News & Events: CRBA meeting Tuesday, Corktown Cocktail Party Sunday + even more stuff to do!


CORKTOWN UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Come get updates on neighbourhood construction projects like this one at the December public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association on Tuesday, December 2. Photo courtesy Waterfront Toronto.

Local news & events for the week of December 1, 2014

DECEMBER CRBA MEETING: Join your Corktown Residents & Business Association on Tuesday, December 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. for our December public meeting. The meeting will take place at 403 King East, the Little Trinity Church Annex Building — it’s the recently-renovated heritage storefront just east of Front & Parliament.

Click here to download a copy of the night’s agenda.

We hope to see everyone there!

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CORKTOWN COCKTAIL PARTY:  You’re invited! Join us on Sunday, December 7 between 5 and 9 p.m. for some festive holiday fun at Fusilli Ristorante (531 Queen Street East, at River). The Corktown Cocktail Party will feature free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction, music, mingling and more. All are welcome and entry is of course totally free. This event is hosted by the Corktown Residents & Business Association and Socrates Apallas, Local Realtor.

WATERFRONT NEWS: Waterfront Toronto has published their newsletter for November-December 2014. It includes a ton of updates on construction projects in the area. Of particular note is their section relating to the work on the King/Queen Bridge, with an update from Infrastructure Ontario:

The work currently underway by Infrastructure Ontario below the King-Queen bridge continues to progress. The permanent Back Flow Preventer (BFP) has been installed and the temporary BFP has been removed.

Installation of the micro piles has also been progressing with only three remaining. 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.

The remaining three micro piles are expected to be completed this month. This work entails jacking up the bridge while the micro piles are being installed. The new concrete pile caps will be formed and installed at the same time. Once complete, the bridge will be put back on the reinforced columns and work will be performed to ensure the bridge columns are level and plumb.

Infrastructure Ontario expects to complete the work in early 2015 and is grateful for the community’s patience. Infrastructure Ontario will continue to 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

MAKING PROGRESS: Urban Toronto had some updates last week on the construction progress of two important neighbourhood projects. First, check out their video tour of the West Don Lands, include a peek at the new YMCA. Those indoor pools look fantastic. Next, read all about the Regent Park Athletic Grounds. The skating rink, basketball course, soccer/cricket field and running track will all be great additions to the area.

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLHOUSE: The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is hosting their annual Founders Dinner on Thursday, December 4 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m at 106 Trinity Street. Come out and support a great part of our local history. You can register online here.

CHRISTMAS CHEER: For pet owners who want to see their dogs and/or cats get into the holiday spirit, the Toronto Humane Society is hosting their Pet Pics with Santa, Holiday Bazarr & Bake Sale on Saturday, December 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at their headquarters at 11 River Street. The holiday spirit will also continue all week at the Distillery District Christmas Market.


  • The Corktown Chamber Orchestra will be performing their annual holiday concert at Little Trinity Church on Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets will be just ten dollars, with children getting in for free. Check back here for details.
  • Our friends at the Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association will host their December public meeting on Monday, December 9  with guests Coun. Pam McConnell and MPP Glen Murray. The meeting will take place between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at 70 Mill Street in the first floor community room. Click here for details.

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