FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL

Parade
10 am, Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester).  Bring everyone in your family.  Join us for a walk through Don Vale into Wellesley Park.  Wear yellow! 

Family day fun
Wellesley Park (east end of Wellesley Street) from 11 am to 3 pm. Arts and crafts, bean bags, bouncy castle, dangling donuts, DIY photo booth,  parachute games, police car, scouts rope walk, splash pad painting and more!  Plus a fire truck to inspect, a face painter  and a caricature artist.

Great entertainment
At 11 am,  Jack and Cosima Grunsky children’s musical entertainment.  At noon, Local 164 alt/folk/country music.  And at 1:30 pm, Perry White jazz trio.  

Good eats
Starting at 11 am – lots of food and drinks (and even some adult beverages) in the Beer Garden

JANE’S WALKS
This weekend sees the return of the annual Jane’s Walks across Toronto.  For a full list of all the walks, click here.  They happen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
Here’s a list of more than a dozen walks taking place in our area.  Click on the link beneath each walk name to see the detailed descriptions.  (There are lots of other walks nearby – along the Don River, through Riverdale, in the Brickworks -  so check the main website for all the information.)

Saturday May 4

The Early Bird Gets the Walk
Link here - 8 am Saturday, corner of Queen East & River – walk along Toronto’s waterfront.

A Poor People’s History of East Downtown Toronto
Link here - 10 am Saturday, 51 Division Police Station (Front & Parliament) – from the House of Industry to the slums of Cabbagetown and Toronto’s Skid Row

All the World’s a Stage: A Closeup of Regent Park’s Arts & Cultural Scene 
Link here - 11 am Saturday,  Regent Park Presentation Centre (500 Dundas E)

Not Your Typical Regent Park Walk
Link here - 11 am Saturday, Tim Hortons (Parliament just north of Dundas) – unsung local heroes.

Walking the Don: 200 years of change along the river 
Link here - 11 am Saturday, lower end Riverdale Park East – the lower Don Trail from Riverdale Park East to Todmorden Mills

Fish & Storms & Energy Fields
Link here - Noon Saturday, Cherry Street Restaurant (275 Cherry St) – a walk along Cherry Street ending at Cherry Beach

Rooster to Rocket: Bridging the Don Valley 
Link here - 1 pm Saturday, Rooster Coffee House (479 Broadview south of Withrow) – from Riverdale to Cabbagetown, developments that have shaped the Don Valley

Revitalization or Displacement: a critical look at the idea of mixed neighbourhoods 
Link here - 2 pm Saturday, All Saints Church (Dundas & Sherbourne) – the effects of Regent Park redevelopment on homeless and poor people in downtown Toronto.

Sunday May 5

A Radical History of Allan Gardens
Link here - 10 am Sunday, corner of Carlton & Sherbourne – 20th Century protests in the park.

Down the Lower Don Trail
Link here - 10 am Sunday, Evergreen Brick Works – south from the Brick Works to 170 Villiers Street

Three Centuries of Corktown
Link here - 10 am Sunday, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity Street)

Unemployed Organizing in East Downtown Toronto during the Great Depression
Link here - 2 pm Sunday, All Saints Church (Dundas & Sherbourne) – how the unemployed organized themselves to change living conditions in city hostels.

A World Within Our Neighbourhood
Link here - 2 pm Sunday, corner at 4 Howard Street & Sherbourne – a tour of St James Town showing a lively, diverse neighbourhood



COMING EVENTS

Free dirt
Gardeners can collect a load of leaf compost on Sunday May 5 (available until it’s all gone!) at the end of Amelia Street beside Wellesley Park.  Councillor Pam McConnell has organized the depot as part of her annual Community Environment Days. 

Corktown Arts & Culture Night
Monday, May 7 at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E at Sumach), 7 pm.  This is a combination event - a CRBA monthly meeting and an arts and culture night.  Highlights include talks and performances by the Corktown Chamber Orchestra, Ronnie Hayward, the Pan Am 2015 committee, the Daniels Spectrum, Moon Horse dance theatre and lots more.  These artists and groups make a big contribution to Corktown’s community life. 

Momentum 2013
An ambitious performance that showcases dancers from all three years at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.  For program details, click here.  Momentum 2013 is your chance to see tomorrow’s stars today.  8 pm, Thursday May 2 to Saturday May 4 and Thursday May 9 to Saturday May 11.  Tickets are $19 and $15.  (Some performances have sold out.) For information, call the box office at (416) 967-6887.  Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester.

Momentum Gala Performance
The Gala Performance is a fundraising event for the School.  Click here for detailed information and to purchase tickets.  Tickets are $60 (and tax receipts are issued).  The program includes works by six acclaimed choreographers performed by students from each level in the School.  Local sponsors (from a long list of generous donors) include Winchester Kitchen & Bar, TDT, St Jamestown Steak & Chops, Soulpepper, Merryberry Café, Jet Fuel, Daniel et Daniel and Claudia Salzmann. 7 pm, silent auction, wines from Sidecar Twenty Cellars. Wednesday, May 8 at 7 pm, Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester). 

Artscape Salon – Picnic in the Park
The second annual fundraising gala for Artscape takes places in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) on Wednesday May 22 from 6 to 10 pm.  It’s a salon styled picnic where guests and artists will mingle and talk personally over dinner. Silent and live auctions will offer works by the guest artists.  Cocktail reception at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm.  Artscape is dedicated to making space for creativity and to changing communities with creativity.  It’s a partner with TCHC, the Daniels Corporation and community organizations at the Daniels Spectrum.  Tickets are $95.  For more info and ticket purchases, click here.

Book Fair
Every year, Yonge Street Mission holds a book fair and provides books to hundreds of people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them.  This year’s event happens from May 29 to June 1.  Before then, they need to collect our donations.  Drop off your unwanted books at YSM, 270 Gerrard East from now until May 13.  Of special need – new and gently used Bibles, books for kids and youth, dictionaries, and cook books. 

Community Yard Sale
Start collecting your stuff.  The Cabbagetown South annual Community Yard Sale happens on May 25.  The organizers are putting considerable effort into it – including announcements on Craigslist and Kijijji.  They expect a good crowd looking for the perfect treasures that only a yard sale can produce.  If you want to participate, please register so they’ll know how many vendors will be attending. 

Crescendo
The annual gala Spring fundraiser for the Regent Park School of Music.  Monday May 13 at 6:30 pm at the Ada Slaight Hall in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Live music features Jaymz Bee from Jazz FM91, Side 3, Heavyweights Brass Band, RPSM students and more.  The silent auction includes a brand new Yamaha grand piano.  Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres.  Tickets are $125 – available online here or phone (416) 364-8900.

Vector(s)
At the Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront. Three premiere performances by the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament). Two days only, May 24 and 25, at 8 pm. Reserve your tickets now at (416) 973-4000 or click here for more info.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Congrats to F’Amelia
Joanne Kates publishes a “Top 100” list of Toronto’s best restaurants at postcity.com and F’Amelia is there again.  This year, they’ve moved up to #32 from their 2012 spot at #79.  Her review is very enthusiastic – read it here.  On good Spring days, the patio is open (one of the most pleasant spots in Cabbagetown).  Open seven days a week from 5 pm and open on Mother’s Day for lunch as well.  12 Amelia Street, (416) 323-0666)

Two events at Gilead Cafe
Gilead wine bar  Friday, May 3, 6 to 10 pm.  The Gilead Café (4 Gilead Place) is highlighting the wines from “Somewhereness” – a collective of twelve Ontario wineries that grow and bottle their wines along the Beamsville Bench.  Wines will be available by the glass and bottle from each of the twelve wineries.  Jamie Kennedy will prepare an a la carte menu for the evening. 
A local food movement dinner – Tuesday May 7.  This evening’s dinner includes hors d’oeuvres and a four-course meal by Jamie Kennedy and features Norman Hardie’s wines from Prince Edward County.  The reception is at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7:15 pm. 

HOP Patio
Is it still a patio if it’s on the second floor?  Or a roof garden?  Whatever the case, under the stars at Toronto’s best gastropub – a great idea.  It's under construction now. For news updates and info about the daily specials, visit the HOP’s Facebook page.  House on Parliament (454 Parliament)

Merryberry’s patio
Hidden away behind the restaurant, Cyril’s patio is a lovely, quiet spot for a warm Spring and Summer meal.  His themed menus currently focus on Literary Meals and this will continue until early May and then the specials will be drawn from celebrity cookbooks.  Open from 10 am to 3:30 pm, Sunday to Tuesday and from 10 am to 9 pm, Wednesday to Saturday.   Merryberry Café & Bistro (647) 348-0411 (559 Parliament) 

Fare Game
Toronto Life reports that Gord MacLeod and Fakhurddin Shaikh will open a new restaurant at the site of the former JAMcafe at 195 Carlton.  Their menus will focus on game dishes.  More info asap.

JAMCafe
Av and Joe have closed their restaurant at JAMcafe (195 Carlton) and we’ll be sorry to see them go.  Av always had novel ideas and good food to attract his customers and his wine tastings regularly sold out.  He emphasized fresh food and local producers and created a welcoming atmosphere.  We wish them the best.  If you want to follow their future activity, send an email to joe@jamcafe.ca

SHOPPING NEWS

100s of Reason to Cut a Rug
Only until May 31st, no HST on Kendall & Co rugs. Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) will pay the HST on your purchase of rugs in their wool, flatweave or outdoor series. Save on all styles in all available sizes from 2’ x 3’ to 10’ x 14’, including runners and round rugs in the retail shop. Promo cannot be combined with any other offers and only applies to new orders or in-stock purchases at regular price. Open from 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays. Click to view their rug collection.

Sundara Yoga Studio
Angela at Sundara (492 Parliament, side door) is now carrying a beautiful skincare line called Honey Girl Organics.  Made from raw Hawaiian honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen and royal jelly, these creams, toners and balms contain some of nature’s finest anti-aging agents.  These ingredients work together to heal and renew your skin.  You can read Angela’s comments about them and see the product list and prices here. 

Marilyn at Pet Valu
It’s Spring and time to spiffy up your family pet.  Bring your dogs and cats (and other critters) along to Marilyn on Saturday May 4 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Nails trimmed - $10.  240 Carlton Street.

Eclectisaurus
This week, Leslie is featuring a striking pair of Mid-Century modern lamps with ringed blue pottery and chrome bases, topped with white cylindrical fabric shades.  To get more info, go to her website. 249 Gerrard E

By the way…
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) has started to offer an incentive to customers who pay with cash or a debit card instead of using a credit card.  The service charges that businesses pay to the credit card companies are much higher than the charges on debit cards.  The banks and processing companies grab a percentage here and there for everything – the machine, the specific transaction, the account, etc.  (All of this is on top of the modest interest rate that you and I fork over.) So F’Amelia is passing along the savings to the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  1% of each bill paid by cash or debit card will be donated to the CYC.  It’s a great idea and other people should think about it as well.

CLUBS & PUBS EVENTS
 

THURSDAY APRIL 25 TO SUNDAY MAY 5
 
Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Ben Wicks, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, www.benwickspub.com
Cafune, 194A Carlton Street,  (647)748-7884, Facebook and http://cafune.ca/
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 MAY 2
 
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
8:30 pm, Brandon Isaak & Keith Picot duo, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Gillian Margot & Kevin Barrett together for one show only, $10/advance, $15/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, dis-connect.com - drama
10 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
 
FRIDAY MAY 3

Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Havana to Toronto, Afro Cuban jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Martha O’Neill, Kate Conner & Jenn Hayward & special guest Tim Steeves, “Parental Dissension Advised”, $ 10/advance, $15/door
9 pm, Janet Whiteway & Carrie Chesnutt sing with Jean Deeth on bass & Aimee O’Connor on guitar, $20/advance & $25/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, dis-connect.com - drama
10 pm, The Roncy Boys
 
SATURDAY MAY 4
 
Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward, pwyc
9 pm, Lost Anglers, pwyc
Flying Beaver
7 pm, singer/songwriter Shane Harvey, $10/advance, $15/door
9 pm, one of Canada’s funniest comics Carla Collins, $20/advance, $25/door
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, JAZZ FM91 Youth Big Band presents classic and contemporary jazz by outstanding students.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, dis-connect.com – drama
10 pm, One King
 
SUNDAY MAY 5
 
Forsythia Festival
10 am to 3 pm, Riverdale Park (start) & Wellesley Park (main events).  Parade, games, food, beer
garden, outstanding music.
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
4:30 pm, Wintergarten Orchestra, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, more “Sizzle, Sass & Spice” with singer/songwriter Donna Greenberg,  Jordan Klapman on piano & Kobi Hass on bass, $15/advance, $20/door
Stout Irish Pub
5:30 pm, Strategy Boardgaming Night by the Toronto Area Boardgaming Society 
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Sing Through the Rain Benefit Concert
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter
 
MONDAY MAY 6
 
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Good Neighbours Open Mic nite
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm,  Industry Night
 
TUESDAY MAY 7
 
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Corktown Residents & Business Assoc, Arts & Culture night
8:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown Django Jam, pwyc
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, epic film night
 
WEDNESDAY MAY 8
 
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam, $5
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Shawn Hitchins presents “The Bomb”, a debut for his new solo show, Ginger Nation
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland
 
THURSDAY MAY 9
 
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Ergo Sum with Pamela Gilmartin, Jeff Shewchuck & Donna Michelle St Bernard
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Lovesick
10 pm, DVS Swing Dance Sessions
 
FRIDAY MAY 10
 
Dominion on Queen
9:30 pm, Swamperella, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, “When God told me I was gay” piano & voice with Peter Lebuis & David Nelson, $15/advance, $20/door
9 pm, Scott Thompson “Meet John Coon”, $20/advance, $25/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Naught – a fundraiser
 
SATURDAY MAY 11
 
Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward, pwyc
9 pm, The Don River Blues Band, $7
Flying Beaver
7 pm, two award-winning songwriters Anna Gutmanis & Kevin Wong, $10/advance, $15/door
9 pm, Pink Turk welcome party – details TBA
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, The Heillig Manoeuvre with Stacy McGregor, Alison Young, Charlie Cooley & Henry Heillig, dinner & performance $45, performance only $15
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Retro Radio Hour – Bygone Theatre fundraiser
 
SUNDAY MAY 12
 
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
Flying Beaver
6:30 pm, Caroline Murphy presents “Rare Single Malt Tasting” with dinner, $65
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Radio Wild
9 pm, Beau’s Open Mic with Porter