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!

Thanks!

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!

 

CRBA Monthly Public Meeting is on Tuesday!

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


Making Peace Teacher’s Evening

When:  Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St, 2nd Floor Community Room

Making Peace is a major outdoor photographic exhibition curated by Ashley Woods (Nobel Museum), that pays tribute to the people who‚ all over the planet, devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace. The exhibition will be on display along the Front Street Promenade from May 13-September 24, and is accompanied by a free Educator’s Guide that allows students to learn about the ‘5 Key Elements of Peace’.

Come and meet the Educational Programs Manager, and co-author of the newly-release book, Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 48 Character-Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying.

For more information or to RSVP, contact: alisa@makingpeace.org / T. 416 939 7294
http://www.makingpeace.org


St. Patrick’s Day Neighbourhood Party!

Come out and celebrate like the Irish in Corktown!St Patricks Day lucky shamrock

When:  Friday, March 17, 6pm – 11pm
Where: Odin Cafe + Bar, 514 King St E

Don’t forget to wear something green!


King Street Pilot Study Survey

The City of Toronto has created a survey for the King Street Pilot Study.  The survey must be completed by March 20 and takes 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

Why not do it now? Here is the Survey Link.

The King Street Pilot Study is about testing out how to redesign King Street to achieve three broad city-building objectives: moving people on transit more efficiently, improving placemaking and the public realm, and supporting business and economic prosperity.

In this survey, the City of Toronto wants to hear your feedback about three key aspects of the pilot being explored in this phase of work:

1. How should we evaluate success of the pilot project?
2. What is your preference of three different block design options being considered?
3. Where along King Street should we undertake the pilot?


Sugar Shack returns to Sugar Beach!

When: 
Saturday, March 11, 11am to 8pm
Sunday, March 12, 11am to 5pm
Where:
Sugar Beach – 11 Dockside Drive  (Lower Jarvis and Queen’s Quay)
What:
Sugar Shack TO will have everyone celebrating the last days of winter with two sugar shacks serving up maple taffy, ice activities, a food marketplace, live entertainment, a specialty bar and much more!


The Yoga Lounge has opened in Corktown!

Welcome to The Yoga Lounge!!  This new Yoga Studio has recently opened up in Corktown.

Where? 331 Queen St E (between Berkeley and Parliament)

For more information, check out their website.


Attention all Children’s Entertainers

The CRBA, Living Toronto and Redline Coffee will be hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 16 at 10:15am in Corktown Common.  They are in search of an entertainer for the kids (music, magic or ??).  If you are able to help out the neighbourhood children, please contact Socrates@corktown.ca.

 

CRBA Public Meeting Next Tuesday!

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

It is a great agenda this month where we will find out about WE’s plans for Queen and Parliament and learn more about the King Street Pilot and how it will affect all of us!  See you there!

Children’s Mental Health Workshop

When: Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Lord Dufferin Public School, 350 Parliament Ave

See here for more details.

Toronto is Turning 183!

March 6th is Toronto’s 183rd Birthday! The Town of York Historical Society will be celebrating with an evening of stories, music and even a silent auction.  This event is a fundraiser for Toronto’s First Post Office, a museum and National Historic Site.  For more information and to buy tickets, check out their website.

Making Peace Exhibit – Teacher’s Evening

Attention All Teachers! 

Making Peace is a major outdoor photographic exhibition curated by Ashley Woods (Nobel Museum), that pays tribute to the people who‚ all over the planet, devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace. These notable persons and organizations have shaped and influenced the course of the 20th century in very important ways.

The exhibition will be on display along the Front Street Promenade from May 13-September 24, and is accompanied by a free Educator’s Guide that allows students to learn about the ‘5 Key Elements of Peace’.

There will be a Teacher’s Evening at which they will share their educational resources for making this part of your curriculum.

When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Where:  Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St.
For more information or to RSVP, contact: alisa@makingpeace.org / T. 416 939 7294
http://www.makingpeace.org

Coming Soon:

  • Sugar Shack is Back! 
    • March 11-12 weekend at Sugar Beach
    • See Sugar Shack TO for more details
  • Gardiner East Environmental Assessment Completed

 

 

This event is being run by the Toronto District School Board and is free of charge.

Mental Health Evening USE

 

WE (formerly Free the Children) Presenting at CRBA Meeting

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

Come and find out what is going on at Queen and Parliament and how WE hopes to transform that corner of Corktown.

King Street Pilot Study Meeting

On February 13, the City hosted a public meeting to go over the three options for the King Street Pilot Project. If you would like to know more about it but missed the meeting, the slides can be viewed here.  This pilot project is to be implemented in 2017 and we will keep you up to date on developments as we know of them.

Sugar Shack returns to Sugar Beach!

When: 
Saturday, March 11, 11am to 8pm
Sunday, March 12, 11am to 5pm
Where:
Sugar Beach – 11 Dockside Drive  (Lower Jarvis and Queen’s Quay)
What:
Sugar Shack TO will have everyone celebrating the last days of winter with two sugar shacks serving up maple taffy, ice activities, a food marketplace, live entertainment, a specialty bar and much more!

Gardiner East Environmental Assessment

The environmental assessment for the Gardiner expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard East has been completed. It is available for public review and comments until March 17, 2017. The Gardiner EA review can be viewed on the Gardiner East website

Parking Spot for Rent

One outdoor parking spot available for rent in the Queen-Sumach area. – RENTED!!

  • $125/month
  • No lease
 

New CRBA Board of Directors

On a miserable, wet, icy evening, the CRBA held it’s Annual General Meeting at the YMCA.

Congratulations to the new Board of Directors.  They will vote on the executive positions at their first Board Meeting.

  • Socrates Apallas – returning
  • Kathrin Furniss – returning
  • Sandra Iskandar – returning
  • Tom Junek – returning
  • Sarah Legacy – new
  • Trevor McLeod – new
  • Philip Stoop – new
  • Tricia Waldron – returning
  • Scott Wilson – new

We are very excited to welcome Trevor from the West Don Lands and Scott from the Distillery District to the board. We are also looking to recruit an additional Business board member – if you’re interested and represent a Corktown-based business, email info@corktown.ca

We would like to thank the Board members who will no longer be serving on the Board. They have spent countless hours making our neighbourhood a better place to live and work. But have no fear, they have all committed to continue with various CRBA responsibilities so they’re not really gone. Many thanks!

  • Scott Barker
  • Michele Cummings
  • Kara Isert
  • Larry Webb

Thanks again to the Tim Hortons at King and River for the coffee and Timbits. There were a few excited Roll up the Rim winners to boot! (Just coffee, no car!)

18-32 Eastern Avenue Community Consultation

What: Community Consultation about proposed 13-storey mixed use building
When: Thursday, February 9, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where: Little Trinity Church, 425 King St. E.
See here for more information.

King Street Pilot Study Public Meeting

What: City-run initiative to explore bold ways to improve King Street
When: Monday, February 13, 6:30 – 9:00pm.
Where: Metro Hall, Room 308, 55 John St.
See here for more information.

Valentine’s Day Art Sale

What: Queen Gallery invites you to a very unique exhibition: “We guarantee that our collection of jewellery, and paintings to be One of a kind and most importantly affordable to all budgets.”

Where: Queen Gallery, 382 Queen St East
When:  February 9 – 11, 3:30pm – 7:30pm

http://queengallery.ca/2017/01/love-transforms/

https://www.facebook.com/events/395950600740875/

Spoken Lives: Stories Women Share

Where: Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E
When:  February 28, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Three wonderful speakers share their real life stories from the stage. Come and
hear about adventure, challenges and triumphs (and the food at Paintbox is awesome!)

Tickets on Eventbrite.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spoken-lives-february-28-2017-tickets-26253724597?aff=eac2

Video of Underpass Park

Our very own Underpass Park was featured in a Brooklyn publication. Check this out!

Brooklyn Street Art Blog

Manhattan Concert Series at Soulpepper in March

Due to audience demand, the full Manhattan Concert Cycle returns, featuring Albert Schultz as conductor on an unforgettable journey through the history, culture, and rhythms of the original neighbourhoods of Manhattan. For more information, see their Concert Series Website.

 

Underpass Park has been featured in a Brooklyn-based publication and there is an amazing video.  Check it out!

Brooklyn Street Art Blog

 

 

CRBA Annual General Meeting

The AGM for the 2016-2017 year will be held next week.  Come and find out what we have been up to all year and vote for your new Board of Directors!  There will also be a vote to modify the CRBA By-Laws.  See here for proposed changes.

Community Consultation for 18-32 Eastern Ave

There is a development application for the property on the north side of Eastern between Gilead and Sackville.  This is the first large development proposed for “Old Corktown” and will be precedent setting for all future developments in our neighbourhood.  Come and hear the presentation by the developers and give any input you may have.  This is a collaborative process and all of your comments are welcome.

When: Thursday, February 9, 7pm-9pm
Where: Little Trinity Church, 425 King St E

See here for details of the meeting and the link to the application.

Budget Town Hall

Our Councillor and Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell will be hosting a Town Hall to discuss the 2017 Budget.  Have your say about where your tax dollars are spent.
When: February 8, 6:30pm
When: Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter Street

Valentine’s Day Paper Fair

When: Saturday, February 4, 12pm-5pm
Where: Toronto’s First Post Office, 260 Adelaide St E

Wander over to the Post Office on Saturday for a special edition of #PaperFair, and pick up something special for your sweetie (or yourself!) Free admission and 10% off in the gift shop, all day!

Waterfront Tour this Weekend

If you missed the last free Waterfront Tour, there will be another one this weekend.
When: Sunday, February 5, 11 am
Where: 60 Harbour St.
See here for more information.

King Street Pilot Study Public Meeting

When: Monday, February 13, 6:30 – 9:00pm.
Where: Metro Hall, Room 308, 55 John St.
See here for more information.

Section 37 Survey Input now Closed

The survey that we ran for the past several weeks is now closed.  We had 188 responses from the community and we would like to thank everyone for their time in helping to shape our neighbourhood.  We will be meeting with the councillors office to discuss and will get back to you with the improvements moving forward.

Ongoing Winter Activities

  • Ice Breakers – a new series of outdoor art installations
    • When: January 21 to February 26
    • Where: Harbourfront Centre, HTO Park, Music Garden East, the Rees Street Parkette and the Peter Street Basin
  • Toronto Light Festival – details
    • When:  January 27 – March 12
    • Where: The Distillery District
 

Be sure to join in on this discussion of bold ways to improve King Street!

For more information on the Pilot Study, see the Project Website.

 

King Street Public Meeting - Flyer_Final

 

Here is the update on the River Street Watermain Construction, from the Senior Engineer, Major Roads, Design & Construction, who oversees the project:

The excavation directly on River just north of Queen St is for the installation of a second water service (fire sprinklers) that connects to the surrounding buildings (The Vinegar Lofts and Humane Society) and this should be complete by end of this week.  It is the last piece of work and the contractor will be cleaning up and demobilizing once these services are completed.

Soon, the new signals at Shuter will be activated and crosswalk formally relocated.  As well, the red light camera work at River South of Dundas will be installed with the red light camera installation happening shortly afterwards by Transportation Services.

The remainder of the sidewalk, curb and road work will start up in the spring (hopefully mid April, pending weather), and should take 4 to 6 weeks. 

A public notice is being prepared and will be distributed shortly to the residents.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.