July 6

This week’s image:  The crowd at Bill Morneau’s Canada Day picnic



Get well, Pam
Councillor Pam McConnell is gravely ill and has been hospitalized.  Details are not available yet.  Mayor John Tory confirmed her illness today and called her “a fighter and she will be fighting this as hard as she can.”  She has many friends across Toronto and we are all sending her our encouragement and support. Those who want to send her their best wishes can email councillor_mcconnell@toronto.ca 

Mike Reid
Mike died last Wednesday, June 28.  He was a familiar friend around Cabbagetown for many years.  He lived near Carlton and Parliament and was a regular customer at the House on Parliament.  He helped The Local GEST welcome in New Year’s by acting as its party DJ.  He always supported positive improvements for our community and encouraged the special projects that we all undertake. His passing has been deeply felt by many of us and he will be sadly missed. His funeral was held on July 5 and he’s buried in Mount Pleasant cemetery. Gifts in his memory may be made at the Princess Margaret cancer Centre and the Wallace McCain Centre for Pancreatic Cancer.

Update - stabbing victim
In mid June, three men were robbed and two of them stabbed by the same individual.  The first incident occurred near Carlton and Parliament, the second one at Winchester and Parliament (both of these victims suffered minor stab wounds) and the third at Wellesley and Parliament.  
Billie (seen above) was the second victim.  He’s a familiar figure around Cabbagetown and he’s noted by friends and neighbours for his generosity and concern for others.  Happily, he’s recovered nicely from his wound with no lingering side effects.  He was, in fact, fully mobile by Canada Day and enjoyed the Winchester Park Residents’ Strawberry Social.
Police have arrested and charged a 30-year old man.

Safe journey, Grace
Congrats Grace - this is an amazing project.  Grace McNee is cycling from coast to coast to raise money for Independent Living Nova Scotia in honour of her friend Sarah Dube.  At this time, she’s through the Rockies and out onto the Prairies.  Her fundraising campaign works through Canada Helps and includes direct donations to Independent Living Nova Scotia plus you can also help to offset her expenses. She’s posted a website about her trip and her campaign - click here to read it. 

Strawberry social
Congrats definitely go to the Winchester Park Residents’ Association for its fine neighbourhood social on Canada Day.  Reports indicated that well over 200 guests enjoyed their strawberry short cake and talked comfortably with their friends during the day.    

Bill Morneau’s barbeque
Our federal Member of Parliament Bill Morneau held his Canada Day barbeque at Regent Park and a big crowd showed up.  The free hot dogs were the biggest attraction. Lively music, kids activities and a couple of info booths rounded out the program. 

Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market
This week, strawberries, raspberries and cherries were back along with new potatoes, broccoli, garlicscape and greens.  Lettuce has just started to arrive. Miraculously, the sun shone all day and it didn’t rain!  The crowds are growing and the farmers are reporting good sales.

Fat of the Land
Andrea and Justin have a 80-acre farm north on Moscow near Yarker in eastern Ontario.   This is their first year at the Cabbagetown Farmer’s Market.  They’re selling pasture raised chicken, grass fed beef and field and forest pork.  At their farm, they’re using environmentally sensitive and animal friendly methods to raise their livestock. You can buy their produce at the Market or place special orders for delivery next week.  Their website explains what they’re doing and gives you a page where you can sign up, shop and arrange delivery.   

Taste of Regent Park
Wednesdays 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.  On July 12, it’s Space Jam.
This week, cinnamon buns were baked in the community oven.  Next week, it’s beef and veggie patties. Starting at 6:15 pm.

From canoe to cable
How news arrived in Toronto.  Steve Brearton’s exhibition spans our history from the 1787 Toronto Purchase to today’s internet, showing how the city’s residents connected with each other and the outside world.  Urbanspace Gallery (401 Richmond W) until September 16.  Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 7 pm.

Weekly Distillery events 
Music City Summer SeriesEvery Saturday and Sunday on the main stage from 2 to 6 pm.  This week on Saturday, the Diamond Joes perform at 2 pm and Dana Sipos at 4 pm. On Sunday, Maneli Jamal is on stage at 2 pm and Lisa Patterson at 4 pm.
Distillery Sunday Market. The Sunday Market happens every Sunday afternoon from noon to 5 pm. Food and artisanal crafts. 

TCH starts renting its homes
Toronto Community Housing has listed a house at 11-1/2 Aberdeen on the open rental market.  $3,800/month.  Thanks to Victoria Hadden for this info. Click here to read the property description. 

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 a girl’s bedroom. $300.  Contact Cilla Kent  ciluddite@gmail.com   

Save these guys
These two lovely cats - brothers - are living at Bay Cat Hospital and they need your help.  Their owner had to give up his home and now they’re orphans.  3-4 years old, neutered, very healthy, soft coats.  Gentle and curious. Call (416) 941-8920 or email patgaylemurphy@rogers.com  


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. The rain date is Thursday July 27.
On Thursday July 6,  A League of Their Own is being screened.  
Next week on July 13, Hairspray.  
On Thursday July 20, Invictus.  

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 eraly 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.
On July 12 - Space Jam
July 19 - Moana
July 26 - Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Cabbagetown by the valley
A walking tour presented by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association and Heritage Toronto.  From its bucolic origins to its industrial history to its present-day residential character, Cabbagetown has always been closely linked to the Don Valley.  The tour starts at Wellesley Park (east end of Wellesley) at 6:30 pm, Thursday July 6.  The tour will be repeated on August 26 at 1:30 pm. 

Diggity Dog on Saturday
Marilyn’s July nail clinic at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) is coming on Saturday July 8. She rescheduled it to avoid conflicts last weekend with Canada Day. She’ll return to her normal schedule (first Saturday of each month) in August.  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.  

Bike tour through Regent Park
Chartwell Residences is organizing a free bike tour through Regent Park and the surrounding area.  You need to reserve your spot - bikes, helmets and Tee shirts are provided.   It happens from 5:30 pm on Wednesday July 12. It’s being organized by Toronto Bicycle Tours.  Meeting spot at 500 Dundas E.  RSVPs are requested before July 10 so the tour can be properly set up.  vtynedal@chartwell.com 

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 9, 16 and 23.  

Save your spot - Beth Kaplan’s workshop
Beth offers a one-day writer’s workshop in her garden every summer.  This year, it happens from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday July 23 - register early, space is limited. Enjoy the company of other writers while you work on your own stories.  Beth has taught creative writing at Ryerson for 23 years and at U of T for 10 years.  Her workshop is an adventure in writing for writers at all levels.  $150 includes your workshop experience, lunch and wine. Contact her at beth@bethkaplan.ca  


Ethical gold
Geoffrey York has written a story in the Globe & Mail about rigorous new standards for conflict-free, ethically-mined gold.  Fair Trade Jewellers (523 Parliament) is Canada’s leading jewellery retailer using this resource.  The photo shows two rings made with this gold along with traceable sapphires from FTJ’s partner mine in Madagascar.  Click here to read the Globe’s story.  

New neutrals are in
Known for vibrant designs, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has just added more neutrals to the rug collection. Explore the full spectrum of three lines of rugs:  premium wool,   everyday wool and outdoor.
Your one-stop-shop for furnishings, lighting and decorating. Open 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays.


The Port Lands
Image:  Waterfront Toronto
The announcement last week by Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Wynne and Mayor Tory of the $1.25 billion project to build flood protection at the mouth of the Don River has sparked comments in several papers.

The Port Lands - CBC reports
The CBC has prepared an overview of flood proofing in the Port Lands along with descriptions of the huge scope of the area’s development potential.   
In a separate entry, John Reitl describes the scope of the Port Lands project, its current status and the way future development will happen.  

The Port Lands - Toronto Star reports
Edward Keenan has written a Star column about the historic importance of the Port lands project. He calls it “monumental, city-defining.” 
In his column, Christopher Hume reflects on the role of the federal and provincial governments and their visionary approach to this project and why the City needs their push to get the project done.  

Regent Park shooting
Photo: Toronto Police Service
Lemard Champagnie was killed at Regent and Cole Streets in Regent Park at 9 pm on Sunday night. The occupants of a black SUV shot him and also targeted a second person who managed to escape unharmed.  Local residents reported the event to 911 and then tried to help him.  Police are asking witnesses to report anything they may have seen.  The CBC’s story is here.  

Andrew Kinsman’s disappearance
Photo: CBC News 
Police and local residents have conducted a widespread search through Cabbagetown for clues about Mr Kinsman’s disappearance.  He was last seen near Winchester and Parliament on Monday June 26 and police are now treating his disappearance as suspicious.  Global News summarized the events in this incident and reports that a meeting has been called for Allan Gardens at 4 pm on Sunday July 9.  Click here.   


Summerlicious brunch at F’Amelia
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is one of the Summerlicious sites in our neighbourhood.  Weekend brunch is a big part of their menu normally. Along with the regualr menu, there’s a Summerlicious special at $23.  Drop by from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy yourself on F’Amelia’s lovely patio.

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.   

Cyril says that his next cooking class will be Sushi Maki - all sorts of sushi rolls. Wednesday July 12 at 5:30 pm.  $45. Get your name on the list now - call (647) 348-0411 or drop in to Merryberry (559 Parliament). 

Jeff and Noah
They’re back at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) on Thursday at 8 pm.  Next week, Thursday July 13 it’s comedy night with Ethan O”Reilly.

Nikki Clarke Show
The monthly taping for the Nikki Clarke Show at Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E) - Thursday July 13 from 6 to 8:30 pm.  

Mill Street Beer Hall
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.

Local GEST golf tournament
An early announcement.  The tournament happens on Saturday August 26 at Bloomington Downs.  Tee time is 11 am and there’s a bus leaving The Local GEST (424 Parliament) at 9:30 am.  You’ll have a full day with 18 holes of golf, prizes, a golf cart and dinner.  $125.  Contact the Local GEST to register.

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 - 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.

The Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin 
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


4 pm,  Music City Summer Series with The Diamond Joes (2 pm) and Dana Sipos (4 pm) 
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
2 pm,  Music City Summer Series with Maneli Jamal (2 pm) and Lisa Patterson (4 pm)
11 am, Brunch & Beats
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Mark Sepic
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
5:30 pm, Cooking class - Sushi Maki, $45
8 pm, Corktown Ukulele Jam, $12
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.


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


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
9 pm, DW
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 
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 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


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