August 7

This week’s image:  Festivals in St James Town



Pam’s Newsletter

Peroiodically, Councillor Pam McConnell publishes her newsletter with a very useful summary of the City’s work in our Ward.  Her latest one is now available and worth a glance. She’s given us an extensive list of the projects that have been tackled recently and those that are now at their planning stages.
 A few topics will stir some interest. 
·      Both the Distillery and Cabbagetown South are being studied as potential heritage districts.   She hasn’t given any details about the process, the timetable or the likelihood of approval in either case.
·      She authored a motion adopted by City Council to end TCHC’s sales of its houses and to spin the properties into non-profit groups and co-ops instead.
·      There’s good news about progress on the Lower Don Trail and various bicycling routes.
·      Anniversary Park now appears to be on the agenda for several major interests – the City is testing ways to change its layout and the traffic flows around it, the Daniels Corporation has included its renovation in its third phase and the Cabbagetown BIA is working with both groups.
·      Plans are being made to add an extra ice sheet at Moss Park Arena and to renovate the John Innes Community Centre. 
·      Finally, the planning and designs for the St James Town Aquatic Centre are benefiting from the successes achieved with the Regent Park Aquatic Centre.
There’s lots more and you can read a copy online here.  

CYC Performing Arts Showcase
On Thursday August 14, the Cabbagetown Youth Centre stages its end of summer showcase and it’s always an amazing event.  You’ll see the kids 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, price to be decided.

Etsy Road Trip Canada
The Distillery welcomes the Etsy Road Trip Canada on Saturday August 9 from 11 am to 7 pm.  It’s a celebration of handmade treasures, local food, music and community.  There’ll be performances by the Taylor Knox Band and pop-up stores by local sellers.  Trinity Square, Distillery District.

Festival Video           
A new one-minute long video has been posted by the BIA promoting the 2014 Festival.  It`s a good piece that shows many local highlights as well as Festival activities.  Check it out – you might see yourself there.

Congrats to Regent Park Farmer`s Market
Organizers at the Regent Park Farmer`s Market are showing everyone how to brag about their market and make its events tantalizing.  Its market Blog lists the weekly vendors and their produce and goodies.  Its Facebook page is full of activities and late breaking news.  For example, on Wednesday August 6, Dunbar Organic Farm was vendor of the week, Sage was at the Storytelling Tent, Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program did some singing and dancing, and South Side Swag did two hip hop dances.  There`s a Selfie contest to win $50 to spend at the market. 
Perhaps the Parks Department in Riverdale should take a few notes –good events happen there but nobody lifts a finger to tell us about them.  
Reminders for everyone:  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.


Potluck picnic
The Friends of Corktown Common are hosting a picnic on Saturday August 9 from 2 pm.  It takes place in the central pavilion and it’s a great excuse to visit and explore this marvellous new park.  Bring a dish to share and a plate to eat on. For directions to the park, click here.  

Sunday Summer Music Series
Claire Morrison appears in the Summer Music Series on Sunday, August 10 from 3 to 5 pm.  She’s a folk singer/songwriter from Manitoba.  Check out her songs here.  Trinity Square, Distillery District.

Mooz-Lum at Under the Stars
Presented by the Regent Park Film Festival.  Faith, family and identity are all confronted when a young Muslim American starts college just as the 9/11 attacks occur.  Beside The Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Wednesday August 13 at 9 pm.  Free.  If it rains, the movie will be screened indoors at the Ada Slaight Hall.

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.

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.


Alumnae Theatre’s auditions
Alumnae has scheduled auditions for its two plays in the Fireworks Festival.  Auditions for Burying Toni happen on Monday August 11 and Tuesday August 12.  For You Have to Earn It, Monday August 18, Tuesday August 19 and Friday August 22.  To register for both plays, email and include your photo, resume.  Check out the auditions page on Alumnae’s website for the details. 

Darlings, I’m an artist
Every Saturday evening, Soulpepper’s Cabaret Series presents established artists, new talents and eclectic mixtures in intimate cabaret settings.  On Saturday August 9, Nancy White appears with Ghislain Aucoin (piano) and Newfoundlander Frank Moore.  8:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 and $20, limited availability and they can be ordered online here.  

