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Art Galleries in Toronto

September 5, 2014

Art Galleries in TorontoIn recent years, Toronto has become a major center for culture. Centres funded by corporations such as the Four Seasons Center for Performing Arts or the Rogers Center, have been renovated or erected in recent years. However, you can experience culture, especially art, on a smaller scale in Toronto while on your extended stay. It is the smaller art galleries that may have some of the best and most local art out there. Here are some of our top picks of Art Galleries in Toronto:

1. Art Gallery of Ontario – Located in central downtown, the AGO is a nice walk from your furnished apartments in Toronto. In addition to one of the largest and most coveted Canadian collections (featuring the artwork of the members of the Group of Seven) as well as interesting and provocative exhibitions, the AGO holds interactive events every month such as First Thursdays and AGO Next (for members under 40). The AGO is also a regular venue for yearly festivals like Nuit Blanche. You can visit the gallery for free, after 5pm every Wednesday.

2. MOCCA, also known as the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Here you will find it tucked away just west of Shaw St. in the heart of the Queen West Art and Design District with the large mural in the parking lot as a signpost. The murals are created for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography festival every year. Inside, find thought-provoking exhibitions in its minimalist space. It is a must-stop on your Queen West art gallery crawl.Art Galleries in Toronto

3. Angell Art Gallery – Jamie Angell was one of the pioneers in Queen West’s art gallery development. His gallery is one of the most eponymous and sets the standard for daring and original artwork by risky artists locally. Check out the video installation in the back as you continue along Ossington and Queen Street West for art gallery, restaurant and bar pitstops.

4. Koffler Centre of the Arts is a dynamic contemporary art gallery providing exciting exhibitions, and programs (educational and beyond). The gallery fosters new work by Canadian and international artists and for those who reside in a short term rental in Downtown Toronto. The Qwest, Element, Icon, 300 Front and James Cooper Mansion buildings are a short drive away.

5. Dadashi Gallery – Check out original oil and acrylic paintings in addition to sculptures in North York. You can buy paintings as well as furniture and rugs at this hybrid retail space. If you’re truly feeling inspired, art classes are available.

If you are staying in Toronto for an extended stay, art galleries in Toronto are a great way to check out the local culture and maybe even give you inspiration to decorate your temporary residence.

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Experience the Vibrant Neighbourhood of Queen Street West

December 4, 2013

Queen Street WestNestled between Toronto’s thriving fashion and entertainment districts, Delsuites Qwest (168 Simcoe Street) offers short term rentals that are perfect for a weekend getaway or for business travelers who may be able to enjoy the amenities close to this downtown destination. In the past year, the suites and building received a much-deserved upgrade which has made it a prime destination among guests. But beyond the stunning suites, staying at Qwest also means that you’re situated at the intersection of commerce and culture; an area that has become synonymous with the city’s growing arts and music scene. While the options are endless, here are two cultural hot beds offer all you need to quench your thirst for arts, music and so much more.

A restored Victorian hotel, the Gladstone (1214 Queen Street West) is at the heart of tKatharine-Kareokehe city’s indie arts and culture scene. From book launches to live bands, the daily event offerings are as diverse as the menu at the Melody Bar and Café, the two in hotel eateries. Every Friday and Saturday from 11PM until 2AM, crooners are welcomed to step up to the mike for free karaoke nights at the Melody Bar. Families with children may opt for the totally affordable ($10/children, $16/adults Acoustic Family Brunch Buffet on Sundays from 11AM until 2PM. With four rotating public gallery spaces, the Gladstone features 70 exhibitions every year including photography, along with hosting exhibition openings. This historic hotel also features unique venue spaces that may be perfect for hosting business meetings and events. 

At the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), depending on the night, you could discover indie bands playing into the pre-dawn hours or stumble upon a DJ hosted dance party. From Qwest’s location, the Drake Hotel is easily accessible, making it an accessible après work venue or a great late-night weekend hot spot. Along with supporting burgeoning musicians, the Drake lends support to community, arts and cultural events throughout the year. From family-friendly pancake breakfasts to seasonal markets, it has quickly become a neighbourhood hot spot for community groups. After several years of indoor exhibits, the Drake now features outdoor installations steps from the Drake’s front door. And with multiple eateries and bar locations, the Drake will keep you coming back for seconds.

Whether you’re musically inclined or curating your art collection, Qwest is the ideal destination when you’re looking to explore the city’s downtown areas. With a mix of arts and culture in one dynamic environment, it’s a neighbourhood that will capture your taste for something a little different and invite you back to explore its unconventional roots.

 

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Visit the Beach throughout Your Stay in Toronto

May 8, 2013

At the Beach!While Toronto may not seem like your typical beach destination, as the temperature rises, there’s definitely no shortage of sun, sand and surf. Situated on the shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s shoreline is peppered with a variety of sandy beaches, each with their own unique atmosphere. In fact, the city even boasts a community that’s fondly known as The Beaches. So whether you’re living in the downtown Toronto core or a suburban area in your furnished apartment, pack your sunscreen, towel and swimsuit and check out one of these must-see destinations.

Bluffer’s Park (1 Brimley Road South, Scarborough)
Featuring a breathtaking view of Lake Ontario against the rugged backdrop of the Scarborough Bluffs, Bluffer’s Park Beach is a natural haven for picnicking with family and friends or enjoying a quite dinner at Bluffer’s Restaurant. Remember to bring your hiking shoes if you’re up to exploring this geographical diverse area.
HOW TO GET THERE: Travel South on Brimley Road.  The area is pedestrian friendly but public parking is available.

Kew & Balmy Beach (2075 Queen Street East)
One warm weekends, this eastern beach location is heavily populated with a mix of locals and suburbanites who descend on Toronto’s infamous community known as The Beaches. From swimming and beach volleyball to picnicking and playgrounds, this kid-friendly location is ideal for young families. Want a break from the sun and sand? Take a stroll up Lee or Kenilworth Avenue and browse the local shops or tuck into a local eatery for a quick bite.
Beach VolleyballHOT TO GET THERE: Street parking is at a premium, making streetcar transit the way to go (501 Queen Street) to Kenilworth and walk south towards the beach.

Lake Front Promenade (800 Lakefront Promenade Mississauga)
Combining beach and parkland the Lakefront Promenade is a summertime retreat that’s got plenty of activity. From playgrounds that feature splash pads to recreational sailing and boating, this area is also home to an abundance of wildlife.
HOW TO GET THERE: Traveling along the Lakeshore where public parking is available.2012624-Kew-Balmy-Beach-9351

Even if you’re stay in your furnished suite in Toronto isn’t a vacation, you can still make the weekends feel like a getaway by getting out and exploring your local beach community. Who knew that summer in the city offered all the fun of a beach destination? Well, we did and now so do you!

 

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Don’t Miss Out On Living in Mississauga’s Furnished Rentals with DelSuites

March 27, 2013

When many of us think about life in the suburbs images of tranquil tree-lined streets, minivans loaded with children and a wealth of chain restaurants probably come to mind. While it’s true that you’ll find multiple family vehicles in the driveways, not to mention multiple East Side Mario locations (5855 Rodeo Drive and 3075 Argentia Road) you’ll also find that Mississauga offers plenty of locally owned eateries and trendy shops and so much more. Think a suburban setting is ho-hum, MississaugLiving Arts Centre Mississaugaa’s anything but; seriously, we’re not kidding.

Beyond the sleek modern style of the fully furnished suites, you’ll enjoy the amenities of a downtown lifestyle when you’re living at the Grand Ovation. In fact, its central location offers guests all the perks of metropolitan living including live theatre, music, galleries and fine dining in one destination.

Celebrating its 15th Anniversary this year, Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre serves as the city’s central hub for arts, education and business. Housing several performance and gallery spaces, the Centre also features artist studio spaces and offers classes for all ages.  While the Centre is home to the Mississauga Symphony, the two signature performing arts venues, Hammerson Hall and the RBC Theatre, host a range of national and international artists and events.

Along with resident artist exhibitions, the Gallery functions on an annual schedule with approximately seven rotating exhibitions. Intended to foster the Arts & Theatregrowth and development of local artists, the Gallery offers priority to local artists, which means that patrons will enjoy the works from a vibrant artist collective. As an added bonus, LIVE restaurant, located on the Centre’s main floor of offers an exceptional dining atmosphere. By day, the restaurant’s expansive windows filter in an abundance of natural light, but as the sun fades, the warm tones of the interior offer an intimate evening vibe.

Even in the heart of suburban life, Mississauga is proving that you can still enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle. With the arts, theatre, dance and fine dining, all a short drive or walk away from the Grand Ovation short term rentals, you’ll discover that this suburban location just might trump downtown dwelling.

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Living within Your Element at Your Furnished Apartment in Toronto :: DelSuites

September 26, 2012

When it comes to downtown living in Toronto, finding a pedestrian-friendly residence is the key to getting to know your neighborhood.  At Tridel’s Element building, DelSuites’ furnished apartments in Toronto are a comfortable place to call home, but it’s the walkability of the surrounding area, that makes this building a prime location for virtually anyone who’s open to exploring the city centre.

Element Furnished Suites in Toronto

When it comes to the practicality of everyday life, Element, located at 20 Blue Jays Way, Toronto ON, M5V 3W6, is close to downtown grocery stores including Fresh and Wild (69   Spadina Avenue), financial institutions and public transit, offering guests the ease and accessibility to essential conveniences the moment they step out their door. Featuring one and two bedrooms suites, families and roommates will have more than enough room to make themselves at home.

Animal lovers will find the building’s pet-friendly atmosphere a welcomed accommodation. Although both cats and dogs are welcomed, due to building policies, a number and size limitation does apply.

Along with a rooftop fitness centre and aqua spa, Element also features a rooftop lounge with full access to a catering kitchen, making it an ideal venue for hosting guests during your stay.

Element Party Room

Beyond the convenience of living close to daily essentials, Element’s close proximity to Toronto’s hot spots makes it a favourite for extended stays in Toronto. From prime restaurants, entertainment venues and shopping destinations, Element’s got it all within walking distance of the lobby’s front door.

While your suites kitchen is fully equipped, get your morning off to an even better start with a gourmet coffee from Senses Bakery(328 Wellington Street West). Whether you linger over a latte and read the morning news or grab a shot of espresso for a quick java jolt, the café offers a satisfying selection for your morning, midday or evening meal.

Senses Bakery

Whether you’re a runner, walker or enjoy inline skating, Element’s proximity to parks and the lakefront allow you to maintain your active lifestyle.Fashion-conscious shopper’s staying at Element offers you regular access to Toronto’s Underground Walkway, a haven of boutique shops and flagship stores.

While the Elements short term rentals in Toronto  features close proximity to the Roger’s Centre, it makes it a natural choice for sports fanatics looking to catch a Toronto Blue Jay’s or Argonauts game or two, film buffs will be thrilled to discover that the TIFF Bell Lightbox is nearly as close.

But if live theatre, dance and music are more to your liking, you’ll discover your well within walking distance of tops performance venues including Roy Thompson Hall and the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

At night, diners can enjoy an evening stroll over to 488 Wellington Streetand sitting down to cocktails and dinner at the always-delicious Marben.

Marben Dining

Although you may not be calling Toronto home just yet, Element, makes it possible to have all the comforts of home close by as you explore all that this dynamic city has to offer.