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.

Celebrate Family Day, nearby


Is there anything better than a long weekend? How about the Family Day long weekend?! Family Day is a statutory holiday in Ontario, designed to give families, big or small, the opportunity to spend some quality time together. There is a lot to see and do in Toronto. Family Day is for everyone to enjoy, so whether you’re a parent or not, it’s time to make the most of the Family Day long weekend, nearby.


Evergreen Brickworks


There is a lot going on during the Family Day long weekend at Evergreen Brick Works

(550 Bayview Avenue). The long weekend begins for many families on Friday, February 16th due to the PA Day at many Toronto schools. Evergreen Adventure PA Day Camp will allow campers from 6 to 12 years of age to take on an adventure of discovery of the city’s urban wilderness. There will be animal tracking, fort building and storytelling sessions! Registration is required.


Celebrate Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works (Monday, February 19th). The Children’s Garden provides fun outdoor and indoor activities for kids, including free play in the Garden, and the opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. Kids can construct themed shelters, learn about worker bee stewardship, and get their hands dirty with land-based handwork from 1 to 2 pm. Indoor activities include access to the clay table, greenhouse, urban agriculture activities, and more! Bring your own vegetables and contribute to the Stone Soup Prep and storytelling, from 11am until 12pm.


The Brewer’s Backyard is back on Family Day with the kickoff Winter Warmers event. Local craft Breweries will be represented and you can pair your beverage with a bite from great local food vendors. Admission is free for all ages and no tickets are required.


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Set sail for a new adventure at the ROM (100 Queen’s Park) this Family Day long weekend. Vikings is a thrilling and informative exhibition that sifts through the myths and stereotypes of this ancient, artistic, seafaring culture. This unique window into their world explores the lifestyle and daily life as a Viking. Take a trip over 1000 years back in time, to when Vikings set foot on the east coast of Canada. Track their journey across the Atlantic, see rare Viking artifacts and enjoy interactive and immersive experiences that provide a greater understanding of these legendary and mysterious people. Tickets are available now.


Winter at Ontario Place

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If you haven’t been to Ontario Place this winter, you’re missing out! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, and when the sun goes down, it’s time to warm up by the bonfire and check out the Winter Light Exhibition. The twinkling fairy lights light the way to even more lights! A dozen exhibitions using light as art are on display and admission is free!


If things get too chilly, you can step inside the newly re-opened Cinesphere theatre and catch the Best of Hollywood 2017 – catch all the great movies you may have missed this year!


Learn more about the Winter Light Exhibition in our recent feature article.

Toronto Light Fest

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Come out and bask in the warm glow of the Toronto Light Festival during the chilly Family Day long weekend. It’s on now, from sundown until 11pm (Thursday to Saturday) until March 4th at the Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street). Experience the art of light as well as IT Laser Shows, the Magic Dance Mirror show, Fire show and more. Admission is free, but bring some money to enjoy the fabulous food and drink vendors that line the cobblestone streets.


Listening to Art, Seeing Music

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The Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Drive) transforms into a world of immersive musical soundscapes and video installations that mesmerizes and celebrates the traditions of the Muslim during Listening to Art, Seeing Music. It’s on now until April 22nd. This multi-sensory experience takes visitors on a journey that explores the interconnectedness of the arts and the world itself. Visitors will have the opportunity to translate musical patterns and rhythms into visual art, as well as take in live music, storytelling and share a cup of tea in the Mongolian yurt in the courtyard and much more! Get your tickets today!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help improve the quality of your quality time this Family Day long weekend and connect you to 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.

Where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village


The holiday season can be a magical time or a stressful time. It all depends on the choices we make. Why head downtown to battle the biggest crowds in the city when you can find everything you need in your neighbourhood?! Avoid the hustle and bustle and choose simple and smooth. To help you get your shopping done close to home, here is a list of where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village.


Yonge and Eglinton Centre


The Yonge and Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) is your local mall. It’s not too big, overwhelming, or overfilled, but it’s big enough to house everything you need for the holidays. There is even a Metro grocery store — so can get your gifts and groceries all at once! If you’re looking for quality beauty products, you’ll find the largest Sephora in North America, right here. Step into Walking on a Cloud and give the gift of comfortable and stylish footwear for men and women. Indigo wrote the book on great gift giving. They offer not only books, but a wide variety of gift ideas, specialty toys and life-enhancing products. There’s also a great food court for when you get hungry, and a movie theatre for when you want to escape it all for a little while.

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Best Buy


Get quality brand-name electronics, computers, appliances and more from a retailer you can trust. The Best Buy at 2400 Yonge Street has everything you need to put a smile on their faces this holiday. They also feature a lowest price guarantee and easy returns, so you can shop with confidence this season.

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For the active folks on your list, Lululemon offers everything they could need or want to stay warm and stylish during winter workouts. The brand has moved beyond yoga pants. Find great gifts for men, women and girls. From great stocking stuffers to full outfits, outerwear and activewear. Step into your local Lululemon (2558 Yonge Street) and breathe a little easier this holiday season.

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Spoiled Baby


Taking care of a new baby can be tough, but finding great gifts for babies couldn’t be easier! Spoiled Baby offers a quality selection of fun and practical baby gifts. From clothing and shoes to toys and educational products. They carry a wide array of ‘Smart Baby Products’ to help babies develop, grow and have fun. If you can’t decide on what to get, their Gift Cards are the perfect solution, or let them help you put together a custom baby gift basket. Make caring for a new baby just a little easier with a visit to Spoiled Baby. They’re just down the street at 2a Davisville Avenue.

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Sporting Life


No matter who you have left on your shopping list, you’ll find something they’ll love at Sporting Life. Whether you’re looking for ski or snowboard equipment for die hard enthusiasts, or quality winter gear to keep warm comfy in the city, they’ve got you covered. Sporting life features the best apparel from Canada Goose, The North Face, Burton, Sorel, Spyder and more! If you find yourself lost and out of your element, their friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than willing to help. You have a couple of options for Sporting Life locations near Davisville Village. There is the smaller outpost, Sporting Life Boards and Bikes (2454 Yonge Street) or the massive, flagship store just up the street at 2665 Yonge Street.


Hopefully, this list will help you shop more efficiently and make the most of your precious spare time this holiday season. Your neighbourhood offers everything you need and more to make this a great season. Happy Holidays!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your neighbourhood and all that your 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.

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.



Discover Special Moments Child Care Centre


Choosing a childcare centre can feel like a daunting task. You’re entrusting someone with the life, wellbeing and development of your young child. It’s important to find the right place with a proven track record, a skilled and caring staff, and an environment that will nurture your child. A centre that will help them socialize and enjoy their most formative years.


Special Moments Child Care Centre has been serving the diverse Davisville neighbourhood since 1986. They provide a safe and supportive environment where your child can develop, learn and grow at their own pace. Their dedicated staff and thoughtful program ensures a balance of social learning and interaction, creativity and play. At Special Moments, learning is achieved through play. Their goal is for each and every child to become a well-rounded, well-mannered, positive, and independent individual.

The centre provides care for children ages 2 ½  to 5 years old. The space itself boasts an indoor classroom and play area, an outdoor playground and an indoor gym. The children take supervised walks together to nearby parks and libraries and make regular visits to the Salvation Army Retirement and Nursing Home. We spoke with Judy Mendez, Operator of Special Moments Child Care Centre, to find out more.

So Judy, what distinguishes Special Moments Child Care Centre from other childcare centres in Toronto?

Our child care centre was established in the late 80’s. One factor that distinguishes us from other centres is that we have worked with our community for such a long period of time. We cater to their needs with affordable fees and dedicated staff who have a passion for children and their development. I have worked here for 18 years now as the Operator. We adapt and embrace new programs set out by the City and the Ministry as they modernize the child care industry.

So the word is out about you then! Wow, that’s nearly a 40 year history in Davisville Village! Do you have a waiting list? If so how long is the wait typically?

Our waiting list ranges from 6 months to 1 year. It really depends on the year. There [are] times when we don’t have a waiting list, right now we have quite a few people in [the program].

Please tell us a little about your philosophy on childcare and education.

We try our very best to give children and their families a positive environment committed to their health and wellbeing. We prepare children to be active participants in our program through exploration, offering a variety of materials, and a demonstration of active imagination alongside staff who support such development through modelling and play interaction with children. Play is learning.

Special Moments Child Care Centre employs both full and part time RECE teachers (certified with the college of ECE Ontario), as well as full and part time ECE assistants. The staff-to-student ratio for preschool is 1:8, and 1:10 for Junior or Senior Kindergarten.

Special Moments Child Care Centre (20 Glebe Rd East) is located within easy walking distance (about 5 minutes) of Davisville Junior Public School, making it a convenient option if your child is (or will be) a student there. Special Moments is proud to serve the Davisville community and to create a safe and supportive environment for your child. They encourage you to come by for a visit!

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

The best indoor playgrounds in Toronto


Winter may be just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean your kids have to say goodbye to the playground. There are many great options for indoor playgrounds in Toronto, so the good times never get snowed out. Indoor playgrounds also make ideal locations for hassle-free birthday parties. Here are some of the best indoor playgrounds in Toronto.




Kidnasium (745 Mt Pleasant Road)


Kidnasium is your friendly, neighbourhood source for indoor fun. They offer drop-in, unsupervised play in the gymnastics gym and activity room. When you need a little time to yourself, take advantage of their Me Time, Play Time. Parents can choose to stay at the facility in the Parents Room where they can read, work or just relax. If you need to run a few errands, catch up with a friend, or enjoy some quiet time to yourself, Kidnasium’s coaches and activity specialists will provide your child with fun activities and supervise free play.


You can also register now for winter programs for kids aged 4 months to 11 years old. Choose from Gymnastics, Ninja Warrior, Fitness, Play & Discovery and more!

Kidville (3420 Yonge Street)

Kidville is a membership based program and playspace where kids from newborn to six years old can play, create and have fun. The playspace hours vary by semester. You can check with the front desk to see if the space can be opened during non-scheduled hours. Socks are required for the Big Muscle Gym and theatre, and indoor shoes are needed for the Sports Gym. Socks are available at the front desk for just $2.00 if you forgot them at home. Kidville is a great spot for birthdays and they offer an array of fun and enriching programs, including dance, art and music.



Playground Paradise (150 Grenoble Drive)


Operated by the city of Toronto at the Flemington Community Centre, Playground Paradise  offers two-stories of playtime fun. Ride the spiral slide, climb the “cargo elevator”, play in the ball pit and much more, all for only $2.50 per child for 2 hours! Best of all, accompanying adults are free! Socks are required to enter. It’s open to kids up to 12 years of age. They often reach capacity though, so you may want to call ahead. Party bookings are also available.



Extreme Fun Kids Indoor Playground (186 Bartley Drive)


The fun never ends at Extreme Fun Kids Indoor Playground. You can drop by for daily public play, Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The space is designed for children ages 1 to 10 and encourages exercise, fun, self-awareness and confidence. There is so much to do, it’s silly! The space features a 15 foot high play structure, a giant jumping castle, a dress-up corner, air hockey and foosball tables, basketball nets and more. There is over 5500 square feet of fun, in a safe and clean environment, where adults can interact with their children and other parents. Parents can join in the fun on the playground, or join each other for a coffee in their cozy cafe.



Kids Fun City (150 Lesmill Road)

Kids Fun City is a can’t-miss spot for kids of all ages. Kids will love climbing up the play structure and riding down the slides, bouncing about on the inflatable bouncer, playing mini-golf, arcade games or the immersive and interactive Atomic Rush experience. Take on the thrilling challenge of the amazing lazer maze! There is even a separate toddler’s area for kids ages 1 to 3. The onsite snack bar means you don’t have to call off the fun when snack time rolls around.


Oh, to be a kid again! Where were all these great indoor fun factories when we were growing up? You’ll have fun too, whether you choose to join them on the playground or not, when you see their little faces light up with pure joy and happiness. Stay safe, stay active and have fun, with the best indoor playgrounds in Toronto.

Greenrock Property Mangement Limited loves connecting you with all that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including – Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 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.


Courtesy of the Mount Pleasant Village BIA


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.

Take in the magic of The Lights Fest


Toronto is a great place to live. There is always something new to see and do, and places to explore. If you’re looking to step outside of the everyday experience, The Lights Fest is making a stop in the GTA on its tour of North America, on Saturday, September 30th. What is The Lights Fest? It’s a unique “experience where thousands of friends and families gather to listen to live music, fill up on food trucks and light up life by sharing personal wishes, dreams and goals.” What that means is, at just the right moment, thousands of people light personalized lanterns and let them take flight into the night sky. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle that must be experienced to be fully appreciated. Still not sure what to expect? We spoke with Kate Racker, spokesperson for The Lights Fest, to find out more.


Photo courtesy of The Lights Fest


Where was the first event and how did the event series grow into what it is today?


Our first Canadian event was in Regina, and our first event in the U.S was located in San Antonio, Texas. After our first 2 events we received a lot of positive feedback from our guests who attended the event. The emotional and heartwarming stories that were associated with our lantern launches inspired us to try and share those experiences with other people across the states and Canada.


Sounds quite uplifting! What is the event’s mission or focus?


Our Mission at The Lights Fest is to create a transformative experience for families and friends, enabling them to share their light with others.

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That’s beautiful! How many lanterns get released at a single event?


Release of Lanterns varies depending on how many adult tickets were purchased, we have had 3000-8000 depending on the city and number of tickets purchased. We have a dedicated cleanup crew, waiting in the landing zone, whose focus is collecting lanterns after the event. All events are strategically located outside of populated areas where there is open space. We’ve engineered our lanterns for low flight and landing-site predictability. After the event, we have a large cleaning crew, picking up the lanterns. Our lanterns are 100% biodegradable, so in the rare chance that we miss one, they are designed to quickly disintegrate. Our “Leave No Trace Policy” allows us to make sure that our venues look the same after we leave as they did before we arrived.


That’s very responsible of you! Has this event happened in Toronto before? Where will this year’s event be held?


We have never had an event in Toronto but we are super excited to be coming there! Due to safety regulations, The Lights Festival is unable to hold events within city limits. To ensure we produce a safe and magical evening, Fire Marshals require our events to be held at venues with sufficient acreage and away from homes and businesses. That is why our venue is the Ohsweken Speedway 1987 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0, Canada.

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We noticed the event is family friendly — is it mostly families that attend or do solo adults and couples attend as well?


Our event is targeted for all age groups but we typically get families and young couples. At the perfect moment, everyone ignites their personalized sky lanterns with Tiki torches and lets them take flight. It creates a magical ambiance, where time slows down as your single flame rises with thousands of others.


If you’re looking to step outside of your everyday routine and step a little outside of the official boundaries of the city – Lights Fest may be one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you never forget. It’s less than a two hour trip from Toronto, but it may make for a fascinating journey! You can register online now.


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help connect you to your community and to unique experiences beyond its borders. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green and Greenrock at Davisville Village, please visit our website.

Rediscover Toronto with MomenTO by Canoe


Don’t miss your opportunity to experience another side of Toronto and enjoy the moment with MomenTO by Canoe. This great event invites you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and peacefully paddle down beautiful and historically significant rivers. Living in the urban centre of Toronto, it can be easy to overlook its natural beauty and ideal location. The Rouge and Humber rivers flank each side of our city. These ancient waterways flow into Lake Ontario and are important ecosystems. They were essential to ancient Indigenous cultures as well as British and French settlers throughout history.



Now is your chance to paddle these same rivers and learn a little more about them while you enjoy a great day out! The first event is called Celebrating the Rouge. It will take place at Rouge Beach Park on August 20th, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm. On September 10th,  2017, from 10 am to 4 pm it’s time for event number two, Celebrating the Humber, at Etienne Brule Park. We spoke with Jill Patterson, Project Manager, Museums & Heritage Services, to find out more about this exciting first-time event!



Credit: MomenTO

Credit: MomenTO



So Jill, what can someone attending MomenTO by Canoe expect to experience?


As a unique Canada 150 celebration, and in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), canoeing events will be hosted at Toronto’s two major rivers with national designations: the Rouge and the Humber rivers. Come and experience the natural beauty of these ancient watersheds, and learn about their human history stretching back thousands of years. Both events will offer the public a unique opportunity to paddle a small part of the rivers in a canoe, for free. Come to be inspired by the past and appreciate the natural wonders of Toronto’s nationally significant rivers.


Sounds like a memorable experience! What is the national and/or historic significance of the Rouge and Humber rivers?


The Rouge and Humber rivers are both rich in important ecosystems, and rich in ancient human history. The Humber River was named a Canadian Heritage River in 1999 for its cultural history and recreational opportunities, while  Rouge National Urban Park became Canada’s first urban national park in recognition of the Rouge’s ecological and cultural importance. Both rivers have well documented sites of Indigenous encampments and villages dating back thousands of years, and both had ancient portage trails along their banks which allowed Indigenous people an overland shortcut between Lake Ontario and the Upper Great Lakes. Both rivers were also very significant sites for early French and British history in the Toronto area.


What a history! Does everyone need to bring their own canoe or kayak to participate?


No! All canoes and safety equipment will be provided for free on a first-come, first-serve basis!  Wait times will depend on the number of participants.  Prepare to come to enjoy beautiful Parks and pop-up displays while you wait! Use of canoes and equipment will be restricted to 30 mins to 45 mins, depending on demand, in order to give as many participants a chance to paddle throughout the day as possible. You are welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak however, please make sure that you adhere to all of Transport Canada’s minimum safety requirements. Please see further details on our website at


Thanks for speaking with us, Jill! We look forward to checking out these exciting events!


Don’t let the moment pass you by.  MomenTO by Canoe offers you a unique opportunity to take in some of the history of our city and community, and have fun at the same time.

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you discover your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) and Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.