NXNE Port Lands is back!

There’s never been a better time to be a music lover in Toronto! NXNE Port Lands music festival is back for its second great year. They’ve added an extra day to pack in as much music as possible. Featuring 30 acts representing the best in indie rock, hip hop and soul, this year’s festival will take place from Friday, June 23rd to Sunday, June 25th at the Port Lands (Pier 35 off of Cherry Street). Get your tickets while you can!


“Since our inception, NXNE has proudly built up the reputation of curating a festival that always includes a strong element of discovery.” says Michael Hollett, President and Managing Director of NXNE. “With this year’s Port Lands lineup, we have brought together some of the biggest performers in the world, as well as a fantastic group of artists who are about to be launched into the musical stratosphere.”

Photo credit: @NXNE


NXNE Portlands features three days of non-stop music on two stages. Headliners include Passion Pit, KAYTRANADA and Post Malone. Some multi-day summer music festivals mean standing out in the blazing sun, paying a steep price for something as basic as water, and having little else to do if you’re not into the band that’s performing. NXNE Port Lands solves all of these problems. The festival goes out of its way to ensure lots of shade and seating, limitless free water, tons of food trucks, stand up comedy, plus a carnival midway with rides and games, art installations and much more!

Photo credit: @NXNE


If you’re looking for a fun way to get out of the sun, visit the Stand Up Comedy Tent. It’s programmed by the pros at Comedy Bar and features some of the best up and coming comedians. When hunger strikes, take a tour of the many food trucks featuring everything from ice cream from Heavenly Dreams, to local and sustainable braised lamb sandwiches at the Heirloom, and everything in between. You may want to check out the midway rides before you eat. Climb atop the twirling Paratrooper ride, check out the music, and snap some great pictures from the top of the ferris wheel or challenge yourself with some carnival games like Long Range Basketball, Tubs of Fun, Dragon Darts, Cover the Spot or Mini B-ball. Whatever you choose to do, boredom is definitely not an option.

Photo credit: @NXNE


Summer always seems to fly by before you know it. Make the most of the sunny weather this year and have as much fun as you can! The NXNE Port Lands music festival is the perfect way to kick off the season. Single day tickets are available, but for the best value opt for weekend-long general admission or VIP passes. This year you also have the option of leaving your wallet at home thanks to their new comfortable-to-wear cloth chipped wristband. The band allows you to get through lines faster while not having to carry any cash. You can enable a credit card when you sign up with your wristband. Up to two wristbands can be added to the same card.


Getting to the Port Lands site is easy. It’s located off Cherry Street at Pier 35,  just south of the Gardiner and the Distillery District. There is regular TTC service and free valet bike parking on site! Two major bike trails meet at the Port Lands — the Lower Don Recreation Trail (North-South) and the Martin Goodman Trail (East-West). If want to drive, there is also plenty of parking.


If you make it out to NXNE Port Lands this year, we hope you have a great festival experience!


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

 

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

 

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

 

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

 

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

Photo credit: The Toronto Festival of Beer

 

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

 

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

Check out Electric Island Music Festival!

 

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

 

Photo: electricisland.to

Photo: electricisland.to

 

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

 

Photo: electricisland.to

Photo: electricisland.to

 

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

 

Photo: electricisland.to

Photo: electricisland.to

 

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

 

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

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

 

Photo: electricisland.to

Photo: electricisland.to

 

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

 

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

 

 

These no-cook recipes will keep you cool in a heat wave

These no-cook recipes will keep you cool in a heat wave

Summer is in full swing and that means a heat wave can roll in at anytime. When temperatures start to rise, the last thing you may want to do is turn on the stove and add more heat to the kitchen. The blog team at Greenrock Property Management has some no-cook recipe ideas for you to try, while letting your stove at your Eastbourne apartment (166 Eastbourne Ave) take a vacation.

 

Smoked Salmon Tostadas

 

These salmon tostadas with zucchini-radish slaw are simple to prepare, but taste like they took a lot of time and energy. Top and serve these tostadas with sliced avocado and you’ve got a substantial and flavourful meal, without ever turning the oven on.

