More Festival announcements

Flash mobs and lots more at CCDT
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) are hosting a very active program during this year’s festival.  You can join a free dance class, meet the teachers, learn about SolarDance initiative and buy your dancer’s new uniform. 
There’ll be flash dance performances in front of the theatre at 12.50, 1.50, 2.50 and 3.50 pm on Saturday.
Saturday’s free classes include Creative Movement (ages 3 to 5) at 1 pm, Modern Dance (ages 8 to 12) at 2 pm, Zumba (15 +) at 3 pm.  Sunday’s free open classes are Hip Hop at 1.30 pm and Jazz at 3 pm, both for ages 8 to 12.
On Sunday as well, you can watch the Company Ballet class at 11 am and the Company Modern class at 1:30 pm. 
While you’re visiting at CCDT, be sure to enter the draw to win free tickets for WinterSong at the Harbourfront’s Fleck Theatre.

It’s true – Go Freddy Go are back
Saturday afternoon September 8 from 1 pm at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament).  Stop by for a beer, the HOP’s fine food and an afternoon of golden oldies.  These guys are Festival favourites.  Mill Street Brewery is supporting the HOP’s patio this year and their finest will be featured all afternoon.

Jeff Barnes and the Wild Irish Rogues at The Ben Wicks
From 9 pm to 1 am on Saturday night September 8 at The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament).  As always, Robert will be offering Festival specials on his menu throughout the weekend including house-smoked salmon and avocado tartar, baby spinach salad and the Ben Wicks’ Reuben sandwich on rye.

Carole Pope at the FB
The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) has a dynamite lineup for the Festival weekend.  On Friday September 7 at 7 pm and Saturday September 8 at 8 pm, it’s Carole Pope followed each night by Lea DeLaria and Maggie Cassella at 9 pm (Friday) and 10 pm (Saturday).  The street patio will be open all day in front of the Pubaret for your people-watching pleasure.

Irish Dancers at Stout
On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Irish dancers will perform at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  Enjoy the big Festival stage on Sunday – for your viewing convenience, it’ll be right in front of Stout.  Erin is developing a special Cabbagetown menu for the Festival.
Ellen Murphy’s art
Cranberries (601 Parliament) are showcasing paintings by Ellen Murphy in Room 601.  Ellen’s opening night is Friday September 7 from 7 to 10 pm.  You’re invited to view her work and then enjoy a pint and a meal next door in the restaurant.  Ruth and Siva are planning a patio for the weekend.  Their patio will undoubtedly be very high on the people-watching list - this area is always full of fascinating people, colourful food vendors and merchants during the Festival. 
Warm-ups at Blairs Run
On Saturday September 8, the crowd at Blair’s Run will enjoy a special warm-up session lead by Sundara Yoga’s Angela Jervis-Read.  The Run starts at Carlton and Parliament at 9:45 am. 
Also happening this week…
Sundara Yoga’s new Fall program
Angela’s getting ready for a very busy Fall season at Sundara Yoga (492 Parliament).  She has four new workshops.  Each one requires September pre-registration.  Yoga for kids (ages 3 to 6) on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm, September 12 to November 14.  Yoga for tween girls (ages 10 to 13) on Saturdays at 4 pm, September 15 to November 17.   Group yoga therapy with Angela and Ken, four weeks on Sundays from 4 pm, September 16 to October 7.  Yoga for runners with Angela on Sunday September 23 at 4:15 pm.
She also has eight new classes starting in September and there’ll also be more announcements soon about her October workshops for moms and babies, prenatal yoga, kirtan and yin yoga and restorative yoga.  You can find the details about these workshops and classes on her website.
Oysters everywhere
Next week, bivalve lovers will be in heaven.  Oysters are being featured in two of our finest restaurants.  The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) has a fundraiser on Thursday September 6 from 7 pm to support the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre – make a $2 donation for every oyster and you’ll feel good all around. Be sure to add a Guinness to your menu since they’re sponsoring the evening.  On Friday, it’s oyster night at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) from 7pm, combining Oyster Bay wines with the finest fresh oysters.
Mark goes to the Distillery
Mark Gleberzon from MJG Gallery is a regular Review contributor.  His “Picture of the Week” brightens our columns and he points us to some remarkable works displayed at his gallery.  This week, he’s off on his own adventure at  ArtFest Toronto 2012 in the Distillery District.  Drop by and see his work – Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11 am to 6 pm.
Birthday celebrations at Labour of Love
Regina at Labour of Love (242 Carlton) is hosting an art installation, “Family Tree”, with Gosia and Kelly Grace. It’s a birthday celebration to mark her third summer here in Cabbagetown.  Gosia’s installation was part of Regina’s original opening and she’s back now with Kelly with an installation about 1950s family life.  You can see more at her website.
Trim your pal’s nails
Get your pup ready for the Festival.  There’s nothing like a lovely pedicure to perk up your pooch (and your cat and your other animal pals.)  Marilyn Wilputte is back in action at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, $10.
Dog of the month
We’ve been urged to start highlighting remarkable Cabbagetown canines on a regular basis.  There’ll be no shortage of riveting material - we have a whole neighbourhood full of them. 
To launch this new feature, we’re introducing Charlie.  It’s an appropriate time to meet him – seven years ago, he was a refugee from Hurricane Katrina.  There’s a lot of mystery surrounding him.  We don’t know how old he is, who his parents are, where he’s been and who cared for him and saved him.  He arrived in Cabbagetown in the Spring of 2010.
We do know that he tolerates cats (he lives with them), he’s got strong protective instincts (and a ferocious bark), he’s a gracious house guest (except for his love of unwatched cat and dog food) and he misses Susan deeply whenever she takes a little trip.  He also definitely does not swim.  Perhaps he had a full dose in Katrina’s floods.