Uptown Yonge Presents: The Annual Tree Lighting ceremony!

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On Friday November 24th, join the Uptown Yonge community for their 7th annual tree lighting ceremony! Spectators will enjoy an evening of sparkling lights, hot chocolate, and holiday tunes, all in the cozy backdrop of St Clements Yonge Parkette.

Date: Friday November 24th, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Where: St Clements – Yonge Parkette, 14. St Clements Avenue

https://www.facebook.com/events/145659202852944/

 

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Get ready for The Toronto Christmas Market!

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The distillery district will once again be transformed into a holiday winter wonderland as the Toronto Christmas market returns for another year of Instagram worthy photos! Ranked one of the world’s best Christmas markets, the distillery district will offer everything from signature Christmas cocktails such as mulled wine and hot toddies to a variety of tasty local and international treats like the Das Kartoffelhaus, a German potato pancake spiraled around a skewer, served with applesauce and sour cream!

Grab a smoked turkey leg and walk through the cobblestone lanes and walkways decorated with bright lights and sparkly canopies, where spectators can gaze at the city’s largest real Christmas tree in the center of the square! From Ferris wheels to a carousel to a life-sized gingerbread house, to outdoor and indoor beer gardens, the distillery district offers Christmas inspired activities for all ages to enjoy!

The Toronto Christmas market runs from November 16th to December 23rd.

For full market details, please go to http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com/

 

 

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In Person with Tiffany Pratt: This Can Be Beautiful

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Vibrant, multifaceted designer Tiffany Pratt will be at the Yonge and Eglinton Indigo on Tuesday November 7th to sign copies of her new book, This Can Be Beautiful: Simple DIY Projects To Style Your Home And Redesign Your Life. The Designer, stylist and HGTV Host for “Home to Win” and “Buy It, Fix It, Sell It,” shines her expertise on how to make the world a more beautiful place through creative projects designed for your home, wardrobe and more!

Interested to learn more about Tiffany Pratt? Visit her website to check out her gallery of colorful interior designs and styles and read the reviews of her book!

http://www.tiffanypratt.com/

Where: Indigo Yonge & Eglinton

2300 Yonge Street

Date: Tuesday November 7 at 7pm

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Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day Ceremonies

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On November 11th, Canadians will gather to honor and remember the Canadian men and women who served and sacrificed for this country. Here are some of the ceremonies and events taking place in Toronto, marking this very special day.

Friday, November 10th

University of Toronto – Service of Remembrance

Where: Soldiers Tower, 7 Hart House Circle

Time: 10:15am to 11:00am

https://alumni.utoronto.ca/alumni-networks/shared-interests/soldiers-tower/service-of-remembrance

Saturday, November 11th 

Where: Toronto Old City Hall Cenotaph, 60 Queen Street West

Time: 10:45am

https://web.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/toronto-remembers-the-wars/

The Toronto Zoo’s Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony

Where: The Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowville Road, Waterside Theatre

Time: 10:55am to 11:15am

https://www.todocanada.ca/city/toronto/event/toronto-zoos-annual-remembrance-day-ceremony/

Fort York National Historic Site

Where: 250 Fort York Boulevard

Time: 10:45am

https://www.fortyork.ca/news-a-events/events.html

 

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Free Admission to Historic Museums all month long

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Thanks to a generous donation by Mackenzie Investments, nine of Toronto’s historic museums will be offering FREE admission until November 30th.

During the upcoming weeks, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Toronto history, free of charge! Take a walk through the house of Toronto’s first mayor William Lyon MacKenzie and see through the politician’s Victorian way of life. Explore 19th-century innovation and creativity at Colborne Lodge, or delve into rural life at the Montgomery Inn where visitors can explore the historical role that the Inn played to Etobicoke’s development.

On November 5th and 6th, six museums will help celebrate Toronto’s culinary history with “Canada Cooks, Toronto Eats.” Food enthusiasts will be delighted to watch live cooking demonstrations, enjoy food and drink samples, and presentations by chefs and special guests in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday.

To learn more about the museums participating, please visit:

https://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=956c8be3abc0c510VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&WT.rd_id=museums

 

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The Annual Heddington Halloween Display Returns!

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Every year visitors flock to Heddington Avenue to gaze at the marvelous displays of life-sized pop culture posters, pumpkins and ghoulish exhibits that transform the Heddington community into a one night Halloween spectacle. This annual event led by Barb Gordon, the creative mind behind the project, attracts visitors from all age groups, young and old, which has garnered media attention from BlogTO and NOW Magazine.

In partnership with the residents of Heddington Avenue and The Eglinton BIA, the annual event serves as an official community fundraiser for the Sick Kids Foundation. With over 20 houses set to be decorated for the event, donations will be accepted onsite or through Barb’s personal Sick Kid’s foundation page.

https://www.sickkidsdonations.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=3868569#&panel1-4

Interested to view Barb Gordon’s previous Heddington Avenue displays? Check out her website below to browse through the gallery of photos from past Halloween themes which include Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, Indiana Jones and the Simpsons!

http://www.barbgordonsings.com/halloween.html

Just a 30 minute walk from our Roehampton residences, this Halloween event will be well worth the exercise! So grab your costume and head on over to Heddington Avenue to marvel the displays on Halloween night!

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Tuesday October 31, 2017

Time: 4:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 2 to 133 Heddington Avenue

 

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Tis the season for picturesque parks!

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Take advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures this Fall and get outside to experience Yonge and Eglinton’s beautiful, picturesque parks!

Charlotte Maher Park

550 Roehampton Avenue

Mere minutes away from Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton Avenue, this small park features a children’s playground surrounded by a tree canopy. Cute and quaint, this park is perfect for toddlers and visitors looking for a small quiet retreat from the bustling Yonge and Eglinton neighborhood.

Sherwood Park

190 Sherwood Avenue

Quoted in BlogTO as “one of Toronto’s underrated valley’s”, Sherwood Park boasts numerous walking trails for pedestrians looking to give their legs and feet a workout. The park offers a large playground for kids of all ages to enjoy and an off-leash fenced in dog area where your four-legged pet can run and roam to their furry paws content! Photographer and Toronto native Barnabas Bozoki captured a beautiful photo of Sherwood Park in the Autumn of 2016 that showcased the gorgeous golden fall foliage enveloping the Sherwood walking trail.

http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/Canada/Central/Ontario/Toronto/photo1527453.htm

Eglinton Park

200 Eglinton Avenue West

Situated just west of Yonge Street, this massive 9 hectare park features five sports fields, a large playground, several baseball and softball diamonds and four tennis courts. With lots of open space to walk around and only a few blocks away from the Eglinton subway station, Eglinton Park is a great area to explore.

June Rowlands Park

220 Davisville Avenue

Home to the Davisville Village farmers markets during the Summer months, this 2.6 hectare park is tucked right on the corner of Davisville Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road. Offering tennis and volleyball courts for those looking to swing their racket or hit a ball, the park also pays tribute to Canadian acting and singing trio Sharon, Lois and Bram with their own playground.

Love a park in your community that is not listed? Share your favorite park in the comments below!

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Friday Night Live at the ROM

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Immerse yourself in art and culture while listening to live DJ’s as Friday Night Live at the ROM returns for the months of October and November!

This popular Toronto event allows visitors the rare opportunity to party up close and personal with Trex while divulging in tasty foods and beverages. Each week The ROM will host a new party theme, allowing partygoers the opportunity to dress and dance for the occasion while exploring stunning galleries and featured exhibits.

Friday Night Live runs every Friday from now until November 24.

For ticket information and to view past FNLROM photos, please go to https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/rom-friday-night-live#/gallery/recent

 

 

 

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The Return of Tasty Fall Treats!

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Fall is upon us and nothing beats the autumn aesthetic quite like apple and pumpkin flavored treats! Much like busting out your coat and hat and taking a stroll through the fall leaves, the enticing aromas of apples and pumpkin spice will leave a lasting impression on your tastebuds!

Here are just a few of the places in the Yonge and Eglinton area that offer some delicious eats and drinks that will get you in the Fall mood!

Phipps Bakery Cafe

420 Eglinton Avenue West

This Eglinton Avenue bakery serves a variety of cakes, pies, cookies and sweets! With 31 years of baking experience, Phipps has been a staple for regulars with their award winning butter tarts and Chocolate Layer Cake. But don’t let those options fool you, Phipps offers some delectable apple infused treats including an apple divine cake tossed in cinnamon and brown sugar, and a choice of apple infused coffee cake or cheesecake!

Follow phippsbakery on instagram to browse their tasty selection of baked goods and desserts!

http://www.phippsbakerycafe.ca/

Short & Sweet Bakeshop 

2025 Yonge Street

This Yonge Street bakeshop offers cupcakes, shakes, ice cream and cookie sandwiches. For pumpkin enthusiasts, the bakeshop now features a pumpkin spiced flavored shake which is layered with a dollop of whip cream and a donut!

Interested in seeing a photo? Follow the bakeshop’s instagram page at shortandsweetcupcakes to view a plethora of mouthwatering treat photos, including their featured pumpkin spice flavored shake!

http://shortandsweetcupcakes.ca/

David’s Tea

2839 Yonge Street

Looking for a hot beverage to pair with a tasty pastry? David’s Tea offers a robust selection of loose leaf tea including autumn inspired flavors honeycrisp apple, pumpkin chai and spiced apple tea leaves! Conveniently located at the corner of Yonge and Montgomery, David’s Tea is the perfect destination for tea lovers.

https://www.davidstea.com/

Starbucks

The introduction of Fall would not be complete without mentioning Starbucks signature Pumpkin Spiced Latte. With multiple Starbucks locations to choose from, the PSL has been a signature staple for the return of the Autumn season!

https://www.starbucks.ca/

Bar Bativia 

2031 Yonge Street

Interested in an apple infused cocktail? Bar Bativia features an apple pie inspired drink, combining Calvados Apple Brandy, Bénédictine, Fernet Branca Honey, Lemon Juice, Egg Whites and Lemon zest.

Follow barbativiato on instagram to see their tasty selection of food and cocktails!

http://www.barbataviato.com/

 

 

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Restaurant Spotlight – Kūkŭm Kitchen

With an overwhelming selection of restaurants available in the Yonge and Eglinton area, it can be a daunting task to narrow down just one restaurant that will satisfy your palate.

Ku-kum Kitchen: Now Open

Photo by Sarena Johnson/Muskrat Magazine 

Kūkŭm Kitchen, a recent and welcomed addition to the Mount Pleasant and Davisville neighborhood, has been garnering positive reviews as Toronto’s latest Indigenous food venture. Chef Joseph Shawana, a former partner in the Snakes and Lattes success, transforms this culinary space into a rich blend of Indigenous ingredients inspired by his Manitoulin island upbringing. Using French culinary techniques and sticking to 10 ingredients or less, the dishes featured on Shawana’s menu include pan seared halibut, farmed elk chops, braised venison and foraged pine needle and citrus sorbet.

Touches of First Nations decor and art are scattered throughout the restaurant, including Cree marked bathroom doors, handwoven table runners by Indigo Arrows, and a beautiful colorful mural displayed on the back wall of the restaurant.

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Photo by Vince Talotta/The Toronto Star 

Chef Shawana spoke with the Daily Hive about his personal connection with Indigenous cuisine.

“Growing up my mother would make something out of nothing. She’d teach me how to take one ingredient and make multiple things with it. I’m doing that on this menu.” Jason Finestone, The Daily Hive http://dailyhive.com/toronto/ku-kum-kitchen-toronto-2017

Interested to read more? Check out food blogger Stephanie Dickson’s review of what makes Kūkŭm Kitchen stand out!

http://www.stephaniedickison.com/articles/2017/8/23/kkm-kitchen-celebrating-canadian-indigenous-cuisines

Have you checked out this restaurant? Leave a comment and photo below to let us know what you think!

 

 

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