June 15

This week’s image:  lots of bike owners came out for the free tune-ups on Sunday.

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS

Bike racks in Riverdale Park
The Bike Share racks in the park continue to occupy the attention of lots of high powered people.  The Cabbagetown Residents Association has reported on a meeting at City Hall between Councillor Pam McConnell, Bike Share staff, staff from the Parks department, the Residents’ Association and Friends of Riverdale Park.  Some of these people want the racks moved out of the park.  The Residents’ Association doesn’t agree with that.  
Parks staff have experienced snow removal problems at the current Winchester Street location.
A site at the corner of Carlton and Sumach at the southwest entrance into the park is a preferred alternative.
No info yet about a date for its move.  The Councillor’s office is welcoming reactions from residents living nearby on Sumach and Carlton.  The Resident’s Association has posted an online letter from its president explaining this issue and there are thoughtful comments following his note.

Bike tune-ups
Congrats to the Cabbagetown BIA and Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) for a fine event last weekend.  Their bike tune-up day attracted a long line of hopeful cyclists.  The BIA added a nice touch with its musicians, the activities for kids and info about the Toronto cycling scene

They survived
The Local GEST Team jumped off City Hall and rappelled down to the bottom last week.  The event was part of fundraising efforts on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Congrats to Alicia Porter, Gary Jordan and Steve Potts.  So far, they’ve earned over $8,000 (almost double their original $4,500 target.)
If you’d like to add your gift to their campaign, stop at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) or click here.

Secret Lands at The Farmer’s Market
Secret Lands is another new vendor at the weekly Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market in Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester).  While you’re at the booth, try some halloumi - a dish from Cyprus made with sheep’s milk and cheese.  Apparently, it’s really yummy with watermelon.  The farm is located about 135 km north of Toronto in Grey County between Flesherton and Dundalk.  At the Market, Toleen is selling sheep’s milk, cheese, lamb, yogurt, chicken and eggs.  For more info about Secret Lands Farm and its produce, click here.    

Moms at the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
This group looks very comfy.  The kids are busy, the shopping is handy and the park is a great place to meet friends.

Gerrard Street developments
At last week’s Cabbagetown South meeting, neighbours commented that the developers at Oben Flats (Sherbourne and Gerrard) were not responding to requests for a meeting.  
The planner at the City of Toronto is not supportive of the current proposal. The developers will be taking their project to the OMB for a hearing and at this point, it’s likely that they aren’t interested in local feedback.

Forty-foot bylaw
Plans for new buildings on Parliament Street are affected by the forty-foot bylaw. This initiative dates back to the 1970s and it’s still taken seriously by local residents and businesses.  In recent years, four projects have complied with it - the Starbucks building (492 Parliament), the condos on the northwest corner of Aberdeen and Parliament, the TD Bank building (493 Parliament) and Cabbagetown Mews (545 Parliament).
The proposal for a new condo at Gerrard and Ontario on the Beer Store site will exceed the forty foot limit.  It could set a precedent for future developments along Parliament Street. Councillor McConnell’s staff reports that this fact is being considered by city planners as the project is evaluated.

Mural repairs
Graffiti and scrapes from cars parking in the lot had damaged the new mural painted last summer on the LCBO site (512 Parliament).  The Cabbagetown BIA sent out Poonam Sharma and Michael Cavanaugh to repair and touch it up.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Image: Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum  
A hundred years ago, local policemen walked beats along set routes, threading throughout Cabbagetown.  Adam McCullough emigrated from Ireland, stayed with his married sister and joined the Toronto police force. According to family legend, “Uncle Ned” was seven feet tall. Police rolls pegged him at about six foot two, not much taller than most policemen.
Nevertheless, Uncle Ned, posing in full uniform, with whistle chain on his chest, on-duty stripes on his sleeve, and bobby-style helmet under his arm, was definitely much taller than his brother-in- law John Ragen and a family friend. They were probably posing outside the Ragen grocery store at 174 River, near Oak Street. 
“Uncle Ned” walked his first beat on June 25, 1910. He headed out of Division 4 Police Station near Dundas and Parliament, up Parliament past Carlton and then along Winchester Street toward Riverdale Zoo. He returned to the station via Sumach. This was his patch until midnight. Thereafter he walked day beats, night beats and beats that took him past the store where he lived.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  
For more local police history, visit 51 Division at Parliament and King.
Please support the Museum by clicking on GoFundMe. 

Lookin’ good
Tony and John like to hang out in Riverdale Park on warm summer afternoons.  They’ll happily share their insights and opinions with anyone who stops by.  Eddie seems happy just to be there with them.

COMING EVENTS

Father’s Day
Mark Hendricks and Cabbagetown Moms & Dads are inviting all Dads to visit the Splash Pad in Wellesley Park (at the end of Wellesley) anytime after noon on Sunday June 18.  Celebrate Father’s Day together.  Bring some goodies.

City of Toronto environment days
Get rid of lots of unwanted stuff.  Drop off electronics and home hazardous goods like paints, batteries and cleaners.  Recycle to schools - art and craft supplies, costume jewellery, children’s books and more.  Recycle for other people - sports goods, books, eyeglasses, small housewares, clothing, and non-perishable food.  Check out the details at the City’s website.  
Sunday, June 18 from 10 am to 2 pm, along Carlton Street between Sherbourne and Jarvis.

St James Town Cultural Collage
Tuesday June 27 from 4 to 7 pm (rain date on Wednesday June 28), 260 Wellesley E.  Come for the health info, the music and performers, good food, gardening workshops and more.  This is always a well-attended chance to celebrate St James Town and to meet your neighbours.  And if you want to be a performer or sell your crafts and your food, please contact Nicole at nicole@communitymatterstoronto.ca 

Party in the Park
The Regent Park School of Music is hosting a party in The Big Park (600 Dundas E) from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday June 25.  Good food, music, a parade and live entertainment.  

Two ROMWalks
ROMWalks are free guided walking tours organized by the Royal Ontario Museum. Two local tours are scheduled for our neighbourhood in late June. 
St James Cemetery covers Toronto’s oldest operating cemetery including its chapel, a national historic site and the graves of notable and notorious citizenry.  The starting point is at the cemetery gate (Parliament north of Wellesley) at 2 pm on Sunday June 18.
Whiskey, Wharf & Windmill goes through the Distillery District to discover commercial, industrial and residential buildings from the historic Town of York. Starting point at St Paul’s Basilica (Power and Queen). The walk will be offered at 2 pm on Sunday June 25. 

Om TO
A full day of fitness and yoga classes led by dynamic instructors.  Thousands of people will participate in unique themed outdoor classes in the Distillery.  Sunday, June 25, 9 am to 5 pm. Free - rain or shine.  Find out about the schedule and instructors online.   

CLASSIFIEDS

Enjoy a holiday in France
Mary Spence-Thomas has openings available in July, late September and October at her Maison Tortue in Casteinau-de-Montmiral in the Gaillac wine region.  Cabbagetowners who have rented her home have really loved the experience.  Find out about her property and her contact info - click here.  

Open house at 272 Berkeley
Do you want to stay in a house in Cabbagetown and share the cost of your mortgage?  Check out this income property, click here.  Open house Saturday 2 to 4 pm.  Jen Tripp, HomeLife Realty One.

Open house at 389 Carlton
Cabbagetown’s best location, right on Riverdale Farm.  Open house Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 pm.  See the details here. Michael O’Brien, Bosley Real Estate.

Open house at 382 Sackville
Cabbagetown jewel in a superb location - glorious Victorian meets chic contemporary.  Open house Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 pm.  Details online here.  Anne Statton, Chestnut Park

BUSINESS NEWS 

Meridian’s seminar
Renovate - Rebuild:  From planning to financing.  The seminar is aimed at people who plan to renovate their homes, especially for those who are unsure about where to start and what they need to consider.  Thursday, June 15, 7 to 8:30 pm, light snacks, MerryBerry Bistro (559 Parliament).  Please RSVP to Steven Ahn, stevenahn@meridiancu.ca, Meridian Credit Union (486 Parliament). 

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. Come have a seat. The floor models now feature select styles in sofas, armchairs, gliders and swivels! The Décor Associates will take you through the living room, dining room and bedroom collections. Visit Kendall’s website for a preview. Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is your one-stop-shop for furnishings, lighting and decorating - open 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11am to 5 pm Saturdays. 

Leslieville Flea
In the summer, the Flea operates from the Distillery and from Ashbridge Estates.  The first summer date for the Distillery is Saturday June 17 from 11 am to 6 pm.
The Flea is a curated marketplace selling antiques, collectibles, vintage, and handcrafted goods.  

IN THE MEDIA

Affordable housing for musicians
Photo:  Bernard Weil, Toronto Star
A new co-op has been proposed for the corner of Dundas and Sumach in the revitalized Regent Park.  The plan calls for performance and rehearsal space, recording studios and office space - all for musicians.  Read Ben Rayner’s story in the Toronto Star online.

New affordable housing for seniors
Photo:  John Reiti/CBC News
The CBC has published a story about plans for a combined affordable housing condo and a long-term care home at Front and Cherry.  Options for Homes will handle the condo and Rekai will put together the long-term care facility.  Click here to read the story.   

RESTAURANT NEWS 

Porter’s last hurrah
Porter will be handling her last Open Mic at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Thursday June 15 at 9 pm.  She’s had a remarkable run - she’s been doing it for eight years and it’s now time for a change.  Evan Simms will take over. He’s also been MC at The GEST’s Young, Live and Local nights.  When I hear what’s next on Porter’s schedule, I’ll report it here - in the meantime, congrats for a great show.

Karaoke is back
Under the Table (568 Parliament) has revived its karaoke nights with Joan Ostrom.  She’ll be there once a month.  It starts on Friday June 23 at 9 pm.  

Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues
Lorraine Segato is back for an afternoon of music and monologue - at 4:30 pm, Saturday June 24 in the Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E).  She’s joined by Colleen Allen, Alana Bridgewater, Diane Flack, Britta B, Carlie Howell, Diane Leah and Shawnee Talbot.  Tickets are $22/advance and $25 door - available online here.   

Psychic brunch at Cranberries
It’s time again to peer into your palm, to read your cards and to learn what’s in store for you in your future.  The Psychic Brunch features two intensive readings plus a $5 voucher to use toward your Cranberries’ brunch.  It’s the Pride edition on Sunday June 18 from 11 am to 3 pm.  $40.  Cranberries, 601 Parliament.

F’Amelia’s patio
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) along with El Catrin (18 Tank House Ln, Distillery) and  Cluny (35 Tank House Ln, Distillery) has earned a spot among Canada’s best 100 outdoor patios.  The list was compiled by Open Table, a reservation service that covers the whole country. Congrats everyone.

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

AKI STUDIO THEATRE
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E

Grandma’s Pearls - June 16
Online info and tickets here.   

Unkaha by Broken Dance Inc - June 17 and 18
Online tickets and info here.

The Writer’s Room - June 20
Online info and tickets here.

(In)Sight - June 29 and 30
Online info and tickets here.

COLEMAN LEMIEUX
304 Parliament

Serpent People - June 15 to 17
Tickets and info online here.

SOULPEPPER
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Confederation: Part One, Confederation & Riel - on stage June 9
Tickets and info online here.

Confederation: Part Two, Scandal & Rebellion - on stage June 23
Tickets and info online here. 

Vimy - on stage June 29
Online tickets and info here. 

Billy Bishop Goes to War - on stage July 1
Online tickets and info here. 

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JUNE 15 TO SUNDAY JUNE 25
  • 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 JUNE 15

The Local GEST
8:30 pm, open mic with Porter
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY JUNE 16

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
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 
Paintbox Bistro
7:30 pm, Christopher Sawchyn Sings! Songs & laughter, $20/advance and $22/door 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY JUNE 17

Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday nights with Humble Mike
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY JUNE 18

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Cranberries
11 am, Psychic brunch, $40.
Distillery
2 pm, Music City Summer Series with Gathering Sparks and Balfolk Toronto
Dominion
11 am, Brunch & Beats
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Ryan Oliver

MONDAY JUNE 19

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JUNE 20

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JUNE 21

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 JUNE 22

New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY JUNE 23

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
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)
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Friday nights with Humble Mike 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ
Under the Table
9 pm, Karaoke with Joan Ostrom

SATURDAY JUNE 24

Distillery
4 pm,  Music City Summer Series with Hannah Shira Naiman
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday nights with Humble Mike
Paintbox
4:30 pm, Wild Women Don’t get the Blues, $22/advance and $25/door
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY JUNE 25

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Distillery
2 pm,  Music City Summer Series 
Dominion
11 am, Brunch & Beats
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

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