News & Events: Corktown Chamber Orchestra performs, holiday giving, island airport meeting + more!

I [HEART] CURLING: Holiday revellers get their rocks off at the Distillery Christmas market. Photo by Dan Philips.

News & Events for the week of December 8, 2014

CORKTOWN COCKTAIL PARTY: Thanks to all those who came out to last night’s spectacular Corktown Cocktail Party. It was a big hit!

Special thanks to Fusilli for hosting us and providing an incredible selection of hors d’oeuvres. If you’ve never stopped by Fusilli for lunch or dinner, we highly recommend it. Visit their website for details.

And thanks as well to Socrates Apallas, Corktown’s #LivingToronto local realtor. He and his team did an amazing job handling the party’s logistics, coordinating the silent auction, setting up the outdoor lounge — how great were those roasted marshmallows? — and somehow getting Santa Claus himself to show up. You can visit Socrates’ website here.

And a big shout-out to the many local businesses that contributed items to the silent auction! We couldn’t have done it without you.

CORKTOWN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: The holiday spirit rolls on this week as the world famous Corktown Chamber Orchestra performs their holiday set, CHRISTMAS CHILLED & DISTILLED, at Little Trinity Church – 425 King East — on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m.. This year’s concert includes special guests Lynn James, Ted Hawkins, The Reply and Martin Gwynn Jones. All proceeds from this annual holiday tradition will go toward supporting Little Trinity and the work they do in our community.


The concert will take place on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $10 at the door, with children getting in free.

ISLAND AIRPORT EA: For Corktowners keeping tabs on the ongoing debate surrounding expansion of the island airport, there is a public meeting taking place this Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. You can find out more at Councillor Pam McConnell’s website.

GIVING BACK: If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season, there are a couple of great local initiatives that are worth your support.

Our pals at CAHOOTS THEATRE have organized an online auction, with proceeds going to support their artistic endeavours. You can bid on a range of items by visiting their website here.

Meanwhile, the gearheads at CHARLIE’S FREEWHEELS — located near Queen & Sherbourne — are working to raise funds from the community to help 50 youth learn how to build bikes. You can donate online here to support the cause.

 PHOTOGRAPHY AT DANIELS SPECTRUM: Photography fans and history buffs might want to check out a new exhibit at the Daniels Spectrum. Exhibiting now through to January 26, 2015, CLOSE TO HOME examines life in historic Cabbagetown one hundred years ago. Find more details here.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST. PAUL’S BASILLICA: And finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. as St. Paul’s Basillica will present their annual Christmas concert. Featured during the concert will be Angelica Ganea, soprano, Charles Di Raimondo, tenor and Grenville Pinto, violinist. The proceeds from this concert will be directed to St. Paul’s Basilica. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

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