Halloween 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.
The Ossington Alleyway party is back this Sunday. So get ready for a day of meeting your neighbors, listening to great music, and sharing food and drink with friends – new and old. This event is good for people of all ages – kids are usually kept busy with play areas and the music of course – and runs from 2-10PM.
The party is open to the public and free and it happens in the alley between Foxley and Argyle Streets and Ossington and Dovercourt. Neighbors share food, and we will be passing the hat to cover costs for equipment and such. Also feel free to bring your own food and drink.
The party’s Facebook page has all the info on the line-up of great local bands. Many are returning from years past, and there are new acts you will soon love! Musical acts include:
The first ever OSSFEST was a long and busy day of cycling, music, food, shopping and dancing. Ossington street was shut down for an unforgettable – and blazing hot – day. Thanks to the Ossington BIA for putting on such a fun – and very complicated – event! We have a recap and some photos, but for more photos from the day and night, go to our Facebook page here.
OSSFEST: The Ossington Crit
The day started with cycling and kids ages 5-15 riding their bikes along the Ossington Crit route, later to be populated with semi-pro athletes racing through the heat for long stretches (90 minutes in 35 degrees!).
Ossfest is this Saturday. From 11a-11p, Ossington Avenue will be closed for a music fest and bike race and more. We’ve already detailed those schedules and provided links here. So, what is the “more” I speak of that will be happening on the street? As the big day approaches, we have information on what the local businesses are doing to make Ossfest a one-of-a-kind Toronto street festival.
Sidewalk Shopping and Sales at Ossfest
Anice Jewellery will be open and selling custom made jewellery from the front patio at 102 Ossington
Annie Aime plans to have special sales just for Ossfest
BQM already has a great patio, so expect some drink specials like beer or caesars and enjoy the sun!
Cote De Bouef is having a front patio where you can get some of their delicious sandwiches and a Pimms or cold beer to go with it; The butcher shop will also co-host oysters and Cava from the patio further down the street at Tiger of Sweden
Crafted Coffee is bringing their chilled delivery bike to the sidewalk for some cold brews
Golden Turtle – the pho spot’s patio will be even larger for Ossfest and they’ll serve fresh rolls and spring rolls to go on the sidewalk
Ideal Coffee – enjoy the smell of roasting coffee beans as you watch the Crit from the patio at Ossington and Foxley
Indian Grill – the family run restaurant will have a new location outside Lola Salon this Saturday. Serving a few of their choice dishes from the sidewalk patio at 200 Ossington, just south of Rolyat
La Cubana will be serving hot cubanos and cold drinks on this hot summer day
Mamakas Taverna is going all out with a 100 person extended patio on the side alley featuring meats grilled outside on the spit for a real summer barbecue vibe
Moliceiro‘s special front patio will be open with full menu and a Portuguese sandwich special
Rashers is going to be busy with $5 hogtown sandwiches and free bacon samples this Saturday
Reposado will expand next door with seating and drink specials at the Ossington Tire parking lot. Stop by for some buckets of beer in the Sol and Tecate beer tent and expect mezcal specials and a performance by Led Zep cover band Zeppelinesque
Salt Wine Bar will make you your choice of a special veggie or chicken chorizo paella and cinnamon churros from their special front patio for Ossfest
Union Restaurant is having a special front patio and will feature the usual favorites from one of Toronto’s top kitchens
Art and Kids at Ossfest
Stylegarage will feature some custom designed art pieces and a silent auction for CAMH this Saturday
Telegramme Prints stands out for parents with their plans for a kids art workshop for 12 and unders! Sounds fun!
William’s Craig is setting up a vintage bicycle lounge – fitting for the Crit and likely very instagrammable
Ossfest is tomorrow, Saturday July 23 from 11a-11pm. Shop local and Meet Me on Ossington
On Saturday, July 23rd, Ossington will be closed to traffic for the first ever Ossington street festival. Ossfest will highlight local businesses and the community and features Toronto’s only city bike races, outdoor music, and a lot of patios and partying. Mark off your calendars for Ossington’s first – but hopefully not last – street festival. In addition to the major events listed below, sidewalks will be open for shopping, drinking and dining. All of this is being organized and executed by the Ossington BIA.
The Ossington Street Festival
Ossfest is a local street fest in which every business can participate. Details of each business’ activities will be updated to the BIA’s Instagram account. To give you an idea, expect lots of outdoor patios for food and drinking, sidewalk sales, and activities for kids as all of these and more will be along Ossington on July 23rd. We’ve been informed that Pizza Libretto, The Painted Lady and Mamakas will have extended outdoor patios. Get ready for a great day and night! We’ll post here as we find out what other businesses have in store for the 23rd!
Oss Fest Free Live Music
An exciting component of the Ossington Street Festival is the live music stage at Ossington and Dundas. The music starts at 2pm and continues with various great local acts through until approximately 11pm. With acts ranging from the reggae stylings of Bredren, to Saul Torres’ Latin music, to a brass band parade featuring The Heavyweights Brass Band, and roots rock from Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, everyone should be entertained. These are bands you would normally pay a cover to see at local spots like The Dakota Tavern or Painted Lady. More details on the musical line-up in the poster below:
Ossington Street Festival Live Music
The Ossington Crit
A key component of the Ossington street festival is the Ossington Crit. From 11am to 6:30 pm, you can watch and cheer during this series of bike races officially sanctioned by the Ontario Cycling Association. The races begin with kids races, by age group, at 11am so be there by 10:30am with your kids and their bikes and helmets so they can join the fun!
