September 7

This week’s image: patio scene at the Festival.


A quick reminder about traffic
Parliament Street from Wellesley to Gerrard and Carlton Street from Parliament to Ontario will be closed to traffic all weekend, not just during the day.  The streets will close at 6 am on Saturday and reopen at 10 pm on Sunday.  Amelia, Prospect, Winchester, Lancaster, Carlton east of Parliament and Spruce will not exit onto Parliament during these times. One-way streets around the Festival will also change direction.  


Cards from Julia
All across Cabbagetown, neighbours will be displaying special goodies in their front yard sales.  A walk through the streets will uncover plenty of treasures at bargain prices.
Julia will sell her handmade greeting cards in her sale.  Watch for the big squirrel poster at 95 Amelia Street.  


Art & Crafts in the Park
Artists and craft makers will offer jewellery, paintings, sculpture, clothing, ceramics, photography and lots more.  Food vendors will have tasty snacks and specially prepared craft foods.  It’s a major attraction in a beautiful setting during the Festival weekend.  
Riverdale Park at Carlton and Sumach on Friday (1 to 7 pm), Saturday (10 am to 6 pm) and Sunday (10 am to 6 pm).   The list of exhibitors is online here.   

Cabbagetown walking tours
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is again offering its mini-tours.  Starting from its booth in Riverdale Park, the tours take about 45 minutes to cover highlights in the neighbourhood.  Saturday and Sunday at 1, 2 and 3 pm.  Free.

Cabbagetown Theatre Company
Every year, the Company presents a short play that engages and thrills the whole family.  This year, it’s a high-flying production of Peter Pan,  the ultimate flyboy.  Necropolis Chapel (200 Winchester across from Riverdale Farm), Saturday and Sunday at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm.  $5

Throw a cow flap
It’ll be fun.  It’s just one event in the Riverdale Farm’s Fall Festival from 9:30 am to 3 pm on Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10.  If you want something a bit calmer, try the corn roasts, the chicken and pig calling contests, face painting, gardening and farming demos and the wheelbarrow races.  Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester).   


Cabbagetown Festival
Cabbagetown will be rocking for the whole weekend.  New this year - a Skateboard Park.  Plus there’ll be terrific street food, a KidsZone, crafts and vendors including a “Made in Canada” section, music along the street and in our pubs and lots more.  It happens on Saturday September 9 from 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday September 10 from 11 am to 7 pm  

An action-packed opening ceremony
At 11 am, the opening parade will start at two points - Wellesley and Parliament and Gerrard and Parliament.  The Tdot Batu marchers will start at each end and then join at Carlton to swing over to Berkeley at 11:30 am.  Barbara Hall will be our Master of Ceremonies.  The event will include a moment of silence to honour our friend, the late Councillor Pam McConnell.  The Toronto Police Service Motor Squad Drill Team will perform.  Finally, it’ll all become official when Bill Renieris, the Chair of the Cabbagetown BIA, cuts the cabbage.

Travel the world with Festival food
Grab some roast corn, rotis and Sri Lankan dishes cooked right on the spot in the block south of Wellesley.
There’s a lot more, so find your favourites - Jamaican fusion from Under the Table (568 Parliament), curries and tandoori at the Butter Chicken Factory (556 Parliament), gelato from The Grinning Face (540 Parliament), Japanese from Kingyo (51 B Winchester), Taiwanese street food at Kanpai (252 Carlton),  Thai and Malaysian dishes from the Thai Room (243 Carlton) and Thai delicacies from Silk Bistro (446 Parliament)

New stuff to taste
El Charro (582 Parliament) has great burritos.  Shalom (587 Parliament) offers authentic Ethiopian food.  Fancy Franks (484 Parliament) brings you gourmet hotdogs like you’ve never tasted before.  

Start the day with a bacon sandwich from St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament).  
Spend Saturday afternoon with Go Freddy Go at The House on Parliament (454 Parliament).

Street patios
Over 14 outdoor patios will line Parliament Street.  They’re a great way to soak up nearby events and watch the Festival goers strut past. Pick your seat at Alice’s and be part of her street karaoke (554 Parliament). There’s bbq pulled pork at 420 Smokehouse (420 Parliament). Watch the Kids Zone from Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) and Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton).  Enjoy Peartree’s cuisine and friendly atmosphere (507 Parliament).  Johnny G’s is right in the middle of events at Carlton (478 Parliament).  Music and great food happen at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) and at The Local GEST (424 Parliament).

The Cabbagetown Festival is heaven for people with a sweet tooth.  You’ll find outstanding cakes at Staij & Co (552 Parliament).  The Scullery has pastries and coffee and a streetside patio (200 Carlton).  Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) offers amazing French desserts and a comfy street cafe. Absolute Bakery (589 Parliament) is a neighbourhood favourite for cakes, danishes and more.

The Daniels Stage at Gerrard and Parliament is new this year and will feature local talent - music, dancing and the spoken word.  
Festival favourities Go Freddy Go will be back at the House on Parliament (454 Parliament) on Saturday afternoon.
The Shady Queens, the Shequel, will make an appearance at The Hair Spa (440 Parliament)
Sip ’n Sing with Dana Clark.  Love to sing?  Love cold beer or a glass of wine or a summer cocktail?  Come to The Local GEST (424 Parliament) for a “choir-for-the-night” to sing classic pop and rock tunes.  Everyone welcome - lyric sheets provided.  $5, Friday September 8, 8 to 10 pm.
Karaoke on the street with Pablo, Alice’s Place, Saturday from 3 to 9 pm.

Cabbage Patch Kids Zone
Stretching along Carlton from Parliament to Ontario on Saturday and Sunday.  There’ll be a Kids’ stage with magic acts, reptiles and lots of entertainment.  Along the street, there’ll be crafts, bouncy castles, stilt walkers, balloons, face painting and free popcorn.   Free admission.

Skateboard Park
Drop down to Gerrard and Parliament for a Festival skate.  Boards provided.  Experienced skateboarders will be there to ensure your safety.  

Closing ceremonies
Tdot Batu marchers will return for the closing ceremonies.  They’ll parade from Gerrard to Wellesley, closing the event at 6:30 pm.


A Singular Eye on Cabbagetown
Local photographer Eric Morse is showing his Cabbagetown pictures at The Local GEST (424 Parliament). It’s a combination show - new pictures that he’s never shown previously along with pictures from his streetcar series.  The show continues through te Festival weekend. Opening event is Thursday September 7 at 7 pm. 
Stick around and enjoy the live music by Jeff Barnes and Noah Zaccharin from 8 pm to midnight.

Oyster night at the HOP
The 6th annual fundraiser for the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre.  Enjoy an oyster and make a donation - the HOP will match your donation.  Thursday, 6 pm, House on Parliament (424 Parliament).

Blair’s Run
This is the signature athletic event of the Cabbagetown calendar. It happens on Sunday morning September 10.  You can run, race or walk the 2km course - alone or with your spouse or your children or your dogs or any combo you want.  It’s a fun event and a fundraiser for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  Click here for more online info.  

Birth of a City
The story of Toronto in a short film with live narration and music.  It explores our indigenous roots, major achievemnts, contributions by immigrants and major developments that have shaped us.  Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre (422 Parliament), Saturday at 2, 3 and 4 pm.  Free - donations appreciated.

Spruce specials
Spruce (455 Parliament) will offer a variety of specials and treats over the weekend.  Enjoy gourmet ice pops from The Pop Stand.  Taste local honey and watch a beehive demo.  Taste some samples from The Spread, Good Luck Rub and Simp’s Vegan caesar.  There’ll be special in-store sales and festival-only discounts.  

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
CCDT (509 Parliament) has long been a mainstay in the Festival program.  It’ll be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.  
From 11 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, you’re welcome to visit and watch an Advance Modern class in action. 
CCDT’s 509 Dancewear will give a 10% discount on Festival days and there will be a 10% discount for students who enrol in a program during the Festival. 
New students (those who haven’t been at CCDT before) who register during the Festival will enjoy a 10% discount for the fees on any dance class.

Free dance class at CCDT
Creative movement for young dancers - a half hour class with live music for kids 3 to 6 years old.  Saturday at 1 and 2 pm and Sunday at 11 am, noon, 1 and 2 pm.  Free.  CCDT (509 Parliament)

Boxing demonstrations
The Cabbagetown Boxing Club (2 Lancaster above the Cabbagetown Youth Centre) is holding its annual Festival show on Saturday September 9.  There’ll be ten amateur bouts.  Doors open at 2 pm and the first bout is 2:30 pm.  $20

Nuit Verte
Sponsored by Green Thumbs Growing Kids.  It’s a family friendly event with fireside stories with Chris Cavanaugh, pinata, marshmellows and more.  6 to 8 pm, Saturday.  Winchester School Community Garden (Winchester and Rose).  


Tour of Homes tickets
It happens next week - Sunday September 17, noon to 4 pm.  $35. Tickets are on sale now.  
The Tour is a self-guided event - your ticket contains the address for each home.  This year’s program is a completely new selection. Your ticket will also list of special offers from retailers and restaurants for the event day.   
Tickets are now available on Paypal.  Please note that you must trade your Paypal receipt for an actual ticket on the day of the Tour.  
Four local retailers are selling tickets:  Epicure Shop (473 Parliament), Fairway Market (520 Parliament), Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) and Mi Casa (238 Carlton). 
Four more are selling them at convenient locations across Toronto:  Greenery Patch (St Lawrence Market), Kay & Young Florists (136 Avenue Road at Davenport), Ringe & Associates (Scotia Plaza concourse level) and Sheridan Nursery (2827 Yonge). 

Margaret MacMillan and Yann Martel
Wednesday September 13, 6 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E)
The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley) is hosting an evening with Margaret MacMillan and Yann Martel.  These two outstanding authors will discuss books that endure the test of time.  A third author, Charlie Foran will moderate. Students from the Regent Park School of Music will provide the background music.  There’ll be complimentary nibblies, wine and beer.  It’s a fundraiser to support the Children’s Book Bank - tickets are $100.  To order yours, click here.   

Register for Farm programs
The Farm’s Fall and Winter schedules have been announced - check the Facebook page here.  Registration will open on Wednesday September 13 at 7 am.  You can call the Hotline at (416) 338-4386 or go to the website.   

Grace on a bike
Grace has been biking again after her struggles with a flu bug in Montreal.  She reached New Brunswick and had a warm welcome from Sarah Dube’s family.  While there, she heard about the tragic death of a close friend and she’s stopped riding for a while.  She’ll be back next week.
She’s riding her bike across Canada to raise 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.  

Jennifer Snowdon yoga
Jennifer’s fall schedule is now listed on her website.  Her drop-in classes continue and there’s a new one scheduled for Tuesdays at 5:45 pm starting next week.  Kids Yoga starts up on Thursday September 14.  It’s for kids ages 6 to 12 and goes for twelve weeks. The next Restorative & Yoga Nidra Workshop with Sarah Moore happens Sunday September 17.  Jennifer is also now teaching Buteyko Breathing in individual and small group classes.   
Go to Jennifer’s website to register, to get more info and to arrange private classes.  Click here.   

Fit for All
OM TO presents a full day of stretching, interval training, pilates, yoga and meditation at The Distillery.  It’ll be led by Toronto’s most popular instructors.  Sunday September 10 from 9 to 5 pm, free.

Corktown Ukes are moving
The last Corktown Ukulele Jam has happened at The Paintbox.  Future jams will be held at the Tranzac Club in the Annex on Monday nights.  Prices are the same.  


Best wishes to Michelle and Dan
Michelle said that she may not be around at the Market next Tuesday - she’s taking a few days off to marry Dan.  She’s the Market’s manager and she makes sure that good things happen for all the vendors and the customers.  Our best hopes for them.
There’s a new vendor at the Market.  MEP has yummy sauces and rubs for barbeques.  Drop by and talk to Anton and Shawn and visit their website to see about their catering services.   
The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market is featuring lots of late summer stuff.   Heirloom tomatoes, yummy corn, peppers, leeks and lots more.  Tuesdays from 3 to 7 pm, Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester).   

Corktown Farmers’ Market
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.  


Now or never clearance at Kendall & Co
Kendall and Kevin are making room for new Fall arrivals. Take advantage of fantastic markdowns on furniture, rugs, lighting and home accessories. Shop now for the best selection because these items will go fast at these prices. Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Visit our website or, better still, come to our store at 514 Parliament.

Amy Rosen at Labour of Love
Save the date - Amy Rosen will sign her new book, Toronto Eats, at Labour of Love (223 Carlton) on Saturday September 16 from 11 am to 1 pm.  Buy a raffle ticket for a signed copy and enjoy samples of her cinnamon buns.  


A sad goodbye
Cyril is closing Merryberry (559 Parliament), his comfortable cafe that always featured good food and imaginative events.  He plans to finish by the end of December.  More news next week - plus more announcements as he continues through the Fall.  Thanks to him for helping to make our foodie scene so much fun.

Coming up at Mill Street
The Beer Hall will have three events in September. A Cask & Cheese Fest on September 15 from 5 pm, $10.  Brewmaster’s Experience - five beers paired with food stations, from 5 pm on September 21, $69.99.  Fifth annual Oktoberfest party with 18 beers on tap, Bavarian fare on the menu, live entertainment and a souvenir mug, $35.  For more info and tickets, click here.  21 Tank House Lane, Distillery.   

Addresses, online info and current events.

30th Anniversary Season
Berkeley Street Theatre
26 Berkeley Street
(416) 368-3110

Life After by Britta Johnson (book and music)
September 23 to October 22 

20th Anniversary Season
Young Centre for the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
(416) 866-8666

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
September 8 to October 7
Picture This by Morris Panych & Brenda Robins
September 9 to October 7

50th Anniversary Season
Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester Street
(416) 967-1365

Toronto Heritage Dance - two programs
September 21 to 24 & September 28 to October 1



  • 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.


House on Parliament
6 pm, oyster night fundraiser
Local GEST
6 pm, Singular Eye on Cabbagetown, photographic exhibition
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zaccharin
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
9 pm, DJ Carl Allen
Local GEST
8 pm, Sip ’n Sing with Dana Clark, $5
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


Alice’s Place
3 pm, karaoke on the street with Pablo
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Saturday nights with Humble Mike
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
10 pm, Nairobi Nights, $10


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
9:30 pm, DJ Money Jane
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10


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 Biscuit
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia with Porter
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 
9:30 pm, DJ Wizdome
10 pm, Ladies night and dancing, ladies free, others $10
Mill Street Beer Hall
5 pm, Cask & Cheese, $10
8 pm, Humble Mike
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest 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
9:30 pm, DJ Dash
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Brendan Davis Duo 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10


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,