December 20 - Serving Cabbagetown & the Downtown East Neighbourhoods

First - a couple of quick announcements

Make a Christmas gift
Like many people, you may want to make a donation to a local agency that works here in our community.  If so, click here or on the poinsettia (in the right sidebar) to find a list of services in our area and a description of their programs.

Are you planning a New Year’s Eve event?
Click here or click on the champagne bottle (in the right sidebar) for a list of fifteen restaurants, pubs and clubs where you can celebrate the New Year.  They’ve prepared dinner, dancing, entertainment and parties for you, everything from a night of champagne tastings to funk bands, formal dinners to pajama parties. 

Neighbourhood news

Accident at Carlton and Parliament
Photo: CityNews
On Tuesday morning, two people were crossing Parliament on the north side of the intersection at Carlton when they were struck by a tow truck turning onto Parliament from Carlton.  They were taken to Sunnybrook Hospital and are still there.  The woman is in very serious condition in the intensive care unit.  The man is battered and bruised but not suffering from life-threatening injuries.  No charges have been laid.  Traffic Services at the Toronto Police Service is asking anyone who saw the accident to call them at (416) 808-1900. 
This intersection badly needs some serious fixing.  It’s a mess.  Cars turning east onto Carlton have to dodge carefully through Parliament traffic.  Pedestrians and cyclists have to navigate traffic coming unexpectedly from three directions. 
For years, the BIA and residents have raised the issue with Councillor Pam McConnell and City of Toronto officials.  It’s not enough for City officials to shrug and say that it’s a tough case.  It’s time for them to get serious and fix this problem.
In the meantime, our best wishes go to the two victims for a speedy and complete recovery.

Nighisti Semret police progress report
To date, the police are not offering any new details about the investigation of Nighisti Semret’s murder.  In October, they asked residents to think about possible links to her attacker and they appealed for our help to identify this person.  We can contact Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux at (416) 808-7387 or (416) 808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).  In late October, D/Sgt Giroux said “Someone in the area knows who this is and they need to call us right away.”

Community events

Christmas concert with the Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The orchestra’s Christmas concert happens tonight, Thursday, at 8 pm at Little Trinity Anglican Church (475 King St E).  The program includes Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, Bach’s Brandenburg 5 and a reading by Martin Gwynn Jones.  There’ll be carol singing with the audience.  Tickets for adults are $10 (children free) and the proceeds go to Little Trinity Church in appreciation of their hospitality throughout the year.  The orchestra has a website where you can learn more about the program and see a short video.

The Mayans say that the world ends tonight
And now, in Cabbagetown, we’ve got two places where you can sit back and enjoy the carnage.  Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) has a pajama-and-tragedy theme.  Anybody wearing PJs will be eligible to win the last door prize in recorded history.  It starts at 8 pm and there’ll be a farewell champagne toast at midnight.
Patrons at Alice’s Place (554 Parliament) will sing away the night with karaoke.

Christmas sing-a-long at The Wicks
Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacahrin are leading the mass choir at The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) on Sunday December 23, starting at 4 pm.  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 soak up the Christmas spirits with your friends and neighbours.

The Flying Beaver’s 1st Annual Holiday Charity Variety Special
Heather and Maggie are staging their Special during this weekend’s program at the Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliament).  Entrance is on a Pay-What-You-Want basis.  The proceeds from the door go to the designated charities – Sick Children’s Hospital, Women’s College Henrietta Banting Breast Clinic, Support Our Youth and the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
On Friday at 9 pm, Diane Flacks brings musical comedy.  On Saturday, there are two shows, Marla Lukowsky at 7 pm and at 9 pm Shelley Marshall.  The fourth performance on Sunday features Becky Bays.  Click here to read all the details.

Open on Christmas Day
Cranberries (601 Parliament) is welcoming guests for a full Christmas dinner. There’ll be two sittings at 5 and 7:30 pm.  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.  Warm apple pie and ice cream for dessert.  $24.99.  It’s a popular event so book now, (416) 925-6330.
Alice’s Place (554 Parliament) is also open, from 11 am to 2 am.  Alice is planning a low-keyed day with lots of warm hospitality.  On Christmas Eve, she’s having a party with karaoke and  lucky draw.
One-stop holiday shop
Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) has great items for your party celebrations, for your table settings, for your mantle and for your Christmas tree decorations.  You’ll find gifts for your friends and family.  See their top picks or shop online.  Open 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, 11 am to 5 pm Saturday and noon to 4 pm Sunday.
Welcome Kingyo
Photo: Renee Suen, Toronto Life
After a lot of work renovating the old Stonegrill site, Kingyo has opened in their new Cabbagetown location (51B Winchester).  They’ve built a very beautiful room with seats for 120 people.  They’ve landed with a splash – Toronto Life’s The Dish did a very nice article about the location, the menu and the people who’re working there. They’re open daily from 5:30 to 11:30 pm.  You can see more at Kingyo’s website and make your reservations at (647) 748-2121. 
Last minute and gorgeous
If you need a last-minute gift, Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard) has gorgeous items in stock now.  This one is a Poole pottery vase from England, circa 1970, shape number 15. The vase is glazed in green with an abstract floral pattern in black outline, highlighted with touches of bright yellow and orange. Signed by Anita Lawrence.  You can see more at Leslie’s website.
Lookin’ good…
The Paintbox (525 Dundas St E) is becoming a good place for people-watching.  This week, Daniels Corp’s Mitch Cohen was caught chatting conspiratorially with Chalo Barrueta from UforChange.