April 13

This week’s image:  The BIA’s Bunny Hop was a fun event.


Easter Show at Allan Gardens
From April 14 to May 14, the annual Easter Flower Show is on display at the Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Jarvis).  The Conservatory is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Free admission. 

Easter dinner at Cranberries
Siva and Ruth have planned a special meal for Easter Sunday, April 9 at Cranberries (601 Parliament). There’ll be two sittings - at 5 and  7:30 pm.  Call for reservations at (416) 925-6330. $29 per person.
The three-course menu includes butternut squash soup or organic green salad for starters, roast turkey with cranberry sauce or baked lamb shank with port wine au jus along with mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies for a main course and sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

Weekend hours at F’Amelia
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is open for dinner on Good Friday and for brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.  Closed on Easter Monday.  Congrats as well for being included on Open Tables favourites list. For brunch and dinner reservations, call (416) 323-0666 or click here.   

Black angus steak at Peartree
Enjoy Peartree’s April steak special with peppercorn red wine sauce, fresh veggies and rice or potato - dinner for $18.99

Brunch over the weekend

House on Parliament - daily from Friday through Monday from 11 am at 456 Parliament. 

Dominion Pub & Kitchen - served over the long weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Drop by on Sunday for live music with DJ Regina.  500 Queen E 

Merryberry - Friday brunch from 11 am to 3 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am. 559 Parliament. 

Mill St Brew Pub - Long Weekend brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am to 3 pm.  On Easter Sunday, there’ll be kid-friendly brewery tours with mini root beer floats, noon to 5 pm.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery


Forsythia Festival - Sunday May 7
Poster:  Lily & Eleanor
Early publicity for the Festival lists some interesting entertainers.  The Heavyweights Brass Band will provide live music for the parade and in Wellesley Park.  Magician  Scott Dietrich will appear in the park as well.   The raffle prizes are amazing - a HOTWALK child’s bike from Cycle Solutions, a family photo shoot by Shawna King, craft kits from Labour of Love, market bags from Spruce, massage by Laurie Ward Shiatsu and by Claudia Salzmann and the CPA’s private walking tour.  The Local GEST and Peartree are giving away gift certificates.   The ever-popular bbq is again organized by Mark from St Jamestown Steak & Chops and Stout Irish Pub is providing the beer tent.

Volunteers needed
The Festival needs volunteers to help with set-up, event supervision and clean-ups.  To donate your time, contact info@cabbagetowner.cominfo@cabbagetowner.com

Fashion Art Toronto
A week of celebration of fashion, art and design.  Runway shows, live performances, fashion films, photography and art exhibits.  100 Canadian and international fashion designers are featured in 50 shows over five nights.  This year’s theme is Fashion Evolution and the Festival will explore fashion today, past fashion trends and imaginary future fashion.  From 5 pm on April 18 to 11:45 pm, April 22, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  

Blueprint for the Future
A silent auction and gala in support of the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce).  They’re hoping to raise $30,000 this year to send one hundred kids  to summer camp.  Tuesday April 25, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  
The event includes a silent auction, a cocktail hour and a dinner.  Special guests include Thompson Egbo-Egbo and Justice Donald McLeod.  Tickets for the entire program are $145 and for the cocktail hour and silent auction, $50.  Check out the website for tickets and more info.   

Community  Stewardship Program
The City’s Parks Department has developed this program at naturalized sites to improve trails, remove invasive species, plant native trees and more.  Volunteers meet at the same site for two hours every week, usually 6 to 8 pm, from May to September.  There are seven designated sites in the city - the Brick Works (on Mondays) and Riverdale Park East (on Wednesdays) are close to us.  There’s an email alert system to give updates in case of rain or heat alerts.  Thanks to Clarke Kirkland for the tip about this program - he recommends it.  Check it out online here.  

Diabetes Education Program
Regent Park Community Health Centre offers a diabetes education program from its office at 409 Parliament with support for people with diabetes so they can live a healthy life.  There are group and individual sessions on managing life with diabetes and on exercise for seniors, cooking and yoga. Everyone is welcome - the service is free.  Cick here to reach the CHC website.  

Nominations for Streetscapes in Bloom
The annual friendly gardening contest by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association is underway.  Nominations are open now and will continue to May 27.  The award will be presented in the Fall.  Submit your choice to cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca 

Congrats for the Bunny Hop
Photo:  Thanks to Steven from Meridian Credit Union and the two Anastasias from Staij & Co for your sponsorship.  Chartwell Residence was a third sponsor.
This was another fun family event from the Cabbagetown BIA.  The Easter Bunny was a real crowd pleaser.  The music was very good and the colouring tent and cookie tent were popular destinations.


These little announcements are a proven success. And they’re free. You’re invited to send in your own “classified” - write up a little one-liner (include contact info) about your garage sale, your parking space, your apartment for lease, your lovely second-hand furniture, your newborn litter of beautiful kittens… tell Doug and he’ll tell the world.  Send an email to cabbagetownreview@gmail.com  

This week’s Classified -

Investment duplex -  nets $50 000 or live/rent condo alternative! Call Kiki Cianciusi for more info. (647) 206-4449  www.kikicianciusi.com

Commercial space for rent - 1500 sq ft on the third floor at 493 Parliament, above the TD Bank with four offices, kitchenette, two bathrooms, elevator and wheelchair access.  Contact David Valente at (416) 694-4599 or email to david@boardwalkplace.ca 


Congrats Barbara Gowdy
Photo:  NOW Magazine
Barbara Gowdy’s latest book, Little Sister, will launch at Harbourfront’s Boxcar Social (235 Queen’s Quay W) at 6:30 pm on Wednesday April 26.  Its appearance will end a long quiet spell from her - a drought caused by the intense back pain that she’s suffered for over ten years.  
Both NOW Magazine and the Globe & Mail have feature interviews with her - click here for NOW and here for the Globe.     

Distillery shooting
Photo: CBC News
In September 2015, Toronto police constable Tash Balati fired his gun into the engine of a car being pursued by police.  The vehicle had been stopped and was surrounded by police cars at the time.  A police tribunal has now ruled that PC Balati had a legitimate concern about the car’s driver but his actions were unauthorized and unsafe.  He has been fined seven days’ pay.  The CBC’s story about the decision describes both sides in the case.  Click here to read it.  

Corktown murals
Photo: Gary Smith
There’s a landmark mural on the Humane Society building at River and Queen by Corktown artist Gary Smith.  It has, unfortunately, come to the end of its life and will be removed in the Spring.  Gary is quite practical about it, noting that this is the nature of street art - it doesn’t last forever.  He’s suggested that the mural be divided into logical pieces and auctioned off.  Read the full story in the Spring edition of Corktown News - click here.   


All Decked Out
It’s time to freshen up your porch, deck and backyard garden with outdoor rugs from Kendall & Co (514 Parliament). Check out the new styles and popular patterns on Kendall’s website.  Plus, save 15% off select rugs for a limited time. Visit the store - 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays.

Fix up your bike now
The Spring rush is happening now at Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament).  There’s a logical system set up to handle the workload - phone the store and book an appointment.  Don’t be surprised by the date that you’re offered.  They’re booking for early to mid-May now.  Your bike will be cleaned up within a few days and ready to roll. (416) 972-6948 

Uuni wood-fired pizza oven
Photo:  Grapes and Faust posing beside the Uuni
Spruce on Parliament (455 Parliament) is happily promoting this handy outdoor oven. Perfect for high-heat cooking, it reaches 840 degrees within ten minutes.   It uses wood pellets and delivers a smokey flavour to your dishes.  They call it a “life changing discovery” - check it out on the Spruce website.   

Damage at Lennie’s Whole Foods
A week ago, a car hit the facade at Lennie’s Whole Food’s (489 Parliament).  Carole and her staff have been on the job right away getting everything fixed.  She had a new door within days and now she’s working on the rest of the damage.  The store is, of course, open for business.

Welcome back
2-4-1 Pizza (451 Parliament) was the third store caught up in the fire that happened in three stores there in late February last year.  It’s finally open again - looking like the old store but much shinier and very spiffy.  Spruce on Parliament (455 Parliament) has successfully reopened and Kim has been busy for quite a while.  Pipler (453 Parliament) has closed and the location is now for rent.


Suubi Fusion Troupe
A four-hour long program of dance and drama along with a short film about the Troupe’s work in Uganda.  It’s a benefit concert to raise money for a new girls’ dormitory at the Cambridge Secondary School in Uganda.   Aki Studio Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Saturday April 15, 4 pm, $40.  Tickets are available online here.     

Spotlight Australia
Canadian Stage continues its series of storytelling, song, dance and circus from Australia with William Yang’s Blood Links from Wednesday April 19 to Sunday April 23 at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley).  For more info and tickets, click here

Tour de Danse at TDT
This is Toronto Dance Theatre’s signature fundraiser.  Participants collect pledges (minimum $500) and then they rehearse, learn new dance skills and join the Company in a one-night-only performance.  Show off your new stuff to your family and friends.  Rehearsals are April 19 to 21.  Dress rehearsal on April 22.  The performance is Saturday April 22 at 8 pm.  Post-performance party.  Tickets at the box office (80 Winchester) and online here.  

Coleman Lemieux at Vimy
Laurence Lemieux has choreographed a dance piece inspired by the battle at Vimy Ridge in 1917.  The company has travelled to France and performed at Givenchy on Friday April 7 and at the Vimy War Memorial on April 10.  It will be performed in Toronto later this year.

Soulpepper in New York
In July, Soulpepper makes its first international tour with a month-long visit to New York City at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42nd Street).    The company will present ten outstanding plays and concerts  including Spoon River, Of Human Bondage, Kim’s Convenience, Alligator Pie, New York - The Melting Pot and more.  Tickets and info are available in Canada online here.   There’s also a special offer for a hotel stay at the Grand Hyatt.   


CCDT’s summer dance classes
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) runs three summer classes for young dancers throughout July.  For details, fees, program dates and deadlines, go to the CCDT website.  
Summer Arts - for kids 4 to 8 years old.  There’s a half-day program for kids 4+, a full day program for kids 5+ along with full day programs in creative movement, music making and visual arts.  
SunDance - Canada’s only Royal Academy of Dance summer program for students ages 8 to 20.  There are four levels - introductory, elementary, intermediate and advanced.
Ignite 2017 - an auditioned, one-week summer dance program for emerging contemporary dance artists ages 15+.  The Live Audition is on June 4. 

School of Toronto Dance Theatre
Three programs for young dancers at the School (80 Winchester).  
Summer dance camp -  for kids 5 to 11.  It’s a week full of movement, arts, crafts, music and fun.  July 17 to 21.  There’s also after-camp care to 6 pm. For more info, click here
Teen intensive - a full day, one-week program of modern and contemporary dance for students 13 to 16.  July 24 to 28. For more info and registration online, click here.  
Pre-professional summer intensive - two weeks of strong technical training for aspiring professional dancers ages 16+.  July 3 to 14.  Registration and program information online here


Rope for Hope
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) has a team participating in the Make-a-Wish fundraiser.  They’ll be rappelling down the 30-storey side of Toronto City Hall to support the fund.  They’re raising money through pledges and donations and with a special fundraiser to be held at The Local GEST on Saturday May 6.  Plans for the event are underway now for live music, raffles and a silent auction.  The goal is to raise $10,000 for the team.  Save the date - more info to come.

Job Fair at Mill Street
You’re invited to visit Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery)  on Tuesday April 18, Wednesday April 19 and Thursday April 20 - 2 to 6 pm on each day.  Mill Street is recruiting outgoing and friendly people to work in its lively environment.  Interviews happen on the spot, so bring your resume.  There’s more info at Mill Street’s Facebook page.  

Tasty Pita
Lavern and Mohamed have opened a nifty spot at the corner of Gerrard and Parliament.  Tasty Pita (296 Gerrard E) has falafel plates and wraps, chicken and beef shawarma and wraps, soups, salads, hummus and grape leaves appetizers.  There’s baklava for dessert.  Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 9:30 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm.   

Congrats El Charro
Our new Mexican restaurant (582 Parliament) has been listed as one of ten restaurants offering meals under $10 by blogTO.  Click here to see the list.   

Addresses, online info and current events.

Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas E

Suubi Fusion Troupe  - Saturday April 15
Online tickets and info here

70 Berkeley

The Clean House - April 7 to April 22
Online tickets and info here.

Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street

Kiss - to April 16
Online tickets and info here.

Blood Links (Spotlight Australia) - April 19 to 23
Online tickets and reservations here

50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Crawl Space - to April 15
Online tickets and info here 

Spoon River - to April 21
Online tickets and info here. 

True Patriot Love - Soulpepper Concert - 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.


9 pm, DJ Wizdome 
The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music
Local GEST
10 pm, Cabbage Head comedy with Ethan O’Reilly
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
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)
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
11 am, Brunch & Beats live DJ Regina
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz will continue next week
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


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


The Irv
7 pm, live acoustic music
The Local GEST
8:30 pm, open mic with Porter
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
8 pm, DJ Wizdome
Johnny G’s
8:30 pm, Live Greek music with Dimitra (vocals), Vassilis (keyboard) and Vaggelis (bouzouki)
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


8 pm, DJ Ikanpro
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
11 am, Brunch & Beats with Mercuri Project 
9 pm, DJ Dash
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Patten & McEachern


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, https://www.facebook.com/DominionTO/
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, https://www.facebook.com/elcatrin.ca
366 Queen St E, (647) 347-3873, http://fusedining.com 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-beer-hall/
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-brew-pub/
514 King E, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
413 Parliament Street
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127,  https://www.facebook.com/cometoquincys/
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533, https://www.facebook.com/underthetabletoronto