May 17

This week’s image:  construction on the streetcar tracks at Parliament and Gerrard.



New developments on the daycare centre 
After the rejection of the plan for a daycare at the corner of Sackville and Amelia, several new developments have happened.  
The owner of the building at 461 Sackville has launched a formal appeal of the rejection.  He’ll have a hearing at 40 Orchard View Blvd at 9 am on Friday, August 17.  Documents are available online.  
In a different approach, several local residents are now actively looking for a better location in the neighbourhood.  The Cabbagetown Youth Centre, the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club and St Martin’s School have all been mentioned.  Councillor Troisi is checking out possible official involvement and support from the City of Toronto.  The CYC is open to the idea and hopes to work with local parents to work out a plan.

Regent Park revitalization
The Regent Park Neighbourhood Association met on Tuesday night to hear an update from TCHC officials.  
The Regent Park revitalization is broken down into five stages. Five years ago, the TCHC Board of Directors decided to open Stages Four and Five to other bidders.  Although Daniels won’t automatically get the contract, it will be a bidder in this process. 
Local residents had assumed that the Daniels Corporation would be the sole developer on the revitalization.  At the meeting they expressed concern that Daniels would be out and a worry that the new developer would not have the same good relationship with them.  TCHC officials acknowledged that the delay had now created unnecessary concerns.

Sparks and fireworks for the next municipal election
Photo: Mary Webster, CBC
The Regent Park meeting also heard from people who will be contesting the next municipal election.  George Smitherman attacked the secrecy and demanded that Daniels be permitted to continue wth the job.  Councillor Lucy Troisi defended the need for competitive bids and denounced attempts to interfere with TCHC’s process.

Gerrard and Parliament road closure
The Gerrard and Parliament intersection is now closed for streetcar track upgrades until 6 am Monday June 4.  The Parliament Street closure stretches south from Spruce to Oak Street and from Berkeley east to Gerrard Place along Gerrard.
Police have been on site at Carlton and Spruce to ensure that cars diverting away from the construction are moving slowly and in an orderly fashion.  Special signage has also been set up to remind everyone of the 30 km/hour speed limits.
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. 

Congrats Tasso
Tasso (540 Parliament) was mentioned as one of Toronto’s top-three croissant bakeries on Thursday’s Metro Morning on the CBC.  The program’s food critic Suresh Doss gathered some friends, collected goodies from 22  bakeries and winnowed the list down to the top three.  Suresh says that “biting into one is like having clouds in your mouth.” Congrats to Olya and Mike - Cabbagetowners have known and loved your great bakery for the past five years.  Open from 8:30 to “Sold out” every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Artfest 2018
Artfest takes over the outdoor spaces in the Distillery this weekend from 11 am on Saturday May 19 to 6 pm on Monday May 21.  Vendors and artists will display glass and metal art, pottery, sculpture, jewellery, woodcrafts and lots more.  There’ll be gourmet food treats, body care products, clothing and furniture.  Artfest’s website introduces each craft and arts person.  

Project Regent Runway fashion show
View the creations by local designers, enjoy a live DJ, nibblies and special guests - 5 to 7 pm, Friday May 25,  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E).

Cabbagetown Preservation Association meeting
The CPA’s annual meeting happens at 7 pm on Wednesday May 30 in Dixon Hall (Carlton and Bleecker).  David Winterton from Friends of Allan Gardens will talk about the park and the Friends’ agenda for its future upgrades.  The winner of the 2018 Peggy Kurtin Award for an outstanding renovation will be announced.

Cabbagetown Community Update
Save the date - Councillor Lucy Troisi is hosting a Cabbagetown Community Update at 6:30 pm on Thursday May 31 in the Cabbagetown Youth Centre (2 Lancaster).  She’s arranging speakers from several City of Toronto agencies to give an overview of their work and to answer questions - parking, police, children’s services, parks and planning.  Free.

Congrats to Liora and Daniel
The fifth annual Bloch Real Estate Team clothing drive was held a week ago.  They collected over 200 bags of gently used clothing along with many boxes of household goods.  These gifts go to Oasis Addiction Recovery Society for distribution to participants in its programs.  Well done and thanks to Daniel and Liora.

