November 13

This week’s image:  a November afternoon on Parliament Street - grey, wet and chilly. 


Victoria's Open House
Victoria Hadden is having an open house (32 Aberdeen) on Saturday November 22 from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday November 23  from 11 am to 5 pm.  She’s an artist who does bright, interesting paintings and prints.  You’re welcome to drop by and see her new work.  She’ll also have gifts and stocking stuffers that will be perfect in the holiday season – 2015 calendars, note cards and other small items.  Check out her works at her website. 

Regent Park Peace Garden
The garden has reopened.  It was first set up in 2005 as a quiet memorial to young people who died from violent acts in Regent Park and then was dismantled when the renovations began in the area.  Today, the Garden is located in front of the Christian Resource Centre at 40 Oak and it’s been furnished with benches and a plaque surrounded by flower gardens.  Justin Skinner wrote about its history, the parents who spearheaded it and the hope that it represents for the families of the victims. 

Police open house
51 Division’s Community-Police Liaison Committee acts as a bridge between our local Division and the community.  The CPCL is hosting a Town Hall meeting at Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne) on Wednesday November 19 from 7 to 8:30 pm.  You’ll have a chance to meet officers from 51 Division, to ask your questions and to talk to other community members interested in policing issues. 

Eastern Ave & Cherry Street
Residents in the Corktown and Distillery areas have started a petition to the Ontario government’s Brad Duguid plus Glen Murray, the City of Toronto and Waterfront Secretariat.  They are asking that two roads, located east of the Distillery, be opened.  The construction is finished and the roads are ready – but you can’t walk there, ride a bike or drive through there.  Government officials in Toronto and Ontario can’t settle legal issues between them and so the project has been languishing.  Since October 27, 250 have supported the online petition.  You can read about the issue and add your voice by clicking here. 

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum
The museum’s latest photo exhibition takes us back one hundred years in Cabbagetown.  “Close to home - how work, life and play coexist in 1914 Cabbagetown.”  It’s a neighbourhood where “there are few cars and children walk to school.  There’s ready access to butchers and grocers and vegetables, fruit, grain, livestock, chickens and eggs arrive from some of the roughly 900 farms within and just beyond city limits.”  The Opening Reception in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) is from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday November 28 and the exhibit continues to January. 

Alan Waterhouse is giving a speech
That’s a very good reason to show up at the Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s next meeting,  Monday November 24, 7 pm, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce at Sumach).  His talk, “Adversity, Resilience,Prosperity” looks at social change in Cabbagetown from 1941 to 2011 and its effect on the lives of individual people living here.  It’ll also launch the CPA Cabbagetown People’s book by the same title.  There’ll be a presentation to the winning gardener in the Streetscapes in Bloom contest.

Remembrance Day
Walter Seymour Allward is the sculptor who designed the Canadian monument at Vimy Ridge - now an iconic memorial to Canada’s fallen soldiers from World War I.  He lived for a period of time in Cabbagetown at 43 Amelia.  The Cabbagetown People’s project has placed a plaque at this address.  You can read the notes here. 

Cabbagetown South Christmas party
Just a couple of weeks to go before the big Christmas bash – Wednesday December 3, 7 to 11 pm, Retsina (209 Gerrard E).  Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 early bird before November 26.  There’ll be good food, a big crowd and lots of gossipy chitchat.  Plus raffles and prizes.  Click here to register and to get your advance tickets. 

Cabbagetown Tea Towels
Your dishes aren’t finally clean and dry until they’ve been wiped down by one of these lovely Cabbagetown Tea Towels.  Steve Yeates designed them for the Cabbagetown Preservation Association and the proceeds from their sale go to the CPA and its various community projects. Four designs are available featuring Bay & Gable, Arts & Crafts, Queen Anne and Workers’ Cottages – architectural styles found through the neighbourhood.  You can pick up yours at Kendall and Co (227 Carlton). 

Carolling for cans
Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) is supporting another community project during this Christmas season.  If you bring a non-perishable food item to the store, you’ll enjoy a 10% discount on your Christmas gift purchase.  Your donation helps the Carolling for Cans food drive – a volunteer community effort for the food bank at St Luke’s United Church.  Last year, the singers gathered over 700 pounds of food and $600 in cash.  This year’s carolling takes place on Sunday December 7 from 6:30 to 9 pm. You can read the full story here. To join, email or call (416) 363-9914.


Soulpepper cabaret
Soulpepper presents “Down with love” with Robert Cushman and Mark Camilleri (piano). Saturday, 8:30 pm, tickets from $15.  Young Centre, The Distillery (50 Tank House Lane). Click here. 

Weesageechak Begins To Dance
The 27th annual festival of indigenous work presented by Native Earth Performing Arts  celebrates new works by 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. 

Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) presents a Festival of plays by women.  Schedules, details and tickets are available online here.
You Have to Earn It by Ramona Bailey and Maria Popoff is playing from Friday November 14 to Saturday November 29. 
Burying Toni by Catherine Frid runs from Thursday November 13 to Saturday November 29. 

Soulpepper’s schedule
Spoon River is onstage until Saturday November 15. Richard Ouzounian writing in the Toronto Star has given it a rave review. 
The Four Horseman Project is playing until Saturday November 22. 
A Christmas Carol and Kim’s Convenience start on November 27.
Online info about each play is available here.  Soulpepper Theatre in the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)

Berkeley Street Theatre, Canadian Stage
Venus In Furs returns to the Berkeley Street Theatre from December 18 to 28.
Program details and tickets available here. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley)

Ernest Balmer Studio
Tapestry Briefs:  Booster Shots – an opera tasting,  8 pm, November 13 to 16.
For online info, click here.  9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, in The Distillery

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


NOW Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards
The list of 2014 winners has now been released.  Here are the local winners – congrats everyone. 
  • Food.  Daniel et Daniel (242 Carlton) is still the number one choice for the Best Caterer category and a strong runner-up in the Best Gourmet Takeout category – “consistent quality, elegant presentation and creativity”.  The Best Pub is Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) – “smart extensive selection … healthy pub fare.”  The Best Pub Grub comes to House on Parliament (454 Parliament) – “a sturdy local with a menu well done.” Mill Street Brewery (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) earned runner-up in the Best Local Microbrew.
  • Shopping. Kendall & Co is back again for a second year as runner-up in the Best Design Store and Best Design Firm.  Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) is runner-up for the Best Bicycle Mechanic.  Vistek (496 Queen E) won runner-up for the Best Camera Store. 
  • Local developers took both awards.  Streetcar is the Best Developer for “creating long lasting, quality communities.”  Daniels won runner-up. 
  • Cityscape. The Distillery is the winner in the Best Historical Buildings category – “the preservation of history is more than just an afterthought.”  The Best Wilderness Area is the Evergreen Brickworks – “a model for how cities can create a greener, more sustainable future.”
  • The Arts. Two local companies won awards for Best Large Theatre Company – Soulpepper (55 Mill) is the winner – “Toronto’s home for classical theatre.”  Canadian Stage (26 Berkeley) is runner-up.  Coleman Lemieux (304 Parliament) is runner-up for the Best Dance Company.

Workshops at Little House in the City
Classes and workshops are continuing at Little House in the City (555 Parliament).  These are all hands-on classes and you’ll leave each one with a sample to take home.  For details and registration, click here or call (416) 413-9993. 
Tuesday November  18, 7 to 9:30 pm – Hot Water Bath Canning.  Instructor is Rebekka Hutton from Alchemy Pickle Company.  $50
Thursday November 27 – Kombucha Brewing.  Instructor is Manjit Bumrah, holistic nutritionist and physiotherapist.  $50
Thursday December 4 – Advanced Fermentation: kimchi and experimentations.  Instructor is Rebekka Hutton from Alchemy Pickle Company.  $50.


Peter is playing on Sunday
Peter Donato is back at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) on Sunday November 16 from 7:30 pm.  He’s with David F Gluck (bass) and Michael Skinner (drums).  Tickets are $10/advance and $15/door. 

Peartree’s anniversary month
November is Peartree’s 21st anniversary. To celebrate, there’s a special menu - a three-course prix fix dinner for two people is $45/couple or, add a glass of wine for each person, $55/couple.  Reservations at (416) 962-8190 or

Virginia has a lot of new specials
There’s a new lineup at 420 Smokehouse (420 Parliament).  It’s student’s night every Thursday and Saturday with discounts on pitchers and pints of beer, $4 shots of Jameson, tequila and Jagermeister and $10 food specials on pulled pork sandwiches with fries or salad, fish and chips, smoked burgers and chicken wings. 

Thursday night delights at F’Amelia
On Thursdays through November, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is offering special high quality tasting events.
On November 13, five interesting sparkling wines. 
On November 20, it’s a $5 beer and cribbage tournament.  You don’t have to play crib to get in the door.  All beers served in Extended Famelia are $5.   
And the month finishes on November 27 when East meets West with the finest oysters and chardonnay from two of California’s best wineries, Kistler and Schramsberg. 
For reservations and more information, call (416) 323-0666.

Caleb’s new Open Mic nights are planned for Murgatroid (568 Parliament) starting Thursday November 13 – it’s a comedy night opened by Loren SanCartier.  Next week, it’s acoustic music nights.  Show up at 7 pm for an 8 pm start-up.  He opened his new room in September and he’s been making good progress since then.  He’s had an announcement in blogTO that drew a big crowd for a weekend brunch and his Monday night Board Games are continuing (from 5 to 9 pm).  Check out the nifty video that The Social Cabbage has done about Murgatroid. 

Under The Table
Kim and Betty have been going crazy lately.  They’ve had great success thanks to an enthusiastic review on Itanni’s food blog.  They’re still hosting karaoke nights on Thursday and Friday.  A strong fan base is beginning to develop.  They’re exhausted and so they’re running away for a week to refresh and recharge their batteries.  Under the Table (568 Parliament) will be closed from November 17 to 24. 

There’s a very busy lineup happening at Paintbox (555 Dundas E) in the next ten days.  On Friday, there’s comedy with Arthur Simeon.  On Monday, Bill G plays jazz.  Paint Nite is Tuesday.  On Thursday, Chris Lowry plays guitar.  On Friday, Micahel Dunstan appears.  And on Saturday, Denis Sching plays piano.



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
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,
Stirling Room, 16 Trinity, Distillery District,
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
7:30 pm, Burlesque bombshell Gracie Klutz hosts trivia plus half-price wings, no cover
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
7 pm, Loren SanCartier hosts Comedy Open Mic
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Toronto News Girls “Lip sync battle of the century”, pwyw
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
8 pm, comedy night with Arthur Simeon & friends, $10
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday, reserve on the guest list.  $20
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Rita Carrey Duo with Doug Mundy, $10/advance, $15/door
9 pm, Rielle Braid & Khorby Wardell, “Terrible Adults”, $10/advance, $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Ronnie B’s
8 pm, Mike Daily
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturdays, reserve on the guest list.  $20


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm,Peter Donato “Cantautore plus two”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


5 to 9 pm, Board game nights
7 pm, Bill G jazz, $10


7 to 9 pm, paint nite, $25
Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen & Taps
7 pm, Board games – Cards against humanity
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Pabs Qu
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam, $6
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Sara Minx and Dave Barrow, “Country music night”, pwyw
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Wee Folk Club with Bram Morrison and Dave McKinnon, $10
Flying Beaver
Private party – cabaret closed, pub is open for drinks and dinner
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter featuring Kayt Lucas
7 pm, acoustic micless Open Mic
7:30 pm, Chris Lowry (guitar soloist), $10
Under The Table
Closed this week


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Christopher Sawchyn sings, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Matt Rubel, “Serious business”, $10/advance & $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
7:30 pm, Michael Dunston $20
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday.  Reserve on the guest list.  $20
Under The Table
Closed this week


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Bill Merryweather returns, $15/advance & $20/door
9 pm, Bill Merryweather returns, $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
7 pm, Dennis Sching (piano soloist) $10
Ronnie B’s
8 pm, Sean Stanley (keyboard and vocals)
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturday.  Reserve on the guest list.  $20


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
Private party – cabaret closed, pub is open for drinks and dinner
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Whitney Ross-Barris and Nathan Hiltz (guitar)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema