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Last Blast of Summer in T.O.

While there are technically a few more weeks left of summer Toronto, the Labour Day long weekend is it’s unofficial send-off. There is a whole host of ways to bid the summer farewell ranging from festivals that celebrate food & art, to carnivals and comic books, here are some of the best ways to celebrate, as we near the Autumn equinox:

The Canadian National Exhibition:

Take in the midway, carnival games and wild foods at the 138th annual CNE. Two of the biggest highlights of the final days at the Ex include the Canadian International Air Show which is the longest running aviation display in North America along with the Labour Day Parade that concludes its march at Princess Gates.

Fan Expo Canada:

Fan Expo kicks off on August 31st and runs throughout the Labour Day weekend. It is the largest Comics, Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the third largest Pop Culture event in North America.

Hot & Spicy Food Festival:

Kick up the heat at the 20th-anniversary edition of Hot & Spicy Food Festival. Taking place at Harbour Front Centre this event showcases Canadian celebrity chefs, a curated food market, and a ChiliKids cooking competition, all paired with sizzling jazz. The festival runs from Friday, September 1 through to September 4, 2017.

Buskerfest at Woodbine Park:

Four days of non-stop fun in support of Epilepsy Toronto featuring circus artistry, music, magic and mime along comedians, acrobats, clowns and much more. This fundraiser features one-of-a-kind entertainment and fun for the entire family. Buskerfest runs from September 1st to the 4th.

Downsview Park Ribfest:

North York’s largest Ribfest Festival takes place September 1st – 4th, 2017 at Downsview Park. The event features exciting live entertainment, a midway and kids zone, hot air balloon rides and of course BBQ ribs along with a variety of festival food trucks.

Artfest Toronto at the Distillery:

Artfest Toronto is an outdoor arts and crafts show set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the historic Distillery District. Artfest will feature paintings, photography, sculptures, artisan crafts and live music from some of Canada’s top artists. This festival also offers something for everyone in the family with an Artfest kids component as well. The event takes place all weekend long.

Building Homes and Knowledge

Bazis has carefully selected some of Toronto’s best neighbourhoods in which to build. These neighbourhoods feature beautiful surroundings, access to amenities such as fine dining, entertainment and shopping as well as great schools.

Two of our condos (Exhibit and 1 Yorkville) neighbour some of the best private schools in Toronto offering world-class educational opportunities to our families in residence.

Blyth Academy in Yorkville is a private high school for Grade 9-12 focused on personalized education and experiential learning. Located in Yorkville, Blyth partners academically with the ROM and AGO.

Another nearby school is the Rosedale Day School, a small private school for JK to Grade 8. Rosedale also offers remarkable educational partnerships for enriched and global academic experience with the ROM, the AGO, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. In addition to a strong academic program, the school also offers a complete range of co-curricular activities in the arts, athletics, technology, music.

Branksome Hall, a prestigious school for girls is also located nearby. It is a leading from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. In addition to its strong liberal arts curriculum that fosters a balance between academics and other activities, Branksome features an award-winning Athletics and Wellness Centre.

Last but not least, the esteemed St. Michael’s College, a private all-boys Roman Catholic day school for grades 7-12. The school offers an enriched, Catholic, Liberal Arts education complemented by several diverse co-curricular programs and is most notable for its ice hockey and football programs.

Bazis condos are perfect family environments with top-notch education at their doorsteps.

Where to spend the day shopping in Yorkville

From designer boutiques carrying the latest trends, high-end galleries & antique shops, it’s no wonder why Yorkville has earned the reputation as Toronto’s Madison Avenue. Lined with flagship stores from Prada, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, this area of the City is a veritable shopping Mecca for anyone with a love of labels.  With an illustrious array of places to shop, here are some of our personal selection of the best places for shopping therapy:

 

Holt Renfrew:

 

Canada’s flagship of high-end fashion retail has drawn comparisons to both Saks Fifth Avenue and Harrods respectively. Hosting four floors of retail space, Holt Renfrew carries high-end names like Giorgio Armani, D&G, Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton often showcased through in-store runway demonstrations. Explore and shop at your leisure while concierges tend your every need. Want a break or to relax after a long day of shopping, unwind at their café and indulge in a flaky, French pastry and frothy cappuccino or even better still, pamper yourself at the in-house spa!

 

Yorkville Village:

 

Formerly known as Hazelton Lanes and located in the heart of Bloor-Yorkville, Yorkville Village boasts upscale shopping at its best. Here you can find designer brands interlaced among unique boutiques in this vibrant and beautifully designed environment. Shop for shoes, handbags, accessories and haute couture from designers like Badgley Mischka, Christian Louboutin, Monique L’huillier, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Zac Posen…just to name a few.

 

Divine Decadence Originals:

 

A vintage couture boutique located on Cumberland Street.  Each piece is artfully displayed and personally collected by owner Carmelita Blondet. The offerings at Divine Decadence range from different countries and time periods; with unique finds like a 1910 embroidered-silk cape from Spain, a cream silk lace dress from 1930 and a Persian lamb and mink coat from 1965. With unique vintage couture such as this, it’s no wonder the boutique’s client list includes celebrities like Eddie Vedder, Lauren Hutton and Lady Gaga.

 

Leatherfoot:

 

Tailoring isn’t only about suits but can be for shoes as well. This men’s footwear emporium does exactly that when it comes to its discerning customers. Leatherfoot offers enthusiasts premium, handcrafted shoes with collections representing craftsmanship and style, unavailable anywhere in Canada. Walls of radiant oxfords, derbies and brogues, displayed in all shapes, stains and sizes. With the option of standard sizing in soft suede driver moccasins by La Cordonnerie Anglaise or oxfords by Saint Crispin, their true passions shine through in made-to-order services for anyone wanting customization.

 

119 Corbo:

 

This speciality boutique has become a Yorkville institution & home to the most innovative of high fashion collections. Located inside a historic Toronto townhouse with a chic interior, it houses two floors of the world’s most sought after fashion labels along with groundbreaking collections. In fact, Corbo was the first retailer in Toronto to introduce Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik shoes, long before their starring turn in Sex and the City. Featuring other high-demand designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Miu Miu, it’s no surprise that 119 Corbo is the go-to destination for celebrities and fashion aficionados alike.

 

Whether shopping for the hottest trends, stylish classics, or designer fashions, Yorkville has become an internationally recognised destination and a shopper’s paradise.

 

What’s New in the Crystal Blu Neighbourhood?

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Five years have passed since the completion of Crystal Blu, our sophisticated 35 storey tower that has become one of Toronto’s finest addresses. Over the course of the past five years we have seen significant changes to our neighbourhood, changes that have made residents even happier to call Crystal Blu home.

Located across from Holt Renfrew and the Manulife Centre, we have had the opportunity to get a firsthand look at Bloor Street’s significant makeover; a $24-million transformation to be specific. The project completed by the City of Toronto and the Bloor-Yorkville BIA has seen improvements such as the widening of granite sidewalks and the adding of a sustainable planter system for trees. The area has also seen the $400 million renovation of Hazelton Lanes.

The streetscape has been transformed into lavish laneway of high-end retailers such as Stuart Weitzman, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Mulberry and Nespresso along with luxury brands such as Dolce & Gabana, Burberry and Louis Vuitton.

But there’s more in store. The HBC store at Bloor and Yonge will be transformed into the second-largest Saks Fifth Avenue in the world and we’ll be getting a delectable new neighbour when Eataly opens its very first Toronto location in the Manulife Centre in 2019. Eataly, the Italian food palace that includes sit-down restaurants, casual eateries and a multifaceted marketplace will span 50,000 square feet across three storeys.
The first five years at Crystal Blu have been incredible and we look forward to what awaits in the years to come.

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1 Yorkville is Poised for Patio Season

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Patio season in Toronto is drawing near and residents of 1 Yorkville are poised to enjoy some of the City’s finest. Yorkville boasts a number of picturesque porch spaces from which to enjoy cocktails, nibbles and rays of sunshine.

Some of the most notable patios include:

Bar Reyna which sports a gorgeous all-season patio. A sophisticated space decorated with jewel tones, gold accents and ornate pendant lights where patrons can enjoy Mediterranean snacks and signature cocktails.

The Pilot with its eclectic menu and live jazz features a heated rooftop patio known as The Flight Deck that offers a great view along with a relaxed vibe.

Trattoria Nervosa, the well-known little yellow house in Yorkville is home to a chic rooftop patio where you can enjoy classic Southern Italian food while casting a gaze on the passersby.

Hemingway’s, a lively pub and a Yorkville mainstay where you can get a taste from down under while perched on casual rooftop patio.

Residents of 1 Yorkville also have a stunning spot from which to soak in the sun or the city lights, right at home, on the rooftop. This luxurious retreat offers a sun deck and fire pit lounge to sip drinks by; along with an outdoor cinema, dining and entertaining space. Those who call 1 Yorkville home are perfectly poised to enjoy patio season.

Getting Down To Business At Emerald Park

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Established as prominent residential address, Emerald Park also boasts a prestigious business environment with a few remaining office units.The third level of the Galleria at Emerald Park is home to beautiful office spaces that have been designed with comfort and efficiency in mind. Natural light entering from floor to ceiling windows creates the perfect meeting space and business environment. These units are anchored by a vibrant retail setting housing giants such as Tim Hortons.The office units range in price from $200,000 to over $600,000 depending on their size. Office units range from 542 to 1303 sq.ft. As an added incentive, there is a limited time promotion being offered for these units: 5% off the price with an additional $20,000 in cash back with purchase of any unit.

Emerald Park is the perfect place to get down to business with its ideal location in a well-established area of North York that features direct access to Yonge and Sheppard subway lines and accessibility by car to Highway 401. Ample underground parking adds a further benefit making this a perfect business environment.

Grow Your Business at the Jewel in the Heart of North York!

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An Update on Emerald Park Commercial:

Emerald Park and The Galleria at Emerald Park are proving
to be a jewel in the heart of North York. The distinct green towers have taken shape along with the office and retail podium. Here’s a look at this not so hidden treasures in the gorgeous commercial component:

• The retail windows along the boulevard glisten in the sunlight
while reflecting the unique cityscape back.

• Visitors to Emerald Park are offered the convenience of
24 Hour underground parking.

• Canadian caffeine giant Tim Hortons’ is creating a buzz
in the building.

• International gourmet food court located on the ground level of the mall

• Natural light fills third floor office spaces creating great
meeting spots.

• Take advantage of one of the best transit hubs in T.O.!
Access to the Yonge St. & Sheppard subway lines and the 401.
There are incredible commercial opportunities within this soaring and elegant green glass buildings with limited office space available, suitable for medical, legal, accounting services, we invite you get in touch with our representative soon!

The Galleria at Emerald Park: Retail and Offices at the Heart of this Jewel

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Emerald Park, North York’s premiere address where residential and commercial spaces are seamlessly brought together for vibrant living.

The striking and luminous green residential towers of Emerald Park are connected by a commanding three-story podium that houses irresistible shopping, dining and business services. The Galleria at Emerald Park has an incredible street presence with large boulevards flowing from its base and floor with a beautiful combination of clear and tinted glass that bring the indoors out for passersby to see.

Located in an already bustling neighborhood at Yonge and Sheppard, the Galleria at Emerald Park injects further excitement into the landscape. Stroll the cobblestone streetscape created inside the atrium flooded by natural light and peruse two floors of enticing retail shops linked by escalators. Picnic in an urban park without having to pack a basket. The food court offers many delectable options and international flavors to be comfortable enjoyed at café tables under a canopy of trees.

A prestigious business environment is housed on the third level where office spaces have been designed with comfort and efficiency in mind. Floor to ceiling windows offer an incredible view not only to the retail located below but vibrancy of the surrounding area.

The Galleria at Emerald Park is ideally located in this well established area of North York. It features direct access to subway lines and easily accessible by car on Highway 401 offering ample underground parking.

It’s all about location and The Galleria offers a prestigious location creating the perfect business environment with landmark architecture and easy transportation access.

Emerald Park: A Gem in North York

 

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In the heart of North York is a gem we call Emerald Park. Since completion in 2015 these condominium towers have punctuated the skyline with their distinguishing and striking architectural concept. Two luminous green glass towers with distinctively flared tower tops have become home to residents and businesses alike in this area. Continue reading