July 9

This week’s image:  changes are coming to this part of Parliament Street



Thanks everybody!
This week, my readership passed the 200,000 mark – many thanks to everyone who’s dropped by, read my blog and passed along comments.  Each week, about 1500 to 2000 people take a look. 
It’s been three years since my first edition went out in June 2012.  Writing this story has been a very satisfying experience for me and it promises to get even better. Please – keep sending me your news.

CNH wants your kids
Central Neighbourhood House is running a summer camp at Winchester Public School (15 Prospect), Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 6 pm.  There are still spaces available for 5 year old children.  The program is play based in arts and crafts, science, sensory exploration, drama, outdoor play and community trips and it’s all under the supervision of a Registered Early Childhood Educator.  $47.50/day.  Contact Karen Anthony at (416) 925-4363, ext 110 or kanthony@cnh.on.ca

Panamania is the cultural festival that happens alongside the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games in July and August.  Every day from July 11 to 25 (excluding Mondays), there’s a lineup of entertainment and cultural activities in the Distillery.  Free events in Trinity Square include Basia Bulat on July 11, the Afro-Cuban All Stars on July 16, Eva Avila on July 17 and Ron Davis Symphronica with the Lombard Twins on July 19.  Each day’s program includes music, cooking demonstrations, dance and lots more.  Click here to see the details, day-by-day.  
In the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery), ticketed events happen every day – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, La Imaginacion del Futuro, Gimme Shelter, Yaima Saez y su grupo, and Limitless are on stage to July 19.  Click on the link here to see times, tickets and details.  

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.  

Congrats to Toronto Dance Theatre
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. 

Now or never sale at Kendall
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is clearing out discontinued rugs at 40% off until Saturday.  Plus 15% off in-stock styles and markdowns on floor models.  Promos may not be combined.  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.  http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/2015/07/01/rugsale/ 

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).

Cabbagetown walks
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association and Heritage Toronto are conducting two thematic tours during the summer. 
On 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. 
On Saturday August 16 at 1:30 pm, tour historic St James Cemetery.  Visit the graves of people who built Toronto and made great contributions to Canada – the Austin family, the Jarvis family, a World War I veteran, the artist Paul Kane and many more.  The cemetery chapel is a national historic site.  Meet inside the cemetery gates, Parliament north of Wellesley.

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 15, the movie is Dear White People. A drum circle will provide the pre-show. 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. 

Summer concerts at Little Trinity
The Young Novelists start the summer concert series on Thursday July 9 at 7 pm in Little Trinity Park (King and Trinity).  Next week on Thursday July 16, Changui Havana will perform.  Local musicians will appear on Jlu 23, August 6 and August 13.  The concerts are free.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a charming musical experience.

Murals in Underpass Park
The park is located under the Gardiner Expressway, south of King Street at Lower River Street.  The pillars have been decorated with very colourful murals.  The official launch party for the murals happens on Monday July 11 from 4 to 6 pm.  There’ll be a ribbon cutting and a chance to meet the artists who created these works.

Cabbagetown Farmers Market
Every Tuesday, Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester), 3 to 7 pm. The new market has opened and is attracting a satisfying group of vendors.  Despite rainy weather on its first two days, the Market has also started to draw lots of customers.  There’s a good article by Justin Skinner in Inside Toronto about the market and the four people whose energy and ideas revived it.   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.

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.  

Summer time in Riverdale Farm
Kids learning about horses at the Farm (Sumach and Winchester).


More renovations at St Jamestown Steak & Chops
After doing a successful redesign inside his popular butcher shop and deli (516 Parliament), Mark is now adding a new black finish and new signage to his building façade.  He’s got plans for exterior trim and for improvements around his patio area as well.  He’s getting good design advice from his neighbours at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).  Thanks Mark - these changes will make the corner livelier and more pleasant.

Welcome back, Ginger
Ginger was the popular restaurant located right at the corner of Carlton and Parliament.  A while ago, it simply disappeared.  Now it’s back.  Hu, Ginger’s owner, has purchased the block of buildings running from the lane beside Johnny G’s up to Aberdeen.  Several storefronts are a mess right now but we can be assured that condition won’t last.  No specific information yet about future plans but, as noted below, two former tenants are leaving.

Changes at the Dominion on Queen
BlogTO reports that the Duranovich family has sold the building and the business at the landmark Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E) to the Pegasus Group who will operate its upstairs rooming house.  They’ve leased the pub to FAB Concepts.  FAB operates a chain of popular pubs including the Mill Street Brew Pub in the Distillery.  FAB plans to continue the DoQ’s emphasis on craft beer, good food and live music and to work closely with the local Corktown community.  The pub will reopen in the Fall after the renovations are completed. The blogTO story is here

The Pubaret
After the fire last winter that destroyed the interior at The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament), Maggie and Heather undertook renovations to rescue the club.  After a couple of months, the work stopped, negotiations with the landlord got tougher and now the location has a “For Lease” sign in its window.  The Pubaret was a great success from its opening to its last days.  The food was good.  The entertainers were always happy.  The audiences enjoyed themselves.  Maggie and Heather brought people into our neighbourhood and operated a good business to everyone’s benefit.  Thanks guys – and best wishes wherever you land.

Goodbye Sundara
Around the corner on Aberdeen, Sundara Yoga (488 Parliament, side door) has closed.  The studio will be missed and we wish Angela and the teachers well in their future efforts.  If you have equipment stored at the studio, please make arrangements to get it on Wednesday July 29 from 10 am to 2 pm or from 6 to 8 pm.  Angela and eight teachers are still teaching.  Angela has several other services available as well, including teacher training, mentorship, retreats, satsang and private lessons.  You can stay in touch through the Sundara website and you can reach Angela at angela@sundarayoga.net

Me to We Store
This lovely store (223 Carlton) has closed.  It’s been a stylish addition to our business community and a great way for local people to get a glimpse into the work done by Free The Children and Me To We.  No word yet about future uses for this location.  Another storefront beside it, the former site for Kendall and Co is also empty.  These empty locations raise the concern that a vital part of Carlton Street will be deadened by the expansion of office space and the loss of lively retailers. 

Ultra Pharmacy
Ultra Pharmacy has closed its store at 411 Parliament and moved a few doors south to 403 Parliament.  The owners of the pharmacy are also the property owners at 403 and they’ve been busy adding a third floor and making renovations at 403.  This seems to be part of the ongoing improvements in the retail scene at Gerrard and Parliament.

Oh Boy Burgers
As mentioned here last week, the empty restaurant at Gerrard and Parliament will soon be home for Oh Boy Burgers.  There’s new paint around the door and of course, there’ll be new signage as well. 


Another successful cooking class at Merryberry
At last Tuesday’s cooking class at Merryberry (559 Parliament) Cyril prepared quiche Lorraine, French apple pie and other assorted delights. It was a sold-out success. Cyril reports that all the people were amazed that they could make pie crust so easily.  Everyone went home happy.  He’s planning his next class on souffles for later this summer. 

Lots of fresh food at The Local GEST
Tiffany, Sean, Erique and Gary have been offering their farm produce from their tent at the Cabbagetown Farmers Market in Riverdale Park.  Their food comes directly from their farm plot near Sutton Ontario.  The farm also supplies the seasonal vegetables used in The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  Cleo Brown created a short video about the Cabbagetown Farmers Market and the GEST’s farm.  

Photo: Designstor, Ryan Fung
Odin (514 King E) hosts Petrichord with Greg Nazar, Nick Benko and Vincent Reel.  Friday July 10 from 8:30 pm.  There’s an interesting article complete with striking photography in Arch Daily by Phaedrus Studios, the architects who designed Odin’s dramatic interior.  

Pickles from Murgatroid
Murgatroid (588 Parliament) is releasing another batch of Caleb’s homemade pickles.  Drop by and pick up a jar.  And this weekend will be your last chance to get this year’s version of radish greens Chicken Caesar Salad – with handmade crispy bacon and strips of aged Ontario goat gouda.

Beer School at Mill Street
Find out all the important details about beer!  What better way to start your Friday evening?  Mill Street offers a Beer School right in the brewery on Friday nights at 6:30 pm.  Topics include English ales, German and Belgian beers, flavoured beers and hops. The sessions take about an hour and include four samplings of the beers on topic, a sampling from Mill Street’s Ottawa brewery and food pairings, usually cheese and pretzel dishes.  Contact the Mill Street Retail Store to reserve your spot – (416) 681-0338, ext 4.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery.  $25.

El Catrin’s birthday
Photo:  blogTO
El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane,Distillery) is celebrating its second anniversary on Monday July 13.  It’s a lively Mexican restaurant with a big, fabulous patio.  On Monday, you’ll also be able to see the start of lots of Pan Am Games activity in the Distillery District.

Stirling Room
Saturday July 18 marks the five year 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, 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 – For the love of hops, $25
8 pm, Petrichord
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


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


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, 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 with Tyler Yarema