March 3

This week’s image - Bob sets a great example for everybody.  He makes sure that his walk is clean before the early pedestrian traffic goes past.  Like all good Canadians, he’d rather shovel than sleep!


Two homes on Winchester and a third house on Wellesley are open for inspections this weekend.  Click here to read the details.  


Cabbagetown Co-operative Nursery School
The school’s Board has announced that it will close in June.  For several years, its enrolment has been affected by the implementation of All Day Kindergarten. The school’s program is no longer sustainable.  It’s operated for over thirty years with Tina Ruggiero at its helm for the last sixteen years.  In its announcement, the Board says, “Our community and our children are stronger for having experienced Tina’s guidance and unshakeable commitment to the children.”  Sarah-Jane Brimley wrote to us that “Tina and her staff have been such a blessing to so many children and their families.”  She will continue her work elsewhere.  This truly marks the end of an era for Cabbagetown’s families.

Salem Cabbagetown
Salem Cabbagetown is a group of downtown families who are bringing a Syrian family to the safety of Canada.  Its members started their fundraising in January.  To date, they’ve raised $25,000 toward a goal of $34,000.  They have an agreement with the Mennonite Central Committee to provide charitable receipts.  To join this effort and contribute to its success, click here.  Then scroll down the page and click on the orange donation button at the bottom. 

CNH refugee assistance
Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) has an ambitious effort underway to contribute to refugee relief.  Philip Unrau at CNH has issued a community request for help finding housing for a family, preferably a three bedroom unit in the downtown or Cabbagetown area.  Contact him at 

Cabbagetown Short Film Festival
The Festival’s founder, Gina Dineen, has gathered together two special retrospectives to celebrate its 25th anniversary.  The first one happens on Friday March 4 at 7 pm in the Parliament Street Library (269 Gerrard E). This screening will highlight international works.  It’s free - limited seating.  The second one will be on Wednesday April 20 at 8 pm in the Parish Hall at St Simon the Apostle Church (525 Bloor E).  It will feature Canadian works to celebrate the National Canadian Film Day - pay what you can, $15 suggested donation. 

Waterfront sugar shack
Photo:  Sugar Beach in the winter, Fernando Ponce
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.  

Inspired Souls Band
Inspired Souls is the house band from the CRC at 40 Oak.  Every Monday evening in March from 5 to 6:30 pm, they’ll be leading th audience in sing-a-longs with favourites from popular oldies, funk and gospel.  Free. Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E)

Tour de Danse - don't miss it
The Toronto Dance Theatre stages Tour de Danse annually.  It’s a fundraiser and a fun way for 20 community members to participate in a production as dancers.  The company will perform a selection from TDT’s repertoire.  Cash bar.  $25.  8 pm, Saturday March 12,  80 Winchester.  For more info and for tickets, click here.   

Peggy Kurtin Award
Photo:  2015 Award winner, 377 Sackville
Every year, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association recognizes a noteworthy restoration to the front of a neighbourhood home.   The 2016 Award will be given out in May.  The deadline for nominations of worthy projects is April 15. A full description of the guidelines for nominees is listed on the CPA website.  

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.  

Parliament Street changes
The strip of stores on the west side of Parliament north from Johnny Gs up to Aberdeen are all closed and showing signs of interior renovations.  Heather Grant wrote to the BIA and the CRA to ask about it and she shared their replies.  
Many of us remember Ginger, the successful small restaurant that used to be located right on the corner where Kanpei now operates.  That company is coming back.  It purchased the block north to Aberdeen.  A new Ginger will be located where Gourmet Burger and Sinate used to be.  The other places, including the old Flying Beaver and the basement shops, are now being renovated for eventual rentals to new businesses.  The upstairs apartments are being updated first.  
When the original Ginger moved into the Carlton and Parliament site, it was a fine addition to our neighbourhood - great design, good food, reasonable prices and lots of customers.  It’s a good sign that the company is coming back.  We can expect a major improvement to a shabby block.  

456 Parliament
It’s been five years since a fire emptied this building at 456 Parliament. And every year, we hear the same slow sad story.  Inch by inch, tiny renovations are done.  The big tarp is now down and the lower level retail area is enclosed in glass.  It’s taken a year to do these changes. Progress happens here at a snail’s pace. 
The owners have given some kind of song and dance story about potential tenants to the BIA.  Frankly, if their efforts were sincere, these stores would have been rented long ago. This is an increasingly attractive part of our retail strip. It’s an intriguing problem - everyone in authority (Councillor McConnell, the BIA, the property owners) moans and groans and nobody achieves anything.  In the meantime, the site remains a blight on its surroundings.

Allan Gardens Spring Show
The Spring Show starts next week on Tuesday March 1 and continues to April 30.  Allan Gardens Conservatory (Carlton and Jarvis). During that time, a special Easter show will also be mounted from March 20.  All admission is free, 10 am to 5 pm daily. 

Congrats Lamis and David
Lamis Dantas (right) and David Rodgers (second from left) have been recognized by the Daniels Corporation as the top agents and top team for their 2015 sales. They specialize in sales in the new Regent Park and from that they have a very close relationship with Daniels.  They work with HomeLife/Realty One Brokerage in the Regent Park office (71 Regent Park Blvd).  

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 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, and use the subject line, “Application for RPAD Board of Directors”. 

Regent Park outdoor movies
The Regent Park Film Festival operates Under the Stars, the free summertime outdoor movie program at the Daniels Spectrum.  As part of its preparations for the 2016 season, the staff have a community survey about the movie choices.  If you have a favourite that you’d like to suggest, click here to answer the survey.  

The pigs are back
Here are the latest additions to Riverdale Farm (Sumach and Winchester) - just in time for the March break.

Golden age pets
Paul Mahler wants to include his lovely old cat Tika in our collection of beloved older animals.  When she was a baby kitten, Paul’s sister Catherine remarked that she was so tiny that she could fit in a “teacup”.  Paul had had plenty of experience with Nepal and he knew that the Nepalese put a red mark called a Tika on their foreheads on holy occasions.  Catherine’s teacup became the kitten’s Tika.  She’s 20 years old now and still very frisky and active.  Thanks Paul.

Eric in Nicaragua
Eric Murphy travelled to Nicaragua to do some onsite research for the fourth book in his ongoing Young Adult series. Its title is “Saving Horses and Hawks”.  No info yet about a publication date.  While he was there, he used a special bike that was put together for him by Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament).  When he left, he donated the bike, some clothing and soccer balls to the Gabriela Mistral school in Las Mercedes.  Of course, he wore his Cabbagetown Tee shirt while he travelled around the country.  Thanks for the photo, Eric - good luck with your new book.  


Regent Park in the New York Times
Photo:  yoga class at the Aquatic Centre, Ian Willms, New York Times
Carly Gaston sent along this link to the February 28 article in the New York Times about the revitalization happening in Regent Park.  It’s a very positive view of the way that the new neighbourhood is integrating people from a variety of backgrounds and creating a community based on opportunity and inclusion.  Click here to read it.  

Skiing in Riverdale Park 
The Globe & Mail's Ian Brown has written a charming story about ski slopes in downtown Toronto.  After trying a variety of spots, he ends up at Riverdale.  Click here to find out how he fared among the greyhounds, the Labs and several four year old kids.  

New Pinewoods Studio
Pinewoods Studios has announced that it will build a new 135,000 square-foot studio space in the Port Lands for completion in 2018.  This facility will add to the 300,000 square foot space that Pinewoods already has.  The company is confident that the studio will attract more major film and television productions.  It certainly will add to the employment opportunities and the revitalization plans for the Port Lands.  Click here to read the CBC report.  

The Parliament Street fire
Photo:  Inside Toronto
There was plenty of media coverage about the fire that happened on Parliament Street a week ago.  Joanna Lavoie writing in Inside Toronto did a detailed, informative account.  Click here to read her story.  
There’s a short online video from City News here.  

Regent Park Community Centre
Photo:  Lucky Boothe at the Community Centre, CBC News
The new community centre opened officially last week with brand new recreational and community facilities.  There’ll be pottery classes, dance classes, employment counselling, fitness facilities, baking ovens and lots more.  Click here for the CBC’s description of the centre. 


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 promises to warm up next week so it’s a good time to do this work.  (416) 972-6948

WOW Weekly
Here’s a great idea.  WOW Cabbagetown is the new flower and gift shop at 574 Parliament.  Janine is offering a package deal - buy a fresh bouquet every Friday and have it delivered in a decorative vase to your doorstep.  You’ll save 20% on your first month’s purchase - four bouquets for only $100.  Click here to find out more and to register for the deliveries.  

Floored with great deals
These are the final days for the rug sale at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).   Save 25% off on select wool rugs,  15% off on outdoor rugs and up to 60% off on floor models.  While quantities last.  Sale ends on Saturday.  For more details, check out Kendall’s website.  Stop at the store to see the inventory.  Store hours - Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  

Congrats to the BIA
This poster by the Cabbagetown BIA is promoting our stores as smart places “to shop local”.  This is just one of several encouraging signs that the BIA is quickly returning to its role as a influential group in our community.  Thanks to the current Board and to Stephen-Thomas Maciejowski in the office.  Click here for the website.  (416) 921-0857.  


Congrats to The Irv
Photo:  Please note that the event is Thursday March 3, not Saturday March 5.
The Irv (195 Carlton) is celebrating its second anniversary.  It’s a great pub with good food, lots of events and very friendly staff.  The anniversary party is Thursday March 3 from 7 pm.  Geoff Willingham will entertain with his acoustic guitar.  There’ll be giveaways, munchies and snacks.

Congrats to the House on Parliament
blogTo has listed the HOP (454 Parliament) as one of nine best gastropubs in the city.  No surprises here for local aficionados.  Click here to read the list.  

Jeff & Noah
Jeff Barnes and Noah Zaccharin return to The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Thursday March 3 from 8 pm.  Their fans know that the duo plays there on the first Thursday of every month.  

Green winners at Mill Street Brew Pub
Win two tickets for the St Paddy’s Day Brewmaster’s Dinner.  Simply upload a photo of your green hair, green food/drink or green outfit.  Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane).  Check out the details at the Facebook page.  


This is always a big night in our pubs.  Green beer and four-leaf clovers abound.  As more information about the pubs’ plans come along, their events will be added to the list.

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.  454 Parliament.

The Irv
There’ll be live music, 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

Mill Street Beer Hall
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 Paddy’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.

Stout Irish Pub
Cabbage town’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, Andrew Fetterley duo
Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin
Mill Street Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with acoustic music


8 pm, GRUMP
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


8 pm, Lost and Sound
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 wth Andrea Henderson


St Patrick’s celebration starts today to March 20
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Euchre night with Joanne
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, Derek Lathrop duo
Mill Street Brew Pub
7 pm, Tap That Cask with acoustic music with Jeff Eager


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, $20


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


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,