This week`s image – Riverdale Park, David Grant, reLEAF

Open Houses – This week, homes in two landmark townhouse mews are open for viewing – Cabbagetown Mews at 543 Parliament and Owl House at 390 Wellesley E.  click here. 

Typhoon Haiyan – relief fund
Photo:  Reuters Erik de Castro
The Filipino Centre (597 Parliament) is collecting food and donations to assist relief efforts in the Philippines following the horrific impact of Typhoon Haiyan.  Rosalinda Javier, the Centre’s president, is accepting financial donations.  Receipts will be issued.  The Centre is gathering canned food for shipment to the stricken areas.  Clothing is being directed to the drive at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church (2565 Bathurst).  The Toronto Star wrote about the Centre’s work along with others in Toronto’s Philippine community. You can contact the Centre and make your donations directly at 597 Parliament and at (416) 928-9355.

By-election – register and vote
Election Day is Monday November 25 (9:30 am to 9:30 pm).  If you can’t vote then, you can vote at Advance Polls on Friday November 15, Saturday November 16 and Monday November 18 (noon to 8 pm).  You can also vote at the Election Canada office (86 Parliament).  If you aren’t registered, you can find out how to add your name to the voters’ list at the official website as well as  learning where your local Advance Poll and regular Election Day poll are located – click here.

By-election – candidates debates
A candidates’ debate is scheduled for next Wednesday November 20 at Jarvis Collegiate (495 Jarvis at Wellesley).  Doors open at 6:30 pm. The meeting starts at 7 pm.  John Tory is the moderator.  Seven community groups are promoting and sponsoring it including our own Cabbagetown South, Cabbagetown Residents, Corktown Residents and Regent Park Neighbourhood associations. If you can’t get to this one, there’s another at 7 pm on Thursday November 21 at Rosedale United Church (159 Roxborough Dr).

Fire Works at Alumnae Theatre
Fire Works is a series of full-length plays, workshops and panel discussions.  Three plays are being staged from November 13 to December 1 – Measure of the World by Shirley Barrie, Gloria’s Guy by Joan Burrows and Theory by Norman Yeung.  There’ll be round tables about each play on Sundays at noon and the Playwrights Speak on Sunday December 1 at 4 pm.  For tickets, descriptions and schedules, click here.  Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley (at Adelaide).


Moss Park Hockey League
Photo: Inside Toronto Nick Perry
We recently highlighted the League’s need for additional sponsors for its teams.  Justin Skinner at Inside Toronto has written a good profile about the League and its successes.  Click here.

Yonge Street Mission food bank
Photo: Inside Toronto, Courtesy
Justin Skinner has also written about the growing shortage of food supplies at the YSM’s food bank.  The problem has been more acute since Thanksgiving. Those who want to contribute can drop off food items at 270 Gerrard East.  Click here for the story. 

NOW Magazine Readers’ Poll
Congrats to a nice long list of restaurants and stores for their selection as Toronto’s Best by the readers at NOW Magazine.  Not only do they provide food, services and goodies that we enjoy locally.  By winning, they’re bringing new people into the area and strengthening all of our business community. 
So here they are – 2013’s winners:
Best pub grub – House on Parliament (454 Parliament)
Best local microbrew – Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery)
Best bread – St John’s Bakery (153 Broadview)
Best design firm – Kendall & Co (227 Carlton)
Best design store – Kendall & Co (227 Carlton)
Best jewellery store – Fair Trade Jewellery (523 Parliament)
Best cell phone provider – Wind Mobile (our local branch, 339 Carlton
Best pet store, runner-up – Urban Dog (37 Parliament)
Best large theatre company – Soulpepper (Tank House Lane, Distillery)
Best gym – Booty Camp Fitness (74 Berkeley)
Best dentist – Dr Natalie Archer (600 Sherbourne)
Best condo builders – Daniels Corp (winner) and Streetcar (runner-up)
Best free community event, runner-up – Cabbagetown Festival
Best heritage district – The Distillery
Best library, runner-up – Riverdale Branch (370 Broadview)
Best youth organization – Supporting our youth (333 Sherbourne)
Best wilderness area – Evergreen Brick Works
Best farmers’ market, runner-up – Brickworks
The Arts
Best Dance Company – COBA Collective of Black Artists (Daniels Spectrum)

Stump removal
Over the past few months, we’ve been telling you about removing a tree from our private front yard.  Our apple tree had aged and rotten and needed to be taken down.  It’s on City of Toronto property and they’re doing the work.  This challenge faces a lot of our homes after the summer storms.
The first step – cutting it – was clean and efficient with no damage done to the garden or fence.  A sizeable stump was left.  The crew showed up unannounced this week to dig it out.  They used a powerful tractor with a big blade on the front that chewed up the stump to a depth of 12” to 14”. The tractor was lifted into the yard by a crane mounted on the truck, preserving the fence and the garden plants.  It was all very dramatic - quick, neat and clean. 
The last step is coming in the Spring – selecting a new tree and planting it.


A reminder about the charity bottle drive
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.

Winchester School fundraiser shopping night
Six local artists are supporting Winchester School at a November 20 shopping night.  Baby Bliss hair accessories for kids, Sarah Cook’s Injeanius Jackets, Matthew’s repurposed sweaters, Hide Boutique’s jewellery, clothing and hand knitted items, C’est Joli jewellery, Pomp & Circumstance hand-crafted accessories.  15% of the proceeds go to the school. Wednesday November 20, 8 pm, 374 Sumach. 

Survey about morning care for kids
Barbra Sniderman has asked that we repeat this notice about the survey to gauge neighbourhood interest in a before-school morning care program for school aged kids.  There are ten questions that you can answer very quickly.  Click here to see the survey. 

Another survey – Cabbagetown Residents Association
The CRA is conducting this survey to test residents’ reactions to the quality of life in Cabbagetown.  Questions range across issues – relationships between neighbours, reactions to crime, taxes, parking, retail, schools, the Festival, the farmer’s market, and a host of other events and local highlights.  It’s a short, easy, smart questionnaire.  Click here and let the world know what you really think!


Art at Cranberries
Cranberries has been hanging works by successful artists in the 601 Room (601 Parliament) for a while.  Debi Baker has a show there now through the end of December.  Her acrylic landscapes feature places across the GTA and nearby southern Ontario.  She’s a local resident and you can see her art at her website here. 

Duncan Fremlin at the Old Eton House
On Sunday November 17 from 4 to 7 pm, Whiskey Jack visits the Old Eton House (710 Danforth).  No cover.  Duncan says that a new group is forming in February to revive the live music scene along the Danforth.  Watch for details.

Peter Donato at the Flying Beaver
Peter, in his on-stage persona as the Resilient Cantautore, returns to the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) on Sunday November 17 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $10/advance and $15/door. 

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.

Speaking of winners
Congrats to Gary Smith.  He’s just back from a trip to Paris and a figure drawing competition at The Crystal in The Louvre.  He returned triumphant with the top prize in the International Figure Drawing competition and the best Figure Drawing in Pastels.  More details next week.


Peartree’s 20th anniversary
For the past twenty years, Peartree (507 Parliament) has been a landmark in Cabbagetown.  That’s a long stretch for any business, especially a restaurant.  When it first opened in 1993, the CBC still had studios next door, the Winchester was a booze can and Cabbagetown was just starting its successful renewals. The big back patio has been divided to add the solarium room.  The façade has been refinished and the interior updated comfortably.   The Peartree’s street patio is always a favourite destination for people during the Cabbagetown Festival. 
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. Each person can select a soup or salad, a main course featuring black angus steak, grilled halibut with herbs provencal, roasted chicken breast chasseur or vegetable agnolotti pasta, plus a selection of cakes for dessert.

The little storefront on Parliament south of Gerrard has been successfully renovated and is now home to Pho-U (398 Parliament), our newest Vietnamese restaurant.  The room is very clean and bright.  The menu highlights pho, Vietnamese rice dishes, vermicelli, fried noodles and curry along with salads, soups and appetizers.  Prices for entrees range under $7 and there’s a 10% discount for take-out orders. 

Chowder chowdown
Also in the Distillery, twelve chefs will compete for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion.  Taste their seafood chowders paired with beer and then vote for your favourite.  It’s all part of a multi-city campaign sponsored by the Vancouver Aquarium to promote sustainable seafood.  Tuesday November 19, 7 pm, Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).  Tickets are $50 and they’re only available online here. 

Mill Street Brew Pub
Every week, the Pub is hosting live music on Thursday (8 pm) and Saturday (9 pm).  On Sundays, from 1 to 4 pm, it’s home to Jazz Brunch with the Tyler Yarema jazz trio.  Tonight, Greg Wyard is singing and on Saturday, Parkside Drive.  You can see more at the Pub’s Facebook page.


Kendall & Co
Once again, congrats go to the folks at Kendall for winning two categories in the 2013 NOW Readers Poll.  This week, the popular Cabbagetown tea towels designed by Steve Yeates are being featured at Kendall & Co (227 Carlton).  He’s added a new style to the collection, just in time for the holidays.  Proceeds from the sale support the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.  Click here to see Kendall’s holiday gift suggestions. 

Number 9 Audio
The building at the corner of Seaton and Gerrard where a dramatic mural brightens the wall is Number 9 Audio Group – a recording studio with extensive, modern facilities.  You can find out about its services and the people who work there at its website.
Quite regularly, celebrities of all sorts pass through its doors.  George Rondina, the managing director, has sent me a photo from a visit by Sean Astin, son of Patty Duke and John Astin.  Sean is well known for his role as Sam in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  He’s the guy in the hat, the other one is George (not Frodo.) 



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
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, The Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Mike McLean & Shannon McDonough, The McComedy Show “Oblivious”, $15/advance & $20/door
Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm dinner & 8 pm, Last Dance cabaret with Sedina Fiati, $10/advance, $12/door
9 pm, Karaoke with Jason Rolland


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Havana to Toronto afro-Cuban jazz, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Mike McLean & Shannon McDonough, The McComedy Show “Oblivious”, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Christian Jeffries “The Truth about Xmas”, $20/advance & $25/door
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Beer tastings with Innis & Gunn
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm dinner & 8 pm, Last Dance cabaret with Sedina Fiati, $10/advance, $12/door
9 pm, alt folk and rock, Barbarosa


8 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) with Bill Prouten, Paco Luviano & Vince Macc, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, blues with The Chasder Band & Dr John, $7
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Ros Kindler,  $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, State of Mind Homecoming Party with DJ TNT, $10
Paintbox Bistro
6:30 pm dinner, 8 pm showtime.  Shannon Butcher, “Butcher sings Baker”, $15 with reservations, $18/door
10 pm, DJ Night
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm dinner & 8 pm, Last Dance cabaret with Sedina Fiati, $10/advance, $12/door
10 pm, Red Brick


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
3:30 pm, Dirty Dishes
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Peter Donato, $10/advance & $15/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Abracadabaret presents Magic at the Winchester, $10
9 pm, Open Mic with Porter


Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm, Indie Music Mondays

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 Jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, The Hypnotixxx with Brandon to Hypnotist, $10/advance, $15/door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Winchester Trivia smackdown
10 pm, Karaoke with Jason Rolland


6:30 pm, Henrique Matulis (guitar) with Marissa Oliviera & Barbara de Lafuente, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
9:30 pm, Daniel Buxton Sonic Blues series, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Maggie Cassella & Savoy “Kapow” Howe, Rob Ford Trivia Night, no cover
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
9 pm, Loser Karaoke with Jason Rolland


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Don River Blues Band, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Bill Merryweather with Donavon LeNabat “Barbra & me”, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Jeffrey Amos “Whistling Music & Comedy Show”, $10/advance & $15/door
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Beer tastings with Spearhead

8 pm, Abby & guests, Brazilian jazz, free admission
Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Terry Gillespie CD release party, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Bill Merryweather with Donavon LeNabat “Barbra & me”, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Mini-Mused fundraiser, $10/advance & $15/door
Paintbox Bistro
10:30 am dinner, Junior Jazz with the Heather Bambrick quartet, no cover
10 pm, DJ Night
Stout Irish Pub
3 pm, The Pub Radio Show with Bill Perrie & Kevin Brauch


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
4:30 pm, Toronto Art Orchestra, $10
Flying Beaver
11 am to 3 pm, Psychic Brunch, $20
7:30 pm, Bianca Heuvelman’s Cabaret, $15/advance & $20/door
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