November 27

This week’s image:  the last coffees of the day at Jet Fuel.



Welcome Hope Audrey Finkelstein
Hope became a new Cabbagetown kid on Saturday November 15 at 11:37 am.  She joins sisters Lily and Charlotte.  Congrats to Trish and Andrew.  No doubt, Hope will be a star attraction at the 2015 Forsythia Festival.
Do you have a new baby at your home?  Tell your friends and neighbours.  Send along your announcement and pictures to

Your photos are welcome
Do you have a photograph that captures an interesting facet of our lives in our neighbourhood - beautiful gardens, nifty angles on our architecture, hungry diners happily munching away in a pub. Send it in. I’ll publish it and give you full credit for your work.

Outdoor skating in Regent Park
Photo: City of Toronto
There are two rinks in Regent Park.  The North rink (north side of Dundas, west of River) has ice and is open now but apparently the surface is iffy.  The South rink (north side of Shuter, east of Sumach) is being rebuilt with financial support from Maple Leaf Sports and will open officially on January 4.  There’s an unofficial guide to city rinks online where you can find out rink conditions and get directions.
Brenda’s classes
Brenda has announced her schedule for her step and zumba classes at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster). On Wednesdays at 9:15 am, step classes.  On Sundays at 11 am, zumba.  Watch for announcements about a Sunday step class at 10 am.  Classes finish for Christmas break on December 17.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum
The museum’s latest photo exhibition takes us back one hundred years.  “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. 

Cabbagetown South Christmas party
The big Cabbagetown South Christmas bash happens next Wednesday December 3, 7 to 11 pm, Retsina (209 Gerrard E).  Tickets are $20 at the door.  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 tickets. 

The Official Corktown Cocktail Party
Join your Corktown neighbours at Fusilli (531 Queen E) on Sunday December 7 from 5 to 9 pm for the annual Corktown Christmas party.   There’ll be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction.  Sponsored by the Corktown Residents & Business Association. 

Congrats Barbara Brown
Photo:  Irene DeClute
Barbara won the 2014 Streetscapes in Bloom award from the Cabbagetown Preservation Association for her fine front garden at 62 Amelia.  Her garden along with those at 141 Amelia and 266 Carlton was judged at regular intervals throughout the growing seasons.  Her prizes include a watercolour of her garden by Marion Wilson and a wrought iron garden hook and a glass medallion from Kitras Glass.  There’s a write-up about the award here. 

Congrats Sydney and Evie
Cabbagetowner Sydney Payne and her partner Evie Angeluelov are now the Canadian National Junior Women’s Pairs rowing champions.  The national event was held at Elk Lake in Victoria BC on November 9.  Both are members of Canada’s national junior women’s squad.

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.

Dusty has died
Photo:  Riverdale Farm
Riverdale Farm’s beloved donkey, Dusty, passed away on November 24. He was born almost 20 years ago, raised and cared for at the Farm.  He’ll be missed. As noted on the Farm’s Facebook page, he was very vocal, particularly at feeding times and his braying regularly made people chuckle. 


Eric Morse’s book launch
Cabbagetown photographer, writer and bon vivant, Eric Morse, has completed his book `Roman Spaces`.  Its essays explore Roman Imperial history and find common threads between their ancient experiences and our contemporary ones.  Eric is the Co-Chair of the Security Studies Committee at the Royal Canadian Military Institute and his articles on international affairs appear regularly in the Ottawa Citizen.  The book launch happens on Wednesday December 3 at 7 pm at the RCMI (426 University Ave) – everyone is welcome, no cover charge.

Adversity, Resilience, Prosperity
Photo:  Irene DeClute
Alan Waterhouse (above, centre) gave a lecture at the CPA meeting about changing lifestyles in Cabbagetown between 1941 and 2011 based on research done for the CPA’s forthcoming book, “Adversity, Resilience, Prosperity”.  A good crowd of fifty people attended the event.  When the finished books are published, a link for purchases will be listed here.

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.


Art in the underpasses
Photo:  Globe & Mail
StreetARToronto, a City of Toronto project, has commissioned artists to paint murals in dingy underpass areas across the city.  The new mural on the pillars beneath Richmond and Adelaide is one of the first to be finished.  It depicts the settlers and factory workers who lived in nearby Corktown.  Anwar Ali has written about the project in the Globe & Mail.  Click here. 

Cherry Street reopens
Photo:  blogTO
After delays and dithering by governments and some lobbying by local residents, Cherry Street has reopened to bike and car traffic.  BlogTO has written about it and about future plans for the streetcar line through the area.  Click here. 

Corktown Common wins Popular Science award
Photo:  Waterfront Toronto
Every year, the American magazine Popular Science selects 100 projects for its “Best of What’s New” awards, a recognition of “the innovations that surprise and amaze us – those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what’s possible in the future.”  Corktown Common was recognized in the green category for its positive environmental and community impact.  Read the press release from Waterfront Toronto here. 


Black Friday clearance at Kendall
Save on wool rugs and runners, round rugs and indoor-outdoor rugs at Kendall & Co (227 Carlton). 15% off special orders placed before December 1, 25% off in-stock rugs, 50% off floor models and 60% off discontinued styles.  When you visit the store, bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank and save 10% on your holiday gift purchases (applicable on regularly priced retail merchandise, offer not combined with other promos.)  Kendall’s store hours are extended for the holiday season – Sundays noon to 4 pm, weekdays 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.

Victoria Hadden’s calendars and cards
Victoria’s lovely holiday cards and calendars are now available exclusively at Kendall & Co (227 Carlton). 

Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery
The hugely popular Christmas Market returns on Friday November 28 and runs to December 21 from Tuesday to Friday from noon to 9 pm and on weekends from 10 am to 9 pm.  There`s a lot to do and see.  It`s a street market with unique crafts, artists, artisans and world class vendors.  There`ll be beer gardens and outdoor lounges along with street foods.  The program includes children`s activities, pet photos with Santa, a photo contest, a 45` Christmas tree, daily carolling and sing-alongs. Special activities include Morris Dancers, the Young Centre City Choir, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Alpine Dancers and lots more.  The daily program is on the Market website. 

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.
Do you remember this guy?
Save the dates - Santa’s coming back to Pet Valu (240 Carlton).  Bring your pet and get a timeless photo - $10.  Saturday December 6 and Saturday December 13, 10 am to 2 pm.


WINTERSONG by Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre
CCDT’s WINTERSONG celebrates the solstice’s rich winter traditions with motifs of light and life reborn from darkness.  It will warm the hearts of audiences of all ages with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance.  Friday December 12 at 8 pm and Saturday December 13 at 2 pm.  Ticket info here. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 207 Queen’s Quay W.

Soulpepper cabaret
Soulpepper presents “Reading the Danger Tree” with David Macfarlane and Douglas Cameron. Saturday, 8:30 pm, tickets from $15.  Young Centre, The Distillery (50 Tank House Lane). Click here. 
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley). The Fireworks Festival of plays by women finishes this weekend.  You Have to Earn It  by Ramona Bailey and Maria Popoff and Burying Toni  by Catherine Frid.  Both plays run until Saturday November 29.

Soulpepper’s Christmas schedule
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)


American Thanksgiving
Americans can drop in to The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) or The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) and tuck into turkey dinners with all the trimmings.  Canadians can too!  Thursday, November 27.

Local GEST fundraiser
Mike Tuzyk experienced a nearly fatal motorcycle crash in October and he’s now in rehab at Bridgepoint.  He’s facing a long and expensive recovery.  His friends are holding a fundraiser on Saturday November 29.  Proceeds from the sale of Beau’s Wellingtons, Great Lakes, Pommies and Amsterdam will be donated to Mike.  There’ll be a 50/50 draw.  424 Parliament.

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.

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

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.  Her sale runs on Saturday November 29 and Sunday November 30 from 11 am to 4pm.



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
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
7 pm, Loren SanCartier hosts Comedy Open Mic


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Carolyn Scott with Bob Ashley on keys, “Cheap & cheerful cabaret”,  $10/advance, $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday, reserve on the guest list.  $20


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Tim Boyle with Carrie Chesnutt & Jordan Clapman, $15/advance, $20/door
9 pm, Lisa Michelle, “Black binder cabaret”,  $10/advance, $15/door
Local GEST
8:30  pm, fundraiser for Mike Tuzyk
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Ronnie B’s
8 pm, Sean Stanley
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturdays, reserve on the guest list.  $20


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
11 am, Psychic Brunch
7:30 pm, Kevin Morris, “Moving right along, a cabaret” $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Sherie Marshall (vocals), Mike Cado (guitar) & Pat Collins (bass)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


Local GEST
Christmas food drive for the Daily Bread Food Bank – through December
5 to 9 pm, Board game nights
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen & Taps
7 pm, Euchre
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam, $6
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Adrian Ross sings, $10/advance & $15/door
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Wee Folk Club with Prodigal Daughter and Jay Aymar, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Paul Schmidt hosts trivia night, no cover
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
7 pm, acoustic Open Mic
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Mary Catherine Kelly’s Pubaret debut, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm,The legendary B*tch Diva’s holiday cabaret, $10/advance & $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday.  Reserve on the guest list.  $20
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Melanie Peterson & Blair Packham, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Carrie Chesnutt Studio 54 party, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
6 pm, Trim the tree
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
9 pm, Jordan John & The Blue Devils, $10
Ronnie B’s
8 pm, tba
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturday.  Reserve on the guest list.  $20


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, That Choir, “A very Christmas cabaret”, $5/advance & $10/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with the Joanne Morra Trio featuring Joanne Morra (vocals), Jeff Hewer (guitar) & Rachel Melas (bass)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema