November 23

This week’s image: the Ontario Coalition against Poverty held a demonstration at the Hon Bill Morneau’s office on Wednesday. Photo: Irene DeClute

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
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LOCAL NEWS 

OCAP demonstration
Photo:  Irene DeClute
Over fifty people marched from Allan Gardens to Bill Morneau’s office (430 Parliament).  They came from a larger rally that was held earlier in Allan Gardens. They were demanding that the federal housing program announced by the Prime Minister be fast tracked and dedicated to social housing.  They want the funds spent within two years and not over the proposed ten year span of the program. CTV News did a clip about the rally - click here to view it.   

Christmas kick-off
The Cabbagetown BIA will hold its annual Christmas kick-off on Saturday November 25 from noon to 2 pm at Carlton and Parliament.  It promises to be a nifty family day with a Santa visit, horse and carriage rides and live entertainment.  A special table will sell Cabbagetown goodies including tee shirts, hats, flags, bags and baby onesies.  Bring along a canned food gift for the food bank.

Holiday lights
The Cabbagetown Residents Association is again sponsoring a holiday lights contest.  If you or your neighbours have noteworthy displays, send in your nomination between December 1 and December 26.  Voting will open on December 15.   Check out the Association’s website to read the rules and get the contact info for your submission. 

What’s happening at Merryberry
Big changes at this popular Cabbagetown spot. Cyril will continue to serve brunch and lunch in the back of the cafe until the end of December.  As you’ll see below, he’s still also offering his lively cooking classes.  In the front of the space and in the outdoor front patio, Anji has opened Blooming, her new floral shop.  She and Cyril have cooperated to help her take advantage of pre-Christmas sales and to let him wind down his restaurant activity.  Drop in, pick out a seasonal bloom and enjoy your favourite sandwiches and salads. 559 Parliament

CPA newsletter
The latest edition of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s newsletter is now available.  Topics include a report on the 2017 Tour of Homes and advance info about the 2018 garden tour.  If you’re planning a renovation, check out the hints in this article.  Take a trip down memory lane in the Wellesley Cottages. It’s the fifteenth anniversary of the death of Corporal Ainsworth Dyer. There’s an important article by Monica Kuhn about standards and guidelines used by the Heritage Conservation Committee.  Printed copies are being delivered through the neighbourhood and an online edition can be read here.   

Congrats 456 Wellesley
The garden at 456 Wellesley has won the 2017 Streetscapes in Bloom award.  The judges noted its consistent grooming, amazing front lawn and intriguing elements.  The garden has a big impact on the surrounding streetscape - neighbours and passers-by are always pleased by its appearance.  The award will be officially given at the CPA’s meeting on November 29.  

Congrats Kendall
As always, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) have a beautiful Christmas window. Check it out and stop in the store to see all the nifty gift ideas now on sale.

Alumnae Theatre’s auction
Event tickets, restaurant deals, art, fashion, fitness and a fabulous weekend getaway - all available in Alumnae Theatre’s (70 Berkeley) auction sale. Sale ends at 9 pm on Sunday November 26.  It’s part of the Theatre’s 100th anniversary celebrations.  Check out the list of goodies online here.  
It’s  fundraiser.  The proceeds will purchase air conditioning for the theatre.  

Enjoy a holiday in a French village
Mary Spence Thomas owns a beautiful old house in southwest France.  It’s located in Castelnau-de-Montmiral, a fortified hilltop village that’s been designated as one of  "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”. Her home is becoming a favoured destination for many of her Cabbagetown friends. It’s usually rented through personal contacts and word of mouth.  She still has 2018 vacancies.  If you go, take along a Cabbagetown Tee shirt and flag - and snap a selfie for us.  Check out her website and contact info here.     

Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
The annual Christmas Market is underway at the Distillery.  It’s open six days each week (closed Mondays) from Thursday November 16 to Saturday December 23.  
Crafts and specialty foods, beer gardens, patios and lounges, Christmas specialties and daily entertainment programs.  To find out what’s going on, click here.  
Admission is free from Tuesday to 5 pm on Friday.  $6 from 5 pm Friday through the weekend.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
By Sally Gibson. Illustration, Edith Firth, Toronto in Art
During the 1860s, oil from farmers’ fields in Petrolia,Ontario supported new industries like oil refining. In Toronto, Henry and William Parson Jr expanded Parson Brothers and started refining oil on the banks of the Don River. In 1863, shortly before D. C. Grose painted this scene looking up the Don, the brothers built an “extensive oil refinery” near Don (now Gerrard) and River Streets. The new Don Jail rises just across the river.
According to an 1867 City Directory and this painting, the refinery was a large brick structure with three still houses and a main building where distilled oil was deodorized and refined. It was powered by steam engines (note the tall chimney) and capable of producing an astonishing 250 barrels of oil a week. Parson Brothers employed a number of Cabbagetowners, like chemist Duncan Blue at Elm (now Carlton), refiner A H Gibson on Beech (now Dundas), and even co-owner William Parson Jr at 9 Don right near the factory.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.
Please support the Museum by clicking on GoFundMe

ON STAGE

Just The Hits
The opening concert of the season for the Corktown Community Orchestra.  The program includes Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No 4. Schubert’s 8 Unfinished and Beethoven’s 7. Tickets are PWYC ($20 suggested) and kids are free.  It all happens at Little Trinity Church (425 King E) at 8 pm on Thursday November 23.

Weesageechak Begins to Dance
Native Earth’s annual Festival of Indigenous works in theatre, dance and interdisciplinary styles.  It’s a big program with new pieces offered daily to November 25.  Tickets are $15 and Festival passes are $60. Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Click here for program details and tickets.    

Alumnae Theatre’s Fireworks Festival
Alumnae Theatre’s (70 Berkeley) Festival is now into its third and final week.  To celebrate the Theatre’s 100th anniversary and its rich female-led history, the Festival plays were written and 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.  
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.

Impulse 2017
Students from all three levels in the School of Toronto Dance Theatre participate in this annual mainstage performance.  The first year students will perform a new work by Sharon B Moore, the School’s resident choreographer.  Second-year students will present two new pieces, one by Jennifer Dallas and the second by Jasmyn Fyffe.  The third-year students will revive Christopher House’s Pingo Slink.   Winchester Dance Theatre (80 Winchester), 8 pm, November 23 to 25 and December 1 and 2. Tickets at the box office and online here.   

Wintersong - Dances for a sacred season
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre presents its annual tribute to the solstice through dance.  In this year’s program, dancers will offer a world premiere by Apolonia Velasquez along with the return of Santee Smith’s ravishing Star Dreamer, Deborah Lundmark’s Dancing Day, Carol Anderson’s Nowell We Sing and Ryan Lee’s Until the Sun Comes Back.  The evening is part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps. 8 pm, Friday December 8 and 2 pm, Saturday December 9,  Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queen’s Quay W).  Tickets are available at the box office or online here

Munsch on the Moon
The annual children’s Christmas show by the George Brown Theatre School celebrates the zany and colourful world of Robert Munsch.  December 2 to 9.  Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane). Tickets and program details are online here.  

Soulpepper’s Family Christmas
Three popular, sell-out events will be on stage at Soulpepper for the Christmas season -  Christmas Carol (December 7 to 24), Peter Pan (December 8 to 31) and A Very Soulpepper Christmas concert (December 15 to 17). The concert will happen downtown at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Click here for more info.   

COMING EVENTS

Save these dates
The Cabbagetown Preservation Association will meet on Wednesday November 29, 7 pm in Dixon Hall (188 Carlton).  Gilles Huot and Virginia van Vliet will continue their popular talk about Canada’s builders.
The Corktown Residents & Business Association is holding its annual Christmas party on Thursday November 30 from 6 pm at the Dominion (500 Queen E). Nibblies, cash bar, silent auction, music.
The Cabbagetown South Association’s Christmas party will happen from 6:30 to 9 pm on Monday, December 4 at Hey Lucy (229 Carlton) .  Nibblies and special prices for beer and wine.  Tickets are $10, available at the door and online here.  
Allan Gardens’ Christmas show, December 3 to Sunday January 7.  From noon on December 3, enjoy a visit by Santa, free wagon rides, cider, cookies and carolling - the Conservatory will stay open to 7 pm.  Normal hours,  10 am to 5 pm.  Sherbourne and Carlton.  
Allan Gardens’ pre-Christmas plant sale. It’s another event organized by Crystal Star Orchids.  The last sale was a big success.  Saturday December 9 from 10:30 am to 4 pm, Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton).  

Skating at Mattamy
Peter Lovering serves on the Board of the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund.  Established in 1972, the Fund provides financial assistance to deserving kids to send them to a summer camp. Last year, it helped over 70 kids go to 8 different camps. 
The Fund is holding a Family Skate party at Mattamy Home Ice (Maple Leaf Gardens) on Saturday November 25 from 1 to 3 pm.  It’s a free skate for all.  Helmets are required for kids and strongly suggested for adults.  No sticks, please. 

Restorative yoga and yoga Nidra
Jennifer Snowdon and Sarah Moore are offering an afternoon of rest, restoration and renewal from 2 to 3:45 pm on Sunday November 26 including restful poses, hands-on assist, aromatherapy and guided meditation.  $40. Sign up now - the workshop has a maximum of eight spaces.  58 Rose Avenue.  Click here for online info and registration.   

Holiday Market
CRC/Regent Park Community Food Centre are organizing a holiday market with crafts, food, wood oven baked pretzels, gingerbread decorating, live music and raffles.  Thursday December 7 from 5 to 8 pm, 40 Oak Street.

BUSINESS NEWS

Not so black Friday sale
Roll out the welcome mat before your holiday guests arrive.  Select styles of our colourful rugs are now 25% off in all available sizes. Plus up to 40% off on discontinued patterns.  Choose from wool, jute or outdoor rugs. Shop now - quantities are limited. 
Kendall & Co’s extended holiday hours  - Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 6 pm. Thursday  10 am to 7 pm.  Friday 10 am to 6 pm. Saturday 11 am to 5 pm.  Sunday noon to 4 pm. 514 Parliament.  http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail/wool-rug-collection

Blooming
Anji’s new flower shop has opened at 559 Parliament - she’s sharing the space until New Year’s with Merryberry.  Her front patio is stocked with larger Christmas decorations, outdoor holiday planter arrangements and do-it-yourself decorating supplies.  The interior has plants, decorations, wreaths and Christmas ideas.  She’s now preparing the back patio to display Christmas trees, especially in larger and unusual sizes.

Bookish birthday party
November is the birth month of so many wonderful children's authors - Kevin Henkes, Neil Gaiman, Marc Brown, and Toronto's own Barbara Reid, just to name a few. So, the Children’s Book Bank is having a birthday party for them all. Thursday, November 30, at 4 pm. Crafty costumes, cake and a special story time with Barbara Reid. There is no registration required. 350 Berkeley.

MWM Fish Co
Photo: Cabbagetown BIA
Mark has launched his new fish store at 419 Parliament with a splash. There have been lots of postings on neighbourhood sites.  Plus very good reviews from knowledgeable Cabbagetown chefs.  Well done, Mark.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Young, Live & Local
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) presents its monthly showcase of Cabbagetown musicians.  This week, it’s Wyatt Dusome, Mitch Belyea, Duncan Cooke and the Beverley Street Trio. Hosted by Evan Simms. Saturday November 25, 9 pm.

Merryberry’s cooking classes
Cyril is cooking meat pies. On Wednesday November 29, he’s going with an Australian meat pie and a French-influenced Vietnamese pork pie.  Classes start at 5:30 pm.  
Asian comfort food (Pad Thai and Nasi Goreng) is the topic for a December class scheduled for Wednesday December 13 at 5:30 pm.  
$45.  Contact Merryberry to sign up.  Call (647) 348-0411 or visit 559 Parliament.

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. 

Save the date 
The annual Christmas carol sing-a-long at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) has been scheduled for Sunday December 17.  Jeff Barnes will be leading the choir once again.  Save the date - it’s a Cabbagetown Christmas highlight.

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

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

Fireworks 2017 - Festival runs to November 26
Gash - November 22 to 26

CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE
509 Parliament Street
(416) 924-5657

Wintersong 
(at Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay W)
8 pm, Friday December 8 and 2 pm, Saturday December 9.

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

Heisenberg by Simon Stephens
November 28 to December 17 

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street E
(416) 531-1402

Weesageechak 30 by Native Earth
To November 25
In Time - dance solo by Anisa Tejpar
November 27 to December 3
Urgent Voices - Continuum Contemporary Music
December 8 and 9

CITADEL + COMPAGNIE
304 Parliament Street
(416) 364-8011

Jusqu’a Vimy choregraphed by Laurence Lemieux
November 22 to 25

SCHOOL OF TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester Street
(416) 967-6887

Impulse 2017
November 23 to 25 and November 30 to December 2

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

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
December 7 to 24
Peter Pan by J M Barrie/Bad Hats Theatre
December 8 to 31
A Very Soulpepper Christmas
Soulpepper Concert Series
St Lawrence Centre, Jane Mallett Theatre
December 15 to 17 

YOUNG CENTRE
50 Tank House Lane
(416) 415-5000

Munsch on the Moon - George Brown Theatre Company
December 2 to 9

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 23 TO SUNDAY DECEMBER 3

  • 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 23

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

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24

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 25

Dominion
9 pm DJ Money Jane
Local GEST
9 pm, Young, Live & Local with Wyatt Dusome, Mitch Belyea, Duncan Cooke and the Beverley Street Trio.
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26

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

MONDAY NOVEMBER 27

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 29

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion
7 pm, Ian McGimpsey 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 30

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

FRIDAY DECEMBER 1
Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SATURDAY DECEMBER 2

Dominion
9 pm, Fred Edvs
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Nairobi Nights, $10

SUNDAY DECEMBER 3

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local Gest
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Matthew Pullicino
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