News & Events: CRBA Meeting, Corktown Common stays open, Island Airport Consultations, King Street Realty & more!

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN: After a long period of restoration, the Little Trinity Church Workmans Cottages made a reappearance last week. Here’s what they looked like in their prime — and here’s a shot of them prior to the church’s restoration efforts. Photo by FNTS, via Urban Toronto.

News for the week of September 3, 2013

Waterfront Toronto has released their August 2013 newsletter, which includes the usual updates on a litany of construction projects, and also this scoop: Corktown Common, everybody’s favourite new park, will stay open until at least Thanksgiving weekend. The park was original to close this week to allow for further construction on the unfinished ‘wet’ side of the park, but the construction schedule has been changed to allow a few more weeks of access. Enjoy it!

Corktown favourite Adornments on Queen has released their September 2013 newsletter. To make room for new fall merchandise, they’re taking 40% off all regular priced merchandise. Quite a deal — visit them at Queen and Parliament.

The Alumnae Theatre Company has a fancy new website, perfect to promote their coming fall season. Check it out — they’ll debut with Steve Martin’s adaptation of The Underpants on September 20.

Rollo Myers, longtime friend to Corktown and a tireless heritage advocate, has been awarded a Special Achievement Award by Heritage Toronto. It’s a well-deserved honour for the man who was instrumental in securing the first parliament lands. Read all about it.

Star architecture critic Christopher Hume has a review of the River City project, which will soon be home to hundreds of new Corktowners. He likes the design so much that he awards it a rare A+ rating.

 Events for the Week of September 3, 2013

The big event, of course, is tonight’s monthly public meeting of the Corktown Residents and Business Association. We’ll be meeting at 7 p.m. in the back room at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen East at Sumach). All are welcome to come out and hear a  presentation from a Ryerson Planning student on Corktown Heritage, which will be followed by a sure-to-be-lively discussion. The details have been posted here.

Wednesday, September 4 marks the first of what will be a series of public consultations on the possible expansion of the Toronto Island airport to allow for the use of jets. It’s a controversial topic. The first public session takes place at 250 Fort York Boulevard. There’s a drop-in session from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a workshop where stakeholders can exchange ideas from 3 to 5 p.m. Councillor Pam McConnell has posted the details on this session, along with the other sessions to follow.

On Friday, September 6, DOC Toronto is joining with our friends across the river in Leslieville for a special free screening of CHANGE YOUR NAME, OUSAMA. The film “interviews an impressive roster of top academics, journalists and religious leaders who explain how the fallout from 9/11 spilled over the border” and reveals “how Canadian Muslims became 9/11’s unintended victims.” The screening, which will be followed by a panel discussion, will take place at the Ralph Thornton Centre at 765 Queen Street East, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Details are available here.

Also on Friday, September 6, as has become the custom, Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead will serve up $5 back door burgers between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Don’t miss it.

Lastly, I want to give a warm shout out to our new friends at King Street Realty, who just opened at 569 King Street East. To get to know their new neighbours, King Street Realty is hosting a Free Buyer 101 Workshop on Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m. Come learn about the market and common mistakes. To learn more, check out this flyer.

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