July 20

This week’s image:  the new mural on the Toronto Humane Society building at Queen and River. 


Our real estate feature is back.  This week, two local homes are listed, each with open house events on Saturday and Sunday.  Click here to read about them.  


Ward 28 vacancy  
After Pam’s passing, the City Councillor’s position for Ward 28 is now vacant. The City has started its procedures for handling the ongoing workload.
First of all, Pam’s staff will continue in their posts and they’ll handle their cases as before. They can still be reached at their offices at (416) 392-7916.
Her position on City Council will likely be filled by an appointment process.  In the Fall, Council will open nominations for her replacement and at some point, it will hold a vote to select that person from the list of nominees.  The new person will serve as our Councillor until the next municipal election in the Fall, 2018 - it’s normal that the temporary appointee agrees not to seek election in the Ward in the Fall.

At the City of Toronto’s online book of condolences, visitors can add their remarks.  http://cityoftorontocondolences.ca/book-of-memories/1988895/McConnell-Pam-/view-condolences.php 
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.
Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services at dixonhall.org/donate
Riverdale Housing Animation Programs with online gifts through Canada Helps.   


Oh no, Norm - not again!
Norm Betts had his second encounter with a rodeo bull while he was photographing an event in Kitchener-Waterloo in early July.  He thought the bull had been cleared out of the arena and he looked away to check his camera.  That’s when the bull, named Meat Hook, charged him.  He suffered a cracked sternum and broken ribs.  He’s out of the hospital now and recovering nicely.  Tessa reports that he hurts when he laughs so “he’ll have to stop telling those crummy jokes for a while.”  
The CBC has a story and a frightening video of the incident.  Click here.   

The new Corktown mural
It’s on the Toronto Humane Society building at Queen and River.  The artist, Uber5000, is now finishing the last details on his big new mural. It replaces a nifty older mural done by Corktown’s Gary Smith - it had grown faded and damaged after several years at the site. This new mural is full of dramatic images - the big dog on the corner is named Doug.  Nice work everyone, congrats.

Street captains for Blair’s Run
Blair’s Run is a great community success, largely because its grassroots organization reaches into every block and every street.  Volunteer teams recruit other volunteers, organize pamphlet deliveries, supervise fundraising and encourage local athletes to sign up for the Run.  Ideally, there’ll be a captain and a team for every street in Cabbagetown.  It’s a fun job and a very satisfying way to support the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.
Brenda McNee, Marilyn Marshall and Sandy Riches are putting together the 2017 teams and they need your help. 
Email Brenda and offer your help.   cycbrenda@bell.net 

Street music on Parliament
The Cabbagetown BIA’s band performed beside St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) on Saturday from noon to 3 pm.  It’s a pleasant extra feature for shoppers.  Congrats for a good project. 

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
Exact Edge was back to sharpen your kitchen knives and garden tools.  Denzil visits on the third Tuesday of each month and he’ll be back again on Tuesday August 15.  
The big summer rush is now happening. There are fresh green veggies, lots of lettuce, peas, cukes, and more.  And plenty of raspberries. 

Organic Vibes
Annette’s booth is a favourite at the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market.  She brings lots of veggies from her farm near Brampton.  Her favourite is Callaloo, a Caribbean green that she’s grown with seeds from Jamaica.  She also makes really yummy jerk sauce and spicy tomato ketchup.   

Underpass Park 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).  Vendors include Clearwater Farms, Durham Honey Farm, Field Sparrow Farm, Monforte Dairy and Sunray Orchards.  Stanners Vineyards from Prince Edward County will be there this week.  The park is home to some of Toronto’s best murals and street art.  

Taste of Regent Park 
Monira Khatun and Sultana Khanam prepared last Wednesday’s community meal - chicken curry, lentils and mixed veggies, salad and basmati rice.  Monira came to Canada from Bangladesh 16 years ago.  She settled in Regent Park with her husband and three kids.  When the neighbourhood was torn during the revitalization, she was moved to a Scarborough townhouse and she’s now looking forward to her return to her new home.  
Taste of Regent Park happens every Wednesday in Regent Park (Dundas at Sackville).  There’s live entertainment, vendors and food demos. A special dish is baked fresh in the community oven plus there’s a $4 community meal. Through the summer, a free outdoor movie will finish off the day’s events.  Starting at 6:15 pm.

Eat your mulberries
Claire has reminded me that our mulberries are now in season all across the neighbourhood.  They’re very tasty, high in nutrients and considered a superfood.  So grab some off a tree, bake them into a pie or put them into a lovely sauce.  Lots of recipes are available online.  Claire knows about this stuff - she’s the proud owner of Ladybug Florists (513 Church and 319 Danforth).  

Lookin’ good
Can you believe it?  This guy really used to look good!  


A new world record
Canada’s women’s-eight rowing team began its races at the Under 23 World Championships in Plovdiv Bulgaria by setting a new world record.  They shaved three seconds off the 2011 record and they’re now entered straight into the event’s final race on Sunday July 23.
Cabbagetown’s Sydney Payne is a member of the team.  Her mom, Kelly Rogers, is as proud as possible. 
The Americans have a strong team in the event as well and Sunday’s final should be a great showdown.  Watch the final at 5:30 am on Sunday online here.  

Grace is on the Prairies
Grace McNee is continuing her amazing project - she’s doing a solo cycle from coast to coast to raise money for Independent Living Nova Scotia in honour of her friend Sarah Dube. 
She’s now into Manitoba.  Her stories on her website about her adventures are showing just how tough this job has been.  Click here to read it.   
We can all help her with our donations.  She set a $5,000 target and she’s almost there.  47 people have given $4,800 so far.  She’s handling her fundraising through Canada Helps.  


Walking tour: Builders of Canada
Cabbagetown has two historic cemeteries, the resting places for people whose lives had a big impact on our country.  The first walking tour goes through St James Cemetery from 1:30 pm on Sunday, July 23.  The starting point is the gate on Parliament just north of Wellesley.  Part Two of the tour takes in the Necropolis on Sunday August 13.  

Uke can sing
Photo: Angela Wong
For the next four Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm, K Funk and Lady Ree, the singing Ukulele ladies, will teach beginner’s classes in Corktown Common.  It’s the second year - last year’s sessions were fun, popular events!  There’ll be up to 30 ukes available for loan for the evening.   July 26, August 2, 9 and 16.  Free.

Corktown Common movie nights
The outdoor movie program finishes on Thursday July 20 with Invictus.  Corktown Common (River and Bayview). The movie starts at sundown (around 9 pm) and there are food vendors in the park. 

Under the Stars
Outdoor movies have returned to Regent Park on Wednesday nights from until 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 26 - Hunt for the Wilderpeople
August 2 - Jaane Tu …Ya Jaane
August 9 - Bicycle Thieves


Buy Canadian, Shop Local
Kendall has been operating his Interior Design business in Cabbagetown since 1998. Together with Kevin, they expanded with an award-winning retail shop eight years ago. 
They still find Cabbagetowners who are unfamiliar with Kendall & Co and what they offer. So, they created a video tour to show how it’s grown into Toronto’s One-Stop-Shop for everything you desire for your home.
While having a look online, please subscribe to Kendall’s YouTube channel for more informative videos in the future. 
Like other Cabbagetown proprietors, Kendall and Kevin are also local residents making a difference to the present and future of our community. Kendall & Co has all the reasons to shop local at Parliament/Winchester.  Store hours:  Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm.

The Leslieville Flea
The Flea returns to the Distillery District outdoors on Saturday July 22 from 11 am to 6 pm.  It’s a showcase for vintage, antique and handcrafted goods.   Long silk shawls at Monday Muse. Rubs for the BBQ and hot sauces for, well.....everything....at Spice of Life. Succulents set in modern, geometric designs made from concrete at Kazoid Concrete Designs. Whimsical earrings and jewellery made from recycled jewellery from Poetic Designs. White, crisp boyfriend shirts at the ever popular French Laundry. Sophisticated and beautifully handcrafted necklaces and accessories from Fezza Hipstore. The perfect dress for travelling - one dress - 6 styles! from Encircled. All this and much more.

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 

KMA Assistant Services 
Kim Adlard offers a range of administrative services, care for your home and pet care in the Toronto area. For administrative services, she works from her home office or on your location, whichever is more suitable for you. 
Please visit: www.kmaassistantservices.webs.com or email kmaassistantservices@gmail.com for more information. 


The Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience
Soulpepper Concert Series.  Soulpepper’s talented artists present an evening in tribute to Leonard Cohen.  August 17 to 25.  Tickets and info available online.  

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, Sunday July 23.  

An a capella opera for nine singers about the global garment industry.  Aki Theatre in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), August 3 to 6, tickets available here.   

Weekly Distillery events 
Distillery Sunday Market. The Sunday Market happens every Sunday afternoon from noon to 5 pm. Food and artisanal crafts.
Music City Summer SeriesEvery Saturday and Sunday on the main stage from 2 to 6 pm. 


Pam McConnell
Photo:  Glenn Gustafson
City Councillors Joe Mihevc and Paula Fletcher have written a tribute to Pam McConnell in the July 19 edition of NOW Magazine.  It’s a moving and insightful look from her colleagues about her contributions.  Click here.  

Soulpepper in New York
Photo:  Henry McGee/Soulpepper
Soulpepper has sent a repertory company to New York’s Pershing Square Signature Centre with fifteen productions for a month-long run.  The works include favourites like Kim’s Convenience, A Brimful of Asha,  Alligator Pie and Of Human Bondage.  The New York Times’ drama critic, Ben Brantley, has been glowing about Spoon River.  There’s a nice summary of New Yorkers’ reactions on the CBC News site.  Click here.   


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.  

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. https://www.girotoronto.ca 

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.

The last weekend for Summerlicious
Toronto’s big foodie festival ends on Sunday July 23.  More than 200 restaurants are offering 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.   

Congrats to the HOP
House on Parliament (454 Parliament) has been listed on V.v Magazine as one of Toronto’s best patios.  Its rooftop patio together with its great gastropub menu made it a natural choice.  

Addresses, online info and current events.

Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas E

Sweat - August 3 to 6
Tickets and online info 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 - 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

The Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience - August 17 to 25
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.


The Local GEST
6 pm, Bingo fundraiser, $5 card 
8 pm sign-up, open mic with Evan Simms
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


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.
Stout Irish Pub
6 pm, Painting night


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
9 pm, 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
11 am, Psychic brunch, $40
2 pm, Music City Summer Series
11 am, Brunch & Beats with DJ Dopey
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Ilana Waldston


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