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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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Rally Ossington is Closed

Rally Ossington logoRally Ossington, the hybrid gallery/event space at 12 Ossington, is closed. I received an email this morning detailing the news.

A unique place

Rally was created by Hermann & Audrey, a media agency representing fashion brands and artists. Rally Ossington was a unique “experiment” formed in late 2015 by the agency with support from Hullmark Development. According to today’s release from Hermann & Audrey, the experiment was a success! Their goal of nourishing a creative identity and community in Toronto and the Ossington Village neighborhood was achieved through more than 62 events including pop-up sales, mural projects and art exhibitions.

12 Ossington

Now that Rally is closed, there is no word on what will take over the space which has been an art gallery for years. Before Rally, Angell Gallery filled the room. Probably Hullmark already has a tenant in mind. As soon as we know, we’ll post here!

CONTACT Photography Festival In Ossington Village

The CONTACT Photography Festival officially launches April 28th and runs through the month of May throughout Toronto. While the theme this year is Canada’s 150, there are a lot of different subjects confronted in the works on display around Toronto. Here’s where you can enjoy the CONTACT Festival in and around Ossington Village.

 

 

Photographers Without Borders presents – Sumatra: Conservation is our Future

CONTACT Festival Ossington

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Boehmer Restaurant, Reception:

Boehmer Restaurant is a beautiful space for exhibiting art, and for the duration of CONTACT, it will host the photographs of 4 females with the focus on the Sumatran rain forest. Photos of the animals and people living in that rapidly depleting environment are mean to raise awareness of the endangered animals in Sumatra. Stop by Boehmer at 93 Ossington to see the photos.

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Toronto Offsite Design Festival in Ossington Village

Toronto Design Offsite Festival logoThe annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) brings design to untraditional spaces across the city, including places right here in Ossington Village. The festival runs from January 16-22 with events and exhibitions. Here’s what to do at TO DO Ossington Village.

Local events are detailed below.

 

 


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Dundas West Portuguese design shop Saudade gets involved in TO DO with authentic handmade needlepoint in the Portuguese historic style. The wall coverings will decorate Saudade as of Tuesday, January 17 through the end of the festival, Sunday the 22nd.

Information: Saudade, 1191 Dundas Street West. Opening Reception: January 17 at 7pm, RSVP here

 

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2016 In Review: Openings and Closings in Ossington Village

2016 is almost over, and we look back at all the new businesses we welcomed to the neighbourhood this year, and the ones that closed. Here is our 2016 in Review of the changes in Ossington Village this past year.


Ufficio Restaurant opened January 2016

At the very start of the new year, we welcomed new Italian fish focused restaurant Ufficio. Still serving dinner most nights, Ufficio is located at 1234 Dundas West.


Bridge + Bardot closed January 2016

Women’s fashion boutique Bridge + Bardot was open on Dundas West for 3 1/2 years. The shop closed in January to focus on their online store, which is still operating.


Rock Lobster Closed, Baby Huey Moved Into the Space, March 2016

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Barber & Co Now Open on Ossington

Barber Ossington exteriorBarber & Co has been renovating the space at 89 Ossington for the last month and is now open and ready to groom! The renovations are not 100% complete, but they are taking appointments and serving men’s hair needs, with high quality cocktails to go along.

About Barber & Co

Barber & Co is a Canadian business, like many on Ossington, originally from Vancouver.  You’ll learn that the concept is bigger than a barber shop.

  • For one, each Barber & Co location (there are 6:  5 in Vancouver, plus this new one) offers  enough amenities to make men want to spend time there aside from just getting a hair cut and/or shave. For example, drinks and/or games, so men will go with a friend and stay and hang out after their service.
  • On top of that, they make a lot of their own products, after careful testing, which they use in-house and sell from the shop. These products cover men’s heads, beards and moustaches.
  • In one of the Vancouver locations, they offer workshops and more comprehensive barbering training

Barber & Co Ossington

Barber Ossington is located on the east side of Ossington, south of Crywolf and north of the alleyway next to House of Horvath, The Ossington location is inspired by the art studio it replaced, so the decor includes paint spatters to mimic that vibe. At this time, you can already book appointments and buy product. The team also plans to implement a high-end cocktail bar, bringing in mixologists from around the city to make some killer drinks for pre- or post- haircut.

Ossington is bringing more and more men to the strip, with new additions of clothing stores like Reigning Champ and Peace Collective, and a men’s grooming salon – with drinks –  seems to be a suitable complement. The owners are back and forth between here and Vancouver to get the place up and running and happy to welcome clients.

Below are a few of our photos of the space, but feel free to check it out for yourself!

 

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The Golden Girls Are Putting On A Show At the LOT

thankyoufriendpromoThe Golden Girls are at Lower Ossington Theatre (LOT)!

Not the real Golden Girls, but puppets that sure look like them, and actors that sure sound like them! If you were a fan of the 80s sitcom when it originally aired, or became a fan over the succeeding years through reruns, this modern day incarnation, Thank You For Being a Friend, should amuse you and your friends.

I went with a group of friends last night and can tell you all about it!

It’s like watching new episodes of The Golden Girls

The 2 hour show at Lower Ossington Theatre, really less than 2 hours with an intermission, is like watching episodes of the show only in the theatre with live people and puppets. The characters and setting are the same, but the scripts are updated with modern-day references. The storylines are all familiar from the series itself and you’ll watch scenes in both their living room and their kitchen. They even have some cheesecake! Did you know that The Golden Girls ran from 1985-1992 and had 180 episodes!? Consider this a 183 episodes and sit back and enjoy. Continue reading The Golden Girls Are Putting On A Show At the LOT

Ossington Village Galleries Make Some Changes

There is news in our local gallery scene that you should know.

 

Wil Kucey Gallery

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The Dundas West art gallery formerly called  LE Gallery is now named after it’s founder and director Wil Kucey. LE opened in 2003 and has seen the area change, and now the gallery has changed it’s brand. The space at 1183 Dundas West showcases contemporary Canadian artists and will continue to be at the forefront of Toronto’s art scene, now as the Wil Kucey Gallery, with exhibitions planned through the end of the year.

 

CMC Exhibitions

Christian McLeod has announced he is closing his studio and gallery at Ossington. His CMC Gallery, mostly open by appointment only, was at 89 Ossington for over 10 years. An email blast from the artist reveals he is being forced to move due to the sale of the building. You will be able to find him at 1537 Queen Street West, in Parkdale, just east of Roncesvalles.

What To Expect During Ossfest

ossfest logoOssfest is this Saturday. From 11a-11p, Ossington Avenue will be closed for a music fest and bike race and more. We’ve already detailed those schedules and provided links here. So, what is the “more” I speak of that will be happening on the street? As the big day approaches, we have information on what the local businesses are doing to make Ossfest a one-of-a-kind Toronto street festival.

Sidewalk Shopping and Sales at Ossfest

Food and Drink at Ossfest

  • Boehmer’s front patio will be busy serving special dishes and a view of Ossington Crit
  • BQM already has a great patio, so expect some drink specials like beer or caesars and enjoy the sun!
  • Cote De Bouef is having a front patio where you can get some of their delicious sandwiches and a Pimms or cold beer to go with it; The butcher shop will also co-host oysters and Cava from the patio further down the street at Tiger of Sweden
  • Crafted Coffee is bringing their chilled delivery bike to the sidewalk for some cold brews
  • Golden Turtle – the pho spot’s patio will be even larger for Ossfest and they’ll serve fresh rolls and spring rolls to go on the sidewalk
  • Ideal Coffee – enjoy the smell of roasting coffee beans as you watch the Crit from the patio at Ossington and Foxley
  • Indian Grill – the family run restaurant will have a new location outside Lola Salon this Saturday.  Serving a few of their choice dishes from the sidewalk patio at 200 Ossington, just south of Rolyat
  • La Cubana will be serving hot cubanos and cold drinks on this hot summer day
  • Mamakas Taverna is going all out with a 100 person extended patio on the side alley featuring meats grilled outside on the spit for a real summer barbecue vibe
  • Moliceiro‘s special front patio will be open with full menu and a Portuguese sandwich special
  • Rashers is going to be busy with $5 hogtown sandwiches and free bacon samples this Saturday
  • Reposado will expand next door with seating and drink specials at the Ossington Tire parking lot. Stop by for some buckets of beer in the Sol and Tecate beer tent and expect mezcal specials and a performance by Led Zep cover band Zeppelinesque
  • Salt Wine Bar will make you your choice of a special veggie or chicken chorizo paella and cinnamon churros from their special front patio for Ossfest
  • Union Restaurant is having a special front patio and will feature the usual favorites from one of Toronto’s top kitchens

Art and Kids at Ossfest

  • Stylegarage will feature some custom designed art pieces and a silent auction for CAMH this Saturday
  • Telegramme Prints stands out for parents with their plans for a kids art workshop for 12 and unders! Sounds fun!
  • William’s Craig is setting up a vintage bicycle lounge – fitting for the Crit and likely very instagrammable

Ossfest is tomorrow, Saturday July 23 from 11a-11pm. Shop local and Meet Me on Ossington

Playing Pokemon Go in Ossington Village

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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!

PokéStops

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