News & Events: Pan Am Path, Dynamic Connections at Gallery 402, Beyonce strut at Extension Room, Angels in America + more!


SMALL STREET, SMALL CARS: A summertime snap of Percy Street, one of Corktown’s hidden gems. Photo by Dan Philips.

Neighbourhood News Items

With the Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games coming to Toronto in 2015, city boosters have been looking at legacy projects. And they’ve found a good one with the Pan Am Path, which will see new trail connections along with improved conditions on existing trails, and the installation of public art. The Path will connect the city at all corners — and, luckily for us in Corktown, also see some improvements to the Don trail. The Globe & Mail’s Ian Merringer published a good summary of the project and why it’s a great legacy for the games to leave.

Councillor Pam McConnell has posted some information on the Gardiner Expressway structural maintenance program, affecting the stretch of the highway between Jarvis Street and the Don Valley parkway.  The project will necessitate single lane shutdowns starting this month and lasting until December 2014. While this work is going on, city staff and Waterfront Toronto will also continue to push forward the environmental assessment that will look at alternative configurations for this section of the Gardiner. You can find information on that process at

51 Division of Toronto Police Services has passed a note indicating that the Scott Mission is looking for clothing donations. If you have some items to donate, please use the contact information on the 51 Division CPLC blog to get in touch.

NOW Toronto published a great four-star review of Weezie’s restaurant in their latest issue, describing the Corktown favourite as offering “exceptionally executed Continental cuisine at budget-minded price points.” Weezie’s is located at the corner of King Street East and Power Street.

Events for the week of July 15, 2013

On exhibit now at Gallery 402 at 402 King Street East, don’t miss DYNAMIC CONNECTIONS, a collection of paintings, photography and mixed media by a selection of great artists. The exhibit runs until July 25. View the Facebook page for details.

It’s an indisputable fact that everyone wishes they were more like Beyonce. So, hey, good news: the Extension Room is hosting a Beyonce Heel Strut Workshop and Party this Friday, July 19 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. For just $25, guests will learn how to strut their stuff in what they call a “serious Beyonce booty throw-down” with facilitator Shawn Bracke. Your ticket includes a complimentary cocktail and a video dance party following the workshop. The Extension Room is located at 30 Eastern Avenue. Buy your tickets online.

Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead restaurant is having a busy summer. Not only are their famous $5 back door burgers available each and every Friday in July from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Friday, July 19 is also Gilead’s Beer & Chicken Bar, with $5 beers and a selection of great fried chicken and wings from Yorkshire Valley Farms. From 6 to 10 p.m. No reservations required.

 Much anticipated by theatre fans across the city, Soulpepper’s two-part production of Tony Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA begins its run this Friday, July 19 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District. You can get your tickets for both Part 1 and Part 2 online. The show closes on September 14.

Lastly, this weekend also marks the 2013 T&T Waterfront Night Market. Head down to the T&T location at 222 Cherry Street for a great selection of foods and rocking entertainment. It runs from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Visit the website for details.

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