March 19

This week`s image:  Ringo & Daphne catch some early Spring rays.  Photo: Riverdale Farm.



Next week, newchoir will travel to New York for their role in the concert being held at Carnegie Hall on Sunday March 29 at 2pm.  Several Cabbagetown members will be taking part.  The choir is holding a preview performance on Sunday March 22 at 7:30 pm in Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen E).  It’s a pay-what-you-want event. $10 is the suggested donation. Find out all the latest news online here.  

SNAP! Aids auction
The SNAP! Auction is an annual fundraiser for ACT and this year, it’s being held in the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library.  It features a live auction, a silent auction and an art exhibition.  Its public preview happens in ACTRA Gallery (The Distillery, 14 Distillery Lane) over the weekend from March 20 to 22 from 10 am to 6 pm. 

Photo:  blogTO
Cabbagetown dog owners are organizing a Spring clean-up campaign for Riverdale Park on Sunday March 22 from 2 to 4 pm.  Volunteers will work in teams of two with one person on the shovel and the other handling the plastic bags.  Organizers will provide gloves, masks and bags.  If you want to join, please email and your name will be added to the list.  Thanks to the Cabbagetown Residents Association for the alert.

Fuel The School
Save the date – Thursday April 30, 8 pm, Jet Fuel (514 Parliament).  The Cabbagetown Residents have publicized this fundraiser on behalf of the Cabbagetown Co-op Nursery School (2 Lancaster).  There’ll be live and silent auctions with amazing stuff that’s being donated by local businesses.  Refreshments. 

Riverdale Farm update
Farm staff are happily announcing the arrival this week of four new Cotswold lambs.  The two new horses, Ringo and Daphne, are settling into Farm routines quite nicely as well.  Doors are open from 9 am to 5 pm daily.  201 Winchester (east of Sumach).

Riverdale Farmer`s Market
The Market`s closing has been highlighted in several newspaper stories in the past week.  The Toronto Star`s story gives extra detail about the decision by the City of Toronto.  Click here to read it.  

Gerry`s Tee visits the Mediterranean
Gerry wore his Cabbagetown Tee en route to the Aeolian Islands near Sicily.  He`s the travel agent whose announcements can be seen in our right hand column – just click on that image to read his blog. His latest project is a tour package to Croatia. 


Congrats to Karen O’Connor
Karen has won the 2015 Chef of the Year award at the prestigious International Caterers Association conference held in Las Vegas earlier in March.  She’s the executive chef at Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton).  D & D also won first prize for the best hors d`oeuvres and pastry chef Bonnie Kravitz won the rapid recipe challenge.  Daniel et Daniel has photos for all of these events on its Facebook page.  

Macaron Day
Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) is joining bakeries across Toronto to celebrate macaron day.  It`s a fundraiser to support the Red Door Family Shelter and 25% of all proceeds from the sale of macarons on Friday March 21 will go to the Shelter.  If you visit D & D`s Food Shop, just say `Macaron Day`and you`ll get a key lime freebie.

Leslieville Flea
The Flea returns to The Distillery on Sunday March 22 from 10 am to 4 pm in the Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).  It’s a “curated market” offering crafts and artisan works including furniture, home décor, soaps, jewellery, clothing and more.  Click here to read the profiles of several vendors at Sunday`s event.  

Spring bike tuneups
The guys at Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) are now in the middle of the Spring tune-up rush.  To manage your schedule, call the shop to arrange an appointment so your bike is ready at a predictable time. (416) 972-6948. 

Del Ray`s spring special
Phyllis and Steve at Del Ray Cleaners (586 Parliament) are offering a spring special – 25% off - to clean your winter coats, jackets and comforters.  Del Ray has a good reputation for its environmentally friendly cleaning methods.

Spring home repairs and renovations
Don Taggart at Nettleship Hardware (576 Parliament) has a list of painters and renovation specialists who work with him.  If you need a repair or a renovation, give him a call for a reference and a quote.  Nettleship distributes Benjamin Moore Paints.

Kendall`s bedding collection
Kendall & Co has a new bedding collection available – all in the colourful, high quality materials that they always use.   You can see the full collection on Kendall`s website.  Be sure to stop at the new store location at 514 Parliament (beside the LCBO).  Open from 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.

Workshops at Little House in the City
Carla`s schedule is getting very busy.  On Saturday March 21, it`s DIY Body Bliss from 2 to 4 pm with Maya Goldenberg, $40.  Tuesday`s sauerkraut and brined vegetables is ``Sold Out``.  Wednesday`s jewellery upscaling with designer and artisan Lara Bazant happens from 6 to 9 pm, $55 and it`ll be repeated on April 11.  On Thursday March 26, learn how to decorate Easter eggs with the traditional Ukrainian method, Pysanky, presented by Lucy Sterezylo from Stareatjello Design, $65.  There are lots of details available on her website.   555 Parliament. 


Three productions are on stage now at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery).  Spoon River is back again and continues until Thursday April 2.  A limited edition of the Spoon River music will be available on disc after March 25.  Subway Stations of the Cross with Ins Choi will run until Saturday April 4.  Kenneth Welsh`s reading of The Gospel According to Mark will go to Sunday March 29. Click here for tickets and more details.  

New Ideas Festival
Alumnae Theatre`s annual New Ideas is a presentation of new writing, works in progress and experimental theatre.  A new program of five plays and readings is offered each week.  Week Two is now underway until Sunday March 22.  The Festival will finish with Week Three from Wednesday March 25 to Sunday March 29.  Festival details are available online. 70 Berkeley Street.

Berkeley Street Theatre
Spotlight South Africa takes over all three stages from April 8 to April 25 – Berkeley Street upstairs and downstairs and the Bluma Appel Theatre on Front Street.  It`s a festival presentation of five productions that celebrate the vitality of South Africa`s theatre.  For program info and tickets, click here.  26 Berkeley Street


Porter`s footloose fundraiser
Porter is a familiar figure in Cabbagetown.  She hosts Open Mic with Porter at The Local GEST (424 Parliament). She recently injured her foot badly and needs time for it to heal.  Of course, in her line of work, she has to work to be paid and she`s had to reduce her schedule.  So Tiffany at The Local GEST is holding a fundraiser to help her during her troubles.  It`s on Saturday March 28 at 8 pm.  There`ll be live music and lots of raffle prizes.  

Corktown`s new dessert shop
Roselle Desserts has opened at 362 King E.  It`s a beautiful new store with a casual atmosphere and amazing dessert choices.  BlogTO has done an introductory story about them, click here.  



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.  Construction is still underway at The Dominion on Queen.


Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Wee Folk Club –meetings are cancelled until a new location is decided
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
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
7 to 10 pm, Dàrcy 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 Chris Wallace (drums)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


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


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Trivia night with Jill
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam

The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music with Greg Wyard
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
7 to 10 pm, Sean Pinchin


The Local GEST
8 pm, Porter`s footloose fundraiser
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
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Artie Roth
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema