December 13 - Serving Cabbagetown & the Downtown East Neighbourhoods

A couple of quick announcements ...

Make a community Christmas gift
We’ve added more information about our local agencies on our Christmas Gift page.  Click on the poinsettia on the right to see the updated list.

New Year’s Eve
Are you making plans for New Year’s Eve?  Click here for a list of our pubs, fine dining and entertainment. 

Christmas sing-a-long at The Wicks
This wonderful Cabbagetown tradition is taking a new turn this year and it promises to be a big success.  Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacahrin are leading the mass choir at The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) on Sunday December 23, starting at 4 pm.  We can reliably report that Robert will be there (he’s already clearing his throat and memorizing his songs), and Louise (who’s emailing everyone she knows to swell the crowd) and Doug (who promises not to sing!)  Jeff and Noah will have their guitars, there’ll be an open mic and lots of audience participation.   It’s time to bring your family, enjoy a break from the pre-Christmas stress and see your friends and neighbours in this comfy spot.
Amahl & the Night Visitors
Two performances (3 pm and 7 pm), next Sunday December 16, St Peter’s Church (188 Carlton) by the Cabbagetown Classical Youth Choir under the direction of Daniel Eby.  After each performance, the choir will also sing a program of Christmas favourites.  Tickets are $20 and you can call (647) 701-5033 to reserve yours and to find out more about the concerts.  There’s a good, short YouTube video about the choir and this concert – click here to see it.
Get your tree here
The McDermott family have returned to sell us their Christmas trees.  They’ve set up their trailer and their trees at Spruce and Parliament for the 60th year.  They’ve got a great selection and they’ll help you find exactly the one that fits perfectly in your living room. Gerry McDermott who’s family has long been the operators at this sale has announced that $5000 will be donated to Sick Children’s Hospital in honour of Alice and Elmer McDermott.
Christmas disk from Number 9
George Rondina and his staff have compiled a Christmas album to benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation.  Entitled “Christmas on Seaton Street”, it offers fifteen songs that were recorded here in Cabbagetown at the Number 9 Studio (222 Gerrard at Seaton).  A remarkable group of artists participated in the project and each artist generously donated the time and effort needed to record these pieces.  All proceeds from the sales of these disks go to the Foundation. You can buy physical copies at Number 9 or download them from iTunes, CD Baby and the other online retailers.  There’s a Facebook page where you can find out about the artists, their selections and the new disk.
Have an elegant Christmas toast
Leslie at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard) has a set of six vintage silver fade champagne flute glasses.  Click here for more information.
Santa’s coming back.
He’ll be back to Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm.  Once again, you’re welcome to bring your family and your pet for a picture with Santa.  He was here two weeks ago and lots of people took advantage of the occasion.  So if you missed him then, here’s your chance for a great photo.  The pic’s are really good – as Willie the Wonder Dog can testify.
Scrooge at Soulpepper
Soulpepper’s staging of A Christmas Carol is now a favourite Christmas event.  Michael Shamata directs the performance and Joseph Ziegler is Ebenezer Scrooge.  The Globe & Mail says “Soulpepper’s beloved annual production of Dicken’s triple-ghost classic totally toasts our hearts’ cookies.”  Continues through Saturday December 29.  50 Tank House Lane, (416) 203-6264
Stout at the world’s end
On the Mayan calendar, the world ends on December 20. Erin is throwing a party to celebrate at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton). There's gonna be a champagne toast for the survivors at midnight. Wear your pajamas and win a prize. If the end is here, then why not gather your family and face it together with your pals at Stout? Hors d'oeuvres and craft beers available while you wait.
Twelve days of Christmas at Kendall & Co
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
12 one-of-a kind lighting,
11 sofas with piping,
10 votives a-glowing,
9 sweet smelling fragrances,
8 silk drapes a-flowing,
7 decorative trays for serving,
6 wine buckets worth celebrating,
5 napkin rings,
4 monogrammed pillows,
3 wonderful vases,
2 turtle ornaments,
And a beautiful rug under the Christmas tree!
Find these holiday gifts + festive décor, greeting cards, gift wrap and more at KENDALL & Co (227 Carlton) or shop online.
Cranberries Christmas
Once again, Cranberries (601 Parliament) will host Christmas Day dinner. It’s a traditional Christmas feast.  Start with cream of butternut squash soup or organic greens with balsamic vinegar.  Oven roasted turkey is the main course, served with mashed potato, fresh seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy.  There’s warm apple pie and ice cream for dessert.  Two sittings – 5 and 7:30 pm.  $24.99.  Book now at (416) 925-6330.
Central Neighbourhood House
Volunteers are needed to distribute small gift bags to people in CNH’s In-Home Services Program. About one thousand people, living in the downtown core, receive a bag filled with personal care items, pens, notebooks, gloves and candies. The deliveries are made in the day and evening and on the weekends – so if you have time in these slots, then CNH will appreciate your help. Contact Chris or Angela at (416) 925-4363 or at CNH is located at 349 Ontario Street.
The early reviews are  great
Cafune (194A Carlton) has only been open a couple of weeks and the early reviews at Urbanspoon are very enthusiastic.  You can see Cafune’s website here.
Toronto City Gossip takes a longer look at Cabbagetown Brew (552 Parliament).  The author enjoys the café’s ambiance and its coffee and food selections.  Cabbagetown Brew has a Facebook page.
The CYC’s celebration
The celebration at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) last week was a great success. Dancers from the Performing Arts Program provided the entertainment, Bob Rae and Pam McConnell were the visiting dignitaries, Thompson Egbo Egbo played a keyboard piece to honour John McFayden, Lila Orbach and John Iskra represented the Carl Orbach Foundation and a wide variety of volunteers were recognized for their efforts over the past year.  Justin Skinner from City Centre Mirror has written a nice story about the evening’s program.
Lookin’ good
Glen Murray (our local MPP) took a break from his Liberal leadership campaign and refueled at lunch at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament).  He ran into ex-Winnipeger and enthusiastic Liberal, Barbara Jacob.  Lots of gossip ensued from their encounter.  I say – “lookin’ good, you two, lookin’ good.”