February 14

This week’s image:  Kids’ fun at Allan Gardens on Family Day.  Photo:  Friends of Allan Gardens.


This weekend, there are two open house events - at 40 Gifford and at 434 Sackville.  Click here to read the announcements. 


Allan Gardens
Family Day at Allan Gardens (Carlton at Sherbourne) includes kids’ activities and hot apple cider in the Children’s Conservatory.  Plus a pop-up plant shop. Monday February 18, 1 to 3 pm.  Free.

Repairs in St James Town buildings
Safety inspections have been a concern for Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.  She joined Mayor John Tory this week to announce a new City initiative to inspect Toronto’s older apartment buildings.  These inspections will ensure that needed infrastructure improvements have been made and that work orders are issued where necessary.  
Three buildings in St James Town have been seriously affected by faulty maintenance issues since August.  A fire at 650 Parliament forced its closure in August.  All displaced residents have now been relocated in substitute apartments.  The building may be closed until December 2019.  260 Wellesley was shut for three days because of a water leak in an electrical supply room.  Power, water and heat in 280 Wellesley were turned off for 48 hours when an inspection team uncovered electrical problems.  All three buildings are owned by the same company.

The Sumach is almost ready
Chartwell’s The Sumach (146 Sumach at Shuter) has been under construction for a while.  Chartwell’s staff are pleased to announce that tenants will begin to move into the building on April 1.    
It’s a twelve-storey rental building for independent seniors in Regent Park.  Services include a 24-hour concierge, a private dining room and public bistro, a fitness centre, a garden, theatre and library.  Click here to read about it online.  

Cabbagetown Tour of Homes
The Tour is one of the season’s major events.  It happens this year in September.  The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is seeking volunteers to help on that day.  They also welcome your suggestions for suitable homes to list on the Tour.  Contact cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca 

Local skating rinks
The City of Toronto operates three skating rinks near our neighbourhoods.
Regent Park Skating Rink (480 Shuter) is located at the Regent Park Athletic Grounds. Open.
Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview) is at the north end of the park overlooking the Don Valley.  Open. 
Sherbourne Common/Paul Quarrington Rink (5 Lower Sherbourne) Closed due to mechanical issues.  Located on the waterfront - skaters enjoy marvellous views of the lake and downtown Toronto.
You’ll find up-to-date notices about these rinks and others throughout the city at the official website.  


The sidewalk at the Esso Station
Photo:  John McLeod
This problem just won’t quit.  After the last storm, the new manager at the store gave the sidewalk a quick but useful cleaning.  Now, it seems to be forgotten again.  And, as John commented, somebody’s going to get hurt.  


Angela Jervis Read
Angela is really busy this year.  She’s leading international teacher trainings, retreats and workshops in both yin and vinyasa traditions. She’s teaching in more than two dozen workshops, courses and retreats all around the world - from Toronto to Port Perry to Santiago Chile and more!  Check out her schedule and find out how to join one of her events - click here.  

Dave Boone
Photo:  John Sandeman, CBC
Dave is a newly arrived local resident.  He’s also the CEO of Staples Canada.  The CBC recently did an article about one of his latest innovations - click here to read about it.   

Duncan Fremlin & Whiskey Jack
The band is fresh off a sold-out success with its Stompin’ Tom Birthday tribute.  Gordon Lightfoot performed Alberta Bound.  Murray Foster, The Good Brothers and Russell DeCarle were also on the program.  Watch it online at Zoomer Radio.   
They’re starting their 2019 tour with the Huron Waves Music Festival in Exeter Ontario on Friday March 1.  From May 8 to 11, they’re touring northern Ontario in North Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Elliot Lake and Sudbury.  And their new CD, Rhymes & Good Times, will be released in the Spring.

Shannon Litzenberger
Shannon is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, director and producer.  Her company, Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, is staging World After Dark based on Christopher Dewdney’s book Acquainted With The Night.  Harbourfront Centre  (235 Queen’s Quay), 8 pm from March 6 to 9.  For more details, click here.   

For restaurant and pub events, check the Club listings at the bottom of this page.

Listed by starting dates

CYC Step Class
Class on Sunday February 17 is cancelled.  The regularly scheduled classes will return on Wednesday February 20.
Brenda has launched the 21 Years fundraising campaign on behalf of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  Her goal is $5000 and she already has over $1000.  Read all about it at Canada Helps.  
And while you’re checking out the fundraiser, scroll down the page and enjoy her pictures of her Step Classes from 2002 to 2018.  

Healthy Ever After
Another special evening by Chartwell’s The Sumach at the Regent Park Presentation Centre (500 Dundas E). Betty-Wu Lawrence is a public health nurse.  She’ll discuss dating, healthy relationships, sex and immunization for adults.  Complimentary sushi and wine.  Space is limited - please RSVP at (416) 644-8912 and by email to Vanessa at vtynedal@chartwell.com

St James Town tenants’ meeting
Tenants in St James Town are invited to a community information meeting.  There’ll be updates on the repairs and inspections in local buildings and a discussion of tenants’ rights.  Thursday February 21, 6 pm, Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne).

Fair Trade Jewellery
Hot Docs is screening the feature documentary The Shadow of Gold.  It’s the story of gold mining, refining and final uses.  Fair Trade Jewellery (523 Parliament) is included as an end point for responsibly mined gold.  Find out more about Fair Trade Jewellery and ethical jewellery here.  6:30 pm, Friday February 22, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor).

Repair Cafe at Central Neighbourhood House
It’s back - the very popular Repair Cafe where you can bring broken stuff and fix it up.  Small appliances, computers, jewellery, clothes, books and more.  Saturday February 23, noon to 4 pm.  349 Ontario Street

Cabbagetown Cycling Club
Club members are invited to the Annual Meeting - 7 pm, Thursday February 28, Jet Fuel (519 Parliament). 

Toronto Light Festival
The Distillery District is transformed into a giant outdoor gallery with lighting works by twenty local and international artists.  Open now to Sunday March 3.  Throughout the Distillery from dusk at 5:30 pm to 9 pm on weekdays and 10 pm on the weekends. Free.  
Winter music series. Businesses in the Distillery are hosting live music from 2 to 5 pm every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Light Festival - Mill Street Brew Pub, Balzac’s, John Fluevog, Denaturing Buildings and Spirit of York are all holding concerts.  Click here for links and details about each event.   
Free tastings  Businesses in the Distillery are showcasing sparkling wines, craft beers, liqueurs, rum and ice wines.  Free tastings.  Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Light Festival. 


The Princess & The Frog
PA Day movie at the Parliament Street Library (269 Gerrard E).  Drop-in, no advance registration.  Free, 2 to 4 pm, Friday February 15.

Discovery Days at Riverdale Farm
Goats and feathered friends will be the focus of the next Discovery Day. Be part of a Rock Paper Scissors championship, make treats for birds that you’ll place around the Farm and even complete a milk and fibre scavenger hunt!  Discovery Days are a fantastic one-day experience for children aged 6 through 12 years at Riverdale Farm. Friday February 15, 9 am to 4 pm, Riverdale Farm (Sumach and Winchester).  $70.  Call to register (416) 338-4386 or 311.

Regent Park Family Day
Skating, refreshments, DJ and a raffle for a signed jersey.  Free.  1 to 5 pm, Monday February 18, Regent Park Athletic Grounds (480 Shuter).

Buds & Blossoms
There’ll be a free Family Day open house at Buds & Blossoms (517 Parliament, second floor) from 10 am to noon on Monday February 18.  The popular after-school class, Little Chefs in Training, will be featured at 10:15 am and the brand new coding and robotics class, Kidbotics, at 11:15 am. There'll also be a giant colouring page and information on all of the services offered in Buds & Blossoms’ space.
Drop-ins are welcome.  You can also get a free ticket in advance at Eventrite.  

March break madness
The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley) has organized four days of special events for March break, from Monday March 11 to Thursday March 14.  They’re fun and free - scavenger hunts, special guests, sing-alongs and more.  Drop-ins are welcome, no sign-ups required.  The events start at 2 pm.  There’s also two daily story times at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm every day including Friday March 12 and Saturday March 13.


A new developer in Regent Park
Photo:  Rene Johnston, Toronto Star
Several years go, the Board of Toronto Community Housing quietly decided to reopen tenders for Regent Park’s renewal program.  This allows other developers a chance to bid on the construction work.  Up to that time, The Daniels Corporation was doing the job.  The final contracts will be awarded later this year. The change is very worrisome to many activists in the community.  Jennifer Pagliaro and Emily Mathieu wrote a Toronto Star story on January 27 about the issues involved and the community’s reactions.  

Maintenance in St James Town
Photo:  CBC News
As fires, power outages and heat loss have engulfed high-rise buildings in St James Town, residents have been reflecting on the quality of their buildings.  Phillip Lee-Shanok did a background story about the maintenance issues and the response by the City of Toronto.  

New City of Toronto apartment inspection program
Photo: Twitter, Kristyn Wong-Tam
The Mayor announced on Thursday that the City will start an investigation into the state-of-repair in Toronto’s aging high-rise apartments.  The St James Town buildings are at the top of the list.  Christine Chubb has done a CityNews report on the new program.   

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto
Photo:  Eduardo Lima, StarMetro
Sidewalk Labs, the Google subsidiary that’s building the Quayside District at Parliament and Queen’s Quay, has announced several new hirings.  Chief among them is Mary-Margaret McMahon, the former City Councillor for the Beaches.  She’ll be working on the project’s community relations.  David Rider wrote about her appointment in the Toronto Star.   

Hit and run case 
Photo:  Toronto Star
On September 21, a man was found lying in Nuthatch Lane with serious injuries caused by a hit-and-run.  Michael Watts, 58, died from his injuries at St Michael’s Hospital.  Police subsequently charged nearby resident Michelle Shemilt.  The case has now moved into court.  This online blog From Press has a lengthy summary of these events.   


Congrats Social Smiths
Cabbagetown’s social media agency is celebrating its first year.  We’ve seen its monthly Comedy Night and it’s been busy helping local businesses connect with customers on social media.  The party happens from 5 to 9 pm, Thursday February 21.  Please RSVP at info@thesocialsmiths.com 

Pay no tax ‘til March 7th
Here’s an offer everyone will love. Skip the tax on your purchase of wool rugs and indoor/outdoor rugs at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament), your One Stop Shop for Furniture and D├ęcor.  Our offer applies to in-stock or special orders of standard sizes in select designs at regular price. Excludes vinyl rugs. Plus, up to 25% off discontinued rug styles, while quantities last.
Store hours - Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday noon to 4 pm.https://www.instagram.com/kendallandco

Leslieville Flea
The Flea returns to the Distillery from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday February 17. It’s a big market with lots of vintage, hand crafts, jewellery, fashion and collectibles on sale.  Click here for more online info.  Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane). 

St Jamestown Steak & Chops
Mark and his staff are taking a mid-winter holiday.  The shop will be closed from Monday February 18 to Sunday February 24 and will reopen on Monday February 25. 

Congrats Velvet Lane
Photo:  Hector Vasquez, blogTO
Velvet Lane (194 Carlton), Cabbagetown’s newest bakery has just been profiled in blogTO.  Amy Carlson’s article describes the goodies and the new shop.  Congrats to Danielle Issa - click here to read the story.  

Congrats Daniel et Daniel
Photo: Jesse Milns
Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) has been included on blogTO’s list of Toronto’s best catering companies.  “…over 1600 items on this company’s collection of seasonal menus designed specifically for a range of occasions from weddings to corporate lunches, family-style buffets and cocktail receptions.”  


Beer dinner at The Irv
The Irv (195 Carlton) presents a four-course dinner with Steam Whistle and Von Bugle.  Only 26 tickets will be sold - so get yours early.  Your evening includes a 20 oz glass of Von Bugle, a can of Steam Whistle, a gift bag and a four-course dinner.  Thursday February 21, 7 pm.  $70 - reserve yours by email at regan@theirvpub.ca  or kevinh@steamwhistle.ca.   

El Catrin winter brunch challenge
Photo: The Daily Hive
Bunch is served at El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane, Distillery) every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm until March 17. It’s served outdoors on the patio!  Four courses - $29.  But, if you can last through the entire meal outside, you’ll enjoy a 50% discount and your bill will be $14.50.  
Check out the story on The Daily Hive.   

Cyril’s soup
Cyril has a new email - abeautifulbowl@gmail.com. Please use it for both your orders and e-transfers.
Saturday's soup is sweet potato, ginger and vanilla
Order deadline is 7 pm on the day before delivery.  He delivers his soups (in Cabbagetown). He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.

Listed by starting dates.

You Can Never Tell
Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Saturday February 16
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Rose: A New Musical
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Sunday February 24
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Scott Shorts & Zelda
George Brown Theatre School
c/o Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage  to Saturday February 16
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Prince Hamlet
Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley)
On stage to Sunday February 24
Website and tickets here.  (416) 368-3110

Little Menace
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Saturday February 16 to Friday March 10
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Bang Bang 
Citadel + Compagnie
(This production replaces Gratter la penombre)
Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament)
Saturday March 1 to Sunday March 2
Website and tickets here. (416) 364-8011

Persefony Songs
Toronto Dance Theatre
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront  (235 Queens Quay W)
Tuesday March 5 to Saturday March 9
Website and tickets here.  (416) 967-1365

New Ideas Festival
Three weeks of new works - four short plays each week
Alumnae Theatre  (70 Berkeley)
Wednesday March 6 to Sunday March 24
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-4170, ext 1

Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley)
Tuesday March 12 to Sunday March 31
Website and tickets here.  (416) 368-3110

A Bound to Create Theatre Production
Aki Studio Theatre (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E)
Sunday March 17 to Sunday March 31
Website and tickets here.  (416) 531-1402

Acceleration 2019
School of Toronto Dance Theatre
Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester)
Wednesday March 20 to Saturday March 23
Website and tickets here.  (416) 967-6887

Wedding at Aulis
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Friday March 22 to Tuesday April 14
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Amorous Playlist
Citadel + Compagnie
Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament)
Wednesday March 27 to Saturday March 30
Website and tickets here. (416) 364-8011



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.


Two seatings 5 pm and 7:30 pm, three course dinner, $5.
7 pm, Galentine’s evening, screening of Sex & the City
Four course dinner, $69
A special Italian Valentine menu
House on Parliament
Valentine’s special menu plus Magic Michael’s tarot card readings
The Irv
Featured menu includes braised short ribs, wild mushroom risotto and chocolate cupcakes.
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
A special three-course dinner for two, $75
Tilted Dog
Valentine’s special dinner - cheese fondu for two
10 pm, Comedy night with Ethan O’Reilly


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Comedy night with Dave Burke and Danish Anwar 
9 pm, DJ Dash
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
8 pm, Open mic with Robert LaBell


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
9 pm, Soul Night with the Beverly Street Trio


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330, 
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, 
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, 
454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, 
573 King St E, (416) 306-1986, 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, 
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
See below - The Tilted Dog
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, 
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, 
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
413 Parliament Street
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127, 
574&1/2 Parliament
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
(Formerly The Local GEST)
424 Parliament. (416) 961-9425