News & Events: Underpass Park BBQ, Music in the Park at Little Trinity, streetcar diversions + more!


MUSIC IN THE PARK: Head on over to Little Trinity park this Thursday for another great edition of Music in the Park at  7 p.m. Photo courtesy Little Trinity Church.

Corktown News for the week of June 30, 2014

Let’s start with the bad news: starting Monday, June 30, the intersection at Queen & Broadview will be closed for reconstruction through to July 25. This will have impacts on vehicle traffic — detailed by the City of Toronto in this press release — and streetcar service on the 504 and 501 through Corktown. Here’s the TTC’s diversion map:

Best advice for Corktowners taking the TTC is to walk to Parliament Street if possible. There will be shuttle buses operating along Queen Street as well. For full details, check out the full TTC notice. We’ll keep you updated on all aspects of the construction as it continues.

In better news, the June 2014 edition of the Holland Herald has an interview with Construction Manager Tim Irwin, who names Corktown as Toronto’s up-and-coming neighbourhood. We’ll take it!

Toronto Life has the scoop on Cluny, a new Distillery District restaurant they describe as “seriously massive.” Check out the info and photos on their website here.

If you’ve been down for a run or bike ride along the Lower Don Trail of late, you may have seen some striking blue “Don Was Here” markings on the pavement. If you’re wondering what they mean, BlogTO’s Derek Flack has you covered.

Local events for the week of June 30, 2014

If you’re looking for a list of events to properly celebrate Canada Day on Tuesday, this City of Toronto news release is a good place to start. Fireworks will begin at Ashbridges Bay around 10 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 2, the world famous Corktown Ukelele Jam takes roost once again at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen East, at Sumach). If you’ve never been before, now might be the time. The Jam will run between 8 and 11 p.m, and costs just $7. Find the details at the Uke Jam website.

Between Thursday, July 3 and Sunday, July 20, Gallery 402 at 402 King East will be home to INTERPLAY, an art exhibition featuring the work of great local artists. The exhibition will kick off on Thursday with a reception at 7:30 p.m, with music from Vivienne Wilder. There’s a Facebook event with more details.

On Thursday, July 3, Music in the Park returns to Little Trinity Park, thanks to our friends at Little Trinity Church. Come on out at 7 p.m. to hear the Birds of Bellwoods take the stage. There’s no better way to spend a warm summer night. Check out the flyer for details.

And on Saturday, July 5, you won’t want to miss the FREE COMMUNITY BBQ in Underpass Park. Supported by MPP Glen Murray, MP Chrystia Freeland and Councillor Pam McConnell, along with Enbridge Gas, Toronto 2015, the CRBA and a host of other great business and residential supporters, the event will offer a DJ, a bouncy castle, live entertainment, a basketball tournament and so much more. Join us between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday — you won’t regret it!

And if you were looking for a place to unwind after the Corktown BBQ, the Distillery District may be the place. As part of the Bacardi Festival Libre, the entire district will be transformed into one giant patio on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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