April 5

This week’s image:  one month to go to the Forsythia Festival. Photo: Cabbagetown Residents Association

CABBAGETOWN NEIGHBOURHOOD 
REVIEW

LOCAL NEWS

Cabbagetown daycare centre
The plan for a new child care centre at 461 Sackville at Amelia will go to the City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment on April 11 at 1:30 pm in Committee Room 2, second floor, City Hall. At that meeting, the builder will ask for the City’s approval to convert the house into his daycare facility.  
The final approval for the actual operating licence will be given later by the Province of Ontario.
By April 5, 50 people had written to support the project and over 75 wrote to oppose it. Written submissions received by 3 pm on Thursday April 5 are sent in a package to each Committee member before the weekend.  Submissions received after that time are still accepted and given to the Committee prior to the meeting.
Check out the City’s website to see the recommendations from the City Planner, the Transportation Department and Heritage Preservation Services. 
At the Committee meeting, everyone has the opportunity to speak - show up at the meeting and register.  You’ll have one five-minute opportunity to give your talk and answer the Committee’ questions.

St James Town expansion
Greatwise Developments is exploring opportunities for a mixed-use development in St James Town.  The site will stretch from Wellesley to Howard, east from Rose to Parliament. They’ve hired Brook Pooni Associates to work with local interests, collect feedback and explain the developer’s plans.  The project is still in preparation and no official submissions have been made to the City.
The second public consultation will happen on Wednesday April 18 from 6:30 pm - the first meeting happened March 8.  The architects will make a presentation at 7 pm.  Wellesley Community Centre (495 Sherbourne), Room A.
Greatwise Developments can be found online here.   
Greatwise Development’s parent company is G&S Group of Companies whose rental portfolio includes 240, 260 and 280 Wellesley, 650 Parliament and 77 Howard. G&S can be found online here.  

Spring Poetry Month at the Children’s Book Bank
At 1 pm on Saturdays throughout April, the Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley) is hosting kids’ poetry  parties.  On April 7, the Rhyme Stew Crew are presenting a rap-poetry workshop for kids 8 to 12.  Frieda Wishinsky will visit and lead a workshop on April 14.  On April 21, there’ll be a multi-language poetry workshop and on April 28, it’s the Spring Poetry Fling with a special guest.  Kids can write their own poems - the Book Bank will publish an anthology of their work at the end of the month.  

META
META showcases the work of fourth year New Media students from Ryerson University. Each year, it provides a platform for displaying emerging artists’ work that combines contemporary art and technological innovation. To Saturday April 7, Arta Gallery in the Distillery (14 Distillery Lane). 

Celebrate the Bengali and Tamil new year
Friday April 13 from 2 to 4 pm at the CRC (40 Oak St).  There’ll be cultural foods, henna, music and dancing, kids’ activities and more.  The celebrations are combined with the Regent Park Seed Library - there’ll be free seeds available for gardeners.  

Regent Park Focus 
The Youth Media Arts Centre is holding two different workshops through April and May.

Free Spoken Word and Rap workshops - presented by Regent Park Focus.  Workshops on rap and spoken word held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 pm until May 31 at 38 Regent Street Lower Level.  

Web Game design - young people from 14 to 29 can learn how to make web video games.  Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 to 7 pm, from April 9.  38 Regent Street, Lower Level. Free.  Register online here.   

Submissions for the Regent Park Film Festival
The festival has opened its submissions process for its 2018 Festival.  The 16th annual festival will take place from November 13 to 17.  Film makers are invited to send along their works.  The Submission Form together wth an explanation of the Festival’s procedures is online here.   

2018 Peggy Kurtin award
Nominations are now open until Monday April 30 for the Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s annual Peggy Kurtin Award.  The CPA has established three categories that it recognizes - great restoration (the main award) plus special additions and improved facades.  If you wish to nominate a project, check out the CPA’s website for submission procedures.   

Clean Toronto Together
Photo: The Aberdeen Avenue 2017 clean-up team.
Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22.  It’s the City’s annual Spring cleaning campaign.  Local groups are invited to join and when a group registers, the City provides free litter and recycling bags and arranges for pick-ups. Contact the City online.  
Aberdeen Ave Residents have registered for Saturday from 10 am to noon.  Cabbagetown Residents Association will meet on Saturday at 10 am at Sumach and Winchester.  Corktown Residents & Business Association will meet at Corktown Common on Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm.  The Allan Gardens cleanup is on Sunday from noon to 3 pm.

Spring at Allan Gardens
The Spring show is open now and it runs to Sunday April 29.  Lillies and hydrangeas are highlighted along with tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.  Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton)

Best wishes, Claudia
Claudia Salzmann has a new knee and she’s recovering from her surgery nicely.  She reports that she’ll be home on Thursday and then taking physio at Bridgepoint.  Her friends, neighbours and clients are all wishing her the best for a full recovery.

Lookin’ good
The BIA’s Stephen-Thomas, Councillor Lucy Troisi and local photog Eric Morse at the Cabbagetown BIA’s Bunny Hop.  

SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY 

Thanks for your support
The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley) has thanked the businesses and volunteers who organized the 3rd annual Good Book Drive.  Over 4300 books were received for its collection and donations totalled $3,958.  These were timely gifts - over 2,000 books were given away to kids who dropped in to the Book Bank during March break.

MOMENTUM gala evening
The Opening Night Fundraiser in support of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. There’s a pre-show reception and then the full program of MOMENTUM 2018 followed by an awards ceremony recognizing the dancers’ accomplishments. Raffle, prizes and a post-show dessert and champagne celebration. May 3 from 6:15 pm, $100 and $150 - tickets are available online at CanadaHelps.  School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester)

A quick summary
I’ve received requests over the past few weeks for several volunteer opportunities.  Check them out here and join the ones that appeal to you.

Forsythia Festival - volunteers
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.) Shifts are 1 to 2 hours each. Sunday May 6, 10 m to 3 pm. If you would like to volunteer, contact the organizers at info@cabbagetowner.com 

Forsythia Festival - sponsor opportunities
Donations are needed and welcomed.  The Festival is a free community event and it happens on Sunday May 6 from 10 am to 3 pm. To learn more and to make your gift, click here.  

Volunteer at the Garden tour
Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces is a big event in the Spring.  People are needed to staff the gardens during the day - Sunday June 3, 10 am to 4 pm.  If you’re interested, email rlatch21@gmail.com 

Cabbagetown Residents Association - volunteer Board members
In preparation for its 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. info@cabbagetowner.com

IN THE MEDIA

Collective of Black Artists
Photo:  Glenn Lowson, Globe & Mail
COBA is a small company that promotes dance for adults and kids and a drumming school. It’s been a tenant in the Daniels Spectrum since 2012.  Our late City Councillor, Pam McConnell, requested that COBA be one of the beneficiaries from memorial gifts on her behalf.  As Denise Balkissoon writes in the Globe & Mail, COBA today is in severe financial difficulty.  Click here to read her story.   

Waterfront Toronto
Over the past decade, Waterfront Toronto has been a creative group regularly developing our waterfront into a real gem.  That dynamic may be threatened if Doug Ford wins the next election and becomes Ontario’s premier.  The Globe & Mail’s Jeff Gray describes the issues confronting Waterfront Toronto and the urgency that has settled on them to finalize current plans.  Click here for his story.  

ON STAGE
Check out the current theatre and dance listings in the April Calendar below.

A Moveable Feast at Soulpepper
Soulpepper’s Concert continues on April 6, 9, 10 and 14 - the website lists them as “sold-out”.  There are stools available for most performances.  If you can’t get tickets for these performances, the Concert will return on September 14.  Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane, Distillery)

Summer dance programs at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre
The School is offering two Summer Intensive Programs in July  - a modern/contemporary program for aspiring professional dancers aged 16+ from July 2 to 13 and a week-long teen intensive for passionate dancers ages 13-16 .
These programs provide technical training to help develop any motivated dancer. Working with faculty, dancers will participate in challenging, energetic classes in an unforgettable training experience. Both programs offer the opportunity to perform on the main stage at the Winchester Street Theatre.  Monday July 23 to Friday July 27.

BUSINESS NEWS 

M.W.M. Fish Co adds a delivery service
Get your oysters freshly shucked and delivered right to your door.  Mark at M.W.M. (419 Parliament) will help you with your next dinner party and business affair.  It’s a classic and very classy touch for your evening.  Call (416) 926-3743

Leslieville Flea
The Flea is a curated flea market offering vintage and handmade crafts and foods.   It’s back again in the Distillery at the Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane) from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday April 15. You’ll find bargains, rare finds and one-of-a-kind pieces.  

Welcome Happy Kids Martial Arts
A new martial arts studio has opened at 492 Parliament, downstairs below the Starbucks.  To get there, use the Aberdeen Avenue entrance. The school will teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, self-defense and Shotokan Karate.  Prof Shah Franco is the program director - he’s a decorated athlete who’s been teaching martial arts since 1980.  There’ll be an orientation class with lots of information on Saturday April 13 at 10 am - kids over 5 are welcome.  There’s a Facebook page and a website. 

Spring Forward with Kendall & Co
As you can see from the fabulous window at this award-wining local shop, faux florals and greenery, whimsical planters, unique birdhouses, colourful umbrellas, rain chains and garden party ware are fresh for the picking. Spring for Kendall’s new designs in home accessories, outdoor decor, furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics, drapery, blinds, bedding and wallpaper.
Walk-Ins and visits by appointment are welcome. shop@kendallandco.ca. For more info online, visit http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/. Store hours:  10 am to 6 pm, weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm, Saturdays.  514 Parliament.

Congrats to HomeLife/Realty One
Photo:  Cabbagetown BIA
Realtors at HomeLife/Realty One (501 Parliament) organized a donation bin for the Daily Bread Food Bank. It’s their annual project to launch the arrival of Spring. The Cabbagetown BIA reports that lots of gifts were received and reminds us that the bin will be available year-round at the HomeLife/Realty One office.

RESTAURANT NEWS

A mystery from The Irv
Regan and Jackie are expanding.  They currently own and operate The Irv (195 Carlton). And soon, they’ll double their fun - they’re adding a seafood place that will feature fish ’n chips, oysters, lobster rolls and other fresh dishes.   They hope to open in June.  BUT - they aren’t telling anybody yet just where it’ll be.  Stay tuned.

Spirit Sisters, Volume 1: Whisky Edition
The Dominion (500 Queen E) is launching a new quarterly event for women.  Each one will highlight a different spirit.  On Tuesday April 10, it’s a whisky tasting night. 
You’ll enjoy your build-your-own Old Fashioned bar, while munching on whisky infused doughnuts whipped up by the fine folks at Fred's Bread.  Gibson’s Finest will be there providing whisky sampling and whisky lore. Local artisan vendors (all-women!) will be on site, including Fierce Deer, Bubblicious Beauty in the Bath and Wild Canary. Tickets are $43.05, click here.   

Psychics at Cranberries
They’re back on Sunday April 15 from 11 am to 3 pm at Cranberries (601 Parliament).  Buy a $42 coupon and get two intense readings plus a $5 coupon toward the cost of your brunch. 

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

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

Queen Marie
April 13 to 28

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

love and information
Graduation showcase, York University MFA Directing Program
April 10 to 29
Picnic in the Cemetery
North American premiere
April 26 to May 6

CITADEL + COMPAGNIE
The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
304 Parliament Street
(416) 364-8011
http://citadelcie.com

Alone Together
April 11 to 14

NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS
Aki Theatre, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street E
(416) 531-1402

Rhinoceros
Douze Citrons  Productions
April 5 to 7
Addicted
Adedo Collective with the Watah Theatre
April 11 to 21

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

Animal Farm by George Orwell
On stage to April 7
A Moveable Feast, Paris in the ‘20s
Soulpepper Concert Series
On stage to April 14

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

Fear & Misery in the Third Reich
George Brown Theatre School
April 10 to 21
The Provoked Wife
George Brown Theatre School
April 11 to 21

CLUBS & PUBS – DAILY LISTINGS

THURSDAY APRIL 5 TO SUNDAY APRIL 15

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 APRIL 5

Local GEST
8 pm, Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY APRIL 6

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

SATURDAY APRIL 7

Dominion
9 pm, DJ Dash
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

SUNDAY APRIL 8

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Ilana Waldston, Ted Quinlan and Jordan O’Conner 

MONDAY APRIL 9

Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

TUESDAY APRIL 10

Dominion
7 pm, Spirit Sisters Volume One: Whisky Night, $43.05
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

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

THURSDAY APRIL 12

Alice’s Place
Karaoke
Local GEST
10 pm, Comedy night with Ethan O’Reilly
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

FRIDAY APRIL 13

Alice’s Place
10 pm, Karaoke 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

SATURDAY APRIL 14

Dominion
9:30 pm, Our Girl Flav

SUNDAY APRIL 15

Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Local GEST 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Joe Spina and Mark Teixera
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke

CONTACT INFO

ALICE'S PLACE
554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088, 
ARVO
17 Gristmill Lane, Distillery,  (647) 352-2766
CORKTOWN KITCHEN
354 King St E, (46) 901-1188
CRANBERRIES
601 Parliament St, (416) 925-6330, 
DOMINION PUB & KITCHEN
500 Queen St E, (416) 366-5555, 
EL CATRIN
18 Tank House Lane, Distillery, (416) 203-2121, 
HOUSE ON PARLIAMENT
454 Parliament St, (416) 925-4074, 
IMPACT KITCHEN
573 King St E, (416) 306-1986, 
THE IRV
95 Carlton Street, (647) 350-4787, 
JOHNNY G’s
478 Parliament St, (416) 928-1358
THE LOCAL GEST
424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, 
MILL STREET BEER HALL
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, (416) 681-0338, 
MILL STREET BREW PUB
21 Tank House Ln, Distillery, 
ODIN
514 King E, (647) 350-6346,
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
221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676,
UNDER THE TABLE
568 Parliament St, (647) 351-1533