Amendments to the Regent Park redevelopment plan
There will be a Community Consultation meeting on Monday June 10 from 7 to 9 pm at the Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas East.
Toronto Community Housing has applied to Toronto City Council for several important changes to the redevelopment of Regent Park.  The redevelopment happens in five phases and these changes occur in phases 3, 4 and 5.  Six big changes are requested: to increase the total number of units to 7,500 (5,400 now approved), to increase the density to 17,000 (12,500 now approved), to reconfigure the park spaces to build a large sports field, to build a commercial parking garage, to demolish the heritage building at 14 Blevins, and to build higher buildings on Dundas East, Parliament at Oak and along River Street.  There’s a detailed description of these proposals plus links to other Regent Park plans on the City’s website. 
 
Celebration 2013
The Regent Park School of Music invites you to their end-of-year concert, Tuesday June 11 from 5 to 6:30 pm in the Ada Slaight Hall at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas).  You’ll enjoy the full range of RPSM’s programs including choirs from Regent Park and Parkdale and individual soloists on various instruments.  No cover charge.
 
Fourth annual walk to fight arthritis
Sunday June 9 at the Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave.  The event starts at 9 am, the opening ceremony at 10 am and the walk at 10:30 am.  During the day, you can join a Flash Mob dance, participate in a video presentation and take a chance to win great prizes.  The walk itself is either 1 km or 5 km as you wish. There are over thirty walks happening across Canada to raise $1.5 million for The Arthritis Society.  The walk contributes funding for research, educational materials, local programs and personalized services.  For more info and to register, visit the website.

Cabbagetown Residents Association wine tasting and AGM
Thursday, June 13, 7 pm, Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton). For the second year, the CRA is enjoying a wine tasting (courtesy of the Lifford Wine Agency) at its annual meeting. As usual, association members will review its business, elect a new Board and hear reports about various events in Don Vale. The CRA represents the households north of Gerrard to Wellesley, east of Parliament.
If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP at info@cabbagetowner.com so the organizers can predict how much wine will be needed to satisfy everyone’s thirst.

Calgary to Edmonton
Spencer West trekked 300 km from Calgary to Edmonton in May.  You may remember that he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year.  Spencer is a double amputee and so his trips have been even more remarkable.  This time, he was highlighting the year-long initiative by Free the Children to bring clean water to 100,000 people in developing countries.  His efforts were profiled in last week’s edition of Inside Toronto – you can read the full story here.  Photo by Justin Skinner, Inside Toronto.
 
Summer art courses
Jack Grunsky is offering another eight-week course in drawing and acrylic painting for beginners.  His classes begin on Wednesday July 3 from 1 to 3:30 pm in his Wellesley Street studio.  Jack is an award winning recording artist and children’s performer and like many other musicians, he’s pursued a second career in visual arts for the past 35 years. His work has been shown in galleries in Canada and abroad since 1977.   The fee is $320 (plus HST).  He has a flyer available for you and he can provide details and the materials list for the course.  You can also see Jack's website here.  To contact him, send an email to jgrunsky@sympatico.ca.
 
Ignite – second audition
A six day choreographic residency hosted by Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament).  It takes place in late August and features contemporary dance artists David Norsworthy and Kristen Carcone from TOES For dance plus New York performers MADboots.  Due to overwhelming responses to the April audition, CCDT is holding a second audition on June 30 from 1 to 4 pm plus there's an extended deadline to June 30 for an opportunity to submit a video audition.  For more details, go to the CCDT website and for audition info, contact Deborah Lundmark at dlundmark@ccdt.org.
 
Movies in the Park
On four Sundays over the summer, movies are shown outdoors in Riverdale Park East on a big screen with high quality sound.  It’s a free event.  This summer’s movies - all rated PG – are Top Gun (July 7), Goonies (July 21), ET the Extraterrestial (August 4) and Ferris Beuller’s Day Off (August 18).  Bring a picnic, bring your family and friends and bring your nice dog.  Your donations and your sponsorships help several local groups working with kids – Art City in St James Town, Emily’s House children’s hospice and Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs.  For more info about sponsorships, please contact Lesley Hawley at LHawley@believeinkids.ca

SHOPPING NEWS
 
Ordination at Fourth Eye
Opening reception on Friday June 7 from 6 pm and Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.   Ordination is an arrangement of work by four artists: Amal Peerzada, Liam Kirby, Maria Tsylke and Sofia Escobar. The selected artworks are wide-ranging, encompassing drawings, animation, video, and sculpture, as they collectively command a focused view onto the spiritual in art. Tending towards the occult, the inner realms of the psyche and that which cannot be expressed in words, the exhibition presents four distinct worlds as held by the visions of the individual artists. Presented together, these worlds evoke the presence of something greater, beyond what is seen, said and heard.  438 Parliament.
 
Alan Gensho Florence at Sundara Yoga
You’re invited to Sundara Yoga Studio (492 Parliament) to enjoy a challenging yet blissful class with Alan Gensho Florence. He’s just returned from two months spent in the temple with his teacher in Japan. Welcome back!  On Sunday morning from 9:30 to 11 am, Hatha Yoga Taming the Mind and on Monday morning from 9:30 to 11 am,  Hatha Yoga Tuning the Core.  For more info, click here.

Congratulations, as well, to everyone involved in making this small corner at Aberdeen a very pleasant place – flower boxes, a patio, a small garden and the new entrance to the studio have added up very nicely.
 
1960's Lucienne Day Fabric at Eclectisaurus
Leslie has a glorious unused bolt of 1960's fabric by UK designer Lucienne Day. Manufactured by Heals in Britain, the fabric has a lightly pebbled texture and is woven from a natural fibre, either cotton or linen. The geometric pattern of vibrant blues and greens is named "Causeway".  For more info, click here.
 
RESTAURANT NEWS
 
Cafune has two events this week
Vicente is showing in new artwork on his cafĂ© walls.  It features photography by Camilla Mendes.  You can check out her website here. This week’s regular Thursday evening music performance features Henrique Matulis on guitar with special guest, Kyla Charter, singing at 6:30 pm.   Cafune has a very good Facebook page – click here – where you can see daily menu details, hear samples of the music and catch up on reviews and comments by other guests. 
 
Toast the Night
On Friday June 14, the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) is hosting a fundraiser for the Daily Bread Food Bank.  It’s a night of singing, burlesque, acting and comedy monologues by a dozen performers.  Tickets are $10 (in advance) and $15 (at the door).  For more info, click here. 

Back Alley Beer Festival at Stout
Twenty of Ontario’s best craft brewers will be at Stout (221 Carlton) to launch Craft Beer week on  Saturday, June 15.  The Festival has two sessions – 1 to 4 pm and 5 to 8 pm.  Tickets are $20 and that covers a free Ontario Craft Beer glass and five 5oz drink tickets.  For more info, go to Stout’s website.
 
Congrats to Dugald Wells
Dugald won two tickets at the Winchester Kitchen & Bar (51A Winchester) for the June 6 Rolling Stones show at the ACC.

CLUBS & PUBS EVENTS
 
THURSDAY JUNE 6 TO SUNDAY JUNE 16

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 JUNE 6

Cafune
6:30 pm, Henry Matulis and guest singer Kyla Charter.
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folks Club, $10
7 pm, Book launch for “Outcast” by Adrienne Kress
Flying Beaver
8:30 pm, Marilla Wex hosts FU ALS – a fiundraiser to support the Jo-Anna Downey fund, $15
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
 
FRIDAY JUNE 7
 
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Toronto Blues Society Talent Search
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels & Diana Leah in “Broadsway” $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, All Strung Up – a night of acoustic music hosted by Amy Lewis, Mulvale & Jen Calder, $10.
Paint Box Bistro
DRU soul night. Dinner & show at $35, show only at $10

SATURDAY JUNE 8
 
Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward, pwyc
9 pm, Toronto Blues Society Talent Search
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels & Diana Leah in “Broadsway” $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, jazz with Alyson Morris (vocals) & Robi Botos (piano), $10/advance, $15/door
Paint Box Bistro
Jazz pianist Bill King with Mark Kelso (drums) and Collin Barret (bass). Dinner & show at $45, show only at $15
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Emmerson Street Rhythm Band
 
SUNDAY JUNE 9
 
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
7:30 pm, Sarah Strange sings with Donavon Lenabat & Jamie Bird, $15/advance, $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
2 pm & 8 pm, Chutzpah a go-go with Dale Gale & Randy Vancourt
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter
 
MONDAY JUNE 10
 
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Uke 101
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm,  Industry Night
 
TUESDAY JUNE 11
 
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
10 pm, epic movies
 
WEDNESDAY JUNE 12
 
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, The Cababies with Gabriel Meagher and other emerging artists, $10
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland
 
THURSDAY JUNE 13

Cafune
6:30 pm, Henry Matulis (guitar) and a special guest playing Brazilian jazz
Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, Rolland Hunter Sextet, $10
Flying Beaver
8 pm, Words to Laugh By, comedy with Aastha Lal, $5/advance & $10/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, DVS swing dance sessions
 
FRIDAY JUNE 14
 
Flying Beaver
7 pm, “Ginger Nation” with Shawn Hitchins, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, “Toast the Night” cabaret fundraiser for Daily Bread Food Bank,  $10/advance & $15/door
Paint Box Bistro
Comedy with Greg Behrendt
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Winchester 506 Folk Fest
 
SATURDAY JUNE 15

Dominion on Queen
11:30 am, Toronto Book & Brunch Club
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward, pwyc
9 pm, Sonic Blues with Al Lerman, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Julie Michel’s Latin Beat Pride Show, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Alex Tait (jazz vocals) with Koji Hori (guitar) and Matt Roberts (bass) in a Sick Kids BenefitConcert, $15/advance & $20/door
Paint Box Bistro
Show at 8 pm. Kollage rhythm section with Archie Alleyne (drums), Artie Ross (bass),  Stacie McGregor (piano) and Alexander Brown Cabrera (trumpet & flugel horn). Dinner & show at $45, show only at $15
Stout Irish Pub
1 pm & 5 pm – Back Alley Beer Festival, $20
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Winchester 506 Folk Fest

SUNDAY JUNE 16
 
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Brandon’s slightly naughty comedy hypnosis show with , $10/advance & $15/door
Stout Irish Pub
5:30 pm, Strategy Boardgaming Night by the Toronto Area Boardgaming Society
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Winchester 506 Folk Fest