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Ossfest 2017 on July 22: More Details

Ossfest #2 is this Saturday, July 22nd. We’ve got a little more information on the schedule of events and what to expect at Ossfest 2017, brought to you by the Ossington BIA!

Ossington Crit

The Ossington CriteriumOssfest 2017 Oss Crit Map is a series of bicycle races on the lower part of Ossington beginning in the morning of July 22nd.

The loop is consistent with last year’s race, running on Ossington north of Argyle and turning east on Halton, south onto Givins and back to Ossington via Rebecca. The start and finish line is on Ossington just north of Argyle Street.

The kids race is a 400K run straight up Ossington from Rebecca.

Schedule is as follows:

  • 6am Registration opens
  • 7:30am Senior 4, Master 3/4 and Cadet Men
  • 8:35am Senior 3, Master 2 and Junior Men
  • 10:45am Free Kids Ride!
  • 11:35am Elite, Masters and Junior Women
  • 12:30pm Senior 1/2 and Master Men
  • 2:30pm Awards

Expect the streets that are part of the race to be blocked off – with no street parking – as of late night Friday. If you live on those streets, you’ll receive a notice in your mailbox, but if you don’t – here’s your notice!

Those looking to register in advance can do so here. Registration will be available on site minimum 30 minutes before each race.

 

 


Ossfest Live Music StageOssfest Music 2017

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Ossington Business Profile #23: Les Enfants Terribles

Today we profile Les Enfants Terribles, an art space at 130 Foxley Place, the alleyway behind Ossington. The student gallery doesn’t have a website, but fittingly, an instagram and a Facebook page.  The students that showcase at this space, which will reopen in September, are as young as high school age. Maybe younger! So when they are back in September, go check out the next generation of Toronto art talent!

Les Enfants Terribles entrance

Les Enfants Terribles Entrance on Foxley Place

We spoke with Jaiden at Les Enfants Terribles for this Ossington business profile.

What’s your business?

It’s not really a business, it’s a free space.  Les Enfants Terribles is a space for Visual Art, Photography and Film students from Etobicoke School of the Arts to show their work in a small gallery like atmosphere.  The students learn how to curate and prepare for their show, host an opening and are available to art fans on weekends following that opening to discuss their work.  

How is your business unique?

There is no commerce, it’s really about being able to get student work out there in the real world and prepare them for what’s ahead.  

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Ossington Now Has a Pop-Up For Naps

Casper Cottage logoThere is an Ossington nap pop-up. That’s right, Casper sleepware company just opened a retail store/marketing opportunity where you can take a nap in a bed on Ossington.

The Casper Cottage

Casper mattresses just opened “The Casper Cottage” this weekend at 45 Ossington. The pop-up occupies the space formerly home to Unleashed in the City before it moved to 211 Ossington in January. The marketing team for the mattress brand has transformed the space into what looks like a home decór store in the front, and a row of beds in the back. I walked by this morning but it wasn’t open yet – probably because people don’t need naps right after waking up!

How it works

According to the Casper press release, 45 Ossington is The Casper Cottage, your Toronto summer home. All you need to do to visit the Ossington nap pop-up is either book a bed in advance (maybe via email?) or just swing by on the chance one will be available. Then you can lie down on a Casper bed outifitted with Casper pillows and sheets and sleep in the store. The store/bed rental spot is open until August 20th. Hours are Tuesday – Wednesday 12-8p; Thursday – Friday 12-9p; and Saturday – Sunday 12-8p. If you get tired on a Monday, you’ll have to go home for a nap, or pull a Costanza and sleep under your desk at work. Continue reading Ossington Now Has a Pop-Up For Naps

Ossfest Returns To Ossington on July 22

Ossfest logo

Ossington will once again be shut down for a street festival on Saturday, July 22nd. The event, a huge success last year, will begin with bicycle races, feature patios throughout the day, and a music festival in the afternoon and night.

The Ossington Crit

The bicycle races that comprise the Ossington Criterium will kick off the day. Professional and amateur cyclists will take over the street in the morning, and, like last year, we’ll be watching the excitement!

The Ossington Music Festival

Bands have been announced for the Dundas West Creemore Stage, located at the north end of the festival strip. The fest features a free stage with live performances by local Toronto bands including Elise LeGrow, Ossington’s own The Reposadists, and Celebration Army. Bands are scheduled from 2-11pm.

The Ossfest Street Festival

All the local restaurants and bars – and you know how good our Ossington restaurants and bars are! – will be offering streetside eating and drinking. Patios out front, on the corner, everywhere! Don’t you remember last year?

In addition, our local shops will host street-side sales of clothing, home decor, and everything else you can find on Ossington.

We will update as more information is available. Save the date – July 22nd.

Vector Festival is Back for it’s 5th Year on Ossington

Vector Festival OssingtonVector Festival returns to Toronto and InterAccess on Ossington this week with it’s 5th edition. The new media festival showcases experiments in digital gaming and interactive and experimental new media. This year is the 5th year, which is a milestone for an art festival! It begins tomorrow, July 13th, and runs through this weekend until Sunday, July 16th. Vector Festival events range from exhibits and lectures to performances, screenings and workshops. Vector takes over several venues, including Artscape Youngplace on Shaw, and the Vector Festival headquarters at InterAccess at 9 Ossington Avenue, so you will have ample opportunities to experience it!

 

Local Vector Festival Highlights

There is a lot going on at Vector Festival in the next few days/this weekend, which is why we’ve highlighted some events in Ossington Village.

Launch Party, July 13 at InterAccess, 7-10pm

July 13 is the first day of Vector Festival, starting with an opening reception at InterAccess. Celebrate the launch of the 5th Vector Festival and see the opening exhibition, Pattern Recognition. The exhibit features virtual reality, video, and interactive installations exploring humans and machines and it is free, so drop in and explore!

Signal/Space: Performance, July 15 at Artscape Youngplace, 8-11pm

This Saturday night you can check out Vector’s merging of music and technology at this showcase at Artscape Youngplace. For $15, you’ll experience three different performances from NYC and Toronto artists. The audio-visual shows feature a variety of technology and should be interesting and entertaining.

Performer’s Panel, July 16 at InterAccess, 2-4pm

Here’s your chance to listen to the performers talk about the convergence of games, performance and computation. This is a free panel discussion at InterAccess on Sunday afternoon, so if you’re in the area, pop by and listen and learn from the artists themselves.

As always, refer to our calendar for these and all local events. Vector’s full schedule is online.

Code 8 Filming on Dundas West

Code 8 Dundas Set

If you’ve been on Dundas West just east of Ossington today, you likely noticed the equipment and trucks set up for the shoot of Code 8.

About Code 8

Code 8 is a science fiction movie which features Arrow stars – and Canadian cousins – Stephen and Robbie Amell. The project originally began as a short film, which has been released and you can already watch. The two stars and director Jeff Chan started an indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to expand it to a feature film.

Code 8 Filming on Dundas West

Code 8 is filming in the garage space of A-1 Auto Service Repair on the south side of Dundas. This venue is not new to film shoots, as it was previously used in the film Dr. Cabbie.

When I went by this evening, I didn’t see either of the two leads, but there is a chance you will.

I did get some photos on the street. I am not sure if the ice cream truck is part of the set, or craft services.

Code 8 will be filming in Toronto through the end of July.

Share with us on social if you get any photos of your own!

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Ossington Village Summerlicious Deals

SUMMERLICIOUS LOGOSummerlicious is returning this July, and three Ossington Village restaurants are participating with prix fixe menus. Below is our overview of Ossington Village Summerlicious opportunities.

What is Summerlicious?

An annual event since SARS in 2003, Summerlicious is a Toronto-wide restaurant promotion. It now has hundreds of restaurants across the city offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for 3 weeks in July. The event launches July 7 and runs through July 23. Menus are 3 courses, usually include vegetarian options, and the prices range from $18, $23 to $28 for lunch and $28, $38 and $48 for dinner.

For popular restaurants, which probably includes those in Ossington Village, reservations are recommended.

Ossington Village Summerlicious: Which Restaurants Are Participating

Three local restaurants are offering Summerlicious menus this July, and all three were listed in Now’s Top 20 Picks for Summerlicious 2017: Hawker Bar, Hungry Amoo, and Ufficio.

Hawker Bar, 164 Ossington

The Asian street food snack bar is offering flavorful food at the low end of the cost spectrum for Summerlicious. The 3 course lunch is only $18 and the dinner is $28 and both include some of their top tasty dishes like Sweet Chili Soy Chicken Wings, Laksa and the Banana fritter for dessert. Summerlicious menu

Hungry Amoo, 74 Ossington

Haven’t tried Hungry Amoo’s menu yet? Well, Summerlicious may be the perfect reason. Hungry Amoo’s vibrant Middle Eastern cuisine will be offered at $28 for 3 courses at dinner. With dishes like Tamarind Beef Brisket and a Sour Cream Donut with banana and nutella, this is a good time to sample! The menu

Ufficio, 1214 Dundas West

Are you a fan of Italian food? Fresh fish? This pescatarian restaurant with Italian roots is serving a $38 tasting of some it’s most delicious plates for Summerlicious dinner, like Swordfish Crudo and Grilled Octopus. See the menu here.

All of these restaurants have ample vegetarian options and 3 or 4 choices for each course. Summerlicious may be your chance to try a new place – or revisit a favorite – this July.

Ossington Business Profile #22: Anice Jewellery

 

#22 in our series of Ossington Business Profiles is Anice Jewellery. This lovely little retail shop opened almost exactly two years ago at 102 Ossington and has been selling custom jewellery and teaching people to make jewellery ever since. In our business profile, we ask questions about their business and their thoughts on Ossington. Today we hear from the owner of Anice, Brittany Hopkins, in our Anice Jewellery Business Profile.

What is your business?

Anice Jewellery is a custom jewellery store with heart. We make everything in house and by hand, all with love and a touch of grandma’s inspiration (we are named after my grandmother). We specialize in one-of-a-kind pieces and turning old treasures into new love. Bring us your old jewellery and we’ll help you turn it into something new.

How is your business unique?

No other jewellery store does repairs or can make custom pieces on the spot like we do. We work with you every step of the way to design and create a unique piece right in front of your eyes!

How long have you been in business here?

We have been at this location since July 2015.

What drew you to be here on Ossington?

Ossington is a place that is alive at all times of day: from amazing food, to fitness, to clothing, to bars and nightlife: Ossington has something for everyone and we felt it was the perfect neighbourhood to grow with. 

What changes have you seen on Ossington since your business has been here?

The sense of community has definitely heightened since we opened: from the opening of so many more shops to the new condo being built across the street from our store: Ossington is becoming such a special and buzzing neighbourhood and we are so happy to be a part of it!

How do you see your business and Ossington five years from now?

We are really focused right now on building our customer relationship program, increasing our workshops and expanding on all kinds of new designs and exciting projects! It has always been our goal to do what we do well and create lasting memories with our clients in the process. The goal for the next 5 years is to do what we do and do it so well. And of course continue to grow because of it!

What is your favorite spot on Ossington, other than your own, and why?

Where to begin?! The oysters at Boehmer are divine, the classes at RIDE Cycle Club and MISFIT Studios keep us sane outside of store hours and nothing says Ossington like an ice cream sandwich from Bang Bang! We love all the shops to be honest. All the business owners we have met have been awesome and we look forward to getting to know the neighbourhood more as it continues to grow.

Stop into 102 Ossington and browse the shop – when the weather’s nice, they often have displays set up on the front patio. Also, check out their schedule for upcoming workshops or schedule your own for a group of friends.

Saucy Pierogi Closing After This Weekend

Dundas West Polish restaurant The Saucy Pierogi is closing after this weekend.  The “pierogarnia” opened less than 2 years ago at 1282 Dundas Street West, which is a large restaurant space for this neighborhood. Before opening the restaurant, The Saucy Pierogi was a pop-up at festivals around Toronto. The restaurant made the announcement on social media yesterday:

Saucy Pierogi Closing

You can still get a sampling of their Polish comfort food through the weekend before they close up for good.

2017 Portugal Day Parade in Photos

Yesterday was a beautiful day for the annual Portugal Day Parade on Dundas West. The turnout was good for such good weather, and the streets were filled with musicians and Portuguese in lively costumes, plus local politicians currying favor. We took lots of photos.

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