March 26

This week’s image:  Spring sunshine at Green’s Antiques



Cabbagetown Cycling Club

Wil Mills from Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) has released early details for the Club’s 2015 program.  This year, ambitious new changes are coming to broaden opportunities for cyclists at all levels.  There’ll be more choice for times and rides.  The weekly women’s ride will be open to all levels.  A website, online club calendar and blog will give updates and safety info.  Email Wil at to tell him about your interest.

Allan Gardens Easter Show
Hydrangeas, Easter lilies and bulbs in full bloom will all highlight the 2015 Easter flower show.  Starting Sunday March 29 and continuing for 4 weeks.  No cover charge.  Allan Gardens Conservatory,  Jarvis and Carlton.

Save these Spring dates
Jane’s Walks – Friday May 1 to Sunday May 3, various routes
Forsythia Festival – Sunday May 3, 10 am to 3:30 pm, Wellesley Park
ROM Walk, Cabbagetown North – Sunday May 17, 2 pm, Parliament & Winchester
ROM Walk, Cabbagetown South -  Wednesday May 20, 6 pm, Parliament & Spruce
ROM Walk, Necropolis – Sunday May 31, 2 pm, Cemetery gates
Cabbagetown Garden Tour – Sunday June 7, 10 am to 3 pm

Eric Murphy
7 pm, Monday March 30, The Windup Bird Café (382 College at Bathurst). Eric will join three other award-winning Young Adult authors to read from his work and answer audience questions.  Eric’s first book, Phantom’s Gold, is short-listed for a Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice award and was part of the Regent Park Reads initiative.  His second book is now with his publishers.

Fuel The School
Save the date – Thursday April 30, 8 pm, Jet Fuel (519 Parliament).  This is a 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. Tickets are $25. Refreshments. 

Regent Park renewal
The renewal continues with this demolition of one of the last of Peter Dickinson’s buildings, making way for more new homes in Phase Three.

More travelling Tee’s
Judy and Charlie were in Agra to visit the Taj Mahal last November.  They wore their Cabbagetown Tees and brought a flag but they were told that it is forbidden to display flags here.  Their photo is remarkably crisp – the fog (or smog) that often surrounds this site didn’t appear during their photo op.  If you’re planning a trip, take along a  local souvenir and we’ll run your pictures when you return.


Off to New York
This is newchoir’s weekend at Carnegie Hall in New York.  The choir is singing in Distinguished Concert International’s Total Vocal, a celebration of contemporary a cappella music.  Several Cabbagetown singers will be taking part.  Sunday March 29, 2 pm.  Click here for program details and tickets. Congrats everyone.  

Burpee/Chin: Two new works
Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) presents a new double bill by two of Toronto’s finest choreographers, Susie Burpee and Peter Chin, featuring ten extraordinary dancers.  Performances are scheduled for Thursday April 9 to Saturday April 11 at 8 pm, Sunday April 12 at 2 pm and Wednesday April 15 to Saturday April 18 at 8 pm.  Tickets are $20 and $26.  For tickets, call (416) 967-1365 or go online.  

Poetry in Motion
The Corktown Chamber Orchestra performs at Little Trinity Church (425 King E), 8 pm on Thursday April 2. Tickets are $10.

Spotlight South Africa
The Canadian Stage will present Spotlight South Africa from April 8 to 25. The festival’s unique productions highlight the vitality of South African performance.  Nongogo (April 8 to 12), Ubu & the Truth Commission (April 15 to 19) and Chandelier (April 22 to 25) are all staged in the Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs (26 Berkeley).  The Meal (April 8 to 12) and Hatched (April 15 to 19) are dance performances in the Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs.  Dominion, a third dance piece, will happen in the Bluma Appel Theatre downtown (27 Front St E).  For detailed notes and tickets sales, click here.   

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 (70 Berkeley) annual New Ideas is a presentation of new writing, works in progress and experimental theatre.  The Festival will finish this weekend with its Week Three program running to Sunday March 29.  Festival details are available online


Kendall’s Collaborative Artisans Project
In the coming weeks, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) will introduce fabulous handmade goods showcasing the works of local talent.  First up are these intricate handcut maps of Cabbagetown.   Drop in to the new location and talk to Kevin and Karla if you want to commission a personal project. Open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm.

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. 

Welcome Pipler

Preparations are underway at 453 Parliament for our newest retailer, Pipler Accessories.  As its website says, this will be a store full of men’s and women’s accessories with integrity.  Located near No Frills, it’s another positive sign that this once-decrepit part of Parliament Street is now enjoying a facelift, thanks to new retailers with great design sense and interesting products.  Best wishes for your renovations and your launch.

Carla’s schedule for her workshops at Little House in the City (555 Parliament) is still really busy.  On Thursday March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, you’ll learn how to make beautiful Easter eggs.  $65.  On Saturday March 28, chickens are back – a “how-to” session for people who want to set up a backyard chicken coop. $20.  On Sunday March 29 from 1 to 3:30 pm, it’s knitting for novices.  $30.  Kimchi and experimentations are the topics on Tuesday, March 31 from 7 to 9 pm.  $50.  Each workshop features an expert guest speaker and hands-on experiences.  You’ll leave with your own project.  Details are online here.  

Barbeque season is coming
This little beauty has just arrived from Home Hardware (485 Parliament).  The staff there were a terrific help when we poked around trying to decide which model would be best. Our last one should go to the great BBQ Museum – it lasted fifteen years until the entire bottom fell out during a January cook-out.  In our test run with a couple of ribeye steaks, our new one showed lots of promise.


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, a 50/50 draw and lots of raffle prizes.  

Whiskey Jack on Saturday
Duncan Fremlin and his friends will be playing at the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W) at 4 pm on Saturday March 28.  Jen Cook has joined the band and this is her second complete concert with them. 

Paintbox at the Green Living Show
The Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) will be a restaurant vendor at the Green Living Show on the weekend, March 27 to 29, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front St W).   Chef Chris Klugman will feature Arancini rice balls with rutabaga spaghetti and a trio of Paintbox hot sauces.  Drop by the Paintbox on Thursday March 26 and Friday morning March 27 and pick up free tickets for the show – a $15 value.

Café Olya
The café will be closed next week as Olyana and Mike make some changes.  They plan to shift their emphasis away from an espresso bar and toward a bakeshop.  They hope to offer more baked goods, more often.  Best wishes for the reno’s.   540 Parliament

Jeff Barnes returns
Jeff and Noah will be back at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Thursday April 2 from 8 pm.

The Local GEST’s farm
The Local’s Farm is part of the Elm Grove Collective located just south of Sutton Ontario.  They have an acre of land where they’re growing mixed vegetables that are used in the pub.  Over the summer, their produce will be sold at the Regent Park Farmer’s Market and on the patio at the pub.  In the summer, volunteers and interns will be welcome to visit the Farm and enjoy working on it – and going home with fresh vegetables. 

A Wine Wednesday reminder
Each week on Wednesday, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) offers great wines at a great price.  Any bottle that’s regularly priced over $100 is available at 50% off. 

That’s a leprechaun
Regan at The Irv (195 Carlton) drew rave reviews on Facebook when his photo was posted.  It looks like a successful St Paddy’s Day for him.  The Irv was packed. 

Gilead’s last week
The Gilead Café & Wine Bar (4 Gilead Place) will close next week on March 31.  Fans of Jamie Kennedy’s cuisine will regret its loss.  Mr Kennedy will continue to operate Jamie Kennedy Kitchens.


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: 
Two of our regular Clubs are currently closed.  The Flying Beaver is being renovated after a fire in late February.  The Dominion on Queen has been closed since the summer of 2014 for renovations.

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
White Elephant
9:30 pm to 2 am, Toastr Party


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


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


Dominion on Queen
7:30 pm, Wee Folk Club –meetings are cancelled until a new location is decided
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music
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


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
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema