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Ossington Tire Is Closing on August 4th

Ossington TireOssington Tire announced yesterday that they are closing the business as of August 4th.

Ossington Tire Is Closing

Ossington Tire’s Facebook announcement

 

About Ossington Tire

Ossington Tire covers a big chunk of real estate at 146 Ossington, on the west side between Foxley and Argyle. The garage is between YogaSpace to the north and Reposado to the south. The family-run business has been in operation since 1946, and it’s presence harkens back to the industrial history of Ossington Avenue.  It had no shortage of customers from what we could tell, and was especially busy in late fall when cars would line up around the block to change to winter tires each year at Ossington Tire.

Ossington Tire Is Closing

Now the owner is retiring and so, Ossington Tire is closing. The announcement comes with a week and a half to go – your last chance to get your tires replaced on Ossington is next Friday, August 4, 2017. We wish the owner and his employees the best of luck!

So, what’s next for 146 Ossington? It’s a big lot with a lot of potential in a prime neighborhood. Your guess is probably similar to mine. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more, and please do the same! Share in our comments or through social.

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 Business Profile #23: Les Enfants Terribles

Today we profile Les Enfants Terribles, an art space at 130 Foxley Place, the alleyway behind Ossington. The student gallery doesn’t have a website, but fittingly, an instagram and a Facebook page.  The students that showcase at this space, which will reopen in September, are as young as high school age. Maybe younger! So when they are back in September, go check out the next generation of Toronto art talent!

Les Enfants Terribles entrance

Les Enfants Terribles Entrance on Foxley Place

We spoke with Jaiden at Les Enfants Terribles for this Ossington business profile.

What’s your business?

It’s not really a business, it’s a free space.  Les Enfants Terribles is a space for Visual Art, Photography and Film students from Etobicoke School of the Arts to show their work in a small gallery like atmosphere.  The students learn how to curate and prepare for their show, host an opening and are available to art fans on weekends following that opening to discuss their work.  

How is your business unique?

There is no commerce, it’s really about being able to get student work out there in the real world and prepare them for what’s ahead.  

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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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Ossington Village Food and Drink Updates: June 2017

Summer is coming and with it some fun events and changes at local restaurants! Here’s a list of upcoming Ossington Village food and drink events for June 2017.

Smoke Signals Patio Sundays, Sundays 12-8pm

Smoke Signals patio

They’ve already begun! Every Sunday this summer, Smoke Signals BBQ is utilizing the patio across the street on Dundas West for weekly outdoor patio parties, with their signature barbecue eats and Ace Hill brews. This event is Sundays all summer from 12n-8p, but make a reservation, because it’s going to be popular! Continue reading Ossington Village Food and Drink Updates: June 2017

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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5th Annual Dundas West Fest is This Saturday, June 3

Dundas West FestThe 5th annual Dundas West Fest is back again for another Saturday of fun-filled events. The festival encompasses Dundas West for 1.5km west to Landsdowne, and features something for everyone, with most of the local businesses participating.

 

About Dundas West Fest

This is the 5th year of this street festival, and it has always been a big success! So many local businesses participate that it really feels community focused. Not just businesses, either, the community centres, retirement homes and churches also get involved. The event starts at 10am and runs until midnight. Expect crowds and some food and drink line-ups in the afternoon and evening, especially if the weather is good!

The festival includes music, comedy, dance, art, shopping, eating, drinking, and activities for kids. While we don’t have the whole schedule of events, here’s an overview.


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Ossington Food Specials By Day

Ossington Village is full of restaurants and cafés serving delicious food every day of the week. Many of these eateries offer specials and you don’t want to miss some of these deals! We’ve got a roundup of the Ossington food (and drink) specials by day of the week.

Monday

Union Restaurant: 1/2 price bottles of wine

That’s right. Union Restaurant offers all their wine at 1/2 price every Monday night. They have a good wine list, too, so if that doesn’t get you out on a Monday, what will?


Tuesday

Salt Wine Bar: 1/2 price wine

The Portuguese restaurant and wine bar just announced this new weekly deal on social media. Another restaurant with a good wine list offering 1/2 price on all their bottles? Enjoy! Continue reading Ossington Food Specials By Day

Roywoods Jerk Chicken Moving Into 198 Ossington

We got some answers after our post yesterday about the mysterious signage at 198 Ossington. It turns out that Cityplace favorite Roywoods is expanding to Ossington.

Roywoods Toronto

The team behind Roywoods at Cityplace is bringing their Caribbean cooking to Ossington Avenue. The flagship spot is a quick take-out style joint. Their specialty dish, jerk chicken, ranks #3 on the list of best jerk chickens in the city. The menu also includes oxtail, BBQ chicken and catfish and pork. Sandwiches and plates are available. This is all based on the menu at the original location. We will have to wait and see precisely what dishes the kitchen brings to the Ossington location. We can expect some Caribbean cuisine at 198 Ossington. This is a cuisine that doesn’t currently exist in the neighborhood, so it’s a welcome addition.

Roywoods Jerk Chicken

Roywoods Sandwich, courtesy roywoods.ca

Here’s a photo of the Roywoods jerk chicken from Cityplace.

We’ll keep you posted when it’s available on Ossington, because when it opens, we’ll be there!