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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Uptown Fall Fest

Celebrate the beginning of Fall in style with Uptown’s annual Fall Fest!

Visitors will be able to browse several sidewalk sales for those looking for some good bargains while enjoying live musical performances by the Rob Tardik Trio and Youth Jazz Canada. Test your knowledge of Canada as Markus from Treehouse TV hosts a kid friendly trivia contest to celebrate Canada’s 150th year while watching canine’s put their best fashion paw forward in Pet Value’s Doggie Fashion show.

Mayor John Tory will kick off the festival along with the first official day of Fall on Friday September 22nd.

For more information, visit http://www.uptownyonge.com/

 

 

 

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Surf into Fitness!

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Looking for a unique and challenging twist to your workout routine? SURFSET Toronto, located 7 minutes from the Yonge and Eglinton subway station, combines real surf movements with a variety of fitness classes, all aimed at building your core strength in a full body workout that will physically challenge your body in new ways. Drawing from real movements of surfing, the SURFSET classes are structured to push past your body’s plateau to gain balance, muscle and optimal fat burn to create a lean surfer physique.

Interested to read what other first timers had to say? Girl on the Go blogger Victoria Hui explains her experience with SURFSET Toronto and explains what it is like to be a surf fitness newcomer.

http://destinationfemme.com/girl-on-the-go-why-you-should-getonboard-at-surf-set-toronto/

Grab your surfboard, step outside your comfort zone and challenge your mind and body!

For more information on classes offered, please visit http://www.surfsetto.com/

Interested in trying a SURFSET yoga class for a good cause?

On Friday September 22nd, join the community of Surfset as they strike a vinyasa pose on a surfboard in support of the True Patriot Love Foundation, a national charity supporting military families. Following the class, attendees can stick around for some Panago pizza and a chance to win some cool prizes!

For full event details and ticket information, please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/surfset-brainwaves-yoga-mindfulness-pizza-for-the-true-patriot-love-foundation-tickets-35972739432#

 

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“Fall” into Toronto

Just because the warm weather of summer has ended, doesn’t mean the fun has stopped!

Here are just a few of the events we can look forward to for the month of September.

 

Niagara Wine Festival

For those who are looking to escape the big city life and and retreat to wine country, the community of Niagara Falls is hosting a wine festival where you can indulge in over 100 local wines while enjoying live entertainment, food and parades.

The festival runs from now until September 24th.

For more information on the various wineries being showcased please visit http://www.niagarawinefestival.com

JFL42 

Need a comedic distraction from the perils of everyday life? JFL24 will be returning to Toronto the last week of September to get our funny bones tickled! The Toronto comedy festival will cover comedy, art, music and dance with Headliners Ali Wong, John Mulaney and Bill Burr. To see a full list of headliners and ticket information, please visit http://www.jfl42.com

The Festival runs from September 21st to 30th

 

City Cider 2017

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Anyone who is a fan of cider will appreciate this urban harvest festival! Presented by Not Far from the Tree and Spadina Museum, this 7th annual event and fundraiser features freshly pressed cider, live music, and a hard craft cider bar featuring only Ontario brews, all nestled within a Toronto heritage orchard. You can’t get more fall than that!

Date: Sunday September 17th 12:00pm to 5:00pm

http://www.notfarfromthetree.org

 

 

Star Power headed to TIFF

As the Toronto International Film Festival gears up for another jam packed year of press junkets, red carpet galas and film screenings, Toronto will be the center of attraction for A-List stars to be seen and heard. The festival, which has been a platform to showcase international and local filmmakers and talent, has generated buzz worthy attention year after year, attracting movie goers and film buffs alike into theatre seats.

Here are some much-anticipated films to look out for at this year’s festival.

Long Time Running

Canadian directors Jennifer Baichwell and Nicholas de Pencier bring the Man Machine Poem’s tour to life in this documentary about Canadian band The Tragically Hip and their emotional journey with frontman Gord Downie as he battles with brain cancer. TIFF Artistic director Cameron Bailey eloquently summed up the film to CBC news by saying “it is a document of one of the great cultural moments of our time.”

First They Killed My Father

Actor, humanitarian and activisit Angelina Jolie co-produces and directs this adaptation of Luong Ung memoir, which follows her traumatic childhood living in Cambodia under the murderous regime of Rhmer Rouge. Angelina Jolie will be gracing the TIFF stage on Sunday September 10th to discuss First They Killed My Father and The Breadwinner, another film executive produced by Jolie and slated to be screened at the festival.

The Leisure Seeker

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Based on the novel by Michael Zoodorian, acting legends Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland team up to play an elderly couple who decide to have one bittersweet final road trip in lieu of their terminal illnesses. Dame Helen Mirren will be gracing the TIFF stage on Saturday September 9th to take a closer look at the film and share some intimate conversations with the audience.

The Mountain Between Us

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Director Hany Abu-Assad brings Charles Martin’s novel to the big screen with this gripping adventure about a surgeon (Idris Elba) and a journalist (Kate Winslet) who must rely on eachother for survival after their plane crashes in the wilderness. Shot entirely in Western Canada, this powerful drama will premiere at the festival on Saturday September 9th.

Battle of the Sexes

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Steve Carrell and Emma Stone join forces to recreate the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobbie Riggs. Riddled with fun costumes and enjoyable performances by Carrell and Stone, this film also delves into sexism and feminism during the sexual revolution.

For a full list of films, please visit https://www.tiff.net/

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7th to September 17th.