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Ossington Food Specials By Day

Ossington Village is full of restaurants and cafés serving delicious food every day of the week. Many of these eateries offer specials and you don’t want to miss some of these deals! We’ve got a roundup of the Ossington food (and drink) specials by day of the week.

Monday

Union Restaurant: 1/2 price bottles of wine

That’s right. Union Restaurant offers all their wine at 1/2 price every Monday night. They have a good wine list, too, so if that doesn’t get you out on a Monday, what will?


Tuesday

Salt Wine Bar: 1/2 price wine

The Portuguese restaurant and wine bar just announced this new weekly deal on social media. Another restaurant with a good wine list offering 1/2 price on all their bottles? Enjoy! Continue reading Ossington Food Specials By Day

Rally Ossington is Closed

Rally Ossington logoRally Ossington, the hybrid gallery/event space at 12 Ossington, is closed. I received an email this morning detailing the news.

A unique place

Rally was created by Hermann & Audrey, a media agency representing fashion brands and artists. Rally Ossington was a unique “experiment” formed in late 2015 by the agency with support from Hullmark Development. According to today’s release from Hermann & Audrey, the experiment was a success! Their goal of nourishing a creative identity and community in Toronto and the Ossington Village neighborhood was achieved through more than 62 events including pop-up sales, mural projects and art exhibitions.

12 Ossington

Now that Rally is closed, there is no word on what will take over the space which has been an art gallery for years. Before Rally, Angell Gallery filled the room. Probably Hullmark already has a tenant in mind. As soon as we know, we’ll post here!

Dundas General Open Now at 1239 Dundas West

There’s a new general store, and a new place for coffee and snacks, in our neighborhood. Dundas General Store just opened today at 1239 Dundas Street West, and it’s half-cafe/half store.

1239 Dundas Street West

The new coffee shop/store is located on the south side of Dundas Street between Grove and Dovercourt. 1239 Dundas West is a new condo building called Abacus Lofts. This streetfront space used to be a dispensary, and is next door to Lust for Lashes, and across the street from the LCBO.

Dundas General Store

Dundas General

Dundas General Store exterior

Now open everyday except Mondays, this new retailer will provide a multitude of services. A café with coffee and espresso beverages – they also sell Toronto based Hale Coffee to go. In the morning, you can complement that coffee with pastries and croissant sandwiches. On weekends, they’ll be serving up cinnamon rolls and sticky dulce de leche rolls, so keep that in mind this Saturday. Continue reading Dundas General Open Now at 1239 Dundas West

CONTACT Photography Festival In Ossington Village

The CONTACT Photography Festival officially launches April 28th and runs through the month of May throughout Toronto. While the theme this year is Canada’s 150, there are a lot of different subjects confronted in the works on display around Toronto. Here’s where you can enjoy the CONTACT Festival in and around Ossington Village.

 

 

Photographers Without Borders presents – Sumatra: Conservation is our Future

CONTACT Festival Ossington

Gita Defoe

Boehmer Restaurant, Reception:

Boehmer Restaurant is a beautiful space for exhibiting art, and for the duration of CONTACT, it will host the photographs of 4 females with the focus on the Sumatran rain forest. Photos of the animals and people living in that rapidly depleting environment are mean to raise awareness of the endangered animals in Sumatra. Stop by Boehmer at 93 Ossington to see the photos.

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Weekend Events in Ossington Village

Events in Ossington Village this weekend include Canadian Music Week, Earth Day, and Record Store Day, signaling that spring is finally here. Here’s a roundup of weekend events for April 21-23.

Canadian Music Week

This week is Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and there are music showcases every night through the weekend at local venues The Garrison, The Painted Lady and The Dakota Tavern. Canadian Music Week features different bands every hour at each bar. To go see all the music at the bar that night, door charge starts at $10. Bands from Canada and all over the world are playing. Check the website for schedules.

CMW The garrison

In addition, all these bars are open late – til 4am – all weekend for CMW.


Earth Day 2017

This Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day and locally, you can celebrate and do good for the environment. Continue reading Weekend Events in Ossington Village

Sunday Nights at Opera Bobs with The Ole Fashion

The Ole Fashion Opera Bobs

Toronto is a music city. This is evident when you walk into a local bar on a Sunday night and hear excellent musicians performing a mix of originals and classic covers. This is what happens on Sunday nights at Opera Bobs when The Ole Fashion is on stage.

The Ole Fashion Band

The Ole Fashion

The Ole Fashion onstage at Opera Bobs, April 16

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Roywoods Jerk Chicken Moving Into 198 Ossington

We got some answers after our post yesterday about the mysterious signage at 198 Ossington. It turns out that Cityplace favorite Roywoods is expanding to Ossington.

Roywoods Toronto

The team behind Roywoods at Cityplace is bringing their Caribbean cooking to Ossington Avenue. The flagship spot is a quick take-out style joint. Their specialty dish, jerk chicken, ranks #3 on the list of best jerk chickens in the city. The menu also includes oxtail, BBQ chicken and catfish and pork. Sandwiches and plates are available. This is all based on the menu at the original location. We will have to wait and see precisely what dishes the kitchen brings to the Ossington location. We can expect some Caribbean cuisine at 198 Ossington. This is a cuisine that doesn’t currently exist in the neighborhood, so it’s a welcome addition.

Roywoods Jerk Chicken

Roywoods Sandwich, courtesy roywoods.ca

Here’s a photo of the Roywoods jerk chicken from Cityplace.

We’ll keep you posted when it’s available on Ossington, because when it opens, we’ll be there!

What’s Going On at 198 Ossington?

A Restaurant Called Roy Woods May Be Coming to 198 Ossington

198 Ossington is covered with posters promoting a new restaurant which may be opening soon called Roy Woods.

198 Ossington

198 Ossington is a commercial space on the west side of Ossington, a block and a half south of Dundas. Last occupied by The Ossington Dispensary, which opened in April 2016, the previous long-term tenant of 198 Ossington was Portugal Drapery and Textiles.  Since the dispensary’s closure in December of last year, the space north of Telegramme Prints has been empty.

A quick peek into the space today shows there’s some furniture inside but it doesn’t look like there’s any activity, certainly no renovations. And renovations would be needed to convert the retailer into a restaurant.

Signage up at 198 Ossington

The exterior of 198 Ossington is papered with signs proclaiming a new restaurant opening soon.

198 Ossington

198 Ossington exterior

198 Ossington Roy Woods

Close-up of the sign on 198 Ossington

Roy Woods Resto and Bake

We have no idea what Roy Woods Resto and Bake is! Is this a fun hoax referring to the previous tenant with the use of the word “bake”? Elaborate graffiti art? Or maybe a new restaurant coming to Ossington?

Online searches are no help. There is already a Roywoods restaurant in Toronto, a jerk chicken joint in City Place, but the name is one word in that case and graphics are completely different so this seems unlikely.

Another Roy Woods is a young Canadian rapper who replaces the S with a dollar sign (Roy Wood$), but that road leads nowhere.

If Roy Woods 198 Ossington is an upcoming restaurant, we’ll let you know when we find out! Until then, post a comment if you have any information to share about these posters or what’s happening at 198 Ossington.

LAS closed: 229 Ossington vacant

LAS closed

LAS is closed at 229 Ossington

LAS, originally named La Saucisserie when it first opened less than 2 years ago at 229 Ossington, is closed.

Never a particularly busy spot after replacing well regarded fine dining destination Yours Truly, LAS struggled to find it’s place on the Ossington strip. Opened as a craft beer and sausage hall, LAS tried to gain traction with DJs and live music, sold buytopia vouchers, and hosted painting parties throughout it’s two years in business. It doesn’t seem to have worked.

The website doesn’t load anymore, and the restaurant’s social media accounts have been inactive since early March. The paper recently added to the inside of the doors and windows may mean someone is renovating for a future venture. For those who remember, this place used to be a coffee shop before Yours Truly. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the next tenant of 229 Ossington.

 

LAS closed on Ossington

229 Ossington, recently occupied by LAS Resto Bar

 

 

Tonight! Ossington Businesses Raising Funds for CAMH One Brave Night

One Brave Night logoTonight, April 7th, is CAMH’s annual awareness campaign and fundraiser for mental health. Any individual or group is welcome to participate in anyway they can to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental illness. A number of local businesses signed up and will support the CAMH One Brave Night initiative tonight! Here’s some information on some of these initiatives so you can join in and add your support on Ossington for One Brave Night.


Academy of Lions

Academy of Lions One Brave Night

Ossington gym and community centre Academy of Lions offers you the opportunity to get fit and do good with them. From 7:30-10:30pm, join their MetCon & Mobility class, followed by an afterparty with a live DJ and refreshments. Head over to 64 Ossington to join their team, or, if you can’t make it, donate to their group at the CAMH site.


Crywolf Clothing

Crywolf One Brave Night

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