CLEAR EYES: Coach Taylor would have approved of the positive messages being shared at the Corktown/Regent Park Cheer Station on Sunday, October 19. Photo by Matt Elliott.

Corktown News & Events for the week of October 20, 2014

First, thanks to all those who came out to our neighbourhood’s first official Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon cheer station! We had a lot of fun. Thanks for all the organizational efforts from Friends of Corktown Common‘s Erin Balser and #LivingToronto‘s Socrates Apallas. We hope to see everybody out again next year.

Corktown and King East got some profile on BlogTO this past week, as writer Natalia Manzocco gave her thoughts on how to spend a day in our neighbourhood. Check it out.

Speaking of places to go in Corktown, we’ll soon have a new local restaurant to check out once Odin Hus opens at 514 King East. PostCity has some details on what they’re planning.

Urban Toronto has some details on a new art exhibit on display at the Canary District Presentation Gallery, located at the corner of Cherry Street and Front Street. Called CITIES OF THE FUTURE, the exhibit features photography from Tom Ryaboi and an interactive piece by Italian artists Fabio Giampietro, Ilaria Vergani Bassi, and Paolo Di Giacomo. For details on when and how to see the exhibit, check out the Canary District’s website.

On Monday, October 20, the West Don Lands Committee is holding their monthly public meeting. You can join them at 39 Parliament Street, in the 11th floor amenity room. The meeting will go from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Note that the meeting has been rescheduled from its regular date of October 27 due to the municipal election.

On October 22 starting at 6 p.m. Dr. Melissa Piercell will host a Learn How to Detox seminar at The Healthy Road (518 King East). Registration costs just $10 and gets you a 10% discount at the store. Check out the website for all the info.

Starting on October 23, the Toronto Irish Players take the stage at Corktowns’ Alumnae Theatre to present BOOKWORMS. Some details:

When Irish comedy Bookworms opens at the Alumnae Theatre on Oct. 23, it marks a very special occasion for Toronto’s only Irish theatre group.

The Toronto Irish Players is entering its 40th season, four decades after a group of immigrants decided to bring Irish theatre to their new homeland. They’ve been doing it ever since with great success.

The 40th season features plays by contemporary writers, but nonetheless straddles two Irelands – a reflective post Celtic Tiger country and a 1960s one, firmly under the thumb of the church.
The fall show, which runs till Nov. 8, is a post-Celtic Tiger Ireland comedy of manners by playwright Bernard Farrell.

The play, Bookworms, is a story of characters that make up a middle class book club.

Formerly the last bastion of female exclusivity, husbands are invited to participate in a social experiment that goes disastrously wrong. In this satire the surface veneer of normality is penetrated by resentment, adultery, repression and violence. By the end of the evening, civility has been tenuously re-established and relationships somewhat restored, but it is unlikely that the men will ever be invited to another meeting of the club.

Director Alan Hunt, a long-time TIP member, calls it an “hilarious comedy” and thinks a modern audience will enjoy the antics.

You can find more information and get your tickets at

Mark your calendars for a pair of upcoming events taking place at Little Trinity Church on October 30. The Little T Annex at 403 King East will be hosting an opening reception for its brand new art gallery at 7 p.m, featuring works by Alison Chapman, Dan Phillips and Henry VanderSpek. Later that same night, the Corktown Chamber Orchestra will be performing at Little Trinity Church at 8 p.m., as they present DISCO NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN. You can find out more about the art gallery opening by clicking here. For more on the Chamber Orchestra’s performance, check out the flyer.

Finally, our friends across the river in Riverside are hosting the sixth annual Riverside Ignite WALKFEST on Saturday, October 25. There are a variety of fun and informative walks taking places, including a fitness fun walk, a culinary walk, a pan am path cycle tour, an urban planning walk and a kiddie costume parade walk. Check out the full list of festivities on their website.

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Corktown Cheer


Calling all Corktowners — we hope to see you this Sunday, October 19 at our first-ever OFFICIAL neighbourhood cheer station to help us cheer on the Scotiabank Toronto marathon runners.

The cheer station is proudly hosted by the Friends of Corktown Common, in partnership with 40 Oaks and the Corktown Residents & Business Association.

There will be fun for all ages with a sign making station, live music, coffee from Corktown’s Redline Coffee & Espresso, tunes from DJ Tuno and FREE fitness classes on the hour, every hour, presented by Think Fitness Studio!

The cheer station will be in full operation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Underpass Park. Hope to see you there!

For more details, visit the Friends of Corktown Common website.


prenatal cooking class

Moms-to-be should take note of an event taking place at the Healthy Road (518 King East) this Saturday, October 18 between 1 and 3:30 p.m. Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Nutrition Expert Kate Matthew will be hosting an information session and hands-on cooking demo — you can sign up for just $75. Register with kate at or 647-886-4736.

Check out the flyer above for more details!


We hope everyone will join us tonight for the CRBA’s monthly public meeting. The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Little Trinity Church Annex building at 403 King East. (The recently renovated storefronts to the west of the church building and park.)

Click here to download a copy of our agenda for tonight.

Remember to join us before the meeting at the corner of King & Sackville for the official unveiling of SKETCH’s Corktown mural! That’ll start at 6:30 p.m.






Just prior to tomorrow’s CRBA public meeting (7-9 p.m. at Little Trinity Annex), all Corktowners are invited to come out and join SKETCH for the official unveiling of the new Corktown mural at the corner of King Street East and Sackville Street. The unveiling will start at 6:30 p.m.

The details:

SKETCH is thrilled to publicly unveil a new mural located at 489 King Street East in Corktown, on October 7, 6:30PM.

Created in consultation with SKETCH youth, this mural was designed and produced by Z’otz*, in partnership with SKETCH mural artists, to spark interest and conversation within the Corktown community, and to highlight Pan-American arts and culture in time for next year’s Pan Am Parapan Am Games in Toronto.

Artists and partners will be present at the unveiling to discuss the artistic process and inspirations for the mural.

This mural was created in partnership with Z’otz*, The City of Toronto, StARTTO2015 IGNITE community partnership program; the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport; the Corktown Residence and Business Association, and Councillor Pam McConnell‘s office.

Contact for more information on this SKETCH event.

Hope you can make it!




EYES TO THE FUTURE: The first of Shalak Attack’s murals takes shape on the pillars supporting the Richmond/Adelaide overpass. Photo by Matt Elliott.

Corktown News & Events for the week of October 6, 2014

You and your family and friends are duly invited to attend the October public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association on Tuesday, October 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. We’ll be meeting this month at the Little Trinity Church Annex at 403 King East. If you’ve never been to a CRBA meeting before, this month is a great month to start. We hope to see you there!


A local mayoral debate will take place this Wednesday, October 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Daniels Spectrum. Candidates Olivia Chow, John Tory, Doug Ford and Ari Goldkind are expected to attend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a community reception with light refreshments being offered at 6 p.m.

Corktown got some more press this week, as the Toronto Star’s Vicky Sanderson paid a visit to the “Kaleidoscope Corner” of Queen Street East & Berekeley Street, taking a look at Corktown design store favourites like Ethel and Vintage Fine Objects.

Speaking of Corktown design stores, the much-loved Adornments on Queen has published their October newsletter. You can take a look here. As always, they’ve got some fantastic sales lined up for October. Pay ‘em a visit at 338 Queen Street East, near Parliament.

In other news, the Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume has taken a stroll through the Pan Am Village and likes what he sees. The Star also had an update on Cherry Street streetcar service along the new right-of-way, which won’t start until 2016.

Across the river, Urban Toronto has some more details on the ambitious Riverside Square development being advanced by Streetcar Developments. Lots of interesting details.

If you’re in an artistic mood this week, head down to the Arta Gallery in the Distillery for the debut of artist Mike Smalley’s ALTERED SPACES. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, October 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit itself will be on display through October 20. Check the website for more details.

In theatre news, Why Not Theatre in association with Soulpepper are set to debut A BRIMFUL OF ASHA at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts this week, with shows running through to October 11. You can check out the details and buy your tickets here.

And don’t forget about the other great theatre taking place in and around Corktown. At Alumnae Theatre, ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS is set to wrap up its on stage run on Saturday, October 11, while over at Daniels Spectrum THE MOUNTAINTOP continues through to October 19.

Lastly, don’t forget about the upcoming Friends of Corktown Common Marathon Cheer Station, set for Sunday, October 19! There are a lot of great ways you can support the community, so head on over to the Friends of Corktown Common website to learn more.

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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!


Corktown photo of the week:

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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