October 20

This week’s image:  The new super park in the Don Valley.  Image by Brenda Webster Tweel with Felipe Avila, Evergreen


Check out our new page - Cabbagetown Coupons.  This week, Kendall & Co will pay the tax on your purchase of its garden fountains.  Click on this link or go to the box in the sidebar and “Save Your Money”.    

A new service.  Make your announcement.  Ask for help finding your lost cat and dog.  Offer up your apartment rentals.  Alert the world to the goodies in your garage sales.  Check out this new section below.  Send your announcements (and a picture if you have one) by Wednesday evening to cabbagetownreview@gmail.com  


A new park in the Don Valley
Mayor John Tory together with Evergreen has announced that the lower Don Valley from Todmorden Mills to the lake will soon be designated as an official city park.  Private sponsors have pledged $3.4 million toward initial costs and the Mayor hopes eventually to get a total of $5 million for this stage.  
Read the full description of the park and the plan for the valley on the new website.  
The Toronto Star has written a detailed story about this project. 
CityNews also did a story with maps and area photos.  

Attempted motorcycle theft
Andrew keeps his bike parked and locked on Wellesley near the park.  About 9 am on Tuesday morning earlier this week, he saw a man fooling around with it and went out to see what was going on.  A second bike was parked beside his. The guy had a tool belt and possibly a set of skeleton keys.  When Andrew challenged him, he barked right back, stalling while he kept working the bike’s lock.  Andrew called the police and used his phone to snap the guy’s photo along with another one of the second bike parked nearby.  The guy took off.  The police identified the second bike as another stolen vehicle and then caught the guy six hours later in a truck loaded with other stolen bikes. Nice.

Steve Kwan’s Tai Chi Class
Steve has offered his Tai Chi classes in our neighbourhood for several years.  He’s a popular and effective teacher.  (He’s also been the owner of Del Ray Cleaners at 586 Parliament for over 50 years.) His classes are starting up again at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) on Sunday October 23 from 9 to 10:30 am. Your fee will be a donation to the CYC - $10 per month. 

Boo Barn at the Farm
A great kids event over the weekend at Riverdale Farm (Winchester east of Sumach).  There’ll be face painting and pumpkin carving.  No fee - a $5 donation per pumpkin s requested.

CPA’s Cabbagetown Talks
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is launching a new series - Cabbagetown Talks -  about important issues for our neighbourhood.
The first one - Imagining our Main Street - happens on Tuesday October 25, 7 to 9 pm, The Meeting House at Riverdale Farm.  The panel will include Mike Major from the City of Toronto’s BIA Office, Michael Sraga from The Planning Partnership and Eric Turcotte from Urban Strategies.  $5 at the door, CPA members free.

Atia Pokorny’s exhibition
Atia’s dramatic photography will be shown at G44, the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Suite 120 - 401 Richmond St W), from Friday October 21 to Saturday November 5.  Her opening reception is on Friday October 21 from 6 to 8 pm.  You can see an explanation of her work, Space Revisited, and some of her photographs online here.  https://gallery44.org/exhibitions/space-revisited

Mad about Margaret’s
The fifth annual fundraiser on behalf of Margaret’s, a home for women struggling with mental health issues.  The program features honourary patron Margaret Trudeau along with Glen Murray, Arlene Perly Rae, Luba Goy, Julie Dabrusin and Peter Tabuns.  Mary Walsh is the keynote speaker.  Your ticket includes dinner and drinks.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Friday October 21, 6 pm, $250 - for more info and tickets, click here.  

Building Lives
In 2015, Regent Park had the highest child poverty rate in Canada and 46% of residents lived on low income.  CRC goes beyond food banks to address the issues that keep people in poverty.
Check out the CRC’s website and be sure to click on the page “CRC makes a difference” - it’s an impressive story.
The evening will feature musical performances from some of Canada’s most celebrated musicians and performers including Jackie Richardson, Shakura S’Aida, Juan Chioran, Paul Williamson and the Regent Park School of Music Senior Choir, emceed by Ross Petty, all under the direction of David Warrack.
Tickets are $200.  You can buy them at the website.  Monday, October 24, 6:30 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  

Annual pumpkin walk
The Cabbagetown Residents Association will hold its annual pumpkin walk in Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester) on Tuesday November 1 from 5 to 9 pm.  Bring your Hallowe’en pumpkin and a candle and show off your carving skills. Kids can drss up in their costumesall over again. It’s a lot of fun and a great chance to say hello to your friends and neighbours.  As always, there’ll be a donation box for your non-perishable food gift for the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Allan Gardens show
Photo: Suzanne Hajdu
The 2016 Chrysanthemum show 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).

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Photo courtesy Mike Filey 
When the bell atop No. 7 Fire Station on Wilton (now Dundas) just east of Parliament Street rang its alarm, firefighters sprang into action … and small boys raced to watch the excitement. One Lord Dufferin School Old Boy fondly remembered occasions when “every boy within [the bell’s] radius dropped everything and pelted hell for election for Parliament St. to see ‘Wilton Ave’ on their way to a hoped-for conflagration with gong clanging, sparks flying, and firemen hanging on by their eyelids while they worked their way into rubber coats and boots.”  This fabulous 1890s photograph shows the local heroes – including Fire Chief John Thompson at the far left – posing with their one-horse hose cart outside the Hose Station No 7. Thompson, who lived nearby, had started his career at No. 7 before moving on to higher ranks.         


Garage for rent
Garage for rent on Jeffreys Lane, west off Sackville between Wellesley and Amelia. Call Ron at 416 300 7093


Noah Richler’s new book
Photo: Andrew Frances Wallace, Toronto Star
Noah threw himself into last year’s federal election as the NDP candidate in nearby St Paul’s riding.  His new book, The Candidate: Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail, is a pithy account of his experiences.  The Toronto Star excerpted a sample - click here to read it.  
For those who want more, both the book and the Kobo version are available at Indigo Chapters - buy a copy here.   

More murals
Photo: Dan Pearce, Inside Toronto
Murals in the west side of Underpass Park have been completed and unveiled.  They’re situated on pillars that support the overpasses at Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide, west of Lower River Street and they complement the ones done last year on the east side. Justin Skinner wrote about the project in Inside Toronto. 

ReLeaf’s new program
ReLeaf, the Cabbagetown organization devoted to maintaining and replanting trees in our community, has started a six-month exercise to recruit and teach local residents about proper tree care.  May Warren wrote about the launch of the program in Metro.  

Shirley Irving
Last week, there were several accounts of the tragic accident at Spruce and Parliament that killed Shirley Irving.  Her husband, Ray, was injured in the same accident.  Terry Davidson did an interview with him about these events for the Toronto Sun.  
CityNews ran a follow-up afterward.  It describes the accident, gives Ray Irving’s account and notes that the police seem to be slow to take it seriously.  

See below for the full Theatre & Dance Calendar

Into the work
Toronto Dance Theatre will present Christopher House’s Animated at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Harbourfront from November 1 to 5 (see the Theatre & Dance Calendar below).  A special preview will be offered on Monday October 24 from 7 to 8 pm at the Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester).  It’s your chance to go behind the scenes to learn more about his creative process. Free.

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The orchestra opens its 2016-2017 season with its concert featuring Sibelius’ Finlandia, Elgar’s cello concerto and Dvorjak’s 9 from the New World.  Thursday, November 3 at 8 pm in Little Trinity Anglican Church (425 King E).  Tickets are $10 (kids free).  Check out the orchestra’s new website

Soulpepper Cabarets
Saturdays at 8:30 pm in the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery), $20 and $25.  
Saturday October 22,  The Bryce Kulak Fall Fete. Tickets and program details are online here. $20 and $25   
Saturday October 29, Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto. Tickets and program details are online here. $20 and $25  


Outpouring with excitement
We can always expect something extraordinary at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament). Check out the weatherproof garden fountains with animated crows, ducks and roosters that pour water out of their beaks every so often. Add life and fun to your backyard, rooftop deck or cottage. Limited quantities, exclusively at Kendall & Co. Get a coupon and Kendall will pay the tax on your purchase. 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays.  http://kendallandco.ca/fyi

The Farley Campaign - to October 31
Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E) regularly joins the annual Farley fundraising campaign.  The money that’s collected supports families who need the help to provide proper veterinary care for their pets.
This year, they’re organizing a Bottle Drive - donate your (empty!) wine, liquor and beer bottles to the campaign.  You can drop them off or call the Clinic to arrange a pickup.  (416) 928-6761.


Afterlife Hallowe’en costume party
Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E).  There’ll be a DJ, pizes and food and drink specials.  You need a costume to get in.  Saturday October 29, 9 pm to 3 am.  $5 cover

The Wheel of Misfortune
Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).  Every time you buy a $6 Louis Cifer pint, you’ll get a free spin on the Wheel.  Saturday October 29, 8 pm to 2 am, $10.


Congrats Under the Table
Photo: Jeff Wong, toronto.com 
toronto.com has listed Toronto’s ten top spots for deep fried chicken dinners.  Under the Table (568 Parliament)  is, of course, one of them.  They say it’s “a must if you’re craving comfort food.”  Click here to read the article.  l 

F’Amelia brunch
Brunch is now served on Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm.  There’s a coupon available - click here to enjoy a special savings.  12 Amelia. 

Mill Street’s 10th anniversary
The Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane) is celebrating its tenth anniversary on Thursday October 27.  Enjoy a special Tap That Cask with Steve Abrams, co-founder of the brewery, and live music from 6 to 9 pm.  Free snacks and samples.  No cover charge - just drop in and have fun for the evening.

Paintbox Bistro
Claire Riley returns for Jazzforia - 7 to 9 pm, Saturday October 22.  No cover.  555 Dundas E

Chowder at Cyril’s cooking class 
Cyril’s next cooking class at Merryberry (559 Parliament) will feature warm, delicious, comforting chowders. There’s a good chance that it’ll fill up quickly. If that happens, he’ll schedule a second one.  
Tuesday October 25, 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.

Oktoberfest at Dominion
Brats and craft beer every day to October 30.  Oktoberfest inspired menu.  Buy the stein for $7 with any 32 oz of select beers.  Special Craft-Oberfest Party on Thursday October 27 from 8 pm to 2 am.  500 Queen E.


Alumnae Theatre
70 Berkeley Street

Up next - 
2016 Fireworks Festival - November 9 to 27.
Online info and tickets here.  
  • The Creases in My Sari - November 9 to 13
  • Inked Heart - November 16 to 20
  • Motherland - November 23 to 27

Canadian Stage
Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street

All But Gone - playing to November 6
Online info and tickets here.

Up next -
Dollhouse - November 16 to November 20
Online info and tickets here.

50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Noises Off - now to October 22
Online info and tickets here.

J Kelly Nestruck, Globe & Mail
Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

Hosanna - extended to October 22
Online info and tickets here.

J Kelly Nestruck, Globe & Mail 
Karen Fricker, Toronto Star  
Robert Cushman, National Post

Up next -
Piya Beyrupiya (Twelfth Night) - October 27 to 29 (4 performances only)
Online tickets and info here. 

A Brimful of Asha - November 1 to 5 (5 performances only)
Online tickets and info here.

Chasse-Galerie - November 11 to November 26
Online tickets and info here.

Native Earth Performing Arts
Aki Studio Theatre, Daniels Spectrum,  585 Dundas St E

Weesageechak 29 - November 9 to November 19, 7:30 pm
  • Festival of Indigenous Work
  • 2-Spirit Cabaret - November 11 (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre)
Online tickets and info here

Toronto Dance Theatre
80 Winchester Street

Animated - November 1 to 5 (Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay W)
  • Martingales
  • Fjeld
  • Animated Shorts



  • 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, Open mic with Porter
Mill Street Brew Pub
6 pm, Tap that cask


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
8 pm, Death Cohen
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, Chris Strang 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
5 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
7 pm, Jazzforia with Claire Riley
8:30 pm, The Bryce Kulak Fall Fete, $20 and $25


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, the Ryan Oliver Trio


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


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


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


8 pm, SameSame But Different
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Cabbage Head comedy


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
8 pm, DJ Knoxx
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, DJ Wizdome
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
5 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
8:30 pm, Saturday October 29, Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto. $20 and $25.


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 Sherie Marshall


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188,  https://www.facebook.com/CorktownKitchen 
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, https://www.facebook.com/DominionTO/
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, https://www.facebook.com/elcatrin.ca
366 Queen St E, http://fusedining.com 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-beer-hall/
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-brew-pub/
568 Parliament, (416) 323-9381, https://www.facebook.com/MurgatroidTO
514 King E, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, https://www.facebook.com/PaintboxBistro/
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533, https://www.facebook.com/underthetabletoronto