October 14

 This week’s image:  It’s starting!  Trick-or-treat is back this year.



Marion Voysey 

Marion is a professional photographer who specializes in portraits from her in-home studio in Cabbagetown.  She has a website and she’s on Instagram. You can contact her by email

“People can ‘be together’ in many ways. To mix things up a little, I asked this couple to sit back-to-back on a bench in my studio and then took a series of images. This is one of my favourites.”


Linda Thompson

Linda died on Tuesday October 5 after her vaiiant fight against cancer.  She was the owner of HomeLife Realty One (501 Parliament) - a brokerage she founded in 1991.  She was a respected and important member of Cabbagetown’s business community.  Gifts in her honour may be made to Covenant House, a charity that was close to her heart.  Our condolences go to her family and her colleagues at HomeLife Realty. She will be missed. 

Jerri Johnson

Jerri passed away last Wednesday, October 6.  She is remembered for her vitality and her interest in others.  She taught at George Brown College in the School of Design for twenty years and one of her students wrote that, “She was kind, patient, caring and did everything she could to help her students succeed.”  Our condolences go to her daughter Sienna and son Jesse.  


Schools and COVID

The Toronto Star has developed an app that lists up-to-date info about COVID cases among students and staff in our schools.  Just type in the school name and the data will appear. It’s current to 2 pm on the day before the report.  We have nine schools in our immediate area. Only one case has appeared - in a student at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. The others report zero infections.

The community fridge

Reports are that the fridge is a success.  It’s been in operation for a month.  Paula says that a group of seven volunteers is cleaning and filling it daily.  It’s located outside Cabbagetown Organics (499 Parliament) and the staff there also see the need for its food in our community.  Thanks, everyone for filling a badly needed service.  

Artist’s residency

Waterfront Toronto along with the Waterfront BIA is inviting artists to apply for a 12-month residency.  It’s open to professional artists and artist teams from the GTA.  “The aim of this residency is to create meaningful, experiential encounters with the community, to activate multiple underutilized spaces along the lakefront, and draw new audiences to the waterfront.”  The submission deadline is October 27 with a start date for the project in December.  Click here for the details.

Daffodil sponsors wanted

The Cabbagetown BIA maintains the garden boxes along the No Frills wall on Spruce Street.  Plans call for a nifty daffodil patch there for next Spring.  Sponsors are needed to cover the expenses for the bulbs.  If you’re interested, email Virginia at the BIA.

Volunteers needed

St James Town Community Arts is looking for volunteer music instructors.  The group is a non-profit offering free arts programs to young people in St James Town.  Email them for more info and to offer your help.

Underpass Farmers’ Market

Pick up some yummy chips and salsa at the Market. The chips are made from corn and the salsa from garlic both grown at Samsara Farms. The Underpass Park Farmers’ Market (29 Lower River Street) in Corktown is open every week in October on Thursday from 4 to 7:30 pm. Check out the Underpass Facebook page for the latest news.

Weekly update about COVID and flu vaccines

In Cabbagetown, both drug stores are vaccinating children who are 11 and turning 12 in 2021.  Walk-ins are welcome. Both Rexall (539 Parliament) and Shoppers Drug Mart (467 Parliament) have Pfizer in stock.  Shoppers has flu shots for high-risk and senior clients only.  Rexall will have flu vaccines after October 20 and is running a wait-list system.  There are other locations close to you - not all of them have vaccines. In Regent Park, Shoppers Drug Mart at 593 Dundas E.  In  St James Town, the Shoppers at 565 Sherbourne. In Corktown, the Shoppers at 351 Queen E.  The websites for Rexall and Shoppers list times and details and make appointments.


River City

The four buildings at River Street below King were named River City by the developer. The Globe & Mail’s architourist Dave Leblanc takes a stroll through the area and describes the vision that created these buildings.  (Photo:  Dave LeBlanc, Globe & Mail) 

Redevelopment at Saint Luke’s United Church

The church site at Sherbourne and Carlton will be the home of a new twelve-storey residential tower.  The building will be integrated into the existing heritage structure.  Urban Toronto has written about the project.


Enoch Turner’s Speakers Corner

Brian Stewart will again host this Zoom discussion on modern schools.  This is the second in the series and it’s about Outdoor Schooling.  Guests include David Hawker-Budlovsky,  Cam Collyer and John El-Raheb.  Wednesday October 20 7 pm, free.  Click here to register for the event.

Community environment day

The second environment day for our neighbourhood happens on Sunday October 24 from 10 am to  2 pm.  It’s a drive-through event at 400 Commissioners Street. Check the City website to see which items can be included.

Pumpkin walk

Save your masterpiece and bring it to Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester) on the day after Hallowe’en.  The Pumpkin Walk is back - Monday November 1, 5 to 9 pm.  


Trees from seeds

Green Thumbs Growing Kids - the group that works with school kids to plant schoolyard gardens - has developed a program to grow different tree species from seeds.  It’s proven to be very popular with teachers looking for at-home projects for students working online.   The seeds that sprout need to be nurtured in special pots.  Three schools have pots of seedlings and now there are more than they can use.  If you’d like a pot with a seedling, send an email with “Trees” in the subject line.  Check out the GTGK programs here.

Children’s Book Bank

The Book Bank is moving on December 4 from its home at 350 Berkeley to its new location on the second floor of the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), opening on January 8.  In the meantime, community drop-ins are welcome on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.  School visits happen on Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.


Organic dog food

Cabbagetown Organics (499 Parliament) has a new line of organic dog food products - meals, snacks, treats and canned wet food.

Support the Farley Foundation

The annual fundraising drive for the Farley Foundation is underway at the Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E).  The Foundation provides support to pet owners who could not otherwise afford veterinarian care.  Drop by and make your donation.  blogTO has just listed the clinic as one of Toronto’s best - click here for the story.

The new Staples store

The Staples store in Corktown is moving from Front Street to a new location at 517 Richmond E.  It’s an example of Staples transformation into the new Working & Learning store.  It has the newest Staples Studio co-working space, a Mos Mos café, two murals by local artists and a rooftop patio for guests. The new space is powered by 100 per cent Bullfrog-certified renewable energy.  The opening happens at 9 am on Saturday October 16.

Parliament Street Fitness

Gyms will be open without restrictions next week.  Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament) is prepared - they’ve been using safe practices all along.  Indoor yoga with Alex now happens on Sundays at 10:30 am.  To preserve social distancing, classes are limited to four people.  Free for members, $15 for drop-ins.  Book a space here.


The Irv follow-up

The Irv (195 Carlton) invited us to tell them about families who needed help at Thanksgiving.  Thanks to the responses that they got, 32 families received 100 meals at Thanksgiving.

Cyril’s soup

This week’s soup is chipotle sweet potato - blended, slightly sweet and with a generous amount of charred jalapeños.  It has a classic carrot-onion-celery base with toasted aromatics (chipotles in adobo, oregano, tomato paste, smoked paprika, garlic and cumin), stock and sweet potatoes. “I recommend serving it with a swirl of sour cream and a few toasted pepitas. You can even add some grated cheese if you feel like it, or a twist of lime.”  His juice is apple, grape, pomegranate and ginger.  Soup - one to 9 cups at $3/cup, 10 or more cups at $2.50/cup.  Juice - 2 cups for $9. Email him to place your order.



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Underpass Park Farmers’ Market

4 to 7:30 pm, 29 Lower River Street


Black Coffee - concert, standing.

6 pm, City View Drive-in (20 Poulson), $64.


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Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

10:30 am.  Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15.


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia, hosted by Josh Fishbane. (221 Carlton)


Trivia at Stout Irish Pub

7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia, hosted by Josh Fishbane.  (221 Carlton)


Learn to Run classes with Manissa

7 am.  Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach). Offered by Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome for 8-week package at $50.


Underpass Park Farmers’ Market

4 to 7:30 pm (29 Lower River Street)


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Yoga Flow with Alex - indoors

10:30 am.  Parliament Street Fitness.  Members are free, non-members welcome, $15.


Food services 

A comprehensive listing of our local food services is now available in our new Cabbagetown Directory. The list includes bakeries, coffee shops, delis, restaurants and pubs. Each entry gives the name, address, phone number and a link to a Facebook page or website. Click here to find your favourite.