July 4 to July 11

Thanks Bob
Bob Rae is distributing his last message as our Member of Parliament.  As most of us already know, he’s resigning his seat in order to focus on his new role with the Matawa Tribal Council.  He’ll be the Council’s negotiator in discussions with the Ontario government about future developments in the Ring of Fire area. 
In his note, he says, “I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for the wonderful support you have given me. It has been a great honour to serve you as your representative, and I deeply appreciate all that has happened.  Nothing we have done these past five years would have been possible without you.  Arlene and I look forward to seeing you soon to thank you in person.  Toronto Centre is a great community and we have been so proud and honoured to have been able to serve you.”
Our thanks go back to you, Bob, as well.
In the meantime, his constituency office at 514 Parliament Street (416-954-2222) will stay open until the by-election sends a new person to Ottawa.
Corktown Commons
John Lorinc writing in the Globe & Mail explains how the new Corktown Commons serves a dual purpose – as a park and as flood protection for the eastern downtown.  His article is a timely reminder that we have flood risks (like Calgary) and that the Don River has been a dangerous torrent in the recent past.  To read his comments, click here. 
Barbara’s Garden
Two weeks ago, we launched a separate blog page about gardening in and around our neighbourhood.  Barbara has picked up a nifty report this week about a spectacular plant at Allan Gardens.  Click here to read her story.
Birdwatching delights
We’ve enjoyed recent sighting of Baltimore Orioles in Riverdale Park and Wellesley Park.  We’ve also seen plenty of small flocks of two, three and four birds of all species acting out their family lives.  Young (but very large) birds chase their parents shouting out their demands to be fed.  If you have difficulty picking out the parents in all of this ruckus, just look for the one that’s frazzled. 
Marathon runner needed
Central Neighbourhood House is participating for the first time in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon in October.  But there’s a glitch in the plan – CNH needs a runner to do the job!  Volunteers are welcome.  Please call Philip Unrau at CNH (416-925-4363).  Our good friend Hector Clouthier should pay attention to this opportunity.  He’s already qualified for the 2014 Boston Marathon and this would be an ideal tune-up for him. 
Movies in the Park
Top Gun is the first movie for the summer and it screens on Sunday July 7.  It starts when it’s dark.  Look for the big screen – you can’t miss it.  South end of Riverdale Park East along Broadview.  Donations support Art City in St James Town, Philip Aziz Centre and the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club.
Sunday in the Park
Sunday July 7, noon to 4 pm, Regent Park Blvd (on the east side of the Daniels Spectrum at Dundas). Regent Park’s annual summer festival moves back into the Park this year.  It’s always a fun day for the whole family with games, food, entertainment and raffles.  This year, Regent Park Boulevard will be officially opened during the event.
Saturday July 6 (in the Aki Theatre at the Daniels Spectrum) and Sunday July 7 (in the Ada Slaight Hall at the Daniels Spectrum).  Vivacity is a performance showcase for the young people from UForChange.  The program offers short film screenings, a fashion show and a theatre show on Saturday from 7 to 9 pm, an encore performance on Sunday from 3 to 5 pm plus Beats In The Park as part of the Sunday in the Park Festival.  UForChange is an arts-based education program for youth from Regent Park, St James Town and across the GTA.  To learn more (and to see Prince Charles learning how to be a DJ), click here.
Midsummer Mixer at Riverdale Farm
The Farm is holding a fundraiser to earn $25,000 to be used to enrich its programs for park visitors.  Good food, entertainment and activities for the whole family – rain or shine.  Thursday, July 18 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.  Tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for kids under 12 and you can buy them here.
CPA’s first walking tour
Saturday July 20, 1:30 pm, Parliament and Winchester.  The Cabbagetown Preservation Association along with Heritage Toronto will walk you through the southern part of Don Vale, south of Carlton Street.  You’ll see the influence of Toronto General Hospital (when it was located on Gerrard Street), the Spruce Street Co-op, mansions on Carlton Street and Riverdale Park West.  There’ll also be discussions of the architectural development of Cabbagetown and the sites where noteworthy people lived.
Welcome Kim & Betty
The little spot at 568 Parliament near Wellesley is now filled with Under The Table – an inviting attractive restaurant with Kim in the front and Betty as chef in the kitchen.  Although there’s a pleasant Jamaican zing in the air, the menu has something for everyone.  There are regular brunch dishes, omelettes, salads and sandwiches.  Entrees include pan seared cod, shepherd’s pie and jerk chicken. Ask about the daily specials.  Takeout is available. It’s open every day, Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm, Mondays 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesdays to Fridays 11 am to 9 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 9 pm.  Kim says that she’s applying for a liquor licence and the website is now in preparation.
Jazz at Cafune
Henry Matulis’ Brazilian jazz and bossa nova fill up Cafune (194A Carlton) on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  This week’s special guests are Kyla Charter and Chris Adrianse on bass.  Next week on July 11, he’s performing with Bill Prouten on sax, on July 18 with Reg Schwager (on guitar) and on July 25, with Tony Zorzi (on guitar).  Good music and great food.
Fare Game
Post City Magazine has written a short article about Fare Game (195 Carlton).  The interior and the patios have been kept the way they were when the location was JAMcafe.  The article also gives a nice overview of the menu including the game entrees.  To read more, click here. 
The city-wide summer food festival starts on Friday July 5 and runs to Sunday July 21.  Two restaurants in The Distillery are taking part.  Archeo (31 Trinity Street) and Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill (17 Tank House Lane).   Find out more about the full list of restaurants, menus, reservations and locations here.
Make Love not War
Ceramic Torpedo Vases are the newest arrivals at Kendall & Co (223 Carlton).  Kevin says they are da bomb! When you go to check out the other new items at the shop, don’t be confused or get lost.  The storefront is being repainted in a lovely new colour scheme.  Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  www.kendallandco.c
Deep Dive Sessions with David Gluck

Thursdays 7 to 8:15 pm. This class starts with movements that prepare your body to sit still and then various ways to explore our layers of consciousness will be presented. We will end each class with a 30 minute seated meditation to practise what we’ve learned.  Leave this class feeling grounded and refreshed. For details about our classes, click here.  Sundara Yoga (492 Parliament side door.)

Marilyn at Pet Valu
Marilyn is back again with her nail and grooming clinic at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Only $10.  Dale and his staff are also taking part in the Pet Food Bank Project in support of the PWA food bank and Cat Busters. Staff at Pet Valu will be happy to explain it in detail. This will be an on-going program and you can make your donation at any time - food, toys, litter, bedding, bird seed, treats and other pet-related gifts (sorry, no cash.)
New at Eclectisaurus
Leslie has a beautifully built mid-century modern Danish teak table with a deep red-brown dramatic grain.  The on-board extension leaves at each end will turn this 52” table into 93”.  To see it in more detail, click here.  Open Wednesday to Friday, 3 to 8 pm, Saturday noon to 7 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.  Eclectisaurus, 249 Gerrard E.
Mark’s moving
Mark at MJG Gallery (555 Parliament) is ending his time in Cabbagetown and moving to Leslieville.  Throughout July, he’s offering paintings at substantial savings (up to 75% off).  If you’ve had your eye on one of his pieces, now is a very good time to buy.  The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm. 



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.

6:30 pm, Henry Matulis (guitar) and Kyla Charter (vocals) with Chris Adrianse (bass) -  Brazilian jazz
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Jamieson Eakin “Songs from the Earth”, $10/advance & $15/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Toronto to Havana Live afro-Cuban jazz $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Joann Brooks sings with Jack Vandermeer on guitar & Terry Lewis on bass, $10/advance & $15/door.
9 pm, Michelle Lecce on piano, backup vocals by Jeff Currie & Phil Ciglen on guitar, $10/advance & $15/door.
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Robi Botos (jazz piano).  Three course dinner & performance $45, performance only $15
Winchester Kitchen & Bar

Dominion on Queen
4:30 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward matinee, pwyc
9 pm, Sugar Brown Blues featuring Bharath Rajakumar, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, one of Canada’s funniest comics Carla Collins, $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, Gavin Crawford’s Wild West screening party, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Toronto’s only rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones, no cover
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, one of Canada’s funniest comics Carla Collins, $20/advance & $25/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Good Neighbours Open Mic night
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm,  Industry Night
Dominion on Queen
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
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland
6:30 pm, Henry Matulis with Bill Prouten (sax).
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Cabaret - Toronto Newsgirls fundraising event
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, James Allan Magic – magic, mind reading, illusion and comedy
10 pm, DVS Swing Dance Sessions
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Cyrus from Trailer Park Boys “Who needs grade 10? I’m a publik speecher”, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, singer-songwriter and pianist Peter Donato ,  $10/advance & $15/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, James Allan Magic – magic, mind reading, illusion and comedy
10 pm, Don Campbell
Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward
9 pm, Rocket Rached and the Fat City 8, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Shawn Higgins presents Ginger Nation, pwyc
9 pm, Belle’s Boudoir Live Burlesque followed by Belle’s Booty Bounce dance party, $15/advance & $20/door
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Don Thompson & Reg Schwager, three course dinner and performance $45, performance only $20
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, James Allan Magic – magic, mind reading, illusion and comedy
10 pm, Emmerson Street Rythym Band
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
Matinees tba, The Fox Brothers and Tin Eddies
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Kristen Pottle presents Live a Little, a fundraiser in support of Hailey’s Dreams, $10/advance & $15/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter