January 17

This week’s image: we’re having an easy winter so far - here’s Yen Lane a year ago. Photo: Irene DeClute.



Winchester Jr & Sr Public School
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) and Todd Vestby are sponsoring a fundraiser on behalf of Winchester Public School.  All funds will go toward the school’s programs and supplies.  Lots of good food and drinks.  Monday January 21, 6:30 pm, F’Amelia Ristorante, $100 with a tax receipt, at todd.vestby@gmail.com .

Max does a three-peat
Cabbagetown’s Max Perren coached Team Ontario to its third consecutive U-18 lacrosse national championship, winning the First Nations Cup in early September.  He then took the team to Tampa Florida where they won the Brogden Cup over Team USA in late December for the third year in a row.  Congrats guys! 

Do you remember this place…
For years, we’ve wondered when a tenant would finally arrive here - it’s the half finished building at 456 to 460 Parliament.  Well, they have one now.  It’s called Hookla Lounge.  No info about its opening date.

More news about Harry’s Cabbagetown Tails
Alan Waterhouse is the painter whose work graces the front cover of the new book from noted author and bon vivant, Harry - a yellow Labrador retriever. Here’s your chance to own a Waterhouse Cabbagetown image for less than $15!
The book gives Harry’s unique dog’s-eye view of his neighbours and his adventures around Cabbagetown.  Available at Amazon. Read a sample, see the table of contents and buy your personal copy online here.    

New parking rates
Green P has announced changes to the rates charged in its lots.  Fees at Aberdeen and Parliament will go up.  The daily maximum will be $12 (up from $10), the evening maximum $8 (up from $7) and the monthly rate will be $130 (up from $120).  The day and evening rates were changed on January 14 and the monthly rate will change on February 1. Thanks to Victoria Hadden for bringing this info to our attention.

Skating rinks
The City of Toronto operates three skating rinks near our neighbourhoods. 
Regent Park Skating Rink (480 Shuter) is located at the Regent Park Athletic Grounds.
Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview) is at the north end of the park overlooking the Don Valley.
Sherbourne Common/Paul Quarrington Rink (5 Lower Sherbourne) is on the waterfront and skaters enjoy marvellous views of the lake and downtown Toronto.
You’ll find up-to-date notices about these rinks and others throughout the city at the official website.  

A Cabbagetown Tee photo
Louise’s brother Gene was in Afghanistan in 2010.  He had previously done some repair work on her house and she rewarded him with this Tee.  He wore it at this desolate airfield in Khowst province where he lived in a tent, even in the winter.
Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Image:  Toronto Railway Company map, detail, 1892 Toronto Public Library
This 1892 Toronto Railway Company map shows what Riverdale Park looked like before becoming the Toronto Zoo in 1899 – a large open area on today’s Flats with a flag-bearing windmill, and a landscaped upper plateau off Sumach Street. It shows the diagonal pathways that are featured in Edwardian postcards and echoed in today’s park. 
Riverdale Park was established on land purchased from the Scaddings by the City in the1850s. It was worked as a Jail Farm by prisoners from the 1860s Don Jail just across the Don River. It was only in August 1880 that the western portion of Riverdale Park was formally opened as a City Park.
By 1892, this working-class park was set within a familiar Cabbagetown framework, from Queen Street to the Necropolis (see labels). Here we see the Toronto General Hospital, major employer Kem Manufacturing Company, and three streetcar routes along Queen, Gerrard and Winchester streets.

So - now we’ve got five great ones in Cabbagetown and another one in Corktown.  They’ve each got fans and specialties.  Here’s a round-up, starting at Wellesley Street and moving south.

Absolute Bakery
It’s a long-time favourite.  Everything’s here, sweet and savoury.  Pies, cookies, cupcakes and assorted pastries.  Discerning customers have been very impressed by their latest version of a French croissant!  When you visit, Rajendran Nageswary will probably be there to take your order.  She and Raj are delightful people.  589 Parliament.

Staij & Co
Great pastries and great coffee, all served in a lovely white room.  Enjoy a sweet there or place an order for dinner at home.  Beautifully decorated cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tarts and more.  552 Parliament.

Ever since the CBC’s Suresh Doss reviewed Olyana’s croissants, there’s been a lineup outside for her goodies.  The bakery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to “sold out” - usually about an hour or an hour-and-a-half later.  Croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit fillings, cinnamon rolls and lots more - all tributes to a great chef and the power of butter.  540 Parliament

Daniel et Daniel
Famous everywhere in Toronto and the regular winner of plenty of awards.  We’re happily the home of the D & D Food Shop.  We can enjoy lots of menu items for takeout.  Pastries are high on the list - all done with a classic French attention to detail and taste.  Check out this video to see why we rave about Bonnie’s creations.  248 Carlton.

