December 7

This week’s image: another great Christmas party by the Cabbagetown South Residents.


Cabbagetown South party
The Cabbagetown South Residents had another fun Christmas party at Hey Lucy (229 Carlton) on Monday night.  Lots of gossip.  Hey Lucy served up great hors d’oeuvres and pizza slices.  Congrats to everyone who helped organize it - a good success.

Jazz Generation and Emerson 4
There’ll be a special evening of good jazz with these two groups at the Imperial Pub (54 Dundas E) at 6:30 pm on Friday December 15.  Cabbagetowners Graham Orwin and Simon Leigh play in Jazz Generation.  The members of the Emerson 4 vocal quartet are Becky Wicks (bass), Mim Adams (soprano), Dana Grey (alto) and Linds Wicks (tenor). No cover. 

Neighbourhood ice rinks
Regent Park (480 Shuter) is open.  Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview) is under construction and scheduled for a January opening.  Sherbourne Common (5 Lower Sherbourne) is currently closed because of ice conditions but that will change day-to-day.
Before you go, you can confirm operating hours and conditions at the City’s website.  

Another great Canadian
This guy parked his SUV in the curb lane in the middle of the intersection at Parliament and Carlton on a busy Saturday afternoon.  When people commented to him, he gave them the finger and walked away to do his shopping.  There was, of course, a handicap sticker on the dashboard.  AVEY 617 - thanks fella.  

It’s a small world
Mary Spence Thomas owns a house in France and she’s had an announcement here for the past few weeks about it.  She has a day job at Ladybug Florists.  As she tell us, “I was taking an order at Ladybug last week from a guy living in the South of France who was sending it to his daughter on Alpha. Turns out it was Peter Maher … we had a nice conversation and I told him I had a house in the south too and he said, ’oh are you the lady in Doug's blog?’ Small world, huh?” 

Lookin’ good
Local realtors Ann MacNaughton and Jerry Sandler at the Cabbagetown South party.  

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
By Sally Gibson. Illustration: City of Toronto Archives, 2378-8.
Like today’s Christmas bakers, Mrs. Eliza Lamb of 156 Winchester Street would have started Christmas preparations early. High on her list would have been her famous – to family members – Christmas peel cake. As the 1890s recipe indicates, she would have sweetened the lemon, citron and orange peel confection with a pound of sugar and warmed it with a gill (or four ounces) of brandy. More brandy would undoubtedly have featured in the holiday celebrations.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  
Please support the Museum by clicking on GoFundMe.  


Dixon Hall
Dixon Hall has been serving the downtown east community for nearly 90 years, offering over 60 programs for community members in need. Please support us and help 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.

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.   

Dinner for a Syrian family
Community Matters Toronto from St James Town is sponsoring a family currently in Ghana.  Syrian cooks from across Toronto with the help of a chef from the CN Tower will prepare the meal.   Syrian performers will entertain guests.  Thursday December 15, 5:30 to 9:30 pm, Ralph Thornton Community Centre (765 Queen E), $50.  Click here to see the details and to get your ticket.   

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.  
The park is a landmark in our community and the group has a good future program lined up.  To make your contribution, click here.  


Pucker up and win
The Cabbagetown BIA has mistletoe stations set up in six 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). 
You’re invited to kiss your love, your bestie or even your pooch at one of the stations and snap a selfie while you’re at it.  Post it on instagram using #Cabbagetown or email it to Send in your entry before noon on December 21.  
The winner gets a $100 gift certificate to use in any business that’s a Cabbagetown BIA member and two runners-up will be eligible for a $100 purchase at the BIA swag shop.
BUT, warning - be discreet.  Your photo will be posted on the BIA’s social media sites.

Blooming has premium trees
New this year. Blooming (559 Parliament) has premium trees on sale - they’re thicker and perfectly shaped and they’re 6’ to 12’ high. The trees are in the back patio.  Local deliveries are only $10. She also has an extensive line of decorative materials and flower arrangements - wreathes, LED lights, urns and more.   Check out her Facebook page for details.  

Christmas trees are back at No Frills
Photo: Victoria Hadden
Christmas trees are back at the corner of Spruce and Parliament beside No Frills.  These folks have been selling their trees here for 65 years - lots of happy customers and excited kids.  Victoria Hadden reports that they plan to sell 700 trees in our neighbourhood this year.

Christmas turkeys
Mark at St James Town Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) is taking orders now for your Christmas dinner - turkeys, PEI grass-fed prime rib roasts and tenderloin, capons, smoked hams, honey glazed hams - he’s got everything you need for an unforgettable meal.

Santa at Pet Valu
Santa was back at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3.  As always, he was terrific. Santa has been coming to Cabbagetown for almost ten years and he’s always been a warm and charming guy. The photographer was Kristin Halliwill from Wet Noses Photography and she really knew how to get cooperation from her subjects. You can see a gallery of her shots online here.    

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).

Watch for the carollers
If you live in the Carlton and Winchester neighbourhoods, watch out for carollers who’ll visit your home on Sunday December 10 between 6:45 and 8:45 pm.  They’re singing for the St Luke’s Church food bank. There’s a van moving with them and the goodies are loaded into it and taken straight to St Luke’s.    Cheques (payable to St Luke’s Church) and cash are also welcome.  Donations can also be dropped off to 89 or 94 Winchester.
The route will be along Metcalfe, Carlton, Bowman, Sackville Place, Sackville and Winchester.

Christmas concert
The Corktown Chamber Orchestra returns on Thursday December 14 at 8 pm. The program is entitled Sacred & Profane.  Little Trinity Church (425 King E), pwyc, suggested gift is $20, kids free.

Bill Morneau’s community party
Bill Morneau, our federal MP, is hosting his annual holiday party on Thursday December 14 from 6 to 8 pm at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster, behind the Beer Store).  There’ll be live entertainment, food and refreshments plus, of course, a chance to meet some biggies from Ottawa.  

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.

Cranberries Christmas dinner
Every year, Cranberries (601 Parliament) opens on Christmas Day for a special meal.  It’s a really popular event. This year's dinner is a three course feast, $35.  There are two seatings at 5 pm and 7:30 pm and this year’s 5 pm dinner has already sold out.  Interested diners should call soon to book for 7:30 pm - (416) 925-6330. 

Soulpepper’s Family Christmas
Three popular events will be on stage at Soulpepper for the Christmas season -  Christmas Carol (on stage now until December 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.   

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.  Voting will open on December 15.   Check out the Association’s website to read the rules and get the contact info for your submission.   

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.  
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.


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.  To December 9.  Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane). Tickets and program details are online here.  

TDT’s Emerging Voices project
Nine emerging choreographers join mentor/facilitators Ame Henderson and Christopher House, rehearsal director Rosemary James and nine TDT dancers for an intensive choreographic incubator from December 4-15 at 80 Winchester St. For more info, call (416) 967-1365.

Urgent Voices: Continuum Contemporary Music
World premieres by Anna Hostman, James Rolfe and Scott Wilson explore climate change in Canada’s Arctic Archipelago, the infamous diaries of Sir William Lyon Mackenzie King, and the poetry of Steven Heighton. “John’s Canoe” pairs film of an iconic statue with the music of Ann Southam. For this ambitious chamber concert we weave together a landscape of stories, reflections, hopes and dreams through song, spoken word, and multimedia. 8 pm, December 8 and 9, Aki Theatre (585 Dundas E). $15 to $35.  Tickets and info 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

Larry’s Christmas Cabaret
A hot and quirky annual holiday tradition that celebrates the season with a variety of local acts, festive cheer and a late-night bar.  8 pm, Saturday December 16, Citadel + Compagnie (304 Parliament).  $20 - tickets and more info online here.  


Advent Deals at Kendall & Co
Counting down to Christmas, Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) adds a new Advent Deals every day. Follow them on Facebook @kendallandcodesign, on Instagram @kendallandco or walk over to their holiday One Stop Shop. Starting today, select wool and outdoor rugs are up to 40% off! Limited quantities available so shop early to get yours in time for this season of entertaining. 
Enjoy Kendall’s extended shopping 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 and Sunday noon to 4 pm.

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).


Santa’s coming
Santa will be visiting F’Amelia (12 Amelia) on Sunday December 17 from 4 to 6 pm.  There’ll be hot chocolate, cookies and crafts for your kids and maple butter rum for you.  

Merryberry’s cooking classes 
Asian comfort food (Pad Thai and Nasi Goreng) is the topic for Cyril’s next December class. Wednesday December 13 at 5:30 pm.  $45.  Contact Merryberry to sign up.  Call (647) 348-0411 or visit 559 Parliament.

The Irv’s Christmas fundraiser
The Irv (195 Carlton) will donate $1 from every pint of Old Tomorrow to help a family in need.  The fundraiser will continue until Friday December 22.

Dominion’s fundraiser and brunch
Bring your donations of unwrapped toys, toiletries and winter clothing on Saturday December 16 from 11 am to 3 pm.  Your gifts will go to the Red Door Shelter.  500 Queen E.

Under the Table
Betty and Kim are back from their holiday at Runaway Bay, Jamaica.  Looks like a good time! Under the Table (568 Parliament) is open again.

Addresses, online info and current events.

509 Parliament Street
(416) 924-5657

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

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

Heisenberg by Simon Stephens
On stage to December 17 

304 Parliament Street
(416) 364-8011

Larry’s Christmas Cabaret
December 16

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

Urgent Voices - Continuum Contemporary Music
December 8 and 9

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
December 8 to 31
A Very Soulpepper Christmas
Soulpepper Concert Series
St Lawrence Centre, Jane Mallett Theatre
December 15 to 17 

Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester Street
(416) 967-1365

Emerging Voices Project
Onstage to December 15

50 Tank House Lane
(416) 415-5000

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


  • 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 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin
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


9 pm DJ Andre
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Beverley Taft
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
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, Ian McGimpsey Duo
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
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin
Mill Street Brew Pub
6 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

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


9 pm, Your Girl Flav
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
10 pm, Nairobi Nights, $10


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke with Vee
Local Gest
4:30 pm, Christmas carol sing-a-long with Jeff Barnes
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,