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Upcoming Toronto Events

September 11, 2014

Toronto EventsA roster of activities in Autumn make Toronto an exciting place to visit and all just steps away from your furnished apartment. Here’s a list of a few of our favourite Toronto events to do this fall:

1. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) There’s a buzz of excitement in the air when TIFF takes place for the first two weeks of September every year. Whether you’re a film buff or a stargazer, there are plenty of opportunities to spot some of the world’s biggest stars when they touch down to premiere their movies at the world’s second biggest film festival. Make sure to check out the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thompson Hall, and Yorkville for those opportunities. Not only are these spots steps away from your furnished rental, a celebrity could be staying in your building (like our newest location at 300 Front Street West!).

2. JFL42 – Toronto Comedy Festival
Also known as Just for Laughs, this festival now takes place from September 18-27, 2014. Headliners this year include: Seth Myers, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, Joe Rogan, and Nick Offerman. There is the option to see one show or multiple shows with a pass.

3. International Festival of Authors
The IFOA celebrates its 35th anniversary of bringing together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature from October 23 to November 2, 2014. There are a multitude of interviews, lectures, readings, and book signings with your favourite writers. Special events include readings by the finalists of the The Governor General’s Literary Award and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The event is located at the Harbourfront, just a short distance away from your furnished condo in Toronto.Toronto Events

4. Nuite Blanche
Toronto’s “all-night art thing” is a sure bet for art lovers and urban explorers. Discover interactive contemporary and abstract pieces throughout downtown Toronto. Don’t forget to make a pit-stop at your furnished rental to refuel for a long night out!

5. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Hosted at the Exhibition grounds, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world’s largest indoor agricultural and equestrian competition. Fun for the whole family, pet the animals, feast around the food competitions and check out the entertaining horse and dog shows. November 7-16, 2014.

If you are in Toronto for an extended stay, these are just a few of the highlights of the entertaining events happening here. Enjoy the culture in this vibrant metropolis!

 

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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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Grocery Delivery Services Offered by DelSuites

August 26, 2014

Grocery Delivery ServicesSometimes, life gets so busy that there isn’t time to grocery shop. Luckily, as a guest of DelSuites, you can take advantage of our grocery delivery services via Grocery Gateway.

Here are a few of the benefits that this service can offer you:

1. Saves you Time. If you are a busy professional and meetings take up most of your days (or nights), Grocery Gateway gives you the convenience of delivery to your executive suite. You can order items online or via phone with “DelSuites” as the password.

2. Convenience. In addition to your groceries being delivered straight to your suite, you can also choose the delivery date and time to suit your needs. Your order can be delivered as soon as the next day within a two hour window of your choice. Groceries can also be delivered prior to your arrival. Win win!

3. FREE delivery on your first order. As a guest of DelSuites, the $9.95 delivery fee is waived from your first order when you enter the promo code QTDS at checkout.Grocery Delivery Services There are also specials on delivery fees from time to time. Please note that a minimum $45 order is required and 30% service charge added to regular purchases.

4. Healthy Options. With over 8,500 items, Grocery Gateway prides itself on giving you the choice of healthy options when you shop. Whether it’s Healthy Planet Organic Juice or environmentally friendly soap product, Method, this grocery service doesn’t skimp on quality or what on your values. Everything is also fresh when delivered to your door, and ordered directly from Longo’s supermarket the day of your delivery.

5. Satisfaction Guaranteed. If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, your money will be refunded.

Whether you’re in town for vacation, or enjoying a short term rental on a business trip, DelSuites has the amenities and grocery delivery services to make you feel at home.

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Top 10 Things to Know About Torontonians | DelSuites

August 15, 2014

TorontoToronto is Canada’s largest city and the 4th largest in North America. With an estimated 2.8 million people living in Toronto, and 6 million people estimated to live in the Greater Toronto area, putting a finger on the habits of an average Torontonian is a bit of a challenge, but not impossible. Fortunately, Torontonians have some unique characteristics. Here are some things to know about Torontonians…some may surprise you!

1. Torontonians don’t always agree that the best view of the city is from the CN Tower, a great tourist attraction. Most Torontonians haven’t visited the CN tower since grade school. If they want to show off the city to someone who is on an extended stay in Toronto, they take their visitors to Centre Island, which has the best view of the Toronto skyline.

things to know about torontonians

Toronto – Chinatown

2. Torontonians are fixated on the weather. Don’t be surprised if during your extended stay in Toronto that you hear a different complaint each day. The weather in Toronto changes a lot and locals comment on every single change.

3. Toronto’s multicultural neighbourhoods are the pride and joy of Torontonians. With other 200 different ethnicities and 140 dialects and languages spoken, the city’s diversity translates into neighbourhoods that have the look and feel of different parts of the world. Toronto has four major geographic areas each with a number of different neighborhoods and Torontonians identify with the neighborhoods they are from, live in and shop or eat out in.

4. You would be hard pressed to find a Torontonian who isn’t proud of their food scene and love being foodies. The food scene in Toronto reflects the city’s diverse ethnic background. From fine dining to street fare, Torontonians love to eat out. Need a good recommendation? Torontonians truly in the know are the taxi drivers.

5. Torontonians might love to share diversity, but not their personal space. They don’t like people speaking too closely to them, or sitting next to or close to them trains or streetcars. As is true of any major city, public transit isn’t the best setting to try and strike up a conversation.

Downtown Toronto

Downtown Toronto – Front and John St.

6. Torontonians walk around the city as if they are in a hurry, and they tend to drive that way too. Not to worry, if you are visiting on an extended in stay Toronto, they will stop and speak to you, and people are more than happy to take a picture for you!

