Starting September 16th, The Distillery District will be the host of a 10 day fan festival, filled with family friendly activities. Celebrations will take place at two adjacent sites, one called the ¨Distillery Fan Village¨, name given to The Distillery during these celebrations and the other, called the ¨East Fan Village¨, a site composed of about 200,000 square feet that will stretch to the East of Cherry St.
Scheduled programming will not only include hockey oriented activities, but will also feature the food, music and culture of participating hockey nations. Overall activities are designed for an audience of all ages and will include live performances, live broadcast of the games, kid´s zone with hockey activities and entertainment, virtual and augmented reality experiences, and the debut of an event first: Bubble hockey!
Most activities will be open to the general public and will be free of charge, although select events will be ticketed throughout the event.
For detailed information, please visit the Distillery District´s event page and the World Cup of Hockey - Fan Village page links below for full schedules, ticket purchasing and transportation details:
Distillery District - World Cup of Hockey 2016
World Cup of Hockey Fan Village
Experience this unique hockey fan festival, while enjoying all that the Distillery District has to offer!
Logo credits: www.wikipedia.com and www.NHL.com
The Goodheram and Worts Neighbourhood Association together with the St Lawrence Toronto Library are joining efforts to help improve literacy in kids. They have organized 4 sessions that run on Saturdays from May 14th until June 4th. All kids with their parents and caregivers, residents of the buildings at the Distillery District are welcome to join us!
With the beginning of spring, several changes are in the works and will likely impact public transit in and around The Distillery. With recent approval by the TTC board, these new bus and streetcar routes are scheduled to come into effect starting June 19th, 2016.
In views of improving transit between the East and the Central Downtown areas, the planned route introductions and changes are proposed as follow:
· Introduction of a revised 72B PAPE service operating between Pape Station and Union Station, via Queens Quay. This service will run every 14 minutes during peak hours and every 16 to18 minutes on off-peak times. Service on Pape St./Carlaw Ave. (north of Eastern) will operate every 7 to 9 minutes at all times.
· Introduction of a new 121 FORT YORK-ESPLANADE service scheduled to operate between The Distillery District and the Fort York Neighbourhood via Union Station. This route will run every 12 to 15 minutes through Fort York Blvd., Front St., The Esplanade and Mill Street. An extended service of this route to Cherry Beach will run during the summer.
· Once the 121 FORT YORK-ESPLANADE extended route service starts, 172 CHERRY STREET bus route will be eliminated and no longer run.
The long awaited streetcar service running on the East side of The Distillery District will be incorporated as part of the new routes.
The introduction of the 514 CHERRY route between The Distillery´s Loop on Cherry St (south of Mill St) and the Dufferin Gates Loop, will provide Cherry Street, King Street, and Dufferin Street with increased route service. As part of the plans, the 514 CHERRY route is expected to run on the new FLEXITY low-floor streetcars. These streetcars are wheelchair accessible; PRESTO equipped and support higher passenger capacity.
514 CHERRY will operate as an overlay to the 504 KING streetcar and replace most or all of the existing supplementary bus services.
Route frequency is scheduled between 8 to 9 minutes on peak hours and within 15-minute intervals on off-peak times. Exact details for the service schedules will most likely only occur once a service plan is drawn up, after June 19th initial operation starts.
Considering that most residential units at our neighbouring Canary District are scheduled to start being handed over to their new owners before mid April, the timing is just about right!
Image Source: TTC
With the warm weather embracing us this week, we are all looking forward to the start of Spring. Coincidentally, El Catrin has just opened its ticket sales for its colorful 5 de Mayo celebration. Courtesy tickets become available as of April 5th on a first come, first served basis . Let's party Mexican style. Arriba! Arriba!
It looks like only days have gone by when they said a new Y would open just steps away from the Distillery District. People were excited, not only for the nice looking building just north of Mill St, but because of all the services and healthy options the new site will provide to the residents of our neighbourhood. It is now almost a reality and we're getting ready for the Cooper Koo - Cherry Street YMCA to open its doors on May 30th, 2016. The YMCA of Greater Toronto has also planned a celebration for the community, which will take place 2 days before its opening. Get ready then for the weekend of May 28 and 29 when you will also be able to tour the new YMCA Centre of Community as well as to take part in the activities that have been planned for those days.
This state-of-the-art building is an 82,000 sq ft structure with a 30,000 sq ft green roof where the community can mingle and plan activities. Different programs will be offered such as Child & Family, Community programs, Health & Fitness and day camps amongst others. Make sure to answer their program schedule survey, and why not, become a volunteer. The Y wants to make sure that they're taking into consideration the needs of the neihbouring residents and cater to their likes and wants.
Visit ymcagta.org/torontocherry for more information! We'll see you on May 30th for sure!
For one weekend only Sugar Beach will transform into a cabane à sucre. Yes, we'll have a sugar shack just steps away from the Distillery District on March 12 and 13. The event, organized by Waterfront Toronto, will not only by about tasting maple syrup, but you will also enjoy performances of musicians such as Mélanie Brulée, Amélies et les Singes Blues and Stef Paquette. There will also be a sing-a-long on Saturday, March 12 by Choir! Choir! Choir!
