Taste of Spain fundraiser for the park Sept. 8

A (Delicious) Fundraiser for Sorauren Park
Licenced event 19+

Saturday, September 8, 2018
7 – 11:30 p.m.
Junction Craft Brewing, 150 Symes Road

  • Take the shuttle bus from Sorauren Park
    Departing: between 6 – 7 p.m.
    Returning to the park: 11 p.m. – 12 midnight

Buy your tickets and reserve your seat on the shuttle bus. Limited spaces available.

Tickets: $150/person
Table: $1,200 for table of 8… contact us
Includes all food, wine and entertainment. Proceeds to the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park and Friends of Charles G. Williams Park

Who
The Friends of Sorauren Park is a non-profit community organization of volunteers dedicated to the completion of the Wabash Community Centre and enjoyment of Sorauren Park through free programming such as outdoor movie nights, a public skating rink and more.

What
A Taste of Spain is our first fundraising dinner — an event that will feature a delicious menu curated by celebrated local chefs and inspired by the flavours of Spain. It will be a lively and elegant evening of food, wine and entertainment.

Where
The Junction Craft Brewing, 150 Symes Rd. The 1930s art deco brewery provides a unique and memorable backdrop, where guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle before enjoying a sit-down dinner. A central stage will host a variety of flamenco-style music and dancing.

Why
The Friends of Sorauren Park is committed to continuing its tradition of community building in the Roncesvalles, Parkdale and Brockton neighbourhoods by offering events, programs and capital improvements to enhance the enjoyment of Sorauren Park. This event is a fundraiser to support programming, and the renovation of the Charles G. Williams Playground.

Did you know?
Roncesvalles, Spain, is the site of a battle against Napoleon in the 19th
 century, in which Colonel Walter O’Hara, a prominent member of the British army, fought before immigrating to Toronto. Today, Roncesvalles Avenue marks land he once owned, and several streets in the surrounding neighbourhood are named after his family (Marion Street – his wife; Constance Street – his daughter, etc.)

Sorauren was another battle site in Spain during the 1813 Battle of the Pyrenees.

Presented by Junction Craft Brewing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Sponsor: Aya Kitchens and Baths

 

 

 

Supplier Sponsor: Barque

 

 

Produced by Friends of Sorauren Park

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Buy your tickets and reserve your seat on the shuttle bus

Ghostbusters 2016 next outdoor movie Aug. 25

Following the hit screening of the 1963 classic Charade, the Sorauren Park Outdoor Movie Series returns Saturday, August 25 with Ghostbusters… the wild-ride 2016 Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig version. Oh yes, Chris Hemsworth too, and some familiar faces from the original slime-busting blockbuster.

The free movie screening starts 8:30 pm as the sun sets, but come early at 7:00 pm for fresh, delicious pizza. (We sold out at the last movie.) The talented crew at Pizzeria Defina fires up the park’s wonderful new oven. The concession stand will also have fresh-popped popcorn and drinks. Bring your water bottle for refills at Owen’s Fountain.

Kids’ favourite Moana completes the Outdoor Movie season in September… a special fundraiser for renovations at Charles G. Williams Playground (“Sorauren playground”).

Sign up for our newsletter or follow SoraurenPark on social media for movie and pizza dinner updates.

Big thanks to our sponsors for supporting the 2018 season.

Presented by

Pizza Dinners Presented by

 

Save the dates for outdoor movie season

Photo of large audience at Sorauren Park settling in to watch outdoor movie on inflatable screen

The Sorauren Park Outdoor Movie Season returns the fourth Saturday of every month June to September.

NEW! Pizza Dinners before the movies from the new Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared by Pizzeria Defina.

All titles and times subject to change depending on licensing and permit details… visit our movie page for the 2018 plans.

Sign up for our newsletter or follow SoraurenPark on social media for movie and pizza dinner updates.

2018 Season Presented by:

Dundas West Animal Hospital

Master Mechanic High Park

Meridian Credit Union

Pizza Dinners Presented by Pizzeria Defina

City Council votes YES to Wabash Community Centre

Birds-eye view drawing of the old brick linseed oil mill building, re-imagined as the Wabash Community Centre

2009 concept plan for Wabash Community Centre by Oleson Worland_Taylor Smyth architects, in joint venture. The plan would use the footprint and exterior of the old linseed oil mill

Toronto City Council has voted to start work this year on the Wabash Community Centre at Sorauren Park.

Work will begin with a modest $50,000 budgeted for pre-engineering. That will be followed by design in 2018 and 2019, with shovels in the ground planned for 2020, towards a 2022 or 2023 opening. Total project budget is $32.4 million.

“After 17 years on the books and many years of community advocacy before that, this is wonderful news,” said Joël Campbell, chair of the all-volunteer Friends of Sorauren Park. “This is a milestone.”

The Friends of Sorauren Park recently concluded its “Unlock the Community Centre” awareness campaign, the latest in a long series of actions to advocate for the centre.

The project is included in Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s capital budget and plan, which City Council approved Wednesday, February 15, 2017, as part of the overall City budget.

The most recent plans for the community centre, prepared as part of a 2009 feasibility study, would convert the abandoned Canada Linseed Oil Mills building next to the park into a 40,000 sq. ft. community hub with a gym (shown above), multipurpose rooms, studios and fitness rooms, youth space, kitchen and third-floor event space with a rooftop terrace.

Follow us on social media @SoraurenPark, our website and this newsletter for updates and news on design consultations.

Friends of Sorauren Park would like to thank Councillor Gord Perks, along with previous Ward 14 councillors Sylvia Watson and Chris Korwin-Kuczynski, who all moved the project along at various stages at City Council.

Most of all, thanks to the community, which has advocated ceaselessly for the community centre since the early 1990s. Never stop believing.

Illustration showing a gym and hallways with light streaming from the top

Artist’s rendering of gym and first floor of community centre

First Wabash Community Centre consultation July 10!

Poster with details about the Wabash Communty Centre public consultation, as described in the post.

The City has announced the first public consultation for the new Wabash Community Centre at Sorauren Park. It will take place July 10, starting at 6 p.m., at Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School at Bloor and Dundas.

Please attend to provide your input and show your support for the new centre, for which the community has been advocating since the early 1990s, most recently by the Friends of Sorauren Park.

The City has budgeted $40 million for the project. The province recently promised an additional $3.3 million towards aquatic facilities.

Here is the message from Councillor Gord Perks:

Hello Friends,

The City of Toronto is building a new Community Centre on Wabash Avenue, located just east of the fieldhouse in Sorauren Park on the site of the old Linseed Factory.

This is very exciting.

Please join me for a meeting with community members and City of Toronto Parks staff to discuss the Wabash Community Centre.

Community input is essential when deciding how best to improve public spaces and this meeting will serve as a great opportunity to hear from you.

This will be the first of many community consultations.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School
1515 Bloor Street West, Staff Room, Rm. 331

Please see the flyer for more information. This site is accessible.

If you have any questions or are unable to attend the meeting and wish to share your concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Look forward to seeing you on July 10th at Bishop Marrocco for the first of many community conversations.

Sincerely,

Gord

Councillor Gord Perks
Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park

Birds-eye view drawing of the old brick linseed oil mill building, re-imagined as the Wabash Community Centre

2009 concept plan for Wabash Community Centre by Oleson Worland_Taylor Smyth architects, in joint venture. The plan would use the footprint and exterior of the old linseed oil mill

Audrey Hepburn classic next outdoor movie July 28

The Audrey Hepburn and Gary Grant 1963 classic Charade is the next Sorauren Park Outdoor Movie, on the big screen Saturday July 28.

A thriller and romance in beautiful European settings, it’s the perfect date-night movie!

The movie starts 9:00 pm as the sun sets, but come early for fresh, delicious park-made pizza from the new outdoor oven, thanks to our dinner sponsor Pizzeria Defina and its talented crew. The concession stand will have fresh-popped popcorn and drinks.

The Outdoor Movie season continues the fourth Saturday of each month into September. Ghostbusters (2016 Melissa McCarthy version) and Moana complete the season in August and September. Thanks to everyone who came out to the first movie, Babe, including all the slumber parties!

Sign up for our newsletter or follow SoraurenPark on social media for movie and pizza dinner updates.

Big thanks to our sponsors for supporting the 2018 season.

Presented by

Pizza Dinners Presented by

 

Basketball Jamboree at “Sorauren playground” June 23

The Sorauren Park precinct will be jumping with activity Saturday June 23 as the Friends of Charles G. Williams Park host a Basketball Jamboree over the lunch hour, while the Friends of Sorauren Park host the summer’s first outdoor movie in the evening.

The Basketball Jamboree runs 11 am – 1 pm at Charles G. Williams Park, aka “Sorauren playground.” Features include:

  • Obstacle course for kids ages 2 and up sponsored by Scooter Girl
  • 4-on-4 and Basketball Skills for 7-11 year olds (pre-register your spot at scootergirltoys@gmail.com)
  • Delicious Pizza and Pops donated by Pizzeria Defina and Augies will be sold to raise funds for Friends of Charles G. Williams Park and the park’s forthcoming renovation
  • Musical guest Chris Paterson 11:30 – 12 noon singing songs from Small Potatoes
  • And another opportunity to hear about the exciting changes coming to our neighborhood playground!