This week, Barbara has prepared an update on the Allan Garden’s Agave plus a list of the annual CPA Streetscape in Bloom nominees and a comment on ways that we can help to slow down the tragic decline of our Monarch Butterflies.
Click here to read Barbara’s Garden.


Gary Smith and Kim Benoit
Corktown artist Gary Smith is a busy man this summer.  Among other things, he`s travelling to France to compete in Figure Drawing at the Louvre.  He`s also staging his first major exhibition in several years at the Cabinet (10 Trinity St) in the Distillery.  He and Kim Benoit have a show there throughout August to September 6.  The Cabinet is a furniture store which they chose because it offers a home-like setting and has plenty of space on brick walls for their pictures.
Kim will be familiar to folks at the Cabbagetown Boxing Club.  She boxed and coached at the Club for several years and met her husband there.  Gary is recognized throughout Corktown for his 2011 Gateway Mural on the Humane Society building on Queen Street and his 2012 mural in the Sackville playground on King Street.

George Smitherman is staying out
George has announced via an article in the Huffington Post that he won’t be seeking the federal Liberal nomination to replace Bob Rae as the party’s candidate in Toronto Centre.  He’s a major force in both local politics and in the Liberal Party across Toronto.  His decision - based on his desire to be with his family and also his distaste for internal Liberal warfare - has caught the attention of both activists and media in the city.

Jennifer Nichols
Photo: Kevin van Paassen, Globe & Mail
Jennifer owns the Extension Room (30 Eastern Ave at Sackville) and has developed the Extension Method which combines dance techniques and fitness training.  The Globe & Mail did a major story this week about the influence that dancers are having in training regimes for high performance athletes as well as ordinary fitness enthusiasts.  Jennifer’s program is highlighted in the story.  You can also visit her website here.

Bev Jenkins at Peartree
Cabbagetown artist Bev Jenkins is showing her latest works at Peartree (507 Parliament) through August and September.  Bev does vividly coloured landscapes using sculpted oils.  Her paintings will also be exhibited at Artfest in the Distillery on Labour Day weekend.  You can check out her art at her website.

Eric Murphy’s latest book
Eric was in Lunenburg and Bridgewater recently to continue his research for his next book, The Dead Man’s Boot.  It’s a sequel to The Phantom’s Gold – a story about a grandfather, his grandson and a haunted sailboat.  Congrats to Eric for the colourful story written about him in South Shore Now. You can see it here. 

Peter Donato’s aches and pains
Peter – well known to Flying Beaver patrons for his Cantautore performances – is suffering from “wheel in the streetcar track syndrome”. He’s a good cyclist and can often be seen flying along the waterfront trails out to the Beach or beyond.  His bike apparently got stuck in a streetcar track and his leg, as a result, is broken.  No word yet whether this event will alter his singing voice.


Vote for Kendall
A handful of businesses in Cabbagetown work very hard to make this area special.  Kendall & Co (221 Carlton) is one of them.  In return, we can extend our recognition and thanks to Kendall by voting on its behalf in the NOW Magazine “Best of” polls.  So far, Kendall has made it onto the Best Design Firm and Best Design Shore categories.  Now it’s our turn to put these folks on top.  For the Best Design Firm, click here and vote (it’s quick and easy!) For Best Design Shore, click here and vote. 

Waterfront Toronto
In the July edition of its online newsletter, Waterfront Toronto has several notes that interest our community.  There are reports on new public art, proposals for the development of the mouth of the Don River and flood control in the area, updates on several major construction projects and on the Pan Am games facilities.  It’s always a great read – click here. 

Artists at Redline
Photo: blogTO
Gary Smith has organized a show for students in his art class at Redline Coffee & Espresso Bar (354 Queen E).  So far, sixteen artists are participating, including Cabbagetowner Irene DeClute.  The show runs August 3 to August 22 and you can meet the artists at the opening on August 3, 2 to 5 pm. 
Bell box murals
The first phase of this year’s mural project is finished.  Eight Bell Canada utility boxes in Cabbagetown and St James Town have been painted.  Locations are marked on the map. Boxes in Regent Park will be painted on August 17 and 18 and then over in St Lawrence on August 24 and 25. 


Marilyn at Pet Valu
On Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, Marilyn visits Pet Valu.  She's ready to polish up your pet - her pawdicures are available for only $10.  240 Carlton St.

ET in Riverdale Park
The next instalment of Movies in the Park features ET.  The screening starts whenever it gets dark.  Sunday, August 4, Riverdale Park East.

Artists & writers walking tour
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is offering a guided neighbourhood walk to highlight the homes where our writers and artists have lived – winners of Governor General’s awards, people who have received the Order of Canada, winners of the Toronto Arts Awards.  We’ve been the home for many people whose music, writing and paintings have left an impressive legacy.  The tour starts at Winchester and Parliament, Saturday August 10, 1:30 pm. 
CYC gala performance night
It’s the annual showcase for the CYC’s Performing Arts Camp, celebrating the skills, talents and spirit of kids in our community.  This year’s event happens at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (711 Bloor St E – across from Castle Frank subway station), August 15, 6:30 pm (pre-show) for 7 pm.  Tickets $7 or $21 family of four.

Cabbagetown Festival dates
Unbelievably, the summer is passing so quickly that we’re now looking ahead to the annual Cabbagetown Festival.  It happens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 6 to 8.  Cabbagetown Art & Crafts takes place in Riverdale Park through those dates.  The street festival happens on Parliament Street on Saturday & Sunday.

The Short Film & Video Festival
Watch out especially for the Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival on Friday night September 6.  Tickets for the evening will soon be available.  They sell out quickly.  Keep track on the Festival’s website.

Blair’s Run
The team is getting geared up now for the Run.  Fundraising is a big part of its program and it’s done on a street-by-street basis.  For several years, the Wellesley Street group has raised the most money and earned the annual trophy.  Volunteers are needed throughout Cabbagetown and especially in Cabbagetown South.  If you can talk to your neighbours and handle a portion of your own street, contact Sandy at  

Emma O’Neill’s class at Sundara
Power up your Saturday mornings with an Ashtanga class with Emma O’Neill.  Ashtanga is the original vinyasa/power style of yoga.  A set series of postures are linked together with breath and movement to create intense internal heat which detoxifies muscles and organs.  This vigorous moving meditation will help you to develop a strong, light, supple body and to quiet and steady your mind. This class is geared to all levels – beginners welcome. Saturdays at 9:30 am.  Emma’s biography is here.  Sundara Yoga Studio, 492 Parliament (side door).
50% off sale
Enjoy 50% savings at Kendall & Co (221 Carlton) during its Summer Clearance sale.  The sale covers selected home accents, furniture and rugs.  Check out the details online here.  Store hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.
Lots of construction news

F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is expanding.  The small building just west of the restaurant will become a special events spot – for groups, parties and celebrations.  There’s a notice on the front now as part of its application for a liquor license.
420 Smokehouse (420 Parliament).  Virginia hopes to be open in good time for the Cabbagetown Festival.  She’s bought her special gas smoker and her chef has been preparing scrumptious smoked meat dishes in preparation for the final menu planning. 
The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  The old Ben Wicks site has been redecorated and it’s almost ready to reopen, right on schedule.  Tiffany expects a “soft opening” on the weekend and then the real thing early next week.
A Cabbagetown classic disappears
Anita’s Hair salon at 237 Carlton is gone.  It was one of the last of its kind with its eccentric blue paint, its folding iron security grill and its worn-out handmade signage.  Reports are that Anita retired following the death of her husband and is now in Greece.  Our best wishes to her.
Wind Mobile now occupies the building.  Sherif William is the authorized dealer and this store is one of several that he operates in downtown Toronto.  If the proposal by telecom giant Verizon is successful, then Wind will become part of the future Verizon group.



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
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, Henrique Matulis (guitar) and Laura Fernandez (vocals) -  Brazilian jazz
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Law & Order trivia night hosted by Shannon McDonough, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Havana to Toronto Afro-Cuban jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
9 pm, All Strung Up acoustic night hosted by James Mulvale & Jen Calder with Steve Fever & Zoe Bentley, $10.


Dominion on Queen
4:30 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward matinee, pwyc
7:30 pm (doors open), 8:30 pm, East End Comedy Revue featuring Derek Edwards, $20 (four for $60)
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Kevin Nelson, “50 times around the sun”, $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9:30 pm, Bring The Heat Funk Night, $5


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, Esther Vallins “Party crasher” with Tara Litvack on keys, $10/advance & $15/door.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter


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
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, “Liar Liar Pants on Fire”, hosted by Paul Bellini, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland


6:30 pm, Bill Prouten (sax), Chris Adriaanse (bass) & Henrique Matulis (guitar)
Paintbox Bistro
7 to 9 pm, storyteller, dub poet and actor d’bi young, “We tellin’ stories, yo” no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Burlesque Night and DVS Swing Dance sessions


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Sam, Keelan & Gareth’s platonic threesome comedy show, $10/advance & $15/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Thunderfunk


Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward matinee, pwyc
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Marilla Wex “Lost and found” repeat performance, $10/advance & $15/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Barbarosa


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly Brunch with the Cosmotones
Stout Irish Pub
5:30 pm, Strategy Board Games
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter