August 14

This week’s image:  East meets West – two guys showing off their T-shirts.  Photo: Irene DeClute



CYC in the media
Justin Skinner in Inside Toronto has written about the ongoing financial struggles at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  He documents how the CYC has lost its core funding from the City of Toronto and the way that project funding can be both a blessing and a problem.  This Fall, Blair’s Run will once again give the Centre a big boost – the Cabbagetown community regularly donates thousands of badly needed dollars to support it. Click here to read the story. 
CYC Performing Arts Showcase
On Thursday August 14, kids from the Cabbagetown Youth Centre stage their end of summer showcase and it’s always an amazing event.  You’ll see them perform the works that they’ve perfected throughout the summer. 7 pm, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (711 Bloor E).  Tickets available at the door, $7/each or $21/family.

Prenatal classes
Kelly Deuster is teaching pre-natal classes at the Toronto Birth Centre (525 Dundas E) in Regent Park beginning September 10. She’s designed a four-week program with yoga and childbirth education classes that’s ideal for mothers-to-be who are 13 to 34 weeks pregnant.  For detailed descriptions of the program and for registration, click here. 

Music in the Park
The next outdoor concert takes place at 7 pm on Thursday August 14 in Little Trinity Park  (King at Trinity).  Graydon James & the Young Novelists are playing.

Junior Jazz is back
The Paintbox presents another of its popular fun-filled kids’ concerts with the Lester McLean Trio.  They’ll play jazz, pop, reggae and funk for the whole family.  No cover, brunch is available.  Saturday August 16, 10 am.  535 Dundas E.

Soulpepper Weekly cabaret
Saturday, August 16, 8:30 pm.  This week’s cabaret features Michael Hughes, Brent Thiessen and Mark Selby.  It’s a throwback to the Rat Pack era with music by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Sondheim and more.  Tickets from $15 to $20 – click here. 

The Wizard of Oz
Movies in the Park sponsored by the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club.  Sunday, August 17 in Riverdale Park E (Broadview and Gerrard) – just look for the big screen.  The movie starts when it gets dark.  Free.

Made In America at Under the Stars
Presented by the Regent Park Film Festival.  A documentary of hip-hop artist Jay-Z as he organizes the Budweiser Made In America music festival.  Beside The Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Wednesday August 20 at 9 pm.  Free.  If it rains, the movie will be screened indoors at the Ada Slaight Hall.

St James Town Arts is a project operated by Community Matters offering a wide range of classes, workshops, events and shows for local residents.  Iftikhar is one of the artists working with the program.  His paintings have previously been displayed in Jordan, Pretoria, France and Bangladesh. This is his second Canadian show - at Propeller Gallery (984 Queen W) until August 24. 

The Fall Season at Aki Theatre
The 2014/2015 season at Aki Theatre (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E) starts with The Mountaintop, produced by Obsidian Theatre in association with the Shaw Festival.  September 27 to October 19 with ticket sales open from August 27.  $15 to $35.  For details about the production, call (416) 531-1402 or click here. 
From November 12 to 23, Weesageechuk Begins to Dance 27 is onstage.  It’s an annual festival devoted to new works by indigenous artists. 

Market reminders
The Riverdale Park market (Winchester & Sumach) happens on Tuesday from 2 to 7 pm and the Regent Park market (east side of Daniels Spectrum) is open Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7 pm.


Erin is expanding her empire
Erin’s success at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) has inspired her to expand out into the broader world.  She’s now busy renovating and building her latest creation, Louis Cifer Brew Works – a brew pub that’ll be located at 417 Danforth (near Chester and the Danforth).  She isn’t leaving us - she’s joining an elite group of high-powered biz types who started here and then went on to great glory elsewhere.  There’s a Facebook page to keep you up-to-date.  Best wishes, Erin. You deserve it.

Peartree Specials
Every Monday, Ilango and Asokan are offering a seniors’ day 20% discount. 
This week until Sunday August 18, they have three special dishes – lamb shank braised in red wine ($16.99), Louisiana Cajun red snapper blackened and baked in  creole sauce($15.99) and breast of blueberry chicken with a light cream sauce ($15.99).  All are served with fresh vegetables and rice, potato or fries.  For a full three-course dinner with soup or salad and dessert, add $6.  For reservations, call (416) 962-8190.  507 Parliament.

Love is in the air
And on the patio at F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  Two weddings are scheduled for August.  It’s a wonderful venue with both an indoor and outdoor setting with lovely arrangements for groups up to 100.  To find out more about possibilities for your private event, click here or call (416) 323-0666.

Season finale
On Thursday August 14, Pubstumpers with Shannon McDonough wraps up its final event for the summer at The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).  Prizes include a lobster dinner valued at $19.95.  No cover charge – call to reserve your table, (647) 347-6567. 

Can I Live
A new series in the Paintbox Bistro (535 Dundas E) featuring urban music and local artists.  Thursday August 21 at 8 pm. Can I Live presents Canvas Pieces with Erik Flowchild and Brandon Dramatic and DJ Dvious Mindz. $10 cover charge.



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893,
El Catrin, 18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121,
The Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567,
Gilead Café & Wine Bar, 4 Gilead Place, (647) 288-0680,
House on Parliament, 454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074,
The Irv, 195 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787,
The Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
Merryberry, 559 Parliament,
Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338,
Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555,
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant, 2 Trinity Street, Distillery, (647) 430-1111,
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, Season finale - Pubstumpers Trivia League hosted by Shannon McDonough, no cover
9:30 pm, Momo`s Karaoke, no cover
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
7 pm, Errol Fisher


Flying Beaver
9 pm, Pamela Gilmartin & Donna Michelle St Bernard, “Ergo Sum”, pwyw
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Denis Sching album release party, $10


El Catrin
10 pm, Mayahuel nights with live music and DJs
Flying Beaver
7 pm, The B-Girlz, “Pridenation” $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, The B-Girlz, “Pridenation” $20/advance & $25/door
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
Paintbox Bistro
10 am, Junior Jazz with the Lester McLean Trio


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Aisha Brown presents “Identity crisis”, $10/advance & $15/door.
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with the Heidi Lange Trio
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, Maggie Cassela presents ``Because I said so”, pwyw
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


Dominion on Queen
9:30 pm, Toronto Blues Society presents Carlos del Junco & Jimmy Bowskill
Flying Beaver
9 pm, Momo`s Karaoke, no cover
The Local GEST
9 pm, Open mic with Porter
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Erik Flowchild & Brandon Dramatic in Canvas Pieces, $10
7 pm, Errol Fisher


Dominion on Queen
9 pm, Don River Blues Band
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Lucas Silveira, “Live & unplugged”, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Carla Collins, $20/advance & $25/door


Flying Beaver
9 pm, Colin Asuncion, “Colin’s first cabaret”, $10/advance & $15/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
Dominion on Queen
4:30 pm, The Wintergarten Orchestra
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with the Coleman Tinsley Quartet featuring Chris Gale (sax), Reg Schwager (guitar), Brendan Davis (bass) & Ted Warren (drums)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema