September 24

This week’s image:  the Tour of Homes


Three open houses are listed this week – a townhouse on Earl Street, a renovated semi on Sackville Place and one of the historic Wellesley Cottages.  Click here to see these listings.  


Voting information
Now’s the time to make sure that your name is registered on the voters’ list.  Visit the official Elections Canada website and then follow the steps under “Am I registered to vote”.  
You should receive a Voter Information Card within a few days if you haven’t already got it yet.  The location of your voting station is listed on it.  It also has the location of your Advance Poll.
You can vote in advance on Thanksgiving weekend, Friday October 9 through Monday October 12, from noon to 8 pm.  You can also vote by Special Ballot any time before 6 pm, October 13 – visit the Returning Office at 425 Bloor E, Third Floor (at the corner at Sherbourne).
Election Day is Monday October 19, 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. 

Meet the candidates
There’ll be a meet-and-greet at 40 Oak Street in Regent Park on Tuesday September 29 from 5:30 to 8 pm.  It’s a chance for you to meet each one and talk about your favourite issues.

Our local candidates
The Toronto Centre candidates for the Conservatives, Liberals and New Democrats are all located along Parliament Street in Cabbagetown.  To get a sign, to volunteer, to make a donation or to get help with your voting issues, talk to your favourite candidate at the contact info given below.

Conservative – Julian Di Battista
555 Parliament St, (647) 723-2151  For his biography, click here 

Liberal –Bill Morneau
527 Parliament Street, (416) 479-0444.  His biography and local platform are online here. 

NDP - Linda McQuaig
419 Parliament St, (416) 657-2531.  For more info about her, click here. 


Success for the Tour of Homes
Beautiful weather, a wide selection of intriguing homes and lots of community support guaranteed a success for the Tour of Homes.  Back after a hiatus last year, the Tour offered a fascinating collection of homes for visitors to experience.  Over 700 people are reported to have purchased tickets.  The volunteers were all cheery and well-informed.  Thanks to all the organizers and to The Cabbagetown Preservation Association for a job well done.

Bike theft
A rash of bike thefts has been happening in Cabbagetown over the late summer.  My own was stolen in late August. When I reported that theft to you here, several more people contacted me about their experiences. The Cabbagetown Residents Association has also listed a couple of recent thefts on its website.  These events raise the possibility that an experienced thief is at work and that somebody is buying these bikes from the thief. There are three good steps to take to protect yourself.
First, lock your bike properly and, if possible, store it indoors and out of sight. 
Second, register your bike with Toronto Police Service.  This system works – click here and complete the form.  
Third, call the police whenever you experience a theft.  They develop a case based on patterns and frequency.  They’ll be watching for the thief and they’ll be looking for the person receiving the stolen bikes.  

Congrats to Corktown Ukes

Corktown Ukulele Jam played on TIFF’s Street Stage on Sunday September 13.  24 players performed songs from the movies from noon to 12:45 pm.  They shared the joys of the ukulele with the crowd and by all accounts, the glitterati loved them.

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). The Bryce Kulak Revue presents songs from the 1920s and 30s and original music, stories and piano tunes. Saturday September 26,  8:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 available here.  

Meet Banff, Jasper and Algonquin
Kendall and Co (514 Parliament) are featuring maple canoe paddles made by a local artisan and inspired by our majestic parks.  Custom commissions will also be accepted.  These are part of Kendall’s collection of local handmade goods and arrivals from the world of international design.  There’s more here.  
Retail hours are 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday and 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday.

Awards for design excellence has listed the winners of the 2015 Toronto Urban Design Awards.  In our area, four sites are winners.  Read the full article here.  

Photo:  City of Toronto
Mirage in Underpass Park has been selected as outstanding public art. 

Photo:  City of Toronto
Corktown’s River City 1 won in the Tall Building category. 

Photo:  City of Toronto
Barbara Hall Park at 519 Church Street is a winner as a Small Open Space.

The Lower Don Trail Access is a winner as an unbuilt vision – recognized for its emphasis on our city’s ravine system and public access to them.

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
This is a delicious time of year to visit the market.  All sorts of veggies are available.  The market will continue on Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 7 pm until mid-October.  Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester). 


Corktown’s Little Trinity Annex
Photo: Arnaud Marthouret, Globe & Mail
On Friday September 18, the Globe & Mail told about the impressive renovations done by Little Trinity Church to its buildings at 339 to 403 King E.  The Little Trinity Annex - or the Francis Beale Buildings - has been nominated for the 2015 Heritage Toronto award – one of three nominees, the winner to be announced later in October.  Dave LeBlanc’s article is here.  

New affordable housing
As part of the Pan Am Games legacy, two buildings in the Athletes’ Village are being converted into affordable housing units.  Wigwamen and the Toronto Fred Victor Centre will operate them – one with 145 units and a second with 108 units.  Toronto Metro has a good story about the buildings and the backlog of applications that makes them so necessary.  

On the waterfront
Waterfront Toronto’s latest Newsletter is full of reports about developments from Ontario Place to the Don River.  There’s a lot of new planning and building happening in various chunks in this area.  The Newsletter gives concise updates about all of it. 

A tarp reminder
The Globe & Mail isn’t going to let us forget the tarp tussle.  A small story appeared in the Saturday September 19 edition.  Fortunately, the story doesn’t seem to be anywhere online. 

The suds are still flowing as our pubs 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
Throughout the week, local craft beer is served with organic menu.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery

There’s a pub menu throughout the week and 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).


Welcome Oh Boy
Oh Boy Burger Market (296 Gerrard E) has opened.  It’s at the corner of Gerrard and Parliament, across from Anniversary Park.  The menu features a classic burger, specialty burgers with peameal bacon, or chicken breasts, or veggie burgers, Stargazer soups and real scoop ice cream.  There’s a big list of sides.  11:30 am to 9 pm on Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 am to midnight on Friday and Saturday. 

Congrats F’Amelia
USA Today has done a “Top Ten” story about Toronto’s thriving Italian restaurants.  F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is one of them .  It’s described as a “cozy trattoria … plunked right in the middle of Tuscany.”  Good food, great service.  Read the story here.  

The Local GEST will be serving yummy soups at Soup-a-licious in the Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St) on Sunday September 27.  Noon to 3 pm.  As the name suggests, it’s a chance to “sip, slurp and savour” local crops and sensational soups.  Prices at the door start at $22 for a single person with 10 soup samples.  For a full list of restaurants and chefs and for advance ticket purchases, click here.  

Fundraiser at The Local GEST
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) will host a fundraiser for Lindsay George to purchase medical supplies and defray travel expenses.  She’ll be working at a medical mission in Shirati, Tanzania with the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance, a charitable organization that brings health and education to remote communities.  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 wine.  On Thursday October 1 at 6:30 pm, 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


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
6 pm, Third annual Oktoberfest, beer tokens, souvenir mugs, live entertainment with Souldisciplez and the Barager Brothers. $30
Soulpepper Cabaret Series
8:30 pm, The Bryce Kulak Revue, $20
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


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 & Noah Zacharin
Mill St Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with live acoustic music
6:30 pm, Wines series featuring tastings of riesling and sauvignon blanc, $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


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
9 pm doors open, 10 pm show,  can I live with Chill Moody & Junia T, $20/advance and $25/door
Soulpepper Cabaret Series
8:30 pm, Colleen Allen with David Grey, Anne Michaels and David Sereda and special guest Lorraine Segato in Stray Dog Salon:  Sleeping Dogs,  $20
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 Diane Roblin/Reconnect
Mill Street Brew Pub
5:30 pm, Brewmaster’s Dinner with live music by The Clearing, $69.95