Neighbourhood News: The Once and Future King Street

Neighbourhood News is your regular round-up of news and tidbits relating to Corktown and its surrounding communities.

West Don Lands Plan - Canary District
Pictured Above: A vision of things to come. The precinct plan for the West Don Lands / Canary District, as announced at the groundbreaking ceremony on May 15.


So, yes, Prince Charles is coming. He’ll be touring the site of the Pan-Am Games Athletes’ Village tomorrow (the 22nd) at 12:05 p.m., after which time he’ll be taking a stroll through the Distillery District. Premier Dalton McGuinty will be joining him. Everyone be on your best behaviour. Keep those pinkies up.

On May 24, Waterfront Toronto is holding its final public consultation on a new plan to accelerate development in the Port Lands – that big mass of land just south of here. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your say. To help guide you through the process, advocacy group CodeBlueTO has put together a list of questions about the next steps for Toronto’s Port Lands. It’s an excellent primer on a complicated issue. The consultation session will be held in room 105 of the North Building at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West). It’s set to run from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Speaking of waterfront development, Urban Toronto’s Alex Corey has a pair of reports from the groundbreaking of the Canary District Condominium project in the West Don Lands, which was held on May 15. The first article covers the details of the launch event itself, whereas the second goes into some detail about the larger precinct plan, which will include both an 80,000 square foot YMCA complex and residence space for George Brown College. Corey writes that the plan for this area of the city will “make for a neighbourhood unlike any in Toronto.”

We also received confirmation from the TTC this week that tracks will be installed this year for future streetcar service down Cherry Street to the Distillery District and the West Don Lands. There had been some question as to whether the tracks would be installed as part of the current road construction or delayed until later.

The big event to watch for this week: Doors Open Toronto is back for another year. Once again, more than 135 of the city’s coolest and most interesting buildings will be open to the public for free tours.

Some local highlights:

  1. The Formerly Building, 3 Gilead Place.(A local favourite and a perfect summation of Corktown’s unique flavour. Don’t miss.)
  2. Little Trinity Church, 425 King St. E
  3. Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St.
  4. St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St.
  5. The currently under construction Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, 585 Dundas St. E.
  6. Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Dr. (Maybe they’ll let you try the slide.)
  7. Redpath Sugar Museum, 95 Queens Quay E.
  8. Artscape Distillery Studios, in the Distillery District
  9. Parliament Interpretive Centre, 265 Front St. E.

In addition, the Waterfront BIA is using Doors Open to kick off Toronto On the Water, a historical photo exhibit that will run until Labour Day. For Doors Open, they’ll have fifteen ships of all kinds docked and available for visitors to board and explore. Find them at 207 Queens Quay West.

If that weren’t enough, you may have noticed a giant tent located at the foot of Cherry Street. They’re using it to perform Cavalia Odysseo, a show which marries the best of Cirque du Soleil with a whole lot of horses. That’s what they tell me, anyway. It runs until June 3.

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