April 10

This week’s image – soaking up the sun!


Photo: Steven Bull, CBC
Last weekend’s shooting incident killed one person, Shmarr Parris, and two others were injured.  It started at 2:20 am on Friday April 4 near Ryerson University. When Mr Parris fled in his car, he was chased and eventually killed at Carlton and Parliament.  His car crashed into a pole there and also caused minor damage to a window at Home Hardware. Police are pursuing evidence about a light-coloured SUV and the other two victims are cooperating with them as well. For a news report from the CBC, click here.
Toronto Police have said that he was targeted in the shooting and that he had a criminal lifestyle.  Court records released on Tuesday note that he had several run-ins with authorities including convictions for fraud, for assaulting a police officer and for trafficking cocaine.  He was charged but not convicted on several firearms charges. 
A shrine appeared on the scene after a memorial service – testament to his popularity.  He was well-known in the rap scene and was a popular figure in Toronto’s strip clubs. 

Cabbagetown Residents’ survey
The Cabbagetown Residents Association has published the initial results of its 2013 survey online.  You can read it in full here.There’s some interesting stuff.  For example, question 18 asked about the biggest challenges that we face.  176 responded (people could answer more than once):  55% identified the quality of stores and businesses, 46% crime, 43% parking and traffic, 29% cost of homes and upkeep, 27% quality and lack of schools, 19% taxes and 9% lack of neighbourly cooperation. 

CPA garden tour
On Sunday, June 8 from 10 am to 3 pm.  This is one of Cabbagetown’s favourite Spring events.  For now, please save the date.  Tickets are $15 and will be available at several local retail outlets. 
Don’t forget that the CPA’s annual Streetscapes in Bloom award will soon be accepting nominations for outstanding gardening by a local homeowner.  The award nominations are open until May 30.  Contact cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca to submit a garden for judging.

Gardens at the library
The Parliament Street Library (Gerrard at Parliament) is perking up its landscaping and looking for donations from local gardens.  Specifically, if you’re thinning your own garden and have extra drought resistant plants, please give them to the library.  You can contact Barry Gray at bgray@torontopubliclibrary.ca  

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. 

Friends of Allan Gardens
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam is organizing a local Friends group to work on the maintenance and improvement of the landscape in Allan Gardens.  She envisages a project similar to one that currently works on Edward Gardens.  For more information and to join, contact Melissa Wong in her office at mwongb@toronto.ca

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
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.

Kendall & Co
Kendall & Co has closed for store-wide renovations to prepare for the new Spring arrivals.  When the store reopens, it’ll be your one-stop-shop for your home furnishings and decorations.  In the meantime, Kendall’s interior design studio is still available.  It’s already Toronto’s best design shop and best interior design studio.   Kendall & Co Interior Design + Décor, www.kendallandco.ca  (416) 363-9914, 227 Carlton, 10 to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturday.

ArtHeart’s special evening
ArtHeart Community Art Centre (585 Dundas E, Suite 210) is having an evening full of great food from Toronto’s new food trucks and great music by emerging musicians and artists.  Wear your favourite jeans.  Bring your friends.  Renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky will be a featured guest.  It’s a fundraiser – tickets are $150. Volunteers who wish to help with fundraising are needed.  Local businesses can make an important contribution to our area with their gifts.   May 6, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Dabniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Contact emma.metivier@gmail.com  


Avocados at Merryberry
Cooking classes are happening again at Merryberry (559 Parliament).  Building on his current seasonal theme, Cyril will be featuring avocados. He’ll demonstrate how to prepare avocado soup, blackened chicken with avocado sauce, a Brazilian avocado and a dessert with condensed milk as well as smaller dishes like salads and appetizers.  Following his last class, he was told that his cooking lessons made a great date night, so who knows what’ll happen this time.  6 pm, Tuesday April 15, $45. Please call (647) 348-0411 to sign up.

Cranberries’ Easter menu
The two special dishes being highlighted at Cranberries (601 Parliament) for Easter Sunday are both very popular and usually sell out when offered on the menu.  The dinner is a three-course prix fixe.  The first course is butternut squash soup or an organic green salad with goat cheese and walnuts.  The two big main course dishes are roast turkey with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies or baked lamb shank with port jus, mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies.  For dessert, there’s sticky toffee pudding.  $27 plus tax and gratuity.  Please call (416) 925-6330.

Mother’s Day is coming on Sunday May 11.  It may seem to be quite a while before the day arrives but F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is expecting a good crowd.  Reservations are now open for both lunch and dinner.  Details on the menus and times are coming soon.  (416) 323-0666.
The patio opens on Thursday - so it won't be long before everybody's there sipping and soaking up the rays.

Paintbox Bistro
Junior Jazz arrived back at the Paintbox Bistro (535 Dundas E) on March 29 with Sophia Perlman. It was a great success with a big crowd of kids and their parents.  The next show is 10 am on Saturday April 26 with AutoRickShaw – as usual, no admission charge plus lots of brunch for the parents. Reservations are recommended at (647) 748-0555.
This Saturday, April 12, the JPEC Piano Plus series presents “Swing into Spring” with the Robert Occhipinti Quintet.  Performances start at 6:30 pm with student artists and then the main sets are 8 to 9 pm and 9:30 to 10:30 pm.  $20. 

The Local GEST
Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin are singing tonight from 8 pm to midnight.  They appear every second Thursday so their next show is April 24.  Next week, it’s Open Mic with Porter from 9 pm to 1 am (sign up starts at 8:30 pm) and she’ll be here every two weeks as well. 424 Parliament.

Dominion on Queen
The Good Neighbours Open Mic show returns on Monday April 14.  Sign-in at 7:30 and the show starts at 8 pm.  On Sunday at 4:30 pm, the  Wintergarten Orchestra presents Rhapsody in Blue, $10 cover charge. 500 Queen E. 

Outdoor enthusiasts can celebrate.  The warm (!!!) weather has brought with it a rash of patio openings.  F’Amelia (12 Amelia) opens on Thursday April 10.  The Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E) has already started patio service.  The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) has table space available in the front and so does The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  On Carlton Street, The Irv (195 Carlton) had a few tough guests outside by last Monday. Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) has a nicely protected side area and customers are there now.  Hey Lucy (229 Carlton) has a beautiful big back space and it’s open now too. 


Fundamentals of Dance
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre is offering a series of introductory classes for people who are interested beginners curious about contemporary dance.  Starting with basic movement principles, the classes progress to more challenging exercises.  The courses are meant for people of all ages and physical skill.  The courses are underway now and will continue for eleven more sessions.  Level 1 happens every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 pm and Level 2 on Wednesdays from 8:15 to 9:45 pm – both at the Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester).  $150.  For more info, call Louise at (416) 967-6887.

COBA’s Dance & Drum-a-thon
A fun-filled day in celebration of the International Day of the Dance.  Saturday April 26, 9 to 6 pm.  Classes are open to everyone of all ages and will be offered in Caribbean, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Dance Hall Jazz, African and more led by a COBA dancers and guest artists. It’s a fundraiser to support COBA’s children’s dance and drum program.  $5/class or $25 for the entire day.  Refreshments will be available.  COBA Dance Studio in the Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E,  Suite 130.  www.cobainc.com

Amy Herzog’s play opens today at The Canadian Stage/Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley), starring Alan Hawco of CBC’s The Republic of Doyle. In January, Richard Ouzounian wrote a background piece in The Star about Hawco’s return to the stage as a break in his television work and then on Thursday, he wrote an updated version. 

Trudeau & the FLQ
Soulpepper is staging Michael Hollingsworth’s Videocabaret “Trudeau & the FLQ” and it’s getting solid reviews in the Toronto media.  The Globe & Mail wrote that “Mac Fyfe’s brilliant burlesque of Trudeau makes this production a must-see” and gave it three stars.  You can read it here. NOW Magazine has given the production a four NNNN rating. Richard Ouzounian in The Sunday Toronto Star gave the play four stars. 

Whiskey Jack
Duncan Fremlin and his friends in Whiskey Jack are returning to the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W) on Sunday April 13 from 4 to 7 pm with special guest Debbie Fleming joining the band. 

Peter Donato
He’s back at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) and he’s bringing a secret guest star with him for his performance at 7:30 pm,  Sunday April 27.  Save the date and be sure to go


Two generations of Cabbagetown Tees
Here’s Ian and his Swiss friend Boris on the balcony at Chez Vrony with the Matterhorn in the background in Zermatt, Switzerland.  Ian’s wearing our classic black and green Tee and Boris has the updated brown silhouette version. Ian is a big fan of his black Tee and urges the Festival organizers at the BIA to do a new edition.
Have you got a Tee pic?  Or perhaps you’ve waved your flag in a far-away destination.  Send it here and we’ll make you famous!  cabbagetownreview@gmail.com  



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/thervpub
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.


Flying Beaver
Cajo hosts karaoke. 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


Dominion on Queen
7 pm set up, 8 pm Women’s hockey
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, Wintergarten Orchestra presents Rhapsody in Blue, $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


Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Good neighbours open mic
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, Trivia night


Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
9:30 pm, Thursday blues series presents Suzie Vinnick
Local GEST
9 pm, Open mic with Porter


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Savoy Howe newsgirls vs notso’s sing-off karaoke, fundraiser, $5

Flying Beaver
7 pm, Bill Merryweather, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Pat MacDonald & Marito Lopez, “Little people. Big laughs”, $10/advance & $15/door
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Quinn C Martin & Cole Zeldin, “Ameriquinn Hustle”, $20


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
9 pm, DJ Dirty Mex & DJ Achilles, “Bells & whistles industry night”, $5/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Laura Marks
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema