January 19

This week’s image: photo by Riverdale Farm - join the Farm's Stewardship Group.  See the story below.

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS

You’re invited to a preview Open House
You’re invited to an Open House presentation about Chartwell’s new residence for independent seniors - Wednesday January 25, 4 to 6 pm in the Regent Park Presentation Centre (500 Dundas E). 
Chartwell’s building (Sumach and Shuter) is the first of its kind in our area and a welcome choice for people who want to downsize and stay nearby.
It’ll have twelve floors with 332 rental apartments - studios, one and two-bedrooms and townhouses.  Each apartment will have a full kitchen, in-suite laundry and access to monthly housekeeping.   Facilities include a 24-hour concierge, two dining rooms, a bistro restaurant, roof patio, horticulture room, a party room, a dog wash room and more.  Construction has started and the building will open in July 2018. 
There’s a good summary in BuzzBuzzNews - click here.  

Claudia Salzmann’s special offer
Claudia is welcoming new clients to her massage therapy practice.  Enjoy a 10% discount.  Mention this offer when you book your appointment - it ends February 28.  Her website introduces you to her services and her associates - click here.   

Toronto Light Festival
From January 27 to March 12, the Distillery will be the home for the Toronto Light Festival. 17 installations by 14 artists will transform the Distillery into a huge open-air gallery. Announcements about the artists and their works will come soon.

Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group
Applications are now being received for people who want to join the Farm’s Stewardship Group.  Three positions are open.  The Group undertakes supplementary programs that enhance the Farm’s profile.  It also will help with programs for the renovated Simpson House.  Click here for the Farm’s Facebook page
The deadline for applications is Tuesday January 24 at 4 pm - no late applications will be considered.  You can review the Group’s criteria and the application form online here.  

Nick and Hilary’s report
Nick Humphries and Hilary Browning from Sage Realty (538 Parliament) have compiled their annual report about Cabbagetown’s 2016 house prices.  They break down sales levels by detached, semi-detached and row houses and they show what happened in areas east and west of Parliament Street.  In general, they show that the number of transactions dropped from 2015 levels and on average, the houses spent 18 days on the market.  Both average and median sales prices rose by over 15%.  To read their report, click here.  

Glen Murray sponsors free skating
Once again, our MPP Glen Murray has arranged free skating sessions at Moss Park Arena (140 Sherbourne at Queen).  Free rental skates are provided.  Every Wednesday from 4 to 5 pm.  

School of Toronto Dance Theatre
The popular Young Dancers Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) is a unique, non-competitive program that offers creative movement and contemporary dance classes to kids and young people from 3 to 17.  
Enjoy $50 off registration fees on all new registrations!  Call (416) 967-6887 and quote 'CABBAGETOWNDANCE' to access this offer. Offer valid on new Winter 2017 term registrations only (not valid for returning students, subject to availability).
Check out the fees and schedules online here.  

Brenda’s step class schedule
Brenda’s schedule for the next month is now available.  Classes will be held every Sunday morning at 11 am and Wednesday mornings at 9:15 am.  The gym at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster behind The Beer Store), $2.  Drop-ins are welcome.

Section 37 money
Section 37 funds are paid to the City of Toronto by developers who want to exceed planning regulations on a project. They’re used for community benefits to offset the impact of these changes.  Although City Council approves the allocation of these funds, the local Councillor generally gets to decide where they’ll be used.  
The Corktown Residents & Business Association has set up a poll on its website to create priorities for projects and improvements in Corktown where this money can be well spent.  They want Councillor McConnell to have the residents’ input when making her decisions.  Click here to participate.   

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum historic tidbit
Photo:  Toronto Public Library r-5888 
For generations Cabbagetowners have headed for the hills … of Riverdale Park … when the snows fly. Particularly popular, before City liability fears nixed the fun, was bobsledding. Professor Bob McCauley, who grew up in Cabbagetown during the Depression, recalled his adventures on the hillside. “Kids use to improvise their own bobsleds by getting two smaller sleds with runners and attaching them with a board. On the side of the Don River, they had a bobsled run called the ‘icies’ and – oh boy – it was just solid ice and people raced out there.” This rare 1900 photographic postcard shows the neat, but terrifying, chutes of ice, and the long lines of bobsledders trudging back uphill to risk it all again.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  

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

Opera tickets available
2 tickets to Mozart's Magic Flute, Friday Feb. 3, 1st row center of 5th ring at COC, subscription rate $48.00 each. Will only sell both... please contact by email evonnelevy@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

The Stairs
Photo: Chris Young, Toronto Star
Victoria Ahearn wrote about Hugh Gibson’s documentary film, The Stairs, for the Toronto Star. The film centres on social workers who work with drug addicts in Regent Park.  It won the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto Film Critics Association gala.  The story is online here.  

The Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd Ministries operates a 91-bed shelter for men and one of the city’s largest free-meal programs in Corktown.  In addition,  it has a clothing program, addiction counselling, housing services and a crisis intervention service.  Its other two facilities include Barrett House for people with HIV/AIDS and St Joseph’s House for men over 55 years of age.  Justin Skinner has written a story about them in Inside Toronto - click here.  

BUSINESS NEWS

Save at Cycle Solutions
Avoid the Spring rush.  Give your bike its annual tuneup before February 28 at Cycle Solutions, (444 Parliament) and save 20%.  It’s quicker, easier and cheaper.  And if you want a new bike, buy it now and get a free helmet and save 10% on all parts and accessories.

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.  

RESTAURANT NEWS

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 

Merryberry cooking class
Wednesday January 25 at 5:30 pm.  Cyril’s next session is entitled “Chicken stews from around the world” - these are dishes to die for.   
He’s featuring African chicken-peanut stew and Indian spiced chicken stew.  On February 8 at 5:30 pm, it’s French coq au vin and Mexican chicken mole.  $45 - reserve now at Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411.

Fusilli wine tasting
Fusilli's (531 Queen E) special evening for January is a four-course dinner served with four wines.  The appetizer is prosciutto and pear with a 2015 Ventoux Rose. The pasta is penne with marscapone, sundried tomato and spinach  and a 2014 Pinot Bianco.  The main course is fillet mignon with a 2013 Prugneto.  For dessert, it’s tiramisu served with a glass of Brachetto.  Wednesday January 25, 7 pm.  $70 - to reserve your spot, call (416) 214-5148. 

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.  

Live music at Johnny G’s
Join Dimitra (vocals) and her friends Vassilis (keyboard) and Vaggelis (bouzouki) for live Greek music every Friday evening at 8:30 pm.  No cover charge. Johnny G’s (478 Parliament).

Introducing Shalom
Shalom (587 Parliament) is our new Ethiopian restaurant.  Early reactions from local foodies are very enthusiastic.  Yohanes Tedla is the owner.  He expects that his veggie and meat combos will be his two bestsellers - each offering a selection of dishes and tastes.  He’s now open from 10 am to 10 pm and his menu includes lunch and dinner specials.    Welcome Yohanes.

Introducing Staij
Anastasia and Evan are the owner-operators of our new pastry cafe, Staij & Co (552 Parliament).   Anastasia’s creations are both elaborate and delicious.  In its first week, the cafe has been drawing a steady stream of customers into its crisp, white room.  Open from 7 am to 6 pm.

ON STAGE

Opening this week

Metis Mutt at the Aki Studio Theatre (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E), January 26 to February 5.  The play recounts the experiences of a young man finding his way out of a destructive life cycle.  Info and tickets online here.  

The Gut Girls at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley).  A funny, hard-hitting story about working class girls in Victorian London.  January 20 to February 4.  Info and tickets online here.  

The Last Wife at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery), January 20 to February 11.  Sex, violence and women’s rights shape a contemporary take on the tumultuous relations ship between Henry VIII and Katherine Parr.  Info and tickets online here.  

Noisy at the Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester), January 26 to January 28 and February 1 to February 4. A new work by Ame Henderson.  Info and tickets here.    

Dance Ontario Dance Weekend
A three-day dance festival.  This year’s program features 26 companies, including COBA (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E) on Saturday at 2 pm, the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (519 Parliament) on Sunday at 2:05 pm and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) on Friday at 7:20 pm and Sunday at 4:50 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.  


THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS 
Addresses, online info and current events.

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

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester

Five Taken - Friday, January 20, 7:20 pm, Performed by third year students, Dance Ontario Dance Weekend
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay West, Harbourfront
Day-long pass at $10.
Tantrm - Sunday January 22, 4:50 pm, Performed by second-year students, Dance Ontario Dance Weekend.
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay West, Harbourfront
Day-long pass at $10.

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 19 TO SUNDAY JANUARY 29

  • 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 19

The Irv
7 pm, 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
Johnny G’s
8:30 pm, Live Greek music with Dimitra (vocals), Vassilis (keyboard) and Vaggelis (bouzouki). 
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

MONDAY JANUARY 23

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JANUARY 24

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 25

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
7 pm, Robbie Burns Dinner and Scotch tasting, $60
Fusili
7 pm, four course dinner and wine tasting, $70
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, Robbie Burns Brewmaster’s Dinner, $69.99

THURSDAY JANUARY 26

F’Amelia
6 pm, Wine tasting, $20
The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music with Geoff Willingham

FRIDAY JANUARY 27

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Fuse
10 pm, Ladies night and dancing - ladies free, guys $10.
Johnny G’s
8:30 pm, Live Greek music with Dimitra (vocals), Vassilis (keyboard) and Vaggelis (bouzouki).
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Paintbox Bistro
4 to 6:30 pm, live taping of the Nikki Clarke Show

SATURDAY JANUARY 28

Dominion
8 pm, Adam’s Rib
8 pm, DJ Bookshelf

SUNDAY JANUARY 29

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Beverley Taft 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, (647) 347-3873, http://fusedining.com 
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
IMPACT KITCHEN
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
JOHNNY G’s
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
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