February 21

This week’s image:  Family Day on the slopes at Riverdale Park.


This weekend, there’s an open house at 434 Sackville.  Click here to read the announcement. 


Tell us your memorable raccoon story
Every homeowner has one.  Send in your favourite and it’ll amuse everybody else.  Tell us what happened to you - cabbagetownreview@gmail.com 

To start off - here’s mine.  
Photo:  raccoon's home away from home!
Our next door neighbour’s house is being renovated.  Right now, it’s just a shell with an open wall at the back.  
Raccoons, of course, appreciate a cozy retreat from cold wet weather.  At 3 am last Sunday, they launched into either a serious fight or really passionate sex.  Hissing, scrabbling, growling, whining and screaming. Top volume.  All just on the other side of our bedroom’s drywall.  So our dog decided to join the chorus.  Great way to wake up.  

We’ve all visited a neighbourhood eatery and had an amazing experience.  Sometimes, it’s a whole meal.  At other times, it’s just a single dish.  Takeout or sit-down.  Carnivore or vegan.  Tell us about it.  No need to write a big review, just describe what you had.  cabbagetownreview@gmail.com 

Here’s mine.
French onion soup at House on Parliament (454 Parliament).  I love this soup and I’ve eaten gallons of it in my life.  A few weeks ago, the HOP served up the best that I can ever remember - really rich dark broth, good cheesy crust.  Yummy.


Ward 13 development map
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has added a development map to her website.  The pins at each location can be clicked for specific details about the project.  Go to her website, follow “Our Ward” on the menu bar at the top and click on development.  

Shooting update
Photo:  Toronto Police Service
Ibrahim Khiar, 33, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two separate shooting incidents.  The most recent happened in Corktown at 366 Queen E just after midnight on February 8.  Jaunoi Christian of Brampton died that night from gunshot wounds.  The earlier incident happened on the evening of July 1 2018 in Kensington Market - four people were shot and one of them died.  
Mr Khiar now faces ten charges besides the two murders.  He’ll make his first court appearance on Thursday February 21. Toronto Police Service has thanked the general public for its help in this investigation. 

Power shutdown at 240 Wellesley
Councillor Wong-Tam’s office reports that power, heat and water have been shut off at 240 Wellesley for safety inspections by Toronto fire, hydro and bylaw officials.  It started at 10 am on Thursday February 21 and is scheduled to end on Friday evening.
It’s not an emergency response to any issues in the building.  This inspection is the beginning of a city-wide effort to inspect older rental apartment buildings. 

Anniversary Park
The City of Toronto is finally moving seriously to rebuild the park (Parliament and Gerrard).  It’ll be rolled into a road construction project on Gerrard between Sherbourne and Parliament.  The work will be done in 2020.  Various community consultations will be held in the near future to work out details for the park’s final design and usage.  
Various stakeholder groups like the residents’ associations and the BIA will initially review the City’s initiative and make suggestions.  A broader public consultation will follow.  
It’s all good news for the Parliament and Gerrard businesses and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Rooming House Project
Photo:  Ev on Unsplash
Dixon Hall along with Homes First Society and Ecuhome Corporation, has started the Project to support tenants living in 23 Toronto Community Housing rooming houses in Cabbagetown.  Eleven staff include housing support workers, a harm reduction worker and a hoarding/housekeeping specialist.  They’re helping the tenants to better themselves and make beneficial changes in their lives.  There’s a website page from Dixon Hall with details about the project.   

Bev Jenkins
Bev is showing her art at the Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair over the weekend.  She’s there with over 300 artists from Canada and abroad.  It’s in the Better Living Centre in Exhibition Place (195 Princes’ Blvd).  Opening night Thursday February 21 (7 to 11 pm), Friday (11 am to 10 pm), Saturday Friday (11 am to 8 pm) and Sunday Friday (11 am to 6 pm).

Hawk on Wellesley
Photo:  Amy and Alex Tapscott
Thanks to Amy and Alex on Wellesley Street for this photo.  It’s a Cooper’s Hawk that’s perched on a nearby fence.  Great spotting and great photo.

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). Still 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.   

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Images:  Dr Anderson Ruffin Abbott in Union uniform, 1863 by Brady Studio (left).  Dr Anderson Ruffin Abbott in academic gown, 1867 (right). Canadian Encyclopedia & TPL holdings.
President Lincoln was dead. Lincoln was Dr Abbott’s president and his friend. Around 2 am on April 15 1865, he escorted Mary Todd Lincoln’s dresser and sole companion, Elizabeth Keckley, to the room across from the Ford Theatre where Lincoln lay, clinging to life.  He returned home only to be awakened by a church bell at 7:20 am “that announced the painful intelligence that our beloved President was no more.”
Dr Abbott headed to the White House where Lincoln lay in state. As a black man, as well as a distinguished doctor, he had a particular view of Lincoln’s passing. “As the writer looked upon the pale, cold face of the President as he lay in state … a great sorrow weighed heavily on his heart, for he thought of the loss to the negro race in their nascent life of freedom, of the great guiding hand that now lay paralyzed in death.”  Mary Todd Lincoln was in such distress that he feared for her long-term sanity.  Some time later, she gave Dr Abbott a plaid shawl that “Mr Lincoln was frequently seen wearing of a chilly evening when going to the War Department…” 
This was undoubtedly the most dramatic period of Dr Abbott’s life. 
Anderson Ruffin Abbott had been born into a successful Toronto black family, was well educated and became the first Canadian-born black doctor in 1861. After several abortive attempts to join the Union Army as an army surgeon, he became a civilian surgeon eventually in charge of an Arlington hospital where he maintained contact with Lincoln. He returned to Toronto in 1866, continued his education and established a practice in 1871. He moved to various places in southern Ontario and the United States over the next decades. In 1897, he returned to Toronto, continued his practice and wrote extensively. 
Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott died at the home of his son-in-law and son of his great friend, municipal reformer William Peyton Hubbard, on Broadview Avenue. 
Buried in the Necropolis, Dr. Abbott is a permanent resident of Cabbagetown.


Apartment needed
Christopher wants to rent a small house or the first floor of a larger house in Cabbagetown.  Unfurnished - something with 2 bedrooms and space for a  small home office. He has a 14-year old daughter, a well trained dog and a piano that’s played one hour a day. His rent objective is $2,500 per month and he’ll sign a two-year lease for the right place.  Contact him at cdew@sympatico.ca

Listed by starting dates

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

One Love
Sixth annual Black History month celebrations in Regent Park.  MC Clifton Joseph,  DJ Steele, DJ Stretch and live reggae music by Ta Sing Ting.  Great food.  Saturday February 23, 3 to 8 pm, Oak Street Co-op, free.  

Know Your Rights
Presented by Mothers of Peace.  The panel discussion on civil rights with representatives from Toronto Police Service 51 Division and TDSB.  A lawyer will also be on hand to offer a legal perspective. Complimentary food served by the chefs of Regent Park Catering Collective. Child minding available.  Tuesday February 26, 5:30 to 8 pm. Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter). 

Celebrating Black History Month
The Corner in St James Town (200 Wellesley) celebrates Black History with this year’s theme “Black migrations”.  Wednesday February 27, 6 to 7:30 pm.

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. Click here for links and details about each event.  
Winter music series. Businesses in the Distillery are hosting live music from 2 to 5 pm every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Light Festival.  
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.


CBC Toronto’s community champions
Photo:  Richard Agecoutay, CBC
CBC Toronto asked its listeners and viewers to nominate people whose efforts are making a big difference in their local communities.  150 people were nominated and five selected.  ACORN ARTS at 220 Oak Street is one of these champions.  Click here to read the CBC’s report.  

Netflix on the waterfront
Netflix is renting studio space in the Port Lands area from two companies, Cinespace and Pinewood Studios.  The new facilities are expected to add over 1850 jobs and strengthen Toronto’s international presence in the film and tech industries.  David Rider has written about Netflix’s expansion in the Toronto Star.

Ethical questions about privacy and data sharing
Illustration:  Heatherwick Studios, Toronto Star
The federal ethics commissioner is holding hearings with Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs to look at these questions.  They arise from controversial plans to develop the Quayside at the foot of Parliament Street.  Read Donovan Vincent’s Toronto Star story here.  

Sidewalk Toronto should be shut down
Photo: Sidewalk Labs
Critics of the Quayside project between Sidewalk Toronto and Waterfront Toronto say that these plans should be scrapped.  The CBC did a story by Tara Deschamps outlining the criticisms.   

Sidewalk Labs’ CEO defends the company’s plans
Photo:  CBC 
Dan Doctoroff, CEO at Sidewalk Labs, defended his company’s expansion plans along the waterfront.  The CBC reported on his interview on Metro Morning - click here.   


Tax tips
RSP season is at its peak and it ends on February 28.  There’s lots of pressure from banks, investment houses and other sources to top up your RSP before its too late for the year.  Owen at AAA Accounting & Tax Consultants (462 Parliament) suggests that you check some facts before making your final decision. Call him or your personal financial advisor.  (416) 921-0002. 

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).

Pay no tax and seasonal clearance sale
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.  Don’t forget to check out the lower level for sales up to 50% off select floor model furniture and home accents. 
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


Congrats F’Amelia
Photo:  Natalia Manzocco , NOW Magazine
Natalia Manzocco highlighted fourteen of Toronto’s top Italian restaurants in NOW Magazine on February 20.  She included F’Amelia (12 Amelia) on her list.  “Hanging out at this warmly lit Cabbagetown joint feels like drinking wine in a friend’s living room … It’s tough to go wrong here … Small wonder this sequestered little spot is rammed on weekends.”

Croissants at Absolute
Karen Whaley posted a nifty comment on Cabbagetown Moms & Dads - “I was just at Absolute Bakery (589 Parliament) getting croissants and asked Raj why they’ve been so good lately. He said he changed the recipe 2-3 months ago... But since Tasso and Staj have been doing so well selling fancy croissants, he thought it was time for a croissant makeover. They’re now selling plain, almond and chocolate croissants for $3 and they’re superb. Get on it!”

Flipside Donuts & Bar
blogTO calls this spot a “Donut Pub”.  They’re serving assorted coffees, mini-donuts and craft beer.  Plus locally distilled cocktails.  There’s a soft opening planned for this weekend - Friday February 22, Saturday and Sunday.  The official opening happens next week.  Flipside Donuts & Bar (12 Case Goods Lane, Distillery).  

Soul Night
The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) presents The Beverley Street Trio with the greatest hits of Motown, funk and soul.  Bass - Will Hunter, drums - Dylan Bailey and guitar/vocals - Danny Zaidman. Saturday February 23, 9 pm.  

Music bingo at the Dominion
Hosted by Kaleb Robinson at the Dominion (500 Queen E).  You’ll get a Music Bingo card with an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, you play the music! Singing along encouraged.  Tuesday February 26, 7 pm, free. 

Social Smiths Comedy Night
The February edition of this laid-back, intimate comedy show.  Hosted by Robert Watson.  February 28, 7 pm, cash bar, $10.  Social Smiths (574 & 1/2 Parliament)

Cyril’s soup
Cyril has a new email - abeautifulbowl@gmail.com. Please use it for both your orders and e-transfers.
Saturday's soup brings an exotic touch for adventurous diners - plantain and cassava with corn, lemon juice and orange peel.  A Central American delight.
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.

Rose: A New Musical
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Sunday February 24
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)
On stage 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) 531-140

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.


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 Beverley Street Trio


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


7 pm, Music bingo
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


8 pm, DJ Bookshelf
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Social Smiths
7 pm, Comedy night, $10
Tilted Dog
8 pm, Open mic finger style guitar sessions


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


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