February 18 -

This week’s image - Seaton Street in the fresh snow. Photo by Eric Morse.


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Sheila Ward
Sheila Ward, our Trustee on the Toronto District School Board, has died. She was first elected in 1991 and then reelected in 1997 and in five more elections after that.  She served as Board chair from 2003 to 2007.  In her career, she set community service as her first priority.  On her website, she said that she believed “very strongly that there is no other level of politics that has as profound an impact on the future of the nation as the quality of education that it delivers to its citizens… education is where I want to serve my community.”  

Call for nominations
The Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) is operated by Artscape and governed by the Regent Park Arts Non Profit Development Corporation (RPAD).  The board handles the governance of the Daniels Spectrum.  Nominations are now open for new directors to the RPAD Board.  Directors will serve for one-year renewable terms and will meet for six Board meetings through the year.  Nominations close at 12 pm, Wednesday March 9.  For more information, email Seema Jethalal at sjethalal@artscape.ca or call (416) 238-2453, x 100.  To nominate someone, send in a one-page biography or CV plus a brief letter of intent from the nominee to info@artscape.ca, and use the subject line, “Application for RPAD Board of Directors”.  

Repair Cafe
Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) is hosting another Repair Cafe on Saturday February 27 from noon to 4 pm.  Bring along stuff that needs mending - computers, electronics, small appliances, clothes, jewellery, bike and other small household items.  It’ll be fixed and you’ll learn how to do it yourself.  Coffee and tea available.  Free. Click here to see a video from the last visit at CNH by Repair Cafe. 

Bill Morneau’s constituency office
Bill Morneau, our Member of Parliament and Finance Minister in the Trudeau cabinet, has opened his Toronto office at 430 Parliament, across from the corner of Spruce and Parliament.  When you call his office, you’ll talk to Ajay or Fos, his local staff - (416) 972-9749.  You can also contact him by email at bill.morneau@parl.gc.ca. Click here for his website.  

Angela’s retreat
Angela Jervis Read is organizing a detoxifying retreat at Tailwind Jungle Lodge in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.  Beyond the daily yoga schedule, there’ll be massage, reflexology, and strengthening/toning classes.  Bird watching, beachside restaurants, art galleries, polo, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, sailing and zip lining are all among the extra activities available.  $1500 USD includes 14 yoga classes, seven nights shared accommodation, lunch and dinner.  Flights are extra.  Contact her online here.  

Brenda’s step classes
Brenda has released her class schedules at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (3 Lancaster) for the remainder of the month.  Sunday February 21 will be held at 11 am and Sunday February 28 is still slated for 11 am but she hasn’t made a final decision about the class.  Wednesdays, February 24 and March 2 are both firm at 9:15 am. 

Waterfront Toronto
Waterfront Toronto has issued an informative article about the future of the Port Lands.  This area is a significant undeveloped parcel of land and its potential impact on our community is immense.  You can read it here.  
A second article describes steps being taken to restore and to create natural habitat along the waterfront.  Click here.  

Winter at the Farm
This lovely picture was posted on Riverdale Farm’s Facebook page this week.

Old dogs
For the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting the delights that old dogs bring into our lives.  Susie and John have a great story.  They adopted Rusty when he was 8 years old.  At that time, he’d been in his cage at the Pound for five weeks and he was desperate to get out.  Seven years later, he’s loved by the cats and the people in his family.   Susie says that he’s now slower (a lot slower) and more stubborn and every minute with him is a blessing.  
Thanks to Claudia Salzmann for telling me about Old Faithful, a book about old dogs by Toronto photographer Pete Thorne.  

Tees in the snow
Last week’s Newsletter did not appear because I was frolicking in the snow in Goulais River, north of Sault Ste Marie. Stokely Creek Lodge is a great place to ski - click here to see why.    Of course, I proudly wore my vintage 2008 Cabbagetown Tee which I modelled at Bruce Mines on the north shore of Lake Huron.  


Toronto Blues Society harmonica workshop
Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) presents the TBS harmonica workshop on Saturday February 20 from 1 to 4 pm.  Guests include harmonica greats Carlos del Junco and Bharath Rajakumar along with host Jerome Godboo. Bring your harp or just enjoy the music.  $10 TBS members and $12/public. 

The Space Between
A young man in South Africa longs to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart in Canada before the space between them grows too large.  February 24 to March 6, Tuesday to Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.  Aki Studio Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Tickets and more info online here.  

Mara & the Marigold
This is the second of the monthly lunch time concerts offered in the Artscape Lounge in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) .  It’s a pay-what-you-can event,  Friday, February 26, 12:30 pm.  

Fundraiser at Toronto Dance Theatre
Tour de Danse is back.  It’s your chance to live your dream - perform on stage with TDT dancers.  Rehearse with the Company dancers.  Learn your moves from Christopher House.  TDT emphasizes that this opportunity is open to adult dance lovers of all shapes, sizes and skill levels.  
It’s a fundraiser. To qualify, pay the $100 registration fee and raise another $500 in pledges.   The rehearsals (select two) happen between March 9 and 12.  The final dress rehearsal is March 12 and your on-stage appearance is March 12 at 8 pm.  
Check out TDT’s online info here.  Winchester StreetTheatre (80 Winchester). 

Congrats Whiskey Jack
Duncan Fremlin reports that Whiskey Jack’s second annual tribute to Stompin’ Tom Connors was a resounding success. Adrienne Clarkson and J P Cormier performed.  Gordon Lightfoot came on stage and reminisced about his experiences with Tom.  The place was sold out and the crowd loved the show.  Congrats everyone. There’s more info at Whiskey Jack’s website.  http://www.whiskeyjackmusic.com


Oh no!
The March edition of Toronto Life carries a cruel little story about our summertime struggles with the Tarp.  We’re listed among seven examples of “big bellyachers in the NIMBY city.”  We used to be celebrated for our magnificent collection of Victorian architecture.  Now, we’ve been rebranded for our dislike of the colour blue.  If you want to read the story, go to the March print edition.  Fortunately, it’s very hard to find online.

Oh yes!
Snapd Downtown Toronto carried a photo essay about a night on the town at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) and Snapd Cabbagetown followed that story with another about a pre-Valentine bazaar organized by St James Town Arts.  Great pictures - click here.   


Welcome Janine
Wow Cabbagetown (574 Parliament), a beautiful new flower shop located just south of Wellesley, was officially opened last week.  Janine, the store’s owner, says that she’s thrilled to be living and working in our glorious neighbourhood.  She has intriguing products and services - plants, flowers, home decor, balloons and lots more.  She’ll soon be holding Wow Kids every Saturday morning.  She offers Wow Weekly - delivering fresh European hand-tied bouquets directly to your door every Friday.  Check out her website here.   

Spruce on Parliament
Kim has taken a holiday and closed her shop for the week of February 14 to 23.  And while she’s away, she’s “sprucing things up” and having her floors refinished.  She’s back on Wednesday February 24.  455 Parliament. 

The Leslieville Flea
The Flea returns to The Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane, Distillery) on Sunday February 21 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Furniture, antiques, handcrafted goods and  collectibles. You can now also shop at the Flea online - click here to see the vendors and their products.  

Let’s cut a rug at Kendall
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) are having a rug sale.  Save up to 25% on selected wool rugs, 15% on outdoor rugs, and up to 60% on floor models - all these savings while supplies last.  To see the rugs offered in this limited-time promo, go to Kendall’s website. Store hours - from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday and from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday.  

City of Toronto grants
Applications for the annual grants for facade improvements are now open.  Businesses in the Cabbagetown BIA are eligible for grants up to $10,000 to improve their streetscape facade.  The process is straightforward and it offers nice incentives for businesses to make basic improvements at reasonable costs.  Contact the Cabbagetown BIA for assistance with the paperwork.   


Psychic brunch at Cranberries
The psychics are back and ready to read your future.  For $40, guests are treated to an insightful 20-minute reading, followed by a special 5-minute reading and a $5 brunch coupon. Net proceeds support RACA, a non-profit group dedicated to strengthening diversity in music.  Cranberries (601 Parliament), Sunday February 21, 11 am to 3 pm.

Viking Feast at Odin
Odin Cafe (514 King E) has joined with Uncle Smoke to prepare a Norse influenced, Viking-aged barbecue.  It’s a family-style feast with smoked wild boar, beer braised poultry and smoked cod. Veggies include rustic green soup, ancient rye loaves, honey roasted root vegetables and traditional dumplings.  The first seating is sold out. Tickets are now selling for the second seating. Sunday February 21, 8:30 to 10:30 pm.  Click here for your reservation.  

Monday euchre at The Local GEST
Euchre players are welcome at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) every Monday evening from 7:30 pm.  Drop in and enjoy a chance to wallop everybody else!  Jeff and Noah still play on the first Thursday of each month.  Open Mic with Porter is now held on the third Thursday every month - except in February when she’ll appear on February 25 instead.  Smart Ass Trivia continues every Wednesday evening and jazz is performed every Sunday afternoon.

MerryBerry’s successful classes
Cyril is very pleased with his successes in his recent cooking classes.  He’s getting suggestions regularly from his customers and he’ll be planning a new round shortly.  In addition to his own scheduled events, he’s welcoming private sessions with groups interested friends.  Contact him at MerryBerry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411. 

New hours
Odin (514 King E) is changing its hours - 7 am to 7 pm daily.  The cafe will only open in the evenings for special events and functions.  Murgatroid (568 Parliament) is now taking a mid-week day off on Wednesdays and is open Sunday to Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday. 


  • For contact info about these clubs and restaurants, see the list at the bottom of this page.  
  • If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed.

Andrew Fetterly Duo
Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic is postponed for one week.
Mill Street Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with acoustic music


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


Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
1 to 4 pm, Toronto Blues Society Harmonica Workshop, $10/TBS members, $12/public.


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
11 am, Psychic Brunch, $45
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz wth Heidi Lange


Local GEST
7:30 pm, Euchre night - NEW
8:30 pm, Mondays with Molly, $25 general/$20 student.
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 Ukulele Jam


8 pm, Jeff Eager Duo
Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill Street Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with acoustic music with Jeff Eager


DJ Frankensztein
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


Adam’s Rib
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Joe Spina & Mark Teixeira