May 3

This week’s image:  Forsythia Festival, Sunday May 6. 10 am in Riverdale Park, 10:30 am for the parade and 11 am in Wellesley Park


Coming next week - Mother’s Day events and Doors Open Toronto.

The forsythias are blooming
It’s Spring in Cabbagetown and the Forsythia Festival is here - Sunday May 6 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Here’s the day’s schedule of events
At 10 am, the neighbourhood parade starts in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach) and marches through the neighbourhood.  
The fun starts at 11 am in Wellesley Park (east end of Wellesley Street). Games and activities for the whole family include a bean bag toss, parachute games, pinatas, crafts, a photo booth and face painting for the kids. 
Blooming Flower Bar is making flower crowns for everyone.
There’ll be a glitter tattoo station for kids by Buds & Blossoms and a bike tuneup booth by Cycle Solutions. Pizza Pizza is bringing its popular bouncy castle.
Stout Irish Pub is again managing the beer garden and offering beer and wine.  St Jamestown Steak & Chops is handling the bbq and M.W.M. Fish Co is setting up an oyster bar.
Scott Dietrich is back with his magic performance.  There’s a mechanical raccoon ride.  The Heavyweights Brass Band will lead the parade.
The raffle prizes are terrific!  There’s everything from Cabbagetown tees, pillows and towels to classes at Buds & Blossoms, a free walking tour package for ten, free tickets to the Garden Tour, a full dance program at CCDT’s Summer Arts, a Hotwalk kids’ bike from Cycle Solutions, brunches at F’Amelia, an hour-long massage by Claudia Salzmann and another by Laurie Ward, personal oyster tastings by M.W.M. Fish Co, dinner certificates from Peartree and Salt & Tobacco, gift certificates from Spruce, Mi Casa and Labour of Love, passes to Jennifer Snowdon’s yoga classes, free food from Clovercroft farms and a gift basket from the Epicure Shop.

Jane’s Walk 
Across Toronto, thousands of people will walk through landmarks, neighbourhoods, ravines and business districts to gain a unique perspective on their city.  Several of these walks happen in Cabbagetown, Corktown and the Don Valley.
For a full listing, visit the Jane’s Walk website.   

Saturday May 5
Bridging the Don - Saturday, 9:15 am - meet at southeast corner of Bloor and Sherbourne
Medical History in Cabbagetown & Regent Park - Saturday, 10 am - meet at southwest corner of Sherbourne and Carlton
Cabbagetown’s main streets, yesterday to today - Saturday, 10:30 am - meet at southwest corner of Sherbourne and Carlton
Walking the Don - Saturday, 1 pm - meet at 450 Broadview
Finding Toronto’s wild spaces - Saturday, 1 pm - meet at Castle Frank subway station

Sunday May 6
Settling in the city:  Corktown neighbourhood - Sunday, 10 am - meet at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity

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 neighbourhoods, there’s a public installation in Allan Gardens,  two 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.   

Public Installation
Sofia Mesa “Guardians” - April 20 to May 31 - Allan Gardens Conservatory

Featured Exhibitions
Erwin Blumenfeld, From Dada to Vogue - May 2 to June 30 - Corkin Gallery (7 Tank House Ln)
Yasin Osman, Dear Ayeeyo - May 3 to June 16 - Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E)

Open Exhibitions
Radha Chaddah, Awakening - May 10 to 22 - Arta Gallery (14 Distillery Ln) 
Group exhibition, Click I Was Not Here - May 10 to 22 - Arta Gallery (14 Distillery Ln)
James Brittain, Revisited: Habitat 67 - April 29 to July 31 - Bulthaup Toronto (280 King E)
Group exhibition, 50X50 - May 1 to 31 - George Brown College, public lobby (51 Dockside Drive)
Adam Roy Cohoon, You Can’t Get In - March 26 to June 7 - Little Trinity Church (403 King E)
Sheila Jonah, Natalie Draz, John Drajewicz, Cameras Looking Forwards and Backwards - May 5 to June 3 - Proof Studio (15 Case Goods Ln)
Quan Zhou, Jennie Wang, Jasmine Suo, Henry Zhao, Philip Chang, Yun Wang, Huanan Zhang, Zhiwen Li, Wei Tian, Ying Shi, Artistic Growth - May 1 to 12 - Queen Gallery (382 Queen St E)
Glenn Bloodworth, Freeman Keats, Bill McCloskey, Maureen Murphy, Richard Perron, Lise Presseault, Richard Robesco, Dissonance - May 15 to 30 - Queen Gallery (382 Queen St E)
Dorothy Chiotti, Erin McGean, Lyndon Wiebe, Wally Jay Parker, Women at Work - May 3 to 31 - Urban Gallery (400 Queen E)
Spencer Wynn, Canada 150 - May 1 to 31 - Vistek (496 Queen E)


Goodlife Marathon road closures
The Marathon passes through our neighbourhood on Sunday May 6.  We can expect closures along Rosedale Valley Road (6:30 to 11 am), Bayview, Lower River Street, King Street, Sumach and Eastern (all from 7 to 11 am). Access to Jarvis from the Gardiner Expressway (7 to 10 am) and the Bayview Bloor ramp from the DVP to Bayview southbound (7 am to 3 pm) are closed.  For details, go to the Marathon’s website.  

Gerrard and Parliament road closure
The TTC is rebuilding its streetcar tracks at the corner of Gerrard and Parliament.  Plan to use a new route to go downtown in late May and early June.  The intersection will close for three weeks from 5 am Monday May 14 to 6 am Monday June 4.  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. 

My Mom rocks!
The Cabbagetown BIA and NOW Magazine want to know why your Mom rocks.  Deadline is Saturday May 5. Tell your story in 300 words or less and you’ll be entered into the contest.  The winner will walk away with a $1300 prize - gift certificates from our local businesses.   Find out the contest details and get the entry form online.   

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. 

Submissions for the Regent Park Film Festival
Film makers are invited to send along their works for the 2018 Festival which happens from November 13 to 17. Submission deadline is Sunday May 6.  The Submission Form together wth an explanation of the Festival’s procedures is online.   

Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum Historical Tidbit
By Sally Gibson.  Image courtesy Carol Moore-Ede
Springtime brings babies. Today, a tiny kid nurses at his mama’s teats, two month-old lambs frisk between feedings and puffy chicks peep at the Riverdale Farm. Human babies are being carried and pushed along sun swept streets. 
A hundred years ago, mothers and nurses proudly pushed their tiny charges in iron-wheeled, wicker-woven carriages like the
one in this photo. Such elegant vehicles were made just down the way at the Gendron factory on Richmond Street East. Charming teddies often accompanied the human cubs.
For more Cabbagetown history, photos and videos visit the CRPM Facebook page.


The YETI Summit
An interactive, charitable games tournament sponsored by the Canada’s National Snowboard Team.  Ping pong, giant foosball, air hockey and hoop shooting. Play individually, in teams of four or in a VIP team of three together with a national team member.  All day on Friday May 4 from 9 am to 7 pm, Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).  

Open mic in the Daniels Spectrum
Open Mic in the CSI Regent Park Lounge (585 Dundas E).  Thursday May 10, 6:45 pm registration and 7 pm event.  All artists are welcome.  Free - food, drinks and alcohol are available for sale.

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 bienniel 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.  Blooming Flower Bar (559 Parliament), The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament), Fairway Garden Centre (520 Parliament), Kendall & Co Interior Décor & Design (514 Parliament), Spruce Home Decor (455 Parliament), Mi Casa (238 Carlton) and Jay’s Garden Centre (360 Gerrard).  Outside of Cabbagetown, they can be purchased at East of Eliza (1960 Gerrard E at Woodbine), Greenery Patch in the St. Lawrence Market and Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge at Glencairn).


Bed for sale
Custom-designed double bed for sale - $100, OBO. Includes frame, headboard, base and mattress.  Call Amanda O'Donovan: 416 456 3859


Savv the shrks
Lindsay Matheson and her four-year old daughter put posters up around town with a special message urging us to “savv the shrks”.  
Nic and Evan replied with a special poster of their own.  Lindsay says, “Look at the poster we spotted today on our walk home, hanging under one of her original posters! It warmed my heart to know how much people went out of their way to respond to her.”  Thanks Lindsay.

Codezilla Kids at Buds & Blossoms
Sunday, May 13 from 10 am to noon. Buds & Blossoms (517 Parliament) presents Coding and Tech Toys - two workshops introducing children to STEM-based learning, organized by Codezilla Kids. 
Tech Toys (for ages 4-8) is an opportunity for children to play with a variety of award-winning tech toys, apps and robots that introduce them to early computational thinking.
Game Makers (for ages 8-14) is for future coders who love to play. Kids learn how to code cool video games and animation with Scratch software. Coding helps promote problem-solving, logic and math skills.
$25.  For more info about each workshop and for tickets, click here.   

Happy 10th birthday
The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley) celebrates a big birthday on Saturday May 5.  You’re invited.  The party happens from 1 to 3 pm with a scavenger hunt, special crafts and lots of cake.  Congrats to everyone - you’ve been a wonderful part of Cabbagetown’s life.  Best wishes or your next ten.


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.  They’ll provide you with a  special donation bag if you notify them by Sunday May 6.  
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 

MOMENTUM is a main-stage performance of ensemble works with dancers from all three years of the Professional Training Program at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester). 
Performances on Friday May 4, Saturday May 5, Thursday May 10 to Saturday May 12, go to Eventbrite.  
$15 and $20.  Box office and performances - 80 Winchester.

Winchester Fun Fair
The Fun Fair happens on Saturday May 26 from 11 am to 3 pm at Winchester Public School (15 Prospect).  
Volunteers are needed to help during the day at the Fair - shifts are one hour long.  Help is also needed for the set-up from 9 to 11 am and for the take-down from 3 to 5 pm. 
The Fun Fair also needs sponsors to support the day with a donation.  
Please contact


Safe injection site
Two new safe injection sites have just opened - one in Kensington Market and another in the Regent Park Community Health Centre (465 Dundas at Parliament). The Moss Park tent site was also approved under this program and is looking for an indoor location.  Click here to read Ryan Patrick Jones’ story on CBC News. 

The BBC looks at Regent Park
The BBC has prepared a short video about Regent Park’s revitalization.  It’s described as a daring social experiment.  To see how they see us, click here.    

Subway relief line
Photo:  CBC News
CBC News posted an online story about the proposed TTC relief subway line.  
The TTC and Metrolinx have started consultations on a downtown relief line for the subway.  The first consultation was held on Saturday April 28.  Officials from the City of Toronto, the TTC and Mayor Tory answered questions about the impact of construction activity.  Click here to read about the meeting.    

Privacy concerns at Sidewalk Toronto
The huge development by Google and Waterfront Toronto along the lake has become the focal point for serious privacy concerns.  There’s a public round table, the second in a series, to get our ideas and reactions to their plans for a new waterfront neighbourhood.  For details about the agenda, click here.  Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas E), Thursday May 3, 5:30 to 9 pm, free. 
CBC News has an article about the concerns that have been expressed prior to this meeting.  Click here to read it.

Corktown fire
Photo:  Spencer Wynn
Three local landmarks at Sumach and Queen - Savoury Grounds coffee shop, Space Furniture and an accounting office - were destroyed in a fire on Tuesday April 26.  You can view CTV’s news clip here.   


Let’s Bounce to the Forsythia Festival
Kendall & Co (514 Parliament) has a great idea for this Sunday’s Forsythia Festival. Why not bring these bouncy animals to Wellesley Park for this annual playdate with friends and neighbours? 
Bouncy toys help with muscle development and coordination skills while kids have fun together!  Made of BPA-free durable plastic for indoor and outdoor play, they also double as safe, lightweight, spill-proof, unbreakable chairs for the little ones to have around the house. Tired moms and dads can use them as footstools too. KENDALL & Co. 56Store hours: 10 am to 6 pm weekdays, 11 am to 5 pm  Saturdays & Noon to 4 pm Sundays.

Marilyn from Diggity Dog
Marilyn returns for her monthly nail clinic at Pet Valu (240 Carlton).  Bring in your dog for a clipping and get ready to strut your stuff with your pooch at the Forsythia Festival.  cats and other lovely pets are welcome too!  $10, 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday May 5.

Jiu Jitsu for adults
Happy Kids Martial Arts (492 Parliament - side door) is expanding into an adult program.  Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 am, they’re offering a beginner’s class.  Drop in to the school to sign up.

Blooming Flower Bar
Happy Hour happens daily at Blooming Flower Bar (559 Parliament). One flower is marked down daily 50-80% off for one hour only.  Follow on Instagram for alerts #bloomingflowerbar


The Tilted Dog has arrived
Photo:  Eric Morse
The Local GEST (424 Parliament) has changed its name - it’s now The Tilted Dog. You’ll find familiar faces there.  Tiffany and Sean are still managing it. There’s a spiffy logo and a new website.  Some events are still the same - Jazz still happens on Sunday afternoons, trivia on Wednesdays and live entertainment with Jeff and Noah, Ethan O’Reilly and Evan on Thursdays.  Check out the new website.  

Beer Batter Fish ’n Chips
The Irv (195 Carlton) has started work on its second location, Beer Batter Fish ’n Chips (200 Carlton).  Reno’s are underway and the opening date is set for June 1.  Best wishes for a big success.

Under the Table is closed
Kim and Betty shut their doors on Monday April 30.  They were unable to reach an agreement for a new lease with their landlord. Their comments on Facebook make it clear that they’re deeply upset.  They’ll be missed - their restaurant enjoyed a wide audience across Toronto. They approached their customers and their work with lots of goodwill and warm humour.  Best wishes to them for their future plans.

Brunch is back
F’Amelia (12 Amelia) is again dishing up scrumptuous brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.  And warm weather means that its very pretty patio is now open.  Call (416) 323-0666 for reservations.

Speaking of patios
Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) has opened up outdoors.  
The Irv’s (195 Carlton) got its patio up and running too - good views of Carlton Street passers-by.  
These are great spots for soaking up the sun and sipping good beers.

BBQ tips
Mark from St Jamestown Steak & Chops (516 Parliament) has a couple of temperature tips for your best bbq experience.  First - heat your barbeque for 15 to 20 minutes to settle it at the proper temperature and to kill any bacteria living on your grill.  Second - make sure that your food sizzles when it hits the grill to seal in flavour and prevent sticking.  Third - select temperatures between 400 and 450 for high heat, 350 to 400 for medium high, 300 to 350 for medium and 250 to 300 for low heat.

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).   
This week’s selections take a trip to the Indian peninsula - no passport or visa required. 
Saturday May 5:  white bean and chorizo (a very earthy soup, flavoured with thyme and paprika)
Tuesday May 8: African peanut and sweet potato.  
Saturday May 12: smoked tea and tomato.
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,

Burn the Bill
They’re still burning your bill at three local pubs - as long as the Raptors hang in there.  Drop in to the Dominion (500 Queen E), the Mill Street Brew Pub and the Mill Street Beer Hall  (21 Tank House Lane, Distillery).  Enjoy the games and maybe you’ll eat and drink for free.  They did it after each Leafs’ game as well - didn’t help.

Check out the current theatre and dance listings in the Theatre Calendar below.

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.

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
To Saturday May 5 and 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
May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 12

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

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson
From May 4 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.


The Tilted Dog
8 pm, live music with Jeff Barnes and Noah Zacharin
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


New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
The Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Pink Elephant Parade featuring the Brendan Davis Trio


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
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


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