December 22

This week’s image:  the toboggan season starts again on the hill at Riverdale Park

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
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LOCAL NEWS

Celebrate and donate
There are several places where you can make a donation over the Christmas season.

Glen Murray’s clothing drive - our MPP Glen Murray is collecting new and gently used winter clothing to distribute to our local shelters.  If you want to make a donation, call (416) 972-7682, email gmurray.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or visit 120 Carlton St, Unit 318. 
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is putting together a food drive throughout December.  It’ll benefit the Daily Bread Food Bank.  You can leave your donations at the door.
The Irv (195 Carlton) - give a toy, bedding or food for the animals at the Humane Society and get a 10% discount on your meal in return.
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) - bring a donation for the food bank at the Yonge Street Mission.
Riverdale Farm (Winchester east of Sumach) - your donations of new, unused toiletries will assist a local shelter.  
Mill Street (21 Tank House Lane) ) - drop off a new unwrapped toy at the Mill Street retail store in the Distillery.  You’ll get a little thank-you gift in return.
Cooper Koo Family YMCA (461 Cherry) - winter clothing and boots plus non-perishable food are needed for the Y’s homeless and street youth programs. Drop off your gift at the Cooper Koo Family Y. 

Free Yoga at Cooper Koo Family YMCA
Every Saturday throughout December, the Cooper Koo Family YMCA (461 Cherry) is offering free yoga classes.  11:15 to 12:15 pm.  Click here for details 
While you’re there, check out the Y’s special free two-week pass.  For more info, click here.   

2017 Winterlicious, January 27 to February 9
The Winterlicious promo machine has rolled into action.  The list of participating restaurants has been published. Reservations start on January 12.  This year’s prices for lunch are $18, $23 and $28 and for dinner, $28, $38 and $48.  
Five local restaurants are participating - Cabbagetown’s F’Amelia, Corktown’s Basso Pizzeria and the Distillery’s Boku Sushi, Cluny and Archeo.  
For all of the listings, contact info and menus, visit the official Winterlicious website.  

The Museum moves
The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum has left the Simpson House in Riverdale Farm.  The Parks Department has planned extensive renovations for the building in 2017 and needs the space.  The Museum will use an online presence for the near future - click here to see its Facebook page.   

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Courtesy of Carol Moore-Ede
This brightly plumed, German, handblown glass song bird has displayed his spun-glass tail and trilled seasonal greetings for over 70 years.  This year, he sends special tweets from the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum to you.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.

CABBAGETOWN CLASSIFIEDS
Check out this new section.  These classifieds are working - stuff is selling, being rented and getting attention.  Send your announcements to cabbagetownreview@gmail.com

Parking space 
For rent at Sackville and Carlton. Available now.  (416) 967-7196.

CHRISTMAS NEWS 

Carolling at The Local GEST
Another great Christmas sing-a-long at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) happened on Sunday December 18.  The place was packed.  Jeff and Noah provided the main music and several inspirational local singers - Louise, Lynn, Stan and others - added their voices.

Santa at F’Amelia
A good crowd showed up to sit on Santa’s lap and enjoy some F’Amelia nibblies on Sunday December 18.  12 Amelia. 

Christmas lights contest
The Cabbagetown Residents Association wants your photos of the festive decorations in the neighbourhood. Your images will go into the contest and the winner will get a trophy, bragging rights and a free Association membership.  The deadline for submissions is December 26.  There’s a public survey and the poll results will decide the winner.  At the poll website, you’ll see photos of the homes that have been nominated and a spot to cast your vote.  

Number 9’s new album
Christmas on Seaton Street Volume 2 has been released with14 tunes that range from indie rock to traditional to eastern meditations by artists like Wood & Water, June Garber, The Imagination Machine, Aaron Davis, and ten more. Proceeds will be donated to the Maddie Project in support of young people struggling with depression.  Available on iTunes, Amazon mp3 and Google Music.  Check it out here. Physical CD’s are available at Number 9 Studio (222 Gerrard E).     

Allan Gardens
The annual Christmas flower show continues daily to January 8 with 4,000 poinsettias from 30 different varieties.  Free. Open daily including the major holidays from 10 am to 5 pm. Sherbourne and Carlton

Christmas trees are back
Christmas trees are back at the corner of Spruce and Parliament beside No Frills.  These folks have been selling their trees here for 64 years - lots of happy customers and excited kids.  Prices start at $25. The stand will stay open until December 24.

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING 

Victoria’s Christmas cards
Sure - it’s late but keep in mind that the cards arriving after Christmas are the ones best remembered!  
Pick up a set of Victoria’s cards at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).  She has five new designs for this year’s collection.  Individual cards with a unique postage stamp, $7.  Boxed sets of five cards are $20. Go to her website to see them in detail.  They’re now available exclusively at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).   

Order your turkey
If you’re desperate and need a turkey - ask Mark.  He might have the exact size that you require. Or he can help with a slightly non-traditional roast beef, steak or chicken!  He also has a selection of Christmas cakes, chocolate truffles, plum pudding and cookies - a portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  St Jamestown Steak & Chops, 516 Parliament.

Fair Trade Jewellery
The goldsmith elves at Fair Trade Jewellery (523 Parliament) have new things for Christmas including a new crop of Cabbagetown pendants ($65) and matching earrings ($75) made in their workshop from dual certified Fairtrade & Fairmined silver.  
If you’ve decided on a last-minute marriage proposal, ask about their loaner rings  (seriously, it’s a great idea)!

NEW IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

Welcome Meridian
Meridian Credit Union opened its Cabbagetown branch (486 Parliament) on Monday December 19.  Steven Ahn is the new branch manager. Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union and it’ll give both local residents and businesses needed financial support.  
There’s still some minor work to do on the facade and in the interior.  An official launch with lots of attractive promos will happen in the New Year.
The branch is open Monday to Wednesday from 9:30 am to 5 pm, on Thursday and Friday from 9:30 am to 7 pm and on Saturday from 9:30 am to 4 pm.  There’s an ATM with 24-hour access in the front entrance.

Welcome El Charro
This new Mexican restaurant has just opened at 582 Parliament, south of Wellesley.  It’s totally dedicated to takeouts and delivery.  They’re using Just Eats and Uber Eats.  They expect both their burritos and tacos to be big items.  Jair and Fernando will help you with your selections.  A website and a printed menu are still in the works and will be available early in the New Year. 

IN THE MEDIA

Scofflaws on the streetcars
Apparently, riders on the Carlton 506 streetcar have the city’s worst record for skipping their fare payments.  Who knew?  Maybe these scoundrels live just east and just west of Cabbagetown?  Ben Spurr has written about our criminal secret in the Toronto Star - click here to see the story. 

Toronto Star Santa Fund
Photo:  Nick Kozak, Toronto Star
Valerie Hauch has written a series of stories about the Star’s Santa fund.  On December 19, she wrote about the experiences of the Ali family - click here to read it.  

Development south of the Distillery
Image:  The Goldberg Group
Plans for a new 49-storey tower on the triangular lot south of the Distillery were presented to the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel and rejected.  An article in Urban Toronto describes the developer’s plans and the Panel’s reactions.   

RESTAURANT NEWS

Cranberries’ Christmas dinner
Every year, Cranberries (601 Parliament) has a special three-course Christmas day dinner. It’s a big success - so reserve now at (416) 925-6330. This year’s event has two seatings - at 5 and 7:30 pm.  
Your dinner starts with butternut squash soup or organic green salad.  The entree includes turkey, mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing and a dinner roll.  There’s fresh warm apple pie and ice cream for dessert.

FUSE
it’s a busy holiday season at FUSE (366 Queen E).  On  Friday December 23, there’s a dinner and dance party with two floors of entertainment by Christopher Michaels.  Click here for info and reservations.   

Daniel et Daniel
Last minute shoppers will want some of D et D’s Christmas cookies.  Click here to watch a nifty video of a Yule log decoration.  248 Carlton 

Closing for the holidays
Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) will be closed from Christmas Eve until January 2, re-opening on January 3.  
Corktown Kitchen (354 King E) will close from December 24 to January 3.  
Tasso (540 Parliament) will close from Christmas Day to January 6, reopening on January 7.

THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS 

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.

Alligator Pie - December 27 to 31
Online tickets and info here

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

It’s a Wonderful Life - to December 31 (St Lawrence Centre)
Online tickets and info here

Hocus Pocus - to December 31
Online tickets and info here


CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY DECEMBER 22 TO SUNDAY JANUARY 1
  • 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 DECEMBER 22

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

FRIDAY DECEMBER 23

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Bookshelf
Fuse
6 pm dinner and 10 pm party, Home for the Holidays dinner & dance with Christopher Michaels and Mark Anthony, $10
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SATURDAY DECEMBER 24

Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Stout Irish Pub
Christmas Eve PJ party

CHRISTMAS
SUNDAY DECEMBER 25

Cranberries
5 & 7:30 pm, three-course Christmas dinner, $29.95

MONDAY DECEMBER 26

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY DECEMBER 27

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia

THURSDAY DECEMBER 29

Dominion
8 pm, Niko Love Duo
Local GEST
8 pm, open mic with Porter

FRIDAY DECEMBER 30

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Frankensztein
Fuse
10 pm, Ladies night with DJ Christopher Michaels - ladies free, guys $10
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

NEW YEAR’S EVE
SATURDAY DECEMBER 31

Dominion
9 pm, Live entertainment with DJ Wizdome, party favours, bar snacks and bubbly.
Fuse
Black Tie NYE, 7 pm dinner & 10 pm dance, live entertainment. $75 (package), $40 (dinner) & $40 (dance).
House on Parliament
Mystic Michael’s tarot readings.  Special four-course dinner and cocktail for $85 or vegetarian three-course dinner, $60.  
The Irv
Special menu with prime striploin, baked halibut or gnocchi.
The Local GEST
Dinner with a special menu, party favours and bubbly at midnight.
Mill Street Beer Hall
6 pm, New Year’s Eve Disco with DJ Humble Mike, campagne toast and a four-course beer paired dinner, $69.99
Mill Street Brewpub
8 pm - Hassle free New Year’ Eve party with The Clearing
Peartree
Dinner for two - three courses, $70.
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, Hoppy Hour prices through to midnight.

SUNDAY JANUARY 1

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Peartree
Holiday special menu - three-course dinner for two, $70

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