Corktown News & Events: Doulas Meet & Greet at 360 Health, Pride Prana 2 at Extension Room, Jazz Festival, Gilead Burgers & more!

CURIOSITY: A couple of feisty felines explore their new digs on the rooftop of the Toronto Humane Society, located in Corktown at Queen Street East & River Street. Photo by Terri Coles/Torontoist.

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The Toronto Humane Society, located in the heart of Corktown at Queen Street East & River Street, can now offer their cats a new place to play. Last week, Purina and Evergreen helped the Humane Society open a new rooftop sanctuary, complete with plants native to the area. Torontoist’s Terri Coles has the whole story.

Meanwhile, Urban Toronto looks at the excavation work going on at Parliament & Front Street East, for what will ultimately be a new data centre. The building itself, they write, will be “clad in a black and tan porcelaine facade designed to recall the earlier days of ‘punch card’ computer technology.” Pretty cool.

And for news nearby, BlogTO’s Bianca Venerayan takes a look at one of the newest additions to the Distillery District, fashion retailer Jessica Rose. “Jessica Rose’s timeless fashions and outsourced brands make up quite the elegant (and useful) package,” says Bianca. Give it a look.

Corktown Events for the Week of June 17, 2013

Tonight (Monday, June 17), the City of Toronto will be hosting its first public consultation regarding possible expansion of the Island Airport. The consultation will take place in Committee Room 2 at Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West), kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Councillor Pam McConnell has posted the details.

On Thursday, June 20, 360 Health Care is hosting a Meet & Greet Night, an opportunity to meet their new Doulas. Taking place at 360 Health Care’s storefront location at 360 King Street East, the evening will also include an information session detailing a Doula’s role in birth and postpartum care, a Q&A, and tasty vegan treats and tea. The session is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. View the flyer for details.

Kicking off on Thursday, June 20 with a reception, then running through to June 23, Gristmill Lane in the Distillery District will play host to STONE DIARIES 3, an exhibit of hand-carved Zimbabwean stone sculpture. Admission is free, with the reception taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The exhibit will be on display from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through to June 23. View the website for details.

On Friday, June 21, celebrate the summer solstice in style with OmT.O in the Distillery District,  a “full day of continuous outdoor yoga classes led by the most dynamic and popular instructors from the top studios in Toronto.” There will be 11 free outdoor Yoga classes offered, and for a small donation to Colon Cancer Canada, participants can use specially provided thick yoga mats. The first class is set for 10 a.m. — view the complete schedule online.

After all that Yoga, you’ll probably want a burger. So good news: Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Bistro is once again offering $5 back door burgers from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m on Friday, June 21. Ridiculously good, ridiculously cheap — don’t miss it. View the Gilead Event Calendar for details.

On Saturday, June 22, the Extension Room is the place to show your pride as they present Pride Prana 2: The White Edition, an event designed to help you kick off Pride Week 2013 in a sexy, healthy way. “Wear your whitest whites (tight or otherwise) and sweat a little, drink a little, dance a little…all while helping to support the Human Rights Campaign.” The event starts with a 7:30 p.m. Yoga Flow workshop with Tyler Gledhill, followed by cocktails, an art exhibit and dancing. Tickets or $25 at the door, or $20 if you buy in advance via the Extension Room’s website.

Lastly, this weekend also marks the beginning of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. In Corktown, jazz aficionados are lucky enough to have several venues close by. Check out the great line-ups planned for the Paintbox Bistro in Regent Park, the Pure Spirits Patio in the Distillery District, Trinity Stage in the Distillery District and, of course, our own Dominion on Queen, right in the heart of Corktown. The festival runs through Canada Day.

Know of something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

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