Summer cocktails to sip this Canada Day

Summer cocktails to sip this Canada Day

Canada is about to celebrate its 149th birthday and the Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to help you make the most of your celebration. Here are a few Canada-inspired summer cocktails to toast with.


Welcome to the Club


What’s more Canadian than a Lumberjack?! This maple-sweetened, sour cocktail calls for rye whiskey —  we recommend using Canadian Club for obvious reasons.


Red and White Cosmopolitan


Cosmopolitan is defined as being ‘familiar and at ease with many different cultures’. This White Ice Cosmopolitan is the perfect Canada Day cocktail to drink with friends in your Davisville Village apartment  — located in the heart of the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Toronto! Show your Canadian colours with this fun cocktail while still remaining understated and elegant — because showing off too much would be so un-Canadian, eh?


Toast Canada with a champagne cocktail


It’s not truly a celebration without champagne. This Cranberry Kir Royale combines champagne (or sparkling white wine) with orange juice and cranberries. The result is a fancy-looking, elegant cocktail with a fun, yet formal feel. Cheers to Canada!


Canada Day Cocktail


This one has it all – The Canada Day Cocktail. It’s red and white and infused with maple syrup — a cocktail tailor made for Canada Day. It features gin and lemon juice and fresh raspberries (in season in Canada right now). What a refreshing way to say Happy Canada Day!

If you’re celebrating with friends and family this July 1st, the Greenrock blog team hopes you  will raise a glass to Canada this long weekend and enjoy one of these Canadian cocktails responsibly. For more information on Greenrock rental communities in Toronto, including Davisville Village, please visit our website

Healthy grilling ideas


Healthy grilling ideas

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

Lemon yogurt chicken

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



Grilled Vegetables

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

Corn with mint butter

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

Salmon & zucchini with red pepper sauce

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

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


Transform your balcony into a summer oasis

Transform your balcony into a summer oasis

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


Pallet Planter


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


Self-Irrigating Planters


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


Line it with fabric


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


Peg board and potted plants


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


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

Plan the perfect Canada Day weekend

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


Yonge Dundas Square


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


Queen’s Park


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


Harbourfront Centre


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


Toronto Ribfest


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

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

Don’t miss the TD Toronto Jazz Festival!

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


Hundreds of performances, thousands of musicians


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


Head to the square


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


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra


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


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

Treat Dad to a fun night out nearby

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


Take a Hike


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


Elegant Meal Out


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


Shoot Some Pool at the Pub


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


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

NXNE is back

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


Kickstart your summer


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


New this year


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


Club Land


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


Interactive Conference


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


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

Check out Griffin Session this weekend!

Your opportunity to taste the finest and most unique beers in the nation is this weekend. Check out Griffin Session Toronto, happening June 11th near Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street), and featured today by the Greenrock Property Management blog team.


7 years and counting


An appropriate kick-off to Ontario Craft Beer Week, the Session Toronto features over 100 different beers, food, educational events and live music. One of the highlights of the affair is Collaboration Nation, when breweries pair with celebrities to create a new beer for the public to try and rate, ultimately crowning a winner. All festivities are conveniently held at Yonge and Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), just a 15-minute walk or five-minute bike ride from Village Green Apartments.

New this year


Ladies, this year is for you. Session Toronto is teaming up with the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies to offer a women’s-only drinking session. Head to the square between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to take part in this fun, first-time event.


This weekend’s music


Session Toronto would not be complete without some live music. Look forward to Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes. Full of attitude, class and blues, this swanky ensemble is sure to pair well with your favourite new beer.


Food truck fare

Go hungry, as this weekend’s event includes a great lineup of local food trucks. T-dots Naansense will be on site, serving up a mouthwatering mix of Canadian-Indiana fare. Other options include Chimney Stax, offering a fresh-made rotisserie-baked bread of the same name, and Born2Eat, boasting the best beet and beef burger in the city.

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management encourages you to check out Griffin Session Toronto, an adult-only event happening nearby this weekend. For more information about Village Green Apartments, simply visit our website today.

Don’t miss Bestival this weekend!

While Toronto is known for its incredible selection of music festivals, there’s nothing quite like Bestival. Exotic, imaginative and packed with great performances, this is an experience you won’t want to miss. Learn more about Bestival 2016, happening this weekend near Toronto apartments, in today’s post from Greenrock Property Management.


A wonderland


A self-acclaimed wonderland of art and music, Bestival runs this weekend, June 11th and 12th at Woodbine Park (1695 Queen Street East), a 15-minute drive from Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street), or Davisville Village Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue). Expect music from a variety of genres, colorful costumes and a fantastical lineup of over-the-top activities at this adult-only event.


This year’s musicians


There has been plenty of buzz about the big names Bestival is welcoming this Summer. This year’s two impressive headliners are the legendary The Cure and the Australian rock kings, Tame Impala. They will be joined by dozens of others, from The Wombats to The Twilight Sad, Jonathan Rosa and Odesza. The gate opens at noon both days of the festival.


An event all its own


Bestival provides great music in an unforgettable atmosphere. Start your Bestival adventure at the Bollywood-themed arena, complete with dancing, dressed animals, lights, lasers and live DJs. Next, participate in a Sound Healing Workshop and explore the renowned Bestival Inflatable Church. A complete list of all the wacky, wonderful and weird activities and events of Bestival can be found online.


The blog team at Greenrock Property Management is sure you will have a memorable experience this weekend at Bestival 2016. For more information about nearby Toronto apartments, simply visit our website today.