April 3

This week’s image – Jet Fuel’s anniversary, 22 years

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


Cabbagetown Residents Association survey
A few weeks ago, the CRA conducted a survey of Cabbagetown residents to gauge our reactions to current Cabbagetown issues.  Almost 200 people answered it, a solid sampling from our community. 
Three questions about our feelings toward this neighbourhood offer interesting insights into our sense of satisfaction.  When asked whether we view Cabbagetown as “the best Toronto neighbourhood in which to live”, a third of us agreed totally and another 36% agreed very strongly with this view.  When asked about “a sense of home and community in Cabbagetown”, 42% agreed totally and another 39% agreed strongly.  When asked if we “share good cooperation” with our neighbours, 35% agreed totally and 43% more agreed strongly. 
More results next week.

Environment days
The City of Toronto operates annual environment days where we can get rid of unwanted household waste.  Computers, audio-visual equipment, paint cans, batteries and hazardous waste can all be left here for proper recycling and disposal.  Useable items like clocks, children’s books, corkboards, crayons, buttons and costume jewellery will be donated to local schools.  Sporting goods, medical equipment, small household items, textiles and non-perishable foods will be recycled and donated to others for their future use.  Three events are happening nearby, all of them from 10 am to 2 pm - the first one in Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Carlton) on Sunday April 13, the second on Saturday May  3 in Lower Sherbourne Park (Frederick Street south of The Esplanade) and the third one on Saturday May 10 in Riverdale Park East (Broadview north of Gerrard).  Click here for details.  

Henna arts

St James Town Arts is sponsoring classes to explore the different styles and techniques of this ancient art form.  Tuesdays (5 to 7 pm) and Wednesdays (1 to 3 pm), 260 Wellesley St E, Suite 106.  Call (416) 944-9697 for details and registration.

Banner Project 2014
The Banner Project gives local artists and residents a chance to design a banner that will be placed on posts along St James Town sidewalks, building on last year`s successful project. Sessions to create new designs will be held Mondays at 4 pm at 260 Wellesley St E, Suite 106.  At the end of the sessions, 18 designs will be selected to be used for the community banners.  Call (416) 944-9697 for details and registration.

A reminder – nominate a great restoration
Painting: Alan Waterhouse
Every year, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association celebrates a significant renovation with its Peggy Kurtin Award.  The CPA looks for entries that “enhance the streetscape of our community through an imaginative understanding of the scale, materials and detailing which have contributed to the character of our streets.”  The deadline for 2014 nominations is April 15 and instructions are available on the CPA website.  The award winning entries receive a painting of their home – last year, the DACHI renovation at Carlton and Metcalfe earned this painting by Alan Waterhouse.

The Cabbagetown Cycling Club
The Club has started up again after a long, cold winter pause.  It organizes rides and events for its members and also participates in Ontario Cycling Association programs.  The group`s coordinator is Wil Mills at Cycle Solutions.  He`ll put you on the email list,  get you the forms needed to become a member and keep you updated about weekly rides, weather reports and route changes.  Contact Wil here – cabbagetowncycling@gmail.com.

CRC`s open house
Photo: Christopher Hume, Toronto Star
The CRC is holding a community open house at 40 Oak Street on Thursday April 10 from 3 to 6 pm.  Operating in Regent Park since 1964, the Centre offers practical assistance to people who are marginalized by poverty including community meals, food skills, community engagement and advocacy,  gardening, housing and clothing assistance.


ReelWorld Film Festival
ReelWorld Film Festival (438 Parliament) launched its 2014 Toronto events at Canada Square on Wednesday April 2 and runs to Sunday April 6.  70% of the works have Canadian content and overall, there’ll be films from twenty countries.  The Festival 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.

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

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 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.  

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.   From Friday March 28 to Sunday April 6 in venues across Toronto, including the Daniels Spectrum.  Click here to see the Festival’s schedule.  


Kendall & Co
Invite Spring into your home with these beautiful window treatments – an impressive selection of shades, blinds and draperies all available here in Cabbagetown.  Our Design Studio will customize yours for privacy, sun protection and the WOW factor.  Click here for all the details.  Kendall & Co Interior Design + Décor, 227 Carlton, 10 to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturday.


Congrats to John & Jet Fuel
April 1 was Jet Fuel’s 22nd anniversary – a remarkable landmark for any business, let alone one in the competitive coffee industry.  Congrats to John and his loyal customers – best wishes for another 22 years. 519 Parliament.

And congrats to The Scullery
Photo: Toronto Star
Amy Pataki, The Toronto Star’s restaurant critic, wrote a complimentary review about The Scullery’s salad menu in Tuesday’s edition.  You can read it here.  200 Carlton.

Exploring the culinary treasures of Cabbagetown South
The Cabbagetown South Residents Association is visiting The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on May 1 for its Spring Dinner.  The Association invites you to meet your neighbours and to experience the menu at one of our newer restaurants.  A three-course prix fixe dinner for $30.  Go to the website to register and buy a ticket.

Avocado at Merryberry
Cyril regularly picks an ingredient to be the centre of Merryberry`s seasonal menus and the theme of his Tuesday evening cooking class.  ``Avocado`` is his new theme.  He`s got blackened chicken with avocado sauce on his menu.  Plus there’s an avocado dessert.  Sunday to Tuesday 11 am to 4 pm.  Wednesday to Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm. (647) 348-0411. 559 Parliament.

Gilead Wine Bar
Every Tuesday evening starting on April 1, Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Wine Bar (4 Gilead Pl) is highlighting a $0 corkage fee.  Bring your favourite bottle to enjoy with your favourite dish.  Cumbrae’s steak frites are the suggested menu feature.  Open for dinner from 5:30 to 10 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  (647) 288-0680

Porter returns
Porter is a Cabbagetown favourite, listing Underdown and the Winchester Kitchen & Bar among her local venues. She`s back again at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) with her Open Mic show happening every other Thursday.   Watch for her on Thursday April 3 and April 17 from 9 to midnight. 

A Taste for Life
David at Hey Lucy (229 Carlton) has alerted us to the Taste For Life events happening 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.



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893, www.dominiononqueen.com
The Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567, www.pubaret.com
House on Parliament, 454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, www.facebook.com/pages/House-on-Parliament
The Irv, 195 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub
The Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, https://www.facebook.com/thelocalgest
Merryberry, 559 Parliament, www.merryberry.ca
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

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


Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Aastha Lal, “Words to laugh by”, $10/advance & pwyc/door
Local GEST
9 pm, Open mic with Porter


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Friday Night Jazz Pulse, Havana to Toronto Live $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Richard Ryder yuks it up, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Vancouver funny guy Darcy Michael,  $20/advance & $25/door


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Paul James Band blues party, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Paul Bellini, “Liar, Liar pants on fire”, no cover
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Carla Collins, $20/advance & $25/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Zim Zum
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz


Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown “Django Jam”
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown ukulele jam
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia night


Flying Beaver
Cajo hosts Pubstumpers. No cover
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin


Flying Beaver
Two shows –
7 pm, Suzi Wesson & Doug Balfour, “Ageing gracelessly”, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Suzi Wesson & Doug Balfour, “Ageing gracelessly”, $10/advance & $15/door


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Maggie Cassella, I just want to say this about that”, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Marcy Rogers, “Lesbians who wear lipstick: the Middle Ages”, $10/advance & $15/door
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
8 pm, JPEC presents Piano Plus with the Robert Occhipinti Quintet, $20 show


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
4:30 pm, jazz from the 1920s & 1930s with Rhapsody in Blue
4:30 pm, Wintergarten orchestra, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Marcy Rogers, “Lesbians who wear lipstick: the Middle Ages”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Sophia Perlman
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema