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.

Admire the amazingness of autumn in Toronto

 

Autumn in Toronto is an amazing time of year. The fall foliage can be a bit fleeting, but fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to experience it. Don’t let autumn fall away without taking in the beautiful (and free) show nature puts on. Here are some great spots where you can admire the amazingness of autumn in Toronto.

 

Moore Park Ravine / Evergreen Brickworks

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The Moore Park Ravine (205 Moore Ave.) is easily accessible on foot from Davisville Village. You can enter the trail just south of Mount Pleasant Cemetery and follow the tree-lined path along the river, through the ravine, down to the Evergreen Brick Works. The grounds behind the Brickworks are complete with trails and ponds. They are also a great place to admire the fall foliage, especially if you hike up the hill on the east side by the train tracks and look out over it all. If you are too tuckered out to hike it back on foot, there is a TTC bus that stops at the Brickworks and takes you back to Davisville station.

 

The Don Valley

 

There may be no better place to take in the brilliance of the fall colours than the Don Valley. You can connect to the Don Valley trail system from the Brick Works at Crothers Woods and follow the paved trail along the Don Valley River. If you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the spawning salmon as they swim upstream and attempt to leap over the small waterfalls along the way. You can follow this treed path all the way to Taylor Creek, Edwards Gardens, and Sunnybrook Park. The perfect time for fall colours and salmon spotting is right around Thanksgiving. If you never explored this part of your city, you won’t believe your eyes. You can learn more about this trail in our recent article.

 

Riverdale Park

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Riverdale Park West begins just east of the Cabbagetown neighbourhood near Village Green. You can stop by Riverdale Farm to visit the animals and feel like you’ve escaped to the countryside. Take the pedestrian bridge over the DVP and you’ll find yourself in Riverdale Park East. This bridge will also connect you to the Lower Don Valley Trail. Walk up the hill on the park’s eastern side and you’ll get a breathtaking view of not only the fall colours but one of the best views of the Toronto skyline in the city. Plan to be there for sunset for the most Instagram-worthy photo ops.

 

Glen Stewart Ravine

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The Glen Stewart Ravine is located in the Upper Beaches neighbourhood. It runs just north of Queen Street East up to just south of Kingston Road. This often-overlooked nature trail is one of the best places in the city to surround yourself with the brilliant colours of autumn.

 

Scarborough Bluffs

 

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The East End of Toronto is home to some world-class green space. During the fall, this green space is reborn in gold, red, yellow and orange. The Scarborough Bluffs are beautiful no matter what season you visit, but when fall rolls around, it can feel downright magical. The brilliant colours of the leaves are complemented perfectly by the deep blue water of Lake Ontario, and it’s all framed by the majestic bluffs rising toward the light blue sky. Head to the base of Brimley Road South to take it in from the beach, or hike the upper trails that dot the top of the bluffs, all the way to Guild Park and Gardens.

 

Rouge Park

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Rouge Park is never more aptly named than in the fall as the leaves change to brilliant reds. Pack a lunch, bring some water and hike the many trails that literally lead you over the meadow and through the woods, as well as along the river. It’s only a short drive from downtown or midtown but feels very rural. You won’t believe you’re still in the same city!

 

Humber Valley

 

The West End of the city is no slouch in the natural beauty department. There are many beautiful parks along the banks of the Humber River, from the mouth of the river where it feeds into Lake Ontario all the way past Steeles Avenue. Some standouts to check out are Lambton Park, Humber Marshes and Summerlea Park. Etienne Brule Park is a great place to walk along the river, take in the colours and catch the salmon leaping over the falls around Thanksgiving. You’ll be grateful you did. Take the Bloor subway out to Old Mill and walk down the hill to the north.

 

High Park

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High Park is another perfect fall foliage hotspot that also has its own subway stop. Plan a fall picnic, hike the trails, or simply take it easy and sit by Grenadier Pond as you let an unbelievably beautiful autumn day pass by.

 

Toronto Islands

 

Boarding the ferry at Jack Layton terminal, at the base of Bay Street, is breathtaking in the fall. Just across the water lies a whole other world. The Toronto Islands are never more beautiful than in the fall, and the summer crowds have thinned out considerably. If you plan an escape on a weekday, you may feel like you’ve got the place to yourself! Coming back is also lovely, as you’re treated to the best city views imaginable.

 

Tommy Thompson Park

 

Located at the southern tip of Leslie Street is the Leslie Street Spit and the gateway to Tommy Thompson Park. Talk a long walk, or a leisurely bike ride, along the wide pathway. In addition to the colourful leaves, you’ll pass by the marshlands and the bird sanctuary before you loop around the lighthouse and head back the way you came. You’ll be surprised by all the beauty you missed on the first pass, like the brilliant blue lake, yacht club and stunning city views.

 

Don’t let your autumn fall flat. Get out there and explore all the beauty your city has to offer!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to inspire you to explore and celebrate your amazing city and community this season.  For more 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.

Discover Crothers Woods

 

Living in the heart of Midtown at Davisville Village has some huge advantages. Whatever you need is within easy reach. Whether you are looking for shopping, dining, nightlife, or to reconnect with nature, this fabulous neighbourhood has it all. One of the best parts of the area is Crothers Woods.

 

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Crothers Woods is a hidden gem in the heart of the city. This 52-hectare parcel of land sits along the banks of the Don River and is loaded with mature woods consisting of beech, maple and oak trees, as well as new growth and some rare undergrowth plants. There are also meadows and approximately 9 kilometres of metre-wide dirt trails.

 

To the south, it is bordered by Pottery Road, and to the northeast by Millwood Bridge. It is easily accessible by TTC. Take the number 28 bus Bayview South toward Brick Works. Transfer at Moore Avenue to the 88A South to Millwood Road and Redway Road South. From there it is a short, two-minute walk to access the trail from the Thomas Hauser Memorial Trailhead. The access point to this 2.4-kilometre trail is tucked away behind the Loblaws at 11 Redway Road. You’ll find a trail map posted there and you can view the map online in the Crothers Woods Trails brochure (PDF). There is also ample parking.

 

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Once you hit the trail and begin the winding descent down the hill, it’s easy to feel like you’ve entered a different world. From the bunnies that can be seen feeding on the vegetation, or if you’re really lucky you can catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer bounding into the bush. During the fall, right around Thanksgiving, you can even head down to the river and see salmon swimming upstream, leaping the man-made waterfalls to make it to their spawning grounds. It’s kind of magical. If you follow the trail north from the trailhead, you can catch some great views of the city.

 

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here are three access points for Crothers Woods, each of them with parking. One parking lot entrance can be found at the Don Valley Mountain Bike Trailhead on Pottery Road, across from Todmorden Mills. This path heads north, parallel to Bayview Avenue to the northern end of the park where you will find another access point from Bayview Avenue. This area is also known as Sun Valley, the former home of the Sun Brick Company which shut down back in the 1930s. It was owned by the Taylor family, who also owned Todmorden Mills and the Don Valley Brick Works. The family built their homestead here. A well-preserved re-creation of it can be found on site at Todmorden Mills. When the clay for brick making was exhausted, the area was transformed into a landfill pit that was capped with clean fill in the 1980s.

 

It is difficult to believe that this designated Environmentally Significant Area was an industrial landfill only a few decades ago. Since then it has become a hotspot for mountain bikers, nature lovers and urban hikers. Be sure to watch and listen for the cyclists as you share the trails with them. It is in large part thanks to these cyclists that Crothers Woods is so well-maintained today. Since 2005, organized groups of cyclists, volunteers and enthusiasts have lobbied and pushed for the city to maintain the area. Crothers Woods also easily connects to the newly renovated and revamped Lower Don Trail. If you want to explore these and other trails near you, check out our recent article.

 

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As you continue along the trail by the Lower Don River, you’ll come to the abandoned CN Rail Bridge that runs parallel with the old abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway corridor which first began operations back in 1891.  There’s also an active set of Canadian National Railway tracks if you want to do some trainspotting.

 

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Crothers Woods is an urban nature lover’s paradise, rich in history and wildlife. It can be easy to overlook such hidden gems. They sit patiently, just waiting to be discovered right in your own backyard. Once you do discover them, you may wonder how you ever got along without them.

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to connect you to all the natural resources available in your community and give you a taste of the rich history that surrounds you. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Explore Riverdale Farm

 

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

 

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

 

Get a Feel for Farm Life

 Riverdale Farm Toronto

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

 

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

 

History of Riverdale Farm

 

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

Riverdale Farm Toronto

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Daily Events

 

Riverdale Farm Toronto

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

 

The Barns:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

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

 

The Animals:

 Riverdale Farm Toronto

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

 

Simpson House:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

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

 

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

 

The Meeting House:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

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

 

The Residence:

 Riverdale Farm Toronto

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

 

Explore the Trails:

Riverdale Farm Toronto

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

 

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

 

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

 

Special Events

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Where to go apple picking near Toronto

 

The cool days of fall are perfect for picking some crisp, ripe apples. As the leaves begin to change, it’s the perfect time to spend a day in the nearby countryside, enjoying the fall colours, just slowing things down a little. Grab a cozy sweater and get ready to take a country drive. This is where to go apple picking near Toronto.

