February 20


CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

This week's image:  Parliament Street winter

OPEN HOUSE LISTINGS

Our real estate market has heated up at an amazing pace.  Duncan Fremlin is a knowledgeable veteran real estate agent.  He knows our neighbourhood.  We’ve quoted some of his observations on our Open House page along with this weekend’s listings.  Click here.

NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS

Parking tickets
Photo:  CP/Boris Spremo
Parking enforcement officers have been arriving more frequently during the day in Don Vale.  Some local residents have complained that street parking spaces are filling up with cars that don’t have local stickers.  A city bylaw limits local parking to a three-hour maximum and a complaint triggers its enforcement.  Unfortunately, when someone complains about a specific car, the officer must also check out the entire street so the enforcement pulls in lots of other people.  If you have family, friends or contractors visiting, you may want to warn them about the increased enforcement.

Dog licenses
The Cabbagetown Residents Association has issued an alert that bylaw enforcement is checking more actively for dog licenses.  It’s a good thing.  People who own unlicensed dogs are risking a lot.  A  license is an important backup if your dog runs loose and is rounded up by animal services.  While you’re getting a license, go for a microchip as well as another safety feature for your pooch.  You can see all of this online

St James Town Health Club
Community Matters has offered various healthy living services for St James Town residents for the past ten years. In response to residents’ requests, its program has expanded to include opportunities to define health goals, to deal with heart and stroke, cancer, diabetes and stress.  All of this can be done weekly in consultation with a neighbour who has a health services background.  Community Matters offers swimming, Zumba, hip/hop and break dancing, gymnastics and yoga as well as services with a dietician, counselling for stress management and nutrition advice.  Interested people can contact info@communitymatterstoronto.org and (416) 944-9697.

Waterfront Toronto report
Photo:  Waterfront Toronto
The agency’s January/February report has lots of good stuff.  There’s an extensive article about the Gardiner Expressway plus reports on construction at the foot of Parliament for the Pan Am Games site and further west to Ontario Place. Check it out here. 

Regent Park planning report
Photo: Daniels Corp
City planning staff have issued a report for the next phases of Regent Park’s redevelopment.  It can be read online here.  It’s a recommended read for anyone interested in height, density and community service issues in Regent Park.  Toronto East York Community Council has this item on its agenda for next Monday morning, February 25.

Regent Park study
Photo:  Toronto Star, Pawel Dwuti
The Toronto Star has a report about a study conducted by St Michael’s Hospital and McMaster University.  It finds that Regent Park residents are expressing a higher degree of satisfaction and security in their new homes in Regent Park.  It’s an important confirmation that the redevelopment of the area is a worthwhile and successful project.  You can read the Star’s story here.

Nominate outstanding people
Photo: Eric Morse
Organizers at the Forsythia Festival are seeking your nominations for the Festival Queen and the Festival Marshal.  Duties for these tasks are not onerous but the nominees should be people of the highest calibre – as were their predecessors.  Look around your family, friends and neighbours and send your suggestions to info@cabbagetowner.ca

RESTAURANTS & PUBS

Faith Nolan’s CD launch
The Dominion on Queen is hosting a CD launch party for Jailhouse Blues by Faith Nolan.  Friday February 21 at 9 pm.  The cover charge at $20 includes a copy of her new CD. 

Merryberry cooking classes
Last Tuesday, Merryberry’s (559 Parliament) first cooking class launched with a good group enjoying themselves and learning about Cyril’s ideas for cooking with coconut milk and cayenne.  His next class is scheduled for Tuesday February 25 and it will feature “en papillote” – cooking with paper bags.  Contact him at Merryberry's website.

Duncan’s back
Duncan Fremlin and Whiskey Jack are back at The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) on Friday February 28 at 7 pm.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  Find out more details online here.  Watch your mailbox – The Flying beaver is circulating a postcard that includes a 15% discount on a regular dinner.

Meditation at The Local GEST
The Atisha Buddhist Centre is holding three morning workshops about meditation techniques at The
Local GEST (424 Parliament).  10 to 11 am, February 27, March 6 and 13.  You’ll learn a new skill to calm your mind, explore meditation in a friendly, relaxed environment and return home relaxed and refreshed.  $30 for advance registration and $35 at the door.

Local GEST new menus
After you’ve finished your meditations, turn your thoughts to “martinis and moules” (on Mondays), “burgers and a pint” (on Tuesdays) and “Welly wings” on Wednesdays.  These are the GEST’s new menu specialties and they too will send you home relaxed and refreshed!  424 Parliament.

Weddings at F’Amelia
F’Amelia’s staff have already booked two weddings in the restaurant and another in Extended F’Amelia for the summer season.  It’s a great location for your reception with its bright airy interior and its big comfy patio.  Couples who want more info can call (416) 323-0666 or go to the website.

Congrats for 420 Smokehouse
Photo:  blogTO
There’s a good article in blogTO about Virginia’s new smokehouse (420 Parliament).  You can check it out here.

The Irv’s menu
The new gastropub at Ontario and Carlton is steaming ahead towards its March 1 opening date.  The Irv (195 Carlton) has a lively Facebook page and its opening menu offerings are listed there.  Looks good.

SHOPPING NEWS

The Leslieville Flea
The Flea is back at the Distillery on Sunday February 23 from 10 am to 5 pm for its second winter appearance in The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane. Over fifty vendors will offer clothing, crafts, vintage stuff, antiques and lots more.  More detail at the Leslieville Flea online.

Sundara Yoga
Come and heal your body with Emma O'Neill.  The last year for Emma was a rough one! She blew out her meniscus & tore her rotators all while doing regular, every day activities. Using yoga & sports therapy she’s brought her body back to health without surgery or other invasive therapies.
Emma would love to share what she’s learned about the anatomy of the body, treatments & therapies that really work! A fantastic workshop for athletes, yoga teachers & practitioners looking for hands-on, practical information about healing using yoga therapy.  Sunday February 23, 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Sundara Yoga (490 Parliament)

An iridescent Favrile glass vase at Eclectisaurus
This is a superb studio art glass vase in an iridescent pulled feather design.  The technique was made famous by earlier artists such as Tiffany and Loetz.  This vase is signed Eckhart and dated 2000.  There’s more detail here. Eclectisaurus, 249 Gerrard E.

Welcome Patricia Milne
Patricia has opened her practice at Milne Architects at the Palette Building (340 Gerrard E).  You can reach her at pmilne@milnearchitect.com and at (416) 968-6456 .  Her firm focuses on sustainable building practices for contemporary architecture and interiors as well as historic restorations.  Best wishes, Patricia, for lots of success.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 TO SUNDAY MARCH 2

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/
Paintbox 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 FEBRUARY 20

Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
9:30 pm, Toronto Blues Society presents Jack de Keyser
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Chelsea Manders sings “Sweet songs for wicked souls”, $10/advance & $15/door
Under the Table
8 pm, Movie night with $4 appetizers
Winchester Stage & Bar
9 pm, Loser karaoke with Jason Rolland

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21

Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Faith Nolan CD release “Jail House Blues”, $20 includes CD, $70 for four
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Carla Collins $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, The Ryan & Amy show, $15/advance & $20/door
Paintbox
8 pm, The Worst Pop Band Ever, $10

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22

Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Don River Blues Band, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Carla Collins $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, The Ryan & Amy show, $15/advance & $20/door

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
4:30 pm, Toronto Art Orchestra, $10
Flying Beaver
11 am, Psychic brunch
3 pm matinee, Folk songs by Heather Kelday, $15/advance & $20/door
8 pm, Chris Tsujiuchi and friends, “Chris-terical jazz cabaret”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz Laura Marks and Kevin Barrett trio
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch
Winchester Stage & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10

MONDAY FEBRUARY 24

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz
Winchester Stage & Bar
9 pm Win-Prov
10 pm, Indie music Monday

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25

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

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 26

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown ukulele jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, The Dating Game
Winchester Stage & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart ass trivia
10 pm, Open Mic with Porter

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27

Flying Beaver
7 pm, Benefit for “Stand-up against domestic violence” $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
8 pm, Music night with Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Under the Table
8 pm, Movie night with $4 appetizers
Winchester Stage & Bar
9 pm, Loser Karaoke with Jason Rolland

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28

Flying Beaver
7 pm, Whiskey Jack (unplugged), $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, The legendary Carole Pope, $20/advance & $25/door

SATURDAY MARCH 1

Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Paul James Band “Blues party” $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, The Oscar Trivia Game
9 pm, And The Winner Is, IV
Trivia game only $10, The Winner $15, both shows $20
Paintbox
8 pm, The Solar Panel Band, $10 cover, $30 3-course dinner.

SUNDAY MARCH 2

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
5 pm, Lobsters & Oscars
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday Jazz
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch
Winchester Stage & Bar
7 pm, Magic at the Winchester, $10