January 22

This week’s image:  The Community Matters Toronto team with Joe Oliver (centre)



$1 million to strengthen public health in St Jamestown
Community Matters Toronto has just received a $528,000 grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada.  Private sector donors have stepped forward to match it, giving the organization a firm financial footing over the next five years.  The funds will enable it to pursue its project to strengthen the health of new Canadians living in St James Town.  Joe Oliver (federal Minister of Finance), Margaret Coshan (Community Matters) and several other community representatives described how the program will help residents build their awareness of healthy living standards.  The full text of the announcement can be read here.  Congrats CMT.

The Butter Chicken Fire
Last Monday, Butter Chicken Factory (556 Parliament) was hit by a fire in its exhaust system.  Fortunately, the damage was limited to the exhaust equipment and piping (the black chimney in the centre of the photo) and didn’t spread into the building. The restaurant will be closed for a couple of weeks while some repairs are done.

Daphne arrives at the Farm
Daphne is an 8 year old mare.  She’s a brand new resident at Riverdale Farm and she joins the other newcomer, Ringo, who arrived in December.  According to the Farm’s Facebook page, she’s sweet, curious and very friendly with other horses. 
The Farm is looking for volunteers to serve on its Stewardship Group.  The deadline for applications is 4 pm, Tuesday January 27, so don’t delay if you feel that you can make a contribution to the program – click here to read about the group and the application process. 

Workshop on heritage grants
The City of Toronto heritage grant program 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. 
There will be 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.


St Jamestown Steak & Chops
Mark is closing 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

Congrats Kendall
Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) has been named the Best of 2015 in Customer Service by the international Houzz community. Houzz is the world’s leading platform for home remodeling and design.  The honour arrives after Kendall’s selection by NOW Magazine readers into its “Best of” categories for 2013 and 2014.  Congrats everybody. For more info, click here.


Wee Folk Club
Joanne Crabtree and Tony Quarrington each make their appearance at 7:30 pm on Thursday January 22.  $10. Back room, Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E)

Music program at White Elephant
The White Elephant Restaurant & Bar (366 Queen E) is a Thai restaurant with a solid Friday evening music schedule. On Friday January 23, Conor Gains will be appearing from 7 to 10 pm and on Friday January 30,  it’s Sean Pinchin.

Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels, Diane Leah
So much top quality stuff goes on at the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) that it becomes almost impossible to pick out any event as a highlight.  Heather, Julie and Diane are bringing their Broadsway show for two performances this weekend – Friday and Saturday at 7 pm.  You can add dinner before, during or after the show and get priority reservations.  Tickets are $20/advance and $25/door.  For the FB’s full schedule, check out its wonky and amazing website. 

Open Mic at Redline
Redline Coffee & Espresso Bar (354 Queen E) is home to “Just give me a minute” – an open mic for poetry and spoken word presented by Pages on Fire.  Doors open at 7 pm, Saturday January 24. Performers, poets and enthusiasts can sign up at the link on the Facebook page It’s a pay what you want event.

Zim Zum at The Local GEST
This week’s Sunday jazz performance features Zim Zum – Colin Flint on bass guitar, Ian Lazarus on sax, Jeffrey Hewer on guitar and Dennis Song on drums and percussion.  Sunday February 25, 4:30 pm. 

Corktown Ukulele Jam
The Jam’s next meeting is Wednesday January 28.  Doors open at 7:30 and the Jam goes until 11 pm.  $6.  Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E)

Skylight Series 4 X 4
The Corkin Gallery (7 Tank House Lane, Distillery) is an acoustic treasure.  On Thursday January 29 at 7:30 pm, the LARK ensemble with its talented musicians from the TSO, Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet Orchestra will perform the Inaugural Concert in its Skylight Series in a program ranging from classic to contemporary works.  Refreshments.  Tickets are $20 students/seniors and $30 regular, (416) 979-1980. 


Robbie Burns at the HOP

The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) will enjoy two days’ of Scottish dancing.  The Julie McDonnell Highland Dancers will perform on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 6:15 pm.  Just before the dancers on Sunday at 6 pm, William Brisland will be piped in to Address the Haggis.  Over the weekend, there’ll be haggis, neeps and tatties on the menu.  Plus lots of whiskey.

A five-course Scottish banquet
Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) is having a Scottish feast to honour Robbie Burns, complete with beer pairings at each course.  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.  $59.99 each. 

Wine Wednesday
Not everybody will want to cross the street to munch down a mouthful of haggis.  It is, of course, a developed taste.  Instead, try Wine Wednesdays at F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  Every bottle priced over $100 can be slurped down (or sipped in a genteel style) for half price. 

Superbowl parties

The big American football blowout is almost upon us. Sunday, February 1.  So far, event details have arrived from three local clubs (there’ll be more – check here next week.) The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) starts the party at 4 pm.  Wear your team gear and win a prize.  There’ll be drink and meal specials plus fun games.   The Local GEST (424 Parliament) is serving all your tailgate favourites.  Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) party begins at 4 pm.  Call for reservations (647) 344-7676.

The annual winter food-a-thon begins on Friday January 30 and runs to Thursday February 12.  In our neighbourhood, the participating restaurants are all in The Distillery. 
Archeo (21 Trinity St), The Mill Street Beer Hall and the Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane) have $18 lunch and $25 dinner menus. 
Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill (17 Tank House Lane) and Cluny (35 Tank House Lane) offer a $23 lunch and $35 dinner. 
There are a lot of other choices nearby in the Church Street, Leslieville, Danforth and Yorkville areas.  See the list on the official City website.



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,
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
White Elephant, 366 Queen E. (416) 364-9999, www.whiteelephant366.com

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


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
White Elephant
7 pm, Conor Gains


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Heather Bambrick, Julie Michels & Diane Leah, “Broadway”, $20/advance & $25/door
9 pm, Bill Merryweather, “Barbra & me”, $15/advance, $20/door
House on Parliament
7 pm, Julie McDonnell Highland Dancers
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
House on Parliament
6 pm, Robbie Burns celebration, William Brisland & a Scottish piper, Address to the Haggis
6:15 pm, Julie McDonnell Highland Dancers
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


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, “Mesmerized”, comedy hypnosis with Brandon Dean, $15/advance, $20/door
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam $6


The Corkin Gallery
7:30 pm, Skylight series, 4X4, Inaugural series, $20 and $30
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Christopher Sawchyn sings again, $20/advance, $25/door
8:30 pm, Savoy Howe’s “Drag Karaoke”, $5
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Stirling Room
Resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.  $20
White Elephant
7 pm, Sean Pinchin


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Jennifer Noble & Gus Apostolos, “Warm songs to slay the bitter cold” $15/advance, $20/door
9 pm, Suzi Wesson & Doug Balfour, “Baby it’s cold outside”, $10/advance, $15/door
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Stirling Room
Resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
4 pm, Superbowl party
Local GEST
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema
Stout Irish Pub
4 pm,  Superbowl pregame party
6:30 pm, Superbowl