Where to get a good beer in Midtown

 

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly poured pint on a hot summer day. In Midtown Toronto you’ve got no shortage of places to get one, but if you aren’t sure where to go, here’s a list of our favourite places to enjoy a good beer in the area. Cheers to summer!

 

1. Granite Brewery

Granite Brewery Toronto

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Granite Brewery and Tied House (245 Eglinton Ave E) isn’t just another hotspot trying to ride the wave of the craft beer trend. They’ve been busy brewing in their own on-site microbrewery since they opened their doors in Toronto back in 1991. Today, the brewery is regarded as an industry leader. It began as a family business in Halifax in 1985, and remains a family-run enterprise today. It’s a brewery, beer store and bar and grill, all rolled into one.

 

At Granite, they brew small batch, handcrafted, all natural, open fermented ales with no preservatives and no pretension. They’ve won awards, earned their regulars, and have been written about in many reputable beer publications.

 

Grab a seat on the front or back patio, and enjoy a beer that has only had to travel a few feet to reach you. Choose from one of their Cask Beers, or their extensive selection of Draught which includes seasonal favourites like their Summer Ale. It’s only brewed from May to October, so don’t miss out! It’s a crisp, golden wheat malt ale that tastes like pure summer refreshment.

 

Their on-site beer store is open daily, Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Sunday, from 11 am to 11 pm. Grab a growler or two to take back home to Davisville Village. Learn more about Granite Brewery in our exclusive interview with the owner.

 

2. Prohibition Gastrohouse

Prohibition Gastrohouse Toronto

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In many ways, the days of Prohibition were a simpler time. If you knew the password for your local Speakeasy, you came in and drank whatever they had on offer. Prohibition Gastrohouse (40 Eglinton Ave E) believes in keeping it simple. Why overwhelm yourself with a hundred choices of beer? Prohibition curates a selection of about 20 high quality beers on tap. Each one is a winner, so can’t go wrong. A few currently available options worth mentioning include O’Hara’s Irish Stout (Ireland), Lagunitas IPA (California), Golden Beach Pale Ale (Gravenhurst, ON), Houblon Chouffe (Belgium), and Thornbury Cider (The Blue Mountains, ON).

 

Visit them during Hooch Hour, from 4 pm to 7 pm, and again from 10 pm to midnight. During this special time, all taps are priced between $5.09 and $8.85. They’re open Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 2 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am until 2 am. Expect a cover charge and a dress code on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

Learn more about some great Happy Hour specials near you in our recent article.

 

3. The Belsize Public House

Belsize Pub Toronto

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The Belsize Public House (535 Mt Pleasant Rd) is an outstanding neighbourhood pub. They specialize in Canadian craft beer. They have a great selection and each month guests can also enjoy a special ‘guest brew’. Check out their chalkboards when you walk in to see what they currently have in store for you. They are currently pouring Amsterdam “3 Speed” Lager (Toronto, Ontario), Boshkung’s “North Country” Kellerbier (Carnarvon, Ontario), Durham Blak Katt Stout (Durham, Ontario), Great Lakes Golden Horseshoe Blonde (Toronto, Ontario), Great Lakes Pompous Ass Ale (Toronto, Ontario), Hendersons Best Bitter (Toronto, Ontario), Muskoka Detour IPA, (Bracebridge, Ontario), Steamwhistle Pilsner (Toronto, Ontario) and Waupoos Cider (Waupoos, Ontario).

 

They also offer a rotating cask ale. Pay them a visit for a perfect Canadian pint. They’re open Sunday and Monday, from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 1 am. See you there!

 

4. The Wallace Gastropub

The Wallace Gastropub Toronto

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The Wallace Gastropub (1954 Yonge Street) specializes in unique and highly coveted beer selections. From annual releases to hard to find brews and brewery collaborations — only the best beer makes the cut.

 

A few special brews that are currently available include: Hofbrauhaus Original Munich Helles, Black Oak Pale Ale, Delirium Tremens Belgian Strong Ale, and Shiny Apple Cider from Niagara-on-the-Lake.

 

The Wallace also serves delicious and high quality food. Their dishes feature produce from local organic farms, sustainable seafood, and hormone and antibiotic free meat and poultry. Ask your server about pairing the perfect beer with your meal.

 

They’re open to serve you on Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 2 am, and on weekends, from 10 am until 2 am.

 

5.  Five 2 Five

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Step inside Five 2 Five (525 Mount Pleasant) and you’ll find a delightfully laid back atmosphere, unique draught beers, fast service and amazing food. Pride of ownership is apparent in everything they do. Everything is fresh, the place is super clean, and the staff are friendly and attentive. It’s the perfect neighborhood bar, without any pretension. They try hard to please you, without trying too hard. Choose your favourite draught, or discover a new favourite, and pair it with one of their incredible burgers, exceptional hand cut fries, and amazing chicken wings.

 

Being able to enjoy a perfect pint close to home in a nice atmosphere is one of those little things that makes your neighbourhood feel like home. We hope this guide helps you find your new favourite place. Cheers!

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you discover all that your neighbourhood and community have to offer.  For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

 

Get your pet summer ready

 

Summer is here! It’s a great time to spend some quality time with your furry best friend. Here are some tips for how to get your pet summer ready, plus some useful information about the pet resources that are all around you!

 

Eglinton Dog Walker

Eglinton Dog Walker.

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You love spending time with your best friend, and they love spending time with you. But when you can’t be there, the friendly folks at Eglinton Dog Walker may be the next best thing. Here’s what they can do for you and your buddy:

 

Dog Walking

 

Their main service is Dog Walking. Their professional dog walkers love dogs and provide fun, safe and energetic outings in and around your neighbourhood. Spending time with a pack of well-behaved dogs can be great for your pet’s well-being. Not only will they get some exercise, they’ll get to know other dogs and maybe even make a few friends! Together they will explore local trails and parks, chase each other around, play fetch and learn some social skills.

 

Daycare

 

When you’re at work all day, do you worry about how your dog is doing? The Daycare services at Eglinton Dog Walkers might be just what you and your pet need. They provide double walks, and can even invite your pet to spend the day with other dogs and their loving caregiver/walker, in their home, just hanging out and having fun. Active dogs will get to spend more time outside, playing and being social. They will come home to you happy and tired. Free pickup and drop off is included.

 

Boarding

 

Sometimes life takes you away from your pet. When you need to head out of town, but you can’t bear the idea of a kennel, the home-style boarding services available at Eglinton Dog Walkers may be just what you’re looking for. Your pal will stay in the home of a bonded, trusted, and insured pet-care professional, right in your community, with other screened and friendly dogs. No kennels, no cages, just familiar parks to play in, and lots of love. They will be walked a minimum of 3 times a day, plus enjoy frequent potty breaks. Feel free to drop them off with their favourite toys, their blanket, and even their bed. It’s the next best thing to having your best friend with you.

 

Parks and Walking Trails

 

When you live at Davisville Village, there is no shortage of options to explore for walks, parks and play areas nearby. Just a few steps away, you’ll find June Rowlands Park, at 220 Davisville Avenue. This 2.6 hectare park, at the corner of Davisville Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road, is the perfect spot for some morning or evening exercise and playtime. Eglinton Park (200 Eglinton Ave West) has a little more room to run around. This 9 hectare park, on Eglinton Avenue West, is located just west of Yonge Street, a few blocks west of the Eglinton Subway Station. It is tucked away behind the Eglinton Community Centre. It is bounded on the south end by Eglinton Avenue West, on the north by Roselawn Avenue, Oriole Parkway on the west side, and Edith Drive on the east.

 

When you’ve got time for a big adventure, the Beltline Trail system has all the nature you and your dog can handle. This 9 kilometer trail is broken into 3 sections. The York Beltline connects to your local Kay Gardner Beltline at 378 Mount Pleasant Road. It heads west past Allen Road. Following the Kay Gardner leads you south through Moore Park Ravine to the Ravine Beltline Trail. From there you can connect to an extensive trail network that runs for several kilometers. For more information on the extensive trail system that is all around you, check out our recent article. Happy trails!

 

Sit! Stay! Dog Emporium

Sit Stay Dog Emporium

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Sit! Stay! Dog Emporium (2074 Yonge St) is your one-stop shop for pooch-pampering products and services. Browse their store and pick out some fun new toys or treats for your pet. Have a seat and enjoy a coffee or tea while their staff of dedicated groomers make your best friend look their best. They offer excellent grooming options — from a quick no-appointment-needed nail clipping, to a one-on-one Full Groom. Does your pup have a birthday coming up? Let the Emporium plan and host a doggy Birthday Party — complete with loot bags, games, cakes, treats, and more. The Emporium can also arrange for specialty food to be made for your dog to suit his or her dietary needs, or get them fitted for protective footwear, clothing, collars and more!

 

Davisville Park Animal Hospital

 

When it comes to keeping your pet healthy and safe, you can trust the experts at Davisville Park Animal Hospital (518 Mt Pleasant Road). Their team of doctors, technicians and support staff are caring, knowledgeable and dedicated to your pet’s well-being.

 

Their annual exams are crucial for early detection of health issues. Their blood work services are also recommended for more senior pets. They offer a full range of services, including nutritional counseling, vaccinations, preventative services, surgical services and more.

 

The staff at Davisville Park Animal Hospital know that going to the vet can be stressful for your pet, and for you. They are dedicated to providing a comfortable, caring and low pressure environment to make you both feel at home and well cared for. New patients are always welcome. They are open Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 7 pm, and Saturdays, from 9 am until 2 pm. They are closed on Sundays.

 

We hope these exceptional pet resources, close to home, help keep your best friend healthy, happy and safe this summer!

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to connect you to all that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), 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

Salad King @NOWtoronto @saladkingTO - Thai Islamic Noodle

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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.


Green up your balcony this summer

 

A balcony garden is a simple and beautiful way to add some colour and life to your balcony. There is nothing quite like the act of planting something, nurturing it properly, and watching it grow. If you weren’t born with a green thumb, Greenrock wants to help you green up your balcony this summer.

 

They’re are several options when it comes to balcony gardens. First, you should determine what your light conditions are. This will determine the type of plants that will thrive in that environment. There is no point in purchasing new plants, only to watch them struggle to survive.

The Sunny Side

If your balcony gets a lot of sunshine, you will want to choose sun-loving plants, such as Geraniums. If you hang plants in baskets, they will dry out faster. Make sure to water them regularly and check on them daily. Lots of full sun plants are also naturally drought resistant, making them perfect for potted environments and busy lifestyles. Rosemary is a good choice for a fragrant, low maintenance herb that can also enhance the flavour of your cooking. With any balcony garden, you will have to ensure proper drainage to avoid damaging the plants, or your rental property.

The Shady Side

If your balcony is on the shadier side, without much direct sunlight, you still have many beautiful options for a balcony garden. Fuchsia flowers are lovely, colourful, and exotic flowers that don’t like too much sun. They will do best in hanging baskets or balcony boxes. Look for hanging basket brackets that do not require any drilling or permanent fixtures. Some other great options are Begonias, Violets and Double Impatiens. If those aren’t to your taste, there are many more!

Once you’ve determined your light conditions (or if you need some help determining that) it’s time to head to a local garden centre to purchase your plants, soil, and supplies. And get some advice on how to proceed. You’ve got a few great neighbourhood resources nearby.

Bob’s Garden Centre

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Bob’s Garden Centre (959 Mt Pleasant Road) is a family run business that has been serving the community since 1976. This small, corner-store-style shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 9:30am to 7pm, and Sundays from 9:30am until 6pm. You can count on the folks at Bob’s for fast, friendly service, and helpful advice. From plant selection, care advice and optimal arrangement for your light conditions, let Bob’s help make your living balcony come to life for a reasonable price.

 

Sheridan Nurseries

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Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge Street) is your source for the largest selection of plants in the area. There prices may be on the higher end, but so is their service and selection. Plant warranties are honoured. Many plants can be returned within 90 days of purchase, and they offer a complimentary Personal Shopping Service. That means their knowledgeable personal shoppers will help you create your personal horticultural masterpiece, offering the best options to suit your light conditions and lifestyle. You can rely on their custom design services to help you select the best plants, planters, containers and hanging baskets.

 

They’re open year round, 7 days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Family Day). Their summer/fall hours are Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 6pm, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 8pm, Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, and Sundays 9am to 5pm.

 

Davenport Garden Centre

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Davenport Garden Centre (1466 Bayview Avenue), at the corner of Davisville and Bayview, is only steps away from home, at Davisville Village. This independently owned, seasonal garden centre is open from April until December 24th. There are 3 locations in Toronto. Their Bayview location is open daily from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 7pm, and weekends from 9am until 6pm. Davenport Garden Centres specializes in providing plants that thrive in Toronto gardens, including condominium and apartment containers. They are advocates of organic and sustainable gardening. They purchase from growers and suppliers that apply these principles whenever possible.

 

Whether you’re looking for hanging baskets, balcony boxes, or potted plants suitable for sun or shade, they’ve got what you need. Their location at 368 Davenport Road offers in-store design services from Monday to Friday. An appointment is recommended for this service.

 

Ready to get growing?

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the vibrant life your community has to offer, and to help you grow.  For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Dive into summer near Davisville Village

 

There is nothing quite like summer in Toronto. It’s hot, sunny, and there is a seemingly endless supply of fun stuff to do. To help you dive into summer near Davisville Village, we’ve rounded up some fun summer events you may want to check out.


SUMMERLICIOUS

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There may be a lot of summer left to savour, but you don’t have much time left to get a taste of Summerlicious. This is your last chance to take advantage of this amazing city-wide food festival where some of the city’s best restaurants offer special three-course prix-fixe menus for reasonable prices.


Five Doors North (2088 Yonge St) is offering a $43 dinner menu. It’s only a few doors north of Davisville Village and is a fantastic neighbourhood mainstay! We’ve praised them before — check out our full article on Five Doors North, including an interview with the owners, then make your reservation!


There are over 200 participating restaurants to choose from, offering both lunch and dinner menus at unbeatable prices. Check out their selections and make your reservations directly with the establishment of your choice. Hurry, it all wraps up on July 22nd. After that, you’ll have to wait for Winterlicious.  Bon Appetit!


BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Beaches Jazz Festival

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Summer heat and jazz go hand in hand, especially when it all happens down by the beach! The Beaches International Jazz Festival is in full swing. This year marks the festival’s 30th anniversary! There are tons of artists to check out, including free shows on multiple stages, many of them open air. Hop around from stage to stage, stay awhile, and take it all in. When you need to refuel, visit one of several gourmet food trucks. Get your summer groove on and feel the heat of the rhythm of the night — until July 29th, 2018.

 

TORONTO’S FESTIVAL OF BEER

Toronto Festival of Beer

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Celebrate your favourite frothy beverage at the Toronto Festival of Beer. The event features incredible Ontario Craft Brewers, as well as brands from around the world to discover, one sip at a time. Due to overwhelming demand, an extra day has been added to the festival, giving you more time to enjoy great beer and live music! The festival runs from July 26th to the 29th. It’s a great opportunity to catch amazing performances from Broken Social Scene, Ludacris, Dwayne Gretsky, Finger Eleven and more!


ROGERS CUP PRESENTED BY NATIONAL BANK

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Tennis, anyone? The world’s best tennis players will descend on Toronto to compete for the coveted Rogers Cup, as well as more than $3 million in prize money. The biggest names in the ATP Tour are expected, including former champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, as well as Canadian favourites Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic. Get your tickets now for this tournament that serves up the action from August 4th to the 12th.


TASTE OF THE DANFORTH

Taste of the Danforth

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Don’t miss the annual Taste of the Danforth festival in Greektown. Take a trip to the East End, from August 10th to the 12th, as Taste of the Danforth celebrates its 25th anniversary! The Danforth’s restaurant row packs more eats per square metre than practically anywhere else on the planet! This Greektown neighbourhood is the place to be for not only souvlaki and spanakopita, but cuisine from cultures the world over. The street will be shut down, the sun will be shining, and great bands will be playing — why would you go anywhere else?


CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION (CNE)

CNE Canadian National Exhibition

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Don’t let the end of summer get you down! Plan a visit to the CNE, from August 17th to September 3rd. The Canadian National Exhibition is a long standing late summer tradition in Toronto. Catch concerts from Blood Sweat and Tears, Men Without Hats, and Stars, just to name a few of the great performers on the bill! This enormous annual fair brings features a midway, great live music, enticing exhibits, and, of course, unforgettably weird and wonderful food! Dig into deep fried delights as you raise a glass to late summer. And don’t forget about the 69th AnnualAir Show over the Labour Day Weekend. Let’s go to the EX!

 

Summer won’t last forever. We hope that these suggestions for fun summer events around Toronto inspire you to make the most of it!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the fun and festivities 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.

 

The best swimwear in Toronto

 

It’s summertime in Toronto and the weather is hot. We wait all year long for these few, short months. Celebrate another season in the sun with a new bathing suit! Shopping for swimwear can be stressful for some. Finding the right style at the right price isn’t always an easy task. To help take some of the stress and guesswork out of your shopping experience, we wanted to share some hotspots where you can shop for the best swimwear in Toronto. Take a look before you take a dip.

 

Sandpipers

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Sandpipers Sports & Funwear have locations at 2580 Yonge Street and 87 Yorkville Avenue. They have been a go-to source for swimwear since 1985. They bring the best of the beach lifestyle home to Toronto, from across the country and overseas.

 

La Vie en Rose

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You can count on the undergarment experts at  La Vie en Rose  (2300 Yonge Street unit #c25), in the Yonge Eglinton Centre, to offer a great selection of products that properly fit any woman. Let their experience help make your choice easier. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you look your best, and help you find the perfect style for you. Check out their latest collection of Mix & Match, One Piece, Beachwear, and Beach Accessories. They have everything you need for a hot summer look.

 

Hudson’s Bay

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Have you been to The Bay, lately? It’s a great home base for all your summer swim and beachwear needs and wants, for both men and women. Whatever your style, whatever your shape, The Bay has you covered – or as uncovered – as you’d like.  From lounging by the pool, to looking cool with the latest and greatest accessories. The Bay is a one-stop-shop for all your summer fun supplies. Find Hudson’s Bay locations at 44 Bloor Street East, and its flagship store at 176 Yonge Street in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

 

Bikini Village

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Sometimes it takes a village to help you find the swimsuit you’re most comfortable in. If The Bay isn’t you brand of choice, take a short trip to Bikini Village. They are also conveniently located in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. They feature top brands, including Bauhaus, Billabong, Body Glove, Boto and Diesel for men. And all the latest styles for women from brands like Ellen Tracy, Red Carter, Christina, and more. From bold to bashful, and everything in between — you’re bound to find your next bathing suit here.

 

Boathouse

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If you’re looking for stylish swimwear that is also comfortable and affordable, you need to visit Boathouse. They offer very reasonably priced swimwear in the latest styles, so you can take a dip, without getting soaked. Find them at 316 Yonge Street (Yonge and Dundas).

 

Whatever you’re style, shape or budget — everyone needs and deserves a swimsuit they feel great in. It’s required attire for summer fun. So before you hit the beach, or chill out by the pool, treat yourself to the best bathing suit you’ve ever owned. It’s a great start to a great summer. We hope these convenient shopping options in your community help make your choice easy and enjoyable.

 

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

The best Mexican food near Davisville Village

 

One of the best things about living in Davisville Village is that it’s a global village. Talk a walk around the block and you can experience culture and cuisine for all over the world. The only downside is that it can be hard to know where to start. To help you enjoy new tastes, we want to share some of the best Mexican food near Davisville Village.

 

 1. Chacho’s

 Chacho’s Mexican Restaurant

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Check out Chacho’s at 234 Merton Street for authentic Mexican cuisine, quality margaritas, and ice cold imported beer, in a fun and festive environment. It may be one of the best kept secrets in Toronto. The music is fun, but not too loud. You can actually hang out and have a conversation. You should be in the mood to hang out when you come because this isn’t fast food. They take the necessary time to prepare the food properly. All of it is made on site.

 

Their space has been recently renovated, but they aren’t trying to be fancy. They don’t seem interested in wowing you with opulent or romantic surroundings. They just want to impress you with the food, and they will.

 

2. Asada Mexican Grill

AsadaMexicanGrill

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Asada Mexican Grill  (809 St Clair Ave W) believes in creating an inviting environment, bringing authentic flavour, and doing it while supporting the community and a sustainable supply chain. They use hormone-free meats, and keep the produce as local as possible. At Asada, you get quality and you can customize it to create your personal favourite dish. Here’s how it works — pick your shell, pick your meat (choose from grilled steak, chicken, marinated pork, chorizo, pulled pork, Baja shrimp or vegetarian), then top it anyway you like. They offer a large selection of fresh toppings. Do it up your way.

 

3. Tio’s Urban Mexican

Tio’s Urban Mexican

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Coming to Tio’s Urban Mexican (2584 Yonge St) is like going to see family. In fact, ‘tio’ means ‘uncle’. Let the avuncular urban flavour make your meal special. The urban-style is based on traditional Mexican street food that you would find in the cities. The atmosphere at Tio’s is relaxed, homey, and inviting, and the food is delicious. They want to make you happy. If sangria margaritas and tequila make you happy, they’ve got you covered. You can choose from their authentic Mexicano or Gringo (Tex Mex). Kick back, relax with friends or a date, and enjoy the good vibes.

 

4. La Carnita

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La Carnita  (130 Eglinton Ave E) has an undeniably cool atmosphere. It’s impressive, it’s unique. Some of the best street artists in Toronto came together to help design it, and it shows. The mission of La Carnita is to create a cool community vibe, and share the love of food, art and music. Chill out with some tacos, cold beer or cocktails, a churro or two, and groove to the mixtape soundtrack. Try the Tostada de Ceviche (tuna, guacamole, coconut milk, habanero, tomato, cucumber), or the In Cod We Trust fish tacos (cod, Voltron sauce, lime crema, pickled red cabbage, green apple & cilantro).

 

5. Mariachi’s Restaurant

Mariachi’s Restaurant

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Mariachi’s (2084 Yonge St) is a neighbourhood mainstay. Proprietor Alejandra Hernandez opened up her first restaurant in 1998. Come to enjoy the festive atmosphere, inside or out on the patio. They have all your standard favourites — from sizzling fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas, to more specialized dishes like the Steak Pepino, or Seafood Platter for two, with giant shrimp, scallops, and mussels.

 

You will leave satisfied. The portions are not huge, but they are incredibly filling. All main dishes come with rice, salad, and refried beans. It’s like getting a home cooked meal from someone who cares about you — and really knows how to cook!

 

Take time to experience the flavour of your neighbourhood. There is so much to discover!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the culture and flavour that your community 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), please visit our website.

 

Our guide to the Toronto Jazz Festival

 

Are you ready to get into the groove of the Toronto Jazz Festival? The Toronto Jazz Festival returns from June 22nd to July 1st, 2018. Summertime in Toronto seems tailor made for jazz. The heat of the season, coupled with the multicultural roots of the city, are the perfect backdrop for a world-class jazz festival. Make your plans early so that you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the music.

 

About the Toronto Jazz Festival

 

Since its debut back in 1987, it has become well known as one of the premier jazz festivals in North America. It is produced each year by Toronto Downtown Jazz, a registered Canadian charity (No. 12969 0269 RR0001). The festival attracts over 500,000 loyal visitors, and more than 1,500 musicians every year over it’s 10 day run at free and ticketed shows all across the city. There is far too much music to cover here, but hopefully these festival highlights will put you in the mood.

 

TICKETED SHOWS

 

Herbie Hancock

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See the legendary Herbie Hancock, live at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 29th at 8pm. Herbie Hancock continues to be at the forefront of the music scene, as he has been for six decades and counting. The pianist and composer began as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960’s. He later pioneered the electronic dance sound with the hits “Rockit” and “Future Shock”. Mr. Hancock received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. He is currently recording a new album. Get your tickets, today!

 

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones

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Bela Fleck & The Flecktones return to Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on Wednesday, June 27th, at 7pm. These are The Original Flecktones (Victor Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy). Bela has received 11 Grammy Awards and 27 nominations since his first win back in 1998. He has been nominated in more categories than anyone else in Grammy history! Come hear a piece of the magic. Get your tickets, now.

 

Seal

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London-born, Los Angeles based legend Seal takes the stage at the Sony Centre on Saturday, June 23rd. He will be performing classic standards from his new 14 track album titled ‘Standards’, as well as some of his greatest hits. The soulful, signature sound of Seal is unmistakable. Don’t miss the four-time Grammy Award-winner. Rennie Adams will perform an opening set. Tickets are available now.

 

FREE SHOWS

 

What could be better than a warm summer day in Toronto, filled with free jazz? How about 10 days of it?! The Bloor-Yorkville area becomes the hub of the free show scene for the run of the Toronto Jazz Festival (June 22nd – July 1st). With over 150 free concerts to choose from, there is something for everyone to love. Here are just a few highlights to get you hooked;

 

Shirantha Beddage Quartet

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Catch the sound of the Shirantha Beddage Quartet on Saturday, June 30th, as they take to the OLG Stage on Cumberland St. for a 12:30pm show. Shirantha Beddage is a two-time JUNO nominated musician, composer, educator and baritone saxophonist from right here, in Toronto. Hear the sophisticated yet accessible sound, a synthesis of modern jazz and hard bop, live and free of charge!

 

John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra

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Hear and feel the “The Toronto Sound” of John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra at the

Isabel Bader Theatre on Monday, June 25th, at 7:00pm. Their original music has been performed monthly at the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar since their formation. They have been nominated twice for JUNO Awards, winning for their debut album, OUR FIRST SET, in 2011.

 

Escola de Samba

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Celebrate Canada Day with a free show from Escola de Samba at the Village of Yorkville Park on Sunday, July 1st, at 7:15 pm. Lead by percussionist Alan “Canadense” Hetherington. Hetherington has been dedicated to the Samba Enredo tradition of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for almost 15 years. Come and celebrate the sound, the tradition and the nation’s birthday!

 

There is so much music to take in during the 10 days of the 31st annual Toronto Jazz Festival. We hope this post helps you make the most of it!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the culture that your community 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), please visit our website.

Midtown bike shops we love

 

There’s almost nothing more fun than taking your bike out for the first ride of the season. It brings back happy childhood memories, and on a hot day there’s nothing like a cool breeze as you ride. If don’t have a bike, or if it’s gathering dust and in need of some TLC, don’t let the season pass you by. If you want to exert a little pedal power, here a a few midtown bike shops we love that will help you get back up and riding in no time.

 

Cyclepath Norco

 

The Yonge and Eglinton Cyclepath location, at 2106 Yonge Street, first opened its doors in 1991. In a later partnership with Live to Play Sports, it became the city’s premier Norco dealer, rebranding as Cyclepath Norco. In addition to new bikes, they carry a wide variety of parts, accessories and apparel. From flat tire repair, to complete rebuilds, their team of master bike mechanics have the skills and dedication to keep you rolling. They’ve even got you covered when the weather forces you indoors. They stock a variety of indoor equipment, including bicycle trainers and stationary bikes from Louis Garneau. Best of all, they’re open 7 days a week.

 

Sporting Life Bikes & Boards

 

Sporting Life Bikes & Boards, at 2454 Yonge Street, is part of the larger Sporting Life family. This boutique bike and board shop stocks a variety of bikes, clothing, and gear in a small, non-intimidating environment. They also offer great services such as Specialized Body Geometry bike fitting, done by four expert fitters.

 

If you’re in the market for a kid’s bike, take a look at their Jr. Bike Half Back program. Kids grow so fast. So, buy a new kid’s bike that your child can ride for a year, then bring it back and get in-store credit for half the purchase price!

 

Revelo

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When you step into Revelo (42 Industrial Street #108, East York) you’ll feel like you’re taking a step into the future. Revelo offers a state of the art folding bike that run on pedal power or electricity. The Lift uses their patented Z-fold, THINstem technology for lightweight and narrow folding width. It’s easy to carry or toss in the trunk of a car.  It folds up in 5 seconds flat! It’s the easiest, most portable folding bike on the market.The Revelo FLEX is the foldable, electric model. It folds in 10 seconds and travels up to 32 km on a single charge of its premium lithium battery. It has a top speed of 28 km/h. No drivers license or insurance is required. These bikes are ingeniously well designed, and are sure to turn a few heads.

 

Gears Bike Shop

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You can tell that the folks at Gears Bike Shop Leaside (109 Vanderhoof Avenue) love bikes. This is definitely a live-to-ride kind of crew. Despite the passion of the staff, and the size of the shop, Gears doesn’t feel intimidating or pretentious. They are experts in their field, but they don’t expect you to be. No matter what your experience level is, Gears can get you on the right bike for you, or get your old bike running like new. They also offer a line of Electric bikes, if you want to save your energy.

 

When you purchase new from Gears, you get Lifetime Warranty Adjustments. That means, unlimited gear adjustments, brake adjustments and minor wheel truing (for wonky, slightly warped wheels), on the spot, in their full service repair shop. When the weather outside is frightful, Gears Leaside helps you pedal through. They’ve partnered with WattsUp Cycling, an indoor power-based cycling program, to cater to both competitive training riders and pleasure riders.

 

Enduro Sport

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Enduro Sport, 812 Eglinton Ave East, is a road bike and racing cyclist’s dream come true. You won’t find any mountain bikes or cruisers here. They offer high end bikes, full service and repairs, and expert Bike fitting. Let the pros help you find the most comfortable, aerodynamic, and biomechanically efficient ride for you. Their service and repair department stands by their work with guaranteed repairs. They get you back on the road ASAP, but during spring and summer they book up fast, so be sure to make an appointment.

 

Whether you’re a dedicated road warrior, or just like to go out for relaxing weekend rides, these midtown bike shops will make sure you keep rolling. If you’re looking for some great places to ride near Davisville Village, have a look at our recent post about great bike trails nearby.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all that your community 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), please visit our website.

 

Where to eat vegan in Toronto

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Fresh

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

 

TABÜLÈ

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

 

Planta and Planta Burger

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

 

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

 

Grasshopper Restaurant

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

 

The Hogtown Vegan

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

 

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

 

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