The best family-friendly restaurants near Davisville Village

 

We love sitting down to a family meal at a great restaurant. It gives us time to catch up, tell stories and share some delicious food! There are a lot of amazing family-friendly restaurant options in and around the Davisville Village neighbourhood. You can enjoy food from all over the world here. To help you plan your next night out with the family, here are some of the best family-friendly restaurants near Davisville Village

 

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Grazie Ristorante

 

A beautiful interior, comfortable seats and exceptional Italian fare make Grazie Ristorante (2373 Yonge Street) a great choice for your next family meal on the town. There are plenty of vegetarian options at this restaurant too – our favourite is the Tasca ($18.50). It’s a dish of fresh pasta filled with ricotta, spinach, mushrooms and brie, then baked in creamy tomato porcini sauce. Don’t forget to ask for a chili oil drizzle for a bit of extra flavour! The Bruschetta appetizer ($7) is a great way to start a meal, while the Tiramisu ($8) (with mascarpone cheese, fresh cream and ladyfingers dipped in espresso and liqueurs) is the perfect way to finish a memorable meal. Kids will love the Chocolate Chip Banana Cake ($8).

 

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Mariachi’s

 

When your family is in the mood for authentic Mexican food at very fair prices, make sure you payMariachi’s  Restaurant (2084 Yonge Street) a visit. This cozy, family run establishment has been a staple in the neighbourhood for years. The food is simple and incredible. Start with an order of warm tortilla chips and guacamole ($8.95), then move on to the Mole Chicken ($15.95). It has a complex, rich flavour, but it’s not spicy. The Mole (pronounced Mole-eh) contains over 40 ingredients – including chocolate!

 

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Granite Brewery

 

Granite Brewery & Restaurant (245 Eglinton Avenue East) was a pioneer in the craft brewing scene when they opened their doors in 1991. They brew a wide array of their own beers on-site. During the warmer weather, their front and rear patios are the place to be — whether it’s for a quick drink or a full meal. The menu is classic pub fare. To start, you can’t go wrong with the Butter Chicken Pizza ($10). The Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon Fillet ($18) is a great main course, and their burgers and sandwiches will please everyone. If you haven’t already, read our feature article on Granite Brewery from earlier this year.

 

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Pi Co

 

Attention all pizza lovers, Pi Co (2177 Yonge Street) has some of the best pizzas in town! Forget about trying to get the entire family to agree to the same toppings, at Pi Co you can get personal sized pizzas with unlimited toppings for just $13 each. Margherita pizzas are just $9. They bake their pies in an 800 degree oven for just 90 seconds! They know how much you love pizza, so they have them for dessert, too! Try a Sweet Pi with unlimited toppings for only $6.

 

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Copacabana Brazilian Steak House

 

When you visit the Copacabana Brazilian Steak House  (150 Eglinton Avenue East) be sure to come hungry. This all-you-can-eat Brazilian Steak House offers a fun family experience and great food — especially if you like grilled meat. There is also a buffet full of salads and cheese, but the real focus is the meat. Your server will give you a pair of tongs and a paper button. Flip the button to one side and the meat carvers will come with more fine cuts of meat. There is a lot of meat to sample — from top sirloin, to Parmesan filet mignon and picanha (a Brazilian specialty). There are over 16 cuts to choose from. Save some room for dessert – they specialize in cinnamon roasted pineapples that are out of this world!

 

We hope that you and your family dine at one of these local restaurants. We know that having a few favourite spots for family meals in your neighbourhood makes it feel like home.

 

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

 

 

You gotta eat at Five Doors North

 

You gotta eat at Five Doors North! Not that we’re telling you what to do – but you really have to! This restaurant was a neighbourhood mainstay long before being featured on The Food Network’s, You Gotta Eat Here! In fact, many of the regulars view Five Doors North as the heart of the neighbourhood!  We spoke with Manager; Kara Anderson to find out what makes this place so special.

 

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Kara, what is your most popular menu item and what makes it special?

 

Our Gnocchi is definitely one of our most popular menu items. It’s a house made Gnocchi. And Gnocchi is very simple – but hard to do right. So, we have kind of mastered the technique of Gnocchi here. It’s always consistent. It’s always the same. And it’s always really tasty. We smother it in a Gorgonzola cream sauce, so it’s something that’s pretty strong in flavour, but a lotof people like it. Even kids are surprised to enjoy it!

 

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Sounds delicious! What has been the outcome for your restaurant since being featured on You Gotta Eat Here?

 

We definitely saw a few new faces! But we’ve always been a pretty ‘regular’ place. We have a lot of people in the area that have been regulars since way before that show. But it was nice to have [You Gotta Eat Here] come in and showcase some of our best stuff!

 

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What is the atmosphere of your restaurant like and what kind of demographic do you usually serve?

 

We are across the board. We’re a local shop. So, basically we serve a lot of people who live in the area. For families, it’s definitely a very good ‘safe spot’. We get a lot of dinner parties in as well for birthday parties, or family dinners, things like that. The vibe is casual fine dining. The food is top notch, while the service is more casual and laid back.

 

Would you describe the food as ‘traditional Italian’? Or do you take some artistic license with it?

 

We take a little liberty. We have a lot of traditional Italian items, but then we also do some more contemporary Canadian stuff. Take our ribs, for example. While not traditionally Italian, they are one of the most popular items. That’s because we co-own the butcher shop across the street. It’s called The Butcher’s Son. All of our meats are ethically sourced, including the ribs which are braised in an incredible house made BBQ sauce. That’s not traditional Italian, but it is very popular.

 

Take a stroll over to Five Doors North and experience the magic that makes them so popular. Find them at 2088 Yonge Street, just north of Davisville. Five Doors North is a great example of a local neighbourhood shop that is doing something special. Their relationship with the butcher across the street adds to this real feeling of community. It’s like a slice of small town life in the heart of the biggest city in the country. It’s just the sort of thing that makes life in Davisville Village unique.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your Davisville Village community and showing you what makes this great Toronto neighbourhood unique. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

 

 

Spice it up at Marigold Indian Restaurant

 

There are several options in the Davisville neighbourhood when you are in the mood for authentic Indian cuisine. They all offer their own version of flavourful classic Indian dishes, heavy on spices and seasoning, that warm up the body and the soul. Most options also go heavy on the oil, butter and cream. It can be delicious, but it may not be very nutritious to eat on a regular basis. Marigold Indian Bistro (552 Mt Pleasant Road) is changing all that. We spoke with owner, Ritu Khadri to find out how they do it differently at Marigold.

 

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Tell us Ritu, what motivated you to incorporate both traditional and more modern takes on Indian cuisine in your menu?

 

Authentic Indian food calls for lots of oil, or butter, in pretty much everything. It’s a lot of variety, it’s so many spices and herbs from various states of India.  We have blended different combinations and tried to make it more like a healthier version of Indian food. Most of our sauces that we prepare are really healthy. We don’t use lots of oil in everything and not [too many] spices. So it’s like, authentic Indian – still the Indian taste, but considering the healthy aspect of it. So, the quality is better – I would say.

 

Courtesy of Marigold Indian Bistro

 

That sounds like a dream! What are your most popular menu items?

 

Our Butter Chicken ($15.95) is really popular. Our Palak Paneer ($12.95) is really popular. We have some vegan specialty items on the menu that people come for, like our tofu. Our seafood is popular, in particular the Calamari appetizer ($13.95). Aloo tikki is really popular.

 

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Who doesn’t like butter chicken! Is your butter chicken made in the healthier way that you were talking about?

 

Yes, yes, yes. Most of the Indian restaurants use a lot of cream to prepare butter chicken. We actually cook it with milk. It’s a very healthy version.

 

Courtesy of Marigold Indian Bistro

 

Do you take inspiration for your meals from all over India, or certain regions?

 

It’s actually from all around the country. Some of our dishes are inspired from the North side like Aloo Tikki ($9.95), Dahl Puri ($9.95), you know, more of the yogurt options and more of the street food options are inspired by the North part of India – like, samosas, pakoras and everything, so Punjab and Haryana. Then we have some sauces, like our Goan Seafood Curry ($21.95), it’s a specialty from a region in India – Goa. We have Kerala Fish, which is inspired from the state Kerala which is the South side – so yeah, it’s actually from all over.

 

Courtesy Marigold Indian Bistro

 

Is there anything else that sets Marigold apart from other Indian restaurants in Toronto?

 

As our name suggests it’s a bistro. In terms of what we serve, it’s a fusion of Indian spice with a Canadian taste. So, it’s good for the diversified Canadian crowd as well as the Ayurvedic crowd, so it’s good for both. Every dish of ours has a unique flavour. We use many different types of sauces, and each sauce is extremely different from the others. Most of the other Indian Restaurants, they have a few basic sauces that they are using in all the dishes. Ours is not so. We use many different types of spice. Our pakoras are made of mixed seasonal vegetables, so we keep changing the menu according to [the season]. That’s what makes us different.

 

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What would say is the atmosphere at Marigold Indian Bistro?

 

Considering the ambiance of the place, it’s good for couples as well as for families. We have crowds of all different kinds. Business lunches, family gatherings, big groups coming in for dinner. It’s good for parties. People can book [the entire restaurant] and we close for [private] parties. I think it suits everybody.

 

If you love the flavour of authentic Indian food, and love the idea of a healthier alternative, you owe it to yourself to give Marigold Indian Bistro a try. Their unique take on traditional cuisine is part of what makes this neighbourhood special.
Greenrock Property Management wants to connect you with your community and show you what makes it unique. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

Enjoy Coffee and Cats at Meow Cat Cafe

 

Picture this: you’re sitting down at a lovely neighbourhood cafe, enjoying a hot beverage. Suddenly something warm and furry brushes up against your leg! Usually, this would be cause for alarm, but it’s all par for the course at Meow Cat Cafe  (556 Mt Pleasant Road). This cute cafe near Greenrock at Davisville Village combines coffee and cats, so you can get a dose of caffeine and cuteness all at once.

 

We asked owner Erica Yun what inspired her to open such an adorable business in the heart of Mt. Pleasant Village:

 

My mom and I love coffee. We were always thinking of opening a small cafe but we didn’t want our cats to stay at home, lonely, without anyone who could care of them during the daytime. So the cat cafe was the solution.

 

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If you’re as curious as a cat about this business concept, you’re not alone! It’s trend that is cropping up all over North America, after becoming popular in Asia. The first cat cafe opened in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998. It became something of a tourist destination. The idea slowly spread and cat cafes began to pop up across South East Asia. A cat cafe is essentially a place where customers can find coffee, companionship and comfort.

 

The kitties that roam Meow Cat Cafe all belong to Erica and her mother. They are six well-loved and friendly felines who spend most of each day playing with toys and taking catnaps within the cafe. There is a placard on the wall where patrons can learn the name, age and breed of each cat.

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It’s not all smooth sailing — customers are expected to follow ground rules to avoid stressing out the cats during their visit.

 

The most basic rule is that ‘each visitor purchases a drink to stay at our cafe.’

And because this is a cat cafe, the’ happiness and safety of our cats is a priority.

‘Respect the cat’s mood while staying at the cafe.’ Remember this and keep good manners to[ward] my cats, that is all.

Some cat cafes charge a cover, but at Meow, all they ask is that you purchase a drink and respect the animals. There is a more detailed list of rules to observe on the corkboard as you come in. Common sense applies here — don’t disturb sleeping cats, don’t feed them people food, and don’t use flash photography. Visitors are encouraged to read the posted list before they enter. Families are more than welcome, as long as your children can respect the rules.

