July 3

This week’s image:  a fierce but friendly match in Wellesley Park

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS

Who would have thought it possible?
Last week, we ran our (now-annual) complaint about the sorry state of the building at 456 to 460 Parliament.  David Blackmore at the Cabbagetown BIA has responded with the good news that the owners are looking at radically new plans for the property.  He says that they’re proposing a boutique style hotel like the Drake with a street front restaurant patio.  Delays to the building’s repair have been caused by disagreements with the contractor.  There seems to be acknowledgement that the place is an eyesore and so a mural will be commissioned for the hoardings to soften this impact.  If any or all of this actually happens, it will be a positive step forward and the building owners are encouraged to move ahead quickly.

Lots of walking tours
Saturday July 12 at 1:30 pm. The Cabbagetown Preservation Association and Heritage Toronto will conduct a free walking tour of the Necropolis cemetery.  The tour meets at the cemetery gates on Winchester east of Sumach.  If you miss this opportunity, there’ll be another free walk in the Necropolis (sponsored by the Royal Ontario Museum) on Sunday July 27 at 2 pm. 
The museum is also guiding two other neighbourhood tours in July – a free one on Wednesday July 16 at 6 pm through Cabbagetown North (starting at Parliament and Wellesley) and a $30 walk on Saturday July 26 at 2 pm, Cabbagetown South.  You can get tickets and more info about these tours at the ROM website. 

The new Regent Park in Regent Park
Two weeks ago, the new Regent Park opened and it was immediately widely praised.  The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum has given us these pictures to commemorate the event – our thanks to Carol Moore-Ede.  She recorded the celebrity speakers, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, aboriginal dancers, kids playing with their dogs and lots of other celebration. 


Photos: Carol Moore-Ede

WEEKLY EVENTS

Steve Kwan’s Tai Chi classes
Starting on Sunday July 6, Steve is offering free Tai Chi classes from 9 to 10 am on Sunday mornings in Wellesley Park (east end of Wellesley Street).  Join him at the Kids’ Pool near the Wellesley entrance.  Steve has long been teaching Tai Chi classes in our area. Everyone welcome - he conducts a gentle course that’s good for beginners and people of all ages. 

Linsanity at Under the Stars
Free outdoor screenings every Wednesday organized by the Regent Park Film Festival, beside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  If it rains, the screening is indoors in the Ada Slaight Hall at the Daniels  Spectrum. No cover – buy your own pop and popcorn at the venue.
Wednesday July 9, 9 pm.  LINSANITY, the story of NBA superstar Jeremy Lin who persevered through racism and adversity to success as an international basketball player.

Music in the Park
Thursday July 3, 7 pm.  This week’s guests are The Birds of Bellwood, a Toronto group playing folk/Canadiana .  Little Trinity Park (King Street E at Trinity). No cover charge.  Next Thursday, it’s Queen of the Fleet.

Farmer’s markets
We have two markets happening in the neighbourhood.
Riverdale Farmer’s Market is open on Tuesday from 2 to 7 pm.  This week, fresh strawberries appeared.  Riverdale Park (Winchester & Sumach).  This year’s new events include yoga by Sundara Yoga and a wood oven pizza. 
The Regent Park Farmer’s Market is on Wednesday from 3:30 to 7:30 pm beside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  There’s smoked fish, entertainment, Sparkplug Coffee, St John’s Bakery – all with rhubarb, radishes, sprouts and lots of greens.

RESTAURANTS & CLUBS

New art at Jet Fuel
On Saturday July 5, GRIND will open its month-long show at Jet Fuel (519 Parliament).  Three artists are featured – JAH, a street artist exploring the concept of feminine divinity, SOTEEOH, a Toronto street photographer and DANILO, a Toronto-based visual artist.  It`s worth a visit to see their works.  On Saturday evening from 6 pm to midnight there`ll be a reception including entertainment by Stillkids (DJ Wonka) and Chris Ak.  The show has been organized by Cabbagetowner Mike Sinnott. 

Cooking with Cyril
There’ll be another cooking class next Tuesday night, July 8, from 6 pm at Merryberry Café (559 Parliament).  From all reports, these are fun evenings.  Cyril’s theme is “cooking with wine” – one menu item will be pears cooked in red wine.  $45.  To register in advance, drop in or call (647) 348-0411. 

Merryberry’s new menu
Merryberry’s new seasonal menu has been launched and its theme is “Around the world in 7 burgers”.  It offers more burgers, more sandwiches, more dinner options and more brunch munchies.  For specifics, check out the Café’s Facebook page here.  559 Parliament.

F’Amelia and Extended F’Amelia
Both patios are now open.  At Extended F’Amelia (8 Amelia), you can now enjoy the full F’Amelia menu – so you can dig in for some pizza or salumi or antipasti or primi piatti or even some dolci.  Open from 6 pm, Thursday through Saturday.  At F’Amelia (12 Amelia), the restaurant is open from 5 to 10 pm all week and pizzas are available until 11 pm. 

Summerlicious is underway
The annual city-wide summer restaurant celebration is happening again from Friday July 4 to Sunday July 20.  It’s time for affordable prix fixe menus in some of Toronto’s most attractive venues.  There are over 200 restaurants taking part across the city and you can find all of them easily here. 
In our neighbourhood, three restaurants in the Distillery 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.) 

Prime rib at the HOP
The Sunday night prime rib special at the HOP remains one of Cabbagetown’s favourite meals.  Tania posted this picture of the HOP’s yummy Yorkshire puddings on her Facebook page and it’s irresistible.  454 Parliament.

SHOPPING NEWS

Marilyn is back at Pet Valu
Marilyn from Diggity Dog Grooming is back at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) for her regular monthly grooming session.  All pets are welcome. 10 am to 4 pm.

Eclectisaurus
Leslie has a vase created and signed in the 1970s by American artist Donna Polseno.  It’s a celebration of curves in black and white on ceramic. Very good condition, no damage.  Check out the Eclectisaurus website for details or drop in at 249 Gerrard E (Wednesday to Saturday from 3 to 8 pm, Saturday from noon to 7 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.) 

Grab summer by the tail
Kendall & Co has lobster rugs that are hand hooked in two styles.  Kendall’s Facebook page has lots of photos and comments about the store, its new stuff and other events in the city.  It’s a good place to “like”. You can also check out Kendall’s website here.  See the lobsters at the store – 227 Carlton, (10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday.) 

NOW “Best of” Votes
For the second year, Kendall & Co is on the ballot for two categories in NOW Magazine’s “2014 Best of” competitions.  We can help by casting our votes – for Best Design Store, click here and vote.  For Best Design Firm, click here and vote. 

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JULY 3 TO SUNDAY JULY 13

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
Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant, 2 Trinity St, (647) 430-1111, http://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.

THURSDAY JULY 3

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

FRIDAY JULY 4

Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Caribbean jazz connection with Joaquim Nunez Hidalgo
Flying Beaver
8 pm, Glen Gary & Three for Four, pwyw

SATURDAY JULY 5

Flying Beaver
7 pm, Matt Rubel, “Serious Business – a comedy variety show”,  $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Shirley Gnome, pwyw
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics

SUNDAY JULY 6

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Dan Walsh guitar and vocals, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Mike Daley (guitar & vocals), Chris Gale (sax) & Chris Banks (bass)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema

MONDAY JULY 7

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz

TUESDAY JULY 8

Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown – Django Jam
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz

WEDNESDAY JULY 9

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Uke Jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Sara Minx & Dave Barrow, Minxy’s country music mix-up, pwyw

THURSDAY JULY 10

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

FRIDAY JULY 11
 
Flying Beaver
9 pm, Carla Collins, $20/advance & $25/door

SATURDAY JULY 12

Dominion on Queen
9 pm, The Paul James Band
Flying Beaver
9 pm, Carla Collins, $20/advance & $25/door
The Irv
9 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics

SUNDAY JULY 13

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
4:30 pm, Wintergarten Orchestra
8:30 pm, East End Comedy Review with Mike MacDonald, $15/$45 four-pack
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Hypnotixx: a slightly naughty comedy hypnosis show, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Steve Koven (Piano), Anthony Michelli (drums) and Rob Clutton (bass)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema