June 12

This week’s image:  Iron fence at the Necropolis

Thursday June 12 - today’s the day
Time to get out and vote.  Polls are open until 9 pm.  Bring your voter registration card plus a driver licence or other photo ID.  If you don’t have your card, bring some mail that shows both your name and address, plus your driver’s licence. 

What’s happening at the gas station
Workers have been busy fixing up the signage and outdoor fixtures at the Esso station (Parliament & Amelia). This is a general cleanup on the exterior façade and should be finished by Thursday night.  Full gas service will reopen on Friday.  Indoors is another matter.  The Tim Horton’s counter has been removed and it’s being enlarged and modernized.  This inside work may take up to three weeks to complete.   In the meantime of course, lots of Timbits and coffee are available at Winchester and Parliament.

The museum is moving
The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum is moving within Riverdale Park.  Look for it now in the Simpson House, the main building located right beside the Farm entrance beside Winchester Street. It’s open on weekends from 11 am to 4 pm each day. 

St James Town button mural
St James Town Arts has finished the new “button mural” located beside the tennis courts on Rose Avenue walkway.  It’s from a design by Gillian Foster and created, button-by-button, by a team of local volunteers. The unveiling happened at the launch party for St James Town Arts, a new community group working to support local artists and residents under the Community Matters umbrella.  Its agenda includes jewellery making, henna art, Bharatanatyam dance, hip hop, breakdance and Bollywood dance, and Indian classical singing.  Check out the group’s Facebook page here. 


Third annual Bright Ideas symposium
Saturday, June 14 from 10 am to 2 pm at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario).  Speakers and audience members will toss around lots of ideas about the community’s needs and priorities for CNH.  At the end of the day, one project is selected for support and funding.  In 2013, a Kids Chess Club was established and in 2012, an Urban Dance Program. Both have been highly successful.

Movies under the stars
Every Wednesday at 9 pm from June 18 to August 20, the Regent Park Film Festival is hosting an outdoor screening.  The films are tough studies of controversial topics – well worth an evening’s viewing.
The series starts next Wednesday night with OMAR, an Oscar nominated story about a young Palestinian man who is pressured into becoming an Israeli informant. 
Outdoor screening beside the Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E. Popcorn and soft drinks are available.  No cover charge – the screenings are free. 

Riverdale Farm Aid
Next Thursday June 19 from 5 to 10 pm, Riverdale Farm (Winchester & Sumach).  This is the annual fundraising picnic to support Riverdale farm.  This year, the proceeds will be directed to improvements at Simpson House to create a visitor’s centre there. The live auction includes three lunches - with Christie Blatchford, with Steve Paikin and with Terry Fallis.  Live entertainment from the Brendan Canning Band and Lemon Bucket Orkestra. There’ll be food, drinks, a silent auction and a kids’ zone.  All of this for only $10 (children with an adult, free).   Buy your tickets at the gate or in advance here.

Official opening of Regent Park
Regent Park, also known as The Big Park, will open officially on Saturday June 21 in a ceremony from 1 to 5 pm.  The park is located at Dundas and Regent Park Boulevard. There’ll be music and entertainment by the Regent Park School of Music and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie.  Some events will also happen at Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) 

Luminato’s literary picnic
Luminato Festival runs from June 6 to 15 and as part of it, there’ll be a Literary Picnic in Trinity Bellwoods Park.  Cabbagetown’s Noah Richler is taking part in it and he’s one of several authors who have participated in a short video describing the event.  We’re all welcome to join in – Sunday June 15, noon to 3:30 pm.  Click here to watch the video. 

The Distillery Sunday Market
Every Sunday through the summer, the Summer Market features artisanal products from local producers – honey, bakery goods, cheeses, chutneys and sauces, preserves, chocolates and fresh veggies are all included.  Plus there’s a regular exhibition of artwork by Artscape members.  10 am to 3 pm weekly at 28 Gristmill Lane in the Distillery.

