eNewsletter: Return of the King Streetcar, Underpass Park public art & Corktown shines bright in the spotlight

DING DING: Spotted once again on King East last week, after a long absence: the 504 streetcar. Photo courtesy Steve Munro.

Your Corktown e-newsletter for the week of June 8, 2015

STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: Against all odds and after a long absence, streetcars returned to King Street East last week. With the support pillars below now repaired and stable, the King Street ramp to the Queen Street bridge has re-opened. You can read about the reason for the closure at transit expert Steve Munro’s blog.


UNDERPASS PARK GETS ART: Based on your feedback and their own evaluations, a jury has selected the winning design for the new pillar mural planned for Underpass Park. You can check out the design by artists Labrona + Lovegates at corktown.ca. The project will kick off soon, with the painting to coincide with our Corktown Day Party / Live Art Festival in Underpass Park on June 20.

DOMINION ON QUEEN SOLD: Sean Duranovich confirmed on Facebook this morning that Corktown mainstay the DOMINION ON QUEEN (500 Queen East) has been sold. We want to thank Sean for all his work over the years, with a special shout-out for accommodating CRBA meetings in the back room on a regular basis.

We’re already hearing rumblings about what’s next for the iconic space. We’ll bring you all the details once things are confirmed.

GUSTO 501 SETS SIGHTS ON CORKTOWN: We were excited to learn last week that restauranteur Janet Zuccarini has big plans for Corktown. Gusto 501, a companion restaurant to Gusto 101 near King West, will break ground soon at 501 King East (next to Body Blitz). Her Gusto 54 group also has plans to locate a restaurant called Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen in the Corktown area.

CORKTOWN A STAR: The Toronto Star’s Laura Pelley took a visit to Corktown recently and provided profiles of a bunch of great local businesses. It’s worth a look — remember to shop local.

Corktown also got some coverage from the Globe & Mail last week, though “bracing for chaos” might be overstating things a bit!

 In less-than-great news, we also received confirmation last week that the new Bike Share stations — that were supposed to be installed in Corktown before the Pan Am Games — now won’t be arriving until later. Rest assured — we’ll keep pushing to bring Bike Share to Corktown!

CORKTOWN MUSIC: If you dig live music, band THE DIRTY DISHES will perform this Wednesday, June 10 in Trinity Square in the Distillery District. It’s part of the Music City Summer Series. They’ll play between 6 and 8 p.m. It’s free, and the details are online.

Later in the week, head to White Elephant (366 Queen East) for D’Arcy Good on Friday, June 12 between 7 and 10 p.m. Check the White Elephant event calendar for details.

REGENT PARK: BAZAAR: The Regent Park International Bazaar is set to run this Friday, June 12 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. They’ll have one-of-a-kind cultural fashion items, henna and spa stations, art activities, sewing workshops and food from more than 15 different countries. Details are online.


  • The CORKTOWN DAY PARTY / LIVE ART FESTIVAL is set for Underpass Park on Saturday, June 20 — all day long. You won’t want to miss it. Stay tuned for more details!
  • The Extension Room (30 Eastern) has their Summer Open House on Sunday, June 21, with $5 classes all day, prizes, smoothies and more. The details are online.

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