August 10

This week’s image:  Lookin’ good at the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market - Tanya, Carolyn, Cheryl and Fiona



Cottage country beckons.  There’ll be a gap next week - no blog.  Back again on Thursday August 24.


Okay kids, eat your veggies
Fiona and Inara are, in fact, really enjoying themselves at the Farmers’ Market despite being a bit camera-shy.  They’re also really happy to give Mom some “bunny ears” while she’s busy with her friends - above.

The house at St James Court
Photos:  Toronto Real Estate Board (left) and Laura Allen (right)
A square stucco-covered building is in its final construction stages on the west side of St James Court - a small infill that runs north off Wellesley Street at the end of Sumach.  It’s been a very controversial project from its start several years ago.  At first, the builder encroached onto his neighbours’ properties, built over the lane and fought with the City of Toronto and local heritage advocates about his plans.  Finally after a hearing at the OMB, parts of it were removed from the neighbours’ lots and it was scaled back in size in order to comply with City regulations.  It’s been a tough experience for people in St James Court and along Wellesley Avenue.  
The CBC has reported about the project and its history.  Click here to read the story and see the images.   

Watch the Cooper’s Hawks
Photo:  Johann Schumacher, Audubon
A new hawk family is frequenting Wellesley Park and the Necropolis.  Two juveniles have been seen flying with the parents and yelling for food.  They have a loud “scree” call and they’re telling Mom and Dad that they want something to eat.  

Grace is in Toronto
Photo:  Matt Durnan, 
Grace McNee has reached Toronto on her cross-country cycling trip and she’ll be here until Saturday.  Her brother plans to go east with her for a few days. See the story below for links to the media coverage that she’s getting. 
Click here to read her comments and to track her progress.  
She’s raising money for Independent Living Nova Scotia in honour of her friend Sarah Dube. We can all help her with our donations.  She’s handling her fundraising through Canada Helps.  

Congrats JoAnne and Crown
JoAnne Arcand owns Crown, a half-Arabian horse that she entered at the East Coast Championships in Lexington Virginia.  JoAnne and Crown have been a team for nine years. In Lexington, she rode him for two amateur events and her coach rode him in a third professional one.  He won them all. The show features Arabian horses from Florida to Toronto.  Over the past year, she’s entered him in four events and she’s now qualified to go to the US National Championships in Tulsa Oklahoma in October.  
Joanne and her husband Abdul are members of a Cabbagetown group who sponsored a Syrian refugee family.  She reports that everyone is doing well and that a second family is now coming to Toronto to join them.  

The Young Dancers Program
Dance classes for kids ages 3 to 17, right in the heart of historic Cabbagetown! The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) offers the popular Young Dancers' Program. It’s a unique, non-competitive program, taught by gifted, experienced faculty - all professional dancers and educators. Classes feature vibrant live musical accompaniment.
Fall classes start on September 9.  Register today at (416) 967-6887 for easy over-the-phone registration or by email. For more info online about the program, please visit the School’s website.

A Walk Down Memory Lane
The 2017 Summer Camp Showcase by the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  Based on true events, it tells the story of an inner city summer camp that brings out the "inner star" of the local children. Dances, vocals and drama skits with dedicated staff and passionate students. A night of nostalgia, passion, and fun - don’t miss it. Wednesday August 16, 6:30 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), $7 - family of four for $21 and kids under 5 free.  Get your advance tickets online and watch a nifty preview video at Canada Helps, click here.  

Walking tour - Builders of Canada, Part 2
The Necropolis and St James cemetery are full of stories about the people who shaped our country.  The Necropolis is the focus of this tour.  Sunday August 13, 1:30 pm, Necropolis Cemetery gates (Winchester east of Sumach).  

Walking tour - Cabbagetown By The Valley
This walk explores the growth of Cabbagetown and the Don River Valley - its history of industrialization from the mid-19th century, its growth as a community and its role as a hub for city services with its cemeteries, hospital and parks. Saturday August 26, 1:30 pm, Wellesley Park (east end of Wellesley).  Offered by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association and Heritage Toronto.

A new daycare centre
The house at 461 Sackville on the southeast corner at Amelia is being renovated.  The owners have applied to the City of Toronto for a permit to operate a day care facility there.  According to a City zoning official, that usage is allowed in a residential area.  
The project needs to meet the requirements for a day care in order to get  a permit.  The City is currently working through that list.  If it passes, the building will be permitted.  If not, the owners have the option to go to the Committee of Adjustment where their requests along with public submissions will be heard.  That step will likely happen in the Fall.

Another pop-up band
Photo: Snookie Tynes is taking a picture of the BIA’s band
The Cabbagetown BIA has again sponsored a pop-up band to add music and charm to Parliament Street.  It happened last Saturday August 5 at Parliament and Carlton. 

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
Image:  Courtesy of St. James Cathedral and Cemetery 
Death haunted Toronto during the summer of 1847.  38,000 immigrants fleeing the potato famine in Ireland passed through the tiny city of only 20,000. 
Many were poor and sick with typhus. According to the memorial plaque in St. James Cemetery, over 1,100 died in Toronto’s Emigrants hospital and sheds on the waterfront. Most were Catholic, but about 20% were Protestant. Sadly, no records for the Catholic victims have survived, if they were ever kept during the frantic times dealing with the dead. 
Fortunately, St. James Cemetery records have survived. Even a cursory perusal of the records is heart-breaking. The “names” become “people.” Typhus was no respecter of age or social status. This page, recorded in mid-July during the height of the epidemic, begins with George Robert Grasett, the young Toronto physician who had devised a system to deal with the impending deluge. He died about a month after the start of the epidemic. He is followed by name after name of Irish immigrants whose journey of hope had ended in death. The 281 buried at St. James were carefully laid to rest in four long trenches which are today recognized by a plaque and a tiny Irish flag.  
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  
Please support the Museum by clicking on GoFundMe.  


Art & Crafts in the Park
Breanne Morrow won the Show’s third overall prize last year.  She’s back again in 2017 - be sure to visit her booth, White Feather Designs.  Her prize was sponsored by MacDonald Porter Drees, a leading Toronto law firm.  She’s one of the 180 exhibitors who will be in Riverdale Park on Friday September 8 (1 to 7 pm), Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10 (10 am to 6 pm each day).  
Click here to see all the details on the Art & Crafts website. 

Cabbagetown Festival
The vendors who line Parliament Street during the Festival are a big attraction, including a special group of made-in-Canada artisans, crafters and builders.  Check them out when you’re cruising the street.  Saturday (11am to 10 pm) and Sunday (11 am to 7 pm), September 9 and 10.  If you have dreams of being a Festival vendor, go to the BIA’s Festival site and scroll to the bottom of the page - click here.  


Grace McNee attracted two media articles this week for her one-person, cross-country cycling adventure.  As noted above, she’s raising money to honour her friend, Sarah Dube.  
The Globe & Mail’s Paul Waldie wrote a story about her on Friday August 4.     
The Sudbury online paper wrote about her arrival there earlier in the week.  


The Smoke Bloke
Mike sells delicious smoked salmon in 150g packs ($11) or 3 packs ($28).  He gets his fish from an ethical east coast supplier and he handles everything himself in its preparation, smoking and packaging.  This is his second year at the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market and he’s pleased with the reception he gets from  his customers here.  He knows Cabbagetown well - he previously worked in the kitchen for Robert McEnerny at the Ben Wicks.  

Corktown Farmers’ Market
The Market is scheduled for 3 to 7 pm on Thursdays in the Underpass Park  (Lower River Street).  Vendors include Clearwater Farms, Durham Honey Farm, Field Sparrow Farm, Monforte Dairy and Sunray Orchards.  The park is home to some of Toronto’s best murals and street art.  

Taste of Regent Park 
Taste of Regent Park happens every Wednesday in Regent Park (620 Dundas E).  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.  The market opens at 3 pm. Other events follow through the evening.


The Circus is coming to Regent Park
Juggling buskers, stilt walkers and aerial performers.  All of them are coming to Regent Park (620 Dundas E) - every Wednesday in August,  6 pm to dusk.  There’ll be workshops where you can learn how to juggle, enjoy games and lots of other fun activities.  

Regent Park photo walking tours
#Shootforpeace photographers will guide you through Regent Park, teaching tricks and tips on ways to maximize your images from your DSLR and phone.  Sundays from 1 to 4 pm - August 13, 20 and 27.  Meet at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E). Free.

Uke can sing
Photo: Angela Wong
On Wednesday evening, August 16, from 7 to 8:30 pm, K Funk and Lady Ree, the singing Ukulele ladies, will teach beginner’s classes in Corktown Common (lower River Street).  It’s their second year - last year’s sessions were fun, popular events!  There’ll be up to 30 ukes available for loan for the evening.  Free.

Under the Stars
Outdoor movies have returned to Regent Park on Wednesday nights 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 (620 Dundas E).  7 to 11 pm.  It’s free.
August 16 - Hidden Figures
August 23 - rain date

This week - reminders about volunteer opportunities
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 S

Blair’s Run
Street captains and volunteers. The work is easy and you’ll get the satisfaction of doing an important job for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  Contact Brenda McNee at 

Tour of Homes
The Tour will feature nine homes this year and more people are needed for posts in each home.  It all happens on Sunday September 17 from 11:30 am to 4 pm.  Please contact Helen Coltrinari at

Dixon Hall drivers for Meals on Wheels
Drivers take teams of people to deliver lunches on a daily basis from 11 am to 1:30 pm. Use your own vehicle or an agency vehicle.  Minimum commitment is one shift per week for a minimum of three months.  You must be 25 years of age or older with a valid Ontario “G” class drivers licence, be listed on a personal car insurance policy, and consent to a Ministry of Transportation Driver Abstract.  Interested?  Please go to to complete an online application form.

Dixon Hall hairstylists  
Empower people through haircuts!  Join a team of stylists working together to support the homeless communities that Dixon Hall serves. Earlier this year, we started to offer clients in our Housing Services programs basic haircuts and styling. The program has been met with great enthusiasm. Contact Heather Johnson, Manager, Volunteer Program at (416) 863-0499 ex. 3225 or email


Lots of interesting energy on Parliament Street
Photo:  Cabbagetown Residents Association
A big group of promising new businesses will open soon. M.W.M. Fish Co is coming to the south end of Parliament near Gerrard - they’ll be bringing oysters!  
No news yet about opening dates for the restaurant, the Parliament Street Fitness Centre and Frank’s hot dog cafe next to Meridian Credit Union (486 Parliament).  
Workers are still renovating at the future site of Kibo (533 Parliament) across from the LCBO and at the SF Wireless store that’s coming next door to it.  The Bosley Real Estate office (517 Parliament) near Jet Fuel is almost ready to open.  
Apparently some work has been done at the site of the former Nettleship Hardware (576 Parliament) but there’s been no news about the new owners.
More changes are bubbling away below the surface - several local businesses and several buildings are for sale and their new owners will also bring changes.  Stay tuned.

St Jamestown Steak & Chops
Mark is having a vacation and the store will be closed until August 15.  516 Parliament.
He wore his historic 2009 Cabbagetown Tee in Liverpool and posed with the Beatles.  Thanks to the Cabbagetown BIA for posting his picture.


Whiskey Jack on tour
Duncan Fremlin and his friends in Whiskey Jack have spent the summer in every corner of Ontario presenting their Stompin’ Tom show.  In April, they went back to Sudbury for their first visit without Stompin' Tom and Duncan, of course, had to visit Tom’s statue. On June 30, they were in Wawa, celebrating the unveiling of the town’s new goose statue.  On July 1, they performed at the Soo’s Roberta Bondar Pavilion and on July 2, they were in Huntsville. This week, they’re in Bancroft, then Lindsay and later in the month, they’ll be in Parry Sound and Renfrew.
Everywhere they go, they’re really enjoying the enthusiastic crowds who love Stompin’ Tom’s music.  

Catch up with Danny Marks
Danny is making regular weekly appearances at the Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen W) every Saturday from noon to 3 pm.  We can hear his BluzFM from 8 pm to midnight every Saturday night on JazzFM 91. Watch for him at the Cabbagetown Festival in September as well.

The Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience
The latest in Soulpepper’s Concert Series is a tribute evening to Leonard Cohen performed by Soulpepper’s group of outstanding artists.  The show starts on August 17 but it’s a good idea to get your tickets early - Soulpepper has already added three extra dates to meet the early demand. Click here for more info and tickets.  Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery).


Corktown Fresh at Odin
From 7 am to 9 pm daily until October 29. Corktown Fresh pop-up market brings fresh fruit and veggies.  514 King E at River.

Ramen at Merryberry
Cyril’s next cooking class is about Ramen - the delicious Japanese food that’s rapidly growing as the latest North American food trend.  Wednesday August 16, 5:30 pm, $45.  To sign up, contact him at (647) 348-0411 or drop in to Merryberry (559 Parliament).

Local GEST golf tournament
The GEST’s annual 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 - email, phone (416) 961-9425 or visit 424 Parliament.

Almost ready - dinner options
Merryberry (559 Parliament) will package five meals for you, chopped, seasoned and prepped as far as Cyril can go.  All they’ll need is your final touch and then they can be served. The ingredients will be chosen on rotating selections - four original ones and the fifth based on the latest cooking class.  Watch for details on Merryberry’s Facebook page. 

Celebrating Psychic Brunch
14 years and never wrong.  It’s the 14th anniversary for the Psychic Brunch.  Drop in to Cranberries (601 Parliament) on Sunday August 20 from 11 am to 3 pm.  $40 includes two insightful readings plus a $5 voucher toward your Cranberries’ brunch.  To celebrate, every guest will also win a free prize (worth at least $50) - theatre and movie passes, Tarot cards, free readings, hoel stays and gift baskets.  

Addresses, online info and current events.

Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas E

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.

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.


Local GEST
10 pm, Cabbage Head comedy with Ethan O’Reilly
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
9 pm, J Cloth
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 & 4 pm, Music City Summer Series - Corey Gulkin (2 pm) and Winnie Brave (4 pm)
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 & 4 pm, Music City Summer Series - Gillian Nicola (2 pm) and Crooked House Road (4 pm)
11 am, Brunch & Beats with DJ Regina
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Patten MC


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
7 pm, Jazz Licks with Sharon Musgrave Duo
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
8:30 pm open mic with Evan
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
9 pm, DJ Wizdome 
10 pm, Ladies night and dancing, ladies free, others $10
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 & 4 pm, Music City Summer Series - Ian Foster (2 pm) and Sarah Hiltz  (4 pm)
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 & 4 pm,  Music City Summer Series - Kristine Schmitt & Jesse Corrigan (2 pm) and Aitch (4 pm)
11 am, Brunch & Beats with DJ Dash
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Mathew Pullicino (drums), Devin Patten (bass) & Victor Agrippa (alto). 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088,
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555,
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121,
366 Queen St E, (647) 347-3873, 
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787,
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425,
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338,
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery,
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
413 Parliament Street
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127,
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,