January 11

This week’s image:  Wellesley Cottages in the winter.  Photo:  Irene DeClute.


CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW


LOCAL NEWS

2017 house prices
Nick Humphries from the Nick & Hilary office at Sage Realty (538 Parliament) has issued his summary of 2017 house prices.  As usual, he’s done a nifty job with it
He divides our area into two parts - east and west of Parliament Street.  He also divides the sales by house types - row houses, semi-detached and detached.  
No one wants to admit it but … he has the answers for our secret desire:  are we rich yet?  Find out by clicking here.  

Yoga at Chartwell’s Sumach
Starting on Monday January 15 and continuing for four weeks, The Sumach will host 55+ Mindful Yoga sessions with Chuck Jones and Amagoia Langara.  Please RSVP to (416) 895-0130 by Friday before the session.  Free.  2 to 3 pm, Monday January 15, January 22, January 29 and February 5. Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter).  Please bring your own mat.  
The staff at Chartwell have created an event program similar to the kind that will be offered at its new retirement rental building, The Sumach (Shuter and Sumach) once it opens.  

Tables, Chairs & Other Unrelated Objects
OCAD U’s annual furniture show.  The show runs from Sunday January 14 to Sunday February 4 in the Hallway Galleries at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E) and the opening reception is on Thursday January 18 from 6 to 9 pm (free).  Works by twenty designers will be featured.

Robins in the winter
Photo:  Christopher L Wood, Cornell Lab
Max Perren has seen flocks of robins that are still active on Wellesley Street East despite the cold and snow covered ground.  This isn’t unusual for them - they're tough and they’ll stay as long as they can find food.  Cornell’s Feeder Watch reports that these flocks can range in size up to  fifty birds in our northern climates. To attract them, leave out fresh or dried fruit near open water.  

REMINDERS

June Rowlands’ memorial service
June’s family has organized a memorial service in her honour for Tuesday, January 16 at 2 pm at Rosedale United Church (159 Roxborough Dr).  Her obituary is now available online and there’s space for personal memories as well. 

Community Matters Toronto project
Here’s a great idea.  CMT is coordinating a cleaning service to link between homeowners who want the service and people in St James Town who can provide the help. You can contact them by phone at (416) 944-9697 or email homeservices@communitymatters.org.  
Check out Community Matters on its website or on its Facebook page.     

Wading pool consultation meeting
The Parks Department is holding a public consultation about improvements for the wading pool in Riverdale Park West.  The pool needs an upgrade. It’s used by hundreds of little kids from across Toronto during the summer as well as an increasing number of local kids.  
As we’ve seen with tarps and with bike racks, changes to our parks are very touchy topics and as a result, the evening may have some fireworks. Councillor Lucy Troisi will be there - this is your opportunity to give City officials the benefit of your views.
Monday, January 15, 6:30 pm, Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club (101 Spruce at Sumach). 

Enoch Turner talks on schooling
The Enoch Turner Foundation (106 Trinity) presents the third in its series of panel discussions about the state of schooling today.  Tuesday January 16, 6:30 pm. This week’s topic is “From segregation to integration: how equitable is contemporary schooling.” For details about the topics and panel members, 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.  

LOCAL COMMUNITY COMPLAINTS

Snow clearing
No surprise - complaints have arrived about snow-covered sidewalks.  Two strips along Parliament Street have definitely been irritating.

The BIA helps
Before listing the complaints - a compliment is due.  When told about these problems, Stephen-Thomas at the Cabbagetown BIA (237 Carlton) gathered up some background info and contacted the two businesses.  This helped considerably with a solution.

Esso Station
The sidewalk along Amelia beside the Esso station never gets plowed.  When asked about it, the manager claimed that the City of Toronto has a boulevard “park” over there and the sidewalk is, therefore, the City’s problem.  The BIA researched this and set him straight.  He promises to include this area in his clearings after the next snow fall.

No Frills
The sidewalk along Spruce beside No Frills also has long been neglected.  Cosimo, the store manager (a very reasonable guy), became concerned when asked about cleaning it off and immediately offered to do so - again after the next snow fall.  

Updates
Two issues are still outstanding with various officials at the City of Toronto.  Both were raised with City staff back in October.  
First, placing one-way traffic signs outside the Green P parking lot on Aberdeen so that traffic does not turn right toward Parliament.  This happens regularly and there has been at least one recent accident with serious injuries as a result.
Second, installing either larger waste disposal bins or more bins in Wellesley Park. Large family picnics often don’t have enough space for their waste in the current bins and so bags are left on the ground.  They sit there for a couple of days before the pick-up truck arrives.  It’s a delight for neighbourhood animals but an eyesore for park visitors. 

Your issues
Does something in the neighbourhood really bother you?  Maybe it seems too small for a complaint.  Don’t hesitate any longer.  Send your info here and it’ll be checked out.  cabbagetownreview@gmail.com  

BUSINESS NEWS

Drop in to Staij & Co
Congrats to Anastasia for her successes and her beautiful food.  To celebrate her first anniversary on Parliament at Staij & Co (552 Parliament), she’s giving away a special treat to her first fifty customers on Saturday January 13.  Check out her Facebook page.   

Buds & Blossoms
Welcome to Judy Lu and Buds & Blossoms (517 Parliament).  Along with Linnea Obern and her staff of subject-certified teachers, she offers a family activity program for your kids.  Classes run on semesters (currently to April 6) for kids in a variety of age groups - featuring storytelling, dance, movement, yoga and art. Arrangements can be made for after-school pickups at Sprucecourt and Winchester.   Pre-school sessions are small groups of 5 kids in each.  To see her full schedule, go to her website.  

Fiona’s in the Food Fight
Fiona from the Scullery (200 Carlton) will be duking it out in this Second Harvest fundraiser organized by the Chef Collective.  She’ll be boxing other celebrity chefs for three two-minute rounds.  She’s been training since October with Jab Cross Promotions. In all, there’ll be six matches, starting at 8 pm on Monday March 12 at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  Tickets are $42.50 until March 10 and $50 after that. Half the proceeds will go to Second Harvest.  You can buy yours online.  

SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY

I Heart Neighbourhood Charity Auction
The Neighbourhood Group (Central Neighbourhood House is part of this group) has joined with four other agencies to stage a fantastic evening.  Hosted by Alison Smith, it’ll feature a live and silent auction full of art, sports and entertainment experiences, travel packages, gift baskets, dining certificates, electronics and more as well as live entertainment and delicious fare and beverages. Bellwoods Centres for Community Living, Jessie’s – The June Callwood Centre for Young Women, Regent Park Focus and Springtide Resources are also participating. 
Tuesday February 13, 6:30 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).  
Early bird tickets are now on sale at $100 until next Monday January 15 - buy yours now and save $25.  Click here.  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ladybug Florists need drivers
If you own a car and want extra money, Ladybug Florists wants you.  Valentine’s Day is coming and drivers are needed for flower deliveries (flowers are light to carry and fun and easy to deliver).  You’ll be paid in cash at the end of your shifts.  For more details, contact claire@ladybugflorist.com 

Your announcements are welcome
Sell some of your treasures.  Rent a parking space.  Or a spare room.  Whenever you want to make an announcement to Cabbagetown, contact Doug at doug.fisher@bell.net  It’s free.

IN THE MEDIA

Arson at Carlton and Parliament
Photo: Codi Wilson, CTV News
Several small fires happened in the Carlton and Parliament area during the night on Tuesday January 9.  Trash and a bike were set on fire.  Police are searching for a suspect.  CTV News has an online report on the incident.   

Crackdown on recycling
Cabbagetown South Residents have warned that the City’s Solid Waste Management intends to start inspections on our recycling bins to ensure that they contain only the properly listed materials.  Apparently, when the inspectors find a “contaminated” bin, a sticker is placed on it and the truck refuses the pick-up.  All of this is motivated by the high cost to the City for sorting garbage out of the proper recycling stream.  On December 11, Jack Lakey wrote a Toronto Star story about this new crackdown.  

Young families in a condo
Photo:  SYSTEM Toronto Star
Jonathan Forani did an interesting piece in the Toronto Star about a couple who have purchased a condo in Canary Commons. It spells out details about the area’s history, its future developments as well as the features that they live with in their home.  Click here.  

RESTAURANT NEWS

Winterlicious
Reservations are now open for Winterlicious.  The big prix fixe foodie festival happens from Friday January 26 to Thursday February 8 in over 200 restaurants across the city.  Lunch prices range from $23 to $28 to $33 and dinners are priced at $33, $43 and $53.  To get specific menu info from participating restaurants, click here.  
Five local restaurants are taking part.
Archeo (31 Trinity, Distillery) - Italian, lunch $23 and dinner $33.  (416) 815-9898
Boku Sushi (42 Gristmill Lane, Distillery) - Japanese, lunch $28 and dinner $43.  (416) 368-8686
Cluny (35 Tank House Lane, Distillery) - French, lunch $28 and dinner $43. (416) 203-2632
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) - Italian, dinner $43.  (416) 323-0666
Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill (17 Tank House Lane) - seafood, lunch $28 and dinner $43. (416) 361-5859

Paintbox board game night
Back again - board games hosted by Board Again Games.  All the games and rules are supplied.  $6 cover charge - unlimited play all night.  6 to 9 pm, Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas E).

Cabbage Head Comedy
Ethan O’Reilly and Nick Durie co-host tonight’s comedy. The show includes  John Mostyn, Chris Jarvie, Jesse Singh and Rebecca McDonald.  Thursday, 10 pm, no cover.  The Local GEST (424 Parliament)

Back in action
Tasso (540 Parliament) is back after a nice Holiday break.  Regular hours - Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to “sold out”.

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

Cancelled - Amadeus at Soulpepper
Amadeus directed by Albert Schultz was scheduled to be the opening show in Soulpepper’s winter schedule. The performances have been cancelled.

Soulpepper’s Concerts return
In addition to its current drama program, Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane) presents two new concerts later this winter.  First up - Prohibition is a night of stories and songs about gangsters, flappers, booze and jazz from the “dry” days of the prohibition era. Onstage February 9, 10 and 14.  And then on March 30 and 31 and April 2, 9 and 10 - A Moveable Feast: Paris in the 20’s.  The concert explores Paris’s rebirth as a capital of art, music, literature and bacchanalia.   
Click here to learn more. 

New performances
New plays are being staged in January at three local theatres.  At Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) - Omission. At Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane) - A Delicate Balance.  At Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre (26 Berkeley) - Declarations.  See the program listings below for details and online links.

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

Omission by Alice Abracen
January 19 to February 3, 2018 

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

Declarations by Jordan Tannshill
January 23 to February 11 

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

A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee
From January 13 to February 10

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY JANUARY 11 TO SUNDAY JANUARY 21

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 JANUARY 11

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

FRIDAY JANUARY 12

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

SATURDAY JANUARY 13

Dominion
9 pm, DJ Money Jane
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
Quincy
10 pm, Nairobi Nights, $10

SUNDAY JANUARY 14

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
The Local GEST
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Mark Sepic
Quincy
10 pm, Reggae Sundays, $10

MONDAY JANUARY 15

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY JANUARY 16

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17

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

THURSDAY JANUARY 18

Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Evan
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY JANUARY 19

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

SATURDAY JANUARY 20

Dominion
9 pm, DJ Dash
Quincy
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ

SUNDAY JANUARY 21

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
Sunday afternoon jazz with Henry Heillig and Eric St Laurent
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
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 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,