February 2

This week’s image: Repair Cafe at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario)  - Saturday February 11, noon to 4 pm. 

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

BIKE SHARE

Bike rack report
The Heritage District Conservation committee has asked me to add some of their views to my report from last week about the renewed effort to move the BikeShare station out of Riverdale Park.
Fair enough, so here’s a summary of the issue as they’ve explained it.
The committee considers the bike rack to be an inappropriate amenity that intrudes on the Park’s heritage character.  They also agreed with Randy Brown’s complaint to officials at the City of Toronto about the bike rack. They wrote their letter to Councillor McConnell to deal with these concerns.
They suggested an alternative location at Sumach and Carlton in an effort to keep the bike rack close to the Park.  When they made this suggestion, they focused solely on the bike rack’s impact on that neighbourhood’s heritage surroundings and did not consider noise, litter or the constant stream of people using it.
When the bike rack was originally installed in the summer, no one from BikeShare or any City department consulted with the committee about it.
The HCD committee rejects the survey conducted by the Cabbagetown Residents’ Association since it did not mention heritage issues in either its preamble or the question itself.

LOCAL NEWS

Corktown public meeting
The Corktown Residents & Business Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday February 7 at 7 pm in the Cooper Koo Family YMCA (461 Cherry).  Among the agenda items is a review of the past year in Corktown and the Association’s program.  

City budget consultations
Councillor Pam McConnell will host a public meeting about the City’s 2017 budget.  She’ll talk about the process and the allocations and then receive your input about it. City staff will also attend and be able to provide details and technical explanations.  Wednesday February 8, 6:30 pm, Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter at Sackville).

Cabbagetown South 
The Cabbagetown South Annual Meeting has been called for Wednesday February 8, 7 pm, Hey Lucy Cafe (229 Carlton).  The Association has been busy with several important questions facing area residents and there’ll be a President’s report to update everyone.  It’s also time for the election of the 2017-2018 Association’s Board.
For an excellent summary of the issues that the Association is handling, click here to read the January 2017 newsletter.  

Repair Cafe
Once again, Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) is hosting Repair Cafe. They’ve recruited a great crew of “fixers” to repair your broken items free, on-the-spot.  So, don’t throw your stuff away - bring it to the Cafe.  Repair Cafe Toronto is a group of volunteers who fix broken household items and teach others their repair tricks.  Saturday February 11, noon to 4 pm. 

Cabbagetown Residents Association
The Association’s January newsletter is now available online.  It’s full of local news.  The pot holes on Carlton Street will disappear later this year when the City finally gets around to resurfacing the street.  There’s info about parking permits, crime alerts, a film shoot, the wading pool in Riverdale Park, a lost bike and lots more.  Click here for a satisfying read. 

Gerrard Street Beer Store
The large Beer Store property at Gerrard and Ontario has been sold and a proposal has been sent to the City of Toronto for a new condo building.  The developer wants to build a six-storey building with 9,274 square meters. 715 square meters will be ground floor retail. The rest of the building will be 99 residential units with 62 parking spaces and 131 bike spaces.  The proposal can be viewed at the City’s website here.  

A reminder - Beer Store donations
The Beer Store (227 Gerrard E) has a donation window to receive your wine and beer bottle returns.  The funds from these returns go to the nutrition program at Lord Dufferin School and to the refugee settlement program at Central Neighbourhood House.  The Cabbagetown South Residents have organized this project and they also direct some of the money to their neighbourhood gardening projects. 

Florida Highwaymen
The Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) is celebrating Black History month by mounting a unique exhibition of 30 original pieces from 26 self-taught African-American landscape painters in the Florida Highwaymen movement.  The group formed in the middle 1950s when segregation prevented them from showing and selling their art in local galleries.  So they sold their work from the trunk of their cars on Florida highways.  The opening reception is Thursday February 9 from 6 to 10 pm.  Show runs from February 9 to March 12.  Open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 9 pm and weekends 10 am to 6 pm.  

Toronto Light Festival
Photo:  Run Beyond by Angelo Bonello
To March 12. The Distillery is the home for the Toronto Light Festival. It takes place between sundown and 11 pm daily. 17 installations by 14 artists will transform the Distillery into a huge open-air gallery. Free.

Imagining Cabbagetown - save the date
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association will offer the second in its series of talks about Toronto and Cabbagetown.  TOCore is a secondary plan about the downtown in the city. Speakers will include Andrew Farncombe and Leo DeSorcy from the City of Toronto and Marc Ryan from Public Work.  Click here for details.  Monday February 27, 7 pm, St Peter’s Church (now Dixon Hall), 188 Carlton.

Brenda’s step classes
Brenda’s February schedule has been posted and she’s following her usual times.  On Wednesdays through the month, her step classes will be held at 9:15 am.  Her Sunday classes will be at 11 am except for the Family Day weekend, Sunday February 19 - this class still has to be decided.  Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster, behind the Beer Store). 

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. 

Eric Murphy
Eric is off to Bermuda to talk about his latest book, The Bermuda Shipwreck.  He dedicated it to the memory of Thomas Rainey who spent several years in Bermuda and then returned to the United States and became the first Black man to be elected to the US House of Representatives.  His host for the trip is the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute and they’ve invited him as part of their observance of Black History month.    

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Photo:  City of Toronto Archives, f1568_it0330  
Winter brings all sorts of challenges. Blizzards. Snow shoveling. Near - or actual – frostbite. Dead car batteries. Black ice. Black moods. And yet,it also graces us with some of the most beautiful moments of the year. 
About a hundred years ago, consummate Toronto photographer, Alexander W. Galbraith, captured this magical view of Wilton (now Dundas). No street lights or automobiles disturb the scene, as a ghostly pedestrian drifts through the shadows on the left.
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

For sale - air filter
Honeywell furnace filter 25 x 20 x 4 inches still in its shrink wrap.  It sells at Home Hardware for $44.99 + tax.  Best offer.  Contact jannette_jim@yahoo.ca 

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

IN THE MEDIA

Portlands mega club
Photo:  Christopher Katsarov, Globe & Mail
The Alcohol & Gaming Commission is being asked to approve a new mega club in the Port Lands, the area directly south of us on the waterfront.  If it’s given a green light, it’ll become the world’s largest nightclub with a capacity of 15,500 people.  The hearing may include testimony from Pam McConnell who opposes this use for this site.  
Jeff Gray has written about the proposal in the Globe & Mail.  Click here to read his article. 
You can have a voice against this application.  There’s an online petition - click here.  

Regent Park shooting
Photo:  Toronto Police
On Monday January 30, Ali Rizeig, 18, was shot and killed on Gerrard Street East near Sumach.  Police say that the suspect drove away in a dark SUV.  Lauren Pelley has written about it on the CBC’s website.  Click here

ON STAGE

Stompin’ Tom’s birthday celebration
Whiskey Jack’s annual Stompin’ Tom’s Birthday Celebration is scheduled for Sunday February 12 from 4 to 8 pm at the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W).  As always, it promises to be a great event.  And there’ll be a glamorous list of special guests - Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, David MacFarlane and Douglas Cameron, and Lena Connors with Jen Cook. No cover charge. 
Click here to listen to Lena Connors and Jen Cook perform The French Song.  

Dandelions in the Wind
A love story about a young white woman and a young black man caught up in the turbulence of America’s Civil Rights era.  Info and tickets are online here.  February 10 to 19, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E.

BUSINESS NEWS

Kendall’s seasonal clearance
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is wrapping up its Winter Sale with more deals and further markdowns. Buy one pillow at regular price and get a second one at 60% off (of equal or lesser value). Save 25 to 40% off table lamps, home accessories and serveware. Now-or-never clearance on floor model rugs. New arrivals have come in just in time for Valentine’s Day. Open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/

Fat bike races
Fat bikes have big wide tires that work well on soft surfaces like snow.  Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) is a sponsor of the Fat Bike Racing Series that’s underway in various locations across southern Ontario.  Two more races are still happening - on Saturday February 4 in the Northumberland County Forest and Saturday February 25 in Bracebridge.  Contact Cycle Solutions for more info at (416) 972-6948 or drop in to the store.  
And don’t forget - there’s one month left to get an early bird seasonal tune-up at a 20% discount.  Avoid the Spring rush.

Dancing Mami
Enjoy a high-energy cardio dance class that’ll make you fall in love with fitness.  It’s a great way to beat back the winter blahs.  Women of all ages are invited to join Dancing Mami’s beginners class on Saturdays from noon to 1 pm.  The first class is free and then it’s only $5 for your drop-in visits after that.  Contact vivian@dancingmami.com to register.  517 Parliament, upstairs.

Victory visits
Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E) recommends that you bring your pooch to the Clinic for a victory visit.  It’s just a drop-in to get a pat and a treat.  When your dog understands that these visits can be fun and welcoming, then the problems of a visit to treat a sickness are diminished.  

WINTERLICIOUS

It’s here -  Winterlicious is underway and continues to February 9.  This year’s prices for lunch are $18, $23 and $28 and for dinner, $28, $38 and $48.    
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

Chilli from Merryberry
Place your orders now for SuperBowl Sunday.  Merryberry is taking orders for Cyril’s beer-maple chilli (minimum 5 people) along with the fixings - sour cream, shredded cheddar, avocado, sliced jalapeno, sliced red onion and green onions.  Pick-up on Saturday February 4 or Sunday February 5.  Visit the restaurant at 559 Parliament or call (647) 348-0411.

Bowling Night 
Saturday February 11, 4:30 pm.  Join The Irv (195 Carlton) for a bowling bash followed by a buffet dinner and two pints of Great Lakes.  Tickets include a bus ride to the lanes, bowling shoes and two complete games.  Prizes or the best bowlers.  Save your spot now at (647) 350-4787 or email regan@theirvpub.ca

Beer dinner at The Irv
The Irv (195 Carlton) is organizing a three-course dinner paired with the different craft beers.  Thursday February 23 at 7 pm.  Make your reservations now at (647) 350-4787 or email regan@theirvpub.ca  

Nikki Clarke Show
On Thursday from 4 to 6:30 pm, Paintbox (535 Dundas E).  This week’s show features special guests Channon Oyeniran, Daniela Spirlac, Dr Anita Jack-davies, Beata Kaas, Jackie Sartor-King and Kim Sartor.

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

ADA SLAIGHT HALL
Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas E

Dandelions in the Wind - February 10 to February 19
Online tickets and info here.

ALUMNAE THEATRE
70 Berkeley

The Gut Girls - to Saturday February 4
Online tickets and info here.

CANADIAN STAGE
Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street

Five Faces for Evelyn Frost - February 14 to March 5/  March 21 to March 25
Online tickets and info here.

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

Metis Mutt - to February 5
Online tickets and info here.

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

The Last Wife - to Saturday February 11
Online info and tickets here.

Kim’s Convenience - February 8 to March 17
Online tickets and info here.

TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester E

Noisy - February 1 to February 4
Online info and tickets here. 

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2 TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12
  • 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 FEBRUARY 2

Dominion
8 pm, Julia Carlucci Duo 
The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zaccharin

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, DJ DXB 
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 FEBRUARY 4

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

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee

MONDAY FEBRUARY 6

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8

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

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9

Dominion
8 pm,DJ Bookshelf
The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
10 pm, Cabbage Head comedy with Ethan O’Reilly
Paintbox Bistro
4 to 6:30 pm, live taping of the Nikki Clarke Show

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
8 pm, Alldayadonai
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

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11

Dominion
8 pm, Candice Sand Trio
8 pm, Your Girl Flav
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Levi Collins

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
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