October 23

This week’s image: the Don Valley from the Riverdale Park bridge



Election day on Monday, 10 am to 8 pm. 
To find out whether you’re properly registered on the voters list and where you cast your ballot, go to the City of Toronto’s website – click here. Enter your street address and you’ll then be able to find all these details.  
Over 161,000 people voted in the advance poll last week.  That’s more than double the number who cast their ballots four years ago.  Our Ward 28 advance poll was a well-run, friendly operation. The people who worked there made the whole experience easy and enjoyable.

Vote for the swimmers
The St James Town Swim Club is a candidate in a competition to earn funding from Game On. The Club wants to double the size of its kids’ swim program.  Game On is part of the City of Toronto’s warm-up to the 2015 Pan Am Games.  To win, the Club needs your votes.  You can cast a ballot every day from now until November 5 – so vote now and vote often!  Click here and then click on the Vote button (you may have to register through Facebook.) 

The 8th Annual Wearable Art Show
Experience the exquisite and acquire the divine.  Saturday October 25 (10 am to 5 pm) and Sunday October 26 (10 am to 4 pm) at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  The Show celebrates wearable art that’s designed, created and sold by its artisans – hats, designer clothing, bow ties, jewellery, bags, boots and more.   Everything from medieval design to conceptual fashions and 3D printing. Only 38 vendors will be present – all juried and selected for their high quality.  Tickets are $10.  To see the Show’s website and to buy a ticket in advance, click here. 

Tiny but mighty sprouts
Cyril says that Brussels Sprouts are among the most hated veggie in the world.  So – of course – he wants to show you how to create irresistible dishes with them.  As always, his cooking class will be small and informal.  Tuesday October 28 from 6 pm at Merryberry (559 Parliament).  $45.  Reservations are needed – visit the restaurant or call (647) 348-0411. 

Step & Zumba classes at the CYC
Brenda Brown McNee is holding both Step (10 am) and Zumba (11 am) classes on Sunday October 2.  Later this month, there’ll be a Step class on Wednesday October 22, at 7:30 pm. On 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)

Riverdale Park pumpkin walk
Don’t throw out your pumpkin after Hallowe’en.  Bring it to Riverdale Park (Winchester & Sumach) and put it in the Pumpkin Walk.  Show off your carving skills and enjoy your neighbours’ creations too.  Be sure to bring a candle. There’ll be a bin for Food Bank contributions at the Winchester Street entrance.  Everybody welcome – especially kids in costumes. Saturday November 1 from 5 to 10 pm. The Pumpkin Walk is another good idea from the Cabbagetown Residents Association.

Charity bottle drive - Cabbagetown South Residents
From now until November 1, drop off your wine, liquor and beer bottles at the Beer Store (Gerrard & Seaton).  There’s a special no-hassle Donation Window permanently open for your convenience.  The Association will be credited and will make a donation to a local charity or improvement project.
The next regular Association meeting 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. 


Soulpepper’s Global Cabaret Festival
From October 23 to 26, Soulpepper launches its annual 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.   Young Centre (Distillery)

Toronto Irish Players
The Toronto Irish Players presents Bookworms at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) from Thursday October 23 to Sunday November 8.  Written by Bernard Farrell, this is a comedy of manners depicting bankrupt middle class Irish couples clinging to the rituals of social civility.  Opening night tickets are $50, others are $21/online here and $20/phone at (416) 440-2888

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
Disco Night on Bald Mountain  - a program with Rossini, Shostakovich, Shire/Mussorgski and  Beethoven.  Thursday October 30 at 8 pm, Little Trinity Church (425 King E  at Trinity).  Tickets are $10

Spoon River
Spoon River brings a slice of early 20th Century rural America back to life as its residents narrate their own epitaphs.  Based on the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters.  October 29 to November 15.  For tickets and info, click here. 

Triple Bill

Toronto Dance Theatre presents three pieces – Thomas Hauert’s Pond Skaters, Christopher House’s Early Departures and a new work by Christopher House in collaboration with Thom Gill.  Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, November 4 to 8.  Tickets are $25 to $40.  Click here.


Weesageechak Begins To Dance
The 27th annual festival of indigenous work presented by Native Earth Performing Arts.  It celebrates new works by indigenous artists from Canada and around the world – live theatre, opera, dance and staged readings.  Eleven days from November 12 to 22 in the Aki Studio Theatre in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Festival passes are $50 and individual tickets range from $10 to $20.  Click here for the full schedule and tickets. 

Regent Park Film Festival
The 12th annual Regent Park Film Festival runs from November 19 to 22 with four days of films, workshops and discussions.  Highlights include the Emerging Directors’ Spotlight, a workshop on digital activism, a breakfast and movie for the whole family and the closing event, Rock The Casbah.  For the full program and tickets, click here.  Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E


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. 

Yoga for kids and families starts on Saturday
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.

Pillow talk from Kendall
Accent cushions made with hand stitched details in lush colours and fabrics.  Plush with natural down feathers. They’re so nice and easy to freshen up with the change of seasons. Exclusively at Kendall & Co.  Custom pillows are also available through their Interior Design Studio with a vast range of fabrics and trims.  Click here to see what’s new. Open from 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays.  227 Carlton   


Euchre at Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen & Taps
Ronnie B’s (243 Carlton) has started a euchre league.  From November 4, it’ll be held every second Tuesday from 7:00 to 10:30 pm.  Drop-in’s are welcome.  Tickets are $5.  Every Saturday night, there’s jazz and R&B.  On Saturday October 25, Emily Steinwall is back with her saxophone from 8 to 11 pm. 

Live at Paintbox
Throughout October, Paintbox (535 Dundas E) brings live music with outstanding artists. On Thursday October 23, Robin Banks appears. 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.

Wine Wednesdays at F’Amelia
There’s still one Wednesday left in October for F’Amelia’s Wine Wednesdays. (12 Amelia).  Save 50% on any bottle of wine priced at $100 or more.  Don’t miss this popular special! Check the F’Amelia Facebook page for more menu details. 


Carve a pumpkin

Duncan at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is carving pumpkins on Thursday October 23 at 4 pm.  Bring your pumpkins and your kids.  And ask around – maybe he’ll do it again next week just before Hallowe’en. 

Haunting Melodies
Suzi Wesson and Doug Balfour with Bob Hewus on bass will be playing devilish ditties, spooky songs and terrifying tunes from 9 pm at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) on Hallowe’en, October 31.  Tickets are $10/advance and $15/door.  Click here for info and tickets. 

Get into your costume
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) has plans for a Hallowe’en costume party.  Friday October 31, 10 pm, DJ Mike Reid.  There’ll be prizes for the best costumes and $5 pints. 

Nightmare on Mill Street
Two great parties are happening under one roof at Mill Street.  In the Beer Hall, dance the night away with DJ Mike Humble.  In the Brew Pub, there’s a three-course beer paired menu and live entertainment from 7 to 11 pm.  Tank House Lane, Distillery District



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.


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, Emily Steinwall (sax) with Youngchan Na (acoustic guitar)


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
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 with Anthony Michelli (drums) and Rob Clutton (bass)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


5 to 9 pm, Board game nights


6 pm, Cooking class with Cyril “The tiny but mighty brussels sprouts”, $45
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Wizard of Odd, “Comedy Hypnosis”, $15/advance & $20/door
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Michelle Lecce Hewit, $10/advance, $15/door
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
9 pm, Suzi Wesson & Doug Balfour, “Haunting melodies”, $10/advance, $15/door
The Local GEST
10 pm, Hallowe’en costume party with DJ Mike Reid
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, Gavin Crawford, “Live & in persons”, $20/advance, $25/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, Dawn Duvall  (jazz and R&B vocals)


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Glen Gary, “Toronto songwriters’ showcase”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Boom for Rent – Chris Gale (sax), Reg Schwager (guitar), Brendan Davis (bass) & Ted Warren (drums)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema