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!


Greenrock Property Management wants to connect you with your city and your community. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, please visit our website

Cafe California: A Neighbourhood Gem

 

A fixture in the heart of the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood, Cafe California (538 Church Street) has been serving the community with a variety of Mediterranean-inspired dishes for over 20 years. Only an exceptional and special kind of place could last this long in an industry that seems to constantly crave the next new thing. Is it the food? The martini bar? The friendly staff? Maybe it’s the eclectic Mediterranean decor, or the sunny solarium that keeps people coming back for more. It’s hard to tell, but the restaurant is doing something right.

 

Photo courtesy of Cafe California

Photo courtesy of Cafe California

 

We spoke with General Manager, Bob Parsons, to see if he could put his finger on what sets Cafe California apart. We asked him about the vibe of the place.

 

It really depends on which seating we’re doing. We welcome all walks of life, it’s warm and inviting, kind of like a Cheers. We attract everyone from young people to seniors at different times of day.

 

The vibe fluctuates depending on the time of day and is influenced by the presence of the patrons. It’s truly a place for everyone because the customers create the atmosphere. The restaurant manages to stay ahead of new trends while remaining true to its Mediterranean roots. As Bob tells us:

 

Our food is definitely what brings people back year after year. Our menu has a very wide range and our customer service is excellent.

 

So, it is the food! Could it be that simple? Maybe. We asked Bob if there was a certain dish that a first time guest should try. Something that defines what Cafe California is.

 

It really depends on your food preferences, we have something for everyone though. Like for example, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ll love our salads. Our menu changes a lot and there’s really nothing on our menu that I could remove. People love the quality and the quantity of our menu items. People come for our salads in the summer season — the Capri is my favourite. Our California salad is massive — most people share the small size — and it’s a great salad to try because it’s got a bit of everything. Every seating draws a different crowd to the restaurant. We really serve the entire neighbourhood — they love the food and the service they get here.

 

It seems that the secret to Cafe California’s success is both simple and indefinable. The accessibility of the food seems to have a lot to do with it, as does the inviting atmosphere and the vibe of the place. We think it might be the restaurant’s authenticity that brings people back year after year. The feeling of people dedicated to doing what they do best, with as much enthusiasm as possible. Day in, day out. That authenticity has made Cafe California a neighbourhood gem, and a fixture of the Church and Wellesley community for over twenty years. If you haven’t had the pleasure, come in to see and taste it for yourself.


Greenrock Property Management is dedicated to connecting you with your community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

 

 

Order like a pro at Kintaro Izakaya

 

One of the greatest things about living in Toronto is diversity. A great way to familiarize yourself with a different culture is through food. Trying new cuisines is always an exciting experience, but it can also be an intimidating one. If your knowledge of Japanese cuisine is limited to sushi, you need to pay a visit to Kintaro Izakaya in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood.

 

photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

“Kintaro Izakaya brings the authentic Japanese tapas experience to the door steps of downtown Toronto” says William Shin, Manager. We asked him to give us a crash course in Izakaya cuisine to help you order like a pro the next time you visit Kintaro Izakaya.

 

So William, what is izakaya cuisine?

 

“I” (to stay) + “sakaya” (sake house) = Izakaya

Our specialties include a wide range of yakitori dishes (charcoal grilled skewers), sushi, ramen and traditional Japanese appetizers that perfectly accompany our extensive drink selection. Stay at our sake house to be immersed in the atmosphere with great conversations, food and drinks!


For newbies, what menu items are most popular at your restaurant and what drinks go well with them?


Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

Our “must try” dish is Ebi Mayo. A delicious dish of deep fried prawns layered with spicy mayo, house-made tartar sauce, and crispy shallots. It is best paired with: Sapporo/Asahi beers, Kikusui Sake (Junmao Ginjo), Ozeki Karatamba Sake (Honjozo), and Kubota Senju Sake (Honjozo).

 

Sounds delicious! What other menu items do you recommend?


