May 15

This week’s image:  Path in Riverdale Farm. Photo: Riverdale Farm Toronto.



Rebuilding the Lower Don Trail
Photo: City of Toronto
Pam McConnell reports in her latest newsletter that the Master Plan for the trail is complete and implementation is about to begin in the summer.  You can find the plan on the City’s website here. It’s a great read and full of good news for anyone who enjoys this remarkable treasure. 

Wellesley Park improvements
Pam has also reported on upgrades for the children’s splash pad in Wellesley Park.  A new pad will be built in the Fall of 2014 and will feature an aquaflex reproduction of one of Norval Morrisseau’s works “Grandchildren, Birds & Butterflies” on its surface.  (Aquaflex is a durable surfacing material that withstands various weather extremes.)  Improved seating and a new water fountain that includes a lower spout for dogs will also be built.  The Cabbagetown Residents Association worked with the City to get the rights to use Morrisseau’s image in the pool.

Phase Three in Regent Park
Illustration:  TCHC
Toronto Community Housing reports that phase three in the project’s revitalization has been started – there are five phases in the overall project.  In phase three, the new Regent Park Athletic Grounds will be built.  And there’ll be 614 rent-geared-to-income homes, 50 affordable rental units and six condominium buildings. 
As well, the new central Regent Park next to the Aquatic Centre will be finished and officially opened on June 21.  

Good news in Riverside
Photo:  Peter J Thompson, National Post
The Broadview Hotel building at Queen and Broadview has been sold to Streetcar Developments.  The new owners want to rescue the building and restore it as a community showcase.  Plans for its future use are not yet finalized.  As Cabbagetown residents know from experiences with the renovated Winchester, this is good news indeed. 


Christopher Hume writes about the West Don Lands
Photo:  Shawn Micallef, Toronto Star
This new neighbourhood will eventually be home for the 2015 Pan Am Games and then for 6000 permanent residents.  The Toronto Star`s Christopher Hume has written a summary of this ten-year effort by Waterfront Toronto to turn a wasteland into an imaginative new development. 

River City Part 3
Illustration:  Urban Capital 
John Bentley Mays has written in the Globe & Mail about the third phase of the River City project that`s just been unveiled by its developer, Urban Capital Property Group.  Located on the north east corner of the West Don Lands beside Corktown Common, the project will have three towers containing 950 units.  

Toronto Birth Centre
Photo:  Michelle Siu, Globe & Mail
Kelly Grant has a story in the Globe & Mail about the new birthing centre in Regent Park, starting with the first baby born on February 3.  

Private streets in Toronto
Photo:  blogTO
Two area streets, Corktown`s Percy Street and Cabbagetown`s Alpha Avenue, are mentioned in blogTO`s story about private streets in the city.  

Regent Park`s revitalization
Photo:  Justin Skinner, Inside Toronto
The CBC has reported on phase three`s work and the story also details how difficult it can be to be a resident caught in the middle of the relocations required by the demolitions.  


Artfest at The Distillery
85 artists and artisans will display their works from 11 am to 6 pm daily on the Victoria Day weekend, May 17, 18 and 19.  Pottery, glass works, jewellery, painting and gourmet foods.  There’ll be live music.  Free admission.

COBA`s Legacy II
COBA`s second 2014 season presents three performances – Hommage a Erzulie by Jeanguy Saintus, Blood Memory by BaKari I Lindsay and Primal Fete also by Bakari. Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), May 22 to 24 at 8 pm and May 25 at 2 pm.  COBA is the Collective of Black Artists.  It presents West African and Caribbean dance, music and folklore.  Tickets to Legacy II are $20 to $35 and are available at Eventbrite. 

Winchester Fun Fair
Ecole Winchester Public School is holding its annual Fun Fair on Saturday May 24 from 11 am to 3 pm.  There`ll be games, rides, music, food and much more for everyone.  Snacks from Daniel et Daniel, Starsky`s Fine Foods and Starbucks.  The auction includes a gift certificate from HairSpa, a five-class pass at Sundara Yoga, a massage by Claudia Salzmann and another from Laurie Ward`s Shiatsu Massage, a waffle baker from Home Hardware, a doggy bed from Menagerie Pet Shop, a gift certificate from CCDT, a child`s jacket from Sarah Cook`s Injeanious Jackets, a portable gazebo from Canadian Tire and gift certificates from Star Nails. You can also bid on tasty meals from F’Amelia, Peter`s Cajun Pizza, Oriental Taste, Magic Oven Pizza and Café California.  15 Prospect Street.

Riverdale Farm events
The Sheep Celebration happens on Saturday May 24 from 10 am to 3 pm.  At 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, there`ll be a shearing demonstration.  Goats take centre stage at 10:30 am and the horse at 12:30 pm.  There`ll be children`s activities throughout the day.  Special guests include the Cabbagetown Quilters Guild, Toronto Guild of Spinners & Weavers and Cabbagetown Regent Park Community Museum. 

Doors Open
On Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25, Doors Open happens across Toronto.  The Cabbagetown Preservation Association will be conducting tours of the Necropolis from 10 am to 5 pm throughout the weekend.

Door-to-door clothing drive
On Saturday May 24, Daniel Bloch and Liora Tal-Bloch are organizing a clothing drive for the Regent Park Salvation Army.  They’re collecting gently used toys, books and clothing.  Look for a Red Bag and fill it with your gifts.  Contact them for more info at 

Cabbagetown South neighbourhood yard sale
By now, 14 homes have already registered to participate in this big neighbourhood-wide sale (Sherbourne to Parliament, Carlton to Shuter).  Saturday May 24 from 9 am to 3 pm.  If you can’t hold a sale in front of your own home, you can set up in front of Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario). It’s a free event for both buyers and sellers.  Anyone who wants to be included in the advertising campaign and the street signage should register here before Tuesday May 20.

Beth Kaplan’s book launch
Cabbagetown author Beth Kaplan has published a new book – her third – All My Loving, Coming of Age with Paul McCartney in Paris.  To celebrate, she’s having her official launch at The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  Monday May 26, 6 to 9 pm. 

Cabbagetown Preservation Association
The CPA’s annual meeting happens on Tuesday, May 27 at 7 pm in the Meeting Room at Riverdale Farm.  After the business session, Michael Ormston-Holloway and David Grant will make a presentation about tree canopy on our streets and in our parks.  The CPA is an active association that sponsors the Spring garden tour, the Fall tour of homes, the Peggy Kurtin Award for excellence in restoration and a widely read Cabbagetown quarterly newspaper.  Click here for its website.

Financing your new business
Scotiabank and the Centre for Education & Training (595 Parliament) are co-sponsoring a session aimed at entrepreneurs who want help with a business startup.  Topics will include the importance of a business plan, the amount of money needed for your startup and resources for financing.  Thursday May 29, 10 am to noon, 595 Parliament (main floor).  Please register at the Centre, (416) 964-9797, ext 0. 

ROM Walks
The ROM is offering two guided walking tours in our neighbourhood.  The first one in The Distillery District happens on Saturday May 31, 2 to 3:30 pm. There is a $30 fee and pre-registration is required, click here. The second is a free event in Cabbagetown North on Wednesday June 11, 6 to 8 pm.  This walk begins at the corner of Parliament and Winchester. 

Tree tour of Cabbagetown
James Steenberg from ReLeaf along with Melissa Williams from LEAF will conduct a tour through Cabbagetown to explore our leafy canopy.   Sunday, June 1 from noon to 2 pm.  Meet at Sumach and Winchester.  A $5 donation is requested.  Please register here.

Farmer`s market in Riverdale Farm
The Farmers Market returns on Tuesday June 3 and it appears that organizers have given it a nifty perk-up.  As before, there`s locally grown seasonal produce, organic products and locally made baked goods and food. There`s also a whole list of new ideas – starting with a Facebook page (click here), plus monthly handicraft tables, farmers demonstrations, themed market days and special exhibits.  Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 7 pm, June 3 to October 14.  Details about the Regent Park Farmers Market are not available yet.

Spring garden tour
Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces happens on Sunday June 8 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Tickets are $15 and they’re available at several local retailers:  Epicure Shop (473 Parliament), Fairway (520 Parliament), Jay’s Garden Centre (360 Gerrard E), Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) and Mi Casa (238 Carlton). Your ticket includes a map to each garden and a list of special offers available at local shops and restaurants.  Click here for more detail.  

Cabbagetown Residents Association
The CRA’s annual meeting has been moved ahead one day to Wednesday June 11 to avoid conflicts with the provincial election.  Save the date – details to come. The CRA’s Board is currently looking for nominees willing to serve for the next year.  If you know someone who’s interested, contact

Riverdale Farm Aid
This is the annual community fundraising picnic to support the programs at Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester at Sumach).  This year`s proceeds will go toward a visitors` Welcome Centre in the Simpson House. On the program this year – live entertainment with Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a LEGOLAND building pit for kids, a silent auction and food and beverages by local vendors.  Save the date – Thursday June 19, 5 to 10 pm, $10.  Children are free.  Click here to buy your tickets now.


Sinate expands
Sinate Creations has a successful fashion store at 480 Parliament and a strong presence through craft shows and online marketing  (click here). Ilias has just told us about his expansion plans to 398 Bloor West in the Annex.  The new store will open on Friday, just in time for the long weekend.  Congrats and best wishes to Sharon and Ilias for their new venture.

Kendall`s rug sale
Buy one, get a second one at 40% off.  The sale ends on Saturday, so don`t miss out.  There`s lots to choose from including new styles in wool, outdoor, runners and rounds.  Team up with family and friends to share the savings! Some conditions apply.  Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.  Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.227 Carlton. 


F`Amelia`s patio is open
The good weather has brought welcome relief to patio dwellers.  F`Amelia (12 Amelia) has one of the finest in Cabbagetown and it`s already busy.  The patio next door at Extended F`Amelia (8 Amelia) will open soon with its own menu – whole fish, steaks, chicken, house-made sausages.  It`s all yummy stuff.

Shelley Ledger at Cranberries
Shelley Ledger’s remarkable photographs will be on display at Cranberries (601 Parliament) starting Wednesday, May 14.

Cyril`s cooking classes
Cooking with Tea is Cyril`s new theme for his menu at Merryberry (559 Parliament) and in his cooking classes – scheduled for Tuesday May 20. He’ll be cooking an appetizer, a main dish and a dessert, all made with tea.   For more info, call (647) 348-0411 and visit Merryberry Café.

Gilead winemaker’s night
On Thursday May 22, this week’s winemaker’s night features Redtail Vineyards.  Buy glasses of its wines at half price, meet the winemaker and enjoy a meal cooked especially to pair with the wine.  Reservations at (647) 288-0680, Gilead Wine Bar (4 Gilead Place).

Junior Jazz is back
This ever-popular hour-long program for young kids is always a big hit.  It returns to the Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) on Saturday morning, May 24, 10 am.  Kwasi Dunyo is a master drummer who brings excitement and joy with his traditional Ghanian music styles.  No cover charge, brunch is available.



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,
Gilead Café & Wine Bar, 4 Gilead Place, (647) 288-0680,
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
7 pm, Wee Folk Club, $10
9:30 pm, Toronto Blues Society presents Morgan Davis
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Pubstumpers Trivia League hosted by Cajo, no cover
9:30 pm, Karaoke with Cajo, no cover
Local GEST
9 pm, Open mic with Porter


Flying Beaver
9 pm, The legendary bitch Diva’s Bday show & party, $10/advance & $15/door


Dominion on Queen
4:30 pm, Blues & Troubles
9 pm, Jessica Blake & the Dinner Club
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Savoy Howe’s Newsgirls vs The World sing off, $5 at th3 door sings
Paintbox Bistro
5 to 9 pm, Curly Soiree, $30


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Laura Hubert
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
Paintbox Bistro
2 to 3 pm, Jewish Music Festival


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukele Jam
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Hypnotixx, $10/advance & $15/door
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Chris Lowry solo, $8


Dominion on Queen
Leslie Livington book launch party
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Pubstumpers Trivia League hosted by Cajo, no cover
9:30 pm, Karaoke with Cajo, no cover
Gilead Café
Winemakers Night with Redtail Vineyards
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Kiss a ginger comedy night benefit, $10 at the door, $5 for a ginger


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Big John & the Honking Swans
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Carla Collins, $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, Carla Collins, $20/advance & $25/door
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
10 am, Junior Jazz presents Kwasi Dunyo
6 pm, dinner. Two sets, 8 & 9:30 pm, JPEC’s piano plus presents Pat LaBarbera Quartet, $20


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Sarah Strange & Erin Breen, “Manaret”, $15/advance & $20/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Alana Bridgewater
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema