July 2

This week’s image:  the farmers are back in Riverdale Park with their fresh food


There’s a large condo near Allan Gardens and a designer home on Ontario Street.  Click here to see the details.  


A successful start
The revived farmer’s market in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) got off to a good start last Tuesday.  Over a dozen tents lined the park path and offered up farm-fresh produce, baked goods, vegetarian specialties and prepared foods.  The weather wasn’t the best – a light rain fell at the beginning and grey skies continued throughout.  Despite this, a satisfying crowd arrived and supported the vendors.  As the season progresses, future vendors will have a wider selection and there’ll be a winery and other specialty food vendors on hand. Thanks to the organizers and their volunteers for a promising launch.
Visit Riverdale Park every Tuesday from 3 to 7 pm to stock up on your share of fresh fruit, veggies and local goodies.

The Bloor Street viaduct closure
Photo:  Metro
This sounds like a fun event.  The bridge is closed to traffic from 8 pm Friday July 3 to 6 am Sunday July 5.  From 5 to 10:30 pm on Saturday July 4, there’s a three-pronged event happening.
 At 10 pm, the viaduct bridge will be lit up to launch the Luminous Veil that’s been installed along its suicide barrier (see the Metro News article listed below.) 
To add to the celebration, there’ll be a Juno-award winning band and the Pan Am Torch will arrive here. 
From 6:30 pm, the Thrill of the Grill takes over the east end of the bridge with barbeques from Danforth restaurants, drinks from specialty suppliers and visits by celebrity chefs.  This is a ticketed event – proceeds support kidney cancer research at the Odette Cancer Centre.  For more info, click here.  

Doctors accepting new patients
Sumac Creek Health Centre (73 Regent Park Blvd, 3rd floor) is now accepting new patients.  It’s part of St Michael’s Hospital’s Family Health Team.  Check out the clinic’s website to find its hours, doctors and contact info.  
Catherine, a friend, visited the Open House that the clinic held last weekend and found the experience very breezy.  She says, “I was mentally prepared to wait patiently in a line-up (take a number) with the latest copy of Walrus to read, but WRONG. The place was jumping with some kind of loud music and what looked like free ice cream.  Lots of volunteers wearing the identifying tee shirt so I was directed to a desk where I said that I wanted to register with a woman doctor.  They – whoever they are – will call me after July 15 with an appointment.  It sounds like the transfer of my records between doctors is easy and no charge.  Easy as that!”

Sign up for summer dance classes
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) is welcoming students for its summer sessions.  Sun Dance is aimed at students ages 8 to 20 and it happens from June 29 to July 17.  Ignite, a program for 15 to 22 year-old students, takes place from July 20 to 25.  Little dancers ages 4 to 8 will enjoy a mixed program of music, dance and visual arts from July 27 to 31.  Find out more about each program and get registration details online 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 July 4, enjoy an evening with Denzal Sinclaire, Look What they’ve Done to My Song, Vol 5.  Tickets are $25 general and $20 students – click here.   Soulpepper at the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)

Now or never sale at Kendall
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is clearing out discontinued rugs at 40% off until Saturday.  15% off on many other select styles and markdowns on floor models.  Promos may not be combined.  Quantities are limited.  Shop early to get the best – 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.  

SHEreHE 2015
COBA presents its annual showcase of children’s dance and drumming.  Students ignite the stage with their talent in various dance forms – West African, Caribbean folk, modern contemporary, hip hop, and ballet.  Sunday July 5, 3 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Tickets are $15 and $20.

Little Trinity’s summer concerts
On Thursday July 9 at 7 pm, The Young Novelists will open Little Trinity’s annual summer music outdoor concerts (425 King E at Trinity).  It’s a free event – bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the music on a warm summer night in the park.  Future concerts include Changui Havana (July 16), Jack Connolly (July 23), Common Beer on August 6 and the Conor Hall Trio (August 20). 

Toronto Dance Theatre at the Pan Am ceremonies

Toronto Dance Theatre is one of four major national groups to participate in the opening ceremonies at the Pan Am Games on Friday July 10.  Its segment is choreographed by Christopher House.

Regent Park International Bazaar
The fourth bazaar takes place on Friday July 10 from 11 am to 6 pm on Regent Park Blvd beside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  One-of-a-kind cultural fashion items, henna and spa stations, sewing, art activities and food from 15 different countries. 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
A Toronto 2015 Panamania event.  Craig Francis and Rick Miller’s modern adaptation of the Jules Verne classic.  It’s a dazzling theatrical multimedia production that connects the Victorian era to today’s modern scientific issues.  Saturday July 11 to Tuesday July 14 at 8 pm and Wednesday July 15 at 2 pm.  Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Tickets from $35, available here.  

Outdoor movies in Regent Park
Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm, the Regent Park Film Festival screens movies outdoors in Regent Park (620 Dundas E).  Rain venues in the Artscape Lounge at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Bring a blanket and a chair.  Popcorn and refreshments are available.  Come early and enjoy the market, the activities and the goodies at “Taste of Regent Park”. 
Wednesday July 15,  the feature is Dear White People

Author talks
Eric Murphy is featured at the library’s lecture on Tuesday July 14 from 2 to 4 pm.  His talk is aimed at teen writers and will focus on how he approaches his writing -  differences between plot and story, the three act structure, character development and more.  Parliament Street Library (269 Gerrard E).

Brenda’s classes
Brenda’s Step and Zumba classes have finished for the season.  She’s had wonderful response to both throughout the year.  As usual, she’s taken some pictures for the year-end finale.  Here’s her Zumba class, all looking happily fit.

Lynn and Toulouse
Lynn’s been getting around.  Her latest travels took her to France where she met up with celebrity friends.  Toulouse approved of her Cabbagetown tee.  If you’re taking a trip this summer, follow her example, take a photo of your Tee and send it in.  You’ll be famous before you know it.

Advance info for the Cabbagetown Festival
There’s early information now available about dates, the program and vendor sites for this year’s Cabbagetown Festival.  
Save the dates –
The Short Film & Video Festival has switched to Wednesday night, September 9 and it’s moving to the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).
Art & Crafts in the Park will happen in Riverdale Park west from Friday September 11 to Sunday September 13.
The Cabbagetown Festival on Parliament Street has new hours – Saturday September 12 from 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday September 13 from 11 am to 7 pm.
Blair’s Run is back again on Sunday morning September 13 from 8 to 10 am.


The event is very big and all of its details are important. Rather than using a list to show everything, I’ve used various online links as guides instead.

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.  
The Pan Am portion of the games starts on Tuesday July 7 with water polo in Markham and then synchronized swimming on Thursday in Scarborough. The official Opening Ceremony takes place at the Rogers Centre – officially renamed as the Pan Am Ceremonies Venue – on Friday July 10.  The majority of the competitions will then take place at scattered venues across the region.
The downtown Toronto sports include open water swimming, archery, the marathon, race walking, basketball, cycling road race, field hockey, gymnastics, handball, racquet ball, roller sports, rugby, sailing, squash, the triathalon, beach and indoor volleyball, waterskiing and wakeboarding. 

The Athlete’s Village
Check out the remarkable online photography of the Village here.  
Joanna Lavoie’s story in Inside Toronto describes the facilities that the athletes will enjoy.
The West Donlands (located south of King, east of the Distillery and north of the Gardiner) area is serving as the home for the visiting athletes and it includes an amazing array of legacy projects.  Its facilities serving the athletes include a future YMCA, future student residences for George Brown College and almost 800 units for future market and affordable housing.  A whole new complex of roads has been constructed around it.  Corktown Common, on its eastern edge, is a remarkable new 18-acre park. 

The Panamania schedule is online here.  
Three downtown locations will offer major entertainment and cultural events throughout the Games – CIBC Pan Am Park (the Exhibition Grounds), Nathan Phillips Square and The Distillery District.  Throughout the Games, there’ll be more than 250 performances running from July 10 to August 15 in these main hubs plus twenty other locations.
The Distillery and the Young Centre for the Performing Arts will offer both free and ticketed performances daily except Mondays.  These events are easily found on the website.


Noah Richler at Luminato
Photo: TVO
On June 23 in the National Post, Emily Keeler reported on her interview with Noah Richler. Noah has now served for two years as the literary curator for Luminato and he’s firming up his strategy to make the authors’ contributions connect meaningfully with their audience.  Click here to read the article.  

Cabbagetown’s two graveyards
Photo: Cabbagetown Uncovered
Gilles Huot has written an interesting article in Inside Toronto about St James Cemetery and The Necropolis.  He tells how people buried in each place were instrumental in shaping Canada’s early history and eventual Confederation. 


Our annual summer restaurant festival starts next week on July 3 and 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.  

Quiche and French apple tart
Tuesday July 7 at 6 pm at Merryberry (559 Parliament).  Cyril’s latest cooking class has expanded.  As promised, he’ll be demonstrating techniques for making quiche Lorraine (from his ancestral homeland).  And since you’ll be working with the same techniques for the dough, he’ll add on his recipe for a traditional French apple tart.  These are small, informal classes with lots of hands-on opportunities, spontaneous questions and a tasting afterward.  $45.  To reserve your spot, visit Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411 or email Cyril at info@merryberry.ca. 

Odin’s game night
Odin’s (514 King E) next board game night happens on Tuesday July 7 from 6 to 10 pm.  No experience needed – use a game from Odin’s library or bring your own. 

Congrats to The Local GEST
Sean and Tiffany were very busy on Tuesday at their booth in the new Cabbagetown Farmers Market.  They’ve been enthusiastic supporters of the project from the start.  Tuesday’s launch was a success despite threatening weather.

Congrats El Catrin
El Catrin (18 Tank House Ln, Distillery) is celebrating its second anniversary on Monday July 13.  It’s the successful and very beautiful Mexican restaurant in The Distillery.  There’s a fun YouTube video about its first anniversary party – check it out.  This year’s party will be just as exciting.    

The burgers keep getting better
Oh Boy Burger Market is coming soon to the corner of Parliament and Gerrard, opposite Anniversary Park.  It’s a welcome addition to our local foodie scene – no definite date yet for the opening.  When Amy Pataki wrote a Toronto Star review of six leading burger restaurants, Oh Boy Burger Market on Queen West came out on top.  



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/
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
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music by Mel Monaco
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
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday with resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.  $20
White Elephant
6 pm, Arthur Renwick


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Soulpepper Cabaret
8:30 pm, Denzal Sinclaire presents Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Vol 5, $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 Diane Roblins & Reconnect
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
6 to 10 pm, Games night with Paul T


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Distillery – Trinity Square
6 to 8 pm, Red Moon Road
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam.


The Irv
7pm, Geoff Willingham
Little Trinity Concert Series
7 pm, The Young Novelists
The Local GEST
9 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music by Don Campbell
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
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Beer school
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday with resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.  $20
White Elephant
7 to 10 pm, Matthew Kane


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
7 to 9:30 pm, Linda Carone with Kevin Garrett


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Sophia Perlman
Mill Street Beer Hall
1 pm, Jazz brunch with Tyler Yarema