Welcome to February! Despite the wintery weather, this month offers a vast assortment of events to keep every member of the family entertained.
The most anticipated culinary celebration, Winterlicious, is back for 2015 and continues until February 12. This is the perfect opportunity to discover diverse cuisine with prix-fixe meals from top Toronto restaurants and to take part in unique culinary events.
The annual Toronto Sportsmen’s Show, held at the Direct Energy Centre February 5 – February 8, has introduced many generations of Canadians to the allure of outdoor activities. Many people, old and young alike, have had their first fishing, archery and outdoor experiences at this show. The tradition continues with parents bringing their children to experience the same. Outdoor enthusiasts gather to learn about the latest tips and techniques from the professionals while experiencing the latest in new products.
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is host to the Canadian International Auto Show February 13 – February 22. This exceptional show provides the total Automotive experience with over 600,000 square feet of displays, prizes and exhibits.
February, although the shortest month of the year, is one that brings people together as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and Family Day. I truly wish you all the best as you celebrate these special days with family and close friends.
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Canada’s biggest banks have lowered their prime lending rates, after a recent rate cut by the Bank of Canada. The key overnight rate was dropped by one-quarter of a percentage point to 0.75% as “insurance” to soften the impact that collapsing oil prices will have on the Canadian economy.
The impact that these low rates have on the real estate market is enormous. It can provide people who may not have been able to consider buying a property, or upsizing their current home, the opportunity to do so. This is especially true in a city like Toronto where the housing market has been on a steady increase for years.
For more details on the rate cut, as well as predictions for the spring market, read the full article.
Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced a strong start to 2015, with robust year-over-year sales and average price growth in January. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,355 home sales through the TorontoMLS system during the first month of the year. This result represented a 6.1 per cent increase over January 2014. During the same period, new listings were up by 9.5 per cent.
The average selling price for January 2015 home sales was up by 4.9 per cent year-overyear to $552,575. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite benchmark was up by 7.5 percent compared to January 2014.
“Home price growth is forecast to continue in 2015. Lower borrowing costs will largely mitigate price growth this year, which means affordability will remain in check. The strongest rates of price growth will be experienced for low-rise home types, including singles, semis and town houses. However, robust end-user demand for condo apartments will result in above-inflation price growth in the high-rise segment as well,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.
Set in modern day Dublin, Once is the story of a Guy who gave up on his music – and his love – and the Girl who inspired him to dream again. This breathtaking production features unforgettable songs, including the Oscar award winning “Falling Slowly”, and stars an energetic and talented all-Canadian cast. Presented at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bloor-Yorkville Icefest, bringing together members of the community to celebrate all things winter and help others along the way! This year’s theme is “Frozen in Time” and will feature ice sculptures of ancient Egyptian pharaohs, gods and more! As February is Heart Health month, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in exchange for Kiddie Pops (ice cubes with toys in the centre) or samples of pure maple syrup taffy. This event is free, so bundle up and head out with your family and friends…and don’t forget your camera!
Spring is finally here and although the weather may not be co-operating, the season of growth and new beginnings is upon us! Last weekend I attended the Toronto Yoga Show, which was very enjoyable! The St. Lawrence Market will play host to “Taste of Italian Trattoria” from April 1 – April 8. This is a […]
Spring is here and the Festival season has begun! Canadian Music Week, Canada’s largest new music festival, takes place May 1 – May 10 and brings together hundreds of bands at more than 60 venues across the City. This festival features a mix of new and experienced performers from around the country and the world including […]
Hi!Spring is finally here which is evidenced by the start of the Blue Jays baseball season. Toronto is also hosting a number of theatre productions throughout the month of April. Some of these are Hairspray, Rent, Once and Dame Edna’s Farewell Tour.The 25th annual CN Tower Climb takes place this month. This is a charity […]
Hi! Hello March! I think most of us are thrilled to see that Spring is just around the corner. Daylight Savings time begins this Sunday, March 8. It will be such a pleasure to enjoy those longer evenings.This month Toronto hosts the National Home Show and Canada Blooms. Both run simultaneously, at the Direct Energy […]
Hi! Happy New Year and Welcome to 2015! I hope that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the Holiday festivities with family and friends. While up until now we have been pampered with milder than usual temperatures we are presently in the midst of a cold freeze. However, no need to despair as there are […]