Serving Cabbagetown & the downtown east area - October 4

Congratulations to four Cabbagetown writers
Four finalists from Cabbagetown are in the running for the prestigious 2012 Governor General’s literary awards. Congratulations to each of them for their achievements. They join a very prestigious group of writers from Cabbagetown whose works have won awards and shaped our lives including Hugh Garner, Josef Skvorecky and Michael Ondaatje.

Linda Spalding is one of five novelists nominated for the English-language fiction award for her book, The Purchase.

Carol Bishop-Gywn is nominated in English non-fiction for her biography, Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca.

Noah Richler’s What We Talk About When We Talk About War has a nomination for the English non-fiction award.
A F Moritz’s collection, The New Measures, has earned a poetry nomination.
Find out more about these and the other nominees at the Canada Council’s website and while you’re there, you can conveniently purchase them (in large quantities!) through Indigo’s online system.
Congrat’s to the CYC
A week ago, representatives from Jays Care Foundation and from MLSE Team Up Foundation helped with the official unveiling of the newly renovated gym at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  The two sports foundations made generous financial contributions to the project and they also contributed baseball gloves and basketballs to the CYC’s inventory.  The gym renovations have been a big project for the CYC and they’re now proving their value.

Are you depressed?
Cabbagetown publisher Ron Hume wants to contact people who experience periodic episodes of life-sapping depression.  The folks at have worked with some of North America’s leading psychiatrists to develop a self-help patient education program that teaches those with major depression and anxiety how to manage their condition to avoid the frequency and intensity of future episodes. This program is now being field tested and ─ for a limited time ─ you can enroll at no cost. This is an online program you take at home, on your owntime. To enroll, or get further information contact r.hume@infomedic.comFor more information, go to their website.
Cards by Penn Lewis
Penn is a local photographer who’s built up a remarkable collection of pictures depicting our gardens, homes and local landmarks.  He mounts these on high-quality stock as greeting cards.  He’ll tailor his photos to create your own personalized cards – for seasonal and Christmas greetings, general purposes and special occasions.  Check out his catalogue at his website
Rescue yourself from mountains of paperwork
Lucy De Luca operates 25 Hours, a bookkeeping and admin-services company located right here in Cabbagetown.  She’s now taking new clients. Pull out those shoeboxes full of receipts and get your books organized. Whether you’re looking to gain control of your business finances or need help organizing your office paperwork and busy schedule, Lucy is here to help. 25 Hours will add an extra hour to your day. Visit
Coming events
Ron James at Dominion on Queen
Ron James headlines the East End Comedy Revue this Saturday, 8:30 pm, at Dominion on Queen (500 Queen at Sumach). Also appearing -  Frank Spadone, Rebecca Kohler, Dave Merheje, Alex Nussbaum and host Dave Martin.  Sean Fisher on piano.
Special Thanksgiving dinners
Peartree’s menu (507 Parliament) opens with salad or roasted butternut squash soup, followed by roast turkey with apple, onion and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables and gravy and then finished with pumpkin pie.  $21.99.  Saturday from 5 to 11 pm, Sunday and Monday from noon to 11 pm.
Cranberries (601 Parliament) has a three course traditional Thanksgiving meal for $24.95.  Starters include caramelized cream of butternut squash soup with apple and bacon or mixed greens.  The main course, naturally, is roast turkey with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce.  Pumpkin pie with whipped cream or warm apple pie with ice cream for your dessert.  Sunday and Monday dinner
House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is offering regular Sunday evening fare. They’ve added their legendary Thanksgiving traditional turkey dinner to the menu along with pumpkin bread pudding and Citrouille pumpkin ale from St Ambroise for Sunday and Monday evening
JAMcafe (195 Carlton) has a “tiny turkey” festive dinner on the menu – Rock Cornish hens with all the trimmings.  Don’t forget that you can bring your own wine on Sunday and there’ll be no corkage fees.   Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Theatre news
This weekend marks the final two performances of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Death of a Salesman at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, The Distillery).  Watch for details about Alligator Pie and Endgame, the next two plays being staged in late October through November.   The Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) also finishes Lisa Moore’s February on Saturday.  Their next offering is The Drowning Girls which runs from November 16 to December 1.  Check the boxes in the left column and click on the images to get times, ticket prices and order information.
Oktoberfest at Stout
Oktoberfest happens at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) from October 7 to October 12.  Enjoy a Creemore and a German-inspired menu throughout the week.  Creemore’s Kellerbier and urBock in 473 cans for $7.95, 12 oz of Creemore Premier Lager for $7.95 and 20 oz for $12 (and keep the stein.)  On Friday October 12 from 7 pm, join the Oktoberfest party – prizes, giveaways and Creemore samplings.
MJG Gallery
Mark at MJG Gallery (555 Parliament) has a new show called "Duality" that runs to the end of the month. Among the highlights is "Mark & John", a real two-headed calf taxidermy! Reception on Thursday Oct 11th. Please RSVP with Mark at the gallery or call 416.923.4031
CYC at the Neighbourhood Challenge
Every year, Scotiabank’s Toronto Waterfront Marathon includes a Neighbourhood Challenge as part of its program – the group with the biggest and loudest crowd wins a $6000 prize.  Four people are the CYC’s champions in the marathon:  Heather Hopkins, Angela Jonsson, Sylvie Andrew and Nancy Horvath.  The CYC always sends an enthusiastic gang to cheer on their runners. You can help by being a financial sponsor, by donating food, drinks, decorations and noisemakers, and by lending a hand to set up and operate the cheering site.   The CYC area is located at Trinity and Front Streets, Sunday October 14 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.   For more information, click here.
Two wine tastings at JAMcafe
Av Atikian is back with two more of his very popular wine tasting evenings at JAMcafe (195 Carlton).  Save both dates.
Thursday October 18, 6:30 pm – featuring wines from Oakridge Winery in Australia’s Yarra Valley.  Winemaker and CEO David Bicknell will present four wines and Av will prepare a four-course meal to accompany the tastings. $50
Thursday October 25, 6:30 pm – Rare Italian varietals.  25 wines available for tasting.  Details to come soon.  $40.
Reservations are a very good idea for both events – call (416) 921-1255.
St James Town artists
Community Matters Toronto is hosting three evening talks by artists who live and work in St James Town.  Artist and educator Paul Byron is the first speaker.  He plans to talk about the way his art has grown and the influences on him that brought changes into his work.  His focus is local, based on his experiences in St James Town. Wednesday, October 24, 7 pm, Community Matters Toronto office, Suite 102 - 260 Wellesley St E  (buzz 8605).
Thanks Toni and Elaine
On October 1, Toni and Elaine closed their coffee shop, Mylk Uncookies, on Gerrard Street.  They’ve sold the business and now they’re concentrating on their wholesale ventures.  Their efforts helped to change the small retail strip on Gerrard.  Their store gave the area a relaxed place where people could drop in and be comfortable.  It was always a pleasure to work with them and we wish them well in their future endeavours.
Cabbagetown survey
A quick reminder – the Cabbagetown Preservation Association wants your ideas about its future programs and contributions to our community.  Anne Pastuszak has organized an online survey that you can complete by clicking here.  The deadline is October 26.  Please take a moment to share your thoughts.
Tania’s photo of the Festival
Tania Waldock from the House on Parliament caught this beautiful rainbow late Saturday afternoon during this year’s Festival.  True to its promise, the rainbow brought the end of the rain and the rest of the event was a dry success.