November 8

This week’s image: City of Toronto planner Tom Rees explains the development proposal from St James Town at the Winchester Park annual meeting.


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Remembrance Day
Peter Maher has been tracing the battlegrounds and graves that mark the places where his grandfather fought in World War I.  He was wounded in the Battle of Messines in September 1917 and recuperated in a field hospital in Tréport France - a plaque marks that spot today.  His photo shows the cemetery at Flanders Field.

Winchester Park meeting
The Winchester Park Residents’ Association held its public meeting last week and delivered important local news.  Past President Heather Wilberforce reported on the status of repairs and transfers of TCHC properties in the area.  Our new MPP, Suze Morrison, was introduced and gave an update on her experiences and her work at Queen’s Park.  Tyler Johnson from Kristyn Wong-Tam’s office at City Hall was introduced as her staff member who will focus on Winchester Park issues.  Tom Rees from the City of Toronto planning department, described the proposal from Great Wise Developments to add more buildings and retail facilities in St James Town.

A soggy success
The post-Hallowe’en pumpkin walk in Riverdale Park attracted over 150 pumpkins.  Despite the rain.  Congrats to both the hardy residents and the determined organizers from the Cabbagetown Residents Association for another nifty event.

Flu shots
Check with your doctor or your regular local drug store.  The 2018 flu shots are now available.  The regular shots protect against four strains of the virus and are available from participating pharmacies.  Seniors can get a stronger dose from their doctors that fights three strains.  Free.  Check here for lots of info from the official government website.   

Suze Morrison’s office
Our local MPP Suze Morrison is opening her constituency office at 329 Parliament at the corner of Parliament and Dundas.  The launch party happens between 1 and 3 pm on Saturday November 17.  
Her local staff person is Emma Beattie and she can be reached there at (416) 972-7683 and at SMorrison-CO@ndp.on.ca 

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The CCO’s concert last week included Dvorak’s Symphony No 8 in G. The performance was recorded and it’s available on YouTube.  Click here to enjoy it.  

Congrats Allan Gardens
The City of Toronto has just conducted a survey to find out Toronto’s Greenest Choices.  Over 80,000 people voted for their favourites in 25 categories.  Allan Gardens Conservatory won as the City’s Garden Escape - congrats to the staff who make this such an enjoyable place.  Thanks to Victoria Hadden at the Aberdeen Avenue Residents Group for pointing out this award.

Congrats Av
Av Atikian won a big award as the runner-up for the 2018 Best Chef in NOW Magazine’s Reader’s Choice. He’s working his magic these days at Brickyard Bistro (1289 Gerrard E).  Cabbagetown foodies will remember him fondly as the owner and chef at JAMCafe on Carlton.  Well done, Av, from your Cabbagetown fans.

Bhutan meets Cabbagetown
Bob and Ken are vacationing in Bhutan.  Naturally, they took along their Cabbagetown flag and displayed it proudly.  Congrats gentlemen - lookin’ good.

COMING EVENTS
Listed by dates

Brenda’s Step Classes
Brenda has released her schedule for her upcoming classes in November and early December at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  As usual, they happen every Sunday morning at 11 am and every Wednesday morning at 9:15 am.  There won’t be a class on Sunday November 11 or on Sunday December 2.  Drop-ins are welcome.  

The Journey 2018
The fifth edition of The Journey returns to the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) on November 7 to 10.   It’s the story of the birth and continuing growth of Regent Park performed by talented local artists.  For tickets and more info, click here.  

Pie making workshop
Pastry chef Mary-Ann Janice Kalalang from Simply Buds will hold a baking workshop from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday November 13 at the CRC (40 Oak St).  Bake your own pie and take your creation home with you.  Sign up by email to emmap@tcrc.ca or call (416) 363-4234, ext 241.  Free.

Regent Park Film Festival
The 16th annual community film festival takes place in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) from Wednesday November 14 to Saturday November 17.  Its program offers films from independent producers - nervy, political and based on real community experiences.  Free with free childcare on site.  
Check out the program online here.  

Toronto Christmas Market
Photo: Hector Vasquez, blogTO
The Market returns for the Christmas season to the Distillery on Thursday November 15 and it runs until Sunday December 23.  It’s a huge, crowd-pleasing success. 
There’s plenty of activity for the whole family - Santa’s House, Indigo pop-up shop, pet photos, walking tours and the family zone.
Scores of shops offer artisan goods, specialty foods, warm drinks and more.   
The entertainment changes daily.  Themes have been selected for each day of the week.  Christmas carollers roam through the site daily.  Every day at 6 pm, there’s a carolling sing-a-long at the main stage. 
It’s open from noon to 9 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,  from noon to 10 pm on Friday, from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 9 pm on Sunday.  Closed Monday. 
From Tuesday to Friday at 5 pm, admission is free.  After Friday at 6 pm through Sunday, general admission is $6 and express admission passes are $20. 

Tax guided investment planning
Meridian Credit Union (486 Parliament) is sponsoring an investment seminar that advises on strategies to use tax planning as investment guiding principles. Two financial advisors, Michael Powell and Doug Carroll, will lead the discussions.  Free.  Tuesday November 20, 6:15 to 7:30 pm, Staij and Company (552 Parliament).  Please RSVP to StevenAhn@meridiancu.ca

Music for Life
Dixon Hall’s Music School is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  During that time, they’ve served kids from Regent Park and downtown east with an exceptional music experience.  
Their 2018 fundraising event will be emcee’d by Thompson Egbo-Egbo and will feature kids from the school along with a surprise guest.  The Honourable Bob Rae will be the event chair.  Drinks, food and lots of good conversation.  It all happens on Wednesday December 5 from 6 to 9 pm at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E). Tickets are $300 - click here for more info and tickets.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Two professional, mature, quiet and fun Cabbagetowners are seeking a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment/condo/house rental in the area starting in early 2019.  “We’ve lived in this amazing community for five years and we would love to stay, but the owners of our home are selling it in March so we have to move along.  We have excellent credit scores, references, no pets and both work full time.” Please contact smhaldenby@gmail.com or 416-346-3325.  Thank you!

BUSINESS NEWS

Best store display & window
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has again been awarded this honour by Cabbagetowners and local businesses. Kevin & Kendall would like to thank everyone who voted. Their Design Team helped to create a special shopping experience which is at its full glory during this time of year. 
Their shop window and their two floors in the Home Décor & Design furniture shop are transformed into their biggest festive extravaganza. 
Come to Toronto's destination for unique ornaments, holiday décor and gifts for all ages.  The Holiday Spirit is unabashedly alive & well at Kendall & Co. 
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

BIA News
BIA members have elected the Board of Management for the association for the next four years (the Board serves the same term as the local Councillor).  Laura Sestito has left.  Jaimy Warner from Social Smiths (574 Parliament), Kendall Williams from Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) and Kelly Kyle of Akasha Art Projects (204d Carlton) are new Board members.   

Cycle Solutions
The winter tune-up sale is back.  Save 20% when you get your bike tune-up from now until February 15.  And check out Cycle Solutions new Facebook page for more info and new products. Call for an appointment (416) 972-6948. 444 Parliament.   

IN THE MEDIA

650 Parliament tenants asked to pay rent
Photo:  ACORN
Gilbert Ngabo wrote about the announcement by Great Wise to resume charging rent to some of the tenants displaced by the fire at 650 Parliament.  275 tenants are affected by this demand. This requirement is limited to those tenants who are receiving replacement housing paid by the landlord.  Others who have made their own arrangements are not affected.  A local group of activists objects to this demand. His Toronto Star story is online here.  

RESTAURANT NEWS 

Congrats F’Amelia
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) has been included on Toronto Life’s 2018 100 Best Toronto Restaurants annual list.  “The kitchen of this Cabbagetown favourite continues to wow with its originality while maintaining the Italian spirit of simplicity.”  Read the full review here

The Irv marks Remembrance Day
Veterans and current members of the military are invited to The Irv (195 Carlton) on Sunday November 11.  Come between 11 am and 2 pm, in uniform or with military ID, and lunch will be served on The Irv.  

Cyril’s soup - potato and fennel
This Saturday's soup is a chowder-like blending of potatoes and fennel (with coconut milk for creaminess). The non-vegan version of the soup ($2 extra) contains turkey sausage.  If you’re on a regular delivery schedule, don’t forget to tell Cyril which of the two options you would prefer..
He delivers (in Cabbagetown). He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address, cyril@merryberry.ca 

CURRENT THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

Trace
Where the ancient universe meets dance
Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley) 
On stage to November 11
Website info and tickets -  here.  (416) 368-3110.

The Royale
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)
On stage to November 11
Website and tickets - here.  (416) 866-8666

Escaped Alone
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)
On stage to November 25
Website and tickets - here.  (416) 866-8666

Alumnae Theatre’s 6th annual FireWorks Festival
The Pigeon by Chloë Whitehorn , November 7th - 11th 
Moving On by Elmar Maripuu , November 14th - 18th
Animal by Romeo Ciolfi , November 21st - 25th
Website and tickets - here.  (416) 364-4170

Weesageechak Begins to Dance
Native Earth, Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E)
November 14 to 24
Daily performances include Indigenous theatre, dance, opera and multidisciplinary works. Panel discussions and a professional development series. 
2-Spirit Cafe, Friday November 16.
Detailed daily listings and tickets - here.  (416) 531-1402.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8 TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18

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 8

Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
Tilted Dog
10 pm, Comedy with Ethan O’Reilly

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Keating Channel Pub
Danny Williams Band 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday Afternoon Jazz with Ilana Waldston

MONDAY NOVEMBER 12

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14

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

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Comedy night with Dave Burke and Danish Anwar 
Tilted Dog
8 pm, open mic with Robert LaBell

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Keating Channel Pub
Danny Williams Band 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz featuring Sherie Marshall

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, 
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, 
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
PAINTBOX BISTRO
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
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