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The Best Fall Festivals Happening in Toronto This Year

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It’s officially fall! The leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler and with that a new season emerges with a different vibe. It’s time to put on our cozy sweaters, jackets and gloves and head out and do what Torontonians do best – have some fun! This autumn, Toronto has some pretty fantastic festivals and events lined up. From comedy shows to film festivals, music and art events to Halloween fun, there’s something for everyone.

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Just for Laughs Toronto – Multiple Venues (September 22-30)

Get ready to laugh until you cry, as the much-loved Just for Laughs Comedy Festival is back in Toronto. This hilarious festival is world-renowned and originated in Montreal, Quebec. As the largest international comedy festival in the world, it attracts visitors from abroad and the world’s funniest comedians. Headliners this year include Trevor Noah, John Mulaney, Amy Schumer, Trixie & Katya, and Issa Rae.

Toronto International Festival of Authors – Harbourfront Centre (September 22-October 2)

Attention, book lovers! The Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) is on now at Harbourfront Centre and other venues. As Canada’s largest literary festival, this special event provides engaging opportunities to meet, hear and learn from the world’s best authors and to celebrate the power of stories.

Queen West Art Crawl – Online &Trinity Bellwoods (September 19-25)

The Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) is a festival that takes place in one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the city. A charitable organization that seeks to raise funds for artists, this multicultural and inclusive festival was designed to promote the culture, art and diversity of the city through art installations, live performances and tasty food. The highlight of the QWAC is an outdoor art exhibition that takes place in Trinity Bellwoods, featuring art, live music and a free kids’ zone.

The Queen West Art Crawl is an inclusive event and features a 2SLGBT+ friendly kids’ zone and a main stage with music where 50% or more of the performers are BIPOC. To ensure that underserved populations are strongly represented, the QWAC partners with groups like Workman Arts and the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

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Halloween Haunt – Canada’s Wonderland (September 30-October 31)

Are you looking for something to do or a place to scream? Canada’s largest Halloween Haunt returns to Canada’s Wonderland with a sinister transformation, turning the amusement park into a park filled with Halloween attractions, unforgettable thrills and unspeakable horror.

Immerse yourself in the nightmare of Halloween Haunt, where the streets are filled with terror, including hundreds of monsters, horrifying scare zones and mazes, macabre street performers, live music, night rides, and electrifying live shows.

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Nuit Blanche – Multiple Venues (Sunset October 1st-Sunrise October 2nd)

Grab a coffee or hot chocolate, and roam the city all night long with other Torontonians! Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art, returns from sunset on October 1 to sunrise on October 2 for its biggest event ever. This year, the citywide festival is expanding to include art exhibitions in Etobicoke and North York, in addition to downtown and Scarborough, and the anticipated event features more than 150 artworks by local, national and international artists.

Led by inaugural Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam, Nuit Blanche’s curatorial theme this year is The Space Between Us, which invites artists to transform the city in creative ways by sharing stories about their connection to place, while bridging cultures and connecting to communities and the environment.

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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2022 – Multiple Venues (October 18-23)

Come celebrate Indigenous art and cinema at the 23rd annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. This truly special festival celebrates Indigenous storytelling in film and video, audio, and digital and interactive art through screenings, exhibitions, special events, and more. This year the festival will feature over 100 short films curated into 13 programs, plus 17 feature films by Indigenous creators from around the world.

imagineNATIVE is also pleased to announce the return of TD Free Friday at the 2022 Festival. Thanks to TD Bank’s generous contribution, tickets to all screenings on Friday, October 21, 2022, will be free to provide a greater opportunity for a larger number of individuals to experience imagineNATIVE’s programming.

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Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2022 – Scotiabank Theatre (Oct. 19-23)

Prepared to be scared, thrilled or fascinated at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival. This festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi and action movies, enjoyed by over 10,000 attendees each year, including fans, filmmakers, press and industry. Returning to live and in-person screenings at Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre, this spooky film festival is the perfect prequel for Halloween!

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The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair – Exhibition Place (November 4-13)

If you’re looking for something a little more wholesome with fun for the whole family, head out to the largest indoor agricultural and equestrian event in the city! The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair takes place every November in the City of Toronto. Featuring cute farm animals, the best in agriculture, fresh local food and equestrian competitions from across the country, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is jam-packed with homegrown fun.

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8 Delicious Hors d’Oeuvres Ideas for Summer Entertaining

Are you planning a get-together or special event this summer and want to delight your guests with some memorable food? Hors d’oeuvres are a fantastic way to do just that. Of course, chips, deviled eggs and veggies with dip are classic snacks to serve at your gatherings, but sometimes you want to give your guests something to talk about. When preparing hors d’oeuvres, presentation is key. Hors d’oeuvres should be enticing and beautiful. So, if you really want to wow your guests, relax and take a little extra care when preparing these gorgeous dishes. We’ve put together a collection of 8 absolutely delicious hors d’oeuvres to serve at your gatherings this summer. We know you’ll love them!

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1. Grilled Squash Ribbons and Prosciutto with Mint Dressing

This hors d’oeuvre is simple, elegant and delicious. Grilled zucchini and squash ribbons on skewers are fantastic because they’re charred and crispy on the outside but juicy and flavourful on the inside. The mint dressing is zesty and refreshing.

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2. Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce

Meatballs are always a huge hit at parties and these chimichurri meatballs are sure to make a splash! You can make them quickly using store-bought or you can slow cook them to perfection. Combined with this delicious South-American sauce made of fresh parsley and cilantro, they’re hearty with a pop of flavour.

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3. Caprese Skewers

Who doesn’t love caprese salad? This colourful summer hors d’oeuvre is a playful take on the famous Italian salad. Made of fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and sweet balsamic glaze, these caprese skewers are bright, fresh, and juicy. Use different-coloured tomatoes and alternate with basil leaves to create a cheerful and colourful dish.

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4. Scallop Vol-au-Vent Bites with Creamy Honey Sauce

This scallop vol-au-vent is a small hollow puff pastry that’s light and buttery, and filled with scallops and mouth-watering cream honey sauce. Stunning to look at it on a plate, this delicious, savoury and eye-catching amuse-bouche is sure to be a hit!

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5. Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Figs
These bacon-wrapped stuffed figs are the perfect combination of sweet and savoury. The rich salty flavour of the bacon paired with the tart sweetness of the figs combined with creamy goat cheese is to die for! Make sure to make extra, as these will go fast!

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6. Walnut and Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms are so versatile. Rich and hearty in flavour, these walnut and blue cheese stuffed portobellos are a fantastic amuse-bouche and tasty seasonal treat. The blue cheese is pungent with a sharp flavour, while the walnut adds a bit of crunch and earthiness to the dish.

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7. Zesty Tequila Lime Shrimp Skewers

If you love margaritas, you’ll love this light and delicious shrimp recipe! With its zesty, fresh citrus flavour, it’s the essence of a margarita in shrimp form. Quick and easy to assemble, these simple skewers look and taste great when charred on the grill.

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8. Handheld Endive Salad

This hors d’oeuvre is one you can feel great serving. It’s gorgeous, healthy and bursting with flavour. With creamy Gorgonzola cheese, nutty walnuts and parsley or chives to garnish, it’s refreshing, simple and easy to make. Endive lettuce is also easy to hold, so it’s the perfect bite for your guests.

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The Top Patios in Toronto You Need to Check Out This Summer

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Summer is here. The days are long, the temperature’s warm, and there’s nothing more enjoyable than hitting up a patio with a cold, refreshing drink in hand. Toronto is home to so many incredible patios, each equipped with its own unique vibe and menu. Whether you’re looking for an elegant night out, panoramic views of the city, delicious international cuisine, or a fun buzzing party, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of the top patios in Toronto you need to check out this summer.

Lavelle

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Located in the exclusive King West neighbourhood, Lavelle is a one-of-a-kind landmark where Toronto’s finest come to rub shoulders. The luxurious space boasts a massive 16,000 square foot patio with one of the longest rooftop pools in North America. It features a lounge bar with cabanas and a dining room serving Brazilian-Japanese creations by Chef Daniel Ken, all with gorgeous unobstructed 360-degree views of the city. Take your day into night with a dip in one of their three luxury pools and enjoy a cocktail in a private cabana.

Kōst

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Sitting 44 stories above Toronto’s bustling Entertainment District is Bisha Hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant Kōst. Inspired by the Baja Peninsula, Kōst offers California coastline vibes, with al fresco dining, an infinity pool and panoramic views. Featuring seasonal menus with modern cuisine like seared Atlantic salmon and refreshing signature cocktails, guests are welcome seven days a week.

Trattoria Nervosa

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Trattoria Nervosa is hands-down the best patio in Yorkville. Often frequented by celebrities due to its reputation and unique design, Trattoria Nervosa serves Southern Italian food that’s sure to leave a smile on your face. With mouth-watering home-cooked food and a curated wine list to complement your meal, it’s the perfect place for special occasions or a night out drinking sangria with friends. Centrally located in Toronto’s high-end shopping district, this iconic yellow restaurant is a neighbourhood gem.

Baro

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Located on the 4th floor of Baro Toronto, Baro’s rooftop patio is the ideal place for a Latin-infused culinary experience. With an upbeat and casual atmosphere, great music and delicious food, this patio is a popular hangout that gives off strong Miami vibes. The menu is cooked on an outdoor charcoal BBQ, and is perfect for sharing with friends. With striking décor and plants galore, Baro is guaranteed to be a fun night out!

Amsterdam Brewhouse

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If you’re looking for something a little more laidback and close to the water, look no further than the Amsterdam Brewhouse. Located on the Toronto Waterfront, just steps away from the CN Tower, the Amsterdam Brewhouse has 4 large patios that offer landscape views of the Toronto Islands. While providing a great collection of beers and food, the patio is open-concept and wraps around the building, ensuring everyone has a seat by the water.

Chef’s Hall

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Chef’s Hall is Canada’s first chef-driven community market. A unique and interactive space, Chef’s Hall spans 18,000 square feet and offers 5 patios, 4 full-service bars and space for over 1,000 guests. With food from 17 of Toronto’s top chefs inspired by international cuisines, Chef’s Hall is heaven for Toronto foodies. It also boasts large entertainment spaces with 4 unique vibes: The Beer Hall (a lively energetic space with DJ and performances), The Main Hall (a formal place to host best-in-class gatherings and cocktail receptions), The Courtyard Patio (one of Toronto’s largest and sunniest patios with BBQs, games and amazing music) and the Aperitivo Patio (a fresh space to enjoy Aperol Spritz cocktails and delicious snacks).

W Toronto

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This luxury hotel by Marriott Bonvoy is set to open its doors on July 21st, which means you’re first in line for some epic views of the city. Located at the famous cross-section of Bloor St. and Yonge St. in Yorkville, gaze out over Toronto while savouring the delights of W Toronto’s Rooftop Bar and Restaurant. Their Mediterranean-inspired late-night scene is set to dazzle with delectable food and specialty vermouth and amaro craft cocktails.

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Celebrating Easter and Passover: What’s the Difference?

This weekend, families across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area will gather for Easter and Passover celebrations. Both are springtime holidays with religious origins, and both share themes of liberation and triumph, involve buying a lot of eggs, and include celebratory feasts with families and loved ones. But have you ever wondered what the differences are between Easter and Passover, and how they are typically celebrated? Read on to learn more.

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Each year, as spring blooms to life, a feeling of hope and renewal arises in our hearts. This renewal of nature mirrors the spring festivals of Easter and Passover, both of which hold key themes of hope, celebration, and redemption.

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, on Easter Sunday. Easter is connected to the Passover and Exodus from Egypt recorded in the Old Testament through the Last Supper and the crucifixion that preceded the resurrection.

Before Easter Sunday, Christians also mark several other days of historical and biblical importance during Holy Week. These include Palm Sunday, Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday (also known as Black Saturday).

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Palm Sunday was the day that Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. It’s said that the people who came out to greet him on that day threw palm branches on the road, which led to the tradition of Anglican and Roman Catholic churches distributing miniature crosses made of palm leaves among the people – a tradition which continues to this day.

Maundy Thursday was the day on which Jesus had his Last Supper – a Passover meal that he shared with his disciples, and which included wine and bread. Good Friday was the day on which Jesus was crucified to death and it is a day of mourning. Easter Sunday is the main day of the festival, and this was the day when God resurrected Jesus from his death.

Many Christians observe Easter Sunday by attending church and then enjoying a festive dinner with family and friends. Traditions also include colouring hard-boiled eggs and hiding plastic ones filled with candy or surprises for an Easter egg hunt.

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Passover is a Jewish festival that commemorates the liberation and exodus of the children of Israel, by Moses, from the slavery and domination of the Pharaohs in Egypt. It is celebrated for seven to eight days, beginning this year on Friday, April 15th.

Passover gets its name from an ancient story: Moses visited Pharaoh time after time, trying to persuade him to release the Israeli natives. However, Pharaoh did not relent. So, eventually, Moses warned the Pharaoh about the horrible plagues that God would hurl at Egypt, if he continued to refuse to release the Israelites. God also told Moses that the Israelites should mark their doorposts with lamb’s blood to protect them from these plagues, when God “passed over” their homes – hence the origins of the name. This caused the Pharaoh to finally relent and let the Israelites go.

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Many Jewish people celebrate Passover with a meal where families and friends of the family will read scripture while drinking four glasses of wine and eating foods that represent the exodus from slavery. They will also abstain from eating all leavened bread for about a week, and eat matzo – a thin, unleavened cracker – instead.

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Jewish people gather to celebrate freedom, whereas Christians gather to celebrate a miracle. Both holidays involve special, celebratory dinners where families gather with loved ones and enjoy delicious feasts.

These feasts both include sweet foods, which represent the holidays. In Christianity, sweets and candies were traditionally eaten to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, while in Judaism, sweet foods represent the mortar from the bricks used to build Pharaoh’s temple.

Both Easter and Passover also use eggs as traditional symbols. In Christianity, eggs symbolize Jesus’ tomb and when painted with bright colours, they represent the resurrection, while in Judaism, eggs celebrate rebirth.

So while Easter and Passover are different holidays, they share many similarities as well.

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If you celebrate Easter or Passover, we hope that you and your family have lovely festivities! Will you be celebrating? Connect with BAZIS , our Toronto real estate development company on social media (FacebookTwitter or Instagram) and let us know!

Family-Friendly March Break Activities to Do in Toronto

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March Break is here, and it’s a great time to enjoy some family-friendly fun in and around Toronto. We’ve rounded up over a dozen of the best activities and events taking place in the city next week so you can get out of the house and make the most of the week off – from free family activities to live theatre, movies, festivals and more! Happy March Break!

SpringFestTO, Markham Fair Grounds, March 12-20, 2022
SpringFest is an indoor fun park with the latest in children’s entertainment, games and activities. The park has entertainment to thrill the whole family, with mechanical and inflatable rides, an all-new dinosaur exhibit, food vendors, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, and daily performances by The Dance Party Crew, Doo Doo the International Clown, The Birds of Prey and Trulee Odd.

Maple Syrup Festival, Kortright Centre, March 12-April 10, 2022
The Maple Syrup Festival is back after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how maple syrup is made, try a tasting of different grades and types of syrup, go on a horse wagon ride, enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup, and have taffy on snow! There’s nothing like a visit to the Maple Syrup Festival to kick off the spring season.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Toronto (Bloor St. & St. George St.), March 20, 2022
The St. Patty’s Day Parade is a fun way to celebrate Irish culture, history, and heritage, but this Toronto event has also grown to include a number of diverse community and non-profit groups over the years. Enjoy the fanfare, excitement, and live music in downtown Toronto.

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Toronto Comicon, Metro Convention Centre, March 18-20, 2022
Celebrate all things pop culture at the Toronto Comicon! If you or your kids are fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, cosplay, anime, or gaming, you’ll love this 3-day extravaganza in downtown Toronto. Comicon is a family-friendly event with all kinds of special programming, including a costume contest, celebrity photo ops, the opportunity to meet your favourite superheroes and voice actors, sketch duels, panels and workshops, and lots more.

Fireside Munsch! , Wychwood Theatre, March 12-20, 2022
Who doesn’t love Robert Munsch? Head to Wychwood Theatre in Toronto this March Break for the hit show Fireside Munsch!, featuring four of Robert Munsch’s stories (Seeing Red, The Sandcastle Contest, Give Me Back My Dad! and Smelly Socks) performed as one wacky storytelling play. Adults and children alike will have a ball reliving these Munsch classics.

The Sleeping Beauty, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, March 18-27, 2022
March Break is the perfect opportunity to try something new by taking your kids to the ballet. Whether they’re budding ballet dancers or not, kids and adults alike are sure to be captivated by The Sleeping Beauty’s opulent set, dazzling dancers, and unforgettable score.

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Little Canada, Yonge & Dundas Square, March 14-18, 2022
Little Canada is a unique downtown Toronto attraction featuring our country’s captivating vistas, famous landmarks, iconic cityscapes and little stories – all in miniature scale! This March Break, they’re offering unique workshops each day of the week. Join in and learn unique skills that will guide you in creating beautiful miniature masterpieces. Learn how to build a miniature bedroom, make a personalized scene, or decorate Little Canada’s mascot, Maurice the Moose. Fun!

Maple at the Village, Black Creek Pioneer Village, March 14-18, 2022
This March Break, celebrate the charm of maple syrup season as Black Creek Pioneer Village buzzes with the energy of early spring. Take a step back in time and discover the old-fashioned skills needed to take this sweet treat all the way from tree to table. Kids will love engaging with Black Creek Pioneer Village’s costumed educators and learning all about the backwoods skills necessary for adventures in the sugarbush.

March Break at the Bata Shoe Museum, Downtown Toronto, March 14-19, 2022
This March Break, the Bata Shoe Museum is putting the focus on all things sports, and hosting a series of fun activities and crafts throughout the museum that are sure to entertain the little ones. Colour a sneaker keychain, make your own sports-themed bookmark, play mini putt and ISPY games, try on sports footwear, leave your footprint in the museum, and more! You can also enjoy all four of the museum’s exhibitions while you’re there.

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Hockey Hall of Fame, Brookfield Place, March 12-20, 2022
You can’t go wrong with a family trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame! Experience the game that defines Canada and a sport that has been adopted by over 70 countries. Spread across 65,000 square feet, the Hockey Hall of Fame offers something for the entire family: the world’s finest collection of hockey artifacts, theatres, interactive games, a replica NHL dressing room, and NHL trophies including the coveted Stanley Cup.

Toronto Zoo, Scarborough, March 12-20, 2022
The Toronto Zoo features over 4,000 animals that you and your kids can discover, all while exploring over 10 kilometres of walking trails and four tropical pavilions. The Toronto Zoo is celebrating the Year of the Tiger this year, so get ready for special appearances by the zoo’s new tiger mascot, walk the Zoo to #SpotTheStripes, browse the new Tiger Shop, and enjoy some special tiger-themed snacks.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Vaughan, March 12-20, 2022
LEGO mania is here! The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre has millions of LEGO bricks to create and discover, epic rides, mega-awesome 4D movies, and more. A visit to LEGOLAND is sure to be a day of fun for the whole family.

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Royal Ontario Museum, Downtown Toronto, Until March 20, 2022
This March Break, take your kids to the ROM to help them connect with art, culture, and nature. In addition to Great Whales: Up Close and Personal and Wildlife Photographer of the Year, visitors can also enjoy ROM’s permanent galleries and a host of other amazing special exhibitions.

Ontario Science Centre, North York, March 12-20, 2022
Like the ROM, the Ontario Science Centre is a quintessential Toronto favourite that’s both fun and educational, and that both kids and parents will enjoy! With hands-on exhibitions, live science demonstrations, and IMAX® films, there’s a lot to explore at the Ontario Science Centre this March Break.

We hope that you and your family have a wonderful March Break! What have you got planned for the week? Connect with BAZIS, our Toronto Real Estate Development Company on social media (FacebookTwitter or Instagram) and let us know!

The Top 2022 Interior Design Trends You Need to Know About

Over the years, there has been more and more research that indicates how the state of our homes has a direct influence on our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Naturally, the place where you spend the majority of your time would affect your mood, which is why we see so many articles about how to decorate and organize our spaces. Interior design trends are a way to guide you and your home to inner peace.

Entering the third year of the global pandemic, we’re seeing those trends evolve to accommodate our new present. Trends include natural elements, multi-functional and high tech spaces, and a step away from minimalism to something more colourful and expressive. Here are the biggest design trends of 2022.

Maximalism or Grand Millennialism

Grand Millennialism is a curated style that derives from the Millennial generation. Last year, we saw a growing trend in Grand Millennialism, and this year it’s taking flight. Grand Millennialism is a rejection of mainstream minimalistic design, and a move toward a more traditional, self-expressive, nostalgic style that honours history and craftsmanship. Gone are the days of minimalistic white walls and white furniture. Pleated lampshades, floral and damask-printed wallpapers, needlepoint pillows and Victorian furniture are some of the items that Grand Millennialism is gravitating toward.

Natural Elements

With so many of us working from home and spending more time indoors, there’s a strong desire to reconnect with nature. Within the home, this can be reflected in the form of nature-inspired surfaces and objects. More and more people are incorporating stone, clay, wood and terracotta into their home designs. These earthy materials can be used throughout the home, in flooring, countertops, backsplashes and accessories. The raw, porous and imperfect elements of these organic materials create visual intrigue while mimicking the calm beauty of the outdoors. Many people are also opting to have more plants at home, with large indoor trees being the latest trend.

Multi-Functional Spaces

As we enter the third year of the pandemic, having multi-functional spaces is necessary, as our homes have become our offices and our gyms. This year there’s a move toward dual-purpose rooms, as we expect our homes to work harder for us. Expect to see a den that’s been converted into an office, a spare bedroom outfitted with a desk, a dining room lined with books, or a bedroom with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

Colour

While in the beginning of the pandemic, many favoured a clean white aesthetic, we’re now seeing people rediscovering themselves and wanting to incorporate more of their personalities into their homes. Neutrals will take more of a backseat in 2022, as more people begin to experiment with colour, however the palette will stay close to what is found in nature. People are looking to create cozy and inviting spaces by using warm earthy tones like cocoa brown or rosy terracotta, which are on the upswing, as well as emerald greens and cognac.

High-Tech

Interior home design continues to evolve with advancements in technology. Designers are working to incorporate the latest technology to create seamless, effortless and convenient home experiences that are both immersive and futuristic. Wireless speakers, smart home security systems, solar-powered lighting, smart faucets, air purifiers and noise-cancelling windows are just a few of the trends we’re seeing. Tech trends are quickly becoming the norm rather than a luxury, and as long as you have a smartphone, outlet and Wi-Fi connection, you’re able to achieve this at home.

Vintage and Sustainable Accents

As more people become concerned with climate change and minimizing our carbon footprint, many people are opting for sustainable, recycled or upcycled accents in their homes. Whether it be incorporating sustainable fabrics, vintage décor or refurbished furniture, you can easily reduce your footprint while enriching your home with history, culture and spirit.

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How to Make 2022 Your Best Year Ever

Happy New Year! 2022 has arrived, and with it has come the potential to transform your life in positive ways. The beginning of each new year is a great time to reflect on the past year and analyze what went right and what areas could use improvement. As the popular saying goes, each new year comes with 365 days, which means you have 365 new chances to build the life of your dreams. It’s a great time to think ahead about what you want to accomplish and who you want to become, and to make plans to achieve your goals. Having an incredible 2022 is totally possible but it will take effort and planning to get there. Here are some tips to make 2022 your best year ever!

  1. Set goals

Starting the year without a plan is a bit like going on a road trip without a destination in mind. It could turn out to be amazing, but you could also end up with unexpected challenges and roadblocks. Sit down and think about what you would like to accomplish this year, and be realistic. If you have a lot of ideas, try to break them down into attainable goals. It’s good to have ideas, but a jumble of ideas will make it hard to actually achieve any of them in a year. Remember that not everything can happen at once and most goals take consistent work and effort to attain. Do you want to change careers? Improve your marriage? Save money to buy a new home or condo? Analyze the areas in your life that you want to improve and determine what goals are the most important to you.

  1. Start each day with a plan

Did you feel as though 2021 flew by even though the pandemic slowed everything down? It’s hard to be productive without focus. Once you determine your goals for the year, break them down into monthly, weekly and daily targets. Having a plan keeps you on track to achieve your goals, and breaking them down into smaller steps ensures that you have the time, energy, focus and consistency to stick with them. Whether you plan your week out in advance on Sunday, the night before or the morning of, reconnecting with your goals on a consistent basis will help you to stay on top of them. Give yourself two small goals to accomplish each day, and this will translate into a lot more by the end of the year.

  1. Get some rest

Many of you have been working tirelessly, adjusting to new routines and getting used to COVID life. It’s exhausting! When was the last time you slept for 8 hours at night? Rest is so important for your mind and body to recharge so that you have the health and energy to see you through another year. Rest helps reduce stress and improves your ability to concentrate, and does wonders for your mood. So if you’re not already sleeping enough, make sure to make rest a priority this year, as well as personal time for yourself.

  1. Get your finances in order

One of the biggest stressors in life for many people is money management. This year, make the time to really understand your financial situation. If you haven’t already, learn about smart ways to save and invest. Saving money is a wonderful habit but can be hard to maintain. We often prioritize emotional purchases over saving. This year, make financial goals and try to save money. Open savings accounts with specific types of purchases in mind; for example, open a savings account for holidays or home renovations. Not only will you become more aware of your goals, it will help you make better decisions with your income. Pay attention to how you spend your money. Are you spending frivolously on takeout or clothes you don’t need? Take note of your shopping triggers and avoid them.

  1. Try something new

Christopher McCandless once said: “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” The start of the new year is a great time to pick up a new skill or step outside your comfort zone. It’s a time when people feel more motivated and open to new ideas. Surround yourself with like-minded people and stop putting off that skill or hobby you wanted to try years ago. Whether it’s learning photography, cooking something new every other week or travelling to a new place, trying new things challenges you, expands your world view, builds confidence and encourages personal growth.

  1. Give back

One of the best things you can do for your mental and emotional health is to give back to your community or those less fortunate. Helping those in need will help you realize how much you actually have and cultivate gratitude, while acts of service will lead you to a more content and meaningful life. Giving to others will strengthen your connection to your community, give you a sense of purpose and make you feel good. It can be daunting to find the right avenue to give, but keep in mind it doesn’t have to be a big commitment. There are many ways to help, from volunteering at homeless shelters to donating blood or shopping local.

We wish you all a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous2022!

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How Different Cultures Celebrate the New Year


People around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for about four millennia. Today, the majority of New Year’s festivities begin on December 31st (New Year’s Eve), the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue onto January 1st (New Year’s Day). Common traditions include attending parties, eating special foods, making resolutions for the New Year, and watching fireworks. But a lot of countries also have a unique set of New Year’s traditions, and some cultures celebrate on different dates.

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting New Year’s traditions from around the world!

Philippines

On New Year’s Eve, you’ll find round shapes all over the Philippines. Round shapes represent coins, which symbolize prosperity in the coming year. Many people also wear polka dots for good fortune. Many families display large quantities of fruit on their dining tables and they like to make noise. One New Year’s custom in the Philippines is to use noisemakers, play music really loudly, and generally be as loud as you can. A lot of people believe that the noise will keep away bad luck and evil spirits.

Brazil

In Brazil and many other South American countries like Bolivia and Ecuador, people believe that wearing white clothes on New Year’s Eve will bring them good luck and peace in the New Year. They also believe that wearing a specific coloured underwear will bring them good fortune over the next year – for example, yellow for wealth and prosperity, and red for passion. Brazilians also make life-sized dolls with masks. These dolls represent bad events from the past year, and they’re burnt at midnight on New Year’s Eve to get rid of the bad and make room for the good.

Portugal

On New Year’s Eve in Portugal (and Spain), people eat 12 raisins or grapes at midnight, one for each stroke of the clock. The 12 grapes represent good luck for each month of the upcoming year. In larger cities, people come together in main squares and pass around bottles of cava, or sparkling wine. It’s also customary after the clock strikes midnight to open your window and bang pots and pans and make a lot of noise. Portuguese children go around visiting on New Year’s Day to collect gifts and sweets.

Denmark

The people of Denmark welcome the New Year with a toast to the motherland once Queen Margrethe completes her annual New Year’s Eve speech. Then, just before midnight, they stand up on chairs or a couch and at midnight they “leap” into the New Year. The leap from up high is said to symbolize the overcoming of potential challenges and difficulties.

Iran

Iranians celebrate their New Year during the spring equinox, and it’s called Nowruz. They begin a few weeks ahead by cleaning their homes. Once their house is in order, on the Wednesday before Nowruz, Iranians light up the streets and skies for a ‘Red Celebration.’ Fire is considered a symbol of purity, and Iranians will light fireworks, jump over bonfires, and release sky lanterns with their wishes for the year ahead.

Canada

Canadians celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31st. Common traditions include visiting with friends and family, eating special meals, having drinks, attending parties and watching fireworks. Many Canadians also celebrate the New Year by going ice fishing or participating in an annual polar bear plunge. Started in 1920 in Vancouver by David Pantages, the polar bear plunge has since spread to other provinces and even some States in the United States. The event has also become a fundraising event in many cities.

The BAZIS team wishes you all a wonderful holiday season and very happy New Year!

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5 Magical Holiday Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Toronto This Season

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to start planning all your favourite festive adventures. From holiday markets to wintery immersive experiences, there are many events scheduled in Toronto with tickets already available to purchase. Get on your winter coat, grab those whom you love the most, and head out for a day of holiday cheer!

1. One Of A Kind Show, Nov. 25th-Dec. 5th, Enercare Centre

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Just in time for all your Christmas shopping needs comes one of our absolute favourite holiday markets: The One Of A Kind Show at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. Stroll through stalls of unique artisan crafts and delicious snacks by some of the country’s most talented makers, and discover the best Canadian-made gifts. If you’re looking to buy something memorable for a loved one or a little (or BIG) something for yourself, everything at the One Of A Kind Show is just that: one-of-a-kind and made with love. With over 400 exhibitors, there’s something for everyone. Grab your best friends and family and head out for a day of holiday shopping.

2. The Distillery Winter Village, Nov. 18th-Dec. 31st, The Distillery District

 

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If you missed the Christmas Market at the Distillery District last year, you’re not alone. Nothing screams the holidays like this annual tradition where you can walk along the romantic cobblestones of the Distillery District sipping hot chocolate and shopping for unique gifts from the many vendors. This year, the market returns with a new name, The Distillery Winter Village, and a new look. The Distillery Winter Village will be an intimate event with focus on more of the Distillery District’s retailers and restaurants, however all of your favourite traditions remain. Come see the magical 50-ft-tall silver fir Christmas tree, grab a photo with Santa and his elves, or take a selfie at one of the many festival displays. Enjoy the twinkling lights while carolers and buskers entertain you, nibble on festive treats, and shop for gifts from local vendors.

3. Santa Claus Parade, Dec. 4th, 2021, CTV

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Tis the season to be jolly… and what could be jollier than Santa himself? To the excitement of many, this year’s Santa Claus parade is back on – albeit in a slightly different format. This year’s parade will be broadcast live from Canada’s Wonderland on December 4, 2021 on CTV/CTV2 at 7pm ET. See the larger-than-life floats, magical characters, and special performances by some amazing artists. Make some popcorn and hot chocolate at home and make catching the parade live a truly special event. You won’t want to miss what the 2021 Parade has in store!

4. Polar Winter Festival, Nov. 25th-Dec. 26th, Bandshell Park

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If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, experience the magic of the holidays at the Polar Winter Festival. Located at Bandshell Park at the Exhibition Grounds, the Polar Winter Festival isn’t your average holiday market. It’s a winter wonderland immersive experience. Come see the gorgeous snowy installations and be sure to have your camera handy, as there are a ton of festive photo opportunities for you and the family. Take a photo with Santa or with giant holiday decorations including teddy bears, Santa’s workshop, Elsa from Frozen, and the Polar Ice Tunnel that’s filled with thousands of crystals. Hop aboard the Christmas train or ride the classic carousel. Grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks and warm up at the cocktail bar with firepits to keep you warm and cozy.

5. Cavalcade of Lights, Nov. 27th (weather permitting)-Mar. 20th, Nathan Phillips Square

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The City of Toronto’s official Christmas tree has arrived ahead of this year’s Cavalcade of Lights festival, which will begin in a few weeks. This year’s celebration will be modified due to the pandemic but will still feature the best part – skating at Nathan Phillips Square. A family tradition that has spanned generations, this is the quintessential winter experience. It’s set in the unique urban backdrop of sparkling lights and the large holiday tree. Bring your friends, family and loved ones and make magical memories on ice that you will all cherish for years to come.

We hope you have a wonderful festive season. Happy holidays to you all!

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