February 15

This week’s image:  a winter’s day at Riverdale Farm - image: Riverdale Farm.


CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS

Chartwell’s Cocktails & All that Jazz
You’re invited to an evening of cocktails and jazz.  Taste the good food prepared by Chartwell’s Executive Chef. There’ll be music by Kamilha Apong and remarks by Doug Fisher.  The evening is an introduction to the high quality of services offered by Chartwell at the new Sumach residence (Shuter and Sumach) and the neighbourhood surrounding it.  
Everyone welcome - it’s free.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Wednesday February 21, 6 to 8 pm.  Please RSVP so food preparations can be handled to (416) 644-8912.  

Vandalism on cars
Last week, we learned about widespread damage to local parked cars.  The vandal went on a spree, puncturing tires and spray painting doors. Since then, more and more people have reported damage.  
If you’ve experienced similar damage or if you have an outdoor camera that’s captured an image, please call the police at 51 Division at (416) 808-5100.  
There’s a story about these incidents on CBC News.

Repair Cafe at CNH
Is your stuff broken?  Don’t throw it away - get it fixed.  You can get the job done at Repair Cafe. It’s a volunteer event where neighbours help neighbours to fix all sorts of useful household items.  Appliances, computers, jewellery, clothes, books and more - all repaired for free. Our next local Repair Cafe happens at Central Neighbourhood House (345 Ontario) on Saturday February 24 from noon to 4 pm.  

Port Lands community consultation
Waterfront Toronto will hold a consultation and public information event about the new flood protection project being built in the Port Lands.  The seven-year project will develop a new mouth for the Don River, a new island and new parks, roads and bridges.  People from Waterfront Toronto, the City of Toronto and Toronto & Region Conservation Authority will be available to answer questions.  6 to 9 pm, discussions at 7 pm, Thursday February 22, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  

Here’s The Leaflet
Friends of Allan Gardens has published its first edition of its new online newsletter, The Leaflet with announcements about events at Allan Gardens, updates on the latest news, introductions to volunteers and more.  There’s a link to it from Allan Gardens’ Facebook page - click here to read it and to sign up for your copy.  

Nominations for the Peggy Kurtin Award
The award is one of the highlights in the Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s program each year.  The CPA recognizes outstanding restorations, laneway improvements and facade improvements.  The winners are announced in the Spring and the official awards are given out at the CPA’s Fall Meeting.
Nominations will close on April 30.  The details for your submission can be found on the CPA’s website.  
Please submit your choice to the CPA at cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca  

Introducing The Hub T.O.
The Hub TO (208 Gerrard) is a new rental space that’s being renovated to suit artists, entrepreneurs and other creatives.  It has eleven units - all self contained and self-locking.  Its tenants will enjoy opportunities for collaborative efforts with like-minded people.  There are 3 units on the main floor and eight on the second.  The building is now 80% leased - there are two units left.  For more info about floor plans, amenities and rates, check out the Hub's website.  

Good and bad news about our local wildlife
Good news - there’s been an increase in the number of sightings of snowy owls over the winter.  These lovely birds are coming south this winter searching for better food sources.  Watch out along the Don Valley.
Bad news - Toronto’s raccoons are experiencing an increase in distemper in recent weeks.  It causes the sick raccoon to behave strangely, often without fear of humans. Toronto Animal Services advises that the disease is canine distemper which pops up regularly. It's not rabies.  It’s fatal for a stricken animal.  Click here to read a CP24 story.  

Garden tour volunteers needed
Spring may still be a long time away but the organizers of the Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces tour are already working on it.  The tour is a big and very popular event.
If you know an interesting garden (including your own) that should be on the Tour, please submit your suggestion.
Volunteers are needed to staff the gardens during the Tour on Sunday June 3.  There are two shifts for volunteers - 9:45 am to 1 pm and 12:45 to 4 pm.  
Contact Helen at cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca.  

The Pam McConnell Young Women in Leadership Award
Nominations close tomorrow.  This award was set up in Pam’s name to honour a young woman for her “exceptional leadership skills” in her community, her social justice work and her mentorship of others.  There’s a $500 prize for the woman who’s selected.  Nominations are open for women between the ages of 19 and 26 until Friday February 16.  For more information and for an application form, click here.  

Toronto Light Festival 2018
Continuing in the Distillery until Sunday March 4. toronto.com has a short online article about the Festival with lots of photos.  

Neighbourhood ice rinks
Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview), Regent Park (480 Shuter) and Sherbourne Common (5 Lower Sherbourne) are all open.
The weather is getting unreliably warmer.  Before you go, you can confirm operating hours and conditions for each rink at the City’s website.

Lookin' good - powerful women on Alpha
Alpha Ave is a private street and the City of Toronto doesn’t plow it. When we get big snowstorms, Sherry, Liz and Susan volunteer to clear the stuff away. 

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
By Sally Gibson. Image - Curlers on the Don River by John George Howard                 LAC C-022134
Pyeongchang Olympic curlers have perfect ice, standardized rocks, and high-tech brooms. Their ancestors like these curlers on the Don River in 1836 dealt with rough ice, roughly comparable rocks, and ordinary brooms. Yet their Caledonian cries of “haaaaard …haaaaard … och … haaaaard” echo down the years.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.
Please support the Museum by clicking on GoFundMe

SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY

Do Your Part - a la carte
Thursday March 1, 5 to 9 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E)
Dixonlicious is Dixon Hall’s annual fundraiser to support its food programs.  Meals on Wheels, children and youth programs, summer camp, Out of the Cold, homeless shelter programs and more - Dixon Hall provides over 25,000 meals to people in need.  
You’ll enjoy an evening of great food, fine wine and local craft brews.  Biff’s Bistro, Barrio Cerveceria, Daniel et Daniel, Paintbox, Hooked, Food Dudes, Hawthorne Food & Drink and the Show Love Cafe are all preparing yummy bites.  Lost Craft is bringing the beer and cocktails are by SoCIAL Lite Vodka and Walter Craft Caesar.
There’ll be live and silent auctions and live entertainment.
Before February 15, enjoy the Sweetheart Deal - 2 general tickets for $150 and 2 youth for $120.  After February 15, tickets are $90/general and $70 youth. 
For more info and tickets, click here.  

KIDS STUFF

Auditions at CCDT
Auditions for various 2018 classes and age groups at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) take place in the next couple of weeks.  Young dancers ages 8 to 13 can audition for the Apprentices program on Sunday February 25.  Auditions for young dancers ages 14 to 18 take place on Sunday March 4.  All the details about each level and the auditions are available at CCDT’s website - click here.   

Free family skating party
Friends of Regent Park along with several other local groups, is hosting a free family skate at the Regent Park Athletic Grounds (480 Shuter).  DJ and visits by the Toronto Furies hockey team. There’ll be free skate rentals (ID needed), free lessons from noon to 2 pm and free treats and hot chocolate.  Monday February 19.  Noon to 4 pm.  

Family Day Drop-in
You’re invited to Riverdale Farm’s Family Day Drop-in (Winchester and Sumach).  The farmers’ demonstrations in the Lower Francey Barn take place all day - sheep at 10 am, goats at noon and horses at 2:30 pm.  The Toronto Guild of Spinners & Weavers will hold demonstrations and activities in the Meeting House. Pre-school playroom.  Hot chocolate. Monday February 19, 10 am to 3 pm. Free admission.

Buds & Blossoms 
On Monday February 19, Buds & Blossoms presents a free Family Day event for you and your kids.  It’s a space-themed day with crafts, activities and a photo booth.  9 am to noon.
For more info, call (416) 655-0695 or email to info@budsandblossoms.ca 

Babies in Brenda’s classes
Brenda has announced that a new mom will soon be joining the step class and bringing her baby.  She’s obviously delighted.  This is a renewal of an old tradition.  She now sees some of her “babies” walking around Cabbagetown - they’re bigger than she is and they’re wondering why this woman is staring at them with such obvious affection.
There’s no class on Sunday.  Next class on Wednesday February 21 at 9:30 am.  Moms and babies welcome.  Cabbagetown Youth Centre, 2 Lancaster. 

YOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS

Snow plowing service needed
The residents on Alpha Ave want to hire someone to clear the snow off their street.  For details, contact cabbagetownreview@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded.

Computer monitor for sale   
19 inch LCD Acer AL1916W Monitor.  It works, it’s clean and it’s only lightly used.  For the past year, it’s been stored in a closet.  Cables and manual included.  $20.  patgaylemurphy@rogers.com 

Your announcements are welcome
Sell some of your treasures.  Rent a parking space.  Or a spare room.  Whenever you want to make an announcement to Cabbagetown, contact Doug at doug.fisher@bell.net  It’s free.  

LOCAL COMMUNITY COMPLAINTS

Dog poop
A perennial topic.  Heather (a dog owner) has seen “vast amounts” of poop being left on the sidewalks and in the parks this year.  She rightly says that winter seems to bring out the worst in lazy dog owners. Please don’t fool yourself that poop buried in the snow will miraculously dissolve without a trace - it doesn’t.  
When your dog poops, please scoop.

Snow clearing
Alyson agrees that our local business owners need to clear the snow on their sidewalks.  But, she says, so do homeowners.  It’s a legal obligation as well as a neighbourly gesture.  
I’ve often thought that local residents’ associations could undertake a useful campaign with polite letters addressed to neglectful homeowners.  No need for aggressive name calling - simply a form letter that lets people know how their habits are being seen by others and how much their help would be appreciated.  Perhaps, as a follow-up, a second form letter could caution the homeowners that their continued neglect will be reported to the City of Toronto.

Your issues
Does something in the neighbourhood really bother you?  Maybe it seems too small for a complaint but don’t hesitate any longer.  Send your info here and it’ll be checked out.  cabbagetownreview@gmail.com  

BUSINESS NEWS 

St Jamestown Steak & Chops holiday closing
Mark and his staff will be on holidays from Monday February 19 through Sunday February 25.  The shop will reopen on Monday February 26.  516 Parliament.

Tune-ups for your bike
Kale at Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) is offering a 20% discount for bike tune-ups. The offer is good to February 28.

The Leslieville Flea
The Flea comes back to the Distillery on Sunday February 18 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Vendors offer vintage and handcrafted goods including furniture, collectibles, clothing and antiques plus artisan made jewellery, art and crafts.  The Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).  

ON STAGE

Corktown Community Orchestra
The CCO’s next concert features The Carnival of the Animals with small ensembles from players within the orchestra.  Thursday March 1, 8 pm, Little Trinity Church (425 King E), $20.

Fifth Annual Stompin’ Tom Birthday Party
Duncan Fremlin tells us that Whiskey Jack put on a great show on Sunday February 11 - a large, enthusiastic audience, a lot of good music and a typical Canadian winter storm raging outside.  Congrats everyone for a fine birthday celebration.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Welcome Parliament Shawarma & Falafel
Handeri has opened his tiny restaurant on the strip near Wellesley and Parliament.  The falafels are great. He’s also cooking up Mexican dishes and “Canadian” ones.  And his prices are a real bargain. Drop in and enjoy some soon.  Upstairs - 568 Parliament. 

Psychic brunch at Cranberries
The psychics are back for their monthly visit to Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Sunday February 18 from 11 am to 3 pm.  The fee is $42 - for two insightful 15-minute readings plus a $5 coupon to use toward the cost of your brunch.

THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS 
Addresses, online info and current events.

CANADIAN STAGE
30th Anniversary Season
Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street
(416) 368-3110

Musica Nuda with Petra Magoni & Ferruccio Spinetti
February 22 to 24

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street E
(416) 531-1402

Ipperwash
On stage until February 18

YOUNG CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
(416) 866-8666

Candide
George Brown School of Performing Arts
On stage to February 17

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25

For contact info about these clubs and restaurants, see the list at the bottom of this page.  
If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15

Alice’s Place
Karaoke
Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Evan
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17

Dominion
9 pm, David Dees
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Joel Sheridan
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10

MONDAY FEBRUARY 19

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 21

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter
Quincy’s
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22

New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24

Dominion
9 pm, DJ Dash
Local GEST 
9 pm, Young, Live & Local with Evan Simms
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Nairobi Nights, $10

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Andy Black
Quincy
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
CORKTOWN KITCHEN
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
CRANBERRIES
601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330, 
DOMINION PUB & KITCHEN
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, 
EL CATRIN
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, 
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, 
IMPACT KITCHEN
573 King St E, (416) 306-1986, 
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, 
JOHNNY G’s
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
THE LOCAL GEST
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, 
MILL STREET BEER HALL
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, 
MILL STREET BREW PUB
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, 
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
PAINTBOX BISTRO
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
QUINCY AFROKITCHEN & BAR
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127, 
https://www.facebook.com/cometoquincys/
SOULPEPPER
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
STOUT IRISH PUB
221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
UNDER THE TABLE
568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,