October 6

This week’s image:  Tuesday October 4 - the last day at the 2016 Market.


Check out our new page - Cabbagetown Coupons.  Kendall & Co have added a coupon this week, plus the three from last week are still there.  Click on this link or go to the box in the sidebar and “Save Your Money”.    


Moss Park redesign
The City of Toronto along with The 519 have been working on plans to redevelop the John Innes Community Centre, the Moss Park arena and the park around them.  
There were various rounds of community discussions and media publicity but then the plans were suddenly and dramatically changed.  In the new proposals, the facilities will be located on the west side next to the Moss Park Armoury.  The Cabbagetown South Residents have objected to the lack of transparency in this process.  
As a result, another consultation is planned with the residents’ association board on Monday October 10.
The Board is asking for your feedback.  You can view a detailed draft of the proposal here
Please review it and give your reactions to the Cabbagetown South Residents by email at  info@cabbagetownsouth.ca 

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
The 2016 market finished this week for the season.  It was a terrific success.  Some of its unsung but satisfying benefits included lots of gossip and people watching.  There were good crowds, great produce and welcoming vendors.  
Thanks to Taylor Marlow, Michelle Davidson, Dan Clark and Jenna Hossack - congrats all and congrats to the other organizers from Seed by Seed for your invaluable help.

Eric Murphy at Fog Lit
Eric spoke to writers and readers at the Fog Lit Festival in Saint John New Brunswick on September 29.  An accomplished author, he reflected on his techniques for character development. He also spoke to two grade nine classes and did two separate readings from his books.  A busy time.  Congrats, Eric.

Parkettes at Spruce and at Amelia
Construction on the BIA’s new parkettes at these two corners is progressing nicely.  There’ve been questions online about space for the Christmas tree guy at Spruce Street and the BIA assures us that his needs have been included in the design work.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum historical tidbit
Tofurkey wasn’t on the Thanksgiving menu one hundred years ago.  Irish immigrant, Ellen McCullough Ragen, would have been cooking up a storm, like Cabbagetowners today. Perhaps she consulted 1915’s hugely popular Five Roses Cook Book. She would have baked seasonal pies to complement a traditional turkey and fixings meal.  Maybe something cabbagey would have graced the table. And certainly heady aromas would have filled 174 River Street as her grocer husband and policeman brother sat down to the feast.                      


Join the #FastTurkeyChallenge
Corktown’s Good Shepherd Ministries (412 Queen E) feeds up to 1300 meals a day and provides homeless men with 91 beds each night.  They’ve issued a challenge - to fast at lunch on Friday October 7 and then donate the money to the Mission.  Announce your plan on social media and challenge two friends to join you.  For more info, a video and a link to register, click here.  

The Sidra Project
United Nations’ Creative Director Gabo Arora tells the story of a 12-year-old girl named Sidra who lives in a Jordanian refugee camp.  The short film, “Clouds over Sidra”, immerses the viewer in  360-degree experience using virtual realty technology. Free, October 11 and 12 from 4 to 7 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  

Allan Gardens - show and sale
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.  
Orchid and succulent plants are on sale on Saturday October 8 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton). 

The Canadian Cancer Society’s fundraiser for research and support services comes to Airship37 (37 Parliament) on Friday October 14 from 6 to 11 pm.  You’ll bask in the tasty delicasies from Toronto’s leading chefs along with beautiful wines and lots of craft beer and ciders.  VIP tickets are $45 and general admission (available at the door) is $25.  Click here for online info and tickets.  

CRC’s Building Lives Benefit and Fundraiser
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).  


Living in TCHC housing
Photo: Bernard Weil, Toronto Star
Betsy Powell wrote a story in the October 3 Toronto Star that shows just how awful the living conditions are in a Toronto Community Housing building.  She used the purple and green Victorian on Parliament Street to illustrate it.  It’s amazing that a public body can behave in this fashion - no landlord in a private rooming house doing these things would be tolerated.  Click here for her story. 
On her Facebook page, Victoria Hadden reports that she was on the tour of these buildings and they are far worse than described in the Toronto Star. 

Big city mayors
Photo: Justin Skinner, Inside Toronto
Mayors from Canada’s six largest cities met on Friday September 30 in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  They talked about a national housing strategy and about federal funding for social housing.
Justin Skinner wrote about their meeting in Inside Toronto - click here.
Jennifer Pagliaro did a story in the September 30 Toronto Star.  

See below for the full 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 October 8, 54 Below - Sharron Matthews.  Tickets and program details are $20 and $25, online here.
Saturday October 15. The times they are a-changin’, the protest music of Bob Dylan - Richard Lam with Anna Atkinson, Daniel Williston, Hunter Cardinal and Jessica Gallant.  Tickets and program details are $20 and $25,  online here.  


Congrats to The Saucy Milliner
The Saucy Milliner (10 Case Goods Lane, Distillery) makes beautiful hats.  Her hats were featured when Sophie Gregoire Trudeau wore her “Ingrid” hat in a lush bordeaux while greeting Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, during the recent Royal visit. 

Last minute turkeys
Mark at St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) invites last-minute drop-in customers to get their turkeys from him.  Some sizes, of course, are sold out.  

Thanksgiving Made Easy
In between picking up wine at the LCBO and turkey at St. Jamestown Steaks, stop into Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).  We have your other entertaining needs: serving ware, charcuterie boards, platters, bowls, cheese knives, drink glasses, barware, candles, vases and décor. We also have gifts and cards to thank your host. It’s your Thanksgiving One Stop Shop at Parliament & Winchester. Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 11am to 5 pm.

Wow Cabbagetown
Janine has moved her tea garden indoors as the weather cools.  It’s been a popular place for a bit of peace and quiet during the Festival and on shopping days on Parliament.  She’s introducing coffee from Hale’s Coffee Roasters to go with her six different tea selections.  And she’s got cookies, pastries and butter tarts.  Drop by and check out her lovely store and enjoy a coffee, a tea and a snack.  Open 11 am to 7 pm daily. 574 Parliament.

Jose’s Shoe Repair
Jose has decided to stay longer in his business.  He’s been encouraged by the response to his retirement news and so he’s giving it another six months.  Bring your shoes for a nice repair and let him know that you’re glad he’s staying.  Open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.  202 Carlton. 

The Farley Campaign
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. Until October 31.

Congrats to Eclectrisaurus
Leslie had a successful (and vey tiring) show at the Toronto Antique & Vintage Market on the weekend.  You can see her stuff in her lovely store, Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard E), on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3 to 8 pm, Saturday from noon to 7 pm and Sunday  from noon to 6 pm. 


Cranberries Thanksgiving dinner
This is always a very popular event - be sure to make a reservation.  You’ll enjoy a delicious three-course meal.  Starters include cream of butternut squash soup with pureed apple and bacon or organic green salad.  Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, fresh seasonal veggies, gravy, cranberry sauce and stuffing - all are the main course.  For dessert, choose apple pie with vanilla ice cream or pumpkin pie with whipped cream.  Sunday October 9 and Monday October 10 - two seatings each day, 5 and 7:30 pm.  $28 per person.  For your reservation, call (416) 925-6330.

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
Dominion’s traditional dinner includes roasted turkey, bacon and kale stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy buttered green beans and cranberry sauce.  $19.  500 Queen E

House on Parliament
Turkey with all the trimmings is available from 5 pm on Sunday and Monday.  And Sunday’s traditional prime rib dinner will be there for those who love it.  454 Parliament.

Local GEST
It’s a traditional turkey dinner with roast turkey, roasted, mashed or garlic potatoes, seasonal veggies, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce.  Dinner is $19.95.  Pumpkin pie with whipped cream is $5.95.  Call for reservations at (416) 961-9425.  Sunday and Monday, 

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.

No fuss-no muss turkey dinner
The Paintbox (555 Dundas E) is offering a roast turkey dinner for take-out.  That includes roast turkey, apple, onion and sage stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and sauteed green beans and carrots.  Plus place your order two business days in advance. To order, click here. $25.50 and get a 10% discount when you use the word TURKEYFEAST. . 


Merryberry’s Cooking classes
Cyril’s last Farmer’s Market cooking classes happens on October 12.  Squash will be the main player - roasted squash soup, squash risotto and even an apple and squash preserve.  Wednesday, 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.

Peartree’s art
Jack Grunsky’s abstract paintings will be exhibited in Peartree (507 Parliament) through November.  His show is entitled Water Under the Bridge. Drop by and enjoy a nifty meal while you’re there.

Merryberry’s art
Toronto photographer Vanessa Paxton is showing at Merryberry (559 Parliament).  You can see her extensive portfolio here.  http://vanessapaxton.com 

Jeff and Noah
It’s the first Thursday of the month so Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin are playing at the Local GEST (424 Parliament).  8 pm.  


Alumnae Theatre
70 Berkeley Street
Up next - 
2016 Fireworks Festival - November 9 to 27.
Online info and tickets.  

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

50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
Noises Off - now to October 22
Online info and tickets.
Karen Fricker, Toronto Star
J Kelly Nestruck, Globe & Mail
Hosanna - onstage now to October 15
Online info and tickets.
J Kell Nestruck, Globe & Mail
Karen Fricker, Toronto Star
Robert Cushman, National Post

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.
  • 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.



  • 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, Havelin
The Irv
6:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin
Mill Street Brew Pub
6 pm, Tap that cask


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
8 pm, DJ Dash
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 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, Sharron Matthews, $20 and $25


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
11 am, Jazz brunch
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Zim Zum with Ian Lazarus (sax), Colin Flint (bass guitar), Jay Danley (guitars) and Ilios Sterynnis (drums). 


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


6 pm, Billy Wenga, The Piano Guy
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
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam


8 pm, Gareth Bush
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 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, Boom
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 15. The times they are a-changin’, the protest music of Bob Dylan - Richard Lam with Anna Atkinson, Daniel Williston, Hunter Cardinal and Jessica Gallant. $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 Sophia Pearlman


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 W, (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