Winter sports clubs in Toronto

 

Winter is coming. How are you going to spend your time? It’s easy to want to curl up and retreat into a semi-hibernation state until the warm weather returns — but that only makes the winter seem to last longer. Since you can’t escape winter, why not embrace it? Get out and get active and let the weather do what it wants while you have a blast. To help you get started, here are some winter sports clubs in Toronto that you might want to check out.

 

North Toronto Ski Club

 

If you love to ski or snowboard, and you love to socialize, then you’re going to love being a member (minimum age 19) of the North Toronto Ski Club. Since 1960, the club has been bringing people together and getting skiers onto the slopes. The club is run by volunteer members. They organize Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday day trips for alpine skiers and snowboarders, and Saturday and Sunday nordic ski trips to different destinations throughout Ontario and beyond. Just sign up, get on the bus and go! There is a bus pick up point at the NTSC Clubhouse at 214 Merton Street #105, only steps from Davisville Village.

 

But that’s not all! For serious powder-hounds, they also offer weekend and week-long ski charters to world-class ski resorts across the globe.

 

In addition to the skiing, this club is a great way to get out and meet new people and have fun. There are fun and informal General Socials every two weeks all season long, as well as the Special Socials including the Start Up Bash, Pub Crawl, Holiday Party, and Year-End Gala.

 

If you need to improve your ski skills, they have over 70 qualified instructors offering alpine skiing, snowboarding or nordic skiing lessons for all levels.

 

Central Toronto Skating Club

 

If you’re looking to sharpen your skating skills, and have some fun this winter, the Central Toronto Skating Club (140 Sherbourne Street) is ready to hit the ice with you. The club operates out of two main locations: Moss Park Arena, and Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens).

 

They offer affordable skating lessons for adults and children of all skill levels. The club features professional coaches certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). They follow the program developed by Skate Canada, the governing body of figure skating in Canada. The program consists of:

 

CanSkate – This program teaches the fundamentals of skating to kids 4 to 17 years of age. It lays the foundation for figure skating, hockey or recreational skating.

 

CanAdult – This is a learn-to-skate program for adults. Lessons are taught in groups by a certified coach and assisted by experienced adult skaters.

 

StarSkate – If you take your skating seriously, this club offers group lessons as well as private coaching and practice time for figure skaters and ice dancers from Preliminary to Gold/Diamond level.

 

Wherever you’re at, the Central Toronto Skating Club can help take your skills to the next level.

 

Extreme Toronto Sports Club

 

 

If you take your sports seriously, you should seriously consider joining the Extreme Toronto Sports Club (XTSC) at 90 Sheppard Ave E Suite 102. The club was started in 2004 by a group of sports enthusiasts looking to take their game to the next level, while bringing the fun and excitement back into the local sports scene. Choose from men’s, women’s, co-ed, individual or team sports from XTSC’s year-round programs. In winter, they offer indoor soccer, volleyball and more. Take your fun to the extreme this winter

 

Just 4 Fun Sporting Club

 

 

If an extreme sports club sounds a bit too extreme for your taste, give the Just 4 Fun Sporting Club a try. There’s no pressure, you don’t have to be great, you just need to want to add some fun into your day. They offer drop-in league sports everyone can enjoy. Choose a league that’s right for you, that plays a regular game at a regular time. Seasonal leagues last between 10 and 14 weeks. The club offers men’s, women’s and co-ed leagues for soccer and ball hockey, as well as scheduled drop-in games of volleyball, basketball, soccer, football and more, depending on the season. They are located at 163 Weston Road, just north of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue.

 

The Boulevard Club

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Established in 1905 as the Parkdale Canoe Club,  The Boulevard Club (1491 Lake Shore Blvd W) has evolved over the years to become one of the most exclusive private sports and social clubs in Toronto. The picturesque location on the lake couldn’t be more perfect.  The club offers a full slate of athletic programs, including badminton, lawn bowling, karate, lawn bowling, tennis, yachting and more.

 

The fun doesn’t stop when the snow flies. There are 8 bubbled championship tennis courts for winter as well as a host of other Indoor Drop-In Sports including basketball, indoor lawn bowling, volleyball and pickleball. Never played pickleball? It’s like a combination of badminton and table tennis. It’s played on a badminton court with a lowered net, a whiffle ball and big hand-held paddles. It’s super fun and all the required equipment is provided.

 

Time flies when you’re having fun. Sign up with a winter sports club and you may find yourself wishing winter would last a little longer.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you have fun and stay active this winter, with a little help from all the great resources your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Toronto’s winter farmers markets

 

The arrival of Spring is always welcome after a long Toronto winter. Soon, the grey and white of winter will give way to the green and gold of spring. Farmers will soon be peddling their wares at local farmers markets. While this is something to look forward to, you don’t have to wait another second to experience the fresh, local flavour. There are several farmers markets in Toronto that keep the barn doors open year-round. As winter draws to a close, it’s time to show these robust retailers some love.

 

MONDAY

 

Start the work week off right with a trip to the Sorauren Farmers Market at Sorauren Park (50 Wabash Ave). Hosted by the West End Food Co-op, this year-round market is open on Mondays from 3pm until 7pm. During the winter and early spring, the market is housed in the Sorauren Park Field House and provides local seasonal produce, meats, eggs, dairy, bread and baked goods — including gluten-free options. They also offer full meals and take-home dinners — because it’s Monday and you’re too tired to cook! There is also live music upstairs in the community eating area.

 

WEDNESDAY

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Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market operates on Wednesdays from 2pm until 6pm, all year long. During the winter, the market is housed in the beautiful and historic 1840’s Inn. The kitchen and tavern are turned over to local vendors, offering fresh baked goods, organic produce, meats, cheeses, preserves, honey and treats of all kinds. There are often free tours of the museum on market days!

 

THURSDAY

 

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm. This market, located in the park across from Dufferin Mall (with free parking), offers fresh, local and organic produce, as well as meat, dairy, fair-trade and wild game options. The market was launched in 2002. It focuses on creating a connection between urban consumers and local producers.

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The Toronto Botanical Garden Organic Farmers Market (777 Lawrence Ave East) also operates on Thursdays, from 2pm until 6pm, all year long. Find the freshest, healthiest foods, and meet the organic vendors behind them in one of the most beautiful gardens in the city. They sell fresh salad greens all winter long, plus veggies, free-range eggs, chicken, grass fed beef, pork, lamb, cheeses, maple syrup and more! Free parking is available.

 

SATURDAY

 

You’ve got some options when it comes to Saturday shopping at Toronto Farmers Markets. Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market is open early, from 9am until 1pm. Featuring 25 local farmers and producers, they offer local produce, eggs, meats, cheeses and tastings. There is often live music too! While you’re there, be sure to explore the grounds and hike the nature trails.

 

The Stop Farmers Market, at Artscape Wychwood Barns, is open Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. This weekly community event features live music and local artisans, as well as loads of fresh, local, organic food.

Established in 1803, The St. Lawrence Market is a long-standing Toronto tradition, and one of world’s great markets. They get going early, with a market that is open from 5am until 2pm. It’s a great spot to soak up some local culture as well as stock up on local produce and products. Learn more about the amazing history of this local landmark in our feature article.


Eating seasonally and locally means a shorter travel time between your food and your table. Local food involves less energy and is more kind to the environment. Buying local is also a great way to support local farmers and producers, and there is no need to wait for summer to do it! For more information on local produce, and a full list of Toronto farmers’ markets, check out the Toronto Farmers Market Network.


Greenrock Property Management wants to connect you with your local community and all that is has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Celebrate Family Day, nearby

 

Is there anything better than a long weekend? How about the Family Day long weekend?! Family Day is a statutory holiday in Ontario, designed to give families, big or small, the opportunity to spend some quality time together. There is a lot to see and do in Toronto. Family Day is for everyone to enjoy, so whether you’re a parent or not, it’s time to make the most of the Family Day long weekend, nearby.

 

Evergreen Brickworks

 

There is a lot going on during the Family Day long weekend at Evergreen Brick Works

(550 Bayview Avenue). The long weekend begins for many families on Friday, February 16th due to the PA Day at many Toronto schools. Evergreen Adventure PA Day Camp will allow campers from 6 to 12 years of age to take on an adventure of discovery of the city’s urban wilderness. There will be animal tracking, fort building and storytelling sessions! Registration is required.

 

Celebrate Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works (Monday, February 19th). The Children’s Garden provides fun outdoor and indoor activities for kids, including free play in the Garden, and the opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. Kids can construct themed shelters, learn about worker bee stewardship, and get their hands dirty with land-based handwork from 1 to 2 pm. Indoor activities include access to the clay table, greenhouse, urban agriculture activities, and more! Bring your own vegetables and contribute to the Stone Soup Prep and storytelling, from 11am until 12pm.

