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Schmaltz Appetizing Now Open at Dundas and Ossington

Schmaltz Appetizing LogoSchmaltz Appetizing Now Open

Dundas and Ossington is now a destination for smoked fish sandwiches since yesterday’s opening of Schmaltz Appetizing. Schmaltz opened at 224 Ossington Avenue and filled a neighborhood void with their delicious bagel sandwiches and friendly service.

About Schmaltz Appetizing

Schmaltz Appetizing now opens daily from 8a-7p. We went in this morning just after 8 and the staff were already serving customers. The space is bright and comfortable, and the décor mixes poppy deli style signage with references to the old pharmacies that long occupied 224 Ossington.

The Food

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New Ossington Restaurant Updates

This month brings a lot of restaurant activity to the Ossington Village neighborhood. We have some new Ossington restaurant updates, including just opened and soon to open places to eat.

Bar Sybanne

Bar Sybanne, the new Mediterranean tapas restaurant from Chef Howard Dubrovsky has replaced LAS at 229 Ossington. They opened quietly last week, and this week they are open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, kicking off with a Tuesday night 1/2 price weekly wine deal beginning tonight.  The menu looks delicious and the space looks lovely. We’ll let you know once we’ve had a chance to sample the food ourselves!


Schmaltz Appetizing

As first reported by Now Toronto, Anthony Rose is expanding his food empire to Dundas and Ossington. Continue reading New Ossington Restaurant Updates

Regular Series: Chronologic at The Garrison

The monthly dance party Chronologic just celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary this past Saturday at The Garrison.

What is Chronologic?

The Chronologic dance party is a monthly series, always held on a Saturday night. At the party, DJs Goin’ Steady play the top dance hits one decade at a time. By the end of the night, the songs are the most current hits and the dance floor is hot and busy. Chronologic starts at 10PM at The Garrison and goes until last call. Sometimes that’s the standard Toronto closing time of 2am, but other times, when there’s a festival going on in the city, the place opens for extended hours until 4am.

What to Expect

We went on Saturday night for the 10th anniversary party and it was fun! As we arrived, they were playing the last few songs from the 60s so we got to hear every decade from then on! We danced to Michael Jackson, Eurythmics, Spice Girls to name a few oldies but goodies and the dance floor was full and moving.

The crowd was really fun and upbeat, with no attitude. Everyone was having a good time, batting balloons and dancing  – and singing along – to the historic dance classics.

Where and When

Chronologic happens monthly on Saturdays. The next one is September 16th and keep an eye on their Facebook page (linked above) and our calendar for future dates. Always at The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West. Admission is $5 before 11:30PM and $10 after. Obviously you must be of legal drinking age to enter. They were checking IDs at the door.

Here are some photos we took from the 10th Anniversary party of Chronologic. If you missed out this time, you shouldn’t worry. With 10 years under their belt, this party isn’t stopping.

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Ossington Village Restaurant News: August 2017

We’ve got your Ossington Village restaurant news for August 2017 – what’s going on in the local restaurant and cafés these days!

Visit the new 86ed86ed logo

Dundas West restaurant Moto Bar recently rebranded to 86ed.  Located at 1321 Dundas West, stop in nightly from Tuesday-Sunday for their ever changing menu. When something runs out, it’s replaced by the next fresh dish concocted by Chef Wesley Hains. Expect the menu to always include a pasta, charcuterie plate, meat, veg and more, and plan on a delicious cocktail and wine list to accompany it.


La Banane One of the Best New Canadian Restaurants

En Route magazine announced their long list for best new restaurants in Canada, and Ossington’s own La Banane is on the list.


Bar Sybanne Set to Open SoonBar Sybanne

Ossington is getting a Mediterranean/Moroccan restaurant in the next few weeks. Bar Sybanne is thisclose to opening in the space formerly occupied by LAS at 229 Ossington just south of Dundas.

 


The Dundas General Applying For a Liquor LicenseThe Dundas General

The Dundas General, a store and coffee shop at 1243 Dundas West which opened this spring, wants to start serving you alcohol and has a liquor license application pending.


Ideal Coffee Has an Upgraded PatioI Deal Patio Ossington

Stop in for a coffee at Ossington and Foxley’s I deal Coffee and enjoy it on their enhanced side patio. While Ideal’s patio has been a mainstay for years, they just upgraded it and it looks nice!


Have any other Ossington Village news? Share in the comments please!

Ossington Tire Is Closing on August 4th

Ossington TireOssington Tire announced yesterday that they are closing the business as of August 4th.

Ossington Tire Is Closing

Ossington Tire’s Facebook announcement

 

About Ossington Tire

Ossington Tire covers a big chunk of real estate at 146 Ossington, on the west side between Foxley and Argyle. The garage is between YogaSpace to the north and Reposado to the south. The family-run business has been in operation since 1946, and it’s presence harkens back to the industrial history of Ossington Avenue.  It had no shortage of customers from what we could tell, and was especially busy in late fall when cars would line up around the block to change to winter tires each year at Ossington Tire.

Ossington Tire Is Closing

Now the owner is retiring and so, Ossington Tire is closing. The announcement comes with a week and a half to go – your last chance to get your tires replaced on Ossington is next Friday, August 4, 2017. We wish the owner and his employees the best of luck!

So, what’s next for 146 Ossington? It’s a big lot with a lot of potential in a prime neighborhood. Your guess is probably similar to mine. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more, and please do the same! Share in our comments or through social.

2017 Ossfest Photos

Yesterday’s second annual Ossfest cycling race and street festival is over and we have lots of Ossfest photos.

The weather wasn’t perfect, but the grey sky and sometimes rain didn’t keep people away from Ossington.

Bike races started the day, and music, food, art, shopping, wrestling and more completed it.

What were your favorite happenings at Ossfest? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook. 

Here are our Ossfest photos.

Ossington Crit

The crit offered exciting races for different levels, including two kids age groups. There were some crashes, especially when the road got wet, and drew cycle racing fans from across the province.

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Entertainment

The music stage at Ossington and Dundas drew crowds to a diverse line-up of acts, and the Superkicked pro wrestling show was a popular diversion for all ages! Kids had some fun too, painting pictures at Telegramme Prints, playing the scavenger hunt, and building lego with Habitat for Humanity.  Continue reading 2017 Ossfest Photos

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.