Riverdale Farmer’s Market
The Riverdale market is open and it’s offering an expanded range of produce, entertainment, yoga under the trees next to the tents, children’s activities, pizza from the Farm’s wood oven, farmers’ demos and more.  Tuesday from 2 to 7 pm in Riverdale Park (Sumach & Winchester).


Soulpepper’s June/July program
The two-part, highly praised Angels in America is back for a limited run to July 12.  Tickets are available for each individual part or for marathons.  Twelve Angry Men is on stage now to Saturday July 19.  Judith Thompson’s new work, Borne, starts up on Friday June 27 and runs through to Saturday July 19. For detailed descriptions, times and tickets, click here for the Soulpepper website. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane).

Soulpepper’s cabaret series
The cabarets continue on Saturday nights through July.  Different themes and artists appear each week.  On Saturday June 14, “Streets” is the evening Song/Book.  Hosted by Brendan Wall with Miranda Mulholland, Treasa Lavasseur, Frank Cox-O’Connell and a couple of surprise guests.  Click here for info and tickets.  Young Centre for the Performing Arts (Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane).

Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas
If you’ve got a script that you’d like to submit for the 2015 New Ideas Festival, check out the guidelines here.  New Ideas is on stage from March 11 to 29 at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley).

Young Dancers Program
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre is a national leader for contemporary dance education and training. The School’s Young Dancer Program introduces children ages 3 to 17 to creative movement and contemporary dance in a focused and fun environment.  Registration for the Fall term is now open.  For more info, click here.  To register, contact louise@schooloftdt.org or call (647) 967-6887.


Thanks to local business supporters
Four major sponsors helped to make last week’s garden tour a success. Hepburn Landscaping donated a clumping birch to the Hampton Mansions Co-op Garden.  House on Parliament (454 Parliament) provided gift certificates for the gardeners.  Richard Silver at Sotheby’s International Realty made a cash donation.  Jay’s Garden Centre (360 Gerrard E) gave a plant to each gardener. 
In addition, a dozen local businesses gave discounts and gifts to the Tour’s visitors. The restaurants include: Cranberries (601 Parliament), Merryberry Café & Bistro (559 Parliament) and Peartree (507 Parliament). Three food shops gave Tour customers special gifts: Absolute Bakery (589A Parliament), Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) and Starbucks (492 Parliament). Retail supporters include Kendall & Co (227 Carlton), Labour of Love (242 Carlton), Me to We Shop (225 Carlton), Mi Casa (238 Carlton), Royal Home Hardware (485 Parliament) and Spruce (455 Parliament). 
Thanks everybody!

Forsythia Festival supporters
The Parliament Street news has a story online about the Forsythia Festival and its supporters.  Click here to see the impressive list of businesses whose financial help has made the day so successful.


Really local food
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) is now working with Fresh Farm City to source local produce on its menus and at the same time, to support people who want to grow their own food.  Fresh Farm City operates growing plots in Downsview.  Erick at The Local GEST will connect interested people to the project and can help arrange tours and opportunities for volunteers.

Junior Jazz with Thompson Egbo-Egbo
Get your kids all washed up and spiffy and bring them along to the Paintbox.  Junior Jazz is back with another Saturday morning session at Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E).  This time, Thompson Egbo-Egbo’s Trio will present their songs and then show how they’re put together.  Lots of singing and clapping.  Kids will be able to interact with the band on special iPads that are set up to make jamming easy.  Reservations are recommended because these concerts are very well attended, (647) 748-0555.  Brunch available, no cover charge.
Gilead’s Winemaker’s Night
Every Wednesday, Gilead Café (4 Gilead Place) brings a featured wine and its winemaker to the café.  A dinner is created to match the wines and glasses of the wines are available at half price.  On Wednesday June 18, Charles Baker will present selections from his Stratus Wines.

Comedy at The Flying Beaver
On Friday night June 13, Aastha Lal has two shows at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).  Her show, “Words to laugh by, an evening of inspirational comedy”, has sold out in the past and her early show on Friday is also sold out.  So don’t delay – get your tickets for her second show at 9 pm. Click here for more info. 

Toronto Jazz Festival updates
The Toronto Jazz Festival starts up at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E) on Thursday June 19.  Sean Dobbins opens with two shows at 6:30 and 10 pm. Throughout the weekend, there are two or three shows daily featuring performers like Bruce Cassidy, Murata, Taft & Quarrington, the York Jazz Ensemble and more. For the details, check the Dominion’s website here. 
At the Paintbox Bistro, the G-Three Music Series runs from June 19 to 26 as part of the Festival. The Heillig Manoeuver, Michael Dunston & Dave Young, Hilario Duran and Barbra Lica are the weekend`s artists.  Click here for the details. 

Extended hours at Hey Lucy
At Hey Lucy (229 Carlton), the patio is now open until 2 am from Wednesday to Sunday.  There`s World Cup soccer inside in the downstairs restaurant area.



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
Gilead Café & Wine Bar, 4 Gilead Place, (647) 288-0680, http://www.jamiekennedy.ca/
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.


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Pubstumpers Trivia League hosted by Cajo, no cover
9:30 pm, Karaoke with Cajo, no cover
The Local GEST
9 pm, Open mic with Porter


Dominion on Queen
Don River Blues Band
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Aastha Lal, “Words to laugh by”, $10/advance & pwyc/door
9 pm, Aastha Lal, “Words to laugh by”, $10/advance & pwyc/door
Comedy with Arthur Simeon & Friends, $10/advance & $20/door
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Shipyard’s Monkey Fist IPA sampling and giveaways


Dominion On Queen
1 pm, Uke Express 101, “A beginner’s welcome at the gates of ukulele heaven,”, $48
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Brenda Lewis & Margaret Stowe, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, OITNB screening part 2, no cover
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
10 am, Junior Jazz with Thompson Egbo-Egbo, no cover


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Lemon Tree Creations – gala cabaret & dinner
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Sherie Marshall and Colin Flint (bass guitar), Ian Lazarus (alto & tenor sax), Jeffrey Hewer (guitar) & Dennis Song (drums)
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 Uke Jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Fred Spek’s Camp Combo quartet, $10/advance & $15/door
Gilead Café
Winemaker`s night with Charles Baker’s Stratus
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, Toronto Blues Society presents Harrison Kennedy
6:30 & 10 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Sean Dobbins B-3 organ quartet
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Pubstumpers Trivia League hosted by Cajo, no cover
9:30 pm, Karaoke with Cajo, no cover
The Local GEST
9 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Paintbox Bistro
8:30 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Heillig Manoeuvre, $15


Dominion on Queen
6 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Bruce Cassidy Quartet
10 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo’s Caribbean Jazz Connection
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Scott Thompson returns, $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, Marcy Rogers, “Lesbians who wear lipstick: the middle ages”, $10/advance & $15/door
9 & 10:45 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Michael Dunston & Dave Young`s Tribute to Donny Hathaway``, $20
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Shipyard’s Monkey Fist IPA sampling and giveaways


Dominion on Queen
4 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Orchestra
9 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Que Isso? Brazilian Jazz
Flying Beaver
9 pm, Scott Thompson returns, $20/advance & $25/door
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
9 & 10:45 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Hilario Duran Trio, $30


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
1 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents the York Jazz Ensemble
5 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Murata, Taft & Quarrington
9 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Bruce Cassidy’s Mbaqanga
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Hypnotixx: a slightly naughty comedy hypnosis show, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Ilana Waldston with Ted Quinlan (guitar) and Jorden Connor (bass)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema
Paintbox Bistro
8 & 9:45 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival presents Barbra Lica, $30