July 16

This week’s image:  Toronto Dance Theatre at the Pan Am Games opening ceremony.  Photo: Toronto Dance Theatre


This week, you can inspect a beautifully designed Victorian on Ontario Street.  Click here.  


Kate Sauks
Photo: St Catharines Standard
Kate and Liz Fenje won a Pan Am gold medal in women’s lightweight double sculls on Tuesday morning.  They covered the 2000 metre course in 6 minutes, 57.3 seconds, three seconds ahead of the Cuban team and 6.5 seconds ahead of the Americans.  Kate and her husband Ben Haber lived on Wellesley Street while she finished her PhD at the University of Toronto.  She’s now based in Victoria, BC.  Her next stop is the World Rowing Championship in August.  A victory there will qualify them for a spot on the 2016 Olympic team.  Congrats Kate and best wishes for the next challenges.

Best wishes, Sydney
Photo: Austin J Cameron
Sydney Payne (above left) is another Cabbagetowner on her way into an exciting career in rowing.  She’s a member of the National Junior Rowing team.  She and her partner, Yvonne Angeluelov, will represent Canada at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Rio in August in the women’s pairs.  This comes after a year of successes and accolades for the two of them.  


Cabbagetown Yoga Collective
The loss of Sundara Yoga has been a sad event for our community.  Christina Robinson has set up a Facebook page where people can post announcements and keep up to date with classes and teaching opportunities. 

Greg Hollingshead’s new book
Act Normal, published by Anansi Press, will be officially launched on Thursday September 3 at the District Oven (842 College St W).  He’s an accomplished author with six books of fiction published.  He’s earned a Governor General’s prize and a Rogers Writers’ Trust prize and he’s been shortlisted for the Giller.  If you plan to attend the launch, please RSVP to rsvp1@anansi.ca

Update on house prices and sales
Hilary Browning and Nick Humphries at Sage Real Estate (538 Parliament) have just published their six-month review of 2015 sales and prices in Cabbagetown.  We seem to be okay. From January to June, there were 69 transactions (up 40% from 2014).  Houses sold on average in 13 days (19 days in 2014) at an average price of $1,071,038 (9% higher than 2014).  For the details, check their website.  

The Don River route
Image:  Waterfront Toronto
Mayor John Tory has announced a $5 million environmental assessment of potential changes to the Don’s route into Lake Ontario.  This rerouting will ease the dangers of flooding around the new Port Lands and open the way for development of its 880 acres.  There’s a good story about it on the CBC’s website.  
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association also has an interesting article on its Facebook page about the 19th century efforts to straighten the river – which in turn gave Cabbagetown its access to the flats that are today known as Riverdale Park West.  

Turn It Out
UForChange hosts a weekly summer series of DJ workshops with DJ L’Oquenz, hip hop dance classes with Stephanie Caldiera and juggling workshops with various circus instructors during the Taste of Regent Park.  Wednesdays, 5:30 pm, Regent Park (620 Dundas E) or in the Artscape Lounge, Daniels Spectrum if it rains (585 Dundas E).

Summer concerts at Little Trinity
Changui Havana appears at this week’s summer concert on Thursday July 16 at 7 pm in Little Trinity Park (King and Trinity).  Next week on Thursday July 23, Jack Connelly will perform.  Concerts continue on August 6 and August 13.  Free.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a charming musical experience.

Under the Stars Outdoor Movies
Every Wednesday from 7:30 pm starting July 15.  Free screenings of important movies in Regent Park (620 Dundas E), following “Taste of Regent Park”.  On Wednesday July 22, the movie is Bend It Like Beckham. Popcorn and refreshments will be available during the movies.  If it rains, everything moves inside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) in the Artscape Lounge. 

Cabbagetown walks
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association and Heritage Toronto are conducting a walk through Cabbagetown’s medical heritage. Saturday July 18 at 1:30 pm. Visit the Cabbagetown places where significant medical history was made in Toronto – the first sites for Toronto General Hospital and Women’s College Hospital, the homes of outstanding medical professionals who lived here and the graves in the Necropolis where Toronto’s health services pioneers are buried.  Meet at Parliament and Spruce, beside No Frills.  Free.

Outdoor markets
Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market – Tuesdays from 3 to 7 pm, Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester). The Market has a very good website and a chatty Facebook page  – check them out to see which vendors will be coming to the Market each week.
Taste of Regent Park – Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Regent Park (620 Dundas E).  The event includes farmers booths, local food tastings and associated music.  Outdoor movies follow the market.

Thanks to Rick Walker
Photo: Rick Walker
Some people walk their dogs, some walk their birds.


Online info about Pan Am schedules and locations
The sport schedules are listed online here.  
Find the events’ locations online here. Pick your sport and click on its image – locations, times and descriptions are all included.  

Pan Am celebration at The Daniels Spectrum
Two exhibitions featuring twenty local and international artists are being mounted in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) from July 17 to August 31 – SOMOS: A Latin American Canadian exhibition and Between Spheres.  They celebrate the diversity and common threads in Pan Am cultures.  The shows are open from 8 am to 9 pm, Monday to Friday and from 10 am to 6 pm on weekends.  There’ll be an open reception on Friday July 17 from 6 to 10 pm.

The Watershed
Playwright Annabel Soutar has written a complex story about Canada’s environment and economy.  She uses a cross-country trip by her own family to personalize the issues.  It’s part of Panamania and it’s on stage until Sunday July 19 at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley).  Robert Everett Green describes her work in a July 4 Globe & Mail article.  

Free events at The Distillery
Trinity Square in the Distillery is one of the main stages for Panamania and the schedule of events is crowded every day (except Mondays).  Free events include the Afro-Cuban All Stars on July 16, Eva Avila on July 17 and Ron Davis Symphronica with the Lombard Twins on July 19.  Daily  programs include music, cooking demonstrations, dance and lots more.  Click here to see the details, day-by-day.  

Young Centre for the Performing Arts
There’s a busy schedule of ticketed events happening at the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery).  Limitless, Gimme Shelter, Yaima Saez live in concert, Battle for the North, Sandra Shamas in The Big What Now and Niagara, A Pan American story – all are on stage through the coming week.  For program details, ticket prices and reservations online, click here

Pan Am Pop-Up Park
The People’s Queen Street are organizing a pop-up park at Queen and River just north of the Pan Am Athlete’s Village.  Saturday July 18 from 9 am to 3 pm.  It’s free – everybody’s welcome. Find out about the group at its website.

Toronto Dance Theatre
TDT (80 Winchester) took part in the Pan Am opening ceremonies, dancing along with the National Ballet School, Canada’s National Circus School and students from the School of TDT.  Choreography by Christopher House.  Two videos on TDT’s website show the performances.   


Summer hours at Café Olya
For the rest of July, the Café (540 Parliament) will now be open on a shorter schedule, Thursday to Sunday, 8 am to “sold out”.  Olyana and Mike are closing for summer holidays from Monday July 27 to Thursday August 6. When they get back, they’re planning a made-to-order menu with advance orders that will be fresh and ready when you arrive at the bakery.

Now or never sale at Kendall
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is clearing out discontinued rugs at 40% off.  Plus 15% off in-stock styles and markdowns on floor models.  Promos may not be combined.  Quantities are limited so shop early – open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  Check out the styles at Kendall’s website.  

Pipler in the Toronto Star
Photo:  Rita Zekas, Toronto Star
Leona and Alice, owners of Pipler (453 Parliament) have been given a top ranking review by the Star’s Stealth Shopper.  Pipler’s “old-timey vibe and ethically sourced goods” and their warm, accommodating service earned it this praise.  Click here to read the story.  

D L Creations is a pop-up store worth investigating at 417 Parliament. The company, based in Bayfield and using this space temporarily, makes housewares and furniture from reclaimed wood – these are beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces.  Interested customers can visit during the afternoons from 2 to 6 pm. To get specific info or to make an apointment, call (416) 857-5712 or email john@dlcreations.ca

Sinate is closing
Sharon and Ilias have announced that Sinate Creations (480 Parliament) will close later in July.  The space will be used instead by the new owners of the building for an expanded restaurant.  Sinate has been here for three years and the owners are sorry to have lost the space.  Until December, they plan to operate from the craft market at 335 Yonge, one block north of Dundas Square.


Tees at the HOP
Grab a souvenir tee shirt when you visit the House on Parliament (454 Parliament).  
Get another one when you go to The Irv (195 Carlton).  
Take them with you when you travel and send us a photo.  You’ll be posted here on the world wide web and your pic will be forever saved in our tee shirt Hall of Fame.

Hummingbird open mic
The open mic night at the Paintbox (535 Dundas E) happens on Tuesday July 21.  Sign up at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm.  It’s a very popular event. Performers of all ages are welcome, no experience necessary.  There’s a live band to support you.  Complimentary light refreshments. 

So – get married!
It’s a good idea.  It’s even better when you do it at F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  Thanks to Robyn and Mike for the picture. 

Pan Am teams at the Distillery
El Catrin (18 Tank House Ln, Distillery) has posted lots of photos on its Facebook page showing Pan Am teams from different countries enjoying dinner in the Distillery.  Team Canada, Team Cuba, and Team Bahamas all dropped in.  Of course, so did Team Mexico – the men’s triathletes won gold and bronze and Paula Diaz won silver in the women’s. El Catrin was their destination for a celebration.

Stirling Room
Saturday July 18 marks the fifth anniversary for The Stirling Room (16 Trinity St, Distillery). To celebrate, you can join a boat cruise on the Empress of Canada.  There’ll be music by Teiga & YT//Habibi and DJ Ted Kasprow.  From 12:30 pm, Saturday July 18.  Tickets are $50/advance – click here to buy yours.  

Our annual summer restaurant festival continues until July 26.  Each participating restaurant offers a prix fixe menu. Lunch prices are $18, $23 or $28 and dinner prices are $25, $35 or $45.  There are 210 restaurants city-wide and three in our immediate area, all in the Distillery – Archeo (31 Trinity, Distillery), Cluny (36 Tank House Ln, Distillery) and Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill (17 Tank House Ln, Distillery). For the full list and lots of details, go to the Summerlicious website



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
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/
Little Trinity Summer Concerts, Little Trinity Park, 425 King at Trinity
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
Little Trinity Concert Series
7 pm, Changui Havana
The Local GEST
8 pm, Open mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music
White Elephant
8 pm, Open mic night


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Beer School – English Ales, $25
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday reserve on the guest list.  $20
White Elephant
7 pm, Scott B Sympathy


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Stirling Room
12:30 pm, Fifth anniversary boat cruise on the Empress of Canada, $50
Stirling Saturdays, reserve on the guest list


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Brick House Trio
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch 


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


7 pm, Hummingbird open mic night
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam


The Irv
7pm, Geoff Willingham
Little Trinity Concert Series
7 pm, Jack Connelly
The Local GEST
9 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Beer school – German & Belgian beers, $25
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
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 Boom for Rent
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch