This week’s image – First snow, Wellesley Park

Cabbagetown South Christmas party
Cabbagetown South Residents Association is holding its annual Christmas party at Retsina (209 Gerrard E) next Wednesday, December 4 at 7 pm.   It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a drink, to schmooze with friends and to win prizes donated by local businesses.  Retsina is providing good food and there’s a cash bar.  $20 – at the door or online here. 

Corktown Christmas Party
Join the Corktown Residents & Business Association on Saturday December 7 (starting at 6 pm for reserved seating) for the annual Christmas dinner and concert at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E).  Dinner includes turkey with all the trimmings, $14.95 for adults and $7.50 for kids.  There’s a separate room with movies and games for the kids.  A special concert will be performed by the Corktown Chamber Orchestra. Door prizes and a live auction.  Reserve your priority seating now, call the Dominion on Queen at (416) 368-6893 or email
Caroling on Sackville and Winchester
For over twenty years, an informal group of friends has gathered around Winchester Street and strolled through the neighbourhood to sing carols at local homes.  This year, the choir is covering Sackville and Winchester on Sunday December 8 from 6:30 to 8 pm.  As they go, they ask for donations for the Food Bank at St Luke’s United Church (Sherbourne and Carlton).  Last year, they collected over 700 pounds of food and $600 in cash.  The event started in 1991 as part of CBC Radio’s annual food drive (when they were located on Parliament Street).  It’s a fine project and a fun evening – congrats to everyone involved.
Social Monkey Club
Natasha Geddes is starting a special initiative where parents and their kids can spend time together in a whimsical environment.  The first event on December 15 (at three different times – 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm) is Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop.  Kids will enjoy decorating a gingerbread house, posing for a picture with Santa, dancing and singing with Sonshine & Broccoli and munching down milk and cookies. It happens at The Fifth Social Club (225 Richmond W).  Tickets are $45/child and $20/parent and are available here. 
CRA survey
The Cabbagetown Residents Association is encouraging Don Vale residents to read and respond to their new survey.  It’s been designed to be answered quickly and to give the group insights into your sense of the quality of life in our neighbourhood.  To encourage responses, there’ll be a lucky draw for a $50 gift certificate at Hey Lucy (229 Carlton).  The survey closes on Friday December 6. You’ll find it here.
CPA meeting
Helen Coltrinari, Bob Cumming & Dave Pretlove.  Bob represented Anne but didn't claim to do the gardening.
At its meeting last Monday, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association presented its annual “Streetscape in Bloom” prize to Anne Cumming at 403 Sackville for her “garden of merit”.  She receives an original watercolour painting and a glass medallion for her achievement.  The 2013 Peggy Kurtin Award for excellence in restoration was given to DACHI for their exterior restoration work.  The meeting highlighted a fascinating talk by Virginia Van Vliet on Victorian mourning rituals.
Sheila Schirmer & Patricia Marson-Vaughan from DACHI
The CPA quietly does a great deal of work to benefit our community.  Members organize the autumn tour of homes, the spring garden tours, the Hallowe’en ghost walks, the Cabbagetown People project and these annual community awards.  The CPA’s newspaper is distributed widely through the community four times a year.  Their work was recognized this year with two major awards from Heritage Toronto.
Membership is only $20.  Contact to join.
Superscript Graphic Design & Marketing
Karen Thompson designed the lively posters and logo for this year’s Forsythia Festival.  Her material stood out for its fresh, attractive designs and underlined the new approach that organizers were taking to the event.  She’s a Cabbagetown-based freelance graphic designer and she works primarily for small to medium-sized businesses and organizations. She does logos, brochures, promotion and marketing materials and posters and she’s also interested in website designs.  To see her website, click here.
Lowe’s Christmas Market
Photo: Toronto4kids
The Christmas Market opens in The Distillery this weekend.  Once again, there’ll be a photo contest, a 45’ spruce Christmas tree, outdoor musical entertainment and beer gardens and magical lighting displays throughout The Distillery.  On December 15, Mill Street Brewery sponsors the World Caroling Challenge.  You can bring your kids and your pets for photos with Santa.  Good food, mulled wine, unique shopping.  Friday November 29 to Sunday December 15.  Free admission.  For more information, click here. 
Black Friday
Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) are joining the Black Friday hysteria.  From Thursday through the weekend, you can save 40% on wool and indoor/outdoor rugs and 20% on selected designs.  Sorry - this offer runs for a limited time only, does not apply to previous purchases and can’t be combined with other promos.  You can see the rug styles here.
Elise Stanley and the Toronto Community Orchestra
The orchestra has 61 members ages 20 to 80 playing under the leadership of Leonidas Varahidis.  On December 10, the orchestra presents its Holiday Concert and Elise will be the soloist playing Beethoven’s Romance in F.  Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth), 7:30 pm, no cover charge.
Christmas theatre at the Young Centre
This weekend is your last chance to see this year’s performance of Soulpepper’s Alligator Pie.  It closes December 1. 
On stage now until December 28, Soulpepper’s popular Christmas romantic comedy, The Parfumerie. 
On stage until December 7, George Brown Theatre offers an hour-long performance of Robert Munsch stories, songs and dances in Munsched. 
The Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, The Distillery.  For more information and tickets, click here.
The Impulse Festival
For four days, experience the best improv theatre and watch as the world’s longest improv Soap Opera unfolds for 55 hours on stage.  8 troupes from 7 countries stage 15 shows and 16 workshops.  Soulpepper, 50 Tank House Lane, The Distillery. Tickets and info here. 
Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre
Winners and Losers
Playing until Sunday December 8.
Venus in Furs
A reworked and reimagined production of this widely acclaimed drama. 
Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley).  For more info and tickets for both plays, click here.
Alumnae Theatre’s Fireworks
Fireworks concludes this weekend at the Alumnae Theatre  (70 Berkeley).  Three plays are being performed :  Measure of the World, Theory and Gloria’s Guy.  For tickets and info, click here.

