News & Events: TedXKingStreetEast, Distillery Art Shows, Al Lerman at Dominion & more!

WELL HELLO THERE: The traffic signal cabinet at Queen & Sumach got a spiffy paint job last month, as part of a project by StreetARTToronto. This box was painted by artist Jabari Elliot. Photo by Kayla Rocca.

Corktown news for the week of October 7, 2013

You may have noticed that the traffic signal box at Queen East & Sumach got a spiffy paint job a few weeks back, complete with jaunty moustache. (See above!) Toronto Life has some info on the project by StreetARTToronto, along with a gallery of all the similarly-painted boxes across the city.

Our friends at Prologue Lifestyle, Corktown’s newest spa at the corner of King East & Parliament, wanted to let everyone know that they now have a registered massage therapist on site, offering a menu of services at affordable prices. You can book online.

Local events for the week of October 7, 2013

A trio of art exhibits hit the Distillery District this week, bolstering the area’s already strong reputation for the arts. Here’s what you can check out:

  • Starting Tuesday, October 8, the Arta Gallery will play host to BEYOND THE PALE an exhibit by five female artists made up of a “vast selection of landscape and abstract paintings brought together by similarity in palette and subject.” The opening reception will be held at the gallery this Thursday, October 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs until October 22. Find the details online.
  • On Wednesday, October 9, the Thompson Landry Gallery will debut FROM ABSTRACT TO ABSTRACT in their cooperage space, featuring work from Yoakim Bélanger. It runs until November 3. Find the details online.
  • And starting on Thursday, October 10 and on display through November 24, check out ROOTED IN DESTRUCTION by Gideon Tomaschoff at the Julie M Gallery. Check the website for more information.

On Wednesday, October 9, the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse will be home to TEDxKingStreetEast, an independently organized TEDx event (of TED Talks fame) featuring a great line-up of speakers. The theme is The Power of a Question, because “good questions move the world forward, in small steps or large.” Check out the list of speakers here, and visit the website to sign up — tickets are $50 and are available online, but space is limited.

On Friday, October 11, a new show debuts on stage at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District. Presented by Soulpepper, FARTHER WEST “tells a sweeping tale of romance, independence, and fate, inspired by a true story.” It runs through November 9. Get your tickets online.

Lastly, head to the Dominion on Queen this Saturday, October 12 for a much-needed taste of the blues with Juno-award winner Al Lerman. Cover is just $10 for the show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. Find the details via the Dominion’s event calendar.

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