Life in Toronto during the pandemic has been tough for everyone. Now that we’re deep into the hot summer, life during the pandemic without ice cream would be too much for some to bear. Thank God Mark Johnson, owner of Ed’s Real Scoop in Mimico, has re-opened his artisanal ice cream shop as our economy slowly but surely begins to re-open.
“Despite the strain this pandemic has put on everyone and every business, Ed’s Real Scoop has tried to remain a place where people can be happy and feel like a kid again,” Johnson states. “Certainly, we are all deserving of a treat for managing these trying times.”
Having been kept in a state of darkness for a considerable time (forced to shut down), Johnson is pleased to turn the lights back on and serve the neighbourhood’s best ice cream.
“We’re so glad to be able to open our doors again here in Mimico to serve scoops of delicious ice cream for everyone who waited patiently for us to adjust to a new normal,” explains Johnson. “We don’t quite have our whole menu back just yet, but I am so grateful to be in a community that has supported us generously. No longer must you knock on my door or call me at odd hours to get your ice cream fix, like some kind of ice cream speakeasy.”
So, the question remains: How does one go about procuring said ice cream?
“Come on down from Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm - 8pm and grab a pint, scoop, milkshake, or whatever you like!” Explains Johnson. “We are also open all long weekends this summer so come say hello because WE MISSED YOU!
ED’S REAL SCOOP - MIMICO
2370 LAKE SHORE BLVD W.
Story by: Roger Tumminieri
Publisher, Etobicoke Lakeshore Press
Lakeshore Arts will be teaming up with artists to add a series of new murals to the Eighth Street
Skatepark this summer. The ongoing Eighth Street Skatepark Murals project aims to enhance the skatepark while supporting local artists and has been made possible with support and enthusiasm from Councillor Mark Grimes.
The Eighth Street Skatepark Murals Project is an ongoing project initiated by Lakeshore Arts in 2017, with the goal to enhance the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community skatepark and showcase the talents of local mural artists. The murals painted this summer will add to the already-existing murals created since 2017.
This summer 2020, with funding allocated by Councillor Grimes and through City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program, Lakeshore Arts will manage the creation of four new murals at the skatepark as well as provide some maintenance to some of the already existing murals. In addition to the hiring of professional artists, this year’s project will provide mentorship in the field of mural art through opportunities for artist assistants, a mural project coordinator, and local youth, in an effort to build and support the mural art talent in the city.
Project staff visited the skatepark in June to interview those who use the park and to receive community feedback about the project. Throughout the month of July, community members, the skate community, and individuals who use the skatepark are encouraged to fill out an online community survey to share ideas for the types of murals or themes they would like to see at the skatepark.
This year’s Call for Artists seeks exciting concepts describing how artists would approach designing a skatepark mural that responds to the existing space in an innovative or playful way. Interested artists must apply by August 5, 2020.
Additional information and updates on the project, including the Call for Artists, and the online community feedback survey link can be found on the Lakeshore Arts website at www.lakeshorearts.ca/eighth-street-skatepark-mural-project/.
Lakeshore Arts is a registered charitable not for profit community arts organization dedicated to engaging all peoples using multidisciplinary art forms as a way of enriching lives and strengthening Toronto’s communities.
StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs designed specifically for streets and public spaces. Initiated in 2012 as an integral part of the City’s Graffiti Management Plan, StART has been successful in reducing graffiti vandalism and replacing it with vibrant, colourful, community-engaged street art. StART programs encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more beautiful and safe, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs and more.
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