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.


Credit: Alumnae Theatre and The New Ideas Festival


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.

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.



Credit: Boulet Boots


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.



Credit: Chippewa Boots


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.


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Dinner and a show at CAA Theatre


One of the major upsides of living at Village Green is being surrounded by fun, food and culture. The 2018/2019 season of Mirvish productions is heating up at Mirvish Theatres throughout Toronto and new subscription packages and lineup of shows will be announced very soon!


Dinner and a show, especially a world-class show like those performed at Mirvish Theatres,  is perhaps the perfect way to spend an evening with friends, family or that special someone. Several neighbourhood restaurants have teamed up with Mirvish to offer special discounts to subscribers, as well as prix fixe menus for those of us without season tickets.


Brownstone Bistro

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Brownstone Bistro (603 Yonge Street) is a 2 minute, 2 block walk from CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly known as Panasonic Theatre). The restaurant offers great food in a great atmosphere. Housed in a heritage building that dates back to 1888, Brownstone has been serving the neighbourhood fine Italian-inspired casual fare for over 20 years.


Brownstone Bistro offers 15% off for Mirvish subscribers. If you’re out for a special evening of dinner and a show, their 3 Course Prix Fixe ($32) dinner is the way to go. Start with your choice of Caprese Salad or Caesar Salad. There is an entree to suit your palate, no matter what mood you’re in. Their take on Chicken Marsala is a pan-seared chicken breast with wild mushrooms and Marsala wine, served with roasted potato and sautéed vegetables. It’s a great choice, as is the Steak & Frites — a classic New York striploin served with Yukon Gold fries and chipotle mayo. It’s classic meat and potatoes, simple and perfect. The Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with sautéed vegetables, quinoa and kale salad, drizzled with balsamic reduction, is a delicious and healthy option. The homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with a light rosé sauce topped with lemon-dressed arugula, is a tasty and satisfying vegetarian option. Be sure to save room for dessert! Learn more about Brownstone Bistro in our feature article.


Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge

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Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge (21 Gloucester Street) is an elegant, yet easy-going eatery. The food and the building itself is beautiful. The rich purple accents on the white table cloths is a nice touch that compliments the building’s almost ornate exterior. Mirvish subscribers always get 15% off here, but even if you’re not a subscriber and are just enjoying a one-off theatrical experience you can get a voucher with your ticket for their 3-course Mirvish Dinner Menu. Start with the soup du jour and your choice of house or caesar salad. Move on to the main course with your choice of Filet of Sole baked in lemon juice, butter and paprika, Chicken Parmesan with Chef’s Béchamel sauce, tomato sauce and cheese, or Penne Pasta with mixed fresh vegetables or diced chicken and your choice of Rosé, cream or tomato sauce. For dessert, a Créme Caramel Custard or Tartufo Ice Cream awaits you! Book your table today!



Credit: Focaccia Restaurant



In addition to the 15% discount offered to Mirvish subscribers, Focaccia (17 Hayden Street) also offers a 2-course ($18) prix fixe menu. Start with a house salad, Caesar salad or soup of the day, then choose an entree. Entree options include Spaghetti Marinara (with clams, shrimp and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce), Chicken Pizzaiola (a chicken breast topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce, served with pasta and vegetables), Veal Parmigiana (a breaded veal cutlet with mozzarella, served with penne rose and vegetables), or the Basa Fillet (served with quinoa and vegetables). You’re sweet enough, who needs dessert.


Artful Dodger Pub

Credit: The Artful Dodger Pub


If your Mirvish subscription has you feeling fancy enough and you’d like to keep dinner laid back and super casual, you can head to the The Artful Dodger Pub (10 Isabella Street). They offer a 15% discount for subscribers. This old fashioned and authentic British pub is the place to go if you want to enjoy a properly poured pint before the curtain goes up. There are also pool tables, dart boards and jukeboxes. Dig into classic pub fare like a Scotch Egg (a hard-boiled egg wrapped in hot Italian sausage, deep fried and served with mustard mayo), or a plate of Bangers and Mash, an order of Fish and Chips, or a 10 oz New York steak (served with peppercorn sauce, roasted red-skin spuds and Caesar salad). Whatever you choose it’s sure to stick to your ribs and keep you satisfied until curtain call and final bows at CAA Theatre. Learn more about the Artful Dodger in our article about the best pubs near Church and Wellesley and our other article about the best late night eats near Church and Wellesley — we’re big fans of the place!


Having so many choices for cuisine and culture right in your neighbourhood is something to celebrate. Enjoy a fabulous evening of dinner and a show. Bon appetit and bravo!


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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!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with all 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.

Sip and Stroll this Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day packs a mixture of feelings — one of those feelings is stress! The pressure of finding something new and fun to do can be overwhelming. It can drain the joy of the day away. You can always go down the traditional, tried and true path of roses, chocolates, dinner and wine, but if you’re in the market for something a little different this year, there’s a fun way to sip and stroll your way through Valentine’s Day!


The West End Wine Discovery walking tour from Drink Toronto is a fun and active way to celebrate V-Day! As Erin Henderson, Co Founder of Drink Toronto puts it;


There’s nothing wrong with taking your partner out for dinner and staying in one spot and doing the traditional thing — but I think this gives it a certain energy and excitement… it’s not the same old same old. – Erin Henderson

Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery


If you and your sweetheart love wine, food and romantic walks, this tour was made for you! You don’t have to worry about looking like a tourist on this tour, either. The group is kept small, 10 people or less, so it just looks like a group of friends hanging out. You may not have met these friends yet, but we bet that’s what you’ll be by the end of the evening.


Some of the most fun and funky bars and restaurants in the West End are doing some very cool and creative wine and food pairings — why would you want to miss out? The tour kicks off at a great little wine bar (the exact meeting point will be sent to you along with your booking confirmation) where you’ll sip and nibble to get things started. Then it’s time to stroll along Queen West and Trinity Bellwoods, to the outskirts of Parkdale. The two and half hour tour finishes off in an area that’s chock full of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants – should you still be in the mood for more fun. The total distance strolled is about 3 km.


Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery


Let your fun and fully-informed guide deal with the details as you relax and enjoy the experience. You’ll get to meet sommeliers, chefs and business owners along the way, and hear them tell their tales as you indulge in generous samplings and food pairings.


It makes things fun! We make 5 stops at the coolest bars and restaurants in the West End. There’s something to eat and drink at every stop, and you get a really nice sample. So, it’s fresh and different and fun and new! – Erin Henderson



At each of the 5 stops along the tour, you’ll be treated to inventive and interesting food and a 2 to 4 ounce wine sample. The wines come from Ontario and around the world. You’ll learn about the wine, how it’s best enjoyed, and get more information about the neighbourhood hotspots as well.


You can dress however you like — the tour is pretty casual. Comfortable footwear is a very good idea. The tour organizers will do their best to accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have, pbut lease make these requests at the time of booking. Vegan options may not be available at every stop. In the case of severe allergies, note that no guarantees can be made concerning cross contamination. And of course, this being a wine tour, it is open only to those 19 years of age and older.


If you want to mix it up and move around and drink it all in this Valentine’s Day, be sure to book your West End Wine Discovery Tour, today!


Greenrock Property Management loves to help you explore and connect with all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Where to celebrate Valentine’s day near Village Green


Another Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Valentine’s Day can stir up not only feelings of love, but also feelings of stress and pressure as you struggle to come up with a fun and romantic plan for the evening. Every couple is different, so whatever the two of you want to do is up to you. If you’re looking for some ideas, here a few suggestions for where to celebrate Valentine’s Day near Village Green this year.


ElmSpa: Couples Massage

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Tension is no fun, especially on a romantic V-Day date night! Let the talented massage therapists at elmspa (557 Church Street, 3rd Floor) melt away your stress with a relaxing Couples Massage — so you and your sweetheart can start the night on a mellow note. Consider a side-by-side Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Bamboo Massage, Hot Stone Massage or Deep Tissue Massage in a room designed for two!


Learn more about your friendly, neighbourhood boutique oasis at elmspa and the deluxe Elmwood Spa (18 Elm Street) in our feature article.


AGO Bistro

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Practice the art of love at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West and the AGO Bistro. They are offering a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner at AGO Bistro. For $70 per person (plus taxes and gratuities) you get a sumptuous 4-course meal from this top rated restaurant.


Start with Oysters Rockefeller with spinach, béchamel, Gruyère cheese and Pernod. Next, choose between Goat Cheese Brûlée with plum, ginger, heirloom carrot, beet, passion fruit and tapioca OR Romaine and Treviso, with pickled fennel, oven-dried cherry tomato, sourdough, basil-pine nut pesto. Your entrée is a choice of Duck Breast with leek, roasted carrot, sautéed escarole and cherry jus OR Black Cod with bay scallop, potato, green onion, soy, balsamic and yuzu. It’s followed by dessert for two. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Book your table, today!


Scavenger Hunt


If you’re an adventurous and fun-loving couple, try this Scavenger Hunt from Narcity. The two of you will have to work as a team to see how many of the items you can find, or have a Valentine’s Day double date where you pair off against another couple to see who wins!


Rhubarb Festival


The 39th annual Rhubarb Festival runs from February 14th to 25th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kick off of Canada’s longest running new works festival? Watch as boundaries bust and envelopes get pushed. It’s an exciting and unique evening of dance, music, performance art and more! Your ticket always gets you more than one show in a night – often 3 or 4! Get your tickets today to avoiding being disappointed on V-Day.


Ontario Place

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You may not think of Ontario Place as a Valentine’s Day destination, but you should! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, sip hot chocolate by a bonfire, and explore the magic of the Winter Lights Exhibition. Bask in the glow of 12 illuminated exhibits from local artists as you wind your way along the path of twinkling fairy lights. Best of all, it’s all free! If it gets too chilly, remember that the IMAX Cinesphere is open again!


You can learn more about the Winter Lights Exhibition in our recent feature article.


No matter what you and your sweetheart are into, there is something that you will love happening this Valentine’s Day near Village Green.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to spread the love and connect you with all that your neighbourhood 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.

Get in shape near Yonge and Wellesley!


Making a resolution to get in shape is easy, but following through is hard. We all want to look and feel better, but finding a fitness facility that works for you, your goals, and your lifestyle, can be challenging. The Village Green neighbourhood is loaded with options to get in shape near Yonge and Wellesley. Get ready to get your sweat on!


Hone Fitness

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Getting into shape shouldn’t mean going into debt. Hone Fitness (7 Isabella Street) keeps gym memberships simple and affordable. They do this by foregoing the frills and extras and stripping it down to the basics. There is no towel service and there are no classes. Personal training sessions are available starting at $30. There are over 170 machines and plenty of free weights, racks and benches. All of the equipment is in good condition. There are two membership plans to choose from — the Basic membership is only $10 per month (plus enrollment fee and yearly maintenance fee). You get access to the strength and cardio equipment and the locker rooms. It’s a great no-frills package for no-nonsense fitness training. The Premium membership will set you back just $20 per month (plus enrollment fee and yearly maintenance fee). It gives you access to the Functional Training Room (kettlebell and battle rope kind of stuff), tanning beds and massage chairs. Their Premium membership will also give you access to all Hone Fitness locations. There are currently two other locations at 181 Carlaw Avenue and 585 St Clair Avenue West with more coming in the future. If you have commitment issues and don’t want to sign up for a full year, you can inquire about their more flexible short-term options. Get your One Day Free Trial to see if their fitness facility is a good fit for you. You can learn more about Hone Fitness in our feature article.


The Yoga Sanctuary

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If you’re looking for full mind and body fitness, The Yoga Sanctuary will help you open up your heart chakra as well as your hip flexors. The Sanctuary has an Introductory Offer on now. For $40, first-time students can work with various teachers and various styles of yoga with an unlimited pass (valid for 30 days from your first class). If you’re loving your improved strength, flexibility and spiritual evolution after the 30 days, the Monthly Auto Pay option is for you. For $110 per month (6 month contract with 30 day cancellation notice) you can go deep with unlimited practice, free mat storage, 20% of workshops and 10% of merchandise. There are two locations to help you achieve oneness with the universe — 1 Wood Street at College Station and 95 Danforth Avenue at Broadview Station. Passes permit you to use either location.


