February 19



New sports facilities in St James Town
Community Matters Toronto has received a generous grant to improve facilities for children and youth in St James Town.  Sentry Investments will donate $65,000 and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment another $25,000.  The money will be used to build the St James Town Multipurpose Games Court, a place that can be used all year for basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball.  Community Matters works to create improvements in the St James Town neighbourhood that benefit the lives of its residents.  This project culminates several years’ efforts to replace a decrepit tennis court near 260 Wellesley East with a useful, attractive new facility. 

Gina has her own documentary
Image:  Ingram Gallery
Gina Dineen (founder of the Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival) has launched her first short documentary on YouTube. Entitled Jack Nichols, Mystery & Light, it’s about the late Jack Nichols and his work. He was a friend of hers and she’s a trustee of his estate.  It’s an intriguing glimpse into his life as an artist and reflects her view that his beautiful art deserves wide exposure.  Click here to watch it. You can see more of Nichols’ work at the Ingram Gallery website.

Soulpepper Concerts - A movable musical Maritimes feast
PEI`s Mike Ross and his guests explore the extraordinary musical life of eastern Canada.  Concerts happen on Friday February 20 at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3 pm and Thursday February 26 at 8 pm.  Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery). Tickets and more info available online here. 

Your Hood’s a Joke
Local comedians are duking it out in an ongoing series of battles to determine which Toronto neighbourhood has the funniest credentials at the Comedy Bar (945 Bloor W).  On Saturday February 21 at 10 pm, it’ll be Bloordale versus Cabbagetown.  The Bloordale team will be facing Nails Maloney (Q107 host), Jesse Owens (Funny Business Inc) and Ryan Dylan (Bite TV).  $10 – don’t miss it.

Re:Leaf community meeting
Re:Leaf has been organizing a community-wide urban forestry plan for Cabbagetown with the help of graduate students from the University of Toronto.  On Thursday February 26, they’ll present their findings.  The meeting will be held at the Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce at Sumach) from 7 to 9 pm. 

Shamrocks & Sneakers 4k Run
The Cabbagetown Youth Centre is taking part in the Shamrock & Sneakers 4 k Run on Sunday March 15.  It starts at St George Street and Bloor, goes east to Yonge, south to Queen and west to University Avenue.  It’s a fundraiser for the CYC.  Advance fees range from $20 to $30 and race-day entries are $40.  Teams of ten or more can register for $25/advance and $35/race day per person.  For all the details and for online race registration, click here.  

Breakfast networking
The Breakfast Network is a new Cabbagetown group that meets weekly on Wednesdays at Murgatroid (568 Parliament).  It will serve entrepreneurs who want to share experiences and learn successful business secrets. Meetings are held from 7:30 to 8:30 am and cost $15 each with breakfast included.  For more info, contact Jay Feniak at jfeniak@hallmarkins.com or Hilary Browning at Hilary@nickandhilary.com.

Regent Park Community Centre closing party
Save the date for a great party – Saturday March 14 from 4 to 10 pm.  The Regent Park Community Centre (203 Sackville Green) will soon be closing.  Local musician Cabbagetown Steve and Alicia Porter are helping to organize the music and hosting an open mic event.  Steve says that the Centre played a big role in his own childhood, helping him with its programs and his mother with its daycare.  There’ll be live entertainment, refreshments, children’s activities, a DJ and an evening dance. 

Thanks James
James Wood, a dedicated Cabbagetowner and member of the Board at the Cabbagetown Residents Association tackled the stairs in Riverdale Park.  He shovelled away the snow and ice – on over eighty steps.  It took him three hours of hard labour to finish the job and they’re now safe to climb. 

Thanks Kent

Photo:  Victoria Hadden
Kent Farrell’s Aberdeen Avenue home was used for a movie shoot recently and, as usual, there was some disruption for neighbours as a result.  To thank everybody, he’s donated $1000 to the Aberdeen Avenue Residents Association to use to defray costs at its annual summer bbq – thanks Kent.

A new online bulletin board
Victoria Hadden has pointed out a new online bulletin board that gives everyone a chance to list an event, broadcast a lost-and-found or announce a new project.  The boards cover specific Toronto neighbourhoods including Cabbagetown. It’s meant for personal messages, not business advertising, and it’s the kind of service that will take off if we use it.  Click here to see and use it. 

Poster artist for the 2015 Forsythia Festival
Forsythia Festival organizers are holding a competition to select the artist for its 2015 poster.  Send in your work.  If you win, you’ll get a $50 gift certificate from one of the Festival’s sponsors plus the pleasure from seeing your work plastered all over the neighbourhood.  The contest deadline is March 15.  Click here to read the contest rules and to see what the committee wants to include on your poster.  

Tour of Homes
Early planning has started for the 2015 Tour.  The committee at the Cabbagetown Preservation Association is looking for suitable homes to include.  If you have a suggestion or want to volunteer your own home, email cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca. 

Cabbagetown Family Day Festival

Congrats to the Festival organizers.  Despite the freezing temperatures, there were buskers, horses pulling a wagon, ice sculptures, pancakes and a marching band.  People in the area, especially those inside cozy warm pubs, approved.  Some observers offered ideas for next year’s events including suggestions to hold it on Saturday or Sunday when the stores are open and to make a bigger effort to include the end of the street north of Winchester. All in all, the Festival was a good start for a good project, worthy of a repeat next year.

Cabbagetowners in the deep freeze
Catherine and Irene braved the weather at Echo Bay, just south of Sault Ste Marie, to strut their Cabbagetown stuff.  At -20 C, even these two intrepid outdoorspersons had to flash their cabbages quickly before getting back inside.


The Leslieville Flea
The Flea returns to the Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane) in the Distillery District from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday February 22.  It’s a “curated market” offering crafts and artisan works including furniture, home décor, soaps, jewellery, clothing and more.  Check out the market’s website for profiles about their vendors and their merchandise.  

Welcome back, Angela
Angela and James are back now after spending seven weeks on Agonda Beach in south Goa, India. She spent a good deal of her time in study and meditation.  As you can see, she’s certainly perfected her Scorpion pose.  She’s back now and happy to be sharing her insights and stories with her students and teachers at Sundara Yoga (488 Parliament, side door.)

Little House in the City
A quick postscript.  Last week’s workshop on raising chickens in the city gave one enthusiast a lot to consider.  She went to the event looking for a way to put a coop in her backyard and came away much better informed and definitely less enthused.
This week’s workshop is about recycling old sweaters into dolls.  Mirit Cohen Essel of Bubynoa will show you how to turn your sweater into a beautiful new doll.  The workshop is open to sewers at all levels.  Please bring a sweater to use for your project.  Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, $50.  555 Parliament.

Urbandog’s second home
Susan and Eric have been operating Urbandog Fitness & Spa (37 Parliament) near the Distillery for over ten years.  Its good reputation has spread widely because of the care and the fine facilities that it offers to dogs and their owners.  They’re now opening a new location – Park9, a canine resort experience.  Opening on March 2, Park9 (9 Meteor Drive) will be Toronto’s first high-end spa featuring cage-free boarding, daycare and grooming for vacationing dogs, a convenient holiday for these pooches while their owners jump on a plane at nearby Pearson Airport.  For more info about their luxurious pooch-friendly facilities, visit the website.  


The Wee Folk Club
Mark Ripp and Diane Vezina are performing on Thursday February 19 from 7:30 pm.  The Club meets in the Back Room at the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E).  Tickets are $10.

Congrats to The Irv
On Saturday February 28, The Irv (195 Carlton) will celebrate its first anniversary.  The party starts at 7 pm with live music, snacks, prizes and giveaways.  There’ll be a grand prize of a free trip to New York including air fare and two nights’ accommodation. 

Merryberry cooking classes
The flu and various other ailments struck down the crowd who hoped to attend Cyril's cooking class on Tuesday.  So he’s rescheduled for Tuesday March 3 at 6 pm.  He’ll be showcasing modernist cuisine techniques, especially sous-vide seafood and some molecular gastronomy.  Don’t miss it – contact him at Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411.

More wine at F’Amelia
Todd and John are continuing their wine give-aways.  Try a bottle of Michele Chiaro’s Barolo, rated 93 by Robert Parker. Every Wednesday, F’Amelia offers a 50% discount on any bottle that’s regularly priced at $100 or more.  Wine Wednesdays at F’Amelia (12 Amelia).



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
Cranberries, 601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330
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
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 – Mark Ripp & Diane Vezina, $10
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm,  50 shades of ginger – a fundraiser folk night, $10
The Local GEST
8 pm, Open mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Live acoustic music
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Scott Thompson, “Off with his head” repeat performance, $20/advance, $25/door
9 pm, Martha Chaves returns, $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
6 to 9 pm, Arthur Renwick


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Matt Rubel, “Serious Business”  $10/advance, $15/door
9 pm, Montreal drag king, Nat King Pole, $10/advance, $15/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 to 3 pm, Psychic brunch
7 pm, NDoula Care Services, “Sharing best practices”   $10/advance & $15/door
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz featuring Heilling Manoeuvre & Allison Young
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 Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Live acoustic music


Flying Beaver
7 pm, Leisa Way, “Rhinestone Cowgirl”, $15/advance, $20/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
White Elephant
7 pm, Sean Pinchin


Flying Beaver
9 pm, Rita Carrey Duo, “Carrey On”, $15/advance, $20/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.
The Irv
7 pm, One year anniversary party
White Elephant
9:30 pm, Toastr Party


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Amy J Lester, “Open Ham Session”, no cover, PWYW
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz featuring Samantha Clayton & Steven Cole
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema