January 15

This week’s image:  Carlton & Parliament – what’s behind the paper on the windows?


Nick & Hilary’s summary of 2014 sales and prices.  Click here for more details.


Are you rich yet?
Hilary and Nick at Sage Real Estate (538 Parliament) regularly publish updates about the real estate market in Cabbagetown.  Their research is very specific – limited to the residential market here.  They’ve just published their summary of 2014 activity and compared it to 2013 data.  It’s good stuff and easy to run through.  You can see it on our Open House page or on their website. 

Workshop on heritage grants
The City of Toronto has a grant program that offers up to $10,000 for conservation work on designated heritage properties.  Owners of homes designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (specific properties with specific heritage features) or Part V (properties within heritage districts) are eligible.  The deadline for applying is 4 pm, Friday April 3.  The City will hold a workshop to help you with the application process – 6:30 pm, Tuesday February 10, committee room 2, City Hall (100 Queen W). The City has a page on its website with details about the program and eligibility for the grant.

In the media
Photo: David Cooper, Toronto Star
The Toronto Star has run article about the street art that adorns the pillars in the Adelaide Street underpass in Corktown.  Click here to read it. 

Thanks Richard
During his recent vacation in Costa Rica, Richard wore his vintage Cabbagetown Tee at the Parque National Manuel Antonio.  Looks good. Thanks Richard!  It’s vacation time for people seeking sunshine and warmth – perfect weather for a Tee photo op.


Diane Flacks
Photo: Carlos Osorios, Toronto Star
Diane’s latest play, Waiting Room, is now on stage at Tarragon (30 Bridgeman Ave) to February 15.  The Toronto Star’s Richard Ouzounian has written about it. Read his article here.   Tickets are available at Tarragon. Call (416) 531-1827 or visit its website.

Danny Marks
Danny will be the official host at this year’s Maple Blues Awards, the all-star concert and award evening at Koerner Hall (273 Bloor W) that celebrates the best of our blues.  There’ll be appearances by headline performers, an after-party and, of course, witty presentations from Danny.  Monday January 19, 7 pm, tickets from $28.  Info and tickets here. 

Duncan Fremlin & Whiskey Jack
The band is holding a party to mark the late Stompin’ Tom Connors’ 79th birthday. Cake at midnight.  February 7, 8 pm, Cadillac Lounge (Queen W).  For tickets, click here. 


CCDT at Dance Weekend
Dance Weekend is a full weekend of dance happening at the Fleck Theatre in Harbourfront (207 Queen’s Quay W).  CCDT (509 Parliament) will perform Incipit Vita Nova on Saturday January 17 at 1:30 pm.  For a full program, videos and other info, go to Dance Ontario’s site. 

Toronto Dance Theatre
Christopher House will perform solo in his adaptation of I’ll Crane for You.  Thursday January 15 to Saturday January 17 at 8 pm and Sunday January 18 at 2 pm.  Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester).  Tickets available at the box office and here.

Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum
A Side of Dreams by Jani Lauzon.  Loss of culture and generational trauma can silence the strongest of us.  As one single mother learns, the spirit of the Dreamcatcher can be awakened by prayer but the ancestors that you meet in the world of dreams may not be the ones you expected.  Thursday January 20 to Sunday February 1.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E, room 250).  Tickets, times and seating here. 

Berkeley Street Theatre
Chekhov’s The Seagull is playing now and continues to Sunday February 8.  For tickets and info, click here.  
The Other Place by Sharr White is an intense emotional thriller with a dark comedic undertone.  It starts on Sunday January 18.  For tickets and info, go to the website. Canadian Stage, Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley).

Alumnae Theatre
Sharon Pollock’s Blood Relations begins on Friday January 23.  A psychological murder mystery about Lizzie Borden and the murder of her parents.  Tickets and info here. 70 Berkeley.

An Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Dario Fo’s powerful comedic satire inspired by a bombing in Milan in 1969, is on stage from Thursday January 29.  The Dining Room, A R Gurney’s comedy, starts on Thursday February 5.  More info and tickets here. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane).


The Leslieville Flea
It’s back again in the Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane) at The Distillery.  Over 40 vendors will sell vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods plus furniture, antiques and collectibles.  The first market happens from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday January 18.  Check it out online. 

St Jamestown Steak & Chops
Mark will close for several days for renovations to the butcher shop and the deli.  The deli will close from Monday January 26 through Sunday February 1.  The butcher shop will close for a shorter period from Monday January 26 through Friday January 30 and reopen to handle Superbowl orders on Saturday January 31.  516 Parliament

London Calling
Andrew is very optimistic about his early success at London Calling (239 Carlton), the little store that features British home décor, food and sweets.  His food items seem to be developing into real favourites, especially the ginger flavoured ones.  He’s got ginger snap cookies, Robertson’s extra ginger jam, milk chocolate ginger cookies and Old Jamaica ginger beer – all of them selling really well.  blogTO did a nice introductory article about the shop. 

Welcome Hastings Barber Shop
The shopping strip on Gerrard at Ontario has been perked up considerably by the arrival of Hastings Barber Shop (251 Gerrard E).  Gary's the manager.  It’s the second Hastings location – the first one opened in November 2012 in Leslieville.  The décor, cuts and good humour definitely make it a men’s barber shop – cuts are $26, beard trims are $7, straight razor shave is $30 and a combo is $50.  Open Tuesday to Friday from noon to 7 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.

Kendall’s moving sale
Kendall & Co is leaving its shop at 227 Carlton in February and moving to 514 Parliament (next to the LCBO).  It’s a great new location. To avoid moving a lot of inventory, Kendall is holding a “Let’s not box it” clearance with lots of beautiful items priced at 50 to 60% off.  There’s also a seasonal clearance happening with rug inventory at 25% off.  Store hours: 10 am to 6 pm, weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays.

Tee updates
Cabbagetown Tees are available at Spruce (455 Parliament).  Kim tells us that supplies are running short and sizes are haphazard.  If you go there looking for a Tee and can’t find your size, don’t despair. Pick up a flag instead.  When you scoot off for a vacation, take along a flag and drape yourself in it on your trip.  New designs and a new print run for future Tees are in the works and will soon be back on the shelves.


Peter Donato and his friends
Peter is back at The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) on Sunday evening with David Gluck (on bass) and Michael Skinner (on drums).  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 

Merryberry’s cooking classes
As predicted, Cyril’s cooking class about winter soups on Tuesday January 20 has sold out.  He then scheduled a second class for Monday January 19 and it’s now sold out as well. Keep in touch with Merryberry because cancellations happen and openings arise. Congrats Cyril – no doubt these will be fun occasions.  (647) 348-0411,  559 Parliament.

Ukes at The Paintbox
Corktown Ukulele Jam has moved to The Paintbox (555 Dundas E) from the Dominion on Queen.  The Jam has just celebrated its sixth anniversary with its first night in its new home.  Next Wednesday’s Jam starts at 8 pm.

Wine Wednesdays
Every Wednesday over the winter, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) has a cure for the winter blues.  Every bottle of wine worth more than $100 can be yours for 50% off. 

New schedules at The Local GEST
Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin will appear at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on the first Thursday night of each month.  On the remaining Thursdays, it’ll be open mic with Porter. Sunday jazz and Wednesday trivia continue.

Robbie Burns Day

For all the Scottish gourmands among us, London Calling (239 Carlton) has stocked up on 425g cans of Scottish Haggis by Stahly Quality Foods.  Apparently, supplies are limited, so it’s a good idea to get down there ASAP.

House on Parliament
For Robbie Burns Day, the Scottish dancers will be back, there’ll be a piper and a haggis.  More news to come.  454 Parliament 

Mill Street Brew Pub
Enjoy an authentic 5-course Scottish supper complete with beer pairings on Robbie Burns Day.  Start with smoked salmon, arugula and a potato cake, followed by cock-a-leekie soup with barley and prunes.  The third course is a scotch egg with wild boar and herb crust.  The main course is beef tenderloin and haggis with fried leeks, neeps and tatties.  Dessert is a sweet and spicy vanilla ice cream served with a shortbread cookie and scotch ale drizzle.  Each course includes a unique beer paired with the food.  $59.99 each.  21 Tank House lane, Distillery.



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893, www.dominiononqueen.com
El Catrin, 18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121,  www.elcatrin.ca/home
The Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567, www.pubaret.com
Gilead Café & Wine Bar, 4 Gilead Place, (647) 288-0680, http://www.jamiekennedy.ca/
House on Parliament, 454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, www.facebook.com/pages/House-on-Parliament
The Irv, 195 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, http://www.theirvpub.ca/
The Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
Merryberry, 559 Parliament, www.merryberry.ca
Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://toronto.millstreetbrewpub.ca/
Murgatroid, 568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381, https://www.facebook.com/MurgatroidTO
Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Ronnie B’s Southern Kitchen & Taps, 243 Carlton, (416) 935-1515, www.ronnieb243.com
Stirling Room, 16 Trinity, Distillery District, www.stirlingroom.com
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676, www.stoutirishpub.ca
Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant, 2 Trinity Street, Distillery, (647) 430-1111, www.tappo.ca
Under the Table, 568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533, https://www.facebook.com/underthetabletoronto

If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed. Otherwise, the event is free.


Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Lucas Stark’s pro-am variety show, no cover
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Ashlie White & Friends, “A cabaret of childhood”, $15/advance, $20/door
9 pm, Carolyn Scott, “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 with resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.  $20


El Catrin
10 pm, Mayahuel nights
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Bill Merryweather returns, $15/advance, $20/door
9 & 11 pm, Scott Thompson “#offwithhishead”, $20/advance, $25/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturdays with DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
11 am to 3 pm, Shannon McDonough, “Coronation Street brunch & ping”
7:30 pm, Peter Donato with David Gluck (bass) & Michael Skinner (drums), $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Shawn Nykwist
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, Sara Minx & Dave Barrow, “Mason Smoke country music”, pwyw
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam $6


Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Wee Folk Club – Joanne Crabtree and Tony Quarrington, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm,  Becky Robinson cabaret fundraiser for Sketch.ca, $10/advance & $15/door
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, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels & Diane Leah, “Broadway”, $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, Marcy Rogers, “Psycho bitch from hell”, $10/advance & $15/door
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
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels & Diane Leah, “Broadway”, $20/advance & $25/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturday.  Reserve on the guest list.  $20


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
11 am, Psychic brunch
7 pm, Gossip Gals “Comedy show”,  $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz featuring Zim Zum with Jeffrey Hewer (guitar), Ian Lazarus (sax), Dennis Song (drums) & Colin Flint (bass guitar)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema