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.
In addition, all these bars are open late – til 4am – all weekend for CMW.
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 latest in our series of Ossington business profiles is of tequila bar-jazz bar-Mexican food-great patio-nightlife hotspot Reposado. Located at 136 Ossington Avenue, the bar has been a local favourite for a long time for all of the aforementioned reasons.
Aside from tequila, a patio, and live music, Reposado also has authentic Mexican food on their menu, courtesy of Toronto catering team Santo Pecado.
Sandy agreeably answered our questionnaire, and provided some photos showcasing the bar. Here’s our Reposado profile.
Tell us a bit about your business
Tequila, mezcal, Cocktail & Tapas bar with live music
This weekend local gallery and often artspace Rally plays host to another album drop pop-up launch where Detroit hip hop artist Big Sean will be offering some limited edition merchandise including hats, tees, hoodies and Bomber jackets. The pop up will be held simultaneously in his home city of Detroit, LA and New York also – so we think it’s unlikely that he’ll stop by. Given the popularity of these events in the past, including the recent launch of The Weeknd’s album Starboy, we expect that part of Ossington to have lines up the street. See his instagram for more details.
This cold weather makes you want to relax over a hot meal in the middle of the day, cooked by someone else. Brunch is readily available at a variety of places in Ossington Village. Get out this weekend and enjoy at one – or more – of these excellent options for daytime food and drinks. Here are the best places for brunch in Ossington Village.
The Classic Brunch: Union Restaurant
Union has been serving brunch for years, and people know about it. It’s the bistro brunch, with dishes ranging from poached eggs with thick cut bacon to pancakes and more. The brunch at Union is popular; there are usually a few groups waiting at the door when it opens at 11am. In the summer, the capacity expands with the back patio, and it still gets full.
Good For: Holidays with Parents, couples; Basics: Union, 72 Ossington Ave. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11a-3pm
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.
Expect huge crowds on lower Ossington this Wednesday night/Thursday morning because music superstar The Weeknd is coming.
Special Pop-Up on Ossington
The Weeknd is having pop-up shops around the world this weekend to launch his new album. Toronto, his hometown, is getting a special pop-up and it’s on Ossington. Rally Ossington is hosting the entire event for the city. According to Universal Music Canada’s website, The Weeknd is coming on Thursday, November 24th to give away and sign merchandise. That’s right, not only will he be on Ossington, he’s giving away free stuff and autographing it. See what I mean about crowds?
If you want free stuff from The Weeknd
If you want free stuff, be in line in time to get a wristband on Thursday morning at 9am at Rally Ossington, which is located at 12 Ossington Avenue. The signing and giveaway will then take place the same day, November 24th, at 5PM at Rally.
Rally is an art gallery/event space at the bottom of Ossington Avenue, just north of Queen. Often host to pop-up shops, Rally had a big one with Kanye this past summer for his Pablo release. Line-ups were crazy then, as we posted on instagram, but Kanye wasn’t even there!
We’ll be sure to post some photos when The Weeknd comes to Ossington. Get ready!
Shopping The Pop-Up
Don’t worry if you can’t make it on Thursday. You won’t be able to meet The Weeknd, but stop by Rally on Friday or Saturday from 10a-7pm and Sunday from 10a-3pm. Merchandise related to the new Starboy album will be on sale while supplies last.
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.
THE DAKOTA TAVERN CONCERTS FOR ALZHEIMER’S IPOD PROJECT
When: Multiple events starting Monday November 21st
Now Toronto released their annual readers’ choice lists of top businesses in Toronto, and lots of local businesses ranked high. Here’s a recap of the bars, stores, restaurants and people to be voted best by Toronto locals. Congratulations to all!
Trinity Bellwoods Park ranked as runner up for Best Park (High Park won)
Congrats to Mike Layton – runner up as Best City Councillor
Motif has leased their main floor to menswear store Reigning Champ
People are living in the building at 41 Ossington, and now we know what retailer will take over the main floor of Motif Lofts. It’s Vancouver menswear company Reigning Champ, which will add to the draw of Ossington to shoppers.