Enjoy Coffee and Cats at Meow Cat Cafe

 

Picture this: you’re sitting down at a lovely neighbourhood cafe, enjoying a hot beverage. Suddenly something warm and furry brushes up against your leg! Usually, this would be cause for alarm, but it’s all par for the course at Meow Cat Cafe  (556 Mt Pleasant Road). This cute cafe near Greenrock at Davisville Village combines coffee and cats, so you can get a dose of caffeine and cuteness all at once.

 

We asked owner Erica Yun what inspired her to open such an adorable business in the heart of Mt. Pleasant Village:

 

My mom and I love coffee. We were always thinking of opening a small cafe but we didn’t want our cats to stay at home, lonely, without anyone who could care of them during the daytime. So the cat cafe was the solution.

 

Courtesy of Meow Cat Cafe

 

If you’re as curious as a cat about this business concept, you’re not alone! It’s trend that is cropping up all over North America, after becoming popular in Asia. The first cat cafe opened in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998. It became something of a tourist destination. The idea slowly spread and cat cafes began to pop up across South East Asia. A cat cafe is essentially a place where customers can find coffee, companionship and comfort.

 

The kitties that roam Meow Cat Cafe all belong to Erica and her mother. They are six well-loved and friendly felines who spend most of each day playing with toys and taking catnaps within the cafe. There is a placard on the wall where patrons can learn the name, age and breed of each cat.

Courtesy of Meow Cat Cafe

 

It’s not all smooth sailing — customers are expected to follow ground rules to avoid stressing out the cats during their visit.

 

The most basic rule is that ‘each visitor purchases a drink to stay at our cafe.’

And because this is a cat cafe, the’ happiness and safety of our cats is a priority.

‘Respect the cat’s mood while staying at the cafe.’ Remember this and keep good manners to[ward] my cats, that is all.

Some cat cafes charge a cover, but at Meow, all they ask is that you purchase a drink and respect the animals. There is a more detailed list of rules to observe on the corkboard as you come in. Common sense applies here — don’t disturb sleeping cats, don’t feed them people food, and don’t use flash photography. Visitors are encouraged to read the posted list before they enter. Families are more than welcome, as long as your children can respect the rules.

Courtesy of Meow Cat Cafe

 

The atmosphere at Meow Cat Cafe is clean and bright. There are seating arrangements at the front and back. The place is full of cats, but it doesn’t smell like a place that is full of cats! They also carry a variety of cat toys and supplies to bring back to your own cat – but they do ask that you keep your kitty at home. Cats are territorial and introducing new four legged friends can cause stress – and Meow Cat Cafe is all about reducing stress. If the idea of chilling out with a coffee or tea, while petting a cat or two, appeals to you, then you need pay a visit to Meow!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with your community and all that makes your neighbourhood unique. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Nuit Blanche is back!

 

Take a nap, Toronto. You’ll need your rest because you are going to be up all night! The 12th annual Nuit Blanche art festival is back on September 30th from sunset to sunrise. If you’re unfamiliar with Nuit Blanche, it’s a free, city-wide celebration of contemporary art. It is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with the city’s arts community. Put your regular routine aside and stay up to see what you can see as the city transforms overnight and becomes a series of art experiences and adventures. We spoke with Jeanne Holmes (Programming Supervisor for City Cultural Events/Arts & Culture Services/Economic Development & Culture) to get a clearer picture of what unexpected experiences we can expect at this year’s event.

 

Credit: Nuit Blanche Toronto

 

So Jeanne, how will this year’s event differ from past years?

 

2017 will be the 12th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto and like many of the programming activities that have been presented by the City of Toronto throughout the year, the event will mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. For the first time in our 12-year history Nuit Blanche will have an overarching curatorial theme: “Many Possible Futures” which invites participants to reflect on this major milestone in Canada’s collective history. Curators, artists, and cultural producers have been encouraged to look forward to the many possible futures of Canada in the development of their projects, bringing challenge, reflection, resilience and change to the forefront of the works created for this year’s event. The contributors to the 2017 edition of Nuit Blanche are placing both our differences and our solidarities at the very heart of their artistic discourse.

 

The curatorial focus of each of the four exhibitions this year reflect on timely and relevant ideas: protest and social change; revolution and resistance; difference and the unseen; and cultural endurance and visibility.

Director X | Death of the Sun – Photo Courtesy Nuit Blanche Toronto (2016)

 

Wow!  “Many Possible Futures” certainly seems full of potential! How many artists are you expecting to participate this year?

 

Nuit Blanche 2017 features 90 projects which have been created by more than 350 local, national and international artists. We are excited about the incredible range of artistic practice represented featuring projects from a range of disciplines and mediums including large-scale sculpture and installation, video, film, sound, new media, social interventions and performance art to name just a few.

Philip Beesley: Ocean – Photo Courtesy Nuit Blanche Toronto (2016)

Sounds like an incredible night of spectacles and experiences! Why do you think it’s important to make art more accessible?

 

Nuit Blanche has a long history of presenting artworks with challenging themes, bringing important ideas expressed in beautiful and moving ways to the public at large. We have provided a platform for artists, partners and collaborators to address some of the most pressing issues currently facing our society through contemporary art, demonstrating the diversity and complexities of the world today.

 

Lowering barriers to art is an essential part of these activities.  Our efforts to bring work – created by some of the world’s most sought after artists – to the streets and sidewalks and parks of Toronto means we are taking projects directly to audiences rather than waiting for them to come to us. The democratic nature of the event allows audiences to engage with the work as they choose, to immerse themselves in the experience, inviting them to see their city in a whole new way. Additionally, many of our institutional partners like the AGO, the ROM, the Aga Khan Museum and others, open their doors free to the public during the all-night event. Bringing patrons through their doors, many for the first time.

 

We strive to bring new perspectives to the projects — both inside of galleries and museum and outside in the streets of the city — by working with hundreds of volunteers, who in addition to helping to manage projects also act as art guides for the public, offering insight and building understanding with folks who might be experiencing contemporary visual art for the first time.

Floria Sigismondi | PNEUMA – Photo Courtesy Nuit Blanche Toronto (2016)

 

 

Sounds like an incredibly accessible yet out of the ordinary experience! We can’t wait for it, thanks for speaking with us, Jeanne.

 

Let the everyday slip away and engage with your city as you’ve never seen it before with the 12th annual Nuit Blanche.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to show what your city and community have to offer! For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, please visit our website

The Best Pizza Shops Near the Village

 

There is no shortage of pizza joints in downtown Toronto, but not all pizzas are created equal. To help you find the best pizza shops near the Village, without all the trial and error, we’ve rounded up our favourites places to get a slice.

 

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

 

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Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza (10 Dundas Street East #124) is a hip pizza chain that dishes up crispy, thin-crust pizza with creative toppings like applewood smoked bacon, arugula and vegan cheese. You can create your own pie and choose any toppings you like, all for one price. Your pizza will be ready in just 180 seconds! If gluten-free crust is a must for you, they’ve got you covered. If you’re not into the thin-crust scene, you can build a “high-rise” crust with additional house-made dough for an additional charge. A little more dough, for just a little more dough!

 

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

 

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Stop by North of Brooklyn Pizzeria (469 Church Street) for a crisp, thin crust slice featuring hip combinations like Bacon and Kale, and killer toppings like the Killer Bee (Mozzarella, Calabrese Sausage, Serrano Peppers, Pickled Red Onions, Honey).

 

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Full size pies are also available starting a $20 for a Margherita. If you want them to come to you, delivery is available for $4 on a $20 minimum order.

 

Pi Co

 

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Pi Co (1200 Bay Street #4) fits somewhere in between fast food and fine dining. It’s easy to fit them into your schedule as they feature “quality, made-to-order, Neapolitan-style pizzas in a unique quick-serve experience”. Whether you choose their classic thin-crust pizza (starting at $9), their twice baked Neapolitan pizza pockets, or treat yourself to a Nutella Marshmallow Graham Crumb Pi (starting a $6), the dough is always house made, the toppings are always fresh and it’s always fast.

 

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Gluten-free dough is available, though the restaurant is not a gluten-free environment

 

Olympic 76 Pizza

 

Credit: Olympic 76 Pizza Cafe

Olympic 76 Pizza Cafe (8 Gloucester Street) has earned its place in the neighbourhood. It opened in 1976 during Canada’s Olympic fever. This cozy and comfortable cafe has the quiet confidence that comes with being a neighbourhood institution. Olympic 76 is not trying to be the hippest spot in town — they just do what they do, and they do it well. Their pizza is simple and straightforward with a focus on quality ingredients. The dough is homemade and they use 100% mozzarella cheese. The pizza is the real deal here. From build-your-own pies (starting at $8.50 for a small to $23.00 for a large basic with cheese) to House Specialties, like Smoked Salmon and Hawaiian. They also offer pasta, hot sandwiches and salads. They are also fully licensed. The patio is perfect for summer pizza indulgences and it’s a popular spot to hang out in during Pride.

 

We hope these restaurants make your list for the best pizza places near the Village! If you can’t decide which spot to try first, invite a few friends over and try them all!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you to your community. For information about Greenrock Rental Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) in the heart of the Village in Toronto, please visit our website.

 

Check Out the Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair

 

We love the neighbourhoods we operate in. They are vibrant and truly feel like communities. It’s almost time for the annual Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair. Mark your calendar for this great community event on Saturday, September 23rd. It’s a perfect weekend activity for residents in our Davisville Village community.

 

Courtesy of the Mount Pleasant Village BIA

 

Traditionally, harvest fairs celebrate community and the abundance of food available in early fall. The Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair is no exception. It’s a giant annual neighbourhood celebration that attracts between three thousand and five thousand people each year. The event is presented by Meridian and hosted by the Mount Pleasant BIA. We spoke with Keven Menager, Administrator of the Mount Pleasant BIA, about the local event.

 

We asked Keven about who typically attends the event each year and what attracts them to it:

 

Primarily attendees are area residents.This is their neighbourhood! It’s our biggest event of the year, the one most people come out for. They come for the variety of activities, to get in touch with the [local] businesses, and to see what’s going on!

So what can residents expect at this year’s Fair? Quite a bit, actually! The day is packed with family-friendly fun! For the kids, there will be face painting, balloon sculpting, a caricaturist, a pumpkin carving contest, as well as arts and crafts tables! Stroll and shop at sidewalk sales featuring various local vendors and, of course, there will be special food offerings! You can even register to attend a flower workshop presented by local personality Frankie Flowers. It’s sponsored by Birch Bistro and Apricot Flowers, and it’s sure to help you celebrate the season!

 

Music lovers will appreciate the three live bands at the event. Expect performances from the three piece powerhouse; Pepper Shakers, as well as Gareth Berges, and Bruce Griffin.

 

Join your community at the 8th annual Harvest Fair, brought to you by the merchants of Mount Pleasant Village! Swing by Mount Pleasant Road, between Eglinton and Davisville, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, September 23rd.  Celebrate your neighbourhood and connect with your local community.

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to show you what your neighbourhood has to offer! For information onGreenrock Rental Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Laugh till you cry at JFL42!

 

Laughter is the best medicine which is why we love JFL42! You can expect side-splitting laughs at this festival. This year’s event takes over various Toronto venues from September 21st to 30th. It features world-class headliners as well as 42 smaller, but hilarious, performers. You can see as many of them as you like, thanks to the festival’s pass system. We caught up with the festival’s spokesperson Charlene Coy to find out more about what’s in store this season!

 

Courtesy: Just For Laughs Festival

 

So Charlene, what makes JFL42 different from JFL?

 

The Just For Laugh comedy festival in Montreal has been going on for 35 years, and carries with it the status of being one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world. Toronto’s JFL42 has been around for only a fraction of that time, yet has been proving for years now that it can hold its own against its sister-festival down the 401. JFL42 allows comedy fans to make use of its incredibly versatile pass system. Pass holders can use one of their digital token credits to reserve a show one night, where once they check-in at the venue, their credit is immediately returned on their account so they can reserve the next show they want to see. Every time they check-in at a show, their credits go back, allowing them to keep curating their schedule for the entire fest.

Courtesy: Just For Laughs Festival

 

Wow, so the laughs are unlimited!? Who are some of the comedians that people are excited to see this year?

 

Every year offers an entirely new lineup of comedians ready to deliver the laughs across Toronto, and this year’s producers have delivered an incredible lineup that’ll reward fans who come back year after year. Whether it’s to catch headliners like Ali Wong, Mike Birbiglia and John Mulaney, or some of the illustrious 42 acts such as Jenny Slate, Jay Pharoah, the Lucas Bros or Colin Quinn.

Courtesy: Just For Laughs Festival

 

Comedy isn’t single format and not every format is to everyone’s taste. What styles of comedy can you expect to see at JFL42?

 

With JFL42 there a plethora of shows fit for everyone who likes a variety of comedy. Whether you want to take in the storytelling of Mike Birbiglia or Tom Segura, enjoy the unique stylings of Tim & Eric or My Favourite Murder; or utilize the pass system to its full extent to take-in night after night of comedy with W. Kamau Bell, Sasheer Zamata, Judah Friedlander or Kyle Kinane. There’s something for everyone.

Courtesy: Just For Laughs Festival

 

You can’t go wrong with variety! Your website describes the various venues for the festival as “intimate”. What kind of capacity do they accommodate? Are any of the venues notable?

 

JFL42 pops up all over Toronto, with some spectacular theatres, but also in the best comedy rooms that the city has to offer. Our headliners perform at both Sony Centre and the Winter Garden Theatre, offering thousands of comedy fans the chance to come in and see their favourites. From there, venues range from Queen Elizabeth Theatre to the Royal Cinema, over to the classic Toronto comedy hotspots of the Rivoli and The Comedy Bar. We call them intimate because no matter the size of the room, our venues serve to create an inclusive audience experience, wherein the emphasis is always on the comedy.

 

Everyone enjoys a good laugh. Give JFL42 the chance to make you laugh till you cry! How many shows can you see in 10 days? Don’t wait, get your passes or tickets, today!

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you to everything your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities across Toronto, please visit our website.

 

Shop chic at Rewind Couture!

 

Fashion can be fabulous, but let’s face it, it can also be prohibitively expensive. Thankfully, there is a great shop near Toronto’s Davisville neighbourhood that sells high quality designer fashion at prices you can actually afford. At Rewind Couture (577 Mt Pleasant Road) you’ll find hand-picked high end fashion pieces for a fraction of the price you’d pay in a regular retail store. You can also use the business to turn your fashionable closet clutter into cash — Rewind Couture will buy clothing and accessories from you. You can visit their store to sell your items on the spot or let them come to you — they make house calls! We spoke with Dawn Librach, Owner and Manager, to find out how she makes the magic happen at Rewind Couture.

 

Credit: @rewind_cr

 

So Dawn, what do you think sets Rewind Couture apart from other vintage retailers?

 

Rewind Couture is a hand-selected store. So, instead of consignment, what we actually do is buy the pieces directly from our customers. We source from all over the United States (and Canada), so it’s a hand-curated collection. Whereas, other stores what they do is they do consignment. They put everything in the store. I hand pick each piece, so it’s kind of my taste. It’s all high end designers, as well.

 

Credit: @rewind_cr

Sounds like a great collection! We noticed that you are a recent grad of the Ryerson Entrepreneurship Program — how has business been going since you opened in 2014? Did the program help you establish a solid business model?

 

Yeah, definitely! Business has been amazing! We’ve increased sales rapidly. People like that it’s a very personalized experience. People come in and ask us to dress them. Business has been flourishing. And I think by being in the Ryerson Entrepreneurship Program I really learned how to identify opportunities and how to differentiate myself. I think that played a big part in why my business was so successful.

 

Credit: @rewind_cr

 

So, all the clothes come to you directly from your customers?

 

Yes! We buy directly from our customers. You get cash for your clothes! So it’s really advantageous because you get it instantaneously – rather than having to wait for something to sell. We also do home visits! So, we will come to you, you don’t have to bring the clothing to us. We give you cash, right on the spot. People are really happy with that.


Credit: @rewind_cr

 

It does sound super convenient for your customers! Since you carry so many designer items, can you tell us what the most special item you’ve sold or carried at the store was?

 

We’ve carried Hermès Kelly bags, we’ve had Hermès Birkin bags, Chanel purses, blazers, jackets. I think those are the most special. We also offer a mixture of vintage designers as well, because I think fashion is fashion, however you want to express yourself. We’ve had pieces, pre-used, from Yves St. Laurent — jackets that have been unbelievable, that you can’t find anywhere else!


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Wow! That’s really impressive! What is the typical price range of items available in your store?

 

We do everything 80 to 90 percent less than retail. So, if a jacket retails for $1000, in our store it would be $195. So it’s a really good price point.

 

Credit: @rewind_cr

 

Thanks for speaking with us, Dawn! We can’t wait to shop with you!

 

If you’re looking to clean out your closet and make some cash, and maybe add some high end and vintage designer fashion to your wardrobe, pay a visit to Rewind Couture!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with great businesses in your area. For more information onGreenrock Rental Communities across Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


Take in the magic of The Lights Fest

 

Toronto is a great place to live. There is always something new to see and do, and places to explore. If you’re looking to step outside of the everyday experience, The Lights Fest is making a stop in the GTA on its tour of North America, on Saturday, September 30th. What is The Lights Fest? It’s a unique “experience where thousands of friends and families gather to listen to live music, fill up on food trucks and light up life by sharing personal wishes, dreams and goals.” What that means is, at just the right moment, thousands of people light personalized lanterns and let them take flight into the night sky. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle that must be experienced to be fully appreciated. Still not sure what to expect? We spoke with Kate Racker, spokesperson for The Lights Fest, to find out more.

 

Photo courtesy of The Lights Fest

 

Where was the first event and how did the event series grow into what it is today?

 

Our first Canadian event was in Regina, and our first event in the U.S was located in San Antonio, Texas. After our first 2 events we received a lot of positive feedback from our guests who attended the event. The emotional and heartwarming stories that were associated with our lantern launches inspired us to try and share those experiences with other people across the states and Canada.

 

Sounds quite uplifting! What is the event’s mission or focus?

 

Our Mission at The Lights Fest is to create a transformative experience for families and friends, enabling them to share their light with others.

Photo courtesy of The Lights Fest

 

That’s beautiful! How many lanterns get released at a single event?

 

Release of Lanterns varies depending on how many adult tickets were purchased, we have had 3000-8000 depending on the city and number of tickets purchased. We have a dedicated cleanup crew, waiting in the landing zone, whose focus is collecting lanterns after the event. All events are strategically located outside of populated areas where there is open space. We’ve engineered our lanterns for low flight and landing-site predictability. After the event, we have a large cleaning crew, picking up the lanterns. Our lanterns are 100% biodegradable, so in the rare chance that we miss one, they are designed to quickly disintegrate. Our “Leave No Trace Policy” allows us to make sure that our venues look the same after we leave as they did before we arrived.

 

That’s very responsible of you! Has this event happened in Toronto before? Where will this year’s event be held?

 

We have never had an event in Toronto but we are super excited to be coming there! Due to safety regulations, The Lights Festival is unable to hold events within city limits. To ensure we produce a safe and magical evening, Fire Marshals require our events to be held at venues with sufficient acreage and away from homes and businesses. That is why our venue is the Ohsweken Speedway 1987 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0, Canada.

Photo courtesy of The Lights Fest

 

We noticed the event is family friendly — is it mostly families that attend or do solo adults and couples attend as well?

 

Our event is targeted for all age groups but we typically get families and young couples. At the perfect moment, everyone ignites their personalized sky lanterns with Tiki torches and lets them take flight. It creates a magical ambiance, where time slows down as your single flame rises with thousands of others.

 

If you’re looking to step outside of your everyday routine and step a little outside of the official boundaries of the city – Lights Fest may be one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you never forget. It’s less than a two hour trip from Toronto, but it may make for a fascinating journey! You can register online now.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help connect you to your community and to unique experiences beyond its borders. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green and Greenrock at Davisville Village, please visit our website.