August 11

This week’s image:  a ukulele lesson in Corktown Common, August 6

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

LAST MINUTE ANNOUNCEMENTS

There won’t be a blog next week
It’s time for a quick holiday.  Back on Thursday August 25.

CYC’s Something from Nothing
The CYC’s Performing Arts Camp presents its annual show to wrap up its summer program.  It’s always hailed as a charming presentation and this year’s “Hip Hop Pantomine” promises more of the same!  7 pm, Thursday August 11, $10 at the door, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (711 Bloor E).  

Apollo 13 in Corktown Common
Enjoy the starry sky while Tom Hanks and his pals struggle to get home aboard their crippled space ship.  Thursday August 11.  Food vendors will be there from 6 pm.  From 6 to 6:30 pm, there’s a bootcamp by Think Fitness Studio followed by yoga with the Cooper Koo Family Cherry St YMCA.  The movie starts at sundown, about 8:30 pm.  Bring your own blanket.  Thanks go to Waterfront Toronto, the Canary District and Toronto Outdoor Picture Show.  The rain date will be Thursday August 25.  Free. Corktown Common (West Don Lands, River Street south.)

LOCAL NEWS

Uke Can Sing
There’ll be three more workshops by K Funk and Lady Ree in Corktown Common.  Learn how to sing and play the ukulele - it’s a free event sponsored by Waterfront Toronto.  Saturday August 13 from 2 to 3:30 pm,  Wednesday August 17 from 7 to 8:30 pm and Saturday August 20, 2 to 3:30 pm.  Corktown Common (West Don Lands, River Street south). 

A successful movie night in Riverdale Park
Photo:  Matthew Beesley, Cabbagetown BIA
Congrats to the Cabbagetown BIA for sponsoring its music and movie night in Riverdale Park on Wednesday. A nice big crowd enjoyed a warm summer night’s entertainment.

Hot Rods on Parliament Street
Musicians are back on our street corners on Saturdays in August. The Hot Rods played at Carlton and Parliament last Saturday. This project adds a nice touch to the business district on summer Saturdays.  It’s another successful idea from the Cabbagetown BIA.  
Vincent Soars makes two appearances - on August 13 and August 20.  He’ll play at Winchester and Parliament from 11 am to 12:45 pm and at Carlton and Parliament from 1:15 to 3 pm.  

Hummingbird Open Mic
The August event is coming up on Tuesday August 16.  It’s open for everyone - all ages and skill levels.  Singers, instrumentalists, poets, spoken words, live readings - all welcome.  No cover charge.  There’s a live band, Unbuttoned.  6 to 9 pm (show starts at 7 pm), Artscape Lounge in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  For more details, click here.  

Under the Stars
The weekly outdoor movie series at the Big Park (620 Dundas E) in Regent Park. 
Next week’s movie is Boy (August 17).    Purple Rain is scheduled for August 24.  Click on the movie title to see preview clips.
Popcorn and refreshments available.  If it rains, the movies will be shown in the Artscape Lounge, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E). Free - everyone welcome.

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
The 2016 Farmer’s Market is turning into a success.  There are lots of customers and the vendors have good choices ranging from great seasonal stuff - all fresh from the fields - to fresh baking. Each week, a winery sells its best vintages and there’s music and kids activities. Tuesdays, 3 to 7 pm, Riverdale Park West (Winchester and Sumach). 

Taste of Regent Park
Cinnamon buns were this week’s special from the bake oven.  Next week, local artists will be showcased and there’ll be an Ethiopian meal by local caterers.  
There’s always entertainment, catered meals, a community marketplace and fine food - all on display every Wednesday at the market.  From 5 to 8 pm, Regent Park (The Big Park), 620 Dundas E.

FESTIVAL NEWS

Gerald Fitzgerald’s photography
Photo: Gerald Fitzgerald
Art & Crafts in the Park runs on Friday afternoon September 9, Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11. Gerald Fitzgerald is a Cabbagetown photographer who’s making his fourth appearance in the show - you can see his website and photo galleries here.  

Festival entertainers
The Cabbagetown Festival website has posted a preliminary list of entertainers who’ll perform on Parliament Street on Saturday and Sunday during the Festival weekend. Several favourites are back again this year - Danny Marks, Jim Heinemann and Go Freddy Go. Tdot Batu and the St Jamestown Youth Steel Band will each provide lots of hypnotic drum rhythms.  Project Phoenix and the Toronto All Star Big Band will bring a big sound to the street.  There’s lots more - stay tuned and save the dates.

IN THE MEDIA

Ghost hotels
Photo: Cole Burston for The Toronto Star
The Toronto Star has picked up the story about party houses being rented on Air BnB.  The issue is a priority for the new Winchester Park Residents Association.  Five properties on Bleecker Street are being rented out for parties and the result is noise, troublesome people and garbage.  The Star’s story describes the impact and the action being taken by the City. 

Cabbagetown Boxing Club
Photo:  Michael Peake/Postmedia
Brad Hunter has written a story in 24 Hours Toronto about Peter Wylie and the Cabbagetown Boxing Club (2 Lancaster).  It’s a glimpse into Peter’s view of the current state of boxing as a sport.  

Corktown Common
Photo: Connie Tsang, Waterfront Toronto
Waterfront Toronto has a page on its blog about the development of its award-winning park, Corktown Common.  As the park grows and develops its potential, it’ll become ever-more important in our community.  Click here to read the story.  

ON STAGE

Tragically Hip concert
The Hip’s Kingston concert will be broadcast live in The Distillery.  Bring a lawn chair and watch it on the big screen at the Trinity Stage.  Saturday August 20, 8 pm.  

Whiskey Jack’s Ontario Fall tour
Duncan Fremlin has announced the dates for Whiskey Jack’s fall tour with a record release and its show, Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom.  They’ll start in Oshawa on October 16, come into Toronto at the Lula Lounge on October 19 and then head off to Alliston, Sutton and Maryhill to November 6.  Click here for more info and tickets.  

Music City Summer Series
Every Saturday afternoon, musicians will perform from the Trinity Square stage in the Distillery.   
Performers who will appear on Saturday August 13 at 2 pm and at 4 pm - to be announced.

SHOPPING NEWS

Vote for your favourites
NOW Magazine’s Readers’ Choice poll is open.  Cast your votes for your favourite businesses.  The winners in each category get a lot of welcome citywide publicity - it’s a good boost for their stores and restaurants.  Here’s the link.  

Summer sale at Kendall & Co
Kendall is clearing out inventory to make room for new arrivals.  There are lots of hot deals and there’s a clearance section at the back of the store.  Don’t miss it.  And enjoy a free refreshment while you’re shopping.  Store hours - Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  512 Parliament

The Leslieville Flea
The Flea will make a special appearance at The Distillery with amazing handcrafted and vintage vendors.  Saturday August 13 from 11 am.  
  
Distillery Sunday Market
Every Sunday until September.  Artisans will be selling their wares including food products and snacks at outdoor booths throughout the Distillery.  Noon to 5 pm.   

RESTAURANT NEWS 

Merryberry cooking classes - fresh from the market
Cyril’s next scheduled class will be held in two weeks - on Wednesday August 24.  Next week, the class is fully booked for a private party.  
Every week on Tuesday, Cyril shops at the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market.  It’s his plan to hold a cooking class on Wednesdays to highlight his purchases. The ingredients will, of course, change as produce is available at the Market. 
To register, visit the restaurant or call him at (647) 348-0411. $45.  Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm, Merryberry (559 Parliament).  

Events at the Impact Kitchen
On Saturday mornings through August, Impact (573 King E) is hosting a series of free events.  On August 13 at 9 am, it’s Yoga in the Park at Corktown Common with Stella from Framewrk.  Bootcamp with Josh Broun happens in Underpass Park on August 20 and August 27 at 9 am.  To get details and info and to confirm, please contact info@impactkitchen.ca

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY AUGUST 11 TO SUNDAY AUGUST 21

  • 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 AUGUST 11

Dominion
8 pm, Gareth Bush
The Irv
7 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
10 pm, Cabbage Head Comedy with Ethan O’Reilly

FRIDAY AUGUST 12

Dominion
8 pm, DJ Frankensztein
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 AUGUST 13

Distillery - Trinity Stage
2 pm, To be announced
4 pm, To be announced
Dominion
8 pm, The Replica Trio
Fuse
8 to 10:30 pm, live bands.  11 pm, Fuse Lounge Saturdays, the best of the 80s and 90s.
Impact Kitchen
9 am, Yoga in the Park at Corktown Common
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SUNDAY AUGUST 14

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

MONDAY AUGUST 15

Fuse 
Free Karaoke
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY AUGUST 16

Daniels Spectrum
7 pm, Hummingbird Open Mic
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17

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

THURSDAY AUGUST 18

Dominion
8 pm, Enzo Boldrini
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open Mic with Porter

FRIDAY AUGUST 19

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 AUGUST 20

Distillery - Trinity Stage
8 pm, Live broadcast - Tragically Hip concert
Dominion
8 pm, Uproar Trio
Fuse
8 to 10:30 pm, live bands.  11 pm, Fuse Lounge Saturdays, the best of the 80s and 90s.
Impact Kitchen
9 am, Bootcamp, Underpass park
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SUNDAY AUGUST 21

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

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
DANIELS SPECTRUM
585 Dundas E
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
IMPACT KITCHEN
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
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