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Study at Your Own Pace with DelSuites

July 26, 2022
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Whether it’s a new trade or going back to grad school, starting a college or university program is a major life decision—one you deserve to do at your own pace.

The new mix of online and on-campus classes—and more programs starting in January or May—can make finding Toronto student housing that much harder in a city where campus rentals usually happen for September. But if you’re not sure about starting your program in-person, are worried about COVID safety, or just don’t want to wait for September to start? DelSuites can help you bridge the gap for Toronto student housing—and let you study on your own schedule.

A space that puts studying first

DelSuites fully furnished apartment rentals are perfect for cutting out distractions—and putting your schoolwork first. Whether you’re starting your course with us before moving into a permanent home or staying for a whole semester, you’ll have a luxurious, roomy space with all the comforts of home.

All our units come with all the kitchen tools you’ll need—pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and more—as well as dishwashers and ensuite laundry equipment. We provide fresh linens and towels regularly, and our regular cleaning service helps you get through exams with a clean and comfortable home.

Every DelSuites rental is also fully outfitted with everything you need to work and play. High-speed wireless internet, US and Canadian long-distance calling, a full cable package, and all utilities are included in your rental. Our excellent building amenities let you get a workout in—whether you run, swim, or lift—and give you plenty of space for game nights, movies, or study groups.

Toronto student housing that’s close to your campus

You might not live on-campus, but you can cut out the commute. DelSuites has locations all across Toronto and the greater GTA—and they’re guaranteed to get you close to your classes and campus life.

Our downtown locations – The Livmore and Qwest – are just minutes’ walk from the University of Toronto, Toronto Metropolitan University, George Brown College, and OCAD.

But our locations cover most of the colleges and universities throughout Toronto. Our Grand Ovation and Ultra Ovation locations are a ten-minute walk from Sheridan College. Hullmark Centre and Republic put you 25 minutes by transit from York University’s Glendon campus. And at 360 at City Centre, you’re just 15 minutes from Centennial College and University of Toronto Scarborough.

All our locations let you live in a comfortable, private space you can relax in, without missing out on campus life. It’s a step up on Toronto student housing.

Everything you need to keep your move smooth

Multiple moves can be a huge stress—especially when you’re juggling a class schedule at the same time. But DelSuites fully furnished Toronto apartments help you keep your move smooth, low-fuss, and stress-free.

Because our units are fully furnished, you don’t have to pay movers to haul heavy furniture twice a year. It’s a chance to travel lighter, save your money, and still live comfortably. And it also means that when you buy furniture, it can be what you’ll love—instead of what’s convenient now.

You’ll also be able to move in confident that you won’t be waiting days for the internet install. Everything you need in a DelSuites unit is ready when you walk through the door, and our all-inclusive rates also cut out the cost—and the paperwork—to install and transfer internet, phone, and hydro service.

Flexible enough to accommodate your schedule

If your program has a January start, you don’t need to take a September lease to be in the right neighbourhood—or rush to find the rentals that are left. A DelSuites unit can accommodate you, no matter when your first day of class is. We make sure that instead of living uncomfortably—or putting off your program start—you can start your program now.

Our high-quality internet means you don’t have to worry about COVID disruptions, distance learning or social distancing. If your classes go virtual for a week, a month, or a semester, you’ll have a high-quality internet connection and a private space—and you’ll still be near campus when it reopens.

Our flexible bookings policy means that if your study plans change for any reason, you can change your arrival date with no penalties—or figure out a checkout date that works with your new schedule.

With a DelSuites rental, you never have to worry about renegotiating or breaking a lease, finding a sublet, or negotiating with a landlord. You can plan your life, your way.

Housing that works for you

Instead of building your school schedule around your Toronto student housing, let’s make your housing work for you. Whatever your study needs are, call us at 647-370-3504 or email info@delsuites.com to find out how we can help you start the next phase of your life now.


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Toronto in Film: Toronto’s Film Festivals

July 20, 2022
Toronto film festival photo by Martin Lopez on Pexels.

The film industry is big in Toronto. Everything from major Hollywood movies to Emmy-winning TV series like Schitt’s Creek and Orphan Black have been shot here. We’ve hosted superhero battles, futuristic space cities, and an endless stream of prop New York taxicabs.

Toronto’s known for an expert local talent pool, great locations, and thriving studios like Pinewood and Revival. But it also has a sophisticated, international audience of local moviegoers to show your finished product.

Whether it’s audio, video, documentaries, or short films: here’s a tour of the Toronto film landscape for both film lovers and filmmakers.

Toronto International Film Festival

When it comes to Toronto film events, the granddaddy of them all is TIFF: an 11-day extravaganza of gala premieres, industry sessions, awards, and networking opportunities.

Founded in 1976, it’s one of the biggest public-accessible film festivals in the world. It’s big enough to have grown its own dedicated five-story film centre: home to a film reference library, learning studios, event spaces, galleries, and vibrant year-round international programming.

With dedicated tracks for national cinemas, pulp, and documentaries, TIFF has nurtured an incredible range of film cultures in Toronto and abroad.

The 2022 edition of TIFF runs from September 8-18.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival

All things Indigenous media—and we mean all of them—make it to imagineNATIVE. The world’s largest Indigenous media and film festival, imagineNATIVE puts on a blizzard of screenings, concerts, industry events, and interactive showcases—all from the vibrant world of Indigenous arts.

Running as a festival since 2000, it’s made a significant mark: early winners of its Best Dramatic Feature award have included Taika Waititi and Reservation Dogs creator Sterlin Harjo. Films produced as part of its Embargo Collective commissions have screened at TIFF and Sundance.

Today, that initial concept has bloomed into partnerships with the Canadian National Film Board and the Berlinale, a film producer mini-lab, tours, and community screening series.

ImagineNATIVE 2022 takes place from October 18-30, both physically and virtually through their digital platform.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Can’t get enough horror, science fiction, or action movies? Toronto After Dark Film Festival is all about the pulp, the cult, and the straight-up fun.

With over 10,000 eager viewers each year, Toronto After Dark hits both the highbrow and low, with enough room for moody Scandinavian horror, Troma films, Hollywood hits, and homegrown creations. It boasts a thrillingly international lineup, having showcased films from Israel, Thailand, Mexico, Iran, and Korea.

Hosted at Toronto’s downtown Scotiabank Theatre, the 16th edition of Toronto After Dark takes place from October 19-23, 2022.

Inside Out Film and Video Festival

Canada’s largest and most prestigious LGBTQIA+ film festival had a grassroots beginning in 1991 at Toronto’s Euclid Theatre. Since then, Inside Out has grown into an entertainment juggernaut, with funding and training programs, a school distribution program for new artists, grants, scholarships, and funding forums.

Now hosted at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and co-screens selected films with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Netflix, and Crave. Its own permanent distribution platform operates year-round, and its awards have recognized films from Canada, China, Australia, Argentina, and everywhere between.

Inside Out’s next edition takes place in May 2023.

Hot Docs

Toronto’s all-documentary film festival, Hot Docs, screens over 200 films from around the world every year—and adds on professional development programs, a full industry conference, and a developed schools program.

An annual festival since 1993, Hot Docs expanded to its own dedicated theatre—the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, formerly the Bloor Cinema—in 2012. It also recently launched a podcast festival, complete with a dedicated creators’ and industry forum devoted to the art of audio drama.

Hot Docs is set for an April 2023 return, and the Hot Docs Podcast Festival goes live in January 2023.

A city for movie-lovers and movie-makers

Whether you’re enjoying hot new films, making them, writing about or selling them, DelSuites can be your home base during Toronto’s film festival season. Call us at 647-370-3504 or email info@delsuites.com to find out how we can offer you a comfortable, fully-featured furnished rental—and help you reach the stars.

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Discover Toronto in Six Summer Festivals

July 5, 2022
Toronto summer festivals photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Pexels.

After two years on hold, Toronto summer festivals are back in action.

From music to theatre, cultural celebrations, and family-oriented fun, they’re a perfect way to enjoy something new, discover a neighbourhood, or spend some much-needed time together.

Here are some of the shows, events, and festivals—indoors and outdoors—that you’ll want to see this summer.

Beaches International Jazz Festival

Big Band, Dixieland—the Beaches have it all. This year’s Jazz Festival is already on, but you’ve got all month to catch it at a string of locations in Toronto’s East End Beaches and Leslieville neighbourhoods.

The main stage shows are the prime attraction, but this year’s jazz festival brings a double handful of fun interactive activities. Learn to swing dance at Jimmie Simpson Park on July 8-9, or see Streetfest transform Queen Street East into a massive, blocks-long concert on the weekend of July 21-23.

The jazz festival runs from July 2-24, with most events public and free of charge. https://www.beachesjazz.com/

Toronto Fringe Festival

It’s the festival that launched Kim’s Convenience, Broadway’s The Drowsy Chaperone, and the team behind Come From Away. And it’s the most fun way to see what might be next.

Toronto’s 34th annual Fringe Festival takes over eleven downtown venues this month with theatre, comedy, storytelling, dance, and musicals, as well as a full kids’ program. With over 1,200 independent, grassroots artists, Fringe is the perfect afternoon for anyone who loves new, fun, experimental, and offbeat shows—and it costs less than a good restaurant lunch.

This year’s Toronto Fringe runs from July 6-17, 2022. Single or multi-show passes are available now, with discounts for kids and teens. https://fringetoronto.com/

Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Toronto has Caribbean roots—and every year, we like to show it.

Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival—or Caribana, for us locals—is the largest Carnival celebration in North America. While the major festivities kick off July 28th, Caribana is a month-long ode to everything Caribbean: from calypso showcases to kids’ events to crown junior kings and queens.

It’s all a buildup to the massive Grand Parade, a whole day of music, dancing, and some of the most incredible costume work anywhere. It’s accompanied by steel pan performances and Carnival Flavours, a showcase for Caribbean food and drink from across the islands.

The party runs from July 7-30, with tickets and event information available at https://www.torontocarnival.ca/.

The Canadian National Exhibition

How about an old-school county fair—but in the city? It’s a Toronto kid’s most beloved cheesy summertime destination—with plenty of room for all ages.

This year’s Ex brings back the traditional mix of fairground rides, a late-night midway, a Biggest Vegetable competition, kids’ sports tournaments, and everyone’s annual dip into weird food that is bad for you (deep-fried butter, anyone?). There’s also a few steps into the future: a dedicated Gaming Garage, complete with esports and FIRST Robotics tournaments.

For music fans, the Ex is also the place for shockingly cheap live shows. This year’s mix at the Bandshell runs from indie rockers Hawksley Workman and JJ Wilde to familiar Canadian musicians like Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, and The Spoons.

This year’s Ex runs from August 19-September 5, with all-day passes available. https://www.theex.com/

Toronto International Film Festival

Some events put a city on the map. The Toronto International Film Festival does it with a great big star.

2022 marks the 47th year of this internationally-renowned film festival—one that draws stars, media, and major industry movers and shakers alike to Toronto. It’s a marquee event for film fans—a chance to meet creators, attend Q&As, and see premieres from around the world—and a vital industry conference, wrapped into one. And with programming tracks like quirky cult favourite Midnight Madness or national showcases, it’s a chance for any kind of movie lover to see something sweet, gory, action-packed, incisive, or just plain awesome.

This year’s TIFF runs from September 8-18, and ticket packages are on sale now, with final schedules due at the end of August. https://tiff.net/

International Festival of Authors

Toronto’s most prestigious literary festival is back at the Harbourfront Centre for the Arts this September.

With a hybrid in-person/online format for its 43rd edition, IFOA is bringing marquee authors for readings, interviews, and panel discussions to highlight what’s important and vital about books.

The lineup’s due to be announced late summer, and the festival itself runs September 22-October 2. https://festivalofauthors.ca/

Whether you’re traveling from far away or just from around the corner, let us show you Toronto at its best. Call DelSuites at 647-370-3504 or email info@delsuites.com to find out how we can open the gates to discovering Toronto’s festivals.