Some of our other delicious menu items are:


photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Maguro tataki. This is a beautiful serving of seared Pacific Bluefin Tuna with a ponzu drizzle, garnished with scallions, served with a side house salad. It is best paired with: Tamano Hikari Sake (Junmai Daiginjo); Gekkeikan Black & Gold Sake (Blended); and Miyanoyuki Sake (Junmai Ginjo).


Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

Set A & Set B (Grilled Skewers). This menu item is a combination of 5 different skewer selections. It is perfect for first timers who would like to try a variety of grilled items. Sets include a combination of Chicken, Beef, Pork, Seafood, Bacon and Vegetable. It is best paired with: Sapporo/Asahi Beers; Kubota Senju Sake (Honjozo); and Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Sake (Honjozo)

 

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

Premium Sashimi Set. This dish is 15 pieces of assorted sashimi, including selections from our premium menu. It is best paired with: Nanbu Bijin Sake(Junmai Ginjo); Miyanoyuki Sake (Junami Ginjo); and Gekkeikan Black & Gold Sake (Blended).

 

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

Yuke. This dish features lightly seasoned raw beef tenderloin garnished with scallions and quail egg, served with a side house salad. It is best paired with: Sapporo/Asahi Beers and Otokoyama Tokubetsu Sake (Junmai).


That’s a lot of great menu options and drink pairings! Thank you, William. How would you describe the atmosphere at Kintaro?


Kintaro Izakaya is a cozy family owned japanese restaurant with an authentic japanese feel. A “sake house” to be immersed in the atmosphere with great conversations, food, music and drinks!


Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

We hope this interview takes the guesswork out of your Kintaro Izakaya experience! Now that you know what to order and what each specialty item pairs well with, the work is done! Pay a visit to Kintaro Izakaya (459 Church Street) to experience the bold flavours of your culturally rich community.

 

Greenrock Property Management is proud to connect you with your community. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) please visit our website.

The Churchmouse: your local pub

 

There is no substitute for a good British Pub. A casual neighbourhood hangout where you can grab a quick drink or a full meal and simply unwind after a long day. The Churchmouse at 475 Church Street is the local pub you’re looking for. They are part of the Firkin group of pubs so you can count on the perfect pub experience. They serve fabulous yet unpretentious fare, plus lots of local and international beers, including their very own Butler’s Pale Ale, wine, well-made cocktails and single malt Scotches.

 

photo credit: The Churchmouse Firkin Pub

photo credit: The Churchmouse Firkin Pub

 

The Churchmouse takes everything great about the British pub experience and leaves behind what you may not want. This is no dank, dark watering hole. It’s two storeys of spacious, airy comfort with lots of windows overlooking Church Street. They even have a perfect patio to soak up the sun and do a little people watching during the warmer weather. Belly up to the bar, take a seat in their comfy chairs at a table, or kick back on the Union Jack sofa and catch the game.

 

photo credit: The Churchmouse Firkin Pub

photo credit: The Churchmouse Firkin Pub

 

The food is not an afterthought at the Churchmouse. Along with traditional pub fare they offer daily food specials that have helped cultivate a loyal following for for 10 years. Start off by sharing some Bombay Chicken Tacos ($12) which feature Tandoori spiced chicken, mini naan, red cabbage, chickpea salsa and cool raita. Lighten things up with a Arugula Harvest Salad ($14) or sink your teeth into some Montreal smoked meat with the Butcher On The Rye Sandwich ($15) complete with red cabbage slaw, Swiss cheese and whole grain mustard on marble rye.

 

photo credit: The Churchmouse Firkin Pub

 

The good food, friendly staff and inviting atmosphere at the Churchmouse create a pub experience that will exceed your expectations.


Greenrock Property Management wants to connect you with your community! We hope that residents of our Village Green Community will visit the Churchmouse. It is patio season after all!


For more information on Greenrock Property Management and our Village Green Community (located at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) please visit our website.

 

Cumbrae’s: Great Local Butcher

 

No matter how much you love meat, it’s hard to love the factory farm system. Growing as many animals as possible, as quickly as possible, for as low a cost as possible, can’t be ideal for the quality of the meat, or the quality of life of the animal. When we buy meat in a supermarket, we don’t like to think of where it comes from. We like to picture the animals being raised naturally on small family farms. The labels on the packaging may even play into this idyllic image of happy animals on sunny farms. The reality is usually much different, unless that label says Cumbrae’s.

 

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

 

Cumbrae’s is a big city butcher that actually sources its meat from small old-fashioned farms. Cumbrae’s tells us:

 

In an age where local and artisanal are the buzzwords that huge brands are built on, it can be virtually impossible to find the real thing. That’s where Cumbrae’s is completely unique. What Cumbrae’s has done is connect all the farmers who are doing things right – the old-fashioned way – and brought them into the fold and given them a place where they can farm without the enormous pressure, constraints and quotas of the factory system.

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

The factory farm system is interested in producing maximum product at minimum cost. This puts farmers who sign on with big agriculture companies into what can be a stressful situation for themselves and the animals. In order to meet quotas within the constraints of the factory system, farms and farmers are forced to change they way they operate. Quality must take a back seat to efficiency.

 

The way the Cumbrae’s operation works means that everyone in the equation needs to be treated well in order for everyone involved to stay involved. It’s simple. Take care of the farmers who want to take care of the animals, and the result is meat that is unsurpassed in quality and taste.

 

As strange as it may seem, a big city butcher shop with its own farms and a network of small family farms working with them is almost unheard of. Its what sets Cumbrae’s apart. Their animals are raised well, fed well and expertly butchered and processed in small abattoirs. Happy animals lead to high quality meat. But you don’t need to take Cumbrae’s word for it. In addition to their stores, Cumbrae’s also supplies over 50 of the region’s best restaurants. Listen to what the chefs like Cory Vitiello of The Harbord Room and Flock have to say:

 

The beef has a unique smell and flavour that no other beef I’ve tried has. That is, in fact, why I buy Cumbrae’s beef. I like the 45 day aged bone-in ribeye côte de boeuf, for me it is the best example of their beef. I just roast it in a cast iron pan with lots of butter, garlic and salt. Maybe throw in a little thyme and rosemary, then I carve it up tableside. It will change the way you think about beef.

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Chef’s not only serve it in their restaurants, but Cumbrae’s products are also what they serve to their families. Anthony Rose of Wilder & Rose Restaurant Group says;

 

I bring home the butterflied chicken and brine it for 48 hours, then sear it in a cast iron pan and go low and slow in the oven, skin side down, until it’s done. Then just kiss the perfectly roasted bird with salsa verde. It’s my son’s favourite meal.

In today’s world, where commerce too often comes before quality and common sense, isn’t it nice to know that there’s a local butcher doing it the right way? A business built on local and artisanal food practices.

 

We bring the country to the city and to do that well we cultivate great relationships on each end – with the farmers and the animals in the country, and the educated and informed customers in the city.

Visit your local Cumbrae’s butcher today for the best meat the city has to offer.

Cumbrae’s, at 481 Church Street, serves the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood including the Greenrock Village Green Community (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street). For more information onGreenrock Property Management and our Communities throughout the city.

 

Eat Green at Urban Herbivore

 

Urban Herbivore changed the Toronto landscape for plantbased fast food when it first opened its doors 12 years ago with a tiny café in Kensington Market. The café has since expanded, as has the Urban Herbivore concept. There are now three locations including 64 Oxford Street (Kensington Market), and The Eaton Centre Food Court, with a brand new location opening soon in Union Station. The man behind it all is chef, food pioneer and restaurant veteran, Stephen Gardner. We spoke with Stephen to catch up on where the concept is at today, and where it’s heading.

 

What was the original concept/inspiration for Urban Herbivore?

 

I opened the first Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market with the intention of hosting a community space where I would offer cooking classes and seminars. I wanted to play off of the theme of Kensington Market and all that it had to offer. But I quickly learned I couldn’t fit all of my dreams under one roof. I was able to follow through with installing a green roof, produce a plantbased menu, source produce directly from local farmers, use organic ingredients wherever possible, use no refined sugar or processed ingredients, and provide 100% biodegradable take-out packaging.

 

 

Has that original concept evolved/grown as the business has grown?

 

The original UH was a café with limited seating and menu options. Over the last 12 years, we have expanded not only the square footage of the Kensington Market location, but also into new arenas with greater foot traffic. We have had to slightly tailor some of the menu items to be more efficient to serve. With the addition of a few fun rotating menu items, our food and concept is the same as it was from day one: plantbased whole food for herbivores in a hurry.

 

 

What is your restaurant’s specialty/best selling item(s)?

 

These can be grouped into seasonal preferences. Winter: Sweet Potato Club Sandwich with “Cheeze” and a Berry Blue Smoothie (blueberries, banana, apple, oats, lemon, cinnamon). Summer: Possum Bowl (watercress, kale, romaine, marinated mushrooms, broccoli, black beans, “cheeze sauce”, roasted Yukon & sweet potato, red onion, coconut “bacon”, tahini dressing) with a glass of our house made Pineapple Lemonade.

 

What has the growth process in the city been like? When/How did you know when it was time to expand and how do you choose the next location/neighborhood?

 

For a plantbased restaurant, foot traffic is important. You need to be accessible, either along the TTC route or at a major destination like Kensington Market. But to be honest, expansion, like any real-estate, is all a gamble. When I find myself with a little more free time on my hands, it’s time to start looking for new projects.

 

 

Who is your clientele? (Is it mostly dedicated vegetarians? The veggie curious?)

 

You know, 12 years ago, we were definitely a gold mine for vegans simply because veggie options weren’t so available. But now, I think the driving force is environmental foodies. Toronto is a food mecca. We love to eat out. And for all of us that participate in this “fast-food” lifestyle, Urban Herbivore lends a quick, whole food option that isn’t destructive to the environment.

 

What do you enjoy most about what you are doing?

 

I think my satisfaction comes most from knowing that the food that Urban Herbivore provides is one of the healthiest food options in Toronto. Besides seeing regular guests and the relationships that we have created it is great being able to put legs to my ethics and see them in action. I value a sense of environmental sensibilities and an awareness of social responsibility. We practice stalk to root cooking and are vigilant in our composting efforts. All of our packaging is compostable except for two lids and we don’t sell bottled water for that same reason even though we get many requests for it. We donate some of our baked goods to a local charity organization and try to care for our family of employees as well. We have quite possibly the most liberal food policy in the industry, our employees can enjoy a meal in one of our stores at anytime as long as the store is open regardless if they are working that day. I have deeply held convictions and these guide all of our practices.

Fast-food is not what is used to be. Thanks to Urban Herbivore, it’s possible to get nutritious and delicious food – fast. Health conscious food that is also socially conscious and sustainable. Urban Herbivore and Stephen Gardner are expanding your options for fast, fresh, plantbased food as they evolve and expand their menu and locations. Urban Herbivore made our list of the Best Restaurants with Gluten-Free Options. Look for their new location in Union Station and exercise your option to eat well on the go – it will make your body and mind feel good.

 

Urban Herbivore and Greenrock are proud to be members of your community. For information on our Village Green Community at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street – please visit our website.

Why You Should Consider Continuing Education

 

In today’s rapidly changing world, information is everything. Staying up to date and continuing to learn is essential. For most of us, gathering new information is required in order to stay current in our field, to enter a new field, and to simply understand the world around us. That is where continuing education comes in.

 

The Chang School for Continuing Education at Ryerson University is Canada’s largest and most flexible program for lifelong learning. We reached out to Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, to learn a little more about the school and the importance of continuing to learn throughout our lives.

 

 

What brings students to the Chang School?

 

Dean Bountrogianni: At The Chang School, we believe that everyone is a lifelong learner. It has been reported that approximately half of the Canadian adult population participates in continuing education at some point in their lives. With over 80 career-related certificate programs, we are Canada’s largest continuing education program and the destination of choice for professionals interested in achieving both their professional and personal goals. Whether our learners are interested in career advancement, pursuing a career change, or simply learning about a new topic, The Chang School offers relevant, high-quality educational programming geared to adult learners.

 

We are very proud of the accessibility and flexibility of our programming. Our learners are often juggling many other responsibilities such as commitments to work and family; these individuals really appreciate the flexibility we offer. Whether you live in downtown Toronto, Hamilton, or Thunder Bay, our over 400 online course offerings are accessible for anyone with access to the internet.

 

We are also pleased to offer summer intensive programs and boot camps. These programs present our learners with the opportunity to accelerate their understanding of a new subject and supplement their previous education and experience to help them gain a more competitive edge in their field. This summer, we are proud to offer 14 intensive programs in subject areas such as Business Communication, Fashion, Computer Security, Publishing, Project Management, and Interior Design.

 

Furthermore, The Chang School’s Experiential Learning Exchange (ELX) program offers participants the unique opportunity to focus on a specific, career-building skill with an emphasis on learning by doing. We call the ELX model ‘curated education’, as it gives participants the opportunity to develop expertise that they can immediately put into practice.

 

 

What a robust and flexible education opportunity! Why do you think continuing education is essential in today’s job market?

 

Dean Bountrogianni: We currently live in a learning-based economy; it is critically important to keep your eyes open and constantly be gathering information. The only way for professionals to stay competitive is to keep their skills relevant and knowledge up-to-date.

 

There are a lot of qualified professionals in Canada working in positions that do not take full advantage of their skill set. This is called mal-employment, and it is particularly prevalent in new graduates and immigrants. The 2015 Office of the Parliamentary Budget Report estimated that 40 per cent of Canadian university graduates aged 25 to 34 were overqualified for their jobs. It is imperative that individuals have their eye on the labour market and are attentive to the skills that support their long-term development and goals.

 

The Chang School’s strong partnerships with educational institutions, industry leaders, associations, and the local community help us ensure that our programming is at the forefront of continuing education. Additionally, our instructors are experts in their field and bring the most cutting-edge knowledge and experience to the classroom and online learning environment to share with our learners.

 

Personally, I think it is important to feel fulfilled in your professional life, and to also try a variety of different things. Through expanding your skill set, you are not only improving your employability, but you are opening opportunities for your future.

 

Life is all about learning. It never stops. If you choose to stop gathering new information, that does not stop the information from growing, changing and evolving. To stay current and engaged with today’s world means growing, changing and evolving with it. When you remain open to the ever-changing world of information, you remain open to the world itself and your future remains open to you.

 

We couldn’t agree more! To be successful today you really need to be on top of your game at all stages of your career. We hope this article has inspired you to consider upgrading your skills and education at The Chang School. For more information about Greenrock Property Management  and to learn more about our rental communities across Toronto, including Village Green located minutes from The Chang School and Ryerson Campus, please visit our website.

Discover amazing dishes at Lola’s Kitchen!

Discover amazing dishes at Lola's Kitchen!

Discover amazing dishes at Lola’s Kitchen!

 

Tucked away in the heart of Old Toronto, only steps away from Yorkville and Church and Wellesley Village, you’ll find Lola’s Kitchen. The hidden gem is housed in a classic Victorian Mansion at 634 Church Street.  Lola’s has been serving high quality comfort food in a casual and relaxed atmosphere since 2009. We spoke with General Manager, Spencer Reynolds to find out what makes Lola’s Kitchen work so well.

 

At Lola’s Kitchen, they pride themselves on a fresh, from-scratch menu. “With the exception of bread and desserts, we make everything in house! We even make our own ketchup”, Spencer says. Lola’s features naturally raised, local meats, fresh organic produce and serve only local craft beers. They also offer a great selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, and even made our list of The Best Restaurants with Gluten Free Options. As Spencer tells us:


Lola’s has evolved over time into the restaurant we know and love today. Established in 2009, Lola’s has always made a point of keeping things fresh and changing our menu to suit the trends. We try to stay current!

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

Even though Lola’s Kitchen is constantly evolving and changing to stay current and cater to the tastes of their clientele, they manage to stay true to themselves and the spirit of neighbourhood.


 

The Church St. corridor has always informed the ethos at Lola’s Kitchen and has definitely become our home. The community that surrounds us, especially throughout the summer months in which the Pride parade goes right past our door, is an integral part of what we do.

