We hope all Corktowners have had a great summer. It’s hard, we know, to come to terms with it ending. But, hey, nothing picks up the spirits like a public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association!

Please join us:

Tuesday, September 2
7 to 9 p.m.
489 Queen St. East at Sumach 
On the 3rd Floor in the Employment Centre 
Note the change in venue:  the Dominion on Queen has closed for renovations so we’re moving to the opposite corner of Queen & Sumach. Thanks Dixon Hall for hosting us in your Employment Centre! 

The meeting will cover all the many goings-on of late, including new business openings, neighbourhood public art projects, our park improvements plan, development news, and more. 

Click here to download the agenda.

If you’ve never been to a CRBA meeting before, or if you’re new to the neighbourhood, this is a great time to start. It’s free to attend and all are welcome. 

Park Music: Music in the Park returns to Little Trinity Park on Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m. Photo by Dan Philips.

Regretfully and ruefully, it seems summer is almost over. Here’s a few things going on in Corktown this week, leading into the long weekend.

First, we’ve got two new shows at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District.

On Tuesday, August 26, check out the debut of GLENN, a “fascinating and moving look at the music and mythology of an eternally captivating figure” that puts the spotlight on Glenn Gould. It runs until October 1, and you can get tickets online.

Then, on August 30, check out Soulpepper’s production of the Arthur Miller classic THE CRUCIBLE, on stage through September 20. Again, grab your tickets online.

On Thursday, August 28, MUSIC IN THE PARK returns to Little Trinity Park at 7 p.m. This week, our friends at Little Trinity Church are excited to welcome singer Sarah Burton. The event is completely free and all are welcome — bring a blanket or lawn chair for maximum comfort.

And on the long weekend, the Distillery District is the place to be as ARTFEST returns with their Fine Arts & Craft Show. Admission is completely free, with exhibitors setting up between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Friday through Monday. Check out Artfest’s website for details.

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



Music in the Park returns to Little Trinity Park this Thursday, August 14. Presented by our friends at Little Trinity Church, this week’s outdoor concert will see a performance by Graydon James and the Young Novelists. You can hear some of their songs on their YouTube page.

As always, Music in the Park is totally free to attend and all are welcome. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair! The concert will start at 7 p.m.



Hey Corktowners. See below for an exciting message from StreetARToronto regarding a very cool plan to transform the pillars along King East — underneath the Richmond and Adelaide overpasses — with mural installations this fall.

If you want a closer look at the mural designs proposed for the pillars, head on over to Tandem Coffee at 368 King East where the designs are displayed.

Dear Neighbours,

This fall the pillars on King Street East (underneath the Richmond St. E. and Adelaide St. E. overpasses, just west of Sumach Street) will be transformed by series of mural installations as a part of the StreetARToronto Underpass Program or “StART UP.”  StART UP’s mandate is to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the visual landscape of our community, making our City’s underpasses safer and more beautiful. This project is being implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the Public Realm Section of the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division.

We are very excited to have three quality proposals submitted by artists Sean Martindale, Patrick “Peru” Dyer Jalea and Elisa “Shalak” Monreal.  As a part of our selection process, we value your input on the design proposals for the site.  Please take a look at the designs attached in this email or feel free to view them in person at the following location this week until Thursday August 14th:

Tandem Coffee, 368 King Street East. Opening Hours, 7AM-6PM M-F; 8AM-5PM S-S

If you have any thoughts, please feel free to submit your feedback to the site coordinator Sean Robertson-Palmer at srptittus@gmail.com.  The deadline to submit comments is 4:30pm on Thursday August 14th, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the StreetARToronto program in general please email streetart@toronto.ca.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to your response,


StreetARToronto (StART)

The designs proposed for the pillars are below. Click the images to view them at a larger size.

By Shalak Attack, with assistance of Bruno Smoky:




By Sean Martindale:

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By Peru Dyer Jalea:


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An announcement and an invitation from the City of Toronto for Corktowners who enjoy the Bright Street playground:

The City of Toronto will be making park and playground improvements in 2014 & 2015.  Current play equipment is nearing the end of its expected life span and not compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Site furnishings and planting are either lacking or in poor condition.

We want your input on improvements.

What: Bright Street playground open house

Where: Bright Street playground

When: Tuesday, August 12, 4 to 7 p.m.

Hope to see you there!



Nothing goes better with the dog days of summer than a potluck picnic in the park. So, hey, join Friends of Corktown Common this Saturday, August 9 at 2 p.m. for a Corktown Common Potluck Picnic!

What: A Corktown Common Potluck Picnic!

When: Saturday, August 9 at 2 p.m.

Where: Corktown Common Pavilion (Need directions to Corktown Common? Click here.)

What to bring: Bring a dish to share and a plate to eat from!

Check out the Friends of Corktown Common website for more details.



MUSIC IN THE PARK: The music gets going at Little Trinity Park. Head down to their next outdoor concert this Thursday, July 31 as the Thomas Williams Jazz Combo takes the stage at 7 p.m. Photo courtesy Little Trinity Church.


Corktown news for the week of July 28, 2014

Some good news on the transit front: the construction work at Queen & Broadview was completed ahead of schedule, which means streetcars have returned to service on Queen East in Corktown. But be warned: track work at Broadview & Danforth have caused further diversions. View the TTC’s diversion page for details. Here’s their map of how streetcar service will work until construction finishes on August 31:


BlogTO has got a good review of new Corktown coffee spot Tandem Coffee, which just opened at 368 King East. Give it a read — and be sure to stop by and grab yourself a cup of joe.

Waterfront Toronto has published their July newsletter. As always, it contains detailed information about development updates. Always worth your time.

Speaking of development, Urban Toronto has some information about a 57-storey tower proposed for the Distillery District.

Mark your calendars! Friends of Corktown Common is planning a potluck picnic in Corktown Common for August 9. Check out their post and stay tuned for more details as the event date approaches.

You have until Thursday, July 31 to fill out the Toronto Police Service Quality Service survey. TPS is looking for feedback on your experiences interacting with police in the community. Click here to give them your two cents.

Corktown events for the week of July 28, 2014

The West Don Lands Committee is set to hold their monthly public meeting on Monday, July 28. This month’s agenda includes a presentation from Derek Goring, VP of Development for First Gulf on the Korex Site Redevelopment at Lake Shore and Don Road. The meeting will take place in the 11th floor amenity room at 39 Parliament Street (Entry Code: 182) between 7 and 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 30, the Corktown Ukelele Jam returns once again to the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen East, at Sumach). If you’ve never been to a Uke Jam before, now is a great time to check it out. Visit their website and event calendar for details. Things get jamming at 8 p.m.

The music continues on Thursday, July 31 as Music in the Park returns to Little Trinity Park. Put on by our friends at Little Trinity Church, this week park-goers will get to hear from the Thomas Williams Jazz Combo. Click here to download the flyer. The music starts at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Finally, head to the Distillery District this long weekend to check out the return of the Artfest Summer Arts & Crafts Show. Running between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Artfest is a free event featuring artisans from across Canada. Check out the website for details — and hope to see you there.

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


LIVE LIKE COMMON PEOPLE: The scene at the official opening of Corktown Common on Thursday, July 10. Photo by Dan Philips.

Local News for the week of July 14, 2014

The grand official opening of Corktown Common on Thursday, July 10 was a huge success. Thanks to all Corktowners who came out to mark the occasion. Councillor Pam McConnell has a report from the official opening ceremony, while Metro News has more about all the great features of the park. Meanwhile, local photographer Dan Philips has a great album of photos from the opening party.

A reminder that StreetARToronto is working with the CRBA to get awesome art murals painted on the columns supporting the Richmond/Adelaide overpasses. If you want an opportunity to have your say on this exciting project, check out our post here.

Urban Toronto’s latest Throwback Thursday feature looks at the building at the corner of King East & Berkeley. Give it a look to take a trip down memory lane.

Events for the week of July 14, 2014

Lots going on at Corktown’s renowned Dominion on Queen (500 Queen East, at Sumach) this week! Perfect entertainment for the summer.

  • On Monday, July 14, check out the Good Neighbours Open Mic — a good time whether you want to perform or just watch. Sign-ups open at 7:30 p.m., with the first acts taking the stage at 8 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, July 15, comedian Simon Rakoff holds a release party for his new album SURROUNDED BY IDIOTS at 8 p.m. I am pretty sure you won’t be branded an idiot if you come! Check out Simon’s website for more info.
  • And on Thursday, July 17, the Toronto Blues Society presents The Sinners Choir at 9:30 p.m.

And that’s not all! Check out the Dominion’s full July events calendar for all your entertainment options.

On Thursday, July 17, Music in the Park returns to Little Trinity Park. Put on by our friends at Little Trinity Church, this week you can catch a great outdoor performance from Queen of the Fleet. The music starts at 7 p.m. — bring a blanket or lawn chair. Check out the flyer for full details.

And for more musical entertainment, head down to Trinity Square in the Distillery District this Sunday, July 20 for music from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Conway. He’ll take the stage between 3 and 5 p.m. Check out the Distillery District events calendar for more info.

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


The CRBA is excited to let you know that we’re working with StreetARToronto to get some murals on the pillars supporting the Richmond/Adelaide overpasses through Corktown.

To get the ball rolling, StreeetARToronto wants your feedback on guiding principles/themes for the art design. Here’s their message to Corktowners:

Dear friends and colleagues,

As we begin the process towards selecting an artist for the pillar murals at Richmond and Adelaide, we at StreetARToronto find that a really helpful aspect for the artists is providing them with a set of guiding principals/ themes to help situate their design within the scope of the neighborhood. What we are looking for here are some thoughts that would help provide some context for an artist who may be unfamiliar with the community. Some questions that arise include:

What makes your neighborhood special?
What aspects are crucial to the social fabric of your community?
What historical or contemporary facts are important to understanding how your community operates?
Why are projects like this important to your community?

These are just some examples of the many areas you can touch on to help the artist really get a sense of the space their work may occupy, and provide some insight on who they are creating this mural for. Any feedback would be very much appreciated.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to your response.

Sean Robertson -Palmer.

If you have any thoughts to share on these questions, please email them to info@corktown.ca and we’ll forward them on to StreetARToronto. Stay tuned for more updates as this process continues!


UNDER THE OVERPASS: Underpass Park played host to a whole bunch of community activities this past weekend for the Celebrate Corktown Neighbourhood BBQ and party. Thanks to all who came out! Photo by Dan Philips.

Local news for the week of July 7, 2014

Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the Celebrate Corktown BBQ and party this past Saturday! And thanks again to MP Chrystia Freeland, MPP Glen Murray, Councillor Pam McConnell and the many businesses and volunteers that helped put the event together. Local photographer Dan Philips has posted some photos — take a look.

After much anticipation, Tandem Coffee has opened their doors at 368 King Street East after a soft launch. Stop by, grab a hot beverage and check ‘em out!

On June 25, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Waterfront Toronto, Scotiabank, Heritage Toronto and Councillor Pam McConnell unveiled a couple of new plaques on the Lower Don Trail, right near the path entrance to Corktown Common. The plaques recognize the Lower Don River railway crossing and the straightening of the river. Urban Toronto has the story — and be sure to head down to the Lower Don Trail to check out the new plaques.

If you’re a woman in Corktown looking to get fit this summer, Fun & Mental Fitness Toronto East has a series of Boot Camps scheduled with trainer Melissa Russell. Check out the website for details.

Corktown favourite Adornments on Queen has published their July newsletter. This month’s can’t-miss deal offers 25% off table lamps and mirrors, plus 25% off any product with the colour red in it. They’ve also got a new downtown jewelry line. Check it out for all the details.

The Toronto Star’s Vicky Sanderson penned an article recently about the continued transformation of Toronto’s downtown east side, with a focus on the King East design district. Take a look.

Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Cafe + Wine Bar is taking part in the SUMMER OF RIESLING. All summer long, they’ll have four Riesling choices on their by-the-glass wine menu. Visit their website for details and book your reservation soon!

Events for the week of July 7, 2014

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On Thursday, July 10, Waterfront Toronto and development partners Dundee-Kilmer and Urban Capital are hosting the official opening of Corktown Common with a community picnic. Between 5 and 8 p.m., come by for a FREE BBQ, food, fun activities and live music. For cyclists, valet bike parking will be available. Check out the flyer for all the details.

The official opening ceremony for Corktown Common will take place earlier on the same day, Thursday, July 10, between 10 and 11 a.m. at the park pavilion.

Also on Thursday, July 10, ARTA GALLERY in the Distillery District will showcase their third annual Summer Group Exhibition. Hosting an expressive abstract collection, each piece in the SUMMER HEAT exhibition is said to encapsulate the colour and vibe of summer in Toronto.The opening reception will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, with the exhibit on display at the gallery through to July 29. Click here for details.

And on Sunday, July 13, the East End Comedy Revue returns to Dominion on Queen (500 Queen East, at Sumach) with an all-star line-up of local comedians. Featuring Mike MacDonald, Winston Spear, Darryl Purvis, Ryan Horwood, Brian Coughlin & Hanna Hogan, the laughs start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $45 for a 4-pack. View the Facebook event page for details.

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