Meet Sharmini
Sharmini Fernando is the Executive Director at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  She came to this role recently and will continue at least until the end of October.  Her focus is to strengthen the resources available to the CYC - finances, IT, facilities infrastructure.  She has a strong history as a community organizer, most recently with Pathways to Education.  Welcome Sharmini and best wishes for all your projects.

It’s Spring
Our stores and garden centres have loaded up with Spring flowers and garden plants.  We’ve reached the long weekend in May - the traditional planting time.  Jay’s (Sackville and Gerrard) has lots to offer. 

New gardens on Parliament Street
The Cabbagetown BIA along with Green Thumbs Growing Kids is planting special Pollinator Gardens in its flower beds at Spruce, Carlton and Amelia.  There’ll be over fifty pollinator-friendly annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.  Check it out over the summer.

A happy raffle winner
Louise - with her son Daniel - is a proud winner of the weekly bouquet prize from Blooming Flower Bar (559 Parliament). She won her prize at last week’s Forsythia Festival. Her first delivery arrived on Tuesday . She says that it’s lovely and that Blooming is a great place!  Lookin’ good, Louise.

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
By Sally Gibson.  
Photo: Royal Visit, Riverdale Park 1939 Toronto Public Library122531f.
On May 22, 1939 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited Toronto during their wildly successful and politically important tour of North America. War was obviously coming and did so on September 1. This Royal Tour reinforced Canadian loyalty and created supporters across the United States whose help would prove to be critical. 
On that May 22, little 9-year old Al Irving was recuperating from diphtheria at the Riverdale Isolation Hospital just across the Don River. All of a sudden, there was a great hubbub, nurses hustled the small patients toward a window where they saw the King and Queen in a great black limousine making its way across Riverdale Park. 
A never forgotten moment for Al … who is now in his late 80s.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.   


Cabbagetown Youth Centre
Sharmini Fernando sent along this charming picture of kids in the CYC’s After-4 Club.  They’re learning basic boxing skills.  The boxing and basketball clubs happen on Wednesdays, dancing on Thursdays.  Kids 5 to 10 years old.  Staff meet them at their schools after class and walk them to the CYC - the clubs go to 6 pm.

Summer camp at Buds & Blossoms
Registration is now open and the camps are starting to fill up with little buddies. Now is a great time to grab spots in your program of choice. Each camp involves daily indoor and outdoor activities, guest speakers, field trips, independent and team-based projects and opportunities to build self-confidence in a safe and positive setting. 
For more information and registration, check out the website or send an email:    

Winchester Fun Fair
The Fun Fair happens on Saturday May 26 from 11 am to 3 pm at Winchester Public School (15 Prospect).  There’ll be lots of family entertainment - rides, music, great food and more.  
You can support the Fun Fair as a volunteer for a one-hour shift during the day and as a donor.  Please contact


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.  Ten gardens will be listed.  Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and offer tips.   
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
Volunteers are needed to staff each garden - Ii you’re interested, please email

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.  Here’s the link to its Facebook page.  

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.  

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

Cabbagetown South rain barrel sale
The Association’s annual fundraiser is now underway.  Rain barrels are on sale at $55 each (75% less than the retail price).  Each sale contributes $10 to the Association for its neighbourhood improvement projects.
They’re available in several colours and with various accessories.  Place your order online and then pick it up on June 9 from 10 am to noon at 182 Seaton. 

Joanne Pettigrew’s art
Photo:  Eric Morse
Cabbagetowner Joanne Pettigrew has teamed up with her friends Laurie McGugan, John McCarthy and Patricia Kozowyk in a pop-up gallery 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.  

Still happening - CONTACT Photography Festival
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is the largest photography event in the world and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month of May in the Greater Toronto Area. 
In our neighbourhood, there’s a public installation in Allan Gardens, Featured Exhibitions in the Distillery and the Daniels Spectrum and ten Open Exhibitions in local galleries.
For a city-wide directory, visit the CONTACT website.  


Comfortable couch
Karen is selling a comfortable couch currently residing on Amelia St.  In good shape other than cat scratching damage on both ends. $100 or best offer. 80" W x 36" D X 37" H at tallest point. Call 647-402-0266. 


Regent Park
Image:  Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing has made public its decision to call for competitive bids for the completion of Regent Park’s revitalization in Phases Four and Five.  John Lorinc outlines the reasons and the impact of this decision.  Click here to read his story in the Globe & Mail.  
CBC News gives insights into the personal side of this decision from local residents who were surprised and are now concerned for the project’s future.  Click here.  

Moss Park safe injection site
Photo:  CP24
The safe injection site in Moss Park is moving indoors to a nearby location.  Jeff Gray in the Globe & Mail wrote about its history and impact and about its future support from the two senior government levels.  Click here to read his article.  


Akasha Art Projects
Image:  It's All Mine Now by Karl Lohnes
Welcome to Sonja Scharf, Kelly Kyle and their team at the new Akasha Art gallery (204D Carlton).  It’s a photo-based gallery that presents works with a cutting edge that push our boundaries.  The inaugural show entitled Insistent Trajectories presents Judith Doyle’s photographs from Thursday May 24 to Saturday July 14.  They also include painters whom they see as a good fit for the gallery.  blogTO has named them as one of Toronto’s top-ten framing specialists.  Their website presents their current shows and introduces their services.  

When Harry Met Meghan
Celebrate Saturday’s Royal Wedding with Kendall & Co’s new line of greeting cards, invite cards and place cards. Each comes with a blank card plus one easy-to-assemble wooden figurine as a gift or party favour for the happy recipient. Among this cast of characters are many other fun selections for different special occasions in the lives of us commoners. Kendall & Co (514 parliament) 10 am to 6 pm weekdays, 11 am to 5 pm Saturdays and noon to 4 pm Sundays.

Spring delights
St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) has Ontario grown asparagus.  Very yummy.  Chefs will also appreciate its new knife sharpening service.

Lookin’ good, Jim
Jim owned Jim’s Super Foto until his retirement a couple of years ago.  Now, he’s enjoying an electric bike, a new grandson and tennis.  Not to mention that glorious beard!  No word about his passionate and usually accurate opinions about the world around him. Good to see you again, Jim - you’re lookin’ good.


Soup of the week  
Cyril likes to mix his weather forecasts and his soup recipes.  He tells us for Saturday, “It looks like we won’t have a beautiful long weekend after all: probably wet and not that warm. Well, I got you covered with my take on the classic split pea and ham soup. Instead of ham, I am using beef, more specifically Montreal smoked meat. And instead of split peas, I am using… split peas. We shouldn’t change everything now, should we?”
Coming up - chipotle potato on Tuesday May 22, Oriental chickpea on Saturday May 26 and vegetable coconut curry on Tuesday May 29.
Containers are $9 each for 24 oz/700 ml.  He delivers (in Cabbagetown) on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address,

Congrats to the HOP
Photo:  blogTO
House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is one of Toronto’s best places to sit on a patio and order a pitcher of beer with your friends.  blogTO has done one of its regular summaries and included the HOP.   

Mill Street’s environment commitment
On May 14, Mill Street’s staff from the Brew Pub and Beer Hall (21 Tank House Lane) gathered over 500 pounds of garbage and litter from the Don River shore.  It’s part of the company’s work with the Living City Foundation.  Thanks everyone!

Odin’s summer hours
Odin (514 King E) will now be open in the evening from Wednesday to Saturday.  Craft beer on tap, cakes from Circles & Squares Bakery and savouries from Foodbender.  Live music and DJs will pop up periodically.

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

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

Paprika Festival 2018
May 14 to 20

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
On stage to May 26
Innocence Lost, A Play about Steven Truscott
On stage to June 23
La Bete
On stage 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.


The Tilted Dog
8 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 toward the cost of your brunch, $42.
The Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Leyland Gordon and Eric St Laurent


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


Alice’s Place
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 Dash


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


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