Sundara Yoga Studio
Three weeks ago, Angela Jervis-Read opened Sundara at 492 Parliament – side door, just beside the Starbucks’ patio. She’s working with a group of teachers offering several styles and levels of yoga in their classes.  She has a special promotion for her studio opening – thirty days’ unlimited yoga for only $45, usually a $150 package.  Starting July 30, Emma O’Neill will hold Ashtanga Mysore on weekdays from 6 to 9 am. On Saturdays (1 to 2:15 pm) from August 11 to September 22, there’s pre-natal yoga and on Wednesdays (1:15 to 2:15 pm) from August 8 to September 12, there’s Mom & Baby yoga.  Call now to register (416) 828-7247, and check out her website at     

What’s this…
The HandyForce is a general handyman and contracting service.  They’re fully licenced and insured.  They handle everything from hanging a picture to building an extension on your home. Their first office is on Woodbine and their location at Parliament and Amelia will be their second one. It’s being renovated now.  This looks like a good idea – especially in a neighbourhood full of older homes. You can contact now them at and at 647-427-RENO (7366).

TCHC’s heritage houses
An interesting debate unfolded over two days in the media this week.  First of all, Scott Weir and Rick Hall made a presentation to the Special Committee on Housing at City Hall on behalf of a local heritage group asking that TCHC speed up its repairs to the heritage buildings in Cabbagetown.  They sounded the alarm about the deteriorating conditions.  TCHC’s new boss then waded in, replying that nobody was going to get special treatment.  We were told two years ago that some of TCHC’s inventory in Cabbagetown would be sold but nothing’s happened since the big announcement.  Furthermore, one of their buildings on Prospect Street still stands empty – years after a fire gutted it.  (Photo: National Post)

Festival garage sale spaces
The Cabbagetown Festival is only two months away.  Garage sales are the heart of the weekend.  People come from across the city to browse and buy.  You may want to have a sale but can’t set up in front of your own home.  Here’s a great offer - rent a 10’ wide space for your garage sale on Sumach Street, just north of Winchester.  You’ll be in the middle of the action around Riverdale Park.  You qualify for this offer if you have a Cabbagetown address.  Contact Doug at

41 Pianos
Throughout July, you can hunt down and tickle the ivories on 41 pianos scattered around Toronto as part of the official wind-up to the 2015 Pan Am Games.  Each piano has been painted by an artist from one of the countries participating in the Games.  Ours is in the Distillery - Argentine Piano 8 created by Ivan Ortiz.  The website explains the project and gives you a map of all 41 locations   

Regent Park in the news
A couple of big announcements came from the Regent Park revitalization over the past week. Inside Toronto has run two stories with all the details.   Hockey Canada and Maple Leaf Sports are teaming up to refurbish the Regent Park arena at Shuter and Sumach.  The details are here.  Regent Park’s School for Social Entrepreneurs offers support, tips and meetings for people who have ideas for co-operative, non-profit businesses and social ventures.  You can read Justin Skinner’s story here. (Photo: Inside Toronto)

Soulpepper’s summer season
Four plays are being staged at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane) this summer.  David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow is on stage now.  Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys starts on Saturday July 14. The Royal Comedians by Mikhail Bulgakov is on stage from July 24 and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is on stage from July 25.  Performance notes and details, plus online ticket sales, are available at   (Photo: Soulpepper)

Summerlicious, the city-wide food festival, continues until July 22. Four nearby restaurants are offering Summerlicious menus. Stonegrill in Cabbagetown and Archeo, Boiler House and Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill in the Distillery. Click on each name for links to make reservations, to look at their menus and to find contact info.

Veni, Vidi, Vici
Kendall & Co Design + Décor moved to 227 Carlton Street in April and they haven’t looked back. They’ve been really busy. They started the Riverdale Farm Gift Collection as a fundraiser for our Farm and hosted two local art shows in their design showroom. They’ve put together a fun group of photos showing how different their store is today.  Click here to see their Before and After.  Summer hours – Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, closed Saturday.

Winchester Square gardens
On Saturday, people from the Bleecker Street Co-op, Aberdeen Avenue, Ontario Street and Central Neighbourhood House gathered for the official launch of the gardens in the park.  It’s been a long effort but it’s worthwhile - the garden boxes bring a welcome improvement. The park will now be the focus of plenty of neighbourhood activity.  This space is a very good area for small to medium sized events – picnics, neighbourhood parties, perhaps something associated with the Festival weekend.  The little ceremony was very comfortable here.  Ontario Street and Aberdeen.

Sunday in the Park
Last weekend, folks from several groups in Regent Park organized their annual Sunday in the Park Festival at Lord Dufferin School.  The crowd this year seemed bigger and there were lots of booths and food available throughout the afternoon. Three big bouncing castles were set up for the kids.  Local politicians were spotted in the crowd.  Congrat’s to everyone who helped make it a fun day – it’s a lot of work but definitely worthwhile.

Hawks in Wellesley Park
A family of Cooper's Hawks has been nesting in the trees at the south end of the park through the Spring.  The two young birds are now flying and beginning to forage for themselves.  They’re still coming back to their original nest site and they’re in the nearby trees in the Necropolis.  The park’s squirrel population has really been very quiet over the Spring.  Most of the local birdwatchers regret that we can’t attract a raccoon hawk! Several weeks ago, one of the chicks fell out of the nest and was rescued by a neighbour and a wildlife agency but it stayed on the ground long enough for a photo op. East end of Wellesley.