CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

This week's image - munchies at The Scullery

This week in the Review

Barbara`s Garden – planting bulbs plus the diary of a tree removal.  Click here. 

Open houses – a double home on Amelia, a home and business on Seaton and a classic Victorian on Ontario.  Click here.

LATEST NEWS & EVENTS

Kendall & Co
Rita Zekas, the Toronto Star`s stealth shopper, has written a glowing article in the Star`s Fashion & Style section about Kendall & Co (227 Carlton).  She obviously loves the store.  She says that she`s ``blown away`` and ``overwhelmed by the ingenuity`` of all of it and she gives it a four-star rating.  You can read it for yourself here.  Congrats to Kendall, Kevin and the staff for a well-deserved recognition. 
 
Grandparent`s scam
Police are warning us about scam phone calls to grandparents and asking that we alert people who may be vulnerable.  The caller claims to be a grandchild in trouble (from a dilemma in a foreign country, or a car accident, or an arrest) and asks the grandparent to send money via a wire transfer service like Western Union or Money Gram.  The police feel that the callers get personal information from obituaries or social media and they caution that the callers are very persuasive. 

Good Shepherd turkey dinners
The Toronto Star also reported on the remarkable Thanksgiving dinner held at Corktown`s Good Shepherd (412 Queen E).  Over 1600 meals were served to people who are homeless, alone without families and hungry.  You can read about the Centre`s work on its website. 

Riverdale Park carving
There`s a remarkable carving permanently mounted in the southeast corner of Riverdale Park at the end of Carlton Street.  It`s a wood carving done by Jim Menken.  Anne Pastuszak organized its installation there to replace a diseased tree that needed to be removed.  It`s a salute to the Cabbagetown creatures that we know and love.  Jim has a website where you can see more samples of his work.

HAPPENING NOW
 
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
This Sunday’s marathon features attractions for communities who want to cheer on their runners.  There’s a competition among neighbourhood sections and the winners receive generous prizes – you’ll help just by showing up.  The Cabbagetown Youth Centre has organized a cheering section on Sackville just north of Eastern Avenue with entertainment by the Coppertones, the CYC performing arts dance troupe, cultural dancers and native drummers.  Five people are running for the CYC – Sylvie Andrew, Heather Hopkins, Angela Jonsson, Ted Manziaris and Rob Scott.  Be sure to get there by 10:15 am when the first runners will pass this spot.  Here’s a link with all the details about the runners and the event.

He never quits
When he isn’t pre-occupied with election campaigns, Hec Clouthier runs a marathon – he’s done 27 of them, including three appearances in Boston and two in New York.  He’s in Sunday’s Scotiabank marathon as a Neighbourhood Champion for Central Neighbourhood House.  Hec lived in Cabbagetown for several years and the area hasn’t been the same since he left.  Like many people exposed to our charms, he’s always coming back and he’s happy to do this run for CNH.  You can make a pledge for CNH in his name at this link. 

Global Cabaret Festival
Next 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 September 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. 

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. 
 
CONGRATS
 
Cabbagetown People
On Tuesday evening, the Cabbagetown People program was honoured at the annual Heritage Toronto awards ceremony.  The program received the 2013 Community Heritage Award and the Members Choice award.   Cabbagetown People is part of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association`s efforts.  Its blue oval signs are sprinkled around Cabbagetown to commemorate outstanding people who have lived in our community.  The program`s goal is to humanize the past and preserve our social history for future generations.  You can check out its website here.

Rollo Myers
As mentioned previously, Rollo Myers was given Heritage Toronto`s Special Achievement Award at the October 15 ceremonies.  Canadian Architect wrote a story about his career and remarkable contributions to our lives. Rollo was interviewed by TVO`s Steve Paikin and their discussion is available on TVO`s website. 

WALK `TILL YOU DROP
 
Dance Collection Danse
Walk through Cabbagetown with renowned local historian, George Rust D`Eye.  It`s a fundraiser for DCD and tickets are $75.  This includes your donation, the tour and a reception afterward with a glass of wine and hors d`oeuvres. George, as we know, will give a delightful talk along the way.  Meet at the stone gates at Riverdale Park, Winchester and Sumach, 2 pm on Sunday October 20.

ROM Walk
Cabbagetown is back on the ROMWalk agenda on Sunday October 20 from 2 to 4 pm.  This tour takes about 90 minutes.  Meet at the northeast corner of Spruce and Parliament (beside No Frills).  This event is free and no registration is required.
 
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. 

CABBAGETOWNERS STRUT THEIR STUFF
 
Peter Donato at Flying Beaver
Peter’s back tonight (Thursday, October 17).  He’ll be offering his minimal and seasoned stylings from 7:30 pm at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).  $10 advance and $15 at the door. By the way, the Newsletter’s vast audience is demanding an answer – what’s a Cantautore? 

Whiskey Jack performs on Sunday
Duncan Fremlin and his friends are playing at the Eton House (710 Danforth) on Sunday afternoon from 4 to 7 pm.  Kids, adults and the grey hair crowd are all welcome.  No cover. Whiskey Jack has a good website where you can see their photo gallery, get the latest news and listen to a tune.

Jack Grunsky’s show
Jack’s paintings are featured in a show at the Moonbeam Café (30 St Andrew St) in Kensington Market called Urban Realism.  The show continues to November 8. You can see his works at Etsy. 

Jo`s photography
Jo`s works are on display at Redline Coffee & Espresso Bar (354 Queen E).  Her show runs to October 31. Redline says, ``They are spectacular.``

SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS

The Local GEST
Here`s another nifty intro to a staff member at The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  Oscar is the chef and this time, he`s introducing a new menu for the Fall season.  Check it all out on Facebook. The pub is now open for lunch from 11:30 am on Monday to Friday.  Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am. 

Junior Jazz is back
On Saturday, Thompson Egbo Egbo will entertain you and your kids from 10 to 11 am at the Paintbox Bistro (535 Dundas E).  It`s a free concert and it`s also a handy way to enjoy a terrific brunch.
 
Sundara Yoga
Alan Florence is holding a Lotus Hips workshop that has its origins in his experiences at Sogenji Zen Temple in Japan where the long hours of seated meditation require hips, shoulders, torso and legs to be strong and open.  Alan developed a yoga to support his own meditation.  It`s gentle but challenging and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. To sign up, click here. October 27, 4:15 to 6:45 pm, Sundara Yoga (490 Parliament).

Eclectisaurus
A striking mid-Century modern glass vase made in 1950s Sweden by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta.  Lindstrand is an acknowledged master of Swedish glassmaking.  This vase has exceptional form and colour, a rare graduated pale green.  Click here to see more. Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard E) is open Wednesday to Friday from 3 to 8 pm, Saturday noon to 7 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm. 

CLUBS & PUBS - LISTINGS

THURSDAY OCTOBER 17 TO SUNDAY OCTOBER 27

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 17

Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) & Trevor Giancola, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Peter Donato “Cantautore”, $10 advance/$15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Karaoke with Jason Rolland

FRIDAY OCTOBER 18

Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Gary Kendall Band
Flying Beaver
9 pm, The legendary Carole Pope with Tim Welch and Sean Kelly, $20/advance & $25/door
$15 advance/$20 door
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Oktoberfest “Polka on down”
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm Barbarosa
 
SATURDAY OCTOBER 19

Cafune
8 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar), Neil Tatay (piano) & Bill Prouten (sax), Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
3 pm, Lesley Livingston & Jonathan Llyr book launch “How to Curse in Hieroglyphics”
9 pm, James Anthony Detroit music hall of fame, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heidi Mole “The Brady Project”  $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, The Dudettes with Ryan Kelly & Dale Miller, $15/advance & $20/door
Paintbox Bistro
10 to 11 am, Junior Jazz for children featuring Thompson Egbo Egbo .
Que
10 pm, DJ Night
 
SUNDAY OCTOBER 20

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
4:30 pm, Wintergarten orchestra $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm. Hypnotixx, $10/advance & $15/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Beau’s presents Open Mic with Porter
 
MONDAY OCTOBER 21
 
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm,  Industry Night
 
TUESDAY OCTOBER 22
 
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 23
 
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire with Paul Bellini, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Winchester Trivia smackdown
10 pm, Karaoke with Jason Rolland
 
THURSDAY OCTOBER 24
 
Cafune
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) and guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
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, Carla Collins, $20 advance/$25 door
9 pm, Ryan 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, Henrique Matulis (guitar) and special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
10 pm, Fugginbitch East End Halloween Party Q+, $5
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heidi Mole The Brady Project, $10 advance/$15 door
9 pm, Marilla Wex Lost & Found, $15 advance/$20 door
Que
10 pm, DJ Night

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