September 1

This week’s image:  afternoon in Riverdale Park

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It’s back  - Blair’s Run
The Run is going to be held this year.  That’s good news.  Peter Wylie and June Charles from the Cabbagetown Youth Centre are making the arrangements.  They want to ensure that the fun side of the event continues while the fundraising gets reorganized.  
The race happens on Sunday September 11.  Registration starts at 8 am and the race goes off at 9 am.  The Start and Finish lines are located in front of Daniel et Daniel at 248 Carlton.  The normal $20 registration fee and waivers are required.  
June is now setting up the online registration process at raceroster.com and there will also be on site registration in the hour before the race. 

A new Cabbagetown mural
Work is coming along nicely on the new mural at the LCBO store (512 Parliament).  The target date for completion is the week after Labour Day - just in time for the 2016 Cabbagetown Festival.
Poonam Sharma and Michael Cavanaugh are managing the project. Volunteers are welcome.  Drop by the LCBO store during the afternoons and early evenings to offer your help.
Check out the Mural’s fun Facebook page here.  

Tough news from Cabbagetown South
The Board of the Cabbagetown South Residents Association has written an open letter to Mayor John Tory and Councillor Pam McConnell.  They haven’t yet had a reply.  
They’re seeking the City’s help to get rid of criminal activity like assaults and drug abuse, plus arsons and prostitution that have turned their lanes and parks into danger zones, and rundown rooming houses operated both by absentee landlords and TCHC.  
Their problems involve all of us in this community.  Click here to read the letter. 

Cabbagetown South September meeting
The Cabbagetown South Residents will meet at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Wednesday September 7. You’re invited to join them for an early dinner at 6 pm or for the meeting at 7 pm.  A guest speaker from The Laneway Project will talk about ways to make the area’s lanes safer.

Corktown Residents & Business Association
The CRBA’s September meeting will feature local Councillor Pam McConnell and Derek Goring from Great Gulf who will discuss the East Harbour project at the former Unilever site.  The meeting has a new location at the Cooper Koo Family YMCA (461 Cherry - Community Room).  

A quick update about noise
For several years, Cabbagetown residents living near the north end of Regent Park complained about excessive noise coming from a Toronto Community Housing building at 252 Sackville.  A repair was finally put in place in early July.  So far, residents have experienced considerable relief from this nuisance and can again keep their windows open during th summer.

CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Cabbagetown Short Film Festival - Wednesday September 7
Northern Stars - an online newsletter about Canadian movies - has written a good story about the Cabbagetown Short Film Festival. Click on this link to read it.  
This year, fourteen films will be screened -  six are Canadian and there are  films from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Pakistan and Spain.  Some are serious but there’s also lots of comedy,  drama and animation.  Northern Stars notes that the opening short film by Taeo Levine and Natalie Plourde is itself worth the price of admission.
Wednesday September 7.  Doors open at 7 pm and screenings start at 8 pm.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Cash bar, tickets are $15.  Online ticket reservations are recommended - click here. 

Art & Crafts in the Park
Every year, the jury selects a group of vendors whose work deserves special praise.  Several of last year’s winners are returning - look for their booths and check out their work - Mirit Cohen Essel, Sonja Deneizen, Jeff Hesselink, Patrick Lajoie, Pamela Lauz, Dani Ortman, Francoise Mechin Pellet and Patrick Yeung. There are plenty of other fine exhibitors - the list is online here.  

Heritage Conservation District
The HCD is sharing a booth with the Cabbagetown Preservation Association in Riverdale Park at the corner of Winchester and Sumach near the stone gates. It’s a chance for you to get acquainted with the volunteers who do so much to celebrate our heritage in our neighbourhood.
The HCD has an impressive new website with info about heritage guidelines, home styles, builders and  a compendium of house-by-house data.  Click here to check it out.  

Cabbagetown walking tours
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is again offering its mini-tours.  Starting from its booth in Riverdale Park, the tours take about 45 minutes to cover highlights in the neighbourhood.  Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11 at 1, 2 and 3 pm.  Free.

Cabbagetown Theatre Company
This year’s panto-style comedy is The Sleeping Beauty.  It’s a half-hour of family entertainment.  Drop in to the Necropolis Chapel at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  
It's time for the Princess Aurora's christening and the fairies of the Kingdom of Toronto have been invited to the celebration. Or have they? It seems that Fairy Scary's invite was lost in the mail - and is she ever bent out of shape! To show her displeasure, she vows that the Princess will only live to her 16th birthday, when she will prick her finger and "buy the farm". The other fairies might have something to say about this...will they come up with a plan to save the princess? You'll have to see Sleeping Beauty to find out!

Drop in to Jet Fuel
The Cabbagetown Theatre Company is displaying banners and posters from its past theatrical performances at Jet Fuel (519 Parliament).  The banners were announcements about the Company’s short dramas in the Necropolis Chapel during past Cabbagetown Festival weekends.  

Free dance class at CCDT
Take in a class on Traditional West African Dance during the Cabbagetown Festival offered by Lua Shayenne.  She’s a dancer, choreographer and dance instructor.  It’s designed for dancers at all skill levels so you’re invited to join or simply to enjoy watching it.  Sunday, September 11, 4 to 5:30 pm, free, CCDT (509 Parliament).  Visitors and dancers are asked to register - click here.  

Festival food
Local restaurants along with specialty pop-up vendors are putting together scrumptious street food and patio experiences for the Festival.  There’ll be lots of corn, pulled pork, samosas, Malaysian murthabak, Hawaiian skewers, butter chicken and Italian sausages.  

REPORTS FROM TORONTO POLICE SERVICE

Hit-and-run driver charged
Photo: Mehrdad Nazarahart/CBC
On August 15 at 5:45 pm, Steven Doyle was pursued onto the sidewalk near Gerrard and Jarvis by a blue van that appeared to strike him deliberately.  He was killed by the impact.  Police have arrested Ayubullo Mohammed-Daud and charged him with first degree murder. 

Hit-and-run at Carlton and Parliament
The CBC reports that a cyclist was struck in the intersection at Carlton and Parliament on Monday August 29 at 7:30 am.  The car sped away without stopping.  The cyclist was seriously injured.   

COMING EVENTS

Bev Jenkins at Artfest
Cabbagetown artist Bev Jenkins will present her Sculpted Oils on Canvass at the Distillery on Labour Day weekend.  There’ll be a total of 75 artists and arrtisans with their handmade Canadian pottery, glass, jewellery, leather goods, gourmet food, textiles, paintings and more.  Live music.  Friday September 2 at 11 am to Monday September 5 at 6 pm.

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
The Market’s vendors are full of fresh berries, seasonal veggies and bake goods. 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). 

Regent Park harvest festival
Celebrate the season’s best produce from the gardeners in Regent Park.  There’ll be free food, kids programs, entertainment and a raffle.  Saturday September 4, 11 am to 2 pm, The Big Park gardens.  Free.

Bill Morneau’s barbeque
Congrats to Bill Morneau, our local Member of Parliament.  He and his Team held a successful barbeque last weekend in Regent Park - a good way to meet people from his riding.   

Videos from the Taste of Regent Park
The Taste of Regent Park wound up its season on Wednesday August 31.  Its Facebook page has a series of videos that show the amazing range of events that happened over the summer, ranging from spoken word by Radiyah Chowdhury to sidewalk concerts by Estonian National Opera Boys Choir and newchoir.  Follow this link and then click on Videos to watch them. 

IN THE MEDIA

Rebuilding Moss Park
Photo: City of Toronto
Plans are being developed to restore Moss Park and the City of Toronto is currently holding public consultations about the details.  Strong feelings have surfaced about the way that gentrification will affect local people who currently use the park. The Toronto Star ran an informative article about the debate.  

ON STAGE

Soulpepper concert
Harlem is one of America’s most vibrant musical communities. This concert - “Taking the A Train Uptown, Manhattan to Harlem” - presents the music that made Harlem so famous.  7:30 pm on Friday September 2 and 1:30 and 7:30 pm on Saturday September 3,.  Tickets and more info here.   

BUSINESS NEWS

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 Healthy Whey
The Healthy Whey (250 Carlton) closed its doors at the end of August.  

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.  

RESTAURANT NEWS

Brunch at F’Amelia
F’Amelia (14 Amelia) is opening with a new brunch service.  Enjoy one of Cabbagetown’s prettiest patios on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 11 am to 2 pm. Seating on Saturday September 3 will be limited - full service starts on Saturday September 10.

Thursdays at The Local GEST
Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin return to the GEST at 8 pm on Thursday September 1.  Next week, it’ll be Cabbage Head Comedy.  On Thursday September 15, it’s Open Mic with Porter.  After a summer holiday, the GEST’s Wednesday night Trivia games will start up again at 8 pm on September 14.  

Scullery at the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
Every Tuesday afternoon, the Scullery (200 Carlton) has a booth at the Market.  Of course, there’ always lots of good stuff to take home.  Laura also shows up with her pal Archie who likes to say hello to customers’ dogs as they drop by. 

Good stuff at Tasso
Olya and Mike are open during their regular hours over the Labour Day weekend - Friday to Sunday, 8:30 am to Sold Out.  You’ve got to get here on time if you want lovely little goodies like this one. Tasso Handmade Pastry, 540 Parliament.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1 TO SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11

  • 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 SEPTEMBER 1

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

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, Daniel Basta
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
Soulpepper
7:30 pm, Concert - Taking the A Train Uptown, Manhattan to Harlem, from $25

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3

Dominion
8 pm, The O’Deadlys
Fuse
8 to 10:30 pm, live bands.  
11 pm, Fuse Lounge Saturdays, the best of the 80s and 90s - jazz, blues, soul and R&B.
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Soulpepper
1:30 and 7:30 pm, Concert - Taking the A Train Uptown, Manhattan to Harlem, from $25

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4

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

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5

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

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 7

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

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8

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

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Mack
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 SEPTEMBER 10
CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL WEEKEND

Dominion
8 pm, Lauren Knowles Trio
Fuse
8 to 10:30 pm, live bands.  
11 pm, Fuse Lounge Saturdays, the best of the 80s and 90s - jazz, blues, soul and R&B.
Mill Street Beer Hall
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11
CABBAGETOWN FESTIVAL WEEKEND

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
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