November 5

This week’s image:  night vista at Riverdale Park



Remembrance Day in Cabbagetown
Photo:  Walter Seymour Allward's memorial at Vimy
Gilles Huot is on the board at the Cabbagetown Preservation Association and he also writes a regular column in Inside Toronto.  This week, he commemorates soldiers from Cabbagetown who fought and died for Canada from World War I to Afganistan.  He also highlights war artists like Walter Seymour Allward and Jack Nichols who lived here.  Click here to read his column.  

Congrats to Bill Morneau
Photo: Chris Wattie, Reuters
Our successful Liberal candidate, Bill Morneau, has vaulted to the top of Justin Trudeau`s new government, taking on the job as finance minister.  Undoubtedly, he`s well qualified and we wish him success in his new responsibilities.  He`s now part of a great tradition, joining people like Bob Rae, Bill Graham, David Crombie, David MacDonald and Donald MacDonald who have all represented us and held prestigious cabinet posts.  No news yet about his local constituency office or contact info. 

Good news from Free the Children
Last week, Free the Children announced its expansion plans in Corktown at the old Marty Millionaire site.  Scott Baker, Free the Children`s president, confirms that its offices at 233 Carlton will remain after the expansion and the other office space nearby on Carlton will also be used.  That`s good news.  The staff and volunteers who use these facilities are important to our community life.  They shop in our stores and restaurants and Free the Children continues to be a positive member of the BIA . 

Archie Alleyne
Archie Alleyne was a giant on Toronto’s jazz scene and he appeared regularly in Cabbagetown’s Stone Grill and in the Paintbox.  His autobiography – Colour Me Jazz, the Archie Alleyne Story - will be launched on Saturday November 7 at 6 pm in the Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E). 

Ryan Dineen
Ingram Gallery (24 Hazleton Ave) will be showing Ryan Dineen`s work, Minor Disasters, from Thursday November 12 to Saturday November 28.  Meet him at the opening celebration on Thursday November 12 from 6 to 8 pm.  Cabbagetown art aficionados will recognize Ryan`s work on our iconic mural at Carlton and Parliament.   

Scotiabank Giller Light Bash
Started in 2002 as a house party, the Giller Light Bash has grown into a full scale literary event.  It combines Giller glitter with an affordable price.  Rub shoulders with authors and critics.  Enjoy readings and entertainment.  Good eats.  Your donation supports Frontier College.  $35 advance and $40 at the door.  Tuesday November 10, 7 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).   Get tickets and more info here.  

Eric Murphy`s launch party
Eric has written his second book, The Dead Man`s Boot.  He`s never been a man to shy away from an opportunity to have a good time so he`s hosting a launch party to celebrate the book`s official appearance.  Drop in at Ben McNally Books (366 Bay), November 18 from 6 to 8 pm.  There`ll be wine and cheese and a few remarks from Eric.  Congrats Eric and may there be many more to follow! 

Brenda`s Step classes
Throughout November, Brenda`s two weekly step classes in the Cabbagetown Youth Centre gym (2 Lancaster) will be at 11 am on Sundays and 9:15 am on Wednesdays.  She`s offering to give pointers and introductions to interested people at 10:30 am on Sundays.  To book an introduction, simply confirm with her that you`ll be coming.

Maureen`s walking group
Maureen Roe is organizing weekly hour-long walkabouts through Cabbagetown.  It`s a chance to stretch your legs while you look at the neighbourhood and meet and talk to friends. The walks start off at the gates of Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester) at 9 am on Monday mornings.  Free

 Cabbagetown Cycling Club
A reminder – the Club is still doing its weekly ride program.  Club members are kept informed about forthcoming rides and cancellations by email.  If you want to get its weekly announcements or find out more about membership, contact the Club at

Bird alert
Photo: Stokely Creek Lodge
Max Perren reports that a pileated woodpecker has been making an appearance on Wellesley Street East near the park.  It`s truly a dramatic bird – very large with a flaming red crest, black feathers and white stripes along the face and side.  As this picture shows, they stay around through the winter.  Max`s visitor may be making a nice home in the area for the next few months.  If you think one is in your neighbourhood, watch for big fresh holes in trees and lots of wood chips beneath them on the ground.

Chrysanthemum show
The show finishes this week on Sunday November 8 at the Allan Gardens Conservatory (Jarvis and Carlton).  There are over 80 varieties of mums on display and they’re all in full bloom.  Free.

Thanks Linda
Photo: Linda Eggerer
Linda Eggerer was in Riverdale Park on Thursday.  It was a warm, sunny afternoon and she snapped this beautiful picture.


Noah Richler in the New York Times
Photo: Andrew Francis Wallace, Torstar
Noah has written a nifty summary of our recent electoral events as a guide for Americans who`re confused about the new direction of the Canadian government.  Despite his personal NDP roots, he`s offered up a charitable description of the Trudeau government`s mandate.  Congrats Noah – it`s good to have a Cabbagetown perspective in the NYT.  Read it all for yourself here
And, undoubtedly, you`ll remember Justin Trudeau`s escalator TV advertisement.  Well, that was obviously a bit much for Noah.  So during the election campaign, he prepared his own tongue-in-cheek escalator spoof.  Very funny.  Click here to see it.

Christmas in the Distillery
The arrival of its Christmas tree has launched the season for the Distillery`s 2015 Christmas Market .  It`s a big tree on a big truck and CP24 has a nice little video of the event.  Somehow, Smokey the Bear pulls off a puzzling photo bomb during the video.  

Soulpepper`s 2016 schedule
The Globe & Mail`s J Kelly Nestruck has given us a handy summary of Soulpepper`s program through to August 2016.  Click here to read the article.  
For Soulpepper`s detailed info, click here.  

Regent Park update
Photo: UrbanToronto
UrbanToronto has written about the new building at One Park Place in Regent Park.  There`s a description of new retail opportunities there along with a more general update about the surrounding areas.  Click here for more detail.  


Soulpepper’s cabaret series
The intimate cabaret series features Genevieve Marentette and Robert Scott, popular music with piano and voice.  Soulpepper (Distillery, 50 Tank House Lane). Saturday November 7,  8:30 pm.  Tickets are $20 available here.

Echo – online video
Christopher House and Toronto Dance Theatre.  TDT has prepared a video preview of its next performance – click here
Echo will be staged until Saturday November 7, Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (207 Queens Quay W).  Tickets are available online here and at the box office (416) 973-4000.  $20 to $42. 

Weesageechak Begins to Dance
The annual Festival - produced by Native Earth Performing Arts -  presents new works and works in development by indigenous performing artists in theatre, dance and interdisciplinary stage productions.  Works by Yolanda Bonnell, Jani Lauzon, Lara Kramer, Brian Solomon, Michelle Thrush, Kenneth T Williams, Animikiig playwrights and many more.  The full line-up and ticket info are available online here.  November 11 to 21, Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).   

Paul Gross and Martha Burns star in Bruce Norris’s drama about a politician discovered at the bedside of an injured prostitute and the impact on him and his family.  November 17 to December 13.  Berkeley Street Theatre downstairs (26 Berkeley).  Click here for more info and tickets.  

 A Christmas Carol
Soulpepper’s Christmas favourite returns on Thursday December 3 and continues to Sunday January 3.  For tickets, calendars and information online, click here.  

FireWorks Festival
Three new plays that were developed at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) along with discussion panels and playwright talkbacks – Divine Wrecks by Chloe Whitehorn, Radical by Charles Hayter and Cottage Radio by Taylor Marie Graham.  November 4 to 22.  Tickets and info available online here.  

Spoon River
Edgar Lee Masters’ poems of the dead are brought to life in this stirring musical.  It’s on stage from November 5 to November 22 at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery).  For details and tickets, click here.  


Marilyn at Pet Valu
Marilyn will be available to clip your pet`s nails at Pet Valu (238 Carlton) on Saturday November 7 from 9 am to 4 pm.  $10 for a clipping.  If you want a full grooming service, she can handle your pet at Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E).  Call her for an appointment at (416) 920-6814. 

Win-win for Cabbagetown
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has regained its title in NOW Magazine Reader`s Choice awards as Toronto`s Best Design Firm and kept its runner-up spot as Toronto`s Best Design Store.  Kendall and Kevin want to thank everyone for your support in the poll.  Drop by the store to see its spectacular Christmas window display.  10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday and 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday.


Remembrance Day at The Irv
To commemorate Remembrance Day, The Irv (195 Carlton) invites military veterans to visit the pub from 11 am to 3 pm for a complimentary lunch.

Little Shmiddy’s
Book early for your Holiday lunch or dinner.  Check out the website for an updated menu.  Call Chef Michael now at (416) 961-1600.  569 Parliament.  

Peartree`s  22nd anniversary
A 22nd anniversary is a remarkable landmark in any restaurant`s  life – very few survive so long.  And Peartree (507 Parliament) has not only survived, it`s flourished.  Good food, comfort and warm service are the keys to its success.  To celebrate the occasion, Peartree has a special anniversary menu available throughout November with 40%-off prices. Dinner for two is $50 with your choice of two appetizers, two main courses and two desserts.  Add two glasses of wine and dinner will be $60.  Check out the menu details online here.  

Murgatroid is licensed
Caleb is pleased to announce that his liquor license has arrived.  Now you can enjoy a Caesar with brunch or one of his personally selected locally made craft beers.  Murgatroid, 568 Parliament.

Jeff Barnes at The GEST
Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin are back for their monthly appearance at The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  Thursday November 5 from 8 pm.  On the other Thursdays of the month, watch for Open Mic with Porter.

Moo’d Swings at Paintbox
A Cabbagetown favourite, Moo’d Swings has played for us in our Spring street music events and in the Cabbagetown Festival.  Donna Green and her friends will appear at the Paintbox (535 Dundas E) on Sunday November 8 at 1:30 pm.  It’s a CD launch and a concert.

Psychic Brunch at Cranberries
Toronto`s most insightful psychics are coming to Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Sunday November 15 from 11 am to 3 pm.  No reservations required (they may already know that you`re coming!)  $40 which includes a 20-minute psychic reading, a $5 food voucher and a bonus 5-minute reading.  In the past, the Psychic Brunch has been a popular success in Cabbbagetown – welcome back.

Cooking soup at Merryberry
Cyril has announced his November cooking class.  He`ll be featuring four soup recipes from four countries – Brazil, Japan, France and sub-Saharan Africa.  Monday November 16 from 6:30 pm, $45. As his fans already know, Merryberry`s soups are constant favourites and Cyril has often been asked to arrange a soup class.  If he gets an overflow, he`s ready to schedule an extra class on Tuesday November 17. 
Save another date – Monday December 14.  The topic will be tapas, Spanish classics and more unconventional bites. 
To book your spot, visit Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411.

Private cooking classes at Merryberry
Cyril is now also saving time for private classes on personalized topics.  It`s a unique and enjoyable evening for a party and you also get to eat what you cook!  To arrange your date, contact him at the restaurant (559 Parliament) or call him at (647) 348-0411.

Mill Street`s Beer School
Yes, indeed, you can finally get a decent beer drinker`s education.  Every Friday evening at 6:30 pm in the Mill Street Brew Pub (Distillery, 21 Tank House Lane).  You`ll get your lessons right in the brewery.  Learn about beer styles, food pairings and more with beer expert Dan North.  Each session includes four Mill Street samples.  $25.  To reserve your place, call the Mill Street Retail Store at (416) 681-0338, EXT 1. 

Patio weather
Photo:  the front patio at the House on Parliament
This week`s spectacular Fall weather has been a bonus for patio dwellers and other lounge lizards throughout Cabbagetown. 
Photo:  the outdoor patio at the Mill Street Brew Pub



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,

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 & Noah Zacharin
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
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Beer School with Dan North – English Ales
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday reserve on the guest list.  $20
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke


6 pm, Book launch – Archie Alleyne’s Colour Me Jazz.
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Soulpepper Cabaret Series
8:30 pm, Genevieve Marentette & Robert Scott, piano and voice,  $20
Stirling Room
Stirling Saturdays, reserve on the guest list


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Chloe Watkinson/Tevlin Swing
1 pm, Moo`d Swing concert and CD launch, $18/advance & $20/door


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 with Porter
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
Under the Table
9 pm, Karaoke

Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Beer School with Dan North – For the Love of Hops
Stirling Room
Theatrical Friday with resident DJ Rod Bravo, reserve on the guest list.  $20


Soulpepper Cabaret Series
8:30 pm, Classical corner – the dramatic power of opera’s women,  $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 Shawn Nyqwist