June 21

This week’s image:  Michael and Larry from Sun Ray Orchards in Beamsville at the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market



Cabbagetown South Residents Association
Members of the Association went to two different meetings at City Hall in the past two weeks. 
On Wednesday June 13, they made a presentation to the Community Development & Recreation Committee with a special emphasis on the Sherbourne and Dundas area.  They asked for smaller shelters, additional policing and the removal of opioid safe injection sites from the parks.
On Monday June 18, they joined a small group in a meeting with Mayor John Tory.  They learned that downtown hot spot areas have been identified and an action plan has been put into effect. Alleys are being cleaned daily from Yonge to Parliament. Solid Waste has increased the number of bins in parks and in identified hotspots.  Parks are being cleaned twice weekly and more often if needed. Park staff have opened city washrooms and showers and six park ambassadors are working with shelters and Streets to Homes in Moss Park and Allan Gardens. Toronto Police Services has increased the number of officers working in the area.  

Cabbagetown South heritage district
Photo: City of Toronto Archives
A team appointed by the City’s Heritage Preservation Services is studying the Cabbagetown South neighbourhood as a first official step to establishing a Heritage Conservation District here.  The team will hold a community consultation on Thursday July 5 from 5 to 8 pm at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario).  There’s also an online page where details of the study are available.  

Update - safe injection sites
As previously announced, a safe injection site opened in early June at the Regent Park Health Centre (Dundas and Parliament).  The Cabbagetown South Residents Association is concerned that a second one will open nearby at 338 Dundas near Sherbourne - there is no record of an application for this site with the City of Toronto.
A decision has been made to set up an indoor facility at Fred Victor (Sherbourne and Queen) which will replace the trailer in Moss Park. It should open imminently.
These two locations are both approved for short-term operations that could end by December.  If necessary, their approvals can be extended at that time.

Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market
The Market has started up in Riverdale Park (Winchester and Sumach).  It’ll run weekly from 3 to 7 pm every Tuesday, rain or shine, until the Fall.  
On Tuesday, Sun Ray Orchards had lots of produce, jams, baked goods and cider - the strawberries were really yummy. More vendors are arriving every week - next week, the Smoke Bloke will be back with his tasty smoked salmon.  
Visit the Market’s Facebook page.  

Pollinator gardens
The Cabbagetown BIA maintains three special gardens along Parliament Street - at Amelia, Carlton and Spruce.  This year, they teamed up with Restorative Landscapes and Green Thumbs Growing Kids to grow pollinator plants that feed bees and butterflies in each garden.  As the flowers have bloomed, the bees have arrived.  Congrats everyone for making our main street more pleasant.

Lookin’ good
Look at these guys - wow.  John and Duncan at Tobi and Gavin’s wonderful wedding in the House on Parliament. 


Once again, we’ve got three great outdoor movie programs coming for the summer - in Riverdale Park, in Regent Park and in Corktown Commons.  
Details about the movies will be published each week just before their viewing dates.

Movie in the park - the community’s choice
Cabbagetown BIA
Wednesday July 18
Free - Riverdale Park West  (201 Winchester) 
6 pm - Food stalls by Freshed Right Salad & Juice Bar, Absolute Bakery and The Women's Development Network with Yonge Street Mission. 
8:45 pm - Fantastic Mr Fox.  
Rain date is Wednesday July 25th.
The BIA is asking for your help - please RSVP on Facebook.

Cinematic Cities Series
Movies in Corktown Common 
Free admission - suggested donation is $10.  
Corktown Common (155 Bayview at River)
Thursday July 5, 9:15 pm - feature film is Roman Holiday along with the short film, Long Branch.  Eats and treats at 7 pm by Buster’s Sea Cove and Choco-Churros.  Popcorn at the festival canteen.
Thursday July 12, 9:15 pm - feature film is Scott Pilgrim vs the World along with short films Pole and OK-TV. Eats and treats at 7 pm by Buster’s Sea Cove and Sweet Ride.  Popcorn at the festival canteen.
Thursday July 19, 9:05 pm - feature film is Cabaret along with short film She Stoops to Conquer. Eats and treats at 7 pm by Buster’s Sea Cove and Choco-Churros.  Popcorn at the festival canteen.
Thursday July 26, 9:05 pm - feature film is Selma along with short films BLM:TO, Black Pride and 100 Musicians. Eats and treats at 7 pm by Mr Pierogi and The Pop Stand.  Popcorn at the festival canteen.

Under the Stars
Movies in Regent Park
Organized by the Regent Park Film Festival.  Pre-show at 7 pm with fun activities for the whole family.  Popcorn and refreshments. 
Rain date - August 22.
Regent Park (just east of Sackville and Dundas),  Wednesdays at sundown, free. 
Wednesday, July 11 -  Cinderella
Wednesday, July 18 -  Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya)
Wednesday, July 25 -  Birth of a Family
Wednesday, August 1 -  Coco
Wednesday, August 8 -  Bollywood, Hollywood
Wednesday, August 18 -  Sister Act


Display cases from the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum
The Museum is clearing out its display cases - various sizes, good condition. Roughly 20 cases, some horizontal and some vertical. Heights range from 18” to 6’7” and widths from 4’ to 6’.  Originally valued at $1,000 to $8,000 and offered here free - a donation to the Museum will be appreciated.  Offer ends June 28.  Contact cmooreede@rogers.com 


International Educated Professionals Program
Photo:  Richard Lautens, Toronto Star
Community Matters Toronto offers three 12-week workshops every year for immigrant medical professionals to help them find meaningful employment in Canada.  Chris Hallett has seen a constant success rate among those who’ve joined the Program.  Mojola Omole wrote about its impact in the Toronto Star - click here to read it.  

The Canary
Photo:  Tanya Mok, blogTO
The Canary was once one of Toronto’s landmarks - home to lots of greasy food and a drop-in for everyone visiting the waterfront area.  It’s been empty for ten years as the nearby Canary District develops.  Tanya Mok has written a story in blogTO about its future as part of the new Indigenous hub being built here.  Click here.  


Eid celebration
Eid marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.  The CRC/Regent Park Community Food Centre are celebrating with food, music and dancing, henna, kids’ activities and more.  Friday June 22 from 2 to 4 pm, CRC Centre (40 Oak).  

Discover Cabbagetown
Sunday June 24, 10:30 am, meeting place at Sumach and Winchester. Another in the series of small group walks sponsored by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.  The tours are designed for both residents and visitors.  You’re encouraged to come frequently on the walks since the routes and topics will change regularly.  The walks are free - donations will be welcome.

A yogic celebration of the summer solstice.  It’s a full day of continuous free outdoor yoga classes led by instructors from studios in Toronto. Thousands of yogis take part in this free, one of a kind yoga experience - unique themed classes, outdoors, in a beautiful and historic venue. A rain or shine event. 9 to 5:30 pm, Sunday June 24, Distillery

Taste of Regent Park
Every Wednesday, Taste of Regent Park is part of a full evening’s activities.  The open-air market starts at 5 pm, a meal at 6 pm and the movie series Under The Stars at 9 pm. There’s fresh produce and entertainers.  The first event happens on Wednesday July 4 and it goes until August 29 in the Big Park on the north side of Dundas at Sackville.

Write in the garden
Beth Kaplan conducts a writing workshop every year in her garden - and it’s always a success.  She’s an author who teaches creative writing at Ryerson and U of T.  Her workshop includes a day-long session of writing and positive feedback - along with her bushy perennials, a glass of wine and lunch.  You can see her work online.  
Register with her now - her garden fills up quickly.  $165 includes writing, coaching, lunch and wine. Sunday July 22, 10 am to 5 pm. Register at beth@bethkaplan.ca 


Central Neighbourhood House summer camp
Starting July 3, CNH summer camp will run Monday to Friday,  8:30 am to 5:30 pm for eight weeks. For campers age 5 to13. For the first six weeks, the camp will be located at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Week 7 and 8 will be located at Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario). $75.00/week - a subsidy is available to families who qualify.  
The program includes arts and crafts, sports, games, drama, dance, music, community engagement, swimming and field trips.
Central Neighbourhood House also offers a summer leadership program for youth ages13 and up.
For more information and registration, contact Franclyn Clement at FClement@cnh.on.ca

Congrats to Buds & Blossoms
Judy and Linnea from Buds & Blossoms (517 Parliament) sent along a candid snapshot from their first year-end showcase. The evening included performances and gallery displays from after-school and tot classes (including preschool graduation!) and it was a great success. Buds & Blossoms has been open for six  months - they’re so thankful to all of the Cabbagetown families, businesses and residents who’ve supported them as they were growing. 
Summer day camps at Buds & Blossoms start on July 3.  Find out more online.

Summer Dance Camp at School of Toronto Dance Theatre
July 16 to 20, 9 am to 4 pm. The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester) offers a week-long Summer Dance Camp with dance and music, arts and crafts and outdoor activities for kids ages 5 and up.  Details are online here

Summer Arts at the School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 
July 30 to August 3.  Movement, music making and visual arts in CCDT’s studios (509 Parliament) for kids ages 4 to 8. This is a one-week camp featuring a half-day program that can be expanded with the addition of musical theatre into a full day program. For more details, click here

August 20 to 24.  A day camp in the performing arts at Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen E). Kids ages 4 to 18, no prior experience needed. Fees are $220 for the week. Scholarships are available for children without the means to participate.
For more info and registration details, click here - scroll down the page to KAMP and download the PDF about KAMP.   


Pride in Cabbagetown
Raise a mug to celebrate Pride Toronto! Designed by local illustrator Wendy Tancock, this is the latest in a series of Canadian themed mugs available at one of the friendliest shop in the city and run by Cabbagetowners Kendall and Kevin. Store hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm  http://kendallandco.ca/fyi/retail  514 Parliament

NOW Magazine Reader’s Choice
One more week to place your nominations in each category for the Readers’ Choice Awards - to June 29.  The more nominations that a business receives, the more likely it is to be included on the final ballots. There are six different groups with scores of individual categories in each one. 
Final voting will start on July 19.  
Click here to read about the awards and to make your nominations.  


Summerlicious reservations are open
Friday July 6 to Sunday July 22. Summerlicious is the season’s celebration of good food in 200 great restaurants across Toronto.  Each one offers a prix fixe meal - lunch at $23, $28 or $33 and dinner at $33, $43 or $53.  The full list is available online.  
Three local restaurants are participating -
Archeo, Italian, 31 Trinity - Distillery, (416) 815-9898, Lunch $23, dinner $33, website
Boku, Japanese, 42 Gristmill Lane - Distillery, (416) 368-8686, Lunch $23, dinner $33 website.  
F’Amelia, Italian, 12 Amelia, (416) 323-0666, Dinner $43, website

How sweet it is!
House on Parliament (454 Parliament) has started to use three desserts from Staij & Co (552 Parliament) on its daily menu.  The choices will regularly change to keep the selections fresh and seasonal.  Current desserts include pecan pie, key lime pie and rhubarb with apple or strawberries.

Cyril’s soup of the week  
Cyril has released his schedule of available soups through to the end of June.  
Saturday June 23 - callaloo made with leafy greens from the Caribbean (also available at the Farmers’ Market).
Tuesday June 26: roasted garlic, parsnip, white bean and rosemary
Saturday June 30: curried corn
Containers are $9 each for 24 oz/700 ml.  
He delivers (in Cabbagetown) on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  If you have a regular delivery schedule, please confirm it.
He’s accepting payments by e-transfers and cash.  Place your orders at his email address, cyril@merryberry.ca


A Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience
Soulpepper (50 Tank House Lane) is bringing back its popular Leonard Cohen show in twelve concerts - five of them in afternoon matinees.  Saturday July 7 to Sunday July 29.  For more info about the performers and for tickets, click here.  

Rock the Distillery
Saturday June 23, 6 to 10 pm.  Featuring live performances by Savage Groove and Paul James, food vendors by Distillery restaurants including El Catrin, Cluny, and Madrina. Stroll Trinity Street with your drink in hand and enjoy the beautiful Distillery District.

Music City in the Distillery
Every weekend through the summer, the Distillery stages its Music City series on the Trinity Square stage.  Two performers usually appear each day.  
On Saturday June 23 - Polky Village Band at 2 pm and the Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band at 4 pm.



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
9 pm, Open mic with Evan


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


Distillery - Trinity Square Stage
2 pm, Music City with the Polky Village Band and 4 pm, the Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band
6 pm - Rock the Distillery with Savage Groove and Paul James
9 pm, DJ Dash
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
11 am, Psychic Brunch, $42
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke 
The Tilted Dog 
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz with Sherie Marshall


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


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


Distillery - Trinity Square Stage 
2 pm, Music City with Allison Brown and 4 pm, Abigail Lapell
9 pm, David Deez 
New Town
Oki Doki Karaoke


Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Distillery - Trinity Square Stage 
2 pm, Music City with Moscow Apartment and 4 pm, tba
The Tilted Dog
4:30 pm, Sunday afternoon jazz will return next week.


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