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.


Credit: @BuddiesTO


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.



Credit: elmspa


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.



Credit: CAA Theatre and Mirvish.com

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.


Credit: @StrykeRange


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

Check out New Ideas Festival


It’s been a long winter. Many of us are slowly coming out of hibernation, but cozy evenings spent on the couch, catching up on our favourite TV shows, is still status quo. If you’re looking for some new ideas for how to spend some time now that winter is drawing to an end, let New Ideas Festival draw you out of your den.


Credit: Alumnae Theatre and The New Ideas Festival


This year marks the 30th anniversary of New Ideas Festival at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street) — which marks its Centennial season this year. Come and experience this time tested tradition of bringing new and experimental theatre to Toronto.


New Ideas Festival


The New Ideas Festival is a juried, three-week theatre festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Each week, from March 7th to 25th, a new group of four plays will be presented, plus a Reading Series of new work. The shows run Wednesday to Saturday nights at 8pm, with weekend matinee performances at 2:30pm. The Reading Series takes place each Saturday of the festival, at 1pm. Come and experience all of the New Ideas, with three evenings (or matinees) of original plays, plus Saturday readings. You can even give the playwrights your feedback. Tickets are available now.


Week 1 (March 7th – 11th)


Week 1 of the The 30th Annual New Idea Theatre Festival opens on Wednesday, March 7th, and runs until the Sunday, March 11th.


See F*CK L*VE by Rosemary Doyle. This piece examines the importance of timing in a relationship. What happens when soulmates meet each other twenty-four hours too early? The show is directed by Brittany Miranda.


Next up is THE DANCING MAN OF MACKLIN STREET, by Andrew Lee. A woman tells the story of her childhood, her family and the impact that the mysterious Dancing Man made on them. It is directed by Cassidy Sadler.


GOVERNING OURSELVES by Stephen Near is a discussion between a student teacher and her advisor that takes an unexpected turn. It is directed by Lori Delorme.


The final play of the evening is ORACLE JANE by Vicki Zhang. It tells the story of Canadian data scientist who returns home to Beijing, witnessing the disturbing and destructive power of the machine learning tool she created – Oracle Jane. The secrets the tool digs up unleash calamity on her and her family (directed by Donald Molnar).


The Saturday Reading Series selection will be WATCH ME DROWN by Liam Salmon.


Week 2 (March 14th – 18th)


Return to the Alumnae Theatre’s Studio Theatre for Week 2 from March 14th to 18th, for four new plays and new ideas.


Week 2 begins with SWEET MAMA AND THE SALTY MUFFINS by Ciarán Myers. It’s the story of Mamma, recounting the loss of her child, a tragedy which occurred years earlier. Mamma says she knows where the child wound up – if only someone would believe her (directed by Kendra Jones).

Donna Langevin makes you contemplate what you would risk to make your dreams come true in her play IF SOCRATES WERE IN MY SHOES. It’s the story of a daredevil, persuading a writer to go over Horseshoe Falls in a barrel, in order to earn money to self-publish a manuscript. It is directed by Carl Jackson.


STARS by D.J. Sylvis, is the tale of two lovers who have never met. It’s directed by Gillian Armstrong.


The fourth play of the evening is MOVING ON, written by Elmar Maripuu and directed by Helly Chester. A visionary software designer finally finds an investor that can turn their idea into a reality — but at what cost? And where did the money come from?


The Saturday Reading Series for week 2 is MIRAGE: THE ARABIAN ADVENTURES OF GERTRUDE BELL by Laurie Fyffe.


Week 3 (March 21st to 25th)


The final week of New Ideas runs from Wednesday March 21st to Sunday March 25th.


Week 3 opens with THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Natalie Frijia and is directed by Kay Brattan. Set in 1882, a monster lurks in Lake Ontario. Thirty-nine people have drowned and a reporter bent on getting to the bottom of it gets more than she bargained for.


Next up, is MARTY AND JOEL AND THE EDGE OF CHAOS by Camille Intson. Estranged lovers learn to navigate love and fate in this tale of broken time and space. Directed by Lorna Craig.


THE OFFICIANT by Francesca Brugnano and directed by Paige Foskett takes two young lovers prepare to wed on a moonlit night in 1938, but they are not prepared for the revelation of what their vows really mean.


MOURNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE by Chloë Whitehorn and directed by Heather Keith will close out the series. Lucy doesn’t know who she is anymore. Everett is falling in love. Drew has lost so much already. Fenwick is just trying to keep her family afloat. And Pippa, well Pippa is drowning.


The final entry in the Reading Series will be ANIMAL by Romeo Ciolfi.


As we make our way into a new season, why not make some time for New Ideas?! Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with all the incredible culture and new ideas 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.

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

Credit: Dayton Boots


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

Credit: Canada West Boots


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.



Credit: Boulet Boots


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

Credit: Tony Lama Boots


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


Frye Boots

Credit: The Frye Company


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



Credit: Chippewa Boots


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

Credit: Old Gringo


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

Credit: Bootmaster


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

Credit: Brownstone Bistro


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

Credit: Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge


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!



Credit: Focaccia Restaurant



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

Credit: The Artful Dodger Pub


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.

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.

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


Credit: @goodpressjuice


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


Credit: Lola’s Kitchen



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.


Credit: @freshii


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!


Credit: fuelplus.ca


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

Credit: @urban_herbivoreto


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.



Celebrate design at TO DO


The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is back for it’s 8th big and beautiful year. The festival is the largest cultural celebration of design in Canada. There are over 100 free exhibitions, events and winter installations across the city, all designed to illuminate, celebrate and challenge your aesthetic interests. The festival is on now, until January 21st.


Credit: @todesignoffsite



TO DO turns Toronto into an interactive hub for creativity, bringing design and art out from behind the closed doors of the studio, and into the urban sphere. It is designed to bring the community together to celebrate contemporary culture. There are too many interesting exhibitions and displays to mention, so check out the full schedule to plan your experience.


Here a few highlights for this year’s festival:


Analog Shift


Analog Shift is an interactive exhibition taking place at Artscape Youngplace, Hallway Galleries (180 Shaw Street). The promotional installation for Seattle-based design brand, Fin, also serves as a social commentary on Virtual Reality (VR). Visitors use a classic childhood toy, the View-Master, to explore Fin’s showroom and highlight that actual physical objects are required to create a virtual reality.


365 Pieces of Felt


365 Pieces of Felt is a window display at the David Kaye Gallery (1092 Queen West). The display is visible from the Dovercourt entrance. A pile of felt may appear as a just a pile of wasted scraps to the untrained eye, but each day another photograph will be added to the display to demonstrate the seemingly infinite versatility that can be achieved with a little creativity. There will be a reception at the Gallery, with the artist Kathryn Walter on the final day of the festival, Sunday January 21st, from 2pm until 5pm. 365 Pieces of Felt continues after the festival at www.feltstudio.com/blog, where a new photo will be added every day of 2018.

Credit: @todesignoffsite


70 Geary Avenue: Intersection Art & Design


Come and experience Toronto’s up and coming design district as the studio doors open to welcome you to 70 Geary Avenue: Intersection Art & Design. The city’s premier floral design studio, Emblem, will feature vibrant displays. The studio is also home to Lori Harrison Design – creators of art, textiles and wonderful wares, as well as Watson Soule. These producers of exceptionally expressive floor pieces invite the public to come get a glimpse of the art of rug making on Saturday January 20th, from 6pm to 9pm, at 70-72 Geary Avenue.


TO DO Talks: Symposium


If you can’t get enough of the festival, there are a few exclusive ticketed events that you won’t want to miss. The TO DO Talks Symposium: Designing the Future of Work is the third annual symposium. It brings together 12 experts from different disciplines to discuss what the future of work may look like. Topics range from organizational structures, to ritual and empathy, to architecture and responsive workplaces. The digital world will affect the way we work, from automation to constant connectivity, the future of work is looking more complex and design will play a major role in reshaping how we work. Tickets are available online or at the door. The talk takes place on Saturday, January 20th, from 1pm to 5pm at George Brown College, St. James Campus, Room 406 (auditorium), 290 Adelaide Street East.

Credit: @todesignoffsite


TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture


Aberrant Architecture is a collaborative studio based in London, UK. Founders David Chambers and Kevin Haley will talk about everything you don’t see that goes into a final work of architecture. Moderated by Beatrice Galilee, a former collaborator with the studio and current Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture takes place on Friday, January 19th, from 7:30pm until 9pm at Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are available now.


If you want to connect with the creativity of your community, and feast your eyes on design that shapes and enhances our lives, put the Toronto Design Offsite Festival at the top of your TO DO list!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with the beauty and creativity of your city, community and neighbourhood. 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.

Bar+ is not your average Karaoke Lounge!


Getting together with some friends for a night of karaoke can be a really fun way to spend an evening. You’re almost guaranteed to have a few laughs, have a few drinks, and sing a few songs. Karaoke is one of those things that most people either love or hate. People who hate it tend to be a little nervous when they’re the centre of attention performing in front of strangers. If that applies to you, don’t shy away from the spotlight. You can say to goodbye to stage fright when you and your friends choose Bar+ (2, 360 Yonge Street). Bar+ is not your average Karaoke Lounge! This bar and karaoke lounge features private karaoke rooms, so you and your party can belt out the tunes, and not be afraid of making a fool of yourself in front of strangers — just your friends!


Courtesy Bar+


Whether you are celebrating with a large party, or just a few people, you’ll experience all the privacy you need. Of course, if you want to mix and mingle with others, there is a large bar area to relax and hang out. There are 3 different size rooms to choose from — a Small Lounge is good for up to 5 people, a Medium for up to 15 people, or a Large Lounge for parties of up to 30 people. Bar+ is perfect for birthday parties, office parties, or any other kind of party! The management tells us, “we don’t offer decorations but customers are welcome to put up their own on arrival”.


Courtesy Bar+


No matter which room you choose, you can expect comfortable, leather seating and a stylish design, with just the right splash of neon! Each room features quality sound equipment with an “up to date, and massive song selection, great customer service, a song app for phones, and tablets in the room instead of binders/books.” This is a thoroughly modern Karaoke Lounge. There is no awkward fumbling with song binders and pages. Simply download the app to your phone or use their tablets. There are tons of new songs to choose from, as well as classics.


Private karaoke bars are nothing new, but until now, most have catered only to Asian languages. Bar+ opens it all up with an extensive library of tunes in English, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese and Thai.

Courtesy Bar+


The bar is pretty great too. Bottle service is available for special occasions and they have a great selection of beer, wine, shots, cider, coolers and cocktails. When you get hungry, there is a good selection of shareable, tasty snacks, including French Fries ($5.31), Chicken Wings (10 pcs $12.61), Breaded Butterfly Shrimp (10 pcs $8.85), Chicken Nuggets (10 pcs $5.98) or just grab a small bag of chips ($0.88) — and “yes, outside food is welcome as well. No drinks though”.


Courtesy Bar+


Bar+ seems to have thought of everything. They want you to be comfortable and enjoy your visit. Their private lounges hit all the right notes – so you don’t have to!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to make you feel comfortable and connected to your community and all that is 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.

Alfred is changing the dry cleaning game


In a city like Toronto, most of us lead busy lives. We scramble to keep up with life’s necessary tasks, like cooking and cleaning, while trying to maintain a balance in our work lives and social lives. Simple but necessary tasks, like taking your clothes to the dry cleaners, can really throw a wrench into your day. You have to drop off and pick up your items during the shop’s business hours, and don’t get us started on the inevitable lineup. Before you join the queue, allow us to introduce you to Alfred. Alfred is not a person, it’s a dry cleaning/laundry service that is changing the game and helping to liberate you from the burden of laundry day.


Credit: @alfredservice


So how does it work? Unlike most dry cleaning services where you have to visit one location and interact with a clerk, Alfred has drop off lockers. Currently, Alfred only serves private condos but you’re in luck if you live at Village Green in the Church and Wellesley area. There is an Alfred public depot at 564 Church Streetthat you can access 24 hours a day.


Credit: @alfredservice


To get started, simply place your items in a locker and they will be returned clean and repaired (if required). It’s not magic, it’s technology.


For your very first order — once your items are safely locked up in the drop off locker and protected by a 4 digit access code — log into the Alfred app or send a text to Alfred and provide the company with your secret access code. Your items will usually be returned within 48 hours, unless special care or repairs are required. Alfred will text you to let you know when your order is complete, what locker to grab your clothing from, give you a new access code, and the final amount of your bill. All you have to do is pick up your package at your convenience! Your items will be returned with your very own ID tag. This means you never need to contact Alfred again. All you have to do is leave your items to be cleaned in a locker with your ID tag. Alfred’s staff checks the lockers daily.


If you want to contact Alfred, you are certainly able to. If you have special instructions for your most prized garments, alterations or repairs that you’d like made, or if you want to point out a stubborn stain, it’s easy to let Alfred know. As Alfred says;

I’ll take a picture of each dry-cleaning garment and upload it to your Alfred account. There, you can share your specific cleaning instructions for each article of clothing and gaze lovingly at your clothes. Rest assured, your favourite blazer is as precious to me as it is to you, and I will care for it accordingly. – ‘Alfred’.

The system also allows you to keep track of every stage of your order. Simply log into your account and check the whereabouts of your wardrobe. You can also keep track of your bill online, and you’ll receive an itemized receipt along with your returned package. Gone are the days of keeping track of tickets and scraps of paper.

Credit: @alfredservice


Alfred doesn’t just get your clothes clean, they’re also as green as possible. Their dry cleaning process uses GreenEarth organic solvents and water, along with the most environmentally safe methods available during every step of the way. Their wash and fold laundry service (10 lbs minimum order) allows you to choose your laundry detergent, including Seventh Generation Free & Clear All Natural. Alfred wants to keep your clothes and the planet as clean as can be.


So go ahead, make a mess, and let Alfred clean it up while you go have brunch. Alfred will help you free up your schedule for life’s activities that you actually enjoy.


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to everything that your community has to offer! For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) or Greenrock at Davisville Village(77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.



Unwind at elmspa and Elmwood Spa



Life can be very stressful, especially during the holiday season. Taking time to relax, unwind and revitalize is always a good idea. Spa treatments and massages can help you release some of the tension that you carry, and relax your body and mind.


If you’re looking for a great spa close to Village Green, look no further than Elmwood Spa (18 Elm Street) or their boutique spa oasis, Elmspa (557 Church Street, 3rd Floor). Both locations offer soothing treatments for men and women in a zen-like environment.


Garden Terrace – Courtesy of Elmspa


Elmspa (the closest location to Village Green) offers seven specialized treatment rooms, two steam rooms, an infrared sauna, a rain shower and a serene garden terrace area. The natural wood, zen pebbles and flowing water features make this a truly soothing space to for body and the soul.


Courtesy Elmwood Spa


Elmspa is a great option for those on the go who are simply looking for spa treatments but Elmwood Spa believes in going big! The larger of the two sister spas, Elmwood Spa features four floors of renewal and treatment options, plus retreat packages for couples or singles, Water Therapy (swimming pool, whirlpool and steam), two restaurants and a juice bar!


We got in touch with spokesperson Nora Ursulescu to find out more about the spa experience that Elmwood and Elmspa offer.


So Nora, what is your most popular spa service and why is it so popular with your customers?


One of our most popular spa services is our Essential Facial, as it is suitable and customized for all skin types and leaves your skin refreshed and revitalized. It includes deep cleansing, toning, exfoliation, steam, extractions, masque and moisturizing with our exclusive ElmLine products.


Deep Siam Massage – Courtesy of Elmwood Spa


Sounds fantastic! What is your most popular signature service?


Our most popular Signature Service is the Deep Siam Massage (75 min, $195), based on a 14th century Thai treatment that was developed for soldiers returning home from war. This Massage features a heated Thai herbal compress that restores and redirects energy while the herbs and essential oils repair the body by balancing the senses, calming the nerves and revitalizing the skin and tissues. Herbs used in the compress include lemongrass which is good for asthma, plai which relieves cramping, turmeric which reduces inflammation, and Kaffir lime which has detoxifying properties. This treatment also includes a herbal compress to take home with instructions.


We also have a retreat package called the Thai Escape for Two (4 hrs, $449) which includes Water Therapy (access to our swimming pool, whirlpool, and steam room), a couples Deep Siam Massage, followed by a 4 course Authentic Thai Dinner at Bangkok Garden, located on the main level.


LI’TYA Kodo Body Massage – Courtesy Elmwood Spa


If someone wants to unwind, which services do you recommend?


We have a number of services that help our guests unwind and escape the demands of everyday life! One of them is our LI’TYA Kodo Body Massage. This rhythmic massage, inspired by traditional Australian Aboriginal healing techniques uses a combination of pressure points and spiraling movements to ground and uplift, leaving the body’s energies ‘laughing with joy.’ A choice of aromatic oils will rejuvenate, harmonize or detoxify. It includes a smudging ritual and our Quandong Hair and Scalp Treatment. For more information on our LI’TYA services, click here.


A bamboo massage is also a great option! Warmed cylindrical pieces of bamboo are rolled and pressed along the body to ease tension, giving added pressure and an extremely relaxing sensation. Great for knotted and tense muscles.


Courtesy Bangkok Garden


We love that your spa features two restaurants and a juice bar! What’s the best thing to order at the Terrace Restaurant, Bangkok Garden, and the juice bar?


It’s hard to pick just one! The Terrace Restaurant will be featuring a new seasonal menu in December, but in the meantime, you can’t go wrong with the Vegetarian Tacos which are a medley of mushrooms, yellow and green zucchini, onions, sliced avocado, house made salsa, corn chips and sour cream. Two floors below at the Juice Bar, we indulge in an Illuminator Smoothie with dark cocoa, yogurt, banana, and peanut butter. At Bangkok Garden, Phad Thai is definitely the most popular (it was voted the best Phad Thai in Toronto by Toronto.com), and we’re currently featuring a Phad Thai Celebration Menu until December 23 rdclick herefor more information. However, we are also known for our aromatic curry dishes, all made from scratch. A favourite is the Emerald Curry of Chicken (Gaeng Kioh Waan Gai) – a green curry with coconut cream, fresh basil, and lime leaves, which is also gluten-free.

We all need to relax and unwind. Schedule some ‘me time’ this holiday season and let the professional staff at Elmwood Spa and Elmspa help you look and feel your best.
Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you with all that your neighbourhood has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.