August 4

This week’s image:  Wednesday’s Taste of Regent Park market.



Save the date - music and a movie in Riverdale Park
The Cabbagetown BIA is sponsoring a music and movie night in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) on Wednesday August 10. There’ll be a live jazz performance at 7:30 pm and the movie - The Princess Bride - will start up at 8:30 pm. The rain date is August 17. Free.

Cabbagetown’s summer music
The Cabbagetown BIA invites you to enjoy strolling Parliament Street, tasting the eats and hearing the beats.  Musicians are back on our street corners on Saturdays in August.
The Hot Rods return to Carlton and Parliament from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday August 6.
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.  

Increase your cuteness by 200%
K Funk and Lady Ree (the famous ukulele ladies from the TTC subway) are holding a free ukulele and singing workshop for absolute beginners on Saturday, August 6 from 2 to 3:30 pm in Corktown Common.  If you need to borrow a uke, there’ll be 30 available on a first-come, first-served basis.  It’s free - sponsored by Waterfront Toronto!  Check it out on Facebook. 

Sea Fest East Africa Festival 
Celebrate East African culture, music, food and art.  Organized by SpeakSudan.  Noon to 5 pm, Saturday August 6 along Regent Park Boulevard and in the courtyard at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  

If you love a parade
Shadowland Theatre is offering a workshop about creating all the elements that you need for a terrific parade - costumes, flag waving and simple choreography.  The workshop will use waterfront images like birds, fish, boats and nautical figures.  At the end of the day, you’ll march in your own parade.  Sunday August 7, from 1 to 6 pm, Corktown Common.  It’s free - sponsored by Waterfront Toronto!

Cherry Street bridge closures
Photo: David Cooper, Toronto Star
An important notice for people who like to take their dogs (and themselves) for a swim at Cherry beach.  Emergency repairs are needed on the bridge - it’ll be closed for traffic in both directions from 7 am to 3 pm until Tuesday August 16.  Southbound traffic will be able to use the bridge during other hours.  Northbound traffic will be closed at all times.  Don Roadway and Villiers Street are alternate routes.  The bridge will stay open for pedestrians and cyclists at all times.  

Summer camp for kids
Green Thumbs is offering a summer camp for junior gardeners.  Two sessions are planned for kids ages 7 to 10 - from August 15 to 19 and from August 22 to 26.  Kids will enjoy a hands-on experiences focused on outdoor education, nutrition and healthy living.  They’ll go home with plants, recipes and food.  The sessions are from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm daily with extended care to 5 pm available as well.  CSI Centre, Daniels Spectrum (3rd Floor, 585 Dundas E) For more info and for registration details, click here.  

Under the Stars
The weekly outdoor movie series at the Big Park (620 Dundas E) in Regent Park happens at 9 pm each Wednesday through the summer.  
Next week’s movie is Pather Panchali (August 10)  followed by Boy (August 17).  Click on the movie titles 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).

Lookin’ good
Lindsay and Winnie at the Farmer’s Market.  Winnie is almost one year old now and should be getting her own opinions about the market pretty soon.

Pathways to Education
Pathways (411 Parliament) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.  Founded in 2001, it was established to help young people in Regent Park.  Its first cohort included almost 100 Grade 9 students.  Today, there are more than 5000 Pathways students and more than 4000 Pathways alumni from 17 communities.  In 2016, 900 students graduated and joined the ranks of the Pathways Graduation Nation.  Throughout this time, Pathways has always maintained its steadfast belief in its students and their ability to succeed.  Congrats everyone.

Police rescue
Victoria Hadden has found this dramatic video about a police rescue of a man on a rooftop at Dundas and Parliament.  Click here to watch it.  

Streetscapes in Bloom
A reminder - the annual Streetscape in Bloom competition is now underway.  Three gardens have been nominated for this year’s award and they’ll be judged regularly throughout the summer and fall.  Check them out yourself and see how they’re progressing - 340 Carlton, 315 Wellesley E and 112 Winchester. The CPA’s website tells you everything about the award and the past winners.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum - historic tidbit
Long before Riverdale Farm graced Riverdale Park, the site was home to an assortment of wilder animals like those on this Edwardian postcard.  Cabbagetown residents both north and south of Gerrard were entertained, annoyed and even frightened by elephants trumpeting, lions and tigers roaring, monkeys chattering and polar bears growling.  In the summer of 1915, residents complained to the City about being kept awake by the “unearthly cries” of noisy sea lions.  Conditions for the animals were, of course, cramped and appalling, ultimately resulting in the little zoo being closed in the 1970s and replaced by today’s heritage farm.  

Farm dogs
Jack with Charlie
These lovely critters really enjoy the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market. 
Yvonne and Pierre with Jasper


Music City Summer Series
Every Saturday afternoon, musicians will perform from the Trinity Square stage in the Distillery.   
On Saturday August 6, Gillian Nicola performs folk, rock and alt-country at 2 pm and at 4 pm, it’s KASHKA (Kat Burns) sings FolkPopTronica.
Performers who will appear onSaturday August 13 at 2 pm and at 4 pm - to be announced.


Vote for KENDALL & Co
In 2015, Kendall & Kevin won their title of NOW Toronto’s Best Design Firm. Please vote and help them keep their title. They’re enthusiastic  Cabbagetowners - they hire local, buy local and give local. They’ve won an award from the CPA for beautifying the corner at Parliament and Winchester and from houzz for Best Design Service. 
They always have stylish things for our homes at their beautiful shop. 
Click on this link. Scroll down to “Best Design Firm” and vote for KENDALL & Co. 
514 Parliament St.  Store hours10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays.

Reno’s at the Epicure Shop
Patty has announced that her popular store, Epicure Shop (473 Parliament), will be getting a big facelift.  Starting from Sunday August 7, the store will be closed for about eight weeks while the work is underway.  There will, of course, be a booth at the Festival on September 10 and 11.  

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.   


Merryberry cooking classes - fresh from the market

Cyril does his weekly shopping at the Farmer's Market
Every week on Tuesday, Cyril shops at the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market.  On Wednesday, he holds a cooking class to highlight his purchases.  
In this week’s class, he created picnic meals. The group made three spreads - a classic pesto, red pepper hummus and baba ghanoush.  For dessert, they had a cherry clafouti.  
This happens every week. 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). 

Jeff Barnes at The Local GEST
Jeff and Noah make their monthly appearance at The GEST (424 Parliament) on Thursday August 4 from 8 pm.  Be sure to drop by the pub early and enjoy a dinner on the patio before their show. 
There’s always lots of entertainment at The GEST on Thursdays - Jeff and Noah are there on the first Thursday of the month followed by Cabbage Head Comedy on the second and fourth Thursdays and by Open Mic with Porter on the third Thursday.  

Events at the Impact Kitchen
Josh will handle the Bootcamps
On Saturday mornings through August, Impact (573 King E) is hosting a series of free events.  On August 6 at 8 am, there’s a 5K run through Corktown.  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

Karaoke at Alice’s Place
Every week on Sunday and Wednesday from 9 pm, Alice’s Place (554 Parliament) hosts a karaoke evening.  Looks good.

Mill Street patios
There are two patios at the Mill Street pubs in the Distillery (20 Tank House Ln).  The one at the Beer Hall has been listed among the top five big patio spaces in Toronto by blogTO.  The other one in the Brew Pub has a great view of one of the Distillery’s courtyards.  

Best wishes, Dale
Dale has been working evenings at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) for a very long time.  He’s leaving - to go to Timmins and join the OPP there.  The HOP Facebook page promises us that he won’t give HOP customers a ticket!  Best wishes to Dale and his family from your Cabbagetown friends.


What is it
Here's the link
The poll is based on nominations and voting by NOW Magazine’s readership.  It’s open now for your vote.  
A winner gets a nice boost and becomes very visible for a whole year to customers right across the city - so please support our local restaurants and stores.
The nominees are grouped into six different categories and there are lots of specific subcategories.  

There are a few guidelines
We’ve narrowed down the listings to highlight businesses in our neighbourhood. 
  1. When you cast your first vote, you’ll be asked for your email address and a password.
  2. You can vote for one nominee in each subcategory.
  3. There are a few cases where two choices from our neighbourhood are nominated - take your pick.
  4. If someone is repeated in several subcategories, you can repeat your vote each time.
Thanks to Keith Lawrance at the Cabbagetown Residents Association - he did most of the work to refine this info.

Cityscape Category:
Best MP – Bill Morneau
Best MPP – Glen Murray
Best Neighbourhood Festival – Cabbagetown Festival
Best Park – Allan Gardens or Riverdale Park
Best Pool – Regent Park Aquatic Centre
Best Public Space – Allan Gardens
Best Social Justice Group – EGALE
Best Youth Organization – Art Heart in Regent Park

Shopping & Services
Best Barber Shop/Men’s Salon – Hastings Barber Shop
Best Bicycle Store – Cycle Solutions
Best Camera Store - Vistek
Best Condo Developer - Daniels or Streetcar 
Best Design Firm (Architecture, Interior or Product) – Kendall & Co
Best Jewellery Store – Fair Trade Jewellery Co
Best Pet Store – Pet Valu

Food & Drink
Best Bakery – Roselle
Best BBQ Restaurant – 420 Smokehouse
Best Bartender – Colin Henderson (Stout Irish Pub)
Best Beer Selection – Stout Irish Pub
Best Butcher – St. James Town Steak & Chops
Best Caterer – Daniel et Daniel
Best Chocolate - Soma
Best Dessert - Roselle
Best French Restaurant - Cluny Bistro
Best Gastro-Pub – House on Parliament
Best Ice Cream/Gelato - Soma
Best Japanese Restaurant – Kingyo Izakaya
Best Local Microbrew – Mill Street Brew Pub
Best Mexican Restaurant - El Catrin
Best New Restaurant – Kanpai Snack Bar
Best Pub – House on Parliament or Stout Irish Pub
Best Thai - Sukhothai

Film & Stage
Best Large Theatre Company - Canadian Stage or Soulpepper



  • 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.


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


8 pm, DJ Dash
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
2 pm, Gillian Nicola
4 pm, KASHKA
8 pm, Price Brothers Trio
8 to 10:30 pm, live bands.  11 pm, Fuse Lounge Saturdays, the best of the 80s and 90s.
Impact Kitchen
8 am, 5k Corktown run
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike


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


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


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
5:30 pm, Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market - cooking class.  $45
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam


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


8 pm, DJ Frankensztein
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
2 pm, To be announced
4 pm, To be announced
8 pm, The Replica Trio
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


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


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088,
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188, 
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555,
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121,
366 Queen St E, 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787,
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338,
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery,
568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381,
514 King W, (647) 350-6346,
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555,
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,