What’s on at the ROM this Fall

 

The ROM is one of the most precious educational resources available in Toronto. This world-class, world-famous museum has an ever-changing lineup of exhibitions, galleries and special events to enjoy. Here is sample of what you can experience at The ROM in the fall of 2018.

 

EXHIBITIONS:

 

 

Change your opinion of spiders from creepy to cool. Learn what makes arachnids some of the most interesting creatures on Earth. We all know about their incredible web-spinning abilities, but did you know that spiders can also dance, swim and grow back their lost limbs?

 

Spiders: Fear and Fascination is on now at the ROM. The exhibition will be open until January 6th, 2019. Entangle yourself in interactive displays and augmented reality experiences, including a dance competition with a beautiful Peacock Spider! You can even explore a recreated spider cave. You can go even deeper and check out the ROM Spider Lab, weekdays from 10:30 am to 4 pm, and weekends from 10:30 am until 5 pm. Experience live spider demonstrations from professional Spider Wranglers.

 

Get your tickets now, or become a ROM Member to enjoy unlimited free admission to this and other exhibitions, galleries, special events and exclusive members-only privileges.

 

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

© Iris van Herpen. Photo: Ronald Stoops

 

Enter the world of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen  Explore her collections from 2008 to 2015. Always on the cutting edge, van Herpen transcends fashion to interweave the worlds of art, technology and design into her work. Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion gives you a look at the creations and collaborations that have pushed boundaries and brought the artist international acclaim.

 

Accompanying this exhibition is Phillip Beesely: Transforming Space. One of Canada’s most innovative architects and a collaborator of van Herpen, Phillip Beesely is fascinated with form, function and evolving the design world and how we collectively think about it. The show is on now until October 8th.

 

Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs

Credit: Raghubir Singh. Ganapati Immersion, Chowpatty, Bombay, Maharashtra, 1989. Photograph copyright © 2017 Succession Raghubir Singh.

 

The late photographer Raghubir Singh was one of the most celebrated photographers India has ever produced. His style offered an insight into the intersection of the traditional East and the modern West, the places and people that reveal a dramatic palette through his distinctive lens. Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs tracks his career from the late 1960’s all the way up to his unpublished projects, and his death in 1999.

 

#MeToo & the Arts

 

#MeToo & the Arts examines how museums are struggling to engage with the issues raised by the #MeToo movement — when an artist’s work or their personal behaviour becomes problematic. Through a series of displays and public engagements, a larger conversation is encouraged about how museums, the public and individuals are engaging with art in this new context. The display is free and open to the public. It’s located in the Thorsell Spirit House, by the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal entrance. It is on now, until October 21st.

 

GALLERIES


Gallery of Chinese Architecture

Credit: The ROM Gallery of Chinese Architecture

 

Visit the Gallery of Chinese Architecture on Level 1 of the ROM. With over 200 artifacts, this is the largest collection outside of China. The Ming Tomb, Tombs of the Han and Tang, as well as a reconstruction of an Imperial Palace are cornerstones of the collection.

 

China is an ancient culture and its architectural legacy dates back just as far. This gallery features artifacts dating between approximately 300 BC to AD 1900. Learn about the relationship between Yin-houses (architecture for the dead) and Yang-houses (architecture for the living) and how that intertwines with the concept of feng shui or geomancy.

 

Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity

 

The Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity, located on Level 2, is an opportunity for people of all ages to engage in the complex relationship that connects all living things. This interactive environment offers hands-on displays and specimens, along with trained facilitators to answer any questions and offer further insight.

 

Wirth Gallery of the Middle East

Credit: The ROM Wirth Gallery of the Middle East

 

Take a journey back to the Cradle of Civilization with the Wirth Gallery of the Middle East, on Level 3 at The ROM. In The Fertile Crescent, where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet, ancient civilizations thrived and made enormous advances in areas including medicine, law, mathematics, writing and religion. Examine the legacies that the Babylonians, Sumerians, Assyrians and others left behind, and how they influenced our modern world, spanning from the Palaeolithic age all the way to the 20th Century.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Credit: The ROM Friday Night Live

 

If you’re still under the impression that museums are boring, Friday Night Live is going to change your mind. These evening parties for adults are held between 7 pm and 11:30 pm. They feature live entertainment, food, drinks, as well as access to galleries and exhibits. Here are a few upcoming #FNLROM events to look forward to:

 

#FNLROM: Fashionology

 

Get access to Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion and Philip Beesley: Transforming Space, as well as live performances by For Esmé and U of T Jazz Stars of the Future at

#FNLROM: Fashionology on Friday, September 28th.  There will also be a display of carnival costumes using the latest digital design and fabrication techniques from SugaCayne Designs. Designer Beckie DiLeo will be illustrating the evening’s guests in her whimsical style.

 

#FNLROM: Pumpkin Spice

 

Get your gratitude flowing and spice up your Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, October 5th with #FNLROM: Pumpkin Spice. Enjoy performances by Lissa Monet, as well as Silent Beats Silent Disco where you choose which live groove to tune into. Choose from Cozmic Cat, Janette King or the U of T Jazz Stars of the Future. Tickets also give you access to the Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs exhibit, and #MeToo and the Arts Exhibitions.

 

#FNLROM: Dig It!

 

There is no better way to celebrate International Archeology Day on October 12th, than with #FNLROM: Dig It! In addition to access to the Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs and #MeToo and the Arts Exhibitions, live performances by Narcy and And U of T Jazz Stars of the Future, you can also experience the CRANE PROJECT. This gallery activation features an international, interdisciplinary research team as they use the latest tech to enhance Near East archeology.

 

Family Fundays


Selected Sunday afternoons, from 11 am to 4 pm, at The ROM are Family Fundays. Come out and experience exciting themed activities inspired by the exhibits and collections on display. The next one is Family Funday: Digging History on October 21st. Celebrate International Archeology Day with the oldest tools ever used by hominids, and the newest technology available to archeologists, to help us discover our past. This event is free with Museum admission.

 

Don’t miss out on all The ROM has to offer!

 

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Don’t miss aluCine!

 

Since 1995, the aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival has been providing one of the most comprehensive platforms for independent Latin media makers from across Canada and around the globe. It’s the longest-running Latin film festival in Canada and returns to venues across Toronto from Wednesday, October 3rd to Saturday, October 6th.

 

The focus of aluCine is to provide a voice for Latin artists who work outside of mainstream media programming. Voices that would otherwise go unheard are given a forum for cultural representation within an international context.

 

Whether it’s fiction, documentary, animation or experimental film, aluCine seeks to keep the Latin film culture thriving with a variety of feature-length and short films.

 

The vision for this year’s edition of the Festival is a reflection on perspective and diversity. How each individual perceives their reality differently and the factors that help to shape that perception; their culture, their customs and their history.

 

Films will be screened at Jackman Hall Cinema (317 Dundas St. W), CineCycle (129 Spadina Ave.), TMAC (32 Lisgar Street) and Art Square (334 Dundas St. W). All films are presented with English subtitles. All regular screenings are restricted to those 18 years of age or older according to the Ontario Theatres Act.

 

Tickets

 

General Admission tickets for regular screenings are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The Opening and Closing Night Gala screenings with reception are just $20.

 

Opening Night Gala – Wednesday, Oct 3rd

7pm-9pm

 

This year’s Opening Night Gala features the Canadian Premiere of the documentary Ciro and Me / Ciro y yo. This is the remarkable story of Ciro Galindo and the film’s director, Miguel Salazar. Back in 1996, Salazar travelled to Galindo’s small Colombian town to photograph its famous river, Caño Cristales. Ciro’s 14-year-old son was the expedition’s guide. When the boy tragically drowns, the task of informing Ciro fell on Salazar. This unbearable situation formed an unbreakable friendship between the two men. The war and conflict in Colombia in the following years brought even more hardship and tragedy into Ciro’s life. Salazar reunites with his friend and together they journey through the tragic past of Colombia and their own personal life experience. Get tickets now.

 

The Love & The Fury / El amor y la furia — Thursday, October 4th

 

The lengths we will go to to protect our loved ones or to follow our dreams and ambitions, is explored in these films. We can be motivated by light or by darkness. Our quest can be noble or absurd. Watch as these protagonists push it to the limit and beyond to try and manifest the reality they want. This film will be presented at Jackman Hall, from 7 pm to 9 pm, on Thursday, October 4th, 2018.

 

#nofilterneeded Reflexions from Latin America — Friday, October 5th

 

Check out #nofilterneeded Reflexions from Latin America on Friday, October 5th at Jackman Hall, from 7 pm until 9 pm. The films screened at this event explore what we do in the darkest moments to preserve a sense of hope. In this collection of films, the characters attempt to transcend their seemingly inescapable situation.

 

Short for Shorties Special Edition / Cortos para chicos — Saturday, October 6th

 

Calling all kids and their grown-ups! On the final day of the Festival (Saturday, October 6th,

from 2 pm until 4 pm), it’s time for Shorts for Shorties at Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC 32 Lisgar Street, Toronto). This year, all the best shorts from the Festival’s previous editions will be screened in one place! Enjoy all the fantasy, beauty and humanity with these unforgettable stories. These might just be the best-animated shorts from Latin America! Get your tickets, today.

 

Closing Party and Award Announcement — Saturday, October 6th

 

The Closing Party and Award Announcements will take place on Saturday, October 6th at

Jackman Hall Cinema (317 Dundas St. W, Toronto) from 9:30 pm until 11 pm. The screenings begin with the short documentary film: Fantasia/Fantasy about Victor Yanqui, a Toronto mechanic by day, and singer in a popular salsa band by night.

 

The closing feature film for this year is Ruben Blades Is Not My Name / Yo No Me Llamo. This is the Canadian Premiere of the award-winning documentary of the man Garcia Marquez described as “the most famous unknown person.” Ruben Blades, and his socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms, helped bring salsa music to an international audience during the New York Salsa revolution during the 1970’s. He is a 17-time Grammy award-winner, acted in movies, earned a law degree from Harvard, and ran for President of Panama. Enjoy a 50-year journey through Blade’s extraordinary life with director Abner Benaim’s film about this living legend. Get your tickets for the Closing Night Gala, today!

 

Explore the diversity and wonder of your community with this year’s edition of the aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival.

 

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Explore Riverdale Farm

 

After the sweltering summer heat subsides, and before the bitter cold of winter arrives, there is the colourful, magical, sweet-spot season of fall. The air is crisp and cool, and the trees seem to show off with a brilliant display of gold, orange and red. These are the sweet and simple days where you feel like putting on a cozy sweater and heading out for a seasonal stroll.

 

Make your fall experience even more wholesome, quaint and beautiful by heading over to Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester Street), located within Riverdale Park West in Cabbagetown. You can walk there from Village Green in about 25 minutes, or ride your bike there in about 10 minutes. Be sure to park your ride in the bike racks as bicycles are not allowed on the farm. Or jump on the eastbound 504 streetcar from College subway station, get off at Parliament Street and walk north to Winchester Street.

 

Get a Feel for Farm Life

 Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

Riverdale Farm is a working farm owned and operated by the City of Toronto. It is open 365 days a year, from 9 am to 5 pm and admission is always free! If you’d like to support the farm, a donation box can be found outside the entrance. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $10 or more.

 

The 7.5-acre property features vegetable, flower and herb gardens, and is home to a variety of pioneer breeds of farm animals that are rarely found on commercial farms today, including cows, pigs, sheep and goats. There are also horses, donkeys and chickens and waterfowl. Come and get a glimpse of farm life under the glorious, colourful backdrop of the fall foliage. Pack a picnic and enjoy the feeling of a peaceful and beautiful afternoon in the country, without leaving the city.

 

History of Riverdale Farm

 

The land was originally owned by John Scadding, an early settler and clerk to the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe. The property was purchased by the City of Toronto in 1856. Between 1888 and 1974, it was the site of the city’s first zoo, the Riverdale Zoo. The farm was built as a tribute to small, family farm heritage. The barn doors were opened to the public in 1978.

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

Daily Events

 

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

Every day, at 11:30 am, the farmer presents an animal for visitors to see and ask questions about in the Lower Francey Barn. There is a chalkboard posted at the barn entrance that will inform you which animal will be appearing that day. Riverdale Farm is a working farm and not a petting zoo. Direct contact with any of the livestock must be supervised by farm staff. Feeding of the animals is not permitted.

 

The Barns:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

The Francey Barn is located just inside the main gates. When the animals aren’t out roaming in their paddocks, this barn is their home. The barn is designed in a rare architectural style known as a Pennsylvania bank barn. The barn is built into a hill (or river bank) which provides an upper and lower floor. The animals are housed below, and the supplies are stored on the upper floor.

 

The Animals:

 Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

In addition to The Francey Barn, visitors can tour the Pig and Poultry Barn. Home to chickens, turkeys, domesticated waterfowl and pigs. During the day, the waterfowl can be found walking the grounds on their way to and from the duck pond where they swim and forage for food

 

Simpson House:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

The Simpson House is named after the architect who built it, Napier Simpson Jr. It is a reproduction of the original Francey farmhouse. Today, renovations are underway within Simpson House to create a new Welcome Centre and discovery hub. Construction is due to be completed this fall. Check in with Riverdale Farm’s facebook page for updates.

 

In the meantime, public washrooms are available in The Meeting House.

 

The Meeting House:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

The Meeting House is a three-storey building located on the east side of the farm, near the Duck Pond. This building serves as a hub for programs including pottery and weaving, as well as the lost and found.

 

The Residence:

 Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

Built in 1902, by prisoners from the Don Jail, The Residence has seen many occupants over the years. It was the zookeeper’s residence, a zoo hospital, and even a temporary morgue for the adjacent Necropolis Cemetery. Today it is used for community-based programs.

 

Explore the Trails:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

Credit: Riverdale Farm Toronto

 

There are over 3 kilometres of trails and paths to explore on the farm’s grounds. The Farm map highlights all of the key features waiting for you to discover.

 

Riverdale Park is also your gateway to Toronto’s ravine and trail system. You can learn more about that in our recent post.

 

PLEASE NOTE: There will be construction on the paths and trails on the east side of the farm.

 

Special Events

 

Saturday, September 29th, is the 40th Anniversary celebration at Riverdale Farm, from 10 am until 4 pm, with fun family-friendly activities, demonstrations, food and activities throughout the day. Admission is free, as always!

 

For a more adult celebration, get your tickets for the Fundraising Barn BBQ on Friday, September 28th. There will be great food, music and a cash bar.

 

Kids will love exploring the Boo Barn on October 21st. There will be Halloween arts and crafts, face painting, a pumpkin patch to explore and pumpkin carving (all tools provided). Take home your very own jack-o-lantern and pumpkin seeds for roasting. A $5 donation is suggested to support the farm and visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation.

 

A visit to Riverdale Farm is a fun, free and beautiful way to spend an autumn afternoon. Check it out!

 

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The best antique shops in Toronto

 

There is nothing wrong with furnishing your home with brand new, modern furniture and decor. But if you want your possessions to tell a story, go antique hunting. Antiques can add instant character to any space. Whether it’s a vintage sofa or that perfect little conversation piece in the corner, it’s worth spending some time searching for antique treasures. Here are some of the best antique shops in Toronto.

 

Eclectic Revival

Eclectic Revival Toronto antiques

Credit: Eclectic Revival

 

Eclectic Revival (3075 Dundas St. West) began as a traditional antique furniture shop back in 1985. In 1998, the light bulb went off and they got the bright idea to specialize in antique and period lighting exclusively. Today, they are a top source in Toronto for quality pieces from across North America and Europe, as well as custom pieces that incorporate reclaimed fixtures and materials, as well as a selection of shades and miscellaneous wonders. All the restoration work is done on site in the shop. The original fixtures, finishes and patinas are saved, and only new wiring and electrical components are replaced — with vintage parts whenever possible. If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind lighting finds, it’s time to take a little trip to the Junction.

 

The shop is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 am to 6 pm, and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only.

 

Green’s Antiques

Green's Antiques Toronto

Credit: @greensantiques

 

Located in Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood, near Village Green, you’ll find Green’s Antiques (529 Parliament St.). This shop carries an array of antique furniture, mirrors, carpets, memorabilia, lighting, clocks, statues, figurines, and much more. Green’s specializes in jewellery — from resales to design, resizing, gem polishing and appraisals. Browse the shop and find the perfect piece for your home.

 

Pay them a visit on weekdays, from 12 pm to 6:30 pm, and weekends, from 12 pm to 5:30 pm.

 

Trianon

Trianon Toronto antiques and design

Credit; @trianon_design

 

Trianon (247 King St. East) is an elegant and all-encompassing interior decor and renovation firm. This is not your typical, musty antique shop. The store takes its name from a retreat on the estate of Versailles. If you want to liven up your living space with an authentic Louis XIV reupholstered chair or a re-imagined 1940’s buffet in bright yellow, this is the shop for you. The tag on each piece will tell you a bit about its story. If you don’t have a bundle to spend, a little window shopping certainly couldn’t hurt.

 

Trianon is open Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am until 6 pm, and Saturday, from 10 am until 5 pm.

 

Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Cynthia Findlay Antiques Toronto

Credit: @cynthiafindlayantiques

 

Cynthia Findlay Antiques (284 King St. West) specializes in the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern periods. This antique store is perhaps best known for its selection of luxury decorative antiques and vintage jewellery. Their pieces are sourced primarily from England, Europe, Japan and China.

 

Come and have a look at their elegant displays. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am until 6 pm.

 

Bernardi’s Antiques

Bernardi's Antiques Toronto

Credit: @bernardisantiques

 

For over 40 years, Bernardi’s Antiques has been a Midtown Toronto mainstay. They are located at 699 Mount Pleasant Road, just south of Eglinton and just around the corner from Davisville Village. The 2500 square foot shop is filled to the brim with beautiful antiques, decor, collectables and artwork. Their specialty is English and French furniture, as well as art, glass and silverware. Come and find what you didn’t even know you were missing. Bernardi’s Antiques is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm.

 

Mrs. Huizenga

Mrs. Huizenga Toronto antiques

Credit: Mrs. Huizenga

 

Owner Catherine Huizenga has an eye for antiques, vintage pieces, and great junque that tells a story. Mrs. Huizenga (28 Roncesvalles Avenue) is jam-packed with amazing pieces at reasonable prices. From silverware and stoneware to vintage jewellery boxes and delightfully creepy porcelain clown dolls — there’s something for everyone here. The relatively low prices mean that the shop enjoys high turnover, so you never step into the same store twice, and you never know what you’ll find. Enjoy a treasure hunt in the shop Monday to Saturday, from 11 am until 6 pm.

 

Whether you’re ready to buy, or simply want to spend some time antiquing and soaking up some of the stories and history of hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind items, these antique shops are sure to add a little richness to your life.

 

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The best places to grab lunch near Village Green

 

For many of us, the word ‘lunchtime’ is like music to our ears. We’ve been watching the clock tick and listening to our stomach rumble, and when lunchtime finally rolls around we are starving. You may be short on time, but you’re never short on options when you live in The Village. Here are some of the best places to grab lunch near Village Green.

 

Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen Toronto Church and Wellesley

Credit: Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen has been serving up fresh and healthy cuisine in the heart of The Village since 2009. Pay a visit to this elegant and inviting establishment, housed in a classic Victorian Mansion, at 634 Church Street.

 

Their vegan and gluten-free Sante Fe Bowl ($17) is loaded with brown rice, organic black beans, guacamole, corn, romaine, pico de gallo, diced sweet potato, green onion, and crisp tortillas from La Tortilleria. It’s topped with a delicious yogurt lime drizzle.

 

If a sandwich is your go-to lunch, the Portobello and Brie Sandwich (with caramelized onions, arugula and maple Dijon on multigrain) is a good choice. If vegetarian isn’t your vibe, how about a Lamb Burger ($19)? Doesn’t fresh Ontario lamb from Forsyth Farms, with roasted red peppers, arugula, feta and minted yogurt on a butter bun sound amazing?

 

All sandwiches are served with their house salad or homemade frites. You can upgrade to a specialty salad for $3.50, or poutine for $4. Add bacon ($2.50), cheese ($3) or guacamole ($3), and even make it gluten-free for $1.75.

 

Upgrade your lunch experience with a visit to Lola’s Kitchen. They are open and ready to welcome you, Mondays from 11 am until 3 pm, Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, and again from 4 pm until 10 pm. Sunday is Brunch Day from 10 am until 3 pm.

 

Freshii

 

Freshii Church and Wellesley Toronto

Credit: @Freshii

 

Freshii (77 Wellesley St E) is a health-conscious chain that gets it right. They offer fast, fresh, healthy food, at fair prices.

 

Looking for a light but well balanced lunch? The Fiesta Salad (with field greens, avocado, aged cheddar, black beans, corn, salsa fresca and dressed with a cilantro lime vinaigrette) is a great choice.

 

Add comfort to your meal with a bowl of Superfood Soup. It’s full of quinoa, kale, cabbage, carrots, celery and red onions.

 

Make your meal super substantial by adding a Smokehouse Burrito to your soup and salad combo. It’s packed with brown rice, aged cheddar, black beans, red onions, tomatoes, corn, and spicy yogurt sauce.

 

Add a protein punch to any meal by adding tofu, falafel, chicken or steak.

 

The new Freshii app lets you order online, so you can skip the lunch line. Stroll in like a VIP and pick up your fresh and ready-to-eat lunch. You’ll also earn points towards free meals for every dollar you spend. Their location in The Village is open weekdays from 11 am until 10 pm, and Sundays from 11 am until 7:30 pm.

 

Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar

 

Sabai Sabai Toronto

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If you want to try something different, Sabai Sabai (81 Bloor Street East) is a hip Northern Thai and Laotian restaurant with a fresh and funky vibe.

 

Some lunch favourites are the Street-Style Rice Noodles (with ground chicken, peanut, and tamarind sauce, $14), or the amazing Massaman Curry (with braised beef, star anise, cinnamon cloves, peanut, potato, and coconut milk that’s served with rice, $15).

 

They also offer a separate vegan menu for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu includes a delicious version of Massaman Curry (with tofu instead of beef, $15) as well as a rotating chef’s special dessert of the week ($6).

 

The food here is fantastic, and the word has spread. That means if you’re going for lunch, make sure you have a reservation for any size table. Online reservations make it simple. Last-minute seating is often available at the bar. Or, you can order online and pick it up.

 

They’re open Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 11 pm, and Sundays from 4 pm until 10 pm.

 

Katsuya

 

Katsuya Toronto

Credit: Katsuya

 

Katsuya is an authentic Japanese Cutlet House (Katsu means ‘cutlet’, and Ya means ‘house’). Your favourite meats are well seasoned, then dredged in flour and egg, and finally coated in panko bread crumbs that are freshly toasted daily. The Katsu is then covered in your choice of signature sauces.

 

The Katsuya Original house sauce is made with seasonal fruits and vegetables (the flavour can change with the seasons) and organic herbs. It starts at $14.25 for Pork Loin, or $15.75 for chicken or fish. Or you can go all out and get a Double Cheese verison of the Pork Loin with Mozzarella and Cream Cheese ($16.95).

 

The restaurant concept is simple. Basically you choose your meat and a signature sauce. Sauces include Carbonara Katsu, Sweet Chili Katsu and Garlic Spicy Katsu (they come out with new sauces regularly). The result is an almost endless variety of meal options.

 

At their downtown location only (66 Gerrard Street East) you can try the amazing Katsu Burger. This is the first of its kind in Canada! Available in Pork ($10.75) or Chicken ($11.25), it’s topped with teriyaki and/or tartar sauce and cheese. Make it a combo (addinh fries and a pop) for $4.50.

 

The Chicken Katsu Salad ($14.75) is another great lunch option. It’s topped with Chicken Katsu strips, sliced egg, roasted almonds and homemade thousand island sauce made with apple, pineapple and vegetables.

 

Katsuya is open to serve you, Monday to Thursday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 11:30 am to 10 pm. Call 416-591-7756 for reservations.

 

Fresh Burger

 

Fresh Burger Toronto

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The folks at Fresh Burger know what a real burger should taste like, and so should you! The ingredients for a great burger are simple. It should consist of fresh meat of the highest quality available on the market, fresh veggies and be served on a fresh bun. One thing you won’t find at any Fresh Burger location, including the one at 542 Church Street, is a freezer.

 

Fresh Burger’s goal is to make the best burger for the lowest possible price. Their original 4 oz Fresh Burger is only $5.89, and only $9.75 with fries and a drink. Make it a Double Fresh Burger (two 4 oz patties) for $8.89, or $12.39 for a combo. Get a 6 oz Prime Fresh Burger for $7.85 or $11.65 for a combo, or try to tackle the big one, the whopping 12 oz Double Prime Fresh Burger for $11.85, or $15.55 for a combo.

 

They’ve also got some of the best poutine this side of Montréal.

 

Order online to skip the line. They are open daily, Monday to Thursday, from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 3 am, and Sunday from noon until 10 pm.

 

We hope these tasty lunch spot suggestions help you dig in and let loose when lunchtime rolls around!

 

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Cheap date ideas near Village Green

 

Living in Toronto means there is always an endless amount of things to see and do. Since most of us do not have unlimited funds to spend, it helps when you can find fun, fascinating and affordable activities around the city. It’s even better when they’re near where you live! Check out these cheap date ideas near Village Green.

 

Allan Gardens

 

 Allan Gardens Conservatory Toronto

Credit: Allan Gardens Conservatory

 

Why pay top dollar for a romantic date when you’ve got beautiful Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Avenue) right in your neighbourhood? Admission is free, from 10 am to 5 pm, 365 days a year. If you haven’t been to this hidden gem in Toronto, you’ve been missing out!

 

Why save date night for the night? Plan a cheap and romantic day date! Visit Allan Gardens in the late morning, around 10:30 am, after the plants have had their morning watering. You will love the smell of freshly watered plants in the morning and there are few things more beautiful than the way the sunlight shines into the greenhouse and reflects off the fresh water droplets. It kind of looks like the brightly coloured plants are dripping with diamonds.

 

There are six greenhouses in total that take up over 16,000 square feet. The well-maintained gardens are a mixture of permanent displays and seasonal features. The tropical oasis (including banana trees) is especially warm, welcoming, and romantic on a chilly fall or winter day. Enjoy the array of flowers, plants and trees that change with the seasons. There is always something new to see, so you can keep coming back for more!


Free Astro Tours at U of T



Looking for an out-of-this-world experience that is super affordable? Take an AstroTour!


These free Astronomy Public Tours, from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, take place on the first Thursday of the month. They are hosted at 9:10 pm (from May to September) and 8:10 pm (from October to April) at the Astronomy Building (50 St. George Street).


The experience lasts for about two hours, and is broken into three parts. It begins with an hour-long talk by a doctoral, postdoctoral, fellow, or faculty member. These talks are meant to be accessible and understandable to the layperson. Occasionally there will be special AstroTours with world-famous speakers or special engagements marking amazing astronomical events. Seats for the lectures are on a first-come, first-served basis.


The other two parts of the tour consist of free planetarium shows and telescope observation. Telescope observation is walk-in. Tickets for the planetarium shows are handed out before the lecture. Set a heavenly tone for your next date, for free!


Bike through the Don Valley Trail



What’s more fun, or more affordable, than strapping on your helmet and hitting the trail for a beautiful bike ride together? Dodging traffic may not be on your list of romantic activities, so head to a paved bike path, preferably with some natural beauty surrounding you. The Don River Trail is perfect! You can head north towards the Taylor Creek Trail, or south towards the Corktown Common.


If you’d like to learn more about all the amazing bicycle and walking trails near your, check out our recent article.


Coffee in Yorkville



The coffee date. It might just be the perfect first date. It’s casual, it’s cheap, and if there’s no connection you can both blow it off before your coffee has cooled. It you hit it off, there is nothing better than whiling away a few hours with interesting company over a cup (or several) of your favourite fresh brew. You’ve got lots of options nearby. Yorkville is a nice place to stroll around, peek inside a few coffee shop windows, and find a vibe that fits. Here are a few places you may want to grab a cup:


Cafe Moi ( 1200 Bay St). This colourful, cozy and casual cafe is a great place to hang out and bond over great coffee. The smooth creme and mild espresso make for a world class Cappuccino.


Coco Espresso Bar (29 Bellair Street), in the heart of Yorkville, serves up strong coffee in a cozy, yet vibrant atmosphere. Warm wood-panelled walls and bare Edison bulbs set a relaxed mood. There are tasty sandwiches, delicious desserts, and exceptional gelato flavours to enjoy, if you’re in the mood to settle in.


Strike gold on your next coffee date at Goldstruck Coffee (130 Cumberland Street). This industrial-chic hangout is home to great organic coffee, sandwiches, and delicate pastries. They’ve got good smoothies, too — if that’s more your speed. The atmosphere is a bit jazzy. It’s not too loud to talk, but loud enough to groove through otherwise awkward silences in the conversation.


Okonomi House


Don’t let the date fall flat just because you’re looking to save a few bucks. Okonomi House (23 Charles Street West) takes affordable date night to the next level with their fine Japanese cuisine and famous savoury pancakes. If you’ve never had savoury pancakes before, welcome to the rest of your life! If you’ve both never had savoury pancakes before, experiencing new things together is a great way to make sweet memories that you’ll both be able to savour!


Everyone loves fun dates, and everyone loves saving money. These cheap date ideas near Village Green can help you do both at once. Have a great time!


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


Unleash your creativity, nearby

 

The winding down of summer and the arrival of autumn often sparks an urge in us to experience something new. You’ve got virtually limitless resources all around you. Explore and unleash your creativity nearby this fall!

 

Here are some great places to let it all out:

 

Cindy Tanas Actors Studio

 

Cindy Tanas Actors Studio Toronto

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Whether you want to learn to become a better actor, or a better human being, the holistic approach of Cindy Tanas Actors Studio (643 Yonge Street) can help move you toward your goal. To quote Chekhov, “If you want to work on your art, work on your life.”

 

The Actor’s Instrument course examines troubles that a student may be having in their life and how that extends to their creative work. It’s all about learning to listen to yourself and others, to be present in the moment, and to connect to your emotions and stay grounded. These are life skills as much as they are acting skills. This course provides a path for moving forward, growing, and living as an artist and as a person.

 

Personalized Scene Study classes of 6 to 8 students provide time and opportunity for each student to explore a character. Private Coaching and Performance Showcases are also available.

 

Gardiner Museum Pottery Classes

 

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The Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park) offers both drop-in pottery classes and pre registered courses. Learn the age-old art of the potter’s wheel as you create sculptural works of art, and functional art such as tableware and stoneware.

 

Drop-in classes give you a glimpse of what can be accomplished when working with clay, without a real commitment. Classes take place every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Registration for individual classes opens at 10 am the day of the class.

 

Insightful workshops are also available here, including Reclaiming Your Centre: Breath, Movement, Presence. This two hour workshop offers an introduction to mindfulness using clay as a medium for expanding the experience of the present moment. Learn how to focus and pay attention with curiosity, compassion and clay.

 

GTA Photography Classes

 

GTA Photography Classes

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Speaking of focus, GTA Photography Classes (25 Toronto St #200) offers range of camera and photo art classes and workshops for shutterbugs. Their instructors are professionals, with work published around the world. The class sizes are small, and the workshops are interactive. They really give you the attention, guidance and advice you will need to take your work to the next level.

 

Start with the basics in Photo 101. Incorporate and expand on what you’ve learned with Photo 201 and Photo 301. There is no limit to the learning opportunities. Explore the world of Digital Photo Editing, or take specialized courses in everything from pets, to food, to product photography.

 

Courses for adults, kids and teens are available. They even offer private lessons and Photo Tours that let you see your city through a new lens while you learn new skills.

 

Continuing Studies at OCAD

 

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Fall course registration is now open for Continuing Studies at OCAD (285 Dundas St W). Increase your creative potential, as well as your marketable skills, with a wide range of courses, classes and workshops. Learn technical skills in state-of-the-art facilities, studios and computer labs.

 

There are over 100 creative courses to choose from, including:

 

  • Graphic Design

  • Web Design

  • Marketing

  • Interactive Media

  • Drawing, Painting and Print Media

  • Film, Video and Animation

  • Sculpture

  • Fashion

  • Architecture

  • And many more!

     

Creative workshops and programs for youth and seniors are also available. Take your creativity, and your career, to the next level this fall at OCAD.

 

Continuing Studies in Design at Ryerson

 

If you’re looking to launch or elevate your design career, or simply expand your design knowledge, Design at the Chang School can provide invaluable tools and training to help get you there. Choose from several online or on-campus courses. You’ll learn the skills required to compete and to stay relevant in an ever-evolving industry. Explore or discover your passion with courses across all aspects of design. Here a just few examples:

 

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg! You can use the school’s course search tool to explore all courses offered at The Chang School, or search for courses and programs by area of interest.

 

There is a whole world of creativity out there to explore. Take the first step towards tapping into your full potential and unleash your creativity this fall!

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you connect to all the creativity within you, and help you access the outstanding resources available within 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 barbershops in downtown Toronto

 

Summer may be a time to chill out and relax, but that doesn’t mean letting your hair care routine run wild. Good grooming never takes a vacation. Here are a few tips on where to get  groomed as a guy in downtown Toronto.

 

 

1. Terry’s Hair Studio

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Terry’s Hair Studio (384 Yonge Street  #62-63) is hidden away in the lower level of The Shops at Aura. The main entrance for the shops is on Yonge Street, just north of Gerrard, on the west side of the street. Terry’s can be tricky to find the first time. Going there feels almost like you’ve been let in on a secret. You half expect to have to give a password at the door when you arrive. Once you find it, you may never go anywhere else. The staff are friendly and talented, and Terry himself may be one of best barbers in the city.

 

First time visitors will love Terry’s. They care about what they do and go above and beyond to make you look your best. Even if you only have a rough idea (or no idea) of what you want, they will work with you to come up with something that really works for you.

 

When it comes time to pay, that’s when you’ll be glad Terry keeps his overhead expenses low. A men’s cut is only $17! They also offer shaving and trimming services, colourings, body waxing, and a glorious head and scalp massage. Terry’s clientele is loyal. The secret may be out on this secret little place, so make sure you call ahead and book an appointment. Remember to give yourself a few extra minutes to find it and arrive on time!

 

2. Manstop Barber Shop

Manstop Barbershop Toronto

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Manstop Barber Shop (71 Duncan Street) is another hidden barbershop that may not look like much from the outside, but the experience inside is perfection. It’s located on the second floor of a 3 story building. If you weren’t looking for it, you may not notice it was there. Once you find it, you may never forget it. The owner, Tin, is a top notch barber and stylist and she has assembled a razor sharp team of talent to back her up. From classic modern men’s cuts, to straight razor shaves, beard trimming and more. A shave and a haircut may cost you a bit more than two bits — it’s actually $65 — but it’s money well spent. A basic men’s cut is $33. If you want to save a few bucks, you can opt for an apprentice cut for $20.

 

If you’re one of those guys who doesn’t know what they want, or what would look good on you — this is the place for you. The team at Manstop will take a close look at you and create a custom cut that suits your style and the shape of your face.The best part is their refreshing hot towel service which is part and parcel of whatever you buy. It may seem simple — but it’s deeply satisfying.

 

Walk-ins are welcome at Manstop, but you would be wise to book online. It’s easy and will save you time. The online booking even gives you an estimate of how long your appointment will take. All prices include taxes (not tip). Only cash and debit are accepted. You’re in good hands — Manstop has thought of everything.

 

3. James Hair Salon

 

James Hair Salon (193 Church St) is your friendly neighbourhood barber. They offer great services for very reasonable prices. The place feels like it has a bit of small town charm paired with big city talent and convenience. The barbers are friendly and skilled at what they do. They wash your hair and give you a little scalp massage before the cut, who doesn’t love that? And they’ll give you some tips on how to maintain your look and style until you return for a touch up. For a basic wash and cut can be in and out in under thirty minutes. It may be the best $25 you ever spent.

 

4. Top 10 Tattoo  & Barber Shop

Top 10 Tattoo Barbershop Toronto

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Top 10 Tattoo & Barber Shop  at 716 Yonge Street is super convenient if you’re looking to trim your mop top and get inked all in one shop! Just a haircut today? No problem. The barbers in this unique space do a great job for a great price. After House of Lords closed its doors, their team of barbers and stylists crossed the street and came here. The House didn’t fall – it just moved house a few doors north.

 

5. Axe & Hatchet Grooming Club

 

Don’t call Axe & Hatchet Grooming Club (12B, 101 Yorkville Ave) a barbershop. It’s a full service grooming club. Owner Dante Perrone describes it as a hybrid. It’s like an old school barbershop blended with a twist of modern salon, and a bit of a chill cafe vibe thrown in for good measure. It’s not what you might expect from a fancy Yorkville Salon. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. Chill out, relax, have a coffee and get a great cut.

 

As with many things in life – you get what you pay for. A men’s cut will run you $50, a beard grooming is $20, and ‘The Works’ will set you back $75 (plus tip). For those who believe in treating themselves to the best, the talent of the staff and the luxurious, yet unpretentious experience is worth every penny.

 

All services are by appointment only. If you book online your appointment will be confirmed online, and you’ll get a text the day before your appointment to remind you to go.

Get ready to look your best! These local barbershops will treat you right.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you discover all that your neighbourhood 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.

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

Tacos 101 Toronto tacos

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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

Sushi Supreme - Sushi Bronze

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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.