News & Events: Toronto Irish Players at Alumnae, Cities of the Future at Canary District, Riverside IGNITE Walkfest + more!


CLEAR EYES: Coach Taylor would have approved of the positive messages being shared at the Corktown/Regent Park Cheer Station on Sunday, October 19. Photo by Matt Elliott.

Corktown News & Events for the week of October 20, 2014

First, thanks to all those who came out to our neighbourhood’s first official Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon cheer station! We had a lot of fun. Thanks for all the organizational efforts from Friends of Corktown Common‘s Erin Balser and #LivingToronto‘s Socrates Apallas. We hope to see everybody out again next year.

Corktown and King East got some profile on BlogTO this past week, as writer Natalia Manzocco gave her thoughts on how to spend a day in our neighbourhood. Check it out.

Speaking of places to go in Corktown, we’ll soon have a new local restaurant to check out once Odin Hus opens at 514 King East. PostCity has some details on what they’re planning.

Urban Toronto has some details on a new art exhibit on display at the Canary District Presentation Gallery, located at the corner of Cherry Street and Front Street. Called CITIES OF THE FUTURE, the exhibit features photography from Tom Ryaboi and an interactive piece by Italian artists Fabio Giampietro, Ilaria Vergani Bassi, and Paolo Di Giacomo. For details on when and how to see the exhibit, check out the Canary District’s website.

On Monday, October 20, the West Don Lands Committee is holding their monthly public meeting. You can join them at 39 Parliament Street, in the 11th floor amenity room. The meeting will go from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Note that the meeting has been rescheduled from its regular date of October 27 due to the municipal election.

On October 22 starting at 6 p.m. Dr. Melissa Piercell will host a Learn How to Detox seminar at The Healthy Road (518 King East). Registration costs just $10 and gets you a 10% discount at the store. Check out the website for all the info.

Starting on October 23, the Toronto Irish Players take the stage at Corktowns’ Alumnae Theatre to present BOOKWORMS. Some details:

When Irish comedy Bookworms opens at the Alumnae Theatre on Oct. 23, it marks a very special occasion for Toronto’s only Irish theatre group.

The Toronto Irish Players is entering its 40th season, four decades after a group of immigrants decided to bring Irish theatre to their new homeland. They’ve been doing it ever since with great success.

The 40th season features plays by contemporary writers, but nonetheless straddles two Irelands – a reflective post Celtic Tiger country and a 1960s one, firmly under the thumb of the church.
The fall show, which runs till Nov. 8, is a post-Celtic Tiger Ireland comedy of manners by playwright Bernard Farrell.

The play, Bookworms, is a story of characters that make up a middle class book club.

Formerly the last bastion of female exclusivity, husbands are invited to participate in a social experiment that goes disastrously wrong. In this satire the surface veneer of normality is penetrated by resentment, adultery, repression and violence. By the end of the evening, civility has been tenuously re-established and relationships somewhat restored, but it is unlikely that the men will ever be invited to another meeting of the club.

Director Alan Hunt, a long-time TIP member, calls it an “hilarious comedy” and thinks a modern audience will enjoy the antics.

You can find more information and get your tickets at

Mark your calendars for a pair of upcoming events taking place at Little Trinity Church on October 30. The Little T Annex at 403 King East will be hosting an opening reception for its brand new art gallery at 7 p.m, featuring works by Alison Chapman, Dan Phillips and Henry VanderSpek. Later that same night, the Corktown Chamber Orchestra will be performing at Little Trinity Church at 8 p.m., as they present DISCO NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN. You can find out more about the art gallery opening by clicking here. For more on the Chamber Orchestra’s performance, check out the flyer.

Finally, our friends across the river in Riverside are hosting the sixth annual Riverside Ignite WALKFEST on Saturday, October 25. There are a variety of fun and informative walks taking places, including a fitness fun walk, a culinary walk, a pan am path cycle tour, an urban planning walk and a kiddie costume parade walk. Check out the full list of festivities on their website.

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