October 16

This week’s image: she’s making her Hallowe’en selection

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


TCHC tenant refuses to move

Candice McGowan and her two teenagers live at 14 Blevins Street.  She’s the last tenant still in the building.  Everyone else has moved to alternative homes while the building is demolished and rebuilt in Regent Park’s ongoing revitalization. 
TCHC has been trying to evict her from her apartment since February 2013.  Ms Gowan apparently owes $2,500 but the issues go beyond money.  TCHC says that there’s criminal behaviour – TCHC claims that loaded guns were found by police in her apartment. Ms McGowan denies knowing anything about these guns.
So far, she hasn’t agreed to move.  TCHC claims that idle demolition crews and equipment will cost $10,000 per day.  TCHC and her lawyer are negotiating. 
The Toronto Star has an article about the case here TCHC’s October 4 statement about its side of the story is here.

City election - where do I vote
To find the official info about our Ward, visit My Vote, the City of Toronto website.  Once you’ve entered your home address, the page for our Ward will pop up and you’ll see lists of candidates, voting times and maps.
If you live in Ward 28 and want to vote early,  go to the St Lawrence Community Centre (230 The Esplanade – between Berkeley and Lower Sherbourne). The voting room is easily accessible.  The Advance Poll is open from 10 am to 7 pm daily through Sunday October 19.
To vote on election day, click on My Vote, go to “Where do I vote” in the menu across the top.  A map will appear showing your home address and your local voting station.
Monday October 27 is election day - you can vote from 10 am to 8 pm. 

Dance Collection Danse fundraiser
DCD is conducting  a Cabbagetown Walking Tour on Sunday October 19 from 2 pm.  The meeting place is Riverdale Park (201 Winchester east of Sumach).  George Rust D’Eye, noted heritage authority and Cabbagetown historian, will lead the tour and then host its wine and cheese reception afterward.  Ticket donations are $75.  Click here for more info and tickets. 

Drop in at the CYC’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Tent
Every year, the Cabbagetown Youth Centre benefits from the marathon’s fundraising and sponsorship opportunities.  They set up a tent and compete for the title as the most active, noisy, interesting cheering section.  They also recruit runners who become their “champions” and attract sponsorship funds from the community. 
This year, the tent will be located at Bayview and River Street, right below Riverdale Park.  Join them from 9 am onward on Sunday October 19.  There’ll be barbeques, a band and a lively cheering section.  This year’s champion runners are Angela Jonsson, Sylvie Andrews and Heather Hopkins. 
Click on this link to support the runners and get more details about the day’s events. 

Cheer station for the Friends of Corktown Common
This is Corktown Common’s first official cheer station at The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.  It’ll be located in the Underpass Park (lower River Street south of King) from 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday October 19.  It’ll be a fun place – fitness classes by Think Fitness, coffee from Redline, DJ Tuno, live music, skateboarding and lots more.  They’re working with 40 Oaks (who have two runners as champions in the half marathon – Jill Balser and Julie Collavolli) and the Corktown Residents & Business Association.

Community Matters - St James Town Swim Club
The Club has released a new video showing kids enjoying their after-school and competitive swimming classes.  Every Thursday, the Club holds swimming sessions for children from 5 to 7 pm at the Jarvis Collegiate pool (495 Jarvis at Wellesley).  Following the kids’ classes, there’s women’s-only aquafit and swimming lessons from 7 to 9 pm. There’s room for more women and some kids.  To see the video and to get enrollment info, click here.  http://www.communitymatterstoronto.org/swimming.html  The Club is part of the Community Matters Toronto program.  You can see the whole CMT website at the Swim Club address.  There’s also a chatty and informative Facebook page here. 

Saturday Yoga for kids and families
Little House in the City (555 Parliament) is home to two new six-week yoga training sessions for kids ages 6 to 9 (from 11 to 11:45 am) and ages 3 to 6 (noon to 12:30 pm).  They run on Saturdays from October 25 to November 29.  $70 for the older kids and $65 for the little guys.  Trunk to Tail is teaching them and you can find a registration form and more info here. 
And keep your eye on events at Little House in the City.  Their own programs are coming soon and they sound interesting.

Step & Zumba classes at the CYC
Brenda Brown McNee has revised her October schedule for her upcoming Step and Zumba classes.  Sunday October 19 – Step at 10 am (tentative) and Zumba at 11 am.  Wednesday October 22, 7:30 pm, Step. Sunday October 26 – Step at 10 am (tentative) and Zumba at 11 am.  Wednesday October 29, 7:30 pm, Step. All classes are in the gym at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster, behind the Beer Store)

Bring your pumpkin
The Cabbagetown Residents Association will organize a second annual Cabbagetown Pumpkin Walk on November 1 in Riverdale Park.  It happens from 5 to 10 pm.  Bring your Hallowe’en pumpkin and candles.  It’s a great occasion for kids – bring them in costume. Bring a food donation as well for the Daily Bread Food Bank. 

Carbon monoxide detectors are now mandatory
The Cabbagetown Residents Association also reminds people that we now must have a working carbon monoxide detector in our home as well as smoke detectors.  The law came into effect on Wednesday October 15.  Check out this article by 680 News about detectors and their proper use. 

Cabbagetown South Residents meeting
The next regular meeting for Cabbagetown South Residents is scheduled for November 5 from 7 to 9 pm at Retsina Restaurant (209 Gerrard E).  The agenda will be posted on the Association’s website before the meeting. 


