June 11

This week’s image: Riverdale Farmer’s Market – a revival is happening.


Now there are two Wellesley Cottages on the market, along with a beautiful Berkeley Street Victorian.  For details, click here.  


A guilty verdict
Adonay Zekarias was found guilty of the murder of Nighisti Semret. The jury delivered its verdict in his trial last Tuesday.  Rosie DiManno, writing in the Toronto Star, described the trial and the final decision and she pointedly noted how hard it is to learn why he did such a terrible deed.  The conviction carries an automatic life sentence and he will be formally sentenced on Friday. The murder surprised and shocked the Cabbagetown community and continues to evoke our sadness about her death. Click here to read DiManno’s column. 


Fit Mama Moves
Fit Mama Moves is a stretch and movement class for new mothers organized by Elena, an experienced pilates instructor and yoga practitioner. The sessions are a fun-filled way to keep you and your baby fit. She’s a new mom herself.  Classes run weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 3 pm from now until July 22 in Riverdale Park (Sumach and Carlton). New moms are wanted to fill out the group. Bring your baby (2 months and up).  A six week session costs $78 and the drop-in rate is $15, contact fountainstudios@gmail.com

Brenda’s classes
Brenda has announced her schedule for the final classes of the season.  On both Sunday June 14 and June 21, there are two Zumba classes, at 10 and 11:05 am.  On Wednesday June 17 and 24 at 9:15 am, it’s Step.  All of this happens at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster, behind the Beer Store.)

Cabbagetown Cycling Club
The weekly ride schedule is now rolling out successfully.  The rides leave from Jet Fuel (519 Parliament) and all riders must either be club members or have a signed waiver before the ride. The rides are frequently confirmed and cancelled due to weather conditions.   Please check the Club’s website for the ride calendar and times.   The Club’s emails provide up-to-the-minute info that’s useful before a ride.  To be added to the list, contact Wil at cabbagetowncycling@gmail.com


Cabbagetown Residents Association annual meeting
Save the date – 7 pm, Wednesday June 17, Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).  The CRA is just finishing a busy year with successes at the Forsythia Festival and an informative online website that’s full of good tips for local homeowners.  The meeting will hear reports about its program and then elect new directors to the Board.  Check out the website.  

The Taste of Regent Park
The Regent Park Farmer’s Market has changed to “Taste of Regent Park” and relocated to Regent Park (The Big Park) at 620 Dundas E.  The new event will be broader, with pizza cooked in the bake oven, a community meal, local musicians and family events.  As the season progresses, there’ll be local farm produce as well. 
 It was scheduled to start up this week.  Everybody tried but the rain blew them away.  In the future, when it rains, the market will be located in 40 Oak Street.

CNH’s Bright Ideas Symposium
Central Neighbourhood House will hold its fourth annual Symposium on Saturday June 13 from 10 am to 2 pm.  It’s a day of creativity and innovation where community members can learn about bright ideas that have happened across Toronto.  This year’s topics will include The Coffee Shed (Common Ground Co-operative), Scadding Court Community Centre’s Market 707 and The Repair Café.   It’s free but space is limited.  To register, click here.  

ROM Walks
Three local ROMwalks are scheduled in the next few days.  On Sunday June 14 from 2 pm, the walk is in Cabbagetown south – the meeting place is at Spruce and Parliament.  On Wednesday June 17 from 6 pm, the walk goes through Cabbagetown north – meet at Winchester and Parliament.  On Wednesday June 24, the walk is in The Distillery – meet at St Paul’s Basilica (Queen and Power). These are free events and usually take about two hours.  For maps and details about other walks, click here.  

Riverdale Park Farmers Market
The Cabbagetown Residents Association has reported that a group of enthusiastic organizers are reviving the Riverdale Park Farmer’s Market.  It’s scheduled for the usual hours – 3 to 7 pm on Tuesdays from June 30 to the end of August.  As a warm-up, Trillium Organics from Norfolk County will sell eggs and organic produce at a table next to Park Snacks (Winchester and Sumach) on June 16 and June 30.  Watch for announcements about the official opening.  Many thanks and best wishes to everybody involved for pitching in to rescue a worthwhile project.

Regent Park sewing circle and bazaar
You’re invited to join a sewing circle and to take part in the bazaar.  There are weekly sewing classes plus a bazaar with jewelry, traditional clothes, bags, food and a spa.  The event is happening outside the Daniels Spectrum on Regent Park Boulevard south of Dundas (the rain location is indoors in the Artscape Lounge.)   The next ones are Friday June 12, Friday June 26 and Friday July 10. The sewing classes are $10.  The bazaar fee is $5 each or $20 total.  To register, call Sureya at (647) 349-2244.

Congrats to the garden tour organizers
Early reports indicate that the tour was another success.  The gardens had spectacular features and the Master Gardeners and the garden owners were welcoming and informative. 
Michael Hepburn’s company built the garden wall in a Salisbury back yard and it works perfectly in a small area that serves several needs. 

Congrats to the Cabbagetown BIA
Musicians are once again appearing along Parliament Street to liven up the area on Saturday shopping days.  It’s a “pop-up” event by the BIA.  Watch for them at the Carlton and at Winchester corners. Last week, Sue and Dwight gave us folk and bluegrass songs for the afternoon. Good music – check out their website.  

Camping with the 403 Scouts
Our local Scout troop all went camping in late May.  
The little guys - the Beavers and the Cubs - went to Woodland Trails near Stouffville and the Scouts went to Minden’s Wild Water Preserve. 
In June, the 403 started up its Sea Scout program with sailing and racing lessons.  This is, as Janis Purdy notes, probably the most diverse and urban Scout group in Ontario.  It draws kids from St James Town, Cabbagetown and Regent Park. Everyone is welcome.  Many members rely on bursaries to cover the Scouting expenses and support from the local community is always welcome.

In memoriam – Archie Alleyne
Archie Alleyne, one of the giants of Toronto’s music world, died on Monday June 8.  Click here to watch a short video of his appearance at the 2013 Cabbagetown Festival with Kollage.  (The sound begins at about 1 minute into the clip)  


The Riverside Bridge
Photo: Carlos Osorios, Toronto Star
The bridge has had a facelift.  It’s now illuminated by 78 lights in the colours of the Pan Am Games.  The project was undertaken by the Riverside BIA and is the result of several years’ planning and fundraising.  Tara Deschamps has written about the bridge, its history and the BIA’s project in this story in the Toronto Star.  

Garden tour coverage
Photo: Nick Kozak, Toronto Star
Helen Coltrinari and the CPA’s Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces were featured in a Toronto Star article about garden tours across the GTA. Good story and a great picture – click here.  

And, of course, Randy and the tarp
Photo: Fred Lum, Globe & Mail
The Globe & Mail must have had a really quiet day when Kristy Hoffman wrote her story about the new tarp in Wellesley Park. She did a terrific job. It’s a wonderfully deadpan piece about a ludicrous topic. It’s been picked up by other mainstream print and television media, by online media and by bloggers.  One resident reported that his sister who lives in Jamaica saw a television news story about it that came to her via Newfoundland’s NTV.  And what can we say about Randy’s astonishing photo? 


The Toronto Jazz Festival
Once again, the Distillery is offering free performances in Trinity Square as part of Toronto’s annual Jazz Festival.  It’s an impressive lineup with ten groups running from the Boxcar Boys on June 17 to the Alex Barro Quintet on June 29.  Check out the details here.  

Soulpepper’s Cabaret Series
The cabarets happen every Saturday night at 8:30 pm and they showcase established artists, new talents and innovative groupings.  On Saturday June 13, Tom Allen & Joey Wright appear with Joe Phillips (bass), Lori Gemmell (harp), John Jowett (trombone) & Pete Gemmell (sax). Tickets are $25 general and $20 students – click here.  Soulpepper at the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)

New date and new home for the film fest
The Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival is on the move.  Its 2015 screening will be in the Ada Slaight Hall in the Daniels Spectrum at 585 Dundas E.  It’ll change its screening date as well to Wednesday September 9 - just before the Cabbagetown Festival.  The new location provides an extra fifty seats in a spectacular facility.  


Kendall’s get out of bed sale
From Thursday June 11 through Saturday June 13.  Pick your choice of select duvet covers plus sheets and pillow case sets plus pillow case shams for bundled savings up to 60% off.  Twin, queen or king – doesn’t matter. Check out the bedding collection online now.  
514 Parliament.  Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm. 


Corktown’s Dominion on Queen
Sean Duranovich, the owner-manager of the Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E) reports that it’s been sold.  At this time, details are sparse.  News about the new owners and their plans will, no doubt, surface quickly.  The DoQ is ideally located to cash in on the crowds at the Pan Am Games.  On its Facebook page, there are scores of very positive, well-deserved comments and thank-you’s to Sean for his contribution to the neighbourhood and to Toronto’s music scene.

Macaroni mix up
Virginia and Sasha from the 420 Smokehouse (420 Parliament) joined about twenty other local eateries as vendors at the new Mac ‘n Cheese Festival in Liberty Village last weekend.  The event turned into a public relations disaster.  Apparently, the early predictions called for a crowd of 20,000 people – and over 55,000 showed up.  People bought food tickets but vendors sold out and couldn’t serve them.  And the organizers left piles of garbage throughout the site.  But - we don’t have to wait until next year to enjoy a plateful. Virginia will happily serve one up at 420 Smokehouse.

The Irv’s big dinner
Regan and the staff at The Irv (195 Carlton) have teamed up with Mill Street Brewery to offer a big Beermaker’s Dinner.  Monday June 15.  There`ll be gift bags, hors d`oeuvres, a three course dinner and four Mill Street brews to match the food.  $60. For tickets, call (647) 350-4787 or email regan@theirvpub.ca.

You’re invited
The Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) is bringing back its Hummingbird Open Mic on Monday June 16.  It’s open to all ages and it’s free.  Plus there’ll be complimentary light refreshments.  A live band will be on hand to accompany you.  The sign up at 6 pm and the program starts at 7 pm.  To register, go to the Facebook page and add your name to the comments.  

Wild Women are back
The Paintbox is also hosting the fourth chapter of Lorraine Segato’s Wild Women (don’t get the blues) on Monday June 29.  Her guest performers include Colleen Allen, Miku Graham, Michelle Willis, Saidah Babba Talibah, Roula DSaid, Iskwe, Diane Flacks, Suzie Vinnick and Brita B.   Doors open at 6:30 and show starts at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are available here , $20/advance, $25/door.  

The Local GEST
A film crew arrived at the farm plot that’s operated by The Local GEST (424 Parliament) near Sutton on Thursday.  It’s part of the build-up for the reopening of the Riverdale Farmers Market.  The farm has been supplying goodies for The Local GEST and for its Saturday afternoon produce table in front of the pub.  When the market gets underway. The farm will have produce available there as well.



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
Cranberries, 601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330
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
Odin, 514 King W, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Soulpepper, Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,  http://soulpepper.ca/performances/music_at_soulpepper.aspx
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.


The Irv
7pm, Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
9 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music by Mirian Kay
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
9 pm, Pre-summer Summer Party with DJ Justin and DJ Gabe
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday with resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.  $20
White Elephant
7 to 10 pm, D’Arcy Good


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Soulpepper Cabaret
8:30 pm, Tom Allen & Joey Wright with Joe Phillips (bass), Lori Gemmell (harp), John Jowett (trombone) & Pete Gemmell (sax), $20 and $25
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 Beverley Taft (vocals). Nathan Hiltz (guitar) & Artie Roth (bass)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


The Irv
Beermaster’s Dinner, $60
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


Paintbox Bistro
7 pm, Hummingbird – all ages open mic. Sign up at 6 pm.
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 live acoustic music by 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 pm, Brendt Thomas Diabo


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Soulpepper Cabaret
8:30 pm, An evening with Kevin Fox, $20 and $25.
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 afternoon jazz with Zim Zum
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema