December 24

This week’s image:  A year ago on Parliament Street
A quickie to get you through the weekend
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and happy holidays.  In this short version of your Review, I’m passing along last minute news for the weekend ahead.  Watch for a regular blog early next week with plenty of New Year’s announcements.
December 20 2013
Just a year ago, we were buried under ice from one of the worst storms ever to hit the Toronto area.  Our neighbourhood was lucky – we dodged the widespread power outages that plagued so many others in the city.  But we’re still paying a price.  Our tree canopy was badly damaged. Many favourite trees fell or were later removed.  We’re grateful to the people at CabbagetownreLeaf and the Cabbagetown ResidentsAssociation who have made it a priority to replant and to diversify our urban forest.
We sure had a white Christmas last year.  These four young visitors from Ireland and Wales enjoyed their first-ever toboggan slides down the slopes at Riverdale Park.
Check online for shopping hours
You’ll find store phone numbers at the Cabbagetown BIA’s website here. 
To contact your favourite restaurant and club, scroll down this page to our Club Listings.
Allan Gardens Christmas show
The 2014 Christmas show is now underway at the Conservatory in Allan Gardens (Sherbourne & Carlton).  It runs until January 11.  On the next two weekends, the hours are extended to 7 pm and the Conservatory is candlelit. The show is the highlight of the Conservatory’s year with thousands of blooming plants featured.  10 am to 5 pm daily.  Free admission.
The Christmas season is a time for great holiday entertainment at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, The Distillery).  A Christmas Carol continues on Boxing Day and Saturday.  Kim’s Convenience is onstage on Saturday and Sunday.  Get tickets and more info online here.
Berkeley Street Theatre
Venus In Fur runs to December 28.  Pick up your tickets and get more info here  26 Berkeley.
Stout’s pajama party
Every year on Christmas Eve, Erin suggests that you drop in to Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) when you’re overloaded with family and just want to escape.  Wear your pajamas (because it’s a pj party).  The party continues until closing time. 
Christmas Day at Cranberries
Cranberries (601 Parliament) is a definite Christmas favourite and the restaurant fills right up.  There’ll be two seatings – at 5 and 7:30 pm.  It’s a three course dinner at $28 per person.  There are two choices for openers – butternut squash soup with apple and bacon or organic green salad with balsamic vinaigrette.  Roast turkey comes with mashed potato, seasonal veggies, gravy, cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing and a dinner roll.  For dessert, there’s warm apple pie and ice cream.  To reserve a spot, call (416) 925-6330.
Christmas & Boxing Day
At Under The Table (568 Parliament), Kim and Betty are planning a three-course meal for both Christmas and Boxing Day, from 3 to 9 pm.  For starters, there’s vegetable soup or spinach salad.  The main course is roast turkey with garlic mashed potato, gravy, cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing, baked macaroni and corn.  Dessert choices include apple or pumpkin pie or rum cake.  Each dinner comes with a glass of red or white wine or a rum and eggnog. $30 per person or $50 per couple, tax included.
Holiday hours
Flying Beaver is closed Boxing Day and opening over the weekend with karaoke and an ugly sweater contest on Saturday and Psychic Brunch plus a 2-4-1 dinner special on Sunday.
The House on Parliament is reopening at brunch on Boxing Day.
The Irv will close for Christmas and reopen Boxing Day at 3 pm.
The Local GEST reopens at 4 pm on Boxing Day.
Stout Irish Pub is open for regular hours on Boxing Day.
Extended closings are happening here
Café Olya – closed for holidays until January 2.
Daniel et Daniel – closed for a seasonal holiday from December 26 to January 5.
Dominion on Queen – closed for reno’s.  No date yet for its re-opening.
Merryberry – closed Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Murgatroid – closed until December 27 and again from December 30 to January 2.
Paintbox Bistro – closed until January 1.
Boxing Day shopping
Sharon and Ilias at Sinate Creations (480 Parliament) are offering savings up to 30% off on most items in the store.  Drop in on Friday and Saturday.  Beautiful stuff.  Parliament
Post-Christmas sales are happening throughout the Distillery District.  Check out Lilio, the Eskimo Art Gallery, Spectacle, Mini Mioche and Lola Genovoix - all are making early announcements about their plans. 
Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088,
Cranberries, 601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330
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,
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, the prices are listed. Otherwise, the event is free.
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam annual holiday celebration, $6
Stout Irish Pub
Christmas Eve Pajama Party
5 & 7:30 pm, Christmas dinner – two seatings, reservations at (416) 925-6330
Under the Table
3 to 10 pm, Christmas dinner
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday with resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.  $20
Flying Beaver
8 pm, Karaoke & ugly hat and sweater contest, no cover
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Ronnie B’s
8 pm, Shawn Stanley
Stirling Room
Resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
11 am to 3 pm, Psychic brunch and 2-4-1 dinner special
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema