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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!



Nothing goes better with the dog days of summer than a potluck picnic in the park. So, hey, join Friends of Corktown Common this Saturday, August 9 at 2 p.m. for a Corktown Common Potluck Picnic!

What: A Corktown Common Potluck Picnic!

When: Saturday, August 9 at 2 p.m.

Where: Corktown Common Pavilion (Need directions to Corktown Common? Click here.)

What to bring: Bring a dish to share and a plate to eat from!

Check out the Friends of Corktown Common website for more details.



MUSIC IN THE PARK: The music gets going at Little Trinity Park. Head down to their next outdoor concert this Thursday, July 31 as the Thomas Williams Jazz Combo takes the stage at 7 p.m. Photo courtesy Little Trinity Church.


Corktown news for the week of July 28, 2014

Some good news on the transit front: the construction work at Queen & Broadview was completed ahead of schedule, which means streetcars have returned to service on Queen East in Corktown. But be warned: track work at Broadview & Danforth have caused further diversions. View the TTC’s diversion page for details. Here’s their map of how streetcar service will work until construction finishes on August 31:


BlogTO has got a good review of new Corktown coffee spot Tandem Coffee, which just opened at 368 King East. Give it a read — and be sure to stop by and grab yourself a cup of joe.

Waterfront Toronto has published their July newsletter. As always, it contains detailed information about development updates. Always worth your time.

Speaking of development, Urban Toronto has some information about a 57-storey tower proposed for the Distillery District.

Mark your calendars! Friends of Corktown Common is planning a potluck picnic in Corktown Common for August 9. Check out their post and stay tuned for more details as the event date approaches.

You have until Thursday, July 31 to fill out the Toronto Police Service Quality Service survey. TPS is looking for feedback on your experiences interacting with police in the community. Click here to give them your two cents.

Corktown events for the week of July 28, 2014

The West Don Lands Committee is set to hold their monthly public meeting on Monday, July 28. This month’s agenda includes a presentation from Derek Goring, VP of Development for First Gulf on the Korex Site Redevelopment at Lake Shore and Don Road. The meeting will take place in the 11th floor amenity room at 39 Parliament Street (Entry Code: 182) between 7 and 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 30, the Corktown Ukelele Jam returns once again to the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen East, at Sumach). If you’ve never been to a Uke Jam before, now is a great time to check it out. Visit their website and event calendar for details. Things get jamming at 8 p.m.

The music continues on Thursday, July 31 as Music in the Park returns to Little Trinity Park. Put on by our friends at Little Trinity Church, this week park-goers will get to hear from the Thomas Williams Jazz Combo. Click here to download the flyer. The music starts at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Finally, head to the Distillery District this long weekend to check out the return of the Artfest Summer Arts & Crafts Show. Running between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Artfest is a free event featuring artisans from across Canada. Check out the website for details — and hope to see you there.

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LIVE LIKE COMMON PEOPLE: The scene at the official opening of Corktown Common on Thursday, July 10. Photo by Dan Philips.

Local News for the week of July 14, 2014

The grand official opening of Corktown Common on Thursday, July 10 was a huge success. Thanks to all Corktowners who came out to mark the occasion. Councillor Pam McConnell has a report from the official opening ceremony, while Metro News has more about all the great features of the park. Meanwhile, local photographer Dan Philips has a great album of photos from the opening party.

A reminder that StreetARToronto is working with the CRBA to get awesome art murals painted on the columns supporting the Richmond/Adelaide overpasses. If you want an opportunity to have your say on this exciting project, check out our post here.

Urban Toronto’s latest Throwback Thursday feature looks at the building at the corner of King East & Berkeley. Give it a look to take a trip down memory lane.

Events for the week of July 14, 2014

Lots going on at Corktown’s renowned Dominion on Queen (500 Queen East, at Sumach) this week! Perfect entertainment for the summer.

  • On Monday, July 14, check out the Good Neighbours Open Mic — a good time whether you want to perform or just watch. Sign-ups open at 7:30 p.m., with the first acts taking the stage at 8 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, July 15, comedian Simon Rakoff holds a release party for his new album SURROUNDED BY IDIOTS at 8 p.m. I am pretty sure you won’t be branded an idiot if you come! Check out Simon’s website for more info.
  • And on Thursday, July 17, the Toronto Blues Society presents The Sinners Choir at 9:30 p.m.

And that’s not all! Check out the Dominion’s full July events calendar for all your entertainment options.

On Thursday, July 17, Music in the Park returns to Little Trinity Park. Put on by our friends at Little Trinity Church, this week you can catch a great outdoor performance from Queen of the Fleet. The music starts at 7 p.m. — bring a blanket or lawn chair. Check out the flyer for full details.

And for more musical entertainment, head down to Trinity Square in the Distillery District this Sunday, July 20 for music from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Conway. He’ll take the stage between 3 and 5 p.m. Check out the Distillery District events calendar for more info.

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