New at the park: For Goodness Bakes! The bakers from Friends of Sorauren Park are firing up the bake every Wednesday evening in July, 6 – 8:30 pm, for fresh baked goodies. Each Wednesday features different recipes from ingredients donated by wonderful neighbourhood bakeries. (And you can burn off those calories with free world dance beginner lessons also every Wednesday evening in July, on the Sorauren Town Square.)
Quantities are limited. Pay what you can; all proceeds support the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park and free park programming.
Big thanks to sponsor Avryll McNair, Bosley Real Estate, for rising to the occasion, along with our bakeries.
For Goodness Bakes schedule:
- July 6: Sourdough bread, croissants and cinnamon buns, Blackbird Baking Co.
- July 13: Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and ginger cookies, Mabel’s Bakery and Specialty Foods
- July 20: Beer cheddar scones and pork sausage rolls, Oy’s Joys Bakery
- July 27: White and whole wheat dinner rolls, Robinson Bread
The Sorauren Park bake oven was donated by Friends of Sorauren Park and supporters. Sitting cold through the height of the pandemic, the oven now fires again!
Come to the Sorauren Park Town Square this holiday Monday September 2 for the annual Sorauren Farmers’ Market Country Fair! In addition to Market favourites including farmers’ kiosks, fresh prepared food and the popular pizza oven, the extra-special Country Fair features a raffle, live music, corn roast, dog show, and the annual “Best in Fair” competition. Enter your best veggies, jams, pickles and more!
Several hundred people packed the Town Square and surrounding lawn for Moana on September 22, following the Basketball Jamboree, kids’ games and Teddy Bear Clinic with real vets (!), and capping off a grand 2018 Sorauren Outdoor Movie Season.
Big thanks to everyone who came out to the free movie screenings, which began in June and included a special add-on screening of Hocus Pocus in collaboration with City of Toronto and Park People. It takes a community to organize, execute and pay for movies (several thousand dollars in permits, licenses, equipment, insurance, supplies, etc.) Thanks to:
- The volunteers who ran the concession and pizza stands, set up and tore down equipment, and promoted and secured sponsorships for the series.
- City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.
- Our devoted Presenting Sponsors: Dundas West Animal Hospital, Master Mechanic High Park, Meridian Credit Union.
- Our hard-working pizza oven operator: Pizzeria Defina (a share of all proceeds gets donated back to the park).
- Moana special event sponsors: Scooter Girl Toys, The Little Paper, Friends of Charles G. Williams Park (proceeds to the Charles G playground fund).
The movie series is produced by the Friends of Sorauren Park. The Friends will be meeting over the winter to plan the 2019 series, including strategies to reduce the long (yet congenial) lines at the pizza oven and concession stand… thanks for your patience! You’re invited to join us the first Thursday of most months, 7 pm in the Sorauren Fieldhouse, for the regular monthly meeting of the Friends.
Pizza Oven Sponsor
Moana Special Sponsors
Join us for the last outdoor movie of the year, the family-favourite Moana, a special presentation in support of the Friends of Charles G. Williams Park (“Sorauren playground”) on Saturday, September 22.
Activities kick off with a Basketball Jamboree at Charles G. Williams Park across Wabash Avenue from Sorauren Park, starting at 4 p.m. Kids aged 7 – 11 can sign up for the jamboree and tournament in person at Scooter Girl Toys on Roncesvalles Avenue, or by calling Scooter Girl Toys at 416-534-211 or emailing the shop.
And the pizza oven will be fired up for park-made pizza with our partner Pizzeria Defina. Come to the parks!
Basketball Jamboree: 4 p.m.
Teddy Bear Clinic: 4:30 p.m.
Kids’ Games: 5 p.m.
Pizza Dinner: 6 p.m. ($10 per pizza, share of proceeds to the park)
Movie: 7:30 p.m. (free – donations welcome)
Kids Games Sponsored by
Outdoor Movie Season Presented by
Pizza Dinners Presented by
2018 Season generously sponsored by:
The Friends of Sorauren Park are proud to support the City of Toronto and the non-profit organization Park People to kick off the Pumpkin Parade season with a special 25th Anniversary screening of the bewitching comedy classic Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.
The free outdoor screening will take place on the Sorauren Park Town Square Thursday, September 13, along with pizza dinner from the park’s oven, and a special live performance.
6 pm: Pizza Dinner with Pizzeria Defina staff making fresh pizzas in the park’s oven.
7 pm-ish: Special LIVE appearance from Winifred Sanderson, courtesy Toronto entertainer Heroine.
7:30 pm: Free movie screening, Hocus Pocus.
When three 17th century Salem witches are accidentally summoned by modern-day pranksters, the 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth, but first they must outwit three kids and an immortal talking cat. Get ready for a night of zany fun! Rated PG, 1h 36min.
Pizza Dinners will be available for purchase ($10 each) before the movie from the new Sorauren Park Pizza Oven, prepared and presented by Pizzeria Defina. Pizza purchases are cash only, with a portion of the proceeds going to Friends of Sorauren Park.
Please take transit, bike or walk to Sorauren Avenue Park. The streets are narrow and busy in the neighborhood, and there is no parking in the park.
The closest subway stop is Dundas West, closet streetcar stop is Sorauren at Dundas.
There are accessible public washrooms in the Sorauren Avenue Park Fieldhouse.
On November 1st of each year, Toronto’s pumpkins shine brightly for one last night in parks across the city. The tradition, started at Sorauren Park, has spread to dozens of parks in Toronto and parks in Montreal, New York and elsewhere.