January 12

This week’s image: noon time coffee and a gossip

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW


LOCAL NEWS

Parks Past
Heritage Toronto is organizing events to celebrate five Toronto parks including Allan Gardens.  Local community groups are encouraged to put together their own projects - tours, talks, games, craft activities, natural heritage programs (including gardening) and performances.  These will enhance the public’s awareness of the park’s heritage and link it to present life.  An honorarium will be paid along with material costs.  Deadline for applications is January 27.  Click here to read the proposal and to find the online application form.  

Tai Chi with Steve Kwan
Steve is offering his Tai Chi classes every Sunday morning from 9 to 10:30 am at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  He’s a very experienced teacher and he’s well known through Cabbagetown for his classes.  Your $10/month fee is donated to the CYC.

Step Classes
Brenda’s step classes start up again on Sunday January 15 at 11:00 am and then the following Wednesday at 9:30 am.  The heat is not working in the gym.  This isn’t usually a problem since the exercises warm everyone up nicely.  Brenda does, however, ask that you wear comfortable layers.  The gym, Cabbagetown Youth Centre, 2 Lancaster.

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

Apartments to rent

Newly renovated - one bedroom Cabbagetown garden-level apartment in Victorian home.  Stainless steel appliances, 4-piece bath, ensuite laundry.  $1475/month, utilities included. February 1 or sooner.  Photos and contact info available here.   

Large bright basement Cabbagetown apartment with bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom.  Beside a park and walking distance to downtown. Shared front entrance and laundry.  $825/month.  Contact Janis at Purdyja48@gmail.com.

Pet sitting

Pet sitting in your home. Cat visits, dog walks, watering plants, you name it! Mature & professional, local, available for overnights. Affordable rates. References available. Contact Jenna at j.d.hossack@gmail.com

Parking space available

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

IN THE MEDIA

MLSE LaunchPad
On January 26, Maple Leaf Sports Enterprises’ s LaunchPad will open at 261 Jarvis at Dundas.  It’s a 42,000 square foot facility designed to give kids sports and life skills opportunities.  Special attention will be given to kids from Regent Park and St James Town.  Justin Skinner has written about it in Inside Toronto - click here for his story.  

Coworking spaces
Photo:  Verkspace
blogTO has a story about the best coworking spaces in Toronto.  Three local spots were listed - Verkspace (32 Britain), Workplace One (340 King E) and the Centre for Social Innovation in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Click one each name for specific info and click here for the story.  

Regent Park news
Photo: Urban Toronto, submission to the City of Toronto
Urban Toronto has an article about revisions to the Official Plan for Regent Park.  The story puts current renewals into context and describes the new buildings that are being proposed in Phase 3 at River Street and Dundas.  Click here for the story.  


ON STAGE

Hummingbird all-ages open mic
January 17, 7 to 9 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  The live band, Unbuttoned, will be there to perform with you.  Performers at all ages and all skill levels are welcome.  Please arrive and sign in at 6 pm.  The band will be available for only a limited number.  Check out the event’s Facebook page here for the guidelines.    
Hummingbird Open Mic and Unbuttoned were featured in a NOW Magazine article last summer.  Check it out here.  

Whiskey Jack returns
Duncan Fremlin and the band return to the Cadillac Lounge on Sunday January 15 from 4 to 7 pm.  Howard Willett (harmonica), Al Cross (drums),  Bob McNiven (guitar and vocals), Eric Jackson (bass), Randy Morrison (fiddle), Jen Cook (vocals) and Duncan Fremlin (banjo and vocals).  No cover. 

Dance Ontario Dance Weekend
Dance Ontario organizes a fantastic three-day dance festival.  This year’s program features 26 companies, including COBA (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E) on Saturday at 2 pm and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (519 Parliament) on Sunday at 2:05 pm.  From 6:45 to 10 pm on Friday January 20, from 1 to 6:30 pm on Saturday and from 1 to 5 pm on Sunday.  $10/daily, Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queen’s Quay W).  Click here to see the full program.  

SHOPPING NEWS

Get more for less
10% OFF Select Rugs
25% OFF gifts, home accessories and accent pillows
40% OFF wall clocks 
50% OFF fabric off-cuts 
60% OFF floor model rugs 
Limited time only, while quantities last.  Open weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 11 am to 5 pm.  
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament)  http://kendallandco.ca/fyi

The Leslieville Flea
The Flea returns to its winter home in The Distillery on Sunday January 15.  Over fifty inventive vendors.  Crafts, vintage items, jewellery, clothing and natural food products are all featured.  The market will return on the third Sunday of each month through April.  10 am to 4 pm in the Fermenting Cellar (55 Mill St, Distillery).  Click here to visit the Flea’s website with vendors' lists and photos.   

WINTERLICIOUS

January 27 to February 9
The Winterlicious reservations are now open.  This year’s prices for lunch are $18, $23 and $28 and for dinner, $28, $38 and $48.  

Winterlicious special event - Elements of Soul
Fuse (366 Queen E), Friday January 27 and Saturday January 28, 6 to 9 pm.  Live performances with Eddie Bullan, Liberty Silver and Patricia Shirley.  $60 including a three-course prix fixe dinner.  DJ and dancing will follow at 10 pm.   

Participating restaurants
Five local restaurants are participating.  Here’s the contact info for each of them -

F’Amelia, 12 Amelia Street, (416) 323-0666 - $38 dinner.  Italian.  Winterlicious menus and more info here.

Basso Pizzeria, 320 Queen St (647) 348-3200 - $18 lunch & $28 dinner, Italian.  Winterlicious menus and more info here

Boku Sushi, 42 Gristmill Lane, (416) 368-8686 - $23 lunch & $38 dinner - Japanese.  Winterlicious menus and more info here 

Archeo, 31 Trinity St, (416) 815-9898 - $18 lunch & $28 dinner, Italian,  Winterlicious menus and more info here

Cluny, 35 Tank House Lane, (416) 203-2632 - $23 lunch & $38 dinner, French.  Winterlicious menus and more info here

For the complete list of participating restaurants, contact info and menus, visit the official Winterlicious website.  

ROBBIE BURNS

Dominion Pub & Kitchen
Wednesday January 25, 7 to 10 pm. Enjoy dinner and a Scotch tasting. The menu includes a complimentary Collingwood Scotch Ale, wild boar Scotch egg, cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, bistro filet and the bard’s ice cream sensation.  Scotch tastings include Dalwhinnie, Oban, Cardhu, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye and Talisker Storm.  Tickets are $60, available at the Dominion (500 Queen E).  

Mill Street Brew Pub
Wednesday January 25, 6:30 to 9:30 pm.  Five-course, beer-paired dinner.  Live entertainment and Highland dancers.  Start off with smoked haddock crostini, Scotch broth and a Scotch egg.  Roasted venison is the entree.  Finally, caramel shortcake with Scotch ale ice cream for dessert. Tickets are $69.99, available at the Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane) or at (416) 681-0338.  

RESTAURANT NEWS 

The psychics return to Cranberries
The Psychic Brunch will be back at Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Sunday January 15 from 11 am to 3 pm.  For $40, you’ll enjoy two insightful readings and get a $5 voucher toward your brunch.  Net proceeds support the Rainbow Association of Canadian Artists.

F’Amelia wine tasting
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) invites you to an evening of wine tasting, nibbles and pizza.  Thursday January 26, 6 pm.  A variety of vintages and vineyards will be poured.  You’ll enjoy a chat with the wine reps and a gossip with your neighbours.  Space is limited - tickets are $20.  Call (416) 323-0666 or place your reservation through F’Amelia’s website 

Arvo’s coffee tasting
Arvo (17 Gristmill Lane) is a specialty coffee shop that opened in the Distillery last summer.  On Saturday January 14, drop by at 11 am for a public tasting event.  Try all the coffees side-by-side.  $5.  RSVP in the store or email info@arvocoffee.com.

Welcome Staij
Staij & Co (552 Parliament) is a cafe and pastry boutique.  Its Parliament Street location will open on Friday  - the store is directly across the street from the gas station.  Judging by the photos on its Facebook page, Staij bakes elaborate, beautiful creations.  Welcome to Cabbagetown.  

Congrats Stout
Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) has been named Toronto’s #1 source for shepherd’s pie.  Read the blogTO article here.  

Licks
The signs in the window announce that Licks will be taking over the space at 568 Parliament that was formerly used by Murgatroid.  The hamburger chain brings another great choice into this short block south of Wellesley Street.

Advance notice - don’t miss these
Merryberry’s cooking classes are back.  Cyril’s next offering is entitled “Why did the chicken cross the ocean?” - these are dishes to die for.   
On Wednesday January 25, it’ll feature African peanut and chicken stew and Indian spiced chicken stew.  On February 8, it’s French coq au vin and Mexican chicken mole.  Reserve your space now at Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411.

Jazz fans
Sunday afternoon jazz has been a regular event at The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  In January, the program has been quiet. The new sessions will start again with Levi Collins on February 12.

THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS 

ALUMNAE THEATRE
70 Berkeley

The Gut Girls - Friday January 20 to Saturday February 4
Online tickets and info here

CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE
509 Parliament Street

Until the Sun Comes Back - choreography by Ryan Lee
Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend, Sunday January 22 at 2:05 pm
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay West, Harbourfront
Day-long pass at $10. 

COBA
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E

Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend - Saturday January 21 at 2 pm. 
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay West, Harbourfront
Day-long pass at $10.

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

Metis Mutt - Wednesday January 25 to February 5
Online tickets and info here

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

The Last Wife - Friday January 20 to Saturday February 11
Online info and tickets here

TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester E

Noisy - January 26 to January 28 & February 1 to February 4
Online info and tickets here 

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JANUARY 12 TO SUNDAY JANUARY 22

  • 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 JANUARY 12

Dominion
8 pm, Ryan Casselman
The Irv
7:30, live acoustic music with Geoff Willingham
Local GEST
10 pm, Cabbage Head Comedy

FRIDAY JANUARY 13

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Fuse
8 pm, Michael Dunstan, Elements of Soul, $5.
10 pm, Ladies night and dancing - ladies free, guys $10.
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SATURDAY JANUARY 14

Dominion
8 pm, The Heat
Fuse
8 pm, Alex Price, Elements of Soul, $5.

SUNDAY JANUARY 15

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee

MONDAY JANUARY 16

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JANUARY 17

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18

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

THURSDAY JANUARY 19

The Irv
7:30, live acoustic music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, open mic with Porter

FRIDAY JANUARY 20

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Fuse
10 pm, Ladies night and dancing, ladies free, others $10
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SATURDAY JANUARY 21

Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SUNDAY JANUARY 22

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee

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, (647) 347-3873, 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/
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