Kendall has a burning desire
This candle is made in Canada with soy wax and natural essential oils in fresh lemongrass or fragrant lilac.  It is then hand poured into an English teacup. Each cup displays collectible china patterns. The bone china becomes translucent as the candle glows.  And after the candle is burned down, the cup can be resued  for a nice chat over tea.  Very Cabbagetown. Kendall & Co Interior Design and Décor, 227 Carlton.  10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays.  www.kendallandco.ca

Radiant Lotus – QiGong for women
Sundara Yoga (492 Parliament, side door) is hosting this special workshop on Sunday October 26, 2:30 to 4:30 pm with Karusia Wroblewski.  Radiant Lotus QiGong for Women is a Chinese yoga that combines breath, movement and visualization to promote vibrant health and emotional balance.  This workshop is designed for women of all ages and abilities.  Angela has a page on her website with more information and a link for sign-up registration.  Click here.


Weird at Elmer Balmer Studio
Weird looks at Shakespeare’s Macbeth from the witches’ perspective, studying how their mistakes triggered the tragedy and how they must act to fix them.  Performances on Friday October 17 at 8 pm and October 18 and 19 at 2 pm and 8 pm.  For tickets and more details, visit the Theatre Arcturus website here.  Elmer Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Distillery.

Soulpepper cabaret
Soulpepper presents “Wine & Roses: the lyrics of Johnny Mercer” with John Alcorn.  Saturday, 8:30 pm, tickets from $15.  Young Centre, The Distillery (50 Tank House Lane). Click here.

Soulpepper’s Global Cabaret Festival
From October 23 to 26, Soulpepper launches its Global Cabaret Festival.  It’s a big event crammed into one weekend.  There are eight Featured Performancers - Jackie Richardson, Sharron Matthews, Judith Lander,  Heather Bambrick, Denzil Sinclaire, Sophie Millman, Patricia O’Callaghan and the Breithaupt Brothers.  The Songbooks include American Pie, Lost Songs of Toronto, Hank Williams and Gershwin. Five Cabarets present F-Lying: A Fellini Cabaret, The Soldier’s Tale,  Webster’s Opera Corner, (re)Birth: E E Cummings, and Dido & Aeneus.  Full Festival passes are $120 for 6 tickets.  Build your own Festival with 3 or more tickets at 10% discount.  Individual shows start at $23 advance and $26 on the day of the show.  Find out all the details and buy tickets here.


Renos at the Dominion on Queen
The official Dominion on Queen voices on Facebook and elsewhere are silent about progress with the renos in the main room and kitchen – probably because they don’t want to jinx their work.  It’s possible, however, to judge progress from comments made by other sources.  The Corktown Uke crowd are still meeting there in the backroom and they’ve been told definitively (!!!) that November 18 is the deadline.  The Wee Folk Club is also holding forth in the back room.  If you go to either, use the side door and, if you wish, bring your own nibblies.  Selected adult beverages are available on the premises. 500 Queen E.

Oktoberfest at The Irv
Oktoberfest continues at The Irv (195 Carlton) to Sunday October 18.  There’ll be an Oktoberfest inspired menu and $5 pints of Mill Street Oktoberfest

Wine Wednesdays at F’Amelia
Throughout October, F’Amelia’s Wine Wednesdays are back (12 Amelia).  Save 50% on any bottle of wine priced at $100 or more.  There are two more Wednesdays in the month so don’t miss this popular special. Check the F’Amelia Facebook page for more menu details. 

Live at Paintbox
Throughout October, Paintbox brings live music with outstanding artists.  On Thursday October 16, the guest artists are Dylan Wickens & the Grand Naturals.  On Thursday October 23, Robin Banks appears and on Saturday October 25, it’s Soul Stew.  Click here for lots of details and videos by the musicians. Shows start at 8 pm, doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $10/advance and $15/door.


Our Tee goes to Japan
Andrew and Christopher toured Japan for two weeks.  They trekked the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage through the mountains in southern Japan.  People have been doing it for 1200 years - these guys were the first trekkers to do it in a Cabbagetown Tee.  Their picture was snapped at the Kumano Hongu-taisha shrine.  If you’re planning a trip, take a tee or a flag, grab a picture and send it here – I’ll put you on the worldwide web.



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, Facebook and http://toronto.millstreetbrewpub.ca/
Murgatroid, 568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381
Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen & Taps, 243 Carlton, (416) 935-1515, www.ronnieb243.com
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.


Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Wee Folk Club with Bob Bernstein and Onion Honey, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Belle’s bawdy trivia night
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Paintbox Bistro
7 pm, Blues Night presents Dylan Wickens & the Grand Naturals, $10/advance & $15/door
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Brent Thiessen sings the Nat King Cole songbook, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, The Legendary Bitch Diva returns with Brad Alexander, $10/advance & $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Canvas Pieces – Hip Hop with Tray Starks, HyDeff & Scott Ramirez, $10
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Storytellers, singing out review - fundraiser, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Storytellers, singing out review - fundraiser, $15/advance & $20/door
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
Ronnie B’s
8 pm, southern rock.


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Patrick Haye “That 90’s show”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Allison Young (sax), Henry Heilling (bass), and Stacie McGregor (keyboard)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


5 to 9 pm, Board game nights


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


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Barbara Scheffler with Scott Pietrangelo, “Songs in the key of love”,  $15/advance & $20/door
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Maggie Cassella, “Because I said so”, $20/advance & $25/door
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Paintbox Bistro
7 pm, Blues Night presents Robin Banks, $10/advance & $15/door
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Maren Sigson & Adam Proulx, “Daringly Disney”, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Ashley Gibson, “The difference a year makes”, $15/advance & $20/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
7 pm, Devon Hubka, “Anyone can whistle”, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Matt Rubel, “Spookiest business”, $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
Ronnie B’s
8 pm, southern rock


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
8 pm, That Choir presents “That Cabaret”, $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