March 24

This week’s image:  Let's cheer up - the winter can’t last.  The Forsythia Festival is only a month away.  Volunteers are needed.



Bunny Hop this weekend
Save the date for the BIA’s Easter Bunny Hop. Saturday, March 24 from 11 am to 1 pm at Carlton and Parliament.  Live music. The Easter Bunny will be there for selfies and chocolate treats.  Check out the colouring table and enter the contest to win prizes. Great fun for your kids (of all ages.) Free

Corktown’s Easter egg hunt
Enjoy the Corktown neighbourhood Easter egg hunt on Sunday March 27, 10:30 am in the playground at Corktown Common Park (Bayview at Lower River).  There will be chocolate treats, cider, Redline coffee and lots of fun.  Bring a basket.  Rain or shine.  Free.

Dixon Hall provides an amazing range of services to our community.  Dixonlicious is its fundraiser in support of its food programs that give snacks and hot meals to those in need.  Chefs and restaurants from the neighbourhood will provide their finest for the event.  6 to 9 pm, Wednesday March 30. Tickets are $125 ($75 for youth) - buy yours online here.  

Volunteers at the Forsythia Festival
Save the date - Cabbagetown’s annual Spring celebration happens on Sunday May 1 in Wellesley Park.  
Volunteers are needed to handle the million-and-one tasks that arise in a big event.  It’s a fun way to contribute.
Middle and secondary school students can earn a community service credit by volunteering.  Call now - early bird volunteers get their choice of time slots and tasks.  Two-hour shifts are available between 8 am and 3 pm. 
All interested volunteers are asked to contact Trish at

A reminder
The Peggy Kurtin Award recognizes excellence in restoration and renovations.  It’s given annually by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.  You can nominate a recent restoration for the 2016 award - the deadline is Friday April 15.  Click here to see the details and the procedure.  

Watch for their exhibition
Cabbagetowner Derrick Fulton along with his friends, Peter Merry and Richard Smith, will have an exhibition of their stunning photography at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) from April 4.  There’s a reception from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday April 7 with special guest Jeremy Adamson, former director of photography at Washington’s Library of Congress. 

Jennifer Snowdon Yoga at the Spa
Yoga at the Spa is a regular Wednesday morning class, 9:15 to 10:30 am,  at Hair Spa (440 Parliament) with refreshments afterward hosted by Nano Khoury .  Hatha Yoga will focus on core and hips to stabilize the body and relieve tension.  Starting Wednesday March 23.  For more info, a schedule and payments, click here.  

Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
Jennifer Snowdon and Sarah Moore are offering an afternoon of rest, relaxation and restoration with a hands-on restorative yoga class followed by guided meditation. Sunday April 10, 2 to 3:30 pm, $40,  58 Rose Avenue.  There are only a couple of spaces left - click here to register.  


Thanks, Renee
Renee works at Cranberries (601 Parliament). She was having breakfast at a west-end restaurant when the cook came staggering out of the kitchen, blue in the face, choking on something he ate.  No one else tried to help him so Renee started giving him the Heimlich manoeuvre.  At first it didn’t work - the man was just too big for her.  She enlisted another man in the restaurant and together, they saved his life.  Thanks to John McLeod for the story - he says that he’s proud to know her.  

Congrats Phyllis
Phyllis Kwan has published her first book of poetry.  Entitled “Poetic Ballets of My Mind”,  it offers her personal insights and reactions in her poems and in a couple of short personal essays.  She launched it at a lovely reception in her daughter’s Thornhill home on Sunday March 20.  If you’d like a copy, drop by Del Ray Cleaners (586 Parliament) - I’m sure they have a supply on hand.  

Congrats Whiskey Jack
Duncan Fremlin and his friends offered up an entertaining hour of bluegrass and gospel music on Sunday March 20 in the small chapel at St Simon the Apostle Church.  This is their second concert there in the past few months and let’s hope that it’ll become a regular event.  The band is away now on tour to Hepworth, Elliot Lake and Little Current.

Congrats Ambal
Good cooks know about Ambal (591 Parliament).  They offer Sri Lankan and Indian groceries, spices, canned goods, meat and fish.  They have an amazing selection of rice in several varieties and sizes. In 1991, three families launched Ambal Trading in the tiny space directly at the corner of Parliament and Amelia.  Since then, their store has grown into a successful enterprise.  In 2003, they relocated to 591 Parliament.  When they started, Ambal was one of just a handful of stores offering this food. Today, it’s a well established and well respected business.

