March 16

This week’s image:  Community consultation meeting about the condo project at the Gerrard Street Beer Store site, March 8.

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW


LOCAL NEWS

CYC’s Spring Fling
Tickets are moving well and the program is filling up for the the Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s Spring Fling fundraiser.   Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 pm. There are great auction sale prizes lined up, including a foursome at the Oakdale Golf & Country Club, a piece of original art by Andy Donato,  a handmade, embroidered robe from Canadian fashion designer Thien Le, two $100 gift certificates from St Jamestown Steak & Chops and a gourmet food basket from the Epicure Shop. There'll also be a 50/50 draw.
Patrick Power, a classical guitarist and a graduate from the UofT music school, will provide the entertainment.  
Start the evening with a sparkling wine reception followed by dinner and drinks.  There’ll be live music.  Proceeds will be used to support the CYC’s programs for kids in the neighbourhood.  Tax receipts will be issued.  Get your tickets or make your donation online here.  

Dixonlicious
Delicious food, fine wine and specialty craft beers are all featured at this year’s Dixonlicious.  It’s in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) and food stations operated by chefs and restaurants from our neighbourhood will be scattered throughout the hall.  The proceeds from this fundraiser help to pay for Dixon Hall’s programs - Meals on Wheels, Summer Camp, Homeless Shelter programs, Out of the Cold, AIDS programs and more.  Wednesday March 29, 6 to 9 pm, $100, tickets available online here.  

Photo seminar
Chartwell Residences, the new rental project for seniors under construction at Shuter and Sumach, is sponsoring a free seminar series.  The topics are the kind of subjects that residents in the building will enjoy once it’s open. The first topic is “How to take stunning photos with your smart phone.”  Thursday March 23, 7 to 9 pm, Regent Park Presentation centre (500 Dundas E).  Please confirm with Vanessa at (416) 644-8912 or email vtynedal@chartwell.com  

Glen Murray skating - schedule change
The free skate scheduled for March 15 was postponed.  Next week’s skate is the final one for the 2017 season - free pizza, Wednesday March 22, 4 to 5 pm, Moss Park Arena (140 Sherbourne).  

The Children’s Book Bank
The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley at Gerrard) has a special program for kids laid out for March break.  There’s be a daily Storytime at noon on Friday and Saturday. 

March Break at the Farm
Riverdale Farm has a busy daily schedule through March Break.  There’ll be crafts, board games and pre-school activities to Friday, 10 am to noon and 1 to 3 pm. In the Lower Francey Barn, Farmer Sessions will feature goats at 10:30 am, horses at 12:30 pm and  cows at 1:30 pm.  The Upper Francey barn will open for viewings from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Refreshments will be sold in the Meeting House from 10 am to 3 pm.  Riverdale Farm, Winchester east of Sumach.

Shamrocks & Sneakers run
Join the Run and race down the St Patrick’s Day parade route - 4k from Varsity Stadium to the Sheraton Hotel.  The first 200 racers to register will get a free green Tee shirt.  Everybody welcome - all ages and all speeds.  Proceeds go to the Cabbagetown Youth Centre and the Cabbagetown Boxing Club.  $20 adults and $10 kids under 12.  Sunday March 19, noon. Starting line at Varsity Stadium, Bloor and St George.  Sign up at raceroster.com 

Congrats Ruth
Cabbagetown’s Ruth Miller is making her second appearance at Alumnae Theatre.  This time, she’s playing Mary in “Who Knocks”, one of the short plays presented in Week Three at the New Ideas Festival. 

Batman lives in the Wellesley Cottages
Photo:  Gail Gordon Oliver
Gail sent in this picture of Batman’s wings outlined in the snow on the roof of her cottage.  She's bragging that a superhero lives there with her.  

All roads led to Cabbagetown…
When you’re zipping along Highway 26 or up Airport Road on your way to Collingwood and Georgian Bay, swing into Stayner.  Drop in to Rational Expressions Gallery (7252 Hwy 26) - it’s on the north side of the highway, east side of downtown, across from Fountain Park.  The gallery is run by Leslie and Darren Martel.  
Darren taught at St Paul School on Sackville Street in the late 1990s and he loved the experience.  If you’re one of his former students, drop in and say hello - I’m sure he’ll enjoy the reunion.
While you’re there, check out two paintings by Cabbagetown’s Irene DeClute.  The whole show is terrific and she’s proud to be a part of it.

IN THE MEDIA

Sacre-Coeur Parish
Photo:  Wayne Adams, torontoplaques.com
The Torontoist has an article about Sacre-Coeur Parish located at Sherbourne and Carlton.  The parish was founded on St Jean-Baptiste Day, June 24, 1887 and met in a chapel at St Michael’s Cathedral.  In 1888, the congregation bought a church at King and Sackville.  By 1937, the congregation’s numbers had risen and it moved to a new home at its current location.  Thanks to David Reed for pointing out the Torontoist article - click here to read it.  

ON STAGE

Niimi’iwe
An indigenous dance double bill.  Two dance performances presented by Native Earth Performing Arts (Aki Theatre, 585 Dundas E) from Thursday March 30 to Saturday April 1.  7 pm - light breaking broken is a collaboration by Margaret Grenier and Karen Jamieson.  9 pm - the NDN way re-imagines philosophies about medicine teachings, pipe ceremonies, sweat lodges and death.  $25/each and $40/double bill.  Click here for more program info and for ticket sales.  

Spoon River
One of Soulpepper’s regular favourites opens on Friday March 31 and runs to Saturday April 15.  Click here to see the reviews, cast, and online ticket sales. 50 Tank House Lane.  

New Ideas Festival
The annual three-week Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley)  festival features four new plays every week.  Wednesday to Saturday at 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm.   
Week three runs from March 22 to March 26 - Beat by Dale Sheldrake, The Ballad of Sadie Wong by Andrew Lee, Who Knocks by Connie Guccione and The Hungriest Woman in the World by Shannon Brammer.   Saturday’s staged reading on March 25 is Thistlepatch by Catherine Frid.  Click here for info and tickets about Week Three.  

Love, Sex & Brahms
Coleman Lemieux’s expanded version of James Kudelka’s award-winning Love, Sex & Brahms.  The Opening Night gala takes place on March 16.  Performances from March 16 to 18 at 8 pm and March 19 at 4 pm.  Betty Oliphant Theatre (404 Jarvis),  $100 gala, $25 general admission.  

Acceleration 2017 - School of Toronto Dance Theatre
Photo:  Cylla Von Tiedemann
This is the annual performance by the graduating class from the School's Professional Training Program - new works by Peggy Baker, Susie Burpee, and Robert Desrosiers, as well as remounts of Paul-André Fortier’s Tell and Christopher House’s Colder Ink.  March 22 to 25 at the Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester).  Click here for tickets.  

Chiasmata
Christopher house revisits his 2007 award-winning choreograpjy along with twelve dancers from the Toronto Dance Theatre.  March 30 to April 1 and April 5 to April8 at 8 pm and a matinee on April 2 at 2 pm.  $20-$25.  Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester).  Tickets and info online here.  

BUSINESS NEWS

Spring for a rug or two
Until March 28th, while quantities last, enjoy 15% off select rugs at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament ). Choose from wool, bamboo and outdoor rugs. Click here for more info.   Plus, floor model rugs at 40-60% off! Store hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm & Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/2017/03/09/spring-for-our-rugs/ 

AAA Accounting & Tax
Owen at AAA (462 Parliament) continues posting Newsletters with helpful tax tips.  This week, he has info about new stuff on the Income Tax Return, authorizing a representative and child care deductions. Visit AAA’s site here and read the Newsletter links at the bottom of the page.  

Leslieville Flea
The Flea returns to the Distillery on Sunday March 19 from 10 am to 4 pm in the Fermenting cellar (28 Distillery Lane).  It brings outstanding vintage, homemade and antique goods.  Designers and artists, furniture and crafts.  

RESTAURANT NEWS

Quincy’s
Quincy’s Afrokitchen & Bar (326 Parliament) at Parliament and Queen offers a lively African and Latin program.  Each and every week, it’s choma Sunday from 2 to 10 pm.  Every Wednesday evening, reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa and more with DJ Fight.  Cover $10. Open Mic on Thursday.  On Fridays, all ladies enjoy a Pink Lady cocktail at 50% off from 7 to 11 pm.  Friday and Saturday evenings feature DJ Fox (Afromusic) and a guest DJ.  

West coast wine tasting
Fusilli (531 Queen E) is hosting a west coast wine tasting evening.  Wines from the Okanagan, Sonoma, Paso Robles and Rapel Valley will be paired with a rice ball with cheese and sausage appetizer followed by fettucini with smoked salmon cream sauce, veal pineta and finished by chocolate cheesecake.  $70 per person.  Tuesday March 21, 7 pm.  To reserve your place, call (416) 214-5148.  

Psychic brunch at Cranberries
The psychics are back for their monthly visit to Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Sunday March 19, 11 am to 3 pm.  $40 buys two insightful 15-minute readings plus one $5 voucher toward your brunch.  

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

ALUMNAE THEATRE
70 Berkeley Street

New Ideas Festival - to March 26
Online tickets and general Festival info here.
Week Three - Beat, The Ballad of Sadie Wong, Who Knocks and The Hungriest Woman in the World.   Saturday’s staged reading on March 25 is Thistlepatch by Catherine Frid. 

CANADIAN STAGE
Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street

Five Faces for Evelyn Frost - March 21 to March 25 (French with English subtitles)
Online tickets and info here.

Kiss - March 28 to April 16
Online tickets and info here.

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

Niimi’we, double bill - Thursday March 30 to Saturday April 1
Online tickets and info here.

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester Street

Acceleration 2017 - March 22 to 25
Online tickets and info here.

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Of Human Bondage - to March 17
Online info and tickets here

Cage - to March 25
Online tickets and info here.

Crawl Space - March 23 to April 15
Online tickets and info here.

Spoon River - March 31 to April 15
Online tickets and info here.

TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester

Chiasmata - March 30 to April 2, April 5 to April 8
Online tickets and info here.

GO CRAZY ON ST PATRICK’S DAY

Dominion (500 Queen E) - Price Brothers kick off the party at 5 pm and the Mere Mortals pick it up from 9 pm to 1 am, Friday March 17.

House on Parliament (454 Parliament) - menu includes corned beef and cabbage.  Guinness raffle for a free Guinness fridge.

The Local GEST (424 Parliament) - Lucky Mike is back after his strong appearance last year.   He’ll be playing from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Friday March 17 and rumours abound that he’s bringing along a fiddler to accompany him.

The Irv (195 Carlton) - 6:30 pm, Friday March 17 St Paddy’s Day party and tap takeover.  Free oysters and live music by 30 odd 6.  Swag giveaways.  Menu includes PEI mussels, lamb poutine, Irish Irv burger and stout-braised lamb shanks.  No cover.

Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane) - annual St Patrick’s Brewmaster’s Dinner.  Your menu includes a pastie, colcannon soup, an Irish salad, a roasted duck leg with mashed potato and market veggies and Bailey’s chocolate cheesecake. Each course is specially paired with a selected beer.  Live music.  $69.99.  6:30 pm, Thursday March 16.

Mill Street Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane) - 5 pm, Friday March 17.  St Patrick’s Bash with the Strome-Dankert Duo from 7 to 11 pm, a feature menu and prizes and giveaways.

Odin (514 King E) - St Patrick’s Day in Corktown.  Join the Corktown Residents and Business Association for its annual St Paddy’s Day party with live music, swag, Irish food and more.  $1 from every beer goes toward Corktown community initiatives. Friday March 17, 6 to 11 pm. 


Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) - 8 pm, Friday March 17.  St Paddy’s Malarkey & Shenanigans with live Celtic music, $5 Jamesons, $7 Lucky Charm lager and $16 Devil’s Hurricanes.  

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY MARCH 16 TO SUNDAY MARCH 26

  • 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 MARCH 16

Dominion
8 pm, Christopher MacFarlane
The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music 
Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Porter
Mill Street Brew Pub
6:30 pm, St Patrick’s five-course Brewmaster Dinner, $69.99

FRIDAY MARCH 17 - ST PATRICK’S DAY

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
5 pm, Price Brothers
9 pm, The Mere Mortals
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). 
House on Parliament
Menu includes corned beef and cabbage.  Guinness raffle for a free Guinness fridge. 
The Irv
7 pm, St Paddy’s Day party and tap takeover with live music by 30 odd 6.
Local GEST
6:30 - Lucky Mike’s St Patrick’s Day Shenanigans 
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, St Patrick’s Bash with Strome-Dankert Duo, a feature menu and prizes and giveaways.   
Odin
6 to 11 pm, Official Corktown St Patrick’s Day party with live music, Irish food, swag and prizes.  
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, Live Celtic Music

SATURDAY MARCH 18

Dominion
8 pm,DJ Bookshelf
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY MARCH 19

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Cranberries
11 am, Psychic brunch, $40

MONDAY MARCH 20

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY MARCH 21

Cranberries
6:30 pm, Tarot 101, $25
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY MARCH 22

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia
Paintbox
8 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam, $12
Quincy’s
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.

THURSDAY MARCH 23

Dominion
8 pm, Andrew Fetterley
The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music 

FRIDAY MARCH 24

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
8 pm, DJ Dash
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
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY MARCH 25

Dominion
8 pm, DJ Regina
Local GEST
9:30 pm, Young, Live & Local with Hudson Hogarth, Roy Tugbanc, Brooke & The Evan Sims Trio.
Mill Street Beer Hall
6 pm, acoustic music with Jeremy deFreitas
9 pm, Saturday Nights with DJ Humble Mike
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY MARCH 26

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Amnda Reeve and Bruce Skerritt


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
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
QUINCY’s AFROKITCHEN & BAR
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127,  https://www.facebook.com/cometoquincys/
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