CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

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COMING EVENTS

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The Orchestra’s season opener includes pieces by Beethoven, Mozart and Hindemith with Alyssa LeFurgey-Smith on violin.  Tickets are $10, kids free. Thursday October 24 at 8 pm in Little Trinity Anglican Church (425 King St E).  Learn more about the Orchestra here. 

Global Cabaret Festival
This weekend, the Young Centre in the Distillery (50 Tank House Lane) is transformed into one big showcase for the Global Cabaret Festival.  Starting on Thursday October 24 at 7:15 pm and running to Sunday at 8:15 pm, three Songbooks and a dozen Cabarets feature over 150 performers.  Headliners include Jackie Richardson, Sharron Matthews, Molly Johnson and Ins Choi.  For program details and tickets, click here.

Riverside WALKfest
On Saturday October 26, our neighbours across the Don Valley are hosting their 5th annual WALKfest.  It includes nine different walks through Riverdale. There`s a fitness dog walk, a savory culinary walk, a sweet culinary walk, historic streets, medicinal plants and herbs,  urban planning, fashion & design, kiddie costume walk, and Riverside nightlife walk.  Our friend AV Atikian, formerly at JAMcafe, will host a 2 pm cooking demo.  There are kids` activities, pumpkin giveaways, a haunted house and sidewalk sales.  Prominent personalities will lead each walk.  The walks are all free.  Find out the details here. 

HALLOWE’EN EVENTS
Treats for kids
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) is organizing two Hallowe’en family-friendly events for kids in the next few days.  On Saturday October 26, there’s a Hallowe’en colouring contest for kids with treats and prizes from 10:30 am to 1 pm.  Then, on the big day itself, Thursday October 31, kids can stop at the Pub “after dark” to collect a treat. 

Ghost Walk
The CPA’s annual Hallowe’en ghost walk happens on Sunday October 27 at 7 pm.  Meet at Winchester and Parliament and buy your ticket there.  Hear new stories, meet a ghost, tour past haunted houses.  Please bring a flashlight and dress up in your scariest costume.  $5 per person and $10 for a family and the proceeds go to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.

1st 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.

NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

Help the Scouts
Our local 403 Toronto Scout Group needs volunteer leaders for the Beaver Scout program.  Beaver Scouts are a co-ed group ages 5, 6 and 7.  The program opens the door for your child to learn about the world with outdoor activities, games, music and sports.  They meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm at St Peter’s Church.  The Group needs young, positive, caring leaders who enjoy playing and working with kids.  Check out the 403 website here.  To volunteer, contact Janis at janis.purdy@sympatico.ca

CNH needs photographers
Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) along with the Cabbagetown South Residents Association is putting together a photography competition for young people.  Photography enthusiasts are needed to run workshops to cover the basics of photography for the youth participating in the event.  If you’re interested, please contact Philip Unrau at punrau@cnh.on.ca

Museum news
The Cabbagetown Regent Park Community Museum has released two new videos about our neighbourhood history.  The first covers the century-long story of Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario).  The second one features the personal reminiscences of Dennis Caplice about his boyhood in Cabbagetown. Both can be seen at the Museum’s Youtube site here. Both videos are also available from the Museum in DVD formats.

ON STAGE

You should have stayed home: a G20 romp
Tommy Taylor was a bystander during a G20 protest in 2010.  He was arrested along with hundreds of other people and he spent 48 hours in prison before being released without being charged.  His Facebook account went viral and it’s the basis of his play about his experiences. Both NOW Magazine and the Globe & Mail have published interviews about the play and its evolution. On stage at the Aki Theatre (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E) until Saturday October 26.  Thursday to Saturday, 8 pm, matinee Saturday 2 pm.  More info available here. 

Sucker
Kat Sandler and Theatre Brouhaha present Sucker, a Hallowe’en offering about a small town crushed by a whimsical tragedy.  More info and tickets available here. Playing until November 9 at the StoreFront Theatre (955 Bloor W)

No Romance
Toronto Irish Players are staging No Romance by Nancy Harris in the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley St).  Set in three separate acts, it portrays people`s innermost secrets in a poignant and often hilarious style.  For more info and tickets, click here. Running until November 2. 

At Soulpepper

The Norman Conquest.  Three plays that can be enjoyed individually or as a package about Norman’s efforts to set up a romantic weekend away from his wife:  Table Manners, Living Together and Round & Round the Garden. Soulpepper (Tank House Lane, The Distillery) More info and tickets here. http://www.soulpepper.ca/

Farther West.  A sweeping tale of independence, romance and fate.  More info and tickets here. http://www.soulpepper.ca/

HALLOWE’EN IN OUR PUBS

The Local GEST
Hallowe’en starts at the Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Saturday, October 26 from 9 pm.  Cabbagetown favourite Mike Reid is the party DJ.  There’ll be door prizes and then a couple of mystery (but really good!) prizes for the best costume. 

Dominion on Queen
Fugginbitch (a monthly queer positive dance night) presents Clairvoyant, the East End Hallowe’en Party Q+ on Saturday October 26 from 10 pm.  If you get there before 11 pm, tickets are $5 and after 11 pm, $10.  Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E). 

Flying Beaver’s Party
Heather and Maggie have a busy Hallowe’en night planned for October 31.  There’ll be a pumpkin carving contest and a best costume contest.  Good food (half-priced appetizers) and lots of choice for your drinks ($5 drinks – palm bay coolers, house wine, bottled beers and Mike’s lemonade.)  Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament

Party at Stout
Erin is celebrating Hallowe’en on Saturday night at 8 pm, October 26 at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).  There’ll be prizes for the best costumes, $5 draft from Great Lakes Brewery and special chances to spin the Wheel of Fortune.