 

Zucchini Pesto “Pasta”

 

You don’t want to turn on the stove and you’re trying to eat lighter and healthier — but you have a craving for pasta that won’t go away. What do you do? Try this no-cook recipe that uses zucchini noodles or “zoodles” rather that pasta noodles. It’s ready in about 15 minutes without adding any heat to the kitchen of your Eastbourne apartment. It will really hit the spot in a heat wave, when nothing but pasta will do.

 

Italian Panzanella

 

If you think a summer salad isn’t a satisfying meal, think again. This panzanella uses cubes of bread that soak up a zesty dressing. The salad also features white beans and provolone cheese which add a hearty amount of protein to this substantial salad that keeps the stove off.

 

Ploughman’s Platter

 

This simple but substantial Ploughman’s Platter lunch or dinner will fill you up without heating up your kitchen. You can substitute the sliced ham for any other cold cuts you may prefer. It’s basically a satisfying sandwich, laid out and arranged into component parts and enjoyed Mediterranean-style.
The Greenrock blog team hopes these no-cook recipes satisfy your hunger, without heating up your kitchen. For more information on Greenrock rental communities, including 166 Eastbourne Avenue, please visit our website.

Check out the EX while you can!

Check out the EX while you can!

The Canadian National Exhibition (aka the CNE, aka The EX! ) is a late summer tradition that brings excitement and joy to visitors. It’s a great cure for the end-of-summer blues. If you are planning on heading down to the CNE from your Greenrock at Davisville Village apartment, the blog team at Greenrock Property Management wants to help you make the most of it. Let’s go to the EX!

 

Casino

 

The CNE Casino is a popular draw. It features a variety of games to suit your needs like Blackjack, roulette, 3 Card Poker and a private, air-conditioned Texas Hold ‘em Poker room. There is a licensed outdoor patio where guests can enjoy live entertainment and order a selection of midway treats.

 

Exhibits

 

The EX wouldn’t be the EX without the Exhibitions. This year’s selection includes something for everyone. There is the Star Trek: 50 Years, 50 Artists exhibit which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the series with works from 50 artists from around the world. The Garden Show and theTopiary both get the green thumbs up. The International Sand Sculpting Competition will leave you amazed.

 

Food

 

More than 1 million visitors come to the Toronto Star Food Building each year for a variety of fine fare from around the world. There is also Food Truck Frenzy, an event featuring the city’s favourite food trucks. Ribfest is a favourite, providing a fabulous feast for all. There is something to please every palate.

 

Airshow

 

The Labour Day weekend brings not only the end of the EX and the unofficial end of summer, it also brings the Canadian International Air Showfrom September 3rd to 5th. The awe-inspiring show features the Breitling Jet Team, CF-18 Hornet, and of course, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
The summer can seem short-lived. The EX goes by even faster. The CNE runs only from August 19th to September 5th. Don’t miss it! For more information about Greenrock rental communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village, please visit our website.

These ice cream parlours are ready to take your order

These ice cream parlours are ready to take your order

Ice cream season is in full swing. If you are looking to indulge in this perfect summer treat, the blog team at Greenrock Property Managementhas some suggestions for places to try, near your Wingreen Court Apartment (2 -11 Wingreen Court).

 

Ice ‘n Cake

 

If you’re craving a fancy chilled dessert or ice cream, check out the European style gelato parlour (gelateria) and patisserie Ice ‘n Cake (30 Clock Tower Road), only a 10 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride from Wingreen Court. The gelato is made on site using the finest imported chocolate, exotic fruits and nuts. They are open until midnight on weekends and until 11pm on week days to satisfy your late night cravings.

 

Baskin Robbins

 

You don’t get to be the biggest ice cream chain in the world without having a product to back it up. Baskin Robbins has been synonymous with ice cream since they opened in 1945. They have a location at 1448 Lawrence Avenue East – only an 8 minute bike ride or a 5 minute drive from your apartment at Wingreen Court. There is still time to sample all 31 flavours this summer!

 

Menchie’s

 

What Baskin Robbins has been doing for ice cream since 1945, Menchie’s is doing with frozen yogurt. This froyo chain features an ever-changing menu of flavours and your choice of toppings. What more could you want?! They have a location at 865 York Mills Road that you can ride you bicycle to in under 10 minutes from Wingreen Court.
There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy, you might as well enjoy it a little more with some ice cream. For more information on Greenrock rental communities, including Wingreen Court, please click here.

Get ready to sweat at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival

Get ready to sweat at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival

The Hot & Spicy Food Festival is turning up the heat this August near Davisville Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue). To make the most of this one-of-a-kind hot and spicy summertime affair, check out today’s post from the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

The need-to-know

 

Toronto’s Hot & Spicy Food Festival has been a summer tradition for 18 years and counting. Expect the biggest and best festival yet, with plenty to see and do for all ages. The event is free to attend and runs from August 19th through 21st at the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), a 15-minute drive or taxi ride from Davisville Apartments.

 

Where to start

 

Jump right in to this year’s festival by heading first to the World Café, open daily. This café is the perfect spot to kickstart your festival experience because it offers you a diverse sampling of delicious eats from around the world, in one easy location. Take our word for it—go hungry. This café will not disappoint.

 

Explore the markets

 

Take a taste of the festival home to Davisville Apartments. Begin at Lakeview Market – and incredible market featuring vendors selling everything from clothing to housewares. Next, narrow in on the hot stuff you love at the Red Hot Market. Here you can find all-things spicy—from sauces to rubs, jellies to pickles and every marinade under the sun. Both markets are open every day of the festival.

 

Catch a concert

 

Beyond the food, the Hot & Spicy Food Festival boasts an impressive lineup of live entertainment. Each night promises a spicy new show. Acclaimed as one of the best soul and funk bands in Toronto, Yuka will take the stage on Saturday night, August 20th. This is a show not to be missed. The performance begins on the Concert Stage at 8:00 p.m.

Get ready to sweat at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival, coming to Toronto this month and featured today by the Greenrock Property Managementblog team. For more information about nearby Davisville Apartments, visit our website today.

Visit these beaches before summer’s out

Visit these beaches before summer's out

As August ushers in the dog days of summer, you may be looking for ways to cool off in Toronto. The Greenrock Property Management blog team has some suggestions for great beaches to visit not too far from home, at Village Green Apartments (40,50 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, Toronto).

 

Woodbine Park Beach

 

The most popular beach in Toronto is Woodbine Beach (1675 Lakeshore Boulevard E). This large beach near Woodbine at Queen Street East is about 30 minutes by bicycle or 20 minutes by car from Village Green Apartments. There is plenty of parking at nearby Ashbridges Bay Park. Woodbine Beach features picnic areas (sheltered or unsheltered), a snackbar, beach volleyball courts, change rooms, washrooms, showers and even a footwash station. Woodbine Beach is not the only beach in the area. It is the beginning of over 3 kilometers of beaches that stretch east, including Kew/Balmy beach.

 

Sunnyside Beach

 

A popular destination since the 1890’s, Sunnyside Beach (1755 Lakeshore Boulevard W) is about a 25 minute drive from Village Green Apartments. There is lovely boardwalk for strolling and the paved Martin Goodman path for cycling. The beach has a breakwall to keep the waters calm for bathers or paddlers.

 

Hanlan’s Point

 

Located on the west side of Toronto Island Park, Hanlan’s Point Beach features everything you want in a beach and more. Clean water and sand, bike trails nearby, washroom/change rooms, volleyball court. There is also the clothing optional area, one of only two in Canada. The ferry to the island is located at 9 Queens Quay West (less than 15 minutes by bike or just over 20 minutes by TTC from Village Green Apartments. You can choose the southeastern shore and head to Ward’s Island Beach.

 

Cherry/Clarke Beach

 

Located at the foot of Cherry Street, Cherry/Clarke Beach is about 25 minutes away from Village Green Apartments by either car or bike. Parking is also available onsite. The beach is situated along the Martin Goodman trail. The area is a popular spot for kite boarders, swimmers and sunbathers alike. The beach is also reachable by TTC during the summer, plan on about 45 minutes travel time from Village Green.

There is still plenty of time to enjoy the sun and the surf at a beach near your Village Green Apartment. For more information on Greenrock Property Management and our rental communities, please visit our website.

Watch a movie under the stars at one of these events

Watch a movie under the stars at one of these events

Lazy summer days in the sun are great, but balmy summer nights can be even better. There is still plenty of summer left for you to find a comfy spot under the stars and watch a movie. The Greenrock Property Management blog team has some suggestions for outdoor cinema near your Toronto apartment.

 

Sail-In Cinema

 

From August 18th to 20th, Toronto’s Sugar Beach (25 Dockside Drive) becomes Sail-In Cinema — the world’s first two-sided, floating movie theatre. Last year’s event attracted more than 11,000 people. Visitors enjoyed the films from land on blankets, cushions and lawn chairs and over 100 boats dropped anchor to watch the two sided screen. It is the largest outdoor movie theatre in the world. This year’s program includes three classic feature films — Hook (Thursday, August 18th), Jumanji (August 19th) and The Princess Bride (Saturday, August 20th). Best of all, the theatre is less than a 15 minute drive from the apartments at 5 Benlamond Avenue.

 

Free Flicks at Harbourfront Centre

 

Every Wednesday evening, all summer long, Harbourfront Centre presents their Free Flicks event. All films are, of course, free. On Wednesday, August 10th, catch Reese Witherspoon in The Good Lie. Cast your vote now for the closing night movie, on August 31st. You can cast a ballot for Slumdog Millionaire, Gravity or The King’s Speech. You can reach Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay West) in a little over 30 minutes from your 166 Eastbourne apartment.

 

Christie Pits

 

The Christie Pits Film Festival is back for its sixth year. Every Sunday night until August 28th, you can catch a film in Christie Pits Park. All films are pay-what-you-can and BYOB (bring your own blanket). This year’s theme is Stranded! In Christie Pits. All films will deal with the themes of confinement, escape, isolation and perseverance. Christie Pits Park is a 15 minute drive or 30 minute TTC ride from Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue).

 

Yonge and Dundas Square

 

Every Tuesday night until August 30th, enjoy free movies at Yonge and Dundas Square. This year’s theme is comedy. You can catch a double feature on August 9th with Wayne’s World and The Ladies Man. Yonge and Dundas Square is less than a 15 walk from Village Green Apartments (40,50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street). Admission is free.

 

Don’t miss out on the free film fun this summer. When the sun goes down, the curtain goes up. Watching a great film under the stars is a perfect, laid back, summer evening activity. For more information of Greenrock rental properties, please visit our website.

Savour the flavours of the Americas at Pan American Food Festival

Savour the flavours of the Americas at Pan American Food Festival

 

Fantastic flavours, timeless folklore and fun-filled festivities are just around the corner at the Pan American Food Festival. Don’t miss this great event happening near our Toronto apartments this month. Learn more about this event in today’s post from the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

Travel the world close to home

 

The Pan American Food Festival is a two-day summertime celebration of flavours from all around the Americas. Enjoy live music, dance performances, food competitions and world-renowned chefs. This year’s celebration will take place August 13th and 14th at nearby Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), just a 15-minute walk from Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Streetor) or 20-minutes if traveling by bus from Davisville Village Apartments (225 Davisville Avenue, 77 Davisville Avenue 45 Balliol Street).

 

This year’s featured country

 

Every year the Pan American Food Festival features a host country. This year experience the cultural magic of Bolivia when you attend Carnival in Bolivia at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13th. On Sunday, continue your Bolivian adventure with a free food demo presented by Bolivian master chef, Marko Bonifaz. The demo runs for a half hour beginning at noon.

 

Don’t miss the competitions

 

In addition to food demos and live entertainment, this month’s Pan American Food Festival includes a couple of high-energy food competitions you and your friends will not want to miss. The Ceviche Smackdown promises to be a fun and intense competition, as nearly every country in the Americas has their own variation of this popular dish. Sample chefs’ creations and help determine the winner. The Smackdown is Sunday, 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management hopes you set aside time to savour the flavours at this summer’s Pan American Food Festival. For more information about nearby Toronto apartments, please visit our website.