November 17

This week’s image:  the Distillery’s Christmas Market

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW


CABBAGETOWN CLASSIFIEDS
Check out this new section below.  We’re learning that these classifieds are working - stuff is selling, being rented and getting attention.  Send your announcements by Wednesday evening to cabbagetownreview@gmail.com  

SAVE YOUR MONEY
Check out our new page - Cabbagetown Coupons.  This week, we have new coupons from WOW and hair Spa, along with a very good deal from Cycle Solutions.  Click on this link or go to the box in the sidebar and “Save Your Money”.    

BIG EVENTS

Distillery Christmas Market
One of the season’s biggest Christmas events starts in the Distillery on Friday November 18 and runs to Thursday December 22.  The official opening happens on Friday November 18 at 6 pm. 
Regular events include daily carolling, tours and photos at Santa’s House, a ferris wheel and a gingerbread house for kids, pet photos with Santa, St Nicholas riding on a white horse and lots more. 
Over 350 performers will appear onstage and throughout the Market.  Themed entertainment is presented each day - traditional Tuesday, world Wednesday, classical Thursday, Jazz Friday, pop Saturday and ensemble Sunday.
The Market is open daily except Mondays.  Tuesday to Thursday, noon to 9 pm,  Fridays from noon to 10 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 10 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 9 pm. There’s an entrance fee on Saturday and Sunday - $6.  Weekdays free. 
The website’s daily program page is online here.   

Regent Park Film Festival
Save the dates - Wednesday November 23 to Saturday November 26.  It’s free and online seat reservations are available.  There’s a jam-packed program.  Childcare is available on site. Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E). Click here to see the Festival’s short video and to find out dates and details. 

LOCAL NEWS

Winchester Park Fall newsletter
The Residents’ Association has issued its latest newsletter and it has some good news to report.  The transfer of TCHC rooming houses (13, 15, 17 and 19 Winchester) to the non-profit group Margaret’s House in 2017 is continuing successfully.  Another previously neglected TCHC property in the community has been renovated and transferred to Covenant House.  And City Council is coming to grips with abusive short-term rentals by groups like Airbnb - a problem that has arisen on Bleecker Street.
The bad news is that drug dealers and problem tenants from the Winchester Street homes have simply moved to other TCHC properties on Parliament, Wellesley and Rose.   Police are watching and have made some arrests.  TCHC’s security staff do not appear as often as they did previously in the summer.  
Living conditions in these TCHC homes, as reported in the Toronto Star, are appalling.  Drug dealers and users make these matters worse.  
The Association has asked TCHC for onsite managers and increased security.  It also asked Councillor McConnell and TCHC to divest some of these properties and create greater diversity in the mix. 

Winchester Park Residents’ annual meeting
The Association will hold its 2016 annual meeting on Monday November 28 from 7 to 9 pm in the party room at the Hugh Garner Co-op (550 Ontario).  Two candidates have volunteered to fill vacancies on the Board.  Diane Walter, the Executive Director at Margaret House, will talk about the group’s plans for the four Winchester Street properties that they’re about to use.

Coyote alert
Photo:  James Bawden
Taylor Komari, posting on the Gooderham & Worts Facebook page, describes an encounter with two coyotes near the Canary Park condos during an evening walk with her dog.  They became aggressive toward her dog but backed off when she stepped between them.  

Bev Jenkins
Bev will be displaying and selling her paintings at the One of a Kind show from November 24 to December 4.  Visit her at booth C24.

Vanished Cabbagetown
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s annual Fall meeting.  There’ll be presentations of awards for Streetscapes in Bloom and Volunteeer of the Year.  Gilles Huot will offer a slide show and talk about the Cabbagetown that vanished.  Tuesday November 29, 7 to 9 pm, Meeting House at Riverdale Farm (Winchester, east of Sumach).  

Cabbagetown South Christmas party
Cabbagetown South’s annual party is moving to Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).  As always, it promises to be a fun night with plenty of good food, raffle prizes from our local stores, friendly neighbourhood faces and lots of gossip.  Advance tickets are $17.50 (to November 30) and tickets at the door are $24. Cash bar. Wednesday December 7, 6:30 pm.  To buy your advance ticket, contact the Association at info@cabbagetownsouth.ca or go online here.   

Corktown Christmas party
The Corktown Residents & Business Association will hold its annual Christmas party on Thursday December 1.  As always, there’ll be music, a silent auction and lots of holiday fun.  Dominion on Queen (500 Queen E).  

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse dinner
The annual Christmas fundraiser at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity) takes place on Friday December 2 from 6:15 pm.  There’ll be a traditional Christmas dinner, carolling and music by soprano Susan Ryman and by Martin Lindquist & The Leftovers.   Tickets are $110 - click here for more info.  

Line dancing at CNH
Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) in partnership with Toronto Wranglers is offering line dancing sessions.  Beginners and Improver levels are held on Mondays and Improvers and Intermediates on Wednesdays.  7 to 10 pm.  It’s more than a workout - it’s fun, fitness and friendship with an urban flair.  Drop-ins are welcome or call Bobbie Chong for more info at (647) 222-2032. Suggested fee is $5/session.  

Step class and Tai Chi
Steve Kwan starts the day at the CYC (2 Lancaster) on Sunday mornings with his Tai Chi class from 9 to 10:30 am.  There’s a fee - $10/month - and it goes to the CYC.  After that, Brenda Brown McNee’s step classes take place from 11 am.  Please note that Brenda is away on Sunday December 4 so step classes for that day is cancelled.  If Sunday isn’t convenient, drop by the CYC every  Wednesday at 9:15 am for her step class.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Photo:  Bottle donated by Al Irving to CRPMuseum 
Beer was a great source of work and entertainment in broader Cabbagetown in the early days. Proximity to the Don River provided water and transportation for raw materials and final products.  Among the Museum’s many bottles is this embossed Reinhardt lager bottle which probably dates from the early 20th century. Reinhardt produced German-style beer, a rare commodity at the time. By 1901, Reinhardt’s on Mark Street (east of River, south of Dundas) employed 60 people, stabled 28 delivery horses, and could brew 90,000 barrels per year. The family brewery was such a success that founder Lothar Reinhardt moved to fashionable Jarvis Street.

Lookin’ good - happy birthday Cheryl
Photo:  Carolyn (left) and Cheryl (right) - Andrew Darlington
Cheryl passed one of life’s significant landmarks with a big, friendly party organized by her hubby, Andrew.  It’s true that she doesn’t look a day over 30!  Congrats Cheryl and best wishes for many more.

CABBAGETOWN CLASSIFIEDS
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. Deadline each week is Wednesday evening.  To place your announcement, contact cabbagetownreview@gmail.com

Apartment available
Two bedroom apartment near Carlton and Parliament with third floor loft, renovated kitchen, balcony, central a/c, Victorian charm and separate entrance. $1950/mo plus utilities.  Available immediately.  Call (416) 454-5922.

Apartment needed
Semi-retired woman needs a main floor, one or two bedroom apartment in Cabbagetown.  Must be dog friendly - she has a non-shedding, gentle English sheep dog.  francinebzelsman@gmail.com

Apartment needed
Michael is looking for a simple studio or bachelor apartment in the Cabbagetown area for mid-December.  Contact cavanaugh.michael@gmail.com 

Parking spot needed
Seeking a parking spot for rent near Metcalfe and Carlton. Please call 647 272 8691 or 289 839 0554.

Parking spot available
46 Amelia Street.  Contact Richard at (416) 400-1733

IN THE MEDIA

Congrats F’Amelia
Toronto Life has listed F’Amelia (12 Amelia) as one of the top three Italian restaurants in Toronto. It’s a glowing review - click here to read it.  

Congrats Spruce and Labour of Love
Makers Movement is an online newsletter that celebrates handmade materials. On November 16, its blog listed “The Top Twelve Places to Shop Small in Toronto”.  Spruce (455 Parliament) and Labour of Love (223 Carlton) were included.  Here’s the link.  

Corktown streetcar noise
The TTC has discussed the noise problems caused by its streetcars at the new turn from Sumach onto King Street.  While the long-term answer is the arrival of new streetcars, other immediate solutions are being attempted.  The CBC reports on the meeting and the TTC’s efforts.  Click here.  

Child poverty
Several non-profit agencies have released their third annual report on child poverty in Toronto.  Although some progress has been made overall, there are still worrying findings.  Regent Park has the city’s highest rates of child poverty - 58% of its children live in low-income families.  The CBC’s story is here and the Toronto Star’s report is here.  

Security at TCHC’s building
Photo:  CBC News
200 Wellesley Street East has a constant security problem.  The building has 712 units and 1,200 registered tenants.  Although there’s been a decline in reported incidents as a result of increased security, there still have been 12 reported assaults and 222 disputes from the building in the past twelve months.  Vandals, squatters and thieves create ongoing problems.  TCHC has increased its security staff and camera equipment and is surveying residents about their issues.  The CBC did a story, click here.  

ON STAGE
Scroll down for the full Theatre & Dance Calendar

Soulpepper Cabarets
Saturdays at 8:30 pm in the Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery).
Saturday November 19, Judith Lander, On The Carousel of Life.  Tickets and program info are online here, $20 and $25.  
Saturday November 26,  Autorickshaw Trio - The Music of India, Made in Canada. Tickets and program info are online here, $20 and $25.  

New productions
Both Canadian Stage and Soulpepper are presenting new plays within the next few days.  Coleman Lemieux and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre each have new dance programs.  Check out the Theatre & Dance Calendar below for the details. 

BUSINESS NEWS 

Congrats Cabbagetown Pet Clinic
Over the past few weeks, the Clinic (Gerrard E) has used a bottle drive to raise money for the Farley Fund - a special fund that helps low-income families to pay for veterinary bills.  Staff at the Clinic are happy to report that they’ve reached their target - $1500 has been earned.  They’re sendiing out their heartfelt thanks to everybody who contributed.    They had such a good response from the community that they plan to do another short drive in the Christmas period.

Christmas every day
With just five weeks until Christmas, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is now open every day!  Our friendly service will help you be holiday-ready in no time with our wonderful selection of cards, ornaments, gifts, barware and tableware. We’re a One-Stop-Christmas-Shop at Parliament and Winchester. Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 5pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm

Children’s Book Bank
The Children’s Book Bank’s newsletter has arrived.  On Wednesday November 30, there’ll be a Monthly Book Club meeting - all kids from 8 to 12 are welcome.  The November selection is Roald Dahl’s Matilda.  And there’s a reminder about the Saturday readings - each Saturday at noon.  350 Berkeley at Gerrard. 

The holiday season starts
Save the date. The Cabbagetown BIA will hold its holiday kick-off on Saturday November 26 from noon to 2 pm at the corner of Carlton and Parliament.  There’s be treats, Santa selfies, music, wagon rides and more.  

RESTAURANT NEWS

Mill St Brewmaster’s Dinner
Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane). The festive edition in the Brewmaster’s series.  Five course dinner - baked brie, parsnip soup, cider salad, sausage and bacon stuffed turkey breast and white chocolate cheesecake.  Each course served with a matching brew.  $69.99.  Thursday November 17, 6:30 pm.  . 

Psychic brunch
The Psychics are back at Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Sunday November 20 from 11 am to 3 pm.  $40 - your fee includes two readings (15 minutes each) plus a $5 brunch voucher.  Proceeds support the Rainbow Association of Canadian Artists.  

Peartree’s anniversary
November is Peartree’s anniversary month - 23 years in Cabbagetown.   To celebrate, there’s a special prix-fixe menu - dinner for two people is $50 and dinner with wine or beer for two is $60.  Your meal includes an appetizer, entree and dessert.  Click here to read the menu details. 507 Parliament. 

Thinking “outside the fries”
Cyril wants to think “outside the fries” with a whole cooking class on tasty recipes to enjoy with the mundane potato.  There’ll be oven-baked mashed potato cakes, baby accordion potatoes and potato gratin - all paired with yummy main dishes.  Tuesday November 22, 5:30 pm. $45. 
The next class will be held on Tuesday December 6 and will feature gorgeous party bites and nibblies - just in time for the holidays.  
To reserve your spot, drop in to Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call directly (647) 348-0411. $45.

THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS 

ALUMNAE THEATRE
70 Berkeley Street

2016 Fireworks Festival - Now to November 27.
Online info and tickets here.  
  • Inked Heart - November 16 to 20
  • Motherland - November 23 to 27

CANADIAN STAGE
Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street

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

Wrestling Jerusalem - November 23 to 27
Online info and tickets here.

Intermission, Vol IIX, Scientists for Love - November 26
Online info and tickets here.  

Coming next -
Who Killed Spalding Gray - November 30 to December 11
Online tickets and info here.

COLEMAN LEMIEUX & COMPAGNIE
The Citadel
304 Parliament Street

Bright Nights Series
Damage Done - November 23 to December 11    
Online tickets and info here.   

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
All performances are in the Young Centre (Distillery - 50 Tank House Lane) except those specifically noted for the St Lawrence Centre.

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

A Christmas Carol - December 2 to December 24
Online tickets and info here

It’s a Wonderful Life - December 9 to December 24 (St Lawrence Centre)
Online tickets and info here

Hocus Pocus - December 10 to December 31
Online tickets and info here

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS   
Aki Studio Theatre, Daniels Spectrum,  585 Dundas St E

Weesageechak 29 -  now to November 19, 7:30 pm
Festival of Indigenous Work
Online tickets and info here

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester Street

Impulse - December 1 to December 3 and December 8 to December 10
Photo:  Cylla von Tiedermann
Online tickets and info here.


CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17 TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27
  • 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 NOVEMBER 17

Dominion
8 pm, Live music with Don Campbell
The Irv
7:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
8:30 pm, open mic with Porter
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Festive Brewmaster’s Dinner, $69.99

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Tyco
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 NOVEMBER 19

Dominion
8 pm, Candice Sands 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
Soulpepper
8:30 pm, Cabaret - Judith Lander On the Carousel of Life, $20 and $25. 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20

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 with Ilana Waldston 

MONDAY NOVEMBER 21

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

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 22

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23

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

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24

Dominion
8 pm, Woody
The Irv
7:30 pm, live music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Cabbage Head comedy

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, Your Girl Flav
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 NOVEMBER 26

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.
Soulpepper
8:30 pm, Autorickshaw Trio - The Music of India, Made in Canada, $20 and $25.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27

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 Heidi Lange

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 E, (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