1161 Dundas St W is open for Pop Ups and Short Term Rentals – Next: Headmistress

20151205_114247The gallery space at 1161 Dundas West, which used to house Cooper Cole, is open for pop-up space rentals or events, according to a sign on their door.

Next weekend, accessories retailer Jill Wood of Headmistress is hosting a popup from Thursday to Sunday. The sale will feature her hats and fur pieces, as well as clothing and accessories from 18 Waits and photo prints from Jess Claire. Between these three Canadian brands, you might be able to find someone a nice Christmas gift.

To launch this new pop up there’s a party this Thursday sponsored by Peroni and DJed by local talent Brendan Canning. Info below via Instagram:


Ossington Back to School Guide

It’s that time of year for parents and kids – getting ready for back to school. You can get into the spirit too, by learning something new in the Ossington and Dundas area. Lots of businesses in our neighborhood offer many opportunities to learn something new. Whether it’s athletic, culinary or technological, there’s lots to learn in Ossington Village.

header-logo-2015Le Dolci on Dundas offers baking classes of all kinds on weeknights or on the weekends: learn to make croissants, bread or decorate cupcakes and more. They’ve also got a few weeks left of their farmer’s market class where Chef Michael Hunter takes you shopping at the Trinity Bellwoods Market and then cooks a feast with the finds!

Drinking delicious beer and learning too!? Sounds great! Which explains why Bellwoods Brewery‘s weekly sessions also sell out quickly. They announced the next round of guided beer tasting sessions last week so if you want to book one of their Tuesday sessions September 8th, 15th, 21st or 29th, email them now!

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Academy of Lions offers crossfit classes and personal training – they even let you try your first crossfit class for free every Saturday at 12:15pm. If your goal is to get in shape, this is a great opportunity for you.



InterAccess, the technology meets art studio at 9 Ossington, regularly offers workshops. You can listen to guest lecturers, learn hands-on tech, use 3D printers, and all sorts of interesting things that you probably didn’t know about. The workshops are scheduled on weeknights and weekends, so sign up now!

Yogaspace has all sorts of yoga practices, but did you know you can also learn to be an instructor? They offer teacher training courses 3 different times throughout the year so inspire yourself.


Know of anything we missed? Teach us in the comments or tweet us.

Pan Am Torch Comes to CAMH Thursday

torch-relay-banner-logo-bilThe Pan Am torch has been travelling around the GTA recently in an attempt to generate interest and excitement in the Pan Am games, which take over parts of Toronto and lots of near(ish) cities and towns beginning July 10.  The torch will make a local stop on Thursday, bringing attention to a noble institution, CAMH, and its president and CEO, Dr. Catherine Zahn, who has been appointed an official torchbearer.

Thursday’s event at CAMH is planned for 11:45a – 12:30p. The torch is coming from Roncesvalles, and east on Queen to it’s stop at Queen and Ossington. Besides seeing a lot of press photographers and the torch itself, you’ll be able to enjoy some performances and buy lunch on site.

CAMH Pan Am Torch Relay Poster

CAMH Pan Am Torch Relay Poster

Based on the Olympic torch model, the Pan Am torch is always lit by indigenous peoples from the Americas, usually Aztecs. This year the torch was lit in Mexico in May, the last site of the games in 2011, and will finally stop moving on Friday at the opening ceremony. It’s been travelling across Canada, and has been in and out of Toronto for the last weeks. It will take a circuitous route around the west end into Chinatown, Little Italy, Bloor and the Annex and downtown after the CAMH stop. You can check out the map here.

Oz Studios transforms to Maxine’s for TV show The Divide.

IMG_20140129_133306If you’ve walked by 129 Ossington today you may be thinking that we have another new bar on the street. In fact, it’s the part of the set for an upcoming drama to be aired on WE TV, an affiliate of AMC. The show is called The Divide and, according to its Wikipedia page and this article from Deadline Hollywood, it’s “an exploration of morality, ambition, ethics, politics and race in today’s justice system through the eyes of an impassioned case worker and an equally passionate district attorney who end up confronting each other over whose views of justice are correct.” If you’re a follower of such things, the show is the first scripted series the WE TV has undertaken. Among the cast is Nia Long, from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Boyz in the Hood and Big Mama’s House.

As part of the set, Oz Studios has been transformed into Maxine’s tavern, presumably where some of the action takes place. Even though it looks like a cozy place to stop in for a pint, unfortunately there’s not much behind the facade except Oz studios as it always was, with a bunch of TV set equipment.



PhotoBlog: A winter day on Ossington

It was a cold and snowy day on Ossington this Saturday. Lots of folks were out shopping, but many people were shoveling and enjoying the snow. Here’s a few shots from the day.

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Small Business Updates – Papelaria Portugal, Superior Dry Cleaners and more

There have been a few changes recently we’ve noticed in the shops between Roylat and Dundas including Superior Dry Cleaner, Papeleria Portugal, and the little spot beside Fishbar. Here’s what we know (and don’t know).

You may have seen recently a For Sale sign on the building which houses Superior Dry Cleaner. This is our only local dry cleaner (and she’s a pretty good tailor for minor things) so we were concerned. It turns out she’s not going anywhere as she’s on a pretty solid lease, but the building itself is being sold. According to the listing, There are 6 apartments in the space, as well as the dry cleaner and it can by yours for only $1.25M.


One of the pictures on the listing page worth checking out (which we liked anyway) was their rooftop deck. Nice place to enjoy the neighbourhood!

Just a couple doors up you may have also seen that the Papeleria Portugal is having a clearance sale with up to 80% off items in the store. According to the shopkeeper they are shifting to become more of a convenience store rather than a gift shop (if that’s what you’d call it now?) Keep an eye out as they start to change their inventory to have more small food items rather than the knick-knacks and football paraphernalia they have now.


Get your religious figures while they last.


Lastly we also noticed that the scaffolding has finally been removed from the space just south of Fishbar. The scaffolding on the location had been up for over a year so we assume something is being done to the location, although we haven’t heard yet. If you know what’s planning on going into the location drop us a line or throw it into the comments below. IMG_20130821_135513


Summer Weekend on Ossington – Mods and Rockers, Reposado Birthday & Summerworks

If you’re in the neighbourhood this weekend, there are lots of options for things to do. Here’s a few things that you might want to keep in mind as you plan the next few days.

Starting off Friday night, if you are a bike fan (the motorized kind) head on over to Town Moto for their kick-off party to the Mods and Rockers weekend which takes place at a number of venues across the city. modsrockersbbq.2-1Just a little up the street, it’s someone’s birthday! Yes, it’s Reposado‘s birthday and they are celebrating 6 years in business – providing the best margaritas, and one of the best patios. in the city. There’s going to be live music, drinks (with a lot of tequila we suspect) and a BBQ out back both Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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And don’t forget there’s still lots happening at Summerworks at the Lower Ossington Theatre and other places around the city. You can read more about it from our earlier post here. Although it is currently sold out, tonight’s The Wooden Sky Travelling Adventure Show, starting at 7pm promises to be an interesting musical journey around the alleyways of Toronto.

Later on at the Lower Ossington there’s a show with a mysterious title and description called Eating Pomegranates Naked, which starts at 10pm. The descriptions follows:

If you knew that telling the truth would cost you everything in your relationship would you be honest? You’re only as safe as your secrets.

Warning: Mature language. Suitable for 13+.

Your guess is as good as ours on what it’s about, but it sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

On Sunday another local establishment is celebrating their 2nd birthday on the street. Yours Truly is having a backyard party with $5 food and drinks – Stop by their backyard between 2pm and 10pm and try some of their great treats, as well as drinks from Perrier, Tromba and Creemore as well as live music from Linus Booth, Andrew Ross, Ronnie Falcon, David Patterson and Babe Rainbow.

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Have a great weekend in Toronto and don’t forget to check our calendar for more info.

Updated! – Missing Girl in the Ossington/Dundas neighbourhood found!


Toronto Police Services have notified us that the missing person has been found safely.

The Toronto Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance locating a missing girl.

Maanii Oakes, 14, was last seen on Monday, May 27, 2013, at 10:40 p.m., in the Ossington Avenue/Dundas Street West area.

See previous release.

She was located on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 12:30 p.m.

Thanks to everyone who shared and helped out!


We’re adding this as a blog post to get the word out beyond our twitter account. This was posted by Toronto Police Services early this morning:

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance locating a missing girl.

Maanii Oakes, 14, was last seen on Monday, May 27, 2013, at 10:40 p.m., in the Ossington Avenue/Dundas Street West area.

She is described as white, 5’7”, medium build, light-brown long hair, shaved on the sides with green bangs. She was last seen wearing blue denim shorts with patches, grey sleeveless blouse and green boots.

Police are concerned for her safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

Please, please keep your eyes out in the neighbourhood and alert the police if you know anything.

Volunteer Opportunity to Make Our Neighborhood Greener

The David Suzuki Foundation is starting a new initiative in Ward 19 in Toronto, our neighborhood included. The goal is to build a “Homegrown National Park” along the former path of Garrison Creek, and the fun part, is they want community members to as volunteers. They are trying to create a greener urban environment, and are looking for locals with ideas for improving and growing outdoor green spaces in Ward 19.

If you are interested in volunteering and doing something positive for the greater community, check out their website to learn more. Applicants must live in the ward. They are looking for individuals with strong ties to the community, ideas for improving the neighborhood green spaces, and connections who will help bring those ideas to life. The Foundation will provide training and support. The area making up this green corridor is shown in the green section of this map:

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If you do participate, please keep in touch with us, as we would love to help you make our neighborhood greener!

Handy Guide to what’s open on Ossington for the holidays.

Screen Shot 2012-12-24 at 11.32.19 AMIt’s the time of year for many of the business owners and employees on the strip to head home and spend time with their families. A few are staying open so the rest of us can get out of our house and enjoy the neighbourhood. We put together this quick guide to what’s open and closed over the next few days. Some items to note:

  • Coffee on Chrismas day is going to be hard to find. Best to head to the new Starbucks at Queen.
  • If you want to escape the family on Christmas eve, the options are Opera Bobs until 10pm and Get Well bar (where you can show your visiting relatives some of our local craft beers)
  • Escape on Christmas day is a similar experience. Opera Bobs and Get Well Bar are open, although Get Well opens at 8pm.
  • The food options on Christmas day are limited to Lakeview, and Pho Tien
  • Boxing day has broader choices which also include Pizza Libretto and OddSoeul.
  • Crafted, Foxley, and Delux are taking the entire week off and open on January 2nd.

Our list is far from comprehensive. Let us know if you have more information to add and we will update the post.

Alex Rei Open Xmas until 2pm. Limited Menu (Rice, Potatos and Chicken). Closed Boxing Day
Caldense Bakery Closed December 24th at 7pm, Closed Christmas Day, Open Boxing Day
Crafted Closed 24th until January 2nd
Delux Closed until January 2nd
Fishbar Closed until December 27th
Foxley Closed until January 2nd
Get Well Bar Open December 24th at 5pm, December 25th at 8pm, December 26th at 5pm.
Hawker Bar Closed until December 28th
Ideal Coffee Closed December 25th, Open on Boxing Day
Lakeview Open 24 hours
OddSoeul Closed December 24th and 25th. Back on December 26th
Opera Bobs Open December 24th 3-10(ish), December 25th 6pm until late.
Pho Tien Closing Early on Dec 24th. Open December 25th and 26th.
Pizza Libretto Closed Decemer 24th and 25th. Open on Boxing Day
Reposado Closed December 24th and 25th. Open on Boxing Day
Rock Lobster Closed December 24th, 25th and 26th. Back serving fresh lobster on the 27th/td>
Salt Wine Bar Closed until December 27th
Starbucks (Queen and Ossington) Open Xmas from 8am – 8pm. Normal hours Boxing Day
The Saint Closed until December 27th
Union Closed until December 27th
Yours Truly Open Dec 24th. (still availability) Closed Dec 25th and 26th as per normal