Enjoy a taste of Naples at Il Sogno

 

The character of a neighbourhood is determined by the people who live there and the places they go. The neighbourhood hot spots and hangouts set the tone and tell you a lot about the crowd. Il Sogno (1993 Yonge Street), which means “The Dream”,  has been serving casual Italian fare in Toronto’s Davisville Village for over a decade. The restaurant is a go-to spot for locals and visitors alike as it has an inviting atmosphere and cozy vibe, and serves quality comfort food and creative daily specials. They keep it fresh, both in terms of what they serve and what you can expect on any given evening.

 

There’s something special happening nearly every night at Il Sogno. From BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) Sundays and Thursdays with no corkage fees, to Martini Fridays featuring Eats and Beats with $5 Martinis all night long and a live DJ starting at 10pm! Budget conscious customers will love $10 Pasta Tuesdays and $10 Pizza Wednesdays. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away or wind down at a cool little bar, Il Sogno offers something for everyone. We spoke with owner, Ross Bonfanti to find out more about this great little spot in Davisville.

Credit: Il Sogno

 

 

So Ross, please tell us about your most popular menu item at Il Sogno and why it’s so special.

 

We have a few signature dishes here. We just started carrying east coast oysters which have been a hit. The arancini are also new and also extremely popular. We’ve always been known for our calamari — both grilled and deep fried. And everyone loves our pizza!

 

Credit: Il Sogno

 

 

It all sounds delicious! What is the atmosphere of your restaurant like and what kind of demographic do you usually serve?

 

We pride ourselves on being a neighbourhood spot. Whether you are coming in alone or with a group of 20, we want everyone to feel comfortable and like family. Our crowd normally is anywhere from 25-60. You can come for a date, a business dinner or come in on a Friday night for martinis and dancing. We always have something for everyone.

Credit: Il Sogno

 

That is really amazing – what a broad demographic!

 

We noticed you serve real Neopolitan style pizza. Are you VPN  (Vera Pizza Napoletana) certified? And what equipment do you use to cook the pizzas?

 

We are Neapolitan-style but we are not certified. I’ve been in this game for a long time and feel like the restaurant industry has gotten out of hand. We always use the freshest of ingredients and make what we can in house. We use a gas/stone oven for pizza and our customers love it. I have always said, use the best of what you can with what you have.  If people don’t like it, well that’s up to them. And so far after 11 years, people love it.  

 

Why wouldn’t they! If you haven’t popped into Il Sogno yet, it’s time to try it for yourself! It’s cozy, and comfortable — you’ll feel like family!  Let Ross and his friendly staff make you dinner tonight.

 

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Get in great shape at CrossFit Metric!

 

There are so many fun ways to get in shape these days. If you’re unimpressed by traditional gyms, you might want to explore CrossFit. You’ve probably heard about it before — CrossFit enthusiasts tend to be a passionate group. But what is it all about? CrossFit is a branded fitness regime that was created by Greg Glassman in 2000. It is a physical exercise philosophy built on functional strength training with a strong community dynamic. The idea is to constantly challenge yourself and never get used to a routine by completing WODs

(Workouts of the Day). CrossFit has grown in popularity in a relatively short period of time, with CrossFit gyms popping up all over North America. CrossFit Metric (756 Mount Pleasant Road) is owned and operated by Julian Hankey. We spoke with Julian about his fitness facility and he got us pumped about CrossFit.

Credit: CrossFit Metric

Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

So Julian, what is CrossFit, and why have you dedicated your gym to this type of fitness training?

 

CrossFit is about motivating people to improve themselves — both emotionally and physically — using a community dynamic to accomplish that goal.

 

We found that people will accomplish a lot more when they are working together, as opposed to training on their own. Se we really liked the methodology and also, it’s a great business model, so we kind of get to kill two birds with one stone.

Credit: CrossFit Metric

Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

Can you tell us what age range you generally attract at your facility?

 

It ranges widely, but I’d say the largest cohort would be between the ages of 20 to 35. And then we have some younger people — as young as 9 years of age! We also have high school students that work out here as well. And then on the other end of the age spectrum we have people as old as 72…those are the outliers.

 

Credit: CrossFit Metric

Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

Sounds like a great cross section! We noticed your gym features two class types. Please explain the difference between your Fitness and Performance Classes?

 

The Fitness Class is where people should get started if they have no prior experience doing CrossFit. If the idea of doing CrossFit seems intimidating to you and you have no prior experience with barbell movement or advanced bodyweight movement, or you’re just starting your fitness journey, you want to start with the Fitness Class. All the functional movements are coached from the ground up. The coach’s expectation is that you’re there to learn. You have no prior experience with those movements. In essence, it’s still a great workout. You’re still going to be pushed to your limit, which is the path to fitness, but you’re going to be coached, you’re going to learn a lot in a safe way.

 

Credit: CrossFit Metric

Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

The Performance Class is geared toward people who have some prior experience with the barbell movement, as well as maybe even prior experience with CrossFit. Therefore, it’s more advanced. It’s true to what most people think of when they think of CrossFit — the movements they’ve seen, that’s what you will typically see in our Performance Class.

 

It’s great that you cater to both groups! How is Crossfit Metric different from other Crossfit gyms in the city?

 

I think the quality of our coaching is among the highest in the city, if not the country. Even on a world-wide, international basis, I think our coaches are among the best. They are professionals, in the sense that this is where their passion lies. This is their career. They’re not in the midst of trying to figure out what to do next. This is what they do for a living and it’s what they plan to do for a living for the foreseeable future. And they make a good living here. So what that breeds is better instruction — people who really care about results. Stability within the coaching staff helps build a stronger community. And then, I would say the second thing is that we’re really focused on achieving excellence. In terms of both people’s attitudes towards themselves and towards fitness and trying to improve themselves on an ongoing basis. That is just a part of the culture here.

 

Sounds like an incredible community dynamic! Very different from a traditional gym where you go and work out on your own in isolation. Do the coaches have a specific certification?

 

Yes. The basic standard that you need to have if you call yourself a CrossFit coach — all the coaches that teach classes that are named CrossFit, need to have their Level 1. And that is stipulated with the agreement that we have signed with the headquarters of CrossFit. So, all the coaches have CrossFit Level 1 Certification. And then beyond that, most of the coaches, if not all of the coaches, have additional industry certification. Sometimes people have Kinesiology degrees or, at least, they’ve spent a lot of time on the various industry-related courses that cover things like anatomy, program design, mobility and strength training.

 

Thanks for speaking with us, Justin! Your gym sounds like a great local fitness option.

 

If you’re ready to try something new and push yourself to constantly improve your fitness, CrossFit may be just what you are looking for. With CrossFit Metric’s Fitness classes for absolute beginners, getting started is simple — but don’t expect it to be easy! The community dynamic can help keep you disciplined and motivated.


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Don’t Miss Buskerfest!

 

BuskerFest is back for it’s 18th incredible year! Over the years, BuskerFest has delighted millions of spectators with unbelievable spectacles, and helped to raise valuable funds for Epilepsy Toronto through generous donations from visitors. Every year, the best street performers from around the world gather in The Beach at Woodbine Park over the Labour Day Weekend (this year they’ll meet from Friday, September 1st to Monday September 4th).

 

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

It’s the perfect way to say goodbye to summer in style, and support a great cause. BuskerFest Toronto is the largest epilepsy event anywhere! In the words of Geoff Bobb,  Executive Director of Epilepsy Toronto:

 

This is one of the most amazing festivals in the world. We are incredibly excited about all of the international and Canadian  performers who make this festival come alive and who share their talents in support of epilepsy. With the funds raised at this festival through gate donations, we are able to provide much needed support to the 1-in-100 people in Toronto living with epilepsy.

 

About Epilepsy Toronto

 

For 50 years, Epilepsy Toronto has been the place where Torontonians living with epilepsy can learn about their condition, get the assistance they require, and be a part of network of caring and supportive people. They are dedicated to building a strong community through

advocacy and community education — creating better public awareness, understanding and support for those living with epilepsy.

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

Fun For All

 

Get in the zone at this year’s BuskerFest! The Family Fun Zone will feature face-painting, balloon twisting, bouncy castles and more. Hit the midway for rides and games for grown-ups and kids! Is your child busker at heart? Check out the Be A Busker Zone – an interactive area where kids can get some hands-on experience in the art of busking. From hoola-hooping with Dispatch Talent, aerial arts with The Circus Academy, high-flying fun with SpringFree Trampoline and more!

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

Photo Contest – What Blew You Away?

 

Submit your best picture to the BuskerFest Photo Contest (contest@torontobuskfest.com) by September 15th 2107, for your chance to win a great prize! Check out @BuskerFestToronto on Facebook after the festival to see the top submissions!

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

There is so much to see at BuskerFest this year. When you catch something that really amazes you, let your voice be heard by casting your vote in the BuskerFest People’s Choice Award. Vote for your favourite busker for a chance to win great prizes and make sure your favourite busker earns a spot at next year’s fest!

 

BuskerFest is one of Toronto’s most exciting festivals, bringing together one-of-a-kind entertainers to our city, all in support of epilepsy awareness. I encourage residents and visitors to our city to check out BuskerFest over Labour Day weekend. – Mayor John Tory

 

Come and join the crowd, support a good cause, and be amazed by unforgettable performances from over 100 performers including escape-artists, aerial artists, acrobats, sword-swallowers, magicians, musicians, fire jugglers, comedians, clowns, daredevils and more. There is no entry cost for the event but don’t forget to make a PWYC (pay what you can) donation to Epilepsy Toronto at the gate!

 

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Don’t miss the Toronto Cider Festival

 

If summer feels like it’s flown by, then you must have been having fun! Don’t worry, summer’s not over yet! You can keep the fun going at the third annual Toronto Cider Festival on Saturday, August 26th at Sherbourne Common at Sugar Beach.

 

Credit: @tociderfest

Credit: @tociderfest

 

Is there a better way to toast to the end of summer than by chilling by the beach in a cottage-style lounge, surrounded by great people and sipping the best ciders in world? If you need more incentive than that, there will also be great food and live entertainment to keep the vibe upbeat. Did we mention the cider? There will be lots of high quality cider to sample. Over 60 varieties in all will be served from the top apple growing regions across Canada and the world. There will be 28 cider makers, and 22 of them are local cideries. Come taste the fruits of their labour as you kick back and relax.

 

Credit: @tociderfest

Credit: @tociderfest

 

 

The event will also pay tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday. Not only can you sample Canadian cider, you can visit the Canada 150 photo booth while being entertained by local Canadian talent. This is how the true north celebrates summer!

 

Over the years, the organization has been heavily involved in promoting local farmers, music talents, and arts, all while staying true to its values of sustainability and social responsibility. While growing as a business, the organization has equally grown as a community contributor, having established a Scholarship Foundation for Event Management Students at George Brown College, being an official member of the Ontario Craft Cider Association and Tourism Toronto and working with Coach Canada to encourage responsible drinking and festival attendance. – Toronto Cider Festival Organizers, OBN

 

Credit: @tociderfest

Credit: @tociderfest

 

 

This Canada 150-themed Cider Festival isn’t just about the art of cider, it also features an Art Showdown and local artisans showcase. Feel the excitement at the bartending flair competition, chill to the beats of DJ D-Smooth in the Party Zone, or have some good old-fashioned fun with a twist in the Life Size Game Zone. This year is also the first to feature the Toronto Cider Festival Cider Awards. You can vote for your favourite cider in the People’s Choice Awards. You can also enter a special contest for a chance to win a trip to Vancouver or Prince Edward County!

 

Tickets for the Toronto Cider Festival are available now. Choose from the day (11:30am – 4pm) or night session (6pm – 10:30pm). A regular ticket includes 4 sample tokens (4oz each), a commemorative sample mug, and access to all the festival fun and food pairings. If you want the full VIP treatment, the VIP session (5pm – 10:30pm) gets you 10 sample tokens, 1 hour of exclusive access, exclusive entertainment, VIP food and cider pairings, and bonus VIP giveaways.

 

Don’t miss the Toronto Cider Festival this summer!. It’s the perfect opportunity to relax in a fun and friendly atmosphere and celebrate our country’s birthday and the end of summer in true Canadian style.

 

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Rediscover Toronto with MomenTO by Canoe

 

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience another side of Toronto and enjoy the moment with MomenTO by Canoe. This great event invites you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and peacefully paddle down beautiful and historically significant rivers. Living in the urban centre of Toronto, it can be easy to overlook its natural beauty and ideal location. The Rouge and Humber rivers flank each side of our city. These ancient waterways flow into Lake Ontario and are important ecosystems. They were essential to ancient Indigenous cultures as well as British and French settlers throughout history.

 

 

Now is your chance to paddle these same rivers and learn a little more about them while you enjoy a great day out! The first event is called Celebrating the Rouge. It will take place at Rouge Beach Park on August 20th, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm. On September 10th,  2017, from 10 am to 4 pm it’s time for event number two, Celebrating the Humber, at Etienne Brule Park. We spoke with Jill Patterson, Project Manager, Museums & Heritage Services, to find out more about this exciting first-time event!

 

 

Credit: MomenTO

Credit: MomenTO

 

 

So Jill, what can someone attending MomenTO by Canoe expect to experience?

 

As a unique Canada 150 celebration, and in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), canoeing events will be hosted at Toronto’s two major rivers with national designations: the Rouge and the Humber rivers. Come and experience the natural beauty of these ancient watersheds, and learn about their human history stretching back thousands of years. Both events will offer the public a unique opportunity to paddle a small part of the rivers in a canoe, for free. Come to be inspired by the past and appreciate the natural wonders of Toronto’s nationally significant rivers.

 

Sounds like a memorable experience! What is the national and/or historic significance of the Rouge and Humber rivers?

 

The Rouge and Humber rivers are both rich in important ecosystems, and rich in ancient human history. The Humber River was named a Canadian Heritage River in 1999 for its cultural history and recreational opportunities, while  Rouge National Urban Park became Canada’s first urban national park in recognition of the Rouge’s ecological and cultural importance. Both rivers have well documented sites of Indigenous encampments and villages dating back thousands of years, and both had ancient portage trails along their banks which allowed Indigenous people an overland shortcut between Lake Ontario and the Upper Great Lakes. Both rivers were also very significant sites for early French and British history in the Toronto area.

 

What a history! Does everyone need to bring their own canoe or kayak to participate?

 

No! All canoes and safety equipment will be provided for free on a first-come, first-serve basis!  Wait times will depend on the number of participants.  Prepare to come to enjoy beautiful Parks and pop-up displays while you wait! Use of canoes and equipment will be restricted to 30 mins to 45 mins, depending on demand, in order to give as many participants a chance to paddle throughout the day as possible. You are welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak however, please make sure that you adhere to all of Transport Canada’s minimum safety requirements. Please see further details on our website at Toronto.ca/momento.

 

Thanks for speaking with us, Jill! We look forward to checking out these exciting events!

 

Don’t let the moment pass you by.  MomenTO by Canoe offers you a unique opportunity to take in some of the history of our city and community, and have fun at the same time.


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TIFF is back!

 

The Toronto International Film Festival began back in 1976 as the Toronto Festival of Festivals. Today, in it’s 42nd year, TIFF has evolved into one of the most prestigious and most publicly attended film festivals in the world. It attracts almost half a million people annually and has grown to include a year-round hub for film culture at its headquarters at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre.

 

Photo credit: @tiff_net

Photo credit: @tiff_net

 

 

Over the years, cinema has expanded and evolved in countless ways, but there is always one constant. The heart of every film is the story. TIFF provides engaging experiences for our patrons and guests through the diverse films we screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 365 days a year. – Piers Handling, Director and Chief Executive Officer of TIFF

 

About The Festival

 

The actual film festival portion of TIFF takes place during ten action-packed days from September 7th to September 17th. It’s a whirlwind of world premieres, red carpet star-gazing and lots and lots of movies.


We’re now in our fifth decade and this is our 42nd festival. Each year we challenge ourselves to develop, to adapt, to build on our strengths. In 2017, we bring you a tighter, more focused selection of films and we hope you have the opportunity to experience as many of them as you can.  – Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director TIFF

Get your tickets for the TIFF screenings of your choice while you can — they will sell out fast.


Special Presentations

TIFF now features an intriguing Special Presentation program:


Films billed in our Special Presentation program include highly anticipated features from critically acclaimed, international auteurs. Major statements on how we live now from some of the biggest names in film and includes also, 13 World Premieres.

– Piers Handling

Battle of the Sexes


Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Battle of the Sexes is the true story of the historic tennis match in 1973 that pitted the top of the game, number one in the world Billie Jean King against ex-champ Bobby Riggs.


120 Beats Per Minute (120 battements par minute)


Directed by Robin Campillo, starring Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois. Set in the early 90’s, almost ten years into the AIDS crisis. A group of young activists fight against the lingering indifference they perceive.


The Breadwinner


Starring Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, and Shaista Latif. A strong willed young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy so that she can provide for her family in this animated feature from director Nora Twomey.


Downsizing

Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig star in Alexander Payne’s latest film about a husband and wife who decide to shrink themselves in order to live their dream life while consuming far fewer resources.


There is so much going on during the ten days of TIFF 2017. To make the most of your festival experience, browse the films and make plans. Ticket packages are on sale now. Don’t miss out on the memorable screenings and events for this year’s edition of the festival.


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Discover the Davisville Village Farmers Market

 

One of the great things about living in Ontario is the abundance of fresh, local and seasonal produce available in the summertime. The Davisville Village Farmers Market is a great nearby market to visit to pick some up this season. The market is open every Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm, from mid-May to early October. It’s part of the Apple Tree family of markets, run by founders Lesley Stoyan and Chris Trussell. We spoke with Lesley to learn more about how this community market has grown and what’s in store for this season!

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

So Lesley, when was the market first opened, and has it grown since?

 

We started our first market at Yonge and Eglinton 10 years ago. So, we’re actually in our tenth season there now. It started off as literally a one-off project. We were asked to coordinate a community event by (former City Councillor) Karen Stintz. We did a one-off market because local foods were just becoming popular in the Toronto community and public market spaces. It was so successful that we decided to keep it going as a regular, weekly thing. So in 2008, The North Toronto Farmers Market opened. It was dubbed The Apple Tree Market. We’ve opened three markets since then. The next market that we opened was Ryerson University, and the Davisville Village Farmers Market was our third. So it’s grown. Those three are our every season, staple, marketplaces but we’ve got over twenty pop-up markets that go on throughout the city, throughout the year. We also run a fresh food program with the TDSB (Toronto District School Board).

 

Wow, you’re making the rounds! Who does the fresh food program serve?

 

(It) predominantly serves Davisville Junior Public School which is at Yonge and Davisville. It’s a farm fresh fare snack program — so that the kids can have fresh fruits and vegetables everyday at school.

 

What a great initiative! Many of our our residents send their children to that public school. The program is free for the kids?

 

It’s subsidized by the TDSB and parents have the option to contribute, if they’d like, but every child gets it. Davisville Village has a very significant, low-income community. A lot of new Canadians making under $25, 000 a year reside here, so Davisville qualifies as a high needs school, so they get a subsidized food program. That’s actually why we started the Apple Tree Group. As I said, it started in 2008 as a one-off, fun project and we’re now a fully registered non-profit and our mission is to build community around food initiatives and family-friendly events. The farmers market is just a small amount of the project work that we do per week. We try to have outdoor, free public events predominantly in Davisville Park. We do the “movie night in the park”, which happens every September. It’s a free movie for everybody to attend. We build a skating rink in Davisville Park that everyone is able to come out and enjoy in the winter as well. We also do a Pumpkin Parade. We’re doing something called the Apple Seed and Kernel Festival this year, which is a big apple harvest festival, so kids can come out and have a fun day. There’s farmers and bouncy castles and everything is free to ensure that the neighbourhood, the people that can’t afford it, can take part in it.

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

What a wonderful and fun way to reach out and engage with the community! What is your role at Apple Tree?

