February 9

This week’s image: Toronto Light Festival, Distillery.  Photo by Tanja Tiziana, NOW Magazine

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

SNAPSHOTS

More images have been added to our Cabbagetown Snapshots album.  This batch highlights the Christmas season - the BIA Kickoff in December, the first snow at Riverdale Park, Cabbagetown South Residents party and various Christmas events.
You might be there. Check it out here.   

LOCAL NEWS

Congrats to Jennifer Day
The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association has given its 2017 Outstanding Veterinarian Award to Jennifer Day.  Dr Day has owned the Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E) since 2008 and has been a practicing veterinarian since 1994.  She’s served on the Boards of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the Toronto Academy of Veterinary Medicine and the Council of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.  Congrats Jennifer and thanks for your contribution to Cabbagetown’s pet community.  Click here to read the details.   

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. 

The Sumach - find out more
You’re invited to an information session on Wednesday February 15 from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Regent Park Presentation Centre (500 Dundas E).  
Chartwell’s new retirement residence in Regent Park at Shuter and Sumach is now under construction.  It offers 332 rental units ranging from studios to large two bedrooms and two townhouses.  Services include a 24-hour concierge, building security and monthly housekeeping.  There’ll be a casual pub and a bistro as well as kitchen facilities in each suite.  
Check out The Sumach website online here

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
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. 

Museum fundraising
The Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum is running a GoFundMe campaign to raise $15,000 for a new website.  The Museum is a volunteer organization that does a great job to preserve our history and spread the word across our community.  (The Museum regularly sends in its Historic Tidbits here to share with you.)  Click here to read its request and make your donation.   

More Cabbagetown hawks
A small sharpshin hawk dropped in to our backyard to hunt for the sparrows and other small birds that frequent our feeder.
Earlier in the week, two big redtails plus a Cooper’s hawk were spotted patrolling for pigeons along the edges of St James Town buildings.

Waterfront Toronto video
Changes along the waterfront often seem to happen with bewildering bureaucratic names, new neighbourhood labels and confusing speed.  Waterfront Toronto has posted a video about its work on its website along with a useful summary of its project and achievements.  Click here to read it.  

CLARITY ON THE BIKE SHARE ISSUE

Councillor McConnell
Photo:  Andrew Francis Wallace, Toronto Star
Councillor Pam McConnell’s office has informed the Cabbagetown Residents Association that the Bike Share rack will not be moved before the Spring, if at all.  She’s working with the City’s staff on a general review of Bike Share locations.  She’s received lots of communications from the community on this topic, most of it in favour of using the Park location.

Other events
Shawn Micaleff writes weekly in the Toronto Star about life in the GTA.  His column on February 3 is a short-tempered reaction to the suggestion that the bike rack move out of the park.  You can read it here.  
The Cabbagetown Residents Association has updated its online report about the bike rack.  There have been ten additional comments since late January and the comments section is still open.  

VALENTINE NEWS

Restaurants

Cranberries (601 Parliament) has another amazing three-course dinner with beef tenderloin, orange roughy or chicken roulade along with soup or salad and finished by a brandy dark chocolate truffle for dessert. Two seatings:  5 and 7:30 pm.  $45.  (416) 925-6330.  

Dominion Pub & Kitchen (500 Queen E) celebrates Anti-Valentine’s with beer and friends.

F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is offering a romantic five-course dinner for $79.  Enjoy wine pairings from F’Amelia’s fantastic wine cellar with your dinner for $128. (416) 323-0666. https://media.wix.com/ugd/ef27d8_eaa440edf1c449ac8f194ffd040881da.pdf 

Fusilli’s (531 Queen E) Valentine menu is available on February 14 and 15 and features agnoletti, filet mignon, rainbow trout and strawberry profiteroles.  (416) 214-5148.  https://www.facebook.com/Fusilli-Ristorante-138526096210457/ 

House on Parliament (456 Parliament) will have a lovely menu for the evening.  Watch for it on Facebook.  (416) 925-4074.  https://www.facebook.com/House-on-Parliament-116426921766667/ 

The Irv (195 Carlton) has a three-course Valentine’s dinner for the whole week between February 13 to 19.  (647) 350-4787. 

The Local GEST (424 Parliament) is  extending Valentines for the whole weekend, February 11 to 14, with a Warm & Wonderful $40 prix fixe menu by chef Javier.  (416) 961-9425.  http://www.thelocalgest.com/events/ 

Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane) is getting Hopped on Love with a special menu and live entertainment.  Saturday February 11 from 6 pm.  (416) 681-0338.  

Paintbox (535 Dundas E) is bringing a special pop-up Supper Club with a seven-course dinner created by Chef Cindy.   Tickets and reservations required. (647) 748-0555.   http://regentsocial.ca/event/lust-love-pop-up-supper-club/ 

Peartree (507 Parliament) suggests a three-course dinner for two for $70.  Three seatings - 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 pm.  (416) 962-8190.

Under the Table (568 Parliament) has a three course, prime rib dinner with soup or salad and dessert plus a glass of wine.  Dinner for one is $35 and dinner for two, $60.  (647) 351-1533.

Specials from our stores

Labour of Love (223 Carlton) is offering amazing cards.

St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) has long-stemmed, four-bite chocolate covered strawberries.  Mark says, “they’re big”.  

Soma Chocolate (55 Mill Street, Distillery) has award-winning chocolates from beans harvested around the world.  

Staij & Co (552 Parliament) is baking up beautifully decorated macarons and chocolate covered strawberries.  Yummy.

IN THE MEDIA

Port Lands condo project
Photo: City of Toronto
blogTO reports that a proposal for a major condo project in the Port Lands for the northeast corner of Cherry Street and Commissioners Street has been received by the City.  This has occurred despite the fact that planning work is still underway in this area and final  documents have not yet been approved. There’s a lot of history between the developer and the City - as early as 2011, for example, the developer was warned that its plans for the site were premature.  The full story is online.  

Fire alarms not working at TCHC building
Photo:  CityNews
A fire broke out on the seventh floor at 275 Shuter on Wednesday February 8.  The building did not have working fire alarms at the time - a new system was being installed.   Warnings were spread by tenants and then firemen.  CityNews has a story here - the video reveals several concerning gaps in TCHC’s handling of the fire. 

Brooklyn Street Art
Photo:  Labrona
Last November, Brooklyn Street Art - a New York City blog about street artists from that city and around the world - did a piece about the pillar art in Corktown’s Underpass Park.  Click here to see it. 

Graves at St Paul Catholic School
Photo:  Metroland
St Paul Catholic School (80 Sackville) was built over the graves of 19th century Irish immigrants who died and wanted to be buried near St Paul’s Basilica.  The Toronto Catholic District School Board needs to ease pressure at nearby St Michael Catholic School but the graves have prevented an expansion at St Paul.  Another site at Shuter and Parliament offers an alternative for a new school to service Cabbagetown, Corktown, Regent Park, Moss Park and the Distillery.  Justin Skinner has written about it in Inside Toronto.  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.  

Verve
Students at the School ofToronto Dance Theatre present sixteen new works by the 2017 graduating class.  Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11, 8 pm, $15.  80 Winchester.

Blue Valentine
Presented by Coleman Lemieux.  A journey into the heart of loneliness  performed by Andrew Hartley and Emma Kerson and featuring new works by Simon Renaud and Tedd Robinson.  Wednesday February 15 to Saturday February 18, 8 pm, The Citadel (304 Parliament).  Tickets and info here. 

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.

SHOPPING NEWS

Do you like pink flamingos?
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament)  has a lovely umbrella - just $28.  There’s one on display in the shop window.  One look at it and you’ll be zooming inside to get your own.  New inventory has just arrived.  Store hours:  Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.  

Meridian
Don’t miss out - Meridian’s offer to match your first $100 deposit in a new tax free savings account will end on Saturday February 11.  Drop in to the Branch (486 Parliament) and introduce yourself to the manager, Stephen Ahn.
Watch for the Valentine’s offer that Meridian is promoting this weekend.  It’s another attractive promotion.

The Leslieville Flea
The Flea is a showcase event for artisans and vendors who offer handmade, unique and vintage items.  It returns to the Distillery on
Sunday, February 19 from 10 am to 4 pm in the Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Ln).  Watch for lots of furniture, antiques, clothing and collectibles.  
The Flea’s first “Last Chance Auction” will take place from 3 to 4 pm.  

Holidays at St Jamestown Steak & Chops
Mark is off to sunny places for a nifty bike ride from February 20 to 26.  His shop will reopen on Monday February 27.

RESTAURANT NEWS

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

Psychic brunch at Cranberries
The regular monthly Psychic readings return to Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Sunday February 19 from 11 am to 3 pm.  Your ticket includes two insightful readings plus a $5 voucher toward your brunch.  In these turbulent times, it’s deeply reassuring to have this psychic advice to guide you.  Proceeds help the Rainbow Association of Canadian Artists.

Cooking class at Merryberry
Now that Cyril has finished his epic series of chicken classes, he’s moving on to Cooking with Oranges.  The class will discover how oranges can be used in meats, poultry, fish and desserts.  Wednesday February 22, 5:30 pm, $45.  Contact him at (647) 348-0411 or drop in to Merryberry and register.  559 Parliament.

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  

Welcome back, 2-4-1 Pizza
This little pizza store next door to No Frills was badly damaged last year in the fire that also hurt Pipler and Spruce.  At long last, there’s a building permit in the window and a sign promising the return of the shop.  

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.

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.

COLEMAN, LEMIEUX & COMPAGNIE
The Citadel
304 Parliament

Blue Valentine - February 15 to 18
Online tickets and info here.

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester

Verve - February 10 and 11
Online tickets and info here.

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Kim’s Convenience - to March 4
Online tickets and info here 

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

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9 TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19

  • 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 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, Your Girl Flav
Mill Street Beer Hall
6 pm, acoustic music with Jeremy deFreitas
9 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

MONDAY FEBRUARY 13

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15

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

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16

Dominion
8 pm, Enzo Boldrini
The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
8 pm, open mic with Porter

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Wizdome
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 18

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

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Mark Teixiera (guiar) and Joe Spina (bass).  

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