Soulpepper’s 2014 season
Soulpepper’s late summer and early autumn schedule features four plays:  Moliere’s Tartuffe translated by Richard Wilbur,  (onstage now), A Tender Thing by Ben Power (from August 14),  Glenn by David Young, (from August 26) and The Crucible by Arthur Miller, (from August 30).  In October and November, Spoon River is onstage, based on the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar lee Masters, adapted by Mike Ross and Albert Schultz.  In October, A Brimful of Asha by Asha and Ravi Jain and in November, The Four Horseman Project by Kate Alton and Ross Manson.  From October 23 to 26, over 100 artists present their songs, stories and ideas in the Global Cabaret Festival.  And for the Christmas season, three plays make up the Soulpepper Family festival – A Christmas Carol, Kim’s Convenience and The Conjuror.
Visit Soulpepper's website for descriptions, dates and tickets.  The Young Centre for Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Ln, Distillery.  (416) 866-8666.

Alumnae Theatre Fall season
Escape from Happiness by George F Walker opens the season from September 26 to October 11.  The Fireworks Festival (from November 12 to November 29) features two plays along with Playwrights Speak and Roundtable discussions – You Have To earn It by Ramona Baillie and Maria Popoff and Burying Toni by Catherine Frid.  Tickets, times and more info available here.  70 Berkeley, (416) 364-4170  ext 1.

Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre
Three events run through the Fall and early Winter at the Berkeley Street Theatre.  Jennifer Tarver’s What Makes A Man (October 5 to November 2).  Works by Susan Burpee, Bill Coleman, Robert Desrosiers and Esmeralda Enrique as well as Douglas Dunn in Older & Reckless curated by Claudia Moore (November 6 to 9).  Venus in Furs by David Ives returns for a final run from December 18 to 28.  For the Canadian Stage website, click here. 

Toronto Dance Theatre
TDT celebrates the twentieth anniversary of Christopher House’s role as artistic director with a new full length work, Eleven Accords.  November 6 to 9 at 8 pm and November 9 at 2 pm.  Harbourfront Centre, Fleck Dance Theatre.  Additional info and tickets online here.  

Coleman Lemieux & Companie
Susanna Hood has choreographed The Muted Note (September 5 to 7) to music by Scott Thomson and poetry from P K Page.  For ticket info and for a link to a YouTube teaser, click here.  The Citadel, 304 Parliament, (416) 364-8011.


Peartree Specials
Every week, Ilango and Asokan are highlighting a special menu.  This week until Sunday August 10, three dishes are being offered – roasted pork tenderloin braised in an apricot leek cream sauce ($15.99), baked fillet of tilapia served with avocado and pineapple salsa ($14.99) and chicken breast with coconut mango sauce ($14.99).  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.

One-year old
It’s birthday time at The Local GEST on Saturday, August 9.  It’s a celebration of the pub’s first anniversary.  The party starts at 7:30 pm and there’ll be good food, live music and over a dozen beers on tap.  424 Parliament

Congrats to the HOP and the Flying Beaver
Photo:  Xtra Daily
Xtra Magazine has listed the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) and the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) as two of Toronto’s top 14 greatest and gayest outdoor places.  Great photo.  Great food.  Great patios.

Mussels at Hey Lucy
David has introduced a new Thursday evening special – one pound of mussels with your choice of two sauces for $11.  There’ll also be 5 oz glasses of $5 wine with 5 choices.   Hey Lucy, 229 Carlton.

Flying Beaver on Groupon
Maggie and Haether are promoting the FB’s menu with a special 50% discount on Groupon.  It’s worth $40 and you only pay $20.  BUT – you gotta hurry.  The deal expires on Friday August 8.  Click here to see more and to buy your own personal bargain!   (647) 347-6567.  488 Parliament.

Steve Koven on Sunday
Sunday Jazz at The Local GEST features Steve Koven’s Trio with Anthony Michelli on drums, Rob Clutton on bass and Steve Koven on piano.  4:30 pm Sunday August 10.  On Sunday August 17 at 4:30 pm, it’s the Heidi Lange Trio.  No cover.  424 Parliament.  

The Irv supports the ALS golf tournament
The ALS Golf Classic happens on September 10 at the Angus Glen Golf Course.  Maple Leaf coach Randy Carlyle is the special guest.  ALS Canada hopes to raise at least $105,000 this year.  Your ticket includes golf, lunch and dinner, a raffle and an auction.  It’s in memory of Lena Bozzo and Robert Brian Irvine.  For details, contact (647) 350-4787 or



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, Facebook and
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, 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
9 pm, Glen Gary “Three for five & Friends” 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


Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Good neighbours’ open mic


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


The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
7 pm, Errol Fisher


Flying Beaver
9 pm, Ergo Sum, details to be announced


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


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