September 11

This week’s image: Controlled mayhem at the start of Blair’s Run



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Blair’s Run was an amazing success last Sunday during the Festival.  There were lots of kids (some speculated that a Sunday morning time slot is more convenient for families with little kids).  As always, there were plenty of pooches participating.  Even the folks who walked the course were impressive. 
As you know, Blair’s Run is both a race and a fundraiser.  If you’ve made a pledge, please send in your payment – either in person or online.  If you haven’t thought about it yet, please donate.  Go to the website and click on the yellow button to make your donation. 

Blair’s Run results
It was astonishing.  Last Sunday’s Run jumped into the 21st century in a big hurry.  There was an impressive Start/Finish inflatable gate, electronic devices to record each runner’s time and even a drone overhead snapping pictures.  And along with all the technology, the race was still a passionate, hard fought effort – less than a second separated Jason Miller and Patrick Murtaugh at the finish line.  235 people ran in the race – if you're curious about your performance, check out your final results here. 

The politicians visited us
All of the big contenders for the mayoralty visited the Festival.  Olivia Chow came to the start of Blair’s Run and then returned on Sunday afternoon for a walk-about.  Rob Ford appeared late on Sunday afternoon and he was a magnet for people with cameras and phones.  John Tory gave a spontaneous speech on Saturday afternoon after the opening event. And David Soknacki strolled up and down Parliament Street on Saturday afternoon.

Festival reactions
The Festival weekend was a satisfying success.  The weather was ideal.  Parliament Street and Riverdale Park were jammed with people.  For the people who displayed their work and for visitors, the art show in the park provided its usual highly attractive, enjoyable setting. On Parliament, the bands really worked well, restaurants and patios were crowded and the entertainment was very good.  In the future, the Festival program needs a stronger emphasis on Cabbagetown content – that’s an easy fix for next year.  Congrats and a big “thanks” to everyone whose efforts contributed to the weekend’s success.

A petition for the parade
There’s an initiative underway to set up a petition to the BIA to reinstate the Festival parade.  If you’re ready to sign a petition or you want to help with its organization, email us and your contact info will be collected and forwarded.

Deidre Wicks’ artwork
Deirdre provided the delightful image of a robin in a tutu that was used on the poster for Art & Crafts in the Park.  You can find her work on Etsy and buy a copy of her image there. 


The Neighbourhood Game
Olivia Chow and John Tory, along with former mayors Barbara Hall and Art Eggleton, will be playing The Neighbourhood Game at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) on Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  It’s a giant Monopoly-inspired board game and the celebrities are the pieces being moved over the squares.  Everyone is welcome – when the “stars” have to leave, community members will be invited to take their places on the board. There’ll be food and entertainment as well. Free event.

Heritage trees
Cabbagetown ReLeaf has invited Edith George to talk about heritage trees – what they are and why they’re important.  Glen Murray along with a team of foresters, ravine management experts and others will also be attending.  7 pm, Tuesday September 16, The Meeting Room in Riverdale Farm (Winchester & Sumach.)

The Regent Park Community Food Centre
The CRC (40 Oak St) has a long history working in Regent Park.  Its latest initiative is a food centre that brings people together to grow, cook, share, learn and advocate for good food.  It launches on September 18 and it’ll address problems of poverty, poor health and social isolation among low-income community members.  The opening ceremony is at 7 pm.  Free

Playwrights’ submissions welcomed
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) is holding a series of five playwrights’ workshops headed up by Maja Ardal.  Each workshop will be a two-hour session starting on Wednesday November 12 in the evening and then running for three Saturdays, November 15, 22 and 29, from 10 am to noon and finishing on Sunday November 30.  Selected works will be read at the Fireworks Festival on November 30.  Playwrights are invited to email here before October 10 – please include a sample of your work, a short bio and a paragraph about your goals from the workshops.  $75 ($60 for members of Alumnae Theatre).

Municipal election news
The City of Toronto has a spiffy page on its website to help you learn whether your name is on the voter’s list and who the candidates are in your Ward.  It may astonish you to know that 65 people are registered to run for mayor, 15 more for councillor, 3 each for public and Catholic school trustees, and 3 for French Catholic trustee.  The page is easily navigated and you can see whether your name is registered in one quick step. Check it out here. 

Step and Zumba classes
Brenda Brown McNee has started her step and Zumba classes for the Fall at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  Step classes will be held at 11 am on Sunday September 14 and 7:30 pm Wednesday September 17.  Zumba will be held on Sunday September 21 at 11 am (and a Step class may be added that day at 9:30 am – watch for details.)  $2 per class, drop-ins are welcome.

Welcome back Claudia
You may have received Claudia Salzmann’s brochure in your mailbox recently.  It’s a welcome sign that she’s back to work and doing well.  Last winter, she fell on an icy sidewalk and was out of action for four long months, some of that time in considerable pain.  She resumed her practice in July (78 Amelia).  She tells us now that she’s okay and glad to be active again.  If you need the help of a registered massage therapist, go to her website or call (416) 923-0494.

403 Toronto Scouts
The 403rd welcomes both boys and girls – it’s an open, diverse, welcoming group where kids have fun, learn about nature, develop leadership skills and make strong friendships.  It’s entirely volunteer run. They meet at St Peter’s Anglican Church (188 Carlton).  Wednesdays at 6 to 7 pm, Beavers (6 & 7 years old) and 7 to 9 pm, Scouts (11 to 14 years old) and on Thursdays 7 to 8:30 pm, Cubs (8 to 10 years old).  It’s time now to register new kids and new leaders – email here or visit the 403rd website.

Beth Kaplan tells all
Cabbagetown author Beth Kaplan is launching her newest book at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Tuesday September 16 from 4 to 7 pm.  She’ll be accompanied by her special guest, another renowned author, Wayson Choy.  Her book – True to Life: fifty steps to help you tell your story – is a guide to Beth’s secrets for successful writing.  It’s packed with vital information for new authors.  Drop in, enjoy a brew, chat with Beth and take home your own copy. 

The PPCLI ceremony in the Necropolis
On Saturday September 6 at 11 am, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry honoured the memory of Corporal Ainsworth Dyer at his gravesite in the Necropolis.  It was part of the PPCLI’s celebration of its 100th anniversary.  The Rt Hon Adrienne Clarkson, the regiment’s Colonel in Chief attended the event.

The Soulpepper cabaret series
On Saturday evening, Soulpepper (Tank House Lane, Distillery) presents John Millard (Polka Dogs) and Waleed Abdulhamid (Kings of  Kush).  8:30 pm, $15 to $20.  For tickets and more info, click here. 

The farmer’s markets
This is one of the best times of the year to visit our local farmer’s markets – the produce is farm fresh and plentiful.  The Regent Park Farmer’s Market (557 Dundas E) has a great, newsy Facebook page with details about vendors, entertainers and current events. Click here.  It’s open on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 7 pm. 
The Riverdale Park farmer’s market (Winchester and Sumach) is open on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 pm. 


Dominion on Queen
You may have noticed that our announcements from the DoQ (500 Queen E) have withered.  The pub has closed for renovations and will reopen soon.  When more details are available, they’ll be published here.

Shelley Ledger’s photographs are on display at Cranberries (601 Parliament) and she held a raffle last weekend to support Riverdale Farm.  Christopher Nabsdyk won first prize, a signed original of At the Edge of the World.  Donna Y and Ken Thompson each won second prizes.  Thanks Shelley – the raffle earned $166 for the Farm.

Congrats to The Irv
The ALS Canada Charity Golf Classic was held on Wednesday September 10 in loving memory of Lena Bozzo and Robert Brian Irvine.  The Irv (195 Carlton) sponsored the event and raised $82,000 for the ALS community and for research.  Well done!

More congrats – for the HOP
Last week, the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) shucked oysters to benefit the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre.  It was their third annual shucking and they raised over $1000.  At $2 each, that’s a lot of oysters.  Congrats to Duncan and the staff who made this another success.

