News & Events: Corktown Neighbourhood Node, New Shows on Stage & Construction Updates

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FUTURE SO BRIGHT: Historic Bright Street gets some attention as part of a historic tour of Corktown. Photo by Dan Philips.

Welcome to spring! Almost. Maybe. Look, we’re getting there.

Corktown got a very nice profile at Urban Toronto last week. You’ll recognize quite a lot of the houses they’ve captured in their photos — check it out.

In addition, we saw a bunch of articles about development in the West Don Lands. Here’s an update from the National Post and here are a couple of updates again from Urban Toronto, one on the rising structures and one on the overall plan for the area through the Pan Am Games and beyond — the aerial shots in the second one show some good progress made on the reconstruction of Cherry Street.

In addition, Urban Toronto (boy, they spent a lot of time in the eastside this week) has a sneak peek at a design for the Lower Don Lands. Whisky Beach, anyone?

Opening on stage this week: The Killdeer by James Reaney starts at the Alumnae Theatre on Friday, April 12. First produced at the Alumnae in 1960, the show is a sharp social satire that mixes the macabre with comedy to tell the tale of an Ontario town’s tangled web of murder and mystery. It runs through April 27 with performances at 8 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Find more details and buy tickets at this link.

Meanwhile, two shows also debut at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts this week. First, there’s the War of 1812, which tells the tale of, well, the War of 1812 — an event important to the history of Corktown and the First Parliament Site. It runs through May 18 — get your tickers here. Also making its debut is the George Brown School for the Performing Arts‘ production of Spring Awakening — it’s on stage through April 20. Again, get your tickets online.

Running from this Tuesday, April 9 through to April 23, the Arta Gallery in the Distillery District presents colourshift, an abstract art collective, with works from several great artists. The opening reception is this Thursday, April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Lastly, a big welcome to a couple of new businesses in the neighbourhood. First, there’s Hilti, provider of technology and impressive-looking tools for the construction industry. They’re open in the retail space at 569 King Street East. We also want to welcome the creative people at Rain 43, who have moved in to the top floor space in the building previously occupied by the Lung Association at King East & St. Lawrence.

Got a story for Neighbourhood News? Email Matt Elliott.

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