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.

 

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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.

 

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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.


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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.

 

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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.

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.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to show you all that your community has to offer. For information on ourGreenrock Rental Communities,  including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

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.

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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.


Greenrock Property Management wants you to explore the dynamic communities we serve. There are great local businesses to explore near all of our residential communities in Toronto. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

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!

 

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

 

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.

 

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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

 

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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.


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