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RED HOT: Realtor David Murray Maclean recently produced this video spotlighting Corktown’s Redline Coffee & Espresso Bar. A fun look at a great local business.

Corktown News & Events for the week of December 15, 2014

CORKTOWN COCKTIAL PARTY: Pictures from the 2014 festive Corktown Cocktail Party are available on our Facebook page. Thanks again to all who came out!

VINTAGE CORKTOWN: Congratulations to local businesses Ethel 20th Century Living and Marty Millionaire for making BlogTO’s list of the Best Vintage Furniture Stores in Toronto!

COOPER KOO YMCA: The new Cooper Koo Family YMCA at Front & Cherry is gearing up to open following this summer’s Pan Am games. You can sign up for updates here.

REGENT PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE: Meanwhile, over at Urban Toronto, they’ve got a construction update focusing on the new Regent Park Community Centre. Read all about it by clicking this link.

CAFFEINATED CORKTOWN: BlogTO took a look last week at the multitude of coffee options available in Corktown. We love ‘em all.

SUGAR PLUM FAIRIES: Our friends at the Extension Room are getting into the holiday spirit with a special SUGAR PLUM FAIRY OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, December 20 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Come by their location at 30 Eastern Ave for $5 classes all day, plus special holiday treats and the launch of their new and improved Juice Barre. For details, click here.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? I HOPE YOU DO: Corktown’s colourful Magic Building at 60 Sumach will be the site of an open house this Friday, December 19. Come in for a visit to check out the space, which is currently up for lease. For details, check out the flyer.

IT REALLY CAN’T STAY: This week is your last week to check in the sights and sounds of the famed Distillery Christmas Market. It closes for the season on Sunday, December 21. Check out the website for a complete line-up of musical performances and other events.

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE CITY: On Tuesday, December 23, our pals at Little Trinity Church are presenting a timely Christmas concert with jazz pianist Mike Janzen. Tickets are just $10, with kids getting in for free. You can buy tickets online.

Know about something going down in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

 

 

I [HEART] CURLING: Holiday revellers get their rocks off at the Distillery Christmas market. Photo by Dan Philips.

News & Events for the week of December 8, 2014

CORKTOWN COCKTAIL PARTY: Thanks to all those who came out to last night’s spectacular Corktown Cocktail Party. It was a big hit!

Special thanks to Fusilli for hosting us and providing an incredible selection of hors d’oeuvres. If you’ve never stopped by Fusilli for lunch or dinner, we highly recommend it. Visit their website for details.

And thanks as well to Socrates Apallas, Corktown’s #LivingToronto local realtor. He and his team did an amazing job handling the party’s logistics, coordinating the silent auction, setting up the outdoor lounge — how great were those roasted marshmallows? — and somehow getting Santa Claus himself to show up. You can visit Socrates’ website here.

And a big shout-out to the many local businesses that contributed items to the silent auction! We couldn’t have done it without you.

CORKTOWN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: The holiday spirit rolls on this week as the world famous Corktown Chamber Orchestra performs their holiday set, CHRISTMAS CHILLED & DISTILLED, at Little Trinity Church – 425 King East — on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m.. This year’s concert includes special guests Lynn James, Ted Hawkins, The Reply and Martin Gwynn Jones. All proceeds from this annual holiday tradition will go toward supporting Little Trinity and the work they do in our community.

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The concert will take place on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $10 at the door, with children getting in free.

ISLAND AIRPORT EA: For Corktowners keeping tabs on the ongoing debate surrounding expansion of the island airport, there is a public meeting taking place this Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. You can find out more at Councillor Pam McConnell’s website.

GIVING BACK: If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season, there are a couple of great local initiatives that are worth your support.

Our pals at CAHOOTS THEATRE have organized an online auction, with proceeds going to support their artistic endeavours. You can bid on a range of items by visiting their website here.

Meanwhile, the gearheads at CHARLIE’S FREEWHEELS — located near Queen & Sherbourne — are working to raise funds from the community to help 50 youth learn how to build bikes. You can donate online here to support the cause.

 PHOTOGRAPHY AT DANIELS SPECTRUM: Photography fans and history buffs might want to check out a new exhibit at the Daniels Spectrum. Exhibiting now through to January 26, 2015, CLOSE TO HOME examines life in historic Cabbagetown one hundred years ago. Find more details here.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST. PAUL’S BASILLICA: And finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. as St. Paul’s Basillica will present their annual Christmas concert. Featured during the concert will be Angelica Ganea, soprano, Charles Di Raimondo, tenor and Grenville Pinto, violinist. The proceeds from this concert will be directed to St. Paul’s Basilica. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

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

 

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CORKTOWN UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Come get updates on neighbourhood construction projects like this one at the December public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association on Tuesday, December 2. Photo courtesy Waterfront Toronto.

Local news & events for the week of December 1, 2014

DECEMBER CRBA MEETING: Join your Corktown Residents & Business Association on Tuesday, December 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. for our December public meeting. The meeting will take place at 403 King East, the Little Trinity Church Annex Building — it’s the recently-renovated heritage storefront just east of Front & Parliament.

Click here to download a copy of the night’s agenda.

We hope to see everyone there!

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CORKTOWN COCKTAIL PARTY:  You’re invited! Join us on Sunday, December 7 between 5 and 9 p.m. for some festive holiday fun at Fusilli Ristorante (531 Queen Street East, at River). The Corktown Cocktail Party will feature free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction, music, mingling and more. All are welcome and entry is of course totally free. This event is hosted by the Corktown Residents & Business Association and Socrates Apallas, Local Realtor.

WATERFRONT NEWS: Waterfront Toronto has published their newsletter for November-December 2014. It includes a ton of updates on construction projects in the area. Of particular note is their section relating to the work on the King/Queen Bridge, with an update from Infrastructure Ontario:

The work currently underway by Infrastructure Ontario below the King-Queen bridge continues to progress. The permanent Back Flow Preventer (BFP) has been installed and the temporary BFP has been removed.

Installation of the micro piles has also been progressing with only three remaining. Micro piles are small diameter rods drilled into bedrock adjacent to the bridge columns to reinforce the columns and support the bridge span. The micro piles are encased in a steel pipe and then filled with concrete grout for stability.

The remaining three micro piles are expected to be completed this month. This work entails jacking up the bridge while the micro piles are being installed. The new concrete pile caps will be formed and installed at the same time. Once complete, the bridge will be put back on the reinforced columns and work will be performed to ensure the bridge columns are level and plumb.

Infrastructure Ontario expects to complete the work in early 2015 and is grateful for the community’s patience. Infrastructure Ontario will continue to make every effort to keep the community up-to-date on the status of work going forward.

For more information or questions about the work being undertaken at the King-Queen bridge please contact info@infrastructureontario.ca.

MAKING PROGRESS: Urban Toronto had some updates last week on the construction progress of two important neighbourhood projects. First, check out their video tour of the West Don Lands, include a peek at the new YMCA. Those indoor pools look fantastic. Next, read all about the Regent Park Athletic Grounds. The skating rink, basketball course, soccer/cricket field and running track will all be great additions to the area.

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLHOUSE: The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is hosting their annual Founders Dinner on Thursday, December 4 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m at 106 Trinity Street. Come out and support a great part of our local history. You can register online here.

CHRISTMAS CHEER: For pet owners who want to see their dogs and/or cats get into the holiday spirit, the Toronto Humane Society is hosting their Pet Pics with Santa, Holiday Bazarr & Bake Sale on Saturday, December 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at their headquarters at 11 River Street. The holiday spirit will also continue all week at the Distillery District Christmas Market.

UPCOMING:

  • The Corktown Chamber Orchestra will be performing their annual holiday concert at Little Trinity Church on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets will be just ten dollars, with children getting in for free. Check back here for details.
  • Our friends at the Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association will host their December public meeting on Monday, December 9  with guests Coun. Pam McConnell and MPP Glen Murray. The meeting will take place between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at 70 Mill Street in the first floor community room. Click here for details.

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

 

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You’re invited! Join us on Sunday, December 7 between 5 and 9 p.m. for some festive holiday fun at Fusilli Ristorante (531 Queen Street East, at River).

The Corktown Cocktail Party will feature free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction, music, mingling and more.

All are welcome and entry is of course totally free. This event is hosted by the Corktown Residents & Business Association and Socrates Apallas, Local Realtor.

 

AT LAST: The barricades are down on Cherry as the street re-opens to pedestrians, cyclists and cars. Photo by Chris Bateman/BlogTO.

Corktown news & events for the week of November 24, 2014

CHERRY ON TOP: After much delay and some gently aggressive cajoling by residents and businesses, Cherry Street has re-opened to all forms of traffic. BlogTO has some details.

EAST QUEEN EAST: As expected, the New Broadview Hotel at Queen & Broadview — formerly Jilly’s — will be redeveloped into a boutique hotel and restaurant. The building was purchased by Streetcar Developments earlier this year. You can learn more at Urban Toronto.

STREET ART: The Globe & Mail’s Anwar Ali wrote a good piece about all the new street art appearing across the city, with a special emphasis on the just-unveiled pillar murals near King East & Sumach. Give it a read.

WDLC MEETING: The West Don Lands Committee is hosting their monthly public meeting on Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at 39 Parliament Street, in the 11th floor amenity room (entry code 182).

FREE YOGA: Beginning this Wednesday, November 26, Canary District Condos & the YMCA of Greater Toronto will be offering FREE YOGA CLASSES at the Canary District presentation centre located 398 Front Street East (Front & Cherry). Classes will be led by registered instructors from the YMCA. For more information and a link to RSVP, click here.

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE CITY: The Distillery District Christmas Market officially kicks off this Friday, November 28 with a special opening ceremony and tree-lighting ceremony taking place at 6 p.m. The market will then run through to Sunday, December 21, open Tuesday to Friday from noon to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Closed Mondays.) For all the details on events, entertainment, beer gardens and more, visit the Christmas Market website.

LIGHT UP RIVERSIDE: Keeping with the Christmas Spirit, our friends in Riverside are hosting their annual tree-lighting event and shop the neighbourhood event on Saturday, November 29 at 5 p.m. at Mustard Seed (791 Queen Street East). For more details, click here.

ON STAGE: This week marks your last chance to check out the FireWorks Festival at Alumnae Theatre — don’t miss it. You can check out the schedule and ticket information by clicking here. Meanwhile, at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, grab tickets for the critically-acclaimed KIM’S CONVENIENCE debuting November 27 and the classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL, which kicks off November 30.

CATCH THE SPIRIT: Our friends at Little Trinity Church (425 King East) host SONGS OF LAMENT AND HOPE on Saturday, November 29 at 7 p.m. It’s an evening of spiritual exploration featuring the music of Ryan Adams, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Daniel Lanois, and others, with everyone welcome. Check out the flyer for details.

UPCOMING:

  • Your Corktown Residents & Business Association will hold our monthly public meeting on Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. Find us at the Little Trinity Church Annex Building (403 King East).
  • The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is hosting their annual Founders Dinner on Thursday, December 4 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m at 106 Trinity Street. Come out and support a great part of our local history. You can register online here.
  • The annual community Corktown Christmas Party, presented by the CRBA and Local Realtor Socrates Apallas, is set for Sunday, December 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fusilli Ristorante (531 Queen East, at River). Join your neighbours for some festive holiday fun featuring complimentary hors d’oevres, cash bar, silent auction, music, mingling and more!
  • The Corktown Chamber Orchestra will be performing their annual holiday concert at Little Trinity Church on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets will be just ten dollars, with children getting in for free. Check back here for details

Know about something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

 

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Corktown News & Events for the week of November 16, 2014

PARK LIFE: The much-loved Corktown Common was the recipient of another award as Popular Science Magazine put it on their annual Best of What’s New list. We’re starting to think people like this park. Urban Toronto has the details.

FIREWORKS ON STAGE: The FireWorks Festival continues at Alumnae Theatre all this week, with a great line-up of new full-length plays developed at Alumnae, associated workshops, panel discussions and other events. You can find a schedule and ticket details at Alumnae’s website. The festival runs through November 30.

COP TALK: Our 51 Division Community Policing Liaison Committee is holding a town hall meeting on Wednesday, November 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m at Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne). The meeting will work as an opportunity to meet your CPLC reps, learn more about the CPLC’s role in local policing and ask questions. Check out the flyer for more details.

COOKING CLASS: Corktown’s Healthy Road (518 King East) is hosting a pre-natal/family cooking class on Saturday, November 22 at 1 p.m. Come and learn about the how-to’s of nutrition and delicious prenatal cooking with Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Nutrition Expert Kate Matthew in this 1.5 hour cooking demo. Only $50.00 per person. Register at eatingveggies@gmail.com —  all participants will receive 10% off all in store purchases that day.

UPCOMING

  • On Monday, November 24, local chef Jamie Kennedy is bringing back the Local Food Movement with a dinner event in collaboration with the Ontario Water Sake Company. The evening will include a 6:30 p.m. reception a the Ontario Water Sake Company in the Distillery District, followed by a 7:30 p.m. four course dinner at the Gilead Wine Bar. Cost is $120 per person. Make reservations by calling 647-288-0680. You can learn more at Chef Kennedy’s website.
  • Also on Monday, November 24, our pals at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse are hosting a lecture with John G. Geiger, author, CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and one of the key figures in the recently-in-the-news expedition to find one of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 with proceeds going to support Toronto’s First Post Office Museum. Learn more at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse website.
  • Christmas is coming, whether you’re ready for it or not. Some upcoming events to be aware of. The Distillery Christmas Market kicks off on November 28. Our friends in Riverside are set to hold their tree lighting ceremony and shop the neighbourhood event on November 29. And Soulpepper’s production of A Christmas Carol returns to the Young Centre for the Performing Arts on November 30. Ho Ho Ho.
  • And hey, don’t forget. Your Corktown Residents & Business Association will host its next monthly public meeting on Tuesday, December 2 at the Little Trinity Church Annex. Details will be posted soon.
 

PRIVATE EYES, WATCHING YOU: A shot of one of the four new murals installed on the Richmond/Adelaide support pillars along King Street East. An official unveiling ceremony was held on Thursday, November 6. Photo by Badger416.

News & Events for the week of November 9, 2014

ARTFUL UNVEILING: Thanks to all who came out for the official unveiling of the new underpass murals last Thursday. You can read all about the event in this city news release.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Urban Toronto has an update on the construction progress of the Globe & Mail Centre being built at King East & Berkeley. Take a look — it’s an exciting project for Corktown and St. Lawrence.

A STYLING PLACE: New business alert! Hair salon McManus and Campbell is now open in the Distillery District. They’ve got some info on their website.

ROYSON JAMES AT GWNA: For Distillery District residents, don’t miss this week’s Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association meeting with special guest Royson James, columnist with the Toronto Star. The meeting will take place on Monday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the 70 Mill Street Amenity Room. Find the details at the GWNA website.

LEST WE FORGET: On Tuesday, November 11, pay your solemn respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice at Little Trinity Church. The ceremony will begin at 10:55 a.m. at the War Memorial. (425 King East)

FIREWORKS FESTIVAL READY TO SPARK: Our friends at Alumnae Theatre will debut the 2014 FireWorks Festival this week, starting on Thursday, November 13. You’ll be able to catch new full-length plays developed at Alumnae, associated workshops, panel discussions and other events, offering a rare opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes issues and aspects of the productions. For details on all the shows and ticket information, visit the Alumnae Theatre website.

RE-OPEN OUR STREETS: Over 170 people have signed the petition to Infrastructure Ontario and the provincial government asking that Cherry Street and Old Eastern Avenue be re-opened to all forms of traffic. If you haven’t added your support, you can do see at this link.

UPCOMING

  • On Wednesday November 19 at 7 p.m., the 51 Divison Community Policing Liaison Committee will be hosting a TOWN HALL MEETING at the Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne Street). It’s your opportunity to ask questions and express your concerns about all aspects of policing in the area. You can find details at the CPLC website.
  • On Saturday, November 22, culinary nutritionist Kate Matthew will host a PRENATAL COOKING NUTRITION CLASS at the Healthy Road (518 King East). Come learn the how-to’s of prenatal nutrition and enjoy a delicious hands on cooking class incorporating key nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy. Tasty leftovers will be provided! Cost is $50 which includes the cost of food, and receive a 10% discount on all purchases at The Healthy Road the day of the class. Check the Facebook post for more details on how to sign up.
  • The CRBA will host its December public meeting on Tuesday, December 2 at the Little Trinity Church Annex. Mark your calendars!
 

The Corktown Residents & Business Association will host our monthly public meeting this Tuesday, November 4 at the Little Trinity Church Annex.

What: CRBA Monthly Public Meeting – November

When: Tuesday, November 4, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Little Trinity Church Annex Building – 403 King East (It’s the newly-renovated storefront to the west of the church.)

Who: Corktown residents and business representatives — whether you’ve lived or worked in the area for decades, or you’re a total newbie, all are welcome.

Why: Because we’re passionate about the neighbourhood.

This month’s agenda will include a presentation from THINC Design on the planned redesign of the Bright Street parkette. We’ll also have updates on development, events, business, public art and more.

Hope to see you there!

 

Details on the official underpass mural unveiling have just been released by the City of Toronto. We hope you can join us on Thursday, November 6.

Councillor Pam McConnell (Toronto Centre Rosedale, Ward 28,) will be joined by artists Elisa Monreal (aka Shalak Attack), Bruno Revitte (aka Bruno Smoky), and Gilda Monreal (aka Fiya Bruxa) and representatives from the community to unveil murals at the Adelaide/Richmond underpass pillars on King Street as part of the StreetARToronto Underpass Program.

Date: November 6, 2014

Time:  4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Ribbon cutting at 5:00 p.m.)

Location: Underpass at King Street (Adelaide/Richmond underpass – just west of Sumach Street)

Hope to see you there!

 

 

UPDATE Nov 4: Click here for a copy of the city’s official construction notice, with further details.

Another just announced road closure in Corktown – northbound River St. will be detoured from Shuter along Mark to Labatt for about 5 weeks starting Monday, Nov. 3rd.

Just received from a City Public Consultation Co-ordinator:

Please be aware that as part of the Gerrard Watermain construction project (www.toronto.ca/GerrardWM), the contractors will be closing the northbound lanes on River Street at Mark St (south of Dundas) for about 5 weeks. A short detour around the work site will be provided to allow traffic to continue north.

NOTE:
– Work is to begin on Monday, November 3rd
– Should last 5 weeks
– Local water service should not be affected
– Should be working during regular hours

We’ll post more info as we receive it. Hopefully a map of the detour, too!