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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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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.

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.

Dundas West Fest 2017 In Photos

The weather was fabulous for the 5th annual Dundas West Fest, and so was everything else.

Crowds of people hit the street from morning to midnight, and there was something for everyone on Dundas West: food, drinks, music, comedy, activities for kids, a big gay patio, sports, a Harry Potter themed patio, a mural painted in a day, and more.  A recap in photos below.

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5th Annual Dundas West Fest is This Saturday, June 3

Dundas West FestThe 5th annual Dundas West Fest is back again for another Saturday of fun-filled events. The festival encompasses Dundas West for 1.5km west to Landsdowne, and features something for everyone, with most of the local businesses participating.

 

About Dundas West Fest

This is the 5th year of this street festival, and it has always been a big success! So many local businesses participate that it really feels community focused. Not just businesses, either, the community centres, retirement homes and churches also get involved. The event starts at 10am and runs until midnight. Expect crowds and some food and drink line-ups in the afternoon and evening, especially if the weather is good!

The festival includes music, comedy, dance, art, shopping, eating, drinking, and activities for kids. While we don’t have the whole schedule of events, here’s an overview.


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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

Toronto Offsite Design Festival in Ossington Village

Toronto Design Offsite Festival logoThe annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) brings design to untraditional spaces across the city, including places right here in Ossington Village. The festival runs from January 16-22 with events and exhibitions. Here’s what to do at TO DO Ossington Village.

Local events are detailed below.

 

 


ALMA at Toronto Offsite Design Fest Ossington VillageAlma at Saudade

Dundas West Portuguese design shop Saudade gets involved in TO DO with authentic handmade needlepoint in the Portuguese historic style. The wall coverings will decorate Saudade as of Tuesday, January 17 through the end of the festival, Sunday the 22nd.

Information: Saudade, 1191 Dundas Street West. Opening Reception: January 17 at 7pm, RSVP here

 

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