news from our new blue edge

October 2015


Public report on the Queens Quay Revitalization

On October 14, we held a community meeting to provide an update on the new Queens Quay.

Since the new Queens Quay opened this June, we have been observing the street and making some changes to make it even better it for cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and transit users. We have now updated the community with a public report on the Queens Quay Revitalization project.  On October 14, we hosted a community update meeting to present an overview of this public report. 

This public report includes an overview of the project’s history, the design and approvals process, as well as our objectives for the revitalized street. It contains a summary of all the public feedback we received between June 10, 2015 and August 31, 2015 and our own observations during that time period. The report also includes an overview of the changes we have made on Queens Quay in consultation with the City of Toronto, TTC and Toronto Police Services. Read more here.




Nuit Blanche 2015 on Toronto's waterfront: The Work of the Wind

From sunset to sunrise on the night of October 3, 2015, Nuit Blanche brought an extraordinary exhibition to Toronto’s main waterfront boulevard, Queens Quay.

This year’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche produced by the City of Toronto was particularly exciting because this year, for the first time, the waterfront featured prominently in one of the event’s three main exhibitions. Thousands of Torontonians braved a chilly and windy night to take in the unique experience.

Curator Christine Shaw set her very thoughtful exhibition The Work of the Wind and its thirteen art projects along the length of Queens Quay from Parliament Street to Harbourfront Centre. The exhibition drew on the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force – an index that mariners use to carefully describe the power of the wind and its effects on land and water – to describe a series of thought-provoking and thrilling contemporary art projects. Using the language of the scale – “drifting, tumbling, scattering, swaying, impeding, damaging, breaking, uprooting” – The Work of the Wind conjured the 13 forces from 0 (Calm) to 12 (Hurricane) along Toronto’s shoreline.

If you missed out on this extraordinary night of contemporary art, check out our Facebook photo album to see all the projects.




Final Port Lands consultation meetings

River Park North looking west towards Cherry Street.

Save the date! Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are hosting final public consultation meetings on the emerging plans for the Port Lands. A public open house will be held on Saturday, November 14, with sessions running throughout the day. This will be followed by two evening workshops on November 17 and 18. The consultation will provide an update and seek feedback on three current initiatives: the Port Lands Planning Framework, Villiers Island Precinct Plan, and the Port Lands and South of Eastern Transportation and Servicing Master Plan EA. The format will be similar to some of the meetings held in the first phase of the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative and is intended to provide time to digest information and to provide feedback. Presentations will also be recorded and posted online for those who are unable to attend in person or who wish to view the presentations a second time. Please watch for a formal notice in the coming days. You can also visit for more information on the work done to date on these initiatives.



In brief

Video recap of the Queens Quay Revitalization official opening
On June 19th, people from all over the city came together for a unique ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the waterfront’s new boulevard. Joined by over 1,000 community members, project partners and stakeholders, we created a 650-metre blue wave by supporting a blue ribbon that stretched from York Street to HTO Park -- almost the entire length of the revitalized Queens Quay. Check out the video highlighting the celebrations and the dramatic transformation of the street…

Return of the bronze fish public art on Queens Quay
Many people have been asking about the bronze fish that were removed from the foot of York Street at the start of Queens Quay construction. Local artist Stephen Radmacher’s forty-two bronze fish sculptures are well known and much loved by locals. We took careful note of the condition and position of each fish before removing them in May 2013.  Crews started carefully reinstalling the fish in September 2015 and will complete the process by November, weather permitting. For more info or to view photos of these popular public art pieces check out our blog…

Two waterfront projects honoured with 2015 Toronto Urban Design Awards
Underpass Park’s public art installation, Mirage by Paul Raff Studio in the West Don Lands received an Award of Excellence in the Elements category for its use of light and colour to animate and transform the formerly unused spaces under and around the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide overpasses. Also in the West Don Lands, one of the premier residential condos in the area, River City designed by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes received an Award of Excellence in the Private Buildings in Context category, recognizing the tower’s unique design. Read more about these and other winning projects from the Toronto Urban Design Awards…

Queens Quay revitalization recognized with prestigious urban development award
The Queens Quay Revitalization project has won a 2015 Brownie Award for the Best Overall Project - Neighbourhood Scale. The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) awards program (held in collaboration with FCM Green Municipal Fund and the Canadian Brownfields Network) recognizes excellence in redeveloping urban sites in Canadian communities. Learn more about this Waterfront Toronto project… 

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at Exhibition Place

As the largest indoor agricultural and international equestrian competition in the world, the Royal Fair combines everything agriculture and draws more than 340,000 visitors. From November 6 to 15, there are a variety of exhibits to choose, from giant farm animals to giant vegetables, from horse shows to dog shows, from shoppers’ paradise to the Royal Butter Tart Competition, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Learn more at


Check out the full schedule for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.


Project update: East Bayfront

Looking east at the water’s edge. Crews are making steady progress at Bayside.

Bayside Toronto
Sequence programming for the operation of the storm system is in progress and final commissioning is targeted for completion in late November.  

Queens Quay East
Interim Improvements
As communicated in our last newsletter, all work on Queens Quay East sidewalks, landscaping and the Martin Goodman Trail is complete. Over the next few weeks, crews will be returning to make minor repairs and adjustments.

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 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.

Now that the Pan Am and Parapan Games have drawn to a close, work has resumed on the sanitary trunk sewer from Bonnycastle Street and Queens Quay East to the sewage pumping station. This work involves rebuilding the existing storm sewer from Bonnycastle to Small Street and installing twin storm forcemains from Bonnycastle to Parliament Street. While this work is being completed, westbound lanes on the north side of Queens Quay will remain closed. East-west traffic will flow along the south side of Queens Quay. This work will be completed by early December 2015.

The storm forcemains will 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.

Work will also begin soon on the sanitary forcemain from the sanitary pumping station, north on Cherry Street to just north of the Lake Shore East rail corridor. This work will require the closure of a short section of the northbound lane of Cherry Street, from Lakeshore to just north of the rail corridor, for approximately two months. The exact start date is not yet confirmed as we are still awaiting final approvals from various agencies




Project update: West Don Lands

Councillor Pam McConnell, Artist Rolande Souliere and Lilie Zendel, Manager of Street Art Toronto, at the formal ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly transformed Bala Underpass

Visually arresting mural for the Bala Underpass
The Bala Underpass is located at the eastern edge of the West Don Lands and provides an important connection for cyclists, joggers and pedestrians between Corktown Common and the Don River ravine trail system. For many years this space has been quite unassuming and nondescript. Waterfront Toronto brought this opportunity for public art to the attention of StARToronto. A competition was launched seeking an artistic concept that would convey the significant Aboriginal history in the area and link the public art programs unfolding on either side of the underpass. On October 2nd the chosen artist, Rolande Souliere, unveiled her completed mural. You can read more in this blog.

River City
On September 17, 2015, Urban Capital closed on its third residential development parcel in the West Don Lands and immediately began construction of RC3. Once complete, RC3 will be a 29-storey tower composed of angular black and white elements that will tie in with the entire River City complex. Waterfront Toronto participated in the official groundbreaking ceremony held on October 14, 2015.

Cherry Street transit
The new Cherry Street streetcar line will provide residents and visitors with convenient and environmentally friendly ways to connect to the larger public transit system and get around the city. The new right of way will run on the east side of Cherry Street, south from King Street through the West Don Lands to the CN rail corridor just north of the Gardiner Expressway. Work is being completed on the line this fall and we hope to have an update from the TTC on when it will begin running.

Woonerf/Trolley Crescent
Urban Capital has completed enough of their exterior work around River City Phases I and II that we can now begin the remaining work on Trolley Crescent east of River Street. This includes replacing damaged planter curbs, installing soft landscaping, boulevard trees, irrigation and traffic signage. Bike rings and benches will also be added to Trolley Crescent both east and west of River Street. We expect this work will be completed by the end of the year.

Book drive for Toronto Community Housing
At the official opening of the West Don Lands Toronto Community Housing complex in July, a resident of the seniors building spoke about how much she loved her new home and mused about some ideas for enhancing the sense of community within her building – one of which was to slowly build a library in their amenity room. Waterfront Toronto heard that call and moved into action! Over the next several weeks, we collected about six banker’s boxes of books, including a contribution from one of our developer partners, David Gerofsky of First Gulf.

On behalf of the YMCA
The end of one major Toronto event - Pan Am/Parapan Am Games - makes way for another – opening the doors to the Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA. Set to open in spring 2016, the new 82,000 sq. ft. Centre of Community will offer an array of programs including Health & Fitness, Day Camps and Community Programs. Once t’s have been crossed and i’s dotted, the YMCA plans to open for tours and registration in mid-May, opening festivities a few weeks after, with programming scheduled to start the end of May. This winter, the YMCA will be planning its schedule of programs and wants to hear from you. Have your say! Take online surveys and receive invites to in-person consultation sessions. Sign up at


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