September 15

This week’s image:  this is how a national championship feels!



A successful weekend
It was, undoubtedly, a success.  Visitors to the Art & Crafts show in Riverdale Park report that the variety and high quality of the works on display made the event very worthwhile.  On Parliament Street, the music and food were outstanding - and the new activities on Carlton and at the southern half of Parliament drew very good crowds.
Photo:  Eric Morse
The Short Film Festival is getting nicely settled into its new home at the Daniels Spectrum and its new date.  Festival organizer Gina Dineen is very pleased with the full house and the fine movies that she lined up.  
Plus, I earned one hundred bucks at my personal sidewalk sale!

Check out our new page - Cabbagetown Snapshots.  This week, it features fifty photos from the 2016 Festival.  Click here to see whether you’re included.  


Congrats Max Perren
Max coached Team Ontario to the national championship and the First Nation Trophy for players under 18 at the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s 2016 field lacrosse championship in Winnipeg on September 5.  They defeated the BC team, 11-8, in a very competitive game.  Team Ontario will now go on to the North American championships in Florida later in the Fall.  Click here to read the tournament details.  

Congrats Patricia Brubaker
Photo: Eva Eng, Physiology Department, U of T.
Pat Brubaker-Poulin has just been named a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada.  This honour recognizes the high quality of her life-long research into intestinal peptide hormones.  Click here to read the news release from the University of Toronto. 

Congrats Jeff Douglas
Jeff has been awarded the 2016 International Design & Architecture Award for Bespoke Cabinetry for his studio’s Damson Credenza.  He was recognized at the annual gala in London England in early September. The Jeffrey Douglas Design Studio is located at 317 Carlton.  Click here to read more.  

Congrats Poonam Sharma and Michael Cavanaugh
Poonam and Michael designed and painted the new Cabbagetown mural that’s displayed on the south wall of the LCBO (510 Parliament).  It was commissioned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Cabbagetown Festival.  The official launch happened on Saturday afternoon, September 10 with various local dignitaries attending. 

Congrats Bev Jenkins
Bev set up her tent as an artist at Artfest in the Distillery during Labour Day weekend.  She reports that it was a very successful experience resulting in satisfying sales and commissions.

Congrats Duncan Fremlin and Whiskey Jack
Duncan reports that Whiskey Jack had a fun summer touring Ontario.  They held their concerts in New Liskeard, Ottawa, Haliburton and, of course, Stratford.  They also enjoyed their visits to Ontario provincial parks.  They have a busy Fall schedule lined up including a return to the Cadillac Lounge on November 18.  

Congrats Jack Grunsky
Jack enjoyed a sold-out concert in Vienna Austria in the late summer.  His repertoire spanned his 50-year musical journey from the mid-1960s to his latest CD release, Stirring Up the Dust.   

Congrats Winchester Square gardeners
The potatoes have been harvested from the gardens at Winchester Square.  I’ll have mine French Fried.  


New developments on Parliament

Three interesting new businesses are being planned for the strip beside Starbucks, south of Aberdeen.  When they arrive, this block will be transformed.  Building permits are issued for two of these locations and the third is coming soon.
A new restaurant is going into the places where the former Sinate and Gourmet Burger were located.  The owners are also the landlords.  They previously operated Gingers right at the corner of Carlton and Parliament.  It’s a pleasure to welcome them back.
Meridian Credit Union is opening in the middle of the block, on December 15.  They’ve already started to contribute to the community - Meridian is a sponsor of the new mural at the LCBO. Steven Ahn will be the manager.
A fitness club will be opening in the new year next to Starbucks.  There are minor issues to settle with the City of Toronto before final permits are granted.  Jay, the business owner, lives on Sumach across from the park and he’s planning to make his facility a community-based service.

Heritage Conservation District
The Cabbagetown HCDC has launched a spiffy new website. Check it out - you’ll learn about your own home and about the architecture of your neighbourhood.  One of the site’s key features is its Compendium.  It describes your home and it gives you the opportunity to add photos and information about your property.  You may know tidbits from past owners or you may have interesting historic photos.  You can add them to the site at your address.  Here’s the link.  

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
The Fall veggies are available now and they’re lovely - tomatoes and eggplants have been getting great reviews.
Next week, the Market will host a Kimchi “JoGeum” workshop presented by Soyoung Lee from Samsara Fields Organics.  You’ll learn how to create this Korean staple and you’ll leave with a jar of your own creation.  4 to 5:30 pm, Tuesday September 27, $50, Riverdale Park (Sumach at Winchester).

Fan Village - World Cup of Hockey
The Fan Village will open on Friday September 16 and run until Sunday September 25 in the Distillery District.  It’ll feature daily special events, visits by the players, live music, food from each of the participating countries, prizes and two ticketed live concerts. The Distillery will become the Distillery Fan Village with big-screen broadcasts of the games.  A second location called the East Fan Village is being set up just east of the Distillery.   It promises to be a big deal - for program details and links for ticket sales, click here.  

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The Orchestra has a new website.  It gives plenty of info about the group and its musicians as well as links for volunteers who want to play and for people who want to subscribe to its Newsletter.  There’s a detailed 2016-2017 schedule.  Watch for the November 3 concert, “A Brave New World” with Dvorak’s New World Symphony and the Christmas concert on December 15.  All performances are held at Little Trinity Church (425 King E).  Click here to see the website.   

Report a crime
Several downtown business groups, including our own Cabbagetown BIA, have produced a handy postcard with various police department contact numbers.  
If you are experiencing an emergency including a fire, a crime in progress or a medical problem, call 911.
If it’s not an emergency, call (416) 808-2222.
If you want to report a crime, a driving complaint, property or vehicular damage or graffiti, you can do so online at
If you have an ongoing issue like trespassing, nuisances and noise, call (416) 808-5100 and ask for the Community Response Office.
And, of course, there’s CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 


Community Environment Days
The Community Environment Days provide an opportunity to get rid of stuff that’s dangerous or difficult or worth recycling - hazardous goods, paints, batteries, electronics plus items that can be used again.  The last one in our neighbourhood this year will be held in Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Carlton) on Saturday September 17 from 10 am to 2 pm.  

Regent Park Community BBQ
The Regent Park Neighbourhood Association is holding its last BBQ of the summer.  Saturday September 17, 11 am, The Big Park (next to the Aquatic Centre).  There’ll be food, activities, sports and lots more.  

Brenda’s step classes
Brenda has issued her early Fall schedule.  Classes are happening every Wednesday at 9:15 am and every Sunday at 11 am.  Please note that the class is cancelled for Sunday October 5 on Thanksgiving weekend. Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  Drop-ins are welcome.  

Yoga at Lotus Palm
Monica Chang is holding her classes from 9:30 to 10:45 am every Tuesday morning at Lotus Palm (517 Parliament).  Alan Florence is travelling until November when he will return to work with Monica.  

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre
The Young Dancers Program is open now.  It’s a highly popular, non-competitive program that teaches creative movement and contemporary dance to kids ages 3 to 17.  The Fall term starts on Saturday September 17 and runs every Saturday to December 10.  The School wants to attract more 3-year-old kids for its Early Steps class and is offering a $40 discount for those who register right away.  Check the schedule for times and fees - online here. 80 Winchester.  

Hummingbird Open Mic
Held on the third Tuesday of each month in the Artscape Lounge at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  All ages and skill levels are welcome - singers, instrumentalists, poets, spoken word.  Live music by Unbuttoned.  Tuesday September 20. The doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm.  

Tour of Homes
A reminder - the Tour is now scheduled every two years.  This weekend is normally the time when it happens.  The next Tour is planned for September 2017.


Congrats Carol Buss
Photo:  Jennifer Roberts, Globe & Mail
Carol manages the popular Lennie’s Whole Foods (489 Parliament) and she lives just west of the store on Carlton Street.  Her home was featured in the Globe & Mail’s Real Estate section on August 31.  Her concept of a home for collective living is unique and the renovations that she’s done are very modern and appealing.  Click here to read the story.

Fudger House
Photo:  Justin Skinner, Metroland
Fudger House (439 Sherbourne) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary on September 8.  Justin Skinner has written about its contributions in Inside Toronto.  Click here to read his story.  

The mouth of the Don River 
Photo:  Waterfront Toronto
Three governments have announced their support for the first steps in rebuilding the mouth of the Don.  This work will generate flood protection and open the way to build the new Villiers Island in the new Port Lands district.  Waterfront Toronto is the lead agency.  It has two short videos online - one about the new Port Lands (click here)  and the second one about the initial project (click here.) 
Alex Bozikovic has written about the project in the Globe & Mail.  To read his story, click here.   


She said/He said
A non-conventional look at a modern romance.  September 15 to 17 at 8 pm plus 1 pm on September 16 and 17 and 3 pm on Sunday September 18.  Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), $20 and $25.

Andrea Dworkin was drugged and raped in Paris in 1999.  Her account of her experience left many wondering about her veracity and sanity.  She died in 2005 and left behind another version.  Aftermath is based on this unpublished story.  Thursday September 22 at 8 pm, Friday September 23 at 4 and 8 pm and Saturday September 24 at 4 and 8 pm.  Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  $15 and $25.


The Paintbox presents Claire Riley (vocals), Tony Quarrington (guitar), Abbey Sholzberg (upright bass) and Lui Botos (drums).  Timeless jazz standards, swing, blues, Latin.  Saturday September 17, 6 to 8 pm, Paintbox (555 Dundas E).  No cover.  

Merryberry’s Cooking classes
Cyril visited the Farmer’s Market this week to check out the produce that he can get through the next three weeks.  He’ll start up his cooking classes on Wednesday September 21 and continue on September 28 and October 5. He plans to feature  eggplant on September 21 (moussaka, an Asian recipe with chicken and Thai basil, an African recipe, an Indian curry - the choices are mind-boggling).  Onions are planned for September 28 - raw, marinated, pickled, cooked, caramelized.  On October 5, squash will be the main player - roasted squash soup, squash risotto and even an apple and squash preserve.  Wednesdays, 5:30 pm,3 to 3.5 hours (including dinner), $45.  He recommends that you book ahead - at Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411.

Brewmaster's Dinner
Mill Street is hosting a Brewmaster’s Dinner as part of its Beer Week celebration.  There’ll be five unique brews matched with five food stations plus live music and a Bierschnapps sampling.  The Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane), Wednesday September 21 at 6:30 pm.  $50. Tickets available here or call (416) 681-033, ext 3.  

Toronto Beer Week
Beer Week runs from September 15 to 24.  There’s a warm-up kick-off event tonight, Thursday September 15 at Berkeley Church (315 Queen E) from 6 to 11 pm.  
Free samplings, tours and beer schools will be held at the Mill Street Beer Hall and Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery) on Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18, noon to 6 pm.

Regular live music events
Corktown Kitchen (354 King E) offers live jazz during its Sunday morning brunch at 11 am.
Sunday afternoon jazz continues at 4:30 pm at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) - on Sunday September 18, it’s the 501 East Trio with Carlos Lopes on guitar, Russ Boswell on bass and Aidan Mason on guitar, violin and vocals.
Geoff Willingham appears regularly at The Irv (195 Carlton) on Thursdays at 7:30 pm.

The Dominion Pub & Kitchen (500 Queen E) schedules live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.  This week, Enzo Boldrini plays funk, rock, folk and blues on Thursday, DJ Wizdome appears on Friday and on Saturday, the Candice Sand Trio plays pop and RnB.  
DJ Humble Mike spins his vinyl every Friday and Saturday night at the Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery)



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


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
8 pm, DJ Wizdome
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


8 pm, The Candace Sand Trio
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
Mill Street Brewery
Noon to 6 pm, Open house and tour
Paintbox Bistro
6 to 8 pm, Jazzforia with Claire Riley


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Corktown Kitchen
11 am, Live jazz and brunch
11 am, Jazz brunch
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz featuring the 501 East Trio with Carlos Lopes, Russ Boswell and Aidan Mason
Mill Street Brewery
Noon to 6 pm, Open house and tour 


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


Daniels Spectrum
6 pm, Hummingbird open mic
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia
5:30 pm, Cooking class - from the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market, $45
Mill Street Beer Hall
6:30 pm, Brewmaster’s Dinner, $50
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam


8 pm, Reid Henry
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
8 pm, Cabbage Head comedy night
Mill Street Brew Pub
6 pm, Tap that cask - relaunch party


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
8 pm, Mr T Dot
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
Mill Street Brew Pub
7 pm, Beer school


8 pm, The Wrong Kids
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


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Corktown Kitchen
11 am, Live jazz and brunch
11 am, Jazz brunch
Local GEST
3 pm, Kingsley Etienne.


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,
221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,