October 19

This week’s image: Hallowe’en arrives on Parliament Street


There's a three-unit home on Berkeley available now.  The Open House takes place on Sunday afternoon.  Click here to see the details.


Seats along Parliament Street
The Cabbagetown BIA has published a survey asking for reactions to the two new parkettes that were constructed late last year, one at Parliament and Spruce and the other at Amelia and Parliament.  In both cases, flower gardens were built inside concrete beds which, in turn, have low walls where people sit.  
Some local residents - especially those on Spruce Street - have been upset about this arrangement and have issued regular complaints to the BIA since the Spring. They now object to the survey as well, saying that its questions and photos are biased. 
The BIA’s survey asks whether public seating should continue and even be expanded.  The Spruce residents respond with photos of people sleeping on the concrete walls and of debris that’s been tossed into the gardens. 
You can view (and answer) the survey online here.   

Filming in Cabbagetown
We’ve seen lots of movie shoots in our neighbourhood and this one is really going to be a biggie.  The television show Shadowhunters is filming two scenes here - a “walk and talk” scene on Carlton between Ontario and Parliament and a traffic scene at Winchester and Parliament.
The filming locations will be used from 7 am to midnight.
In order to do all of this, parking will be restricted on Parliament, Winchester, Carlton, Ontario and Berkeley. These restrictions will apply at various times between 7 am on Monday October 23 to 7 am on Wednesday October 25.  
The list is daunting.  Check out the Cabbagetown Residents’ Association website to see whether your home or your usual route is affected.  

Don Valley bike trail
The section of the Don Valley bike trail north of the Riverdale entrance up to Pottery Road is open again after the reconstruction.  There’s a great ride from Corktown Commons north to Taylor Creek.  The trail runs beside the river, through meadows and through new growth forested areas. Even in the autumn, there are plenty of bird sightings, including this cormorant sitting on some debris in the river near the BMW building.  

Vendors wanted - Regent Park holiday winter market
The folks at Taste of Regent Park are planning a winter market for Thursday December 7 at 5 pm. If you have special crafts or you build cool things or you bake yummy goodies or you can perform and sing, then contact the organizers.  Vendors and performers are welcome.  Call (416) 363-4234, ext 237 or email cavellh@tcrc.ca  

Signage pilot project - new survey deadline
The Parks Department has extended the survey period to November 5 for public feedback on the proposed new signs in the park and along the Don Valley Trail.  The new deadline gives people who visit the pumpkin walk in Riverdale Park on November 1 a chance to look at the signs and discuss them with neighbours.  
The signs along the Don Valley Trail differ from the parks’ signage.  They provide both route information and distances.  Maps show riders where they are and where the trail goes.  
Like the park signs, these are test cases.  You’re invited to comment before November 5.
Click here.  

Appointing a new councillor for Ward 28
City Council decided that the vacant seat should be filled by an appointment rather than a by-election.  The person who is selected will agree not to be a candidate in the coming municipal elections.
If you’re interested, be sure to file your papers with the City Clerk before the deadline at 4:30 pm on Monday October 23.
Council will meet all the applicants and vote on the new Councillor in a special meeting on Thursday November 2 from 9:30 am. 
The motions and rules are available online.   

Are they getting serious?
After years of painfully slow progress, the owners of the vacant property at 456 Parliament have finally enlisted the help of a real estate agent.  Larissa Klepatch has put up a big banner on the front of the building. 
Larissa is handling the commercial space at the lower level.  There’s 2080 square feet inside and 700 square feet in the front patio space. She’s looking for a restaurant business.  At the moment, the area behind the building is rented to U Haul.  
The building’s upper floors are now designed for residential use.  In the past, the second floor included smaller commercial spaces but these have been converted into residential. 
Larissa reports that there have been some nibbles and she’s also actively approaching established restaurants in the city. 

Another big tree is gone
Photo:  Yvonne Charbonneau
A big tree has recently been removed from Riverdale Park.  It’s a sign of our windy times that these veterans have become too frail to withstand our high velocity gusts.  Yvonne saw her dog Jasper exploring the stump and sent along this picture.


Congrats to B Denham Jolly
Denham Jolly and Barbara Hall.  Photo by Max Beck.
Amelia Street resident Denham Jolly has won the 2017 Toronto Book Award for his memoir, In The Black: My Life.  The jury’s citation says, “With humour and colourful anecdotes, In The Black shines a light on many of the hurdles faced by immigrants trying to make a better life for themselves and their children…”  The full story is online here.  

Ryan Dineen’s latest show
Cabbagetown alumnus Ryan Dineen will be showing his latest paintings at Yorkville’s prestigious Ingram Gallery (24 Hazelton Ave).  The opening reception happens on Thursday October 19 from 6 to 8 pm.  The show continues to Thursday November 9. 

Grace on a bike
Photo: Grace (front left) is honoured in the Nova Scotia Legislature
Grace has raised over $15,000 for Independent Living Nova Scotia. 
She’s been warmly welcomed in Halifax as her cross-Canada bike tour finishes.  Independent Living Nova Scotia held a thank-you reception at King’s College.  At the Legislature, the Minister of  Community Services, Kelly Regan, recognized her work as did the Speaker of the House, Kevin Murphy, a paraplegic with a long association with Independent Living Nova Scotia.  There’s also been local radio and television coverage on her tour.
Grace’s mom - Brenda McNee - has cancelled her Wednesday step class to join her in these celebrations.
Her fundraising campaign will continue until the end of the year through Canada Helps.  

Whiskey Jack’s Stompin’ Tom Show
Photo: Whiskey Jack on Canada Day in the Soo.
Duncan Fremlin and his friends in Whiskey Jack are still touring Ontario with their hit performance of The Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom.  On Thursday October 19, they’re playing in Athens Ontario in the beautiful country northeast of Kingston.  On October 28, they’re appearing in Milton and on Saturday November 4, they’re in Port Dover.
Next year’s Fifth Annual Stompin’ Tom Birthday Celebration happens on Sunday February 11.  It’ll be held in Hugh’s Room.
The band is now booking its 2018 summer tours - Niagara Falls, Fergus, Owen Sound and Stratford are already scheduled and a Fall 2018 Maritimes tour is being planned.  
Get tickets for these events and read all about their tour here.  

This is a new feature intended to add some colourful comments to your enjoyment of our weekly blog. Send along your complaints - no issue is too big or too small.  

Aberdeen Avenue
Aberdeen Avenue is a one-way street with traffic flowing from east to west.  It has long suffered from drivers who exit the Green P parking lot behind Starbucks and turn right toward Parliament Street.  This hasn’t always been a harmless little habit - a few years ago, for example, a cyclist was struck and very seriously hurt by a driver pulling this stunt.
There are no signs anywhere near the parking lot to indicate that cars must turn left.  Normally, we should see a One-Way arrow opposite the exit along with a sign prohibiting right turns.
Kelly Sather in the Ward 28 Councillor’s office is looking into this issue for us.

Summer garbage in Wellesley Park
A few weeks ago, we complained about the lack of adequate containers for both recycling and garbage in Wellesley Park.  On hot weekends, large family picnics happen regularly.  The left-overs are regularly bagged up but the bags are either too big for the containers or the containers are already full.  Our friendly local raccoons love this habit and tear into the bags.  The stuff sits around for a couple of days until Parks’ staff arrive to clean it up. Local residents asked about getting larger containers.  
We’ve contacted Mark Emslie in the Parks Department to evaluate this possibility.


Alumnae Theatre celebration and gala
This is Alumnae Theatre’s (70 Berkeley) 100th anniversary season.  To celebrate, there’s a special gala party happening prior to opening night for Thirteen Hands.  Guests will meet actors, directors and writers from past seasons while enjoying complimentary food and beverages and then will go directly into the performance.  6:30 pm,  Friday October 20. Tickets are $50 and available online here.  
Thirteen Hands by Carol Shields is a spirited musical that follows four women, their daughters and granddaughters who are connected through a weekly game of bridge.  

Hallowe’en in Riverdale Park
Save the dates for these two events.

Hallowe’en Boo Barn - a great time for kids with face painting, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving and Hallowe’en fun.  Riverdale Farm (201  Winchester), Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Hallowe’en Pumpkin Walk - once again the Cabbagetown Residents Association is holding its pumpkin walk party in Riverdale Park (Sumach and Winchester).  It’s fun.  Bring your used pumpkins and your kids and enjoy the show.  Wednesday November 1, 5 to 9 pm.

Son of the Shaman
The artwork of Christian and Norval Morrisseau is featured in a new exhibition at the Thompson Landry Gallery.  Over 50 works on display.  The exhibition runs to Sunday November 5. There’s a Pop-up Gallery (39 Parliament) and two other Distillery locations - the Cooperage Space (6 Trinity) and the Stone Gallery (32 Distillery Lane).

Chrysanthemum show at Allan Gardens
Visit the Conservatory at Allan Gardens (Jarvis and Carlton) from Sunday October 8 to Sunday November 5.  Daily from 10 am to 5 pm, free admission.  


Sidewalk Labs in the eastern waterfront
Illustration:  Sidewalk Labs
Google’s sister company, Sidewalk Labs, has announced that it will participate in the redevelopment of the Quayside area south of Parliament Street around the mouth of the Don River.  Recent announcements have unveiled plans to build flood protection that will free up huge parcels of land here.  The new Sidewalk Toronto will then be able to build a whole new community, including Google Canada’s new Canadian headquarters.  
Waterfront Toronto has described the project online here.   
There’s an online CBC report here
The Toronto Star also ran a story about the announcement.  

Two missing men
Photos: Toronto Police Service
In April, Selim Esen disappeared and then in June, Andrew Kinsman disappeared. Toronto Police Service set up a task force to investigate and they’ve been searching for information online and throughout the neighbourhood.  They’ve now established a dedicated tip line at (416) 808-2021 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.  There’s a detailed update about the search from CBC News online here.  


Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
The last Market for the season was held on Tuesday October 17.  Watch for next year’s market in mid-May.
Our thanks go to the organization and the people who put it all together so successfully this year.  Michelle Davidson (and Dan - they’re now happily married!) supervised the weekly markets.  She did a terrific job.  Seed by Seed is the umbrella organization that ’s done a lot of the background administration - our thanks to Misha Hamara, once again, for pulling it all together.
Of course, thanks as well to both the vendors and our local customers -  neighbours who go every week and see their friends there, Cabbagetown moms who bring their kids and sit around in the nearby park to share stories and, no doubt, occasionally some juicy gossip plus of course, the farmers who work long days and travel long distances to bring us such yummy produce fresh from their fields.

Corktown Farmers’ Market
Thursday October 19 marks the season’s finale for the new Corktown Farmers’ Market.  It’s the end of the market’s first year.  Congrats to the organizers and farmers who brought it all together. No doubt, next year’s market will build on this year’s successes.
Underpass Park  (Lower River Street) from 3 to 7 pm. 


A Purrrfect New Home
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) is a destination store that works with you to design and decorate your home. It’s also a destination where you can find a new home for your feline friends. An adorable selection of cat beds has just arrived here. They can curl in and stay warm.  Fair trade and hand made. Kitties are naturally attracted by the lanolin of wool and wool is also odour-resistant and washable. Store hours: 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/

Michelle Ross at Labour of Love
Labour of Love (223 Carlton) presents Michelle Ross’s trunk show with over 100 of her pieces.  Saturday October 21, 11 am to 2 pm.   

Slices for Smiles
Pizza Pizza is celebrating its 50th birthday.  It held the official party on Tuesday October 17.  The company’s first restaurant was located at Wellesley and Parliament and it’s still there.  Over the weekend to Sunday October 22, Pizza Pizza will sell a 12” smiley-faced medium cheese and pepperoni for $5. A portion of the chain-wide proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network, a nationwide group of hospitals.  Congrats everyone for your past success and for your campaign to help children’s hospitals.

The Farley campaign is back again at Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E).  It’s a fundraiser.  The fund offers support to people who can’t afford veterinary services for their pets.  
The Clinic is conducting a bottle drive and a raffle with the proceeds going to the Fund.  You can drop off your bottles or call and arrange a pickup - wine, beer, liquor and pop bottles are gratefully received.  
The Farley raffle has also started up.  First prize is an annual exam with blood work for your pet.  Second and third prizes are food and treat baskets.  Tickets are $5 each and 3 for $12.

6th annual Thanks for Giving
Pet Valu (240 Carlton) is again collecting food and supplies for local pets in need.  Donations of food, treats, litter and toys are all welcome.  Your gifts stay in the neighbourhood and they’ll go to PWA Pet Food Bank and Cat Busters. The campaign continues through October.
Bring your pet to the store from October 26 to 31 in a Hallowe’en costume.  Or drop in and buy a costume.  You’ll get a chance to win a $60 prize pack with food and treats.


Blitz cooking class #2 - vegan menus
Cyril’s next Blitz class will be on Wednesday October 25 at 6 pm. Blitz classes present Cyril’s past cooking lessons that you may have missed. 
If you want to ask for a specific topic, go to Merryberry’s Facebook page and click on the October 6 entry to see the full list.   Merryberry, 559 Parliament.   

Addresses, online info and current events.

70 Berkeley Street
(416) 364-4170, ext 1

Thirteen Hands by Carol Shields
October 20 to November 4 

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

Life After by Britta Johnson (book and music)
To October 22 

Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street E
(416) 531-1402

The Other Side of the Game by Amanda Paris
Co-produced with Cahoots Theatre & Obsidian theatre
To November 5

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

Huff with Cliff Cardinal
A Native Earth Performing Arts Production
October 16 to 28
Guswenta Gathering
October 16 to 28
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia by EdwardAlbee
November 1 to 18


  • 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
8:30 pm, open mic with Evan
Mill Street Brew Pub
6 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
6 to 9 pm, Board Game Night, $5

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


9 pm, DJ Mickey D
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
10 pm, Nairobi Nights, $10


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local Gest
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Shawn Nykwist Duo
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, No No Coquette
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia with Porter
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.


Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
10 pm, Ladies night and dancing, ladies free, others $10
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


11 am, Garrick the DJ 
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, Creepy Carnival, $10


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Matthew Pullicino and Victor Agrippa
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10


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