Movies in the Beach

Find a patch of grass, spread a blanket and enjoy movies under the stars.  Tonight marks the start of Movie Nights in the Park 2019.  Every Wednesday beginning tonight, July 3rd, movies can be seen at either Kew Gardens or Ivan Forrest Gardens.  Admission and popcorn free.  Check it out here.

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Will the tide turn at the Beach?

As one of Toronto’s most desirable areas to live in, one would think that the retail & gastronomic offerings in the Beach would be abundant and thriving.  Such is not the case for the flailing Queen St. East.  Storefront after storefront remain empty and decrepit despite it’s booming residential population and it’s summer tourist traffic of beach lovers and volleyball players.

On July 1st, City Council removed a tax rebate program which gave landlords a tax break on unoccupied storefronts, giving the owners plenty of incentive to leave the units vacant.  With the tax rebate gone, it remains to be seen if local business owners are willing and/or able to afford the exorbitant rents that many landlords are demanding for the available spaces.  Find out more here

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Quite a Riot

With the city’s outdoor ice rinks taking a hit weather-wise this week, why not take a walk on the beach instead.  The annual Winter Stations Design Competition is currently underway at Woodbine Beach and makes for an interesting day by the water.  This year’s theme is “Riot” and those chosen to participate in turning seven lifeguard stations into temporary art installations, will be exhibiting their work from now until April 1st.  For more information on the event, click here

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