October 15

This week’s image:  navigating the construction on Parliament Street


6 Wellesley Cottage is open for your viewing pleasure this weekend.  Click here to see the listing.  

I’ve just added a survey feature to our Review.  It’s in the box at the top of the right hand column. 
The questions can be changed as needed.  This week’s question is just a test run to see how everything works.  Feel free to click on the answer that works for you.  I plan to run some more tests over the next few weeks to get a feel for your reactions. 
If you want to suggest issues to use, drop me an email.  cabbagetownreview@gmail.com.
What’s the big idea?  Well, we don’t seem to have a straightforward way to collect opinions from each other about community issues in an ongoing system.  So let’s have something simple and convenient where we can all express our views.


Toronto Centre votes
Almost 10,000 people cast their ballots in advance polls across the riding last weekend.  Along with a heavy turnout at the Returning Office, this means that a substantial portion of our 66,000+ voters have already voted.  This completes the opportunities for early voting.

Election reminders
9:30 am to 9:30 pm, Monday October 19.
If you received a card from Elections Canada, then you’re registered on the official list.  If you didn’t get one, you can still vote – register at the polling station.  Take a minute now to check your name on the website.  
The same website will tell you when and where you can vote.
Finally, be sure to bring identification.  An Ontario’s driver’s licence is ideal.  If you don’t have a government photo ID that includes your current address, then bring two pieces of identification (like a hydro bill or a tax bill) that shows who you are and where you live.


Mill Street Brewery is sold
Mill Street Brewery has been our local craft beer brewer.  Last week, Mill Street and Labatt announced that Labatts Breweries had bought the company for an undisclosed amount. 
Our local pubs will be watching this sale with interest.  Mill Street has been a generous supporter of their promotions and events and a financial supporter of the Cabbagetown Festival for several years.
Beyond the purchase price, Labatts will be investing $10 million in new equipment, primarily new tanks, to meet the ongoing surge in consumer interest and to reach new markets in Quebec.
After the sale, the Ontario Craft Brewers removed Mill Street from its membership which is limited to companies brewing less than 400,000 hectolitres annually.  In its statement, the OCB wished Mill Street well, thanked them for their contributions to the industry and noted that Mill Street is giving Labatt a winning formula. 
Toronto Life’s blog has a good article about the sale and its impact on consumers.  The Comments section has several dissenting views.  

The Wearable Art Show
Unique creative works by Canadian artists.  Wearable art is the focus of the show.  30 artists have been invited to show their work – clothing, hats, jewellery, scarves and purses.  Saturday October 17, 10 am to 6 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Tickets are $10 – check out the early bird two-for-one offer.  The website has lots of info and ticket sales.  http://thewearableartshow.com/artists/

On Saturday October 17, Friends of Regent Park together with reLeaf and LEAF will host a hands-on mulching event (10:30 to 11:30 am) and a walk through Regent Park to identify its various trees (noon to 1 pm).  During the event, sign up to adopt a tree and care for it. Meet at the main entrance to the Aquatic Centre (640 Dundas E).

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Thousands of people will run in the Marathon on Sunday October 18.  The race offers two chances for local groups to earn money for their charitable causes – by winning prizes worth up to $6000 in the Neighbourhood Challenge and by supporting runners who are their Champions in the race.
Two local groups will benefit from the Neighbourhood Challenge – Seed by Seed (our friends who revived the Cabbagetown Farmers Market) and 40 Oak Street (sponsored by the Corktown Residents & Business Association, Friends of Regent Park and Friends of Corktown Common.)  Each group will have a location for its Cheering Section. Be sure to join your own local favourite for a fun day watching the race and enjoying the programs.
·      Seed by Seed will be set up at River Street and Bayview Ave, just below Riverdale Park West. There’ll be food, drinks, live music and entertainment.  Stephen Antolin, Danny Connelly, Curtis Tokarchuk, Mike Arnold and Teresa Didiano are their champions.
·      40 Oak Street will be located at Lawren Harris Square (Lower River Street and Bayview).  Their program includes DJ Tuno & Souls, free fitness classes, snacks, coffee and access to the nearby playgrounds. Their champions are Jill Blaser and Julie Collavolli.

Cabbagetown Farmers Market
The last market for the season happens on Tuesday October 20 from 3 to 7 pm, Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester).  Congratulations to its organizers and its farmers for reviving the market and making it such a satisfying experience each week.  And thanks to everyone who ventured out and bought the produce – your support made everything possible.  Be sure to visit this week to get the season’s finest Fall harvests.

Regent Park Community Health Centre
The Centre (465 Dundas E) invites you to its Open House on Wednesday October 21, 2 to 6 pm.  There’ll be tours, introductions to the staff and information tables.  It’s your chance to learn what the Centre does and what it means for our community.

CNH has daycare spaces available
Central Neighbourhood House still has openings in its two daycare sites.  At CNH (349 Ontario), there’s space for kids ages 0 to 4.  At its Winchester Public School location, there’s room for pre-schoolers and a Before and After school program for senior kindergarten kids.  Details are online here. For more info, call Soni Ahmad at (416) 925-4363, ext 10 or email sahmad@cnh.on.ca.   

Cabbagetown walking group
Maureen has started to organize a community walking group.  It happens Monday mornings at 9 am, southeast corner of Sumach and Winchester.  Walk and talk for about an hour once a week.  Please contact her at maureen.roe@gmail.com or show up at the corner.

Brenda’s step class
Brenda’s schedule for the rest of October is now firm – Sunday mornings at 11 am and Wednesdays at 9:15 am.  All classes are held in the gym at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).

Chrysanthemum show
Mums are blooming at Allan Gardens Conservatory (Jarvis and Carlton).  The show started last Sunday and continues to Sunday November 8. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.  Be sure to check out Kiku – her dress is made from three different types of Mums. 

Fall foliage
Photo:  Magda Lenna, blogTO
blogTO has listed hikes that take you through the best displays of fall colours.  Included are the Don Valley Trail, the Brickworks and the Necropolis.  Click here to see the article and a map. 

Cabbagetown Ghost Tour
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association will guide you to several ghost-infested homes, tell you spooky ghost stories and even encourage you to greet a ghost.  The Tour happens at 7 pm, Friday October 30.  It starts at Winchester and Parliament.  Wear a costume!  Bring your own stories.  Tickets are sold at the start of the Tour - $5 per adult and $10 for families of 2 or more. 

Riverdale Park pumpkin walk
The third annual pumpkin walk is being organized by the Cabbagetown Residents Association.  Sunday November 1 from 5 to 10 pm.  Save your lovingly carved pumpkin from Hallowe’en night and bring it to the park along with a candle to light it up.  It’ll join scores of other pumpkins beside the park’s walkways.  It’s free and it’s fun.

Victory at Vimy
Historian Ted Barris will talk about the WWI Vimy campaign at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity St) on Tuesday November 3 at 6:30 pm.  Copies of his book will also be available.  For more information about his talk and for tickets, click here.  $12 (general) and $10 (members) 


Time and time again
Kendall and Kevin have another new series of wall clocks at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).  Check out the designs online.  Drop in to thr shop for a personal inspection.  A portion of the proceeds funds an international arts collective.  Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).

Ghosts and spirits of the Distillery
Haunted Walks of Toronto and Segway of Ontario host 90-minute ghost walks through the Distillery throughout October.  Each walk features eerie tales of duels to the death, the world of whiskey-making and the War of 1812 along with new interactive games and challenges.  Guests decide the identity of Toronto’s greatest ghost – prizes and bragging rights. For times, tour walks and prices, click here.  


Soulpepper concert – Frankly! Sinatra
The fourth and final performance of Albert Schultz’s celebration of Frank Sinatra.  Sunday October 18, 2 pm.  Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane).  For program info and tickets, click here.  

Soulpepper cabarets
The cabaret will resume next week. 

Christopher House and Toronto Dance Theatre.  Ten dancers build images of beautiful creatures, dark angels and lost souls. 8 pm, Tuesday November 3 to Saturday November 7, Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre.  Tickets are available online here and at the box office (416) 973-4000.  $25 to $42  (regular) and $20 to $37 (seniors, students and CADA). 


Garlic at Merryberry
Garlic is the theme for Cyril’s next cooking class.  He’s scheduling two nights -  Monday October 19 and Tuesday October 20 at 6 pm.  There’ll be garlic in a soup and a dressing and then on fish and chicken.  He may even figure out how to present garlic in a dessert.  His classes are personal, hands-on events.  Drop in to Merryberry (559 Parliament) or phone him for your reservation  (647) 348-0411.  $45.

Wild game night at F’Amelia
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is making plans now for its first annual wild game night.  The menu will include fois gras, venison and wild boar. It’ll be in November – details to come soon.   Email your reactions to info@famelia.com

Galen Weston Band
Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E), 7 pm, Friday October 23.  The premiere performance of Galen’s band featuring music from his new CD, Plugged In, plus innovative covers.  His 5-piece band includes some of the top musicians in Canada – Galen Weston (guitar), David Woodhead (fretless bass), Al Cross (drums), Matt Horner (piano and keyboard) and Richard Underhill (alto sax).  For advance tickets at $20, click here.  

Under the Table
Kim and Betty will be away from their restaurant for a week.  Under the Table (568 Parliament) will be closed from Monday 26 to Monday November 2, reopening Tuesday November 3.



Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
Cranberries, 601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330
El Catrin, 18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121,  www.elcatrin.ca/home
House on Parliament, 454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, www.facebook.com/pages/House-on-Parliament
The Irv, 195 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, http://www.theirvpub.ca/
The Local GEST, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
Merryberry, 559 Parliament, www.merryberry.ca
Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://toronto.millstreetbrewpub.ca/
Murgatroid, 568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381, https://www.facebook.com/MurgatroidTO
Odin, 514 King W, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
Paintbox Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Soulpepper, Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
Stirling Room, 16 Trinity, Distillery District, www.stirlingroom.com
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676, www.stoutirishpub.ca
Under the Table, 568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,

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 - live acoustic music with Sean Pinchin
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 with Andrea Henderson


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- live acoustic music with Jeff Eager


Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
7 pm, Galen Weston Band, live premiere.  $20/advance
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, The Voyager Golden Record with Mike Ross and friends,  $20
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 Steven Koven Trio