November 6

This week’s image:  a graveside wreath in memory of Thomas Victor Stone (1917-2004), RCAF WWII Veteran, Prisoner of War, Necropolis Cemetery
Open the roads
Photo: Waterfront Toronto
New construction on Eastern Avenue and Cherry Street in the new developments near the Pan Am Village is finished.  The roads have been ready for a couple of months but they’re still closed because negotiations between the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario have bogged down.  Local residents have sent a letter to Brad Duguid, the provincial minister responsible for the project, asking that he cut through the mess and make a deal.  Pam McConnell is available to help from the City’s side.  Residents have organized a petition to Mr Duguid and you can read about the issue and sign the petition here.
A successful pumpkin walk
Photo: Cabbagetown Residents Association
Last Saturday night, the Cabbagetown Residents Association organized its second annual post-Hallowe’en pumpkin walk.  Residents’ pumpkins lined the pathways in Riverdale Park.  It was definitely a family event – little kids were everywhere.  There was, as well, a donation bin for the Daily Bread food bank.  Congrats for a good idea and another successful event.
Ceramic poppies
Photo: Cabbagetown South
Gerri Orwin is a ceramic artist living in Cabbagetown South.  She’s created a ceramic poppy for homes where World War I veterans lived.  When the war started, this was a new neighbourhood and many of its young men served and died from 1914 to 1918.  The poppies can be combined with your house plants (as shown) for a permanent display. Gerri and the association hope that this will be a four-year project that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war.   Cabbagetown South Residents have sponsored the project. You can purchase your poppies by emailing 
Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association
The Toronto Star’s Royson James will be the guest speaker at thie Distillery-area residents’ meeting on Monday November 10 at 6:30 pm.  The Amenities Room, 70 Mill Street.
Remembrance Day
The 403 Scouts groups, including Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, will participate in the service at St Peter’s Anglican Church (188 Carlton).  Sunday, November 9.  They’ll be giving a talk about people they’ve researched who fought in the wars.
Parishioners at Little Trinity Church (425 King E) will gather at the War Memorial in Little Trinity Park at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 9.
John Tory and the Art of the Quizzle
The Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre is holding a fundraiser and Mr Tory has agreed to make an appearance.  There’ll be a reception, a dinner, live music and performances by CCAC students.  Wednesday November 12, 6 to 10 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  $225.  For more info and tickets, click here. 
CRA membership drive

The Cabbagetown Residents Association has distributed invitations to homeowners in Don Vale asking for membership support for the Association. It’s a great deal – for $20, you can be part of an energetic, interesting group that’s been actively building up the community.  In the past eighteen months, volunteers have revitalized the Forsythia Festival, organized the Hallowe’en pumpkin walks, strengthened online communications with an email newsletter, a mobile-friendly website and Facebook page and worked with the City of Toronto to rebuild the splash pad in Wellesley Park.  If you’d like to join or renew, you can get the details here. 
Adversity, resilience, prosperity
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is preparing a book based on its Cabbagetown People’s project.  It describes our history through the 70 years since the 1940s.  Alan Waterhouse will use this theme for his presentation at the CPA’s next public meeting, Monday, November 24, 7 pm in the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce). 
Next up in Cabbagetown South
Tickets for the Cabbagetown South Residents’ Christmas party are now available.  It’ll be held in Retsina (209 Gerrard E) on Wednesday December 3 from 7 to 11 pm.  If the 2013 party is a reliable guide, it’ll be a huge success – lots of good food, plenty of gossip and a big crowd.  There’ll be prizes and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 after November 26 and $15 in advance.  To get your tickets, click here.  
In the media
Photo: Justin Skinner, Inside Toronto
The Essencia Art Collective has been painting murals on four pillars in the underpasses below the Gardiner Expressway south of Corktown.  On Thursday November 6, there will be an official unveiling at the Adelaide Street underpass with the artists and Pam McConnell. Justin Skinner in The Mirror has written about the project here. 
Are you rich yet?
Nick and Hillary at Sage Real Estate (538 Parliament) have just finished a year-over-year review of sales and price changes in Cabbagetown and Corktown.  They’ve found, for example, that the most heavily sold homes in Cabbagetown were semi-detached and these houses increased in price by 11% from November to November to $1,012,653.  You can see their summaries here.
New real estate office
Lamis Dantas from HomeLife/Realty One (501 Parliament) has opened a new real estate office in the middle of Regent Park at 71 Regent Park Boulevard.  Together with Anne Lok and David B Rodgers, she’s specializing in Regent Park sales.  This speaks volumes about the increasing success of the new Regent Park – an area that’s now in high demand.   Best wishes Lamis.  Regent Park Life – click here to see their services and listings.
Lemon Lily is here
Photo: James C Lee, blogTO
Earlier this Fall, Lemon Lily Tea opened a retail store and café at 410 Dundas E (near Berkeley).  For two years, Jason Johnston has supplied his organic looseleaf tea blends to other cafes and restaurants.  He feels that the time is now ripe for his own tea shop and he enjoys the excitement of his Cabbagetown South neighbourhood. 
Christmakah at Kendall & Co
This is the shop that launched a thousand ornaments.  It’s a wonderland of 150+ varieties of ornaments throughout the store.  But there are limited quantities of each style available so shop early for the best choices.  While you’re there, check out the front window – it’s another holiday extravaganza.  Open 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays.  Follow Kendall on twitter and instagram @kendallandco or on facebook @kendallandcodesign over the next few weeks as they tell us their special story of #Christmakah  227 Carlton.
Workshops at Little House in the City
New classes and workshops begin in November 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 6, 7 to 9 pm – Introduction to Fermentation: sauerkraut & brined vegetables.  Instructor is Rebekka Hutton from Alchemy Pickle Company.  $50.
Tuesday November 11, 6:30 to9:30 pm – Cold Process Soap Making.  Instructor is Rebekka Hutton from Alchemy Pickle Company.  $55
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. 
Frequent bathers program
Menagerie Pet Shop (549 Parliament) has long had a do-it-yourself dog bathing room for its customers.  The service is now being upgraded.  For every three visits, Menagerie will give its loyal customers a fourth wash free.  Your half-hour wash includes a huge tub, lots of shampoo, three towels and a blow dryer – all for $12.95.  On Menagerie’s Facebook page, Jeanne commented, “I dated a couple of guys that would benefit from this program.”
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. 
Soulpepper cabaret
Soulpepper presents “Five Friends” with Don Francks, Paul Hoffert, Tony Quarrington, Julie Michels & Dave Restivo. Saturday, 8:30 pm, tickets from $15.  Young Centre, The Distillery (50 Tank House Lane). Click here. 
Lion Rampant at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
On Sunday November 9 at 4 pm, Scottish-Canadian reggae artist Jason Wilson teams up with legendary English fiddler Dave Swarbrick in a special concert celebrating their newly released CD, Lion Rampant.  It features 300 years of rebel music from Scottish ballads to Canadian reggae.   Tickets are $25, $20 for members.  106 Trinity Street.
Weesageechak Begins To Dance
This is the 27th annual festival of indigenous work presented by Native Earth Performing Arts.  It 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.
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. 
Spoon River is onstage now until Saturday November 15. Richard Ouzounian writing in the Toronto Star has given it a rave review. 
The Four Horseman Project is playing now until Saturday November 22. 
A Christmas Carol and Kim’s Convenience are the Christmas season offerings.  They 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
Older & Reckless plays from Thursday November 6 to Sunday November 9. 
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.  Info is available online. 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

Whiskey and other delights at F’Amelia
On Thursdays through November, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is offering special high quality tasting events.
On Thursday November 6, five 12-year-old whiskeys are on the menu:  Auchentoshan, Johnnie Walker Black, The Balveniue, Glenlivet and Caol Ila.  There’ll be a cheese board and surprise snacks to complement the beverages.  F’Amelia has hired Sean Clarke who knows a good whiskey when he tastes one.  $50.
