September 17

This week’s image:  the music was great at this year’s Cabbagetown Festival


Open Houses
This week’s listing features a modern townhouse in a heritage exterior.  Click here to read it. 


Tour of Homes
The Tour of Homes is our second big Fall weekend event.  Sunday September 20 from noon to 4 pm.  You’ll visit the interiors of some of our most amazing homes - the big house on Sackville Street that’s recently been lovingly renovated, a large, beautiful loft that’s been used as a TV or movie set, several homes with extensive artwork and a meticulously restored family home with a collection of chandeliers. 
Tickets are $30.  It’s a self-guided tour and the list, locations and descriptions of the homes are given inside your ticket.  Purchase yours locally at Epicure Shop (473 Parliament), Fairway Market (520 Parliament), Kendall & Co (514 Parliament), Lady Bug Florist (513 Church) and Mi Casa (238 Carlton). 
Local businesses and restaurants are providing special “Thanks” for each ticket holder.  These incentives are also described inside your ticket.
You can also buy a ticket online and use Paypal.  

Distillery District shooting
On Wednesday September 16 just after noon, police intercepted a car during an attempted theft.  When the car was stopped at Mill Street and Parliament beside the Distillery, gunfire broke out.  After multiple shots, the suspect was arrested.  Although it was a very busy time of day, no injuries were reported.  Global News has a report with several videos.  

Improvements along the Don Valley
The Don Valley trail next to the river is one of the charms of our neighbourhood for cyclists and walkers.  Eventually, it’ll be part of the Pan Am Trail that will stretch 82 km across Toronto.  The City of Toronto has planned upgrades for the 4.7 km lower Don section and has announced that construction will start in September and be finished by next summer.  For more information on these plans, click here.  

The Citadel Dance Program
Starting September 23, the Citadel’s 2015-2016 dance programs will offer weekly ballet classes in a professional studio for children and young people. These programs emphasize quality and accessibility and the classes include students from very diverse backgrounds.  Whether the young dancers have a lot of experience or none at all, the classes will take each student to a new level.  Scholarships and subsidized rates are available.  For class schedules and registration, visit the Citadel’s website here.  304 Parliament, (416) 364-8011.

A reminder - jobs during the election
Our Returning Officer has announced that there are job opportunities available for people who want to work on official duties during the election.  Please contact the Returning Office at 425 Bloor Street East (at Sherbourne, beside the subway), Suite 300.  The office is now open from 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday and noon to 4 pm on Sunday.  Call 1-866-714-6422, ext 2.

Last chance - Community Environment Days
Local residents can drop off unwanted trash, hazardous goods and household items for proper recycling and reuse.  Saturday September 26, Riverdale Park East (along Broadview north of Gerrard).  To see what items can be dropped off or picked up for your own use, click here.  

Community cooking challenge
Toronto Public Health, the TD Learning Centre and Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) are helping to organize The Apprentice Community Cooking Challenge.  Friday September 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Eight people have been studying various cooking skills and are now ready to compete with each other in the Challenge. It’s a program set up to train people from Regent Park who will continue on to restaurants, schools and catering companies as licenced food handlers.  So far, 65 people have been trained by Toronto Public Health and Chris Klugman at Paintbox Bistro. In Friday’s Challenge, the new chefs will prepare and display two dishes and a panel of chefs will select a winner.  Members of the public are welcome.

The Regent Park Catering Collective
The people enrolled in the Cooking Challenge are members of the collective.  Organized by Sureya Ibrahim, it was started in 2013 by people who wanted to know how to sell their food at farmers’ markets. The collective emphasizes a sense of community and belonging and an enjoyment of diversity.  As a result, its menus range from samosas to dumplings, from flavoured rice dishes to lasagna.  The collective ensures proper accreditation for its members, the development of individual’s skills and best practices, mentoring by industry professionals, and the development of a toolkit and practices for long-term growth.  Check out the group’s history and its catering menus online.  

Now you see it, now you don’t
The blue tarp at the Wellesley Park splash pad is history. (Photo - May 21).
A new green one has been installed.  (Photo - Sept 17)
One knowledgeable resident has pointed out that the green tarp has cost the City of Toronto $10,000.  And there’s no confirmed home yet for the blue one so it could be wasted.  Let’s hope that the group who lobbied so hard for this change are now happy. 

A quick correction
In last week’s Review, I said that Alan Waterhouse wrote the CPA’s new book, Adversity, Resilience, Prosperity.  Alan has corrected me and he points out that it was a collaborative project by the CPA’s Cabbagetown People committee including Sheila Schirmer, Gilles Huot, Margaret Rutledge and Christopher Dew.  Chris Waterhouse served as the research assistant.  Thanks Alan for the update – and to the entire committee, many thanks for creating an interesting and useful resource about our community.

Cabbagetown Festival
Congrats to all the artists, community groups, entertainers, restaurants and vendors for a fine show.  The weather made it really tough but everyone forged through these difficulties.  Blair’s Run went ahead with 185 runners.  The musicians made Parliament Street come alive – great bands and good sounds.  The Kidzone was busy.  The south end of Parliament Street and Carlton were more crowded than ever on both Saturday and Sunday – a happy trend for visitors and businesses.  And more local retailers brought their stuff outside onto the street instead of waiting for everybody to come inside. 

Lynn in Italy
Lynn has just returned from a trip to Italy – a few days in Rome, several days cycling along the Adriatic coast and a final stop in Venice.  Her Cabbagetown Tee shirt was proudly displayed along the way.  Here are a couple of photos with Venice’s iconic plazas and streets as her setting.


CCDT’s distinguished visitor
Roxanne D’Orleans Juste will visit the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) on October 3 and 4.  She’s the Principal Dancer and Associate Artistic Director at New York’s Limon Dance Company.  CCDT’s dancers will be performing in New York at Limon’s International Dance Festival later in October.  Ms D’Orleans Juste is here to rehearse with the company’s dancers in preparation for their appearance. 

Future Sounds
mnfsto arrives at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) for an evening of future soul and forward thinking hip hop from some of Toronto’s most talked-about artists.  The show runs from 9 pm September 18 to 2 am September 19.  Live performances by six artists plus special guest Sosupersam and host dj’s Soulchild and Macallaman.  $20.  Tickets and lots of details here.

Antigone at the Alumnae Theatre
Alumnae’s production of Jean Anouilh’s Antigone is on stage from Friday September 18 to Saturday October 3.  There’ll be an opening night reception after the September 18 performance and a social media performance (guests in the last three rows will be invited to tweet, text and send Facebook messages) on Saturday September 19.  At noon on Sunday September 20, a pre-matinee panel discussion will introduce you to six women of extraordinary courage. For details and tickets, click here.  

Four plays in the fall line-up are now underway at Soulpepper (Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane).   The Play’s the Thing by Ferenc Molnar, adapted by P G Wodehouse plus Pamela Mala Sinha’s Happy Place are on stage to Wednesday October 14. Marat Sade by Peter Weiss is playing until Saturday October 17.  Yours Forever, Marie-Lou by Michel Tremblay is here until Thursday October 15.  Descriptions and tickets are online at Soulpepper’s website.  

Toronto Dance Theatre
TDT’s 2015-2016 season is outlined on its website.  Starting with Echo which runs from November 3 to 7 to Marienbad in late May 2016, four productions are listed.  There’s a 10% discount for anyone buying a package of the three plays staged at the Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester).  Click here for the online info.  

Stories of Ours
An evening of multi-generational, multi-cultural stories by amazing Torontonians.  A free/by donation, casual evening, Thursday September 24, 6 to 9 pm.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), third floor. 

Soulpepper’s Cabaret series
The intimate Saturday night cabarets continue at Soulpepper (Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane). Brad Hampton and Patti Loach present The Picture of Happiness. Saturday September 20,  8:30 pm.  Tickets are $25 available here.  

Starting on Saturday September 18, our pubs will be full of suds to celebrate Beer Week. 

Mill Street Beer Hall
The third annual Oktoberfest happens on Saturday September 26.  Tickets are $30.  There’ll be live entertainment live entertainment with Souldisciplez and the Barager Brothers  plus three beer tokens, a Bavarian menu and souvenir beer mugs.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery.

Mill Street Brew Pub
On Sunday September 20 from 5:30 pm, the Brewmaster Dinner is hosted by Joel Manning and includes live music by The Clearing.  It’s a five-course ber-paired dinner, $69.99.  Throughout the week, local craft beer is served with organic menu.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery.

A Beer Week pub menu throughout the week.  On Thursday September 24, Nickel Brook will be featured along with matching food. 535 Dundas E.

Stout Irish Pub
Stout (221 Carlton) is offering a complimentary 5oz sample of Louis Cifer when you show your Beer Week passport.  Louis Cifer is the craft beer made at Stout’s sister pub Louis Cifer Brew Works (417 Danforth).


A five-panel mid-century modern painting
A beautiful big painting by Alex von Svoboda is now on display and available for purchase at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard E).  Painted in 1959, it consists of five panels 42” by 79” each, separated by 1.5” gaps.  The entire work is 18’ wide and 6.5’ high.  It’s in excellent condition.  Store hours, Wednesday to Friday, 3 to 8 pm.  Saturday noon to 7 pm.  Sunday, noon to 6 pm.  (416) 934-9009.

Pants special at Del Ray
Enjoy a clean pair of pants for only $4.95.  Del Ray (586 Parliament) is running this special now for walk-in customers.  Sorry, silk and linens not eligible. 

Vote local, shop local
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has been nominated for two NOW Magazine 2015 Reader’s Choice awards – as Best Design Store and as Best Design Firm .  The voting closes on Friday September 18.  Click on the links to vote in each category.
Kendall and Kevin love Cabbagetown and they’ve created their Cabbagetown Collection to celebrate our community with Cabbagetown apparel and souvenirs like Cabbagetown coasters, a framed map and tea towels.  
Store hours, Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. 

Best wishes to Labour of Love
Regina has successfully moved her store to its new location at 223 Carlton.  All reports say that she’s created a beautiful destination.

Farley Foundation
Every year, the Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E) participates in the fundraising campaign for the Farley Foundation.  The Foundation assists people in need with their veterinary bills for their pets.  This year’s raffle prize is a year’s supply of cat or dog food.  Tickets are $10 or 3 for $25.  Buy your tickets at the Clinic.


Fundraiser at The Local GEST
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) will host a fundraiser for Shirati to defray travel expenses while she works at a medical mission in Tanzania.  The goal is $5200 and a tax receipt will be issued for gifts over $20.  Saturday October 3, 7 pm.  There’ll be a silent auction, raffles, a 50-50 draw and live music. 

Paintbox wine series
At the Paintbox (555 Dundas E), Chris Klugman will lead you through a series of different varietals and he’ll suggest food and wine matchups with each one.  All events start at 6:30 pm.  On Thursday September 17, it’s cabernet and merlot. On Thursday October 1, riesling and sauvignon blanc.  $28.  Register online here.  

Dinner and show
Throughout September, Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane) and the Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane) are offering a combo special for your dinner and a show.  Available on Fridays and Saturdays through the month.  Book before Wednesday. You’ll get a $25 credit plus a 15% discount on your meal (excluding alcohol).  The details are online 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,
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
6:30 pm, Wines series featuring tastings of cabernet and merlot, $28
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
White Elephant
7 pm, Scott B Sympathy


Mill Street Beer Hall
6 pm, Third annual Oktoberfest, beer tokens, souvenir mugs, live entertainment with Souldisciplez and the Barager Brothers. $30
Soulpepper Cabaret Series
8:30 pm, Rae Ellen Bodie, Brad Hampton and Patti Loach in The Picture of Happiness, $25
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 Chris Wallace
Mill Street Brew Pub
5:30 pm, Brewmaster’s Dinner with live music by The Clearing, $69.95


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, 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 pm, Sean Pinchin


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Soulpepper Cabaret Series
8:30 pm, The Bryce Kulak Revue, $25
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 Heidi Lange