October 6




Ruth Wagner

“As a signature member of the Pastel Artists of Canada, I’ve been accepted into four Canada-wide juried shows since 2017.  I’m passionate about the medium of soft pastels for their immediacy and rich pigmentation. Much of my work falls within the themes of ‘floral' and ‘trees’. I also work in pure abstraction often inspired by images which show the wear and tear of time and the elements or by hidden compositions.” Ruth has a Facebook page.  

Iris Series 2 -white iris - 12 x 12"


Michael Cavanaugh is having a show at the Worth Gallery (830 Dundas W) from October 13 to 22.  The opening is at 7 pm on Thursday October 13. Save the date - it’s a great opportunity to see his powerful paintings on display.   And you can see more of his work at our Cabbagetown Artists site - click here.  


Check your favourite restaurants, bakeries and shops for more info.

Terroni sud Forno 

Terroni (22 Sackville) has all the ingredients to make your perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Homemade artisanal foods and premium imported Italian products.  Open daily from 8 am to 8 pm, closed Monday October 10.  Pick up or local delivery - check it out online.

Thanksgiving dinner

St James Town Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) has turkeys from 10 to 20 pounds.  If you’re looking for an alternative, try a ham, a rack of pork or an Ontario lamb leg, boneless or bone-in. Pickups during the week before Thanksgiving.


Cranberries Thanksgiving dinners are legendary.  Great food, lively company, comfy pub.  This year, the three-course dinner includes butternut squash soup or organic green salad, roast turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Finish with apple crumble and vanilla ice cream or pumpkin pie.  $40.  Sunday October 9 and Monday October 10, 5 pm and 7:30 pm.  Call (416) 925-6330 for reservations.  601 Parliament.  


Thanksgiving with a nifty Italian touch at F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  Start with minestrone or roast beet salad.  Roast turkey roulade with carrots, parsnip puree, cranberry and cashew stuffing and pan gravy. Or oven baked lasagna.  Or braised rabbit pappardelle with thyme and rosemary, oyster mushrooms, black kale and garlic confit.  For dessert, pumpkin pie or tiramisu.  $55.  For pick up, pre-order by October 8 for October 9.  Dine-in reservations at (316) 323-0666 or email.

House on Parliament

On Sunday and Monday, the HoP (454 Parliament) is serving roast turkey and the trimmings, a la carte.  $28.  Add on your choice of appetizer and dessert.  A limited number of take-out dinners are also available from 4 to 6 pm - call (416) 925-4074.  

Desserts from Staij

Beautiful Fall pastries from Staij & Co (552 Parliament) - cupcakes, pumpkin and pecan pies.  Check it out and order online.

Add some flowers to your table
Blooming Flower Bar is open all weekend - closed on Monday.  To order please go to the website or call 647-350-8076. 


The first bridge is open

Waterfront Toronto has opened the new bridge at Polson Street across the future mouth of the Don River.   It’s the first of three new bridges connecting Toronto and Villiers Island. It has three separate lanes in each direction - for cars, for bikes and for pedestrians.  

Where the candidates stand

Learn which mayoral and council candidates most closely match your opinions. The Toronto Star has a handy survey that asks your views on a series of questions.  It then compares your wishes and the candidates’ platforms.   Thanks to Lawrence for this tip.  (Photo:  Andres Plana, Toronto Star)

Candidates’ meeting

The candidates for City Council will debate on Wednesday October 12 from 5 to 8 pm at the Daniel Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Sponsored by the Community Civic Engagement Collaborative. 

Voting schedules

Toronto’s official election day is Monday, October 24 from 10 am to 8 pm.  The advance polls happen from Friday October 7 to Friday October 14, 10 am to 7 pm.  Go to the City’s election site to find out where you vote.   

Man stabbed in Allan Gardens

Police went to Allan Gardens around 11:40 pm on Tuesday October 4.  A man had been stabbed and they took him to hospital.  He died shortly after his arrival.  Police have identified the victim as Kassa Tesfaye, 46, of Toronto.  Apparently, a group were in the park talking together when an unknown man approached and stabbed Mr Tesfaye.  Anyone with information is asked to call (416) 808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS or online at www.222tips.com 

Help wanted - BIA Executive Director

The Cabbagetown BIA (237 Carlton) is searching for an Executive Director.  The job posting says, “The ideal candidate should be a values-based leader who possesses a unique blend of entrepreneurial spirit, non-profit management experience, and the knowledge and expertise to bring various groups and interests together in pursuit of the Association’s goals.”  Click here for the BIA’s post.  Email your resume and a covering letter. 

Digging in Wellesley Park

A week ago, residents noted a drilling machine working in the park.  Margaret Best, the Parks department supervisor for this area, says that it’s a coordinated effort between the City and the Toronto & District Conservation Authority to generate “a geotechnical assessment in support of a project which involves the replacement of the existing staircase in Wellesley Park to create a formal connection between Wellesley Park and Rosedale Valley Trail.”.  Many thanks to Peter for his ideas (Photo:  Peter Kent). 

Blair’s Run Update

Last minute donates are still arriving.  The total by Thursday morning was $40,958.

Our two Farmers’ Markets

Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) arrived with a pop-up tent - they offered butternut squash soup, various pastries and pumpkin spice loaf.   The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market In Riverdale Park West (Sumach at Winchester) is open every Tuesday from 3 to 7:30 pm until October 25 -  3 more dates.

Underpass Park Farmers’ Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open on Thursdays from 4 to 7:30 pm. It runs to October 20, 3 more dates.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit

By Sally Gibson.  Queen Victoria died at some distance from London. Her body was only on public display for a tiny part of its journey from Osborne House on the Isle of Wight to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor. She did not linger in London but went directly from Victoria to Paddington stations aboard a gun carriage. Great crowds of black-draped mourners filled the parks and streets during her short journey and the streets were hung with purple cloth and white satin bows. There was no lying-in state. 
In 1897, Victoria had left strict  instructions about her funeral. She hated “black funerals” so hers was to feature white and gold. She was a “proud soldier’s daughter” so the funeral was to be a military one with her coffin to be pulled on a gun carriage and the funeral cortege to be exclusively military and royal. When she was lowered into her coffin, the first of three to cover her, she was clad in a white dress with her wedding veil. She lay next to a dressing gown that had belonged to Albert who died forty years earlier, and a plaster cast of his hand. Among the flowers was heather from Balmoral and somewhat hidden was a picture of John Brown and a lock of his hair in her left hand. 
The funeral itself was on February 2, 1901 and featured one of the largest gatherings of European royalty ever assembled. Queen Victoria, after all, was known as the “grandmother of Europe”. Among the royal mourners were her grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm II, England’s arch enemy just 13 years later when World War I broke out, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria whose assassination in 1914 was a major precipitant of that war. The service was held in glorious St. George’s Chapel. She was interred beside Prince Albert in the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore in Windsor Great Park. She was buried when Empire and Empress were proud words. Native peoples were not mentioned. And abuses of Empire were only rarely discussed. A very different time from our own.
(Image: Queen Victoria Funeral Cortege, February 2, 1901  Wikipedia)


Fall bonus at The Sumach

Enjoy a move-in bonus up to $3,000 at The Sumach (148 Sumach).  Secure your apartment by October 15 for a move-in date by December 1.  Call (416) 644-8912 to learn more. 


Tree tour in Allan Gardens

Ryan Godfrey leads this week’s tour - it's about the queerness of trees.  He’s talking about the complex life histories and reproductive strategies of trees.  1 pm on Sunday October 9 in front of the Palm House, Allan Gardens (Jarvis and Carlton)

Speaker’s Corner

The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity) presents its Fall Speaker’s Corner hosted by Michael Enright.  Its focus is Arrival and the challenges of a new life in a foreign land.  The series begins on October 11 at 7 pm with the experiences of immigrant children.  Register here for the live presentation and go to this link for the online event. Both are free.


Construction parking for Menagerie

Customers at Menagerie Pet Shop (549 Parliament) often buy heavy bags of pet food, kitty litter and other goodies.  It’a hard to lug all that stuff to the car when the construction blocks off the street parking spaces.  Menagerie has made arrangements for its customers to park in the Beer Store (534 Parliament) directly across the street.  There’s also free home delivery on orders over $35 for customers nearby (0 to 5 km) or $60 for those 5 to 7 km.  

Seasonal sale at Kendall & Co

Kendall and Co are having another great sale to clear space for new inventory.  Save up to 50% on furniture, antiques, art, rugs and vinyl mats.  Pillows are also on sale - buy one and get a second one free.  Some exceptions apply.  Other special deals are available only in-store.  Shop Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.  Click here to shop online.


Female of the Species

On stage now to October 8 at Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley).  The play frequently says the unsayable through its spiralling comedy.  Details and tickets available onlinel 

Bad Parent

On stage to October 9 at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane). Ins Choi, creator of Kim’s Convenience, shows how Charles and Norah figure out who they are in relation to each other, their son, and the audience. A humorous and honest story about the rocky rite of passage into parenthood. For online info and tickets, click here.

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale

October 13 to November 6 at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane).  Haley McGee realizes that the only way she can pay her VISA bill is by selling gifts from her ex-boyfriends.   For online info and tickets, click here.


Headscratchers’ Trivia

Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is hosting its popular Headscratchers Trivia every Monday and Tuesday night from 7 pm.  Reservations are recommended.  Board games are available daily.  (647) 344-7676.  Free.

Karaoke at Alice’s Place

Friday night karaoke happens at 9 pm every week at Alice’s Place (554 Parliament).  Thousands of songs.

Live music and DJs

The Dominion (500 Queen E) brings you live music and DJs every Saturday night from 7 to 11 pm.  


Revelstoke Cafe

The Revelstoke is planning to open in the site of The Irv (195 Carlton).  Its menu features locally grown, sustainable plant-based food.  This is its second location - their Peterborough location gets good reviews.  Let’s hope they bring their featured “spaghetti squash noodles tossed in a bright and vibrant rosè sauce with confit garlic, local peppers and onions, cherry tomatoes and kale. Topped with herb infused oil.” The opening date is targeted for the end of November.  Check them out on Facebook.

El Catrin

Mexico’s Dia de Los Muertos happens at the end of October.  El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane, Distillery)  is winding up to the day with special menus each week - unique tequila, mezcal and featured dishes.  Check out this intriguing celebration online. 

Cyril’s soup

It’s the Thanksgiving long weekend and Cyril is taking a break. He’s paying attention to his list of special orders and may be able to fill some this weekend.