Neighbourhood News: Moss Park Rejuvenation, 1812 Remembered, Bike Month, Classy Ladies & More

Neighbourhood News is your regular round-up of news from in and around Corktown.

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Rejuvenated: Plans for renewed parkland at Moss Park. Renderings courtesy Toronto Community Housing. 

Following up on an item mentioned at the most recent meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association: green space in front of the Moss Park buildings (275, 285 & 295 Shuter Street) will be rejuvenated and revitalized this coming Friday, June 15. Thanks to support from sponsors like Coca-Cola Canada and ParticipACTION, Moss Park residents will soon enjoy an outdoor area that will include a “new natural playground, soccer field, community vegetable garden, parkettes, built-in chess boards, amphitheatre, and fully accessible and well-lit pathways.”

Volunteers are needed to help with this amazing one-day transformation project. For more info, email francesca.mainville@torontohousing.ca, or call 416-891-0317.

As announced via Toronto Life, Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Bistro—a local favourite–has started to offer their restaurant as an evening event space. Lots of good (and delicious) looking events coming up. Check out the June calendar.

Speaking of tasty, I wasn’t aware that the Boiler House in the Distillery District offered a special buffet brunch. BlogTO’s Alexander J. Yolevski reviews the offerings and comes out impressed. Definitely something for locals to check out.

Opening this week at the Alumnae Theatre on Berkeley Street is Classy Lady, a one-woman show by  Sandra Battaglini. Sandra’s last show—Hard Headed Woman—won a Canadian Comedy Award. Tickets are $25 and the show runs from June 14 to 24.

History enthusiasts will want to take note of all the War of 1812 bicentennial events happening over the course of the summer. The City of Toronto has a full calendar . Coming up this week: A Taste of 1812 at the Market Gallery on June 16. Also, on June 17, the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association is hosting an 1812 picnic from noon to 3 p.m. in St. James Park, featuring the music of the era and performers dressed in costume.

June is Bike Month in Toronto, which means there’s a whole bunch of activities going on all over the city—perfect for those who have come to understand the joy of travelling on two wheels. Of local note: Ride the Ravines, a group bike ride exploring the Don River trail and other great routes through the city. The ride departs on Sunday, June 17 from the Evergreen Brickworkssign up in advance to take part.

Sticking with the environmentally-friendly transportation theme, the Distillery is welcoming the Eco-Wheels show June 16-17. They promise to display a variety of green vehicles, including solar powered cars and the like.

While you’re there, more fashionable types may want to check out the Maelle Vintage Dresses installation at the Distill Gallery. It runs until June 17. The Grid’s Loretta Chin has a preview.

A little further afield—though not too far—we find the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival, taking up residence this year at Sugar Beach near Queens Quay and Sherbourne. Tickets are $25 in advance for the three-day festival which runs June 14, 15 & 16.

Lastly, in local business news, Nissan Downtown will open in the new retail space at 510 King Street East on July 3.

Got a story for Neighbourhood News? Email Matt Elliott.

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