August 13

This week’s image:  drinks and dinner on The Irv’s patio


A quick announcement
Holiday time.  There won't be a Review next week.  Back on Thursday August 27.


Family Fun Fest
Artscape is organizing a family day at the Daniels Spectrum.  There’ll be music, South Asian arts and crafts, ping pong and table tennis tournaments, a photo corner and lots more.  Free admission.  Saturday August 15, 2 to 6 pm,  Regent Park Blvd beside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).

Aberdeen Ave Residents Group
AARG held its annual meeting in mid-July and met with Councillor Pam McConnell to discuss issues affecting the neighbourhood.  The meeting was a productive session that focused on upgrades at Winchester Square Park, the impact of local TCHC housing, possible improvements at Anniversary Park, Regent Park updates and successes at Pathways to Education. Reports from people attending the meeting are very positive – everyone had useful opportunities to speak and learn about changes in the area.

St James Cemetery walking tour
Photo: Toronto Public Library
The cemetery opened in 1844 as the final resting place for Toronto’s elites. The names on many of its graves honour people who had a major impact on Canada’s history and culture.  Its chapel has become a National Heritage Site.  The tour – sponsored by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association and Heritage Toronto – will visit these and many other highlights.  Sunday, August 16, 1:30 pm, free.
Gilles Huot from the Cabbagetown Preservation Association writes a column regularly in Inside Toronto about Cabbagetown’s historic roots.  In the July 21 issue, he described St James Cemetery.  His story coincides nicely with the walking tour.

Repair Café at CNH
Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) is hosting a visit by Repair Café.  It’s a volunteer agency that brings together people who like to fix things and people who want to learn how to fix household appliances, computers, furniture, clothes, jewellery and more.  Everyone’s welcome.  It’s free.  Saturday August 22, noon to 4 pm. 

ROM Walks
ROM Walks are organized by the Royal Ontario Museum and they’re free to the public.  The 2015 schedule covers three Cabbagetown walks and the Distillery.  The tours are repeated through the summer with the final walks happening in September.  The ROM’s brochure is online.  
Two walks are taking place in late August.
Distillery District.  This walk covers the Distillery District and some of its surrounding neighbourhoods.  The starting point is St Paul’s Basilica (Power & Queen).  Sunday August 23, 2 pm. 
Cabbagetown North.  A guided walking tour through Cabbagetown North.  It starts at Winchester and Parliament and travels east to Riverdale Park, north to Wellesley and back to Parliament.  Wednesday, August 26, 6 pm

Distillery Music City summer series
Free concerts on the Trinity stage in the Distillery.  On Wednesday August 19, Melissa Payne sings and plays her fiddle and guitar.  On Wednesday August 26, Patrick Brealey blends folk, country and the blues.  Concerts happen from 6 to 8 pm.

Under the Stars outdoor movies
Wednesday from 7:30 pm.  Free screenings in Regent Park (620 Dundas E), following “Taste of Regent Park”.  On Wednesday August 19, it’s “Do the Right Thing”. 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. There are lots of notes about events and food on Facebook
From farm to fork – Saturday from noon to 4 pm, The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  The pub has a farm plot north of the city and uses its produce for its kitchen.  Farm fresh veggies are sold every week outside the pub (and every Tuesday at the Cabbagetown Farmers Market.)

Summer concerts at Little Trinity
Thursday August 20 at 7 pm in Little Trinity Park (King and Trinity).  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.  

Save the date – Wednesday August 26, 4 to 8 pm, Regent Park (The Big Park) 620 Dundas E.  Food, art and awards ceremony to celebrate women who simmer and sizzle in Toronto. It’s part of the Taste of Regent Park market and will feature performances, food and art vendors, an exhibition and interactive demos.  

You can’t get there from here
Helen Coltrinari saw these signs at Spruce and Sackville.  She’s sent them along so everybody can get a good laugh.


Golf with the HOP
Monday August 17.  The HOP has chosen a new destination, Westview Golf Club in Aurora.  A jam-packed day with lunch at the club, guaranteed good fun with your golfing pals, a cart, lots of prizes and dinner at the HOP.  You’ll get a bus ride from the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) and back again.  Reserve your spot at (416) 925-4074 or, better yet, drop in to the pub. $130 pp.

Hummingbird Open Mic at The Paintbox
Thursday August 20, sign up at 6 pm and show starts at 7 pm.  The Paintbox (555 Dundas E) hosts an open mic on the third Thursday of each month and over 100 people have been coming to enjoy Toronto’s undiscovered talent.  Free admission – complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Suzanne McKenney
It’s Hot House Cabaret at The Paintbox (555 Dundas E).  Suzanne McKenney’s racounteuring, reminiscing and sometimes raucous review. Steve Hunter on piano.  Friday, August 21, 8 pm.  $15 at the door.

Jazz at The Local GEST
Sunday afternoon jazz continues at The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  On Sunday August 16, The Ken Taylor Trio appears.  Sherie Marshall is back on Sunday August 23.  4:30 pm, no cover charge.

White Elephant
Scott B Sympathy appears on Friday August 14 from 7 to 10 pm.  Next week, Ryan Carr is playing from 7 pm on Friday August 21.  366 Queen St E.

Cabbagetown Festival preview
Cabbagetown Steve and the Blues Machine will be playing in front of the Wing Machine (443 Parliament) on Saturday afternoon September 12.  Steve’s band includes a special appearance by Lilly Mason (modern R+B and Soul).  Lilly grew up in Cabbagetown.  Michael Caplan, another Cabbagetown crooner, brings his country sounds for the band.  These guys can all sing and play – they’re worth a trip to the Festival. 


