The best brunch near Village Green

 

When you live in Toronto, brunch isn’t just a meal – it’s an event! Finding the perfect local brunch spot is one of those things that makes a neighbourhood feel like home. The brunch lifestyle is alive and well in The Village. There are so many options, in fact, that finding the right place can feel a little overwhelming. It’s not just about the food, the atmosphere is also important. To take some of the burden of finding the perfect brunch spot off your shoulders, here are some of the best brunch spots near Village Green.

 

Credit: Lola’s Kitchen

Credit: Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen has been serving up an ever-evolving menu of classic comfort food since they first opened their doors in a repurposed Victorian Mansion at 634 Church Street in 2009. They offer satisfying portion sizes and a variety of great brunch items on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm. They also specialize in vegan and gluten-free options. Try Lola’s Two Egg Breakfast ($11) or their Curried Tofu Scramble ($13). It’s vegan and comes with gluten free flax toast and a choice of salad, frites or Lola’s home fries. Make sure you pair it with one of their famous fresh juices or a mimosa ($6) to make any brunch feel like a special occasion. Find out more about Lola’s Kitchen in our feature article from earlier this year.

 

Credit: Hair of the Dog

Credit: Hair of the Dog

 

Hair of the Dog

 

Hair of the Dog at 425 Church Street is an unbeatable choice for a boozy weekend recovery brunch (Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am to 2:30pm). Kick things off with a Hair of the Dog Caesar ($8.75), or a Cranberry or Classic Mimosa ($9 each or $39 for a pitcher). Their Huevos Rancheros ($12) or Classic Eggs Benedict ($11) is sure to hit the spot and their complimentary carrot mini-muffins are a nice touch, too!

 

 

Crêpe It Up

 

Whether you are in a sweet or savoury kind of mood, you can’t go wrong when you chooseCrêpe It Up at507 Church Street. It’s comfortable and casual. Walk up to the counter, choose your crêpe and enjoy! The exposed brick walls and solid wood furniture will make you feel cozy and relaxed. Give the Paris Crêpe a try ($6.95). It’s loaded with banana and chocolate hazelnut sauce. You can add ice cream or whipped cream to any crêpe for $2 and add fruit for $3. There is also an assortment of waffles and smoothies to choose from.

 

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Smith

 

Smith at 553 Church Street is quirky, cozy and cool. There are three floors to choose from, each with a their own vibe. The third floor appears to be an old dance studio. The sunroom on the main floor is one of the prettiest and most pleasant places to eat a fine meal. The menus are printed like newspapers and no matter what you order, the portions are generous. The menu is seasonal and changes frequently, but there is always a lot to love. You can’t go wrong with the Huevos Rancheros ($17). Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 4pm.

 

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Wish

 

When you walk into Wish at 3 Charles Street East you will immediately feel at home. The warm, intimate vibe is infectious. There are comfy couches and cushy seats. It feels rustic and romantic. They have obviously put some time and effort into creating a nice ambiance. The food is a thing of beauty. The dishes are presented beautifully, the menu changes with the seasons and the portions are always plentiful. It’s an ‘instagram-worthy’ brunch. Try the Florentine ($16) – poached eggs over wilted spinach with leek and Parmesan fondue. Their crispy home fries are sure to hit the spot, too.

 

Credit: www.ogradyschurch.com

Credit: www.ogradyschurch.com

 

O’Grady’s
 
We love O’Grady’s on Church (518 Church S.) for weekday breakfast and weekend brunch. In fact, we love this pub pretty much any time of day — lucky for us they’re open daily from 9am to late! They’ve got a great patio for people watching in the warmer months and their menu is epic. Weekend brunch is served from 9am to 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Expect classic options like the O’Gradylicious — two eggs with your choice of peameal bacon, ham or sausage with home fries and toast ($9). They also have great omelettes and bennies and even offer an omelette of the day option ($12) and a benny of the option ($14) where you can enjoy out of the box creations like a pulled pork Benny! Drinks are a must here — they start serving sangria ($6), fresh mojitos ($12), caesars ($7) and $5 mimosas at 11am! They also have a delicious array of mocktails for people who prefer to keep brunch dry ($4.50). Visit them!

 

The next time you’re in the mood for brunch you’ll know where to go! We hope this article helps you find your new favourite neighbourhood brunch spot.

 

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Do brunch right at Church Bistro 555

 

Brunch is a way of life in Toronto. For many people, that perfect local spot for brunch is a big part of what makes their neighbourhood feel like their neighbourhood. There is no shortage of great restaurant options doing great brunches in or around The Village. If you are looking for something special, unique and out of the ordinary, your options get a little more limited. This is where Church Bistro 555 (555 Church Street) comes in. Since opening their doors in 2012, Church Bistro has earned a loyal following of locals and visitors seeking their unique organic, Halal gourmet fusion of East meets West. We caught up with Marcus, Owner and Manager of Church Bistro to get the inside story!

 

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Marcus, what would you say is your most popular brunch item?

 

We have a few things! The Sweet Patootie is basically a sweet brunch, either you have Malpua (Indian egg pancake with creamy sauce $16) or Spicy French Toast ($16) you can also get Milk Bread French Toast – ($14 and Fruit or Cheese Stuffed French Toast for $18). We have pancakes or waffles with saffron chicken ($20). We make great Benedicts, including one of our signature dishes, The Tandoori Chicken Benedict ($18), then we have a Royal Bengal Benny(ground beef Benedict ($18). We even have a Venison Benny ($22)! We a have a lot of vegetarian options and it’s all organic and Halal.

 

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We couldn’t help notice all those Bennys! What’s the most popular of those? Is it the Tandoori one you mentioned?

 

Pretty much all them! But the Tandoori Chicken is one of the signatures, that and the Royal Bengal. That is a signature dish too.

 

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Do you have a personal favourite?

 

My favourite is the Venison Benedict. I love it. I love deer meat. The Tandoori Chicken is very good too, you can spice it up, also!

 

Spice it up with curries? A chili sauce?

 

We actually don’t use any curries. We let you add organic green chilis brought from India.

 

Courtesy @ChurchBistro555

 

We love the East meets West approach to your menu. What inspired the Indian component of your menu?

 

Basically we try to create unique food that is Halal and organic, with Western and South Asian flare. [We draw from] French, Italian, Canadian, Jamaican – mixed cuisine, basically. Also, for dinner we have Lamb Shanks, Butter Chicken and we have the best fish and chips you can have in town!

 

Is there something unique about your Fish and Chips?

 

Yes, we can make them gluten-free, we can make them spicy. It’s totally unique.

 

Totally unique. That’s a good way to sum up Church Bistro 555. It’s a good way to describe the whole neighbourhood. That’s why Church Bistro is such a perfect fit for The Village. Fit them into your brunch or dinner plans and you’ll see what we mean.

 

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You gotta eat at Five Doors North

 

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

 

Credit: Five Doors North

 

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

 

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

 

Credit: Five Doors North

 

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

 

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

 

Credit: Five Doors North

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

Credit: Hot Docs Podcast Festival

 

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).

 

Intercepted

 

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”.

 

Canadaland

 

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.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with your community and all that it has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green andGreenrock at Davisville Village, please visit our website.

 

Spice it up at Marigold Indian Restaurant

 

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

 

Courtesy of Marigold Indian Bistro

 

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

 

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

 

Courtesy of Marigold Indian Bistro

 

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

 

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

 

Courtesy of Marigold Indian Bistro

 

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

 

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

 

Courtesy of Marigold Indian Bistro

 

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

 

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

 

Courtesy Marigold Indian Bistro

 

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

 

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

 

Courtesy Marigold Indian Bistro

 

What would say is the atmosphere at Marigold Indian Bistro?

 

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

 

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

 

Enjoy Coffee and Cats at Meow Cat Cafe

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Courtesy of Meow Cat Cafe

 

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

 

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

Courtesy of Meow Cat Cafe

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Meow Cat Cafe

 

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

 

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

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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Laugh till you cry at JFL42!

 

Laughter is the best medicine which is why we love JFL42! You can expect side-splitting laughs at this festival. This year’s event takes over various Toronto venues from September 21st to 30th. It features world-class headliners as well as 42 smaller, but hilarious, performers. You can see as many of them as you like, thanks to the festival’s pass system. We caught up with the festival’s spokesperson Charlene Coy to find out more about what’s in store this season!

 

Courtesy: Just For Laughs Festival

 

So Charlene, what makes JFL42 different from JFL?

 

The Just For Laugh comedy festival in Montreal has been going on for 35 years, and carries with it the status of being one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world. Toronto’s JFL42 has been around for only a fraction of that time, yet has been proving for years now that it can hold its own against its sister-festival down the 401. JFL42 allows comedy fans to make use of its incredibly versatile pass system. Pass holders can use one of their digital token credits to reserve a show one night, where once they check-in at the venue, their credit is immediately returned on their account so they can reserve the next show they want to see. Every time they check-in at a show, their credits go back, allowing them to keep curating their schedule for the entire fest.

Courtesy: Just For Laughs Festival

 

Wow, so the laughs are unlimited!? Who are some of the comedians that people are excited to see this year?

 

Every year offers an entirely new lineup of comedians ready to deliver the laughs across Toronto, and this year’s producers have delivered an incredible lineup that’ll reward fans who come back year after year. Whether it’s to catch headliners like Ali Wong, Mike Birbiglia and John Mulaney, or some of the illustrious 42 acts such as Jenny Slate, Jay Pharoah, the Lucas Bros or Colin Quinn.

Courtesy: Just For Laughs Festival

 

Comedy isn’t single format and not every format is to everyone’s taste. What styles of comedy can you expect to see at JFL42?

 

With JFL42 there a plethora of shows fit for everyone who likes a variety of comedy. Whether you want to take in the storytelling of Mike Birbiglia or Tom Segura, enjoy the unique stylings of Tim & Eric or My Favourite Murder; or utilize the pass system to its full extent to take-in night after night of comedy with W. Kamau Bell, Sasheer Zamata, Judah Friedlander or Kyle Kinane. There’s something for everyone.

Courtesy: Just For Laughs Festival

 

You can’t go wrong with variety! Your website describes the various venues for the festival as “intimate”. What kind of capacity do they accommodate? Are any of the venues notable?

 

JFL42 pops up all over Toronto, with some spectacular theatres, but also in the best comedy rooms that the city has to offer. Our headliners perform at both Sony Centre and the Winter Garden Theatre, offering thousands of comedy fans the chance to come in and see their favourites. From there, venues range from Queen Elizabeth Theatre to the Royal Cinema, over to the classic Toronto comedy hotspots of the Rivoli and The Comedy Bar. We call them intimate because no matter the size of the room, our venues serve to create an inclusive audience experience, wherein the emphasis is always on the comedy.

 

Everyone enjoys a good laugh. Give JFL42 the chance to make you laugh till you cry! How many shows can you see in 10 days? Don’t wait, get your passes or tickets, today!

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Enjoy a taste of Naples at Il Sogno

 

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

 

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

Credit: Il Sogno

 

 

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

 

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

 

Credit: Il Sogno

 

 

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

 

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

Credit: Il Sogno

 

That is really amazing – what a broad demographic!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Get in great shape at CrossFit Metric!

 

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

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

Credit: CrossFit Metric

Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

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

 

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

 

Credit: CrossFit Metric

Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

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

 

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

 

Credit: CrossFit Metric

Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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