May 18

This week’s image:  Gerrard Street looking east from Parliament, Wednesday May 17 at 5:15 pm.



The corner of Dundas and Parliament is completely closed for upgrades on the TTC tracks, sidewalks and road surfaces. The corner of River and Gerrard is down to two lanes due to surface repaving.  Shuter Street from Church to Sherbourne is restricted to two lanes while resurfacing work is finished.
All of these projects are wonderful.  But do they have to happen all at the same time?
This week’s header picture shows the result.  During the evening rush hour, Gerrard was jammed. Traffic was at a standstill. Commuters trying to go east on Gerrard  to River were backed up around the corner onto Parliament and west on Gerrard past Berkeley.  Half a dozen street cars were caught up in the blockage on Gerrard. 

More helpful traffic planning
My friend Peter called to tell me about his experiences getting home to Cabbagetown from the Bridgeport area on Wednesday afternoon.  He slowly made it through the jam at Gerrard and River and continued west to Sumach.  Once there, he drove north about a block only to encounter a “Construction” sign on Sumach directing him back east - into the jam at Gerrard and River!

Official notices about road construction
Parliament Street from Bloor to Wellesley will be resurfaced from May 23 to mid July.  The work will be done from 7 am to 11 pm, Monday to Saturday and on occasional Sundays.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and parking will be eliminated.  
Dundas and Parliament. The entire intersection is closed for streetcar track repairs until 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.  
River and Gerrard.  Road resurfacing will continue to the end of May with additional work to June 30.


Gerri’s lovely tulips
Cabbagetown resident Gerri Orwin is an accomplished ceramic artist.  Her work is regularly available at the Gardiner Museum shop (111 Queen’s Park).  She’s now offering her Canada 150 Ceramic Tulips to celebrate Canada’s anniversary. 

Sheep shearing at Riverdale Farm
Farm staff will conduct a half-hour shearing demo on Saturday May 20 at 11:30 am.  Riverdale Farm (Sumach and Winchester).

Summer Jam
Kick off summer in Regent Park with Friends of Regent Park and Toronto Police 51 Division.  There’ll be a community bbq, live music, kids’ games and activities, bike tune-ups and lots of ice cream.  Saturday May 20, 10 am to 6 pm, The Big Park in Regent park (600 Dundas E).

Artfest at the Distillery
The Distillery’s Spring outdoor art show features painting, sculpture, photography, fine crafts and live music.  11 am to 6 pm daily, Saturday May 20 to Monday May 22.  Distillery District.

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 the summer, check out the Market’s Facebook page for weekly announcements about vendors and special events.  

Cabbagetown South community yard sale
Buy some stuff.  Sell your stuff.  Set up a table in your front yard - it’s a popular neighbourhood-wide event  (Carlton to Shuter, Parliament to Sherbourne) with lots of buyers and sellers.  The event will be advertised on Kijiji and Craigslist.  
Please note that all spaces at Central Neighbourhood House have now been allocated.  If you’ve reserved a spot and don’t need it, please tell the organizers so it can go to someone else.
For more info, email 

Buy a rain barrel
Cabbagetown South is selling rain barrels ($55 each), downspout diverters ($25), flexible downspout pipes ($10) and rain barrel stands ($30).  The barrels are available in the regular size and in three colours.  It’s a fundraiser to assist the Association with its community projects.  The final day for orders is Monday June 5.  Local pick-up location.  Place your orders quickly since some items have sold out. For more info, contact 

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.  

Two ROMWalks
ROMWalks are guided walking tours organized by the Royal Ontario Museum.  
Whiskey, Wharf & Windmill goes through the Distillery District to discover commercial, industrial and residential buildings from the historic Town of York that have been adapted and used over the past two centuries. Wednesday May 24, 6 pm, starting point at St Paul’s Basilica (Power and Queen). The walk will be offered again on June 25, August 2 and October 15.
St James Cemetery covers Toronto’s oldest operating cemetery including its chapel, a national historic site and the graves of notable and notorious citizenry.  Wednesday May 31, 6 pm, starting point at the cemetery gate (Parliament north of Wellesley). The tour will be repeated on June 18, July 19 and September 17.

Cabbagetown street music
The Cabbagetown BIA is bringing back its free street music program from 5 to 8 pm on Saturday May 27.  Enjoy the music from a live band at the corner of Prospect and Parliament.  

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. 
The print edition of the Spring CPA newsletter is now being distributed door-to-door.  For your online version, click here.   

Outdoor party with Chartwell
Chartwell Retirement Residence is hosting an outdoor party with a live jazz band and an ice cream bar.  Wednesday May 31, 7 to 9 pm, Regent Park Presentation Centre (500 Dundas E).  Everyone welcome - but please RSVP to Vanessa at 

Moms & Dads potluck picnic
Cabbagetown Moms & Dads is sponsoring a potluck picnic in Riverdale Park West (Winchester and Sumach).  Everyone welcome.  Please bring a dish to feed ten or twelve people.  And bring along your kids, your picnic blanket, your plates and cutlery and your beverages.  Picnic table area outside the Farm, Thursday June 1 from 4:30 pm onward.  

Ideas at CNH
Save the date - Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) will host its sixth annual Ideas Symposium on Saturday June 3.  Watch for program details soon.

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 here or call (416) 863-0499, x 3225.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Image:  City of Toronto Archives 236-3  
As you explore Riverdale Farm, you’ll see rusting metal farm equipment tucked behind fences and into various corners. In 1904, when this jaunty advertising lithograph by A. H. Hider was issued to dealers, Massey Harris was the largest agricultural implements manufacturer in the British Empire. Located where Liberty Village now rises, Massey-Harris also served local Ontario farmers. Although it’s hard to be certain, some of the old machinery at Riverdale Farm looks as if it could have rolled out of this poster for a No. 7 Mower.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  
Please support the Museum by clicking on GoFundMe.  

All photos:  City of Toronto, Doors Open
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.   

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 & Cemetery, 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 the largest photographic exhibition in the world 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 ten exhibitions in our area.
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. 


Best Seat in the House
Kendall & Co debuts a brand new line of upholstered furniture. Made in Toronto from the fabric of your choice and priced at great value. Visit the store and have a seat on the floor models - now featuring select styles in sofas, armchairs, gliders and swivels. The Décor Associates can take you through the collections for your living room, dining room and bedroom. Visit Kendall’s website for a preview.  Kendall & Co is your one-stop-shop for furnishings, lighting and decorating at 514 Parliament St. Open from 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11am to 5 pm Saturdays. 


Rose Avenue School
Photo: Lauren Pelley, CBC News
The CBC has highlighted a workshop for parents and educators at Rose Avenue School to combat racism and Islamophobia.  Located in the middle of St James Town, the school’s student body is made up of kids from across the globe.  It’s a success story that could be replicated in other Toronto schools.  Click here to read Lauren Pelley’s story.  

St James Town 
Image: Canadian Encyclopedia
Christopher Hume has written an opinion piece in the Toronto Star talking about contemporary development and the ways to avoid problems that have appeared in St James Town.  Click here.   


Neighbourhood-wide yard sale.  
Participating residents between Carlton and Shuter, Parliament and Sherbourne wlll offer their goodies on Saturday May 27, 9 am to 1 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.  

Sing - The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival
The Festival is underway at various venues across Toronto.  For full program details and tickets, go online here.  
The School Day Workshop for middle school and high school students with the New York Voices - 9:30 am to 2 pm, Friday May 26, $30/student, Little Trinity Church (425 King E).  
Masterclass workshops with New York Voices (noon), Blue Jupiter (1:30 pm), musica intima a cappella choral singing (3 pm) and Better Solo Singing with Elaine Overholt (4:15 pm), Little Trinity Church (425 King E).
Workshops for university and post-university emerging artists by the Contemporary A Cappella League with New York Voices (noon), Blue Jupiter (1:30 pm), musica intima vocal ensemble (3 pm) and Better Solo Singing with Elaine Overholt (4:15 pm), $30, Little Trinity Church (425 King E).
Intimate Voices - a classical showcase with musica intima vocal ensemble.  Saturday May 27, 7:30 pm, $25, Little Trinity Church (425 King E).
Doors Open in the Distillery - concert at the Stone Distillery Building, Sunday May 28, noon to 3 pm..

Paprika Festival
New plays, dance performances, workshop productions, experimental art and more - all created by young artists.  In partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts.  The Festival runs from May 22 to May 28 at the Aki Studio (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E).  For the full schedule and tickets, click here.  

Emerging Voices
Photo:  Omer Yukseker
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 Harbourfront’s Next Steps.  8 pm, May 26 and 27.  Fleck Dance Theatre,   (235 Queens Quay).  Tickets available online.  

Porgy & Bess in Concert
Soulpepper presents a concert of the Gershwin’s music featuring Toronto’s leading blues and jazz singers.  On stage May 27, May 30, June 1 to June 3.  50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District.  Tickets and info online.  

Dinner with Goebbels
How the impossible - the age of Trump - became possible. Three key figures tell how it happened. Edward Bernays, the father of modern PR,  Nazi minister of propaganda Joseph Goebbels and Karl Rove, PR guru for the Bush administration.  Wednesday May 31 to Friday June 1 (various times), Aki Studio Theatre (Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E).  Tickets and more info here.  

The 12th annual ten-minute play festival returns on June 1 to 10 at the Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) featuring 24 writers with this year’s theme, “Grow Up”. There’ll be four different topics.  Penetrating - plays that highlight an obsession.  Transporting - plays that adjust our view of the world.  Twisting - plays that disrupt our sense of innocence.  Intimidating - plays that reposition character dynamics.  Check out InspiraTO’s website for more info and for tickets.   


Risotto at Merryberry
Cyril’s next cooking class will focus on risotto.  He’ll dispel several myths - that it’s hard to do, that it’s time consuming, that it demands constant attention.  And he’ll prove one legend - that it’s delicious.  He’s planning a classic risotto and a not-so classic one.  He’s going to use other grains beyond rice and he’ll whip up some arancini.  To join the class, drop in at Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call Cyril at (647) 348-0411,  Wednesday May 24, 5:30 pm, $45.

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. 

Young, Live & Local
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) presents Cabbagetown’s showcase for young musicians.  This week’s artists include Jen Bell with Kai Murin-Jones, Dave Wilton & Friends, Effie Sky & the Blue Pill and Evan Simms & the Valley Bones.  No cover.  

Addresses, online info and current events.

Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E

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

Dinner with Goebbels - May 31 to June 2
Online tickets and info here.

70 Berkeley Street

InspiraTO 10-Minute Play Festival - June 1 to 10
Online tickets and info here.

509 Parliament

Serious Games (Next Steps at Fleck Dance Theatre) - May 26 and May 27
Online info and tickets here.

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 - May 17 to 20
Online info and tickets here.

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

80 Winchester

Emerging Voices - May 24 to 28
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.

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


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
9 pm, Mercuri Project
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 Humble Mike
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


6 pm, Live jazz with Robert Lee and Alicia Oliver
8 pm, David Deez 
The Local GEST
8 pm, Young, Live & Local
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday nights with Humble Mike
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 DJ Dash
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Joel Sheridan and Adrean Farrugia


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
5:30 pm, Cooking class - risotto menus, $45 
8 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam, $12
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


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


9 pm, Garrick the DJ
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday nights with Humble Mike
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
11 am, Brunch & Beats live with Grump
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Artie Roth Trio
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


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,
413 Parliament Street
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127,
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,