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CHEERS TO THAT: A shot from the recent SOLD-OUT wine tasting and gourmet meal at Corktown fave Fusilli Ristorante. Read all about it here. Photo by Dennis Kucherawy

CORKTOWN WANTS A GROCERY STORE: We asked and you answered. A survey conducted by the CRBA last week revealed — by a huge margin — that Corktowners most want a grocery store or food retailer. You can read the full survey report here. We’ve forwarded the results to commercial leasing agents working in the area.

CHEER THE MARATHON: Friends of Corktown Common is once again hosting a marathon cheer station for the Goodlife Toronto Marathon. It’ll be held this Sunday, May 3 at the southwest corner of King & River. Things will get going around 8:30 a.m. and continue until all the runners pass by. There will be music — bring your signs, noisemakers and high-fives. There will be a lot of high-fives.

MARATHON ROAD CLOSURES: Of course, with marathons come road closures. The complete list of Sunday morning lane and street closures is available online. Of note to Corktowners:

  • Bayview Avenue will be closed both ways from Rosedale Valley Road to Lower River between 8 and 11 a.m.
  • King East will be closed westbound between River and Sumach between 8 and 11 a.m.
  • Sumach Street will be closed both ways between King East and Eastern Avenue between 8 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Eastern Avenue will be closed both ways between Sumach and Front between 8 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Front Street East will be closed both ways between Eastern and Wellington between 8 and 11:30 a.m.

If you park your car on any of the streets, be advised you’re likely to get a notice asking you to move before Saturday night.

WALK THIS WAY, TALKS THIS WAY: This weekend is the much-loved Jane’s Walk weekend in Toronto. There are dozens and dozens — maybe hundreds? — of great guided group walks scheduled all across the city on Saturday and Sunday. You can check out the map here.

Some local walks to consider:

PAINT SALE: Our friends at Dulux Paints (487 King East, at Sackville) have a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE promotion right now. Buy one gallon of Dulux or Glidden paint at regular price and get the second gallon free. It’s a great deal available until May 3. Check ‘em out if you’ve got some spring painting to get done.

ACROSS THE BRIDGE: BlogTO has a good article profiling some of the recently-open retailers and restaurants in Leslieville and Riverside. Lots of cool new stuff worth visiting now that the weather is warmer.

WEST DON LANDS COMMITTEE: The West Don Lands Committee will host their monthly public meeting tonight — on Monday, April 27 — at 39 Parliament Street in the 11th floor amenity room. On the agenda this month: the Gardiner Expressway East EA, the Island Airport runway extension and the 2015 Pan Am Games. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

SOMETHING’S BREWING: On Tuesday, April 28, a special lecture is being held as part of the Annual General Meeting of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity Street). Join Jordan St. John, author of Lost Breweries of Toronto, as he places brewer and philanthropist Enoch Turner into the context of the emerging Toronto of the mid-19th century. Book sale and signing follows. It takes place starting at 6 p.m. The details are online.

BOOK CLUB: The St. Lawrence Library is hosting a TEA & BOOKS session on Wednesday, April 29 between 2 and 3 p.m, with special guest Caroline Ingvaldsen, who will discuss “Armchair Travel.” Details are online.

FREE YOGA: The Cherry Street YMCA presents its FINAL free yoga class this Wednesday, April 29 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Canary District presentation centre. (398 Front Street East, at Cherry) Bring your own mat! The details are here.

GO PLANET: Councillor Pam McConnell hosts her annual Community Enviornment Day this Thursday, April 30 at Lower Sherbourne Park. Come down between 4 and 8 p.m. to pick up free compost,  exchange your damaged green bin for a new one, drop off unwanted items, unburden yourself of hazardous household waste and more. The details are online.

ALBUM RELEASE: An album release concert featuring Laila Biali & the Radiance Project is set for this Saturday, May 2 at Little Trinity Church (425 King East). This special homecoming album release will feature a large ensemble including guest vocalists, a string quartet, horns and an award-winning rhythm section. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online.

UPCOMING

  • The next monthly public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association is set for Tuesday, May 5. This month, the meeting will be held at the Little Trinity Church Annex (403 King East) — that’s the newly-renovated historic storefront just east of King & Parliament. Find us in the second floor meeting space. We’ve got a great agenda lined up, including a presentation delivered by representatives from the Pan Am Games. It’ll run from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Speaking of the Pan Am Games, there will be public information sessions for both businesses and residents on Wednesday, May 6 at the St. Lawrence Rec Centre. The Business session will run from 3 to 5 p.m., while the Residents session will go from 6 to 8 p.m. View the details here.
  • When was the last time you did something nice for your mom? Right that wrong by celebrating Mothers’ Day at Corktown’s Fusilli Ristorante on May 10 with a special menu. Click here for reservation details. Fusilli just recently had a SOLD-OUT wine tasting and gourmet meal — you can read all about it on our blog.

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

 

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By Dennis Kucherawy

FUSILLI Ristorante, a favorite neighborhood haunt, popular with Corktowners and Torontonians alike, attracted a turn-away crowd on Monday, April 20th for its first wine tasting and gourmet meal since its opening in November 1988.

“It was a wonderful crowd,” said owner/chef Giuseppe Pelligra. “My staff and I enjoyed seeing and serving so many of our regulars and friends.”

Fusilli often has been described as “friendly, casual, cozy and charming,” exuding
“Gioia di Vivere,” the Joy of Living. And that describes the ambiance and fun-filled chatter that filled the restaurant as guests compared the wine and savoured the food.

The special wine-tasting menu began with a German white sparkling wine accompanying a Chef Salad Appetizer. A glass of Italian Chardonnay was then served with Seafood Risotto and a glass of Negroamaro complimenting Filet Mignon.

Dessert was a delectable Chef Cheesecake, served with a glass of LAMBRUSCO with espresso.

FUSILLI’s next event will be a special MOTHER’s DAY dinner on Sunday, May 10th. Reservations are now being accepted.

With the Toronto 2015 XVII PAN AM/PARAPAN GAMES launch less than 12 weeks away, FUSILLI RISTORANTE is now accepting reservations for meals during the competitions – Friday, July 10th to Sunday, July 16th for the PAN-AM Games and August 7th to 15th for the PARAPAN Games.

“We’re beginning our celebrations early,” said Giuseppe. “People don’t realize how soon the Games will be here. We’re already creating a special menu – the pasta of champions.”

Pelligra’s plans will celebrate not only the Games, but also the new Corktown and the growing Canary District development, an exciting initiative Toronto Star Urban Affairs columnist Christopher Hume calls “a bold, new vision of Toronto” with “its commitment to architectural excellence.”

He hopes competitors, coaches and officials staying a block-and-a-half away at the Athlete’s Village may drop in for a bite. “Who knows?” he says excitedly. “The athletes all need to load up on carbs to compete and win. Italian cooking is great fuel.”

He hopes FUSILLI will become a culinary United Nations: “And when the public, our dining guests arrive, they’ll never know with whom they may be rubbing elbows or what country they are from. Maybe they’ll even show you their medals.”

Call 416-214-5148 for reservations. For up-to-date information, visit www.fusilli.ca.

Fusilli Ristorante is located at 531 Queen St. E.

Some photos from the event

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On April 22, 2015, the Corktown Residents & Business Association asked residents what kind of retail they’d like to see in the neighbourhood, specifically at the newly-vacant storefront spaces at 510 King Street East and 549 King Street East. (We have since learned that Infiniti has plans to hold on to the space at 549 King East.)

Both locations are at the heart of Corktown, and have the potential to help form the neighbourhood’s character for years to come. As such, the CRBA views these locations as vitally important.

The survey was open for 24 hours and promoted through Facebook and Twitter. With 306 responses — 96% coming from local residents — the results were overwhelming: Corktown wants a grocery store.

The people have spoken. 84% of respondents identified a grocery store as a top local retail need.

You can view the complete survey report at this link.

Do you agree that Corktown needs a food retailer? Do you want to see a grocery store open soon? What other kinds of retail do you think Corktown needs? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

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CORKTOWN CLEAN-UP CREW: Some of the dedicated Corktowners who volunteered at Friends of Corktown Common’s park clean-up on Saturday, April 18. Thanks to all who came out! Photo courtesy Environment Ontario.

