November 16

This week’s image: the Toronto Christmas Market opens this week at the Distillery.  Photo: Toronto Christmas Market.

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS 

Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
The annual Christmas Market starts up today for the season at the Distillery.  It’s open six days each week (closed Mondays) from Thursday November 16 to Saturday December 23.  
Vendors offer crafts and specialty foods.  Beer gardens, patios and lounges serve mulled wine, Christmas specialties and craft beer.  Events happen each day - usually along daily themes.  
To find out what’s going on, click here.  
Admission is free from Tuesday to 5 pm on Friday.  $6 from 5 pm Friday through the weekend. 

A show within a show
Stuart Graham is a member of the Don Valley Art Club.  Over 90 artists from the group are displaying their works at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Road) from November 15 to 26 - closed Monday and Tuesday.  It’s an enjoyable event plus a great opportunity to buy unique and lasting Christmas gifts.  Open Wednesday to Friday from noon to 4 pm and weekends from noon to 5 pm.  Stuart is a familiar Cabbagetown painter and his art hangs regularly at Peartree (507 Parliament).  

Bev Jenkins at One Of A Kind
Bev has a booth at One Of A Kind this year from Thursday November 23 to Sunday December 3.  She’ll be showing her popular sculpted oils on canvas. Booth B34.  The show is open from 10 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.  Enercare Centre, 100 Princess Dr, Exhibition Place.

Naming homelessness
Cabbagetown South’s Susan Dineen has pointed out a partnership between the City of Toronto and Future Strategies asking for our perspective on the language used with homelessness. Your help will shape the way that Toronto approaches homeless people in the future. There’s an online survey about this initiative - click here.   

Alumnae Theatre’s auction of the century
Event tickets, restaurant deals, art, fashion, fitness and a fabulous weekend getaway - all available in Alumnae Theatre’s (70 Berkeley) auction sale. Sale ends at 9 pm on Sunday November 26.  It’s part of the Theatre’s 100th anniversary celebrations.  Check out the list of goodies online here.  
It’s  fundraiser.  The proceeds will purchase air conditioning for the theatre.  

Stompin’ Tom honoured
Duncan Fremlin and Whiskey Jack performed The Hockey Song at the gala for the 2017 Walk of Fame nominees.  Stompin’ Tom was given the Cineplex Legends award.  It was a nostalgic moment for the band.  They first played the song with Stompin’ Tom on July 1, 1993 on Parliament Hill in front of a massive crowd. They’ve toured every year with their memorial show, The Stories and Songs of Stompin’ Tom.  Here’s a YouTube clip of the 1993 performance.   

Enjoy a summer holiday in a French village
Mary Spence Thomas owns a beautiful old house in southwest France.  It’s located in Castelnau-de-Montmiral, a fortified hilltop village that’s been designated as one of  "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”. Her home is becoming a favoured destination for many of her Cabbagetown friends. It’s usually rented through personal contacts and word of mouth.  She still has 2018 vacancies.  If you go, take along a Cabbagetown Tee shirt and flag - and snap a selfie for us.  Check out her website and contact info here.    

Flashing at Cranberries
Doug Fisher - that’s me - is really proud of his collection of vintage Cabbagetown Tees. This one celebrates the 2008 Festival.  Since he’s at Cranberries enjoying a beer and nibblies with Chris Kiraly, the designer who created the original, he can’t resist showing off.

ON STAGE

Doogie & Dun at the Cadillac Lounge
Cabbagetown favourite Duncan Fremlin has joined up with Douglas John Cameron to launch a new show.  Sunday, November 19 from 4 to 7 pm.  They’ll be joined by Randy Morrison from Whiskey Jack on fiddle and Russ Boswell from Louisiana Snowblowers on bass.  Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen W. 

Just The Hits
The opening concert of the season for the Corktown Community Orchestra.  The program includes Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No 4. Schubert’s 8 Unfinished and Beethoven’s 7. Tickets are PWYC ($20 suggested) and kids are free.  It all happens at Little Trinity Church (425 King E) at 8 pm on Thursday November 23.

Impulse 2017
Students from all three levels in the School of Toronto Dance Theatre participate in this annual mainstage performance.  The first year students will perform a new work by Sharon B Moore, the School’s resident choreographer.  Second-year students will present two new pieces, one by Jennifer Dallas and the second by Jasmyn Fyffe.  The third-year students will revive Christopher House’s Pingo Slink.   Winchester Dance Theatre (80 Winchester), 8 pm, November 23 to 25 and December 1 and 2. Tickets at the box office and online here.   

Wintersong - Dances for a sacred season
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre presents its annual tribute to the solstice through dance.  In this year’s program, dancers will offer a world premiere by Apolonia Velasquez along with the return of Santee Smith’s ravishing Star Dreamer, Deborah Lundmark’s Dancing Day, Carol Anderson’s Nowell We Sing and Ryan Lee’s Until the Sun Comes Back.  The evening is part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps. 8 pm, Friday December 8 and 2 pm, Saturday December 9,  Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queen’s Quay W).  Tickets are available at the box office or online here

Weesageechak Begins to Dance
Native Earth’s annual Festival of Indigenous works in theatre, dance and interdisciplinary styles.  It’s a big program with new pieces offered daily to November 25.  Tickets are $15 and Festival passes are $60. Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Click here for program details and tickets.    

Alumnae Theatre’s Fireworks Festival
Alumnae Theatre’s (70 Berkeley) Festival is now into its second week.  To celebrate the Theatre’s 100th anniversary and its rich female-led history, three plays were written and directed by Canadian women. Each play is staged over one week.  To find out more about the plays and events and to get your tickets, click here.  
Surrender, Dorothy by Liz Best explores the hilarious, rueful and touching experiences of online dating for a woman in her 50s. November 15 to 19.
Gash by Caitie Graham is about two high school kids adrift in a world that they’re ill-equipped to navigate.  November 22 to 26.

Munsch on the Moon
The annual children’s Christmas show by the George Brown Theatre School celebrates the zany and colourful world of Robert Munsch.  December 2 to 9.  Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane). Tickets and program details are online here.  

Soulpepper’s Family Christmas
Three popular, sell-out events will be on stage at Soulpepper for the Christmas season -  Christmas Carol (December 7 to 24), Peter Pan (December 8 to 31) and A Very Soulpepper Christmas concert (December 15 to 17). The concert will happen downtown at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Click here for more info.  

COMING EVENTS

Regent Park Film Festival
Toronto’s only free community film festival.  There’s a jam packed program running all day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  November 16 to 18. It all happens at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Check out the program details at the Festival website.  

Skating at Mattamy
Peter Lovering serves on the Board of the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund.  Established in 1972, the Fund provides financial assistance to deserving kids to send them to a summer camp. Last year, it helped over 70 kids go to 8 different camps. 
The Fund is holding a Family Skate party at Mattamy Home Ice (Maple Leaf Gardens) on Saturday November 25 from 1 to 3 pm.  It’s a free skate for all.  Helmets are required for kids and strongly suggested for adults.  No sticks, please. 

Restorative yoga and yoga Nidra
Jennifer Snowdon and Sarah Moore are offering an afternoon of rest, restoration and renewal from 2 to 3:45 pm on Sunday November 26 including restful poses, hands-on assist, aromatherapy and guided meditation.  $40. Sign up now - the workshop has a maximum of eight spaces.  58 Rose Avenue.  Click here for online info and registration.   

IN THE MEDIA

A wedding at Camp Manitou
Photo:  Stef Neves/Rosewood Wedding Photos
Julie Babin and Dave Marr got married in late September at Muskoka’s Camp Manitou.  140 guests joined them for the weekend event.  Fair Trade Jewellery (523 Parliament) did the wedding rings and Scullery (200 Carlton) baked the wedding cake.  Toronto Life described the event with lots of fun photos - click here for the story.   

New Dixon Hall facilities
Dixon Hall’s new youth centre (Wyatt and Nicholas) is under construction now on the southern edge of Regent Park.  NOW Magazine has done an update on its progress and its future facilities.  https://nowtoronto.com/lifestyle/real-estate/a-new-community-centre-for-at-risk-youth-is-coming-to-regent/

The Toronto Christmas Market
The Christmas Market in the Distillery (Mill and Parliament) opens this weekend and continues through the Christmas season.  toronto.com has done a summary of the event and its daily schedules,  click here. 

BUSINESS NEWS

You’re invited
Spruce (455 Parliament) is hosting a Soiree on Thursday November 16 from 6 to 8 pm.  Featured guests are Laura Collins and Kelly Lynn Armstrong from Elsie & Kel Design.  Drop in for an evening of cocktails and sweets - Soiree guests will enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases during the evening.

Welcome MWM Fish Co
Mark at MWM Fish Co (419 Parliament) has officially opened his doors.  He says he’s ready to make waves.  He’ll be bringing us fresh fish, beautiful oysters and party platters.  We wish him the best - it’s a nice addition to our neighbourhood.  

Rug Sale 
Roll out the welcome mat before your holiday guests arrive.  Select styles are now 25% off in all available sizes. Plus we have markdowns on discontinued patterns.  Choose from wool, jute or outdoor rugs. Shop now - quantities are limited. 
Kendall & Co’s extended holiday hours  - Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm. Thursday  10 am to 7 pm.  Friday 10 am to 6 pm. Saturday 11 am to 5 pm.  Sunday noon to 4 pm.  http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/wool-rug-collection

Get ready for the Christmas season
Drop by to talk to Nano at the Hair Spa (440 Parliament) for a free personal consultation - it’s her ambition to give you a personalized, relaxing and uplifting experience. She’s a senior stylist and colour tech professional who offers a wide range of hair services  - colours, latest cuts and styles, highlights, perms and extensions.   

RESTAURANT NEWS

Paintbox dinner by Syrian refugees
Project Welcome is bringing the Middle East to Toronto.  This is a one of a kind event where you get to experience everything from the beautiful delicacy of Syrian cuisine to the unmatched melody of traditional Arabic music. Six Syrian refugees are preparing an open buffet that’s going to leave you wanting more.  $40.  Reservations and tickets available at Eventbrite.  Friday November 17, 6 pm, Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E).  

The Psychics are back
The next monthly session for the Psychic Brunch is now set for Sunday November 19 from 11 am to 3 pm at Cranberries (601 Parliament).  Readings are $42 and you receive two in-depth readings plus a $5 coupon to use toward your brunch at Cranberries.

Merryberry’s cooking classes
Cyril is cooking meat pies. On Wednesday November 29, he’s going with an Australian meat pie, a French-influenced Vietnamese pork pie and a good, old-fashioned Quebec tourtiere.  Classes start at 5:30 pm.  
Asian comfort food (Pad Thai and Nasi Goreng) is the topic for a December class scheduled for Wednesday December 13 at 5:30 pm.  
$45.  Contact Merryberry to sign up.  Call (647) 348-0411 or visit 559 Parliament.

American Thanksgiving
The House on Parliament (424 Parliament) and Peartree (507 Parliament) are both offering special Thanksgiving dinners to mark the American holiday on Thursday November 23.
House on Parliament will have a turkey entree with mashed potatoes, veggies and stuffing. $21. Appetizers and desserts are available separately from the daily menu.
Peartree will have a three-course dinner with butternut squash soup, turkey, rqnberry sauce, mashed potatoes and fresh eggies and pumpkin pie for dessert.  $25.99 per person.  

Congrats Peartree
November marks Peartree’s 24th anniversary - a remarkable achievement that’s been earned by its friendly atmosphere and great food. To celebrate, there’s a special dinner for two - two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts for only $50.  Add two glasses of wine or beer for an extra $10. 507 Parliament. 

Vacation time
Kim, Betty and the gang at Under the Table (568 Parliament) are off on vacation from Monday November 27 and will reopen on Thursday December 7.  Have fun, folks!

THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS 
Addresses, online info and current events.

ALUMNAE THEATRE
70 Berkeley Street
(416) 364-4170, ext 1

Fireworks 2017, Three New Plays - Festival runs to November 26
Surrender, Dorothy - November 15 to 19
Gash - November 22 to 26

CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE
509 Parliament Street
(416) 924-5657

Wintersong 
(at Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay W)
8 pm, Friday December 8 and 2 pm, Saturday December 9.

CANADIAN STAGE
30th Anniversary Season
Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street
(416) 368-3110

Heisenberg by Simon Stephens
November 28 to December 17 

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street E
(416) 531-1402

Weesageechak 30 by Native Earth
November 15 to 25
In Time - dance solo by Anisa Tejpar
November 27 to December 3
Urgent Voices - Continuum Contemporary Music
December 8 and 9

CITADEL + COMPAGNIE
304 Parliament Street
(416) 364-8011

Jusqu’a Vimy choregraphed by Laurence Lemieux
November 15 to 18 and November 22 to 25

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester Street
(416) 967-6887

Impulse 2017
November 23 to 25 and November 30 to December 2

SOULPEPPER
20th Anniversary Season
Young Centre for the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
(416) 866-8666

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia by Edward Albee
To November 18
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
December 7 to 24
Peter Pan by J M Barrie
Bad Hats Theatre
December 8 to 31
A Very Soulpepper Christmas
Soulpepper Concert Series
St Lawrence Centre, Jane Mallett theatre
December 15 to 17 

YOUNG CENTRE
50 Tank House Lane
(416) 415-5000

Munsch on the Moon - George Brown Theatre Company
December 2 to 9

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26
  • 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.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16

Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Evan
Mill Street Brew Pub
6 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17
Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18

Dominion
9 pm, 3000AD
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Nairobi Nights, $10

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local Gest
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Surefire Sweat
Quincy
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10

MONDAY NOVEMBER 20

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 22

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
7 pm, Sharon Musgrave Duo
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia with Porter
Quincy’s
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23

Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Fuse
10 pm, Ladies night and dancing, ladies free, others $10
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 25

Dominion
9 pm DJ Money Jane
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Black Suit Devil
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
CORKTOWN KITCHEN
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
CRANBERRIES
DOMINION PUB & KITCHEN
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, https://www.facebook.com/DominionTO/
EL CATRIN
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, https://www.facebook.com/elcatrin.ca
FUSE
366 Queen St E, (647) 347-3873, http://fusedining.com 
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
IMPACT KITCHEN
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
JOHNNY G’s
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
THE LOCAL GEST
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
MERRYBERRY CAFE
MILL STREET BEER HALL
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-beer-hall/
MILL STREET BREW PUB
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-brew-pub/
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
PAINTBOX BISTRO
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
QUINCY’s AFROKITCHEN & BAR
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127,  https://www.facebook.com/cometoquincys/
SOULPEPPER
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
STOUT IRISH PUB
UNDER THE TABLE

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533, https://www.facebook.com/underthetabletoronto