Ossington and Dundas has a new and unique Candy Store!
Sweet Addictions opened earlier this month at 1134 Dundas Street West, just east of Ossington. This is not your average candy store. In fact, when we stopped in to check it out, we saw a lot of products we had never heard of before, let alone seen.
As I said, this is not your typical candy store. For one, the inventory goes well beyond candy to cover a variety of snack foods. Cookies, chips, breakfast cereals, gum, peanut butter, and candy are on offer at this new shop.
Sweet Addictions sells different flavours of your favourite brands
There is a high budget shoot happening on Dundas at Ossington today. The production team is trying to keep the name of the feature a mystery, but word is out that it’s Guillermo del Toro’s latest feature, The Shape of Water, which fits everything we learned today.
The Movie is set in the 1960s
This is one piece of information that was willingly given out by one of the many workers on the production. The period costume and the vintage cars serve as further evidence.
Extras on set on Ossington
According to online info on The Shape of Water, it’s set in Cold War Era, circa 1965.
Another marijuana dispensary, this one Twisted Smoke on Dundas West, is now closed. The space is immediately available for rent, and representatives of Abacus Lofts have reached out to ask for publicity in getting a new, and improved, tenant.
Abacus Lofts is a brand new apartment building on the south side of Dundas at Grove Street. The prime spot at 1239 Dundas West is near restaurants and the LCBO and is available immediately for lease. It’s 1,595 square feet with a 400 sf patio in the front, and they are open to a cafe or restaurant taking over the lease. So if you or someone you know is looking for a place to open your dream business, try the link here.
Here are some photos of the recently emptied space:
Abacus Lofts on Dundas West
The retail space at 1239 Dundas West
Twisted Smoke is the second recent closure of a marijuana dispensary, not surprising since we still have a glut in our neighbourhood.
The 6th annual Ossington Village Alleyway Party was yesterday and we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day to accompany the wonderful music, food and company in the alley.
The day was filled with friends old and new, food from the generous neighbors, Scrabble and other games, music and dancing. All of the talented performers donated their time and music, and for that we are very grateful! Here are some photos from the day and night:
The music line-up, which changed slightly
Rosey Kain made her first appearance at the Alleyway Party
Maracatu Mar Alberto: The drummers paraded down the alleyway to the stage
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!).
Pokémon Go launched in Canada on Sunday, and we’re already hooked and so are many other locals. There are PokéStops and gyms all around Ossington Village. Thanks to a lot of nearby graffiti, churches and parks, you can get a lot of Pokémon Go activity nearby.
Last night, we walked around the back alleys of our neighbourhood, taking in graffiti PokéStops, and meeting other people doing the same thing!
Collect balls and other items to use in the game for free. These locations have multiple PokéStops:
Trinity Bellwoods Park: signs, graffiti, memorials, statues: all of these are PokéStops
Ossington alleyways to the east and west of Ossington, there are so many alleyways with graffiti art that are featured in this game
Ostler Park playground: this is a good stopover between alleyways, and people were setting lots of lures there last night!
BQM has a mural on the side of the building which is a PokéStop
“Black and White” is the Black wall of OMAW across the street from the White wall of Mamakas at Ossington and Humbert
Here are some photos of some of the stops:
Poke Stop Ossington and Argyle
Martial Arts Graffiti West of Ossington and North of Queen: Also a PokéStop
Gamers lured some PokéMon and were trying to catch them among the art in the Ossington alleway
The PokéMon gyms are for level 5 and up. Nearby gyms include:
Last week, TéRestaurant launched a beautiful backyard patio. That’s right, now you can enjoy the Asian fusion food and delicious tea-infused cocktails in the outdoors.
For those of you who missed our earlierposts, Téis at 70 Ossington, next door to Union. Like it’s northerly neighbour Union, the new backyard patio at Té is a beautiful oasis. Quiet and shaded, it’s a nice spot to take a break from the sun and the crowds on Ossington and Queen West. Today, a hot afternoon, when I stepped onto that patio, the air felt a few degrees cooler than the street temperature!
Below are some of the photos I took of the newly launched outdoor space. Té is open for weekend brunch and from 4PM each night excluding Tuesdays.
The relaxing backyard at Té
The Té patio has shade and twinkly lights
Té joins the many other illustrious patios in Ossington Village. Check out our patio guide for more!
This week, Ossington is a major location for a new Toronto arts festival. This one brings some beautiful new murals to our streetscape. Love Letter to The Great Lakes as an event runs until tomorrow at Rally Ossington, but the street art will live on our local buildings for a long time.
Today, the team behind the project at Rally led a bike tour of the murals, starting behind their site at 12 Ossington. We stopped at several murals in and around Ossington, the street and alleyways. We checked out the murals as they were being painted, and got to hear from some of the artists. While this was a one-time experience, you can still go for your own walk or bike and have a look for yourself!
I took some photos and notes on where and who. The website also showcases a map with the sites and bios of all the talented artists working on the project, so you can conduct your own personal self-guided tour in the days to come. Also, Rally is holding a pop-up shop and art exhibit with materials related to the project, so stop in tonight or tomorrow for more information.
This year’s Portugal Day Parade was a beautiful, if windy, day for the marchers and the onlookers.
We took lots of photos of the musicians, organizations, and politicians who participated in the annual parade that travels on Dundas West from Landsdowne to Ossington. Some photos are below, but check out our Facebook post for more.