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The Best Places for Brunch in Ossington Village

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.


Union patioThe 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


Té brunch

Kimchi and Pork Eggs Benny at Té

Asian Fusion Brunch: Té

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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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The Weeknd Is Coming to Ossington

Starboy The Weeknd OssingtonExpect 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 Ossington

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.

 

 

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.

THE DAKOTA TAVERN CONCERTS FOR ALZHEIMER’S IPOD PROJECT

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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Ossington Businesses Awarded “Best in Toronto”

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!

Now Best of Toronto

 

Toronto Cityscape

  • Trinity Bellwoods Park ranked as runner up for Best Park (High Park won)
  • Congrats to Mike Layton – runner up as Best City Councillor

Shopping and Services

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Ossington Businesses in The News

Multiple Ossington businesses are in the news, so it’s time for a round-up of this press coverage.  As always, there’s a lot going on and Toronto is watching – and talking about it!

Superpoint is open and people are excited about the new pizza place

When Superpoint opened, we tried it out and liked it. Guess what? We weren’t the only ones! Toronto Life also likes the new Ossington restaurant, and got some great food photos. And the takeout window is open, just in time for the cold weather.

Fashionistas are thrilled to borrow dresses from Studio Fitzroy

After moving into their permanent space around the corner on Dundas, Studio Fitzroy changed focus to dress rentals. As a result, the boutique is getting deserved attention for their unique to Toronto designer gown borrowing options. With the holidays and all the accompanying parties and events approaching, an outfit from Fitzroy is worth trying!

Music Fans are celebrating Rotate This on its 25th Anniversary

Rotate This in the news 25 Years

We’ve only had Rotate This on Ossington for a few months, but the shop has been a Toronto music staple for 25 years. They’re celebrating with a party this Saturday, and Now has a great profile/interview looking back at some of the store’s high points.

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.

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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6th Annual Ossington Alleyway Party Sunday, September 11

Ossington Alleyway Party

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:

Masha Maria
Rosey Kain
Maracatu Mar Aberto
Balfolk Toronto
Moskitto Bar
Quique Escamilla
Weatherstone
Patricia O’Callaghan with Gryphon Trio
Rambunctious
Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party
and more …

If you have been to the Alleyway Party even once, you know. If you haven’t ever been, this is your chance. Read about previous events and we’ll see you on Sunday.

OSSFEST Recap and Photos

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!).

OssCrit Kids Race

Ossington Crit Kids race

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What To Expect During Ossfest

ossfest logoOssfest 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

Food and Drink at Ossfest

  • Boehmer’s front patio will be busy serving special dishes and a view of Ossington Crit
  • 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