Be sure to come out and hear what our local councillor has to say!

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Making Peace Exhibit Opens Saturday May 13th!

Making Peace TORONTO 2017 is a major outdoor exhibit, gallery, and performance event. Presenting the work of over 100 photographers and artists, Making Peace pays tribute to people all over the planet, including Toronto’s very own Nobel Peace Laureate Lester B. Pearson, who devote their time, energy, and resources to the cause of peace.

Opening day: May 13, 2PM

Making Peace outdoor exhibit is FREE and open everyday 24/7
The Gallery hours are: Mon – Sun 11am – 7pm

See website for information : or on Facebook

501 Queen Streetcar Route – Important Service Changes

Starting May 7 until September 3, the entire 501 Queen route will be operated with buses due to a number of planned construction projects on Queen Street. A full bus replacement will maintain service along the route, providing the most efficient travel during construction (avoiding major streetcar diversions in the process).

·         501L/301L Queen shuttle buses will provide service between Long Branch Loop and Neville Park Loop running via Lake Shore Boulevard, Windermere Avenue, The Queensway and Queen Street.
·         501P/301P Queen shuttle buses will provide service between Park Lawn Loop and Neville Park Loop running via Park Lawn Road, The Queensway and Queen Street.
See TTC’s transit pole card which will be installed along the route.

Additional information can be found here


CRBA Monthly Public Meeting – TONIGHT May 2, 2017

When: Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00pm
Where:  Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St

Business Intro – Montessori Regent Park

Evergreen Brickworks to discuss The Don River Valley Park Project – Art Program
Join Evergreen’s Curator Kari Cwynar and Project Manager Liz Lecky to learn about plans for Toronto’s largest Urban Park, the Don River Valley Park Project.  We’ll highlight plans for the Project’s upcoming Art Program scheduled to launch this July with a special focus on the live art performances by Maria Hassabi in the Corktown Common area.  Get a sneak preview of the sulptures being installed and some information around live art performances, guided walks and more all to take place on the trails this year and beyond.  Get ready to see the Valley in a new and moving way!

Making Peace – Gallery Sneak Peek!
After the Evergreen presentation, the CRBA meeting will go for a walk! Join curator Ashley Woods on a walk down to the Gallery on Front St E (just east of the YMCA) for a tour and sneak peak of the Making Peace Exhibition.  All attendees will receive a Making Peace t-shirt and an invitation to the Opening Ceremonies.

Community Environment Day – Corktown

Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring your unused and unwanted household items to the Community Environment Day. Check here for more details on what can be dropped off or picked up!

When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Along the Esplanade near Lower Sherbourne

501 Queen Streetcar Route

Starting May 7 until September 3, the entire 501 Queen route will be operated with buses due to a number of planned construction projects on Queen Street.  A full bus replacement will maintain service along the route, providing the most efficient travel during construction (avoiding major streetcar diversions in the process).
Additional information can be found here

GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon – Sunday, May 7

The annual GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon will be taking place on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The course route will be passing through Corktown and will require the closure of some roads for a period of time. The roads will reopen as soon as possible.

Here are the road closures and times in our area:

For more information, regarding road closures, see here.


It must be heading into summer because there are so many events coming up!  Get out there and enjoy everything Toronto has to offer!

CRBA Monthly Public Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00pm
Where:  Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St

Organic Food Basket Program coming to Corktown!

Starting in June receive a weekly share of organically-grown local produce, delivered right to a pickup hub in your neighbourhood!  Join Clearwater Farms and Mike at Sumach Espresso in their mission to bring farm fresh healthy food to the community.  Pickups start Wednesday June 7th from 3:30 until close at Sumach Espresso.  Home delivery is also an option.  For full program details and to sign up please visit Space is limited so don’t hesitate!

YMCA Free Kids Day – April 30th

Jane’s Walk in Corktown

Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods.  There are a myriad of walks scheduled for the weekend of May 5th – 7th in Toronto and we are lucky enough to have several in close proximity to Corktown.  Here is the schedule so you can plan out your weekend!

The “Can’t-believe-this-is-Toronto!” Art Walk
This particular walk will be led by author and local resident Nathalie Prézeau. This walk will introduce you to a few well-hidden nooks and crannies in Corktown. It will then take you to some of the best public art in Toronto before leading you through one of the best (and newest) parks in the city.
Time & Meeting Place: 
Saturday, May 6, 1:30pm (2 hours)
Odin Café and Bar – 514 King St E

Contact Photography Festival

The Contact Photography Festival starts today, April 28 and runs through the month of May.
There are many places in Corktown and close by that will be taking in this Festival.
Reception this week..

The Unsung S/heroes – May 2 – 31
Alexis MacDonald, Stephen Lewis Foundation

This is a story about AIDS and the women so rarely seen. Through stunning large-scale photographic portraits and installations, this exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of African grandmothers on the frontlines of the global AIDS crisis.
Opening Reception: May 2, 6pm – 9pm;
Where: Daniels Spectrum – 585 Dundas St E

Corktown Galleries/locations to check out – Arta Gallery, Corkin Gallery, PROOF Studio Gallery, Nook Space Art Gallery, Queen Gallery, Urban Gallery, Vistek, Front St E Promenade

Coming Soon:

  • Making Peace Grand Opening – The Nelson Mandela streetcar will roll in and the festivities will begin!  Please join in and celebrate this great exhibition coming to our neighbourhood.
    • When: Saturday, May 13 at 2pm
    • Where: Pop Up Gallery at NE corner of Front St E and Tannery Rd (in same block as Souk Tabule and Gears)
  • Regent Park Artisan Market on the Mews – There will be an array of incredible vendors ranging from food, entertainment, fashion, art and more.
    • When: Sunday, May 14 from 11am – 3pm
    • Where: Regent Park Blvd – South of Dundas, West of River
    • Facebook Event:


The event at Enoch Turner mentioned in last week’s newsletter was actually held on April 25th not today, April 28th.  We hope that no one missed it!  So sorry!

Passing the Torch…

I have been doing the Corktown  eNewsletter and posting it to for the last year or so (thanks to Kara Isert for her excellent editing assistance!) and it has been such a great way to stay in touch with the goings on in Corktown.  However, I have moved to another part of the city so it is time to pass on the torch! Trevor McLeod who is on the board of the CRBA and a West Don Lands resident will be taking over.  As always, if you know of something going on in the ‘hood that you think would be of interest, email and depending on the volume for the week, he will try to include it. Thanks to all of the newsletter readers .. especially those who made it to the end of this extra-long edition!

Signing off..
Michele Cummings


Community Easter Egg Hunt

Be sure to come out to Corktown Common this Sunday for the Third Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt!

Photography for Kids

Project Kids & Cameras is a free program for kids in grades 3-6. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn more about digital photography as well as document what’s important to them in their family and community life. Digital cameras will provided to students for use during the program.

When: April 29-June 10, 10am – 12:30pm
Where: ArtHeart Community Art Centre, 585 Dundas St. East (Studio 210, in the Daniels Spectrum building).

To find out more about the program, read the article on page 6 of the Spring 2016 issue of the Corktown News.
Any parents interested in registering their kids can do so by sending us an email at

Events at the St. Lawrence Library 

The St. Lawrence Branch of the Toronto Public Library at 171 Front St E is hosting several events this spring.

  • Our Oceans and Us
    • Marine biologist and visual artist Andrea Seibt describes the profound effect the oceans have on us and how we affect the health of our oceans.
    • When: Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00pm
  • Peter Edwards – Crime Reporter
    • Toronto Star Crime Reporter and author of several books on organized crime talks about his book Business or Blood and the new TV serries “Bad Blood” coming this Fall
    • When: Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00pm

Call 416-383-7655 for more information.

York-Bay-Yonge Ramp Closure Begins on Monday!

Although not in Corktown, this is sure to affect those of you who drive home from the west end of the city!

Making Peace Opening

MAKING PEACE, the largest and perhaps most important outdoor photographic exhibit of its kind in the world, will open in Toronto on Saturday May 13th along Front St East, Canary District/Corktown Common.

To date Making Peace has been presented in 12 major cities including, Basel, Geneva, Ieper, Strasbourg, Sarajevo, Utrecht, Tunis, and Stockholm at the prestigious Nobel Museum. This will be the 1st ever North American showing of Making Peace.

Presenting over a century of photography (124 photographes / 111 photographers), the exhibit pays tribute to the people who — all over the planet — devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace, including Toronto’s very own Peace Laureate Lester B.Pearson who was awarded the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize.

In the words of Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace and former Director-General of UNESCO: “this is an extraordinarily powerful exhibition that pays tribute to a century of peace making and a wide range of peacemakers across the globe. At the same time it serves as a call to action for ordinary citizens to become involved in peace activities of all kinds, and in so doing to promote a global culture of peace”

Keep an eye out for the MANDELA STREETCAR (514 Cherry St) that goes into service on May 6th.

See our website for more information.

Soulpepper in NYC

Tickets are now on sale for Soulpepper on 42nd ST, a month of programming with a full company of 65 artists at The Pershing Square Signature Centre Off-Broadway in New York this July. For full details including ticket prices and travel offers, visit or call 416.866.8666 or 1.888.898.1188. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the NYC Festival programming begins on July 1 and runs to July 29, 2017.




This year, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary as a confederation. On this special occasion, the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation together with the Aston Family Foundation, is proud to present the 1st North American presentation of Making Peace.

Making Peace is an International Photo Exhibition which pays tribute to the people who — all over the planet — devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace and how these persons and organizations have shaped and influenced the course of the 20th century.

This outdoor photo exhibit consists of 125 photos that be displayed along Front St E from just east of Cherry Street into Corktown Common.  Besides the photo exhibit, there will be:

  • The Gallery – a temporary ‘pop-up’ exhibition, dialogue and performance venue featuring the talents of Canadian based artists.
  • Give Me Five – workshops for teachers, students and families to learn about the five key elements of Making Peace.
  • i-Peace – an interactive online program featuring a free mobile ‘quiz’ app especially for youth and families.

Making Peace will open in Corktown on May 13 and run until September 24.

If you would like to donate to the Toronto Making Peace Exhibition, please go to Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and click on the link for Making Peace Project.  A tax receipt will be issued for all donations over $10. Every little bit will help ensure that the exhibition in Corktown will be great!

Thank you!


Do you want to run a Newspaper?

The Corktown News is looking for a new Editor. This is your chance to run a newspaper!

The Corktown News is the Corktown Residents & Business Association’s seasonal newspaper highlighting the latest news, events, and stories from the community. It is published three times each year and distributed to all homes and businesses within the Corktown area via Canada Post. Past issues can be viewed at

The Corktown News is written and produced by local residents and business volunteers. We need an Editor to get the paper out on time, working with writers to get articles in, edited, and ready for the production process.

Like all CRBA roles, this is a volunteer, unpaid position that offers huge amounts of community value and personal satisfaction. This role will entail several hours of work about 4-6 weeks before each publication date and minimal work between issues.

If you are interested or want to learn more, please send an email with your contact information, your connection to Corktown, and why you’d like to take on this role to All candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Deadline: April 9, 2017

CRBA Monthly Public Meeting

Be sure to come to the public meeting to find out what is going on in the neighbourhood!
Corktown Meeting Poster - April 2017

Relief Line Meeting

In July 2016, Toronto City Council approved a preferred alignment and station locations for the Relief Line (Pape to Downtown via Queen/Eastern) subject to assessment of an additional alignment within a local segment on Carlaw. The purpose of this public meeting will be to present the technical work completed to support evaluation of local segment options and discuss the preferred alignment.

When: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  Presentation begins at 7:00 pm
Where: Morse Street Public School, 180 Carlaw Avenue

Arvo presents Justin James

When: Saturday April 8, 7pm
Where: Arvo Coffee, 17 Gristmill Lane
What: Nashville Singer/Songwriter Justin James will be performing live!

Live Music   .   Coffee   .   Good Vibes

Moss Park Market is now Open for the Season!

Spring must really be here! The Moss Park Market, now being run by Urban Fresh Food, is now open for the season.  This is their second location and are sure to bring great vegetables to the neighbourhood.

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 1-6:30
Where: North side of Queen by Ontario Street
Look for the lovely painted Shipping Container!

Development to watch in the Neighbourhood!

This is a great article touching on all of the new development in and around Corktown!  Urban Toronto Growth watch 2017

Community Consultation for 28 River St (The Beer Store!)

When: Thursday, March 23 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where:  Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St

An Application has been submitted for 28 River St which is the property where our local Beer Store now sits.  The proposed development is 15 stories, having 162 units.  Please be sure to attend the Community Consultation if you would like to hear about the development and have your voice heard.

Fundraising Event for Regent Park’s Syrian Refugee Family

When: Friday, March 24 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where:  CRC, 40 Oak Street

Regent Park will soon be welcoming a new Syrian Refugee Family.  They will be hosting a fundraising event this Friday so that they will be well prepared when the new family arrives.  There will be great food, great music, awesome silent auction items, not so many speeches and some great new friends for you to meet.
The evening is free to attend.
You are welcome to make a donation and book tickets online here
If you can’t come and want to make a donation please click on the above link also. Receipts will be given for donations over $25.

Next CRBA Monthly Public Meeting

When:  Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Where: Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 2nd Floor Community Room, 461 Cherry St

Have you ever been to the restaurant Gusto 101 at King & Portland? Well Corktown is ever so lucky as Gusto 501 is heading our way.  Be sure to come to the CRBA Monthly Public Meeting to find out the inside scoop.


Many thanks to Odin Cafe and Bar for hosting the Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Party and to Living Toronto for organizing the event and for bringing the Lucky Charms.. so magically delicious!


Corktown News Spring Issue

The Spring issue of the Corktown News has been taken to Canada Post. You should be receiving it in your mailbox soon.  Unfortunately because of the way that Canada Post works and our limited budget, the buildings in the West Don Lands will not receive it in their mailbox.  The good news is that the Corktown News will be dropped off in the lobbies of those buildings and in cafes and shops around Corktown.  So if you don’t get it in the mail, please pick one up!

Spring Flower Show

It is hard to think about Spring flowers as we look out at this cold, blustery day!  However if you want to start imagining that it really is Spring, head over to the Allan Gardens Conservatory for their Spring Flower Show.

When: March 1 – May 14 , 10am – 5pm daily
Where: Allan Gardens Conservatory
South side of Carlton St, between Jarvis and Sherbourne
Admission: Free!


To Tim Horton’s at King and River, for providing coffee and Timbits for the CRBA March Public Meeting and for the Making Peace Teacher’s Evening!