June 23

This week’s image:  Improvements have started at Anniversary Park

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS

Slow down
Patrick has his own lawn sign.  His mom, Karen, will use it in front of their home.
The City of Toronto has produced these signs to remind drivers to slow down on our residential streets.  You’ll see them going up across the neighbourhood.  You can get one for your home or for a nearby boulevard at the Farmer’s Market (Riverdale Park, Winchester and Sumach) on Tuesdays or call Councillor Pam McConnell (416-392-7916) or email the Cabbagetown Residents Association, info@cabbagetowner.com 

Congrats to Chris Moise
Photo: Daily Xtra
Chris has won the the by-election to fill the vacancy for our Ward on the Toronto District School Board.  He received 2177 votes, about 36% of the total.  Best wishes to him for his work over the next three years - he’s got a big job ahead of him.
Voter interest in the campaign was remarkably low.  Over 95,000 were eligible voters but only 6,089 actually cast a ballot.  In the last general municipal election, over 42,000 people voted for the TDSB Trustee. 

159SW
A new condo building is now under construction at Sherbourne and Wellesley.  Its sales office is just opening at 527 Parliament.  Floor plans and prices along with a colourful descriptive brochure are now available. There’s also a website and Facebook page - click here.  

Prenatal yoga
The Toronto Birth Centre (525 Dundas E) offers weekly prenatal yoga classes by Padma Yogi. Relax, connect with your baby, learn deep breathing techniques and stretch important muscles.  No prior yoga experience necessary.  Your first class is $10.  Five classes at $99, ten classes at $180.  6:15 to 7:30 pm, Fridays. For more info, click here.  http://www.padmayogi.com/#!prenatal-yoga-toronto/uq741 

Regent Park Community Band Sing-a-Long
Every Monday to July  11, a different band will lead a community singing session.  On Monday June 27, Inspired Souls will sing golden oldies.  Artscape Lounge patio in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) from 5 to 7 pm.  Free. 

Regent Park Athletic Grounds

The new athletic facility in Regent Park will be opening officially on Wednesday June 29.  It’s located at the corner of Shuter and Sumach. It includes a refurbished hockey rink, a running track, a new basketball court, a field house and an artificial turf field for cricket and soccer.  Funding for the Grounds came from Maple Leaf Sports Enterprise, TCHC, the City of Toronto and The Daniels Corporation.  
At 11:15 am, there’ll be a press conference and a ribbon cutting. From 5 to 8 pm, the community celebration will include sports skills and drills for kids, nibblies, entertainment and athlete autographs.

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
Early season greens continue to be available - kale, salad greens, lettuce, green and red onions and spinach.  And rhubarb, cucumbers and asparagus.  Several vendors have fresh strawberries.  Catharina’s Kitchen makes very yummy ginger snaps.  Marigold’s maple syrup works really well on strawberry short cakes.  Tuesday afternoon, 3 to 7 pm, Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester).

Congrats Kira 
Kira Oschipok submitted two pictures for the Riverdale Farm photo contest and she won first prize for both of them.  They really capture the feeling that the Farm is a family place.  Congrats Kira.  Several others were selected for second, third and fourth places and for honourable mentions.  Click here to see all of them.  

IN MEMORIAM

Louise Edwards
Louise Giselle Edwards "Kalyani", 69 years of age, Cabbagetown Toronto resident. She died peacefully of brain cancer in the presence of her family on Father’s Day June 19, 2016 at St. Michael’s Hospital. 
Born January 29, 1947, in Montreal Quebec. Beloved granddaughter of Giselle Vingeaux, daughter of Monique and Maurice Edwards. Louise will be missed dearly by her surviving three loving daughters, Shireen Shah, Shanti and Shauna Edwards.
She was known by many as a real estate agent, goddess, yogini, Rekei master, avid knitter and cyclist.
We invite you to join us with stories of love at a memorial service and celebration of her life that we will be hosting on Sunday June 26 at Jet Fuel (519 Parliament) from 3 - 6 pm. Light finger foods from Daniel et Daniel and non alcoholic beverages from Jet Fuel will be provided.
Due to the care provided to our loving and beautiful mother by the great staff at St Michael's Hospital, we ask that donations be made to the hospital in her name in lieu of flowers.
In love, light and peace,  
Shireen, Shanti and Shauna

IN THE MEDIA

Renovating a heritage home
Johnny Pearl and Russ Robertson from Cabbagetown Carpentry have renovated this heritage Cabbagetown home at 313 Carlton. Their work was featured in a June 16 Toronto Star story by Kathy Flaxman along with a brief summary of the heritage conservation district.  Congrats Johnny - it looks like a spectacular home. Click here for the story.  

Shuter and Ontario
The CBC ran a clip about drug dealing and prostitution in this area on Tuesday.  It highlights complaints that have been coming from local residents.  The issues involve arson, rowdiness and vandalism as well as drug usage and the events centre on rooming houses where the owner ignores the tenants’ behaviour.  The story is deliberately vague about the complainants - people have been threatened and have had their homes vandalized.  
Action is coming. Councillor Pam McConnell and 51 Division Superintendent Elizabeth Byrnes are organizing community meetings that will inform the police about specific events and addresses.  The Cabbagetown South Residents group is adding its voice.

Dogs in Corktown
CTV News did a story about the low-grade dog park in Corktown Commons.  At the moment, the designated dog facility is a gravel and asphalt pad under a hydro tower - no shade, no water, no grass.  Residents have launched a poster campaign through the community to promote a better alternative.  Click here to see the report.  

The new YMCA
blogTO has published an introduction to the facilities at the new Cooper Koo Family Cherry Street YMCA (461 Cherry).  Great photos and a good quick overview of the programs currently offered.  

ON STAGE

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 23 and Saturday June 25, tickets from $25 - available online. 

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, 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, Rhythm & 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.  
The Jazz Festival has a huge program.  For all the details organized by venue, 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.  8 pm from Thursday to Saturday, June 23 to 25 - $25.  Matinee on Saturday June 25 - $20. Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester). Tickets at the box office or online.  

SHEreHE
COBA showcases the talents of its young dancers - from age 3 to 16 - from its Children’s Dance and Drumming Program.  Genres include West African, modern, ballet, Caribbean folk, hip hop and drumming. Sunday June 26, 3 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).
  
InBody
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.  

BUSINESS NEWS

Introducing strippable wallpaper
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has a new line of strippable wallpaper.  It’s pre-pasted for easy DIY installation.  The real advantage is how easily it can be removed without leaving any residue.  For apartment renters, there’s no need now to sacrifice on style.  And it’s so well priced that you can change your walls as often as you like.  See for yourself in this YouTube video.  Visit the store from 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.

The outdoor Leslieville Flea

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

RESTAURANT NEWS

Congrats HOP and Stout
Two of our favourite locals have made blogTO’s list of Toronto’s best pubs.  The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is a  “charming Cabbagetown institution, full of character”.  Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is a “convivial spot where seasonal brews are constantly changing.”  

Golf tournament
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) is holding its second annual golf tournament at Bloomington Downs Golf Club on Thursday July 23.  Sign up now to make sure that you have a spot.  It’s sponsored by Steam Whistle who are providing a bus for the first 20 people who register.  Lots of prizes.  $110 includes your golf, a cart and dinner afterward at The Local GEST.  Drop in to the pub or call (416) 961-9425.

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.

Oh Canada beer experience
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.  

Salt and Tobacco

The former home of Yogurty's at 521 Parliament is being converted into a pizzeria.  Work is currently underway on the interior with a mid-summer opening date.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JUNE 23 TO SUNDAY JULY 3
  • 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.

THURSDAY JUNE 23

Dominion
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 Canadian Pacific Railway, $25

FRIDAY JUNE 24

Fuse
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

SATURDAY JUNE 25

Distillery
3 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival - Slocan Ramblers
Dominion
8 pm, Andrew Fetterley Trio
Fuse
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
Soulpepper Concert
7:30 pm, The Canadian Pacific Railway, $25

SUNDAY JUNE 26

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Corktown Kitchen
11:30 am, Jazz at Sunday brunch
Distillery
3 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival - Rhythm & Truth
FUSE
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 

MONDAY JUNE 27

Daniels Spectrum
5 pm, Regent Park Community sing-a-long,Oldies with Inspired Souls
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JUNE 28

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JUNE 29

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

THURSDAY JUNE 30

Dominion
8 pm, Juliana & Jesse
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Toronto Jazz festival with Herriott-Harkness (H2)

FRIDAY JULY 1

Distillery
3 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival - Climax Jazz Band
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Knoxx
Fuse
5 to 7 pm, Fuse Fridays with Wade O Brown Trio.  Live bands from 8 to 10:30 pm.
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Toronto Jazz festival with George Grosman & Bohemian Swing
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SATURDAY JULY 2

Distillery
3 pm, Toronto Jazz Festival - Box Car Boys
Fuse
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 Eric St-Laurent Quartet
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SUNDAY JULY 3

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

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
CORKTOWN KITCHEN
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188,  https://www.facebook.com/CorktownKitchen 
CRANBERRIES
DOMINION PUB & KITCHEN
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, https://www.facebook.com/DominionTO/
EL CATRIN
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, https://www.facebook.com/elcatrin.ca
FUSE
366 Queen St E, http://fusedining.com 
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
LITTLE SHMIDDY’S HOT MEAT HOUSE
584 Parliament St, (416) 961-1600, http://www.littleshmiddyshotmeathouse.com  
THE LOCAL GEST
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
MERRYBERRY CAFE
MILL STREET BEER HALL
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-beer-hall/
MILL STREET BREW PUB
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-brew-pub/
MURGATROID
568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381, https://www.facebook.com/MurgatroidTO
ODIN
514 King W, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
PAINTBOX BISTRO
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, https://www.facebook.com/PaintboxBistro/
SOULPEPPER
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
STOUT IRISH PUB
UNDER THE TABLE

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,