September 17

This week’s image: A beautiful Fall day in Riverdale Park.  People are all spread out safely and enjoying themselves. 




Marilyn Wilputte

Marilyn is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. She’s been living and working in Cabbagetown since 2005. She's also well-known here as the owner of Diggity Dog Grooming (239 Gerrard E).   You can see more of her work on Instagram @marilynwilputte

A Game of Fetch. 
 That's my dog Aster! I love a dog's intent, focused stare at the ball just before you throw it.  Acrylic on birch panel, 30.5 cm x 30.5 cm.


The daycare proposal by Robert Ulicki for his building at Amelia and Sackville has been resurrected.  But it’s still not a sure thing.  Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam is opposed and the City Solicitor is considering an appeal. The Councillor has offered to revive the queries at the Toronto Catholic District School Board.  That would be a positive initiative. 

It’s time to face some basic facts.

  • First of all, there is a demonstrated need for a daycare in this part of Cabbagetown. 
  • Second, there are public facilities in Cabbagetown that would be ideal locations for a daycare - the former St Martin’s school site on Winchester Street and the Simpson House in Riverdale Farm.
  • Third, a daycare centre in this neighbourhood will probably be private not a city-run operation.
  • Finally, no one knows yet how large Mr Ulicki’s daycare at Amelia and Sackville might be - regulators at the Province of Ontario will set the final enrolment figure at a future date.   

Mr Ulicki’s project offers a practical option for a needed community service. It may have its flaws but unless someone comes up with a better idea, he should be encouraged. 


41st annual Blair’s Run

Even though the Cabbagetown Festival was cancelled, racers and teams are organizing and raising funds with Blair’s Run.  By Thursday afternoon, over $10,000 had been raised to assist the new merger between the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club.
The virtual Run is happening now - 2/3 of the participants are following the regular 2 km course and the rest are going freestyle. Pick your own course and race to your heart’s content.  It continues to Sunday September 20. Go online for registration, $20 and for more details.    

The cabbage gets cut

The Cabbagetown BIA sliced up a cabbage to commemorate the 2020 Festival.  This slicing is usually held annually to launch each year’s Festival.  For some, it’s a religious ritual, done to appease the Cabbage Gods and ensure good fortune for the coming year.  We sure need that.  Mark from St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) did the deed this year - check the BIA’s Facebook page for a video.   

Bill Graham Youth Centre

Construction is finished and Dixon Hall’s new youth centre has opened in Regent Park.  It’s named after Bill Graham whose major donation made the fundraising campaign so successful.  The centre will house training and youth activities on its lower floors and the Dixon Hall Music School on the top floors.  It’s a major facility for Regent Park, along with the nearby Athletic Grounds, community centre, Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre and the Daniels Spectrum. 51 Wyatt.  

Updates - local cannabis stores

Three stores have been authorized to open in Cabbagetown - Growers Retail (492 Parliament), The Green Closet (439 Parliament) and Canna Cabana (433 Parliament).  They’ve been open for a while.  Two more are still in the application stages - Little House (307 Wellesley) and Spiritleaf (238 Carlton).  Two more nearby locations are also in the application stages - Westcan Cannabis (407B Bloor E near St James Town) and Corner Cannabis (514 King E in Corktown).  Another one at Shuter and Parliament has disappeared from the government map and presumably is not in consideration any longer. 
A note on the government website explains that approximately twenty approvals are issued each month and the agency is committed to doubling that number during the Fall. It also says that hundreds of applications arrive each month and they are processed in order of receipt.  

Classes at CCDT

The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) has successfully launched its 2020 classes.  Its COVID-19 safety protocols are working and everyone is feeling safe - check out the photo.  Trial classes are underway for RAD Ballet, Limón Modern, Creative Movement, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop.  The all-level Adult Modern is filling up fast.  Registrations will stay open through September.  For more info, call (416)  924-5657 or go to the website 

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit

Image: St. Augustine’s Church, 1889 Toronto Public Library r-5776

by Sally Gibson

St Augustine’s Church on the northeast corner of Parliament and Spruce Streets had an up-and-down history. According to John Ross Robertson, the church was built in 1888 to serve Anglicans living in the east end of the city. It was an “exceedingly handsome brick structure in Gothic architecture” with a handsome stained glass window, no pew rents and room for five hundred worshipers.  It also had an enormous debt that the “scanty congregation” could not clear. Just four years after its first service, the mortgage-holder foreclosed and the church was closed in 1892. 

That was not the end of St Augustine’s. In 1903, $7,000 was raised to buy back the building and restore it as a high-Anglican church. This time, it prospered. One of its clergy later became Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. The revived church purchased two adjacent Spruce Street houses for a parish house and a rectory. A south aisle was added in 1904. Services continued until March 26, 1931 when a fire destroyed the building. This time, no effort was made to resurrect it. 

Today, No Frills occupies the site. 


Mill Street’s Farmers Market

The Mill Street Brew Pub is hosting an Organic Festival.  The Farmers Market featuring ten local organic farmers will be part of its events.  Saturday September 19, 10 am to 1 pm, 21 Tank House Lane, Distillery.

Plants for the lanes

Louis-Philippe Rochon is collecting plants for Calgie and Drovers Lane, the newly renovated neighbourhood lanes. He’s already secured 200 plants from the City of Toronto and he’s looking for more.  Drop off any extras that you wish to donate at 338 Berkeley. His planting target is the weekend of September 26-27.


Community environment days

This year’s Environment Day has been rescheduled.  It’s a drive-through event with health and safety protocols.  Our local Drop-Off Depot is 400 Commissioner Street and it happens on Sunday October 4 from 9 am to 1 pm.  The City of Toronto organizes these days to receive hazardous waste and to recycle used clothing, household goods, books and more.  To learn more about it, read the CBC’s story about the 2019 events.  For more info and for the locations of the other Drop-Off Depots, go to the website.  (Photo: James Morrison-Collalto/CBC)  

Local farmers markets

The autumn market is here with the year’s best produce - corn, tomatoes, fruit and lots of green veggies. Cabbagetown Market (Riverdale Park, Winchester and Sumach) has attracted more vendors with good seasonal produce.  It continues every Tuesday from 3 to 7 pm until October.  The Underpass Park Farmers Market (29 Lower River Street) operates every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 7:30 pm.

CityView Drive-in

CityView Drive-In (20 Polson) is a new venue for concerts and movies.  This week, it’s screening three TIFF films - on Thursday, Enemies of the State, on Friday, Bruised and on Saturday, The Water Man. Check out the website for more info and tickets.  


Healing as One

This organization put together gifts for Regent Park families as their kids returned to school.  Together with the federal government, the Yonge Street Mission, Penny Appeal Canada and Foodshare Toronto, they donated masks, PPE, back packs, school supplies and food boxes.  David Rider wrote about this campaign in the Toronto Star. (Photo: David Rider, Toronto Star)  

Le Beau in blogTO

Le Beau (665 Dundas E) opened its attractive storefront on Dundas in Regent Park in December 2019.  At that time, blogTO did a comprehensive report about its croissants and its menus.  Click here to read it.  (Photo:  Hector Vasquez, blogTO)   


Yes, Kendall is Open

Yes, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is open and they are awesome! Email or call (416) 363-9914 and book your private appointment in the shop.  See the new collection of wool rugs, new vinyl floor mats, new wallpaper and new Canadian-made furniture. Check out new arrivals in store and online - gifts, candles and accessories. Open Tuesday to Saturday Noon to 5 pm. 

Daniel et Daniel open on Sundays

The Food Shop (248 Carlton) is now open on Sundays.  Open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sundays 9 am to 5 pm.

New pillows at Spruce

Kim has just received a batch of colourful pillows - all shapes, sizes and textures.  Drop in to the store (455 Parliament) or go to her website for more info.  


Le Beau Croissanterie

Congrats to Olga Spivak for her welcoming Regent Park bakery, Le Beau Croissanterie (665 Dundas E).  She opened it last December, closed during the COVID lockdown and reopened in July.  She reports that business has been brisk since then.  
She studied and worked extensively with several leading chefs in France.  She chose her Regent Park location for her shop after surveying downtown Toronto neighbourhoods and deciding that the new developments here held great promise.  Most of her customers come from the surrounding buildings.

Her menu offers several croissant varieties, pastries, sandwiches as well as coffees, tea and other drinks.  Inside seating, outdoor patio and takeout services are available now.  Store hours - Wednesday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.Click here to see her website.   

Welcome to Kibo Regent Park

Kibo (146 Sumach) has opened in Regent Park.  It’s well-known and enjoyed in Cabbagetown at its 533 Parliament location.   Check out its Facebook page for more info.

Congo Coffee & Beignets

Nifty new spot at 298 Gerrard E.  Renovations have been going on inside the front door but the service is still available.  The website says, “Congo Coffee Beignets are light, fluffy, airy, just a delight… a cross between funnel cake, pate à choux, hush puppies and donuts.” Open Monday to Friday from 10:30 am daily.  

Jet Fuel

Open from 6 am to 5 pm - for those who need a real jolt to start the day! 519 Parliament.

Mill Street’s organic festival

Mill Street (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) has organized an organic festival, running now until September 25.  The menu includes organic offerings - from Yorkshire Valley Farms, Field Gate Organics, Homestead Farm, Planet Shrimp and Fred’s Bread.  Each entree is paired with a suggested brew.  

Brunch at DOVA

DOVA (229 Carlton) has launched its weekend brunch, 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  The menus and reservations are available on the website. (416) 901-3501.   


Tilted Dog

Join a live recording session with Stomp Down Rider.  Saturday September 19, 4 to 8 pm. The pub opens at 1 pm and the kitchen at 3 pm, Tuesday to Friday and the kitchen and pub open at 1 pm on the weekends.  424 Parliament


This week’s specials at Peartree (507 Parliament) include Black Angus strip loin steak with poutine at $25.99, baked fillet of sole with spinach and goat cheese at $17.99 and roasted garlic chicken and shrimp penne at $17.99. The front and back patios are open.  For reservations, call (416) 962-8190.

Cyril’s soups and juices

The Fall season has arrived and Cyril is again making two different soups each week.  
On Saturday September 19, he’s making Spanish chickpea and sausage soup (three cups for $12 and four cups for $16.)  A vegetarian version is not available.  His juice is ginger, apple and plum (two cups, $9.)  The order deadline is noon on Friday September 18.

His soup for Tuesday September 22 is cocoa black bean (three cups for $9 and four cups for $12.)  The order deadline is also noon on Friday September 18.

Email him to get all the details about each day’s menus.


Life is slowly returning at our pubs.  It’s fun to have this list active again.


For contact info about these clubs and restaurants, click on the link at the bottom of this page.  

If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed.


Mill Street Brew Pub

10 am to 1 pm, organic farmers market

Tilted Dog

4 to 8 pm, recording session with Stomp Down Rider


Stout Irish Pub

7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


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.