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Love Letter to The Great Lakes: Street Art Around Ossington

lovelettertThis 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.

Please note – these murals are not finished. The artists have been working on them in the hot sun all week and they are elaborate so expect a few more days before completion.


Alleyway East side of Ossington, behind Rally:

We started behind Rally, where several different artists are painting their own work:

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The tour begins at Rally Ossington

First, a mural by Caratoes:

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In the same alleyway, a work by Peru evoking shipping lanes:

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Peru in front of his mural in the west alleyway behind Ossington


Alleyway West side of Ossington, at Humbert

Then, we went back onto Ossington and across to the other side of the street, behind House of Horvath, the cigar factory on the east side. First, we saw Birdo‘s street art which focuses on disappearing species:

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Birdo Disappearing Species Mural

Right next door, Chris Konecki‘s mural of shipping lanes sparked attention:

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Chris Konecki mural Ossington


West Side of Ossington at Rebecca

 Just a little bit further south, across from 41 Ossington at the south side of Rebecca Street, Bruno Smoky is in the midst of his mural. Apparently, there are a lot of restrictions and he is being held up, but try to check him out this weekend. You can see it is a very large piece and not finished!

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Bruno Smoky mural Ossington and Rebecca


Queen West Self-Storage building, 21 Ossington, west side

Right at a very busy part of Ossington, Toronto local Jon Todd has been painting some very detailed wildlife of the Great lakes.

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Jon Todd mural, 21 Ossington


Parking Lot next to Jimmy’s Coffee, 15 Ossington

We met Valinas, a muralist from Mexico who made his first trip to Toronto to participate in this project. 3 different pieces fill the wall in the parking lot north of Jimmy’s Coffee.

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Valinas, posing in front of his mural


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Olivier Bonnard from Montreal painted the front of the Rally building, with fish swimming up and down the exterior.

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Oliver Bonnard at Rally Ossington

2016 Portugal Day Parade Photos

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.

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The crowds waiting for the parade

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Mayor John Tory and Councillor Ana Bailao

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Smiles at today's #portugalparade #parade #toronto

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A Tasting at Té

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Don’t know what Te is? Well, now is your chance to go try some of their delicious Asian fusion food before it starts getting written up and too crowded to get in. Located just south of Union, where Baby Huey used to be, at 70 Ossington Avenue, Te is open daily for dinner and brunch on weekends.

The event last night featured some signature cocktails, all Asian and/or tea influenced, including some bubble tea beverages, as well as samples from the entire menu. We couldn’t eat it all, but we enjoyed everything we tried. Standouts include the edamame with garlic and anchovy, kimchee ravioli and Taiwanese fried chicken.

We took lots of photos of the food, but you should try it for yourself!

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Cocktails at Te

 

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Garlic edamame and candied anchovies

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Taiwanese spiced tea egg shooters

 

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Sweet potato fries

 

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Bulgogi sliders

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Dark Spiced Taiwanese Fried Chicken

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Toasted Kimchi Ravioli

 

Ossington’s Changing Landscape – Photo Blog Post

There are a lot of changes happening on Ossington including new buildings and businesses, so we did a walk around and took some photos to highlight some of the most recent ones on the street.

The small location at 104 Ossington just north of Lower Ossington Theatre most recently housed a onesie shop called Kigurumi, has also been a record store and a vintage shop,  and will soon be home to a tattoo parlour called Bellwoods Tattoo.

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Baby Hueys is now gone from 72 Ossington, and the space appears to be renovating into a new storefront. Next door there’s a logo for TA2, a recording studio with headquarters on the east end, and may be expanding to Ossington.

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Motif Lofts has been under construction for a few years and looks closer to being ready for tenants. In the next few months we may also see some new retailers on the ground floor at 41 Ossington.

 

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At the corner of Ossington and Queen, Stussy is now closed as we anticipate the arrival of the American retailer who took over the lease: IMG_4355

The building at 114 Ossington, which houses Venezia Bakery, is has been undergoing a massive transformation, adding two floors above, most likely for residences.

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186 Ossington, the old home of Vintage Mix 1, is now confirmed as the new home of Rotate This, which is currently prepping for the move from Queen St. West to Ossington later this month.

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Finally, The Crooked Star, at 202 Ossington on the corner of Roylat St, is in the midst of a transformation. We have no idea what’s going on behind closed doors, but a lot of people are hoping the renovated Crooked Star opens soon!

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Ufficio Restaurant Open on Dundas West

uThe neighborhood has it’s first opening of the year! Ufficio Restaurant, an Italian fish spot, is now open at 1214 Dundas West. We’ve been missing the former restaurant in the spot, the much admired The Grove, and have anticipated this opening for almost a year when we wrote about it last February.  Well, now it’s open and last night was the first night of service.

The restaurant, from a team including Chef Craig Harding from Campagnolo, focuses on seafood and vegetarian fare, distinct from much Italian food on offer in the city. We checked it out last night and there is a lot to choose from on the menu: crudo (raw fish), salads and vegetable dishes, pastas and cooked fish. Try it out for yourself. Photos of the bar and delicious cocktails below; the restaurant has an instagram account with more professional photos

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Ossington Alleyway Party Photos

Once again, the Ossington Village Alleyway party was a big success. The Day of the Dead theme was a big hit, with lots of people in costume and getting their faces painted and adding photos to the altar.

The musical performances went until 10pm, when we got shut down by a neighbor who called the Toronto police. For once, the weather held up – we got through an alleyway party without rain!

Below are a few photos from the day. To see more, check out our Facebook page and the event page.

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The Grow Op Opening This Week

The Grow Op, a new smoothie and salad bar and so much more, will be opening this week at 222 Ossington. You may remember a long line of fish markets in this space just south of Dundas, but now it’s clean, bright and ready to serve you anything from coffee to salads and sandwiches to kombucha and smoothies.

They’re doing soft opening private parties this weekend, but you should be able to stop by and try a treat this week. They’ll open around 8 or 9am each day, so you can start your day with a coffee or smoothie from The Grow Op.

So far, you can only find them on instagram. We took some photos Friday night, posted below:IMG_2567

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Beauty and The Beast Returns to Ossington

Have you seen some out-of-place subway station signs or new storefronts on Ossington today?
That’s because once again, our street is being transformed for Hollywood. This time, Beauty & The Beast is back filming on Ossington, and they’ve already taken over Soos, Tiger of Sweden and Humbert Street with New York City decor, including the requisite cabs.

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Beauty & The Beast, the CW series which airs on Showcase here, has already used Ossington as a backdrop for their NYC set before this shoot.

Here’s Academy of Lions with a Jazz Bar sign:

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Let us know if you see Kristen Kreuk or any of the show’s other stars. We’ve got some more photos from social media:

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from @robynehewitt on Twitter

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from @tigerofswedento instagram

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from @laurensoo88 instagram

Portuguese Day Parade in Photos

This year the rain didn’t stop the Portuguese Day Parade from coming along Dundas and celebrating our local Portuguese culture. As always there were plenty of colourful costumes, floats by many Portuguese-run companies, community groups and music by bands and DJs.

We’ve posted most of our pictures here on Facebook, but here’s a few as a sample of the participants and onlookers who tolerated the June rain to celebrate.

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Dundas West Fest 2015 in Photos

SignA gorgeous sunny day, patios and entertainment for blocks and blocks: what more could we have asked for yesterday with the 3rd annual Dundas West Fest? The turn-out was very large, with people from all over the city enjoying everything the local (and not-so-local) businesses were offering.

We have photos of the crowds, the bars, the entertainers, and more, but we’d love to see your photos too! Share with us on Twitter and Facebook.

A Samba Squad Salsa Parade to start the day off:

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Lots of good, local and regional food on patios:

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Local bands:

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Street Performers:

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Hanging on patios with large beers:

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Lots of refreshments and sweets:

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A beer garden, in a garden centre:

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Great international music at the LulaWorld stage:

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