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.

 

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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.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limitedwants to connect you to all 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.


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.

 

Courtesy @ChurchBistro555

 

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.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you connect with your community and the people and places that make it unique. For information on Greenrock Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website. 

 

Shop St. Lawrence Market this fall

 

The St. Lawrence Market is quite simply one of the World’s Greatest (and oldest) markets. It was named The World’s Best Food Market by National Geographic in 2012.

 

The Market is comprised of a three building complex. Each building serves a different purpose. The North Market is known for it’s Saturday Farmers’ Market, and for good reason — it’s been on since 1803! On Sundays, the North Market and surrounding plaza is home to over 80 antique dealers peddling their wares. The South Market accommodates over 120 specialty vendors who have made the Market their life’s work. Finally, St. Lawrence Hall, built in 1850, houses retail business on the ground floor, city offices on the second and the third floor can be rented out for special events. We talked to Amanda Diep, Program Development Officer for the St. Lawrence Market Complex, to see how they keep things fresh after so many years!

 

Courtesy St. Lawrence Market Complex

 

Amanda, what produce and products are in season this Fall at the Market?

 

Fall harvest in Ontario allows for delicious produce such as flavourful Brussels sprouts, beets and a wide variety of squashes, perfect for homemade soups (one of Fall’s best comfort foods).

 

When does the outdoor market close its doors for the season?

 

Farmers with outdoor stalls generally come inside at the end of October. However, one of the great things about our Farmers Market is that the indoor farmers are open all year round so that our customers always have access to in-season, fresh and locally grown products.

 

Courtesy St. Lawrence Market Complex

 

Are there any fall events at the Market that our readers will want to know about?

 

Readers will be excited to know that “Evening at the Market” is happening again next month onThursday, November 9th. The entire South Market will come alive after hours with cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and chef-inspired dishes from each of our 64 vendors. Proceeds will go to our charity partner Second Harvest. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stlawrencemarket.com.

 

Which vendors in the South Market are the most popular?

 

I think what makes the Market so special is that each vendor is popular for its own special set of products, and locals know it. From Cotton Candy grapes to crocodile steaks and raw vegan to peameal bacon, our customers know that they can always find what they’re looking for at the Market.

 

Courtesy St. Lawrence Market Complex

 

When’s the best time to visit the Market (in your opinion)?

 

Not a lot of people know that we open at 5 a.m. every Saturday morning. That’s when a lot of dedicated customers come to purchase products that sell out quick, such as fiddleheads during springtime. At 5 a.m., the Market is still calm, almost magical, and you can notice a lot of details that you might miss during a busy Saturday afternoon such as the original archways at the Front St. entrance when the space once served as Toronto’s City Hall.

 

That’s so early we might have to take your word for it! St. Lawrence Market has been around for a very long time. Is there anything different about the Market in recent years? What keeps the Market fresh?

 

Our Market Kitchen, which has remained somewhat of a hidden gem over the years, is gaining a large following with the rising popularity of home cooking and baking. The Market Kitchen has a wide variety of classes from Knife Skills to Taste of Tuscany. More details about these courses can be found at http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/events.

Courtesy St Lawrence Market Complex/ Toronto Archives

 

There really is nothing else quite like the St. Lawrence Market. It has stood the test of time and remains a major Toronto landmark and community hub to this day. It connects us to our food and those who provide it, to our community and to our past. It’s life as it was centuries ago, evolved and adapted to suit our needs and wants today. It is an icon of our city.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is proud to help connect you with all that your community and city have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

 

The Best Pizza Shops Near the Village

 

There is no shortage of pizza joints in downtown Toronto, but not all pizzas are created equal. To help you find the best pizza shops near the Village, without all the trial and error, we’ve rounded up our favourites places to get a slice.

 

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

 

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Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza (10 Dundas Street East #124) is a hip pizza chain that dishes up crispy, thin-crust pizza with creative toppings like applewood smoked bacon, arugula and vegan cheese. You can create your own pie and choose any toppings you like, all for one price. Your pizza will be ready in just 180 seconds! If gluten-free crust is a must for you, they’ve got you covered. If you’re not into the thin-crust scene, you can build a “high-rise” crust with additional house-made dough for an additional charge. A little more dough, for just a little more dough!

 

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

 

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Stop by North of Brooklyn Pizzeria (469 Church Street) for a crisp, thin crust slice featuring hip combinations like Bacon and Kale, and killer toppings like the Killer Bee (Mozzarella, Calabrese Sausage, Serrano Peppers, Pickled Red Onions, Honey).

 

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Full size pies are also available starting a $20 for a Margherita. If you want them to come to you, delivery is available for $4 on a $20 minimum order.

