July 13

This week’s image:  454 - 460 Parliament. Another year has passed without any improvement. 



Pam McConnell
Photo:  Twitter
We’ve lost a good friend and a dedicated leader.  Pam died last Friday after a short stay in hospital.  Tributes and summaries of her career have been flooding out ever since.  
Amazing changes happened across her Ward during her term. She had her hand in virtually every improvement. Cabbagetown and Corktown are increasingly comfortable and liveable. The Distillery District is now a city landmark.  The Pan Am Games became the Canary District.  St Lawrence Market is being rebuilt.  Corktown Common is one of several new parks that she encouraged.  The industrial wastelands on the waterfront are turning into exciting new neighbourhoods. The Don River valley is being developed into a huge urban park.  And above all, Regent Park is well on its way toward its transformation into a beautiful community full of hope and opportunity. Pam was involved in all of those changes and often was the leader steering them through the City. 
As the personal condolences on the City’s website show, she liked other people and she cared for them.  It was her trademark. 

The City of Toronto has opened an online book of condolences where visitors can add their remarks. Click here to read them and to add your own.   
A celebration of Pam’s life will take place at the Cathedral Church of St James (65 Church Street) at 1 pm on Friday August 25.  
Pam’s family have suggested that gifts in her memory be made to three organizations-
Collective of Black Artists, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St E, Toronto, M5A 2B7 - by cheque.
Riverdale Housing Animation Programs with online gifts through Canada Helps.    


The Sumach’s bike tour
Chartwell Residences organized a very pleasant bike tour on Wednesday evening.  About a dozen riders got together despite the prospect of a rainy evening and went to all the neighbourhoods around Regent Park. First,  Cabbagetown and then across the Don Valley to see the Toronto skyline from Broadview. After that, the group rode down the Don River Trail to Corktown Commons, through Canary Park, the Distillery and Crombie Park in St Lawrence and ended up at Sugar Beach on the harbour.  The tour guide from Toronto Bicycle Tours was a very knowledgeable guy.  Three young women kept us in line and stopped traffic when needed.  Good stuff - two hours. The tour is one of the events that Chartwell is hosting as part of its introduction to its new residence, The Sumach (Shuter and Sumach).  Congrats everyone for a fine event.

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
Exact Edge will be back to sharpen your kitchen knives and garden tools next Tuesday July 18.  
Be sure to grab a cauliflower salad from Deebs.  And Molly B’s will make a mini-pizza for you. Yummy!
Fresh green veggies are here.  Lots of lettuce, peas, cukes, and more.  And still plenty of strawberries. 

Rebel with a Garden
George is another new vendor this year at the Cabbagetown farmer’s Market.  He’s offering all kinds of green veggies, herbs and fresh fruit. He grows all of them in his backyard garden in Scarborough - a perfect example of a mini-farm in the city,  

Corktown Farmer’s Market
The start date for the Market is scheduled for 3 to 7 pm on Thursday July 20 in the Underpass Park  (Lower River Street).  

Taste of Regent Park
The market and the free film were cancelled on Wednesday July 12 because of the forecast for bad weather.  
Taste of Regent Park happens every Wednesday in Regent Park (Dundas at Sackville) - live entertainment, vendors, food demos and community meals. Through the summer, a free outdoor movie will finish off the day’s events.  Starting at 6:15 pm.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Image:  City of Toronto Archives 372-52- 383
With Wimbledon nearing its 2017 conclusion, tennis is on many minds as it has been since the first Wimbledons (men only) in 1877 and 1884 (women added). 
When this photo was taken, Dorothea Lambert Chambers had recently won one of her seven Wimbledon ladies singles titles.  On the eve of Armageddon and the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, these local ladies enjoyed a glorious day and the rigours of lawn tennis in Riverdale Park. They’re wielding wooden rackets and displaying great style in ankle-length dresses and modern bloomers as one of them prepares for a powerful (?) overhead.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  
Please support the Museum by clicking on GoFundMe.  


Grace is on the Prairies
Grace McNee has an amazing project - to cycle from coast to coast to raise money for Independent Living Nova Scotia in honour of her friend Sarah Dube. She’s through the Rockies and in Saskatchewan.  In Alberta, she met her hero, Clara Hughes, in Canmore.  In Vernon, the local newspaper did a profile about her trip and her fundraising.  She’s got lots of great photos of her trip on her website - click here to read it.  

Sydney at the World Championships
Sydney Payne (closest to the camera in the above image) is a member of the Canadian national U23 women’s-eight rowing team.  They’re competing in the world championships in Plovdiv Bulgaria from July 19 to 23.  845 athletes from 54 countries are taking part.
She’s studying at University of California at Berkeley and her rowing team won the NCAA championships last year and were runners-up this year.  
Rowing Canada has set up a donations page to support the young athletes who represent Canada at the Championships.  Click here.   


Unity Festival 2017
The Festival is a three-day affair and the second day happens in Underpass Park (9 Lower River Street).  There’ll be dance showcases with Toronto’s top youth and professional street dancers - hip-hop, breakdancing, popping and locking, cyphers and beatboxing competitions. Friday July 14, 5 to 11 pm, free.

Cabbagetown BIA movie night
The BIA is hosting its annual movie night in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) on Wednesday July 19.  Start the evening off at 6:30 pm with snacks from Grinning Face, Thai Room, Staij & Co and London Calling.  There’ll be a live band.  The feature film is The Goonies - a 1985 cult classic.  The rain date is Wednesday July 26.  Free. 

Corktown Common movie nights
The outdoor movie program is starting in Corktown Common (River and Bayview). The movies start at sundown (around 9 pm) and there are food vendors in the park.  The series runs through July.
Thursday July 13, Hairspray.  
Thursday July 20, Invictus.
Thursday July 27 - rain date  

Under the Stars
Outdoor movies return to Regent Park on Wednesday nights from July 12 to mid-August.  Movies are presented by the Regent Park Film Festival.  Come early and enjoy the Taste of Regent Park - get some food, have a community meal, watch live entertainment and more. In Regent park (Dundas and Sackville across from the Daniels Spectrum).  7 to 11 pm.  It’s free.
July 19 - Moana
July 26 - Hunt for the Wilderpeople
August 2 - Jaane Tu …Ya Jaane

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 

Stunningly pretty
For sale - petite Italian marquetry ladies’ dressing table with oval mirror (c 1920). Ideal for girl’s bedroom. $300.  Contact Cilla Kent  ciluddite@gmail.com  


The Jazz Generation
The Jazz Generation is an eight-piece  band with Cabbagetowners Simon Leigh and Graham Orwin.  They play every Friday at the Imperial Pub (54 Dundas E).  This week, they’re joined by a special guest, professional vocalist Patricia Duffy.  She’ll take the stage at 6:30 pm this coming Friday July 14th. 

Cabbagetown Street Music
Drop by Parliament and Winchester to hear another pop-up music event sponsored by the Cabbagetown BIA.  There’ll be live music next to St Jamestown Steak & Chops from noon to 3 pm on Saturday July 15.

African dance, drumming and storytelling 
Tales & Dances around the Baobab invites you to become a part of a tale with Anansi the Spider and the Mighty Baobab tree as its main protagonists. As the story unravels, you will sing, dance, and make rhythm with Lua Shayenne and percussionists Walter Maclean and Adekoya Adefunmi Clark. The story includes call and response and encourages YOU to fully experience this awesome journey. This is a family friendly event! Corktown Common (River and Bayview) 5 to 6:30 pm, Sundays July 16 and 23.  

Weekly Distillery events 
Music City Summer SeriesEvery Saturday and Sunday on the main stage from 2 to 6 pm.  This week on Saturday, Sarah Hiltz performs at 2 pm and David Woodhead’s Confabulation at 4 pm. On Sunday, Kristine Schmitt & Jesse Corrigan are on stage at 2 pm and Claire Coupland at 4 pm.
Distillery Sunday Market. The Sunday Market happens every Sunday afternoon from noon to 5 pm. Food and artisanal crafts.


Pam McConnell
Photo:  Bernard Weil, Toronto Star
Among the large number of stories and reflections about Pam that appeared following her death, the Toronto Star has two notable ones.  Jennifer Pagliaro and Ainslie Cruikshank have given us a look at Pam’s personal approach in their story - click here 
Edward Keenan wrote about her legacy and how she built it in his column on Thursday.  Click here.  

Regent Park movie shoot
Photo: Alex McKeen, Toronto Star
A scene from the forthcoming movie Code 8 was filmed at the corner of Regent and Cole in Regent Park on Monday July 10. Unfortunately, that exact corner was the place where a fatal shooting happened a week earlier and neighbours were initially upset by the possibility of a violent movie scene.  Alex McKeen wrote a story in the Toronto Star about the incident. Click here.

Development approvals at The Distillery
Photo: Jesse Winter, Toronto Star
The OMB has approved two condo projects in The Distillery District - 60 Mill Street and 31A Parliament.  Both were initially considered too large for their settings.  The OMB approvals include smaller towers.  Jesse Winter describes the decisions in a Toronto Star story - click here.  

Blue bin inspections
Photo:  Nick Iwanyshyn, Globe & Mail  
In an effort to cut the cost of sorting and cleaning our recycling, the City of Toronto has started blue bin inspections.  Crews are peering into our bins on collection day to ensure that we’ve put the proper materials into them.  Sword Street was one of the locations that the crews checked.  The Globe & Mail’s  Kenny Sharpe wrote a great story about the project - click here.  

Injuries at Corktown Commons
Photo: Pelin Sidki, CBC News
Lauren Pelley at CBC News has described severe burns suffered by two-year old Ana Munoz when she slid down a hot metal slide in the playground at Corktown Commons.  Click here.  


Giro d’Italia at F’Amelia
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is one of sixteen local restaurants celebrating Italian cuisine in Toronto from July 20 to 30.  Each one offers a four-course prix fixe dinner for $49 and a three-course prix fixe lunch at $29.  Visit each one and taste each of Italy’s unique cuisines.  The Giro website has an interactive map telling you the region, menu and contact info of the participating restaurants - click here.  

Summerlicious local schedule
Toronto’s big foodie festival is underway again.  Reservations are now open.  From Friday July 7 to Sunday July 23, more than 200 restaurants will offer lunches and dinners at fixed prices.  Three course lunches are priced at $18, $23 and $28 and dinners at $28, $38 and $48.  The main Summerlicious site is online here.  
Click on the restaurant’s name to find its website.  Our local restaurants include -

Archeo (31 Trinity, Distillery), Italian, $18 lunch and $28 dinner.  (416) 815-9898.  

Boku Sushi (42 Gristmill, Distillery), Japanese, $23 lunch and $38 dinner.  (416) 368-8686.  

Cluny (35 Tank House Lane, Distillery), French, $23 lunch and $38 dinner.  (416) 203-2632. 

F’Ameiia (12 Amelia), Italian, $23 lunch and $38 dinner.  (416) 323-0666.  

Fuse Restaurant Entertainment Emporium (366 Queen E), Fusion, $18 lunch and $28 dinner.  (647) 347-3873.  

Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill (17 Tank House Lane, Distillery), Seafood, (16)m361-5859.  $23 lunch and $38 dinner.  

Psychic brunch
The monthly psychic readings happen from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday July 16 at Cranberries (601 Parliament).  $40 buys you two readings plus a $5 coupon toward your brunch.  

Mill Street Beer Dinner
The Great Canadian Beer Dinner happens on Tuesday July 18.  It’s a four-course dinner with a Canadian-inspired menu and with beer pairings at each course.  $70. The Beer Hall’s dinners sell out so it’s a good idea to reserve your spot now - at 21 Tank House Lane or in the Mill Street Retail Store in the Distillery.

Bingo fundraiser at The Local GEST
Support Elephant Space with a fun evening of bingo at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Thursday July 20.  $5 per card. Elephant Space is a non-profit that provides a safe space for youth.  It operates from the Community Corner in St James Town and runs a Friday afternoon drop-in for kids 12-14 years old.  

Merryberry’s burgers from another planet
That’s the theme for Cyril’s next cooking class.  Three burgers - one meat, one fish and one veggie.  And he insists that they have to be unexpected and delicious.  Wednesday July 26 at 5:30 pm.  Sign up at Merryberry (559 Parliament) or call (647) 348-0411.  $45.

Addresses, online info and current events.

50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District

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

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

Vimy - to August 5
Online tickets and info here. 

Billy Bishop Goes to War - 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.


Local GEST
10 pm, Comedy night with Ethan O’Reilly
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
9 pm, DJ Carl Allen
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


2 pm and 4 pm, Music City Summer Series with Sarah Hiltz (2 pm) and David Woodhead’s Confabulation (4 pm)
9 pm, DW 
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, Psychic brunch, $40
2 pm, Music City Summer Series with Kristine Schmitt and Jesse Corrigan (2 pm) and Claire Coupland (4 pm)
11 am, Brunch & Beats
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with One Big Song Trio


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 with Porter
8 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam, $12
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.


The Local GEST
6 pm, Bingo fundraiser, $5 card 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
9 pm, 3000AD 
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


4 pm,  Music City Summer Series
9 pm, David Dees
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
2 pm,  Music City Summer Series
11 am, Brunch & Beats with DJ Hugo
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Ambiance
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


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