Ride Cycle Club Opens: Go Spinning on Ossington

Ride Cycle ClubRide Cycle Club Ossington is officially open, so you can add spinning to the list of things to do in Ossington Village.

Located at 98 Ossington Avenue, Ride Cycle Club is the second location of Lululemon founder’s son’s spin studio. It is adjacent to the new Lululemon concept store The Local, and is another in a line of Vancouver-based businesses expanding to Ossington Avenue.

Outside of attending the actual spin classes, you can do most everything else at Ride through their website. According to the posted schedule, classes begin today. You can book your class in advance, but based on the sell-out levels right now, you’ll need to book early. You will pay $15 for the first class, and monthly and multi-class packages are also available for dedicated spinners.

We’ll let you know once we’ve been able to get in for a class! You do the same.

Ride Cycle Club Coming to Ossington

ride cycle club logoRide Cycle Club, another Vancouver chain, is coming to Ossington.

Vancouver Chains Currently on Ossington

Ossington has become almost a Vancouver east, with all the chain stores that have opened on the street recently:

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Where To Watch the MLS Cup in Ossington Village

mls cup logoFinally, a Toronto team makes the championships of something! And where are you going to watch the MLS cup, featuring our very own Toronto FC, this Saturday? Well, if you’re not going to the game at BMO Field (tickets sold out super fast), there are quite a few Ossington Village bars who would love to have your company.


MLS Cup Game Details

Toronto FC plays their first ever championship game against the Seattle Sounders this Saturday at 8PM in Toronto.

Where to Watch

Wherever you do go to watch the game, make sure you arrive early for a seat. This is the first time Toronto – any Canadian team – has made it to the MLS Finals, so the whole city should want to watch this game.

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As the biggest sports bar in the neighborhood, The Contender, located at 1166 Dundas West, will have a lot of room for the game. That doesn’t mean it won’t fill up, however. We’ve been there for some pretty crowded Raptors games! Go there for a big space, draft beer, games and competitions and a sports bar menu.

MLS at LAS OssingtonLAS

Located at 229 Ossington, LAS serves a variety of sausages and craft beers with their sports.

The Dock Ellis

The Dundas West sports bar isn’t just for baseball or basketball or football – The Dock Ellis also follows soccer. Enjoy some Ontario craft beer, a burger or even a salad with your soccer cheering.

Opera Bob’s

A great place to watch English soccer, Opera Bob’s will likely have a big screen on and a lot of footie experts out for Toronto’s first chance at winning a championship in ages.

More Local Events for a Good Cause

Local Ossington businesses are sponsoring fundraising efforts for good causes. Check them out and see what you can do to help!

OMAW, Action Against Hunger, November 29

OMAW Action Against Hunger

Dine out at local restaurant Omaw this coming Tuesday night for a good cause! Omaw, at 88 Ossington, is donating all proceeds from the dinner service to Action Against Hunger. Dinner service starts at 6PM. Like you need another excuse to eat at a good restaurant.


Academy of Lions, #CALS4PALS Row-a-thon, December 3

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Watch Euro Cup in Ossington Village

eurocuplogoEuro Cup action starts tomorrow afternoon, and, of course, local bars will be showing all the games. We have some popular sports bars at Ossington and Dundas, so arrive early if you want a seat!

Opera Bob’s (OB’s) is showing all the games live. As the official Toronto home of Man City supporters, Opera Bob’s, at Dundas just east of Ossington, will likely be especially busy for England games, the first of which is Saturday at 3PM vs. Russia. Opera Bob’s is so excited they’ve posted the entire schedule so expect a fun atmosphere with real football fans. You’ll note they’ve highlighted the England games.

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Also on Dundas West, just west of Ossington, sports bar The Contender has posted they too will be open for all Euro 2016 matches:

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And further west on Dundas, The Dock Ellis is always open for lunch anyway, with great daily specials Monday-Friday to enjoy while watching the UEFA:

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Where to watch Super Bowl 50 near Ossington

SuperbowlLogoThis Sunday, February 7th, is one of the big sporting events of the year, the Super Bowl, where the Carolina Panthers will play the Denver Broncos for the NFL championship. While some will be interested in the game itself, lots of others – aficionados of marketing – will tune in for the biggest day in TV ad launches. Yet others will tune in for the entertainment, whether it be Lady Gaga singing the national anthem or Coldplay and Beyonce, who are scheduled for the half-time show.  The Ossington neighbourhood now has no shortage of great venues to get together with friends and watch the action.

Some of the local venues that will have big screens for the game are Opera Bobson Dundas east of Ossington, The Dock Ellis, also on Dundas but west of Dovercourt, which always has solid food optionsThe Contender is probably the biggest sports bar in the neighbourhood, with lots of screens, so you won’t miss any action.

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There are likely also big screens to watch the game at Rock Lobster, The Saint, and Reposado has been known to show big games in El Norte, their side room.

LAS, at 229 Ossington, will also show the game on a big screen so you can watch while dining on some of their gourmet sausages.

Have a big TV at home and don’t want to leave? Junked is offering delivery for the Super Bowl, so you can enjoy their nachos, pizza and more from the comfort of your couch:


Let us know in the comments or send us a message if there are other Super Bowl events in the neighbourhood.

Get Behind Some Good Causes in the Neighborhood

Local individuals and businesses are supporting some good causes, and you can help too. More info:
West Neighbouwnh_logo_markrhood House (formerly St. Christopher House) is our – very local United Way agency and community centre, providing programs and services to all. This year, a number of motivated individuals are running in the Toronto marathon to raise money for West Neighborhood House. If you would like to support the runners and the centre, click through one of the links. You are also invited to cheer them on as they run across the city on Sunday, October challenge

rfcDoes anyone need an excuse to eat out at a delicious restaurant? Either way, lock down a reservation at one of the eateries participating in Restaurants for Change on October 21. Toronto restaurants including Ossington’s Union and The Saint will be donating proceeds from their dinner service to support healthy food access in low-income communities across Canada.


Do you know other examples of locals doing good for others? Please share with us in the comments or on social media.

Where to Watch the BlueJays Playoffs in Ossington Village

jaysnewWith the BlueJays hitting the playoffs for the first time since 1993, there’s a lot of excitement in the city. Playoff tickets are tough to get (and expensive) so you’re going to want to find a place to watch the game nearby. Luckily our neighbourhood has lots of choices. Here’s some of our suggestions for the early games – (as later in the playoffs we think other restaurants will get involved too) – the local spots which will be open early enough to catch Thursday and Friday’s games.

Opera Bobs

At 1112 Dundas West, just east of Ossington, Opera Bobs provides a great venue to watch games and has a nice neighbourhood bar feel. With a big screen behind their stage and a bunch of screens behind the bar, they’ll be showing games and serving up their traditional pub food such as wings and nachos.

The Contender

The Contender, at 1166 Dundas West, just west of Ossington, is one of the newest sports bars in the neighbourhood. Lots of big screens, sports bar food such as nachos, hot dogs and wings, and a menu that will make you feel like you’re at the ball park.

Dock Ellis

Who wouldn’t want to go to a bar to watch the playoffs named after a pitcher who threw a no hitter high on acid? And the food is not your typical pub food. They offer sharable snacks and a great selection of local craft beers, and are also on Dundas West, at 1280, just west of Dovercourt

The Saint

If you want to watch games with a nicer glass of wine and a perfectly cooked steak, or a dozen oysters, The Saint will be your neighbourhood place to go, at 227 Ossington.

Reposado Bar

If you’re looking for somewhere that’s a little less ‘sports bar’ head over to El Norte – the north room of Reposado Bar at 136 Ossington – where the games will be shown on the big screen and Sandy will be there serving up drinks and offering Goldfish. You’ll probably also be able to pick up flights of tequila if things go well.

First game is tomorrow at 3:30PM, followed by Friday at 12:30PM. Go Jays!


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.

The neighbourhood has a new sports bar – The Contender

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 11.15.40 AMLast night marked the grand opening of a new and anticipated neighbourhood sports bar called The Contender, located at 1166 Dundas West, just to the west of Ossington. It couldn’t have been a better night for sports with two important games, Game 7 of the World Series and opening night for the Toronto Raptors.

The location takes over an old clothing shop that never seemed to have customers. Our first impression was the impressive size of the location, and the sheer number of TVs. We assume the capacity may be over 150 or so, and there are TVs on almost every wall, an assortment of sports memorabilia, and a selection of bar games such as shuffleboard and an old coin-slot baseball pinball game. They have 8 separate receivers to show games on the TVs, so on a Sunday afternoon you are quite likely to watch pretty much any NFL game.


The business was put together by an assortment of people familiar with the area, including servers or owners from a bunch of local bars and restaurants including Reposado, Camp 4, Unlovable, Get Well and The Garrison. You can follow and find out what’s happening from their Facebook page here.

The menu is simple bar food, almost what you would find if you actually went to a game – some sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos and pretzels. Simple, but very sports-y. They have about 12 bar taps and their beer selection is far more sophisticated than what you’d find at Rogers or Air Canada Centre – with local selections from Lake of Bays and Mill Steet, while also covering the standards with Heineken and Coors Banquet.

The Bar with plenty of TVs:


Lots of tables for lots of friends.


A simple, sports bar menu:


Some food items:

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