News: CRBA Business Night, Celebrate Dickens & Regent Park Eats

HISTORIC STREETS OF CORKTOWN: Heritage Toronto unveiled a new plaque commemorating the 120-year history of Ashby Place last week. Recent tenants of Ashby Place have included bankers, songwriters, Yoga practitioners and City Hall columnists. Also a bunch of cats. Photo by Erin Balser.

It’s that time again. The Corktown Residents and Business Association meets TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 at the Dominion on Queen, right on the corner of Queen Street East & Sumach Street. Things get started at 7 p.m. sharp. Don’t you dare miss it.

This month’s meeting is special as the CRBA is holding a BUSINESS NIGHT. Ten local businesses have signed up to speak about their operations and take questions from those in attendance. It’s an amazing opportunity to get to know Corktown’s growing community of retailers, employers and entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday, October 3, the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is highlighting the Dickensian aspect of Old Toronto with an Evening with Charles Dickens. Celebrating the great writer’s bicentenary, the Scoolhouse will present a “dramatic, solo presentation of funny, harrowing and eccentric school scenes created from Dicken’s work by acclaimed Dickensian performer John D. Huston.” The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with tickets going for $25. Download the invitation (PDF) for the full details.

The Paintbox Bistro in the new Daniels Spectrum (née Regent Parks Arts & Cultural Centre) is now open, offering a variety of tasty-looking food at the corner of Dundas Street East & Sackville Street. BlogTO’s got a review: “The Paintbox Bistro doesn’t dumb things down — instead, it raises people up so that they can appreciate and contribute to their own communities. The results are delicious.” Give it a try.

BlogTO also has a list of their five best restaurants in and around Regent Park, again highlighting Corktown’s own Figs at Queen Street East & Parliament.

Platis Dry Cleaners is now open in the retail space at 569 King Street East. Corktown has been waiting for a local dry cleaner for quite some time, so don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of their services. All dry cleaning is offered at 50% off for a limited time.

Some recent openings in the Distillery: Hoi Bo, offering a variety of finely-crafted leather bags, and Crescendo, who deal in fine oils and vinegars.

The East End Comedy Revue returns to the Dominion on Queen this Saturday, bringing an all-star line-up of comics to Corktown, headlined by Ron James of CBC’s “The Ron James Show.” Tickets are $20 – you can pick them up in advance online.

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