Sagrario Pilates

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Sagrario Pilates (405 – 65 Wellesley St E) has been transforming mind and body since it was founded in 1994 by Sagrario Castilla, a former professional dancer. If you’re new to pilates, the friendly and knowledgeable instructors, including Sagrario herself, are there to show you the ropes. To get the most from your Pilates experience, they recommend Smart Paths, specifically tailored for you. The Focused Start Path package is perfect if you’re brand new to Pilates or require 1 on 1 attention. It includes a Private Intro Session and 5 private classes. This can be combined with the Introductory Offer of 13% off the package. Don’t wait, register now!


Goodlife Fitness


With over 350 location across the country, Goodlife Fitness is Canada’s leading gym. They have the equipment, classes and personal trainers required to help you achieve all of your fitness goals. They offer the widest range of Fitness Classes in Canada, are the only source in the country for the world-renowned Les Mills Fitness Programs. Their memberships allow you to access all Goodlife locations, which is great for when you’re travelling the country. There are several locations to choose from near the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood including Yorkville (80 Bloor Street West), Manulife Centre (55 Bloor St W, 210 ) and Bloor Park (8 Park Road). Right now, you can take advantage of their 14 Day Trial  for just $14.


Fitness Solutions Plus


Fitness Solutions Plus (800 Yonge St) is your personal fitness solution. Get a free personalized 1 hour consultation on your exercise, nutrition and supplementation by published author and speaker Igor Klibanov. Learn how to take a holistic approach to fitness while you burn fat and build muscle. You can have a personally tailored package designed to help you achieve your dream body.


Make this the year you achieve your fitness goals. Make the time, rather than making excuses.

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you achieve your goals and  connect you with your community and all that is 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.


Winter at Ontario Place


When was the last time you took a little trip down to Ontario Place? You may be surprised by what you see at Toronto’s western waterfront attraction. You may have heard that the iconic Cinesphere IMAX theatre reopened after an extensive renovation, but the real attraction at Ontario Place is outside. It’s Winter at Ontario Place and it is truly a winter wonderland.


The park is open daily from 5am until midnight and admission is free! That gives you plenty of time to explore and play. You’ll want to bundle up, it gets even chillier by the lake, but even on warmer days you won’t have to worry about ice conditions at the skating rink. The outdoor rink is made from a synthetic polymer! If it’s been a while since you laced up the blades, don’t worry — skate sharpening and skate rentals are available. As the sun begins to set you can warm up with a hot chocolate as you sit and sip by the bonfires and enjoy the crackle of the wood and smell of the smoke. You don’t have to worry about getting lost in the dark — on the contrary! From now until March 18th you can take in the magic of The Winter Light Exhibition.


Winter Light Exhibition


The Winter Light Exhibition is a great way to lighten up the dark days of winter. There are a dozen illuminated art exhibits from twenty local artists. Stroll around at your own pace and take them all in. Let the fairy lights on the trees show you the way. Here’s what you can expect to see:


Expanded Horizon

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The reflective exterior of the Expanded Horizon exhibit by Polymetis, is best appreciated at sunset, allowing light and shadow to work their magic. Inside the exhibit you’ll discover a infinity room of light and mirrors.

Bridge of Imagination

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Bridge of Imagination by Phil Sutherland and Reanna Niceforo, transforms architecture into an art piece. The bridge acts as a canvas for light as flowing, large-scale images are projected onto it that are visible from afar.


Elevated Wavelengths

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You literally can’t miss Elevated Wavelengths by Jeff Howard and Codrin Talaba. The colourful lasers connecting the illuminated trees can be seen from almost any vantage point.



Courtesy of Ontario Place Corporation


Reactor by Ryan Longo makes it way to Ontario by way of Burning Man — one of many stops on the North American tour for the artist. The gnarled metal tree twists and turns and reflects in a way that feels oddly human.


Future Light Mural

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Kizmet’s Future Light Mural by Kizmet Gabriel can be seen clearly from Lakeshore Boulevard. It can be appreciated anytime, but only fully realized at night, as the reactive paint changes colour and transforms the images you see by day.


Winter Fields

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It may be counterintuitive, but the sun is actually closer to earth in winter. It’s just that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, which is why we have winter. The curved acrylic threads of Winter Fields, by Tonya Hart, represent the magnetic field of the sun.


Shine and Shimmer

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Shine and Shimmer by LeuWebb Projects is a waterfall of light flowing from the park’s fake mountain. The shimmering light reflected by the skating rink is like a beautiful ghost of the long-gone log ride that once occupied the park.


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Shard by Nuff & Nupanap is a solitary, individual, illuminated crystal shard. Won’t you come and keep it company? Maybe you’ll make a connection and create a unique moment that will never be repeated.


The Crunch of Snow Underfoot

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The refracted light fluctuating in the sky off recycled plastic bottles suspended between birch trees provides the perfect spot for a moment of personal reflection on the traces we leave behind us on this path. Crunch of Snow Underfoot by Andrew Maize and Joshua Collins is not to be missed.



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The shape of Lumos by Matt DesLauriers, Steven Mengin, Jean-Michel Gariepy is inspired by traditional warming huts. How will you feel when this triangular light sculpture reacts to your approach by changing colour and glowing red?


Icicle Silo

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The signature silos on site at Ontario Place get their own miniaturized mimic with Icicle Silo by Chris Foster. A silo’s reason for being was to store grain for the winter. This hollow silo houses crystalline icicles of light instead, and seems to store winter, itself.


Winter Lights

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Winter Lights by Catherine Curran is an exhibit inspired by the winter light reflecting within the ancient rock caves of Ontario. In this beautiful piece, beams of light filter down into the depths, reflecting and refracting. A weathered tree stump within seems to yearn for the light above.


Make your way to Ontario Place this winter and step into the light. You won’t regret going but you might regret missing it!


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Celebrate design at TO DO


The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is back for it’s 8th big and beautiful year. The festival is the largest cultural celebration of design in Canada. There are over 100 free exhibitions, events and winter installations across the city, all designed to illuminate, celebrate and challenge your aesthetic interests. The festival is on now, until January 21st.


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TO DO turns Toronto into an interactive hub for creativity, bringing design and art out from behind the closed doors of the studio, and into the urban sphere. It is designed to bring the community together to celebrate contemporary culture. There are too many interesting exhibitions and displays to mention, so check out the full schedule to plan your experience.


Here a few highlights for this year’s festival:


Analog Shift


Analog Shift is an interactive exhibition taking place at Artscape Youngplace, Hallway Galleries (180 Shaw Street). The promotional installation for Seattle-based design brand, Fin, also serves as a social commentary on Virtual Reality (VR). Visitors use a classic childhood toy, the View-Master, to explore Fin’s showroom and highlight that actual physical objects are required to create a virtual reality.


365 Pieces of Felt


365 Pieces of Felt is a window display at the David Kaye Gallery (1092 Queen West). The display is visible from the Dovercourt entrance. A pile of felt may appear as a just a pile of wasted scraps to the untrained eye, but each day another photograph will be added to the display to demonstrate the seemingly infinite versatility that can be achieved with a little creativity. There will be a reception at the Gallery, with the artist Kathryn Walter on the final day of the festival, Sunday January 21st, from 2pm until 5pm. 365 Pieces of Felt continues after the festival at, where a new photo will be added every day of 2018.

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70 Geary Avenue: Intersection Art & Design


Come and experience Toronto’s up and coming design district as the studio doors open to welcome you to 70 Geary Avenue: Intersection Art & Design. The city’s premier floral design studio, Emblem, will feature vibrant displays. The studio is also home to Lori Harrison Design – creators of art, textiles and wonderful wares, as well as Watson Soule. These producers of exceptionally expressive floor pieces invite the public to come get a glimpse of the art of rug making on Saturday January 20th, from 6pm to 9pm, at 70-72 Geary Avenue.


TO DO Talks: Symposium


If you can’t get enough of the festival, there are a few exclusive ticketed events that you won’t want to miss. The TO DO Talks Symposium: Designing the Future of Work is the third annual symposium. It brings together 12 experts from different disciplines to discuss what the future of work may look like. Topics range from organizational structures, to ritual and empathy, to architecture and responsive workplaces. The digital world will affect the way we work, from automation to constant connectivity, the future of work is looking more complex and design will play a major role in reshaping how we work. Tickets are available online or at the door. The talk takes place on Saturday, January 20th, from 1pm to 5pm at George Brown College, St. James Campus, Room 406 (auditorium), 290 Adelaide Street East.

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TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture


Aberrant Architecture is a collaborative studio based in London, UK. Founders David Chambers and Kevin Haley will talk about everything you don’t see that goes into a final work of architecture. Moderated by Beatrice Galilee, a former collaborator with the studio and current Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. TO DO Talks: Aberrant Architecture takes place on Friday, January 19th, from 7:30pm until 9pm at Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are available now.


If you want to connect with the creativity of your community, and feast your eyes on design that shapes and enhances our lives, put the Toronto Design Offsite Festival at the top of your TO DO list!


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Dig into Winterlicious!


It’s a brand new year full of opportunity and promise — but it’s hard to get excited when it’s so cold outside. Don’t let the winter doldrums set in just yet. You still have something to jump up and down about — great food. Winterlicious is back!


From January 26th to February 8th, experience the diversity and world-class quality of Toronto’s food scene. Indulge in amazing three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus from over 200 of the best restaurants in the city.


If you’re still hungry for more, there are some exclusive Culinary Events to dig into as well. Featuring dining experiences from some of the top chefs and venues in Toronto, including High Tea at Casa Loma, and a food tour of St. Lawrence Market with Chef Scott Savoie of Toronto Food Tours Inc. Tickets for these exclusive events are going fast, get yours!


There are far too many incredible establishments participating in this year’s Winterlicious to cover them all, but here a few of the stand-outs near you. Book your table directly with the restaurant of your choice.


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Five Doors North


Five Doors North (2088 Yonge Street) is a mainstay of the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood, serving up contemporary Italian cuisine in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Chef Vito Rizzuto and David Brace use their vast experience to elevate simplicity to an artform.  Five Doors North is offering a $33 three-course dinner menu. Make a reservation today. Learn more about Five Doors North in our recent interview with Manager, Kara Anderson.

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Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar


Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar (2409 Yonge Street) is the spot for the coolest cats in town. Even if you’re not so cool, their hip vibe is bound to rub off on you! The exposed brick and red oak interior is warm and inviting, cool and cozy. After a delicious dinner, you can get your groove on. Expect live music and dancing, Thursday through Saturday, with free dance lessons on Salsa Mondays and Bachata Tuesdays. Alleycatz is offering a $33 three-course Winterlicious dinner menu. Make your reservations now!

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Schnitzel Hub European Bistro


The Schnitzel Hub European Bistro (1415 Yonge Street) is schnitzel central in midtown. This cozy bistro and artisan vodka bar features a warm and casual feel, with friendly and informative service. They feature authentic made-from-scratch Central and Eastern European fare. For their Winterlicious 2018, Schnitzel Hub is offering a $28 lunch menu and a $43 dinner menu. Make your reservations online, or call 647-351-5558.



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Adega Restaurante

Adega Restaurante (33 Elm Street) is offering a $28 lunch and $43 dinner menu. Adega means ‘wine cellar’. They specialize in primarily Portuguese style seafood with Spanish influences. For some dishes, Adega takes old recipes and cooking techniques and fuses them with modern flavour and complimentary contemporary cuisine styles. Other dishes are best left alone, and remain as authentic as possible. The rustic bronze walls, cozy vibe and white table cloths, create a fine yet casual atmosphere. Book a cozy booth, today!

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AGO Bistro

Treat yourself to culture and cuisine at AGO Bistro at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St W). This award-winning restaurant is located in a distinct space, designed by Frank Gehry. It is simultaneously chic and casual. Modern Danish furnishings combined with vibrantly coloured acrylic tabletops, and a contemporary art installation by Frank Stella, provide the perfect setting for their $28 lunch or $43 dinner Winterlicious menus. Make your reservations today.

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Café California


Café California (538 Church Street) has been a favourite fixture of the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood for over twenty five years. Their newly renovated interior is bright and airy, featuring eclectic decor, an antique baby grand piano, martini bar and much more. Café California’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and friendly service should be near the top of your Winterlicious wish list. They are offering a $23 lunch and $33 dinner menus. Learn more about Café California in our feature article. Book your table online or by calling 416-960-6161.


There is so much flavour to savour during Winterlicious 2018. Even if you’re spending most of the winter in hibernation, you’ll still need to go out to eat. Winterlicious makes going out to eat easier and more affordable than ever! It’s perhaps the perfect way to explore your city, community and neighbourhood. Bon appetit!


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