July 17

This week’s image:  Carlton & Parliament



Sad news for the Tour of Homes
The 2014 Tour has been cancelled.  The Cabbagetown Preservation Association organizes it every year.  On its website, the CPA says that the cancellation is a result of having too few homes available and so the event is not viable. There are plans to revive it in 2015.
The CPA deserves major thanks for its work on the Tour.  Each year, scores of volunteers have been recruited, businesses became sponsors, newspaper publicity was arranged and ticket sales were handled.  These aren’t easy jobs but the CPA did them smoothly and cheerfully. 
This cannot be an easy decision.  For our community, it's a major loss. The Tour has been a milestone in our annual calendar for 36 years.   Anyone who has new ideas, fresh energy and a willingness to volunteer should let the CPA know – contact cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca

Corktown Commons officially opens
Corktown Commons has been the scene of plenty of activity since last summer. Its official opening has just happened.  Councillor Pam McConnell (who must be deeply pleased after working for so many years on the project), Glen Murray from the provincial government and Joe Oliver and Bal Gosal from Ottawa did the ribbon cutting on July 10 along with officials from Waterfront Toronto.  There’s a good report on the Waterfront Toronto website – click here

Music in the park
Little Trinity’s open-air music series continues on Thursday July 17 at 7 pm with Queen of the Fleet.  It’s a free event.  Next concert features the Thomas Williams Jazz Combo on Thursday July 31.  Little Trinity Park (King E at Trinity). 

Movies in the park
The Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce) is again hosting free family movies in Riverdale Park East.  The shows begin when it gets dark and they`re located on the eastern edge of the park below Broadview – you can`t miss the big screen.  The Club hopes that you`ll get a coffee and a snack at Rooster Coffee House (479 Broadview) – the proceeds from sales during the screenings will be contributed to the Club.
Sunday July 27 – Footloose
Sunday August 3 – tba
Sunday August 17 - Wizard of Oz

The Lunchbox screens at Under the Stars
An unlikely romance blossoms when a lonely young wife and an older accountant exchange letters in a mistakenly delivered lunchbox.  Sponsored by the Regent Park Film Festival.  Bring a blanket.  If it rains, the film will be shown inside in the Ada Slaight Hall. Wednesday July 23, 9 pm,  outside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Free event – popcorn and soft drinks available for purchase.

Two reminders – Tai chi and Sundara Yoga
Tai chi happens every Sunday morning on the cement pad in Wellesley Park (at the east end of Wellesley Street) at 8 am.  Steve Kwan has been teaching his classes for years and he emphasizes a gentle style that`s easily done by beginners.  It`s a free event.
Sundara Yoga does free yoga sessions in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) every Tuesday afternoon beside the Farmer`s Market. 

Farmers markets
Riverdale Farmer`s Market in Riverdale Park (east end of Winchester at Sumach). Tuesday July 22 from 2 to 7 pm. 
Regent Park Farmer`s Market outside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Wednesday July 23 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm.


Don’t be a wallflower
Kevin at Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) asks “Why stare at blank walls?” Kendall’s designers have collected a wonderful set of wall coverings in brilliant prints, subtle impressions, grasscloth, textured accents and encrusted crystals.  From traditional to modern to totally fun. They’ll turn your walls into instant works of art.  Open from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday and 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday.

Vote for our friends
As mentioned last week, NOW Magazine’s annual “Reader’s Choice” poll is now underway.  This week, retailers from our area who have been included are listed below. The winners get bragging rights and lots of good publicity for a whole year afterward – good stuff when you’re running a small business. A vote on their behalf is a really good way to thank our friends, especially since so many of them have been strong supporters of our community events.
Music category
Best jazz club – Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E)
Stage category
Best choreographer – Christopher House at TDT
Best dance company – four nominees from our area: Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester), Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (304 Parliament), Dancemakers (9 Trinity) and COBA (585 Dundas E)
Best large theatre company – two nominees from our area: Soulpepper (55 Mill) and Canadian Stage (26 Berkeley)
Shopping category
Best bicycle mechanic – Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament)
Best camera store – Vistek (496 Queen E)
Best condo developer – two nominees from our area: Streetcar and Daniels Corporation
Best design firm – Kendall & Co (227 Carlton)
Best design store – two nominees from our area:  Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) and Spruce (455 Parliament)
Best jewellery store – two nominees from our area: Fair Trade (523 Parliament) and Corktown Jewellery Designs (55 Mill St)
Best pet store – Urbandog (37 Parliament)
Best unique gift store – Labour of Love (242 Carlton)
Cityscape category
Best non-local activists – Free the Children (233 Carlton)
Best free community event – two nominees in our area: Cabbagetown Festival and Riverside East & Beats
Best historical buildings – Gooderham & Worts Distillery (Distillery District)
Best MPP – Glen Murray
Best park – Corktown Commons
Best youth group – two nominees from our area:  SOY (Support our Youth) and Regent Park Focus

To vote for these folks, go to the NOW website.  Then follow these steps:
  1. Find the category and the topic and then click on it.
  2. Scroll down the list to your choice.
  3. Click on its name (a red checkmark will appear).
  4. Continue down the page and click on the red “Cast your vote” button.

You get one vote in each category.  This isn’t one of those gimmicky sites where you need to go back day after day.
Voting closes on September 12. 


The last weekend for Summerlicious 2014
The City-wide summer food festival continues until Sunday July 20.  It’s time for affordable prix fixe menus in some of Toronto’s most attractive venues.  Over 200 restaurants take part and you can find all of them easily here.  
In our neighbourhood, three Distillery restaurants are involved.  Archeo offers $15 lunch and $25 dinners  (31 Trinity St, 416-815-9898).  Mill Street Beer Hall has $15 lunch and $25 dinners (21 Tank House Lane, 416-681-0338, ext 2). At Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill, lunch is $20 and dinner is $35  (17 Tank House Lane, 416-361-5859.) 

Jeff Barnes at The Local GEST
On Thursday July 17 at 8 pm, Jeff Barnes makes his regular appearance at the GEST.  Noah Zacharin is away, so this week he’s joined by Chris Quinn playing banjo and mandolin.  424 Parliament.

Junior Jazz is back
A favourite musical event for kids and the whole family.  At 10 am on Saturday morning July 19, Terra Hazelton will tell tales, lead everyone in singing and clapping, and show how music and words can be joined to create their own stories. Nathan Hiltz on guitar and Jordan O’Connor on bass.  No cover – brunch is available.

News from Under the Table
Under The Table is now licensed.  Karaoke has arrived and you can sing at the top of your lungs from 9 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.  And enjoy brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm.  568 Parliament.

Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike
DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective spins 100% vinyl at The Beer Hall in Mill Street Brew Pub (10 Rack House Mews, The Distillery). Every Saturday from 8 pm. 

Sunday Jazz at The Local GEST
This week on Sunday at 4:30 pm, Faith Armour sings her vibrant rhythms from her South American and Caribbean heritage.  424 Parliament

Songwriting workshop
With Rik Emmett and Blair Packham.  On Tuesday July 22 at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E).  No cover.

The indomitable Cantautore
Peter Donato is back at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) on Sunday July 27 at 7:30 pm.  He`ll be singing black denim ballads and cool songs for the summer.  Click here for more info and tickets - $10/advance and $15/door. 

F’Amelia and Extended F’Amelia
The full restaurant menu is now available in both places.  Of course, there’s nothing like a pizza and a glass of wine on a lovely patio.  If you want to take your pizza home, just call ahead and it’ll be ready to for you when you get here, (416) 323-0666.    Extended F’Amelia is now open from 6 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Extended F’Amelia (8 Amelia) and F’Amelia (12 Amelia).



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893, www.dominiononqueen.com
El Catrin, 18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121,  www.elcatrin.ca/home
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
Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant, 2 Trinity Street, Distillery, (647) 430-1111, www.tappo.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
9:30 pm, Toronto Blues Society presents The Sinners Choir
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
Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant
7 pm, Errol Fisher & his band
Under the Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Don River blues band, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Maggie’s mish mash, no cover
9 pm, The Dirrrty Show double-r rated musical comedy with Kayla Williams & Melody Stang, $10
Under the Table
9 pm, Karaoke


El Catrin
10 pm, Mayahuel Nights
Flying Beaver
9 pm Kevin Morris, a cabaret of musical theatre, $10/advance & $15/door
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
Paintbox Bistro
10 am, Junior Jazz with the Terra Hazelton Trio


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz Faith Amour’s Trio
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Sunday jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema