Make New Year’s Eve Plans In Ossington Village

New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and Ossington Village is a great place to celebrate it! It’s a few weeks away: we have a rundown of the events that are already planned. A lot of venues haven’t released their schedules yet, so we’ll update here, and in our calendar.

catl nyeThe Dakota Tavern, catl New Year’s Eve, 10PM

Toronto blues-rock band catl is back for another rocking New Year’s show at The Dakota Tavern. Two sets by catl, plus Eamon McGrath and DJs will have you dancing through the countdown. Buy your tickets now for $20 and you’ll be assured a good night of music and fun at one of Toronto’s best music venues.

The Garrison, Chronologic New Year’s Eve, 9:30PM

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Black Friday Deals in Ossington Village

Today is Black Friday and we recommend you shop local. There are so many great retailers in our neighborhood, and many of them are offering special deals today, in store, online or both. Get your holiday shopping done early, or buy something for yourself. We don’t judge, as long as you shop local!

Anice Jewellery, 102 Ossington Ave

Anice Jewellery logoThe more you buy today, the more you get back. This local jewellery store is offering you gift cards when you spend $50 or more: with a $50 spend, receive a $25 gift card, with $75 you’ll get $35, and for a $100 purchase, you’ll get back a $45 gift card. You can buy jewellery for multiple people with that deal!


Crywolf, 91 Ossington Ave

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Halloween in Ossington Village

halloween-witch-hatHalloween is only a week away, and there are a lot of different ways to celebrate Halloween on Ossington in the days between now and next Monday. Some are free, some are not, and some are good for children too!

Here’s a round-up of the Halloween celebrations in Ossington Village.

Updated to include Opera Bob’s on Saturday night


The Art of Darkness, Artscape YoungplaceOssington Halloween Art of Darkness Logo

October 28, 5-8PM, free admission, all ages

Artscape Youngplace is offering a host of Halloween related activities, mostly for kids and their parents this Friday night from 5-8pm. The event takes over most of the Shaw Street building and includes performances and interactive activities like painting and stickers.

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Lots Of Choices for New Year’s Eve around Ossington

Still trying to decide how to celebrate the passing of another year? There are lots of options in Ossington Village, as always, from the laid back to the extravagant. Here’s a summary:

Music and Dancing

NYE2016The Garrison is bringing back the popular DJs Chronologic for an annual replay of the best dance hits of decades past. This party sells out every year, so buy your $25 tickets now. Party starts at 9:30PM and goes into the wee hours.




The Painted Lady is doing what they do best for New Year’s: burlesque dancing on the bar and DJ NV playing soul and funk hits. The party starts at 9pm with appetizers, the music will be pumping all night, and there’s a champagne toast at midnight. Entry is $10 and you can buy tickets in advance.



The Dakota Tavern is hosting a party with Canadian rockabilly band The Royal Crowns, sure to get the crowd on its feet. Doors are at 9pm, the show starts at 10pm and goes until 3am. You can buy your $20 tickets in advance.



The New Year’s Eve bash at The Ossington features DJ Big Jimmy Mills, a regular at that night spot, spinning from 10p-close. The $25 entry fee covers some snacks and a champagne toast at the midnight mark. Tickets are available in advance by email if you want to plan ahead!





The Ballet on Ossington has big plans for New Year’s Eve.  The nightspot will have music by CRSB & Teo Neo and live burlesque dancing. Their Minutes to Midnight party is a big night out, with a variety of package options and bottle service choices, all including a complimentary champagne toast at Midnight.


Bunda Lounge’s “Housin’ NYE 2016” will include a roster of DJs like Jason Palma, Dirty Dale and more for a night of house music. Get ready to rock the dance floor starting at 10PM and running until 4am. Tickets are on sale now for $20.

Reposado house band The Reposadists will be playing all night, so you can listen to their jazz stylings while sipping tequila with your friends.

Dining and Drinking

Boehmer is hosting a special dinner service on New Year’s Eve. In addition to their usual menu they’ll offer some very special additions including; Fire Roasted Oysters, Dry Aged Tomahawk Steak for 2, Turbot fillet with Spotted Prawns and Acadian Caviar, Muscovy Duck Breast with White Truffles.

Enjoy your last meal of the New Year at one of Toronto’s best new restaurants, Boralia. For $75, you get a 4 course set menu and a complimentary glass of bubbles.

The newly opened Southern eatery Omaw is offering 2 seatings with their a la carte menu for New Year’s Eve, or you can pay $10 after 10PM which includes a midnight toast and party favors.

