Celebrate Family Day, nearby


Is there anything better than a long weekend? How about the Family Day long weekend?! Family Day is a statutory holiday in Ontario, designed to give families, big or small, the opportunity to spend some quality time together. There is a lot to see and do in Toronto. Family Day is for everyone to enjoy, so whether you’re a parent or not, it’s time to make the most of the Family Day long weekend, nearby.


Evergreen Brickworks


There is a lot going on during the Family Day long weekend at Evergreen Brick Works

(550 Bayview Avenue). The long weekend begins for many families on Friday, February 16th due to the PA Day at many Toronto schools. Evergreen Adventure PA Day Camp will allow campers from 6 to 12 years of age to take on an adventure of discovery of the city’s urban wilderness. There will be animal tracking, fort building and storytelling sessions! Registration is required.


Celebrate Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works (Monday, February 19th). The Children’s Garden provides fun outdoor and indoor activities for kids, including free play in the Garden, and the opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. Kids can construct themed shelters, learn about worker bee stewardship, and get their hands dirty with land-based handwork from 1 to 2 pm. Indoor activities include access to the clay table, greenhouse, urban agriculture activities, and more! Bring your own vegetables and contribute to the Stone Soup Prep and storytelling, from 11am until 12pm.


The Brewer’s Backyard is back on Family Day with the kickoff Winter Warmers event. Local craft Breweries will be represented and you can pair your beverage with a bite from great local food vendors. Admission is free for all ages and no tickets are required.


Credit: Royal Ontario Museum – Vikings – Presented by Raymond James Ltd.


Set sail for a new adventure at the ROM (100 Queen’s Park) this Family Day long weekend. Vikings is a thrilling and informative exhibition that sifts through the myths and stereotypes of this ancient, artistic, seafaring culture. This unique window into their world explores the lifestyle and daily life as a Viking. Take a trip over 1000 years back in time, to when Vikings set foot on the east coast of Canada. Track their journey across the Atlantic, see rare Viking artifacts and enjoy interactive and immersive experiences that provide a greater understanding of these legendary and mysterious people. Tickets are available now.


Winter at Ontario Place

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If you haven’t been to Ontario Place this winter, you’re missing out! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, and when the sun goes down, it’s time to warm up by the bonfire and check out the Winter Light Exhibition. The twinkling fairy lights light the way to even more lights! A dozen exhibitions using light as art are on display and admission is free!


If things get too chilly, you can step inside the newly re-opened Cinesphere theatre and catch the Best of Hollywood 2017 – catch all the great movies you may have missed this year!


Learn more about the Winter Light Exhibition in our recent feature article.

Toronto Light Fest

Credit: Toronto Light Fest


Come out and bask in the warm glow of the Toronto Light Festival during the chilly Family Day long weekend. It’s on now, from sundown until 11pm (Thursday to Saturday) until March 4th at the Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street). Experience the art of light as well as IT Laser Shows, the Magic Dance Mirror show, Fire show and more. Admission is free, but bring some money to enjoy the fabulous food and drink vendors that line the cobblestone streets.


Listening to Art, Seeing Music

Credit: Aga Khan Museum – Listening to Art, Seeing Music


The Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Drive) transforms into a world of immersive musical soundscapes and video installations that mesmerizes and celebrates the traditions of the Muslim during Listening to Art, Seeing Music. It’s on now until April 22nd. This multi-sensory experience takes visitors on a journey that explores the interconnectedness of the arts and the world itself. Visitors will have the opportunity to translate musical patterns and rhythms into visual art, as well as take in live music, storytelling and share a cup of tea in the Mongolian yurt in the courtyard and much more! Get your tickets today!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help improve the quality of your quality time this Family Day long weekend and connect you to all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Check out TIFF Next Wave


The creative energy of youth is worth celebrating. The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is a collection of some of the most creative minds and emerging artists in the world of filmmaking and beyond. It’s an opportunity to see what is coming next, and to mix and mingle with industry professionals and the most promising emerging artists. There are panels, parties, and workshops to attend, and of course, lots of great movies to watch. The big bonus of this youth-based film festival is that all the films are free to watch for anyone under 25! How many will you see?


There is too much happening at this year’s Next Wave Film Festival to cover it all, but here a few highlights to get excited about.


In Conversation With… Amandla Stenberg


Kick off your festival experience on February 15th at 7pm, at TIFF Bell Lightbox for In Conversation With… Amandla Stenberg. Amadla is a boundary-pushing voice in the film industry and beyond, having starred in the Hunger Games franchises and the much-anticipated Hate U Give. Hear the young creator and activist in person on her work in film as well as the Art Hoe Collective.


Tickets are $11.50 for anyone under 25 or with a valid student ID, and $23.75 for adults/seniors.


Battle of the Scores + Opening Night Party


Rock out with some of the city’s finest high-school bands on Friday, February 16th at 7pm – as they perform original soundtracks for a scene from the short film Master Controlled by Ryan Bobkin and Ethan Godel. There will be prizes awarded by the audience as well as a panel of industry judges. Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol from Nirvanna the Band the Show, are your hosts for the evening. Your ticket to Battle of the Scores also gets you into the Opening Night Party.


Young Creators Co-Lab


The Young Creators Co-Lab is an all-day gathering and collaborative space for young and emerging filmmakers that offers a chance to connect with industry professionals. It’s happening on Friday, February 16th, at 9am, register now! If you (or your child) can’t commit to the full day, there are drop-in sessions for sale for $5. Tickets are available 10 minutes prior to each session’s start time on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Films


Every film on the Next Wave Schedule is worth checking out. Best of all, the films are free for all people under 25! Here are a just a few selected highlights to look forward to:


A Kid From Somewhere

A Kid From Somewhere: courtesy of TIFF Next Wave Film Festival


A Kid From Somewhere provides a glimpse into the world of three young and talented creators; photographers Olivia Bee and Patrick O’Rourke, and Nigerian-born musician La Timpa. There will be a post-screening panel with Bee and O’Rourke, as well as filmmakers Paul Johnston and Adam Beck. Tickets for the February 17th screening are available now.


Person To Person

Person to Person: courtesy of TIFF Next Wave Film Festival


Director Dustin Guy Defa’s Person To Person screens on Sunday February 18th at 5pm.

Tickets are on sale now. Fashion Idol and internet publishing sensation, Tavi Gevinson plays a queer teen struggling with the idea that she may be attracted to a boy. The film features spectacular performances from a stellar cast, including Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, and Philip Baker Hall, that make this tonally brilliant piece really shine.


High Fantasy


High Fantasy is the second feature film from South African director Jenna Bass. As four friends awaken on a camping trip, they find themselves inhabiting one another’s bodies. It has a raw, reality-TV style that is grounded by the realistic performances form Qondiswa James, Liza Scholz, Nalo Khumalo and Francesca Michel, all of whom are co-writers of the script. Get your tickets now for the screening on Sunday, February 18th, at 7:45pm.


Come on out and get a glimpse of what is coming next in the world of film at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival – February 16th to 18th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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

Rhubarb theatre festival is back!


The longest-running new works theatre festival in Canada is back for its 39th year! The Rhubarb Theatre Festival runs from February 14th to 25th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). This festival is all about exploration and experimentation. Don’t expect to see any run-of-the-mill theatre at Rhubarb. These folks break boundaries, push envelopes and discover what is possible today in theatre.


Credit: Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times


As a result of this pioneering spirit, no two shows at Rhubarb are ever the same. It’s a space for artists and audiences alike to experiment together and try new things. One of the greatest things about the festival is that you always get to see more than one show — more like 3 or 4 in a single evening/day. Your evening/day pass gets you into all shows and events happening that day. Shows are not individually ticketed. Starting at 6pm or 8pm, and 2:30pm on Sundays, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber).


When you arrive at the theatre, choose which show you want to see first. When the show is over, 30 minutes later, it’s time for another show to begin. If one of the experiments didn’t work for you, hold on to your seat (or move to the next space) because something else is about to come your way. If you want to explore some uncharted territory, get your tickets for Rhubarb today.


There is simply too much going on at the 39th Rhubarb Festival to explore it all here. Words could never do it justice anyway. It is something that must be seen, felt and experienced live to be fully appreciated and understood. Here are a few highlights to look forward to:




MIDNIGHT, TORONTO is a Concert Play from writer and co-director, Curtis te Brinke. As three 20-something bandmates are coping with existential ennui, a mysterious plague descends upon the city. It’s a quarter-life crisis set to live Canadian indie music from Daniel Bragg.


It runs from February 14th to 18th, at 8pm (2:30pm Sunday) in the Cabaret space.




EMERGING CREATORS UNIT: WEEK 1 is on from February 16th to 17th at 6pm in the Chamber.


Becoming, is the story of a woman trapped in purgatory. She is forced to navigate a space with no power to escape it. As she awaits final judgement, she wrestles with the fractured memories of her life. The play was created by and is performed by Erum Khan and directed by Liz Peterson.


Come on a journey that spans space, time and a killer closet that mother left behind. Maame: A Queer Black Fairy’s Tale, tracks the tale of a Ghanaian boy dealing with the death of his mother and the discovery of himself. Created and performed by Kwaku Okyere and directed by Audrey Dwyer.




Emerging Creators Unit: Week 2 runs February 23rd and 24th, beginning at 6pm, in the Chamber.


Virgen is a boundary-pushing production that restructures scripture in a way you have never seen before. From creator and performer Heath V Salazaar and director Evalyn Parry.


There Are No Rats In Alberta, from creator and performer, Rhiannon Collett and director, Moe Angelos – this performance shows how brutality can be oh so delicate.




Catch MOTHERLOAD from February 21st to 25th at 8pm (2:30pm Sunday) in the Cabaret space. Two older gay men, who came out later in life, inhabit their mothers’ psyches and get a better understanding of their experience. Created and performed by Brian Cope and Charles Hayter, directed by Sadie Epstein-Fine.




Witness as JL Whitecrow reclaims the lost Anishinaabe tradition of JIISAKAN and calls on you to consider your own presence in the sacred space created. Come to the Antechamber from 7pm to 10pm, February 21st to 23rd.




Feel the heat of FIRE, from Femmes du Feu’s Holly Tredennick, in the Chamber from February 14th to 18th at 9pm (3:30pm Sunday). This thrilling aerial circus performance is also an intimate look at trauma, and Holly’s memories of her firefighter father. Directed by Monica Dottor.


The Rhubarb Festival is a unique theatrical experience you simply can’t have anywhere else. It changes day-to-day and week-to-week, so keep coming back to take in more!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with all that your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

The most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. If you’re looking to share a nice dinner with the one you love, there’s no shortage of establishments in and around the Yonge and Davisville neighbourhood. If you want to make it a night to remember, here are some of the most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village.


Coquine Restaurant

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Coquine Restaurant (2075 Yonge St) is a charming bistro that serves modern takes on traditional French fare. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, without being overwhelming or pretentious. Their Soupe Gratinée å l’Oignon (French Onion Soup $14) is the perfect way to start your romantic meal. It is made with organic beef stock that is reduced slowly (without flour), and artisanal French baguettes made by Mark Thuet of Petite Thuet. You can make this soup part of Coquine’s prix fixe menu. For $50 per person plus taxes and gratuities you can dig into an appetizer, main course and their dessert du jour. The Beef Bourguignon is a great choice — red wine braised beef, pork lardons, mushrooms and root vegetables, served with potato puree. Contact them for reservations and learn more about Coquine in our feature article.


Cibo Wine Bar

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Cibo Wine Bar (2472 Yonge Street) is a big and bold Italian eatery with 10,000 square feet of modern, rustic space. The wine bar is equipped with a 2500 bottle, two-storey wine room and original artwork from street artist Mr. Brainwash.


The Black Tiger Shrimp with spicy wine garlic tomato sauce ($19) appetizer is a great way to begin. For your main, we recommend the Chianti Braised Short Ribs – 10 oz porcini crusted beef short ribs with gorgonzola polenta and crispy onions ($38). Make your reservations today!


Sake Bar Kushi

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Sake Bar Kushi (257 Eglinton Avenue W) is cozy, but not cramped. They specialize in sharable Japanese cuisine, or Izakaya. From the moment you are greeted (in Japanese) to the moment you leave, you know that you have chosen somewhere special. The space is dimly lit with a relaxed mood, and the music isn’t too loud for chatting. You’ll want to make reservations for Valentine’s Day, so you can be more comfortable in a cozy and romantic booth rather than sitting along the bar. Try their Yam Tempura ($3.95) appetizer to start, and then order several delicious dishes to devour together.


NORTH 44 Restaurant

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North 44 Restaurant (2537 Yonge Street) is an upscale, uncompromising restaurant opened by renowned Chef Mark McEwan. It has been a destination for celebrity visitors and locals alike for over 20 years. The atmosphere is elegant, warm and romantic. It’s a restaurant that was designed to impress on all levels – and it does not disappoint.


If you’re looking to go all out, start with the Pan Seared Quebec Foie Gras ($29) – with brioche, fig, endive relish, foie foam and praline. The Five Spice Bison Tenderloin ($46) is a little exotic and perfect for a romantic evening. It’s served with potato terrine, grilled sweet pepper puree, roasted brussel sprouts, sage and organic heirloom carrots. Be sure to save room to share the exquisite Red Velvet Cake ($16) for dessert – with sour cream panna cotta, cream cheese mousse, beet tuile and cream cheese ice cream. Be sure to book a table in advance.


There is no better time to celebrate with the one you love than Valentine’s Day. When you book your spot at one of the most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village, you’ll be setting the table for a night to remember.

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

Sip and Stroll this Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day packs a mixture of feelings — one of those feelings is stress! The pressure of finding something new and fun to do can be overwhelming. It can drain the joy of the day away. You can always go down the traditional, tried and true path of roses, chocolates, dinner and wine, but if you’re in the market for something a little different this year, there’s a fun way to sip and stroll your way through Valentine’s Day!


The West End Wine Discovery walking tour from Drink Toronto is a fun and active way to celebrate V-Day! As Erin Henderson, Co Founder of Drink Toronto puts it;


There’s nothing wrong with taking your partner out for dinner and staying in one spot and doing the traditional thing — but I think this gives it a certain energy and excitement… it’s not the same old same old. – Erin Henderson

Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery


If you and your sweetheart love wine, food and romantic walks, this tour was made for you! You don’t have to worry about looking like a tourist on this tour, either. The group is kept small, 10 people or less, so it just looks like a group of friends hanging out. You may not have met these friends yet, but we bet that’s what you’ll be by the end of the evening.


Some of the most fun and funky bars and restaurants in the West End are doing some very cool and creative wine and food pairings — why would you want to miss out? The tour kicks off at a great little wine bar (the exact meeting point will be sent to you along with your booking confirmation) where you’ll sip and nibble to get things started. Then it’s time to stroll along Queen West and Trinity Bellwoods, to the outskirts of Parkdale. The two and half hour tour finishes off in an area that’s chock full of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants – should you still be in the mood for more fun. The total distance strolled is about 3 km.


Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery


Let your fun and fully-informed guide deal with the details as you relax and enjoy the experience. You’ll get to meet sommeliers, chefs and business owners along the way, and hear them tell their tales as you indulge in generous samplings and food pairings.


It makes things fun! We make 5 stops at the coolest bars and restaurants in the West End. There’s something to eat and drink at every stop, and you get a really nice sample. So, it’s fresh and different and fun and new! – Erin Henderson



At each of the 5 stops along the tour, you’ll be treated to inventive and interesting food and a 2 to 4 ounce wine sample. The wines come from Ontario and around the world. You’ll learn about the wine, how it’s best enjoyed, and get more information about the neighbourhood hotspots as well.


You can dress however you like — the tour is pretty casual. Comfortable footwear is a very good idea. The tour organizers will do their best to accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have, pbut lease make these requests at the time of booking. Vegan options may not be available at every stop. In the case of severe allergies, note that no guarantees can be made concerning cross contamination. And of course, this being a wine tour, it is open only to those 19 years of age and older.


If you want to mix it up and move around and drink it all in this Valentine’s Day, be sure to book your West End Wine Discovery Tour, today!


Greenrock Property Management loves to help you explore and connect with all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best chocolate shops in Toronto


There are many ways to let the one you love know how much you care this Valentine’s Day. If your sweetheart has a sweet tooth, there’s no better way to say “I love you” than with chocolate. Rather than stopping on the way home to grab a box of mass-produced treats from the drugstore, why not treat them to something truly special this Valentine’s Day? To help you impress the one you adore, we’ve rounded the best chocolate shops in Toronto.


SOMA chocolatemaker

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Since its inception in 2003, SOMA chocolatemaker has grown from its original spot in the corner of a whiskey distillery. They now have their own small chocolate factory and 2 stores to serve you at 32 Tank House Lane and 443 King Street West. They specialize in artisanal, hand-crafted chocolate made with the finest ingredients. SOMA was a mythical substance mentioned in Vedic rituals and was referred to as the food of the gods. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering several special products. The Cosmic Heart ($20) consists of a dark chocolate shell filled with roasted, house churned peanut butter and chocolate ganache, and layers of praline, peanut and gianduja (hazelnut milk chocolate). The Valentine’s Day Truffle Collection ($22.50) is a deluxe box of 9 handmade truffles. If you want to go wild, the Crazy Love Box ($100) is a wooden box, loaded with limited edition Valentine’s Day chocolate and more!


ChocoSol Traders

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ChocoSol Traders (1131 St Clair Ave W, Toronto) is more than a chocolate shop. They describe themselves as a ‘learning community social enterprise’. They work in partnership and cooperation with cacao growers to make the finest, stone ground, artisanal, fair trade product possible. The company was founded in 2004 in Oaxaca, Mexico, but has been based in Toronto since 2006.


Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry

Credit: Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry


Chef Daniel Stubbe has over 20 years of experience as a chocolatier, making him a veteran in the gourmet chocolate industry. Taste the difference experience makes at Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry (653 Dupont Street). For Valentine’s Day, they are offering several custom made masterpieces. The small Heart Box ($13.75) is a chocolate heart, decorated with white chocolate and filled with 3 or 6 handmade truffles. The Champagne Bottle of Love ($38.75) is a hollow chocolate bottle filled with ten assorted truffles. The message on the bottle can be customized to say anything your heart desires! The Chocolate Stiletto ($45.25) is a shoe-shaped chocolate base filled with 11 truffles and decorated with a bow. All their Valentine’s Day options can be made with dark or milk chocolate, and you can choose the type of truffles your box contains.





AMBIANCE CHOCOLAT (683 Mt Pleasant Rd) has a passion for top quality chocolate and creating unforgettable taste experiences. They use fair trade and local ingredients whenever possible to contribute to a sustainable chocolate community. Their Valentine’s Day treats include an 8-piece Pink Heart ($15.75), an impressive Valentine Tower ($52.75) – 27 chocolates on three layers, with swing-out trays, and the ultimate 36 piece Red Heart ($58.00).


Treat the one you love (or yourself) to something truly special this Valentine’s Day with some help from the best chocolate shops in Toronto.

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help spread the love and connect you to all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Where to celebrate Valentine’s day near Village Green


Another Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Valentine’s Day can stir up not only feelings of love, but also feelings of stress and pressure as you struggle to come up with a fun and romantic plan for the evening. Every couple is different, so whatever the two of you want to do is up to you. If you’re looking for some ideas, here a few suggestions for where to celebrate Valentine’s Day near Village Green this year.


ElmSpa: Couples Massage

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Tension is no fun, especially on a romantic V-Day date night! Let the talented massage therapists at elmspa (557 Church Street, 3rd Floor) melt away your stress with a relaxing Couples Massage — so you and your sweetheart can start the night on a mellow note. Consider a side-by-side Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Bamboo Massage, Hot Stone Massage or Deep Tissue Massage in a room designed for two!


Learn more about your friendly, neighbourhood boutique oasis at elmspa and the deluxe Elmwood Spa (18 Elm Street) in our feature article.


AGO Bistro

Credit: AGO Bistro


Practice the art of love at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West and the AGO Bistro. They are offering a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner at AGO Bistro. For $70 per person (plus taxes and gratuities) you get a sumptuous 4-course meal from this top rated restaurant.


Start with Oysters Rockefeller with spinach, béchamel, Gruyère cheese and Pernod. Next, choose between Goat Cheese Brûlée with plum, ginger, heirloom carrot, beet, passion fruit and tapioca OR Romaine and Treviso, with pickled fennel, oven-dried cherry tomato, sourdough, basil-pine nut pesto. Your entrée is a choice of Duck Breast with leek, roasted carrot, sautéed escarole and cherry jus OR Black Cod with bay scallop, potato, green onion, soy, balsamic and yuzu. It’s followed by dessert for two. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Book your table, today!


Scavenger Hunt


If you’re an adventurous and fun-loving couple, try this Scavenger Hunt from Narcity. The two of you will have to work as a team to see how many of the items you can find, or have a Valentine’s Day double date where you pair off against another couple to see who wins!


Rhubarb Festival


The 39th annual Rhubarb Festival runs from February 14th to 25th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kick off of Canada’s longest running new works festival? Watch as boundaries bust and envelopes get pushed. It’s an exciting and unique evening of dance, music, performance art and more! Your ticket always gets you more than one show in a night – often 3 or 4! Get your tickets today to avoiding being disappointed on V-Day.


Ontario Place

Credit: Ontario Place Corporation


You may not think of Ontario Place as a Valentine’s Day destination, but you should! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, sip hot chocolate by a bonfire, and explore the magic of the Winter Lights Exhibition. Bask in the glow of 12 illuminated exhibits from local artists as you wind your way along the path of twinkling fairy lights. Best of all, it’s all free! If it gets too chilly, remember that the IMAX Cinesphere is open again!


You can learn more about the Winter Lights Exhibition in our recent feature article.


No matter what you and your sweetheart are into, there is something that you will love happening this Valentine’s Day near Village Green.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to spread the love and connect you with all that your neighbourhood has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

Healthy restaurants near Yonge and Wellesley


Many of us make a New Year’s Resolution to eat better. Many of us even stick to it — for a little while. If you’ve already broken your vow to eat healthier this year, don’t let it get you down. Eating healthy is hard enough to do when you’re at home and able to control each and every ingredient. When real life gets in the way and you find yourself eating out, what’s a food lover to do? Fortunately, you have options — healthy options. Here are a few great healthy restaurants near Yonge and Wellesley.


The Good Press


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Start your day the healthy way with a visit to The Good Press at 87 Yorkville Avenue. Their  menu consists of fresh, 100% organic cold pressed juices and raw, organic acai breakfast bowls. Grab a juice from their pre-made selection, like Beets Limes and Life – with beet, acai puree and filtered alkaline water ($8.50 for 250ml or $12 for 500ml). Or opt for a made-to-order juice or smoothie. The Omega Berry Smoothie – with strawberries, banana, orange, flax oil for omega fats and your choice of protein, is the perfect way to put a healthy smile on your face. For those mornings when you feel like something a little more substantial, their Acai bowls are sure to hit the spot. The Classic ($8.50) comes with acai puree, blended with banana and topped with organic superfood granola and fresh seasonal fruit.


Lola’s Kitchen


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Lolas Kitchen (634 Church Street) has been serving up fresh and healthy comfort food in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood since 2009. Nestled in a cozy and inviting classic Victorian Mansion, Lolas is a safe bet for a healthy business lunch, date night dinner, or relaxing brunch.

The Curried Tofu Scramble ($13.50) is a great vegan and gluten free brunch choice. It features organic curried tofu, caramelized onions, spinach, herbs, spiced black beans, gluten free flax toast and your choice of salad, frites or Lola’s home fries.

Find out more about Lola’s Kitchen in our feature article.


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It’s nice to have a healthy chain restaurant you can trust nearby. Freshii at 77 Wellesley Street East is just one of many Freshii locations across Toronto. It’s the perfect place to stop when you’re on the go and trying to eat well. The Freshii franchise is synonymous with fast, fresh, healthy food, for when you’re hungry and in a hurry. They’ve got a great selection of fresh salads, soups, wraps, bowls and burritos.

Give the Smokehouse Burrito a go! It’s loaded with brown rice, aged cheddar, black beans, red onions, tomatoes, corn, and drizzled with a creamy spicy yogurt sauce. Give yourself a protein boost by adding falafel, tofu, chicken or steak to it. Perfect!


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Fuel+ (471 Church Street) is your go-to place when you want to fuel up on healthy food and fantastic coffee. They specialize in Butter Coffee which contains healthy fat from grass fed butter. It will help raise levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in your body. It also contains MCT Oil (medium chain triglyceride) which aids in absorption of the good fats.

The Fuel+ juice bar offers healthy, plant based, gluten free shakes and smoothies. If you’re ready to commit and get serious, why not give their 7 Day Cleansea try and see how it makes you feel!

They also offer fresh salads, vegan wraps and house-made FUEL Balls, made with plant based and gluten free ingredients like Peanut Butter with Chocolate and Sunflower Butter with Cinnamon!

Urban Herbivore

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Urban Herbivore is plant based cafe that takes pride in what they do. They make everything from scratch and practice the art of “root to stalk” cooking – using the whole vegetable. They eschew food factories and commercial bakeries, so you know that you’re getting real food, the whole food, and nothing but the food. They offer as much local and organic fare as possible, depending on the season. Much of the menu is gluten free, and it’s all 100% peanut free.

The gluten free Possum Bowl ($10) is packed with watercress, kale, romaine, marinated mushrooms, broccoli, black beans, vegan ‘cheeze sauce’, roasted Yukon and sweet potato, red onion, coconut vegan ‘bacon’ and tahini dressing.

You can find them at 64 Oxford Street in Kensington Market as well as the Eaton Centre Food Court.

With so many healthy options in your neighbourhood, it’s never been easier to fit healthy eating into your lifestyle. So go ahead, go out for a meal, and feel great about it!

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you to feel great and live better. We love to connect you to all your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.



The best date night spots in Davisville


You’ve got your date night booked, now you need to find something to do. Whether it’s a first date, or a much deserved night out with your spouse or partner, you want the night to feel special. There are many great options for fun and romantic evenings in the Yonge and Davisville area. Here are few of the best date night spots in Davisville.




Credit: Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar


Alleycatz (2409 Yonge Street) is a one stop date night destination. Enjoy a romantic meal in the warm and inviting space, complete with red oak accents and exposed brick. The Giant Wild Mushroom Ravioli ($18) (with ricotta cheese and a tomato cream sauce drizzled in truffle oil) makes a great meal. The Surf & Turf ($26) (with 6oz beef tenderloin, tiger shrimp, smashed sweet potato and seasonal vegetables) is perfect for special occasions. Just be sure to save room to share a dessert with your date. Their Molten Lava Cake ($7) is an indulgent option (warm chocolate cake with a flowing white chocolate center, topped with whipped cream).


After dinner, it’s time for some music and dancing! Every Thursday through Saturday night, a live band or DJ brings the funk, soul, R&B and reggae vibes to Alleycatz. There are also free Salsa lessons on Mondays, free Bachata lessons on Tuesdays, and Wednesday brings the Blues open mic. Maybe you’ll want to take the stage and impress your date?


Absolute Comedy


“Is this thing on?”


Everybody loves to laugh. What better way is there to spend a date night than seeing some of the best stand up comedy in North America?! Absolute Comedy(2335 Yonge Street) has it all. The best local and international talent, a great space, and great prices. The website makes it easy to buy tickets for a show. Arrive early, have a drink at the bar and you can choose your seat from the map. If you want to go all out with reserved seats and dinner, they offer greatpackage deals that include an all you can eat buffet, or on less busy nights a prix fixe that lets you choose any entree on the menu, plus salad, dessert and coffee or tea


Snakes & Lattes Midtown


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Snakes & Lattes Midtown (45 Eglinton Ave East) was made for date night. The fun is built right in. Pay and $8 admission fee and play all you want! Playing games together gives your date a point of focus, fodder for conversation, and it’s a great way to get to know someone better. They offer a good selection of food and drinks, so you can really settle in for an evening of fun, but still feel like you’re having a night on the town! They are open until 3am on Friday andSaturday nights. There are thousands of games to choose from and a friendly and knowledgeable staff of ‘game gurus’ who will teach you how to play, or make game suggestions for you. Learn more about Snakes & Lattes Midtown in our recent feature article.


Shey Wellness Clinic


Shey Wellness Clinic



Treat yourselves to a relaxing Swedish Massage at Shey Wellness Clinic (25 Imperial Street, Suite 310A). Let their Registered Massage Therapists work out the tension you’re carrying, and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Choose from 30 minute ($65), 60 minute ($95) or 90 minute massages ($145).


Date night can be anything that you want it to be! There are so many great options to choose from in the Yonge and Davisville neighbourhood, you may have to have date nights more often to try them all!


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Get fit near Davisville Village!


We all want to feel good and look good. It can be difficult to find the time to exercise, but the payoff for the time that you invest can be huge. The list of life-enhancing benefits that come from regular exercise include: controlling your weight, improving your mood and mental health, reducing stress, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes as well as some forms of cancer. You don’t need to travel far from home at Davisville Village to find the fitness facilities and support that you need to get fit.

Goodlife Fitness

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Goodlife Fitness is the leading fitness centre in Canada. They boast over 350 locations, nationwide. There are two locations near Davisville Village — at 250 Davisville and 2300 Yonge Street. One of the great things about belonging to the largest gym in the country is the convenience. Your membership allows you to access the equipment, personal trainers, and classes available at any location — including their exclusive Les Mills Fitness Program. This can be handy if you have an appointment on the other side of town, or if you’re travelling to the other side of the country. You can get a 3 class pass to try it out and see if Goodlife Fitness is a good fit for you.

Junction Fitness Hub

Junction Fitness Hub (511 Mt Pleasant Road) strives to create strong and lasting relationships with their clients and the community. The club features Personal Trainer Specialists who will whip you into shape in no time. If you don’t want that much one-on-one attention, their TEAM Training classes offer very small classes limited to a maximum of 5 people — at less than 60% of the cost! Towel service is provided with all memberships. Right now, you can get an introductory 3-class TEAM Training pass for just $69.

CrossFit Metric

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Crossfit Metric is located at 756 Mt Pleasant Road. You may have heard of CrossFit before, it’s devotees tend to be a passionate group. The general idea is to build functional strength, to make your body and mind stronger by moving in a natural, holistic way – rather than isolating muscle groups, or participants. CrossFit has a strong community dynamic, based on the idea that people accomplish more when they work together. It’s an exercise philosophy that is based on constantly challenging and ‘confusing’ your muscles. CrossFit folks follow a Workout of the Day (WOD), which keeps those who train this way from getting used to a workout and keep a healthy, supportive but competitive edge. Learn more about CrossFit Metric in our feature article.




No one but other mothers can understand the physical and emotional challenges of new and expectant mothers. That’s where  FITMOM (745 Mt Pleasant Road) fits in. The idea was conceived by founder Andrea Page back at the turn of the millenium, following the birth of her first child. Andrea wasn’t prepared for the physical and emotional changes she went through and wanted to provide a fitness centre that provided special support to moms. FITMOM offers prenatal and postnatal classes, and birth services.

FITMOM believes in the benefits of exercise during and after a healthy pregnancy. They advocate for the connection mothers can experience while working out with their infants, toddlers and older children. It combines the technical with lifestyle counseling to create a unique format that also enhances the physical and social development of their child.

Vega Power Pilates

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Pilates is another form of exercise that you’ve probably heard of, but may find a bit intimidating if you’ve never experienced it. It was pioneered by Joseph Pilates, a German expatriate, when he developed innovative equipment and exercises to help WW1 prisoners of war regain their strength. It later caught on in New York with the professional dance community because it helps to build strength and endurance while improving long, even muscle tone. Today, the mind-body strength training system is designed to strengthen the weak and challenge the strong. In other words, no matter what your current fitness level may be, Pilates can help you take it to the next level. Vega Power Pilates (2063 Yonge Street, Level 2) offers a range of programs to suit anyone, from beginner to professional.

Beginning a fitness program can feel intimidating, at first. If you are healthy enough to exercise, remember that it’s not about being stronger and healthier than everyone else, it’s about being the strongest and healthiest version of yourself. Keep at it and you’ll keep feeling better.

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