July 31

This week’s image:  On the slide at Corktown Commons



The RPSM Songbook premiere
Last weekend, the Choir from the Regent Park School of Music unveiled its Songbook – a compilation of nine works by prominent Canadian composers.  These works were written specifically for five pairs of the Choir’s voice and piano students.  Lyrics were written earlier by RPSM students in a lyric-writing contest.  The Choir performed on Friday at the Canadian Music Centre and again on Saturday at Harbourfront. 
These kids can really sing.  Check out this video showing them perform O Canada with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the opening of Regent Park. 

Don’t forget - Moss Park hockey
Last week, Megan Takeda announced the 2014 sponsorship opportunities for the free hockey leagues at Moss Park arena.  Then Louise wrote to reminisce that her (now-grown up) son “Joel and his friends learned the great Canadian game there and several alumni have returned to coach the next generation.  The coffee and tube steaks make the place a Saturday morning destination.  Many a Cabbagetown dinner party has been enhanced by goodies from the frequent fundraising bake sales.”  Your support will keep this tradition rolling along.  Contact Megan at mossparkhockeyleague@gmail.com and click here to see a great video.  

Streetscapes in bloom
Three local gardens have been nominated for the 2014 Streetscapes in Bloom award.  It’s an annual presentation by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association to honour local gardeners who have enhanced their street frontages.  Keep your eye on these three locations as the season progresses – in September, one will be the winner:  62 Amelia Street, 141 Amelia Street and 266 Carlton Street.

Transparency on the waterfront
Waterfront Toronto has just published its July newsletter.  As was widely reported a while ago, City of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong each had a bunch of gripes about expenses and transparency with the waterfront developments.  The waterfront has a big potential impact on our neighbourhood and so these complaints were important for us.  Waterfront Toronto has explained its policies in its July newsletter which you can see here.  

Waterfront updates
The newsletter also gives reports on several waterfront developments close to us: the Canary District that will first serve as the Pan Am Games village, River City, Bayside and Queens Quay. For those who struggle on a bike at Queen’s Quay, there’s a map and explanation about cycling detours through the construction zone.  Click here to read more.  

Oh no, Glen
You’re leaving us.  Sadly, Glen Murray has decided to move his constituency office in September from its current 514 Parliament Street location to new digs at 120 Carlton Street, Suite 318.  The phone number (416-972-7686) and email address (gmurray.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org) will stay the same.  You must know, Glen, that life in a high-rise office won’t have the same sizzle for you.

Artfest at the Distillery

This weekend, Artfest returns for a three-day event in the Distillery.  There’ll be artists and artisans displaying their paintings, pottery, jewellery, ceramics, leather, textiles and glass works.  Live music, mural painting, gourmet food, children’s entertainment.  It’s a free event.  Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11 am to 6 pm.  For a preview of the artists and their works, click here. 


Music at Little Trinity
On Thursday July 31, Thomas Williams jazz combo at 7 pm.  The next concert happens on Thursday August 14 with Graydon James and the Young Novelists.  Free.  King Street east at Trinity.

The Never Ending Story at Movies in the Park
Family movies on the eastern edge of Riverdale Park East below Broadview – you can`t miss the big screen.  On Sunday August 3, it’s The Never Ending Story and on Sunday August 17, the Wizard of Oz. The shows begin when it gets dark. Sponsored by the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs (101 Spruce).  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.

Short Term 12 at Under the Stars
A counsellor at a care facility for at-risk teens struggles to cope after new arrivals raise issues from her own past.  Wednesday August 6, 9 pm, free.  Presented by the Regent Park Film Festival. Outdoors beside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), indoors in the Ada Slaight Hall if it rains. For more info, click here.  

Farmer’s Markets
Riverdale Park, Tuesday from 2 to 7 pm, Winchester and Sumach.
Regent Park, Wednesday 3:30 to 7 pm, Regent Park Blvd beside the Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E

Diane Flacks & Katie Ford
Diane and Katie try out new material in their ``Bits & pieces`` show at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).  Saturday August 9 at 7 pm.  Cover charge, $10 advance and $15 door.

Save the date
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) celebrates its first anniversary on Saturday August 9.  The party starts at 7:30 pm and it should be fun.  Congrats guys.  

Can you find him? 
Cabbagetowner Danny Marks is somewhere in this picture. So are the other members of Edward Bear.  Mr Marks says that he's a bit sick and tired of this photo because so many people have sent it to him.


Early news
The new management at the Festival is already making an impact with interesting program announcements.
·      Festival dates - Thursday September 4 to Sunday September 7
·      2014 Festival posters are now available.  On its website, the BIA says that businesses can pick up a copy from 10 am to 3 pm at the office (237 Carlton).  No word about their availability for residents. 
·      The BIA website has a FAQ section for potential street vendors who are asked to call the office at (416) 921-0857 for a registration form.  The website also has a Paypal system set up to handle vendor payments.  The fee is $300.  
·      This year, Blair’s Run will switch from its traditional Saturday morning time to a new Sunday morning slot. 
·      The children’s area at Gerrard and Parliament will be expanded into a midway zone operated by Astro Amusements. 
·      Street entertainment will return to a more localized format with bands sprinkled along the street instead of being concentrated at one big stage area. 
·      As always, there’ll be an emphasis on artisan vendors in small tents along the street and plenty of good food. 

Festival favourites
Organizers of our Festival favourites are getting their 2014 programs ready.  Save these dates. 
·      One Night in Cabbbagetown will offer its tasting tour through local restaurants on Thursday night. 
·      The Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival is back on Friday night at the Winchester Dance Theatre.
·      The Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts Festival takes over Riverdale Park on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday. 
·      As mentioned above, Blair’s Run will switch to a new Sunday morning slot.
·      The Riverdale Farm Fall Harvest Festival will hold a corn roast in the park on Saturday and Sunday. 
·      The Cabbagetown Theatre Company’s half-hour performances are scheduled at the Necropolis chapel on Saturday and Sunday. 
·      The CPA’s neighbourhood walking tours will happen on Saturday and Sunday from Riverdale Park. 
There’ll be lots more – all of this is preliminary and the program details have yet to be announced.


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.


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Pubstumpers Trivia League hosted by Shannon McDonough, no cover
9:30 pm, Momo`s Karaoke, no cover
The Local GEST
9 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
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 Gary`s “Toronto Songwriters Showcase”, 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, Cheesy Queer Movie Nite presents ``Dessert Hearts`` no cover.
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

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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
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Paul Bellini presents ``Liar Liar Pants on Fire``no cover.
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Pubstumpers Trivia League hosted by Shannon McDonough, no cover
9:30 pm, Momo`s Karaoke, no cover
The Local GEST
9 pm, Open mic with Porter
7 pm, Errol Fisher


Flying Beaver
7 pm, The Travelling Goon River Improv Show, pwyw


Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Paul James
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Diane Flacks & Katie Ford, ``Bits & pieces”, $10/advance & $15/door
9 PM, Doug Balfour & Susie Wesson, ``Foggy memories``, $10/advance & $15/door
The Irv
7 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
Local GEST
7:30 pm, The One-year Birthday Party
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
4:30 pm, The Wintergarten Orchestra
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Jamieson Montgomery ``Under the full moon”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with the Steve Koven Trio
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema