July 30

This week’s image:  Lyen and Jason on the patio at The Local GEST. 


This week, you can inspect an affordable, attractive bachelor suite in Regent Park.  Click here.  


Pan American Food Fest
This weekend, the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) will be overflowing with Pan American music, dance and food.  There’ll be headline entertainment with over 30 artists, cooking demonstrations and competitions, a Kids Zone, a street market, dance workshops, a photography exhibition, a licensed patio and lots more.  It happens inside in Ada Slaight Hall and the south lobby and outside on Regent Park Boulevard and the MDS Courtyard.   Events start on Thursday July 30 and continue through the weekend to 10 pm on Monday.  Free admission to the Festival – some events are ticketed. The Festival’s website has details and ticket info – click here

Congrats Jaeda and Lacey
Jaeda and Lacey organized their lemonade and cupcake stand last weekend and it was a fun success.  The money that they earned is going to Emily’s House (25 Jack Layton Way), a hospice for children who suffer life-ending illnesses.  Their aunt, Renee Marshall from Salon Bijou (211 Carlton) and Jaeda’s mom, Jasma, helped them with the details – the four of them were up at the crack of dawn cooking cupcakes and getting their stand ready.

The federal election
Rumours and more rumours are churning up national political waters with the reports that the Prime Minister may call an election this weekend for October 19, thereby creating the longest campaign period in Canadian history. Well, whatever happens, we’re ready in Toronto Centre riding.  Three fine people have been selected to run for the major parties here:
Julian Di Battista is the Conservative candidate. www.votejulian.ca
Linda McQuaig is the New Democrat.  http://lindamcquaig.ca/
Bill Morneau is the Liberal.  https://billmorneau.liberal.ca/

Congrats to CCDT
14 dancers from CCDT (519 Parliament) are off to New York in October.  They’ll be part of the celebrations for the Jose Limon Dance Company’s 70th anniversary.  Their appearance will offer excerpts from one of Limon’s iconic works, The Winged.  They’ll join young dancers from other leading dance schools as part of the Next Generation performances -  2 pm, Saturday and 7:30 pm, Sunday, October 24 and 25, The Joyce Theatre (175 Eighth Ave, New York). For tickets and more details, click here. 

Tips about working with the police
The Cabbagetown BIA has started a campaign to inform us about the different ways of contacting the Toronto Police Service.  In our area, 51 Division has two community relations officers who can offer advice and help – david.bilby@torontopolice.on.ca and david.mcallister@torontopolice.on.ca  In general, we’re reminded to report everything that happens.  If it’s a non-emergency event, call (416) 808-2222.  If it’s an emergency or a crime in progress, call 911. These reports help the police to see what’s happening and to allocate resources.  More on this topic next week.

Public art along the waterfront
Photo: Waterfront Toronto
Waterfront Toronto has installed six pieces of public art in the new West Don Lands neighbourhood and another is now being fabricated for a 2016 installation.  Some are still hidden away until the area opens for public access next year.  The agency has a nice story and photos on its blog.  

The Necropolis
The Toronto Star’s Valerie Hauch has written about the beautiful setting and the impressive chapel and gateway at the Necropolis cemetery (200 Winchester).  She also gives thumbnail portraits of six prominent citizens buried there.  You can read her story here.

Winchester Square
The sidewalk through Winchester Square Park (Ontario north of Carlton) is getting a facelift.  Red Dress Productions is creating a pebble mosaic that will be placed in the new walkway in October.

What do they know…
That we don’t?  The Leslieville BIA is installing these colourful benches along Queen Street.  Check it out here.   It’s too bad that we don’t have a few of our own along Parliament.


Distillery Music City Summer Series
The Young Novelists will perform on the Trinity Stage on Wednesday August 5 from 6 to 8 pm.  Free concert.

Under the Stars Outdoor Movies
Every Wednesday from 7:30 pm starting July 15.  Free screenings in Regent Park (620 Dundas E), following “Taste of Regent Park”.  On Wednesday August 5, the movie is Big Hero 6. 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. 

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.

Summer concerts at Little Trinity
Common Deer appear at the summer concert series on Thursday August 6 at 7 pm in Little Trinity Park (King and Trinity).  Next week on Thursday August 13, the series finishes with the Conor Hall Trio. The concerts are free.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a charming musical experience.


Congrats to our ethical fashion shops
Photo:  Rick O'brien
Toronto Life’s August print edition features local stores that add an ethical consideration when stocking inventory.  Not surprisingly, Fair Trade Jewellery Company (523 Parliament) is included on the list.  
There’s also bigger feature about Pipler (453 Parliament), the new shop opened by Alice and Leonie last Spring.  Their stylish store has earned a lot of media attention lately. Here are a few online articles – blogTO, USA Today  and the Toronto Star.  

Now or never sale at Kendall
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is bringing in some exciting new arrivals soon and the store has to be emptied out to make room.  Save up to 60% off everything now!  Shop early – you’re not the only one who’s eyeing what Kendall’s got.  Store hours – Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday. 11 am to 5 pm.


Corktown’s new restaurants
Photo: Dave Gillespie, Toronto Life
The August edition of Toronto Life also has a longer article about the gentrification happening in Corktown.  Roselle (362 King E) is the new bakery located just east of Parliament.  The review gives pastry chef Stephanie Duong very high marks.  Nearby, Corktown Kitchen (354 King E) is “the sort of quiet, low-key bistro that any neighbourhood should be grateful for”.  Further west, Cocina Economica (141 Berkeley) is praised for serving the best food from the Playa Cabana group of restaurants.  
The Toronto Life article is online here

Softserve ice cream
Here’s a chance to see for yourself how good the desserts are at Roselle (362 King E).  Stephanie is now offering softserve ice cream – made in house.  She’s started with a Cream of Earl Grey flavour that features infused whole tea leaves and toasted milk.  It’s available from Thursday to Sunday, from 1 pm until “sold out”.

Making your own souffles
Cyril is offering another of his pleasant cooking classes on Tuesday August 11 at 6 pm.  He’ll be demonstrating techniques for cooking both sweet and savoury souffles.  If this topic proves to be a popular, he’s prepared to offer a second session a week later.  $45. Drop in to Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call him at (647) 348-0411 to reserve your spot.

Jeff and Noah at The Local GEST
Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin will be singing at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Thursday August 6 from 8 pm to midnight.  They appear on the first Thursday of each month and on the other Thursdays, it`s Open Mic with Porter.

Alphabot at Paintbox
Join Alphabot for his East Coast Tour Send-off event.  Saturday August 8 at The Paintbox (555 Dundas E), $6

White Elephant
Sean Pinchin appears on Friday July 31 from 7 to 10 pm.  Linda Carone is singing with Richard Whiteman on piano on Saturday August 8 from 7 to 9:30 pm.  White Elephant (366 Queen E). 



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
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. $25
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday reserve on the guest list.  $20
White Elephant
7 pm, Sean Pinchin


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturdays, reserve on the guest list


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
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, Smart Ass Trivia
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam


The Irv
7pm, Geoff Willingham
Little Trinity Concert Series
7 pm, Jack Connelly
The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin
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, $25
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday with resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.  $20


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
7 pm, Alphabot`s East Coast Tour send-off show, $6
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturday.  Reserve on the guest list.  $20
White Elephant
7 to 10 pm, Linda Carone (vocals) with Richard Whiteman (piano), Vintage jazz and blues


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