February 26


This week’s image:  Our never ending winter sometimes seems very pretty.

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS

Massive new developments
Urbantoronto.ca has reported on new developments in the pipeline in our area along Bloor Street, in St James Town and Wellesley St, south on Sherbourne, along the waterfront, north on Parliament to Regent Park and along River Street.  It’s an important article - this will be happening right here in our own backyard.  Most parts of our neighbourhood will be affected by the influx of these new buildings and thousands of new residents.  Thanks to the Cabbagetown Residents Association for pointing out the link.  

Tough Scouts


The 403 Toronto Scouts are tough people.  Over the weekend of February 6 to 8, they visited the Blue Springs Scout Reserve for a weekend of winter camping.   Impressive.  And a fun time.  If you’re interested in enrolling a child in the Beavers, Cubs or Scouts program, go to the Scouts' Facebook page for more info.  

Brenda’s step and Zumba schedule
Brenda’s March schedule for her step and Zumba classes at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster, behind the Beer Store) is ready.  On Sundays, Zumba happens at 11 am. (If she decides to hold a 10 am Sunday step class, she’ll circulate her announcements to her email list.)  Step classes will be held at 9:15 am on three Wednesdays – March 4, 11 and 25 – but not on March 18. 

Re:Leaf - tonight’s the night
Re:Leaf’s community meeting takes place on Thursday February 26 at 7 pm at the Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce) to unveil its proposals for Cabbagetown’s future forestry management.  The plan has been developed by graduate students in U of T’s forestry school.  The meeting will include presentations on backyard tree planting, tree protection and restoring the urban forest.

Changes at Riverdale Park
The City of Toronto has prepared proposals for changes to the area on the southeast side of the upper park at Carlton Street and Riverdale Park Road.  That’s the small street that runs along the top of the hill between Carlton and Geneva.  On Thursday February 26 from 6:30 to 8 pm, there’ll be an open house where you can see the plans, meet City officials and express your views.  Pam McConnell has more info on her website.  Riverdale Farm meeting house (201 Winchester).  

Melanin:  Stories Untold
A Black History Month art showcase.  Performances by Simon ‘Stretch’ Yohannes, Sydanie and Evolution.  Tickets are $5 or $10 with an alcoholic beverage.  Friday February 27, 8 to 11 pm, Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E).

Children’s yoga
Every Saturday morning from noon to 12:30 pm, Brittany Logsdon teaches a yoga class for children ages 3 to 6 at Little House in the City (555 Parliament).  She’s an early childhood educator and a certified children’s yoga instructor.  Visit her website here.  For more info, call Carla at (416) 413-9993.  Clsses are $65 for 6 weeks or $13 per session.

Workshops at Little House in the City
Two workshops are happening next week.  Each one is a hands-on experience and you’ll get necessary materials and take home your own work.  On Wednesday March 4 at 7 pm, Monika Aebischer of the Olive Sparrow will lead a workshop on Needle Felting, $65.  Lara Bazant will hold her workshop on Jewellery Upcycling on Saturday March 7 from 1 pm, $55.  There are good descriptions of each workshop online here.  555 Parliament.

Weddings at The Distillery
Are you planning a wedding?  They’re great events (I should know, I’ve enjoyed a few). The Distillery is a very romantic setting.  On Sunday March 1, you can attend a Wedding Open House from 1 to 5 pm in The Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane) and learn what’s available for you.    It’s a free event.  Find out more, click here.  

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.  

The Peggy Kurtin award
Every year, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association presents its award to a homeowner whose exterior renovations are especially noteworthy.  The CPA’s standards for these awards are outlined on the Association’s website. The deadline for 2015 submissions is April 15.  

An urban igloo
Drake Trafford at 33 River Street built an igloo in his front yard.  It’s his second effort. Last year, he put his igloo in his backyard and learned how to do it.  This year, he installed a mirror ball and a toaster oven. He sits in it to enjoy a cup of tea, reading books and welcoming friends and curious visitors.  NOW Magazine has run a nifty story about his unique building techniques.  

Weekly networking breakfast
The Business Network breakfasts have started up at Murgatroid (568 Parliament).  Each week, a business person will present a personal account and tips about business successes and members will exchange referrals.  Wednesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 am, $15.  Here’s a link for more info.  

Corktown at Odin
Save this date.  Corktown residents are invited to “A very Corktown St Paddy’s Day” at Odin (514 King E) on Tuesday March 17.  There’ll be live music, beer, food and fun.  More details coming soon.

It’s not long now
The 2015 Forsythia Festival will happen in just over two months.  The organizers know that we’re agonizing now about the current cold spell and we believe that it just won’t ever end.  They’ve offered us some relief - they’re pleased to announce that the Lemon Bucket Orkestra will be playing at this year’s event. This gives us an excuse to show you a warm photo – close your eyes and imagine this.

ONSTAGE

Now playing at Soulpepper
The Dining Room by A R Gurney presents six actors who play over 50 different roles. It runs to March 7.  The widely acclaimed production of Spoon River returns from March 7 to March 28. For details and tickets, click here.  50 Tank House Lane, The Distillery

New Ideas Festival
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) presents its 27th annual New Ideas Festival from March 11 to 29.  There’ll be fifteen new plays, five staged each week.  Show times are Wednesday to Saturday at 8 pm with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  Readings happen on Saturday at noon.  You can buy a single ticket or a Festival pass.  To see the full program details and to buy tickets, click here

A reminder - less than a month away
At 2 pm on Sunday March 29, Toronto’s newchoir will leave New York audiences in awe.  They’re performing at Carnegie Hall in a Distinguished Concert International presentation of contemporary a cappella music.  Six members from Cabbagetown including Margaret Grottenhaler, Doug Harrison, Louise Koepfler, Jennifer McIlroy, Tish Mancini and Chris Stockley make up the backbone of the choir.  Click here to find out more.  

RESTAURANTS & CLUBS

Fire at The  Flying Beaver
Maggie and Heather have closed the Flying Beaver (488 Parliament) temporarily.  A fire broke out there on Friday morning February 20.  As they say on their Facebook page, they`re trying to sort out what happened, notify their performers and make arrangements to reopen. Our best wishes to them during a tough time – their Pubaret has added greatly to our community. 

Toastr Party at White Elephant
On Saturday February 28, The White Elephant (366 Queen E) is hosting a Toastr Party – a lesbian party with really good music for lesbians and for all people who respect that it`s a lesbian party with really good music. Future Toastrs will be held on the last Saturday in each month with resident DJ Sticky Cuts and various musical guests.  For more info, check out its Facebook page.  

Congrats to The Irv
On Saturday night February 28, The Irv (195 Carlton) will celebrate its first year anniversary.  The pub is a lively success.  Added to its attractions, Regan also makes on-going efforts with the Bob Irvine Foundation to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for ALS in honour of his father.
Saturday’s party starts at 7 pm.  There’ll be live music, prizes, snacks and of course, plenty of good drinks.  The big raffle prize is a free weekend for two in New York. 

Games night at Murgatroid
The latest games night series starts up at Murgatroid (568 Parliament) on Monday March 2 at 6 pm.  Along with the games, samples of lasagna, enchiladas and shepherd’s pie will be served – all available in Murgatroid’s line of frozen takeout foods. 

Rescheduled cooking class
Cyril has rescheduled Merryberry`s latest cooking class to Tuesday March 3 at 6 pm.  His theme is “modernist cuisine”, sous-vide seafood and some molecular gastronomy.  Don’t miss it – contact him at Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411.

Wild Women are back
Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E), Thursday March 5, 8 pm.  Wild Women (Don`t get the blues) with Colleen Allen, Lorraine Segato, Miku Graham, Shawnee Talbot, Amani, Michelle Willis & Charlotte Siegel. Tickets are $20 advance & $25 at the door.  

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26 TO SUNDAY MARCH 8

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.

Please note:  a fire happened at The Flying Beaver and it has closed temporarily for repairs.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Live acoustic music

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27

Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Melanin: Stories Untold, $10
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday with resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.  $20
White Elephant
7 pm, Sean Pinchin

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28

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

SUNDAY MARCH 1

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz featuring Samantha Clayton & Steven Cole
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema

MONDAY MARCH 2

Murgatroid
6 pm, Games night & food samples
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia

TUESDAY MARCH 3

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia

WEDNESDAY MARCH 4

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night

THURSDAY MARCH 5

Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Wee Folk Club – Fraser & Gerrard and Glen Hornblast, $10
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Live acoustic music with Chris Bjorkquist, Laura Cole & Shawn William Clarke
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Wild Women (Don`t get the blues), $20 advance, $23 door.
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke

FRIDAY MARCH 6
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

SATURDAY MARCH 7

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
White Elephant
10 pm, Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party

SUNDAY MARCH 8

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz featuring Diana Roblin and friends
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema