News & Events: Voting, Little Trinity Art Gallery Opening, Corktown Chamber Orchestra + more!

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Corktown news & events for the week of October 27, 2014

VOTING: Hey you, don’t forget to vote! Polls are open until 8 p.m. today — Monday, October 27. You can find your polling location using the city’s MyVote website. We have a list of council candidates available with website links — you might find it helpful!

TIME FOR TIM’S: The Tim Hortons Coffee House at Lower River & King Street East is now open. Try the kettle chips.

WATERFRONT TO NEWS: In news you can use, Waterfront Toronto has published their October newsletter. Here’s what they have to say about the continued closure of the King Street connection to the Queen Street bridge, which has been closed for months, causing there to be no streetcar service along King:

Before redevelopment of the West Don Lands – including the Athletes’ Village/Canary District – could occur it was first necessary to implement a series of flood mitigation measures. In spring 2012, the construction of the flood protection landform (FPL) by Infrastructure Ontario was nearing completion.

The FPL is an engineering feat that is essentially a 4-metre high berm that creates a flood barrier along the west side of the Don River. It protects 201 hectares (519 acres) and an estimated $162 million in potential flood damage from catastrophic storm events. The FPL has also provided the base for Corktown Common, the area’s signature park.

One of the final pieces of work to complete the FPL was the installation of a backflow preventer on an existing storm sewer beneath the King-Queen bridge. The backflow preventer is a pipe the size of a bus that will allow stormwater to flow out to the Don River but will prevent flooding from flowing back on to adjacent lands. Without it, the FPL would be ineffective.

When excavation for the installation of the backflow preventer began, it quickly became clear to Infrastructure Ontario that the century-old bridge footings would need to be fortified before any further work could continue. The work currently underway below the bridge is required to reinforce the structure and extend the life of this important piece of infrastructure. The work is complex and takes time.

Work to-date has included the installation of a series of micro piles. Micro piles are small diameter rods drilled into bedrock adjacent to the bridge columns to reinforce the columns and support the bridge span. The micro piles are encased in a steel pipe and then filled with concrete grout for stability.

Work has also included reinforcing the existing columns and column bases. The column bases have been reinforced with large steel I-Beams where the column bases meet the back flow preventer and diagonal bracing has been installed on the columns for further reinforcement.

Future work includes pouring new concrete pile caps and incorporating them into the existing bridge footings, as well as performing work to ensure the bridge columns are level and plumb. New column bearing plates will be installed at the same time.

Infrastructure Ontario expects to complete the work in early 2015 and is grateful for the community’s patience. Infrastructure Ontario have updated the signs on the bridge and will make every effort to keep the community up-to-date on the status of work going forward.

For more information or questions about the work being undertaken at the King-Queen bridge please contact

Emphasis added! Let’s hope they meet that deadline.

RE-OPEN OUR STREETS: In other development-related news, the CRBA, the WDLC and others have written to the responsible MPP in an attempt to speed up the planned re-opening of Cherry Street and Old Eastern Avenue. If you’d like to lend your support and send a letter of your own, click here.

LOCAL ART: Inside Toronto recently ran a profile on the Essencia Art Collective, who are currently hard at work on their pillar murals on King East, and won’t be deterred. Check it out here.

LITTLE TRINITY, BIG EVENTS: There are a pair of great events at Little Trinity Church this week, both taking place on Thursday, October 30.

  • First, head to the new Little Trinity Annex at 403 King East for the grand opening of the Little T Art Gallery. You’ll see works from artists Alison Chapman, Henry VanderSpek and Dan Philips. The opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Check out the flyer for all the opening event details, as well as information on how you can visit the gallery.
  • Later that night, Little Trinity Church is proud to host the Corktown Chamber Orchestra‘s season debut at 8 p.m. The Orchestra will be performing DISCO NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN. Admission costs just ten bucks at the door, with kids getting in free. Click here for details.

CABBAGETOWN PUMPIN WALK: Our friends in Cabbagetown are hosting their second annual Pumpkin Walk on November 1st 2014 in Riverdale Park West. Join them with your hallowe’en pumpkins and light up the night with your spooky creations. The event will run from 5 to 10 p.m.  Kids (and adults) are encouraged to dress up in their costumes. Bring candles to illuminate your pumpkin. Pumpkins will be disposed of by the City of Toronto the following day. The Daily Bread Food Bank will be accepting non-perishable food donations at the Winchester Street entrance. Check out the Cabbagetown Residents Association website for more info.

THEATRICAL FEATS: A pair of shows debut on stage at local venues this week. At the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery, catch Soulpepper’s production of SPOON RIVER, on through November 15. Tickets are available online. At the Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park, check out 30 PEOPLE WATCHING, on stage until November 8. Tickets are available online.


  • Speaking of great theatre, Alumnae Theatre’s FIREWORKS FESTIVAL is set to run from November 13 to 30. You can find information about the works included in this year’s festival at the Alumnae website. You can also buy passes.
  • On Sunday, November 9 at 4 p.m., Award winning Scottish-Canadian reggae artist jason Wilson and legendary English fiddler Dave Swarbrick will team up to produce a “breathtaking mixture of folk and reggae” with a concert at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. You can get tickets here.
  • Our friends at the Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association will welcome Toronto Star city columnist Royson James as a guest speaker at their next monthly meeting, on Monday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the 70 Mill Street Amenity Room. Check their website for details.
  • And your CRBA will present its next monthly public meeting on Tuesday, November 4 at 403 King East, the newly-renovated Little Trinity Church Annex building.

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