News & Events: Gusto 501 plans take shape, BIG IDEAS comes to Alumnae, Distillery ArtFest & more!

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SPRING SUNRISE: The day breaks over the new Canary District building in the West Don Lands. Photo by Dan Philips.

Local News for the Week of May 11, 2014

Here’s what’s been in the news about Corktown lately.

Foodie website EATER has some more details on the plans for Gusto 501, the new restaurant planned — appropriately enough — for 501 King East. They’ll be kicking off their renovations in September.

Over at BlogTO, Chris Bateman has a guide to private streets in Toronto, which includes a nod to Corktown’s own Percy Street.

The TTC has produced a video explaining their construction plans along the 501 Queen streetcar route for this summer. The cliff notes: The Queen & Leslie intersection will be closed from May 11 to June 11, the Queen & Victoria intersection will be closed from May 11 to May 31 and the Queen & Broadview intersection will be closed from June 30 to July 25. These closures will all result in diversions to streetcars and other forms of traffic. Note too that the 504 King streetcar — already scheduled to be on diversion through the end of the summer — will also be further impacted by the closure at Broadview. It’s going to be a pretty hairy summer for construction.

In the Toronto Star, Christopher Hume penned a column about the West Don Lands. It’s worth a read.

Finally, the Globe & Mail’s Ian Brown discovers something most Corktowners have known for years: the Corktown Uke Jam is awesome.

Events for the week of May 11, 2014

Here’s what’s going on this week!

Starting Tuesday, May 13, Alumnae Theatre has BIG IDEAS, a series of stage readings of works-in-progress by a selection of great writers and actors. Admission is free. You can look up the schedule online.

Speaking of the world famous Corktown Ukelele Jam, they’ll be kicking up the jam this Wednesday, May 14 for another right of great music. Meet at 8 p.m. at Dominion on Queen. See the Dominion’s event calendar for details on this and other great music coming your way this week.

On Thursday, May 15, Waterfront Toronto is hosting a public workshop to discuss plans for the Cousin Quay section of Toronto’s port lands. It’ll run from 6 to 9 p.m. at Morse Street Junior Public School at Carlaw & Queen East. See their notice for details.

Finally, with the long weekend comes ARTFEST at the Distillery District, returning for another great summer of great art and great deals. Artfest features “pottery, glass, jewellery, paintings, wood turning, gourmet foods, live music a live painting performance and more.” Admission is free. It runs May 17, 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Visit their website for details.

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