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.


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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.

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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.

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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!


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Discover the Toronto Christmas Market


It’s time to embrace the holiday season. The Toronto Christmas Market is the place to be if you want to make some magical, romantic Christmas memories this year. Come and experience the lights, the food, the wonder of it all — and get some Christmas shopping done at the same time.


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The Toronto Christmas Market is on now, until December 23rd at the Historic Distillery District (55 Mill Street). The moment you step onto the cobblestone streets, you’ll be transported to another world. It’s a world of twinkling lights, delicious food, hot beverages to warm your body and soul, and performances that will warm your heart.


The performances change from day to day. Each day features a different theme, so there is something to suit everyone and every taste. Take in Traditional Tuesdays, with bluegrass, folk, roots and traditional music. World Wednesdays bring world music, dance and cultural performances to the Market. Come for Classical Thursdays to experience seasonal opera and crossover Classical performances. Feel the groove of Friday Night Jazz, featuring holiday swing and jazz. Pop/Variety Saturdays are always popular. Catch emerging artists and featured artists performing pop, rock, blues and more. Ensemble Sundays bring instrumental ensembles in the afternoon and vocal ensembles and choirs in the evening. There are also daily Santa’s Elves Sing-Alongs for the kids and daily carolling performances. The Market is closed on Mondays.

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There is so much to see and do at the Toronto Christmas Market. Take in the majesty of the massive Christmas tree, bask in the magical glow of the lights and colours as the cobblestone streets transform into a glittering winter wonderland. Kids will love to visit Santa at his house and get a photo. You can also pose for a picture at The Heart of Christmas —  a 14 foot tall, 12 foot wide heart sculpture made of steel. You can give back this season by bringing a canned food donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank — just drop it off at The Giving Pantry. For even more fun and excitement, visit the Family Entertainment Zone. It features a ferris wheel, carousel and life-sized gingerbread house to enjoy — additional Fun Zone tickets are required.


In addition to all the fun and excitement, this is first and foremost a market. It may well be the best way imaginable to cross everything off your Christmas list. World-class crafts and craftspeople, art and artisans, have come together to offer a selection of gifts that simply isn’t available anywhere else.

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What are the holidays without food! It’s best to show up to the Toronto Christmas Market hungry. Treat yourself to all kinds of tasty snacks or full meals. Raclette serves up a Swiss-German delicacy of Roasted Cheese served over Rosemary Roasted Baby Potatoes. Santa’s BBQ serves up great brats, sausages and other grilled favourites. There’s a Waffle Bar, as well as fresh baked goods from Uncle Betty’s, Tartistry and Stickling’s Bakery. The amazing aroma of fresh roasted cinnamon glazed nuts (pecans, almonds, cashews and peanuts) from The Nutty Bavarian fills the air as well.


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The Market is free to attend on weekdays, until Friday at 5pm. Weekend admission is $6 for adults, children under two are always free. Tickets can be purchased in advance, online and same-day tickets are available onsite. Keep in mind that weekends at the Market are crowded. Even with advanced tickets, you can expect to line up. If you’re looking to avoid the lines at all cost, Express Pass tickets can be purchase for $20 – or visit during the week.


The Toronto Christmas Market is fast becoming a Toronto tradition. Make your way to the Market and make the most of your holidays!


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Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village


Do you ever long for a simpler time? With all the pressure of a fast-paced, commercialized Christmas season, it may be nice to see how Christmas was celebrated back in the day. In a time before cellphones, apps and advertisements. Modern conveniences can be great, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pace of a modern Christmas, experiencing Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village may be exactly what you’re looking for.


Family Christmas Weekends

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The modern holiday season can be a hectic, fast-paced, whirlwind of an experience. With Family Christmas Weekends, you and your family have the opportunity to slow things down as you take a step back in time! Come and discover the wonder of an old-fashioned Christmas wonderland. Every weekend until December 23rd, from 11am until 4:30pm. Check out the full program schedule here.


A true Victorian Christmas experience awaits you! Explore Christmas traditions from the past. You can help trim a Christmas tree as you learn about the history of the Christmas tree, discover the decorations of the time period, and share some of your own family traditions. Explore the Village and get a real feel for what the holiday was like, way back when. There will be monologues and pantomimes performed by actors playing characters based on actual people and events from the past. There will be carollers and music of the day. You can learn to do an Irish jig, then put your new skills to work at and old-fashioned Christmas ball, complete with live fiddle music! Later on, you can even pick up an instrument and learn some songs of the day from their resident musician!


Family Christmas Weekends are an authentic feast for the senses. To get a better taste for the time period you can get your hands on hot chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Jack Frost may be nipping at your nose, but this warm treat is sure to keep him at bay. You can also experience the delicious beauty of a Flaming Plum Pudding – and taste it too! There will also be mincemeat tarts and hot apple cider, warmed over the fire. Create some authentic Christmas memories with a horse drawn wagon ride for only $2.


These unique Christmas activities are sure to be memorable for you and your family. Discover some traditions from the past — they may make their way into the future traditions of your family.


Christmas by Lamplight

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As the sun sets on the Village, Black Creek comes alive. There will be music. There will be activities. There will be food. At Christmas by Lamplight you can bathe in the warm, flickering glow of a Christmas gone by.


Stroll through the Village at your own pace, from 6pm until 9:30pm, on December 9th, 16th and 23rd. Tickets are available now. As you explore the sights, sounds and smells of the celebrations in the Village, you can stop in to visit the old fashioned houses and workshops. They are all decked out in decorations of the day. You can even create some of your own seasonal ornaments and take them home with you, to add to your family traditions. Make several stops along your stroll to savour the samples of festive foods of the time, enjoy some Christmas caroling and choirs and traditional, live, folk music.


Traditional Christmas Dinner

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If you really want to get a taste of the time period, consider upgrading your Christmas by Lamplight experience to include a Traditional Christmas Dinner. Choose Butternut Squash Soup with Maple crème fraîche or Arugula Salad with feta cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds

and pomegranate balsamic dressing to start. The main course is a choice of Fall Vegetable Cassoulet with toasted hazelnut bread crumbs or Traditional Roasted Turkey with apple, celery, raisin stuffing, seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy and cinnamon

orange cranberry sauce. Finish off your meal with a Warm Apple Blossom with whipped cream or Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream and coffee or tea.


Dinner bookings are available for 5:30pm in the Canada West Room and at 5:30pm or 8:30pm in the Half Way House Inn Restaurant.


Holiday Gift Guide

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You can leave Black Creek Pioneer Village with more than just memories. The gift shop offers one-of-a-kind items handmade in the Village. If you have some hard-to-shop-for folks on your list, consider the Black Creek Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll find not only unique hand-crafted items and treats, but also unique experiences you simply can’t find anywhere else. How about spending the day as an Artisan Apprentice? Work in the Village with a Baker, Blacksmith, Tinsmith, Spinner, Printer or Weaver. Learn about the tools of the trade and take home your finished product! Or choose to Brew with the Brewmaster. Learn to brew just as they did in the 1800’s and take home a two litre growler of beer.


Come and explore The Village and see how it was done back then. Get a sense of how a community functioned, how much has changed, and how much remains the same. Spend some unique quality time together this holiday season by making some new memories of the past.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you explore, experience and connect with your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green(50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Discover Evergreen’s Winter Village


The holiday season is a magical time of year in Toronto. If you haven’t visited Evergreen’s Winter Village at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue) you’re missing out! It’s a community focused winter wonderland! Visit the village this holiday season to play, shop, eat, explore and more.


The Winter Village is open every weekend in December from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., even on Christmas Eve (December 24th) and New Year’s Eve (December 31st)! It’s also open weekdays from December 26th to the 29th.


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What can you expect at this holiday hub? In addition to the fun, the food and the markets, you can expect to experience nature during winter, in an active and unique way. We reached out to Evergreen and spoke with spokesperson Renee Tratch to get a better feel of what’s in store at the Winter Village this year.


There will be a Street Curling rink, ball hockey activities and when it snows test-ride a ski bike. You can also sign up for a group hike through the 40-acre Weston Family Quarry Garden and Don Valley Brick Works area, and a fat bike through the Don Valley trail system. For families, there are winter-themed scavenger hunts around the Brick Works and kid-friendly nature-based activities and crafts in the Children’s Garden.


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If you get cold and want to cozy up, you can check out the indoor board games lounge, or soak up the season as you warm up by a campfire. Enjoy a hot or cold drink from The Sipping Container and savour some of the best local food from the best food trucks in town. Expect a rotation of four to six different trucks each day, including Arepa RepublicFully Loaded T.O.Gorilla CheeseSteambox DumplingsBorn2Eat and more! Renee tells us:


A selection of local food trucks will serve up a diverse offering of delicious internationally-inspired food. The rotating list of dishes include Venezuelan arepas, crêpes, gourmet grilled cheese, dumplings, stuffed wings, Indian fusion dishes, cubanos and much more.


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The best part of spending time in the Winter Village is that you can get all your holiday shopping done while you have fun! The holiday season is too precious to spend stuck inside a shopping mall or grocery store. Evergreen has teamed up with Etsy Canada to offer visitors one-of-a-kind merchandise. Finding special gifts for the all the unique people on your list couldn’t be easier! The indoor Etsy Holiday Market is located in the Young Welcome Centre and BMO Atrium.


Etsy Canada crafters, artists and makers from across Ontario will be at Evergreen Brick Works on Sundays in December and through December 26th to 31st, 2017. A rotating roster of over 35 local Ontario Etsy artisans will offer unique holiday décor, handmade gifts and original craftwork for every gift-giving need.


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In addition to the Etsy Holiday Market, The Evergreen Brickworks is home to the Evergreen Garden Market. This year round market offers everything from food and home décor, to books, children’s games and artisan crafted toys.


The Saturday Farmers Market is the largest farmers market in Toronto, offering the city’s widest selection of seasonal and local food. It’s open Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. The market moves indoors over the winter, so it’s a great opportunity to warm up while you stock up.


The bone chilling Toronto weather can make it easy to curl up at home and hibernate. Evergreen’s Winter Village gives you a great reason to get out and experience all the best of the season in one spot! All proceeds support Evergreen and their commitment to connecting people, natural and built worlds to make cities and communities flourish.


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



Don’t miss the Regent Park Film Festival


Toronto’s only free-of-charge community film festival, the Regent Park Film Festival, returns from November 15th to 18th to celebrate 15 years of storytelling. The Festival is held at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East) building.


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Expect a great line-up of thought provoking feature length and short films from 26 Toronto-based filmmakers — including four hyperlocal filmmakers from Regent Park. There will also be interactive and informative workshops, panels and virtual reality projects to explore. The festival is a showcase of culturally diverse stories from communities around the globe. It is designed to be accessible to all. The festival is proudly free-of-charge and even includes complimentary child care for attendees.


The festival has been a joyful place for art and community for 15 years. This is no simple feat, and a testament to the strength of Regent Park and the universality of the stories a community like this inspire. – Ananya Ohri, Executive Director


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The festival kicks things off with the Emerging Directors’ Spotlight & Pitch Event on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30 pm. It all starts with a conversation with an esteemed panel of female producers and directors. They will discuss how they got their start in the industry. It will be followed by a presentation of some of Canada’s best new talent as they compete for a $1000 cash prize. Seven female directors – all under 26, will screen their short films and pitch future projects to the panel.

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The feature film screenings will begin on Thursday, November 16th at 6 pm with Who’s Streets? — a documentary about the events that led up to the Ferguson protests in 2014. It will be followed by a discussion moderated by journalist Desmond Cole. At 8:30 pm, catch the drama Werewolf — a film about a young couple attempting to deal with the realities of love and addiction. It will be followed by a discussion with director Ashley McKenzie.


The Friday night film is a documentary called Unarmed Verses. The film gives a voice to a 12 year old girl who’s Toronto community, Villaways, faces imposed relocation. It’s followed by a Q&A with director Charles Officer, and producer Lea Marin.


On Saturday, November 18th, wake up to Breakfast & A Movie. A complimentary breakfast courtesy of Bombay Street Foods will be served prior to the screening of Window Horses.


The Closing Night film this year is the coming-of-age comedy Signature Move from director Jennifer Reeder. The screening will begin at 8 pm and will be followed by an awards ceremony.




In addition to the festival’s feature film and short film screenings, the Regent Park Film Festival will be offering an array of workshops and events to inform and educate, as well as entertain. Workshops are free to attend, however space is limited. A brief online application must be completed to attend. Learn How to Keep Making Films from industry professionals, What Funders Want, or get an Introduction to Virtual Reality.




As the only free-of-charge community film festival in Toronto, The Regent Park Film Festival relies on the commitment and efforts of a group of dedicated community residents and volunteers. Through talent, time and will, the festival has managed to grow into a 4-day event with film screenings, school programs and workshops year-round.. The festival strives to celebrate diversity, while uniting the community. All screenings and events are held in the heart of the community at the Daniels Spectrum building.


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to the heart of your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village and Village Green, please visit our website.

Experience A Beautiful Planet at The Science Centre!


A Beautiful Planet is an awe-inspiring IMAX Experience® that will keep you on the edge of your seat. See our world like you’ve never seen it before! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe planet Earth from the perspective of the astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS).



This remarkable film is the result of a cooperative effort between IMAX Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It features fantastic footage captured by astronauts compiled by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers. Myers has been producing, directing, writing and editing films for The IMAX Experience® since 1971. Her last IMAX feature film, Hubble 3D, was wildly successful. Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp and CEO of IMAX Entertainment says:


Toni has crafted a remarkable film that uniquely captures the raw beauty of our planet. In collaboration with our long-time friends at Disney, we’re so excited to bring the entertaining and creative A Beautiful Planet to IMAX audiences.



Watching our home planet from space in such vivid detail is a remarkable experience. The vantage point naturally necessitates a shift in our perspective. To see the sunrise from space literally puts the planet in a new light. As parts of the planet are flooded with shimmering sunlight, other areas are cast into darkness and shadow. But even in darkness the light shines through, thanks to the creative imagination and innovation of humankind. Cities at night, as seen from space, are vibrant and electrifying. A Beautiful Planet provides stunning visuals of Earth and the mark humanity has made on it over time. Our planet is changing and we have the power and responsibility to protect it, but that means we may have to change as well. This IMAX Experience® has the ability to show you the big picture – literally and figuratively. Or as Alan Bergman, President of Walt Disney Studios says:


A Beautiful Planet provides a unique perspective on our relationship with Earth, offering audiences a vantage point that very few have ever been able to experience. IMAX is a perfect format for the film’s spectacular and immersive imagery.



A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking view of our world and the galaxy we live in. It is also a hopeful view into the future of humanity. It is playing now in Toronto at The Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road). The more we learn about our relatively small planet, the galaxy in which it resides, and the vastness of the universe, the stronger our connection becomes to the place we all call home.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you to the place you call home. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Wingreen CourtVillage Green and Greenrock at Davisville Village, please visit our website.

Get spooked at Legends of Horror at Casa Loma


If you’re serious about Halloween, you need to check out Legends of Horror at Casa Loma. This immersive theatrical experience features classic horror icons — like Dracula, werewolves, Frankenstein, mummies, The Invisible Man and more!


About Legends of Horror


Put simply, Legends of Horror is promenade theatre at its best. If you go you will walk through a 2 km trail, at your own pace, making your way from the lower gardens through the bowels of the castle — including its tunnels and darkest places which are open to the public for the first time. It’s a fascinating and frightening trip through one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions.

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This is the second year for Legends of Horror. Last year, the show wowed crowds of more than 3500 people per night! The creators of the show, Liberty Entertainment Group, have made it bigger and better this year. As Stacey Hawkins, Director of Marketing for Liberty Entertainment Group explains, “there are 75 actors throughout the experience, with a cast of over 100 in total participating.”


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Audience members will walk through a variety of designed sets. There is no traditional set change — instead the scene changes as you move from one location to the next. The production also includes a 3D projection on the castle’s exterior wall, bringing it to life! For everyone’s safety, Ms. Hawkins adds, “guests are asked to stay on the path, not to touch the actors, sets or props and if they come in costume, they will be asked to remove masks to confirm identity and will not be permitted to enter with props or fake weapons.”


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New for this year, an old Victorian House on the castle grounds has been transformed into a haunted house filled with 50 different animatronics, ghosts and massacre victims. This experience, as well as the show in and around the castle, is definitely not for the faint of heart! Stacey warns; “children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We strongly suggest Parental Discretion however.”


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Also new for this year, expect a special installation of Justice League. Visitors can celebrate the upcoming Warner Bros. theatrical release by venturing into an out-of-this-world setting. Here, guests can pose for photos with larger than life replicas of iconic DC super heroes like Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash. On October 24th, come in costume as your favourite character from the DC Universe for a chance to win tickets to advanced screenings, trips to the red-carpet premiere and more!


About the Venue


Casa Loma is an almost 200,000 square foot, 98 room castle, situated on 5 acres of land in Toronto. It was completed in 1914 at a cost of $3,500,000. It took 300 men almost 3 years to complete. It was once the largest private residence in Canada. It features secret passageways, elaborate decor and breathtaking views of the Toronto skyline from its towers. The setting of Casa Loma provides the ideal environment for Legends of Horror. It must be seen to be believed. Watch the trailer to catch a terrifying glimpse of what lies ahead.  Legends of Horror is on now, until Halloween night, October 31stTickets are available online for $40 or at the door for $45. Doors open at 6pm. Last Admission is at 11pm.


Greenrock Property Management loves to connect you with all that your city and your community have to offer. To find your home in one of Greenrock’s Rental Communities in Toronto, like Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Don’t miss the Pancakes & Booze Art Show!


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


What is it?


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


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Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show


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


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


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Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show


What makes your event unique?


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


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Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show


What keeps the event going strong year after year?


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


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Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show


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


Greenrock Property Management Limited is on a mission to connect you with your community and all that is available to you. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, includingVillage Green and Greenrock at Davisville Village – please visit our website.

Listen and learn at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival!


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


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


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


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The Panels:


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


Finding Your Voice


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


Informative Panels


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


The Decision Makers


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


Meet and Greet


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




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


Another Round


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




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


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


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


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


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Nuit Blanche is back!


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


Credit: Nuit Blanche Toronto


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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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



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


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


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