It’s Burger Week in Toronto!

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Starting Wednesday, May 30th, The GridTO will be hosting Burger Week in Toronto. The Grid has teamed up with some of Toronto’s best restaurants to celebrate the amazing joy that burgers have brought to people over the years. Restaurants will be offering either a special $5 burger or, at premium restaurants, a one-time-only featured burger creation.

Murrays Sandwich Emporium, located at 671 Queen Street West, just steps away from Six50 King condos is one of the restaurants participating in Burger Week. Their specialty is The Burgster. This is a 6 ounce patty on an Ace Bakery Roll with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and special Murray’s mayo on top. This delicious burger is their $5 Burger Week Special.

The Drake Hotel, located just east of the Bohemian Embassy Flats and Lofts, is also participating in Burger Week. However, as a premium restaurant, they are featuring a special burger for two to share. Their featured burger will be The One-Pounder, which contains naturally raised chuck and shirt rib with Grand Chevalier cheese, arugula, red onion, and tomatoes, and onion rings for $28. This is definitely not your typical burger.

For people who live closer to the downtown core, by Charlie Condos or M5V, Brassaii on King has the perfect burger special. Their specialty by burger boss Chris Kalisperas, is a $15 lamb burger with wild-leek aioli, heirloom tomato, house-made pickles, and feta cheese piled onto an Ace Bakery bun and served with fries.

Another great option is E11even, which is named after the 11 points on a Canadian Maple Leaf. This restaurant is located at 15 York Street, just down the road from Ten York condos. Their burger specialty this week is the California Burger. It features a prime shoulder chunk with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, mayo and mustard, topped with jalapeno havarti and sliced avocado. It comes served on an egg bun with a choice of fries or salad for $23.

This event will culminate on Sunday, June 3rd, at the Artscape Wychwood Barns. This will not be a vegetarian event, so vegetarians should approach with caution. Commencing at 11:30 a.m., the best burger-meisters inToronto will come together to cook sliders. Other items on the menu will include brisket, lamb, and haggis. Entry to this event will be $5 and sliders will be $3 each.

Sources:
thegridto.com
Burger Week Facebook Page

Posted May 28, 2012

NEW: FAD Condominiums

FAD, Fashion District Condominium, is one of the newest condominium projects in Toronto and it is coming to Spadina and Queen. Luckily for you, Kaive Wong and Axon Capital have access to the VIP Broker Preview Event; and let us tell you, FAD condo is all its hyped up to be and more.

Building & Location
Spadina and Queen West is a desirable location and up until now, did not have many condominiums to offer north of Queen. This district fuses the garment district along Spadina with the trend setting fashion scene of Queen West, known for textile stores, vintage boutiques, and more recently trendy stores such as Urban Outfitters, Zara and Kiehl’s. Emerging from this amalgamation is the fashion forward residence FAD: FAshion District Condominium, which carries style at its core.

FAD will boast some of Toronto’s most beautiful, never before seen views. FAD Condominium will stand at 17 stories and house 186 residences. These range from its 435 square foot studio, which also features a 34 square foot balcony, to its 910 square foot two bedroom units, which feature a 50 square foot balcony. There are studios, one bedroom’s, one bedroom plus den’s, two bedroom’s, two bedroom plus den’s, and three bedroom’s available.

Design Team
3rd UNCLE design, a Toronto based design firm, along with Wallman Architects, is the design team behind FAD Condominium. 3rd UNCLE design is nationally and internationally acclaimed, being the recipient of numerous awards, most recently of which was the Best of Canada Design Award by Canadian Interior Magazine. Wallman Architects has years of experience and its impressive list of clients include projects such as Tridel and Minto.

Suite features & finishes
The residences at FAD Condominium will house floor to ceiling warehouse style windows with either sliding or swing doors opening onto the balcony and terrace. The kitchens will feature custom designed cabinetry available in a selection of finishes with quartz surface countertops and porcelain tile backsplash. The suites will have engineered wood floors throughout, with porcelain floor tile in the bathroom and ceramic floor in the washer/dryer room. In addition, each suite will be pre-wired for a personally encoded suite intrusion alarm system. There will also be an electronic communication system which will allow residents to view guests waiting in the main entry vestibule on their televisions.

Axon Capital currently has floor plans for the residences at FAD Condominium and we will soon be getting pricing. If you are interested in buying a suite at FAD or would like more information, please contact Kaive Wong at (416) 929-1660, or via e-mail at resupport@axoncapitalrealty.com. He will soon be attending the launch and the VIP Broker Pricing Event, and can keep you up to date with this project and provide you with new information as it becomes available.

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Posted May 11th, 2012.

Jane’s Walks 2012

Toronto is renowned for its diverse neighbourhoods. Even so, many of us have not taken the time to explore all that Toronto has to offer. Luckily, Jane’s Walks is coming up this weekend. Consisting of a series of walks, Jane’s Walks honors the ideas of Jane Jacobs, a famous urbanist, by getting people to explore their neighbourhoods and connect with neighbours.

These free walking tours are held on the first weekend of May. Originally started in 2007 in Toronto by a group of Jane Jacobs’ friends, the event now spans 75 cities in 15 different countries!

The walks are not meant to be for the tourist perspective. Instead, they involve touring one’s own neighbourhood to better connect with it. It’s a great for people who enjoy getting to know their city, people who want to participate in conversations about the future of the neighbourhoods and those who want to foster the community feel.

Walks usually last about 1.5 hours. Here is an overview of different walks around the city:

Annex ROM Walk
When: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:00pm

The ROM walk will take you through the beautiful tree-lined Annex. It is Toronto’s first planned middle, professional class suburb. It is full of interesting architecture; the Annex buildings include different residential architecture designed by prominent Toronto architects. Some of the buildings on the tour will include: the Medical Arts Building, First Church of Christ Scientist and York Club.

Starting Point: One Bedford Rd
End Point: Walmer Rd in Gwendolyn MacEwan Park (1 block from Spadina)
Condos you might see along the way: 1 Bedford, Exhibit Residences, Museum House

Billboards, Bobbers and the Big Red Canoe (Public Art at Concord CityPlace)
When: Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 10:30am.

CityPlace offers the largest concentration of new public art in Canada. Check it out for yourself with this Jane’s walk. Work by artists such as Douglas Coupland, Matt Mullican, Pierre Poussin and Jose Parla are featured.

Starting Point: Bus Parking area south of the Rogers Centre at Bremner Blvd. and Van Der Waters
End Point: Canoe Landing Park- south side of Fort York Boulevard, west of Spadina
Condos you might see along the way: Apex, The Gallery, Harbourview Estates, Luna, Matrix, Montage, Neo, Optima, Panorama, Parade…

Fort York and 200 Years of Development
When: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:00pm.

This tour will take visitors through the history of Fort York, the Garrison Common and the Battle of York during the infamous War of 1812. The tour will highlight the changes that have impacted the former town of York since the Battle of York.

Following the walk, visitors will be given free admission to Fort York. It will be led by René Malagón, who has worked at the Historic Fort York for many years.

Starting Point: Fort York National Historic Site
End Point: Inside Fort York
Condos you might see along the way: Tip Top, Waterpark City, Malibu, LTD, Library District Condos

King and Spadina: One of The Two Kings
When: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 12:00pm.

In 1996, new zoning changes brought what was once area filled with vacant warehouses and factory building and are now thriving condominium projects. These changes were in part established by Jane Jacobs (for which these walks are named).

This walk will include a discussion of Jacob’s idea in her “Death and Life of Great American Cities” and the need for historic buildings.

Starting Point: 401 Richmond St. W., at the Roastery Cafe on ground floor (east of Spadina Ave)
End Point: n/a.
Condos you might see along the way: Victory, Lofts 399, Charlie, Glas, M5V, The Morgan

Liberty Village – Change Is Good?
When: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 12:00pm.

Take a stroll in Liberty Village, led by Jaymz Bee (who has lived in the area for a decade). He will take you through the pros and cons of all the current changes going around, while also including some funny anecdotes.

Starting Point: 8 Pardee Avenue / Outside the Roastery Café.
End Point: The Academy of Spherical Arts on Snooker Street
Condos you might see along the way: Battery Park, Bliss, Liberty on the Park, Liberty Towers, Vibe, Toy Factory…

The Future Streetscape of Queen West
When: Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00pm.

Queen Street West is one of Toronto’s most cherished neighbourhoods. This Jane’s walk allows you to talk to the BIA and designers developing the Streetscape Master Plan. The guides for this tour will include Chris Hardwiche, an urban designer and planning, Fung Lee, a landscape architect and Laura Schaefer, coordinator of the Queen Street West BIA.

The tour will explore Queen West by walking the street and sharing stories.

Starting Point: Campbell House Museum just beside Osgood Subway Station
End Point: Bathurst Street.
Condos you might see along the way: 9T6, Tableau, Studio

Toronto’s “Old Town:” Labour History Walking Tour
When: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 10:00 am.

This walk will explore the oldest section of Toronto, or “Old Town”. Learn about its vibrant and turbulent past, including how people lived in the 1830s and onward, as well as the impact labour workers had in the area starting in the 1830s. You’ll even learn about the large protests in 1870s in support of workers when unions were illegal.

Starting Point: St. Lawrence Hall at the corner of King and Jarvis
End Point: William Lyon MacKenzie House (82 Bond Street)
Condos you might see along the way: Glasshouse, King’s Court, Mozo, The Modern

Wellington Place: A Remarkable Neighbourhood Re-Emerges Over The Traces Of Two Centuries
When: Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00pm.

Square. The town of York and Fort York were established in the late 18th century. In the 1830s, large plots of land were dedicated to attracting the wealthy upper class, in what was dubbed “Wellington Place”. This government-led development shaped the economic future of the region. This Jane’s walk will take you through the origins and evolution of Wellington Place, between Victoria Memorial Square and Clarence Square.

Starting Point: Victoria Memorial Square
End Point: Clarence Square (east side of Spadina at Wellington Street West)
Condos you might see along the way: 20 Stewart, 400 Wellington, 500 Wellington, Reve

Posted May 2, 2012.