June 4

This week’s image: there’s a controversy brewing here.

Once again, there’s a cluster of open houses at Wellesley near Parliament.  For details, click here.  


Hidden gardens and private spaces
The garden tour takes place on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.  It’s a source of great enjoyment for a large contingent of Cabbagetown gardeners who visit each other’s gardens and also spend considerable effort fixing their own yards for the event.  Master gardeners will be located at various spots along the tour to answer your questions. On Sunday, last minute tickets are available at the BIA Office (237 Carlton).  Before Sunday, you can buy tickets ($15) at several local places – click here for more information. 
Justin Skinner has written a nice article in Inside Toronto about the tour.  Click here to read it. 

Water pressure problems
For several weeks, Cabbagetown residents have experienced noticeable drops in the water pressure in their home services.  Andrew Darlington became the sparkplug for a phone campaign to the City of Toronto’s 311 help line.  Initially, there was confusion at the City.  At one point, a bureaucrat grumbled about the high volume of calls.  Now, however, our telephone pressure seems to have inspired the City to check our water pressure.  A notice was distributed on June 2 that identifies the problem within a large area bounded by Carlton/College, Bloor, Avenue Road and the Don Valley.  Apartment dwellers seem to be more severely affected.  On Wednesday June 3, various valves within the water system were adjusted.  If the problem persists at your home after this date, you’re asked to call 311 and report the issue.  Thanks Andrew.

Celebrate Brent Hawkes’ 65th birthday
Rev Brent Hawkes has long been a community leader and a stalwart pastor at Metropolitan Community Church.  He has earned our deep affection for his involvement on major issues of human rights.  For his birthday, his friends are holding a fundraiser at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) on Wednesday June 10.  It will be hosted by Heather Bambrick.  Featured guests include Bob Rae and Kristyn Wong-Tam with performances from Jackie Robinson, Thom Allison and the MCC Choir.  Tickets are $200 – click here for details and to buy a ticket.  

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 the gym at St Luke’s United Church (Sherbourne and Carlton). New moms are wanted to fill out the group. Bring your baby (2 months to 18 months).  A six week session costs $78, contact fountainstudios@gmail.com

Corktown in the media
Photo: Toronto Star, Rick Madonik
Along with new condo developments and the impact of the Pan Am Games site, Corktown itself has been undergoing a major change.  Lauren Pelley has written about the new businesses popping up in the neighbourhood in the Toronto Star.  Read it here.  

Community yard sale
Saturday June 6, 9 am to 3 pm.  This is the tenth annual yard sale at 85 Bleecker Street. Lots of goodies to be grabbed up.  As always, the sale promises to be a great success for buyers and sellers.

Cabbagetown tree tour
Sunday June 6 from noon to 2 pm. James Steenberg will lead his second annual tree walk through the neighbourhood and Rui Felix will talk about our role as private citizens in the management of our urban forest. Meet at Sumach and Winchester. Presented by Cabbagetown ReLeaf.

Congrats Terry
Terry Dineen has just published his first novel, Suicide Girls.  It’s a mystery about a serial killer who targets young women working as escorts.  It’s available as an ebook on Amazon in Kindle at $2.99.  Congrats Terry. May there be many more.  Click here and buy a copy!  

Regent Park sewing circle and bazaar
You’re invited to join a sewing circle and to take part in the bazaar.  There will be four sewing classes plus a weekly 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.)  Friday June 5, 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.

ROM Walks
Three local ROMwalks are scheduled for June.  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.  

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.   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

The Pan Am torch relay
Photo: Pan Am/Parapan American Games
Last Sunday, the Pan Am torch began its nation-wide relay.  After landing in a float plane on Lake Ontario and being welcomed to Toronto in a canoe, the torch travelled from Harbourfront to The Distillery.  Canada’s astronaut Chris Hadfield carried it into The Distillery where a ceremonial flame was lit.  Despite a persistent downpour, the event was carried off smoothly.

Splash pad controversy
Photo: Insider Toronto, Justin Skinner
The new splash pad in Wellesley Park would seem at a casual glance to be a good thing.  It’s replacing a wading pool that needed either extensive repair or removal.  One feature in the new splash pad is a shade area covered in a blue tarp and that has provoked local controversy.  Justin Skinner has written about it in Inside Toronto – you can read his story here

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.

Another victory for Lynn
In mid-May, Lynn Walker took part in the New York City Gran Fondo cycling race – 100 miles with 8000 feet of climbing.  She came in first in her age category – congrats, Lynn.  She also walked through Manhattan wearing her Cabbagetown tee and she’s sent us this fine souvenir photo.


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 6, Denzal Sinclaire presents “Look what they’ve done to my song”.  Tickets are $25 general and $20 students – click here.  Soulpepper at the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)

Presented by Native Earth Performing Arts at the Aki Studio theatre (Daniels DSpectrum, 585 Dunbdas E), June 3 to 12.  Cliff cardinal’s play tells the story of Kylie Grandview, a single mom and one of the nameless faces that blip across the screen in internet pornography.  Her tragic self-destructive decisions result in the loss of her child.  Click here for more details and for ticket purchases.  

Mitchell Cohen’s Journey
In his day job, Mitch Cohen builds buildings, revitalizes Regent Park and plays a big part in creating Toronto’s future with his leadership role at the Daniels Corporation.  He’s also a composer and musician. In fact, he’s written a musical about the transformation of Regent Park - The Journey, A Living History of the Regent Park Revitalization.  It documents the community’s history through the lives of its residents and its dazzling cast includes local residents and peformers along with Jackie Richardson, Thompson Egbo-Egbo and Jeremiah Sparks. He wrote its first song on the day when the demolition crews started to knock down the first building.   8 pm, June 20 at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Tickets are $25.  Click here to read more and to buy your tickets.  


Regent Park Farmer’s Market
The market will start up on Wednesday afternoon June 10.  It’s being transformed into “The Taste of Regent Park” and it will be located in The Big Park.  Details will come soon – check the Facebook page regularly.  

Congrats Kim
Kim at Spruce on Parliament (455 Parliament)  is celebrating her store’s second anniversary. Starting on Sunday June 7 from 10 am to 5 pm, she’s having a Warehouse Sale.  During the following week, she’ll have surprise pop-up sales and she’s inviting everyone to drop by and check it out.  Her store was one of the first in this block along Parliament to be renovated and improved.  It was a welcome sign of new, vigorous retailing in this area. The photos show her store before and after the reno.

Kendall’s contest
Your ticket to this weekend’s garden tour could be a winner!  Visit Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) to be eligible to win an outdoor carpet ($79 value).  Ticket holders will also enjoy a 10% discount on their purchases.  From now through Sunday, there’s a clearance sale with 50% savings on outdoor rugs – details are online here.  Special extended store hours this weekend – open Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.  

Distillery Sunday market
The Distillery District’s Sunday market opens for the season on Sunday June 7 from noon to 5 pm.  Arts, crafts and food are the featured focus – all coming from within 100 miles of The Distillery. There’s a list of vendors and other details online.  


Archie Alleyne book signing
Archie Alleyne has written his autobiography, Colour Me Jazz.  The official book launch takes place at the Paintbox Bistro (535 Dundas E) on Sunday June 14 from 2 to 4 pm and the proceeds from all the book sales will go to the Archie Alleyne Scholarship.  

Online reviews
There’s been a batch of online reviews about local establishments.  Here’s a quick rundown:
NOW Magazine lists Odin Café & Bar (514 King E) as a top patio to visit, noting its exceptional design sense.  The review finishes with good things to say about the coffee and the craft beers on tap.  
It’s no surprise that the Mill Street Brew Pub and El Catrin (both in The Distillery) are among the Top 20 summer patio experiences in Toronto in buzz.cruel  
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is listed on blogTO’s summary of the top 12 regional Italian restaurants and gets praised for its treatment of northern Italian cuisine.  

Cocktails at Extended F’Amelia
Extended F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is the smaller area next to the main restaurant.  On Thursday night, you can enjoy half-price cocktails while sitting outside on its patio. 

The mac ‘n cheese Fest
Yup – the venerable comfort food has risen to a Festival-worthy status.  Our very own 420 Smokehouse (420 Parliament) has been invited to bring an entry.  It happens this weekend, June 5 to 7, at the Liberty Market (171 Liberty Street).  Over twenty restaurants are competing for the $5000 “Best of Fest” prize and it’s expected to draw over 20,000 visitors. Our support is needed - get down there, enjoy the gooey goodies and cast your vote for Virginia and Sasha. Check out the details on the Festival’s website.  

Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin
It’s time again for Jeff and Noah to make an appearance at the Local GEST (424 Parliament).  Their show starts at 8 pm on Thursday June 4. 
And don’t forget to visit The Local GEST’s market on Saturday from noon to 4 pm.  The produce comes from its farm lot north of Toronto and is fresh on the day of the sale.

Alice’s karaoke
Every week for the past couple of years, Alice’s Place (554 Parliament) presents two karaoke nights and they’re still going strong.  Drop by on Wednesdays and Sundays – singing starts at 9 pm.

Beermaster’s dinner at The Irv
Mill Street Brewery and The Irv (195 Carlton) have teamed up to present a three-course extravaganza on Monday June 15.  There’ll be gift bags, hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner plus four Mill Street brews to match the meal.  To book your tickets, call (647) 350-4787 or email regan@theirvpub.ca.  $60 per person.



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
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
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music by Jeff Eager
Mill Street Beer Hall
4th anniversary party
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, Ryan Carr


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Soulpepper Cabaret
8:30 pm, Denzal Sinclaire, Look what they`ve done to my song, $20 and $25.
Stirling Room
Resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list
White Elephant
7 pm, Linda Carone (vocals) with Reg Schwager (guitar)


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Steve Koven Trio with Steve Koven (piano), Anthony Michelli (drums) and Rob Clutton (bass)
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema


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
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
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
2 to 5 pm, Archie Alleyne book launch