February 8

This week’s image:  another storm at Carlton and Parliament.



At Wednesday night’s meeting, members of the association discussed pressing concerns in their neighbourhood - the Oben Flats project at Gerrard and Sherbourne, the new building proposed for the Gerrard Street Beer Store, local social services, the Beer Store charity window and vandalism in the area.  Kelly Sather and Peter Lowering from Councillor Lucy Troisi’s staff were there to hear residents’ concerns. Kelly gave an update on these issues and heard residents’ reactions to several more.

Local social services
Kelly Sather from Councillor Lucy Troisi’s staff reported that the City of Toronto is hiring a harm reduction worker dedicated to the eastside downtown. 
Plans are progressing for the permanent safe injection site at the Fred Victor Mission (Jarvis and Dundas) - there’s still a need to hire a registered nurse for its staff.  She could not give a definite answer about the safe injection site in the trailer in Moss Park since it’s operated by a private group.  
Residents disliked the conversion of the Regent Park Community Centre into a winter warming site.  Although a warming site is needed, this conversion happened at the expense of vulnerable youth in Regent Park who regularly use the community centre. 
The City has opened a temporary shelter on George Street.  Residents objected to this - this neighbourhood already has an intense number of such facilities.  

Oben Flats
The Oben Flats development proposal for Sherbourne and Gerrard has gone to the OMB.  The City of Toronto opposes the project and local residents have found the developer unresponsive.  Four days have been set aside for the OMB hearings in November 2018 - attempts at a negotiated solution will be made in the meantime.
The issues revolve around height, shadowing in Allan Gardens, balconies that overlook nearby houses and the distance between the building and its neighbours.  There are also attempts to switch the ground floor usage to retail instead of residential.  

Gerrard Street Beer Store
Local neighbours have found the developers for this proposal open to discussions and flexible with their plans.  Nevertheless, the developers have referred it to the OMB.  At this time, Cabbagetown South residents want the setback between the project and the next door building to be wider.  Height is a problem - residents have asked that it be lowered by one more storey.  There is also a proposal that the building include an extra basement level for public parking to be operated by Green P Parking.

The Beer Store charity window
The Cabbagetown South Residents operates a charity window at the Gerrard Street Beer Store.  It’s a great idea.  You can return empty bottles and cans and ask that the deposits go toward the charity window.  The association divides the money among local charities including a lunch program at Lord Dufferin School, Central Neighbourhood House and Friends of Allan Gardens.  


Riverdale Park wading pool
The Parks Department has released its final plans for rebuilding the Riverdale Park wading pool.  Many of its design elements have taken into account the recommendations made by local residents at the community consultation meeting in January.
The pool will include two wading areas - a new shallow one for little kids and another for bigger kids.  There’ll be a stone wall for seats as well as benches with central armrests.  Pavement has been kept to a minimum so people can enjoy sitting nearby on the grass. 
Construction will begin in mid-September and will continue for about two months.  Some landscape details will be finished in 2019.  The pool will reopen on schedule in Spring 2019.

Day nursery at Sackville and Amelia
The proposal for a childcare centre for 82 children at Amelia and Sackville (461 Sackville) has been seen by people in the neighbourhood.  It’s getting interest and support from families with young children who welcome this facility in the neighbourhood. There have also been concerns about the plan because of possible traffic congestion as parents drop off and pick up their kids and parking spaces for the staff.
The Cabbagetown Residents Association’s website has an explanation of the project, a link to the architect’s plans and a section where comments can be registered.  Click here.
The application will be heard at the Committee of Adjustment on Wednesday April 25.  Comments to the Committee will be part of the official record.  You can comment in advance and you can attend the meeting and speak.  Send email comments to daniel.demoissac@toronto.ca - he’s organizing input for the meeting.

Vandalism on cars
Residents on Laurier and Wellesley had their tires punctured overnight on Sunday.  The same thing happened on Spruce overnight on Sunday.  At the Cabbagetown South meeting, people told about cars that were spray painted along Berkeley and Ontario.  The Cabbagetown Residents Association reported that ten cars on Bowman and Flagger were vandalized in late January.  51 Division has been informed about all of these incidents.
There’s a request for people near Laurier who have video cameras on their property.  Please check for footage of the incident on Sunday night.  If your camera has an image, please call the police at 51 Division at (416) 808-5100.

Reports to the police
If you become the victim of a crime - big or small - please report it to the police.  If it’s an immediate emergency, call 911.  If you’re sending in a report after the crime, call the non-emergency number at (416) 808-2222.

St James Town improvements
The City together with Toronto Community Housing is holding a public consultation meeting about suggested improvements in St James Town.  The changes will be made to St James Avenue, the Ontario Street walkway and the TCHC open space.  The meeting will be held at Rose Avenue School (675 Ontario), Wednesday February 14, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  

Garden tour volunteers needed
Spring may still be a long time away but the organizers of the Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces tour are already working on it.  The tour is a big and very popular event.
If you know an interesting garden (including your own) that should be on the Tour, please submit your suggestion.
Volunteers are needed to staff the gardens during the Tour on Sunday June 3.  There are two shifts for volunteers - 9:45 am to 1 pm and 12:45 to 4 pm.  
Contact Helen at cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca.  

The Pam McConnell Young Women in Leadership Award
Nominations are still open for this annual award to honour a young woman for her “exceptional leadership skills” in her community, her social justice work and her mentorship of others.  There’s a $500 prize for the woman who’s selected.  Nominations are open for women between the ages of 19 and 26 until Friday February 16.  For more information and for an application form, click here.  

Toronto Light Festival 2018
The spectacular light festival in the Distillery goes on until Sunday March 4.  Displays include a teleporter, a piano that plays light, a lunar eclipse, interactive birds with a psychedelic nest and lots more in six sculpture-filled brick-lined streets.  toronto.com has a short article about the Festival with lots of photos online here.    

Look at this gal!
She’s the headliner on the Riverdale Farm Facebook page.  Great photo. Click here to see what’s happening there in the next few days.   


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).  
Click here for tickets and info.   

Do Your Part - a la carte
Thursday March 1, 5 to 9 pm, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E)
Dixonlicious is Dixon Hall’s annual fundraiser to support its food programs.  Meals on Wheels, children and youth programs, summer camp, Out of the Cold, homeless shelter programs and more - Dixon Hall provides over 25,000 meals to people in need.  
You’ll enjoy an evening of great food, fine wine and local craft brews.  Biff’s Bistro, Barrio Cerveceria, Daniel et Daniel, Paintbox, Hooked, Food Dudes, Hawthorne Food & Drink and the Show Love Cafe are all preparing yummy bites.  Lost Craft is bringing the beer and cocktails are by SoCIAL Lite Vodka and Walter Craft Caesar.
There’ll be live and silent auctions and live entertainment.
Before February 15, enjoy the Sweetheart Deal - 2 general tickets for $150 and 2 youth for $120.  After February 15, tickets are $90/general and $70 youth. 
For more info and tickets, click here.   


Parliament Street Fitness Centre
This month’s class schedule at the Fitness Centre (488 Parliament) is available on its website.  Indoor Cycling, HIIT, Yoga, Outdoor Run Club - all are offered several times during the week.  For details, click here and scroll down the page.   

Tune-ups for your bike
Kale at Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament) is offering a 20% discount for bike tune-ups. The offer is good to February 28.

Jennifer Snowdon’s yoga 
On Sunday February 25, Jennifer and Sarah Moore are back with an afternoon of Restorative Yoga with Yoga Nidra from 2 to 3:45 pm. 
Jennifer is offering her drop-in and private classes in Buteyko Breath Retraining.  Jennifer’s yoga classes are held in her studio at 58 Rose Avenue. For more information, check out 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.  


Buds & Blossoms
Check out the gallery wall at Buds & Blossoms (517 Parliament).  The artwork was done by kids in the after-school classes such as Little Chefs in Training, Clay Time, Creative Arts and Les Petits Linguistes.  
On Monday February 19, Buds & Blossoms presents a free Family Day event for you and your kids.  It’s a space-themed day with crafts, activities and a photo booth.  9 am to noon.
For more info, call (416) 655-0695 or email to info@budsandblossoms.ca 


Table set for sale
Amanda has an Ikea dining set for sale at $130, OBO - one table (29" x 46.5") and four chairs.  Call Becca: (647) 986 4711

Enjoy a summer holiday in a French village
Mary Spence Thomas owns a beautiful old house in southwest France 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. She now taking 2018 reservations.  If you go, take along a Cabbagetown Tee shirt and flag - and snap a selfie for us.  Check out her website and contact info.   

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 cabbagetownreview@gmail.com It’s free.  


Salt on the sidewalks
Rick has written with a two-fold complaint.
First, he really gets irked by the excessive amounts of salt put on our sidewalks by the City of Toronto.  He’s lately become concerned as experts have described the damage caused to local rivers and Lake Ontario by the runoff.  He wants to know if the City is exploring other options for both our sidewalks and roads.
Second, he’s retired and he’s used the City’s sidewalk cleaning service for seniors.  After learning about the damage that salt does, he’s tried three times at the City’s 311 service to get the service stopped at his house but it just keeps going. 

Follow-up about snow clearing at the Esso station
The staff at the gas station are responsible for cleaning snow off the sidewalks along its frontage on Parliament and also on the side area along Amelia from Parliament to the rear lane.  They constantly neglect the Amelia sidewalk. .
We’ve raised the issue with the staff at the Circle K store in the Esso station twice.  The BIA has also spoken to them.  Local residents have complained.
Nothing changes.  On one occasion, the snow was shovelled away along the Amelia sidewalk as far as the rear of the store wall. The remainder of the sidewalk back to the lane was not touched.  
When you have a bad experience on this stretch of the sidewalk, please call 311 and complain.  If this happens frequently, the City will shovel the walk, charge the expense to the station’s property taxes and issue a fine. 
I’ll follow-up with officials at the City of Toronto and at the Cabbagetown BIA.

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


Valentine’s Day specials
Last year, Staij (552 Parliament) had spectacular goodies wrapped beautifully in gift boxes - she promises another great gift this year.  
Drop by the food shop at Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) to get some cookies and check out the other yummies that they’ll have for your dinner.  
At St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament), you’ll get chocolate covered strawberries.   

More To Love For Less
Top up your Valentine’s Day with cards, candles and gifts from Kendall & Co (514 Parliament). You’ll also love their seasonal final markdowns. Enjoy 40% off home accessories, retro tin toys and floor cushions. Up to 50% off our wool rugs. We also have a special promo on our select duvet covers and sham sets. We’re your one-stop-shop for furnishings, lighting and decorating. Open 10 am to 6 pm, weekdays and 11am to 5 pm, Saturdays. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail


Father and Son Duelling Pianos
Eddie and Quincy Bullen stage their “duelling” show to support the Jean Augustine Chair for Black History at York University.  The production musically celebrates the relationship between an immigrant father and his young son.  As father and son ‘duel’ they masterfully incorporate musical classics from jazz, classical, calypso, reggae, pop and contemporary music into their story. Two performances at 4 and 7:30 pm, Saturday February 10, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).   Concert details and tickets online here.  

The Fifth Annual Stompin’ Tom Birthday Party
Presented by Whiskey Jack with Duncan Fremlin (vocals and banjo), Douglas John Cameron (vocals and guitar), Randy Morrison (fiddle) and Jen Cook (vocal).  There’ll be special guest appearances plus Eric Jackson (bass) and Al Cross (drums).  The show is always a hit with plenty of surprises along the way.    
Zoomer Hall (70 Jefferson), Sunday February 11, 2 to 6 pm.  Online tickets and info available here.  

Ipperwash at Aki Studio Theatre
Native Earth is staging Ipperwash at Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas E) from Tuesday February 6 to Sunday February 18. It’s the story of the seizure of the Ipperwash lands to create an army base during World War II and its impact on the Stoney Point and Kettle Point communities.
Rhiannon Johnson has reviewed Ipperwash for the CBC. Click here to read her story.  


Cranberries special menu
Cranberries (601 Parliament) is hosting another special evening on Valentines with a three-course dinner at two seatings, 5 pm and 7:30 pm, $45 per person.  Siva’s dinners are always highly popular and they regularly are a sell-out.   It’s a good idea to reserve your spot now at (416) 925-6330.  

A feast at F’Amelia
Enjoy a 7-course dinner with a special tasting menu for two at F’Amelia (12 Amelia). Reserve your table now at (416) 323-0666.  $75 each.  Click here for the menu details.  

Valentine’s dinner at Fusilli
Fusilli’s special menu offers agnolotti with Sicilian pesto, filet mignon in a Barbera wine sauce, risotto with shrimps and a Chardonnay garlic sauce and a Sicilian tart or a tiramisu.  All items are individually priced.  Wednesday February 14 and Thursday February 15.   531 Queen E.

Four days at The Irv
Valentine’s is a nifty affair at The Irv (195 Carlton) - it goes on from February 14 to 17.  They’re preparing steak and shrimp, oysters and chocolate cupcakes.  

Trivia at The Local GEST
On Wednesday night February 14  from 8 pm, Smart Ass Trivia is dedicated to a Valentine’s theme.  Form a team of two (or three - love triangles are welcome.) Sexy prizes are promised.  424 Parliament.

Zhara’s Valen-Tapas dinner
Kinza is a new social service that features small-group dinners around Toronto.  On Saturday February 10, Cabbagetown resident and chef Zhara is hosting a Valen-Tapas party, a big night of small bites.  Check out her menu and get contact info online here.  

Other events
Some restaurants and pubs haven’t told me yet about their Valentine plans.  Check out the contact list at the bottom of the page to learn what your favourite place is doing - Corktown Kitchen, Dominion, House on Parliament, Mill Street Beer Hall and Brewpub,  Paintbox, Peartree and Stout Irish Pub.


A new bar in the Canary District
Longslice Brewery together with west-end bar owners from The Dock Ellis are creating a new sports bar and brew pub, The Aviary, in the Canary District (482-484 Front).  Plans have been submitted for 148 seats inside and 132 on an outside patio.  The restaurant will open in mid-2018 and the craft brewery will open in 2019.  The Daily Hive has a short story about it.   
The City of Toronto has asked for a delay in the issuance of their alcohol licence.  There are concerns that such a large patio may cause unwanted noise for nearby residents throughout the summer.  The City hopes to negotiate with the owners about this problem.

Addresses, online info and current events.

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

Declarations by Jordan Tannshill
On stage to February 11 

Musica Nuda with Petra Magoni & Ferruccio Spinetti
February 22 to 24

The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
304 Parliament Street
(416) 364-8011

Decoding Bharatnatyam
February 14

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

February 6 to 18

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

A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee
On stage to February 10

Prohibition, The Concert
Soulpepper Concert Series
February 9 to 14

50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District
(416) 866-8666

George Brown School of Performing Arts
February 7 to 17



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
10 pm, Cabbage Head comedy with Ethan O’Reilly
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
Local GEST 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Matthew Pullicino
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
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter - Valentine’s Day themes with sexy prizes
Latin Wednesdays with DJ Fight - reggaeton, merengue, rumba salsa, Afromusic and more.  $10.


Alice’s Place
Local GEST
8:30 pm, Open mic with Evan
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, David Dees
African weekends with DJ Fox and a guest DJ


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Joel Sheridan
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
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
601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330, 
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, 
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, 
454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, 
573 King St E, (416) 306-1986, 
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,
221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533,