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Lavelle: Toronto’s Brand New Rooftop Restaurant & Pool Lounge!

There are a lot of nifty attractions that are a part of Toronto’s vibrant community, but the LAVELLE is a brand new one that might have you turning your head for a second look. Freed Developments and Trademark Hospitality Inc. are the masterminds behind this project, and they managed to pick a seemingly perfect location. Located within the center of the King West Neighoburhood, LAVELLE is a rooftop pool lounge and bar/restaurant that has a whopping 16,000 square feet to work with. It’s essentially paradise in the sky! They offer up the classiest hospitality, designs and even cuisine around; the views are something to love quite a bit as well. The pool is 155-feet in length, making it one of the longest rooftop pools you can find in North America. As if that wasn’t enough, a portion of the pool can be covered and turned into a walkway!

Peter Freed made it so that the LAVELLE would co-exist on top of his already popular condo development, which would be the 629 King Residences. Freed has built well over 1,800 condo units within the King West area, some of which would include: Fashion House, 75 Portland and even 500 Wellington (and that’s only a few of them). Freed and his partner, Reza Abedi, came together and created Trademark Hospitality Inc. This was so they could bring the lifestyle hospitality regime to the forefront of Toronto, and it all begins with the LAVELLE. Rob Montemarana is a partner in this project as well, who is somebody that holds an abundance of experience (well over a decade) when it comes to the hospitality industry.

Whether you’re looking into a day or night trip to LAVELLE, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised. They wanted it to be an experience that only LAVELLE could provide, regardless of how hard competitors tried to mimic everything. Whether you want to relax in the sun with a cabana, or simply have yourself a nice night out with an elegant dinner – LAVELLE can help provide you with whatever you’d like. There’s fresh juice available in the garden at all times, as well as cocktail-based ice cream available as well (several flavours!).

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Indulge Your Sweet Tooth In Liberty Village At The Golden Apple

WARNING: Reading this article may trigger some serious cravings for sweets.

Chocolate lovers in Liberty Village Condos have reason to rejoice. One of Toronto’s top chocolatiers makes its home right in our neighbourhood.

The Golden Apple Confectionery is a home-grown small business that always delivers the wow factor. Specializing in chocolates of every kind, gourmet caramel apples, candies, and confections, all their products are made in-house using fair trade Swiss chocolate. And for those with special dietary needs, they also offer vegan and gluten-free options.

Truffles

The Golden Apple Confectionery offers an incredible assortment of colourful and delightful truffles. As a matter of fact, Toronto life magazine included Golden Apple on its list of the twelve best chocolate truffles in Toronto.

Some of the flavours you can choose from include:

Raspberry Lemonade – made with white chocolate and raspberry and lemon center

Creamsicle – white chocolate with a white chocolate orange and cream center

Hibiscus And Mint – white chocolate infused with hibiscus flowers and mint

Candy Cane – white chocolate center infused with peppermint and pieces of real candy cane

Maple Whiskey – milk chocolate with a milk chocolate center infused with maple and Canadian whiskey

Strawberry Balsamic – dark chocolate with a strawberry and balsamic vinegar center

Peach Bellini – white chocolate infused with Brandy and real white peach

Caramel Apples

The Golden Apple Confectionery has earned a reputation for its truly inventive and delicious caramel apples. In addition to the classic caramel apple, you can try different varieties of handmade caramel apples. These include strawberry shortcake made with strawberry chocolate and rolled in shortbread cookie crumbs and crispy strawberry pearls; avalanche made with dark chocolate, Oreo cookie crumbs, Skor pieces, chocolate sprinkles and salted caramel pearls; S’mores made with milk chocolate and rolled in graham crackers and topped with marshmallows and chocolate chips; or apple pie made with white chocolate and rolled in cinnamon sugar. You can also get a special happy birthday caramel apple dipped in white chocolate with sprinkles and a customized happy birthday message.

Barks, Brittles And Other Treats

If truffles and caramel apples are not your cup of tea, you can also choose from a wide range of chocolate barks to satisfy your sweet tooth in Liberty Village. Many treats available at the Golden Apple Confectionery are available in vegan and gluten-free options.

Custom Orders For Special Event

If you have a special event coming up like a party, wedding or corporate event, the Golden Apple Confectionery can provide a special, sweet touch that is sure to impress. With a specialization in truffle towers, chocolate strawberry bouquets, and sweet tables, their design can match your event’s colours and theme.

It’s truly a chocolate lover’s paradise at the Golden Apple Confectionery. They’re open Monday through Thursday until 7 PM and Friday and Saturday until 6 PM. The Golden Apple Confectionery is located at 171 E. Liberty St. Unit 142 in Liberty Village.

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Some Exciting Summer Festivals In Toronto In 2016

Ahhh… Summertime in Liberty Village. It’s that time of year when the whole neighbourhood seems to come alive. The streets are bustling with activity, patios are filled with customers basking in the sunshine, and life is good. Summer is also the season for great festivals and outdoor events around Toronto. Here’s an overview of some of the upcoming festivals happening in July and August.

Christie Pits Film Festival

When: Saturdays until August 28, 2016

Where: Christie Pits Park

Website: http://www.christiepitsff.com/

This year’s film lineup focuses on the theme of feeling stranded. The main features are accompanied by a short subject, and the screenings begin at sunset.

Front Street Foods

When: Weekdays until August 05, 2016

Where: Adelaide Place, 150 York St

Website: http://www.frontstreetfoods.com/

Relocating from its previous location outside Union Station, this food market puts the spotlight on local chefs, bakers and artisanal food makers.

Union Summer

When: Daily until September 05, 2016

Where: Union Station

This all-new food festival on the previous site of Front Street Foods, it features 21 food vendors throughout the summer.

City Cinema

When: Tuesdays until August 30, 2016

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square

Website: http://www.ydsquare.ca/

Share a laugh in the square with a series of free comedy films all summer long, starting at sunset.

Open Roof Festival

When: Tuesdays until August 24, 2016

Where: 99 Sudbury Patio, Loft & Gym

Website: http://openrooffestival.com/

Independent films are screened, and local bands perform in support of the Toronto indie film community.

Play the Parks

When: June 28, 2016 – September 18, 2016

Where: Various parks

Website: http://downtownyonge.com/playtheparks/

A series of free lunchtime concerts taking place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Trinity Park, Mackenzie House and College Park, plus additional mid-day and afternoon performances at McGill-Granby Parkette.

Free Flicks at Harbourfront

When: Wednesdays until August 31, 2016

Where: Harbourfront Centre

Website: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/activities/freeflicks/

Free weekly movie screenings by the waterfront every Wednesday, starting at sunset. This year’s lineup includes The Good Lie, Chef and Sense and Sensibility.

Summer Music in the Garden

When: Thursdays and Sundays until September 18, 2016

Where: Toronto Music Garden

Website: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summermusic/

Free classical and traditional music performances at the Toronto Music Garden every Thursday at 7 PM and Sunday at 4 PM.

The Edwards Summer Music Series: Gardens of Song

When: Thursdays until August 25, 2016

Where: Toronto Botanical Gardens

Website: http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/enjoy/special-events/gos-summer-music-series/

Great music in a breathtaking setting. Enjoy a different artist each week performing on a stage surrounded by beautiful foliage.

Dancing on the Pier

When: Thursdays until July 21, 2016

Where: Harbourfront Centre

Website: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/activities/dancingonthepier/

A great dance event for single, couple and families. Each week, a different style is featured, with dance clubs and instructors available for coaching and assistance.

Indie Fridays

When: Fridays until September 02, 2016

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square

Website: http://www.ydsquare.ca/indie-fridays.html

Some of Canada’s leading indie artists take the stage for free, live performances in the square starting at 8 PM.

Beaches International Jazz Festival

When: July 02, 2016 – July 24, 2016

Where: Various locations in the beaches area

Website: http://www.beachesjazz.com/

Cool jazz in the warm sun. Catch some world-class jazz musicians, workshops and kids events.

Shakespeare in High Park

When: Every night, excl. Mondays until September 04, 2016

Where: High Park

Website: https://www.canadianstage.com

Enjoy Canadian Stage productions of All’s Well That Ends Well (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) and Hamlet (Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays) performed in the open air.

Caribana: Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival

When: July 05, 2016 – July 31, 2016

Where: various venues throughout Toronto

Website: http://www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com/

Celebrating its 46th year, the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana) comes to Toronto in July, culminating with the Grand Parade along Lakeshore on July 30th.

Summerlicious 2016

When: July 08, 2016 – July 24, 2016

Where: Various restaurants in Toronto

Website: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=817faf2c85006410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Try out some of Toronto’s finest dining establishments as they offer special prix-fixe menus. It’s your opportunity to discover new dishes from diverse and innovative cuisines.

Honda Indy Toronto

When: July 15, 2016 – July 17, 2016

Where: Exhibition Place

Website: http://www.hondaindytoronto.com/

The streets around Exhibition Place will be buzzing with excitement once again as the Honda Indy Toronto returns with top-rated indy car drivers competing to be the first to reach the checkered flag.

Ritmo y Color

When: July 15, 2016 – July 17, 2016

Where: Harbourfront Centre

Website: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/festivals/ritmoycolor/

This 3-day event celebrates all things Latin American, featuring outstanding live performances.

Slide the City

When: July 16, 2016

Where: Downsview Park

Website: http://www.slidethecity.com/events/toronto/

Summertime fun for the whole crew abounds at this one-of-a-kind event. Picture a slip & slide that extends 1,000 feet through Downsview Park. Bring your super-soaker. (Riders must be 5 years or older.)

WayHome Festival

When: July 22, 2016 – July 24, 2016

Where: Burl’s Creek Park, Oro-Medonte, ON

Website: http://wayhome.com/

It’s worth the trip to Burl’s Creek Park for a concert festival event created by the people behind Bonnaroo. Featuring performances by The Killers, Arcade Fire, LCD Sounsystem, Major Lanzer and more.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

When: July 22, 2016 – July 24, 2016

Where: Exhibition Place

Website: http://beerfestival.ca/

Conveniently close to Liberty Village, this year’s Festival of Beer will feature over 300 different kinds of beer, along with delicious foods by top chefs. House Of Pain and Big Sugar will also be performing.

OVO Fest

When: July 31, 2016 – August 01, 2016

Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Toronto’s favourite son, Drake and Snoop Dogg and Whizz Khalifa are set to perform at this year’s OVO Fest.

VELD Music Festival

When: July 30, 2016 – July 31, 2016

Where: Downsview Park

Website: http://veldmusicfestival.com/

Superstars of electronic music come to Toronto for the 2-day VELD Music Festival at Downsview Park.  Featuring headliner Deadmau5 and The Chainsmoker, other performers include Steve Aoki, Flume, Kygo and many others.

Taste of the Danforth

When: August 05, 2016 – August 07, 2016

Where: Danforth Ave. (Greektown)

Website: http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com/

Celebrating the cultural diversity of the city with a distinctly Greek flavour, sample delicious Greek cuisine, as well as Thai, Indian and Cuban fare. There’s lots of fun activities for the whole family, plus musical performances.

YouTube FanFest

When: August 12, 2016 – August 13, 2016

Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Website: https://www.youtubefanfest.com/ca/

Internet superstars who reached worldwide celebrity through the video streaming service converge on Toronto for a unique, interactive combination of workshops and performances.

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

When: August 19, 2016 – September 05, 2016

Where: Exhibition Place

Website: http://theex.com/

Let’s go to the Ex! Among the largest annual fairs in North America, The CNE offers thrilling midway rides, delicious foods and loads of great entertainment for the whole family.

With that much going on in and around Liberty Village this summer, there’s no chance of getting bored or having nothing to do!

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Reliable Doggy Daycare In Liberty Village

Your dog is a member of the family; he’s not just a pet. So if you’re like most dog owners, the thought of leaving him alone all day long in your Liberty Village condo can break your heart. To help remedy the situation, there is a great dog day care and training facility right here in Liberty Village called Pack Of Paws.

The Pack Of Paws Mission

At Pack Of Paws Dog Daycare in Liberty Village, they provide a comfortable and stimulating environment. Dogs have the opportunity to socialize with other dogs, exercise and receive love. Since they are a pack animal, that kind of daily interaction with other dogs is a huge benefit to their mental and physical well-being.

Throughout the day, dogs are taken for walks around the neighbourhood and dogs with higher levels of energy are taken to a designated off leash park or for a pack rollerblade.

The staff at Pack Of Paws performs training exercises to teach your dog basic commands, good play etiquette and to help engage them mentally. They practice nonverbal energy-based training methods to control the pack and project calm assertiveness.

Your Dog’s Experience During His Stay At Pack Of Paws

The space at Pack Of Paws is designed to provide excellent comfort and safety, so there are soft rugs, dog beds and cozy couches on special rubber flooring. They made the dog’s play space feel as cage-free as possible, going to the extent of adding windows to the gates, so they always feel connected to what’s going on around them.

Liberty Village’s Lamport Stadium, a wonderful place for a walk, is right across the street from their location, while South Stanley Dog Park, one of the best off-leash parks in Toronto, is only five minutes away.

The Advantages Of Dog Daycare

Dogs need exercise. When they get plenty of exercise, they’re happier and better mannered. On the other hand, if they don’t have a way to release their excess energy, they’ll find other things to do like damaging furniture or shoes.

If your dog is made to wait too long to go outside, an accident is bound to happen. Additionally, making him wait too long for a bathroom break can increase the risk of incontinence later in life.

Boarding

In response to overwhelming requests for this kind of service, Pack Of Paws has added home-style boarding in Liberty Village to their list of offerings. During his stay, your dog will spend his days at the dog daycare and then accompany the owners back to their home for 24/7 care and attention. They only accept a maximum of two dogs at a time for this service, so it’s best to book early.

Instead of keeping your dog cooped up inside your Liberty Village condo all day long while you’re at work, consider sending him to dog daycare at Pack Of Paws where he can get plenty of exercise, have fun with other dogs and be happy and safe. Pack Of Paws is open Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 6:30 PM and is located at 105 Jefferson Ave. in Liberty Village.

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Some Original Liberty Village Retailers That Are Going With The Flow

There are countless advantages to condo living in Liberty Village. Not the least of these is all of the great shopping right at your doorstep. We are lucky to have so many noteworthy and unique retail establishments in Liberty Village.

I’d like to introduce you to a few of my own favorites. Each one has carved out its own place in the market by following its vision and purpose.

V.O.C.

This Liberty Village shop began life as Vocado. Its owner, Emily Dobbie, turned her back on her career as a chartered accountant to pursue her love of retail and fashion. It was one of the best decisions ever made, now she loves going to work and is passionate about offering women rate, stylish, relaxed fashion.

In August of last year, the store went through a reinvention of sorts. The name was shortened to V.O.C., the store’s interior was updated, and an online retail component was launched so people can shop from anywhere in the world.

Carrying fashions by such notable designers as Rails, Michael Lauren, Bella Dahl and Wildfox, to name only a few, V.O.C. is Liberty Village’s premier destination for hip and comfortable women’s fashions.

The store is located at 171 E. Liberty St., unit 121 and is open Monday to Friday from 11 AM to 7 PM, Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from noon to 5 PM.

Liberty Street Cyclery

Summertime in Liberty Village means getting around on two wheels. It also usually means having to get your bicycle tuned up and ready to get on the bicycle path or the trails.

With a focus on quality repairs and building relationships with their customers, the folks at Liberty Street Cyclery have created a bike shop that is quite unusual. Customers and passersby are welcome to come in, hang out and chat as bikes are being repaired. This gives the shop a real neighborhood feel, which their customers appreciate.

Liberty Street Cyclery also builds custom bicycles. They built bikes in countless unique configuration and for just about every possible purpose.

You can Visit Liberty Street Cyclery at 31 Atlantic Ave. in Liberty Village. They’re open Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturdays from 11 AM to 6 PM (except on long weekends).

Demo Soap

Offering an incredible selection of handmade soaps with unbelievable fragrances, demo soap has varieties that look as tasty as they smell. All of their soaps are made in store, using natural ingredients. They are vegan-friendly and available in over 100 varieties.

You can find Demo Soap at 171 E. Liberty St., Suite 123 in Liberty Village.

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Pamper Yourself In Liberty Village At The Beauty Room

If you’re looking for a way to treat yourself to some me time in Liberty Village, you’ll want to make your way over to Beauty Room. You can receive a wide range of luxury spa treatments in a warm and cozy space inside L Studio Salon.

Catering to both men and women, their services include facials, waxing, tinting, and manicures and pedicures.

Facials

Beauty Room offers a variety of facial treatments designed to give your skin a clean, healthy glow. In addition to a series of basic facial services that can include chemical peel exfoliations and extractions, they also offer corrective facials designed to treat specific skin conditions like sun damage, dehydration, acne, sensitivity and lines and wrinkles.

Lash Lift

A great way to make your lashes appear fuller and longer and make your eyes open up, Lash Lift is the latest in semi-permanent lash curling treatments in Liberty Village. Instead of wrapping lashes around a sponge rod, like in traditional perming systems that can make lashes look short and stubby by over curling them, Lash Lift uses different sized silicone pads individually create a perfect curl for each lash. Each treatment takes about an hour and lasts between six and eight weeks.

Nails

There’s a complete range of Liberty Village manicure and pedicure services at Beauty Room. Nail hygiene is a top priority, so they use a fresh set of nail files and disposable files for each client. All stainless steel tools are cleaned and disinfected after every use and instead of using traditional pedicure chairs with spa jets that have been known to conceal bacteria; they will soak your feet in a stainless steel bowl.

Tinting And Waxing

Beauty room offers three kinds of wax to remove unwanted hair.

The Nufree formula is an anti-microbial and antibacterial soy-based botanical product that’s perfect for coarse hairs like those in the bikini and underarm. It can even remove hairs that are only 2 mm long. It doesn’t contain any wax and won’t stick to the skin. That means you’ll get less irritation.

Hard wax is an excellent choice for use on the face. It is warmed at a low heat and applied just above skin temperature, so it’s effective and gentle. It doesn’t require strips to remove and won’t adhere to skin for less irritation.

Soft wax is perfect for quickly removing hair from larger areas like legs, arms, chest and back. It is applied in a thin layer that is heated just about skin temperature and removed with strips, leaving no residue.

After each hair removal service, Finipil is used to kill germs and prevent infections in the empty hair follicles. It also serves to soothe the skin, reduce redness and close the pores.

You can also add incredible definition to your brows and lashes with a quick and safe tinting treatment. The color is individually blended to suit your hair colour and skin tone, and it will last for up to six weeks.

Men’s Grooming

For the gentleman, Beauty Room offers waxing services, manicures and pedicures, basic facial treatments and detoxifying back treatments to help him look and feel his very best.

Beauty Room is open Monday through Saturday. Appointments are recommended, but walk-in customers are always welcome. They are located at inside L Studio Salon at 39 Mowat Ave. in Liberty Village.

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Toronto’s Hottest Jazz Station Is In Liberty Village

It has become a musical and cultural beacon for Toronto. JAZZ.FM91, Toronto’s radio station dedicated to jazz music and all of its forms, is located in the heart of Liberty Village. Broadcasting at 91.1 on the FM dial and streaming live worldwide at www.jazz.fm, they feature jazz programming 24 hours a day.

A Jazz Station And Then Some

Not only is Liberty Village’s JAZZ.FM Toronto’s premier jazz radio station, it’s also Canada’s only broadcaster registered as a not-for-profit charitable arts organization devoted to serving the community through cultural and educational experiences for their audience.

A Long History Of Serving Toronto

The Liberty Village radio station we now know as JAZZ.FM 91 began over 60 years ago as Ryerson University’s community radio CJRT-FM. It was renowned for broadcasting an eclectic mix of educational programming jazz and classical music. But, in 1996, the Ontario Government stopped its funding for the radio station, and it looked as though the station might be leaving the airwaves for good.

That’s when its transformation into a listener-funded, not-for-profit radio station focused on an all-jazz format took place. In 2006, JAZZ.FM relocated from the Ryerson campus to its current location on Pardee Avenue in Liberty Village.

The station has found its way into the hearts and minds of a broad listening audience that was ready to embrace this kind of musical diversity and sophistication. An estimated half a million listeners tune into JAZZ.FM91 each week.

The CRTC allows for only four minutes of advertising per hour, compared to as much as 14 minutes per hour on commercial radio stations. Its listeners are so invested in the station and its format that they also support financially it through donations that help to pay for programming. Under the leadership of President and CEO Ross Porter, the station’s annual revenues have grown to $4 million, and it continues to operate on a break-even basis without any government support.

The Long & McQuade Performance Hall At JAZZ.FM91

One of the gems within JAZZ.FM91’s Liberty Village facilities is the Long & McQuade Performance Hall. The venue plays host to exclusive live-to-air jazz performances, interviews, special events and monthly Jazz 4 Kids concerts.

Educational Programs

As part of its mission and mandate, JAZZ.FM91 has a vibrant series of educational programs, workshops, and scholarships that help burgeoning musicians expand their knowledge of jazz.

Jazz 4 Kids – Every month, junior and middle school students from the GTA are invited to participate in a unique, fun-filled and interactive concert performed by talented professional musicians. The program encourages and inspires creativity through music and fosters an appreciation for the arts. Since 2007, over 1500 children have enjoyed this one-of-a-kind cultural community program.

JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band – Talented middle and secondary students receive the opportunity to hone their chops in a professional and culturally diverse setting. Each Saturday, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band rehearses under the direction of musical director Jules Estrin in Liberty Village. Students learn about improvisation, jazz techniques and ensemble playing from some of Canada’s leading music educators and musicians. They also get perform extensively, appearing at the JAZZ.FM91 Sound of Jazz Concert Series and several festivals and special events.

Scholarships and bursaries – In its ongoing commitment to supporting emerging talent and music education, JAZZ.FM91provides a number of scholarships for individual students at Toronto area colleges and universities, including University of Toronto, Mohawk College, York University, and Humber College. JAZZ.FM91 also supports other awards administered by various organizations in the Toronto area, including the CNIB Scholarship established in memory of JAZZ.FM91 host Jeff Healey, the Peter Appleyard Scholarship, and the Youth Jazz Canada scholarship.

Jazzology – Jazzology is a program that provides a chance for local students to showcase their talents, share their stories and talk about their love of music in a professional setting. Hosted by Heather Bambrick on Thursday night at 9 PM, the show lets gifted students choose the music and talk about some of their favourite and most influential artist, not to mention play some of their own music. It’s an incredible opportunity for them not only to develop as musicians but also to hone other important skills including public speaking, media training and interviewing.

The presence of JAZZ.FM91 in Liberty Village is just one more facet that makes the neighbourhood a hub for culture, arts and entertainment in Toronto.

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Developer of CityPlace Will Bring a Light-Based Art Collection to Toronto

Downtown Toronto has never been short of arts & culture, but the CityPlace developers are taking it upon themselves to add a personal touch of sorts. Looking to change the look of Toronto’s downtown core, CityPlace is introducing a light-based art collective; an attraction that is sure to intrigue even the blandest person in town. Concord Adex (which is the developer) wanted to make it more than just condos buildings, which is why this project is so special. It’s the largest public art collection being sported in Canada right now, and is capable of bringing the community together (through the use of flashy, fancy lights!). Harold Madi, who is the director of Urban Design for the City of Toronto, stated that these public art pieces were implemented within the CityPlace design all along. There are three main components to this collection, which would be: Pierre Poussin’s “Variegation”, Katharine Harvey’s “Gardiner Streams” and finally, Adrian Gollner’s “Drift”.

Madi also stated that CityPlace is the first condo community in Toronto to have a public art collection, and they’ve made it their duty to ensure that everything meshes together properly (that being, the building and the art). The Variegation exhibit is supposed to reference the plants and green areas that used to make up Toronto, a reminder that we’ve built all of this from the ground up. Gardiner Streams (which is a giant screen, littered with multi-color streams of light) is supposed to reference the Gardiner Expressway, which is mere minutes away from the building (and immediately South of where the art is displayed). Motorists can see the exhibit themselves as they pass by.

Drift, the third and final exhibit to take a look at, has certain portions of the condo towers creating a variation of colours. During the nighttime, you can really see the light against the dark sky; it just adds another sense of artistic integrity to the community. These three art projects are something you shouldn’t miss out on, and I would highly suggest checking them out if you’re in the CityPlace area!

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Four Frequently Costly Mistakes That Home Sellers Make

Selling a home is hard work and is all about preparation, both of your home and of yourself . Before you open your front door to the, hopefully, eager hoards of potential buyers, review these all-too-often costly mistakes that sellers make so you can avoid them.

Home Sellers can either make too many, too few or the wrong repairs

There’s a balancing act in preparing your home for sale between doing the repairs necessary to make the sale, doing those that are cosmetic and investing in large renovations. A pre-sale inspection report will identify all the repairs that your home needs, and you can choose which ones to make so that it’s structurally sound and looks well-cared for. Cosmetic changes, such as a new paint job throughout and updated light fixtures, are not necessarily just “nice to haves” but do make a lasting impression on potential buyers. And you may need to invest in big-budget renos such as a kitchen upgrade to get the purchase price you’re after.

Mis-pricing the property

Asking too much money for your home is a frequent mistake and may put off potential buyers who just don’t have the budget. On the other hand, under-pricing your home will also lose you money, though it may lead to a bidding war. Work with your realtor to investigate how much other properties in the area have sold for but be careful to compare your home to others that have similar features.  Be realistic about how much value any unique renovations and additions have made to your house – they often don’t add as much as you think. 

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Neglecting your Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is one of the key factors in whether people decide to buy a house. Will prospective buyers pull up to your home, take one look and rapidly drive away? Will they yawn but come in anyway, without much enthusiasm? Or will they jump out of their car and bounce excitedly through the front door, eager to see what else the property has to offer. Increasing your home’s curb appeal can be as simple as weeding the yard, adding a few new plants and washing the windows and siding. Perhaps a punch of colour on the front door to draw the eye or repainting any fences and gates. Increasing curb appeal can be done thoughtfully and creatively and not necessarily expensively.

Making it personal (and emotional)

Your home is not about you. Sure, you’ve enjoyed many years of great times there, but now that you’re moving on, your home is just a building, a piece of property to be sold for the best possible price. And selling your home is not personal – there’s no room for emotions. You need to detach yourself emotionally from the home and be objective: about the selling price and about negative comments that potential buyers may make. And you must remove yourself personally from your home. Clear out all your clutter and personal items before you start to show the property; your viewers should be able to imagine themselves in the space. And don’t be there, or have your kids and pets there, during viewings and especially during an open house. It’s awkward for everyone, makes the viewers leave quickly and you can miss a sale.

Selling a home is both an art and a science, and really hard work. Your realtor is your partner in this, so check out our article on the questions to ask your realtor when you’re selecting her or him.

How to Choose a Realtor

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Five Avoidable Mistakes Home Buyers Make

There’s only one secret to ensuring a successful home buying experience and that’s research, research, research. All of these mistakes that home buyers make can be avoided by investigation and by asking questions Yes, it takes time and effort and sometimes requires you to invest some money upfront, but in the long run, you’ll be certain that you made the best possible purchase of your new home.test

Here are five of the most common mistakes that home buyers make.

Looking before you know what you want

Take the time to sit down and think hard about what’s important to you and your family about your next home. Separate your needs, wants and must-haves and put them in order of priority in a checklist. Is it essential that everyone has their own bedroom? Does a finished basement outweigh a large yard? Is a large kitchen more important than the jet tub in the master ensuite? This will save you, and your realtor, time and effort from viewing homes that are clearly not a practical fit for you.

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Hispanic couple outside home with sold sign

Not knowing what you can afford

Falling in love with the house that meets your needs and has many of your wants only to find out that you can’t afford it is heartbreaking and can seriously derail your enthusiasm in your new home search. Before you set foot inside the first property, some experts suggest that you go through the application process for a mortgage and get pre-approved. This tells you and your realtor your buying power; but it can also give you leverage in negotiating a better deal on your chosen home as the seller knows that you will definitely quality for the loan.

Going without a home inspection

We can’t emphasize enough that there is absolutely no reason to ever miss out on obtaining a certified independent home inspection of your potential new home. You’re spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, at least, so make sure you know where all the home’s deficiencies and damages are. You can ask the seller to correct any problems as part of your offer to purchase or use the inspection report to negotiate a better purchase price. And this applies to new builds as well as to pre-owned homes.

Not spending time in the neighbourhood

“Location, location, location” is more than just a realtor’s catchphrase, it’s actually a great piece of advice to keep in mind when choosing where to live. The value of your home is not only affected by its geographic location, it’s also changed by the homes around it. Having the smallest home in the area may seem like a great investment but your taxes will still be high because of the surrounding houses. Spend time in the neighbourhood at different times of the day and night. Observe the traffic and noise patterns; talk to neighbours about schools, shops, the library, kid’s playgrounds, gyms, restaurants. Don’t forget to check the zoning laws so you won’t be surprised about in-fill housing or a new shopping centre.

Forgetting about the hidden costs of buying

Not knowing how many extra dollars you have to spend beyond the price of the property is such a frequent and potentially distressing mistake that we’ve devoted an entire article to it.

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For the flip side of this, read our article on the frequent (and costly) mistakes that home sellers make.

Four Frequently Costly Mistakes That Home Sellers Make