October 8

This week’s image:  the Farm


Phyllis Grosskurth lived on Spruce Street – her home is now on the market.  Click here to see the listing.  


Advance polls for the federal election
If you want to vote early, the advance polls are open from noon to 8 pm this weekend – October 9, 10, 11 and 12.  You must bring photo ID (like a driver’s licence) or two separate pieces of ID that show your name and address. There are ten advance poll locations in Toronto Centre and each one serves a specific neighbourhood in the riding.
To find out where you can vote, go to www.elections.ca and scroll down to “Vote at advance polls” and click on it.  Then click on “Voter Information Service”.  You’ll see a box where you can enter your postal code.  Then, under “Frequently asked questions”, you’ll see a line “Where do I vote”.  Click on that line and you’ll see the location for your poll.  It’s a lot of clicking but there’s good info at the end of it all.
You can still vote over the weekend at the Elections Canada office (425 Bloor E, third floor).  The deadline is Tuesday October 13 at 6 pm. Bring your ID.  The office is open from Monday to Friday 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm.  

Oops – sorry
Last week, I noted that Julian Di Battista seemed to be following instructions from Conservative HQ in Ottawa to avoid all-candidates meetings and other public encounters.  I was wrong.  He did appear at a meeting and proved himself to be an attractive candidate.  Sorry Julian.

Crime alert
Eric Murphy has noticed on Spruce Street near Parliament that an individual is emptying recycling bins and searching for discarded credit card stubs.  In similar incidents, somebody on Aberdeen Avenue is dumping recycling bins and leaving mounds of debris around them.  Police have been notified.  Residents are reminded that credit card information and other personal data should be shredded before it’s put into recycling containers.
For ongoing reports about crimes in our neighbourhood, check out the Cabbagetown Residents Association website.  

Ghosts and spirits of the Distillery
Haunted Walks of Toronto and Segway of Ontario host their 90-minute ghost walks through the Distillery throughout October.  Each walk will feature 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 will decide the identity of Toronto’s greatest ghost – prizes and bragging rights. For times, tour walks and prices, click here.  

Chrysanthemum Show
Allan Gardens Conservatory (Allan Gardens, Carlton between Sherbourne and Jarvis) presents its mums show from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday October 11 to Sunday November 8. While you’re there, check out Kiku – her dress is made from three different mums and they’ll bloom during the show.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Rosedale United Church sponsors an annual Thanksgiving Dinner in Regent Park.  This year, it happens from 6 pm on Thursday October 8 in the Rogers Family Room at the CRC, 40 Oak Street. 

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
The market is open for another couple of weeks featuring goodies from the fall harvest.  It’ll continue on Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 7 pm until mid-October.  Riverdale Park West (Sumach and Winchester). 


Les Paradis Perdus/Remix
Inspired by childhood memories both fond and fearsome, Les Paradis Perdus has been revisited and reworked by Laurence Lemieux with dancers Luke Garwood and Erin Poole.  The music is an original score by Christopher Butterfield.  Performances from Wednesday October 14 to Saturday October 17 at The Citadel (304 Parliament).  Tickets are $20 – call (416) 364-8011 or buy online here.  

Duncan Fremlin and Jack Grunsky
Duncan and his pals in Whiskey Jack return to the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W) on Saturday from 4 to 7 pm.  His special guest this weekend is Jack Grunsky and he’ll play a few songs from his new CD, Stirring Up The Dust. 

Soulpepper’s Cabaret series
The intimate Saturday night cabarets continue at Soulpepper (Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane). Patricia O’Callaghan, “Berlin and the City of Light”. Saturday October 10,  8:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 available here.  

Soulpepper Concert Series
Soulpepper (Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane).  Albert Schultz’s Frankly Sinatra plays on Sunday October 11. With  Steve Hunter (piano), Colleen Allen (reeds), Jamie Gatti (bass), James Rhodes (trumpet) and Tom Roach (percussion). Tickets from $22, available online here.  

Turkey and all the trimmings are the dietary staple this weekend in our eateries.  We’ve got turducken, smoked turkey, turkey with a Jamaican flavour and straight-up old fashioned turkey dinners.  For a bit of variety, there’s also ham and prime rib.  Here’s the list -

420 Smokehouse (420 Parliament)
Smoked turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert ($18.95).  Sunday from 4 pm.

Cranberries (619 Parliament)
Cranberries has one of the neighbourhood’s most popular turkey dinners.  It’s back again – turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and veggies with dessert.

House on Parliament (454 Parliament)
Thanksgiving turkey dinner or the regular prime rib beef dinner on Sunday from 5 pm and Thanksgiving turkey on Monday. 

The Irv (195 Carlton)
Turkey is not on the menu at The Irv.  Instead, they’re carving a ham on Saturday and closing on Sunday.  Open again on Monday.

The Local Gest (424 Parliament)
Turkey with all the trimmings – Sunday and Monday from 5 pm. 

Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane)
Turducken dinner with the traditional fixings plus white chocolate and Mill Street bierschnaps bread pudding – Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane)
Traditional turkey dinner, pumpkin pie, turkey poutine and turkey burgers – Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Peartree (507 Parliament)
Turkey dinner with butternut squash soup, garlic mashed potato, vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy and buttermilk biscuits.  Pumpkin pie for dessert.  Saturday 5 to 11 pm.  Sunday and Monday noon to 11 pm.

Under the Table (568 Parliament)
A glass of red or white wine with each meal.  Thanksgiving dinner with soup or house salad, turkey, ham or prime rib, vegetable medley, garlic mashed potato, mac & cheese, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and dinner roll.  Pumpkin pie with cheese or ice cream for dessert.  Monday from 3 to 9 pm.


Leslie at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard E) has a pair of 1980s Italian torchiere floor lamps.  They’re mounted on stepped travertine bases with three patinated steel poles topped by fanged panther heads and a large metal shade.  70.5” tall.  Good pre-owned condition. 

Tray chic
Entertain in style on Thanksgiving with Kendall’s new series of serving trays featuring artwork from an international collective.  The artists receive a percentage from each sale.  Handmade with sustainable bamboo in a generous size.  Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).


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.  It’ll be included 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.

Impact Kitchen
A new restaurant has opened in Corktown.  Impact Kitchen (573 King E) offers minimally processed, nutrient rich real food.  Open from 7 am, it offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  Check out the menu at its website.  

Closed Monday for the day.  514 King E.



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,
White Elephant, 366 Queen E. (416) 364-9999, www.whiteelephant366.com

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 Matt Winkler


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, Berlin & the City of Light with Patricia O’Callaghan, Robert Kortgaard (piano) and Andrew Downing (double bass),  $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 Joanne Morra (vocals), Eric St Laurent (guitar) and Reachal Mecas (bass).


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 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
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, William Webster and guests explore “Brava! The dramatic power of Opera’s Women”,  $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 Andrea Henderson
Mill Street Brew Pub
5:30 pm, Brewmaster’s Dinner with live music by The Clearing, $69.95