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    At the @reposadobar shrine having some Thursday night drinks.

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    Some rainy day filming on Ossington of Beauty and the Beast. Looking like #nyc #batb @cwbatb

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    Looking very #NYC with taxis and police cars for the shoot today #ossington

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    The boards are off the new @stylegarage location on Ossington. #comingsoon

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    Stopped by #fnlrom and ran into @ledolci with salted caramel smore tarts.

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    Great #snack plate @thedockellis #grandslam #nomnom goes well with #craftbeer and #mlb #alcs

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    The #party #dancing #music #alleyway Freeman Dre #ossingtonvillage

Coming Soon: LoversLand

Instagram and Twitter are abuzz today with the announcement that Ossington will soon have a bridal shop, LoversLand.


LoversLand will be taking over the vacant space at 215 Ossington, just south of Fishbar and north of Dinardo Kitchen.


This space has been undergoing renovations for some time, and their Instagram comment said they’ll be open in less than a month. This is fantastic news to brides-to-be, naturally, and locals, who will appreciate a daytime business to increase foot traffic on Ossington.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this new local business.

Beauty and The Beast Filming on Ossington

beautyandthebeastOssington Avenue is being turned into New York City’s Greenwich Village today. The reason? Another TV show is filming on Ossington. This time it’s Showcase and CW TV’s Beauty and the Beast, which stars Canadian actress Kristin Kreuk.

According to the filming notice posted along Ossington last week, the romantic sci-fi series, which is going into its 3rd season, will be filming all day Monday, October 20, from 7am to 10pm.

In the meantime, Ossington has already been converted into a New York City set, with NYC subway signs and a non-government liquor store (oh wouldn’t that be nice!) in place of The Pedal Stop. The exact location of filming, is Ossington between Foxley and Humbert streets. Many of the exteriors of the businesses in between those streets are being converted into a variety of different New York City spots. Reposado is becoming a taco joint, La Cubana a pizza spot, and Venezia an Italian bakery.

To ensure authenticity, there are loads of New York parking signs, and we even saw some crew members removing the Ossington street sign at Ossington and Foxley.  We took a lot of photos – it’s fun to see familiar local spots made over for TV.

Filming should be all day tomorrow, so let us know what – and who – you see!

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Toronto City Election: Our Ward

oct27vote2014Toronto has a pretty important election coming up, and the decisions we make this month affect us for 4 years – at least. October 27th is the official election day for mayor, city councillor and school board trustee positions. We’ve got information on the election, including where and when to vote, who is running in our Ward, and even some details on rewards for voters.

If you already know who you want to vote for, just go out and vote already. Advance voting started today through Sunday, October 19. You can vote from 10a-7p each of these days at Trinity Community Recreation Centre.

Toronto has a great new site with all the information on the candidates for each position. All you have to do is type in your address and the reference is all there. The only problem is there are about 100 candidates listed for mayor alone! Since we’re confident you’ve seen enough coverage of the mayoral election, we’ll focus on the Ward 19 City Council and Ward 10 School board elections.


This election we have four candidates running for Ward 19 City Council. Take some time and click through, read their platforms and learn about what they bring to represent the ward.


Scott Bowman comes to the race supported by provincial MPP Han Dong, the liberal representative for Trinity Spadina. Follow his twitter acccount here and his Facebook here. He is not the most googled Scotty Bowman, the ex-NHL coach. This Scott Bowman has an entrepreneurial background, and has been involved as a community activist, working for people with disabilities and youth.

Albina Burello has a set of well-outlined positions on everything from transit to animal rights to diversity and community centres. You can keep up with her on twitter here (although you’ll need to ask to get her to open up her blocked account). Albina’s background is in the private sector – working for financial services and training companies.


Mike Layton is the incumbent candidate in the ward and has been active in the area since the last election. He’s on twitter here and his Facebook election page is here. Many of you who have lived in the ward have seen Mike at community events and meetings and riding his bike around the area.

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George Sawision has been on the ballot here in Ward 19 before and he’s running for a 3rd time this year. He’s well known for his colourful and opinionated tweets. Sawision, a master electrician, placed second his first campaign in 2006 with 1,710 votes, but underperformed in the 2010 election with only 356 votes.

Read up and make your decision based on what works for you in our ward.


Ward 10’s representative, Chris Bolton, the former chair of the TDSBresigned earlier this year amidst corruption scandals.  As a result, there is no incumbent in Ward 10, so please pay attention to who you vote for in this election. The school board is still embroiled in scandal, so here’s our chance to influence it for the good with an honest representative.

There’s quite a few candidates running for Ward 10 TDSB so their names and sites are linked below (if they have them). We encourage you to read up on all their platforms, and don’t just trust the signs. Mike Layton supported Bolton last time and look what happened there.


Is doing your civic duty and having your voice heard not enough incentive? There are some people who guessed that, and they are offering free beers for voting. As far as we can tell, there are at least 2 different promotions going on around voting and beer.

Happy Voting Hour: A few Toronto bars, including Rock Lobster on Ossington, are offering early discounts on beer and apps to celebrate the election. Rock Lobster is offering the specials tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15 from 6-8pm. Another local spot, The Dog and Bear, hosts on Thursday from 6-8pm. Use the code “I VOTED” to get your special discount

Vote for a Party:  Targeting only voters in Ward 19 (lucky us!), this campaign encourages all voters on October 27 to look for volunteers who will give them a ticket to one of 3 parties at bars in our Ward: Opera Bob’s, The Caledonian, and Brazen Head. This ticket will get you a free Beau’s beer, only available on Election Day.

Scary (and fun) Halloween events on Ossington

pumpkinThis Halloween, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get in the spirit of the season. Local events include storytelling, theatre, dancing and more.

Tales of the Supernatural

Halloween celebrations start early – tomorrow, in fact – with a spooky night of stories at The Ossington:

WHAT: Tales of the Supernatural; WHEN: 8pm, Wednesday October 15, 2014; WHERE: The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave; COST: PWYC

It’s that time of year of Ghosts and Goblins, Black Cats and…. Toronto’s greatest storytellers. On Wednesday October 15th at 8pm at The Ossington will be showcasing an amazing cast full of storytellers telling their spoooookiest stories with “Tales of…the Supernatural”.

This month’s show will be hosted by powerhouse Lauren Prussky.  Lauren is a writer and comedian whose hilarious and amazing stories make her the show’s most asked about performer.

The show will feature performers such as: Hilarious standup Jess Beaulieu.  Jess is a weekly columnist for “She Does the City”, co-host of Toronto’s new weekly feminist standup show “The Crimson Wave Comedy” and has performed in festivals across North America.

Actor and writer Amish Patel, whose sketch troupe “Fade to Brown” whose original sketch comedy show played to a sold out crowd at the Panasonic Theatre and then created a special for OMNI television.

Legendary writer Marcy Rogers.  Marcy received a Dora Nomination for her play “Nocturnal Emissions “.  She recently rocked the stage with her brilliant one-woman show “Lesbians Who Wear Lipstick: The Middle Ages”

Rocky Horror Caberet Show

lot-rockycabIn what is becoming an anticipated annual event, just in time for dressing up for Halloween, Lower Ossington Theatre launches a short-term run of Rocky Horror this Thursday in the Cabaret:

WHAT: Rocky Horror Cabaret Show; WHEN: Thursday – Saturday 8PM, October 16 – November 1, 2014; WHERE: Lower Ossington Theatre Cabaret, 100A Ossington Avenue; COST: General Admission $20, Table for 4 $120.


Ghost Stories at the Garrison

Later this month, The Garrison is hosting two different Halloween events:

First, another storytelling series turns spooky as True Stories turns to True Ghost Stories.

WHAT: True Ghost Stories told live; WHEN:  Tues October 28 @ 7PM  WHERE: The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street W; COST: FREE

Halloween is on a Friday this year, so there is no doubt when everybody will be dressing up and hitting the town. Wear your costume, and hit one of these local spots for a great night out:

hotnuts hallowqueenDrag queens, party animals and dancers will be at The Garrison on October 31, so make sure your costume is fabulous for HOTNUTS HALLOWQUEEN! There is a $100 prize for best costume!

WHAT: Hotnuts Hallowqueen, drag party with DJs; WHEN: Friday October 31 at 10:30PM; WHERE: The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W; COST: $10, come early to avoid disappointment

The Painted Lady will also have some Halloween celebrations – along with the usual great DJs and bartop burlesque. We’ll update this post and our calendar as we learn more about local Halloween happenings.


Weekend Events Around Ossington

The first weekend in October is a good weekend to be in Toronto, with fun – and free – things to do for the whole family.

nuitblanch2014Nuit Blanche is on Saturday night, and over the years, this all night art party has shifted from a free-wheeling Toronto sprawl to a corporate event clustered around the downtown core. This year, the exhibits have expanded to Chinatown and Fort York, and there are some aligned activities even closer to home.

With 19 projects by over 150 artists, Artscape Youngplace is a great local hub for Nuit Blanche. Offering a whole range of exhibits, including music, video, and illustrations, there will even be opportunities for the public to paint. There’s also an installation including students from Givins/Shaw Public Jr. School, with a kid-friendly reception in the early evening. The list of offerings at Artscape for Nuit Blanche is here.

There are also a couple of outdoor projects from community groups happening at CAMH at Queen and Ossington, an interactive art-project called PATCH, and a building initiative called Bring to the Table.
With all this on offer, you can enjoy Nuit Blanche without travelling far.

parkcrawlSunday marks the second annual Homegrown Park Crawl, a free outdoor event taking place in – and celebrating – neighborhood parks. This travelling festival has something for everyone, with a long list of local musicians parading with the people from Christie Pits to Bickford Park to Fred Hamilton, finishing in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

In addition to enjoying the fall weather in some nice local parks and listening to music, the Park Crawl will also include food from some of our city’s top restaurants. If you don’t want to (or can’t) walk from park to park, each of the parks will have musical performances from performers like Heavyweights Brass Band, Samba Squad, and more. Food from local restaurants like Pizzeria Libretto and Ursa will be for sale at the start at Christie Pits and at the end at Trinity Bellwoods. All proceeds will go to the David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown National Park Project.

To find out other local events, keep an eye on our calendar.

Ossington Restaurant News – Oct. 2014 – (Update Oct 20)

UPDATE: A reader has informed us that Matt Blondin has commented on a BlogTO article that Junk is not what will be at 88 Ossington but he is working on another concept restaurant to open there soon. We will keep in you informed as we hear more news.


As always at Ossington and Dundas, changes are happening in the restaurant scene. We have one recent closing and a lot of future openings in the news.

Yours Truly, the much heralded little restaurant that came out of nowhere in December 2011 from a former snack bar, served its last tasting menu at the end of September. No word on what will fill the space at 229 Ossington.

Delux Restaurant closed in June, renovating the space to convert into a more casual iteration, like their sister restaurant on Roncesvalles, La Cubana. Well, Delux has begun tweeting again, leading us to believe the wait may soon be over and we can have delicious brunch and Cuban sandwiches before long!


Another new restaurant, from the owners of cool Ossington favorite Oddseoul, is under renovation in the space next to Churchill at 2 Lakeview. While local residents think there are too many restaurants on what used to be a rundown strip of Dundas West, Toronto food fans will probably flock to the new Japanese snack shack to be called Han Moto, as posted on their Instagram:


Also on Dundas, The Contender has been in the works since the summer at 1155 Dundas West, next door to Ossington Stop, and is rumored to be from the team at neighborhood darling The Lakeview.

Also opening this Fall is Borealia, taking over 59 Ossington, the site of many failed restaurants before it, including Ardor Bistro and Beau Lieu. Hopefully this one, which plans to bring native and historical Canadian cuisine to the menu, succeeds where the others haven’t We’ll find out soon as they are planning to open by mid-November.


Also supposed to open in 2014 is Junkbar, from the guys behind the food truck The Food Dudes and Chef Matt Blondin, formerly of high-end spots Acadia and Momofuku Daisho. They are taking over Levack Block at 88 Ossington and making it a high-end snack bar, which are all the rage these days. All we know from their website is they plan to open in 2014. Only a few months left, and we hope to try their snacks sooner than later.


Do you have any local news? Let us know in the comments!

Pictures from the 4th Annual Ossington Village Alleyway Party

Our neighbourhood knows how to throw a party. Yesterday was the 4th annual Ossington Village Alleyway party where neighbourhood residents open their garages to share food and beverages and fun.  People of the community and the city connect, meet and listen to some of the best local musicians in the city – all organized by Michael Louis Johnson – who all donate their time and enthusiasm to make the city and our community a better place. This year was a great event despite some late day rain. After some moving the show into garages, the evening continued until the last band, an a capella group called The Press Gang Mutiny who had everyone dancing and singing to sea shanties.

We’ve posted some pictures here, as well as put the entire collection on our Facebook page here.

The day started around 3pm with Ventanas playing folk tunes from all around the world and sharing some folk dancing tips. IMG_3122

There were lots of activities for kids including puppet shows and a couple of face painting stands.


The band QuiQue Escamilla put on a great show of latin and Caribbean flavoured rock and folk tunes which had the crowd dancing.


Next up was Eva Moon, a regular local musician who is getting her start as a band leader. She performed some traditional Portuguese songs as well as a number of her own originals.


