This week’s image – Election debate:  John Tory, moderator (left), Geoff Pollock (Conservative), Linda McQuaig (NDP), Chrystia Freeland (Liberal) & John Deverell (Green)


Toronto Centre federal by-election
Voting happens on Monday, November 25, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm

By-election politics and gossip
As the by-election campaign heats up, we’re getting lots of attention from the various political stars.  On Tuesday, Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland enjoyed a pleasant lunch at the House on Parliament  (454 Parliament).  No word about the menu.  On Saturday, Linda McQuaig will have a gathering at Jet Fuel (519 Parliament) from 10 to 11 am and everyone is welcome.  Green Party candidate John Deverell has plunked his office down right at 555 Parliament Street so he can keep close track of our reactions.  And Conservative candidate Geoff Pollock has recruited Norm Betts from his sick bed after his flying stunt at the rodeo to help with his canvass. 

Let’s clear up the confusion
For Wellesley Street voters, confusion may arise over the role that Stuart Marwick is playing in this election.  He’s not a candidate nor even a political party.  He’s just reminiscing about his past glories as a Grey County stalwart for Mel Hurtig’s National Party. 

Voting info
If you’re worried that your name isn’t properly registered, you can register at the polling station.  To see how the system works, go here and then click on Toronto Centre. You can also see where you vote and what identification is needed.


Pam McConnell is recovering
Photo:  Reuters
As we all know by now, Pam was bowled over (but not impressed) by Rob Ford during Monday’s emotional City Council debate.  The incident became part of the world-wide tsunami of media commentary about Mr Ford. This photo, for example, shows her right after the collision. It appeared in The Press-News of Southeastern Stark County, Ohio.  It’s a hard way, Pam, to become an international media star.

Gonna be a tough job, George
Photo: Andrew Wallace, Toronto Star
Prominent Cabbagetown lawyer, George Rust D’Eye, has taken on the huge task of representing Mayor Rob Ford during his tribulations at City Hall.  George has had a distinguished legal career. He’s been described as the “dean” of municipal law by the Toronto Star.  Certainly his arrival on the scene made a difference in the debates. He suddenly had the councillors and the media talking about injunctions, lawsuits and the limits of City Council’s powers over the mayor.  Hiring George is undoubtedly one of the few rational moves by the mayor during this whole circus. You can read the Star’s story about George here. 


Eric Murphy has a new book
Be sure to get to Chapters ASAP for a copy of Eric’s new children’s story, The Phantom’s Gold.  Eric held his book launch at the Arts & Letters Club on Wednesday and the book is flying off the shelves everywhere now.  It’s listed on the Chapters’ website for $11.19 and there’s a Kobo edition at $8.99.  You can read a synopsis about it on his website. He also reports that Daniels Corporation is spearheading a literacy drive in Regent Park in 2014 and The Phantom’s Gold will be part of it. Congrats Eric and best wishes for your follow-up project.

Good work, Gary
We mentioned last week that Gary Smith had a very successful trip to Paris last month.  He went there to compete in the 2013 Carrousel International Art Exhibition at The Louvre and he came home with two gold medals, one for Best Figure Drawing and the second for Best Pastel.  He’s got some neat pictures and more details on his website. Nice work, Gary.

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.  More 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.  You can get tickets at the CCDT Office – aadults, $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 and you can get them online here. 

Cabbagetown South Christmas Party
It happens on Wednesday December 4 from 7 to 9 pm at Retsina Restaurant (209 Gerrard E).  There’ll be plenty of gossip and prizes.  You’ve only got a few more days to save on Advance Ticket prices ($15) – to Wednesday November 27.  After that, regular prices are $20.  Cash bar.  Click here for details and ticket purchases. 

Christmas is only 34 days away
And counting.  If you’d like to give a gift that will please your pals and do some good as well, then here’s your chance.  Number 9 Studio (222 Gerrard at Seaton) has put together this CD with great holiday tunes featuring some of Canada’s finest artists.  Proceeds from the sale go to the Children’s Wish Foundation.  These are cool stocking stuffers, nifty corporate gifts and good things to have around for yourself.  Drop in at the Studio or go to the website for more info and easy ordering.

Fire Works at Alumnae Theatre
Fire Works is a series of full-length plays, workshops and panel discussions.  Three plays are being staged 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).


Textile Performance Art @ Kendall & Co
Here’s a unique opportunity.  In 15 minutes, Harriet Riddell will create a one-of-a-kind portrait of you with her sewing machine. As you chat with her during your session, she’ll capture little details about you to put on her canvas to make her artwork even more personal. Bring a piece of your old clothing (t-shirt, sweater, etc) and she can incorporate it into your portrait.   Find out more about Harriett here. One day only - Sunday November 24, noon to 4 pm, $50 per portrait. Spots are limited.  Please call Kendall’s Interior Design Studio 416.363.9914 to book your sitting. Kendall & Co, 227 Carlton St.

Tony's new office
Tony Lafazanis is a lawyer who’s just set up his office above the TD Bank (493 Parliament).  He’s been a Cabbagetowner since 1986 and he’s practiced personal injury law since 1983.  You can reach him at (416) 979-1770 and you can look over his website here. We suggest that Pam McConnell may want his help after her knock-down by Rob Ford  (or maybe Ford will need the help since Pam’s a lot tougher than she looks!

Set Scouter
Set Scouter is a new business that’s working with the film industry to find suitable places for filming locations.  Lidia Bit-Yunan is the industry relations person in the company and she’s hoping to attract listings from homeowners and businesses in our area.  If you own property here and want to make some extra cash by allowing film makers to rent there, contact her.  The company’s website has contact info.


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.  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.

F’Amelia contest
Win a free pizza.  Just “follow” F’Amelia on Twitter.  Then write a rhyme, a couplet, a haiku or a limerick in 140 characters or less including the words @extendedfamelia  somewhere.  A winner will be chosen weekly during the life of the contest. 8 Amelia St

Cafune still has Brazilian jazz
Twice weekly, Henri Matulis brings special guests to perform with him at Cafune (194A Carlton).  On Thursday at 6:30 pm, Barbara De La Fuente and Marisa Oliveira will sing.  On Saturday at 8 pm, Abby David will play on bass. 

Junior Jazz is back
Once again, Paintbox Bistro (535 Dundas E) is home to the Junior Jazz session – an interactive jam for kids and all the family.  This month’s featured artist is Heather Bambrick.  There’ll be lots of improvisation, hand clapping, laughter and singing.  Grab some brunch while you’re there. Saturday, November 23, 10 to 11 am.  No cover. 

Vivia Kay & Blacksparrow
On Sunday November 24 from 1 to 3:30 pm, brunch at Paintbox (535 Dundas E) will feature old time gospel music.  No cover charge. 

Scotch & cigars at Stout
Erin is hosting an evening tasting with scotch and cigars on Sunday, November 24 from 7 to 9 pm. A $20 donation to Movember is encouraged. It’s by invitation only, so please email her for a ticket at  Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton)

Jazz and blues at Dominion on Queen
Every Saturday will be blues night at the Dominion on Queen (555 Queen E).  This week at 9 pm, for example, Terry Gillespie brings blues from Ottawa during his CD launch party.  On Sunday afternoon, the features will be jazz and this week, it’s the Toronto Arts Orchestra at 4:30 pm.

American Thanksgiving
The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is offering a turkey feast on Thursday November 28 to celebrate American Thanksgiving.  It’s a good idea – they like to celebrate everybody’s holidays just to make life livelier.

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.



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) 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 David & Henri Matulis, 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