July 24

This week’s image:  Levanna and her pals at Riverdale Farmer’s Market



Hockey news
Photo:  Justin Skinner, Inside Toronto
The Moss Park Hockey League is seeking sponsors for its teams for the 2014/2015 season.  The League provides free hockey for kids ages 4 to 14 from Toronto’s core.  Your support helps to pay for team jerseys and the banquet at the end of the season.  As a sponsor, you name the team and your logo goes onto the League’s website.    Contact Megan at mossparkhockeyleague@gmail.com for more info.  And to see a charming video, click here.  

Cultural Collage in St James Town
Join local artists, dancers and community groups to celebrate the amazing diversity of St James Town.  There’ll be music, dancing, henna art, face painting, art exhibitions and more.  There’s a short video from last year’s Festival here.  Saturday July 26, 1 to 4 pm, in the green space beside 260 Wellesley.  Free.  Sponsored by St James Town Arts.

Soulpepper Cabaret Series
From Weimar to Vaudeville – Tom Allen’s vivid imagining of the music from the 1920s and 1930s.  Tickets from $23.  Saturday July 26, 8:30 pm.  Click here for details.  Young Centre for the Performing Arts (Distillery).

Cabbagetown’s 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. 

Step and Zumba on Sunday
On Sunday July 27, Brenda Brown McNee is holding a special mid-summer edition of her Step aerobics class (at 10 am) and Aiya is conducting her Zumba class (at 11 am).  Both happen at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre gym (2 Lancaster, behind the Parliament Street Beer Store.)  Everyone is welcome for one or both classes.

Summer Music Series in the Distillery
David Newland performs in Trinity Square in the Distillery on Sunday July 27 from 3 to 5 pm.  Ontario folk-roots performer and seasoned storyteller.  Free.

Movies in the park
Starting on Sunday, the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club’s (101 Spruce) family movies in Riverdale Park East.  The shows begin when it gets dark. 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 – The Never Ending Story
Sunday August 17 - Wizard of Oz

LUV at Under the Stars
LUV will be screened on Wednesday July 30, 9 pm.  An 11-year old boy gets a lesson in life from his ex-con uncle.  Bring a blanket.  If it rains, the film will be shown inside in the Ada Slaight Hall. Outside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Free event – popcorn and soft drinks available for purchase.

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

Artfest in the Distillery
On August 2, 3 and 4, 75 artists and artisans will display their work – handmade pottery, glass, jewellery, leather, gourmet foods, textiles, paintings, live music and more.  11 am to 6 pm daily. For a preview, check out the Artfest website.

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). Tuesdays from 2 to 7 pm. 
Regent Park Farmer`s Market outside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7:30 pm.

So, if you complain…
Then you’ve got to acknowledge progress when it happens.  Many thanks to the owners at 456 Parliament.  Work has started up again.  The paper wrappings on the railings have been removed. New windows have been installed on the mezzanine levels and the third floor. The trash has been thinned out along the front patio space.  And there are new hoardings along the basement wall. It may be slow but it is progress.


Leslie has a mid-century modern dining room suite that includes six chairs, a table and a matching sideboard.  The table has an automatic centre leaf. Designed by Russell Spanner, the set features extraordinary geometric lines, ebonized maple wood and white upholstery.  Click here to see more detail. Eclectisaurus, Open Wednesday to Friday from 3 to 8 pm, Saturday from noon to 7 pm and Sunday from noon to 6 pm.  249 Gerrard E.

Don’t be a wallflower
Why stare blankly at boring walls? Turn your walls into instant works of art.  The designers at Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) have curated a wonderful collection of wall coverings in brilliant prints, subtle impressions, grass cloth, textured accents or encrusted crystals.  From traditional to modern to totally fun.  Drop in to the store, Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm.  www.kendallandco.ca

More cooking at Merryberry
Cyril is repeating his “cooking with avocado” class on Tuesday July 27 at 6 pm.  It’s his most popular class to date.  Recipes will include chilled avocado and cucumber soup, strawberry-avocado pico de gallo (salsa), chickpea-edamame salad with avocado and ginger dressing, blackened chicken with avocado sauce and mango quinoa and avocado creme brulee.  Contact him at the restaurant, call (647) 348-0411 or email cyril@merryberry.ca  Merryberry Café & Bistro (559 Parliament).

OMI closes
OMI (241 Carlton) was always a welcome part of the Cabbagetown community.  When it first opened, its modern interior style and the high quality of its menu were vigorous additions to our local restaurant scene.  It also regularly garnered wide attention across the city.  Its owners and staff can be proud of the way that they added to our experiences.

Four new restaurants on the horizon
So far, we don’t have much information about these new guys but they’re all coming soon.  One (as yet unnamed) will be located at 568 Parliament, upstairs from Under The Table.  Work on the second one, EuroBites, has started – it’s located just south of Parliament and Wellesley and will offer desserts and small dishes from the Balkans. The third is Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen & Taps, the replacement for OMI at 241 Carlton. The fourth one will be occupying the space at Carlton and Parliament that was formerly home for Ginger – the rental agent says that it’s leased but hasn’t any other information to share right now.

Congrat’s to The Local GEST
To celebrate their first anniversary, Gary, Erick, Sean and Tiffany are having a party on Saturday August 9 from 7:30 pm. Their pub has grown into a success during its first year - the place to watch Olympic gold medal hockey games at 6 am or to hear jazz on Sunday afternoons or to enjoy favourites like Porter’s Open Mic and Jeff Barnes with Noah Zacharin.  They’ve kept the warm welcome of the Ben Wicks and added their own energy and ideas. Congrats and best wishes for many more.  424 Parliament

Congrats to The Scullery
Photo:  blogTO, Jesse Milns
blogTO has included the Scullery (200 Carlton) on its list of Toronto’s best huevos rancheros at weekend brunch.  As the article says, this Mexican dish offers a refreshing change from the usual eggs benny or pancakes that dominate brunch menus.   The Scullery's brunch starts at 8 am and there’s a vegan version available as well.  They join El Catrin (in the Distillery) on the list.  You can read the full review here.  



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, 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.


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
Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant
7 pm, Errol Fisher


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Michelle Lecce-Hewitt with Brian Moran & Tom Daniels, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Carrie Chesnutt’s “Xmas in July”, $10/advance & $15/door


Flying Beaver
9 pm, Caroline Martin-Rowe, “Legends in your livingroom”, $15/advance & $20/door
The Irv
7 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Peter Donato “Cantautore in summer”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Coleman Tinsley’s quartet
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema

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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
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


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


Dominion on Queen
9 pm,  Caribbean jazz connection with Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Sabrina Jalees comedy with Sara Hennessy & Sandra Battaglini, $15/advance & $20/door


Flying Beaver
8 pm, Glen Loucks “TO Talent Show”, pwyc
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Shannon McDonough’s Holiday Weekend Show, details to come.
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Sherie Marshall, Mike Cado and Artie Roth
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema