Winter at Ontario Place

 

When was the last time you took a little trip down to Ontario Place? You may be surprised by what you see at Toronto’s western waterfront attraction. You may have heard that the iconic Cinesphere IMAX theatre reopened after an extensive renovation, but the real attraction at Ontario Place is outside. It’s Winter at Ontario Place and it is truly a winter wonderland.

 

The park is open daily from 5am until midnight and admission is free! That gives you plenty of time to explore and play. You’ll want to bundle up, it gets even chillier by the lake, but even on warmer days you won’t have to worry about ice conditions at the skating rink. The outdoor rink is made from a synthetic polymer! If it’s been a while since you laced up the blades, don’t worry — skate sharpening and skate rentals are available. As the sun begins to set you can warm up with a hot chocolate as you sit and sip by the bonfires and enjoy the crackle of the wood and smell of the smoke. You don’t have to worry about getting lost in the dark — on the contrary! From now until March 18th you can take in the magic of The Winter Light Exhibition.

 

Winter Light Exhibition

 

The Winter Light Exhibition is a great way to lighten up the dark days of winter. There are a dozen illuminated art exhibits from twenty local artists. Stroll around at your own pace and take them all in. Let the fairy lights on the trees show you the way. Here’s what you can expect to see:

 

Expanded Horizon

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The reflective exterior of the Expanded Horizon exhibit by Polymetis, is best appreciated at sunset, allowing light and shadow to work their magic. Inside the exhibit you’ll discover a infinity room of light and mirrors.


Bridge of Imagination

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Bridge of Imagination by Phil Sutherland and Reanna Niceforo, transforms architecture into an art piece. The bridge acts as a canvas for light as flowing, large-scale images are projected onto it that are visible from afar.

 

Elevated Wavelengths

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You literally can’t miss Elevated Wavelengths by Jeff Howard and Codrin Talaba. The colourful lasers connecting the illuminated trees can be seen from almost any vantage point.

 

Reactor

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Reactor by Ryan Longo makes it way to Ontario by way of Burning Man — one of many stops on the North American tour for the artist. The gnarled metal tree twists and turns and reflects in a way that feels oddly human.

 

Future Light Mural

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Kizmet’s Future Light Mural by Kizmet Gabriel can be seen clearly from Lakeshore Boulevard. It can be appreciated anytime, but only fully realized at night, as the reactive paint changes colour and transforms the images you see by day.

 

Winter Fields

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It may be counterintuitive, but the sun is actually closer to earth in winter. It’s just that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, which is why we have winter. The curved acrylic threads of Winter Fields, by Tonya Hart, represent the magnetic field of the sun.

 

Shine and Shimmer

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Shine and Shimmer by LeuWebb Projects is a waterfall of light flowing from the park’s fake mountain. The shimmering light reflected by the skating rink is like a beautiful ghost of the long-gone log ride that once occupied the park.


Shard

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Shard by Nuff & Nupanap is a solitary, individual, illuminated crystal shard. Won’t you come and keep it company? Maybe you’ll make a connection and create a unique moment that will never be repeated.

 

The Crunch of Snow Underfoot

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The refracted light fluctuating in the sky off recycled plastic bottles suspended between birch trees provides the perfect spot for a moment of personal reflection on the traces we leave behind us on this path. Crunch of Snow Underfoot by Andrew Maize and Joshua Collins is not to be missed.

 

LUMOS

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The shape of Lumos by Matt DesLauriers, Steven Mengin, Jean-Michel Gariepy is inspired by traditional warming huts. How will you feel when this triangular light sculpture reacts to your approach by changing colour and glowing red?

 

Icicle Silo

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The signature silos on site at Ontario Place get their own miniaturized mimic with Icicle Silo by Chris Foster. A silo’s reason for being was to store grain for the winter. This hollow silo houses crystalline icicles of light instead, and seems to store winter, itself.

 

Winter Lights

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Winter Lights by Catherine Curran is an exhibit inspired by the winter light reflecting within the ancient rock caves of Ontario. In this beautiful piece, beams of light filter down into the depths, reflecting and refracting. A weathered tree stump within seems to yearn for the light above.

 

Make your way to Ontario Place this winter and step into the light. You won’t regret going but you might regret missing it!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help shed some light on all that your city, community and neighbourhood 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.


Celebrate design at TO DO

 

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is back for it’s 8th big and beautiful year. The festival is the largest cultural celebration of design in Canada. There are over 100 free exhibitions, events and winter installations across the city, all designed to illuminate, celebrate and challenge your aesthetic interests. The festival is on now, until January 21st.

 

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TO DO turns Toronto into an interactive hub for creativity, bringing design and art out from behind the closed doors of the studio, and into the urban sphere. It is designed to bring the community together to celebrate contemporary culture. There are too many interesting exhibitions and displays to mention, so check out the full schedule to plan your experience.

 

Here a few highlights for this year’s festival:

 

Analog Shift

 

Analog Shift is an interactive exhibition taking place at Artscape Youngplace, Hallway Galleries (180 Shaw Street). The promotional installation for Seattle-based design brand, Fin, also serves as a social commentary on Virtual Reality (VR). Visitors use a classic childhood toy, the View-Master, to explore Fin’s showroom and highlight that actual physical objects are required to create a virtual reality.

 

365 Pieces of Felt

 

365 Pieces of Felt is a window display at the David Kaye Gallery (1092 Queen West). The display is visible from the Dovercourt entrance. A pile of felt may appear as a just a pile of wasted scraps to the untrained eye, but each day another photograph will be added to the display to demonstrate the seemingly infinite versatility that can be achieved with a little creativity. There will be a reception at the Gallery, with the artist Kathryn Walter on the final day of the festival, Sunday January 21st, from 2pm until 5pm. 365 Pieces of Felt continues after the festival at www.feltstudio.com/blog, where a new photo will be added every day of 2018.


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70 Geary Avenue: Intersection Art & Design

 

Come and experience Toronto’s up and coming design district as the studio doors open to welcome you to 70 Geary Avenue: Intersection Art & Design. The city’s premier floral design studio, Emblem, will feature vibrant displays. The studio is also home to Lori Harrison Design – creators of art, textiles and wonderful wares, as well as Watson Soule. These producers of exceptionally expressive floor pieces invite the public to come get a glimpse of the art of rug making on Saturday January 20th, from 6pm to 9pm, at 70-72 Geary Avenue.

 

TO DO Talks: Symposium

 

If you can’t get enough of the festival, there are a few exclusive ticketed events that you won’t want to miss. The TO DO Talks Symposium: Designing the Future of Work is the third annual symposium. It brings together 12 experts from different disciplines to discuss what the future of work may look like. Topics range from organizational structures, to ritual and empathy, to architecture and responsive workplaces. The digital world will affect the way we work, from automation to constant connectivity, the future of work is looking more complex and design will play a major role in reshaping how we work. Tickets are available online or at the door. The talk takes place on Saturday, January 20th, from 1pm to 5pm at George Brown College, St. James Campus, Room 406 (auditorium), 290 Adelaide Street East.


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TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture

 

Aberrant Architecture is a collaborative studio based in London, UK. Founders David Chambers and Kevin Haley will talk about everything you don’t see that goes into a final work of architecture. Moderated by Beatrice Galilee, a former collaborator with the studio and current Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture takes place on Friday, January 19th, from 7:30pm until 9pm at Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are available now.

 

If you want to connect with the creativity of your community, and feast your eyes on design that shapes and enhances our lives, put the Toronto Design Offsite Festival at the top of your TO DO list!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with the beauty and creativity of your city, community and neighbourhood. 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.


Dig into Winterlicious!

 

It’s a brand new year full of opportunity and promise — but it’s hard to get excited when it’s so cold outside. Don’t let the winter doldrums set in just yet. You still have something to jump up and down about — great food. Winterlicious is back!

 

From January 26th to February 8th, experience the diversity and world-class quality of Toronto’s food scene. Indulge in amazing three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus from over 200 of the best restaurants in the city.

 

If you’re still hungry for more, there are some exclusive Culinary Events to dig into as well. Featuring dining experiences from some of the top chefs and venues in Toronto, including High Tea at Casa Loma, and a food tour of St. Lawrence Market with Chef Scott Savoie of Toronto Food Tours Inc. Tickets for these exclusive events are going fast, get yours!

 

There are far too many incredible establishments participating in this year’s Winterlicious to cover them all, but here a few of the stand-outs near you. Book your table directly with the restaurant of your choice.


MIDTOWN


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Five Doors North

 

Five Doors North (2088 Yonge Street) is a mainstay of the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood, serving up contemporary Italian cuisine in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Chef Vito Rizzuto and David Brace use their vast experience to elevate simplicity to an artform.  Five Doors North is offering a $33 three-course dinner menu. Make a reservation today. Learn more about Five Doors North in our recent interview with Manager, Kara Anderson.


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Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar

 

Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar (2409 Yonge Street) is the spot for the coolest cats in town. Even if you’re not so cool, their hip vibe is bound to rub off on you! The exposed brick and red oak interior is warm and inviting, cool and cozy. After a delicious dinner, you can get your groove on. Expect live music and dancing, Thursday through Saturday, with free dance lessons on Salsa Mondays and Bachata Tuesdays. Alleycatz is offering a $33 three-course Winterlicious dinner menu. Make your reservations now!


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Schnitzel Hub European Bistro

 

The Schnitzel Hub European Bistro (1415 Yonge Street) is schnitzel central in midtown. This cozy bistro and artisan vodka bar features a warm and casual feel, with friendly and informative service. They feature authentic made-from-scratch Central and Eastern European fare. For their Winterlicious 2018, Schnitzel Hub is offering a $28 lunch menu and a $43 dinner menu. Make your reservations online, or call 647-351-5558.

 

DOWNTOWN


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Adega Restaurante


Adega Restaurante (33 Elm Street) is offering a $28 lunch and $43 dinner menu. Adega means ‘wine cellar’. They specialize in primarily Portuguese style seafood with Spanish influences. For some dishes, Adega takes old recipes and cooking techniques and fuses them with modern flavour and complimentary contemporary cuisine styles. Other dishes are best left alone, and remain as authentic as possible. The rustic bronze walls, cozy vibe and white table cloths, create a fine yet casual atmosphere. Book a cozy booth, today!



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AGO Bistro


Treat yourself to culture and cuisine at AGO Bistro at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St W). This award-winning restaurant is located in a distinct space, designed by Frank Gehry. It is simultaneously chic and casual. Modern Danish furnishings combined with vibrantly coloured acrylic tabletops, and a contemporary art installation by Frank Stella, provide the perfect setting for their $28 lunch or $43 dinner Winterlicious menus. Make your reservations today.


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Café California

 

Café California (538 Church Street) has been a favourite fixture of the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood for over twenty five years. Their newly renovated interior is bright and airy, featuring eclectic decor, an antique baby grand piano, martini bar and much more. Café California’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and friendly service should be near the top of your Winterlicious wish list. They are offering a $23 lunch and $33 dinner menus. Learn more about Café California in our feature article. Book your table online or by calling 416-960-6161.

 

There is so much flavour to savour during Winterlicious 2018. Even if you’re spending most of the winter in hibernation, you’ll still need to go out to eat. Winterlicious makes going out to eat easier and more affordable than ever! It’s perhaps the perfect way to explore your city, community and neighbourhood. Bon appetit!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your community. 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.


Check out Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre

 

Escape your everyday routine by booking a table at Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre! This interactive dinner theatre has offered outstanding live entertainment in the GTA  for 30 years. Best of all, it’s located really close to Davisville Village.

 

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The company launched in 1987 and spent more than 12 years performing from the Fairmont Royal York. In 1999 they moved to their dedicated theatre space at 2026 Yonge Street (just 2 blocks north of Davisville Subway Station). The large multi-tiered venue is perfectly suited to their unique brand of comedic, interactive murder mysteries. The decor is elegant, the acoustics are excellent, and so are the sightlines. There isn’t a bad seat in the house! The company also offers custom and private mysteries to suit your needs, either at their Theatre or at your off-site location.

 

All the shows feature detailed and solvable mysteries. Cluesheets and pencils are provided to help track the clues. You will be given enough information during the show to figure out “whodunit” by the time ballots are passed out at 2nd intermission. Correct ballots are entered into a draw and 5 lucky winners receive prizes.

 

Sounds like fun, right? We spoke with Iliki Mahairas, of Mysteriously Yours to help set the scene and give us more of a feel of what to expect.


The mystery itself begins around 8:00 pm. The actors enter “in character” and mingle with the guests.  (They schmooze with them.) You find out who the characters are, how they relate to each other, and the theme of the mystery. Then, someone you’ve just met dies, or a body is discovered and a detective is called in to investigate.  He leads the questioning of the suspects and you get to question them as well … because they’re spread throughout the room, they sit right at the tables with you. So, you get to participate and try to help solve the mystery and see if you can figure out whodunit!  It’s a lot of fun! The show runs to about 10:30 PM.


Our Mysteries are based on familiar themes with lots of comedy, intrigue and audience participation. Prizes are awarded to some of the guests who correctly solve the mystery.

Guests are welcome to participate as little or as much as they’re comfortable with, or they can simply sit back and be entertained. The theatre is designed to accommodate large groups, but you can also come as a single, couple or small group of friends. Smaller parties usually join other guests at larger tables, so it’s also a good way to meet and interact with new people. Children over the age of 6 are welcome, but be advised that the shows are written for adults. While there is no swearing or overt adult situations within the show, there are double entendres and material that could be considered risqué. It’s recommend for those 10 years of age and up. Guests only have to arrive between 7:30 and 7:45pm, at which time they are introduced to the cast and theme of the show.  Dinner is served beforehand so if you’re hungry, come early — this is dinner theatre after all! We asked Iliki to tell us about the food:


Arrival is from 6:30pm for a fabulous three course dinner that you order from our menu. You have a choice of salad or the soup-of-the-day.  There’s a choice of four main courses, including: chicken, fish, beef or a vegetarian dish. There are two incredible desserts to choose from, and coffee and tea.

Gluten free options are also available. Performances are held every Friday and Saturday evening. To avoid disappointment, it’s best to book your reservation as far in advance as possible. Some performances can be booked the same day and others are sold out weeks in advance. You can take a look at the price structure here.

The mystery performances that are performed change 2 or 3 times per year. We asked Iliki to tell us a little about the current show:


The mystery we are currently presenting is: “Mimico Vice”. Travel back 30 years to 1987!  Hard-nosed detective, Sonny Cracket has his hands full dealing with the notorious “Breakfast Club Gang”.  Life ain’t easy when you work for the toughest police force around… Mimico Vice!

The dress code at Mysteriously Yours is Casual Elegance. That means no baseball hats, sweatpants, ripped jeans, tank tops. Dress like you’re going out for a fun and elegant night of comedic theatre – because your are! You are also encouraged to dress to suit the theme or era of the mystery so in this case think 80s hair and shoulder pads, if you want to go all out.


If you’re looking for a fun way to spend some quality time with friends, family or coworkers this holiday, this could be just the ticket! Mysteriously Yours also offers gift certificates in any denomination you choose. The recipient can use the gift for tickets, in the dining room or toward the bar bill. They can be mailed or emailed directly and they never expire or depreciate. So why not give a gift of fun and mystery this season!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you with all the mysteries and wonders that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


Bar+ is not your average Karaoke Lounge!

 

Getting together with some friends for a night of karaoke can be a really fun way to spend an evening. You’re almost guaranteed to have a few laughs, have a few drinks, and sing a few songs. Karaoke is one of those things that most people either love or hate. People who hate it tend to be a little nervous when they’re the centre of attention performing in front of strangers. If that applies to you, don’t shy away from the spotlight. You can say to goodbye to stage fright when you and your friends choose Bar+ (2, 360 Yonge Street). Bar+ is not your average Karaoke Lounge! This bar and karaoke lounge features private karaoke rooms, so you and your party can belt out the tunes, and not be afraid of making a fool of yourself in front of strangers — just your friends!

 

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Whether you are celebrating with a large party, or just a few people, you’ll experience all the privacy you need. Of course, if you want to mix and mingle with others, there is a large bar area to relax and hang out. There are 3 different size rooms to choose from — a Small Lounge is good for up to 5 people, a Medium for up to 15 people, or a Large Lounge for parties of up to 30 people. Bar+ is perfect for birthday parties, office parties, or any other kind of party! The management tells us, “we don’t offer decorations but customers are welcome to put up their own on arrival”.

 

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No matter which room you choose, you can expect comfortable, leather seating and a stylish design, with just the right splash of neon! Each room features quality sound equipment with an “up to date, and massive song selection, great customer service, a song app for phones, and tablets in the room instead of binders/books.” This is a thoroughly modern Karaoke Lounge. There is no awkward fumbling with song binders and pages. Simply download the app to your phone or use their tablets. There are tons of new songs to choose from, as well as classics.

 

Private karaoke bars are nothing new, but until now, most have catered only to Asian languages. Bar+ opens it all up with an extensive library of tunes in English, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese and Thai.

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The bar is pretty great too. Bottle service is available for special occasions and they have a great selection of beer, wine, shots, cider, coolers and cocktails. When you get hungry, there is a good selection of shareable, tasty snacks, including French Fries ($5.31), Chicken Wings (10 pcs $12.61), Breaded Butterfly Shrimp (10 pcs $8.85), Chicken Nuggets (10 pcs $5.98) or just grab a small bag of chips ($0.88) — and “yes, outside food is welcome as well. No drinks though”.

 

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Bar+ seems to have thought of everything. They want you to be comfortable and enjoy your visit. Their private lounges hit all the right notes – so you don’t have to!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to make you feel comfortable and connected to your community and all that is has to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Snakes and Lattes Midtown is now open!

 

Do you like food and drinks? Do you like games? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, then chances are, you’ll like Snakes and Lattes. Snakes and Lattes is a board  game café. Actually, it’s the biggest and best board game café. They kind of started the growing trend in Toronto way back in late summer of 2010 when owners Ben Castanie and Aurelia Peynet opened the original location in the Annex.

 

They started off small, in a narrow storefront at 600 Bloor Street West. They offered a good selection of games and some light snacks and drinks, including a few craft beers. There was no free wifi at first, as the focus was on the games and socializing face to face. Free wifi was added to accommodate the growing demand from the early morning business and student clientele that crowded the little café. Fun and games and coffee, it turns out, is a great way to start your busy day and set a more stress-free tone.  Snakes and Lattes couldn’t keep up with the demand so they expanded their original location in 2011. They purchased the space next door and tore down the wall. This added 2000 square feet of space and increased the seating capacity from 45 to 150. In 2015, Ben and Aurelia opened a second location in Little Italy (489 College Street).

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The second location had a seating capacity of 240 guests and  a collection of more than 1000 games. The owners continued to try and supply the seemingly insatiable demand for fun, games, food and drinks, in a comfortable and casual space. What’s not to like?

 

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A third location has just opened in midtown, at 45 Eglinton Ave East, close to Davisville Village. The enormous, flagship store features over 10, 000 square feet of fun and games on three floors!

 

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The concept for each location remains the same. Guests pay a small cover charge in exchange for access to a wide variety of carefully curated games. Snakes and Lattes’ trained ‘game gurus’ are always on hand to teach and offer advice and assistance to the less experienced  players.

 

Since anytime is a good time for playing games and eating and drinking — Snakes and Lattes is open almost all the time! From 8am until ‘whenever’ on weekdays and 11am until ‘whenever’ on weekends. If people are still playing, they stay open. There is nothing worse than having to cut a good game short because the place is closing. Visiting Snakes and Lattes is kind of like going to friend’s house. A friend who has a ton of games and never wants you to leave!

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Love the game you’re playing and want to continue it at home, or give it as a gift? No problem! The cafés sell a wide variety of games on site, and through their online shop. They also feature a monthly Game Designers Night, where designers offer their prototypes for public play and field testing. There are also regular tutorials and tournaments and even a weekly board game podcast called the Snakecast.

 

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If you’re into fun and games, pay a visit to Snakes and Lattes’ brand new flagship location in midtown. Their friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere is a welcome addition to the community. It’s your friendly neighbourhood board game café!

 

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

Where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village

 

The holiday season can be a magical time or a stressful time. It all depends on the choices we make. Why head downtown to battle the biggest crowds in the city when you can find everything you need in your neighbourhood?! Avoid the hustle and bustle and choose simple and smooth. To help you get your shopping done close to home, here is a list of where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village.

 

Yonge and Eglinton Centre

 

The Yonge and Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) is your local mall. It’s not too big, overwhelming, or overfilled, but it’s big enough to house everything you need for the holidays. There is even a Metro grocery store — so can get your gifts and groceries all at once! If you’re looking for quality beauty products, you’ll find the largest Sephora in North America, right here. Step into Walking on a Cloud and give the gift of comfortable and stylish footwear for men and women. Indigo wrote the book on great gift giving. They offer not only books, but a wide variety of gift ideas, specialty toys and life-enhancing products. There’s also a great food court for when you get hungry, and a movie theatre for when you want to escape it all for a little while.

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Best Buy

 

Get quality brand-name electronics, computers, appliances and more from a retailer you can trust. The Best Buy at 2400 Yonge Street has everything you need to put a smile on their faces this holiday. They also feature a lowest price guarantee and easy returns, so you can shop with confidence this season.

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Lululemon

 

For the active folks on your list, Lululemon offers everything they could need or want to stay warm and stylish during winter workouts. The brand has moved beyond yoga pants. Find great gifts for men, women and girls. From great stocking stuffers to full outfits, outerwear and activewear. Step into your local Lululemon (2558 Yonge Street) and breathe a little easier this holiday season.

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Spoiled Baby

 

Taking care of a new baby can be tough, but finding great gifts for babies couldn’t be easier! Spoiled Baby offers a quality selection of fun and practical baby gifts. From clothing and shoes to toys and educational products. They carry a wide array of ‘Smart Baby Products’ to help babies develop, grow and have fun. If you can’t decide on what to get, their Gift Cards are the perfect solution, or let them help you put together a custom baby gift basket. Make caring for a new baby just a little easier with a visit to Spoiled Baby. They’re just down the street at 2a Davisville Avenue.

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Sporting Life

 

No matter who you have left on your shopping list, you’ll find something they’ll love at Sporting Life. Whether you’re looking for ski or snowboard equipment for die hard enthusiasts, or quality winter gear to keep warm comfy in the city, they’ve got you covered. Sporting life features the best apparel from Canada Goose, The North Face, Burton, Sorel, Spyder and more! If you find yourself lost and out of your element, their friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than willing to help. You have a couple of options for Sporting Life locations near Davisville Village. There is the smaller outpost, Sporting Life Boards and Bikes (2454 Yonge Street) or the massive, flagship store just up the street at 2665 Yonge Street.

 

Hopefully, this list will help you shop more efficiently and make the most of your precious spare time this holiday season. Your neighbourhood offers everything you need and more to make this a great season. Happy Holidays!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your neighbourhood and all that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

How to give back this holiday season

 

The holiday season can be a hectic time and it can be easy to lose focus of what it’s really all about — joy and giving. If you want to support your community and those in need this year, here are a few ways to give back this holiday season.

 

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Volunteer at a Shelter or Food Bank

 

Toronto soup kitchens and food banks are dedicated to serving the community, but they need your help, especially during the holidays. If you can spare some time, you have neighbours who could use some assistance. The Yonge Street Mission has several locations to serve the community. You can also contact North York Harvest Food Bank,The StopFort York Food BankSecond HarvestDaily Bread Food Bank, just to name a few.


Donate to a Food Bank


If you don’t have spare time to donate, there are many ways you can help support food banks in your community. You can donate food, or funds or even host a fundraiser.Donating on someone’s behalf is a great holiday gift for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list.


Random Act of Kindness


You can give back to your community this holiday season in small ways, everyday. Buy a homeless person a meal or bring them a blanket, smile at the people you pass on the street, bake cookies and share them with your neighbours and coworkers, or collect canned food while you drop off the cookies and donate the food to a food bank.


Give to UNICEF


UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to ensure the wellbeing of children all around the world. You can donate to UNICEF or purchase a Survival Gift of your choice.


Support MADD


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a volunteer-led organization committed to ending impaired driving through litigation and education, and to supporting victims and survivors of impaired driving. With chapters all over Canada, it’s easy to get involved. The best way to volunteer with MADD is to contact your local chapter.  You can also make a donation. Greenrock is currently supporting MADD with our Make It Home campaign. We will donate $250 of the first month’s rent for new residents who begin renting with us this December. Eligible properties include Greenrock at Village Green and Greenrock at Davisville Village.


Support the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive


The Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive is a non profit registered charity that helps pre-screened families in need. You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at a fire hall near you to make someone’s holiday special.


Donate Blood


Even if you can’t spare a cent this holiday season, you can still give generously to someone in need. Giving blood through Canadian Blood Services can give the gift of life to someone in need. It only takes a few minutes.



Adopt a Pet


There are many animals in need of good homes this holiday season. Before you adopt a pet, remember that the responsibility of loving and caring for it will continue long after the holidays have passed. Adopting a pet means committing to the well-being of the animal for the rest of its life. Older pets need love too and require less of a long-term commitment.  Pet adoption should be discussed and planned beforehand with your family members or roommates or partners. Giving a pet as a holiday surprise may sound like a fun idea, but may not be in the animal’s or the owner’s best interests.  Once you’ve made the decision, pets in need of a home are available at city shelters, or through the Toronto Humane Society.


Donate to an Animal Shelter


If adopting a pet isn’t the right choice for you and your family right now, you can still make a difference in an animal’s life. You can donate money, time, toys or anything else your local shelter may need.


Support the Canadian Cancer Society


Cancer touches all of our lives. You can help make a difference this holiday season by donating or volunteering your time. Volunteers are an essential part of The Canadian Cancer Society. You can structure your volunteer time to have the greatest effect, based on your time, skills and scope of focus.


This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you’re looking for ways to give back to your community this holiday season, the only limit is your imagination.


Greenrock Property Management Limitedwants to help you support your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) and Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


The best places to go holiday shopping near Village Green

 

Have you started shopping for the holidays? There is no shortage of store options in a city like Toronto. In fact, there may be too many options! With so many great shops, boutiques and specialty stores in the city to choose from, deciding where to shop can feel a bit overwhelming. To help make the most of your time this season, here are the best places to go holiday shopping near Village Green.

 

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Toronto Eaton Centre

 

Back in the 19th century, Timothy Eaton opened a dry goods store that revolutionized the Canadian retail market and became the largest department store in the country. The Eaton’s department store closed it’s doors in 1999, but the Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street) retains the name as an ongoing tribute to the man and the original store.

 

Today, the Toronto Eaton Centre is one of the busiest malls in North America and Toronto’s top tourist attraction. The iconic “Flight Stop” geese sculpture by artist Michael Snow is instantly recognizable. You can find everything you’re looking for under one, soaring glass roof. The mall is home to over 250 retailers, restaurants and services. Once you’ve found all the great gifts you need, let someone else worry about wrapping them with their Gift Wrap Valet service. Let their Concierge assist you in choosing from range of decorative styles, then enjoy a complimentary snack and drink in the lounge as your parcels are elegantly wrapped. Take advantage of The Eaton Centre’s extended holiday hours, Monday to Saturday 9am to 9:30pm, and Sundays (including Christmas Eve) from 10am to 8pm.

 

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Yorkville Village

 

Original known as Hazelton Lanes, the luxe shopping centre was rebranded as Yorkville Village (55 Avenue Road) following a one hundred and twenty-five million dollar renovation last year. Here you will find some of the most high-end and quality shopping options in the city.

 

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Shop fine footwear at Jean-Paul Fortin, or treat someone special on your list to luxury eyewear from Dior, Armani, Gucci and more at DuMonde Optical. Make someone’s day with a piece of jewellery from Serli & Siroan Fine Jewellers. And stop in to the BRIKA Pop Up for the best in modern craft. They sell heirloom quality products that make extraordinary gifts. The centre’s complimentary gift wrapping station provides gift wrapping for purchases of $50 or more (2 parcels per visit). Yorkville Village is open Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 6pm.

 

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Manulife Centre

 

Built in 1972, the Manulife Centre (55 Bloor West) helped to make the corner of Bay and Bloor a landmark shopping destination. The three floor concourse is filled with quality retailers to make your holiday shopping a breeze. In addition to the boutiques and shops, there is also a specialty grocery store, drugstore, Indigo book store, LCBO and a VIP movie theatre where you can take a load off once you’ve crossed all the names off of your list.

 

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Urban Outfitters

 

Urban Outfitters (235 Yonge Street) is cool-central. The brand has come a long way since it began selling T-shirts, jeans and lifestyle products in Pennsylvania back in 1970. Today, the store is more like a super-hip mini-mall for cool stuff. The Yonge Street store features a Vinyl Shop featuring records, turntables and more for the analog amigos on your list. There is also an Apartment section where you can browse bedding, lighting and more. UO is the best place around to buy cool clothing and shoes for the hipster in your life. They’re open from 10am to 10pm.

 

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Hudson’s Bay

 

The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company, AKA “The Bay”, is a long one. The company was incorporated by English royal charter in 1670. The fur trading company even functioned as the de facto government in parts of North America for a time. Today, the flagship store at 176 Yonge is a one-stop treasure trove for all your holiday shopping needs. The store is connected to the Eaton Centre by a pedestrian sky bridge walkway — perfect for big shopping expeditions on cold Toronto days. You can find everything from designer apparel to premium candy and chocolate, houseware and even appliances. Of course, anything adorned with the company’s iconic stripes, makes a great gift.


With so many options in the neighbourhood, it can be easy to get lost in the sea of shops. We hope you visit one of these great places for holiday shopping this season!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all that your community has to offer. For information of Greenrock Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.



 

 

Discover the Toronto Christmas Market

 

It’s time to embrace the holiday season. The Toronto Christmas Market is the place to be if you want to make some magical, romantic Christmas memories this year. Come and experience the lights, the food, the wonder of it all — and get some Christmas shopping done at the same time.

 

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The Toronto Christmas Market is on now, until December 23rd at the Historic Distillery District (55 Mill Street). The moment you step onto the cobblestone streets, you’ll be transported to another world. It’s a world of twinkling lights, delicious food, hot beverages to warm your body and soul, and performances that will warm your heart.

 

The performances change from day to day. Each day features a different theme, so there is something to suit everyone and every taste. Take in Traditional Tuesdays, with bluegrass, folk, roots and traditional music. World Wednesdays bring world music, dance and cultural performances to the Market. Come for Classical Thursdays to experience seasonal opera and crossover Classical performances. Feel the groove of Friday Night Jazz, featuring holiday swing and jazz. Pop/Variety Saturdays are always popular. Catch emerging artists and featured artists performing pop, rock, blues and more. Ensemble Sundays bring instrumental ensembles in the afternoon and vocal ensembles and choirs in the evening. There are also daily Santa’s Elves Sing-Alongs for the kids and daily carolling performances. The Market is closed on Mondays.

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There is so much to see and do at the Toronto Christmas Market. Take in the majesty of the massive Christmas tree, bask in the magical glow of the lights and colours as the cobblestone streets transform into a glittering winter wonderland. Kids will love to visit Santa at his house and get a photo. You can also pose for a picture at The Heart of Christmas —  a 14 foot tall, 12 foot wide heart sculpture made of steel. You can give back this season by bringing a canned food donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank — just drop it off at The Giving Pantry. For even more fun and excitement, visit the Family Entertainment Zone. It features a ferris wheel, carousel and life-sized gingerbread house to enjoy — additional Fun Zone tickets are required.

 

In addition to all the fun and excitement, this is first and foremost a market. It may well be the best way imaginable to cross everything off your Christmas list. World-class crafts and craftspeople, art and artisans, have come together to offer a selection of gifts that simply isn’t available anywhere else.

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What are the holidays without food! It’s best to show up to the Toronto Christmas Market hungry. Treat yourself to all kinds of tasty snacks or full meals. Raclette serves up a Swiss-German delicacy of Roasted Cheese served over Rosemary Roasted Baby Potatoes. Santa’s BBQ serves up great brats, sausages and other grilled favourites. There’s a Waffle Bar, as well as fresh baked goods from Uncle Betty’s, Tartistry and Stickling’s Bakery. The amazing aroma of fresh roasted cinnamon glazed nuts (pecans, almonds, cashews and peanuts) from The Nutty Bavarian fills the air as well.

 

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The Market is free to attend on weekdays, until Friday at 5pm. Weekend admission is $6 for adults, children under two are always free. Tickets can be purchased in advance, online and same-day tickets are available onsite. Keep in mind that weekends at the Market are crowded. Even with advanced tickets, you can expect to line up. If you’re looking to avoid the lines at all cost, Express Pass tickets can be purchase for $20 – or visit during the week.

 

The Toronto Christmas Market is fast becoming a Toronto tradition. Make your way to the Market and make the most of your holidays!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your community and all that it has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.