Velvet Lane Cakes
Our newest bakery and a welcome addition, Danielle’s been open for just a month. She’s baking custom orders for special occasions and for your daily enjoyment.  Bakery addicts from Cabbagetown South and Winchester Park can now get a daily sweet fix in her bright, airy shop right in the neighbourhood - 194 Carlton.

Another favourite with the CBC’s Suresh Doss.  Stephanie and Bruce have worked and trained together in Europe.  Their bakery has been called a “jewel box” by the New York Times and “one of the best in town” by the Globe & Mail.  Eclairs, cookies, tarts, cream puffs and more are all available in the store and for special orders.  362 King E.


Kendall & Co Winter Sale 
Hot deals at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) on floor model sofas, armchairs, throws, table lamps and many more. Plus, final clearance on select home accessories and accent pillows. Sale now on for a limited time, limited quantities. 
Store hours - Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm.


The Globe & Mail’s Home of the Week
Photo:  IGUIDE, Globe & Mail
This house at 35 Winchester was the home of the week last Friday.  Shane Dingman notes that it’s “loaded with charm”.  Congrats to Jen Tripp, the HomeLife realtor who’s handling the sale.  Click here for the story. 

Regent Park Sewing Circle
Photo: Dayna Konopelny, NOW Magazine
Kelly Boutsalis reported in NOW Magazine about an OCAD U design course that brought sixteen students together with four women from the Sewing Circle.  The students had a participatory learning experience and the women came away with designs for new products.  Click here to read the story.   

Hit and run in Nuthatch Lane
In late September, a middle aged man was struck and killed in Nuthatch Lane.  Police determined that he was a victim of a hit-and-run accident.  In early January, Michelle Shemilt was arrested and charged.  The Globe & Mail’s Tu Thanh Ha has written a detailed story about the accident and investigation - but it should be noted that the story gives only the police version of these events.  Click here.   

Listed by starting dates

Tony Koukos, Steel
Photography on metal.  The new exhibition at Akasha Art Projects (204D Carlton) runs from January 17 to February 17.  

Toronto Light Festival
The Distillery District is transformed into a giant outdoor gallery with works by twenty local and international artists.  It runs from Friday January 18 to Sunday March 3.  Throughout the Distillery from dusk at 5:30 pm to 9 pm on weekdays and 10 pm on the weekends. Free.

Discovery Days at Riverdale Farm
Discovery Days are a fantastic one-day experience for children aged 6 through 12 years - fun and interactive activities and games highlighting agriculture, leadership, teamwork and crafts. The next one happens on Friday January 18 from 9 am to 4 pm.  
Call to register at (416) 338-4386 or 311.  $70.  Riverdale Farm (Winchester east of Sumach)

Community Safety
Community Matters Toronto is sponsoring a meeting between St James Town residents and police officers from 51 Division. The theme is community safety.  Officers will discuss ways to avoid breaking and entering in your apartment and methods of self defence.  240 Wellesley E, Unit 109, 6 pm, Monday January 21.  

Open mic at the Library
Author readings with James Bow, Joanne Schwartz and Bernadette Gabay Dyer, January 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Parliament Street Library (269 Gerrard E).

Open mic night at the CSI Lounge
7 pm, Thursday January 24.  Musicians’ and artists’ registration at 6:45 pm.  Free. Third floor, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E)

Open mic string guitar sessions
A new program at The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) - held on the fourth Thursday of every month. The first event will be Thursday January 24, 8 pm.


Wine tasting at Fusilli
Another notable evening at Corktown’s Fusilli (531 Queen E).  Enjoy a four-course dinner with matching wines paired to each course.  The wines include Trebbiano to start with the salad, sangiovese with the fondue, shiraz with the pork medallions entree and a port cocktail with the amaretto tartufo for dessert.  Tuesday January 22, 7 pm, $75, reservation at (416) 214-5148.  

Robbie Burns celebration
A traditional five-course meal, beer tasting and scotch nosing. Bagpipes, toasts and poetry reading.  6:30 pm, Thursday January 24, $82.60. Tickets at Eventbrite.    

Robbie Burns Brewmaster’s Dinner
Mill Street Brew Pub (20 Tank House lane, Distillery) hosts a five-course traditional dinner with brewmaster Andrew Yonick.  Each course is paired with a Mill Street brew.  Live music with the Andrew Grady duo.  Tickets are $69.99, call (416) 681-0338.

Gordon Leyland Modern Jazz Band
Presented by The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament).  Friday January 18 from 9 pm.  Leyland Gordon on guitar, Carrie Chessnut on sax, Richard Whiteman on keyboard, Victor Bateman on bass and Rich Greenspoon on drums.

New restaurants recommended by blogTO
Three local restaurants that opened in the past year have been picked as top places to eat by Amy Carlberg in blogTO  - Beer Batter (200 Carlton) for their scrumptious fish and chips,  Canary District’s Aviary Brewpub (484 Front E) for their partnership with Longslice craft beer and their burgers, and Madrina (2 Trinity, Distillery) for its Spanish menu.  

Psychic brunch at Cranberries
The psychics are making their regular monthly visit to Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Sunday January 20.  11 am to 3 pm.  $42. 

Reservations for the participating restaurants are now open. Winterlicious takes place between January 25 and February 7.  Local restaurants include F’Amelia (12 Amelia), Boku Noodle House (42 Gristmill Lane, Distillery) and Archeo (31 Trinity, Distillery). For the full list of participating restaurants and contact info, go to the official website
Two special culinary events take place in the Distillery. Reservations for these are also now open. 
Archeo (31 Trinity) has two evening dinners on “The Art of Food Preservation” - Friday January 25 at 6:30 pm and Sunday January 27 at 5:30 pm, $125.   Five-course menu, wines and cocktails, demonstrations.
Boku Noodle House (42 Gristmill Lane) offers “Beer vs sake, a pairing journey of bites ad libations.”  It’s a three-course meal with tastings from Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines.  Thursday January 31, 6:30 pm, $65.  

Cyril’s delivering his soup
Cyril has a new email - abeautifulbowl@gmail.com. Please use it for both your orders and e-transfers.
Saturday's soup will not be blended. Cyril calls it "the Kitchen Sink" because it includes celery, broccoli, onions, carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. There may even be a few root vegetables here and there; not too many though since next Tuesday's offering (carrot and potato) will be loaded with them.
Order deadline is 7 pm on the day before delivery.  He delivers his soups (in Cabbagetown). He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his new email address, abeautifulbowl@gmail.com

Listed by starting dates.

Rose: A New Musical
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
On stage to Sunday February 24
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Top Girls
Alumnae Theatre  (70 Berkeley)
Friday January 18 to Saturday February 2
Website and tickets here.  (416) 364-4170, ext 1

Virgin Trial
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Saturday January 19 to Sunday February 3
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Slow Dance
Toronto Dance Theatre
Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester)
Wednesday January 23 to Saturday February 2
Website and tickets here.  (416) 967-1365

This Shape, We Are In
Toronto Dance Theatre
Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester)
Thursday January 24 to Saturday February 2
Website and tickets here.  (416) 967-1365

A Day of Light
Dance Ontario’s DanceWeekend 2019
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront (235 Queens Quay W)
Sunday January 27
Website and tickets here.  (416) 924-5657

Citadel + Compagnie
Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament)
Wednesday January 30 to Saturday February 2
Website and tickets here. (416) 364-8011

Gathering Light
Niimi’iwe Indigenous Dance Showcase
Native Earth Performing Arts
Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum  (585 Dundas E)
Saturday February 2 to Sunday February 10
Website and tickets here. (416) 531-1402

Scott Shorts & Zelda
George Brown Theatre School
c/o Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
Wednesday February 6  to Saturday February 16
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Prince Hamlet
Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley)
Wednesday February 6 to Sunday February 24
Website and tickets here.  (416) 368-3110

Little Menace
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)
Saturday February 16 to Friday March 10
Website and tickets here.  (416) 866-8666

Gratter La Penombre
Citadel + Compagnie
Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament)
Wednesday February 27 to Saturday March 2
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.


8 pm, DJ Dash
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
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
Tilted Dog
9 pm, Gordon Leyland Modern Jazz Band


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
11 am, Psychic brunch, $42
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday Afternoon Jazz will return in February


6 pm, Winchester Public School fundraiser, $100
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers New Year’s Eve 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
9 pm, Comedy night with Dave Burke and Danish Anwar 
6:30 pm, Robbie Burns 5-course dinner, beer tasting and scotch nosing, $82.60
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Tilted Dog
8 pm, Open mic string guitar sessions


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Robbie Burns Brewmaster’s Dinner, $69.99
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday Afternoon Jazz will return in February


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, 
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