Monthly Archives: June 2015

Summerlicious 2015: Where To Eat In Yorkville

Summerlicious is here, and there’s destination dining close to lots of our newest buildings! We’ve already given you the skinny on where to eat at Yonge & Eg and Yonge & Sheppard – now we’re heading a few notches south to Yorkville. Read on for our favourite picks in one of the Toronto’s most delicious neighbourhoods.

Sassafraz

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This Yorkville staple is obviously on our list. Serving French-inspired Canadian cuisine, you’ll notice an emphasis on delicious, local ingredients. The menu showcases lots of amazing Ontario produce, and there’s no better time to dig in than in the middle of summer. Try braised rabbit or cornish hen as your main – and definitely get the Ontario cheese plate to finish. See the whole menu here.

Blu Restorante

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If you’re looking for a date night option, Blu’s romantic atmosphere and warm, comforting Italian dishes are exactly what you need. Their Summerlicious menu steers clear of pizza and pasta, focusing instead on interesting proteins like beef cheek, and duck terrine. It might not be traditional, but we’d definitely round out a meal at Blu with their lime and coconut cannoli. See the whole menu here.

Mideastro Yorkville

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Thinking outside the Italian box? Mideastro fuses, you guessed it, mediterranean and bistro fare for unique plates every time. Their Summerlicious menu has traditional options like Tagine, alongside nontraditional items like Miami short ribs. See the whole menu here.

Crème Brasserie

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This French fusion spot has one of the most interesting and comprehensive Summerlicious menus we’ve seen, and those who frequent Creme Brasserie all year round know that everything is always executed to the highest standards. Go all in with the escargot to start, pick any of the mains, and finish with a peach-and-pear banana split, because, why not? See the whole menu here.

La Société

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If you’ve never been to this lushly decorated spot, now’s your chance! A hearty, more traditional menu is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and the stained glass ceiling and amazing ambiance will make your visit feel really special. See the whole menu here.
Are you headed out for Summerlicious this year? Which spot should be on our menu? Tell us on Twitter!

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Construction Update: Exhibit

We’re making lots of progress at Exhibit, our development at Bloor and Avenue Road. It’s been almost a whole year since we updated you last – time flies! – and lots has happened in the interim. We’ve gone from the ground floor:

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…to the 17th floor! This floor is the beginning of the third cube, which rotates slightly to the northwest on top of the second cube.

 

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Residential windows have been added up to the 7th floor,  and suite framing has started up to the 6th floor. In the lobby area, curtain walls have been added:

 

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The parking garage is also in the midst of the framing process – you can see here that it’s been laid out in steel.

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The parking garage and the first two cubes also have completed electrical and mechanical rough-ins.

We’re delighted to be on-schedule and making steady progress on this building – stay tuned for more updates, and follow along on Twitter so you won’t miss a thing.

 

 

Summerlicious 2015: Where To Eat In North Toronto

The city’s biggest warm-weather celebration of food is back, and it’s never been bigger. This year, Summerlicious has added lots of destinations around the city, including an expanded lineup way north of Bloor. We’re thrilled to see Toronto’s growing food scene expanding into Yonge and Eg and Yonge & Sheppard – and since we’ve been in the neighbourhood for a while, we thought we’d intro you to our favourite spots.

Yonge & Eg

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The new home of E Condos might be expanding their healthy offerings, but that doesn’t mean they’re short on treat-yourself dinner spots.

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This Japanese restaurant has four GTA locations for a reason! If you like interesting executions of clean flavours – and a killer sake and wine list – then look no further. Get a taste of their sushi in your opening course, then opt for Canadian Kobe beef or a Japanese take on salmon cooked en Papillote (in parchment).  See the whole menu here.

Tabülè

This Middle Eastern spot makes sometimes overpowering flavours approachable with Canadian ingredients and attention to freshness and detail. Open for both lunch and dinner during Summerlicious, this spot is particuarly good for vegetarians and vegans (or those who choose to dine with them) as there is no shortage of veggie options. We’ll be lining up for the hallum salad, Tawuk (local chicken) kabobs, and, of course, baklava for dessert. See the whole menu here. 

North 44

Marc McEwan’s popular spot joins Summerlicious once again this year, and if you haven’t stopped by, consider this an excellent opportunity for an introduction. Contemporary food with French and international inspiration has made this spot a landmark, and their Summerlicious menu doesn’t disappoint – see it here.

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Yonge & Shepperd is another area where great food (and great living!) has come to stay.

Auberge du Pommier

French food isn’t as trendy as some of Summerlicious’ other cuisines, but it’s a staple for a reason. Get your fix of classic sauces, proteins and fresh summer veggies at this high-rated, and usually quite expensive, destination. Open for lunch and dinner – see the menu here.

Paese Restaurante

It’s hard to pass up an opportunity for a really great Italian meal – especially one as well-crafted as you’ll get at Paese. Their dishes use traditional Italian ingredients and techniques executed differently, so everything you eat is equal parts familiar and surprising, like the pan-seared red snapper with oven-dried mango salsa available for Summerlicious. See the whole menu here.  

Oliver & Bonacini Cafe Grill

This Oliver & Bonacini outpost has something on their Summerlicious menu for everyone – from jambalaya to jerk chicken, if you have picky friends chances are you’ll all find what you’re looking for here. The savoury menu is strong, but it’s the Canadian desserts – bear claws, pie with local apples & peaches, or a Beemster cheese plate – that we’re looking forward to. See the whole menu here.

What’s on your Summerlicious list?

Find more of our favourite food destinations on Twitter.

Mapping The Concierge Service at One Yorkville

We’re proud of One Yorkville for a lot of reasons. Aside from our prime location and beautiful architecture, we’re also proud to offer one of the most comprehensive amenities packages out there. Our concierge service is unparallelled, both in the range of services we offer and the quality of our discrete, capable staff.

Any service provided by a hotel concierge will be available right in the lobby of One Yorkville. We’ll book tickets to the theatre, concerts and sporting events. We’ll co-ordinate wash-and-fold laundry service and dry cleaning, so all you have to do is drop off and pick up. Vacation coming up? We’ll book your travel tickets and co-ordinate transport to and from the airport or station – and you’ll look amazing from the state-of-the-art gym and on-site personal trainers available whenever you are.

Of course, this isn’t a hotel, it’s your home – so we had to go above and beyond. We also offer:

  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Floral delivery from top-notch Yorkville florists
  • Walking, grooming and training services for your pets
  • Translation services for those doing business or with ties overseas
  • Housekeeping
  • Interior design consultations & implementation
  • Relocation assistance and booking movers (before you’ve even arrived!)
  • Gifting services – send flowers, chocolates and gifts to anyone

All this, and more, is available to you 24/7. We like to think of ourselves less like concierges, and more like personal assistants, willing to go above and beyond the above services to help make your home and life a better place. No ask is too big or too small – that’s what we’re here for!

How comprehensive are our services? Well, take a look at the map below – this is everywhere you’d have to go to accomplish just some of what our dedicated staff are trained to do:

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As you can see, we’re not only dedicated to providing top-quality service, but saving you time and energy better put toward other things. Can you imagine an everyday life not filled with chores, errands and loose ends? We can.

Want to know what else we’re planning for you? Follow along on Twitter.

Coming Soon: Canada’s Largest Andy Warhol Exhibit

Toronto’s art scene, both underground and mainstream, has seen several huge names breeze into town the last couple of years – Basquiat most noticeably among them. It’s fitting, then, that one of Basquiat’s good friends is the focal point of Toronto’s next must-see gallery attraction – Andy Warhol!

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LA’s Revolver Gallery focuses on exclusively Warhol pieces for sale, but it’s owner, GTA-born Ron Rivlin wanted to take his show on the road. “Being a native of Toronto, the city holds a very special place in my heart. It is an important part of the person I am today, and I feel compelled to give back to Toronto with this exhibition,” he said.

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Self portrait by Andy Warhol, 1978

 

What pieces can we expect to see? For now, that’s largely under wraps. What we do know is that there will be more than 120 pieces, including Warhol’s most famous works – the Campbell’s Soup cans, original silk-screen portraits of Marilyn Monroe, and Mick Jagger, to start. Though unconfirmed, we’re hoping the expansive show will include some of Warhol’s more memorable collaborations, like Keith Haring or the aforementioned Basquiat.

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Arm and Hammer II by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquait, acrylic & silkscreen, 1985

This exhibit goes far beyond Rivlin’s personal (and enviable) collection, including pieces from other private collectors, museums, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The multi-level attraction will also include elements from Warhol’s infamous New York City studio, The Factory, as well as audio and video installations. There’ll even be an app you can download on your arrival.

 

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Marilyn Monroe portraits by Andy Warhol, silkscreen, 1962

In the exhibit’s 6-month run, Torontonians can also look forward to event series and lectures.

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Eight Elvises by Andy Wahol, 1963, silkscreen

A similar, but smaller-scale, Warhol exhibit also run by Revolver saw upwards of 50,000 attendants in two months – so make sure you stop by this one! Find it at 77 Bloor St W from July 1 to December 31. See you there!

Been to a great art event we should know about? Tell us on Twitter! 

 

Toronto Green Initiatives: Evergreen Brickworks

Toronto is a rapidly changing city, and among all the construction and improvements, our green initiatives can get lost. One of the most significant efforts comes from Evergreen Brickworks. Though you probably know it as an event space, their team has been consistently hustling to solve the problem of urban sustainability for all of us.

 

We believe we can solve even the most pressing urban environmental issues by bringing diverse people together, inspiring them with possibilities and engaging them in identifying solutions and taking action. The need has never been more urgent. – Evergreen Brickworks

 

Though all of Evergreen’s initiatives strive for the greater good, they focus their efforts in four key areas.

CityWorks

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This arm of Evergreen focuses on creating sustainable, liveable cities. It’s estimated that in ten years, the population of the GTA and Hamilton will be over 9 million. In the intervening years, we’ll have to build new housing and infrastructure capable of supporting our booming population. CityWorks is a think tank and lobby group that creates alternatives to traditional city planning and brings awareness to them. If urban planning solutions and transportation interests you, check out We Are Cities, their nationwide idea-generating campaign writing the next chapter of Canadian cities.

With aging infrastructure and a booming population, transportation has quickly become an issue every Torontonian has an opinion on – and for good reason! Harnessing the power of conversation has made public transit and gridlock front-burner issues in City Hall – but Evergreen believes conversation can help create a solution, not just highlight a problem. Enter Move The GTHA, a conversation hub for public and private organizations interested in solving this problem together. Check out their work or pledge your support!

Children

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Evergreen’s childrens programs aim to bring the great outdoors to urban kids. With the belief that understanding nature will create more confident and empathetic people, Evergreen encourages the greenification of playgrounds, creating new projects like the Watershed Champions for kids to participate in, and holding affordable day camps so every kid can get a taste of the outdoors. Urban greenspace is definitely in short supply, so if you believe Toronto’s kids should get outside a bit more often, see how you can help.

Greenspace

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The great outdoors doesn’t just benefit kids – everyone in a city benefits when there’s more fresh air and open space. Part of the magic of Evergreen Brickworks is experiencing the almost undisturbed nature in the middle of a city – and we agree that recreating this experience all over Toronto can only mean good things for all of us. Evergreen uses a variety of programs to encourage this, including urban gardening, farmer’s markets, and larger initiatives like the Lower Don Project.

More than 250,000 people live in the Don Watershed, and it’s growing more quickly than ever. They’ve added new and enhanced trails, revitalized neglected green spaces, added public art, gateways and access routes, as well as creating an educational program to reintroduce people to Toronto’s expansive ravine system.

Food

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Ontarians are lucky to live in a naturally fertile region – local produce and meat abounds most of the year. However, with faster and cheaper foreign options flooding our market, it’s more important than ever to support local farmers and keep our food production right here at home. Evergreen Brickworks’ Toronto farmer’s market is year round, and has added more than $3.5 million to our economy, all of which goes back into supporting Ontario’s farmers. They also offer classes on growing your own food and how to cook with local groceries, which makes fresh and affordable eating accessible to even more people. If you have a passion for local and sustainable eating, check out their food programs for meaningful ways to get involved.

Evergreen Brickworks may serve the GTA exclusively, but Evergreen’s initiatives have outposts all across Canada. This network has the ability to affect change in many areas of our lives and wellbeing, which makes Evergreen a crown jewel in Toronto’s plan for a greener tomorrow.

Are you part of a green initiative we should know about? Tell us on Twitter!

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Get The Look: Mid-Century Modern

One of the most important things to consider when decorating a condo is continuity. Condos are, more often than not, very open – living, dining and kitchen areas generally share the same space. This is when it becomes important that decor is cohesive, as small inconsistencies will stick out like a sore thumb. Cohesion also helps enlarge a space, instead of chopping it into pockets of different colours and patterns.

That’s why we love this condo redesign from New York. Plush fabrics and textures punch up a classic, dark neutral colour palette. The mid-century modern furniture is just Mad Men enough without being campy, and touches like a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree and clean circular hanging mirror bring everything into 2015. A neutral palette helps incorporate lots of seating, a marble coffee table and an abundance of mixed metallics, without looking heavy. Our favourite part? The gold credenza that doubles as a bar cart. We’re never leaving.

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Mid-century is one of the bigger recent trends in furniture, but this take gives it balance and weight for a more classic feel. We love that this living room works just as well on Friday night as it does on Sunday morning. Get started on your own mid-century den with the pieces below:

Marble Oval Coffee Table, $599, West Elm

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Acadia Accent Table, $299, Crate & Barrel

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Patina Copper Cube, $299, Crate & Barrel

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Crosby Mid-Century Sofa, $1199 and up, West Elm

Available in 12 colours!

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Metal Frame Chair, $1299, West Elm 

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30-inch Circular Brass Mirror, CB2, $149tork-brass-dripping-mirror

 

Cross-hatched wooden credenza, $1499, West Elm

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Mixed Metallic Cocktail Set, Crate & Barrel, $14.99 and up

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Diamond Lattice Throw Pillows, CB2, $24.95 and up

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Covet Copper Vase, EQ3, $24.99

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Want more design? See our guide to one of Toronto’s best design districts, King East! 

Do you love or hate the mid-century modern trend? Tell us on Twitter!

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