May 16

This week’s image:  Cabbagetown’s best dancers showed up at the CYC’s Spring Fling.


Three open houses happen this week on Saturday and Sunday - a modern townhouse in Regent Park, a home on Winchester and another on Wellesley.  Click here to read these announcements.  


Congrats to Dixon Hall
Last week’s Dixonlicious was a resounding success.  Several hundred people showed up at the Daniels Spectrum. Altogether, ticket sales, the silent auction and the live auction earned over $105,000 for Dixon Hall’s various food programs. 30,000 meals will be provided for seniors through Meals on Wheels, for kids at Dixon Hall’s summer and March break camps and for vulnerable and homeless people through weekly community meals.  
Paintbox Bistro (565 Dundas E) and Daniel et Daniel (242 Carlton) were among those who provided nibblies for the crowd.  Akasha Art Projects (204 Carlton), Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament), Epicure (473 Parliament), The Irv (195 Carlton), Kendall & Co (514 Parliament), Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton), Sumach Espresso (118 Sumach) and Velvet Lane Cakes (194 Carlton) - all donated prizes for the auctions.  

Congrats to the CYC
The Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) held Spring Fling last Friday.  It was a fun event. About 100 people danced to the live band, enjoyed the nibblies, gossiped and happily supported the Centre.  This looks like a good prospect for an annual event.
Connor, Carole and Lindsay kept everything going smoothly in the kitchen.

Thanks to Forsythia Festival supporters
A big crowd of volunteers put together this year’s Forsythia Festival.  To thank them, Carolyn and Shawna, the Festival’s organizers, held draws to present prizes from the House on Parliament (454 Parliament), Salt & Tobacco (521 Parliament) and the Cabbagetown BIA (237 Carlton).

Northern Parula
Photo:  Doreen Fumia
This beautiful little warbler has arrived back in Toronto.  Thanks to Doreen for the lovely picture - she captured this shot on Carlton just east of Parliament.  Max Perren has seen flocks of them in the Necropolis.  The Spring migration is well underway and we’re being visited regularly by lovely little creatures like this one.  

Police in Cabbagetown South
For some time, the Cabbagetown South Residents have been asking for police officers dedicated to work in their neighbourhood.  They’re now on the job.  Constables Bert Berreto and Joseph Shand are Team 1. Scott Hodgson and Brad Payne are Team 2.

Poop in the parks
Green bins are now being installed in the off-leash dog areas in local parks.  Dog owners are encouraged to leave their poop in them.  If a park doesn't have a green bin, please use the black garbage bin instead - definitely not the recycling bin.  

Lookin’ good
Paul Dineen, Louise Koepfler, Eric Morse and Gina Dineen have each spent more hours inside the Cabbagetown Youth Centre than they care to admit.  They were back again at last week’s Spring Fling - dancing up a storm and lookin’ good.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
by Sally Gibson.   
Image: City of Toronto Public Health Monthly Reports
Measles! Once nearly eliminated , the highly contagious disease now threatens populations around the world and close to home because of the action – or non-action – of anti-science “antivaxxers.” 
A touch of history underlines the severity of the issue.
A hundred years ago, no vaccine was available, so Torontonians, especially those in poor, crowded, downtown neighbourhoods like Cabbagetown, were susceptible to this and other communicable diseases. Measles epidemics were irregular, but could hit with devastating effect. In 1918, for example, 3,656 cases were recorded, along with 38 deaths. 1919 saw a
distinct drop, perhaps related to the post-war “Spanish flu” that felled thousands of victims, including those who might otherwise have contracted measles.
There may have been no measles vaccine, but there was a smallpox innoculation. And a century ago, Toronto’s Public Health Department called out “anti-vaccinationists,” who spouted “the most malicious misrepresentation of facts” in their fight against small pox shots. 
Same arguments, different disease.


Help needed by the police
Toronto Police Service is investigating the incident that happened on the morning of March 26 along Spruce and ended up in a car crash at River and Spruce.  An eyewitness spoke to the officers on the scene and she took a photo of the driver.  She’s a key witness and Toronto Police hope that she is willing now to contact them.  If so, please get in touch with or

Free piano
Claire has a 1902 Pratte house piano in her dining room that she would like moved. Pratte became famous because it was the first piano manufacturer to make a piano suitable for the harsh Canadian winter. And it meant that the average family in Canada could now have this joyful instrument in their homes.
“While it is lovely and fitting in a Cabbagetown house, I don't play piano!”
Free to a good home.
Contact her at  


Golf day for the CYC
The Irv (195 Carlton) is organizing a golf day fundraiser for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster)  Regan at The Irv is pleased with sales so far.  Get your friends together and sign up now.  Your donation of $160 will pay for 18-holes, a cart, prizes, contests and an auction plus a tax receipt.  It’s happening at the Royal Woodbine course on June 5. 
Local business can help out.  Add your gift for the list of prizes and auction goodies.  Your donation will increase the fundraiser’s impact and add to your store’s profile. 
Email or call The Irv at (647) 350-4787.

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Save these dates:

Doors Open - Image: Tom Arban Photography. Here’s your chance to peer into Toronto’s fascinating and hidden places.  Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26.  The full list of events is online here.  

Walking tour of the Necropolis - presented by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.  Thursday May 30, 6:30 pm.  Meet at the cemetery entrance (200 Winchester).  

Seaton Street Block Party - Saturday June 1.  Seaton Street will be blocked off from Shuter to Dundas to make way for garage sales in the morning, fun and games mid-day and a giant Potluck in the late afternoon.

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
Brahms 4th Symphony and Dvorak’s cello concerto plus two modern pieces by James McGrath - Hollywood Nocturne and New York Minute.  Thursday May 16 at 8 pm in Little Trinity Church (425 King E).  Tickets are available at the door and at Eventrite.  $20. 

Pizza in the Park
It’s back - pizza at the bake oven in Regent Park (The Big Park, Dundas E).  Made from scratch, $5.  Friday May 17, 4:30 pm until they’re “sold out”.  

Lady Action:  Toronto’s Trailblazing Women
A Heritage Toronto event.  Walk from Allan Gardens (160 Gerrard E) to Grange Park and explore the stories of trailblazing women - suffragists, doctors, entrepreneurs, artists and others who faced adversity and challenged the status quo. 10:30 am to noon, Sunday May 19.  
Additional dates for this walk have been set for July 4, August 1 and September 7.  $10 donation suggested.

Artfest in the Distillery
80 artists - paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass art, jewellery, designer clothing and more.  Live music.  11 am to 6 pm, Saturday May 18 to Monday May 20. More info available online here.   

Grow what you love
Melissa Cameron and Cameron Couchman will talk about edible organic gardening - the basics and solutions to challenges.  Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton), 7 pm Wednesday May 22.  

Henry Dineen’s pop-up show
Henry is exhibiting his watercolours at Milk Glass Studio (1247 Dundas W) on Thursday May 23.  They’re inspired by iconic locations that we take for granted in our ever-changing city.  It happens for one night only - from 6 pm to midnight.  Check it out.

Underpass Park Farmers’ Market
The Corktown farmers’ market opens for the season on Thursday May 23 from 3 to 7 pm.  Check out the fiddleheads.  There’ll be activities for kids, a free yoga class and live music. It’ll happen every week on Thursday afternoons to October.  Underpass Park, 29 Lower River Street.

Annual Meeting for the CPA
Tuesday May 28 at 7 pm in the Meeting House in Riverdale Farm (Winchester and Sumach).  Annie Vandenberg from Evergreen will talk about the Don River Valley Park - a 200 hectare area from Pottery Road to Corktown Common.  The winner of the Peggy Kurtin Award will also be introduced.  


Growing up green - a family drop-in afternoon
1 to 3 pm, Saturday May 18, Allan Gardens Conservatory (Carlton and Sherbourne).  Events include a flower-themed afternoon of gardening and composting, plant scavenger hunts, botanical arts and crafts.  Kids 2 to 10.  No advance registration required.  

Fay and Fluffy at the Children’s Book Bank
Fay and Fluffy are back at the Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley) for a story time in honour of Pride Month.  10:45 to 11:30 am, Sunday June 8.  

Summer camps at Buds & Blossoms
Buds & Blossoms (2 - 517 Parliament) has room in both its summer and fall preschool programs. 
During the summer camps, children will go outside once a day to participate in a number of activities. As well, they’ll learn the basic rules of the classroom environment and gain confidence in their social skills, preparing them for a kindergarten environment. It's a great opportunity for children getting ready for kindergarten.
The summer program is run on a flexible basis with options to sign up for a day or for a week in July and/or August. And there are open spots in the September program as well.
For more info and for registration, please call (416) 655-0695 or email and check out the website.

Daycare at Winchester Public School
Central Neighbourhood House offers daycare programs at the school for preschoolers as well as before and after school programs for senior kindergarten and grades 1-3.  For more information, go online here or contact Roshnie Sukraj, the Winchester Daycare manager, at    


Gerrard Pipes & Papers Plus
When the Seaton Supermarket closed at Seaton and Gerrard, locals wondered if anyone could replace it. Well - welcome to the 21st Century!  Gerrard Pipes & Papers Plus (220 Gerrard) offers all the supplies that you need for a relaxing time.  Thanks to the Friends of Cabbagetown South for the heads-up and the photo.
And if this isn’t enough for you, watch the location of the former Cleopatra store at 423 Parliament.


Psychic brunch at Cranberries
The psychics are returning for their regular monthly appearance at Cranberries (601 Parliament).  Sunday May 19, 11 am to 3 pm.  $45 includes two 15-minute readings and a $5 coupon toward your Cranberries’ brunch.

Game of Thrones party
The last week - Sunday is the grand finale! Get over to Mill Street Beer Hall (20 Tank House Lane) for the weekly GoT viewing party.  Sunday May 19 at 9 pm. In-house brews and late night menu.

Weekend schedules

At Tasso (540 Parliament), Olya and Mike are taking a break.  They’re back at their normal times on Saturday May 18 - 9 am to “sold out”.

The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) is closing on Sunday May 19, Monday May 20 and Tuesday May 21.  Sean and Tiffany are doing some Spring maintenance.

The new Maison Selby opens
Photo:  Natalia Manzocco, NOW Magazine
NOW Magazine has a brief commentary on the new Maison Selby (592 Sherbourne).  “Maison Selby occupies a mansion that was once a luxury home, then a hotel, then a gay bar and sex club, before finally finding its resting place grafted onto the foot of another luxury residential building … you won’t be immune to the charms of Selby’s gorgeous interior, complete with jewel-hued velvet, florals and a plant-filled sunroom – or to John Horne’s tried-and-true recipes, like dense, almost stew-like French onion soup ($14), hand-cut tartare ($19) and a proper burger with a small mountain of shoestring frites ($21). Go big (a $78 tournedos Rossini) or small ($6 pints at happy hour); stop in for breakfast or a nightcap.”

Pho Pas closure
Pho Pas (480 Parliament) has closed for a “restructuring”.  No word yet about future plans.

Hey Lucy’s old location
No word yet either about the new tenants for this spot at 229 Carlton.  As the warm weather arrives, patio people will be yearning for a new operator here.

Starbucks old location
It’s another mystery.  The windows are covered with brown paper as if someone may be renovating the interior.  Or maybe not.  

Cyril’s soup
Saturday’s soup is Central American corn, cassava and plantain soup with onions, celery, carrots and garlic for the base, jalapenos for a touch of heat, and quite a bit of lemon juice and orange zest to counter the starchiness of the plantains.  $8.   To Cyril’s surprise, this soup made it onto his customers’ “top favourites” list and so he’s offering it again now.
Order deadline is 7 pm on Friday.  He delivers his soups in Cabbagetown. He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash. Email him at

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Highlights - dance events in May 
Check below for links to each dance company for tickets.  

Citadel + Companie is performing Against Nature from May 22 to June 1 in the Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament).

Students from the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre are performing in Teasing Gravity on May 22 and 23, Light Years on May 24 and 25, and Spring Song on May 26 - all at Harbourfront’s Fleck Dance Theatre (235 Queens Quay W). 

The professional dance company at Toronto Dance Theatre is offering Marienbad at the Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester) from May 23 to June 1.

On Stage

The Brothers Size
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Saturday June 1
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Welcome to My Underworld
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Saturday May 25
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

I swallowed a moon made of iron
Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley)
On stage to Sunday May 26
Website and tickets here.  (416) 368-3110 

August: Osage County
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Saturday May 18 to Wednesday June 19
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Teasing Gravity - dances for the young and fearless
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront (235 Queens Quay W)
Student matinees
Wednesday May 22 and Thursday May 23
Website and tickets here.  (416) 924-5657

Against Nature
Citadel + Compagnie
Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament)
Wednesday May 22 to Saturday June 1
Website and tickets here. (416) 364-8011

Toronto Dance Theatre
Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester)
Thursday May 23 to Saturday June 1
Website and tickets here.  (416) 967-1365

Light Years
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront (235 Queens Quay W)
Public performances
Friday May 24 and Saturday May 25
Website and tickets here.  (416) 924-5657

Spring Song
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront (235 Queens Quay W)
Sunday May 26
Website and tickets here.  (416) 924-5657

by heart
Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley)
Thursday May 30 to Sunday June 2
Website and tickets here.  (416) 368-3110



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
8 pm, Righteous Mic Comedy hosted by Johnathan Ramcharan.  PWYC.
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 


8:30 pm, Cody Barton


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Final screening - Game of Thrones


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, Michael Darcy
The Tilted Dog
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter


Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
8 pm, open mic finger style guitar sessions.


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


8:30 pm, Dad the Singer


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, 
394 King E
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, 
413 Parliament Street
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
480 Parliament, (416) 922-0769
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