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!

 

Don’t miss the Regent Park Film Festival!

Background image is of film to be screened, The Breadwinner

 

The longest running free community film festival in Toronto, the Regent Park Film Festival, returns for its 16th season from Wednesday, November 14th to Saturday, November 17th, 2018. The Festival is dedicated showcasing the films of local and international independent talent. The films showcased are selected because they break cultural stereotypes, are relevant to people from all walks of life, and reveal the multi-faceted realities of being a human being.

 

A Rich History

 

This community festival began as the result of the determined efforts of community residents and volunteers. It was established with the goal of offering residents of Regent Park, and beyond, access to quality films that resonate with their personal experience. Its purpose was for residents to come together as a community to enjoy and engage with film, both as a means of human expression and as a catalyst for change.

 

Here is a little bit of what you can expect and look forward to at this year’s Festival.

 

EMERGING DIRECTOR’S SPOTLIGHT

Photo credit: Film “A Little Different” directed by Kayla Resendes, courtesy of Regent Park Film Festival

 

The Emerging Directors’ Spotlight is the opening night program for the festival. It takes place on November 14th, from 7:30 pm until 10 pm, and features some of the most promising talents and work from female directors under 26 years old. Following the screenings of their short films, there will be a Q&A session and a pitch contest with an Industry Panel. Attend to see who wins the cash prize to fund their next project! Be advised that the program contains mature subject matter. Some scenes of the films that will be screened contain nudity and a description of suicide.

 

The films included in this year’s Spotlight are:

 

A Little Different — Directed by Kayla Resendes

This 12-minute film follows a young boy and his mother as they work through the challenges they face as Portuguese Canadians.

 

The Citizen — Directed by Rebeca Ortiz

A 5-minute documentary following Fernando Ortiz. Fernando moved to Canada from Chile in the 1980’s in order to escape the dictatorship of Pinochet. Watch to follow his 25-year journey to become a Canadian citizen.

 

1 vers(us) 1 — Directed by Kourtney Jackson

This 5-minute experimental film takes you inside the mind of a young woman dealing with the intersectionality of faith, womanhood and the immigrant experience.

 

Feathers Falling — Directed by Maddy Pilon

A 20-minute documentary that examines the shocking death rates of Indigenous youth in Canada.

 

SELECTED FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING

Photo credit: Film “The Breadwinner” directed by Nora Twomey, courtesy of Regent Park Film Festival

 

The program schedule for this year’s Festival offers an impressive selection of feature films, shorts, documentaries, workshops, mixed media installations and Virtual Reality experiences. These are a few of notables you won’t want to miss.

 

The Breadwinner

On Saturday, November 17th, attend a breakfast screening of the celebrated animated feature The Breadwinner, Directed by Nora Twomey. A free breakfast will be served at 9 am and the movie will start at 10 am. You can watch the trailer for the film here.

 

Digital Activism Panel

The Digital Activism Panel gathers local artists and filmmakers together to discuss and explore the impacts and implications of the #MeToo movement on communities of colour, trans folks and beyond. Panellists will focus on how their work engages with ideas of social justice, sexual literacy and more. Join the discussion on Saturday, November 17th, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm.

 

Virtual Space

In addition to the films, this year’s festival offers Virtual Spaces on November 15th and 16th, from 4 pm to 8 pm, and on November 17th from 11 am to 8 pm. These VR and video-based pieces are connected by a common theme of what it means to inhabit ground — where we stand and who we stand with. These spaces are open to the public, with no reservation required.

 

Home Made Visible

Photo credit: Film “Portrait of a Zamboni Driver” directed by Nadine Arprin, courtesy of Regent Park Film Festival

 

Home Made Visible is a collection of 7 short docs and mixed media installations from the BIPOC communities (Black Indigenous People of Colour) who are not proportionately represented in all media. Home Made Visible is a part of the free year-round programs run by the festival. Its mission is to expand the representation in Canada’s media archives of Indigenous and Visible Minorities by digitizing old home movies for free. This program runs on November 17th, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm.

 

This is only a sliver of what you can expect to see on the silver screen and beyond at the 16th annual Regent Park Film Festival. Come and see what you’ve been missing all these years. The Festival is free to attend, but your seats should be reserved in advance.

 

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

Minimalist decor ideas for your apartment

 

Clutter can compromise the look and feel of your home. If you like clean lines and an open aesthetic, modern and minimalist interior design might be the right style for you.

 

To pull off a minimalist aesthetic, you’ll need to ensure your decor involves a small amount of furniture, decor and detail. Pay special attention to shape, colour and texture when cultivating a minimalist look and feel. Modern minimalism allows for maximum personal expression without needing to draw too much attention to any one piece. Here are some minimalist decor ideas for your apartment, and where to shop in Toronto to pull off the look.

 

Urban Outfitters Home

Credit: Urban Outfitters Home

 

Urban Outfitters has always been where the cool kids shop — and as those cool kids grew up, they started to need some cool stuff to display in their beautiful homes. Urban Outfitters responded by launching a line of home furnishings for small-space living. Visit them to pick a few pieces. Everything in the line is designed to simplify and not overwhelm. An oversized Hub Mirror or a new rug can really tie a room together, and help you pull of your minimalist look with less. There are a couple of locations nearby — their downtown store at 235 Yonge Street and their west-side store at 481 Queen Street West.

 

H&M Home

Credit: H&M Home

 

H&M is a well-established source for affordable, trendy fashion. They’ve extended that same sensibility to their home decor line. If you want to save money on sleek and stylish home furnishings and achieve a modern minimalist decor aesthetic, you need to check out H&M Home.

 

The right accessories can really change the look and feel of a room. You can find bathroom decor pieces from $6.99! Less is more, so if you’re looking to get rid of some clutter, be sure to replace it with only what you need and love. This understated throw rug can create a whole new feel in a room. You can complete the transformation for just a few bucks by adding a brass candlestick, a cozy crinkled cotton throw and a few new pillow covers. If “less is more” is your motto, you’ll love that this store gives you more for less.

 

CB2

Credit: CB2

 

CB2 is Crate and Barrel’s more modern and affordable sister store. The design aesthetic here leans toward the minimalist and mid-century modern look. The eclectic sensibility of the shop means that practically everything in the store goes with everything else in the store. This can either make shopping simple, or incredibly complex. You may be overwhelmed with options. There is a lot of opportunity to mix and match pieces to create your perfect style. From Parisian-inspired sofas to minimalist dining tables, they’ve got everything a trend-savvy Toronto minimalist could hope for.

 

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, their associates will help you locate it and/or order it in from their full online collection which includes contemporary furniture, modern lighting, sculpture and much more. If you still don’t see what you’re looking for, you can work directly with their team to custom-design sofas, chairs and headboards to fit your design dreams and dimensions to a T.

 

Downtown Toronto dwellers can consider themselves fortunate as the 651 Queen Street West location of CB2 is the only one in Ontario. Pay them a visit Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.

 

West Elm

Credit: West Elm

 

West Elm is a Brooklyn-based branch of Williams-Sonoma Inc. It was established in 2002 in order to focus on affordable modern design. West Elm prides itself on working with local makers and allowing local store managers to tailor their inventory to suit the community. From sofas with clean lines, to colour pop throw pillows and rugs, bedding and lighting — everything West Elm designs and sells is created with the goal of helping you express your personal style. Over 90% of what they sell is designed in-house using organic, handcrafted materials and Fair Trade Certified™ products whenever and wherever possible. Shop their store in Liberty Village (109 Atlantic Avenue) Monday to Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

 

IKEA

Credit: IKEA KALKGRUND SERIES

 

IKEA may not have invented modern Scandinavian minimalism, but they certainly played a big part in popularizing it and making it affordable and accessible. From simple and clean looking chrome accessories for kitchens and bathrooms,  to living room furniture and more. If you can use an allen-key, you can enjoy and assemble their affordable modern furniture.

 

There are two Toronto area locations to serve you. You’ve probably visited them at 1475 The Queensway in Etobicoke, open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. You might not be familiar with their location at 15 Provost Drive in North York, open 10 am to 9 pm on weekdays, 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday. Take advantage of the free IKEA Shuttle Bus that serves Downtown Toronto and Kipling Station. It takes people to the Etobicoke location every weekend.

 

Stroll through their vast show rooms to plant clever design ideas in your head. If you can’t carry home what you’ve purchased, delivery and even assembly options are available.

 

We hope this article helps you do less with more and cultivate your own understated style.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants you to experience all the style and creativity 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.

Tour the world without leaving your neighbourhood

 

Toronto is a fabulous multicultural city. From food and fashion to furniture, there is major international influence here. When you call Village Green your home, you can enjoy the world right at your doorstep. Here are a few nearby places where you can discover something exotic in your neighbourhood.

 

Morning Star Furniture

Morningstar Trading Co Ltd Toronto

Credit: MorningstarTradingCoLtd

 

ou have to take a look at the exquisite array of unique and beautiful furniture at Morningstar (621 Yonge Street). For almost fifty years, Morningstar has been your neighbourhood gateway to the beauty of India. The store was a clothing and fashion business for their first 25 years. After that, Morningstar moved into the furniture space. Stop by their showroom, Monday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm. You can also shop online for quality pieces of solid wood furniture and finely upholstered chairs, with exceptional attention payed to carving, colour and detail. Morningstar can bring beauty and craftsmanship to any room in your Village Green home.

 

Maska Yorkville

Maska Toronto

Credit: @MaskaModeOfficial

 

Maska Yorkville (55 Avenue Road) makes it easy to get the latest looks from the runways of Milan, without having to wander far from home. Everything at Maska is imported from Italy and is ready to wear. Maska is always on the lookout for the latest trends and fashions. They make it easy to stay on the cutting edge of European fashion, nearby.

 

Kinka Izakaya

KINKA IZAKAYA Toronto

Credit: KINKA IZAKAYA

 

Kinka Izakaya (398 Church Street) is a great local spot to enjoy excellent and authentic Japanese cuisine. An izakaya is a Japanese pub. The word Izakaya translates literally as “stay sake shop”. It’s a place to sit, settle in, sip sake, share some food and share some time. Transport yourself while you treat yourself to amazing and interesting small shareable plates. It’s the perfect way to connect with friends over fantastic cuisine and a few drinks.

 

The moment you step inside Kinka Izakaya you’ll feel as though you’re dining in Japan. Why limit yourself to simply sushi? Kinka offers an authentic dining experience that goes well beyond it. Executive Chef Ippei Iwata has created a blend of modern and traditional dishes to share.  The restaurant is open daily for lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, for dinner Sunday to Thursday from 5 pm to 12 am, and Friday and Saturday nights from 5 pm to 1 am.

 

Stop by and share an authentic Japanese experience.

 

Galleria Supermarket Express

Galleria Express Supermarket Toronto

Credit: @GalleriaSupermarket

 

Whether you are looking for a taste of home, or you want to expand your culinary horizons, Galleria Supermarket Express (558 Yonge Street) is the spot to shop. This small Korean grocery store also offers a selection of delicious hot and cold prepared foods. From rice, fresh seafood, meats and produce, to packaged snacks and products you may not be able to find anywhere else, this is the shop. Expect Korean favourites like Binggrae Banana Flavoured Milk ($7.99) , Emart Onion Chips ($2.19), and Cone Corn ($2.29). Come by hungry and leave happy.

 

Adam’s Shawarma

 

When you’re in the mood for the delicious taste of the Middle East, Adam’s Shawarma (78 Wellesley St East) is your scrumptious source for late-night Lebanese fast food. From falafel and juicy shawarma to a fresh salad bar, you’re sure to satisfy your halal hunger with an abundance of affordable meal options. You can easily dine in or take-out from here. Pay them a visit (almost) anytime. They are open daily from 8 am until 4 am.

 

Thai Fantasy Restaurant

Thai Fantasy Restaurant Toronto

Credit: Thai Fantasy Restaurant

 

Make your tasty Thai dreams comes true at Thai Fantasy (578 Yonge Street). This simple storefront restaurant may not catch your eye if you’re not looking for it. The atmosphere is simple and comfortable. They’re not trying to impress you with the ambiance because the food is impressive enough to speak for itself. You can dine-in, takeout, or order online for delivery. From soups and salads to curries spiced to suit any taste, you’ll leave satisfied. We recommend the Vegetable Spring Rolls ($5.45), Mango Salad ($9.95, made with fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, palm sugar, peanut, bell pepper and red onion), and House Pad Thai (starting at $9.95 for the veggie). Everything is made according to traditional Thai recipes.

 

Nando’s Bay Street

Nando's Canada

Credit: @NandosCanada

 

Nando’s is a chain of Afro-Portuguese flame-grilled chicken restaurants. The secret is their spicy PERi PERi style chili sauce. The food may be spicy, but the atmosphere is pretty chill.

 

If you’re new to the wonders of PERi-PERi, why not start off with a little nibble of PERi-PERi Nuts ($4.25) — a spicy and satisfying selection of almonds, cashews and macadamias. It’s sure to stoke your fire for more. Whether you prefer legs, breasts, skewers or Grilled Chicken Livers ($11.25 with 1 side, $13.25 with 2 sides), you can’t go wrong. Choose your chicken, then choose your delicious sides. Their menu boasts salads, spicy rice, corn, coleslaw and more. It’s time to wake up your taste buds.

 

Take a tour of the world without leaving your neighbourhood. It’s just one of the many advantages of living at Village Green.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you enjoy all the world-class experiences that your neighbourhood and 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.

A night to remember in the Village

 

We all need to find the right work-life balance. When your work is done and your time is free, how do you choose to spend it? A quiet night at home can be perfect, but sometimes you feel like getting out and discovering all the entertainment that’s available to you. It’s time to have some fun. When you live at Village Green, you don’t have to travel very far to find it. Here are our tips for a night to remember in the Village.

 

An Evening of Theatre

CAA Theatre Mirvish Productions Toronto

Credit: Mirvish Productions CAA Theatre

 

Your life might have enough drama as it is, but spending an evening engaged in someone else’s drama is a great way to take a break from your own, and a great reminder that we are all human, and we’re all in this together. You’ve got some excellent options for wildly different theatrical experiences near Village Green. The CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic) at 651 Yonge Street offers world class theatre within walking distance. This fall you can catch the nostalgic 90’s-style fun of Friends! The Musical Parody. Revisit your favourite group of 20-something friends as they navigate their lives from the comfort of Central Perk. It’s a fast-paced musical journey through 10 years of your favourite moments.

 

Buddies in Bad Times

If you’re in a more edgy, extreme or experimental mood, Buddies in Bad Times is always a great alternative to the mainstream theatre scene. This years marks the theatre’s 40th Anniversary and they are celebrating all year long! Expect special events, performances, dialogues and parties!

 

You can revisit the past with a one-night-only reading of their greatest hits from the past 40 years, or project into the future with community conversations about what’s next for the largest and longest-running queer theatre in the world.

 

All events take place in the Cabaret with a Pay-What-You-Can at the door policy.

 

Royal Conservatory of Music

 

Credit: @TheRoyalConservatory

 

Another neighbourhood institution is celebrating an anniversary this year. The Royal Conservatory of Music (273 Bloor St West) is celebrating their 10th season at Koerner Hall. The Hall is quite simply one of the most beautiful and acoustically impeccable concert halls in the world. The layered, almost liquid-like wooden ceiling canopy envelopes the space and allows for a dramatic, yet intimate, connection between audience and artists. Even before you enter the Hall, the dramatic glass lobbies welcome you, provide a view of the city that is second to none, and let you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. From jazz to classical, roots to world music, the Hall has heard it all. Get tickets for an upcoming performance.

 

Phoenix Concert Theatre

 

If you’re more in the mood for a modern musical performance, you’re lucky enough to live near one of the best concert venues in the city — Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street). It’s one of the oldest dance halls in Toronto and attracts an eclectic crowd — young and old, straight and gay, non-binary and beyond. It all depends on what’s on.

 

Riddle Room

Credit: Riddle Room

 

Riddle Room (579 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor) makes it easy to escape from your everyday routine. If you’ve never experienced an escape room before, Riddle Room is a great place to begin. It’s run by game nerds who know what they’re doing. Bring a few friends and choose a themed room. You’ll have to work together, against the clock, to solve puzzles and solve problems in order to escape before your time is up! There are currently 3 themed rooms to choose from, with new rooms joining the rotation regularly. Luci’s Room is geared toward horror fans seeking some thrills and chills as you are “locked” within a child’s haunted bedroom. Missing Anatomy lets you show off your Sherlock Holmes skills to solve a murder mystery. Castle leaves you trapped within a Medieval castle, where you’ll have to learn how to escape evil.

 

Even if escape rooms aren’t your thing, Riddle Room may become you new favourite neighbourhood haunt. Grab a pal or bring a date and have some fun playing games in their games cafe. Nothing beats playing board games and video games with a delicious coffee and dessert!

 

Pegasus Bar

 

Let Pegasus on Church (489B Church Street) take your night to new heights. Their colourful martinis, billiard tables and pinball machine are just the beginning. This glorious bar features different fun events every night of the week! Weekends (that start on Thursday night!) are all about the VJ’s, so get ready to dance the night away. Wednesday is trivia night, Tuesday is Ghetto Glam Bingo, and Monday is stand up comedy.

 

Mattamy Athletic Centre

Credit: @mattamyac

 

This one is for sports fans! If you love sports, why not watch players who play for the love of the game? The Mattamy Athletic Centre (the former Maple Leaf Gardens) is still a special place to catch your favourite sports games live. It’s home ice to the Ryerson Rams men’s and women’s hockey teams, as well as home court for The Rams basketball team. Use your home court advantage and catch these college athletes while it’s still all about the game for them.

 

Don’t wait, take full advantage of the outstanding entertainment and activities that your neighbourhood has to offer. We hope our recommendations help you enjoy a night to remember in the Village.

 

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

What’s on at the ROM this Fall

 

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

 

EXHIBITIONS:

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

© Iris van Herpen. Photo: Ronald Stoops

 

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

 

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

 

Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs

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

 

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

 

#MeToo & the Arts

 

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

 

GALLERIES


Gallery of Chinese Architecture

Credit: The ROM Gallery of Chinese Architecture

 

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

 

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

 

Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity

 

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

 

Wirth Gallery of the Middle East

Credit: The ROM Wirth Gallery of the Middle East

 

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

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Credit: The ROM Friday Night Live

 

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

 

#FNLROM: Fashionology

 

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

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

 

#FNLROM: Pumpkin Spice

 

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

 

#FNLROM: Dig It!

 

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

 

Family Fundays


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

 

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

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you experience all the beauty, creativity and culture 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.

Don’t miss aluCine!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tickets

 

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

 

Opening Night Gala – Wednesday, Oct 3rd

7pm-9pm

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Closing Party and Award Announcement — Saturday, October 6th

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you experience all the culture and diversity 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.

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

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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.

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Daily Events

 

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

The best antique shops in Toronto

 

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

 

Eclectic Revival

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

 

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

 

Green’s Antiques

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

 

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

 

Trianon

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

 

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

 

Cynthia Findlay Antiques

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

 

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

 

Bernardi’s Antiques

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

 

Mrs. Huizenga

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

 

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

 

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The best places to grab lunch near Village Green

 

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

 

Lola’s Kitchen

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Freshii

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Katsuya

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Fresh Burger

 

Fresh Burger Toronto

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants you to taste the full flavour of your neighbourhood. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.