May 11

This week’s image:  It’s Spring in Toronto and the construction sites are sprouting.

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW


LOCAL NEWS

Thanks and best wishes
Nettleship’s Hardware will close on Friday May 12.  Over the past few days, Stephanie and Bert have been clearing away the remaining inventory and getting ready to shut the doors.  Bert has a new job nearby at St James Cemetery.  Our best wishes go out to them for their future plans.
The store has been a Parliament Street fixture for three generations.  The late Marg Taggart and her son Don Taggart and his brothers and sister were born and lived there in the adjacent building. There are customers and friends everywhere throughout the neighbourhood.  Its closing is a sad note in Cabbagetown’s life.

Neighbourhood alerts
Don’t fool around on Aberdeen Avenue.  Local residents spotted a guy breaking into a condo apartment at Aberdeen and Parliament.  A neighbour took his picture.  Police from 51 Division responded and arrested him.  He’s been charged with 15 other break-and-enter crimes.  Thanks everyone. Earlier this month, police pursued and caught a car thief as he tried to escape down Aberdeen and into a lane at 4 am. 

Heather Wilberforce from the Winchester Park Residents Association has warned us that three men are canvassing door-to-door.  They’re offering to do repairs for front sidewalks and other small jobs.  They want pre-payment and of course, they don’t bother finishing the work, leaving a mess behind them.  Two of them have Irish accents and the third has an English accent.

Volunteer drivers needed
Dixon Hall (192 Carlton) needs drivers to help deliver hot lunches to homebound seniors.  If needed, Dixon Hall can provide a vehicle.  You’re asked to commit to  a minimum of one shift a week for a minimum of three months. Shifts are open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  There are a few requirements for drivers - you must be at least 25 years old with a valid Ontario driver’s licence and you must consent to provide a Ministry of Transportation Drivers Abstract.  You can apply online or call (416) 863-0499, x 3225.  

Rain or shine - perseverence paid off
The Forsythia Festival went off smoothly despite preliminary fears about the weather. The day turned cool and clear - ideal weather for the event.
Congrats to the organizers for their preparations and their fine program. A good crowd gathered as usual.  For oldsters in attendence, the number of kids enjoying the day was remarkable.  It’s a long way from the grey-haired group that turned out regularly a few years ago and it's a promise that our neighbourhood is being reinvented and energized by young families.
Thanks also to the sponsors and donors whose support was really important.  There’s a close tie between our local businesses and residents and the generosity of these supporters is proof of it - almost fifty businesses, big and small, made gifts..  
Check out the sponsor page on the Cabbagetown Residents Association website

Road construction
Parliament Street from Bloor to Wellesley will be resurfaced from May 15 to August 19.  The work will be done from 7 am to 11 pm, Monday to Saturday.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and parking will be eliminated.  
Dundas and Parliament. The entire intersection will be closed for streetcar track repairs from 5 am Monday May 15 to Monday June 5.  One lane in each direction will then be open from Tuesday June 6 to Saturday June 10.  Work will take place on a 24/7 basis and the first two weeks will be the noisiest. The 65 Parliament street bus and the 505 Dundas streetcar will detour around this site.  

The Market is back
The Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market starts up for the summer season from 3 to 7 pm on Tuesday May 23 in Riverdale Park just outside the Farm (Winchester and Sumach).  It’ll continue every Tuesday to October.  Mischa Hamara reports that many of last year’s amazing vendors will be back along with exciting new ones.  They’re selling fresh seasonal foods from local farms.  Plus of course, there’s plenty of opportunity to mingle with your friends.  
Volunteers are welcome - use the Market’s Contact form on its website.   
Throughout th summer, check out the Market’s Facebook page for weekly announcements about vendors and special events.  

Spring into auction
Toronto Dance Theatre’s second online auction is now underway.  There are over fifteen exciting items up for bidding including Blue Jays tickets, TSO tickets, a trip to Stratford, several restaurant packages, fitness, fashion and hair styling gift certificates and more.  Bidding ends at midnight on May 28.  Click here to check it out.  

SAVE THESE DATES

Mother’s Day
It’s a busy time in our restaurants and shops with special menus and sales for our Moms.  Check out your favourite place online to see what’s being offered - the list at the bottom of this week’s blog provides online contacts.  

Last weekend for the Spring and Easter Shows
The annual Spring Show and the Easter Show at Allan Gardens are each finishing on Sunday May 14.  Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.  Conservatory (Jarvis and Carlton). 

Sprucecourt School Fun Fair
Bouncy castles, face painting, games and activities, good food and prizes.  Saturday May 13, 11 am to 3 pm, Sprucecourt School (Sumach and Carlton). 

Spring is in the air
Green Thumbs presents its Spring plant sale.  There’ll be Mother’s day gifts and a reading by Governor-General award winner Jon-Erik Lappano In the Children’s Greenhouse at Allan Gardens (Jarvis and Carlton), Saturday May 13, 1 pm.  Free admission.  

Winchester Park Residents Association
The Association’s next general meeting will feature Glen Murray as its speaker.  He’s speaking about a Complete Neighbourhood, his vision of the ways that we can be home for people from their earliest to their senior years.  Monday May 15, 7 to 9 pm.  Dixon Hall (formerly St Peter’s Church, Bleecker and Carlton).

CPA Annual Meeting
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is having its annual meeting at 7 pm on Monday May 29 in Dixon Hall (formerly St Peter’s Church, Bleecker and Carlton).  Gilles Huot and Virginia van Vliet will talk about the remarkable people buried in Cabbagetown’s two cemeteries.  There’ll also be a presentation of the annual Peggy Kurtin Award for excellence in restoration.  

DOORS OPEN TORONTO
The annual giant tour of Toronto buildings happens on Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28.  150 locations are featured this year in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary.  A full list is available online here.  

Local sites
Ten nearby tours are available.  They’re listed below from north to south - click on the names to read the specific tour details online.

Necropolis Chapel, 200 Winchester, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.  
Central Neighbourhood House, 349 Ontario, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.   
Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.  
Design Workshop Architects, 507 King E, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.   
Little Trinity Church, 425 King E, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. 
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.  
Cooper Koo Family YMCA, 461 Cherry, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. 
Mill Street Brew Pub, 21 Tank House Lane in the Distillery, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.  
Stone Distillery Building, 36 Distillery Lane in the Distillery, Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.   
Harley Valentine Studio, 178 Queen’s Quay E, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.   

Scotiabank CONTACT
CONTACT is a large photographic exhibition with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions scattered across Toronto throughout May.  For a full online listing of exhibitions across the city, click here.  

Local exhibitions
There are eleven exhibitions in our area.

Ice in the Palm House by Jason van Bruggen - Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton) to May 14

Alexis MacDonald/Stephen Lewis Foundation, The Unsung S/heroes,  - Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E, Second Floor) to May 31.

Taxi Drivers of Toronto by Henry VanderSpek - Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) to May 30.

Colours of Personality by Derek Heisler - Vistek Gallery (496 Queen E), to May 31.

Water: Sustaining Life by Alex Turner, Chris Hominuk, Karen Silver and Maria Ricossa - Urban Gallery (400 Queen E) to May 27.

De/Generative: The Queer Jewish Photography of Oscar Wolfman - Queen Gallery (382 Queen E) to May 26.

Making Peace, an outdoor group exhibition - Front Street Promenade, Corktown, May 13 to September 24.

The Natural Order by Thaddeus Holownia - Corkin Gallery (7 Tank House Lane, Distillery) to June 30.

Exodus by Radha Chaddah - Arta Gallery (14 Distillery Lane, Distillery), May 15 to 31. 

Abandoned Sentries by Sheila Jonah, Natalie Draz and John Drajewicz - Proof Studio Gallery (15 Case Goods Lane, Distillery) to May 31.

Humans of Inglenook by Zain Bhanapatel- Nook Space Gallery (19 Sackville) to May 31. 

BUSINESS NEWS

Happy Mother’s Day
Treat an expecting mom, a new mom or a hockey mom to Kendall & Co ’s new glider chair. It’s the best seat in the house for much needed R&R to recharge her super powers. Visit our website to see a selection of living room, dining room and bedroom furniture. Our Décor Associates can help you customize your very own. Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is your one-stop-shop for furnishings, lighting and decorating. Open. 10 am to 6 pm, weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm, Saturdays. 

CLASSIFIEDS

Open House 
Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 pm - 372 Berkeley, two self-contained units, beautiful Victorian.  Jen Tripp, Sales Representative, HomeLife Realty One.  Click here to view the details.  

Neighbourhood-wide garage and yard sale.  
New date.  Cabbagetown South between Carlton and Shuter, Parliament and Sherbourne.  Saturday May 27, 9 am to 1 pm.  Extra space for tables available at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) - contact info@cabbagetownsouth.ca 

IN THE MEDIA

More crane climbers
Photo:  CBC News
CBC News reported on three people who were seen climbing a construction crane near Regent Park on Sunday afternoon.  This uplifting story is online here.   

Cabbagetown’s Mom of the Year
Photo:  NOW Magazine
NOW Magazine and the Cabbagetown BIA teamed up to sponsor a Mom-of-the-Year contest.  Congrats to Kirsten who nominated her mom, Rebecca.  Ten others were runners-up.  NOW has published their nomination stories - click here to read the report. 

Update on the Don Valley trail
Photo: Jesse Winte, Toronto Star
Jesse Winter has written a story in the Toronto Star on April 30 about ongoing repairs on the Don Valley trail north of Riverdale Park.  His account has good details about the work’s progress, completion dates and the reasons for the delays - click here.   

Speculation about Google’s Sidewalk Labs
Mark Bergen from Bloomberg has written a speculative piece about Google’s interests in developing a high tech sector in Toronto.  One potential target for this development is a new portion of Waterfront Toronto called Quayside.  You can read his article here.  

ON STAGE

Jazz Generation
Graham Orwin and his friends in Jazz Generation are playing at the Imperial Pub (54 Dundas E) with Melissa Smeets.  Melissa has been singing with the band for over four years.  When she’s not on stage, she’s a realtor at HomeLife Realty One (501 Parliament). Friday May 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  

SING - The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival
The Festival is underway at various venues across Toronto.  In the Distillery, seven groups will sing on Saturday May 13 from 11 am to 5 pm and on Sunday May 14 from noon to 5:30 pm, another eleven groups will perform. Free - outdoor concerts.  As well, on Saturday May 13 at 1 pm, there’ll be a giant sing-a-long to break two Guinness World Records - most nationalities singing a national/regional anthem and most nationalities in a simultaneous popular music sing-a-long.  

Momentum 2017
Students at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre present a main-stage performance of ensemble repetoire showcasing the dancers from all three years of the Professional Training Program.  Click here to read details about each performance and to get tickets.  Performances on May 12 and 13 are sold out - wait lists now in effect.  8 pm, May 11 to 13, 80 Winchester.   

The Writer’s Room
Featuring Tantoo Cardinal and Cliff Cardinal.  An evening of play readings and an open mic.  May 16, :30 pm.  To register for the Open Mic, contact millie.andpva@gmail.com  Tickets are $10 - available online.  Aki Studio Theatre, Daniel’s Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  

Hummingbird Open Mic
Back again - every third Tuesday of the month with the live band Unbuttoned.  Ages under 19 and first-time performers are encouraged to take the stage. Singers, instrumentalists, poets, spoken word - all are welcome.  No cover. Check out the rules for performers online.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), May 16, 6 pm.  

Corktown Chamber Orchestra
Presenting brahmsapalooza - Thursday May 18, 8 pm, Little Trinity Church (425 King E).  The program includes the Brahms Double Concerto, Haydn’s L’Isola Disabitata and Brahms Symphony No 1.  It’s the orchestra’s final concert for the season.  

Emerging Voices
Toronto Dance Theatre’s season finale - choreographed by Alicia Grant and Emily Law.  May 24 to 27 at 8 pm and May 28 at 2 pm. On stage at the Winchester Theatre (80 Winchester), $20 to $25.  Click here for more info and tickets.   

Serious Games
Dancers from the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament) appear at Habourfront’s Next Steps.  8 pm, May 26 and 27.  Fleck Dance Theatre,   (235 Queens Quay).  Tickets available online.  

RESTAURANT NEWS

Merryberry’s origami classes
The art of Japanese paper folding.  Everyone welcome, including kids.  The instructor is Japanese.  The first class is Saturday May 13 at 4:30 pm, $25.  To save your spot, contact Cyril at the restaurant, 559 Parliament.

Live jazz at Arvo
Robert Lee and Alisha Oliver present vocals and bass duets - jazz standards and pop classics.  Saturday May 20, 6 to 8 pm, Arvo, 17 Gristmill, Distillery. 

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

AKI STUDIO THEATRE
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E

The Writers Room with Tantoo Cardinal and Cliff Cardinal - May 16
Online info and tickets here.

Paprika Festival - May 22 to 28
Online info and tickets here.

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester 

Momentum 2017 - to May 13
Online tickets and info here.

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Wildfire - onstage to May 20
Online tickets and info here. 

For Coloured Girls - on stage to May 31
Tickets and info here. 

ReBirth:  E E Cummings - starting May 17
Online info and tickets here.

Porgy & Bess - on stage May 27 & 30, June 1 to 3.
Online info and tickets here

TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
80 Winchester

Emerging Voices - May 24 to 28
Tickets and info here.


CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY APRIL 27 TO SUNDAY APRIL 30

  • 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 MAY 11

The Irv
6 pm, patio opening party
Local GEST
10 pm, Comedy Night with Ethan O’Reilly
Merryberry
5:30 pm, Cooking class - picnic menus, $45
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY MAY 12

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
Dominion
9 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)
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY MAY 13

Dominion
9 pm, DJ Alldayadonai 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY MAY 14

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Dominion
11 am, Brunch & Beats live with DJ Wizdome
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Ambiance the Band
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

MONDAY MAY 15

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY MAY 16

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY MAY 17

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 MAY 18

The Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Porter
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Paintbox Bistro
4 to 7 pm, taping of the Nikki Clarke show

FRIDAY MAY 19

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

SATURDAY MAY 20

Arvo
6 pm, Live jazz with Robert Lee and Alicia Oliver
Dominion
8 pm, David Deez 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY MAY 21

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Dominion
11 am, Brunch & Beats with DJ Dash
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Joel Sheridan and AJ Rean

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
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
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