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre presents Impulse 2013.  Dancers from all three years of the Professional Training Program perform works by widely acclaimed choreographers.  This is your chance to see tomorrow’s contemporary dancers today.  November 28, 29 and 30 and December 5, 6 and 7, all dates at 8 pm.  Tickets are $20, $15 for students, seniors and CADA members.  Info and tickets here.  Winchester Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester.
Gatsby Lives On
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) will hold a fundraiser and a silent auction on Saturday November 30 from 4:30 to 7 pm.  It’s themed around the Roaring ‘20s and the Fabulous Jazz Age.   Dancers from the CCDT Core Apprentice and the CCDT Young Apprentice programs will join a trio of singers to create an evening of dance, song and frivolity.  There’s a silent auction with jewellery, artwork, special event tickets and kitchen redesigns.  Tickets at the CCDT Office – adults, $20 and children under 5, $15. 

WinterSong is coming
CCDT is preparing now for WinterSong, a major performance at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Harbourfront (235 Queens Quay W) on Friday December 13 at 8 pm and Saturday December 14 at 2 pm.  It’s a breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance.  Save the dates.  Tickets are $22.50 to $38, available online here. 
Swimming pool consultations
Photo: Toronto
The City of Toronto is starting its design process for a new indoor swimming pool at the Wellesley Community Centre (Sherbourne and Wellesley).  Pam McConnell and Kristyn Wong-Tam are hosting a community consultation to get your ideas about the project.  City staff and the architects will be there.  Tuesday December 10, 6 pm, Meeting Room in the Wellesley Community Centre.
Glen Murray’s meetings
Our MPP, Glen Murray, is conducting a series of meetings about land use planning and appeals.  Topics at the meetings will include the types of cases heard at the OMB, the use of section 37, parkland dedication procedures and development charges.   Glen’s sessions are part of a broader consultation happening across the province through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing.  You can find out more from Glen’s website here. 
If you want to be part of Glen’s consultations, there are several meetings that you can attend: 
Thursday November 28, 6:30 pm, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce St)
Wednesday December 4, 6:30 pm, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity St)
Tuesday December 10, 6:30 pm, 519 Community Centre (519 Church St)
Wednesday December 18, 6:30 pm, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (1 Garfield Ave)
By-election results
Photo: Sean Kirkpatrick, Toronto Star
By now, we’re all aware that Chrystia Freeland is on her way to Ottawa to represent our riding, continuing a twenty year Liberal winning streak.  She’ll do a good job, both for us and for the country. We’ll keep you informed when she sets up her local office. 
As mentioned here earlier, we were very fortunate with the high calibre of candidates representing all of the parties.  We owe all of them our thanks for their ideas and energy during the campaign.
On a sad note, Elections Canada is reporting that only 38% of the eligible voters bothered to cast a ballot.
On Thursday November 28, the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is celebrating American Thanksgiving.  Thanks to our American neighbours for another excuse to enjoy turkey and football.
Wine & Jazz
Come for a wine and jazz matching event.  Archie Alleyne, Jackie Richardson and Aijia Waithe are performing at The Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) on Monday December 2 from 7 pm.  It’s a fundraiser to benefit the Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund.  $87.  Click here for tickets and info.
Relief fund for Typhoon Haiyan
Alice’s Place (554 Parliament) is having a benefit party on Friday November 29.  Proceeds will go to the Canadian Red Cross. Members of Soundtraxx will perform at 8 pm and karaoke will start at 10:30 pm.
New Year’s Eve at F’Amelia
Photo: Post City
Todd is alerting us that reservations for New Year’s Eve are now available.  There’ll be a special menu and the same high-quality service.  12 Amelia St, (416) 323-0666
Peartree’s 20th anniversary
For the past twenty years, Peartree (507 Parliament) has been a landmark in Cabbagetown.  To celebrate, Peartree has a special 20th anniversary offer running through November – a prix fixe dinner for two for $45 (regularly priced at $75).  You’ll save 20% for their 20th. This offers ends over the weekend, so don’t put it off!

Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088 F\acebook
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,
Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Ln (Distillery), (416) 681-0338, Facebook and
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) with special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Julie Michels solo show, $15/advance & $20/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Loser Karaoke with Jason Rolland
Alice’s Place
8 pm, Soundtraxx followed by karaoke, “Haiyan Typhoon relief” for the Canadian Red Cross
Dominion on Queen
9:30 pm, Que Isso Brazilian jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Carla Collins,  $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, Ryan G Hinds, “Comedy, cabaret & coffee talk”  $10/advance & $15/door
10 pm, DJ Night
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Fundraiser for Theatre Double Take
8 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) with special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Toronto Film Noir screening
9 pm, Wicked Grin (blues)
Flying Beaver
7 pm, David-Benjamin Tomlinson, “Starf*ckery”,  $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, 7 pm, Carla Collins,  $20/advance & $25/door
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
3 pm, The Pub Radio Show with Bill Perrie & Kevin Brauch
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Retro Radio Hour
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Kevin Morris, $10/advance & $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with the Tyler Yarema Trio
Stout Irish Pub
7 to 9 pm, Invitational Autumn Scotch & Cigar Night, $20 donation to Movember
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10
9 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Paintbox Bistro
7 pm, Wine & Jazz with Archie Alleyne, Jackie Richardson & Aijia Waithe, $87
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
11 pm, Indie Music Mondays
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Corktown Residents & Business Association
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, $5
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, David-Benjamin Tomlinson  “Liar Liar Pants on Fire”, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Winchester Trivia smackdown
10 pm, Karaoke with Jason Rolland
6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) & special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, The Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, What Dyke Looks Life/Putin on the Ritz Funder, pwyw
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Karaoke with Jason Rolland
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Havana to Toronto afro-Cuban jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Aastha Lal, “Words to laugh by”, $10/advance, pwyw/door
9 pm, The B Girlz evening of holiday magic “Hell freezes over” (sold out)
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Beer tastings with Sir Isaac’s cider
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Trivioke with Jason Rolland
8 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) with special guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
6 pm,  CRBA Corktown Christmas Party dinner, $14.95
Flying Beaver
7 pm, The B Girlz evening of holiday magic “Hell freezes over”, $15/advance, $20/door
9 pm, The B Girlz evening of holiday magic “Hell freezes over”, (sold out)
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, Wintergarten Orchestra, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Scott Pietrangelo, “Sir, step away from the piano”, $15/advance, $20/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with the Tyler Yarema Trio
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10
9 pm, Open Mic with Porter