Finally, a Toronto team makes the championships of something! And where are you going to watch the MLS cup, featuring our very own Toronto FC, this Saturday? Well, if you’re not going to the game at BMO Field (tickets sold out super fast), there are quite a few Ossington Village bars who would love to have your company.
MLS Cup Game Details
Toronto FC plays their first ever championship game against the Seattle Sounders this Saturday at 8PM in Toronto.
Where to Watch
Wherever you do go to watch the game, make sure you arrive early for a seat. This is the first time Toronto – any Canadian team – has made it to the MLS Finals, so the whole city should want to watch this game.
Barber & Co has been renovating the space at 89 Ossington for the last month and is now open and ready to groom! The renovations are not 100% complete, but they are taking appointments and serving men’s hair needs, with high quality cocktails to go along.
About Barber & Co
Barber & Co is a Canadian business, like many on Ossington, originally from Vancouver. You’ll learn that the concept is bigger than a barber shop.
For one, each Barber & Co location (there are 6: 5 in Vancouver, plus this new one) offers enough amenities to make men want to spend time there aside from just getting a hair cut and/or shave. For example, drinks and/or games, so men will go with a friend and stay and hang out after their service.
On top of that, they make a lot of their own products, after careful testing, which they use in-house and sell from the shop. These products cover men’s heads, beards and moustaches.
In one of the Vancouver locations, they offer workshops and more comprehensive barbering training
Barber & Co Ossington
Barber Ossington is located on the east side of Ossington, south of Crywolf and north of the alleyway next to House of Horvath, The Ossington location is inspired by the art studio it replaced, so the decor includes paint spatters to mimic that vibe. At this time, you can already book appointments and buy product. The team also plans to implement a high-end cocktail bar, bringing in mixologists from around the city to make some killer drinks for pre- or post- haircut.
Ossington is bringing more and more men to the strip, with new additions of clothing stores like Reigning Champ and Peace Collective, and a men’s grooming salon – with drinks – seems to be a suitable complement. The owners are back and forth between here and Vancouver to get the place up and running and happy to welcome clients.
Below are a few of our photos of the space, but feel free to check it out for yourself!
216 Ossington has a new main floor tenant – a clothing and shoe store for men and women called Play.
The space was formerly home to hair salon Hero Heroine, which has recently moved upstairs at the same address. Play fills the space with some new brands including a variety of European designers of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and bags.
Local Ossington businesses are sponsoring fundraising efforts for good causes. Check them out and see what you can do to help!
OMAW, Action Against Hunger, November 29
Dine out at local restaurant Omaw this coming Tuesday night for a good cause! Omaw, at 88 Ossington, is donating all proceeds from the dinner service to Action Against Hunger. Dinner service starts at 6PM. Like you need another excuse to eat at a good restaurant.
Academy of Lions, #CALS4PALS Row-a-thon, December 3
Today is Black Friday and we recommend you shop local. There are so many great retailers in our neighborhood, and many of them are offering special deals today, in store, online or both. Get your holiday shopping done early, or buy something for yourself. We don’t judge, as long as you shop local!
Anice Jewellery, 102 Ossington Ave
The more you buy today, the more you get back. This local jewellery store is offering you gift cards when you spend $50 or more: with a $50 spend, receive a $25 gift card, with $75 you’ll get $35, and for a $100 purchase, you’ll get back a $45 gift card. You can buy jewellery for multiple people with that deal!
The prime retail space on the ground floor of Abacus Lofts at 1239 Dundas West is going to be a general store/cafe called Dundas General Store. A general store and gourmet food market is much more welcome than a previous tenant: the short-lived dispensary Twisted Smoke, one of several dispensaries in the area.
The sign on the door at 1239 Dundas West, and a website, both which aim for an opening in March 2017.
Expect huge crowds on lower Ossington this Wednesday night/Thursday morning because music superstar The Weeknd is coming.
Special Pop-Up on Ossington
The Weeknd is having pop-up shops around the world this weekend to launch his new album. Toronto, his hometown, is getting a special pop-up and it’s on Ossington. Rally Ossington is hosting the entire event for the city. According to Universal Music Canada’s website, The Weeknd is coming on Thursday, November 24th to give away and sign merchandise. That’s right, not only will he be on Ossington, he’s giving away free stuff and autographing it. See what I mean about crowds?
If you want free stuff from The Weeknd
If you want free stuff, be in line in time to get a wristband on Thursday morning at 9am at Rally Ossington, which is located at 12 Ossington Avenue. The signing and giveaway will then take place the same day, November 24th, at 5PM at Rally.
Rally is an art gallery/event space at the bottom of Ossington Avenue, just north of Queen. Often host to pop-up shops, Rally had a big one with Kanye this past summer for his Pablo release. Line-ups were crazy then, as we posted on instagram, but Kanye wasn’t even there!
We’ll be sure to post some photos when The Weeknd comes to Ossington. Get ready!
Shopping The Pop-Up
Don’t worry if you can’t make it on Thursday. You won’t be able to meet The Weeknd, but stop by Rally on Friday or Saturday from 10a-7pm and Sunday from 10a-3pm. Merchandise related to the new Starboy album will be on sale while supplies last.
Looking for a local place to have lunch during the week? With all the restaurants around Dundas and Ossington, you now have a lot of choices for daytime dining in Ossington Village.
Below is a summary of where you can get a great weekday lunch in Ossington Village.
After nearly 4 years in business, Bazara has become a regular stop on Ossington for dinner – and lunch. Everything on the dinner menu is available at lunchtime, plus they offer a prix fixe menu. For $15, Bazara provides a mix and match three course lunch. The first course can be soup or salad, second is a choice of sushi rolls or appetizers, and finally, it ends with the entree. This is a filling lunch option, for sure!
Ossington Village businesses are always charitable, and as the holidays approach, there are already a few fundraisers scheduled in the neighbourhood. We’ll keep posting in our calendar, but here’s a few that are coming soon.
THE DAKOTA TAVERN CONCERTS FOR ALZHEIMER’S IPOD PROJECT
When: Multiple events starting Monday November 21st