The Sundara Method
Angela Jervais Reed has started a new practice.  She’s offering teacher training and retreats at Sundara Method.  Click on her website to connect with her.

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!  Ask the staff about final markdowns on rugs, mirrors, upholstered furniture, tables, cabinets and lighting. Shop now – the best deals are in the store.  Store hours – Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday. 11 am to 5 pm.


This is the prestigious annual poll where shoppers and NOW readers select the retailers that they really like and support them with a vote.  There are over 200 categories and many of our stores have been nominated in more than one.  

A few cautionary comments
The Reader’s Choice poll is a really big list.  It’s well organized and easy to navigate.  The Home Page is here.  Voting continues until Friday September 18.  Please watch for omissions on my list that can be corrected quickly next week – especially among lists of individuals who’ve been nominated.  If you see someone who should be highlighted, email  

Stores and links
Here are our local heroes who will need your help to win.  Each listing has the link to the ballot - just click and vote.


Best design firm
For several years, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has been a leader in the NOW Magazine Readers’ Choice poll.  The store has earned high rankings in two categories – Best Design Store and Best Design Firm.  Two years ago, it was the winner in each and last year, it was the runner-up.  Kendall and his staff want the #1 spot back again.  Click on this link and cast your vote.

Best design store
This is a painful category.  Two outstanding Cabbagetown businesses are in the running – Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) and Spruce (455 Parliament).  Take your pick and then cast your ballot.  

Best bike mechanic
Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) has a well-earned spot on this list.  Place your vote here.  

Best camera store
Vistek (496 Queen E) is an awesome store.  Vote here.  

Best jewellery store
Fair Trade Jewellery (523 Parliament) regularly gets praised and nominated for quality and for environmental standards.  Here’s your chance to support them.

Best pet store
Urbandog Fitness & Spa (37 Parliament) gets a big woof.  Cast your vote here.  


Best author
In a field full of amazing talent, Michael Ondaatje’s name jumps right out.  Vote for him here


Best choreographer
Here’s our chance to salute the work that Christopher House has done at Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester).  Vote here.  

Best dance company
We’re home to many of Toronto’s great dance companies and the nominees here are proof of that:  COBA (585 Dundas E), Coleman Lemieux (304 Parliament), Dancemakers (9 Trinity) and Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester).  Select the one that moves you.

Best large theatre company
Two local companies are on the list among the distinguished nominees – Canadian Stage (26 Berkeley) and Soulpepper (55 Mill Street).  Vote here.  

Best small theatre company
Cahoots (388 Queen E) and Acting Up Stage (476 Parliament) are both local theatre companies.  Select one and vote.


Best beer selection
Lots of good watering holes are on this list.  Our own Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is among them.  Vote for Erin and her pals at Stout.  

Best caterer
Once again, Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) is on this list.  The Daniels have dominated this market for years and they’re sure to continue their prominence in 2015.  Cast your vote here. 

Best cheap eats
Kanpai (252 Carlton), one of our newest eateries, has already grabbed a spot on the list.  Vote here.  

Best espresso
Jet Fuel (519 Parliament) is a city-wide landmark.  Jet Fuel put us on the map and now, we can return the favour. 

Best gourmet takeout
This is a second, well-deserved nomination for Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton).  Vote for the food shop.  

Best Japanese restaurant
Kingyo-Izakaya (51B Winchester) is a logical selection.  Vote here.  

Best local microbrew
Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane) has been a great brewery and a strong supporter of our festival and our local pubs.  They deserve our votes.  

Best prepared food
Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) got a third nomination in this category.  For everybody who wants a classy dinner without the work, this is a lovely place to shop.  Vote for D & D here.  

Best pub
Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is back for a second nomination.  This category delivers big-time bragging rights.  Vote for Stout here.  

Best pub grub
House on Parliament (454 Parliament) consistently offers the highest quality lunches and dinners.  They get my vote every time.  

Best taco
Head to the Distillery and enjoy one of El Catrin’s tacos (18 Tank House Lane) and then cast your ballot here.  

Best tea
Who else but Lemon Lily (410 Dundas E).  Here’s the link where you vote.  

Best Thai
Sukhothai (274A Parliament) has been nominated again.  It’s becoming a destination for great Thai food.  Vote here.  



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088,
Cranberries, 601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330
El Catrin, 18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121,
House on Parliament, 454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074,
The Irv, 195 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787,
Little Trinity Summer Concerts, Little Trinity Park, 425 King at Trinity
The Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
Merryberry, 559 Parliament,
Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338,
Murgatroid, 568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381,
Odin, 514 King W, (647) 350-6346,
Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555,
Soulpepper, Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
Stirling Room, 16 Trinity, Distillery District,
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
Under the Table, 568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,
White Elephant, 366 Queen E. (416) 364-9999,

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


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 to 10 pm, Scott B Sympathy


The Local GEST
Noon to 4 pm, Fresh veggies on sale at Farm to Fork
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
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Ken Taylor Trio


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


6 pm, Souffles cooking class, $45
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Distillery – Trinity Stage
6 to 8 pm, Music City Summer Series, Melissa Payne
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam
Regent Park, The Big Park
7:30 pm, outdoor movies “Doing the Right Thing”.


The Irv
7pm, Geoff Willingham
Little Trinity Concert Series
7 pm, Conor Hall
The Local GEST
8 pm, Open mic with Porter
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music
6 pm sign up, 7 pm show,  Hummingbird Open Mic
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
8 pm, Hot House Cabaret with Suzanne McKenney and Steve Hunter (piano), $15
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday with resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.  $20
White Elephant
7 to 10 pm, Ryan Carr


The Local GEST
Noon to 4 pm, Fresh veggies on sale at Farm to Fork
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 Sherie Marshall