News & Events: White Elephant Thai restaurant opens, Lower Don Trail meeting, Toronto Film Noir Syndicate screens at Dominion on Queen + more!

CELEBRATING NEW HERITAGE: Councillor Pam McConnell and a strong crowd of community members celebrate the official re-opening of the heritage property at 399 King Street East on Sunday, May 25. Photo by Dan Philips.

News for the week of May 25, 2014

In big news for Corktown foodies, White Elephant Restaurant & Bar has opened its doors at 366 Queen Street East, serving a scrumptious-looking menu of Thai food. Their quality menu and attentive service has already earned ’em a great review on Yelp. Pay them a visit soon for great local eats — here’s hoping they can stick around!

Speaking of neighbourhood business, permit applications have been filed for two new Corktown businesses that look set to open soon. First, there’s Thor 2 Espresso Bar and Cafe at 510 King Street East. Then there’s Tim Hortons at 589 King Street East. Corktown is set to get so very caffeinated.

BlogTO published a list of the Top 10 under the radar folks, blues and roots venues in Toronto, and of course Corktown fave Dominion on Queen made the list. BlogTO highlights the Wee Folk Club, which runs on the first and third Thursday of every month — you can learn about upcoming events at their website, plus always check out Dominion on Queen’s full event calendar for info on all the great music acts set to play the Dominion each and every week.

Events for the week of May 25, 2014

Our friends at the West Don Lands Committee are hosting their monthly public meeting on Monday, May 26. The meeting will be held at 39 Parliament Street on the 11th floor. Buzz entry code 182 in the lobby. This month, they’ll be receiving an update from Waterfront Toronto on Queens Quay and Port Lands planning. The meeting will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 27, Corktowners can have their say in the first of two public meetings on plans for the Lower Don Trail, which runs alongside the Don River from Pottery Road to Corktown Common and is much used by cyclists, joggers, hikers and other recreational users. The consultation, which will allow the public to give feedback on design concepts, will take place at St. Simon the Apostle Church (525 Bloor Street East) from 6 to 9 p.m. You can learn more details on the project website.

Show your appreciation for the written word on Thursday, May 29 as author Lesley Livingston launches the third and final book in her Never trilogy, NOW AND FOR NEVER. The launch will take place at Dominion on Queen (500 Queen Street East) at 7 p.m., with all ages welcome for an evening of food, drink, reading, signing, live music and, of course, “lots of Time Monkey Shenanigans Fun!” Lesley has more details on her website.

On Saturday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m., close out the month in classy style with the Toronto Film Noir Syndicate‘s season finale screening at the Dominion on Queen. (5oo Queen East) As selected by audience demand, the syndicate will be showing the 1957 film THE GARMENT JUNGLE. Tickets are just $5 at the dor. You can learn more at the Noir Syndicate’s website.

Finally, the Distillery District will be humming all weekend long with SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Featuring a great line-up of a cappella acts, taking the stage at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. For all the details on performances and ticket information, visit the festival website.

Got a story about something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

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