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July Construction Update: Exhibit

Summer’s in full swing, and with long, hot days has come tons of progress at Exhibit! Last time we updated you, we were on top of the world on the 17th floor

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Things have only gone up from there! We’re currently on the 19th floor (cube 3) pouring the concrete floor slab.

We’re also working from the top up on all the fun details. We’ve installed windows up to the 8th floor, and balcony railings up to the 2nd floor.

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We’ve also started the ground floor curtain walls. Curtain walls are the frames that hold the windows and siding into the facade of the building. Glazing will follow when that’s complete, and then the exterior will really start to take shape! While we’re at it, we’re also installing parking garage windows.

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Plus, BlacktowerTV stopped by the site last weekend and sent us this update shot – from this angle, you can see the cube rotation starting to take shape.

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That’s it for our July construction update! Have you been by the site? Tag us in your photos and follow along for the most up-to-date information about all our projects on Twitter!

 

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

The Latest from the TTC

It has been a great year for the TTC with lots of new changes and announcements. Our buildings that are currently under construction are in some major transit hot-spots and any changes to the TTC will have an effect on our purchasers day-to-day lives, so we want to give you a run-down of what’s new. Continue reading

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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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!