September 3

This week’s image: patio lunches at the Festival


Click here to read about open houses that are happening this weekend.

For festival news, scroll down.  But first…


The PPCLI ceremony in the Necropolis
On Saturday September 6 at 11 am, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry will honour the memory of Corporal Ainsworth Dyer at his gravesite in the Necropolis (200 Winchester).  It’s part of the PPCLI’s celebration of its 100th anniversary.  The Rt Hon Adrienne Clarkson is the regiment’s Colonel in Chief and she will be at this event. A Memorial Baton listing the names of its members who have died in service to Canada is being carried across Canada and it will be taken from the Necropolis to Queen’s Park after the ceremony – click here to read more. Everyone is welcome.

Have an oyster and feel good
The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) has oysters and great beer.  It’s a fundraiser for the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre. Drop by after 6 pm on Thursday night and buy an oyster - $2 is the suggested price but they’ll gladly take more.   

Cabbagetown BNI wants you
The Cabbagetown Business Networking chapter is a group of entrepreneurs who meet weekly and work actively to help each other’s business.  They share ideas and give each other sales leads for new business prospects.  Meetings are held at Merryberry Café (559 Parliament) at 7 am on Wednesdays.  On Wednesday September 10, the group is hosting a membership drive.  You’re invited to visit and explore possibilities.  For all the details, contact Hilary Browning at

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 –contact  Watch for the 403rd tent on Parliament Street during the Festival.  They have a fascinating program which you can see on the 403rd website.

Gary Smith demonstrates
Corktown artist Gary Smith is well-known for the mural work that he’s done in the neighbourhood and for his classes and exhibitions.  He won first prize last year in the Carrousel International Art Exhibition in the Louvre for his pastel work.  He’s hosting free demonstrations of portrait works in pastels at LucSculpture (663 Greenwood Ave) on Saturday September 6 and Sunday September 7, from 1 to 4 pm both days.  He’s teaching two different classes at LucSculpture – Painting for Beginners (starting September 22) and Portraiture (starting Tuesday).  Details here. 

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 Soulpepper cabaret series
On Saturday evening, Soulpepper (Tank House Lane, Distillery) presents singer/songwriter, pianist Bryce Kulak.  8:30 pm, $15 to $20.  For tickets and more info, click here. 

The farmer’s markets
Both farmer’s markets continue in full swing through September.  This is one of the best times of the year to visit them – 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. 

The Regent Park Community Food Centre
The CRC at 40 Oak Street 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.


Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival
Tickets will be available at the theatre on Friday night from 7 pm, $15.  The show starts at 8 pm.  This is always a Festival favourite.  The program highlights films from Canada, the US, Germany, France and Croatia. There’s a cash bar available before the show and during the intermission.  Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester). To see the full line-up, click here. 

Blair’s Run
The run has switched to a new time on Sunday morning – 8 am for registration and 9 am for the race.  It is, as always, a gruelling 2k dash through the streets and lanes of Cabbagetown.  You can run or walk.  Bring your dogs, your kids, even your spouse!  This year, you can register online here. The entry fee is $20.
The run is also the focus of a community-wide fundraiser for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  Watch for the brochures and the canvassers on your street.  The CYC does a great job and this event really helps with its program needs.  Please be generous.  Click on the online link for the pledge form or email Tannis at

Entertainers on Parliament Street
The new organizer, Lido Chilleli, developed a very successful Festival model in the Beaches.  As expected, his program here reflects his experiences – there’s music and entertainment everywhere.
30 bands are performing at 13 different spots.  There’s a Kids Zone with a midway at Parliament and Gerrard, a sports zone with a soccer camp, a Pan Am Games village and Maple Leaf Sports and buskers along the street. 
Check out the program details here.
In Riverdale Park, Sumach at Carlton
The big art show, Cabbagetown Art & Crafts in the Park, opens from 1 to 7 pm on Friday afternoon and continues through Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. 
The Cabbagetown Theatre Company is staging its half-hour shows on Saturday and Sunday at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm in the Necropolis Chapel.  This year, it’s “Snow queen – or – completely frozen.”  The whole family is welcome.  Tickets at the chapel (2200 Winchester).
The Riverdale Farm Fall Festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  There’s a day-long corn roast and events with animals and farmers.  Riverdale Farm inside the park.
Cabbagetown walking tours with guides from the Cabbagetown Preservation Association are available daily from the starting point at Winchester and Sumach. 


Two important thank-you’s
The BIA does a lot of good work and undertakes considerable expense to stage the Parliament Street Festival.  The Board and members can be proud of this contribution to the community.  This event always happens as a centre piece in our annual calendars.
Randy Brown and his committee put together the juried art show in Riverdale Park – they`ve created a destination for Festival weekend.  180 artisans and artists will be there and over 20,000 visitors will flock to the park to see their work. 

Some more thanks
Gina Dineen has organized the Short Film & Video Festival since 1992.  She works diligently to ensure its excellence and its appeal.  Some of us, Gina, are wondering if there’ll ever be a sequel to the Ken & Barbie flick – or is that just another dim memory through the smoke at the Winch.
Many thanks to Marilyn Marshall, Sandra Riches, Brenda Brown McNee, the staff at the CYC and a big team of local volunteers who organize Blair’s Run.  It’s a huge success because of their dedication and the way they’ve built its grassroots support. 
The CPA offers the annual walking tours through Cabbagetown from Riverdale Park.  It’s a good introduction to our community by knowledgeable, interesting people.
At the Cabbagetown Theatre Company, Kim Sprenger and Blake Thorne have produced the short plays that appear each year in the Necropolis. A lot of families have been in the audience and enjoyed these funny little dramas.

Tees and flags
Drop in to Spruce (455 Parliament) to get your own Cabbagetown tees and flags.  It’s a delightful store and well worth the visit.  The tees are available in men’s and women’s sizes in black or white editions.  Spruce has a nifty video playing on YouTube – click here to see the tees and the other goodies on sale there. 

Poster for Arts & Crafts in the Park
There’s no doubt about it – the little robin in a tutu is awesome.  Congrats to the artist, Deidre Wicks, and to Randy Brown and the organizers for such a great poster. Deidre has copies of this image available on her site at Etsy – click here to peruse and buy one. 

Kendall’s Pay It Forward festival
On Saturday and Sunday, Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) is organizing a mini-festival to highlight Pay-It-Forward.  There’ll be three stages in front of the store.  On Stage 1, award-winning UK textile performance artist Harriet Riddell will render “stitch portraits” on her sewing machine from 11 am to 5 pm. $50 per person.  Stage 2 presents “Pay It Forward – Young Reader’s Edition” with local actor David Rockne Corrigan and a free puppet show.  There’ll be raffles and giveaways to support the Children’s Book Bank.  Noon to 4 pm.  On Stage 3, there’s “The Little Free Library”, a DIY project to promote free book exchanges.  You’ll meet people who have already built these wonderful libraries and you can cast a ballot to win your own Little Free Library ($500 value).  Noon to 5 pm.
Kendall also has a package of prizes worth $100 for people who pay-it-forward.  Post a picture or video about your good deeds and you might win.  Here are the links. Instagram #TOPayItFwd with picture or video of your good deeds @kendallandco.  Facebook post a pic or video of your good deed with #TOPayItFwd @KENDALL & Co. Design + Decor.  Tweet a pic or video of your good deeds @kendallandco with #TOPayItFwd.

Shelley Ledger’s photos
Through Festival weekend, Shelley Ledger is having a lottery to support Riverdale Farm.  Her photos are exhibited at Cranberries (601 Parliament) and she’s giving away one framed original and two unframed originals as prizes.  You can buy your tickets - $5 each or three for $12 - at Cranberries until Sunday afternoon.  Half the proceeds will go to the Farm.

Cabbagetown entertainers
Amid all the extra excitement this year, there are some noteworthy Cabbagetown entertainers returning to Parliament Street.  It’ll be good to see them again.  The St Jamestown Youth Centre Steel Orchestra is at Pizza Pizza on Saturday at 2 pm. Jim Heineman appears at Starbucks on Saturday at 5 pm and on Sunday from noon.  Snooky Tynes is at Stout Irish Pub on Saturday and Sunday from noon.  The Warehouse Mission Band is at Carlton and Parliament at noon on both days and Cabbagetown Steve with Code Green will belt out favourites at the Wing Machine on Saturday from noon.

“Oops” department
One Night in Cabbagetown – the Festival’s tour of local eateries – has been cancelled.  Originally scheduled for Thursday night, this event will be missed.  A number of local observers have lamented the loss. 
It’s also time to lobby the BIA to reinstate the parade.  Of course, it won’t happen in 2014 but it’s time to review the positive ways that such a lovely little event pulled people together and also gave the BIA and the community a common link. 


Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen & Taps
Our newest restaurant is now open at 243 Carlton.  They’re just getting started and they want to show off their menu so they’re offering free tasters of their jambalaya during the Festival.  Check out the restaurant’s website here.

Peartree’s festival specials
Peartree’s patio is one of the best people-watching spots on the street.  It’s located right in the middle of all the activity.  Its roof covering makes it a shady zone off the hot pavement.  All weekend, you can have a pint of beer and chicken wings for only $8.99.  On Saturday, order the AAA New York steak with a caeser salad for only $14.99.  On Sunday, the special is a prime rib roast beef dinner with Yorkshire pudding, gravy, mashed potatoes and fresh veggies, $13.99. 

The 420 Smokehouse
Last week, Virginia sent us an urgent email asking for advice – she has so much stuff ready for the Festival, she doesn’t know where to put her customers.  There are smokers, a big table for condiments and a bunch of other restaurant-type stuff.  She’s got delicious smoked meat and bbq.  There’s only one thing to say here – Go for it!

At the HOP
Attention all people who want to waste their youth by sitting in a sunlit patio soaking up the sounds of golden oldies.  Go Freddie Go will be at the HOP (454 Parliament) on Saturday afternoon from 1 pm.  There’ll also be good beer and munchies.

Sara B and Booth Boyz
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) is home to Sara Brudner and her trio from 5 to 10 pm on Saturday and noon to 6 pm on Sunday.  They say their music is rootzy, soulful, dynamic, passionate and groove oriented.  Hmmm.

Grab a gourmet pizza at F’Amelia
Margherita, diavola or vegetarian pizza (with crusts to die for!) along with a beer for only $15.  F’Amelia’s two patios will be open from noon for the weekend.  12 Amelia.   

Under the Table
Kim and Betty have big plans for the weekend.  There’s a special Saturday night karaoke.  Try the $6 menu on the patio and check out the drinks specials as well.  The north end of Parliament Street is one of the busiest, noisiest and most enjoyable areas on the street during the weekend and Under The Table is right there in the middle of it all.  568 Parliament.



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.

For Cabbagetown Festival events, see above.

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

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

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
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