A week in the life near Church and Wellesley


There is no place quite like Church and Wellesley Village. Home to the hip, the happening and the “what the heck?!”. From great food and bars, to world class theatre, games rooms and much more. You could say there is an almost overwhelming list of options for a night or day out in the neighbourhood. To help you make the most of your good times in the village, we have some fun ideas for a week in the life near Church and Wellesley. Enjoy!


Mondays can be a little dreary. When you need a beginning of the week escape plan, head to Riddle Room (579 Yonge Street). Riddle Room is a live escape room and board games cafe, all in one. An escape room is a live action game you play with your friends. Participants are ‘locked’ in a room and must solve puzzles, find clues and use their wits to escape before the clock runs out!

Riddle Room is also a no-cover board games cafe. They only ask that you buy a drink, then you can hang out and play a selection of over 200 board games and video games with your friends for as long as you like. They’re open daily from 2pm until midnight (10pm on Sundays). Find out more about Riddle Room in our feature article and interview.


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Let the good times roll at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). This black box theatre is a great choice thanks to its ever-changing program of experimental and envelope-pushing theatre in the heart of the Village. Buddies believes that “theatre plays a vital role in the educational, social, and economic health of a community.” It’s hard to disagree with that! Rush tickets are available during the week, as well as Pay-What-You-Can shows every Sunday.



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Even with all the fun you’re having this week, it’s possible that by Wednesday, you’ve got some stress knots to work out. Ease the tension with a midweek trip to Elmspa (557 Church Street). Treat yourself to a selection of massages including Bamboo, Deep Tissue and Siam Herbal Massage. They also offer a variety of facials, as well as manly mani and pedi options in a serene and welcoming atmosphere. Learn more about Elmspa in our feature article.



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Living at Village Green means you’re always only a hop, skip and jump from world class theatre and musicals at CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly the Panasonic). With a new season of shows just announced, it’s the perfect time to plan a grand night out. Learn more about special dinner and show packages, to save money while you celebrate.


In a landscape of constantly changing clubs and bars, Woody’s (465-467 Church Street) has managed to remain a favourite since 1989. A lot has changed in the world since they first opened their doors, but Woody’s keeps on top of things with a great roster of special events. There is something for everyone at Woody’s. They feature 5 different bars, each with a different vibe, so there really is something for everyone. No special occasion is required, stop by and see what all the fuss is about.


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Burn off some steam, and set your sights on pure fun this Saturday at Stryke Target Range (738 Dundas Street East). It’s more fun than you can throw an axe at! Your group can choose from a list of super fun and surprisingly stress-relieving activities, including archery, axe throwing, knife throwing and air guns.



It’s been a super fun week, and you’ve earned some serious down time! Sundays are designed for getting cozy at home with your favourite Netflix shows. You’ll need to keep your strength up for all this lounging around, so why not take a walk around the corner and enjoy a great brunch at Lola’s Kitchen (634 Church) before you commit to some couch time. Learn more about Lola’s in our feature post about them. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you won’t go hungry in this joint.

There is so much to do in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood that trying to fit it all in can be the hardest part. We hope these fun activity ideas get you excited about a week in this awesome neighbourhood you call home.

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you connect with the fun and excitement that is all around you. We hope this post inspires you to explore your neighbourhood and discover what your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website

A week of fun near Davisville Village


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



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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Take a class at The Chef Upstairs


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


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


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

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

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




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




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




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




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


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


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

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


Check out New Ideas Festival


It’s been a long winter. Many of us are slowly coming out of hibernation, but cozy evenings spent on the couch, catching up on our favourite TV shows, is still status quo. If you’re looking for some new ideas for how to spend some time now that winter is drawing to an end, let New Ideas Festival draw you out of your den.


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This year marks the 30th anniversary of New Ideas Festival at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street) — which marks its Centennial season this year. Come and experience this time tested tradition of bringing new and experimental theatre to Toronto.


New Ideas Festival


The New Ideas Festival is a juried, three-week theatre festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre. Each week, from March 7th to 25th, a new group of four plays will be presented, plus a Reading Series of new work. The shows run Wednesday to Saturday nights at 8pm, with weekend matinee performances at 2:30pm. The Reading Series takes place each Saturday of the festival, at 1pm. Come and experience all of the New Ideas, with three evenings (or matinees) of original plays, plus Saturday readings. You can even give the playwrights your feedback. Tickets are available now.


Week 1 (March 7th – 11th)


Week 1 of the The 30th Annual New Idea Theatre Festival opens on Wednesday, March 7th, and runs until the Sunday, March 11th.


See F*CK L*VE by Rosemary Doyle. This piece examines the importance of timing in a relationship. What happens when soulmates meet each other twenty-four hours too early? The show is directed by Brittany Miranda.


Next up is THE DANCING MAN OF MACKLIN STREET, by Andrew Lee. A woman tells the story of her childhood, her family and the impact that the mysterious Dancing Man made on them. It is directed by Cassidy Sadler.


GOVERNING OURSELVES by Stephen Near is a discussion between a student teacher and her advisor that takes an unexpected turn. It is directed by Lori Delorme.


The final play of the evening is ORACLE JANE by Vicki Zhang. It tells the story of Canadian data scientist who returns home to Beijing, witnessing the disturbing and destructive power of the machine learning tool she created – Oracle Jane. The secrets the tool digs up unleash calamity on her and her family (directed by Donald Molnar).


The Saturday Reading Series selection will be WATCH ME DROWN by Liam Salmon.


Week 2 (March 14th – 18th)


Return to the Alumnae Theatre’s Studio Theatre for Week 2 from March 14th to 18th, for four new plays and new ideas.


Week 2 begins with SWEET MAMA AND THE SALTY MUFFINS by Ciarán Myers. It’s the story of Mamma, recounting the loss of her child, a tragedy which occurred years earlier. Mamma says she knows where the child wound up – if only someone would believe her (directed by Kendra Jones).

Donna Langevin makes you contemplate what you would risk to make your dreams come true in her play IF SOCRATES WERE IN MY SHOES. It’s the story of a daredevil, persuading a writer to go over Horseshoe Falls in a barrel, in order to earn money to self-publish a manuscript. It is directed by Carl Jackson.


STARS by D.J. Sylvis, is the tale of two lovers who have never met. It’s directed by Gillian Armstrong.


The fourth play of the evening is MOVING ON, written by Elmar Maripuu and directed by Helly Chester. A visionary software designer finally finds an investor that can turn their idea into a reality — but at what cost? And where did the money come from?


The Saturday Reading Series for week 2 is MIRAGE: THE ARABIAN ADVENTURES OF GERTRUDE BELL by Laurie Fyffe.


Week 3 (March 21st to 25th)


The final week of New Ideas runs from Wednesday March 21st to Sunday March 25th.


Week 3 opens with THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Natalie Frijia and is directed by Kay Brattan. Set in 1882, a monster lurks in Lake Ontario. Thirty-nine people have drowned and a reporter bent on getting to the bottom of it gets more than she bargained for.


Next up, is MARTY AND JOEL AND THE EDGE OF CHAOS by Camille Intson. Estranged lovers learn to navigate love and fate in this tale of broken time and space. Directed by Lorna Craig.


THE OFFICIANT by Francesca Brugnano and directed by Paige Foskett takes two young lovers prepare to wed on a moonlit night in 1938, but they are not prepared for the revelation of what their vows really mean.


MOURNING AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE by Chloë Whitehorn and directed by Heather Keith will close out the series. Lucy doesn’t know who she is anymore. Everett is falling in love. Drew has lost so much already. Fenwick is just trying to keep her family afloat. And Pippa, well Pippa is drowning.


The final entry in the Reading Series will be ANIMAL by Romeo Ciolfi.


As we make our way into a new season, why not make some time for New Ideas?! Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with all the incredible culture and new ideas that your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

Check out Outbreak Escape Games


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


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


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


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


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


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



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

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


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

Get pampered at Alma Natural Spa


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


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


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


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


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


The Services

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


For Face

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



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

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

Nail Treatments

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

Spa Packages

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

Community Outreach

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

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

Get the best boots at Bootmaster!


They say that you can tell a lot about a person by their choice of footwear. Bootmaster (609 Yonge Street) is a big believer in that. They have been serving the city since 1988 with a selection of high quality leather boots and much more. They have their own Bootmaster Signature Series brand that boasts world-class style, quality and workmanship for boots and leatherwear. Best of all, they’re right around the corner from Village Green!


Bootmaster believes in providing clients with the best, and building relationships and products that last. If you are looking for something special, they are happy to special order it for you – or they can custom make you a one-of-kind pair of boots using top quality leather and exotic skins. Some of the finest boots in the world are made right here in Canada, by Bootmaster and others. Here are a few of the world-class brands offered at Bootmaster:


Dayton Boots

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Dayton Boots has been supplying Canada and the world with quality, handcrafted leather boots since 1946. They’ve been following the same painstaking 230-step process, in the same Vancouver factory store, for all of that time.


Canada West Boots

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Canada West Boots is celebrating 40 years as a family-owned Canadian company. They are passionate about making top quality footwear, proudly made in Winnipeg. Bootmaster carries their western styles as well as motorcycle boots, ankle and zipper boots, and ropers.



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Boulet is Canada’s most popular bootmaker. They first opened their doors in 1933, as the St-Tite Shoe Co.Ltd. in Saint-Tite Québec. During WWII, they became the leading provider of footwear for the Canadian Armed Forces. In the 1960’s they began manufacturing the Western-style boots they are famous for today and were the first Canadian company to specialize in this type of boot.


Tony Lama

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Bootmaster carries a selection of Tony Lama footwear in basic leather, as well as exotic skins including lizard, ostrich and alligator.


Frye Boots

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Bootmaster stocks classic styles of Frye Boots, including the Campus and Harness, in brown and black leather.



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Chippewa Boots has been manufacturing quality footwear since 1901, originally as the Chippewa Shoe Manufacturing Company. Bootmaster offers a selection of their finest quality motorcycle boots in 7″, 11″ or 18″ heights with steel toes and vibram soles


Old Gringo

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Old Gringo maks quality handmade boots with a contemporary flair for fashion. Founded in 2000 by Yan Ferry, a fourth generation French cobbler and Ernie Tarut. Bootmaster carries a variety of styles from Old Gringo, for men and women


Bootmaster Signature Series

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Bootmaster makes their own store brand – The Bootmaster Signature Series. Any style they they offer can be custom ordered in your choice of colour!


Bootmaster knows how important the right pair of boots can be, but they don’t stop there! Boots are just the beginning! They also carry a selection of exceptional quality, handmade exotic leather jackets that really must be seen to be truly appreciated. You can complete the look with the perfect hat, belt and accessories. Bootmaster’s quality products are a hit with everyone who tries them. You may find yourself giving your old footwear the boot, once you slip into a pair at Bootmaster.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you to feel great and look great. We love to connect you to all your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), 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.


Credit: Royal Ontario Museum – Vikings – Presented by Raymond James Ltd.


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

Credit: Toronto Light Fest


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

Credit: Aga Khan Museum – Listening to Art, Seeing Music


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!


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Check out TIFF Next Wave


The creative energy of youth is worth celebrating. The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is a collection of some of the most creative minds and emerging artists in the world of filmmaking and beyond. It’s an opportunity to see what is coming next, and to mix and mingle with industry professionals and the most promising emerging artists. There are panels, parties, and workshops to attend, and of course, lots of great movies to watch. The big bonus of this youth-based film festival is that all the films are free to watch for anyone under 25! How many will you see?


There is too much happening at this year’s Next Wave Film Festival to cover it all, but here a few highlights to get excited about.


In Conversation With… Amandla Stenberg


Kick off your festival experience on February 15th at 7pm, at TIFF Bell Lightbox for In Conversation With… Amandla Stenberg. Amadla is a boundary-pushing voice in the film industry and beyond, having starred in the Hunger Games franchises and the much-anticipated Hate U Give. Hear the young creator and activist in person on her work in film as well as the Art Hoe Collective.


Tickets are $11.50 for anyone under 25 or with a valid student ID, and $23.75 for adults/seniors.


Battle of the Scores + Opening Night Party


Rock out with some of the city’s finest high-school bands on Friday, February 16th at 7pm – as they perform original soundtracks for a scene from the short film Master Controlled by Ryan Bobkin and Ethan Godel. There will be prizes awarded by the audience as well as a panel of industry judges. Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol from Nirvanna the Band the Show, are your hosts for the evening. Your ticket to Battle of the Scores also gets you into the Opening Night Party.


Young Creators Co-Lab


The Young Creators Co-Lab is an all-day gathering and collaborative space for young and emerging filmmakers that offers a chance to connect with industry professionals. It’s happening on Friday, February 16th, at 9am, register now! If you (or your child) can’t commit to the full day, there are drop-in sessions for sale for $5. Tickets are available 10 minutes prior to each session’s start time on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Films


Every film on the Next Wave Schedule is worth checking out. Best of all, the films are free for all people under 25! Here are a just a few selected highlights to look forward to:


A Kid From Somewhere

A Kid From Somewhere: courtesy of TIFF Next Wave Film Festival


A Kid From Somewhere provides a glimpse into the world of three young and talented creators; photographers Olivia Bee and Patrick O’Rourke, and Nigerian-born musician La Timpa. There will be a post-screening panel with Bee and O’Rourke, as well as filmmakers Paul Johnston and Adam Beck. Tickets for the February 17th screening are available now.


Person To Person

Person to Person: courtesy of TIFF Next Wave Film Festival


Director Dustin Guy Defa’s Person To Person screens on Sunday February 18th at 5pm.

Tickets are on sale now. Fashion Idol and internet publishing sensation, Tavi Gevinson plays a queer teen struggling with the idea that she may be attracted to a boy. The film features spectacular performances from a stellar cast, including Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, and Philip Baker Hall, that make this tonally brilliant piece really shine.


High Fantasy


High Fantasy is the second feature film from South African director Jenna Bass. As four friends awaken on a camping trip, they find themselves inhabiting one another’s bodies. It has a raw, reality-TV style that is grounded by the realistic performances form Qondiswa James, Liza Scholz, Nalo Khumalo and Francesca Michel, all of whom are co-writers of the script. Get your tickets now for the screening on Sunday, February 18th, at 7:45pm.


Come on out and get a glimpse of what is coming next in the world of film at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival – February 16th to 18th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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Rhubarb theatre festival is back!


The longest-running new works theatre festival in Canada is back for its 39th year! The Rhubarb Theatre Festival runs from February 14th to 25th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). This festival is all about exploration and experimentation. Don’t expect to see any run-of-the-mill theatre at Rhubarb. These folks break boundaries, push envelopes and discover what is possible today in theatre.


Credit: Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times


As a result of this pioneering spirit, no two shows at Rhubarb are ever the same. It’s a space for artists and audiences alike to experiment together and try new things. One of the greatest things about the festival is that you always get to see more than one show — more like 3 or 4 in a single evening/day. Your evening/day pass gets you into all shows and events happening that day. Shows are not individually ticketed. Starting at 6pm or 8pm, and 2:30pm on Sundays, there are shows happening in both spaces at Buddies (the Cabaret and the Chamber).


When you arrive at the theatre, choose which show you want to see first. When the show is over, 30 minutes later, it’s time for another show to begin. If one of the experiments didn’t work for you, hold on to your seat (or move to the next space) because something else is about to come your way. If you want to explore some uncharted territory, get your tickets for Rhubarb today.


There is simply too much going on at the 39th Rhubarb Festival to explore it all here. Words could never do it justice anyway. It is something that must be seen, felt and experienced live to be fully appreciated and understood. Here are a few highlights to look forward to:




MIDNIGHT, TORONTO is a Concert Play from writer and co-director, Curtis te Brinke. As three 20-something bandmates are coping with existential ennui, a mysterious plague descends upon the city. It’s a quarter-life crisis set to live Canadian indie music from Daniel Bragg.


It runs from February 14th to 18th, at 8pm (2:30pm Sunday) in the Cabaret space.




EMERGING CREATORS UNIT: WEEK 1 is on from February 16th to 17th at 6pm in the Chamber.


Becoming, is the story of a woman trapped in purgatory. She is forced to navigate a space with no power to escape it. As she awaits final judgement, she wrestles with the fractured memories of her life. The play was created by and is performed by Erum Khan and directed by Liz Peterson.


Come on a journey that spans space, time and a killer closet that mother left behind. Maame: A Queer Black Fairy’s Tale, tracks the tale of a Ghanaian boy dealing with the death of his mother and the discovery of himself. Created and performed by Kwaku Okyere and directed by Audrey Dwyer.




Emerging Creators Unit: Week 2 runs February 23rd and 24th, beginning at 6pm, in the Chamber.


Virgen is a boundary-pushing production that restructures scripture in a way you have never seen before. From creator and performer Heath V Salazaar and director Evalyn Parry.


There Are No Rats In Alberta, from creator and performer, Rhiannon Collett and director, Moe Angelos – this performance shows how brutality can be oh so delicate.




Catch MOTHERLOAD from February 21st to 25th at 8pm (2:30pm Sunday) in the Cabaret space. Two older gay men, who came out later in life, inhabit their mothers’ psyches and get a better understanding of their experience. Created and performed by Brian Cope and Charles Hayter, directed by Sadie Epstein-Fine.




Witness as JL Whitecrow reclaims the lost Anishinaabe tradition of JIISAKAN and calls on you to consider your own presence in the sacred space created. Come to the Antechamber from 7pm to 10pm, February 21st to 23rd.




Feel the heat of FIRE, from Femmes du Feu’s Holly Tredennick, in the Chamber from February 14th to 18th at 9pm (3:30pm Sunday). This thrilling aerial circus performance is also an intimate look at trauma, and Holly’s memories of her firefighter father. Directed by Monica Dottor.


The Rhubarb Festival is a unique theatrical experience you simply can’t have anywhere else. It changes day-to-day and week-to-week, so keep coming back to take in more!


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