October 13

This week’s image:  Time to vote

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

SAVE YOUR MONEY
Check out our new page - Cabbagetown Coupons.  Click on this link or go to the box in the sidebar and “Save Your Money”.    

OPEN HOUSES
An intriguing home is now on sale - in the Peanut Factory Loft.  Click here to read about this weekend’s open house there. 

CABBAGETOWN SNAPSHOTS
23 new pictures are posted this week - all celebrating this season’s Farmer’s Market.  Click here to see them.  

LOCAL NEWS

A sad death
On September 24 at 1:15 pm, an 84-year-old woman and her 75-year-old companion were struck by a cyclist at the corner of Spruce and Parliament.  She was hospitalized with a broken shoulder and pelvis.  He received minor injuries. She died on October 6.
The cyclist fled the scene.  He is described as white, heavy set, 5’8”, possibly wearing a green helmet.  People at the scene spoke to him.
The police are asking that anyone who witnessed the event contact them at (416) 808-5100 or at Crime Stoppers, (416) 222-TIPS.  Click here to read the news release.  http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/36192 
Thanks to Keith Lawrance at the Cabbagetown Residents Association and Rick Walker for telling me about this incident. 

St Peter’s closes
St Peter’s Church (188 Carlton) is a Cabbagetown landmark and a heritage site.  Its congregation is amalgamating with St Simon’s on Bloor just west of  Parliament.  The last service on Carlton will be held on Sunday October 23.  
For many years, it’s been struggling financially despite offering a satisfying community life for its parishioners.  Recent property sales have injected some funds into its day-to-day operations but not enough to tackle the renovations needed for the building.  Both the local congregation and the Diocese have concluded that they cannot afford the work that’s needed to properly restore the structure.
Its closure will be a loss for the surrounding community.  The property will most likely be sold and as a heritage building, it will need respectful treatment by its future owners.

Be sure to vote
Americans and those with dual American and Canadian citizenship should be casting their mail-in ballots right now for the US elections.  Sue has hers ready to go.  Although we didn’t press her about her choice, we doubt that she’s leaning toward Donald Trump.

A missing cow
Following up on a query from a Cabbagetown fan of Riverdale Farm, I asked the Farm staff whether a cow had gone missing.  In fact, she’s part of an ongoing plan that keeps the livestock younger and healthier.  Pigs are rotated two or three times a year and piglets brought in to replace them.  Sheep and goats are also changed yearly.  In this case, a Shorthorn cow was bred and the Farm has kept her heifer calf. The cow has joined a Shorthorn herd at a farm that partners with the Farm.

CPA’s Cabbagetown Talks
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is launching a series - Cabbagetown Talks -  about important issues for our neighbourhood.
The first talk - 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.

OktoberFEAST
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.  

Blown Away - ArtHeart at Jet Fuel
ArtHeart has organized its annual exhibition and sale of children’s art at Jet Fuel (519 Parliament).  These are charming pieces done by kids ages 4 and up - proceeds from the sales of each piece go directly to the child.  ArtHeart provides free visual arts education for kids in Regent Park.  Reception on Sunday October 16, 3 to 5 pm.  

Atia Pokorny’s exhibition
Atia’s 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.  

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.  

CRC’s 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).  

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

Allan Gardens show
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).

IN THE MEDIA

Tunnel under Century Lofts
Photo:  Court documents/CBC News
An unusual issue has arisen for condo owners living in Century Lofts (365 Dundas E).  They’ve located a strange 20-metre tunnel under the building that they believe is causing dangerous conditions.  They’re suing the building’s developer over it.  The CBC did a story about it on October 6 - click here to read it. 

ON STAGE
See below for the full Theatre & Dance Calendar

Whiskey Jack at Lula Lounge
This is the Toronto performance of Whiskey Jack’s Stompin’ Tom Sesquicentennial Show.  The band has been presenting it for over 30 months in theatres across Ontario.  Special guests include Douglas John Cameron singing “k d lang” and Devin Cuddy with “The Don Valley Jail”.  Wednesday October 19, 8 pm, Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas W).  Tickets are available here - $37.50.  

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 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 425,  available online here.  
Saturday October 23,  The Bryce Kulak Fall Fete. Tickets and program details are $20 and $25, available online here. 

BUSINESS NEWS 

We’ve Been Framed
A wider selection of framed Cabbagetown streets is now available at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament). They’re great gifts and you can hang one in your home to show your pride. Open weekdays Monday to  Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 11am to 5 pm. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi

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.

RESTAURANT NEWS

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. 

Psychic brunch is back
The psychics are returning to Cranberries (601 Parliament).  Since 2003, they’ve offered accurate, professional and sympathetic advice - they’re a popular favourite at Cranberries.  The net proceeds from the event support Spectra, a non-profit group that celebrates diversity in music.  $40 includes two insightful 15-minute readings and a $5 voucher toward any item on Cranberries daily menu.  Sunday October 16,11 am to 6 pm.  More info online here.  

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

Merryberry’s cooking class schedule
The new class schedule starts now.  Cyril hopes to have a class every two weeks.  
His next one will feature warm, delicious, comforting chowders. There’s a good chance that it’ll fill up quickly but don’t worry, 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.

THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS & REVIEWS

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

Soulpepper
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District


Photo: Bronwyn Sharp
Noises Off - now to October 22
Online info and tickets.
Reviews
Karen Fricker, Toronto Star  
J Kelly Nestruck, Globe & Mail  

Hosanna - onstage now to October 15
Online info and tickets.
Reviews
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 info and tickets
  
A Brimful of Asha - November 1 to 5 (5 performances only)
Online info and tickets

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

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


Rutas Panamericanas - continues to October 16
International performing arts festival
Online info and tickets.
  • 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
  • Mirar Morir - October 16
Up next -
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. 


CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY OCTOBER 13 TO SUNDAY OCTOBER 23
  • 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 OCTOBER 13

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 OCTOBER 14

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 OCTOBER 15

Dominion
8 pm, Boom
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
5 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Soulpepper
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.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 16

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 Sophia Pearlman

MONDAY OCTOBER 17

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

TUESDAY OCTOBER 18

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19

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

THURSDAY OCTOBER 20

Dominion
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

FRIDAY OCTOBER 21

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, Death Cohen
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 22

Dominion
8 pm, Chris Strang 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
5 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Paintbox
7 pm, Jazzforia ft Claire Riley
Soulpepper
8:30 pm, The Bryce Kulak Fall Fete, $20 and $25

SUNDAY OCTOBER 23

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, the Ryan Oliver Trio .

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