Rediscover Ontario Place this summer

 

Have you been to Ontario Place lately? You may not have had this waterfront park on your mind, but you should. Ontario Place has undergone some big changes, and it is once again a premiere destination for fun for the whole family, in all four seasons. If you haven’t been to Ontario Place lately, you don’t know what you’re missing. Let us update you!

Here are the top 10 things to do at Ontario Place this summer.

 

1.Take to the Lake!

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There’s no need to head to an Ontario cottage when you’ve got Ontario Place at your doorstep! Take to the lake in a canoe, kayak, paddle boat or row boat. Lakeshore Boat Rentals is open daily, from 12 pm until 8 pm. It’s a great activity for group events and birthday parties, too.

 

2. Spike your summer with fun!

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Have a ball at the beach this summer. Catch a few rays while you work on your serve. Ontario Place has four full-sized beach volleyball courts! The courts are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Bring your ball, or rent one from the General Store — the white shipping container by the courts. Rental hours are Sunday to Wednesday10 am to 8 pm, and Thursday through Saturday10 am until 11 pm. Balls can be rented for $5 for 2 hours.

 

3. Music in Trillium Park

Ontario Place Music in Trillium Park

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Trillium Park at Ontario Place is an ideal venue to take in live performances from Toronto’s multicultural music scene. On Thursday nights, catch everything from Indie Rock to Afro-Cuban Jazz, Hip Hop to Alternative Folk — there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Dance your Sunday afternoon away with family-friendly performances from Indigenous DJ’s, Japanese drummers and more amazing performers. See a full schedule and plan your perfect park performance experience.

 

4. See a Cinesphere screening

Ontario Place Cinesphere

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The iconic Cinesphere at Ontario Place is the perfect spot to take in a summer movie on the massive IMAX screen. Take a break from the heat and escape to the cool, dark theatre with IMAX features playing all summer long. Some screenings to look forward to before summer ends are Dark Knight: The Imax Experience, playing daily at 6:30 pm, from August 24th to 30th, and Under The Sea 3D, showing daily at 1:30 pm.

 

5. Skate outdoors

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If you love summer, but miss the winter fun of ice skating, come to Ontario Place. It’s home to Toronto’s only outdoor public summer skating rink. This isn’t roller skating, this is a synthetic skating rink made from a solid polymer material. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario as you work up a sweat, and keep your skills sharp. Speaking of sharp — there are $5 skate sharpening services on site, and skate rentals. The rink is open during park hours, 5 am until 12 am. Rental hours are 10 am to 11 pm. Rentals are $5 for kids under 12, and $10 for adults. Admission is free!

 

6. Segway Tours

 

Want to cover more ground without all the walking? From now until the end of September, take a fun and informative Segway tour across the West Island through Trillium Park. Tours are $69 per participant and depart at 10:30 am12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm – Thursday to Sunday. All riders must be at least 12 years of age, and between 100 and 280 pounds.

 

Visit Go Tours for more details and to book your tour!

 

7. Yoga

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Take your yoga practice to the next level with free classes every Saturday, from 10 am until 11 am, and Sundays, from 11am until 12pm, until August 26th. No registration is required, but be sure to bring your own mat.

 

8. Happy trails!

 

Stay in shape with a scenic jog, or a slow summer stroll along the William G. Davis Trail. This 1.3 kilometre trail along the beautiful waterfront links the Martin Goodman Trail and the Pan Am/Parapan Am Trails. This creates a 2,000 kilometre continuous route along the Trans Canada Trail!

 

9. Get in the game

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Make your move. Work on your strategy skills with a game of Lifesize Chess, Ping Pong or many other games at Ontario Place.

 

10. Celebrate Patio Season with stunning views

Vista Eatery Ontario Place

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You’ve earned yourself a little downtime. Why not celebrate the tail end of patio season by taking in the stunning views at the Vista Eatery. The restaurant features a new menu that includes charcuterie and cheese boards, grain and noodle bowls, cold pressed juices and more. There is also a selection of beer, wine and cider. Refresh yourself and catch your breath as your take in some of the most breathtaking view in Toronto. The Vista Eatery is open daily, from 10 am until 11 pm.

 

It’s time to rediscover Ontario Place this summer. You’ve still got time, don’t wait!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and exciting things your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best pools in Toronto to chillax in this summer

 

Swimming is the perfect summer activity. Whether you’re looking to get in some exercise, or just want to splash around and beat the heat, it’s a great way to spend some time this season. Here are some of the best pools in Toronto to chillax in this summer.

 

Mooredale Pool Club

Mooredale Pool Club Toronto

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Mooredale Pool Club offers an enjoyable escape from the hot and hectic pace of city life in the summer. Relax by pool at this Rosedale oasis. The heated outdoor pool is open from 6:30 am to 9 pm on weekdays, and 9:30 am to 9 pm on weekends. Members are multi-generational, so there is special programming to appeal to different groups throughout the day. Members and their guests can enjoy Recreational General Swim (where adults and children occupy the pool simultaneously and there are no marked lanes), Adult Lane Swim (for serious swimmers hoping to get a few laps in), Adult Aquafit classes (generally for seniors and older adults), and swimming lessons (for kids) at different times throughout each day.

 

Each pool club member must have a Mooredale community centre membership. Memberships are available to everyone, not only to those within the Rosedale-Moore Park area. After joining, members must pay an additional fee in order to access the pool. Because the season is already underway, pool costs are currently half price. Mooredale is less than a 10-minute drive, or less than 20 minutes by TTC, from both Davisville Village and Village Green. Their swim season begins each year on the May 2-4 long weekend, and extends until Labour DayMonday.

 

Leaside Memorial Gardens Pool

 

Into every summer, a little rain must fall. When it does, visit Leaside Memorial Gardens Pool (1073 Millwood Rd). It’s a newly renovated, indoor public pool. They offer swim lessons for all ages and recreational swim times.

 

Aquatics Academy

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Before you enjoy a day at the pool, you need to know how to swim. Aquatics Academy (391 St Clements Avenue) is Toronto’s Premier Swim School. They offer personal attention in every class thanks to their low instructor to student ratio. They have swim programs for childrenparents and tots, and adults. It’s a great place to learn how to swim at any age. Whether you are looking to improve your existing skills, or you’re a first-time swimmer hoping to learn the basics and get comfortable around water, Aquatics Academy has a program for you.

 

Sheraton Centre

Sheraton Centre Toronto Pool

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Sheraton Centre Toronto is a wonderful place where you can kickback and relax in the largest indoor-outdoor heated pool in downtown Toronto. Whether the weather is cooperating or not, the water is always perfect. Swim under the sun or under the protective glass wall. Chill out poolside under an umbrella, on one of the many lounge chairs or sofas that line the deck. Because it’s the Sheraton Centre, service is exceptional. For the full experience, sip on a cool cocktail, bring a book and spend a luxurious summer day in lounge mode.

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Memberships are available to the general public. An annual membership gives you access to their fitness facility, the pool, their changeroom facilities, their sauna, and towel service. Prices start at $95 a month plus HST for an annual membership. Day passes can be purchased using any major credit card, at a cost of $30 plus tax per visit. Guest passes sometimes sell out, and may not always be available during peak periods on weekends and holidays. Their pool hours are 6 am to 10 pm from Monday to Friday, and 7 am until 10 pm on weekends.

 

Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool

 

Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool (275 Bathurst St) is a 50-metre outdoor public pool just south of Kensington Market. Spend the day making a splash, then grab a drink in The Market. The water is clean, cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

 

Leisure swim hours are 12 noon to 8 pm daily, all summer long.

 

Sunnyside – Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool

Gus Ryder Public Pool City of Toronto

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If you want to hit the beach and have a swim, but find Lake Ontario a little too chilly, head over to Sunnyside – Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool (1755 Lake Shore Blvd W). Admission to this large, lakeside, city-run pool is free. Remember to bring some quarters for the lockers. They are one-time use, so as soon as you open them, you’ll need another quarter to lock up again. Bags and food aren’t allowed on deck and must be kept in the lockers.

 

You’ll want to get there before noon, or in the evening during extended hours, in order to avoid the crowd of kids that takes over the pool in the summer.

 

This summer, do more than just dip your toes in. Dive into one of these amazing Toronto pools!

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you dive into summer and enjoy all that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The EX is back!

 

Another Toronto summer is flying by, but you still have lots to look forward to! The Canadian National Exhibition (AKA the CNE, AKA The EX) is a late summer tradition in Toronto. From August 17th to September 3rd, The EX is back!

 

How do you sum up something as fabulous as The EX? It’s a carnival, county fair, concert venue, world food pavilion and exhibition all rolled into one great big end-of-summer EXtravaganza that is not to be missed. Here are just a few examples of what you can extend this year.