 

Carl Laidlaw Orchards

Carl Laidlaw orchards self pick, u pick, pick your own apples

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Carl Laidlaw Orchards (9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton) is a 7th-generation family farm run by Mark and Laura Laidlaw. Carl is Mark’s dad. The farm was originally a mixed farm with sheep, pigs, cows, wheat fields and vegetable crops, as well as a few apple and pear trees. The orchards were planted in the 1960’s and the pick-your-own business has been up and running since the 70’s. Today, there are over 20 varieties of apples, and 3 kinds of pears, for the picking on this 100-acre farm in lovely Credit River Valley. Take a wagon ride out to the orchards, pick as much as you please, and enjoy the fresh air. You can have even more fun if you try the Barn Beam Walk, jump in the hay barn, and stop to shop at the Barn Market.

 

Organics Farm

Organics Farm GTA apple picking

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Organics Farm  (7550 19th Ave. Markham) had been growing conventional fruit for decades before they made the decision to go organic and take a more sustainable agriculture approach back in 2001. Their goal is to farm the land with the least negative environmental impact possible.

 

The pick-your-own orchard is open weekdays, from 9 am until 6 am, and weekends, from 9 am to 5 pm during apple season. The season runs from late August until mid-October. You can call ahead to listen to a recorded crop update and learn which apple variety is currently being picked.

 

There is a $12 minimum charge for each person over 3 years old to enter the orchard. This entrance fee includes 5 lbs of apples to take home. Additional apples are $2.40 per pound to pick your own.

 

Chudleigh’s Farm

Chudleigh's Farm Milton

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Chudleigh’s Farm (9528 Regional Rd 25) is a third-generation family farm. They first opened to the public in 1967 as a U-Pick apple farm. They are open weekdays, from 10 am until 5 pm, and weekends, from 10 am until 7:30 pm during Harvest Time (until October 31st). Admission fees are $15 per person or $52 for a family of 4. Kids under 3 are free. In addition to apple picking, there is a lot more fun to be had at Chudleigh’s Farm. Take a walk along the nature trail to unwind. Kids will love taking pony rides and playing in The Play Area which is equipped with giant slides and bridges, a hay maze, tire swings, a sandpit, and more! Remember to stop by the Farm Kitchen to take home some freshly-baked baked goods.

 

Applewood Farm Winery

Applewood Farm Winery

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Applewood Farm Winery provides a down-home farm experience not far from home. Apple Picking starts in early September and runs through October. There is also a farm store full of Fruit Wine, Ciders, Mead, Fresh Honey and Preserves. Kids will love the playground, tractor rides and the corn maze.

 

Frootogo Orchards

Frootogo Orchards

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Frootogo Orchards (573 Parkside Dr, Waterdown) is a family farm open for self-picking from 9 am to 5 pm daily (please leave your pets at home). The friendly staff can help you choose the variety that is right for your needs, or you can check out their Apple Variety Guide to choose your own. There are trolleys to place your harvest in, and the apples are easy to pick from the dwarf apple trees. When you’ve gathered your harvest, it’s time to play! The Playland offers slides, swings, monkey bars, a sandbox, jumping straw, a corn maze and more! Visit the Bakery and Farm Store for the trip home.

 

Myers Apple Farm

Myer's Apple Farm

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Myers Apple Farm (37 Hamilton Regional Road 52) offers the peace and tranquillity of the farm, and the freshest apples available. Enjoy the fall foliage as it comes into vivid colour, and breathe in the cool, crisp, country air this autumn. There are a wide variety of apples to pick. Choose from quarter bushel (10 lbs) or half bushel bags to take home. Pull wagons are available to help you carry your harvest. Head to the Orchard Store before you head home to pick up some fresh apple products, fresh flowers, fruits and veggies, as well as jams, jellies and preserves.

 

For your convenience, they provide two sizes of pick-your-own apple bags, a quarter bushel (10 lbs), and a half bushel (20 lbs). They offer pull wagons that you can take out to the orchard to assist with your harvest.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the amazing things that surround you. 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.

Outdoor workouts that will kick your butt

 

The heat of summer may be dwindling, but you’ve still got plenty of time to get outside and work up a sweat! If you’re trying to stay active or get in shape, but don’t like being cooped up inside a gym while the weather is nice, we have some great workouts for you to try, outdoors. There are some gorgeous green spaces close toDavisville Village where you can get your sweat on. Here are a few killer outdoor workouts that will kick your butt.


HILL SPRINTS


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If you’re up for a challenge, hit a local hill for an intense HIIT workout. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. It’s comprised of short-but-intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, rest periods. It’s a great way to burn more calories in less time. Due to the intensity of the workout, HIIT should only be performed two to three days a week with at least 24 hours of recovery time between sessions. Alternating HIIT with strength/resistance training can be a winning combination.


Running up hills is also a great functional strength exercise. Begin with a 5 to 20 minute light run. The distance between Davisville Village and Eglinton Park should be just about right. The park has a good hill that is not too steep. In the winter it’s a popular tobogganing spot. The 9-hectare park also features five multipurpose sports fields, four tennis courts and two baseball diamonds – so there are plenty of options for outdoor exercise here.


After you warm up, begin the workout with a run up the hill at 50% effort. The walk back down will serve as your active rest period. Complete a total of 4 sprints up the hill at 50%, then another 4 at 75% effort, and 4 more at 90% to 100% effort.


Cool down with a walk or light run home, to Davisville Village.


RUN, WALK or BIKE the BELTLINE


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The Beltline is a beautiful nature trail that winds alongside an old railway line. It runs through lush ravines and parks. There are three sections that make up the Beltline. The York Beltline begins at the western end of Bowie Road, near Eglinton West and Caledonia Road, and runs to Allen Road. The Kay Gardner Beltline section picks up east of Allen Road and continues to Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The final Beltline section runs south through Moore Park Ravine past the Evergreen Brickworks. The ravine is shady and relatively cool, even on hot and sunny days. The stream that runs alongside much of the ravine section makes for a much nicer run than dodging traffic or being stuck on a treadmill. The trail is about 9 kilometres in total.


If you like walking, hiking and biking, you can learn about some great local trails to explore in our feature article.


JUMP ROPE


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Jumping rope may sound like child’s play, but it’s actually a great warm-up exercise or intense whole workout. It’s excellent for cardio conditioning and coordination. Give this workout a try if you’re up for a challenge. There are three sections or ‘blocks’ of this workout. Don’t rest between jumps in a single block. Complete the entire block, then rest for two minutes and move on to the next block.


Do each of the following jumps for 60 seconds:


Block 1:


  1. Forward Jumps (jumping forward with both feet, swinging the rope forward)
  2. Side to Side Jumps (left and right, getting into a rhythm as you swing the rope forward)
  3. Backward Jumps (swinging the rope backwards and jumping with both feet)
  4. Single-Leg Jumps (a few jumps on your left leg, then on your right leg, swinging the rope forwards)
  5. Rest for two minutes

Block 2:


  1. Forward Jumps
  2. Alternating Jumps (one foot, then the other)
  3. Foot Cross Jumps (where you cross your feet over each other on each jump, alternating which foot lands in front)
  4. Single Leg Jumps (on your left leg for 60 seconds, and then 60 seconds on your right)
  5. Rest for two minutes

Block 3:


  1. Forward Jumps
  2. Double Jumps (this is an advanced move requiring you to jump high enough to pass the rope under your feet twice before you land)
  3. Backward Jumps and more Double Jumps
  4. Rest for two minutes


June Rowlands Park is a 2.6-hectare park on the corner of Davisville Village and Mount Pleasant Road. It’s just steps from Davisville Village and a great spot for some jump rope.


If jumping rope doesn’t sound like something you’d like to do, but you’d still like to check out the park, gather some friends and take advantage of the volleyball court, the six tennis courts or the baseball diamond.


PARK BENCH WORKOUT


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A park bench can be used as your workout equipment and a great place to rest between sets. Any park bench will do, provided someone isn’t already sitting there. Remember to be respectful of other people’s space.


If you’re up for a difficult bench workout, begin with bench hops to work your legs. Start by sitting on the bench in a squat position. Jump up as high as you can, throwing your arms in the air. Return to a squatting position and repeat as many times as possible in 60 seconds. To challenge yourself further, lift one leg off the ground, bend the other knee and do a one-legged sit. Repeat as many as you can for one minute, then switch legs.


