The Toronto Festival of Beer is Back!

 

Toronto is a town that loves music, beer, and summertime. If you do too, combine a few of your favourite things during the Toronto Festival of Beer 2018. This year’s celebration is scheduled for July 26th to 29th, and it’s going to be epic.

 

Toronto Festival of Beer

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TFOB 101

 

Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a tradition 22 years in the making. If you’ve never experienced it, it’s time to make it your new summer tradition. Over 100 brewers, featuring over 400 beers from around the country and around the world, gather at the CNE grounds each July. Explore a whole new world of suds this summer. Every evening, different bands and artists take the stage to entertain, come rain or come shine. The main entrance is at the Better Living Centre. Get your tickets today.

 

THE BANDS

 

Thursday, July 26th

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The bands are as big a part of the celebration at TFOB as the beer. Please note that all shows are 19+ events. This year, a special Thursday show has been added! Get an early start on the TFOB weekend on Thursday, July 26th, with some world-class hometown talent! Broken Social Scene and The Rural Alberta Advantage will take over the OLG Bandshell Stage. The gates open at 5pm, and this kick-off show will be presented at a special $50 price point!

 

Friday July 27th

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Doors open at 4:30pm for TFOB FRIDAY with the legendary Ludacris performing a live set! You do not want to miss that, do you?

 

Saturday, July 28th,

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Saturday night is going to be a blast at TFOB. Dwayne Gretzky takes the stage to light up your life. If you’ve never seen a Dwayne Gretzky live show, you are in for something special. There is no mistaking the electric, eclectic energy of this pumped up performance. It’s a celebration of the best songs of all time — from Beyoncé to Bowie, and everything in between. Bruce Springsteen to Britney Spears. The Strokes to the Supremes. You get the idea. You may want to take a nap before you come, because you’re going to get moving.

 

Sunday July 29th

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TFOB has a powerful end to a powerful weekend in store for TFOB Sunday. Hard rockin’ Canadian heroes  I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven own the stage on Sunday. They both have their separate shows, but have been known to team up and come out in full force for a final encore. Are your ready to wrap things up with bang?!

 

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TICKET TIERS

 

There are several ticket tier options for attending TFOB. Here’s the breakdown;

 

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET

 

This ticket is available for each day of TFOB. General Admission Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday include 5 sampling tokens, which can be exchanged for beer, food and souvenirs.

 

HOPTIMIZED ADMISSION TICKET

 

This is always the most popular option. It includes early festival access, granting you an extra hour and a half of time, and a total of 10 sampling tokens!

 

VIP ADMISSION TICKET

 

For those who enjoy getting a little extra, and don’t mind paying a little extra to do it. VIP means you get express entrance and early entrance. You also get 10 tokens, a catered meal, and 2 drinks in the VIP lounge. You also get access to air conditioned washrooms, because you are clearly a very important person.

 

CLUB TFOB ADMISSION TICKET

 

The gold standard of the golden beverage festival, Club TFOB gets you express entrance, early entrance, 15 tokens, chef-crafted cuisine, as well as access to a complimentary oyster bar inside Club TFOB lounge! Congratulations Mr. or Ms. Fancypants – you’ve arrived.

In addition to all the live music and great beer, there will be lots and lots of great food from amazing vendors. The vendors list for this year is being kept under wraps — to ensure freshness. But last year’s food vendors brought the flavour, with everything from world-class cuisine to tasty comfort food. TFOB 2018 promises to be even bigger and better.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and festivities of your community and your city. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best swimwear in Toronto

 

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

 

Sandpipers

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

 

La Vie en Rose

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

 

Hudson’s Bay

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

 

Bikini Village

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

 

Boathouse

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

 

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

 

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

Discover Suite 114

 

There is no shortage of bars in Toronto. That’s no secret. But when was the last time you went to a ‘secret bar’? If you want to treat yourself to a special evening of mystery, puzzles, and top notch cocktails, you’ll want to discover Suite 114.

 

When we say “discover”, we mean that literally. The fun and mysterious secret society vibe of Suite 114 begins even before you step inside. You have to find it, first!

 

Imagine taking a step back in time, to the roaring 20’s — prohibition is in full swing and sipping cocktails is a criminal offense that could ‘land you in the can, see’. Don’t expect to see a sign on the front door that says: “Speakeasy”.  You need to be in the know. You need to know where to go. And you need the password.

Suite 114 toronto

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That’s the deal at Suite 114. It’s located at 116 Dundas West. There, now you know where to go! But it’s still not so easy to find. There is no sign. You’ll have to find the Martini Glass symbol to find the entrance. The first symbol is on the street level door, marked 116. Follow the Martini glass all the way up the stairs to the 3rd floor.

 

Suite 114 is the creation of Duncan Chan. Duncan is the owner of popular escape room Trapped, located In the same building, one floor below. There’s a hint! Trapped does have a sign out front, so you’ll know you’re on the right track when you see it.

 

The escape room vibe spills over to this speakeasy. To enter through the imposing steel door on the 3rd floor, you’ll have to solve a simple puzzle. This serves as the password. Congratulations! You’ve made it inside.

Suite 114 Toronto

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The interior of Suite 114 is dark, cozy and intimate. The soft, red glowing neon light above the well-stocked bar spreads throughout the dimly lit space. The friendly staff greet you. The glow welcomes you in. It glows above the mysterious curtains at the back of the room. Take a seat at the small tables along the wall, or settle into one of the soft, white sofas. The music is jivin’, but not too loud.

 

Suite 114 Toronto

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You can just make out the writing on the menu in the candlelight. Start off with one of their signature cocktails, carefully hand-crafted by their expert mixologists. The cocktails at Suite 114 can be strong. The Patio Reviver #1 is a good place to begin for the lightweight drinker. This light and sweet concoction of Aperol, Lillet, Orange Sorbet Syrup, Brickworks Craft Cider, and Grapefruit Twist, is light and easy to drink. They will also make you a mocktail with as much flair and creativity as anything on the menu. The Grapefruit Basil Vojito is a refreshing variation on a Mojito: Beattie’s Potato Vodka, Fresh grapefruit, Simple syrup, Basil leaves, Clingstone peach bitters, and Qcumber Soda. A good selection of craft beer is also available.

 

Suite 114 toronto

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Once you’ve settled in, try unlocking their “secret menu”. You’ll have to solve another word puzzle to gain access to these secret, seasonal concoctions. Drinks range from $12 to $17 — not bad for a downtown premium cocktail bar.

 

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There is some tasty, shareable food to nibble on — but it’s not a meal. Suite 114 is the secret spot you either begin your evening at, or end up at. The cheese platter and charcuterie are probably the most substantial offerings. The cheese platter is selection of local Ontario and European cheeses, served with a specialty jam. The charcuterie plate is a selection of cured and smoked meats, served with toasted baguettes and gherkin pickles.

 

Suite 114 toronto

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Everything about Suite 114 is well thought out and fun. It all feels innovative, intimate and simultaneously very adult and playful. This is the perfect place for an unforgettable date night, fun gathering of friends, or to mark a milestone or other special occasion. It’s not your typical night out. It’s nice to know someone has spent so much time and effort creating something special. The secret is out. Just don’t tip off the fuzz, see!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the fun and creative features of your community and your city. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

 

 

 

 

The best Mexican food near Davisville Village

 

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

 

 1. Chacho’s

 Chacho’s Mexican Restaurant

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

 

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

 

2. Asada Mexican Grill

AsadaMexicanGrill

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

 

3. Tio’s Urban Mexican

Tio’s Urban Mexican

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

 

4. La Carnita

la_carnita In Cod We Trust

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

 

5. Mariachi’s Restaurant

Mariachi’s Restaurant

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

 

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

 

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

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the culture and flavour that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

Sweet treats near Village Green

 

Life in Toronto can be pretty sweet. There is so much to see, do, and taste, that it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are a few neighbourhood highlights for when you’re looking for some sweet treats near Village Green.

 

Crepe it Up

 

Crepe It Up is the inspiration of owner and manager Chris Lee. It all began in the legendary St Lawrence Market (91 Front St. East). Their location at 507 Church Street means their sweet and savoury creations are even easier to get your hands on! Their most popular options are the Paris X, with chocolate hazelnut sauce, banana, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. The *Chiquita Mix Fruit is another bestseller, with banana, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, maple syrup or condensed milk, and a choice of ice cream or whipped cream.

 

Crepe It Up is all about you. Create your personal favourite by adding extra fillings or extra spreads. You can let them know if you want your crepe soft or crispy. However you choose to enjoy it, it’s made fresh, right before your eyes. No pre-made crepes or automated machines. This place is the real deal. Flat out.

 

Funnel Cake Express

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Funnel Cake Express (8 Wellesley St E Suite 105C) takes the best part of the amusement park experience, the food, and isolates it for an amazing taste experience. The food is the entertainment here. Once you smell that batter cooking, you know you’re in for something special. It was established in 2005 and folks have been funnelling in ever since. Choose your funnel cake in one of three signature flavours — Steam Engine, Locomotion, and Bullet. Each one begins with the classic funnel cake, deep fried to perfection with unlimited icing sugar. The Locomotion adds your choice of fresh fruit topping, and the Bullet is the deluxe model. It comes with your choice of 8 flavours of soft serve ice cream. Their special Pride Funnel Cake or Deep Fried Rainbow Cake is a super sweet way to celebrate Pride Month.

 

They also offer Funnel Fries, Deep Fried Mars Bars, Twinkies, and even Deep Fried Butter!

 

Sorelle and Co.

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Sorelle and Co. makes amazing desserts that everyone can enjoy. They are gluten-free, soy-free, sesame-free, vegan, nut-free, preservative-free, and flavour-full!

 

The concept was born by a mother whose 5 daughters all suffered from food allergies (“Sorelle” means sister in Italian). Their mother wanted to create a safe place where parents and families could celebrate special occasions, worry-free, with nothing off limits. Choose from their decadent selection of desserts without guilt or worry! They make cakes, cupcakes, brownies, macaroons and more, with a sophisticated take on healthier treats.

 

There are two locations to choose from, one at Saks Food Hall, at 176 Yonge Street (lower level), and their Yorkville boutique at 161 Yorkville Avenue. Note that no reservations are accepted at the Yorkville boutique, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Guschlbauer

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The super rich cream puffs and sensational cheese buns at Guschlbauer (690 Yonge St) are not for the faint of heart. These buns are big, substantial creations, stuffed full of sweet, creamy goodness. A soft, fluffy milk bun is stuffed with cream cheese and your choice of sweet fillings. Choose from original, chocolate, strawberry, mango, lychee and more!

 

Dessert Lady

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Dessert Lady (12 Cumberland Street) was created by a talented young pastry chef with a passion for making exceptional desserts. It has garnered a well-deserved reputation as one of Toronto’s ultimate sweet shops. Everything is made from scratch using quality ingredients.

 

With more than 350 options on the menu, they’re sure to keep you smiling. Choose from Gourmet Cakes, including gluten-free options made from rice flour and almond flour, cupcakes, mousse cakes, macarons and much more.

 

Life near Village Green just got even sweeter! We hope this post gives you plenty to sink your sweet tooth into!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help connect you with the sweet things in life, and the sweetest things in your community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Toronto bars with killer patios

 

Summer in Toronto is also known as Patio Season. It seems as soon as the snow melts, patios begin popping up all over town. But it takes more than roping off a section of sidewalk to make a good patio.

 

Patio season is all too short-lived in Toronto. You’ll want to make the most of your time in the sun. Whet your whistle at these great Toronto bars with killer patios.

 

The Pilot

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The Pilot is a storied haunt with an impressive history, and weekly live jazz on Saturday afternoons. The Pilot is also home to The Flight Deck, rooftop patio. It’s an enormous hang out with heaters, retractable awnings, and a capacity of 185 people. It makes for quite a party. Climb the many stairs to the land of cold drinks and sunshine above the Yorkville streets. It’s worth the climb. In fact, it was named Canada’s Favourite Patio by the Globe and Mail. Come and see why. If you’re afraid to fly, there is also a modest street level patio to enjoy.

 

Trattoria Nervosa

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The Pilot is not the only exceptional patio in Yorkville. If you’re looking for a bit more of a laid back, elegant vibe, head to Trattoria Nervosa (75 Yorkville Avenue). This little yellow house has served as a local meeting place for more than 20 years. There is a sunny street level patio that is perfect for people watching, but the main attraction is upstairs. The chic and stylish upper patio offers a shaded retreat, or sofa-style seating in the sun. It does get busy on the weekends, and reservations are not accepted, but they have a text system that sends you a message when your table is ready.

 

Kramer’s Bar & Grill

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Kramer’s Bar & Grill (1915 Yonge Street) is a cool community hangout in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood. There is karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays inside, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday trivia nights. It has been extensively renovated recently, and offers locals and visitors alike a choice of street level sunshine, or rooftop lounging on the upper patio. This Davisville Village gem offers a great selection of craft beers, as well as an extensive wine and cocktail selection.

 

Scallywags Restaurant

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Attention sports fans, if you’re looking for the perfect spot to watch the game, look no further than Scallywags Restaurant (11 St Clair Ave West). “Scally’s” has been around for over 20 years, and has earned its reputation as THE spot to watch International Sports in midtown. This place is paradise if you’re into Champions League Football, and are a Liverpool fan. The atmosphere is amazing when they’re on. It’s also the spot for Toronto FC, Leafs, Raptors and Jays. They’ve recently expanded the rooftop, year-round patio, so there is plenty of space, no matter what sports season it is.

 

Cabana Pool Bar

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If you’ve always wanted your life to feel more like a music video, Cabana Pool Bar (11 Polson Street) can make that happen. Downstairs it’s a nightclub and concert venue that features some of the world’s biggest names in electronic dance music. Upstairs is home to the unbelievably luxurious lounge, and very large swimming pool — complete with 100 foot poolside bar. There is also free Wi-Fi, phone charging stations, and an enormous 21 foot LED Outdoor Screen. If you’re friends with a high-roller willing to drop some serious cash, you can live the VIP life and rent your own Cabana/Booth/Table with bottle service. Lights, camera, action!

 

Soak up the sun and quench your thirst for summertime fun on the patio at any one of these exceptional Toronto hot spots.

 

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

Our guide to the Toronto Jazz Festival

 

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

 

About the Toronto Jazz Festival

 

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

 

TICKETED SHOWS

 

Herbie Hancock

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

 

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones

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

 

Seal

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

 

FREE SHOWS

 

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

 

Shirantha Beddage Quartet

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

 

John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra

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

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

 

Escola de Samba

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

 

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

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the culture that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

The best cafes near Village Green

 

There’s nothing quite like the neighbourhood cafe. It serves as a meeting place, an office, a sanctuary and more. It’s offers a micro-community and is an essential part of what makes your neighbourhood feel like home. Greenrock wants you to feel very much at home in your neighbourhood. Here are some of the best cafes near Village Green to discover. Let us know if we missed one that you love!

 

Black Bear Espresso

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Black Bear Espresso (5 Carlton Street) has a kind of country-modern vibe. It’s warm and inviting, with lots of light, knotty wood accents and soft colours. It’s cozy, peaceful and unpretentious. There isn’t a ton of seating, but their coffee (from local company Pilot Coffee Roasters) is exceptional. Pair it with their genuinely-friendly baristas and fresh pastries, including vegan and gluten-free options, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.

 

Church Street Espresso

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What’s not to love about Church Street Espresso (585 Church Street)? It’s perfectly located, at Church and Isabella. It’s close enough to be super convenient, and just far enough from the intensity of the Village to provide a quiet oasis. Inside it’s cozy, clean and tastefully decorated – thanks to a relatively recent reno. Outside, the patio offers the perfect place to do some people watching, catch up with a pal, or just enjoy the weather and some alone time. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, their smoothies and pastries are fresh, and made on site.

 

Fabarnak

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Fabarnak, at 519 Church Street, is part of the 519 Community Centre. It’s bright and beautiful inside. They focus on fresh and healthy local food, as well as fine coffee and pastries. The daily menu offers quality food at fair prices, and it is a vegetarian friendly establishment. They offer great bento box deals, as well as daily pancake and omelette specials. Fabarnak is fully accessible for the mobility impaired.

 

Piedmont Coffee Bar

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Piedmont Coffee Bar (66 Isabella Street, Unit #4) is classic coffee shop. They even offer complimentary copies of the Toronto Star for a nice old-school touch. Grab a seat by the window and watch the world go by, while you take a well-deserved break. When you need to get some work done, their free Wi-Fi works well on both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies. It’s a great place to connect and chat with a friend over a cup of quality coffee, served by a friendly staff. Want more could you want?

 

Rooster Coffee House

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Wake up to Rooster Coffee House (568 Jarvis Street). This cozy coffee shop with soaring ceilings is the perfect spot for your morning pick-me-up, or an intimate afternoon coffee date. They have excellent muffins and cookies from local bakers, too! You’ve got to try their golden milk (turmeric) latte. Grab a perch by the widow for people watching, or curl up in the comfy chairs along the wall, with the coffee bar in the centre. Upstairs you’ll find even more comfy chairs and a couch. So kick back and relax while you get your caffeine fix.

 

With so many great options nearby, it’s clear that there’s plenty of good stuff brewing in your neighbourhood.

 

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Midtown bike shops we love

 

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

 

Cyclepath Norco

 

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

 

Sporting Life Bikes & Boards

 

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

 

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

 

Revelo

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

 

Gears Bike Shop

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

 

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

 

Enduro Sport

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

 

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

 

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Where to eat vegan in Toronto

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Fresh

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

 

TABÜLÈ

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

 

Planta and Planta Burger

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

 

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

 

Grasshopper Restaurant

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

 

The Hogtown Vegan

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

 

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

 

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