CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

This week`s image:  lunch at KiBo, 533 Parliament

NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

Follow-up on the fire at 11 Aberdeen
Photo: Tony Smyth, CBC
No news.  Neighbours report that there’s action underway to make sure that the building site is safe and enclosed. TCHC confirms that these immediate repairs are being made and that residents in the building have been relocated. 
Two questions really affect the neighbourhood – details about the fire’s causes and some indication that the building will be restored expeditiously.  At the moment, there`s no information about either.  There’s also been no answer about plans for the house at 38 Prospect Street that TCHC owns - it caught fire over eight years ago and the building has been empty and boarded up ever since.

THEATRE NEWS

Pacamambo at The Citadel
Ken Gass has resurfaced with his Canadian Rep Theatre company.  His first play – Wajdi Mouawad’s Pacamambo - will be performed at The Citadel (304 Parliament) from January 28 to February 2.  For tickets and more information, visit the company’s website.  Richard Ouzounian has written an article in The Toronto Star about Gass, the theatre company and its 2014 program. 

Coming soon


The Idiot’s Delight by Robert Sherwood will be on stage at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District) from Thursday January 23.  For more info and tickets, click here. 

The Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) presents The Lady’s Not For Burning by Christopher Fry from Friday January 24 to Saturday February 8.  Tickets and info here. 

Tribes by Nina Raines is on at the Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley) from Sunday February 2 to Sunday March 2.  Click here. 

George Brown College presents the Restoration comedy, The Country Wife, from Wednesday February 5 to Saturday February 15 at the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District).  Details and tickets here. 

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Cooking classes at Merryberry
There’s an extra touch at Merryberry – cooking classes where you can learn how to prepare the recipes used in Cyril’s monthly special meals (check out the next story for details - in January, the recipes include an intriguing mix of coconut milk and cayenne peppers.)  These will be small informal group sessions and reservations are a must (647-348-0411).  They’ll be a mix of hands-on experience and demonstrations. The first class is on Tuesday January 21 at 6 pm.  Classes will run about two hours.  $45/person.

Merryberry’s new menu
Merryberry’s January menu highlights coconut milk and cayenne peppers.  Cyril feels that these are just the right exotic flavours to beat off those chilly winter blues
The appetizer is Asian succotash with tiger shrimps on a bed of corn, red pepper, scallion and zucchini, cooked in coconut milk with a dash of cayenne.  The entrée is a Trinidadian-inspired chicken stewed in spiced coconut milk, shredded over a bowl of warm coconut quinoa with cranberries, pine nuts and orange zest.  For dessert, slices of mango are covered with a thick and sweet coconut milk sauce and sprinkled with cayenne.
Reservations at 647-348-0411. Winter hours – 11 am to 8 pm, Wednesday to Saturday. 11 am to 4 pm, Sunday to Tuesday.  559 Parliament.

Movies at Under The Table
Photo: Marina L at Yelp
Every Thursday night at 8 pm, Kim and Betty are hosting a special movie night.  People arrive about 7:30 pm and screenings start at 8 pm sharp.  Betty has prepared a menu for nibblies and appetizers from $3 to $7 each, including nachos, bruschetta, wings, sliders, fish bites, soup, jerk poutine and jerk wraps. Thursday January 16, the feature film is “Horrible Bosses”.  568 Parliament.

Music at The Local GEST
Melissa Lauren sings with Eric St Laurent on guitar and Mark Cashion on bass.  Sunday afternoon January 19 at 4:30 pm at The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  Next Thursday January 23, Jeff Barnes is back with Noah Zacharin at 8 pm.  Unfortunately, the Salsa Night with Erika Galindo has been postponed – watch for details about the new date.

Donato is back!
Peter returns to The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) for another evening with new songs and stylings to pass a winter’s night.  Bring your friends.  Sunday January 19 at 7:30 pm.

Jazz at Paintbox
Three jazz evenings are scheduled in the next week at The Paintbox (555 Dundas E).  Kelly Jefferson (sax) and Kelsey Grant (trombone) along with Adrean Farrugia (piano), Michael Davidson (vibes), Larnell Lewis (drums) and Rich Brown (bass) present the second in the Flavours of Jazz series.  Saturday January 18, $20.  On Friday January 24, Mike Janzen will release his latest CD at 8 pm, $20.  Diana Panton with Don Thompson and Reg Schwager appear on Saturday January 25 for the third Flavour of Jazz event, 8 pm, $20.  At each event, Paintbox offers a three-course prix fixe menu for $30.  For details, click here. 

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

Advance notice about Valentines at F’Amelia
On February 13, 14 and 15, Extended F’Amelia (8 Amelia) will be transformed into a very romantic Oyster Bar.  In the restaurant, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) will feature a prix-fixe special.  Because it’s the Valentine weekend, both F’Amelia and Extended F’Amelia will be busy and so they’re taking reservations.   (416-323-0666). 

Congrats to the Uke club
Every Wednesday night, the Corktown Ukelele Jam meets at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E).  The group’s fifth birthday happened on January 14 and there was a big theme night to celebrate. On the first night, a blizzard scared the organizers but a couple of dozen devotees showed up.  Now, 1641 players are on the active list.  Find out about CUJam’s programs here. Check out the Dominion on Queen here. 

Congrats to Erin and Stout
Erin has announced Stout’s third birthday on Wednesday January 22.  She’s holding a party to celebrate – complete with hors d’oeuvres, birthday treats, a wing-eating contest and bingo.  For reservations, email her at erin@stoutirishpub.ca . Stout has been a dynamic addition to the neighbourhood.  Our thanks to Erin for all her work and her happy attitude along the way.  Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton. 

Lots of stuff happening at Carlton and Ontario

Over the past few months, we’ve all been enjoying The Scullery’s (200 Carlton) beautiful room and fine baking.  The butter tarts are really good!  You can see daily menus on its website. News, photos and updates are available on Facebook. 

Across the street, Fare Game has closed and a new project is now underway.  Hi Irv (195 Carlton) is scheduled for a March 1 opening.  It’s going to be a gastro pub with pub classics and house specialties on the menu and good wine, unique cocktails and craft beers on tap.  There's a website and a Facebook page. 

Next door, Zakkushi (193 Carlton) is getting lots of attention. Chris Nuttall-Smith wrote a very positive review in the Globe & Mail.

Photo:  Addy S and Yelp
The new owners at the old Cafune site (194A Carlton) are changing the room’s interior.  No word yet about their plans for the restaurant.

SHOPPING

Sale at Kendall
Take advantage of more mark downs and more items on sale during Kendall’s seasonal winter clearance. Home accessories, serving ware, lighting, furniture 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.

A beautiful lighting fixture from Eclectisaurus
This is a dramatic Italian chandelier by Venini.  It has an elaborate frame featuring three squared tiers with each side being swagged to create a complex pattern of gleaming crystal.  Nine standard light bulbs make a bright source of central lighting.  Check Electisaurus’ website for more info.  249 Gerrard E.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JANUARY 16 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
Under the Table, 568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533
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 16

Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Chris Coole & Anne Walker for The Wee Folk Club, $10
9 pm, Chris Antoniuk launches the Toronto Blues Society “Third Thursday” monthly series
Flying Beaver
Lobsterpalooza returns
Under the Table
8 pm, Movie night featuring “Horrible Bosses” with $5 appetizers and nibblies
Winchester Stage & Bar
9 pm, Loser Karaoke with Jason Rolland

FRIDAY JANUARY 17

Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Leyland Gordon Band birthday jazz jam
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
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, DJ Humble Mike

SATURDAY JANUARY 18

Dominion on Queen
6:30 pm, Wintergarten orchestra, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Kristen Becker & Paul Bellini’s Celebrity Game Night, $10
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, DJ Humble Mike
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
5 pm, York Jazz Ensemble, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Peter Donato Tibian Blues, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
Jazz at 4:30 pm, Melissa Lauren trio with Eric St Laurent (guitar) & Mark Cashion (bass)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with the Tyler Yarema Trio
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10

MONDAY JANUARY 20

Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Groovy Mondays open stage reunion
Winchester Stage & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm, Indie music Monday

TUESDAY JANUARY 21

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

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown ukulele jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm Sarah Minx’s country music mix-up, pwyc
Stout Irish Pub
6 to 10 pm, Stout’s third birthday party
Winchester Stage & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart ass trivia
10 pm, Open Mic with Porter

THURSDAY JANUARY 23

Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Julie Michel’s solo show, $15/advance & $20/door
Local GEST
8 pm, Music night with Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Winchester Stage & Bar
9 pm, Loser karaoke with Jason Rolland

FRIDAY JANUARY 24

Flying Beaver
7 pm, Gary Krawford & Charlotte Moore “Noel & Cole & Irving & Steve”, $15/advance & $20/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, DJ Humble Mike
Paintbox
8 pm, Mike Janzen Trio CD launch, $20

SATURDAY JANUARY 25

Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Film Noir Syndicate “The Man with the Golden Arm”
9:30 pm,  Blues and troubles
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Judy Marshak & Carolyn Scott “Two Ukes, Four Hands”, $15/advance & $20/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, DJ Humble Mike
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Diane Panton with Don Thompson & Reg Schwager in the Flavour of Jazz series, $20

SUNDAY JANUARY 26

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
7:30 pm, Sarah Strange & Katie Beetham “2 Divine”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with the Tyler Yarema Trio
Winchester Stage & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10