Here’s the latest from Dundee-Kilmer on the King-Sumach intersection reconstruction project:

Please be advised that the TTC will be delivering the rail panels on Monday April 21st, 2014.  Due to the large size of the panels, this delivery can only be done in the late evening.  Work will begin at 10pm and will run into the night.

The rail installation is scheduled to begin on Wednesday April 23rd, 2014. More information around the installation schedule will be available next week.



Dundee-Kilmer has provided us with a new public notice detailing their progress on the reconstruction of the King-Sumach intersection.

Click here to download. (PDF)


Corktown Photo of the Week

News for the week of April 13, 2014

We continue to post construction updates pertaining the work at the King-Sumach intersection. Click here to read the latest.

Urban Toronto has some cool updates on the data centre project being built on the corner of Mill & Parliament and the River City Phase 3 project, which includes new renderings.

Clean Toronto Together is scheduled to take place the weekend of April 26 and April 27, with clean-up events taking place all across the city. We’re looking for people to be Cleanup Captains for their local parks or laneways. Click here for details.

A clean-up event for Corktown Common is already scheduled, and set for Saturday, April 26 and 10 a.m. Click here for the Facebook event.

Also upcoming: Jane’s Walk weekend, which takes place the weekend of May 3 and May 4. There’s a number of amazing-looking local walks planned, so please check out the full list. Some highlights for Corktowners: a Corktown Common photo walk for kids and a Three Centuries of Corktown walk. Don’t miss ‘em.

Events for the week of April 13, 2014

Don’t forget that RABBIT HOLE continues all week long at Alumnae Theatre, with the show closing on Saturday, April 26. You can get your tickets online.

Speaking of theatrics, new at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts is TRUDEAU AND THE FLQ, a look back at an important piece of Canada history presented by VideoCabaret in association with Soulpepper. Performances run through May 10. You can get tickets online.

The Dominion on Queen recently opened up their patio for the first time this spring. Let’s hope the weather cooperates and it can stay open! As always, the Dominion has a great line-up of events, including the Good Neighbours Open Mic Night on Monday, April 14 and the world-famous Corktown Ukelele Jam on Wednesday, April 16. Click here to view their events calendar.

On Friday, April 18, Little Trinity Church in association with Soulpepper present SUBWAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS, a “performance of songs and spoken word inspired by an encounter with a homeless man many years ago” created and performed by Ins Choi. The performance will take place at the church at 8 p.m., with the $15 ticket cost going toward the Yonge Street Mission. Click here to view the flyer.

On Sunday, April 20, get egg-cited for an Easter Egg Hunt in Corktown Common. Children of all ages are welcome, just remember to bring your own basket. Meet at the playground at 10 a.m. — rain or shine. You might even see a rabbit or two. We’ve got more details posted here.

After searching out some eggs in the park, head on over to the Distillery District for the Leslieville Flea, where more than 70 vendors will be selling their wares. It’s open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m in the Fermenting Cellar. Click here for details.

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


Corktown easter-egg-hunt

All children are invited to come down to Corktown Common on Sunday, April 20 for a special Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the CRBA and Socrates Apallas Royal LePage Estate Realty.

Meet at the playground in the park at 10 a.m, rain or shine. Chocolate eggs for all. Bring your own basket!




Click here to download the latest update on the ongoing construction work taking place at the King-Sumach intersection. It’s a PDF file.

Questions can be directed to info@dundeekilmer.com.



The CRBA is once again participating in the City of Toronto’s Clean Toronto Together program on April 26 & 27.

The CRBA’s primary cleanup location will be the path and embankment between St Paul and Power adjacent to Richmond.

If you want to be a Cleanup Captain of your local park or laneway, the CRBA wants to help spread the word. Visit the City of Toronto’s Community Clean-up Days website,  register your site and let us know by emailing us at info@corktown.ca.

Confirmed clean-ups

Saturday, April 26 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Corktown Common (meet at the Pavilion) – Facebook Event

Sunday, April 27 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Embankment between St. Paul Street & Power Street adjacent to Richmond Street.


Corktown Photo of the Week

News for the week of April 7, 2014

Urban Toronto takes a look at the construction work on the West Don Lands. They’ve got some interesting details on the retail plans for the new buildings too. Well worth a read.

Speaking of the West Don Lands, the Government of Ontario announced last week that a section of the land being used for the Pan Am Athletes’ Village will be transferred to Anishnawbe Health Toronto after the games, for use as a Aboriginal community health and cultural centre. Read the press release for details.

Councillor Pam McConnell reminds you that you have until April 11 to fill out a City of Toronto survey on the parks permit process. Click here for details.

Metrolinx and the TTC are running a series of public consultation sessions on the Relief Line subway. This is an important project, and will have impacts on the Corktown neighbourhood. For details, see this Urban Toronto article. The next consultation is set for Thursday, April 10 at Riverdale Collegiate Institute (1094 Gerrard Street East) from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars! Toronto Green Community and Toronto Field Naturalists present a Lost Rivers tour of Corktown Common on Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m. Friends of Corktown Common has the details on their website.

Corktown mainstay Adornments on Queen has a great sale on for the month of April, with 40% off chandeliers, lamps and candleholders. Don’t miss it — pay ‘em a visit at 338 Queen Street East, at Parliament.

Events for the week of April 7, 2014

Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Wine Bar has a cool new promotion on Tuesday nights, with a $0 corkage fee for diners who bring their own bottles of wine, plus a special steak frites menu item. Visit their website for details.

Lots of cool art exhibits opening in the Distillery District this month. First, at Julie M Gallery, catch Susan G. Scott’s THE WATERS OF MARCH, open through April 27. See the website for details. And over at Arta Gallery, April 8 marks the opening of COLOURSHIFT: Perpetual Motion, an exhibition exploring abstraction and visual movement. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here for information.

The Corktown Ukelele Jam is set for another jam session on Wednesday, April 9 at Dominion on Queen. (500 Queen Street East, at Sumach.) They start strumming at 8 p.m. The world famous Uke Jam also has a snazzy new website, so be sure to check it out to learn all about this much-loved event.

On Thursday, April 10, get your civic engagement on with TURNOUT TORONTO at the Centre for Social Innovation in Daniels Spectrum. The event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., is a civic engagement fair, designed to help citizens learn how to get involved in their city. Several Civic Champions are set to attend, including mayoral candidates, MPs and dozens of advocacy groups. Don’t miss it. View the Facebook event for more information.

Alumnae Theatre debuts their latest show on Friday, April 11 as they present their production of RABBIT HOLE, a “moving, honest and surprisingly humorous portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of situations.” It runs through April 26. Don’t you dare miss it — get your tickets online.

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


The Corktown Residents & Business Association will be holding a meeting of its Parks, Public Realm & Open Spaces committee on Thursday, April 3. The meeting is an opportunity to talk about local issues relating to our parks and public spaces.

Date: Thursday April 3rd

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Location: Dixon Hall Employment Services, 489 Queen St. E., #300.

We have a really exciting year coming up with lots of great volunteer
opportunities. Our initiatives include:

  • CITY OF TORONTO PARKS LEVIES: Over the next few years, the City of Toronto will invest hundreds of thousands of dollars from development park levies into local community parks. We need the community’s help to provide input into what these park improvements will look like.
  • PUBLIC ART INITIATIVES: There are numerous opportunities for streetscape improvements through the City’s StreetARToronto program. We need people to help guide these initiatives.
  • FRIENDS OF CORKTOWN COMMON: The Friends of Corktown Common will be looking for ways to animate this new jewel in the City. If you have any ideas or can volunteer for an event, we can use your help.
  • CLEAN TORONTO TOGETHER 2014: The CRBA will once again be putting together teams for the City’s annual Clean Toronto Together program. We need all hands on deck on April 26 & 27 to help with spring cleaning.

 Photo by badger416



UPDATE: Click here to download a copy of the agenda.

The Corktown Residents & Business Association will be holding our monthly public meeting on Tuesday, April 1 at Dominion on Queen. (500 Queen Street East, at Sumach.) The meeting will run from 7 to 9 p.m All are invited!

In addition to our normal agenda, the meeting will kick off with a fun and informative presentation by Dr. Brent Patterson of Trent University and Ontario MNR. He’ll be talking about local wildlife — including our friend the Eastern Coyote.

We hope you can join us on Tuesday!


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Dundee-Kilmer has provided an update on the reconstruction work taking place at the intersection of King Street East and Sumach Street. Note that phase two is now set to take place between April 7, 2014 and May 31, 2014.

Phase one is currently underway.

Click here to download a PDF file with all the details.

For questions, you can email info@dundeekilmer.com — let us know your thoughts too at info@corktown.ca.