Then the day progressed with Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party performing their style of Parkdale folk rock.


The crowds had a great time dancing and singing along to the tunes.


At this point the sky turned dark and the rain began, but it didn’t stop Rambunctious from starting out their horn improv music and many continued to dance in the rain.


When the rain became too much, the show moved indoors and Lemon Bucket Orkestra moved to the back of the garage, drew people in and had everyone dancing.

The evening ended with Press Gang Mutiny although we didn’t get any pictures of their show as it was late and getting dark!

We’re looking forward to many more years of Ossington Village alleyway parties!



Dundas West Sidewalk Sale Today

dwsidewalkThe weather forecast is good for today – sunny and 24 – so get out and enjoy it while getting great deals on retail and food!

Many local businesses are participating in today’s Dundas West Sidewalk Sale, which runs from 10A-10P on Dundas from Shaw all the way west to Landsdowne, the same scene as June’s popular Dundas West Fest. Unlike the Fest, the street won’t be closed, but the sidewalks will be open.

All participants are listed on the Facebook link above, and vintage shops, record stores, bars and restaurants and more are all included. Local favourites The Goods, Grasshopper Records and Bridge + Bardot are on the list.

So enjoy the warmer weather while it lasts and #Shoplocal on Dundas West!

Hedwig and The Angry Inch at LOT

There arehedwig only a few weeks left to catch The Lower Ossington Theatre’s production of Hedwig and The Angry Inch before it closes.

Do you like talented rock bands? Great singing? Drinking in a club while being entertained by a very interesting transsexual with lots of stories and rock songs?

LOT’s production of the rock musical Hedwig takes place in an intimate cabaret-like setting with table seating and great views of the stage. If you sit up close, you may even get some personal attention from the star.

The Lower Ossington Theatre is staging this production just as it is being remounted on Broadway: Neil Patrick Harris won a Tony this year for the role and Michael C. Hall will soon take over as Hedwig. Toronto actor Ephraim Ellis plays Hedwig at the LOT, and he puts on a great show. He sings beautifully, looks fantastic, and his portrayal of the interesting and damaged German transgender singer will make your night!

You have 5 more chances to catch this revival – today and tomorrow, and next Thursday – Saturday, September 25th – 27th.

Save the Date – The 4th Annual Ossington Village Alleyway Party – Sept 21

Mark your calendars! It’s time again for the Annual Ossington Village alleyway party! This Sept. 21 will be the 4th year of this great event which brings together neighbourhood families, friends, musicians, artists and the entire community. Check out more at our Facebook event page here.

It’s when people like us who live on Foxley and Argyle open their garages and bring the BBQs out back to share food, drinks and fun and put on an event showing how a community can come together. The music line-up is exceptional, featuring Juno nominated musicians such as the Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Alysha Brilla, as well as locals such as Freeman Dre, Eva MoonReposado Bar‘s house band the Reposadists, and many more.

Check out some of the photos from last year here, the year before here, and the first one here – when we had a crazy mid-day rainstorm.



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The music line-up includes some great local musicians – a few of whom are Juno nominated this year!

The Reposadists
Balfolk Toronto
Alysha Brilla
QuiQue Escamilla
Eva Moon
Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party
Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Pressgang Mutiny

Upcoming Events

6:00 pm DJ Phantastik with Live Percussi... @ The Painted Lady
DJ Phantastik with Live Percussi... @ The Painted Lady
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 24 @ 10:00 pm
no cover
8:00 pm Evita @ Lower Ossington Theatre
Evita @ Lower Ossington Theatre
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Evita @ Lower Ossington Theatre
9:00 pm Big Tobacco and The Pickers @ Dakota Tavern
Big Tobacco and The Pickers @ Dakota Tavern
Oct 24 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 am
10:00 pm Get Buck with DJ Nino Brown @ The Ossington
Get Buck with DJ Nino Brown @ The Ossington
Oct 24 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 am
The best in Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae, and beyond all night long. Best hip hop, ass shakin’, dance party in the city.
10:00 pm The Reposadists Quartet @ Reposado Bar
The Reposadists Quartet @ Reposado Bar
Oct 24 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 am
The Reposadists Quartet @ Reposado Bar
10:00 am Bluegrass Brunch @ The Dakota Tavern
Bluegrass Brunch @ The Dakota Tavern
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm Evita @ Lower Ossington Theatre
Evita @ Lower Ossington Theatre
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Evita @ Lower Ossington Theatre

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