 

FOOD

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Every year, more than one million people visit the CNE Food Building to sample fare from local restaurants and cuisine from around the world. No matter what you like to eat, they’ve got it. You’ll find options for vegans, the gluten-intolerant, those who eat halal, and even raw foodies. Best of all, there are plenty of under $5 options! The Food Building is open from 10am to 10pm daily. All buildings close at 7pm on Labour Day Monday.

 

There’s plenty more food to taste outside of the Food Building. Ribfest is back by popular demand. It will take over Bandshell Park every day from 11am to 10pm. You won’t want to miss Food Truck Frenzy, just inside the Princes’ Gates, featuring the finest food trucks in town. Wash it all down at Craft Beer Fest, which conveniently coincides in time and location with Food Truck Frenzy. The Asian Market is the CNE’s version of a popular tradition that dates back to the Chinese Tang dynasty. This Night (and day) Market will delight your senses and your sensibilities with its food, artisans and entertainment. It’s open from August 30th to September 3rd.

 

AIR SHOW

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Over the Labour Day weekend, the final days of the CNE are filled with the thrilling sights and sounds of the Canadian National Air Show as it soars over Lake Ontario. This year is the 69th annual edition. It will feature performances by two of the best aerial acrobatic jet teams anywhere. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds open the show, and our very own Canadian Forces Snowbirds will close it out with an incredible and dramatic crescendo. See it all, September 1st to September 3rd, from 12 pm until 3 pm.

 

VIP tickets are available if you want to watch the show in superb style. Ticket packages include things like: tented tables and chair seating, Air Show swag bags, access to an open beer/wine bar, a catered lunch, performer autograph sessions and same day admission to the CNE.

The rest of us will just look up.

 

RIDES

The EX CNE rides

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One of the main attractions of The EX is the rides. There will be dozens of thrilling, twirling contraptions for the young and the young at heart. Kids will love taking a spin on the Berry Go Round, Bumper Cars, Dragon Coaster, Lollipop Swing and many more! There are 30 rides in all at the Kiddie Midway, located at the west end of the CNE grounds, just east of Kid’s World. Height restrictions apply for some rides.

 

Grown ups can get their thrills on some CNE classics like The Zipper, The Twister and the Polar Express. Of course no trip to The EX would be complete without taking a turn on the Sky Ride for an elevated, scenic view of the CNE. The Sky Ride made its debut at the 2012 CNE and has become a crowd favourite. Transport yourself across the CNE grounds east toward the historic Princes’ Gates or west towards BMO Field, while being lifted up to 40 feet in the air!

 

PRICES/PASSES

 

You’ve heard the expression “good things come to those who wait”. That does NOT apply at The EX. This is definitely more of an “early bird gets the worm” kind of situation. You can save big (up to 38%) on advanced tickets if you buy before August 16th! Here’s the breakdown for ticket prices:

 

Regular Admission includes all shows and attractions, but not the rides. Advanced Tickets are $15, or $19.99 after August 16th.You’ll save big if you buy the Ride All Day Pass. This pass includes admission, attractions, exhibits and unlimited midway rides. Act before August 16th and get it for $41. Regular price is $65.99. All tickets include 13% HST. No refunds are available.

 

Tickets are available for purchase at participating GO Transit Stations, or you can purchase tickets online. Online tickets get you Express Entry at the CNE gate. So, unless you like waiting in line to get in, online is your best option. Express Entry is not available at vehicle gates. Take the TTC and avoid the hassle.

 

The Canadian National Exhibition is the perfect cure for the end-of-summer blues. Let’s go to the EX!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and exciting things 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.

Explore Manifesto Festival

 

Manifesto Festival is a celebration of community, culture and creativity. It returns from August 9th to 19th for it’s 12th Volume. The festival draws hundreds of artists together to connect with thousands of attendees in order to unite, support, and cultivate Toronto’s diverse and vibrant arts community. Let’s explore the Manifesto Festival.

 

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MANIFESTO 101

 

Manifesto was founded back in 2007. This non-profit organization focuses on the artistic and professional development of young local creatives, inspiring and empowering them to take their careers and craft to the next level. The goal is to foster community connections, fuel civic pride, and have a positive social and economic impact. The Festival includes a Summit where young artists, entrepreneurs and innovators can connect with industry experts for a meeting of minds, plus enjoy workshops, panel discussions and lectures.

 

There will be art exhibitions, dance showcases, comedy shows, live music and more. It all culminates with a massive free outdoor concert at City Hall’s Nathan Phillip Square.

 

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ART SHOW – August 15th – 19th

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The Festival kicks off with its annual Art Show on August 15th at Ossington Tire (146 Ossington Avenue). Come out for the pre-show Artist Talk entitled ‘Art is Evolution’. It starts at 6 pmand features three of the most innovative visual artists in the city: Hatecopy, Tessar Lo and Yung Yemi.

 

Stick around for the Opening Night 19+ celebrations inside Ossington Tire that begin at 7:00 pm. The opening party is a highly anticipated group show of top Canadian artists and international guest artists. It features works in photography, painting, illustration, new media and more.

 

The Art Show will remain on display daily from 12 pm until 6 pm, until the show closes on August 22nd.

 

DISCOVERY SERIES

 

From August 9th to14th, the festival presents the first ever Manifesto Discovery Series.

Hosted in various venues across the city, this series will showcase artists creating community through culture across multiple disciplines. Here are some events to check out:

 

Thursday, August 9th:

 

Get your tickets now for the Blue Crane Agency x Pirates Blend x Bandbox Showcase at the Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West). Hosted by DJ Loqenz from 9pm to 1am, the showcase features LIZA, Haleek Maul, Junia-T the Studio Monk, Terrell Morris, and a surprise 2018 Polaris-nominated special guest.

 

Friday, August 10th:

 

Come out to the Super Wonder Gallery (584 College Street), from 8pm until 2 am, for SUNSHINE. It’s an all female showcase of African and Caribbean artists. Tickets are available now.

 

Manifesto Festival Comedy MrSoe

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In the mood for some laughs? Head to Comedy Bar, from 10:30 pm until 2 am, for the MRSOE! Comedy Show. Comedians include Dom Pare, Big Norm, Nick Reynoldson, Marito Antonio Lopez, Patrick Haye and Cassie Cao. Get your tickets today.

 

Saturday, August 11th:

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Check out the RPM 2-Year Anniversary at the Root Down Studio (225 Geary Avenue) from 9 pm until 3 am. See The Rootdown Artists DJ NDN, Drezus, Ziibiwan, Obuxum, DATU, with DJ sets by Wolf Saga and some special surprise guests. Get your tickets while you can.

 

Sunday, August 12th:

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The SoSo Food Club (1166 Dundas St. West) will host sndtrk6. Your ticket includes the Beat Academy Producer Tribute, from 5 pm to 7 pm, and the Evening Showcase featuring Subtle Blend, The Build and more, from 7pm until midnight.

 

MASSIVE CONCERT

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The Manifesto Festival culminates in a massive, free outdoor concert on Friday, August 17th,

at Nathan Phillips Square. The set will include DJ NDN from A Tribe Called Red, Junia-T and UK poet, rapper and activist Akala. The show will be Co-headlined by Charlotte Day Wilson and Chronixx with his six-piece backing band called Zinc Fence Redemption.

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

If you want to be among the first to know about what’s happening with Manifesto during the Festival, and all year round, you can sign up to become a member of the Manifesto Family. Membership is free (for now), and includes information on advanced tickets, VIP passes, meet and greets, and much more.

 

Don’t miss a beat of Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the culture and creativity of your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Great Movies Under the Stars at City Cinema

 

The public square. It is a symbol of community connection. A gathering place, a place of celebration, and during City Cinema – a place to see free movies on warm summer nights, under the stars. Since school’s out for summer, why not rock down to Yonge Dundas Square?

 

Every Tuesday night, at 8pm, all summer long, YonDu is home to City Cinema. It’s the place to watch free outdoor movies on a big outdoor screen, in the heart of downtown Toronto. This year’s theme is “Rocumentaries”. Each screening will open with short film from the Live at Massey Hall series – it’s your chance to see the next generation of Canadian talent, as recorded at the one-of-a-kind concert hall.

 

Come together and to watch great music being made this summer. Here are the remaining films of the 2018 programme:

 

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2016)

 

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years is a 2016 documentary film directed by Ron Howard. The timeline of The Beatles’ career is difficult to believe. Their first hit, “Love Me Do,” entered the British charts during October of 1962. Their final concert took place in San Francisco on August 29th, 1966. They continued to record legendary albums for another three years, never playing live shows again. The final mix of ‘Abbey Road’ was completed on August 20th, 1969, and was the last time all four were in a studio together.

 

This film chronicles those first hectic years of their career, from the Cavern Club in 1962, to San Francisco in 1966. This film was produced with the cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Beatle widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. It plays on Tuesday, July 24th.

 

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

 

The life of a humble background singer is examined in this 2013 film from director Morgan Neville. 20 Feet From Stardom takes a look behind the scenes and gives you a view from the back of the stage. It features interviews from background singers, as well as the stars they backed up. Starring Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Jo Lawry and many others. These are the names you may have never heard, and the voices you never knew you knew.

 

The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards. See it for yourself on Tuesday, July 31st.

 

Amy (2015)

 

Amy documents the meteoric rise to fame, and the tragic death, of singer Amy Winehouse. It is directed by Asif Kapadia.

 

The film covers Winehouse’s life, and her struggle with substance abuse, both before and after her career blossomed. Kapadia conducted interviews with more than 100 of Amy’s friends and family, as well as compiled footage of Amy herself to build a story billed as “the singer in her own words.” The film begins with a 1998 home movie of Winehouse singing with a friend at a birthday party. It follows her through her early childhood, to her short-lived career, and ends with her early death. The film also features previously unreleased tracks by the artist who passed away in 2011. Winehouse released only two albums – her debut Frank in 2003,and her final album, Back to Black, in 2006. But her iconic voice left a lasting impression on both fans and the music industry.

 

See her story on the big screen on Tuesday, August 7th.

 

Movie: Shine A Light (2008)

 

Shine A Light is the 2008 Rolling Stones biographical concert film from legendary director Martin Scorsese. It takes its name from the song of the same name off of the classic 1972 album, Exile on Main St.  It features footage filmed during the Bigger Band Tour at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on November 1st, 2006, as well as archival footage from the band’s decades long career.

 

See it all come to light on Tuesday, August 14th.

 

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

 

What Happened, Miss Simone? documents the life of Nina Simone and is directed by Liz Garbus. It was the opening film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Combining interviews with Simone’s friends, family, and collaborators, as well as previously unreleased archival footage, the film brings the multi-faceted Nina Simone to life.

 

The film begins with a 1968  performance by the classically trained musician-turned-singer. She had dreamed of becoming a concert pianist until the Curtis Institute of Music barred her admittance because of her race. The film delves into her early career playing bars, to the Newport Jazz Festival, to Carnegie Hall, and into her self-imposed exile in Liberia and the activism it sparked in her. From the Civil Rights movement that gave her a feeling of purpose, to the profound emptiness she felt privately – catch a glimpse of it all on Tuesday, August 21st.

 

Long Time Running (2017)

 

Long Time Running is a Canadian documentary of the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip. It is named after a song off of the band’s 1991 album, ‘Road Apples’. The film is directed by filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, who are also long time friends of the band. Following the announcement of lead singer Gord Downie’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, the band and the filmmakers set out for one final goodbye tour – The Man Machine Poem Tour of 2016. This is your chance to say to goodbye to a Canadian legend who wanted to go out on his own terms. Gord Downie died on October 17, 2017.

 

See The Hip’s tragic and triumphant final run as Long Time Running closes the City Cinema program on Tuesday, August 28th.

 

Warm summer nights and free movies – what could be better?! Don’t miss City Cinema at Yonge Dundas Square this summer!

 

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

Green up your balcony this summer

 

A balcony garden is a simple and beautiful way to add some colour and life to your balcony. There is nothing quite like the act of planting something, nurturing it properly, and watching it grow. If you weren’t born with a green thumb, Greenrock wants to help you green up your balcony this summer.

 

They’re are several options when it comes to balcony gardens. First, you should determine what your light conditions are. This will determine the type of plants that will thrive in that environment. There is no point in purchasing new plants, only to watch them struggle to survive.

The Sunny Side

If your balcony gets a lot of sunshine, you will want to choose sun-loving plants, such as Geraniums. If you hang plants in baskets, they will dry out faster. Make sure to water them regularly and check on them daily. Lots of full sun plants are also naturally drought resistant, making them perfect for potted environments and busy lifestyles. Rosemary is a good choice for a fragrant, low maintenance herb that can also enhance the flavour of your cooking. With any balcony garden, you will have to ensure proper drainage to avoid damaging the plants, or your rental property.

The Shady Side

If your balcony is on the shadier side, without much direct sunlight, you still have many beautiful options for a balcony garden. Fuchsia flowers are lovely, colourful, and exotic flowers that don’t like too much sun. They will do best in hanging baskets or balcony boxes. Look for hanging basket brackets that do not require any drilling or permanent fixtures. Some other great options are Begonias, Violets and Double Impatiens. If those aren’t to your taste, there are many more!

Once you’ve determined your light conditions (or if you need some help determining that) it’s time to head to a local garden centre to purchase your plants, soil, and supplies. And get some advice on how to proceed. You’ve got a few great neighbourhood resources nearby.

Bob’s Garden Centre

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Bob’s Garden Centre (959 Mt Pleasant Road) is a family run business that has been serving the community since 1976. This small, corner-store-style shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 9:30am to 7pm, and Sundays from 9:30am until 6pm. You can count on the folks at Bob’s for fast, friendly service, and helpful advice. From plant selection, care advice and optimal arrangement for your light conditions, let Bob’s help make your living balcony come to life for a reasonable price.

 

Sheridan Nurseries

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Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge Street) is your source for the largest selection of plants in the area. There prices may be on the higher end, but so is their service and selection. Plant warranties are honoured. Many plants can be returned within 90 days of purchase, and they offer a complimentary Personal Shopping Service. That means their knowledgeable personal shoppers will help you create your personal horticultural masterpiece, offering the best options to suit your light conditions and lifestyle. You can rely on their custom design services to help you select the best plants, planters, containers and hanging baskets.

 

They’re open year round, 7 days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Family Day). Their summer/fall hours are Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 6pm, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 8pm, Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, and Sundays 9am to 5pm.

 

Davenport Garden Centre

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Davenport Garden Centre (1466 Bayview Avenue), at the corner of Davisville and Bayview, is only steps away from home, at Davisville Village. This independently owned, seasonal garden centre is open from April until December 24th. There are 3 locations in Toronto. Their Bayview location is open daily from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 7pm, and weekends from 9am until 6pm. Davenport Garden Centres specializes in providing plants that thrive in Toronto gardens, including condominium and apartment containers. They are advocates of organic and sustainable gardening. They purchase from growers and suppliers that apply these principles whenever possible.

 

Whether you’re looking for hanging baskets, balcony boxes, or potted plants suitable for sun or shade, they’ve got what you need. Their location at 368 Davenport Road offers in-store design services from Monday to Friday. An appointment is recommended for this service.

 

Ready to get growing?

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the vibrant life your community has to offer, and to help you grow.  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.

Dive into summer near Davisville Village

 

There is nothing quite like summer in Toronto. It’s hot, sunny, and there is a seemingly endless supply of fun stuff to do. To help you dive into summer near Davisville Village, we’ve rounded up some fun summer events you may want to check out.


SUMMERLICIOUS

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There may be a lot of summer left to savour, but you don’t have much time left to get a taste of Summerlicious. This is your last chance to take advantage of this amazing city-wide food festival where some of the city’s best restaurants offer special three-course prix-fixe menus for reasonable prices.


Five Doors North (2088 Yonge St) is offering a $43 dinner menu. It’s only a few doors north of Davisville Village and is a fantastic neighbourhood mainstay! We’ve praised them before — check out our full article on Five Doors North, including an interview with the owners, then make your reservation!


There are over 200 participating restaurants to choose from, offering both lunch and dinner menus at unbeatable prices. Check out their selections and make your reservations directly with the establishment of your choice. Hurry, it all wraps up on July 22nd. After that, you’ll have to wait for Winterlicious.  Bon Appetit!


BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Beaches Jazz Festival

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Summer heat and jazz go hand in hand, especially when it all happens down by the beach! The Beaches International Jazz Festival is in full swing. This year marks the festival’s 30th anniversary! There are tons of artists to check out, including free shows on multiple stages, many of them open air. Hop around from stage to stage, stay awhile, and take it all in. When you need to refuel, visit one of several gourmet food trucks. Get your summer groove on and feel the heat of the rhythm of the night — until July 29th, 2018.

 

TORONTO’S FESTIVAL OF BEER

Toronto Festival of Beer

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Celebrate your favourite frothy beverage at the Toronto Festival of Beer. The event features incredible Ontario Craft Brewers, as well as brands from around the world to discover, one sip at a time. Due to overwhelming demand, an extra day has been added to the festival, giving you more time to enjoy great beer and live music! The festival runs from July 26th to the 29th. It’s a great opportunity to catch amazing performances from Broken Social Scene, Ludacris, Dwayne Gretsky, Finger Eleven and more!


ROGERS CUP PRESENTED BY NATIONAL BANK

Rogers Cup tennis

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Tennis, anyone? The world’s best tennis players will descend on Toronto to compete for the coveted Rogers Cup, as well as more than $3 million in prize money. The biggest names in the ATP Tour are expected, including former champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, as well as Canadian favourites Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic. Get your tickets now for this tournament that serves up the action from August 4th to the 12th.


TASTE OF THE DANFORTH

Taste of the Danforth

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Don’t miss the annual Taste of the Danforth festival in Greektown. Take a trip to the East End, from August 10th to the 12th, as Taste of the Danforth celebrates its 25th anniversary! The Danforth’s restaurant row packs more eats per square metre than practically anywhere else on the planet! This Greektown neighbourhood is the place to be for not only souvlaki and spanakopita, but cuisine from cultures the world over. The street will be shut down, the sun will be shining, and great bands will be playing — why would you go anywhere else?


CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION (CNE)

CNE Canadian National Exhibition

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Don’t let the end of summer get you down! Plan a visit to the CNE, from August 17th to September 3rd. The Canadian National Exhibition is a long standing late summer tradition in Toronto. Catch concerts from Blood Sweat and Tears, Men Without Hats, and Stars, just to name a few of the great performers on the bill! This enormous annual fair brings features a midway, great live music, enticing exhibits, and, of course, unforgettably weird and wonderful food! Dig into deep fried delights as you raise a glass to late summer. And don’t forget about the 69th AnnualAir Show over the Labour Day Weekend. Let’s go to the EX!

 

Summer won’t last forever. We hope that these suggestions for fun summer events around Toronto inspire you to make the most of it!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the fun and festivities that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

The best spots to hit the beach in Toronto

 

There is nothing quite as quintessential in summer as a trip to the beach. A lazy, hazy day spent splashing on the shores of Lake Ontario is a day well spent. Fortunately, there are many beaches to choose from, right here in the city. To help you choose where you’d like to plant a flag in a sandcastle, here are the best spots to hit the beach in Toronto.

 

You may not think about beaches when you think about the largest city in Canada, but the fact is, some of the best beaches in world are only minutes away. That is not just a matter of opinion. Many, if not most of our local beaches regularly achieve highly sought after Blue Flag status. The Blue Flag is flown at beaches that meet high standards for water quality, as well as environmental management, safety and environmental education.

 

Currently, all of the beaches listed below are Blue Flag beaches. They are tested on an ongoing basis, so you can check the status and water quality before you head out.

 

Bluffer’s Park Beach

Bluffer's Park Beach toronto

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Located at the base of the beautiful and iconic Scarborough Bluffs you’ll find Bluffer’s Park Beach (1 Brimley Road South). This is one of the nicest beaches in Toronto, and the word is out. If you’re hoping to find a parking spot and a prime beach space on a summer weekend, you’ll want to get there early. Luckily, there is a lot to do. If you want to take a break from swimming and lounging on the sand, there are hiking trails nearby where you can explore and enjoy the unique scenery. Pack a picnic, or hit up the snack bar. There are washrooms, a marina, and volleyball areas, too. If you’ve never been here, put it on your local beach bucket list.

 

Balmy / Kew / Woodbine Beaches

Balmy / Kew / Woodbine beaches Toronto

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Yes, technically Balmy, Kew and Woodbine beaches are separate beaches, but they represent several kilometres of unbroken sand and shoreline, so we’re combining them into one. This way we can list more beaches in our Top 5!

 

Beginning in the east and working west, Balmy Beach (1 Beech Avenue) is the quietest, and most secluded of the three. If you want to enjoy your beach reading and swimming with as few other people as possible, this is the one for you.

 

Kew Beach is a little busier, as it takes some of the overflow from Woodbine, but it is still a serene and scenic spot for a summer swim. There is a snack bar, washrooms, and even those low taps for rinsing the sand off your feet before you put your shoes back on, which is nice. It’s also close enough to the shops and restaurants of Queen Street East, so you can grab whatever you need.

 

Home to multiple beach volleyball courts, an Olympic swimming pool and skate park, as well as a pristine sandy beach, Woodbine Beach (1675 Lake Shore Blvd East) is probably the most popular beach in town. If you’re looking for the whole ‘beach scene’, and to see and be seen, this is where you want to be.

 

Note: A beach wheelchair can be borrowed, free of charge, by calling 311. They are picked up and returned at Donald D. Summerville Outdoor Pool.