Soos is open on New Year’s Eve – no prix fixe, the usual delicious menu and some “great features.” Make reservations now.



The Saucy Pierogi, newly opened on Dundas, will have two seatings for a $35 5 course prix fixe menu. They’re touting complimentary cocktails and special giveaways, so if you want some Polish dumplings for your December 31st dinner, make reservations now!


The Dock Ellis has a different take on New Year’s Eve. Their “Happy New Beers” event is a tap takeover with some new brews from local breweries like Beaus and Junction Craft Brewing. Stop by anytime after 8PM, no reservation required, and toast the new year over some new craft beers.

Do you know of other local events for New Year’s? Let us know! Happy New Year!

Have Fun While Shopping This Thursday on Ossington

holidayshopWith the holidays so close, it’s likely you still have a few presents to buy. Well, why not have a good time shopping? That’s what the smart minds behind Victoire Toronto thought when they organized the 2nd annual Ossington Holiday Shopping Night, which is this Thursday.

Join many retailers and other holiday shoppers on and around Ossington this Thursday when the shops stay open late. The event runs from 6-10pm. How do they make shopping fun, you ask? Well, they add in drinks, deals and special vendors that aren’t usually around these parts.

From what we can tell, other participants include Penny Arcade Vintage (whose tweet alerted us to the whole thing!), WilliamsCraig Design, Crywolf, Unleashed in the City and Style Garage. There will probably be more joining so keep an eye on twitter and just enjoy walking along Ossington (and Dundas West) in this balmy weather!

When you need a break from the shopping, try out some of the great local bars and restaurants too!


Shop Ossington This Thursday Night

600x911xholiday-shopping-night-on-ossington-2014-674x1024.jpg.pagespeed.ic.CcIX5JEf1ZA number of local retailers are participating in a fun and festive shopping night this Thursday. On December 11th, from 6P-10P, many of the local shops will stay open late and offer special deals and holiday treats. There is an event page here for more info!

The number of small retailers in our neighborhood has grown a lot in recent years, so consider Thursday an opportunity to experience this variety while you buy your loved ones some unique quality gifts they can’t get at the mall.

Shop local, make a night of it and have dinner and drinks at one of our many lauded restaurants.
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Scary (and fun) Halloween events on Ossington (Update Oct. 29)

pumpkinUPDATE: A few more parties have been announced for Halloween.

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:

The Painted Lady will start celebrating with a Devil’s Night Party on October 30th, with music from The Calrizians and The Deldoniks. Party starts at 9PM.

Halloween gets musical at The Dakota Tavern as The Mercenaries perform as The Muppets band Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem. Party starts at 10PM, it’s $10 at the door, and you can win prizes for best Muppet or rock star costume. mercenarieshalloweenalternative-200x300

Rocky Horror Cabaret 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.


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

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

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”


Photoblog: Summer Weekend On Ossington

Early Canada Day celebrations, World Cup watching, restaurant renos and condo growth: All that and more happened this weekend on Ossington, and we took some photos. How are you spending your long weekend?

Tiger of Sweden hosted another great Tiger Loves Ossington event, with beers from Bellwoods Brewery and Big Rock, tunes from Humble Mike, and ice pops from Philips Ice pops:


We haven’t seen Ardor Bistro open for a while, and this weekend was no exception. Thinking they are out of business, and wondering who’s going to take the space:


We know Levack Block is being taken over by some Toronto food superstars, and it looks like they are already at work renovating:


It looks like 10 years in business called for a new sign at Sweaty Betty’s:IMG_20140628_124614

The facade is going up at Motif Condos at 41 Ossington:


Lots of people were watching World Cup this weekend. The patio was hot at Reposado for Brazil and Colombia:


And The Ossington continues to be busy for Netherlands games – and will continue to be as they advanced again:


Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Spend Mother’s Day in Ossington Village

momThe day to celebrate your mother is May 11th and there are lots of options to treat her right in Ossington Village. You can take mom out for some entertainment, a meal, or both. There are also a few places to pamper her and lots of great shopping!

Buy Mom a Present!:

Ossington is a great street to shop, with a mix of old and new and lots of original choices you won’t find elsewhere in the city.

Your stylish mom (or wife – if your kids are too young to shop, it’s on you!) will love the hip European threads from either Tiger of Sweden (think Claire from House of Cards) or Annie Aime, for lots of colour!

Or, stop in at one of our many wonderful vintage shops for a truly unique personal gift. Try Rescue Vintage, Bridge + Bardot or I Miss You Vintage.

Take Her Out to Eat: 

Boehmer offers a weekly Sunday brunch and your mom will be very impressed by the beautiful setting and delicious food. With options like caviar and steak frites, you’ll be able to get decadent.

Your wife, your mom and your kids will love Bluegrass Brunch at The Dakota Tavern. Get there before 10am to ensure you get a seat – it’s busy every weekend!

Delux Restaurant‘s Cuban brunch is always a hit. They are also open for dinner with their Oyster Sunday, meaning oysters are $1 starting at 5PM until they run out.

The Saint Tavern offers a very popular brunch – thanks to maple bourbon bacon, scones, devilled eggs and more! – and a special Sunday roast if you want to go the dinner route.

Quinta on Dundas West is taking reservations for two different brunch seatings at 11am and 1pm. Their brunch is fairly traditional with highlights including Eggs Benedict, Pork Belly and French toast.

Another great spot for Sunday dinner is Union – get some meat!

An alternate option is the live improv jazz from  A Little Rambunctious at Bellwoods Brewery. The beer is award winning, the food is tasty and the entertainment is fun. Again, this place gets crowded and doesn’t take reservations, so get there early or be prepared to wait.

Pamper Her:

Take mom for a mani-pedi or other beauty service, or buy her a gift certificate for later! Lush and Lavish spa offers all that and more. Or, for an alternative, try the newer Buffer Salon at 123 Ossington.

Or Something Else:

Le Dolci is offering a fun and yummy Mother’s Day Cupcake Decorating class. Get your mom and kids involved. Sunday 2:30-4:30pm

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 3.19.32 PMThe Lower Ossington Theatre offers high quality entertainment with Broadway musicals in an intimate setting.  Currently running shows are Hedwig And The Angry Inch (for the hip edgy Mom), Rent (for the mom who thinks she’s edgy but is more traditional), and the ever-popular Avenue Q. If she can’t go on Sunday, buy her tickets as a gift and let her go with a friend!


There is no way for us to include every option on Ossington, there are many more great restaurants and retailers. Click through the links on the side of this page for more ideas. It’s a good time to start planning for Father’s Day too!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Where to go on Ossington for Christmas Eve and Christmas

wpid-IMG_20131223_123621.jpgOhmigod! Christmas is 2 days away! Don’t worry, if you still need to buy a gift, check out our gift guides. Looking for somewhere to eat and drink? So were we, so we’ve done the research for you.

Here’s what’s open in the neighborhood:

Amaya Express: Open Dec. 24th, closed Dec. 25th

Bazara Sushi: Open Dec. 24th, closed Dec. 25th

Bellwoods Brewery: Brewpub closed Dec. 24th and 25th; Retail store open 11a-6p the 24th, closed the 25th

Crafted: Open 8-2:30 on Dec. 24th, closed Dec. 25th – Jan 1st

Crooked Star: Open Dec. 24th, closed Dec. 25th

Get Well Bar: open regular hours, except a little later start on Dec. 25th, open 8PM

Ideal Coffee: open Dec 24th until 5pm, closed Dec. 25th, open on the 26th

Lakeview Restaurant: Will be open Dec 24th and Dec 25th with a deep fried turkey marathon

Opera Bob’s: Open both days; starting later on Dec. 25th and instead of a full menu, will serve a pot of chili or something along those lines

The Painted Lady: Open on Dec. 24th at 8pm, closed Dec. 25th, open Dec. 26th

Pho Tien Thanh: open every day (and they are going to be BUSY!)

Sweaty Betty’s: Open Dec 24th and 25th from 5pm to close.

As for the others. If we don’t list it, we couldn’t find any information on it! We will update as we find more information.

Bohmer: Closed until Dec. 27th

The Dakota Tavern: closed until Dec. 26th

Delux: closed until Dec. 30th

Enoteca Sociale: closed until Dec. 26th

Fishbar: closed until Dec. 27th

The Garrison: closed until Dec. 26th when they begin their Boxing Day Festival

Golden Turtle: closed Dec 24th, reopening January 8th

The Grove: closed until Dec. 27th

Hawker Bar: closed until Dec. 26th

Pizzeria Libretto: closed until Dec. 26th

Quinta: closed until Dec. 27th

Rock Lobster: closed until Dec. 26th

Soos: closed until Dec. 27th

The Ossington: closed until Dec. 26th

The Saint: closed until Dec. 27th

Union: closed until the 27th

Yours Truly: closed every Tuesday and Wednesday anyway.