news from our new blue edge

May 2014


Winning street name: Merchants' Wharf

An artist's rendering of an aerial view of the Bayside Toronto development at night.

The votes are in and Merchants’ Wharf has topped the list for the new waterfront street name in East Bayfront. The winning name – which commemorates an old shipping wharf located at the foot of Lower Sherbourne Street – received the most votes during our ‘Help Name a Waterfront Street’ online contest.

Merchants’ Wharf, submitted by Daniel Thomson, received the most number of votes followed by Kanadario Way and Water Street. Merchants' Wharf will be ‘main street’ for the new Bayside Toronto community. See the full voting results.

‘Help Name a Waterfront Street’ was launched on March 12, 2014 by Waterfront Toronto. Over a two-week period, we asked the public to submit street name suggestions online or via Facebook/Twitter. During the first phase of the contest, more than 700 street name ideas were submitted. From April 22 to May 1, more than 2,000 people voted for their favourite from our eight shortlisted street names.

Merchants’ Wharf will now be submitted for official approval by the Toronto East York Community Council at its June 17 meeting.



Meeting Toronto’s leaders in innovation and collaboration

Klever Freire demonstrates one of DreamQuii’s drone cameras. He and his team are using robotics and artificial intelligence to revolutionize everyday life – from changing farming practices to how you clean your house.

With the City of Toronto once again in the running for the title of “World’s Most Intelligent Community of the Year,” a delegation from Toronto’s most innovative companies, institutions and not-for-profits gave the international competition’s judge a tour of the city's hotspots for innovation and culture.

Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) co-founder Louis Zacharilla received a whirlwind two-day tour that showcased the city’s robust ecosystem of innovation programs, digital pioneers and advocates.

A photo recap of the tour is now available on Waterfront Toronto’s Facebook page.
Learn more about the Intelligent Community of the Year competition and Toronto's bid.



Video: A look under Queens Quay

Toronto’s main waterfront street is being completely transformed into an lively and active urban waterfront. But the makeover isn’t limited to above ground improvements. Much of the construction on Queens Quay is for new underground infrastructure – the municipal services we need but rarely think much about. Working underground on the waterfront is complicated – the current infrastructure is old and failing and water levels are high. Take a look underground. Despite the challenges, the Revitalization of Queens Quay is on schedule for June 2015.


In this video, we'll peel back the pavement to show what we're building underground and how that is coordinated with the landscape work we can see above ground.


In brief

Jane's Walk 2014

Representatives from Waterfront Toronto participated in various Jane’s Walks, May 2-4, across the waterfront. The annual event that celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs encourages people to get out and explore their neighbourhoods. If you attended the walk in West Don Lands, Port Lands or in the Central Waterfront you can send in your photos to be included in the Jane’s Walk Annual book.

Spot the waterfront bus
Keep an eye out for the Waterfront BIA’s branded double-decker sightseeing bus this summer at major tourist destinations around the City. If you spot the bus – which features the Spadina WaveDeck along one side – post a picture of it to the Waterfront BIA’s Facebook page or Twitter. You might just be selected to win a weekly prize from a waterfront merchant. Get the full contest details.

BILD awards
Waterfront development projects in East Bayfront and the West Don Lands have received 2014 BILD awards. Each year, the BILD Awards recognize the very best of the GTA’s building and development industry. Tridel received the Best High-Rise Building Design for Aqualina at Bayside and Dundee Kilmer received the Places to Grow Community of the Year Award for Canary Park. Learn more about the BILD awards.

Doing our part for Earth Week
During this year’s Earth Week, April 21-25, the Waterfront Toronto team hit the streets to help keep Toronto clean and celebrate Earth Day. Hitting the pavement along the waterfront, our staff picked up 14 large bags of litter and recyclables. It might not seem like much, but that’s 14 bags of trash that won't end up in the lake! For further details check out our Facebook album.

Redpath Waterfront Festival
Mark your calendars for this year’s Redpath Waterfront Festival from June 20-22, 2014. With a footprint of 2 kilometres along Toronto’s waterfront from Spadina to Sherbourne, the action packed Festival will have something for everyone. See the full festival schedule.


Construction update: Queens Quay Revitalization


Partial intersection closures required

Streetcar tracks are being delivered and installed all along Queens Quay. As the tracks are installed across intersections, several partial closures are required.

  • Lower Spadina/Queens Quay: This intersection rebuild is currently underway as part of the Spadina Loop work. Northbound traffic is being rerouted to Dan Leckie Way. Southbound traffic is not impacted. The intersection is expected to reopen on May 22. Read the Spadina Loop Special Notice for more information about this work.
  • Lower Simcoe/Queens Quay: Lower Simcoe is closed to northbound and southbound traffic. Northbound traffic is being rerouted to Rees Street or Dan Leckie Way. The intersection will reopen on May 22. Read the Lower Simcoe Intersection Special Notice for more information about this work.

Partial closures will also be required for the Rees Street and York Street intersections in late May/early June. During each intersection closure, westbound traffic will be maintained on Queens Quay at all times.

Need more information?
Thank you for your patience during construction. If you have questions send an email to or call 416-214-9990.

For urgent construction issues
Please contact Queens Quay Construction Liaison Officer, Robert Pasut at or call 416-505-3073.

Learn more about Queens Quay construction and sign up for weekly construction notices and complete project updates.


Look who's back at PawsWay
The well-loved dog and cat statues outside PawsWay are back in their permanent home after crews finished installing the granite promenade in the plaza area. Located next to the Simcoe WaveDeck, PawsWay is the world’s first pet exhibit and event centre – a place for pets and pet-lovers to come together to enjoy exhibits and activities.

A closer look at construction
Take a look at some recent construction photos to learn more about the extensive work underway on Queens Quay.

Queens Quay webcams
Keep an eye on construction from your computer or mobile device using our Queens Quay Webcams.e


Construction update: Sherbourne Common

Water Channel repairs underway

Repairs underway at Sherbourne Common

Construction crews are working on a two-week retrofit of the Sherbourne Common water channel. Last summer, water in the channel was turned off due to vandalism and water quality issues resulting from the channel’s river stones. The river stones have been removed from the channel and crews are now retrofitting the concrete to ensure the depth of the water is safe for those visiting the park. Work will be complete – and the water running – by the end of May.  



Help us plan the future of the Port Lands: Cousins Quay Precinct

Join Waterfront Toronto, in collaboration with the City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority at the first Port Lands: Cousins Quay Precinct Plan public meeting on May 15, where you can help to provide feedback on the development of this precinct plan. At this first public meeting we will present guiding principles and several different options for how the precinct could be developed. Your participation and ideas are important and will help shape the future of the Cousins Quay Precinct and the Port Lands.

Public meeting details
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Time: Drop-in and view displays – 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Presentation and facilitated discussion – 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Morse Street Junior Public School - 180 Carlaw Avenue (West side of Carlaw Avenue, just south of Queen Street East). See map.
TTC: Take the 502 Queen Street streetcar Easbound or Westbound towards Carlaw Avenue. Visit the TTC Trip Planner for full directions.
Parking: Parking is available nearby.
Accessibility: Fully accessible



For more information visit If you wish to receive further information on the Cousins Quay Precinct Plan or be added to our mailing list or if you require any special accessibility requirements, please contact


Doors Open on Toronto's waterfront

Looking for something different during Doors Open? Try the Waterfront BIA’s “Gangways Open on Toronto’s Waterfront” as part of the 15th Annual Doors Open Toronto, May 24 and 25.

At the water’s edge, visitors will be able to tour the William Lyon MacKenzie Fireboat and 13 other unique ships. Learn about the rich history of Toronto’s oldest running ferry the Trillium, experience the high energy of Firesound, a 9-piece band comprised of Toronto firefighters, or take an historical journey of Toronto’s waterfront through a photo exhibit featuring over 100 archival images.

Get more information on these and other exciting events happening at Doors Open Toronto.




Toronto International Circus Festival comes to the waterfront

This Victoria Day weekend, May 17-19, experience the magic of the circus with Harbourfront Centre’s HarbourKIDS: The Toronto International Circus Festival, co-produced by Zero Gravity Circus. Designed for kids and adults of all ages, activities include crafts, tumbling workshops, and even circus classes with performances by acrobats, jugglers, clowns, and more. See the full schedule.


Performance at last year's Circus Festival.


Toronto Island House and History Tour

Experience life on the Toronto Island with the third annual Toronto Island House and History Tour on June 1 hosted by Toronto Island Grannies in Spirit. Meet Island residents, hear and "see" stories from the community's 150 year history, and enjoy an Island-themed art show by Island artists. With more than 650 residents living in 262 homes this car free community is like no other place in Toronto.


Limited tickets available. All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.


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