News & Events: Corktown food scene heats up, Corktown Chamber Orchestra performs + more


FIRED UP: Corktown’s Flame Shack will have an expanded menu and extended hours starting July 1 – just in time for the Pan Am Games. Read more in our Business Spotlight. Photo by Dennis Kucherawy.

FLAME SHACK: Flame Shack (506 Queen East) is in the spotlight this week with a feature story on our website by Dennis Kucherawy. Check it out to learn more about owner/operator Saber Chowdhury’s journey from Bangladesh to Toronto, and his plans to greatly expand his menu and hours this summer.

COCINA ECONOMICA: There is a ton of buzz about Cocina Economica, the new home-style Mexican restaurant just open at 141 Berkeley in Corktown. Check out reviews at both Toronto Life and BlogTO.

CORKTOWN KITCHEN: Further bolstering Corktown’s emerging food scene, CORKTOWN KITCHEN is now open at 354 King East, in the former Weezie’s space. Check ’em out ASAP!

CYCLING SURVEY: The City of Toronto wants your thoughts on building Toronto’s cycling network. You can fill out the survey here.

WATERFRONT TORONTO NEWSLETTER: The latest issue of Waterfront Toronto’s newsletter is now available. Check it out for a complete rundown of construction updates. Note too that Waterfront Toronto is looking for people to help out with the grand reopening of Queens Quay on June 19.

THE PEOPLE, UNITED: The Toronto Star had an interesting article last week about EAST UNITED, the new condo development planned for Parliament Street. The CRBA even gets a shout-out.

GWNA MEETING: The Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association is set to meet on Monday, May 11 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., with presentations from the Transit Implementation Unit of Toronto’s City Planning Department, and 51 Division. The meeting will be held in the second floor amenity room at 80 Mill Street. The full details are on the GWNA website.

CORKTOWN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: On Thursday, May 14, the Corktown Chamber Orchestra is set to perform at Little Trinity Church (425 King East). The concert will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are just ten bucks, with kids getting in for free. Check out the flyer for details.

BIG IDEAS: Alumnae Theatre Company’s NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT group brings BIG IDEAS: A Festival of Staged Readings to the
Alumnae Theatre Studio this week. It all starts on Tuesday, May 12. You can check out the complete schedule of works online — admission is FREE!


  • Play on, MacBeth. Starting on Thursday, May 21, the Wolf Manor Theatre Collective is presenting their production of MACBETH at Alumnae Theatre.  It’s a bloody classic. You can buy tickets online.
  • The next meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association will be held on Tuesday, June 2. We’ll have more details posted soon.
  • Calling all connoisseurs – you’re invited to celebrate 25 years of the city’s premier culinary event, Toronto Taste presented by The Daniels Corporation. Savour scrumptious dishes from 50 top chefs, a startling array of beverages and breathtaking lakeside views. Best of all, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of helping those in need by supporting Second Harvest’s food rescue program. The event will take place on Sunday, June 7 at Lakeside, Corus Quay. Details are online.
  • As announced at our public meeting last week, there will be a LIVE ART FESTIVAL held in Underpass Park on June 20 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. You won’t want to miss it. Some details are online, but we’ll have much more information posted in the weeks ahead.

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