 

Pi Co

 

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Pi Co (1200 Bay Street #4) fits somewhere in between fast food and fine dining. It’s easy to fit them into your schedule as they feature “quality, made-to-order, Neapolitan-style pizzas in a unique quick-serve experience”. Whether you choose their classic thin-crust pizza (starting at $9), their twice baked Neapolitan pizza pockets, or treat yourself to a Nutella Marshmallow Graham Crumb Pi (starting a $6), the dough is always house made, the toppings are always fresh and it’s always fast.

 

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Gluten-free dough is available, though the restaurant is not a gluten-free environment

 

Olympic 76 Pizza

 

Credit: Olympic 76 Pizza Cafe

Olympic 76 Pizza Cafe (8 Gloucester Street) has earned its place in the neighbourhood. It opened in 1976 during Canada’s Olympic fever. This cozy and comfortable cafe has the quiet confidence that comes with being a neighbourhood institution. Olympic 76 is not trying to be the hippest spot in town — they just do what they do, and they do it well. Their pizza is simple and straightforward with a focus on quality ingredients. The dough is homemade and they use 100% mozzarella cheese. The pizza is the real deal here. From build-your-own pies (starting at $8.50 for a small to $23.00 for a large basic with cheese) to House Specialties, like Smoked Salmon and Hawaiian. They also offer pasta, hot sandwiches and salads. They are also fully licensed. The patio is perfect for summer pizza indulgences and it’s a popular spot to hang out in during Pride.

 

We hope these restaurants make your list for the best pizza places near the Village! If you can’t decide which spot to try first, invite a few friends over and try them all!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you to your community. For information about Greenrock Rental Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) in the heart of the Village in Toronto, please visit our website.

 

Don’t Miss Buskerfest!

 

BuskerFest is back for it’s 18th incredible year! Over the years, BuskerFest has delighted millions of spectators with unbelievable spectacles, and helped to raise valuable funds for Epilepsy Toronto through generous donations from visitors. Every year, the best street performers from around the world gather in The Beach at Woodbine Park over the Labour Day Weekend (this year they’ll meet from Friday, September 1st to Monday September 4th).

 

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

It’s the perfect way to say goodbye to summer in style, and support a great cause. BuskerFest Toronto is the largest epilepsy event anywhere! In the words of Geoff Bobb,  Executive Director of Epilepsy Toronto:

 

This is one of the most amazing festivals in the world. We are incredibly excited about all of the international and Canadian  performers who make this festival come alive and who share their talents in support of epilepsy. With the funds raised at this festival through gate donations, we are able to provide much needed support to the 1-in-100 people in Toronto living with epilepsy.

 

About Epilepsy Toronto

 

For 50 years, Epilepsy Toronto has been the place where Torontonians living with epilepsy can learn about their condition, get the assistance they require, and be a part of network of caring and supportive people. They are dedicated to building a strong community through

advocacy and community education — creating better public awareness, understanding and support for those living with epilepsy.

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

Fun For All

 

Get in the zone at this year’s BuskerFest! The Family Fun Zone will feature face-painting, balloon twisting, bouncy castles and more. Hit the midway for rides and games for grown-ups and kids! Is your child busker at heart? Check out the Be A Busker Zone – an interactive area where kids can get some hands-on experience in the art of busking. From hoola-hooping with Dispatch Talent, aerial arts with The Circus Academy, high-flying fun with SpringFree Trampoline and more!

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

Photo Contest – What Blew You Away?

 

Submit your best picture to the BuskerFest Photo Contest (contest@torontobuskfest.com) by September 15th 2107, for your chance to win a great prize! Check out @BuskerFestToronto on Facebook after the festival to see the top submissions!

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

There is so much to see at BuskerFest this year. When you catch something that really amazes you, let your voice be heard by casting your vote in the BuskerFest People’s Choice Award. Vote for your favourite busker for a chance to win great prizes and make sure your favourite busker earns a spot at next year’s fest!

 

BuskerFest is one of Toronto’s most exciting festivals, bringing together one-of-a-kind entertainers to our city, all in support of epilepsy awareness. I encourage residents and visitors to our city to check out BuskerFest over Labour Day weekend. – Mayor John Tory

 

Come and join the crowd, support a good cause, and be amazed by unforgettable performances from over 100 performers including escape-artists, aerial artists, acrobats, sword-swallowers, magicians, musicians, fire jugglers, comedians, clowns, daredevils and more. There is no entry cost for the event but don’t forget to make a PWYC (pay what you can) donation to Epilepsy Toronto at the gate!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with your community. For information onGreenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street) please visit our website.

 

Don’t miss the Toronto Cider Festival

 

If summer feels like it’s flown by, then you must have been having fun! Don’t worry, summer’s not over yet! You can keep the fun going at the third annual Toronto Cider Festival on Saturday, August 26th at Sherbourne Common at Sugar Beach.

 

Credit: @tociderfest

Credit: @tociderfest

 

Is there a better way to toast to the end of summer than by chilling by the beach in a cottage-style lounge, surrounded by great people and sipping the best ciders in world? If you need more incentive than that, there will also be great food and live entertainment to keep the vibe upbeat. Did we mention the cider? There will be lots of high quality cider to sample. Over 60 varieties in all will be served from the top apple growing regions across Canada and the world. There will be 28 cider makers, and 22 of them are local cideries. Come taste the fruits of their labour as you kick back and relax.

 

Credit: @tociderfest

Credit: @tociderfest

 

 

The event will also pay tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday. Not only can you sample Canadian cider, you can visit the Canada 150 photo booth while being entertained by local Canadian talent. This is how the true north celebrates summer!

 

Over the years, the organization has been heavily involved in promoting local farmers, music talents, and arts, all while staying true to its values of sustainability and social responsibility. While growing as a business, the organization has equally grown as a community contributor, having established a Scholarship Foundation for Event Management Students at George Brown College, being an official member of the Ontario Craft Cider Association and Tourism Toronto and working with Coach Canada to encourage responsible drinking and festival attendance. – Toronto Cider Festival Organizers, OBN

 

Credit: @tociderfest

Credit: @tociderfest

 

 

This Canada 150-themed Cider Festival isn’t just about the art of cider, it also features an Art Showdown and local artisans showcase. Feel the excitement at the bartending flair competition, chill to the beats of DJ D-Smooth in the Party Zone, or have some good old-fashioned fun with a twist in the Life Size Game Zone. This year is also the first to feature the Toronto Cider Festival Cider Awards. You can vote for your favourite cider in the People’s Choice Awards. You can also enter a special contest for a chance to win a trip to Vancouver or Prince Edward County!

 

Tickets for the Toronto Cider Festival are available now. Choose from the day (11:30am – 4pm) or night session (6pm – 10:30pm). A regular ticket includes 4 sample tokens (4oz each), a commemorative sample mug, and access to all the festival fun and food pairings. If you want the full VIP treatment, the VIP session (5pm – 10:30pm) gets you 10 sample tokens, 1 hour of exclusive access, exclusive entertainment, VIP food and cider pairings, and bonus VIP giveaways.

 

Don’t miss the Toronto Cider Festival this summer!. It’s the perfect opportunity to relax in a fun and friendly atmosphere and celebrate our country’s birthday and the end of summer in true Canadian style.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with your community. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Enjoy one of a kind burgers at Holy Chuck!

 

Have you noticed the gourmet burger trend in Toronto? It could almost be called a movement. Basically it’s a trend of making outstanding burgers readily available and has been pioneered by burger joints that promise unprocessed, real burgers that taste the way a burger should taste. One of the original establishments to lead the charge of burger brigade was Holy Chuck. They opened their first restaurant back in September of 2011 and have since opened two more locations. We spoke with the no-bull founder of Holy Chuck, Johnny Prassoulis, to find out what separates them from the herd.

 

Photo credit: Holy Chuck

Photo credit: Holy Chuck

 

So Johnny, what do you enjoy most about being a chef?

 

Watching other people eat my food and enjoy it. There’s no bigger pleasure than that.

 

What made you choose to specialize in gourmet burgers after coming up in high end restaurants?

 

I’ve always loved burgers. They’ve always been one of my favourite foods. And nobody — I shouldn’t say nobody — but almost nobody was doing them properly. Most commercially available burgers have been overcooked, processed and it’s been pretty much cr** for many, many years. And I think a burger is one of the most enjoyable things to eat. It’s also one of the most difficult things to make properly. And that’s why I did it.

 

So when you started, did you want to ensure your burgers were prepared following certain methods using certain ingredients?

 

I mean, for personal taste, yeah. I think burgers should be cooked no more than medium – at the most. But I think a good burger should have great flavour, nothing added to it, and be juicy. Definitely juicy. Because I think that’s one thing that lacks in most burgers, because burgers are over processed and there are so many additives, fillers… they’re frozen, not fresh. That whole juicy element and the flavour element has just gone out the window.

 

There is a lot of competition in the gourmet burger joint field these days. How do you separate yourself from the new brands that keep coming up?

 

Yeah, I’d definitely say that we were one of the pioneers in this whole burger trend, that’s for sure. I think one thing that we still do, that nobody else does, is we actually have our grinder right at the front and we grind our beef right in front of the customers pretty much hourly. So, it’s one thing to say that you have fresh beef, and it’s another thing for it to be seen.

 

Everything is homemade in our restaurant, pretty much — except for our onion rings. We do everything from scratch. And we still maintain the same quality and the same values as when we first started. I know a lot of places — they start of doing something, and then they get recognized and they kind of start changing things. Maybe doing things that are little bit more cost effective, which is not a bad thing but I think it’s a bad thing when it starts interfering with quality. So we’re pretty strict with how we serve our burgers and what goes on them, stuff like that. It’s what we’re proud of and we just don’t want to be like everyone else.

 

I know a lot of people get upset when they come in and they want to add certain things to certain burgers. Our Holy Duck Burger ($31.99), we don’t even allow it out of the restaurant. Because it will lose its… it will lose its taste. It’s foie gras. There are certain elements to that burger that have to be eaten right there, on the spot. I’ve gotten orders for like 30 foie gras burgers at one time, which is like a $900 order, but I turned it down because they wanted it to go.

 

Wow, that’s dedication! Is that the only burger on the menu that you can’t get ‘to go’?

 

Yes. The foie gras burger and the foie gras poutine and the foie gras pancakes are the only items that are not allowed ‘to go’.

 

Noted! Do you have a favourite burger on your menu?

 

My foie gras burger. Yeah.

 

What’s the most popular menu item or combo at Holy Chuck?

 

My Holy Chuck Burger ($10.49 with caramelized onions and bacon, please don’t ask for toppings) is right now my number one seller, at all three of my restaurants.

 

Photo Credit: Holy Chuck

Photo Credit: Holy Chuck

 

If you’re looking for a real burger, ground fresh right before your eyes, you owe it to yourself to give Holy Chuck a try. Taste the difference the uncompromising commitment to quality makes — just don’t ask for the foie gras burger ‘to go’!

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to help you connect with your community and all that it has to offer. There are Holy Chuck locations near two Greenrock Communities. Their original location is at 1451 Yonge Street, by Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue). The newest location is at 586 Yonge Street, right near Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street). There is also a third Holy Chuck location at 4421 Hwy 7 in Woodbridge. For more information on Greenrock Communities across Toronto, please visit our website.

 

 

Discover Revitalized Grange Park in Toronto

 

After 15 months of construction, the newly renovated and revitalized Grange Park is now open to the public. This two-hectare green space in the city’s downtown core was originally part of the Grange estate, built in 1820 by the Boulton family. In 1910, the estate was bequeathed to the newly founded Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The museum and the City of Toronto agreed to use the land south of Grange House as a public park. The park was expanded in the mid 1970’s to its present size.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

On July 10th, 2017, Grange Park officially reopened after a stunning transformation, to offer a sustainable, inner city green space for everyone to enjoy.

 

“The revitalized Grange Park is simply spectacular. Full stop. Grange Park is more than a neighbourhood park. It will be a destination for residents from across our city and beyond ” City Councillor Joe Cressy, Trinity-Spadina.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

Responding to the vision created by the local community, the award-winning Canadian planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm PFS Studio was brought in to design the project. The ensure lasting beauty for future generations, 80 new trees were planted including horse chestnut, beech and oak. There is also an expanded great lawn and pastoral grove area, an off-leash dog park, perennial beds and a sustainable auto-irrigation system.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

Visitors will also appreciate the new park furniture, and LED lighting, new public washrooms and the decorative and interactive water features.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

To help celebrate the history of Grange Park and its location at the AGO, the expanded children’s play area is customized with unique equipment and shapes, including paint palettes, paint cans and crumpled paper, designed to inspire and celebrate creativity.

 

The project was made possible due to the shared vision and partnership of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the local community and the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.

“The Grange community will benefit enormously from the revitalization of Grange Park,” said President of the Grange Community Association, Ralph Daley. “This wonderful outcome is due in large part to the dedication and sense of community shown by the residents and institutional representatives on GPAC. Our community thanks you.”

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you discover Toronto. For information on our Greenrock Communities throughout Toronto, including Village Green 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

The best pubs near Church and Wellesley

 

It’s summer in Toronto and that means it’s a great time to grab a pint at your favourite local pub. Whether you are looking to make the most of patio season, play some pool, or just hang out with friends and enjoy some good food, Greenrock wants to help make things easier. Here are some of the best pubs near Church and Wellesley (in no particular order).

 

Photo credit: The Artful Dodger Pub

Photo credit: The Artful Dodger Pub

 

Artful Dodger Pub

 

If you’re looking for a comfy tavern with a small town feel in the heart of the big city, you have to visit the Artful Dodger Pub (10 Isabella Street). They have a great selection of beer and pub fare. Enjoy your pint with some fried pickles ($5.50), potato skins ($6.00) or a Scotch Egg – a deep fried, hard-boiled egg wrapped in hot Italian sausage($6.50). The Artful Dodger is like two pubs in one. You can raise a glass to summer on the quiet back patio, or people watch on the busy front patio. When winter comes, cozy up inside by either of their 2 fireplaces. The downstairs bar is quiet and relaxing, while the bar upstairs in a little more lively. There are also 2 jukeboxes, 2 pool tables and 2 dartboards. It’s almost too much fun!

Photo credit: TorontoPubs

Photo credit: TorontoPubs

 

Duke Of Gloucester

 

Sometimes nothing but a delightful dive-bar will do. The Duke Of Gloucester (649A Yonge Street, between Church and Isabella) has a solid beer selection at reasonable prices — which can be as refreshing as the suds themselves when you’re surrounded by more expensive options. Maybe it’s not the spot to bring your mom for a Sunday brunch, but you can catch a soccer game on TV — from MLS to Premiership. Kick back on the hidden-gem that is The Duke of Gloucester’s rooftop patio. There’s a pool table and dart boards to make it even more fun, plus Pubstumpers trivia on Thursdays, and karaoke nights too!

Photo Credit: The Churchmouse

Photo Credit: The Churchmouse

 

The Churchmouse: A Firkin Pub

 

The Churchmouse: A Firkin Pub (475 Church St) is a part of the Firkin chain, but this 2 storey pub feels like a local spot. They’re known for their friendly staff and great service. They have a good selection of local and international beers including their own Butler’s Pale Ale and they always impress in the pub fare department. Try one of their daily specials or go for one of their classic meals like the Chicken Curry (Small $11 / Large $17), Steak and Chips ($22) or their Cheesy Spinach and Mushroom Baked Penne ($16). There’s also a great people-watching patio.

 

We hope you make the most of patio season at one of these amazing pubs near Church and Wellesley. Cheers!

 

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Save big at Hone Fitness!

 

Fitness is a booming business. There seems to be no limit to what you can spend on workout wear, supplements and expensive gym memberships. Getting fit and staying in shape doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you prefer to keep it simple and affordable, you have to check out Hone Fitness (7 Isabella Street) near our Village Green rental community. The gym chain is a pioneer in the low-cost gym movement that is now gaining momentum in Toronto. We spoke with Jim, the manager of Hone Fitness, to find out how they do it.

 

Our gym offers memberships for just $10 and $20 per month. We’re able to offer memberships for such a low price point because we keep it simple — our gym has no towels and no classes.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

Hone Fitness already has a few gym locations located across Toronto, with plans to open even more locations as soon as possible.

 

Hone Fitness already has a few gym locations located across Toronto, with plans to open even more locations as soon as possible.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

Housed in the former home of The Yonge Street Fitness Club, the Isabella location of Hone Fitness is impressive. When you step inside, the first level features a welcoming reception area, massage chairs, tanning beds and a juice bar. On the second level you’ll find clean change rooms with lots of lockers and the gym’s cardio equipment. There are about 170 machines, all in good condition. The space itself is open and welcoming. There’s lots of natural light from the large windows overlooking Yonge Street, and charming exposed brick walls.

 

All of our equipment is brand new, and our space is gorgeous and remodeled. It’s a $100/month style gym that you can get for just $10 a month. Its not a low end gym, its beautiful.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

The third floor is filled with strength training equipment. There are weight machines, benches, squat racks and plenty of free weights to use. The gym attracts trained athletes and younger people who know what they’re doing, as well as those who are still learning.

 

We get a very diverse crowd here, but the area is young, our gym reflects the neighbourhood. We offer personal training for an additional cost, but you get a one hour free chat with a trainer when you join.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

That free training session is included in the basic $10/month membership plan (plus an enrollment fee and a yearly maintenance fee). The basic membership gives you access to strength and cardio equipment, and the locker rooms. The $20 premium membership gets you all that plus use of all locations, access to the Functional Training Room, tanning beds and massage chairs. There are also more flexible plans to accommodate those with commitment issues.

 

If you’re looking for short term membership options we are very flexible. You can buy a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 month package, or a one year membership. We offer very reasonable prices for the shorter stays to accommodate students and travelers.

 

So if you want to get fit without breaking the bank in downtown Toronto, Hone Fitness is worth every penny.

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help connect you with your community. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including Village Green (located at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street),  please visit our website.