July 14

This week's image - Cyril is getting ready for a cooking frenzy.

LOCAL EVENTS

Cultural Collage
The fourth annual celebration of the different cultures that we can experience in St James Town.  Cultural Collage presents singer/songwriter Sarah Siddiqui, funky tunes by Snooky Tynes, the Inspired Souls Band, a community chorus with director Hussein Janmohamed and the Toronto Ismalii Youth Choir.  There’ll be an art exhibition, games and activities, henna Mendhi art and face painting, and international food.  Don’t miss the pony rides.  Organized by St James Town Arts, part of Community Matters Toronto. Saturday July 16, 1 to 4 pm, beside 260 Wellesley St E.  

Summer dance camp - save $100
The School of Toronto Dance Theatre is offering a summer dance experience for your child from Monday July 18 to Friday July 22.  The kids will dance and play at the dance theatre and at nearby Riverdale Park. There’ll be live music from master percussionists Michael Menegon and Stich Wynston.  
There are a couple of places still available.  Two groups - ages 5 and 6 and ages 7 to 9.  
Register now and tell the School that you read about the camp here.  You’ll earn a $100 discount.
Monday July 18 to Friday July 22, drop off between 8:30 and 9 am and pick-up from 4 to 4:30 pm.  After-camp care available to 6 pm at $50/week.  $350 for the program.
Read more about it and register here.  http://schooloftdt.org/summer-dance-camp/ 

Sunday In The Park
This is the 25th anniversary of Regent Park’s annual community celebration.  Concerts with local entertainers and live bands are scheduled from 3 to 6 pm.  Scavenger hunt for kids.  50/50 draw, salsa classes, African drumming and beat-boxing classes.  Food vendors, a market place and a community barbeque.  Sunday, July 17, 2 to 6 pm, The Big Park (620 Dundas E). 

Hummingbird
Every month, Round4 Records presents the Hummingbird Open Mic night with live music by Unbuttoned.  Everyone is welcome to drop in, come to the stage and perform your favourite.  Kids under 19 and first-timers are especially welcome.  Bring your instrument, your poetry and spoken words and your best voice.  Free.  Check out the rules on the Hummingbird Facebook page.  Tuesday July 19, 6 to 9 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  

Under the Stars
The weekly outdoor movie series at the Big Park (620 Dundas E) in Regent Park happens each Wednesday in July.  Popcorn and refreshments available.  Next week’s movie is Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles (July 20) followed by  Jab We Met (July 27).  If it rains, the movies will be shown in the Artscape Lounge, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E). Free - everyone welcome.

Turn It Out
Every Wednesday just before the outdoor movies start, there’ll be a free DJ class conducted by DJ L’Oquenz along with a free hip-hop dance class with Stephanie Caldeira.  5:30 to 8:30 pm, Wednesday July 20 and July 27, Regent Park - the Big Park (620 Dundas E).

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

Beth Kaplan’s writing workshop
Beth Kaplan’s annual one-day writing adventure happens on Sunday July 24 from 10 am to 5 pm in her Cabbagetown garden.  Spend the day learning to trust your voice and tell your stories.  Gain confidence and perspective from your talks 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.

LOCAL NEWS

Public meeting on anti-racism
The Ontario government’s anti-racism directorate is holding a series of public meetings across Ontario to deal with systemic racism in government policies, programs and services.  You’re invited to talk about your ideas and experiences and to learn what the government is trying to accomplish.  The meeting in our area happens on Thursday July 14, 7 to 9 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E). 

Bikes on Parliament Street
Bike Share, the City’s bike rental program, has arrived in style on Parliament in front of Jet Fuel.  A couple of parking spaces have been used to place the station on the street.  Several problems are solved in a smart way.  The station allows lots of access to the bikes without reducing pedestrian room on the sidewalk and the solar equipment gets plenty of sunlight here.   As Paul Dineen remembers, it’s a plan that the BIA has pursued for years and it’s satisfying to see it happen now.

Lots of voting at the BIA
Congrats to the Cabbagetown BIA for using its Survey Monkey tool to gauge neighbourhood reactions to its initiatives.  Two questionnaires are currently online.  The first asks your opinion about a new mural design on the south wall of the LCBO store (512 Parliament).  The second is a list of possible movies to be shown at the BIA’s forthcoming free movie night in the park.  Click here to connect to both surveys and to register your reactions.  

Congrats CRA and TCHC
For the past six years, the Cabbagetown Residents Association has been asking Toronto Community Housing to solve a summer-time noise issue. The air conditioners at 252 Sackville have emitted an irritating hum that could be heard throughout the southern part of Don Vale, especially on hot summer nights.  The CRA has announced on its website that the silencer has been installed and it works.  Thanks to all involved for getting this problem solved.  

Cooper Koo Family YMCA
Teens ages 12 to 17 can enjoy a free summer membership to use in July and August.  To enrol, visit the sales desk at the Y (461 Cherry) with photo ID - youth under 16 need to visit with a parent or guardian. 
  
IN THE MEDIA

Corktown in the NYT
Photo: Adam Huggins, New York Times
Michael Kaminer wrote about Corktown in the July 7 New York Times.  He’s highlighted the new eateries and stores that are giving the area its buzz - not surprisingly, Roselle (362 King E), Odin (514 King E), Cocina Economica (141 Berkeley) and Impact Kitchen (573 King E) are listed.  Many thanks to Victoria Hadden at the Aberdeen Residents’ for pointing out this story.  Click here to read it.  

Upping the Aunty - two stories
On July 11, the Toronto Star ran an article by Holly Honderich about Meera Sethi’s show at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Her art depicts the singular styles of South Asian “aunties” with great flair and colour.  The show runs to Friday July 15.  Click here for the story. 
NPR in the United States also did a story - with lots of examples of Sethi’s photography.  Click here.  

Bike accident
Photo: Tony Smyth, CBC
Toronto has experienced repeated bike accidents over the past few weeks, all of them serious and one fatal.  On Monday morning, one of these accidents happened at Parliament and Dundas.  The rider was badly injured.  The CBC has a story that summarizes recent events and gives a balanced perspective from the bike community.  Click here.  

OUTDOOR MARKET

Cooking classes - fresh from the market
Every week, Cyril will shop at the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market.  Then on Wednesday, he’ll hold a cooking class to highlight his purchases.  It’s a great way to build your meals around fresh, beautiful Ontario produce.  $45.  Wednesday, 5:30 pm, Merryberry (559 Parliament).  To register, visit the restaurant or call him at (647) 348-0411.

Taste of Regent Park
Regent Park’s outdoor market is underway again every Wednesday from 5 to 8:30 pm through July and August.  Each week, there’s a market theme with cooking classes, vendors and activities to match it. The kids’ section has games and activities and the popular blender bike where kids can blend their own smoothies.  The Big Park/Regent Park (620 Dundas E).

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester), Tuesday afternoons, 3 to 7 pm.  Great seasonal stuff - all fresh from the fields. This week’s offerings included green and yellow beans, new potatoes, small onions, lovely kale, beets, chard, salad greens, wild blueberries and cherries. Each week, a winery sells its best vintages and there’s music and kids activities.

ON STAGE

Music City Summer Series
Every Saturday afternoon, musicians will perform from the Trinity Square stage in the Distillery.  
On Saturday July 16,  the Jessica Stuart Few at 2 pm and Harrogate Grammar School choir from England at 4 pm.  
On Saturday July 23, Katie DuTemple performs soul, hip hop and jazz at 2 pm and at 4 pm, it’s guitarist, singer/songwriter Donne Roberts.

SHOPPING NEWS

Blueberries
St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) has wild Ontario blueberries. Yes!

Cool ice cream
There’s a cool video on the Facebook page for Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) showing Bonnie Kravitz adding liquid nitrogen to her ice cream recipe.  It worked - click here

Distillery Sunday Market
Every Sunday until September.  Artisans will be selling their wares including food products and snacks outdoors at outdoor booths throughout the Distillery.  Noon to 5 pm.   

RESTAURANT NEWS 

Summerlicious in our neighbourhood
Toronto’s great summer foodie festival gets underway from July 8 to July 24.  220 restaurants are offering fixed prices (and great bargains) for lunch and dinner.  Each restaurant serves its meals in one price range - lunch at $18, $23 or $28 and dinner at $28, $38 or $48.  Reservations, especially at the favourites and high profile places, are a “must”.  In our immediate area, five restaurants are in the program.  Four are in The Distillery - Archeo ($18 lunch and $28 dinner), Cluny ($23 and $38),  Mill Street Beer Hall ($18 and $28) and Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill ($23 and $38). In Cabbagetown, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) has its dinner at $38.  You’ll find maps, reservation info, menu details and contact info at the main Summerlicious website - click here.  


CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JULY 14 TO SUNDAY JULY 24
  • 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 JULY 14

Dominion
8 pm, AndrewFetterley Duo
The Irv
7 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
10 pm, Cabbage Head comedy with Ethan O’Reilly

FRIDAY JULY 15

Dominion
8 pm, DJ Tantrum
Fuse
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

SATURDAY JULY 16

Distillery Trinity Stage
2 pm, Jessica Stuart Few
4 pm, Harrogate Grammar School Choir 
Dominion
8 pm, The Cunninghams Duo
Fuse
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

SUNDAY JULY 17

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

MONDAY JULY 18

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JULY 19

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JULY 20

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

THURSDAY JULY 21

Dominion
8 pm, Toast of the Town
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Porter

FRIDAY JULY 22

Dominion
8 pm, DJ DXB
Fuse
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

SATURDAY JULY 23

Distillery Trinity Stage
2 pm, Katie DuTemple
4 pm, Donne Roberts
Dominion
8 pm, Maple Sons
Fuse
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

SUNDAY JULY 24

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Corktown Kitchen
11:30 am, Jazz at Sunday brunch
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,  https://www.facebook.com/underthetabletoronto