July 7

This week’s image:  the gardens at Winchester Square, photo courtesy of Victoria Hadden

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW


LOCAL NEWS

Cabbagetown South meeting with the police
The Cabbagetown South Residents will meet police officers from 51 Division to discuss several distressing local issues - street prostitution, drug sales and incidents of assaults and property damage. Superintendent Elizabeth Byrnes will be there along with members of the Community Response Team.  Thursday July 7, 6:30 pm, Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario). 

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).

Tour the Necropolis
The next CPA walking tour will explore the Necropolis cemetery.  It’s the oldest still-functioning, non-denominational cemetery in Toronto.  Historic figures like George Brown and William Lyon Mackenzie and contemporary figures like Jack Layton and Marion Engel are all buried there.  Sunday July 10, 10:30 am, Necropolis cemetery gates (Winchester east of Sumach).  

Beth Kaplan’s writing workshop - book now
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.  

Cabbagetown murals
Vote for your favourite choice.  The Cabbagetown BIA is planning a mural for the south side of the LCBO building (512 Parliament). It’ll be painted by St Jamestown Arts from a design chosen in this voting. There are four design choices and the BIA wants you to pick the final one.  Go online to see the proposals and to vote for your selection. 

Under the Stars
The weekly outdoor movie series at the Big Park (620 Dundas E) in Regent Park kicks off at 9 pm on Wednesday July 13.  Popcorn and refreshments available.  The July 13 movie is Love & Basketball, followed by Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles (July 20) and 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 13, July 20 and July 27, Regent Park - the Big Park (620 Dundas E).  

Regent Park community sing-a-long
The sixth community sing-a-long takes place on Monday July 4 from 5 to 7 pm in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  This week’s singing will feature a Surprise Special Guest.  Free event - snacks provided. 

Cabbagetown Festival notices
Save the date - the Cabbagetown Festival will happen on the weekend following Labour Day - Saturday September 10 from 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday September 11 from 11 am to 7 pm.  
We can expect some road closures during that time.  Parliament from Wellesley to Gerrard and Carlton from Parliament west to Berkeley will close for the entire event including the overnight period, from 6 am on Saturday to 9 pm on Sunday. Amelia, Prospect, Winchester (in both directions), Lancaster and Aberdeen will be closed from their laneways to Parliament for the same hours.

Save the date - Sunday In The Park
This is the 25th anniversary of Regent Park’s annual community celebration.  There’ll be local entertainers. live bands, salsa, 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).   

Allan Gardens
The staff at the greenhouses in Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Carlton) report that their Century Plants (Agaves) have bloomed and now they’re producing baby plants and seeds.  This happens at the end of the plant’s life - they can live up to 20 years.

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.  

George Brown College
George Brown’s new residence at Cherry and Front Street in the West Don Lands will be home for 500 students in September.  It’s been named The George and its new conference facility is named in honour of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn who escaped slavery in the United States and then became leaders in the Underground Railway movement.  Waterfront Toronto has an interesting essay about the residence and about the Thorntons - click here.  

TWO PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

Coyotes in Cabbagetown
Last Tuesday night at 2 am, I was walking my dog in a lane behind my house at Sackville and Wellesley.  We suddenly encountered a coyote.  It came into the lane, obviously saw us and then passed beside us about three feet away.  Although careful, it wasn’t deterred by our presence.  A few minutes later after exploring its territory, it turned around and walked past us again.
It was about two-thirds the size of my golden retriever and very skinny. Its coat (in the dark) looked richly coloured and its tail was very large and bushy.  It moved with a quick trot in a very straight line.
Neither the coyote nor the dog nor the human did anything threatening.  It was  a thrill to see it so close.

A good laugh - phone scam
This week, I received a recorded phone message from the “Canada Revenue Agency” containing a litany of threats about lawsuits and prison sentences.  I figured it was a scam (correctly) and reported it to the police at 51 Division.  They know all about this phoney routine and told me simply to hang up and ignore it.  
The tip-off for me?  The message ended with the caller’s wish that I have “a blessed day”.  Never in my long association with tax collectors has even one of them ever said that!

OUTDOOR MARKETS

Taste of Regent Park
Regent Park’s outdoor market starts up again on Wednesday July 13 and runs every Wednesday from 5 to 8:30 pm through July and August.  The theme for the first market is Africa with local caterers, entertainment and East African cuisine.  The kids’ section will have 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.  This week’s offerings included more strawberries, beets, chard, salad greens and cherries.  

Moss Park market
Another veggie market has arrived - this one in a repurposed shipping container in Moss Park near Queen and Ontario.  Open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm.  

IN THE MEDIA

Playground fire
Photo:  Global News
The CBC has an online video about Tuesday night’s arson incident in the Ontario Street playground.  According to the report, it caused about $10,000 damage to the playground slide.  Click here to read the story and watch the video. 

Congrats Roselle
Photo: Jennifer Roberts, Globe & Mail
Roselle (362 King E) has been featured in a summer guide to great ice cream in the Globe and Mail.  Chris Nuttall-Smith, the paper’s food writer, has high praise for its “gloriously grown-up sundaes” and he says that its “French style pastries are some of the best in town.” You can read his review here.  

Hugh Garner’s recycling program
Photo:  Doors Open Toronto
The Mayor has started a competition to find the best recycling program in a multi-unit building in the city.  The Hugh Garner Co-op (550 Ontario) is one of his headline examples and it was the site of his announcement during the Challenge kick-off.   The Toronto Star’s Betsy Powell wrote about the Co-op’s efforts in her June 30 article.  

Ndaba Mandela visits Cabbagetown
Photo:  Metroland
Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba, came to the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce) on Tuesday July 5.  His visit was part of his first tour of Canada as the founder of the Africa Rising Foundation.  Justin Skinner at Inside Toronto has written about his talk with the kids at the Club.  Click here for the story. 

ON STAGE

Music City Summer Series
Every Saturday afternoon, musicians will perform from the Trinity Square stage in the Distillery.  
On Saturday July 9, Merival performs at 2 pm with her rich melodic style and at 4 pm, it’s the O’Pears.
On Saturday July 16,  the Jessica Stuart Few at 2 pm and Harrogate Grammar School choir from England at 4 pm.  

Danny Marks
Every Saturday afternoon from noon to 3 pm, Cabbagetown’s king of the blues, Danny Marks, sings at the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W). 

Whiskey Jack on the road
Congrats to Duncan Fremlin and Whiskey Jack. Their annual appearance at the Stratford Summer Music Festival is coming up on Saturday, July 30 - it’s a tribute to Don Messer. Get your tickets now, they’re selling fast.  On Saturday August 6, the band visits Wilberforce with their Stompin’ Tom tribute and then goes on to Mikisew Provincial Park and Restoule Provincial Park with Travelling Music for the Campers, both on Sunday August 7. Find out more and get your tickets online here.      

SHOPPING NEWS

Tulips for Canada’s 150th birthday
These tulips were developed in Holland to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  They’re available exclusively from Royal Home Hardware (485 Parliament).  Bill Renieris is ready to take your orders - 25 pack at $12.97, 100 pack at $44.99 and 500 pack at $199.99.  They’ll be available in late August.  Contact him if you want a large order. homehardware485@rogers.com 

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

Golf tournament coming soon
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. 

Summerlicious starts on Friday
Toronto’s great summer foodie festival gets underway from July 8 to July 2.  220 restaurants will offer fixed prices (and great bargains) for lunch and dinner.  Each restaurant offers 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) offers dinner at $38.  You’ll find maps, reservation info, menu details and contact info at the main Summerlicious website - click here.  

Eric Hosmer at The Irv
Eric is Kansas City Royals’ first baseman.  He visited The Irv (195 Carlton) and left his autograph.  He’s batting .307 through 84 games this season.  No word from him about Toronto’s four-game sweep of the Royals in their latest trip here.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JULY 7 TO SUNDAY JULY 17

  • 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 7

Dominion
8 pm, Katey Gatta
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin

FRIDAY JULY 8

Dominion
8 pm, Mercuri Project
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 9

Distillery Trinity Stage
2 pm, Merival
4 pm, O’Pears
Dominion
8 pm, The Ugly Horse
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 10

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 the Andra Henderson Trio

MONDAY JULY 11

Daniels Spectrum
5 pm, Regent Park Community sing-a-long with a special surprise guest
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JULY 12

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JULY 13

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

THURSDAY JULY 14

The Irv
7 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
8 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

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,