Neighbourhood News: River Reopens, Corktown is Cool & Walking Tours

OPEN WATER: After a prolonged closure, a resurfaced and realigned River Street is finally open between Queen & King. Photo by Chris Killam.

A spruced-up River Street finally opened between Queen & King last week, after a long delay. Work continues on the former Bayview connection. But progress is good! Note that the temporary buses operating on the 501 Queen route are now using River Street to turn around.

BlogTO has a great profile of Far Away Eyes, a new boutique at Queen & Parliament. It joins Ethel, even & odd, Adornments on Queen and a bunch of other cool establishments that have opened near the corner in recent years. Check out the Far Away Eyes website for details on their wares. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

The Toronto Star had news this week that—not surprisingly—construction work on Nelson Mandela Public School at Shuter & Sumach will not be finished in time for the new school year. As a result, students will continue to attend Regent Park/Duke of York School at Shuter & Parliament until the work is finished.

Redline Coffee & Espresso at 354 Queen East has new art pieces by Clare Kirby on display, up through September. Stop by, grab a coffee, and check them out.

On Thursday, the Dominion on Queen will host the launch of YA Author Lesley Livingston’s latest book STARLING. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is holding one of their regular Corktown Walking Tours on Saturday. These walks are a great way for newcomers to see the neighbourhood and learn about our local history. Tickets are $10 for adults or $8 for students. Check out the event page for more details.

Returning to the Distillery District for the long weekend: Artisans at the Distillery District. Vendors will be out all weekend long from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Lastly: be advised that, just as there is every year, various airplanes and flying gizmos will be zooming overhead this weekend as the air show comes to town.

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