'Exploring Toronto' will be launched Thursday, September 7 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond. The book is written by a couple dear to the GDNA for their insightful urban design work and commitment to building thoughtful community. I hope people share the desire to find out more about Toronto especially as this part of the city is among those public spaces featured. Published by Toronto's Dundurn Press, books will be available for sale and signing. If you can't make the event, indie bookstores will carry this newest look at what makes Toronto's a great city.
How wonderful to learn that St. Andrew's Playground Park was recently recognized with the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) National Award of Excellence (https://www.csla-aapc.ca/awards-atlas/st-andrews-playground-park), along with Brampton's Riverwalk. Both parks were designed by DTAH in Toronto, an architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design firm. It is great to see local design recognized nationally. DTAH is also one of five shortlisted teams for design of the new park at 229 Richmond Street West. The park has seen lots of use by children, parents, workers, visitors, residents and let's not forget the faithful dogs. Here's to a glorious summer in the park!
There's a new coffee shop on Spadina "sandwiched" between Paramount and Wide Open: Cubano Kings opened May 8 with delicious cafécito and a celebratory guava pastry from Felix, pictured here. Welcome to the neighbourhood!
Otherwise known as the More Homes Built Faster Act, complete details can be found here:
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Garment District members, neighbours from Wellington Place, and our Councillor Ausma Malik gathered at Rodney's for a celebration of the year's work and to thank Patricia Aquino, out-going president, and long-time secretary Valerie Eggertson, for their major contributions to an effective GDNA. Sadly Valerie was felled by a cold but there in spirit.
Special thanks to Jessa tending bar, and to Julius and Bronwen for the warm welcome always extended at Rodney's. The food was spectacular. Cheers to all, and best wishes for a healthy holiday season.
With the municipal election just a week away, are you still confounded. With 31 candidates for mayor and 12 for Spadina - Fort York councillor, it is hardly surprising. List of Certified Candidates & Third Party Advertisers – City of Toronto
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The lockdowns and construction on Queen St. have been hard on many businesses. This time the shutters are closing on a favourite, the Healthy Butcher. This is the last day to give custom and thanks to a great butcher who brought taste and delights to neighbourhood tables. Thanks for your amazing contribution. Sad to see you go but best of success to all!
Avenue Open Kitchen on Camden was broken into AGAIN, the second time in a week. The first break-in also impacted Black-Eyed Susan's on Adelaide. This is distressing news for these small businesses, adding expense and work in an already difficult economy, but break-ins of this nature add a serious note to safety in our neighbourhood. If you can provide some custom, please do so. Neighbourhood Watch is crucial and so is the support.
Get ready, the best up-and-coming artists are coming July 22 to CineCycle! Look for their poster in the 'hood