May 6

This week’s image:  Cabbagetown’s Spring - the photograph doesn’t do justice to the full colour in Brian’s garden.  




Darryl Mabey

Darryl is one of the contributors to the BIA’s Spring art walk,  A New Beginning.  His work, shown above, appears in the BIA’s office window (237 Carlton).  He’s a senior graphic designer and a digital artist working from his Cabbagetown base.   He creates “colourful, engaging, and dynamic designs… art that brings people joy and provides a level of escapism… I want the viewer to see something new every time they look at the piece. I know my job is done when the work brightens someone’s spirits - or their walls.”  He has a website and Instagram page and he can be reached by email.


“I use natural elements in a layered way until I achieve surreal controlled chaos.”


Congrats Aberdeen sandwich group

May 6 marks the first anniversary for the Aberdeen sandwich group. Michael Guenther and his neighbours have been preparing weekly bundles of sandwiches, fruit, home baking, yogurt and socks for Dixon Hall. At first, they made 50 meals. Now, they’re up to 100 each week. Gregory Lamonica from Dixon Hall has written, “Thank you for all your time, dedication, and delicious sandwiches! The Dixon Hall food team greatly appreciates your continued support and your generous donations have become an essential part of our weekly menu.“ (Photo: the group has done its job in rain and shine, week after week).

Another Port Lands bridge

The second (of four) bridges for the new Port Lands is on its way to Toronto from Dartmouth Nova Scotia.  This one has two spans to connect Commissioner Street and The Don Roadway.  The first span is currently in transit and the second one will arrive in the summer.  It’ll be the same beautiful design as the Cherry Street bridge which arrived last November.  

401 Dundas East

A proposal has been submitted to the City for a 10-storey building with ground floor retail and 92 residential units.  It’s located on the south side of Dundas between Milan and Berkeley.  A community meeting will be held on Monday May 17 to gather residents’ reactions.  Zoom - 7 to 8:30 pm.   For the link and other info, go online and scroll down to the 401 Dundas link.

Metrolinx in the Don Valley

Metrolinx wants to build a service facility for its trains on the west side of the Don Valley just north of the Bloor Street bridge. It’ll be 85 metres long, 25 metres wide and four storeys tall.  It’ll be located around the Chester Springs marsh and the Helliwell Hill wetland, threatening important wildlife habitat and disturbing important ravine trails.  The group “Don’t mess with the Don” wants to know why Metrolinx won’t talk about alternative sites and why it wants to destroy 75 years of conservation efforts in the Valley. Click on the image to enlarge the map.

The Foundry news

The demolition company hired by the Ontario government has left the site.  They’ve taken away asbestos removed from one building, covered up the windows that were destroyed and taken away their construction office.  This is obviously a temporary withdrawal but an encouraging one. 153 to 185 Eastern Ave.

New name, same brand

The Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce) has changed its name - it’s now BGC Toronto Kiwanis.  This gesture removes gender from its name and makes it more reflective of the Club’s inclusive history.  As part of the Club’s 100th anniversary celebrations, it’s welcoming stories from those who have been part of its history - members, staff, alumni, volunteers.  For more info, go to the Club’s website. (Photo: opening the new facilities in 2012.) 

Friends of Allan Gardens

Even though the Conservatory (Carlton and Jarvis) remains closed due to COVID lockdown rules, the Friends are still busy.  They have an impressive list of projects underway - gardening, fund raising, reports on upgrades and repairs and more.  Check out their Spring Newsletter here and subscribe.  (Photo: Brent Wagler)

Streetscapes in Bloom

This annual gardening contest is now open.  The Cabbagetown Preservation Association collects nominees for this award every Spring and then checks them out throughout the summer. In the autumn, a winner is announced and given a glass medallion from Kitras and a watercolour painting of the garden and the home.  See the details online here and nominate a garden that you like before May 30. Unfortunately, the 2021 plant swap sponsored by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association has been cancelled due to COVID lockdown restrictions. 

New art in Corktown

Waterfront Toronto wants to sponsor new Indigenous art on the small triangular boulevard at King, Queen and River (opposite the Humane Society).  It’s running a survey to gather public opinions that will help to guide the final choices.  Click here to see the details and to answer the survey.


River Street (from Spruce to Bayview), Bayview (south from Rosedale Valley Road to Front) and Lake Shore East (east bound lanes only from Leslie to Woodbine) are closing this weekend from 6 am on Saturday to 9 pm on Sunday to allow safe wide routes for biking. Next week on May 15 and 16, Lake Shore West will also open.  (Photo:  Robin Pueyo)

Foundry progress report

By Thursday May 6, 23,230 people had signed the petition to stop the Foundry demolition and $32,940 had been donated to the Legal Defence Fund.  The links for the petition and online donations are here.  153 to 185 Eastern Ave.

Lookin’ good

I love this dog - she always looks good!  And thanks to the Festival organizers for the great souvenir bag.  (Photo:  Shawna Pereira)



Bangla Surf Girls

Now streaming at the Hot Docs Festival from Thursday April 29 to Sunday May 9.  “Three rebellious working-class teenage girls in Bangladesh escape daily hardships and stifling family lives by riding waves on their surfboards, chasing a fleeting and thrilling sense of freedom.”  Thanks to Lucy Troisi for telling us about the film, co-presented by the Regent Park Film Festival.  Tickets are $13 ($11.50 for Hot Doc members).  Click here for more info and for tickets.

Speaker’s Corner with David Crombie

The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is hosting its fourth Speaker’s Corner on Wednesday May 19 at 7 pm.  Mr Crombie’s guests will be Joe Berridge, Matthew Blakett and Marcy Burchfield and their topic is The Shape of Things to Come, Toronto Circa 2031.  It’s a Zoom event - register here

CPA Annual Meeting

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday May 31 at 7 pm.  It’ll be a Zoom event - save the date.  The business meeting will be followed by two special events.  First, a Cabbagetown home will receive the Peggy Kurtin Award for Excellence in Restoration.  Then Gilles Huot will present "Cabbagetown through Time", a 30-minute talk with photos and maps.  For more info and to register, click here.


Development in downtown Toronto east

Alex Bozikovc writes in the Globe & Mail about urban issues.  He’s been firmly in favour of greater density and high and medium rise buildings.  He’s written his analysis of the City’s planning proposals for the King and Parliament area - click here to read his column. (Photo: Fred Lum, Globe & Mail)

After every storm, there is a rainbow

Last week, I reported on Andrew Stelmack’s new mural outside his home in The Century Lofts (365 Dundas E).  His work has been picked up by The Daily Hive - Laura Hanrahan has written about it.  You can also click here to see his YouTube video about his mural. (Photo: Andrew Stelmack)


Parking space needed

Trevor and his family have just moved onto Aberdeen.  He needs a long-term parking space.  Interested people can contact him at 437-339-5798 .  

252B Berkeley

Michael Grant and Michael O’Brien have just listed this home - a great condo alternative.  Check out the details online.  Michael & Michael, Bosley Real Estate, (416) 465-7527



Nick reports that his team at Heart2Heart (216 Carlton) responded to the Red Cross call for volunteers to help during the Long Term Care emergencies.  Over four months, they provided training and support to hundreds of other volunteers, all while continuing in their regular training programs.  For almost 22 years, Nick has been a Training Partner with the Canadian Red Cross - a role that he finds deeply important. 

Furniture Clearance Sale

Tired of your old sofa or armchair? Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) are having a clearance sale of selected Canadian-made floor model furniture to make way for new styles. Enjoy these savings now - or never. Shop online to browse all the deals. The shop is open for virtual appointments to assist with furniture, reupholstery, rugs, drapery, window shades and wallpaper. Noon to 5 pm weekdays during current lockdown. Curbside pick up or delivery available.  (416) 363-9914 and email.


Blooming Flower Bar

Anji’s preorders for Mother’s Day have now sold out.  She’ll be making custom bouquets on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm - outside her new shop at 194A Carlton.  This year for the first time she’s offering a Happy Hour subscription just in time for Mother’s Day.  The perfect gift!  Only $40 week to Cabbagetowners. Click here for more info.


Cranberries (601 Parliament) is offering another great dinner for Mother’s Day.  Takeout only.  Start off with either butternut squash soup or organic greens salad.  Enjoy a roast beef dinner with mashed potato, seasonal veggies and red wine gravy.   Two-courses for $15.  

Daniel et Daniel

Mom won’t have to lift a finger with this yummy breakfast - French toast, breakfast sausage, hash brown baked egg, fresh berries and fresh pressed orange juice.  $38 per person, minimum 2 people.  Daniel et Daniel also has a special luncheon for your celebration - herbed foccacia, shaved spring vegetables, warm nicoise salad and rainbow trout, cheese board and rhubarb upside down cake. $57 per person, minimum 2 people.  Order both menus online.  248 Carlton.


On Mother’s Day, the feature menu offers a beautiful meal - linguini, pistachio pesto and Nova Scotia shrimp.  Click here for the website. 229 Carlton.

Two choices from F’Amelia

Choose one of two different packages for Mom from F’Amelia (12 Amelia). Start with a charcouterie board, enjoy the salmon with gremolata, potato salad and spring asparagus.  Finish with flourless chocolate torte and basil strawberry preserve.  2 for $120 and 4 for $230. Or select a pizza party for four with arugula salad and cake pops for $140.  Add a bottle of wine for $25.  Please pre-order by Friday May 7 for Sunday May 9 pickup.  (416) 323-0666.  Click here for more details.

Afternoon tea with Roselle

Roselle (362 King E) has an amazing afternoon tea for two.  Ordering starts at 8 pm on Monday April 26 with pickups on Sunday May 9 from 11 am to 3 pm.  Check out the full menu online here.  $60

Staij & Co

Staij (552 Parliament) has lovely offerings for Mother’s Day - an afternoon tea scone set, raspberry almond croissants, vanilla shortbreads, homemade granola, raspberry rose white chocolate, hand-tied preseved flower bouquets and two complete collections.  Check out the ordering details here.

Stout Irish Pub

Stout’s special Mother’s Day package includes a dozen red carnations, chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of Rose.  $80. Email Erin to place your order by Wednesday May 5.  Deliveries on May 8 and May 9 to 5 pm, $10.  Pickups available on May 7, 8 and 9 from 11 am to 8 pm. 221 Carlton.

Velvet Lane Cakes

Choose one of Velvet Lane’s goodie boxes to create a unique gift for Mom.  Each one has baked donuts, sugar cookies, vanilla cake bars, macarons, and chocolate bars.  Plus a personally addressed card for her.  194A Carlton.


Weekend special at Stout

On Saturday May 8 and Sunday May 9, Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is offering a 10 oz NY sirloin with Jameson mushroom and peppercorn cream sauce, cajun carrots, buttered french beans, house salad and fudgy chocolate brownies.  $45.  Available for takeout (647) 344-7676 or email to Madeleine.  Don’t forget Stout’s wine and flowers Mother’s Day gift (see listing above).

Cyril’s back with soup for his mother 

For his Mother’s Day feature, he’s offering curried lentils and apricots, based on a recipe from Ravi’s Soups - a little savoury from the lentils, a little sweet from the apricots and a little spicy and fragrant from the curry.  3 to 9 cups at $3/cup and 10 or more cups at $2.50/cup.  His juice is one of his most popular choices - apple, beet and ginger.  2 cups for $9.  Order by email to him. 


Food services 

A comprehensive listing of our local food services is now available in our new Cabbagetown Directory. The list includes bakeries, coffee shops, delis, restaurants and pubs. Each entry gives the name, address, phone number and a link to a Facebook page or website. Click here to find your favourite.