News & Events: Corktown wants a grocery store, Marathon Cheer Station, Corktown Jane’s Walks + more!


CHEERS TO THAT: A shot from the recent SOLD-OUT wine tasting and gourmet meal at Corktown fave Fusilli Ristorante. Read all about it here. Photo by Dennis Kucherawy

CORKTOWN WANTS A GROCERY STORE: We asked and you answered. A survey conducted by the CRBA last week revealed — by a huge margin — that Corktowners most want a grocery store or food retailer. You can read the full survey report here. We’ve forwarded the results to commercial leasing agents working in the area.

CHEER THE MARATHON: Friends of Corktown Common is once again hosting a marathon cheer station for the Goodlife Toronto Marathon. It’ll be held this Sunday, May 3 at the southwest corner of King & River. Things will get going around 8:30 a.m. and continue until all the runners pass by. There will be music — bring your signs, noisemakers and high-fives. There will be a lot of high-fives.

MARATHON ROAD CLOSURES: Of course, with marathons come road closures. The complete list of Sunday morning lane and street closures is available online. Of note to Corktowners:

  • Bayview Avenue will be closed both ways from Rosedale Valley Road to Lower River between 8 and 11 a.m.
  • King East will be closed westbound between River and Sumach between 8 and 11 a.m.
  • Sumach Street will be closed both ways between King East and Eastern Avenue between 8 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Eastern Avenue will be closed both ways between Sumach and Front between 8 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Front Street East will be closed both ways between Eastern and Wellington between 8 and 11:30 a.m.

If you park your car on any of the streets, be advised you’re likely to get a notice asking you to move before Saturday night.

WALK THIS WAY, TALKS THIS WAY: This weekend is the much-loved Jane’s Walk weekend in Toronto. There are dozens and dozens — maybe hundreds? — of great guided group walks scheduled all across the city on Saturday and Sunday. You can check out the map here.

Some local walks to consider:

PAINT SALE: Our friends at Dulux Paints (487 King East, at Sackville) have a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE promotion right now. Buy one gallon of Dulux or Glidden paint at regular price and get the second gallon free. It’s a great deal available until May 3. Check ’em out if you’ve got some spring painting to get done.

ACROSS THE BRIDGE: BlogTO has a good article profiling some of the recently-open retailers and restaurants in Leslieville and Riverside. Lots of cool new stuff worth visiting now that the weather is warmer.

WEST DON LANDS COMMITTEE: The West Don Lands Committee will host their monthly public meeting tonight — on Monday, April 27 — at 39 Parliament Street in the 11th floor amenity room. On the agenda this month: the Gardiner Expressway East EA, the Island Airport runway extension and the 2015 Pan Am Games. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

SOMETHING’S BREWING: On Tuesday, April 28, a special lecture is being held as part of the Annual General Meeting of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity Street). Join Jordan St. John, author of Lost Breweries of Toronto, as he places brewer and philanthropist Enoch Turner into the context of the emerging Toronto of the mid-19th century. Book sale and signing follows. It takes place starting at 6 p.m. The details are online.

BOOK CLUB: The St. Lawrence Library is hosting a TEA & BOOKS session on Wednesday, April 29 between 2 and 3 p.m, with special guest Caroline Ingvaldsen, who will discuss “Armchair Travel.” Details are online.

FREE YOGA: The Cherry Street YMCA presents its FINAL free yoga class this Wednesday, April 29 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Canary District presentation centre. (398 Front Street East, at Cherry) Bring your own mat! The details are here.

GO PLANET: Councillor Pam McConnell hosts her annual Community Enviornment Day this Thursday, April 30 at Lower Sherbourne Park. Come down between 4 and 8 p.m. to pick up free compost,  exchange your damaged green bin for a new one, drop off unwanted items, unburden yourself of hazardous household waste and more. The details are online.

ALBUM RELEASE: An album release concert featuring Laila Biali & the Radiance Project is set for this Saturday, May 2 at Little Trinity Church (425 King East). This special homecoming album release will feature a large ensemble including guest vocalists, a string quartet, horns and an award-winning rhythm section. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online.


  • The next monthly public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association is set for Tuesday, May 5. This month, the meeting will be held at the Little Trinity Church Annex (403 King East) — that’s the newly-renovated historic storefront just east of King & Parliament. Find us in the second floor meeting space. We’ve got a great agenda lined up, including a presentation delivered by representatives from the Pan Am Games. It’ll run from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Speaking of the Pan Am Games, there will be public information sessions for both businesses and residents on Wednesday, May 6 at the St. Lawrence Rec Centre. The Business session will run from 3 to 5 p.m., while the Residents session will go from 6 to 8 p.m. View the details here.
  • When was the last time you did something nice for your mom? Right that wrong by celebrating Mothers’ Day at Corktown’s Fusilli Ristorante on May 10 with a special menu. Click here for reservation details. Fusilli just recently had a SOLD-OUT wine tasting and gourmet meal — you can read all about it on our blog.

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