News & Events: Support Corktown with coffee, review the Underpass Park mural proposals, Doors Open + more!

MURAL QUANDRY: These pillars in Underpass Park will soon be a canvas for a brand new mural. StreetART Toronto wants your feedback on the artist proposals. Photo courtesy Waterfront Toronto.

Corktown news & events for the week of May 19, 2015

UNDERPASS PARK MURALS: The City of Toronto Street Art (StART) program has just published an online survey through which members of the Corktown community have an opportunity to comment on the three artist proposals being considered for a new mural that will adorn five pillars in Underpass Park. (On the east side of the park, near the basketball courts.)

Three proposed designs are being considered by a jury. Your feedback will help ensure all shortlisted submissions enhance, and reflect the aspirations of the local community.

Click here to fill out the survey!

The survey is available until May 22. You can also see the proposals in person this week by dropping by Roselle Desserts at 362 King East. (Get yourself something sweet while you’re there!)

SUPPORT CORKTOWN WITH COFFEE: The Corktown Residents & Business Association is excited to announce a brand new partnership with local business Sparkplug CoffeeFor a limited time, a portion of all coffee purchases made with Sparkplug Coffee will go toward the CRBA to support important neighbourhood initiatives.

For more information and to order, click here.

MEETING MINUTES: The website is now up-to-date with draft meeting minutes for our 2015 public meetings. You can find them on our Meeting Minutes page.

The best part? We’ve got presentation files from some of our great guest speakers:

CORKTOWN IN THE NEWS: All eyes seem to be on Corktown these days!

At BlogTO, they list 10 new stores and restaurants in the neighbourhood. They also highlight our own Odin Cafe + Bar as one of the Top 10 Coffee Shops for a First Date in Toronto.

Meanwhile, Metro has an article highlighting the Green Roof Build taking place at the new Cherry Street YMCA. We’re looking forward to the finished product!

ALBUM RELEASE AT LITTLE TRINITY: On Friday, May 22, Little Trinity Church will host band THE YOUNG NOVELISTS as they launch their second album. The all-ages and accessible event kicks off at 8 p.m. $12 advance; $15 door — details are online.

51 DIVISION OPEN HOUSE:  The 51 Division Community Police Liaison Committee is hosting an Open House and BBQ free to members of the community on Saturday, May 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be hosted at 51 Division police station at 51 Parliament Street (at Front Street East).

The event will feature bicycle registration, the Toronto Police Coppertones band, guided tours of the station every 20 minutes, free hot dogs and pop, mounted Police Services officers with their horses and a presentation of the 51 Division CPLC Community Hero Awards 2015.

DOORS OPEN TORONTO: And don’t forget that this weekend is DOORS OPEN TORONTO, with hundreds of venues across the city opening their doors for free tours.

In the Corktown area, you may want to check out the Pure Spirits Still House, AGATHOM Co. Architects or the Regent Park Aquatics Centre. You can view a complete map of locations here.


  • The next meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association will be held on Tuesday, June 2. We’ll have more details posted soon.
  • Our friends in Riverside with the Riverside BIA are hosting an event to celebrate the lighting of the Queen Street Bridge! It’s been a long-time coming. The ceremony and associated festivities will take place Friday, June 5 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. 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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