 

I’m the co-founder, with my husband (co-founder, Chris Trussell). It’s honestly just the two of us that do 90% of the work. We have a handful of contractors that we bring onboard when it gets to be too much. We hope to be able to grow that number so that we can continue to grow and keep spreading out the volume of work. My focus is mostly on family health education. Around the farmers markets we do a lot of things. We offer free recipes and educational workshops, we teach cooking classes in the public schools. At all of our events, we often have fresh food and food tastings. I curate the menu. I studied holistic nutrition in school, so I do a lot of the programming ideas and my husband, Chris, does most of the executive direction, the planning, the logistics, the operation, that sort of thing.

 

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

Sounds like a small but mighty operation! How many vendors serve the Davisville Village Farmers market?

 

In the Apple Tree Family of vendors, so that’s anybody who’s part of our organization, I think our membership is at sixty-five vendors this year. That means whenever we do an event, we can pool from our family of vendors. For the Davisville Market I think we’re just shy of 40 vendors this year.

 

And what types of products do they sell?

 

The market really represents the complete bounty of the Ontario harvest. In May we have the early spring vegetables. This year it happened quite early, we had asparagus, strawberries pretty much right out of that. We’ve got all the greenhouse, year-round vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, peppers – all the things that you can now have year long. You can actually have strawberries now, year long. There’s something called an ever-bearing strawberry! As the season progresses, you get into the more seasonal stuff. So, rasberry season just ended. Raspberries are pretty well done. Peaches just came out, corn just came out, again, a little bit early because of how much rain we’ve had. We’ve got a full gamut of everything that is Ontario, plus a few unique products that people may not know about. One of our vendors carries more of the exotic Ontario fruits and vegetables – which is really fun to showcase, especially when we get back in the school year. There is something called a northern Kiwi, that is grown in Ontario. We get to showcase that…

 

Then we’ve got wonderful, ready-made foods. There are a large percentage of shoppers that want grab-and-go, so we’ve got soups and tacos, pre-made salads and bottled juices, hummus, fresh pastas and olive oils, and fresh breads, fresh cheeses. All the things you want to pick up so that you don’t have to make dinner.

 

What a bounty! What is the season for the Davisville Village Market?

 

We usually open in the second week in May, and we close right before Thanksgiving.

 

Do you host any special events that close out the season?

 

A bunch of things, actually! We’ve got our movie night in the park – that’s always the lead up to the end of the season – which is on September 22nd. The Seed and Kernel Festival is the next day, on September 23rd. Then on the last day of the market we do a couple of things. We have the New Vendor Showcase. There are so many young businesses that want to get into selling food, but they may not have the capacity, they may not have the volume, the stock. We give new chefs and new producers or new farmers a one day time when they can come and introduce themselves to the community. We always do that on the last day. Then we have a big harvest party when it’s all over!

 

Sounds like a lot of fun! We can’t wait to come by and dig in. Thanks for speaking with us, Lesley!

 

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The CNE is back!

 

The end of summer tradition that is the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) returns to Toronto from August 18th to September 4th, for 18 fun-filled days to help say ‘so long’ to summer. The CNE, or “The Ex” as it is affectionately known, attracts more than 1.5 million visitors every year with it’s wide array of live entertainment, rides and games, food and fun, shopping, and of course, exhibits.

 

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

 

The CNE has been entertaining the masses in Toronto since 1879. It’s the largest celebration of its kind in the country, and the fifth largest fair in the world! There is something for everyone at The Ex!

 

If you go to The Ex this summer, be sure to check out the Unity Pole by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang. The pole is carved into a 25-ft tall cedar tree and was created to celebrate Canada’s indigenous heritage. There is also a panoramic origami exhibit of the Canadian landscape. Some of the spectacular shows to see include the CNE waterfront show, and the Canadian-themed Acrobatics and Ice-Skating show called “Oh Canada” that stars Elvis Stojko.

 

If live music is more your cup of tea, there are great concerts every night at the Bandshell. This year you’ll have the chance to see legendary rocker Burton Cummings, blues great Colin James, and indie darlings The Sam Roberts Band. You can even see Kiefer Sutherland perform songs from his debut country album! Yes, you read that correctly.

 

Try your luck at the CNE Casino with games like Blackjack, Roulette or the private, air-conditioned Texas Hold ‘em room. The casino also boasts a beautiful outdoor patio to catch some rays, raise a glass, and enjoy a bite to eat.

 

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

 

A big part of the CNE is the food, and it’s famous for being completely over the top. Deep fried butter anyone? The Toronto Star Food Buildingdraws about a million hungry people per year to indulge in everything from churro cheeseburgers to halal, vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free delights. There is also the Food Truck Frenzy and the Craft Beer Fest to consider.

 

In addition to the traditional favourites, there is always something new to see at the CNE! Check out the 8 foot tall CNE sign, complete with illuminated maple leaf to celebrate Canada’s 150th, the Quilt of Belonging features 263 squares that represent 192 nationalities and 71 indigenous groups found in Canada. Gamers will love the Gaming Garage with developers, exhibitors as well as a place to play!

 

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

 

Other fun features to explore include a nightly Laser Illusion Experience, and East Coast Kitchen Party, and the unforgettable Trampo Wall (where performers walk on vertical walls, bounce off roofs and through windows). And of course, the unofficial grand finale comes with the 68th annualCanadian International Air Show. There is so much to see and do at the CNE this season! Let’s go to the Ex!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is excited to fill you in on the ins and outs of the largest community celebration in Canada! Purchase your tickets online at TheEx.com before August 17th at midnight and save!

 

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Enjoy one of a kind burgers at Holy Chuck!

 

Have you noticed the gourmet burger trend in Toronto? It could almost be called a movement. Basically it’s a trend of making outstanding burgers readily available and has been pioneered by burger joints that promise unprocessed, real burgers that taste the way a burger should taste. One of the original establishments to lead the charge of burger brigade was Holy Chuck. They opened their first restaurant back in September of 2011 and have since opened two more locations. We spoke with the no-bull founder of Holy Chuck, Johnny Prassoulis, to find out what separates them from the herd.

 

Photo credit: Holy Chuck

Photo credit: Holy Chuck

 

So Johnny, what do you enjoy most about being a chef?

 

Watching other people eat my food and enjoy it. There’s no bigger pleasure than that.

 

What made you choose to specialize in gourmet burgers after coming up in high end restaurants?

 

I’ve always loved burgers. They’ve always been one of my favourite foods. And nobody — I shouldn’t say nobody — but almost nobody was doing them properly. Most commercially available burgers have been overcooked, processed and it’s been pretty much cr** for many, many years. And I think a burger is one of the most enjoyable things to eat. It’s also one of the most difficult things to make properly. And that’s why I did it.

 

So when you started, did you want to ensure your burgers were prepared following certain methods using certain ingredients?

 

I mean, for personal taste, yeah. I think burgers should be cooked no more than medium – at the most. But I think a good burger should have great flavour, nothing added to it, and be juicy. Definitely juicy. Because I think that’s one thing that lacks in most burgers, because burgers are over processed and there are so many additives, fillers… they’re frozen, not fresh. That whole juicy element and the flavour element has just gone out the window.

 

There is a lot of competition in the gourmet burger joint field these days. How do you separate yourself from the new brands that keep coming up?

 

Yeah, I’d definitely say that we were one of the pioneers in this whole burger trend, that’s for sure. I think one thing that we still do, that nobody else does, is we actually have our grinder right at the front and we grind our beef right in front of the customers pretty much hourly. So, it’s one thing to say that you have fresh beef, and it’s another thing for it to be seen.

 

Everything is homemade in our restaurant, pretty much — except for our onion rings. We do everything from scratch. And we still maintain the same quality and the same values as when we first started. I know a lot of places — they start of doing something, and then they get recognized and they kind of start changing things. Maybe doing things that are little bit more cost effective, which is not a bad thing but I think it’s a bad thing when it starts interfering with quality. So we’re pretty strict with how we serve our burgers and what goes on them, stuff like that. It’s what we’re proud of and we just don’t want to be like everyone else.

 

I know a lot of people get upset when they come in and they want to add certain things to certain burgers. Our Holy Duck Burger ($31.99), we don’t even allow it out of the restaurant. Because it will lose its… it will lose its taste. It’s foie gras. There are certain elements to that burger that have to be eaten right there, on the spot. I’ve gotten orders for like 30 foie gras burgers at one time, which is like a $900 order, but I turned it down because they wanted it to go.

 

Wow, that’s dedication! Is that the only burger on the menu that you can’t get ‘to go’?

 

Yes. The foie gras burger and the foie gras poutine and the foie gras pancakes are the only items that are not allowed ‘to go’.

 

Noted! Do you have a favourite burger on your menu?

 

My foie gras burger. Yeah.

 

What’s the most popular menu item or combo at Holy Chuck?

 

My Holy Chuck Burger ($10.49 with caramelized onions and bacon, please don’t ask for toppings) is right now my number one seller, at all three of my restaurants.

 

Photo Credit: Holy Chuck

Photo Credit: Holy Chuck

 

If you’re looking for a real burger, ground fresh right before your eyes, you owe it to yourself to give Holy Chuck a try. Taste the difference the uncompromising commitment to quality makes — just don’t ask for the foie gras burger ‘to go’!

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to help you connect with your community and all that it has to offer. There are Holy Chuck locations near two Greenrock Communities. Their original location is at 1451 Yonge Street, by Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue). The newest location is at 586 Yonge Street, right near Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street). There is also a third Holy Chuck location at 4421 Hwy 7 in Woodbridge. For more information on Greenrock Communities across Toronto, please visit our website.

 

 

Check out Toronto’s Sail in Cinema™!

 

Ready for a truly unique film screening experience? Mark your calendar for PortsToronto’s Sail-In Cinema™. The event returns to Sugar Beach and the Toronto Harbour from August 17th to 19th. You don’t even need a ticket to attend, it’s all free! This is the seventh great year of this unique event.

 

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

 

PortsToronto’s Sail-In Cinema invites Toronto residents and visitors alike to come down to the waterfront and enjoy a unique and free celebration of film, family and fun  –  Deborah Wilson, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, PortsToronto

 

Sail-In Cinema™ debuted in 2011 to help celebrate PortsToronto’s one hundredth anniversary. The event was such a success that it has been brought back year after year. It is now a permanent Toronto summer tradition! Last year’s event attracted over 11,000 people on land alone, plus more than 100 boats.

 

If you’re a boat owner, or better yet have a friend with a boat, you can drop anchor by the south side of the screen and catch a great flick as you bob on a Great Lake. For the rest of us landlubbers, the gates open at 6 pm. Bring a blanket, cushion or chair and find your spot on Sugar Beach. Though the event is free and no ticket is required to participate, seating is limited. Get there early to avoid disappointment! There will be free pre-show entertainment until the movie begins at approximately 8:45 pm.

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

 

The Movies

 

Audiences will not be let down by this year’s program of family-friendly fare. This year’s lineup includes a couple of timeless classics and one new take on a timeless classic.

 

Edward Scissorhands (Thursday, August 17th)

 

The 1990 Tim Burton fantasy, Edward Scissorhands, will be the opening night screening on August 17th. Edward (Johnny Depp) was created by a loving but lonely scientist (Vincent Price) who died before completing Edward – leaving him with scissor blades rather than hands. He is taken in by a friendly family. Despite Edward’s kind, artistic and gentle nature, his physical appearance makes him an outcast.

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Friday, August 18th)

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark is Steven Spielberg’s original 1981 classic that introduced Indiana Jones to the world. The adventurous archeologist is on a quest to find the lost Ark of the Covenant. Can he find it and keep it from falling into the hands of the Nazis?! Catch Raiders of the Lost Ark on Friday, August 18th.

 

Beauty and the Beast (Saturday, August 19th)

 

This live action version of Beauty and the Beast is the 10th largest grossing film of all time! The bright and beautiful Belle (Emma Watson) is imprisoned in a castle by a beast (Dan Stevens). Belle befriends the enchanted staff of the castle, despite her fears. She learns to see beyond the beast’s appearance to the kind heart and soul of the prince inside. Directed by Bill Condon.

 

Don’t miss this memorable summertime event. This year you can enter to win a pair of Porter Airlines flight tickets. All you have to do is share your favourite scene from Edward Scissorhands, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Beauty and the Beast on social media with the hashtag #sailincinema2017 for your chance to win!

 

Join us at this great event to see why Sail-In Cinema™ is becoming one of the highlights of summer in Toronto.

 

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