September 19

This week’s image:  the garden at Spruce and Parliament
CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW


Spruce and Parliament
The Cabbagetown BIA invested in streetscape improvements at this corner and at Amelia two years ago.  After its second summer, the garden at Spruce is blooming very nicely and softens the boulevard here.  These renovations were expensive - thanks to the BIA for its willingness to do this.

Neighbourhood reactions
Residents near Spruce and Parliament list a wide variety of irritants coming from the new gardens - people sleeping there, lots of garbage dropped into the flower beds, alcoholics and drug addicts hanging around.  
The BIA has a plan to tackle these issues.  There'll be more frequent cleanups at this corner in 2020.  

Trucks at Spruce and Parliament
Truck traffic has also been a longstanding complaint from local residents at Spruce and Parliament.  They note the noise and pollution from big transports that stop in a “No Stopping” zone before entering the No Frills parking lot.  
Deliveries for No Frills, Dollarama and Penguin Pickup are often made from big trucks that park and block the entrance to a laneway that serves seven homes on Spruce.  One big truck recently parked right in the middle of Spruce Street, blocking the road - as the above photo shows.
Councillor Wong-Tam’s office has approached the City’s Transportation Services and will also flag the problem with enforcement at 51 Division. 

LOCAL NEWS

Tour of Homes
Photo:  Toronto Star
Congrats to everyone who attended or volunteered at this year’s Tour.  Despite the rain, the crowds showed up.  The rain did make work harder for volunteers who asked guests to remove their shoes and wet raincoats.  Nine houses were listed this year, four in Don Vale, one on Aberdeen and four more in Cabbagetown South.  They ranged from classic Victorians like 328 Wellesley to modern designs like 58 Aberdeen and 307 Sackville.  Thanks as well go to the supportive homeowners who opened their doors and to the generous sponsors who offered specials and discounts to the Tour’s ticket holders.

Best wishes to Eric
Cabbagetown photographer Eric Morse had surgery on Wednesday to remove a cancerous tumor.  His doctor tells him that everything went smoothly.  He’s at home now and, judging by the tone of his emails, he’s in fine spirits.

Regent Park evaluations
Toronto Community Housing has opened the Request for Proposals to select a developer for Phases 4 and 5 in the Regent Park revitalization.  The Daniels Corporation has handled Phases 1, 2 and 3 up to this time.  As part of this process, residents will be given an opportunity to hear presentations by developers and to score them.  This meeting is open to people over 16 years of age - identification will be requested to validate this.  Saturday October 5, 11 am to 4 pm, Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter).  

Car thefts
Ian has complained that three Mini Coopers - all convertibles - were damaged by thieves last weekend in the Amelia and Sackville area.  The roof on his car was ripped open and the interior was rifled.  He’s reported this to the police.

Thanks to Chris Moise
For 20 years, a group called CAPC has operated an afternoon program at Rose Avenue School for 20 to 25 kids and their moms.  They have a grant from Health Canada to cover their operation and they also used space in the school at no cost.  Combined with a school program in the mornings, they provided a safe place for the kids for the whole day.  
Up until this month, the program was threatened with closure.  The school board had to reduce its budget because of the Ford government’s cutbacks and this program was one of the victims.  They were faced with a bill of $8,191 to get a permit to use the school and they couldn’t afford it.  
Chris Moise - our school trustee for this Ward -  intervened and the Board’s officials reevaluated the decision.  The program will now continue without cost.

2019 all-candidates debate
Residents from St Lawrence, Corktown and the Distillery are organizing an all-candidates meeting on Thursday September 26 from 7 to 9 pm at the Cooper Koo Family YMCA (461 Cherry St).   Bill Morneau, Brian Chang, Annamie Paul and Ryan Lester are confirmed.  Reserve a seat at Eventbrite - it’s free.    

2019 federal election
Are you registered on the official Voters’ List? You can check on the Elections Canada website - it’s a simple process.  If not, there’s useful info on this site to help you register.  
Find out about the candidates for the major parties who are running in Toronto Centre. Click here.  

People’s Party of Canada
We now have a candidate for the PPC in our riding.  Jean-Simon Chenard is listed on the official PPC website as its Toronto Centre candidate.  His Facebook and Twitter pages don’t have any references to Toronto Centre - but we do learn that he lives in Hamilton.  Unfortunately, there’s no info about his website, phone number, email address or headquarters address.  
It’s possible that his name is simply there to fill a gap. Click here to see the list of more Toronto Centre candidates as well as his info.  

Dog off-leash areas
The City of Toronto is reviewing its policies for off-leash areas in parks for dogs.  Councillor Wong-Tam is inviting dog owners and interested people to a meeting to discuss ways to improve the off-leash areas in her Ward.  Tuesday, October 8, 6 pm, City Hall committee room 2 (100 Queen St W).  

Keith Lawrance guitar lessons
Keith has a life-long interest in music.  He graduated with a music diploma from Mohawk College and he’s recently revived a band who played together years ago.  
He’s decided to expand his interest by giving one-on-one personalized guitar lessons.  Acoustic or electric. He’ll meet you in his own home or, if you wish, he’ll come to yours for the lessons.  
Checkout his website for lots more info and for his rates. You can contact him at his website as well.  

Women’s pick-up hockey
More players are needed for the Women’s Hockey at Moss Park arena (Queen and Sherbourne).  They play 32 games from 7 to 8 pm every Tuesday (a prime time slot!) from now until April 21.  It’s intermediate level (18+) and you’ll need your own equipment.  If you’re interested, contact mparena@bellnet.ca or go online for more info.  

Support the Farley campaign
Once again, Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E) has joined the province-wide Farley campaign.  It’s a fund that offers support to pet owners who can’t otherwise afford veterinary care for their animals.  The Clinic has been actively involved with this initiative since 2012 and has raised thousands of dollars through bottle drives, garage and bake sales and raffles.  There’s lots of info and a spot for donations at the Clinic’s website.  

COMING EVENTS
Listed by starting dates   

Francophonie en Fete at the Distillery
The Fete happens from Friday September 20 to Sunday September 29.  There’ll be free concerts in the Distillery on September 20 (3 to 6 pm), Saturday September 21 (noon to 6 pm) and Sunday September 22 (noon to 6 pm).  For details about the performers and times, click here.  

Edible Allan Gardens
Enjoy tours of Allan Gardens and workshops on gardening topics - setting up your garden, composting and harvesting.  Free.  Sunday September 22, 11 am to 1 pm, Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton).

Open house at the Sumach
Chartwell’s Sumach (146 Sumach) is now open.  Units for independent seniors are available for rent.  You’re invited to an Open House on Sunday September 22 from 1 to 4 pm.  For more details, go to the website.  

New plant parent
Darryl Cheng will talk about houseplants and their care on Tuesday September 24 from 7 to 9 pm.  He’s the author of “The New Plant Parent” and he’ll discuss ways to become a successful home gardener.  Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave,  Sherbourne and Carlton), 

Comedy at the Social Smiths
The monthly comedy night at the Social Smiths (574 Parliament) happens on Thursday September 26 from 7:30 pm. It features a diverse line up of local comics, from total newbies to straight-up pros. Cash bar.  Tickets are available online - $10.    

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
Every week, an Ontario winery appears at the Market - these two are sipping and deciding whether they should buy a bottle. And there’s heirloom tomatoes, lots of corn and watermelon.  
There are lots of vendors and good crowds have been coming out to take advantage.
Every Tuesday in Riverdale Park West (Winchester and Sumach) from 3 to 7 pm, organized by the Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group.  Profits go to the Farm’s capital projects and its food education programs. 

The Underpass Park Farmers’ Market 
In Corktown - Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm in Underpass Park (29 Lower River Street).  Activities and face painting for kids, a free yoga class with the Yoga Sanctuary from 5:30 pm and live music. Great produce and baked goods.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Why is this guy smiling?
Brian is a proud Cabbagetowner and a member of the Board at Macleans Ale.  Happily, he’s now got the best of both worlds - his beer and ale are available at F’Amelia (12 Amelia) and are soon to be available at our LCBO.  

Tasso
The bakery will be closed from Friday September 20 to Sunday September 22 - back again on Friday September 27.  540 Parliament.

Paintbox birthday party
Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) is celebrating its 7th birthday on Friday September 20 from 11 am to 8 pm.  Every entree will be available for $7 - a great bargain and a good celebration.

Oktoberfest at Dominion
The ceremonial Keg Tapping Party starts Oktoberfest at the Dominion (500 Queen E).  Live music, games, treats and special steins of Hacher-Pschorr Munchner Gold.   6 to 9 pm, Saturday September 21.

Ardo
Signs in the window at the former Hey Lucy (229 Carlton) tell us that Ardo will be moving in here.  Ardo currently has a location at King and Sherbourne and offers a sophisticated Italian menu.  

Palestinian brunch
The Paintbox (555 Dundas E) presents Sahtain Palestinian Brunch -  a popular selection of delicious traditional Palestinian brunch dishes.  Buffet style and vegetarian friendly.  Sunday September 22, 11 am to 1 pm.  Your brunch ticket includes admission later at 3:30 pm to the documentary film Soufra at Bell Lightbox (350 King W).   

SEPTEMBER THEATRE & DANCE PRODUCTIONS
Listed by starting dates.

Book of Life
Canadian Stage (26 Berkeley)
September 17 to Sunday September 29
Website and tickets here.  (416) 368-3110  

Betrayal
Extra dates have been added 
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Wednesday September 22
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666    

The Heidi Chronicles
Alumnae Theatre  (70 Berkeley)
Friday September 20 to Saturday October 5
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-4170   

A Streetcar Named Desire
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Saturday September 21 to Sunday October 13
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Night/Shift
Citadel (304 Parliament)
Wednesday October 2 to Saturday October 5
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-8011    

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19 TO SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29

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 SEPTEMBER 19

New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
8 pm, open mic with Robert LaBell

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20

Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21

Alice’s Place
2 to 10 pm, street karaoke
Dominion
6 pm, Oktoberfest keg tapping party
8 pm, Andrew Fetterley duo

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22

Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24

Dominion
7 pm, Pub Stumpers Trivia
Flipside Donuts & Bar
6:30 pm, Tuesday Trivia
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26

New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Social Smiths
7:30 pm, Cabbagetown Comedy.  Cash bar, $10.
Tilted Dog
8 pm, Open Mic finger style guitar

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27

Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28

Dominion
8:30 pm, DJ Wizdome
Mill Street Beer Hall
6 pm, Oktoberfest party, $20

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29

Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
CORKTOWN KITCHEN
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
CRANBERRIES
601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330, 
DOMINION PUB & KITCHEN
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, 
EL CATRIN
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, 
FLIPSIDE DONUTS & BAR
12 Case Goods Lane, Distillery
HENRIETTA LANE 
394 King E
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, 
IMPACT KITCHEN
573 King St E, (416) 306-1986, 
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, 
JOHNNY G’s
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
THE LOCAL GEST
See below - The Tilted Dog
MILL STREET BEER HALL
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, 
MILL STREET BREW PUB
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, 
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
PAINTBOX BISTRO
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
PHO PAS
480 Parliament, (416) 922-0769
QUINCY AFROKITCHEN & BAR
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127, 
SOCIAL SMITHS
574&1/2 Parliament
SOULPEPPER
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
STOUT IRISH PUB
221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
THE TILTED DOG
(Formerly The Local GEST)
424 Parliament. (416) 961-9425