November 20

This week’s image:  the first snowfall.  Photo: Ann Kay



Your photos are welcome

Ann Kay’s beautiful picture (above and on the header) is the first of many successful photos of our neighbourhood that I’ll be running in the Review.  You’re invited to send along your images.  There’s only one rule.  Please show some interesting facet of our lives in our neighbourhood - beautiful gardens, nifty angles on our architecture, hungry diners happily munching away in a pub. If your photo shows us a special quality about our lives, then send it in. I’ll publish it and give you full credit for your work.

Tee Time in Argentina
Marilyn and Louise enjoyed an educational tour to Cafayate, Argentina in October to learn more about local wines.  They took along a vintage Cabbagetown Tee with the date printed on its sleeve – a rare first edition from 2007.  By now, that shirt has probably been washed so many times that it’s impossible to wear it.  But they’re still proud to show it to the world and we’re proud to have their picture here.  If you’re going abroad – anywhere from Etobicoke to Ecuador, take along a Tee and send your picture to us at

Victoria’s art exhibition
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. 

Cherry Street is now open 
For the past couple of weeks, there’s been an online petition circulating asking that the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario get their act together about Cherry Street and Eastern Avenue.  This is a short stretch of roadway east of the Distillery.  The new road has been completed for weeks but these two governments disagreed about a legal issue and so the streets remained shut down.  Over 325 people signed the petition.  Finally, Councillor Pam McConnell has tweeted that the barriers are down and the roads are open.

This weekend - 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

On stage now
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) presents Fireworks Festival, 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. 

Sir John Franklin’s lost ships
John Geiger will lecture about the adventures of the crew that finally found the Erebus, one of the legendary ships from the doomed Franklin expedition.  He’s the author of “Frozen in Time: the Fate of the Franklin Expedition” and the CEO at the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and he participated in the recent discovery.  Tickets are $20 (it’s a fundraiser for Toronto’s First Post Office) – call (416) 865-1833.  Monday November 24, 7 pm, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (109 Trinity). 

Speaker’s Night at the CPA
Alan Waterhouse is the featured speaker 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’s also the launch for the CPA Cabbagetown People’s book by the same title. 

Award for Streetscape in Bloom
The CPA has announced its Streetscapes in Bloom winner.  Congrats to Barbara Brown.  Her garden at 62 Amelia Street has earned the 2014 prize. She’ll receive her award at the CPA meeting on November 24 at the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club.  (101 Spruce).  You can read the latest Newsletter online here. 

Early bird deadline - 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 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.”  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. 

Helena: An Odyssey
Carolyn Watt-Taylor’s new novel was inspired by Kiki Kostakyriakos, the owner of Hair Lift Salon (503 Parliament).  Helena has an illustrious Byzantine history.  The compulsion to redeem it runs from Turkey to Greece and finally to Cabbagetown.  There’ll be a book launch on Sunday November 30 at 4 pm at Mr Greek (526 Danforth) with Greek music and food.   

Carolling for cans
Carolling for Cans is a musical food drive – a volunteer community effort for the food bank at St Luke’s United Church. This year’s carolling takes place on Sunday December 7 from 6:30 to 9 pm. Last year, the carollers collected over 700 pounds of food and $600 in cash. 

Development in Riverside
Streetcar Developments recently bought the beautiful old Victorian building at Queen and Broadview.  Plans have been announced to renovate it and create a boutique hotel on the site.  A building that has long been a blight will be transformed into a landmark. 

Tour of Homes
The 2014 Tour was cancelled and was sorely missed.  The Tour’s sponsors, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association, has been exploring ways to revive it.  The CPA has announced that the 2015 Tour will take place on its normal date in September and then will be offered on a biennial basis after that.  If you’d like to suggest a home (including your own) for the Tour, contact the CPA at

A student’s view of our neighbourhoods
Nishi Kumar has written a refreshing story about Cabbagetown, St James Town and the Church-Wellesley Village in U of T’s Varsity Magazine.  The article describes these neighbourhoods in a literate way that draws out the familiar features that we recognize while giving them a fresh perspective.  Click here. 

Bird sightings
The winter sightings are now in full swing – juncos, chickadees, nut hatches, woodpeckers, cardinals are all visiting feeders in the area.  An American woodcock was found last week near Riverdale Park.  Cooper’s Hawks have settled into the St James Cemetery.   Pet Valu (240 Carlton) has a selection of wild bird seed and can do special orders for feeders.  Menagerie Pet Shop (549 Parliament) has seed in bulk barrels and in bags.

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. 
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.

Cabbagetown BNI Chapter
The Cabbagetown BNI is a networking group that meets for breakfast every Wednesday and offers each member referrals and new business leads.  If you have a business that relies on referrals, you should check out BNI.  The Cabbagetown group are having an open house on Wednesday November 26 at 7 am at Merryberry (559 Parliament).  $10. 

