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.

Cheap summer eats in Toronto

 

Summer in the city is the perfect time to slow down and take it easy. Take a stroll through your neighbourhood and let someone else handle the cooking. Toronto has no shortage of great spots to dine in, but if you’re short on cash, we’ve got some great suggestions for the frugal foodie. Here are some of the best cheap summer eats in Toronto.

 

DOWNTOWN:

 

Tacos 101

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Tacos 101 (101 Dundas Street East) gets back to taco basics. Chef Julio Campos believes that tacos should be fast, fresh, inexpensive, and delicious. The street-style tacos at Tacos 101 are all under $5 each. Try the Al Pastor, with grilled pork, salsa, cilantro and pineapple. The Chicken Adobado features pico de gallo and salsa verde. The Baja pairs crispy battered cod with crisp cabbage, sweet mango salsa, pico de gallo and chipotle aioli. Their vegetarian option, the Nopal taco, is a combination of delicious Mexican cactus, refried beans, pico de gallo, cheese and salsa verde.


They also serve homemade chips, salsa and guacamole, as well as one of the best Horchatas in the city. Horchata is a sweet rice drink. It’s the perfect blend of creamy fresh rice milk and spicy-sweet cinnamon sugar. Seating is limited, with only a few spots along the window bar. They also offer fast takeout!


Tacos 101 is open Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 am until 9 pm, and Sundays, from 12 pm until 7 pm.


Salad King

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Since 1981, Salad King (340 Yonge Street) has been serving up fast, fresh, and affordable Thai cuisine in a comfortable, casual and friendly environment. Start your summer meal with a crisp and refreshing Green Mango Salad ($6.50). It’s a delicious mix of green mango, lettuce, carrots and shallots, garnished with basil, crushed peanuts and a delicious sweet and savoury dressing made from lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar. Try the Thai Islamic Noodle off of their “secret menu”. It looks like the secret is out — The Islamic Noodle was named NOW Toronto’s Best Summer Dish of 2018!


The service at Salad King is quick and friendly, and there is loads of seating at the restaurant’s communal tables. The restaurant is located on the second floor of 340 Yonge Street, with access via stairs or elevator. They are open Monday to Thursday, from 11 am to 10 pm, until 11 pm on Fridays, Saturday from 12 pm to 11 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm until 9 pm.


Ginger

Ginger Restaurant Toronto

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Looking for some late night Pho in The Village? Look no further than Ginger (546 Church Street). This quick-serve, family-run Vietnamese spot is a neighbourhood favourite, and has been since 1998. They offer great noodles, rich and tasty Pho broth, and they’re fully licensed, too! There’s also an excellent condiment rack, complete with complimentary water which is perfect on hot summer days.

 

The restaurant offers an array of meat dishes. The Chicken and Beef Terriyaki Skewers with Udon noodles ($10.95) is one of the restaurant’s most popular choices for meat eaters.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, don’t worry, there are delicious menu options for you to enjoy as well. It’s easy to spot the vegan options at Ginger — just look for the ‘V’ next to the menu item. Our favourite plantbased option is the Curry Tofu and Grilled Eggplant on Rice ($8.50).

 

Ginger is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am until 11 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 12 pm.

 

Fran’s Restaurant and Bar

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Fran’s Restaurant and Bar is a legendary family-run diner with several locations across Toronto. Stop by their 20 College Street location, just down the street from Village Green. Fran’s is open 24 hours, so they’re ready whenever you are. They specialize in traditional diner breakfasts, lunch time stacked sandwiches, and great burgers. Fran Deck actually invented the banquet burger at the original location at Yonge and St. Clair. It’s a half-pound patty served with melted Canadian cheddar and Bourbon maple bacon. Just remember to save some room for their fabulous desserts, like homemade apple pie or rice pudding!

 

The upper deck patio area is perfect for hot summer days, or warm summer nights. Whenever you’re in the mood to eat, Fran’s is there to serve you! Just look for the neon sign, anytime.

 

MIDTOWN

 

Pi Co.

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Pi Co. (2177 Yonge Street) specializes in traditional, stone-oven-baked Neapolitan style pizza pies. They bake them fresh to order in only a few minutes! Indulge in a personal-size margherita pizza for only $10, or opt for unlimited toppings for only $14! There is plenty of seating inside, you can sit on the patio, or take your pie to go.

 

Pizza and beer is the perfect summer combo. If you’re dining in, pair your pie with their own house blonde ale for a refreshing and satisfying summer meal. Don’t forget to save room for their sweet pies for dessert!

 

Pi Co. is open Sunday to Wednesday, from 11 am to 10 pm, and Thursday through Saturday, from 11 am until 11 pm.

 

Sushi Supreme

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When you’re craving sushi, for an affordable price, head to Sushi Supreme. This informal and vibrant establishment is located on the second floor at 1995 Yonge Street. Try one of their daily lunch specials, or a perfectly balanced bento box. This cosy and casual spot features fresh fish-focused food, at fair prices, served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. What more could you want?


Start your summer feast with their Beef Short Ribs ($11) or Fried Calamari ($7). The Sushi Bronze combo ($13) –with five kinds of fish or seafood sushi, three salmon rolls, three cucumber rolls and a salmon hand roll– is an excellent value for the price, and it’s delicious! You can also try something a little out of the ordinary, like their Salmon Pizza (6pcs). It’s a crispy deep-fried rice cake loaded with salmon, flying fish eggs, onions and specialty sauce.

Sushi Supreme is open Monday to Saturday, from 12 pm to 10:30 pm, and Sunday, from 3 pm to 10:30 pm.


Banjara Eglinton

Banjara Eglinton

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Banjara Eglinton (164 Eglinton Ave East) offers some of the finest North and South Indian cuisine in the city. It may not look like much from the outside, but you will be impressed by the food. The interior is cosy, casual, and comfortable. Their biryanis and butter chicken are the best!


Vegetarians will love their affordable Veggie Lunch Combo ($10.95). It features rice, naan, daal curry, aloo gobi, pakora, rice pudding and your choice of veggie dish. For dinner, meat lovers will enjoy the Butter Chicken Combo ($15.95). Everything at Banjara is perfectly spiced and pretty spicy! It’s authentic Indian Cuisine at its best and most affordable.


They’re open Monday to Friday, from 11:30 am to 3 pm, and 5 pm until 10:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday visit them from 12 pm to 3 pm, or 5 pm until 10:30 pm.

We hope these neighbourhood hotspots help you dig into summer in Toronto — without emptying your wallet!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover all the wonderful places in 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 and55 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

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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 Toronto Festival of Beer is Back!

 

Toronto is a town that loves music, beer, and summertime. If you do too, combine a few of your favourite things during the Toronto Festival of Beer 2018. This year’s celebration is scheduled for July 26th to 29th, and it’s going to be epic.

 

Toronto Festival of Beer

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TFOB 101

 

Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a tradition 22 years in the making. If you’ve never experienced it, it’s time to make it your new summer tradition. Over 100 brewers, featuring over 400 beers from around the country and around the world, gather at the CNE grounds each July. Explore a whole new world of suds this summer. Every evening, different bands and artists take the stage to entertain, come rain or come shine. The main entrance is at the Better Living Centre. Get your tickets today.

 

THE BANDS

 

Thursday, July 26th

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The bands are as big a part of the celebration at TFOB as the beer. Please note that all shows are 19+ events. This year, a special Thursday show has been added! Get an early start on the TFOB weekend on Thursday, July 26th, with some world-class hometown talent! Broken Social Scene and The Rural Alberta Advantage will take over the OLG Bandshell Stage. The gates open at 5pm, and this kick-off show will be presented at a special $50 price point!

 

Friday July 27th

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Doors open at 4:30pm for TFOB FRIDAY with the legendary Ludacris performing a live set! You do not want to miss that, do you?

 

Saturday, July 28th,

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Saturday night is going to be a blast at TFOB. Dwayne Gretzky takes the stage to light up your life. If you’ve never seen a Dwayne Gretzky live show, you are in for something special. There is no mistaking the electric, eclectic energy of this pumped up performance. It’s a celebration of the best songs of all time — from Beyoncé to Bowie, and everything in between. Bruce Springsteen to Britney Spears. The Strokes to the Supremes. You get the idea. You may want to take a nap before you come, because you’re going to get moving.

 

Sunday July 29th

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TFOB has a powerful end to a powerful weekend in store for TFOB Sunday. Hard rockin’ Canadian heroes  I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven own the stage on Sunday. They both have their separate shows, but have been known to team up and come out in full force for a final encore. Are your ready to wrap things up with bang?!

 

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TICKET TIERS

 

There are several ticket tier options for attending TFOB. Here’s the breakdown;

 

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET

 

This ticket is available for each day of TFOB. General Admission Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday include 5 sampling tokens, which can be exchanged for beer, food and souvenirs.

 

HOPTIMIZED ADMISSION TICKET

 

This is always the most popular option. It includes early festival access, granting you an extra hour and a half of time, and a total of 10 sampling tokens!

 

VIP ADMISSION TICKET

 

For those who enjoy getting a little extra, and don’t mind paying a little extra to do it. VIP means you get express entrance and early entrance. You also get 10 tokens, a catered meal, and 2 drinks in the VIP lounge. You also get access to air conditioned washrooms, because you are clearly a very important person.

 

CLUB TFOB ADMISSION TICKET

 

The gold standard of the golden beverage festival, Club TFOB gets you express entrance, early entrance, 15 tokens, chef-crafted cuisine, as well as access to a complimentary oyster bar inside Club TFOB lounge! Congratulations Mr. or Ms. Fancypants – you’ve arrived.

In addition to all the live music and great beer, there will be lots and lots of great food from amazing vendors. The vendors list for this year is being kept under wraps — to ensure freshness. But last year’s food vendors brought the flavour, with everything from world-class cuisine to tasty comfort food. TFOB 2018 promises to be even bigger and better.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and festivities of your community and your city. 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.

Discover Suite 114

 

There is no shortage of bars in Toronto. That’s no secret. But when was the last time you went to a ‘secret bar’? If you want to treat yourself to a special evening of mystery, puzzles, and top notch cocktails, you’ll want to discover Suite 114.

 

When we say “discover”, we mean that literally. The fun and mysterious secret society vibe of Suite 114 begins even before you step inside. You have to find it, first!

 

Imagine taking a step back in time, to the roaring 20’s — prohibition is in full swing and sipping cocktails is a criminal offense that could ‘land you in the can, see’. Don’t expect to see a sign on the front door that says: “Speakeasy”.  You need to be in the know. You need to know where to go. And you need the password.

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That’s the deal at Suite 114. It’s located at 116 Dundas West. There, now you know where to go! But it’s still not so easy to find. There is no sign. You’ll have to find the Martini Glass symbol to find the entrance. The first symbol is on the street level door, marked 116. Follow the Martini glass all the way up the stairs to the 3rd floor.

 

Suite 114 is the creation of Duncan Chan. Duncan is the owner of popular escape room Trapped, located In the same building, one floor below. There’s a hint! Trapped does have a sign out front, so you’ll know you’re on the right track when you see it.

 

The escape room vibe spills over to this speakeasy. To enter through the imposing steel door on the 3rd floor, you’ll have to solve a simple puzzle. This serves as the password. Congratulations! You’ve made it inside.

Suite 114 Toronto

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The interior of Suite 114 is dark, cozy and intimate. The soft, red glowing neon light above the well-stocked bar spreads throughout the dimly lit space. The friendly staff greet you. The glow welcomes you in. It glows above the mysterious curtains at the back of the room. Take a seat at the small tables along the wall, or settle into one of the soft, white sofas. The music is jivin’, but not too loud.

 

Suite 114 Toronto

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You can just make out the writing on the menu in the candlelight. Start off with one of their signature cocktails, carefully hand-crafted by their expert mixologists. The cocktails at Suite 114 can be strong. The Patio Reviver #1 is a good place to begin for the lightweight drinker. This light and sweet concoction of Aperol, Lillet, Orange Sorbet Syrup, Brickworks Craft Cider, and Grapefruit Twist, is light and easy to drink. They will also make you a mocktail with as much flair and creativity as anything on the menu. The Grapefruit Basil Vojito is a refreshing variation on a Mojito: Beattie’s Potato Vodka, Fresh grapefruit, Simple syrup, Basil leaves, Clingstone peach bitters, and Qcumber Soda. A good selection of craft beer is also available.

 

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Once you’ve settled in, try unlocking their “secret menu”. You’ll have to solve another word puzzle to gain access to these secret, seasonal concoctions. Drinks range from $12 to $17 — not bad for a downtown premium cocktail bar.

 

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There is some tasty, shareable food to nibble on — but it’s not a meal. Suite 114 is the secret spot you either begin your evening at, or end up at. The cheese platter and charcuterie are probably the most substantial offerings. The cheese platter is selection of local Ontario and European cheeses, served with a specialty jam. The charcuterie plate is a selection of cured and smoked meats, served with toasted baguettes and gherkin pickles.

 

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Everything about Suite 114 is well thought out and fun. It all feels innovative, intimate and simultaneously very adult and playful. This is the perfect place for an unforgettable date night, fun gathering of friends, or to mark a milestone or other special occasion. It’s not your typical night out. It’s nice to know someone has spent so much time and effort creating something special. The secret is out. Just don’t tip off the fuzz, see!

 

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

 

 

 

 

Sweet treats near Village Green

 

Life in Toronto can be pretty sweet. There is so much to see, do, and taste, that it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are a few neighbourhood highlights for when you’re looking for some sweet treats near Village Green.

 

Crepe it Up

 

Crepe It Up is the inspiration of owner and manager Chris Lee. It all began in the legendary St Lawrence Market (91 Front St. East). Their location at 507 Church Street means their sweet and savoury creations are even easier to get your hands on! Their most popular options are the Paris X, with chocolate hazelnut sauce, banana, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. The *Chiquita Mix Fruit is another bestseller, with banana, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, maple syrup or condensed milk, and a choice of ice cream or whipped cream.

 

Crepe It Up is all about you. Create your personal favourite by adding extra fillings or extra spreads. You can let them know if you want your crepe soft or crispy. However you choose to enjoy it, it’s made fresh, right before your eyes. No pre-made crepes or automated machines. This place is the real deal. Flat out.

 

Funnel Cake Express

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Funnel Cake Express (8 Wellesley St E Suite 105C) takes the best part of the amusement park experience, the food, and isolates it for an amazing taste experience. The food is the entertainment here. Once you smell that batter cooking, you know you’re in for something special. It was established in 2005 and folks have been funnelling in ever since. Choose your funnel cake in one of three signature flavours — Steam Engine, Locomotion, and Bullet. Each one begins with the classic funnel cake, deep fried to perfection with unlimited icing sugar. The Locomotion adds your choice of fresh fruit topping, and the Bullet is the deluxe model. It comes with your choice of 8 flavours of soft serve ice cream. Their special Pride Funnel Cake or Deep Fried Rainbow Cake is a super sweet way to celebrate Pride Month.

 

They also offer Funnel Fries, Deep Fried Mars Bars, Twinkies, and even Deep Fried Butter!

 

Sorelle and Co.

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Sorelle and Co. makes amazing desserts that everyone can enjoy. They are gluten-free, soy-free, sesame-free, vegan, nut-free, preservative-free, and flavour-full!

 

The concept was born by a mother whose 5 daughters all suffered from food allergies (“Sorelle” means sister in Italian). Their mother wanted to create a safe place where parents and families could celebrate special occasions, worry-free, with nothing off limits. Choose from their decadent selection of desserts without guilt or worry! They make cakes, cupcakes, brownies, macaroons and more, with a sophisticated take on healthier treats.

 

There are two locations to choose from, one at Saks Food Hall, at 176 Yonge Street (lower level), and their Yorkville boutique at 161 Yorkville Avenue. Note that no reservations are accepted at the Yorkville boutique, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Guschlbauer

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The super rich cream puffs and sensational cheese buns at Guschlbauer (690 Yonge St) are not for the faint of heart. These buns are big, substantial creations, stuffed full of sweet, creamy goodness. A soft, fluffy milk bun is stuffed with cream cheese and your choice of sweet fillings. Choose from original, chocolate, strawberry, mango, lychee and more!

 

Dessert Lady

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Dessert Lady (12 Cumberland Street) was created by a talented young pastry chef with a passion for making exceptional desserts. It has garnered a well-deserved reputation as one of Toronto’s ultimate sweet shops. Everything is made from scratch using quality ingredients.

 

With more than 350 options on the menu, they’re sure to keep you smiling. Choose from Gourmet Cakes, including gluten-free options made from rice flour and almond flour, cupcakes, mousse cakes, macarons and much more.

 

Life near Village Green just got even sweeter! We hope this post gives you plenty to sink your sweet tooth into!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help connect you with the sweet things in life, and the sweetest things in your community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best cafes near Village Green

 

There’s nothing quite like the neighbourhood cafe. It serves as a meeting place, an office, a sanctuary and more. It’s offers a micro-community and is an essential part of what makes your neighbourhood feel like home. Greenrock wants you to feel very much at home in your neighbourhood. Here are some of the best cafes near Village Green to discover. Let us know if we missed one that you love!

 

Black Bear Espresso

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Black Bear Espresso (5 Carlton Street) has a kind of country-modern vibe. It’s warm and inviting, with lots of light, knotty wood accents and soft colours. It’s cozy, peaceful and unpretentious. There isn’t a ton of seating, but their coffee (from local company Pilot Coffee Roasters) is exceptional. Pair it with their genuinely-friendly baristas and fresh pastries, including vegan and gluten-free options, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.

 

Church Street Espresso

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What’s not to love about Church Street Espresso (585 Church Street)? It’s perfectly located, at Church and Isabella. It’s close enough to be super convenient, and just far enough from the intensity of the Village to provide a quiet oasis. Inside it’s cozy, clean and tastefully decorated – thanks to a relatively recent reno. Outside, the patio offers the perfect place to do some people watching, catch up with a pal, or just enjoy the weather and some alone time. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, their smoothies and pastries are fresh, and made on site.

 

Fabarnak

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Fabarnak, at 519 Church Street, is part of the 519 Community Centre. It’s bright and beautiful inside. They focus on fresh and healthy local food, as well as fine coffee and pastries. The daily menu offers quality food at fair prices, and it is a vegetarian friendly establishment. They offer great bento box deals, as well as daily pancake and omelette specials. Fabarnak is fully accessible for the mobility impaired.

 

Piedmont Coffee Bar

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Piedmont Coffee Bar (66 Isabella Street, Unit #4) is classic coffee shop. They even offer complimentary copies of the Toronto Star for a nice old-school touch. Grab a seat by the window and watch the world go by, while you take a well-deserved break. When you need to get some work done, their free Wi-Fi works well on both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies. It’s a great place to connect and chat with a friend over a cup of quality coffee, served by a friendly staff. Want more could you want?

 

Rooster Coffee House

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Wake up to Rooster Coffee House (568 Jarvis Street). This cozy coffee shop with soaring ceilings is the perfect spot for your morning pick-me-up, or an intimate afternoon coffee date. They have excellent muffins and cookies from local bakers, too! You’ve got to try their golden milk (turmeric) latte. Grab a perch by the widow for people watching, or curl up in the comfy chairs along the wall, with the coffee bar in the centre. Upstairs you’ll find even more comfy chairs and a couch. So kick back and relax while you get your caffeine fix.

 

With so many great options nearby, it’s clear that there’s plenty of good stuff brewing in your neighbourhood.

 

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

Where to eat vegan in Toronto

 

More and more people today are turning to plant-based diets. You don’t need to be an animal rights activist for it to be appealing – there are many health benefits associated with a plant-based diet. Going vegan can help you lose excess weight, protect against certain cancers, and has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Plant-based diets are also awesome for the health of the planet. It has been reported that reducing or eliminating meat consumption is the single most impactful choice an individual can make to help the environment.

 

Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable. A shift away from meat consumption could increase the global food supply without increasing land usage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce waste products that contaminate water tables and oceans. In one year, the animal husbandry industry generates carbon emissions equal to the entire transportation sector. Going plant-based could reduce global water usage by as much a 50% – that’s how much fresh water the industry currently consumes.

 

Now that you know why plant-based is good. Where do you go to get good-tasting, plant-based food in Toronto? We’re glad you asked! Here’s where to eat vegan in Toronto.

 

Fresh

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Fresh was one of the early plant-based trail blazers in Toronto. They first opened their doors in 1999. Today there are four great locations to choose from – Fresh on Eglinton (90 Eglinton Avenue East), Fresh on Bloor (326 Bloor Street West), Fresh on Crawford (894 Queen Street West) and Fresh on Spadina (147 Spadina Avenue). No matter where you are in the city, Fresh is never far away. Stop by to peruse their full menu of fine vegan and vegetarian fare – from rice bowls and burgers, to kale and quinoa salads, and cold pressed juices that are made fresh daily. Take out is also available.

 

TABÜLÈ

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TABÜLÈ Midtown (2009 Yonge Street) is the original location that started it all. They specialize in fine Middle Eastern food, much of it vegetarian and vegan friendly. It’s a great place to sit and have a good meal, knowing there is something to suit everyone’s palate. Start with their signature TABÜLÈ Salad – with chopped parsley, whole wheat bulgur (or gluten-free quinoa), tomato, onion and mint, with a lemon and olive oil dressing. Their Homemade Lentil Soup is made without cream or butter. Their roasted Eggplant dish is drizzled with tahini on a bed of müjaddara with pomegranate seeds. It makes an excellent main course. When you are not so close to home, TABÜLÈ has locations all over town – each with their own unique feel and flavour. Their additional locations include TABULE RIVERSIDE (810 Queen Street East), TABULE BAYVIEW (2901 Bayview Avenue) and SOUK TABULE (494 Front Street East).

 

Planta and Planta Burger

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Planta, at 1221 Bay Street in Yorkville, is an elegant, high-ceilinged eatery dedicated to serving exceptional food that happens to be plant-based and environmentally sustainable. It is upscale in every way, so it’s great for those special occasions when you want to splurge a little. For more laid back, everyday plant-based fare, head to Planta Burger, at 4 Temperance Street. Planta makes a great vegan burger. Try the Classic, with mushroom bacon, pickles, tomato and plant-based queso ($10.50). Wash it down with a coconut ice cream milkshake in chocolate or salted caramel vanilla ($7.50).

 

You can learn more about Planta in our post about the best healthy restaurants in Toronto.

 

Grasshopper Restaurant

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Grasshopper Restaurant has two great locations – one at 310 College Street, and the other in the Junction, at 3080 Dundas St West. The food, as well as the decor at Grasshopper, feels fresh and crisp. There is lots of white exposed brick, and healthy green plants growing. Grasshopper specializes in Japanese-American fusion comfort food, with a plant-based twist. You can’t go wrong with their quinoa mac ‘n’ cheese, salads, burgers and substantial rice bowls. Start your meal with their Chick-Un Nuggets ($8), a delicious dish served with creamy BBQ or peanut sauce. Then go for The Mushroom Bowl ($13), loaded with sautéed cremini and portobello mushrooms, onions and bean sprouts, served over steamed brown rice, and topped with a spicy house tahini sauce. If you still have room for dessert, the Chocolate Fudge Brownie ($4.50), or the Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake $8, will put you over the top.

 

The Hogtown Vegan

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The Hogtown Vegan  (1056 Bloor Street West) is your source for Southern-style vegan comfort food, local beer on tap, and a great weekend brunch. If you’re new to plant-based eating, their meat-like tofu and seitan meals will make the transition a cinch. The friendly servers are always happy to suggest something you may like if you’re unsure of what to order. You really can’t go wrong. From crispy fried soy wings with buffalo or BBQ sauce, to Phish ‘n Chips with beer battered tempeh, to fried tofu scrambles for brunch. There’s always something good cooking at the Hogtown Vegan – but absolutely no hogs are harmed!

 

Are you ready to dig into some fine vegan fare in Toronto? Let us know if we missed your favourite restaurant on this list. With so many great options for plant-based cuisine in the city, there has never been a better, tastier or easier time to go meatless.

 

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

Great bike shops near Village Green

 

There may be no better feeling than getting on your bike on a beautiful day and going for a nice long ride. The feeling of freedom, the breeze on your face, exploring your city – what’s not to love? If your bike isn’t in the best condition, or you don’t currently have a bike, you’ll want to visit one of these great bike shops near Village Green before you hit the trail.

 

Cycle Solutions

Cycle Solutions Toronto

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Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament Street) sells new bikes, repairs existing bikes, and offers a great selection of parts, accessories, apparel and more. The Parliament location has been serving the community since 2003. Kale Powell opened the shop after years of being a consistent customer of the Beaches location. The staff are friendly and informative. They seem genuinely interested in helping you fix or find the right bike for you.

 

Ya Bikes!

Ya Bikes! Toronto

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Cruise over to Ya Bikes! (242 Queen St East) for quality, non-judgemental, bike repair. They are bike experts – but they don’t expect you to be. They offer great service and advice and their prices are very reasonable. Whether you need to fix a flat, or do a complete overhaul, they can help you out – without any high-pressure upselling or sales tactics. They just want you to have a safe and well maintained ride.

 

Ya Bikes provides a home for a not-for-profit program called Charlie’s FreeWheels. It teaches free bicycle mechanics to youth. At the end of program, the kids get to keep the refurbished bike they have built, and get the skills to safely maintain it.

 

Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Cyclery

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Switchback Cyclery (651 Queen Street East) is a retail and service-focused bike shop. They first opened their doors in 2013. They focus on bike repair over replacement, whenever possible. They can often do minor repairs on the spot, and get you going in minutes. More extensive service and repairs require that you drop the bike off, or book an appointment.

 

Switchback supports a nonprofit social enterprise with Sanctuary Toronto. They call it “propelling community”. It offers those who have experienced abuse and adversity a path to dignity and joy, through a meaningful occupation.

 

Urbane Cyclist

Urbane Cyclist Toronto

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Urbane Cyclist (280 College St) is a super hip co-op and worker-owned bike shop. They have been offering full service repairs and sales since 1997. Stop by if you’re in the market for a road bike, mountain bike, hybrid, folding bike, commuter, cruiser – or even one of those laidback recumbent bikes! They also offer a huge selection of accessories, parts and apparel.

 

Gears Bike Shop

Gears bike shop toronto

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Gears Bike Shop was founded in 1988 by 18-year-old Kevin Wallace. Their story of personal tragedy, perseverance and triumph is inspiring and fascinating. Cycling is simply in his soul. That passion and dedication is on display in every Gears location. What began in a 400 square foot shack has grown to cover four locations, including one in Mississauga, and one in Oakville. The Toronto chapters can be found at Gears Canary District (500 Front Street East) and Gears Leaside (109 Vanderhoof Avenue).

 

If you’re in the market for a new bike, they offer outdoor test rides, unlimited lifetime gear adjustments, brake adjustments and minor wheel truing, plus complimentary bike sizing, price matching and more! Bring your existing bike by for a free safety check, as well as unparalleled mechanic and repair service.

 

Don’t waste a moment of the warm weather. Get your bike tuned up, repaired and ready to ride. It’s a great way to explore your community. Check out our feature article for some great places to ride near Village Green.

 

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