September 3

This week’s image:  Art & Crafts in the Park, Friday September 11 to Sunday September 13



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.

St James Town mural unveiling
Catherine Tammaro, Michael Cavanaugh and Poonam Sharma together with three youth artists created the Neighbourhood of Nations mural to celebrate the people from all the nations across the world who have lived in and travelled through St James Town.  The mural will be unveiled on Sunday September 6 at 1 pm at 650 Parliament.  A reception afterward at 240 Wellesley, Suite 104, will include a First Nations blessing, Irish music and South Asian food.  The mural has been funded by Toronto Arts Council, Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, the McLean Foundation and Community Matters Toronto. 

Market news
The Cabbagetown Farmers Market in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) will continue to mid-October.  That’s great news – some of the season’s finest produce is coming along now and the Market will be there to deliver it.  As always, check the Market’s website and Facebook page for the latest details
The Taste of Regent Park has just wound up.  It’s offered great food, a lively program and good support for the local community.  Congrats and thanks to everyone involved.

Cry for the Children gala

Cry for the Children Foundation’s gala event “Taste of Jamaica” happens at 7 pm on Saturday September 5 in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Entertainment includes Jah Beng and The Hardcore Band.  The Foundation provides breakfast and afterschool meals, timely and effective access to health care and school supplies and equipment for Jamaican kids.  Tickets are $35 or VIP at $80.  Gala details and tickets are here.    More info about the Foundation is online here.  

Corktown Residents and Business Association
The CRBA’s first Fall meeting will happen at 7 pm on Tuesday September 8 at the Little Trinity Annex (403 King E).  There will be reports about local issues and a presentation by StopGap, an agency that works with businesses to make commercial properties more accessible. 

Cabbagetown South meeting
Wednesday September 9, 7 to 9 pm, Retsina Restaurant (209 Gerrard E).  It’s 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 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.

Rum & Rhythm
Thursday September 17, 6:30 to 11 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Rum & Rhythm is a tasting event featuring Caribbean rum and cuisine, organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.  It’s the CTO’s signature initiative and the major Caribbean epicurean event in Toronto.  Proceeds fund scholarships that support Caribbean students in tourism and hospitality programs.  Early bird tickets are $50, general admission is $60.  For program details and ticket info, click here.  

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 are selling paper tickets – Epicure Shop (473 Parliament), Fairway Market (520 Parliament), Kendall (514 Parliament), Ladybug Florist (513 Church) and Mi Casa (238 Carlton).  Local restaurants and retailers have special offers for ticket holders.  $30.   

A new calf at Riverdale Farm
A heifer calf was born at the Farm (Winchester and Sumach) on Friday, August 28.  Just in time for a Festival display!

Cabbagetown South newsletter
The Cabbagetown South Residents Association has posted the September edition of its newsletter online.  It’s well worth the read.  There are excellent summaries of two development proposals plus stories about the City of Toronto policies about vacant and derelict buildings, rooming house issues, dog nuisance issues and about two social service agencies that are expanding.  You can read it here

Cabbagetown Residents Association
The CRA represents the neighbourhood from Gerrard north to Wellesley and east of Parliament.  The Minutes of its monthly executive meetings are now posted on the CRA website.  The July Minutes give a good rundown on who does what and on the CRA’s programs.  

Oops – fix this address
Last week, I gave a report about the official details surrounding our local federal election campaign.  Please correct the address for the Returning Office.  It’s located at 425 Bloor Street East, Suite 300 on the southeast corner at Sherbourne beside the subway station.


Fire at The Irv
An electrical fire put some important kitchen equipment out of commission on Tuesday at The Irv (195 Carlton).  The restaurant was closed for two days while repairs were made.  All’s well now and the pub reopened on Thursday with a temporary menu and will have a full menu going by Friday.  Best wishes to these folks – it’s a wonderful restaurant and deserves all the success in the world.

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 10, the wines are chardonnay and pinot noir.  On Thursday September 17, it’s cabernet and merlot. On Thursday October 1, riesling and sauvignon blanc.  $28.  Register online.  

Business hours are changing at a few local restaurants.  The 420 Smokehouse (420 Parliament) will skip brunch this weekend only – on Saturday and Sunday – and it will open at 3 pm instead.  Little Shmiddy’s (584 Parliament) will be closed on Mondays in the future.  Odin (514 King E) will be closed on Labour Day.  The regular business hours at the Paintbox (555 Dundas E) are now from 8 am to 8 pm daily.

Congrats go out to a couple of local businesses -  The Local GEST (424 Parliament) and The Scullery (200 Carlton).  Both are celebrating a second anniversary


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.

Wear You’re At
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is celebrating our community with handsome Cabbagetown Tees.  And there’s also a Hoodie for your dog.  Your whole family can show your Cabbagetown pride.  If some of your friends and family have unfortunately chosen to live somewhere else, check out Kendall’s line - there are Tees and Hoodies for everyone.  Click here to see more.  Store hours – 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday.

Leslie has a beautiful 1930s Art Deco chandelier on sale.  It’s made from bakelite, burnished brass and custard glass shades. Check it out online here.  
Open Wedneday to Friday from 3 to 8 pm, Saturday noon to 7 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm. Eclectisaurus, 249 Gerrard.

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 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.


Oysters at the HOP
Beau is justifiably proud of his Festival patio.  It's always a destination for Festival visitors.
It’s time to tune up your taste buds and get ready for the Festival.  The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is holding its annual oyster and beer event from 6 pm on Thursday September 10.  Oysters are $2 and Keith’s beer is $5 – proceeds will support the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre so you can give more if you want!  For more info and lots of dazzling photos, go to the HOP’s Facebook page.  

Cabbagetown Preservation Association
The CPA’s tent will be located just outside the gates at Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester) on Saturday September 12 and Sunday September 13.  There’ll be souvenirs on sale, info about the CPA’s programs and tickets for the Tour of Homes.  Guided tours through the neighbourhood will be held at 1, 2 and 3 pm on each day. 

Open house at CCDT
Stop by the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) to check out the facilities.  While you’re there, you’ll see actual classes and rehearsals – the company is visiting New York in October and the dancers are getting ready for their trip.  In 509 Dancewear, you’ll find dancing shoes and clothing in the newly renovated store.  12:30 to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday. 

Cabbagetown Theatre Company
This year’s production is Goldilocks, Beyond the Bears – a 30-minute comedy for the whole family.  Shows happen in the Necropolis Chapel (200 Winchester west of Sumach) at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are $5 at the door.

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.

Save these Festival 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
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.


Presented by Toronto Dance Theatre  (80 Winchester, 416-967-1365).  Ten dancers inhabit a world of beautiful creatures, dark angels and lost souls.  On stage at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Harbourfront Centre, Tuesday November 3 to Saturday November 7, 8 pm.

The Citadel Dance Program

Starting September 23, the Citadel’s 2015-2016 dance programs will offer weekly dance classes in a professional studio for 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 more details and registration, visit the Citadel’s website here.  304 Parliament, (416) 364-8011.

School of TDT
The School of TDT (80 Winchester) offers professional training, adult classes and a young dancers’ program.  As the photo shows, this year's second year class is already back.  Info and registration at the School’s website here.  

School of CCDT
Classes start September 8 for the 2015-2016 season.  You can review the class schedules online here.  509 Parliament.


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.  

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 available here.  

Soulpepper’s Fall schedule
Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666
For tickets and more information, visit Soulpepper’s website
The Play’s the Thing by Ferenc Molnar, adapted by P G Wodehouse.  Playing now until Wednesday October 14. 
Happy Place by Pamela Mala Sinha  (World premiere).  On stage from Saturday September 4 to Wednesday October 14.
Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss.  Monday September 14 to Saturday October 17
Yours Forever, Marie-Lou by Michel Tremblay.  Monday September 14 to Saturday October 17
Spoon River from Thursday November 5 to Sunday November 22.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Canadian Stage – Fall schedule
26 Berkeley Street, (416) 368-3110
For tickets and information, visit the Canadian Stage website.  
The Beckett Trilogy, three of Samuel Beckett’s late plays performed by Lisa Dwan, from Tuesday October 13 to Sunday, November 1 – not I, footfalls and rockaby. 
Domesticated by Bruce Norris, on stage Tuesday November 17 to Sunday December 13

Alumnae Theatre – Fall schedule
70 Berkeley Street,  (416) 364-4170
For tickets and information, visit Alumnae Theatre’s website.  
Antigone by Jean Anouilh, Friday September 17 to Saturday October 3
Fireworks – third annual new works festival, November 4 to 22.

Native Earth Performing Arts – Fall schedule
Daniels Spectrum, Aki Studio, 585 Dundas E, (416) 531-1402
For more information and tickets, visit Native Earth’s website.  
Huff by Cliff Cardinal, Saturday October 10 to Sunday October 25
Caminos 2015: Re-Imagining Las Americas with Aluna Theatre, Tuesday November 3 to Saturday November 7
Weesageechak begins to dance, annual Festival of Indigenous work, Wednesday November 11 to Saturday November 21



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, 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
Soulpepper Cabaret Series
8:30 pm, Raoul Bhaneja with special guest Danny Marks, $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 the Steve Amirault Trio


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Daniels Spectrum
7 pm doors open, 8 pm screening, Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival, $20
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


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Soulpepper Cabaret Series
8:30 pm, John Millard and Andrew Penner with Waleed Abdulhamid (bass) and Anna Atkinson (violin, accordion), $25
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturdays, reserve on the guest list
White Elephant
7 pm, Linda Carone (vocals) with Kevin Barrett (guitar)


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee