March 22

This week’s image:  Jasmyn Fyffe’s Reset in Suits from Toronto Dance Theatre’s Glass Houses, a celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary.  Image:  Omer K Yukseyer/TDT



Congrats TDT
2018 is Toronto Dance Theatre’s 50th anniversary.  To mark the occasion, it’s offering Glass Houses, a collection of four works by Canadian choreographers plus two more by Christopher House - his contemporary reinterpretation of the work and the original production of Glass Houses. It’s on stage at 8 pm at Harbourfront’s Fleck Dance Theatre (235 Queen’s Quay W) from Thursday March 22 to Saturday March 24.  Tickets are available online here.  
Writing in the Globe & Mail, Martha Schabas has noted that TDT’s “impact is almost too big to see in full.  It’s no exaggeration to credit the company for introducing and propelling a culture of modern dance in the country.”  
The 2017/2018 season has been a celebration.  The dancers have toured to Colombia and to eleven Canadian cities. Christopher House, the company’s Artistic Director since 1994, was recently named a member of the Order of Canada.   The company’s home is in the heritage Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester).  

Cabbagetown Southwest Heritage Conservation District
After years of rumours and delays, the City of Toronto has initiated a formal study into the feasibility of creating a heritage conservation district (HCD) in Cabbagetown Southwest.  The study area runs from Carlton south to Shuter and from Parliament west to Sherbourne - a mixed district, including residential neighbourhoods and the commercial strips on Dundas and on Gerrard from Sherbourne to Parliament.
There’s a two-step process underway.  For the next year, a study stage will evaluate whether an HCD should be set up.  If that study concludes that the City should proceed, then another year will be devoted to drawing up the draft plan that will be presented to Heritage Preservation Services and to City Council.
EVOQ Architecture is leading the study with Urban Strategies doing the planning and Lura handling the consultations.
Currently, the City has been keeping the Cabbagetown South Residents Association and the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation Committee informed of its progress.
Click here to read the initial info from the City of Toronto.  

Public roundtable for Sidewalk Toronto
Photo: Sidewalk Toronto
On Tuesday March 20, Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Toronto held a public meeting to explain the project, outline its timelines and answer the concerns that have been raised so far.  Waterfront Toronto has streamed the sessions on its Facebook page - click here to view the video.
The Globe & Mail’s Jeff Gray wrote about the meeting.  He noted privacy concerns, data storage, data sharing and transportation as some of the issues discussed. 
The Toronto Star’s David Rider also wrote about the meeting.  
The initial press releases about Sidewalk Toronto outline the ambitions for this massive project.  

31 Parliament Street
The original proposal for the redevelopment of this site has been withdrawn and a new design submitted to the City of Toronto.  Originally, the City’s planners rejected the development over the design’s height, shadowing and impact in the Distillery neighbourhood.  The new proposal addresses these issues.   Urban Toronto describes the new plans in its March 21 article.  

Sponsor opportunities
Planning for the annual Forsythia Festival is underway and the committee is looking for sponsors. As the organizers have pointed out, your donation strengthens the cooperation and mutual support that exists between residents and businesses in our community. 
There are three categories - gold sponsors whose gifts are $500 or more, silver between $200 and $499 and bronze between $50 and $199.  You will be acknowledged for a year on the Cabbagetown Residents Association website and given a framed certificate for your business.  
The Festival is a free community event and it happens on Sunday May 6.  It’s the biggest project handled by the Cabbagetown Residents Association.
To learn more and to make your gift, click here.  

Tree for Me
Tree for Me is offering free trees for your backyard.  In return, you’ll be asked to get involved in one of the events organized by the Toronto Parks & Tree Foundation (together with the City of Toronto) where you will pick up your free tree.  Registration opens on April 1. Thanks to the Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association for this reminder. Click here to learn more and to sign up.   

An owl visits a downtown Toronto backyard
Photos:  Doug Worts
Doug has posted this photo of a Barred Owl visiting his Earl Street backyard, just a few steps from Jarvis, Sherbourne and Yonge Streets.  He took this picture just 5’ away from the owl and he reports that it was incredibly still - after looking at him, it just closed its eyes.

New website for Riverdale Farm
The new site is a huge improvement for the Farm.  Visitors and local residents will enjoy its content.  Thanks to Meridian Credit Union (486 Parliament) and JAW Advertising (36 Distillery Lane) for helping with the design and launch.  Congrats to Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group.  Check it out for yourself - click here.  

Cabbagetown Tee
Gerry recently visited Guadalajara Mexico and packed his Cabbagetown Tee for the trip.  His picture shows him lounging in the lobby of the Hotel Morales.  Thanks for sending it along, Gerry.
Don’t forget - when you go on your trips, take along a Cabbagetown Tee or a Cabbagetown hat or a Cabbagetown flag.  Strut your stuff at your destination and take a selfie.  Send your pic to me and I’ll post it here.  


Pickleball and badminton for seniors
Sherry Peters is putting together pickleball and badminton for seniors (60+) at the Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne at Wellesley).  There’ll be three courts available from 9 to 11 am on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Free - no advance notice is required.  Drop-ins and novices are welcome. 

Parliament Fitness Centre
There’s a brand new class schedule at Parliament Street Fitness (488 Parliament) - just in time for Spring! it includes three weekday morning classes starting at 9:30 am - mat pilates on Mondays, indoor cycling on Wednesdays and Hatha/Slow Flow Yoga on Fridays. In addition, there’s also a mat pilates class Wednesdays at 7:45 pm. All classes are included in the monthly and annual memberships!
Click here to see the full class schedule.
William Cleland offers massage therapy sessions from Mondays to Wednesdays from noon to 8 pm.  He’s a registered massage therapist with certification in sports massage therapy and pregnancy massage therapy. 

Neighbourhood ice rinks
Our rinks are now officially closed for the season.


Bunny Hop on Parliament Street
Back again for another fun event.  Save the date - 11 am to 1 pm, Saturday March 24, Carlton and Parliament.  Meet the big rabbit and take a selfie. There’ll be kids’ crafts, refreshments, free books and live music.  Bring your family.  

Yoga and bunnies at Buds & Blossoms
On Saturday, March 24 from 10 am to 11 am, Buds and Blossoms (517 Parliament) presents Happy Bunny Yoga! Adults and children ages 5 to12 are invited to join us for an hour-long family yoga practice.  
There’ll also be special bunny guests from The Toronto Humane Society hopping around our studio. The bunnies joining us are available for adoption - preliminary paperwork and additional info on pet adoption will be made available. 
This is a ticketed event - $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-12.  Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Toronto Humane Society. 

Corktown Egg Hunt
Bring your kids and join the Easter Bunny for a big community egg hunt - Sunday April 1, 10 am to noon, Corktown Common (155 Bayview).  Free.  Rain or shine, the hunt starts at 10:30 am.  There’ll be chocolate treats, Redline coffee, live music and more.  

Spring into The Sumach - a lifestyle of choice
Presented by Donna Robertson - a relocation and transition specialist.  This is another in The Sumach’s continuing events for people who want to learn how their lifestyle will evolve as they move into a new home.  Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity), Tuesday March 27, 2 to 4 pm.  RSVP to (416) 644-8912.

Easter show at Allan Gardens
The show opens on Sunday March 25 and runs to Sunday April 29.  Lillies and hydrangeas are highlighted along with tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.  On Sunday, Master Gardeners of Toronto will be available from noon to 2 pm to answer your gardening questions.  Children’s activities take place in the Children’s Conservatory from 2:30 to 4 pm.  Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton)


Forsythia Festival volunteers
More than 100 volunteers are needed to do everything from face painting to assisting at the food and beverage area or tying doughnuts to tree branches (which is way more fun than you might think.) You can set up and take down all the tents and activity stations or be a marshal in the Festival-opening neighbourhood parade. These are fun jobs in a fun event.
If you would like to volunteer, contact the organizers at 

Volunteer at the Garden tour
Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces is a big event in the Spring.  People from across Toronto visit us to tour through these beautiful gardens.  Volunteers are needed to staff the gardens during the day - Sunday June 3, 10 am to 4 pm.  If you’re interested, email 

Cabbagetown Residents Association - volunteer Board members
In preparation for the June annual meeting, the CRA Board has set up a nominating committee.  If you’re interested in serving on this Board, email the Association and the committee will arrange a meeting with you.  
It’s an effective and dynamic Association and Board membership promises to be rewarding.  You’ll get the full picture of the CRA’s work on its website - click here.


Employment opportunity
Caregiver needed to provide home care for Stage 1 Dementia patient in the Toronto area. Must be able to provide vital physical, practical, and emotional support 4 hours per day, 4 days per week. Hours are flexible allowing caregiver to choose schedule. Wage: $25.00/hr. Please contact for more info.

Recliner needed
Eric is looking for a gently used recliner chair.  If you have one to sell, contact him at 


Easter goodies at St Jamestown
St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) is ready to go for Easter - lots of lamb, steaks, ham, turkey and prime rib roasts. Give him your order now and Mark will have it ready for you on Easter weekend. 

Spring and Easter pop-up shop
Arta Gallery (14 Distillery Lane, Distillery) will host a pop-up shop with an incredible array of unique artisans offering ceramics, jewellery, handmade artisanal items and small artworks. Saturday March 24, Sunday March 25 and Saturday March 31 from 11 am to 6 pm.  

Green Party
Kendall & Co’s latest serving dishes and dish ware are made of eco-friendly bamboo fibre and corn powder. Light-weight yet sturdy and biodegradable with attractive, illustrated wood grain, designed in Canada. Great for outdoor entertaining at the patio, backyard barbecue and cottage. Dishwasher-safe and also kid-safe too! Get the entire series of trays, pitcher, salad bowl, small bowl sets, side plate sets, dinner plate sets and tumbler sets. The store (514 Parliament) is open from 10 am to 6 pm weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays.

Camping at Buds & Blossoms
Linnea tells me that Buds & Blossoms had a very successful camp for kids over March break.  The “buddies” learned about different cultures through art, music, dance, cooking and theatre. They made an incredible world map depicting the continents they learned about as well as world climates, flags, animals and more. “We had a blast planning it and running it and we can't wait to do it again all summer long! All of our camps and their descriptions are up on our website and registration is open.”  

Spring sale at Hair Spa
Buy two products and enjoy a 15% discount.  Pai-Shau brings organic healing with clean ingredients for problems with psoriasis, dry scalp and dry hair.  It’s vegan, gluten free, cruelty free, paraben free, sulphate and phosphate free.  There’s no added sodium chloride.  It’s colour safe and BPA plastic free.  The packaging can be recycled.  Nano will explain all these virtues when you visit the spa.  Hair Spa (440 Parliament)


Thanks Virginia
420 Smokehouse (420 Parliament) has closed.  Thanks for your good food and good hospitality.  Virginia says on her Facebook page that it was a blast and she’s got memories that she’ll always enjoy.   Best wishes for your future plans.

Live Music Saturday 
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) is hosting Leigh Ann and Robert Labell for a night full of electric and acoustic classic rock.  Saturday March 24, 8 pm to midnight.

Earth Hour at Mill Street
The Mill Street Brew Pub and Mill Street Beerhall (21 Tank House Ln, Distillery) will dim their lights and offer up acoustic entertainment on Saturday March 24 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm.  At the Brew Pub, Marlon Chaplin will sing and in the Beer Hall, it’s Dick Rodin.

South African wine tasting at Fusilli
Enjoy a four-course dinner with matching South African wines.  Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay Reserve, Shiraz Reserve and Red Pinotage - paired with salad, shrimp risotto, veal scallopini and dark chocolate mousse.  Tuesday March 27, 7 pm, Fusilli (531 Queen E).  $70. Reserve at (416) 214-5148.

Easter menu at Peartree
Peartree (507 Parliament) offers a special Easter dinner on Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1.  Your choice among four classic Easter dishes at $17.99 each - roast leg of lamb, mushroom and brie chicken, roast beef dinner and maple roasted Atlantic salmon.  Add soup or salad and dessert for only $8 more. Reservations at (416) 962-8190.

Lookin’ good…
St Patrick’s Day was fun at the HOP (454 Parliament).  

Addresses, online info and current events.

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

New Ideas Festival 2018
Three weeks of new works on stage to March 25.
Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm.
Week Three, March 21 to 25:
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Natalie Frijia
Marty and Joel and the Edge of Chaos by Camille Intson
The Officiant by Francesca Brugnano
Mourning After the Night Before by Chloë Whitehorn

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

Tanya Tagag & Laakkulul Williamson Bathroy
March 22 to 24

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

Finding Wolastoq Voice
Presented by Niimi’iwe:  Indigenous Dance Showcase
March 29 to 31

Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester Street
(416) 967-6887

Acceleration 2018
To March 24 

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

Idomeneus by Roland Schimmelpfennig
On stage to March 24
Animal Farm by George Orwell
On stage to April 7
A Moveable Feast, Paris in the ‘20s
Soulpepper Concert Series
March 30 to April 6

Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester Street
(416) 967-1365

Glass Fields
At Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
To March 24



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.


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 Dash
Local GEST
8 pm, electric/acoustic classic rock with Leigh Ann and Robert Labell
Mill Street Beerhall
8:30 pm, Lights Out for Earth Hour with acoustic music by Dick Rodin
Mill Street Brew Pub
8:30 pm, Lights Out for Earth Hour with acoustic music by Marlon Chaplin
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Ambiance


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


7 pm, South African wine, prix fixe dinner, $70
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter


Alice’s Place
The 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


9:30 pm, DJ DXB


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz postponed to April 8
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


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