April 2

This week’s image:  newchoir sings at Carnegie Hall.  Photo: Louise Koepfler.


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Wow – nifty shirt
Photo: Helen Coltrinari
Owen, Nat & Maria’s son, is two months old and he already has impeccable fashion taste.  He lives in England in East Dulwich, a London suburb, and his shirt was delivered to him by his godmother, Helen Coltrinari.  His Tee is from the Cabbagetown Residents Association collection and it was purchased at Spruce (455 Parliament).  Congrats to everyone involved – this has to be one of our best-ever Tee shirt pics.

Sold out at Carnegie Hall
Photo: Louise Koepfler
Newchoir’s concert last weekend at New York’s fabled Carnegie Hall was a great success.  After weeks of preparations and an amazing preview here in Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church, the choir burst on New York’s scene and was a triumph.  Next up – Koerner Hall in May.  Six choir members are Cabbagetowners – Margaret Grottenthaler, Doug Harrison, Louise Koepfler, Tish Mancini, Jennifer McIlroy and Chris Stockley.  Congrats all – it must have been a thrill.

23 years
Photo Susan Spierling
On Wednesday night, Jet Fuel (519 Parliament) celebrated its 23rd birthday with its usual low-keyed event.  Congrats to John Englar who has created a landmark that the whole city recognizes. 

Salumi at F’Amelia
Back in January (somehow, this review was overlooked until now), Post City Magazine listed Toronto’s best Italian restaurants.  The article focused on specific courses from opening appetizers to the final desserts.  Congrats to F’Amelia (12 Amelia) for winning the Salumi Board in the Antipasti section – the reviewers have commented “Impressive to say the least.”

Porter’s night at The Local GEST
As mentioned previously, Porter has suffered a broken ankle and it’s caused her considerable difficulty. She has another six weeks’ therapy ahead of her.  Porter has established a very successful presence in our pubs for her Open Mic nights and her work at several local establishments.  Her friends at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) held a fundraiser for her on Saturday. Andrew Lopatin provided the music.  Local beer and wine representatives donated raffle prizes.  Cabbagetown photographer Eric Morse gave three of his black-and-whites for auction.  Thanks and congrats to everyone involved.


Donors to the Forsythia Festival
The businesses and individuals who sponsor the Festival are vital to its success.  The organizers have set up three levels of sponsorship – gold, silver and bronze – depending on the size of the gifts. In addition, several donors are providing “in kind” services that enrich the Festival’s program. Over the next few weeks, these donors will be listed here in recognition of their generosity. 
This week, the gold level sponsors are listed – those whose gifts are over $500.
·      Hepburn Landscape Contractors, hepburnlandscape.com
·      Kendall & Co, kendallandco.ca, 514 Parliament St
·      Michael O’Brien, Bosley Real Estate, michaelobrien.ca
·      RBC Global Asset Management, rbcgam.com
·      Richard Silver, Sotheby’s International Real Estate, sothebysrealty.ca, 1867 Yonge St, Suite 100
·      St Jamestown Steak & Chops, steakandchops.ca, 516 Parliament St
·      TD Bank Group, td.com, 493 Parliament St
·      Tony Lafazanis, Barrister – tonylafazanis.com, 493 Parliament St, Suite 201,
·      Toronto Centre Federal Liberal Association, torontocentre.liberal.ca, 527 Parliament St

Forsythia Festival prizes
There’s a long list of really spiffy raffle prizes that’ll be yours to win at this year’s event.  You might, for example, get a free night for two at The King Edward Hotel (worth a cool $250).  Or a Giant Brand kid’s bike, a Cabbagetown chalkboard, a set of lacquered trays, an Epicure gift baskets, a gift certificate at Jordano Spa, a haircut from Lam at Hairspa, five yoga classes at Sundara and a free massage from Claudia Salzmann.  Check out the complete list here.

18 Blocks
Here’s an interesting new online service.  It’s a place where neighbours “share more than just a postal code.”  You can find a lost pet or your car keys or a dog whisperer. Organize a party or a club or a knitting group.  Share your news or your recipes.   The current Cabbagetown listings include a babysitting service, news about a car parked in a handicap spot, preschoolers’ yoga classes and community announcements.  Good stuff – bookmark it and use it. 

Wake up early
We’ll witness a partial lunar eclipse on Saturday April 4.  But be quick – this is the shortest totality of the century, only 4 minutes long starting from 5:58 am.  Pick up a good western view as the moon sets during the eclipse.  This year’s second eclipse will be longer and we’ll see the entire face of the moon in its red shadows on September 28.

Poopalooza success
The Cabbagetown Residents Association has reported that the park clean-up was a success.  A big group showed up in Riverdale Park and as a result, additional cleaning was done in Wellesley Park, on Winchester Street and along the Spruce Street boulevards near the school. 


Easter egg hunt
The Corktown Residents & Business Association is organizing an Easter egg hunt in Corktown Common (Bayview and Lower River Street) on Sunday April 5 from 10:15 am.  It’s a rain or shine event.  There’ll be chocolate treats, cider, coffee from Redline (354 Queen E) and a visit from the Easter bunny.  Free.

Allan Gardens Spring show
Photo: Toronto Star
The big Easter show has started and runs to April 26.   Hydrangeas, Easter lilies and Spring bulbs are highlights.  There’s a jade vine and it’s in bloom – a gardener has counted over 86 blooms so far.  Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.  Free.  Conservatory, Sherbourne and Carlton.

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The Orchestra’s next concert is Outliers.  They’ll play works that aren’t commonly heard but are uncommonly beautiful.  Andrew Chan on the harp and Carl Nanders on violin will be featured performers.  Little Trinity Church (425 King E), 8 pm on Thursday April 9, $10. 

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.  

Spotlight South Africa
Spotlight South Africa runs at Canadian Stage 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.   

Clean-up days
Aberdeen Ave Residents Group has registered for the City’s annual clean-up day.  Residents are asked to rake up litter into bags and leave the bags at the garbage bins in Winchester Square Park.  Bags can be picked up at #8 Aberdeen at 10 am and the work should be finished by 2 pm. 
Cabbagetown South is asking local residents to clean up the litter in the yards, street curbs and neighbourhood lanes on the weekend of April 18 and 19.

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 gardens
These attractive community gardens are located on Ontario Street between Aberdeen and Carlton.  Gardeners are welcome to join.  The gardening committee is planning to prepare the boxes and plant seeds on Saturday April 25 (or Sunday April 26 if it rains.)  The May planting will happen on Saturday May 16.

Guerrilla gardeners
Cabbagetown South Residents Association has a supply of plants and shrubs for local guerrilla gardeners.  Pick a plot in a lane or along a boulevard and turn it into a small garden.  For extra information, contact the Association at admin@cabbagetownsouth.ca

2015 garden tour
The CPA’s spring garden tour has been scheduled for Sunday June 7 from 10 to 3 pm.  Volunteers are needed.  It’s a very pleasant task where you’ll meet all kinds of interesting gardening enthusiasts.  Please contact helenc.hmc@sympatico.ca. 
Tickets are $15.  They can be purchased locally at Epicure (473 Parliament), Fairway Garden Centre (520 Parliament), Jay’s Garden Centre (360 Gerrard E), Mi Casa (238 Carlton), Kendall & Co (514 Parliament), and Spruce (455 Parliament).  In the outside world, pick up your tickets at the Greenery Patch at St Lawrence Market (B36, 95 Front St E), Ringe Florists (40 King W, concourse level), Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge St) and Bill’s Garden & Design  (903 Pape).


What about raccoons

Photo: Jim Rankin, Toronto Star
Professor Suzanne MacDonald from York University is conducting a brief survey to find out your experiences with our raccoon companions.  She believes that the current lack of data is hindering control efforts by the City of Toronto.  She’ll be sharing her findings with the City.  Click here to answer her questions.   And click here to read the Toronto Star’s background story.  

Village charms
Photo: Vince Talotta, Toronto Star
Over the weekend, Vicky Sanderson writing in the Toronto Star described Cabbagetown’s village charms and listed the character and amenities that all of us enjoy.  Here’s the link.  

Our name
Gilles Huot is the president of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.  He’s written an interesting article in this week’s Inside Toronto tracing the history of our neighbourhood’s iconic name.  He brings to life the struggles of the earliest Irish settlers and their journeys from blight-stricken Ireland to Quebec’s Grosse Iles, then to Toronto’s fever sheds and finally to Corktown and Don Vale.  Click here to read his work.  

Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts
The Globe & Mail’s Marcus Gee has written about the launch of this latest addition to the waterfront.  His column looks at the unattractive work done in the 1970s and 1980s farther west at Harbourfront.  He contrasts it with the new plans in the East Bayfront which runs from Jarvis to Parliament.  You can read his article here.  


Introducing Alice and Lee
They’re the owners of Pipler Accessories, the new shop being set up at 453 Parliament.  Their store will stock inventory with “integrity” – products that are made locally, that are made by artisans, that are sustainable and that have a charitable source.  They caught my attention easily – they plan to sell men’s bow ties and they promise to teach me how to tie one.  That’s one of my lifelong ambitions.  They’ll be open in mid-April.

It’s time
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) have a new display of colourful clocks that have been designed and produced by a collective of artists from around the world.  The artists will earn a part of the proceeds from each sale.  They start at $39.  The store is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  www.kendallandco.ca

Spring pickles
Little House in the City (555 Parliament).  Christie Manning is leading a workshop on Spring pickles with rhubarb, baby carrots, fiddleheads and young radishes on Wednesday April 8 from 6:30 to 9 pm, $40.  To register, click here.  

A reminder - 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.  

Bottle returns
The Cabbagetown South Association is again asking that you take your bottles to the donation window at the Beer Store at Gerrard and Ontario.  Returns at that location will be credited to local charities like the breakfast and lunch programs at Central Neighbourhood House and Lord Dufferin School.


Easter weekend
Check your favourite - most of our local pubs and restaurants plan to open on Friday and Sunday.  Many have added brunch specials for Friday as well as Saturday and Sunday.  Merryberry (559 Parliament) will close on Friday.  The Scullery (200 Carlton) will open from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday and Monday and from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

2015 ALS Canada golf classic
Regan at The Irv (195 Carlton) hosts an annual golf tournament.  The proceeds are donated to ALS Canada to help in the search for a cure.  This year, he’s aiming for 120 golfers.  It’ll be held at King’s Riding Golf Club in King on Thursday June 4.  The tournament is part of his ongoing support for ALS Canada – 25 cents from the sale of every pint of “Irv’s Light Ale” is donated to the fund.   To register, contact Regan at The Irv, (647) 350-4787 and at info@theirvpub.ca.

Crepes cooking class
Cyril at Merryberry (559 Parliament) has announced the date for his next cooking class – Tuesday April 14 from 6 pm.  His theme will be cooking crepes.  Crepes are a staple of French cooking.  Who among us is better able to show us how they’re done?  Contact Cyril at (647) 348-0411 or at info@merryberry.ca. Or visit the restaurant and have a nice lunch while you’re reserving your space.

Wee Folk Club
The Club’s website has announced that the remainder of its Spring season has been cancelled.  Usually, the group meets in the back room at the Dominion on Queen but the prolonged renovations there have made that spot impossible.  A search is underway for a new home.  The Club’s program focuses on folk singers. 

Corktown Ukelele Jam at Paintbox
The Jam now gathers on Wednesday nights at the Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) and the members seem very happy with their new home.  Like the Wee Folk Club, the Jam also used to meet at the Dominion on Queen. Earlier this year, they made their move.  So save these dates – Wednesdays April 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7:30 pm. 

Top beer drinking spots
blogTO has selected 30 pubs scattered across Toronto where beer aficionados can comfortably settle in for a favourite pint.  Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) wins acclaim for its 20 craft beers on tap, its good food and its patio.  In the Distillery, the Mill Street Brewpub (55 Mill Street) is selected for its good beer and matching food selections.  The article is online here.  

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 at The Local Gest
Jeff and Noah will be back at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Thursday April 2 from 8 pm. The usual Sunday Jazz event will not be happening on Easter Sunday but will return in a week. 



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: 
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, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with Listen Local TO
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, Brent Thomas Diabo


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, Coyote Kids


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
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 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 Don Campbell
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, Conor Gains


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