December 29

This week’s image:  Metcalfe & Carlton


The image at the top was taken in December.  Here’s the same home a year ago.


Cabbagetown South meeting
The 2015 Annual General Meeting in Cabbagetown South happens at 7 pm on Wednesday January 7 at Retsina Restaurant (209 Gerrard E).  There’ll be the usual discussion of business along with the election of the President and Directors for the coming year.  If past meetings are any guide, there’ll also be lots of gossip – as you can see from the photo of the Association’s Christmas party, this is a very convivial group.

Welcome Kelly Sather
An overdue welcome to the newest member of Pam McConnell’s staff.  She can be reached at (416) 392-7916. Among all her duties, she’ll be looking into specific problems raised by people in this neighbourhood. Best wishes, Kelly.

Glen Murray’s invitations
Our provincial MPP, Glen Murray, is having his annual Open House in the party room at 120 Carlton on Wednesday January 21 from 4 to 7 pm.  There’ll be light refreshments.  Throughout the winter on Wednesdays from January 7 to March 11, Glen also hosts free ice skating from 4 to 5 pm in Moss Park Arena (190 Sherbourne).  Free skate rentals and helmets are available.

Team Trudeau has arrived
Bill Morneau, the Liberal nominee for the pending federal election, isn’t waiting for anybody.  He’s got a campaign HQ at 527 Parliament – across the street from the LCBO.  His contact number is (647) 496-5813.   No word yet about the NDP or Tory plans.

Fundamentals of Dance
The School at Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) offers dance fundamental classes in two levels on Wednesday nights from January 7 to March 25.  Level One, from 6:30 to 8 pm, is aimed at people who need a starting point to take the first dance step.  You’ll learn something new with others who are also beginners.  Level Two, from 8:15 to 9:45 pm, builds on these skills.  It’s perfect for dancers who are ready to move beyond the beginner level and take on complex, challenging movements. $135 to $180.  For more info, click here. Call (416) 967-6887 to register.

Marit is back at Sundara
Marit Mastad will hold her Hot & Sweet Class at 5:30 pm on Friday January 2.  She’s at Sundara Yoga (490 Parliament, side door) for only one class and space is limited.  There’ll be a potluck dinner after at 7 pm, so bring your vegan and veggie treats to share with your friends.  For info and registration, click here and scroll down to January 2.

Skating in Regent Park
On Saturday January 3, the renovated ice rink in the new Regent Park Athletic Grounds (Shuter and Sumach) will officially open.  At 10 am, there’s a learn-to-skate clinic.  To register for it, call (416) 815-5728 or email At 11 am, there’s an official opening ceremony followed by a community skate.  Refreshments, mascots and prizes.  Good stuff. Congrats to MLSE, TCHC, Daniels, Hockey Canada, the City of Toronto and everyone else who’s involved in the launch.

The Regent Park Athletic Grounds
The skating rink in the new Athletic Grounds is part of Phase 3 in the Redevelopment process.  Located on the northeast corner of Shuter and Sumach, it’s a 2.8 acre park funded with support from Maple Leaf Sports Enterprises and the City of Toronto plus the Daniels Corporation.  It’ll have the refurbished rink (which opens this Saturday) and new soccer, cricket and basketball facilities surrounded by a running track.  Daniels and TCHC have shown great imagination drawing in the sponsors, designing the park and making it attractive for kids in the area – thanks and congrats. 

Bell box update
Michael Cavanaugh coordinates the city-wide Bell phone box project. We’ve all seen the decorative artwork on Bell’s boxes across Toronto.  Each location beautifies the box’s appearance and fights graffiti tags.  In the next year, he’ll be adding even more boxes to the list and he’s also been approached about expanding into other communities outside the city.  For more info, check out the Bell box Facebook page. 

Ringo arrives
Ringo is the newest addition to Riverdale Farm’s family.  He arrived earlier in December.  Farm staff has asked for patience.  Ringo hasn’t spent any time previously in the city and the activity and noises are all new to him.  He needs time to adjust.  He has a big hole to fill after the passing of both Dusty and Rooster.

Re:Leaf meeting is rescheduled
The public meeting planned by Cabbagetown Re:Leaf for January 14 has been cancelled.  David Grant had hoped to discuss the Cabbagetown Urban Forest Management Plan.  Watch for it in the Spring.

Quick announcements
“Adversity, Resilience, Prosperity is the CPA’s new book about Cabbagetown’s life from 1941 to 2011.  It’s been published and can be purchased at Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) and Spruce Home Décor (455 Parliament).  When you’re at Kendall, get a tea towel too.  At Spruce, grab a Cabbagetown toque.

“Close to Home” is the photo exhibition about life in 1914 Cabbagetown assembled by the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum.  It continues to January 26.  Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E.

Pictures from our readers
This week is catch-up time. Two images are featured. 

Our first, by Marion Harris, caught her neighbour’s Christmas lights in the late November snow.  Many thanks Marion.

Our second image comes from Sally Gibson.  She photographed the dawn over Riverdale Farm on Winter Solistice, December 21.  (The Old Farmer’s Almanac notes that daytime today is already 3 minutes longer than it was when she took her pic.)  Thanks Sally.

If you have a photo that you think depicts life in your neighbourhood, send it along to


Hello from Dale
Dale Ward used to own and manage Thai to Go, his popular restaurant at 452 Gerrard E.  After selling it, he and Prasai moved to Asia where he’s enjoying life immensely.  He still visits Toronto regularly.  During his recent trip, he mentioned how much he enjoys Cabbagetown and wished his friends here all the best for the New Year.

Community Matters party
Community Matters – the energetic community-based group working in St James Town – held its annual party early in the Christmas season.  Delicious food, highly enjoyable gathering

Aberdeen Avenue braintrust
Pat, Jim, Rita and Sandy gathered at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Sunday afternoon.  Several major problems were solved, brews were downed and guests from other streets in the neighbourhood were cheerily greeted.  All around them, a nice crowd enjoyed Sunday afternoon jazz with Whitney Ross-Barris. 

Any new babies around here?
If you’ve got a new baby in your home, send us a picture.  Tell Doug, tell the world!

Is it true?
A famous Cabbagetown songstress is apparently about to make her debut at Carnegie Hall.  Details to come.


Soulpepper’s next performances
The Conjuror begins on Tuesday December 30 and is here for  short stay until Sunday January 4, including two performances on New Year's Eve.  You’ll be transported back to 1909 and London’s legendary St George’s Hall where audiences came to be enchanted by paradox and magic. For tickets and more info, click here. Soulpepper at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane.

The Berkeley Street Theatre
Chekhov’s The Seagull starts on Sunday January 11 and continues to Sunday February 8.  For tickets and info, click here. Canadian Stage, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley.

Wee Folk Club
Garth Douglas and Ralph Phillips are the featured singers at the January 8 performance.  The Wee Folk Club is built around a small room in a pub where singers sing songs with stories in them.  $10 cover. Dominion on Queen (back room – entrance off Sumach Street), 500 Queen E


Congrats again Kim & Betty
Itanni returned to Under the Table (568 Parliament), this time for a private party just before Christmas.  She writes a blog for foodies that’s very widely read.  She booked the entire restaurant and brought her friends.  The meal more than matched her expectations.  You can read her story on her blog, Playing Chef.

Another Christmas treat
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) again hosted Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin for a three-hour Christmas carol marathon. An enthusiastic crowd, as usual, made the afternoon memorable.  Congrats everybody.

Advance notice
Peter Donato will be back at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) with a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.  Sunday January 18, 7:30 pm.

On Christmas Day, Cranberries (601 Parliament) served two full seating for the three course turkey dinner.  The place, in the words of one wait person, was crazy!  Under The Table (568 Parliament) was also really full for both Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  People who ate in each spot were very enthused about their experiences.  Nicely done.


El Catrin
Have a Mexican party on New Year’s Eve with DJ CKL.  10 pm to 3 am.  Tacos are available from 10 pm.  Bottle service is available.  Tickets at (416) 203-2121. 18 Tank House Lane, Distillery.

As always, this is great food.  3 course prix fixe menu includes choices like venison tartare, wild mushroom salad, arctic char, molise truffle winter risotto, potato gnocchi, branzino, tiramisu and lots more.  $59.  For all the details, go to F’Amelia’s website. Reservations at (416) 323-0666.  12 Amelia.

The Flying Beaver
Start the night with dinner and a show by Carla Collins.  Continue until closing at the dance party with DJ Jacquie Jaguar.  Carla has two shows – 7 and 9 pm, $25/advance and $30/door.  Dinner reservations must be made with the show reservations – minimum at 7 pm is $30 and at 9 pm, $40.

House on Parliament
Four course prix fix dinner. Choices include beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, black bass and grilled lobster and a glass of Gaudrelle Sparkling Rose. $75. Duncan’s Dance Party with all its giddy glitter will happen sometime during the evening.  It’s unusual for the HOP to ask for reservations but this year, it’s recommended.  Call and save your spot ASAP, (416) 925-4074.  454 Parliament.

The Irv
The specials menu includes prime rib, butternut squash ravioli, braised lamb shanks and chocolate mousse.  The regular menu is also available.  (647) 350-4787.  195 Carlton.

The Local GEST
Dinner specials will be offered plus the regular menu.  Andrew Lopatin will play guitar selections.  DJ2Ten will start the dancing at 9:30 pm.  424 Parliament.

Mill Street Beer Hall
A four-course dinner with beer pairings.  Dancing with DJ Humble Mike starts at 8 pm and there’s a midnight champagne toast and snack table.  Tickets are $69.99.  (416) 681-0338, ext 2.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery

Mill Street Brew Pub
No hassle New Year’s Eve.  Chef’s creations and the regular menu.  Live music with Shane Thomas & Friends.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery

Dinner for two in one of Cabbagetown’s favourite spots, $60.  Appetizers from a list of salads or soup. Entrée choices include black angus striploin, grilled halibut, breast of chicken al forno, seafood classic and vegetable agnolotti.  Four desserts.  For a reservation, call (416) 962-8190.  507 Parliament.

Stirling Room
Minuit 2015.  Music by resident DJs and special guests.  Bottle service – prices vary according to the package selections. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, champagne and party favours.   (416) 364-3900.  16 Trinity Street, Distillery. 

Stout Irish Pub
Enjoy a real New Year’s Eve party.  Hors d’oeuvres, party favours, a glass of bubbly, dancing (with DJ Erin!).  Tickets are $10 at the door.  221 Carlton.

Theatre performances
Soulpepper presents The Conjurer at 3 and 7:30 pm. 50 Tankhouse Lane, Distillery. 



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.


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


See the listings above


Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Hangover (The Movie) and comfort food, no cover


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Maggie Casella & special guests, “Because I said so – the year in revile.” 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


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Customers and performers appreciation party with Ambre McLean, no cover
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturdays, reserve on the guest list.  $20


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Boom for Rent
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


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


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night


Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Wee Folk Club with Garth Douglas & Ralph Phillips, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, “She’s listening” benefit for Ovarian Cancer Canada, $15/advance & $20/door
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Maggie’s mish mash, no cover
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, KAS presents Match Fever/The Dating Game & Dance Party, $10
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Ronnie B’s
8 pm, tba
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturday.  Reserve on the guest list.  $20


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema