News & Events: Cahoots announces new season, Gardiner consultation, marathon, Catathon & more!

PROGRAMMED TO LOVE: The famous Lovebot makes a Corktown appearance on a Distillery sidewalk. Photo by Dan Philips.

Corktown news for the week of October 14, 2013 (A little bit late!)

Being big fans of local theatre, we’re delighted to see details on Cahoot Theatre Company’s 2013-2014 season. The Corktown theatrical group has a lot planned for the next year. Visit their website for details. We’ll provide updates on showtimes and tickets over the course of the season here at

Urban Toronto’s Daniel Rotsztain has a story on the construction crane going up at the data centre project on the northeast corner of Mill Street and Parliament Street. The building is set to have a unique design that should make for an interesting addition to the area — check the article for a recent rendering.

The Toronto Star has details on the Good Shepherd‘s efforts to provide turkey dinners to the city’s homeless population for Thanksgiving. Staff and volunteers served more than 1,600 hungry people over the long weekend. Fantastic work.

We wanted to highlight a new business setting up shop in neighbouring Regent Park. Amiga Home Services describes itself as a “new social enterprise aimed at creating employment opportunities for long -term residents of Regent Park.” They provide “free training to local residents in domestic and commercial cleaning with a cleaning service … that provides employment opportunities.” We wish them all the best — check out more details online.

Local events for the week of October 14, 2013

On Wednesday, October 16, come have your say on the future of the Gardiner Expressway. Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto have narrowed down the options for the section of the highway east of Jarvis Street. Learn what they are and give your two cents at an open house and presentation held at 6:30 p.m. at the Toronto Reference Library. Find the details and RSVP online. The meeting will also be streamed online at the website.

On stage starting Thursday, October 17, Corktown’s Alumnae Theatre plays host to NO ROMANCE, a production by the Toronto Irish Players. The show, written by “one of Ireland’s most exciting young playwrights” is an “honest, poignant and often hilarious portrayal of people’s innermost secrets.” It’s on stage until November 2, with evening and matinee performances. Find more details and grab your tickets online.

On Friday, October 18, don’t expect a catastrophe as the CATATHON comes to Nathan Phillips Square. Brought to our attention by our friends at the Percy Street B&B — who know all about feral cats — , the Catathon is a Feral Cat Awareness Week event. Come out and learn in the square between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Find more information on Facebook.

On Saturday, October 19, the Dominion on Queen gets both bookish and kid-friendly with the launch of  Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr’s HOW TO CURSE IN HIEROGLYPHICS. The event promises reading, signing, live music, prizes and drive-in themed food. Check it out at 3 p.m — all are welcome, especially kids.

Finally, don’t forget that Sunday, October 20 is the SCOTIABANK WATERFRONT MARATHON. This year, the marathon route makes a rather complicated loop through Corktown, which will make travelling by car nearly impossible between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Drivers who park on nearby streets should also be aware that you may get notices on your car requesting that you park elsewhere on race day. We’ve posted maps and details here.

And though the CRBA won’t have an official cheer station for the race this year, all are invited to head down to Underpass Park to gather and cheer the runners on. Show ’em some real Corktown spirit.

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