Photos - Wellesley & Parliament on Sunday during the Cabbagetown Festival

In this edition of the Review …

Open House Listings – two very interesting properties are now being offered.  Click here.

Barbara`s Garden – this week, find out all about ornamental cabbages.  Click here.

Tour of Homes
The weather forecast is wonderful – it’ll be a clear cool weekend, ideal for strolling through Cabbagetown and enjoying the homes on the Tour.  Sunday September 15 from noon to 4 pm.  This is a self-guided tour. The homes are listed on your ticket. This year, there’s an introduction to some of Toronto’s original public housing. Tickets can be purchased locally at Kendall & Co (227 Carlton), The Epicure Shop (437 Parliament), Fairway Market (520 Parliament), Mi Casa (238 Carlton) and Ladybug Florist (513 Church St).  Tickets are usually available at the last minute at the BIA Office (237 Carlton) on Sunday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Click here for more information and to buy your tickets with Paypal.

Cabbagetown South Street Party
Music, barbeque, yummies and popcorn.  The fire truck will visit from noon to 1 pm and Elvis will perform from 1 to 4 pm.  Games for kids of all ages.  Art exhibits and sales.  Sarah Cook will be there to show off her Injeanius line of coats.  Sunday September 15 from noon to 6 pm at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario). 

403 Toronto Scout Group

Scouts Toronto 403 is Cabbagetown’s own Scout troupe.  New members and leaders are welcome. The 403rd Toronto is an open, diverse and welcoming group. Meetings are held at St. Peters Anglican Church (188 Carlton.)  Volunteers are needed for fundraising, committee memberships, camping support and translation services.  Donations for equipment and events are really welcome.  There’s a great website for the 403 Scouts showing what the kids do and giving lots of information about registration and times.  You can email or call 416-363-7923.


Regent Park proposals
A very important community consultation will happen next Tuesday September 17 about the revisions suggested for the redevelopment of Regent Park.  6:30 to 9 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas). This is the second meeting about these proposals. Following a June meeting and input by the local community, plans have changed.  There will be reports on new ideas for overall density and the heights of the towers and townhouses throughout the northern half of the project.  The Cabbagetown South Residents have an excellent summary on their website – click here.

14 Blevins Place
This building has become a focus for different opinions about the future of Regent Park.  Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services wants it to be kept intact.  Local residents (some of whom have lived there) along with Toronto Community Housing and the Daniels Corporation want it torn down.  A few months ago, the Globe & Mail’s John Bentley Mays wrote about the problem – a building with an interesting history but very limited future value.  You can read his comments here.  There are, as he points out, people who live there and don’t like the building at all.  They’ve started a petition to overturn the designation.

River City Condos
Photo: Carlos Osorios, Toronto Star
The River City condos are part of the rebuilding in the West Don Lands area.  The Toronto Star’s architecture critic, Christopher Hume, wrote an article in late August about their progress and high quality.  Click here to read it.

Toronto Centre politics
Life is heating up on our federal political scene in preparation for the by-election to fill Bob Rae’s old spot.  On Sunday, the Liberals and the NDP will both hold their nomination meetings.  Both parties have exceptional candidates putting their names forward.
In the NDP, two different media personalities are running – journalist and social activist Jennifer Hollett against newspaper columnist and author Linda McQuaig. 
The Liberals have three strong figures in their race – local organizer Todd Ross, banker and community activist Diana Burke and international journalist Chrystia Freeland. 
The Conservative campaign is also underway.  Businessman and lawyer Geoff Pollock was campaigning at the Cabbagetown Festival and he is apparently facing two other people in that race.  The Conservative association has not yet set a date for its nomination meeting.
Former Toronto Star labour writer Tom Deverell has already been nominated to carry the Green Party’s flag.  If his appearance at the Cabbagetown Festival is typical, Deverell will bring a strong sense of humour and lots of determination into the campaign.

Congrats to Rollo Myers
Rollo has been a popular and effective force for Toronto’s heritage preservation causes for decades.  On October 15, he’ll receive the Special Achievement Award from Heritage Toronto.
His positive impact can be seen all through our neighbourhood. He was a central figure in the fifteen-year effort to preserve the Corktown site of Canada’s first parliament (at Berkeley and Front) and to build its Interpretive Centre.  When the campaigns started to create heritage conservation districts in Cabbagetown, he was regularly there to add his persuasive views to the debate.  He renovated and lived in several homes in Cabbagetown – his last one is the Witch’s House at Sumach and Winchester.  Among his many projects, he worked on the preservation and enhancement of the Old Town, the West Don Lands and Fort York.  The quality of our lives has been greatly enriched by Rollo’s work and his achievements.  To read the summary of his career in the Canadian Architect, click here.

Tonya Williams at TIFF
Photo: Jeff Hui
Tonya Williams is the founder of the ReelWorld Film Festival (438 Parliament) and a veteran actress with a long career in film and television.  She’s appearing in Empire of Dirt and ReelWorld has organized the Indie Film Lounge at TIFF.  Justin Skinner at Inside Toronto has just written a nice profile of her career and her priorities. Click here to see the ReelWorld website. 


What a mixed bag this year produced!  Thursday’s restaurant crawl was very pleasant.  The Short Film & Video Fest had some gripping pieces with two of them standing out as crowd favourites – one  featuring a lovers’ trip to Long Branch and another vignette between a young man and his grandmother. 

Then the deluge on Saturday and the glorious sun and big crowds on Sunday. 

Blair’s Run, of course, went off without a hitch. Serious athletes are waterproof! Eric Morse, as usual, took some great pictures.  Glen Murray was there - it’s rumored that he didn’t really run, he took the subway.

Kidz Korner pulled great crowds south to Gerrard and the big stage drew people to Carlton – both innovations enlivened previous “dead zones” in the street event.

Organizers also are making a major effort to attract artisans and unique vendors as Festival guests along Parliament Street.  It’s paying off.  While the number of tents seems lower, the quality is higher. More Parliament Street retailers have started to display their stuff outdoors as well.  These are welcome trends.

There is, of course, one big groaner.  Once again, organizers left out the Saturday morning parade.  It’s too bad.  The event itself is fun.  Nobody expects it to be any more than it is – a gathering and a salute to our own neighbourhood.  Bring back the parade!

Eric Morse`s Festival photos
Eric has a gallery where you can see his pic`s from the Festival`s various events.  Perhaps, he took your photo.  Check out whether you really look as good as you hope.  Click here. 


Winemaker’s Dinner at F’Amelia
There are a few seats left.  For five generations, the Pio Cesare family has produced outstanding Piedmontese wines.  On Wednesday September 18 at 7 pm, Pio Boffa, one of Piedmont’s premier winemakers, will present his family’s wines paired with a gourmet, multi-course dinner.  Five wines will be served – Pio Cesare Gavi, Pio Cesare Piodilei Chardonnay, Pio Cesare Barbera  d’alba, Pio Cesare Barbera  d’alba “Fides” and Pio Cesare Barolo.  Tickets are $149.  Reservations please – (416) 323-0666.  The winery`s website is here. For more information about the evening, click here. F’Amelia (12 Amelia)

Art at Cranberries
Watercolours by Alan Breeze.  His show takes place at Cranberries in Room 601 (601 Parliament) on September 18 from 7 to 9 pm.

Junior Jazz Jam is back
Jazz for kids and their families. This time, DRUMHAND brings a high energy, interactive show propelled by a steamroller of percussion.  Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas), Saturday September 21, 10 to 11 am.  Free concert.  Enjoy brunch while you`re there.

Rockabilly Festival
The Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E) hosts the 5th Annual Rockabilly Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 20 to 22 – three days of live music and vintage culture.  Headliners include the Royal Crowns, Israel Poulx and Marty Allen & the Cadillac Cowboys (all on Friday night), Rayburn Anthony, the Shakedown Combo and the Tennessee Voodoo Coupe (on Saturday) and on Sunday, the annual Hank Williams birthday brunch with the Hanksters.  There’s more – The Hell Bent Rockers, the Ronnie Hayward Trio, DJs, special matinees, 1950s rockin’ cinema, vendors, dance classes and hot rods. For program times and details, go to the Dom’s Facebook page, here.

Beer crawl at Stout
On Saturday September 21, beer lovers can visit four clubs across Toronto ending up at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) at 10 pm in a special craft beer pub crawl.  It`s free and sponsored by Spearhead (and Spearhead beers will be available at a discount.)

The Scullery
Open at last at 200 Carlton.  The Scullery has a handy Facebook page with menu listings.

Personal growth and transformation at Sundara
Starting on September 21, this program will help you deepen and broaden your practice and blossom your understanding of yoga.  Your personal growth will be the focus of the program - your ability to perform asanas (postures) with clarity, attentiveness, safety, stamina, determination and joy. You`ll use the tools and techniques that come from the yogas of Indian and China.  60 hours.  Click here to read more details, to learn who the teachers are and to register.  Sundara Yoga Studio (492 Parliament, side door) 

Buon Appetito
In honour of the Cabbagetown Tour of Homes this Sunday, Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) presents our Tour of Palazzo, a series of stackable dinnerware and serve ware.  These are tabletop art collectibles that convert into platters, serving bowls, soup bowls, tureens, dinner plates, tea/coffee cups and jars. Dishwasher and microwave safe.  Click here to see more.  Exclusively at Kendall & Co.



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
The Local GEST, 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,
Que Supper Club, 364 Queen St E, (647) 748-1783,
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, Brazilian jazz with Henrique Matulis (guitar) and a special guest
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Burlesque Night
10 pm, DVS Swing Dance Session


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Blues & Troubles, pwyc
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Alex Tait (vocals), Brandon Wall (guitar) & Shafton Thomas (bass), $10/advance & $15/door
Stout Irish Pub
7 to 9 pm, Friday night beer tasting featuring Amsterdam
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Culture Days Festival fundraiser


8 pm, Brazilian jazz with Henrique Matulis (guitar) and a special guest
Dominion on Queen
9 pm,  Blues by Peter Karp & Sue Foley, cover tba
Flying Beaver
Three shows, 7, 9 & 11 pm, Lea Delaria & Maggie Cassella, The Loudest Show on Earth, $20/advance & $25/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Cale Sampson CD release party


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 pm, Hypnotixx, $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 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
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Minxy’s Country Mixup, pwyc
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Winchester Trivia
10 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland

6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) & special guests, Brazilian jazz
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Ilana Waldston with Mark Kieswetter (piano) & Steve Wallace (bass), $10/advance & $15/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland


Dominion on Queen
East End Rockabilly Weekend - $20
8 pm – Film “Go Johnny Go”
9:30 pm – The Crown Royals, Israel Proulx, Marty Allen & the Cadillac Cowboys and DJ Rockin’ Dave Faris
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Brittany Kay & Jenny Weisz “From Thornhill to Broadway (almost)”, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Ryan D Hinds – details to come
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 to 9 pm, Friday night beer tasting featuring Creemore
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Spur of the moment Shakespeare cabaret
9 pm, Karaoke at the Winch with Jason Rolland


8 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) & special guests, Brazilian jazz
Dominion on Queen
East End Rockabilly Weekend - $20 (evening)
Free Matinee – Jive Dance Lessons, Hot Rod Show & Vendor Village and Ronnie Hayward Trio
8 pm – 3-D Photography Show
9:30 pm, Rayburn Anthony, The Shakedown Trio, Tennessee Voodoo Coupe, The Hell Bent Rockers and DJ Lincoln Bee Kool
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Gary Krawford,  $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Kris & Dee, $10/advance & $15/door
Paintbox Bistro
10 to 11 am, Junior Jazz Jam with Drumhand
8 pm, Denzal Sinclaire.  Three course prix fixe dinner and performance, $55.  Performance only $25.
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
10 pm, 3rd annual official Toronto ber week Pub Crawl
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Spur of the moment Shakespeare cabaret
10 pm, BTH CD release party


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
East End Rockabilly Weekend
11 am to 3 pm, Honky Tonk Brunch with the Hanksters
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Savoy Howe’s Drag Karaoke, $10
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
1 pm, Spur of the moment Shakespeare cabaret
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter