Street and Spadina Ave). It’s less than a half hour by TTC or 20 minutes by car or bike from Village Green Apartments.

 

Artisans

 

With over 50 talented artisans at the Market this final weekend, there is something to please everyone. Pay a visit to Albion Hills Farms for the best in local, natural smoked meats. Beekeeper’s Naturals is a great booth where you can find the best in all natural bee products that support healthy bee populations. Check out Jamie Kennedy Kitchens for some fantastic JK fries and more. The Market is open for one last hurrah this Thanksgiving Long Weekend, Saturday October 8th from 10am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 6pmand finally, Monday 11am to 5pm.

 

Don’t miss out on your final chance to check out this one-of-a-kind market. For more information onGreenrock rental communities, including the oasis in the city that is Village Green (40, 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) please visit our website.

 

4 reasons to run this fall

 4 reasons to run this fall

Tired of your same-old workout routine? Let fall be the inspiration you need to keep pushing towards your fitness goals. Today’s post from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management features four fantastic reasons to run this fall near Eastbourne Avenue Apartments (166 Eastbourne Avenue).

 

1. Fall foliage

 

There’s no denying it, Toronto is lovely in the fall. If you want to see the leaves change, hop on your bike (or ride the train) to access running trails near Eastbourne Avenue Apartments or any of Toronto’s beautiful parks. Looking for an even easier solution? Admire the fall foliage at Eglinton Park (200 Eglinton Avenue West), located right across the street from your front door.

 

2. Fun runs

 

Signing up for a race is a great way to push yourself to keep running all season long. This trick is especially fun in fall because of all the unique themed races that are held in the city during this time of year. The Monster Dash returns to Toronto on October 30th. Choose between the Spooky Mile, 5-kilometre or 10-kilometre race, all held at night. The course loops in and around Sunnybrook Park (1132 Leslie Street), a 20-minute drive from Eastbourne Avenue Apartments.

 

3. Condition your brain

 

Did you know that running is good for your brain? Whether you’re taking any classes this fall or no, stay sharp by implementing a back-to-school running routine. If you are a student, running is an easy way to reduce stress and help your entire mind and body get back into the swing of school.

 

4. Holiday season is here

 

Don’t let guilt ruin the holidays. Run regularly so that you can enjoy peace of mind as you dig into your mom’s amazing mashed potatoes and that piece of homemade pumpkin pie you’ve been craving since last year.

 

Everyone needs a boost of workout inspiration from time to time. The blog team at Greenrock Property Managementhopes today’s post inspires you to look for reasons to keep running this fall. For more information about Eastbourne Avenue Apartments, please visit our website.

Visit these Toronto markets for the best fall produce

Visit these Toronto markets for the best fall produce

Summer may have come to an end, but you still have time to visit a local farmers market this fall for the best in local and seasonal food and crafts. The harvest is coming in and it’s the perfect time to get your share of the bounty. The blog team at Greenrock Property Management has put together a list of the best farmers markets near your Greenrock Community.

 

Davisville Village Farmers Market

 

You still have time to check out the Davisville Village Farmers Market (245 Millwood Road). It’s held every Tuesday, from 3pm to 7pm from May to October 4th. This small, but well equipped market has everything you need from fresh veggies to meats, cheeses and more. It’s only minutes from yourGreenrock apartment at Davisville Village (77 Davisville, 245 Davisville and 45 Balliol).

 

St. Lawrence Market

 

Less of a farmers market and more of a Toronto institution, the St. Lawrence Market is an indoor marketplace with over 100 vendors offering produce, crafts, meat, baked goods and more. It’s been called the Number 1 Food Market in the world by National Geographic and it’s only about a 20 minute TTC ride from Village Green apartments. The market also boasts a farmers market which is open Saturdays from 5am to 3pm.

 

Evergreen Brickworks

 

The Evergreen Brickworks is a community environment centre dedicated to sustainable living. Theirfarmers market has grown to become Toronto’s largest and is open year round, featuring the widest variety of local and seasonal food in the city. The summer/fall outdoor market runs from May to November, before moving inside for the winter. The Saturday market is open from 8am to 1pm and Sundays from 10am to 3pm. There is plenty of parking and a free shuttle bus from Broadview station. The Brickworks is about a 20 minute drive from the apartments at 5 Benlamond Avenue.

 

Bring home the best of the season this fall with a fun family trip to a local farmers market. Bon appetite from the Greenrock blog team! For more information on Greenrock rental communities, please visit our website.