Toronto’s municipal election will take place on Monday, October 27.

You can find out if you’re on the voters’ list and details about polling locations using the City of Toronto’s MyVote website.

You can also check out a list of the many candidates running for mayor on that site.

Closer to home, here’s a list of the candidates for Toronto city council in Ward 28, with links to websites where available:

If you’re a candidate and we’ve missed your website, please get in touch and let us know!


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Corktown News & Events for the week of September 29, 2014

You have until October 11 to catch George F. Walker’s ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS at Alumnae Theatre. Here’s a sneak peak trailer:

You can get your tickets to the show online. If you haven’t been to a show at Alumnae before, we’d highly recommend it.

White Elephant Restaurant & Bar has put out the call to Corktowners to come by their location at 366 Queen East on Fridays for live music with no cover. They’ve got a fantastic menu of authentic Thai cuisine as well. You can check out the menus on their website.

Tickets are available now for the upcoming Cooking with Canadian Craft Beer event taking place at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. It’ll happen on Wednesday, October 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are just $40 and include all food and beer tastings. You can RSVP online.

Friends of Corktown Common is gearing up to host Corktown’s first-ever official CHEER STATION on October 19 for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.  You can come out and cheer on the runners — there will be lots of activities and a DJ spinning fresh beats — or support the community by pledging our financial support to Corktown’s champion runners, with all proceeds going to the great 40 Oak organization in Regent Park. Find out all the details at the Friends of Corktown Common website.

Finally, a gentle reminder that the October meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association is set for Tuesday, October 7. With the Dominion on Queen closed for renovations, we’ll be meeting at the Little Trinity Church Annex, located at 403 King East. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. We’ll have an agenda posted shortly.

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Corktown Video of the Week: Waterfront Toronto’s official opening video

Corktown News & Events for the week of September 22, 2014

The Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume had a recent column about the brand new woonerf built as part of the River City / TCHC building developments on King East. He calls it Toronto’s first complete street.

The King East Design District got a lot of press over the past week. Here’s a Globe & Mail article talking about how the area has seen rapid change over the last few years.

Speaking of change, it looks like the former Jilly’s will be evolving into a hotel and restaurant. BlogTO has some details on Streetcar Developments’ plan for the Broadview Hotel located just across the river from Corktown.

Closer to home, Subway has now opened a new location in Corktown at 514 King East.

In other retail news, we’ve been able to confirm that the Wine Rack has leased retail space in the condo at 510 King East. They’ve applied for a permit to do interior renovations. We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Our friends in Regent Park are holding their final Regent Park Farmers Market of the season this Wednesday, September 24 between 3:30 and 7 p.m, located just to the east of the Daniels Spectrum building at 585 Dundas Street East. This week foodies will be able to take advantage of Farm Drop, where you can order a box of fresh Ontario chicken breasts at wholesale prices and pick up your order at the market. See here for details, and click here for general information about the market.

On Thursday, September 25, the Parliament Interpretive Centre at 265 Front Street East will be hosting a reception for its newest exhibition, THE PAST IS NEVER FAR at 6:30 p.m. It’s a photographic series that explores the extraordinary changes Toronto has experienced since its founding in the 18th century. The exhibit will be on display through November 1. For reception and exhibit details, click here

Friday, September 26 is the big opening day for our friends at Alumnae Theatre as they premiere their newest production ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS. It runs through to October 11. You can learn more about the play and get your tickets online by clicking here.

Tickets remain available for the Cooking with Canadian Craft Beer event, set to take place at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. Click here for all the details.

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Corktown Photo of the Week

Corktown News & Events for the Week of September 15, 2014

On Wednesday, September 17, join the Civic Salon for a walking tour of Corktown Common — Corktown’s world famous new park. The walk will look at the park’s watershed, design and the overall development of the community. It will be led by John Wilson, former Chair of the Task Force to Bring Back the Don. Meet on Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m., on the west side of River Street, just south of Queen Street East. The details are on the Friends of Corktown Common website.

The Toronto Star had an article recently about Streetcar Developments’ Riverside Square proposal, a plan that seeks to transform Queen East just across the river from Corktown — and could include a grocery store. There’s lots of info to dig into here so check it out.

Tickets for the many events that will part of this coming summer’s Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games go on sale today. You can find all the information you need online.

Speaking of tickets, don’t forget that Alumnae Theatre’s new show ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS debuts next week on Friday, September 26. You can find tickets and more information on Alumnae’s website.

Beer aficionados and would-be chefs may also be interested in an upcoming event at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. On Wednesday, October 15, the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse foundation will host a Cooking with Canadian Craft Beer event with David Ort, author of The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, and Jordan St. John, Canada’s only nationally syndicated beer columnist. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available online and cost $40.

Don’t forget that the King East Design District festival is set for this Saturday, September 20. KEDD is Toronto’s largest public festival celebrating contemporary design, curated for charity with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. Installations curated by top local and international designers and artists will span the neighbourhood, transforming the streets, starting in St. James Park, running along King from Church to east of Parliament, and running along Adelaide from Church to Parliament. Find out more information at the KDD website.

Finally, the Dominion on Queen’s Facebook page gives a hint at their ongoing renovation work. That’s a nice looking tin ceiling.

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CORKTOWN ART: A glimpse of the new SKETCH Corktown mural at King East & Sackville. Photo by Laurence Lui.

Corktown News & Events for the week of September 8, 2014

Look up and you may notice something different about the corner of King East and Sackville. The wall above Dulux Paints has been transformed by a new mural thanks to our friends at SKETCH and StART. Check out SKETCH’s Facebook page for photos showing the painting process.

There are only a few Farmers’ Markets remaining in Regent Park on Wednesdays! As they close the season, they’ll have local craft vendors join our farmers and prepared food chefs. Join good friends and neighbours at the Regent Park Famers’ Market for real food and fun on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. through to the end of September. For details, check out the market website.

Our friends at Alumnae Theatre are gearing up for their new season. Their next production, George F. Walker’s ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS debuts on September 26. Here’s a summary: “A bizarre event in a dysfunctional family prompts an incident of brutality in this intensely dark original Canadian comedy.” Alumnae’s shows are always well worth your time, so be sure and grab your tickets online.

Be sure and mark your calendars for the third annual King East Design District contemporary design festival on Saturday, September 20. There are lots of details on the day’s festivities posted at the King East Design District’s website.

Due to ongoing renovations at our home base the Dominion on Queen, the next public CRBA meeting on October 7, 2014  has been relocated to the Little Trinity Church Annex at 403 King East. Thanks to our friends at Little Trinity Church for helping us out with a location!

If you’re looking for ways to relax in this crazy back-to-school season, Corktown’s own Body Blitz Spa is offering an after school special every Thursday during the month of September. Check out the details on their website.

Toronto’s municipal election is fast approaching. To be sure you’re ready to mark your ballot on October 27, check out the city of Toronto’s MyVote website. There, you can enter your address and make sure you’re on the voters’ list. We’ll have more details on candidates and poll locations on our website shortly.

It seems like everyone loves Corktown Common! Most recently, Wired magazine joined the chorus of praise. Check out their article here.

Last week, BlogTO published a series of archive photos of Queen Street East from the 1980s. The set includes some great shots of Corktown, including a rare 1981 look at the Dominion on Queen. Things sure have changed, haven’t they?

Queen & Parliament, 1981

Dominion on Queen, 1981

Queen Street Bridge, looking West, 1981. (all photos via BlogTO)

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We hope all Corktowners have had a great summer. It’s hard, we know, to come to terms with it ending. But, hey, nothing picks up the spirits like a public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association!

Please join us:

Tuesday, September 2
7 to 9 p.m.
489 Queen St. East at Sumach 
On the 3rd Floor in the Employment Centre 
Note the change in venue:  the Dominion on Queen has closed for renovations so we’re moving to the opposite corner of Queen & Sumach. Thanks Dixon Hall for hosting us in your Employment Centre! 

The meeting will cover all the many goings-on of late, including new business openings, neighbourhood public art projects, our park improvements plan, development news, and more. 

Click here to download the agenda.

If you’ve never been to a CRBA meeting before, or if you’re new to the neighbourhood, this is a great time to start. It’s free to attend and all are welcome. 

Park Music: Music in the Park returns to Little Trinity Park on Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m. Photo by Dan Philips.

Regretfully and ruefully, it seems summer is almost over. Here’s a few things going on in Corktown this week, leading into the long weekend.

First, we’ve got two new shows at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District.

On Tuesday, August 26, check out the debut of GLENN, a “fascinating and moving look at the music and mythology of an eternally captivating figure” that puts the spotlight on Glenn Gould. It runs until October 1, and you can get tickets online.

Then, on August 30, check out Soulpepper’s production of the Arthur Miller classic THE CRUCIBLE, on stage through September 20. Again, grab your tickets online.

On Thursday, August 28, MUSIC IN THE PARK returns to Little Trinity Park at 7 p.m. This week, our friends at Little Trinity Church are excited to welcome singer Sarah Burton. The event is completely free and all are welcome — bring a blanket or lawn chair for maximum comfort.

And on the long weekend, the Distillery District is the place to be as ARTFEST returns with their Fine Arts & Craft Show. Admission is completely free, with exhibitors setting up between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Friday through Monday. Check out Artfest’s website for details.

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Music in the Park returns to Little Trinity Park this Thursday, August 14. Presented by our friends at Little Trinity Church, this week’s outdoor concert will see a performance by Graydon James and the Young Novelists. You can hear some of their songs on their YouTube page.

As always, Music in the Park is totally free to attend and all are welcome. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair! The concert will start at 7 p.m.



Hey Corktowners. See below for an exciting message from StreetARToronto regarding a very cool plan to transform the pillars along King East — underneath the Richmond and Adelaide overpasses — with mural installations this fall.

If you want a closer look at the mural designs proposed for the pillars, head on over to Tandem Coffee at 368 King East where the designs are displayed.

Dear Neighbours,

This fall the pillars on King Street East (underneath the Richmond St. E. and Adelaide St. E. overpasses, just west of Sumach Street) will be transformed by series of mural installations as a part of the StreetARToronto Underpass Program or “StART UP.”  StART UP’s mandate is to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the visual landscape of our community, making our City’s underpasses safer and more beautiful. This project is being implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the Public Realm Section of the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division.

We are very excited to have three quality proposals submitted by artists Sean Martindale, Patrick “Peru” Dyer Jalea and Elisa “Shalak” Monreal.  As a part of our selection process, we value your input on the design proposals for the site.  Please take a look at the designs attached in this email or feel free to view them in person at the following location this week until Thursday August 14th:

Tandem Coffee, 368 King Street East. Opening Hours, 7AM-6PM M-F; 8AM-5PM S-S

If you have any thoughts, please feel free to submit your feedback to the site coordinator Sean Robertson-Palmer at  The deadline to submit comments is 4:30pm on Thursday August 14th, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the StreetARToronto program in general please email

Thank you for your time and we look forward to your response,


StreetARToronto (StART)

The designs proposed for the pillars are below. Click the images to view them at a larger size.

By Shalak Attack, with assistance of Bruno Smoky:




By Sean Martindale:

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By Peru Dyer Jalea:


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140801_Bright St. revised poster R3-1


An announcement and an invitation from the City of Toronto for Corktowners who enjoy the Bright Street playground:

The City of Toronto will be making park and playground improvements in 2014 & 2015.  Current play equipment is nearing the end of its expected life span and not compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Site furnishings and planting are either lacking or in poor condition.

We want your input on improvements.

What: Bright Street playground open house

Where: Bright Street playground

When: Tuesday, August 12, 4 to 7 p.m.

Hope to see you there!