News & Events: CRBA meets Tuesday, new Sumach St public art, Queen Street Bridge lights up, Pan Am info & more!


LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT: “Sumach Silhouette”, a new public art installation, has been installed at the corner of Eastern & Sumach. It looks particularly cool at night. Photo by Ole Calderone.

Corktown E-newsletter for the week of June 1, 2015

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CRBA MEETING: You’re invited to come out this Tuesday, June 2 for the June public meeting of the Corktown Residents & Business Association. It takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Little Trinity Church annex (403 King East – the freshly-renovated historic storefront just east of Parliament) on the second floor.

We’ve got a full agenda this month, with presentations from beer expert Jordan St. John, who tell us about the historic breweries of Corktown, Morgan Baskin, lifelong Corktown resident and 2014 mayoral candidate, and community updates on things like the 2015 Pan Am Games, the 504 King streetcar, the Good Shepherd Centre and much much more!

We hope to see you there!

CORKTOWN COMMON CLOSURE: Corktown Common officially closed yesterday. It will remain closed through the Pan Am Games and ParaPan Am Games before re-opening in September.

There has been a lot of media attention on this, but here are the real facts:

  • The closure was not a surprise. This was always the plan for the Pan Am Games, going back several years.
  • Toronto 2015 organizers have promised us they will make the re-opening of the park a high priority. The CRBA will hold them to that.
  • The Pan Am Games meant accelerated development of the West Don Lands — which includes Corktown Common. What was originally a ten year development plan became a five year plan. Without the Pan Am Games, Corktown Common would not exist today.

Over at, we’ve got a list of five other local parks you can visit this summer. They may not be quite as spectacular as Corktown Common, but, they’re pretty fantastic. And, hey, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

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MORE PAN AM LOGISTICS: The security fence for the Pan Am Games will be completed over the next couple of weeks. It needs to be in place by June 15. With the construction of the fence comes the closure of Cherry Street between Eastern and Lakeshore, Front Street between Trinity and Cherry and Old Eastern Avenue. Be advised!

SUMACH SILHOUETTE: As part of the lead-up to the Games, new permanent public art has been installed at the corner of Sumach & Eastern. It’s known as Sumach Silhouette – you can read more about the art and the artists behind it at this link.

DANIELS SPECTRUM WINS AWARD: Exclusive to this week, our own local correspondent Dennis Kucherawy has all the details on a prestigious award given to Regent Park’s Daniels Spectrum in Los Angeles.

If you haven’t checked out Daniels Spectrum and its great line-up of artistic and cultural events, what are you waiting for?

CORKTOWN GETS FASHIONABLE: Toronto Life last week had a profile of THE DIRTY INC., the new bespoke suit shop located at 369 King East. If you’re looking for a custom suit melded with black pearl, you’ll definitely want to shop local!

EAST SIDE RUN CREW: A group of pavement-pounding Corktowners and east-end residents are starting an EAST SIDE RUN CREW. The current plan is to do Sunday morning long runs – fast or slow, rain or shine – with Odin Hus (514 King East) as their meeting spot. You can learn more and sign up at the Facebook page.

QUEEN STREET BRIDGE LIGHTS UP: Our friends in Riverside are hosting some festivities to celebrate the lighting of the Queen Street bridge this Friday, June 5. Things get started at McCleary Park at 6:30pm, where there will be a Samba Parade west on Queen to the Bridge for the Lighting Ceremony at Dusk. You can learn more here.

This weekend also marks EATS & BEATS IN RIVERSIDE, with a jam-packed line-up of events. You won’t want to miss it!

CAHOOTS & BOARD GAMES: Cahoots Theatre Company, a Corktown staple, presents CAHOOTSALICIOUS: BOARD GAME EDITION, this Saturday, June 6 from 5 to 11 p.m. It’s an evening of dinner and classic board games, all to support Cahoots as they continue to make great, thought-provoking work. Ticket details are online.

EVENING EVENTS: Speaking of board games, Odin Cafe + Bar (514 King East) will host their second BOARD GAME NIGHT this Tuesday, June 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. No experience necessary – host Paul T. will gladly teach you how to play the games in their rotating library. (You’re also welcome to bring your own games!)

Meanwhile, White Elephant Restaurant & Bar (366 Queen East) has a packed calendar of live music this month, kicking off with Ryan Carr this Friday, June 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Linda Carone on Saturday, June 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. Keep your eyes on their event calendar.


  • As announced at our public meeting last month, there will be a CORKTOWN DAY PARTY / LIVE ART FESTIVAL held in Underpass Park on June 20 — all day long. You won’t want to miss it. Some details are online, but we’ll have more information posted in the weeks ahead.

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