There will also be maple syrup cooking and ice carving demonstrations , food trucks, ice skating at Sherbourne Common (weather permitting). A shuttle between the Distillery District, Sugar Beach and Union Station will be offered.
Make sure to keep these days available in your agenda and attend this FREE event with the whole family! Saturday, March 12, 12pm to 10pm & Sunday, March 13, 11am to 5pm.
**This event is launched by Waterfront Toronto in partnership with Quebec Original and the support from Redpath Sugar, Ports Toronto, Pier 27 and Corus Entertainment.
Yes, it's once again that time of the year!
Kicking off the beginning of the holiday season, the Toronto Christmas Market will soon have its official opening ceremony and Christmas tree lighting on November 20th, 2015.
A full line up of daily themed events and close to 320 performances throughout the festivities will surely fill the Distillery District with holiday spirit and cheer. Additional activities this year will include a Christmas Photo Contest, Mill St Brewery's World Caroling Challenge and Pet Photos with Santa Claus, among others.
Although the 2015 Christmas Market continues its 6th year tradition with the same energy and enthusiasm, its 2014 success and record attendance have prompted important changes to the event planning this year:
Come join us and enjoy the activities!
For additional information please visit www.torontochristmasmarket.com.
Jose Castillo & Claudia Pardo
Real Estate Sales Representatives
RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.
For years now, the idea of the Pan Am Games has lingered all around us. Long after Toronto won the bid to host them in November 2009, the Games are now as real as they can get. This is especially true for all the residents at The Distillery, as we will endure and enjoy, all at once, the positives and negatives of being so closely related to them.
Culture and Arts: As the Games unfold, so will an array of free cultural and art related activities at The Distillery with ¨Panamania¨. This America´s themed series of on-site open air activities and ticketed shows will run live at The Distillery from July 11th - July 26th.
Local Infrastructure: In the aftermath of the summer games, our neighbourhood will inherit one of the largest YMCA´s in North America (+80,000 sq. ft), as well as, a flood protection landform in the shape of an 18 acre park, namely the Corktown Common.
We will also benefit from the accelerated construction of our closest instant neighbourhood, the Canary District in the West Don Lands. A Waterfront Toronto's master planned and LEED certified project built in time to host the Pan Am athlete's village.
Further into 2016, a new streetcar line running down the reconstructed Cherry St, will provide us with additional access to public transportation.
Will now require 3, instead of 2 occupants (5 am to 11 pm) from June 29th – July 27th. These will run on Lakeshore Blvd, the Gardiner Expressway and the DVP, amongst others.
No Left Turns ( June 29th – August 18th):
Diverted Public Transit Routes:
The Not so Ugly
This summer will test our limits as urban dwellers in our city and at our very own Distillery District. With an estimated 250,000 visitors attending the Games, expected public transportation running at full capacity (if not beyond), widespread traffic reconfigurations and road closures, as well as, an increasing number of events and activities surrounding the development of the Games, will prove that getting around the city and into our neighbourhood will now be more than just mind games.
As overwhelming as all this may seem, the Pan Am games are a unique event. We can always follow the competitions and attend the different activities that will take place across our city, making the best out of them.
Before you consider tossing you car keys away for the Summer or giving up on public transit entirely, look into the additional resources and updates we've compiled for you at:
Jose Castillo & Claudia Pardo
RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.
In recent months, condominiums across Toronto have been posting reminders to residents that short-term rentals are not allowed. This has been triggered mainly by the growing number of users carrying out this type of transactions online and by the expected demand for accommodations as the 2015 Pan Am games grow closer.
As residents, we might find these reminders annoying but many of us have not considered the additional risks involved and that are not so obvious:
1. Insurance coverage: Condominium properties are normally zoned and insured for single-family residential use only. Unless otherwise declared to the insurer, a different use may void insurance coverage for damages arising from fire, water damages and/or third party liability.
2. CRA penalties for unreported income: As short-term rentals continue to be scrutinized, there is a risk that systematic and continuous use of a unit for short term purposes may be subject to inquiries.
3. Property tax impact: A condominium unit is subject to an annual residential property tax. If its use is alternately deemed as commercial due to short-term rentals, the applicable tax for the property may be increased.
4. HST: The resale of residential units is free of HST. Should a condominium unit be deemed and zoned commercial because of its use, HST may be added on top of the sale price, making it more expensive and less attractive to a potential buyer.
5. Criminal activity: As users of short-term rentals in condominium units rarely register with Property Management, their presence goes unnoticed. Well beyond the innocent traveler, this exposes the condominium and building residents to potential criminal activity in the forms of prostitution, identity theft, drug distribution and use, storage of stolen property.
Other than the fines and legal fees indicated by Property Management, these are important aspects that could directly affect your property if rented on a short-term basis. Keep them in mind when considering the rewards and risks that may derive from such use.
Jose Castillo & Claudia Pardo
RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.