May 19




Parking woes

Last week, I wrote about contractors and delivery people who just park everywhere and take over the street regardless of other people.  Steve emailed me to express his frustration about the indifference he received when he called the City’s 311 number about a big pile of gravel dumped on the street.  So, he suggests that we have a contest to show the worst parking offences.  Send in your photos.  We’ll figure out how to judge them, how to pick a winner and what prizes we’ll offer. Maybe we’ll have a special category for a photo of a Parking Control Officer who blocks the street. Get out your phones, everybody - this could be the start of something big! Send them here.  


Jack Grunsky

Jack is the artist who inspired all of our artists’  Features back in January 2020.  This is his first image.  Watch for Jack’s new page coming soon to Cabbagetown Artists.

Cabbagetown Artists

This site introduces local artists to our local community.  There are currently five artists featured here.  More are coming soon.  In addition, these artists have been adding new images regularly.  It’s a site where you can happily browse and see works by people you know.  And you can purchase any that appeal to you. (This image: Eric Morse, Night Rain). 


Jess Goddard, Progressive Conservative Candidate

Ms Goddard was invited to sit down with Doug Fisher and chat about the current election.  She declined the invitation. You can reach her at the following links - Phone (647) 609 5976, EmailFacebookTwitterInstagram.  Her campaign office is located at 654 Yonge St

A special election site

Toronto Centre candidates talked to Doug Fisher about their issues for this campaign.  The theme of these conversations was simple - we can read the big province-wide issues in the big Toronto media but our local concerns also need to be discussed.  This page covers those interviews.  It also has contact info for the candidates.  Click here to check it out.

233 Carlton operations

When the work is finished at the women’s drop-in centre (233 Carlton) in November 2023, several agencies will be involved in its 24-hour drop-in program:  Fred Victor will be the centre’s operator. Dixon Hall and Yonge Street Mission will participate along with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the University Health Network, Regent Park Community Health Centre and Street Haven.  The 233 Carlton centre will replace the services currently being offering for women at 67 Adelaide.  The City of Toronto has a website describing the facility and its services.

Volunteer at the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market

Three slots are available - set-up from 1:30 to 3 pm, the market itself from 3 to 7 pm and take-down from 6:45 to 7:45 pm.  Check out all the details on the Market’s Facebook page. If you’re interested, email Ellie and please use the title “Cabbagetown Farmers Market Volunteer”.

Thanks to the volunteers

The Forsythia Festival needed over 100 volunteers to run so smoothly.  Katie Tozer who organized it notes that many of the volunteers were teens from the neighbourhood.  They did a great job. And they receive a credit at school for their efforts.  Katie hopes that parents will send their teens along again next year when the program will expand and they’ll help with more fun activities.  Good work, everyone. 

Supporters of the 2022 Forsythia Festival

Many thanks to the businesses and individuals who contributed so generously to the Forsythia Festival.  Fourteen gold sponsors gave over $500 - they were listed here last week.  Nine more contributors are listed in the Silver group ($200 to $499): Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton), Evelyn Sommers, Psychiatrist, Fair Trade Jewellery (576 Parliament), Home Life/Realty One (501 Parliament), Little House Cannabis (307 Wellesley), Salt & Tobacco (521 Parliament), Sam Richardson, The Great Mallard (503 Parliament) and DOVA (229 Carlton).  Six donors are in the Bronze ($50 to $199):  Absolute Bakery (589 Parliament), Carlton Dry Cleaners (252 Carlton), Fairway Market (520 Parliament), Labour of Love (223 Carlton), Spruce (455 Parliament) and Velvet Lane Cakes (194A Carlton). 

Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces

The tour takes place on Sunday June 5 from 10 am to 3 pm with 11 gardens on the program.  Several extra events are planned. The CBC’s gardening expert Paul Zammit will be there along with master gardeners who can answer your questions.  On June 5, many local merchants will offer special discounts to tour supporters.

Tickets for the garden tour

Tickets are now on sale, $20.  They’re available online now - credit card sales.  Five local stores are selling them - cash sales only.  Akasha Art (204D Carlton), Epicure Shop (473 Parliament), Fairway Variety (520 Parliament), Jay’s Garden Centre (360 Gerrard E) and Spruce Home Decor (455 Parliament).  Two other businesses outside the area are also selling them - Davenport Garden Centre (360 Davenport, 1465 Bayview and 903 Pape) and Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge N).   

