June 16

This week’s image:  Our friends, David and Haresh, got married.  Photo thanks to James W  MacDonald.



David Neff and Haresh Daswani got married
Ali, Haresh, David and Samantha with Sparky and Phoebe.  Both photos:  James W MacDonald
David and Haresh have been partners for 20 years. To celebrate their anniversary last weekend, they got married!  It was a glamorous event, held at F’Amelia (12 Amelia) - the restaurant was beautifully decorated and the guests were sparkling. As part of the wedding registry, they raised $11,000 to be donated to Rainbow Railroad and Dignity Initiative.  Congrats David and Haresh - you’ve been great friends to all of us and we wish you long and happy times together.

506 Carlton streetcar service
Construction along College Street over the summer will necessitate changes to the 506 Carlton Streetcar service, starting on Sunday June 19.  The TTC has announced that streetcars will continue to operate in our area during the week with bus service taking over on weekends and holidays.  Service will be more frequent.  For route times and details, go to the TTC website.    

TDSB by-election
Election day for our next school board trustee happens on Monday June 20 from 10 am to 8 pm.  94,176 people are listed as eligible voters - 675 of them cast ballots in the Advance Poll a week ago.  
12 candidates are seeking election.  The list is online here with contact info for each of them.  
Info about acceptable identification and the location of your voting station is online here.  

Gerrard Street Beer Store
The Cabbagetown South Association’s newsletter reports that the Beer Store site at Gerrard and Ontario has been sold.  The new owner is a developer with plans to build a six-storey commercial/retail building there. 
The Association has also taken an interest in the Options for Homes proposal for a redevelopment near the southeast corner of Sherbourne and Carlton.  Councillor McConnell along with city planners has told the developer that the project is too big.

Blue flags on Cherry Street
Blue flags adorn the boulevard on the east side of Cherry Street en route to Cherry Beach.  They mark the location where a new route for the Don River will cross the road.  It’s part of the redevelopment of the Don’s mouth and the creation on new flood protection for the downtown.  For details, check out Waterfront Toronto’s blog.  


Bike tuneups
The BIA is sponsoring a tuneup workshop on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday June 18 from 11 am at Carlton and Parliament.  Kids welcome.  Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) will  handle the complimentary tuneups.  There’ll be live music and dad-approved light refreshments from the House on Parliament (454 Parliament), Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) and Cosimo’s No Frills (449 Parliament). 

Party in the Park
Celebrate the third anniversary of Regent Park (The Big Park - Gerrard E at Sackville) on Saturday June 18.  There’s a jam-packed schedule of live music and performances from 1 pm to 10 pm in the Park and the Daniels Spectrum.  Contributors include the Regent Park School of Music, Council Fire, the Regent park Film festival, Ontario Pops Orchestra, Estonian National Opera Boys Choir, newchoir, Coleman Lemieux & Company and UforChange.  There’ll be a community “Bring your own curry” potluck dinner - rice supplied.  

Cabbagetown People walking tour
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is hosting a walk to visit the sites where notable people lived in Cabbagetown. It’s part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the Cabbagetown People project.  Start at Winchester and Sumach at 10:30 am on Sunday June 19. Free.

Heritage walk - lost breweries of Toronto
Heritage Toronto is conducting this tour. It’s a perfect Father’s Day activity.  Tour through Old Town to see where many of Toronto’s original breweries operated.  As a wrap-up, there’ll be a tour and complimentary samples at the Mill Street Brew Pub in the Distillery.  Meet at the park, 140 Sherbourne, 1:30 pm, Sunday June 19.  Tickets required - $30.  Register online here.  

Wrapping up the step classes
Photo: Gabby at the CYC
Brenda has two more sessions scheduled before her step classes finish for her summer break - Sunday June 19 at 11 am and Wednesday June 22 at 9:15 am, both at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre gym (2 Lancaster).  A week ago, the athletes in her mid-week group posed for their class photo.  Lookin’ good, everybody. 

OM TO in the Distillery
Celebrate the summer solstice with an all-day outdoor yoga event. There’ll be nine specially themed 40-minute classes lead by instructors from several Toronto yoga studios.  Hundreds of yogis will participate.  There’ll also be a family friendly second stage and a special meditation area.  It’s free - rain or shine.  Sunday June 19 from 9 am to 5 pm, The Distillery. 

One World OM at The Daniels Spectrum
A fundraising event on behalf of the Healing Hearts Project.  Four leading instructors - Anna Gaidhu, Salimah Kassim-Lakha, David Good and Taryn Diamond - will lead sessions along with live music from Normando Jones.  Tuesday June 21, 9:30 am at the MDC Courtyard (555 Dundas E).  $20/advance and $25/door - available online.  

Save the date - write in the garden
Beth Kaplan’s annual one-day writing adventure happens on Sunday July 24 from 10 am to 5 pm in her secret Cabbagetown garden.  Spend the day learning to trust your voice and tell your stories.  Gain confidence and perspective from friendly contact with other writers.  Beth has taught writing at Ryerson for 22 years and at U of T for 9 years.  Your registration includes  food for thought and actual food (and wine) for lunch.  Space is limited so register early.  For more info, visit her website.  $150.  

Check out these gardens
The nominees for the CPA’s Streetscape in Bloom have been announced.  The competition recognizes gardens that have an exceptional presence on their streets.  Throughout the summer, the judges will watch how the gardens change and mature.  The winner will be announced at the CPA’s Fall meeting.  This year’s selections are 340 Carlton, 315 Wellesley and 112 Winchester.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum historical tidbit
Photo: Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum
The first Father’s Day was apparently celebrated south of the border in 1910.  What might the papa of 1910 or 1920 appreciated?  The Museum has the perfect answer - shaving implements.  Long before safety razors and electric shavers dominated the close-shave market, the grooming male slathered on shaving cream with a badger-bristle brush and stoked away with a straight edge razor like this German Krusius Brothers  model.  Smooth and manly. 


Spruce on Parliament re-opens
Kim and Faustine with Grapes working on the finishing touches
This weekend marks the end of a tough time for Kim as her store re-opens after suffering a calamitous fire in late February.  She’s very grateful to her friends, customers and supporters who have offered help and warm wishes throughout the past four months.  Many of her antique and interesting fixtures have been rescued.  The lighting, walls and paint were replaced.  The store is once again filled with her signature giftware and crafts.  Open Saturday from 11 am.  Regular hours thereafter.  

Dads at the Children’s Book Bank
Dads are welcome at the Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley at Gerrard) on Saturday June 18.  10 am to 3 pm. Drop by with your kids.  There’ll be raffles, donuts and storytelling (at noon).  Dads can pick up an extra book to take home.  There’ll be tips to help Dads with reluctant readers 

Why not sleep on it
Have you seen the new shop window at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament)?  From beds to bedding.  You’ll find new and expanded selections of headboards, Canadian down duvets and pillows.  The linens are made in Toronto from imported Italian fabrics or organic cotton.  Not to mention, bedroom furniture and lighting for Master and Guest.  Shop local, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm.

WOW adds a tea room
Janine has added a tea room on the patio behind WOW Cabbagetown (574 Parliament). She’s inviting everyone to use it as a comfy place to relax away from the bustle of shopping days and busy schedules.  Her menu will include a tea service with various tea selections and desserts - $25 for two. The space is also available for private events after 5 pm - please reserve at (647) 352-1969.  
Her flower shop offers a intriguing service.  Janine will deliver a weekly bouquet of fresh flowers in a decorative vase right to your door every Friday afternoon.  Local businesses can use this service every Tuesday.  Enjoy her introductory offer - four weeks for $100.  For more info, check out her website.  

The outdoor Leslieville Flea
The Flea is back at The Distillery for a special appearance - it’s regular summer home is The Ashbridge Estates (1444 Queen E).  Vendors include crafts, food, antiques and recycled goods.  This Flea is outdoors from 2 to 9 pm, Saturday June 25.

Distillery Sunday Market
Every Sunday until September.  Artisans will be selling their wares including food products and snacks.  Noon to 5 pm, the Distillery.   


Soulpepper Concert - Canadian Pacific Railway
Hosted and narrated by Tom Allen with John Millard, Mark Rainey, Anna Atkinson, Charlotte Cornfield, Lori Gemmell and the Soulpepper Ensemble.  The music takes us on an historical ride across the country along the CPR’s ribbon of steel.  Thursday June 16, Thursday June 23 and Saturday June 25, tickets from $25 - available online.  

Regent Park Community Band Sing-a-Long
Every Monday from June 6 to July  11, a different band will lead a community singing session.  On Monday June 20, Snooky Tynes leads the singing with funk and soul.  Artscape Lounge patio in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) from 5 to 7 pm.  Free. 

Hummingbird Open Mic
All ages are welcome.  Singers, instrumentalists, poets, spoken word - everybody wanted.  Support from the live band Unbuttoned.  If you want the band’s help, post your song on the Hummingbird Facebook page and check out your instructions.  Tuesday June 21, sign up at 6 pm and show at 7 pm.  Free.  Artscape Lounge, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  

Cahoots Theatre
Suvendrini Lena- photo Dahlia Katz
Cahoots’ 2016 festival, LIFT OFF, is a free three-day event with readings, new works and workshops.   Performances include The Enchanted Loom on Friday June 17, 8 pm and Rope Running Out, Saturday June 18 8 pm.  The workshops discuss Working with Deaf Performers on Saturday June 18 10 am to noon and Intro to Libretto Writing on Sunday June 19 from noon to 3 pm.  Friday June 17 to Sunday June 19. The full list of performances is online here.  388 Queen at Trefann.

Toronto Jazz Festival

The Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Ln, Distillery) is joining the city-wide Toronto Jazz

Festival with live performances every afternoon at 5 pm from Friday June 24 to Sunday June 26. The Tia Brazda Quartet performs on Friday, Bob Brough Trio on Saturday and the Blue Moon Marquee on Sunday.   Next week at 5 pm, Herriott-Harkness (H2) appears on Thursday, George Grosman & Bohemian Swing on Friday and the Eric St-Laurent Quartet on Saturday.  No cover
Four concerts happen in the Distillery District.  The Slocan Ramblers play at 3 pm on June 25, Rhythym & Truth at 3 pm on Sunday June 26.  The Climax Jazz band is up on Friday July 1 at 3 pm and the Boxcar Boys on Saturday July 2 at 3 pm.  
It’s a huge program.  For all the details organized by venue, click here.  

Corktown Ukes
Because of a fluke, regular announcements from the Corktown Ukulele Jam haven’t appeared here lately.  Its updates are always published on Wednesdays for Wednesday night and this blog is issued on Thursday.  So I’ve missed some intriguing events - pumpkin smashing, the stairway to heaven and gender bender are its themes for the past three weeks alone.  To cure this, I’m giving everyone a reminder.  The group meets Wednesdays at Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) at 8 pm.  Check out its Facebook page.  Click here.  

Can You Keep a Secret?
Push PULL Dance is a company of non-professional dancers who share a passion for dance, performing and building personal repertoires.  Through the diversity of its members, it’s able to create shows that embody a variety of dance styles.  Can You Keep a Secret is an evening of 18 dance pieces about the cast’s deepest secrets in ballet, hip hop, contemporary, jazz,  musical theatre and tap.  Six evening performances from 8 pm from Thursday to Saturday, June 16 to 18 and June 23 to 25 - $25.  Two matinees on Sunday June 19 and Saturday June 25 - $20. Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester). Tickets at the box office or online.  

Movement ideas that pull from all areas of life - an evening length professional dance performance showcasing a variety of styles including contemporary, hip hop and jazz.  Dancers come from the Toronto Dance Project Professional Company and the Youth Company.    Thursday June 30 and Friday July 1, 8 pm, Winchester Dance Theatre (80 Winchester).  Tickets at the box office and online here.  $25/advance and $30/door.  


Psychics will plumb Dad’s depths
The Psychic Brunch returns to Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Sunday June 19 from 11 am to 3 pm.  As a Father’s Day special, $40 will purchase two intensive 15-minute readings plus a $5 brunch voucher.  The Brunch supports Spectra, a non-profit group that helps create diversity in music.  

Dominion on Queen
On Thursday June 16, join the Aloha luau patio party - free samplings, live music, $4.50 Mill St Organic and a specialty pie of the day.  On Sunday, treat Dad to a $25 beer (prime rib dinner included) to celebrate Father’s Day. Any draft beer paired with the pub’s traditional roast beef. 500 Queen E

Win tickets for the Blue Jays
For Father’s Day, the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is offering a chance to win 4 (four!!!) tickets to see the Jay’s game against Detroit on Saturday July 9.  Drop by the HOP on Sunday and fill in your ballot.  To celebrate Pride, there’s a new HOP profile pic on Facebook - shown above.

The Local GEST
Enjoy Sunday afternoon jazz with the Maria Lukofsky Trio from 4:30 pm.  There’ll be Father’s Day specials on the menu.  424 Parliament. 

Mill Street Brew Pub
Take Dad to brunch from10:30 am to 2 pm on Sunday and then enjoy a brewery tour from 2 to 5 pm.  There’ll be a special sampling cask available.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery.

Brunch and dinner at Peartree
Peartree’s (507 Parliament) Father’s Day brunch is open on Sunday June 19 from 10 am to 4 pm - eggs Benedict, omelettes, pancakes, burgers, stir fries and more.  Dinner starts at 4 pm.  The daily specials can be ordered as a single course or a full, three-course dinner with appetizer and dessert - baked fillet of halibut, maple roasted chicken breast, prime rib and sweet potato agnolotti. 


Merryberry cooking class
June 21 is the first night of summer - so Cyril’s class will be about a “light summer dinner” - gazpacho, salmon in puff pastry and lemon souffle.  Fortunately, once you’ve cooked it, you then get to eat it.  Yummy stuff.  Tuesday June 21, 6:30 pm, $45.  Make your reservation at Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call 647) 348-0411.

Lunch at The Corktown Kitchen
Lunch has started up at the CK (354 King E).  It’s also a great chance to relax and watch some Euro football.  Among this week’s offerings were a yellow Thai curried chicken and a pork schnitzel ban mi sandwich.  10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  Jazz brunch on Sunday.

Brewmaster’s Dinner
Get your tickets now for the Mill Street Oh Canada Brewmaster’s Dinner.  Five beers will be paired with five food stations, bierschnaps tastings, brewery tours, live music.  $69.99, Thursday June 30.  (416) 681-0338.  21 Tank House Ln, Distillery

Social Brunch Club
It’s a collaborative affair between Preserve Indulgence Canteen & Catering and Regent Social - both located at Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E).  Brunch includes bottomless mimosas and caesars paired with delectable bites.  1 to 3 pm, Saturday June 25, $55.  Make your reservations here.  

Lighting up The Irv
The Irv’s patio is now even better - new lights are up and working.  Great spot for a warm summer night.  195 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.


Aloha Strings
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Porter


5 to 7 pm, Fuse Fridays with Wade O Brown Trio.  Live bands from 8 to 10:30 pm.
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike


Distillery Trinity Stage, Music City Summer Series
2 pm, Graham Nicholas
4 pm, Kristine Schmitt
8 to 10:30 pm, live bands.  11 pm, Fuse Lounge Saturdays, the best of the 80s and 90s.
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Soulpepper Cabaret
8:30 pm, Tom Allen “The Last Curlew”, Lori Gemmell (harpist), Etsuko Kimura (violin) and Julia Aplin (dance), $20 and $25


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
11 am, Jazz brunch 
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Maria LukofskyTrio


Daniels Spectrum
5 pm, Regent Park Community sing-a-long,Classic Country with Lucky Mike
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam


8 pm, Strome- Danckert and the Aloha luau patio party
The Irv
7 pm, Geoff Willingham, live acoustic music
Soulpepper Concert
7:30 pm, The Voyager Golden Records, $25


5 to 7 pm, Fuse Lounge Fridays with Wade O Brown Trio.  Live bands from 8 to 10:30 pm.
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival the Tia Brazda quartet
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Soulpepper Concert
7:30 pm, The Voyager Golden Records, $25


3 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival - Slocan Ramblers
8 pm, Andrew Fetterley Trio
11 pm, 
8 to 10:30 pm, live bands.  11 pm, Fuse Lounge Saturdays, the best of the 80s and 90s.
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival with the Bob Brough Trio
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Corktown Kitchen
11:30 am, Jazz at Sunday brunch
3 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival - Rhythym & Truth
11 am, Jazz brunch
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Toronto Jazz festival with the Blue Moon Marquee


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188,  https://www.facebook.com/CorktownKitchen 
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, https://www.facebook.com/DominionTO/
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, https://www.facebook.com/elcatrin.ca
366 Queen St E, http://fusedining.com 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
584 Parliament St, (416) 961-1600, http://www.littleshmiddyshotmeathouse.com 
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-beer-hall/
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-brew-pub/
568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381, https://www.facebook.com/MurgatroidTO
514 King W, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, https://www.facebook.com/PaintboxBistro/
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,