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Cooper Koo Family YMCA News

Free Yoga Classes in December
For the month of December, our YMCA will be holding free Yoga classes that are open to everyone.  They are held on Saturdays from 11:15am – 12:15pm.  For more information, check out their blog post.

Food and Clothing Drive
The YMCA is having a food and clothing drive in the month of December.  All donations can be left at the front desk.

It’s a Wonderful Life!

The Soulpepper production of It’s a Wonderful Life has been extended to December 31.  Go to their website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Evergreen Brick Works Winter Village

So you still have some shopping to do and you have already scoured King St E, The Distillery Christmas Market and the Union Station Market.  Well, another option for you is to check out the Evergreen Brick Works Winter Village.

From December 10 to 23, 2016, Evergreen has teamed up with Etsy Canada to bring talented crafters, artists and makers from across Ontario to the Winter Village. Over 60 local vendors will have unique holiday décor, handmade accessories and original art for every gift-giving need.


December 10 to 23, 2016: Weekdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
December 26 to January 8, 2017:  11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CRBA Public Meeting

The December CRBA Public meeting was held last Tuesday on a miserable evening!  Many thanks to Lorraine Trotter, Dean, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College for her very informative presentation (and snacks!).  We will be posting information about the many offerings that George Brown has available to the neighbourhood.  Also, many thanks to the King and River Tim Hortons who provided us with coffee and timbits.  Much appreciated on that cold evening!

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 3, 2017!


CRBA Public Meeting – Tuesday, December 6

The Monthly CRBA Public Meeting will be held tomorrow night at the YMCA.  We hope to see you there!

Toronto’s First Post Office – Open House

Every year, Toronto’s First Post Office holds a massive paper party to thank visitors, members, box-holders, customers, donors, neighbours, and friends for all their support throughout the year.

There will be festive nibbles,and mail art and paper craft supplies available for holiday creations. Even if you just need a space and festive atmosphere for your Christmas Card assembly line, come get it done at the P.O.!

When: Sunday December 11th, 1-4pm
Where: 260 Adelaide St E.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering at Good Shepherd Ministries is a way you can give back to your community. Every year thousands of volunteers support Good Shepherd Ministries deliver its services to homeless and at-risk individuals. There are group and individual volunteer opportunities available. Group activities include sorting non-perishable food or helping in the dormitory. Individual or small group (1-3) activities may include kitchen preparation, folding laundry or sorting clothing. All of these activities make a big difference in the provision of programs. If you are interested to volunteer in 2017 please contact 416.869.3619 x 262 or

Another Successful Holiday Party – Thank you!

Last week the CRBA hosted the annual Corktown Holiday Party.  It was a night filled with laughs as neighbours connected with old friends and made some new ones.

Thank you so much to everyone who attended and to all of our local businesses who supported us by giving donations to our Silent Auction.

The Dominion Pub and Kitchen, Odin Café and Bar, The Freedom Factory, Souk Tabule, Big Wax Car Wash, Lift Corktown, thinkfitness, Sparkplug Coffee, Diana Nazareth Photography, Roselle Desserts, Figs Breakfast & Lunch, Enterprise rent-a-car, Linden Grove Flowers, The Corktown Kitchen, #LivingToronto, Redline Coffee & Expresso, Corktown Soap, Fusilli Ristorante, Tandem Coffee

The CRBA would like to give a big shout out to Socrates Apallas who single handedly organized the entire event!


Corktown Holiday Party – THIS THURSDAY

Don’t forget that the Corktown Holiday Party is on Thursday this week at The Dominion.  Come out and share a bit of holiday cheer with your neighbours!

Union Station Holiday Market

Tired of fighting the crowds at the Distillery?  Go and check out the Union Station Holiday Market.
When: December 5 – 16, M-F 7:30am-7:00pm, S-S 10:00am – 6:00pm
Where: Union Station (Oak Room)
For more information, check out their website.

A Christmas Carol at Alumnae Theatre

Need to De-Stress?

Our local YMCA is offering a workshop, “Empowering Strategies for Stress-less Living”.
This workshop is free for members AND non-members of the YMCA
When:  Sunday, December 4, 1pm-3pm
Where: Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St

Next CRBA Public Meeting

When:  Tuesday, December 6, 7pm
Where: Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St


Thank you for expressing interest in the ongoing work to reduce noise and vibrations from streetcars at the King/Sumach intersection.  The presentation from the meeting held on November 16, 2016 is now posted online at:

As indicated at the evening meeting on November, 16, 2016, TTC will continue to schedule an accessible shuttle bus between the hours of 10:00pm to the end of service nightly.  Similarly, the shuttle bus will run from the start of service in the early morning, to 7:00 a.m. on weekdays and to 10:00 a.m. on weekends. The shuttle bus replaces streetcar service on Sumach/Cherry Street between King and the “Distillery Loop” on Cherry Street. As noted, the purpose of the shuttle at this time is to avoid streetcar turning noise in the late and early hours for our neighbours.

As mentioned at the meeting, the Distillery District will be a very busy destination this holiday season.   For a short period, streetcar operation on the 514 Cherry route has been temporarily extended in the evening to approximately 11:30 p.m.  The accessible shuttle bus service (Wheel-Trans bus) will run from approximately 11:30 p.m. to the end of scheduled service (1:00 a.m.), and in the early mornings.

Some local residents expressed concerns with transferring between streetcars and the shuttle bus after 10:00pm. They explained their desire for TTC to continue to run streetcars until the end of scheduled service at approximately 1:00am for safety and convenience.   Other neighbours expressed a preference for TTC to stop running streetcars on the 514 route entirely, until the full fleet of low-floor streetcars is deployed on the route – and noise is reduced at King/Sumach. The current operation plan is of course far from perfect, but attempts to strike a fair compromise between the concerns raised locally.

The 514 Cherry Streetcar route is scheduled to become an accessible service, completely operated with new low-floor streetcars in summer 2017.   The current streetcar/shuttle bus operation is planned to continue until the 514 route is fully accessible. Third party noise and vibration testing by professional acoustic engineers will be scheduled in spring and summer 2017 to quantify the noise and vibration levels at the intersection. The levels are anticipated to decline with the full implementation of the GPS activated wheel-lubricating low-floor streetcars.  Reports quantifying the noise and vibration levels will be posted online as soon as they are completed.


Paul Tran
Community Liaison
Toronto Transit Commission
T: 416-981-1601 |<>


Corktown Winter Market

Shop Local!  A few of our local retailers have teamed up to put on the First Ever Corktown Winter Market. Please show them your support by going to visit them at their shops this weekend.

When: Sunday, November 27
Time:  12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hosted By:

  • Tandem Coffee – 368 King St E
  • Roselle Desserts – 362 King St E
  • Linden Grove Floral Studio – 356 King St E
  • Cambria Gallery – 91 Parliament St (at King)

Giant Snow Globe Installation

A Giant Snow Globe is coming to the neighbourhood this weekend only! It is a promotion by the Dairy Farmers of Canada and can be found next to the ticket sales tent at the Distillery (on Trinity north of Mill St) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 26 and 27.

There will also be free cheese tastings next to this enormous winter ornament and you won’t have to pay to see it!

Corktown Holiday Party

Be sure to put this neighbourhood event on your calendar for next week.

For adults only: If you happen to have a white beard and wander around in a red suit spreading cheer and are up for a neighbourhood party on December 1st, please email!

Winter Corktown News

The Winter issue of the Corktown News has been taken to the post office and should be appearing in your mailbox any day now.  If you do not live in Corktown or did not receive this community paper, you can see it online here.

Community Consultation for 31 Parliament St

Next CRBA Public Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 6
Time: 7pm
Where: Cooper Koo Family Cherry St YMCA, 2nd Floor


eNewsletter for the week of November 14, 2016

514 Cherry St Streetcar Noise Meeting – November 16

A community meeting is scheduled for this week to discuss the squealing of the 514 Cherry St Streetcar as is passes through the King and Sumach intersection.  If you would like to hear more about it, please come over to the YMCA on Wednesday evening.

St. Lawrence Branch Library Closure

The St. Lawrence Branch of the Toronto Public Library will be closed from November 14 to 26 in order to fix some leaks.

Holds will go to Parliament Branch during this time. Programs will be held at the St. Lawrence Community and Recreation Centre.

The Christmas Market – Opens Nov 18

The Toronto Christmas Market opens in the Distillery District on November 18 and runs until December 22.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on November 18 at 6:00pm.

Tuesday to Thursday, Noon to 9 p.m.
Fridays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed Mondays (but the shops and restaurants of the Distillery Historic District are open seven days a week)

Tuesday to Friday: Free
Fridays (after 5 p.m.), Saturdays and Sundays: $6 (tax included)

In order to save time, you can buy tickets online.

Local Theatre Update

Cahoots Theatre Company 
The Enchanted Loom is playing now until November 27.  This is a Cahoots Theatre Production playing at the Factory Theatre.  For more information or tickets, go to Cahoots Theatre.

Soulpepper Family Festival 
The Soulpepper Family Festival invites you to share the magic of theatre this season with holiday programming for all ages. Celebrate the season with shows, including holiday favourites, concerts and magic. Also back this year is Winter Waves, our free family programming on January 6, 7 and 8. Enjoy same-day free admission to the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery Historic District with each Soulpepper ticket.  For more information or tickets, go to

Alumnae Theatre Fireworks Festival 
Continues until November 27.  For more information or tickets, go to Alumnae Theatre.

Act II Studio – Leacock Live!  
Step into satirist Stephen Leacock’s Mariposa circa 1912 and experience the storytelling richness of readers’ theatre combined with movement, live soundscapes and song.
Where: Alumnae Main Stage Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street,
When:   November 18th (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm) and 19th (2:00 pm)
Tickets: $17 for Studio members; $20 general admission and may be purchased at  They may also be purchased at the door (cash or cheque only) subject to availability.

The Future of Toronto’s Old City Hall

The City of Toronto will host a public consultation session next Tuesday to hear from Torontonians on potential future uses of Old City Hall, the landmark building located at 60 Queen St. W. The session will be held on the third floor of Metro Hall, 55 John St., from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on November 22.

City staff and consultants will present preliminary findings of a
feasibility study on future uses of the building. Public participation is an
important part of the process. The meeting will include presentations, a
panel discussion and a question-and-answer session.


Remembrance Day Ceremony

When: Friday, November 11, 10:55am
Where: War Memorial at Little Trinity Park, 425 King Street East, Toronto

Lucie & Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre Grand Opening

On Thursday, November 10, the Lucie & Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre will be having their grand opening celebration.  Everyone is welcome to join in on their full day of activities and to enjoy the new art installations inspired by the Blackburns.
Where:  The George Residence, 80 Cooperage St
3:00 – 4:00 pm:  Meet the Mural artists (drop in)
4:30 – 5:10 pm:  The Blackburn Story told by Karolyn Smardz Frost
5:30 pm:  Artist chat with Charmaine Lurch
6:00 pm:  Panel discussion
7:30 pm: Theatrical Performance, The Bus Tour

Community Meeting with TTC
514 Streetcar noise

When: November 16, 2016

The Savvy Musician Workshop

When: November 13, 2016

The IRCPA presents The Savvy Musician Workshop, with jazz and classical pianist David Cutler plus guests from Chamber Music America, Europe’s International Art Managers Association (IAMA), and North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA).

See IRCPA website for more information and to sign up.

Alumnae Theatre Fireworks Festival

Around the World in Three Weeks!

Sri Lankan immigrants with political baggage,
a Toronto Tattoo artist with a sassy goth-girl apprentice,
an Armenian musician with a smothering mother —

all featured in the 4th annual FireWorks Festival of new full length plays.
For more information or tickets, go to Alumnae Theatre.

CRBA November Meeting Recap

  • There was an excellent presentation by Andrew Hilton of Waterfront Toronto on the future of the Portlands.  The work will protect properties to the east of the DVP from flooding and as a bonus, a whole new thoughtfully planned out neighbourhood will be created.
  • Sarah Beldick, GM Cooper Koo Family YMCA, gave us a brief presentation on the Green Roof which is NOW OPEN!  It is available to members during YMCA hours.  It will close when snow or frost descends upon us so you better get over there soon.
  • A long discussion was had on the 514 Cherry St. streetcar route and the squealing the streetcars make when they turn from Cherry onto King St.  Please note that a meeting will be held on this issue as described earlier in this newsletter.

Next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6 @ Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 7pm.

Corktown Holiday Party – Save the Date!



CRBA Monthly Public Meeting – November 1st

Come over to the YMCA tomorrow night for the Monthly CRBA Meeting.

The 2016 Craft Ontario Craft Show

Get a start on your Christmas Shopping! The Craft Ontario Craft Show is a three day event featuring the hand made work of 40+craftspeople, makers and artisans. Admission is by donation.

Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St E

  • Friday, November 4, 2:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, November 5, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday, November 6, 11:00am – 5:00pm


Cooper Koo Family YMCA News

Not a member?  Not a problem!  Wednesday’s Weekly Bootcamp class is now free to the community!  Bring your photo ID and come and join in on the fun.

Where: Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St
When: Every Wednesday from 6:00pm – 6:45pm

Distillery District Community Consultation

Distillery District & Triangle Land Official Plan Amendment
Community Consultation Meeting on November 7, 2016 at 7PM


eNewsletter for the week of October 24, 2016

CRBA Monthly Public Meeting

When: Tuesday, November 1
Where:  Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St, 2nd Floor Community Room
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Everyone is welcome – come out and hear what’s going on in Corktown.

Corktown Design Competition
deadline 11:30pm October 31st!


Do you have an eye for design? A way with logos?
Then we want you to enter the Corktown Design Competition to create a design for some Corktown swag!

The Corktown Residents & Business Association (CRBA) invites students, designers, and members of our community to submit their logo designs to be considered for use on a new Corktown t-Shirt and button.

Design guidelines are on the website. But get a move on, the deadline is October 31st!

Toronto Pumpkin Parades

The tradition of Pumpkin Parades started in Sorauren Park over 10 years ago.  This year there are 34 Pumpkin Parades in Toronto. If you want to join in the fun, there are 2 Pumpkin Parades close to Corktown. Just bring your pumpkin along and share with the community! See this Park People blog post for more information.

Where: St. James Park
When:  November 1, 2016 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Leslie Grove Park, 1158 Queen St E
When:  November 1, 2016 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Cooper Koo Family Y Employment Opportunities

Our new YMCA has just posted several part time job opportunities. They welcome and encourage applications from the neighbourhood. They are in need of lifeguards and swimming instructors, personal trainers, individual conditioning reps, membership sales and service staff, pilates instructors and housekeeping staff. For details go to this link and look for Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA Centre.

StopGap Needs our Help!

Luke Anderson and the StopGap Foundation team are looking for your support to win the Community Development Category for the Aviva Community Fund. If they win, they will receive $50,000 in funding to launch the Changemakers School Ramp Project. Help StopGap bring ramps to school groups and communities across the Greater Toronto Area! Let’s help them continue to make our communities more accessible!

To vote follow these 4 easy steps:

Step 1: Visit Aviva Community Fund
Step 2: Click “Register”
Step 3: Cast UP TO 18 VOTES
Step 4: Share with your network!

The deadline to vote is October 28th!

To learn more about StopGap, read the cover story in the Winter 2015 Corktown News.

New Businesses OPEN in the Canary District

Dark Horse Espresso Bar – 416 Front St E.
Our newest spot to stop for coffee and freshly baked goods.

Fuel+ – 469 Front St E.
Enjoy some healthy shakes, cold pressed juices and a fuel ball or other healthy snack.

Distillery District Community Consultation

Distillery District & Triangle Land Official Plan Amendment
Community Consultation Meeting on November 7, 2016 at 7PM