Our entertainment news section is now listed at the bottom of the centre column.  We’ve organized it by daily events so you can see at a glance what’s happening when you want to go out.  We hope this will make the news easier to read for people who use mobile devices.
A lot of people operate interesting businesses in our area.  We’re giving them a permanent platform on our Newsletter. We already have over a dozen listings featuring art, photography, clothing, business services, health, fitness, pet services and travel.
You can read it here.
If you have a home business, please send us an email  to and we’ll include your announcement.
Save this date for Tiffany’s event
Tiffany Smith is a familiar face at the House on Parliament. In late March, she’s going to Sri Lanka for three weeks as part of a Habitat for Humanity project.  To defray her costs, she and Steve MacDougall (who’s going with her on the trip) are having a fundraising party at the Winchester Kitchen & Bar (51A Winchester) on Sunday February 24 starting at 5 pm.  It promises to be a great night.  There’ll be good food and lots of drinks.  Go Freddy Go and the Dead Apostles are both playing along with DJ Mike Reid.  Raffles and silent auctions will raise the funds for the trip throughout the night as well as plenty of opportunity for donations.  Dr Steve Goren and Weenen General Contracting have already organized gifts to help her while she’s away.  If you want to help as well, just contact House on Parliament (454 Parliament, 416-925-4074).
Toque Tuesday
Next Tuesday, Raising The Roof is selling classic black toques for $10 for its 2013 campaign to “put a cap” on youth homelessness.  The Sherbourne Health Centre, St Christopher’s House and HouseLink are working with them and will share the proceeds.  Sherbourne Health Centre will use its share to support the Infirmary, Women in Need Clinic (WINK) and Support Our Youth (SOY).   Watch for volunteers selling toques at the Yonge/Bloor subway.  You can also get one at the Sherbourne Health Centre’s office at 333 Sherbourne.
Children’s Book Bank
The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley at Gerrard) is having a fundraiser on Tuesday March 5 at 7 pm at the Women’s Art Association (23 Prince Arthur Ave).  Tickets are $100.  The evening includes a reading by Tanis Rideout from her novel “Above All Things” (plus a copy of her book), a glass of wine and light refreshments.  Check out the details here.
The Book Bank provides free books and literacy support to kids in the Regent Park neighbourhood.  It operates from a beautiful setting in the restored buildings at Gerrard and Berkeley.  The Book Bank’s website also has a short YouTube video about its work.
Valentine’s Recital
The Regent Park School of Music is hosting its annual recital at the Aki Theatre in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) on February 14 from 5 to 6:30 pm. Bring your family and enjoy this free event.  If it’s your first visit to the Daniels Spectrum, add a little extra time for a walk-about to see this marvellous new facility. 
Ashtanga Yoga Cabbagetown
Ashtanga Yoga is a moving meditation of rigorous asana's which calms the mind and strengthens the body. Hosted by KPJAYI authorized teacher Emma O'Neill, you're in good hands. She teaches it in its traditional form called Mysore Style. Daily 6 to 9 am at Sundara Yoga (493 Parliament, side door.)  For more info, times and prices, email Emma at or check out her website.
Cabbagetown real estate report
Hilary Browning and Nick Humphries are agents at HomeLife Realty One (501 Parliament).  They’ve compiled a really useful analysis of Cabbagetown real estate trends for 2011 and 2012.  The normal statistical presentation gathers data from Yonge to the DVP and Bloor to the lake.  That’s a big and very diverse real estate market.  They concluded that a focus on Cabbagetown would be more useful for homeowners here.  So they took the actual sales data for our neighbourhood and did a two-year comparison.  A handy map is included along with a quick comparison of sales east and west of Parliament Street.  Check out their report here and watch for a printed version in your mailbox next week. 
Jump Start at The Citadel
At the Citadel (304 Parliament). New Adventures in Sound Art joins Continuum to give an electronic boost to their already juiced ensemble.  Together, they’re creating a concert with musical statements ranging from the delicate to the explosive.  Continuum have prepared a short YouTube video to describe the evening’s program.  Composers include Rose Bolton, Daniel Mayer, Scott Smallwood, Andrew Staniland and Scott Wilson.  One performance only – Saturday, February 10, 8 pm.
Jane's Walk: Call for walk leaders!
Neudis Abreu at Community Matters has put out a call for volunteers to lead Jane’s Walk through St James Town on May 4 and 5.  If you’re interested, contact or call (416) 944-9697.
Thousands of people take part in a Jane’s Walk each year. The Walks are led by people who want to share what matters to them and they offer a more personal take on local culture and issues. They are not a tourist driven initiative but an insider tour of a neighbourhood that helps open up a friendly, engaged discussion among interested participants

In the media
Toronto Star Photo
In the past week, three stories have appeared that underline the big changes taking place in Regent Park.  Two of them describe Archie Alleyne’s 80th birthday celebrations that took place in the Paintbox Bistro (525 Dundas E) – John Allemang writing in the Globe & Mail last Saturday and David MacFarlane in the Star on Thursday.
Toronto Star photo
In contrast, Gayle MacDonald wrote about the tragic murder of Tyson Bailey in the January 31 edition of the Globe & Mail.  She describes his fine young life and the tough community that is now being phased out by the redevelopment of the neighbourhood.
No more pennies
Mint photo
Next week, our venerable pennies fade away. You can read the official policy from the Mint here. It’s a useful document because it also gives the rounding guidelines that they’re advising.
TD Bank (493 Parliament) has a handy flyer about their policies. If you’re making a deposit with cash, a cheque, Visa or debit card, then it will be calculated to the nearest cent. If you’re making a withdrawal, the bank won’t give you pennies in cash, your cheque will be rounded to the nearest nickel and debit or credit card transactions will be done to the nearest cent.
So what if you’re the sort of person who has a couple big jars of pennies on a bottom shelf somewhere in your house? A quick survey of three bank branches here gave the same story at each one. You have to roll them (50 pennies per roll). TD Bank, however, has three Toronto branches with special machines that weigh the coins and credit you accordingly. The nearest branch is 1684 Danforth (a block east of Coxwell at Woodington).
SuperBowl in Cabbagetown
Five of our pubs each have authentic SuperBowl celebrations.  And one of them even has an anti-Bowl event.
Alice’s Place (554 Parliament) – good beer, big TV and lots of fans.
The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) – SuperBowl food for the true fans – chili, dogs, sausages and fries.  If you want a real football atmosphere with an outdoor trailer party, enjoy all of this outside on the patio.  Inside, there are three big screens and plenty of opinions.
Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E) – start the afternoon at 3 pm with the Songwriters Super Bowl with Nancy Dutra, Kirsten Jones & David Newland, $20 and then the football party starts at 5:30 pm and it’s an All-Game night with $5 drinks and a $5 menu.
Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) – Erin has a TV covering every angle in her rooms.  If there’s a heroic TD, a crashing tackle or a groaner fumble, you’ll see it all.  Add to that her award-winning pub grub and it’s a Sunday bowl game to remember.  If you reserve ahead of time, you can join Erin’s Super Bowl Tailgate Party at 4 pm
And then, there’s the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).  Heather and Maggie can’t make up their minds.  They have two rooms and so they’re holding two events.  True fans will see the game on the pub side with three TVs, stereo sound, prize pools and lots more.  Those who hate football will be welcome next door to join in a rousing sing-a-long featuring Kendall Partington.  No cover charge for either event but “rezzos recommended” at (647) 347-6567.
Café Olya is open
Olyana and Mike have opened their bakery and coffee shop at 540 Parliament.  Olyana is the baker – she makes everything from scratch right on the premises every morning and she uses only top quality, healthy ingredients.  Scones, croissants, danishes and homemade granola. They say on their website, “we keep the selection small and the quality high.”  They’ve matched these goodies with a range of coffees, hot chocolate and teas.   Drop by and grab a tasty sample.
Bookmark this page. Our new page about people who operate home businesses is up and running.  Here are three examples – Marilyn, Shanti and Shauna, and Sarah.
Marilyn at Pet Valu
Marilyn Wilputte is back this Saturday at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) with her grooming and nail trimming services.  As usual, it’s a pleasant experience for your dogs, cats and other household pals.  10 am to 4 pm, $10.  She also uses space at the Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard St E) and you can reach her at (416) 920-6814. On Facebook, look for Diggity Dog Grooming in Cabbagetown.
New dog walking team
Shanti and Shauna have a new dog walking service, “Just Be Dogs”.  They take a maximum of ten dogs for each scheduled walk.  For now, they’re starting at 9 am and at 12:30 pm although they may adjust their times as they learn their customers’ requirements.  The dogs enjoy a one-hour romp in the park.  They also offer boarding services for up to three dogs each night.  Their doggie guests get a one-hour walk each morning and evening plus pee breaks and lots of TLC.  For walking services, please make arrangements at least 24 hours in advance and for boarding, please reserve 48 hours in advance.  Contact or call (647) 237-7073.
Sarah Cook’s Injeanious Jackets
Injeanius Jackets - a sustainable, luxurious collection of redesigned jean jackets for the environmentally aware consumer. This is ethically conscious, unique clothing. Sarah combines gently used jean jackets & vintage or faux fur to produce her unique creations. Her hi-fashion blazer styles, more casual bomber style, as well as her adorable “Little Injeanius Jackets” are all custom made to your specifications. Contact Sarah at, or call (416) 817-7842 to arrange your consultation and fitting.

Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament, (647) 931-9088, Facebook
Ben Wicks, 424 Parliament, (416) 961-9425,
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen E, (416) 368-6893,
Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament, (647) 347-6567,
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas E, (647) 748-0555,
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton, (647) 344-7676,
Winchester Kitchen & Bar, 51A Winchester, (416) 323-0051,
If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, we’ve listed the prices.  Otherwise, the event is free.
Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, David Woodhead’s confabulation, $7
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Tim Boyle Returns, classic 30s and 40s jazz, $15 advance/ $20 door
Paint Box Bistro
8 pm, Opening Indie Night with Breakdown!  & Maya Kiltron
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Actors! Canadian Actors Up Close & Personal
10 pm, Phil Hood “The Human Jukebox”
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Havana to Toronto (AfroCuban/Latin), $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Introducing Laurance Tan
9 pm, Amateur night at the Beaver hosted by Paul Bellini
Paint Box Bistro
8 pm, The Heillig Manoeuvre CD Launch, $15
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Actors! Canadian Actors Up Close & Personal
10 pm, Soul City Groovement
Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward
Moo’d Swing (Vintage swing)
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Suzanne Nuttall with Bob Cohen on guitar & Evalyn Parry, $10 advance/$15 door
9 pm, comedy with Carla Collins, $20 advance/$25 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Actors! Canadian Actors Up Close & Personal
Alice’s Place
6:30 pm, Super Bowl
Ben Wicks
5:30 pm, pre-game & Super Bowl, special game menu
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch
3 pm, Songwriters Super Bowl with Nancy Dutra, Kirsten Jones & David Newland, $20
5:30 pm, Super Bowl pre-party & 6:30 pm, Game time, $5 drinks, $5 menu throughout game time
Flying Beaver
6 pm, Super Bowl in the Pub
7 pm, Sing-A-Long with Kendall Partington in the Cabaret.
Stout Irish Pub
4 pm, Tail gate party & 6:30 pm, Super Bowl
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Actors Repertory Theatre Company script reading
9 pm, Beau’s Open Mic with Porter
Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Good Neighbours Open Mic, pay what you can
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm,  Industry Night
Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown Django Jam, pay what you can
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Midnight – Epic Movies
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam, $5
Flying Beaver
7 pm, LESlieVILLE webseries launch party.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folks Club with Booge Rats & Owen McBride, $5
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, comedy Take My Advice with Allyson June Smith, $10 advance/ $15 door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Actors! Canadian Actors Up Close & Personal
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Feed Your Head #5 with Must Stash Hat, lightsweetcrude, Sam Klass & Toadhouse, $8
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Liz Tansey with Ted Quinlan “soulful rockin’ blues”, $15 advance/$20 door
9 pm, Dudettes (Ryan Kelly & Dale Miller) musical comedy review, $20 advance/$25 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Actors! Canadian Actors Up Close & Personal
10 pm, Emergency!
Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward
8:30 pm, Toronto’s East End Comedy Review with Host Dave Martin, on piano Suga Jam and Dave Hemstad, Ward Anderson, Casey Corbin, Dylan Gott, Paul Irving, Amanda Brooke, Josh Infald & Amanda Day.  $20/each, $60 for four.
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Maggie Cassella & Heidi Mole comedy, $15 advance/$20 door
9 pm, Big Girl & Friends with Christopher Wilson & Robert Graham, $10 door.
Paint Box Bistro
9:30 pm, SHE SAID WHAT, all female comedy, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Actors! Canadian Actors Up Close & Personal
10 pm, Blues & Troubles

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