18 – 32 Eastern Ave Development Application

A new proposal was submitted to the City of Toronto Planning Department last week and the developer has asked to meet with the CRBA’s Development Committee soon. The property is on Eastern Ave between Sackville and Gilead.
The Urban Toronto description can be found here.
For more information, go to this City of Toronto website and search on the address 18 Eastern.

World Cup of Hockey Fan Village

As you may have noticed, the parking lot south of Mill St and east of Cherry is filling up with a lot of stuff! From September 16 – 25, this is the location of the World Cup of Hockey Fan Village.

Information on all of the events that will take place can be found here. They are (mostly) free and family friendly, so be sure to go down and check it out.

Toronto Beer Week

Are you a beer fan? Toronto Beer Week runs from September 15 – 24. Here are a few of the events in Corktown this week:

Toronto Beer Week Warmup Event 
Where: The Berkeley Church
When: Sept 15, 6:00 – 11:00pm
For more information and tickets, go to this website.

Mill Street Brewery Open House
Where: Mill Street Brew Pub, 21 Tank House Lane
When: Sept 17 & 18, noon – 6:00pm
For more information and tickets, go to this website.

Welcome BBQ and Community Festival

Little Trinity Church is throwing a party and everyone is invited. This coming Sunday from 12:30-3:30pm.
Welcome BBQ and Community Festival at Little Trinity Church Sunday Sept 18th

September CRBA Public Meeting

Our CRBA meeting last week was held at the Cooper Koo Family YMCA and was very well attended. Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell spoke, Derek Goring gave us a very interesting overview of the project named “East Harbour” (aka Unilever site) and the recently opened Souk Tabule made sure that we had enough sustenance to make it through the meeting. Thanks to everyone for coming out!  Next month the meeting will be on October 4th in the same location. Hope to see you there!

Souk Tabule is OPEN!!

Souk Tabule opened up last week and they also brought a bunch of food to the CRBA monthly public meeting to share. Besides their amazing Middle Eastern food, Souk Tabule has a variety of teas, spices and condiments for sale.

Find them in the West Don Lands area of Corktown: at the end of Front St. beside Gears, just before you hit Corktown Common.
Address:  500 Front St E.
Hours: 11am – 9pm
Dine in or Take out.

delicious food from Souk Tabule - now open at 500 Front St E


CRBA Public Meeting Today, Tuesday September 6

Corktown Meeting Poster - September 2016

Cabbagetown Festival
Head up to Cabbagetown this weekend to enjoy the 40th birthday of their Festival.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, September 11, 2016 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Parliament between Wellesley and Gerrard; Carlton between Berkeley and Parliament
Website: http://cabbagetownto.com/events/cabbagetown-festival-2016/

2 Hands Create Meet the Artist
Shop for some unique hand made items and meet the artists!
When: Friday, September 10, 6 – 10pm
Where: @studio visuals, 503 Queen St E

Half Price Bike Share Membership
This is an awesome time to get a Toronto Bike Share yearly membership. If you have a Presto card, you can get 50% off of the annual Bike Share membership. See here for more information.

Green Day to perform in Corktown
As part of the World Cup of Hockey Fan Village, two major bands will be performing.
The Killers – September 16 @ 4:30pm
Green Day – September 23 @ 6:30pm
Tickets will be available for each of the concerts on September 8th @ 10am on www.ticketmaster.ca
More information can be found here.

Streetcar Diversion
Due to the TIFF Street Festival, King St between University and Spadina will be closed from September 8 – 11 and turned into a Pedestrian Promenade. Because of this the 504 King and 514 Cherry streetcars will be on diversion. TIFF runs until September 18th.

Corktown Theatre
The Alumnae Theatre
Salt, a new full-length Canadian play from Lark & Whimsy Theatre Collective, explores the impact of addiction and mental illness on the relationship between two teenage sisters and their alcoholic mother.
When: September 17 – 28
Where: The Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St
Tickets: $15 for previews and $25 for regular performances.

Soulpepper Theatre Company
Cabaret Series – Every weekend, these intimate musical showcases feature fresh and exciting talent, as well as intimate groupings of artists from Toronto’s diverse musical community.
Noises Off – starts September 21
Hosanna – starts September 23
Where: Soulpepper Theatre Company, 50 Tankhouse Lane
Tickets: available online at soulpepper.ca

STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE for Dance/Fitness/Pilates/Yoga/PT
Looking for long term renter with established clientele. Two large studios, sky lights, garage door, 20 ft ceilings, newly renovated, good flooring and mirrors, parking and great location.
Contact: holmiej7@sympatico.ca

PARKING SPOT NEEDED Queen & River area
Perhaps you don’t need your condo parking spot or you are a business with an extra spot out back? I am looking for a spot around Queen & River. Willing to pay $170 for a covered spot or $120 for surface parking.
Contact: Tyron @ 416-399-2739



Artfest Toronto

Artfest Toronto is hosting an outdoor arts and craft show Labour Day weekend throughout the Distillery District. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. See website for details.

Date:  September 2 – 5
Time:  11am – 6pm

CRBA September Public Meeting

Notices of Work in the Neighbourhood

Metrolinx Notice – affecting Cherry Street and Gooderham and Worts Neighbourhood
TTC Notice – affecting residents living around King & Sumach and nighttime users of the new 514 Cherry Streetcar

Just $25 to Share your Message Here!

Here’s your chance to get your message out to Corktown AND support the CRBA! Email editor@corktown.ca to reserve your exclusive advertising spot in next week’s eNews. The cost is just $25 and with only one ad sponsor per weekly newsletter, your message will really stand out. 100% of the advertising cost goes to the Corktown Residents & Business Association (CRBA) to help us make Corktown even better.

Community Consultation – Berkeley Church

The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn about and provide comments about the application to develop 301-317 Queen St E.  The developer is seeking permission to develop a 25-storey mixed-use building to the west of Berkeley Church.  This development would have 206 units.  The Berkeley Church is proposed to be retained.   The preliminary report can be found at:  http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-95752.pdf

Date:   Thursday September 8, 2016
Time:   7:00pm to 9:00pm
Place:  106 Trinity Street – Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

World Cup of Hockey Fan Village

The World Cup of Hockey 2016 is being held in Toronto this year.  It will include a free 10-day fan festival in the Distillery District as well as in the empty lot east of Cherry Street.  The event will run  from Sept. 16 to Sept. 25.

The Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village schedule will feature a diverse mix of programming, designed for fans of all ages. Each day will feature a new and thrilling line-up of live musical performances, big-ticket prizes and giveaways, food offerings from each of the participating tournament countries, viewing parties and the opportunity to see the World Cup of Hockey Trophy up close.

See their website for event schedules.

Thanks for the Pop Up Flowers!

You may walk by the old Scotia Bank at Queen & River and notice the new splash of colour.  Thanks to a local resident who took it upon himself to make that corner a little brighter!


Update – The work at King and Sumach is taking longer than anticipated and is required to be conducted through to late September. In addition to weekdays, track crews may also conduct some work on weekends.

Transit service – The 514 Cherry Streetcar diversions can be found on the TTC website.



Progress Update of the conduit installation for signal upgrades in the portion of the Union Station Rail Corridor from Queen Street East to Union Station.

This work is moving south and west through the rail corridor from Queen Street at the Don River and is now approaching Cherry Street and the Gooderham & Worts neighbourhood. The work is located on the north end of the corridor and will continue moving west over the coming weeks. While work is scheduled to take place overnight between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., safe access to the rail corridor is dependent on train activity, both GO Transit and VIA service. We are doing our best to have the work begin as early in the evening as possible. Updates will be provided as work progresses.

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 from construction equipment and lights in the rail corridor during this time. Due to the nature of this work, vacuum trucks will 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.

We recognize that this work can be disruptive to our neighbours and are doing our best to carry out this essential construction with the least disruption possible. The contractor is exploring options for noise abatement and has already taken steps by retrofitting the internal components of the vacuum trucks with plastic tubing, instead of metal.


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 drawthelines.ca 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 info@gardinereast.ca; 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 http://corktown.ca 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: http://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Route_diversions/514_railgrinding.jsp



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 sold out! Click here to join waitlist or consider supporting the cause by donating at http://bit.ly/donateGBCF. If you have any question, contact us at 416-415-5000 ext. 3083 or gbc.foundation@georgebrown.ca

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.
Website: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2016-food-court-social-tickets-25547413000
Official Site: http://www.georgebrown.ca/foodcourtsocial/

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.