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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

Gita Defoe

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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Weekend Events in Ossington Village

Events in Ossington Village this weekend include Canadian Music Week, Earth Day, and Record Store Day, signaling that spring is finally here. Here’s a roundup of weekend events for April 21-23.

Canadian Music Week

This week is Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and there are music showcases every night through the weekend at local venues The Garrison, The Painted Lady and The Dakota Tavern. Canadian Music Week features different bands every hour at each bar. To go see all the music at the bar that night, door charge starts at $10. Bands from Canada and all over the world are playing. Check the website for schedules.

CMW The garrison

In addition, all these bars are open late – til 4am – all weekend for CMW.


Earth Day 2017

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Sunday Nights at Opera Bobs with The Ole Fashion

The Ole Fashion Opera Bobs

Toronto is a music city. This is evident when you walk into a local bar on a Sunday night and hear excellent musicians performing a mix of originals and classic covers. This is what happens on Sunday nights at Opera Bobs when The Ole Fashion is on stage.

The Ole Fashion Band

The Ole Fashion

The Ole Fashion onstage at Opera Bobs, April 16

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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!

What’s Going On at 198 Ossington?

A Restaurant Called Roy Woods May Be Coming to 198 Ossington

198 Ossington is covered with posters promoting a new restaurant which may be opening soon called Roy Woods.

198 Ossington

198 Ossington is a commercial space on the west side of Ossington, a block and a half south of Dundas. Last occupied by The Ossington Dispensary, which opened in April 2016, the previous long-term tenant of 198 Ossington was Portugal Drapery and Textiles.  Since the dispensary’s closure in December of last year, the space north of Telegramme Prints has been empty.

A quick peek into the space today shows there’s some furniture inside but it doesn’t look like there’s any activity, certainly no renovations. And renovations would be needed to convert the retailer into a restaurant.

Signage up at 198 Ossington

The exterior of 198 Ossington is papered with signs proclaiming a new restaurant opening soon.

198 Ossington

198 Ossington exterior

198 Ossington Roy Woods

Close-up of the sign on 198 Ossington

Roy Woods Resto and Bake

We have no idea what Roy Woods Resto and Bake is! Is this a fun hoax referring to the previous tenant with the use of the word “bake”? Elaborate graffiti art? Or maybe a new restaurant coming to Ossington?

Online searches are no help. There is already a Roywoods restaurant in Toronto, a jerk chicken joint in City Place, but the name is one word in that case and graphics are completely different so this seems unlikely.

Another Roy Woods is a young Canadian rapper who replaces the S with a dollar sign (Roy Wood$), but that road leads nowhere.

If Roy Woods 198 Ossington is an upcoming restaurant, we’ll let you know when we find out! Until then, post a comment if you have any information to share about these posters or what’s happening at 198 Ossington.

LAS closed: 229 Ossington vacant

LAS closed

LAS is closed at 229 Ossington

LAS, originally named La Saucisserie when it first opened less than 2 years ago at 229 Ossington, is closed.

Never a particularly busy spot after replacing well regarded fine dining destination Yours Truly, LAS struggled to find it’s place on the Ossington strip. Opened as a craft beer and sausage hall, LAS tried to gain traction with DJs and live music, sold buytopia vouchers, and hosted painting parties throughout it’s two years in business. It doesn’t seem to have worked.

The website doesn’t load anymore, and the restaurant’s social media accounts have been inactive since early March. The paper recently added to the inside of the doors and windows may mean someone is renovating for a future venture. For those who remember, this place used to be a coffee shop before Yours Truly. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the next tenant of 229 Ossington.

 

LAS closed on Ossington

229 Ossington, recently occupied by LAS Resto Bar

 

 

Tonight! Ossington Businesses Raising Funds for CAMH One Brave Night

One Brave Night logoTonight, April 7th, is CAMH’s annual awareness campaign and fundraiser for mental health. Any individual or group is welcome to participate in anyway they can to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental illness. A number of local businesses signed up and will support the CAMH One Brave Night initiative tonight! Here’s some information on some of these initiatives so you can join in and add your support on Ossington for One Brave Night.


Academy of Lions

Academy of Lions One Brave Night

Ossington gym and community centre Academy of Lions offers you the opportunity to get fit and do good with them. From 7:30-10:30pm, join their MetCon & Mobility class, followed by an afterparty with a live DJ and refreshments. Head over to 64 Ossington to join their team, or, if you can’t make it, donate to their group at the CAMH site.


Crywolf Clothing

Crywolf One Brave Night

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Ossington Village Food News and Events: April 2017

Local restaurants are busy hosting events and making changes. Springtime appears to also be time for Ossington Village food news. We’ve got a round-up of some of the opportunities for good eating in the weeks ahead.

Kungfu Dawg at The Garrison

Tonight is the launch party for Kungfu Dawg‘s hot dogs on the menu at The Garrison. Even if you can’t make it tonight, their veggie, corn and meat dogs are now available Tuesday-Saturday nights from 6pm at the venue on Dundas West.

Kungfu Dawg Menu

Kungfu Dawg Menu at The Garrison


New Menu at MoTo Snack Bar

Dundas West’s delicious Italian snack bar just announced their new spring menu which they’re already serving nightly. Don’t worry, the sardine is not going anywhere.

Moto Snack Bar Menu

 

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Ossington Business Profile #21: Reposado

Reposado Bar OssingtonThe latest in our series of Ossington business profiles is of tequila bar-jazz bar-Mexican food-great patio-nightlife hotspot Reposado. Located at 136 Ossington Avenue, the bar has been a local favourite for a long time for all of the aforementioned reasons.

Aside from tequila, a patio, and live music, Reposado also has authentic Mexican food on their menu, courtesy of Toronto catering team Santo Pecado.

Sandy agreeably answered our questionnaire, and provided some photos showcasing the bar. Here’s our Reposado profile.

Tell us a bit about your business

Tequila, mezcal, Cocktail & Tapas bar with live music

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Monthly Series: Boss Lady Mondays at The Painted Lady

Boss Lady MondaysBoss Lady Mondays is a relatively new monthly series in Ossington Village.

About Boss Lady Mondays

Boss Lady Mondays is a networking and lecture series for anyone in Toronto who identifies as a woman. This series is held every month on the last Monday of the month at Ossington’s own The Painted Lady.

Speaker Series

With a different set of speakers each month, Boss Lady Monday is a great opportunity to connect with and learn from other women.

Two different speakers talk each month, so the topics will change. I just attended my first Boss Lady Monday event, with two speakers of indigenous heritage and artistic leanings, and got inspiration and knowledge from both of their talks. I also met very friendly and interesting women of different pursuits in the audience, so it was a good night for me! Continue reading Monthly Series: Boss Lady Mondays at The Painted Lady