Streetscapes in Bloom

Every year, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association presents an award to a garden for its design and impact.  We can nominate any location in Cabbagetown, including our own - nominations are open now until Monday June 6.  Past winners and members of the CPA Board will visit each site four times during the gardening season.  For details about the awards and for a link to nominate your favourite, click here.

Whoa - wonky recipes

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association has just published its Spring newsletter.  Among the thoughtful articles is a page-long description by Tory Gzebb of cooking techniques for roasted raccoons and squirrels.  The writer claims that Elizabeth Simcoe along with French chef Pierre Blot (in his 1866 celebrity cookbook) and an unnamed American soldier all recommended raccoon as a tasty delicacy. (Photo: live science)


Bike Tune-ups

Charlie’s Freewheels and Gateway Bike Hub are holding a tune-up day in Regent Park.  Free air, oil, minor adjustments and advice.  Saturday May 28, 10 am to 5 pm.  Regent Park Athletic Grounds (Sumach and Shuter).  

Paint night at the Sumach

Wednesday May 25, 5 pm, everyone welcome. It’s an evening full of fun with step-by-step guides by an experienced artist - Tanya Zbili is an acrylic painter who has lead Paint Nights across Canada for the past six years.  Supplies and refreshments are provided. Please RSVP through the event link - scroll down to th May 25 entry.  Sponsored by the Sumach (146 Sumach).

Save the date - Cabbagetown Preservation Association

The CPA will host its annual meeting at 7 pm on Thursday May 26. It’ll be a Zoom event.  The guest speaker will be Adam Bunch, author of Toronto Book of the Dead.  The Zoom link is here. The meeting ID: 849 1105 1226 and the passcode: 214066.

Doors Open Toronto

On Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29, intriguing buildings across the GTA will be open for public tours.  Free.  Several are in our neighbourhood.  St Peter & St Simon Church (525 Bloor E) - Saturday and Sunday.  The Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) - Saturday and Sunday.  Toronto Humane Society (11 River)  - Saturday and Sunday. St Paul Basilica (83 Power) - Saturday and Sunday.  Little Trinity Church (425 King E) - Saturday and Sunday.  Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity) - Sunday.  Deaf Culture Centre (15 Mill St, Distillery) - Saturday and Sunday.  Details about each site are available online.

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Annual meeting and special lecture. The guest speaker is historian Mark McGowan talking about the 1847 Irish Famine and the great migration to Toronto.  Tuesday May 31.  Annual meeting at 6 pm and lecture at 6:30 pm.


Is God Is

Presented by Canadian Stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley).  On stage to May 22. Tickets and info are available online.  

Lesson in Forgetting

Presented by Pleiades Theatre in the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane). Can love alone suffice when everything else is lost.  Onstage to May 22.


The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) is staging Verge at 8 pm on Friday May 27 and Saturday May 28.  The program features world premiere works by Deborah Lundmark Jennifer Archibald and Charlotte Boye-Christensen and favourites Reset by Roderick George and Arena by Colin Connor.  Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay W).  For more info and tickets, click here.

Where the Blood Mixes

A co-production between Native Earth and Soulpepper.  Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2009.  “Where the Blood Mixes takes us to the place where the rivers meet, to the heart of a family. After decades apart, Christine returns to her First Nations community to reconnect with her father. Her return provokes his memories of the Residential School system and together they must confront that legacy. With beautiful heart and great humour, this is a celebration of resilience and the healing power of stories.”  May 26 to June 26.  50 Tank House Lane. For more info and tickets, click here.


Clay Day at The Irv

Clay is the chef at The Irv (195 Carlton).  A short while ago, he and his father were walking home from a concert when Clay was attacked on the street.  Stab wounds clipped his heart and his abdomen.  He’s facing a long recovery.  The Irv is hosting a Clay Day on Sunday May 29 - half of the revenue from sales that day will go to Clay to help him pay his bills. If you can’t get to The Irv, you can contact Regan at The Irv and he’ll put you in touch with Clay. 

Good news for ice cream addicts

Lansdowne Cone (555 Dundas E) is reopening for the summer on Friday May 20.  Go to the serving window just east of the former Paintbox.  Open Monday to Thursday from 3 to 10 m.  Friday from 3 to 11 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm.  They even have a website and a Facebook page.

Coming soon

A taco restaurant is taking over the former Butter Chicken Factory site on the south side of Prospect and Parliament.  No news yet about who, what or when.

Cyril’s soup

This weekend is the long May holiday, so Cyril is enjoying a break.  He’ll be back next week.