September 18

This week’s image: Future home of the Pan Am Village



Tickets for the Pan Am Games
The impressive Pan Am website provides a lot of information and easy access to program details and ticket sales for next summer’s Pan Am Games.   You can use it to submit your ticket requests until the deadline at 9 pm, October 6.  It also tells you about events like the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, various sports, prices and times.  The Ticket Guide gives all the details.  You can also volunteer or sign up your email for future bulletins.  Click here to read it.

The BIA loses another manager
In a surprise move last week, David Blackmore left the Cabbagetown BIA in order to toss his hat into the election for Ward 28 city councillor.  He’s into a tough race.  Pam McConnell is a formidable opponent – four years ago, she walloped second place finisher Howard Bortenstein by a 2 to 1 margin.  At this time, there’s no word about a candidate search to replace David at the BIA.  Apparently, he’s able to reapply if his campaign falls short.  He may need that cushion.

Info about the municipal election
The official registration is now closed.  We’ve got 14 people running for city council in Ward 28.  There are over sixty more in the mayoralty race.  Plus a bunch in the school board campaigns.  You can visit the City of Toronto website to see these names and to check whether you’re listed on the official voters’ list. 

The parade petition is getting serious
After this year’s Cabbagetown Festival, a movement started to bring back the parade.  A petition that will eventually end up at the BIA Board of Management has been rapidly gathering names. Almost 200 people have signed up already.  If you’d like to add your name, drop in to The Local GEST (424 Parliament) to sign it. 
People at The Local GEST are already thinking about the next stage – planning the parade, getting local groups to bring floats, worrying about the permits and paying for the project.  If you’d like to be a part of it, tell the staff at The Local GEST .  They’re planning to hold a meeting with interested people and they’ll welcome your help.

An important correction
Thanks Jo – you emailed me with a comment that has helped me to smarten up.  Jo wrote to me to say that this year, we enjoyed “one of the most lively Festivals we have had in years.”  I just called it a satisfying event and Jo accused me of wimping out.  She’s right.  It was wonderful and I should have said so.

In the media
Justin Skinner has written two good articles in the City Centre about our local service agencies.  His front page story (click here) describes Healthy Living in St James Town, a project developed by Community Matters.  It’s a computer app that helps people from many different backgrounds to assess the state of their personal health.  His second story focuses on the CRC’s new Community Food Centre in Regent Park which opens officially on September 18.  You can read it here.

Streetscapes in Bloom
Every year, a committee from the Cabbagetown Preservation Association nominates several front gardens for their skill and beauty and then presents one of them with an award at the end of the season.  The judges visit each nominee several times through the summer.  The wrap-up will happen at the end of September.  You’re invited to make your own inspection to see the final work that this year’s nominees are doing in their gardens -  62 Amelia, 141 Amelia and 266 Carlton.  Congrats to each of them and best wishes for the award judging.

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 9:30 am on Sunday September 21 followed by Zumba at 11 am. $2 per class, drop-ins are welcome.

The Sketchbook Project
The Sketchbook Project is a mobile library containing sketch books by over 18,000 artists from 130 countries.  It’s making a stop at the Distillery on Thursday and Friday, September 18 - 19 from 3 to 7 pm and on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 – 21 from 11 am to 3 pm. You’re invited to browse the library to find catalogs and books.  Click here for more info. Free admission, Trinity Square.

Soulpepper’s cabaret series
Soulpepper presents Cindy Church (vocals) and Steve Briggs (guitar) with a collection of folk, country and jazz.  Saturday, 8:30 pm, tickets from $15.  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) will finish the season next Wednesday, September 24, 3:30 to 7 pm. Click here. 
The Riverdale Park farmer’s market (Winchester and Sumach) continues for a few more weeks on Tuesdays from 2 to 7 pm.


London Calling
Andrew opened his shop at 239 Carlton just in time for the Cabbagetown Festival. After a few weeks, he’s beginning to see what people enjoy buying and he’s attracting customers back regularly.  He’s selling English home wares, greeting cards, food and decorative goodies.  Everything from rubber duckies to big wall clocks along with candies, biscuits and dishwasher soap.  He’s a Londoner himself and he knows good stuff.  Check out the store – it’s a fun shop -  and stay up-to-date at his Facebook page. 

Great designs have arrived
As more new stores and restaurants open in Cabbagetown, the entire Parliament Street strip is becoming far more attractive.  In the past few weeks, London Calling, Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen, Little Home in the City and Murgatroid have all arrived.  In each case, their facades and interiors are bright, interesting and inventive.  They join stores like Kendall & Co, the HOP, Eclectisaurus, Me to We, Merryberry, Spruce, Labour of Love and The Irv. Just a couple of years ago,  Mi Casa, Daniel et Daniel, Fair Trade Jewellery and a few others were lonely outposts of good retail design and the rest of our shopping district looked worn down and tired.  Not any more – now a list like this inevitably leaves out impressive places.  Congrats everybody.


Welcome Murgatroid
Caleb Cullen has opened his small, neat restaurant at 568 Parliament.  He’s focusing on breakfast and lunch menus.  He’s emphasizing local suppliers – his opening soup special, for example, was gazpacho made with 20 pounds of field tomatoes from a Downsview Park plot.  His sandwiches include the Murgatroid (with chicken, sprouts and cheese), the Hobbit (with hummus, sprouts and carrot pickles) and a chicken club.  He has a weekend brunch with a cinnamon roll French toast or pancakes or eggs Murgatroid and chocolate milk and cookies for kids.  On Mondays, he’s staying open to 9 pm to host a games night.

Welcome Ronnie B’s
Ronnie B and Jane have been open since the Festival weekend and they’re really encouraged by the welcome they’ve been getting from customers.  Their emphasis is on southern American cooking with dishes like jambolaya, gumbo, crab cakes and deep fried bread pudding.  Their regular menu is on their website. They’re launching weekly specials – wings on Monday, beer can chicken on Tuesday, mussels on Wednesday, pulled pork nachos on Thursday, fish and chips on Friday, Georgian baked ham and collard greens on Saturday and “Not Mama’s roast beef” on Sunday.  There’ll be live entertainment on Saturdays and special features on holidays – watch for “turducken” on Thanksgiving.  (416) 935-1515.  243 Carlton.

Cooking classes at Merryberry
Cyril’s changing the format for this class.  This time, its theme is “sauces” and he’ll be showing us how to do ten savoury sauces, some from France and the others from around the world.  They’ll accompany a red wine fondue with meat, fish and veggies.  Tuesday, September 23, 6 pm.  Please register by Monday.  $45.  Call (647) 348-0411, 559 Parliament.

Reno’s at the Dominion on Queen
As renovations have progressed, the old tin ceiling at the Dominion on Queen has been uncovered and it’ll be preserved.  500 Queen E.

Saturday night party
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) presents Disco Beer Night with DJ Mike Reid.  10 pm to closing.  While you’re there, sign the parade petition.

Toronto Beer Week at Stout
On Saturday September 20, Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is home for the after-party of the Toronto Beer Week Pub Crawl.  10 pm,  free admission.

Murgatroid’s game night
Bring a board game and get ready to face off with other fierce competitors.  Every Monday from 5 to 9 pm.  565 Parliament.

No corkage
Paintbox (535 Dundas E) now offers a “no corkage” night every Monday.  Bring your own red (or white).  For reservations, call (647)-748-0555, ext 1.



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,
Murgatroid, 568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381
Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555,
Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen & Taps, 243 Carlton, (416) 935-1515,
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.


The Local GEST
8 pm, Open mic with Porter
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 Local GEST
10 pm, Disco beer night with DJ Mike Reid.
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
Ronnie B’s
Saturday night - live entertainment


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 Zim Zum
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


5 to 9 pm, Board game nights


6 pm, Cooking class – sauces, $45
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Devon Hubka & Natalie Kulesza, “Everyboidy says don’t”,  $10/advance & $15/door
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


7 pm, Errol Fisher
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels & Diane Leah, “Broadsway”,  $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, Das Fagott Mannschaft Bassoon Band, $10/advance & $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7pm, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels & Diane Leah, “Broadsway”,  $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, Peter Donato, Libra Equinox,  $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Mike Daley (guitar & vocals), Chris Gale (sax) & Michael Herring (bass)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema