January 5

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CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW


LOCAL NEWS

Skate with the Leafs
Celebrate the Maple Leafs’ 100-year anniversary with a special outdoor event at the Regent Park rink (480 Shuter at Sumach).  Friday January 6 from noon to 5 pm. There’ll be appearances with veterans Darcy Tucker and Shayne Corson (from 12:30 to 1:30 pm) and Bob Nevin with Wayne Primeau (2 to 3 pm).  The Hockey Hall of Fame will bring a display and there’ll be a Learn to Skate session by the TML Hockey Development Team. Lots of games, mascots, fun activities, music and giveaways.  Kids under 6 years must wear a CSA approved helmet.   

Winter Waves
Soulpepper’s family festival takes place this weekend, Saturday from 1 to 4:30 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4:30 pm.  Your family can hear a concert in a blanket fort and visit a bubble wrap room.  There’ll be a ukulele sing-a-long concert, tales by the campfire and stories with an ice sculpture, a chance to create your own clown character and lots more.  Recommended for kids 3 and up. It’s free.  Check out the program details online here. Young Centre (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)  

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.  

Free cardio dance workout
Just what you need after all those heavy holiday dinners.  Dancing Mami is hosting a free cardio workout at noon on Saturday January 7 in 517 Parliament, Upper Level.  Wear your athletic clothing and footwear and bring a water bottle and towel.  Beginners welcome - bring your friends.

Gentle Tai Chi
Michael Smith’s Tai Chi class resumes on Wednesday, January 11 at 10 am.  Classes will continue each week to the summer.  New members are always welcome.  During messy winter weather, please bring dry shoes for the class.  Second floor, Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (Sumach at Spruce).  

Viola and violin classes
Boris Kupesic and Diane Leung offer individual violin and viola classes in their studio on Aberdeen Avenue. Most of their sessions are one-on-one lessons.  All students are welcome, regardless of their proficiency.  Boris plays with the National Ballet, Canadian Opera Company and Toronto Symphony as a freelancer and Diane plays viola at the Toronto Symphony.  You can find their website here.  Contact them at boris@cabbagetownstrings.com and diane@cabbagetownstrings.com.  

Allan Gardens show
This is the final weekend for the annual Christmas flower show with 4,000 poinsettias from 30 different varieties.  Free. Open daily to Sunday January 8 from 10 am to 5 pm. Sherbourne and Carlton.

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.   

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Tis the season … to snuffle, cough, ache, and groan. Like our Cabbagetown ancestors, we reach for the best that science or home remedies have to offer. What might these have been in the 1840s when cholera, typhus and lesser ailments stalked the land? 
Shoemaker turned glue and blacking manufacturer, Peter Lamb, noted his favourite recipe: nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and ground pepper, mixed in a pint of “best brandy,” aged, and diluted with water. A teaspoon for females. A dessert spoon for males. And a pint for real, if temporary, relief. City of Toronto Archives
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  

Keep your tree for your birds
Your Christmas tree can continue with a new life in your back yard.  Just clean it up and then put it into a quiet corner for the duration of the winter.  Local birds will be attracted to its shelter - you'll see an amazing selection.  In the Spring, it’s easy to cut it up and dispose of it in a brown leaf bag.

Coyotes north of St James Town
Photo: John Rothwell
John saw this coyote running around on Sherbourne Street just north of the bridge at Bloor.  No doubt, its territory includes portions of the Rosedale Valley ravine into Cabbagetown.

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

IN THE MEDIA

Congrats Salt & Tobacco
Photo:  Jesse Milns, blogTO
The new pizza restaurant at 521 Parliament Street has been included on the list of the top five new pizza spots in Toronto in blogTO.  

BUSINESS NEWS

Happy New Sale
Save - 50% off Christmas merchandise and 25% off gifts, home accessories and accent pillows. Plus, special deals in-store up to 60% off! Limited time only, while quantities last. Kendall & Co (514 Parliament).  Open from 10 am to 6 pm, weekdays and 11am to 5 pm on Saturdays. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi

RESTAURANT NEWS

Two for one brunch entrees
This weekend only at F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  Enjoy a relaxing brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm and get two entrees for the price of one.  To make your reservation, call (416) 323-0666 or email info@famelia.com 

Jeff and Noah at The Local GEST
Fresh from their triumphant appearance at the annual Cabbagetown carol sing-a-long, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin are back at The Local GEST (424 Parliament).  Thursday, January 5 from 8 pm.  

Merryberry cooking classes
Cyril’s classes return on Tuesday January 10 at 5:30 pm.  After the excesses of the holiday season, it's time to clan up.  Detox is the theme and beautiful veggies and fragrant spices will be the ingredients.  Take the cure - $45.  To register, drop in to Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411.

The Irv
Every Thursday evening, The Irv (195 Carlton) presents Geoff Willingham’s acoustic music.  On Monday January 9, The Irv will close all day for a staff thank-you party.

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.

Odin goes cashless
Effective January 2, Odin (514 King E) has switched entirely to cashless payments via debit, credit cards or the Ritual app.  

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
Online tickets and info here

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Winter Waves - Saturday January 7 and Sunday January 8
Online info here.  Free admission.  

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 5 TO SUNDAY JANUARY 15
  • 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 5

The Irv
7:30, live acoustic music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, live music with Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin

FRIDAY JANUARY 6

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

SATURDAY JANUARY 7

Dominion
8 pm, Reid Henry
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SUNDAY JANUARY 8

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee

MONDAY JANUARY 9

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JANUARY 10

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11

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

THURSDAY JANUARY 12

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

FRIDAY JANUARY 13

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
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

SATURDAY JANUARY 14

Dominion
8 pm, The Heat

SUNDAY JANUARY 15

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, 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