May 10

This week’s image:  Forsythia Festival parade on Sunday May 6 - a perfect day to welcome Spring


A great Forsythia Festival - congrats to the organizers
The Forsythia Festival has grown into a very successful Spring event.  The Festival obviously requires a lot of work - and the people who plan and run it really know what they’re doing.  
Special thanks go to Shawna Pereira and Carolyn Jarman, the 2018 co-chairs.  Thanks as well to the Cabbagetown Residents’ Association for its ongoing commitment. The program required a hundred volunteers to put it together and they showed up - again, our thanks.  

Many thanks to the Festival sponsors
Mark from St Jamestown Steak & Chops handled the bbq. 
New this year, Mark at M.W.M. Fish Co set up an oyster bar. 
Stout Irish Pub again managed the beer garden and offered Erin’s own Louis Cifer craft beer and wine.  
Buds & Blossoms set up a glitter tattoo station for kids and Cycle Solutions operated a bike repair clinic. Pizza Pizza also brought its very popular bouncy castle. Blooming Flower Bar made flower crowns for everyone. 

Amazing raffle prizes
The raffle prizes were terrific!  There were club memberships from Cycling Gym and Northern Karate.  The BIA’s Cabbagetown tees and bags, pillows for you from Kendall and for your pet from Menagerie Pet Shop, bouquets from Blooming Planter, classes for kids at Buds & Blossoms, a free walking tour package for ten, free tickets to the Garden Tour and Cabbagetown tea towels from the CPA, a full dance program at CCDT’s Summer Arts, a Hotwalk kids’ bike from Cycle Solutions, gift certificates at F’Amelia, Peartree, Juicythings and Salt & Tobacco. a massage by Claudia Salzmann and another by Laurie Ward, personal oyster tastings by M.W.M. Fish Co, gift certificates from Spruce, Mi Casa, Shoppers Drug Mart and Labour of Love, home design advice from James M Davie, passes to Jennifer Snowdon’s yoga classes, free food from Clovercroft farms and a gift basket from the Epicure Shop.
Nano at Hair Spa offered a gift certificate to get you all spiffy for a photo session with Shawna King.

Lookin’ good
There were hundreds of good lookin’ people at the Festival.  None of them were as shy as George.  


461 Sackville child care 
On April 30, the owner of the building filed an appeal against the decision by the Toronto-East York Committee of Adjustment to deny the use of his building as a child care centre.  His appeal has gone to the Toronto Local Appeal Body for a hearing on August 17.  The file number is 18 150889 S45 28 TLAB.  
Traffic flow and parking were decisive issues at the original hearing.  In his appeal, Mr Ulicki notes that there is legal boulevard parking beside the building which would be ideal for a drop-off and pick-up area and out of the traffic flow.
There’s an online page about the appeal here.  

Gerrard and Parliament road closure
Plan a new route to go downtown in late May and early June.  The Gerrard and Parliament intersection will close for three weeks from 5 am Monday May 14 to 6 am Monday June 4.  
The Parliament Street closure will go from Spruce south to Oak Street and on Gerrard from Berkeley east to Gerrard Place.
After June 4, one lane will open in each direction.  
During this time, the 506/306 Carlton Bus and the 65/365 Parliament Bus will each reroute along Carlton, Sherbourne and Dundas.  The Carlton Bus will continue along Dundas to River and then go back to Gerrard. 

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
The Market will start up in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) on Tuesday June 5.  It runs weekly from 3 to 7 pm.  This date is slightly later than its previous start-ups.  Here’s the link to its Facebook page.  

Seniors badminton
Sherry is still recruiting interested players (60+) to join her badminton games at the Wellesley Community Centre  (495 Sherbourne).  It’s a great facility at a very convenient location.  The Centre’s staff is encouraging seniors to play between 1 and 3 pm on Thursdays.  Free drop-ins. For more info, please contact Sherry at 

Congrats Richard and Tom
Photo:  Bev Bernbaum
Richard Latch and Tom Bishop got married on Sunday May 6 at the Sunnybrook Estates Coach House.  The ceremony was followed by a scrumptious buffet lunch and delicious desserts.  Andrew has written that it was “a beautiful venue, awesome food and a heartfelt ceremony for two fantastic gentlemen.” Congrats and all our best wishes, Tom and Richard.

A successful Jane’s Walk
The Cabbagetown BIA and the Cabbagetown Preservation Association teamed up to organize a Jane’s Walk along Parliament and Carlton on Saturday.  Gilles Huot, the tour leader, expected 5 people and he got over 40.  He was doubly pleased because almost all of them stayed right to the end and asked lots of questions.  Congrats everybody.

April in Paris
Aberdeen’s Victoria Hadden spent a month in Paris.  She made a big splash with her Cabbagetown Tee at the Arc de Triomphe de L’Étoile on the Champs-Elysées.  Thanks V for your lovely pic.
A reminder - when you go, take along your Tee and send us a souvenir photo.  You can buy your Tee at the Cabbagetown BIA office (239 Carlton) in several eye-catching styles and colours - click here to see them all.    


Restorative yoga and yoga nidra
Jennifer Snowdon and Sarah Moore are offering a session of self-care with aromatherapy, hands-on massage, adjustments and guided meditation.   Friday May 11, 7 to 8:30 pm, 58 Rose.  $40.  Register here.  

Oysters and bubbly at M W M Fish Co
Mark is inviting all moms to drop by at MWM Fish Co (419 Parliament) on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm.  Become an expert shucking oysters while you sip some bubbly and nibble on sea-treats.  One person and 8 oysters for $40, two people and 16 oysters for $70 - including a glass of sparkling wine.  Call (416) 926-3743 to save your spot.

Blooming Flower Bar
It’s Anji’s first Mother’s Day in her new location at 559 Parliament.  She’s selling lots of her goddess heads from $85 to $120, her planters and her ready-made arrangements.  Drop by her shop and check out her storefront displays.  Call her with your requests, (647) 350-8076.  Her store hours have been extended to 11 am to 7 pm on Friday, 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday.

Mother’s Day gifts and cards
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has aromatherapy bath and home fragrances developed in France and made in Canada with organic oils & essences. All are beautifully eco-packaged for Mother’s Day. Top up your gifts with their fine selection of cards or create a gift bundle designed to spoil the important woman in our lives. The store is now open Sundays for those who left it to last minute.  Gift wrap available whenever possible. Open 10 am to 6 pm weekdays, 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays and noon to 4 pm Sundays.

Celebrate Mom at Spruce
Spruce Home Decor (455 Parliament) is celebrating Mother’s Day with a pop-up VIP event. Gold Apothecary is launching a new bath soak made just for Spruce and offering amazing tips and tricks on getting the most from your self-care routine.  Cocktails will be available from noon to 3 pm and treats from Daniel et Daniel will be available all day long. There’ll be new jams from Salt Spring Island, spicy pepper sauces from Toronto and a refreshed selection of tropical plants and succulents.  10 am to 6 pm, Saturday May 12.

Labour of Love
Check out Labour of Love’s amazing Mother’s Day collection - everything from teas, to spritzes. balms and soaps, to jewellery and books. Store hours - Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7:30 pm.  223 Carlton.  

Staij & Co
Mother’s Day means sweets and desserts.  Go on over to Staij’s website to see her goodies and use the word LUVMOM to earn a 10% discount.  Yummy stuff. 552 Parliament.   

Tastings at Arvo
Arvo (17 Gristmill Lane) is hosting a “cupping”- tastings of six separate coffees to learn their unique qualities.  It’s a great event to enjoy on Mother’s Day - $5.  Contact (647) 352-2786 for all the details.


Quick facts - the Ontario Election
Our local riding is Toronto Centre.  
Election Day is Thursday June 7.  Advance polls (locations to be listed soon) are available from May 26 to June 1.
Check here to see whether you’re already registered on the voters’ list. 

The Liberal candidate
Photo: David Morris (left) with Bill Morneau
David Morris was nominated on Saturday May 5 by local Liberals to be their candidate.  The nomination created a huge surge in Liberal memberships - from 150 prior to the race to 2500 at Saturday’s meeting.
Mr Morris has considerable experience already at Queen’s Park.  He’s currently working as a senior policy advisor in the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long Term Care.  Previously, he was posted in the Cabinet Office and in the Treasury Board Secretariat.  He’s been an active volunteer at the Inside Out Film Festival, the 519 and Toronto People with Aids. 

The Green’s Adam Sommerfeld
The Green Party’s candidate in our riding is Adam Sommerfeld.  He’s a communications designer who has worked with the Globe & Mail and the Design Exchange.  He studied at Montreal’s Concordia University.  He been a long-time Green supporter and has been a candidate for the party in several previous elections.

So - now we have four candidates
Greens - Adam Sommerfeld - website   
Liberal - David Morris, 527 Parliament Street, (647) 993-7466, website and Facebook.     
New Democrats - Suze Morrison, 194 Carlton, (647) 557-6435, website and Facebook.  
Ontario PCMeredith Cartwright, 483 Church,  (416) 929-9309,  Facebook.  

Save the date - public debate
An all-candidates’ debate has been scheduled for 7 pm, Tuesday May 15 at the Cherry Street YMCA (461 Cherry).  It’s being sponsored by the St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association, Corktown Residents & Business Association and the Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association.

A different election
The City of Toronto will hold its municipal election on Monday October 22. 
The City has a website for voters and candidates. It’s an easy one to navigate and has lots of valuable info.  
Previously, our area was Ward 28 - it’s now been split in two and the new ones are Ward 23 in the north and Ward 21 in the south.  
Nominations to run for Mayor and Councillor are now open and go until July 27.
Advance polls happen from October 6 to October 14. 

Municipal candidates
Photo:  George with his kids, Kayla (left) and Michael
So far, two people have registered for the Councillor’s position.  The big headlines have gone to George Smitherman - he’s registered and officially in the race.  The other candidate is Megann Willson.  Beyond a doubt, there’ll be more.
George will be the torchbearer of the liberal-left activist circle, including the McConnell family and former mayor Barbara Hall.  He’ll be a forceful campaigner.  If he wins, he’ll definitely be noticed on Council.  
Gossip has it that his most formidable opponent will be Lucy Troisi, the sitting Councillor.  She hasn’t made her intentions known yet. 
John Tory and eight other people are contesting the mayor’s job.


Joanne Pettigrew’s art
Photo:  Eric Morse
Cabbagetowner Joanne Pettigrew has teamed up with her old friends Laurie McGugan, John McCarthy and Patricia Kozowyk in a pop-up gallery in a space at 209 Danforth just east of Broadview. They're running till May 31, Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm. 

Atia Pokorny
Image:  Atia Pokorny
Atia’s photography is part of the Spectra exhibition in the CONTACT Photography Festival.  Spectra brings together works from 32 members of Gallery 44 in an exhibition that represents a variety of different photography concepts and techniques, celebrating the diversity of artistic practice and revealing the ways seemingly disparate work can intersect.  Atia’s work, along with other members of her G44 group, is being shown from May 9 to May 20 in Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen W) from 1 to 6 pm, Wednesday to Sunday.  

Congrats Stuart
Stuart Graham is a Cabbagetown artist and a member of the Don Valley Art Club.  His work, Peonies, has just won the Award of Excellence at the club’s Spring show.  Congrats Stuart.  You can see more of his work at his website.   


Cabbagetown map
In 1979, Darrell Kent gave a Cabbagetown map to David Weenen.  The artwork showed every street in the area.  If you know about a spare copy, please contact Paula Warren at Weenen General Contracting - (416) 961-0065and email 


Corktown Chamber Orchestra
The Orchestra’s final concert for the season - Thursday May 17, 8 pm, Little Trinity Church (425 King E).   It’s an Ode to the Deaf Guy - Beethoven’s 9th with the Choir of Corktown Common.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite and at the door - $20 or pay want you can, kids free.   

Daniel and Liora’s annual clothing drive
Daniel Bloch and Liora Tal have organized their fifth annual clothing drive on behalf of the Oasis Clothing Bank.  It happens on Saturday May 12.  
Collect your gently used clothing, shoes and boots, purses and bags, hats and gloves, and toys and DVDs.  Contact them at (416) 859-8649 or email at

Spring fling and plant sale
Friends of Allan Gardens  is sponsoring its first ever plant sale fundraiser - succulents, houseplants and annuals. Cash only. Toronto Master Gardeners will be there as well to answer your questions.  Allan Gardens Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton). A full list of plants for sale is online here.  

Gardening for birds and butterflies
Emily Rondel from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority will talk about ways to attract and protect native birds and butterfly species in your garden.  Presented by the Friends of Allan Gardens.  Free.  7 pm, Monday May 14, Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory (Sherbourne and Carlton)

Candidates’ meeting at Winchester Park
The Winchester Park Residents Association is having a general meeting on Wednesday May 16 at 7 pm in the party room in the Hugh garner Co-op (550 Ontario, 8th floor).  The candidates for the Greens, Liberal, NDP and PCs have been invited - it should be a lively evening.

Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces
Our garden tour returns on Sunday June 3 from 10 am to 3 pm. It’s a big event in our community.  The list of gardens hasn’t been released yet.  
Volunteers are needed to staff each garden - Ii you’re interested, please email
Tickets are now available locally at several outlets - $20.  Online purchases using PayPal are also available.
For details about the program and ticket outlets, click here


Children's Book Bank
Photo: Galit Rodan, Globe & Mail
The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley) celebrated its tenth birthday on Saturday May 5.  Congrats to everyone - you’ve been a wonderful part of Cabbagetown’s life.  Best wishes or your next ten.
Galit Rodan wrote about the Book Bank in a Globe & Mail story on May 8.  Click here to read it.   

Laneway suites delayed
Cabbagetown and Corktown are prime neighbourhoods for the future development of laneway suites.  Planners at the City of Toronto have been working on suitable planning guidelines for these new buildings.  When their report went to Toronto East York Council, four councillors supported it - including Councillor Troisi - and the others voted for a deferral to June to get more answers to several questions.  City News has a detailed report - click here.  

Whoa Meredith
Photo: Steve Russell, Toronto Star
Meredith Cartwright has launched her provincial election campaign in Toronto Centre into a storm of controversy.  She hired actors to pretend to be PC supporters outside the television studio for the first Leader’s debate.  Needless to say, the news about her stunt didn’t stay secret.
The Toronto Star’s Rob Ferguson gave us the insider’s view from an actor who got the assignment.  He found it “weird” to be doing this but he needed the $75 fee.  
The CBC did a story to reassure us that she won’t be fired by Doug Ford.   
The Toronto Star’s Vjosa Isai saw ominous connections between her campaign stunt and Donald Trump’s victorious 2016 presidential run.   

Here’s George
Photo:  George with Max Beck (left)
Long-time Toronto Centre celebrity and political leader, George Smitherman has returned to the fray.  He’s thrown his hat into the 2018 municipal election with the hope that he’ll become the next Ward 23 Councillor.  
David Rider wrote about all of this in the Toronto Star on May 8.  


Mother’s Day events
Dominion (500 Queen E) - Mother’s Day brunch from 10 am to 3 pm.
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) - 3-course prix fixe for $39 (adults) and $19 (kids).  Reserve at (416) 323-0666.  Menu details online here.  
Mill Street Beerhall (21 Tankhouse Lane) - Mother’s Day Beerunch from 10:30 am to 3 pm - brunch and mom-osa flights and an all-day feature menu.
Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tankhouse Lane) - Mother’s Day brunch, 10:30 am to 3 pm
Peartree (507 Parliament) - Special menus all day.  Brunch from 10 am to 4 pm and dinner from 4 to 11 pm. Click here for the menus.   
The Tilted Dog (424 Parliament) - bring your Mom for a $5 mimosa and Sunday afternoon jazz with Blair Purdy at 4:30 pm.

Closed this week
Mike and Olyana at Tasso (540 Parliament) are taking a break.  Their shop will be closed this weekend and will reopen again on Friday May 18.

Soup of the week
Cyril’s home deliveries for the soups that made him so popular at his cafe.  He’ll make two different soups in 24 oz/700 ml containers each week and deliveries will happen on Tuesdays and Saturdays (in Cabbagetown only for now).   
Saturday May 12: smoked tea and tomato. Please specify if you want a vegan version with coconut milk instead of cream.
Containers are $9 each.  For the next month, there’s a special offer - if you buy the two weekly soups at the same time, the containers will be $8 each. Taxes and delivery charges are included. 
He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address,

Addresses, online info and current events.

509 Parliament Street
(416) 924-5657

Space Interrupted
Wednesday May 23 and Thursday May 24 
Student matinees - morning and afternoon
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront
235 Queens Quay West
Alien Grace
8 pm, Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront
235 Queens Quay West
SpringSong 2018
2 pm, Sunday May 27
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbour-front
235 Queens Quay West

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

Elvis & the Man in Black
On stage from May 9 to May 12

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

Paprika Festival 2018
May 14 to 20

Winchester Theatre
80 Winchester Street
(416) 967-6887

Momentum 2018
On stage from May 10 to 12

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

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson
On stage to June 2
After the Blackout with RARE Theatre Company
From May 8 to 26
Innocence Lost, A Play about Steven Truscott
From May 14 to June 23
La Bete
From May 16 to June 22



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.


Alice’s Place
Mill Street Brew Pub
5 pm, Live music
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
10 pm, Comedy night hosted by Ethan O’Reilly


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


9:30 pm, DJ Dash


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Blair Purdy


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Headscratchers Trivia


Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia with Porter


The Tilted Dog
8:30 pm,  Open mic with Evan
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


8 pm, DJ Money Jane
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
11 am, Psychic brunch - two readings plus a coupon oward the cost of your brunch, $42.
The Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with the Leyland Gordon Duo


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
See below - The Tilted Dog
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,
(Formerly The Local GEST)
424 Parliament. (416) 961-9425