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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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Moving Out at Your Own Pace with DelSuites

July 12, 2022
Moving out photo by Roselyn Tirado on Unsplash

Moving out on your own for the first time can be a huge adventure: adjusting from a family home to being the boss of your own place means taking on a lot of skills, decisions, and changes—fast.

But it can be especially daunting for young adults who live with anxiety, learning disabilities, or chronic health issues, and already have a lot to handle.

For those of us who want that independence—but could stand to take it a little slower and ease into living away from home—DelSuites can be your place to get started. Our fully furnished condo suites give you just enough room to thrive—and just enough support to not have to learn it all at once.

Here’s how a stay with DelSuites can be a chance to take moving out at your own pace, and set you up to truly spread your wings.

Your first independent home—with a little backup

DelSuites fully furnished rental condos are your starter course to condo living: a Toronto lifestyle that comes with a little backup.

All our units have full sets of comfortable, stylish furniture: which means no worrying about furniture shopping, supply chains, or whether your desk is delivered on time. They come fully stocked with all the kitchen tools you’ll need—pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and more. Our linens and towels service swaps in fresh new sheets regularly, and our regular cleaning service helps you get used to what an apartment needs to stay scrubbed and tidy.

If you’re living with limited time, or limited daily physical energy, our suites come with an ensuite laundry, dryer and dishwasher. It’s a chance to handle chores at your own pace, when it works for you, instead of sticking to laundromat or apartment laundry room hours.

And for guests with sensory processing difficulties, a DelSuites rental can give the privacy and quiet you need to truly settle in.

The biggest convenience is that with a DelSuites rental, there’s only ever one bill to pay. All our suites come with high-speed wireless internet, US and Canadian long-distance calling, a full cable package, and all utilities included. Instead of sorting through installation dates and multiple payment periods on your first day living independently, there’s a chance to ease into that more complicated financial life—and do it with confidence.

Help is there when you need it

Staying in a DelSuites apartment means if there’s a problem, you’re not alone. You’re part of a neighbourhood.

Our Guest Services team is available 24/7 to help DelSuites guests with basic questions about our suites. In case there’s trouble with an appliance or your unit, you don’t need to reach out to a landlord or arrange repairs; our network of fully vetted, professional contractors will be on the case. And the concierge staff in our buildings is always on call to help you with questions about common areas, deliveries, and more.

We help you navigate any condo building rules about parking, pets, and guests, and our neighbourhood guides—highlighting what’s interesting around your new building!—are a great way to get to know your new community.

Move in—or move on—at your own pace

The most important thing a DelSuites rental can bring you is the chance to adjust at your pace. If you’re ready to go, we can happily wish you well; if you need a little more time, we can easily adjust. And regardless of your plans, you’re never going to be facing worries about breaking a lease.

Our flexible bookings and cancellations policy means that you can use your DelSuites condo for six weeks or six months. All our stays have a 30-day minimum, but beyond that, we’ll work with you to find the check-out date that fits your life and needs.

Enjoy the nice parts of condo living

There’s support, and a comfortable first apartment—but there’s also such thing as fun.

DelSuites rentals let you use all of your condo building’s amenities: from workout rooms and swimming pools to outdoor terraces, games rooms, and even juice bars. No matter how long you’re staying, you’re part of the neighbourhood—and you can go for a swim, host a games night, or find space to be yourself.

We’re here to help

Moving into your first new place should be a celebration, not a stress. Whatever your needs are, call us at 647-370-3504 or email info@delsuites.com to find out how we can help you take that first step—and support you in building your Toronto life.

 

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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.

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Toronto in Eight Quirky Local Museums

June 29, 2022
Toronto local museums photo by Jeff Smith on Unsplash

Local museums can be the best part of a trip abroad: an afternoon of culture you can’t find anywhere else. Fun, affordable, and frequently family-friendly, they’re a great way to find the more laid-back and local side of a city.

If you’re an art-lover, history buff, doing it for the ‘Gram, or just like getting a little culture while you get your steps in, here are some of Toronto’s best lesser-known museums.

Mackenzie House

It’s not everywhere that a city’s first mayor was also its most famous—and failed—revolutionary. Tucked between hospitals, hotels, and high-rises, Mackenzie House—William Lyon Mackenzie’s original 1858 townhouse—is a downtown shrine to Victorian Toronto.

Come for practical tips on daily 1800s life, stay for the political scandals and century-old spicy opinions. Features: a working 180-year-old printing press you can try yourself. 82 Bond Street.

Market Gallery at St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market is one of Toronto’s most famous foodie attractions. But it’s also home to a lesser-known local history museum and gallery on the second floor—a space that held Toronto’s first City Hall and was lost behind boarded-up doors until the 1970s. (Yes, you can lose an entire City Hall.)

The Market Gallery hosts rotating exhibits from the City’s fine art collection and notes on the historic architecture. Start with a little culture, end it with a sandwich. 2nd Floor, St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front Street East.

The Myseum of Toronto

One of the quirkiest museums Toronto’s got, Myseum is a year-round, city-wide project produced and hosted all around the city. The result? Something that’s part art collective, part distributed historical museum, made of crowdsourced collections and digital walking tours.

While most of their past exhibits are available online, new ones are mounted annually in locations around the city–usually starting in April.

Spadina House

The closest thing to Toronto’s version of Downton Abbey! Spadina House shows off early 1900s Toronto in a sprawling, elegant hilltop mansion—complete with servants’ quarters and evolving architectural décor.

The five-acre grounds, though, are a feature all by themselves, including gardens and a heritage apple orchard that hosts everything from events to autumn cider festivals. Features: Close enough to Casa Loma to make a day of it. 285 Spadina Road.

The Textile Museum of Canada

A favourite of costumers and fashionistas alike, The Textile Museum takes a subject that feels niche—the art and history of fabric—and makes it fascinating. Behind an anonymous side-street door lurks five floors of textile history, modern art, event space, and programs—complete with a gift shop.

With collections that start local and stretch to Peru, China, and Serbia, there’s something for everyone, even if they’re not an enthusiastic crafter. 55 Centre Avenue.

The Toronto Railway Museum

Model railroad fans unite! And—regular railroad fans too. The Toronto Railway Museum packs historical trains, a train-driving simulator, and lots of information into an indoor-outdoor exhibit space. There’s a steady collection of artifacts inside: maps, tools, dishes, and uniforms used by conductors past.

While small, it’s conveniently tucked away right beside the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and Ripley’s Aquarium on the waterfront—so there are lots of options for a full day out. Features: A mini-train ride. Because nobody says no to tiny train rides. 255 Bremner Boulevard. 

The Bata Shoe Museum

While this attraction has a little more profile than the rest, it’s not every day that a city devotes a whole museum to—shoes. Open since 1995, The Bata Shoe Museum grew from the private collection of shoe company executive Sonja Bata: a trove of rare and traditional footwear from around the world.

The result? A fascinating mix of modern couture, ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Italian artifacts, history, and celebrity kicks. And a sometimes surprising social insight into how they’re all connected. Features: Enough glitter for your fashionista friends, and enough depth for an anthropologist. 327 Bloor Street West.

Riverdale Farm

Sometimes you just need to have a cow. Or some goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and horses.

Riverdale Farm is the destination for downtowners who really just need something fluffy to pet. Part working farm, part historic Victorian site for learning about rural life, the farm dates back to 1849. Features: tobogganing hills, hiking trails, a wading pool, picnic areas, and year-round crafts. And the best part for families: admission is always free. 201 Winchester Street.

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The authentic Toronto neighbourhood experience deserves a Toronto neighbourhood stay. Call DelSuites at 647-370-3504 or email info@delsuites.com to find out how we can open Toronto up for you to discover.