December 21

This week’s image: Cabbagetown Christmas - be sure to nominate your favourite display in the Holiday Lights contest.


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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 before December 26.  Check out the Association’s website to read the rules and to get the contact info for your submission.
Vote for your favourites - click here.  

Ward boundaries finalized
After a lengthy study period, Council debates and an appeal to the OMB, new boundaries for City Council wards have been finalized.  Our current Ward 28 will now be divided into two wards.
The northern half is the new Ward 22.  It goes from Shuter Street north to Rosedale Valley Road, and from Jarvis east to the Don Valley Parkway. It includes Cabbagetown, a small slice of Rosedale, Regent Park, St James Town and the east side of the Church Street Village.
Ward 21 in the southern half goes from the lakeshore to Shuter and from Yonge/Jarvis east to the Don Valley Parkway.  Its neighbourhoods include St Lawrence, Corktown, the Canary District and the new developments along the lake. 
These two wards will be used in the 2018 Toronto municipal elections.

Cyril’s last weekend
Merryberry (559 Parliament) will close at the end of the year.  It’s a sad event.  Cyril has given us great food and imaginative events during his time here.  He’s not going to disappear - he’ll be at St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) and he’s developing new ideas for special ready-made meals.  
Merryberry’s last full weekend brunches happen on Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm.  During Christmas week, he’ll be open at lunch, offering his popular sandwiches and soups. Brunch will be offered again on Saturday December 30.

Frustration at The Irv
The Irv (195 Carlton) has experienced two break-ins recently.  In both cases, property was damaged and liquor was stolen.  The owners have informed the police and have videos.  They have, however, been told by the police that there’s little that can been done - it’s considered a “petty” crime and the thief wouldn’t even spend the night in jail.  Reaction on Facebook has been incredulous.  

Winners in the card contest
The Cabbagetown Residents Association holds an annual holiday card design contest.  Kids in Sprucecourt and Winchester Public Schools submit their best drawings and four winners are picked - two from each school. The winners get a framed copy of their cards and a pizza party for their classes.  We can see their final artwork hanging at M W M Fish Co (419 Parliament).
Congrats to Max in Grade 1 and Sahara in Grade 8 at Winchester and to Akram in Grade 2 and Makayla in Grade 7/8 at Sprucecourt.  

Waterfront Toronto
The initial step are being taken in the massive seven-year construction project at the waterfront to naturalize the mouth of the Don River and to build flood protection for the Port Lands.  EllisDon has been selected as the construction manager.  The first load of stone will arrive this month for the Cherry Street lake filling project.  Waterfront Toronto has posted a detailed description of the work online - click here.  

Neighbourhood ice rinks
Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview), Regent Park (480 Shuter) and Sherbourne Common (5 Lower Sherbourne) are all open.
Before you go, you can confirm operating hours and conditions at the City’s website.  

Lookin’ good
Chloe (on top), Mike and Stacey came to The Local GEST (424 Parliament) for the Christmas carolling on Sunday.  Chloe really seemed to like riding through the pub on Dad’s shoulders.
  
Pucker up and win
The Cabbagetown BIA has set up six mistletoe stations outside local businesses - the BIA Office (235 Carlton), the House on Parliament (454 Parliament), the TD Bank (493 Parliament), Pet Menagerie (549 Parliament), Alice’s Place (554 Parliament) and the Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley). 
People have started to get the idea and pictures of happy smooching are appearing on social media. 
The BIA ran a contest to pick the hottest kissers from all the submissions.  This couple are winners!

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
by Sally Gibson
This musical monkey seems to be encouraging other wind-up toys from West Germany to join in a rousing Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly or even the plaintive tones of the Little Drummer Boy. Whatever the tune selected, this little fellow was sure to delight any 1950s Cabbagetown kid who opened this original box of cheer. And he delights us at the Museum too. Happy Holidays to one and all.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page
Please support the Museum by clicking on GoFundMe.  

IN THE MEDIA

Who should shovel our sidewalks
Edward Keenan has written in The Star about neglectful homeowners who don’t clear their front sidewalks after a snowfall.  He believes that the real cure is an expansion of the City’s plowing work to include sidewalks in the city’s core.  Cabbagetown gets a mention.  It’s an interesting idea - click here to read his column.  

A walking guide to the Distillery neighbourhoods
Illustration:  John Sopinski, Globe & Mail, Google Maps
Alex Bozikovic wrote a nifty summary of the attractions in the Distillery and the nearby Canary District in the Globe and Mail.  It’s a great guide for a charming walk - click here to read it.  

CHRISTMAS SUPPLIES 

Turkeys and pies
Mark at St James Town Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) has oven-fresh tourtiere for your Christmas Eve feast.  Pick up your turkeys on Friday between 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm.

Fresh fish
MWM Fish Co (419 Parliament) has been collecting enthusiastic endorsements from Cabbagetown shoppers - it’s great to have this new store in our neighbourhood.  Drop in on Saturday and try some fresh oysters - then take home a few for the rest of your family.

Great baking
We’ve got an abundance of bakery choices and they’re all good - Absolute (589 Parliament), Tasso (540 Parliament), Staij (552 Parliament), Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton), Scullery (200 Carlton) and Roselle (362 Queen E).  Tasso will offer its regular service through to Sunday December 24 and then will be closed until Saturday January 5.  The Food Shop at Daniel et Daniel also closes after Christmas until January 8. Roselle will close from Christmas to January 12.  The Scullery is open from December 27 to 30.  

Blooming’s Christmas trees
Blooming’s (559 Parliament) tree sales have been successful.  Anji has sold her premium trees. She still has regular trees available for last minute shoppers as well as a supply of cedar wreathes and garlands. The trees are in the back patio.  Local deliveries are only $10. Check out her Facebook page for details.  

Cabbagetown souvenirs
Pick up some souvenirs for perfect stocking stuffers this Christmas.  The BIA (237 Carlton) has tee-shirts, hats, tote bags and baby onesies - all in various sizes and colours.  The Cabbagetown Preservation Association has designed special tea towels - available through Spruce (455 Parliament).

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

Soulpepper’s Family Christmas
Two popular family events are still on stage at Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane) for the Christmas season -  Christmas Carol (until December 24), Peter Pan (to December 31).  An extra show has been added to the Peter Pan schedule to satisfy strong ticket demands.  Click here for more info.   

Allan Gardens’ Christmas show
The show is underway now to January 7, daily from 10 am to 5 pm.  Beautiful poinsettia, Christmas decorations, seasonal designs and more.  Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton). 

Last weekend for the Toronto Christmas Market
The annual Christmas Market finishes up at the Distillery on Saturday December 23.  
Christmas crafts and specialty foods, beer gardens, patios and daily entertainment.  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.

SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY

Charity window at The Beer Store
Of course, you won’t be emptying many bottles over the holidays… But when you do, take your empties to the Gerrard Street Beer Store (227 Gerrard E at Ontario).  The Cabbagetown South Residents Association has set up a charity window.  Just walk in, ignore the lineups and donate your bottles to the guy at the cash register.  All proceeds go to local charities.  It’s a great idea.

Dixon Hall
Dixon Hall has been serving the downtown east community for nearly 90 years, offering over 60 programs for community members in need. With our support, they can ensure no one is left out in the cold this holiday season. When you donate to Dixon Hall, your gift will provide  - shelter for homeless men and women,  warm and nourishing meals for low-income seniors, and community and connection for individuals who are socially isolated.
For online details and donations, click here

Meals on Wheels volunteers
Over the holidays, Dixon Hall needs volunteers to deliver lunches for Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors.  You’ll work from 11 am to 1:30 pm on assigned dates in east downtown Toronto.  They’re recruiting drivers and runners.  There are forms to complete along with a waiver for minors who volunteer.  Contact Heather Johnson at Dixon Hall to tell her that you’re interested and to get the forms that you need. heather.johnson@dixonhall.org

Salam Cabbagetown
A group of Cabbagetown residents formed Salam Cabbagetown in 2016 and have sponsored a Syrian family in Canada.  The family has been here for a year and is doing well.  They have two adult sons living as refugees in Turkey who are eligible to come here as part of their family’s reunification. 
Salam Cabbagetown, working with the Mennonite Central Committee, has started a campaign to raise $15,000 to sponsor them.  If all goes well, the two sons should be here in eighteen months.  
Details about the family in Canada and a donation page for the new campaign are online here.   

Friends of Allan Gardens
The Friends have launched a fundraising campaign.  It follows on the heels of their new vision statement, Refresh, that lists future improvements that they’ll be working on for the park.  They’ve received an Ontario Trillium grant and hired a full-time person to work on the Friends’ business.  
They’ve posted a lively Facebook page and an informative website as well.  
You’re encouraged to donate.  The park is a landmark in our community and the group has a good future program lined up.  To make your contribution, click here.  

RESTAURANT NEWS

Cranberries Christmas dinner
Every year, Cranberries (601 Parliament) opens on Christmas Day for a special meal.  It’s a really popular event. Two seatings at 5 pm and 7:30 pm.  Interested diners should call soon for a reservation - (416) 925-6330.  Click on the menu to see the details. 

Stout’s Panama party
Drop in to Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) for the annual pajama party on Christmas Eve - to 2 am.  

The Irv’s Christmas fundraiser
The Irv (195 Carlton) will donate $1 from every pint of Old Tomorrow to help the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  The fundraiser will continue until Friday December 22.

Santa’s been busy
Last Sunday, Santa visited F’Amelia (12 Amelia).  A big crowd of kids enjoyed meeting him and eating up the cookies and drinks.  

Christmas carols at The Local GEST
As always, the annual Christmas carol sing-a-long at The Local GEST (424 Parliament) was a crowded success. Jeff Barnes provided the inspiration and the group sang along happily.  
Sunday Afternoon Jazz will resume on Sunday January 14.

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

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
Onstage to December 24
Peter Pan by J M Barrie/Bad Hats Theatre
An extra show has been added to meet ticket demands
Onstage to December 31

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY DECEMBER 21 TO SUNDAY DECEMBER 31

For contact info, see the list at the bottom of this page.  
If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, the prices are listed.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 21

Local GEST
8 pm, Open Mic with Evan - Holiday Music
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY DECEMBER 22

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

SATURDAY DECEMBER 23

Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY DECEMBER 24
CHRISTMAS EVE

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10
Stout Irish Pub
8 pm, Pajama party

MONDAY DECEMBER 25
CHRISTMAS DAY

Cranberries
5 pm onward - Cranberries Christmas dinner, reservations recommended

TUESDAY DECEMBER 26

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 27

Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
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 DECEMBER 28

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

FRIDAY DECEMBER 29

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

SATURDAY DECEMBER 30

New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Nairobi Nights, $10

SUNDAY DECEMBER 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE 

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Dominion
8 pm, Black & White Affair, DJ Money Jane, bubbly and complimentary bites at midnight
Mill Street Beer Hall
8 pm, Prohibition New Year’s Party with DJ, casino tables, dancing and prizes.  A la carte and special menus.
Mill Street Brew Pub
9 pm, No Hassle New Year’s Eve party with music, a beer-paired dinner menu and complimentary toast.
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
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/
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,