Neighbourhood News: Ukelele Jam, Artisans at the Distillery & praise for Underpass Park

Neighbourhood News is your mighty fine list of things to do and see in Corktown.

JAMMIN’: Making music every Wednesday at the Dominion on Queen, the Corktown Ukelele Jam has become a neighbourhood institution. Check it out this week. Photo by TorontoUkes


The bad news: the summer is half over. The good news: there’s still lots going on.

This Wednesday at the Dominion on Queen (Queen East & Sumach), stop by for the world famous Corktown Ukelele Jam. Things kick off with a workshop at 8 p.m. before ascending to open mic style performances at 9:30 p.m See the TorontoUKES webpage for more details.

On Thursday, head to the Distillery to check out a new photography exhibit with¬†“Gaia – the Earth Like You’ve Never Seen It Before.” The exhibit promises “one-of-a-kind shots of Earth … taken 350 kilometres from its surface.” It runs until Tuesday, September 4.

Also at the Distillery for this long weekend: The Artisans at the Distillery Festival. Always a great time for arts and crafts lovers. It runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

In the news this week: the recently-opened Underpass Park is getting a lot of attention. The Toronto Star’s¬†Raveena Aulakh profiled the new public space on the weekend, nothing that it “has been called brilliant, an urban oasis.” It’s definitely something you need to check out. (Need more motivation? Urban Toronto has a stunning picture of the park at night.)

The official opening of Underpass Park will be this Thursday, August 2 at 10 a.m.

Just across the Don, Toronto Life has a quick profile of the Riverside Public House, a new bar and music venue at Queen & Broadview. They are set to have a Grand Opening Party on August 9.

Lastly, an east-end summer isn’t complete without a weekend bike ride to the Don Valley Brick Works. For those curious, BlogTO has an article chronicling the history of the beautiful site with some great archive photos.

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