September 22

This week’s image:  Ray Prince and his nifty car

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

FESTIVAL SNAPSHOTS
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.  

LOCAL NEWS

Landscaping and upgrades
The Cabbagetown BIA is sponsoring improvements at two small boulevards along Parliament Street.  The work has started at Amelia and Parliament - with new planters, reinforced areas for the trees and improved interlocking brickwork.  Spruce and Parliament beside the No Frills store will be done in a couple of weeks. Interestingly, the area beside No Frills will still accommodate the annual Christmas tree sale that’s been held there for decades.

New developments on Parliament
A new Korean restaurant is currently being installed at 584 Parliament - with a target opening before Christmas.  It’s located in the former Little Shmiddy’s site just south of Wellesley.

Fan Village - World Cup of Hockey
The Fan Village continues 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 with the Pepsi stage 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.  

Watch for the walkers
The annual Walk for Sick Kids is returning to Cabbagetown on Saturday September 24.  It’s an annual fundraiser and about 3000 people will take part.  Riverdale Park will be the site of a lunch stop and the walkers are expected between 11 am and 1 pm.  Walkers will use the sidewalks and there won’t be any street closures.  Here’s a link to the walk’s website.  

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
The Fall veggies are available now and they’re lovely - tomatoes and eggplants have been getting great reviews.
The season will be winding down soon.  Take advantage of the beautiful late summer weather and visit the park for your favourite goodies.  Brenda Brown McNee was there on Tuesday - lookin’ good!  3 to 7 pm, every Tuesday.  Riverdale Park (Sumach at Winchester).

Ray’s TR4
Ray bought his Triumph TR4 in 1961 and he’s owned it ever since.  He’s had it refurbished once and he keeps it in very good repair. He drives it sparingly - last weekend he was headed to a car meet near Burlington. Whenever he’s got it on the road, it’s noticeable.  When he isn’t enjoying his Triumph, he’s a remarkably talented wood worker - check out his website here.  

COMING EVENTS

Regent Park Artisans Market
Celebrate the vibrancy of Autumn at the Market on the Mews, 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday October 1.  There’ll be jewellery, fashion, food, textiles, music and crafts.  The Fashion Truck will open a mobile boutique.  Paintbox Bistro will offer their fine menus.  Mews, beside the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).

Gentle Tai Chi
Michael White has started up his gentle Tai Chi classes for the Fall season.  Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs (101 Spruce - second floor).  For further information or registration, contact Michael at michael.white@sympatico.ca 

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 9 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.  

Chrysanthemums at Allan Gardens
The 2016 Chrysanthemum show opens on October 9 and continues to  November 6, 10 am to 5 pm, free admission.  There’ll be over 1600 flowering plants from 80 varieties and all of them should be fully open by October 22.  Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton). 

IN THE MEDIA

Axe throwing and air guns
Photo: blogTO
On Thursday September 22, the Toronto Star reported that a new business is setting up on Dundas just east of River.  It’ll offer a shooting and throwing range for axes and air guns.  Its arrival has sparked some questioning from city councillor Pam McConnell.  Read the story here.  

Fishing in the Don
Photo: Louise Koepfler
Louise Koepfler snapped this photo from the pedestrian bridge between east and west Riverdale Park.  On August 28, the Toronto Star wrote about the river’s revival and the improving numbers of various fish species now living there.  Click here to read the story.  

ON STAGE
See below for the new Theatre & Dance Calendar

Soulpepper Cabarets
The Cabarets have returned for another season - Saturdays at 8:30 pm in the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery), $20 and $25.  
Saturday September 24.  Raoul’s blues interviews with Paul James and Terry Wilkins.  Tickets and program details are online here.  
Saturday October1. The lost book of Canadian songs - Tom Allen and John Millard.  Tickets and program details are online here.

Singing River
Stories, live music, dance and an audio installation - all based around our relationship with the Wonscotonach River (the Don River).  The event revolves around two complementary strands - Stream of Stories focuses on tales about river creatures and A River’s Journey presents performances and music inspired by water.  Saturday September 24, 2 to 6 pm, Corktown Common 

Aftermath
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.

Whiskey Jack CD release
On October 19, Whiskey Jack will launch a new CD in a special show at the Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas W).  Devin Cuddy will join the band with his own music as well as Stompin’ Tom songs. Tickets are on sale now -  click here.  

Corktown Ukulele Jam
The CUJam happens every Wednesday in the Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) from 8 to 11 pm.  On the first Wednesday of every month, the Jam uses a theme.  On October 5, it’ll be songs that mention “Colours” and on November 2, it’s “Murder & Mayhem”.  For more info, visit the website.  

BUSINESS NEWS

The sweet smell of shopping local
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has introduced its own collection of room sprays.  They’re named for its postal code which is coincidentally where the sprays are made.  Each is a unique blend of natural, organic, essential oils.  They’re based on top feedback from Kendall’s customers.  The scents of Cabbagetown are in the air at 514 parliament.  Shop hours - Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.  Click here to see Kendall’s latest website entry.  

Urbandog expands again
Urbandog (37 Parliament) added a third dog daycare centre in Liberty Village in the summer and it’s called Park9 (1071 King W). Urbandog also operates a dog and cat boarding facility just minutes from Pearson International Airport.  Clients in the Distillery and Liberty Village may use the free shuttle service to the Park9 Pearson location.  

Goodbye Jose
Jose’s Shoe Repair (202 Carlton) is closing.  Signs are posted in his window announcing his retirement.  He asks that anyone with shoe claims or other personal property pick them up as soon as possible.  Several neighbours have lamented his departure - he’s a quiet and very affable guy.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Merryberry’s Cooking classes
Cyril is continuing his Farmer’s Market cooking classes over the next two Wednesdays. Onions are planned for September 28 - raw, marinated, pickled, cooked, caramelized.  This class is full and he’s started a waiting list in case of cancellations.  On October 5, squash will be the main player - roasted squash soup, squash risotto and even an apple and squash preserve.  This class is also full and he’s about to book a second one on the same topic.  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.

Spoken Lives
Stories that women share - about adventure, triumph and success.  Tuesday, September 27, 6 to 8:30 pm, Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E), Tickets $20/advance and $30/door - available online here.  

Oktoberfest at Mill Street
There’ll be 14 beers on tap (including Nightmare Pumpkin Ale), plus live music and a special Bavarian menu.  October 1 from 5 pm to 2 am, Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane).  $30.  

Tap That Cask
It’s back - Mill Street’s popular beer and cheese sampling event.  Every Thursday, 7 to 11 pm, Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane).  

Peartree’s Thanksgiving menu
Peartree (507 Parliament) has announced its special menu for the Thanksgiving weekend and it sound scrumptious - roasted butternut squash soup, roast turkey and pumpkin pie.  All for $24.99 per person.  Call (416)  962-8190 or email peartree@rogers.com for reservations.  

Congrats Odin
Photo:  blogTO
Toronto Life listed the five best licensed cafes in the city and Odin (514 King W) was there on top of the list.  Read the article here.  

2-4-1 Pizza
The pizza shop at 451 Parliament was damaged in last winter’s fire and has remained closed ever since.  The owner tells us that he’s waiting for a fire department report and when he gets that, he’ll be able to begin his reconstruction.  So far, he has no idea how long this will take.

THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS

Alumnae Theatre
70 Berkeley Street
THIS - onstage now to October 1
Online info and tickets - here.

Canadian Stage
Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street
All But Gone - October 11 to November 6
Online info and tickets - here.

Soulpepper
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
Noises Off - September 21 to October 22
Online info and tickets - here.
Hosanna - September 23 to October 15
Online info and tickets - here.

Native Earth Performing Arts
Aki Studio Theatre, Daniels Spectrum,  585 Dundas St E
Rutas Panamericanas - October 5 to October 16
International performing arts festival
Online info and tickets - here.
  • Antigonas Tribunal de Mujeres - October 5, 6 and 8
  • SolOthello - October 6, 7 and 8
  • ImShift - October 7 to October 9
  • Diaspora Dub - October 9
  • Hamlet de los Andes - October 12, 14 and 15
  • Undefined Fraction - October 13, 15 and 16
  • If Silence Knew - October 13, 14 and 15
  • Carmen Aguirre’s Broken Tailbone - October 14
  • The Pass System - October 8
  • Mirar Morir - October 16
Coleman, Lemieux & Compagnie
The Citadel, 304 Parliament Street
Just Words - October 6 to October 8
Online info and tickets - here.


CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22 TO SUNDAY OCTOBER 2
  • 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 22

Dominion
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

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23

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

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24

Dominion
8 pm, The Wrong Kids
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 Cabaret
8:30 pm, Raoul’s blues interviews, $20 and $25

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25

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

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 26

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

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27

Paintbox
6 pm, Spoken Lives, $20/advance and $30/door
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia
Merryberry
5:30 pm, Cooking class - from the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market, $45
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29

Dominion
8 pm, Gareth Bush
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Cabbage Head comedy

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, DJ DXB
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 OCTOBER 1

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 Cabaret
8:30 pm, The lost book of Canadian songs with Tom Allen, $20 and $25

SUNDAY OCTOBER 2

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Corktown Kitchen
11 am, Live jazz and brunch
FUSE
11 am, Jazz brunch
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz featuring the Carin Redman Trio with Mark Kieswetter and Ross MacIntyre

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