Neighbourhood News: CRBA meeting, Farmers’ Markets, Woofstock & more

Neighbourhood News is your regular update on what’s happening in and around Corktown. 

TCHC in Corktown: A look at the design for the building going up at King & St Lawrence. More details at this month’s meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association. Rendering courtesy Waterfront Toronto.


The most important news of the week: the Corktown Residents & Business Association meets this Tuesday, June 5. In addition to the usual updates, this month’s meeting will include a presentation by Toronto Community Housing to discuss buildings going up in Regent Park and as part of the West Don Lands work. As always, CRBA meets at the Dominion on Queen at the corner of Queen St. East and Sumach St. Things get started at 7 p.m.

The Toronto Star’s Amy Dempsey takes a look at plans for the Canary District – the marketing name for a section of the West Don Lands developments. In doing so,  Dempsey explores the history of the dearly-departed Canary Restaurant. Worth a read.

Local councillor Pam McConnell has posted a summary of the May session of Toronto City Council. Of particular note: council endorsed a motion to move forward with a plan to secure ownership of the private property at Front & Parliament. The goal is to make sure all of the First Parliament site is in public hands, ensuring that this piece of history can be put to good use by the community.

Corktown residents have several nearby Farmers’ Markets to visit this summer. Markets in Leslieville and at Riverdale Park opened for the season last week and will run weekly. The Grid’s Jason Rutka has a full list and schedule of all Farmers’ Markets in Toronto.

Next weekend is a busy one. To mark the opening weekend of Luminato 2012, the Distillery District will host the Presidents Choice 1000 Tastes of Toronto event. Some of the city’s best chefs will put a unique spin on street food – and everything costs only $5.

Once you’ve stopped by and sampled the food, those with canine pals should held down to Front Street to take in Woofstock 2012. It’s the largest outdoor festival for dogs in North America.

And for beer lovers: the aptly-named Beer Lovers Tour Co. is running the Old Toronto Beer Tour all summer long. It includes a stop at local favourites the Dominion on Queen and the Mill Street Brewery. Tickets are $99 for a day-long tour that includes several samples.

Lastly, a cautionary note: in the past week alone, we’ve had two people come to our door in Corktown asking about the status of our water heater and trying to get us to sign new rental contracts. Based on widespread reports, this kind of thing is most likely a scam. A good rule of thumb: just say no to door-to-door salespeople. Call your utility company to confirm before you even consider signing anything.

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