June 14

This week’s image:  damage caused by the wind storm on Wednesday June 13 - Winchester Street between the Necropolis and Riverdale Park



Police initiatives against gun violence
Police from 51 Division have launched Project Red Bricks to combat rising gun violence in Regent Park.  Toronto Police Service has prepared a detailed description of its work - click here to read it. 
 Alexandra Jones wrote a Toronto Star story that describes a raid that took place as part of this project.  She also details how the project will work and how the community is responding.     

The Port Lands
Waterfront Toronto is building one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Canada in the Port Lands - 240 hectares that will provide flood protection for the Port Lands, South Riverdale and Leslieville. It stretches from the Keating Channel and Lake Shore Boulevard in the north, the Toronto inner harbour in the west, Ashbridges Bay in the east and Lake Ontario and Tommy Thompson Park in the south.The mouth of the Don River will be rebuilt and the surrounding land opened for green space, recreation and new developments.  Waterfront Toronto has launched a new website to explain the project and describe its impact.   

Moving ahead with a Cabbagetown day care 
After the rejection of the day care proposal for the building at Amelia and Sackville, some local parents have thought about organizing one in a different location.  It’s a great thought.  There’s a lot of work to do but it’s manageable.  Anyone who’s willing to get involved can email me here and I’ll pass the names along.  cabbagetownreview@gmail.com 

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
The Market has started up in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach).  It’ll run weekly from 3 to 7 pm every Tuesday, rain or shine, until the Fall.  
It’s time now for Spring and early Summer produce - like this gorgeous asparagus.
Visit the Market’s Facebook page.  

Outdoor movies in the park
Once again, we’ve got three great outdoor movie programs coming for the summer - in Riverdale Park, in Regent Park and in Corktown Commons.  More details will come soon.
The Cabbagetown BIA is hosting the night-time screening in Riverdale Park on Wednesday July 18.  The movie selection is now open for popular vote - fourteen films are on the list.  Click here to check it out and support your own favourite.  

Vote for your favourite mural
The Cabbagetown BIA is sponsoring another mural - this one on the wall into Zakkushi restaurant (193 Carlton).  Michael Cavanaugh and the artists who painted the mural on the LCBO wall have suggested several designs.  The BIA would like to hear from you - select the design that you like best.  Click here to see the designs and to select your favourite.  

Volunteer at Riverdale Farm
The farm will celebrate its fortieth anniversary on the weekend of September 29.  Volunteers are needed to help with these special programs.  For more info and to register as a volunteer, click here.   

The Daniels Spectrum - fire update
A recent fire in the Ada Slaight Hall caused the sprinkler system to kick in to fight it.  Water damage extended through the first and second floors.  Arson is suspected. Some areas have reopened.  Ada Slaight Hall, Native Earth’s Aki Studio and the Regent Park School of Music will be back in action in early July.  Updates can be seen on the Spectrum’s blog.   

Summer kick-off
Photos by Alexei N. Malakhov of Open Eye Studio/Cabbagetown BIA
Congrats to everyone who organized the Cabbagetown BIA’s summer kick-off on Sunday June 10 at Spruce and Parliament.  A nice event to start summer on our main street.
Parliament Street Fitness organized a 5K run through Cabbagetown and along the Don Valley. 
Cycle Solutions did bike safety checks. 
Blooming Flower Bar set up kids’ activities - that's Jazz (Anji's daughter) with the kids.  Buds & Blossoms were also part of this activity. 
Freshed Right Salads & Juice Bar and Jet Fuel provided refreshments.
There was live music with Double A Jazz and lots of family fun. 

CRA annual meeting
Photo: Eric Morse
The Cabbagetown Residents’ Association held its 2018 meeting from 7 pm on Wednesday June 13 at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).  New members were welcomed onto the Board.  Megann Willson, George Smitherman and Lucy Troisi provided a quick glimpse of the personalities that we’ll see during the Fall municipal election.  The Forsythia Festival is the CRA’s major event of the year and the 2018 Festival proved to be one of the best.

Happy birthday Richard
When Richard celebrated his 60th birthday, Tom arranged an amazing surprise.  Richard woke up that day and discovered 60 pink flamingos and a big sign in his front yard.  

Cabbagetowners abroad
Andrew sent along a great picture of the Mediterranean from Malta - he’s visiting Paul Murphy and Lucy Borland who have a home there.  As the photo shows, he’s proud of his Cabbagetown Tee - he's kept it in wonderful condition.  Whenever you travel, take along your tee shirt or a flag and snap a pic.  It’s always a thrill to include your photo souvenirs here.


Display cases from the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum
The Museum is clearing out its display cases - various sizes, good condition. Roughly 20 cases, some horizontal and some vertical. Heights range from 18” to 6’7” and widths from 4’ to 6’.  Originally valued at $1,000 to $8,000 and offered here free - a donation to the Museum will be appreciated.  Offer ends June 28.  Contact cmooreede@rogers.com 


Election follow-up
Photo: Angela Zhu
Canadian Press has done a poll-by-poll summary of the results in Toronto Centre.  They reveal that Suze Morrison pretty well swept the riding. 44,142 votes were cast.  Ms Morrison got 23,688, David Morris 11,986, Meredith Cartwright 6,234 and Adam Sommerfeld 1,377.
Just before election day, Chatelaine did brief profiles of three women who entered the campaign as first-time rookies.  Suze Morrison is one of them.  Click here to see the Chatelaine story.  


Cabbagetown Boxing Club
Championship boxing matches in support of the Club - Saturday June 16 from 7 pm.  Adult tickets are $20 and kids $10.  2 Lancaster, behind the Beer Store.

One Love
The fifth annual Father’s Day celebration - DJ, live Reggae music, food and family events.  Free. Saturday June 16 from 3 to 8 pm, party room in the Oak Street Co-op (120 Cornwall).

Tree for Me
The Friends of Allan Gardens are hosting a no-cost tree giveaway on Saturday June 16 from 10:30 m to 12:30 pm.  These are native trees for your backyard.   Please RSVP and complete the questionnaire - click here.  In exchange for your free tree, you’ll be asked to join a tree planting workshop during the event.  Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory (Carlton and Sherbourne)

Eid celebration
Eid marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.  The CRC/Regent Park Community Food Centre are celebrating with food, music and dancing, henna, kids’ activities and more.  Friday June 22 from 2 to 4 pm, CRC Centre (40 Oak).  

A yogic celebration of the summer solstice.  It’s a full day of continuous free outdoor yoga classes led by instructors from studios in Toronto. Thousands of yogis take part in this free, one of a kind yoga experience - unique themed classes, outdoors, in a beautiful and historic venue. A rain or shine event. 9 to 5:30 pm, Sunday June 24, Distillery

Write in the garden - register now
Beth Kaplan conducts a writing workshop every year in her garden - and it’s always a success.  She’s an author who teaches creative writing at Ryerson and U of T.  Her workshop includes a day-long session of writing and positive feedback - along with her bushy perennials, a glass of wine and lunch.  You can see her work online here.  
Register with her now - her garden fills up quickly.  $165 includes writing, coaching, lunch and wine. Sunday July 22, 10 am to 5 pm. Register at beth@bethkaplan.ca 

Save the date - Dance Your Ass Off
Cabbagetowners love to dance and Gina Dineen is doing something about it.  She’s organized a dance night, a DJ and all kinds of music - world beat, rock ’n roll and disco.  Everyone welcome - come alone, with a friend and in a group. 7:30 pm, Thursday July 19. Tickets are $10.  Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland, second floor).


Summer Dance Camp at School of Toronto Dance Theatre
July 16 to 20, 9 am to 4 pm. The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) offers a week-long Summer Dance Camp for kids ages 5 and up.  
The schedule is jam-packed with dance and music, arts and crafts and outdoor activities, all fostering self-expression and collaboration. The week will finish with a show for the dancers’ families in the historic Winchester Street Theatre. 
Special Cabbagetown early-bird offer, program details, after-camp care, fees and registration info are all available online here.  

Summer Arts at the School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
July 30 to August 3.  Kids ages 4 to 8 will enjoy movement, music making and visual arts in CCDT’s studios (509 Parliament) with some of the city’s outstanding arts educators. This is a one-week camp featuring a half-day program that can be expanded with the addition of musical theatre into a full day program. The camp ends with a memorable day of sharing, family and friends welcome. Early bird registration rates are available to June 15.  For more details, click here.

Summer Day Camps at Buds & Blossoms
Starting July 3.  Themes will include music, theatre, science, cooking, building, fashion and more.  $80 per day, per child, or $385 for 5 days/$305 for 4 days, per child (Week-long camp). Optional after care from 4-6pm is $15/day. Price does not include HST.  Please note due to the themes and activities of certain summer camps, week-long registration is required. Find out more online here.   517 Parliament.  

August 20 to 24.  Kids ages 4 to 18, no prior experience needed. 38 children will enrol in the day camp for the performing arts at Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen E). Met is blessed with wonderful instruments and very qualified people. KAMP (Kids at Met Performing) is an out-reach program to share this talent with children from the community.
Staff are highly qualified. Jennifer Martyn has her PhD in violin from U of T. Ben Stein graduated from McGill in music and is finishing a PhD at York. Sara Stahmer is an experienced singer and actress.
Fees are $220 for the week. Scholarships are available for children without the means to participate.
For more info and registration details, click here.  Scroll down the page to KAMP nd download the PDF about KAMP.   

Register for the City of Toronto programs
Photo:  Dan Pearce, Metroland
The City’s registration process for our neighbourhood opened on Tuesday June 12 for summer swim and skate programs.  Registration for after-school recreation programs in the Fall opens at 7 am on Monday June 18. There’s a list of contacts and suggestions for a quick, successful registration online here.  


Pop In For Dad
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has Father’s Day Gifts big and small. How about a boxed set of four beer mugs? Each holds up to 21 ounces of his favourite brewski in sturdy Italian glass. The gift box features vintage artworks, colourful anecdotes, "How To"s, and facts about this drink of choice. Or, a Canadian-made recliner in the fabric of his choice so he can put his feet up and enjoy the game with these beer mugs! Store hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm  http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/furniture

Leslieville Flea
The Flea is back at the Distillery.  It’s a huge collection of vintage, antiques and handcrafted goods.  Free admission.  Trinity Street in The Distillery - 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday June 16.


Cyril’s soup of the week  
Cyril has released his schedule of available soups through to the end of June.  
Saturday June 16 (order deadline, Friday at 6 pm) - tomato-orange.
Tuesday, June 19 - salmorejo, a traditional soup from southern Spain.  
Saturday June 23 - callaloo made with leafy greens from the Caribbean (also available at the Farmers’ Market).
Tuesday 26: roasted garlic, parsnip, white bean and rosemary
Saturday 30: curried corn
Containers are $9 each for 24 oz/700 ml.  
He delivers (in Cabbagetown) on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  If you have a regular delivery schedule, please confirm it.
He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address, cyril@merryberry.ca

World Cup soccer
The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) continues its traditional coverage of the World Cup matches.  Big screen TVs inside and on the patio.  Specials on Tilted lager during the tournament.

Father’s Day at Peartree
Peartree has announced its special menu for Dad - 
Baked Fillet Of Orange Roughy $19.99
Breast Of Chicken Chasseur $18.99 
Roasted Prime Rib Dinner $17.99 
Mediterranean Penne Pasta $17.99 
Make It A 3-Course Dinner With Soup Or Salad Appetizer And Dessert For Only $8!  


Duncan Fremlin, Whiskey Jack
Duncan and his friends have a busy summer lined up.  They start this weekend with a show at the Regent Theatre in Picton (224 Main Street).  Friday June 15.  It’ll be a big one - they’re joining The Good Brothers for a special evening called Canadian Country Music Live.  Tickets and more info online here.  
After the show, they scoot down the 401 to Tillsonburg for Turtlefest 2018 - a free concert on Saturday June 16.
On Canada Day, Whiskey Jack are performing in Stompin’ Tom Connors homestead at Skinners Pond, Prince Edward Island.  On August 3, they’re back in Stratford for their annual appearance at the Stratford Summer Music Festival.
Cindy Church will join the band for their appearances in PEI and in Stratford.

Music City in the Distillery
Every weekend through the summer, the Distillery stages its Music City series on the Trinity Square stage.  Two performers usually appear each day.  
On Sunday June 17 - Missy Knott at 2 pm and Suzie Vinnick at 4 pm.



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
The Tilted Dog
10 pm, Comedy night with Ethan O’Reilly


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


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage 
2 pm, Music City with Missy Knott and Suzie Vinnick
The Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Joe Spina and Mark Teixera


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


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


Alice’s Place
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
9 pm, Open mic with Evan


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


Distillery - Trinity Square Stage
2 pm, Music City - performers tba
9 pm, DJ Dash
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
11 am, Psychic Brunch, $42
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Sherie Marshall


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, 
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, 
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
413 Parliament Street
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127, 
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