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East vs West: Intelligent Discussion on a Not So Important Topic

November 7, 2014
by Canadian Architect

It’s an age-old, passion-infused debate: which is best, the east or west? Ask a Torontonian for their view, east or west of Yonge, and you’ll get an answer, often long and enthusiastic, about which side of the city rules and why. On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, east-end condo development River City, designed by Saucier + Perrotte architectes and developed by Urban Capital, will host a hometown battle on the merits of each district. East vs West: An Intelligent Discussion On a Not So Important Topic will be an engaging evening speaking to infrastructure, culture, trends, the best bang for your buck and recreation in this booming city we live in.

Join a panel of notable Torontonians who will take the stage to say their piece on their neighbourhood of choice. East-end believers vs west-side champions, the panel will discuss topics including trending neighbourhoods, affordable real estate, local gems and ultimately, liveability.

Beach resident and host on City Breakfast Television, Jennifer Valentyne will inject the east-end panel with her energetic personality and animated opinions, coupled with immense knowledge of the ins and outs of Toronto’s hotspots. Michael Hollett is the co-founder, co-owner, and Editor/Publisher of NOW Magazine and Now Communications Inc, founder and director of North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference. A lifelong eastender who now dwells in Riverdale, Hollett will bring his passion for the east to the table.

Parkdale denizen Roz Weston entertains a weekly audience of more than two million Canadians with The Roz & Mocha Show on KiSS FM coupled with his gig as a host on Entertainment Tonight Canada. Weston will ignite his passion for the west and hone his natural charisma to engage audiences at East vs West. Co-founder of Toronto-based music label, Arts & Crafts, Jeffrey Remedios will join the west-end panel representing his Bellwoods home base. Originally from the east but truly devoted to the west, Remedios knows this city through and through.

Guests of the event will enjoy culinary delights by local food trucks, Gourmet Bitches and Gourmet Gringos, and savoury beers by Danforth-based Left Field Brewery. City of Neighbourhood toques by Tuck Shop Trading Co. will be available for purchase on site. Stand up for your side of Toronto and be ready to rumble!

The event takes place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the River City 3 Sales Centre, located at 51 Trolley Crescent (at Lower River Street) in Toronto.

East vs West is open to the public but space is limited! RSVP to claim your spot at or join the discussion online (tweet @UrbanCapital #EastvsWestTO). Torontonians are encouraged to share an image of their favourite Hogtown spot with the handle #EastvsWestTO.

Minutes from the downtown core, River City is at the centre of some of Toronto’s most eclectic historic districts. A stunning four phase development by Urban Capital, located in the dynamic up-and-coming West Don Lands, the complex has been hailed by architectural critics as “a pure vision of liberated design” (Lisa Rochon) and “one of the most artistically exciting high-rises constructed in Toronto since the onset of the condo boom” (John Bentley Mays).

River City is designed by renowned Montreal-based Saucier + Perrotte Architects, who were inspired by the site’s industrial aesthetic, the infrastructure that runs through it, and the natural landscapes that surround it. Hard elements contrast with soft, and light with dark, while the shapes of the building bring these differences subtly into play. Complementing its urban surroundings and standing out among the crowd, River City is unlike any other development in Toronto today. Designed for excellent liveability and maximum sustainability, it is the community for the 21st century.

saucier + perrotte architectes' river city condo development, looking west towards the downtown core. developed by urban capital.
saucier + perrotte architectes' river city condo development, looking west towards the downtown core. developed by urban capital.

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