The future of Toronto Condominiums thanks to Samsung Technology

With keyless cars a thing of the past, the next big step is keyless house entry. Canderel Residential has partnered with Samsung to create an app for your smart phone that integrates with a condo’s system to allow keyless access to the building and your unit, as well as control of other features like temperature, lighting, and even surveillance. Additional features, such as entertainment system and appliance control, can be had at an additional cost.

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These features are set to be available for units on the 59th floor and upwards at YC Condos (named after their location and Yonge and College), estimated to be competed in 2017. Residents on lower floors can also have access to the system, but must purchase it as an upgrade.

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The technology is not entirely new – Samsung previously launched this smart home technology in already Korea and the States – although this is the first project of its kind in Canada. One of the major potential issues is consumer concern related to security, whether due to hackers or a lost phone.



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Hunters Landing: A CityPlace Go-To

If you’re looking for a great place to hang out with friends, you have to try Hunters Landing! Located close to the ACC centre, this restaurant has become a great place to enjoy a beer pre or post games. Located on the first two floors of the CityPlace condo tower, the restaurant caters to both the Bay Street brokers and die-hard Toronto Fans. Owned by Steve Pelton, Peter Brauti, John Young and Scott Manicom who also operate South Of Temperance and Williams Landing. Pelton owns his own unit in this neighbourhood, which demonstrates his commitment to the area.                       

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The menu at Hunters Landing has enough variety to please anyone’s taste buds. If you’re a vegetarian, no need to worry: they offer a great selection of vegetarian dishes, as well as gluten-free options. If you’re a pizza lover, you should try the Classica Pizza, which actually takes the shape of a pie, topped with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes. 

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For all you meat lovers out there, you can try Hunters Landing’s 10oz Ribeye served with mascarpone mashed potatoes, a special bacon-chianti sauce, and a side of grilled vegetables. 

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For dessert, the AKA Chocolate Cake is a delicious gluten-free treat, drizzled with plum compote, mint syrup and a sprinkle of crushed sea salted hazelnut brittle. Anyone with a sweet tooth can appreciate this chocolaty delight! 

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The restaurant’s décor puts an industrialized twist to the modern condominiums of CityPlace.  

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The best part of Hunters Landing is the spacious wrap-around patio they have set up. Overall, Hunters Landing is a great addition to this already great neighbourhood, and anyone living in the CityPlace condos should definitely give this place a try, you won’t regret it!


Ipsum, Liora. “Hunters Landing” BlogTO. 30 Sep. 2013. 9 Oct. 2013.


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CityPlace Farmer’s Market


When it comes to purchasing or leasing a condo, there are many important variables to consider. Besides the features within the unit, other priorities for the perfect condo are usually the amenities within the building and in the surrounding neighbourhood.

At Concord CityPlace, residents will be happy to learn that every Tuesday, for the next four months, CityPlace’s Canoe Landing Park will play host to a local farmer’s market, where they can pick up freshly organic grown fruits and vegetables. According to, MyMarket®’s Certified Local Farmers’ Markets have begun selling organic fruits and vegetables at a market in CityPlace. The market has been running since June and will continue until October.

To find out more about a local farmers’ market near you, check out this website.


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Puente de Luz: A View

With an overload of condominiums in the city, builders, architects and developers are starting to put more of an emphasis on exterior design elements of a project. They achieve this aim by focusing on the shape of the building and its accoutrements in the hopes of making their project stand out from the sea of glass and steel.

In the case of Concord Adex’s CityPlace, it is the feature of a five-metre-wide and125-metre-long footbridge that gives the condo its partial spotlight. Constructed by Concord Adex and designed by Chilean artist Francisco Gazitua, Puente de Luz (or the “bridge of light”) was built atop the train tracks, so as to better connect pedestrians between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue linking the western portion of Concord CityPlace in the process.

Completed in the fall of 2011 and costing about $8 Million to build, this photo, courtesy of gable.mak in the blogTO Flickr pool, showcases the beautiful yellow footbridge as a symbol of the ever so growing CityPlace neighbourhood.



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DIY Citronella Candles

Before candles became a symbol of romance and relaxation, they served various other purposes. A solid block of wax, candles have been around for thousands of years, having been primarly used to light the way of our ancestors. Aside from being used to provide us with light and sometimes heat, candles were also used as a method of keeping time. They were also sometimes used in rituals, exorcisms and even to find treasure.

But, if you’re looking for some of the latest uses of a candle, then you’ll find bug repellent is chief among them, and super practical! With summer not too far off, it won’t be long before bugs start appearing on your balcony. Creating a bug barrier by making your very own citronella candles is both a recycling project and an inexpensive and effective way to deter unwanted pests. So, make these today to enjoy your warm breezes and summer cocktails in peace.


Here’s how to make your very own cilantro candles.


  • Cans
  • A double boiler 
  • Wax (soy wax, paraffin wax, old candles)
  • Pre-waxed wicks with tabs (150mm / 6”)
  • Citronella oil for candle making (use 1 oz per lb of wax)
  • Other scents for candle making (like pine, mandarin orange, eucalyptus, peppermint)
  • Hot glue gun


1. Using the hot glue gun affix the wicks to the bottom of the cans and press it firmly into the center. If you are using a larger can, add two or three wicks spaced apart around the centre.

2. Assemble your double boiler and add wax or old candles in small pieces. (Don’t worry so much about bits of wick or other specks in the wax as you won’t see them in the candles when they are done). Heat over medium heat until the wax is completely melted.

3. When the wax is melted it’s time to add the fragrance. Add 1 oz of citronella oil per pound of wax and augment the scent with 0.5 oz of other scents per pound.

4. Let the wax cool slightly and carefully pour into containers.  If you’re having trouble placing the wicks to stay in the centre as the wax cools, secure the wicks with a chopstick or clothespin to keep them in line. Cooling slowly and completely will create the best looking candles so carefully set them in a warm place to cool. 

5. If you get a depressed area around the wick when cooled, warm up some more wax and pour it into the void.

6. Allow your candle to cure for 48 hours undisturbed before burning. Then, when you fire it up, let the candle burn so that there is a full, wide pool of wax before you blow it out. It is said that candles have a memory, so it’s best to let the first burn set the tone for all the rest. Decorate your candles by wrapping them in burlap, twine and/or yarn.

Once you have your citronella candles complete, you can store them near the garden, deck or patio so you can quickly light up when the pests start buzzing around.


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Cereal Milk Ice Cream

Though the temperature is still floating around the 0 degree mark (it’s April- what’s going on?!), it’s never too early to whip out the ice cream…Right?  Sometimes that craving for a refreshingly cold scoop of ice cream is too much to resist, and even the long overdue arrival of spring can’t change that. 

For those of you who like ice cream all year round- no matter the weather, we’ve brought you a great homemade ice cream recipe that’s simple to recreate.  Try it out and let us know how it goes!




5 cups cereal
5 1/4 cups full fat coconut milk (3 cans)
1/4 cup cane sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Yield: about 1 quart


  1. Add the cereal to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Cover with coconut milk and stir to combine.
  3. Place a large, heavy plate on top to ensure the cereal is submerged the entire time.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
  5. Once the cereal has soaked, use a fine mesh strainer to strain the mixture over a medium saucepan; make sure to firmly press the cereal mush to get out as much coconut milk as possible.
  6. After you’ve pressed out as much of milk you can get, scoop the layer of thick cream that formed on the bottom of the strainer into the pot.
  7. Set the saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the sugar and vanilla extract; bring to a boil and whisk vigorously for 45 seconds. Remove from heat and transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
  8. Allow to cool for 30 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and chill in the      refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  9. Once chilled, pour the mixture into the bowl of your ice cream machine and mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  10. Eat ice cream immediately (it will be somewhat soft) or transfer to a container and freeze until ready to consume. Thaw for 10-15 minutes before serving. Top with crushed cereal, if desired.

This recipe calls for more coconut milk than usual because the cereal absorbs a lot of the milk (about one can’s worth). You can choose to use light coconut milk (or almond milk), but if you do this you’ll want to soak the cereal overnight. It won’t be nearly as creamy as the full fat coconut milk variety, but it’s pretty close.  Feel free to use any kind of cereal you want – a few suggestions are Original Puffins, Peanut Butter Panda Puffs, and Chocolate Koala Crisp.

And for those of you who think eating something as cold as the winter weather outside is crazy- hold on to the recipe and try it when summer finally stops taking its sweet time to get here!


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Approaching Red at Parade 1 and 2

Maha Mustafa, an Iraqi-born artist, is the newest artist to bring art into Toronto public space with her larger than life piece, Approaching Red.  Maha is now based in Toronto and Sweden, and is pictured below in front of her work when it was  in progress.


Approaching Red will be two large red forms, highly glossed and reflective, twisting past each other.  When complete, it will find its home below the Parade 1 and 2 Towers at Concord CityPlace.


We can’t wait to see the high-gloss and highly reflective work in place, it will surely breathe new life and bold colour into the city streets.  Keep your eye out for the installation of Approaching Red, although it will be nearly impossible to miss!


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Concord Artscape at CityPlace

Concord Adex is the largest residential developer in Canada specializing in urban communities, and its CityPlace development in downtown Toronto can be found west of the Financial District between Bathurst Street and the Rogers Centre. Once finished, it will be an enormous planned community spanning 8 million square feet of residences, retail, and commercial spaces. The area will ultimately house about 15,000 people.

Since the area is home to thousands of residents already and will soon be the home to many more, Concord decided it needed to encourage a coherent neighborhood; one that is welcoming and enjoyable for residents to spend their leisure time in. Besides providing outdoor green spaces and allowing for a range of retail options, the neighbourhood boasts more than a dozen public art projects to engage residents and visitors to the area. Every piece is within walking distance to the others, making this outdoor space a gallery-like experience.

Concord has developed a virtual museum for the outdoor gallery to showcase all the works on display in the community and provide information on the artists who come from both Canada and abroad. Each piece was commissioned by Concord Adex with funding from the City of Toronto’s One Percent for Public Art Program, and more works are planned for the space.

Some of the pieces commissioned for the space include the following:

Mark Di Suvero, Flower Power, 1967 (Restored 2010)


Toronto was host to an International Sculpture Symposium in 1967, which included the work of Italian-American artist Mark di Suvero who gained international renown for his abstract expressionist sculpture projects. Di Suvero created “Flower Power” for this Symposium, an enormous steel sculpture that references the spirit of the 1960s. The piece was donated to the City of Toronto yet fell into disrepair over the years and was allowed to rust. However, in 2009, the City of Toronto arranged for di Suvero to restore the piece to its original condition and it was reinstalled in 2010 within CityPlace, just west of the Spadina bridge, between Front St. W and Bremner Blvd. 

Adrian Göllner, Warm by Night, 2008


This unique light project by Adrian Göllner will illuminate the rooftops of towers within the CityPlace development. The project is intended to unify and define the community’s buildings and serve as a welcoming reminder to residents that they are on their way home. The artist intended for the warm lighting in the building windows to emphasize the domestic character of the buildings. One of the more noticeable places where Warm by Night is going to take place is at the Luna Building, where the mechanical level’s windows will be illuminated in a striking violet that will emphasize the curved shape of the building through its random light pattern.


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Recipes for the holiday season

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December is known as the time of the year where everyone is cozying up around the fireplace, spending time with family and eating delicious food. Christmas isn’t the only holiday taking place in December, it is also the season to celebrate Kwanza and Hanukkah.

Here are a few great recipes to try out this holiday season, whatever the occasion!

Hanukkah Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts)

This is a classic deep-fried Israeli dessert. They symbolize the miracle of the burning oil lamps during Hanukkah.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100 degrees to 110 degrees)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups vegetable oil, plus more for bowl
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry jam


1- In a small bowl, mix yeast, warm water, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Set aside until foamy (about 10 minutes).

2- Place flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add eggs, yeast mixture, ¼ cup of sugar, butter, nutmeg, and salt. Stir, then on a well-floured surface, knead until smooth and soft.

3- Place in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until doubled. 1-1.5 hours.

4- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼ inch thickness.

5- Cut 20 rounds with a cutter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 15 minutes.

6- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until a deep-frying thermometer registers 370 degrees. Slip 4 rounds into oil. Fry until gold, about 40 seconds. Turn doughnuts over, fry until golden on the other side. Then, transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet, roll in sugar while warm. Fry all dough, and roll in sugar.

7- Fill a party bag fitted with a #4 tip with jam. Make a small hole in the side of each doughnut and fill with jam.

Molasses Sugar Cookies

These are yummy chewy spice cookies.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt


1- Melt shortening in a large pan, then cool.

2- Add sugar, eggs and molasses. Beat well.

3- In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.

4- Form into walnut-size balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

5- Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.

6- Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp. If they do lost their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight so that they turn soft again.

Sweet Potato Pie

This Kwanza classic is the ultimate comfort food!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup butter or 1/3 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 inches unbaked pie shells


1- In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
2- Add eggs; mix well.
3- Add milk, sweet potatoes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; mix well.
4- Pour into pie shell.
5- Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
6- Reduce heat to 350 degrees; bake 35-40 minutes longer or until pie tests done.
7- Cool; Store in refrigerator.

Let us know what you’re favourite holiday recipes are!


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The Highly Anticipated Puente De Luz Bridge Finally Opens- Only to Close the Same Day

Many Cityplace residents have been highly anticipating the new Puente de Luz Bridge; a structure which will allow them direct access to Front Street West. Translatable to “Bridge of Light,” its purpose is not only to convenience pedestrians and bicyclists, but also to serve as a unique piece of public art. Designed by Chilean artist Francisco Gazitua (who has created various public sculptures throughout the GTA), the sunny display certainly gives new meaning to the idea of a bridge with its pop of colour and eclectic details.

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Since it was built above the GO train station, safety features such as a mesh siding were declared mandatory so that objects (and of course, people) could not fall onto the train tracks from the bridge.

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With its careful planning, tactful design and $8 million dollar cost, it is no wonder that the eye-catching infrastructure had Torontonians eager for its reveal on the evening of October 26th, 2012.  Resembling more of an opening ceremony than a typical reveal, the extravagant event included traditional Chillean Cueca dancers, live musicians, and an appearance by the Chilean ambassador to Canada, Roberto Ibarra.

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Shortly after opening, however, the bridge was closed down. Deemed unsafe by the City of Toronto upon inspections by their engineers, the city ordered the immediate closing of the bridge until further notice. Toronto’s director of developmental engineering, Helen Noehammer, has not released exact details of the bridge deficiencies, but has stated that “it is our objective to open the bridge as quickly as possible.”

Although speculative, one source believes the delay has been due to issues with the mesh siding, or rather, the mesh clamps that hold it in place. He claims that all 6,000 clamps must be replaced due to their rough outer edges and unstable installation. Another source believes the major issue regards the expansion joints on the walkway path, which poses a tripping hazard to pedestrians. Whatever the reason, residents will likely be unable to use the bridge until mid-2013, and will sadly have to appreciate its artistic contributions from afar. 


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