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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Ossington Restaurant Events: January 2017 Edition

January in Toronto is usually a month of hibernating. But Toronto restaurants want you to dine out, and Ossington Village restaurants are offering a variety of reasons to eat out and enjoy this January. Here’s a rundown of upcoming Ossington restaurant events.

Ossington Food Event Boehmer Diner en Bark

Boehmer’s Diner en Bark Menu

Diner en Bark Winter Edition, Boehmer Restaurant

Boehmer Restaurant, in conjunction with Get Leashed Magazine, is hosting another dinner for people and their dogs. This is a member’s only event, so you must join the Get Leashed club to participate, but if you want to eat dinner in a restaurant with your dog, this is the club for you.

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More Local Events for a Good Cause

Local Ossington businesses are sponsoring fundraising efforts for good causes. Check them out and see what you can do to help!

OMAW, Action Against Hunger, November 29

OMAW Action Against Hunger

Dine out at local restaurant Omaw this coming Tuesday night for a good cause! Omaw, at 88 Ossington, is donating all proceeds from the dinner service to Action Against Hunger. Dinner service starts at 6PM. Like you need another excuse to eat at a good restaurant.


Academy of Lions, #CALS4PALS Row-a-thon, December 3

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Local Business Charity Fundraisers in Ossington Village

Ossington Village businesses are always charitable, and as the holidays approach, there are already a few fundraisers scheduled in the neighbourhood. We’ll keep posting in our calendar, but here’s a few that are coming soon.


Alzheimers Music ProjectWhen: Multiple events starting Monday November 21st

Where: The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Avenue

To celebrate their 10th anniversary this December, The Dakota Tavern is hosting a series of concerts to raise money for The Alzheimer Society of Toronto and Perth County’s Music Project and Ipods for Memories program. Tickets went on sale this morning for Matt Mays on Monday night; other shows will include The Beauties and Flash Lightning.

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Two Ossington Causes to Support Now

There are some things you can do to get behind two good causes in our neighborhood this week!

winterclothingdriveFirst, The Ossington is the spot to be this Saturday to support Syrian refugees to Canada. On Saturday afternoon, bring your gently used – or new- clothing to 61 Ossington to help newcomers to Canada who don’t have warm winter clothes. The event runs from 2p-6pm, there will be $4 drinks so you have incentive to stay and mingle and learn more about the cause. They have requested decent winter wear for young adults as well as new socks and underwear.


Second, you’ve probably all seen this photo of Sam James’ Ossington coffee shop and heard that it’s going to have to close at the end of the month. Well, he’s not the only one who’s angry that the new tenant is taking over his small nook. It’s been very newsworthy and the latest news is that a Sam James Coffee fan started a petition to keep the shop open – something that Jen Agg of The Black Hoof has been actively sharing and promoting through Twitter. There is some confusion over who actually is forcing them out, new tenant Shinola or the landlord, but either way, sign the petition if you want to support keeping Sam James on Ossington.

Get Behind Some Good Causes in the Neighborhood

Local individuals and businesses are supporting some good causes, and you can help too. More info:
West Neighbouwnh_logo_markrhood House (formerly St. Christopher House) is our – very local United Way agency and community centre, providing programs and services to all. This year, a number of motivated individuals are running in the Toronto marathon to raise money for West Neighborhood House. If you would like to support the runners and the centre, click through one of the links. You are also invited to cheer them on as they run across the city on Sunday, October challenge

rfcDoes anyone need an excuse to eat out at a delicious restaurant? Either way, lock down a reservation at one of the eateries participating in Restaurants for Change on October 21. Toronto restaurants including Ossington’s Union and The Saint will be donating proceeds from their dinner service to support healthy food access in low-income communities across Canada.


Do you know other examples of locals doing good for others? Please share with us in the comments or on social media.

Boehmer offers Celeb chef dinner in support of Nepal rebuilding

PhotoGrid_1434061280049On June 22nd Boehmer Restaurant is playing host to a dinner to support rebuilding the villages of Nepal. As that country was recently hit with devastating earthquakes, a group of some of the best chefs in Ontario have come together for a night of fundraising and dining. Organized by Paul Boehmer and Michael Statlander (of Eigensinn Farm), the group of chefs they’ve assembled is truly all-star. It includes such culinary luminaries as Keith Froggett, Jamie Kennedy, Claudio Aprile, Mark McEwan, Anthony Rose and more.

The 12 course menu features a different dish by each of the 12 chefs. The price is $250 and covers all the food and drink for the evening and 100% of the proceeds will be going to Nepal Village rebuilding.

It’s sure to be a delicious meal, with the added benefit of helping a country rocked by natural disaster back on its feet.

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Ossington Events and Openings

June is a busy month, and here are a few highlights of what’s happening in the week ahead. As always, check our calendar for local events.

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Telegramme Prints, at 194 Ossington, is hosting Meet the Designers as part of Ontario Craft Beer Week.  On June 18th from 6-9pm drop by the shop to meet the designers of the Beau’s Brewery beer labels, sample some snacks provided by The Dock Ellis, and have a Beau’s in support of, a community arts organization.



In other beer related news, local beer bar and micro-brewery Get Well Bar is already celebrating 2 years  in business! Head over to 1181 Dundas West for their 2 Year Anniversary Spectacular on Thursday, June 19 from 5p-2a. They’ll be serving all Get Well house-brewed beer for $5 a pint all night long.


The Ossington Stop
, a late night comfort food eatery replacing The Arrow at 1164 Dundas Street West (you may know it as Ossington Station but they’ve already changed their name), is scheduled to open this Friday, June 20th.


It also looks like Mamakas, the long-time-coming Greek restaurant on the corner of Humbert Street will finally open it’s doors this week.


Trinity Bellwoods Park is the Place to Be

Warm weather in Toronto doesn’t last long, so we all try to spend as much time outside as we can. One of the best places in the city to enjoy the great outdoors is Trinity Bellwoods Park. There are lots of events already planned for the summer ahead, and you can always hit the park to play games or picnic with friends.

Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market just returned a few weeks ago, and it runs every Tuesday from 3p-7p. The market offers in-season fruits and vegetables, bread, cheese, meats, fish and this year, oysters. Get your shopping done at the northwest corner of the park near Dundas West.

Almost every weekend in the summer, there are events happening in the park, including music, theatre and art. Most Toronto festivals, including Luminato, NXNE and Summerworks, usually include Trinity Bellwoods as a site.

The events start this weekend. This Saturday, head to the northeast portion of the park for a craft beer festival/fundraiser. Home Runs for Horizons is a charity softball tournament for Horizons for Youth with a twist: a craft beer garden in the hockey rink. Put on by Tallboys, with support from many Ontario breweries, go help charity by trying some brews. Saturday, May 24 from 1-7p.

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 10.58.33 AMFor you shoppers and bargain hunters, and again, charity supporters, the annual Yard Sale for the Cure is this Saturday also. Taking part all over the city and country, the Trinity Bellwoods outpost is a Massive sale, and will feature furniture items and more. Proceeds go to fighting breast cancer. This event usually takes over the southern end of the park near Queen, and will be open from 8a-5p.

Luminato hits Toronto in early June, and one of the events, a day long literary party, is taking place in Trinity Bellwoods Park. The literary picnic is Sunday, June 15 from 12p-3:30p and will include 45 Toronto writers presenting and reading. Food kiosks and booksellers will also be present.

We don’t yet know the NXNE schedule, but based on years past, there have been plenty of free concerts in the park sponsored by both CBC Radio 3 and Humble Empire. Check out some of our NXNE posts from last year to get an idea, or wait a few weeks – we’ll tell you what’s planned.

Also, last summer, Lululemon put on free yoga in the park every Sunday morning. We are hoping that will happen again.

In September, the park gets overtaken by artists for a weekend by Queen West Art Crawl.

Aside from all the fun events, you’re still free to visit the park for picnics, frisbee or tennis games. If you are picnicking in the park, don’t forget to stock up at local purveyors like Cote de Boeuf and the newly opened Lucky Penny on Shaw Street. If you are drinking in the park, be respectful. Don’t ruin it for the rest of us.

As always, keep an eye on our calendar, which includes events on Ossington and nearby, including Trinity Bellwoods Park. The Friends of Trinity Bellwoods also do a very good job of posting a schedule. Let us know in the comments or on twitter if you hear of anything going on – or if you spot the elusive white squirrel! Enjoy the park!

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Foodival This Weekend: Includes Local Vendors

This Sunday, Foodies on Foot are putting on a new event at 99 Sudbury. Called “Foodival,” this is “Toronto’s first carnival themed food festival,” and includes tasty treats from local vendors. The event is a fundraiser in support of Real Food for Real Kids.

The event will feature games and prizes, and “carnival and childhood foods reinvented” by the likes of Le Dolci, Cool City Oyster Yard, Smoke’s Poutinerie and many more, over 20 vendors in total.

You can enjoy Foodival on Sunday, September 29 for either of two distinct sessions: The first, from 11AM – 3PM, is all ages and geared to families and children, and the second, from 6-10PM, is 19+, so there must be a bar. Tickets for either session are available online for $12.50 adults and $7.50 children.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets today on Twitter: tweet us @ossingtonvil with the hashtag #foodival today for your chance to win. We’ll choose the winner on twitter before 4PM.