March 12

This week’s image:  Late winter sunset



More news about Riverdale Farm
Nine people have been chosen to serve on the Farm’s Stewardship Committee.  According to the City of Toronto’s website, the committee handles fundraising, develops partnerships with outside individuals and groups, uses its business plan to create educational and participatory experiences, and ensures that current service levels continue and are enhanced. 
These nine people bring the skills needed to do that job, ranging from marketing, social service, communications and community development.  They are – Mischa Hamara, Anne Pastuszak, George Rust D’Eye, Celine Rouzaud, Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, Robyn Stewart, Tiffany Sun-Krebel, Christine Wilby and Silvia Yee.

Residents tackle the Farmer’s Market
News that the Market has been cancelled for 2015 has stirred up interest at the Cabbagetown Residents Association.  The CRA’s website reports that discussions have started among various community groups and that Councillor McConnell and the Parks Department are willing to help out.  For more information and to register your support, contact the CRA at

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

Shamrocks & Sneakers 4k Run
The Cabbagetown Youth Centre is taking part in the Shamrock & Sneakers 4k 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.  

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 – CPA’s Peggy Kurtin award
The Award is given annually by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association for significant work in restoration to the façade of a home.  To be eligible, the nomination must be completed by April 15.  Guidelines for the award and the system for applying are outlined at the CPA website.  

Corktown’s St Patrick’s party
The Corktown Residents & Business Association is holding its annual St Patrick’s party on Tuesday March 17 from 6 to 10 pm.  It’s a neighbourhood-wide event, everyone welcome.  It’s happening at Odin Café & Bar (514 King W).  Festive Irish fun, live DJ.  No cover.  $1 from the sale of each beer goes to the Association.

Spring flowers
Allan Gardens (Carlton and Sherbourne). Spring Flowers is the current show.  It runs to March 29.  Moira Welsh, writing in The Star, calls it “an alternative to Prozac … temperature controlled post-February therapy.”  Click here to read her story.  

Cabbagetown in Goa
James and Angela spent several weeks in Goa recently.  Angela filled her time with useful endeavors.  James took care of the big stuff. Here he’s handling a bullfight on the beach with his C’town flag.  Thanks James.  A quick reminder – get your own flag to fly at your home at Spruce (455 Parliament). 


Eric Morse has written about newchoir’s coming appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall.  Their role in the concert has been upgraded – they’ll now perform the event’s feature, “Waiting for the world to change” as well as the other pieces originally scheduled.  You can read the Bulletin’s story in its March edition now being circulated to neighbourhood homes.

Ernst Zundel’s house
Photo: Shawn Micallef, Toronto Star
Shawn Micallef describes The Bunker, Zundel’s former headquarters at 206 Carlton Street, in his Toronto Star article.  For 25 years, Canada’s most notorious neo-Nazi was based here and the house was the target of riots, demonstrations, firebombs and lots of tossed garbage.  Zundel had a plastic tarp installed on a roller to prevent damage to its façade.  Television clips frequently showed him marching out of his front entrance wearing a white helmet and accompanied by his gang of thugs.  In recent years, it’s been a rooming house and now it’s for sale – yours for only $1.7 million.  Check out Micallef’s story here.   

The Canary District
Image:  Globe & Mail
Located at the foot of River Street south of King, the Canary District will serve as home for 10,000 athletes during the PanAm Games. After that, there’ll be 800 condo apartments, 253 rent-geared-to-income homes, a new YMCA and a residence for 250 George Brown College students.  In addition, there’ll be 30,000 square feet of commercial space.  John Bentley Mays wrote about its history and its impact in the Globe and Mail.  


Workshops at Little House In The City
Workshops for the coming week include Eco-makeup Masterclass with Maya Goldenberg on Saturday March 14, Terrariums with Liam Kijewski and Crystal Bradford on Sunday March 15, Tropical Preserves with Christine Manning on Monday March 16, Creative Bookbinding with Caroline Eady on Thursday March 19 and DIY Body Bliss with Maya Goldenberg on Saturday March 21.  Click here for all the workshop details and for registration. 
Don`t forget Children`s Yoga with Brittany Logsdon on Saturdays.  For kids ages 3 to 6.
 (416) 413-9993.  555 Parliament.   


Welcome Brian and Demi
Eurobites at 582 Parliament has opened its doors.  Our newest restaurant is specializing in Eastern European menu items – schnitzel sandwiches, savoury pies (cheese, spinach and meat), crepes and Balkan sweets.  It’s a small, newly renovated, bright room.  There are a couple of tables for eat-in meals but the main emphasis is take-out.  Prices are very affordable ($4.99 sandwiches and $4.99 to $5.99 for desserts.)  Open 10 am to 9 pm, not licensed.  Congrats and best wishes. 

The Local GEST

Porter returns with Open Mic with Porter on Thursday March 12.  Sunday afternoon jazz features the Steve Kovan Trio at 4 pm.  424 Parliament

Corktown Ukes
Wednesday March 18 at 7:30 pm. The next Corktown Uke concert happens at the Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas W).  Watch for updates as well about the new Canada Ukes event scheduled for the long weekend in May in Midland. 

The Wee Folk Club
Construction at the Dominion on Queen has forced the cancellation of the March dates for the Club’s events.  A new location is being sought for future events.

Update on The Flying Beaver
Maggie Cassella has posted several photos on her Facebook page showing progress with the reconstruction of the Pubaret (488 Parliament) following its fire.  Click here to keep up-to-date.  

Open mic at the White Elephant
Starting on March 12 and continuing every Thursday night at 8 pm, the White Elephant (366 Queen E) is hosting an Open Mic night.  Their live music program continues with Scott B Sympathy on Friday March 13  at 7 pm, the Fraser Melvin band on Saturday March 14 from 10 pm and D’Arcy Good on Friday March 20 from 7 pm. 

The late winter taste at Peartree
Throughout March, Peartree (507 Parliament) has a three-course dinner special for two people at $45/couple.  Add two glasses of wine for $55/couple.  For starters, chose an organic green salad, Caesar salad or homemade soup.  For the entrée course, select a black angus strip loin steak and garlic tiger shrimp, or lemon thyme halibut or a breast of pesto chicken.  Dessert is tougher. There are four different cakes – chocolate truffle, carrot, lemon coconut or cherry cheese cake. 

This is always a pub night – a time for games, contests, Irish food, live entertainment and lots of Irish drinks.  This year, nine local spots will have Irish themed specials.

Stout Irish Pub
Erin’s Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is home to all things Irish in Cabbagetown.  This year’s St Paddy’s Malarkey & Shenanigans stretch over two big nights.  On Saturday March 14, it’s St Practice Day and then on Tuesday March 17, it’s St Patrick’s Day.  From 8 pm, there’ll be live Celtic music, $5 Jameson, $7 Lucky Charm lager and $16 Devils Hurricanes.  Please note – these are 19+ nights.  Trivia night on Tuesday is cancelled.  No cover.  Be sure to drop in to Stout after Sunday’s big St Patrick’s parade.

The Irv
Start off your night at The Irv (195 Carlton) with free oysters from 7:30 to 9 pm.  Regan has arranged prizes, Irish food, four Wellington brews on tap, and live music with Geoff Willingham.  Everyone will get a ticket and the winner will get a free beer fridge that’s completely stocked with Irv and Wellington beers. 

The Local GEST
Food is the Irish element on St Paddy’s night at the GEST (424 Parliament).  The menu specials will include Irish stew, a corned beef and ham sandwich, steak and Guinness pie and an Irish cream brownie. 

420 Smokehouse
There’ll be good drinks and lots of food choices here.  $5 pints, kamikaze shooters and sour apple martinis.  For dinner, there’s Chef’s shepherd’s pie, pulled pork nachos, poutine, pulled pork and burgers.  420 Parliament.

House on Parliament
As always, the HOP (454 Parliament) will have special Irish dishes to offer up. To add extra flavour, the Gilchrist Irish Dancers will make an appearance on Saturday March 14 at 7:30 pm and on Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  There’ll be $5 pints of Keith’s on tap.

Hey Lucy
Hey Lucy (229 Carlton) will have Guinness Black Velvet and draft beer on special.  Check the menu for the night’s Irish food specials.

Mill Street
The Distillery’s big Brew Pub has two separate St Patrick’s events.  
All day long in the Beer Hall, there’s a two course luncheon served with Cobblestone Stout for $20 along with live music and contests. The first 100 people will receive a free Cobblestone gift pack.  
From 6:30 pm in the Brew Pub, the Brewmasters Dinner is a five-course, beer-paired dinner at $59.95 with live music and entertainment.  Find both locations at 21 Tank House Lane.

Under The Table
$5 appetizers will be available on St Patrick’s Day – perogies, chicken wings and poutine.  568 Parliament.



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088,
Cranberries, 601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893,
El Catrin, 18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121,
The Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567,
Gilead Café & Wine Bar, 4 Gilead Place, (647) 288-0680,
House on Parliament, 454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074,
The Irv, 195 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787,
The Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
Merryberry, 559 Parliament,
Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338,
Murgatroid, 568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381,
Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555,
Stirling Room, 16 Trinity, Distillery District,
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant, 2 Trinity Street, Distillery, (647) 430-1111,
Under the Table, 568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,
White Elephant, 366 Queen E. (416) 364-9999,

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.

The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music with Miriam Kay
White Elephant
8 pm, Open mic night


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
8 pm, Scott B Sympathy


House on Parliament
7:30 pm, Gilchrist Irish Dancers
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.
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, St Practice Day Malarkey & Shenanigans, live Celtic music
White Elephant
10 pm, Fraser Melvin Band


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with the Steve Kovan Trio
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


6 pm, Games night
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


420 Smokehouse
3 pm to closing, Luck of the Irish St Patrick’s Day menu
Hey Lucy
Irish menu specials and Guiness Black Velvets.
House on Parliament
6:30 pm, Gilchrist Irish Dancers
7 pm, St Patrick’s Day party with draws and live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
St Patrick’s Day with special menu
Mill Street Beer Hall
St Patrick’s Day luncheon, $20
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm – Brewmaster’s Dinner and live music with Nua, $59.95.
Stout Irish Pub
St Patrick’s Day Malarkey & Shenanigans with live Celtic music
Under the Table
Special $5 St patrick’s appetizers


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


Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Wee Folk Club – Fraser & Gerrard and Glen Hornblast, $10
The Local GEST
8 pm, Open mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music with Don Campbell
Paintbox Bistro
8 pm, Wild Women (Don`t get the blues), $20 advance, $23 door.
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke
White Elephant
Open mic

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, D'Arcy Good


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
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz featuring Diane Roblin and friends
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema