September 8

This week’s image:  lunch on a Festival patio

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW 

A quick reminder about traffic
For the first time, Parliament Street from Wellesley to Gerrard and Carlton from Parliament to Berkeley will be closed to traffic all weekend, not just during the day.  The streets will close at 6 am on Saturday and reopen at 9 pm on Sunday.  Amelia, Prospect, Winchester, Lancaster, Carlton east of Parliament and Spruce will not exit onto Parliament during these times. One-way streets around the Festival will also change direction.  

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS ON PARLIAMENT STREET

Cabbagetown Festival
The annual Parliament Street festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.  There’ll be restaurant patios and pop-up food vendors, lots of entertainment, artisans’ booths and special events in shops along the street.  It happens on Saturday September 10 from 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday September 11 from 11 am to 7 pm  

Festival food and entertainment
The Festival’s website lists the bands, the food vendors and the artisans who will line the streets.   

Opening ceremonies
Carlton and Parliament at 11:30 am on Saturday.  To celebrate the 40th anniversary, Daniel et Daniel has baked special macaroons for the crowd - and one of them will contain a Festival pendant made specially by Fair Trade Jewellery.

Cabbagetown mural unveiling party
Drop by the LCBO (512 Parliament) at 3 pm on Saturday for the official launch party for the new mural.  The project is finished. Congrats to Poonam Sharma, Michael Cavanaugh and their enthusiastic volunteer crew for the design and the good job with all the detailed painting. St James Town Arts was commissioned by the Cabbagetown BIA to create this mural as a salute to the 40th anniversary of the Cabbagetown Festival.

Boxing demonstrations
The Cabbagetown Boxing Club (upstairs, 2 Lancaster) will hold training and sparring demonstrations on Saturday from noon to 2 pm.  Free admission.

Nuit Vert
Visit Winchester School’s community garden at Winchester and Rose Avenue for Green Thumb’s Festival evening. Honour the land with Indigenous dancer, Jolene May.  Transform the garden with art-making.  Sing with Gladstone Hotel Melody Lounge host, MyA Tran.  Share earth tales with Catalyst Centre storyteller, Chris Cavanaugh.  Sip a Black River Spritzer and sample tasty treats.  Saturday, 6 to 9 pm, free admission.

Get Running
The CYC’s Fun Run happens on Sunday morning.  Register at 8 am  - the race starts at 9 am. It’s a 2 km mini-marathon and as always, everyone’s welcome.  $20.  Pre-register online here.  

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.  

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
CCDT (509 Parliament) has long been a mainstay in the Festival program.  It’ll be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.  From noon to 1:30 pm each day, the public are welcome to visit and watch a company class in action. 
CCDT’s 09 Dancewear will give a 15% discount on Festival days and there will be a 10% discount for students who enrol in a program during the Festival. 

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.  

My personal highlights
The block between Wellesley and Amelia is always a bit crazy - lots of vendors, South Asian bbq, karaoke and crowds of people enjoying themselves.  St Jamestown Steak & Chops (514 Parliament) serves up incredible quantities of bacon sandwiches and burgers - delicious.  F’Amelia (12 Amelia) has picked a great weekend to launch its new brunch service.  At Carlton and Parliament, the patios at Peartree (507 Parliament) and Johnny G’s across the street (478 Parliament) offer the best people-watching spaces.   Kingyo and Zakkushi have teamed up and the result is outstanding Japanese food - at Winchester. It’s good to see Danny Marks, Jim Heinemann and the St Jamestown Youth Steel Orchestra performing again - amazing local talent. 

EVENTS AROUND RIVERDALE PARK

Art & Crafts in the Park
180 artists and artisans will present their works in Riverdale Park on Friday (1 to 7 pm), Saturday (10 am to 6 pm) and Sunday (10 am to 6 pm).   It’s a major attraction during the Festival weekend.  The list of exhibitors 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. Both groups give you a chance to get acquainted with the volunteers who do so much to celebrate our heritage in our neighbourhood.

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 (east end of Winchester) 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!

Riverdale Farm Fall Festival
The Farm’s Festival runs from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday in The Farm (Winchester and Sumach).  Highlights include the corn roast on both days and the pancake breakfast on Sunday from 9 to 11 :30 am. There’ll be games, a cow flap toss, a wheelbarrow race, face painting and farmer demonstrations.  

STUFF FOR KIDS

The Kids Zone
The Kids Zone is located on Carlton Street throughout the weekend.  Special events include Reptile Shows on Saturday at 1 and 4 pm, Magic Shows on Sunday at noon and 3 pm and a special event by the Children’s Book Bank on Saturday at 1:45 pm.  

