August 9

This week’s image: Carlton Street paving repairs - car owners, cyclists, pedestrians and nearby residents are all deeply grateful.



No blog next week.  I’ll be dipping my toes into a northern Ontario lake, chatting up some delightful relatives and munching down lots of blueberries.  I’ll be back on August 23.


Miracle on Carlton Street
Photo:  Sandy Castonguay
After the announcement a few weeks ago that the City is postponing repairs to Carlton until 2020, local residents expressed their dismay.  Quite rightly - the road was a mess.  Sandy Castonguay was one of the people taking up a cudgel against City Hall.  
The complaints produced results.  As Sandy says, it’s “thanks to you and me and good pre-election timing”. 
Workers are now applying a layer of asphalt to the road.  It may be just enough to smooth the voters’ tempers until 2020.  Sandy calls it the Miracle on Carlton!

Winchester TCHC homes
Margaret’s House is hosting a public meeting on Tuesday August 14 from 6 to 8 pm at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster behind the Beer Store).  They’ll discuss their plans for four properties on Winchester that have, until recently, been rooming houses for single men.  They’re now empty and boarded up and they’re being prepared for renovation and reuse by Margaret’s House.
The agenda includes a presentation of the architect’s plans and a discussion about the future use of the houses. 

Street music returns
Double A Jazz are back again at Carlton and Parliament on Saturday August 11 from noon to 3 pm.  They’re playing fun oldies.  Thanks to the BIA for creating this lively event. 

Regent Park Garden Tour
The tenants in Regent Park are sponsoring a tour of the gardens in the area on Saturday August 11 from 2 to 4 pm.  Meet at the Bake Oven in Regent Park and then return there at the end of the tour for a celebration.

Celebrate the restoration
Artscape will host a community BBQ on Monday August 13 from 4 to 7 pm to celebrate the success of its restorations at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  The building will be open for visits and tours.  Save the date - there’ll be family events for kids, live entertainment and a barbeque. Free.

Bill Morneau’s annual BBQ
Our local Member of Parliament (and Finance Minister) Bill Morneau is hosting his annual bbq on Saturday August 18.  11 am to 3 pm in Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester).  Free food, games and entertainment - everyone is welcome.

Discover Cabbagetown
Another in the series of small group walks guided by members of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association - 10:30 am, Sunday August 19.  Meet at the corner of Winchester and Sumach. 

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
Tomatoes, corn, beets, cucumbers, potatoes and beans have all arrived at the Market.  And fruit - peaches, apricots, blueberries and strawberries are all available. Lots of green veggies as well.  Check out the Organic Vibes tent - they’re from Brampton.  Annette and Desmond have added pickles, sauces and jellies along with their fresh produce.  
The Market runs weekly from 3 to 7 pm every Tuesday, rain or shine, until the Fall in Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester).  

Taste of Regent Park
The rain held off and volunteers were able to bake up coconut buns in the bake oven on Wednesday evening.  Last week’s community meal was prepared by the Naufal family.  They served up kottu roti, upma, rice and a garden salad.  
The Taste continues every Wednesday until August 29 in the Big Park on the north side of Dundas at Sackville.  The open-air market starts at 5 pm, a community meal at 6 pm and the movie series Under The Stars at 9 pm.
Knowledge is the theme next week on August 15 followed by the outdoor movie, “Sister Act”. 

Under the Stars
Movies in Regent Park
Pre-show at 7 pm with fun activities for the whole family.  Popcorn and refreshments. Regent Park (just east of Sackville and Dundas)/ Free. 
Wednesday, August 15 at sundown Sister Act. Don’t miss it - this is the season’s final movie.  
Thanks to the Regent Park Film Festival for organizing the movie events and to Chartwell’s The Sumach as the presenting sponsor.  Rain date - August 22.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
by Sally Gibson
Image:  William Thomas monument, St. James Cemetery, Sally Gibson
This weathered panel of inconsolable grief was designed by prominent Victorian architect, William Thomas. Thomas had emigrated from England in 1843 and pursued an exceptional career, primarily in Toronto and southern Ontario. He left Toronto such magnificent buildings as the St. Lawrence Hall, the Don Jail, and St. Michael’s Cathedral. 
This monument in St. James Cemetery (Parliament south of Bloor) memorializes three of his children: two-month old Ada, 14- year old Martha, and 17-year old Alberti, who was likely named after the great Italian Renaissance architect. Thomas and his wife were also buried here but their presence was not noted in
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  


Get your tickets now
Photo: Eric Morse
This year, the Cabbagetown Short Film Festival returns to the Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester). 8 pm on Wednesday September 5.  Only 243 tickets will be available.
A small number of tickets will be saved for the Box Office on the night of the event.  Most tickets sell online - $16.34.  Smart customers will order their tickets now - click here.   
The 2018 program will be announced on Friday August 17.  Check the Festival’s website
for the lineup.  

Blair’s Run - form your street team
This year’s Blair’s Run will support Riverdale Farm.  Burnbrae Farms has pledged to match every dollar raised by the Run - your donation will have double impact.  Funds will be aimed at children’s programming and repairs in the poultry barn.  It’s also a great boost for the Farm’s 40th anniversary celebration happening at the end of September. 
Save the date - 8 am registration and 9 am start time on Sunday September 9. 
Local street teams are the heart and soul of the Run.  They raise money, encourage runners and connect the run to the Cabbagetown community. If your street doesn’t have a team, gather up some friends and launch yours today.
If you’re willing to help, please contact
Race registration is open now online.  

Cabbagetown Festival opening march
Cabbagetown kids are invited to join the March when the Festival opens on Saturday September 8. 
Get ready for the March with a free tie-dyed Tee shirt.  Join Lindsay Matheson and Judy Lu in Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester) for a tie-dye session from 4 to 6 pm on either Tuesday August 28 or Thursday August 30.  Get a free Tee shirt sponsored by the Cabbagetown BIA.  Advance registration needed by Friday August 10.  Click here.  

Cabbagetown Martial Arts/Happy Kids Martial Arts
Grand opening - September 8 during the Cabbagetown Festival.  492 Parliament.  Parents can sign up their kids for a free back-to-school safety seminar .  Open to kids 9 and over - parents must also attend.  The BIA is helping to organize the event - click here to read about it and to register.  

Cabbagetown Festival
The weekend’s Festival on Parliament and Carlton takes place on Saturday September 8, 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday September 9, 11 am to 7 pm.  Save the dates - the Festival gets better every year and this year’s program is packed full of fun.   The streets will be closed for the weekend.  
To see the program details online, check out the BIA’s site.  

Art & Crafts in the Park
The big art show in Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester) returns for its usual three-day appearance on Friday September 7 from 1 to 7 pm, Saturday September 8 and Sunday September 9 from 10 am to 6 pm each day.  
Over 150 vendors will offer clothing, jewellery, fibre arts, ceramics and more.  There’ll be more than three dozen painters, photographers and mixed media artists.  And - hidden away among the sculptors, wood workers and furniture makers - there’ll be two vendors with special dog features. 
Plus, there’ll be 15 food vendors who’ll sell chocolates, cookies, cakes, pies, syrups, jellies, mustard, lemon aid, nuts, fudge, maple syrup, Ecuadorian hot food and jerk chicken.


The Aviary is coming to the Canary District
Longslice Brewery and The Dock Ellis are teaming up to open a new brew pub and sports bar in the Canary District at 484 Front Street, just east of Bayview.  The Aviary will be a 230 seat bar with a big front patio. It’s scheduled to open on Friday August 9 and the in-house brewery will open in 2019.  Similar brew pubs at Louis Cifer on the Danforth, Mill Street in the Distillery and Amsterdam on Queen’s Quay are great places.  Best wishes everyone.
NOW Magazine has a good description of the new pub online.  


It’s a mystery
When London Calling (239 Carlton) closed, renovations for a new project started shortly afterward behind a careful brown paper screen.  Nobody knows what’s going there.  Except the tall guy, Stephen-Thomas, at the bottom right in this picture and he’s not telling.  The renos are looking good - it should be a welcome new site.  Tune in for future updates.

Beat The Heat
Drapery and Roller Shades are more than simply decorative.  They reduce your energy bill during summer and winter by 30% or more which quickly recoups the costs of window coverings. They protect your furniture, rugs, art and wallpaper by minimizing the harmful effects of the sun. They improve privacy and security so you and your family can enjoy your home in peace and get a longer, restful slumber.
Roller shades are the least expensive, followed by drapes and Roman blinds are the most premium. 
Find all these solutions at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) along with wide array of fabrics, trims, valances, hardware and motorization upgrades. Book an appointment with the D├ęcor Associates to design your custom window treatments. All made in their Toronto workrooms and expertly handled from start to finish with professional installation. 
Store hours: 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays, 11am to 5 pm on Saturdays and noon to 4 pm on Sundays.

Congrats Spruce
Photo: Kayti Christian, The Good Trade
Kayti Christian, an international travel writer based in London, has written about places to stay, eat and shop in Toronto.  Spruce (455 Parliament) is one of her recommendations for its vintage gems, handcrafted home goods and its sunny female-owned atmosphere.  Kayti’s blog is online here.   


Cyril’s soup and bowls and desserts of the week  
Cyril is using his Facebook page to tell us his plans.  That’s a good idea, for two important reasons.  First, his descriptions are getting very detailed - and that’s nifty because we love reading what he’s doing.  And second, he’s expanded his menu.
So, yes there’s soup on the list.  On Saturday, it’s vichysoisse.  Tuesday’s soup is roasted red (or yellow or orange) pepper.  For Saturday August 18, it’s tomato, peaches and thyme.
Then there’s Buddha bowls and salads.  This week it’s Asian.  
Finally, he’s added a dessert - French strawberry tart with a firm crust, vanilla pastry cream, strawberry glaze and strawberry coulis!!!!
He delivers (in Cabbagetown) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address,
You’d better go to Facebook to appreciate the full glory of Cyril’s project and to get delivery and pricing info.   

Psychic brunch
The psychics are back at Cranberries (601 Parliament) for brunch on Sunday August 19.  Enjoy a detailed reading and get a $5 coupon toward your brunch.  11 am, $42.


Music City in the Distillery
Every weekend through the summer, the Distillery stages its Music City series on the Trinity Square stage.  Two performers usually appear each day.  
On Saturday August 11 - Blair Packham & The Impossible Dream at 2 pm and at 4 pm, Valeria Matzner
On Sunday August 12 - Darling Cora at 2 pm and Steven Taetz at 4:30 pm
On Saturday August 18 - OKAN at 2 pm and Tyler McGregor at 4 pm
On Sunday August 19 - Rosalyn Dennett at 2 pm and at 4 pm, Kitgut Stringband

The Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s Performing Arts program has a new production, “STUCK! As seen on the Big Screen”  It’s the story of a group of children who spontaneously get stuck inside a television and go on a journey of self-discovery, lesson-learning and fun throughout the networks and channels. The kids, the program and the final production won’t disappoint.
Thursday August 16 - doors open at 6:30 pm and show starts at 7 pm, Riverdale Collegiate (1094 Gerrard E), $7/each or $21/family of four.  Tickets at the CYC (2 Lancaster), at the office in Riverdale Collegiate and at the door.


70 Berkeley Street
(416) 364-4170, ext 1

The Importance of Being Earnest
September 21 to October 6
Website info and tickets -  here.   

Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street
(416) 368-3110

The Children
September 25 to October 21
Website info and tickets -  here.   

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

Love Me Out of It
October 11 to 13 and 17 to 20
Website info and tickets -  here.   

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

I Call Myself Princess
September 9 to 30
Website info and tickets -  here.   

Rutas Panamericanas
International Performing Arts Festival
October 3 to 14
Website info and tickets -  here.  

Young Centre for the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
(416) 866-8666

Bed & Breakfast
August 11 to September 2
Website info and tickets -  here.   

August 23 to September 16
Website info and tickets -  here.   

A Moveable Feast: Paris in the ‘20s
A Soulpepper Concert
September 14 to 23
Website info and tickets -  here.   

Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape
October 2 to 20
Website info and tickets -  here

The Royale
October 12 to November 11
Website info and tickets -  here.    



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.


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Comedy night with Dave Burke and Danish Anwar 
9 pm, DJ Money jane
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
10 pm, Comedy Night with Ethan O’Reilly


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


Distillery - Trinity Square Stage 
2 pm, Music City with Blair Packham & The Impossible Dream and 4 pm, Valeria Matzner
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage 
2 pm, Music City with Darling Cora and Steven Taetz at 4 pm
The Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Samantha Clayton and Steve Cole.


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers 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
9 pm, DJ Dash
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
8 pm, open mic with Robert LaBell


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


Distillery - Trinity Square Stage
2 pm, Music City with OKAN and Tyler McGregor at 4 pm
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
1 am, Psychic brunch, $42
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage
2 pm, Music City with Rosalyn Dennett and at 4 pm, Kitgut Stringband
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Beverley Street Trio featuring Danny Zaidman (vocals, guitar). Will Hunter (bass) and Dylan bailey (drums).  


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,
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