March 13


THIS WEEK’S IMAGE:  March break on Parliament Street.

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Federal government survey about prostitution
In December, the Supreme Court struck down legislation about prostitution and gave the federal government a year to come up with alternatives.  As part of this process, the government has prepared a short online survey seeking public views on purchasing and selling sexual services, on limits to this activity and on the legitimacy of sharing the economic benefits.  Our neighbourhood has had frequent experiences with prostitution and this survey should interest us.  The deadline for your input is Monday March 17.  You can find the background information and the survey here.

Peggy Kurtin annual award
Every year, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association honours owners whose restoration of their home (or other building) has enhanced the surrounding streetscape.  The 2014 award nominations will be accepted up to April 15.  For details about the process along with info about past winners, click on the CPA website here.

Cabbagetown Youth Centre
The CYC has a chance to win a $50,000 grant from Maple Leaf Sports Enterprises.  It’s a contest – the winner is the agency that attracts the largest number of online votes.  Voters can participate every day.  To find out about the fund and to cast your ballot (every day), click here.

A self-promo!
The East End Speakers’ Series is featuring Doug Fisher and Peter Lovering as speakers at its next meeting.  Paintbox Bistro (535 Dundas E), Tuesday March 18, 7 pm.  Both guys write about our neighbourhood and they’re going to talk about how they put together a blog and a newspaper to tell their stories.  No doubt, this’ll be scintillating session – everyone is welcome, don’t miss it.

Acceleration 2014
Acceleration is the annual showcase that presents the talents of graduating students in the professional development program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. This year’s program includes works by Susan Burpee, Paul-Andre Fortier, Christopher House, James Kudelka and Darryl Tracy. March 26 to 29, Winchester Dance Theatre (80 Winchester).  For tickets and more program details, click here.

West Don Lands update
Photo: TCHC
A week ago, the Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume wrote a short story about the new West Don Lands neighbourhood along King Street east of Parliament.  His article gives a useful overview of the renewal throughout the whole area along with a description of three new TCHC buildings.  You can read it here.

The Leslieville Flea
Over the winter, the Leslieville Flea has held regular markets in the Distillery.  It’s back again on Sunday March 16 from 10 am to 5 pm.  Over 50 vendors will offer handmade crafts, antiques and furniture, vintage clothing and more.  The Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).

Don’t forget the Distillery’s summer market
Here’s a great idea.  The Distillery is hosting a brand new Sunday Market from 10 am to 3 pm from June 1 to September 28.  It’s a place where people who produce special foods, artisan crafts and vintage items can market their goods.  Each vendor will have a 10’ by 10’ booth at no cost (a refundable deposit of $250 will be charged).  The show will be juried to ensure high quality and commitment from each vendor.  For more information and for an application form, click here.

Bike tune-ups
Photo: blogTO
Kale at Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) says that a minor rush of tune-up activity happened a few days ago but life has quieted down again after the last snowfall.  It’s a good time to get your bike into the shop.  There’ll be a lineup before long.  His tune-ups include brake and gear inspections, wheel adjustments, lubrication and cleaning.  You can make a reservation at (416) 972-6948 or by email at

The Forsythia Festival needs you
Photo: Brian Summers
The Festival launches Spring in Cabbagetown.  It’s a fun day full of events for kids and their parents, organized by the Cabbagetown Residents Association.  Click here to see the photos from last year’s extravaganza.  Save the date – Sunday May 4, parade at Riverdale Park and events at Wellesley Park.  Volunteers are needed through the day from 9 am to 4 pm.   If you can help out, please contact Lindsay at  

Two local artists are having exhibitions

Jack Grunsky’s latest exhibition of abstract works is upstairs at Balzac’s Café (1 Trinity St in the Distillery) until April 1.  You can also check out his website here.

Henry Dineen’s first ever exhibition is at the Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland) until April 6.  Congrats Henry and best wishes for a sell-out.

New Ideas Festival
The 26th annual New Ideas Festival is now underway at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) and continues to March 31. It’s an eclectic mix of original writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre.  A different selection of five new plays is presented every week along with staged readings on Saturday at noon.  You can find the detailed program along with ticket info here.

Buy a ticket
ArtHeart has made a positive difference to the lives of kids, seniors and adults in Regent Park for the past twenty two years.  Using the visual arts, the program creates a supportive environment where participants can learn life skills, build self-esteem and improve the quality of their lives.   On May 6, the program is holding a fundraiser to support the ArtHeart Community Centre (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E) hosted by renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky.  It’ll be catered by Toronto’s new food trucks with music by emerging artists and art by ArtHeart kids.  Here’s a great way to have a fun evening and to support a good cause.  Tickets are $150.  Click here for a video and here for lots of info as well as ticket sales.


Cooking classes at Merryberry
Cyril’s current menu at Merryberry (559 Parliament) highlights dishes cooked in paper, a French technique called “en papillote”.  He’s offering cooking classes that teach this technique with a fish, a chicken, a vegetarian dish and a dessert.  There are four spaces still open for next Tuesday night March 18, 6 to 8:30 pm.  Classes are $45.  Reservations close on Monday at 4 pm.  Call (647) 348-0411.

The Real Women of Craft Beer
Erin at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) worked with the women at GLB to create The Bra Burner, her personal lemongrass and coconut IPA.  She made it on February 24 and she's opening the keg on Thursday March 13 at 7 pm.  She’s also celebrating a unique moment that happened on Wednesday – 6 guys with fake ID sat down next to a group of 20 off-duty cops. 

Expanded patio at Extended F’Amelia
John was quite pleased this week to find that the Alcohol Commission has licensed the new Extended F’Amelia (8 Amelia) patio.  Fifty seats.  Somehow, the weather diluted the celebration.  When balmy days arrive, it’ll be a great companion to F’Amelia’s comfy outdoor space.


At Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton|), it’s a five-day extravaganza. On Thursday from 7 pm, Erin unveils her own IPA, The Bra Burner.  On the weekend, she’s got face painting on Sunday from 2 to 8 pm, complimentary Jameson tastings from 5 to 7 pm and all weekend, there’s a promo for Steamwhistle.  The Fair Wind Celtic Duo is playing on Sunday from 2 to 5 pm and Monday from 6 to 9 pm.

It’s an emotional weekend at The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).  Heather and Maggie are celebrating their third anniversary.  Local drag queen artist Bitch Diva is onstage Friday at 9 pm with music, comedy and her own Irish humour, Randy Vancourt and Daniel Giverin bring Irish music and comedy on Saturday at 7 pm and on Monday, it’s a combo fest – St Paddy and the FB’s anniversary party with beer special and an Irish menu.

The Irv (195 Carlton) is getting into the act as well with a heated tent on the side patio and free oysters and munchies. There are special Irish dishes and $5 pints on the menu. Frank Ryan is singing on Saturday from 9 pm and Monday from 6 pm.  Guinness has donated a fridge for a giveaway raffle. 

At House on Parliament (454 Parliament), the Gilchrist Irish Dancers are performing on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 8 pm.  Guinness has provided a leather jacket as a raffle prize. 

Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) hosts a St Paddy’s Brunch on Sunday from 10:30 am.  Traditional Irish breakfast goodies.



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893,
The Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567,
House on Parliament, 454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074,
The Irv, 195 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787,
The Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
Merryberry, 559 Parliament,
Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Ln (Distillery), (416) 681-0338, Facebook and
Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555,
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
Under the Table, 568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533

If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, we’ve listed the prices. Otherwise, the event is free.


Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Marcy Rogers “Taking care of Tonka”, pwyc suggested amount is  $20/advance & $25/door
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
2 pm,  March Break movie “Epic Movie”, free when you buy Paintbox TV dinner
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, opening the keg at Real Women of Craft Beer featuring Erin’s own “The Bra Burner”, coconut lemongrass IPA


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Blues by The Mojo Stars”, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Whitney Ross Barris, Nate Hiltz (guitar) & Ross MacIntyre (bass), $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, The legendary Bitch Diva’s St Patrick’s Day show, $15/advance & $20/door
Stout Irish Pub
All weekend – St Practice Day celebrations with Syteamwhistle specials and $5 jello shots


Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, East End Comedy Review with Mike Mac Donald and friends, $20 and $60/four
Flying Beaver
7 pm, The O’Brothers Irish Duo $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, The roast of Ryan Kelly
House on Parliament
6:30 pm, The Gilchrist Irish Dancers
The Irv
9 pm, heated tent on the patio, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Sarah Strange & Erin Breen,$15/advance & $20/door
House on Parliament
8 pm, The Gilchrist Irish Dancers
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz featuring Allison Young on sax
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema
Stout Irish Pub
2 pm, The Fair Wind Celtic Duo
2 to 8 pm, Face painting
5 to 7 pm, Jameson’s sampling


Flying Beaver
From 3 pm – St Patrick’s Day menu and beer specials plus the FB’s Third Anniversary
The Irv
6 pm, heated tent on the patio, live music, giveaways, Irish food, free oysters and munchies
Local GEST
From 11:30 am – Irish menu and celebrations
Stout Irish Pub
6 pm, The Fair Wind Celtic Duo
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz


Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown “Django Jam”
6 to 8:30 pm, cooking class – “en papillote”.  $45
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown ukulele jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Minxy’s Country Music Mixup, pwyw
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10


Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Jazz with the Leyland Gordon Band, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Maggie”s Mayoral Race Salon, no cover
9 pm, David-Benjamin Tomlinson, Starf*ckery, $10/advance & $15/door
8 pm, Comedy night with Arthur Simeon, Nick Reynolds, Jeff Beaulieu & Fraser Young, $20


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Reinterpreting the Beatles with the Glendale One, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Vincent Wolfe with Mark Kieswetter, Just the two of us,  $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, comedy with Angela Maiorano-Thurston,  $10/advance & $15/door
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
4:30 pm, Jazz with the Toronto Art Orchestra, $10
6 pm, Jazz with the York Jazz Ensemble, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, HSSE fundraiser cabaret
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema