Rave: Cool Earth Day ideas

With Earth Day coming up this Sunday, we wondered what we could be doing to make our lives and our city greener. Whether it’s making a donation to help beautify the city, planting trees or learning ways to make eco-conscious changes in our everyday life, we’ve rounded up some Earth Day events and initiatives taking place in Toronto this Sunday, April 22.  

Spend the day at Evergreen Brickworks – @EvergreenCanada
If you’re looking for a whole day of eco-friendly fun and education, the Evergreen Brickworks is hosting a wide range of activities, including a vegan food fair at the farmer’s market, a tree tour in the quarry led by LEAF, public tree planting on site, live music and a talk by Adria Vasil, author of the new book Ecoholic Body: Your Ultimate Earth-Friendly Guide to Living Healthy and Looking Good.
A perfectly picturesque place to learn how to make your life greener.
Raise money for the city’s beautification at Piola – @PiolaToronto

Residents of Parkdale and lovers of pizza alike should head over to Queen West’s newest and most delicious Italian restaurant. In celebration of Earth Day, $2 of every pizza sold will be donated to the Parkdale Beautification Project. What better way to support a great cause and eat some of the city’s best pizza?

When else can you eat pizza for a good cause?

Plant a tree at Downsview Park – @downsviewpark 
If you’re like us, you’ve always been impressed and intrigued by those outdoorsy types who take off for the west coast and plant trees all summer. Well here’s your chance to get a (small) taste of what it’s  like. From 12 to 2 p.m. on Earth Day, Downsview Park will be hosting public tree planting with the goal of planting over 2,000 trees. One tree per person/family while trees last and shovels and tools provided. What a perfect way to try something new and make Toronto greener?
Help create this green oasis in the city.
Download the The Quench Mobile App – @thewaterbros
This Earth Day we suggest you try out one of the most innovative, environmentally-conscious ideas we’ve seen in a while. Quench is a free app brought to you by The Water Brothers TV Series that instantly connects you to the nearest water fountain or official water bottle Refill Location in the Greater Toronto Area. You are able to search by destination or your current location, rate a water fountain and/or refill locations as well as add your own water fountain or refill location. Participating locations include The Drake Hotel, The Beaconsfield, Subway, Pizza Pizza and Leslieville Cheese Market, to name only a few of the 4,905 locations around the GTA.
One of the easiest ways to live green.
Recycle your old computer with Computation’s FREE Earth Day Computer Recycling – @Computation_Ca
Ever wonder where computers go when they die? The best way to dispose of a computer that has reached its expiry date is to recycle it. In honour of Earth Day, from April 16 to 22, Computation is inviting the general public to drop off their unwanted computers and equipment for free at 280 Jane St. from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. As well as this being environmentally-friendly (and privacy ensured) a tree will be planted on your behalf for every major item recycled via a one dollar donation to Trees Canada (a charitable organization which has planted 77 million trees nationally over 19 years).
A computer graveyeard.
While Earth Day is the perfect time to start implementing a greener lifestyle, the idea is to raise awareness in the hopes that people continue living more eco-consciously. With such simple suggestions, what excuses do we have have left not to try and live green?

Happy Family Day!

Happy Family Day!

As this holiday is only four years old, you may not have any long-standing family traditions to honour. Thankfully, we’re here with the perfect itinerary for your day. (Shameless plug: these are all our clients, but nonetheless super rad activities).
Piola’s Make-Your-Own-Pizza event

Inspire your little one with this pizza made by Piola’s chefs!
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From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., stop by Piola (1165 Queen St. W.) where kids under 14 can create their own pizzas with the restaurant’s expert pizza makers. Kids learn how to stretch out the dough and then top the pizza with the toppings of their choice. $10, includes a choice of pop or juice (limit one per child). Call here for reservations 416.477.4652. 
The Monkey Bunch at the Drake Hotel

The Monkey Bunch.
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After filling up on pizza, pop across the street to catch the The Monkey Bunch in the Drake Underground. A rock n’ roll band with a social conscience, The Monkey Bunch’s thoughtful songwriting appeals to both “talls” and “smalls”. Only $8 for a single ticket, $28 for a family pack, the concert starts at 3 p.m. sharp (doors at 2:30 p.m.). For more information, call 416.531.5042.

Potted Potter

Looking for a little magic to top off your holiday? Then Potted Potter is just the ticket! This hilarious, two-man play condenses JK Rowling’s epic series into 70 madcap minutes. With two performances (2 p.m. and 5 p.m.) on Family Day, this play will entertain all the wizards and witches, Muggles and Squibs in your family. Read the Toronto Star‘s 4 star review here. Click here to buy tickets.

Rave: Piola Aperitivo Italiano

The holidays, with their unending parties and gift-buying obligations, may be long gone but that doesn’t mean we want to sit at home twiddling our thumbs until spring arrives. With our wallets and stomachs on diets these days, our social activities tend to err on the lighter side. Thankfully, Piola has heard our prayers and launched their Aperitivo Italiano this month at their Toronto location.

Piola is the new kid on the Queen West block, having recently opened across the street from the Drake Hotel in early December. Their menu centres around light, homestyle Italian cooking with a strong emphasis on their signature thin crust pizzas. The Aperitivo Italiano is the latest tradition they’ve imported from Italy. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, Piola treats guests to a delicious assortment of complimentary traditional finger foods while they enjoy drinks at the bar and unwind after a long day’s work. Piola’s Aperitivo Italiano features a variety of light and tasty nibbles, offered for free (!) to bar patrons.

Aperitivo Italiano is a common ritual in Italy, particularly in the northern region where Piola was founded. “Aperitivo” refers to the custom of enjoying drinks and snacks after work, allowing guests to open their palate, socialize and relax before dinner.

The base for the delicious Villa Hibiscus cocktail – a beautiful hibiscus blossom.

Nosh on Italian pinwheels, Caprese salad skewers, mini-calzones, brie polenta squares and Italian breadsticks with a variety of dips. Paired with a glass of antioxidant-filled red wine or a light cocktail (such as the Villa Hibiscus – Prosecco-infused with a hibiscus flower), the Aperitivo Italiano is the perfect place to meet a friend for a quick drink before heading to the gym (or staying for a pizza – we aren’t judging).

Piola is located at 1165 Queen St. W. Follow them on Twitter: @PiolaToronto