August 27

This week’s image:  street sales at the Festival



Our Returning Officer
Our Returning Officer is Brian Gerrior.  His office is located at 425 Bloor E, Suite 300, 1-866-714-6422.  It’s open from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
The Returning Officer is the impartial government official who oversees events in the election in our area.  Candidates must register with him to be properly nominated.  Voters can get information from him about dates, advance votes, enrolment on the voters’ list, locations of a local poll and employment during the campaign. 

Get on the voters’ list
The national Elections Canada website includes a link to check whether your name is on the Toronto Centre voters’ list.  Click here to see if you're already listed and to see how to fix any problems. 

Voter info and ID
The Returning Officer will issue a card to tell you specific details about your neighbourhood polling station, times and dates.  You must bring proof of your identity and your address when you vote.  An Ontario driver’s licence will do the trick. If you want to use something else, check online to see what kinds of documents are acceptable.  

Dates to remember
Election day is Monday October 19.  If you want to vote earlier, there are advance polls on October 9, 10, 11 and 12 from noon to 8 pm daily. You can also vote at the Returning Office (425 Sherbourne, Suite 300) daily from 10 am to 5 pm until 6 pm, October 13.  There are also special campus locations, Friendship Centres and youth centres as well as a system for voting by mail – go online to see the details.  


The splash pad is open
Photo: Cabbagetown Residents Association
Wellesley Park’s newest addition is a lovely splash pad.  It’s open and already being well used by lots of little kids.  It’s located next to the sandy play area and the kids are running back and forth from the “beach” to the pad.  Congrats to the City of Toronto’s staff for a job well done.

Parliament Street construction
Photo: Irene DeClute
The equipment and the fences came back to Parliament Street last week amid lots of groans from nearby businesses.  According to an Enbridge spokesperson, this disruption shouldn’t last very long.  The gas company did most of the work here in June, then stopped because of a city-wide moratorium on road construction during the Pan Am Games.  The crews are now placing the new 12” gas pipes into the trench. They’ll fill in the holes and pave the roadway immediately after that.  The company predicts that the work will be finished by September 3.

The Sketchbook Project
The project’s Mobile Library arrives at the Distillery from Friday August 28 to Sunday August 30. It’s a travelling exhibition of over 4000 artists’ sketchbooks.  You’re invited to browse the collection.  Check out its online video here.  

Artfest Toronto
Artfest visits the Distillery over the Labour Day weekend, September 4 to 7, 11 am to 6 pm daily. 75 exhibitors present their painting, ceramics, photography and fine crafts. Live musical performers.  

Cabbagetown South meeting
Wednesday September 9, 7 to 9 pm, Retsina Restaurant (209 Gerrard E).  The season opener for Cabbagetown South residents.  There’ll be a presentation by Community Relations Officers from 51 Division on neighbourhood policing issues, an update from Options For Homes about its plans for the St Luke’s site at Carlton and Sherbourne, and a report on vacant properties, rooming house issues and redevelopment projects in the area.  Retsina opens at 6 pm and members are encouraged to enjoy dinner there before the meeting.

The Tour of Homes
Sunday September 20 from noon to 4 pm.  This year’s event looks very promising.  The big, newly renovated home on Sackville south of Carlton will be included.  Many of the homes feature incredible art collections.  There’s a loft that’s been used repeatedly for television and film productions.  You can buy a ticket online and use Paypal.  Several locations will sell paper tickets after September 1 (details to come).  Local restaurants and retailers have special offers for ticket holders.  $20.

Repair Café at CNH
Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) hosted Repair Café last weekend and it was a successful day.  Over one hundred people brought stuff that needed fixing – small appliances, bikes, laptop computers and more.  When something was fixed, a bell rang.  Coffee, fruit and desserts were provided by Daniel et Daniel.  Repair Café holds monthly gatherings to show people how to fix their stuff.  Read about the group online. 

Thanks re:Leaf volunteers
Photo:  Sven Gleisner
re:LEAF has been planting and maintaining trees in Riverdale Park and Wellesley Park.  A week ago, a group of its volunteers put organic mulch on 23 trees in Riverdale and four more in Wellesley Park.  These trees are part of a group planted in 2014 – six didn’t survive the winter and the rest are now being tended carefully. 

Sunday in the Park
Congrats to the Friends of Regent Park and all the volunteers and sponsors who made last week’s Festival a success.  There were games, food, buskers, vendors in small tents, community groups and more all happening in The Big Park (Sackville and Dundas). 

A personal tale of woe
My bike was stolen last Sunday morning while I was making a quick trip to Café Olya for a few nifty breakfast goodies. Olyana saw it happen from inside her bakery.  Mike and I chased the guy down Parliament Street but no luck.  A call to the police via 911 resulted in an alert to police cars cruising in the neighbourhood but still no luck.  I was reminded that I had started to register my bike with the Toronto Police Service but didn’t finish the job because I lacked a few simple bits of information.  Groan. 
My overall impressions:  The thief was a fast runner and a nervy guy.  The police were interested and helpful.  And I should have been a lot more careful about locking it and registering it.

Enjoy a nice cool one
Split Rail Brewery just opened in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island. Since late July, it’s produced two craft brews each week and they’ve sold out through the brewery’s store and in local restaurants.  Great news for a new business.  Eleanor Charlton, the co-owner of the brewery, is really pleased with these initial responses.  Even though Gore Bay is hundreds of miles away, Cabbagetown looms large in Eleanor’s heart – her mom has lived here for the past 22 years. 

Our flag flies over Boulder Beach
Doug and Irene holidayed for a few days on Manitoulin Island, just west of Providence Bay.  Naturally, we took along our flag and tees as pleasant reminders of home.


Save these dates
Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival
(New date and new location)
8 pm, Wednesday September 9, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E)
Art & Crafts in the Park
1 to 7pm, Friday September 11, 10 am to 6 pm Saturday September 12 & 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday September 13, Riverdale Park W (Carlton & Sumach)
Parliament Street Festival
11 am to 10 pm, Saturday September 12 and 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday September 13
Photo: Shelley Ledger
St James Town Festival
1 to 7 pm, Saturday September 12, (St James Ave & Ontario St)
Blair’s Run
8 am registration and 9 am race, Sunday September 13.

Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival
This year’s screening has a new date and new location.  It’s moved it to the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) from 8 to 10:30 pm on Wednesday evening, September 9.
For 24 years, the film festival has been a highlight during the Cabbagetown Festival weekend.  It’s regularly a sold-out event.
The 2015 program features 13 films from Canada, France, Iran, Australia, Bangladesh and Spain.  They are the best from over 200 high quality submissions.  You can see short descriptions of the films here.  Advance tickets are available online here and at the Cabbagetown BIA office (237 Carlton).  $15

St James Town Festival
Saturday September 12, 1 to 7 pm.  There’ll be games, raffles and prizes, sports, good food and community information booths.  It’s a day for the whole family to celebrate St James Town.  The event happens at St James Ave and Ontario Street behind 240 and 260 Wellesley. 

Blair’s Run
The best 3k road race in Toronto.  You’re welcome to join – run, walk, ride a stroller, bring your dog. You’ll always enjoy yourself immensely.  The Run happens on Sunday morning, September 13.  The start and finish lines are at the corner of Carlton and Parliament.  Register at 8 am.  The race starts at 9 am.  There are prizes and souvenirs galore.  To register online, click here. $20
100% of the proceeds from the Run support the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.

Cabbagetown Festival on Parliament Street

The Festival is always a delightful mix of street entertainers, food stalls, outdoor patios and small artisan vendors.  This year, there’s even more emphasis on entertainers.  Businesses along the strip will offer all kinds of music -  jazz, drummers, rock and more – on both Saturday and Sunday.


Corktown’s Bright Street
Photo: Peter Power, Globe & Mail
Carolyn Ireland writing in the Globe & Mail did a real estate story about a small row house on Bright Street in Corktown.  It has several interesting insights into the appealing personal qualities of downtown living.  Click here to read it.  

Impact Kitchen
Photo: blogTO
blogTO has a short article about a big new restaurant coming to Corktown.  5,000 square feet of nutritious, locally sourced food - it should be interesting.  Click here.  

TCHC noises
Eric Morse has written about the noise that a heating unit in Regent Park is generating.  For five years, nearby residents have asked TCHC to fix the problem.  In June, the corporation finally issued a Request for Proposals and maybe, soon, someday, someone will get busy.  Read Eric’s story in the online Bulletin here.   


Soulpepper’s Cabaret series
On Saturday September 5, the intimate Saturday night cabarets return to Soulpepper (Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane). Raoul Bhaneja interviews and performs with singer, guitarist and broadcaster Danny Marks and veteran bass player Terry Wilkins.  8:30 pm.  Tickets are $25.  Click here for more details and tickets.  


Vote now at NOW
NOW Magazine’s annual Readers Choice poll is underway.  Be sure to support your favourite.  It’s a prestigious award. Winning in one of the categories can help our local businesses considerably.
Several Cabbagetown businesses have been nominated in one or more categories.  See the list on the Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review for August 13 – just scroll down the index in the right hand column and click on that date.  Then follow the links for each category to support your selection.

Maternal-fetal immune interactions
Dr Kubra Khandwala will talk about the maternal-fetal relationship and the role that the immune system plays during gestation.  The lecture will be held at the new Toronto Birth Centre (525 Dundas E) on Saturday September 26 from 4 to 5 pm. Dr Khandwala holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Western Ontario and she earned her PhD from the University of Toronto.   Sponsored by Paths to Vitality (439 Parliament) and the Society for Osteopathic Wellness.  For more details, click here.  Tickets are $20 and $25. 


Paul Stephan Kropp
February 22, 1948 – August 22, 2015
Author, publisher, husband, father and grandfather extraordinaire, Paul Kropp died suddenly after a brief battle with cancer. 
Born in Buffalo, Paul brought his family to Canada in 1970. As a young teacher, he began writing for his struggling students. He ultimately wrote over 70 books and co-founded High Interest Publishing. Paul will be remembered by the generations of reluctant readers whose lives he touched with his books.
A true renaissance man, Paul enjoyed playing his grand piano, crafting stained glass, studying Italian, cooking elegant meals, traveling, playing croquet, and serving his church and community.
Paul’s most important legacy is his family, who will miss him terribly. He is survived by his wife Lori Jamison; his sons Alex, Justin (Michelle) and Jason; his stepdaughter Jennifer (Micah) Weintraub; and his precious grandchildren Hayden and Rachel Kropp and Jacob Weintraub; as well as his sister Lois Nenno (Deke Johnson) and his brother Philip Kropp.
A memorial service will be held on September 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East, Toronto. Those wishing to commemorate Paul’s life in some way are invited to make a donation to Metropolitan United Church or the Canadian Cancer Society and to vote NDP in the coming election.



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,
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
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday 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 Saturdays, reserve on the guest list
White Elephant
10 pm, Toastr Party


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Harley Card


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
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
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
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