The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is back this March and major events are happening on Ossington. The festival runs March 6th-16th, and one of the main venues is the Lower Ossington Theatre.
This year’s festival will get a lot of attention for The Kids in The Hall reunion at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, but the bulk of the festival is local up-and-coming talented sketch troupes. And that is what you will see on Ossington.
Lower Ossington Theatre hosts two shows nightly, at 8P and 10P, and most shows feature at least two comedy troupes. With award-winning, local comedy acts like National Theatre of the World and She Said What, and ticket prices at $15 per show or 4 shows for $50, you are guaranteed some good laughs for the money. Other Sketchfest venues include Comedy Bar, the Randolph Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Theare
After working at growing their business making healthy lunches of salads, smoothies and soups for delivery, Lisa Labute and Cat Parker of The Goods have opened up a retail shop on Dundas. The location is 1255 Dundas West, just east of Dovercourt in the former home of Lost and Found (before they moved down to Ossington). Friday was their first day of operations and the community has been enormously receptive.
The were operating their small business out of the kitchen of Brockton General, a little further along Dundas, until they decided it was time to get their own dedicated location so they can continue to grow. You can now walk over to Dundas and pick up a smoothie, salad or soup, as we did on Saturday, and either eat it there, at one of only a few stools in the place, or take it home. They are open from 8 am – for that morning smoothie or chai-guy pickup to get you going – to 6pm, where you can grab a rocket wrap or green gold salad for dinner. They are continuing their delivery service, so if you want a healthy lunch, they will have it on your desk if you get your order in on time.
I’m sure they will continue to expand their menu and offerings and have lots of specials so follow along their Facebook page here, or check out their site here.
The kitchen where the good Goods are made.
Some delicious smoothies:
UPDATE: The Goods will open for business, Friday, February 7th.
Dundas West is soon to welcome a health food take-out restaurant and lunch delivery service. The Goods is opening soon at 1255 Dundas Street West between Ossington and Dovercourt, recently vacated by Lost and Found, which moved to 44 Ossington. They are already doing delivery service around the city including salads and bowls for $12 as well as smoothies and insteada, a raw chocolate superfood drink. Check their menu out here.
The food is supposed to be not only healthy, but delicious: we have friends who post their lunch on Facebook daily and rave about The Goods. Can’t wait to try it!
Up until recently the Ossington neighbourhood wasn’t known for it’s sports bars. There was Opera Bobs, but not much else. Things have changed and we now have a lot of options for sports.
Here’s a few of the choices for places to watch the big game Sunday. The kick-off is at 6:30.
Opera Bob’s is hosting their 5th annual party. Their Facebook page promises “Good eats, cold beer, and all the props you can handle!”
The Dock Ellis is doing their super gourmet versions of pub food with hoagies, wings and nachos. It promises to be busy and they aren’t taking reservations, so get there early.
Rock Lobster is turning the sound on on their TVs and doing what they do best – Lobster and Beer. They will be doing full lobsters for $25 and tall-boys for $5.
The Ossington is putting the show on the big screen and doing drink specials as well as a Superbowl chili and other snacks.
The Saint Tavern has some nice screens behind the bar and will be showing the game (and turning up the volume if there is interest in the room). On Sundays you can find buck-a-shuck oysters, $29 3-course roast dinner and, of course, they are participating in poutine week as we wrote earlier.
Reposado Bar has a big screen in El Norte, their side room to the north, and they’ll be showing the game also. Stop by and have some Sols, Coronas, and taste some tequila while enjoying the game.