Here’s Daisy
She’s almost sixteen - her birthday comes along on April 3.  She goes to work every day with Marilyn at Diggity Dog Grooming (239 Gerrard E) and snoozes the time away in comfort. For more about Marilyn’s other canine pals, visit her Facebook page and while you’re there, click on Daisy’s album.  
If you have a senior dog, send us a favourite photo and a short comment. 

Jo Hoeflok’s safari
Jo’s South Africa trip continues with a safari in Kruger National Park.  It was, she says, phenomenal. Last week she was seen sipping wines at Eagles Nest and this week, she’s fresh from her tent at Camp Shonga.  Sounds like an amazing trip.
When you take a trip this summer, send us your Tee shirt photo. 


Community planning in Regent Park
Photo:  Fred Lum, Globe & Mail
Simona Chiose’s story in the March 19 Globe & Mail asks what happens when community and recreational programs don’t work and how residents can create change and new directions for them.   

Toronto Life
Photo:  Toronto Life
Toronto Life will show you what $2.5 million will buy in the Cabbagetown real estate market.  It’s the new house at 75 Metcalfe.  To see the full description and lots of photos, click here.  

Post City Toronto
Photo: Post City
David Ort has surveyed the scene along Parliament Street and he has several recommendations.   He calls it “home to some of T.O.’s best spots for a lively eating tour.” Click here to read his story.  Thanks for the tip to Mark at Little Shmiddy’s (584 Parliament).  


Black Lives Matter:  The Making of the Myth of Black Dangerousness 
A dance performance presented by the Jackman Humanities Institute and Wind in the Leaves Collective.   The vulnerabilities of Black bodies and their resilience in the face of dirty racist violence.  Friday March 25 and Saturday March 26, 8 pm, Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E). Tickets online here - $5 to $20.  

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.  

Indigenous Dance - Double Bill

Thursday April 21 to Saturday April 23, Aki Studio in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E). Single tickets for one performance $25, available online here. Package of two performances, $40, by telephone only (416) 531-1402.
Luu hlotitxw, Spirit Transforming with the Dancers of Damelahamid - a meditation on introspection, self-discovery and change.  7 pm
NGS (Native Girl Syndrome) by Ojibwa/Cree dancer and choreographer Lara Kramer - a hard hitting, raw performance about addiction, loss and alienation.  9 pm.


The Galen Weston Band
Galen Weston has established himself as an outstanding guitar voice.  Concert on Saturday March 26 in the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley).  Concert details and tickets are available online here.  

Ryerson Community Theatre presents four short plays that explore how we distort truth, ideas, perspectives, each other and ourselves - Chitra, Confessions, Wherefore to Dover and Traffic!  Wednesday March 30 to Saturday April 2, 7:30 pm (also Saturday matinee at 2 pm).  Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Tickets $15/door, online here.  

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The CCO’s final event for the season features Peter & The Wolf.  Save the date - Thursday March 31, 8 pm, Little Trinity Church (425 King E) 

Soulpepper’s Concert Series
Soulpepper's (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery) concerts return with “Taking the A Train Downtown Manhattan - The Melting Pot”   A musical exploration of the history and culture of the original neighbourhoods of New York with themes about immigration, innovation, organized crime, vaudeville and the birth of American song.  Saturday April 2, Friday April 8, Saturday April 9 and Tuesday April 12. Tickets and info online here.  

Alumnae Theatre
Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley).  For tickets and info online about each of these plays, click here.  
New Ideas Festival - this is the final weekend for the Festival. The program includes four new short plays by Linda McCready, Norma Crawford, Carolyn Bennett and Joan Burrows along with a reading by Alice Abracen.  Running to Saturday March 27, 8 pm. 
August:Osage County - the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Tracy Letts.  On stage from Friday April 8 to Saturday April 23. 

Canadian Stage
Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley).  For tickets and more information about each of these plays, click here.  
The Public Servant - a comic tragedy about the women who administer the affairs of our country. On stage now until Sunday April 3.
Da Ding - this is the North American premiere of Philipp Lohle’s ambitious social comedy.  Opening on Tuesday April 12.
Botticelli in the Fire and Sunday in Sodom - world premiere double bill from Governor general Award-winning playwright Jordan Tannahill.  Opens Tuesday April 26.
Rocking Horse Winner - this modern adaptation of D H Lawrence’s short story was co-commissioned by the Scottish Opera and Tapestry Opera. Playing from Friday May 27 to Saturday June 4.

Soulpepper at the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery) Three plays are on stage now and two more are coming soon.  Ticket and info online here.  
The Great War - a new chapter in Michael Hollingsworth’s “History of the Village of the Small Huts, 1914-1918.” His VideoCabarat conjures up the battlefront and the home front in World War I.  Opening Friday April 1.
The Odd Couple - Neil Simon’s magical classic returns on Thursday May 5.  
Blood Wedding - Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic drama shows how a young couple’s engagement rekindles buried passions and a deep-seated blood feud.  Running to Saturday April 9.
Jitters - David French hilarious comedy.  Additional performances have been scheduled to Friday April 22.
The Just - Albert Camus.  Finishes on Saturday March 26.


Olyana and Mike are open for their usual hours on the Easter weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to “Sold Out”.  540 Parliament.

Final sale - Now or Never
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is making room for new arrivals.  You’ll find amazing deals to 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 453 Parliament), Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Fix up your bike now
Get your bike tuned up for the summer at Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament). 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 the cycling season will soon be here.  (416) 972-6948

Repairing the fire damage at Pipler and Spruce
Kim reports that her renos at Spruce on Parliament (455 Parliament) are happening more slowly than she originally expected.  Stay tuned - she’s determined.  At Pipler (453 Parliament), the repair work has reached all the way down to the studs.  Best wishes to both for a speedy recovery.


Cooking classes at Merryberry
Cyril has three classes scheduled for April.  On Tuesday April 5, his evening features “Let’s do brunch…” which he’s rescheduled from an earlier date.  On Tuesday April 12, it’s “Colourful salads and yummy dressings”.  Then on Tuesday April 19, he’s doing “Iconic French desserts:  tarte tatin, clafoutis and pear-almond tart.”  To sign up, visit Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call  him at (647) 348-0411.  You can learn his recipes and techniques and then eat the results, all for $45. 


There’ll be another special evening at Cranberries (601 Parliament) - these events are always exceptional meals.  On Easter Sunday Siva is serving a three-course prix fixe.  Starters include butternut squash soup or organic green salad.  For the main course, select roast turkey or baked lamb shank with port wine au jus, both served with mashed potato and veggies.  Sticky toffee pudding for dessert.  $29.  Two seatings - 5 and 7:30 pm.  Please call for your reservation, (416) 925-6330.

Roast rack of lamb, roast prime rib and maple roasted Atlantic salmon are among Peartree’s specials on its Easter menu.  You can add a soup or salad appetizer and dessert for $7 extra.  Call to reserve your table - (416) 962-8190.  507 Parliament.

Stout’s Easter egg hunt
The annual Easter egg hunt at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is filling up fast.  Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm.  You must bring a child under the age of 7 to attend.  Reserve your spot quickly. There’ll be an Easter bunny to welcome the kids and a big Easter egg hunt.  All-you-can-eat buffet at $21.99 for adults and $9.99 for kids.  RSVP at (647) 344-7676 or online here

F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is open on Friday and through the weekend - 5 to 10 pm as usual.

The House on Parliament
The HOP (454 Parliament) is open for a special brunch on Good Friday from 11 am to 3 pm.  Regular brunch continues on Saturday and Sunday.  As always, there’s the popular prime rib dinner on Sunday evening.  The HOP is providing the hot drinks at the BIA’s Easter Bunny Hop on Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm at Carlton and Parliament.  

The Irv
Brunch will be served at The Irv (195 Carlton) on Good Friday morning.  10 am to 2 pm.  Regular brunch and menu specials through the rest of the weekend.

Mill Street Beer Hall
The Easter Brunch-a-thon runs all weekend from Friday through Monday, noon to 2 pm.  The Easter bunny will hop in on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm, followed by an Easter egg hunt on the patio.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery

Mill Street Brew Pub
Brunch is served all weekend - 10:30 am to 3 pm, from Friday to Monday. Bring your kids and they’ll enjoy special root beer floats.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery

Closed this weekend
Merryberry (559 Parliament), Odin (514 King E) and Murgatroid (568 Parliament) will all be closed on Friday March 25 and they’ll be resuming normal hours on Saturday and Sunday.  The Paintbox Bistro (535 Dundas E) will be closed over Easter weekend from Friday March 25 through Sunday March 27.



  • 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, Nathan Da Silva
The Irv
7 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
The 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, 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 Better Half
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


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


8 pm, Stevie Day Duo
The Irv
Geoff Willingham, live acoustic music
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,