June 22

This week’s image:  the new features in the parkette at Amelia and Parliament.



Local stabbings
We’ve experienced a series of unrelated but disturbing knife assaults in the past few weeks in our neighbourhood.  The latest took place on June 21 at the TCHC rooming house at 508 Parliament Street.  On June 15, a separate incident happened on Amelia Street - a resident was confronted and robbed by a man with a knife at about 11:45 pm.  In the early morning of June 13, a man attacked two men separately and robbed them near Wellesley and Parliament.  Both victims were taken to hospital with knife wounds.  A man in his 30s was later arrested and charged.  
We’re reminded by police to contact them whenever a criminal incident occurs, regardless of its severity - 911 for emergencies and (416) 808-2222 for non-emergency calls.

LCBO pre-strike store hours
A possible strike at the LCBO looms on Monday June 26.  The local store (512 Parliament) will be open from 10 am to 9 pm on Friday, 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday.  

Rooming house consultations
The City of Toronto will hold a public meeting on Tuesday June 27 at 6:30 pm in the Wellesley Community Centre, Room A (495 Sherbourne).  The meeting will cover proposed new regulations for rooming houses - how multi-tenant houses should be zoned, how many rooms should be allowed in them and what requirements for maintenance, garbage, parking and floor plans must be met by the operators.  

Thanks Keith
Photo: Keith and Jocelyn at Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market last October.
Keith Lawrance is leaving the Board at the Cabbagetown Residents Association after four years of very productive service.  It’s the end of his term.  
We owe him a heartfelt thanks for his work on the Association’s communications.  His postings on its website, Facebook page and Twitter have been read and appreciated right across Cabbagetown.  When events happened that affected our neighbourhood, he told us about them quickly and accurately.  He also operated the Association’s opinion surveys and helped everyone to get an idea of community reactions to issues of the day. He did all of this with a smile, good judgment and an open interest in other people’s views.
Thanks Keith - well done.

Cabbagetown Residents Association
The Association’s annual meeting took place last Thursday at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).  As usual, a good crowd showed up.  Among other announcements, the group thanked Carolyn Jarman and Shawna Pereira for their successful work at the 2017 Forsythia Festival.  Phil Frei (who’s giving them their awards) returns as the 2017/2018 President.  The full Board is listed on the Association’s website.     

Diggity Dog is rescheduled
Marilyn appears at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on the first Saturday of every month to provide her clipping service for our pets.  Because Canada Day falls on a Saturday this year, she’s rescheduling her July visit for a week until Saturday July 8.  If you want to use her full grooming service, you can contact her at Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E) or call (416) 920-6814.  Be careful on her Facebook page - it’s addictive, you can spend a lot of time looking at those amazing dogs.  

Gas attacks
Terese is a Wellesley Street resident who noticed a strong natural gas odour near her neighbour’s home last week.  The gas company arrived, found the leaks and closed the service into the home.   During the repairs, she learned that we can get a multi-purpose detector to alert us to carbon monoxide, natural gas and propane leaks.  There’s a Kidde detector available at Home Hardware - click here to see it online. Good idea.  Thanks, Terese. 

Hepburn Landscaping
Last winter, Michael was struck down by a heart attack but he’s recovered since then and he’s back in business.  
He’s just finished working on a new front porch at an Amelia Street home.  The owners, Barbara and Ron, report that “We've used Michael's services twice over the past year. He's a class act who does great work. With both of our projects, the work was done on schedule at less than the estimated cost.”
He’s also just finished work at two homes in the Wellesley Cottages, one of which will be featured on the CPA’s Tour of Homes in the Fall.
His landscaping work is a familiar site around Cabbagetown.  He’s designed and built scores of gardens in our neighbourhood.  He’s also been a gold sponsor of the Forsythia Festival and a sponsor and guest expert at the CPA’s garden tour.
Click here for more info.   

Streetscapes in Bloom
The annual Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s gardening competition is now underway with six homes nominated for its annual award.  Judges will visit each home four times in the summer and reveal their decision at the CPA’s fall meeting.
The 2017 nominees are 34 Aberdeen,  266 Carlton, 1 Geneva, 28 Geneva, 456 Sumach and 458 Wellesley.  Congrats everyone!

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
Denzil at Exact Edge is back at the Market (Riverdale Park, Winchester and Sumach.)  He provides a sharpening service for your kitchen and garden tools, woodworking tools and saws.  He sets up on the third Tuesday every month - his next visit will be Tuesday July 18

Vera from Queen Gypsy
Vera is a new vendor at the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market.  She comes here every week from Brampton with Jovanna her daughter and Luka her grandson.  Her baked goods are delicious (a personal testimony!) She’s selling her bread, chelsey buns, sweets and other necessities of life.  And she has cinnamon buns at 3 for $5.  This is definitely not a tent for dieters to visit.  

Blair’s Run
Blair’s Run is a major fundraiser for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  It’s also a very important link between the CYC and local residents, connecting everyone together.  Its organizers are asking us for our help with the 2017 Run.
Street captains and volunteers are needed.  These teams work in their immediate neighbourhood.  They distribute literature about the Run.  They ask for donations from their neighbours.  And they recruit interested runners to participate. The friendly competition between street teams is a key to the Run’s success.
The Run is a marvellous event.  It winds through Cabbagetown for about 3 km.  Serious runners burn up the pavement.  Other people bring their kids in strollers or run with their dogs.  There are prizes, souvenirs and snacks.  
This year’s Run takes place on Sunday morning, September 10.
If you’d like to help or if you want more info, please contact Marilyn at kmtully@sympatico.ca or Brenda at brenda.brownmcnee@bell.net  

Prospect Street bench
For years, this bench has been a nice comfy spot for people walking up and down Parliament.  The neighbours on Prospect Street planted and maintain the surrounding garden.  When the bench was vandalized badly a couple of years ago, they decided that it was a worthwhile feature and they put in a new one.  The Cabbagetown BIA has contributed to this project as well - it’s a good partnership.


Pop-up street music
The Cabbagetown BIA is again hosting a live band at the corner of Prospect and Parliament near the Butter Chicken Factory (556 Parliament).  It’s part of the BIA’s summer music series.  Saturday June 24, 5 to 8 pm.  Enjoy the tunes and then head on out for dinner.  

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.  Free.

ROMWalks are free 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. Starting point at St Paul’s Basilica (Power and Queen). The walk will be offered at 2 pm on Sunday June 25. 

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 here.  

Taste of Regent Park
Wednesdays in Regent Park - live entertainment, vendors, food demos and community meals.  Follow all of this with an outdoor movie.  It happens in Regent Park (Dundas and Sackville).  The first night happens on Wednesday June 28.  The first movie night is Wednesday July 12.  

Outdoor movies
It’s summer and we’ve got three great choices for free outdoor movies.  
Riverdale Park - Cabbagetown BIA is taking a public survey to select the movie to be shown during its Movie in the Park.  The final selection will be announced soon - save the date, Wednesday July 19 (rain date is July 26).  Local food vendors and a live band start at 7 pm. Winchester and Sumach.
Regent Park - Under the Stars offers six movies on Wednesday evenings in July and August in Regent Park (600 Dundas E at Sackville).  Start the evening at Taste of Regent Park at 5 pm for food vendors and entertainment and at 6 pm for a community-catered meal.  The movies start at dusk.  In July - Space Jam kicks it off on July 12 followed by Moana on July 19 and Hunt for the Wilderpeople on July 26. In August - Jaane Tu … ya Jaane na on August 2, Bicycle Thieves on August 9 and Hidden Figures on August 16. Rain date is Wednesday August 23.
Corktown Common - every Thursday evening in July. Toronto Outdoor Picture Shows presents a movie in Corktown Commons (Front St and Bayview).  There’ll be pre-film treats at 7 pm and the movies start at sundown.  On July 6 it’s A League of Their Own, on July 13 - Hairspray and July 20 - Invictus.  July 27 is a rain date.  


Our Classifieds are free announcements about your news.  Are you having a yard sale, renting a parking spot, looking for a lost cat, bragging about your newest baby?  Tell your neighbours here.  Contact cabbagetownreview@gmail.com 

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 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. 


Regent Park School of Music
There are four different camps open this year - each one is a week long from 9 am to 4 pm.  
Please note that the Regent Park camps are open only for families with a total income less than $70,000. Kids must meet the age requirements listed for each camp on July 1.  
Three camps take place in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) - Glee! happens at the Sony Centre (1 Front St E).  Cost is $20.
Build a Band - July 17 to 21, ages 8 to 12. Songwriting and performing  - singers and instrumentalists of all levels are welcome.  
Music Technology Lab - July 24 to 28, ages 6 to 8. Science meets music.  Make beats, learn sound recording and try out new instruments.
Glee! - July 31 to August 4, ages 8 to 12.  Sing and dance your heart out.  Work on vocal techniques and group singing skills.
Strings & Percussion - August 14 to 18, ages 8 to 14.  Campers will specialize in strings or percussion.  Workshops, group activities, games and a final showcase.
Regent Park School of Music, (416) 364-8900.  Register online here.  

Dance training at CCDT
The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (509 Parliament)  still has openings in two different levels of dance training during the summer.
Sundance 2017 is a three-week dance intensive for kids ages 8 to 20.  It runs from July 3 to 21.  Registration is open now.  The program website has more info.  
Summer Arts is a week-long program. It includes a full day for kids ages 5 to 8 and a half day for 4-year-olds. Get info and registration forms online.   

School of TDT Summer Camp
School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester).  A week-long summer dance camp for kids ages 5 to 11 years.  July 17 to 21, 9 am to 4 pm.  Drop-off from 8:45 am and pick-ups until 4:15 pm.  After-camp care is available to 6 pm.  
The schedule each day is jam packed with dance, music, arts, crafts and outdoor activities. 
For more info and for fees and registration, go to the School’s website - click here.   

Intensive training at School of TDT
Photo:  Briana Salmon by Cylla von Tiedemann
School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) offers two summer intensive programs.  Registration is still open for both programs but space is getting limited.
Pre-professional modern/contemporary program for aspiring dancers ages 16+ who want to develop strength and artistry.  Two weeks - July 3 to 14.  Online registration and more information available here.  
Modern/contemporary teen intensive for motivated young dancers ages 13 to 16 who want to learn with the best instructors.  One week, twenty classes - July 24 to 28.  Online info and registration here.   


Welcome Penguin Pickup
A nifty new service has opened at 453 Parliament.  Penguin Pickup is a delivery depot for online retailers.  It’s also the local delivery spot for Canpar, Fedex and UPS - you can get your stuff here if you aren’t home when the delivery truck arrives.  
The service is free.  When you make an online purchase, simply designate Penguin Pickup for your deliveries.  
Food delivery is a big part of its business. Penguin Fresh supplies your farm-fresh veggies, fruits, meats, deli, dry and baking through Walmart Groceries.  Order online and pick it up the next day.
Brendan and Atinder are handling the Parliament Street store.  They’re open from 7 am to 9 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 6 pm on weekends.
To register with Penguin Pickup and learn more about the system, click here.  

Beautiful inside and out
Kendall & Co's outdoor rugs keep the party going, rain or shine, during this season of backyard entertaining and cottage living. Made of durable, mould/mildew-resistant synthetic fibres, they’re safe on wood decks and patios. Check out Kendall’s website for available styles and sizes.  Plus …. select wool rugs are now 25% off and floor models are 60% off! Open 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays.  514 Parliament St.  


Toronto Island kids
Photo:  Michelle Siu, Globe & Mail
As flood waters covered paths and lawns on the Island, 30 local kids and 200 from the mainland haven’t been able to get to their school.  They’ve been relocated temporarily to Nelson Mandela Park in Regent Park.  Caroline Alphonso has written about their experiences and reactions in the Globe & Mail.  Click here to read it.   

The future for the waterfront
Waterfront Toronto held a public meeting on June 6 to highlight new directions in its planning and growth.  The five major themes are outlined on its blog - including new challenges, trends in the Quayside neighbourhood, mixed-income housing, Port Lands flood protection and upgrades at the ferry docks.  Click here to read the story.  


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.   

Merryberry is doing gazpacho
Cyril will be discussing the art of the gazpacho at his next cooking class.  There will be two classic gazpachos from Andalusia, the well-known Seville version and its Cordoba cousin. And then more contemporary combinations. There will definitely be an avocado-based gazpacho, for sinful creaminess. And there will be a fruit-based savoury gazpacho; perhaps strawberry-tomato, but that could still evolve.  It all happens at 5:30 pm, Wednesday June 28.  $45.  To register, call (647) 348-0411 or drop in at Merryberry (559 Parliament).  

Art & Ales
Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is again hosting an evening for budding artists of all skills.  Down a pint and pick up a brush.  An experienced artist will guide you step-by-step to a finished painting that you can take home with you.  Wednesday June 28, 7 to 9 pm.  

Addresses, online info and current events.

Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E

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

50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

Confederation: Part One, Confederation & Riel - to August 19
Tickets and info online here.

Confederation: Part Two, Scandal & Rebellion - June 23 to August 19
Tickets and info online here.

Vimy - June 29 to August 5
Online tickets and info here. 

Billy Bishop Goes to War - July 1 to August 5
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.

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)
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
Under the Table
9 pm, Karaoke with Joan Ostrom


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


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
2 pm,  Music City Summer Series 
11 am, Brunch & Beats
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
5:30 pm, Cooking class - gazpacho, $45
8 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam, $12
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.
Stout Irish Pub
7 pm, Art & Ales, $25


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


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 
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


9 pm, The Mercuri Project
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
2 pm, Music City Summer Series
11 am, Brunch & Beats with DJ Bookshelf
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz


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