Neighbourhood News is your regular round-up on stuff that matters in Corktown.
PRIMED FOR PROGRESS: The First Parliament site as it looks today. Changes are finally coming.Photo by Victor Razgaitis.
The big news: following a motion at City Hall last week, the entirety of the First Parliament site at King Street East & Parliament is now moving toward full public ownership. Councillor Pam McConnell has posted full details on her website. The lands, which have been home to a car wash and rental car outlet, represent a big part of Corktown’s history. A number of improved community uses have been talked about, including a library branch. Stay tuned for more details—and huge congratulations to all the community members that worked so hard for so long to make this happen.
Also approved by Toronto City Council last week: a motion to prioritize construction of the Queen’s Quay light rail line. This would, if fully built, connect with the currently-under-construction streetcar line on Cherry Street.
A big neighbourhood welcome to Workplace One, a new shared office space that recently opened at King & Parliament. BlogTO has some details and photos. It looks to be a great resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners. And there’s a lot of those in Corktown.
The Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) at 51 Division has relaunched their blog and Facebook page, both of which have been designed to provide “useful event and safety information for everyone who lives or works in 51 Division.” Lots of good information already posted in both places.
Lots to do in Corktown this week, starting with a musical theatre fundraiser at the Dominion on Queen (Queen East & Sumach) on Monday. “For $20 you can enjoy live performances from some of Canada’s leading musical theatre performers” all in support of “Through the Gates”, a production planned for the Summerworks festival. See Facebook for all the details. Doors open at 8 p.m.
If you’re craving even more theatrics, check out the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (in the Distillery) this week for a new production presented by Soulpepper: David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow. According to them, it’a show where “quaint notions of loyalty, integrity, and straight talk become mere pawns in this scathing comedy.” It runs through the summer.
Cap off your week just down the road in the port lands with the T&T Night Market at 222 Cherry Street. Running until midnight on both Friday and Saturday (and then ’til 10 p.m. on Sunday) the market promises “over 150 vendor booths for an unbeatable outdoor culinary experience of Asian themed ‘street food!'” Admission is free. For more details, check the Facebook.
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