Toronto Storytelling Festival
National, international and local storytellers gather in the Daniels Spectrum from Thursday to Sunday.  Some of the featured storytellers include Jay O’Callahan, Sandra Shamus, Marta Singh, Corin Raymond, Louis Bird, Gayle Ross, Ron Evans, Matthew Byrne and Kristin Wardetsky.  It’s a very full program.  Check it out here. 

Earth Hour tour
Earth Hour 2013 happens on Saturday night and for the fifth year, Cabbagetown South Residents Association is holding a candlelight tour to celebrate.   It’s your chance to enjoy this historic neighbourhood and to see it in an entirely new way.  It all starts at Gerrard and Ontario at 8:30 pm sharp.  Bring a candle, a lantern, your kids and your dog. Finish the night with a warm drink and a souvenir to plant in your garden.  Free – but please register so the organizers can prepare.

Toronto Street Cats
Toronto Street Cats works to improve the lives of feral cats by spaying and neutering, by finding homes for them and by building winter shelters.  On Saturday at 1 pm, they’ll be celebrating the construction of one thousand shelters by hundreds of volunteers over the past three years.  Drop in to the Toronto Humane Society (11 River at Queen).

Holy Week at St Peter’s
St Peter’s Anglican Church (190 Carlton) is holding a series of services and events to mark the Easter Season.  The Palm Sunday service (March 24, 10:30 am) includes a dramatic presentation, palms and blessings on the outside of the church with incense.  There’s a communion service on Maundy Thursday (March 28, 7 pm).  On Good Friday (March 29), the service starts at 10:30 am.  The week concludes with the Easter Sunday service with baptisms (March 31 at 10:30 am).  This is a good opportunity for those who haven’t yet met her to be introduced to Jeanette Lewis, St Peter’s new priest. 

Meet the new Riverdale Farm committee
The official announcements have been issued and the Stewardship Group is now in place.  There are nine new people on the committee including several Cabbagetowners. The members’ experience ranges from community organizing to food marketing, law and corporate affairs.  They’re a mixed bunch and the blend promises to be creative and effective.  On Tuesday night, you’ll have a chance to meet them and pass along your own ideas.  The event takes place at the Riverdale Farm Meeting Place at 7 pm.

Donor list for the Forsythia Festival
A committee from the Cabbagetown Residents Association has been gathering financial support for the Forsythia Festival that takes place on Sunday May 5.  The Festival this year promises to offer a lively and expanded program complete with lots of entertainment, kids’ events, a beer garden and picnic nibblies. 
To date, four donors have contributed over $500 (wow!), five gave between $100 and $500 and seven more have donated $50 to $100.  Plus – seven are making sizeable “gifts in kind” and eleven have pledged gifts for the raffles. 
There’s a new Blog dedicated to the Forsythia Festival – click here and bookmark it.  In future weeks, we’ll be telling you program details, the parade route, personality profiles and lots more!

Forsythia Festival King, Queen and Marshall
Don’t forget to nominate a friend, a neighbour or a family member for these roles at the Forsythia Festival.  Pick someone whose contributions to our neighbourhood should be honoured.  Send your nomination together with a brief note telling why you like this person to  by April 19.

Tiffany is away
Tiffany and Steve are now off on their trip to Matale in Sri Lanka with Habitat for Humanity.  They’ll be part of a team that’s building two new homes in the village.  Local businesses and residents have made donations that will make the trip more affordable for them, including About Thyme Florists, Cycle Solutions, F’Amelia, Kendall & Co, Le Select Bistro, Lennie’s, Menagerie Pet Shop, Royal Home Hardware, Shawna King and Wennen General Contracting.  They held a big fundraiser at Winchester Kitchen & Bar who supported them generously as did the many people who attended.

Cabbagetown cards for the Farm
Anne Pastuszak, a member of the new Stewardship Group, has put together a set of Cabbagetown greeting cards.  Profits earned from their sale will support improvements for Riverdale Park West.  The first batch of 200 cards has been sold and she’s reprinted another set.  Each card is 5” by 7” with the inscription “A Note From Cabbagetown” printed inside.  You can order them ($2.50/each or $9 for four cards) at   

Coyote progress report
Photo: City News
When one of our local coyotes was shot and killed by a policeman in mid-February, a serious debate began about the way we’re dealing with wild life in our city.  Toronto Animal Services has updated its advice on its website. Since we live in an area where coyotes are occasionally seen, this advice is both calming and worth reading. 
Glenn de Baeremaeker, a City Councillor from Scarborough, has launched an initiative to ban poisoning and killing coyotes.  His ideas have been sent for review to city staff. 
You can read a good summary of the public discussion in this article by Karissa Donkin in the Toronto Star. 


Canadian Music Fest at the Paintbox
For three nights this week, the Paintbox (555 Dundas E at Sackville) presents musicians participating in the Canadian Music Fest.  According to its website, the Fest is Canada’s biggest musical event with over one thousand artists performing in sixty venues across the city. 
On Thursday night - Ben Somer at 9 pm,  Paula Perri at 9: 45 pm and Danielle Duval at 10:40 pm. Tickets $5.
On Friday night, Thompson Egbo-Egbo returns home to Regent Park with his trio.  He’s a graduate from Dixon Hall, the Regent Park School of Music and Berklee College.  Trio members include Thompson on the piano along with Randall Hall on bass and Max Roach on drums.  A three course dinner is available with the performance for $45.  Tickets for the show only are $15. 
On Saturday - Ryan McKinley at 9 pm, Jean on Gene at 9:45 pm and Michael Rault at 10:40 pm.  Tickets $5.
JAZZ FM91 at Regent Park
JAZZ FM is doing two live-to-air broadcasts at the Daniels Spectrum this weekend.  From 2 to 6 pm, Brad Barker hosts “Afternoon Drive” from the Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) with live performances, interviews and discussions about the Regent Park neighbourhood.  His featured guest is Thompson Egbo-Egbo with Randall Hall and Max Roach.  Archie Alleyne and Richard Marsella also drop by. 
Jazz 4 Kids happens from 10 to 11 am on Saturday morning in the Paintbox.  It’s an interactive musical workshop for children featuring Free Play Duo that introduces the audience to jazz, pop, world music and technology.  Stay for brunch.

Tribute to Stompin’ Tom Connors
The Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E) has lined up an impressive array of artists to perform this tribute on Friday March 29.  Duncan Fremlin and Bob McNiven from Whiskey Jack are included – both toured with Stompin’Tom in the 1990s. 

Support the Regent Park School of Music and enjoy a cabaret evening at “Cabaret Concert with Cadence”, a fundraiser being held at First Unitarian Church (175 St Clair Ave W) on Saturday April 6.  Cadence is a Toronto-based a cappala jazz quartet who’ve received worldwide rave reviews.  Light refreshments, cash bar.  Tickets are $40, available online (Visa only). 


New themes at Merryberry
Cyril’s menu theme for April at Merryberry (559 Parliament) highlights literary food.  James Bond’s favourite is the featured cocktail.  Simple fare comes from Catcher in the Rye and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Pam Houston, Rudyard Kipling, Sylvia Plath, Herman Melville, Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison each inspired the entrée selection.  Imagine, for example, boeuf au daube, or clam chowder with chorizo, or crab stuffed half avocado, or red flannel hash.  The meal may be literary, but you’ll never get it from Amazon or Indigo or Kobo – only from Merryberry

Board games at Stout Irish Pub
Erin has announced that Toronto Area Boardgaming Society will host a strategy boardgaming night every second Sunday in the lounge from 5:30 pm.  Check out the list of games that are usually played – click here. 221 Carlton

Congrat’s to Kingyo
Photo: Toronto Life, Renee Suen
This year’s edition of Toronto Life’s list of “best new restaurants” includes Kingyo (51B Winchester), our new Japanese restaurant.  According to the review, “the chaos of the room … is a mere backdrop for some serious Japanese cooking … Comfort never tasted so good”.  Kingyo is open seven days weekly from 5:30 to 11:30 pm.  They have a website and reservations can be made at (647) 748-2121.
More congrat’s
Photo: Toronto Life
Four of our neighbourhood restaurants made it into Toronto Life’s 2013 Best Restaurants guide.  F’Amelia (12 Amelia) earned three stars on the Italian list.  Kingyo (51B Winchester) was successful on the Japanese list and so was Omi Sushi  (243 Carlton).  Sukhothai (274 Parliament) was recommended in the Thai section.

Art at Cafune
The exhibit for Sandro Liberato’s art will continue at Cafune (194A Carlton) until early April.  His works are big, colourful and very memorable.  Last week, while I was there to photograph his pictures, Mari Palhares showed off Liberato’s “Wonderful Rio” and then, of course, we started talking about her career.  When Mari is away from Cafune, she’s a drum instructor at Maracatu Baque de Bamba.  Her specialty is Afro-Brazilian drumming.  It seems to me (if anyone’s asking!!!) that her group are ideal candidates to play at  the Cabbagetown Festival.

Hey Lucy is coming to Cabbagetown
The old Margarita’s Mexican Fiesta on Carlton has closed and the site has been purchased by the Urban Dining Group.  They operate a chain of Gabby’s plus two existing Hey Lucy locations in downtown Toronto. They plan to open their third Hey Lucy here.  Hey Lucy emphasizes pizza made in an authentic wood burning oven, fresh pasta, great music and weekend brunches.  We can watch for Martini Wednesdays, Thursday night wines and other specials tailor-made for our area.  Patios are a big feature for Hey Lucy and the hidden patio behind the main building will undoubtedly add to their Cabbagetown atmosphere.  They plan to open on June 17.

Loosen your hips at Sundara
At Sundara Yoga Studio (492 Parliament, side door), join Alan Gensho Florence for his Lotus Hips Workshop and learn techniques to release tension from even the tightest of hips.  Students with tight hips struggle in seated meditation because they’re so uncomfortable sitting on the floor with their legs crossed. Tight hips can also be at the root of chronic back pain and over time, lack of mobility in the hips can lead to more serious problems like arthritis. If you are already comfy on the floor and would like to get comfortable in padmasana (lotus posture), this workshop will certainly help you to blossom your lotus. Saturday, March 23rd, from 2:30 to 5 pm.

Toronto Urban Photography Festival at MJG
The Toronto Urban Photography Festival is still showing at MJG Gallery (555 Parliament). Mark is hosting works by Stev'nn Hall and Geoff Elliot Simpson in their show "Regulation" long with photographic works by Mark Gleberzon, Sandy Middleton, Tommy Vohs and Lorne Wisebrod. The show runs to March 23. Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm.  For more information about the Festival, click here.

Business Networking International open house
BNI is a group of local entrepreneurs who exchange business information and new contacts every week.  The Cabbagetown chapter meets at 7 am on Wednesdays for breakfast at Merryberry Café (559 Parliament). 
Their Visitor’s Day will happen on Wednesday March 27.  They hope to attract more members and this session will be your introduction to them.  If you want to attend, please reserve in advance with Duncan Fremlin at (416) 405-8828.  You can read about BNI and about the Cabbagetown chapter here.


Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Ben Wicks, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893,  
Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567,
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555,
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,  
Winchester Kitchen & Bar, 51A Winchester St, (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
7 pm, The Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Suzanne Nuttall & Jeffrey Michael Straker, $10 advance, $15 door
Paintbox Bistro
Canadian Music Fest presents Ben Somer (at 9 pm), Paula Perri (9:45 pm) & Danielle Duval (10:40 pm),  $5.  For more info, go to
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, The Seagull in Four Movements


Dominion on Queen
7 pm - Book launch, “Every Never After” with young adult writer Lesley Livingston
Flying Beaver
7 pm, British pop rock sensation Kieran Strange, $10/advance, $15/door.
9 pm, Comedy cabaret and coffee talk with Ryan G Hinds and featuring Chris Tsujuichi, Red Herring and MC Jazz,  $10/advance, $15/door
Paintbox Bistro
2 to 6 pm, live broadcast with JAZZ FM’s Brad Barker and featuring Thompson Egbo-Egbo to celebrate the music of Regent Park.
8 pm , Canadian Music Fest presents Thompson Egbo-Egbo Trio with Randall Hall on bass and Max Roach on drums. Three-course dinner and performance, $45 and performance only $15.  For more info, go to
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, The Seagull in Four Movements
10 pm, Shotgun Wedding Band


Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward, pwyc
Flying Beaver
7 pm, David Benjamin Tomlinson “Memoirs from Cracktown”,  $15/advance, $20/door
9 pm, pop, soul and jazz with “Red, Whyte & Tollar”, $10/advance, $15/door
Paintbox Bistro
10 to 11 am, an interactive musical workshop for children with Free Play Duo, Jazz 4 Kids by JAZZ FM91.
Canadian Music Fest presents Ryan McKinley (at 9 pm), Jean on Gene (9:45 pm) & Michael Rault (10:40 pm),  $5.  For more info, go to
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, The Seagull in Four Movements
10 pm, Winchester anniversary party


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
4 pm – Fundraiser “Vocal Support” for the We Are Jose campaign, $10 minimum, pwyc
Flying Beaver
11 am to 3 pm, Psychic Brunch, $29
7:30 pm, comedian, actor, speaker and writer Sabrina Jalees, $10/advance, $15 door
Stout Irish Pub
5:30 pm – Toronto Area Boardgaming Society presents Strategy Boardgaming Night
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Beau’s Open Mic with Porter


Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Ukelele 101
7 pm, Book launch with Robert J Sawyer “Red Planet Blues”
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm,  Industry Night


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
9 pm, film night with “Paris Is Burning”


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam, $5
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, “The Rules of Romance”, classic and original romantic songs with Micah Barnes $10 advance, $15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Win Prov hosted by Tracy Rowland & Dwayne Mailman, $5


Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, “Vexed” – tight harmonies and lots of laughter with Julie Michels, Sophia Perlman & Terra Hazelton , $15 advance, $20 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Phill Hood, “The Human Jukebox”


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Tribute to Stompin’ Tom Connors, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Shane Harvey, $10/advance, $15/door.
9 pm, singing, storytelling and gossip with Sharron Matthews,  $20/advance, $25/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Soul City Groovement with BTH Band


Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward, pwyc
9 pm, country rock with Glendale One, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm,”I’m still here and so is my hair”, Marla  Lukofsky’s personal journey with cancer.  $15/advance, $20/door
9 pm, Carla Collins is back with more comedy, $20/advance, $25/door
Paintbox Bistro
Comedy with Kate Davis
Winchester Kitchen & Bar


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
Flying Beaver
11 am to 3 pm, Psychic Brunch, $29
8 pm, Chris Tsujiuchi, “Songs in the key of gay major”, $10/advance, $15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Beau’s Open Mic with Porter