September 21

This week’s image: the line-up for the visit to 6 Wellesley Cottages on the Tour of Homes.

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS 

Tour of Homes
Photo: 15 Amelia Street
Last Sunday’s Tour was a success.  Ticket sales were very healthy - an important concern for the Cabbagetown Preservation Association since the Tour is a major source of its income.  Over 600 were sold.  The choice of the eight homes  was inspired.  There were impressive examples of a wide variety of Cabbagetown styles.  70 volunteers kept the crowds moving and the houses safe.  Lots of local businesses supported the event with attractive discounts offered for ticket holders.  And, of course, the weather was ideal.  
Photo: 44 Metcalfe
The whole thing is put together by a committee of 5 volunteers who started working on it last February - thanks folks.
Photo: Scott, Brian and Ron volunteered at 237 Seaton
Congrats everyone - organizers, volunteers, homeowners and ticket holders - for a fine event.

Rosie Shephard’s watercolours
Rosie paints Cabbagetown homes in delicate, detailed watercolours.  She set up a table to show off her work during the Tour of Homes.  Her paintings have been used by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association as prizes for the Peggy Kurtin Awards.

LCBO
Reports indicate that the LCBO has signed a lease to move its store from 512 Parliament to the southeast corner of Gerrard and Parliament.  The move will happen in approximately four years when the Daniels Corporation has built its project at that site.  
Local citizens who enjoy an adult beverage will welcome the idea that a bigger store with a wider selection is now on the horizon.  The move also signals the shift in customer numbers from Cabbagetown to Regent Park. The store is currently a draw for the Parliament Street area and its loss will be felt there. 

Oops - Cabbagetown Boxing Club show
Last week’s summary about the Festival inadvertently missed the show at the Cabbagetown Boxing Club (2 Lancaster).  A sell-out crowd showed up and enjoyed a lively action-packed afternoon’s program.  Many of the Club's alumni were there to take in the bouts. The show runs annually during the Festival.  Congrats to the boxers and to the Club for a fine event.

Grace on a bike
Photo:  Yvette D'Entremont / Metro
Grace is now in her final stretch on her cross-Canada bike ride.  She’s reached Cape Breton island and Newfoundland is next.  Her friends and supporters are still making donations and she’s raised $9,500 toward her $10,000 goal.  
We can all help her with our donations.  She’s handling her fundraising through Canada Helps.  

Volunteers needed for Dixon Hall
Dixon Hall is looking for two sets of volunteers.  
Client Support volunteers will work with people who need assistance to carry out their daily activities.  You’ll be asked to commit to a minimum of two three-hour shifts per month plus volunteer training and meetings.  You’ll help your clients with their daily living - shopping, medical appointments, general errands. 
Please call (416) 962-9449 ex. 225 or email volunteer@dixonhall.org 
Meal delivery volunteers.  Drivers and runners will take frozen meals to their clients along a scheduled route.  The shifts run from 8:45 to 11 am for a minimum of one day per week over three months.  
Please call (416) 863-0499 ext 3225 or email volunteer@dixonhall.org

Lookin’ good
Paolo (left) and Karen are checking out the delicious soup and bread at Bolo Soup in the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market.

BAD NEWS

Regent Park shootings
Photo: Toronto Police Service
Two men were shot at approximately 1:30 am on Saturday September 16 in a housing complex near Gerrard and River Streets.  One man, Everdone Paul Mitchell, 54, died.  The second man, 57. was taken to hospital.
This follows two other recent early morning shootings in Regent Park - one on Monday August 28 and another on Monday September 4.  In these cases, 51 Division has released photos of the suspects and asks for our assistance if we recognize anyone.   

Sherbourne Street fire
Photo: Jason Scott, Global News
A small four-stroey apartment building at 387 Sherbourne suffered a fire on early Wednesday morning.  The fire trapped two people inside and they were rescued by ladders and treated for smoke inhalation.  Several other people had to make their way out of the building through the smoke.  Th fire was put out by 5 am.

Keep your eyes open
Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) has given us a heads-up.  This guy walked in to the pub on September 15 and started opening doors.  He ended up rummaging through the staff washroom.

COMING EVENTS

Son of the Shaman
The artwork of Christian and Norval Morrisseau is featured in a new exhibition at the Thompson Landry Gallery.  Over 50 works on display.  The exhibition runs from Thursday September 21 to Sunday November 5. There’s a Pop-up Gallery (39 Parliament) and two other Distillery locations - the Cooperage Space (6 Trinity) and the Stone Gallery (32 Distillery Lane).  

Francophonie en fete
Toronto’s festival of French music comes to the Distillery on Saturday September 23 and on Sunday September 24 from noon to 6:15 pm both days.  Over 16 musicians will perform on the OLG Stage.  Free concerts and a beer garden.  Details for the entire estival are online here.   

Annual Meetings
Community Matters Toronto - 6 to 8 pm, Friday September 22, small gym at Rose Avenue Public School.  There’ll be music, dance and snacks.  Complete a survey to tell us what you think our neighbourhood needs.  
Dixon Hall - everyone welcome.  The meeting takes place from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday September 28 at the Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter).  Please RSVP to Elizabeth Singh at (416) 863-0499 

Invictus games
The Games will be held all across Toronto from Saturday September 23 to Saturday September 30.
The parking area adjacent to the Distillery will be the venue for the Jaquar Land Rover driving challenge.  The event starts at 11 am on September 23.  Two participants from each nation will be required to display the best teamwork, cohesion and communication. The courses are designed for nations to work as a team while taking the vehicles through precision gates. Though teams are timed, accurate driving will produce better results than speed alone. Free admission.
From 5 to 6:30 pm on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the general public is invited to try the course in a Jaguar XE.  First-come-first-served.  
Check it all out here.  

Lower Don Trail
It’s finally official - the bike trail along the lower Don River will reopen on Saturday September 23.  The official celebration happens at the Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview). This will be welcome news to the large numbers of cyclists who want to use the Trail and who have been frustrated by the project’s repeated delays. The reopening is part of the City of Toronto’s Ravine Days. 

Street Music
The Cabbagetown BIA is again hosting a pop-up band.  This time, the band will be playing at Prospect and Parliament on Saturday from 5 to 8 pm.  

School gardens’ pizza walk
Green Thumbs is conducting a walking tour to visit three local school gardens on Saturday afternoon.  The walk starts at Rose Ave Public School (675 Ontario) at 3:45 pm and then goes to Winchester Public School (corner of Rose and Winchester) at 4:15 pm and ends at Sprucecourt Public School (70 Spruce) at 4:45 pm.  The walk then goes to Regent Park where everyone will enjoy fresh pizza from the Bake Oven.  $5 for the pizza - proceeds support Green Thumbs, Growing Kids.

Chartwell’s open house
Chartwell’s open house for The Sumach happens on Sunday from 1 to 4 pm at the Regent Park Presentation Centre (500 Dundas E).  Drop in and find out he latest news - everyone is welcome. The Sumach is the new rental residence for retired and semi-retired people being built in southern Regent Park and scheduled to open in 2018.  It promises a wide range of facilities and suites - check out its website here.   

Daniel’s Spectrum birthday
It’s the fifth birthday for the Daniels Spectrum (585 DundasE).  It’s proven to be a goldmine for Regent Park and the surrounding communities - a home for hundreds of outstanding events.  It’s also the permanent home for Aki theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts, the Regent Park School of Music, the Regent Park Film Festival, Pathways to Education, Artscape, Artheart and the Centre for Social Innovation.  
celebrate th birthday on Monday September 25 from 3 to 7 pm.  BBQ, tours and performances.  Free. 

Venus Fest
Toronto’s only feminist music festival featuring Madame Gandhi, Grouper, Weaves,  Diana, Lido Pimienta and more.  Saturday September 30 from 1 to 11 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), $37 to $52.  Tickets and more info available online.  https://www.venusfest.net/tickets/

CABBAGETOWN CLASSIFIEDS

A stunningly beautiful dressing table
High-gloss marquetry women’s dressing table (shown here with the sides up).  51.5” high by 28” wide - drawer depth, 15”.  Expands with sides to 44” wide.  Probably Italian circa 1920, possibly earlier.  In perfect,  stable condition.  $300. Contact (416) 489-3779 or email ciluddite@gmail.com 

Free - a small folding machine
Ideal for a small business or service groups who print lots of flyers and need a handy in-house system for folding the material.  Contact cabbagetownreview@gmail.com 

IN THE MEDIA

Affordable housing for musicians
Photo: Craig Chivers, CBC News
The CBC has reported on a proposal to build an affordable housing co-op for musicians on Dundas, east of Sumach.  The land has been set aside for it and the Daniels Corp is drafting plans with a deadline for a commitment by  next Spring.  The building will include 100 affordable housing units, rehearsal space and recording facilities.  Toronto Music City is organizing a fundraising campaign to obtain the $30 million needed for the project.  The CBC did a report about the plan.   

Sherbourne Centre Health Bus
Photo: Martin Trainor, CBC News
The new Sherbourne Centre Health Bus will start up its visits in early October.  This is the third bus in the project’s history and it’s a marked improvement over its predecessor.  It will be based in Moss Park and typically will go to shelters and community agencies.  A nurse practitioner and a mental health worker will be on board .  The CBC  has a detailed story about its facilities.   

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Have a picnic at the Market
Organizers at the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market (Riverdale Park, Sumach at Winchester) believe that this is the best time of the season.  The produce is marvellous.  There are several new vendors.  And the weather, finally, is ideal.
There’s a new vendor - Bolo Soups.  They’re selling very yummy soups in three sizes along with slices of sourdough bread.  You can’t buy a loaf of bread yet but you do get a free slice with your soup.  
Bring your family and have a picnic. Obviously, there are great veggies on sale.  And Deebs has a delicious veggie bowl.  Pick up some barbequed spare ribs from MEP (they sell bbq sauce and spices).  Try some soup from Bolo. Several vendors have outstanding pastries and sweets.  And top it all off with a bottle of wine from Frog Pond or another vintner visiting the Market.    

Corktown Farmers’ Market
3 to 7 pm on Thursdays in the Underpass Park  (Lower River Street).  Vendors include Clearwater Farms, Durham Honey Farm, Field Sparrow Farm, Monforte Dairy and Sunray Orchards.  The park is home to some of Toronto’s best murals and street art.  

RESTAURANT NEWS 

Congrats to the HOP
toronto.com has listed the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) as one of Toronto’s “best British pubs”. They like the friendly, neighbourly ambiance and the craft beer selections.
And - not to be confused with the above announcement - there’s a special night on Thursday.  Stop by and get a personalized, engraved Stella mug.

Mill Street Beer Hall
Oktoberfest party with 18 beers on tap and a special one-night-only Bavarian menu.  It’s listed by blogTO as one of Toronto’s top Oktoberfest events.  Live music with Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs and German-themed entertainment. Your ticket includes three beer tokens.  Saturday September 30, 5 pm, $35.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery

Thanksgiving at Cranberries
Thanksgiving arrives in three weeks.  It’s time to save the date for Cranberries (601 Parliament).  Siva will prepare butternut squash soup and organic salads for starters, oven roast turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies for the main course and apple pie with ice cream and pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert.  It’s a good idea to make a reservation early for this popular evening.  Sunday October 8 and Monday October 9, 5 and 7:30 pm each day, $30.  Call (416) 925-6330.

No fuss, no muss at Thanksgiving
Paintbox is offering a pick-up only, prepared Thanksgiving dinner.   It includes slow roasted turkey, confit garlic and thyme potato puree, sauteed green beans, walnut sage stuffing, kale and quinoa salad, cranberry sauce, gravy.  Place your order before October 5 and pick-up on Friday October 6 or Saturday October 7.  For more info, click here.  

NEW PROGRAMS - THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS 
Addresses, online info and current events.

CANADIAN STAGE
30th Anniversary Season
Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street
(416) 368-3110

Life After by Britta Johnson (book and music)
September 23 to October 22 

CITADEL + COMPAGNIE
(formerly COLEMAN, LEMIEUX)
The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
304 Parliament Street
(416) 364-8011

Bright Nights series
Factory
September 20 to 23 

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street E
(416) 531-1402

Caminos 2017 with Aluna Theatre
October 4 to 8

SOULPEPPER
20th Anniversary Season
Young Centre for the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
(416) 866-8666

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
September 8 to October 7
Picture This by Morris Panych & Brenda Robins
September 9 to October 7
Riverboat Coffee House: The Yorkville Scene
Soulpepper Concert Series 
October 6 to 14

TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
50th Anniversary Season
Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester Street
(416) 967-1365

Toronto Heritage Dance - two programs
September 21 to 24 & September 28 to October 1

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21 TO SUNDAY OCTOBER 1

  • 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 SEPTEMBER 21

Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Evan
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music with Andrew Fetterly
Mill Street Beerhall
5 pm, Fall in love with beer, $69.99
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
9 pm, 3000AD
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday nights with Humble Mike
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23

Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday nights with Humble Mike
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Nairobi Nights, $10

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Dominion
9 pm, Your girl Flav
Local Gest
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Joanne Morra
Quincy
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26

Paintbox
6 pm, Spoken Lives, Stories Women Share, $20- SOLD OUT
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
7 pm, Robert Chapman Duo
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia with Porter
Quincy’s
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 28

Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music with Sound Cloud
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
9:30 pm, DJ Dash
Fuse
10 pm, Ladies night and dancing, ladies free, others $10
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Humble Mike
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30

Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Oktoberfest Party with Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, $35
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY OCTOBER 1

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
CORKTOWN KITCHEN
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
CRANBERRIES
DOMINION PUB & KITCHEN
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, https://www.facebook.com/DominionTO/
EL CATRIN
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, https://www.facebook.com/elcatrin.ca
FUSE
366 Queen St E, (647) 347-3873, http://fusedining.com 
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
IMPACT KITCHEN
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
JOHNNY G’s
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
THE LOCAL GEST
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
MERRYBERRY CAFE
MILL STREET BEER HALL
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-beer-hall/
MILL STREET BREW PUB
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-brew-pub/
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
PAINTBOX BISTRO
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
QUINCY’s AFROKITCHEN & BAR
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127,  https://www.facebook.com/cometoquincys/
SOULPEPPER
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
STOUT IRISH PUB
UNDER THE TABLE

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533, https://www.facebook.com/underthetabletoronto