House on Parliament
Two noteworthy happenings at the HOP (454 Parliament).  Tania is having a pumpkin carving – she’s not sure yet when exactly it’s going to take place so you’re encouraged to check out the HOP’s Facebook page for more info.  On Hallowe’en night itself, Mystic Michael will be reading tarot cards from 7 pm onward.  His picture here is deliberately fuzzy – he won’t clarify the future until Thursday night.

Winchester Kitchen & Bar
There’ll be a Hallowe’en party at the Winch (51A Winchester) on Thursday October 31.  Featured artists are Odd Soul along with #Loserkaraoke with Jason Rolland.

SHOPPING NEWS

Congrat’s Sinate
October 31 is Sinate’s first anniversary.  To celebrate, Sharon and Ilias will offer specials on selected items, drinks and snacks for the customers who visit them through the day.  They’ve had a busy year at the Christmas and Easter One of a Kind Shows and at shows in Ottawa, Windsor, Oakville and Alberta.  480 Parliament

Cat Busters at Pet Valu
Cat Busters are back again at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. We’re invited to see the cats waiting for a new home and to talk to the volunteers about the work that Cat Busters does.

Sarah Cook’s mother-daughter event
Sarah’s Injeanius Jackets are a smart blend of “upcycled” recovered materials.  She refashions vintage furs and jean jackets into new, stylish coats that are custom made to your specifications and fit.  Now you can choose any two Injeanius Jackets and save 20%.  It’s not only for mothers and daughters.  You can team up with a friend, a spouse, a sister or whoever… This promotion runs to November 30.  Contact Sarah at scook@injeaniusjackets.com , at (416) 817-7842 and at http://www.injeaniusjackets.com/

Kendall has mirrors
Which is the fairest of them all?  See them up close to appreciate their appeal.  Check out this new line of decorative mirrors here and come to the store to see them in detail.  Open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.  Kendall & Co, 227 Carlton

RESTAURANT UPDATES
 Lunch buffet at Butter Chicken Factory
This week, the relentlessly hungry restaurant department here at the Review visited Butter Chicken Factory (556 Parliament) for its lunch hour buffet.  It’s a great bargain.  The food is hot and fresh (not gummy and cold like so many buffets) and includes appetizers, condiments, nan and papadom breads, four main entrĂ©e dishes and dessert.  All for $9.95.  Well worth the visit – lunch from 11:30 am to 3 pm.  For menu details, click here.

F’Amelia
The new wine bar at F’Amelia Extended (8 Amelia) has been launched and is already getting busy.  It’s open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 pm to 2 am and it’s a good spot for a stop after work or a quick drink before dinner.  Bookings for private parties have started up – there are plans under way for a boozy afternoon Baptism celebration, a 50th birthday and even (it’s true), a 25th wedding anniversary. 
Next door at F’Amelia (12 Amelia), the truffle season is in full stride with truffle specials being featured every night.  It’s also time for really good desserts –- this week, there’s chocolate budino (a rich Italian custard) and pumpkin cake with homemade maple walnut gelato.  Todd says that all of these things are yummy, and him I believe.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY OCTOBER 24 TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3

Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
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
Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, https://www.facebook.com/thelocalgest
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Que Supper Club, 364 Queen St E, (647) 748-1783, http://www.quesupperclub.com
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.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 24

Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar), Kim Ratcliffe (guitar), Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Bread From Heaven jazz, Latin, melodic rock, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Julie Michels Solo Show, $15 advance/$20 door
Paintbox Bistro
8:30 pm, Haim Goldenberg, 6:30 pm, three course dinner & show $65,  show only $35
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Loser karaoke with Jason Rolland

FRIDAY OCTOBER 25

Flying Beaver
7 pm, Funny Lady Carla Collins, $20 advance/$25 door
9 pm, Ryan G Hinds Comedy, Cabaret & Coffee Talk, $10 advance/$15 door
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Thunderfunk

SATURDAY OCTOBER 26

Cafune
8 pm, Alheli Pimienta (flute) & Andre Valerio, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
10 pm, Fugginbitch Clairvoyant, $5 and $10 
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heidi Mole The Brady Project, $10 advance/$15 door
9 pm, Marilla Wex Lost & Found, $15 advance/$20 door
Local GEST
10:30 am to 1 pm – Kids’ Hallowe’en party
9 pm, Hallowe’en party
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, Hallowe’en party

SUNDAY OCTOBER 27
 
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
5 pm, York Jazz Ensemble, $10
Flying Beaver
11 am to 3 pm, Psychic Brunch
8 pm, Chris Tsujiuchi`s Monthly, $10 advance/$15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Abracadabaret
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter

MONDAY OCTOBER 28
 
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm,  Industry Night

TUESDAY OCTOBER 29

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

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30
 
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

THURSDAY OCTOBER 31

Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) & special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Flying Beaver
9 pm, Hallowe’en Party
Local GEST
After dark – treats for kids
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Hallowe’en Party with Odd Soul and Loser karaoke

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1
 
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Havana to Toronto afro-Cuban jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
9 pm, Coco “Cognac” Brown, $10/advance & $15/door
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Oktoberfest “Polka on down”
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Toronto Film Society screening

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2

Cafune
8 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) & special guests, 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
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Colleen McCullough and the Rythm Slaves

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3

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 Rythm Slaves