Toronto Neighbourhood Guide

Sugar Shack TO Returns To Sugar Beach

Jan 19, 2017

Toronto’s very own cabane à sucre is returning to Sugar Beach with one epic weekend fuelled by maple syrup - and you're invited!

We’re excited to announce the return of Sugar Shack TO! Bringing a big dose of sweetness to Toronto’s Waterfront, Sugar Shack TO is returning to Sugar Beach – bigger, better and sweeter than ever. On the first weekend of March Break, March 11-12, 2017, Sugar Shack TO will have everyone celebrating the last days of winter with TWO sugar shacks serving up maple taffy, ice activities, a food marketplace, live entertainment, a specialty bar and much more!

Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Canada’s Sugar Beach – 11 Dockside Drive. Lower Jarvis and Queens Quay

•    TWO Sugar Shacks serving up real Ontario maple taffy all weekend long 
•    Food marketplace with a variety of maple infused treats
•    Interactive ice activities for kids: an ice canvas to paint on, ice sculpture photo ops,
      battle of the chainsaws, ice carving demos and a giant ice Tic-Tac-Toe  
•    Live music from Sugar Shack emcees 
•    Sugar Shack bar including beer, mulled cider and specialty liquor 
•    Free Sugar Shack Shuttle operating to and from the Distillery District
•    Free general admission 

•    Transit: 8 minutes from Union Station on the 6 Bay bus or take the 75 Sherbourne bus. 
•    Cycling: Sugar Beach is accessible via the Martin Goodman Trail. 
•    Driving: Paid parking lots available around Sugar Beach. 
•    Sugar Shack Shuttle: Ride the shuttle bus from Sugar Beach to the Distillery District (Mill
      Street and Trinity Street).
To keep up to date with event details visit and follow @WaterfrontTO on Twitter!



Oct 14, 2016

TORONTO – October 14, 2016:  Urbanation Inc., the leading source of information and analysis on the Toronto condominium market since 1981, released its third quarter 2016 rental results today.




The number of condo apartments rented through the MLS system during Q3-2016 in the Greater Toronto Area declined by 9% from a record high last year to 7,651 units. Activity was held back by a 13% drop in listings as the number of units in new projects registered during the quarter declined by 30% year-over-year. The ratio of leases-to-listings hit a new high of 89% while available listings at the end of the quarter fell to a more than five-year low of 930 units.


Market conditions became very tight in the third quarter with the average condo rental spending only 12 days on the market and the number of units renting for above asking price more than doubling from a year ago. This resulted in 9% annual growth in rents, the fastest rate of appreciation since Urbanation began tracking the market in 2011, with rent levels reaching new highs of $2.71 psf or $1,986 per month.


“The rental market has become severely undersupplied, which is likely to worsen following the latest round of mortgage insurance rule changes” said Shaun Hildebrand, Urbanation’s Senior Vice President. “Notably higher qualification standards for first-time buyers and reduced credit availability for investors should put even more pressure on the market, even as more rental units are being built” added Hildebrand.


Condo Rental Market 


Average monthly rents broke through the $2,000 level in the City of Toronto for the first time, reaching $2,044 in Q3-2016 based on an average unit size of 717 sf ($2.85 psf).  In Toronto proper, average rents shot up 10% year-over-year to break $3.00 psf for the first time ($3.10 psf or $2,145). Growth was nearly as strong in the 905 region where rents increased by 7% from last year to $1,749 ($2.14 psf).


Purpose-built Rental Survey


Urbanation’s survey of purpose-built rental apartment projects completed across the GTA since 2005 (46 buildings totaling 8,293 units) revealed a vacancy rate of just 0.6%, unchanged from a year earlier. Rents across the sample averaged $2.45 psf, up 5% annually. The inventory of purpose-built projects under construction totaled 25 buildings and 5,678 units in Q3-2016, down 676 units from the previous quarter as four projects began occupancy. The total proposed inventory increased to 20,226 units, double the level from a year ago.


Dawn of a new era for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Oct 11, 2016


Toronto Maple Leaf fans have not had much to cheer about for what seems like ages, having made the National Hockey League playoffs just one time since the 2003-04 season. In the 2015-16 season the Maple Leafs hit rock bottom finishing in last place in the NHL. The silver lining in all this futility has been the opportunity to obtain high-end draft picks in the annual NHL amateur draft. And the Maple Leafs have taken full advantage of their draft position in recent years taking super talented players with a high ceiling for success including the likes of: Morgan Reilly, Nazem Kadri, William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Austin Matthews all of whom will be donning the blue and white when the 2016-17 NHL regular season begins tomorrow night. The Maple Leafs open their season on the road against their cross province rivals the Ottawa Senators.

Toronto hockey fans will want to pay close attention to Auston Matthews the 19 year old phenom from Arizona who the Maple Leafs drafted first overall in the 2016 draft. Think Mark Messier when watching Matthews play. At 6.3 tall and 216 pounds the 19 year old Matthews is a man-child with superhero skills that will amaze even the most jaded Leaf fan. Matthews is a bull that can stickhandle in a china shop and skate like the wind. The other must watch newcomer is Mitch Marner the 4th overall draft pick in the 2015 draft. Marner grew up in Thornhill, Ontario just a a wrist shot north of Toronto.  He always dreamed of playing for the Maple Leafs. Marner is a wizard with the puck who will bring you out of your seat and dare I say it remind you of Messier's running mate the Great Wayne Grtezky.

If this all sounds too good to be true and you think I may be delusional then watch these kids for yourself. You will be amazed. Finally entertaining hockey is back in Toronto and not a moment too soon. President Brendan Shanahan, general manager Lou Lamoriello , assistant general manager Mark Hunter and Coach Mike Babcock clearly know what they are doing when it comes to assembling young talent. It should be a fun season in Toronto for Maple Leaf fans. Go Leafs Go.

David Dunkelman blogging for
 Now Shipping to Penguin Pick-Ups Throughout the GTA

Oct 3, 2016

Sourcing Toronto's Best Selection of Organic Meat, Fish, Produce and More Just Got Easier



TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 03, 2016) - is thrilled to announce a partnership with Penguin Pick-Up, a network of convenient pick-up locations for online purchases. The partnership will make organic food more accessible for people living in the GTA. is an online grocery store started by the founders of The Healthy Butcher, and it features over 4000 products, including Organic & 100% Grass-fed meat by The Healthy Butcher, fresh Ocean Wise approved sustainable seafood, gourmet cheese by the Cheese Boutique, local fruits and vegetables by Pfennings Organics, and a full selection of Organic groceries. delivers to homes seven days a week throughout the city, but now has added convenient pick-up locations. "For a small company like ours that does not have physical locations everywhere, a partnership with Penguin Pick-Up is a slam dunk. Lots of our customers don't know if they will be home during the two hour windows we set out and that causes unnecessary stress for an otherwise stress-free online shopping experience," said Mario Fiorucci, co-founder of "The basis of our business is convenience in sourcing the best local and Organic foods, and Penguin Pick-up is a natural next step for us."

Groceries ordered on are picked and packed carefully by hand, and delivered to the Penguin Pick-up location of choosing. Customers can pick up their orders at their convenience. And for an introductory period that will extend until early 2017, no added delivery or service charge will be added to orders destined to Penguin Pick-up locations. 

Egil Moller Nielsen, Senior Vice President & Head of Business at SmartCentres, says, "We are excited to be partnering with to make organic and high quality food more accessible for people living in the city without signing up to a monthly subscription. customers can now pick-up their order at our convenient Penguin Pick-Up locations across the GTA. We provide Penguin Pick-Up in 90 seconds or less."

About was born out of the passion for food shared by customers at The Healthy Butcher, one of Toronto's preeminent butcher shops. A common frustration amongst customers was not having enough time to spend cooking, eating, and enjoying food to its potential. is a service to enhance your lifestyle. For more information, please visit

About Penguin Pick-Up

Penguin Pick-Up is a network of FREE convenient pick-up locations for online purchases. Penguin Pick-Up offers a customer-focused drive through experience that allows online shoppers to come and pick up their packages in 90 seconds or less. With extended operating hours, customers can collect their online purchases at a time that is convenient for them. Penguin Pick-Up is a "one-stop pick-up" for all e-commerce purchases, including groceries and dry cleaning services. Penguin Pick-Up locations can store fresh and frozen food as well as hard goods such as electronics and apparel. Customers can ship almost anything to Penguin Pick-Up from anywhere in the world and any online retailer.

Penguin Pick-Up and Penguin Fresh selling farm-fresh food, are owned by developer Mitchell Goldhar, founder of SmartCentres which has developed more than 265 shopping centres in Canada and Chairman of Smart Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), which acquired the SmartCentres development platform. For more information, please visit and




Food Truck Festival Ontario (FTFO) is on for the third edition this Sunday September 18 at Downsview Park.

Sep 12, 2016

Toronto, ON - Food Truck Festival Ontario (FTFO) is gearing up for its third edition, taking place this Sunday September 18th at Downsview Park. Thirty food trucks are billed to participate and other attractions, which include:
·         19+ drinks garden by Mill Street Brewery 
·         Magnolia brass band
·         Artisans Market
·         Kid Zone with giant corn maze
·         Eating contests
“Attendees have the chance to vote for their favourite food truck. The winning truck will go home with the Golden Fork Trophy, which has become the most sought after award amongst Ontario food trucks, this inspires food truck owners to create new and exciting food items for the festival-goers,”  says Stev Baycetich, the producer behind the festival.
Date and Times: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Festival Terrace, Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road, Toronto, ON M3K 2B6
Tickets: Buy in advance at for $12, children under 13 free with adult. Tickets at door: $15, if available.
Food Prices: All trucks will have sample size dishes for $6 or less.
For more info visit 
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Food Truck Festival Ontario (FTFO) is an outdoor festival created to honour and showcase the trucks behind the movement that has recently made Ontario street food some of the best in the world.  FTFO provides a family friendly and casual outdoor environment for food fans to sample food truck offerings at an affordable price. Furthermore, FTFO gives food fans the opportunity to vote for which truck goes home with the Golden Fork Trophy as the peoples champion food truck.

Newmarket kicks-off Hometown Hockey Season 3 with spotlight on Connor McDavid

Sep 7, 2016

Hometown Hockey the popular television show is back for a third season. The first episode this season will feature the Town of Newmarket, the hometown of Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid, the two-day celebration in Newmarket, ON will feature a live performance by Juno Award-winning recording artist Walk Off The Earth. The weekend culminates with the first Rogers Hometown Hockey broadcast of the season, featuring McDavid and the Oilers hosting Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres in Edmonton at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet.

For a preview of this episode and to hear what Connor McDavid thinks of his hometown click on the link below. 

Greater Toronto Area Athletes Shine Brightest On 2016 Canadian Olympic Team.

Aug 22, 2016


The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are now over and Canada produced a record medal haul for the summer games with 22 medals tying Canada's record performance at the 1996 Olympic games held in Atlanta. The Canadian team were led by swimming phenom Penny Oleksiak of Toronto, who captured four medals in the pool and track and field prodigy Andree De Grasse of Markham, who sprinted his way to three medals on the track. Other Canadian Olympic stars from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who brought home a medal include Rosie MacLennan of King City, in Trampoline, 4x100 medal relay sprinter Aaron Brown of Toronto, soccer player Allysha Chapman of Courtice, soccer player Ashley Lawrence of Toronto,  4x100 relay team member Bolade Ajomale of Toronto, 4x100 relay team member Brendon Rodney, of Brampton, swimmer Brittany Maclean of Mississauga, ,soccer player Charity Williams of Toronto, soccer player Diana Matheson of Oakville, rugby player Ghislaine Landry of Toronto, rugby player Kelly Russell of Bolton, and swimmer Kennedy Goss of Toronto, Thanks for making everybody in the GTA proud and congratulations to all.


August in the GTA Is Sizzling Hot With Lots Of Fun Events For All Ages

Aug 10, 2016

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is the place to be this summer with a plethora of events that will appeal to all ages and demographics. If you are a foodie you will delight at the vast array of farmers' markets that typically take place on the weekends at locations throughout the GTA. For a list of locations and times visit or visit Pizza Night and Twilight Tuesdays are other not to be missed Foodie events.

If gentle summer breezes make you want to sway to the sound of music, then be sure to check out Yorkville's Summer of Music, downtown Toronto's Play the Parks concert series.  Toronto's vibrant arts scene is on display at the CultureShock Community Arts Festival and for movie goers be sure not to miss the Christie Pits Film Festival in Midtown Toronto and the Sail In Cinema, Toronto's largest outdoor theatre event which takes place at Toronto's Harbourfront.

Some of the larger street festivals happening this August in Toronto include: the York-Eglinton International Street Festival which takes place along Eglinton Avenue West and the Pan/American Food Festival which will take place at Yonge-Dundas Square. Of course the granddaddy of all Toronto events is the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) "The Ex", an 18 day extravaganza that has been a Toronto signature event for 137 years ! 


Habitat for Humanity GTA helps six families realize their homeownership dreams.

Jul 28, 2016

McLevin Dedication Ceremony on July 27 - Group photo with the families and supporters

Toronto, ON, July 27, 2016 – Today, Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (GTA) helped six families realize their dreams of homeownership. A crowd of volunteers, sponsors, neighbours and members of the community, who helped build the homes, gathered at a Dedication Ceremony to cheer as the families received the keys to their new houses at 270-280 McLevin Avenue in Toronto’s east end.


Attiya and Muhammad Shafiq and their son and daughter, were among the six families who became homeowners today. "“This is a life changing experience for us and we’re very thankful to the volunteers, staff and donors who helped make our dream come true,” said Attiya, who spoke at the ceremony on behalf of all the families. “I’m very hopeful that my children will perform better in their school and in their lives now that we are in our home.” 


“The Habitat for Humanity affordable homeownership model enables working, low-income families to afford a safe and decent home, and allows them to provide a stable environment where their children can grow and thrive,” said Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTA.  In her address to the crowd, Underwood spoke directly to the children of the families on behalf of their parents and all the adults saying, “We did this for you. We know home ownership will make a difference in enabling each of you to dream big dreams, to do better in school, to have fun with family and friends in these homes, and to be whoever you want to be when you grow up.”  


Sixteen-year-old Brenna Williams is happy to see the end of living with her family in an unsafe and unhealthy TCHC apartment in desperate need of repairs that were not being made. She thanked the crowd for providing families like hers with, “A door of opportunities, windows of hope and a place to build a successful, solid future.”


Habitat for Humanity GTA is grateful for the generous support of its Visionary Sponsors: Ed and Fran Clark, Red String, TD Bank, The Hawkins Family, Enbridge, Manulife Financial, and to the Title Home Sponsors of the six McLevin homes: Great-West Life, DUCA, Right at Home Realty, GWL Realty Advisors,  St. Michael’s College School and Genworth Canada.


About Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area:


Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is a non-profit housing organization working with communities to build homes with local families in need of affordable housing.  By offering zero down payment, no-interest mortgages capped at 30 percent of a family’s income, Habitat for Humanity GTA empowers families to achieve stability and self-reliance, so that they can build a better life for themselves and their children. With the support of donors and volunteers, we build homes along with our partner families in Brampton, Caledon, Toronto, and York Region, serving two-thirds of the GTA. Since 1988, Habitat GTA has built more than 300 homes in partnership with families. Habitat GTA is one of more than 1,400 Habitat for Humanity affiliates worldwide sharing a common vision and purpose.

Habitat GTA also operates 10 Habitat ReStore retail home improvement stores across the GTA, which sell donated, new and gently-used home furnishing and renovation materials at a fraction of the original price. ReStore proceeds go directly toward building Habitat homes. Habitat ReStores also help the environment, by diverting thousands of tons of household materials from landfill. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter @HabitatGTA, Facebook HabitatforHumanityGTA or Instagram.


Attiya Shafiq (second from left) and members of her family with Ene Underwood, CEO Habitat for Humanity GTA.