May 8

This week’s image: The Forsythia Festival organizers whose hard work produced a marvellous event.


Click here for more details about Open Houses in our neighbourhood.

The Forsythia Festival last weekend has been praised widely.  Everything worked well - the parade, games, pony rides, martial arts displays, raffles, music and beer tent. The donors were exceptionally generous and their gifts made the day a success. From its initial planning to the end of the Festival activities, this really was a community event.Volunteers started the preparations by 7:30 am and the clean-up was done by 4 pm.
Congrats to the organizing committee –Carolyn,Tammy, Trish, Cynthia, Sholeh and Lindsay  (pictured above).  Laura wasn’t able to be there on Sunday. 

Lynn’s Tee Shirt
Lynn was visiting the Santa Monica area in April.  She wore her Cabbagetown Tee while she was biking – she says it’s a fabulous area to ride “if you like climbing”. We’re highlighting this photo because Lynn has switched to the next generation of Tee design.  Send in your pictures wherever you snap them.

The Ontario Election
The provincial campaign has officially started. We have solid candidates for each of our three big parties.  They’re all in the early stages of their campaign work – so we’re just listing their contact info.  It’s preliminary – Mr Murray’s phone will start working on Monday and Ms Sellar is still arranging her headquarters.  As we know it, here’s the info for each of them –
Martin Abell, Progressive Conservative (25 McMurrich Street, 647-405-4595, email
Glen Murray, Liberal (345 Bloor St E, Unit 4B, 416-507-4612, email
Kate Sellar, NDP (email

Scotiabank’s huge photography festival takes place in various locations across Toronto from May 2 to 31.  In Cabbagetown, you can drop in to Jet Fuel (519 Parliament). At the Distillery, visit the Corkin Gallery, Julie M Gallery, PROOF Gallery and Arta. In Riverdale, IX Gallery (11 Davies Ave), Spazio Dell’Arte (400 Eastern Ave) and Dimensions Gallery (732 Queen E).  In Corktown, Vistek (496 Queen E), Urban Gallery (400 Queen E), I HeART Regent Park at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Inglenook Community School (19 Sackville St N), and Queen Gallery (382 Queen E).

Steve Kwan has switched jobs
Our friend from Del Ray Cleaners (586 Parliament) is leaving that business to Phyllis and has switched careers into real estate sales with Royal Lepage.  He’s especially interested in home sales in our neighbourhood. You can contact him at (416) 371-1278.

Eric Murphy’s book honours
Eric has written a young readers’ novel, The Phantom’s Gold.  It’s the start of a series that he’s planning. He’s just received two nice honours.  It’s shortlisted for the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award.  It’s also the inaugural novel in the Regent Park Reads literacy program sponsored by The Daniels Corporation and Indigo Books.  In June, he’ll be along for the ride when the kids in the program go for a schooner ride in Toronto Harbour. You can pick up a copy online for $7.69 at Indigo, click here.  Congrats Eric – keep on writing.


Final 2014 community environment day
If you missed the first two chances to get rid of your unwanted household articles and dangerous waste, you can still go to a convenient local location on Saturday May 10.  The City of Toronto team will be parked at Riverdale Park East on Broadview north of Gerrard.  It’s free and convenient.  10 am to 2 pm.

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.

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, 13 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.  It’s a great way to ensure that your most beloved treasures are passed on to another loving owner. 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 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 is completed, 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.

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.  The CRA’s Board is currently looking for nominees willing to serve for the next year.  If you know someone who’s interested, contact

Roses for Mom
Give your mom roses that last.  Kendall & Co has a new La Vie en Rose indoor/outdoor rug, available in wool, outdoor, round or runner styles.  Buy one and get a second one for 40% off.  See all the details here. Kendall’s beautiful new furnishings showroom is located at 227 Carlton.


Another fire at 200 Wellesley
Photo: CTV News
Firefighters fought a blaze in a 19th floor apartment at 200 Wellesley on Monday morning.  It was contained to one unit and quickly extinguished.  CTV reports that one woman was hospitalized and damage amounted to about $50,000.  Six years ago, a huge blaze at 200 Wellesley injured 17 people and forced the evacuation of the building.  Subsequently 600 tenants were awarded $5 million in a class action suit against TCHC and Greenwin.  The building now has a mural on its south side celebrating its renewal from the flames.  Click here for CTV’s story. 

Ukes in the Globe & Mail
The Globe’s Ian Brown wondered about the growing popularity surrounding ukuleles so he visited the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E) to advance his research.  The result is a light little story about the music and the people who play it.  Click here for the details.  

Regent Park relocations
Photo:  Toronto Star
To an outsider, the relocations happening in Regent Park seem like the first step toward a huge improvement for the area’s tenants.  People who live in the old buildings are moved away for several years to other TCHC homes and then given the first priority for a new home back in the revitalized Regent Park.  But it isn’t that simple.  Everything changes or becomes inconvenient – schools, places to worship, shopping and neighbourhood friends.  Martine August, writing in the Toronto Star, describes how wrenching this can be and how we need to reconsider this approach.  Click here for the story.  

Yelp likes Café 650
Our newest café at 194 Carlton enjoyed an enthusiastic review in Yelp earlier this week.  Jeff M has high praise for his brunch there.  You can read it here.  


Dominion on Queen
The Wintergarten Orchestra appears on Sunday at 4:30 pm.  They’re playing their special brand of jazz from the 1920s and 1930s.  500 Queen East (at Sumach).

Open from noon on Sunday.  The menu includes a three-course prix fixe with your choice of appetizers, entrees and dessert.  There’s also a special three-course menu for kids. Call for your reservations, (416) 323-0666, 12 Amelia.

The Local GEST
Ori Dagan has been billed as “Best Male Vocalist” and “Canada’s next top crooner” by CBC Radio 1.  So he’s a great choice for your Mother’s Day celebration.  Sunday at 4:30 pm. Come early for brunch or stay after his show for a special tapas menu.  424 Parliament

Paintbox Bistro
Dig in to an all-you-can-eat brunch for $25 and a champagne bar.  For reservations, call (647) 748-0555.  555 Dundas E.

Another great three-course dinner at one of our favourite restaurants.  Soup or salad, steak and lobster or grilled Mediterranean chicken breast or baked fillet of sole or roasted prime rib, plus four different choices for dessert. Prices range from $21.99 to $25.99.  Reservations at (647) 977-5797, 507 Parliament.

Stout Irish Pub
Erin is celebrating with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.  221 Carlton.


The nearness of you
A musical tribute to Hoagy Carmichael, featuring Joe Sealy, Cindy Church and George Koller. It’s part of JPEC’s Piano Plus series at Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E).  Saturday May 10, 8 to 9 pm and 9:30 to 10:30 pm, tickets $20.  Dinner is available from 6 pm.

Shelley Ledger at Cranberries
Shelley Ledger’s remarkable photographs will be on display at Cranberries starting Wednesday, May 14.  The opening reception is May 14 at 7 pm.  601 Parliament.

Gilead winemaker’s night
On Wednesday May 15, this week’s winemaker’s night features 13th Street Winery.  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).

Cyril`s cooking classes
The people spoke and Cyril listened.  He asked for your preferences for his next menu and his next cooking class.  You said “tea”.  He’s working up the menu now. He’s also scheduling the next cooking class 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 (559 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,
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
9 pm, Richard Smyth & Donna O’Connor, double CD release party
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Pubstumpers Trivia League hosted by Cajo, no cover
9:30 pm, Karaoke with Cajo, no cover
The Local GEST
7 pm, A night of art & music with Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin and art by Adam Connolly & Jony Somoza
8 pm, TripHop pianist Denis Shingh, $10


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Canadian Music Week three-way event with singer song writers Dominique Fricot, Sarah Hiltz & Mike Celia,  pwyw


Dominion on Queen
Brunch, Dixon Hall Fundraiser
8:30 pm, Blues with the Chaser Band
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Amber McLean’s Pubaret debut, pwyc
8:30 pm, The Pink Turf welcome party
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
6 pm, dinner. Two sets, 8 & 9:30 pm, JPEC’s piano plus, “The Nearness of You” with Joe Sealy, Cindy Church & George Koller, $20


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
4:30 pm, The Wintergarten Orchestra
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Ori Dagan
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema