May 12

This week’s image:  Spring in Riverdale Farm



Three homes are listed this weekend - on Spruce, on Wellesley and on Sword.  Click here to read about them. 


Irene DeClute’s painting
Irene’s painting has been included in a juried exhibition organized by The Land Between and The Rational Expressions Gallery (7252 Hwy 26) in Staynor Ontario. Saturday May 14 and Sunday June 5.  Her painting is entitled Wetland for Wood Ducks, Haliburton.  The show focuses on the Central Ontario region from the Frontenac Arch in the east to Georgian Bay in the west - artists’ works must depict a scene from this area.  
The Land Between is an environmental group working on projects and issues in this region.  Click here to visit its website.  

Beats, Brass & Black
newchoir presents its next concert at 8 pm on Thursday June 2 at Koerner Hall (273 Bloor W) with guest artist Jully Black.  newchoir creates rock concerts using unexpected arrangements of rock and pop songs from every decade since the 1960s.  Its shows are regular successes - thanks no doubt to the Cabbagetown singers in its ranks.  Click here to get your tickets.  

Whiskey Jack in Stratford
Duncan Fremlin and his friends will make their annual appearance at the Stratford Summer Music Festival for the third year on Saturday July 30.  This year’s show will highlight memories and music from the CBC’s long-running Don Messer days.  It’s been a sell-out performance each time so get your tickets now!  Click here.  


Welcome to the new YMCA
Whenever a new Y opens, it’s a big deal.  These facilities bring a lot of opportunities and a lot of life into a community.
The new Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA (461 Cherry) is located south of Eastern Avenue on Cherry. Its amenities include a 30,000 sq foot green roof, two pools, yoga and dance studios, two quad gym, indoor cycling, functional training room, conditioning and weight rooms, an indoor running track, community rooms, a youth zone and a child and family play space.   
On Sunday May 15, it’s open for tours and free classes from 10 am and from Monday May 16 to Friday May 27, there’s a lineup of free introductory activities.  On the weekend of Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29, the Grand Opening happens.  
To see all the details about these events and the full program, click here.    

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
“Third time’s a charm” - the Orchestra’s season finale promises to be an eclectic show with pieces by Mozart and Brahms.  Thursday May 12, 8 pm, Little Trinity Church (425 King East). $10, kids are free. 

Music on Parliament Street
Congrats to the Cabbagetown BIA.  Once again, the BIA is sponsoring musicians who will play on selected corners of the street on Saturdays through the Spring - Sue and Dwight, Vincent Soars and the Hot Rods will all appear at Carlton and Parliament and Winchester and Parliament.  
On June 18, Cycle Solutions will conduct a Bike Tuneup Day to celebrate Father’s Day.  Kids and dads will learn how bikes work and how to repair them. Live music and refreshments.  11 am to 1 pm at Carlton and Parliament.

SING workshops
Sing: The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival continues at venues across Toronto to Sunday May 16.  
On Saturday May 14, there’ll be an afternoon of workshops from noon to 5 pm in Little Trinity Church (425 King E).  Topics will include funding sources, South Indian classical music and touring strategies. Meet the artists at 5 pm. 
The workshops continue on Sunday May 15 in the Dancemakers Studio (9 Trinity, Distillery) - the Peterpot Beatbox Master Class, how to be web savvy, creating collaborative opportunities and no such thing as semi-pro.  At 5 pm, join the Shapenote Singing.

SING concerts
There’ll be two Global Voices concerts in Little Trinity Church (425 King E) on Saturday afternoon, May 14.  At 2 pm, Joined In Song is an interactive sing-along concert with music from many vocal traditions including Suba Sankaran (South Indian), Rick Lazar (Samba Squad) and the Main Street Barbershop Quartet. At 4 pm, the program covers music from around the world performed by the Ruach singers, Hamilton Children’s Choir, the City Choir, Main Street Barbershop Quartet and Nukariik.  
On Sunday in the Dancemakers Studio (9 Trinity St, Distillery), Trip the Light Fantastic pairs creative dance and a cappella at 2 pm.  At 4 pm, NFB Sings presents NFB shorts with live a cappella accompaniment.  

51 Division open house
Visit the 51 Division police station (51 Parliament) on Saturday May 14 from 11 am to 2 pm.  There’ll be plenty of activity - a station tour, motorcycle, horses and canine demos, Community Hero Awards and a free barbecue.   

Hummingbird open mic
Hummingbird is a monthly open mic series featuring the live band, Unbuttoned. Singers, instrumentalists, poets, spoken word - it’s open to everybody. Performers under age 19 and first-timers are especially welcomed.  Tuesday May 17, 6 to 9 pm. No cover.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  

Cabbagetown Steve is having a party
Unbelievable as it seems, Steve Grant is turning 60 and he’s celebrating.  His fans will recognize him from his regular appearances in the Cabbagetown Festival where he belts out the best rock ’n roll at the corner of Spruce and Parliament.  Since he’s having a big birthday, he wants to hold a big party - true Cabbagetown music fans are welcome, Saturday May 21, 9 pm to closing, Local GEST (424 Parliament). 

2.5k and 5k walk/run
The Running Room is opening officially at 465 Front and it’s organizing a 5k and 2.5k walk/run.  The proceeds will support the new YMCA.  Wednesday May 25, 6 pm, $10.  To join the event, click here for registration details. 

Farm photo contest
The Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group invites you to visit the Farm (Winchester east of Sumach) and snap a photo. Contest runs from now until Saturday June 4.  Use your photo to show what the Farm means to you.  Winners will enjoy terrific prizes. There’s a Facebook page that tells you how to submit your pictures - click here.  

TDT’s online auction
Toronto Dance Theatre is hosting is first online auction to help fund its programs and dancers.  Over a dozen items are available.  Auction prizes include an evening of dinner and dance, a health and wellness package, a Muskoka getaway, tickets behind home plate at a Blue Jays game and a Tawse Winery tour and tasting for four.  Click here to read about it and to place your bids.  Bidding ends on Saturday June 4.  

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
The Market returns for a new season to Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) on Tuesday May 24 from 3 to 7 pm.  Organizers promise that many of our favourite vendors along with a batch of exciting new ones will be back. 
Volunteers are wanted to help with the weekly markets.  If you’re interested, contact 

Sheep shearing
Visit Riverdale Farm (Winchester east of Sumach)) to watch a sheep shearing in the Lower Francey Barn on Saturday May 28 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.  It’s part of a busy day’s schedule that runs from 10 am to 3 pm - farmer demos, a demonstration of carding, spinning and weaving by the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers, kids activities, exhibits at the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum and treats and drinks in the Simpson House Kitchen.  

Save the date - CPA annual meeting
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s annual meeting promises to be an interesting night.  This year’s speaker is Heela Omarkhail, the manager of community partnerships at The Daniels Corporation talking about reconnecting Regent Park to surrounding communities, the city and beyond.   The Peggy Kurtin Award for a home renovation and the Volunteer of the Year award will be given out.  The Meeting House at Riverdale Farm (through the Winchester Street entrance), 7 pm, Tuesday May 31.  For more info, click here

Call for nominees
The Cabbagetown Residents Association is seeking volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors.  Nominees will be elected at the CRA Annual Meeting on Wednesday June 8, 7 to 9 pm, Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).  
The Board meets monthly (except in the summer) and plans the CRA’s activities and its responses to community issues.  Projects include the annual Forsythia Festival, the Hallowe’en Pumpkin Walk and the Spring community cleanups.  For more information, check the Association’s website or email Kelley Teahen at   

Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces
The CPA’s 10th annual garden tour is ready to roll - 10 am to 3 pm, Sunday June 5.  The featured gardens will showcase creative designs and demonstrate how small spaces, shade and local wildlife can all be handled.  This year’s featured guest is the author and garden designer Marjorie Harris. Other Master Gardeners will be located throughout the tour.  Tickets are $15.  Buy yours locally at Jay’s Garden Centre (360 Gerrard E), Epicure (473 Parliament) Fairway Garden Centre (520 Parliament), Kendall & Co (514 Parliament), Labour of Love (223 Carlton), Mi Casa (238 Carlton) and Spruce Home Decor (455 Parliament). You’ll find lots more information, including ways to buy tickets online, at the CPA’s website.    


Regent Park revitalization successes
Ryan Starr has written a Toronto Star story about the success that’s been experienced in the new Regent Park.  He lists five major reasons why this is happening.  Read it here.  

Pan Am Village conversions
Photo:  Dundee Kilmer
Ryan Starr took a trip through the Canary District condos that were originally used as the Pan Am athletes’ village in last year’s games.  He shows how they’ve been converted into modern homes for a new wave of residents coming into the area.  Click here.  


Toronto Dance Theatre’s season finale is a new duet created and performed by Christopher House and Jordan Tannahill.  Thursday May 26 to Saturday May 28, 8 p and Sunday May 29 at 2 pm and Wednesday June 1 to Sunday June 4 at 8 pm.  Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester).  Tickets available at the Box Office, at (416) 967-1365 and online here.  

The company from Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) returns to the Fleck Dance Theatre in Harbourfront (207 Queens Quay W) on Friday May 27 and Saturday May 28 at 8 pm.  The program includes the Canadian premiere of Jose Limon’s The Winged and the world premieres of works by Deborah Lundmark and Hanna Kiel.  Tickets are $15 to $38, available at (416) 973-4000 and online here.  

Paprika Festival at Aki Studio
Paprika Festival is a youth-led performing arts festival that celebrates the talents of young artists and operates as a training ground for future professionals.  This year’s program runs from Monday May 23 to Sunday May 29 in the Aki Studio at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  There are ten different performances plus a Director’s Lab (ticketed events - $10/each) and three play readings (free events).  The Festival gala ($30) will happen on Thursday May 26 at 6:30 pm.  Click here to see what’s on and when.  

Soulpepper’s cabarets
The Cabarets are intimate evenings with outstanding musicians, organized as part of the Soulpepper music program.  This week’s Cabaret features David Buchbinder with Andrew Craig and Michael Occhipinti in “The Ward Suite”, songs and sounds of a lost Toronto neighbourhood.  For details and tickets, click here.  


Turn your walls into art
Check out Kendall & Co’s expanded wallpaper selection and stunning murals that turn your walls into works of art.  The latest addition is a line of removable wall coverings.  You’ll see the new collections online here.  Kendall & Co has been named the Top Wallpaper Shop by blogTO. Open weekdays 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 11 am to 5 pm.  514 Parliament.   

A free STEM sampler session
Thorious Learning Space (438 Parliament) invites parents to bring your child to a two-hour session on Saturday May 14.  It’s a free introduction.  Kids will choose a topic and learn about code, building Lego robots, coding robots and more.  For more info and answers to your questions, click here.  


Cabbage Head Comedy
Comedy is coming to The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on the second Thursday each month.  Ethan O’Reilly will host the event with up-and-coming comedians.  The first comedy night will be Thursday May 12 at 10 pm.  No cover charge.

Psychic brunch
Once again, the psychics are coming to Cranberries (601 Parliament).  Your ticket ($40) buys an insightful twenty minute reading, plus a bonus five minute reading and a $5 coupon toward your Cranberries brunch.  All net proceeds benefit Spectra, a registered non-profit that celebrates diversity in music.  Sunday May 15, 11 am to 3 pm.

Regent Social
The Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) has a new space called Regent Social.  It will be available for groups and events - corporate parties, weddings, pop-ups and more.  The room is fully equipped for everyone’s hospitality needs including catering, a bar, two patios, a stage and a sound system.  There’ll be an Open House at Paintbox on Tuesday May 17 from 4 to 8 pm.  For details and booking arrangements, go online here   

Patio season officially starts
The Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Ln, Distillery) is launching its patio season on Thursday May 19.  There’ll be a launch party with sampling, live music and a bartender flare competition.  



  • 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, Dan Kosub 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
11 pm, Fuse Lounge Fridays, Grown & Sexy 30s
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Beer school with Dan North, $25


8 pm, Synsonic Duo
11 pm, Fuse Lounge Saturdays, Grown & Sexy 30s
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Soulpepper Cabaret
8:30 pm, David Buchbinder, Andrew Craig and Michael Occhipinti with “The Ward Suite”, $25


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 Celia Laroque Trio


Local GEST
7:30 pm, Euchre night with Joane
Paintbox Bistro
7 pm, POP-UP by Preserve Indulgence
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Paintbox Bistro
4 pm, Regent Social
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, Katey Gatta
The Irv
7 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8 pm, Open mic with Porter
Mill Street Brew Pub
7 pm, Beer and cheese pairings with acoustic music
Mill St Beer Hall
6 pm, Tap into summer - patio opening party


8 pm, Grump and DJ Dash
11 pm, Fuse Lounge Fridays, Grown & Sexy 30+ socials
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Beer school with Dan North, $25


8 pm, Running Red Lights
11 pm, Fuse Lounge Saturdays, Grown & Sexy
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Soulpepper Cabaret
8:30 pm, Raoul Bhaneja “Raoul’s Blues Interviews II”, $25


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 Brendan Davis (bass), Amanda Tosoff (piano) and Morgan Childs (drums)


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,
366 Queen St E, 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787,
584 Parliament St, (416) 961-1600, 
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,