April 16

This week’s image by Irene DeClute


Hilary Browning thinks that last Sunday`s open house offerings turned Cabbagetown into a mini Tour of Homes.  There`ll be more this week.  There`s a fast turnover among listings and so each week`s open houses are a fresh batch.  Click here to read about them.  


New life at the BIA
The Cabbagetown BIA (237 Carlton) has just hired local resident Stephen-Thomas Maciejowski to be its new Executive Director.  He brings a background in retail marketing and he’s internet savvy.  His appointment coincides with other internal changes.  Bill Renieris from Royal Home Hardware (485 Parliament) is the new Chair, replacing Frank Bernardo.  Kim Alke, the owner of Spruce Home Decor (455 Parliament) is the new treasurer, succeeding Michael Haddad.  All of this is good news.  It’s time that the organization shook off its lethargy and resumed its central role in Cabbagetown’s affairs.  With Bill’s chairmanship, this will be possible - he’s deeply rooted in the community and a capable leader.  Best wishes to everyone.

Let`s help Hayley
Hayley Dineen (a native Cabbagetowner) is studying clothing design in England.  She`s one of the top ten finalists in the Abury Design Experience, an international contest open to emerging designers.  She created an accessories collection using traditional crafts drawn from different cultures.  To vote for her, to see her entries and to view her video, click here. To vote for her, click on the button and use the Facebook prompt.

Cabbagetown South clean-ups
The Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association is asking local residents to attack the litter and leftover winter debris around their homes during the coming weekend.  It’s part of a two-pronged effort to perk up the neighbourhood.  The Association also asks you to find a small patch of bare ground and use it to plant a little garden.  Gardening supplies and plants are available from the Association for these projects.  Contact info@cabbagetownsouth.ca

Aberdeen Ave spring cleaning
The Aberdeen Avenue Residents Group has formally signed up with the City of Toronto for its clean-up project on Saturday April 18.  Bags are available – get your supplies at 8 Aberdeen at 10 am on Saturday.  The City will pick up the filled bags at the garbage bins in Winchester Square Park after 2 pm.  

Friends of Corktown Common
There’ll be a clean-up project in Corktown Common on Saturday as well – from 10 am to 1 pm.  Meet at Odin Bar & Café (510 King E).  Please wear gloves – the other stuff that you’ll need will be provided. 

Cabbagetown Cycling Club
The Club’s first ride will take place on Sunday April 19.  Meet at Jet Fuel (519 Parliament) for an 8 am departure.  Bring food and water supplies.  The ride will have two components – a longer 65K event and shorter 40k ride.
The Club requires a waiver from you before the ride starts.  There are also openings for new members.  Finally, the Wednesday morning women’s ride and the Thursday morning ride are both proving to be popular. 
You can find out about all of these things at the Cabbagetown Cycling Club membership site.  

Blueprint for the future
The Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce) is hosting a fundraiser to support summer camp visits for 100 children.  Each child receives experiential trips, leadership opportunities and fun learning activities.  Tuesday, April 21, 6 to 9 pm, Berkeley Church (315 Queen E).  Your ticket includes either hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail reception ($85) or the full package with dinner ($135).  For an extra $60, you can directly support one child for one day at camp.   Silent auction and door prizes.  To buy your tickets and to see more details, click here.  

Winchester Square gardening
The gardeners who work on the Winchester Square garden boxes (Ontario Street between Aberdeen and Carlton) will be preparing them and planting seeds on Saturday April 25 or Sunday April 26 if it rains. The May planting will happen on Saturday May 16.

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. 

Allan Gardens Spring show
The big Easter show continues until April 26.   Hydrangeas, Easter lilies and Spring bulbs are highlights.  There’s a jade vine and it’s in bloom. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.  Free.  Conservatory, Sherbourne and Carlton.

More thanks to the donors
The Forsythia Festival is gathering more support from the Cabbagetown community.  25 supporters have made gifts and financial donations in the bronze category – valued between $50 and $199.  For a full list of these contributors as well as the latest news about 11 gold and 19 silver donors, go to the Cabbagetown Residents’ Association website – click here.  

New photo ops
The Distillery now has a heart.  Grab a photo of yourself and send it to The Distillery District and you’ll be published on its Facebook page.  Thanks to Toronto Bicycle Tours for this picture.  

456 Parliament
Nothing really changes.  Every so often, somebody tinkers with the facade or does a half-hearted sweep of the rubbish outside.  Otherwise, this blight continues, year after year.  Clearly, the owners won’t, or can’t spend the energy and money needed to finish this project.


Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead Café
The Gilead Café closed in March.  It was Jamie Kennedy’s most recent Toronto restaurant, located in Corktown near King and Parliament.  Jennifer Bain interviewed him for an article in the Toronto Star – click here.  

Waterfront redevelopment
Waterfront Toronto is, in John McLeod’s phrase, “one of the most successful, productive, transparent and accountable government agencies operating in the city today.”  McLeod’s article appears in NOW Magazine and he outlines the uncertain future that other agencies are inflicting on its plans.  You can read his story here.  


I am Marguerite
Onstage now until Saturday April 25. Shirley Barrie’s play draws on events from Canadian history to tell the story of a woman exiled in 1542 to an island offshore of Newfoundland for pursuing love over duty.  Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley).  More info, tickets and a short video, click here.  

Trudeau comes back to Soulpepper
Two of Michael Hollingshed’s plays about Pierre Trudeau and Canadian politics return in late April to Soulpepper. Trudeau and Levesque - onstage from April 25. Trudeau and the FLQ - from May 12.  Soulpepper’s Spring season continues with Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce from May 1, Vern Thiessen’s adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage from May 2 and Anton Piatigorsky’s The Dybbuk Or Between Two Worlds in mid-May.  For details, schedules and tickets, click here.  

Dinner & a show
Mill Street (21 Tank House Lane) has a dinner and theatre special offer at The Brew Pub and The Beer Hall.  If you’re seeing a play at Soulpepper, show your ticket to enjoy a 15% discount on your dinner or dessert. 

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, with ten extraordinary dancers.  To Saturday April 18 at 8 pm.  Tickets are $20 and $26.  For tickets, call (416) 967-1365 or go online.  

Spotlight South Africa
Onstage now at Canadian Stage to April 25. The festival highlights the vitality of South African performance.  The Truth Commission (until April 19) and Chandelier (April 22 to 25) are both staged in the Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs (26 Berkeley).  Hatched (until April 19) is a dance performance in the Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs. For detailed notes and tickets sales, click here.   


Welcome Pipler
Pipler Accessories (453 Parliament) opened officially on Wednesday.  Drop by to see their men’s and women’s accessories.  It’s the kind of store that many have wanted here for a long time and it’s a welcome addition to our neighbourhood.

Spring at Spruce
Kim has three interesting new items in Spruce (455 Parliament) as part of her new Spring lineup.  Her new cheese boards and butcher boards from Emerson Pringle Carpentry in Prince Edward County are selling very quickly and for good reason – they’re beautifully made and priced reasonably.  Check out the wire trophy heads and the Turkish bath towels from Pamuk & Co as well.   

Kendall’s doorcrasher special
This attractive but gently used love seat has been a floor model in the store.  It’s upholstered in a discontinued fabric. It measures 64” wide, 39”deep and 34” high.  Kendall wants to make room in the store, so he’s offering it for sale at $1,100 – it was originally priced at $2,640.  It’s going to sell quickly! Open from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday and 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday.  514 Parliament.

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.  

Raising backyard quail
Little House in the City (555 Parliament) continues its workshop series with Dan Pryce from Spade & Feather.  He’ll show how these lovely little birds are cheaper and easier to handle than chickens – this is a “how to” session and participants get coupons toward their purchase of equipment and birds.  Saturday April 18, 1 to 3 pm, $20.

The Leslieville Flea
The season`s final Flea appearance at the Distillery happens on Sunday April 26 from 10 am to 4 pm, Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).  Vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and handcrafted goods.  The Flea moves back to Ashbridge Estate for the summer in June.


Welcome to the Thai Room
The Thai Room (243 Carlton) has opened its doors.  It’s the fifth location for this group.  The room has been completely remodeled into a colourful and welcoming spot.  The menu features Thai and Malaysian dishes – with a wide selection on the main menu along with lunch specials and a catering menu.  There’s also a take-out and a free delivery service. Open from 10 am to 10 pm daily.  Online info is here.  

Start farming
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) has a farm plot near the city where Erick and his friends are growing the fresh produce used in the pub’s kitchen.  They’re looking for volunteers who can spend a day doing the early season farm work – composting, planting and mulching.  The volunteer days in April are Thursday April 23, Sunday April 26, Thursday April 30 and Sunday May 3 – all from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Please email Erick and tell him that you want to join up, whether you need a ride and where you’re coming from - thelocalfarmgest@gmail.com

A new Open Mic
The Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) is starting its Hummingbird Open Mic nights on Tuesday April 21.  Sign up at 6 pm and be ready to perform at 7 pm.  There’ll be support from a live band.  It’s free and open to all ages.

Cooking crepes at Merryberry
Cyril is holding another cooking class on his popular crepes theme – Tuesday April 21 at 6 pm.  If you missed the first one and didn’t get on his waiting list, then be sure to call him or visit Merryberry (559 Parliament) to be included.    

Peartree`s April three-course prix fix dinner
Appetizer choices include an organic green salad, a Caesar salad or homemade soup.  For your main course, there’s a prime rib steak with a red wine sauce at $26.99 or blackened tuna with mango salsa for $24.99 or Cajun creole chicken breast with sweet pepper, red onions and a creole sauce at $22.99. All entrees include veggies and rice or potatoes. To finish off, there`s chocolate truffle cake, carrot cake, lemon coconut layer cake or strawberry rhubarb pie.  507 Parliament.

Another award for F’Amelia
Congrats to John, Todd and the staff at F’Amelia.  Toronto.com has judged Toronto’s best Italian restaurants and F’Amelia (12 Amelia) has been listed.  The review is here.  Don’t miss Wine Wednesdays – 50% all bottles normally priced over $100.

Get outside everybody
Patio season is here and people have been filling up the front tables at House on Parliament (454 Parliament).  Roof-top fans will be pleased to learn that pre-season cleaning is underway in the roof patio and it’ll be available soon. 



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
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: 
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 Irv
7pm, Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with the Brew Pub Staff Jam
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 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
White Elephant
5:30 to 7 pm, Yoga with Katie Young


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday jazz with Henry Heillig, Eric St Laurent & Charlie Cooley
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


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


6 pm, Cooking class – sweet and savory crepes, $40.
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 Irv
7pm, Geoff Willingham
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


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 - the Brick House Trio with Paul Llew-Williams, Greg Allworth & Devin Patten
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema