CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

Today’s image – Step and Zumba classes at the CYC

Fire on Aberdeen
Photo: CBC, Tony Smyth
A two-alarm fire broke out just before 5 am last Friday morning at 11 Aberdeen Avenue.  Two houses were very badly damaged, one a private home and the other a six-unit TCHC property.  Two tenants in the TCHC building were injured. One was treated on the scene and the other was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and burns.  The CBC has a full report on its website, complete with several dramatic photos and a video.
There’s no news yet about the cause of the fire.  Residents nearby report that police and fire have been inspecting the site.  A TCHC spokesperson offered to investigate and report back about its effect although they will not comment on the private impact on the tenants.
The injured tenant was burned because he repeatedly went back into the building to rescue his dog.  Police on the scene asked a neighbour for a blanket to wrap around the dog afterward and then, when the owner was taken to the hospital, the dog went into the ambulance as well to keep him company.
Photo: CBC, Tony Smyth

TCHC’s plans
An event like this raises serious questions about TCHC’s response.  It’s still too early to have any inkling about its plans.  Looming over this event as a worrisome precedent is TCHC’s failure to repair and reopen its property at 38 Prospect Street.  Over eight years ago, this building was gutted by fire and it’s still sitting empty.  A TCHC official promised that we would have additional information about its status along with a report about the Aberdeen fire.

OTHER NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

Step and Zumba classes
Brenda McNee has released her January schedule for her step and Zumba classes at the CYC (behind the Beer Store at 2 Lancaster Ave).  Her step classes happen every Wednesday evening at 7:45 pm and on Sunday January 12 and 19 at 10 am.  Zumba sessions will be held on Sunday January 12 and 26 at 11 am. 

Allan Gardens Christmas show
This weekend is your final chance to see the marvellous display at the greenhouses in Allan Gardens (Carlton between Sherbourne and Jarvis).  Every year, the parks department organizes a Christmas show and this year’s offering is amazing.  The show is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and it finishes after Sunday January 12.

East End Speaker Series
A monthly networking and referrals group that meets in the Paint Box Bistro (555 Dundas E) on the second Tuesday of each month.  Members exchange referrals and ideas and each meeting features a knowledgeable speaker who will talk about his or her area of expertise. 
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday January 14 at 7 pm.  Peter Lovering (from the Parliament Street News) and Hilary Browning (from Sage Real Estate) will talk about the group, its role in the community and its benefits.  Christiane Schull will talk about the Top 5 Keys for Creating What You Love.  It’s a free event and the Bistro has a $5 nibblies menu.  Go to the group’s website to confirm your interest and to get more information.

Cabbagetown survey
The Cabbagetown Residents Association has just closed its internet-based survey of neighbourhood attitudes.  The Association is now reviewing the results and hopes to be able to publish them following its late-January Board meeting.  Initial reactions are positive – 200 people responded, a sample that should be very representative of the community’s views.

NEWS FROM OUR STORES

Kendall & Co seasonal sale

Home accessories, serving ware, lighting and rugs are now on sale at up to 40% off.  For more info about the sale, click here.  Visit the store to see everything in person – 227 Carlton, 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays.

Pinstripe Nutrition
Sandy Badgley at Pinstripe (214 Carlton) provides natural nutrition counselling that’s tailored to fit your lifestyle.  She works with Cabbagetown Chiropractic Clinic and she’s contributed nutrition tips on Proud FM 103.9.  To usher in the New Year, she’s offering a Winter Bonus – get one extra counselling session at no charge when you purchase a Nutritional Counselling Package before March 31.  That’s six sessions for the price of five.  For more information, check out her website.

St Jamestown Steak & Chops
It’s time for a mid-winter holiday so Mark at St Jamestown (516 Parliament) will be closed from Monday January 20 to Monday January 27.  He says that he’ll be thinking about us constantly while he’s cavorting in some sunny southern spot! 

The Leslieville Flea
Starting on Sunday January 19, The Leslieville Flea will move to The Fermenting Cellar in The Distillery for its once-monthly appearance.  Over 70 vendors will sell unique one-of-a-kind crafts, vintage, salvage, antiques, furniture, art and handmade items.  Open from 10 am to 5 pm.  If you have a nifty idea,  check out the Flea’s vendor opportunities.   For more info, click here.

NEWS FROM OUR PUBS & RESTAURANTS

Merryberry’s winter menu
Cyril plans to build his winter menu at Merryberry (559 Parliament) around one main ingredient.  For January, it’ll be coconut milk and all the comfort and exotic flavours that it brings to a dish.  He’ll feature it in his appetizers, mains and desserts. 

Cooking classes at Merryberry
Cyril is now gathering your reactions and firming up his plans for a weekly cooking series at Merryberry.  He’ll be providing demonstrations based around his menu themes.  Classes will be small and informal, and will happen in the restaurant when the stoves aren’t needed or in the rear kitchen area.  He’s planning on two-hour sessions starting on Tuesday January 21 at either 5 or 6 pm and running every week.  Watch for the details here and keep an eye open for his announcements in the restaurant. 559 Parliament.

Flavours of Jazz
Photo: Wandering Toronto
The Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) is home to an exciting series of six jazz concerts presented in cooperation with the Jazz Performance Education Centre.  The series runs weekly every Saturday from January 11 through February 15.  Each night, chef Tallis will cook up a three-course prix fixe dinner to match the music.   The evenings will start at 6:30 pm with performances by students from Ontario’s four jazz colleges.  Tickets for the music are $30 for Randy Weston’s performance and $20 each for the other five. Dinner is $30.  Details about the series here. 

Randy Weston at Flavours of Jazz
Legendary jazz pianist, Randy Weston, is the first guest artist in the series.  His evening, African Rhythms, happens on Saturday January 11.  For reswrvations and tickets, click here. Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E)

Salsa and jazz at The Local GEST
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) has a very ambitious program lined up for the new year.  On Thursday January 9 at 8 pm, Noah Zacharin and Adam Warner will perform.  Watch for lots more happening on Thursday nights from late January.  On Sunday January 12 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, Alison Young will play her sax with Jon Meyer on bass and Lee Wallace on guitar.  Jazz will be a regular feature on Sunday afternoons.  Then, on Saturday January 25 from 8 pm, Salsa teacher Erika Galindo will host and teach salsa lessons. 

Lobsterpalooza
Lobsters are back in a big way at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).  Lobsterpalooza has been rescheduled to Thursday January 9.  (It was originally set for Wednesday but the pipes froze last night and the little guys caught a break!)  So come by for a lobster feast complete with rice and veggies for only $19.95 – all night long. 

Robbie Burns dinner
The Mill Street Brew Pub in The Distillery (21 Tank House Lane) has a six course Scottish dinner with matching beer and schnaps to honour Robbie Burns Day on Thursday January 23 at 6:30 pm.  $59.99. 

Congrats F’Amelia
Open Table has listed F’Amelia (12 Amelia) #1 of their top five Toronto Neighbourhood Gems.  Drop by to Extended F’Amelia Wine Bar (next door at 8 Amelia) for a drink, Thursday to Sunday before or after dinner.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JANUARY 9 TO SUNDAY JANUARY 19

Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
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
Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Ln (Distillery), (416) 681-0338, Facebook and http://toronto.millstreetbrewpub.ca/
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676, www.stoutirishpub.ca  
Winchester Stage & 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 JANUARY 9

Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Shannon McDonough’s variety show, no cover
Local GEST
8 pm, Music night with Noah Zach & Adam Warner
Winchester Stage & Bar
9 pm, Loser karaoke with Jason Rolland

FRIDAY JANUARY 10
 
Dominion on Queen
Friday night jazz pulse
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Richard Ryder  $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, The Dating Game, $10

SATURDAY JANUARY 11

Dominion on Queen
4:30 to 7:30 pm, Mid-day Ramble American down home music jamboree
9 pm,  Saturday night blues
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Kristen Becker’s Dykes of Hazard comedy tour, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Savoy “Kapow” Howe event, $5/advance & door
Paint Box Bistro
8 pm, Randy Weston, African Rhythyms in the Flavour of Jazz series, $30
Winchester Stage & Bar
10 pm, Matt Morgan & the Mayday
 
SUNDAY JANUARY 12
 
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Alison Young (sax), John Meyer (bass) & Lee Wallace (guitar)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch
Winchester Stage & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10

MONDAY JANUARY 13

Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Good neighbours open mic
Winchester Stage & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm, Indie music Monday

TUESDAY JANUARY 14

Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown “Django Jam”, pwyc
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz and Christmas Eve pajama party
Winchester Stage & Bar
10 pm, Games & movie night

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown ukulele jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Hypnotixx – slightly naughty comedy hypnosis show, $10/advance & $15/door
Winchester Stage & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart ass trivia
10 pm, Open Mic with Porter

THURSDAY JANUARY 16

Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
Winchester Stage & Bar
9 pm, Loser Karaoke with Jason Rolland

FRIDAY JANUARY 17

Dominion on Queen
Friday night jazz pulse
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Maggie’s Mish Mash no cover talent show
9 pm, Janet Whiteway with Jean Deeth & Aimee O’Connor, “Oh what a feeling”, $15/advance & $20/door

SATURDAY JANUARY 18

Dominion on Queen
4:30 to 7:30 pm, Mid-day Ramble American down home music jamboree
9 pm,  Saturday night blues
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Kristen Becker & Paul Bellini’s Celebrity Game Night, $10
Paint Box Bistro
8 pm, Kelly Jefferson & Kelsey Grant sextet in the Flavour of Jazz series, $20

SUNDAY JANUARY 19

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch with the Cosmotones
4:30 pm, York Jazz Ensemble
4:30 pm, Toronto Art Orchestra
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Peter Donato Tibian Blues, $10/advance & $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with the Tyler Yarema Trio
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10