August 3

This week’s image:  a hot summer day at the new wading pool in Winchester Park 



Thanks Glen
Photo: Mark Blinch, Canadian Press
It’s been widely reported that Glen Murray is leaving his job as our MPP to join the Pembina Institute.  He’s been a good Member on our behalf at Queen’s Park.
He did a lot of solid work in Toronto Centre and he paid attention to the problems and issues that we raised with him.  He was also an interesting politician whether he was arguing with the Ford family or running for the provincial Liberal leadership or showing off his skating skills at Moss Park. His views and his energy were focused on concerns that would improve everyone’s life.  His achievements as a Minister have set a high standard for anyone following him.
Congrats Glen for a job well done and for your enthusiastic friendship.  

Bike Share is expanding
Black spots are existing stations, green are new ones and yellow are subway stations.
Bike Share is adding 70 new stations across the centre of the city.  In our neighbourhood, one new station is being installed at River and Shuter.  With the expanded network in the downtown and at TTC stations, it’ll soon be easier to get bikes or drop them off wherever you need them.  

Grace is through northern Ontario
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. 
By August 1, Grace had cycled across the top of Lake Superior and was staying in a campground at Crescent Lake south of Wawa.  She had her picture taken at the Terry Fox Memorial in Thunder Bay.  Click here to read her comments and to track her progress.  
We can all help her with our donations.  She’s handling her fundraising through Canada Helps.  

Join Blackness Yes for an afternoon and evening of dancing in the sun.  Local and international DJs, Berlin-based Osunlade, artisan tents, live music, and more.  Regent Park (620 Dundas E), Sunday August 6, 2 to 10 pm.

The Lower Don bike trail
Photo: City of Toronto
Daniel McLaughlin, the manager for construction and capital projects at Parks, Forestry and Recreation, has posted a note about the delays in reopening the Trail.  He has explained in detail why the project has been so difficult and slower than expected.  He anticipates that it will now be open in the Fall even if additional construction is still needed.
The Trail has been closed for over a year as repairs are made at various points from Pottery Road to the Riverdale Park bridge. Cyclists have started to complain passionately.  
You can read Mr McLaughlin’s post here

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.  

Streetscapes in Bloom - a reminder
The gardens in front of six homes have been nominated in the 2017 annual Streetscapes in Bloom friendly contest.  The judges will stop at each one regularly during the season. Two more official inspections are scheduled for August and September.  Check them out and pick your favourites - 34 Aberdeen, 1 Geneva, 28 Geneva, 456 Sumach, 456 Wellesley and 266 Carlton.

Thanks Rebecca
Rebecca D has posted a nifty announcement on Cabbagetown Moms & Dads.  Over the weekend, she and her kiddo will be hiding little handmade multi-coloured crochet figures around Cabbagetown.  Their tags say that they’re playing hide and seek.  If you find one, keep it.  It’s Rebecca’s way of spreading some happiness.  

Gigi, the therapy dog
Gigi is the only certified blind therapy dog working in Toronto.  She visits Bridgepoint on a regular weekly schedule and she’s a big hit with her patients.  She’s now 11 years old - an age when golden retrievers become even gentler and sweeter than ever.  She lost her sight 18 months ago when she contracted glaucoma but she obviously hasn’t slowed down.  Congrats to Sandy and Alan Waterhouse for their work to make this possible.


Art & Crafts in the Park
Photo:  Marianne Chenard’s ceramics
Save the dates.  The big art and crafts show in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) will open on Friday afternoon September 8 from 1 to 7 pm and continue on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.  180 artists and artisans have signed up.  blogTO lists it as one of the 12 top outdoor art fairs in Toronto.  
Each year, several exhibitors are awarded prizes for their outstanding work.  Two leading 2016 artists are returning this year - Montreal’s Marianne Chenard (ceramics) and Meaford’s Breanne Morrow (jewellery).  Their prizes were sponsored by MacDonald Porter Drees, a leading Toronto law firm.  
Click here to see all the details on the Art & Crafts website.  

Cabbagetown Short Film Festival
A word of warning.  I don’t want to start a stampede but these are hot tickets!  It’s a really good idea to get yours online.  Festival organizers reserve only a small number of seats for sale at the door on the night of the event.  $15.  Get yours now - click here.  
The Festival presents short films from producers around the world.  The quality is always amazing.  Comedy, poignant drama, political commentary, animations are all on the program.  
Wednesday September 6 at 7 pm in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).    

This week - 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 

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


Nature’s Way Organics
Holly and Ed from Nature’s Way Organics have amazing stuff. Black, red and green kale.  Japanese cucumbers.  Corn, beets, green peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots, cabbage, green and yellow beans.  And lots more.  They travel here from their farm at South Walsingham near Long Point.  Be sure to stop at their tent - delicious veggies.

Will we melt in the rain?
Hey - what’s going on here?  Are Cabbagetown shoppers “weather wimps”?  A bit of rain and everybody stays home? The weather has been the biggest worry this season for the Cabbagetown Farmers' Market.  So, please, grab your coat and your brolly and scoot over to Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) every Tuesday afternoon from 3 pm.
The big summer rush is now happening - gorgeous veggies, plenty of raspberries, fresh Niagara peaches, apricots, blueberries and more. 
By the way, people did roll in and the crowd got bigger as the evening dried out. 

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. This week’s theme was Bollywood Night and there were naan pizzas from the oven and string hopper biryani and pineapple chicken curry for dinner. 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.


Bubble soccer tournament
It’s not soccer - it’s bubble soccer.  Join your family and friends in a competition at Regent Park Athletic Grounds (480 Shuter).  2 to 4 pm, Friday August 4.  Please note - participants must be over 18 years of age and over 5’ tall for safety reasons.  It’s free. 

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
For the next two 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 (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.   August 9 and 16.  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 9 - Bicycle Thieves
August 16 - Hidden Figures
August 23 - rain date


Tasso is having a holiday
Tasso (540 Parliament) will be closed from August 4 to 6 and reopen on August 11.  It’s a well deserved vacation but a real hardship for Olya’s fans. 

St Jamestown Steak & Chops
Get your supplies now because Mark is taking his family on vacation and the store will be closed from August 7 to 14.  516 Parliament.

Another pop-up band
The Cabbagetown BIA is again sponsoring a pop-up band to add music and charm to Parliament Street.  Saturday August 5 from noon to 3 pm, Parliament and Carlton.

Marilyn at Pet Valu
Marilyn from Diggity Dog Grooming returns to Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday for her regular monthly nail clinic.  Bring your pets and give them a fun day having their nails trimmed.  Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. $10
If you want a nifty trim and grooming for your pet at other times, visit her at the Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E).  
If you just want a chance to look at a lot of doggy pictures, check out her Facebook page - it’s addictive.   

Exciting Changes at Kendall & Co
The shop at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) will be closed from Monday August 7th to Friday August 11th for a remodel. Our improvements will better serve our customers and further demonstrate why we are Toronto’s One-Stop-Shop for everything you desire for your home.  In the meanwhile, take a video tour of our shop to learn about what we offer. A world of design is at your doorstep. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel where we’ll post more informative videos in the future. 


Photo:  Dahlia Katz
On stage now until Saturday.  Sweat is an a capella opera for nine singers about the global garment industry.  Aki Theatre in the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), to August 6, tickets available here.   

Last chance to see these plays
Vimy and the ever-popular Billy Bishop Goes to War are each finishing their summer runs at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane).  The final performances are on Saturday August 5. For details, go online or call (416) 866-8666.   

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).


Small batch gin
Mill Street is now distilling gin at the Mill Street location in the Distillery.  It’s made by Martha Lowry, Toronto’s only female distiller.  She’s used citra hops to give it a tangy citrus flavour and floral undertones.  Only 500 bottles were made in this batch.  Get one at the Mill Street Retail Store (20 Tank House Lane) or have a glass of gin and tonic in the Beer Hall or the Pub.

Under the Table
CaribanaToronto specials are on the menu through the weekend. Beef ribs with garlic mash and veggies.  Baked lemon rosemary garlic chicken with jasmine rice and veggies and Hollandaise sauce.  Jamaican trio - ackee and salt fish with oxtail and jerk chicken serbed with rice and peas and plantain.  All homemade by Chef Betty.  Open 11 am to 1:30 am. 568 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.

Addresses, online info and current events.

Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas E

Sweat - to August 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
8 pm Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
9 pm, DJ Mickey 
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 Kristine Schmitt & Jesse Corrigan (2 pm) and Dirty Dishes (4 pm)
9 pm, DJ Bookshelf
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 - TBA
11 am, Brunch & Beats with Death Cohen
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Joe Spina 
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
7 pm, Chelsea McBride Group
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.


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
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 - TBA
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 - TBA
11 am, Brunch & Beats with DJ Regina
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz


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,