7. Even though Torontonians do not like their space invaded and move quite quickly, they are exceptionally friendly, good listeners, who will answer all of your questions with a smile, if you ask.

Check out a Leaf Game when on your Extended Stay in Toronto!

Go Leafs Go!

8. While you’re bound to see some luxury cars during your extended stay in Toronto, every Torontonian has a tale about the TTC, the local transit network (many of them less than glowing). However, public transit is fairly efficient in the city, and an inexpensive way for visitors to get around.

9. No matter how well or poorly their local sports teams are playing, Torontonians support them vehemently. Even if the team rarely makes the playoffs (*cough* Toronto Maple Leafs, *cough*) Torontonians will get their hopes up, buy tickets to the game and cheer.

10. Torontonians love their city. They support vibrant arts and music communities including the world renowned Toronto International Film Festival and the Royal Ontario Museum. With a host of world class concert venues, sports facilities, shopping, restaurants, and gorgeous public parks and beaches, Torontonians will tell you theirs is a truly great city in which to live, or to visit.

Keep these characteristics about Torontonians in mind during your extended stay in Toronto, and you will enjoy everything the city has to offer that much more than the next visitor.

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Ten Must Do’s in August in Toronto

August 8, 2014

After a long, harsh winter, Torontonians are taking advantage of one last month of the prime summer season to enjoy festivities, long weekends, and fun activities. Here are a few of our favourite must do’s in August in Toronto that you won’t want to miss!

1. Taste of the Danforth
Over a million visitors flock to Toronto’s Greektown every year to sample some of the best Greek food in the city at discounted prices. There’s plenty to do with tons of performances, yoga demonstrations, and concerts. August 8-10, 2014

Must do's in August in Toronto

Rogers Cup

2. Rogers Cup
Noted as one of the best tennis tournaments in the world, watch the drama of this fast paced game, which features 44 of the best players in the world, including Rafael Nadal and Canada’s own Milos Raonic. Better than watching it from your furnished apartment in Toronto! August 2-10, 2014

3. FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada
Riding off the high of the World Cup Tournament in Brazil this year, the sport’s organization, FIFA has organized a cup for the world’s best female teams under 20 across Canada. You can watch particular matches in Toronto like Costa Rica vs New Zealand and Canada vs Ghana at the National Soccer Stadium. August 5-24, 2014

Must do's in August in Toronto

Toronto Islands

4. Toronto Islands
One of Toronto’s top attractions just a short ferry ride away from downtown Toronto, the Toronto Islands are a series of connecting islands spanning over 5 km. The ferry isn’t the only way to get there. You can take a water taxi, canoe and kayak from one of the rental places at Harbourfront. Centre Island is a popular island and features Centreville Amusement Park for the kids. If you’re more adventurous, head over to Hanlan’s Point, Toronto’s only nude beach. Pack your picnic, rent a bike, and capture some of the best skyline views of the city.

Must do's in August in Toronto

Toronto Blue Jays

5. Watch a Blue Jays Game
Baseball games were made for summer, especially at home games when the dome is open at the Rogers Centre. Whether you’re up close or in the nosebleeds, there’s nothing like the excitement of a Jays game. Regular games range from $11 up to $75; and premium games (weekends and pending on team) range from $14 to $210 (“in-the-action” seats behind the home plate).
Home games are listed here: http://www.seetorontonow.com/listings/toronto-blue-jays-baseball-club/
Stop by the Steamwhistle Brewery afterwards for some fresh, Torontonian brew.

6. Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays
Every last Sunday of the month, the streets of the eclectic Kensington Market close down to traffic and open up to the public to roam free amongst the music and various activities happening in the area. Grab a seat on one of the coveted patios for some of the best people watching in the city. August 31, 2014

7. Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival
Lager lovers will revel in this festival at the headquarters of the Steamwhistle Brewery (across from the Roger’s Centre) which is only a few minutes away from your furnished apartment in Toronto. This festival showcases craft beers specifically from Ontario, such as Great Lakes Brewery, Flying Monkeys, and Left Field. There will also be a multitude of food trucks from the popular Gorilla Cheese to Fidel Gastro’s to whet your appetite. August 9-10, noon until 7pm

Must do's in August in Toronto

Sail In Cinema

8. Free Movies in Interesting Places
Every summer, some of Toronto’s biggest public spaces open up to the public for free movie viewings. Our picks: the Sail-in Cinema at Sugar Beach, where you could dock your boat or watch classics like Jaws, Jurassic Park, and E.T. (August 14, 15, 16); Yonge and Dundas Square across from the Eaton Centre hosts movies every Tuesday at dusk in the summer; and Riverdale Park East for The Wizard of Oz on August 17. The Harbourfront Centre is also showcasing contemporary box office hits at their West Jet Stage on August 13, 20, and 27.

9. Pan American Food Festival
Come celebrate the diversity of the Americas and the Caribbean at Daniel’s Spectrum in Regent Park, where chefs cook the cuisine of a showcased country (Peru, this year). Some of the best Latin American yet Toronto based chefs will be in attendance, including Rossy Earle and Steve Gonzalez. There will also be performances, salsa and bachata dance workshops, and activities for the kids, including a youth World Cup! August 8-10, 2014

Must do's in August in Toronto

Fine Dining

10. Eat!
New, haute restaurants open almost every August just in time for the Toronto Film Festival in September. Now is your time to savour every bite at some of the hottest places where the stars will be. Noted openings include: Cluny, Montecito, Pai, and Rush Lane (for cocktails and bar snacks).
One of the biggest food parties of the summer is Tres, from famous taqueria, La Carnita. They celebrate their third anniversary with a big block party on August 23 around College and Bathurst. Check their Twitter and Instagram feeds for more details. https://twitter.com/la_carnita