January 14


This week’s image:  early winter evening at Carlton & Parliament

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS

Bill Morneau welcomes refugees
Bill Morneau, our Member of Parliament, joined students from Spruce Court School to welcome two Syrian refugee families in a celebration at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario).   CNH has had a successful fundraising campaign and now is waiting for the arrival of the first of their three families.

Sherbourne and Gerrard development
A public consultation will be held about a proposal to build a 13-storey rental building at 307 Sherbourne with 57 one bedroom, 32 two bedroom and 5 three bedroom apartments.  The location used to be a gas station which was demolished several years ago.  The Cabbagetown South Residents Association notes that the building’s size is a problem and urges some ground floor commercial to help redevelop the streetscape. The meeting will be at the Parliament St Library (269 Gerrard E) on Wednesday January 20, 7 to 9 pm.

Reminders
Skate with Glen Murray at Moss Park Arena (140 Sherbourne), every Wednesday from 4 to 5 pm, continuing to March 16.  Drop in - free.
Gentle Tai Chi.  Michael White teaches a 24-move tai chi at a gentle pace aimed at improving balance, flexibility and relaxation for adults, Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce), $30 month (4 or 5 sessions).  To register, email michael.white@sympatico.ca or call (416) 926-9553.
Jennifer Snowdon’s Yoga.  Mondays - teen yoga from 4:30 to 5:30 pm and beginner’s yoga from 7:30 to 8:30 pm  Wednesdays – Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra from 7:30 to 9 pm. Thursdays – kids’ yoga from 4 to 5 pm.Saturdays – Hatha Yoga from 9:30 to 10:45 am and Yin Yoga from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm.  Special Workshop – Sunday January 17, 2 to 4 pm, “Conquer Your Fear, 2016”. All classes and the workshop are held at 58 Rose Avenue. For more info on each session, click here.  
Brenda Brown McNee’s step classes.  Sundays at 11 am, Wednesdays at 9:15 am.
In the gym at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster, behind the Parliament St Beer Store).  Drop-in sessions. 

Congrats CCDT
Photo:  Dance Current
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) has an array of solar panels on its roof.  For the past four years, the panels have been faithfully generating both power and income for the dance theatre.  Last year, they contributed $14,500 which CCDT used for dance scholarships for thirty students.  Michael de Connick Smith takes care of them and he’s very happy to report that they have no moving parts and they don’t need any ongoing maintenance.  Michael offers tours and talks about the panels and the theatre – interested groups can contact him at (416) 924-5657. 

1906 festive season
Photo: courtesy of Carol Moore-Eade
The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum has been documenting and celebrating the history of our area for twelve years.  To celebrate, the Museum has culled historical tidbits from its collections to share with a wider audience.
The Edwardians knew how to celebrate the festive season in style.  In this photo, the Lamb Family wears funny hats and raises a glass or two in the Lamb House (156 Winchester).  The year was 1906 and the tipple much tippled.
For regular updates, go to the Museum’s Facebook page.  

Regent Park over the years
The Globe & Mail has published an online story about Regent Park from 1947 to the 1990s.  The photos reveal how desperate the living conditions in the old Cabbagetown South were and how hopeful the new homes were in Regent Park.  To see more, click here.  

Regent Park School of Music
Registrations are now open for the winter programs (February to June) and the March break camps.  The Regent Park School of Music (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E) is a non-profit community school whose goal is to help kids succeed through music.  With over 70 instructors and a variety of instruments and options, the curriculum ranges from classical piano and violin to turntablism and electronic music.  To find out more, go to the School’s website.  

Opossums in Cabbagetown
Louise Koepfler spotted an opossum (or possum) on December 21 in a tree in her laneway near Spruce and Sumach and she took its picture.  Although she hasn’t seen him since then, others in her neighbourhood have.  Various reports on Google suggest that these little creatures (about the size of a large house cat) are harmless, effective scavengers. They’re a rare sighting in Toronto.  They’re moving north as our winters become warmer.  Louise has a keen eye for Cabbagetown’s wild life and she’s accepted a role as our wildlife correspondent.

Congrats Corktown Ukes
The Corktown Ukulele Jam has just turned seven years old.  Today, it boasts an active membership of 1,913 people.  The Jam meets every Wednesday night at the Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) from 8 to 11 pm. Find out more and see what’s happening each week on the Jam’s Facebook page.  

Attention beer drinkers
Ontario’s craft beers now offer an outstanding alternative to the mainline stuff that’s dominated our pubs and beer stores for such a long time.  Cabbagetown’s Brian Olenuk is a partner in MacLean’s Ales – a craft brewer based Hanover.  You’ll find its products at the Beer Store and on tap at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).  Brian gave me an in depth (so to speak!) sampling of three of MacLean’s finest and I can heartily agree that this is good beer – very yummy.  Congrats Brian and MacLean’s.   

Struttin’ our Tees in France
On Christmas Day, Jo Hoeflok, Kevin White, Ruth Preston and Sandy MacDonald showed off our local Tee shirts to the folks in La Parran, Privat in southern France.  Thanks, Jo, for the great picture – this looks like a good destination for people who like heritage homes. 

ON STAGE

Stepping Out
The Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) presents Richard Harris’ story of eight strangers, a dance teacher and a vegetarian pianist – all engaged in a tap dance class.  Friday January 22 to Saturday February 6.  On Sunday January 24, there will be a pre-show panel discussion.  On Saturday January 30, the audience is invited to join an 80’s Dress-up Night followed by an Air Guitar contest.  For program details and tickets, click here.  

Hedda Gabler
The Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley) is staging Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler until Sunday February 7. NOW Magazine’s Jon Kaplan has reviewed the way that Cara Ricketts and Jennifer Tarver have created a new look at this classic drama.   For tickets and more info, click here.  

Soulpepper’s new program
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Ln, Distillery) is launching three new plays in the next few weeks.  Twelve Angry Men starts up on Tuesday January 19.  The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine begins on Monday January 25. Cowboy vs Samurai is on stage from Tuesday January 26.  Program info and tickets for each performance are available online here.  

Stompin’ Tom by Whiskey Jack
Duncan Fremlin and his friends in Whiskey Jack are again celebrating Stompin’ Tom’s birthday with a special concert for his 80th.  Guests include Adrienne Clarkson in her cowboy hat singing the Marten Hartwell Story and the great Maritime virtuoso J P Cormier.  Tuesday February 9, 8:30 pm, Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas W).  Tickets sell quickly – reserve yours here.  

SHOPPING NEWS

Tasso Baking
Café Olya has changed its name to Tasso Baking (540 Parliament) .  When Olyana and Mike switched their focus from a coffee shop to a bakery, they decided to underline their new approach with a new name.  Their focus is on high quality and fresh food so everything they sell is baked daily.  They’re open from Thursday to Sunday.  They open at 8 am and close when everything is sold.  They know that some people can’t arrive during these hours and so they now have an online ordering system – click here for details.   They’re also exploring wholesale baking opportunities – interested cafes should contact them at mike@tassobaking.com or call (416) 833-4248. 

Save big in grand style
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has great deals on sale now.  Kevin says they have to make room for new arrivals.  Sofas, furniture, lighting, rugs, pillows and home accessories are all up to 50% off. Shop now for the best selection.  Open weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm.

The Leslieville Flea is back
The Flea has moved into its Distillery location for the winter.  It’ll be there on the third Sunday of the next four months – January 17, February 21, March 20 and April 17.  10 am to 4 pm.  The Flea’s vendors offer curated antique, handmade and up-cycled goods. Check out the website to see who’s coming and what’s being offered.  Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane.  

The Distillery Sunday Market
The Sunday Market runs from June 7 into the autumn.  The Distillery is calling for applications from vendors who wish to participate and who have artisanal products that are local, fresh and unique and that come from within 100 miles of Trinity Street.  Click here to see the Market’s conditions and to find an application form. 

RESTAURANT NEWS

Winterlicious is coming
The city’s big mid-winter restaurant celebration starts up again on January 29.  More than 200 restaurants are involved.  It’s a chance for you to try out a lunch or dinner at one of your favourites at a reasonable price. Meals are offered at one of three prices – lunches at $18, $23 and $28 and dinners at $25, $35 and $45.  
Reservations open on Thursday January 14.  Visit the main website and you’ll see the list of restaurants.  Click on a name to find the menu, prices and contact info.
Six of our restaurants are participating this year – click on the names listed here for an online link. Cabbagetown’s F’Amelia (12 Amelia) plus Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Ln), Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Ln), Archeo (31 Trinity), Cluny (35 Tank House Ln), and Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill (17 Tank House Ln) – all in the Distillery.

Psychic brunch is back
The ever-popular Psychic Brunch returns to Cranberries (601 Parliament) with Toronto’s best psychics using a wide variety of special psychic modalities including tarot cards, astrology, mediumship, clairvoyance, psychometry, palmistry, face reading and numerology.  Who can resist?  Sunday January 17, 11 am to 3 pm.  $40.  Your fee includes a 20-minute individual reading plus an additional 5-minute reading from a different psychic, together with a $5 voucher for any menu item from Cranberries. Net proceeds benefit the Rainbow Association of Canadian Artists. 

Ethiopian night – Sunday January 24
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) is combining a special Ethiopian menu with its regular Sunday afternoon jazz session featuring the Ethiopjazz Project. The music with Jay Danley fuses Ethiojazz with the sounds of Latin and modern jazz.  The menu includes Mahaberaui (vegan and meat combo), Doro Wotl (chicken stew), Tibs Alecnawot (vegetable stew) and Miserwot (spicy lentil stew), all served on enjara (traditional brown bread).  

Cooking with Cyril
Cyril new cooking classes are lined up for the next few weeks.  Tuesdays, starting at 6 pm.  $45.  If any classes have a strong interest, Cyril will hold an extra Monday class. 
January 19, Tacos, Part One, Tex-Mex style
January 26, Fish
February 2, Tacos, Part Two, Fusion style
February 9, Morocco
To sign up, drop in to Merryberry (559 Parliament), or call (647) 348-0411 or email cyril@merryberry.ca 

Congrat’s Little Shmiddy’s, Cacao 70  and Corktown Kitchen
We have lots of brunch choices in our neighbourhood but we can’t seem to get enough of them.  Three new restaurants have been recommended by blogTO as top new brunch spots – in Cabbagetown, Little Shmiddy’s (584 Parliament), in the Distillery, Cacao 70 (28 Gristmill Ln) and in Corktown, the Corktown Kitchen (354 King E).   

Impact Kitchen
Photo: Jesse Milns, blogTO
Corktown’s new Impact Kitchen (573 King E) has been getting lots of attention for its spiffy room and its healthy menu.  Michele Henry reviewed it enthusiastically in the Toronto Star last week.  Click here to read her report.  

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JANUARY 14 TO SUNDAY JANUARY 24

Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
Cranberries, 601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330
Dominion Pub & Kitchen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555
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.

THURSDAY JANUARY 14

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
Dan Kosub Duo
The Irv
7pm, Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Porter
Mill Street Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with acoustic music

FRIDAY JANUARY 15

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
Vicars of Vinyl
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, $20
Under The Table
9 pm, Karaoke

SATURDAY JANUARY 16

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
9 pm, The Lonely Hearts
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective

SUNDAY JANUARY 17

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Steve Koven Trio

MONDAY JANUARY 18

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JANUARY 19

Merryberry
6 pm, Cooking class – Tex-Mex style tacos.  $45
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20

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

THURSDAY JANUARY 21

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
Strome-Danckert Duo
The Irv
7pm, Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill Street Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with acoustic music

FRIDAY JANUARY 22

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
Drunk on Sunday
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, $20

SATURDAY JANUARY 23

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
Scully & the Crossbones
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective

SUNDAY JANUARY 24

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Jay Danley and the Ethiopjazz Project