Corktown news & events: CRBA meets Tuesday, Uke Jam does prom, Gilead Burgers & Beer Bar & more

942651_10151644940291083_1263750188_nGREAT VIEW, GOOD TIMES: Dancers get down at the neigbourhood block party held last week to celebrate the topping off of the new YMCA in the West Don Lands. Photo by Dan Philips.

A big week for news and events. Here’s what’s going on.

Neighbourhood News

The Cooper Koo Family YMCA was officially topped off in the West Don Lands last week — and the milestone was marked with a neighbourhood block party. Both Urban Toronto and the Globe & Mail have details on the YMCA project — it’s set to be a fantastic addition to Corktown.

Local city councillor Pam McConnell has posted a summary of highlights from the May council meeting at City Hall. Give it a look to see what’s cracking down at the clamshell. In addition, Pam has posted some information about the ongoing study of separated bike lanes on Richmond Street or Adelaide Street. Check it out.

Urban Toronto also had some more good news for Corktowners last week: our neighbourhood didn’t flood. Must mean the newly-installed flood berm is doing its job.

Yonge Street Media has some background on the park naming contest that led to Corktown Common vanquishing its foes. Thanks again to local resident Tedd Konya for the submission.

Events for the week of June 3, 2013

The most important thing: this Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. is the June public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association. This month, we’re devoting the entire agenda to CRBA and neighbourhood updates. Come down to the back room at the Dominion on Queen and take part.

Jessica Rose Design has a brand new dress shop in the Distillery District. To celebrate the opening, the shop will be hosting a grand opening party on Tuesday, June 4 from 4 to 8 p.m with all in-store purchases going for 10% off. They’re located at 17 Trinity Street. Visit the website for a look at the boutique’s offerings.

On stage for a limited engagement at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, be sure and grab tickets for the Script Tease Project, an innovative concept with improv performances by Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram based on two-page starter scripts by renowned writers like Rick Mercer, Lewis Black and Judith Thompson. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors, with seven totally unique performances taking place between June 4 and June 8.

Returning again to the Dominion on Queen this week, don’t miss the intergalactically-famous Corktown Ukelele Jam. The strings start strumming at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, with a special theme this month: it’s prom. I’m hoping for some akward slow dancing to a ukelele version of “Time After Time.” Find the details online.

Head back to the Dominion on Thursday at 7 p.m. as things get literary with a book launch by YA author Adrienne Kress. Check out Adrienne’s website for details.

If you love burgers — and who doesn’t? — Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead is the place to be this Friday, June 7. First, from 11: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m., it’s a treat for lunch with back door burgers available for just five bucks. Then, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Gilead Beer & Burger Bar opens its doors with $5 burgers and $5 beers. No reservations required. Check the event calendar for details.

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