On November 13, five interesting sparkling wines.  On November 20, it’s a $5 beer and euchre tournament.  And the month finishes on November 27 when East meets West with oysters and chardonnay.  For reservations and more information, call (416) 323-0666.
Kids and games at Ronnie B’s
If you have any spare Canadian Tire money (usually tucked away in the back of a junk drawer), drop it off at Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen & Taps  (243 Carlton).  Jane and Ronnie have a Christmas toy fund underway from now to December 15.  They plan to donate the Canadian Tire dollars to a local charity as part of its Christmas drive for needy kids.
Tuesday’s programs are now firm.  Every other week will feature a euchre tournament and every other week will highlight a board game.  Next Tuesday, November 13 – it’s “Cards against humanity” starting at 7 pm. 
Cabbagetowners on stage
Michael McGaraughty is bringing his one-man show to the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament). “Tales from the tray – a waiter’s lament” is onstage on Wednesday November 12 at 7:30 pm.  $10/advance and $15/door.
Duncan Fremlin and Whiskey Jack are appearing from 4 to 7 pm on Sunday November 9 at the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W – just west of Dufferin).  They’ll be noting Remembrance Day with a special reading of In Flanders Fields by Jen Cook, plus an appearance by bagpiper David Fremlin along with an appropriate selection of music and stories.  No cover.
Peter Donato returns on Sunday November 16 at 7:30 pm with two friends – David Gluck (bass) and Michael Skinner (drums) -  for an evening at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).  This time, there’s a little song, a little dance and a little seltzer down your pants.  $10/advance and $15/door.
Graham Orwin and the Jazz Generation are playing regularly at the Imperial Pub (54 Dundas E). The featured singer is Melissa Smeets.  This band is loaded with Cabbagetown talent – Melissa grew up in Cabbagetown South and now supplements her musical income by selling real estate with HomeLife (Parliament).  Trombonist Simon Leigh lives near Riverdale Park and Graham hangs out on Seaton Street.  You can hear them every Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  No cover.
Peartree’s 21st anniversary
November is Peartree’s anniversary month. Cabbagetown fans love Peartree’s combination of good food and reasonable prices.  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.  For appetizers, there’s organic green salad, Caesar salad or soup.  Add your entrée: New York steak and lobster, New York steak and poutine, herb de Provence halibut, breast of hunter’s chicken or Mediterranean penne pasta.  End it all with dessert:  chocolate truffle cake, lemon coconut layer cake or carrot cake.    Reservations at (416) 962-8190 or

Congrats for Under The Table
Photo: Itanni, Playing Chef
Itanni, writing in her blog Playing Chef, has a review about her brunch at Under The Table (568 Parliament).  In a nutshell, she loved the experience – “Under The Table is not only special for the way they try to make every patron feel at home and cared for but also because their food is delicious and unpretentious”.  She tested the restaurant by bringing 17 people who each ordered chicken and waffles and got it in three different combos.  Read about her brunch (and a separate review about a dinner experience) on her blog.
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 Caitlin Burgess & Anne Walker, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Burlesque bombshell Gracie Klutz hosts trivia with a lobster dinner, $19.95
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Diane Johnstone, “Desperate church wives”, $10/advance & $15/door
9 pm, Carla Collins returns, $20/advance & $25/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, Jennie McNulty, $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, Carla Collins returns, $20/advance & $25/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, 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
8 pm, Mark James Heath & Marito Lopez, “Running at the mouth”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Lazersuzan with Aron Slipacoff (electronics, vocals), Jon Campbell (drums, percussion) & Jeff Koven (bass).
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema
5 to 9 pm, Board game nights
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
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Ukelele jam, $6
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Michael McGaraughty “Tales from the tray – a waiter’s lament”, $10/advance, $15/door
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Burlesque bombshell Gracie Klutz hosts trivia with a lobster dinner, $19.95
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
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
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 “Cantautre plus two”, $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Faith Amour, “Bright Eyes”
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema