$50,000 for St James Town upgrades

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Vote for them - $50,000 for St James Town upgrades
Last week, we mentioned the opportunity that CommunityMatters and the St James Town Youth Council have to upgrade the St James Town tennis courts. They’re part of a contest being run by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. 
Victoria Hadden from Aberdeen Ave has reported that Global News did an item about this project.  Watch it here. 
The winner will be the one getting the most online votes.  
The contest runs until March 8.  You can register and vote very easily. 
Please vote more than once.  Vote every day – it’s okay, it’s part of the contest rules!  So please register, vote and then return daily. 
Here’s the link.

New Stewardship group at Riverdale Farm
The membership of new Stewardship Group for Riverdale Farm has been decided by the City of Toronto.  Four local people have been chosen – Ahsan Mirza, Anne Pastuszak, George Rust D’Eye and Cassie Scott.  Two more people come from Riverdale.  The others are from Scarborough, North York and the west end of Toronto including Gia Jobe whose marketing expertise has been helpful in rejuvenating Dufferin Mall.
The Stewardship Group is an official body in the City. Its stated goals include creating financial stability, renewing the Farm’s programs and attracting partners for the Farm’s activities.  The Garfield Weston Foundation has just pledged a $25,000 gift to provide an incentive for more private funding.

Regent Park teens speak out
Photo:  Michelle Sui/Globe & Mail
The Globe & Mail interviewed three teens from Regent Park.  The story, printed last weekend, paints a very tough picture.  It underlines the need for community supports and the urgency of the renewal that’s happening in the neighbourhood.  At the same time, it shows that “theirs is a reality far removed from that of most Canadian teens…”  

Merryberry needs a business partner
Cyril is looking for a business partner.  His friend and original partner left for the west coast for family reasons a few months ago and he’s learned since then that one person alone cannot do all the work.  If you’ve been dreaming about owning a restaurant or if you know someone who would be interested, contact Cyril.  Ownership up to 50% is available.  Merryberry (559 Parliament) has a website or you can contact Cyril by email at info@merryberry.ca or by phone at (647) 348-0411.
 
Design services
Kendall & Co have just finished a major renovation at 203 Seaton Street.  Together with Cabbagetown Carpentry, they’ve upgraded this home from top to bottom with a blend of original fixtures and modern high-quality furnishings.  Check it out on YouTube. 
There’s an Open House at 203 Seaton on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 pm.  You can see all of these details on our Real Estate page.  Click here.  This sounds like a great house for a visit.

Bike news
Photo: blogTO
Kale at Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) handles a lot of early season tune-ups for local residents.  Right now, his  business is quieter and he can do your bike quickly.  But he predicts that he’ll be swamped as soon as we get a lovely day in March.  If you can arrange it, you should take your bike to him now and avoid the wait later.  It’s also possible to make a reservation for a specific date – just call Kale at (416) 972-6948.
When you’re at the shop, ask Wil for details about joining the Cabbagetown Cycling Club.

Police notices about stolen bikes
Toronto Police Services have announced a new tool that helps bike buyers learn whether a bike has been stolen.  There’s now a Canada-wide data base where serial numbers are registered.  If you’re buying a bike, you can quickly learn whether it’s listed there.  Here’s the link to the data base and here’s the link to the Canadian Police Information Centre.

Quick news from the neighbourhood
2013 membership renewals – Cabbagetown South Association.  Any one who renews or who brings in new members is eligible to win a special prize package.  The winner will be announced at the next association meeting, Wednesday March 6, Ontario Restaurant (383 Dundas E)
Facebook page – Cabbagetown Preservation Association.  Click here to visit the page and to “like” the Association  (what’s not to like???)  

Home Business News
We have a separate page for listings about people who have home businesses in our area.  If you own a business and need a listing, please email us at cabbagetownreview@gmail.com
This week, we’re showcasing Gerry Pitts’ new trip package to Prince Edward County.  He’s offering a pampered experience.  The County is really beautiful place in the Spring with wild lilacs lining the roadways and new crops blooming everywhere.  Take the train to Belleville and enjoy wine tours and talks for several days.  Gerry’s package includes your train fare, hotels and local transportation.
To learn more about Gerry’s trip, click here.  To see his page in our travel section, click here. 

COMING EVENTS
 
Attention Film Buffs
The Toronto Film Noir Syndicate is screening “Nightmare Alley” at the Dominion On Queen (500 Queen E) on Saturday March 2.  It stars Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Colleen Gray and Helen Walker.  We’re told that it’s a rare screening of a 1947 offbeat, sinister, classic film noir.  The opening scene is apparently filled with sheer carnal lust.  Saturday March 2, 8 pm, $5.  The Toronto Film Noir Syndicate has a Facebook page.

Run Cabbagetown rescheduled
Last week’s 5 km run through Cabbagetown was ambushed by Tuesday night’s snow storm.  John and Karen have rescheduled it for 7 pm, Tuesday March 5.  It`s open to anyone who wants to join.  You can register here and then show up in front of the Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) by 7 pm.  Post-run refreshments at either Tim Horton`s or the House on Parliament.
 
Everyday Anthems
Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) presents Heidi Strauss’ new commission at the Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queen’s Quay W) from March 6 to 9. For info and tickets, click here.

Bold Blend
The first year students at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre thought up, created and produced these works.  This evening is a highlight of the year at the School.  March 8 and 9, 8 pm, 80 Winchester, $15 & $12. 
 
Home Show tickets
Duncan Fremlin has a limited supply of complimentary tickets to the annual National Home Show. It takes place from March 15 to 24 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.  He’s offering them on a first-come-first-served basis.  If you’re interested, contact Duncan at duncan@morethanahome.ca

St Patrick’s Day at the Ben Wicks
Robert says, firmly, that the Wicks (424 Parliament) is an Irish pub and he’s going to have an evening of old-fashioned St Paddy’s Day celebrations ready to go!  Since St Patrick’s Day officially falls on Sunday this year, he’s moving his celebration to Saturday, March 16.  He’s invited the One Shot Band to perform from 8 pm. They’ll bring their unique blend of danceable folk, rock and roots music. No word yet whether he plans (like St Patrick) to banish snakes from the Wicks.  No cover charge.
 
St Patrick’s Day at Stout Irish Pub
Erin at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) has her St Patrick’s Day events lined up for Sunday  March 17. It’s a big and very exciting program.  Doors open at 11 am.  In the afternoon, there’s family fun with Irish dancers from 2 pm and face painting from 3 pm. In the evening, the Gurriers start at 7 pm with modern Celtic acoustic music.  No cover charge, heated patio
 
Acceleration 2013
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents the dancers who are graduating from the Professional Dance Program.  They’re performing works by Peggy Baker, Rachel Browne, Danny Grossman, Christopher House and Jose Limon.  For more info and tickets, click here.  March 20 to 23, 8 pm, Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester),  $19 & $15.
 
Summer at CCDT
Two summer dance programs at CCDT (509 Parliament) – SunDance for ages 8 to 20 (July 1 to 19) and SummerArts for ages 4 to 8 (July 23 to 27) – are now open for registration.  For course descriptions, registration forms and costs, click here.

CLUBS & PUBS EVENTS –

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28 TO SUNDAY MARCH 10

Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Ben Wicks, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, www.benwickspub.com
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893, www.dominiononqueen.com
Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567, www.pubaret.com
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676, www.stoutirishpub.ca
Winchester Kitchen & Bar, 51A Winchester St, (416) 323-0051, www.winchesterkitchen.com  

If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, we’ve listed the prices. Otherwise, the event is free.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Julie Michels, Sophia Perlman & Terra Hazelton, ``Vexed``,  tight harmonies and lots of
laughter, $15 advance, $20 door
Paint Box Bistro
8 pm, Indie Night with Low Level Flight featuring Ryan Malcolm & with Melissa Cameron
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Phil Hood, ``The Human Jukebox``

FRIDAY MARCH 1
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Havana to Toronto, Afro-Cuban jazz, $10.
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels & Diane Leah ``Broadsway`` great songs, bizarre banter and lots of laughs, $20 advance/ $25 door
9:30 pm, Beat The Beaver pub quiz, $5 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Thunderfunk with Seamus Erskine`s Greatest Hits & DJ Splattermonkey

SATURDAY MARCH 2
Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward & his Trio, hillbilly beatnik music, pwyc
8 pm, Film Noir “Nightmare Alley” (1947), back room.
9:30 pm, “Que isso”, Brazilian jazz, front room, $5
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels & Diane Leah ``Broadsway`` great songs, bizarre banter and lots of laughs, $20 advance/ $25 door
9 pm, Margot Roi  ``Life Love & Laughter: Love it or lump it``,  $10 advance/$15 door
Paintbox Bistro
9:30 pm, Comedy Night featuring Sean Cullen ``The Sean Schau``
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Fried Angels

SUNDAY MARCH 3
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch  with the rockin’ sounds of the Cosmotones featuring Alistair Christl
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Lilli Connor & Cara Pantalone with Danielle Wade & Mark Allen, ``Les Nongenues``, $15 advance/ $20 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Beau’s Open Mic with Porter

MONDAY MARCH 4
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Good Neighbours open mic night, pwyc
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm,  Industry Night

TUESDAY MARCH 5
Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm – Hot Club of Corktown Django Jam, pwyc
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Midnight – Epic Movies

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam Theme Night, $5
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, classic and original romantic songs with Michah Barnes $10 advance, $15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Winprov

THURSDAY MARCH 7
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, The Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, The McComedy Show with Shannon McDonough and Michael McLean, $10 advance, $15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin

FRIDAY MARCH 8
Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, intimate jazz with Mary Catherine Duo, $10.
Flying Beaver
7 pm, The McComedy Show with Shannon McDonough and Michael McLean, $10 advance, $15 door
9 pm, Alice – an ‘80s concert in wonderland, $15 advance/$20 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Mud Punch

SATURDAY MARCH 9
Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward & his Trio, hillbilly beatnik music, pwyc
9 pm, Sonic Blues with Daniel Buxton, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, “Secrets of a safe sex slut”, comedy with Sherryl Cowden,  $10 advance/ $15 door
9 pm, “Belle’s Boudoir”  $15 advance/$20 door,  followed by Belle’s Booty Bounce free dance party.
Paintbox Bistro
9:30 pm, Phil Dwyer with Don Thompson, 3 course dinner package $40, show only $15.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Solar Messiah 13

SUNDAY MARCH 10
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch  with the rockin’ sounds of the Cosmotones featuring Alistair Christl
Flying Beaver
7 pm, singer-songwriter and pianist Peter Donato, $10 advance/ $15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Beau’s Open Mic with Porter