March to May in Midtown
Updated: Mar 6
Here are some Stimulating Spring Suggestions for what to do North of Bloor, South of Eglinton
There’s a lot to do in Midtown over the next few months. Let’s take a look at what’s happening.
1. Check out Seedy Saturday at Evergreen Brickworks. What’s a Seedy Saturday? We’re glad you asked. Seedy Saturdays are opportunities for you to meet gardeners and plant-lovers in your area, experience workshops and hands-on learning, and trade or buy open-pollinated and heirloom seeds. Evergreen Brickworks is a beautiful outdoor space and restaurant. ‘Evergreen Grows,’ the Brickworks’ Seedy Saturday event, takes place Sunday, March 29th, from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Accessibility: Evergreen Brickworks is located at 550 Bayview Avenue. Lots of parking in the parking lot, plus open-concept, single-floor layout that makes navigating the space easy for everyone. There are paved outdoor nature walking trails to enjoy as well (weather permitting).
2. Pop in for a visit: At Origin Coffee. Just featured in BlogTO as one of the “absolute musts for a coffee aficionado in Toronto,” At Origin uses only single-origin African beans and started as an Istanbul-based roaster. The back of the shop doubles as an event space, and the walls are always covered in art by local painters and mixed-media artists. The owner, Mehtap Mertdogan, a mosaics artist, has decorated many of the tables herself. She and her husband, Cuneyt, can often be seen covering the till or making drinks and baked goods for their customers. Our suggestion: try the Turkish baked goods.
Accessibility: At Origin Coffee is located at 687 Mount Pleasant Road.
No stairs to get into the space, but the bathrooms are located in the basement, down a set of stairs. You will need to pay for street parking.
3. Visit the Toronto Botanical Gardens Annual Plant Sale. From May 8-10, the TBG’s plant sale is open to the public - which means you don’t need to be a member to take advantage! If you want a preview of the plants available, plus other perks, you can become a TBG Member for just $45 annually ($80 for two years). Toronto Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your Spring planting questions. (Side note: you can always send a Master Gardener your query by filling out a form on the Toronto Master Gardeners Website. You can expect a response in roughly five days.)
Accessibility: TBG is located at 777 Lawrence Ave. East. Parking is available in the TBG lot for $2.50/ hour (free for members). The TBG and Edwards’ Gardens have mobility-device-accessible bathrooms, and many of their walking paths are navigable with a mobility device (Access TO cautions there are some stairways on the grounds.)
4. Learn the basics of Calligraphy with legendary Kokoro no Melody, at the Mount Pleasant Branch of Toronto Public Library. Saturday, March 14th is Kokoro no Melody’s next Calligraphy Workshop with Boomerang, a new community to connect, learn, and share new skills focused on the over-50 demographic. Kokoro no Melody is a great instructor for Calligraphy 101 and has taught many beginners the basics of this beautiful art form. And if you can’t make it to this Workshop, check out others happening in the area. Sign up for all Workshops on the Boomerang Website (www.goboomerang.com).
Accessibility: Boomerang Workshops take place throughout Toronto. The Mt. Pleasant Branch Library is located at 599 Mt. Pleasant Road. Workshop space is on the second floor of the Library.
5. Enjoy the beautiful Kay Gardner Beltline Trail, which connects to the Moore Park Ravine, as well as parks and picnic areas. For runners and cyclists, a lot of the trail has hard-packed dirt (we wouldn’t recommend a road bike), and for the rest of us, it’s got trees and (on the right day) sunshine galore! If you are one of those people who wonders about the Trail’s name, you can read more about Kay Gardner, a prolific Torontonian, before heading out. (Side note: if you’re wandering the trail wondering who is lucky enough to live in the houses that back onto it, click here to explore one that sold last year.) And, if you’re looking for company, check out the Beltline Walkers Meetup club.
Accessibility: This one is a little more difficult to navigate, particularly if you select one of the entrances with a lot of stairs or encounter some Spring mud. We suggest proceeding with caution if that is a concern.
6. Catch a flick at the quaint Regent Theatre. A tantalizing selection of features has been playing at this small local theatre. And The Birds Rained Down follows the journey of three hermits that live in the Québec countryside through their inevitable encounter with ageing in a context far removed from the closest society. (See the trailer now on IMDB.) Ford vs. Ferrari features Matt Damon and Christian Bale, telling the engaging story of car designer Carroll Shelby and race car driver Ken Miles, in their journey to create the world’s premiere racing cars.
Accessibility: Regent Theatre is located at 551 Mt. Pleasant Road. You’ll have to pay for street parking.
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