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: / T. 416 939 7294

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!

Saturday, March 11, 11am to 8pm
Sunday, March 12, 11am to 5pm
Sugar Beach – 11 Dockside Drive  (Lower Jarvis and Queen’s Quay)
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

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

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.

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. 


At our upcoming Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, February 7, members of the CRBA will be asked to consider amendments to the organizational bylaws.

Here is a quick recap of the changes:

  • Broadening membership – people that carry on business in Corktown without owning or renting property in Corktown can now be members (but they cannot be directors)
  • A resident director who moves out of Corktown can complete their term if they wish to do so
  • Minor clean-up changes (typos, etc)

You can view the CRBA By-Laws with proposed amendments here.

Members will be asked to vote on these changes at the meeting on February 8. It will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 2nd Floor. If you have any comments or questions in advance of the meeting, email


Help Stop a Mega-Club on our Waterfront!

You may have seen the story in the Globe about the application to increase the licensed capacity of the Rebel  (formerly Dock’s) nightclub to 15,000 patrons.
You can help by signing and circulating the Waterfront For All petition  Please Act now!  The licensing hearing starts on February 9th.


Ice Breakers – Art Installation

This winter, a new series of outdoor art installations will celebrate winter on the waterfront.

When: January 21 to February 26
Where: Harbourfront Centre, HTO Park, Music Garden East, the Rees Street Parkette and the Peter Street Basin

Waterfront Tour – January 22

Over the course of the twentieth century, Toronto’s central urban waterfront transitioned from a thriving industrial port into a place for people to live, work and play. Join Waterfront Toronto for a walking tour that will lead you through the whirlwind of development in the downtown waterfront and explore the challenges, the successes and the lessons we’ve learned for the future of waterfront revitalization.

When: Sunday, January 22 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Where: Tour starts at 60 Harbour Street and moves west to Spadina & Queens Quay West.

Toronto Light Festival

It is dark and cold out and maybe you just want to stay home and drink tea!  Well, there is going to be an awesome Light Festival at the Distillery to chase away the blues.  Who doesn’t like lights?!

When: January 27 – March 12
Sunday – Wednesday: Sundown – 10:00pm
Thursday – Saturday: Sundown – 11:00pm

What would you like to see improved in Corktown?

Section 37 Spending PrioritiesWhen developers build more height or density than is allowed, they give an amount of money to the neighbourhood to compensate.  This money is called Section 37 funds.  This is a one time payment and can be used for updates to the community. So we would like to know what improvements are important to you!  If interested, please fill in the Corktown Section 37 Fund Priority Survey.  This survey will be open until Jan 31, 2017


Coming Soon:

  • January 27 – An evening with Andrew Hyatt at Arvo Coffee
    • 17 Gristmill Lane (in The Distillery)
    • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • February 6 – Community Consultation for 25 Ontario St (details)
    • George Brown – 290 Adelaide St, Room 302
    • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • February 7 – Corktown Residents and Business Association – AGM
    • Cooper Koo Family YMCA – 461 Cherry St
    • 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • February 8 – Budget Town Hall with Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell
    • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter Street
    • 6:30 pm
  • February 9 – Community Consultation for 18-32 Eastern Ave (details)
    • Little Trinity Church, 425 King St E
    • 7:00pm – 9:00pm


What’s Up in Corktown?Corktown Residents and Business Association logo

The Corktown Residents & Business Association is a not-for-profit and non-commercial volunteer neighbourhood organization, open to all local residents and businesses. We hold public meetings at 7PM on the first Tuesday of every month (some exceptions – watch this newsletter and for updates). Join us and add your voice to the community discussion!