 

The Brewer’s Backyard is back on Family Day with the kickoff Winter Warmers event. Local craft Breweries will be represented and you can pair your beverage with a bite from great local food vendors. Admission is free for all ages and no tickets are required.


Vikings

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Set sail for a new adventure at the ROM (100 Queen’s Park) this Family Day long weekend. Vikings is a thrilling and informative exhibition that sifts through the myths and stereotypes of this ancient, artistic, seafaring culture. This unique window into their world explores the lifestyle and daily life as a Viking. Take a trip over 1000 years back in time, to when Vikings set foot on the east coast of Canada. Track their journey across the Atlantic, see rare Viking artifacts and enjoy interactive and immersive experiences that provide a greater understanding of these legendary and mysterious people. Tickets are available now.

 

Winter at Ontario Place

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If you haven’t been to Ontario Place this winter, you’re missing out! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, and when the sun goes down, it’s time to warm up by the bonfire and check out the Winter Light Exhibition. The twinkling fairy lights light the way to even more lights! A dozen exhibitions using light as art are on display and admission is free!

 

If things get too chilly, you can step inside the newly re-opened Cinesphere theatre and catch the Best of Hollywood 2017 – catch all the great movies you may have missed this year!

 

Learn more about the Winter Light Exhibition in our recent feature article.


Toronto Light Fest

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Come out and bask in the warm glow of the Toronto Light Festival during the chilly Family Day long weekend. It’s on now, from sundown until 11pm (Thursday to Saturday) until March 4th at the Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street). Experience the art of light as well as IT Laser Shows, the Magic Dance Mirror show, Fire show and more. Admission is free, but bring some money to enjoy the fabulous food and drink vendors that line the cobblestone streets.

 

Listening to Art, Seeing Music

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The Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Drive) transforms into a world of immersive musical soundscapes and video installations that mesmerizes and celebrates the traditions of the Muslim during Listening to Art, Seeing Music. It’s on now until April 22nd. This multi-sensory experience takes visitors on a journey that explores the interconnectedness of the arts and the world itself. Visitors will have the opportunity to translate musical patterns and rhythms into visual art, as well as take in live music, storytelling and share a cup of tea in the Mongolian yurt in the courtyard and much more! Get your tickets today!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help improve the quality of your quality time this Family Day long weekend and connect you to all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Winter at Ontario Place

 

When was the last time you took a little trip down to Ontario Place? You may be surprised by what you see at Toronto’s western waterfront attraction. You may have heard that the iconic Cinesphere IMAX theatre reopened after an extensive renovation, but the real attraction at Ontario Place is outside. It’s Winter at Ontario Place and it is truly a winter wonderland.

 

The park is open daily from 5am until midnight and admission is free! That gives you plenty of time to explore and play. You’ll want to bundle up, it gets even chillier by the lake, but even on warmer days you won’t have to worry about ice conditions at the skating rink. The outdoor rink is made from a synthetic polymer! If it’s been a while since you laced up the blades, don’t worry — skate sharpening and skate rentals are available. As the sun begins to set you can warm up with a hot chocolate as you sit and sip by the bonfires and enjoy the crackle of the wood and smell of the smoke. You don’t have to worry about getting lost in the dark — on the contrary! From now until March 18th you can take in the magic of The Winter Light Exhibition.

 

Winter Light Exhibition

 

The Winter Light Exhibition is a great way to lighten up the dark days of winter. There are a dozen illuminated art exhibits from twenty local artists. Stroll around at your own pace and take them all in. Let the fairy lights on the trees show you the way. Here’s what you can expect to see:

 

Expanded Horizon

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The reflective exterior of the Expanded Horizon exhibit by Polymetis, is best appreciated at sunset, allowing light and shadow to work their magic. Inside the exhibit you’ll discover a infinity room of light and mirrors.


Bridge of Imagination

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Bridge of Imagination by Phil Sutherland and Reanna Niceforo, transforms architecture into an art piece. The bridge acts as a canvas for light as flowing, large-scale images are projected onto it that are visible from afar.

 

Elevated Wavelengths

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You literally can’t miss Elevated Wavelengths by Jeff Howard and Codrin Talaba. The colourful lasers connecting the illuminated trees can be seen from almost any vantage point.

 

Reactor

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Reactor by Ryan Longo makes it way to Ontario by way of Burning Man — one of many stops on the North American tour for the artist. The gnarled metal tree twists and turns and reflects in a way that feels oddly human.

 

Future Light Mural

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Kizmet’s Future Light Mural by Kizmet Gabriel can be seen clearly from Lakeshore Boulevard. It can be appreciated anytime, but only fully realized at night, as the reactive paint changes colour and transforms the images you see by day.

 

Winter Fields

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It may be counterintuitive, but the sun is actually closer to earth in winter. It’s just that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, which is why we have winter. The curved acrylic threads of Winter Fields, by Tonya Hart, represent the magnetic field of the sun.

 

Shine and Shimmer

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Shine and Shimmer by LeuWebb Projects is a waterfall of light flowing from the park’s fake mountain. The shimmering light reflected by the skating rink is like a beautiful ghost of the long-gone log ride that once occupied the park.


Shard

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Shard by Nuff & Nupanap is a solitary, individual, illuminated crystal shard. Won’t you come and keep it company? Maybe you’ll make a connection and create a unique moment that will never be repeated.

 

The Crunch of Snow Underfoot

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The refracted light fluctuating in the sky off recycled plastic bottles suspended between birch trees provides the perfect spot for a moment of personal reflection on the traces we leave behind us on this path. Crunch of Snow Underfoot by Andrew Maize and Joshua Collins is not to be missed.

 

LUMOS

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The shape of Lumos by Matt DesLauriers, Steven Mengin, Jean-Michel Gariepy is inspired by traditional warming huts. How will you feel when this triangular light sculpture reacts to your approach by changing colour and glowing red?

 

Icicle Silo

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The signature silos on site at Ontario Place get their own miniaturized mimic with Icicle Silo by Chris Foster. A silo’s reason for being was to store grain for the winter. This hollow silo houses crystalline icicles of light instead, and seems to store winter, itself.

 

Winter Lights

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Winter Lights by Catherine Curran is an exhibit inspired by the winter light reflecting within the ancient rock caves of Ontario. In this beautiful piece, beams of light filter down into the depths, reflecting and refracting. A weathered tree stump within seems to yearn for the light above.

 

Make your way to Ontario Place this winter and step into the light. You won’t regret going but you might regret missing it!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help shed some light on all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village

 

The holiday season can be a magical time or a stressful time. It all depends on the choices we make. Why head downtown to battle the biggest crowds in the city when you can find everything you need in your neighbourhood?! Avoid the hustle and bustle and choose simple and smooth. To help you get your shopping done close to home, here is a list of where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village.

 

Yonge and Eglinton Centre

 

The Yonge and Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) is your local mall. It’s not too big, overwhelming, or overfilled, but it’s big enough to house everything you need for the holidays. There is even a Metro grocery store — so can get your gifts and groceries all at once! If you’re looking for quality beauty products, you’ll find the largest Sephora in North America, right here. Step into Walking on a Cloud and give the gift of comfortable and stylish footwear for men and women. Indigo wrote the book on great gift giving. They offer not only books, but a wide variety of gift ideas, specialty toys and life-enhancing products. There’s also a great food court for when you get hungry, and a movie theatre for when you want to escape it all for a little while.

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Best Buy

 

Get quality brand-name electronics, computers, appliances and more from a retailer you can trust. The Best Buy at 2400 Yonge Street has everything you need to put a smile on their faces this holiday. They also feature a lowest price guarantee and easy returns, so you can shop with confidence this season.

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Lululemon

 

For the active folks on your list, Lululemon offers everything they could need or want to stay warm and stylish during winter workouts. The brand has moved beyond yoga pants. Find great gifts for men, women and girls. From great stocking stuffers to full outfits, outerwear and activewear. Step into your local Lululemon (2558 Yonge Street) and breathe a little easier this holiday season.

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Spoiled Baby

 

Taking care of a new baby can be tough, but finding great gifts for babies couldn’t be easier! Spoiled Baby offers a quality selection of fun and practical baby gifts. From clothing and shoes to toys and educational products. They carry a wide array of ‘Smart Baby Products’ to help babies develop, grow and have fun. If you can’t decide on what to get, their Gift Cards are the perfect solution, or let them help you put together a custom baby gift basket. Make caring for a new baby just a little easier with a visit to Spoiled Baby. They’re just down the street at 2a Davisville Avenue.

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Sporting Life

 

No matter who you have left on your shopping list, you’ll find something they’ll love at Sporting Life. Whether you’re looking for ski or snowboard equipment for die hard enthusiasts, or quality winter gear to keep warm comfy in the city, they’ve got you covered. Sporting life features the best apparel from Canada Goose, The North Face, Burton, Sorel, Spyder and more! If you find yourself lost and out of your element, their friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than willing to help. You have a couple of options for Sporting Life locations near Davisville Village. There is the smaller outpost, Sporting Life Boards and Bikes (2454 Yonge Street) or the massive, flagship store just up the street at 2665 Yonge Street.

 

Hopefully, this list will help you shop more efficiently and make the most of your precious spare time this holiday season. Your neighbourhood offers everything you need and more to make this a great season. Happy Holidays!

 

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

How to give back this holiday season

 

The holiday season can be a hectic time and it can be easy to lose focus of what it’s really all about — joy and giving. If you want to support your community and those in need this year, here are a few ways to give back this holiday season.

 

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Volunteer at a Shelter or Food Bank

 

Toronto soup kitchens and food banks are dedicated to serving the community, but they need your help, especially during the holidays. If you can spare some time, you have neighbours who could use some assistance. The Yonge Street Mission has several locations to serve the community. You can also contact North York Harvest Food Bank,The StopFort York Food BankSecond HarvestDaily Bread Food Bank, just to name a few.


Donate to a Food Bank


If you don’t have spare time to donate, there are many ways you can help support food banks in your community. You can donate food, or funds or even host a fundraiser.Donating on someone’s behalf is a great holiday gift for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list.


Random Act of Kindness


You can give back to your community this holiday season in small ways, everyday. Buy a homeless person a meal or bring them a blanket, smile at the people you pass on the street, bake cookies and share them with your neighbours and coworkers, or collect canned food while you drop off the cookies and donate the food to a food bank.


Give to UNICEF


UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to ensure the wellbeing of children all around the world. You can donate to UNICEF or purchase a Survival Gift of your choice.


Support MADD


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a volunteer-led organization committed to ending impaired driving through litigation and education, and to supporting victims and survivors of impaired driving. With chapters all over Canada, it’s easy to get involved. The best way to volunteer with MADD is to contact your local chapter.  You can also make a donation. Greenrock is currently supporting MADD with our Make It Home campaign. We will donate $250 of the first month’s rent for new residents who begin renting with us this December. Eligible properties include Greenrock at Village Green and Greenrock at Davisville Village.


Support the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive


The Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive is a non profit registered charity that helps pre-screened families in need. You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at a fire hall near you to make someone’s holiday special.


Donate Blood


Even if you can’t spare a cent this holiday season, you can still give generously to someone in need. Giving blood through Canadian Blood Services can give the gift of life to someone in need. It only takes a few minutes.



Adopt a Pet


There are many animals in need of good homes this holiday season. Before you adopt a pet, remember that the responsibility of loving and caring for it will continue long after the holidays have passed. Adopting a pet means committing to the well-being of the animal for the rest of its life. Older pets need love too and require less of a long-term commitment.  Pet adoption should be discussed and planned beforehand with your family members or roommates or partners. Giving a pet as a holiday surprise may sound like a fun idea, but may not be in the animal’s or the owner’s best interests.  Once you’ve made the decision, pets in need of a home are available at city shelters, or through the Toronto Humane Society.


Donate to an Animal Shelter


If adopting a pet isn’t the right choice for you and your family right now, you can still make a difference in an animal’s life. You can donate money, time, toys or anything else your local shelter may need.


Support the Canadian Cancer Society


Cancer touches all of our lives. You can help make a difference this holiday season by donating or volunteering your time. Volunteers are an essential part of The Canadian Cancer Society. You can structure your volunteer time to have the greatest effect, based on your time, skills and scope of focus.


This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you’re looking for ways to give back to your community this holiday season, the only limit is your imagination.


Greenrock Property Management Limitedwants to help you support your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) and Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


The best places to go holiday shopping near Village Green

 

Have you started shopping for the holidays? There is no shortage of store options in a city like Toronto. In fact, there may be too many options! With so many great shops, boutiques and specialty stores in the city to choose from, deciding where to shop can feel a bit overwhelming. To help make the most of your time this season, here are the best places to go holiday shopping near Village Green.

 

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Toronto Eaton Centre

 

Back in the 19th century, Timothy Eaton opened a dry goods store that revolutionized the Canadian retail market and became the largest department store in the country. The Eaton’s department store closed it’s doors in 1999, but the Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street) retains the name as an ongoing tribute to the man and the original store.

 

Today, the Toronto Eaton Centre is one of the busiest malls in North America and Toronto’s top tourist attraction. The iconic “Flight Stop” geese sculpture by artist Michael Snow is instantly recognizable. You can find everything you’re looking for under one, soaring glass roof. The mall is home to over 250 retailers, restaurants and services. Once you’ve found all the great gifts you need, let someone else worry about wrapping them with their Gift Wrap Valet service. Let their Concierge assist you in choosing from range of decorative styles, then enjoy a complimentary snack and drink in the lounge as your parcels are elegantly wrapped. Take advantage of The Eaton Centre’s extended holiday hours, Monday to Saturday 9am to 9:30pm, and Sundays (including Christmas Eve) from 10am to 8pm.

 

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Yorkville Village

 

Original known as Hazelton Lanes, the luxe shopping centre was rebranded as Yorkville Village (55 Avenue Road) following a one hundred and twenty-five million dollar renovation last year. Here you will find some of the most high-end and quality shopping options in the city.

 

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Shop fine footwear at Jean-Paul Fortin, or treat someone special on your list to luxury eyewear from Dior, Armani, Gucci and more at DuMonde Optical. Make someone’s day with a piece of jewellery from Serli & Siroan Fine Jewellers. And stop in to the BRIKA Pop Up for the best in modern craft. They sell heirloom quality products that make extraordinary gifts. The centre’s complimentary gift wrapping station provides gift wrapping for purchases of $50 or more (2 parcels per visit). Yorkville Village is open Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm.

 

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Manulife Centre

 

Built in 1972, the Manulife Centre (55 Bloor West) helped to make the corner of Bay and Bloor a landmark shopping destination. The three floor concourse is filled with quality retailers to make your holiday shopping a breeze. In addition to the boutiques and shops, there is also a specialty grocery store, drugstore, Indigo book store, LCBO and a VIP movie theatre where you can take a load off once you’ve crossed all the names off of your list.

 

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Urban Outfitters

 

Urban Outfitters (235 Yonge Street) is cool-central. The brand has come a long way since it began selling T-shirts, jeans and lifestyle products in Pennsylvania back in 1970. Today, the store is more like a super-hip mini-mall for cool stuff. The Yonge Street store features a Vinyl Shop featuring records, turntables and more for the analog amigos on your list. There is also an Apartment section where you can browse bedding, lighting and more. UO is the best place around to buy cool clothing and shoes for the hipster in your life. They’re open from 10am to 10pm.

 

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Hudson’s Bay

 

The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company, AKA “The Bay”, is a long one. The company was incorporated by English royal charter in 1670. The fur trading company even functioned as the de facto government in parts of North America for a time. Today, the flagship store at 176 Yonge is a one-stop treasure trove for all your holiday shopping needs. The store is connected to the Eaton Centre by a pedestrian sky bridge walkway — perfect for big shopping expeditions on cold Toronto days. You can find everything from designer apparel to premium candy and chocolate, houseware and even appliances. Of course, anything adorned with the company’s iconic stripes, makes a great gift.


With so many options in the neighbourhood, it can be easy to get lost in the sea of shops. We hope you visit one of these great places for holiday shopping this season!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all that your community has to offer. For information of Greenrock Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.



 

 

Do the holidays right in Toronto!

 

The holidays can be a busy time of year as there is so much to see and do in Toronto. If you’re short on time, but still want to do the holidays right in Toronto, you’ll love our shortlist of fun things to experience this holiday season!

 

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Toronto Christmas Market

 

Get into the seasonal spirit while you get your Christmas shopping done at the Toronto Christmas Market, on now until December 23rd. Wander the beautiful Distillery District and take in the warm, festive glow of the lights as you browse for one-of-a-kind, artisan-crafted goods and gifts from a variety of vendors. Warm up with a hot beverage or fuel up with a BBQ Turkey leg. With over 450 live performances, boredom is not an option. Admission is free of charge on weekdays untilFriday at 5pm. Weekends are very busy and require $6 admission tickets.


DJ Skate Nights


DJ Skate Nights is the hottest party in the city. Located at the Natrel Rink at Habourfront Centre, DJ Skate Nights features a world-class line up of DJs to help you chill out and skate away the winter blues. This event repeats on Saturdays from 8pm until 11pm , from December until February.

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Casa Loma Christmas

 

Come and celebrate 150 Years of Canadian Christmas at Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace). There will be tons of family-friendly performances and activities, including famed illusionist Professor Wick, as well as ice skating performances from Glisse on Ice. Visit with Santa in his castle workshop, make arts and crafts, and take in the magic of the castle decked out with holiday décor. It’s on now from 9:30am to 5pm until January 7th (closed Christmas Day). See the full schedule or buy yourtickets today!

 

Allan Gardens Conservatory

 

The Christmas Flower Show at Allan Gardens Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Avenue) is the highlight of the year. The entire conservatory is filled with thousands of flowering plants, more than 30 varieties of poinsettia, and fully decorated for Christmas. On weekends, the displays can often be viewed by candlelight. On now until mid January.

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

 

Enjoy Christmas by Lamplight at Black Creek Pioneer Village (1000 Murray Ross Pkwy). Stroll the Village at your own pace from 6pm to 9:30pm on December 9th, 16th and 23rd. Explore old fashioned homes and workshops decorated for the holidays.Take in the warm glow of the lamplight, flickering candles and cozy fireplaces. Enjoy traditional folk music of the day, carolers, choirs, even make your own ornaments. Tickets are available now. You can upgrade your ticket to include a traditional Christmas dinner! Check out the full program of Christmas fun available.

 

Check Out Shop Window Displays

 

As the carol goes, ‘city sidewalk, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style’! There’s a holiday feeling in the air in Toronto right now. You don’t have to spend a dime to do a little window shopping this season. Take a walk in the winter wonderland right outside your door. The first snowfall is the perfect time. The Bay at the Eaton Centre and Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor West) are just a couple of local stores known for creating sensational holiday window displays in Toronto.

 

Handel’s Messiah played by the TSO

 

Come and experience the magic of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as they perform the holiday classic Handel’s Messiah at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St). The TSO will be joined by British conductor Matthew Halls. There will also be an incredible line-up of vocalists and choirs. The running time is approximately 2.5 hours with a 20 minute intermission. Don’t wait! This special performance regularly sells out!

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High Tea at the Windsor Arms

 

Treat yourself to a regal experience this holiday season. If you haven’t been, you need to visit The Windsor Arms Hotel for their High Tea (18 St. Thomas Street). Sip on sparkling wine or sherry as you sink into plush seats in their opulent, yet tasteful tea room. Choose from a selection of loose-leaf teas and indulge in an exquisite menu of scones, salads, sweets and more.

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The Nutcracker

 

The stunning choreography and design of this perennial holiday classic are something to behold. This performance is the perfect gift for all who attend. Experience the wonder and fantasy, the virtuosic dance and visual extravagance that only The Nutcracker can create. The Nutcracker is performed from December 9th to 30that the National Ballet of Canada.

 

Evergreen Winter Village

 

Get outside and experience the holiday season with fun activities like fat-bike riding, ski biking, ball hockey, street curling and more. Take the family on a winter-themed scavenger hunt around the Brick Works or warm up by the fire. On Sundays you can also find the perfect local gift at the Etsy Market. Evergreen Winter Village is open every weekend in December from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., even on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st)! It’s also open weekdays from December 26th to the 29th.

 

With so many unique, magical and memorable events happening all over the city, it’s easy to make the most of the holiday season. Happy Holidays!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you explore, experience and connect with your city and community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) andVillage Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Discover Evergreen’s Winter Village

 

The holiday season is a magical time of year in Toronto. If you haven’t visited Evergreen’s Winter Village at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue) you’re missing out! It’s a community focused winter wonderland! Visit the village this holiday season to play, shop, eat, explore and more.

 

The Winter Village is open every weekend in December from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., even on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st)! It’s also open weekdays from December 26th to the 29th.

 

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What can you expect at this holiday hub? In addition to the fun, the food and the markets, you can expect to experience nature during winter, in an active and unique way. We reached out to Evergreen and spoke with spokesperson Renee Tratch to get a better feel of what’s in store at the Winter Village this year.

 

There will be a Street Curling rink, ball hockey activities and when it snows test-ride a ski bike. You can also sign up for a group hike through the 40-acre Weston Family Quarry Garden and Don Valley Brick Works area, and a fat bike through the Don Valley trail system. For families, there are winter-themed scavenger hunts around the Brick Works and kid-friendly nature-based activities and crafts in the Children’s Garden.

 

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If you get cold and want to cozy up, you can check out the indoor board games lounge, or soak up the season as you warm up by a campfire. Enjoy a hot or cold drink from The Sipping Container and savour some of the best local food from the best food trucks in town. Expect a rotation of four to six different trucks each day, including Arepa RepublicFully Loaded T.O.Gorilla CheeseSteambox DumplingsBorn2Eat and more! Renee tells us:

 

A selection of local food trucks will serve up a diverse offering of delicious internationally-inspired food. The rotating list of dishes include Venezuelan arepas, crêpes, gourmet grilled cheese, dumplings, stuffed wings, Indian fusion dishes, cubanos and much more.

 

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The best part of spending time in the Winter Village is that you can get all your holiday shopping done while you have fun! The holiday season is too precious to spend stuck inside a shopping mall or grocery store. Evergreen has teamed up with Etsy Canada to offer visitors one-of-a-kind merchandise. Finding special gifts for the all the unique people on your list couldn’t be easier! The indoor Etsy Holiday Market is located in the Young Welcome Centre and BMO Atrium.

 

Etsy Canada crafters, artists and makers from across Ontario will be at Evergreen Brick Works on Sundays in December and through December 26th to 31st, 2017. A rotating roster of over 35 local Ontario Etsy artisans will offer unique holiday décor, handmade gifts and original craftwork for every gift-giving need.

 

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In addition to the Etsy Holiday Market, The Evergreen Brickworks is home to the Evergreen Garden Market. This year round market offers everything from food and home décor, to books, children’s games and artisan crafted toys.

 

The Saturday Farmers Market is the largest farmers market in Toronto, offering the city’s widest selection of seasonal and local food. It’s open Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. The market moves indoors over the winter, so it’s a great opportunity to warm up while you stock up.

 

The bone chilling Toronto weather can make it easy to curl up at home and hibernate. Evergreen’s Winter Village gives you a great reason to get out and experience all the best of the season in one spot! All proceeds support Evergreen and their commitment to connecting people, natural and built worlds to make cities and communities flourish.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your community and all that it has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green(50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

 

 

How to avoid seasonal affective disorder

How to avoid seasonal affective disorder

The cloudy, gloomy winter weather may be unavoidable. For some, winter brings on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and leaves them feeling depressed. Learn more about SAD and how to avoid it at Village Green Apartments(50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) in today’s post from the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

 

What is SAD?

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a change in mood due to the weather. Individuals with SAD experience normal mental health during a majority of the calendar year. When the weather switches, most typically to colder, cloudier conditions, these same people begin to experience symptoms of depression. About 15 percent of Canadians experience some degree of SAD during their lifetime.

 

Start outdoors

 

If you are suspicious that you currently have SAD, make an appointment with your doctor. If you are wanting some simple steps to avoid the disorder or improve your symptoms, health experts recommend starting with spending more time outdoors. Walking, biking and hiking are all great options, or you can join the Toronto Outdoor Club and find new activities to try this season.

 

Exercise often

 

Regular exercise is key to a healthy life, and is a good way to avoid severe SAD. Join your local YMCA today, just a five-minute walk from Village Green Apartments. At the Downtown Toronto location (20 Grosvenor Street) there are always multiple classes going on, including swimming, cycling and yoga.

 

Invest is a Light Therapy Box

 

As SAD is most often triggered by cloudy weather, take in every drop of sunlight that you can during the winter. Start by opening any blinds or curtains at Village Green Apartments to maximize whatever natural light there is. Consider investing in a special Light Therapy Box that mimics the sun.

 

Eat healthy

 

There’s mixed consensus among scientists and doctors as to just how helpful certain foods are in preventing or fighting SAD. That being said, it’s always a good idea to keep a balanced diet. For the SAD-conscious, specifically, make sure that you are getting an adequate amount of vitamin D, and consider adding fish oil pills to your diet.

Keep your head up, spring will be here soon! Until then, avoid SAD with these tips from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management. For more information about Village Green Apartments, conveniently located in Downtown Toronto, visit our website.