January 8

This week’s image:  lunch time gossip at the HOP



Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group
The RFSG handles fundraising, events and programming enhancement, partnerships between the park and outside groups, and supervision of the ongoing park business plan.  It’s an official committee of City Council with nine members.  Its members are appointed for two year terms (and can be reappointed for an additional term.)  It’s a volunteer job.  If you’re interested in the park’s administration and want to learn more or apply, go to the City’s website and follow the links to Riverdale Park Stewardship Group.

Credit card fraud
Two restaurants have discovered a credit card fraud that seems to be popping up in the busy Christmas season.  A customer presented a damaged credit card for payment and the restaurant had to call in the card number and deal with it manually.  Although an approval number was given, the charge eventually was rejected (and VISA refused to honour the payment because it was entered by a manual process.)  The customer also asked for a cash-back payment.  In both cases, the restaurants failed to notify Toronto Police Service because the amounts were so small – a mistake since this pattern may be happening widely and each incident adds to the police knowledge.

Help for business and clients
Parliament Employment Services can help your business with your hiring needs and the staff there can connect you to the Canada Ontario Job Grant program which offers up to $10,000 toward training costs. If you’re looking for a job, you can also feel free to contact them. Since April 2014, over 80% of their clients have found employment.  Drop in to the office at 595 Parliament to get more information or click on this link.

Forestry in the city
Each year, the Distillery puts up a beautiful Christmas tree as part of its seasonal celebrations.  This year, join Sawmill Sid and his crew as they dismantle it and convert it into usable planks for Habitat for Humanity. Other artisans will be there to create their products from timber in the tree.  Smokey the Bear will drop in. Saturday, January 10, 11 am to 3 pm, Trinity Square.

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.

Allan Gardens
Photo: Inside Toronto
It’s the last weekend for the annual Christmas show at the greenhouse in Allan Gardens.  The entire conservatory is filled with thousands of flowering plants including over 30 varieties of poinsettia.  Free, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday.  Sherbourne and Carlton. 

Glen Murray’s open house
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. 

Save the date – Family Day Festival
The BIA is launching its first-ever Family Day Festival on Monday February 16 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Events will take place all along Parliament Street from Gerrard north to Wellesley – ice sculptures, horse and carriage rides, figure skating showcases, buskers, bands and pancakes.  Posters are already on display in stores and there’ll be lots more info as the date draws closer.

Regent Park rink
Photo: Hockey Canada
The Hockey Canada Foundation donated $300,000 to the refurbished rink in Regent Park that officially opened on January 3.  There’s fresh ice, new boards, a renovated field house and new lighting.  It’s all part of the new Regent Park Athletic Grounds that will also house soccer, cricket and basketball facilities.  Hockey Canada has a nice write-up about the project on its website.  Inside Toronto has an online story by Justin Skinner as well. 


CCDT Pilates program
CCDT (519 Parliament) is starting pilates strength and stretch programs for adults of all sizes, shapes and ages.  Monday nights from 8:15 to 9 pm.  These are drop-in sessions at $10 each or 6 visits for $50 with your Class Card.  Adult beginner and intermediate Limon Modern classes resume on Wednesday nights from 7:45 to 9 pm.  These are also drop-in classes,  $15 per visit.

Brenda’s step and Zumba classes
Brenda’s 2015 class schedule has been launched.  On Sunday January 11, there’ll be a double Zumba class at 10 and 11:05 am.  Wednesday morning’s step classes start at 9:15 am.  From Sunday January 18 onward, Zumba happens at 10 am and a second Zumba or a step class may be added at 11.  Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster – behind the Beer Store). 

Skating at Moss Park
Throughout the winter on Wednesdays from January 7 to March 11, Glen Murray, our MPP,  hosts free ice skating from 4 to 5 pm in Moss Park Arena (190 Sherbourne).  Free skate rentals and helmets are available.


Kendall is on the move
Kendall & Co is leaving its shop at 227 Carlton 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.

Leslieville Flea
The Leslieville Flea is a giant marketplace that visits The Distillery for four weekends during the winter.  Starting Sunday January 18 and then again on February 22, March 22 and April 26 from 10 am to 4 pm, it’ll be in the Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).  It’s a curated market where over 40 vendors sell vintage, recycled and  salvaged goods, furniture, antiques and collectibles.


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

Great music at The Local GEST
Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin will be appearing at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) at 8 pm on Thursday January 8.  Next week on Thursday, it’s Open Mic with Porter from 8:30 pm. On Sunday January 11 from 4:30 pm, Sophia Perlman and her trio are featured at Sunday afternoon jazz.  Next week on January 18, Shawn Nykwist is the guest on Sunday afternoon.

Corktown Ukulele Jam
The Corktown Ukulele Jam moves from the Dominion on Queen into the Paintbox (555 Dundas E) on January 14.  It’s the 6th birthday party for the Jam and it’ll be an open theme night.  For more info, visit the Uke website. 

Cooking at Merryberry
Cyril has a winner happening soon – preparing and cooking Winter Soups.  His class takes place on Tuesday January 20 from 6 pm.  He expects this to be a very popular event so register for it quickly.  It’s strictly first come, first served.  Drop in to the restaurant at 559 Parliament or call (647) 348-0411. 

Half-price Wednesdays at F’Amelia
Todd and John are bringing back Wine Wednesday at F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  Buy any wine priced over $100 and pay only half-price.  This popular feature will continue on Wednesdays throughout the winter.

Open Ham at the Flying Beaver
Amy J Lester is on stage on Sunday night at The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).  She’s MCing her Open Ham revue with over six talented comics, singers and storytellers to ham it up and keep you warm on a winter’s night.  From 7 pm, no cover charge.

Peter Donato returns
Next weekend, Sunday January 18 at 7:30 pm, Peter is back at The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) with David F Gluck (bass) and Michael J Skinner (guitar).  It’ll be another landmark in Cabbagetown’s storied musical history.  Tickets are $10/advance and $15/door.

Schnitzel Queen is moving
The Schnitzel Queen has left its old location at 237 Queen and is moving to 211 Queen E (just west of Sherbourne).  They’re scheduled to reopen on February 1. 

Second annual Stompin’ Tom birthday tribute
Save this date.  Duncan Fremlin and his friends in Whiskey Jack are having their second annual Stompin’ Tom birthday tribute.  There’ll be birthday cake at midnight. February 7, 8 pm, Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W).  Special guests include Adrienne Clarkson, Mary McIntyre and Mickey Andrews.  $35.

Gourmet Burger
It appears that the Gourmet Burger has closed its Parliament Street store.  It’s sad news.  When it opened several years ago, it offered a quick, cheap, tasty lunch for reasonable prices.  More importantly, it was part of our first wave of well-designed, modern places along the street.  Since then, others have opened and brought equally great design sense with them.  Perhaps the franchise owners will reopen with new operators – a nice thought.



Contact info

Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
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, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub
The Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, https://www.facebook.com/thelocalgest
Merryberry, 559 Parliament, www.merryberry.ca
Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, Facebook and http://toronto.millstreetbrewpub.ca/
Murgatroid, 568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381
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

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 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
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Amy J Lester, "Open Ham", no cover
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema