March 27


This week’s image – when snowdrops appear, it’s Spring!

Click here to read about the open houses in our area this weekend.


The wandering Tee shirt
Last week, we re-introduced our global Cabbagetown Tee Shirt project.  This week, we’re featuring Christopher Dew.  It’s his second appearance.  This guy has an obsession with mountains.  A few years ago, he climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro and earned a spot in our flag-wavers Hall of Fame.  This time, he’s up at Base Camp One on Mount Everest.

Earn your spot on the world-wide web
Are you going on a trip?  Perhaps to Etobicoke or Istanbul.  Take your Cabbagetown tee shirt or your flag and slip them into a noteworthy photo.  Send your stuff to and we’ll make you famous.  Don’t have a tee or a flag?  Contact the BIA at (416) 921-0857 – they’ve got both available for you.

The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre
Hundreds of kids take part in the CCAC’s music, art, theatre and karate programs and its summer day camps.  It needs to raise $200,000 to meet its annual budget.  At a lunch last Monday, Luba Goy and Chrystia Freeland started the ball rolling.  The Centre will initiate a donors’ wall and in November, there will be a gala evening “The Art of the Quizzle” at the Daniels Spectrum.  The gala’s stars include Olivia Chow, John Tory, Chrystia Freeland, Bill Graham, Bob Rae, Glen Murray and representatives from TD Canada Trust and RBC.  You can see the Centre’s video here.

Raffle prizes at the Forsythia Festival
The Festival is our annual salute to Spring. This year especially we’ll certainly welcome it.  Organizers have been busy rounding up raffle prizes and the donors, as always, deserve a big thanks from all of us.
Here are some of the prizes that you can win throughout the day.
A Giant Animator bike from Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament).  A one-on-one cycling ride with a professional coach from AR Coaching (  A black leather kimono belt from the Dress Mavens (  A one-hour massage courtesy of Claudia Salzmann (78 Amelia).  An adult hair cut by Lam at Hair Spa (440 Parliament).  A custom-designed cabbage pillow from Spruce Home Décor (455 Parliament).  5 lbs of coffee from Jet Fuel (519 Parliament).  A $50 gift certificate from Merryberry Café (559 Parliament).  Another $50 gift certificate from The Scullery (200 Carlton).
The Cabbagetown Residents Association is keeping an up-to-date list of donors on its website.   

The tree diary
Last summer, our apple tree in front of our house was condemned by the City of Toronto.  It was on City property and the officials had the final voice in the matter.  When it was cut down, the first two steps went well.  The tree and then the stump were both removed cleanly and carefully, without wrecking the garden or destroying the plants around the base of the old tree.  This week, the City left a notice that we would receive a white elm (or a tulip tree), in the Spring planting program. 
Since this is an issue now sadly facing lots of people in the neighbourhood, this little diary is being written to keep other homeowners informed about the process.  You can also check out ReLeaf’s great website.


ReelWorld Film Festival
ReelWorld Film Festival (438 Parliament) launches its 2014 Toronto events at Canada Square on Wednesday April 2 with the world premiere of Jeremy Whittaker’s Destiny.  It runs to Sunday April 6.  70% of the works have Canadian content and overall, there’ll be films from twenty countries.  The program emphasizes works that represent the real world by film makers who are aboriginal, black, Latino, South Asian, middle eastern and Asian.  Check out the program and Festival highlights here.  

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.

The Corktown Community Orchestra
The Orchestra presents “Polished gems of the 20th century” including pieces by Ravel, Copland, Schafer, Anderson and Prokofiev.  Tickets for adults are $10, children are free.  Thursday April 3 at 8 pm at Little Trinity Church (425 Queen E).

Soulpepper’s three new productions
Starting this week - Trudeau & the FLQ by Michael Hollingsworth.  A videocabaret that embraces the 1960s with the approach of Canada’s Centennial year, Trudeau’s ascent to power and the violence unleashed by the FLQ.  March 27 to May 10.
Also this week – The Gigli Concert by Tom Murphy.  Murphy is one of Ireland’s best modern playwrights and this is one of his masterpieces.  Onstage March 28 to May 16.
Coming April 15 – Of Human Bondage by Vern Thiessen based on the novel by W Somerset Maughan.
For ticket information, dates and times, click here. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane, The Distillery)

You Should Be Dancing
Tour de Danse at The Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester). You’re invited to join the performance and experience the excitement of dancing in a high energy evening with TDT’s company dancers.  It’s a fundraiser.  You can support the company by joining the dancers for $100.  Your package includes working with TDT’s artistic director Christopher House.  You’ll select one, two or three rehearsals (April 2, 3 and 4) and then everyone appears at the final dress rehearsal on April 5.  Your onstage debut happens on Saturday evening April 5.  TDT happily notes that this event is for everyone with all sorts of body shapes, sizes and skill levels.  Tickets for the performance itself are $25.  For details, click here.  

Canadian Stage, Berkeley Street Theatre
Belleville.  A young American couple have a seemingly idyllic life in Paris until bit by bit their life slides into tragedy.  April 6 to May 4.  Click here for the details and for tickets.  (26 Berkeley)

The Daniels Spectrum
Elegies is a tribute to the life and music of William Finn.  Onstage now until April 13 at the Daniels Spectrum’s Ada Slaight Theatre (585 Dundas E)  Click here for more info.  

The Toronto Storytelling Festival
An event for every member of your family. The guests come from all over the globe and from our own community.   Events are happening from Friday March 28 to Sunday April 6 in venues across Toronto, including the Daniels Spectrum.  Click here to see the Festival’s schedule.

Young Centre/George Brown Theatre
The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams.  April 8 to 19.  Tickets and program info here.  (50 Tank House Lane, The Distillery) 

Alumnae Theatre
Rabbit Hole is an honest and surprisingly humorous study of a family coping after the death of their four-year old son.  April 11 to 26  Details here. (70 Berkeley)


Toronto Life’s Best Restaurants
The 2014 edition of Toronto Life’s directory is now available.  Five of our local restaurants have been listed:  Italian - F’Amelia (12 Amelia), Japanese - Kingyo (51B Winchester), Sushi - Omi (243 Carlton),  Greek - Retsina (209 Gerrard E) and Thai - Sukhothai (274 Parliament).  Congrats everyone.

Earth Hour
Three local pubs – Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery), Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) and The Local GEST (424 Parliament) – have announced that they’ll observe Earth Hour with a candlelit hour from 8 to 9 pm on Saturday March 29.  It’s a very romantic occasion - your chance to have a beer in the dark! All three have live music as well.  Mill Street Brewery is sponsoring these events. 

Junior Jazz Jam
Paintbox Bistro (535 Dundas E) is home again to Junior Jazz – an hour-long musical extravaganza for kids. Saturday morning, March 29, 10 to 11 am.  There’s brunch and entertainment for the whole family.  This week’s guest is Sophia Perlman with her quartet.  No cover charge.

Taste for Life
David at Hey Lucy (229 Carlton) has alerted us to the Taste For Life events happening in our neighbourhood on Wednesday April 29.  This is a nation-wide evening in support of AIDS/HIV community services in our community.  Restaurants in our area are donating 25% of their proceeds to help Fife House. Hey Lucy’s fundraiser is hosted by John Joseph Mastrandrea, Bill Calkins and Michael Blair.  The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament), Gilead Café Wine Bar (9 Gilead Place), Butter Chicken Factory (556 Parliament), Spice House (587 Parliament) and Peartree (507 Parliament) are also part of the program.  Just make your reservation, enjoy your dinner and support your community.

More menu items at 420 Smokehouse
Virginia is adding more yummy stuff to her menu.  Watch for a quarter and a half smoked chicken dinner as an everyday offering (she says, “It’s out of this world”).  On the Sunday specials list, she’s bringing out a combo platter of smoked chicken and ribs. On Tuesdays, there’s a pound of wings and a pint for $14 On Wednesdays, a half rack of St Louis ribs ($15).  On Thursdays, it’s an 8 oz burger with bacon, cheese and fries along with a pint for $15. $5 pints of Golden Horseshoe and Wellington County from 3 to 6 pm, Tuesday to Thursday.  420 Parliament.



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.


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, jazz with Landen Vieira quartet, $10
Flying Beaver
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Aastha Lal “Words to Laugh By”, $10/advance & pwyw at the door
9 pm, Ryan G Hinds “Comedy, cabaret and coffee talk”, $10/advance & $15/door
8 pm, The worst pop band ever, $10
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, Lights out for Earth Day, live music


Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Toronto Film Noir presents “Johnny O’Clock”
9 pm, acoustic blues with Al Lerman, $10
Flying Beaver
9 pm, Reenee soul pop quintet, pwyw
10:30 pm, Sarah Bee Dance Party, $5 at the door
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
The Local GEST
8 pm, Lights out for Earth Day, live music with the Maladies of Adam Stokes
Mill Street Brew pub
8:30 pm, Lights out for Earth Day, live music
10 am, Junior jazz jam and brunch, no cover


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
11 am, Psychic brunch, $29/reading
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema