SEPTEMBER 20

Find your home
The committee working on heritage conservation projects in Cabbagetown has collected lots of detailed records about our homes while doing their research.  Now they’ve posted those records – house by house – on a website.  If you’re curious about your own home’s history, click here and then type in the name of your street.
 
Our rewards for our readers
We want to thank you for visiting and for being faithful readers.  So we’re organizing special bargains every week – a bargain that you know about but nobody else.  If you want to enjoy our special, just visit the store and tell them “Doug sent me”. 
To launch our Reader’s Rewards, Don at Nettleship Hardware (576 Parliament) is offering a sturdy, two-step kitchen ladder.  It’s lightweight and easy to carry around the house.  A handy way to reach a top shelf, change a light bulb and dust in a distant corner.
This offer expires at 6 pm, Saturday, September 29.  Remember – “Doug sent me”. 
Regular price - $30.  Reader’s Reward price - $25
 
The East End Rockabilly Weekend #4
The Dominion on Queen in Corktown (500 Queen at Sumach) always has lots going on every week.  We’ll be listing their events regularly. 
This week, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they’re home to “Toronto’s wildest weekend of live music and vintage culture” – the East End Rockabilly Weekend #4.  
Friday starts at 7:30 pm with a screening of the vintage rock ‘n roll film “Jamboree” (1957).  At 9 pm, DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris comes on with The Living Deads, The Hellbound Hepcats and the Greasemarks. 
On Saturday from noon, there are dance classes, vendors and a photo exhibit with Hill Peppard.  At 2 pm, Ronnie Hayward and his trio host a CD release party for “Crazy Woman Blues”.  The film documentary “Gears Grease & Guitars” is being shown at 8 pm and then DJ Matchbox starts at 10 pm with The Royal Crowns, Tennessee Voodoo Coupe and Eddie Blake and the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers. 
Sunday from noon to 3 features the Hank Williams birthday brunch with The Hanksters. 
Friday tickets are $20, Saturday $15 and weekend tickets are $30.  No cover on Sunday.
 
Amazing gifts
The arts centre at Regent Park was officially opened today.  Along with the aquatic centre and the new athletic facilities, it makes a stunning contribution to the new Regent Park and to the whole area around it.  The designs and the planning to integrate these services into the community are outstanding.  The people who have contributed – The Daniels Corporation, TCHC, the City of Toronto and a host of architects and community groups – all deserve our deepest thanks.
The arts centre will be named The Daniels Spectrum to honour the generosity of The Daniels Corporation and the John & Myra Daniels Family Foundation.  They contributed $4 million to the project.  Furthermore, the Slaight Family has contributed $1.5 million and an anonymous donor gave $1.25 million. Altogether, private sources have contributed $9.8 million to defray the centre’s costs.
Three media sources have written about developments at Regent Park.  The National Post ran an article about the next phase in the construction work.  In the Globe & Mail, Lisa Rochon wrote about the stunning success of the aquatic centre.  The Star's Christopher Hume discussed the arts centre and its impact on future community growth.
 
The Chip Truck
Bring your family pooch into the digital age.  Toronto Animal Services are offering to put a microchip in your dog and cat and to update your licence at a special session in Allan Garden.  The Chip Truck is a mobile licencing and chipping clinic.  Please bring your dog on a leash and your cat in a proper carrier and please also have proof of a licence if you just want a chip. Cats are $20 and dogs $30.  Chips alone are $5.  Allan Gardens (Carlton and Sherbourne), Saturday September 29, 1 to 4 pm. 
 
Pho Indochine
Tam, Kim and Tony have opened their new restaurant at 568 Parliament.  It’s a pretty room with open seating at the front and cozy enclosed booths near the back.  They’re offering truly Vietnamese cuisine for eat-in and take-out customers.  They’ve listed a wide range of Pho from $6 to $8.50 along with appetizers from $3.95 and grilled dishes from $8.  The food is fresh and well seasoned.  Their website shows their menus, photos and contact information.

Dramatic updates
The world premiere of Lisa Moore’s play, “February” launches on Friday at The Alumnae Theatre  (70 Berkeley Street).  It’s based on Moore’s acclaimed novel about Helen, a Newfoundlander whose husband Carl was killed in the 1982 Ocean Ranger Disaster.  The Alumnae Theatre opens its season with this play.  For more information about schedules, times and tickets, click here.
Soulpepper (50 Tankhouse Lane in the Distillery) is ending its summer season and beginning its Fall schedule.  This weekend is your last chance to see The Royal Comedian, Speed-the-Plow and The Sunshine Boys.  Two of Arthur Miller’s plays continue until early October – The Crucible and Death of a Salesman.  Click here to reach Soulpepper’s website.
 
Bragging rights
On Sunday, three events took place all at the same time and each one was a success. 
The Tour of Homes has again attracted hundreds of people to our neighbourhood.  Congratulations for an outstanding event.  We understand that the post-Tour party for the volunteers was especially fun.
The ROMWalks through Cabbagetown were another well-attended event.  Small groups just kept appearing around our noteworthy sites. 
The street party in Cabbagetown South included a celebrity chef taking care of the bbq, several local artists displaying their works and – yes, Elvis kept the crowd amazed and swooning.

Save these dates
 
Tsingory Dance workshop
Tsingory Dance Company performs contemporary and traditional dances from the island of Madagascar.  Every piece is carefully researched and tells a story about Madagascar’s culture.  The company is holding a public workshop followed by demonstrations by the musicians of their various Malagasy instruments.  Click here to see their website. Thursday October 11, 7:30 pm, CCDT Theatre (509 Parliament), $15.

Casey House art auction
Many of us in Cabbagetown are happy to support the fine work done at Casey House.  Every Fall,
they hold an art auction of contemporary Canadian works at the Carlu (444 Yonge St, 7th Floor) as a major fundraiser.  You can view this year’s outstanding selections at Waddington’s (275 King St E) from Friday October 12 to Monday October 15, noon to 5 pm. The auction happens on Wednesday October 17 with the final viewing at 5:30 and the sale at 7 pm.  Tickets for the auction are $175.  You can find lots of contact information, details about the art and ticket info at the website.
 
Sip & Savour Ontario
The best of Ontario’s locally grown food and cuisine is showcased along with the finest sippers from Ontario wineries.  Six celebrity chefs, two gourmet food trucks, three culinary demonstrations and twenty eight VQA wines from Ontario are all included.  It’s all in support of Houselink, a community service for people living with mental illness.  Tickets are $85.  For more information, go to the website.  Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 to 10 pm,  Fermenting cellar, The Distillery, 55 Mill Street.