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Original ‘Wartime Radio’ shows at Hope United Church will resonate with Remembrance Day

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017

n commemoration of Remembrance Day, an original play, “The War Time Radio Show” will run at East York’s Hope United Church auditorium

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Hands-on music & food at Hirut

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017

Although it’s possibly better known these days in the East York area as an entertainment room with a mix of eclectic genres featured several nights a month, cozy but elegant Hirut at 2050 Danforth Avenue a bit west of Woodbine should not be overlooked for its culinary attractions. Ethiopian-born namesake and chef Hirut was under the weather for a while earlier this year and the kitchen was actually closed for a couple of months so the entertainment was a life-saver. The roster includes monthly first-Thursday Jazz, last-Friday comedy, first-Friday Roots in-the-round and Pop and Jazz nights peppered throughout the month. The room’s anchor event is the delightful weekly Sunday 3-6 eclectic open stage with Nicola Vaughan, which has been running for six years now. There’s always a lot impromptu jam-style improvisational combos and that spirit also carries over somewhat...

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New owner plans Sept. 15 “Grand Reopening” for Remarks

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

Longtime regulars and staff at Remarks Bar & Grill on Coxwell Avenue in the heart of “Olde East York Village” are excited about some changes that have been gradually taking place…

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Concerts in parks popular in EY

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

Summer has many delights and for those who enjoy live music one of them is watching and listening to  performers share their talents on an outdoor stage in a park setting. Of course many people know that various events featuring live music happen weekends at Woodbine Park and the Beaches International Jazz Festival uses various outdoor locations, including parks, throughout its now month-long run in July. [See for full schedule.] Several local east-TO parks also have outdoor programs, including a series put on every Wednesday 6-9 in July in East Lynn Park (1925 Danforth Ave.) by the Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area...

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Community theatre alive and well in East York with The East Side Players

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017

Community theatre is thriving in East York as The East Side Players celebrate their 50th anniversary season (and over 40 years at the Papermill Theatre).

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Winterfolk’s 15th anniversary Feb. 17-19 will include many East York talents

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017

Although it was not born in east TO, the annual Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival has made its home here for most of what will be 15 years of existence February 17-19. From its beginnings the event, held at five bar/restaurant venues on Danforth Ave. near Broadview, has drawn on talents from the area…

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