After the kids races, it’s all licensed adult riders from 12 noon. Participants will ride as many laps as they can within their allotted race time. The early races are shorter races for beginners, and they build up to the elites who race for 90 minutes, with the final race ending at 6:30PM. The map (below) shows the race route: along Ossington, east on Halton, south on Givins, and west back to Ossington along Rebecca. It’s a short and narrow route and should be exciting to watch the races!
Map of Ossington Crit Course
Save the date: July 23rd
Ossington between Dundas and Queen – street party, music, cycling and shopping: 11am-11pm.
Do you want to stay current on the coolest digital and new media art in town? Then Vector Festival is for you and it’s happening this week! Hosted by Ossington’s own cutting edge art space InterAccess, the festival features music, video games, lectures, films and more.
We attended several of the events last year, and it’s interesting, eye opening and enjoyable. It’s all very accessible too, with multiple locations in our area. You can buy a festival pass for $25, or pay as you go for individual performances and showcases.
The festival kicks off this Thursday at InterAccess with a launch party from 7-11p. This party is free to the public and should provide a sneak peek at the rest of the fest, with a lot of the attendees contributors to the art.
Many of the Vector Festival’s workshops and shows will be held at InterAccess’ Headquarters at 9 Ossington, including the festival’s main exhibit The Algorithmic Imagination, running there through August. You can also attend a music making workshop at InterAccess on Saturday, with paid admission.
To top it all off, after a weekend of workshops and art, local tequila and music hotspot Reposado Bar hosts the final closing party on Sunday night from 8-11PM, with a live musical performance by Castle If.
The Vector Festival is bringing all sorts of new art methods and viewpoints to Toronto, and Ossington. In addition to parties, there are lectures and workshops, so lots to keep you entertained this weekend in our neighbourhood!
As always, look at our calendar for all the local Vector Fest events and anything else going on nearby.
The Toronto Jazz Festival is one of the world’s biggest jazz events with musicsuperstars performing across the city. Two local music venues are featuring some Toronto Jazz fest acts right here on Ossington.
Toronto Jazz Fest starts this Friday and runs from June 24 – July 3. As part of the “club series” of Jazz Fest, two Ossington clubs, Reposado and The Painted Lady, have full schedules of live music.
Many of the club acts are Toronto natives, and the jazz fest is a great opportunity to check out some of these talented locals. You will also have the chance to hear and see performers from Montreal and further afield.
Below are some of the highlights of the local club series for Jazz Fest. As always, check our calendar for full listings of events in Ossington Village:
Parc X Trio: This Montreal instrumental jazz trio has won awards at the Montreal Jazz Fest, is influenced by rock and urban music, and supposedly puts on a lively show. Playing Reposado on Saturday, June 25 at 9:30pm. Cover $8
Rob n Bob Power Duo: Great Bob Scott is widely recognized as one of Toronto’s best drummers. See him perform at Reposado on Saturday, July 2 at 9:30pm. Cover is $8
Reposado is hosting Jazz Movie Nights both Sundays of Jazz Fest. They’ll be showing Ken Burns Jazz episodes and other vintage TV jazz. No cover
The Painted Lady
Elise LeGrow: A solo artist and member of Whale Tooth, Elise LeGrow’s music is pop and her voice is jazz standard. Enjoy her in the intimate Painted Lady on Saturday, June 25 at 8P for $10 cover.
Donne Roberts: An accomplished guitarist and singer-songwriter with roots in Madagascar, Russia and Toronto, check him out on Thursday, June 30th at 8pm. Cover is $10
The Great Heart Festival has been a constant in Trinity Bellwoods the last several years. While there were issues with permits in the past, our Mayor is helping make this year’s fest a go! No charge. The mostly acoustic music Friday from 4p-7p, Saturday and Sunday from 2-6p. Acts include Toronto rockers Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs on Saturday at 4pm, and Jane’s Party on Sunday at 4:30PM. Look for the group near Dundas north of the Dog Bowl. Bring a blanket, picnic, and enjoy.
The inaugural No Fest brings two nights and a day of local music to The Garrison. This will feel more like what we used to have with NXNE. Toronto indie bands are filling the back room both Friday and Saturday nights. Plus, Beau’s is sponsoring a free day party in the front room on Saturday afternoon. (remember those?) The No Fest music festival passes are on sale for $20 and each night alone for $12. Below are the schedules for Friday and Saturday nights:
Enjoy good music at a good price this weekend! And, as always, check our calendar for info on all local events.
The Dundas West Fest is going to be entertaining crowds next Saturday, June 11. We’ve got a long list of reasons why you won’t want to miss this one, for one, after 3 years, it’s already being touted as a top summer festival in Toronto.
First, the logistics: Dundas West will be closed to traffic between Ossington and Landsdowne all day Saturday, June 11. The streets will be for people, and for the businesses to fill as they wish. This means many of the retailers will have sidewalk sales, and the bars and restaurants will have patios, plus there are kids’ zones, art areas and music stages scattered throughout. With the wildly diverse businesses on the street, you will be able to choose from a lot of entertainment and dining.
I mentioned we had some highlights, but check out the site linked above because there is a lot going on this Saturday: