March 2

This week’s image:  Allan Gardens Conservatory spring flower show. Photo:  Allan Gardens.



Arson alert
Photo:  Aberdeen Ave Residents Group
Several fires have been set deliberately in lanes east of Parliament near Winchester and Aberdeen.  Toronto Fire Service extinguished them before they became too severe and there have been no injuries.  Nevertheless, this is a dangerous situation.  Toronto Police have assigned Detective Ricci and Staff Sergeant Peter Troup from 51 Division’s Community Response Unit.  Both the Winchester Park and Aberdeen Avenue Residents groups are actively warning nearby neighbours.  
Residents everywhere are asked to look at the rear of their homes and get rid of loose garbage and debris that can act as fuel for this guy’s fires.  If you see anything suspicious, call 911 immediately.  

Beer Store development
The Beer Store site at 227 Gerrard E has been sold and the new owner has submitted a development proposal to the City of Toronto.  It calls for an eight-storey building with ground floor retail (including a Beer Store) plus 99 units in seven upper storeys.  There’ll be 62 underground parking spaces.
The community consultation meeting has been called for 6 to 9 pm on Wednesday March 8.  At 6 pm, there’ll be a pre-meeting site tour at the Beer Store (227 Gerrard E).  From 7 to 9 pm, there’ll be a presentation and discussion with City planning staff at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario).  
The City’s website has a page about this development with a link for your comments.  Click here to read it.  

Kelley’s celebrations
To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Kelley Teahen has launched a personal creative project on her blog, Teahen Tales. Between February 1 and July 1, she’s sharing images and reflections on the theme My Canada. She notes that “because she's a Cabbagetowner, naturally some west-of-the-Don-Valley stories will appear.” Check out her daily entries here and look for her February 11 account about Riverdale Farm, Down on the Farm.  

Cabbagetown Talks  
Congrats to the CPA.  The latest talk - Imagining Cabbagetown: Our Place in the City - was another good evening with over fifty people in the audience at the former St Peter’s Church, now part of Dixon Hall.  Moderated by Rick Merrill, the panelists included Andrew Farncombe (photo above), Leo DeSorcy and Marc Ryan.  It was a presentation about TOcore, a Secondary Plan for Toronto’s downtown.

Renovations at Riverdale Farm
On Wednesday evening, the Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group presented plans for the renovations at the Simpson House.  Extensive work will be done in the interior, improving the public washrooms, making the facility accessible and creating a large open space to house a meeting room and a welcome centre for the Farm.  Thanks to successful fundraising efforts by the Stewardship Group in recent years, it will contribute $130,000 for this project.  In the photo, Wendy Hoare from the Parks Department explains the plans to Eric, Michelle and Halley. 

Allan Gardens spring flower show
The Conservatory’s annual spring show has just started up and continues into May.  During that time, the Easter Show will also appear from April 14.  The Conservatory is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily with free admission.  Allan Gardens (Sherbourne and Carlton)

CCDT auditions for 2017/2018
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) is holding its second weekend of auditions for its 2017/2018 season for dancers ages 14 to 19.  Sunday March 5 from 10 am to 1 pm.  Check on the CCDT Facebook page for prerequisites, callback times, schedules, dress and program offerings.  Contact (416) 924-5657 

Islamic women in an age of Islamophobia
A panel discussion featuring prominent Muslim women will take place in Arta Gallery (Distillery, 14 Distillery Lane) on Monday March 6 from 6 pm.  Sponsored by Islamic Relief Canada, the panel will include Dr Alaa Murabit, Muneeza Sheikh, Naseem Mithoowani and Ginella Massa.  Tickets are $10.  

WE in Corktown
Cabbagetown’s Free the Children has expanded south into Corktown with its purchase of the former Marty Millionaire’s building on the southwest corner of Parliament and Queen.  The group is making a presentation to the Corktown Residents & Business Association about its plans on Tuesday March 7 at 7 pm in the Coopers Koo Family YMCA (461 Cherry). 

CYC’s Spring Fling
The Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster, behind the Beer Store) is organizing a fundraiser for Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 pm.  It’ll include a sparkling wine reception, dinner and drinks.  There’ll be live music and an auction sale.  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.   

WaterfrontTO summer arts program grants
Applications are now being received for grants to support dance, music, performance, literary and media arts and community-engaged artwork.  The program facilitates arts and cultural programming that celebrates public spaces and invites people to enjoy our waterfront.  Application deadline is March 24 at 12 pm.  Find out more, including a PDF about the guidelines, click 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.  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. 

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.  Click here to read its request and make your donation.  
In Inside Toronto, Justin Skinner has written a story about the Museum’s campaign and its goals for a stronger online presence.  Click here to read his story.   


Sugar Shack is back
Last year’s highly popular Sugar Shack is returning to Sugar Beach (Lower Jarvis and Queen’s Quay).  There’ll be two shacks serving maple taffy,  a food market offering maple infused treats and traditional sugar shack foods and a Sugar Shack bar with beer, mulled wine and specialty liquors.  Plus kids’ programs, ice sculptures, battle of the chainsaws and a giant ice Tic-Tac-Toe.  Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12.  

Camps for kids
Both the Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne) and the Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter) have free March Break camps for kids 6 to 12 years old operating from 9 am to 4 pm from Monday March 13 to Friday March 17.  Extended hours options from 8 to 9 am and 4 to 5 pm are also available.  For more information online, click here.  


Glen Murray’s free skating
Glen sponsors a free skating event every Wednesday at 4 pm at Moss Park arena (140 Sherbourne).  Free skates and ice time.  

Dance with Dancing Mami
Every Saturday at noon, join Dancing Mami  (517 Parliament, Unit 2).  Drop-ins welcome.  $5.  

Brenda’s Step Class
Brenda has listed her class schedules for March.  Everything happens in the Cabbagetown Youth Centre gym (2 Lancaster, behind the Beer store).  Sundays - March 5 and March 26 at 11 am.  No classes on Sunday March 12 or March 19.  Wednesdays - March 8 and March 29 at 9:15 am.  No class on Wednesday March 15.  

Steve Kwan’s Tai Chi
Steve teaches his class at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster) every Sunday morning from 9 to 10:30 am .  $10/month.  Drop-ins welcome.


George is back
Photo: Peter J Thompson, Postmedia Network
In our neighbourhood, “George” can only mean one person - Mr Smitherman.  For years, he represented us successfully as an MPP and cabinet minister at Queen’s Park.  When he ran for Toronto’s mayoralty in 2010, he garnered overwhelming voter support here. 
The Toronto Star and several other media outlets are reporting that he will end his recent retirement and make a comeback run for Toronto City Council in the 2018 election.  Our current municipal ward is being split into two wards and George will try for one of them.  
Click here to read the Star’s story.  

Congrats Arvo and Dark Horse
Photo:  Hector Vasquez, blogTO
Two local coffee houses have topped the list of Toronto’s most attractive new cafes in blogTO - Arvo (17 Gristmill Lane) and Dark Horse Espresso (412 Front E).  Here's the story.

Proposal for another biggie
Photo:  Page+Steele/IBI Group
Urban Toronto reports that a proposal for a 50-storey mixed use condo has been submitted to the City.  It’ll be located on the site of the Comfort Inn on Jarvis, just south of Gerrard, close to the world-famous Hooker’s Harveys and around the corner from Seaton House.  It’ll be the biggest building in the neighbourhood at 156 metres or 515 feet tall.  For a full description, click here to see the Urban Toronto story.  


African Connections
Jubilate Singers along with percussionsts Paul Therrien, Amma Ofori and the Ubuntu Youth Drummers.  An evening of African inspired music.  Tickets are available at the door, $15 to $25.  Saturday March 4, 7:30 pm. St Simon the Apostle Church (525 Bloor E). 

Sibelius and Bizet in Corktown
The Corktown Chamber Orchestra will present Sibelius’ No 5 and Bizet’s L’Arlesiennes 1 + 2 at its next concert.  Thursday March 9, 8 pm,  $12 (kids are free).  Little Trinity Church, 425 King E.  

New Ideas Festival
The annual three-week Alumnae Theatre festival features four new plays every week.  Wednesday to Saturday at 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  Week one runs from March 8 to Sunday March 12 -   Rosemary Doyle’s Call, Andrew Batten’s Or Not To Be, Michael Kras’ Teach Her My Name and Alicia Payne’s D Cup.  Week one’s staged reading is Katherine Koller’s Riverkeeper, Saturday March 11 at noon.  Click here for details, cast bios and tickets.   

Canadian Stage
2017-2018 is the 30th anniversary season for Canadian Stage.  Its lineup has been published and subscriptions and ticket sales are now open.  There’ll be 16 performances between June 2017 and May 2018 - including nine original Canadian creations.  To review the individual peformances and to get your subscription, click here.  

Soulpepper Concerts
Each original Soulpepper Concert revolves around a place, a time or an artist.  Coming up - three concerts in the Manhattan Concert Cycle that take you through the original Manhattan neighbourhoods.  Volume One is Downtown, The Melting Pot on March 4, 14 and 18.  Volume Two is Midtown, 42nd Street & Broadway, March 7, 13 and 18 and Volume Three is Uptown to Harlem, March 10,16 and 18.  Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery. For tickets and info click here.   


AAA Accounting & Tax
Owen at AAA (462 Parliament) has posted two new items on his website with updates about corporate and personal tax issues.  Personal issues looks at Principal Residence and the corporate newsletter examines Estate Freeze.   Visit AAA’s site here and read the Newsletter links at the bottom of the page.  

Kendall & Co’s (514 Parliament) new wall sconces are a sight to behold in its front window. The doe turns into a deer. When you switch it on, its illuminated antlers magically appear. Available in matte gold or in white. Check out the latest offerings in lighting - more will be coming soon. Store hours:  Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm.

Congrats Spruce
One year ago on February 25, a fire filled Spruce (455 Parliament) and nearby Pipler and 2-4-1 Pizza with smoke.  Spruce has recovered nicely and is now, once again, offering lots of lovely stuff.  Unfortunately, Pipler didn’t recover and folded last September.  2-4-1 Pizza has started on the road to recovery with reno’s now underway.  It’s been a long year for Kim and she deserves our congratulations for a successful fight to return.  


Jeff Barnes at The Local GEST
Jeff and Noah return to The Local GEST (424 Parliament) for their regular monthly appearance on Thursday March 1 from 8 pm.  Next week on Thursday March 9, it’s Cabbage Head - Ethan Reilly’s comedy night and then on Thursday March 16, Porter hosts her Open Mic evening.

Register now - Cyril’s next class
Cyril will be hosting his next cooking class on Wednesday March 15 at 5:30 pm.  That’s just a couple of days before St Patrick’s Day and he’ll highlight Irish Gastropub dishes, including an “edible Guinness”.  To save your spot, drop in to Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (64) 348-0411.

Tarot 101
A three-hour, fun filled class taught by a renowned psychic.  It’s interactive and you’ll learn Tarot at a comfortable pace.  In your class, you’ll get profound insights into three questions.  Your $25 fee includes a $5 voucher toward dinner.  Please reserve in advance for very class - space is limited.  Every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Cranberries (601 Parliament).   For more info and reservations, click here.  

Photography and travel at Fusilli
Fusilli (531 Queen E) is hosting a photo exhibition and a travel talk on Sunday March 5 from 2 to 5 pm.  Trevor Fernandez will show his pictures and offer them for sale and he’ll share his travel ideas for trips to China and Europe.  To see his work, click here.  

Congrats to The Irv
Thursday March 2 is The Irv’s third anniversary.  They’re celebrating with $5 pints, live music and giveaways.  While you’re there, pick up one of their nifty Tee shirts - men and women’s, $20.  Congrats guys - and many more to come!  195 Carlton.

Addresses, online info and current events.

70 Berkeley Street

New Ideas Festival - March 8 to 26
Online tickets and general Festival info here.
Week one - Call, Or Not To Be, Teach Her My Name and D Cup.  Staged Reading - Riverkeeper. 
Online tickets and Week One info here.

Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street

Five Faces for Evelyn Frost - To March 5 (English) and March 21 to March 25 (French with English subtitles)
Online tickets and info here.

50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

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

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

Cage - March 11 to March 25.
Online tickets and info here. 

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



  • 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.


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


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
8 pm, DJ Marlove
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


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


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
2 to 5 pm, Trevor Fernandez photography and travel show
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Sherie Marshall & Mike Cado  


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


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


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


8 pm,Andrew Fetterley
The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music with Geoff Willingham
The Local GEST
10 pm, Cabbage Head comedy with Ethan O’Reilly


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
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


8 pm, Your Girl Flav
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


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Joel Sheridan Trio


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088,
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188, 
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555,
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121,
366 Queen St E, (647) 347-3873, 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787,
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338,
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery,
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555,
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,