Monthly Archives: October 2014

Support Toronto Arts at Salon West

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As we’ve told you before, Yorkville is Toronto’s artistic and cultural hub. With Exhibit and now 1 Yorkville, we have become a part of this fantastic neighbourhood and the many events that take place here. Next week, on November 5, one of our favourite events series is taking place right around the corner from Exhibit. If you haven’t been to a Salon West event to take in Toronto’s culture, we suggest you start ASAP!

In their own words, Salon West is “an accessible social space for much-needed dialogue on arts and culture in Toronto.” Their main goal is to unite and grow the arts and culture community, and there’s no better way to do that than throwing awesome events. Every month, Salon West gathers to discuss what’s going on in our city’s arts community and next month will continue that tradition. There is one major difference next month though. November’s edition of Salon West will feature a chamber music performance by Pocket Concerts.

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November’s event is at the Dignam Gallery of the Women’s Art Association of Canada, which is just 5 minutes away from St. George station. The concert, led by Emily Rho on the piano and Rory McLeod on the viola, will be the first of its kind for Salon West and will be a great introduction into the discussions to follow. Be prepared to come chat about how different venues shape the experience of a performer, and how a venue can bring a vision to life. Special guests include Lawrence Cherney the Artistic Director of Soundstreams, Isolde Pleasants-Faulkner a Stage Manager who has worked with everyone from the COC to the National Ballet of Canada, and Rory McLeod a violist and Artistic Director of Pocket Concerts.

Are you interested in checking out November’s Salon West? You can get your tickets on their website.

 

What’s Hot at Yonge and Sheppard

We’ve written post after post about Bloor-Yorkville, home to two of our developments, Exhibit and 1 Yorkville. We’ve talked about the hottest spots at Yonge and Eglinton, where our E Condos development is going up. But we haven’t shared with you any of our favourite places at Yonge and Sheppard in a long time! Emerald Park residents, here’s what you can look forward to (besides the Metro and LCBO coming to the building): Continue reading

Yorkville Art Crawl: Our Favourite Galleries in Yorkville

Being a part of the Yorkville community really means having access to some of the greatest things Toronto has to offer. Our city has a vibrant arts culture and Yorkville has been a hub for that since their hippy days in the 60s, up to today with the AGO, Canada’s largest art gallery, just a 10 minute walk from Exhibit. The reality of it is that you don’t even have to go that far to visit some of Toronto’s best art galleries, and you might even be able to take something home! Yorkville’s local galleries are places for local artists to sell their amazing work, or international artists to find some new fans in Toronto. Check out some of our favourites.

Kinsman Robson Galleries

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The Kinsman Robson Gallery has been open in Yorkville for 34 years now and with 18 artists featured, many of them Canadian, your next piece may be sitting in their 2000 square foot space!

Liss Gallery

The Liss Gallery has been bringing both Canadian and International artists to the stage in Toronto since 1983, with over 40 artists currently on display including the likes of one of the most famous artists in the world: Dr. Seuss!

Ingram Gallery

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Located at 49 Avenue Road just north of Bloor, the Ingram Gallery houses some of Canada’s best contemporary art. The gallery is ever-changing, with new pieces and exhibitions coming in weekly.

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Rather than art for your walls, Amarynth is dedicated to finding you the perfect art for your ceiling: a chandelier. With pieces made of Murano glass and Venetian mirror, you know you’ll be getting a quality piece of work that will light your home for many years to come.

Mira Godard Gallery

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If you’re looking for variety, the Godard Gallery is the place to go. There are 3 floors of exhibition space which include works of sculpture, paintings, and works on paper, including original prints and photographs.

If you’re interested in checking out more art galleries in Yorkville, make sure to participate in the Yorkville art walks which take place on the first Thursday of each month, excluding January.

 

October Preparations at E Condos

It’s been a couple months since our last update at E Condos and although it doesn’t look like we’ve moved ahead, this progress is right on schedule. In order to create a solid foundation for the building, making sure that all of the initial steps are done properly is super important, and that’s where we are now.

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As you can see from these photos, we’re currently installing the shoring work so we can start digging for the underground portion of the building. In the coming months you’ll start to see a lot more action on the site as the machines start digging underground for the parking garage and pouring the concrete for the foundation.

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If you’re interested in moving to Yonge and Eglinton, we still have some suites available at E Condos! Check out our website for availability or give us a call at 416-243-8688 for more information.

Coolest Amenities Ever

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We love cool condo amenities quite a bit. We’ve made that very clear with our big plans for 1 Yorkville. Our newest Yorkville building will have a 14,000-square-foot expanse devoted to a spa, open-air pool and hot tub – which we’re confident our residents will love. Then there’s the wellness centre which has water massage tables, a sauna, steam room and an indoor-outdoor relaxation space. And that’s not all, we have an outdoor screening facility and a CrossFit studio, amongst other neat amenities.

But enough about us, let’s check out other cool building amenities from around the world: Continue reading

A Makeover at Hazelton Lanes

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Those familiar with Yorkville’s history will know that Hazelton Lanes Shopping Centre was the original high-end Yorkville shopping mall, which opened in 1976. And now, it’s about to go through a very exciting transformation, which is all a part of a project spearheaded by the Centre’s owner, as well as the Whole Food Markets and TNT The New Trend.

Hazelton Lanes Shopping Centre is going to be re-established as the community hub it once was, and will indefinitely become one of Yorkville’s hottest spots. Some of the changes in store include a major expansion of the Whole Foods thanks to a 50,000 sq. ft food emporium which will also have gourmet take out and dine in options. TNT will also turn into a two-level boutique housing TNT Woman, TNT Blu Concept and TNT Gallerie. One of our favourite future features has to be the addition of a new centre piazza, named Oval Square.

The Oval Square will feature mezzanines and balconies surrounding it, plenty of options to just come and hang out with seating, built-in lunch bars and wi-fi connectivity! There will also be a stage for the occasional celebrity appearances, fashion shows and community events.

Of course, there will also be a local pharmacy, post office, clinics, spas and other amenities which will ultimately make Hazelton Lanes Shopping Centre a one-stop shop for all residents in the area, including residents of our own 1 Yorkville and Exhibit!

For more information on the rejuvenation project, check out BlogTO and Urban Toronto.

Image via Urban Toronto

Architecture Trend: Domes

Domes, domes, domes. They’re everywhere, and so we really can’t say that this is a new architectural trend, because it definitely isn’t – they’ve been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. We all know what a dome is, but do you know why people have been incorporating them into buildings for so many years? Some reasons include more space, amplify sounds (mostly in mosques), and help with keeping the heat/cold in.

In this blog post, we take a look at how different cultures and societies have incorporated domes into their buildings, institutions and even holy places.

Middle Eastern Architecture

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Domes can be traced back to the ancient Middle East, where they were often used to mark places of worship and tombs. Construction of domes in Muslim architecture reached its peak in the 16th – 18th centuries when the Ottoman and Mughal empires incorporated them into their religious buildings in South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

An example of a dome in Middle Eastern-inspired architecture in Mughal era India would be the beautiful Badshahi Mosque, shown above.

Italian Architecture

Historians argue that the technically advanced true domes began in the Roman Architectural Revolution, where they too used them to shape the interiors of temples, and public buildings like the famous Pantheon.  Domes continued to be very popular into the Byzantine Renaissance, and were featured in Byzantine architecture as early as 800 AD.

An example of a dome in Italian architecture would be the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence, which has the largest brick dome in the world.

Russian Architecture

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When looking at images of Russia, the multi-domed churches often stand out! It is a distinctive feature in Russian churches that distinguish Russia from other Orthodox countries. These can be traced back hundreds of years to the late 900s, and often look like onions and are painted in bright colours or gilded.

An example of a dome in Russian architecture is the famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral with it’s very, very distinctive onion domes.

Some other examples of domes include the Epcot Centre at Disney World in Florida, igloos found in colder climates, and the Capitol Building in Washington.

Home Decor Shops in Yorkville

Home Decor & Furniture Stores in Yorkville

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One of the best parts about moving to a new condo is getting new furniture. We understand that you don’t always need to buy new chairs, sofas and tables when moving to a new home, but it just seems like a good time to do it! We took a nice stroll around Yorkville to find some of the best shops to get some new furniture at, how convenient for our Exhibit and 1 Yorkville residents!

Pottery Barn

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One of our usual go-tos for furniture and home decor is Pottery Barn which is right on Bloor Street. You can literally decorate your entire home with items from Pottery Barn – from chandeliers to dining chairs, to accent furniture and desks.

Anthropologie

Whimsical and quaint trinkets, dishes, rugs and other home decor can be found here. Anthropologie aims for a more bohemian look and it shows in their items. We love most of the pieces in the store but if you don’t want to grab your furniture from here, the dishes and other little home decor additions will definitely capture your eye!

Besmeh Persian Rug Gallery

Someone once told us that the best rugs in the world are Persian rugs, and after seeing the lovely ones at Besmeh, we’d have to agree! Besmeh has a great collection of antique, semi antique and new Persian rugs to choose from – so have your pick!

Williams-Sonoma

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If your favourite room at home just so happens to be the kitchen, then you’re probably already quite familiar with Williams-Sonoma and their dishes and decor items that complement your kitchen perfectly. We have spent hours upon hours browsing the aisles and making wish lists. You can never have too many table cloths and napkin rings!

Teatro Verde

Another favourite shop to check out in Yorkville is Teatro Verde – perfect for finding those unique little items like placemats, butter bowls, and funky shower curtains.

William Ashley

Looking for fancy dishes and home accents? Then William Ashley is where you need to go. We also love their collection of fine china and other cute tchotchkes. They also have quite the array of Royal Doulton figurines if that’s more your cup of tea!

Did we miss any? Let us know below!