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Leslieville Welcomes Dineen Outpost to Gerrard Street East

Dineen Coffee Co. has expanded from their flagship location on Yonge Street and Temperance Street in downtown Toronto to include a gorgeous second destination in Leslieville on Gerrard Street East, just west of Jones Ave with the fitting name of Dineen Outpost. Dineen serves espresso based drinks, coffee, tea, and to complement your beverage, a selection of breakfast and lunch options. Try their pastries, delicious quiche and sandwich baguettes, or a mixed berry or honey parfait. A welcome addition to the bursting Gerrones strip, good things are happening in our neighbourhood!

Dineen Outpost Gerrard Street East

1042 Gerrard Street East

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Leslieville Welcomes Dineen Outpost to Gerrard Street East 2018-02-12T10:58:51+00:00

La Paella is now open on Queen Street East

La Paella, Leslieville’s newest restaurant is a great alternative to a Spanish vacation – something we could all use from Toronto right now! Serving Spanish classics, including a selection of aperitivo options like marinated olives, cured meats, and aged cheeses. As expected, paella is a main feature of the menu with five variations being offered, each intended to satiate two diners. La Paella is licensed and has a full drink menu including red and white wines, beer, cocktails, and of course sangria.

La Paella Queen Street Toronto

La Paella is located at 1146 Queen Street East, 416-546-1055

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La Paella is now open on Queen Street East 2018-02-08T11:24:27+00:00

Brickworks Cider is calling Riverside home

Brickworks Cider has announced the opening of its flagship location on the corner of Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue, 709 Queen Street East. Construction is currently underway, with a poster slating the opening for February 2018.

Brickworks Ciderhouse

“Always putting quality and the environment first, Brickworks Ciderhouse prides itself in providing local, small-batch, premium craft ciders.”

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Brickworks Cider is calling Riverside home 2018-01-22T16:03:18+00:00

The Rock Oasis named a top climbing gym

Rock climbing gyms in Toronto are a perfect place for people who want to experience the thrill of scaling a mountain without the actual mountain. Whether you’re going with a big group or braving a solo climb, get snug in your safety harnesses and prepare for an intense full-body workout.

Here are seven gyms you can go rock climbing in Toronto.

The Rock Oasis

Though not nearly as tall as their original location on Bathurst, this location in Leslieville on Carlaw Avenue is still huge. Featuring 25,000 square feet of climbing area, it also has lots of bouldering space, auto belay stations, and courses for beginners.

Basecamp Climbing

This seedy theatre-turned climbing gym in Koreatown boasts some of the highest climbs in the city. A selection of walls from flat to overhang make it an accessible gym for climbers of all levels.

Boulderz Climbing Centre

Prepare for sore arms after a visit to this gym in the Junction Triangle. Specializing in bouldering, which is done on smaller rock formations without harnesses, this little gym will have your grip game on another level.

Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Rock Climbing

This Liberty Village gym has the honour of calling itself the very first rock climbing gym in Canada. Open since 1990, Joe Rockhead’s is still one of the best places in the city for climbing aficionados of all levels.

Toronto Climbing Academy

In an attempt to make everything as realistic as possible, this gym in East York is designed with an abundance of gear and textured walls to best replicate real-life climbing. They’re the only gym to have specially designed simulated outdoor rock features and they’ve also got a sky window, meaning lots of natural light.

True North Climbing Inc.

As part of the sports centre at Downsview Park, True North has enough facilities to spend an entire day here. Not only do they have free WiFi and post-climb lounging couches, this North York gym also has the world’s largest climbable stalactite wall that drops down from the ceiling.

Hub Climbing

Located in Markham, Hub is primarily a bouldering gym but also features yoga classes and an in-house workout gym for climbers looking to elevate their climb game. They’ve generously added a foam pit to the bottom of their signature dragon-shaped wall, for those who will inevitably fail but don’t want to die in the process.

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The Rock Oasis named a top climbing gym 2018-01-14T12:21:04+00:00

New Hope Leslieville shelter has opened

On Monday, January 8, 2018, The Salvation Army Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports officially opened New Hope Leslieville, a 60-bed facility for men in the community of Leslieville. This facility will provide emergency shelter, meals, supportive counselling, housing placement, follow-up services, employment referrals and rehabilitation support for men experiencing homelessness.

After 40 years of dedicated service to men facing homelessness in Toronto, The Salvation Army Hope Shelter on 167 College Street closed its doors in April 2015, as the building’s lease concluded. Working in close partnership with the City of Toronto, The Salvation Army secured a new location at 29 Leslie Street for the replacement shelter which is aptly named New Hope Leslieville. This new facility will be able to accommodate approximately 20 clients initially and up to 60 clients when at full capacity.

“I would like to welcome the New Hope Shelter to wonderful Ward 32! This is our first shelter in our ward and we are doing everything we can to support The Salvation Army with this new home,” says Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32. “Our local working group has been meeting for months to collaborate on ideas to connect everyone to our community. The opening of our shelter is especially timely given the recent temperatures and we hope to be able to provide warm beds and services for those in need.”

“The Salvation Army has a critical role to play in the movement to end homelessness,” says Bradley Harris, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports. “Continuing with the opening of New Hope Leslieville, The Salvation Army Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports provides shelter services that align with Housing First through its strategic vision of Housing, Outcomes, Mission and Excellence (HOME). Our focus is on serving clients sustainably and excellently as we develop and track meaningful program outcomes.”

“Homelessness continues to be an increasing issue in the City of Toronto,” says Major John P. Murray, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. “The Salvation Army’s goal is not to only provide shelter to those experiencing homelessness, but to offer services and resources that help individuals break the cycle of poverty.”

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and 128 countries around the world. The Salvation Army provides practical assistance such as food and clothing for children and families, shelter for people experiencing homelessness, and rehabilitation for those who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of vulnerable people in your community. News releases, articles and updated information can be found at salvationarmy.ca.

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New Hope Leslieville shelter has opened 2018-01-14T12:25:51+00:00