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The atmosphere at Meow Cat Cafe is clean and bright. There are seating arrangements at the front and back. The place is full of cats, but it doesn’t smell like a place that is full of cats! They also carry a variety of cat toys and supplies to bring back to your own cat – but they do ask that you keep your kitty at home. Cats are territorial and introducing new four legged friends can cause stress – and Meow Cat Cafe is all about reducing stress. If the idea of chilling out with a coffee or tea, while petting a cat or two, appeals to you, then you need pay a visit to Meow!

 

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

Check Out the Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair

 

We love the neighbourhoods we operate in. They are vibrant and truly feel like communities. It’s almost time for the annual Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair. Mark your calendar for this great community event on Saturday, September 23rd. It’s a perfect weekend activity for residents in our Davisville Village community.

 

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Traditionally, harvest fairs celebrate community and the abundance of food available in early fall. The Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair is no exception. It’s a giant annual neighbourhood celebration that attracts between three thousand and five thousand people each year. The event is presented by Meridian and hosted by the Mount Pleasant BIA. We spoke with Keven Menager, Administrator of the Mount Pleasant BIA, about the local event.

 

We asked Keven about who typically attends the event each year and what attracts them to it:

 

Primarily attendees are area residents.This is their neighbourhood! It’s our biggest event of the year, the one most people come out for. They come for the variety of activities, to get in touch with the [local] businesses, and to see what’s going on!

So what can residents expect at this year’s Fair? Quite a bit, actually! The day is packed with family-friendly fun! For the kids, there will be face painting, balloon sculpting, a caricaturist, a pumpkin carving contest, as well as arts and crafts tables! Stroll and shop at sidewalk sales featuring various local vendors and, of course, there will be special food offerings! You can even register to attend a flower workshop presented by local personality Frankie Flowers. It’s sponsored by Birch Bistro and Apricot Flowers, and it’s sure to help you celebrate the season!

 

Music lovers will appreciate the three live bands at the event. Expect performances from the three piece powerhouse; Pepper Shakers, as well as Gareth Berges, and Bruce Griffin.

 

Join your community at the 8th annual Harvest Fair, brought to you by the merchants of Mount Pleasant Village! Swing by Mount Pleasant Road, between Eglinton and Davisville, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, September 23rd.  Celebrate your neighbourhood and connect with your local community.

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to show you what your neighbourhood has to offer! For information onGreenrock Rental Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Shop chic at Rewind Couture!

 

Fashion can be fabulous, but let’s face it, it can also be prohibitively expensive. Thankfully, there is a great shop near Toronto’s Davisville neighbourhood that sells high quality designer fashion at prices you can actually afford. At Rewind Couture (577 Mt Pleasant Road) you’ll find hand-picked high end fashion pieces for a fraction of the price you’d pay in a regular retail store. You can also use the business to turn your fashionable closet clutter into cash — Rewind Couture will buy clothing and accessories from you. You can visit their store to sell your items on the spot or let them come to you — they make house calls! We spoke with Dawn Librach, Owner and Manager, to find out how she makes the magic happen at Rewind Couture.

 

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So Dawn, what do you think sets Rewind Couture apart from other vintage retailers?

 

Rewind Couture is a hand-selected store. So, instead of consignment, what we actually do is buy the pieces directly from our customers. We source from all over the United States (and Canada), so it’s a hand-curated collection. Whereas, other stores what they do is they do consignment. They put everything in the store. I hand pick each piece, so it’s kind of my taste. It’s all high end designers, as well.

 

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Sounds like a great collection! We noticed that you are a recent grad of the Ryerson Entrepreneurship Program — how has business been going since you opened in 2014? Did the program help you establish a solid business model?

 

Yeah, definitely! Business has been amazing! We’ve increased sales rapidly. People like that it’s a very personalized experience. People come in and ask us to dress them. Business has been flourishing. And I think by being in the Ryerson Entrepreneurship Program I really learned how to identify opportunities and how to differentiate myself. I think that played a big part in why my business was so successful.

 

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So, all the clothes come to you directly from your customers?

 

Yes! We buy directly from our customers. You get cash for your clothes! So it’s really advantageous because you get it instantaneously – rather than having to wait for something to sell. We also do home visits! So, we will come to you, you don’t have to bring the clothing to us. We give you cash, right on the spot. People are really happy with that.


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It does sound super convenient for your customers! Since you carry so many designer items, can you tell us what the most special item you’ve sold or carried at the store was?

 

We’ve carried Hermès Kelly bags, we’ve had Hermès Birkin bags, Chanel purses, blazers, jackets. I think those are the most special. We also offer a mixture of vintage designers as well, because I think fashion is fashion, however you want to express yourself. We’ve had pieces, pre-used, from Yves St. Laurent — jackets that have been unbelievable, that you can’t find anywhere else!


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Wow! That’s really impressive! What is the typical price range of items available in your store?

 

We do everything 80 to 90 percent less than retail. So, if a jacket retails for $1000, in our store it would be $195. So it’s a really good price point.

 

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Thanks for speaking with us, Dawn! We can’t wait to shop with you!

 

If you’re looking to clean out your closet and make some cash, and maybe add some high end and vintage designer fashion to your wardrobe, pay a visit to Rewind Couture!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with great businesses in your area. For more information onGreenrock Rental Communities across Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.


Enjoy a taste of Naples at Il Sogno

 

The character of a neighbourhood is determined by the people who live there and the places they go. The neighbourhood hot spots and hangouts set the tone and tell you a lot about the crowd. Il Sogno (1993 Yonge Street), which means “The Dream”,  has been serving casual Italian fare in Toronto’s Davisville Village for over a decade. The restaurant is a go-to spot for locals and visitors alike as it has an inviting atmosphere and cozy vibe, and serves quality comfort food and creative daily specials. They keep it fresh, both in terms of what they serve and what you can expect on any given evening.

 

There’s something special happening nearly every night at Il Sogno. From BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) Sundays and Thursdays with no corkage fees, to Martini Fridays featuring Eats and Beats with $5 Martinis all night long and a live DJ starting at 10pm! Budget conscious customers will love $10 Pasta Tuesdays and $10 Pizza Wednesdays. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away or wind down at a cool little bar, Il Sogno offers something for everyone. We spoke with owner, Ross Bonfanti to find out more about this great little spot in Davisville.

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So Ross, please tell us about your most popular menu item at Il Sogno and why it’s so special.

 

We have a few signature dishes here. We just started carrying east coast oysters which have been a hit. The arancini are also new and also extremely popular. We’ve always been known for our calamari — both grilled and deep fried. And everyone loves our pizza!

 

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It all sounds delicious! What is the atmosphere of your restaurant like and what kind of demographic do you usually serve?

 

We pride ourselves on being a neighbourhood spot. Whether you are coming in alone or with a group of 20, we want everyone to feel comfortable and like family. Our crowd normally is anywhere from 25-60. You can come for a date, a business dinner or come in on a Friday night for martinis and dancing. We always have something for everyone.

Credit: Il Sogno

 

That is really amazing – what a broad demographic!

 

We noticed you serve real Neopolitan style pizza. Are you VPN  (Vera Pizza Napoletana) certified? And what equipment do you use to cook the pizzas?

 

We are Neapolitan-style but we are not certified. I’ve been in this game for a long time and feel like the restaurant industry has gotten out of hand. We always use the freshest of ingredients and make what we can in house. We use a gas/stone oven for pizza and our customers love it. I have always said, use the best of what you can with what you have.  If people don’t like it, well that’s up to them. And so far after 11 years, people love it.  

 

Why wouldn’t they! If you haven’t popped into Il Sogno yet, it’s time to try it for yourself! It’s cozy, and comfortable — you’ll feel like family!  Let Ross and his friendly staff make you dinner tonight.

 

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

Get in great shape at CrossFit Metric!

 

There are so many fun ways to get in shape these days. If you’re unimpressed by traditional gyms, you might want to explore CrossFit. You’ve probably heard about it before — CrossFit enthusiasts tend to be a passionate group. But what is it all about? CrossFit is a branded fitness regime that was created by Greg Glassman in 2000. It is a physical exercise philosophy built on functional strength training with a strong community dynamic. The idea is to constantly challenge yourself and never get used to a routine by completing WODs

(Workouts of the Day). CrossFit has grown in popularity in a relatively short period of time, with CrossFit gyms popping up all over North America. CrossFit Metric (756 Mount Pleasant Road) is owned and operated by Julian Hankey. We spoke with Julian about his fitness facility and he got us pumped about CrossFit.

Credit: CrossFit Metric

Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

So Julian, what is CrossFit, and why have you dedicated your gym to this type of fitness training?

 

CrossFit is about motivating people to improve themselves — both emotionally and physically — using a community dynamic to accomplish that goal.

 

We found that people will accomplish a lot more when they are working together, as opposed to training on their own. Se we really liked the methodology and also, it’s a great business model, so we kind of get to kill two birds with one stone.

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Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

Can you tell us what age range you generally attract at your facility?

 

It ranges widely, but I’d say the largest cohort would be between the ages of 20 to 35. And then we have some younger people — as young as 9 years of age! We also have high school students that work out here as well. And then on the other end of the age spectrum we have people as old as 72…those are the outliers.

 

Credit: CrossFit Metric

Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

Sounds like a great cross section! We noticed your gym features two class types. Please explain the difference between your Fitness and Performance Classes?

 

The Fitness Class is where people should get started if they have no prior experience doing CrossFit. If the idea of doing CrossFit seems intimidating to you and you have no prior experience with barbell movement or advanced bodyweight movement, or you’re just starting your fitness journey, you want to start with the Fitness Class. All the functional movements are coached from the ground up. The coach’s expectation is that you’re there to learn. You have no prior experience with those movements. In essence, it’s still a great workout. You’re still going to be pushed to your limit, which is the path to fitness, but you’re going to be coached, you’re going to learn a lot in a safe way.

 

Credit: CrossFit Metric

Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

The Performance Class is geared toward people who have some prior experience with the barbell movement, as well as maybe even prior experience with CrossFit. Therefore, it’s more advanced. It’s true to what most people think of when they think of CrossFit — the movements they’ve seen, that’s what you will typically see in our Performance Class.

 

It’s great that you cater to both groups! How is Crossfit Metric different from other Crossfit gyms in the city?

 

I think the quality of our coaching is among the highest in the city, if not the country. Even on a world-wide, international basis, I think our coaches are among the best. They are professionals, in the sense that this is where their passion lies. This is their career. They’re not in the midst of trying to figure out what to do next. This is what they do for a living and it’s what they plan to do for a living for the foreseeable future. And they make a good living here. So what that breeds is better instruction — people who really care about results. Stability within the coaching staff helps build a stronger community. And then, I would say the second thing is that we’re really focused on achieving excellence. In terms of both people’s attitudes towards themselves and towards fitness and trying to improve themselves on an ongoing basis. That is just a part of the culture here.

 

Sounds like an incredible community dynamic! Very different from a traditional gym where you go and work out on your own in isolation. Do the coaches have a specific certification?

 

Yes. The basic standard that you need to have if you call yourself a CrossFit coach — all the coaches that teach classes that are named CrossFit, need to have their Level 1. And that is stipulated with the agreement that we have signed with the headquarters of CrossFit. So, all the coaches have CrossFit Level 1 Certification. And then beyond that, most of the coaches, if not all of the coaches, have additional industry certification. Sometimes people have Kinesiology degrees or, at least, they’ve spent a lot of time on the various industry-related courses that cover things like anatomy, program design, mobility and strength training.

 

Thanks for speaking with us, Justin! Your gym sounds like a great local fitness option.

 

If you’re ready to try something new and push yourself to constantly improve your fitness, CrossFit may be just what you are looking for. With CrossFit Metric’s Fitness classes for absolute beginners, getting started is simple — but don’t expect it to be easy! The community dynamic can help keep you disciplined and motivated.


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

 

TIFF is back!

 

The Toronto International Film Festival began back in 1976 as the Toronto Festival of Festivals. Today, in it’s 42nd year, TIFF has evolved into one of the most prestigious and most publicly attended film festivals in the world. It attracts almost half a million people annually and has grown to include a year-round hub for film culture at its headquarters at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre.

 

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Photo credit: @tiff_net

 

 

Over the years, cinema has expanded and evolved in countless ways, but there is always one constant. The heart of every film is the story. TIFF provides engaging experiences for our patrons and guests through the diverse films we screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 365 days a year. – Piers Handling, Director and Chief Executive Officer of TIFF

 

About The Festival

 

The actual film festival portion of TIFF takes place during ten action-packed days from September 7th to September 17th. It’s a whirlwind of world premieres, red carpet star-gazing and lots and lots of movies.


We’re now in our fifth decade and this is our 42nd festival. Each year we challenge ourselves to develop, to adapt, to build on our strengths. In 2017, we bring you a tighter, more focused selection of films and we hope you have the opportunity to experience as many of them as you can.  – Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director TIFF

Get your tickets for the TIFF screenings of your choice while you can — they will sell out fast.


Special Presentations

TIFF now features an intriguing Special Presentation program:


Films billed in our Special Presentation program include highly anticipated features from critically acclaimed, international auteurs. Major statements on how we live now from some of the biggest names in film and includes also, 13 World Premieres.

– Piers Handling

Battle of the Sexes


Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Battle of the Sexes is the true story of the historic tennis match in 1973 that pitted the top of the game, number one in the world Billie Jean King against ex-champ Bobby Riggs.


120 Beats Per Minute (120 battements par minute)


Directed by Robin Campillo, starring Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois. Set in the early 90’s, almost ten years into the AIDS crisis. A group of young activists fight against the lingering indifference they perceive.


The Breadwinner


Starring Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, and Shaista Latif. A strong willed young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy so that she can provide for her family in this animated feature from director Nora Twomey.


Downsizing

Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig star in Alexander Payne’s latest film about a husband and wife who decide to shrink themselves in order to live their dream life while consuming far fewer resources.


There is so much going on during the ten days of TIFF 2017. To make the most of your festival experience, browse the films and make plans. Ticket packages are on sale now. Don’t miss out on the memorable screenings and events for this year’s edition of the festival.


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Discover the Davisville Village Farmers Market

 

One of the great things about living in Ontario is the abundance of fresh, local and seasonal produce available in the summertime. The Davisville Village Farmers Market is a great nearby market to visit to pick some up this season. The market is open every Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm, from mid-May to early October. It’s part of the Apple Tree family of markets, run by founders Lesley Stoyan and Chris Trussell. We spoke with Lesley to learn more about how this community market has grown and what’s in store for this season!

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

So Lesley, when was the market first opened, and has it grown since?

 

We started our first market at Yonge and Eglinton 10 years ago. So, we’re actually in our tenth season there now. It started off as literally a one-off project. We were asked to coordinate a community event by (former City Councillor) Karen Stintz. We did a one-off market because local foods were just becoming popular in the Toronto community and public market spaces. It was so successful that we decided to keep it going as a regular, weekly thing. So in 2008, The North Toronto Farmers Market opened. It was dubbed The Apple Tree Market. We’ve opened three markets since then. The next market that we opened was Ryerson University, and the Davisville Village Farmers Market was our third. So it’s grown. Those three are our every season, staple, marketplaces but we’ve got over twenty pop-up markets that go on throughout the city, throughout the year. We also run a fresh food program with the TDSB (Toronto District School Board).

 

Wow, you’re making the rounds! Who does the fresh food program serve?

 

(It) predominantly serves Davisville Junior Public School which is at Yonge and Davisville. It’s a farm fresh fare snack program — so that the kids can have fresh fruits and vegetables everyday at school.

 

What a great initiative! Many of our our residents send their children to that public school. The program is free for the kids?

 

It’s subsidized by the TDSB and parents have the option to contribute, if they’d like, but every child gets it. Davisville Village has a very significant, low-income community. A lot of new Canadians making under $25, 000 a year reside here, so Davisville qualifies as a high needs school, so they get a subsidized food program. That’s actually why we started the Apple Tree Group. As I said, it started in 2008 as a one-off, fun project and we’re now a fully registered non-profit and our mission is to build community around food initiatives and family-friendly events. The farmers market is just a small amount of the project work that we do per week. We try to have outdoor, free public events predominantly in Davisville Park. We do the “movie night in the park”, which happens every September. It’s a free movie for everybody to attend. We build a skating rink in Davisville Park that everyone is able to come out and enjoy in the winter as well. We also do a Pumpkin Parade. We’re doing something called the Apple Seed and Kernel Festival this year, which is a big apple harvest festival, so kids can come out and have a fun day. There’s farmers and bouncy castles and everything is free to ensure that the neighbourhood, the people that can’t afford it, can take part in it.

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

What a wonderful and fun way to reach out and engage with the community! What is your role at Apple Tree?

 

I’m the co-founder, with my husband (co-founder, Chris Trussell). It’s honestly just the two of us that do 90% of the work. We have a handful of contractors that we bring onboard when it gets to be too much. We hope to be able to grow that number so that we can continue to grow and keep spreading out the volume of work. My focus is mostly on family health education. Around the farmers markets we do a lot of things. We offer free recipes and educational workshops, we teach cooking classes in the public schools. At all of our events, we often have fresh food and food tastings. I curate the menu. I studied holistic nutrition in school, so I do a lot of the programming ideas and my husband, Chris, does most of the executive direction, the planning, the logistics, the operation, that sort of thing.

 

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

Sounds like a small but mighty operation! How many vendors serve the Davisville Village Farmers market?

 

In the Apple Tree Family of vendors, so that’s anybody who’s part of our organization, I think our membership is at sixty-five vendors this year. That means whenever we do an event, we can pool from our family of vendors. For the Davisville Market I think we’re just shy of 40 vendors this year.

 

And what types of products do they sell?

 

The market really represents the complete bounty of the Ontario harvest. In May we have the early spring vegetables. This year it happened quite early, we had asparagus, strawberries pretty much right out of that. We’ve got all the greenhouse, year-round vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, peppers – all the things that you can now have year long. You can actually have strawberries now, year long. There’s something called an ever-bearing strawberry! As the season progresses, you get into the more seasonal stuff. So, rasberry season just ended. Raspberries are pretty well done. Peaches just came out, corn just came out, again, a little bit early because of how much rain we’ve had. We’ve got a full gamut of everything that is Ontario, plus a few unique products that people may not know about. One of our vendors carries more of the exotic Ontario fruits and vegetables – which is really fun to showcase, especially when we get back in the school year. There is something called a northern Kiwi, that is grown in Ontario. We get to showcase that…

 

Then we’ve got wonderful, ready-made foods. There are a large percentage of shoppers that want grab-and-go, so we’ve got soups and tacos, pre-made salads and bottled juices, hummus, fresh pastas and olive oils, and fresh breads, fresh cheeses. All the things you want to pick up so that you don’t have to make dinner.

 

What a bounty! What is the season for the Davisville Village Market?

 

We usually open in the second week in May, and we close right before Thanksgiving.

 

Do you host any special events that close out the season?

 

A bunch of things, actually! We’ve got our movie night in the park – that’s always the lead up to the end of the season – which is on September 22nd. The Seed and Kernel Festival is the next day, on September 23rd. Then on the last day of the market we do a couple of things. We have the New Vendor Showcase. There are so many young businesses that want to get into selling food, but they may not have the capacity, they may not have the volume, the stock. We give new chefs and new producers or new farmers a one day time when they can come and introduce themselves to the community. We always do that on the last day. Then we have a big harvest party when it’s all over!

 

Sounds like a lot of fun! We can’t wait to come by and dig in. Thanks for speaking with us, Lesley!

 

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