Corktown eNews: The Pan Am Games are HERE, Dominion on Queen’s future & a Corktown neighbourhood chat

PAN AM READY: The Athletes’ Village for the 2015 Pan Am / ParaPan Am Games is ready for action. The opening ceremonies to the Games will take place on Friday, July 10. Photo by Dan Philips.

PAN AM TIME: If it’s somehow escaped your notice, be advised: the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games will start this week, with the opening ceremonies held at Rogers Centre on Friday, July 10. A new block of tickets for some of the most popular events just went on sale today, so grab ’em while the grabbing’s good.

In addition to the athletic events, PANAMANIA will also be taking place across the city with arts and cultural goings-on. For a good list of events, check out BlogTO’s round-up.

CHAT WITH US: Members of the Corktown Residents & Business Association board will host an online discussion about our Corktown neighbourhood this week. They will touch on the history of the neighbourhood and how residents and business associations can impact urban development.

To join, download the Plaza app – free from the AppStore for iOS devices. The chat will take place on Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. EDT.

DOMINION ON QUEEN ABDICATES: BlogTO has some more details on the future plans for the Dominion on Queen. As we reported earlier this year, the building has been sold. The new owners are the Pegasus Group, who have leased the pub space to FAB Concepts, who operate the Mill Street Brew Pub, the Brazen Head, Murphy’s Law and other establishments. They plan to open in the fall — we’re looking forward to having a pint.

FLAME SHACK HEATS UP: Corktown burger join Flame Shack (506 Queen East) got a great write-up in the Toronto Star last week, on the heels of our story by Dennis Kucherawy. Starting tomorrow, July 7, owner Saber Chowdhury is set to offer an expanded menu — be sure to pay him a visit.

90 SUMACH: Local filmmaker Jeremy Benning and his director partner Francis Luta have produced an amazing documentary about the history of 90 Sumach, the original CBC design building that was converted into condo lofts. It’s well worth a look.

BALA UNDERPASS ART: Street Art Toronto is looking for public input into a new mural planned for the Bala Underpass — the tunnel entrance to Corktown Common off the Lower Don Trail. Four designs are being considered. Fill out the survey here — you have until July 12 to submit feedback.

RIVER CITY DOG PARK: Urban Toronto has some details on a new dog park being constructed by developer Urban Capital for River City residents. Lucky dogs.

In other dog news, you can access the new leash-free area (part of Corktown Common) this summer from Bayview.

ORPHAN BLACK: Corktown locales make frequent appearances in the BBC America series Orphan Black. Over at Torontoist, they’ve got a rundown of the locations used for Season 3. See if you can find your house!

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POP UP SHOP: Studio Visuals at 503 Queen East is launching a Corktown Collection of Creatives Pop-Up Shop. It debuts with an Opening Reception this Friday, July 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. After that, you can visit every weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the Pan Am & Para Pan Am Games.

CONCERT SERIES: The Little Trinity Church Summer Concert series starts this Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m with a performance by The Young Novelists. Swing by Little Trinity Park to enjoy the outdoor tunes — bring a blanket or lawnchair. All are welcome and the event is free.

The concert series will continue on Thursdays throughout the summer. Check out the flyer for the line-ups.

PICNIC AT TRINITY: The fun doesn’t stop at Little Trinity Church. On Friday, July 10, join day camp attendees for a picnic in the park at 5 p.m. The event will also include big screen viewing of the Pan Am opening ceremonies in the church’s sanctuary. Details are online.

PHOTO SERIES: Starting this Monday, July 6 and running through to August 15, Preservation House (461 King East) will host a photo exhibit spotlighting Corozal & Howard Jason’s Borinquen, with images dedicated to the missionary who championed sport activity in Puerto Rico. Details are online.

RIVERSIDE WALKS: Our friends across the river are hosting RIVERSIDE WALKS on Saturday, July 11, with a historical walk, a sidewalk sale and more. Details are online.


  • The minds behind People’s Queen Street are planning a Pop-Up Park at Queen & River for Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can check out the Facebook event here. We’ll have more details soon.

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