March 10

This week’s image:  See the story below.  Photo:  Norm Betts


Just follow the directions …
Norm Betts witnessed an amazing spectacle earlier in the week.  A big truck - 120’ long with three separate trailers and carrying a huge construction crane - came rolling down Wellesley Street to Wellesley Avenue.  It was accompanied by other vehicles and a couple of Toronto police officers.  The crane was being delivered to 20 Wellesley “Avenue” and despite the increasing improbability of the delivery destination, the truck and its helpers bravely plowed along.  Finally, it became clear that “Avenue” should have said “Street”.  But the permit was specific and the route map was definitive and had to be obeyed.  After a couple of hours, the truck backed up effortlessly to Parliament, turned around and rolled off to its proper destination. 


Buy a house in Cabbagetown for only $299,900.  
Photo: Engel & Volkers
That’s right - $299,900.  Two bedrooms, two bath, vaulted ceilings, skylights and a heritage facade.  Right in the middle of prime Cabbagetown.  Don’t take my word for it, click here.  

Or spend $2,499,900
Photo:  The MASH
At the other end of the scale, there’s a new house that’s just been built on one of our desirable streets.  It’s really spiffy.  Click here to check out the description and images on the Toronto real estate blog, The Mash.  

Or get $21 million
Keith at the Cabbagetown Residents Association has discovered that our houses will be worth $21 million in 24 years.  If house prices keep rising at the current rate, then we’ll all be rich!  Keith says that the drinks will be on him in 2040.  Here’s the Maclean’s article to back up his discovery.  

Two homes on Winchester are open for inspections this weekend.  Click here to read the details.  


More info about 456 Parliament
After five years of waiting, talking to officials at the City of Toronto and trying to urge the owners of this property into action, Carolyn has suggested that we approach The Fixer at The Toronto Star.  If several of us contact The Star, they’ll pay attention and begin to make their enquiries.  The Fixer is Jack Lakey and this is his email address  

Salam Cabbagetown
Sandy Riches is part of a group of downtown Toronto residents who are organizing to be private sponsors for a Syrian refugee family.  The group has raised over $25,000 toward its $34,000 goal and it’s asking for our contributions to complete its fundraising drive.
Salam Cabbagetown uses the Mennonite Central Committee to receive its funds.  The MCC is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with a long history of supporting refugee settlements.  The MCC will issue a charitable tax receipt. 
To learn more and to make your contribution, click here.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the orange “Donate Now” button.  The red button at the top will divert your donation into the MCC.  

Waterfront sugar shack
A Quebec-style Sugar Shack will open at Sugar Beach for the weekend of Saturday March 12 (noon to 10 pm) and Sunday March 13 (11 am to 5 pm).  Watch and taste the ways that maple sap becomes maple syrup and enjoy Quebecois favourites from local food trucks.  Entertainers will include local French artists and a traditional French Canadian folk group. Choir! Choir! Choir! will lead a massive outdoor singalong on Saturday and on Sunday. There’ll be a traditional French Canadian contra dance with Mur du Son.  Ice carving.  Ice skating nearby.  Win a free weekend trip to Montreal.

Cabbagetown South Annual meeting
The Cabbagetown South Residents Association is calling for volunteers to serve on its 2016 Board.  A new Board will be elected at its Annual Meeting on Wednesday March 23 at 7 pm in Retsina (209 Gerrard E).  

Tai Chi
Michael White’s Tai Chi classes are continuing at the Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce).  New members are welcome.  He teaches a gentle introduction to Tai Chi  - Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 am.  For more info, contact Michael at (416) 926-9553.  

Brenda’s step classes
Brenda has released her schedule for her classes for the rest of the month.  They’re held in the gym at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre  (2 Lancaster, behind the Beer Store).  Sunday, March 13 and 20 at 9:15 am and Wednesday March 23 and 30 at 11 am.  Classes on Wednesday March 16 and Sunday March 27 are cancelled.  Drop-in’s are welcome.

Free skating with Glen Murray
Glen Murray, our MPP, sponsors free skating sessions at Moss Park Arena (140 Sherbourne).  Skates and helmets provided free as well.  The last date for the season is on Wednesday March 16, 4 to 5 pm.

Art at the Daniels Spectrum
"Uniq" by Cait Stevens
“Where Are You Really From” opens on Friday March 11 in the Hallway Galleries (585 Dundas E).  There’s a reception from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.  This is a juried show featuring the works over fifteen emerging artists.  It explores questions of cultural identity, Toronto’s diversity and our individual identities.  No cover charge - to April 16. 

8th annual totally fabulous Vegan bake-off
Cruelty-free cupcakes!  Dairy-free donuts!  Plant-based pies and tarts!  Over fifty professional and homebred cooks present their most extravagant best.  Your ticket provides access to the event plus two plates of tasty treats.  Tickets and more show info here.   $10, Sunday March 20, 2 to 5 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).

Cabbagetown’s Bunny Hop
The BIA is staging an Easter Bunny event on Saturday March 26 from 11 am to 1 pm at Carlton and Parliament.  There’ll be live entertainment, a visit by the Easter Bunny, a colouring table and selfies with the Bunny.  It’s part of a colouring contest.  Click on the poster to see who the participating merchants are and visit one to get a colouring sheet.  Yummy prizes.  

Members wanted - Second Mile Club
Second Mile Club (192 Carlton) offers adult programs for older people who require specialized programs, small group activities, nutritious meals and transportation.  It’s been operating since 1937 and it’s located in a cozy Victorian building on Carlton Street.  Its programs include osteo-arthritis fitness activities, euchre, bingo, shuffleboard, trivia and card games.  These programs are accessible.  The Club provides caregiver respite and support.  Open from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday.  Membership fees are only $30 annually and financial support is available.  For more info or to join, contact Janice Richardson at (416) 922-5819 or email her at 

Keep these dates in mind
Peggy Kurtin Award - Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s annual award to a homeowner for an outstanding renovation.  Nominations close on April 15.  Go to the CPA website for more info.  
Allan Gardens spring flower show - daily from 10 am to 5 pm until April 30.  The special Easter show starts on Sunday March 20.  The Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton).
Dixonlicious - the Dixon Hall fundraiser, Wednesday March 30 from 6 to 9 pm.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  More info and tickets here.  

Another Cabbagetown
Photo: Wikipedia
There’s another Cabbagetown, this one in the heart of Atlanta Georgia.  The neighbourhood is a lot like ours.  It’s full of heritage architecture, much of it was built in the 1880’s, and it’s designated on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  It has a personable, funky commercial district.  It’s built beside a big central park and an historic cemetery.  The origins of its name are lost in a misty murk of contradictory urban legends.  And it even has an big annual street festival, “The Chomp ’n Stomp” that features bluegrass and chilli.   

What happens in Anguilla, stays …
Christopher took our Tee Shirt to Anguilla over Christmas last year.  He wore it proudly on the beach.  He wants to show us how much fun he had but since this is a family-oriented blog, the picture has been slightly cropped!


Whiskey Jack at the Cadillac Lounge
Duncan Fremlin and his friends are performing on Sunday afternoon at the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W) from 4 to 7 pm.  He’s says that we’ll hear a few old chestnuts, a gospel tune or two and a few new tunes.  No cover. 

Another Whiskey Jack performance
Duncan Fremlin and Whiskey Jack are back for a second gospel concert at St Simon the Apostle (525 Bloor E).  Sunday March 20, 4 pm.  No cover charge but your contribution will be welcome.

Tour de Danse
The performance happens on Saturday March 12 at 8 pm in the Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester).  It’s a fundraiser for the Toronto Dance Theatre.  It’s also a great opportunity to see some of your friends and neighbours enjoy themselves on stage in a performance that they’ve worked on with Christopher House and the TDT dance company.  Tickets are $25, available here.   

Five poets give it all on stage.  Carbon presents the theatricality of poetry performance and storytelling.  Wednesday March 16 to Saturday March 19, 8 pm.  Tickets $18 and $20.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).


Easter dinner supplies
Mark at St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) now has Easter dinner items ready for you.  His meat, fish and poultry are all naturally raised and free from antibiotics and growth hormones.  

First choice
New arrivals at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) feature Canadian designs - stackable Totem ceramic cup sets.  Also available as a stackable set of large bowls.  These are functional table art that you’ll display proudly as part of our heritage.  Drop in to the shop to see them - Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Fix up your bike now
Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) has started its annual Spring tune-ups.  You can phone the store and book an appointment - your bike will then be cleaned up within a few days and ready to roll.  The weather might be wonky but it gives us a welcome start to the cycling season.  (416) 972-6948

Hair Spa Open House 
Nano Khoury is now operating the Hair Spa (440 Parliament). She’s been busy with renovations and setting up her new business.  From Saturday March 12 to Saturday March 19, she’s holding an open house to meet her new neighbours and to show you her new salon.   As part of her grand opening, she’s offering a free deep moisture treatment.

Improv Your Acting
Tony Babcock is the owner of Improv Your Acting - a Studio for the Performing Arts (410 Dundas E).  Check with him about his incentives for local artists and residents.  At Improv Your Acting, you can rent the space, take advantage of top quality performance training and join networking events. He has lots of studio photos plus details about his courses and events at his website and on Facebook.   

Spruce on Parliament
Just a couple of weeks after the fire at Spruce (455 Parliament) , Kim has been repairing the damage, refinishing the walls and floors and putting her shop back together. She posted this picture on her Facebook page two days ago.  

The Leslieville Flea
Save the date - the Flea is back in the Distillery on Sunday March 20.  It’s a great event for people who enjoy vintage, antique, collectible and clothing sales.  Over 50 vendors. Sunday, March 20, 10 am to 4 pm, 28 Distillery Lane.


More cooking classes at Merryberry
Cyril is again offering his cooking classes. His topic this time is a real winner,  “Let’s do brunch”.  Tuesday March 22, 6 pm.  He hasn’t got a final menu as yet but he thinks that pancakes, frittata and eggs Benedict are likely topics.  $45.  To register, contact him at Merryberry (559 Parliament), phone him at (647) 348-0411 or email 

Viking Barbeque at Odin
Odin (514 King E) has joined up again with Uncle Smoke to present Viking Barbeque nights in the cafe.  The first one was a sold-out success.  It’s an all-you-can-eat, five-course Viking feast, presented family style.  Goodies will include smoked wild boar, beer braised poultry and smoked cod accompanied by rustic green soup, torn ancient rye loaves, honey roasted root veggies, traditional dumplings and more.  Live music.  Two seatings, 5:30 and 8:30 pm, March 20. $40.  

Congrats to The Irv
Photo:  Eric Morse
The Irv’s (195 Carlton) second birthday party was held a week ago and the place was packed with people having a great time.  Eric Morse grabbed this photo as a souvenir.


The Dominion Pub & Kitchen
Festivities start early at the Dominion (500 Queen E).  From Monday March 7, there’ll be lots of fun to celebrate.  On March 17, the party starts at 11 am.  

House on Parliament
Live Irish dancers at 6:30 pm on Thursday March 17. 454 Parliament.

The Irv
There’ll be live music with Geoff Willingham and Frank Ryan, munchies, prizes and giveaways at The Irv (195 Carlton) to celebrate.  You can look forward to lots of $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey and pints of Wellington.  Thursday March 17

The Local GEST
Live music with Lucky Mike - Mike Cavanaugh, Gene Hughes and Bob Cohen.  From 6 to 9 pm.  Special Irish menu includes lamb stew, kidney Steak and guinness pie and Irish cream cheese cake for dessert.

Mill Street Beer Hall
St Paddy’s Bash featuring the Guinness less travelled.  It’s an all-day celebration starting at 2 pm.  Live music, prizes and giveaways and a special Irish menu.  21 Tank House Lane.

Mill Street Brew Pub
St Patrick’s Day Brewmaster’s Dinner - great beers, fine food and live entertainment at Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane) hosted by Joel Manning.  Thursday March 17 from 6:30 pm.  This is a five-course Irish Feast with each course paired with a Mill Street brew.  $69.99 per person.  Tickets go quickly - the Feast sells out every year.  For reservations, call (416) 681-0338.

6 pm, A very Corktown St Patrick’s Party.  $1 from every Mascot beer sold will be donated to the Corktown Residents & Business Association

Stout Irish Pub
Cabbagetown’s home for Irish celebrations.  Live Celtic music and Irish dancers.  Special Irish menu.  221 Carlton.


  • 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.


8 pm, Derek Lathrop duo
The Irv
Geoff Willingham, live acoustic music
Mill Street Brew Pub
7 pm, Beer and cheese pairings with acoustic music


8 pm, DJ DXB
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, $25


8 pm, Frank Ryan Band
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Vinyl Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Corktown Kitchen
11:30 am, Jazz at Sunday brunch with Dakota (guitar) & Matt (keyboard)
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Mark Sepic


St Patrick’s celebration starts today to March 20
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Euchre night with Joane
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


11 am, All day Irish celebrations and Music Festival
House on Parliament
6:30 pm, Irish dancers
The Irv
7 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham and Frank Ryan, munchies, prizes and giveaways
The Local GEST
6 pm, Live music with Lucky Mike, Irish menu. 
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, St Patrick’s Day Brewmaster’s Dinner with Joel Manning, $69.99
Mill Street Beer Hall
From 2 pm,  St Paddy’s Bash with live music, prizes and giveaways, Irish menu
6 pm, Corktown St Patrick’s Day party
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, St Paddy’s Malarkey Shenanigans with live Celtic music


8 pm, DJ Dash
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Beer school with Dan North, $25


8 pm, The Ugly Horse
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike of the Record Collective


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Corktown Kitchen
11:30 am, Jazz at Sunday brunch with Dakota (guitar) & Matt (keyboard) Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz wth Steve Amirault
5:30 and 8:30 pm, Viking BBQ with Uncle Smoke


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088,
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188, 
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555,
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121,
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787,
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338,
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery,
568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381,
514 King W, (647) 350-6346,
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555,
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,