Greenrock Shines at the 2019 REMI Conference

On Wednesday, June 12, the Greenrock team attended the Real Estate Management Industry (REMI) Network Tradeshow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Greenrock employees interacted with the engaging and informative trade show, while also participating in the mid-tier builds forum, where Greenrock COO, Justin Taylor sat as a panelist.

During the mid-tier building forum, the panel covered many topics from government incentives, energy efficiencies, tenant satisfaction and long-term planning. Justin highlighted the transformations and opportunities facing mid-tier building management companies. When asked what Greenrock does well in regard to handling both tenant happiness and financial responsibilities, Justin eagerly responded;

 

“We have a Rockstar ethos at Greenrock, and as a result, our real estate is a place for people, not buildings. We need to look at where our costs lie, and what costs will result in efficiencies… looking to the now, see what we need for the future, but also seeing how we can achieve those goals holistically, as this truly is an integrate process.”

The REMI Show provides a platform to connect professionals in the real estate industry while delivering practical and timely information focused on keeping buildings clean, green and operating in a sustainable and energy efficient fashion. The conference weighed heavily on the focus of building operations, cleaning and maintenance, energy efficiency, sustainability and new technologies.

The Greenrock Team at the 2019 REMI Conference

 

Postmedia Place Awarded BOMA Certificate of Excellence

The Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA) hosted the 21st annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala on May 22 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Postmedia Place (365 Bloor Street East), managed by Greenrock Commercial Services, is proud to announce that they have received the 2019 Certificate of Excellence.

 

With hundreds of fellow real estate professionals in attendance at the most prestigious event in the commercial real estate industry, the award was presented by BOMA President and CEO Susan Allen and BOMA Toronto Chairman John Spano.

 

Having received this award for the second time in a row, Postmedia Place built on the momentum of previous efforts from achieving BOMA Gold Status in 2015, the certificate of Building and Management Excellence first won in 2016, BOMA Platinum in 2018 and now awarded the re-certification of Building and Management Excellence in 2019 which is valid for three additional years!

 

With a commitment to exceeding BOMA standards in building operation and management, Postmedia Place is committed to environmental stewardship, energy efficiency, building sustainability, emergency preparedness, tenant collaboration and community impact.  Such highlights include a score of 88.11% in waste diversion, and strides in energy saving well below BOMA benchmark standard by 24%.

 

Postmedia Place has earned its place as a highly awarded commercial property in the heart of Downtown Toronto, achieving this under the leadership of Greenrock Commercial Services.

Top Activities for Families on Family Day

Let’s face it: most of us live hectic, on-the-go lifestyles. Juggling day-to-day responsibilities like important meetings, presentations, sports practices and dance rehearsals can sometimes make it difficult to slow down. Sounds like you? No problem! We’ve put together the top four things to do together this Family Day.

 

CN TOWER

 

This Family Day, you can feel like you’re on top of the world – or at least the top of Toronto. The CN Tower’s LookOut Level is perched 346 meters (1,136 feet) above the city, and with floor-to-ceiling panoramic window walls, it boasts spectacular views.

 

One level below is an all-new glass floor, installed directly above the original, which was installed in 1994. This adrenaline-rushing experience offers a vertical view 346 meters straight down!

 

Did you know you can save 25% by taking advantage of the Family Pass? This consists of two adult general admission tickets and two child general admission tickets. This package offers access two observation levels, including the LookOut Level, Glass Floor and EdgeWalk.

 

The family pass is only available for purchase online and must be redeemed by March 31, 2019.

 

FAMILY FUNDAY WEEKEND AT ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM

 

If you’re looking for an interactive and educational experience to engage in this weekend, then look no further!

 

From story time and arts and crafts to Wildzone Workshops and musical performances, The Royal Ontario Museum is inviting you to join in a world of excitement.

 

Performances range from Renaissance and Baroque to 19th Century Character Dance. This family-friendly program will also include Flamenco dancing and some beautiful songs by Mozart. Opera Atelier’s founding co-artistic Director, Marshall Pynkoski, will provide the educational and entertaining commentary.

 

While family festivities take place all weekend, these special performances will take place on Monday, February 18 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will run for 40 minutes.

 

SKATING AT ONTARIO PLACE 

 

With extended holiday hours and a wide range of activities, Ontario Place is bringing families together this weekend.

 

Skating is one of the most popular winter activities, so why not join in the skate parties? Skate the night away while live DJs spin tunes for visitors of all ages. Later, cozy up near the bonfire and warm up with a steam cup of hot chocolate.

 

Despite winter being gloomy and dark, Ontario Place is also bringing some light back to those cold, sunless days with the Winter Light Exhibition. Utilizing creativity, innovation, light and discovery, creators from all artistic streams will showcase their exhibits following the curatorial theme of “Disruptive Engagement.”

 

Looking for an indoor experience? Hit the world’s first permanent IMAX® theatre! This weekend they are showing:

 

  1. Inception: The IMAX Experience – Friday, February 15 to Monday, February 18
  2. Iron Giant (Signature Edition) – Saturday, February 16 to Monday, February 18
  3. A Beautiful Planet – Monday, February 18

 

For show times, please visit: http://ontarioplace.com/en/cinesphere/

 

HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

 

Are you a family of hockey fans? Then treat your kids to the ultimate VIP status at the Hockey Hall of Fame this Family Day.

 

Greeted with a free gift, kids will have the opportunity to play within the five interactive zones, where they can try their hand at goaltending, shooting, play-by-play calling and even host their own sports broadcast. Don’t forget to snap a photo with the Hockey Hall of Fame mascot, Slapshot, and the iconic Stanley Cup!

 

The VIP experience doesn’t end there. Present your Hockey Hall of Fame receipt at The Bottom Line to receive a free kids meal!

 

Please note: The VIP experience is available on Monday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. only. Rules and restrictions apply.

Moving During the Canadian Winter

Moving has been universally acknowledged as one of the hardest things to do. Moving during the winter is considerably much tougher. With Canadian winters being wildly unpredictable, there are a few things you’ll want to consider long before moving day.

 

Pack for Extreme Temperatures

 

Did you know you should pack your possessions differently in the winter months than you would if you were moving in the summer? The reason for this is, of course, temperature. Items such as plates, glasses and even wood furniture are susceptible to breaking when exposed to freezing temperatures. Just as we double up on the layers, be sure to double pack your possessions to keep your belongings protected! Using thick blankets can help ease the transition from the extreme temperatures outdoors to the warmth of your new apartment. Electronics are also sensitive to moisture and extreme temperatures. Be sure to pack these last and transport them in your car.

 

 

Hire Professionals

 

Moving in the winter is no easy chore, but you can make it less stressful. By hiring a moving company to load, transport and unload your possessions, you’ll greatly reduce the hassle and frustration of trying to do it all yourself. Moving companies are trained to handle wintery conditions, they’ll know how best to wrap your items to protect them from the cold and they are equipped to deal with any challenges that may come up.

 

 

Weather Conditions

 

While it may sound like common sense, sometimes when you’re tasked with an all-mighty to-do list, it’s the little things that often get overlooked. Be sure to check the weather network to keep up-to-date regarding any storms or weather conditions. Expect road closures, allow yourself longer travel times and most importantly, be flexible!

 

 

Get an Early Start

 

When the weather is cold and bleak, it can be hard to get motivated. By getting an early start, you can take advantage of the daytime hours, which will reduce the risk of getting hurt when it’s slippery or dark. It also provides more time to iron out any hiccups, should something not go quite as planned. You can also call it an early night before it gets too dark – or too cold!

 

The Comfort Hotel Downtown: A suite spot for visiting family and friends

 

Having friends or family visit from out of town can be a great experience, especially when everyone has their own space. Hosting a friend or family member at your apartment for a day or two is easy enough, but for longer stays and larger groups, a nearby hotel may be a better choice.

 

The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown (15 Charles Street East) is less than a 10 minute walk from Village Green. That means it’s “located centrally in Toronto and steps away from the Bloor-Yonge subway station”, as Andrea Petrak, Hotel & Sales Executive for Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown, tells us.

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

 

The subway provides easy access to everything the city has to offer. Catch a game or concert at the Air Canada Centre, or see a show at Ed Mirvish Theatre, The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre or the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown is  also “located close to Yorkville, the best area for shopping, restaurants and entertainment.”

 

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

 

Above all, you want your loved ones to be comfortable and well taken care of.

 

At the Comfort Hotel Toronto the staff is key. Our entire team goes above and beyond during every interaction with our guests to ensure that their stay is a relaxing and refreshing stay. – Andrea Petrak, Hotel & Sales Executive for Comfort Hotel

 

The hotel’s newly renovated rooms and suites will ensure a pleasant stay for your visitors. All rooms include cable TV, a coffee maker, an iron and ironing board. Wireless high-speed internet and guest laundry facility are also available. Guests can even request valet cleaning service. The Comfort Hotel has the quality, convenience and amenities to make every stay a memorable one. As Ms. Petrak tells us:

 

Our location is one of our best amenities. We are in the heart of Toronto, surrounded by restaurants, shopping, parks and transit to take our guests anywhere they wish to go. Once our renovations are complete we will also have a fantastic restaurant and lounge to offer our guests a place to congregate and relax.

 

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

Photo credit: The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown

 

When friends and family come to visit, you can rest easy knowing that they are resting comfortably. Treat your loved ones to the convenience of The Comfort Hotel Toronto Downtown, in the heart of the downtown Toronto community.

 

Greenrock Property Management is proud to connect you with your community. For information on our Greenrock Rental Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street), pleasevisit our website.

 

 

Discover the magical Toronto Christmas Market

Discover the magical Toronto Christmas Market

The magical Toronto Christmas Market is one of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions. Held each November and December, the annual holiday themed market is your destination for live entertainment, shopping and tasty holiday fare. In today’s post from Greenrock Property Management, learn more about this year’s market festivities, happening near Toronto apartments.

 

How It Works

 

\Head to the Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street) any day of the week except for Mondays, to experience the magic of the Toronto Christmas Market. From Benlamond Apartments (5 Benlamond Avenue) or Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street), it’s a short 10-minute drive away, depending on when you go. There is a small fee beginning Friday nights through the weekends ($6.00). Proceeds support market upkeep, and local charities.

 

Market Classics

 

The 2016 Toronto Christmas Market will feature all the food and fanfare you’ve grown to love. Be sure to try to the tornado potato, as well as some poutine, incredible grilled cheese creations (Christmas Dinner Grilled Cheese?!), wine samples and your choice of beer. In terms of entertainment, expect a daily lineup of Santa’s Elves hosting sing-alongs and a ton of cheerful carolling.

 

This Year’s Highlights

 

Hoping to catch a great concert at the market? Join the Market’s closing evening celebration on December 22nd, featuring Canadian tenor Michael Ciufo. In addition to singing the national anthem for the Toronto Raptors, Michael’s first commercial recording earned the number 15 spot on the Canadian Classical charts. A complete listing of each day’s entertainment can be found online.

Don’t miss the magical Toronto Christmas Market, ranked one of the top 10 markets of its kind in the world, and featured today by Greenrock Property Management. For more information about nearby Toronto apartments, pleasevisit our website.

Holiday cookies we love

Holiday cookies we love

The holidays are almost here, you can smell it in the air! We love the holiday season it is a time to spend with those you love, and eat cookies. What would the holidays be without cookies? The blog team at Greenrock Property Management has some recipes for holiday cookies we love.

 

Sugar Cookies

 

The classics are classics for a reason. These buttery holiday Sugar Cookies are what we think of when we think of holiday cookies. Crispy, rich and with just the right amount of sweetness. They can be cut into a variety of shapes and this recipe makes almost 100 cookies, so you will have more than enough to share or give as gifts.

 

Gingerbread Men

 

It’s tough to beat a good old fashioned Gingerbread Man cookie during the holidays. Not only do they taste good (especially when decorated with icing) they will make your kitchen at 166 Eastbourne smell warm, spicy and simply amazing, with the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

 

Pecan and Chocolate Shortbreads

 

Buttery shortbread cookies are taken to another level with these Pecan and Chocolate Shortbreads. A sweet mixture of rum and ground pecans is baked right in and then a rich chocolate syrup is drizzled over top. A word to the wise – make extra, these will go fast.

 

Holiday Macarons

 

These light, fluffy and decadent Holiday Macarons are bound to become one of your new favourites. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself making them throughout the year. Don’t be intimidated by these elegant cookies, they can be made by anyone with basic baking skills, with only about 25 minutes of hands on prep time.

 

Happy Holidays and happy baking from your friends, the Greenrock blog team. We hope this is the happiest and most delicious holiday season yet! For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the charming and elegant 166 Eastbourne, in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood – please visit our website.

Healthy grilling ideas

 

Healthy grilling ideas

Summertime means long days, sunshine and grilling. When most people think about summer barbecue they probably picture burgers and hot dogs which are far from healthy. If you’re trying to eat healthy, you don’t have to give up the grill. The Greenrock Property Management blog team has some great healthy recipes for you to grill at home, at 166 Eastbourne Avenue in Toronto.


Lemon yogurt chicken


Chicken on the grill is nothing new, but have you ever thought of using yogurt, rather than a sugar-laden BBQ sauce to marinate it? This lemon yogurt marinade for chicken is tangy and  enhances the flavour of the chicken. The yogurt tenderizes the meat and caramelizes as it cooks, adding a hint of smokiness. Try this delicious recipe at home with easy to find ingredients.

 

 

Grilled Vegetables


Grilled vegetables make a perfect side dish. They’re also excellent on a grilled  baguette as a main course. However you plan to serve them, thesegrilled vegetables are a great, healthy choice. Try adding a touch of balsamic vinegar and little fresh pepper to bring out the flavour.


Corn with mint butter


Summer just doesn’t feel like summer without some fresh corn on the cob. Perk up your ears (of corn) this year with this grilled corn with mint butter recipe. A brush of a little fresh mint and cilantro butter goes a long way.


Salmon & zucchini with red pepper sauce


Nothing beats the taste of grilled salmon. Light, delicious and full of essential nutrients like Omega fatty acids. This salmon recipe goes perfectly with grilled veggies. Try using some smoked paprika to bring out the smoky flavour from the grill.


Is there anything better than hot-off-the-grill food in the summer? Even if you don’t have access to a BBQ, indoor grills and grill pans are a great alternative. Find them at Canadian Tire, (Yonge St at Church St) — just a 10 minute drive or 15 minutes by TTC from 166 Eastbourne Ave. For more information on Greenrock rental apartments in Toronto, please visit our website.

 

Transform your balcony into a summer oasis

Transform your balcony into a summer oasis

Hot summer weather is finally here, and we all know it doesn’t last for long. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to help you make the most of the great weather from the comfort of your Toronto apartment, at Wingreen Court. Here are a few ideas to help you transform your balcony into a summer oasis.

 

Pallet Planter

 

This easy DIY will add some greenery to a bland balcony. Make your own pallet planter to add vertical planting and gardening space to even the smallest balcony. Use it to grow herbs like basil and mint so you can enjoy fresh herbs all summer long.

 

Self-Irrigating Planters

 

Never worry about over or under watering your plants again. These self-irrigating planters are made from some re-purposed rubbermaid tubs. An easy and low maintenance way to add some gorgeous greenery to your balcony.

 

Line it with fabric

 

Add a pop of colour to your balcony. Simply wrap coloured fabric around your balcony. If you use a colour that is an extension of the indoor palette, it will feel more like an extension of your living space. It can also block some of the wind and make it feel more private.

 

Peg board and potted plants

 

Make your balcony feel like a garden with more flowers and plants. You can hang lightweight baskets of flowers and plants from pegboard, which is available at Home Depot (1 Concorde Gate, just a 5 minute drive from Wingreen Court). With a few potted plants and an outdoor chair or two, you will have a beautiful little balcony garden to enjoy.

 

Make your balcony more livable this summer with these tips.The Greenrock blog team hopes this week’s post will help you enjoy the beautiful summer weather at Wingreen Court. For more information on our Toronto apartments for rent, please visit our website.

Plan the perfect Canada Day weekend

Plan the perfect Canada Day weekendToday’s blog post features some free and fun things to do near Toronto apartments over the Canada Day long weekend. Read on to find some great suggestions, compliments of the blog team at Greenrock Property Management.

 

Yonge Dundas Square

 

Where else can you help create a Living Flag than at Yonge Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East)? The free annual Canada Day celebrations promise to be as fun as always, with a full day of diverse cultural activities on the docket. Experience live performances from around the world, international art, crafts and food on July 1st, from noon until 9:00 p.m. Yonge-Dundas Square is an easy 10-minute drive from Davisville Village Apartments (75 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue).

 

Queen’s Park

 

Queen’s Park (College Street & University Avenue), a 15 to 20-minute drive from Wingreen Court Apartments (2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Wingreen Court), is hosting a free family-friendly Canada Day celebration. Complete with live music, dance, foods featuring local ingredients and an exciting lineup of workshops and crafts for kids, there is something for everyone to enjoy here.

 

Harbourfront Centre

 

Check out one of the city’s biggest celebrations, happening at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) on July 1st. Another free event designed with the family in mind, the highlights of this party are live music and a breathtaking fireworks show over Lake Ontario. To get to this downtown destination, plan on a 20-minute drive from Eastbourne Avenue Apartments (166 Eastbourne Avenue).

 

Toronto Ribfest

 

Toronto Ribfest, held at Etobicoke Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Road), is a charity fundraiser. Its an affordable way to give to a great cause while you enjoy delicious ribs. Scheduled for June 30th through July 3rd, expect each and every day to be full of Canada Day festivities including a fireworks show for the holiday. The park is a 25-minute drive from Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street).

Happy Canada Day from the Greenrock Property Management blog team! For more information about our Toronto apartments, located across the city,visit our website today.