January 21

This week’s image:  Coyotes have lived among us for a long time.  Norm Betts grabbed this photo at Amelia and Sumach in 2001. 

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS

Coyote news
A coyote was spotted and possibly injured on Parliament Street last week.  Police at 51 Division report that it was seen running along the west side of the street near Carlton and may have been injured by a car when it tried to cross the street – click here for the CBC story. Ruth Gamble from Cranberries also saw it – probably just before the accident happened. 

City budget
Councillor Pam McConnell is hosting a Town Hall meeting about the City of Toronto’s budget.  Thursday January 21, 6:30 pm, the Great Hall in St Lawrence Hall (157 King E at Jarvis).  The meeting will inform you about the preliminary budget and give you a chance to make your views known.  City Council will debate it and pass its final budget in February. 

Gardeners alert!
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is already planning its Spring garden tour.  Save the date – June 5, 10 am to 3 pm.  Gardeners who want to be part of the Tour are welcome to join.  Contact the CPA at cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca.

Calling all Tee shirt fanatics
The Cabbagetown BIA is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its annual Festival this year.  To get started, the BIA is holding a Tee shirt design contest.  You’ll win $250 plus a ton of bragging rights if your design wins the contest.  Your design has to say “Cabbagetown Festival 40th Anniversary”.  Use these guidelines for your submission -  high resolution, 300 dpi, four-colours (or less), both jpeg and pdf formats.  Include your full name, address and daytime phone number. Contest closes at 4 pm on Tuesday February 9.  The BIA has some suggestions to help you - send your questions and your submission to the Cabbagetown BIA at cabbagetownbia@gmail.com   

Cabbagetown walking group
Maureen Roe is again strolling around Cabbagetown on Monday mornings.  It’s great exercise and a nice way to meet up with friends and new acquaintances. The group meets at the Gates in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) and walks for about an hour.  Monday, 9 am. It’s a drop-in group – no reservations needed.  Free. If you have any questions, contact her at maureen.roe@gmail.com

Cooper’s Hawk
John Hill saw this guy in his Wellesley Street backyard a couple of weeks ago.  The hawk has been paying close attention to a local pigeon flock.  This area seems to be its territory – a pair of them made daily tours through here last year as well. 

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum
Photo:  CRPM Archives
In the 1800s, local residents probably travelled around town at about the same speed as today’s traffic.  But they relied on real horse-power.  The Ragen family provided the rides.  Their livery was on Sackville just south of Oak around 1910.

IN THE MEDIA

The King Street Visioning Study
The Toronto Star reports that a proposal is in the works to change King Street from a clogged street into a pedestrian mall within the year.  The street will have a pedestrian walkway, a streetcar route and lots of room for sidewalk activities.  It’ll run from The Distillery to Liberty Village.  You can read Edward Keenan’s story here. 

Riverdale Farm
Nathan Vaz, writing online in Toronto Observer, provides a great commentary on the charms and history of Riverdale Farm.  Click here to read his story. 

ON STAGE

Whiskey Jack
Duncan Fremlin and his friends in Whiskey Jack are again appearing at the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W) from 4 to 7 pm on Sunday January 24.  Everybody (kids included) welcome. No cover charge. 
And a reminder – they’re holding Stompin’ Tom’s birthday concert for his 80th, with special guests Adrienne Clarkson 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. 

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. For tickets and more info, click here. 

Soulpepper’s new program
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Ln, Distillery) is launching three new plays.  Twelve Angry Men has just started up.  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. 

SHOPPING NEWS & AWARD WINNERS

World beating chocolate
Soma Chocolatier (32 Tank House Ln, Distillery) won first prize for its dark chocolate bars and several silver medals for its specialties last October at the 2015 International Chocolate Awards in London England.

Congrats Kendall
For the second consecutive year, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has won Houzz’s Best Customer Service award.  Houzz is a leading source for interior design and decorating and its ranking is given to only 3% of the businesses listed in its International Design & Trades Directory.  Click here to see Kendall’s work on its Directory.  More reason than ever to shop and design with Cabbagetown’s own.  Open 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.

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 few months –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.

ROBBIE BURNS EVENTS

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
A traditional Scottish dinner and a Scotch nosing.  Tickets are $40. If you stay with the features menu instead, enjoy a deep fried Mars bar for dessert!  500 Queen E.

House on Parliament
There’s a weekend of Robbie Burns’ events at the HOP (454 Parliament).  On Saturday, enjoy some bracing haggis with neeps and tatties while taking in the artistry of the Highland Dancers.  On Monday January 25, the Ode to the Haggis with William Brisland happens at 6 pm. 

Mill Street Brewpub
Enjoy a five-course, beer paired dinner with traditional Scottish touches.  Mill Street brewmaster Joel Manning is your host.  Monday January 25 from 5:30 pm.  Tickets are $69.99 at (416) 381-0338 x 2.  21 Tank House Ln, Distillery

RESTAURANT NEWS

Congrats Stout
Stout Irish Pub is 5 years old!  Congrats Erin – your pub is a marvellous part of Cabbagetown.  221 Carlton.

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 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 

Dominion’s official opening
Although the Dominion Pub & Kitchen (500 Queen E) has been open and serving lots of good food and drink since November, its official Grand Opening happens next Thursday January 28 from 6 to 9 pm.  There’ll be complimentary snacks and samplings, giveaways and live music.  RSVP by January 25 at  dominion@fabrestaurants.ca

FUSE opens on Queen Street
FUSE has taken over the space from the former White Elephant (366 Queen E).  This is its grand opening weekend.  There’ll be global fushion cuisine and live entertainment from 5 pm.  To book your table, contact reservations@fusedining.com or call (416) 998-6562. 

Fusilli
Fusilli Ristorante (531 Queen E) is offering a four-course wine tasting dinner on Wednesday January 27 from 6:30 pm.  Each course comes with a paired wine. $60/person.  There’s more info on its Facebook page.   

Stan turns 65
Photo: Stan at the last big Cobourg Sings in May 2013, photo: Eric Morse
Stan Smrke is celebrating his big birthday with a big musical extravaganza.  He’s invited the best jazz musicians to play for his friends.  Everybody’s welcome – cash bar.  Friday February 5 from 8 pm, Local GEST (424 Parliament).

Euchre at The Local GEST
Tiffany is planning for a Monday euchre night at the GEST (424 Parliament).  She’d like your feedback so she can plan for it properly.  Contact her at the pub, or at (416) 961-9425, or email thelocalgest@gmail.com.  Tell her that you’re interested and she’ll keep you informed. 

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 are now open.  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 BrewPub (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.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JANUARY 21 TO SUNDAY JANUARY 31

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,
http://soulpepper.ca/performances/music_at_soulpepper.aspx
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,
https://www.facebook.com/underthetabletoronto

If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed. Otherwise, the event is free.

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 with Jeff Eager

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

MONDAY JANUARY 25

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JANUARY 26

Merryberry
6 pm, Cooking class – fish.  $45
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Local GEST
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam

THURSDAY JANUARY 28

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
Same Same but Different
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 29

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
The Royal Pains
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 30

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

SUNDAY JANUARY 31

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke with Vee
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Beverley Taft & Nathan Hiltz