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In this edition of the Review …
Open House Listings – homes on Monteith, Winchester and Seaton are open this weekend.  Click here.
Barbara`s Garden – split your perennials and pay attention to your gnomes.  Click here

 Congrats for We Day
Photo:  Fred Lum, Globe & Mail
Last Friday, 20,000 young people gathered at the Air Canada Centre to be a part of the 2013 We Day event.  It’s the annual launch for the year’s programs at Free the Children (233 Carlton).  Originally held in Toronto, the event now celebrates young volunteers and their achievements in over a dozen locations including a We Day UK and We Days in Seattle and Minnesota.  It’s a free event – the organizers note that no one has to pay to attend but each young person has to earn a spot by volunteering at home and on a global project.  The Globe & Mail’s Sahar Fatima wrote about Toronto’s event – you can read the story here.
Thanks RFAC 
Photo: Ian Craine
There’s a new sign at the main gate into Riverdale Farm.  It’s the final gift to the Farm and the community from the Riverdale Farm Advisory Committee.  Funds were gathered in a variety of events like the annual Pancake Breakfast and Farm calendar sales.  RFAC has been disbanded now that the City of Toronto has introduced the new Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group.  Committee members want to thank the community for its support and want to wish all the best to the Farm for its future.

Heritage issues in Cabbagetown South
The Cabbagetown South Residents conducted a poll among their members asking for reactions to heritage designation proposals that have been floating around the neighbourhood for several years. It was sent out to 300 homes in late August and closed in early September with 98 responses received.  It isn’t intended as a “scientific” study but rather an informal snapshot.  The results are decidedly mixed.  49% favour implementing the heritage designation, 31% are opposed, 10% don’t have enough information and an additional 10% made detailed comments (instead of yes-no replies.) The Association also has a summary of the on-going process and related issues on its website. 
New Board at Cabbagetown Residents Association
The CRA covers the Don Vale neighbourhood north of Gerrard and east of Parliament.  The Association has gone through a changing of the guard with a new president, Steven de Blois, and several new Board members.  For the past few years, Lee Matheson has served as its president.  Among the Association’s projects under his leadership, the group launched a tree canopy program, the rejuvenated Forsythia Festival and liaisons with local schools and it has a spiffy website featuring updates on neighbourhood events, Association projects and a list of the people serving on the Board.
Corktown Community Celebration
Music, entertainment and a free barbeque lunch - Sunday September 29, 1 to 5 pm, Underpass Park (Lower River Street, south of King). For the past six weeks, the Bayview Extension south of River Street has been closed to allow Enbridge Gas Distribution to work on a pipeline in the Don Valley.  The Celebration is co-sponsored by the Corktown Business & Residents Association and by Enbridge as a way to thank local residents for their patience while the construction work was happening.
Little free libraries
Photo: Beth Kaplan
We’ve got two of them – little boxes full of books.  If you see something you want to read, take it along.  If you’ve got extra books to share with others, drop them off.  Beth Kaplan (308 Sackville) and Gina Dineen (383 Sackville) have each put one up.  Beth says that this is a world-wide phenomenon and it’s got a website.  Check it out! 
Friends of Corktown Common
A new community support group is forming to promote the new park at Corktown Commons.  It’ll be made up of neighbours and people from across the city who want to ensure that the park maintains its full potential into the future. Interested volunteers are invited to the first meeting at the Corktown Common pavilion, Saturday October 5, 1 pm.
Welcome Hazelle Palmer
Photo:  Nicola Betts
The Board of Directors at Sherbourne Health Centre has appointed Hazelle Palmer as the Centre’s new Chief Executive Officer.  She’ll start there on November 4. She comes from the Aids Committee of Toronto and prior to that, from Planned Parenthood.  She’s been on the Boards at several other important organizations including Women’s College Hospital, the Association of Ontario Health Centres and the Hassle Free Clinic.
Love the Ravines
Photo: Jason van Bruggen
Last week, we mentioned a new effort underway to strengthen public awareness and support for Toronto’s extensive and remarkable ravine system.  NOW Magazine has just done an article about the campaign and an interview with Aidan Grove-White about it.  Click here to read the story.
Aberdeen loves golden retrievers
Victoria Hadden reports that Aberdeen Avenue residents own more golden retrievers than any other dog breed.  It’s an undeniable impulse.  Residents there are simply responding to local history.  Lady Ishbel Aberdeen introduced the breed to Canada.  Her father, Sir Dudley Marjoribanks, developed the breed in Scotland and her brother took them to the USA.
She married the Earl of Aberdeen who was Canada’s Governor General from 1893 to 1898 and she promoted women’s issues, established the Victorian Order of Nurses and sought to ease the deep-rooted racial and religious tensions of the day.
Beyond a doubt, her exposure to the tolerant, sociable, easy going character of her golden retrievers contributed to her desire to make Canada a tolerant, sociable, easy going place to live.  Aberdeen Avenue is named after Lady Ishbel and the Earl.

Sommet Mandingue
Over the weekend at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas). Baobab Afrikan Arts presents a festival of art and culture from the Mandingue people of West Africa with drum workshops, photography exhibitions, film screenings and live performances.  The workshops are free and various ticket prices apply for the other events.  The program runs through Sunday September 29 with a live performance and drumming event at the opening party at 8 pm on Thursday, performances by local artists and an African-style reception at 8 pm on Friday and day-long programs on Saturday and Sunday.  Click here to see the programs, times, locations and ticket prices.

The Moyo Theatre’s presentation of Tainted by Kat Lanteigne examines the worst public health crisis in Canadian history – the tainted blood scandal of the 1980s and 1990s.  For more information and tickets, click here.  Performances are staged at the Aki Theatre in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas) from now to October 12.  Read the Toronto Star’s review here.
The Underpants
Carl Streheium’s farce, adapted by Steve Martin. In this “send-up of bourgeois snobbery and conformity, a housewife becomes an instant celebrity when she accidently loses her underpants in public.”  Alumnae Theatre Mainstage (70 Berkeley) until October 5.  Tickets, times and more info here.

The Norman Conquests
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, The Distillery District). Three romantic comedies about the adventures of the hapless philandering Norman as he tries to manoeuvre his guests and his wife while he sets up a naughty weekend away.  Table Manners is onstage Friday September 27, Living Together starts September 28 and Round & Round the Garden on September 28 – to November 16.  Tickets and times – click here.

The Flood Thereafter
CanStage Berkeley Theatre (26 Berkeley).  “Sirens and dive bars mix in this twisted fairytale” by Sarah Berthiaume. Onstage to October 6.  Click here for more info.


Smells like a hit
Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) has new scented candles that are beautifully packaged and great gifts to give and receive.  Eight mixes of fruity notes, exotic spices and fragrant teas.  A box of matches is hidden in a secret compartment under the lid.  These candles are all about smart designs.  Store hours:  Mon to Fri, 10 am to 6 pm and Sat, 11 am to 5 pm.
Today – Thursday September 26 – is your last chance to vote for Kendall in NOW Magazine’s readers’ choice poll.  They’re running in two categories and you can vote in both of them. For Best Design Firm, click here. And for Best Design Shop, vote here . At the site, click on Kendall’s name and then scroll down the page to the “Cast your vote” button.
Sundara Yoga
Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa – can’t decide which one?  Why not all of them?  New students at Sundara can try unlimited yoga classes for thirty days for only $45.  Click here to find a description for each one.

Peter Donato at The Flying Beaver
Peter is booked in again at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) on Thursday September 26 from 7 pm.  Come and hear his dulcet tones and enjoy dinner while you’re there.

Aubrey Dale and his group “My id”
Aubrey Dale is back to full-time performing after recovering from a kidney transplant.  He’s bringing Robi Botos (piano), Rich Brown (bass) and Richard Underhill (sax) for a show and a film shoot at the Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas). Saturday September 28, 8 pm.  Tickets are $20 (show) or $50 (show and dinner).

Introducing Andrea
Andrea has a great recipe for Lychee Martinis.  She's one of the family at the Local GEST (424 Parliament).  The Local GEST is a newcomer in Cabbagetown and the staff are using this clever way to introduce themselves.  For the recipe details and for info about other specials, go to the Local GEST Facebook page.

New hours at Merryberry
Cyril has added dinner hours on Monday and Tuesday.  Merryberry is now open Monday through Saturday until 8:30 pm.  On Sunday, he’s open for brunch to 3:30 pm. For early mornings, Merryberry opens at 10:30 am daily.  Keep an eye open for Cyril’s new menu coming in early October.

New at F’Amelia
The expanded version of F’Amelia (next door to the restaurant) is about to open.  Next Saturday night September 28 will be the first public occasion.  After that, the room will serve as a bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a small plates menu.  It’ll also be offered for larger private functions and a regular menu.  12 Amelia



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, Henrique Matulis (guitar) & Gord Sheard, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Peter Donato, Tibian Blue, $10 advance/$15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Burlesque


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Blues & Troubles, pwyc
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Paul Bellini “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire”, no cover
9 pm, The legendary bitch diva – details to follow
6:30 pm dinner, 8:30 pm show, Haim Goldenberg “Goldmine”, $65 prix fixe three-course dinner and show,  $35 show only.
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 to 9 pm, Friday night beer tasting featuring Camerons


8 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) & special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm – Toronto Film Noir syndicate presents “Phantom Lady”, $5
10 pm, Fugginbitch LGTBQ East End dance party, cover tba
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Carrie Chesnutt in concert, details to follow
9 pm, Funny lady Carla Collins, $20/advance & $25/door
11 pm, Elvis tribute artist Deborah Wynne, $15 advance/$20 door
10 pm, DJ Night
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Don River blues 


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
Flying Beaver
8 pm, Chris Tsujiuchi’s quarter life crisis, $10 advance/$15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Abracadabaret magic, mind reading, illusion & comedy $10
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter