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DATA IS BEAUTIFUL: A shot of the almost complete Data Centre building going up at the corner of Mill & Parliament. Photo by Dan Philips.

Corktown News & Events for the Week of January 26, 2015

CRBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: We’re counting down the days to the Corktown Residents & Business Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Tuesday, February 3. The meeting will be held at Little Trinity Church (the actual church, not the Annex building) at 417 King Street East. All residents and business reps are invited to intend and help elect a new board of directors for 2015. In addition, there will also be a presentation and discussion about the King-Sumach intersection. The meeting will take place between 7 and 9 p.m. Hope to see you there!

MEXICANA CORKTOWN: From Toronto Life comes confirmation of something we’d heard rumblings about over the last few weeks. Dave Sidhu, owner of the La Playa Mexican restaurants located in neighbourhoods across Toronto, will open a new restaurant called Cocina Economica in the space that previously held the Berkeley Cafe at 114 Berkeley Street. A welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

DEVELOPMENT MEETING: A developer has made an application for the southern parking lot lands in the Distillery District. The plan calls for a 57-storey mixed use building. If you want a chance to learn more and have your say, the city is hosting a public consultation on the application this Tuesday, January 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. Our friends at the Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association have the details.

FREE ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP: Across the river, the Riverside BIA has been kind enough to invite Corktown businesses to attend a FREE ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP on Tuesday, January 27 where you can learn about the AODA and what you need to do to comply. The meeting will be held at the Ralph Thornton Centre from 6 to 8 p.m. You can RSVP your attendance at this link.

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Toronto Police Service is holding a kick-off event for Black History Month at Nelson Mandela Park Public School on Friday, January 30 at 1 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. You can learn more here.

ON STAGE THIS WEEK: Blood Relations continues this week at Alumnae Theatre. You can grab tickets online. At the Young Centre, check out ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST, which debuts this Thursday and runs through February 21. Tickets are available.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE ELEPHANT: The White Elephant Restaurant & Bar on Queen East has more live music coming to you this week, with Sean Pinchin on January 30 and Toastr Party on January 31. Check their website for details.

UPCOMING

  • The CRBA AGM is Tuesday, February 3. Don’t forget!
  • Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Cafe is hosting an Order of Good Cheer dinner on February 11, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s discovery of Prince Edward County. Details are online. Seating is limited, so reverse your spot quick.
  • The transcendent Corktown Chamber Orchestra will perform their Valentine’s show HEART & SOUL on Thursday, February 12 at Little Trinity Church. Check their website for info.

Got a story about something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

 

 

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News & Events for the week of January 19, 2015

THE EYES HAVE IT: Corktown’s beloved new underpass murals got a ton of great press over the last week.

Things kicked off with a segment on Metro Morning, with comments from CRBA VP Arthur Sinclair. You can listen to the segment here.

The Toronto Star weighed in soon after, with an article headlined “Corktown underpass murals brighten, enlighten.” We agree — also, hey, that rhymes.

Finally, from Inside Toronto comes word that our own Underpass Park will play host to a three-day underpass mural festival in June. We’re looking forward to it!

BLOOD RELATIONS: This Friday, January 23 marks the debut of BLOOD RELATIONS at Alumnae Theatre. You can still get tickets online — don’t delay! The show runs through February 7.

LIVE MUSIC AT WHITE ELEPHANT: Corktown Thai restaurant WHITE ELEPHANT has been wowing crowds with live music every Friday night. Click here to check out the upcoming line-up of performers. This Friday you can catch Conor Gains at 7 p.m.

OPEN MIC AT REDLINE COFFEE: Redline Coffee & Espresso will play host to Pages on Fire’s OPEN MIC NIGHT this Saturday, January 24. Mysteriously titled “Just Give Me a Minute”, you can learn more about the event and sign up to perform on the Facebook page. The event is pay what you can, with the doors opening at 7 p.m. at 354 Queen Street East.

UPCOMING

  • The City of Toronto is holding a community consultation to discuss a development application for the Distillery “triangle lands” — you can learn more about the application at the Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association website. The meeting will be held on January 27 at 7 p.m. at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.
  • The Corktown Residents & Business Association (hey, that’s us!) will host their Annual General Meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3 at Little Trinity Church. More details will be posted shortly.

Got a story about something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

 

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News & Events for the week of January 11, 2015

TANDEM COFFEE HONOURED: A huge congrats to Corktown’s Tandem Coffee for making the list of BlogTO’s Best New Cafes in Toronto, 2014. Eugene and Michie always brew a great cup of coffee — pay ‘em a visit at 368 King East.

GWNA MEETING: On Monday, January 12, the Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association is hosting their first monthly public meeting of 2015 with special guest speaker Councillor Pam McConnell. The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 80 Mill Street in the second floor amenity room. Click here for details.

NEW LOCATION FOR UKES: With the Dominion on Queen still closed for renovations — we miss you! — the world famous Corktown Ukulele Jam is now jamming at the Paintbox Bistro in neighbouring Regent Park. They’re celebrating their sixth anniversary this Wednesday. Check out their website for all the details.

FREE YOGA: Canary District and the YMCA of Greater Toronto continue to offer FREE YOGA CLASSES each Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Canary District Presentation Centre. (398 Front Street East, at Cherry.) Click here for some more details. Email events@canarydistrict.com or call 416-603-7576 to reserve a spot ’cause space is limited.

LESLIEVILLE FLEA MOVES WEST: With winter here, the Leslieville Flea will once again take up winter residence at the Distillery District starting Sunday, January 18. Come by the Fermenting Cellar between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to check out their curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and more. Visit the website for more detail and future dates.

Got a story about something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca

 

We hope all Corktowners enjoyed the holiday season with family and friends! Here’s to a great 2015.

CRBA MEETING: The January meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association is set for this Tuesday, January 6. Once again we’ll be meeting at the Little Trinity Church Annex (403 King Street East) — find us upstairs. The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. It’s your opportunity to learn about all kinds of neighbourhood issues and have your say. All are welcome — hope to see you there!

LOCAL DEALS: Our friends at Adornments on Queen have got an Xmas Clearout Sale on through January 17, with all Xmas items going for a whopping 70% off! Head down and grab what you need for next season. Click here for details.

And if you’re looking to follow through on your resolutions, the Extension Room is offering a Leap Into 2015 sale, with 20% off all class cards and any new one month membership. You can buy ‘em online.

SKATE OR TRY: Make the most of this chilly January weather by checking out the new Regent Park Athletic Grounds Skating Rink at the corner of Shuter & Sumach. It’s freshly opened and nicely renovated. Councillor Pam McConnell has some details on her website.

WARD BOUNDARY REVIEW: The City of Toronto is currently in the process of reviewing ward boundaries. The first step? A series of consultations across the city. If you want to have your say on this important issue, there’s a meeting set for Saturday, January 10 between 9 a.m. and noon at Trinity St. Paul’s Church. (427 Bloor Street West.) Check out the Draw The Line website for info.

UPCOMING AT ALUMNAE: Alumnae Theatre is gearing up for its next stage production. BLOOD RELATIONS, the Governor General award-winning work by Sharon Pollock, takes audiences on a psychological journey inspired by the true story of Lizzie Borden. It debuts on January 23. Get your tickets online by clicking here.

Got a story about something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

 

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RED HOT: Realtor David Murray Maclean recently produced this video spotlighting Corktown’s Redline Coffee & Espresso Bar. A fun look at a great local business.

Corktown News & Events for the week of December 15, 2014

CORKTOWN COCKTIAL PARTY: Pictures from the 2014 festive Corktown Cocktail Party are available on our Facebook page. Thanks again to all who came out!

VINTAGE CORKTOWN: Congratulations to local businesses Ethel 20th Century Living and Marty Millionaire for making BlogTO’s list of the Best Vintage Furniture Stores in Toronto!

COOPER KOO YMCA: The new Cooper Koo Family YMCA at Front & Cherry is gearing up to open following this summer’s Pan Am games. You can sign up for updates here.

REGENT PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE: Meanwhile, over at Urban Toronto, they’ve got a construction update focusing on the new Regent Park Community Centre. Read all about it by clicking this link.

CAFFEINATED CORKTOWN: BlogTO took a look last week at the multitude of coffee options available in Corktown. We love ‘em all.

SUGAR PLUM FAIRIES: Our friends at the Extension Room are getting into the holiday spirit with a special SUGAR PLUM FAIRY OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, December 20 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Come by their location at 30 Eastern Ave for $5 classes all day, plus special holiday treats and the launch of their new and improved Juice Barre. For details, click here.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? I HOPE YOU DO: Corktown’s colourful Magic Building at 60 Sumach will be the site of an open house this Friday, December 19. Come in for a visit to check out the space, which is currently up for lease. For details, check out the flyer.

IT REALLY CAN’T STAY: This week is your last week to check in the sights and sounds of the famed Distillery Christmas Market. It closes for the season on Sunday, December 21. Check out the website for a complete line-up of musical performances and other events.

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE CITY: On Tuesday, December 23, our pals at Little Trinity Church are presenting a timely Christmas concert with jazz pianist Mike Janzen. Tickets are just $10, with kids getting in for free. You can buy tickets online.

Know about something going down in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

 

 

I [HEART] CURLING: Holiday revellers get their rocks off at the Distillery Christmas market. Photo by Dan Philips.

News & Events for the week of December 8, 2014

CORKTOWN COCKTAIL PARTY: Thanks to all those who came out to last night’s spectacular Corktown Cocktail Party. It was a big hit!

Special thanks to Fusilli for hosting us and providing an incredible selection of hors d’oeuvres. If you’ve never stopped by Fusilli for lunch or dinner, we highly recommend it. Visit their website for details.

And thanks as well to Socrates Apallas, Corktown’s #LivingToronto local realtor. He and his team did an amazing job handling the party’s logistics, coordinating the silent auction, setting up the outdoor lounge — how great were those roasted marshmallows? — and somehow getting Santa Claus himself to show up. You can visit Socrates’ website here.

And a big shout-out to the many local businesses that contributed items to the silent auction! We couldn’t have done it without you.

CORKTOWN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: The holiday spirit rolls on this week as the world famous Corktown Chamber Orchestra performs their holiday set, CHRISTMAS CHILLED & DISTILLED, at Little Trinity Church – 425 King East — on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m.. This year’s concert includes special guests Lynn James, Ted Hawkins, The Reply and Martin Gwynn Jones. All proceeds from this annual holiday tradition will go toward supporting Little Trinity and the work they do in our community.

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The concert will take place on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $10 at the door, with children getting in free.

ISLAND AIRPORT EA: For Corktowners keeping tabs on the ongoing debate surrounding expansion of the island airport, there is a public meeting taking place this Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. You can find out more at Councillor Pam McConnell’s website.

GIVING BACK: If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season, there are a couple of great local initiatives that are worth your support.

Our pals at CAHOOTS THEATRE have organized an online auction, with proceeds going to support their artistic endeavours. You can bid on a range of items by visiting their website here.

Meanwhile, the gearheads at CHARLIE’S FREEWHEELS — located near Queen & Sherbourne — are working to raise funds from the community to help 50 youth learn how to build bikes. You can donate online here to support the cause.

 PHOTOGRAPHY AT DANIELS SPECTRUM: Photography fans and history buffs might want to check out a new exhibit at the Daniels Spectrum. Exhibiting now through to January 26, 2015, CLOSE TO HOME examines life in historic Cabbagetown one hundred years ago. Find more details here.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST. PAUL’S BASILLICA: And finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. as St. Paul’s Basillica will present their annual Christmas concert. Featured during the concert will be Angelica Ganea, soprano, Charles Di Raimondo, tenor and Grenville Pinto, violinist. The proceeds from this concert will be directed to St. Paul’s Basilica. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Got a story about something happening in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

 

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CORKTOWN UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Come get updates on neighbourhood construction projects like this one at the December public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association on Tuesday, December 2. Photo courtesy Waterfront Toronto.

Local news & events for the week of December 1, 2014

DECEMBER CRBA MEETING: Join your Corktown Residents & Business Association on Tuesday, December 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. for our December public meeting. The meeting will take place at 403 King East, the Little Trinity Church Annex Building — it’s the recently-renovated heritage storefront just east of Front & Parliament.

Click here to download a copy of the night’s agenda.

We hope to see everyone there!

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CORKTOWN COCKTAIL PARTY:  You’re invited! Join us on Sunday, December 7 between 5 and 9 p.m. for some festive holiday fun at Fusilli Ristorante (531 Queen Street East, at River). The Corktown Cocktail Party will feature free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction, music, mingling and more. All are welcome and entry is of course totally free. This event is hosted by the Corktown Residents & Business Association and Socrates Apallas, Local Realtor.

WATERFRONT NEWS: Waterfront Toronto has published their newsletter for November-December 2014. It includes a ton of updates on construction projects in the area. Of particular note is their section relating to the work on the King/Queen Bridge, with an update from Infrastructure Ontario:

The work currently underway by Infrastructure Ontario below the King-Queen bridge continues to progress. The permanent Back Flow Preventer (BFP) has been installed and the temporary BFP has been removed.

Installation of the micro piles has also been progressing with only three remaining. Micro piles are small diameter rods drilled into bedrock adjacent to the bridge columns to reinforce the columns and support the bridge span. The micro piles are encased in a steel pipe and then filled with concrete grout for stability.

The remaining three micro piles are expected to be completed this month. This work entails jacking up the bridge while the micro piles are being installed. The new concrete pile caps will be formed and installed at the same time. Once complete, the bridge will be put back on the reinforced columns and work will be performed to ensure the bridge columns are level and plumb.

Infrastructure Ontario expects to complete the work in early 2015 and is grateful for the community’s patience. Infrastructure Ontario will continue to make every effort to keep the community up-to-date on the status of work going forward.

For more information or questions about the work being undertaken at the King-Queen bridge please contact info@infrastructureontario.ca.

MAKING PROGRESS: Urban Toronto had some updates last week on the construction progress of two important neighbourhood projects. First, check out their video tour of the West Don Lands, include a peek at the new YMCA. Those indoor pools look fantastic. Next, read all about the Regent Park Athletic Grounds. The skating rink, basketball course, soccer/cricket field and running track will all be great additions to the area.

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLHOUSE: The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is hosting their annual Founders Dinner on Thursday, December 4 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m at 106 Trinity Street. Come out and support a great part of our local history. You can register online here.

CHRISTMAS CHEER: For pet owners who want to see their dogs and/or cats get into the holiday spirit, the Toronto Humane Society is hosting their Pet Pics with Santa, Holiday Bazarr & Bake Sale on Saturday, December 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at their headquarters at 11 River Street. The holiday spirit will also continue all week at the Distillery District Christmas Market.

UPCOMING:

  • The Corktown Chamber Orchestra will be performing their annual holiday concert at Little Trinity Church on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets will be just ten dollars, with children getting in for free. Check back here for details.
  • Our friends at the Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association will host their December public meeting on Monday, December 9  with guests Coun. Pam McConnell and MPP Glen Murray. The meeting will take place between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at 70 Mill Street in the first floor community room. Click here for details.

Got a story about something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

 

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You’re invited! Join us on Sunday, December 7 between 5 and 9 p.m. for some festive holiday fun at Fusilli Ristorante (531 Queen Street East, at River).

The Corktown Cocktail Party will feature free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction, music, mingling and more.

All are welcome and entry is of course totally free. This event is hosted by the Corktown Residents & Business Association and Socrates Apallas, Local Realtor.

 

AT LAST: The barricades are down on Cherry as the street re-opens to pedestrians, cyclists and cars. Photo by Chris Bateman/BlogTO.

Corktown news & events for the week of November 24, 2014

CHERRY ON TOP: After much delay and some gently aggressive cajoling by residents and businesses, Cherry Street has re-opened to all forms of traffic. BlogTO has some details.

EAST QUEEN EAST: As expected, the New Broadview Hotel at Queen & Broadview — formerly Jilly’s — will be redeveloped into a boutique hotel and restaurant. The building was purchased by Streetcar Developments earlier this year. You can learn more at Urban Toronto.

STREET ART: The Globe & Mail’s Anwar Ali wrote a good piece about all the new street art appearing across the city, with a special emphasis on the just-unveiled pillar murals near King East & Sumach. Give it a read.

WDLC MEETING: The West Don Lands Committee is hosting their monthly public meeting on Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at 39 Parliament Street, in the 11th floor amenity room (entry code 182).

FREE YOGA: Beginning this Wednesday, November 26, Canary District Condos & the YMCA of Greater Toronto will be offering FREE YOGA CLASSES at the Canary District presentation centre located 398 Front Street East (Front & Cherry). Classes will be led by registered instructors from the YMCA. For more information and a link to RSVP, click here.

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE CITY: The Distillery District Christmas Market officially kicks off this Friday, November 28 with a special opening ceremony and tree-lighting ceremony taking place at 6 p.m. The market will then run through to Sunday, December 21, open Tuesday to Friday from noon to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Closed Mondays.) For all the details on events, entertainment, beer gardens and more, visit the Christmas Market website.

LIGHT UP RIVERSIDE: Keeping with the Christmas Spirit, our friends in Riverside are hosting their annual tree-lighting event and shop the neighbourhood event on Saturday, November 29 at 5 p.m. at Mustard Seed (791 Queen Street East). For more details, click here.

ON STAGE: This week marks your last chance to check out the FireWorks Festival at Alumnae Theatre — don’t miss it. You can check out the schedule and ticket information by clicking here. Meanwhile, at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, grab tickets for the critically-acclaimed KIM’S CONVENIENCE debuting November 27 and the classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL, which kicks off November 30.

CATCH THE SPIRIT: Our friends at Little Trinity Church (425 King East) host SONGS OF LAMENT AND HOPE on Saturday, November 29 at 7 p.m. It’s an evening of spiritual exploration featuring the music of Ryan Adams, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Daniel Lanois, and others, with everyone welcome. Check out the flyer for details.

UPCOMING:

  • Your Corktown Residents & Business Association will hold our monthly public meeting on Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. Find us at the Little Trinity Church Annex Building (403 King East).
  • The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is hosting their annual Founders Dinner on Thursday, December 4 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m at 106 Trinity Street. Come out and support a great part of our local history. You can register online here.
  • The annual community Corktown Christmas Party, presented by the CRBA and Local Realtor Socrates Apallas, is set for Sunday, December 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fusilli Ristorante (531 Queen East, at River). Join your neighbours for some festive holiday fun featuring complimentary hors d’oevres, cash bar, silent auction, music, mingling and more!
  • The Corktown Chamber Orchestra will be performing their annual holiday concert at Little Trinity Church on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets will be just ten dollars, with children getting in for free. Check back here for details

Know about something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

 

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Corktown News & Events for the week of November 16, 2014

PARK LIFE: The much-loved Corktown Common was the recipient of another award as Popular Science Magazine put it on their annual Best of What’s New list. We’re starting to think people like this park. Urban Toronto has the details.

FIREWORKS ON STAGE: The FireWorks Festival continues at Alumnae Theatre all this week, with a great line-up of new full-length plays developed at Alumnae, associated workshops, panel discussions and other events. You can find a schedule and ticket details at Alumnae’s website. The festival runs through November 30.

COP TALK: Our 51 Division Community Policing Liaison Committee is holding a town hall meeting on Wednesday, November 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m at Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne). The meeting will work as an opportunity to meet your CPLC reps, learn more about the CPLC’s role in local policing and ask questions. Check out the flyer for more details.

COOKING CLASS: Corktown’s Healthy Road (518 King East) is hosting a pre-natal/family cooking class on Saturday, November 22 at 1 p.m. Come and learn about the how-to’s of nutrition and delicious prenatal cooking with Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Nutrition Expert Kate Matthew in this 1.5 hour cooking demo. Only $50.00 per person. Register at eatingveggies@gmail.com —  all participants will receive 10% off all in store purchases that day.

UPCOMING

  • On Monday, November 24, local chef Jamie Kennedy is bringing back the Local Food Movement with a dinner event in collaboration with the Ontario Water Sake Company. The evening will include a 6:30 p.m. reception a the Ontario Water Sake Company in the Distillery District, followed by a 7:30 p.m. four course dinner at the Gilead Wine Bar. Cost is $120 per person. Make reservations by calling 647-288-0680. You can learn more at Chef Kennedy’s website.
  • Also on Monday, November 24, our pals at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse are hosting a lecture with John G. Geiger, author, CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and one of the key figures in the recently-in-the-news expedition to find one of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 with proceeds going to support Toronto’s First Post Office Museum. Learn more at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse website.
  • Christmas is coming, whether you’re ready for it or not. Some upcoming events to be aware of. The Distillery Christmas Market kicks off on November 28. Our friends in Riverside are set to hold their tree lighting ceremony and shop the neighbourhood event on November 29. And Soulpepper’s production of A Christmas Carol returns to the Young Centre for the Performing Arts on November 30. Ho Ho Ho.
  • And hey, don’t forget. Your Corktown Residents & Business Association will host its next monthly public meeting on Tuesday, December 2 at the Little Trinity Church Annex. Details will be posted soon.