The next St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association Delegates and Community Meeting will happen on Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m. at 115 The Esplanade.
We are pleased to announce that one of our new councillors, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam of Ward 13 will be attending this meeting and addressing residents.
We hope all designated delegates will be in attendance and we also encourage as many residents to attend as possible as the meeting is open to all in the neighbourhood.
Refreshments will be Served
We will be returning to our previous tradition of providing at this meeting tasty refreshments from the St. Lawrence Market to celebrate the Holiday Season.
Please download the Agenda and share locally.
Waterfront for All Meeting - November 21
All St. Lawrence Neighbourhood residents are invited to attend the Waterfront for all Members Meeting on Wednesday November 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the very first Annual General Meeting and to get an update from Waterfront Toronto.
Waterfront for All AGM*
WHERE: Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre
George Brown College Residence
Cooperage St (Front St. E & Cherry, 504 Streetcar), Toronto, ON M5A 1H7
WHEN: Wednesday, November 21, 7-9 pm
Special Guest – Waterfront Toronto Update and Guest Presentation
RSVP NOW to Suzanne Kavanagh: email@example.com
Agenda to follow
Invitation to Local Film Premier
Message from Local Cultural Organization Jamii:
Jamii is very excited to announce the Film Premiere of At Heart, Citizens of The Esplanade, a docu-film made by over 150 Esplanadians. It was a beautiful 9-month journey with the community and we are grateful that you were part of it!
You shared your stories, you contributed ideas, you joined the production team, you were in front of the camera, you participated in finding a title, and you gave feedback on the editing process. Every single one of your contributions helped make this film the film it has become.
At Heart, Citizens of The Esplanade shines a spotlight on our beloved neighbourhood. We hope you will like it and will be as proud as we are of the end result of this creative process. Most importantly, because this is a film you had a part in making, we really want you to see it!
Join us for the premiere of At Heart, Citizens of The Esplanade, on Monday, November 26th at 6pm at the Berkeley Street Theatre.
Capacity is limited to 120 people, so please book ASAP your free tickets HERE.
Venue is accessible.
The evening will start at 6pm. Following the film will be a Q&A with film directors Ayelen Liberona and Joseph Jonhson-Camí, and a screening of the "Behind-the-Scenes" video.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you on the 26th!
Isorine and the Jamii Team
Storytelling Workshop - November 23
The Creative Aging Circle presents a free seniors workshop on "Storytelling" led by award winning Storyteller, Dan Yashinsky.
The presentation will happen on Friday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m. in the OWN co-op, 115 The Esplanade.
For more details, please download this flyer.
The next St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association Delegates and Community Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (meeting registration begins at 6:30 p.m.).
Please note that the location for this meeting will be the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts - 1 Front St. East - in the O'Keefe Lounge (please enter from Yonge St.).
To download the meeting agenda for this meeting please click here.
A Wonderful Summer Weekend is Here! There are so many interesting activities happening in our neighbourhood this weekend and below are a few highlights to help you plan ahead:
Feast of St. Lawrence Day 1 - Fine Dining Celebration
The Feast of St. Lawrence begins in spectacular fashion on Friday, August 10th with an exclusive, al fresco fine dining event for charity. Two hundred and fifty guests will be seated at two continuous tables on Front Street (between Scott and Church Street) and served a sumptuous 5-course dinner prepared by chefs from some of the top restaurants in the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood including Biff's BIstro, Farmr, ARDO, The Hot House Restaurant, Omni KIng Edward Hotel, Pearl Diver, The Sultan's Tent and George Brown College.
Wine pairings from Prince Edward County vineyards and Creemore Springs beer will be served with the dinner and CC Lounge will present a special Whisky tasting bar. The 18-piece JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band will provide added ambiance in the beautifully illuminated Berczy Park lounge area. The event begins with an hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer reception at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 11:00 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Second Harvest.
Tickets are $200 and on sale now. To learn more and purchase tickets visit:
Day 2 - A Fun Day for the Whole Family
Join us on Saturday, August 11th for our Market Street Celebration. We celebrate the world famous St. Lawrence Market and Market Street with outdoor food stalls and seating areas, farm fresh produce, live music at the Audi FEAST Stage, a pig roast from the Farmer’s Market, kids entertainment, games and activities at the FEAST for Kids sponsored by TD Bank Group, and much more! The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free.
Feast of St. Lawrence Saturday Entertainment Schedule:
AUDI Feast Stage
10am – Great Canadian Fiddle Show
12pm – Envirodrum
2pm – Jordan John
4pm – Sol de Cuba – Salsa lesson by Soul2Sole before the band at 3:40pm!
FEAST for Kids, sponsored by TD Bank Group
Pirate Life Crew (Market St. & Esplanade)
Photos and Face Painting 10a.m – 5p.m. Shows: 11:30p.m., 1:30p.m. & 3:30pm
Balloonist Debbie Stevens
10a.m. – 5p.m.
Puppet Making w/ Young People’s Theatre (South Market St.)
10a.m. – 2p.m.
Cupcake Decorating (Lower Market Street Stage)
10a.m. – 2p.m
Bex in Motion Hula Hoop Show & Interactive Fun (Market St. & Esplanade)
11:00a.m., 1:00p.m. & 3:00p.m.
Chef on Stilts Darren Bedford (North Market St.)
10a.m. – 4p.m.
Illusionist Robert Testa
10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm
Wild Man Jazz Band (North Market St.)
11a.m., 1p.m. & 3p.m.
Aaron Paris the Hip Hop Violinist (North Market St.)
Santerias Duo (North Market St.)
Music In the Distillery District - August 12
Some of the best Canadian artists play at the Distillery District's Trinity Square stage (enter at 55 Mill St.).
Here's the schedule for Sunday, August 12:
2 p.m. Darling Cora - darlingcoramusic.com/
Darling Cora is an indie-folk singer-songwriter whose music blends and bends genres to create songs that touch the head and heart. With a supple voice brimming with soul and grace, thoughtful lyrics, and a unique guitar playing style, her songs capture emotional truths. Both raw and refined, the songs aim to prompt listeners into feeling and experiencing the beauty and range of the human condition. She's also known for her open, and sometimes mischievous, stage banter.
4 p.m. Steven Taetzwww.steventaetz.com/
Steven Taetz has performed in Carnegie Hall(NYC), Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End (NYC), Hotel Cafe (LA), Blue Room (Korea), Capital Pride (Wash DC), Ironwood (Calgary), House of Jazz (Montreal), and in Toronto’s Rogers Stadium, The Rex, The Jazz Bistro, Hugh’s Room, and many more. He has released music internationally, charted for radio play and sales, and released his first studio album with collaborations from JUNO-winning artists from across Canada. Following a holiday EP in 2017, he is developing his sophomore album for release in 2018 with noted award-winning collaborators, and North American touring dates to be announced. His work has received rave reviews from industry taste-makers.
Shakespeare in the Park... Our Berczy Park
On Sunday, August 12th, Dauntless Theatre Productions is back in Berczy with a new Shakespearean comedy. Take centre stage in this immersive* theatrical experience that is unique in the downtown core.
*This performance requires you to move throughout the park.
Performances August 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 1pm.
Organized by the St. Lawrence Marketing BIA.
This is a FREE event.
The recent decision by the Ford government to amalgamate ward boundaries and cut the size of Toronto's City Council by almost half in the middle of the CURRENT municipal election season is a strike against the voice and fair representation of Toronto residents. This is especially detrimental to those living in downtown Toronto's core neighbourhoods - neighbourhoods like ours.
As we looked for candidates to speak out on this issue, the first candidate noted was Ward 21 Candidate and former SLNA President, Suzanne Kavanagh. Please see her news release below.
TORONTO, JULY 27, 2018 - Suzanne Kavanagh Campaign for Ward 21 Denounces Ford’s Council Cuts, Plans Legal Challenge
Current Ward 21 candidate Suzanne Kavanagh opposes Ford’s plan to cut Toronto Council in half and is planning recourse.
“After Weeks of Upheaval in Toronto, Ford is Kicking Us While We’re Down”
Kavanagh condemned Doug Ford’s plan to cut the number of Toronto city councillors in half, forcing ward boundaries to conform to provincial ridings. “I am deeply concerned about Doug Ford’s plan to scrap half of our city council offices – this will destabilize our government in the midst of a crisis year in the city,” she said. “It’s just a really, really terrible idea - we’ll need to triple the number of city constituent staff. That doesn’t sound like saving $25 million, it sounds like politicking.”
The changes will profoundly undermine the democratic process, Kavanagh said. “Reducing the number of council seats is an anti-democratic move. We already have problems with under-representation in this city and backlogs of work to be done at Councillor’s offices.” People have been commenting on Twitter that this is an underhanded way to bring Provincial and Federal political parties into City Hall. Kavanagh continued, “Doug Ford is playing political games, and there will be negative consequences for millions of people.”
Kavanagh plans to fight this brazen decision.
“Ford’s actions are frankly, petty.” she said, adding “After an incredibly difficult year in the city’s history, Doug Ford is kicking us while we’re down. It isn’t right.”She continued “I am standing up for Ward 21 and now for Toronto - we all deserve better.”
Kavanagh also hinted at the possibility of an impending court battle with the Ford Government on behalf of Toronto candidates “There are surely grounds for a strong and coordinated legal challenge against Doug Ford and his plan to infiltrate city politics from the Premier’s office. I’ll be approaching other candidates across Toronto who have been running campaigns since May to coordinate our legal recourse.”
For more information about the Suzanne Kavanagh campaign, visit suzannekavanagh.ca
For interviews or additional information, contact Campaign Manager Aaron Binder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association is pleased to announce that at the July 2018 SLNA monthly neighbourhood meeting scheduled for July 25, 7 p.m. at 115 The Esplanade, representatives from the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) will be discussing their much acclaimed 2018 recommendations for safe and active streets in Toronto.
All are invited to attend this important meeting about making our streets in Toronto safer and accessible for all pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles. View Meeting Agenda.