Michael McGaraughty’s show
Michael is again presenting his monologue, “A Waiter’s Lament, Tales from the Tray” at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament). 7:30 pm, Sunday September 14.  It’s a rollicking stroll through customers from hell, crazy chefs, insane owners and corporate behemoths. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 

Duncan Fremlin returns
Whiskey Jack will be making a regular monthly appearance at the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W) on Sunday September 14 at 4 pm.  Special guest John Hoffman will be appearing with Duncan and the rest of the group.  Families are welcome.

Tour the Distillery
Mill Street Brewery together with Segway Ontario is offering an in-depth tour of the Distillery District along with a tour of the brewery.  4 pm, Monday September 15, $19.99.  Meet at the Retail Store (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery).

Weddings on the patio
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) has been hosting a pleasant series of weddings over the summer and this week sees another one.  It’s a great spot for these nuptials.  There’s room for the ceremony itself in F’Amelia, then there’s space next door at Extended F’Amelia for drinks and nibblies and finally, dinner is served back at F’Amelia. Congrats as well to Erika and Egidio who celebrated their engagement last week with a dinner at F’Amelia – best wishes for your wedding plans and for a long, happy life together.  Click here for photos and menus. 


Good news at Spruce
Spruce (455 Parliament) will be carrying Cabbagetown Tee shirts and flags in its inventory.  If you’re travelling anywhere, take a Tee.  Men and women’s sizes are available.  Fly the flag or wave it on your travels.  Snap a picture, send it here and it’ll be posted on the world-wide web.  Lesley wore her Tee while working at the HOP during the Festival – a great photo.

Toast at Eclectisaurus
Leslie has this beautiful T-12 model GE toaster on sale now.  It’s not a toaster that you can walk away from.  You have to open its side doors, put in your bread and then flip the slice when it’s ready for the second side. The result makes the effort worthwhile.  This toaster has decorative cut-out scroll work on its sides and its Bakelite handles are decorated with flowers.  See more of details here. 249 Gerrard St E.

Kendall & Co
Kendall & Co (227 Carlton)has been nominated once again in the latest annual NOW Magazine reader’s poll.  The voting closes on Friday, September 12.  Vote in two categories – best design firm, click here and best design store, click here.



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
8 pm, Jane Ford & friends, “Birthday show for the Rentie awards”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Porter featuring the Kayt Lucas band
7 pm, Errol Fisher
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke

Flying Beaver
7 pm, Gary Krawford, “Sings I never got to sing”, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Martha Chaves, “Birthday comedy extravaganza”, benefit for the Jo-Anna Downey fund, $10/advance & $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Soul Stew
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke

Flying Beaver
7 pm, Belle’s boudoir live burlesque “The case of the ex”, $15/advance & $20/door
9:30 pm, Belle’s boudoir live burlesque “The case of the ex”, $15/advance & $20/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
8 pm, Jully Black benefit for the Archie Alleyne Scholarship, $25


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
2:30 pm, The dating game, no cover.
7:30 pm, Michael McGaraughty, “The waiter’s lament, tales from the tray”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with the Sharie Marshall trio
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


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Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Brandon the hypnotist, “Altered States, The comedy hypnosis show”, $15/advance & $20/door
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


The Local GEST
8 pm, Music night with Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
7 pm, Errol Fisher
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Adam White, “Somethings coming”, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Caroline Martin-Rowe & Gita Wigdorchick, “Everybody’s Girlz 2” $15/advance & $20/door
11 pm, Shirley Gnome & Wes Borg, “Canadian comedy awards” $10/advance & $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
7 pm, Vinyl nights “Unfiltered” brewer’s edition
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
7:30 pm, Speakout Poetry, open mic with the spoken word, $10
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, SOLD OUT - Ellen Reid, “Fundraiser for Esther the wonder pig”, $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, Ellen Reid, “Fundraiser for Esther the wonder pig”, $20/advance & $25/door
The Irv
7 pm, Frank Ryan’s vocals and acoustics
Mill Street Beer Hall
7 pm, Vinyl nights “Unfiltered” brewer’s edition
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Carla Collins returns, $20/advance & $25/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Zum Zum
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema