Where to buy gourmet Easter treats in Toronto


Winter is finally on its way out the door in Toronto and Spring is coming! One sure sign of the changing of the seasons is the arrival of Easter. The holiday comes as early as possible this year, on Sunday April 1st. To help you celebrate with some of the sweetest Easter treats in Toronto, here are our favourite options for gourmet Easter sweets and treats.


Simone Marie Belgian Chocolate

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If the finest Belgian chocolate in the city sounds scrumptious to you, you need to visit Simone Marie Belgian Chocolate. Since 1993, they have sold the finest imported Belgian chocolates and truffles. They are one of Toronto’s favourite online chocolate shops, offering quality and convenience with same day delivery within the city. Their Easter Chocolate selection includes a 14cm Happy Easter Bunny Oscar (115g), available in dark or milk chocolate for only $8.50. Other great options include the 16-piece colourful Egg Cone for $16, or the ultimate Chocolate Easter Egg (250g) for $23. Order online, or call 416-968-7777.


The Chocolate Messenger

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The Chocolate Messenger makes it easy to send the sweetest message this Easter. You can order online and count on same day delivery within the city core on orders placed by 12 noon. These manufacturers of fine chocolates, truffles and pralines offer one of the biggest and best selections in the city. All chocolates are made on site, in the old Swiss tradition, using only the finest (and most) expensive ingredients – with no added chemicals or preservatives. All of their dark chocolate contains a minimum of 70% cocoa. Their Easter Collection is truly something to celebrate — from Custom Coloured Easter Eggs ($18.95) to their ultimate Easter Gift Tray sampler ($100). If you’d rather make your purchase in person, you can visit their showroom at 1645 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton at Fleming).


Squish Candies

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There’s more to sweet Easter treats than just chocolate. Squish Candies is a Montreal based candymaker that specializes in gourmet gummies! They work with gummy artisans, who work (almost) exclusively in the field of gummy, and offer over 100 flavours divided into six categories — intense, fruity, calm, decadent, cocktail and mixed. Their gourmet candies come in fat-free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, Kosher, and certified organic varieties. Their Easter Collection includes a 600 gram Easter Jumbo Mix of gummies ($22), an 80 gram Thanks a Bunch box of carrot shaped gummies, and a fun (140 gram) Fried Egg bag, with a delicious orange flavour. Visit their outpost at The Bay (176 Yonge Street) to pick something up, or have your order delivered to your door. They offer free shipping on orders of $75 or more.

Soma Chocolate Maker

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From its humble beginnings in the corner of an old distillery, to one of the city’s finest chocolatiers, Soma Chocolate Maker is a can’t miss choice this Easter. Their Easter Collection has options to suit every budget. Their tiny Runaway Bunnies (2 per bag) are available in dark or milk chocolate for only $4. The Cutest Bunny Ever (hand painted with love) is available in dark, milk or vegan friendly chocolate for just $16. If you’re having trouble choosing, the One Of Everything Truffle Box for $75 is the way to go! Their delicate and delicious products are best pre-ordered and picked up in store. They have two Toronto locations to serve you and your sweet tooth at 32 Tank House Lane in the Distillery District and 443 King Street West.


Stubbe Chocolates

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With over 20 years of experience, Stubbe Chocolates (653 Dupont Street) has earned its position as one of Toronto’s top chocolatiers. Their unique creations are sure to wow the crowd at any Easter brunch. Their Easter offerings include, the Painted Egg ($14.75) – a handmade 13cm hollow egg available in your choice of chocolate. To truly impress your Easter guests, choose the Chick House ($43.50). Available in your choice of milk, dark or white chocolate, this chocolate house is home to a happy little marzipan chick and bunny, along with some hollow eggs. Pay Stubbe a visit at their 653 Dupont Street location to browse their beautiful creations and purchase a freshly made masterpiece.


Treat yourself or someone you love to the best this Easter. Go the gourmet way and shop local to enjoy an even sweeter holiday!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help spread the sweetness of the season 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.



A week in the life near Church and Wellesley


There is no place quite like Church and Wellesley Village. Home to the hip, the happening and the “what the heck?!”. From great food and bars, to world class theatre, games rooms and much more. You could say there is an almost overwhelming list of options for a night or day out in the neighbourhood. To help you make the most of your good times in the village, we have some fun ideas for a week in the life near Church and Wellesley. Enjoy!


Mondays can be a little dreary. When you need a beginning of the week escape plan, head to Riddle Room (579 Yonge Street). Riddle Room is a live escape room and board games cafe, all in one. An escape room is a live action game you play with your friends. Participants are ‘locked’ in a room and must solve puzzles, find clues and use their wits to escape before the clock runs out!

Riddle Room is also a no-cover board games cafe. They only ask that you buy a drink, then you can hang out and play a selection of over 200 board games and video games with your friends for as long as you like. They’re open daily from 2pm until midnight (10pm on Sundays). Find out more about Riddle Room in our feature article and interview.


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Let the good times roll at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). This black box theatre is a great choice thanks to its ever-changing program of experimental and envelope-pushing theatre in the heart of the Village. Buddies believes that “theatre plays a vital role in the educational, social, and economic health of a community.” It’s hard to disagree with that! Rush tickets are available during the week, as well as Pay-What-You-Can shows every Sunday.



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Even with all the fun you’re having this week, it’s possible that by Wednesday, you’ve got some stress knots to work out. Ease the tension with a midweek trip to Elmspa (557 Church Street). Treat yourself to a selection of massages including Bamboo, Deep Tissue and Siam Herbal Massage. They also offer a variety of facials, as well as manly mani and pedi options in a serene and welcoming atmosphere. Learn more about Elmspa in our feature article.



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Living at Village Green means you’re always only a hop, skip and jump from world class theatre and musicals at CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly the Panasonic). With a new season of shows just announced, it’s the perfect time to plan a grand night out. Learn more about special dinner and show packages, to save money while you celebrate.


In a landscape of constantly changing clubs and bars, Woody’s (465-467 Church Street) has managed to remain a favourite since 1989. A lot has changed in the world since they first opened their doors, but Woody’s keeps on top of things with a great roster of special events. There is something for everyone at Woody’s. They feature 5 different bars, each with a different vibe, so there really is something for everyone. No special occasion is required, stop by and see what all the fuss is about.


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Burn off some steam, and set your sights on pure fun this Saturday at Stryke Target Range (738 Dundas Street East). It’s more fun than you can throw an axe at! Your group can choose from a list of super fun and surprisingly stress-relieving activities, including archery, axe throwing, knife throwing and air guns.



It’s been a super fun week, and you’ve earned some serious down time! Sundays are designed for getting cozy at home with your favourite Netflix shows. You’ll need to keep your strength up for all this lounging around, so why not take a walk around the corner and enjoy a great brunch at Lola’s Kitchen (634 Church) before you commit to some couch time. Learn more about Lola’s in our feature post about them. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you won’t go hungry in this joint.

There is so much to do in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood that trying to fit it all in can be the hardest part. We hope these fun activity ideas get you excited about a week in this awesome neighbourhood you call home.

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you connect with the fun and excitement that is all around you. We hope this post inspires you to explore your neighbourhood and discover what your community 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

A week of fun near Davisville Village


We could all use a little more fun in our lives. Living in the heart of Davisville Village means you’re never far away from the action and adventure. But because most of us live such busy lives, finding the time to find fun things to do and make plans can seem like a full time job. To help make things easier and way more enjoyable, we’ve planned out a week of fun activities in Davisville Village for you to try. Mark your calendars and get excited!



Start the week on the right foot. A Monday meetup with a few friends at your neighbourhood watering hole is just the ticket. Kramer’s Bar and Grill (1915 Yonge Street) is a great local pub. A visit there will put a smile on your face thanks to their friendly staff, diverse beer options, and excellent and eclectic menu. When the weather warms up, there are two patios to soak up the sun on. If you’re looking for that comfy spot where everybody knows your name, you don’t have to look very far.


Tuesday is the perfect day to take in a movie. The crowds are thinner than on the weekends, and the tickets are cheaper! Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Eglinton and VIP (formerly SilverCity) is located at 2300 Yonge Street. It’s a great spot to catch the latest blockbusters – there are even reclining seats in the VIP theatres! This theatre features the latest screen tech, from 3D to Ultra AVX and D Box, all the way up to D Box Ultra AVX 3D (whatever that is!). Regular admission on Tuesdays is only $8.99, with special prices for their fancy options too.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, just across the street (at 2190 Yonge Street) you’ll find Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas. They offer the latest first-run films, but it’s also a great theatre to see some smaller, hidden gems that you may have missed. Tuesday tickets are just $8.25 for general admission and $11.25 for 3D features.


Beat the Hump Day blues and work out some midweek tension by treating yourself to a spa day! You have several nearby options for spas to suit your needs in the Davisville Village area. Alma Natural Spa is a great one if you’re looking to avoid harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. They offer an authentically natural atmosphere, using only non-toxic, eco-friendly ingredients in their handmade scrubs, lotions and oils. You can learn more about Alma in our recent feature article.


We could all use more laughter in our lives. When you’re looking for laugh-out-loud fun and the absolute best in local and international stand up comedy, look no further than Absolute Comedy (2335 Yonge Street). Checking out some comedy is the perfect date night activity or group get-together, and a great way to get into an early, upbeat headspace for the upcoming weekend! Tickets are just $12 on Thursdays!


Choosing exciting Friday plans can be tricky. Are you in the mood to go out for dinner? Maybe see a show? Getting tickets for Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre (2026 Yonge Street)kills those two birds with one stone. Enjoy a great meal and immerse yourself in a live murder mystery performance! Their fun, funny, interactive and entertaining shows have been wowing crowds since 1987. Come see what all the mystery is about! Find out more about Mysteriously Yours in our feature article and interview.


It’s Saturday! Easily the most fun day of the week for most of us. The rules of the work week no longer apply and we are free to escape the everyday. If you’re looking for a true escape, check out Escape Casa Loma. Escape rooms are popping up all over the place these days. But there is no other venue in Toronto that compares to Casa Loma. The epic castle setting lends itself perfectly to the dramatic escape series storyline. There are also live performers and full theatrical production sets to enhance your experience. Choose the story and room that’s right for you, and plan your escape with the help of your friends!


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Sundays are perfect for chilling out at home. After the jam packed week of fun you’ve had, you deserve a little downtime. Get reacquainted with your couch and catch up on your favourite shows or movies. To avoid cabin fever, we recommend stepping out for a bit a brunch in the middle of day. Boom Breakfast & Co (174 Eglinton West) is home to some of the best Eggs Benny in the city, and their Chocolate Monkey Waffles are worship-worthy. If you want to really stretch your legs after brunch, take an urban hike along the Beltline Trail and see what’s up at Evergreen Brickworks. There is a TTC stop at Evergreen and the #28 bus will return you to Davisville Station, if walking all the way back is not on your to-do list.


We hope this post motivates you to get out there and enjoy this fabulous neighbourhood you call home, every day of the week!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you have some fun and connect you with 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.

Check out Outbreak Escape Games


It can be challenging to find new, exciting and challenging ways to spend your leisure time. Spending time with friends is fun, but do you really want to go to another movie and not talk? If you are looking to escape the bonds of your usual entertainment options, you and your crew may want to look into getting locked up – in an Escape Room! It’s time to check out Outbreak Escape Games.


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Of course, it’s all very safe. The door to an escape room is not really locked. Even claustrophobics could be comfortable. Escape rooms are themed rooms, with a given back story and an objective. Using your collective wits and reason, you and your team have to figure out the puzzles and move beyond the obstacles, in order to break “free” within the allotted time. If you get stuck, the helpful staff is always within reach to provide hints and point you in the right direction.


The entire vibe of Outbreak Escape Rooms is a little mysterious. They are located down an alleyway on the left side of the building at 152 Avenue Road, Toronto. A sandwich board marks the spot by the sidewalk. Once you enter the side alley door, you descend a narrow staircase, to the underground lair. NOTE: Outbreak Escape Rooms are not wheelchair accessible.


Participants are quickly briefed on their room, it’s back story and their objective. It’s best to arrive about 10 minutes before your booked appointment time. There are no walk-ins. All experiences are by appointment only. The rooms are private, you never play with strangers. The rooms are designed for 4 to 8 players, but adjustments can be made. The experience is modular, meaning 2 to 3 can play or, more puzzles can be added to accommodate larger groups – as long as the room doesn’t get overcrowded. 2-3 player games can be booked for Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays.


Some Escape Rooms can be downright scary, but that is not the case at Outbreak. These games are designed to be fun. They have two games available right now; Beneath the Surface and Animal Hackers.


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Set behind the concrete walls of a 1950’s style bomb shelter, this room has a creepy, but not frightening, vibe and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Your team will have to work well together to figure it out. It is a one hour room and very challenging, with a 30% success rate (all puzzles solved within the time limit without hints or assistance). Are you ready to discover what lies Beneath the Surface? You can book your appointment  now!



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Animal Hackers transports you and your team to a world ruled by cats and dogs. It takes place in a shopping plaza that sells the rarest items in the known universe. The infamous hacker “Sniffer” has escaped from the pound! The upbeat vibe of this game is great for ages 10+.  Book your appointment today!

Full refunds are provided within at least 48 hours notice of cancellation. For cancellation after that point, a $50 fee will apply. Standard admission fees are $28 per player. It makes the perfect birthday party destination, team building exercise, or just a fun way to spend some time engaging with friends. Are you ready to escape the everyday?


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you escape the everyday 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 Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Get the best boots at Bootmaster!


They say that you can tell a lot about a person by their choice of footwear. Bootmaster (609 Yonge Street) is a big believer in that. They have been serving the city since 1988 with a selection of high quality leather boots and much more. They have their own Bootmaster Signature Series brand that boasts world-class style, quality and workmanship for boots and leatherwear. Best of all, they’re right around the corner from Village Green!


Bootmaster believes in providing clients with the best, and building relationships and products that last. If you are looking for something special, they are happy to special order it for you – or they can custom make you a one-of-kind pair of boots using top quality leather and exotic skins. Some of the finest boots in the world are made right here in Canada, by Bootmaster and others. Here are a few of the world-class brands offered at Bootmaster:


Dayton Boots

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Dayton Boots has been supplying Canada and the world with quality, handcrafted leather boots since 1946. They’ve been following the same painstaking 230-step process, in the same Vancouver factory store, for all of that time.


Canada West Boots

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Canada West Boots is celebrating 40 years as a family-owned Canadian company. They are passionate about making top quality footwear, proudly made in Winnipeg. Bootmaster carries their western styles as well as motorcycle boots, ankle and zipper boots, and ropers.



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Boulet is Canada’s most popular bootmaker. They first opened their doors in 1933, as the St-Tite Shoe Co.Ltd. in Saint-Tite Québec. During WWII, they became the leading provider of footwear for the Canadian Armed Forces. In the 1960’s they began manufacturing the Western-style boots they are famous for today and were the first Canadian company to specialize in this type of boot.


Tony Lama

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Bootmaster carries a selection of Tony Lama footwear in basic leather, as well as exotic skins including lizard, ostrich and alligator.


Frye Boots

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Bootmaster stocks classic styles of Frye Boots, including the Campus and Harness, in brown and black leather.



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Chippewa Boots has been manufacturing quality footwear since 1901, originally as the Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Company. Bootmaster offers a selection of their finest quality motorcycle boots in 7″, 11″ or 18″ heights with steel toes and vibram soles


Old Gringo

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Old Gringo maks quality handmade boots with a contemporary flair for fashion. Founded in 2000 by Yan Ferry, a fourth generation French cobbler and Ernie Tarut. Bootmaster carries a variety of styles from Old Gringo, for men and women


Bootmaster Signature Series

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Bootmaster makes their own store brand – The Bootmaster Signature Series. Any style they they offer can be custom ordered in your choice of colour!


Bootmaster knows how important the right pair of boots can be, but they don’t stop there! Boots are just the beginning! They also carry a selection of exceptional quality, handmade exotic leather jackets that really must be seen to be truly appreciated. You can complete the look with the perfect hat, belt and accessories. Bootmaster’s quality products are a hit with everyone who tries them. You may find yourself giving your old footwear the boot, once you slip into a pair at Bootmaster.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you to feel great and look great. We love to connect you to all your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Dinner and a show at CAA Theatre


One of the major upsides of living at Village Green is being surrounded by fun, food and culture. The 2018/2019 season of Mirvish productions is heating up at Mirvish Theatres throughout Toronto and new subscription packages and lineup of shows will be announced very soon!


Dinner and a show, especially a world-class show like those performed at Mirvish Theatres,  is perhaps the perfect way to spend an evening with friends, family or that special someone. Several neighbourhood restaurants have teamed up with Mirvish to offer special discounts to subscribers, as well as prix fixe menus for those of us without season tickets.


Brownstone Bistro

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Brownstone Bistro (603 Yonge Street) is a 2 minute, 2 block walk from CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly known as Panasonic Theatre). The restaurant offers great food in a great atmosphere. Housed in a heritage building that dates back to 1888, Brownstone has been serving the neighbourhood fine Italian-inspired casual fare for over 20 years.


Brownstone Bistro offers 15% off for Mirvish subscribers. If you’re out for a special evening of dinner and a show, their 3 Course Prix Fixe ($32) dinner is the way to go. Start with your choice of Caprese Salad or Caesar Salad. There is an entree to suit your palate, no matter what mood you’re in. Their take on Chicken Marsala is a pan-seared chicken breast with wild mushrooms and Marsala wine, served with roasted potato and sautéed vegetables. It’s a great choice, as is the Steak & Frites — a classic New York striploin served with Yukon Gold fries and chipotle mayo. It’s classic meat and potatoes, simple and perfect. The Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with sautéed vegetables, quinoa and kale salad, drizzled with balsamic reduction, is a delicious and healthy option. The homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with a light rosé sauce topped with lemon-dressed arugula, is a tasty and satisfying vegetarian option. Be sure to save room for dessert! Learn more about Brownstone Bistro in our feature article.


Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge

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Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge (21 Gloucester Street) is an elegant, yet easy-going eatery. The food and the building itself is beautiful. The rich purple accents on the white table cloths is a nice touch that compliments the building’s almost ornate exterior. Mirvish subscribers always get 15% off here, but even if you’re not a subscriber and are just enjoying a one-off theatrical experience you can get a voucher with your ticket for their 3-course Mirvish Dinner Menu. Start with the soup du jour and your choice of house or caesar salad. Move on to the main course with your choice of Filet of Sole baked in lemon juice, butter and paprika, Chicken Parmesan with Chef’s Béchamel sauce, tomato sauce and cheese, or Penne Pasta with mixed fresh vegetables or diced chicken and your choice of Rosé, cream or tomato sauce. For dessert, a Créme Caramel Custard or Tartufo Ice Cream awaits you! Book your table today!



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In addition to the 15% discount offered to Mirvish subscribers, Focaccia (17 Hayden Street) also offers a 2-course ($18) prix fixe menu. Start with a house salad, Caesar salad or soup of the day, then choose an entree. Entree options include Spaghetti Marinara (with clams, shrimp and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce), Chicken Pizzaiola (a chicken breast topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce, served with pasta and vegetables), Veal Parmigiana (a breaded veal cutlet with mozzarella, served with penne rose and vegetables), or the Basa Fillet (served with quinoa and vegetables). You’re sweet enough, who needs dessert.


Artful Dodger Pub

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If your Mirvish subscription has you feeling fancy enough and you’d like to keep dinner laid back and super casual, you can head to the The Artful Dodger Pub (10 Isabella Street). They offer a 15% discount for subscribers. This old fashioned and authentic British pub is the place to go if you want to enjoy a properly poured pint before the curtain goes up. There are also pool tables, dart boards and jukeboxes. Dig into classic pub fare like a Scotch Egg (a hard-boiled egg wrapped in hot Italian sausage, deep fried and served with mustard mayo), or a plate of Bangers and Mash, an order of Fish and Chips, or a 10 oz New York steak (served with peppercorn sauce, roasted red-skin spuds and Caesar salad). Whatever you choose it’s sure to stick to your ribs and keep you satisfied until curtain call and final bows at CAA Theatre. Learn more about the Artful Dodger in our article about the best pubs near Church and Wellesley and our other article about the best late night eats near Church and Wellesley — we’re big fans of the place!


Having so many choices for cuisine and culture right in your neighbourhood is something to celebrate. Enjoy a fabulous evening of dinner and a show. Bon appetit and bravo!


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.

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.


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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

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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

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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.

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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

Credit: Coquine Restaurant


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

Credit: Cibo Wine Bar


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

Credit: Sake Bar Kushi


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

Credit: North 44 Restaurant


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.

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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.