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Ossington Village Restaurant News: August 2017

We’ve got your Ossington Village restaurant news for August 2017 – what’s going on in the local restaurant and cafés these days!

Visit the new 86ed86ed logo

Dundas West restaurant Moto Bar recently rebranded to 86ed.  Located at 1321 Dundas West, stop in nightly from Tuesday-Sunday for their ever changing menu. When something runs out, it’s replaced by the next fresh dish concocted by Chef Wesley Hains. Expect the menu to always include a pasta, charcuterie plate, meat, veg and more, and plan on a delicious cocktail and wine list to accompany it.


La Banane One of the Best New Canadian Restaurants

En Route magazine announced their long list for best new restaurants in Canada, and Ossington’s own La Banane is on the list.


Bar Sybanne Set to Open SoonBar Sybanne

Ossington is getting a Mediterranean/Moroccan restaurant in the next few weeks. Bar Sybanne is thisclose to opening in the space formerly occupied by LAS.

 


The Dundas General Applying For a Liquor LicenseThe Dundas General

The Dundas General, a store and coffee shop at 1243 Dundas West which opened this spring, wants to start serving you alcohol and has a liquor license application pending.


Ideal Coffee Has an Upgraded PatioI Deal Patio Ossington

Stop in for a coffee at Ossington and Foxley’s I deal Coffee and enjoy it on their enhanced side patio. While Ideal’s patio has been a mainstay for years, they just upgraded it and it looks nice!


Have any other Ossington Village news? Share in the comments please!

2017 Ossfest Photos

Yesterday’s second annual Ossfest cycling race and street festival is over and we have lots of Ossfest photos.

The weather wasn’t perfect, but the grey sky and sometimes rain didn’t keep people away from Ossington.

Bike races started the day, and music, food, art, shopping, wrestling and more completed it.

What were your favorite happenings at Ossfest? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook. 

Here are our Ossfest photos.

Ossington Crit

The crit offered exciting races for different levels, including two kids age groups. There were some crashes, especially when the road got wet, and drew cycle racing fans from across the province.

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Entertainment

The music stage at Ossington and Dundas drew crowds to a diverse line-up of acts, and the Superkicked pro wrestling show was a popular diversion for all ages! Kids had some fun too, painting pictures at Telegramme Prints, playing the scavenger hunt, and building lego with Habitat for Humanity.  Continue reading 2017 Ossfest Photos

Ossington Now Has a Pop-Up For Naps

Casper Cottage logoThere is an Ossington nap pop-up. That’s right, Casper sleepware company just opened a retail store/marketing opportunity where you can take a nap in a bed on Ossington.

The Casper Cottage

Casper mattresses just opened “The Casper Cottage” this weekend at 45 Ossington. The pop-up occupies the space formerly home to Unleashed in the City before it moved to 211 Ossington in January. The marketing team for the mattress brand has transformed the space into what looks like a home decór store in the front, and a row of beds in the back. I walked by this morning but it wasn’t open yet – probably because people don’t need naps right after waking up!

How it works

According to the Casper press release, 45 Ossington is The Casper Cottage, your Toronto summer home. All you need to do to visit the Ossington nap pop-up is either book a bed in advance (maybe via email?) or just swing by on the chance one will be available. Then you can lie down on a Casper bed outifitted with Casper pillows and sheets and sleep in the store. The store/bed rental spot is open until August 20th. Hours are Tuesday – Wednesday 12-8p; Thursday – Friday 12-9p; and Saturday – Sunday 12-8p. If you get tired on a Monday, you’ll have to go home for a nap, or pull a Costanza and sleep under your desk at work. Continue reading Ossington Now Has a Pop-Up For Naps

Code 8 Filming on Dundas West

Code 8 Dundas Set

If you’ve been on Dundas West just east of Ossington today, you likely noticed the equipment and trucks set up for the shoot of Code 8.

About Code 8

Code 8 is a science fiction movie which features Arrow stars – and Canadian cousins – Stephen and Robbie Amell. The project originally began as a short film, which has been released and you can already watch. The two stars and director Jeff Chan started an indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to expand it to a feature film.

Code 8 Filming on Dundas West

Code 8 is filming in the garage space of A-1 Auto Service Repair on the south side of Dundas. This venue is not new to film shoots, as it was previously used in the film Dr. Cabbie.

When I went by this evening, I didn’t see either of the two leads, but there is a chance you will.

I did get some photos on the street. I am not sure if the ice cream truck is part of the set, or craft services.

Code 8 will be filming in Toronto through the end of July.

Share with us on social if you get any photos of your own!

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2017 Portugal Day Parade in Photos

Yesterday was a beautiful day for the annual Portugal Day Parade on Dundas West. The turnout was good for such good weather, and the streets were filled with musicians and Portuguese in lively costumes, plus local politicians currying favor. We took lots of photos.

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A Live Concert at TA2

 

TA2 Sound and MusicTA2 Sound and Music is a booming local business, a post-production and recording studio with two Toronto locations, including one at 68 Ossington Avenue. TA2’s clients include advertisers and their agencies, musicians and labels, and often connects those groups together for campaigns. Sometimes, they even host a concert at TA2.

This three story studio space, with a rooftop deck, also serves as a great event space for the company, and they use it well for parties for their clients. Last night, we attended their exclusive event featuring BMG Music artist LP. It was a great event with, not surprisingly, excellent audio! It helps that LP has a gorgeous voice, but the experts at TA2 can’t be denied either.

We took photos and videos of the space and the LP show, so check it out for yourself!

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Dundas West Fest 2017 In Photos

The weather was fabulous for the 5th annual Dundas West Fest, and so was everything else.

Crowds of people hit the street from morning to midnight, and there was something for everyone on Dundas West: food, drinks, music, comedy, activities for kids, a big gay patio, sports, a Harry Potter themed patio, a mural painted in a day, and more.  A recap in photos below.

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Inside Sweet Addictions Candy Store

Sweet Addictions ExteriorOssington 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

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Big Movie Shoot at Dundas and Ossington

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.

Ossington shoot

Extras on set on Ossington

According to online info on The Shape of Water, it’s set in Cold War Era, circa 1965.

It has a pretty good sized budget

Continue reading Big Movie Shoot at Dundas and Ossington

Twisted Smoke Is Closed, Prime Dundas Space Looking for Tenant

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

Abacus Lofts on Dundas West

1239 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.