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.
    Schedule.
  • 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: http://www.cahoots.ca/shows/lift-off/.  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 – http://www.adamfaux.com
Chris Moise – http://www.chrismoise.ca/home
Li Koo – http://www.likoo.ca
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

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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 Cathyann.white@ymcagta.org  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 soulpepper.ca

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
416-973-4093
harbourfrontcentre.com/camps

 

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!

running room grand opening

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.

CooperKoo Sat Schedule (2)

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.

51 Division Open House

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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