A week of fun near Davisville Village


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



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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Take a class at The Chef Upstairs


The Chef Upstairs is more than just a restaurant. It’s a private dining venue. Good there is kind of having a great restaurant all to yourself. You choose the chef, menu, wine and even the decor for your group of 10 to 25 people. It’s perfect for families, team building and larger get togethers.


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But it’s even more than that. It’s also a top notch cooking school that offers interactive cooking classes. A group of 6 to 8 people work together, within a larger group of up to 14 people. A professional chef leads the class and provides all the guidance and instruction you will require. The classes focus on all aspects of cooking — from knife skills, to food preparation and seasoning — and of course, eating. At the end of the class, the group sits down together and enjoys the meal they have prepared. Classes typically include 3 recipes and provide a full meal. Best of all, you will take these new skills (and any leftovers) home with you.


Classes are offered at their Mount Pleasant Road location ((516 Mt Pleasant Road) on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm and Fridays at 6:45 pm. Each class is approximately 3 hours long and costs $99 for a single class, or $175 for two classes (or one couple in one class).

Check out their winter schedule. The Chef Upstairs is allergy aware and always 100% peanut and nut free.

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Winter may be coming to a close for this year, but anytime is a good time for comfort food. Especially Italian comfort food! Start with a classic winter soup, Ribollita –  a Tuscan white bean soup with simple Crostini. Next, make pasta from scratch and create butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli with a brown butter and sage sauce. Finish things off with a deconstructed take on Cannoli.




In this class you will pick up some basic knife skills, and learn how to layer flavourings like a pro to create your own North African meal. The lesson will begin with a mixed green salad with figs, apricots, olives and feta, served with a sensational sherry honey vinaigrette. The main course consists of a chicken breast stuffed with more apricots, figs, dates and raisins, topped with a dried fruit compote and served with a root vegetable tagine with couscous. A delicious Meskouta lemon cake completes the meal.




This is always a popular class. Classic Tapas recipes are simple enough to prepare but most boast a complex flavour profile. These dishes are relatively easy to recreate at home, so you’ll be able to show off what you learned with ease. Tapas is a shareable meal, composed of several “small plates”. In this course you will make delicious bites including Tomato Bread and Olives, Patatas Bravas with Chorizo, Berenjenas Parrillas (Grilled Eggplant with Melted Manchego, Capers, and Saffron Honey), Grilled calamari stuffed with ratatouille and Catalan Crema for dessert.




Get a real hands on experience in this super-popular class. Make rice paper rolls and vegetarian dumplings from scratch! Then move on to Pho Bo — a perfectly satisfying soup for chilly evenings that is a meal in itself. For dessert, you will prepare an avocado ice cream parfait called Kem Bo.




In addition to their regular classes, The Chef Upstairs offers classes for special occasions. Their March Break Cooking Camps are full day (9am to 4pm) group sessions for kids ages 7 to 16. They are designed to bring out the inner chef in your child, while improving self-confidence and encouraging them to work with others to achieve a delicious goal. They’ll start the day by making their own breakfast. They’ll spend the rest of the day cooking, baking, taking supervised breaks in the local park, or walking to the Mount Pleasant library to browse cookbooks, or go shopping together for fresh and local ingredients.


PD Day Cooking Camps at The Chef Upstairs teach children, ages 6 to 13, the basics of food prep, cooking techniques and healthy eating. The next one takes place on Easter Monday (April 2nd).


Make this the year you learn to cook, meet some new people, or plan a fun couples night out. When you go out for dinner, you feed yourself for the night. When you learn to cook with the Chef Upstairs, you feed your mind and body for a lifetime!

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


Check out Outbreak Escape Games


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


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


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


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


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


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



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

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


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

Get pampered at Alma Natural Spa


Life can be stressful. We can all feel a little overwhelmed from time to time, and we could all use more time to ourselves. Treating yourself to a spa day is a sure fire way to melt away that tension. The trouble is, who has the time to spend hours in a spa? And, many modern spas use products that can contain harsh chemicals which you may not want on your skin. When you choose Alma Natural Spa (2105 Yonge Street) you can rest assured that you’re going to enjoy a non-toxic and eco-friendly experience. Their handmade, all-natural lotions, oils and scrubs will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, without any unpleasant artificial aromas, strong fumes or unnecessary chemicals.


Alma opened in 2011. Katie, the founder, wanted to create a spa space where people didn’t have to worry about what products were being used and what fumes they may be breathing. She wanted to create a place where busy people could get the services they wanted, in less time, in an unpretentious, non-toxic atmosphere. In the founder’s own words:


One day it hit me that there had to be a better way to provide everyone their own 45 minute oasis in a way that was safe, non-toxic, relaxing, unpretentious, fun, with great customer service.


Katie sold the spa in 2016 to a dedicated member of the Alma team. Paresha, is the current owner, an esthetician who began working at Alma back in 2011 after feeling the negative effects of working in a traditional spa.


Alma is also committed to social responsibility. They don’t use products that are tested on animals. The products used and sold are produced in a way that treats workers fairly, are non-toxic, free from non-renewable ingredients, eco-friendly and organic whenever possible.


The Services

A warm, friendly and knowledgeable staff await you and the service options at Alma are many.


For Face

Let’s start with the face. They offer a range of facial services, including the Power Facial ($74 for 45 minutes). It is designed to nourish and hydrate, improve skin tone and texture and is customized for your skin type. Great for those new to facials. For guys, there is a Men’s Facial ($79.00 for 45 minutes). This deep cleansing facial includes a toning mask, extractions, face and scalp massage, and hydration. If you want to go deeper, the Inner and Outer Glow ($145 for 90 minutes) option is for you. It includes a guided meditation, Reiki energy healing, anti-aging facial massage, reflexology and more.



When you feel like you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders, treating yourself to a massage can do you a world of good. Even if you only have a few minutes, you can get a condensed Shoulder and Neck, Head and Scalp, Facial Massage, Chair Massage or Hand and Foot Massage for only $15 per 10 minutes (20 minute maximum).

If you have a little more time on your hands, you can get an Aromatic Massage with restorative, organic, botanical oils. Choose Full Body ($75 for 45 min, $94 for an hour) or Back massage only ($50 for 30 minutes). They also offer a Hot Stone Back Massage, using warm basalt stones to soothe sore muscles ($50 for 30 minutes, $90 for an hour). A Reiki with Reflexology foot massage can relieve tension and help restore balance by stimulating the reflexes that correspond to each organ and gland of the body ($50 for 30 minutes, $95 for an hour). A reflexology insurance receipt can be provided for this service. For all other massages, insurance receipts cannot be provided due to the fact that Alma does not employ RMTs (Registered Massage Therapists). Alma massages are performed by qualified estheticians with advanced massage training.

Nail Treatments

Upstairs at Alma, is the nail salon. Men and women can treat themselves to a little slice of heaven for hands and feet! The Lavender Luxury treatment uses Alma’s exclusive lavender creams, moisturizers and scrubs. It is available as a manicure or pedicure. Men will love the Sport Treatment manicure or pedicure.

Spa Packages

To really treat yourself right, and save a little money, you can opt for one of Alma’s Spa Packages. The men’s package combines a full-body massage with a facial, plus the sport hand and foot treatment, all for $198 ($233 value). The Girls Night Out package is a great way to spend some quality time with your BFF. It includes a peppermint refresh pedicure, plus a glass of wine, for two ($95).

Community Outreach

Alma is committed to their community. Every year, they sponsor at least one woman in need to become an esthetician. This is part of their vision to empower women to support themselves and their families, while enjoying a rewarding career.

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

The most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village


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


Coquine Restaurant

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


Cibo Wine Bar

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


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


Sake Bar Kushi

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


NORTH 44 Restaurant

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


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


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

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

Sip and Stroll this Valentine’s Day


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


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


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

Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery


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


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


Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery


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


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



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


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


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


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

The best date night spots in Davisville


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




Credit: Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar


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


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


Absolute Comedy


“Is this thing on?”


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


Snakes & Lattes Midtown


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


Shey Wellness Clinic


Shey Wellness Clinic



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


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


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

Get fit near Davisville Village!


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

Goodlife Fitness

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

Junction Fitness Hub

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

CrossFit Metric

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




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

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

Vega Power Pilates

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

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

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


Eat healthy near Davisville Village!


New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but are notoriously difficult to keep. Making a resolution to eat well is meant to improve your quality of life, but too often, it seems to have the opposite effect. If you find yourself eating the same boring, tasteless meals, day after day, you’re never going to keep to your resolution. If you’ve made a promise to yourself to eat healthier this year, you’re in luck! It’s never been easier to find healthy options for eating out near Davisville Village.


Marigold Indian Bistro (552 Mt Pleasant Road)

Roadside Chaat – Courtesy Marigold Indian Bistro


You’re trying to cut back on calories and fat, not flavour. Marigold Indian Bistro is proof that healthy eating need not be bland or uninspired. At Marigold, they take classic Indian dishes, from all regions of the country and add their own healthy twist. The owners spent years working in several restaurants in New Delhi, where they learned to prepare classic Indian dishes, as well as modern variations. As Owner Ritu Khadri puts it:

Authentic Indian food calls for lots of oil, or butter, in pretty much everything…We have blended different combinations to make a healthier version of Indian food.


If you’re in the mood for seafood, start with their Peppercorn Prawns – king prawns cooked in a sauce of bell peppers, curry leaf and mustard seeds ($15.95). You can’t go wrong with their Butter Chicken – made with milk, rather than cream, and their boneless tandoori chicken in a creamy tomato and fenugreek sauce ($15.95). Read more about Marigold Indian Bistro in our feature article.


Bolan Thai Cuisine (709 Mt Pleasant Road)


Stir Fried Glass Noodles with Chicken and Shrimp – Courtesy @ThaiBolan


Bolan Thai Cuisine is an elegant and understated Thai restaurant located at 709 Mount Pleasant Road. They serve fresh and tasty classics, like mango salad, spring rolls, pad thai and curries. They are committed to healthy cooking:


At Bolan Thai Cuisine, we cook with nutritious and healthy herbs along with flavourful spices to provide the dazzling array of delicious and exotic tastes that make the history of Thai cuisine so unique.


Start with the Bolan Rolls ($6.95) – soft brown rice paper rolls filled with rice vermicelli noodles, tofu, mango, egg, carrot, coriander and lettuce. The main dishes at Bolan are served with delicious jasmine rice, which can be swapped for brown rice for $2.


We recommend that you try the Thai Basil — with Thai basil leaves, onion, green beans, carrot, bell peppers and fresh chili and then add more vegetables ($10.95) or choose a protein like Chicken ($11.95), Beef ($12.95), Shrimp ($13.95), Fish ($14.95) or Salmon ($15.95).


Bolan Thai isn’t licensed, which may also help with your resolution to get healthy. Treat yourself to a delicious Mango Lassi or Banana Monkey Smoothie instead.


Tabülè (2009 Yonge Street)

Photo Courtesy @Tabule.Middle.Eastern.Cuisine. Photo by @Linder_surprise


Tabülè features fresh, flavourful and amazing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Founded in 2005 by Chef Rony Goriachy and Diana Sideris, Tabule Midtown was the original, but the restaurant is just too good to be contained to one location. There are currently a total of four Tabülès throughout Toronto; Tabülè Riverside (810 Queen Street East), Tabülè Bayview (2901 Bayview Avenue) and Souk Tabülè (494 Front Street East). So even when you’re not close to home, you’ve got great options.


Start things off with a hot bowl of their Homemade Lentil Soup – made with pureed red lentils and no cream or butter (Cup $3.95/Bowl $5.95). You can’t go wrong with their namesake dish — Tabülè (hand chopped parsley salad with whole wheat bulgur, tomatoes, onions and a hint of mint tossed in a light lemon and olive oil dressing) for just $6.95. You can make order gluten free Tabülè made with organic quinoa for only 50 cents more! The Falafel Entree – made with gluten free falafel balls and served with müjaddara and vegetables ($13.95) is a hearty and healthy vegetarian meal that is sure to satisfy.


Fresh on Eglinton (90 Eglinton Ave E)

Courtesy @FreshRestaurants


Fresh restaurant first appeared on the scene back in 1999 in The Annex neighborhood. They were a pioneer in the healthy, vegan food scene. Even before that, they began as a travelling juice bar called Juice for Life. Flash forward a few decades and Fresh is still fresh! There are now a total of four locations and Fresh has established themselves as the go to choice in Toronto for flavourful vegan cuisine, even boasting gluten free options. The best thing about their menu is that just about everything on it is delicious and good for you! So go ahead, go wild!


Freshii (2300 Yonge Street)

Spinach, Mushroom & Cheese Grilled Egg Pocket – Courtesy of @Freshii


The Freshii franchise is synonymous with fresh, fast, healthy food. When you’re hungry and in a hurry, they are a trusted go-to, for good reason. The food is tasty, healthy, convenient and consistent. Choose from salads, soups and wraps, bowls, burritos and more. If you’re feeling the need for a bit of a boost, energize your options with extra protein — falafel, tofu, chicken or steak, and make kale or quinoa the base. Freshii is also a great choice to grab a healthy breakfast on the go. Their Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Grilled Egg Pocket with

scrambled egg, goat cheese, spinach, roasted red peppers, and mushrooms — is sure to open your eyes in the morning and keep you energized until lunch!


With so many nutritious and delicious options in your neighbourhood, living at Davisville Village makes it easy to keep your resolutions intact and satisfy your appetite!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you reach your goals this year and connect you with all that your neighbourhood and community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Winter at Ontario Place


When was the last time you took a little trip down to Ontario Place? You may be surprised by what you see at Toronto’s western waterfront attraction. You may have heard that the iconic Cinesphere IMAX theatre reopened after an extensive renovation, but the real attraction at Ontario Place is outside. It’s Winter at Ontario Place and it is truly a winter wonderland.


The park is open daily from 5am until midnight and admission is free! That gives you plenty of time to explore and play. You’ll want to bundle up, it gets even chillier by the lake, but even on warmer days you won’t have to worry about ice conditions at the skating rink. The outdoor rink is made from a synthetic polymer! If it’s been a while since you laced up the blades, don’t worry — skate sharpening and skate rentals are available. As the sun begins to set you can warm up with a hot chocolate as you sit and sip by the bonfires and enjoy the crackle of the wood and smell of the smoke. You don’t have to worry about getting lost in the dark — on the contrary! From now until March 18th you can take in the magic of The Winter Light Exhibition.


Winter Light Exhibition


The Winter Light Exhibition is a great way to lighten up the dark days of winter. There are a dozen illuminated art exhibits from twenty local artists. Stroll around at your own pace and take them all in. Let the fairy lights on the trees show you the way. Here’s what you can expect to see:


Expanded Horizon

Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation

The reflective exterior of the Expanded Horizon exhibit by Polymetis, is best appreciated at sunset, allowing light and shadow to work their magic. Inside the exhibit you’ll discover a infinity room of light and mirrors.

Bridge of Imagination

Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


Bridge of Imagination by Phil Sutherland and Reanna Niceforo, transforms architecture into an art piece. The bridge acts as a canvas for light as flowing, large-scale images are projected onto it that are visible from afar.


Elevated Wavelengths

Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


You literally can’t miss Elevated Wavelengths by Jeff Howard and Codrin Talaba. The colourful lasers connecting the illuminated trees can be seen from almost any vantage point.



Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


Reactor by Ryan Longo makes it way to Ontario by way of Burning Man — one of many stops on the North American tour for the artist. The gnarled metal tree twists and turns and reflects in a way that feels oddly human.


Future Light Mural

Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


Kizmet’s Future Light Mural by Kizmet Gabriel can be seen clearly from Lakeshore Boulevard. It can be appreciated anytime, but only fully realized at night, as the reactive paint changes colour and transforms the images you see by day.


Winter Fields

Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


It may be counterintuitive, but the sun is actually closer to earth in winter. It’s just that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, which is why we have winter. The curved acrylic threads of Winter Fields, by Tonya Hart, represent the magnetic field of the sun.


Shine and Shimmer

Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation

Shine and Shimmer by LeuWebb Projects is a waterfall of light flowing from the park’s fake mountain. The shimmering light reflected by the skating rink is like a beautiful ghost of the long-gone log ride that once occupied the park.


Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


Shard by Nuff & Nupanap is a solitary, individual, illuminated crystal shard. Won’t you come and keep it company? Maybe you’ll make a connection and create a unique moment that will never be repeated.


The Crunch of Snow Underfoot

Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


The refracted light fluctuating in the sky off recycled plastic bottles suspended between birch trees provides the perfect spot for a moment of personal reflection on the traces we leave behind us on this path. Crunch of Snow Underfoot by Andrew Maize and Joshua Collins is not to be missed.



Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


The shape of Lumos by Matt DesLauriers, Steven Mengin, Jean-Michel Gariepy is inspired by traditional warming huts. How will you feel when this triangular light sculpture reacts to your approach by changing colour and glowing red?


Icicle Silo

Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


The signature silos on site at Ontario Place get their own miniaturized mimic with Icicle Silo by Chris Foster. A silo’s reason for being was to store grain for the winter. This hollow silo houses crystalline icicles of light instead, and seems to store winter, itself.


Winter Lights

Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


Winter Lights by Catherine Curran is an exhibit inspired by the winter light reflecting within the ancient rock caves of Ontario. In this beautiful piece, beams of light filter down into the depths, reflecting and refracting. A weathered tree stump within seems to yearn for the light above.


Make your way to Ontario Place this winter and step into the light. You won’t regret going but you might regret missing it!


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