This week`s image – doorways on Ontario Street. (Photo: Daniel Bloch/Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd, Brokerage)

This week in the Review –

Check out the unique house at 306 Seaton Street.  You can also tour the house at 488 Ontario shown in our header photo above. Open houses this weekend - click here. 

Barbara romps through a history of Hallowe`en, pumpkins and jack o` lanterns.  Click here to read all of it.  Barbara`s garden.


Election details
The candidates in this special by-election make up the most intriguing, well-qualified group that we’ve seen in a Toronto Centre campaign for many years.  Voting will happen on Monday November 25. The Toronto Star offered a quick overview of the process and its significance in this article.
Elections Canada is the referee in this election.  You can reach the local office at 1-866-281-5086 or visit it at 86 Parliament St (9 am to 9 pm on Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm Saturday and noon to 4 pm Sunday.)  You can vote in advance polls on Friday November 15, Saturday November 16 and Monday November 18.  You can also vote at the Elections Canada office or by mail but you need to follow specific steps to do so.  Get all of this info at the official website.
If you’re worried that your name isn’t on the voters’ list, call this office or check the website for info about registering.

They’re off and running
The four major parties have all chosen their candidates.

Geoff Pollock, 186 Davenport Rd, (416) 920-1919,

Tom Deverell,  555 Parliament St, (416) 920-0707,

Chrystia Freeland,  81 King St E, (647) 725-2071,

Linda McQuaig, 878 Yonge St, (416) 900-7493,

All-candidates meeting
You can see our candidates in action at Jarvis Collegiate (495 Jarvis at Wellesley) on Wednesday November 20 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm).  Seven local community groups are sponsoring the debate and they’ve recruited John Tory to be the moderator.


First annual pumpkin walk
The Cabbagetown Residents Association is sponsoring a pumpkin walk in Riverdale Park from 5 to 10 pm on Friday November 1.  Bring your pumpkin and a candle so you can add it to the display – more pumpkins mean a bigger better display!  It’s happening in Riverdale Park.  The Daily Bread Food Bank will also be there at the Park gates (Winchester and Sumach) to collect your donations of non-perishable food goods.  Staff from the City of Toronto will collect the pumpkins after the event for disposal.

Save your beer bottles
Cabbagetown South Residents Association is having a bottle drive day on Saturday November 16 at The Beer Store (Gerrard & Seaton).  There’s a handy drop-off window where you can leave your bottles and the funds will be directed to the Association.  $500 was raised in an earlier campaign and the Association earmarked $50 for the school breakfast program at Lord Dufferin, $250 for Central Neighbourhood House (kids’ programs, after school snacks and neighbourhood cleanups) and $150 for its Spring 2014 cleaning and gardening projects.

reLEAF in Cabbagetown
David Grant has started a Facebook page and a website to protect the tree canopy in Cabbagetown and to promote planting native species wherever possible.  He’s highlighting a petition that’s circulating to save the maple at 419 Wellesley from the City’s chainsaws.  Neighbours have worried that it’s being cut down for administrative and budget reasons, not because of some inner disease.  They’re asking for a more thorough examination before its removal.  His website also has info about native species, arborists, landscaping and links to other groups.

Noah Richler’s advice
Photo: Toronto Star Keith Beaty
On Saturday October 26, Noah wrote a thoughtful piece in the Toronto Star about maintaining our parks in the winter so they can be useful and safe.  His advice is well-founded.  Dog walkers, toboggan riders and pedestrians are daily users of Riverdale Park throughout the winter.  A couple of years ago, Central Neighbourhood House held a mid-winter picnic that attracted several hundred people.  The Farm is a year-round draw.  Despite these obvious crowds, the parks department closes the field house, removes trash cans, ignores litter and leaves unsafe icy surfaces on the stairs and sidewalks.  You can read Noah’s article here and if you want to add your voice to his, you can contact Pam McConnell at

Best wishes to Gary Smith
Gary`s currently taking part in an international exhibition and competition at the Louvre in Paris.  His painting, “Moored & Waiting ” is on display.  He`s taking part in a life drawing competition sponsored by a Chinese auction house.  The winner will be promoted by the company after the event.  Gary is well known for his two Corktown murals and for his on-going teaching and exhibitions in the neighbourhood.  His most recent show at the Distillery drew over 400 visitors. Check out his website.

Congrats to Kendall & Co
Some very well-deserved praise and awards have been coming to the folks at Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) lately.  They were nominated in two categories for NOW Magazine`s Reader`s Choice poll.  The Toronto Star did a major article about the store.  And now the Cabbagetown BIA has awarded them ”Business Improvement of the Year” and ”Best window arrangements.” Kendall`s website has a good article about the benefits of shopping local and supporting your neighbourhood retailers.


Radiant Lotus QiGong at Sundara Yoga
QiGong is a Chinese form of yoga that combines breath, movement and visualization to create health and emotional balance.  Radiant Lotus QiGong is designed for women.  It`s fun, gentle and accessible for women of all ages and abilities.  In a typical session, you will experience gentle movement and self-massage synchronized with slow rhythmic breathing.  Karusia will teach the session.  November 10, 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Sundara Yoga Studio (492 Parliament).

Things are going well at F`Amelia.  The new wine bar at Extended F`Amelia Winebar (8 Amelia) is attracting lots of interest for private parties and from diners who stop by for a drink, a glass of wine and a nibblie.  The bar`s hours now include Sundays from 6 pm to midnight – as well as Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 pm to 2 am.  There`s a new “Sunday Supper” special from the chef – this week it`s fire-roasted porchetta with apple sauce and roasted vegetables.

Good beer
Every Friday at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton), Erin pours a featured draft from a local brewery.  This week, she`s offering Spearhead and next week, Beau`s. Details are listed here.
House on Parliament (454 Parliament) has two new draft lines with Wellington Brewery`s Iron Duke Saison.  Yesterday was the first pour from the cask from LaTrappe`s Quadruppel, a high-alcohol beer from a bunch of Dutch monks.

Cafune`s jazz nights
On Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturday from 8 to 10 pm every week, Cafune (194A Carlton) hosts Henrique Matulis and a special guest playing Brazilian jazz.  This week`s guests are Bruce Harvey and Bill Prouten on Thursday and on Saturday, Bill Prouten, Vince Macc and Paco Luviano.  For details about the program each week, click here.

Alligator Pie
Starting Saturday November 3 at Soulpepper. Dennis Lee’s celebrated Christmas poem is brought to life on stage in this production.  For more info, times and tickets, click here. 

Dirty Butterfly
Presented by Bound to Create Theatre.  This is a mesmerizing production by Jamaican-British playwright Debbie Tucker Green about the damage caused by domestic abuse and racial economic divides.  Daily from Friday November 1 to Saturday November 17, 8 pm (Sundays at 2 pm), Aki Theatre (585 Dundas E).  For more info and tickets, click here.
Spectrum of Music
The all-male a capella singing group, Megacity Chorus, presents its annual show, Spectrum of Music, in Ada Slaight Hall in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Sunday November 3 at 3 pm.  $25

Eleven Accords
The Toronto Dance Theatre is celebrating Christopher House’s 20th anniversary as its artistic director.  He created his new work as a choreographic counterpoint to Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.  On stage at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W), Wednesday November 6 to Saturday November 9 with two performances on Saturday November 9.  Tickets, times and info here.

The Crucible
The Alexander Showcase Theatre is producing Arthur Miller’s masterpiece at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) on November 15, 16 and 7 and on November 20 to 24.  Set in Salem in 1692, it depicts the secrets, lust and greed in the infamous witch trials. Daily at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm.  Tickets and info here.



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,
Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
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) & special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Flying Beaver
Hallowe’en Party with pumpkin carving and costume contests
Local GEST
After dark – treats for kids.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Hallowe’en Party with Odd Soul and Loser karaoke


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Havana to Toronto afro-Cuban jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
9 pm, Coco “Cognac” Brown, $10/advance & $15/door
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Beer tastings with Creemore
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Toronto Film Society screening


8 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) with Bill Prouten, Paco Luviano & Vince Macc, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, One Shot Band folk, rock, roots, no cover
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heidi Mole “The Brady Project”  $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Angela Maiorano-Thurston “If I had a dick, I’d be headlining”, $10/advance & $15/door
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Allyson Morris CD release “I saw the light”, $20/advance & $25/door plus three-course prix fixe dinner $25
10 pm, DJ Night
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Colleen McCullough and the Rythm Slaves


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
4:30 pm, Peter Kauffman Trio jazz, $5
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Colleen McCullough and the Rhythm Slaves


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
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Winchester Trivia smackdown
10 pm, Karaoke with Jason Rolland


6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) & Reg Schwager, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Jazz with Toronto Art Orchestra & Pat LaBarbera, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Epic with Jennifer Gee, Francis Brian Shaw, Brian Finch & Erin Rogers, $10 advance/$15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Loser karaoke with Jason Rolland


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Swamperella, $10
Flying Beaver
9 pm, Ashley Bea, $10 advance/$15 door
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Beer tastings with Beau’s


8 pm, Henrique Matulis & Attila Fias, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Hell Bent Rockers & Diamond Drapes, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Robert Yeretch, $15 advance/$20 door
9 pm, Jane Ford & Elvira Kurt, $15 advance/$20 door
10 pm, DJ Night


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
4:30 pm, Jazz with Wintergarten Orchestra, $10
Flying Beaver
11 am to 3 pm, Psychic Brunch
8 pm, Chris Tsujiuchi`s Monthly, $10 advance/$15 door