Category: Charles G. Williams Playground

Thanks for a great 2018 outdoor movie season

The audience settles in for the last movie of the 2018 season at Sorauren Park

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.

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Pizza Oven Sponsor



Moana Special Sponsors

Moana movie screening Sep 22

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.

We’ll also have a Teddy Bear Clinic, presented by Dundas West Animal Hospital, Fun Games for Kids, presented by Scooter Girl Toys and The Little Paper, and a raffle.

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
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Outdoor Movie Season Presented by

Pizza Dinners Presented by

2018 Season generously sponsored by:

Dundas West Animal Hospital

Master Mechanic High Park

Meridian Credit Union

Pizzeria Defina

Produced by:

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Gracias! Taste of Spain fundraiser kicks off fall season

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A beautiful cool evening and the art-deco industrial home of Junction Craft Brewing welcomed revellers for the successful Taste of Spain fundraiser in support of Friends of Sorauren Park and Friends of Charles G. Williams Park on September 8.

Thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, donated, volunteered and worked the event, a magical evening.

Funds raised will support free programming at Sorauren Park and playground renovations at Charles G. Williams Park.

Produced by Friends of Sorauren Park and presented by Junction Craft Brewing, the event started with a shuttle bus from the park, sponsored by Pollocks Home Hardware. Following the lively cocktail hour, diners enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by Chef Bruno Beaudoin (GM, Novotel Ottawa) and Executive Chef David Neinstein (Barque Smokehouse). Throughout, everyone was entertained by the Jorge Miguel Flamenco Ensemble. The Roncesvalles Pass and the hamlet of Sorauren are both places in Spain, the names coming to Toronto via settler Colonel Walter O’Hara following his Napoleonic War exploits.

Such an event cannot happen without the support of the many individuals, organizations and local businesses who purchased tickets, as well as our sponsors and donors. Thank you.

PRESENTED BY:  Junction Craft Brewing

Supporting Sponsors:  Aya Kitchens and Baths   Curated Properties

Music Sponsor:  Scooter Girl Toys

Supplier Sponsors: Barque   Willem & Jools   Mabels

Shuttle Bus Sponsor:  Pollocks Home Hardware

Friend of the Park:  My Olive

PRODUCED BY: Friends of Sorauren Park

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Thanks also to our Silent Auction Sponsors and Donors:

The Ace
Boomerang Pilates
Cafe Luna Junction
Classical Music Conservatory
The Commoner
Leslie Norgate
Lifemaps – Andrew Alfred-Duggan
The Mercantile
My Olive
Novotel Ottawa
Qanuk Interiors
Roncesvalles Mac
Village Juicery
The Westerly

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
  • 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!

Share your playground ideas May 31

Photo of Charles G. Williams Park, looking north to the wading pool from Wright Avenue

The survey results are in! Thank you to everyone for sharing your comments and ideas for the Charles G. Williams Park playground (Sorauren playground).

Friends of Charles G. Williams received over a hundred responses to the recent survey and will be sharing some of the feedback at a special May 31 meeting. The next step is to get together interested community members to meet in person as a group. Neighborhood business owner and Landscape Architect, Eric Gordon, will be leading a guided brainstorming session to come up with exciting opportunities and solutions to some of our park issues. This is a great chance to share with other parents, grandparents and friends of the park.

When: Wednesday, May 31st at 8 p.m.
Where: Sorauren Park Fieldhouse (50 Wabash Ave.), Main Floor

Please RSVP to to let us know if you are planning to attend.