Moving During the Canadian Winter

Moving has been universally acknowledged as one of the hardest things to do. Moving during the winter is considerably much tougher. With Canadian winters being wildly unpredictable, there are a few things you’ll want to consider long before moving day.

 

Pack for Extreme Temperatures

 

Did you know you should pack your possessions differently in the winter months than you would if you were moving in the summer? The reason for this is, of course, temperature. Items such as plates, glasses and even wood furniture are susceptible to breaking when exposed to freezing temperatures. Just as we double up on the layers, be sure to double pack your possessions to keep your belongings protected! Using thick blankets can help ease the transition from the extreme temperatures outdoors to the warmth of your new apartment. Electronics are also sensitive to moisture and extreme temperatures. Be sure to pack these last and transport them in your car.

 

 

Hire Professionals

 

Moving in the winter is no easy chore, but you can make it less stressful. By hiring a moving company to load, transport and unload your possessions, you’ll greatly reduce the hassle and frustration of trying to do it all yourself. Moving companies are trained to handle wintery conditions, they’ll know how best to wrap your items to protect them from the cold and they are equipped to deal with any challenges that may come up.

 

 

Weather Conditions

 

While it may sound like common sense, sometimes when you’re tasked with an all-mighty to-do list, it’s the little things that often get overlooked. Be sure to check the weather network to keep up-to-date regarding any storms or weather conditions. Expect road closures, allow yourself longer travel times and most importantly, be flexible!

 

 

Get an Early Start

 

When the weather is cold and bleak, it can be hard to get motivated. By getting an early start, you can take advantage of the daytime hours, which will reduce the risk of getting hurt when it’s slippery or dark. It also provides more time to iron out any hiccups, should something not go quite as planned. You can also call it an early night before it gets too dark – or too cold!

 

The Comfort Hotel Downtown: A suite spot for visiting family and friends

 

Having friends or family visit from out of town can be a great experience, especially when everyone has their own space. Hosting a friend or family member at your apartment for a day or two is easy enough, but for longer stays and larger groups, a nearby hotel may be a better choice.

 

The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown (15 Charles Street East) is less than a 10 minute walk from Village Green. That means it’s “located centrally in Toronto and steps away from the Bloor-Yonge subway station”, as Andrea Petrak, Hotel & Sales Executive for Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown, tells us.

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

 

The subway provides easy access to everything the city has to offer. Catch a game or concert at the Air Canada Centre, or see a show at Ed Mirvish Theatre, The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre or the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown is  also “located close to Yorkville, the best area for shopping, restaurants and entertainment.”

 

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

 

Above all, you want your loved ones to be comfortable and well taken care of.

 

At the Comfort Hotel Toronto the staff is key. Our entire team goes above and beyond during every interaction with our guests to ensure that their stay is a relaxing and refreshing stay. – Andrea Petrak, Hotel & Sales Executive for Comfort Hotel

 

The hotel’s newly renovated rooms and suites will ensure a pleasant stay for your visitors. All rooms include cable TV, a coffee maker, an iron and ironing board. Wireless high-speed internet and guest laundry facility are also available. Guests can even request valet cleaning service. The Comfort Hotel has the quality, convenience and amenities to make every stay a memorable one. As Ms. Petrak tells us:

 

Our location is one of our best amenities. We are in the heart of Toronto, surrounded by restaurants, shopping, parks and transit to take our guests anywhere they wish to go. Once our renovations are complete we will also have a fantastic restaurant and lounge to offer our guests a place to congregate and relax.

 

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

 

When friends and family come to visit, you can rest easy knowing that they are resting comfortably. Treat your loved ones to the convenience of The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown, in the heart of the downtown Toronto community.

 

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

 

 

Discover the magical Toronto Christmas Market

Discover the magical Toronto Christmas Market

The magical Toronto Christmas Market is one of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions. Held each November and December, the annual holiday themed market is your destination for live entertainment, shopping and tasty holiday fare. In today’s post from Greenrock Property Management, learn more about this year’s market festivities, happening near Toronto apartments.

 

How It Works

 

\Head to the Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street) any day of the week except for Mondays, to experience the magic of the Toronto Christmas Market. From Benlamond Apartments (5 Benlamond Avenue) or Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street), it’s a short 10-minute drive away, depending on when you go. There is a small fee beginning Friday nights through the weekends ($6.00). Proceeds support market upkeep, and local charities.

 

Market Classics

 

The 2016 Toronto Christmas Market will feature all the food and fanfare you’ve grown to love. Be sure to try to the tornado potato, as well as some poutine, incredible grilled cheese creations (Christmas Dinner Grilled Cheese?!), wine samples and your choice of beer. In terms of entertainment, expect a daily lineup of Santa’s Elves hosting sing-alongs and a ton of cheerful carolling.

 

This Year’s Highlights

 

Hoping to catch a great concert at the market? Join the Market’s closing evening celebration on December 22nd, featuring Canadian tenor Michael Ciufo. In addition to singing the national anthem for the Toronto Raptors, Michael’s first commercial recording earned the number 15 spot on the Canadian Classical charts. A complete listing of each day’s entertainment can be found online.

Don’t miss the magical Toronto Christmas Market, ranked one of the top 10 markets of its kind in the world, and featured today by Greenrock Property Management. For more information about nearby Toronto apartments, pleasevisit our website.

Holiday cookies we love

Holiday cookies we love

The holidays are almost here, you can smell it in the air! We love the holiday season it is a time to spend with those you love, and eat cookies. What would the holidays be without cookies? The blog team at Greenrock Property Management has some recipes for holiday cookies we love.

 

Sugar Cookies

 

The classics are classics for a reason. These buttery holiday Sugar Cookies are what we think of when we think of holiday cookies. Crispy, rich and with just the right amount of sweetness. They can be cut into a variety of shapes and this recipe makes almost 100 cookies, so you will have more than enough to share or give as gifts.

 

Gingerbread Men

 

It’s tough to beat a good old fashioned Gingerbread Man cookie during the holidays. Not only do they taste good (especially when decorated with icing) they will make your kitchen at 166 Eastbourne smell warm, spicy and simply amazing, with the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

 

Pecan and Chocolate Shortbreads

 

Buttery shortbread cookies are taken to another level with these Pecan and Chocolate Shortbreads. A sweet mixture of rum and ground pecans is baked right in and then a rich chocolate syrup is drizzled over top. A word to the wise – make extra, these will go fast.

 

Holiday Macarons

 

These light, fluffy and decadent Holiday Macarons are bound to become one of your new favourites. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself making them throughout the year. Don’t be intimidated by these elegant cookies, they can be made by anyone with basic baking skills, with only about 25 minutes of hands on prep time.

 

Happy Holidays and happy baking from your friends, the Greenrock blog team. We hope this is the happiest and most delicious holiday season yet! For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the charming and elegant 166 Eastbourne, in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood – please visit our website.

Healthy grilling ideas

 

Healthy grilling ideas

Summertime means long days, sunshine and grilling. When most people think about summer barbecue they probably picture burgers and hot dogs which are far from healthy. If you’re trying to eat healthy, you don’t have to give up the grill. The Greenrock Property Management blog team has some great healthy recipes for you to grill at home, at 166 Eastbourne Avenue in Toronto.


Lemon yogurt chicken


Chicken on the grill is nothing new, but have you ever thought of using yogurt, rather than a sugar-laden BBQ sauce to marinate it? This lemon yogurt marinade for chicken is tangy and  enhances the flavour of the chicken. The yogurt tenderizes the meat and caramelizes as it cooks, adding a hint of smokiness. Try this delicious recipe at home with easy to find ingredients.

 

 

Grilled Vegetables


Grilled vegetables make a perfect side dish. They’re also excellent on a grilled  baguette as a main course. However you plan to serve them, thesegrilled vegetables are a great, healthy choice. Try adding a touch of balsamic vinegar and little fresh pepper to bring out the flavour.


Corn with mint butter


Summer just doesn’t feel like summer without some fresh corn on the cob. Perk up your ears (of corn) this year with this grilled corn with mint butter recipe. A brush of a little fresh mint and cilantro butter goes a long way.


Salmon & zucchini with red pepper sauce


Nothing beats the taste of grilled salmon. Light, delicious and full of essential nutrients like Omega fatty acids. This salmon recipe goes perfectly with grilled veggies. Try using some smoked paprika to bring out the smoky flavour from the grill.


Is there anything better than hot-off-the-grill food in the summer? Even if you don’t have access to a BBQ, indoor grills and grill pans are a great alternative. Find them at Canadian Tire, (Yonge St at Church St) — just a 10 minute drive or 15 minutes by TTC from 166 Eastbourne Ave. For more information on Greenrock rental apartments in Toronto, please visit our website.

 

Transform your balcony into a summer oasis

Transform your balcony into a summer oasis

Hot summer weather is finally here, and we all know it doesn’t last for long. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to help you make the most of the great weather from the comfort of your Toronto apartment, at Wingreen Court. Here are a few ideas to help you transform your balcony into a summer oasis.

 

Pallet Planter

 

This easy DIY will add some greenery to a bland balcony. Make your own pallet planter to add vertical planting and gardening space to even the smallest balcony. Use it to grow herbs like basil and mint so you can enjoy fresh herbs all summer long.

 

Self-Irrigating Planters

 

Never worry about over or under watering your plants again. These self-irrigating planters are made from some re-purposed rubbermaid tubs. An easy and low maintenance way to add some gorgeous greenery to your balcony.

 

Line it with fabric

 

Add a pop of colour to your balcony. Simply wrap coloured fabric around your balcony. If you use a colour that is an extension of the indoor palette, it will feel more like an extension of your living space. It can also block some of the wind and make it feel more private.

 

Peg board and potted plants

 

Make your balcony feel like a garden with more flowers and plants. You can hang lightweight baskets of flowers and plants from pegboard, which is available at Home Depot (1 Concorde Gate, just a 5 minute drive from Wingreen Court). With a few potted plants and an outdoor chair or two, you will have a beautiful little balcony garden to enjoy.

 

Make your balcony more livable this summer with these tips.The Greenrock blog team hopes this week’s post will help you enjoy the beautiful summer weather at Wingreen Court. For more information on our Toronto apartments for rent, please visit our website.

Plan the perfect Canada Day weekend

Plan the perfect Canada Day weekendToday’s blog post features some free and fun things to do near Toronto apartments over the Canada Day long weekend. Read on to find some great suggestions, compliments of the blog team at Greenrock Property Management.

 

Yonge Dundas Square

 

Where else can you help create a Living Flag than at Yonge Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East)? The free annual Canada Day celebrations promise to be as fun as always, with a full day of diverse cultural activities on the docket. Experience live performances from around the world, international art, crafts and food on July 1st, from noon until 9:00 p.m. Yonge-Dundas Square is an easy 10-minute drive from Davisville Village Apartments (75 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue).

 

Queen’s Park

 

Queen’s Park (College Street & University Avenue), a 15 to 20-minute drive from Wingreen Court Apartments (2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Wingreen Court), is hosting a free family-friendly Canada Day celebration. Complete with live music, dance, foods featuring local ingredients and an exciting lineup of workshops and crafts for kids, there is something for everyone to enjoy here.

 

Harbourfront Centre

 

Check out one of the city’s biggest celebrations, happening at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) on July 1st. Another free event designed with the family in mind, the highlights of this party are live music and a breathtaking fireworks show over Lake Ontario. To get to this downtown destination, plan on a 20-minute drive from Eastbourne Avenue Apartments (166 Eastbourne Avenue).

 

Toronto Ribfest

 

Toronto Ribfest, held at Etobicoke Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Road), is a charity fundraiser. Its an affordable way to give to a great cause while you enjoy delicious ribs. Scheduled for June 30th through July 3rd, expect each and every day to be full of Canada Day festivities including a fireworks show for the holiday. The park is a 25-minute drive from Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street).

Happy Canada Day from the Greenrock Property Management blog team! For more information about our Toronto apartments, located across the city,visit our website today.

Don’t miss the TD Toronto Jazz Festival!

Don't miss the TD Toronto Jazz Festival!The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is a wonderful tradition in Toronto. Take part in this year’s 30th anniversary summer event, happening conveniently nearby Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Avenue), using today’s post from the Greenrock Property Management blog team as your personal guide.

 

Hundreds of performances, thousands of musicians

 

One of the best parts about the TD Toronto Jazz Festival is the incredible diversity of programming. Boasting 350 performances and over 1,500 musicians at 40 venues, there’s something for everyone at this once-a-year festival. If you are interested in checking out the lineup for yourself, mark your calendar today for June 24th through Canada Day, July 3rd.

 

Head to the square

 

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are ready to share their endless supply of funk and soul with Toronto. Four critically-acclaimed albums and a steadily growing fan base have transformed this group into a global sensation. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will be playing at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West) on June 25th. Tickets are now available online. The Square will serve as a main spot for many of the festival’s concerts. To get here from Village Green Apartments, plan on a five-minute drive or five-minute bike ride.

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

 

Hear your favourite jazz classics at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performance, June 28th at Koerner Hall TELUS Centre (273 Bloor Street West). Heralded as a main event of the 30th anniversary of the festival, this is a performance not to be missed. To get to the TELUS Centre, bike less than 10 minutes from Village Green Apartments

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management encourages you to check out the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, which promises its biggest and best year yet as a part of its special 30th birthday celebration. For more information about downtown Village Green Apartments, simply visit our websitetoday.

Treat Dad to a fun night out nearby

Treat Dad to a fun night out nearbyFather’s Day is just around the corner on Sunday, June 19th. Greenrock Property Management is here to help you make it a special day, no matter what your Dad is into. Here are a few fun ideas near your 77 Davisville apartment that will make Dad’s day.

 

Take a Hike

 

If your Dad is the active type, there are some beautiful nature trails near your 77 Davisville apartment. The Moore Park Ravine runs through picturesque Mount Pleasant Cemetery to Moore Ave where the trail takes you down into the ravine. If you’re up to it, you can hike the ravine trail all the way to Evergreen Brickworks where you can stop and have lunch at the casual and comfortable Cafe Belong. Stick around and explore the Brickworks’ lush grounds and beautiful refurbished buildings. Don’t worry, you won’t have to hike all the way back. The #28 bus leaves from the Brickworks every 30 minutes and heads straight to Davisville Station.

 

Elegant Meal Out

 

Though you probably can’t whisk Dad off to Paris for Father’s Day, Coquine may be the next best thing. This European Bistro offers an upscale casual experience with a French inspired menu.They have prix fixe dinner options from $45 -$60 per person as well as lunch options for $25 to $40. Getting there is easy as this restaurant is just an 8 minute walk from 77 Davisville, at 2075 Yonge Street. Reservations are recommended.

 

Shoot Some Pool at the Pub

 

If you’re looking for a relaxed, casual day with Dad, why not grab a beer and shoot some pool at the Bull and Firkin (1835 Yonge, just a 5 minute walk from 77 Davisville). Pool is free on Sundays! There are dart boards too, if that’s more Dad’s game. Once you’ve worked up an appetite choose some classic pub fare, like wings, burgers or steaks. For something a little different, try Kiri’s Lamb and Kale Curry with basmati rice and naan (Small $13/Large $18).

 

The Greenrock Property Management blog team wishes you and your Dad a happy Father’s Day. We hope these suggestions will help make it memorable. For more information on our 77 Davisville apartments or any of our Toronto properties, click here.

NXNE is back

North by Northeast (NXNE) is back! Happening near Eastbourne Avenue Apartments (166 Eastbourne Avenue), this once-a-year music festival is not to be missed. Learn more in today’s post put together by the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

 

Kickstart your summer

 

NXNE is a high-energy music festival that welcomes artists of all kinds, including those who are new to the scene, and the innovators who perfect the blend of music and technology. The 2016 festival is coming up soon, June 13th through 19th.

 

New this year

 

This year’s NXNE has a number of new features — most notably the addition of the Port Lands. This new outdoor venue is located lakeside at 51 Commissioners Street, just under a 20-minute drive from Eastbourne Avenue Apartments. A sort of festival-within-a-festival, Port Lands will welcome Father John Misty, Schoolboy Q, Mick Jenkins, Mother Mother and more on June 17th and 18th.

 

Club Land

 

NXNE takes over Toronto’s best clubs all week long. Looking for the best spot to catch concerts? The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West) is booked solid with performances during the festival week. It will take you 15 minutes to drive here from Eastbourne Avenue Apartments. Before you go, gets your tickets online.

 

Interactive Conference

 

June 15th is the Future Land Interactive Conference, hosted by Ryerson University. This year’s keynote headliner of the event is Nolan Bushnell, the gaining industry pioneer who founded Atari. Attend a seminar, enjoy lunch and make new connections at this one-day-only sub-event. Held at the Ted Rogers School of Management (575 Bay Street), expect around a 10-minute drive to get here from Eastbourne Avenue Apartments.

 

NXNE guarantees an incredibly fun week of music. The blog team at Greenrock Property Management hopes you make it to some unforgettable shows. For more information about furnished Eastbourne Avenue Apartments, simply visit our website.