Free dance classes at CCDT
Kids ages 4 to 7 can take part in a free dance class from 1:30 to 2 pm and 2:30 to 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Live music. 509 Parliament.

Build robots at Thorious
Kids will learn how to use robots by controlling them in games and competing with other kids.  Events will run continuously from 9 am to 5 pm each day. 438 Parliament. 

WOW Contests
Free balloons for your kids.   Try to say “Fresh Friday Flowers” five times - the fastest one recorded will win four weeks of free flower deliveries.
Name the beautiful female water feature in WOW’s SereniTEA garden and win tea for two plus dessert.
574 Parliament

Kumon
Visit the Kumon booth on Carlton near the Festival’s Kid Zone to find out about Kumon math and reading programs.

818 Toronto Falcon Squadron
The Squadron will have a booth on Parliament during the weekend.  Visit it to learn about the RCAF air cadets

CABBAGETOWN REGENT PARK MUSEUM 

Festival historic tidbit
The Cabbagetown Festival has inspired, entertained and engaged the talents of residents for 40 years and attracted visitors from across the city. Celebrated artist, social activist and local resident, Bill Stapleton (1916-2008), documented many of the folks who gathered at festival time. Bill took his sketch pad everywhere and captured with rare skill the joys and sorrows of those around him. At Festival time, it was mostly pride and enchantment. He also donated drawings and paintings (like the piggy portrait below) to raise money for local causes, like ArtHeart at Regent Park. The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum is the custodian for hundreds of Bill’s paintings and drawings, including this 1995 Festival poster and portrait of Sally-the-pig, who was once a resident of Riverdale Farm. 
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page and the physical Museum at Riverdale Farm’s Simpson House on week-ends: Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. 
For more about artist Bill Stapleton, see the display near ArtHeart on the second floor of the Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas East.

FESTIVAL BUSINESS SPECIALS

Fair Trade Jewellery earrings and pendants
The Fair Trade Jewellery Company (523 Parliament) has designed Cabbagetown earrings and pendants for the Festival using Fairtrade/Fairmined certified silver.  These made-in-Cabbagetown earrings & pendants will be available today and during the Festival.  Available separately for $65 each and as a set for $125.  Quantities are limited.
One of the pendants will also be given as a prize during the opening ceremonies.  Daniel & Daniel & FTJCo will be giving away macaroons during the opening and one of the macaroons will have a 'golden ticket' for a Cabbagetown pendant.

Nano’s Hair Spa
Nano is celebrating her Grand Opening during the Festival weekend.  There’ll be face painting, a pinata for the kids and raffles for Hair Spa special services.  Drop by and check out her bright salon and get acquainted. 440 Parliament.

Kendall & Co - proudly Cabbagetown
Kendall’s special window display celebrates the 40th Cabbagetown
Fest . Kevin has beautifully styled the shop.  Bring your friends and
family to Kendall & Co for the best gifts and home accents. Kendall’s 
latest Cabbagetown-inspired merchandise gives new meaning to shopping local. Open both Saturday and Sunday at 514 Parliament St.

BUSINESS 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.  

RESTAURANT NEWS

Brunch at F’Amelia
F’Amelia (12 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. Party spaces are available for large groups.  Brunch and cocktail specials will be available each week.

Music in the pubs
House on Parliament - Festival favourites Go Freddy Go will play on Saturday from noon onward. 454 Parliament.
Local GEST - Steve Grant will jam after 10 pm on Saturday night and Terry Logan Trio will play on the patio on Sunday afternoon. 424 Parliament.

Trivia returns to Local GEST
Trivia Night is back at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) after a summer holiday.  It starts on Wednesday September 14 at 8 pm and continues every Wednesday.

Take a break from the Festival
The Irv (195 Carlton) is outside the Festival’s zone.  It’s a great place for a Festival get-away, a block away from the excitement and hustle.  Watch for the Cabbagetown burger on the menu.

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8 TO SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18

  • 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 8

Dominion
8 pm, Steve Peconi
House on Parliament
Oyster and Guinness night
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
8 pm, Cabbage Head comedy night

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.
House on Parliament
Noon , Go Freddy Go on the patio
Local GEST
10 pm, jam with Steve Grant
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
3 pm, Terry Logan Trio on the patio. 

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12

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

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 15

Dominion
8 pm, Enzo Boldrini
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Wizdome
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 17

Dominion
8 pm, The Candace Sand 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 18

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
FUSE
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..

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