November 2

This week’s image: The dramatic facelift at The Epicure Shop has inspired Patty’s neighbours - both Shoppers Drug Mart and Home Hardware have painted and remodelled their facades.

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

OPEN HOUSES THIS WEEKEND
On Tuesday, there’ll be a special neighbours’ open house on Wellesley Street. 
There's a three-unit home on Berkeley available now.  The Open House takes place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  Click here to see the details.

LOCAL NEWS 

Our new Councillor
Photo: David Rider, Toronto Star
Congrats and best wishes to Lucy Troisi for her appointment as Councillor for Ward 28. She’s well known to many Cabbagetown residents for her work at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  She’s worked extensively with the City of Toronto’s bureaucracy.  She was born and raised in Regent Park and she lists Ward 28 as her home now. She will serve until the municipal elections in 2018.
City Council met in a special session on Thursday to hear candidates for appointment to City Council.  Each person was given the chance to speak and answer Councillors’ questions.  Councillors then voted for their choice - those with the lowest number of votes were dropped from the list after each ballot. After the voting continued for a second round, she gathered 24 of the 43 votes cast.

Kathleen Wynne visits The Irv
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne appeared at The Irv (195 Carlton) on Monday October 30 to talk about Ontario’s new minimum wage.  The Irv pays its staff above the minimum already and Regan is supportive of the government’s initiative.  The Premier’s remarks are available on You Tube - click here.  

Pumpkin walk
Photos: Eric Morse
Despite the damp, chilly weather, a good crowd showed up in Riverdale Park to display this year’s Hallowe’en pumpkins.  Congrats to the organizers at the Cabbagetown Residents Association for another fine event.  

Congrats to Cabbagetown South
The Cabbagetown South Residents Association has a spiffy new website.  It’s well organized and clearly lists the issues and events that the Association is handling.  Click here to check it out.   

Waterfront Toronto Community Town Hall
Waterfront Toronto held a Community Town Hall on Wednesday November 1 to discuss the new Sidewalk Labs proposal for the new Quayside at the foot of Parliament Street. Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff and Waterfront Toronto CEO Will Fleisig fielded questions.  The event has been recorded and is available online here.  

CRA safety and security survey
The Cabbagetown Residents Association is running a survey to ask your views about safety and security in Cabbagetown.  It’s a follow-up to the walkabout that the CRA organized with police officers from 51 Division.  The results will help the Association plan its education and intervention activities.  Please respond before Monday November 14. Click here to participate.  

Parkette survey
The BIA is asking for your views about the new parkettes at Parliament and Spruce and Parliament and Amelia.  In particular, they want to know your thoughts about adding seating to these spots.  This has often been a contentious issue and the survey results will help the BIA to judge community feelings.  Click here to respond.  

Last chance to comment - signage pilot project
A reminder - register your opinion before November 5 about the proposed new signs in the park and along the Don Valley Trail. 
Your opinions will help with designs that will be used across the whole city. 
Click here.  

Life of a Craphead
Hurry on down to the banks of the Don River and watch a replica of the Queen’s Park statute of King Edward VII float passed.  This event is definitely not to be missed.  You’ll be able to see it on Sunday November 5, 12 and 19 from 1 to 4 pm.  It was created by Life of a Craphead, a collaborative between artists Amy Lam and Jon McCurley who want to explore the histories and decisions that continue to shape Toronto’s public space and public art.  The project is funded by the Toronto Arts Council.  

The Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp
It happens on Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm - in Atlanta Georgia.  Atlanta’s Cabbagetown has put together one of Atlanta’s favourite events, complete with bluegrass bands, chili samples, an artists’ market and the 12th annual 5K Romp & Stomp race.  Sounds good - drop by if you’re in the city. 

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
By Sally Gibson.  Image of Weston’s Butcher Shop: Toronto Public Library
Fortunately, Halloween 2017 didn’t conjure up as ghastly a trick as Halloween 1885 when a naked human corpse was discovered hanging from a meat hook in Langrell’s Parliament Street butcher shop. 
“Great ghosts alive,” exclaimed PC Jenkinson when his midnight beat took him past the window. He might well have thought that residents of the Necroplis had gotten loose, although the culprits were more likely students from the Trinity Medical School (now Trinity Mews, 41 Spruce Street). 
Upon inspection, it was discovered that the school’s dissecting room had been broken into and a corpse stolen. Medical school faculty and (most) students were suitably horrified. A $100 reward was posted, but no medical school student was ever expelled for the deed. 
Fortunately, no photograph of the incident has survived, but this 1890s shop at Parliament and Carlton provides an idea of the setting.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.
Please support the Museum by clicking on GoFundMe

COMING EVENTS

Winchester Park Residents Association
The WPRA’s annual meeting will introduce our new interim Councillor to the community.  The agenda includes updates on TCHC rooming houses in the area, a report on the Association’s social media initiatives and the election of next year’s Board of Directors.  There’ll be light refreshments and door prizes from Kendall & Co.  Monday November 6, 7 pm, 8th floor party room in Hugh Garner Co-op (55 Ontario). 

Gospel & Jazz: A Family Reunion
The Toronto Jazz Orchestra and the Toronto Mass Choir join in a musical evening that brings these two streams together.  Special guests include Patricia Shirley, Renee Rowe, Chardon Myers, Terrence Penny, Shawn Byfield and students from the Regent Park School of Music.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Saturday November 4, 7 pm.  $30 to $45. For program details and tickets, click here.  

Ryan Dineen’s show
Ryan’s show at Yorkville’s Ingram Gallery (24 Hazelton) will finish up this weekend.  Be sure to drop by and enjoy his work.

Morrisseau
The Thompson Landry Gallery in the Distillery will wrap up its Morrisseau show this weekend as well.  Over fifty works by Norval and Christian Morrisseau are exhibited in three locations - 39 Parliament, 32 Distillery Lane and 6 Trinity. 

Linda Manzer - extended
Linda is one of seven luthiers whose guitars are featured in a show at Kleinburg’s McMichael Canadian Art Collection.  Each guitar was inspired by a painting from a Group of Seven artist - Linda’s choice was Mt Lefroy 1930 by Lawren Harris.  An eighth guitar in honour of Tom Thompson was a group project by the seven luthiers. The show has been extended to March 18.  

Chrysanthemum show at Allan Gardens
The annual flower show at the Conservatory at Allan Gardens (Jarvis and Carlton) ends on Sunday November 5.  Daily from 10 am to 5 pm, free admission.  

Alumnae Theatre’s Fireworks Festival
The Festival presents three original plays and special panels and writer/director feedback discussions.  To celebrate the Theatre’s 100th anniversary and its rich female-led history, all three plays have been written and are directed by Canadian women. Each play is staged over one week.  To find out more about the plays and events and to get your tickets, click here.  
This will be our last transmission by Natalie Frijia is the account of three women, expert mountain climbers, who are trapped above 8000 metres on K2.  November 8 to 12.
Surrender, Dorothy by Liz Best explores the hilarious, rueful and touching experiences of online dating for a woman in her 50s. November 15 to 19.
Gash by Caitie Graham is about two high school kids adrift in a world that they’re ill-equipped to navigate.  November 22 to 26.

IN THE MEDIA

Harm reduction in Moss Park
Photo: Carly Thomas, CBC News
Volunteers running the unsanctioned tent in Moss Park that gives drug users in the area a safe haven for injections had warned that the cold weather would force the tent to shut down.  Provincial health minister Eric Hopkins has responded with financial aid, a winterized tent and the selection of the Fred Victor Mission as the long-term safe injection site. The CBC did a detailed story about this support for this vital project - click here.    

George Smitherman
Photo:  Newzulu, TVO
George has signalled his interest in a return to public office.  Earlier this year, he said that he intends to be a candidate in the 2018 municipal election in this Ward.  Since Glen Murray’s resignation, he’s also had feelers out to the Ontario Liberal Party to run here for the Toronto Centre seat in the Ontario Legislature.  This week, it became apparent that the Liberal Party would veto his candidacy and he’s made some very strong comments about this rejection.  The Toronto Star’s Bob Hepburn has summed it up in his November 2 column - click here to read it.  

BUSINESS NEWS

Tis the Season …
This Friday, the Grand Reveal will happen at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament)! Behind the paper covering the shop window, a team of elves (aka Kevin and his retail team) are transforming the store into another Christmas Wonderland. It’ll be stocked with wonderful decorations for your home and for your tree as well as unique gifts for family and friends. Santa’s Workshop (aka Kendall & his design team) is busy creating another spectacular holiday window display to delight Cabbagetowners as they have in years past. No wonder Kendall & Co is again awarded NOW Magazine’s Best Design Company. Store hours:  10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm  Saturday. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/

NOW Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Poll
The votes have been counted and the list of winners has been finalized.  NOW’s poll is an influential guide to Toronto’s shopping scene.  A nomination alone is valuable recognition for a business and we’ve enjoyed a long list of nominees from our area.  

And every year, the list of our local winners gets longer.  Here they are for 2017:

Best youth organization, winner - Support Our Youth- SOY. (333 Sherbourne, Second Floor).  
Best camera store, runner up - Vistek (496 Queen E)
Best condo developer - Winner is Streetcar and runner-up is The Daniels Corporation.
Best design firm, runner-up - Kendall & Co (514 Parliament)
Best pop-up store, winner - The Leslieville Flea (Distillery, Broadview Hotel and Ashbridge Estate).
Best caterer, runner-up - Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton)
Best chocolate, winner - SOMA (433 King W & 32 Tank House Lane)
Best falafel, winner and Best Middle Eastern restaurant, winner  - Tabule and Souk Tabule (local address 494 Front E)
Best French restaurant, runner-up - Cluny (35 Tank House Lane)
Best gastro-pub, winner and Best pub, winner - House on Parliament (454 Parliament)
Best Mexican restaurant, runner-up - El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane)
Best Thai restaurant, runner-up - Sukhothai (274 Parliament and 490 Front)
Best dance theatre, runner-up - Danceworks (15 Case Goods Lane)
Best large theatre company, winner - Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane)

RESTAURANT NEWS

Congrats Peartree
November marks Peartree’s 24th anniversary - a remarkable achievement that’s been earned by its friendly atmosphere and great food. To celebrate, there’s a special dinner for two - two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts for only $50.  Add two glasses of wine or beer for an extra $10. 507 Parliament. 

Paintbox concerts
Monday November 6 at 7 pm.  The Regent Park School of Music is the featured orchestra.  555 Dundas E

F’Amelia’s expanded offerings
Every Wednesday night, F’Amelia (12 Amelia) will have a grilled steak and on Friday nights, there’ll be a special fish dish on the menu.  The steak will match perfectly with one of F’Amelia’s Wine Wednesday wines - any bottle that’s regularly priced over $100 is yours at half price. 

NOW Magazine Readers’ Choice poll
Congrats to our restaurants. House on Parliament (454 Parliament) placed first in two categories - best pub and best gastro-pub.  Sukhothai (274 Parliament and 490 Front) was listed as the runner-up in the Thai restaurant category.  Souk Tabule (496 Front) won two categories - best falafel and best Middle Eastern.  In the Distillery, Cluny (35 Tank House Lane) was runner-up French restaurant and El Catrin (18 Tank House Lane) was runner-up Mexican restaurant.

THEATRE & DANCE CALENDARS 
Addresses, online info and current events.

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

Thirteen Hands by Carol Shields
To November 4 

Fireworks 2017, Three New Plays - November 8 to 26
This will be our last transmission - November 8 to 12
Surrender, Dorothy - November 15 to 19
Gash - November 22 to 26

CANADIAN STAGE
30th Anniversary Season

Backbone by Sandra Laronde
Red Sky Performance
November 2 to 12 

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
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

Weesageechak 30 by Native Earth
November 15 to 25

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

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia by Edward Albee
November 1 to 18

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2 TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12
  • 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.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2

Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin
Mill Street Brew Pub
6 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3
Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4

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

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local Gest
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Light Industry
Quincy
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10

MONDAY NOVEMBER 6

Paintbox
7 pm, Ontario Resonance Concert with Regent Park School of Music
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 8

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
7 pm, Robert Chapman Duo
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Wednesday Night Trivia with Porter
Quincy’s
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9

Local GEST
10 pm, Comedy night with Ethan O’Reilly
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10

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

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11

Arvo
5 to 7 pm, Kalyna Rakel Duo, blues, folk and jazz
Dominion
11 am, Garrick the DJ
11 am Bianca Lee
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Ambiance
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
CORKTOWN KITCHEN
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
CRANBERRIES
DOMINION PUB & KITCHEN
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, https://www.facebook.com/DominionTO/
EL CATRIN
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, https://www.facebook.com/elcatrin.ca
FUSE
366 Queen St E, (647) 347-3873, http://fusedining.com 
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
IMPACT KITCHEN
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
JOHNNY G’s
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
THE LOCAL GEST
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
MERRYBERRY CAFE
MILL STREET BEER HALL
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-beer-hall/
MILL STREET BREW PUB
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-brew-pub/
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
NEW TOWN
413 Parliament Street
PAINTBOX BISTRO
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
QUINCY’s AFROKITCHEN & BAR
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127,  https://www.facebook.com/cometoquincys/
SOULPEPPER
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
STOUT IRISH PUB
UNDER THE TABLE

568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533, https://www.facebook.com/underthetabletoronto