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Win a Limited Edition Dalkhafine Print

Yorkville Murals has already begun to make its mark on the neighbourhood – but the party is just getting started. In celebration of the incredible multi-media piece by the talented Dalkhafine installed in our main atrium, and in anticipation of the annual Yorkville Murals event later this month, we are thrilled to announce an Instagram Giveaway in partnership with Yorkville Murals.

 

Want to take a piece of Yorkville Murals home with you? You’re in luck. We’re giving away 10 limited edition prints featuring the custom murals by Dalkhafine on display at Manulife Centre. For your chance to win, here’s what you have to do:

 
1. Visit the Yorkville Murals installation in the atrium of Manulife Centre at 55 Bloor St. West
2. Take a picture of one – or both – of Dalkhafine’s murals and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #YVMx55Bloor 
3. Follow @manulifecentre and @yorkvillemurals on Instagram
4. Share your post before 11:59 PM on September 26th, 2021
See below for full Rules & Regulations. 
 
So, go ahead. Share the #YVMx55Bloor love and take a little bit of Yorkville Murals home with you. And be sure to check out the annual Yorkville Murals event, a three-day cultural celebration of contemporary muralism and public art. Visit yorkvillemurals.com for more details.

Rules & Regulations

1. One (1) entry per person. 
2. Entrants should have their accounts set to public so all entry criteria can be confirmed (we can’t see your post on the hashtag unless your account is public!)
3. Giveaway period begins on September 9th, 2021 and runs until 11:59PM on September 26th, 2021.
4. Ten (10) winners will be randomly selected at 12:00 PM on September 28th.
5. Five (5) of each mural have been printed and awarded at random.
6. Winners will be contacted via DM and on Instagram Stories on September 28th following the draw.
7. Winner must be able to collect their limited edition print in person at Manulife Centre from September 29th in the afternoon. 8. Exact pickup instructions will be provided to winner upon contact.
This giveaway is not in any way affiliated with Instagram. No purchase necessary. Entrant should reside in the GTA to be able to collect their prize in person at Manulife Centre .

Get Back to It with a Fall Reset at Manulife Centre

Somehow another summer has come and gone and another school year is beginning. It’s perhaps not how we imagined it, but even still we’re inspired by the feeling of starting fresh that always comes with this time of year. Especially because your favourite Manulife Centre shops make it easy to get back into the swing of things with products and services that will help you get that fresh start you’re craving. Here are some of the ways we’re resetting for Fall:

Rock a New ‘Do

Having spent so long without our regular hair appointments throughout the last year, it would not be surprising if you’re craving a bold new look to carry you forward into the new season. Luckily Haartek is open 7 days a week to help you get your hair back into shape, and into a new one if you so choose. Give them a call at (416) 964-2666 to book an appointment.

Get Back to Cool

If you’re shopping for your kids, Indigo is the place for stylish, functional and clever back-to-school items. From agendas and notebooks to backpacks and face masks, Indigo has everything you need to get the year off to the right start. But don’t let your kids have all the fun! Indigo has a great selection of accessories and furniture to help you refresh your home office.

Sleep Well, Perform Better

Ensuring you get enough quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and wellness. Why not reset your sleep hygiene with a little help from Nirvana Home Collection? Their selection of pillows and duvets will keep you comfortable and help you rest well as life returns to normal after a relaxing summer, and their quality bamboo sheet sets will keep you cool through the lingering heat of September.

Back to La Scuola

In person cooking classes resume at Eataly this month and they have an exciting line up to help you learn all about how to recreate your favourite Italian dishes at home. Want to learn from home? They also have virtual events and their popular monthly wine club subscription events available. Check out their website to explore their upcoming class listings and book your spot today.

See Clearly

As we return to our desks and the sun begins to set a little earlier, September is a great time to maintain your eye health. Set up your regular check up at Toronto Eye Care and find your perfect pair of specs at their in-house optical where you’ll find high quality, stylish frames for the whole family.

Get Back to the Gym

After a long hiatus GoodLife Fitness is open again for all of your fitness needs. This month we’re renewing our memberships and getting back to the gym and adding new, healthy routines to our day-to-day. In addition to safe and distanced workouts on their main floor, group cycling, group fitness, personal training and virtual fitness are back on and we couldn’t be more ready for it.

 

How are you resetting for Fall? Tag us along with your favourite Manulife Centre retailers on Instagram @ManulifeCentre.

 

 

 


Savour your Summer with these Experiences in the GTA

It’s hard to believe that August is already here, and more than any other month this is the one you want to make last forever. Now that Ontario has entered Stage 3 of reopening, there’s even more to experience before Autumn settles in. We’ve taken the time to round up some of the summer experiences throughout the GTA that we’re most looking forward to this month and will be trying to fit in before September comes to call. We’re calling it the “summer cram” – we hope you come along with us to make this August one to remember.

Attend Fleurs de Villes Part Deux

Last year Fleurs de Villes brought impressive floral creations to Bloor-Yorkville, which was a bright spot amidst the first summer of the pandemic. That’s why they’re back again to bring the neighbourhood to life with installations throughout the Yorkville area. From August 4-8 follow the floral trail that starts right here at Manulife Centre at our main entrance by following the online map or picking up a printed version at the Guest Services desk on our Concourse Level.  On August 7th be sure to come by to visit the pop-up floral markets throughout Yorkville to bring some of the joy of Fleurs de Villes home with you while also supporting the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Don’t forget to share your experience on social using #FdVBloorYorkville and tagging @ManulifeCentre to be featured on our stories.

Bask in Sunflower Fields

Is there anything more iconically August than a field full to bursting of tall, vibrant sunflowers? We don’t think so. That’s why we’ll be booking tickets to visit The Sunflower Farm in Beaverton, Ontario. Not only is a perfect photo opportunity, it’s an amazing experience for the whole family to get outside, experience farm life, and walk among the sunflowers on a sunflower shaped trail. Like how August always seems to slip away before we know it, so does the blooming season of a sunflower. So be sure to book ahead and visit early to see them at their peak.

Experience Unreal City Views

Touted as one of BlogTO’s top 25 Patios in Toronto with Unreal Views, The One Eighty certainly lives up to its name. We can’t think of a better place to reunite with friends or have a special date night to celebrate a return to life that feels a bit more normal. Book ahead and request a patio table or take in the views from inside their stunning modern restaurant. To access The One Eighty take the south elevator from our Main Level.

Van Gogh or Go Home

Speaking of sunflowers, in case you missed it the hit experience of last summer – The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit – is back again for another spectacular showing. Be sure to book tickets in advance for a walk-thru of the exhibit, or add some illumination to your barre or yoga practice by registering for one of their special classes.

Admire Bold and Beautiful Public Art

While the official Yorkville Murals event is not until September 24th – 26th (check here for details about this year’s event in the coming months), the murals can be experienced anytime in Yorkville, as well as at Manulife Centre as of August 9th. We’re very excited to be host to a innovative mural by Delphine Dussoubs (aka @dalkafine) that combines illustration and motion design (you can get a preview here). Her incredible work will be on display in the atrium of our Main Entrance from August 9 through the Fall. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information about the official Yorkville Murals event next month.

Go to the Movies Again

A classic summer pastime – especially on hot days when a few hours in air conditioning is nothing but sweet relief – is going to the movies and this summer we are excited for movie nights and matinées more than ever before. Next time we go to the movies at Cineplex Varsity Cinemas we’re going all out: popcorn, candy, a pop and we might even opt for the VIP experience, and we think you should too. Be sure to note and adhere to Cineplex’s health and safety protocol to help create a safe experience for all theatre-goers.

 

Adding any of these experiences to your summer bucket list? Be sure to tag us on Instagram @ManulifeCentre to be featured in our stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stage 3 Reopening at Manulife Centre

Per the move to Stage 3 as of July 16th, 2021 at 12:01 AM, all of Manulife Centre retailers, eateries and experiences are able to reopen.

In addition to our stores for indoor shopping, eateries such as Scaccia and La Piazza at Eataly indoor restaurants will be open July 16th for indoor dining. At Eataly, La Birrotecca and La Pizza and La Pasta will open on July 17th, with their other eateries to follow soon. The One Eighty will open their restaurant and patio as of July 21st, ready for you to enjoy the views. Finally, past and new members can now work out in person at Goodlife Fitness, and film enthusiasts can experience the movies at Cineplex – with physical distancing measures in place of course.

Stay tuned for further updates as Ontario continues to reopen.

 

COVID-19 Safety Protocol

While Manulife Centre has largely reopened per Stage 3 regulations, our COVID-19 safety protocol is still in place. While we continue to put your health first with increased cleaning, hand sanitizers & signage throughout common areas, when visiting please adhere to the following physical distancing protocols and local regulations to help keep everyone safe:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Maintain physical distancing of 6ft
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene by wearing a face covering
  • Stay home if you do not meet Ontario’s customer screening protocol

5 Books to add to your Summer Reading List

July is the time to settle into summer, to take it easy on hot days and relax before the pressures of Fall return. One of our favourite ways to while away the hours on slow summer days is to get stuck into new book from the comfort of your cottage deck, city balcony or public beach. Whether you are a fan of epic fantasies or non-fiction, the 5 books below are bound to give you the summer adventure you crave from the comfort of your favourite lounger. Of course, all of these books can be found at Indigo, which is now open for in-store shopping along with all retailers throughout the shopping centre (for complete details about Stage 2 reopening at Manulife Centre check out our previous blog). As a bonus, we’ve included some pairings from some of your other favourite retailers to enhance your overall reading experience.

 

For the Modern Philosopher

New York Times Bestselling Author of The Fault in our Stars and beloved “Internet Dad” John Green’s first collection of essays, The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centred Planet, can be considered essential reading for the modern age. Each essay takes the form of a review of various aspects of our humanity in this geological age that are both hilarious and profound. While Green’s writing style makes the book itself unputdownable, the nature of an essay collection makes it the perfect summer read for the busy person who is always chasing after kids or coworkers as you can easily read through a complete essay in a short 20 minute break.

We recommend that you pair The Anthropocene Reviewed with a cold, refreshing can of Diet Dr. Pepper from Bay Convenience. Just trust us – we promise this will make more sense when you read the book!

For the Gardener

Whether you’re a gardener yourself or you’re just a fan of a good garden, we think you’ll love The Last Garden in England by Julie Kelly. Even if you lack a green thumb, you’ll enjoy this novel for its superb take on historical fiction and its 3 converging story lines. The Last Garden in England is the perfect read to bring along on a weekend getaway to a cottage or a bed and breakfast in a small Ontario town, and will inspire you to get out in your own garden (or at least to visit one of Toronto’s public gardens) despite the summer heat.

The perfect pairing for this book is the quintessential beverage of British Summer Time: a Pimm’s cup! Pick up a bottle of Pimm’s from the LCBO and the various accoutrements from Indepdendent CityMarket and follow this recipe to create the perfect summer sip.

For the Budding Mycologist

Mushrooms are having a moment, and when you read Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures you’ll wonder why their moment has only just arrived. This book, while firmly rooted in scientific research, reads as a little bit memoir and a whole lot of of philosophy. It will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about Fungi and then some, and with a mind-blowing fact on nearly every page you’ll find this one hard to put down.

While Entangled Life is only in part about fungi you can actually eat and is in no way a field guide to mushroom foraging (friendly reminder to not forage for mushrooms unless you are versed in identification or are with someone who is), it’s hard not to crave delicious, umami-forward sautéed mushrooms while reading this book. That’s why we recommend heading to Eataly and adding heaps of mushrooms to your basket (they have an incredible selection of varieties hard to find at your regular grocery store) alongside some arborio rice, Parmigianno Reggiano and white wine to make a delectable mushroom risotto to satisfy your cravings.

For the Fantasy Lover

If you’re tired of waiting for the next Game of Thrones book or the conclusion to the Kingkiller Chronicles, but have also been craving more fantasy stories centred on strong female characters, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon is for you. This 800+ page epic will keep the average reader gripped all summer long and is the perfect companion for beach days and rainy afternoons alike.

If you want to make room for this tome among other books this summer, we recommend dividing and conquering your reading experience with the audio book on long walks through the city. That’s why we recommend pairing The Priory of the Orange Tree with a slick new pair of headphones from Bay Bloor Radio. We’re currently loving the Campfire Audio Satsuma In-Ear Monitor Headphones, that will bring you the handcrafted quality you expect from the indie audio brand at a wallet-friendly price.

For Everyone

If you haven’t yet read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Summer 2021 is your time. This book has a little something for everyone – at once a coming-of-age tale, an ode to nature and a compelling mystery – which is probably why it has spent 124 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list since its release in 2018. This summer read with substance will keep you gripped even when July’s humidity wants to lull you into an afternoon nap.

When taking on such a gripping read it’s important to optimize your snacking and hydration game. There’s no better snack for keeping you fed and watered through a backyard reading session than with watermelon from Independent CityMarket. Sure, the pages may get a little sticky, but a well-loved book is one that’s a little rough around the edges, right?

 

What are you reading this summer? Let us know by tagging us on Instagram @ManulifeCentre for the chance to be featured in our stories.