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s patio is the perfect place to watch the parade go by, or simply to settle in and enjoy the all-too-short summer season with a friend or two and a drink or two. When the weather isn’t cooperating, don’t let it rain on your parade – the interior atmosphere at Lola’s is relaxed, comfortable and inviting. It’s no wonder Lola’s attracts a wide spectrum clientele from all walks of life.

 

We have a great mix of clients. Many people love the menu for being accommodating, while others love the proximity to work and the quick service. The brunch crowd is usually younger and more diverse, while the lunch and dinner crowd are the regulars: our die hard fans.

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

And those die hard fans keep growing. Lola’s doesn’t need to be flashy or loud to attract your attention. If you go there once, chances are you’ll be back. The food, the friendly service and the easy-going vibe make Lola’s easy to come back to. If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating at Lola’s, Spencer recommends the California Bowl ($15.50) – black and purple kale, organic quinoa or brown rice, avocado, sundried tomatoes, toasted organic nuts and seeds, sweet cider vinaigrette and grilled organic tofu (or substitute chicken breast for $2). “The California Bowl is by far our most popular item; healthful, simple, delicious.”

 

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed weekend brunch, a quick workday lunch or a delicious dinner, Lola’s Kitchen is truly your friendly, neighbourhood hangout and a proud member of the community. Come home to Lola’s kitchen, you’ll be glad you did!

 

Greenrock is also a proud member of the Church and Wellesley community. For information on ourVillage Green Community at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.


Village Green’s New Off-Leash Dog Park

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Great DIY tax tools

Great DIY tax tools

Great DIY tax tools

 

It’s tax season. For many people, tax time can be a stressful and confusing ordeal. Accountants are expensive to hire, and digging your way through an old fashioned paper return can be cumbersome. Since the tax-man isn’t going away, the best thing you can do is simplify the process of filing your taxes. There are several options for Canadian tax software programs to choose from. All of the programs listed below are approved by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). Get your receipts ready, it’s time to dive in.

 

 

Intuit TurboTax (Formerly QuickTax)

 

You may know Intuit TurboTax by it’s former name, QuickTax. The name say is all. This user-friendly tax software program takes a lot of the time and stress out of doing your own taxes. Users simply complete the EasyStep Interview. The questions are asked in simple English. You don’t need to be familiar with the tax code and information can be imported from UFile, QuickBooks and Quicken. Tax planning is made simple due to the ability of users to run multiple tax scenarios. There are multiple online editions, beginning with a free version for very simple and basic returns all the way up to TurboTax Home & Business which is best suited to contractors, freelancers and small business owners, including sole proprietorships and partnerships. The online editions are not suitable for incorporated businesses. For that, you’ll require the tax software specific to the T2 tax return. That is available only in their desktop, store bought software which is called TurboTax Business Incorporated (corporate T2 returns) and retails for $229.99.

Photo credit: @taxtron

Photo credit: @taxtron

 

TaxTron

 

TaxTron, formerly known as GriffTax, is a full service, user-friendly option for preparing and filing your return. It is available in a T2 version for incorporated business as well as the standard (T1) for individuals, families and small business. All versions are fully bilingual and make taxes as quick and easy as can be. A step-by-step system guides you through the preparations and filing process.

 

GenuTax

 

The major benefit of using GenuTax to prepare your return is it’s free! Even the annual updates are free, though the website does ask users to pay a donation. Another benefit is that you can prepare and file up to 20 returns for either the current or previous tax year. The program asks you a series of interview questions to complete your return. It’s has a less user-friendly feel than TurboTax, but it get’s the job done. Did we mention it’s free?

 

UFile for Windows

 

Ufile tax software is for personal (T1) use but can handle self-employment income and capital gains income. Like most tax preparation software, users enter their information using an interview interface. It’s free and it’s relatively easy to use. It also includes free telephone, email and community support.

 

Tax time need not be stressful. Choose the software that is right for you and your needs and let it walk you through the process. And think of how good it will feel once it’s over for another year!

 

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