June is Bike Month!
The weather is perfect for going for a bike ride.  June is Bike Month and there are all sorts of events planned.  Check out this Link to see what might be of interest to you!

May 31 – Under Gardiner meeting
You are invited to attend the second public meeting for Project: Under Gardiner and the related Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. This public meeting will provide updates on the design, public consultation to date, proposed air quality assessment and the Environmental Assessment.

Date: Tuesday May 31, 2016
Time: Presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by an Open House at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre Gymnasium, 627 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5V 3G3. The nearest major intersection is Queens Quay West and Bathurst Street.

To learn more about the project please visit:
http://www.undergardiner.com/

June 1 -Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Lecture:
“Shining A Light on the Forgotten, The British Home Children in Canada” is the topic of a lecture that Lori Oshefski , Founder and CEO of the British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association, will present.

Date: Wednesday June 1, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM   Refreshments, 7:00 PM Lecture
Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St.
Cost:  Members $10  General Public $12See Enoch Turner Scoolhouse for ticket information.

June 2 – Relief Line Project Assessment – Learn more and provide your input:
We are looking for your feedback on the results of the evaluation of alignment options.
Visit reliefline.ca to view more information.

Date: Thursday June 2, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (presentation begins at 7pm)
Location: Riverdale Collegiate, 1094 Gerrard St East

June 4 – Bike Day at the Library:
Spring tune-ups, advice and demos on subjects like fixing a flat tire and how to use tools. Fun and informative videos from Can Bike playing in the library.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 1-5 pm.
Location: St. Lawrence Library, 171 Front St E
Presented by: Ward 28 Cycle Toronto.

June 5 – Celebrating the Life of Corktowner Greg Pelchat
A celebration of the life of Greg Pelchat, a long-time Corktown resident and veteran Properties Master in the Canadian Film and TV industry, will be held Sunday, June 5th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. at the corner of Sumach St.  Read here for details.

June 7- CRBA public meeting

Date: Tuesday June 7, 7 pm
Location:  Little Trinity Church Annex, 403 King St E
Agenda:
  • StreetArt Public Consultation for mural painting of pillars on Lower Don Trail.   “A Love Letter to the Great Lakes” , a water/eco themed project brought to you by Friends of PanAm Path, Pangeaseed Foundation and the CRBA.
  • Downtown Automotive Group  presentation.
  • Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – route change and neighbourhood consultation
  • Chris Moise – TDSB School Trustee Candidate (June 20th election)

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Greg Pelchat

A celebration of the life of Greg Pelchat, a long-time Corktown resident and veteran Properties Master in the Canadian Film and TV industry, will be held Sunday, June 5th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dominion Pub, 500 Queen St. at the corner of Sumach St. Appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar.

Mr. Pelchat, who lived on Sumach Street, died in March while on vacation, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nicaragua.  He was 58.

A graduate of York University, he had just completed work on this summer’s forthcoming blockbuster “The Suicide Squad” starring Jared Leto, Will Smith and Viola Davis.

Among the many films on which he worked are “X-Men” (2000), David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence (2005) and “Cinderella Man” (2005).  He worked in Props and Set Decoration/Greens.

“Greg was a kind and gentle person who always had a smile and was willing to help anyone,” said his union IATSE 873, in an obituary/memoriam posted online.  “He loved working in the film industry and had forged many strong friendships over the years.”

IATSE expressed thanks on behalf of Greg’s family “for all the condolences they have received and the kindness that has been extended to them: “It is a testament of the wonderful person Greg was and how much he was loved and respected…by the film community at large.  He will be missed by many.”

In the spirit of the film industry, Greg’s family is calling the celebration “a wrap party” and invite family, friends and neighbors to share their memories of him.  The emcees will be his sisters Sue, Denise, Michelle and Stephanie.

Speeches and a slide presentation will begin in the back room at the Dominion at 3:30 p.m.

Donations can be made in Greg’s name to AFC (Actors’ Fund Canada) , Gilda’s Club and The Farley Foundation.

The family looks forward to seeing everyone there to honor Greg’s remarkable life with the humor, wit and kindness that “he gave to us all.”

 

This is a busy week of openings and events in Corktown!  Lets hope the weather is as awesome as it was last weekend!

May 21 – Gears Bike Shop in the Canary District (500 Front St E. – right by Corktown Common) is now open.   Go down and check it out!

May 25 – Grand Opening of the Canary District Running Room!

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Where: 465 Front St. E (east of Cherry St on the south side)
To register for the run/walk event, go to this link.  The fee is $10 and 100% of the proceeds go to the Cooper Koo Family Cherry St YMCA.

May 28-29 – Cooper Koo Family Cherry St YMCA Opening Weekend
There is so much happening! Fair Festivities, Ribbon Cutting, Free Classes, Tours, BBQ and Music! Complete Schedule of events are online.

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May 28 – Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association Garage Sale
When:  Saturday May 28, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Trinity St east sidewalk from Mill Street to Front Street East

May 28-29 – Doors Open Toronto
The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of Re-used, Re-visited and Revised will explore the adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto’s architectural history. Check out this link to decide which buildings you want to see or which walking tours are of interest.

May 28-29 – Waterfront Toronto West Don Lands Public Art Tour
This is a free walking tour that is part of Doors Open Toronto.  Register in advance.

TTC Meetings

May 25 – Waterfront Transit Reset Public Meeting

A public meeting is scheduled for the Waterfront Transit “Reset” Phase 1 Study. There will be a presentation of the study progress to date and a range of transit concepts under consideration for a comprehensive waterfront transit network.
A range of preliminary concepts are being developed and evaluated to help determine a preferred east-west waterfront transit solution that will integrate north/south transit and active transportation, linking people from across the City to the waterfront and its nearby destinations and attractions.

Your participation and feedback is important and will help shape the future of waterfront transit.
Date: Wednesday May 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:30pm)
Location: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 at Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre (major intersection is Queens Quay West and Lower Simcoe Street)
Map: Click here.

June 2 – Relief Line Project Assessment – Learn more and provide your input:

Public meetings are being held to provide an update on major transit initiatives, including planning for the Relief Line. We are looking for your feedback on the results of the evaluation of alignment options.
Visit reliefline.ca to view more information.  You will be able to provide your feedback at the meetings and online. The closest meeting for Corktowners is at Riverdale Collegiate but if you would like to go but cannot make that day, check out the website for other options.

Date: Thursday June 2, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (presentation begins at 7pm)
Location: Riverdale Collegiate, 1094 Gerrard St East

Coming Soon..

Shaping a Vision for recreation facilities and public space in Moss Park

Join the City and The 519 in a public conversation on the possible redevelopment of John Innes Community Centre, Moss Park Arena and the park space around them.  Go to the link to sign up for the community roundtable (May 31) or design workshop (June 6).

 

Fireworks!

The City of Toronto will host Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
starting at 10 p.m. on May 23. The show will feature about 2,000 fireworks,
with a spectacular finale.

Ashbridges Bay Park is located on Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of
Coxwell Avenue and is easily accessible by public transit. TTC service will
be increased between Queen Street East and Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) on the
22A Coxwell, 64 Main and 92 Woodbine South bus routes. Members of the public
are urged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home.

Adornments on Queen Final Sale for Corktowners

Sadly Adornments on Queen is now closed, but because you receive our newsletter, they are offering a huge discount of

80% OFF

When:    Saturday, May 21, 10am – noon only!
Where:   388 Queen St E (near Parliament)
Note:      Please bring your own bags and boxes for any goods you might purchase
Happy Victoria Day everyone and travel safely!
 

YMCA Free classes 

If you weren’t able to make it to the Open House on Sunday, be sure to stop by in the next few weeks and try out one of their free classes that are being offered.   Check here for the schedule.

Try out a Segway Wednesday Night!

Happy Anniversary to the folks at Go Tours – home of the Segway tours in the Distillery.   On Wednesday, May 18 they are having a party and you are invited.  Head over and join in the fun!

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May 25 – Transit Reset Public Meeting

A public meeting is scheduled for the Waterfront Transit “Reset” Phase 1 Study. There will be a presentation of the study progress to date and a range of transit concepts under consideration for a comprehensive waterfront transit network.
A range of preliminary concepts are being developed and evaluated to help determine a preferred east-west waterfront transit solution that will integrate north/south transit and active transportation, linking people from across the City to the waterfront and its nearby destinations and attractions.

Your participation and feedback is important and will help shape the future of waterfront transit.
Date: Wednesday May 25, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Open house begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Location: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 at Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre (major intersection is Queens Quay West and Lower Simcoe Street)
Map: Click here.

Laneway Greening Project

It is spring isn’t it?? Enter the Laneway Greening Project!  The Laneway Greening How-To Guide includes funding ideas, information on permitting, and a list of who to contact (at City Hall and elsewhere) to get things done.

Thinking Ahead to Summer Camps?

Besides the Little Trinity Camp we mentioned last week, the Montessori School on Parliament by Queen also has a summer camp.  See below for details!

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Cherry St. YMCA Opening this Weekend for Tours

Big excitement this week!  The Cherry St. YMCA is opening on Sunday, May 15th for tours and trial classes.  There will be a variety of classes for you to try out on Sunday starting at 10am and there will also be trial classes for the next two weeks.  Check out the schedule  and come and visit our great new community addition.

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Calling All Artists! 

Waterfront Toronto has introduced a program called  Animating Our Waterfront. It’s a pilot project that will award up to $5,000 to artists or arts organizations who want to present arts and cultural programming in waterfront public spaces.  See here for Program Details.  Note that the cutoff for the application is May 13.

“Toast” Pop up shop opening in the Distillery District

Toast will be open weekends in May. They will be selling not your average bread, with one of a kind spreads.  Check them out on Instagram or Facebook or better yet, go and check them out in person!

Project Kids and Cameras Exhibit Now On

In the last Corktown News, an article told you all about this photography program being run for children in Regent Park.  An exhibit with their photos is now running at Daniels Spectrum.   It is only running until May 15 so pop over as soon as you can!  It is showing on the first and second floors of the Daniels Spectrum at 585 Dundas Street East (Dundas and Sackville).

Lift CrossFit Corktown Opening Soon

Lift CrossFit Corktown, 508 King St E,  will be opening on June 18th.  In the meantime you can take part in a free class on Sunday, May 15th at 11:00am at Underpass Park.  Check out their website for pre-opening specials, class schedules and other details.

Kids Summer Camp

Looking for something for your little ones to do this summer? There will be a one week kids summer camp at Little Trinity Church.  See below for details!

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Don’t miss out! Everyone’s welcome to the monthly Corktown meeting. Here’s the deets:

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!!

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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).

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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.
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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
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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
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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!