 

Hanlan’s Point


Hanlan’s Point is the famous (or infamous) clothing optional beach on Toronto Island. It’s only one of two nude-friendly beaches in Canada (Vancouver’s Wreck Beach being the other one). For the more modest among us, there is the far less popular, covered-up side of Hanlan’s Point, as well. Everything about Hanlan’s Point is fun, including the ferry ride over (9 Queens Quay W). Some of the best fine-grain sand, and some of the best sunsets in the city, can be enjoyed at Hanlan’s Point.


Clarke / Cherry Beach

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Clarke / Cherry Beach (1 Cherry Street) is a popular beach for swimming, kite-boarding, and even surfing! There is a cool, laid back atmosphere here. Hang out on the sand, fire up one of the charcoal BBQ pits, and create the perfect day. There is also a snack bar and washroom facilities. The parking lot fills up quickly, but if you ride down on your bike, you can also explore the paved path that meanders along the water and through the trees. Find out more about great nature trails near you in our feature article.

 

Sunnyside

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Sunnyside (1755 Lake Shore Blvd West) is a beautiful beach in Toronto’s west end. It’s not as busy as the east end beaches, making it a prime spot for a summer chill out. If the water is too cold to take a dip, Gus Ryder Pool is right there. Enjoy the concession stands, cafe, boardwalk, bike path, change rooms and lots of parking.

 

Enjoy your beach escape close to home this summer!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best that your city and community have to offer. Make a splash this summer! 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.

A summer to remember near The Village

 

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

 

SUMMERLICIOUS

 Sambucas on Church

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

 

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

 

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

 

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

@tsmfestival

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

 

TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

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

 

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

 

PEDESTRIAN SUNDAYS IN KENSINGTON MARKET

Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market

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

 

SMALL WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

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

 

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL BUSKERFEST

 

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

 

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

 

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

The best swimwear in Toronto

 

It’s summertime in Toronto and the weather is hot. We wait all year long for these few, short months. Celebrate another season in the sun with a new bathing suit! Shopping for swimwear can be stressful for some. Finding the right style at the right price isn’t always an easy task. To help take some of the stress and guesswork out of your shopping experience, we wanted to share some hotspots where you can shop for the best swimwear in Toronto. Take a look before you take a dip.

 

Sandpipers

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Sandpipers Sports & Funwear have locations at 2580 Yonge Street and 87 Yorkville Avenue. They have been a go-to source for swimwear since 1985. They bring the best of the beach lifestyle home to Toronto, from across the country and overseas.

 

La Vie en Rose

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You can count on the undergarment experts at  La Vie en Rose  (2300 Yonge Street unit #c25), in the Yonge Eglinton Centre, to offer a great selection of products that properly fit any woman. Let their experience help make your choice easier. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you look your best, and help you find the perfect style for you. Check out their latest collection of Mix & Match, One Piece, Beachwear, and Beach Accessories. They have everything you need for a hot summer look.

 

Hudson’s Bay

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Have you been to The Bay, lately? It’s a great home base for all your summer swim and beachwear needs and wants, for both men and women. Whatever your style, whatever your shape, The Bay has you covered – or as uncovered – as you’d like.  From lounging by the pool, to looking cool with the latest and greatest accessories. The Bay is a one-stop-shop for all your summer fun supplies. Find Hudson’s Bay locations at 44 Bloor Street East, and its flagship store at 176 Yonge Street in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

 

Bikini Village

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Sometimes it takes a village to help you find the swimsuit you’re most comfortable in. If The Bay isn’t you brand of choice, take a short trip to Bikini Village. They are also conveniently located in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. They feature top brands, including Bauhaus, Billabong, Body Glove, Boto and Diesel for men. And all the latest styles for women from brands like Ellen Tracy, Red Carter, Christina, and more. From bold to bashful, and everything in between — you’re bound to find your next bathing suit here.

 

Boathouse

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If you’re looking for stylish swimwear that is also comfortable and affordable, you need to visit Boathouse. They offer very reasonably priced swimwear in the latest styles, so you can take a dip, without getting soaked. Find them at 316 Yonge Street (Yonge and Dundas).

 

Whatever you’re style, shape or budget — everyone needs and deserves a swimsuit they feel great in. It’s required attire for summer fun. So before you hit the beach, or chill out by the pool, treat yourself to the best bathing suit you’ve ever owned. It’s a great start to a great summer. We hope these convenient shopping options in your community help make your choice easy and enjoyable.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best that your city and community have to offer. We hope these local swimsuit shop recommendations help you feel comfortable and look your best. 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.