News & Events: Corktown Chamber Orchestra at Little Trinity, East End Comedy Revue, Cahoots Auction & more!

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TIS THE SEASON: The stars were out for the annual Corktown Christmas auction, held as part of the Corktown Christmas Party on Saturday, December 7 at the Dominion on Queen. Thanks to all who came out!Photo by Eric Morse.

News for the week of December 8, 2013

Infrastructure Ontario held a topping off ceremony for the Pan Am Village in the West Don Lands last week, signifying that all the concrete for the Village has now been poured. We’ll start to see the many cranes on the site come down over the coming weeks. Urban Toronto has the full story with some great photos of the community coming together.

The world was saddened last week to learn of the passing of Nelson Mandela. The Toronto school that bears his name — located on Shuter Street — served as a natural gathering place for remembrance. The Toronto Star has the story on how the students remembered Mandela. There remains a makeshift memorial to the man on the steps of the school.

If you’re looking for a way to support needy children this holiday season, 51 Division of Toronto Police Services is running a toy drive right up until Christmas Eve. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys or gift cards at the station located at 51 Parliament Street. Click here for details.

Events for the week of December 8, 2013

The Corktown Chamber Orchestra — a local institution and favourite — is tuning up for their annual Christmas concert, to be held on Thursday, December 12 at Little Trinity Church. This year, the orchestra will play alongside special guests Lynn Janes and the Havergal Girls’ Choir. The show beings at 8 p.m., with tickets costing just $10 at the door — kids get in free. All proceeds go to Little Trinity Church, which is located at 425 King Street East. View the poster for full details.

Fans of improv will want to check out the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery District this week, as Soulpepper presents the Impulse Festival, running from Thursday, December 12 through to Sunday, December 15. The festival promises “an attempt at the longest continuously improvised live soap opera” with 55 hours of live improv featuring special guests like Colin Mochrie and George Stroumboulopoulos. Ticket details are available at Soulpepper’s website.

For more comedy, don’t miss the return of the renowned EAST END COMEDY REVUE, taking the stage at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen Street East) this Saturday, December 14. The great line-up of stand-up comedians includes headliners Ryan Belleville and Graham Chittenden. You won’t want to miss it. See the Facebook event for details — doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Finally, our friends at Cahoots Theatre are hosting an online fundraising auction with a goal of raising $3,000 to support their ongoing efforts to produce “new works that investigate the complexities of Canada’s cultural diversity.” The auction is open until December 15 — please bid on something and help them reach their goal.

Got a story about something going on in Corktown? Email website@corktown.ca.

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