news from our new blue edge

January-February 2016


The waterfront is getting sweeter

We’re throwing a winter party at Canada’s Sugar Beach – and you’re all invited!

This March, Canada’s Sugar Beach is being transformed into a Québec-style cabane à sucre, complete with maple taffy and traditional French Canadian music and food.

This is a free event for families, visitors, and anyone who loves maple syrup. Enjoy live performances, including a special sing-along led by Choir! Choir! Choir! and a traditional French Canadian folk dance led by local ensemble Mur Du Son. All weekend long food trucks will also be serving Quebecois favourites like tourtière and poutine. 

Saturday, March 12, 12pm to 10pm
Sunday, March 13, 11am to 5pm

Canada’s Sugar Beach – Jarvis and Queens Quay

The full schedule of activities and performances, and information on getting to the event will be available soon at


Public Feedback on Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Master Plan

Artist rendering of children playing in Harbour Square Park. 

On January 26, nearly 300 community members participated in the first public meeting for the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Harbour Square Park Master Plan. The project team presented the master plan and concept for phase 1 of the project and asked the public for their thoughts and feedback.

If you couldn’t make it out to the public consultation, you can see the full presentation here. For an overview of the process to date and what’s changed about the master plan since it was first presented, read the handout we circulated at the meeting

We've also extended the deadline to submit feedback on the revised master plan and the concept for phase 1. Simply fill out this online questionnaire by Wednesday, March 2, 2016.



NuitUpcoming: Public Consultation on Project Under Gardiner

Wintertime at Project: Under Gardiner near Fort York Visitor Centre

Last month, the project team for Project: Under Gardiner convened a Stakeholder Advisory Committee composed of residents, local business, landowners, advocacy groups (including for cycling, walking, environment, accessibility, and arts and culture), and five members of the community-at-large. The committee was provided an introduction to the project, an overview of the schedule and public consultation plan and had an opportunity to ask questions of the project team.

We also recently announced the Notice of Study Commencement for the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for Project: Under Gardiner. Click here for more information.

In the coming weeks we’ll announce the details of an online consultation and public naming campaign, future public meeting dates, and a host of other important details about this exciting project.

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Why the Port Lands are Vital to Toronto's Future

Don River looking west towards downtown Toronto

Once the largest natural wetland in Lake Ontario, the Port Lands is an underutilized brownfield site that is a reminder of Toronto's industrial past. As one of the last significant undeveloped spaces near the downtown core, the Port Lands offers immense potential for jobs, investment and growth, reducing urban sprawl, and for demonstrating global leadership in sustainable city building. The trouble is that much of the area is at risk of flooding and its potential cannot be reached until this risk is addressed.

Waterfront Toronto and its partners have a plan to flood protect this area and make the most of this opportunity. You may have heard a lot of talk about the Port Lands recently, perhaps in relation to the federal government’s plan for infrastructure investment, or Toronto’s possible bid to host Expo 2025 and so we thought that this would be a good time to describe this complex project in a way that’s easy to understand.

Read more and watch a short video here.


In brief

Luminato announces its 2016 programming
This June, Luminato will celebrate its 10th anniversary by temporarily transforming one of the waterfront’s most iconic buildings – The Hearn Generating Station. From June 10-26, the global multi-arts festival will #takeoverthehearn with a free and ticketed program of local and international artists including three exclusive North American engagements: The National Theatre of Scotland’s 5-star epic trilogy The James Plays; Situation Rooms – a multiplayer video installation; and the return of the two-day rave Unsound Toronto. For more information about Luminato 2016, visit the website.

Creating and Restoring Natural Habitat Along Our Waterfront
Creating and restoring aquatic and terrestrial habitat is an important part of waterfront revitalization. In our recent blog post, we take a look at Waterfront Toronto’s commitment to improving the health and diversity of natural systems and species, and restoring the quality of our lake’s water and shoreline. Learn more here.

Bringing Toronto’s Waterfront to Life with Arts and Culture
Last October, Toronto’s all-night celebration of contemporary art, Nuit Blanche, took over our city’s waterfront for the first time with thirteen temporary art installations spanning Parliament Street to Harbourfront Centre on Queens Quay. As we look towards the reopening of the West Don Lands later this spring, our thoughts increasingly turn to how events like this can bring our waterfront parks and public spaces to life. Check out our recent blog.

Update to our homepage
When you visit our website, you will now find an easy link to the Board of Directors and Board Committee Meeting Materials on our homepage. This will make it easier to find important Board related information directly from our homepage and allows you to expand a full list to all documents. It also acts as a reminder of the various ways you can access materials – through our online calendar, document library, on the Board of Director’s web page and through our site’s search function. You can also download an at-a-glance 2016 Board and Committees Meeting Calendar.


Winter Exhibition at Power Plant

For the winter 2016 season, The Power Plant has launched four new exhibitions for you to explore.

Located steps away from the water’s edge, these exhibitions incorporate film, photography, moving image and installations and will be on display until May 15th. Learn more about the exhibition here


Admission is free.


Leslieville Flea Market at Distillery District

Every third Sunday of the month, the Leslieville Flea Market will be taking over the Fermenting Cellar in the historic Distillery District.

Head to the whimsical market to find vintage and handcrafted goods, furniture, antiques, collectables and more in the heart of one of Toronto’s most beloved neighbourhoods.



Open from 10 am to 4 pm


Winter Stations Exhibition

The annual public art competition Winter Stations is back again this year, transforming seven Toronto lifeguard stations into winter-friendly art installations.

Unveiled to the public last week, the winning designs will on display along Toronto’s Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches until March 20.



In the Belly of a Bear is one of seven installations created under the theme of freeze/thaw.


A New Archaeology for the Leslie Street Spit

Toronto’s largest constructed breakwater, the Leslie Street Spit, is literally built of rubble from the demolished walls of its lost architectural heritage. Come rediscover Toronto’s urban history through its rubble with new work by artist & landscape architect Ben-Watt Meyer in collaboration with Friends of the Spit.

Check out this Myseum of Toronto exhibition at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, March 3-13. More details here.


Exhibition hours of operation: Thursday-Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm


Project update: East Bayfront

Looking east towards ongoing construction at Bayside.

Bayside Toronto
Work is complete on the storm system in East Bayfront. Once additional testing is done, water lines will be connected to Queens Quay East. 

Queens Quay East
Ongoing work at the Parkside development requires that the northbound lane on Bonnycastle Street remain closed. Access from Queens Quay is currently limited due to ongoing underground work. When that work is completed, northbound cars will be able to travel more easily along Bonnycastle from Queens Quay.

East Bayfront Essential External Servicing Infrastructure
Work on the new Sanitary Pumping Station, located at the foot of Cherry Street at Lake Shore Boulevard East, continues. The concrete structure is complete, and mechanical and electrical work is underway.

Work on the deep sanitary trunk sewer on Queens Quay East from Bonnycastle Street to Small Street is complete. The installation of the storm sewer from Bonnycastle to 100 metres east of Bonnycastle is also complete. Excavation is now underway for the remaining section of storm sewer east to Small Street.

The final piece of work at this location involves installing two stormwater forcemains from Bonnycastle Street to Parliament Street. Crews have been unable to start this work due to the condition of an existing watermain on the site. This watermain broke in January, causing a significant delay. To expedite the completion of this work and remove the lane restrictions on Queens Quay, installation of these two stormwater forcemains will be deferred. This work will be included as part of the future development of Queens Quay, at which time the existing watermain will be relocated.

Over the next several weeks, crews will also be completing minor work at the Bonnycastle and Queens Quay intersection.

The storm forcemains will ultimately extend further east to Cherry Street, but for the most part are located outside of the roadway along the east side of Parliament to Lake Shore, and within the south boulevard of Lake Shore East from Parliament to Cherry Street.

On February 17, the northbound lane of Cherry Street from Lake Shore Boulevard to just north of the Lake Shore East Rail Corridor closed to complete the connection of the sanitary forcemain to the existing sanitary sewer just north of the rail corridor. The work is expected to be completed by March 4.


Project update: West Don Lands

Corktown Common – New Northern Entrance
The next time you’re in the neighbourhood you’ll notice these new signs at certain locations around the northern entrance to Corktown Common (beginning at the intersection of River Street and King Street and running along the eastern bank between River City and Bayview Avenue). The signs help explain that while the park looks complete, the wide variety of prairie seed that has been spread needs to be protected while it takes root and grows. The fences are scheduled to come down in June 2016. By then, the prairie will be established and you will be able to enjoy this new part of your neighbourhood park. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and ask that you kindly refrain from moving the fences and entering the area.

Pan Am Athletes’ Village / Canary District Conversion
The conversion work is progressing quickly in preparation for occupancy this spring.

George Brown College Student Residence
All finishes including carpet, corridor wallpaper, kitchen flooring and suite closets are complete. The installation of terrazzo flooring on the ground level is nearing completion and the final painting is underway.  

Cooper-Koo YMCA
The common area millwork is complete and deficiencies are being corrected.

Fred Victor and Wigwamen
Interior work is substantially complete with minor deficiencies being corrected. Occupancy permits have been received for both buildings in preparation for completion.

Canary District and Canary Park Condominiums
The legacy suites are taking shape with framing and boarding of the wall partitions and related mechanical and electrical rough-in work well underway. In the kitchens, countertops, backsplashes and wood flooring are being installed and new appliances are being received. Line painting and stall numbering has been completed in the parking garage and lockers are being completed. Crews are also working on door surrounds and corridor baseboards. The first residents will begin to move in on April 11, 2016.

In anticipation of the opening this spring, Dundee Kilmer Developments have announced the first group of retailers, including Dark Horse Espresso Bar, Fuel Plus, OpusGlow Concept Spa, Pizza e Pazzi, Tabule, Running Room, Think Fitness and Gears. For more details visit

For more information on the award winning Canary District or to view the live construction feed visit their website at or the presentation centre and four model suites located at 398 Front Street (parking available off Trinity Street).

Cooper Koo Family YMCA

This May, the YMCA of Greater Toronto will open its newest Centre of Community, the Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA. With developers in the final stages of converting the buildings that served as the Pan / Parapan Am Games Athletes’ Village into their legacy use, eyes are focused on the Cooper Koo Family YMCA as it puts the final touches on the 82,000 square foot facility. The state-of-the-art space will offer an array of programs to the community including Health & Fitness, Day Camps, Community Programs, and a 30,000 square foot green roof.

The West Don Lands, including the Canary District, and other neighbourhoods around the new YMCA, will have the opportunity to experience free programming leading up to the Y’s Community Celebration and Open House taking place May 28 and 29. During this celebration visitors will have an opportunity to tour the new Centre of Community, speak with Y staff, and take part in fun activities and programming.

In the meantime, as the days draw ever closer, be sure to stay in touch, read the YMCA blog, consider contacting them to get involved as a volunteer by emailing, and take part in the program schedule survey.

To stay on top of it all, sign up for updates at

Cherry Street Sanitary Forcemain
On February 17, the northbound lane of Cherry Street from Lake Shore Boulevard to just north of the Lake Shore East Rail Corridor closed to complete the connection of the sanitary forcemain to the existing sanitary sewer just north of the rail corridor. The work is expected to be completed by March 4.

Cherry Street Transit
The TTC is reviewing customer feedback to the initial proposal for route changes in the Pape/Carlaw-to-downtown corridor and is finalizing its recommendations for TTC Board approval at its meeting in March 2016. Streetcar service on Cherry Street is currently planned to begin on June 19, 2016. In the interim, 172 Cherry Street service will be extended to Cherry Beach starting May 8, 2016 in the evenings, Monday to Friday, and all day Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.


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