We found out this week that two of Ossington’s top art galleries are going to be closing this Fall.
The first, Angell Gallery, moved to Ossington from Queen West in 2010, and now Jamie Angell plans to move his eponymous gallery further west, as seems to be the trend in Toronto. His new location as of September 2015 will be 1444 Dupont Street, in the Junction. The first exhibition will launch on September 11.
It was only recently that the neighbourhood was known as an Art Gallery row, with art crawls and spaces like XSpace, C1 Art Space, Oz Studios and MKG127, all of which have either closed up shop or moved to other locations. Many of those spaces have been taken over by retail or restaurant locations – mostly due to the higher rents being demanded by the local landlords. Such is gentrification – the artists start it, and then move on to the next stop. Looks like that’s the Junction.
Summer festival season is upon us, including Pride. We all know the HQ for Toronto Pride is the Church and Wellesley Village, but there are events spread across the city. We’ve even got some in our area, happening this weekend and the next.
This weekend, Unleashed in the City hosts a fun event for dog owners and dog fans. Called “Puppy Pride Parade,” it’s a dog walk/parade from Unleashed’s shop on Ossington to the Dog Bowl at Trinity Bellwoods Park, where there will be a doggie picnic and fun times for all. The event is open to all and starts at 1PM on Saturday, June 20.
The Garrison continues it’s tradition of hosting fun and outrageous Pride parties this year. On Friday, June 26 from 10:30PM until last call at 4am, Electric Circus takes over The Garrison. You can expect a dance party with all the classic jams and dance floor anthems, courtesy of DJs Vanessa and Pamm.
The festivities continue on Saturday night with the return of HOTNUTS. Saturday, June 27 at 10:30PM.
HOTNUTS is sure to be a good time. This live band creates a huge party experience, and this year they’re bringing Avan Lava from NYC to tear up the stage.
Toronto Pride officially starts tomorrow – Happy Pride!
Local events are updated in our calendar. If you know of any other local Pride events – post in the comments or tweet us!
A couple local spots will be staying open late this June when they host some Toronto Jazz Fest performers. Both Reposado Bar and The Painted Lady are participating in the annual Jazz Festival, which means great music AND service til 4am.
Local schedules are updated in our calendar, and all the events look good, but here are some of note:
The Painted Lady: As a participant in both NXNE and Toronto Jazz Fest, The Painted Lady will be open late throughout both festivals
Divas Jazz It Up: A Night of memorable performances of classic jazz standards performed by amazing ladies, all backed up by Great Bob Scott, Tuesday, June 23 at 10PM ($10)
The Boxcar Boys, Toronto group performing New Orleans style jazz, Wednesday, June 24 at 8PM ($5)
Roaring Girls Records presents Miranda Mulholland, classically trained violinist and member of Canadian groups Great Lake Swimmers and Belle Star, Friday, June 26 at 7PM ($7)
The Reposadists and Guests: Reposado’s very good house band will be playing a few times during the festival, and a couple of those will feature special guest stars
Terra Hazelton & Her Easy Answers: Singer/actress/radio host Terra Hazelton is sure to put on an entertaining show of jazz standards with her band, Saturday, June 20 at 10PM ($8)
Late Night Jazz Jam: For the night owl’s, Reposado is hosting 3 late night jazz jams. Sunday, June 21; Saturday, June 27 and Sunday June 28 at 1:30PM
June 17-21st is NXNE, and while they’ve over-complicated it this year, it’s not all bad *we hope.
One improvement over last year is they got rid of the stupid non-compete which didn’t allow any performers to play Toronto for weeks outside of their official NXNE shows. Thankfully, bands will play at daytime shows and we’ll have plenty at places like The Garrison and The Great Heart Fest in Trinity Bellwoods. Aside from The Garrison, there will be shows nightly at The Painted Lady on Ossington.
Unfortunately, we are still seeing a drop-off in the number of local venues participating in the festival. The Dakota Tavern and The Great Hall are notable misses.
We’re updating our calendar so be sure to check it out daily for all the best shows and more in the neighbourhood.
This year the rain didn’t stop the Portuguese Day Parade from coming along Dundas and celebrating our local Portuguese culture. As always there were plenty of colourful costumes, floats by many Portuguese-run companies, community groups and music by bands and DJs.
We’ve posted most of our pictures here on Facebook, but here’s a few as a sample of the participants and onlookers who tolerated the June rain to celebrate.
Amaya Express closed for “renovations” earlier this spring, and didn’t open again. Instead, just this week a new – and noticeably better looking – Indian restaurant has opened in the space at 108 Ossington. Called Indian Grill, the interior is much improved – you may want to stay and dine rather than do take-out as was common with Amaya.
The menu has a lot of options: a variety of curries, tandooris and other traditional Indian dishes, all at reasonable prices – the entrees maxed at about $13. While Amaya Express didn’t succeed, maybe Indian Grill will. We learned today that it is a family-run business, where the wife is the chef and the husband manages the front-of-house, where he already has experience at other Indian restaurants.
They’ve been open for 5 days, and expect to have their liquor license next week. We’ll let you know when we get to try the food.
On June 22nd Boehmer Restaurant is playing host to a dinner to support rebuilding the villages of Nepal. As that country was recently hit with devastating earthquakes, a group of some of the best chefs in Ontario have come together for a night of fundraising and dining. Organized by Paul Boehmer and Michael Statlander (of Eigensinn Farm), the group of chefs they’ve assembled is truly all-star. It includes such culinary luminaries as Keith Froggett, Jamie Kennedy, Claudio Aprile, Mark McEwan, Anthony Rose and more.
The 12 course menu features a different dish by each of the 12 chefs. The price is $250 and covers all the food and drink for the evening and 100% of the proceeds will be going to Nepal Village rebuilding.
It’s sure to be a delicious meal, with the added benefit of helping a country rocked by natural disaster back on its feet.
A gorgeous sunny day, patios and entertainment for blocks and blocks: what more could we have asked for yesterday with the 3rd annual Dundas West Fest? The turn-out was very large, with people from all over the city enjoying everything the local (and not-so-local) businesses were offering.
We have photos of the crowds, the bars, the entertainers, and more, but we’d love to see your photos too! Share with us on Twitter and Facebook.
This Saturday marks the 3rd year for the Dundas West Fest. The first two years were a big success, both for the residents and businesses in the neighbourhood, and year three looks to be at least as good!
The festival closes down Dundas from Ossington all the way west to Landsdowne, and many community groups, shops, restaurants and more will be represented. What makes the Dundas West Fest so successful is the inclusion of all the local groups and businesses for food and entertainment.
With kids’ zones, lots of music, shopping, art, and plenty of food and drink, the Dundas West Fest offers lots of opportunities for everyone to enjoy.
Some of the highlights of this year’s fest include:
Kim Cattrall and company are back on their favorite Toronto street today, filming scenes for the upcoming season 2 of Sensitive Skin. The HBO Canada series is about an older couple who moves out of their house to a hip, downtown condo, and, naturally, their condo is in a fictional amalgamation of College Street, Dundas and Ossington and Queen West.