July 10

This week’s image:  enjoying the meal that they’ve just prepared at Merryberry’s cooking class.


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Congrats to Sydney Payne
Photo:  Sydney (left) and Evie (right)
Cabbagetowner Sydney Payne has been named to the Canadian National Junior Rowing team. She’s competing in the CanAmMex regatta on July 11 and 12 in Nova Scotia against top Junior rowers from Canada, the US and Mexico.  She and her rowing partner, Evie Anguelov, have been training on the water at the Argonaut Rowing Club ten times a week since April.  Rowing Canada has an official press release about the event here.  

Congrats to Gillian English
Gillian has been selected to play for Team Canada in the Australian Rules Football International Cup in Melbourne in August.  Nicknamed “The Enforcer”, she’s been part of several Canadian national championship teams and has won a Coach’s Award for Dedication.  She loves the sport.  In her other life, she’s an actress and an artistic producer with Theatre Elusive.  She also tells us about the program and special events at Alumnae Theatre. 
Although it’s a big honour to be part of the team, it’s also an expensive one.  She’s holding a fundraiser at Comedy Bar (945 Bloor W) on Monday July 14 at 8 pm to defray her travel costs.  Tickets are $15.  There’ll be a star-studded group of entertainers there to support her.  For more info, click here.  

New time - Steve Kwan’s tai chi class
Steve is offering free tai chi lessons in Wellesley Park on Sunday mornings.  He’s set a new time for the class – it’ll start at 8 am to avoid a conflict with the volleyball teams who also use the park’s concrete pad.  Last week in his first class, a dozen people showed up and spoke highly of his guidance.  Several stayed later for some additional tips. Join him at the east end of Wellesley Street on the volleyball courts.

Under the Stars presents Blood Brother
Movies outdoors next to the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Wednesday July 16, 9 pm, inside in Ada Slaight Hall if it rains.  This is a free event presented by the Regent Park Film Festival.  Blood Brother is a documentary about an American who moves to India to work with children living with HIV/AIDS. 

Walk through the Necropolis
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. 

Music in the Park
Next Thursday July 17, 7 pm, the guests are Queen of the Fleet.  Little Trinity Park (King Street E at Trinity). No cover charge. 

Traffic tips
The Cabbagetown Residents’ Association has just started up a handy feature on its website news page about local traffic problems.  You can catch the updates here.  

Sundara Yoga in the park
Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Sundara (492 Parliament, side door) offers yoga in Riverdale Park beside the Riverdale Farmers Market.  The sessions are free – bring your own mat.

Farmer’s markets
We have two markets happening in the neighbourhood.
 Riverdale Farmer’s Market is open on Tuesday from 2 to 7 pm. 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).  Click here.


The Source is coming
The Source is an electronics supply store offering toys, computers, games, cameras and lots more – most at competitively low prices.  The chain is opening a new store at 435 Parliament in a newly renovated building (between Wind Mobile and Cabbagetown Self-Storage).  It’s a really good sign.  There are an increasing number of new shops and lively storefronts here.  The new life that’s been promised for the south end of the Parliament Street shopping strip is finally arriving. 

What a catch!
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.) 

1930s art deco dresser box
This superb 1930s art deco box features two highly stylized figures kicking a ball around with cubist flowers in the background.  For a description of the box and information about its condition, click here.  Wednesday to Friday, 3 to 8 pm, Saturday noon to 7 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.  Eclectisaurus, 239 Gerrard E.

Welcome back Nora
For several years, Nora operated her salon on Parliament across from the Esso Station.  She moved, first to Sherbourne and now to a cosy salon at 194A Carlton.  She says that her customers are finding their way back to her and we wish her well in her new home. (647) 428-6520.


Merryberry’s cooking classes
Cyril regularly opens his kitchen to “students” who want to learn one or more of his secrets and techniques.  He usually has small groups and he talks to everyone in a casual, informed style.  Last week, his theme was “cooking with wine”.  For an appetizer, he steamed shrimp with sweet potato and fresh herbs in a white wine sauce in parchment paper The main course was cod with a red wine and mushroom sauce and dessert was a pear poached in red wine.  It was a wonderful evening, topped off with a meal that everyone enjoyed preparing.  Whenever this opportunity opens up, it’s a great idea to go.  Merryberry, 559 Parliament.

650 Café Bistro
This little room (former home to Cafune) is a bright, lightly renovated spot and it’s been drawing good comments from its customers.  The menu features Mediterranean cuisine, gourmet sandwiches and fresh salads.  Favourite dishes include the Bistro signature sandwich with chicken breast, prosciutto, portabello and mozzarella.  The breakfast sandwich has scrambled eggs, red and green peppers and prosciutto.  The cafe is open for breakfast and lunches from 8 am to 4 pm weekdays and 9 am to 4 pm on weekends.  194A Carlton.

Vote for our friends
NOW Magazine’s annual “Reader’s Choice” poll about restaurants and business across Toronto is now underway.  The winners get bragging rights and lots of good publicity for a whole year afterward – good stuff when you’re running a small business. This year, several restaurants and retailers from our area have been included. 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.
In the Food category, the following have been nominated:
  • Best bakery – St John’s Bakery (153 Broadview)
  • Best beer selection – Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton)
  • Best bread – St John’s Bakery (153 Broadview)
  • Best caterer (two local choices) – Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) & JK Kitchen (4 Gilead Place)
  • Best coffeehouse – Jet Fuel (519 Parliament)
  • Best espresso – Jet Fuel (519 Parliament)
  • Best fries – Gilead Café (4 Gilead Place)
  • Best Jamaican – Mr Jerk (209 Wellesley E)
  • Best Japanese – Kingyo (51B Winchester)
  • Best local microbrew – Mill St Brew Pub (21 Tank House Ln)
  • Best patio – El Catrin (Distillery District)
  • Best prepared food – Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton)
  • Best pub – Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton)
  • Best pub grub – House on Parliament (454 Parliament)
  • Best Thai – Sukhothai (274A Parliament)

On the list above, you’ll see some names duplicated – Jet Fuel, Stout Irish Pub and others.  If they’ve been nominated in several categories, their name appears more than once.
To vote for these folks, go to the NOW website.  Then follow these steps:
Find the category and click on it.
Scroll down the list to your choice.
Click on its name (a red checkmark will appear).
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.  Next week, we’ll have a report for you on the general retail businesses.

Summerlicious continues
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.)  

Tim re-opens
The Tim Hortons at the Esso station (Parliament and Amelia) has reopened.  It was down for a few weeks while the counter area was renovated and remodelled.  No doubt, for commuters and local residents alike, it’s welcome.

Congrats to Hey Lucy and Extended F’Amelia
Photo: Extended F'Amelia, blogTO
Both restaurants have been included on blogTO’s list of Top Fifty patios in Toronto.  You can see the full list here.  Clearly, the new patios are destinations in themselves – gone are the days of gritty tables, car exhaust and earsplitting noise. 
Photo: Hey Lucy, blogTO

Save the date
On Friday September 10, The Irv will be part of the ALS Canada 2014 Charity Golf Classic and the tournament will honour the memory of Lena Bozzo and Robert Brian Irvine.  It happens at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham.  For details, fees and sponsorships, call The Irv at 647) 350-4787 or email info@theirvpub.ca. 


New weekend schedule at The Flying Beaver
At 8 pm on Saturday July 12, John Alcorn, Dave Restivo (keys) and Jordan O’Connor (bass) will be playing at The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).  $15/advance & $20/door.  He’s stepped into the slot to help out.  For personal reasons, Carla Collins has to miss her Saturday appearance. She will be there on Friday as planned at 9 pm, $20/advance & $25/door.

Sunday Jazz at The Local GEST
This week on Sunday at 4:30 pm, Steve Koven (piano), Anthony Michelli (drums) and Rob Clutton (bass). Next Sunday, Faith Armour sings her vibrant rhythms from her South American and Caribbean heritage.  424 Parliament

The Moonwalks and more at The Paintbox
The Moonwalks appear on Saturday at 9 pm at The Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas) – live band, dancing all night, favourite tunes from the Beatles to Rihanna.  No cover.
On Wednesday at 7 pm, Paint Nite returns.  This week, Erin Reece will take you through the steps to paint your own version of The Aspens.  For details and tickets, click here.  

East End Comedy Revue at Dominion on Queen
On Sunday evening at 8:30 pm, the East End Comedy revue returns to the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E). It features Mike MacDonald with Winston Spear, Darryl Purvis, Ryan Horwood, Brian Coughlin and Hanna Hogan.  Music by George Westerholm.  Cover $15 or $45/four pack. 
The Dominion is busy next week.  Good Neighbours Open Mic is Monday, Hot Club of Corktown Django Jam plus Simon Rakoff’s CD release party on Tuesday, the Corktown Ukelele Jam on Wednesday, Toronto Blues Society’s Sinners Choir on Thursday and the Don River Blues Band on Friday.  Click here for times and details.  

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.



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 Brian Simpson, no cover
9:30 pm, Karaoke with Catherine Johnson, no cover
The Local GEST
9 pm, Open mic with Porter
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, SPEAKout Poetry: Open Mic night, $5


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


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, The Paul James Band
Flying Beaver
8 pm, John Alcorn’s pops-up with Dave Restivo (keys) & Jordan O’Connor (bass), $15/advance & $20/door
The Irv
7 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
Paintbox Bistro
9 pm, The Moonwalks, no cover


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
4:30 pm, Wintergarten Orchestra
8:30 pm, East End Comedy Revue with Mike MacDonald, $15/$45 four-pack
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


Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Good neighbours open mic
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz


Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Simon Rakoff CD release party, “Surrounded by idiots”
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, Liar liar pants on fire with Paul Bellini, no cover
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night
Paintbox Bistro
7 pm, Paint Nite with Erin Reece


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


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Don River blues band, $10


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, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema