January 4

This week’s image:  Yen Lane on Christmas Day.  Photo:  Irene DeClute.



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 - click here.  

Regent Park warming centre
Photo:  John Rieti, CBC News
Mayor John Tory has announced that the Regent Park Community Centre (402 Shuter) will become a winter warming centre, beginning on Thursday night January 4.  Extreme cold weather is again in the forecast and the need for expanding the shelter system is urgent.  The Mayor also said that he is having ongoing talks with the federal government to open the Moss Park Armoury (130 Queen E) as a warming centre.  The CBC has details on these developments - click here.  

Community Matters Toronto cleaning 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.  
You can check out Community Matters on its website or on its Facebook page.     

Wading pool consultation meeting
The Parks Department is holding a public consultation meeting about improvements for the wading pool in Riverdale Park West.  The pool does need 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).

Gerrard Street developments
Two development proposals for Gerrard Street have been appealed to the OMB.  Details about the status of both projects are available online at the Cabbagetown South website.  
The developers for The Beer Store site at Gerrard and Ontario have been flexible and willing to listen to local residents’ concerns.  They lowered the building height to seven storeys and made changes to the retail frontage.  They re-submitted their plans to the City’s planners but have gone to the OMB at the same time.  The Cabbagetown South Residents have looked at the revised version and made suggestions for further changes.
The Oben Flats (Gerrard and Sherbourne) developer has not been as open with the residents.  This project is also at the OMB and January 23 has been set for the pre-hearing conference.   

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.   

Corktown Residents & Business Association
The CRBA will have an open meeting on Tuesday January 9, 7 pm in the second floor community room at the Cooper Koo Family YMCA (461 Cherry St).  Topics will include a summary of 2018 development proposals, an introduction to Corktown Eyewear, a new business in the area and a Q & A roundtable with the Association’s Board of Directors. Everyone is welcome.  The CRBA is a busy group that deals with local issues and also offers lots of opportunity to meet neighbours and friends - click here to see its Facebook page.  

Allan Gardens’ Christmas show
The annual flower show ends on Sunday January 7.  The Conservatory is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.  Beautiful poinsettia, Christmas decorations, seasonal designs and more.  Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton).  

Brenda’s step classes
Brenda’s schedule is set for her January step classes at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  As usual, she’s offering them on Sunday mornings at 11 am and Wednesdays at 9:15 am.  She’s away on Sunday January 28, so that class is cancelled.  Drop-in’s are welcome. 

Jennifer Snowdon yoga
Jennifer is back in her studio (58 Rose Ave) after her holiday break.  In January, she offers Hatha Yoga on Saturdays at 9:45 am, Hatha Yoga 2 at 5:45 pm on Tuesdays, Yin Yoga at 11:15 am on Saturdays and Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.  She takes private classes on Wednesdays from 10 am to 3 pm.  She has a ten-hour Breath Retraining Course for individuals and small groups.  You can find all the details and links to register at her website.   

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.  

Vendors wanted
Organizers for the Cabbagetown Festival have started advertising for early bird vendor applications - the deadline is March 31.  The deadline for regular applications is August 1.  There are several categories including not-for-profit groups and made-in-Canada crafts vendors.  The Festival will take place along Parliament and Carlton Streets on Saturday September 8 and Sunday September 9.  Click here for info and application forms.   

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
By Sally Gibson.  Image: House of Industry Minute Book, City of Toronto Archives 1035-802- 4 
Despite the festivities enjoyed by many during the holiday season, Toronto’s poor have often lived in desperation. In the late 1860s, for example, the House of Industry on Elm Street sheltered about a hundred “inmates” per day, and yearly distributed meagre rations to some 2,000 of the city’s “deserving poor” subsisting in dilapidated housing: 4-pound loaves of bread for food and bags of coal for heat.
Whole swaths of old Cabbagetown were found worthy of receiving such limited aid by the well-to- do “visitors” who investigated each applicant. Take the case of Scotswoman Ellen Simpson of 112 Pine Street (now Sackville), the mother of two young children. Her husband had once been a successful tailor on Pine Street, but took to drink. Six weeks earlier he had been found “stiff and cold” on the roadside. On January 8, 1867, the visitor recommended both bread and coal.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.  
Please support the Museum by clicking on GoFundMe.  

Wading pool decorations
Tabatha Southey has a great idea - let’s use an historically accurate statue to enliven the location for the new wading pool in Riverdale Park.


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.


Albert Schultz leaves Soulpepper
Kristin Booth and Trish Fagan.  Photo:  Galit Rodan, Globe & Mail
The news that Mr Schultz has resigned permanently from Soulpepper over accusations of his sexual harassment of four women has been a bombshell for the theatre company.  On Thursday morning, four more company members left in support of the four women.  The Globe & Mail’s theatre critic, J Kelly Nestruck, has written a good overview of the issues as we currently know them.  Click here for his story.  

Dixon Hall Music School
Photo: Christopher Katsarov, Globe & Mail
The School offers half-hour weekly music lessons for kids in Regent Park, Moss Park and St Lawrence.The cost for the kids is subsidized, depending on family incomes.  Rachel Levy-McLaughlin has written about the program’s successes in the Globe & Mail - click here to read her story.  

River City 3 in Corktown
The new condo in River City in the East Donlands will be fully built in 2018.  It’s listed by blogTO as one of five mega projects that will change Toronto in the coming year.  For details, click here to read the story and follow the various links for further details.  


Keep your puppy warm
Cabbagetown Pet Clinic (239 Gerrard E) has posted some advice about ways to protect your dog during these cold spells.  They suggest that booties (for warmth and protection against salt), hats, coats and vests are all good ideas.  There are some cautions with all of this - the clothing can be stressful and can cause overheating.  Click here for the article.  
Check at Menagerie Pet Shop (549 Parliament) and at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) for their supply of these accessories.

Marilyn at Pet Valu
Marilyn from Diggity Dog Grooming is clipping nails again this Saturday at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) - from 9 am to 4 pm, $10.  Bring your dog for a trimming. It’ll be cold outside but Pet Valu has a warm little corner where she works.

Winter Sale at Kendall & Co 
Take advantage of savings up to 50% off at Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) as they make room for new arrivals. Shop early for your best selection and great savings on holiday décor, home accessories, serving ware, lighting, pillows and rugs. Open 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturday. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail


Congrats to Stout and the Dominion
Photo of Dominion Pub: Jesse Milns, blogTO
blogTO has compiled a list of Toronto’s 35 top pubs by neighbourhoods.  In Cabbagetown, they like Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) - “the exact right vibe that you want from your local watering hole.” In Corktown, it’s the Dominion Pub & Kitchen (500 Queen E) - “a great selection of beer cans along with two dozen beers on tap.”  

Regular events at The Local GEST
Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin are playing on Thursday January 4 from 8 pm.  Fans of The Gest’s Smart Ass Trivia with Porter will be happy to learn that it resumes next Wednesday January 10 at 7:30 pm.  The regular Sunday afternoon jazz events are back on Sunday January 14 at 4:30 pm with guitarist/composer Mark Sepic.  On Thursday January 11, the monthly comedy nights start up with Ethan O’Reilly at 10 pm and on Thursday January 18, it’s Open Mic with Evan at 8:30 pm.  424 Parliament

Addresses, online info and current events.

TDT Cross Canada Tour
On January 6, twelve dancers from the Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) launch a cross-Canada tour as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.  The program, House Mix,  will include short works by Christopher House based on his 30 year involvement with TDT.  In January, the company will head east to St John’s, Halifax, Moncton, Charlottetown, Saint John and Fredericton.  In February, they go west to Vancouver, Edmonton, Vernon, Whitehorse and Duncan.  
In November, they visited Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin in Columbia.
Congrats and thanks to TDT for its amazing contributions to our national cultural life and for its ongoing presence in our neighbourhood.

TDT in the Ward 7 News
Eric Morse has been drawing interesting gems from former editions of the Ward 7 News and reprinting them on the Cabbagetown Residents Association’s website.  A clipping from December 17, 1977 notes that the Donvale Community Centre, formerly St Enoch’s Church (80 Winchester), had been purchased by a new group, the Toronto Dance Theatre.  You can see the clipping and its story here.   

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.  
Tickets are selling fast for both concerts, even at this early date.  Extra events have already been added to each program. 
Click here to learn more. 

New performances
New plays are being staged in January at three local theatres.  At Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley) from January 19 - Omission. At Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane) from January  13 - A Delicate Balance.  The company's production of Amadeus which was directed by Albert Schultz has been cancelled. At Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre (26 Berkeley) from January 23 - Declarations.  
See the program listings below for details and online links.

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

Omission by Alice Abracen
January 19 to February 3, 2018 

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

Declarations by Jordan Tannshill
January 23 to February 11 

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

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer - CANCELLED
A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee
From January 13 to February 10



For contact info for these clubs and restaurants, go to 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 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


9 pm, Your Girl Flav
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
Sunday afternoon jazz will resume next week, January 14
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
Local GEST
Smart Ass Trivia with Porter
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.


The Local GEST
10 pm, Comedy night with Ethan O’Reilly
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, DJ Money Jane
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
10 pm, Nairobi Nights, $10


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


554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, https://www.facebook.com/alicesplacetoronto
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, https://www.facebook.com/DominionTO/
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, https://www.facebook.com/elcatrin.ca
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, https://www.facebook.com/theirvpub/
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, http://www.thelocalgest.com/
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-beer-hall/
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, http://millstreetbrewery.com/toronto-brew-pub/
514 King E, (647) 350-6346, https://www.facebook.com/odinhus
413 Parliament Street
555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555
326 Parliament, (647) 989-9127,  https://www.facebook.com/cometoquincys/
Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 866-8666,
568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,