Corktown news and events for the week of April 20, 2015

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CORKTOWN PARKS MEETING: Don’t forget that there will be a public presentation and feedback session on the Corktown Parks Master Plan on Monday, April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the basement of St. Paul’s Basilica at 83 Power Street. This is your opportunity to get detailed information on the revitalization plans for Sumach-Shuter Parkette, Sackville Playground, Little Trinity Church Lands, the Power Street dog park, Percy Park and Bright Street Playground. See the flyer for information.

CANDLELIGHT YOGA: The Extension Room at 30 Eastern Avenue is offering Candlelight Yoga with instructor Tyler Gledhill this Wednesday, April 22 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The class costs just $20. Visit the Extension Room’s website for details.

LESLIEVILLE FLEA: This Sunday, April 26 is your last opportunity to visit the Leslieville Flea at its winter home in the Distillery District. Check it out in the Fermenting Cellar at 28 Distillery Lane from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit their website for details.

DEALERSHIPS ON THE MOVE: You may have noticed over the weekend that the Nissan and Infiniti car dealerships on King Street East packed up and moved to their new temporary home at 265 Front Street East. Hopefully we’ll see some new retailers in those spaces real quick. We’ll keep you posted.

FAR AWAY EYES BECOMES CLARA OBSCURA: The former FAR AWAY EYES at 295 Queen East has re-opened as CLARA OBSCURA. Toronto Life has all the details on the shop’s “whimsical merch.”

GLOBE & MAIL CENTRE UPDATE: The new Globe & Mail Centre on Front Street East has started to rise up as above-ground construction begins on the project. Urban Toronto has some updates and pictures.

UPCOMING

  • A special lecture on the Lost Breweries of Toronto will be held at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity Street) on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. Click here for registration details.
  • Councillor Pam McConnell’s environment day is set for Thursday, April 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lower Sherbourne Park. (Esplanade & Frederick.) Click here for details.
  • Our friends at Little Trinity Church are hosting an album release concert for Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m. It’s part of their Spring Concert Series. Tickets are $25 general admission, or $20 for seniors/students. You can get ‘em online.
  • Save the date! The next Corktown Residents & Business Association meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 5. We’ll have representatives from the Pan Am Games present to give details on what to expect this summer. Details will be posted on corktown.ca shortly.

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

 

A CLEANER CORKTOWN COMMON: A shot from last year’s Corktown Common community clean-up. Join the Friends of Corktown Common for the 2015 Clean-Up on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. Meet at Odin Cafe + Bar (510 King East.)

Corktown news & events for the week of April 12, 2015

CLEANER CORKTOWN: Friends of Corktown Common is hosting a Community Clean-Up this Saturday, April 18. It’s all part of the Clean Toronto Together city-wide initiative. It’ll run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, with participants meeting at Odin Cafe + Bar (510 King East) — coffee and treats will follow the clean-up. Bring some gloves! See Friends of Corktown Common’s website for details.

BE A GOOD SHEPHERD: We were delighted to welcome representatives from the Good Shepherd Centre (412 Queen East) at last week’s CRBA meeting. They’ve provided us with some follow-up details.

  • First, if you are looking to donate to the Centre, click here for their “wish list” of needed items.
  • Good Shepherd Centre will be hosting a neighbourhood clean-up on Friday, April 17 between 10:30 a.m. and noon. A special lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Click here for details.
  • The Centre will host their annual fundraiser golf tournament on July 9. If you’re interested in hitting the links for a good cause, click here.

RETAIL TALE: The first seven retailers and restaurants of the newly-developed West Don Lands (or, if you prefer, the Canary District — but either way it’s in Corktown!) have been announced. We’re very happy to welcome the following businesses to the area:

Urban Toronto has some details on the retail plan. These businesses will open in the months following the Pan Am Games this summer.

REGENT PARK PLANNING MEETING: A reminder that there will be a Community Update Meeting on the Regent Park Revitalization on Monday, April 13 between 6:30 and 8 p.m. at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East.) Click here to view the flyer for details.

GARDINER EXPRESSWAY EA: A public meeting to discuss the current phase of the Gardiner Expressway East environmental assessment is set for Wednesday, April 15 between 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library. For details and to register, click here.

UPCOMING

  • A public consultation regarding the revitalization plan for Corktown Parks (including Bright Street Parkette, the Power Street dog park,Sackville Park, Shuter-Sumach Park, Little Trinity Park and Percy Park) will be held on Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at St. Paul’s Basilica (83 Power Street).
  • A special lecture on the Lost Breweries of Toronto will be held at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity Street) on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. Click here for registration details.
  • Looking ahead to Jane’s Walk — the much-beloved springtime tradition — there’s a Corktown-specific walk to keep an eye on: the Three Centuries of Corktown walk.
  • Save the date! The next Corktown Residents & Business Association meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 5. We’ll have representatives from the Pan Am Games present to give details on what to expect this summer. Details will be posted on corktown.ca shortly.

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

 

 

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SLIDE INTO SPRING: The Easter Bunny (top left, in white, with the ears) visited Corktown Common on Sunday, April 5! Thanks to all who came out and an extra special thanks to Socrates Apallas of #LivingToronto Realty and Redline Coffee & Espresso Bar for organizing and for the coffee! Photo by Alex Bartlett.

News & Events for the week of April 6, 2015

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CRBA MEETING: The Corktown Residents & Business Association hosts our monthly public meeting on Tuesday, April 7! Join us at Little Trinity Church (425 King Street East, in the basement) from 7 to 9 p.m. On the agenda this month: presentations from thinc design on Corktown Parks Improvement, an update from the St. Lawrence Library, an introduction to the new community liaison at the Good Shepherd Centre and business introductions from Health Shield Pharmacy and Roselle Desserts! It’s a packed agenda and all are welcome!

CORKTOWN CRESCENDO: The renowned Corktown Chamber Orchestra is set to perform their spring concert OUTLIERS this Thursday, April 9 at Little Trinity Church (425 King Street East) at 8 p.m. Tickets for this amazing night of music are just $10 at the door, with kids getting in for free. Don’t miss it! Check out the flyer for details.

DEFRIES STREET PLANNING MEETING: On Thursday, April 9, the City of Toronto is hosting a planning meeting regarding the proposed development for 1-25 Defries Street. The meeting will be held at Nelson Mandela Park Public School (440 Shuter Street) from 7 to 9 p.m. Check out the official notice for more details.

ALUMNAE THEATRICS: On stage this week, don’t miss I AM MARGUERITE, an original play by playwright Shirley Barrie based on a true story from Canadian history. It debuts at Alumnae Theatre this Friday, April 10. You can get tickets online.

COFFEE CLASS: If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make a truly great cup of coffee, Corktown biz Sparkplug Coffee can help. Join them at The Healthy Road (518 King Street East) on Saturday, April 11 between 10 and 11 a.m. This first session costs just $10. Bring a friend and you’ll both get in for free. (So, seriously: bring a friend!) Everyone who attends will receive a coupon for $10 off a Sparkplug Coffee order. Space is limited, so jump now — you can learn more online.

RICE & POTATOES & COFFEE: Speaking of great coffee, Rice & Potato Workshop has a display of vintage and upcycled home decor on right now at Redline Coffee & Espresso Bar (354 Queen Street East.) You can learn more about their great designs at their website.

UPCOMING

  • A community update meeting on the Regent Park revitalization will be held on Monday, April 13 at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East) from 6:3o to 8 p.m. It’s your opportunity to learn about the ongoing progress of this huge project. View the official notice for details.
  • Health Shield Pharmacy will host their GRAND OPENING on Monday, April 13 at 589-2 King Street East. Come by between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to check out this new Corktown business and enjoy free coffee and 20% off all items. View the details here.
  • Friends of Corktown Common will be hosting a COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park. Come out and help keep the park clean! Visit Friends of Corktown Common’s website for details.

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

 

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Corktown News & Events for the week of March 30, 2014

EASTER FUN: The Easter Bunny will be stopping by our own Corktown Common this Sunday, April 5. Come by at 10:15 a.m. (rain or shine) for a FREE easter egg hunt with chocolate treats, cider, coffee from Redline Coffee & Espresso Bar and a visit from the bunny himself! All children welcome.

A huge thanks to Redline Coffee & Espresso Bar and #LivingToronto Local Realty for hosting this event, along with featured photographer Christopher Vassalos of Galvanize Studio.

GWNA MEETING: The Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association, who represent the Distillery District, are holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday, March 30. In addition to electing their Board of Directors, attendees will also hear from representatives from the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games Organizing Committee and local MPP Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment & Climate Chnage. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Details are available on the GWNA website.

77 RIVER PLANNING MEETING: A reminder that the community consultation for the proposed development at 77 River Street and 7 Labatt Avenue will take place on Monday, March 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Basilica. (83 Power Street.) You can find the details here.

EXTENSION ROOM SALE: Our friends at the Extension Room (30 Eastern Ave) have a can’t-miss APRIL FOOLS DAY SALE, running April 1 through April 3. You’ll be able to get 15% off all class cards and one month unlimited memberships. Visit their website for details.

EASTER AT LITTLE TRINITY: On Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m., Little Trinity Church (425 King East) will host a performance of Haydn’s Seven Words of Christ, with narration and live music from a string quartet. Entry is pay-what-you-can, with a $20 suggested donation. Visit Little Trinity’s website for details.

PERCY STREET B&B: With the weather getting warmer and friends and family planning summer visits to Corktown, a reminder about the Percy Street Bed & Breakfast (6 Percy Street), which continues to be #1 (or #2, depending on the day) on Trip Advisor’s Specialty Lodgings. It’s an amazing space with great amenities — they even recently started making handmade beeswax products, including lip balm and hand salve. Visit their website for all the details.

B&B owners David & Kali also continue to do Cat Rescue. Through the spay-neuter clinic run out of the Toronto Humane Society with Toronto Street Cats, they’ve fixed all the feral cats on Percy Street and also run a shelter build program, where a crew of volunteers build shelters that have saved the lives of many feral cats. This winter the group reached their milestone of the 3,000th shelter built! You can learn about their important work with local cats here.

MADE IN CORKTOWN: BlogTO has a photo tour of MADE Design’s new Corktown digs at 394 King Street East. A welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

CHERRY STREET Y GREEN ROOF: A reminder that the Cherry Street YMCA is looking for volunteers to help build their green roof between April 27 and May 22. Inside Toronto has some details on the project and how you can help.

CORE-TOWN: BlogTO has some details on a development proposed for 93 Berkeley Street. Check out the details here.

UPCOMING

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  • The April public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association will be held on Tuesday, April 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Little Trinity Church (425 King East). On the agenda this month will be a presentation from thinc design on their plans for Corktown parks improvements, some news from the St. Lawrence Library about their programming and an introduction to the community liaison at the Good Shepherd Centre, in addition to a whole bunch of other local updates. All are welcome!
  • A planning meeting for the proposed development at 1-25 Defries Street will be held on Thursday, April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Nelson Mandela Park Public School. (440 Shuter Street.) See the flyer for details.

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

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FUN: Corktown came out in force for last week’s St. Patrick’s Day Party at Odin Cafe + Bar. Thanks to all for the drinks and the donations! Photo By Dan Philips.

Corktown News & Events for the week of March 23, 2015

ALL AROUND AWESOME: Real estate agent David Murray Maclean is putting together some great video profiles of Corktown businesses. His latest looks at the 360 Healing Centre at 360 King Street East. Check it out here:

You can visit 360 Healing Centre at 360 King East. Visit ‘em online to make an appointment.

IN BUSINESS: BlogTO has been doling out the compliments to Corktown businesses recently. Our very own Tandem Coffee (368 King East) made their list of the Best Coffee in TorontoMeanwhile, the Extension Room (30 Eastern Ave) made the list for the Top 5 barre classes and studios in Toronto. And Cocina Economica, soon to open at 114 Berkeley, is on BlogTO’s list of the ten most anticipated restaurant openings for Spring 2015. Well deserved kudos for all!

WDLC MEETING: The West Don Lands Committee is set to hold their monthly public meeting on Monday, March 23 at 39 Parliament Street in the 11th floor amenity room. The buzzer code is 182. The meeting is scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

ON STAGE: This week is the final week of the New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre. Make sure to get your tickets while you can! And don’t forget about Alumnae’s next production, I AM MARGUERITE, debuting April 10. You can get tickets online.

UPCOMING

  • Toronto Planning is hosting a Community Consultation Meeting regarding an application for 77 River Street & 7 Labatt Avenue on Monday, March 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Basilica. (83 Power Street) See the attached notice for details.

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  • Head to Quad East (672 Queen East) on Friday, April 10 for Rock N’ Ride Featuring Goodnight, Sunrise. Experience an exclusive one-hour spin to a live performance. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door (if available), with all proceeds going toward supporting the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.  You can click here for more details.

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

 

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Corktown news & events for the week of March 16, 2015

ST. PAT’S: We hope all Corktowners will join us this Tuesday, March 17 for a Very Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Party at Odin Cafe + Bar.  (514 King East) Between 6 and 10 p.m., come by for some festive Irish fun and great music. If that weren’t enough, a dollar from every glass of Left Field Brewery beer will go toward the CRBA to help fund neighbourhood initiatives. Don’t miss it!

GREEN ROOF: Based on feedback given through their online survey and at community events like our March CRBA public meeting, the Cherry Street Y has unveiled four potential designs for their GREEN ROOF.

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You can take a look at the designs in detail and provide more feedback by filling out the next phase of the survey.

The Y is also looking for people to volunteer and help build the roof. You can learn more at their website.

BUSINESS UPDATES: Lots of King East happenings to report. Roselle Desserts at 362 King East continues to get great press, with a quick profile in Toronto Life. Meanwhile, we’re delighted to welcome Made Design to 394 King East and The Dirty Inc. to 396 King East.

ALUMNAE THEATRE: The NEW IDEAS FESTIVAL continues this week at Alumnae Theatre with a series of great works. You can get tickets online. And get ready: Alumnae’s next full production I AM MARGUERITE debuts April 10. You can learn more here.

LESLIEVILLE FLEA: This Sunday, March 22, head down to the fermenting cellar in the Distillery District for the much-loved LESLIEVILLE FLEA — still at its winter location for another month. It’s on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more at their website.

UPCOMING

  • Fusilli Restaurant at 531 Queen East is holding a wine tasting event on April 6. For menu and reservation details, see their website.
 

HEY THERE: Odin Cafe + Bar will be the site of Corktown’s neighbourhood St. Patrick’s Day Party on Tuesday, March 17. Photo by Dan Philips.

Corktown News & Events for the week of March 9, 2015

SWEET STUFF: Our new friends at Roselle Desserts were reviewed by BlogTO. A big congrats to Stephanie and Bruce for putting together such an inviting place — check ‘em out if you haven’t at 362 King East.

RIVER STREET CLOSURE: In less appetizing news, the City of Toronto announced last week that River Street will be closed southbound at Dundas during work hours for the next three weeks to allow for gas line realignment. You can find more details here.

HEALING CENTRE: 360 Healing Centre at 360 King East just launched a handy online booking page on their website, allowing you to schedule their range of services with just a few clicks. Check it out here.

ART CLASSES: My Space Art Studio at 535 Queen East (Unit #3) is offering professional, realistic art classes for adults and youth. To learn more, get in touch with Imam Azhari through the My Space Art Studio website.

RELIEF LINE PUBLIC CONSULTATION: The TTC is holding a public consultation on the Relief Line Subway project, which should be of interest to Corktowners. The session will be held on Monday, March 9 at St. Lawrence Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the consultation website for details.

ON STAGE: The New Ideas Festival kicks off this week at Alumnae Theatre. It’s your chance to check out fifteen bold new theatrical works. Visit Alumnae’s website for details and to get tickets. Meanwhile, Soulepper has SPOON RIVER at the Young Centre, on now through March 28. Get your tickets online — they’re going fast.

WHITE ELEPHANT EVENTS: White Elephant restaurant and bar at 366 Queen Street East debuts OPEN MIC NIGHTS this Thursday, March 12 from 8 p.m. until close. They’ll be running open mic nights each and every Thursday following, so be sure to check it out.

Also at White Elephant: the Nikki Clarke Show will be running live tapings starting this Wednesday, March 11, with subsequent dates in March, April, May and June. Tickets are free — it’s your chance to see live interviews and performances. Learn more online here.

UPCOMING

Corktown StPatricksDay Flyer 2015 Final Web You won’t want to miss the VERY Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Party on Tuesday, March 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. Hosted by our pals at Odin Cafe + Bar, the party will include great DJ music and lots of local flavour. Buy a beer and $1 will go toward the CRBA for neighbourhood initiatives. Don’t miss it!

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