Next comes bench climbers. This exercise will target your core. Face the bench and place your hands on the seat with your legs straight, as though you were about to do an incline push up. Draw your knee toward your chest, alternating legs for 30 seconds. Move to the grass, get into push up or plank position and repeat the climbing motion with your legs for another 30 seconds.


Move onto park bench step-ups. Keeping one foot on the bench, step up with the opposite leg, bringing it to your chest, then do the same exercise starting with your other leg. Repeat 20 times.


Rest for a minute between each of the three exercises. Repeat this circuit 5 to 10 times.


Make sure the bottom of your shoes are clean, and/or wipe down the bench when you’re done.

We hope these outdoor workouts have inspired you to get fit outside while the weather is warm! Remember to bring sunscreen and a water bottle. If you’re new to exercise, be sure to talk to a healthcare professional before beginning any exercise program.


Greenrock Property Management loves to help you live your best and healthiest life. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


Rediscover Ontario Place this summer

 

Have you been to Ontario Place lately? You may not have had this waterfront park on your mind, but you should. Ontario Place has undergone some big changes, and it is once again a premiere destination for fun for the whole family, in all four seasons. If you haven’t been to Ontario Place lately, you don’t know what you’re missing. Let us update you!

Here are the top 10 things to do at Ontario Place this summer.

 

1.Take to the Lake!

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There’s no need to head to an Ontario cottage when you’ve got Ontario Place at your doorstep! Take to the lake in a canoe, kayak, paddle boat or row boat. Lakeshore Boat Rentals is open daily, from 12 pm until 8 pm. It’s a great activity for group events and birthday parties, too.

 

2. Spike your summer with fun!

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Have a ball at the beach this summer. Catch a few rays while you work on your serve. Ontario Place has four full-sized beach volleyball courts! The courts are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Bring your ball, or rent one from the General Store — the white shipping container by the courts. Rental hours are Sunday to Wednesday10 am to 8 pm, and Thursday through Saturday10 am until 11 pm. Balls can be rented for $5 for 2 hours.

 

3. Music in Trillium Park

Ontario Place Music in Trillium Park

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Trillium Park at Ontario Place is an ideal venue to take in live performances from Toronto’s multicultural music scene. On Thursday nights, catch everything from Indie Rock to Afro-Cuban Jazz, Hip Hop to Alternative Folk — there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Dance your Sunday afternoon away with family-friendly performances from Indigenous DJ’s, Japanese drummers and more amazing performers. See a full schedule and plan your perfect park performance experience.

 

4. See a Cinesphere screening

Ontario Place Cinesphere

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The iconic Cinesphere at Ontario Place is the perfect spot to take in a summer movie on the massive IMAX screen. Take a break from the heat and escape to the cool, dark theatre with IMAX features playing all summer long. Some screenings to look forward to before summer ends are Dark Knight: The Imax Experience, playing daily at 6:30 pm, from August 24th to 30th, and Under The Sea 3D, showing daily at 1:30 pm.

 

5. Skate outdoors

Ontario Place Synthetic Skating rink

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If you love summer, but miss the winter fun of ice skating, come to Ontario Place. It’s home to Toronto’s only outdoor public summer skating rink. This isn’t roller skating, this is a synthetic skating rink made from a solid polymer material. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario as you work up a sweat, and keep your skills sharp. Speaking of sharp — there are $5 skate sharpening services on site, and skate rentals. The rink is open during park hours, 5 am until 12 am. Rental hours are 10 am to 11 pm. Rentals are $5 for kids under 12, and $10 for adults. Admission is free!

 

6. Segway Tours

 

Want to cover more ground without all the walking? From now until the end of September, take a fun and informative Segway tour across the West Island through Trillium Park. Tours are $69 per participant and depart at 10:30 am12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm – Thursday to Sunday. All riders must be at least 12 years of age, and between 100 and 280 pounds.

 

Visit Go Tours for more details and to book your tour!

 

7. Yoga

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Take your yoga practice to the next level with free classes every Saturday, from 10 am until 11 am, and Sundays, from 11am until 12pm, until August 26th. No registration is required, but be sure to bring your own mat.

 

8. Happy trails!

 

Stay in shape with a scenic jog, or a slow summer stroll along the William G. Davis Trail. This 1.3 kilometre trail along the beautiful waterfront links the Martin Goodman Trail and the Pan Am/Parapan Am Trails. This creates a 2,000 kilometre continuous route along the Trans Canada Trail!

 

9. Get in the game

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Make your move. Work on your strategy skills with a game of Lifesize Chess, Ping Pong or many other games at Ontario Place.

 

10. Celebrate Patio Season with stunning views

Vista Eatery Ontario Place

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You’ve earned yourself a little downtime. Why not celebrate the tail end of patio season by taking in the stunning views at the Vista Eatery. The restaurant features a new menu that includes charcuterie and cheese boards, grain and noodle bowls, cold pressed juices and more. There is also a selection of beer, wine and cider. Refresh yourself and catch your breath as your take in some of the most breathtaking view in Toronto. The Vista Eatery is open daily, from 10 am until 11 pm.

 

It’s time to rediscover Ontario Place this summer. You’ve still got time, don’t wait!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and exciting things your city and community have 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.

The best pools in Toronto to chillax in this summer

 

Swimming is the perfect summer activity. Whether you’re looking to get in some exercise, or just want to splash around and beat the heat, it’s a great way to spend some time this season. Here are some of the best pools in Toronto to chillax in this summer.

 

Mooredale Pool Club

Mooredale Pool Club Toronto

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Mooredale Pool Club offers an enjoyable escape from the hot and hectic pace of city life in the summer. Relax by pool at this Rosedale oasis. The heated outdoor pool is open from 6:30 am to 9 pm on weekdays, and 9:30 am to 9 pm on weekends. Members are multi-generational, so there is special programming to appeal to different groups throughout the day. Members and their guests can enjoy Recreational General Swim (where adults and children occupy the pool simultaneously and there are no marked lanes), Adult Lane Swim (for serious swimmers hoping to get a few laps in), Adult Aquafit classes (generally for seniors and older adults), and swimming lessons (for kids) at different times throughout each day.

 

Each pool club member must have a Mooredale community centre membership. Memberships are available to everyone, not only to those within the Rosedale-Moore Park area. After joining, members must pay an additional fee in order to access the pool. Because the season is already underway, pool costs are currently half price. Mooredale is less than a 10-minute drive, or less than 20 minutes by TTC, from both Davisville Village and Village Green. Their swim season begins each year on the May 2-4 long weekend, and extends until Labour DayMonday.

 

Leaside Memorial Gardens Pool

 

Into every summer, a little rain must fall. When it does, visit Leaside Memorial Gardens Pool (1073 Millwood Rd). It’s a newly renovated, indoor public pool. They offer swim lessons for all ages and recreational swim times.

 

Aquatics Academy

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Before you enjoy a day at the pool, you need to know how to swim. Aquatics Academy (391 St Clements Avenue) is Toronto’s Premier Swim School. They offer personal attention in every class thanks to their low instructor to student ratio. They have swim programs for childrenparents and tots, and adults. It’s a great place to learn how to swim at any age. Whether you are looking to improve your existing skills, or you’re a first-time swimmer hoping to learn the basics and get comfortable around water, Aquatics Academy has a program for you.

 

Sheraton Centre

Sheraton Centre Toronto Pool

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Sheraton Centre Toronto is a wonderful place where you can kickback and relax in the largest indoor-outdoor heated pool in downtown Toronto. Whether the weather is cooperating or not, the water is always perfect. Swim under the sun or under the protective glass wall. Chill out poolside under an umbrella, on one of the many lounge chairs or sofas that line the deck. Because it’s the Sheraton Centre, service is exceptional. For the full experience, sip on a cool cocktail, bring a book and spend a luxurious summer day in lounge mode.

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Memberships are available to the general public. An annual membership gives you access to their fitness facility, the pool, their changeroom facilities, their sauna, and towel service. Prices start at $95 a month plus HST for an annual membership. Day passes can be purchased using any major credit card, at a cost of $30 plus tax per visit. Guest passes sometimes sell out, and may not always be available during peak periods on weekends and holidays. Their pool hours are 6 am to 10 pm from Monday to Friday, and 7 am until 10 pm on weekends.

 

Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool

 

Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool (275 Bathurst St) is a 50-metre outdoor public pool just south of Kensington Market. Spend the day making a splash, then grab a drink in The Market. The water is clean, cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

 

Leisure swim hours are 12 noon to 8 pm daily, all summer long.

 

Sunnyside – Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool

Gus Ryder Public Pool City of Toronto

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If you want to hit the beach and have a swim, but find Lake Ontario a little too chilly, head over to Sunnyside – Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool (1755 Lake Shore Blvd W). Admission to this large, lakeside, city-run pool is free. Remember to bring some quarters for the lockers. They are one-time use, so as soon as you open them, you’ll need another quarter to lock up again. Bags and food aren’t allowed on deck and must be kept in the lockers.

 

You’ll want to get there before noon, or in the evening during extended hours, in order to avoid the crowd of kids that takes over the pool in the summer.

 

This summer, do more than just dip your toes in. Dive into one of these amazing Toronto pools!

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you dive into summer and enjoy all that your city and community have 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.

The EX is back!

 

Another Toronto summer is flying by, but you still have lots to look forward to! The Canadian National Exhibition (AKA the CNE, AKA The EX) is a late summer tradition in Toronto. From August 17th to September 3rd, The EX is back!

 

How do you sum up something as fabulous as The EX? It’s a carnival, county fair, concert venue, world food pavilion and exhibition all rolled into one great big end-of-summer EXtravaganza that is not to be missed. Here are just a few examples of what you can extend this year.

 

FOOD

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Every year, more than one million people visit the CNE Food Building to sample fare from local restaurants and cuisine from around the world. No matter what you like to eat, they’ve got it. You’ll find options for vegans, the gluten-intolerant, those who eat halal, and even raw foodies. Best of all, there are plenty of under $5 options! The Food Building is open from 10am to 10pm daily. All buildings close at 7pm on Labour Day Monday.

 

There’s plenty more food to taste outside of the Food Building. Ribfest is back by popular demand. It will take over Bandshell Park every day from 11am to 10pm. You won’t want to miss Food Truck Frenzy, just inside the Princes’ Gates, featuring the finest food trucks in town. Wash it all down at Craft Beer Fest, which conveniently coincides in time and location with Food Truck Frenzy. The Asian Market is the CNE’s version of a popular tradition that dates back to the Chinese Tang dynasty. This Night (and day) Market will delight your senses and your sensibilities with its food, artisans and entertainment. It’s open from August 30th to September 3rd.

 

AIR SHOW

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Over the Labour Day weekend, the final days of the CNE are filled with the thrilling sights and sounds of the Canadian National Air Show as it soars over Lake Ontario. This year is the 69th annual edition. It will feature performances by two of the best aerial acrobatic jet teams anywhere. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds open the show, and our very own Canadian Forces Snowbirds will close it out with an incredible and dramatic crescendo. See it all, September 1st to September 3rd, from 12 pm until 3 pm.

 

VIP tickets are available if you want to watch the show in superb style. Ticket packages include things like: tented tables and chair seating, Air Show swag bags, access to an open beer/wine bar, a catered lunch, performer autograph sessions and same day admission to the CNE.

The rest of us will just look up.

 

RIDES

The EX CNE rides

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One of the main attractions of The EX is the rides. There will be dozens of thrilling, twirling contraptions for the young and the young at heart. Kids will love taking a spin on the Berry Go Round, Bumper Cars, Dragon Coaster, Lollipop Swing and many more! There are 30 rides in all at the Kiddie Midway, located at the west end of the CNE grounds, just east of Kid’s World. Height restrictions apply for some rides.

 

Grown ups can get their thrills on some CNE classics like The Zipper, The Twister and the Polar Express. Of course no trip to The EX would be complete without taking a turn on the Sky Ride for an elevated, scenic view of the CNE. The Sky Ride made its debut at the 2012 CNE and has become a crowd favourite. Transport yourself across the CNE grounds east toward the historic Princes’ Gates or west towards BMO Field, while being lifted up to 40 feet in the air!

 

PRICES/PASSES

 

You’ve heard the expression “good things come to those who wait”. That does NOT apply at The EX. This is definitely more of an “early bird gets the worm” kind of situation. You can save big (up to 38%) on advanced tickets if you buy before August 16th! Here’s the breakdown for ticket prices:

 

Regular Admission includes all shows and attractions, but not the rides. Advanced Tickets are $15, or $19.99 after August 16th.You’ll save big if you buy the Ride All Day Pass. This pass includes admission, attractions, exhibits and unlimited midway rides. Act before August 16th and get it for $41. Regular price is $65.99. All tickets include 13% HST. No refunds are available.

 

Tickets are available for purchase at participating GO Transit Stations, or you can purchase tickets online. Online tickets get you Express Entry at the CNE gate. So, unless you like waiting in line to get in, online is your best option. Express Entry is not available at vehicle gates. Take the TTC and avoid the hassle.

 

The Canadian National Exhibition is the perfect cure for the end-of-summer blues. Let’s go to the EX!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and exciting things 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.

Explore Manifesto Festival

 

Manifesto Festival is a celebration of community, culture and creativity. It returns from August 9th to 19th for it’s 12th Volume. The festival draws hundreds of artists together to connect with thousands of attendees in order to unite, support, and cultivate Toronto’s diverse and vibrant arts community. Let’s explore the Manifesto Festival.

 

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MANIFESTO 101

 

Manifesto was founded back in 2007. This non-profit organization focuses on the artistic and professional development of young local creatives, inspiring and empowering them to take their careers and craft to the next level. The goal is to foster community connections, fuel civic pride, and have a positive social and economic impact. The Festival includes a Summit where young artists, entrepreneurs and innovators can connect with industry experts for a meeting of minds, plus enjoy workshops, panel discussions and lectures.

 

There will be art exhibitions, dance showcases, comedy shows, live music and more. It all culminates with a massive free outdoor concert at City Hall’s Nathan Phillip Square.

 

Manifesto Festival Toronto

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ART SHOW – August 15th – 19th

Manifesto Festival Toronto Art Show

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The Festival kicks off with its annual Art Show on August 15th at Ossington Tire (146 Ossington Avenue). Come out for the pre-show Artist Talk entitled ‘Art is Evolution’. It starts at 6 pmand features three of the most innovative visual artists in the city: Hatecopy, Tessar Lo and Yung Yemi.

 

Stick around for the Opening Night 19+ celebrations inside Ossington Tire that begin at 7:00 pm. The opening party is a highly anticipated group show of top Canadian artists and international guest artists. It features works in photography, painting, illustration, new media and more.

 

The Art Show will remain on display daily from 12 pm until 6 pm, until the show closes on August 22nd.

 

DISCOVERY SERIES

 

From August 9th to14th, the festival presents the first ever Manifesto Discovery Series.

Hosted in various venues across the city, this series will showcase artists creating community through culture across multiple disciplines. Here are some events to check out:

 

Thursday, August 9th:

 

Get your tickets now for the Blue Crane Agency x Pirates Blend x Bandbox Showcase at the Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West). Hosted by DJ Loqenz from 9pm to 1am, the showcase features LIZA, Haleek Maul, Junia-T the Studio Monk, Terrell Morris, and a surprise 2018 Polaris-nominated special guest.

 

Friday, August 10th:

 

Come out to the Super Wonder Gallery (584 College Street), from 8pm until 2 am, for SUNSHINE. It’s an all female showcase of African and Caribbean artists. Tickets are available now.

 

Manifesto Festival Comedy MrSoe

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In the mood for some laughs? Head to Comedy Bar, from 10:30 pm until 2 am, for the MRSOE! Comedy Show. Comedians include Dom Pare, Big Norm, Nick Reynoldson, Marito Antonio Lopez, Patrick Haye and Cassie Cao. Get your tickets today.

 

Saturday, August 11th:

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Check out the RPM 2-Year Anniversary at the Root Down Studio (225 Geary Avenue) from 9 pm until 3 am. See The Rootdown Artists DJ NDN, Drezus, Ziibiwan, Obuxum, DATU, with DJ sets by Wolf Saga and some special surprise guests. Get your tickets while you can.

 

Sunday, August 12th:

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The SoSo Food Club (1166 Dundas St. West) will host sndtrk6. Your ticket includes the Beat Academy Producer Tribute, from 5 pm to 7 pm, and the Evening Showcase featuring Subtle Blend, The Build and more, from 7pm until midnight.

 

MASSIVE CONCERT

Manifesto Festival Toronto

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The Manifesto Festival culminates in a massive, free outdoor concert on Friday, August 17th,

at Nathan Phillips Square. The set will include DJ NDN from A Tribe Called Red, Junia-T and UK poet, rapper and activist Akala. The show will be Co-headlined by Charlotte Day Wilson and Chronixx with his six-piece backing band called Zinc Fence Redemption.

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

If you want to be among the first to know about what’s happening with Manifesto during the Festival, and all year round, you can sign up to become a member of the Manifesto Family. Membership is free (for now), and includes information on advanced tickets, VIP passes, meet and greets, and much more.

 

Don’t miss a beat of Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the culture and creativity of 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 and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.