March 9

This week’s image:  Marta Teja in The School of Toronto Dance Theatre annual production, Acceleration 2017.  March 22 to 25.  Photo:  Cylla Von Tiedemann



Beer Store development
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Redevelopment of the Beer Store site (227 Gerrard E) was the topic at a community consultation meeting on Wednesday March 8.  The City planner started with a presentation followed by comments from the developer’s representative, the architect and an urban planner.  Councillor Pam McConnell was present. Cabbagetown South Residents sponsored the event and over 100 people attended.
The developer’s urban planner noted that this project will intensify an under utilized site and improve the streetscape with an architecturally distinctive building.  The project conforms to the built form and massing policies of the Official Plan.  The Avenues & Mid Rise Buildings Study does not directly apply to this site but the project conforms to its guidelines.
As the meeting progressed, residents voiced concern about the building’s height (28 metres in an location that currently has a 12 metre height limit), truck access through a back laneway, parking (99 residential units with 62 spots in the building),  shadowing effect on the north side of Gerrard and a conflict between the building’s style and the surrounding heritage properties.  Above all, there was constant concern about the continued presence in the new building of the Beer Store with its impact on the neighbourhood.
This meeting was the only public discussion confirmed by the developer and the City.  The developer has agreed to meet with the Heritage Conservation District committee within a few days for more discussions.
For more info, check the following websites. There’s a general project description at urbantoronto.  Click here.  
The City’s website has a page about this development with a link for your comments.  It also has links to the developer’s supporting documents. Click here to read it.  
The developer’s proposal is outlined in the Planning Rationale document submitted to the City.  A copy can be downloaded here.  

227 Gerrard East - Urban Toronto reports
The community meeting about 227 Gerrard E was covered by urbantoronto.  The story notes most of the issues raised in Wednesday night’s consultations.  The online story is here.  

CYC’s Spring Fling
The program is filling up for the The Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s Spring Fling fundraiser.   Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 pm. Some of the prizes for the auction sale include 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, a gift certificate from St Jamestown Steak & Chops and a gourmet food basket from the Epicure Shop. 
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.  

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.  

Panhandling and the law
The Cabbagetown BIA together with the Downtown Yonge BIA has assembled a handy fact-sheet about panhandling and the law.  It’s well written and covers various scenarios quickly and clearly.  Read it online - click here.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Photo:Eliza Lamb courtesy Carole Moore-Ede.  Recipe, City of Toronto Archives
After a vigorous skate along the frozen Don River or a thrilling slide down the Riverdale “icies,” Victorian sports could return home for some steaming hot comfort food. Like Mrs Daniel Lamb’s mutton-and-mashed-potato “Sheperd’s (sic) Pie.” The Daniel Lamb family was rich (see Eliza’s portrait) and undoubtedly had household help. But Mrs. Lamb’s worn recipe indicates that she was an active presence in her kitchen. And what more appropriate meal for a family of Lambs than shepherd’s pie?
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page
To support the Museum, click on GoFundMe


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.  

Line dancing evenings
The Toronto Wranglers are having two open house sessions next week.  Friends and families are welcome to join in some line dancing fun.  The regular entrance fees are being waived so the evenings are free. Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario), 7 to 10 pm, Monday March 13 and Wednesday March 15.

Dream Catchers Workshop
Tuesday March 14 from 10 am to 5:30 pm, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce). Emm Gryener will lead young people ages 11 to 15 in drama games and artistic activities and they’ll create a small dream catcher.  It’s part of the Dreaming Canada project that will create a huge dream catcher in Charlottetown - click here for more info.

Allan Gardens spring flower show
The Cabbagetown South Residents are touring the spring garden show at Allan Gardens on Wednesday March 15.  Meet at 11 am in front of 182 Seaton Street.  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) 

The Children’s Book Bank
The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley at Gerrard) has a special five-day program for kids laid out for March break.  There’s be a daily Storytime every morning at 11 am  from Monday to Thursday and at noon on Friday and Saturday.  On Monday at 3 pm, there’s a magic show with Magicana.  On Tuesday at 3 pm, there’s a drumming workshop with Bolokelen Malinke Percussion.  On Wednesday at 3 pm, kids can draw their own fantastical beasts. And on Thursday at 3 pm, it’s the World of Puppetry Puppetmongers.

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 from Monday 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 

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.  


Regent Park stabbing
Inside Toronto has a report about a stabbing involving four young men and a victim in Regent Park at 2 pm on Thursday March 9.  Shortly after the incident, police caught the four men.  The victim is reported to be in serious condition in the hospital. Click here for the story.   


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.  

Whiskey Jack at the Cadillac Lounge
Whiskey Jack is back at the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen E) on Sunday March 12, 4 to 7 pm.  Featured performers are Duncan Fremlin (banjo/vocals), Jen Cook (vocals), Howard Willett (harmonica), Al Cross (drums), Bob McNiven (guitar/vocals), Eric Jackson (bass) and Randy Morrison (fiddle).  

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 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.  
Week two goes to Sunday March 19 - The Red Lacquered Box by Burke Campbell, Michelle Glennie’s Parallax, Rosemary Doyle’s Y and Professionally Ethnic by Bobbie Del Rio.  The staged reading on Saturday March 18 is Who You Callin’ Black, eh? by Rita Shelton Deverell.   

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
The annual performance by the School’s graduating class happens this year from March 22 to 25 at the Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester).  In advance of the performance, photographer Cylla Von Tiedemann showcases the individual dancers.  


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. 

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.  


An Irish Gastropub - Cyril’s next cooking class
Cyril’s next cooking class will be 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.  The cooking menu for the evening includes a Guinness Excess - a Guinness slider accompanied by a small cup of Guinness and onion soup. Fish & Mash will be a trout fillet with asparagus and a mash duet (bok choy and potato colcannon and roasted garlic and white bean puree). Bread, Butter & Whiskey is a bread and butter pudding with salted caramel and Irish whiskey sauce.  And he’ll show everyone how to make Soda Bread. To save your spot, drop in to Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (64) 348-0411. $45.

Elephant Space and the HOP
Elephant Space (200 Wellesley St E) is a local after-school program and the House on Parliament (424 Parliament) has become one of its supporters.  When you order a pulled pork sandwich at the HOP, $1 from your tab will go to the Elephant Space.

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.  

Introducing El Charro
Photo: Hector Vasquez, blogTO
Amy Carlberg in blogTO has just written a nifty introduction to El Charro (582 Parliament), the new Mexican restaurant on  Parliament near Wellesley.  She says that it’s a “humble but super” street food spot.  Check out her comments 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.

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 March 17 and rumours abound that he’s bringing along a fiddler to accompany him.

The Irv (195 Carlton) - 7 pm, March 17 St Paddy’s Day party and tap takeover.  Swag giveaways.  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

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

Addresses, online info and current events.

70 Berkeley Street

New Ideas Festival - to March 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
Week Two - The Red Lacquered Box, Parallax, Y and Professionally Ethnic.  Staged reading- Who You Callin’ Black, eh?
Online tickets and Week Two info here

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

80 Winchester Street

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

50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

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

Cage - March 11 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


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


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


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
5:30 pm, Irish Gastropub cooking class, $45


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


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
5 pm, Price Brothers
9 pm, The Mere Mortals
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). 
The Irv
7 pm, St Paddy’s Day party and tap takeover with live music
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.   


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


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee


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,