To view the 8-page report outlining TCAT's 15 point plan for Toronto - #BuildTheVisionTO please click here.
Canada Day is special in our neighbourhood. Maybe it's because people who choose to live here care greatly about quality of life and community...maybe it's because the world's best farmers market - the St. Lawrence Market! - is in our neighbourhood...or maybe it's because we have one of the most dynamic and supportive building improvement areas in the city (Old Town Toronto).
We know Canada Day is special here for all the reasons above and so many more that make the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood such a welcoming and vibrant place to call home.
On Sunday, July 1 we invite you to join your neighbours, friends and family to celebrate our great country and the life we live here at the annual St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association Canada Day Parade & Picnic.
The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Berkeley St. and The Esplanade and end at St. James Park where there will be live bands (you will really enjoy), freshly prepared and delicious food from the St. Lawrence Market, face painting and activities for children and many other ways to celebrate our nation's birthday and the beautiful community we live in.
Click here to download the flyer and post in your building or copy and share with neighbours.
All are invited to attend the next SLNA Neighbourhood Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 30 at 115 The Esplanade - sign-in at 6:30 p.m. and meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Please download full agenda by clicking here.
Big Data and What Can it Tell Us
About Downtown Toronto Voter Engagement?
An examination of the voting patterns in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood
over the last three election cycles and key issues in the area.
Presented by Robin Lobb
Robin teaches in the Georgian College Big Data
Graduate Certificate Program and focuses on
“social” process modelling specifically with respect
to Toronto’s downtown vertical communities. Robin
is also on the executive of the Toronto Entertainment
District Residents Association
The provincial election happens on June 7th and the SLNA is making it a priority to help our residents know as much as possible about those individuals seeking to be elected as the MPP for the ridings in our area (Toronto Centre and Spadina - Fort York).
In collaboration with the Corktown Residents and Business Association and the Gooderham Worts Neighbourhood Association, the SLNA is sponsoring two upcoming all candidates meetings with the additional support of our partners, Waterfront for All and the West Don Lands Committee.
TORONTO-CENTRE ALL CANDIDATES MEETING
Information for the all candidates meeting for the riding of Toronto-Centre:
When: May 15, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St., Toronto
SPADINA-FORT-YORK ALL CANDIDATES MEETING
Information for the all candidates meeting for the riding of Spadina-Fort York:
When: May 17, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry St., Toronto
Please refer back to this page often as any changes or additions to the meeting (for example additional candidates) will be announced here.
For more than 35 years, the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association has played a significant role in shaping new developments in the south east end of the downtown core of Toronto. As a progressive neighbourhood association, we continue to welcome new developments that enhance our city, while at the same time maintaining a vigilant and protective watch over the limited but important heritage assets in this area. Working in partnership with the city, developers and community partners we have helped to make the St. Lawrence neighbourhood one of the most attractive and historically significant areas of Toronto, if not the country.
Unfortunately last week the city made a decision to permit a plan that will seriously damage the heritage fabric of our area while eliminating two heritage buildings from a section of the "original 10 blocks" where our city began. The area of concern is located between 254 - 266 King St. E., 427 - 435 Adelaide St. E. and 156 Princess Street. Following is the SLNA's public statement on this matter and we encourage our neighbourhood residents to voice their concerns to our Councillor, Lucy Troisi.
Cities that make historic preservation a priority are among the great cities in our world today. Paris, New York, London are memorable places for residents and visitors a like, in part because of their outstanding historic buildings. That desire for historic preservation is here in Toronto. It has taken courage and vigilance to protect the "original 10 blocks" where the largest city in Canada began. Between Berkeley and George is where the people of the Town of York first established homes and businesses for what would one day become Toronto and this week a decision was made to permit the demolition and destruction of the heritage fabric that had been so carefully protected by city leaders like our former councillor for Ward 28, the late Pam McConnell.
Unfortunately, the community and the opinion of professional planners was ignored and a plan was confirmed that will cut a swath through the heritage core of our city and that can never be recovered.
We recognize the value of new developments and both celebrate and welcome new design and shapes in our neighbourhood and across the city. But we have the expertise and ability to build with intelligence and sensitivity so that the heritage focal points and areas of the city are not unnecessarily obliterated in the process.
Toronto we have to do better at protecting our heritage legacy if we are truly to be a great city.
Below is the letter sent by the SLNA to the OMB.
We're pleased to share with our neighbourhood the news that non-emergency overnight utility work will not be permitted in our downtown neighbourhoods thanks to the urgent motion written and supported by downtown councillors Joe Cressy and Kristyn Wong-Tam and passed by Council on March 27. We greatly appreciate the quick action and attention to our concerns demonstrated by Councillors Cressy and Wong-Tam.
In response to our initial letter on the issue to our Councillor Troisi, we did eventually receive an email containing a brief response. Following is the letter from the SLNA Board to Councillor Troisi reaffirming our concerns regarding the lack of consultation on this issue and requesting a meeting to discuss current issues in the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood.