March 17

This week's image:  portions of a watercolour of the first renovations at the Wellesley Cottages, Lisa Hannaford, 1986.


A Winchester condo is open for inspections this weekend.  We also have an essay by Marshall Tully, a mortgage broker, about the impact of the new federal rules on down payments and mortgages. Click here to read the details.    


Robbery alert
Eric Murphy thwarted an attempted robbery at his house on Spruce near Parliament.  As he arrived home, he saw a woman crouched on his front porch, stuffing a Canada Post parcel into a handbag. When he realized that she wasn’t a courier, he jumped from his car and grabbed her bag.  He described her as caucasian in her late 20s or early 30s, 5’8” tall, dressed all in black wearing a black baseball cap, sandy coloured shoulder length hair and a pasty white complexion.  She argued and struggled with him but left when she realized that the police had been called.  

Dixon Hall is again hosting its popular celebration in support of its services that provide food, nutritious snacks and hot meals for people in need.  Chefs and restaurants from the neighbourhood will serve their finest.  Tickets are $125.  Wednesday March 30, 6 to 9 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  For more info and for tickets, click here.  

Allan Gardens Easter Show
The annual Easter Show starts on Sunday March 20 - lilies, primrose, spring bulbs and cineraria.  The Spring Show is on at the same time so it’s a double treat. Conservatory, Jarvis and Carlton.

World Storytelling Day
As an introduction to the Toronto Storytelling Festival (April 1 to 10), the Village of Storytellers Project presents Toronto residents telling stories from around the world.  It’s a family event.  Children’s stories will be told in Swahili, Somali, Tamil, Mandarin and Bengali with children and youth retelling the stories in English.  Free.  3 pm, Sunday March 20,  Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario).

Water Doc’s Film Festival
A festival about all things “water”.  Feature films, shorts, discussions with experts and filmmakers and opportunities to take action. Preview evening with two films and a guest appearance by Glen Murray at the University of Toronto, Monday March 21, 7 pm.   Tuesday March 22 to Saturday March 26, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), various times.  For a detailed day-by-day list of films and events, click here.  

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). 

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.  

Gardening tips
Victoria Hadden has posted a series of links and tips specifically suited to Cabbagetown gardeners.  She’s included a calculator for seeding dates and a how-to guide to make paper pots for seedlings.  There’s a lot of other stuff about gardening that will stir the hearts of winter-stricken gardeners.  Click here to read the Winchester Square Garden Facebook page.  

Photo:  by-encore
The Bayside development stretches from Sherborne Common east to Parliament Street along the waterfront.  The New York architecture firm, ODA New York, has proposed a twisted 24-storey building for one of its sites.  Built in an L shape, 71% of the the building’s units will have a water view and 97% will have a terrace.  It will also have a large communal terrace with a pool, a daycare and 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail.  More images can be seen online here.

Beautiful photographs
Photo of Rachl Borshell, Cylla von Tiedermann
Cylla von Tiedermann has taken stunning photos of the young dancers from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester).  Her series is a lead-up to the School’s annual performance, Acceleration, that presents dancers from its graduating class in the Professional Training Program.  Click here to see her images on the School’s Facebook page.    

New kids at Riverdale Farm
Amaryllis has had triplets.  The babies are on view now.  There’s a nifty video on the Farm’s Facebook page.  March break activities are underway now with demonstrations by the farmer, snacks and crafts and games.  Free.  Winchester and Sumach. 

Tee shirt in a winery
Jo visited Eagle’s Nest, a boutique winery in the Constantia region north of Cape Town, South Africa.  Gorgeous wines and good friends.  Naturally, she wore her Cabbagetown Tee.  That’s her in the middle with her two friends Joy (left) and Laurie.  Thanks for the lovely pic, Jo.  


Part-time writer
Ron Hume is seeking a professional writer interested in a part-time gig turning out two 1250 word reports each month.  For more information, contact Ron at (416) 300-7093.

Stores and restaurants
Local businesses are looking for people.  Click on the link in each entry to find the details.
The Scullery (200 Carlton) wants a part-time barista.  Send an email or drop in to the bakery.  
Under the Table (568 Parliament) wants someone to handle front of the house operations.  Contact the restaurant through the Facebook inbox.  


Ian McAvity
Ian died in the early morning on Wednesday March 16.  He was a pioneer in the Wellesley Cottages renovations in the early 1980s.  He was the first to restore his cottage in 1983 and his influence is a legacy for hundreds of visitors annually through the Cottages courtyard.  He supported the Cottages’ 1983 heritage designation and he donated very generously to the courtyard landscaping and brickwork. In the last few months, he had sold his Cottage and moved to Grimsby but he kept in touch with his Cabbagetown friends.  He’ll be missed.


New supporters
My thanks to Fair Trade Jewellery and to Tony Lafazanis for their support of the Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review.  They join a nice group of realtors, restaurants and retailers who have been giving me similar support over the past couple of years. Announcements from two more new supporters are currently in the works.  More about them next week.

Fair Trade Jewellery 
Fair Trade Jewellery (523 Parliament) wants to highlight its expert repair and refurbishment services.  We already know about its stunning new jewellery, often in unique one-off designs.  FTJCo also has an extensive workshop with new equipment to do intricate repairs on older jewellery as well as ring sizings, appraisals and insurance work.  
Save $25 on your first repair work by mentioning this announcement - until March 31.

Tony Lafazanis  
Tony’s firm specializes in accident and insurance law. He’s been practicing law for over thirty years.  His initial evaluation of your issues will be free.  Check out his website for details about his work.  493 Parliament.  

Restaurant announcements
Three restaurants - 420 Smokehouse, F’Amelia and Peartree - are among my supporters listed in the right hand column.  
We’ve improved our links to each of them.  When you click on their images, you’ll go directly to their Facebook pages where they update us regularly about their daily and weekly specials, their latest menu news and lots of tempting photos.


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). 

Celebration de la Francophonie
Canadian Stage celebrates the music of Canada’s Francophone with Melissa Laveaux and Lisa LeBlanc.  Thursday March 17 to Saturday March 19, Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley)  

Peter Donato returns
Peter is back as the cantauture, at 120 Diner (120 Church).  He’s appearing on Thursday March 17 from 10:30 pm.  Great music and good food - an irresistible combo.  PWYW, $10 to $20 suggested.  

Bluegrass gospel music
Photo:  Norm Betts
Whiskey Jack are returning to the chapel at St Simon the Apostle (525 Bloor E).  Sunday, March 20 at 4 pm.  It’ll be an afternoon of good old bluegrass gospel - an important part of our musical heritage.  Kids are welcome.  No cover charge - but in the tradition of churches everywhere, a collection plate will be passed around.

The Crossing Where the Lotus Petal Meets
A twin-bill dance performance about Buddhist influence music and dance.  7:30 pm, Wednesday March 23, Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Tickets from $5 to $20. More info here.  

Stories of Ours
Photo: Sean DeCorey
True stories told by a multi-generational, multicultural line-up of amazing people.  7 to 9 pm, Thursday March 24.  Daniels Spectrum (585 DundasE). 

Performances by the graduating class of the three-year professional training program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre with works by Peggy Baker, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Christopher House and James Kudelka.  $20.  8 pm, Wednesday March 30 to Saturday April 2, 80 Winchester.  For more details and for tickets, click here.  

Gathering Momentum
The gala for the School of Toronto Dance Theatre happens on Saturday April 30. There’ll be performances by students in all three classes in the professional training program.  Keep your eyes open for its online auction which starts on March 30 and continues to the night of the gal, April 30.  Tickets are $50 and include wine, nibbles and the gala performance.  Call (416) 967-6887 for tickets.  80 Winchester.  


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.  

Leslie has a mid-century modern black and white dining set for sale. It’s a rare modern set with an emphasis on modern, featuring four black and chrome chairs and a dramatic white melamine table with a bull’s eye grid pattern in black.  Check it out online here.  Eclectisaurus, 249 Gerrard E, Wednesday to Friday from 3 to 8 pm, Saturday noon to 7 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.  

Final sale - Now or Never
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) are making room for new arrivals.  You’ll find amazing deals as they clear out the store.  Speak to the Sales Associates about the extra special markdowns on lighting, rugs, mirrors and furniture!  Drop by the store to see everything that’s offered on sale.  Open 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 

Leslieville Flea
The Flea is back in the Distillery from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday March 20.  It’s a great collection of vintage goods, antiques, collectibles and home furnishings.  The Fermenting Cellar (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.  

Psychic brunch returns
Photo: Aubrey Jax, blogTO
The Psychic Brunch is back at Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Sunday March 20 from 11 am to 3 pm.  You’ll get an insightful 20-minute reading, plus a complimentary five-minute bonus reading and a $5 coupon toward your food order.  $40.  Net proceeds benefit Spectra, a non-profit agency promoting diversity in music.  

Thrillist’s best craft coffee
Photo: Hector Vasquez
Thrillist blog has listed both Odin (514 King E) and Sumach Espresso (118 Sumach) among the best craft coffee shops in Toronto.  Check out the story online here.  

Impact Kitchen
Photo: Jesse Milns, blogTO
blogTO has mentioned Impact Kitchen (573 King E) as one of Toronto’s 22 healthy eating destinations.  


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

The Irv
There’ll be live music with Geoff Willingham and Frank Ryan, oysters, 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. 424 Parliament.

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. 514 King E

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.


11 am, All day Irish celebrations and Music Festival
House on Parliament
6:30 pm, Gilchrist Irish dancers and special Irish menu
The Irv
7 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham and Frank Ryan, oysters, 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


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


6 pm, “Let’s do brunch” - cooking class, $45
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, Nathan Da Silva
The Irv
Geoff Willingham, live acoustic music
Local GEST 
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter
Mill Street Brew Pub
7 pm, Beer and cheese pairings with acoustic music


8 pm, DJ Bookshelf
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, The Better Half
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 the Artie Roth Trio


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,