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Agenda for Corktown Monthly Public Meeting May 2016 everyone welcome


YMCA Free Bootcamp at Underpass Park
Thanks to the gang over at our new YMCA, a Bootcamp will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at Underpass Park at 6:30pm.  The grand opening of the YMCA will be on the weekend of May 28-29.  Check out their website  (look under Health & Fitness tab), for all of the great upcoming events as well as your chance to win a free membership for a year!!

Dec 15 - YMCA - Bldg Closeup

Cycle Toronto – Ward 28 Bike Social
On April 27th at 6pm, join in on a bike ride down Sumach finishing at the Dominion Pub! Starting at Wellesley Park (you can’t miss the big bright awning at the end of Wellesley East). If you’re running late, feel free to join us at the Dominion for 6:45pm.

Vote for Roselle’s for Best Dessert place in NOW Magazine
Do Roselle’s desserts make you happy?  If so, please vote for them in NOW Magazine’s Best Of.
Here’s how:

  • Go to Reader’s Choice Link
  • Click on the subheading “Food & Drink”
  • Nominate Roselle under “Best Dessert”

Running Room 5K Run/Walk 
Our new Running Room is opening and they are having a 5K and 2.5K Run/Walk in support of our very own Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA.  The run is on Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00pm.  Come on out and join in the fun!!  Click here to see more information or to register ($10).


Toronto Marathon – May 1
The Toronto Marathon is on May 1 and a portion of it “runs” right through our neighbourhood.  Check out the Road Closures so you don’t get stuck. The runners will be at the 21km mark as they pass through Corktown so if you have time to go out an cheer them on, I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated!

Resurfacing Bayview Ave 
Bayview Ave between River St and Queen St E will be resurfaced this spring.  It is tentatively scheduled for a FULL CLOSURE between May 2 and May 20.

Bayview Construction Map

Community Cleanup Thanks!
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday morning to cleanup Corktown Common.  A special thanks to Sunil Issac and the crew from Good Shepherd and to Alex Bartlett who organized the event.

GWNA Garage Sale
The Gooderham and Worts Neighbourhood Association is having a garage sale on May 28.  See flyer below for all of the details.


Streetcar track testing on Cherry-Sumach streets - starting April 20


Time for our Spring Cleanup:
Spring has sprung (finally) so let’s get out there and cleanup all of those bits of garbage that have been hiding under the snow.  There are two community cleanups scheduled for you to choose from:

  • Friday, April 22 – Good Shepherd Centre Community Cleanup
    • Where: Good Shepherd Centre Chapel – 412 Queen St E.
    • When:  10:30-12:00pm
    • Note:  All community members are welcome.  Followed by a BBQ for all participants.
    • RSVP by Tuesday, Apr 19 – Call Rebecca at 416-869-3619 ext 262
  • Saturday, April 23 – Community Cleanup of Corktown Common 
    • Where:  Meet at the Pavilion at Corktown Common
    • When: 10:00am
    • Bring gloves if you can
If you cannot make either of the organized events but still are willing and able to do some community cleanup, the area under the overpasses on King St E south side (west of the Bay Cat and Dog Hospital), needs some serious cleanup!

Traffic Season – Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard lane closures, York to Rees, until July 27:
Although not in Corktown, it is likely to affect you if you travel along Lake Shore Boulevard. Lake Shore Boulevard, from York Street to Rees Street, will have reduced lanes of traffic from Monday, April 18 to Wednesday, July 27 to accommodate major work for Toronto Hydro.

  • The westbound Lake Shore Boulevard will be reduced to one lane with the exception of 3 to 7 p.m. (weekdays), when two lanes will be open.

Exhibit at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse:
The exhibit, All in a Day’s Work: Industry and Growth in Old Town, created by University of Toronto Master of Museum Studies students in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust is showing now until the end of 2016 at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse.

CBC Interview of CRBA VP, Sandra Iskandar:
Our very own Sandra Iskandar was interviewed last week (in French!) by Annie Poulin of Radio Canada.  They wandered through the newly opened part of Corktown, the Canary District section of the West Donlands.  Watch the You Tube video here!

Corktown Businesses win Architizer A+ Awards:
The results are in for the Architizer A+ Awards and the two Corktown businesses that were nominated for these prestigious international awards both won awards.  Congratulations!

  • Odin Bar and Café –  Popular Choice  in the Hospitality – Bar and Nightclub category  and Special Notice in the Restaurant category
  • Agathom architecture firm – Popular Choice in the Residential – Private House (XS < 1000 sq ft) category
Coming Soon:
  • CRBA Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00pm at Little Trinity Annex, 403 King St E.
  • Jane’s Walk Weekend – May 6, 7, 8: Check out the Walks in Toronto!



Yoga in the Park:  The Cooper Koo Cherry YMCA will be hosting Yoga in Corktown Common.

When: Saturday, April 16
Where: Corktown Common Park
Time: 11:00
Cost: Free
*Bring your own mat

Canary District is Open: 

The fences have come down around the Canary District area of Corktown.  Go and check out the wide sidewalks and fun public art.  Here is an interesting Waterfront Toronto article on the neighbourhood.

Canary District Spencer

Photo Credit: Spencer Wynn

Volunteer Opportunity – Corktown News Help Needed:

The Corktown News team is looking for a volunteer to facilitate the delivery of the Corktown News.  This would include figuring out the Canada Post “walks”, picking up from the printer, dropping papers at Canada Post.  A car and a strong back are required.  We will train you!  The Corktown News is produced quarterly.   Please email if you are interested.

Good Shepherd Community Cleanup:

Do you want to make a difference in our neighbourhood?  The Good Shepherd will be hosting a Community Cleanup event.

Who:           Good Shepherd Centre & You!
What:          Neighbourhood Clean-Up
Where:       Meet in the Good Shepherd Centre Chapel – 412 Queen Street East
When:         Friday, April 22, 2016 from 10:30-12:00pm
Why:           We are looking forward to meeting and working with our neighbours to clean up our city!

Each group of participants will be organized into teams and will follow a specific clean-up route. All equipment will be provided by Good Shepherd Centre, i.e. brooms, pans, garbage bags, gloves etc. The event will conclude with a special lunch in the Good Shepherd Centre Dining Room for all participants at 12pm. All neighbourhood residents are welcome! To register please contact Rebecca at 416-869-3619 ext. 262 by Tuesday, April 19th.

Love Letter Writing:

This is a two hour writing workshop that asks participants to reflect on what they love about where they live.  Find out more information and purchase tickets here.

When: Sunday, April 17
Where: Toronto’s First Post Office – 260 Adelaide St E.
Time: 1pm – 3pm

Thorious School – Tutoring and Summer Camps:

Does your child need some tutoring or are you interested in children’s summer camps that put together Lego Robots?  They are located at 438 Parliament St.  Check out their information here.

Thanks .. to Tim Hortons (King & River) and Basso Pizzeria (320 Queen St E) for providing food and drinks at the last CRBA Public Meeting.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 3.  Check for location and agenda items.

CRBA Monthly Public Meeting: 
Corktown Meeting Poster - April 2016
Amazing Corktown Photos:
Work by local Corktown photographer, Spencer Wynn, is being highlighted on the CRBA Facebook page as well as on the CorktownTO Instagram and Twitter accounts.  Check back often to see what is new.  Thank you Spencer!
Canary Restaurant
Canary Restaurant
2 Hands Create:
2 Hands Create is a seasonal bricks and mortar experimental curated marketplace in Corktown. They are accepting applications now from artists who would like to become a part of their curated marketplace.  They will choose 8 – 16 artists to creatively merchandise and sell the following types of products: Fashion and Accessories, Home Decor, New Media, Paintings and Drawings
The Marketplace will be open Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July through October at 503 Queen St East just east of Queen and Sumach @ Studio Visuals.   Go to their website for more information.
Soulpepper 2016 Concert Series Update: 
Taking the A Train Downtown Manhattan — The Melting Pot  explores the history and culture of the original neighbourhoods of New York. This original concert encapsulates stories of immigration, innovation, vaudeville, organized crime and the birth of American song. This concert takes place at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts on April 8 at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at 1:30 p.m. and April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and are available here:  Tickets and Schedules
Project Under Gardiner Public Meeting: 
Project: Under Gardiner will transform the 1.7km of forgotten space under the Gardiner Expressway from Strachan to Spadina. The first public meeting is to be held this week. If you cannot make the meeting, the presentation and display boards will also be made available online for viewing and public comment the week of April 11, 2016.
Date: April 7
Time:  Open House at 6:30pm, Presentation from 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Harbourfront Community Centre Gynasium, 627 Queens Quay West
See their website for more information on this great project.
Enoch Turner AGM & Special Lecture: 
Special lecture by Ted Barris: Fire Canoe: How Canada Became a Nation from Sea to Sea.
Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time:  AGM 6:00pm, Refreshments 6:30pm, Lecture 7:00pm
Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St.
With Canada’s sesquicentennial (the 150th anniversary of Confederation) in 2017, Canadians will be reflecting on how their nation was born. In his unique, you-are-there storytelling style, Barris will describe how and why steamboats, or fire canoes as they were called by aboriginal people, brought about Canada’s rapid expansion from coast to coast.
See their website for timing and ticket information.


CRBA Monthly Public Meeting

The Corktown Residents and Business Association (CRBA) Monthly Public meeting information:

  • When:  Tuesday, April 5th from 7-9pm
  • Where: Little Trinity Annex, 403 King St E
  • Guest Speakers:  Pan Am Path and Basso Pizzeria

Corktown finalists for the Architizer A+ Awards – Vote Now!

This is your last chance to vote for the Corktown finalists for the Architizer A+ Awards.  This is a worldwide awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products.  Winners are chosen based on public voting so let’s put Corktown on the map. The poll closes on April 1, 2016.

  1.  Odin Cafe and Bar (514 King St E) has been nominated for the Architizer A+Award in the Hospitality – Bar and Nightclub category.  You can vote for them by going to this link and hovering over the photo of Odin.
  2. Corktown Architecture firm, Agathom, has been nominated for their Rainforest Retreat in the Residential – Private House (XS < 1000 sq ft) category.  You can vote for them Here!

Waterfront Toronto Newsletter:

The latest Waterfront Toronto Newsletter is now available here.  It is full of interesting information!

Dan Philips Paintings off to The Pilot:

The paintings of Corktown’s Dan Philips will be moving from Balzac’s to The Pilot this week.  Dan is having his opening  reception on April 4 from 6-9pm.  The paintings will be there from March 31 – May 31.


Upcoming Events:

April 7 – Project: Under Gardiner public meeting
Time: Drop-in 6:45pm to 7:30pm, Presentation and Facilitated Discussion 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Harbourfront Community Centre, 627 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G3

April 23-24 – Community Cleanup (details to follow)


Come out on Sunday for the neighbourhood Easter Egg Hunt!
Sunday, March 27 @ 10:15am at Corktown Common.  Everyone is welcome.

easter egg hunt with border 2016


(including TTC Relief Line station in Corktown)

When:   March 22 – 6:30-8:30pm
Where:  Nelson Mandela Park Public School, 440 Shuter Street

Meeting Details
Relief Line Project Details

On March 9, 2016 City Council approved Pape to Downtown via Queen/Richmond as their preferred corridor for the Relief Line project. Their preferred station within Corktown is at Queen and Sumach.

This public consultation meeting is your chance to voice your opinion and get any questions answered that you may have.

The CRBA’s Position on a TTC Relief Line Station in Corktown:

  • The CRBA fully supports a TTC Relief Line station within Corktown.
  • The CRBA would prefer a station at King and Sumach. This would present fewer interference potentials with heritage, would connect directly with the 504/514 streetcar routes, is less than 150m from Queen St E and is more centrally located in Corktown.
  • If the City chooses the B1 alignment with a station at Queen and Sumach, we suggest a below-grade access south along Sumach to a station access location at King and Sumach where it would connect directly with the 504/514 streetcars and is more centrally location within Corktown.
  • Wherever the station is located, the CRBA would prefer a smaller station presence at grade, with multiple fully accessible and discrete entrances leading to a lower level ticket hall and subway platforms.  The station entrance must respect the heritage buildings in the neighbourhood.

CRBA Maps Showing Potential Routes/Station Entrances:




Vote for Odin:

Corktown’s very own Odin Cafe and Bar has been nominated for the Architizer A+Award in the Hospitality – Bar and Nightclub category.  This is a worldwide awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products.

You can vote for them by going to this link:  Voting Site .  If you hover over the photo of Odin, a “Vote” link will appear.


The Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association (GWNA) is having their AGM on March 29th.



As we start this wet March Break week, we have a few items to entertain you and a sale you need to know about!

Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Party at Odin Café and Bar

The second annual Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Party will be held on, Thursday March 17!  (What a surprise).  It is brought to you by Odin, Mascot Brewery, #LivingToronto and the CRBA.  Come out and socialize with the neighbours and meet some new ones.

StPatrick Day 2016 Corktown News

Art Show at Balzacs in the Distillery District

Until March 30th, the ever popular neighbourhood photographer Dan Philips is having an art show at Balzac’s coffee shop in the Distillery District.  His paintings can be found on the 2nd Floor upstairs gallery.

Adornments on Queen Closing Sale

We are very sad to report that Adornments on Queen (338 Queen St E.) will be closing its doors for good on April 30.  Their lease has expired and they have decided to close up shop.  They have been a great supporter of the CRBA over the years so we would like to send a huge thank you and wish them luck!

As you likely know the store is jam packed with treasures.  They are have a closing sale and all regularly priced items are 40% off.  Looking for a gift or a little something for yourself?  Go check it out.

Spring Issue of the Corktown News

The spring issue of the Corktown News was delivered by Canada Post last week.  If you did not receive it, you should be able to find it in many of our local coffee shops.