In 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.
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.
Between shoveling snow in the winter and mowing the lawn the rest of the year, if you own a rental property and your own home – finding the time to maintain it can be a tough call. And when tenants give their notice (yet again), well, let’s not even think about how exhausting it can be to find replacements. But what if there was a low-maintenance way to guarantee your property would be leased for several years? Does this sound like a dream? Well, as it turns out, DelSuites can make it a reality.
Through the DelSuites Guaranteed Lease Program, homeowners will benefit from the ease and convenience of having a fixed term lease including a secure income stream. Homeowners are given the option for customizing a lease agreement with DelSuites that is set for either a three, five or 10 year term. Providing both short and long term rentals, DelSuites’ clients are reliable individuals and families, many of whom are business travelers regularly staying at one of DelSuites’ condominium suites or home rental properties.
By partnering with DelSuites, homeowners have the benefit of a dedicated team of staff with more than 15 years of expertise which not only ensures that the property provides a consistent source of income, but that it’s also exceptionally maintained and inspected professionally throughout the duration of the lease agreement. As part of the agreement, DelSuites will fully furnish the home according to the company’s branded design standards – an added benefit that means homeowners aren’t responsible for maintaining warranties on furnishing or the home’s electronic features. Along with this stress-free lease agreement, homeowners are also able to take advantage of a five percent discount on all DelSuites rental properties. This means that accommodating your spouse’s family or your college roommates just got little easier. Find out how you can make your long-term investment a hassle-free experience by signing up here.
Nestled 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 the 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.
While you probably don’t consider bricks and mortar to be living beings, where you live definitely affects your life. Whether you’re living in a sprawling ranch-style bungalow or as 21-story high-rise condominium such as Forest Vista, there’s a life within the space in which we live. In fact, even when you’re not in your furnished suite, your choice of short-term rentals in Scarborough can actually have an impact on areas of your life; making where you live an important decision no matter how long your stay. But beyond your fully-furnished suite, the welcoming nature of your building’s amenities are just as important because you’ll not only be more comfortable in your surroundings but you’ll find that you’re happier too.
With soaring coffered ceilings and fine architectural details, from the moment you enter the front lobby at Forest Vista, the building makes a lasting impression. In every home, natural light plays a key role in creating an inviting space and the window design at Forest Vista allows for well lit areas at nearly any time of day. An abundance of natural light pours in through the lobby windows, adding a warm and welcoming appeal whether you’re a first-time guest or long-term resident.
As you tour through Forest Vista’s amenities, you’ll discover similar attention to details including the party room’s classic and elegant design, which makes it an appealing space. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or a mid-morning meeting, the space is fully furnished with separate seating areas, an equipped kitchen and an extended table that sits twelve comfortably. While you may not find yourself frequenting the building’s game’s or billiard’s rooms on a regular basis, these areas are equally well appointed, offering a fun and relaxed environment. In the pool area, white pillar columns not only add architectural interest without dominating the space but it also contributes to the resort atmosphere at Forest Vista. Whether you’re swimming laps in the morning or enjoying the therapeutic benefits of the whirlpool, you’ll be able to recharge in this relaxing setting even if you’re not on vacation.
While finding comfort in your suite is critical, it’s just as important to know you can relax and enjoy your building’s complementary amenities. Although you may not use every common area in your building; these spaces can affect your day-to-day life more than you realize. Whether you’re staying solo or with your family, make the time to find the short-term rental in Scarborough that’s the right fit for your lifestyle.
We all know that regular physical activity does more than whittle your waist, it increases your mental focus, boosts your creativity and gives you the energy you need to get you through your day. That said, when you’re away from home, maintaining your regular fitness routine may be your biggest challenge; but it doesn’t have to be. From dawn until dusk, the fitness facilities at DelSuites furnished rentals offer guests the opportunity to maintain their active lifestyle no matter what their daily schedule.
At each one of DelSuites’ condominiums, you’ll have access to fully equipped fitness centres. With cardio equipment such as treadmills, step climbers, stationary and recumbent bicycles as well as a selection of free weights, stability balls and exercise mats, guests will find the equipment they need to work out 30-mintues of cardio, strength training session or yoga practice. Besides the fitness facilities, at select locations including downtown’s Element and Scarborough’s 360 at City Centre, guests also have access to indoor swimming pools as well as a therapeutic whirlpool, to ease tired muscles.
With more than a dozen short-term rental properties situated through-out the Greater Toronto area, guests are often situated close to a number of local cycling, hiking and running trails. While staying fit is your main focus, taking your fitness routine outdoors, also makes it enjoyable to explore the city from a different perspective. Guests staying at Icon furnished apartments downtown Toronto will enjoy the sights and sounds of running along the city’s picturesque waterfront, while Republic guests will find the Don River Valley Trails allows you to escape the city without having to venture far from home. Along with an extensive trail system, many neighbourhood parks feature local group fitness programs including boot camps and yoga programs. While registration is often required, it’s a great opportunity to meet fitness minded locals.
Whether you opt for a short strength training session in the gym or you’re hitting the ground running, at DelSuites apartment rentals Mississauga, you’ll always be able to maintain your active lifestyle. And even if you’re fitness club membership is a little dusty, now is the perfect time for making a fresh start.
So come on, what are you waiting for, just do it!