News & Events: Corktown Common Picnic, Tandem Coffee opens, East End Comedy Revenue & more!

UNDER THE OVERPASS: Underpass Park played host to a whole bunch of community activities this past weekend for the Celebrate Corktown Neighbourhood BBQ and party. Thanks to all who came out! Photo by Dan Philips.

Local news for the week of July 7, 2014

Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the Celebrate Corktown BBQ and party this past Saturday! And thanks again to MP Chrystia Freeland, MPP Glen Murray, Councillor Pam McConnell and the many businesses and volunteers that helped put the event together. Local photographer Dan Philips has posted some photos — take a look.

After much anticipation, Tandem Coffee has opened their doors at 368 King Street East after a soft launch. Stop by, grab a hot beverage and check ’em out!

On June 25, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Waterfront Toronto, Scotiabank, Heritage Toronto and Councillor Pam McConnell unveiled a couple of new plaques on the Lower Don Trail, right near the path entrance to Corktown Common. The plaques recognize the Lower Don River railway crossing and the straightening of the river. Urban Toronto has the story — and be sure to head down to the Lower Don Trail to check out the new plaques.

If you’re a woman in Corktown looking to get fit this summer, Fun & Mental Fitness Toronto East has a series of Boot Camps scheduled with trainer Melissa Russell. Check out the website for details.

Corktown favourite Adornments on Queen has published their July newsletter. This month’s can’t-miss deal offers 25% off table lamps and mirrors, plus 25% off any product with the colour red in it. They’ve also got a new downtown jewelry line. Check it out for all the details.

The Toronto Star’s Vicky Sanderson penned an article recently about the continued transformation of Toronto’s downtown east side, with a focus on the King East design district. Take a look.

Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Cafe + Wine Bar is taking part in the SUMMER OF RIESLING. All summer long, they’ll have four Riesling choices on their by-the-glass wine menu. Visit their website for details and book your reservation soon!

Events for the week of July 7, 2014

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On Thursday, July 10, Waterfront Toronto and development partners Dundee-Kilmer and Urban Capital are hosting the official opening of Corktown Common with a community picnic. Between 5 and 8 p.m., come by for a FREE BBQ, food, fun activities and live music. For cyclists, valet bike parking will be available. Check out the flyer for all the details.

The official opening ceremony for Corktown Common will take place earlier on the same day, Thursday, July 10, between 10 and 11 a.m. at the park pavilion.

Also on Thursday, July 10, ARTA GALLERY in the Distillery District will showcase their third annual Summer Group Exhibition. Hosting an expressive abstract collection, each piece in the SUMMER HEAT exhibition is said to encapsulate the colour and vibe of summer in Toronto.The opening reception will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, with the exhibit on display at the gallery through to July 29. Click here for details.

And on Sunday, July 13, the East End Comedy Revue returns to Dominion on Queen (500 Queen East, at Sumach) with an all-star line-up of local comedians. Featuring Mike MacDonald, Winston Spear, Darryl Purvis, Ryan Horwood, Brian Coughlin & Hanna Hogan, the laughs start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $45 for a 4-pack. View the Facebook event page for details.

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