Watch for it – The Distillery’s Christmas Market
Friday November 28 to December 21 in The Distillery District, celebrating the traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas.  Ontario’s best crafts, artists and artisans offering unique Christmas gifts.  Check it all out here. 

Cabbagetown Tea Towels
Get your own lovely Cabbagetown Tea Towel, designed by Steve Yeates for the Cabbagetown Preservation Association at Kendall and Co (227 Carlton). Four designs are available featuring Bay & Gable, Arts & Crafts, Queen Anne and Workers’ Cottages – architectural styles found through the neighbourhood.


Mill Street Brew Masters Dinner
Mill Street is sponsoring a five-course dinner complete with beer pairings.  There’ll be dishes from Distillery neighbours – Brick Bakery, Soma Chocolatemaker,  Vom Fass, Maisonette and Greg’s Ice Cream.  $59.99, 6:30 pm, Friday November 21. Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane).  Info and tickets, click here. 

Gilead and Spring Water Sake
Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Café (4 Gilead Place) is teaming up with the Spring Water Sake Company (51 Grist Mill Lane, Distillery) to host a Local Food Movement Dinner.  Monday November 24, $120 per person.  The evening will start with a 6:30 pm reception and tour at Spring Water Sake’s brewery.  At 7:30 pm, there’ll be a four-course dinner with sake pairings nearby at Gilead.  Reservations at (647) 288-0680 and online. 

Caleb’s new Open Mic nights are underway at Murgatroid (568 Parliament).  On Thursday November 20 – it’s an acoustic music night.  Next week on Thursday, it’s comedy night opened by Loren SanCartier.  Sign up at 7 pm for an 8 pm start-up. 

Soulpepper cabaret
Soulpepper presents “Three little maids” with Janet Martin, Debora Joy and Barbara Dunn-Prosser. Saturday, 8:30 pm, tickets from $15.  Young Centre, The Distillery (50 Tank House Lane). Click here. 

Jack Grunsky at Peartree
Cabbagetown artist Jack Grunsky will hang his recent pictures at Peartree (507 Parliament) through December.  He describes his art as urban realism depicting scenes in Cabbagetown and Toronto.

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  507 Parliament.

Shelley Ledger’s Christmas sale
Cranberries (601 Parliament) has been displaying Shelley Ledger’s photographs.  She’s now offering them on sale for Christmas – 10% discounts on all photos in her exhibition with free framing as well.  She’ll also give a 10% discount on all commissions of your pet photographs and she does commissions for original greeting cards and postcards.  You can see samples of her work on Facebook. Her sale runs for two days at Cranberries – Saturday November 29 and Sunday November 30 from 11 am to 4pm.

Music at The Local Gest
This week, Whitney Ross-Barris sings an eclectic mix of jazz standards with Nathan Hiltz on guitar.  4 pm, Sunday November 23.  On Thursday, November 27, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin at 8 pm.  424 Parliament.

Thursday night delights at F’Amelia

On Thursdays through November, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is offering special high quality tasting events.
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.  
On November 27, 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.

There’s a very busy lineup at Paintbox (555 Dundas E) this week.  On Thursday, Chris Lowry plays guitar, tickets are $10.  On Friday, Michael Dunstan appears, $20.  And on Saturday, Denis Sching plays piano, $10.  For reservations, call (647) 748-0555 or visit online. 

Kanpai at Carlton and Parliament
The corner spot (where Ginger used to be) is currently under construction and the new restaurant hopes to open by year-end.  Kanpai will serve Taiwanese-inspired small dishes like meat skewers, wok-fried seafood and various fried rice dishes along with “kegged cocktails”.  There’s a nice introduction in Toronto Life’s online edition.  You can also check out its progress on Twitter. 

Brussels sprouts are #1
Cyril conducted a survey and gathered lots of opinions about a possible Brussels Sprouts cooking class at Merryberry (559 Parliament).  He feared that it was the “world’s most hated veggie.”  In fact, he even had to cancel an originally scheduled lesson.  Happily, he’s learned to give it more respect.  He set a new date, December 2 at 6 pm and this time, he’s sold out.  He’s going to explore a soup, a pie and a coleslaw and he promises that not one Sprout will be boiled or steamed in the process.   If you’re disappointed about missing this lesson, just call him because another lesson just might Sprout up on his schedule.  (647) 348-0411.

Under The Table
Kim and Betty have been going crazy lately.  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. 



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.


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 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, Snooky Tynes
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturday.  Reserve on the guest list.  $20


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, fundraiser for the documentary “Jesus meets the gay man”, $20/advance & $25/door
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