August 28

This week’s image: Festival lunch on the patio at The Peartree
 
CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

FESTIVAL PREVIEW
There’s a lot happening in our neighbourhood as well as the Cabbagetown Festival.  Here’s a quick run-down.  Reports about the Festival are listed below.

The PPCLI honours Corporal Ainsworth Dyer
The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Association will conduct a 15-minute graveside memorial ceremony in the Necropolis (200 Winchester) to commemorate the PPCLI’s 100 years of service to Canada.  They will be honouring Corporal Dyer who came from Regent Park. He died in Afganistan in 2002.  Saturday, September 6, 11 am.  Following the ceremony, a relay team will run to the Veteran’s Memorial Wall at Queen’s Park with the Memorial Baton which contains the names of 1,166 members of the PPCLI who died in combat or on operations.  Members of the public are welcome to join the ceremonies at the Necropolis and at Queen’s Park.

A new club
Watch for a survey asking for your opinions about a new Speaker’s group now being set up in our neighbourhood.  The tentative plan is to hold a dinner with a speaker on Tuesdays on four evenings over the winter.  The survey asks for your ideas about who should speak, what topics will attract you and the arrangements for the event.  It will be distributed using the email system that promotes the Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review.

New times for Steve Kwan’s Tai Chi class
Steve will be offering his class in Wellesley Park (east end of Wellesley Street) from 9 am on Sunday August 31 and for four Sundays in September.  He had previously started at 8 am but that’s a bit early for everyone.  He’ll be teaching on the volleyball court in the park for half an hour and then moving to a second location in the park to accommodate the volleyball teams.

Soulpepper’s cabaret series
Saturday August 30, 8:30 pm, Young Centre (50 Tank House Ln, Distillery).  Suba Sankaran with Tricjy Sankaran (drums), Ed Hanley and Dylan Bell in “One Voice – Two Worlds”, an east-meets-west, tradition-meets-modern, genre-bending adventure.  $15.  Click here for more info and tickets. 

Artfest in the Distillery
From Friday August 29 to Monday September 1, Artfest presents painters, artisans, photographers, sculptors and other local crafts.  Live music.  Booths are located throughout the District.  Free.  For details, visit the Distillery website. 

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.  

Market reminders
The Riverdale Park farmer`s 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.

Soulpepper in the media
Photo:  Globe & Mail, Tim Fraser
Kate Taylor has written about Soulpepper’s current production of David Young’s Glenn.  Click here to read her article. 

BUSINESS NEWS

New arrival at Eclectisaurus
A mid-Century modern teak apple ice bucket by Baribocraft.  This is a staved teak ice bucket in the shape of an apple.  Baribocraft of Quebec made an interesting range of teak woodenware items in the 1950s and 1960s and this is one of their better ones.  A fitted liner gives you a great place to keep ice (or anything else for that matter.)  Click here for more details.  Open Wednesday to Friday, 3 to 8 pm, Saturdays noon to 7 pm and Sundays noon to 6 pm.  Eclectisaurus, 249 Gerrard E, (416) 934-9009

It’s a toss-up
These new arrivals at Kendall & Co might tempt you to start a pillow fight.  They’re handmade in lush colours from sumptuous textiles and down filled for extra comfort. They’re the nicest and easiest way to give new life to any room.  Exclusively at Kendall & Co, 227 Carlton, (416) 363-9914.  Open 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, 11 to 5 pm Saturdays.

RESTAURANT NEWS

F’Amelia
Now that the finest fresh food is available right here, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is using it for salads and special dishes.  Ask for the spicy green salad with bufala mozzarella, figs and prosciutto.  The restaurant is open this weekend on Labour Day.

Shelley Ledger`s photography
Shelley is a Cabbagetown photographer and writer whose work is currently being shown at Cranberries (601 Parliament).  She`s sponsoring a raffle at Cranberries on Sunday September 7, the last day of the Festival.  Half of her proceeds will go to support Riverdale Farm.  The raffle winner will receive a framed original print of any photo in the Cranberries` show and two runners up will each get their choice of an unframed original print.  Tickets are $5 (three for $12) and they`re on sale now at Cranberries.

Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen & Taps
Keep your eye on this location.  The renovations are almost done and the staff is ready to go.  This is the new spot that’s taken over 243 Carlton, offering southern American cooking, craft beers, wings and jazz nights. You can see the menu and photos on its website here.  There’s also a Facebook page.  Best wishes everyone for your final touches and efforts to be open by the Festival weekend.  

CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival
Don’t miss this Festival highlight – it’s been a big success since 1992.  This year, 14 short films from Canada, Germany, Croatia, Spain and France will be shown.  They’ve been selected by a Festival jury from submissions sent in by filmmakers from across the world.  For program info, click here.  Tickets are available now at the Cabbagetown BIA office (237 Carlton, 416-921-0857) and they go on sale at the Box Office on Friday September 5 at 7 pm.  $15.  Screenings start at 8 pm. Cash bar. Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester (at Metcalfe).

New times for Blair’s Run
The 35th edition of the annual 2k mini-marathon takes place on Sunday September 7.  Registration ($20) opens at 8 am and the race goes off at 9 am.   Both registration and the starting line are located at Carlton and Parliament. The race goes in both rain or shine.
It’s a fundraiser on behalf of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  100% of the money raised is directed to the CYC.  You don’t have to be a racer – canvassers are now blanketing Cabbagetown asking friends and neighbours for a donation.  In recent years, the campaign has earned over $25,000, an important source of income for the CYC. 
There’s a new website for the Run.  It’s a quick and convenient way for racers to register and it’s also an easy way to sign up as a volunteer.  Click here

Cabbagetown Festival on Parliament Street
The Festival has hired a new organizer, Lido Chilleli, who founded the Beaches jazz festival.  His touch is apparent – bands and musicians will be located at fourteen different locations along Parliament and Carlton.  They include Festival favourite Go Freddy Go (at the House on Parliament), Jim Heineman (at Starbucks), Cabbagetown Steve and Code Green (at the Wing Machine), Snooky Tunes (at Stout Irish Pub) and the Hudu Rising Blues Band (at the Esso station).  Then there are plenty of new groups.  For a full listing, check the website.

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Thursday, September 4

One Night in Cabbagetown.  Cancelled.

Friday September 5

Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival (Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester).  Box office opens at 7 pm, screenings at 8 pm. Tickets $15. Advance tickets are available at the BIA Office (237 Carlton). See the full line-up here.

Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts (Riverdale Park West, Carlton and Winchester).  The 25th edition of the big art-in-the-park sale opens from 1 to 7 pm on Friday and then continues through Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm daily. 200 vendors.  Click here for more details.

Cabbagetown Theatre Company (Necropolis Chapel, 200 Winchester). Performances on the hour at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Theatre for the whole family, this year featuring “Snow Queen…or…Slightly Frozen”.  Tickets at the Chapel.

Saturday September 6

Parliament Street events (Parliament from Wellesley to Gerrard, Carlton west to Berkeley). Starting at 11 am and continuing to 10 pm, the street festival will include musical performances, street vendors, unique foods from festival vendors and local restaurants, a Kids’ Fun Zone and plenty of outdoor patios for cool drinks and people watching.  The official website is here.

Riverdale Farm Fall Festival (Northeast corner of Riverdale Park W), 10 am to 4 pm.  A day-long corn roast and fun events celebrating Riverdale Farm.

Cabbagetown walking tours (Starting point at Winchester and Sumach).  Short guided tours conducted by members of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.

Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts (Riverdale Park West, Carlton and Winchester).  Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm daily. 200 vendors.  Click here for more details.

Cabbagetown Theatre Company (Necropolis Chapel, 200 Winchester). Performances on the hour at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm on Saturday. Theatre for the whole family, this year featuring “Snow Queen…or…Slightly Frozen”.  Tickets at the Chapel.

Sunday September 7

Blair’s Run (starting line at Parliament and Carlton), 8 am registration and 9 am race.  Cabbagetown’s 3k mini-marathon in support of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  Walk, run and enjoy the event with your kids, your dogs and your friends.

Parliament Street events  (Parliament from Wellesley to Gerrard, Carlton west to Berkeley). Starting at 11 am and continuing to 6 pm - musical performances, street vendors, unique foods from festival vendors and local restaurants, a Kids’ Fun Zone and plenty of outdoor patios for cool drinks and people watching.  The official website is here. 

Riverdale Farm Fall Festival (Northeast corner of Riverdale Park W), 10 am to 4 pm.  A day-long corn roast and fun events celebrating Riverdale Farm.

Cabbagetown walking tours (Starting point at Winchester and Sumach).  Short guided tours conducted by members of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.

Cabbagetown Arts & Crafts (Riverdale Park West, Carlton and Winchester).  Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm daily. 200 vendors.  Click here for more details.

Cabbagetown Theatre Company (Necropolis Chapel, 200 Winchester). Performances on the hour at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm on Sunday. Theatre for the whole family, this year featuring “Snow Queen…or…Slightly Frozen”.  Tickets at the Chapel.

Road closures and parking
Parliament Street from Wellesley to Gerrard and Carlton from Parliament west to Berkeley will be closed on Saturday September 6 from 7 am to 11 pm and on Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm.  Cars parked in these areas will be towed after 7 am.  No parking zones for the Festival are set up between the lanes and Parliament on Amelia, Prospect, Aberdeen, Winchester, and Spruce. Street barriers will indicate the official Festival zone.  One-way streets west of Parliament and north of Carlton may become two-way during these times.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY AUGUST 28 TO SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7

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.

THURSDAY AUGUST 28

Flying Beaver
9 pm, Lobster & Karaoke, no cover
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Tappo
7 pm, Errol Fisher
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke

FRIDAY AUGUST 29

Flying Beaver
9 pm, Matt Rubel, “Serious business, variety show”, $10/advance & $15/door
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke

SATURDAY AUGUST 30

Flying Beaver
7 pm, Dominique Fricot, $10/advance & $15/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

SUNDAY AUGUST 31

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Cheesy queer movie night, “Bound”, no cover.
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with the Joanne Morra Trio
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 1

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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2
 
Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, Hot Club of Corktown – Django Jam
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 3

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Uke Jam
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Maggie Cassella, “Because I said so”, pwyw
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 4
For Cabbagetown Festival events, see above.

The Local GEST
9 pm, Open mic with Porter
Tappo
7 pm, Errol Fisher
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 5
For Cabbagetown Festival events, see above.

Flying Beaver
9 pm, Alan Reid, “Blast from the past”, $20/advance & $25/door
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6
For Cabbagetown Festival events, see above.

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

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7
For Cabbagetown Festival events, see above.

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Glen Gary “Toronto songwriters showcase”, pwyw
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema