January 16

This week’s image:  the Toronto Light Festival at The Distillery. Photo:  Daily Hive, Shutterstock


Toronto Light Festival
The fourth annual Light Festival returns to the Distillery on Friday January 17 and it runs to Sunday March 1.  It’s organized by local and international light artists.  The Distillery is filled in the evening with their displays.  Sundays to Wednesdays - sundown to 9 pm.  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays - sundown to 10 pm.

New to the Review… 

Every week, a new image will highlight the work of a local artist.  Each artist will be featured with four or five illustrations to be shown over a month.  Contact cabbagetownreview@gmail.com for more info.
Jack Grunsky starts this project.  His career has followed two paths - as a painter and as a Juno-winning musician and performer.  His painting is shown at the top of the right hand column.  Click on his image to connect with his website.


Community Forum
The City of Toronto is organizing a Community Forum about the new centre (233 Carlton) on Tuesday January 21 at 5 pm in the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  A brochure has circulated to introduce the topics and invite people to learn more and discuss more with City staff.
At the Forum, there will be five stations and one topic will be discussed at each one - safety, building design, the role of a resource centre, community engagement and the Downtown East Action Plan. 
Joy Connelly, one of the project’s facilitators, has emailed, “It will not be a town hall format. Instead it will be an opportunity to meet with City staff and other experts at 5 tables -- safety, building design, the Resource Centre, community engagement and DTE service planning -- to have your comment recorded and shared with the City, the Women's Resource Centre and with the community.”

Committee of Adjustment
A hearing at the City’s Committee of Adjustment is scheduled for February 26 in Committee Room 2, City Hall, 100 Queen W.  The agenda and times aren't online yet.
The Committee will look at changes to the building itself. 
The Committee won’t consider programs planned for the building.  The desirability of a women’s centre isn’t on the Committee’s agenda.  
Public safety is, however, a property-related issue within the Committee’s scope.  The rear lanes are full of hidden spaces and dark areas - more so than most other lanes in this neighbourhood. These lanes are currently the sites for constant drug-related and criminal behaviour.  There’s also legitimate community concern that the people causing trouble at Dundas and Sherbourne might migrate here.
The Committee of Adjustment can be influential in two ways.  First, it can require the City staff to draw up specific plans and commitments about the centre’s responsibilities for public safety.  Second, the Committee can set future deadlines to review the centre’s performance on any commitments and instructions coming out of its hearing. 

Voice your opinion
An online petition supports the new respite centre.  To date, 421 have signed it.  
Another petition to oppose the respite centre has been organized with a target of 2,500 signatures.  2,406 people have signed to this date.  
Emails can be sent to City of Toronto officials at the following addresses - use “233 Carlton” in the subject line.  The Mayor - mayor_tory@toronto.ca.  The City Manager - chris.murray@toronto.ca.  Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam - councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca


Dundas and Sherbourne
Both the City of Toronto and TCHC are tackling problems with housing and safety issues at the Dan Morrison project (251 Sherbourne).  Maintenance has been done on fencing and has started on the locking system at the back door.  
Within a few weeks, a report from City staff will lay out a revitalization plan for this neighbourhood.  By the end of June, another report will detail progress on the acquisition of the vacant land at 214 - 230 Sherbourne.   When these properties are acquired,  TCHC can build new housing there and also make decisions about closing, demolishing or renovating Dan Harrison. 

Congrats to Heart to Heart
Nick Rondinelli and John Devlin have received the 2019 Canadian Red Cross Rescuer Award.  On May 26, one car was driving on Carlton and clipped a second car, sending it into a man riding a scooter.  Nick and John saw this and assisted the man who had been injured until Toronto Emergency Services arrived.  After being treated at hospital, the man has recovered.  
Nick is CEO and John is the lead instructor at Heart to Heart (216 Carlton).  They’ve been teaching and certifying thousands of Canadians in first aid and CPR for over 2 decades. 

Project updates
Some of the stores on Parliament are empty and under renovation -

Dova is the new Italian restaurant in the former Hey Lucy location at 229 Carlton.  It’s online with a website, Instagram and Facebook page plus there’s beautiful signage out front. Look for a February launch.
The Winchester building at Winchester and Parliament is shrouded in a dramatic collection of tarps.  The brickwork and roof are being repaired and improved.

No specifics yet but there’s activity at three more Parliament Street sites - the former Starbucks, the former Source and the former Green Party storefronts.  

13, 15, 17 and 19 Winchester are now actively being renovated for Margaret’s Place housing.  DASD Contracting has announced a July 31, 2021 finishing date. 

Allan Gardens is getting a new wing on its administration building with work scheduled to finish in the Fall 2020.  Restoration work on the Victorian-era Palm House will start in 2020 and finish in 2023.   

Emergency funding for the CYC
If the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) can’t find new funding immediately, it will close on January 31.  Lucy Troisi, the CYC’s executive director, will be making a deputation to that effect at the City of Toronto’s Budget Committee on Monday January 20.  
A previous grant from the Province of Ontario provided $250,000 a year for four years.  That ended on December 31.  Nothing has appeared on the horizon to replace it.
The CYC’s request for $350,000 in emergency support is not getting a warm response at the City.  It’s being treated as too much of a last-minute application. Ms Troisi notes that she has had ongoing discussions with the Mayor’s staff, Ms Wong-Tam and City staff since June and has kept them informed of this developing problem. 

Board members for the CRA
The Cabbagetown Residents Association is looking for volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors.  It’s a fun group that does amazing projects in the community - the Forsythia Festival, the annual Pumpkin Walk and the Christmas Lights contest.  It also acts regularly on issues that affect local residents. The CRA’s boundaries go from Gerrard north to Wellesley and from the Don Valley west to Parliament.  To volunteer or to get more info, contact info@cabbagetowner.com 

Listed by starting dates    

A night out at F’Amelia
Enjoy free food, free wine and beer and a $100 charitable receipt - all yours for only $100.  And you’ll have the satisfaction of supporting a fundraiser on behalf of Winchester School.  Save the date and order your spot now.  F’Amelia (12 Amelia), Monday January 20, 6:30 pm, $100. 

Meet Suze Morrison
Suze is our Member of the Provincial Parliament.  She’s holding an informal coffee-and-conversation event at Tim Horton’s (537 Parliament).  Friday January 17, 9 to 10:30 am.  

Farewell Regent
A screening of the film Farewell Regent takes place on Friday January 24 at 6:30 pm in the Daniels Spectrum.  The film looks at the redevelopment through the eyes of tenants and stakeholders.  Representatives from the City of Toronto, TCHC and the Daniels Corporation will answer questions.  Free.

Badminton on Thursday
Senior badminton players (60+) are invited to join a free drop-in program. There’s a core group who play every week and there’s room for more who want to join. It happens every Thursday from 1 to 3 pm at Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne).  Contact Sherry for more information.

Outdoor skating rinks
The City’s outdoors rinks are now open.  We have three in our neighbourhood.  The latest rink details are online here.
Regent Park (480 Shuter).  Next to the Regent Park Athletic Grounds.  
Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview).  Just across the Don Valley. 
Sherbourne Common (5 Lower Sherbourne).  A great spot for lakefront and downtown Toronto views.


650 Parliament
Photo:  Toronto Star
The Toronto Star’s Gilbert Ngabo has written a story about the impact of delays in the repairs at 650 Parliament.  It’s been 17 months since fire emptied the building and tenants were moved to other places.  He shows how tenants adapted through the experiences of one couple.  He also outlines management’s current plans to reoccupy the building.  Click here to read his article.   

Fire at Sherbourne and Bloor
Photo:  Jennifer Bradley, CBC News
A fire broke out at a homeless encampment beneath the bridge at Bloor and Sherbourne on Sunday January 12.  It was put out quickly and no injuries were reported.  The bridge may have been damaged by the heat - a window in the nearby TD Bank was cracked.  The CBC has a report on the fire and its aftermath.  


PA Day on Friday January 17

Friends of Allan Gardens are again hosting the Family Drop-In Afternoon.  Friday January 17, 1 to 2:30 pm, drop-ins welcome.  In the Children’s Conservatory, Allan Gardens (19 Horticultural Ave, Jarvis and Carlton).

The Children's Book Bank presents Fun in the Sun.  Come to the Book Bank and pretend it's summer! Summer-themed crafts, puzzles, and dancing with a special guest.  Friday, January 17th, 10 am to 3 pm.  350 Berkeley at Gerrard. 


Blooming Flower Bar
Anji has two more of her popular workshops coming soon.  You can make a small terrarium ($45) or a large one ($95) - save the dates January 27 and February 4.
Of course, everyone wants flowers on Valentines.  Save 10% on your online Valentine order from now to February 10.  bloomingflowerbar.com 

Blooming Flower Bar (559 Parliament) 


Winterlicious reservations are now open
Toronto’s big mid-winter food festival runs from Friday January 31 to Thursday February 13. Reservations are now open. 
The three-course meals cost $23, $28 or $33 for lunch and $33, $43 or $53 for dinner.  
Over 200 restaurants are participating. From our area -   

Against the Grain Urban Tavern (25 Dockside),  contemporary menu, Continental & Fusion,  lunch $23 & dinner $33, 647-344-1562

Archeo (31 Trinity, Distillery), Italian, lunch $23 & dinner $33, 416-815-9898

Boku (42 Gristmill Lane, Distillery), Fushion & Japanese, lunch $23 & dinner $33, 416-368-8686

Cluny (35 Tank House Lane, Distillery),  French, lunch $28 & dinner $43,  416-203-2632

F’Amelia (12 Amelia), Italian, dinner $43,  416-323-0666

Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill (17 Tank House Lane, Distillery),  seafood, lunch $28 & dinner $43,  416-361-5859

For a full list and for the online links to these restaurants, visit the Winterlicious website.  

Sock it to winter
The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) is running a sock collection event.  Bring a warm pair of winter socks for people in need.  The drive is highlighted by a party on Saturday January 25 at 8 pm.  There’ll be music and prizes plus the satisfaction that your gift be warm and welcome for someone in the middle of a cold winter.

The psychic brunch
The psychic brunch returns to Cranberries (601 Parliament).  These talented psychics will provide two insightful readings and give you a $5 voucher to use toward your brunch at Cranberries.  Sunday January 19, 11 am to 3 pm.

Robbie Burns Scottish Kitchen Party
Mill Street Beerhall (21 Tank House Lane) presents its Robbie Burns Day  party - five food stations and five beer samples.  Tickets are $39 - click here.   

Sukhothai is moving
Sukhothai is widely regarded as Toronto’s best Thai restaurant.  Its original location at 274 Parliament is closing but continuing as a kitchen for the group.  There are several other Sukhothai locations in Toronto - the nearest to us is a spiffy new location in the Canary District  (490 Front).
On Facebook, they reminisced,  “We're so grateful for all of the incredible memories Sukhothai Parliament has created for us. It's where Chef Nuit first started cooking in Toronto, it's where our family began their first business together, and it's where we built an incredible team and guests that became part of our extended family.”

Cyril’s back
On Saturday, he’s offering split pea with Montreal smoked meat at $12 and pineapple tangerine juice, $9.  For Tuesday, he has lemon orzo dill soup with chicken, $12 and a vegan lemon orzo dill with tofu, $9.  
On Saturday January 25, it’s broccoli and white bean soup $9 and the juice is orange, apple, pineapple, mango, pomegranate and ginger, $9.  
On Tuesday January 28, he’s got winter minestrone $9.
These prices are for the 750 ml size. If you want a full litre, please add one-third to the price.  He delivers to his Cabbagetown-area customers. He accepts payments by e-transfers and cash. Email him at abeautifulbowl@gmail.com

Burn the bill
The Dominion (500 Queen E) will burn the bill for one lucky customer at the end of every Leafs or Raptors game on TV. They’re doing this throughout the season.  

Listed by starting dates.

Canadian Stage  (26 Berkeley)
On stage to February 2
Website and tickets here.   (416) 368-3110    

Living with Olivia Cadence Donovan
Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to January 25
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666    

Mother’s Daughter
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to February 9
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666   

The Trip to Bountiful
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley)
January 17 to February 1
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-4170    

Jesus Hopped the A-Train
Soulpepper (50 Tankhouse Lane)
January 23 to February 19
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

This Is How We Got Here
Native Earth, Aki Theatre  (585 Dundas E)
January 26 to February 16
Website and tickets here.   (416) 531-1402    

This Happened …
Citadel (304 Parliament)
January 29 to February 1
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.


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


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


No listings available


Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


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


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
8 pm, Open mic finger style guitar sessions


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


8 pm, James Sheehan
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 to 4 pm, Robbie Burns Scottish Kitchen Party, $39
Tilted Dog
8 pm, Sock it to winter


Alice’s Place
9:30 pm, Karaoke


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
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
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
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