eNewsletter: Toronto Bikeshare wants your input, Corktown Chamber Orchestra performs, Interview with a Demon tickets & more!

PATH FORWARD: The mural on the ground is a colourful remnant of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games Athletes’ Village in Corktown. Photo by Dan Philips.

Corktown, Toronto eNewsletter for the week of October 25, 2015

BIKE SHARE TO: Formerly known as Bixi, Bike Share Toronto has launched a new survey allowing Toronto residents to provide feedback on the service and indicate where they’d like to see new stations. Let them know that we need more stations in Corktown here.

PAINTED ‘TOWN: Local artist Gary E. Smith has just finished another great neighbourhood painting. This time, his subject is the block of historic rowhouse storefronts at 362-368 King East. The block includes local favourites Roselle Desserts, Eco Stems and Tandem Coffee. You can check it out — and buy prints — at Gary’s website.

DON TRAIL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: The City recently provided an update on the trail improvements planned for the Lower Don Trail. You can read all the details here. The trail isn’t expected to see any closures for construction this fall, but there will be some closures this winter to complete the work. We’ll provide updates as we get ’em.

CORKTOWN THROWBACK: The corner of King East & Parliament was the subject of Urban Toronto’s Throwback Thursday last week. The corner has definitely changed a lot with the addition of the King East condo project.

RIVERSIDE SQUARE: Speaking of changes, Urban Toronto has some details on the Riverside Square project that will transform Queen East across the river over the next few years. Of note: “Riverside Square also strives to become a lively neighbourhood hub, with the public plaza set to be joined by a variety of retailers, including an onsite grocery store.” (Emphasis enthusiastically added!)

FOOD TRUCKS RETURN: Food trucks return to the neighbourhood this Tuesday, October 27, with Vesta Lunch on Wheels setting up shop between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the parking lot outside Workplace One. (340 King East) Visit the Food Truck Toronto website for info.


CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: The world famous Corktown Chamber Orchestra kicks off their 2015-2016 season this Thursday, October 29 at Little Trinity Church. (425 King East.) Their concert “Pastoral” will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $10 at the door, with kids getting in for free.

IWAD_BannerON STAGE: Interview with a Demon is set to debut at Corktown’s Alumnae Theatre on November 10, with a limited engagement scheduled through November 15. The show promises to “take us on a wild ride explaining life on the other side – what Heaven and Hell are really like, the essence of the soul, religion, mythologies, angels and God and Satan – debunking much of what we have come to believe for centuries.” The production features an all-star cast, including Canadian comedy legend Sean Cullen. You won’t want to miss it – grab your tickets online.

Also upcoming on stage: Alumnae Theatre Company’s always intriguing Fireworks Festival. The festival offers new full-length plays developed at Alumnae, associated workshops, panel discussions and other events, offering a rare opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes issues and aspects of the productions. It runs from November 4 through November 22. Get your tickets online.


  • The next public meeting of your Corktown Residents & Business Association will be held Tuesday, November 3 at Little Trinity Church Annex (403 King East) from 7 to 9 p.m. We’re excited to welcome representatives from First Gulf developments, who will share with us some details on their plans for the Unilever lands located across the river from Corktown Common. (You can learn more about this project at the Project 21 website.)
  • I know it’s crazy, but it’s true: set up has begun for the Distillery Christmas Market. It kicks off Friday, November 20. This year, in an attempt to keep the crowds reasonable, the market will charge an admission fee of $5 to all attendees on Saturdays and Sundays. All other market days will be free admission. You can learn about all the plans here.
  • Speaking of Christmas, hold this date! The Corktown Holiday Party will be held Sunday, December 13 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Odin Cafe + Bar. (514 King East) We’ll have more details on all the fun and merriment soon.

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

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