The Tragically Hip Celebration

So you didn’t get tickets to The Tragically Hip’s final show but want to feel like you’re there?  Come to the showing of CBC’s live broadcast in The Distillery District.

The Gata Water Ceremony

Where: Sherbourne Common
When: Thursday, August 18 from 6:30pm – 10pm
This performance will move through the many spaces and landscapes of Sherbourne Common transforming it into an opera house.  It is a celebration and acknowledgement of Lake Ontario as the provider of our most precious resource on Earth: Water.

City of Toronto News – Have Your Say!

Draw The Lines – Toronto Ward Boundary Review
In 2014 Toronto City Council launched a review of the Toronto Ward Boundaries.  The Final Report was issued in May 2016 at which time the Executive Committee asked for additional information.  As a result, this Additional Information Report was produced.  During August and September 2016, they are seeking comments from the public.

There are two ways to provide comments:

  • Complete a survey (Online or in PDF)
  • Attend one of four public meetings happening this September (visit for details)  Note: Sept 14th – Toronto City Hall (closest one to Corktown)

Gardiner Environmental Assessment Draft
draft environmental assessment report has been issued for the reconfiguration of the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East, from just west of Jarvis Street to approximately Leslie Street.  When this happens, it will have a large impact on our community.
The review period ends on September 6, 2016.
Comments may be submitted via one of the following options:

  1. An online feedback form;
  2. Email to; or
  3. Mail to the Facilitator’s Office at:

Gardiner East EA Facilitator’s Office
505 Consumers Road, Suite 1005
Toronto, ON
M2J 4V8

Coming Soon..

CRBA September Public Meeting 

Mark your calendar for the Corktown Residents and Business Association (CRBA) September Public Meeting
Where: Cooper Koo Family YMCA – Community Room
When: Tuesday, September 6th @ 7pm
Presentations by:

  • Pam McConnell, the Deputy Mayor and Corktown’s councillor
  • First Gulf will give us an update on East Harbour (aka the Unilever site)

Check the CRBA website for future updates

Everyone is welcome!

Cabbagetown Festival 

Mark your calendar for the Cabbagetown Festival on September 10th & 11th!

Back to School! 

It is that time of year almost.  Looking for a new place for your child this September?  There is a new Montessori School in Corktown for you to consider.


August 11 – 12:01 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. and August 12 – 12:01 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.


TTC track crews will carry out rail geometry enhancement involving grinding and welding work at the intersection of King and Sumach, and on Sumach Avenue just south of King Street. This work is intended to help optimize wheel-rail interface to reduce noise levels when streetcars operate through some of the curves in this area.

514 Cherry streetcar

Eastbound: East on King Street, north on Parliament Street, east on Dundas Street East, south on Broadview Avenue, west on Queen Street East, west on King Street East.
 West on King Street to route.

Shuttle buses will operate on Cherry Street

Southbound: South on Sumach Street, south on Cherry Street, east on Villiers Street, south on Munition Street, west on Commissioners Street, north on Cherry Street.
Northbound: North on Cherry Street, west on King Street east, north on Parliament Street, east on Queen Street east, south on Sumach Street.


This information can also be found here:



Apollo 13 Movie in Corktown Common

On August 11, wander over to Corktown Common for the first ever movie in the park.
Movies on the Common is co-presented by Toronto Outdoor Picture Show, Waterfront Toronto and Canary District. Thanks to all of you!
This is a Free event.

6:00 pm:  Food Vendors – Young AnimalSugar Mamma’s Mini Donuts and fresh popcorn
6:00 – 6:30 pm:  Bootcamp with Think Fitness Studios
6:45 – 7:30 pm:  Yoga from Toronto Cooper Koo Family Cherry St YMCA Centre
8:40 pm (sunset):  Apollo 13

Scheduled rain date: August 25th

Corktown Crusher

Before it is too late, take advantage of this free class offered by thinkfitness in Corktown Common!  Go to their website for more information or to register.  Note: they will also be offering a free class before the showing of Apollo 13 on Thursday night!

The 2016 Food Court Social

The George Brown College Foundation is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Food Court Social, presented by the Slaight Family Foundation! Join us for an evening with over a dozen of Toronto’s best chefs under one roof in support of those struggling with mental health and addiction. Enjoy extraordinary food, live music, local beer and wine, and some of Toronto’s most passionate philanthropists and savvy business minds!

All proceeds from the event will go to support George Brown College’s Augmented Education program. In partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), this innovative program helps those with a history of mental illness or addiction overcome barriers to education and training, and helps them prepare for, find and maintain employment.
Tickets are going fast, so buy yours here today!
We’re creating an appetite for change, one bite at a time.

Where: George Brown College Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Dr
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Official Site:

Free Drive-In Movie

How about some old school fun with the family?  A little outside of Corktown but if you have a car, this may be the answer for entertaining the kids on Saturday night!

Where: Ashbridges Bay Green P Parking Lot
When: Saturday, August 13 at dusk


eNewsletter for the week of July 11, 2016

What’s in a Name?

“The George” – The George Brown Residence in the West Don Lands has been given a name!  It will now be known as “The George”.   I’m sure George Brown, journalist, politician and Father of Confederation would be happy with the latest building which bears his name!
“The Bentway” – The space formerly known as “Under Gardiner” now has been given a name selected through a naming contest.  A bent is the architectural term for concrete overpass supports, so it is rather appropriate!  See here for more information on this amazing project.


When: Now until July 24
There are a few Corktown restaurants which are taking part in Summerlicious! They are: Basso at 320 Queen St E and Archeo, Pure Spirits, Mill St Beer Hall and Cluny all in the Distillery District. It’s a great chance to try out a new restaurant and eat for a reduced price. Check out the website for all participating restaurants.

Corktown in the New York Times!

This week there was an article in the New York Times about Corktown!  Yes OUR CORKTOWN!  In case you haven’t read it, here is the link.

Sunday Market in the Distillery District

Enjoy your Sunday afternoons by wandering around the Distillery District.  Perhaps you will find something awesome at the market that runs every Sunday from 12-5pm.

Music in the City

Music City Summer Series in The Distillery District – Saturdays from 2pm.  Bring a picnic and enjoy some of Canada’s best rising stars. Schedule.
Music in St. James Park – Thursday nights at 7pm.  Just a short walk from Corktown, the concerts are held in the park just east of St. James Cathedral (King & Church).  It’s a great way to spend a summer evening. Schedule.

Studio Visuals – Curated Market Place

At Studio Visuals, 503 Queen St E, you will find all sorts of treasures.  Pop in and support our local artists.  See flyer for hours.

Holiday Time!

I am going on holidays for a few weeks so there will be no newsletters until after the August long weekend.  Until then, enjoy your summer.


eNewsletter: New Public Art, Shopping and Dogs of Corktown!


Garden of Future Follies

We are ever so lucky to have so much public art in our neighbourhood.  Make sure that you wander over to the newest addition “Garden of Future Follies” which can be found at the very east end of Front Street, in front of the Gears store.  To learn more about it, you can read this Waterfront Toronto Blog Post.

Shopping: Etsy Pop Up

Back by popular demand, there will be an Etsy Pop Up shop at the Cambria Gallery at 91 Parliament St (King & Parliament).  Be sure to check out the goods of our local Toronto Etsy artists.

Dogs of Corktown

A group of concerned dog owners are looking out for the safety and well being of our beloved four legged friends.  To learn more about them and to see how you can get involved, check out their website .   They also are conducting a survey to find out how residents feel about the current dog parks. To fill out the survey, click here.

Shipping Container Market

A new market has opened on the front lawn of the TCHC buildings at Queen and Berkeley.  It is in a repurposed shipping container and has shelves packed to the brim with fresh vegetables.  The prices are extremely affordable!  They are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.


Canada Day Celebrations

How will you spend Canada’s 149th Birthday?  There is so much to do in Toronto this weekend that it is impossible to list everything here! Here are a few of the many downtown events.  Happy Canada Day to all!

  • Canada Day at Queen’s Park – Friday, July 1 from 10:00am – 5:00pm – something to see and do for kids of all ages. Details.
  • Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park – Friday, July 1 @ 10pm
  • Harbourfront Festival – Musical performances and activities finishing with Fireworks @ 10:40pm.  Details.
  • Redpath Waterfront Festival – July 1-3.  Tall Ships, dog shows and pop up entertainment! Details.
  • TD Jazz Festival – continues until July 3.
  • Pride Parade – Sunday, July 3 @ 2pm


Regent Park Athletic Grounds Official Opening Ceremony

WHEN: June 29, 2016 

  • 11:15am – Formal Ribbon Cutting – east side of soccer pitch
  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm – Community Celebration – Food, Entertainment, Athlete Autographs and More!

TDSB School Trustee By-Election Results for Ward 14 (includes Corktown)

TDSB School Trustee is now Chris Moise.  Congratulations Chris and to everyone who ran.

Cooper Koo Family YMCA Summer News

Free Summer Memberships for Youth:
The Cooper Koo Family YMCA is offering free summer memberships to youth aged 12-17. This summer membership is valid from 9 am – 3 pm for the months of July and August. To register bring photo identification to the sales desk. (youth under the age of 16 should come with a parent or guardian to register)

Free Yoga in St James Park in July:
Wednesdays – 12:00-12:45pm
Saturdays – 10:00-10:45am

Bike Share Program is Expanding

As of June 27, the Bike Share Toronto Network is expanding.  120 new stations and 1,000 new bikes will be added.  Here is the news release.  Here is the map which shows the east end bike stations where you will see a few new ones in Corktown.


Construction Update from Metrolinx

On Tuesday, June 7, the installation of conduit (cable) began in the area closest to Queen Street. This work will be moving south through the rail corridor towards Cherry Street over the coming weeks. This work is scheduled to take place between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Tracks must be taken out of service to complete this work and as a result this work can only be carried out during off-peak times, when there is less train traffic. Nearby residents may notice some activity and lights in the rail corridor during this time. Due to the nature of this work a vacuum truck may be used, as this is the only method of excavating that can be used without damaging underground services. We will ensure any lights are directed away from homes when possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Loretta Allen at 416-581-1300.

Celebrating the NEW TTC Service coming our way.

New TTC service is heading our way and it is time to celebrate!  Join the Mayor for the kickoff party for the new 514 Cherry Streetcar.  There will be music, vintage streetcars AND you can ride the Cherry Streetcar to the end and back for free!

  • Date:  Saturday, June 18
  • Time:  10:00am
  • Location:  Distillery Loop (near the intersection of Mill St and Cherry St).

There are also changes to the Pape and Cherry St. buses (see below).
All aboard!

Cahoots Theatre Lift Off Festival

Join Cahoots Theatre from June 17 – 19, 2016 for the 2016 LIFT OFF! Festival, three days of new works, readings, and workshops.  All of which are FREE and take place at the Cahoots Creation Studio.  For more details and a full schedule:  And don’t forget to join them for the Season’s End Party on June 19!

New Corktown News has been Delivered!

The Summer Issue of the Corktown News has been delivered!  If you missed it, you can find it on the CRBA website here.

TDSB School Trustee By-Election – June 20th

There will be a TDSB School Trustee By-Election on June 20th to fill the vacancy for Ward 14 – Toronto Centre – Rosedale.  At the CRBA public meeting last week, 3 of the candidates spoke.  Here is their information:
Adam Faux –
Chris Moise –
Li Koo –
and a list of all 12 candidates is available here (look under Ward 14 Toronto Centre-Rosedale)

If you do not know where to vote, use the Where Do I Vote Tool

ThinkFitness Corktown Crusher Classes

ThinkFitness will be opening up later this summer at 467 Front St E. Before they open their doors, they will be offering a Bootcamp in Corktown Common three times a week, affectionately known as “Corktown Crusher”.  Classes start the week of June 21st.  Check the website  for details.

Paper Fair at Canada’s First Office

Are you a fan of all things paper?  Go to Toronto’s First Post Office (also a charming museum) for the 2nd Annual Paper Fair.
When: Thursday, June16 – 6pm- 9pm
Where: 260 Adelaide St E.

Habitat for Humanity Pride Build

June is the first ever Canadian Pride Month.  What better way to show support than by helping out at the Habitat for Humanity Pride Build!


CRBA Public Meeting this Week!

Corktown Meeting Poster - June 2016


Cherry St YMCA Green Roof Volunteers Needed:

The Green Roof at the YMCA is shaping up nicely. The plants are blooming and benches are being finished!  They do however still need some volunteers to help with the final push.  If you have some time to spare, they could use some help on the following dates with the work day being from 9:00am – 3:00pm:

  • June 14 and June 16
  • June 28 – June 30
  • July 5 – July 7 – planting (good opportunity for youth 12 years and older to volunteer!)

Email  if you are interested.

Etsy Pop-up Shop at Cambria (King and Parliament) on June 11:

Etsy at Cambria June 11

Soulpepper – The Heidi Chronicles extended to June 24:

Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning comedy follows one woman from a 1960’s teen to 1980’s career woman, with all of the touching and heartbreaking moments in between. A sharp-eyed and personal look at feminism, friendship, and social change, The Heidi Chronicles explores the notion of “having it all.”  Buy tickets online at

Father’s Day Ideas:

  • Saturday June 18 – Bob Bossin’s Davy the Punk: A story of bookies, Toronto the Good, the mob and my Dad. Click here for tickets.
  • Sunday June 19 – The Lost Breweries of Old Toronto walking tour.  Register online at Heritage Toronto.

Have you found your favourite Camp yet?

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Is your camper an aspiring engineer or actor? Are they a creator, a gamer or a dancer, or do they love outdoor activities? Maybe they want to join the circus? (ps. the circus camp will be held right in Corktown beside the old Canary Restaurant!!)  Our campers gain new life skills and make new friendships in a fun and inclusive environment in downtown Toronto.

Register Today


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:

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 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
  • 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)



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.”