April 19

This week’s image:  Spring in Cabbagetown on Saturday April 14



Next steps for the daycare centre
The plan for a new daycare centre at 461 Sackville at Amelia was refused by the City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment on April 11. Since then, there’s been a deluge of media attention, most of it accusing the opposition from nearby neighbours as NIMBY or precious behaviour.
Once this wave subsided, Christopher Hume wrote a balanced view of the controversy in The Star on Wednesday April 18.  He looks beyond the silliness into the arguments on both sides.  Click here to read what he says.  
Lea Wiljer, the project’s architect, wrote to the Toronto Star about her reactions to the rejection.  Click here to see it.   
Councillor Lucy Troisi has been singled out in some media commentary for her opposition to the centre.  She’s responded with a carefully reasoned explanation for her position.  It’s been distributed to homes in Cabbagetown and it’s online, click here.  
Robert Ulricki, the building’s owner, is uncertain about his next steps.  The renovations that have been done so far to the building were needed regardless of its end use.  

Cabbagetown South rain barrel sale
The Association’s annual fundraiser is now underway.  Rain barrels are on sale at $55 each (75% less than the retail price).  Each sale contributes $10 to the Association for its neighbourhood improvement projects.
The barrels are available in several colours and with various accessories.  Place your order online and then pick it up on June 9 from 10 am to noon at 182 Seaton.  To order yours, go to the website.   

Don Valley Parkway closure
The closure planned for last weekend was cancelled because of the severe weather.  It’s now scheduled from 11 pm on Friday April 20 to 5 am, Monday April 23. The City of Toronto closes the road annually for a Spring cleaning.

Community Environment Day
Bad weather also forced the postponement of the Ward 28 Community Environment Day.  So save up your stuff for the new date - Saturday July 21 from 10 am to 2 pm.  It’s still scheduled for Lower Sherbourne Park on Frederick Street south of the Esplanade.  Drop off your appliances, cameras, electronics and old phones, propane tanks, skates, household hazardous wastes, unused medicines, fluorescent bulbs and batteries. 

TTC relief line
The TTC and Metrolinx have started consultations on a downtown relief line for the subway.  It’s currently planned to run south from Pape on the Bloor-Danforth line into the downtown, connecting with Yonge at Queen and University at Osgoode.  Eight stations are proposed with two of them nearby at Sherbourne and Sumach.  In the future, a northern line may continue from the Danforth to Eglinton and west from University back to the Bloor-Danforth line.
Three initial public meetings have been set up.  The nearest one happens at St James Cathedral Centre (65 Church) on Saturday April 28 from 9:30 am.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum news
Sally Gibson regularly reports interesting historic Tidbits about Cabbagetown drawn from the Museum’s resources - her latest one is just below.  If you’d like to read more of them, go to the Museum’s Facebook page for a collection of 22 entries.  The Facebook page also has an online copy of the Museum’ latest Newsletter.  r 

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
by Sally Gibson  
Image:  Flat Iron, courtesy Carol Moore-Ede
In Victorian and later times, Monday was traditionally washing day and Tuesday was ironing day. In the absence of electric irons, flattening sheets, shirts and other items was arduous work. The servant or “housewife” used a heavy, cast-iron, flat iron, like the one in the photograph. This iron was manufactured in the early twentieth century by Taylor Forbes in Guelph. It is pointed at both ends and has a detachable wooden handle. The householder would often have two irons on the go, one being used and one being heated at the stove. These irons are often called “sad irons,” not because the task was discouraging, but because “sad” comes from an old English word meaning solid. And solid they were, weighing between five and nine pounds.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.   


Clean Toronto Together
Photo: The Aberdeen Avenue 2017 clean-up team
Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22.  It’s the City’s annual Spring cleaning campaign.  Local groups are invited to join and when a group registers, the City provides free litter and recycling bags and arranges for pick-ups. Contact the City online
Aberdeen Ave Residents have registered for Saturday from 10 am to noon.  
Cabbagetown Residents Association will meet on Saturday at 10 am at Sumach and Winchester to work in Riverdale Park West.  
Corktown Residents & Business Association will meet at Corktown Common on Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm.  
The Allan Gardens cleanup is on Sunday from noon to 3 pm.  

Cabbagetown South Association meeting
Image:  Map of proposed Cabbagetown South heritage district
The study to design a heritage district in Cabbagetown South has started. This meeting is part of the public consultations.  Two people from the Association and two more from the local Heritage Advisory Committee will bring updates about the process and the implications for homeowners.  Wednesday May 2, 7 pm, Hey Lucy downstairs (229 Carlton).


Lost Cat
Toshi is 8 years old.  He went missing last Friday April 6.  He lives in the Hillcrest Park and Wellesley Park area.  If you see him, contact Karen at karen5jull@gmail.com 

Garage sale
Michelle is closing her office and simultaneously, purging her extra stuff out of her house.  Her garage sale happens on Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 from 9 am to 3 pm at 385 Wellesley.  She’s planning a repeat for the following weekend.

Free Elliptical
Get in shape without straining your bank account.  Richard is giving away his Elliptical - it’s in great condition.  It’s free to anyone willing to move it away.  Contact him at rlatch21@gmail.com 


Spring Poetry Month at the Children’s Book Bank
At 1 pm on Saturdays throughout April, the Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley) is hosting kids’ poetry  parties.  On April 21, there’ll be a multi-language poetry workshop and on April 28, it’s the Spring Poetry Fling with a special guest.  Kids can write their own poems - the Book Bank will publish an anthology of their work at the end of the month.

Summer dance programs at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre
The School is offering two Summer Intensive Programs in July  - a modern/contemporary program for aspiring professional dancers aged 16+ from July 2 to 13 and a week-long teen intensive for passionate dancers ages 13-16 .
These programs provide technical training to help develop any motivated dancer. Working with faculty, dancers will participate in challenging, energetic classes in an unforgettable training experience. Both programs offer the opportunity to perform on the main stage at the Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester).  Monday July 23 to Friday July 27.


Daniel and Liora’s annual clothing drive
Daniel Bloch and Liora Tal have organized their fifth annual clothing drive on behalf of the Oasis Clothing Bank.  It happens on Saturday May 12.  They’ll provide you with a  special donation bag if you notify them before Sunday May 6.  
Start now to collect together your gently used clothing, shoes and boots, purses and bags, hats and gloves, and toys and DVDs.  Contact them at (416) 859-8649 or email at info@teambloch.com 

MOMENTUM gala evening
The Opening Night Fundraiser in support of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. There’s a pre-show reception and then the full program of MOMENTUM 2018 followed by an awards ceremony recognizing the dancers’ accomplishments. Raffle, prizes and a post-show dessert and champagne celebration. May 3 from 6:15 pm, $100 and $150 - tickets are available online at CanadaHelps.  School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester)

Be a volunteer
I’ve received requests over the past few weeks for several volunteer opportunities.  Check them out here and join the ones that appeal to you.

Winchester Fun Fair
The Fun Fair happens on Saturday May 26 from 11 am to 3 pm at Winchester Public School (15 Prospect).  
Volunteers are needed to help during the day at the Fair - shifts are one hour long.  Help is also needed for the set-up from 9 to 11 am and for the take-down from 3 to 5 pm. 
The Fun Fair needs sponsors to support the day with a donation.  
Please contact  winchesterfunfair@gmail.com

Forsythia Festival - volunteers and sponsors
The Festival happens in Wellesley Park on Sunday May 6, 10 am to 3 pm. 
Volunteers are needed to do everything from face painting to assisting at the food and beverage area or tying doughnuts to tree branches (which is way more fun than you might think.) Shifts are 1 to 2 hours each. If you would like to volunteer, contact the organizers at info@cabbagetowner.com 
Donations are needed and welcomed.  The Festival is a free community event. To learn more and to make your gift, click here.  

Volunteer at the Garden tour
Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces takes place on Sunday June 3, 10 am to 4 
It’s a big event in the Spring.  People are needed to staff the gardens during the day.  If you’re interested, email rlatch21@gmail.com 

Cabbagetown Residents Association - volunteer Board members
In preparation for its June annual meeting, the CRA Board has set up a nominating committee.  If you’re interested in serving on this Board, email the Association and the committee will arrange a meeting with you.  


The Salvation Army’s Thrift Store
Photo:  Bernard Weil, Toronto Star
The store at 252 Parliament is closing at the end of May.  It’s been a fixture in this block for years but its lease has ended and the landlord has asked for a substantial rent increase.  Tamar Harris and Fatima Syed wrote about the store in the Toronto Star on Tuesday April 18 - click here.  

Wellesley-Parliament Square
Greatwise Developments has sent a proposal to the Design Review Panel at the City of Toronto for infill and improvements in St James Town.  It includes improvements of the public spaces, changes to streets and sidewalks for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles and construction of new townhouses and a 51-storey tower.  Urban Toronto has a description of the proposal and illustrations.  Click here to read it.  

Check out the current theatre and dance listings in the Theatre Calendar below.

A main-stage performance of ensemble works. Dancer from all three years of the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre are showcased. First year students present new dances by two of the School’s resident choreographers, Darryl Tracy and Julia Sasso, Second year students perform a remount of Danny Grossman’s riveting 1981 anti-war masterwork Endangered Species, as well as a new commission from Toronto-based independent creator Ryan Lee. Third year students dance in Christopher House’s Schubert Dances, in a new work by Peggy Baker and in a new creation by Harold Rhéaume.
Tickets are $15 and $20, available online at Eventbrite.  
Box office and performances - 80 Winchester.  Friday May 4 to Saturday May 5 and Thursday May 10 to Saturday May 12


Businesses beware!
An old scam has popped up again. Parliament Street merchants are advised to be careful.  It’s deceptively simple and very believable.
Here’s Anji’s story about her experience at Blooming Flower Bar.
“Today I got a call from NO CALLER ID. The person on the line claimed to be my neighbour from Unistar Computers two doors down and said he was locked out of his safe and needed to borrow $80 to pay a delivery person $80 for an order. He promised to repay me once his wife arrived at the store. I said yes of course and offered to go over and drop the money off. 
He said not to worry he would send the delivery person over right away and he was only steps away. 
Since I was not alone, I automatically started walking next door and arrived there with my phone in hand just as I was hanging up. The owner was not in fact there but his wife was. She looked as surprised to see me as I was to see her. I explained what had just happened. She said her husband was not there and he would never do that. 
I’m so glad I walked over and can’t believe I was gullible enough to believe the story in the first place. The things people are willing to do for $80!”

Blooming Flower Bar
Anji has renamed her florist shop to Blooming Flower Bar (559 Parliament). To celebrate, she’s starting Happy Hours next week.  Daily offers will pop up on Instagram offering discounts of up to 50% off one variety of flower for one hour daily.  To participate you must follow her on Instagram @bloomingflowerbar. That’s one hour of happiness daily. There’s also a new website, a Facebook page and Instagram @bloomingflowerbar   

Shucking Saturdays at M.W.M. Fish Co
Shucking Saturdays at M.W.M. Fish Co (419 Parliament) are starting up on Saturday April 21.  Two sessions - 1 and 3 pm.  Join expert shucker Mark Moore for a fun and informative hour-long oyster shucking workshop - oysters included. Snack on tasty sea-treats and learn the ins and outs of oyster history and lore, and of course, learn how to shuck ’em! 
Space is limited. Call to book: 416-926-3743.  One person plus 8 oysters, $35 and two people plus 16 oysters, $60.


Another oyster night
Mark from MWM Fish Co (419 Parliament) is back again at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) for an evening of oyster shucking.  He’s got lots of stories and useful info about his little bivalves.  And, of course, there’s plenty of good food and warm hospitality at the HOP.  Wednesday April 25 from 6 pm.  

Soup news
Cyril’s soup service is off to a great start.  Lots of customer interest and orders!
He’s offering home deliveries for the soups that made him so popular at his cafe.  He’ll make two different soups in 24 oz/700 ml containers each week and deliveries will happen on Tuesdays and Saturdays (in Cabbagetown only for now).   
A majority of his customers have placed a standing order for each soup for the next month.  No surprise - the choices are amazing.  
Saturday April 21: beet, ginger and coconut milk in a lovely pink colour.
Tuesday April 24: a comforting miso, bacon and squash with a hint of maple.
Saturday April 28:  Indian lentil and tomato.
Tuesday May 1: curried zucchini.  
Saturday May 5: white bean and chorizo.
Tuesday May 8: African sweet potato and peanut. 
Saturday May 12 smoked tea and tomato.
Containers cost $9 each.  For the next month, there’s a special offer - if you buy the two weekly soups at the same time, the containers will be $8 each. Taxes and delivery charges are included. 
He’s accepting payments by etransfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address, cyril@merryberry.ca 

Taste for Life
Peartree (507 Parliament) has joined a list of very distinguished restaurants to support Fife House on Wednesday April 25.  A portion of its receipts from the evening will be donated to help people living with HIV/AIDS.  Diners can also buy raffle tickets with a chance to win a $1000 trip on VIA Rail, a two-night stay at the Courtyard Marriott or a $500 catering certificate from the Food Dudes.  Reservations are definitely suggested - (416) 962-8190.

Wine tasting at Fusilli
Fusilli (531 Queen E) is hosting winery Villa degli Olmi in a wine and food pairing event at 7 pm on Thursday May 3.  The evening will start with Prosecco and a seafood salad.  Farfalle ai Porcini mushrooms will be accompanied by a glass of Pinot Giorgio.  A glass of Primitivo will go with pork medallions in a brandy cheese sauce.  Aged cheeses and nuts will be served with Appassimento Rosso.  Tickets are $80.  Reservations at (416) 214-5148.  

The drama unfolds at Under the Table
Kim and Betty are talking to their landlord.  Their lease expires on April 30 and if they don’t do a deal by then, they’re gone.  The entire struggle is happening before your eyes on their Facebook page.  They’d love to hear from you.   

Arvo loves dogs
If your pooch is visiting the Distillery with you in tow, drop by Arvo Coffee (17 Gristmill Lane).  They’ve arranged hallway seating where you can park your pup and sip away.  Great idea.  

The Last Straw movement
The Last Straw is a campaign to reduce plastic waste in bars and restaurants by going straw-free.  On April 21, Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E), the Dominion Pub & Kitchen (500 Queen E), the Mill Street Brew Pub and the Mill Street Beerhall (21 Tank House Lane) are joining up.

Thinking ahead
The folks at F’Amelia (12 Amelia) are turning their minds to Spring on the patio.  Looks great.

Addresses, online info and current events.

509 Parliament Street
(416) 924-5657

Space Interrupted
Wednesday May 23 and Thursday May 24 
Student matinees - morning and afternoon
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront
235 Queens Quay West
Alien Grace
8 pm, Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront
235 Queens Quay West
SpringSong 2018
2 pm, Sunday May 27
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbour-front
235 Queens Quay West

The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
304 Parliament Street
(416) 364-8011

Elvis & the Man in Black
May 2 to 5 and May 9 to 12

Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street E
(416) 531-1402

Adedo Collective with the Watah Theatre
To April 21
Paprika Festival 2018
May 14 to 20

Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester Street
(416) 967-6887

Momentum 2018
May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 12
Gala - MOMENTUM 2018
May 3 from 6:15 pm 

50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
(416) 866-8666

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson
From May 4 to June 2
After the Blackout with RARE Theatre Company
From May 8 to 26
Innocence Lost, A Play about Steven Truscott
From May 14 to June 23
La Bete
From May 16 to June 22



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.


Local GEST
9 pm, open mic with Evan
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


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
Local GEST 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Sherie Marshall


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter


Alice’s Place
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


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


9:30 pm, DJ Money Jane


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


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
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, 
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,
568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533