Last Sunday August 21 our neighbourhood was a happening place, with two events in full swing — the flea market at the Ashbridge Estate and the farmers’ market at Jonathan Ashbridge Park. Here are some photos.
Flea market at the Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East.
Flowers in full bloom in front of the Ashbridge Estate.
This is music to any local foodie’s ears:
Bashir Munye is gearing up to host a dinner series at My Little Dumplings, at the corner of Queen and Greenwood on Fridays and Saturdays.
In the Toronto Star today, he calls it ” ‘nomadic cooking’ — food that explores Africa’s vast culinary regions mixed with his family’s Somali background, Italian upbringing and local ingredients.”
See the full article in the Toronto Star. Congratulations Bashir, this is a great spread.
See more about Bashir’s dinner series at bashirmunye.com.
Here is Bashir in My Little Dumplings, that’s Queen Street at Greenwood in the background.
Toronto Star photos. See several more in the article referenced above.
Back at the Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen Street East, — a curated, monthly market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and handcrafted goods.
From June-October, 10am-5pm 3rd Sunday of the month:
Sunday, June 19th
Sunday, July 17th
Sunday, August 21st
Sunday, September 18th
Sunday, October 16th
Click on the image below to see the Ashbridge Precinct Urban Design Guidelines.
See also: Your chance to comment on the city planning report: Ashbridge Precinct, Queen Street East
The city’s Ashbridge Precinct urban design guidelines will have an impact on future development on Queen Street from Leslie to Coxwell. You can comment by e-mail or in person at City Hall next Tuesday January 19.
Some of you may have participated in community meetings on this topic at S.H. Armstrong. See the city’s Ashbridge Precinct page for the history of this study. One of the city staff recommendations: “research and evaluate properties on Queen Street East in the Ashbridge Precinct, located between Leslie Street to Coxwell Avenue, for inclusion on the City’s Heritage Register.”
It will be on the agenda at the January 19 meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council, 10 a.m., Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen West.
See the Ashbridge Precinct agenda item which says:
“This report summarizes the outcome of the Queen Street East/Ashbridge Precinct Planning Study; provides a draft City-initiated Official Plan Amendment for the study area; and recommends approval of the area-specific Queen Street East/Ashbridge Precinct Urban Design Guidelines to guide development within the study area.”
The City Planning Division recommends that:
1. City Council amend the Official Plan, for the lands fronting on Queen Street East between Leslie Street and Coxwell Avenue substantially in accordance with the draft Official Plan Amendment attached as Attachment No. 4 to the report (December 15, 2015) from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District.
2. City Council adopt the Urban Design Guidelines attached as Attachment No. 5 to the report (December 15, 2015) from the Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District.
3. City Council request the Senior Manager, Heritage Preservation Services, Urban Design, City Planning Division to research and evaluate properties on Queen Street East in the Ashbridge Precinct, located between Leslie Street to Coxwell Avenue, for inclusion on the City’s Heritage Register.
4. City Council authorize the City Solicitor to make such stylistic and technical changes to the draft Official Plan Amendment as may be required.”
These are the guidelines that will shape the future development of the area. This meeting is your last chance to be heard regarding this very important issue. You may also submit written comments.
To address the Toronto and East York Community Council in person or in writing contact : City Clerk, Attention Rosalind Dyers, Administrator, Toronto and East York Community Council, 100 Queen St. West, 2nd floor,Toronto M5H 2N2 email: firstname.lastname@example.org fax 416 397-0111.
If you plan to make comments at the meeting call the City Clerk’s office by 12 p.m. on Monday January 18, 2016 — 416-392-7033.
Next step would be consideration by City Council on February 3, 2016, subject to the actions of the Toronto and East York Community Council.
Recent news around the neighbourhood:
This Saturday August 22 in Jonathan Ashbridge Park:
Movie night – FernGully: The Last Rainforest starts at 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket.
Little India festival (officially Festival of South Asia) was featured in today’s Toronto Star (August 17, 2015):
Yard sale to support the efforts at the Ontario Municipal Board to stop the development plan for 1327 to 1339 Queen East.
11 a.m. to 12 noon Marilyn Churley reads from her new book at Gerrard-Ashdale Library
Sun. June 7
Opening of The Sidekick, 1374 Queen East.
9 to 2 Farmers’ Market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park.
And next weekend:
Sat. June 13
Duke of Connaught MakeIT Fair. More to come.