April 23

This week’s image:  this year’s first ride with the Cabbagetown Cycling Club.  Photo – Cabbagetown Cycling Club


There’s a rarely offered townhouse and a classic Victorian on the Open House list this week.  Click here.  


Who pays what – tax analysis
As reported by the Cabbagetown Residents Association, recent research shows that Ward 27, just west of us, is home to more than $24 billion of taxable residential real estate – the highest in the city – and residents pay $151 million in residential taxes annually.  Trinity Spadina pays $122 million and our Ward 28 pays $76 million.  Together, the three downtown wards contribute over $600 million more in commercial taxes for a total of almost $1 billion in combined commercial and residential tax.  These are city taxes only and do not include education tax.  Click here to read the report and see the maps from Metro News.   

Cabbagetown Cycling Club
Wil Mills has announced that last Sunday’s opening ride was a great success with 30 riders rolling out from Jet Fuel (519 Parliament).  Today’s ride was cancelled because weather forecasts predict possible freezing rain.  Sunday’s ride meets and rolls out from Jet Fuel at 7:30 am – if you aren’t yet registered with the Club, please ensure that you have your waiver.  Next week’s rides are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 am and Sunday at 7:30 am.  Find out more and join the Club online here.  

Pam’s environment day
Pam McConnell has announced her Community Environment Day.  You can drop off unwanted electronic devices, hazardous waste, unused medications, oils, solvents and pesticides.  You can also donate various household items like art supplies, clipboards, costume jewellery, dress-up clothing and cameras for school use.  Goodwill Industries will be available to receive your sporting equipment, books, small household items and clothing.  If your green bin or kitchen container is damaged, you can exchange it for a new one.  All of this happens in Lower Sherbourne Park (Frederick Street and the Esplanade).  Thursday April 30, 4 to 8 pm.
If you want to wait until the Fall, Ward 27’s event happens in Allan Gardens on September 12 and Ward 30 happens in Riverdale Park East on September 30.

Park upgrades
Councillor McConnell has also announced that work will be done to improve the wading pools in Wellesley Park and Winchester Park over the summer.  In addition, the small upgrades planned for the end of Carlton at Riverdale Park will be done.  In Corktown, a Parks Master Plan is being reviewed with public consultations and work on the Bright Street parkette and the 51 Power off-leash area will happen this year. In the Pan Am Games area, a revitalization of Berczy Park will start after the Games are finished. 

Easter flower show
This is the final weekend for the Easter Show at Allan Gardens  (Sherbourne and Carlton).  Don’t miss the Jade plant – it’s still blooming.

Earth Day walk and clean-up
Our MPP, Glen Murray, will lead  community walk through three local parks – Winchester, Allan Gardens and Riverdale.  At each stop, the group will hear from experts on urban agriculture and eco-friendly business.  Bags and gloves will be supplied and the group will pick up debris and litter at each park along the way.  Sunday April 26, 11 am, start at Winchester Park (149 Bleeker).  

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. 

Jane’s Walk
Save these dates – Friday May 1, Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3. Among the Walk’s highlights in our neighbourhood are tours of Regent Park, a poor people’s history of downtown Toronto, the Irish experience, a feminist’s walk through Toronto, schoolyard gardens, Distillery District photo walk, the lower Don River, three centuries of Corktown, St James Town diversity within a block and queer and fabulous.  These are justa  few of the choices available.  You can browse through the list here.  


Festival poster
Congrats go out to Maggie, Molly and Talulah for their bold, lively poster design for this year’s festival. It won the special design contest organized in the late winter. 

The Festival thrives because of the financial donations made by business and individuals.  Another group are just as important - the people who make donations in kind. They help organizers to hold events and raffles.  You can see the list of raffle prizes and the full donor list here.  

Two gold level sponsors are making gifts worth more than $500.
St James Town Steak and Chops (516 Parliament) will organize the barbeque – a major Festival feature. 
Lemon Bucket Orkestra will perform. 

Silver level donors contribute between $200 and $499
Carlton Cleaners (252 ½ Carlton)
Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament)
Epicure (473 Parliament)
Pehr Design (326 Davenport)
Sinate Creations (480 Parliament)
Starbucks (492 Parliament)

The bronze donors contribute gifts worth $50 to $199. 
Cabbagetown Preservation Association, cpa.com
Claudia Salzmann & Associates (78 Amelia)
Hair Spa by Lam (440 Parliament)
Imperial Vending Services (Markham ON)
Jordano Skincare (252 Gerrard E)
Labour of Love (242Carlton)
Mi Casa (238 Carlton)
No Frills (449 Parliament)
Outlet Tags Canopies (390 Progress Ave)
Pizza Pizza (560 Parliament)
Spruce Home Décor (455 Parliament)
Star Nails (442 Parliament)
Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremmer)
Sundara Yoga (492 Parliament)
Urban Stroll, etsy.com


Winchester Square
Victoria Hadden reminds gardeners that gardening will start this weekend in the boxes at Winchester Square Park (Ontario St just north of Carlton). Preparations and seeding will be done on Saturday April 25 from 10 am.  Sunday April 26 is the rain day.  Check out the garden’s Facebook page – the gardeners obviously have a good time.  

Free dirt
Pam McConnell will arrange for a load of compost to be dropped off at Riverdale Park on Sunday May 3.  Please note that this is a new location – in previous years, the dirt was dropped on Hillcrest near Wellesley Park.

Farming with The Local GEST
If you have a serious urge to get down and dirty, the Local GEST  (424 Parliament) can satisfy your longings.  The staff are renting and working a farm plot just north of the city to grow produce for the pub’s kitchen.  Volunteers are welcomed for work on most Sundays from 7:30 am to 3 pm.  Please call (647) 760-5696 or email thelocalgest@gmail.com.

Riverdale Park
Check out the Spring blooms in Riverdale Park at the Farm.  New stuff is sprouting daily.


Beatrice and Benedict – onstage this weekend
Based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  This production features a stellar group of emerging Toronto-based talent.  Prsented by Metro Youth Opera. Friday April 24 (7:30 pm), Saturday April 25 (7:30 pm) and Sunday April 26 (2:30 pm).  Click here for tickets and info.  Aki Studio Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E)

Looking for Elvis & the Man in Black – May 5 to May 9
Two works.  Looking For Elvis, choreographed by Laurence Lemieux, explores the life of a young Elvis Presley.  The Man in Black, choreographed by James Kudelka, is a celebration of American working-class grit and the man whose voice embodied it.  May 5, 6, 8 and 9 at 8 pm, $20.  The Rockabillie Rumble Fundraiser, May 7 at 7 pm, $100.  The Citadel (304 Parliament). Tickets and more info available online.  

God and the Indian – May 2 to May 17
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor.  While panhandling outside a local coffee shop, Johnny, a Cree woman, is shocked to recognize a face from her childhood spent in a residential school.  She’s desparate to hear him acknowledge the terrible abuse inflicted on her and other children at the school.  Native Earth Performing Arts with Firehall Arts Centre.  Saturday May 2 to Sunday May 17.  Aki Studio Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).   

I am Marguerite – onstage to 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. 

Spotlight South Africa – onstage to April 25
The festival highlights the vitality of South African performance.  Chandelier (April 22 to 25) is in the Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs (26 Berkeley).  For detailed notes and tickets sales, click here.   


The Leslieville Flea
The Flea’s winter season at the Distillery winds up on Sunday April 26, 10 am to 3 pm.  The market features vintage, salvaged and up-cycled goods, collectibles, antiques and handcrafted artisanal work. In June, it moves to its summer location at Ashbridges Estate.  The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane.

Beautiful inside and out
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has added four new patterns to its popular outdoor rug series just in time to freshen up your cottage and city home.  Favoured for their synthetic soft fabrics and durable versatility with mold and mildew-proof properties.  Available from 2’ by 3’ to 8’ by 10”, starting at $79.  Visit the new shop (open 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 11 am to 5 pm Saturday).   Check out the new styles online here.  


Paintbox Bistro
The program at The Paintbox (555 Dundas E) is getting busier.  Fashion Art Toronto is hosting its Global Village After Party on Friday April 24.  FAT Art & Fashion week is a platform for inventive and contemporary expression by fashion designers, visual artists and performers.   Doors open at 10 pm.
Hummingbird is Paintbox’s monthly Open Mic event.  The first one happened on Tuesday and the house was packed.  Save the date for the next one, May 19. 

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.

F’Amelia contest
Joanne Kates, the food critic, produces an annual list of Toronto’s 100 top restaurants.  Last year, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) was #37.  This year, F’Amelia has a contest – pick the spot where it’ll be on her list and win a $75 gift certificate.  You can review last year’s list here.   Contact F’Amelia here -  info@famelia.com.
And if you’re planning a wedding, be sure to contact F’Amelia for groups from 10 to 100. 



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
8:30 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
10 pm, FAT Global Village After Party.
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 afternoon jazz - the Brick House Trio with Paul Llew-Williams, Greg Allworth & Devin Patten
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 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with Jeff Eager
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 afternoon jazz with Zim Zum
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema