TRUE COLOURS: Underpass Park gets painted as part of the Live Art Festival held on June 20. Photo by metrix_feet.

Corktown eNewsletter for the week of June 29, 2015

DAY PARTY PHOTOS: BlogTO has a great set of photos from the Corktown Day Party & Live Art Festival held June 20. Check ’em out — and make sure you go to Underpass Park and take in the murals! They really transform the space.

RIVER CITY PHASE TWO: At Urban Toronto, check out the construction update on River City Phase Two as it nears completion. It’s looking great.

CANADA DAY THOUGHTS: To quote Jon Stewart, “I don’t trust any country that looks around a continent and says, ‘Hey, I’ll take the frozen part.’” Corktown Correspondent Dennis Kucherawy has compiled a bunch of famous Canada quotes to inspire you this Canada Day. Check it out here!

ADORNMENTS ON QUEEN’S PAN AM SALE: Our pals at Adornments on Queen (338 Queen East, at Parliament) are offering a special summer sale in celebration of the Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games. For the duration of the PanAm/ParaPan Games, participants and attendees will get 25% off all purchases, on presentation of ID or ticket stubs! That’s a deal worth carrying a torch for.

EXTENSION ROOM SUMMER SALE: Meanwhile, the Extension Room (30 Eastern) has a summer sale on NOW, where you can get two months of UNLIMITED CLASSES for just $150 per month. Details are online.

CORKTOWN COFFEE: Speaking of great deals, don’t forget that Sparkplug Coffee has an amazing promotion on now for Corktown Residents. For a limited time, a portion of sales from every coffee purchase made in the Corktown area will go to the Corktown Residents & Business Association for neighbourhood improvement projects. It’s a win/win proposition — you get to support your community and get fresh coffee delivered right to your door. The details are online.

PAN AM GAMES: In case you somehow missed the memo, the Pan Am Games kick off with the opening ceremony on Friday, July 10. In preparation, the new HOV lanes on major highways started today. See this map for details on affected lanes.

KINKY BOOTS, REVIEWED: Over at SongAndScript.ca, our own Corktown Correspondent Dennis Kucherawy reviews Mirvish’s production of KINKY BOOTS, calling it “absolute fun and joy.” For the sounds of it, you’d be a fool to miss out on seeing this show this summer. Check out Dennis’ in depth review here.

ADVERTISERS WANTED: Are you a Corktown business or service provider? The CRBA is currently looking for advertisers for our Corktowner newsletter, our corktown.ca website and our weekly eNewsletter. It’s a great, affordable way to let the enthusiastic and good-looking Corktown community know about your products and/or services.

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UPCOMING

  • Our friends at Little Trinity Church will kick of their Summer Concert Series on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. with a performance by The Young Novelists. The details are online.
  • Our friends in Riverside host Riverside Walks on Saturday, July 11, with guided tours and a sidewalk sale. Click here to learn more.
  • With the Pan Am Games comes Panamania, a city-wide art and music festival. Check out the great line-up of concerts and cultural events taking place in the Distillery District — you’ll want to check it out.
  • Remember! No CRBA meetings in July or August. The next meeting will be held in September.

 

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TRUE NORTH: Dennis Kucherawy’s unique, self designed T-shirt.  Being made at Corktown’s LOGO MAJIK

By Dennis Kucherawy, Corktown Correspondent 

Blog post courtesy of songandscript.ca

Canada– Some Laughs and Poignant Insights About the Greatest Country in the World

“I don’t trust any country that looks around a continent and says, ‘Hey, I’ll take the frozen part.'”

– Jon Stewart

Happy Canada Day to all our dear corktown.ca friends…

As we ramp up to our country’s 148th birthday, here are some funny and profound observations about our home and native land.

Enjoy and ponder them, maybe over a beer at Odin …a plate of mouthwatering, red and white pasta with friends at Giuseppe Pelligra’s Fusilli Ristorante… or delicious burgers at Saber Chowdhury’s Flame Shack…maybe while watching fireworks… or maybe just sitting quietly contemplating a silent, placid lake in the Muskokas… chilling, waving at the lake and letting the lake wave back.

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LIVING ART: Underpass Park got a facelift this past Saturday at the Corktown Day Party & Live Art Festival.  If you missed it, head down to Underpass Park and check out the new art! Photo by Dan Philips.

ARTY PARK: If you missed the Corktown Day Party and Live Art Festival on Saturday, run — don’t walk — to Underpass Park this week to check out the freshly-painted pillars. Thanks to all who helped make the event such a colourful success, including Mural Routes,  Street Art Toronto, the Pan Am Path, the great array of vendors and the army of volunteers! We’ve collected some photos on the CRBA Twitter account, and local shutterbug Dan Philips has an album of shots on Flickr.

CORKTOWN PRIDE: On Friday, June 26, Odin Cafe + Bar (514 King East) is the place to show off your true colours at the FIRST ANNUAL CORKTOWN PRIDE PARTY. Come on down to King East Toronto as Corktown shows it’s Pride! LGBT and allies – all are welcome. 2015 marks 35 years of Toronto Pride – one of the world’s largest and most important LGBT events of the year! Award Winning House / Nu-Disco DJ Chiclet will be in the house. 19+, no cover. Check out the Facebook event.

ALL THAT JAZZ: The TD Toronto Jazz Fest continues this week with live music all over the city. Close to home, the Trinity Square stage in the Distillery District will see music from acts like Suzie Vinick and Jay Douglas & the All Star band. The full schedule is here.

REGENT PARK BAZAAR: The Regent Park International Bazaar returns this Friday, June 26 featuring one-of-a-kind cultural fashion items, henna and spa stations, art activities, sewing workshops and food from more than 15 different countries. It runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Regent Park Boulevard & Dundas Street East, the street just east of Daniels Spectrum. Details are here.

ELEPHANT MUSIC: If you’re looking for even more music this week, White Elephant (366 Queen East) has Sean Pinchin on stage from 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26. On Saturday, June 27, catch Toastr at 9:30 p.m. Check the White Elephant live music event calendar for all the details.

A FATHER’S DAY REFLECTION: On Corktown.ca this week, Corktown correspondent Dennis Kucherawy has a timely message about fatherhood — and what it all means.

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  • Starting Friday, July 10, Studio Visuals at 503 Queen East will host a Corktown Collective of Creatives Pop-up Shop. Check out the details in the flyer above — don’t miss it!
  • Our friends at Little Trinity Church will kick of their Summer Concert Series on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. with a performance by The Young Novelists. The details are online.
  • And just as a reminder: there will be no monthly CRBA meeting in July or August. We’ll see everybody in September.

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

 


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FATHER’S DAY: The author (centre, about 2) flanked by his parents Rosemarie Kucherawy and Dennis Kucherawy Sr. Photo courtesy Dennis Kucherawy.

By Dennis Kucherawy, Corktown Correspondent 

Blog post courtesy Song and Script

Happy belated Father’s Day, Dear Reader.

Especially to those of you who still have your fathers. My wife Karen and I were very young when we lost ours. She was 15 when Ernest Joseph Scheiblauer passed away. I was only seven when Dennis Anthony Kucherawy died.

Yes, the loss and pain are still with us and we both wonder what might have been, especially how very proud our fathers would have been of Karen as she graduates from her homeopathic studies this Thursday.

So, as the sun beams down on this beautiful morning, the day after the summer solstice, the gorgeous first day of summer, the longest day of the year, we want to say:

Thank you, Dad, for enabling us to know and feel the joy of eternal love, for teaching us and sharing with us your wisdom and many gifts. We know you now dwell somewhere in eternal sunshine. We are proud to be your children.

I am especially proud I bear my father’s name, especially the first, serendipitously derived from Dionysius. As a writer, I am proud to keep his memory and legacy alive every time my/ his name is printed as a byline.

A Ukrainian immigrant, he was educated, loved music, opera and the arts, and was a skilful teacher who played the violin and the mandolin. That’s why every time I put pen to paper, I reach into my soul to honour him as best as I can.

As a musician, every time I play the first note of a piece on the piano, I remember how, as a child we would play duets. He would play violin, while I, a five-year old, would plunk out notes, my tiny hands struggling to reach an octave.

In 1997, 12 years after we settled in Toronto’s Corktown, Canada’s Who’s Who invited me to send my resume to them to be included in their 1998 volume. Let’s not kid ourselves: it’s because I had been hired as a VP with Famous Players and my picture had appeared in the Globe and Mail’s Report On Business. That was nice, and that was about it.

What meant a lot to me is the names of our parents on both sides were included in the listing. That brought a tear to my eye because my Dad and Karen’s parents arrived in Canada — my Dad from Ukraine, Karen’s Mom from Germany and her Dad from Austria — as immigrants, escaping war-ravaged and rebuilding Europe, with little but their dreams and hopes for Canada in this land of opportunity. My Mom was born here. Her parents and my grandparents — the Schudlos — were immigrants.

So, kids, those of you who are still lucky to have your Dads, hug them and tell them how much you love them. If they live a long way away, just pick up the phone or, better yet, Skype them.

And, if you have lost your Dad, don’t mourn, but celebrate the years you had together. As the song says, “He lives in you.”

Dennis Kucherawy, a frequent contributor to corktown.ca, has lived with his wife, Karen, in Corktown for 30 years.  He also writes often for songandscript.ca, the website of the Yorkville music store Song and Script.  It has served  Canadian arts lovers for more than 50 years as one of our country’s oldest independent performing arts retailers. specializing in music and Broadway musicals.

 

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Corktown eNewsletter for the week of June 16, 2015

PARTY TIME: Love Corktown? Show your neighbourhood pride at the FREE Corktown Day Party & Live Art Festival taking place this Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Underpass Park— right here in Corktown!

The event will be a multi-arts festival celebrating mural, graffiti and street art, with live music, performances, food vendors, fun & games and MORE!

The day-long party will feature a smudge ceremony performed by Elder Duke Redbird, the live painting of the Street Art Toronto underpass mural by artists Labrona and Troy Lovegates, plus FREE arts activities for kids and adults of all ages!

For details, click here – hope to see everyone there!

PANAMANIA & THE POSTMAN: Corktown Correspondent Dennis Kucherawy has another exclusive story this week, talking about the recent illumination of the Queen Street bridge and the bridge’s connection to THE POSTMAN, a stage production that tells the story of Toronto’s first black mail carrier in Toronto.

The show is part of the Panamania cultural festival taking place this summer alongside the Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games. For details, check out Dennis’ story.

REASONS TO LOVE TORONTO – CORKTOWN EDITION: Toronto Life recently published their annual REASONS TO LOVE TORONTO issue, with our ‘hood featured prominently. The magazine pointed to the buzz related to the Pan Am Games, citing great new local businesses like The Healthy Road, Odin & Roselle Bakery. Toronto Life also raved about the city’s public art, highlighting the Underpass murals at King & Sumach.

Great to be noticed, isn’t it?

ATHLETES’ VILLAGE UNVEILED: With the Pan Am Games just 24 days away, media and neighbourhood groups — including your Corktown Residents & Business Association — were recently given an opportunity to tour the athletes’ village. You can check out photos at Urban Toronto and at the National Post. It all looks to be coming together nicely!

PAM MCCONNELL’S COMMUNITY WALKABOUT: Deputy Mayor & local councillor Pam McConnell holds her annual community walkabout this Wednesday, June 17 at 6:15 p.m. This year, the walk will focus on the newly-renovated Queens Quay. Meet at the southwest corner of The Esplanade & Lower Sherbourne. More details are on Pam’s website.

Speaking of Queens Quay, Waterfront Toronto will stage the official grand opening of the redesigned roadway this Friday, June 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. All the info is online.

EXTENSION ROOM OPEN HOUSE: Corktown’s much-loved EXTENSION ROOM has their SUMMER OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They’ll have five dollar classes all day long, plus door prizes and summer smoothies. It’s a great chance to check out Toronto’s premier dance & fitness studio – don’t miss it. The schedule is online.

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

 

 

“An Out-of-Left-Field of Dreams” 

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BRIGHT LIGHTS: Corktown’s Karen Kucherawy (l) with long-time friend David Ferry, award-winning director of Panamania’s highly anticipated site specific play, THE POSTMAN. Photo by Dennis Kucherawy.

By Dennis Kucherawy, Corktown Correspondent 

David Ferry, one of Canada’s greatest, multi Dora Award-winning theatre and movie talents, was among the hundreds of celebrants who attended the lighting of the Queen Street Bridge a week-and-a-half ago.

For him, it was a Corktown homecoming.  He’s never lived here, but he worked as a guest director for five years in the theatre department of George Brown College, then located at the NW corner of King St. E. and River St.

“I directed some exciting productions there,” he recalled, “with some of the colleges’ finest grads. Tennessee Williams’ ‘Orpheus Descending’, Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding,’  James Reaney’s ‘The St. Nicholas Hotel – Part Two of “The Donnelly Trilogy’ and Lanford Wilson’s ‘Balm in Gilead’ which is still one of my favourite productions ever.”

Ferry’s knowledge comes from first-hand experience.  He performed In the NDWT’s national tour of “The Donnelly Trilogy” in the mid-1970s and became close friends with Canada’s great poet/playwright James Reaney who became a beloved and respected mentor.

And in New York, at Greenwich Village’s off-Broadway Circle Repertory theatre in 1981, David created the role of the ghost of World War II soldier Timmy Talley in Lanford Wilson’s “A Tale Told.” It was the second play in the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights’ Talley trilogy.  (The play was later revised and renamed “Talley & Son.”  Other plays in the series were “Talley’s Folly” that starred Judd Hirsch and “Fifth of July” that originally starred an unknown William Hurt and Jeff Daniels. It later played on Broadway with Christopher Reeve in the lead role.)

The lighting ceremony resonated with him as he is the director and co-conceiver of “The Postman,” a site-specific pageant that will take place in the Annex. It tells the story of Albert Jackson, the first black mailman in Toronto and likely in Canada.

As the Friday twilight sun set against a partly cloudy, partly crimson, crepuscular sky, Ferry waited for the illumination.  He recalled the play’s prologue in which Jackson reminisces about the bridge:

“Downtown further, Queen and Broadview… country then, city now … there’s a sign on a bridge today says `The RIVER I STEP IN IS NOT THE RIVER I STAND IN.’ I like that.  I think it must descend from Heraclitus…. That sign is me.  This is my journey, this is the river I stand in… the porches I mount every day as I deliver…”

As part of Panamania, the cultural component of the PanAm/Parapan Games, “The Postman” is one of its most exciting, anticipated and original productions.  It stars an impressive, multi-talented cast and creative team led by Ferry. He was recently named by the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Association as the  2015  Best Actor in a Play for the searing, sold-out independent production “Blackbird,” which he also directed.  Sarah Booth, who also produced the play, starred opposite him in an emotionally naked performance. Laurence Dean Ifill, known for his portrayal of Bronco Davis on Degrassi High, stars as Albert Jackson.

I’ve seen a rehearsal and a special, invited-audience read/sing-through at St. Lawrence Hall.  Trust me, “The Postman” not only “rocks,” it delivers.

“The Postman” tells the fascinating and inspiring story of Albert Jackson, Toronto’s first African-Canadian postman, explains the official website at  www.thepostmanwalks.com.:

“(It) will take theatre goers on a journey through history from porch to porch, echoing Mr. Jackson’s original lower Annex delivery route (Brunswick Ave, Harbord St, Bloor St. and Palmerston Ave). The story starts with the Jackson family’s perilous journey from slavery along the Underground Railroad, and ending with Jackson’s life in service as a Toronto postie.

“(Those attending) ‘The Postman’ will experience storytelling through traditional gospel spirituals, but with a modern twist,” the site promises.

“We’re (also) producing a mobile app that is both a guide for the production, and a means for anyone with a Smartphone to experience the story of Albert Jackson,” says the site.

Guitarist Brooke Blackburn, a regular at Soulpepper Theatre cabarets such as the smash hit Nina Simone tribute “The Nina Project,” composed the show’s music along with Saidah Baba Talibah.  She is a 2015 Dora Award nominee for her memorable performance in Necessary Angel’s celebrated presentation of “What Makes a Man” which featured the songs of Charles Azanavour.

Ferry invited such accomplished writers as Joseph Pierre, Corktown resident Sugith “Entitlement” Varughese and Andrew “The Real McCoy” Moodie to write about stages in Albert Jackson’s life.  Additional contributors are Lisa Codrington and and Leah-Simone Bowen, both Obsidian writers of upcoming projects.

For example, Moodie chose to write about Jackson’s first day as a way of conveying the racism Jackson experienced early on the job.  His white colleagues refused to explain his route and instead gave him a broom.  Moodie told the Toronto Star he recalled his own experience when, as a teenager, he was hired over the phone for a job at a restaurant in Ottawa.  When he arrived, he was told the position was filled.

As the first performance approaches on Sunday, July 12th, the first performance of its week-long engagement, perhaps another quote by Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Epheseus describes David Ferry’s imagination passion, and, most of all perseverance:

“Big results require big ambition.”

David confesses, “I have never done anything so out-of-left-field as this project.”

Well, that is “The Postman,” isn’t it? An”Out-of-Left-Field of Dreams.” David, if you stage it, they will come. W.P. Kinsella would be proud.

For more information about “The Postman,” especially how you can donate to this ambitious project, visit the following websites:

About Panamania:  Presented by CIBC, it is the 35-day arts and culture festival intended to enrich the Toronto 2015 PanAm/Parapan Am  Games experience.  More than 250 unique performances and exhibitions, both free and ticketed, will take place around Toronto from July 10th to to August 15th.  Panamania is programmed to showcase the diverse cultures and artistic excellence of Ontario, Canada and the Americas  through music, theatre, dance, the visual arts and fashion.

Dennis Kucherawy, who has lived in Corktown for almost 30 years, met David at Western University in the mid-70s while he was a student there and David was rehearsing the NDWT Co.’s Canadian tour of “The Donnelly Trilogy.”  They have been friends ever since. 

His wife, Karen, appeared with David in the Canadian film “My Last Confession.”  He played a stern, no-nonsense priest; she played the mother of a young girl.  David called her “creepy.”  She considers that the ultimate compliment.

 

Love Corktown? Show your neighbourhood pride at the FREE Corktown Day Party & Live Art Festival taking place this Saturday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Underpass Park — right here in Corktown!

The event will be a multi-arts festival celebrating mural, graffiti and street art.

The day-long party will feature a smudge ceremony performed by Elder Duke Redbird, the live painting of the Street Art Toronto underpass mural by artists Labrona and Troy Lovegates, plus FREE arts activities for kids and adults of all ages!

There will also be live music, performances and DJs!

Join us on Saturday — let’s paint the Corktown!

Check out the posters below for all the details.

Volunteers needed! If you want to want to help, check out the the form here!

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Interested in the arts? Volunteers know what goes on behind the scenes at the Live Art Festival.

Mural Routes requires several volunteers to assist in making the Live Art Festival at Underpass Park, Corktown a success.

The Live Art Festival brings together graffiti, mural, and street artists to transform the Underpass Park pillars through live painting as well as opportunities for community to be involved with arts activities, enjoy performances, try sports demos and experiment with local food vendors.

POSITIONS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed for the following positions:

  • Welcoming Committee / Info booth attendants
  • Parking and Directions on-site help
  • Arts Activities
  • Set up (8am-10am) and tear down (8pm-10pm)
  • Green Room Attendants

We are asking volunteers to commit to a minimum of a one 4-hour shift:

  • Morning: 10am – 2pm
  • Afternoon: 2 – 6pm

In addition, we looking for strike crews:

  • Set up: 8 – 10am
  • Tear down: 6 – 8pm

CONTACT & DEADLINE

Please e-mail Julien@muralroutes.com with the position you’d like to volunteer and the times slot(s) you would like to commit to.

Note: Positions will be assigned based on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applications will be received until Tuesday, June 16th @ 5:00 p.m.

Mural Routes is a dedicated Arts organization that hopes to inspire the creation of extraordinary public wall art that serves as a catalyst for community building. The Live Art Festival is part of the Friends of the Pan Am Path’s Art Relay, in partnership with StreetARToronto, City of Toronto Parks, and the Corktown Residents and Business Association. 

EVENT DETAILS

More about the festival can be found at: http://www.muralroutes.ca/live-art-festival-june-20th/

Join the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1430741607231349/

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at Julien@muralroutes.com or by phone at 416-698-7995.

 

“Earth without art is ‘eh’, eh?”: Gorgeous weather attracts an estimated 10,000 Festival Goers, Doubles Last Year’s Attendance

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RIVERSIDE PAINTING: Live painting by the STEPS Initiative at last weekend’s Riverside 2015 Eats & Beats StreetFEST. Photo courtesy the Riverside BIA

By Dennis Kucherawy, Corktown Correspondent

Last weekend’s Riverside 2015 Eats & Beats StreetFEST was like Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” come to life.  Ever wondered what the Torontonians’ spirits would be like if we had winning sports teams? This was it.

“I see friends, shaking hands, saying how do you do…?”  That was the scene across the river from Corktown on Queen Street E., spanning from the Riverside Bridge east past Broadview Avenue to Empire Avenue.  Old friends reunited and new acquaintances were made. ”They’re really saying `I love you.’”  Well, not quite – you had to buy them breakfast first.

What a wonderful ward, indeed!  Strangers were greeting each other, complimenting tee-shirts, children and pets. This felt like Muskoka, not the downtown of a plugged-in, tuned out Metropolis.  What a Gravenhurst Groove!

From the 17th annual Art Walk in Jimmie Simpson Park to a cornucopia of live music, food and entertainment, the Festival was a smashing success attracting 75 local businesses and groups.  Broadview Avenue, for example, was closed south of Queen St. E. for “Bringing Down Broadview” with its  food, games and headliners, the local band “The Don Valley Stompers.”

“What a weekend!” enthused Anjuli Solanki, Riverside BIA’s Executive Director, saying attendance broke all records, reaching an all-time high of an estimated 10,000 people, double from last year’s attendance of 5,000.

“So many people gave us such positive feedback,”  she added.  “People who filled out our feedback survey, 95% of them rated our event as “excellent” or “amazing.  Most of all, they complimented the quality of the food offerings.

“The weather Gods were on our side!” she continued.  “Also, we had the highest business participation rate. “

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DING DING: Spotted once again on King East last week, after a long absence: the 504 streetcar. Photo courtesy Steve Munro.

Your Corktown e-newsletter for the week of June 8, 2015

STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: Against all odds and after a long absence, streetcars returned to King Street East last week. With the support pillars below now repaired and stable, the King Street ramp to the Queen Street bridge has re-opened. You can read about the reason for the closure at transit expert Steve Munro’s blog.

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UNDERPASS PARK GETS ART: Based on your feedback and their own evaluations, a jury has selected the winning design for the new pillar mural planned for Underpass Park. You can check out the design by artists Labrona + Lovegates at corktown.ca. The project will kick off soon, with the painting to coincide with our Corktown Day Party / Live Art Festival in Underpass Park on June 20.

DOMINION ON QUEEN SOLD: Sean Duranovich confirmed on Facebook this morning that Corktown mainstay the DOMINION ON QUEEN (500 Queen East) has been sold. We want to thank Sean for all his work over the years, with a special shout-out for accommodating CRBA meetings in the back room on a regular basis.

We’re already hearing rumblings about what’s next for the iconic space. We’ll bring you all the details once things are confirmed.

GUSTO 501 SETS SIGHTS ON CORKTOWN: We were excited to learn last week that restauranteur Janet Zuccarini has big plans for Corktown. Gusto 501, a companion restaurant to Gusto 101 near King West, will break ground soon at 501 King East (next to Body Blitz). Her Gusto 54 group also has plans to locate a restaurant called Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen in the Corktown area.

CORKTOWN A STAR: The Toronto Star’s Laura Pelley took a visit to Corktown recently and provided profiles of a bunch of great local businesses. It’s worth a look — remember to shop local.

Corktown also got some coverage from the Globe & Mail last week, though “bracing for chaos” might be overstating things a bit!

 In less-than-great news, we also received confirmation last week that the new Bike Share stations — that were supposed to be installed in Corktown before the Pan Am Games — now won’t be arriving until later. Rest assured — we’ll keep pushing to bring Bike Share to Corktown!

CORKTOWN MUSIC: If you dig live music, band THE DIRTY DISHES will perform this Wednesday, June 10 in Trinity Square in the Distillery District. It’s part of the Music City Summer Series. They’ll play between 6 and 8 p.m. It’s free, and the details are online.

Later in the week, head to White Elephant (366 Queen East) for D’Arcy Good on Friday, June 12 between 7 and 10 p.m. Check the White Elephant event calendar for details.

REGENT PARK: BAZAAR: The Regent Park International Bazaar is set to run this Friday, June 12 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. They’ll have one-of-a-kind cultural fashion items, henna and spa stations, art activities, sewing workshops and food from more than 15 different countries. Details are online.

UPCOMING

  • The CORKTOWN DAY PARTY / LIVE ART FESTIVAL is set for Underpass Park on Saturday, June 20 — all day long. You won’t want to miss it. Stay tuned for more details!
  • The Extension Room (30 Eastern) has their Summer Open House on Sunday, June 21, with $5 classes all day, prizes, smoothies and more. The details are online.

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