ST. PATRICK’S DAY FUN: Corktown came out in force for last week’s St. Patrick’s Day Party at Odin Cafe + Bar. Thanks to all for the drinks and the donations! Photo By Dan Philips.

Corktown News & Events for the week of March 23, 2015

ALL AROUND AWESOME: Real estate agent David Murray Maclean is putting together some great video profiles of Corktown businesses. His latest looks at the 360 Healing Centre at 360 King Street East. Check it out here:

You can visit 360 Healing Centre at 360 King East. Visit ‘em online to make an appointment.

IN BUSINESS: BlogTO has been doling out the compliments to Corktown businesses recently. Our very own Tandem Coffee (368 King East) made their list of the Best Coffee in TorontoMeanwhile, the Extension Room (30 Eastern Ave) made the list for the Top 5 barre classes and studios in Toronto. And Cocina Economica, soon to open at 114 Berkeley, is on BlogTO’s list of the ten most anticipated restaurant openings for Spring 2015. Well deserved kudos for all!

WDLC MEETING: The West Don Lands Committee is set to hold their monthly public meeting on Monday, March 23 at 39 Parliament Street in the 11th floor amenity room. The buzzer code is 182. The meeting is scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

ON STAGE: This week is the final week of the New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre. Make sure to get your tickets while you can! And don’t forget about Alumnae’s next production, I AM MARGUERITE, debuting April 10. You can get tickets online.


  • Toronto Planning is hosting a Community Consultation Meeting regarding an application for 77 River Street & 7 Labatt Avenue on Monday, March 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Basilica. (83 Power Street) See the attached notice for details.

77 River St. & 77 Labatt Ave

  • Head to Quad East (672 Queen East) on Friday, April 10 for Rock N’ Ride Featuring Goodnight, Sunrise. Experience an exclusive one-hour spin to a live performance. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door (if available), with all proceeds going toward supporting the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.  You can click here for more details.



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Corktown StPatricksDay Flyer Web


Corktown news & events for the week of March 16, 2015

ST. PAT’S: We hope all Corktowners will join us this Tuesday, March 17 for a Very Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Party at Odin Cafe + Bar.  (514 King East) Between 6 and 10 p.m., come by for some festive Irish fun and great music. If that weren’t enough, a dollar from every glass of Left Field Brewery beer will go toward the CRBA to help fund neighbourhood initiatives. Don’t miss it!

GREEN ROOF: Based on feedback given through their online survey and at community events like our March CRBA public meeting, the Cherry Street Y has unveiled four potential designs for their GREEN ROOF.

4 options

You can take a look at the designs in detail and provide more feedback by filling out the next phase of the survey.

The Y is also looking for people to volunteer and help build the roof. You can learn more at their website.

BUSINESS UPDATES: Lots of King East happenings to report. Roselle Desserts at 362 King East continues to get great press, with a quick profile in Toronto Life. Meanwhile, we’re delighted to welcome Made Design to 394 King East and The Dirty Inc. to 396 King East.

ALUMNAE THEATRE: The NEW IDEAS FESTIVAL continues this week at Alumnae Theatre with a series of great works. You can get tickets online. And get ready: Alumnae’s next full production I AM MARGUERITE debuts April 10. You can learn more here.

LESLIEVILLE FLEA: This Sunday, March 22, head down to the fermenting cellar in the Distillery District for the much-loved LESLIEVILLE FLEA — still at its winter location for another month. It’s on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more at their website.


  • Fusilli Restaurant at 531 Queen East is holding a wine tasting event on April 6. For menu and reservation details, see their website.

HEY THERE: Odin Cafe + Bar will be the site of Corktown’s neighbourhood St. Patrick’s Day Party on Tuesday, March 17. Photo by Dan Philips.

Corktown News & Events for the week of March 9, 2015

SWEET STUFF: Our new friends at Roselle Desserts were reviewed by BlogTO. A big congrats to Stephanie and Bruce for putting together such an inviting place — check ‘em out if you haven’t at 362 King East.

RIVER STREET CLOSURE: In less appetizing news, the City of Toronto announced last week that River Street will be closed southbound at Dundas during work hours for the next three weeks to allow for gas line realignment. You can find more details here.

HEALING CENTRE: 360 Healing Centre at 360 King East just launched a handy online booking page on their website, allowing you to schedule their range of services with just a few clicks. Check it out here.

ART CLASSES: My Space Art Studio at 535 Queen East (Unit #3) is offering professional, realistic art classes for adults and youth. To learn more, get in touch with Imam Azhari through the My Space Art Studio website.

RELIEF LINE PUBLIC CONSULTATION: The TTC is holding a public consultation on the Relief Line Subway project, which should be of interest to Corktowners. The session will be held on Monday, March 9 at St. Lawrence Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the consultation website for details.

ON STAGE: The New Ideas Festival kicks off this week at Alumnae Theatre. It’s your chance to check out fifteen bold new theatrical works. Visit Alumnae’s website for details and to get tickets. Meanwhile, Soulepper has SPOON RIVER at the Young Centre, on now through March 28. Get your tickets online — they’re going fast.

WHITE ELEPHANT EVENTS: White Elephant restaurant and bar at 366 Queen Street East debuts OPEN MIC NIGHTS this Thursday, March 12 from 8 p.m. until close. They’ll be running open mic nights each and every Thursday following, so be sure to check it out.

Also at White Elephant: the Nikki Clarke Show will be running live tapings starting this Wednesday, March 11, with subsequent dates in March, April, May and June. Tickets are free — it’s your chance to see live interviews and performances. Learn more online here.


Corktown StPatricksDay Flyer 2015 Final Web You won’t want to miss the VERY Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Party on Tuesday, March 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. Hosted by our pals at Odin Cafe + Bar, the party will include great DJ music and lots of local flavour. Buy a beer and $1 will go toward the CRBA for neighbourhood initiatives. Don’t miss it!

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Corktown Meeting Poster - March 2015a

Corktown News & Events for the week of March 2, 2015

CRBA MEETING: Please join us on Tuesday, March 3 from to 7 to 9 p.m. at Little Trinity Church (425 King East) for the CRBA’s monthly public meeting. We’ve got a jam-packed agenda this month, with presentations on the King Street bridge closure, the Pan Am Path, the Cherry Street Y Green Roof and new business introductions.

All residents and businesses are welcome!

Click here to download a copy of the agenda.

ROSSELLE DESSERTS UPDATE: Rosselle Desserts, who just recently opened up shop at 362 King East, is now operating on their regular hours. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. (Closed Monday.) Check ‘em out on social media through their Facebook Page or via Instagram.

MATURING ADULTS LUNCH AND LEARN: Anyone who is the second half of their life is welcome to attend the first of what will be monthly lunch and learn sessions in the breakfast room of St Paul’s Basilica (at Queen and Power) on Wednesday, March 4 at 12:30 p.m. Ed Scheck, CA, will speak about things to remember when filing your income tax return as a retired person. Use the parish hall entrance between the basilica and rectory. Bring your lunch. Coffee and tea are provided.

GILEAD CLOSURE: We were sad to learn last week that Gilead Bistro will be closing on March 31, 2015 — we’ll miss those JK Fries. The restaurant is currently for sale as a turnkey operation. If you know anyone who’s interested, let them know!

ODIN HAS BEER: In better news, Odin has started serving up pints of craft beer. They’ve got taps from Left Field Brewery, Beau’s and Kissmeyer on offer. Starting on Friday, March 6, their hours will be expanding — check out their website for details

CHERRY STREET Y: If you haven’t filled out the Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA’s green roof survey, make sure to do so — it’s your opportunity to let ‘em know what you’d like to see on their amazing 30,000 square foot green roof. And don’t forget they’ve teamed up with the Canary District to offer FREE YOGA every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Canary District Presentation Centre at Cherry & Front. Details are here.

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Corktown Photo of the Week

Corktown news & events for the week of February 23, 2015

DEV UPDATES: Urban Toronto has a rundown of planned developments east of Yonge Street, which includes tidbits on a bunch of projects planned for the Corktown area. It’s a comprehensive overview.

IGLOO SEASON: If you’ve been walking up River Street and noticed the artful igloo near the sidewalk, you probably were left with some questions. NOW Toronto has some details on the how and the why.

ODIN UPDATE: Our friends at Odin (514 King East) have been issued their liquor license. Effective March 5, they’ll be open until midnight Monday through Saturday, and until 11 p.m. on Sunday. Keep following their website for new details.

WEST DON LANDS COMMITTEE: The West Don Lands Committee holds their monthly public meeting on Monday, February 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 39 Parliament Street, 11th floor — use entry code 182.

GREEN ROOF: Another friendly reminder that the Cherry Street YMCA is hosting a public consultation session on Tuesday, February 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. The topic: their 30,000 square foot public access green roof. The session will be held at 51 Divison — all are welcome with no reservations required. We’ve got more details here.

CANDLELIGHT YOGA: The Extension Room is hosting a candlelight yoga class on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m with instructor Tyler Gledhill. The class costs just $20 — you can register online here.

LAMENT, HOPE: Little Trinity Church is hosting SONGS OF LAMENT AND HOPE on Saturday, February 28 at 7 p.m. It’s an evening of spiritual exploration featuring the music of Ryan Adams, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Daniel Lanois, and others. All are welcome. View the flyer here.


  • Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Corktown Residents & Business Association monthly public meeting on Tuesday, March 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. This month we’ll be hosted again at Little Trinity Church (425 King East). On the agenda: an update on the ongoing repairs to the King Street bridge, details on the Pan Am Path and an introduction to new business The Corktown Kitchen. All are welcome.

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As we mentioned in our weekly update, the Cooper Koo Family YMCA is looking for feedback on the design of their 30,000 square foot green roof, located atop their brand new facility at Front & Cherry — set to open in 2016.

In addition to the online survey, there’s now a public consultation session scheduled for Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m.


The new Green Roof on top of the Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street Y will transform typically unused space to provide new, vibrant, community space for the neighbourhood.

Would you like a place to get fit? A place to relax and socialize? A place that explores the history of the neighbourhood? A place that promotes environmental stewardship and sustainability? We want to hear from you!

Visit us at to fill out the online survey or attend the consultation session and give us your feedback in person. Our designers, property development and operations teams will be on site to hear your comments and answer your questions.

Consultation Session:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

51 Division, Toronto Police Services (Corner of Parliament & Front)

7 to 8 p.m. – no registration required.

To download a copy of the consultation handout, click here!



SEEING GREEN: Help the new Cooper Koo Family YMCA plan their green roof design by filling out their survey. Photo Courtesy YMCA.

Corktown News & Events for the week of February 17, 2015

The Cooper Koo Family YMCA — opening in 2016 at Cherry & Front — is seeking input on their green roof, which features 10,000 square feet of accessible, useable space. You can fill out their survey here and let ‘em know what you’d like to see.

Speaking of surveys, the City of Toronto is currently conducting a consultation on the future of the Gardiner Expressway, which needs a lot of rehabilitation. You can put in your two cents at this link until February 22.

Another Corktown business opening! Roselle Desserts has opened at 362 King Street East. Stop by at get yourself something sweet. They’re in a soft open phase until Sunday, February 22, when they’ll celebrate their grand opening. Visit them online here.

Just across the river, Italian restaurant Il Ponte has opened at 625 Queen East. They’ve got a full lunch and dinner menu featuring pizzas and pastas. Check out their website here.

We’ve also received word that the former Weezie’s space will be home to the Corktown Kitchen starting next month. Stay tuned for details.

Our friends at White Elephant Restaurant & Bar continue to bring great live music to Corktown. This Friday, they’ve got D’Arcy Good. You can always check out their calendar of upcoming acts on their website here.

On Sunday, February 22, the Leslieville Flea returns to its winter roost in the Distillery District. Find the wide range of vendors in the Fermenting Cellar between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Check the website for details.


  • On Wednesday, February 25, head to the Extension Room for Candlelight Yoga with instructor Tyler Gledhill. The class will run between 7:30 and 8:45 p.m — cost is just $20. You can learn more and sign up here.
  • As is their tradition, on Friday, March 6 the Town of York Historical Society and Toronto’s First Post Office are presenting a stage production to mark Toronto’s 181st birthday.  This year, they’re proud to present THE POSTMAN, the story of Toronto’s first African-Canadian postman, at St. Lawrence Hall. You can learn more and buy tickets here.

Corktown video of the week

Corktown News & Events for the week of February 9, 2015

WDL HAPPENINGS: Lots in the news over the past week about the almost-complete West Don Lands developments. Urban Toronto took a tour of the site and produced the above video — you can read more about their impressions here. Meanwhile, the Globe & Mail’s Dakshana Bascaramurty looks at the history of the development.

NEW BUSINESS: New Corktown businesses have opened their doors recently! A big welcome to Odin, located at 514 King East. They’ll be serving delicious caffeinated treats and other treats from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends — the hours will change once they’re issued their liquor license.

A few doors down, the Wine Rack at King & St Lawrence has also opened to customers in need of, well, wine. They’ve got a great space ready for you to check out. You can find their hours and other details here.

PERFORMER WANTED: Corktown’s Cahoots Theatre Company is currently seeking one male performer to play a role in a coming production. For details, visit their website.

PAN AM INFO SESSIONS: Representatives from the TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, Ministry of Transportation, Integrated Security Unit and City of Toronto are holding sessions on Wednesday, February 11  to provide tips, tools, and information to help you get around during the Games this summer.

The details:

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Location: St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 230 The Esplanade

Business Session

Start Time: 3:00 pm
End Time: 5:00 pm

Resident Session

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

If you have any questions or accessibility requirements please contact .

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: The famous Corktown Chamber Orchestra performs this week! Catch them at their home base of Little Trinity Church (425 King East) on Thursday, February 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are just ten dollars at the door, with kids getting in for free. Check the flyer for details.

SALE AT ADORNMENTS ON QUEEN: In time for Valentine’s Day, our friends at Adornments on Queen have got a STORE-WIDE WINTER CLEARANCE sale! Between Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 28, get 25% off all regular-priced products, including newly-arrived merchandise. Visit the store at 338 Queen Street East, near Parliament.

VALENTINE’S BREW: If you’re in the mood for romance and also beer, the Mill Street Beer Hall is hosting a Brew Lovers Ball this Saturday, February 14. Check out the details here.

ON STAGE: Don’t forget to grab your tickets for THE DINING ROOM, Soulpepper’s latest production at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. It’s on now through March 7. You can get info and tickets online.

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Corktown News & Events for the Week of February 2, 2015

IT’S AGM TIME: The Corktown Residents & Business Association Annual General Meeting is THIS WEEK!

Join us:

CRBA Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, February 3

7 to 9 p.m.

Little Trinity Church (425 King Street East)

NOTE: The meeting will be held in the church building, not the Annex building. 

On the agenda will be the election of a new CRBA Board of Directors for 2015 and a presentation and feedback session on the recent renovations to the King-Sumach intersection. As always, there will also be an opportunity to bring up other neighbourhood issues.

PAN AM INFO: Pan/Parapan Am Games Information Sessions are coming to Corktown.

Next week, join reps from the TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, Ministry of Transportation, Integrated Security Unit and City of Toronto for two sessions that’ll provide tips, tools, and information to help you get around during the Games.

Date: Wednesday February 11, 2015

Time: Business Session: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. — download invitation
Resident Session: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. — download invitation

Location: St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 230 The Esplanade, Toronto

If you have any questions or accessibility requirements please contact

GET THEATRICAL: This week is your last chance to catch BLOOD RELATIONS at Alumnae Theatre. Critics have been raving. Grab your tickets online here.

If you’re in the mood for more stagecraft, Soulpepper’s production of THE DINING ROOM starts Thursday, February 5. Tickets are of course available online.


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Corktown Photo of the Week

DATA IS BEAUTIFUL: A shot of the almost complete Data Centre building going up at the corner of Mill & Parliament. Photo by Dan Philips.

Corktown News & Events for the Week of January 26, 2015

CRBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: We’re counting down the days to the Corktown Residents & Business Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Tuesday, February 3. The meeting will be held at Little Trinity Church (the actual church, not the Annex building) at 417 King Street East. All residents and business reps are invited to intend and help elect a new board of directors for 2015. In addition, there will also be a presentation and discussion about the King-Sumach intersection. The meeting will take place between 7 and 9 p.m. Hope to see you there!

MEXICANA CORKTOWN: From Toronto Life comes confirmation of something we’d heard rumblings about over the last few weeks. Dave Sidhu, owner of the La Playa Mexican restaurants located in neighbourhoods across Toronto, will open a new restaurant called Cocina Economica in the space that previously held the Berkeley Cafe at 114 Berkeley Street. A welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

DEVELOPMENT MEETING: A developer has made an application for the southern parking lot lands in the Distillery District. The plan calls for a 57-storey mixed use building. If you want a chance to learn more and have your say, the city is hosting a public consultation on the application this Tuesday, January 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. Our friends at the Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association have the details.

FREE ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP: Across the river, the Riverside BIA has been kind enough to invite Corktown businesses to attend a FREE ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP on Tuesday, January 27 where you can learn about the AODA and what you need to do to comply. The meeting will be held at the Ralph Thornton Centre from 6 to 8 p.m. You can RSVP your attendance at this link.

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Toronto Police Service is holding a kick-off event for Black History Month at Nelson Mandela Park Public School on Friday, January 30 at 1 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. You can learn more here.

ON STAGE THIS WEEK: Blood Relations continues this week at Alumnae Theatre. You can grab tickets online. At the Young Centre, check out ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST, which debuts this Thursday and runs through February 21. Tickets are available.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE ELEPHANT: The White Elephant Restaurant & Bar on Queen East has more live music coming to you this week, with Sean Pinchin on January 30 and Toastr Party on January 31. Check their website for details.


  • The CRBA AGM is Tuesday, February 3. Don’t forget!
  • Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Cafe is hosting an Order of Good Cheer dinner on February 11, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s discovery of Prince Edward County. Details are online. Seating is limited, so reverse your spot quick.
  • The transcendent Corktown Chamber Orchestra will perform their Valentine’s show HEART & SOUL on Thursday, February 12 at Little Trinity Church. Check their website for info.

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