Don Vale safety walks
Two areas have been selected by the Cabbagetown Residents Association for safety walks with police officers from 51 Division.  Both walks start at 7 pm and will take one or two hours.  The police will look at ways to improve local safety and give residents tips to discourage people from gathering in these places.

Gordon Sinclair Lane, Tuesday June 25 – meet at the entrance to the Lane at Sumach south of Carlton.  The lane is frequented by teens and men who may be involved in the drug trade. 

Corn Camomille Lane, Wednesday June 26 – meet at the entrance to the Lane at Sumach just north of Gerrard.  The lane has been the site of drug activity and some assaults.

Summer solstice benefit concert
The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (424 Parliament) is having a musical feast next weekend, Saturday June 22 at 8 pm.  The concert is a fundraiser and its proceeds go toward the marvellous programs for the kids enrolled there.  The Centre offers instruction for young people in several musical instruments, in karate and in the visual arts.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and they accept Mastercard and Visa.  Check out the CCAC`s activities at its website

Wednesday, June 26, 6 pm, starting at Parliament and Spruce beside the No Frills store.  This is the season’s second walk through Cabbagetown to highlight the area’s heritage homes and historic sites.  It’s a rain-or-shine event and it lasts about two hours.

Pam’s walk-about
Thursday, June 27, 6 to 9 pm, starting at Queen and River Street at 6 pm.  .  Councillor Pam McConnell along with City planning officials will conduct a tour of the new parks and buildings south of Corktown.  This site will be part of the Pan Am Games and then will become a whole new community.  She’ll cover the new Underpass Park, Corktown Commons park, the Pan Am Athlete’s village and the new River City development.

Paint a Bell box
The Seeds of Hope Foundation is sponsoring artists to paint murals on Bell utilities boxes. The goal is to brighten the community’s streetscape with original art.  This popular project has earned a lot of public support in neighbourhoods across the city.  Boxes in St James Town, Cabbagetown, Regent Park and the St Lawrence market are now being targeted for cleaning and improvement over the summer.  Local artists living in the community will be given preference.  The painting will happen in July and August.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 28.  You can get an application form and more information about the themes for each community from Michael Cavanaugh at

Build a mosaic
Local Seaton Street artist, Thomas Dannenberg has started to assemble a mosaic on the low retaining wall in the Ontario Street parkette, located on Ontario half way between Dundas and Shuter.  The wall is 25 feet long so it’s a big project and he’s looking for some volunteer help.  No tools or experience necessary.  If you can donate a couple of hours (or more), send him an email at

St James Town Funday
Last weekend, St James Town residents held a summer Fun Day with activities for kids, good food and lots of entertainment.  Chloe won the best dog contest.  Kids enjoyed face painting, henna art, collage painting and games on the tennis courts.  Among the musicians performing that day was a special three-year old drummer who really knew his stuff! 

TD Toronto Jazz Festival
The Jazz Festival stages performances across Toronto from Thursday June 20 to Saturday June 29.  In our area, four locations are part of the event – Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E), Paint Box Bistro (555 Dundas E), Pure Spirits patio in the Distillery and the Trinity Stage in the Distillery. 
We’ve noticed with pleasure that some of Cabbagetown’s favourite musicians are taking part.  Moo’d Swings is at the Dominion on Queen on Friday June 21 at 6 pm.  Jim Heineman is at N’Awlins on Wednesday June 26 at 7 pm.  And Danny Marks is belting ‘em out at the Pure Spirits patio on Sunday June 30 at 3 pm.

This weekend at Luminato
The Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs (26 Berkeley) is staging The Daisy Theatre by renowned puppeteer Ronnie Burkett.  Thursday June 20 to Sunday June 23, 9:30 pm, tickets at $25 & $35.  Click here.
The Berkeley Street Theatre Courtyard (26 Berkeley) hosts the Courtyard Revue from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am until June 23.  Tickets are $20.  Licensed.  For more info, click here. 

The Regent Park School of Music joins artists from Toronto recording label Arts & Crafts to learn and perform favourite songs from their catalogue.  Two performances - Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Friday June 21 at 8 pm ($15) and at Luminato Hub at David Pecaut Square (55 John St) on Saturday June 22, 3 pm (free).

Advance notice
Beth Kaplan’s annual “Write in the Garden, a one-day writing adventure” happens on Sunday July 21 from 10:30 am to 5 pm.  She’s taught creative writing at Ryerson for 19 years and at U of T for 7 years.  It’s a writers’ workshop that she holds in her garden and she plans it as an opportunity for you to trust your voice and to gain confidence and perspective from friendly contact with other writers.  Enrolment is limited to ten people, so register early at beth@bethkaplan.caFor more information, click here.

Weighty News

Leslie at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard E) has a vibrant orange scale with a punchy graphic dial in black and white.  Made by Hanson in 1970.  Find out more about it here.
Summer art courses
Jack Grunsky is offering another eight-week course in drawing and acrylic painting for beginners from Wednesday July 3 from 1 to 3:30 pm in his Wellesley Street studio.  Jack`s work has been shown in galleries in Canada and abroad since 1977.   The fee is $320 (plus HST).  He has a detailed flyer available for you and he can provide details and the materials list for the course.  You can also see his website here. To contact him, send an email to

Getting married at F’Amelia
Last weekend, Nicole and Cory were married on the patio at F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  Todd says that the event was fantastic and the restaurant was beautifully decorated with all their wedding finery.  It’s a lovely patio and a wonderful place for a celebration.  Judging by the photo, the canap├ęs and meal were a big success.
Congrats to Kingyo
Joanne Kates’ June 19 review in Post City has high praise for Kingyo (51B Winchester).  Check out her comments here.  Photo from Toronto Life

Cafune readings
Vicente is offering readings of Brazilian literature in English followed by readings from local Toronto-area writers at Cafune (194A Carlton).  It happens on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.  Your submissions are welcome – contact him at or call (647) 748-7884.  This week on Wednesday, Barbara De La Fuente read short stories by Brazilian writers Myriam Campello and Miriam Alves.  Cafune’s program also includes Brazilian jazz on Thursdays and exhibitions of Brazilian art along the walls.  There are photos and details on Cafune’s Facebook page.

Peter’s back
Peter Donato returns to the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) on Sunday evening at 7:30 pm.  Don’t miss his performance of original materials and his unique song stylings.
One whole year!
This is the 52nd issue of your Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review.  Next week, we start into our second year.  Who knew that there’d be so much to say?

A few new ideas are going to be introduced in the weeks to come.  Today, we’re starting a gardeners’ page.  It’s a natural for us.  Photos, tips, celebrations of beautiful gardens – all of it comes easily in this neighbourhood. Here's the link.


Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Ben Wicks, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
Cafune, 194A Carlton Street,  (647)748-7884, Facebook and
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.
6:30 pm, Henry Matulis (guitar) and Artur Miranda (vocals & guitar) Brazilian jazz
Flying Beaver
7 pm, "If I could turn back time" with Neil Cameron, no cover
Paint Box Bistro
8 to 10 pm, Lilly Mason CD release party with The Shyann Quartet, $10
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Phil Hood, The Human Jukebox
Dominion on Queen - Toronto Jazz Festival
6 to 9 pm, Moo’d Swings
10 pm to 1 am,  Toronto to Havana with Joaquin Nunez Hidago
Flying Beaver
7 pm, country singer/songwriter Drake Jenson, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Ryan G Hines, Comedy, cabaret and coffee talk, $10/advance & $15/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Micah O’Connell
Dominion on Queen - Toronto Jazz Festival
4:30 to 7:30 pm, Dennis Coffey from the Funk Bros, $20
9 to midnight, Que Isso with contemporary Brazilian jazz, $10
1 to 3 am, Ronnie Arturo after hours jazz
Flying Beaver
8 and 9:30 pm, Halco: Debriefed and proud, $20/advance & $25/door
Paintbox Bistro  - Toronto Jazz Festival
2 to 5 pm, Jazz for the Teach – small group playing with Dave Neill & Shannon Butcher (no cover)
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, REDBRICK funk night
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen - Toronto Jazz Festival
2 to 5 pm, York Jazz Ensemble, 9 piece swinging Dixieland band, $10
6 to 9 pm, Murata, Quarrinton, Taft & Steve Wallace with Brazilian melodies, harmonies, rhythms and lyrics from the classic bossa nova era,  $10
10 pm to 1 am, Shafton Thomas Group,  $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Peter Donato returns with “Cantautore”, $10/advance, $15/door
Paintbox Bistro - Toronto Jazz Festival
2 to 5 pm, Jazz for the Teach – big bands with Gordon Foote (no cover)
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter
Dominion on Queen - Toronto Jazz Festival
8:30 to 11:30 pm, Big Smoke, Big Band
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm,  Industry Night
Dominion on Queen - Toronto Jazz Festival
8:30 to 11:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown Django Jam, pwyc
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Epic movie Tuesday
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
7:30 pm - Reading night
Dominion on Queen - Toronto Jazz Festival
8:30 to 11:30 pm, Don Francks & friends
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm,  Mae Martin returns, $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland
6:30 pm, Henry Matulis with Maestro Francois Comeau (piano).
Dominion on Queen - Toronto Jazz Festival
6:30 to 9:30 pm, All Sax quartet
10 pm to 12:30 am, Djabe
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Katie & Jane Ford in The Return of Haha & Lala, $10/advance & $15/door
Paintbox Bistro - Toronto Jazz Festival
8 pm, The Christian Li group, dinner & performance $45, performance only $15
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
All you can eat mussels
Dominion on Queen - Toronto Jazz Festival
9 pm, Tin Men & Telephone
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Liz Tansey sings with Ted Quinlan on guitar, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Sharron Matthews Live from the Vault with Jason Chesworth,  $20/advance & $25/door
Paint Box Bistro - Toronto Jazz Festival
9 pm, soul night with DRU, dinner & performance $35, performance only $10
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Brent Randall opens for the Greatest Hits, $5
Dominion on Queen - Toronto Jazz Festival
4 to 7 pm, Beverley Taft’s Bossa Nova Project
9 pm to midnight, Wintergarten Orchestra
12:30 to 1:30 am, The Firecrackers Burlesque
1:30 to 3 am, Ronnie Hayward’s 3rd annual after hours birthday jam
Flying Beaver
9 pm, Jeannie Wyse with Ryan Kelly & Dale Miller in Dudettes: Pride Edition, $15/advance & $20/door
Paint Box Bistro - Toronto Jazz Festival
8 pm, Barbra Lica sings, $50 dinner and concert, $20 concert only.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, The Roncy Boys
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
Flying Beaver
Happy Pride Day – food and beverages all day long.
Stout Irish Pub
5:30 pm, Strategy Boardgaming Night by the Toronto Area Boardgaming Society
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, James Allen Magic
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter