Don’t miss the Pancakes & Booze Art Show!

 

If you were to make a list of some of your favourite things, would pancakes, booze and art make it onto that list? We thought so. Prepare to have your hunger sated, your thirst quenched, and your appetite for art satisfied – all at the same time! It’s not magic, it’s the Pancakes and Booze Art Show! The show is making a stop in Toronto during its North American tour. It all happens on October 14th at the Opera House (735 Queen Street East).

 

What is it?

 

The name says it all, kind of. It’s an art show, but it’s not your typical gallery experience. Some art galleries serve wine, but we don’t know of any that serve free pancakes! Since 2009 the show has filled venues in cities across North America. Every show features between 50 and 150 local artisans and live performances from bands, DJs, live painting, body painting and more. It’s a celebration and showcase of local artists of all kinds – as well as a great excuse to eat pancakes! We spoke to Tom from thePancakes & Booze Art Show to get a clearer picture.

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

So Tom, what are some highlights of the Toronto edition of this event?

 

Personally, I’m excited to have Ryan Mcgee (IG @ryan.mcgee.design). I really love what he’s doing right now. Sara McIntyre (@sarassoapsandcandles) is coming out with some great candles for the Halloween season.  Also a HUGE fan of Braeden Arnold’s prints and patches (braedenarnold.com). We’ve also got some great DJs lined up which we’ll be announcing as the week progresses.  

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

What makes your event unique?

 

Where else can you get art, libations and free pancakes?! Pancakes are a fantastic gateway to get people interested in supporting local artists. Who knew?

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

What keeps the event going strong year after year?

 

It’s an experience most people have never thought about combining so the name always gets a reaction of “wait…what?” Once someone’s inside they’re usually hooked. The art is all local to Toronto area artists and most of it is financially attainable for the average Joe.

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

Don’t miss this unique art show, cocktail party and pancake dinner on October 14th. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show seeks to connect the art community with the community at large. It’s an environment where artists, patrons and pancakes come together to create something beautiful. Dig in!

 

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Listen and learn at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival!

 

The first Hot Docs Podcast Festival tested the waters in Toronto last year, starting out as a small project hoping to garner some attention. The festival attracted enormous audiences and generated some fabulous feedback, paving the way for this year’s bigger and better experience. Don’t miss out on the new and improved Hot Docs Podcast Festival from October 12th to 15th at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The festival’s four-day lineup features ten acclaimed and adored podcasts, five insider panels, plus networking meet-and-greet style events.

 

In its first year, the Podcast Festival was a small pilot project to showcase some great storytellers and create unique experiences for our audience. We weren’t sure what to expect, but the audiences were huge and the feedback was tremendous. 
-Alan Black, Managing Director of Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and Co-curator of Hot Docs Podcast Festival

 

It’s no surprise to us that the event was so popular — people love the intimacy of podcasts. Podcasts are most often enjoyed through earphones, which can make it feel as though the host or guest is speaking directly to you.

 

Credit: Hot Docs Podcast Festival

 

The Panels:

 

Have you ever wanted to start a podcast? You’re in luck! There are several panels at the festival designed to help you launch your own podcast project.

 

Finding Your Voice

 

Finding Your Voice: The Art and Craft of Hosting a Podcast offers the opportunity for candid chat with popular podcast hosts about how to cultivate your talents as a storyteller and develop a relationship with an audience. Join moderator, Hanna Sung, co host of the Globe and Mail podcast Colour Code as she picks the brains of Sook Yin Lee; host of CBC’s Sleepover, Ryan McMahon; host of Red Man Laughing andCanadaland Commons and Dan Misener; host of Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids.

 

Informative Panels

 

Potential podcasters may also want to check out informative panels including Podcasting Essentials: The Tools You Need to Make Your Show, and Ready for Takeoff: What it Takes to Launch a Successful New Podcast.

 

The Decision Makers

 

Podcasts are a new media format to be reckoned with. They can democratize the media and eliminate the gatekeepers. Podcasting networks can put their combined media muscle behind a show to help take it to the next level. Learn more about what networks are looking for with The Decision Makers: Podcast Executives in Conversation. Join executives from Radiotopia, Gimlet Media and CBC as they talk about building a roster and what shapes their decisions.

 

Meet and Greet

 

For those looking for an even more intimate experience, you can join Radiotopia executive producer Julie Shapiro, Nigel Poor of the Ear Hustle podcast, Nate Dimeo from The Memory Palace and as well as other audio producers for a free and informal meet and greet at Black Rock Coffee (677 Bloor Street West).

 

Intercepted

 

The Hotdocs Podcast Festival is all about seeing the show(s) you love to listen to come to life on stage. Join host, Jeremy Scahill as he’s joined by Naomi Klein, Desmond Cole and artist Yassin Alsalman (Narcy), for a fearless discussion on Intercepted.

 

Another Round

 

Enjoy the funny and informative cultural commentary of Another Round. It’s best described by hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton as “happy hour with friends you haven’t met yet”.

 

Canadaland

 

The CANADALAND podcast comes to life with host Jesse Brown as he’s joined by Toronto Star Washington correspondent Daniel Dale. Listen in as they discuss the role facts play (or don’t play) in today’s political climate.

 

There are many great shows and panels to experience at this year’s festival. That’s the beauty and power of podcasting. Whatever you’re interested in, there is a program that seems like it was made just for you. As Alan Black puts it:

 

This year, I believe we’ve curated the greatest assemblage of podcasts and panels to ever hit this country, and we’re so excited for the opportunity to not only build on our own success, but to help facilitate opportunities for a community of audio creators that we had a small part in helping to create.

 

Watch ideas come to life before your eyes and ears at the second annual Hot Docs Podcast Festival. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the creators of your favourite shows and meet members of the community.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with your community and all that it has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green andGreenrock at Davisville Village, please visit our website.

 

Nuit Blanche is back!

 

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

 

Credit: Nuit Blanche Toronto

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

The CNE is back!

 

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

 

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

 

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

 

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

 

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

 

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

 

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

 

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Enjoy one of a kind burgers at Holy Chuck!

 

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

 

Photo credit: Holy Chuck

Photo credit: Holy Chuck

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

My foie gras burger. Yeah.

 

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

 

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

 

Photo Credit: Holy Chuck

Photo Credit: Holy Chuck

 

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

 

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

 

 

Check out Toronto’s Sail in Cinema™!

 

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

 

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

 

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

 

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

 

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

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

 

The Movies

 

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

 

Edward Scissorhands (Thursday, August 17th)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Beauty and the Beast (Saturday, August 19th)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Taste Toronto at Taste of the Danforth

 

Taste of the Danforth returns to Toronto’s Greek Town for its 24th year, from August 11th to 13th. The festival is a celebration of the Danforth’s Greek heritage and Toronto’s multicultural population.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

It’s a Toronto tradition that has been satisfying those hungry for family-friendly fun and fabulous food from around the world. As spokesperson for the festival tells us:

 

What keeps people coming back each year is the fact that we offer free family-friendly fun as well as food, food and more food!  The great food remains the same. The low prices for the food in the tasting menus remains the same. The entertainment changes dramatically.

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

Live Performances

 

There are so many live performances from such a wide array of performers at this year’s festival that it takes three stages to contain them all. The Greek Stage is the place to find the finest Greek singers, dancers and musicians. The Celebrity Stage features music and dance performances from around the world. This year’s Showcase Stage is being programmed by the North-by-Northeast Festival!

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

It’s All Greek to Me

 

The ancient Greek tradition of breaking plates after a meal has been banned in Greece since 1969 but you can feel free to smash away at this year’s festival! Experience the simple, stress-relieving pleasure of plate smashing, in partnership with BattleSports’ Rage Room. Festival attendees can also participate in a dart of war Nerf battle with Ares’ Dart Challenge, in honour of the son of Zeus and the God of War.

 

Hollywood on the Danforth

 

Experience the thrills from some Hollywood films. Figure out who done it with the “Murder on the Orient Express” mystery challenge and win tickets to the film! See a professional stunt team on the Celebrity Stage and join them after for a photo!

 

Canada 150

 

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Taste of the Danforth celebrates Canadian Heroes. Take a virtual reality trip to visit some Canadian Heroes and meet the Heroes of the Future with superstar students who may change the world.

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

Food, Food & More Food!

 

There is so much to enjoy at Taste of the Danforth. From classic Greek favourites to Thai, Cuban, Indian and more. This is truly a multicultural festival. Best of all you don’t have to narrow your choices, “the model of the festival is to offer sting menus so that people don’t have to choose one vendor over another. They can taste of variety of items from a variety of vendors.” Try a little from here, a little from there. You can taste the world in one place.

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

Contests and Prizes

 

There are also contests and giveaways galore!

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

There are trips to be won with Newstalk 1010, Metroland, Toronto Star and CP24. At the Festival this year, if people pick up one of our brochures there is a secret code on the back, or they just need to look at the Jumbo Screen next to the Celebrity Stage for the secret code.  All they have to do is go online and answer some questions for a chance to win a Trip for 2 to Portugal.

 

Over the years the Taste of the Danforth has grown and evolved. It is now much more than simply a Greek food festival. As their festival representative puts it:

 

We have changed much like the country, the city and the street to be reflective of Canada’s multicultural mosaic. We still respect the fact that the Festival is in the heart of GreekTown and we have both a Greek stage with continuous performances as well as an “It’s All Greek To Me” experience, which features the ancient tradition of breaking plates as well as an Ares’ God of War experience. While we have many mainstream activities, ranging from a Sports Zone with challenges from the Leafs, the Raptors, the Argos and the Toronto FC, and some amazing Hollywood on the Danforth activations, we also have lots of cultures reflected in the Festival. On our Celebrity Stage you can see everything from the city’s leading Bollywood dancers to the contestants in the Mr. & Miss Asia Toronto pageant. In our “Learn a Little” experience, we’ve got 7 different cultural dance troupes teaching our attendees a fun cultural dance. The list goes on.

 

The Taste of the Danforth has something to offer everyone. It’s truly multicultural festival for a truly multicultural city. It’s time to experience the diverse flavours of your community.

 

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